Snapshot Thursdays: Family Vacation

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Downtown ChicagoDuring our winter weekend away my husband told me he had a 3 day weekend following my birthday and told me I could pick any where I wanted to go. I chose Chicago.

We have lived just hours away from Chicago for almost 13 years now and only visited the windy city once. I had so much fun on that trip, I wanted to go again.

Chicago did not disappoint we had AMAZING weather. The first warm weekend of the year with above average highs.

Yes, traffic was horrible, and  we did have a disappointing visit to the Shed Aquarium that consisted of a 2hr wait to get in only to discover the aquarium is so small it only takes about an hour to see the general admission areas. However we didn’t let those things put a damper on the rest of the weekend.

We tried out Chicago hot dogs and loved them. We tried out Chicago deep dish pizza and loved it. We also did a few more things than just eat.

field museumOn Saturday we visited the Field museum it had some excellent exhibits but my favorite part was the architecture of the building itself, with its ornate ceilings, archways and columns.

chicago waterfrontSunday morning I woke up and noticed right away how beautiful the weather was. As soon as the children and hubby were up I suggested we go on a family walk together. My husband suggested the lakeside around the Shed aquarium we planned to visit that day. It was a great suggestion, and a highlight of the trip for me. Being born and raised on an Island there is just something about water that soothes my soul.

The weekend went so fast but was so much fun. With our eldest being 19 now I know the years of family vacations with all 5 of us are rapidly coming to an end. The years went so fast.

Where do you like to travel together as a family?

3 Deals So Good I Had To Share

Terri Blackstock’s Truth Stained Lies (moonlighters series book 1) is just $2.99 on Kindle right now and the second book in the series is just $4.27.  (price can change any time so make sure to check it before you buy)

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Snapshot Thursday: Love, Food & Colds

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chicken pot pie with loveLast week my husband was off work before dinner time. I kindly asked him if he would mind putting together the ingredients for chicken pot pie so I could get some more blog work done. He answered sure and so I let him work away at it coming down at dinner time. This is what greeted me at the dinner table. I of course had to snap a photo of it.

SO SWEET! This is one of hundreds of things I love about my husband. Small acts like this really speak to my love language.

free moes bday mealI enjoyed so many birthday freebies last week, but my free Moe’s entree with drink purchase has to be one of my favorites. I love the close talker salad and Moe’s is one of the few places where I get a pop. They have one of those machines with all the different flavor mixes. I love the cherry vanilla coke.

our new cold medsMy son came back from his missions trip with what we thought was just a cold but soon became a fever. He was kind enough to give it to his sister. They each took a turn sleeping one whole day away followed by another where they napped frequently. I attended to them with my 3 favorite cold products. Fisherman’s Friend cough drops (taste awful but really work), Maty’s all natural vapor rub and Emergen-C. I also made sure my remaining well child kept his distance and downed an Emegen-C daily to avoid the flu.

3 Deals So Good I Had To Share

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All jewelery is 25% off at Dayspring right now including the Lisa Leonard collection when you use the code 25JEWELERLY! at check out. These would make awesome Mother’s Day gifts, birthday gifts or….? (offer ends March 22nd)

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If you are a quilter you are going to want to check out Craftsy’s Spring Blowout  I took a few moments to look at the selections being offered and it is amazing and very extensive. Some kits are more than 1/2 price. (offer ends Monday)

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I often see blogs like Money Saving Mom list point codes for the Pamper Rewards program so even if you don’t use pampers you can still collect points to cash out for rewards.

Snapshot Thursday: A Look Back

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Today is my 41st birthday. I have a pretty special post coming out to celebrate it tomorrow but, I wanted to do something for it here too. Around our house a birthday is more than a day it is more like a week. Birthday week!

I decided the best way to celebrate my birthday for Snapshot Thursdays would be to share with you 3 photos taken on 3 of my favorite moments on my 40th year of life.

