20 Gluten Free Slow Cooker Meals from Costco for $150 – recipes, shopping list and more!

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Gluten Free Slow Cooker Meals

Back to School and all the after school activities will be here before you know it.  I know in my family it is tough getting dinner on the table while shuttling kids to and fro.

Erin from $5DollarDinners.com has come up with some super simple Slow Cooker Freezer Meals to help you put everything together in a snap.  They are all Gluten-FREE as well.  What are your favorite quick weeknight meals?

The plan includes 20 meals (double of 10 different recipes) that should cost about $150 at Costco (prices may vary by region – and I am sure you can do something similar at BJ’s), take under 2 hours to prepare and she even shows you in a step by step video.

  • Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples & Rosemary
  • Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Apples & Sweet Potatoes
  • Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Chicken Curry
  • Slow Cooker Italian Chicken
  • Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken & Potatoes
  • Slow Cooker Sausage, Peppers, Onions
  • Slow Cooker Italian Stew Roast
  • Slow Cooker Beef Stew
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Slow Cooker Chicken & Sausage Stew

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  • Printable Assembly Instructions – step by step guide to pulling all these meals together and into the freezer
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  • Exclusive Access to the 3 Instructional Assembly Videos
  • Recipe List & Grocery List included as well!

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Staycation on a Budget 2014: Over 60 Cities!

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Staycation on a Budget

If you want to plan a staycation or frugal vacation somewhere in the US, go no further.  Yesterday we talked about STAYCATION Massachusetts 2014: Frugal Fun in Boston & Beyond and how you need to make sure you UNPLUG, PLAN and be CREATIVE!  Lucky for us over 60+ other bloggers who did the same for their part of the country and here they are.  What a fantastic resource!

Be sure to come back and let me know what great staycation ideas you have for YOUR home state.

A – D

Phoenix-Metro, Arizona ~ Mom Endeavors
Scottsdale, Arizona ~ Saving For Someday
Tucson, Arizona ~ Desert Chica Ramblings
Bentonville, Arkansas ~ This Sweet Life
Fullerton, California ~ More with Less Today
San Diego, California ~ Southern Cali Saver.com
Denver, Colorado ~ Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia ~ Kidventurous

F – I

Jacksonville, Florida ~ Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida ~ The Educators’ Spin On It
Tallahassee, Florida ~ SwagGrabber
Tampa, Florida ~ Not Consumed
Chicago (and suburbs), Illinois ~ A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois ~ Entertaining Chicago
Fort Wayne, Indiana ~ Simplified Saving
Indianapolis, Indiana ~ Chaos Is Bliss
Des Moines, Iowa ~ Eat, Play, Love Des Moines

K – P

Louisville, Kentucky – The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky (Boone, Kenton, Campbell Co) ~ Simply Sherryl
Annapolis, Maryland ~ The Happy Housewife
Boston, Massachusetts ~ Maven of Savin
Grand Rapids, Michigan ~ Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan ~ Saving Dollars and Sense
Oakland County, Michigan ~ Everyday Savvy
South Haven, Michigan ~ Bargain Briana
Twin Cities, Minnesota ~ Creative Couponing
Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas ~ Kosher on a Budget
Kansas City, Missouri/Kansas ~ Kansas City Mamas
Southern Missouri ~ Getting Freedom
Omaha, Nebraska ~ Family Fun in Omaha
Reno (& Northern), Nevada ~ Premeditated Leftovers
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York ~ Anns’ Entitled Life
Syracuse, New York ~ I am THAt Lady
Cincinnati, Ohio ~ Adventure mom
Columbus, Ohio ~ Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio ~ Savings Lifestyle
Northeast Ohio ~ Raising Lifelong Learners
Northeast Ohio (Canton, Akron, Cleveland) ~ Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
North Central Oklahoma ~ From this Kitchen Table
Portland, Oregon ~ Frugal Living NW
Erie, Pennsylvania ~ Growing Kids Ministry
Harrisburg/Central, Pennsylvania ~ Family Balance Sheet
Lancaster, Pennsylvania ~ Pandora’s Deals
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ~ The Coupon High
Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) ~ Bucktown Bargains

