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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Target FREE - $10 gift card when you spend $50

 
Best Deal of the day : Target is having a Friends and Fans Event. Spend $50 and get a $10 GiftCard. Click for details: http://bit.ly/vGLIpw

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De-Clutter Children Clutter

Our children arrive into the world empty-handed and within days of their birth, the clutter begins! The clutter starts off with diapers, clothes and rattles and as they begin to grow, so does the amount of items and clutter they obtain. You may begin to ask yourself how much stuff does one little person really need?

Maybe your children are now in elementary school or have entered the teen world. No matter what stage of life your children are in, their items can clutter and overtake their rooms and your home.

To de-clutter it all and keep it under control you have to begin with a system that works for you and your children so they can help maintain their clutter.  Click here to read my simple De-Clutter Children Clutter steps over on the SC Johnson Home Economics blog.

Be sure to leave me  a comment over at SC Johnson

*Each week Trisha Blogs on SC Johnson Family Economics website as a paid writer be sure to read her weekly article


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WIN - Crawling Lola Doll ~ 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways


In 2010, JC Toys introduced a beautiful new baby doll, Lola! Lola was originally dressed in a cute summer outfit complete with bathing suit, hat and sandals! Lola is back and is now available in fun new outfits and in a cute crawling pose. Lola has such a happy expression and is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face!

Lola is a 14” all vinyl doll. She is wearing a frilly onesie with matching headband. Also included is her plush ball for playtime fun!


WIN: 24/7 MOMS and JC Toys are giving away a 14" Crawling Lola Doll!
 
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    Chritsmas Ring and Run Neighborhood Fun

    Do you remember the days when you were a kid and you were tempted to play the fun game of ring and run or better known as door bell ditch - but you knew if caught you would pay the price back at home.  Not anymore now we here at 24/7 MOMS believe it's fun to teach your kids to play ring and run with these fun neighborly ideas

    Let's see how many houses we the 24/7 MOMS can ring and run this Christmas season.   Choose one of these fun ideas and get ready for some family fun in the neighborhood.

    Star Your Neighbors .

    Click here for FREE download

    Choose 1 or 2 neighbors to STAR this Christmas season and watch your entire neighborhood light up with stars on their doors. All you need to do his bake a few treats or purchase treats at the store, once it is dark outside grab your kids and get ringing and running as you STAR your neighbors. Complete instructions and printables are FREE from 24/7 MOMS by clicking here.


     Jingle Your Neighbors



    Jingle your neighbors ( ring and run). Click here for FREE download

    Choose 1 or 2 neighbors to Jingle this Christmas season and watch your entire neighborhood begin ringing with bells on their doors. All you need to do his bake a few treats or purchase treats at the store, once it is dark outside grab your kids and get ringing and running as you jingle your neighbors. Complete instructions and printables are FREE by clicking here.

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    WIN - Franklin Anybook Reader ~ 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways


    AnyBook Reader is an interactive reading device for parents & kids 3+. Unlike anything else on the market, AnyBook Reader allows you to record YOUR voice reading ANY book from your personal library; which can later be used for playback.  It's an intimate learning experience for parents and kids to do together, and great for your children when you can't be there for story time (due to work, travel, etc). 
    It's also an additional bonding opportunity for grandparents or any other long-distance relative who wants to participate in reading with the toddler in his or her life.  Because it can be used with literally ANY book in your home library, it’s the most affordable solution with no software, no special books to purchase, and no limitations in language or content. Plus, the kids have fun recording their own voices reading too! 

    The AnyBook Reader uses a simple touch, record, playback process through electronic stickers.  With ease, you can "read" to your child whenever he or she desires. Bring stories to life by adding your own emphasis and voice inflection.  Create character voices and personalities, or even add your own funny sound effects to make stories come alive.  The Franklin AnyBook Reader is an excellent tool to help children learn proper word pronunciation and spelling
      
    There are two versions: 15-hour edition and 60-hour edition and are sold at Barnes & Noble, Borders, Target, Amazon and Franklin's website.

