SnapShot Thursdays: How I Survive Winter

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily lifeWelcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

mile jarsI am shocked at how much these two jars motivate me to get out there and run despite the cold. Yes, I have been running on the treadmill at the Y more often than outside but still, looking at these jars gives me the motivation to get my gear on an head out in the cold to get to the gym.  If it is a warmer day, I have been running outside, despite rain.

pink flower in winterHaving fresh flowers in my home during cold winter days always makes me smile, and my husband knows it. He was kind enough to pick me up not one but 2 bunches of flowers last week when I sent him to Aldi for groceries while I was busy writing.

true lemon rasberry lemonadeOne of my health habits that I want to make this year is to drink more water. Sometimes especially in winter when I don’t seem as thirsty water can be a bit plain. I love dumping a True Lemon Raspberry Lemonade package into a huge mug of water in the afternoon. It is sweetened with stevia , and has 100% of my daily vitamin C needs which during winter is something I like to make sure I get enough of to avoid colds. It tastes so good, it is a treat I look forward to every afternoon. If you order from Amazon there is a single pack that is available as an add on if you want to try it.  (I get mine at Amazon with gift card codes earned from Swagbucks & InstaGC)

Deals I found this week

If you haven’t joined Zulily (my favorite daily deal site for name brand clothes) here is an extra push to do so. Sign up through these referral links  by January 31st 2015 and you will be entered to win a $100 Zulily Gift Card. (random winner will be selected Feb 11 2015). ( By signing up you will start getting their daily deal mail in your inbox )

The Ultimate DIY Bundle is going on right now but only until Monday can you grab this bundle of $1200 worth of ebooks, ecourse and bundles for just $34.95. (here is the write up I did yesterday on it) .

boxed cards day spring

DaySpring has a sale on boxed cards going on right now. You can get 2 boxes of select cards for just $10. That is 24 cards for $10 which works out to .42 cents a card. DaySpring’s 50% to 75% off Christmas Clearance Sale is also still going on.

Snapshot Thursdays: Boxes, Candles & Bags

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empty boxesSince starting 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home I have found another reason to  love online shopping. It is not only a source of awesome deals but a great way to get boxes that I can refill with stuff to go to the thrift store as I declutter.

ePantry candleSpeaking of online orders, the scented tea light that ePantry included in my order, smelled amazing as it burned beside me while I was writing Saturday. These candles are soy based and use essential oils for scent. You can get 3 ,7.2oz- 8oz jarred soy candles (2  ePantry brand and one Mrs Meyer’s ) for $20.29 plus a bottle of our families favorite all natural cleaners  and free shipping when you sign up for the ePantry deal this week. That is 6.76  candle plus a free bottle of cleaner and it comes to your door for free.  Amazon’s price for a Mrs Meyer’s candle that size is 8.99 which is $2.23 higher, meaning you save over $6 and you get a free cleaner in the deal too!

slay debt bagMy biggest hurdle with getting up early during the winter months is always the desire to stay under the covers where it is warm. I am trying a new experiment that I am hoping will help me fight this desire. Each night before bed I put the clothes I want to wear the next day in this bag and place it by my bedside.

This way the clothes are not far from me and I can grab them and get dressed without disturbing my “going to be sleeping several hours more” night owl hubby.

Oh and the bag was a freebie from being on the Slaying Debt book launch team. Slaying the Debt Dragon is a great book  for all of those who are either currently struggling to pay off debt, or looking for inspiration to get started.  It is the book that inspired me to create a list of grocery store commandments.

Deals Worth Sharing

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This beautiful mug is available at Day Spring for just $4 right now as part of Day Spring’s  after Christmas sale. They still have several others left ranging from $4 to $6. I have given Day Spring mugs as gifts before, such lovely sayings and good quality.

If you are wanting to brush up on your sewing skills signing up for The National Sewing Circle email list looks like it might be something worth trying. It promises , free how-to videos, sewing articles, fresh new sewing ideas fun projects to check out each week, and special offers. They also have one for quilting called, The National Quilting Circle Newsletter.

meyer's soap at sinkIf you haven’t taken advantage of the ePantry deal already you still have time. You can get $10 off a $30 order plus a free bottle of our families favorite cleaner and free shipping. Mix and match the cleaners however you want. They also offer shampoos, facial cleaners and don’t forget great smelling candles.  Hurry though this deal ends Friday at 3pm EST.



