Molly Green Magazine: Molly the Teacher

Put on your Teacher Hat!

Molly has a lot to teach you this month!

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You’re never too old (or young) to learn! This issue of Molly Green Magazine includes articles that will both encourage and challenge you. As a homeschooler, learn how to prepare your heart before beginning to teach. How about learning how to clothe your family with only $100 per year?! Be ready for that avalanche of school papers with our tips. Using our 15 minute cooking system, you’ll have made from scratch meals on the table with ease. Molly and her team have packed this issue with teachings on all sorts of topics!

  • Back to school time is a great time to celebrate Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. Having a regular eye exam is important for eye health. With back to school themed sales, now would be a perfect time to take care of this appointment.
  • As Patricia Hunter shares, it’s who we are, what we do, and how we respond to life’s challenges and opportunities that make a greater impact than what we teach. Our children are watching us. Learn to prepare your heart as a homeschool teacher.
  • With the 15 minute cooking system shared by Rhonda Barfield, supper time won’t arrive with you wondering what to make for supper. Or worse yet, ordering pizza for the 3rd time this week. Simple, easy to follow step-by-step directions make using this system a breeze.
  • With the national average ranging from $300 all the way to $1200 per year for clothing for ONE child, you’ll want to read how April Schroader clothes her children for only $100 PER CHILD!
  • What can you make with old clothes, an empty milk container, spray adhesive, and fiberfill? Follow along with Patricia Hunter as she shows you how to make teaching puppets!
  • Are you taking a trip to the beach this summer? Don’t let the learning stop! Pat Fenner shares how to learn everywhere you go!
  • Nothing seems to go right when Mom’s physical, emotional, and spiritual states get out of whack. Rhonda Barfield has practical tips to get back on track.
  • Routine in your homeschool. Does that scare you? Let Jill Reiner show you how a simple routine can make your day run smoother.
  • Inger Koppenhaver helps you to prepare for the coming avalanche of school papers and projects so that they don’t end up lying on counters or overwhelming the side of your refrigerator!
  • Do you ever wonder who learns more, the student or the teacher? Amanda van der Gulik’s article will encourage you to grow as a student, which will help you grow as a teacher.
  • Starting children on chores when they are young can sometimes feel like a never-ending teaching task. Let Rhonda Barfield’s reflections on raising her children with routines encourage you to stick with it!
  • Learning the fundamentals of money management is so very important, especially for teens heading off to college this time of year. Follow along as Pat Fenner shares her tips on teaching this needful lesson.

Chores! Who likes to do chores? Well Molly Green Magazine might just change your mind this month as well as give you some great tips for back to school for your children.
Laura Williams
Wife, Homemaker, Homeschool Teacher, and Mother of 8

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Contributing Writers: Rhonda Barfield, Alayna Cann, Pat Fenner, Patricia Hunter, Inger Koppenhaver, Jill Reiner, April Schroader, Amanda van der Gulik, Sharon White
Publication: 2013
Pages: 39
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Works for Me~ Summer Emergency Supplies

The sun definitely deserves respect! Having fun this summer is a priority but protecting your family from sun danger is a must! In times like these it’s important to turn to the right source. Please see the information below on what Priscilla Slagle, M.D. has to say about staying safe in the sun.


It’s summer and the heat is on.  You’ll likely be outside more than usual, hopefully having a good time.
 
Although getting outdoors and exercising is great for your health, it can also be dangerous, if too hot, and  you are not prepared. Make sure warm weather enjoyment doesn’t turn into dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion or worse.
 
Before you begin any sustained outdoor activities it is important to know the heat index. The heat index is a combination of the temperature and humidity to reflect the actual heat effect on us. It is more telling than just the temperature. It is helpful to use this linkto determine the heat index for the day before you start any outdoor activities. Just type in the zip code in the upper left corner to find the heat index for any area you wish.
 
Here are a few summer health tips as a timely reminder to keep you safe and healthy while working, playing or vacationing in a hot climate.
  • DRINK PLENTY OF WATER & ELECTROLYTE (SALT)REPLENISHING FLUIDS WHEN THEY ARE INDICATED
 
Next to air, water is the most essential element for our existence. Water is much of what we are, as the average human body is 60-70% water.   If you wait to drink until you are thirsty, you are already 1-3% dehydrated.   So drink before you get thirsty, especially in warmer climates. Thirst mechanisms are not totally reliable and are particularly impaired in the elderly.  Research suggests that at best 70-80% of us walk around in a  state of mild dehydration.  Imagine how much more at risk we are when out in the hot weather. Under ordinary circumstances, the average adult loses 10 cups of water daily by breathing, sweating, and eliminating.  This is magnified when there is excess heat, sweating, and activity.
 
Even when swimming you need to drink plenty of fluids. Just because you are in water does not mean your body isn’t losing fluids that need to be replenished.
 