R – W

Providence, Rhode Island ~ Everyday Family Living
Beaufort, South Carolina ~ Kathys Cluttered Mind
Chattanooga, Tennessee ~ Living Chic on the Cheap
Nashville, Tennessee ~ The Hands-On Homeschooler
Arlington, Texas ~ Baby Boomer Rants
Bryan/College Station, Texas ~ How to Homeschool My Child
Dallas, Texas ~ Surviving The Stores
Fort Worth, Texas ~ Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas ~ Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas ~ Moms Confession
Rio Grande Valley (McAllen), Texas ~ iLoveMy5Kids
Salt Lake City, Utah ~ Teach Beside Me
Charlottesville, Virginia ~ How to Have it All
Richmond, Virginia ~ Vacation Maybe
Williamsburg, Virginia ~ The Talking Suitcase
Seattle, Washington ~ Thrifty NW Mom
Spokane, Washington – Susan’s Homeschool Blog
Oshkosh, Wisconsin ~ A Little Bit of This and That

What are your favorite STAYCATION ideas?

6 Garden Tools you MUST HAVE

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6 Garden Tool Must Haves

If you are thinking about planting a garden this year, there are some essential tools you will want to have on hand.  Whether you choose to plant vegetables, perennial herbs or are just weeding your landscaping, the correct tools will make your life so much easier and even – I dare say – enjoyable.

Of course you do not need to spend an arm and a leg for them.  Start with some basics and expand from there.  Take a look below at 5 garden tool must haves that you will want to snag for this growing season!

Basic Garden Tool Set

Everyone needs a basic garden tool set to get started. Sets typically include a trowel, cultivator, and transplanter and/or pruners.  Though I do like the idea of the weeder in this set or there is an added hoe in this 5-piece set.

Trug Tub

A trug tub is a flexible and lightweight tub that can be used to hold all of your garden waste. As you prune or weed you can place the clippings in the tub for disposable. The tub is waterproof, easy to clean, and easy to carry. You can find these for around $9-$15 depending on size.  Of course any container will do, but I am always looking for a way to collect my weeds.

Pocket Hose

Forget about lugging huge and heavy hoses around the garden. A pocket hose is a lightweight and collapsible hose that makes watering easier. You can find one for around $10 and they are built to last.

Landscaping Gloves

When choosing gloves, you want something tough and durable. These landscaping gloves by Garden Odyssey fit the bill for around $10. They protect the delicate wrist, are made of tough suede, and are built to last. Perfect for pruning or hauling branches, these gloves will keep you scratch free.  My wrists always get itchy so I love that these cover them.

If you do not like those, check out these other gardening gloves.

Bucket Caddy

A bucket caddy is a great way to keep your tools organized and right by your side. This bucket caddy by Fiskars is perfect for keeping your tools safe and at your fingertips. Plus, it only costs around $11 which is a great price!

Garden Seat

Make gardening a little more fun and comfortable with a garden seat. A garden seat such as this one will protect your legs, knees, back, and bottom. For around $30, you can own one yourself and have a more comfortable gardening experience.

OK all you gardening professionals… what did I miss? 

Spring Cleaning: The Laundry Room only $0.99

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Before you can get it under control, you have to get your laundry room under control.  For a limited time you can get Spring Cleaning: The Laundry Room by my favorite laundry goddess Lauren Hill of Mama’s Laundry Talk for only $0.99.  You can also grab it on Kindle for the same price.

This e-guide leads readers through 7 steps to get their Laundry Rooms under control.  You know…those Laundry Rooms that you can hardly get to the washer because there is so much stuff on the floor (clothes, sports equipment, detergent bottles, etc.)  The guide is complete with a Laundry Room Checklist and a 7 Steps Cheat Sheet for easy reference.

Did you know you need to sanitize your washing machine every now and then?  I do it now and it makes a HUGE difference in the stinkies that can come out of your washer – especially front load ones.

