R.E.A.L (Read, Eat and Love- Free Kindle eBooks): Bonus! Cheap music!

**Please keep in mind that any items on Kindle are subject to change at any time. Please be sure the button says FREE before hitting buy now.**

Children’s Book:  Horatio’s One Wish: A Tale of One Heroic Hedgehog, Two Loyal Hamsters, and a Missing River Otter by Joshua Kriesberg (Author), James Bernardin (Illustrator)

Horatio's One Wish: A Tale of One Heroic Hedgehog, Two Loyal Hamsters, and a Missing River Otter.

Cookbook/Recipe: 30 Lowfat Recipe II by Tony Pine

30 Low Fat Recipes II

Non-fiction/Lifestyle: Being Gorgeous!  50 of the Best Home-Made Beauty Treatments to Save You Money by Lorraine M. Harding

Being Gorgeous!! 50 of the Best Home-Made Beauty Treatments to Save You Money. (Health Series)

Romance Book: Always by Deb Stover


Fiction: Family Man by Sarah Noel

Family Man

Amazon has great hits for only 50 cents per song right now!  Download to the Cloud and you can upload to any music device or burn to a CD!

Thrift Store (Explicit) by Macklemore

Lonely Boy by The Black Keys

Locked Out of Heaven by Bruno Mars

We Are Young by Fun

Ho Hey by The Lumineers

And many more!

Family Fun Events: 2/22/13 thru 2/24/13

Last weekend of February!  Spring here we come!  Soon we will be planning trips to the park and splashing in Lake Ontario!  Some people just can’t wait to splash in the water- the contestants for the 23rd Annual Polar Bear Dip to benefit the River Hospital!  Saturday February 23rd, 2013, dipping starts at 1:00pm at Bonnie Castle Resort in Alex Bay!  Click here for more details!


I also want to highlight several area benefits this weekend:

  • First Annual Maddie’s Mark Carnival, Sunday 2/24/13 11am-4pm at the Northside Improvement League in Watertown.  Face painting, a clown, a magician, games, food, raffles- oh my!  $ 2.00 per person or $10.00 per family admission.  If you are going to do anything this weekend, I strongly suggest this carnival.  To learn more about the event and Maddie’s story, click here
  • Nicholas Larmie Fundraiser, Saturday 2/23/13 4pm-8pm at the American Legion in Adams.  Food, raffles, DJ, bake sale, auction and much more!  To learn more about the event and Nicholas’ story, click here
  • Zumba for Robert Piper, Saturday 2/23/13 1pm-3pm at the South Jefferson High School in Adams.  $ 8.00 per person to Zumba, $ 5.00 per middle/high school student.  Raffles and bake sale as well!  To learn more about the event and Robert’s story click here

**New this week:  Fun idea at home!  Starting this week I will also feature a fun idea or craft to do at home!  Nothing says thrifty like staying at home and having fun!  Like I said, spring is coming!  Bundle up and get outside and enjoy the snow before it’s gone!  Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, make snow angels! 

Hop Aboard the Easter Bunny Express!!

Take your good little bunnies down the trail to the Adirondack Scenic Railroad to take a ride on the Easter Bunny Train!  One day only!  March 30th at 10:00 am, 12:00  pm and 2:00pm departing from the Utica Train Station.  Tickets are $ 12.00 adults and $ 10.00 for youth (ages 2-12).  Meet the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs and experience an unforgettable train ride!  For more info or to buy tickets click here.

Watertown Daily Times Subscription Giveaway!

I promised a giveaway at 325 followers and so here it goes!  Watertown Daily Times has generously provided a three month subscription voucher for one very lucky Penny Pinching Parent!  That’s right, the paper delivered to your home!  Reading the Sunday paper in your pajamas as you sip your coffee!  FREE coupons!

