Happy 4th Of July

independence dayNo money saving tips for you today, instead I just want to wish you a happy 4th of July.

How Swagbucks Can Help You With Your Back To School Shopping

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Back to school shopping time will be here in a blink of an eye. I might homeschool my children but I attended public school as a child and so I can remember all the purchases that went along with going back to school.

How Swagbucks can help pay for your back to school purchases

It seems like most back to school purchases fit into one of two categories, school supplies or clothes, and Swagbucks can help you earn money to pay for purchases in both these categories.

A Swagbucks $5 gift card is 500 points and they have a great selection of different retailers that offer either school supplies or back to school clothing or both.

Gift cards available for stores offering school supplies

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • CVS
  • Kmart

Gift cards available for stores offering back to school clothes

  • JC Penny
  • Areopostle
  • Old Navy
  • Gap
  • Children’s Place

Now is a great time to start racking up the Swag Bucks so that you can cash them in for gift cards that will help reduce your cost of sending the kids back to school, and here is a plan of how you can earn $50 in one month with Swagbucks without having to fill out a single survey if you don’t want to.

How To Earn $50 A Month With Swagbucks

To earn $50  in Swagbucks gift cards a month you need 5000 points per month, (less if you are getting Amazon cards but for easier math we are sticking to 5000 for this plan), that works out to 1250 points a week. Here is how to achieve it.

1. Do the daily NOSO for 2 points a day = 60 Swag Bucks

2. Use the daily toolbar at least once a day for one point = 30 Swag Bucks

3. Complete the daily survey each day for one point = 30 Swag Bucks

4. Complete the daily tasks over at Bing Rewards each day = 500 Swag Bucks (bought for 475 Bing Rewards)

5. Run the Swagbucks TV App daily for 40 points = 1200 Swag Bucks

6. Click the Discover Tab and complete the Read tasks = 30 Swag Bucks ( this varies depending on what is available but just this week I was able to earn 30+ Swag Bucks in a matter of minutes so I know it is a safe estimate)

7. Download the EntertaiNow App and run the videos each day for 30 points a day = 900 Swag Bucks

8. Perform all you web searches through the Swagbucks toolbar or home page =400 Swag Bucks (I went through my Swagbucks earning history and found that I earned between 100 to 200 Swag Bucks a week through searches so this should be a realistic  number to aim at earning)

9. Do the Daily Crave each day for 1 point = 30 Swag Bucks

10. Run Swagbucks TV on you laptop while you are working in another window. Okay so this going to sound like a crazy amount of videos to shoot for and it is ,but please read #11 for ways to reduce the number of videos you need to watch. Also the animal channel has very short videos making the process go faster. Now for the math

numbers 1 through 8 give you 3180 points in one month leaving you 1820 points short of the 5000 Swag Bucks per month goal. To get those last remaining Swag Bucks using videos you need to watch 203 video shorts a day (202.66 actually but you don’t earn points for a partial video so I rounded up :) )

11. There are other things you can do to make the 5000 Swag Bucks a month total we are aiming for with this plan, but the Swag Buck earnings for them vary so much per person that I suggest you keep track of what you earn with them so you know how many videos to cross off your need to watch to make 5000 Swag Bucks a month list.

  • Shop through Swagbucks shop and earn feature: Points per store vary and it does take a while for your Swag Bucks to be added to your account but they do really add up.
  • Print and use coupons for the Swagbucks coupon area. Every coupon you print and use is worth 10 Swag Bucks
  • Buy your daily deals through Swagbucks. Instead of shopping through emails from you favorite daily deal sites or their Apps when you see a deal you want enter the site of your choice like Groupon in the Swagbucks search area and then click on the shop and earn logo and earn Swag Bucks on your daily deal purchase.
  • Share Swagbucks with friends. Swagbucks is too good of a program to keep to yourself and when you share it and your friends sign up you get 10% of their earnings for life right now.
  • Do a special offers. Each day take just a minute or two to scroll down the Swagbucks home page and see if their is a special offer you might be able to take advantage of for points. Often all you have to do is answer a few questions.
  • Watch Encrave videos yes more videos but I have heard from my readers that you can earn Swag Bucks faster through the Encrave tab than you can through the Swagbucks TV tab.
  • Complete Surveys and Tasks. Warning these two point earning options can be time consuming and mind numbingly boring, I suggest if you are going to try them you do them in down time when you can multitask a bit like when you are watching TV for instance.