    WIN:  24/7 MOMS and Franklin are giving away a Franklin AnyBook Reader, 60-hour edition.
     
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      DIY Moms - Chicken Wire Frame



      I have seen these in Etsy stores, on Pinterest and other places and now I discovered the DIY ( do it yourself) instructions to create my own over on My Crafty WorldClick here to get the full how to instructions.

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      WIN - I See Me! A Christmas Bear for Me Gift Set ~ 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways


      I See Me! Inc. provides the highest quality, most personalized children's book available.  Our mission is to increase self esteem in children through personalized books that celebrate the uniqueness of each child. The goal of our books is to show each child how absolutely unique and special he or she is, to teach the child how to spell his or her name, and to build vocabulary skills.  Each of our books make great gifts that children are sure to cherish for a lifetime!

      One of our popular personalized gifts for kids, A Christmas Bear for Me is a beautiful, heart-warming, personalized story about a child's Christmas wish for a special Teddy Bear friend.  Written by Jennifer Dewing and illustrated by the nationally renowned artist Wilson Ong, A Christmas Bear for Me captures the anticipation leading up to Christmas morning and the magic of receiving a special gift from Santa.  One child is the "star" of the Christmas book and their name is featured throughout the story. The child's name and the names of his or her siblings or relatives are incorporated into intricate illustrations of stockings across the mantle and the ornaments on the tree and Santa's list.  Gift set includes a cuddly, mini 6" Gund® plush bear that is designed to match the bear in the story. Gift set also includes a personalized letter to the child from Santa!  Children ages 0-8.  Winner of Mom's Choice Award and Creative Child Magazine' Book of the Year Award. 

      Click here to Like I See Me! on Facebook.

      WIN: 24/7 MOMS and I See Me! are giving away A Christmas Bear for Me Gift Set.
       
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        You Saw It On 24/7 MOMS Christmas Marathon Live Webcast ~ Part 8

        Little Tikes Cupcake Kitchen
        Little ones will love baking play with the Cupcake Kitchen from Little Tikes! It's the perfect size for your budding pastry chef, and this kitchen comes packed with fun for creative and imaginative role play!
        Click here to Like Little Tikes on Facebook.
        Click here to find Cupcake Kitchen on Little Tikes website.

        Quaker Pet Group Products
        Quaker Pet Group is committed to providing pet products that will enrich the lives of pets and their pet-parents worldwide.  Its growing group of brands features a wide variety of innovative, high quality toys, apparel, and specialty healthcare products for dogs and cats.
        Click here to find Rain products.
        Click here to find Hear Doggy products.
        Click here to visit Woof Wear Organics website.

        Growums Garden Kits
        Growums provides a unique and exciting option with specially-themed garden kits for kids that combine learning and fun with a unique and exciting online educational experience to grow vegetables and herbs from seed to harvest.
        Click here to Like Growums on Facebook.
        Click here to visit Growums website.



        FyrFlyz
        Fyrflyz is the revolutionary new spinning toy that puts the power to create a spectacular light show in kids' very own hands.
        Click here to Like FyrFlyz on Facebook.
        Click here to visit FyrFlyz website.

        ICKEE Stikeez
        ICKEE Stikeez, from ZING Toys, are the squishy, squeezy, sticky collectible figures with patented suction cups.
        Click here to Like Zing Toys on Facebook.
        Click here to visit ICKEE Stikeez website.


        Jungle Speed
        Jungle Speed is an exciting game of quick thinking and lightning fast reflexes. Think classic card games Spoons or War, embellish the cards with abstract shapes and colors and add a call to action to race opponents to a totem.
        Click here to visit Asmodee's website.

        Dixit
        Dixit is an exciting game of storytelling through imagination and clues. Artistically designed cards tell a different story for every individual and put creativity to the test!
        Click here to visit Asmodee's website.

