March 24 – Homemade Banana Ice Cream


I was asked to re-post this by a family member. They love Banana Ice Cream and these are healthy and easy ways to make it. Adding walnuts and chocolate would be a great addition.


Not all of us have ice cream makers. However, you can make Banana Ice Cream at home without an ice cream maker. Follow the video below. We’ve tried it and it’s delicious.


For all you vegans out there I haven’t forgotten about you, this one is our favorite. Check out this video.



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Today Is Charles Dickens Birthday

Charles Dickens’ imagination is unexplainable. Nevertheless, his biography shows the source of that power and is the best place to define it.

Born Charles Dickens on February 7, 1812 to parents John and Elizabeth Dickens, near Portsmouth on England’s south coast. A lower-middle-class family, John dickens was a clerk in the Navy Pay Office in Portsmouth. John having come from servants and Elizabeth from minor bureaucrats. John Dickens was vivacious and generous with a tendency to live beyond his means. Charles based Mr. Micawber and Mrs. Nickleby, in A Tale of Two cities, on his parents.

At a young age Charles was taught to read by his mother and enjoyed reading the classics in his fathers collection, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Defoe, Smollett, Fielding, and Goldsmith. These classics had quite an effect on his imagination. Charles looked at these young years as being a kind of golden age. The Pickwick Papers, his first novel, was an attempt to recreate the innocence and spirit of his youth.

With financial hardship overtaking the Dickens’ family, Charles was taken out of school to do menial household work. His father was imprisoned for debt and released three months later. During this period Charles felt a sense of abandonment that would turn out to be the major themes of his novels. His sympathy for the victimized, his fascination with prisons and money, the desire to vindicate his heroes’ status as gentlemen, and the idea of London as an awesome, lively, and rather threatening environment all reflect these experiences. Out on his own for a time at twelve years of age, Dickens acquired a lasting self-reliance, a driving ambition, and a boundless energy that went into everything he did.

At the age of 20 Charles became a journalist. Over the next 5 years he had the reputation of the fastest and most accurate parliamentary reporter in London.

Passing at 58, June 9, 1870, from a stroke. Charles was the best novelist the Victorian age produced. He was laid to rest in the Poet’s Corner of Westminster Abbey.

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Chrsitmas Shopping – Experience Gifts


“Experience Gifts” For Any Taste Or Budget


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September 22 – National Ice Cream Cone Day


Today Is “Ice Cream Cone Day” Gotta do another Happy Dance

It’s odd National Ice Cream Cone Day is celebrated on the very last weekend of the summer, but it was invented on this day so celebrate the day the ice cream cone was invented, September 22nd, 1903.

I eat all ice cream flavors all year long, but it’s usually ice cream I buy at the supermarket and put in a bowl not a cone.

An ice cream cone is a dry, cone-shaped shell, usually made of a wafer similar in texture to a waffle, which enables ice cream to be held in the hand and eaten without a bowl or spoon. Various types of ice cream cones include waffle cones, cake cones (or wafer cones), sugar cones and chocolate-coated cones.

A variety of double cone exists that allows two scoops of ice cream to be served side by side. Ice cream cones may also be made with a flat bottom instead of the pointed lower bottom, enabling the ice cream and “cone” to stand upright on a surface without support. These types of wafer cups are called kiddie cups, cake cones or cool cups.

It’s funny there is no mention of ice cream on this day just the cone. Maybe we are all suppose to buy a box of cones and just eat them 🙂 I prefer waffle cones myself.

Today’s Assignment: Eat ice cream from only a cone. Whether you get it at an ice cream shop or buy the ice cream and the cones at the supermarket, you must put the ice cream in a cone. The assignment is unlimited and can be done as many times as needed. 😉

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M&M’s Fall Celebration


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How to Save Money at Target





There’s a science to shopping at Target. Here’s how to get the best bargains. (Photo: Thinkstock &

Between back-to-school sales and everyday bargains, Target is an all-purpose shopping destination for plenty of people. But there’s a science to shopping at Target, and these tips and tricks can help you save even more money.
Just because something is on clearance at Target doesn’t necessarily mean that’s as low as the price will go. There’s a lot of information to be found on those little red clearance stickers that can help you determine if it’s the best deal you can get. In the bottom-left corner of the tag is the item’s original price. In the bottom-right corner is the current sale price. And in the top-right corner is the percentage off. Regular prices at Target always end in a “9,” savvy shoppers have noted, but clearance items can be priced at 15 percent, 30 percent, 70 percent, 75 percent, or even 90 percent off.

Learn to decipher Target’s clearance price tags to get even better bargains. (Photo: Property of

Food, furniture, and electronics generally don’t drop by more than 15 percent, some savvy shoppers point out, but holiday items may end up 90 percent off at the end of the season. The key is to check if the price ends in a “4.”

“If the price on the sticker ends in an ‘8,’ it will be marked down again,” says Kelly at “If it ends in a ‘4,’ that’s the lowest it will be. So if you see a price ending in a ‘4’ at 50 percent off, you might want to grab it now, because it’s not going to get any cheaper.”

