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Macaroni Grill: Sign Up and Save

A hearty ~~THANK YOU~~ goes to Jill of Frugal Plus for posting about this!  I love Macaroni Grill!  And while it isn’t exactly cheap eats, it is (in my humble opinion) good eats.  So, a couple times a year (when I’m already in Greensboro), I sneak over and indulge. 🙂   In order to spare my budget just a little bit, I only order a cup of soup and a cheesecake.  Now, they give you free bread anyway. So, I get soup, bread, and a delicious dessert for less than the price of one entree.  Yum!  By the way, I don’t want any fruity stuff on my cheesecake.  I always ask for their chocolate ganache.  I love a good chocolate and I love a good cheesecake.  A good chocolate on a good cheesecake is my foodie version of  Heaven on earth!

OK, so here’s the deal, if you go here and sign up for the Mac Pack, they’ll send  you updates and special offers.  I’ve already registered and confirmed.  In my first official email, I received a coupon for a FREE appetizer.  So, next time I sneak over there, I’ll skip the soup, get the FREE appetizer, and enjoy my cheesecake!   I get to have my cake, and eat it too!  *giggle*

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Psst!  In case you were wondering, I do draw on the paper tablecloth.  Well, sometimes!  I usually prefer to play a word game.  Like where you think of a word or phrase (such a Macaroni Grill) and see how many words you can make out of it while waiting for your food to arrive.

Like this…

M A C A R O N I G R I L L

car, girl, cram, ram, grim, liar, rail, ail, air, groin, coin, man, can, ran, clam…

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This Week @ Family Intel: Summary of “Home Sweet Homework”

Hmmmm!  It almost seems like Family Intel has a videocamera watching our house.  Last week’s summary was particularly applicable to our family.  And it seems this week’s summary just may be too.  Even though we’re homeschoolers and homework is not a huge problem around here (everything we do is home-work–hehe!), I’m pretty sure the studying strategies part will be helpful.

Remember that you must register at Family Intel to see the summaries.  As always, registration is FREE!  🙂

SUMMARY RUN-DOWN:

~This Week~  Home Sweet Homework:  A Parent’s Guide to Stress-Free Homework & Studying Strategies That Work by Sharon Marshall Lockett

~Last Week~  Siblings Without Rivalry by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

~Next Week~ Helping  Hyperactive Kids by Lynn Horowitz and Cecile Rost

Family Intel now has 43 FREE summaries!  Yay!

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Pedigree Adoption Drive FREE Dog Food Coupon

Did you adopt a shelter dog in 2009?  If so, you may qualify for a coupon toward a FREE 20 lb. bag of Pedigree.  Click here for the details.

[Note:  If the link fails to completely load for you, try refreshing it.  It opened for me only after I tried a second time.]

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This Week @ Homeschool FREEBIE of the Day: The Giant Handbook of Nature Study

I love what Homeschool FREEBIE of the Day is offering this week!   This week’s FREEBIE download is so big, they’ve divided it up over the whole week.  I’ll try to remember to remind you every day so that you (and I) will not miss any part of it!

Here are the details from their Heads Up email:

Well, this week we’re doing something a bit different at HomeschoolFreebieOfTheDay — bringing you ONE great resource that is so big, we had to divide it into SIX separate ebooks:


THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY

This is a HUGE (940 pages) and absolutely wonderful teaching guide full of hundreds of nature study lessons,
activities and discussion questions. It is a complete multi-year nature study curriculum that you can use
for years to come. It is so big (over 100 megs in size) we had to divide it into six manageable ebooks for you.

Here’s the rundown:

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Monday, January 18th:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART I – TEACHER’S GUIDE & OVERVIEW plus THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART II –  BIRDS & FISH

In PART ONE, you get a very helpful and practical teacher’s guide, including an overview of the purpose, scope and style of the handbook… how each lesson is set up… what nature study should do for your children… how to to tie math, art, geography, gardening, agriculture & science into your nature study, and more. Each lesson begins with a “teacher’s story” which can be read to students along with suggested activities & methods, followed by great discussion questions.