I am amazed to hear from my patients how many people do not like  water!  These people need to be especially careful to drink enough. Since they tend to avoid water, it works best for them to put a 24 hour supply in a glass container, then take water from that supply and make sure all of it is gone in each 24 hours.  Counting glasses can be tedious and inaccurate.   If you are minimally active, the ideal number of ounces to drink in a 24 hour period is your weight divided by 2.
 
BUT HOW MUCH WATER DO YOU NEED TO DRINK?
If you are active, your water needs increase.  You can calculate your daily water needs, cross referenced with your activity level at this link.  You will see that the more exercise you do, the greater is the need for water. The difference can be dramatic.  A 158 pound person’s daily need for water would increase from 79 oz when sedentary to 125 oz with daily aerobics. Many do not adjust water intake to activity level.  The best way to make sure you keep hydrated is to always have a glass or bottle of water with you to remind you to keep drinking.  Be sure you do not leave your bottled water in hot cars or other warm places as the chemicals in the plastic are more apt to leach in to the water when heated.
 
WHEN DO YOU NEED ELECTROLYTE REPLENISHING FLUIDS?With high intensity exercise or work for more than 3-5 hours , or with prolonged excessive sweating you may also need to add the electrolytes, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium such as in a electrolyte drink or electrolyte powders added to a drink.  Smart water, Powerade Zero, Ultima Replenisher have electrolytes, but no sugar or calories.  If you drink an electrolyte drink too fast it could be nauseating.  Vegetable juices also contain electrolytes. Emergen C powder contains electrolytes and can be added to any drink. There are numerous electrolyte sports drinks on the market. Unless you are an endurance athlete or are doing hard sustained physical labor in the heat, you will usually not need anything beyond water, fruit, vegetables, and vegetable juice.  Researchers also found that skim milk worked as well as an electrolyte drink in tests they performed on exercising subjects.
 
Because decreased water impairs the optimal functioning of the body at the cellular level, dehydration worsens almost any  pre-existing health condition, such as allergies, asthma, heart disease, strokes, infections, kidney stones. Dehydration also impairs  mental and physical functioning.  For every 1% of water weight we lose, our capacity to do work or exercise decreases 10%. Pretty dramatic!
 
Trying to get quench thirst with the wrong liquids can make matters worse. Alcohol, and caffeinated or carbonated drinks act as diuretics and can easily dehydrate,  leaving you feeling tired and worn out. If it is hard to quit drinking these types of beverages all together, try to limit the amount you usually drink, switching from a large container every morning to a small container every other day.  Also drink more water to try to compensate.
 
 Carbohydrates help extend duration of activity, especially when combined with protein. Small amounts of caffeine limits the deterioration of performance associated with fatigue.
 
Those who have higher risk of heat related illness include:
 
  • Infants and children up to four years of age.
  • People 65 years of age and older
  • People who are overweight
  • People who are ill
  • Endurance athletes and hard physical laborers
  • Those exercising at high altitude
 Also at higher risk are those taking the following medications:
  • Psychotropics, such as major tranquilizers or antidepressant medications.
  • Medications for Parkinson’s disease, because they can inhibit perspiration
  • Diuretic medications or “water pills” that affect fluid balance in the body.
 The Symptoms of mild dehydration can be  thirst, headaches,  general fatigue, nausea, dark colored urine, constipation and bloating, dry skin and mucous membranes, and a flushed face.  If you ever get a dull headache immediately start drinking water and you will usually find that the headache disappears.
 
The symptoms of moderate dehydration can be fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, light headedness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, drowsiness, impatience and irritability, headache, cold hands and feet,  muscle cramping, fainting, and reduced urine output.
 
  •  REMEMBER EXTREME HEAT CAN BE DANGEROUS!
All outdoor activities in high heat are physically stressful and can lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. The difference between the two may mean life or death.
 
Heat exhaustion sets in when we become so dehydrated that our body cannot sweat enough to cool down causing the temperature to rise. The person’s temperature may be elevated up to 104 F.
 
Heat exhaustion symptoms can cause pale cool, moist skin, profuse sweating, muscle cramps or pains, feeling faintness or dizziness, headache, weakness, thirst, and nausea. There may be a rapid pulse, and decrease in blood pressure.
 
Heat Stroke is a life-threatening condition which occurs when your body temperature reaches 104 F (40 C) or higher. High environmental temperatures can bring it on, especially when combined with  strenuous physical activity or  other conditions that raise your body temperature. Whatever the cause, you’ll need immediate medical attention to prevent brain damage, organ failure or death.
 
Heat Stroke Symptoms include unconsciousness, markedly abnormal mental status including dizziness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, flushed, hot, and dry skin (although it may be moist initially from previous sweating or from attempts to cool the person with water), slightly elevated blood pressure at first that falls later, and/ or hyperventilating. If you or someone around you have heatstroke, you need to go immediately to the emergency room to receive intravenous fluids.
 
