Non-GMO Seed Co-Op featuring Seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Seed Co-Op

I love growing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs in my garden.  We love the wide variety, and so do the bees and other pollinators.  

Unfortunately, at $2 or more for a packet of seed, it can get very expensive very quickly, especially when you want to grow 16 different herbs; 7 types of tomatoes; 3 types each of carrots, beets, squash, beans, and lettuces; 2 types of peas; 2 types of melons, and a variety of other random fruits and veggies.  Add to that the numerous seeds that go unused in each packet, and if begins to feel like you are throwing money away.

That is why I came up with the idea for the Non-GMO Seed Co-Op. [Read more…]

5 Ways to Save $500 This Year

5 ways to save $500

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an extra $500 in our wallet?

What if I told you there were 5 easy things you could do this year, and each one of them could save you at least $500? That’s a savings of $2500 this year alone!

Don’t expect to go extreme that’s not realistic, but if you can save 20-30% off your grocery bill each month you are heading in the right direction. You can get coupons in the Sunday newspaper, but you can also print them from home!, Redplum, Smartsource, and Hopster each have a ton of printable coupons just waiting for you. You can print two copies of each coupon per computer, and coupons often reset at the start of the next month. [Read more…]

The 3 Sisters: Corn, Beans, & Squash

3 sisters

Before being a SAHM, I was an elementary school teacher. No matter which grade I taught history to (3rd through 8th), at some point in the year we ended up talking about how the Native Americans taught the colonists to be self sufficient with regards to farming, hunting, & fishing in New England. One thing that they often found interesting was that the Native Americans would “plant” a dead fish along side their crops.

What I always found interesting was the “3 Sisters” – growing corn, beans, and squash in one area. The beans provide much needed Nitrogen for the corn, and the squash works as a ground cover choking out weeds. The corn then provided the trellis for the beans. All three crops worked in harmony to cut down on pests, rodents, and diseases that could otherwise wipe out one of the crops.

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Enter to Win a $200 Amazon Gift Card!

(Disclosure: We are excited to share this sponsored giveaway with our readers. Compensation was received  by IHeart-Motherhood for hosting this giveaway.) 


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Printable Coupon Round Up

printable coupon round up

There are so many great printable coupons available right now.  Make sure to grab them before they are gone!  Limit 2 prints per computer.

Baby & Toddler
$1.00 off 2 Gerber or Graduates Yogurt Blends
$1.00 off any 4 Gerber Graduates Grabbers™ items
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Puffs
$10.00 off (1) One NUK Air Purifier
$5.00 off (1) NUK Cool Mist Humidifier
$1.00 off ONE Dreft Detergent
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants
$3.00 off any two PediaSure or PediaSure SideKicks
$2.00 off ONE (1) package of GOODNITES Product
$3.00 off GERBER GOOD START Soothe 22 oz
$1.00 off ANY three (3) Beech-Nut pouches
$1.00 off ONE Luvs Diapers


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An Introduction to Home Food Preservation

An Intro To Home Food Preservation

I have been canning for over 14 years.  It started quite simply … I wanted homemade Strawberry Jam.  Then it was blueberry jam.  Then pickles, salsa, BBQ Sauce … I was hooked!  For a few years, I even sold my home canned items at area craft shows.  I used to hear so many people comment about how their great grandmothers used to make jam or can peaches, and that “no one does that anymore”.

In the last 5 years, there has been a bit of a home canning explosion!  Canning has become trendy.  

Unfortunately, with this influx of people into such a wonderful hobby, there is also a lot of misinformation floating around about what you can can at home.  Did you know, you should not can pumpkin butter at home but apple butter is ok?  

I have been helping out my friends and family with their canning and home food preservation questions, and now I want to help you too.  Join me on Sunday, February 8 from 1-4:30 for An Introduction to Home Food Preservation at the RWJ Center for Health & Wellness in Mercerville, NJ.

During this class, we will discuss boiling water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, and dehydrating and how to utilize these processes to preserve what you grow in your garden, buy at the farmers’ market, or purchase on steep discounts through out the year.  

Attendees who register by January 24, will each receive a copy of the Ball Blue Book Guide to Canning.

Simplicam Giveaway! A Home Surveillance Camera

I am so excited for this giveaway! I know that I worry about our home when we travel, just like most families do, but I’ve always thought video systems were super expensive. Not anymore! For about $200 you can get a Simplicam Home Surveillance Camera, but what’s even better is right now you have a chance to win one for FREE!

Simplicam Giveaway   
Welcome to the Simplicam Giveaway, 

hosted by Housewife on a Mission and sponsored by Simplicam! Are you in search for a nanny cam, or a camera that will help you keep a close eye your pets and home when you’re not home? I’m so thrilled to introduce you to Simplicam!

