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Beat the Heat
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Where I live, the temperatures are soaring right now. We have been having 90 to 105 degree weather almost every day! With temperatures like that, my family and I are trying to find every way we can to "beat the heat" and stay cool.
 
Have you heard the old saying, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen?" This week I will share some wonderful recipes, tips, and more to help your family stay "cool as cucumbers" this summer!  
 
Sno Cones are a favorite treat at my house. They are so simple and easy to make! Skip To My Lou has just posted a recipe for making your own sno cone syrup! Frugal, fun, and coolness all in one--that's my kind of treat!
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Many of you have asked me about the books that I read that pertain to housekeeping, organization, and saving money, so I thought I would share some of them with you. One of my favorites is The Complete Tightwad Gazette. I use this book for EVERYTHING! Another one of my favorites is by Ellie Kay: Half-Price Living: Secrets to Living Well on One Income. Clutter's Last Stand: It's Time To De-junk Your Life! is another great book. This one really helped me clear out the junk and keep my sanity in the process. Next week, I will share a few more with you! If you read any of these and want to share your thoughts, let me know.
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Here is a recap of last week's blog posts. Some of my readers left some really great comments, so be sure and check those out as well.

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 Coupon DadI ran across the coolest website last week that I just had to share with you all. You know how I love freebies and coupons? Then you need to check out the Coupon Dad. His site has tons of freebies and coupons!
 
Everything is SO organized and easy to locate. Be sure to tell him that Molly sent you over there! 
Recipe of the Week
 
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Peanut Banana Smoothie Popsicles

I like this recipe because of the natural ingredients and the protein from the peanut butter. On those hot summer afternoons, it is nice to cool off with a sweet treat, but I know my children do better if there is a little protein added to it to hold them over. You can substitute any other nut-butter that you prefer in this recipe. I have tried it with almond butter, and it was delicious! If you are feeling a little more adventurous, a little chocolate syrup can also be added to give it an extra kick!

In your blender, combine:
 
2 bananas
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 tablespoons honey
enough milk to make a nice smoothie consistency
two big handfuls of ice (or more if you like)
 
Pour into popsicle trays and freeze.
Weekly Tutorial

cooling bandana

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Cooling Bandana

Have you ever heard of a cooling bandana? They are the neatest thing, and they actually work. I found a tutorial online where you can make your own, and it is so much cheaper than buying one already pre-made. You can check out the tutorial at Blisstree. If you make one, be sure and email me the photo and I will post it on the blog!
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Here are some great resources that I found that can help you beat the heat this summer!
  • Here is a recipe I found for frozen smores. These look absolutely delicious.
  • I love the Zoom website on PBS Kids. Here is a game you can play with ice cubes that I am sure will keep you cool.
  • If you are schooling right now, why not host an Ice Cream Theme?
  • Even though it's July, create a snowman and deck him out! Be sure and take pictures and email them to me. I would love to post it on the blog.
  • This website is called Saving Electricity. It has lots of good tips on how to stay cool during this heat wave.
  • This Old House has a great article on 10 Ways To Beat The Heat.
  • Lifehacker has many articles on staying cool.
  • Associated Content has several suggestions for keeping your children cool.
  • The Smoothie Web has tons of recipes for all your favorite smoothies! These are my favorite, especially in the summertime.
Molly's Money-Saving Digest
July--Frugal Fashion Edition

You're on a tight budget, and the kids are growing out of their clothes. What options do you have? Are you a bit challenged in the sewing department, or do you wonder if sewing is really worthwhile?

This issue is loaded with ideas, tips, recipes, checklists, and more to help you look fashionable without busting your budget at the seams!

The Frugal Fashionista also stopped by to offer her expertise on frugal fashion. If you need help in this department, then Molly's Money-Saving Digest--Frugal Fashion Edition-- is exactly what you need!
We Want To Hear From You!
 We have some great topics in the works for Molly's Money-Saving Digests, and would love to include your stories and ideas. August's Digest has just gone to layout.  You're in for a treat with this special issue on frugal organization. September's featured topic is decorating, and October will be our Great Depression issue. Show us your stuff! We'd love to showcase your decorating talent and organizing ingenuity, and give you a free Digest, but we need to hear from you soon! We're always looking for "goal-getter" stories, examples of up-cycled or re-purposed objects, and frugal decorating ideas. Send me your story--Remember, if we include your contribution in a Digest, you'll receive that issue FREE.

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Until next week!

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