  • PROTECT YOUR SKIN & EYES FROM HARMFUL UV RAYS
Even if you don’t plan to spend too much time outdoors, apply the right sunscreen to exposed areas of your body, but cover as many areas as possible. Sunscreen can prevent painful sunburn, skin damage, development of moles, wrinkles, as well as skin cancer. A broad-spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB harmful rays is the best choice.
 
Not all sunscreens are equal and some are even harmful.
 
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) developed a rating  scale based upon safety and effectiveness for all sunscreen products. To achieve a top rating the sunscreen had to contain the minerals zinc or titanium, which help reduce UVA exposures.  The sunscreen  should not contain oxybenzone or Vitamin A. Studies have suggested a possible link between using suntan lotions with oxybenzone and a subsequent higher risk of  skin cancer.  The EWG also recommends  you avoid powder or spray sunscreens.  Some people are allergic to most sunscreens, such as myself.  I have found our Aloe Non-Chemical Sun blocker to be very useful.
 
Here is the EWG top ranked list of sunscreens, all rated 1:
 
Badger
Sunscreen Face Stick, SPF 30, Unscented,
Sunscreen Face Stick, SPF 30, Unscented,
Sunscreen for the face & Body, SPF 30, Unscented
 
Sunblock Stick No Fragrance, SPF 30+
 
Loving Naturals
Sunscreen, SPF 30+
 
Purple Prairie Botanicals
Sun Stick, SPF 30 SunStuff, SPF 30
 
Soleo Organics
 All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+
 
Atlantis Resort
 All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30+
 
Wyland Organics
 All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30
 
 Avoid sun exposure during the most intense periods of the day. Avoid prolonged sun exposure between noon and three, or eleven and four if you’re very sensitive to the sun to keep your skin covered.
 
When you are out and about cover up. A hat that shades your face and neck is a must-have. Wear clothing that covers you. White clothing, especially flowing cloth, will help to keep you cool; the tighter the knit, the more protection from the sun’s rays will be provided.
 
 If you spend time gardening, a long-sleeved shirt and gloves to protect your hands will keep you safe. Sitting in the shade is a great way to stay outside without having to worry about your skin, so don’t feel like you can’t enjoy the great outdoors, just be conscientious while doing so.
 
Don’t forget to include sunglasses in your summer wardrobe. Select sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays and have a wraparound style that prevents sunlight from shining into your eyes.  Adequate eye protection from the sun can help prevent the formation of cataracts.
 
  •  BE SURE TO SCHEDULE TIME TO REST AFTER ACTIVITY
We all know that sunshine & warm weather provide us with a wide range of activity choices. But we must be aware of our physical limitations to avoid letting overexertion sap our energy and impair our judgment.
 
 If you  need to be working in very hot temperatures, you should try to acclimate your body by only spending a few minutes a day in extreme heat for the first couple of weeks.
 
It is very important to schedule time to rest, relax and even take a nap if necessary.
  •  DON’T STOP EATING HEALTHFULLY
With vacations & summer picnics comes the temptation to pig out. Try not to. Excessive  junk food, heavy fatty foods, spicy and starchy foods, & sweets fail to provide your body with the nutrients and water found in healthy food. Junk food eating can deplete your body of essential energy.
 
Summer brings with it a wide variety of fresh fruits & vegetables, so enjoy them freely.
 
Foods high in beta- carotene including carrots, spinach, apricots, peaches, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, mangoes, papayas, oatmeal, and lots more can protect your skin against sun damage.
 
 So make healthy eating a priority this summer by focusing on simple snacks that don’t take much  work such as:
  • Fresh berries kept in the refrigerator to add to salads, yogurt and ice creams
  • You can also freeze all sort of berries or grapes for a delicious cooling snack.
  • Healthy extras, like lettuce and tomatoes, kept in your produce bin.
  • Try homemade Popsicles by freezing 100 percent juice.
  • Cut up raw vegetables to serve with low-fat dips or yogurt.
  • Blended fruit smoothies with protein powder and ice are easy to make and only limited by your imagination.
  • Nutritionally dense and delicious, almonds make a fabulous snack.  A top source for vitamin E and magnesium, and a tasty way to get your daily fiber, they also protect against digestive cancers, and contain phosphorous, an essential building block for healthy bones and teeth, that is also helpful in the absorption of other vitamins, like B-complex vitamins. Almonds are also rich in healthy fat, protein, potassium, calcium, and iron. 
  • Walnuts and pecans, sunflower seed, pumpkin seeds are also healthy snacks.  You can snack on nuts alone or by mixing with dried fruit, such as cranberries, or blueberries. You can also chop or sliver  nuts add to many dishes, breads, cereals, and desserts.
  • Green tea is a healthy refreshing drink which is mostly water.  You sip on iced weak green tea all day, preferably sweetened with Stevia Powder or non sweetened.
 
