Gotta Love Netflix

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We have a “sick day” on our hands. My first grader “Mini Me” has cold symptoms along with a eye that’s draining…green stuff. I’m heading to the doctor with her in a bit, but, in the meantime we are laid up on the couch streaming Netflix on our Samsung SmartTV (we totally bought it as an open box and was a great deal!)

Here’s my top reasons why I Love Netflix:

1. It’s instant! If you want to watch a movie you can play one within minutes!

2. You don’t have to leave your house!

3. There’s no movies to lose, get scratched or skip!

4. You can watch movies that are recommended based on what you’ve already watched.

5. With Netflix you can cut costs on bills by getting rid of cable. If you must watch something, watch Netflix.

Thanks to Netflix my 3 year old can now watch Minnie Mouse and Charlottes Web in the blink of an eye. Now, the only problem I foresee going wrong here is if they ever take her favorite movies off…then I’ll be scouring the web for these movies!

Did you know that you can stream Netflix on devices that are already in your home? For instance the PlayStation, Wii and Xbox all have the Netflix app already installed. If you have a newer Blu-Ray player they have the option installed as well. Plus, if you are out and about a lot or taking trips you can download the Netflix app and watch your favorite movies and tv shows right from your Mobile or Tablet.

Netflix is really the best thing for Moms since sliced bread! Wouldn’t you agree?

 


Gunner| The Dog Who Eats EVERYTHING

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Alright ladies and gents you’ve seen me (Marci) around here for a bit and think it’s time I start opening up with ya’ll! Maria and I are trying to get away from all constant deals and bringing in aspects of our real every day lives. So I’m just going to get real for a minute, mmmk?!? I figured ya’ll were a good resource considering our top post every month is the Homemade Dog Food Recipe!

NOTE: There is profanity below so if you find it offensive, please stop reading now!

So my Husband and I decided we wanted a dog about a year ago. We went from wanting to get a German Shepherd, to a pit bull, to a Malinois and then a Dutch Shepherd. First, it was not a easy task finding a Dutch Shepherd. When we did find someone close {he was 4 hours away!} we didn’t have any pictures or video to go off of, we just loaded up one night with the kids and headed out.

The following morning we had arrived and checked out all the pups, who were 6 months old at the time. We chose a few that we liked from their personality of being in their kennel. We ended up bringing home the second dog we pulled out. Now keep in mind this dog has been outside in a solo cage and not been around people other than those who fed and watered him. This weighed in the back of my mind because we have 3 little kids, but, the Hubby also mentioned it was a good thing because we could teach him everything he knows and wouldn’t have any bad habits we’d have to break. So we went for it!

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Gunner and Myself getting ready to come home…

We brought him home and realized he’d only gone potty outside in a metal cage where his droppings hit the ground. So I was ramping myself up for a long ass night. He did shit in his cage on the way home…that was the last and only time he had done that! Overnight has gone great and he’s not had an accident…so for that I am thankful {he just ate a baby sock!}

We were looking for a dog with high drive as we were going to start protection training once he had a good bit of basic obedience. I’ve not felt comfortable with the surroundings I’ve been in lately and wanted a dog that would go every where with me. If I went to the park I’d {he ate another damn baby sock!} tell him to down and he’d sit there and watch us until I told him otherwise. I wanted a dog that would walk with me my 3 miles {the socks have been spotted!} off leash and if I needed him to help me fight off an attacker he would.

Well…he does {and he just swallowed one of the kids winter mittens!} basic obedience on leash very well! We have moved onto a small bit of protection training and the dog THRIVES for discipline. {and the mittens have been found!} The more you correct this damn dog the more fun he has…I’ll share a video on YouTube in a few weeks to prove my point!