Using this plan for an entire year would give you $600 for Back To School Shopping. True there isn’t that long until back to school shopping time as I write this but even $50 towards  back to school purchases would help the budget.If this plan seems too time consuming for you, perhaps my $30 a month in under 5 minutes a day plan would suit you better and it would net you $360 in one year for Back To School Shopping.

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How Are Your Goals For 2014?

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Back in the beginning of the year I used the graphic above as an out line to write my goals out for 2014, with the year half over I thought it was time to check in with you so as to help me be more accountable.

Honestly the results so far are not good but  I am hoping to gain more speed the second half of the year.

3 Goals For My Mind

  1. Read 52 books this year : On task for this one I have read over 30 books so far
  2.  Memorize a bible verse a month: I thought I came up with a great way to memorize verses but it soon got lost in the house somewhere and the goal got pushed aside.
  3.  Watch the Children’s grammar series all the way through : Not a single episode watched.

3 Goals For My Health

  1.  Lose 10 pounds : I got as far as 5 pounds down and then the winter just got 10 times worse and I started hibernating. Now that it is warmer I am doing a bit better with this goal though. Charting calories more regularly, getting out for 10.000 steps at least 6 days a week and trying to make wiser choices in both eating and activity levels.
  2. Do a 1/2 marathon in the spring and a full in the fall :  I did not do a spring  half marathon since the cold icy winter made it hard to get out and run and I can’t seem to get my head past running 3 on the tread mill. Right now I am focusing on increasing my long runs by 5 minutes a week in hopes of doing  1/2 in the fall but I am giving up on the hopes of doing a full marathon this year.
  3.  Enter a bike race: Instead of a bike race I have been training with my middle child to do a 70 mile one way 140 mile round trip biking adventure. I think that is just as good as a bike race.

3 Spiritual Goals

  1. Memorize a scripture a month:  I memorized just one verse so far.
  2.  Read Jesus is Calling Devotional at night:  My husband bought me Jesus Calling for Christmas and I enjoy ending my day by reading it, so I am spot on for this goal.
  3. Continue reading through The Message:  I have been doing my word  study in the bible on fear , once it is done I will get back to this goal.

3 Goals For My Marriage

  1.  One “real” date with my hubby each month : Glad to say that I have upheld this goal.
  2.  One overnight each season: We got away in the spring and hope to get away soon for summer
  3. One 3+ night getaway just the 2 of us: Our plans for this fell through but we hope to try again later this year.

3 Business Goals

  1. Improve my grammar : As I stated above I have not watched  grammar DVD series yet.
  2.  Attend one blogging conference: I had planned on attending a Blogging Concentrated one day conference in January but the winter had other plans.  :(
  3. Write, have edited, and publish an ebook: Right now I am working on a “free when you subscribe to the blog” project as well as doing everything that was suggested to me in my blogging review by the Blogging Concentrated team, so an ebook idea is shelved for now.

set a wow goal (small)I also set one WOW goal this year after being inspired and convicted by Crystal Paine’s new book“Say Goodbye To Survival Mode”.

My wow goal is going pretty well, it is taking a lot of my time and energy which is probably why I have not made as much head way with all my goals listed above.

How about you? Did you set goals for 2014? How are you doing in reaching those goals?

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 If you want to set and achieve your goals but can’t quite seem to figure out how to break them down into manageable pieces that fit into your daily life 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life can help. This ebook takes just an afternoon to read and is full of ways to help you set realistic goals and reach them. 

A Picture From Our Week: Board Games That Teach

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4 family board games that sneak in spelling and math workLast week both my boys were at church camp and my husband and I only had our daughter at home. One night she was looking very bored  so I suggested we play the board game Boggle that I had gotten at a yard sale for $2 a few weeks ago. She immediately ran for the game, which made me smile, you see my daughter struggles with spelling and she hasn’t seemed to realize yet that some of her favorite board games require her to use and polish her spelling skills.

Her second least favorite subject is math yet she would play Monopoly 24/7 if you let her and it uses math skills.