About Simplicam:
Simplicam is a home monitoring Wi-Fi video camera that sets up easily on your smartphone. You can view your live video feed from anywhere by logging into the free Closeli mobile app on your smartphone or tablet, or on your computer at Simplicam connects to, and sends video directly through your home Internet. By upgrading to one of the optional Closeli Recording Services (find details under “Camera features, Closeli Recording plans, and pricing”) you can also enjoy Face Detection notifications and video recording/storage in the cloud (adapted from
Features Included:
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  • Night vision, so you can see every detail in the dark
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  • Adjustable motion and sound notifications that alert you when something’s up
  • Two-way talk through simplicam’s powerful built-in microphone and speaker
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Housewife on a Mission had the opportunity to review this camera with the 1-day recording service by Closeli. Read her full review here!

Are you ready to keep a closer eye on your kids, pets and home with an easy to use camera? Simplicam is a great way to see what’s happening in your home when you’re not home!

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Menu Plan Monday: Eat Clean January 5-11


I am participating in a 1-week Clean Eating Challenge hosted by my friend, and Beachbody Coach, Amber Titus.  We are starting the Challenge today, and in addition to watching what we eat, we are going to be completing 1-2 activities a day to set ourselves up for good health, and to recover from the holidays.  

I don’t know about you, but since Halloween, I have been eating so much junk!  I have only gained 1 pound, which isn’t that bad, but overall I feel like crud.  I am dealing with insomnia, general aches and pains, and my headaches have returned.  I even have started drinking soda again (and I was doing so well).  It is time that I start eating clean again.  My body has been calling out for it for weeks!  Its about time I listen.

For me, clean eating means consuming fewer processed/store bought foods. We still eat grains/bread/pasta, dairy, and meat, as well as fruits, veggies, nuts, and fats, but I make most of our food. Our family is doing a no take-out challenge for January as well, and our reward for making it is to go out to eat mid-month. For us, that is a HUGE challenge since we currently do take out two or more times a week.  I’m hoping that both my wallet & my waistline benefit from this month’s challenges.

Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan for the Week of 1/5-1/11

Breakfasts :
Cran-Apple Oatmeal Packets, smoothies, scrambled eggs, muffins/banana bread with fruit

Soups! I’m making Lentil Soup & maybe Chili this week
Husband eats leftovers for lunch
Kids – Homemade PB&J (yes, all 3 components are homemade), grilled cheese, muffin tins

Monday – Citrus roast chicken, baked sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts
Tuesday – Hummus & Pita, Cheese, Carrots, apple slices
Wednesday – Chicken Noodle Soup
Thursday – Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, string beans
Friday – Homemade Pizza & Salad
Saturday – Turkey breast, roasted root vegetables, salad with cranberries, apples & walnuts
Sunday – Leftover Lottery

Home canned pears, peaches, applesauce
Fresh fruit, Cheese & Crackers, Yogurt, Popcorn

In preparation for this week, I am making the chicken stock and baking muffins on Monday.  Each time I need to prep an ingredient, I’m going to see if I need it again during the week by taking a quick glance at my menu plan.  If I need it multiple times, I’m just going to chop it once to save time later.  These simple tasks will set me up for a full week of successful meals, and most importantly NO TAKE OUT!

What is on your menu this week?

Do you need more meal time inspiration?  Check out Menu Plan Monday on I’m An Organizing Junkie for the weekly link up.

Where Are My Coupons? The 2015 Weekly Coupon Insert Line Up

coupon insert schedule 

Where are all of the coupons?  Some weeks there is an abundance of coupons, and other weeks, nothing.  The 2015 Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule is based on trends from years past so we know what to anticipate in our Sunday newspapers.  

For example, there aren’t coupons on holiday weekends, and the P&G Brandsaver only comes out once a month.  This schedule does not account for the coupons your newspaper subscribes too.  The Philadelphia Inquirer, for instance, does not include RedPlum inserts in the paper.

Since this schedule is not set in stone, its a good idea to always check the weekly Sunday Coupon Preview post here on Raising A Family On A Budget.  I update the post weekly, by noon on Friday so you have plenty of time to decide if you want/need to pick up extra newspapers or utilize a clipping service for the coming week’s coupons.

And don’t forget, you can always print coupons too!  RedPlum and Smartsource each have a website where you can print your own coupons, and they are different than what is available in the Sunday newspaper.  You can also print coupons from and Hopster, plus there are now several rebate programs for grocery shopping such as SavingStar, Checkout 51, and ibotta. [Read more…]

Christmas Breakfast Recipe Round Up

Christmas Breakfast Recipe Round Up

The tree is decorated.  The gifts are wrapped.  Dinner is planned, but what are you going to have for breakfast on Christmas morning?  Whether you have house guests, or just your immediate family, no one wants to spend time in the kitchen on Christmas morning preparing breakfast.  

Here are 10 recipes that you can prep today and have for breakfast tomorrow with minimal additional effort.  What’s even better, they all contain normal ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge & pantry, or you can pick up quickly at the market.

Cheese Strata

Ham & Egg Hash Brown Casserole

Savory Bread Pudding

Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Sausage Egg & Cheese Breakfast Skillet

Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Gruyere Onion & Spinach Strata

Overnight Crockpot Groats

Lemon Blueberry French Toast Bake

I haven’t decided what we are having for breakfast yet … I guess I need to get on that and go grocery shopping before it is too crazy at the stores.  What is your family’s favorite Christmas breakfast recipe?

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