So here are the rules: 

  1. You must be a Facebook fan of Penny Pinching Parents.  Click here if you are not. 
  2. You must live in an area that the Watertown Daily Times delivers to.  If you live outside of Jefferson County, please call (315) 782-1000 to verify if they deliver to your area.  You can enter to win if you intend to gift it to someone within the delivery area.
  3. This prize may not be redeemed for cash or sold for profit.
  4. You must comment under the Penny Pinching Parents’ Facebook status with the link to this contest why you love about the Watertown Daily Times or what you would like to see featured in the Watertown Daily Times.  DO NOT comment on this blog, comment only on the Facebook giveaway status! 
  5. I will share this link once a day on Facebook.  You may enter every day but you MUST provide a different answer each time. 
  6. Winner will be announced on Wednesday February 27th at 8:00 pm.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond by sending me a message or email with their mailing address so that I can mail the voucher to them.   
  7. For every new Penny Pincher that you refer you will gain another entry.  In order to secure this entry, the person you referred must post on my wall who referred them to the page. They can not already be a Penny Pinching fan.

Good Luck!

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Do-It-Yourself Invites!

Planning a bridal shower for my sister has ignited my penny pinching flame!  It IS possible to plan a gorgeous event on a budget.  Starting with invitations!  I choke when I see prices of formal invitations!  No way I am paying that price when it’s so easy (and cheap) to do it yourself!

What is the theme for the shower?  With my sister being an English teacher with a passion for literature, we are taking books and using it as her theme.  So I am using book pages as part of her invites.  What colors are the bridal party wearing?  Use those colors for the invites as well. 

Before you do the invites you must secure a location, set a time and know where the bride & groom will be registered.  Once you know all that information you can use Microsoft Word to type up the information.  If you aren’t sure how to word the invites Google “Bridal Shower Invite Wording”.  Find a verse you like and use it, just filling in personal info as you go.  Make sure you use both the bride and groom’s full names so friends and family of both sides will realize who the shower is for.  Play with fonts and colors of the words to play up your theme/colors. 

Next gather all the supplies you need.  I used cardstock, an old book, ribbon, scissors that cut in waves, a hole punch and the Microsoft Word print outs.  I bought the cardstock, ribbon & scissors with a coupon at JoAnn Fabrics.  It was all less than $10.00. 


I carefully tore the number of pages out of the old book that I needed.  I then used the special scissors to cut wavy borders around all of the pages, to cut out the wording typed up on Microsoft Word and the cardstock so that they would all stack on one another.


Use the solid color cardstock for the back, so that is slightly taller and wider than the other two pieces.  Then use your middle part that will tie your theme in.  (I used the book page.  You could use some scrapbook paper that had the bride’s flower of choice on it or maybe another solid cardstock page to use both of the bride’s colors, or sheer fabric, etc).  The top piece should be the page with the invite wording.  This piece should be the shortest and thinnest piece so that when stacked you can see each piece under the pieces on top.  Once stacked the way you want them to be secured together, use a hole punch to punch two holes at the top of the card, slightly apart. 


The final step is to use a section of the ribbon to tie all the pieces together.  Push each end of the ribbon thru the holes from the back of the back piece (cardstock).  Then tie a simple double knot in the front.  You can buy special sized envelopes at an office store like Staples or Office Depot to mail these out.  Elegant, thrifty and personal- can be used for any event!  Bridal Showers, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, etc!


Q&A: Kimberly Caird of Food Restores!

I do not always make the best food choices, but when I do- wow does it feel good!  You know what else feels good?  Seeing the number on the scale decrease as energy and well being increases.  Learn more about meeting your health goals during this edition of Q & A with Kimberly Caird of Food Restores!

After reading about this new business in our area I “liked” Food Restores Facebook page (click here) and it is AMAZING!  She has the BEST posts with tons of great information!  Read below for more info!

1. Tell me who you are and what you do? 

My name is Kimberly Caird. I’m the owner of a company called Food Restores where I work as a Certified Health Coach with men and woman who want to lose weight, the healthy way!

Through my love of whole food nutrition, education and coaching, I help clients bring an understanding into their lives with regard to truly healthy eating and teach them to lose weight naturally.

2. How did you end up pursuing this line of work?

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you Eat.” For me, that statement ultimately rang true through very clear experiences with food. Call me a late bloomer, who knows! But, the light bulb finally turned on when I stopped fooling myself and truly began to LIVE that statement.

My struggles were the direct result of an intense, jam-packed, high-stress lifestyle. I was the stereotypical type A personality, requiring myself to burn both ends of the candle and jam forty hours into a twenty-four hour day. I was working full-time, going to school, raising children and failing to make my health and well being a priority.