As I was giggling to myself about this I started a mental list in my head of other board games I play with her that use and improve her spelling and math skills, I came up with 4

4 Board Games That That Teach

Spelling

1. Boggle

I found a barely used Boggle board game at a yard sale for $2 just a few short weeks ago and it is now the go to game for the whole family. I even caught my middle son playing it one afternoon with my daughter and that child hates spelling more than his sister yet he played for a solid hour with her.

We bend the rules and count 2 letter words. We also keep the iPad with its dictionary App handy to look up words one player is stubbornly insisting is really a word. So not only are we working on spelling skills but also dictionary skills and corrections.

2. Scrabble Slam Card Game

Our Scrabble Slam deck was a free with coupon find a few years back and it is looking very well used. It has helped the children increase their vocabulary and spelling skills and again the iPad is always near by with  its dictionary App open so it works on dictionary skills as well. What I really love about Slam though is  it is like a rapid spelling drill. You have to think on your feet if you want to win which means you are working on your children’s recall skills as well.

Math

1. Monopoly

Our family has both a yard sale found Junior Monopoly board and a clearance found Monopoly game. We tend to play the junior version when we are pressed for time and the full Monopoly version when the evening is wide open. Monopoly works on money skills such as making change and adding and subtracting.

2. Yahtzee

Purchased on sale for a Christmas gift Yahtzee is a classic game that uses adding skills as well as number pattern recognition skills.

I know these are only 4 of many games out there that help squeeze a bit of hidden learning into your child’s day, and I would love to hear your suggestions in the comments below of games that are fun and teach or work on important skills below.

how to purchase board games for less (smallerl)You might have noticed I didn’t pay full price for any of our games, here are my tips for buying board games for less.

 

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One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: June 30 to July 6

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one summer fun goal for the weekLast Weeks Goal

Okay so saying I spent an extended time one on one with my hubby would be lying although we did go kayaking and then out for a late dinner one night.

As I said last week the boys were away for camp for the week and we just had our daughter. She did go to a friends house over night later in the week but my husband and I so badly wanted to get our eldest son’s room done that we sacrificed most of that potential date time for renovating.

thomas room (blog)This is part of the room that sits under his 8 foot high in the air loft bed. You will notice the couch and the dresser are the ones I found at the yard sales I hit last week.

thomas study (blog)The other side of his room is his study area. The table was a yard sale found sofa table that my husband altered a bit to make it into a simple desk. The bookshelf and even the alarm clock/ CD player  and curtains were also yard sale finds. We painted all the yard sale found furniture to match. The chair was a Target clearance sale find.

I love how the room turned out and so does my son which makes it worth giving up some of our date time.

One fun goal for this week

Plan,prepare and then enjoy company for the 4th of July

What I Am Reading

I finished 1 book this week

It Had To Be You: Hockey players, romance and mystery all rolled into one really good book.

In Paperback Form

Kisses from Katie: I just bought Kisses from Katie, through one of my favorite sources for inexpensive summer time reading,  a yard sale. I have heard great things about this book and am looking forward to digging into it. (haven’t started this yet)

On My Kindle Paperwhite

Don’t laugh…I am currently reading Life With Lily, yes I know it is a book for 8 to 12 year old girls, but I love stories of the carefree lives of Amish children so much that I couldn’t resit it when I saw it for free on Kindle a while back.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I read one more chapter of this book this week.  WOW! If you want a book that will challenge you to live a life that truly represents Christ this book is for you.

A find I want to share

shopkick an app that pays you to check in and scan productsI was researching for an upcoming project I hope to release soon when I found the shopkick App. I have not used it yet (didn’t do much shopping this week what with all the renovating) but from watching the introductory video it looks like a pretty simple way to earn gift cards , to stores such as Target, Starbucks, Macy’s, JCPenny, Itunes, Old Navy and more.

It looks like you need to check in when you get to the store and then scan certain products as you shop. Now I wouldn’t want to use data for this, but I am thinking the free wi fi offered in stores like Target should let the  shopkick App do what it needs to without any cost to you.  I can’t wait to try it out and share with you what I thing. Click thru to shopkick to sign up and try it out yourself and make sure to watch the video explaining how it works.

If you use the shopkick App I would love to hear what you think in the comments below?

