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  • Jeff Gordon pranks a car salesmen

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    This is one video worth watching all the way through. NASCAR’s Jeff Gordon and Pepsi MAX went to a car dealership where a disguised Gordon takes an unsuspecting car salesman on the test drive of his life.

     

  • Take your LARGE family on a Cheap Vacation!

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Taking your family on vacation is fun but if its a big family it can get frusterating and EXPENSIVE..Meagan Francis wrote this article for Yahoo and I had to share with you. There are ways you can do it for less...enjoy!
    ~Charli

     

    Indoor Waterpark Resorts
    Yes, we've been to every Great Wolf Lodge within a 300-mile radius several times. Indoor waterparks allow big siblings fun and freedom - but not too much freedom - while parents are freed up to keep a closer eye on the little ones. Every Great Wolf I've been to (and most of the independent water parks) have an excellent lifeguard presence, so you can feel comfortable around all that water even when you've got a large brood to keep track of. Look for family-friendly suites that allow you to squish in a little (which most big families are used to anyway) and if you're on a budget, check out deals and off-season pricing. Hint: bring your own food. On-site restaurants tend to be full of expensive junk food, but your hotel room is very likely to offer a fridge and maybe a kitchenette.

    Traveling by Train
    I dare you to board an Amtrak train - especially right after you've flown - and not drool over the amazing leg room and comfort. It's also a great way to take in your surroundings and truly embrace the "getting there is half the fun" attitude I grew up with. Train travel is surprisingly inexpensive with children, even with the addition of a sleeper car. Plenty of room to stretch out and walk around means happy kids. Plus, no gas costs and we can sleep on the train that first night rather than paying for a hotel. Economical and efficient!

    RV-ing it
    I love to camp, but sometimes, tent camping with a bunch of little kids is less than fun. Like when it unexpectedly starts pouring, at dusk. That's why we've been eyeballing RVs - either a rental or finding a good deal on a used one - as a solution. Having a place to contain the masses (and stay dry) would make any camping trip less stressful, and it's also a great way to avoid the expense of multiple hotel rooms on longer trips. If you don't consider yourself the camping "type," you might want to check out the interiors of some of these trailers and RVs. The Jayco Eagle pictured above has a fireplace inside ya'll...not exactly roughing it.

    Home Swapping
    One of the biggest obstacles to traveling with a large family can be the accommodations. Getting two rooms for every night of travel gets expensive fast, and even if you're OK with sneaking half your family in the back door, that stops working as well when the bigger kids get to be teens. Swapping homes with a family in another destination is a flexible way to find living and sleeping space on the cheap. Here's a comprehensive home-swapping tutorial that will give you all the ins-and-outs. Just think, you could stay on a beach paradise without having to pay through the nose (or at all!) for lodging.

    Road Trips
    The staple of my childhood, road trips don't have to be a drag. Just keep your destination within a few hundred miles - or plan plenty of stops for leg-stretching and burning off energy. I'm glad we started road tripping with our kids young; they're used to it by now, and are all excellent car travellers. Our favorite part? Creating the family road trip playlist on Spotify!

    A Family Cruise
    It sounds like a dream: all your kids contained in one place, professionals providing them with fun activities from dawn 'til dusk, and you're free to eat, drink, and be merry in peace. All for insanely reasonable prices - even better if you live within driving distance of a port! Yes, cruise ships have had a bad rap lately, but incidents are extremely rare and the Disney Cruise Line - pictured above - has an excellent safety record.

    The Hotel Pool
    Remember how I said that sometimes you have to get creative about what counts as a vacation? One thing I've learned in fifteen years of parenting is that however much I pack a day with entertainment and enrichment opportunities, the hotel pool always wins. So during a long weekend or stuck-at-home school holiday, it's worth it to see if you can get a killer deal on a decent hotel near you. Smaller towns or areas where there isn't much tourism or business travel have the best deals. The picture above is from an impromptu "vacation" weekend our family of 7 took with my brother's family of 5. The rooms were $50 a night. The fun? Free.

  • Save Money MONDAY.....low groceries

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    After housing and transportation costs, food takes up more of the average household's budget than anything else.

     

    are a few ways trim our food budget without tightening our belts.

    1. Set a Budget, and Stick to It. It's all about goal-setting. Save a couple weeks' worth of receipts and subtract 10% from that amount.

    2. Don't Shop the Same Store Every Week. Shopping multiple stores is key to paying less for groceries, but be strategic. Find the best deals in the stores nearest you.

    3. Use Coupons. Coupons are worth the time they take to clip, print out, or load to a store card.

    4. Buy Clearance Items. Some stores regularly put soon-to-expire meat in a special clearance bin, marked 30% or 50% off.

    5. Look for Alternative Grocery Stores. Don't walk past a small neighborhood grocery or ethnic store, without checking it out.

    6. Try Amazon. Sometimes they offer steep price drops and coupon codes. Wantnot.net is a good blog for getting alerts on great Amazon deals.

    7. Participate in Meatless Monday. Meat is often the most expensive part of a meal.

    8. Stop Wasting Food. Forty percent of all food produced in the United States is thrown away. That's a whopping 20 pounds of wasted food per American.

    9. Make Economical Substitutions. Replace expensive or out-of-season vegetables in recipes with the always-cheap carrots or cabbage.

    10. Stretch the Meat. Instead of serving whole pieces of meat like steaks or chops, serve casseroles and stews with chopped, crumbled, or shredded meat.

    Click below for more great ideas.