        Silver Trails
        Silver Trails from Quaker Pet Group, is a new line of products dedicated to the unique needs of Senior Pets, which make up about 50% of the US pet population today.
        Click here to Like Silver Trails on Facebook.
        Click here to visit Silver Trails website. 

        Sherpa Pet Sport Sack
        Sherpa's Pet Group is the prevailing source for pets on the go. The Sherpa Sport Sack is perfect for Moms on the go. It features mesh panels for ventilation, top entry, convenient shoulder strap and reflective trim for safety.
        Click here to visit Sherpa Pet's website.

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        Table Talk


        Tonight's Table Talk

        ....to create conversation
         
        Q: If you could establish one charitable organization, what would it be?

        Riddle:
        Q: What do lions sing at Christmas?
        A: Jungle bells.

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        Tuesday, November 29, 2011

        Three Gifts For Christmas - Is that it?

        We made the big three gift announcement to our children at the Thanksgiving dinner table.  Each child will get three gifts for Christmas - my oldest son added in  "Just as the wise men brought three gifts to Jesus it was good enough for him it should be good enough for us".

        My goal this year is to Commit to Spend less on gifts, Give more Presence, and Love like Jesus teaching my children the true meaning of Christmas.

        Today I asked my youngest if he wanted to make his Christmas list he responded with "It's so hard, are we really only getting three gifts?" I used this as a teaching opportunity asking him why we celebrate Christmas, asking him for his ideas of what could we do this year to give more presence and love like Jesus would to others and to our family. We discussed ideas such as delivering treats to our local firemen, collecting food for those who may not have a Christmas meal as he will and taking time for others.  It was fun to see him beginning to get it - That Christmas is not all about the gifts and what we get but about celebrating the best gift that was given to us Jesus.

        Looking forward to the days ahead as I continue to find ways to teach my kids the true meaning of Christmas.

        Have you seen this You Tube video on the Advent Conspiracy - it just might inspire you to join my family  this Christmas as we Spend less on gifts, Give more Presence, and Love like Jesus

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        WIN - For All Time Clocks ~ 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways

        "Would you believe, I did not have an obsession of clocks? Nope. Rather an obsession with creating and design. I remember exactly where I was the moment I was struck with a bolt of lightening (OK, not literally, but you know what I mean). This idea engulfed my mind and I began immediately creating prototypes of clocks with photo memories as the subject. The year was 2008 and my life has not been the same since. Ridiculous amounts of time, energy, tears, laughter and many, many compliments (and suggestions and guidance) have gone into the creation of For All Time Clocks. And as we approach 2011 Christmas Season I just want to say. Thank You. We wouldn't be who we are without our admirers, supporters, fans, friends, and family.

        We hope you'll find us under your tree...err on the mantel this Season. All it takes is a favorite memory captured in time.

        Christmas Orders - must be received by 12/1/11 in order to have in time for Christmas.
        Click here to order your For All Time Clocks.

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        Discount Code - MOMS30 for a 30% discount on our 18" or 24" Custom Made Clocks. Expires 12/5/2011

        WIN: 24/7 MOMS and For All Time Clocks are giving away a Gift Certificate for a custom made 12" clock

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          5 DIY Advent Calendars To Make

           The 25 day count down fun is about to begin with lots of activities  in the days ahead.  Here are 5 ideas to create your own Advent calendars.   Looking for ideas for daily countdown activities?

          Click here to read about the 25 Days of Christmas Activities

          Click here to read about Christmas Countdown experiences verse things.



          #1 Wilton Favor Tins

          Makoodle created a fun and simple magnetic Advent calendar using the Wilton favor tins.  She even created free printables for the daily countdown numbers.  Click here for her complete instructions and free printables.