Pick up Spring Cleaning: The Laundry Room and get yourself organized to be more productive in the laundry room.

Growing Vegetables That Reseed Themselves

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Growing Vegetables that ReSeed Themselves

We all know I am no gardener… and as I start, I am looking for every shortcut, lazy gardening method out there.

Experienced gardeners know about volunteer plants, random plants that have managed to reseed themselves and just start growing in the middle of the garden. While most gardeners are likely to allow flowers and herbs to reseed themselves and grow where they may, vegetables are not always allowed to grow, or even given the opportunity to reseed themselves.

Flower and herbs keep their seeds in the flowerheads, and the seeds drop when the flowers are through blooming. Vegetable seeds, on the other hand, are contained within the fruit of the plants, and since we grow vegetable to eat, the seeds are very rarely allowed to drop to the garden bed and reseed next spring.

With a little lazy gardening, or smart planning (as I like to call it – LOL!), you can get several vegetable plants to reseed themselves each year.

Tomato Plants

The number of tomato seeds available on a single plant is very high, enough to provide for an entire garden full of plants just from one fruit. However, we usually harvest all the tomatoes we grow and rarely do we collect the seeds. By leaving just one tomato fruit on the vine to ripen, fall and decompose itself in the soil, you can have tomato seedlings show up in the garden next spring. If you do not like the look of a dead tomato plant being left over the winter months in the garden. Pull the tomato from the vine, clean the garden and place the tomato back into the soil to spend the winter. You can do this with each variety of tomato you want to grow and then thin seedlings out when they begin to sprout.

Peppers

Like tomato plants, peppers are stuffed with seeds that all have the potential to reseed themselves in your garden beds. Because peppers take so long to mature, there are often one or two vegetables that begin to grow well after the time they will need to reach their full size and mature. These late bloomers are great for re-seeding purposes when left on the vine to die and drop their seeds into the soil. If you noticed the seeds fall into the soil, lightly rake them into the soil for the winter which will give them the coverage they need and also provide the friction and pressure needed for germination to occur in the spring.

Pumpkins

Large pumpkin vines and pumpkins make great reseeders in the vegetable garden. Pumpkin seeds are large, mixed in with all the flesh that you pull out when you carve a jack-o-lantern. Being that pumpkins are harvested late in the season, there is always one or two pumpkins that are so small they are just left behind on the vine or pulled for a table decoration. If you have one of these late to mature pumpkins, let it stay in the garden bed instead of removing it. If you harvest all your pumpkins, return some of the seeds to the garden bed where you want to see them grow next year. Most pumpkins are able to reseed with more seedlings that you have room to provide for so a good thinning out is necessary in the spring.

Cucumbers

Cucumber plants are capable of returning a large harvest when all their needs are met and they get a lot of sunshine. They are also great vegetable plants for reseeding, with each cucumber holding anywhere from 50 to 100 seeds, depending on the variety. If you protect your cucumbers from rot and insects you can harvest every single one of them, but to allow for the plant to reseed itself, allow just one to remain on the vine. The longer the cucumber is able to stay on the vine through fall, dry out and drop its seeds, the better chance you have of it reseeding. Like pumpkins, cucumbers need a lot of growing space so make sure you thin out the smaller seedlings when spring arrives.

Of course some work will still need to be done, but hopefully less than planting fresh each year.

Do you allow any of your vegetables to reseed?

I will also be trying these 5 Perennial Herbs for Beginner Gardeners so I only have to plant once as well!

7 Kitchen Hacks to Save you Time and Aggravation

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7 Kitchen Hacks to Save you Time & Aggravation

Over a period of time in the kitchen, you eventually start to learn things that make your life easier.  Saving time allows you to enjoy time doing the other things in life that you love.

Some of these tips & tricks are referred to as “kitchen wins” or “kitchen hacks” and there is a seemingly endless flow of them out there. The ones that are best for us are really unique to each individual. What you cook and how often is a large determining factor.