(real life friends if you are not in these moments, it is because I had to pick just 3! That was really hard, so if your not in them it doesn’t mean I love you any less)

Mother's day dinner 2014What your looking at is my Mother’s Day dinner for 2014. I had a pretty awesome Mother’s Day including gifts of roses, chocolate, Starbucks gift cards and a new tea cup. We had lunch at a Mexican restaurant and I relaxed all afternoon. However my favorite part of the whole day was sitting around the table at dinner time eating sugar coated cereal. I let everyone pick their favorite type. I had Reese’s Puffs. Sugar coated cereal is a treat at our house, that my kids get only on Birthdays and at Christmas. I loved the atmosphere around the table more than the cereal though, me and my favorite peeps, laughing together.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThat is me reading UNstuff (good book by the way) in the park. The picture was taken by my husband during our anniversary date. We had such a great day. We drove to Fort Wayne had lunch at a new restaurant we wanted to try and then spent several hours right here reading side by side. We don’t often get to sit in the shade of a tree in late spring soaking up quiet and sun. It was like a piece of heaven on earth.

sitting around the campfireOur family hauled the RV out to a local campground for 10 days mid summer. One night my redhead runner friend (the one in the pic) came out with her children and we took turns going kayaking followed by an old fashioned over the fire pit wiener roast.  Such a simple night but such an awesome one.

Looking at these three photos make me think; some of life’s best moments are found when we slow down and take time to really enjoy the people God has placed in our life. Whether it is your cereal loving children, or you fellow bookworm hubby or perhaps one of your closest friends and her crew.

Another thing I notice, none of these events cost much. Some cereal and milk, some grass, a blanket, a few pillows and good books, some hot dogs and a fire pit.

Don’t wait to enjoy your loved ones until you can afford that “big trip” or “those concert tickets”. Enjoy them right now today,  over a bowl of sugar filled cereal severed for dinner. Hmm… maybe that is what I will have for my birthday dinner tonight.

3 Deals So Good I Had To Share

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I don’t know if we will really have cereal for dinner or not but one thing is for certain I will be using my birthday freebie coupons today. Check out my birthday freebie list to make sure you are getting your share of free food and more on your birthday.


$2.00 off any TWO (2) Right Guard Products

$5.00 off two (2) Schick Disposable Razor Pack

Snapshot Thursdays:

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pillow hubbyMy husband was gone visiting his parents last week. I often have troubles falling and staying asleep when he is gone, but not last week. I figured out my problem is that the bed seems too big when he isn’t there and it throws my sleep patterns off for some reason. So I created pillow hubby to take up the space where my husband usually sleeps and I slept just fine.

Of course my kids and I had all sorts of fun making jokes about pillow hubby/dad all week. We claimed “Dad wasn’t feeling all there” so he had to stay in bed all week.

kids playing gamesSights like these warm a mother’s heart except for this one thing….the child in orange is using playing a board game with his sister to get out of doing homework.

These two will play the odd game together now and then…but when an odd game turns to a game-a-thon that lasts all Saturday afternoon, there is usually procrastination involved somewhere.  I am not really sure how to tackle this one, seeing them get along and interact is great, however facing a evening crammed with homework that could have been done at a leisurely pace early in the week; not so fun.

my water bottleMy healthy habit focus goal for March & April is to drink more water. That includes carrying a water bottle with me when ever I leave the house. This is proving to be more difficult  to remember than I thought, but I am managing to remember about 50% of the time so far and am hoping to improve as time goes on.

Do you carry a water bottle with you? If so what type do you use?

3 Deals So Good I Had To Share

I couldn’t find 3 deals to share today so I instead want to share with you one coupon site that offers a fair amount of coupons for natural cleaning products, organic and gluten free foods, as well as vitamins. It is called hopster.

Another great feature of hopster is that you can boost the value of the coupon by completing simple activities like watching videos, taking polls or liking on Facebook.

Go ahead and press the arrows to slide through the carousel and see all the great coupons hopster is currently offering.