{this damn dog just ate something BIG!!!}

Anyhow. We just started getting into protection training with him and we ended up at the vets office. We ran a x-ray and low and behold his stomach is full of something. The Hubs saw him grab something large, chop down three times and went for the swallow. So in for surgery he went the next morning…

The veterinarian literally took Gunner’s stomach out of his body to remove the object….it ended up being a pair of jammie pants of my 12 month old son…fully intact, no bite marks, not torn, nothing! I have a picture to prove it, but, I won’t share it for those of you who may have a weak stomach ;) The dude was down for 2 weeks without training and he decided he’d chew the soft cone we paid $50 for….thankfully we took it back to PetSmart and they allowed us to exchange it without playing 20 questions. {Thank you PetSmart!}

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So now we he’s fully healthy, staples have been removed and we are back on the way to teaching him protection training. My Husband has reached out to a local PSA Certified Decoy and is now teaching him how to bite with a leg suit. I tell ya what this dog LOVES it! {and he just ate baby wipes…} It’s amazing at how smart this dog is. Now I see why the army and police departments have been using more and more Dutch Shepherds lately! You tell him something one time and he remembers!

{and he just ate fiber from a shredded fiber bed that was in the garbage outside!}

He knows what OUT! is now. It’s as if you tell him out and he tells you to eff off and swallows it for the pure pleasure of pissing you off. I’m not even kidding you it’s wearing me down! I called the vet and told him that Gunner just ate a handful of fiber. So I just fed him a cup of rice. I added in some corn and chicken broth so that he would actually eat the rice. The vet stated that if we do a x-ray later tonight the rice will help see where exactly the fiber is located.

So if this dog is so damn smart why in the hell does he keep eating random shit? He’s so good with the kids, doesn’t knock them over, doesn’t try and snatch toys out of their hands, is obedient, loves to lick the babies feet, loves to play and just a good dog. Not to mention he is supervised 24/7. It’s not like he’s roaming in the house when we aren’t home. He’s either in his kennel or with my Husband or myself.

So why in the hell does he keep eating foreign objects? He has toys and bones that are specific to him, he’s worked every day, he’s exercised every day, he’s loved on every day…what are we missing here? PLEASE HELP! I’m going to loose my ever loving mind along with all the kids clothing!

{The fiber has been located…..without surgery!}

 


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Express Your Feelings ~ A note from Marci

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Y’all I want to keep it real for a minute.

Over these past 6 days my husband and I have known two men that have lost their lives. It has put into perspective what is truly important in life. It’s not about how much money we have in the bank account, how clean our home is or what we didn’t get accomplished today. At the end of the day it’s that our children are happy, we sat at dinner as a family and talked and giggled along in our day.

I’ve been thinking a lot about life in general and have posted a few quotes I’ve come up with and posted on my personal Facebook page. So since I can’t be friends with all 90,000+ of you I felt I needed to share these with you:

“Life can be taken in a instant…tell those that matter how much they mean to you, make things right, help those in need even if they don’t ask for it and never hold a grudge. ‪#‎prayingforpeace‬

“My thought for today: Surround yourself with awesome people….you’ll have no choice but to be awesome yourself!”

“At the end of the day we are all fighting our own battles. We strive to be loved, to feel love and be the best that we can be and grow at the roles we have in life. Let’s show one another kindness everyday and support those all around us! ‪#‎findyourjoy‬!”

So take a minute today and tell the ones that mean something to you how you feel. Tell them how grateful you are, write a note to your bestie and send it in the mail or just pick up the phone to a friend you haven’t talked to in awhile just to say hello. It’s the little things that matter the most and have the biggest effect on our hearts.

Thank you for letting me share with you today!

~ Marci


Remembering Robin Williams

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We are all mourning and remembering Robin Williams this morning. In case you haven’t heard yesterday Robin Williams was found dead in his California home at the age of 63. It’s being said that he died of an apparent suicide by asphyxia. Williams had been battling depression and alcoholism for awhile now.

Everyone who has came in contact with Robin Williams whether in life or on the big screen has a soft spot for the comedian. He was a brilliant actor, a Husband and a Father of three beautiful children. While my heart is sadden that the actor was battling against himself I have a smile on my face thinking of all the laughter he has brought to my family.

Here’s a list of my favorite roles that Robin Williams played:

I could go on and on and on…What were some of your favorite Robin William movies?

 


We’re Excited to Announce the TFF Facebook Group!

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Alright guys and gals let’s get real for a minute, shall we?!?