          #2  Dollar Store Advent Calendar 

          Here is a creative idea for an advent calendar using Dollar Tree pails and a large painted board from infarrantly creativeClick here for complete how to instructions and create a fun tradition.  This would be also cute for Valentines day with some changes.


          #3 Over The Door Shoe Organizer Advent

          eighteen25 dreams up some of the best ideas including this over the door shoe organizer Advent count down.  eighteen25 even provides the free printables numbers and simple how to instructions.  Click here to go to eighteen25 now.



          #4  Advent Bags

          Use either lunch bags or small colored bags yo can purchase at your local craft stores.  Print and place the  FREE printable numbers on each bag.    Then Place each note in a numbered Bag and fold the top of the bag down and close secure with tape or a sticker for no peeking opportunities.. You can download our 25 day count down numbers by clicking here.




          #5 Envelope Advent

          No time to create an Advent - when i first began the 25 Days of Christmas countdown I purchased Green and red envelopes.  I numbered 25 envelopes and placed our daily activity into each envelope and then gave one envelope out each day for the kids to open.  This was quick and simple.

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          WIN - ArtStamps Gift Card ~ 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways


          Turn Stamps and Stationery into Unique Treasures!

          ArtStamps lets you customize real US postage stamps, stationery and over 500 other products with your children's artwork and photos. When a child creates artwork and experiences it coming to life on a product, it boosts their self-esteem and confirms that their art deserves attention!

          Spread smiles from your home to your family and friends when you send note cards and matching US postage stamps featuring a vibrant, full color image of your child's artwork. Great for holiday greetings or gift giving! 

          Click here to start creating your ArtStamps.
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          WIN: 24/7 MOMS and ArtStamps are giving away a gift card to create your own:
          ·      US Postage, 2 Sets of 10 stamps
          ·      Note Cards, 5 x 7, 20 cards/envelopes 

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            Sams Club APP - perfect for MOMS and Holiday shopping

            I am loving the new app from Sams Club to shop online, discover new items and even know what Samples are being handed out that day at the warehouse - Did I also mention coupons, deals and shopping list you can create  - this is a mom must have app.

            SamsClub.com Reveals Incredible Savings for Cyber Week Shopping Event - Members can shop online-exclusive deals with the newly launched Sam’s Club iPad® app

             Sam's Club, the nation's eighth largest retailer, reveals its incredible deals for the annual Cyber Week shopping event. Sam’s Club members can stay home and “cybernate” while shopping from the comfort of their home at SamsClub.com—and via the Sam’s Club iPad® app and mobile app—for exclusive savings on top holiday gifts ranging from big screen HDTVs and electronics to stunning diamond jewelry and toys for kids. The shopping event runs through Friday, Dec. 2.

            SamsClub.com will also offer free shipping on select items* during the week-long holiday savings event.

            “With the holiday season upon us, Sam’s Club is proud to offer our members online-exclusive values for all their entertaining, gift-giving and decorating needs,” said Fred Quandt, vice president of eCommerce at Sam’s Club. “And just in time for Cyber Week deals, we’re excited to announce the launch of our brand-new iPad® app that will revolutionize the Sam’s Club shopping experience with features like one-tap checkout, interactive recipe finder and customizable shopping lists.


            Simplifying the Season with New Sam’s Club iPad® App:

            Just in time for the busiest shopping season of the year, Sam’s Club announced the launch of its brand new mobile app exclusively designed for the iPad®. For the first time, members will be able to shop Cyber Week deals from their iPad® tablet. The browse-friendly application will allow members to engage in a unique and interactive shopping experience and explore new areas of the club. Top features include:

            Some of the many app features include:

            ·         Create customized shopping lists that automatically sync with the Sam’s Club app on any iPhone®, Android or Blackberry and SamsClub.com

            ·         Shop products available both in-Club and online

            ·         Join, upgrade and renew memberships

            ·         View personalized eValues for Plus Members

            ·         Explore new recipes using Sam’s Club food brands and other gourmet offerings



            As the only warehouse club that offers an iPad® app for both online and in-club items, Sam’s Club makes it even easier to shop for those last-minute holiday purchases. Additionally, members can sign up for the Sam's Club daily “Holiday Value of the Day”—now through Dec. 24, 2011—to receive online exclusives, gifts with free shipping and instant savings. Visit SamsClub.com/holiday or download the Sam's Club mobile application to your iPad®, iPhone®, Android or BlackBerry.