Target has a team of employees who focus on marking down merchandise, and certain departments get marked down on certain days, several frugal bloggers have noted. According to,, and others, the general Target markdown schedule is:

Monday: Children’s clothing, baby items, electronics, and office supplies/gift wrap/stationary.
Tuesday: Women’s clothing, home decor and domestic items

Wednesday: Men’s clothing, toys, food, health and beauty, garden items
Thursday: Housewares, lingerie, shoes, sporting goods, luggage

Friday: Cosmetics, jewelry, hardware, automotive, and home improvement

Ask a Target associate what the markdown schedule is for your local store, since schedules — and prices — may vary by location. “In addition to knowing the day of the week, it’s important to know that they mark things down to the next level every two weeks,” writes Kelly at Faithful Provisions. “So, if you’re watching an item and see it was just marked down 50 percent, come back the same day in another two weeks and you should find it at 75 percent off.”

Be warned, though: If you hold out for that better discount, the item may be sold out when you come back. And if the item was purchased online but returned to a store, it might be the only one of its kind in the place — and it will be priced to sell.

“The best deals you will find at Target are returned online-only items,” wrote Reddit user “goldenglove2,” a former Target employee. “Most of the time they go straight to 90 percent off because there is no place for them on the planogram.”

Those deeply discounted items often end up on the end caps of rarely trafficked aisles, several Target fans have pointed out, and though they’re clearly labeled “Clearance,” the items aren’t necessarily in any kind of order.

“At our store we literally close our eyes and toss,” Target employee “santisanti” confessed on Reddit.

If you’re shopping for toys, it’s best to stock up in January, when stores make room for spring and summer stock, and in late July or early August, when the fall and winter toys come in. Holiday merchandise tends to get marked down quickly once the big day has passed; experts call it “the 3-3-2 rule.” The first three days after the holiday, items are 50 percent off. For the next three days, they’re 75 percent off. For two days after that, they’re 90 percent off and, after that, whatever is left goes to Goodwill.

If you don’t have the time to track clearance prices, you can still minimize your bill in other ways:

Sign up for a Target Red Card. You can save 5 percent every time you use it, and if you prefer to shop online at the Red Card will get you free shipping.

Watch for the Daily Deal. Keep track of Target’s Daily Deal offerings — up to five items at a bargain price plus free shipping.

Bring your own bags. Most Target stores will give you 5 cents off for every bag you use, according to Quizzle.

Clip (or print) coupons. Target offers plenty of store coupons on their website and through their mobile coupon program, and you can use them in conjunction with the manufacturer’s coupons you find online or clip from your local newspaper; maximize your savings by using them on trial-size items when you can. Also: The store sometimes prints high-value coupons at the bottom of your receipt, so check them before you toss them.

Keep your receipt. Target will match prices in a competitor’s printed ad as long as the product has the same brand name and model number and the ad is from within seven days of your purchase. They won’t match prices from or other online retailers, but if they put the same item on sale less than a week after you buy it, they’ll give you back the difference.

Sign up for the Birthday Club. If you sign your kids up for Target’s Birthday Club,” they’ll get a special birthday offer every year ( says that offer is a coupon for $5 off any $50 purchase.)


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Sizzling Summer Savings: Get Your Mobile On – $19.99


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Three Free Samples – Tiny Prints


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Slurpee Day – Happy 85th Birthday 7-Eleven


Celebrate 7-Eleven’s birthday with a free 7.11 oz. Slurpee at 7-Eleven today between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. (while supplies last) and get your sugar rush on.

Just ask for this freebie, grab a cup and enjoy a little brain freeze on a hot summer day.

7-Eleven now has their summer flavors available in low-cal and lite.

Aside from the regular list of Slurpee flavors, 7-Eleven is featuring brand new flavors this summer including:

  • Watermelon Lime in June
  • Lemon Crème and Sugar-free Strawberry Banana in July
  • Orange Xplosion and Sugar-free Cherry Limeade in August
  • Sugar-free Winter White from October through December

7-Eleven Slurpee Fun Facts [1]

  • In 1967 the ICEE became known as the “Slurpee.” The name was created by 7-Eleven agency director, Bob Standford, for the sound made when drinking the frozen drink.

  • In 2004, 7-Eleven created an edible Slurpee straw.

  • Winnipeg, Manitoba was crowned the Slurpee Capital of the World for the thirteenth time in a row in 2012.

  • In 2007, as part of the Kwik-E-Mart promotion for the feature film The Simpsons Movie, Slurpees at 7-Elevens were renamed “Squishees” and sold in special collector cups.

  • In Australia, free Slurpees are given away on November 7 because it is the 7th day of the 11th month.

  • Most Slurpee flavors are certified kosher “parve” as well as halal. The Diet Pepsi flavor uses sodium caseinate as an anti-freezing agent, giving it the status of kosher dairy. Which flabors are not kosher? The Pina Colada, Twizzler Strawberry, Tropicana Grape Wild Strawberry and Monster Black flavors.

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