50% Off Crockpot Freezer Meals – Independence Day Sale!

Happy 4th of July 2


Happy Independence Day!  It’s been a while since I’ve done a special sale on my Freezer to Slow Cooker weekly menus, I figured what better weekend to do it on than Independence Day?


It may sound cheesy, but…. if you buy this bundle of menus, you will gain a new independence in the kitchen.  You will be free!


  • Free to hang out with your kids while supper is cooking.
  • Free to not make a grocery list for your dinners for the week, because the list will already be prepared for you.
  • Free to not have to think about what’s for supper for 9 weeks straight!
  • Free to no longer eat hot dogs and frozen pizza every night.
  • Free to start enjoying meal times again.
  • Free to be told you’re the best cook ever.


Just think about it.  When you prepare supper, how long does it take you each night?  For me, it usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on what I’m making.  With Crockpot Freezer Meals, you do all of your preparation work at the beginning of the week.  Most of the time, I can get this done in about an hour!  Sometimes, it takes closer to 2 hours, but still, it’s nice to get it all done at once, rather than spreading yourself thin throughout the week.  6 meals prepared in 1-2 hours?  Yes, please!  All you will have to do is put it in the slow cooker in the morning and wait for it to finish cooking until the evening.


There’s so much freedom with Crockpot Freezer Meals, in most cases you don’t even have to defrost the food the night before.  On the days that I forget to defrost my food (because I’m a sidetracked, scatter brained mom), I will still cook it in the slow cooker, but add an additional hour or so to the cooking time.  It still always turns out great.

So, now you’re wondering what you will get if you buy this bundle.  Let me tell you!

Freezer to Slow Cooker Ebook

You will get the following:

  • Freezer to Slow Cooker Weeks 1-9 (Value:  $2.99 each for total of $26.91)
  • $250 One Month Walmart Menu.  (Value:  $4.99)

If you were to pay the retail price on my site for these 10 ebooks, you would be paying $31.90.  People do this every day!  This weekend only, you can get all 10 of these ebooks for $15.95.  That is exactly half price!  50% off!


4th of July Sale




SO, now you’re wondering if you’ll like the food that is in it, right?  Each ebook has 6 recipes, a shopping list, assembly instructions and printable labels that you can attach to your freezer bags, should you choose to use them.  The recipes that are included in Weeks 1-9 are listed below.  The $250 Walmart menu uses recipes that were pulled from some of the recipes below, but they were used specifically because they cost a little less to make, making your eating budget pretty affordable.  Each recipe serves 6 adults, sometimes more.


Week 1

Mexican Casserole
Beef Stroganoff
Chicken & Rice Casserole
Taco Soup (or leave out the corn and it’s chili)
Tater Tot Casserole
Chicken Tacos


Week 2

Slow Cooker Pizza
Chicken Pot Pie
Pasta Fagiola
Meat Loaf
French Stew
Chicken & Dumplings


Week 3

Slow Cooker Potato Soup
Roast, Potatoes & Carrots
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Italian Chicken
Slow Cooker Pinto Beans


Week 4

Pulled Pork
Easy Slow Cooker Chili
Macaroni & Cheese
Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Chicken & Noodle Soup
Sloppy Joes


Week 5

Shepherd’s Pie
Mexican Beef Wraps
Beef & Veggie Soup
Crockpot Lasagna
Salsa Chicken
One Pot Italian Chicken Meal


Week 6

Slow Cooker Honey Parmesan Pork Roast
Slow Cooker Vegetable Beef Soup (ground beef version)
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Stack
Marinara Chicken & Vegetables
New Orleans Red Beans & Rice
Easy Crockpot Meatballs (Spaghetti & Meatballs)


Week 7

Chicken Cordon Bleu
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Smothered Steak
Hearty Western Casserole
Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
Shredded Pork Soft Tacos


Week 8

Salisbury Steak
Stuffed Pepper Soup
Chicken Ala King
Pizza Burgers
Crockpot Sausage and Peppers
Cheeseburger Soup


Week 9

Chicken Ranch Pasta
White Chicken Chili
Beef Tips & Gravy
Santa Fe Chicken Packets
Steak Fajitas
Dr. Pepper Chicken


There are so many great choices of food in these recipe ebooks.  It’s time take the plunge and buy these recipe books, to get your days back on track! It’s only $15.95.  But hurry!  This sale ends on Monday evening, July 6th, 2015 at 11:59 p.m PST


Add to Cart.

If you’ve already bought some of these books or most of them but you’d still like to take part in the bundle, it is legal to send any of the ebooks that you have duplicates of to a friend or family member.

Multi-age Playrooms: How to Set Up a Space Everyone Will Love


If you have more than one child, you will know that toys seem to multiply at an alarming rate. The family playroom quickly turns from your kids’ playtime haven into a chaotic hovel, mismatched toys strewn about with no sense of order or organization. Baby toys and chemistry sets sit alongside each other and you know something has to change. If this situation is currently happening in your house, know that there is hope. Here are a few tips to help you create a playroom children of all ages will love.


Designate zones

As with any good playroom, it’s a smart move to have designated areas for different kinds of play. For multi-age playrooms, creating a space for each child will help everyone easily find their own toys and feel like they have their own room. If you need to, use room dividers or cleverly placed storage to physically separate the room into different areas. Otherwise, keep arts and crafts materials in one corner, dressing up and other imaginative play toys in another, and puzzles, board games, and building toys stored neatly in boxes and shelves. An organized playroom is much more functional and low maintenance than one with piles and piles of random toys.


This clean, organized playroom has dedicated spaces for imaginative play, arts and crafts, and plenty of storage!


