TMR Frugal Living Tip #90

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Today’s thrifty living tip is to whiten teeth with baking soda.  I know you can purchase toothpaste made with baking soda, but I don’t find they work all that well. Those whitening strips are very expensive even with coupons and sales.

I find the very best way to whiten my teeth is to use plain baking soda. I make a paste with a teaspoon of baking soda, a pinch of salt, and add a little water. Use that paste to brush your teeth. You could also just sprinkle a little on a wet toothbrush. I find the paste cleans better. I then rinse my mouth well with water. You can use a little hydrogen peroxide, but be careful to never ingest peroxide (even food grade). I would suggest if you ever want to swish with peroxide then mix it with an equal amount of water.

I only use this mixture once to twice a month. Baking soda is abrasive and will wear away the enamel if used often. My dentist reassured me it is safe to use but not daily. He recommends no more than once a week at most, but said every other week would be safer. My teeth are not overly stained so I stick to once a month.

Have you tried baking soda as a tooth whitener? If you have, then what were your results?

Join Walgreens Prescription Savings Club for Big Savings

This post brought to you by Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

I am constantly looking for ways to lower my costs. With the ever increasing costs of prescription medications, I was thrilled to learn about the special discount Walgreens Prescription Savings Club is offering. This is a wonderful plan for both families and individuals. Walgreens is a great pharmacy that is open 24 hours a day with lots of locations around the United States.

For only $35 a year, a family membership covers everyone in your immediate family, including a spouse and dependents aged 22 and younger plus your pets. Individuals will only pay $20 a year. This is a great savings plus you can get prescriptions covered for your pets. 

There are many other benefits you will receive through the savings club other than discount prices on your prescriptions. You will receive savings on more than 8,000 brand-name and all generic medications. Discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions, nedbulizers, and diabetic supplies. Plus receive bonuses on any Walgreens brand products and photo services. I love to use many of the Walgreens brand products especially on their vitamins and supplements. 

Show your support by following Walgreens on Twitter and liking Walgreens on Facebook. I also get their emails for special discounts and coupons plus their weekly ads. I know I save more money by shopping Walgreens.

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EntreCard Top Droppers for January

WOW! Another month down in the new year of 2012! I can’t believe it’s already February which is my birthday month. Yes I celebrate a whole month of me! Just kidding, but I will be turning another year in 20 more days. No I will not be sharing my age as a lady never tells her age.

I want to thank all the people who drop my blog regularly. My new blog theme has been installed on WordPress as early this morning. I should be in my home very soon. I am so excited, and I cannot wait for everyone to see my new blog theme.


1. Fell The Beat of The World

2. Photography by KML

3. A New Concept for a New Life

4. My Life’s Perception and Inspiration

5. Bouncing on Words

6. My Kids Are My World

7. The Ad Master

8. Dwayne360

9. Confessions of a Psychotic Housewife

10. Seek No More


Beautify Your House and Garden with Dig, Drop, Done Bulbs

This post brought to you by Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done.. All opinions are 100% mine.

Spring is quickly approaching, and I am already planning my spring garden. I love using bulbs as they are super easy to plant. Anyone can dig a hole in the ground, drop in a bulb, cover it back up with dirt, and water. Viola, you are done. Planting is a really fun project you can do with the kids. They learn how plants grow by watching the bulbs grow into beautiful plants or flowers.

I was relieved to find very easy bulbs to plant in my garden at “Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done” website. This site is very well laid out and easy to navigate so visit www.digdropdone.com to learn more.

While you are there, you will meet three ladies named Marcy, Juliana, and Evelyn. All three have great tips to share with you on these wonderful bulbs and video clips you can watch. Marcy, The Super Mom, is the lady I mostly related to as I am also a mom looking for kid friendly projects.

You can do many fun family projects using bulbs to decorate inside the house. Why not use an old watering can as a planter. Just use your imagination or have the kids help you come up with creative planters. Mother’s Day is coming up so planting bulbs now would make great gifts for the grandmothers or any mom.

Visit Curbside Chaos to use the Garden Guru Tool located in the bottom left of the screen. This is a very handy tool to pick out the best bulbs to grow in your area.

  

The first step is to pick your country, and then find your area on the map. You will then click on the colored square that is your planting zone. That will bring you to which month you want the bulbs to bloom. You will see choices based on your selection and mine was for April. I have always loved how pretty Crocus looks. The tool also tells you how to plant that particular bulb. This is a great tool.

  

“Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done” is giving away a $5,000 yard makeover! All you have to do to enter is submit a photo of your yard at CurbsideChaos.com website. Wait, there is more to this great giveaway! The lucky winner will also receive a visit from Taniya Nayak. This is very exciting as I love her show and trust her advice. She will give you creative ways to update your yard, and help you add more bulbs to make your house stand out from your neighbors.