     

    CLICK HERE FOR MORE WAYS TO LOWER YOUR BILL

  • Rosie: Y100 Pet of the Week

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    Hi I'm Rosie and I'm a sweet ball of energy! At first I may be a little shy but if you give me just a bit of time I will warm up to you! I love to go on walks and I enjoy other dogs as well! I was being fostered for a little bit which helped me come out of my shell alot! I would love to meet my forever owners today so please come check me out at! WOOF!

    Bay Area humane Society phone number:  920-469-3110

     

    CLICK HERE FOR SHELTER INFO

  • Charli's Mommy tips...

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

     

    Want to get the smell out of your Garbage disposal or just plain clean it? Slice up little lemons and put them in ice cube trays, then cover with vinegar. Freeze. Just pop one in the garbage disposal and grind away..store the extra in a ziplock bag.

    Also, these are perfect for ice water in the summer ;)

     

    Does your fitted sheet look like my fitted sheet? Ya, thats what I thought.....

    This is the step by step instructions how to do it, good luck..lol

    The Right Way:

    Or..watch the video...lol

     

     

    Ive started this 2 weeks ago. Make a tip jar and everytime you workout put a $ in your jar, set a goal and when you've hit the goal mark-splurge on yourself. My goal is set and once I reach it Im buying myself a new pair of jeans and a kickbutt style of sandals for the summer. It works, try it!

     

    ~Charli 

  • Would you break up with your boyfriend because of this?

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    Jessica Powell took the plunge and broke up with her boyfriend after he pushed her off a 400ft cliff and it was all caught on video.

    Daredevil Creighton Baird had spent 45 minutes coaxing Powell to the edge of a narrow canyon in Utah so she could go through with a terrifying rope swing.

    Although she appeared to be securely attached to the rope, Powell failed to muster up the courage and Baird finally took it upon himself to shove her off!
    I WOULD KILL HIM....

    PS...They did break up within the week ;) 

    Do you think this video was real or staged??

     

    Looks pretty real to me

    Charli 

  • What a heartwarming story concerning a mentally challenged basketball player

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    With only minutes left, a Texas high school basketball coach put his team manager into the game: He is mentally-disabled.

    Having never played an actual game for his team he is still considered to be motivation and strength to his teammates.  

    And during the final minute of the final game a player from the oppisite team passed him the ball so he could score.

     

     

  • Mindy McCready laid to rest..

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

     

    Mindy McCready's family and friends gathered yesterday for her funeral in her Florida hometown.

    Mindy's mother, Gayle Inge, said the singer will always be her little girl in a car-seat singing into a hairbrush. Gayle said, 'I cannot imagine how we go on from here.'

    Around 400 people attended the service which was opened to the public at the Crossroads Baptist Church in Fort Myers as McCready's music played in the background and her image was shown on a large screen behind the altar.

    The 37-year-old mother-of-two committed suicide with a self-inflicted gun-shot wound on February 17 at her home in Arkansas, days after leaving a court-ordered substance abuse program program.

    It was the same way her boyfriend David Wilson took his own life at their Heber Springs home in Arkansas just over a month before.
     
    Mindy's mother said she was happy that her daughter's pain would now be healed in heaven after having endured such struggles while living.
     
    Gayle said, 'Our Mindy was so tired. She felt helpless.

    'I know she wanted to be healed. We talked about this. She was in her darkest moment and she was hurt by so many allegations. She was too emotional to understand.'

  • 13 Things From Your High School That You Wish You Still Have

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    1. That pair of Converse you wouldn't stop drawing on.
     
    2. Those ridiculous giant gold hoops.
     
    Bonus points if they were customized with your name.

     

    3. JELLIES.
     
    Blisters were no reason to throw these out. 
     
    4. That cute little backpack purse.
     
    5. That badass jean jacket with pins from all the shows you went to.
     
    And refused to take off, no matter how much you were eventually embarrassed by the band.



    6. That Marty McFly vest.
     
    7. Your Doc Martens.

    With the clunky heel.
     
    8. That pompom winter beanie.

    Epitome of 'ugly cool'.

     

     

    9. Those EPIC Air Jordans.
     
    You weren't even really that into sneakers, but you were into these.
     
    10. That one pair of weirdly tinted sunglasses you had.
     
    11. An actual backpack.

     

    12. Heaven for your feet.
     
    Yes they were ugly, but admit it: You still yearn for those little massage things.
     

    And....

     

    13. The only cool piece of high school sports team paraphernalia you had.

     

     


  • 8 things to know about Girl Scout Cookies

    Posted by Charli McKenzie

    1. The first Girl Scout cookies were sold in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1917, when troops baked cookies and sold them in high schools as a service project.

    2. The ingredients for a Girl Scout cookie were very simple in 1922: Butter, sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder.

    3. In 1933, you could get a box of 44 cookies for just 23 cents.

    4. In the 1940s there were no Girl Scout cookies to be found. Due to shortages of sugar, butter, and flour, the Scouts sold calendars instead.

    5. Today, one-quarter of all Girl Scout cookie sales are Thin Mints. There's just something about the chocolate and mint combination that is unbeatable (that, and the fact that Thin Mints have the most cookies in a box).

    6. Two licensed bakeries are in charge of Girl Scout cookies: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers. That number has decreased dramatically over the years; in the 1940s there were 29 bakers, and in the 1960s, 14.

    7. Depending on your local Girl Scout council (and which baker they purchased from), your cookies are either creatively named or literal: Tagalongs are also known as Peanut Butter Patties; Do-si-dos are Peanut Butter Sandwiches; and Trefoils are Shortbreads. Ever so slightly bucking the trend are Samoas/Caramel deLites.

    8. You can download a Cookie Finder app to your iPhone or Android to pinpoint exactly where the Scouts are selling.