Snapshot Thursdays: New Favorites

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily life

Welcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

I have missed posting Snapshot Thursdays these last two weeks due to Christmas and then New Year’s Goals. I  am looking forward to getting back to normal posting again, I really do love how giving you a peek into my daily life makes me feel like I am getting to know you all better.

my new coffee makerMy husband and I did our Christmas shopping for each other a bit differently this year. One of my primary love languages is time so a gift to me is doing something together. My husband always finds it difficult to shop for me for Christmas (he says I am picky :) ) so I suggested that he take me shopping instead.

We got cash out for our Christmas wallet before we left, and then had breakfast together at Panera bread, followed by hours of shopping side by side. When he saw something he wanted, I bought it for him. When I saw something I wanted he bought it for me.  We finished the date off with lunch at McAlister’s (mmm….sweet tea! ).

My favorite gift of the day was my new single serve bodum french press. I have had a larger french press for years, but since I am the only one who drinks coffee in the family when it broke I really wanted one that would make just one cup. I think my new one is so adorable!

Tenzi game in actionThis picture shows our new family favorite game in action. It is called Tenzi. It is such a simple yet addictive game. We set the timer for 30 minutes before we begin so those family members that are not so thrilled with family games as others  know there is an end, but what is interesting is that those exact members who insisted on a time limit get pretty involved with clapping, and laughing and hollering.

We got the  Tenzi family pack, but Tenzi also comes in a pack for 4 players and they also sell a deck that contains 77 ways to play Tenzi  (I am tempted to get it with some Swagbucks earned amazon gift cards).

10 pennies in my run jarTen pennies in my mileage for 2015 goal jar on January 2nd. Running 1200 miles in 2015 is for some reason one of the goals that I set for this year that excites me the most. I think it is in part because it is so visual and unlike any other fitness goal I have set for myself, plus it has such a great reward at the end, a girls weekend with one of my most cherished friends, my redhead runner.  (if you set a mileage goal be sure to join the Snail Pacing Goal Achievers Facebook Group where I will be sharing updates on my mileage goals and other goals I set this year)

Did you set any goals for this year? What was your favorite Christmas gift? Share it with me in the comments below.

A Few Great Deals I Had To Share

color by code

Educents is currently offering Color By Code Addition and Subtraction for free. The sums and differences go up to 15.



Dayspring has a great deal going on today you can get this beautiful chevron card organizer filled with 24 cards for just $4.99, no code needed. That works out to each card costing less than .21 cents and you get the cute organizer too!
The Money Saving Mom’s Budget by Crystal Paine is currently $1.99 on Kindle right now (price could change at anytime make sure to look before you buy) .  With all the great tips and wisdom packed in this book you can make back your $1.99 in no time. (I  purchase my discounted Kindle books with Swagbucks or InstaGC earned gift cards)

Snapshot Thursdays: A Story & A Few Of My Favorite Things

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We added another licensed driver to our household this weekend. My eldest son got his driver’s license. Handing him the keys to the family SUV for his first solo drive was kind of nerve racking.

I got to say though I am already noticing that I now have more time on my hands as I have one less child to drive places, and if all 3 children are going to the same place, which they often are, I don’t have to drive them then either.  On a regular week I figure this will add at least another  hour to the time I get to be at home. Oh what I could do in an hour, laundry, blogging, reading……. tulsi teaLately I have been enjoying a mug of hot Tulsi tea in the evenings. I find it really calming. I enjoy mine with just a tad of stevia.

Have you ever tried Tulsi tea? Do you have another type of herbal tea you like? Leave the name of  it in the comments below, I love trying out new teas.

thermal socksYes they are ugly, and yes they are not the typical black or white socks this plain Jane gal wears but oh how I love my  thermal socks in winter time (link is example only I have no idea what brand mine are). Okay so they are not really mine, they are my husband’s really but he doesn’t wear them any more since he stopped forestry work to become a nurse 12 years ago.

Yep these socks are 12 years old and still going strong. I wish I knew the brand as I would love to get more of these exact brand since obviously they are worth every penny spent on them. (oh and don’t worry, I take these off and put on my plain black or white ones when I got out of the house :) )

Do you have a favorite pair of warm socks? Let me know the brand in the comments below so perhaps I can check them out, this pair is starting to show its age.

Here are a few random coupons for you today:

Don’t forget to checkout my coupon resource page for links to complete listings of printable coupons.

Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Grapefruit at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 12/22/2014.Save 20%.

Save 55¢ when you buy any ONE (1) 5lb bag of King Arthur Signature Flour. .Expires 12/31/2014.Save $0.55.