Snapshot Thursdays: A Birthday, A Candle & A Good Mail Day

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thomas 19th bdayOn Valentine’s day my eldest child turned 19! Yikes! It was kind of a downer of a birthday. Not because we didn’t try, it was just that the crazy Indiana weather didn’t agree with us that day.

We were going to go to a neighboring town to celebrate at a restaurant he like but we had to turn off the main highway and head for home due to white out conditions created by blowing snow. I know it was a smart decision but it did make for a boring birthday.

We told him, once the weather gets nice again we will have a family re-do Thomas’ birthday outing.

His 12 year old sister made and decorated the cake almost all by herself this year. It is one of many things I love about my son, he is kind enough to let his sister bake and decorate a heart shape cake for him, even though he  out grew the whole Valentine’s heart birthday scene years ago.

maple & cinnamon spice candle from epantry

My second order from ePantry arrived last week. I am in love with their soy candles that are scented with essential oils. I treated myself to a Maple & Cinnamon Spice one and OH MY! It smells amazing. It makes your whole home smell like you have cookies baking. If you haven’t tried out ePantry yet you can start your account with a $10 credit by using my referral link.  I am very impressed with the customer service of this company.

a thrifty mail day mypoints & tyndale rewards

My daughter and I came home from an errand the other day to a full mail box. Three things in the pile made my thrifty heart swoon.The latest issue of fitness magazine that I got free from mycokerewards . The new Sally Clarkson book Own Your Life that I got free from Tyndale Rewards and A $25 dollar gift certificate to Panera Bread that I earned through shopping online through MyPoints.

3 Deals I Had To Share

schoola free shipping (sized)

Right now at Schoola you can get free shipping with the code HURRY. If you have not signed up for schoola before you can also enjoy a $15 credit on your first order when you sign up through my referral link . This means that you could snag 1 to 2 pieces of clothing for your kids free right now by using your credit and the shipping code. The credit should show up in your account when you sign up (from what I understand this will show up in the checkout area). Once you are done shopping, share the news with a friend and if they shop too you will receive $15 in credit.

Schoola is an online consignment store that donates 40% of sales to schools. You can even pick the school if you want. They sell clothing for boys and girls all the way from tiny little ones to full grown teenagers.

(note I got an email last night saying the free shipping was ending soon but when I checked it early this morning it was still working, if there isn’t free shipping you should still get $15 credit)

Walk by faith combo $9.99

For today only you can get this Walk By Faith Combo from Dayspring for just $9.99. It includes a mug, journal and perpetual calendar set. Set it aside for a birthday gift or Mother’s Day.

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Snapshot Thursdays: Why I Can’t Be Trusted With Plastic Cups

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By sharing today’s photos  I am hoping to find at least a few fellow klutzy soul mates out there who can share in my pain and benefit from my findings. The rest of you can all just laugh, well actually klutzy people can too, it is okay, I have totally been there and done that (America’s Funniest Home Videos is full of people just like me).

water glassThis is the type of glass I drink out of at home. Not only does it hold a lot of liquid but it is also very heavy and thus hard to tip over. That second fact, is the main reason I use it all the time. I might be 40 but I still have not out grown spilling my milk, or water, or in the case of last weekend when my husband and I enjoyed a weekend getaway, cranberry juice.

Cranberry juice on the hotel wall, cranberry juice on the hotel couch, cranberry juice on the hotel floor. And this spillage happened at 7 am in the morning while my cleaning expert hubby was still sleeping in the bedroom of our hotel suite.

I blame it on the flimsy plastic hotel cup. I swear I barely touched the thing and wham it was everywhere.

I blotted, I rinsed, I blotted some more. I apparently blotted so hard it woke my husband up who was sleeping in the other room.

spot shotHe immediately sent me to the grocery store across the street for carpet stain remover. I picked up Spot Shot, and a Starbucks caramel macchiato with a sippy cup style lid (those are great for us 40 yr old klutzy people) ran back to the hotel room and watched my hubby work magic on the stain. The stain was gone is seconds.

