*TIP* Mesh bag...MUST HAVE!!

This little gadget is a MUST HAVE!  I first saw it in use with mom, Kere M from Florida was letting her teething baby go to town on fruits and veggies!  Since then, it has been a staple in my house (as well as a popular baby shower gift from me)! 

I LOVE the fact that babies can eat the actual FRESH fruit or veggie and get all of the yummy vitamins and there is NO RISK of choking (one of my biggest fears).  You can also put frozen or refridgerated foods in there and it's a miracle worker on swollen gums!

CLICK HERE to get yours today (*remember* if you're new to diapers.com get this special deal )

Here are some testimonial pics...enjoy... :-)

Cabela's Rod & Reel SALE (SAVE UP TO 50%)

With weather like this... who DOESN'T want to be outside fishing??  Check out the great deals at Cabela's

Regular Price:  $109.99 - $159.99

Sale Price:  $49.99 - $119.99

*TIP* Dirty High Chair

So, just the other day I was considering getting a dog because I am SICK and TIRED of sweeping 213,124,436,239 times/day! ;-)  Bottom line is, if there was a way to get rid of even ONE thing from my LIST of THINGS TO DO EVERDAY... I'd take it! 

61% off Disney Sunglasses at Totsy

Click here to join Totsy (for free) and check out this deal as well as lots of other ones!!

"Your kids will feel movie star-glam in Disney’s styling shades. All the sunglasses feature built-in flashing LED lights, a Disney character like Tinkerbell, Minnie Mouse, Cars, or Woody from Toy Story, and 100% UV protection. Great for the beach, by the pool, playing outside, or just being cool." - totsy.com

Rainy Day Chicken and Dumplings

I've NEVER made chicken and dumplings... that is... until today!  Aaaaaaand... if I do say so myself, I did a pretty good job ;-)

Before I share the recipe with you, I want to share this little tip with you.  My Addison isn't a huge fan of eating her veggies (we drink plenty of V8 splash/fusion).  So, in an effort to excite her about them, I had her come help me wash and 'cut' (she used a butter knife and pretty much just pretended... but LOVED it) the veggies... be sure to read on and hear how my 'plan' went.

Save 50% LEGO sets

Ok... I had NO IDEA how much Lego products cost!  I was at a friend's house and saw her son's collection (I'm sure I only saw PART of it) of Legos.  It was QUITE impressive.  Then, she told me the ins and outs of the little blocks... Anyhow, if you have a Lego fan in your house... this deal is for YOU!



Walgreens Friends and Family TODAY!


Don't know about you... but I believe I'll be gettin my 'shop on' today at Walgreens!! They won't even know what hit em ;-)

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Columbia Men's Dogwood Mid-Hiker 45% off!

Columbia Men's Dogwood Mid-Hikers $74.99 ON SALE $39.99

Outdoorsy friends... this deal is for you!  We all know that Columbia brand products are top notch and last a long time!  Check out these men's mid-hikers that are ON SALE!  Happy shopping...

TV on DVD B1G1 50% OFF

CLICK HERE to shop TV on DVD deals at Barnes and Noble!  BUY 1 Get 1 1/2 off!!  Who DOESN'T love some TV on DVD action?!

*TIP* Can't Live without... A Large Tote!

What item can you NOT live without?

Amy S from Virginia says that it's a large utility tote.  Amy says that she uses the tote for LOTS of things. 
"I started with just one utility tote and last summer decided that I would get more. I have 2 in my trunk ALL summer. I use one for pool toys, clean towels, food, sunscreen and such. The other I use for the wet towels, wet bathing suits, etc. During soccer season I pack one with "team" snacks and the other with books, games, blankets, extra clothes, etc."


If you've never used a Boppy... they are AMAZING!  They work great for babies when they're newborns, but they continue to be useful as the baby grows.  I used the Boppy to wrap around my little guy while he was learning to sit up so that if when he fell over... he didn't always CRASH! 

So, if you have no need for a Boppy... think about girls you know that are expecting or MIGHT be expecting soon... or just stock up your 'I need a shower gift' closet, with these GREAT deals on Boppy products (click here to check out the SUPER Boppy Deals at Target)!