Over the past few months there has been folks messaging us on Facebook wondering why they aren’t seeing the deals from TFF on their wall and when they do the deals are expired. I honestly don’t know why. Facebook is not playing nice with small businesses like us. While this angers me that ya’ll aren’t able to save money I’m trying EVERYTHING in my power to get them to you!

The SIMPLEST way is to subscribe to The Frugal Find Daily Newsletter. We won’t spam you, sell your information like others do or email you more than once a day! I’m sure you inbox is already flooded with useless information! You’ll receive the email around 1 PM EST every day. You will need to confirm your subscription by clicking on a link that is sent to your email account upon signing up. If you don’t do this first step you won’t receive the newsletter.

A few other ways you can receive the deals as we are posting them is by following The Frugal Find on social media. That would be Twitter, Pinterest and of course, good ‘ole Facebook.

Then there’s the NEW The Frugal Find Save More. Give More. Live More Facebook Group that is open to EVERYONE! While I didn’t want to create another platform that felt open ended, I felt it was necessary so you don’t miss a FIND. It’s SUPER important to {The TFF Team, have you checked it out yet?!?} Maria, Candi, Kim and myself that we are reaching you and bringing you the deals you want to see. If you don’t like certain deals or they don’t pertain to you, let us know. If you are looking for a deal on a particular item leave a comment, send us a email or post in the Facebook group letting us know what it is and we will do our best to find you the best deal.

With Black Friday coming up in a few short months and all the deals that will be FINDING us before and after we REALLY want to open up the line of communication between you and the team here at TFF. So please leave comments, share TFF with your friends who will benefit from the deal(s) and most importantly, just interact!

We see you here everyday {THANK YOU FOR THAT!}, why not get to know one another?!?

~ Marci


Name the Fox Friend!

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I asked over on Frugal Find Facebook Page for your input on what the name should be for our Fox Friend ;) So wontcha come on over and leave a comment with what names you come up with? Be sure to “like” each name that’s in the comments. The one with the most votes by Thursday, July 3 will win!

I can’t wait to see some of the name you creative folks have for us ;)

You can head over here to play along!


The Most Adorable Soda Bottles Ever !

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Many of my friends have been posting pictures of their children at their pre-K or high school graduations on Facebook. And seeing these pictures reminded me of something I did when my own son was graduating from high school! When Phillip was 5 years old  he had a pre-K graduation ceremony complete with cap, gown, and a diploma! I have to be honest with you that at the time I thought it was a bit much … But now when I look back, I treasure those memories and pictures so much. I think I must have been overwhelmed at the time and didn’t fully appreciate the moment.

Then two years ago when Phillip was about to graduate from high school and I was looking for cool ideas to make his party a bit more personal, I suddenly had this stroke of genius :)  ! How about if I used his pre-K picture to get some personalized soda bottles made for the party? I already knew that you could do this with labels from Jones Soda, so I went to their website and an hour later, it was all set. I placed my order and a few weeks later I had the coolest soda bottles I could have ever asked for. Most of my friends agreed that it was the sweetest idea ever, and those with younger kids said they wanted to do get their personalized labels for their own kids’ graduation!

As your kids are growing up, remember to take lots of pictures and think of different creative ways you might be able to use them in the future. You can use these pictures for soda bottles, mugs, collages, mouse pads or even pillows. And something else I would encourage you to do is  to get prints of your best photos. I personally  love holding an actual picture in my hands much more that seeing it briefly on a computer or phone screen. And in all likelihood as your kids get older, they too will cherish going through that shoebox of photographs and reminisce about the memories of their childhood.

Life goes by so quickly. And those moments we think we will never forget, do get forgotten unless you make an effort to somehow preserve the memories!

 


Seeking Positive Thoughts and Prayers for Maria

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Hey ya’ll!

I know you’ve “seen” me around and I haven’t formally introduced myself. I promise to do that this week along with introducing you to the other Team Members of TFF. But, in the mean time I’m asking for positive thoughts and Prayers for Maria and her family right now.

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I will let Maria give you the details in her own time, but, she has lost a member of their family, her German Shepherd Daisy, of 8 years. If you’ve learned anything about Maria it’s that she LOVES her dogs like her children. Loosing a loved one hurts, no matter if human or our furry friend.

