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  • Flashback Friday: What To Do with Leftover Macaroni and Cheese

    This post was originally published in 2011, but since my kids recently left me with a nearly full pot of mac and cheese, it’s time to bring it back!

    Ideas for Leftover Mac & Cheese -

    If your kids are like mine, they regularly leave you with leftovers. If you’re left with a pot of leftover mac and cheese, here are some things you can remake them into for another {frugal!} meal:

    Fried Macaroni and Cheese – Refrigerate leftover mac and cheese until firm, then cut leftovers into squares, rectangles, or triangles, or scoop into balls. Dredge mac and cheese in flour, a beaten egg, and then panko or bread crumbs. Fry in a hot skillet until golden brown on all sides.

    Chili Mac and Cheese – Combine leftover macaroni and cheese with some chili.

    Hamburger “Helper” – Brown ground beef or turkey, and combine with leftover mac and cheese. (You may need to add some water, milk or broth to achieve the desired consistency.) You could add some diced tomatoes, chopped broccoli or spinach, or other veggies.

    Chicken or Ham Casserole – Stir diced chicken or ham and steamed broccoli into the mac and cheese. You can serve it as is, or top with crushed crackers and butter and bake until bubbly.

    Mac and Cheese Pizza – As weird as it may sound, a Google search turns up over 20 million results. I’ve yet to try this one myself, but apparently you just put the mac and cheese on a regular pizza crust, and bake. You can top it with more cheese and/or breadcrumbs, if desired.

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    3 Ways To Prevent Spam Traffic On Your Blog

    This is a post from Jenna Smith. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.

    Fake traffic bots, comment spams and unwanted website links can eat up your blog’s hosting resources and bandwidth, without providing any benefits in terms of search engine rankings or revenue.

    And it can be very exciting for the newbies to see a surge in traffic, but the reality turns out be quite different after a breakdown of the traffic sources.

    University of Wisconsin computer science instructor Dr. Paul Bradford conducted a study to detect fake web traffic and found that 10 different traffic networks contributed to 500 million fake impressions in a month, and 50% of the internet traffic is bots. This further has harmful effects on advertisers apart from blog owners, who end up paying for non-human traffic.

    The technique can be applied by competitors to harm the reputation of your business or personal blog, and it won’t cost them a lot of money to get started (considering all the gigs being offered on Fiverr, Freelancer etc.).

    It’s quite easy to identify fake traffic before you take preventive measures against it. Some of the things you should look are:

    1.  Visit time frame 

    Most of the fake traffic will only stay on your blog for 5-10 seconds so if your blog is seeing an unusual increase in bounce rate, it’s a warning sign.

    2.  Day time frame

    When fake traffic arrives at your blog, it will be served during particular hours of the day, and the traffic spike will fade away the next day.

    3.  URLs of the referrals

    With the advancement in spam traffic techniques, fake page views are now accompanied by URLs (there used to be no URLs before) which makes them look genuine. Some examples of suspicious URLs include, and

    Putting an end to fake/spam traffic

    Thankfully there are ways to prevent the damage that can result from traffic spam. Measures to take include:

    1. Real-time traffic inspection

    You can utilize the real-time feature provided by Google Analytics to see an overview of the traffic, and then filter out the traffic coming from unusual sources/country IPs through segmenting sources. It is even possible for bloggers to utilize solutions that inspect traffic coming from networks and take advantage of security tools that provide security updates to block malicious traffic. Their own Deep Discovery program is one such solution.

    2. Install appropriate plugins

    Apparently the easiest way to prevent the buildup of fake traffic if your blog is hosted on WordPress, is to install a plugin to protect the site from spam traffic attacks. One of the ideal plugins is Fake Traffic Blaster that detects black hat traffic generation techniques and redirects suspicious visits away from the targeted blog.

    3. Don’t participate in traffic exchange networks

    Traffic exchange networks are being detected by search engine companies, and bloggers that manipulated their rankings (willingly or unwillingly) are facing a hefty penalty in terms of decreased rankings, revenue and reputation. The best way to avoid negative consequences and prevent non-human traffic from networks is to stay away from them . . . No matter how tempting the offer of attracting page views sounds to you.

    Evening Roundup: Last chance for Amazon Prime at $79, Target deals & More

    Evening Roundup includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

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    Giveaway: Veronica Mars DVD

    I never watched Veronica Mars when it was on TV, but it must have been quite the show to inspire such a devoted following that years after its TV run ended, fans donated over $5 million through Kickstarter to fund a new Veronica Mars movie. The movie comes out in select theaters on March 14:

    On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.

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    FREE Shopping Planner for New Moms from ShopperIncite

    This is a sponsored written by me on behalf of ShopperIncite. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Babies are expensive – after the medical bills, you have to buy diapers, clothes, car seats, strollers and more. Fortunately, there are so many baby products out there that manufacturers and stores compete for your dollars by offering coupons and discounts.

    ShopperIncite has a new way to help you save money in the form of its weekly shopping and menu planner. It includes not just space for multiple weekly menus, but also tips and simple recipes for homemade baby food {which I encourage all new moms to try – it’s super easy to make unsweetened applesauce, pureed carrots, and more!}.

    The planner also has coupons, including one I could have used – $2/2 Lansinoh products. I went through so many of their milk storage bags and disposable nursing pads! There are also Gerber coupons, and coupon codes for online shops like Zulily. You can sign up for your own free planner right here:

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    The more people who sign up for the planner, the more easily ShopperIncite can add even more coupons and offers!