Deals on XBOX Kinect and XBOX LIVE

OK 'GAMERS'... these XBOX deals are for YOU!!!

Get a Kinect Motion Sensor with Kinect Adventures for $149.99 at Buy.com! Valid through 03-31-2011. And for a limited time, earn 3,000 Super Points with purchase!

Get an Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Subscription Card (NEW) for $39.99 at Buy.com, a $20 Savings! Valid through 03-31-2011


Beach Tips

Had a request from a mom and I think it's a GREAT idea!  She wanted beach tips with the kiddos.  Since the beach is... well... FREE... it's a GREAT place to spend some time (not to mention... there will be a SERIOUS nap to follow any successful trip).  Here are some of the tips that I have... Please feel free to add any other ideas!! 

FYI... all of the products posted are links... you can go and order them RIGHT NOW :-)  AND a lot of them are from diapers.com AND... if you've never used diapers.com there's a deal... 10% off of all your purchase for the first 3 months AND free shipping (use code A10AFF).

50% off Foodsaver Vacuum Sealer at Cabela's

Have you ever wanted a vacuum sealer for food?  Whether it's your own processed meat, or produce, a sealer helps food last longer!  This one is on sale...50% off!!


Taco Tip

Here's something we do in our house to make eating a soft taco/burrito easier for little 2 year old hands.  It might not be the safest idea and might not work for you... but we do it and it keeps the taco/burrito from unrolling.

30% off diapers at Diapers.com or 10% all orders for 3 MONTHS (new users only)

I'm not sure if you've ever used diapers.com or not, but it's a GREAT site!  You can not only get diapers, but a TON of other things for babies, all from the comfort of your home!  In fact, I saw an ad for diapers.com that said, "We deliver everything except the baby!"  Which is pretty accurate!  So, if you have friends that are pregnant, if YOU are pregnant, if you have a toddler... the possibilities are ENDLESS!  Click the AWESOME links below and start shopping!!! 


Spring Sale on Crocs

Kid' 'Athens $24.99 $9.99
Click here to head over to crocs.com and check out the AWESOME sale! 

      • Up to 50%  off! 
        • New Markdowns! 
          • Free Shipping on orders over $65! 
            • Limited Quantities!

              Crocs, Inc.

    Drawing Dough

    First of all, I have a FUN app on my phone that I thought I'd share with you iPhone folks... it's the Family Fun Craft Finder.  It gives you choices like age, time, and occasion to help find a great craft!  AND you can share crafts with your friends! :-)  I'm sure that other phones have GREAT craft apps too.  I just know about this one because I have it and LOVE it!


    Just wanted to take a second and say thank you all for your support!  I REALLY appreciate it!  Because things are going well with the new blog, I have decided to drop the .blogspot from our domain name!  However, if you forget and still type in handyhousemom.blogspot.com... things will be fine!  They'll send you to the right place!  HOWEVER, if you're when you're sharing the site info with all of your friends... you can just tell them to checkout... www.handyhousemom.com!  YAY!  I'm so excited!  Couldn't have done it without all of you!  Thanks again :-)


    Going BANANAS (less than 100 calorie snack)!!

    While I was running on the treadmill (trying to distract myself from the time...) I was reading an article that listed fun snacks for kids... or ways to make regular snacks more FUN!  I don't know about you.... but I LIKE fun!!

    Grocery trip savings + TIPS

    So today was my BEST grocery savings trip yet!  Now, I am NOT EVEN CLOSE to an 'Extreme Coupon' person.  BUT, I have FINALLY figured it out... and I am BEYOND excited about the money that I am saving!  It is actually like a challenge when I got to the store. 

    Trekker Blind 30% off at Cabela's

    Check out this Trekker T-600B Lightning Set Blind on sale at Cabela's 30% off... $149.99...  $99.99!!

    Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler $14.99

    In an effort to WELCOME SPRING and get outside... check out this FUN outside sprinkler at Little Tikes!
    Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler
    Ultimate Beach Ball Sprinkler
    Its never too early to find great summer toys for your kids. This wild sprinkler รข€“ one of our innovative outdoor toys - combines beach ball action with wild water play. Just inflate the ball hook it up to a hose and watch the fun begin. Water sprays out of four different spray heads so everyone gets wet. Kids can kick it around the yard just like a regular beach ball or parents can fill up a water pouch in the bottom of the ball to make it a stationary sprinkler. Either way the fun never stops rolling along. Ages over 1-1/2 years and up. Little Tikes will help your kids have a ball with our patented summer toys!
    Beach Ball circumference is 88.

    Eastbay Spring Break

    Spring Break Shopping at Eastbay.com!
    Tis the season, right?  THANK GOODNESS!  SPRING...IS...HERE!!!  Checkout Spring Break DEALS at Eastbay.

    New Picaboo Deal

    Picaboo Promotional BannerI really enjoyed my experience with Picaboo so I just thought it would be nice to share this NEW deal that they have on their site!  If you're planning on making a photobook, here's a FREE upgrade!

    Sale on WOW toys at Totsy

    Click here to join Totsy for FREE and get updates on sales like this sale on WOW toys!!
    ON SALE: $10.70!!!
    ORIGINAL PRICE: $18.50
    ON SALE: $23.20 
    ORIGINAL PRICE: $40.00!!
    ON SALE: $23.10
    ORIGINAL PRICE: $40.00


    Woodworking 101

    It was a beautiful day in Savannah, GA... the kids were napping... and I was....

    USING THE TABLE SAW!!  There's something empowering about using that machine.  Maybe it's the loud noise, maybe it's the power.  I don't know... but, I was on a high and was gettin my 'cut' on!  Today, I cut and assembled the 4 walls.  I have made the 2 long sides 6' long and 3 2x4s high.  I used little stake-type planks (yeah... really technical I know) cut into 1' pieces to hold everything together.  It looks CUTE so far!!  I tried to put 2 sides together and well... that didn't go so well (yet).  The screws just kinda...stopped?!  UGH!  I used the screw driver some and tried hard to not strip the life out of those darn things!  Anyhow, I accepted defeat today and chose to put that phase off for another day.  Addison got to see it in the works and was VERY excited!  I told her I was going to let her paint it and asked what color we should make it.  She said that it should be RED!  LUCKY FOR HER... WE HAVE RED PAINT!!!  Whew... saving money there ;-)

    Next step... put the walls together... I might have to borrow some muscles... we shall see.  I WILL try it first!

    $599 For a Rocky Mountain Fitness Vacation from Fitness Adventures USA ($1500 Value)

    Are you the 'Adventurous Type'??  Then, THIS is the DEAL FOR YOU!  Save $900!! Click here to visit Moolala and check out THIS AWESOME DEAL!!!

    Must...wake...up... Let's chat...

    Do you ever have mornings like that?! I do... TODAY was actually one of them. I actually got to bed MUCH earlier than I have been lately... and I was pretty excited about it. But like clockwork Wyatt was up and at it at 6:30! So out of bed and into his room I stumbled (no exaggeration there) into his room. He's standing there wide-eyed ready to get the day started. Out we go... Change his diaper and get ready for breakfast. Shortly after (around 7/715) big sister announces her arrival (it CRACKS ME UP)!!! So any chance of additional snoozing is out the door. I've got Wyatt wanting to play.... Addison wanting me to make her eggs and put on a 'preee jress'... And all I want is 5 (ok realistically, probably more like 60 or so) more minutes of sleep!!! What do YOU do to wake up?! Any thoughts? Let's chat... BlogBooster-The most productive way for mobile blogging. BlogBooster is a multi-service blog editor for iPhone, Android, WebOs and your desktop


    Crunchy Broccoli Slaw

    Thanks to Mandy G for sharing this YUMMY springtime recipe with us!! It would definitely go great with the hamburger buffet idea from the other day. She has tweaked the 'original' recipe a bit and even her 1 year old eats it!! Can't wait to try it! THANKS MANDY!!