For every share on Twitter, “Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done” will donate $1.00 to Rebuilding Together. This is a great nonprofit working to make home ownership affordable and revitalizing communities.

Make your yard the envy of the neighborhood with easy and affordable bulbs this year!

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Moving My Blog

movingblogtowordpressI finally took the plunge, and will be moving  my blog Thrifty Momma Ramblings to WordPress this week. I am so excited and nervous about the move. It will take me a few days to have the blog designed the way I like it. You might see the blog design change a bit this week into week. I am having it professionally moved as it’s a big undertaking. I just do not know enough about coding and such to move the blog myself without screwing something up and stressing myself out. I found a wonderful service that will do it for me plus set it all up for me for a very low price.

Once the move is complete, then I will let everyone in on the great service I found. I will be very busy for the next few days, and my next post will be on my brand new shiny site! I just wanted to update you guys as I’m not leaving, but just moving to make the blog better than ever. I have a great giveaway scheduled for the end of the week that you won’t want to miss.

Genie Bra- Big Disappointment

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*This review is my own unbiased opinion and I am not being compensated.*

I admit I have trouble finding a bra that gives me a great fit and support. I want one that will look smooth under tops and still feel comfortable. I actually prefer soft cups as the under wire bras will poke me. I was intrigued by the commercials for the Genie Bra. When I found a pack of two at Target for $20, then I had to have it.

On the back of the package, there is a chart which shows you the size you should buy based on your shirt size. I bought the next size up since I put on some weight after the holidays. The pack comes with a beige and black color. I prefer the nude color since it is more of a flesh tone. I could not wait to get home to try them on.

Each Genie bra comes with the pads, but they are easily removed if you prefer. I tried it on first with the pads. I quickly realized the pads were going to have to come out as they were not completely covering. It just did not feel or look right. I took out the pads, but I still did not feel the cups were separated properly. It was not quite as bad as my sports bra with the one boob look, but it was not too far from that look.

The Genie bra promises comfort and no need for shape wear as you will eliminate the back fat lumps. I can tell you this was not the case. This bra did not look smooth under my top. The bra came down very low in the back. It did nothing to help smooth out the back or on the sides. The material is very thin so if you do not use the pads, then you can see your nipples. That is not a good look.

The worst part of the Genie bra is the lack of support. I am well endowed and let’s just say my cup size is past C. I need a bra with support and cups that will lift and separate. It did not lift or separate. I was more comfortable with it off than on. I am definitely returning this package. The only positive thing I can say about the Genie bra is it is inexpensive at $10 a bra. I would rather spend more on a good quality bra that will support and look good while wearing.

The Genie bra might be great for some people, but I would definitely not purchase if you are on the fuller side. I would save your money and use that $20 towards a bra that will give you good support and comfort.

Spring is in the Air

I realize many people reading this post title are thinking I have lost my mind! They are looking out their windows to see snow covering the ground. There isn’t a hint of spring to be seen.

Here in the deep south, we are seeing a much different sight with spring already here. We did not have much of a winter this year. It was pretty mild, and this is the warmest January I can remember in years. January is normally one of the coldest months of the whole year in South Louisiana, but not this year. We are getting a day or two of cold weather, but then it warms back up to the 70’s and flirting with the 80’s! I have even had to run my air conditioner a few times already this month. That is really crazy!

The biggest sign of spring are the clover patches in my grass, and many trees are already blooming along with my azalea bushes. The picture above are blooms from one of my azalea bushes. They are so pretty. I usually do not see this sight until mid to late February. My husband actually had to cut the grass earlier this month. Again our grass is usually dead and no clover in the yard.

All of this spring weather has gotten to me thinking about my spring garden. If you want to grow your own transplants of tomatoes or bell peppers, then in Zone 9 you would have started earlier this month. I decided to skip growing tomatoes as we do not really eat them. I simply do not have the time to make sauces. I am growing bell peppers, but I have my fil giving me some next month as I only need a few plants. I usually chop them up to freeze. The main plant I want to grow this year is cucumbers. I eat at least 2-3 weekly in my salads, but I want to make Refrigerator Sweet Pickle Chips again this year. It was a huge hit with everyone. I will also get some blackberry shoots from my fil as I love fresh berries. One year I plan to tackle growing strawberries. I think I will also grow some red potatoes as well. Nothing like harvesting fresh vegetables and fruits.

Are you seeing signs of spring in your area, or does old man winter look like he is staying? Are you planning your spring garden yet? If you are, then please share with me what you are growing. I love reading about what others are doing in different parts of the country and world.