From My Shelf to Yours: April 2017 Book Recommendations

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As promised, I am continuing with my monthly post of the books I read during the previous month. In this case, it is April 2017.

The idea is to offer some reading ideas or options for those looking for a new book to read next month. I don’t know about you, but I frequently turn to posts like this when I am not sure which reading venture I want to pursue next.

April was a relaxed and interesting month for me, book-wise. I read books written by some of my favourite authors, as usual. However, I found myself digging for books about J.K. Rowling. Since I wasn’t sure which one was best, I decided to get them and read them all.

Anyway, let’s take a look at what I read during the month of April. Maybe you’ll find yourself intrigued by one or more of these. And if you do, make sure to click on the links. They’ll take you straight to the item on the Amazon website where you can purchase it at an excellent and competitive price.



Ultimate List of the Best Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

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Don’t you just love it when a special holiday gets near? No? Well, I do. Until it’s time to figure out if and what to gift that special person in my life.

Mother’s Day might be just another “Hallmark” holiday, but dedicating at least this one day to the most special person is a no brainer.

Unfortunately, it can be quite difficult to decide what to get for a Mom. Traditionally, Moms get kitchen appliances/gadgets, flowers or even a nice homemade card by the kiddos.

But, what if I told you there are way more options out there? All it takes is a bit more research. And of course, deciding and getting the perfect present must not be done in a haste. It is with this in mind that I have created this list of amazing gifts for Moms of all ages, stages and tastes.

Dive in, my friend and choose that perfect gift for the most important woman in your life!


The Ultimate List of Terms All Bloggers Need to Know

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Whenever a person dives in on a new project or endeavor, it may feel like it is a whole new world. Suddenly, you find that words you already knew the meaning of, are now being used in a completely different way. Or even worse (or better), you get slapped with a whole new vocabulary or abbreviations to learn, understand and use.

That is exactly what happened to me when I first started couponing. There was all this talk about q’s, YMMV, ip, stacking, etcetera, etcetera. The list goes on and on. And blogging is no different.

For the last 2 years or so, I’ve been doing all I could to educate myself in regards to what blogging involves. I did this because I wanted to make sure that blogging was in fact, the right path for me. I have always loved and enjoyed writing immensely. But there is so much more than writing involved in blogging. It is certainly a multitasker’s dream.

What I found, even after months and months of reading, considering and preparing, was that there was still a ton of terms that I had to learn to read in a different context than I was used to so far. And the more I blog, participate on Facebook blogging groups and read about it, the more new concepts I find.

Then one day, a few days ago, I was attending an online summit and as I listened to them I realized I had never come across a list of “blogging terms” for beginners. I am not saying it doesn’t exist. Only that I have never seen one. Hence the reason for the following list.

I could certainly just write what I believe those terms mean in the blogging world but I decided to make it a bit more official and legit by doing some research. The following terms and their definitions were found on the web.

I decided to put them all together in one document to make it that much easier for beginning bloggers to refer to. Having just one spot for your info should help simplify the learning process.

Are you ready? OK, let’s do this!


6 Free Or Inexpensive Things To Do On Easter Sunday

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With Easter weekend fast approaching, most parents are scrambling for ideas on what to do for/with the kids. Myself included.

While most will just settle on buying one of those ready made baskets from the store, there are many other things to do that involve very little to no money spending at all. Holidays can be special treats. Even without buying into the marketing propaganda that comes at us at every single turn.

If you think that it is impossible to make Easter Sunday special on a budget, take a look at this list of ideas I’ve put together for you.

Check it out!


17 Unnecessary Items New Parents Shouldn’t Buy For Their Baby

As new parents, we are often pulled into a million directions. From deciding to breastfeed, to choosing the right car seat to picking a beautiful name, there is no shortage of decisions to make.

Truth is, while some things are definitely very important, some can be decided upon as time goes by. No need to just rush out the door every time a parenting book or magazine recommends something.

I have been a parent for 18 yrs, and I can honestly say, I have wasted way too much money on unnecessary things, especially during those first few years. And I would love nothing more than to help you avoid the same mistakes I made.

And here are the 17 Unnecessary Items New Parents Shouldn’t Buy For Their Baby:


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Simple Budget Friendly Dinner Solution: Easy and Simple Rice with Vienna Sausages Recipe


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If your life is anything like mine, you often find yourself with very little time to plan dinner, let alone cook it.  Or worse, you had dinner all planned out, yet completely forgot to pull out the meat from the freezer in the morning. Gasp!