            ** Free shipping available while supplies last for select items purchased from 10:00 p.m. CST , Sunday, Nov. 27 through Friday, Dec. 2



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            WIN - World Vision's Gertie the plush Goat ~ 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways


            Most people think holiday gifts are meant to be wrapped with a bow, but the truth is that more than 800,000 people around the world were impacted by gifts last year through World Vision’s Gift Catalog that didn’t come with decorative paper or ribbon.
            The catalog offers more than 250 gifts online and in the print version ranging in price from $16 to $39,000. These gifts can be purchased in the name of a family member, teacher, co-worker or child, including many affordable items under $50. Gifts available include, but are not limited to:

            ·         Goats ($75): One of the most popular gift items because its milk provides protein for children and the surplus can be sold.
            ·         Feed a family in the US for a day ($16): Here in the United States, 1 in 5 children lives in poverty. Gift givers can help restore hope to families that have been struck by disaster, homelessness or job loss.
            ·         A child’s education ($32): Supplying school fees, textbooks, paper and pencils will help a child reach their full potential.
            ·         Beehive ($150): Beekeeping is a sustainable, year-round way to generate income and is a great source of nutritious, medicinal honey and beeswax.
            ·         Traditional water well ($13,700): A well can provide more than 2,800 gallons of fresh water every day – enough for up to 300 people – for years to come.

            The best part about these gifts is that they are self-sustainable. For example, goats given to communities in Africa are purchased in Africa. This allows transformational community development within the most poverty-stricken villages.

            Gertie- the plush goat toy represents one of the most popular gift items from the World Vision’s gift Catalog. More than 20,000 goats were purchased last year.

            Click here to visit World Vision's Gift Catalog.

            WIN: 24/7 MOMS and World Vison are giving away a plush goat toy, Gertie.

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              You Saw It On 24/7 MOMS Christmas Marathon Live Webcast ~ Part 7

              K-BEU Mom with Baby and Organic Cotton Birthday Crowns from Silly Creatures
              K-BEU Mom is an educational plush toy with a aside opening that allows children to explore what's inside: stomach, guts, heart and womb.
              Click here to Like Silly Creatures on Facebook.
              Click here to visit Silly Creatures website.

              Just Dance Kids 2
              The second Kids title in the #1 dance game franchise worldwide, is now available in the North America for Kinect for the Xbox 360, PlayStation Move for PlayStation 3 and the Wii.
              Click here to Like Just Dance Kids 2 on Facebook.
              Click here to visit Just Dance Kids website.

              Hearts to Hearts Girls by Playmate Toys
              A charitable doll line and fashion collection from Playmates Toys, features six dolls from around the world who are authentically dressed and represents a girl who is working to change her community in ways unique to her home country.
              Click here to Like Hearts to Hearts Girls on Facebook.
              Click here to visit Hearts to Hearts Girls website.

              VINCI Tab
              Created by a mom and designed exclusively for toddlers and preschoolers, VINCI is an innovative touchscreen Early Learning System that aims to inspire the genius in your child!
              Click here to Like Vinci on Facebook.
              Click here to visit Vinci website.

              sweetriot Chocolate
              sweetriot is creating a sweet movement to fix the world, sweetriot sources our cacao directly in Latin America, uses recyclable, reusable packaging wich features original artwork by emerging artists.
              Click here to Like sweetriot on Facebook.
              Click here to visit sweetriot's website.