Man that stuff really works! (warning though it does have a strong chemically odor to it).

If you love knowing your not the only quirky couple out there then you will enjoy reading The Antelope In The Living Room just as much as I am. I picked it up last week when I saw it free on kindle through instagram (I follow Melanie Shankle and she mentioned it there). I am only a few pages in but already have laughed so hard that my husband shushed me, because he was trying to enjoy his own book next to me on the couch.

So make me feel better. What has your klutzy side split?

Deals So Good I Had To Share

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Craftsy offers is now offering a incredible line of free eGuides  (PDF format that can be downloaded to your computer and viewed at your convenience). These would be great for those of you wanting to pursue a new craft or perhaps improve your skills in a craft you already enjoy. There are also a few that might help you with you home business. Homeschoolers, the drawing ones would be excellent resources for art class.

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Snapshot Thursday: The Humbled Life

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me and my hatSee that hat on my head? Well I wore it during an entire walking workout on the treadmill at the Y last week. There I was in a tank top and capris, walking at a good pace on the treadmill my kindle paperwhite in hand reading $10 Great Dates all the while unknowingly sporting my black fleece hat. I didn’t find out until I saw it in the mirror as I was getting bundled up to go outside again. Needless to say I ended up leaving the gym red faced not from my workout but from embarrassment.

(oh and $10 Great Dates is such a great book. I gleaned so many great tips for new frugal date ideas from it)

christmas stuff still outHere it is mid February and I still have a piece of our Christmas decorations out. I have passed this Christmas colored vase filled with Christmas glass decorations for weeks now and still have not gotten around to putting it away. Good thing is I am working on decluttering this room during this month’s 52 Weeks To A Simplified Home so surly in a week or two this will finally be put away.

my plantsThis is an embarrassing trait of mine, that right now has an ending I am pretty proud of (but that could change). I am a well known plant killer among my group of friends. Seriously stories of my brown thumb circulate around parties. However, this picture is proof that I can keep plants alive (well at least so far I have). These plants are now several years old and still thriving. Sometimes the ivy type one looks like it is about to die but then I just water it well and it pops right back up. I got these plants at Aldi of all places.

Deals So Good I had To Share

Craftsy

Craftsy is having a big Valentine’s Day sell offering All their online classes for 50% off. What skill have you been wanting to learn? Photography? Knitting? Sewing? Cake Decorating? learn in from Craftsy high quality video instruction. The 50% off sale ends Monday February 16th.

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Custom Fleece Blanket for $20 using promo code BLANKET (shipping $6.99 on first blanket $1.99 on additional blankets)

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You can only use one code on your first order at YORK photo, but there certainly are a lot of great ones to choose from.  A lot of the different options would make great gifts, and you could send a a screen picture of your creation to your loved one and on Valentine’s day telling them it is in the mail and made with love for them.

Snapshot Thursday: My dog, Car Schooling, & A Book Series

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dog on couchOur family dog spends half her day here on the back of our family room couch waiting for the mail man to come (our mailbox sits right beside that window). She then barks her head off, until the postman leaves our front porch and then she gets off of this spot and sleeps curled up in an old Big Joe chair of the kids, that they no longer use. Now that is the life.

jawbone wireless speaker

I love listening to podcasts on blogging whenever I can. I call it my school time. One place I love listening to them is in the car when I am by myself. Problem was once the weather got colder, due to my hearing loss I couldn’t hear the podcasts with the heater on. I finally decided to see if I could find a wireless speaker that could fit in one of my cup holders. Sure enough I found one on Amazon made by Jambox.  It works great and fits in my cup holder perfectly (don’t worry I have other cup holders for drinks).