That said, here are seven kitchen hacks that many already know (of course I did not – LOL), but ones that most can use on a regular basis.

Boil potatoes with skin on to peel them

Making mashed potatoes without the skin used to be a nightmare. Peeling all those potatoes – especially when honestly, I do not even like mashed potatoes – but with an Irish husband, well you know.

Did you know that you can boil potatoes with the skin on and when they are done, the skin will literally peel off? No more peeling potatoes folks.  After washing just score the potato around the middle with a paring knife (just through the skin).  Once they are boiled, drain off the hot water.  Be very careful to allow them to cool before using your hands, but then run under cold water and peel the skins right off with your fingers.

What are your favorite POTATO Tips & Tricks?

Shake hard-boiled eggs to peel them

Another irritating thing to try to do in the kitchen is to peel hard-boiled eggs.  Of course using older eggs to hard boil always helps, but you can also SHAKE the shells off.

Place them in a tupperware container (or you can actually try using the pan with a cover as well) filled 1/2 way with water and shake them around for several minutes. When you remove the lid, they will come right off.

I am also going to try this really cool “Blow the Egg Out Method” by Tim Ferris…

What are your favorite Hard Boiled Eggs Tips & Tricks?

Use Non-Stick cooking spray to speed up grating

I have asked a million people.  When you grate things – cheese, veggies, garlic, anything – how the heck do you get the stuff off the grater.  Especially when it is something small like garlic.  I loose the whole clove in the grater.

Who knew that a simple spray of non-stick cooking spray could eliminate that problem completely? I didn’t but I do now. This works like magic with cheese in particular.

Do you have other Grating Tips & Tricks?

Core your lettuce by hitting it on a hard surface

I love this one because I can always feel like I am smashing someones head (some days you just need that – LOL!).  Some restaurants need this lesson as well.  If I get one more salad that is mostly core I think I will scream.

Anyway you can just take the core of the lettuce and aim it down towards the surface. Bring the core firmly down on a cutting board or hard surface and you can then pull the core right out

Obviously this is for a head of lettuce, NOT romaine – LOL!

Keep your knives sharp by using flat side to scrape items off cutting board

I wonder how many people do this? When you are cutting or dicing on a cutting board, do you turn the knife when you scrape things to the side or into a bowl?

Dull knives can really slow things down in the kitchen – as well as frustrate the cook.  Using the sharp side to drag things back and forth will dull them quickly. Flip it over and use the flat side of the knife for that.  If you have a knife block be sure to store them flat side down as well.

How do you keep your Knives Sharp?

Store Ice Cream in a Ziploc bag

After you open a gallon of ice cream store it in a ziploc bag.  This will keep it SOFT and fresh so you do not break your wrist or bend your spoon when you go for a scoop.

Put your most commonly used utensils right by the stove

This sounds obvious, but how many times are you digging through a drawer for what you need?  Pick the five things you use the most (tongs, wooden spoon, etc) and place them in a container directly beside the stove. Why not have the most common things you use handy, right? A mason jar, vase or even a cookie jar can make a cute option for this.

Wait until you see my solution for storing my new Elevate Utensil set (pictures coming this weekend – I hope).

These kitchen hacks are far from the only ones out there and may be obvious to you but not everyone knows.

What kitchen hacks, tips or tricks are you using on a daily basis that you can share?

I would love to post regularly on this topic, so send me your tips!

5 Perennial Herbs for the Beginner Gardener

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5 Perennial Herbs For Beginner Gardeners

At the end of summer every gardener is busy harvesting and preparing plants before the first frost hits.  Since everyone who knows me KNOWS this is obviously NOT going to happen with me, I would need to plant a garden with plants that can be put to bed over the winter months, when they will return again in the spring.

Saying I do not have a GREEN THUMB is an understatement.  Many find comfort, relaxation and a calm sereneness with gardening, I do not.

I WANT to like it, I LOVE how it looks, I WANT to eat healthier and WANT to enjoy it, but alas I do not.