Save $2.00 on any ONE (1) package of Pull-Ups® Training Pants (Jumbo Pack or larger)

Snapshot Thursdays: Random Happenings

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gingerbreadmanMy daughter and I made the first batch of Christmas cookies for the season. I don’t do all my Christmas baking at once but instead do it one kind at a time, starting at Thanksgiving and ending at Christmas. When the gingerbread are gone it will be time for sugar cookies, when those are gone peppermint fudge. I find this way it gets eaten while it is still fresh (my family is not a fan of stale bake goods) and we don’t gorge ourselves on it over the course of just one week but instead enjoy one or perhaps 2 cookies or pieces of candy every day for the month.

(oh and those white dots on his head….flour my daughter used a bit too much for rolling :) )

coke bottleI have been enjoying watching a few Christmas specials on TV with my kids in the evenings and one night my son says during a coke commercial “mom, why are they showing glass bottles Coke doesn’t even come in glass bottles does it?”. The next day I was at the grocery store and noticed that yes indeed you can still buy coke in glass bottles BUT it is expensive. I almost let the thrifty side of me win, but then I remembered “my son is 18, I don’t have much more time left with him in the house, and one thing that always seems to make his day is receiving small gifts” . So I grabbed the six pack of glass bottles and took them home to him. I am so glad I did the whole family got a kick out the the glass bottles. My son now has them displayed in his room.

Lesson learned: Sometimes little splurges add a bit of joy into our day.

pin fingerless glovesFinally after knitting these fingerless gloves up for my daughter I took the time to sew up the seams. She was thrilled and has been wearing them daily inside the house.

Do you do special baking over the Christmas season? Do you do it all at once or spread it out?

Here are a few coupons for food items that might be on your grocery list this week. Checkout my coupon resource page for more printable coupon links.

Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Green Peppers at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 12/15/2014.Save 20%.

Save 50¢ when you buy ONE (1) BOX Honey Nut Cheerios® OR Honey Nut Cheerios® Medley Crunch™ cereal..Expires 12/31/2014.Save $0.50.

Save $1.00 when you buy FOUR (4) Progresso™ products (excludes Progresso™ Pasta Bowl)..Expires 12/31/2014.Save $1.00.

Save $3.00 when you spend $10.00 on any Sargento® Tastings® Cheese. .Expires 12/31/2014.Save $3.00.

Save 55¢ when you buy any ONE (1) 5lb bag of King Arthur Signature Flour. .Expires 12/31/2014.Save $0.55.

Save $1.00 when you buy any TWO (2) Ziploc® brand containers..Expires 12/31/2014.Save $1.00.

Save $3.00 when you spend $12.00 on any BUSH’S® Baked Beans and Grillin’ Beans®. Get ready for gameday with these tailgate favorites, or simplify any weeknight meal with a side you just heat and eat..Expires 12/24/2014.Save $3.00.

Tuesday Links: Gingerbread House Ideas

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Tuesday links 30 or so link to articles on one topic for you to explore, learn, and apply to your lifeMy daughter really has her heart set on making a gingerbread house this year. It has been years since we have made one. So many years in fact I don’t even know if she remembers making the last one. At first I must admit I tried to talk her out of it, but I can see she really wants to do this and I know she won’t want to in a few years time, so in the end I bought a kit that included everything we needed to make one together.I got ours at Aldi for under $10.

First though I spent a while cruising Pinterest for ideas and I thought I would share them with you in case you want to tackle a gingerbread house this year.  Me, perhaps next year but for our first attempt after years of not doing one,  we are sticking to a kit.

1. If a graham cracker home won’t cut it and it has to be gingerbread then  you are  going to want to follow this tutorial found over at Whipperberry.

2. Not a gingerbread fan? This tutorial on how to make a gingerbread home out of  graham crackers  tutorial by happiness homemade might be better for you.

3. Want a few more ideas? Our Little House In The Country has 5 Easy To Make Gingerbread Houses you can check out. In fact she even has a entire pinterest board devoted to Gingerbread houses that you can explore to your hearts content.

More of a gingerbread cookie fan than a house? Me too and here is my favorite recipe for soft gingerbread cutout cookies. My daughter likes them with a mug of our families 3 ingredient hot cocoa.

Here are a few coupons

What I remember about gingerbread house building with children, is that although it is memorable it is also stressful so I included coupons this weeks to help. We have the “must have before we even start coffee” coupons,  the “oh my word I need chocolate” coupons, the “that gave me the biggest headache” pain reliever coupons, and the “Oh my word why did I eat all that candy” tummy medicine and exercise DVD.