 

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Vacations

My family doesn’t take very many vacations but when we do you can be sure we pull every thrifty trick in the book to make sure we get the most bang for our vacation buck.

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Vacations

10 Ways Thrifty People Save Money On Vacations

1. Go Off Season

Going on vacation during the off season works for our family because we homeschool. I realize not all families can do this, but the 9 steps below will help those of you that can’t go off season.

2. Book Through Point Earning or Rebate Sites

All of the sites above offer either points or cash back when you go through their shop and earn links to the various well known discount travel sites like priceline and hotels.com . The offers change from time to time and vary from site to site so it pays to join each site and then compare sites  to see who is currently offering the best deal.  I have earned as much as a $50 Amazon gift card code when I have done this for our families one week vacations.

3. Use Daily Deal Sites

Daily deal sites like Groupon and Plum District offer travel packages to various destinations, I myself have not booked a vacation package this way but have had friends that have and they have had good results. I have however bought restaurant vouchers for the city we are visiting off Groupon with success. Simply add your travel destination to your email preferences in Groupon so that you get the daily updates for offers in that area.

4. Look For Coupon Books

Most people know that you can buy coupon books full of entertainment and food coupons for large cities but you can also get a lot of free coupons by stopping at the local tourist information booth as you enter the area you are going to be vacationing in. My family does this all the time and have saved 10 to 20 percent off our meals and local attraction tickets at no cost for the coupons.

5. Book A Place With A Kitchen

If you are going to be staying in one area for 5 to 7 nights or more chances are you can book a place with a full kitchen for the same price as an average hotel room (our family has done this 2 vacations in a row). Having our own kitchen has kept our costs for food low on our last two vacations.

6. Pack A Small Cooler

Our cooler comes in handy for more than just the road trip to our destination, each morning before we head out for the day we pack it with fresh snacks and drinks for the day. In between our days events we have snacks on hand that help tie us over to meal time at the hotel room.

7. Compare Cost Of Transportation

When our family went to Disney World a few years ago one of the first things we did when planning for the trip was to sit down and compare gas cost to flight cost and car rental. For a family our size (5) driving worked out to be much less expensive but this might not be true if you have a smaller family, and also depends on exactly where you are headed and what flight and car rental deals you can find.

8. Consider Camping

State parks are often offer very inexpensive  campsites that come with more comforts of home than you might think like hot showers and flush toilets.  Private campgrounds often have small cabins that can be rented for less per night than a hotel room. Of course if you are dragging a trailer behind your vehicle your gas mileage is going to go up so you need to factor that in.

9. Eat Out For Lunch Stay In For Dinner

In general many restaurants have lunch menus that are several dollars cheaper per person than dinner menus, which can add up when you are feeding a family (especially one of teenagers who eat as much as adults).

Even if you don’t book a hotel room with a full kitchen, most hotel rooms now come with  fridge and microwave. Keep the makings for sandwiches in the fridge, and heat up some soup in the microwave for a simple and quick family meal. (make sure to pack a few simple cooking dishes is you do go this route since the hotel rooms won’t have them)

I once met a woman who brings her crock pot and electric skillet on vacation to use in a regular hotel room to feed her family. With a little bit of brain storming these two kitchen items certainly would increase the different meals you could make in a standard hotel room.

10. Cut Costs On Trinkets And Treats

When we arrived in Orlando as a family the first place we stopped was Walmart to pick up the food we would need for the week. We noticed right away that they had a great selection of Disney t-shirts, mugs and hats for inexpensive prices. When our daughter said she wanted something to remember Disney we brought her there.

As for how to not spend a fortune on treats such as ice cream and cookies and fancy slushy drinks, here is what works for our family, we stock the kitchen in the place where we are staying with treats that we normally  rarely buy such as ice cream bars and bags of candy and chocolate and tell the children when we get back to the hotel room each day they can pick something from the stash.  This plan has worked well for us for years.

Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to load up your smart phone, or tablet with helpful travel App. I like gas buddy which helps us find the least expensive place to buy gas along the way. I also like the ibotta App  I can use it to save money eating out, on movies that we might see during vacation,  and groceries that I buy on the trip (checkout my ibotta tutorial). 

Looking for more vacation tips? Follow my Family Vacation Tips board on Pinterest.