That is why it is important for garden-phobic folks or beginners like myself to have stuff that comes back year after year.  If we invest the time and money in a garden or landscaping, you know it is only happening once!

I have a crappy patch of land between the garage and driveway that might be perfect for an herb garden.  Luckily there are so many herbs available to us as perennials it is easy to plan, design and invest in a garden once and know that the end of summer does not mean the end of your garden.

Use this guide to determine which of your herbs will return to the garden next year. If you are interested in a budget friendly plan, or something that you can just plant once and enjoy every year, be sure to add as many of these herbs to your garden as possible.

Thyme

Thyme is a perennial herb that is able to withstand cold winters and doubles in size each and every year. A low growing groundcover, thyme comes in several different varieties that can be chosen for the color of their foliage, flower or scent. For gardeners that are in the colder hardiness zones, lemon and English thyme are better able to handle very cold winters, and newer decorative varieties tend to be less hardy and unable to handle the cold winter months.

Lavender

Lavender is very hardy and most plants are able to make it through cold, long winters and bloom again in the spring. Ensuring that your lavender plant is able to survive through the winter does take a little work on your part, and this needs to be done when you are planting and not when fall comes around. Planting your lavender in a protected area, away from high wind and adding it to slightly rocky or poor soil giving lavender roots a better and deeper grip is best. Pruning back the plant at the end of the growing season also helps to ensure that all the energy of the plant goes into survival.

Sage

Sage plants are often planted as annuals, but if placed in a dedicated spot in the garden and the if the ground is not frozen for a longer than normal period, it can survive and return. Plants will be very tender and small, not returning to their former size like lavender and thyme do, but you get the joy of growing a plant to maturity again.

Mint

Mint is perhaps one of the most common herbs in gardens because so many people add a single plant to a bed without realizing how resilient the herb is and how fast it can spread. Spearmint and Peppermint are two of the most popular and easiest to grow, adding one plant is great, but try to add it to its own bed or container where it will fill out entirely year after year. Other varieties to plant include citrus mints and the newer tropical scented varieties.

Chives

Chives are some of springs first plants, filling in their corner of the garden before most gardeners have even had the chance to clear the beds of garden debris. Any variety of chives can be expected to make it through the cold winter months and they are so low maintenance and useful in the kitchen that they are definitely a smart investment.

What herbs do you have in your garden?

Facebook is a SOCIAL NETWORK – So BE SOCIAL and NETWORK

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UPDATE to my previous post: Facebook: How to see what YOU want in your Facebook News feed

A few readers have emailed me again saying they have not seen any of my posts (or other pages posts) in their Facebook News Feed in over a month.  Blogger & business friends alike are also frustrated with the changes in facebook and how they can continue to communicate to their readers, friends and customers.

Of course it is true that facebook wants businesses to PAY for you to see their posts, but we also need to go back to basics as to WHAT facebook was intended for in the beginning…

Facebook is a SOCIAL Network – so be SOCIAL and NETWORK!

We can complain all we want but we have to remember that Facebook is a SOCIAL NETWORK.   By definition to function properly you need to be SOCIAL and you need to NETWORK.

Even though you thought you told them you want to see my posts by liking my page or FRIENDing someone, to them that was just a “Ya, I met her once..”  I kinda, sorta LIKE it.

Liking a page or friending someone is just what it says… eh… I know them or knew them once.  You do not mind seeing it, but more often than not you scroll right past without a second look.  If you saw them on caller ID you may not pick up.

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If you do not INTERACT by LIKE-ing, COMMENTing or SHARE-ing actual posts or updates you are indirectly saying you do not care whether you see what that person or page posts.

You are NOT being SOCIAL and you are not NETWORKING.

That is fine, however you need to understand that FB takes that input (or LACK OF INPUT) and then shows you what you most want to see – the stuff from people who you comment, LIKE and share.

Like any SOCIAL relationship, it needs ACTIVE PARTICIPATION.

The POWER OF NETWORKING is amazing so do not miss out!