Safe summer fun works for me! What summertime precautions do you take when having fun-in-the-sun?
 
 
Dr. Slagle has incorporated vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, natural hormones & other natural substances into her practice since 1975, being one of the pioneers in the Alternative Medicine Field.The Way Up From Downpresents her natural “precursor” methods for lifting low moods & relieving the negative effects of stress.

Kids in the Kitchen ~ Safety

Guest post by: Inger Koppenhaver

My children were just two years old when they began helping me in the kitchen and when I first started to teach them the art of cooking. My twin girls stirred two separate bowls with big plastic spoons while smiling from ear to ear. The moment ended in a disaster when one little one stirred a bit too hard and fell off her chair! Cookie baking time was over for them that afternoon but it would definitely prove to be the first of many adventures in my girls’ journey to helping me to cook in the kitchen!

One of my twin girls at six years old learning how to frost a cake.

One of my twin girls at six years old learning how to frost a cake.

I now have four children ages (almost) 4, 9, 12 and 12. One of my biggest goals before they leave home is to help each of them to become proficient in the kitchen. I also own a small town café along with my mother-in-law so I am able to bring all I have learned in my commercial kitchen back into my home kitchen, as well.

Here is a list I created of the top three kitchen safety tips for those of who are looking for a few hints on where to get started with teaching their children in the kitchen. I noticed that Molly Green’s Facebook page has been full of dialogue on occasion with advice from fans about helping kids learn to use recipes and learn safety skills. Feel free to add your advice in the comments section! I look forward to having you share them with us!

My almost four year old got more than hands on when making pizza crust!! But, those hands sure were clean!

My almost four year old got more than hands on when making pizza crust!! But, those hands sure were clean!

1. Washing Hands

Yes, washing hands is my number one tip for kitchen safety!!! If you had a tiny hand camera following your little ones’ hands around all day, I think you would be amazed at all of the things that they touch. When working around food both in our café and in our home, we emphasize hand washing. Wash your hands before you begin cooking, after working with raw meat, after touching your face or fixing your hair, and of course, after using the restroom. When in doubt, wash!

For little ones (and us older ones too), make sure they also clean the area underneath their fingernails. When my twins were in the ICU as preemies, we were asked to wash our hands all the way up to the elbow for a five full minutes. Now, I am not suggesting that you do this BUT sometimes my kids will do the “five second soap and water wash” or the “I just washed with water” trick. Find a happy medium between extreme washing and fast power washing and that should work the best! Our health care provider suggested to have your children sing the Happy Birthday song two times through while washing. It works for my kids!

Start your child out with a butter knife or a dull knife with lots of supervision.

Start your child out with a butter knife or a dull knife with lots of supervision.

2. Kitchen Safety

I have encouraged my children to help me cut vegetables starting at an age at which I felt they could handle a knife responsibly. How to properly hold the knife, while using it to cut a firm vegetable, is an important skill to learn. Start with something simple like a green pepper or a tomato. Find videos online with a detailed tutorial on the correct way to cut each veggie.

Then, as the teacher, I would demonstrate to my child how to cut the vegetable. While I am there watching him, I have him demonstrate the skill. We usually practice many times before moving to the next step of having him try the skill independently. I will walk away from him and work on another part of the meal. I will stay close enough to help, if needed, but far enough away for him to experience doing it by himself. Finally, when they are old enough and have enough experience, I will tell them which parts of the meal need to be accomplished. Then, they can work independently to achieve those goals.

We also use the same technique when teaching them how to use the oven and the stove. It took my oldest children longer for them to feel confident with using the oven in comparison to using a knife. So, take it slowly. You may have to stay on steps one and two for quite some time until they feel secure enough to do it by themselves.

Last month the older children participated in a cooking competition for 4H.  It was a great way for them to showcase the skills they have learned and to try new recipes.

Last month the older children participated in a cooking competition for 4H. It was a great way for them to showcase the safety skills they have learned and to try new recipes.  Both my daughters had to use the oven independently and my son used a sharp knife to cut vegetables.

3. Food Safety

There are common rules everyone knows when working with food such as keeping your uncooked meats separate from other side dishes until they are cooked. Also, keep a keen eye on the correct food temperatures. Not only do you need to make sure your meat is at the right temperature before you serve it but you need to focus on keeping the correct holding temperatures for your other food, as well. If you are serving a large meal and your corn soufflé is done an hour before everything else, this could be an issue. Here is a GREAT WEBSITE WITH CHARTS about food temperatures. Help the kids to learn how to test the temperatures of your food by purchasing a thermometer and follow the food safety charts to make sure it is kept at the right temperature.