    1 package broccoli slaw salad mix (with pre-packaged lettuce)
    1/8 cup almond slivers
    1/8 cup sunflower seeds
    1 package Ramen noodles uncooked and broken into tiny pieces

    1/2 flavor packet from Ramen noodle mix (use the chicken flavor)
    1/4 cup olive oil
    2 tbsp white vingear
    (premix dressing)

    Mix up the salad, toss the dressing on and refrigerate for an hour or so before serving.
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    20% off SITE WIDE at shoes.com

    Need some new shoes?  Strappy sandals?  Beach flops?  Running shoes?  YOU NAME IT!  Sale at shoes.com!  20% off STOREWIDE!!!  USE CODE SECRET20 at checkout!  Happy Shopping...

    SpaWish SALE! **SAVE $15 off a $50 order**

    **attention men**- brownie points opportunity**

    Shop the NEW SpaWishCan you even think of anything better than a SPA TREATMENT?!  The weather is warming up (in most places)... time to get a pedicure and take out those flip flops! 

    SAVE $15.00 off of orders over $50!!  Use code GOSW15
     Click here to go grab your gift certificate to the SPA (I just tried it!  Ordered $125 worth of gift certificates and saved $30!)!!!  Remember you don't have to GIVE this to anyone!  BUY IT FOR YOURSELF!!!  Go to the Spa like normal and SAVE $15!!!  YOU DESERVE IT!!

    SpaWish will let you search for Spa facilities near you... AND show you the services offered! 
    GREAT STUFF!!  Happy shopping...




    SIMPLE QUICK KID FRIENDLY Chicken 'Quesadilla'


    SOMEHOW the day got away from me and before I knew it... it was dinner time!  I had nothing planned or taken out.  WHAT TO DO?  WHAT TO DO?!  In an effort to NOT heat up a frozen pizza, I opened the pantry and fridge and threw some stuff together with the assistance of my sweet little sous chef, Addison ;-)

    'Quesadilla'  more like 'K(atie)-sadilla'

    1can of chicken (that's right...canned chicken!  I told you that I didn't thaw anything out!)
    1green bell pepper
    2soft taco tortilla shells
    shredded Mexican cheese
    *salsa and sour cream to top

    Addison had a BLAST putting everything in the quesadilla.  I browned it on the stove and cut it for her and served it with a side salad (she calls it 'leaves'...HA!).  So, no... I'm not 'proud' of dinner... but it WAS fun and easy and Addison LOVED IT! :-)

    Amazing what you can whip up when there's 'nothing' to cook... HA!



    I feel kind of like I won the lottery today!  I have found the BEST DEAL (for me at least).  There's a new (to me) 'daily deal' site.  Today's deal will make my life SO MUCH easier... at least for the next 6 months!  Click here to check it out for yourself. 

    Here's a rundown of WHAT e-mealz is.  It is a site that posts recipes weekly.  They post recipes according to family size, diet styles, and the cherry on top... GROCERY STORE SALES!  You can go to their website and see if the grocery store that YOU use is listed (I HOPE for your sake it is). 

    Anyhow, you get your whole weeks worth of recipes AND a grocery list to go with it!  I mean... it does NOT get any easier.  When I first checked it out, there was a 7-day dinner plan for a family of 4-6 with a $77 grocery total!!  Can you even imagine??

    The deal site has posted a 60% savings!  I paid $12.00 for 6 months of recipes!  YAAAAAAY ME :-)


    **MOM TIP** Tervis Tumbler (+deal x2)

    **be sure to read all the way to the bottom...for a DEAL**
    Thanks to Kelly M (our contest WINNER) from Colorado, for sharing her MUST HAVE item!  Kelly says that she can't live without her... TERVIS TUMBLER (personally, I TOTALLY agree)!! 

    Kelly listed a TON of reasons WHY the tervis tumbler is so great... but, I have found a picture that pretty much sums it all up...

    Thanks to carolshallmarkstore.com for the photo!

    • Kelly shared with us that she uses a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon (you know... those 20% off coupons that come in the mail like what... once/wk?... you KNOW you have at LEAST one).  BUT, she uses a MOBILE APP too... you just text COUPON to 239663.  You just complete the enrollment form and then you'll begin receiving coupons to your mobile phone FOR THE CASHIER TO SCAN!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME??  They're really making saving money TOO easy these days!! :-)
    • One more way to save on your very own Tervis Tumbler... 'like' them on Facebook for a friends and family deal that is valid through the 25th!
    Happy Shopping...