Playroom 1

via Modernize

Space to relax

Just because your playroom is full of toys and stimulating projects, this doesn’t mean your children won’t need somewhere to relax and sit, too. Find a functional piece of furniture or two that all your kids will enjoy, or have smaller versions for younger members of the family. Bean bags, oversized cushions, and comfortable sofas or armchairs work perfectly for all ages. Combine this relaxation space with your story/quiet corner if you like, but make sure it remains accessible for everyone.

You can just imagine your kids curling up with a good book in the comfortable, inviting window seat and bean bag chair in this playroom.


via Modernize


Rotate toys

Regardless of age, all children go through phases with toys. Most of us have far too many toys for keep track of, and if we parents think there are too many, our kids will also struggle to play with all of the toys lying around. Once you’ve organized the playroom, take out any broken, unused, or unwanted toys and discard or donate appropriately. If you’re still left with too many toys to store, take a few out for a month or two and rotate them back in when you sense your kids are bored with the ones they’ve been using. This will encourage your children to enjoy the toys they have available (and will also help immensely at cleanup time).


There are few toys on display in this playroom, so they are more likely to be enjoyed often.


Yellow Kids Room

via Modernize



Keep it safe

If you have toddlers or babies using your playroom, make sure any small or potentially dangerous toys are kept out of their reach. Consider storing older kids’ craft and building materials on higher shelves or closed away in bins, and make sure big brothers and sisters know not to leave their Legos lying on the floor. Speaking of storage, make sure any heavy storage units are secure and bolted to the walls if needed, because we all know that every toddler becomes a climber at some stage. Encourage daily tidying with a schedule or regular routine and you are less likely to have any accidents.


This playroom uses clever box shelves and counter space to store delicate and smaller items.



via Modernize


Once you’ve reorganized your playroom to suit everyone, your kids will be ready to get playing. Now comes the really hard part: sharing!


For more ideas and inspiration, head to Modernize.com.


Kaitlin Krull is a writer and mom of two girls living the expat life in the UK. Her writing is featured on Modernize.com and a number of home decor sites around the web. She can also be found blogging from time to time on her personal blog, A Vicar’s Wife.

How to Save Money on Fireworks

Festive and colorful fireworks display


Are you one of the fortunate (or maybe in some cases, not so fortunate) Americans that are allowed to buy fireworks in the United States?  I know living in a rural Kansas community, we have always been allowed to buy them and shoot them off.  We have a few restrictions, such as not setting them off after midnight and those who live in town can only shoot them off from July 1st through the 4th.  But for us, we can do them all year if we so choose, because we live outside of the city limits, in the country.  Of course, we’d need to take note of extremely dry times so we don’t cause grass fires or other fire hazards.   We’re also not allowed to use certain kinds of fireworks, like bottle rockets.  We’ve gotten so accustomed to not using them, that we don’t mind much.  There’s plenty of other things out there that we will enjoy.


Fireworks are kind of a cornered market, only showing up once a year.  Is it possible to deal shop for them?  Yes, within reason.  You’re still going to need to set a budget that will work for your family, because it’s super easy to go out of control with these things.  But, there’s a few ways that you can save some money and find some great deals.  I’m sure this advice varies by region as it seems fireworks trends change depending on where you live.  My sister lives 2 hours from me and she prefers to buy them here in my town, because they’re always cheaper here!


How We Save Money When We Buy Fireworks


1.  Shop around

You may have a favorite place to buy your fireworks from, but you may be surprised to learn that not every store or tent prices them near the same.  You will see wide varieties of prices, depending on where you shop.  Sometimes, you’re supporting a non-profit organization or ministry and you don’t mind paying a little more, but if you’re just giving someone’s wallet a little extra padding, you may want to rethink automatically going to the first tent that you see.  Consider giving your kids a list of the most popular items you buy and going and pricing them at each local fireworks store.  That way you can get the best deal out there and you can even support several different stores.  Spread the love a little bit.  As mentioned above, you may want to even check in another town if it looks like you’ll be traveling to nearby towns during that time period.  You may find that smaller communities have better pricing than cities (or even visa versa).


2.  Sign up for Mailing Lists

We have a certain favorite store that we’ve learned is usually priced lower than most of the other tents in town.  To top it off, this store is air conditioned!  Because they treat it more like a store, they actually have an email list where they will mail you a daily special.  My kids look forward to receiving their daily emails to see what the new coupon is.


3.  Watch for Coupon Mailers

We’ve also received multiple coupon mailers.  Today, I got one that said I can save $7 on a $50 order.  With my 7 kids, we easily spend $50 during the week of the 4th of July.  That’s $7 more that we can have to burn….literally .


4.  The Special of the Day

Some fireworks stores change their specials each day.  They keep you coming back that way.  We willingly do, too because we have saved a lot of money by buying their specials.  We once bought a 7 ball artillery shell for $1 because of the special of the day.  We bought as many as they’d let us have!


5.  Pay Attention

When they’re ringing you up, be sure to pay attention to the prices they’re charging.  Sometimes they are doing it on memory and may try to overcharge you unintentionally. Make sure that the prices are what you think they’re going to be and if they’re not, show them where you found the price you were thinking.  Also, many times, stores will offer a freebie with purchase or to kids.  Be sure to find out if the location you’re shopping at does this and take them up on the offer.  Sometimes they forget to offer!


This covers everything that is available to us to save money on fireworks.  I realize that your area may be different.  What are some different ways that work for you?  


I hope you have an amazing Independence Day!  Have fun and be safe!


Festive and colorful fireworks display


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