              OK to Wake! Owl
              For children that frequently wake up before it's "OK to Wake," pressing the Owl's tummy will illuminate the soft yellow night-light. The Owl will gently say, "It's not time to get up yet!" or "Just a little bit longer."
              Click here to find OK to Wake! Owl


              Scan Digital
              ScanDigital is the premier photo and home movie transfer service that specializes in the digitization of physical memories.
              Click here to Like ScanDigital on Facebook.
              Click here to visit ScanDigital's website.

              Celebrate Express
              We are constantly innnovating and launching new ways to celebrate special moments in family's lives. For this reason, our party business continues to grow and grow.
              Click here to Like Celebrate Express on Facebook.
              Click here to visit Celebtate Express website.

              Bedtime Prayers and Promises by Dayspring
              Recordable Storybooks from DaySpring feature exclusive voice-capture technology that enables a person to record each page of a book and have it played back over and over as the recipient turns the pages.
              Click here to Like Dayspring on Facebook.
              Click here to visit Dayspring's website.

              Educational Insights
              The manufacturer of playful products with serious educational value, including subject-specific classroom projects, teacher resources, educational toys, and games.
              Click here to Like Educational Insights on Facebook.
              Click here to visit Educational Insights website.

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              Table Talk


              Tonight's Table Talk

              ....to create conversation
               
              Q: If you could turn into any animal at will, which one would you pick? Why?

              Riddle:
              Q: What is Santa's favorite breakfast cereal?
              A: Frosted Flakes

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              Monday, November 28, 2011

              WIN - Fitbit Ultra ~ 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways


               Do you have a work out fanatic on your Christmas list?  or maybe just someone who is interested in living healthier and keeping track of their every move - then this is the perfect giftAlso a great gift for a techie -My husband is loving the idea of tracking and monitoring his daily activities


              Fitbit Ultra is a wearable, wireless activity monitor that tracks steps taken, flights of stairs climbed, distance traveled, calories burned and sleep quality to give you a 24/7 picture of your health. Online, you can log food, weight and other physical activities, and also connect and compete with friends and family to track progress and meet goals.

              WIN: 24/7 MOMS and Fitbit are giving away a Fitbit Ultra.
               
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                Filling My Freezer Full Of Meals

                This picture says it all organized, ready and  prepared - that is how I desire my freezer to look filled with freezer meals organized and ready to fill my families hungry appetite each night.

                I found this picture on Pinterst which lead me to the blog What's Cookin, Chicago and her amazing list of Freezer meal recipes - lots of new recipes I have yet to feed my freezer with such as :

                Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos

                Mini Cheeseburger Meatloaves

                Cornflake Chicken Tenders

                Skillet Lasagna

                Wondering how to begin feeding your freezer full of meals.  Try these two simple methods that I use when feeding my freezer




                #1 Freezer bag Method

                This method is used for your meals that are liquid-based, such as soups, chili's and stews or your semi-solid foods such as meats in marinades, stroganoffs, pre-cooked meats, etc.

                Step 1 – Label your bag with date, content and quantity. Believe me, once it is frozen it can be very difficult to determine what is actually inside your now frozen zip bag or the quantity it will feed.

                Sample :
                Cranberry Chicken
                3/20/2008
                4 chicken Breasts

                Step 2 – Insert food into freezer zip bags

                Step 3 – Squeeze out as much of the air as possible so you can store them as FLAT bags and stack them on top of each other in your freezer.

                Step 4 – On serving day, remove from freezer and either place in refrigerator on a pan or plate allowing to thaw completely or use the defrost on your microwave for seedy defrosting. Then cook the meal as directed in the original recipe.




                #2 Wrap method with Foil/Plastic wrap


                This method is used for your solid food items that need to hold a particular shape/form such as lasagna, meatloaf, enchiladas and casseroles.

                Step 1 – Choose the pan/Pyrex dish you want to use for the proportion/size of meal you want to freeze.

