January 22, 2011

Disney Princess Party

Earlier on in the week, I posted upcoming events. One of them was the Disney Princess Party at your local Disney Store. Well I drove about an hour to the closest Disney Store which was at an Outlet Mall. No luck. That location stopped participating in special events. Luckily it was only about 11:00 am, which meant I had plenty of time to drive to the next closest Disney Store. I only had to drive about another 20 minutes from where I was currently at to make it to the next session at 12:30 pm.

When we got there, it was about 11:30 am, and there were A BUNCH of parents with little girls! I waited for them to finish to ask how much time in advance we would be able to wait to participate in the following session. The sweet Sales Associate said that people had been calling in all morning! The session before, parents and princesses had been waiting in line an hour before the first session.

So here I am thinking, "Great....there's going to be so many people here with little girls running around. It's going to be a mad house!" But to my surprise, the crowd was fairly small. I think the games that were played could have been more age appropriate for the younger children, but overall, my DD had fun!

.:Quit Counting Calories

Yet another really good article from Real Simple! 9 realistic strategies that will have you eating right for life, and saying good-bye to diet guilt. I read the article and it is all very doable if you're struggling on trying to lose a few extra pounds, or if you're trying to change your whole lifestyle of eating and exercising. Here is a preview of the article:

Give Yourself Ample Time to Eat
Why: People who say they eat quickly right up until they feel full are three time more likely to be overweight than those with slower dining habits, according to a 2008 study published in The British Medical Journal. In an irritating tribute to something your mother probably told you, researchers suspect that fast eaters don't give the brain's fullness signals time to kick in, which can take as long as 20 minutes after the first bite, according to research.

How to do it: Check the clock before you start eating, even if you're having a meal on the go or while working at your desk (never an ideal way to eat, but often a necessary evil). Then stretch that meal out for at least 20 minutes. If you're still hungry after finishing, take a 20-minute-time-out (sip tea; relax; take your mind off eating). At the end of the time-out, check your hunger signals. Go back for seconds only if the signals are still strong. Other smart idea: Be sure to sit down for meals--don't stand or walk around--and take small bites, chewing each thoroughly. Researchers at Cornell University found that people who chew their food approximately 15 times, versus 12, tend to be thinner. That's how much impact these subtle changes can have.

I recommend reading the full article!

Thanks, Real Simple

.:20 Little Ways to Drop Pounds

I found an article on Real Simple that lists in detail 20 little ways to shed some pounds!
Here are the first 4 on the list:

1.Start with salad.
2.Stick a fork in it.
3. Order two appetizers.
4.Visit the vending machine.

Click here to read the full list.

Thanks, Real Simple

January 21, 2011

.:Upside-Down Peanut Parfaits

This looks yummy!

1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 small banana
8 crisp chocolate wafer cookies
1 pint chocolate ice cream
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
Warmed chocolate sauce, optional
Whipped cream, optional
Chopped chocolate-covered peanuts, optional

Line 4 large custard cups or individual ramekins (1 to 1/2 cup capacity) with a double layer of plastic wrap that's large enough to allow excess to hang over sides. Place cups on a baking sheet in freezer.

Warm vanilla ice cream in a microwave for 15 to 20 seconds, until just easy to scoop. Put vanilla ice cream ina food processor with banana and process until blended. Divide mixture evenly among cups. Place 2 chocolate cookies on top of each portion, breaking them in half to fit, if necessary; press cookies lightly into ice cream and then freeze for at least 30 minutes, until firm. Rinse out food processor.

Soften chocolate ice cream in same manner as vanilla ice cream, transfer to clean processor with peanut butter and process until smooth. Spoon on top of cookie layer in each cup, smoothing tops. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for at least 2 hours and up to 2 weeks.

When ready to serve, unmold ice cream onto dessert plates, peeling off plastic wrap. Top with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and peanuts, if desired.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 512
Fat: 31g (sat 9g)
Protein: 15g
Carbohydrate: 47g
Fiber: 6g
Cholesterol: 48mg
Sodium: 147 mg

.:LEGO Toy Story 3 Alien Crane Set $12

LEGO drops the price of this Toy Story 3 Alien Space Crane Set from $39.99 to $11.98!
Hurry while supplies last!

.:40% off NFL Fan Gear

Are you an NFL Fan mom? Or maybe you want to buy a nice just-because-I-love-you gift? Through January 27th, Reebok is taking 40% off NFL fan gear when you use the code NFL40 at checkout. This Steelers Structured Flex Cap is lowered from $25 to $15.

January 20, 2011

Funny Things Kids Say

This morning, I took my DD (Dear Daughter) for her yearly check-up. She was extremely excited to see the doctor (not knowing she would soon have shots coming her way).