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DIY Lavender Coconut Body Cream

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Over the last few years I have been eliminating more and more chemicals out of the products I put on my skin. Finding inexpensive all natural alternatives that I can afford has been a bit of trial and error.

DIY Lavender Coconut Body CreamDIY recipes for beauty products are of course an inexpensive way to go but often they require so many ingredients that I don’t have or can’t find or have so many steps that I get overwhelmed half way through reading the instructions and never do get up the courage to try them.

Which is what made me fall in love with this recipe for coconut body cream that I found on Pinterest. Just 2 simple ingredients and just 3 steps measure, whip and fill your jar with a lid.

Indgredients for Lavender Coconut Body Cream

I altered it just slightly by adding in about 15 to 20 drops of lavender essential oil because I find lavender to be so soothing. So my recipe is 3 ingredients and 3 steps.

Step one: Measure out your ingredients (see attached recipe below). Make sure that the coconut oil that you buy for the recipe is unrefined and organic , this will make an incredible difference in the smell and texture, I got mine at Aldi.  The coconut oil should also be used in its solid state.

whipping coconut body creamStep two: Whip the ingredients until well blended and light and almost fluffy, it took me about 2 to 3 minutes. A

Step three: Place the ingredients in a jar with a lid

And that is that! So simple and quick.

I keep my  jar of DIY lavender coconut body cream on my nightstand and every night I rub the lotion into my arms and legs, hand and feet, and shoulders. It absorbs faster than I thought it would and feels so luxurious. My skin is soft and radiant when I use it on a regular basis.

DIY Lavender Coconut Body Cream

Ingredients

  • I cup unrefined organic coconut oil (in solid form)
  • 1 tsp vitamin E (you can use broken apart capsules if you can't find it in liquid form)
  • 15 to 20 drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions

  1. Measure all ingredients into a mixing bowl
  2. Beat with a hand blender until it is light and airy (it takes about 2 to 3 minutes)
  3. Place it in a glass container with a lid and enjoy!
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Where To Find Free Magazines That Will Motivate Your Fitness

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I have talked about where I find all of my free magazines before, but today I want to zero in on where I find free magazines that motivate me to keep with my fitness goals and to set new ones.

where to find free magazines that will motivate you in your workouts

I am a multiple sport lover. I love biking, running, swimming, kick fit classes, strength classes, elliptical workouts, spinning classes, and on and on the list goes yet even I can lose my drive to workout regularly now and then.

To kick start my motivation and keep it burning I love reading about people who love to workout too, as well as new types of workouts, new workout gadgets, how to improve my workouts, and new goals I could set.

I read most of this type of information in the form of magazines, such as Runner’s World, Bicycling and Fitness.

Where I get my fitness and sport magazines subscriptions for free

1. mycokerewards.com

I have gotten my subscription to Fitness for years from mycokerewards.com, it is currently 133 points, which really doesn’t take long to earn since 24 packs of coke products are 20 points, 12 packs are 10 points and bottles are 3 points each. If you are not married to an avid coke product drinker like I am Moneysavingmom.com  lists free codes now and then, or you could ask friends who do drink coke products if they use their points and if not would they save them for you.

2. Recyclebank.com

Recycle Bank is where I found Bicycling  magazine for 240 points and Runner’s World for 320 points. I earn most of my points for Recycle Bank by doing their click thru activities that teach you about living green. On average there is at least one activity worth 100 points and several smaller point value activities available each month so earning magazine subscriptions doesn’t take long.

What are some of your favorite fitness oriented magazines?

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Picture Of The Week: How I Saved $500 in One Hour

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Last Friday was an event that always seems to save my family $100′s of dollars year after year.

How I Saved $500 in One HourWhat was Friday? It was community town rummage days in a town near me, a town where I always seem to find just what I need and plenty of wants too.

I know there are a tonne of people out there with negative attitudes towards yard sales. Those that think it wastes gas, those that think it is a waste of time,  those that think it is all junk for sale,  and those that say they can never find what they need.