                Step 2 – Line it with foil wrap first then with a layer of plastic wrap (be sure to use a large enough piece of each to cover the bottom, sides and top of the dish).

                Step 3 – Fill the dish with the size meal you are wanting to freeze.

                Step 4 – When food is completely cooled, seal/cover with the plastic wrap, removing as much air as possible. Then seal/cover with the foil.

                Step 5 – Now place the meal still in the pan into your freezer. Once the item has become frozen solid remove it from the pan and place it into a freezer bag. (Be sure to label the bag with the contents.)

                Step 6 – On serving day, remove the meal from the freezer and allow it to thaw slightly. Then remove the foil and plastic wraps and place it the original baking dish. Allow to finish thawing and bake as directed from the recipe you used.


                Tryout one of my families favorite  feed the freezer recipe from the Don't Panic - Dinner's in the Freezer cookbook.

                Orange Teriyaki Chicken

                ¼ cup soy sauce
                3 T. chopped onion
                2 cloves garlic ( minced)
                1 T olive oil
                ½ t. ground pepper
                ½ t. ground ginger
                ½ t. red pepper sauce
                1 – 6oz. can orange juice concentrate
                8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

                Combine all ingredients except the chicken in a bowl and mix. Place the chicken breasts in a freezer bag ( the quantity you want for each meal) pour the marinade over the chicken, using the freezer bag method.

                Serving Day: Thaw completely. Grill 4-6 inches from the heat source for 35-40 minutes. I have also placed these in my Oven and baked on 350 for 45- 60 minutes..

                This is one of my FAVORITE feed the freezer cook books.....this is the first one I purchased over 10 years ago.



                Do you have a YUMMY meal? post it in our comments and share it with the 24/7 MOMS

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                WIN - Brighter Minds Game Package ~ 25 Days of Christmas Giveaways


                Host a family game night with your kids to create family memories - be sure to have lost of yummy snacks and try out these new fun games.

                McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds game package includes the 17 national award winning game of You've been Sentenced! and all of the Add-on-Decks so you can flavor the game to your taste with subjects like Gourmet Cuisine, Pop Culture and even NASA Space Terminology!

                We’ve also included Twisted Fish, winner of Creative Child Magazine’s Game of the Year in 2007 where we have put a challenging memory spin on the old game of Go Fish and our fridge magnet with attitude the Wheel of Chore-ture that will help you get some help around the house – Just spin your chore!


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                WIN: 24/7 MOMS and McNeill Designs are giving away a Brighter Minds Game Package including: You've been Sentenced!, all 6 of the Add-on-Decks, Twisted Fish and the Wheel of Chorture Games.

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                  12 Days Of Christmas Candy With Stories Advent

                  The store isles are filled with lots of Christmas treats and candies ready to create a fun 12 days of Christmas candy advent for a neighbor, college student, teacher or others in need of a sweet gift this Christmas season.

                  Simple to make and yummy to eat.

                  Choose 12 various types of candies and find coordinating stories to print off and attach to each type of candy.

                  We found a list of examples over at The Craft Patch and their complete how to instructions.  Click here to go to The Craft Patch.

                  Day 1: A Christmas Family (red envelope filled with chocolate coins)
                  Day 2: Rudolph---That Amazing Reindeer (reindeer marshmallows)
                  Day 3: An Older Brother's Gift (candy book)
                  Day 4: The Other Wise Man (candy ring "jewels")
                  Day 5: Christmas Day In The Morning (cow tales)
                  Day 6: In Shepherd's Field (pooping sheep)
                  Day 7: The Christmas Orange (chocolate orange)
                  Day 8: A Christmas Gift For Jesus (chocolate dollars)
                  Day 9: Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect (Peep Christmas trees)
                  Day 10: Christmas On The Rhine (gingerbread men)
                  Day 11: A Brother Like That (race car candies)
                  Day 12: The Legend of the Candy Cane (candy canes)


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