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School is Out & So Is The Chore Chart + Harvard Proves I’m Right

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School is out Tuesday, at 11:15.

Summer.

We have a lot planned for this summer, lazy days, pool days, camping, traveling, bike riding, friend days, family events and so on. But you know what else this mamma has planned for the summer- The Chore Chart.


It is back. It worked really well last summer AND if anyone gives me any attitude this year I can say Harvard is backing me up.

There is a thorough ongoing experiment called the Harvard Grant Study that has followed the lives of Harvard University graduates since 1938 in order to figure out why some people are more successful than others.

According to the findings, young people need two things in life from a young age in order to be happy and successful: love and work ethic.   I pray everyday I show our children how loved and valued they are.  Also, I make them clean their bathroom.

The study followed the lives of 724 high-achievers (including the likes of President Kennedy and Ben Bradlee) in order to see what is the easiest way to become a successful adult, and here’s what Julie Lythcott-Haims, former dean of freshmen at Stanford University, explained during her recent TED talk:

“[The study] found that professional success in life, which is what we want for our kids … comes from having done chores as a kid. The earlier you started, the better. [A] roll-up-your-sleeves- and-pitch-in mindset, a mindset that says, there’s some unpleasant work, someone’s got to do it, it might as well be me … that that’s what gets you ahead in the workplace,” said Julie.

The chore chart stays.

I did want to answer a few questions about chores at our house.

No, we do not pay for chores.
Yes, we pay for jobs.
Putting away your own laundry is considered a chore, it is just not on the chart.
Yes, there are several other things like  helping clean up after dinner, picking up the family room, taking out trash, etc that are not on the chart but are expected around here.
Mowing the lawn is a paying gig.
There are lots of other “jobs” our kids can chose to perform to earn money. Sweeping the driveway after someone mows, washing windows, washing cars, sweeping front porch are just a few. No one is assigned these jobs, they are just listed and if you want some money you can do them.

How do chores work around your house? Do you distinguish between chores and jobs?  What chores do you assign?  I’m always looking for ideas. 🙂

How I Got Transfer Stains Out of My Beloved White Jeans for $2

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I have a new pair of white jeans that I love.

Not paying attention I washed those white jeans with regular jeans.  I still didn’t pay attention when I threw them in the dryer.  But then, I paid attention and almost cried. My new white jeans had blue streaks All Over Them.   I was sad over being careless, missing my jeans and not wanting to pay for another pair. 🙂

I panicked slightly, asked for help , and got lots of great suggestions and tips.  In my research I also learned that you should not us bleach, at least on all over stains,  unless the fabric is 100% cotton.  My jeans ware not and bleach can cause other fabrics to yellow.  Because the dye was all over I went with Carbona Color Run Remover.

I also bought some Rit Color Remover just in case this did not work!

I filled my kitchen sink and soaked the jeans in cold water and Carbona. The directions called for one to three minutes, I soaked for 7 just for good measure. (I have not idea if this is wise or not, but I really wanted the blue streaks out of my jeans.)

 

I then washed them ALONE in cold water.  I am happy to report that it totally worked! My white jeans are as good as new!

A few other popular suggestions were to soak over night in Oxi-Clean or Oxi-Clean and vinegar, Fels Naptha bar and Grandma’s Secret Stain remover from JoAnn’s.

Zoo Knoxville: Free Admission for Mom This Sunday, May 14

Zoo Knoxville celebrates Mother’s Day with free admission for all moms on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Guests can celebrate with gorillas Hope, Machi and Kowali, the zoo’s best-known moms, and their precocious offspring Obi, Ubuntu and Andi. Visitors can also explore the all new Tiger Forest and take a break to cool off with some water play at the Clayton Safari Splash, which is now open for the season.

Free admission for mothers is valid on Sunday, May 14, 2017, and cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.

Coupon Katie on WBIR : Last Minute Easter Deals!

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SO excited to be back at WBIR  this morning!  Easter is almost here. For all of you last minute deal hunters we are talking last minute Easter deals. You can stay up to date on all the latest deals by following Coupon Katie on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or by signing up for daily emails!

EGGS

Aldi- $.39 to $.69 per dozen
Target-$.50 per dozen
Trader Joe’s- $.99 per dozen
Walgreens -$.99 per dozen
Pulbix- $1.19 per dozen

CANDY

Publix

M&M’s Candies (10-11.5 oz) -$3 ($1.50)
-$1.50/2 M&M’s Chocolate Candies (9.4 oz+) from the April 2 RedPlum
Final cost=$.75 each

Starburst Jellybeans or LifeSavers Jellybeans (12-14 oz)- $2.50 ($1.25)

Dove Chocolate Promises, 7.94-8.87 oz, at $4.49 ($2.24)
$1/2 Easter candy: M&M’s, 3 Musketeers, Twix, Milk Way, Snickers or Dove, 2 oz+ printable
Final cost=$1.74 ea

Hershey’s Candy or Spring Themed Candy (6 ct.)  $4.49 ($2.24)
-$1/2 Hershey’s or Reese’s or Cadbury novelty or centerpiece items from the March 26 SmartSource (exp 4/16)
Final cost=$1.89 ea

KMart

M&M’s (8oz)- $1.50 (regularly $3.99)

Dove Chocolate Eggs $1.50 (regularly $3.99)

Hershey’s Kisses 10oz $1.50 (regularly $3.99)

Target

Target has a coupon good for $5 off an Easter Shop candy and decor purchase of $25 or more! The coupon was in your weekly ad Sunday, is on the Cartwheel app or  you get it by texting BASKET to 827438.