Here is a basic “Check your Steps” food safety article to help your young children as they are starting on their cooking adventure: CHECK YOUR STEPS

Remember to wear cute aprons and cook up some fun with your kids in the kitchen this summer! 

 

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Inger grew up in a city by the beach in California, but loves living in her small Norman Rockwell kind of town on the prairie in Montana. She is a published author, a homeschool mom of four adorable children who also just happens to own a 50′s style café with her mother-in-law. You can find her blogging at www.hidingthepeas.wordpress.com and her café can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/badlandscafemt.

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Molly Green Magazine- Molly’s 3 R’s: Rested, Relaxed, and Ready to Celebrate!

“R” You Rested, Relaxed, and Ready for the Holidays?

Molly and friends provide better ways to head into Christmas and New Year’s!

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Now that Thanksgiving is checked off your list, the month of December—with New Year’s on its tail—will come and go more smoothly and be fully enjoyed when you follow the advice of all the contributors of Molly’s December magazine.

Take time to read it and you’ll have more time to rest by turning time-wasters into time-savers; you’ll discover that it’s possible to relax amid the hustle and bustle while pampering yourself; and you’ll be ready for the holidays with an uncluttered home, printables for planning, and homemade gifts and crafts for giving and decorating.  Molly’s three “R” words may not be the same as the ones that we use when we teach our children (reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic) but they are important just the same—especially to busy moms. Enjoy opening the Christmas presents Molly has hidden inside our last issue of the year . . .

 

  • Find out when to wear brown shoes and which day you should display a poinsettia with Alayna Cann calendar notes. Oh, and there’s some important safety items to check on this month.
  • Get ready for the compliments when you bake a pie with perfect crust and why pie is for heroes – complements of Patricia Hunter.
  • Become a thrifty thinker with Rhonda Barfield – there’s more than one way to save time and money.
  • Meet a miracle meal maker through Inger Koppenhaver as she introduces you to the author of a new cookbook—recipe included. Mom will be able to plan and go!
  • Finding a place to put everything will be easier than it seems once you’ve read Rhonda Barfield’s creative organizational tips you haven’t thought of.
  • Meaningful gifts can be produced from learning how to make and use an affordable knitting loom—complete with detailed instructions and photos by Sharon White.
  • Molly shows us how coupon books make giving better than receiving.
  • With Molly’s help, kids can turn simple crafts into fun holiday decorations including some that add color and even great aroma.
  • Capture those holiday memories for years to come with safe-keeping tips and recommendations from Heidi Nail.
  • Take baby steps toward better health in the coming year with Rhonda Barfield’s ideas on healthy eating and exercise—you can even start now!
  • Molly shares a treasure chest of free printables that will make life easier.
  • Did you know that gingerbread can affect your budget? Molly and Midge tell you how.
  • Use Sarah Dugger’s relaxation techniques to change one thing this month and pamper yourself!
  • Enjoy Molly’s Christmas quotes and share them on your Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest pages.

For our readers’ convenience, a black & white printer-friendly version of the entire Molly Green Magazine is included at the end of each issue, confirming Molly’s commitment to promoting a frugal lifestyle. 

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Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Dena Wood, Becky Gustafson

Contributing Writers: Alayna Can, Patricia Hunter, Becky Gustafson, Sarah Dugger, Dena Wood, Inger Koppenhaver, Sharon White, Rhonda Barfield

Publication: 2012

Pages: 78

File Size: 13 MB

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Molly Green Magazine: The Well-Prepped Pantry

How Prepared Is Your Pantry?

Transform it into a safe, well-organized, clean, and purposeful part of your home.

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Have you ever gotten lost in your pantry . . . not able to find what you need right now?

Maybe it was on the wrong shelf, or worse, it wasn’t there at all! You want to try a new recipe and a basic ingredient that you thought you replenished but didn’t is blocking your plans for a surprise dinner menu. Ever discover an expired canned good or boxed staple? Is the problem disorganization, a tight budget, or lack of creative ideas for making your pantry fun and purposeful? You’re on the right track as Molly shares amazing ways to have a pantry to be proud of and that will serve you and your family well every day of the week! And that’s not all—here’s a hint of all that’s in store when you read the September issue of Molly Green Magazine.