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By the way, more importantly that also helps ME to know what kind of stuff you like to see.  You can also do that directly from the post on the blog either next to the title OR below the post.  Like you obviously LOVE Dunkin Donuts coffee – LOL!  Why not SHARE all the great deals with your friends?

CREATE A FRIEND or INTEREST LIST on FACEBOOK

In addition to being ACTIVE in your social networking, there is another way to make it easier for you to see what you want in your News Feed.

You could also create a LIST which will show you all posts in chronological order from the friends/pages you add to the list.

Here is what you do:

  • Go to your home page on facebook and look down the left side bar for the FRIENDS section – hover over it and click MORE.  (NOTE – you could also follow the same instructions under the INTERESTS section as well – whichever one works better for you)

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  • Click on CREATE LIST in the upper right corner (or Add Interests if using that function)

  • In the pop-up box you can name the list and add members.  You do not need to add members at this time.  I prefer doing it in the next step.  Click CREATE.

  • Now you can click on ADD FRIENDS to search through and select people or pages for your list.

  • Use the drop down in the upper left of the pop-up box to select PAGES if you want blogs or select FRIENDS if you want to add people.  You will then see all of the people or pages you are following and can add them to your list by scrolling through or using the search box.

VOILA – you should now have that LIST under your FRIENDS or INTEREST section in the left sidebar.

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BUT it is way down the bottom so you will want to move it UP where it is more convenient.  Click on the pencil and choose “Add to Favorites”.  This will move it up to the bottom of the section below your name.  BUT you can do better than that:

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Once it is in the upper section click on the pencil again and you can REARRANGE your favorites.  I moved mine to right underneath my Newsfeed – that is the newsfeed facebook chooses for me – LOL!

When you check on facebook each day you can click on that and only see the newsfeed from those included in the LIST.

Possibilities are endless for the lists/groups you want to form.

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There is still a GET NOTIFICATIONS function which will ping  you if a new post goes up.  Hover over LIKED and make sure you have checked off “Get Notifications” .  As you can see you can also click “Add to Interest List” to get them on your Feed list ABOVE.  Mine have not always worked, but if this system works for you then be sure to click on GET NOTIFICATIONS.

OTHER OPTIONS for Maven of Savin

You can also join the Maven Of Savin Deals Group - I used it primarily during the holidays for HOT deals, but may start using it more since I believe you get better notifications of posts.

There are many other non-facebook ways to stay on top of all the deals on a daily, hourly, minute basis as well.  Visit and bookmark Maven of Savin, Follow me on twitter @MavenOfSavin for up to the minute updates, follow me on Google+ or Subscribe to my daily emails.

So Facebook, CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?

DIY Granite Cleaner

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Granite countertops… everyone’s wish for their DREAM KITCHEN… right?!?!

Well when we moved into our house 3 years ago, it had granite countertops and I thought I was in heaven.  That is until I realized they are impossible to clean!

First they are dark, so I cannot see when the kids leave a glob of SYRUP on them that hardens like a rock.

Then every cleaner I use causes STREAKS.  Soap & Water… Windex… stovetop cleaners… plain WATER… EVERYTHING STREAKS!  I will be the first to admit I am a lousy housekeeper, but how frustrating when you actually do clean and the counters end up looking worse than when you started.

Finally someone told me you need special Granite Countertop cleaners.  Well you know I am not paying more than $1 per bottle for cleaners and these were way more than $1.  UGH!

Finally what did I do… GOOGLE GOOGLE GOOGLE… and this is what I came up with and it works wonderfully!

DIY Granite Cleaner

  • recycled spray bottle
  • 1/4 cup Rubbing Alcohol or Vodka
  • 3 drops of your favorite FREE or cheap dish liquid
  • WATER

Rinse out an empty spray bottle.

Fill with 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol or if you do not have any on hand, Vodka works well too. I have not tried gin or rum, but I feel like rum would be sticky.

Add 3 drops of your favorite dish liquid. I prefer ones that cut grease, but any FREE or cheap dish liquid will do.

Fill the balance of the container with water. I like to use warm water, but room temperature will do just fine.

