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Alabama Jaunts: Jan. 31 – Salamander Festival, Hummingbirds, Bird Feeder Craft & more

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    Salamander Festival is Saturday. If you have an animal loving child then head over to Homewood Senior Center.
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    Head over to Ruffner Mountain and let the kids learn about birds and build a bird feeder.
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    My daughter holding one of the many salamanders. My kids love the Salamander Festival. Kids can hold salamanders, turtles and more. Saturday Jan. 31 Time: 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
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    Monte Sano Von Braun Astro Society Planetarium Show

Do you work for the weekends?  As in you can’t wait to spend time with the kids and enjoy some free or cheap entertainment – well you’re in luck.  Here are some events to...

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Super cheap & easy Valentine, 2 cents each (available for a limited time)

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    This candy resembles a rock but it's actually black foil wrapped chocolate crisp candy.
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    One strip of paper with a simple message is all you need.
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    Get 11 to 12 pieces of candy at Dollar General for 25 cents this week.

I’m not big on Valentine’s Day.  I might write a blog post one day about that but for today, I’m going to share a quick and easy Valentine greeting you can make with your...

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Christie’s Easy Paleo Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, Zucchini & Sausage Hash with Muffuletta

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    What your finely chopped or grated veggies will look like in the skillet for the Paleo hash. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Muffuletta olive salad mix is strong, so a little bit goes a long way. This brand was carried at Winn Dixie however, now we've only been able to find it on Amazon. Photo by Christie Dedman
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    Paleo Sweet Potato, Cauliflower, Zucchini & Sausage Hash by Christie Dedman

In my Paleo Acorn Squash Soup recipe I mentioned fellow clean eating & Paleo minded friends can be better sources for easy recipes rather than the labor and multi-ingredient recipes found online. Well, here’s another example...

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3 things a LEGO event can teach parents of LEGO fans

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This afternoon my sister and I took our kids to the annual LEGO BrickFair event held at the Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex.  This festival for LEGO lovers is held in four states, Alabama, New...

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Alabama Jaunts Jan. 16-19: Free park admission, LEGO BrickFair, 1/2 price Zoo & more

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    BrickFair Jan. 17 and Jan. 18 at the BJCC exhibition hall.
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    Get half price admission with canned food item donation at the Birmingham Zoo. Valid Jan. 19 only.
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    Callaway Gardens is offering free admission on non-holiday weekdays Jan. 16 through Feb. 27.
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    The Alabama Governor's Mansion. Monday you can attend the inauguration parade along Dexter Avenue in Montgomery. Events are from 9 a.m. to noon.
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    Eagle Awareness weekends continue at Lake Guntersville State park. I snapped this photo several years ago on the banks of Lake Guntersville. Admission and birding is free.

There are a number of cool things happening this weekend and through Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 19. Check out the ideas below:   Callaway Gardens – Free admission days on non-holiday weekdays...

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Virtual Classroom – 9 Ways to Save Money on Groceries Without Coupons

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I’ve told my husband that my boys need to get food sponsors.  They eat so much that I can’t keep food in the house.  Are they teens?  No, they’re 6 and 8 years old....

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Virtual Classroom: Modern ways to coupon & save money

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Couponing has changed.  If you’ve been couponing for years you know what I’m talking about.  Gone are the days of bulk deals and super high value coupons. However savvy shoppers can still save some...

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9 Tips for visiting the Creation Museum with small children

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Children are never too young to learn apologetics. If you agree, even if you don’t, you should consider visiting the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Hidden along a back road near Hebron, KY the Answers...

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Huntsville restaurant Supper Heroes is a comic book fan’s dream + Food is great too

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You know how super heroes have an unassuming disguise when they blend in with their surroundings or Average Joes? The exterior isn’t anything special but remove the disguise and there’s a dynamic hero. Well...

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Tour Helen Keller’s birthplace, Ivy Green in Tuscumbia, AL

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If you’ve never been to Ivy Green in Tuscumbia it’s time to head to do it.  It’s a pretty drive from Birmingham and takes about 2 hours.    The birthplace of Helen Keller is...

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