I suffered through sleepless nights, leaving me perpetually drained. I faced depression, digestive problems, routine sinus infections, unhealthy skin and hair and turned to the only answer I’d ever known – medication. By the end of every workweek, I’d spend Friday – Sunday trying to nurse my body back to health resulting from the stress I had put on it during the week.

I was on the sidelines of my own life. Food was a necessity, but I never gave much thought to the type of food I was putting in my body and how it truly was making me stressed, depressed and sick! I began to realize that what I was eating and how I was living my life were contributing to my health issues in a big way.

I slowly started to learn which foods caused my body to flourish and which my body despised. It was a step-by-step process of trial and error, which ultimately forced me to take the blinders off and take control of my health and life. Through this experience, I saw vast improvement in my health.

The ultimate lesson for me was that, the diet you choose isn’t nearly important as your relationship with food – your lifestyle, and your relationship with your body. Making this connection is the key to your health and life!

As a result of my own personal experiences, I became passionate about the connection between food and health and want to share what I’ve learned to help others and allow them to live the best life possible.

3. What is the biggest reason clients seek your help?

Clients come to me when they have reached a point in life where they are tired of the yo-yo diets and they want to take back their health. Many are struggling with their weight, they have cravings that are out of control, they have digestive issues that make them feel crummy, a lack of energy and are just tired of feeling sick all of the time. Ultimately, my clients are ready to change their lives and I act as the support structure to allow them to make that happen.

4. What kind of services can potential clients expect from Food Restores?

No one diet works for everyone. I work to guide clients toward finding the food and lifestyle choices that best support their body. 

As a client of Food Restores, I work with clients over a six-month period, teaching them to eat healthy, understanding how to listen to their body and together we begin to make gradual life-long changes that will impact their lives and health long term.

The program Includes:

*An initial consultation to get clear on their goals and understand the program.

*Two, individual sessions per month with clients where they get the education and support they require

*Unlimited email support between sessions​

*Cleanse and detox information​

*Handouts, recipes & monthly newsletters

*My personal commitment to support clients to reach their goals, every step of the way

My work with clients over a six-month period results in steady, lasting changes that work. The individualized program will radically improve their health and happiness. We will explore concerns specific to them and their unique body and discover the tools needed for a lifetime of balance.

5. People hear so many different theories (low carb vs low fat vs counting calories) to “what’s healthy”.  What are your thoughts on the different theories floating around out there? 

Most approaches to nutrition dwell on calories, carbs, fats, proteins. Instead of creating lists of restrictions and good and bad foods, I coach my clients how to eat healthy foods and create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun and free of denial and discipline.

During my training, I studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts.

No one diet works for everyone. I guide clients to find the food and lifestyle choices that best support them. I help them to make gradual, lifelong changes that enable them to reach their current and future health goals.

6. If people have questions for you, what is the best way to reach you? 

The best way to reach me is via email: kim@foodrestores.com. If anyone would like additional information they can visit my webpage at www.foodrestores.com or like my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/foodrestores.

7. What is your favorite breakfast choice?

My go to breakfast choice when I’m on the run is typically a fruit/veggie smoothie. Blueberries, spinach and other super foods such as chia seeds, turmeric, cocoa and mixed greens. Yum!

8. Tell us one random fact about yourself.

My favorite way to relax by being home, with the fireplace burning, wearing some ‘comfy’ clothes and enjoying the company of my kids.

9. What is your favorite store to shop at?

I am a fan of lululemon. I’m tall (5’11”) and they sell work out clothes that fit me! When it comes to fruits/veggies, I do my best to shop local in order to get the most nutritious foods possible!

10 . Favorite vacation spot?

Vacation to me means SUN! Every year I spend a week with my family in Florida during the winter months where we get the opportunity to play on the beach and soak up some Vitamin D!


**If you have any questions for Kimberly, feel free to contact her!**

R.E.A.L.: Read, Eat and Love

Being an indie author myself, my weekly selections of free Kindle books will be eBooks that might be flying under the radar due to lack of funds to promote the way big publishing houses can promote.  There are quality authors out there that just have not had the chance to be picked up by a publishing house.  The BEST thing you can do for any writer is to leave a review when done reading the book, good or bad.  Any author can not grow without feedback from the readers.  It doesn’t matter if the book has 1 review or 100 reviews, the author has a deep appreciation for each review left. 