Maria has put her blood, sweat and tears into this website and I’m asking for your Positive Thoughts and Prayers for Maria and her family as she would return them for you. I’ll be taking over TFF this week so please let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns by sending me a email to Media@TheFrugalFind.com.

~~~ Marci


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Welcome to the NEW The Frugal Find

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I want to Welcome You to the New Frugal Find!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to Thank You for stopping by and supporting The Frugal Find. It’s because of you that I have found a passion that I wouldn’t have otherwise have found. I strive to help you live your best Frugal Lifestyle possible and with this New Frugal Find it will help me do it better!

I ask for your help during this time. If you see something that isn’t working properly, a deal you landed or one that has expired, if you would like to see something on the site itself changed, PLEASE  let me know. You can leave me comment on the blog or on The Frugal Find Facebook page or send me an email to Deals@TheFrugalFind.com.

There are several changes that needed to be made and I’ve struggled with doing it, because I did not want to upset you. But, in the end, I knew in my heart that the blog needed this change in order to reflect me and my personality. There will be more “steps” in this process of the new website  and we are going to be focusing on buttoning up the “new” look and then making changes to make the site run faster. Please bear with the inevitable glitches that can happen during these growing pains!

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR SUPPORTING MY EFFORTS! I SO APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!


The “New” Frugal Find ~ It’s About to Happen!

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You might remember that a few weeks ago The Frugal Find’s site went down. We immediately jumped into emergency mode and with the help of Marci and Candace (thank you, ladies!), we were able to get the blog up and running again. However, it soon became apparent that the site needed some major work done in order for this not to happen again. And realizing that this meant changing it up significantly, I decided to “go for it” and do a complete overhaul.

I initially thought the new design would be ready in a matter of a few days, but this was wishful thinking. It takes a lot of work, planning and designing to come up with a new blog. But thanks to my right hand Marci (your are awesome!) and my great designer Laura, we are now just days away from unveiling the new “The Frugal Find”.

You will see a slightly different layout of the categories and tabs. But don’t worry, all of the information is still there. If you are having trouble finding something, please let me know and I will point you in the right direction. Also, if you find something that isn’t quite working or if you have any suggestions to make the site even better, I welcome all your feedback :)

I thought it would be kind of fun to include a mascot in the new design, and after searching high and low I settled on the most adorable baby red fox you’ve ever seen. There is something about the look on this young fox cub’s face that made me fall in love with her. If you would like to see her before the official unveiling, check out TFF’s Facebook page and look at the new profile picture. Oh, and we will be having a contest to name her! Stay tuned …

You might be wondering why I chose a fox, so let me explain. When I moved from Guatemala to Boulder almost 6 years ago I remember seeing a fox in my backyard taking a nap. This was my first time to ever see one in the wild and I was  thrilled and excited beyond words. So when I came across the picture of the red fox cub in a basket, it brought back a flood of memories.

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Fox in my yard!

You see, so many things have happened since August 2008 … My marriage fall apart after almost 20 years. My father’s health has declined significantly. My dog Rex who I loved more than words can say passed away.

However, some good things have happened as well. My son Phillip graduated from high school, took a gap year and is now  enrolled in college. He is now an amazing young adult who has been such a rock and always there for me. My daughter Annette has blossomed from a child into a lovely kind and caring teenage girl that any parent would be proud of. I have made new amazing friends who have been there to support me through all these big changes. I did a complete 180° in my career when I started running this blog. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to bore you.

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My children ♥

So in a nutshell, what all this has taught me is that you should be open and flexible for change. I had been afraid of change until I realized that this fear was limiting so many aspects of my life. Once I decided to let go of my fears, everything  fell into place and I haven’t looked back. So I would encourage you to reflect on your own life. Question yourself often and make sure you are living your life to it’s full potential.  I came across this quote by Bob Marley that really sums it up so I will leave you with this final thought to keep in mind:

“Love the Life you Live, Live the Life you Love” ~ B.M

I truly hope you will love the new “The Frugal Find” as much as I do.

XOXO

Maria


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TFF is back online!