In PART TWO, we jump into the actual lessons, this time devoted to birds & fish. As you’ll quickly see, these lessons are wonderfully written, blending history, humor, a bit of poetry, and a delightful sense of wonder into these nature studies.

Over the rest of the week, then, we’ll bring you the rest of the book:

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Tuesday, January 19th:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART III – AMPHIBIANS, REPTILES & MAMMALS

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Wednesday, January 20th:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART IV – INSECTS & INVERTEBRATES

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Thursday, January 21st:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART V – PLANTS AND TREES

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Friday, January 22nd:
THE GIANT HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY, PART VI – EARTH, WATER & SKY

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Check these out all this week and see why we decided to devote the full week to bringing you this excellent study resource curriculum!  It is just great.

You can find each of these resources on their respective days at:

http://www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com

NOTE: If you ever have any trouble accessing the site with that link, try
http://www.homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com/

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FREE DVD Offer from Brainy Baby (Must pay S&H)

Brainy Baby is offering a free DVD.  Choose from their four most popular DVDs.  You can only get ONE free DVD and you must pay $6.95 for S&H.

Click here for the details.

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This Week @ Family Intel: Summary of Siblings Without Rivalry by Faber/Mazlish

Click here to see this weeks’ FREE book summary.  (Remember that you have to be registered to view the summary library.)

Siblings Without Rivalry is a bestseller by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.  “It helps parents of two or more children find solutions to their children’s constant squabbling.”

Since I have three kiddos, I’ll definitely be reading this one!

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This Week @ Homeschool Freebie of the Day

Sorry, I’m getting this out a little late.  If you want the Monday FREEBIE, hurry on over to get it before the link expires.

Homeschool Freebie of the Day

As usual, the list is a cut & paste from their Heads Up email.
Monday, January 11th:
Winter “Why” Tales (PDF ebook)

A lovely little children’s storybook featuring two fanciful wintertime stories:
“Why the Bear Sleeps All Winter”, and “Why the Evergreens Keep Their Leaves”.
Great read alouds for a chilly winter day!

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Tuesday, January 12th:
Sherlock Holmes in “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” (MP3 Audio)

Put on your sleuthing hat and get out your magnifying glass —
It’s time to solve a mystery! “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”
is one of the 56 short Sherlock Holmes stories written by British author
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who later revealed that he thought this was his
best Holmes story. This fine audio dramatization of this classic story
was originally broadcast on “The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” in 1945!

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Wednesday, January 13th:
TO BE ANNOUNCED! We’re still finalizing the details on today’s resource
so can’t quite announce it yet. Check in with us Wednesday and see!

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Thursday, January 14th:
Strange Stories from History (PDF ebooks)

Two more mini-ebooks featuring remarkable but little known tales from
the pages of American History that will fascinate your kids:

“THE CANOE WAR”
The story of the smallest wartime naval battle ever fought in all
history, which occurred on the Alabama River on the
13th of November, 1813 — between two canoes.

and

“THE BATTLE IN THE DARK”
Great story of how General Andrew Jackson and his rag-tag army
took on an overwhelming British force which sought to capture
New Orleans in the War of 1812 — in the pitch dark of midnight!

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Friday, January 15th:
“Gulliver’s Travels for Kids” (PDF ebook + MP3 audio)

Gulliver’s Travels is one of the best known classics of all of English literature.
Written by Jonathan Swift and published in 1726, the original book
is a true classic, but it is frankly WAY too long and stuffy, filled with
then-contemporary social satire on travel & the literary genres of the time.
Can you say “Boring…!”

But not today! Today we feature TWO great resources that make this
classic “living book” truly come alive for your kids:

1) “Gulliver’s Travels, rewritten for Young Readers”
Great “easy reader” PDF ebook version of the story written by James Baldwin

2) “Gulliver’s Travels” A delightfully fun audio dramatization of the story
originally broadcast on radio in 1947. You’ll hear many familiar “cartoon voices”
portraying the 1/4″ tall Lilliputians in the story. Fun for listeners of all ages!