  • Nutrition is more important than ever with all the processed foods on the grocery shelves these days. Learn how to utilize your garden or someone else’s to replenish your pantry with better selections during National Nutrition Week.
  • September is a great month to think about fall décor and planting spring bulbs. Check out the list from Alayna Cann of other surprises on the calendar for this change-of-season month.
  • Ever enjoy Eggs Benedict at a nice restaurant? Add this recipe from Patricia Hunter to your recipe box and make it at home using basics from your pantry.
  • Food Co-ops are helping people stock their pantries and put food on their tables at a better price. Inger Koppenhaver helps you take baby steps through the bulk-buying process that can otherwise be intimidating.
  • Leftovers will be something you and your family look forward to when you incorporate the tips Rhonda Barfield has outlined.
  • Money is no object when you take Jennifer Opsahl’s advice and use her dollar store ideas for decorating and organizing.
  • Save space and your sanity with Sharon White’s food can rotator – you won’t believe how she makes it!
  • What could be better than free food? Get the inside scoop on how and where to find it.
  • Discover pleasure and purpose in filling your pantry with Candy Foote’s strategic shopping plan—it even includes free items!
  • Molly shares sensible ways and reasons for stockpiling your pantry.
  • Turn play into a profitable business like Emily and Rebekah Sather did after finding inspiration on a road trip. It could help fund the transformation of your pantry.
  • Make a trip to your garden when you want a gift for a friend or family member—Emilee Gettle tells you all about how she does it.
  • Safety should be a priority when we store dry or frozen foods. Molly tells us how! She shares a favorite cookbook that gives us more for less, and . . . you won’t believe all that Molly and Midge know about apples!
  • Your pantry will never be so clean and organized once you’ve “changed one thing” with Sarah Dugger. Mark your calendar with upcoming special days and events for August. National Kids Day and Best Friend’s Day occur this month. And in spite of the hot August weather, it’s time to blanket your water heater!

See why homemakers love Molly Green Magazine—see what’s inside!

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Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Dena Wood, Becky Gustafson.

Contributing Writers: Alayna Cann, Dena Wood, Patricia Hunter, Emilee Gettle, Inger Koppenhaver, Becky Gustafson, Sarah Dugger, Sharon White, Rhonda Barfield, Candy Foote

Publication: 2012

Pages: 48

File Size: 3.42 MB

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Works for Me~ Frugal Tips For Fuel Savings

I remember “back in the day” when the price of gas was under $1. It can be overwhelming to realize that price has quadrupled. Add in a larger vehicle that holds more than two children and you’re sure to feel the sting right in your pocketbook! Guest poster, John Amann, shares with us 10 Frugal Ways To Save Money On Gas. Molly

  1. SLOW DOWN AND SAVE MONEY Everyone wants to get to where they are going fast, it’s understandable considering our modern lives and “go go go” culture.  You’re in a hurry, you’re running late for work or you just want to get home.  It’s easy not to think twice about putting a little extra pressure on the gas pedal and cutting minutes off your commute.But it’s precisely this kind of thinking that can add up to dollars lost at the gas pump each week.  The frugal fact is that according to the GHSA (Governor’s Highway Safety Association) your lead foot can reduce gas mileage by 33% on the highway!  And for every 5mph over 60mph that you drive on the highway it’s like paying an extra 20 cents a gallon for gas.It’s also not just the highway speed that is emptying your wallet but also the way you accelerate that can cost you money.  Rapid braking and acceleration is going to suck fuel out of your tank faster than any other driving habit.  The more you jump on the gas pedal the more RPM’s you’re going to use, the more gas you’re going to use and the more money you will be dishing out at the pump.  Try to plan your braking a little in advance and ease your car to a slow controlled stop and then accelerate in the same manner.  Accelerate slowly and go easy on the gas pedal, your wallet will thank you.
  2. USE YOUR SMARTPHONE TO FIND CHEAP GAS Just about all of us have a smartphone these days, and whether you’re a diehard android, iPhone, blackberry or windows phone user there are plenty of frugal options out there to help you save money at the pump.Each app works in pretty much the same way.  You either enter your location or the app finds your location by GPS and the app will then return a list of gas stations in your area with current fuel prices for you to choose from.  It’s quick, it’s simple and if you own a smartphone the savings are already in your pocket.GasBuddy mobile app.

    Don’t have a smartphone?  Don’t worry point your browser to:  gaspricewatch.com

  3. TURN OFF THE A/C AROUND TOWN Make no mistake about it air-conditioning is an enemy of your fuel tank and part of an axis of evil habits that can cause you to use more fuel during the hot summer months.  Is it a necessity?  You bet, but turning up the AC while driving around at slow speeds or on days that you don’t absolutely need it is going to cost you money.At highway speeds studies have shown that keeping your windows up and AC on is the most efficient way to keep cool reducing your fuel economy by approximately 10%.  This is because keeping your windows down with interferes with the aerodynamics of your vehicle creating more drag on your car causing your engine to work harder.

    But for those driving around down at relatively slow speeds on short trips to the store and back, It’s more efficient to keep the AC off, roll down the windows and cool off with the breeze.

    A quick rule of thumb is that if you are driving at less than 40mph keep the windows down, over 40mph roll up the windows and use your AC.