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Good morning!

I am so excited that we have the website running again. The blog had some major technical issues that were just resolved a few minutes ago.

It was so frustrating that I couldn’t even log on to let you all know what was going on. If you follow me on Facebook, you probably saw my updates. Unfortunately there was no way to update the main page of the blog in order to let everyone else know what was happening.

The good news is that I can start publishing new deals again. And I will also unveiling a brand new look in a few days. I am so excited :)  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while now, and this glitch  we had a few days ago was the push I needed to make that big step.

Thank you for understanding, and stay tuned for some changes in the days to come!

Maria

 

 


The Best April Fools Prank

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April Fools is quickly approaching. My daughter has begun plotting her pranks and I can wait to see what her antics are this year. What is the Best April Fools Prank that you have pulled or someone has pulled on you?

I’m excited to read your comments and see if we can help each other out with the Best April Fools Prank this year!


10 Foods to Never Feed Your Dog

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We all love our pets and want to do our best to take care of them to the best of our ability. Sometimes foods can be overlooked and a small piece of food we share could be very harmful to our furry friends. However, there are lots of foods to never feed your dog.

I have a neighbor who you used to train her pup by rewarding him with M&M’s. I was surprised to hear that she had no idea that chocolate is a no-no for dogs! And just the other day I was at the vets and a puppy who had snuck into the picnic basket and eaten grapes had to have his stomach pumped…poop pup!

So potentially harmful foods are all around us. I thought it would be good to share a list with our readers just in case there are items on this list that you had no idea were dangerous to feed your pup. Some might be seem like common sense (like alcohol), but others might be news to you.

So here’s the top 10 foods (and beverages)  that you should never – ever – give your dog.

10 Foods to Never Feed Your Dog:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Artificially Sweetened Foods
  3. Avocados
  4. Chocolate
  5. Coffee/Tea
  6. Dough
  7. Garlic and Onions
  8. Fatty Foods
  9. Grapes/Raisins
  10. Macadamia Nuts

Also, we have a great post containing a DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe with completely safe ingredients. And with all the dog food recalls happening lately – more and moree are turning to homemade DIY foods!

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Grandparents Poem

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This Grandparents Poem is in memory of my grandparents who were amazing people, all four of them. I was blessed with having my grandmother around for 100 years! She was sweet, loving and kind up until the day she passed away.

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Grandparents are special people
with wisdom and pride.
They are always offering love and kindness
and are always there to guide.
They often make you feel
so confident and strong.
Their arms are always open
no matter what you did wrong.
They try to help out
in every way that they can.
They love all their grandchildren
the same whether you’re a child, woman or man.
They are always there to listen
and to lend a helping hand.
They show you respect
and they try to understand.
They give their love, devotion and so much more,
that’s easy to see.
Grandparents,
what perfect examples
of the kind of person that we should be.

~By Stacy Smith~

You can print this off and let your children give to their Grandparents for Grandparents Day on September 7, Mothers or Father’s Day or just because…it’ll melt their heart!


Help! The lid of my Pyrex is stuck half way. Has this happened to you?

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Do you own one of those neat pyrex bowls that have a glass lid with a rubber vent? I bought one a few months ago and have loved using it. However, the other day I was re-heating some rice and the lid got sucked INTO the pyrex and got stuck! I’m not sure why this happened but I’m guessing I didn’t open the vent enough or maybe the lid was off center to begin with?! Whatever it was, I sure wasn’t expecting to find this when I opened the microwave door.

I really needed to use the rice for our lunch, so I went ahead and scraped it out and figured I would be able to dislodge the lid afterwards. Boy was I wrong! I tried gently pulling trying to ease the lid out. No such luck. I tried with a knife, thinking that if I wedged it between the lid and the container, I could somehow manage to get it out. Nope! I used all my strength up to the point when I thought I might break the lid, the bowl or both. But that darn lid is still stuck in the bowl, like this:

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I have tried everything I can think of to get this lid out, but as you can see, nothing has worked. Before I throw out the pyrex I thought I would give it one last chance and ask you if have any thoughts on how to solve my problem? PLEASE if you have an idea of what I can do, send me a comment. I will try anything (within reason). I will let you know how it goes and hopefully post pictures of my pyrex without the lid permanently attached!


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