Twix or Snickers Eggs (2pack)-$1
Buy 2 and use $1/2 MARS Easter Candy coupon found here
Final cost=$.50 each

M&M’s Easter Candy (11.4oz)-on sale for $3
Buy 2
25% off Easter M&M’s Cartwheel coupon (will deduct $.75)
-$1.50 off 2 M&M’s coupon from the April 2 RedPlum
Final cost=$1.62 each

Be sure to check  the Cartwheel app for other coupons for specific candy that can be used with this $5 off coupon.

While were talking food deals at Target Annie’s makes mac and cheese in the shape of bunnies. They make it year round but it might be fun to add to Easter for the kiddos.

Buy 2 Annie’s Mac & Cheese (5.25 oz – 6 oz)- on sale for 99¢ each (reg. $1.79)
$1/2 packages of any Annie’ Mac & Cheese printable coupon
Final=49¢ each

Easter Basket Stuffers

Deals on stuffed bunnies and Easter themed toys are everywhere this week. Here are a few places you might not have thought of to look for the perfect basket stuffer, especially if you have older kiddos.

Groupon

Groupon has some great deals for fun around town, especially for older kiddos.  AND right you thru April 14th,  get an extra 20% off with the code SALE3.

Max Air Trampoline Park-
$16 for one-hour open air pass for two ($24 value)- extra 20% off makes this $12.80
$26 for one-hour open air pass for four ($48 value)extra 20% off makes this $20.80

Laser Tag at Laser Quest

Get two games of Laser tag for two people for as low as $13.60 after extra 20% off coupon. That is just $6.80 per person!

There are several other deals going on locally, so check them out and see if there is one that will work for you Easter basket!  Once you purchase you can print off vouchers so kids will have something to open.

Ulta

Right now, shop Spring Fling items  at Ulta and get five for $10.00. The regular prices range anywhere from $2.00 to $4.99. Get items like eye shadow palettes, lip glosses, nail polishes and manicure kits. If you get 10 items for $20.00, use promo code 500684, or print a coupon to get $3.50 off a purchase of $15.00 or more. Pay just $1.65 per item!

Kohl’s

Right now, select Nike Sandals are on sale for 25% off and more. Prices start at just $16.50! Choose from various styles, colors and fits for kids, women and men. And even though Nike is excluded from coupons, you can still earn Kohl’s Cash and Yes2You Reward points. Score $10.00 Kohl’s Cash for every $50.00 spent! Get free in-store pickup or free shipping on purchases of $75.00 or more.

Target

Through April 15th, save $10 off a $50+ toy purchase when you use the mobile coupon (text TOYS10 to 827438) or find the coupon in  your Target weekly ad – excludes LEGO, Cards Against Humanity, Exploding Kittens, Wellie Wishers and sporting goods. If you prefer to shop online, the  $10 off a $50 toys purchase offer is available online when you use promo code TOYS at checkout. You may be able to opt for free in-store pickup if available near you; otherwise, shipping is free on orders of $25 or more.

Also note in your Target ad was a $10 off $50 apparel and accessories coupon!

Craft Stores

Michaelsget 50% off all Easter baskets, lots of $1-$5 gifts.

A.C. MooreMelissa & Doug toys 40% off, $.88 Easter Grass, Lots of $1 basket stuffers

 

WonderWorks Local Appreciation Days-$10 Kid, $15 Adult Admission

Now through March 4, 2017 WonderWorks Pigeon Forge is offering $10 admission for Kids and seniors and $15 admission for adults!

This offer is good for residents of Cocke, Jefferson, Blount, Knox and Sevier counties with local paystub from last 30 days or government issued photo ID with local address.

So much fun!

Tennessee Residents Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Just $10, Other Ripley’s Attractions $5!

TN Residents can get into Ripley’s Aquarium  of the Smokies for $10 as well as the other Ripley’s TN Attractions for $5 from January 18-24, 2017! 20% of all proceeds will benefit local animal shelters!

Mention: ‘TENNESSEE SPECIAL’ to receive discount. All Adults must show TN Resident ID. Discount is available at ticket booths only.

And if you are wondering about kids prices for the Aquarium, children 2-5 are $7.99 and children under 2 are Free!

Dairy Products Class Action Lawsuit: Eligible Consumers to Receive up to $30 or More

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Have you purchased milk products (milk, cream, half and half, yogurt, cottage cheese, cream cheese or sour cream for your own use – not for resale) in the last 14 years. Do you live in – Arizona, California, the District of Columbia, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, West Virginia or Wisconsin?

If so, and you do not have receipts, you may qualify for up to $30 or more in the “Bought Milk” class action lawsuit.

To submit your claim, complete the form here no later than January 31st, 2017. You can also print the claim form here (scroll down to question #2 under the FAQs section) and mail it to:

Claims Administrator
Fresh Milk Products Antitrust Litigation
PO Box 43430
Providence, RI 02940-3430

Are you wondering what this lawsuit is about? The lawsuit accused milk producers of price-fixing. Brought against major U.S. dairy producers (including Land O’ Lakes, the National Milk Producers Federation, Dairy Farmers of America and Agri-Mark) following accusations of slaughtering more than 500,000 cows to reduce milk supply, therefore artificially inflating prices. Instead of taking the case to court, the milk producers settled the case for $52 million