We get called back, the nurse checks her weight, height, and BP. We get into the actual room where the nurse checks her sight and hearing (which was perfect by the way). She instructs me to have my DD undress to put on the cutest child sized gown I've ever seen!

As the nurse walks out, she sticks her hand underneath an automatic Hand Sanitizer dispenser and shuts the door. My DD looks curiously, says nothing, and continues to help me undress her. 5 minutes or so pass, and she says to me, "Mami, I need some hanitizer." I'm thinking to myself, "What in the world is she talking about?" I then try to investigate what she is trying to ask me for. After about a 1 minute back and forth question and answer game, she points to the dispenser.....HANITIZER!

What are some funny things your children have done or said?

.:Educational Freebie: Candy Math

Today only (January 20, 2011), you can download a free copy of Candy Math from Homeschool Freebie of the Day. Here's what their site says about it:

Candy Math is a guide that makes basic, "hands on" math lessons a special treat by using inexpensive candy (or even breakfast cereal) as math manipulatives to teach primary aged children almost any basic math concept. The examples in this short e-book will give you almost two dozen creative learning games, lesson plans and activities.

If you're having trouble downloading the free copy, just send me an e-mail, and I will send you the e-book!

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

.:Snapfish: 8" x 11" Classic Photo Book for $6.99:

Snapfish is offering an 8"x11" Classic Photo Book for just $6.99 shipped. 
Here's how to get yours....

1) Set up a new account or login to your Snapfish account.
2) Create an 8"x11" Classic Photo Book and go to checkout.
3) Use coupon code SOAPBOOK at checkout and it will lower the price from $24.99 and all you pay is $6.99 for shipping!!

.:Parents magazine subscription for $1:

Barnes and Noble is offering a subscription to Parents magazine for only $1! It's priced at $9.97, but with the coupon code K9B9J4H at checkout, you will save $8.97 and the price will go down to $1! I've already tried it, and my subscription will come in about 6 to 10 weeks :)

.:10 Easy Cheap Meals

Find a delicious cheap meal to have for dinner tonight from the new All You Cookbook: Eat Well, Save Big! Thanks to All You, I've listed the first few items from 10 Easy Cheap Meals:

Mini Meat Loaves
White Bean and Chicken Chili
Lemony Chicken Breast with Rice
Chili-Lime Pork Tenderloin

Upcoming Events

.:At your local Disney Store: You're invited to a Princess Garden Party! Come dressed as your favorite Princess! crafts, Games, & More!
Saturday, January 22, Session 1: 11:00 am; Session 2: 12:30 pm

.: UT Women's Basketball: 
Texas vs. Oklahoma State, Saturday, January 22, 5:00 pm. Frank Erwin Center
Texas vs. Colorado, Sunday, January 30, 2:00 pm. Frank Erwin Center

Each game is $10 which includes: One free t-shirt and one arena reserved ticket. To order, call (512) 232-3865 (must be ordered in advance; offer based on availability).

January 18, 2011

In the beginning there was hardship.....

This is my first post of my first blog......ever. Why NOW did I decide to start a blog? Financial hardship. I am 25 years old, just moved out of Mom and Dad's; I'm finally starting to know the true meaning of a dollar. I've been living with my boyfriend for only a few months now and it's been tough (especially with an active 4-year old running around). Although my boyfriend and I both work, having to put food on the table, paying rent, utilities, cable, internet, and all of the other bills that trickle into the household is no easy task.

So for the past couple of weeks, I've been brainstorming on how I can get some extra income into the household. I asked myself, "Jessica....what is it that you do best?" My mind went blank......and I still could not think of anything.

Yes, I'm crafty, but not to the point where I can sell a product online.
Yes, I give good relationship advice when close friends ask for my opinion. But to tell you the truth, some men and women out there have some major issues. I definitely didn't want to go that route.
I'm a pretty good cook, but most of the time I'm searching for recipes instead of creating my own.

I was bashing my head against the wall trying to figure out what I could do. I stopped thinking about it for a while and decided to visit the usual favorite sites to read up on tips, recipes, shooping deals, coupons, etc. etc. And then it clicked! DING! I can create a blog to where mothers my age can visit to read up on tips, craft ideas, recipies, shopping deals, and so on and so forth. So this is when I created Generation Y: Moms Helping Moms.

I would like for readers to comment with their own opinions or ideas as well as e-mail me questions that they may have, which I'll post to have other readers answer. My intentions are to blog at least everyday or every other day. Once I start to get the hang of it, I'll add more and more to the blog.

If you enjoy Generation Y: Moms Helping Moms, please pass it on for others. If you don't like it, let me know! I'm welcome to all comments positive or negative! Thanks for your feedback :)