Kids Will Love #PeterandtheWolfApp


This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Giants are Small and Mom Select. All opinions are my own.

Ever since my children were very small, I’ve tried to instill a love for literature, art, and music. Contemporary themes have never been a problem, but getting them to like the classics hasn’t always been easy. Finding something that speaks to them, on their level, is key.

A new storybook app, Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood, does just that, taking a beloved story and reinventing it as an interactive musical adventure. Kids travel through a sculpted, painted, animated wonderland that includes 8 games, hundreds of handmade visuals, and 50 minutes of wonderful music.


In this updated version—which is the untold prequel to Peter & the Wolf—the story takes place in Hollywood. Newly orphaned Peter flies from Russia to Los Angeles, to stay with his aging hippie grandfather who works for a movie star. Finding it hard to make friends in his new home, Peter instead forms friendships with the creatures around him, including a duck and a bird, then finds the chance to become a hero when a wolf escapes from the zoo, catching him in a most clever way.


One of the most surprising things for me was finding out that shock rocker Alice Copper did all the narration (and did it excellently, I must add!). I also loved the handmade sets; they’re truly stunning. The project took a total of 18 months from start to finish, with incredible attention paid to the smallest detail.


To learn more about this fun, educational storybook app, check out Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood. You’ll be able to view video clips and download the app on your iPhone or iPad today.

Yummy Rolls


Confession: I’m notoriously bad at making recipes that contain yeast. I’ve had many flops where bread/rolls are concerned, but this one is so easy and tasty, I call them Yummy Rolls. I think using the dough enhancer makes all the difference. Because the rising time is so short, these can be made for an everyday meal, instead of a special occasion.

To make Yummy Rolls, you will need:

  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 4 Tbs dry yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbs salt
  • 10 cups flour (any combination of white and/or whole-wheat)
  • 3 Tbs dough enhancer (optional but worth it)

Mix the first 4 ingredients together in a large bowl, then add the remainder.
Knead about 5 minutes and shape into rolls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets. Let rise for 10-20 minutes. Bake for approximately 10 minutes at 425° degrees.

For those who like to experiment, I’ve also made these incorporating canned pumpkin into the batter. Delicious either way.


Do you have a favorite roll recipe? I’d love to try it!

Super Savings Saturday – 5/21/16


Welcome to another edition of Super Savings Saturday!

This week was very light—few deals, many items out of stock, just blah in general. I did enjoy scoring free drinks, however. Shopping on an 80-degree day makes me exceptionally thirsty!


2 Aquafina waters, sale price 2/$2.00. I used a free mobile coupon from the CVS App.  Total: Free!

Calendula cream, sale price $8.49. I used a $2.00 manufacturer’s coupon. Total: $6.49 plus $6.00 ECBs and a $2.00 Checkout 51 rebate! (Anyone else have a bunch of these in their stockpile? I keep getting them for free.)


I was hoping to buy 6 packs of Snickers ice cream bars for $1.00 each after coupons. Unfortunately, someone else beat me to it (even though it was only 9:10 AM!). I left with a rain check. Hopefully, they’ll restock soon because I need them for our Memorial Day feast.

Rite Aid:

I waited until 5/20 to shop so I could use the 30% off Friends & Family coupon. I also learned how to activate Plenti bonus offers online—new way to save!

St. Ives facial scrub, sale price $4.50. I used a $1.50 manufacturer’s coupon and another $1.50 was deducted from the F & F coupon. Total: $1.99. plus $1.50 Plenti Points!

I also wanted Purex laundry detergent and a moneymaker deal on Muscle Milk. Both gone! Boo-hoo…


And that was my very unexciting week in deals. How did you do?