(psst…I paid for my speaker with Amazon gift cards earned from Swagbucks and InstaGC)

deep haven seriesI finished reading book 4 of Susan May Warren’s Deep Haven series last weekend. Which means I have now read 5 of the 6 books ( I accidentally read 4 and 5 out of order). I am so glad I found Susan May Warren through Tyndale rewards, I am so into her stories about the town of Deep Haven that I find myself wanting to visit it with my family, but I don’t think it even exists and I know for sure the characters don’t, yet I have cheered for them, cried for them and now I miss them.

I am hoping to snag a copy of book six through paperbackswap  really soon so I can spend time with them again.

3 Deals So Good I Had To Share

SoundsOfSony giveaway

Win a Sony Portable Party System: Valued at $299. Giveaway ends Saturday February 7th 2015 at 11:59 PM ET.  Three winners will be chosen. Enter To Win Here.

mrs and mrs collection

Use the code  MRANDMRS and get 30% off until the end of today on the Mr. and Mrs. collection at DaySpring.com. I think these would make darling wedding presents.

$1.00 off TWO bags of M&M's Chocolate Candies
Holiday themed M&M’s are one of my favorite ways of turning any recipe into a holiday recipe. I love throwing valentine colored M&M’s on top of wacky cake or mix them in caramel crunch popcorn to give a festive feel to our favorite recipes. Simple and fun. Here is a coupon for $1 off two bags so you can do the same.

Snapshot Thursdays: My Office, My Trail, My Love

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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.

trail I run on a beautiful winter's dayWe had a week of 30+ temperatures here in Indiana, and that means a break from the dread tread for me. I can’t run in the super cold weather, to hard on my lungs, and too much risk of falling on ice. So I took full advantage of the days of warmer weather running outdoors. The first few days my runs were slowed due to remaining patches of ice, and working my way around large puddles without getting in the way of cars. Finally I headed to a local trail hoping it would be puddle and ice free and it was so I ran a full 7 miles and enjoyed every minute of it.

(oh and I am loving the earbuds I got for Christmas, they allow me to listen to my favorite music on the run without falling out, or budging at all, plus they deliver great sound)

my home office 2015I have been enjoying reading Jamerrill’s 3 part series on how she works from home (she runs the blog Free Homeschool Deals)

She and I share a similar work at home schedules including our secret weapons. Reading her post made me think perhaps you would like a peek at my home office set up. Well one of the three home offices I have. Actually I guess they are really more like movable home office areas.

This is a picture of my master bedroom hideaway. My husband works 4 10 hr shifts so he can be home one day a week to let me blog. During that day he takes care of homeschooling, dinner and does errands he needs to do while I hide up in the bedroom blogging. I was spending this time at a local coffee shop, but then they changed internet providers and now their internet is so slow I get more done faster at home, provided I tell all my kids it is my work day “so ask Dad” and I lock my door. Sometimes if they get really loud I put on my noise cancelling headphones.

(another great inspiring read on Jamerrill’s blog is how she managed to free her husband from his relentless job and bring him home full time)

tim hortons in my townThis picture makes me very happy. It isn’t the sight of the Tim Bits, as much as it is where I was standing when I took the picture. I was in Fort Wayne Indiana less than an hour from where I live and I was at Tim Hortons. During the 12+ years we have lived in the States the closest Tim Hortons to me has been almost 3 hours away.

I grew up on Tim Hortons and I have so many memories of my mom and I sharing their soup and sandwich deals together. Now that she is gone those memories are precious. I know it will sound odd, but going to Tim’s is like a warm mom hug for me. I can here her laugh, I can see her smile, and I get to eat great food and drink good coffee.

Do you have a restaurant full of memories?

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Sign up for  zulily for FREE and be entered to win a $100 zulily gift card. Entries must be submitted by February 1st, 2015. The winner will receive the $100 credit within their zulily account. A random winner will be selected February 11th, 2015. Enter here.


Another doughnut shop I love is Dunkin Donuts and their perks program is pretty awesome; regularly sending you new deals. Sign up and start off with a free coffee coupon. (click image to go sign up)

SnapShot Thursdays: How I Survive Winter

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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.