  4. EMPTY YOUR TRUNK FOR EXTRA GAS SAVINGS It’s just a simple fact of physics that the heavier your car is the more fuel it is going to take to propel the car forward.  And if you are anything like me, your trunk is often a disaster, and cluttered with unnecessary items.  Cleaning out your car’s trunk and leaving only the essentials will save you fuel in the long run.  The lighter you keep your car, the less gas your car has to use and the more money you will save.With the same idea in mind and thinking about the weight of your vehicle you should always wait to fill up your car until the gas tank is near empty.  Driving around with a full tank of gas is going to make your car significantly heavier, thus causing a decrease in miles per gallon.
  5. CARPOOLINGNot only will you be doing something good for the environment by reducing your carbon footprint, but carpooling has the potential to save you and your coworkers a ton of cash.With the price of gas rising carpooling has steadily been gaining in popularity, and there are several online resources that can help you find a carpooling partner if you happen to strike out with your coworkers.  Two popular resources for finding a carpool buddy are carpooling.com (outside the US) and erideshare.com.
  6. CRUISE CONTROL If you are serious about cutting fuel costs setting your car on cruise is a habit that you must put into practice.Using cruise control around town or in city driving clearly is not very practical but on long stretches of road or highway, setting cruise control will save fuel by eliminating the fluctuations in pedal pressure applied by your foot.Setting your car on cruise will ensure steady engine RPM and stop the unnecessary fluctuations in acceleration that little by little rob you of money.
  7. SAVE MONEY BY TIGHTENING YOUR GAS CAP Not fully tightening your gas cap can result in fuel evaporating into thin air and taking your hard earned money with it.  Especially in the hot summer months it is important to tighten your gas cap and ensure that you are saving every drop of gasoline for your engine and not the atmosphere.
  8. PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE Is your air filter clean?  Is your engine tuned up?  Are you using the correct grade of motor oil?  Answering no to any of these questions will cause your engine to work harder, run hotter and use up more gas in the process.Show a little bit of love to your car and keep up with basic maintenance requirements.  It will save you money in the long run, and save you money at the pumps.
  9. STOP IDLING Seems simple right?  But pay attention for a week and take note of how many times you sit in your car idling all the while your car is burning fuel for no reason.  A rule of thumb is that if your car is going to be stopped for over a minute turn off the car to cut down on wasted fuel.
  10. DRIVE LESS AND WALK MORE Plan your day, eliminate multiple short trips, walk or ride a bike when you can and use less gas.  It’s good for you, it’s good for the environment and it’s good for your wallet.

John Amann created wickedfrugal.com in July of 2012 in order to blog about his own thoughts and ideas on how to save money and live frugally during the recession.Wickedfrugal.com is updated daily with new frugal ideas and tips to ease the burden on your wallet and stretch your money in ways you may not have thought of.

Molly Saves in the Kitchen

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Molly’s Money-Saving Digest-Molly Saves in the Kitchen helps you get a handle on the busiest room in your home: your kitchen! From keeping track of recipes to cutting the time you spend cooking, this issue has practical advice for moms on a budget. But the Digest doesn’t stop there. You’ll find plenty of other useful advice to get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Try a salad and dessert combo that you can make ahead and take along.
  • Learn what size your pet should be (it will probably surprise you)!
  • Is your teen considering a car? Molly tells what to look for.
  • Discover which natural remedies you already have in your pantry.
  • Find out which foods make for a good facial.
  • Read about a frugal cookbook that Molly recommends.
  • Explore ways of getting food that don’t involve a grocery store.
  • Find inspiration in one reader’s story of a frugal idea that paid off.

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then Mom is the heartbeat. Many moms direct a lot of time and attention to that one room of the house, cooking meals and serving up love to their families every day. That job becomes easier when your organizational skills are put to work—planning ahead, using your time efficiently, and knowing where to find what you need. This month’s Digest gives you some basic ingredients of a well-run kitchen:

  • Learn which pantry items can substitute for the one you forgot to buy.
  • Check out some free Internet resources, including grocery lists and planners, advice on organization, and frugal décor ideas.
  • Join Eleanor Joyce in her imperfect quest to save recipes for posterity.
  • Read about even more ideas for organizing and saving your recipes.
  • Discover how to remodel your kitchen on the cheap—with Craigslist.
  • Find out two keys to getting food on the table fast.
  • Follow our tutorial to make your own lazy Susan.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this month’s Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: Need a pet? It’s Adopt-a-Cat Month. This month also celebrates plenty for our plates, including dairy, fruits and vegetables, and turkey.
  • Begin With the Basics: Every cook at one time or another has started a recipe, only to find that an ingredient is missing from the pantry. This month, find a long list of pantry items that can substitute for other ingredients and save yourself another trip to the store.
  • Forms & Printables: Planning meals ahead means never having to wonder what’s for dinner. Find free Internet printables that can help you stay on top of your grocery list and meal planning. Also find some cute and frugal ideas for storage and kitchen tools.
  • Décor & More: Eleanor Joyce shares how she finally overcame the stumbling blocks of her perfectionist tendencies and lack of technical expertise and started saving her recipes for a family cookbook. If she can do it, you can too!
  • Meal of the Month: This month, cool off with a Moroccan Garbanzo Salad and have a Mocha Ricotta Crème for dessert. This no-cook meal can be made ahead of time, and it’s easy to take along for a summer outing or dinner party.
  • Organizing Recipes: Learn a couple of ways to organize those recipes you’ve cut out, printed, or written and stuffed into a cookbook, notebook, or disheveled box. First, you have to purge the ones you’ll never use.
  • A Craigslist Kitchen Remodel: Read how one family got a stylish and new-looking kitchen for a fraction of the retail cost by scouring Craigslist for gently used, high-end materials. If you’re willing to spend some time searching, you can find some great deals.
  • Homemade Convenience Foods: Author Marcia Washburn had to figure out how to serve fresh, wholesome food to her husband and five sons without spending hours in the kitchen. Her Homemade Convenience Foods system relies on keeping the pantries stocked and making recipes as efficient as possible.
  • Pet Care for Pennies: You may be surprised to learn that your pleasantly plump pet is actually obese, which costs you more in both food and veterinary care, not to mention shaving years off your pet’s life. Find out what your dog or cat should look like.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Molly tells young people what to consider when they choose their first car, from price to gas mileage to style to safety.
  • Something Old, Something New: Sharon White takes you step-by-step through making your own lazy Susan, a simple and useful kitchen tool that has never been replaced by technology.
  • Here’s to Your Health: Check your kitchen for natural home remedies for everything from heartburn to chapped lips. How about sugar to treat hiccups? Or cayenne for dizziness?
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Treat your skin with ingredients from your pantry. A chocolate mask, for example, won’t make you put on any pounds, but it could detoxify and hydrate your skin.
  • Molly Recommends: Learn about one of Molly’s favorite resources for frugal cooking and stewardship. This cookbook gives you food for thought along with its recipes.
  • Change One Thing This Month: The cheapest groceries may not be in your grocery store. Consider going directly to the source, using your sweat equity, or buying in bulk, among other suggestions, to give you more options.
  • Inspiration! Read about how one reader saved money, and even made money, by doing a job for others while she did it for herself.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

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There’s no time like now to start living your dreams. Perhaps camping is part of that discovery for you and your family. And you know, vacations don’t have to be expensive! There’s no more frugal way to enjoy a family vacation than what you’ll read about here in Molly Goes Camping.

Don’t miss out on all the fun! Whether you love to camp, are thinking about camping, are afraid to camp, or don’t think you even want to camp—there’s something in this book for you! Be inspired to take a fresh look at the great outdoors, learn some skills for successful camping—and then you decide!

The experiences shared in this book are priceless!

These are real stories, submitted by real Molly readers—typical, bold, fearless camping families—sharing their expertise along with many entertaining and heartwarming stories. But there’s more!

Who is Molly, and what does she know about camping?

Molly Green isn’t a money-saving expert, but she’s a mom just like most of us, trying to learn how to make the most of what she has. She’s been helping the typical homemaker to climb out of the doldrums of today’s economy with her reputable Econobusters.com website and popular, monthly E-Book series: Molly’s Money-Saving Digest.

Low-cost vacations aren’t new to Molly, and you’ll appreciate her thrifty enthusiasm and all the investigative fieldwork she’s done to bring you this unique camping resource.

Be prepared for your next outdoor excursion. Here’s a glance at the wealth of information you’ll find when you order Molly Goes Camping today:

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  • What-to-do, where-to-stay, and how-to-save camping help.
  • The dos and don’ts of camping.
  • Fun things to do and practical ideas for camping with kids.
  • More than a week of menus and easy campsite recipes.
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  • A camping packing list.
  • Real family photos.
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  • Camping inspiration, motivation, and more!

Take a look at some of the 23 chapter titles found in the table of contents:

  • Pursuit of Perfection: Building Memories From Real-Life Stories
  • Living on the Wild Side
  • Camping Stew
  • Family Camping Mishaps Equal Family Camping Fun
  • Camping: Affordable Family Adventures
  • Camping: Where to Start, Where to Stay
  • Top Ten Ways to Make Enemies of Your Fellow Campers
  • Calming the Chaos When Camping With Kids
  • Preparing for Camping
  • Making the Space Your Own: Remodeling an RV
  • Dehydrating: How to Get Started
  • “Mom, There’s a Snake Under the Tent!” and Other Infamous Camping Escapades
  • Dear Camp Counselor
  • Lessons From the Boy Scouts
  • Enjoying God’s Nature: Shedding the “Stuff”
  • Grandma Anne’s Tried and True Tricks of the Trade
  • Feeding My Family While at the Lake
  • A Week of Lunch Menus for the Campsite

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