When this happens, it is easy to resort to less than ideal solutions: get take out. Or just a cold, plain bowl of cereal. While a bowl of cereal is perfectly acceptable, there’s nothing like a nice, warm meal at the end of a long, trying day. And I’d much rather have a home cooked meal.

It is with those days in mind that I am sharing a very simple recipe that my family loves. Because I, too, have some very busy days, when one child might have a concert. Or another might have some other kind of school activity. Nothing drives my husband and I crazier than having to cook a complicated meal after 6 pm. UGH


 A Guide to be More Time and Cost Effective While Running Errands

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As stay at home parents (or even wage earning “working” parents, really), there seems to be an endless loop of errands to make, day in and day out. Sometimes it could feel like all we do it hop in and out of the car and drive to and from places.

Personally, I loathe driving way too much, and would do almost anything to not drive anywhere. But sometimes it is unavoidable. Or is it?

Many years ago, I had a wage paying job, meaning I worked outside of the home. But I also had a daughter with some health issues, which meant extra trips to specialists, labs, drug store, etc. Not counting the usual grocery shopping, picking up and dropping off stuff and such.

However, when I became a full time stay at home mom, I had a big goal in mind: to drop my driving around to a minimum. And to only go where I wanted to go. Pretty ambitious, huh? Well, yes, it is. It was ambitious. But also completely doable.

My biggest concern was and still is, the insane amount of time spent away from home. I am a home body. I love being at home way too much. But there’s another issue that should not be overlooked: gas prices and gas usage.

Unless you have an extremely cost effective, eco friendly, newer car, chances are you are wasting way too much gas running around in circles. And by circles, I mean literally. Oftentimes, we go about our errands in the most erratic, disorganized way.

If this speaks to you, then continue reading. And if it doesn’t, continue reading anyway. Chances are, if not you, somebody you know has been making the oil companies richer than they absolutely have to. By following these few very simple and doable tips you could make things go better. And your days move smoother. And your wallets happier.

Let’s dive in!

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Monthly Reading List Recap



Monthly reading list recap

Monthly Reading List Recap

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Books are a vital part of my life, of who I am. I have been a reader since I was under 4 years old and I am proud to call myself a bookworm.

Last month I shared my first (of many, hopefully)  list of books I had read during the pervious month (February), along with a very brief summary. I also provided links to make it easier to find and purchase the books, if you’re interested.

This month I read even less than last. This is mostly due to the fact that I have been brutally busy. Keeping this blog running and volunteering my time and vehicle to drive the biggest orchestra instruments for their many engagements make March very busy. My head spins just thinking about it.

Anyway, here is the promised list. And remember, if you find anything that sparks your curiosity, get that book and read it! Nothing is better for your heart, mind and soul than loosing yourself between the pages of a wonderfully written story.

Let’s do this!


Sofrito Recipe: A Delicious Staple in All Puerto Rican Households

I can say that all of the most delicious recipes in our vast repertoire include sofrito. When I was growing up, my Grandma used to make her own and that delicious aroma is nothing short of heavenly.

But, what exactly is Sofrito, you may ask?

Wikipedia defines sofrito as “a sauce used as a base in Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin American cooking. Preparations may vary, but it typically consists of aromatic ingredients cut into small pieces and sauteed or braised in cooking oil.”

Wiki goes further, explaining the basics of what sofrito means and/or refers to in different countries and cultures. For example, Wiki says that “in Puerto Rican cuisine, sofrito is mostly used when cooking rice dishes, sauces, and soups.”


Peanut Clusters Recipe: Very Easy to Make Treat or Dessert

(Makes 100+ peanut clusters)


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The dark days are upon us. Since I stopped using coupons and shopping frequently, our snack/dessert stash has suffered greatly. I can already see the signs in all of my family members: the sadness, the accusing stares, the desperation.

Okay, maybe all that is more than a tad dramatic ha ha, but I do know that they are dying to ask me “When are we starting to stockpile snacks again?” They won’t ask. But they are wondering.

Truth is, that isn’t happening any time soon. I am far too busy nowadays and to be honest, it is sort of peaceful and liberating to not go to the stores unless I absolutely have to. Which I avoid like the plague. Grocery shopping has never been exciting for me. Maybe that is the main reason I took to couponing with a vengeance: it made grocery shopping more fun and challenging.