I also include a few toy coupons I found in case you have some Christmas shopping left to do.

(for more coupons check out my coupon resource page)

$2.00 off TWO Starbucks Packaged Coffee products

$4.00 off any THREE (3) Starbucks Packaged Coffee

$3.00 off TWO (2) Starbucks K-Cup Packs

$1.50 off ONE Seattle's Best Coffee K-Cup Packs

$1.00 off TWO (2) Seasonal Nestle Chocolate Bags

$1.00 off OFF 2 MARS Holiday candy

$3.00 off any 2 participating Excedrin products

$0.50 off ONE Pepto-Bismol™ product

$2.00 off Anchor Bay Fitness dvds

$2.00 off one TITAN HERO SERIES figure from Hasbro

$2.00 off one (1) TRANSFORMERS 12-inch figure

$5.00 off Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven

$2.00 off any STAR WARS 12-inch figure from Hasbro


$2.00 off any one SESAME STREET Mini Plush toy

$1.00 off one PLAY-DOH Compound


$3.00 off two EASY-BAKE ULTIMATE OVEN refills

Snapshot Thursdays: A Fun 5K and My Favorite Christmas Decorations

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily lifeWelcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

Since I didn’t post last week due to Thanksgiving I am sharing 3 key pictures from that last two weeks.

The kids and I 5k runFor the first time  all 3 of my children ran with me in a local 5K. My two boys beat me and my daughter got 1st in her age group. It was a cold run but a great day.

31 bag I really like my new Thirty-One Zip-Top Organizing Utility Tote. It fits great at my feet in the car so that I can knit while my husband drives. Don’t forget your chance to win one this week, hop over and enter.  While your there check out the great discounts Katie is offering  those who place orders through my post as well, and enter to win a $50 Thirty-One Gift Card for answering her 1 question survey.

My favorite Christmas decorationsOn Thanksgiving morning we got out our artificial tree and decorated it for the season. My daughter did it all by herself this year and I couldn’t help but notice she used my absolute favorite Christmas decorations. These hung on my family tree when I was little and my mom gave them to me before she passed away. For years I have let them sit in a box afraid to put them out because they are so fragile. I didn’t take them down though. I was about too, but I heard a voice say, “Don’t, enjoy them”.

The voice is right my mom wouldn’t want them sitting in a box year after year she would want them out even if our somewhat klutzy family breaks one or two.  I also discovered that they are now making them again, which makes me feel safer.

What is your favorite ornament on your tree? Does it have memories attached to it? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below.

Today Only Grocery University is just $4.97

I wanted to let you in on a great deal today. Today only Grocery University is just $4.97. That is half-price.

Grocery University is a 2 hr and 19 minute audio course that will take you through all the ins and outs of saving money at the grocery store.

It is broken into short chapters that can easily be listened to while doing chores, running errands or working out.

With the wisdom you will learn through this course you will easily be able to make back your $4.97 with just a trip or tow to the grocery store.

This deal is only good until midnight Tonight (December 4th EST). So go grab your copy here.


Snapshot Thursday: One Proud Mom

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Snapshot Thursdays 3 pictures from my week to give you a peek into my daily life

Welcome to Snapshot Thursdays. Please join me on  Instagram  to see more pictures I share all week long.

aidens computerThis right here is a proud  thrifty mom moment, that happened this month. That is my middle child Aiden sitting in front of his new computer, that he built all by himself. He also saved up all the money for it. He did extra chores. He said no to candy, pop and even movies for over a year, so that he could make this computer. He watched hours of YouTube videos on how to build a gaming computer. He compared prices. He even reminded me to check to see if I could earn some cash back on his online order.

Courtney's earringsMy daughter is one creative gal. She came downstairs last week wearing these clip on style earring that she created out of a nail,some beads and magnets that she rescued out of some broken headphones.  The next day she came down wearing them with safety pins in the front.

Last Sunday I sat down and enjoyed reading “Keep The Happy In Your Holidays: 21 Ways to Save Time, Money And Your Sanity This Christmas Season” .  I really enjoyed it. Inside it’s pages my blogging friend Cherie Lowe from Queen of Free shares great tips for how to spend less this Christmas holiday season.

If you are new to the whole idea of living within your means and have no clue as to where to start trimming the fat off of your Christmas expenses, I  recommend reading Keep The Happy In Your Holidays. In it Cherie will hold you hand and show you all sorts of ways to save money on Christmas and give you a few laughs too.

What have your kids done this week that have made you beam with mommy pride?