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You can find each of these resources on their respective days at:

http://www.homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com

NOTE: If you ever have any trouble accessing the site with that link, try
http://www.homeschoolfreebie.wholesomechildhood.com/

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…and Don’t Forget our current

DEAL OF THE WEEK: The Brain Builders Fun Learning Collection * *

21 Classic Ebooks filled with Puzzles, Games, Brain Teasers, Activities,
Tongue Twisters & more fun to help develop creative thinkers!

A steal at only * * * $4.95 * * * until this Saturday (Reg. $14.95)

Check it out before this price is gone for good:

http://www.homeschoolradioshows.com/puzzles

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christianaudio – Christian Audiobooks

christianaudio has a FREE audio downloads page with numerous selections.  The topmost selection changes monthly and is available for one month only.  If you subscribe to the site, you’ll receive email updates that will inform you of the FREEBIE of the month and special offers. Freebies cannot be automatically downloaded; you must add them to the cart and checkout.  Once you’ve checked out, each download will be available in your account for a full year.  You will have multiple attempts to download each freebie in your account.  So, if anything goes wrong with the download, you’ll have additional chances to try again.

The FREEBIE for January is the devotional Jesus Calling (Unabridged) by Sarah Young.

There are six additional featured devotional downloads:  My Utmost for His Highest (Unabridged) by Oswald Chambers; Moments Together for Couples (Unabridged) by Dennis & Barbara Rainey; Morning & Evening (Unabridged) by C. H. Spurgeon; The Imitation of Christ (Unabridged) by Thomas Kempis; Diamonds in the Dust:  60 Sparkling Devotions (Abridged) by Joni Eareckson Tada; and Faith Alone (Unabridged) by Martin Luther & James C. Galvin.

But, that’s not all!  They have even more selections available for FREE download, such as God’s Story As Told By John (Unabridged) by Crossway and Even The Demons Believe (Unabridged) by Timothy Williams.

Happy downloading!  :o)

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Blog Recommendation: “Cents”able Momma

“Cents”able Momma (Helping You Be “Able” to Save Your “Cents”) is authored by a stay-at-home mother of two boys.  She began blogging in 2008 and has one of my favorite blog designs.  Her blog appears and functions much like a regular web site, which is a feature I desire to someday achieve (but obviously have not yet accomplished with this bare bones, easy-to-use, free WordPress theme).  On her site, she has a BEGINNERS page, which is obviously a great place to start for anyone who is new to the frugal lifestyle.  She also has an EARN MONEY page with a variety of ways to earn a little extra cash for doing something new, or making the most of something you already do.   Head on over and check it out!  She blogs about things that just don’t really enter my realm of knowledge, such as Meijer (which we don’t have in my area) and making money by transferring prescriptions (which I don’t do because insurance pays for our prescriptions).  Eventually, I want to branch out more, but there are only 24 hours in a day and I already spend many of them online as I get this blog (and other online ventures) going.  Did I ever mention that I tend to take on too much at one time?!?!  At this time of year, though, it is easy for me to spend so much time online because I for sure do not want to spend them outside in the bitter cold.  This is our 6th winter in VA (since moving back in ’04) and this one has been the absolute coldest so far.  Brrr!  I’m so glad it is usually much milder here!

By the way, I love the clever title and tag line of  “Cents”able Momma!  I originally wanted to call my own blog, Cents & “Cents”ibility.  But, when I searched the ‘Net to make sure I wasn’t infringing on someone else’s idea, I sadly discovered that someone else was, indeed, using it. *sigh* This prompted me to spend several hours (Yes, really!) trying to come up with another clever name.  Over and over and over again, my ideas were shot down as I discovered that someone else had already though of it. *big heavy sigh*  I finally decided to use alliteration.  For example, “Blog Barn” or “Frugal Frog” (not that frogs are frugal, but I like frogs) and had trouble even finding a unique idea within that framework.  I finally settled on Friendly Frugalista.  It wasn’t my first choice, or my second, or even my 50th.  But, at least no one else was already using it!  LOL!   So, there ya have it–honesty at its brutal best!  And an admission that there are actually a lot of people in the cyberworld who are just as clever as me! Hehe! And that reminds me, I’ve been meaning to find out how to get a copyright.  Hmmm!

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