Well perhaps my finds from Friday will encourage you that yard sale shopping doesn’t have to waste gas, it doesn’t have to take long,  that there are items with lots of life left for sale and that you can find just what you do need.

couchAs you know we have been renovating a room for our eldest son. Our desire is to set it up as much like his very own mini apartment as possible. One thing we wanted to achieve that feel was a small couch. I had been looking at love seats that had come into Big Lots recently  (the most inexpensive source for new furniture in our small town) and the cheapest one I found was $350 plus tax . I found this one pictured above for $100 . My favorite part, the lady who sold it to me was raising money for her mission trip so my purchase helped her go help others.  Savings $250 plus tax

dresserAnother thing on our list for our son’s new room was a dresser. I wanted something solid and the cheapest I could find was a pine one from Ikea for $150 plus tax. I saw this one and feel in love with it. It has one sticky drawer but I knew my husband could fix it with little effort. Cost $30. Savings $120

cooler standThis purchase was more of a want than a need. My husband has been eying outdoor cooler stands for quite a while now. I kept pulling him away from them saying “we have a perfectly good cooler for the back porch we don’t need one that comes with a fancy table around it.  The fancy tables he has been eying cost $150 on average, this table I found today cost $2 and fits the cooler perfectly plus there is room to store  cups and other supplies in the shelves below. Savings $148

Total savings from the first hour of my Friday trip out yard sale shopping with my daughter $518 on just these three items alone and we found all of them in under one hour, within a 1/2 mile radius,  that is a pretty amazing hourly wage for very little time spent and very little gas used. The coolest part is that with the money we saved on the couch and the dresser we can now afford to give our other children’s rooms makeovers too.

In the second hour of the sale my daughter and I bought a skirt for me for $2, a zip up hoodie for me for .75, a sweater for her for .25 cents and a stack of books to add to my summer reading pile for $2.50.  These added bonus savings made the day even sweeter.

So the next time you think, yard sale shopping just isn’t worth the effort, you might want to give it another try.

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One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: June 23 to 29

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Last Weeks Goal

I did get rid of the last of the boxes in the dining room BUT I have to admit I sort of  cheated.

I was running out of time before my children’s birthday parties so I took a bit of my own advice and  I had my eldest son move all the boxes up and into my bedroom. Good thing is I hate a cluttered bedroom so now I will be more motivated to go through and find new homes for things from our once school room now son’s bedroom and get rid of others.

This Weeks Goal

Spend some extended one on one time with my hubby.

My boys are both attending church camp this week, meaning we just have our daughter at home. She has already been invited to stay the night with one friend and when she does my husband and I intend to spend some time together. If she gets invited to more events we also plan to make that time date time as well. I am seeing some Kayaking and perhaps some time spent cuddled up on the porch swing reading side by side on our agendas this week.

What I Am Reading

I finished 2 books this week

The Language of the Sycamores:  Lets just my husband came up to bed  WAY LATE to find me reading, when he decided to try and talk to me I put my hand up to silence him as I was finishing the last page. In my books that makes a great book. I am looking forward to getting the next book in the series, it is currently on my wishlist at paperbackswap.com

Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You. I have been working on this book for a while and really loved the core message of it. Here is one quote I really liked from the book ” Rename your life. It’s good . Because your life belongs to our good God, and he’s got you. Rename yourself, God has.” If you are holding on to guilt over something you have asked God to forgive you of, remember you are forgiven.

I am currently reading

In Paperback Form

Kisses from Katie: I just bought Kisses from Katie, through one of my favorite sources for inexpensive summer time reading,  a yard sale. I have heard great things about this book and am looking forward to digging into it.

On My Kindle Paperwhite

It Had To Be You: I am 25% of the way through It Had To Be You and am really feeling attached to the characters.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I read one more chapter of this book this week.  WOW! If you want a book that will challenge you to live a life that truly represents Christ this book is for you.

A find I want to share

I got one of these Thirty One large utility totes at a yard sale a few weeks ago and I have fallen in love with it. Mine has a brown background with a forest print on it. It is especially handy for community yard sale shopping when I park my car and hit a few sales in one block.  I place my purchases from sale to sale inside and can walk more and drive less, which comes in handy in traffic packed community sales. I  paid just $5 for mine at the yard sale and now realize that was a steal of a deal, these things are well constructed and fit a tonne of stuff.

Oh and one last thing

I was interviewed by wfmynews.com about how I pack our SUV for family road trips. 

You can watch the interview through this link. This was my first time doing a interview and I was really nervous but excited to have been given the opportunity.

What are your goals for the week?