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live but here in Indiana the temperatures have dropped significantly so I thought I would share some coupons for hot tea, coffee and soup to warm you up (and a few for candy, just because :) )

$1.00 off any ONE (1) Lipton Tea product

$1.50 off ONE Seattle's Best Coffee K-Cup Packs

$0.40 off one Swiss Miss Simply Cocoa product

$2.00 off one Lipton Tea K-Cup pack

$3.00 off any TWO (2) Lipton Tea products

$1.00 off 2 boxes Celestial Seasonings tea bags

$0.50 off (1) BOTTLE of Coffee-mate2Go creamer

$3.00 off TWO GEVALIA Mocha Latte or Cappuccino's

$1.00 off GEVALIA Mocha Latte or Cappuccino

$1.00 off FOUR Progresso™ products

$1.00 off TWO (2) Seasonal Nestle Chocolate Bags

$1.00 off TWO (2) WONKA Candy Canes

Snapshot Thursdays: Some Like It Hot

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early morning run with friend

When I say I don’t make time for friends it doesn’t mean that  I don’t spend time with them. In fact sometimes making time to see them face to face means getting up really early, in the cold, and the spitting rain, to run together. I never come home wishing I hadn’t gotten up that early to run with a friend before she has to go to work, in fact it is the opposite I come home wishing I could do it more often.

salamander seen on run

I almost stepped on this little Tiger Salamander during my 6 mile run this week. It is the first one I have ever seen on my years of running this particular trail. I snapped a picture to show my kids, and of course one was very disappointed that I didn’t capture it to keep as a pet. I still had a mile left to run until I made it to the car, can you imagine carrying this slippery thing for a whole mile! I am a good mom but not that good! LOL

My daughter in a heat bubble

Inside that cocoon is my daughter. Every morning when she wakes up she goes over to the thermostat and turns up the heat for the day (we turn it down at night) then she grabs this sheet, sits over the heat vent and allows the warm air to circulate around her for several minutes. If I did that I would come out  dripping in sweat from head to toe, but not my daughter she comes out warm and toasty and ready to face the day.

Which kind of makes me wonder. How hot do you keep your home in winter? We keep the thermostat at 68 degrees during the day and 64 at night, and I am always curious if that is average, on the cold side, or too hot for others?  I would love people to share in the comments what they set their thermostats at during the winter months.

All 3 of these photos come from Instagram: Join me there to see more of what I get up to each week.

Here are a few coupons your might like to start of you holiday shopping!
$1.00 off TWO (2) Seasonal Nestle Chocolate Bags
$1.00 off TWO (2) WONKA Candy Canes
$0.50 off any ONE (1) Command™ Brand Product

Snapshot Thursdays: A peak into my daily life

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I miss posting pictures that help include my readers into my daily life. I miss sharing what I am reading. I really need to post what I am tossing each week now and again as my clutter tossing is getting slack.

Welcome to Snapshot Thursdays where I hope to get my readers involved in my daily life once again. We are talking about a good old fashioned “look what I got up to” picture filled weekly post.  I plan to share 3 photos a week and keep it short (aiming for under 400 words but you all know I am wordy! :) )

The pictures  could be what I am reading, or what I am tossing, or just a picture of a pretty tree I saw on a walk.  I will also include pictures of our family from time to time, although now that I have older children they don’t like being on the blog as much as they use to.

Here a 3 photos from my week

pear tree in fallThe fall color here in Indiana this year has been amazing. Sadly it is coming to a close, but I was glad to see this one pear tree with its colorful leaves in amongst all those that had shed the last of  their leaves during the storm we had Halloween night

Do you like watching the leaves change?

national chocolate dayDid you know that October 28th is national chocolate day? Well I wasn’t going to let such a tasty holiday pass my family by. I picked up chocolate for the entire family, even dropped one in my husband’s truck for him to sneak out and get on a break at work.

What is your favorite type of chocolate? mine is usually dark but every once and a while I get a craving for some good quality milk chocolate.

running on leavesFor those of you that noticed the milk chocolate above and remembered that I am trying the THM style of eating, well I have a confession , THM eating is not going well. I have a few health problems that seem to not agree with a extremely low sugar and carb diet, and my love  of working out for 1 hour a day 6 days a week needs more carbs for fuel. I am however still reading the book and finding myself liking a lot of their suggestions and recipes. I am aiming for less sugar, and less carbs than I normally eat but just not as low as the book suggests.

All 3 of these photos come from Instagram: Join me there to see more of what I get up to each week.

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