**Please keep in mind that any items on Kindle are subject to change at any time. Please be sure the button says FREE before hitting buy now.**

Children’s Book: I Love You by Calee Lee & Tricia Tharp

I Love You!

Cookbook/Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken by Linda Roberts

Slow Cooker Chicken - The Slow Cooker Aficionado Chicken Recipe Cookbook (The Slow Cooker Aficionado Recipe Cookbooks)

Non-fiction/Lifestyle: Super Immunity Yoga by Julie Schoen, Little Pearl

Super Immunity Yoga: How To Use Yoga For Improved Health and Wellness By Boosting Immunity (Just Do Yoga)

Romance Book: Offside (The Barker Triplets) by Juliana Stone

Offside (The Barker Triplets)

Fiction: Inheritance by Christine Gardner


Indoor Family Fun Events: 2/15 – 2/18/13

Lots of fun options heading our way this weekend!  Something to please everyone from Dad to baby!

Papa Bear’s Event Pick:

  • 2013 Home Show at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY.  Get a $2.00 off admission ticket by clicking here.  Friday, Saturday and Sunday come experience CNY’s largest showcase of home improvement products and services!  Without coupon it is $ 7.00 per adult at the door.  Children ages 16 and under are FREE!!  Click here for more information on the event.

The Home Show

Mama Bear’s Event Pick:

  • 25th Anniversary Production of Phantom of the Opera on the big screen at the Clayton Opera House.  Tonight, 7pm.  Tickets are $ 15.00 per adult, $ 8.00 per student.  Click here for more details on the event.

Baby Bear’s Event Picks:

  • Storytime Safari at the NYS Zoo at Thompson Park for ages 3-6, 2/16/13 from 12:30-1:30pm. 

    Storytime Safari is for kids ages 3-6 with an adult companion. We will begin by reading an exciting story about animals. Afterward, we will get to meet some of the animals from the story!
    Cost: Members $4/child, Non-members $6/child + zoo admission (There is no additional program fee for adults.)
    Advanced registration recommended. (315-755-0895)

  • Snack Shack Bounce House Coffeen Street in Watertown $ 5 per hour of fun!  Click here for more details!

Winter Wonderland Edition of Family Fun Events

Middle of February in Northern New York means that spring is crawling towards us!  SO take advantage of the winter activities that are only offered this time of year! 

  • Horsedrawn Sleigh Rides thru Highland Forest Park (Syracuse): $ 6.00 per person, $ 3.00 for ages 5 and under.  Click here for dates, times and more details!

  • Ice Skating in Watertown (Indoor and Outdoors): Indoor @ Watertown Fairgrounds Arena ($2.00 admission/ $ 2.00 skate rentals) Click here for dates, times and more details.  Outdoor @ Thompson Park in Watertown (FREE admission, bring your own skates) Click here for dates, times and more details.

  • Sledding in Watertown: Thompson Park Hill in Watertown- FREE, just bring your own sled!  Thompson Park also offers Snowshoe Trails- just bring your own snowshoes! 
  • Tubing at Dry Hill: Take the entire family to Dry Hill for tubing down their hills!  $ 15.00 per adult, $ 13 per junior!  Click here for dates, times and more details.

  • If you know of any other outdoor activities not listed here that are family friendly, please comment with info!  Enjoy!

R.E.A.L.–Read, Eat & Love: Free Kindle eBooks

Every R.E.A.L. post will feature 5 FREE Kindle eBooks.  One children’s book, one cookbook/recipe, one non-fiction/self-help/lifestyle book, one romance book and one fiction.

**Please keep in mind that any items on Kindle are subject to change at any time.  Please be sure the button says FREE before hitting buy now.**

Children’s Book: Orangey the Goldfish

Orangey the Goldfish

Cookbook/Recipe: Energizing Smoothies for Busy Moms

Energizing Smoothies For Busy Moms

Non-fiction/Lifestyle: Paleo Beginner Quick Start: Essential Guide to Get Started Fast on a Gluten-Free Diet

Paleo Beginner Quick Start: Essential Guide to Get Started Fast on a Gluten-Free Diet

Romance Book: Amethyst (YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy)

Amethyst, a YA paranormal romance/fantasy (#1 of the Guardian series)

Fiction: The Spice of Life

 The Spice of Life