Friday, May 26, 2017

Bigger is Not Always Better

Usually, it pays to buy in bulk, but not always.  It's a good idea to whip out your calculator before buying the extra large.  Now, in this instance I'm comparing a concentrated product with a non-concentrated one, but I've found that, per oz/amount/etc. that even a larger portion of the exact same type of product may sometimes cost more (especially if the smaller portion is on sale).  I found these products at the new Walmart near Sun Valley and I-35.

Here is a larger sized can see it costs $9.97 and will do 94 loads.

$9.97/94 = 10.6 cents per load*

Now,  before we go further, I'd like to note that in this case it has the per fl oz price (7.1 cent per oz).   That's a great thing to look for most of the time and I love that Walmart does this on many of it's products.  BUT, since we're comparing a concentrate to a non-concentrate, the real important calculation is per load, not per oz..

OK, on we go to our next candidate.  This one is listed as a "MEGA VALUE".  It's Free and Clear so not scented, but other than that is the same product.  It costs $12.87 and will get you 123 loads.

 $12.87/123 = $10.5 cents per load*

So, this larger size will save you a little over the non "mega value" one.  But check out how it compares to the smallest All there is on this shelf....

All Small and Mighty is a you use less per load.   It's hard to tell just by the pictures, but it's about 1/3 as wide as the Mega version above, and a little shorter too.    You could fit this easily in a backpack.  It costs $4.97 and does 53 loads. 

$4.97/53 = 9.3 cents per load*

(*Rounded to the nearest tenth of a penny)

So, you can see that this even beats out the Mega Value extra large size!  And it takes up less space in your laundry room too!  And unlike some concentrated laundry products, you just have to use less, you don't have to water it down, so it doesn't come with any extra work.

Now, one caveat here...if you're the type of person that forgets to use less when using a concentrated product like this, don't use it, cause you'll burn through this super fast AND your clothes won't rinse out well because you'll be using too much soap.  Otherwise, Small and Mighty will nearly always save you both space and money.    (Also, make sure to check prices in your store, because pricing differences may not always make this cheaper).

 (No one paid me to say all this.   I haven't compared other products because this is just one I happen to use.).

Friday, May 5, 2017

Waco Area VBS Guide - 2017

Below is a list of all Vacation Bible School's happening this summer in and around Waco.  There may be a few I missed so if you know of any, please leave a comment and I'll be happy to add them (and if I have any information wrong, please, PLEASE correct me so I can fix it)!  All programs, to my knowledge, are free (unless noted).


Meadowbrook Baptist Church
Theme: Maker Fun Factory
Ages: 4 yr - 6th
Dates: June 4 - 8
Time:  6:15 - 8:30 pm
Location: Robinson
More Info Here

Cottonwood Baptist Church
Theme: Maker Fun Factory
PreK-6th grade
Dates: June 4-8
Time: 6:15-8:30 pm 

Location: Lorena
More Info Here 

Brazos Meadows Baptist Church
Theme: Galactic Starveyors
Ages:   Completed KG - 6th Grade
Dates:  June 5 - 8
Times:  6:30 - 8:45 pm
Location:  Hewitt
More Info Here

First Baptist Church of Waco 
Theme: Peru
Ages: Completed KG - Completed 6th
Dates: June 5 - 9
Time: 9am - 12
Location: Waco, TX.
More Info Here   

First Baptist Church of Lorena
Theme: Maker Fun Factory
Ages: KG - 6th
Dates:  June 11 - 15
Location:  Lorena
More Info Here

First Baptist Church Woodway 
Theme: Victory
Ages: 4 yr - 6th
 Dates:  June 12 - 16
Time: 9 am - NOON
Location: Woodway
More Info Here

Highland Baptist Church
Theme: Operation Artic
Ages: K - 6th
Dates:  June 12 - 16
Time: 9:30 am - 12:15
Location: Waco
More Info Here
St. Albans Episcopal Church
Theme: Hero Central
Ages:  Age 4 yr - 5th Grade
Dates: June 12 - 16
Time: 9 am - 12 noon
Location: Waco, TX,
More Info Here

Peace Lutheran Church
Theme:  Mighty Fortress
Ages: Pre-K — 6th grade
Dates: June 18 - 22
JUNE 18: Father's Day Water Festival Kick-Off  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm and Hot Dog Dinner for those Staying for VBS at 5:00 pm
JUNE 27 - 30: 6 -  8:30 pm Location:  Hewitt          
More Info Here

Alliance Bible Church
Theme:  Ocean Commotion
Ages: Pre-K — 6th grade
Dates: June 19 - 23
Times:   6 - 8pm
More Info Here

Woodway 1st United Methodist Church
Theme:  Cave Quest
Ages: Age 4  - entering 6th Grade
Dates: June 25 - 28
Time:  6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.
Location:  Woodway
More Info Here



Lorena United Methodist Church
Theme: Hero Central
Dates: July 9 - 13
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: Lorena
More Info Here

Trinity Lutheran Church at Badger Ranch
Theme:  Maker Fun Factory
Dates: July 9 - 13
Times:  6:30 - 8:30 pm
Location: Woodway
More Info Here

First Methodist Church of Waco
Dates:  July 9 - 13
Location: Waco 
More Info Here

Columbus Avenue Baptist Church
Theme: Galactic Starveyors
Ages: K-6th Grade
Dates: July 10 - 14
Times: 9:00 am - NOON
More Info Here  
Western Heights Baptist Church 
Theme: Galactic Starveyors
Ages:  Age 4 - completed 6th
Dates:  July 10 - 14
Times:  9 am - Noon
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

Central Christian Church
Theme:  Treasure
Ages:  Age PreK - 5th Grade
Dates:  July 24 - 28
Location: Waco
More Info Here

Evergreen Baptist Church
Theme: Operation Artic
Dates:  July 30 - Aug 3
Location:  Waco
More Info Here

Please Check Back
More May Be Added Later

Friday, April 21, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

If You're Wondering....

So, if you noticed this go up on Hewitt Drive...

And wondered, what is that going to be?....well, Taco Bueno's got you covered.  
Found the answer right in their drive through window. 

Which reads...

(Guess they got tired of answering the same question over and over). 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Fixer Upper Teacher Pay Teacher Set

Hey, look what I found on Teachers Pay Teachers....

Just kidding...or at least, the seller Lita Lita was just kidding.  This was an April Fools joke (a brilliant one, I might add).  No, there wasn't actually a resource that had kids learning about shiplap and estimating budgets with cheery Chip and Joanna Gains graphics (but hmmm....should there be?  *grin*).

Actually, I got curious and after searching TPT I did find a REAL math resource with a Fixer Upper theme (for 6th - 8th graders), and I also found several classroom decor resources inspired by the show and a bunch more by searching shiplap.  Ha!