I suggest you scrub any sticky stuck-on-crap off first with a scrub sponge.  Then spray the surface and wipe with a clean dry cloth.  I like to go right behind with a cloth to dry them – just in case you went heavy on the dish soap or leave the water on too long it can still streak a bit.

VOILA – cheap and effective granite cleaner you can make with stuff you have in the house.

Let me know how it works for you and if you have any other cleaning tips!

Facebook: How to See what YOU Want in your NEWSFEED

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how-to-see-facebook-blog THIS IS A REMINDER in case you have not seen this is the past.

Facebook changes the algorithm daily it seems and I know you are not all seeing my posts.  BOO HOO HOO… BUT there are some things you can do to help that.

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Here are a few things you can do to help – see pictures above.

  • The first thing to do is hover over LIKED and make sure you have checked off “Get Notificationsand “Show in News Feed“.
  • Then click on settings and make sure that “all Updates” is checked off.  UPDATE: FACEBOOK is messing with us again, you can no longer do anything about Show in Newsfeed… you can only “Get Notifications” or “Add to Interest Lists…”
  • Of course the more you “LIKE” posts, “SHARE” and comment tells facebook you want to see the posts as well.  Remember that regardless of facebook, if you ever have a question, please feel free to comment.  We have a great group and if I do not know the answer someone else may.
  • You can also join the Maven Of Savin Deals Group - I use it primarily during the holidays for HOT deals, but may start using it more since I believe you get better notifications of posts.

  •  You can also do that directly from the post on the blog either next to the title OR below the post.  By the way, this also tells ME what to spend my time on!  Like you obviously LOVE Dunkin Donuts coffee – LOL!
  • Also make sure you always SORT by “Most Recent” in your newsfeed.  You will see the drop down in the upper right corner at the top of your feed.  I find I always have to change this – it is really annoying.

CREATE A FRIEND or INTEREST LIST on FACEBOOK

You could also create a LIST -The friend lists feature is just a way to create groups, so you can see just the updates from that set of friends, blogs, etc. at a time.  Here is what you do:

  • Go to your home page on facebook and look down the left side bar for the FRIENDS section – hover over it and click MORE.  (NOTE – you could also follow the same instructions under the INTERESTS section as well – whichever one works better for you)

  • Click on CREATE LIST in the upper right corner

  • In the pop-up box you can name the list and add members.  You do not need to add members at this time.  I prefer doing it in the next step.  Click CREATE.

  • Now you can click on ADD FRIENDS to search through and select people or pages for your list.

  • Use the drop down in the upper left of the pop-up box to select PAGES if you want blogs or select FRIENDS if you want to add people.  You will then see all of the people or pages you are following and can add them to your list by scrolling through or using the search box.  You can see this feature could also come in handy if you want to group friends as well – home vs. work vs college, etc.

VOILA – you should now have that LIST under your FRIENDS or INTEREST section in the left sidebar. When you check on facebook each day you can click on that and only see the newsfeed from those included in the LIST.

NON- FACEBOOK Options

There are many other ways to stay on top of all the deals on a daily, hourly, minute basis as well.

  • Visit and bookmark Maven of Savin.
  • Follow me on twitter @MavenOfSavin for up to the minute updates.
  • Subscribe to my RSS feed to have it delivered through your reader of choice.  I use Feedly now that google reader is gone.
  • Subscribe to my daily emails and get a newsletter each day around 3pm listing all posts from the last 24 hours.  NOTE that although you will see all the deals, some may not be in a timely manner.
  • The newest way to get the deals is to follow me on Google+.  The format is similar to facebook, though looks like a more basic feed right now.  I am new over there but am working on chatting over there more often and making sure all the deals get there.  Are you active on Google+ – would love to know what you think.

SO – I hope all that helped. My goal is to try to get you the info you want when you want it. So remember to LIKE or SHARE posts to tell ME what you want to see, but to also tell facebook that I am the bomb (just kidding!).

So Facebook, CAN YOU SEE ME NOW?