New Do!

The Parents and Kids Blog has gotten a new do!

Please go to to visit the new site.

See New Posts Such As,

Gum ball Flowers

Make Your Own Magazine Artwork

and so much more!



Using What You Have to Make Trail Mix

Erin at $5 dinners had a great idea using leftover grocery items that you have in your pantry for trail mix.  I ventured out to find what I could mix together from my pantry to make my mix.  Here is what I had…

raisins, chocolate chips, cheerios, and peanuts.

I then mixed all the ingredients together and placed in resealable baggies so that my could have a good snack on the go.

Johnson & Johnson survey

Johnson & Johnson: Product Testing Opportunities

Sign up to join the Johnson & Johnson Friends and Neighbors program here. If you’re accepted, you’ll receive opportunities to try out full-sized products, give your feedback, and possibly even earn money for your time.  I took the survey and it took me a couple of minutes. 

Thanks, Money Saving Mom

Veggie Tales Website

We love Veggie Tales in our family and when I found this new website we got really excited.   There are tons of fun games and also a section for the parents to download fun imaginative guidelines.  Visit The Big Idea Website and see if your children enjoy it as much as mine.

Free Milk


FREE MILK!!   Go HERE to enter to win FREE milk for a year and just for entering you’ll be able to print a coupon valid for a FREE gallon of milk (any brand) with a $100 grocery purchase (Before coupons–Nice)! You’ll see this coupon offer advertised in the bottom left hand side after you find out if you’ve won or not. You’ll also receive this coupon link via email after entering.

Thanks, Smart Shopping 2009

Smithfield Menu Planner


My favorite recipe in this weeks Smithfield Menu Planner is the Italian Meatloaf and Italian Style Roasted Vegetables.  If you would like to see the other recipes included in this weeks planner click here

Italian Meatloaf with Italian Style Roasted Vegetables 

1.  Italian Meatloaf – 

2 pounds of lean ground beef 

3/4 cup tomato & basil pasta sauce 

3/4 cup bread crumbs 

Salt and pepper 

2 eggs 

1/2 cup onion, minced 

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese 

2 tablespoons Italian seasoning 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix meat and next 8 ingredients. In a 13 x 9 baking pan, 

shape meat mixture into a loaf. Bake for 1 hour or until done. Let stand 10 minutes before 


Servings: 42.  Italian Style Roasted Vegetables – 

1.5 pounds of fingerling potatoes, cut in halves 

4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces 

2 Vidalia onions, cut into quarters 

3 tablespoons olive oil 

1 tablespoon Italian seasoning 

Kosher salt 

Freshly ground pepper 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine potatoes, carrots, and onions in a large bowl. Toss 

with olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper until all vegetables are well coated. Spread 

the vegetables evenly on a large baking sheet. Place on medium rack in oven and bake for 

35 to 40 minutes. 

Servings: 4 



Grandparents Guide: 100 free activities

Here is a great free guide for fun free activities to do with your family.  I am not going to become a grandparent for a long time but I printed this guide because it has some really great ideas for free family fun.  Anything that gives us free fun makes my new budget plan smile.

Great craft sites for free ideas: