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17 Sep 2019   ·   72

Our HUGE announcement!!

On today’s episode of the podcast, we get to announce the biggest surprise of our lives: I’M PREGNANT!!!!!!

The fertility specialist said we weren’t even a candidate for IVF, but y’all, our God is bigger than a specialist’s diagnosis or multiple tests that said it would never, ever be a possibility.

When we got the devastating new last year that we would never be able to conceive again — even with a lot of fertility help — we decided to grieve and find closure and then let the dream of expanding our family through pregnancy die. Instead, we felt God leading us to foster and we spent all summer working towards getting licensed.

Two days after we finished all the foster care licensing requirements, we found out we were expecting (through a crazy set of circumstances!)

It was the most hilarious and humbling gift from God ever. To say we were in complete shock would be an understatement.

I never thought I’d get to carry another life inside of me. Every day is a gift. The morning, noon, and night sickness is a gift. And instead of wanting to just get the first trimester over with, I’m seeking to savor each day as best as is possible.

If you want all the details on how we found out (I thought I was going through early menopause!) or how we told the kids, be sure to tune in to today’s episode of The Jo Show.

Oh and yes, we’re still moving forward with foster care (we found out two days after our home study was finished!) and I’m due April 30th — the same due date I had with Silas almost 11 years ago!!

Note: I know that many of you are struggling through the pain of infertility right now. My heart’s desire is that by me sharing this, it would in no way cause additional pain for you but would give you a glimmer of hope. God is still in the miracle-working business and He can do anything.

At the same time, please know that my heart has hurt for you as I thought about announcing our news today. You are seen. You are not forgotten. And I would be honored to pray for you — just send me a message or leave a comment and I’ll pray for you by name.

In This Episode: 

[00:25] We have some HUGE news for you! It’s complete and unexpected miracle!

[02:53] Details on why going through infertility testing and procedures helped us realize the miracle we had in our three children.

[03:27] We found out two days after finishing our foster care home study (the last portion required to get licensed).

[04:30] I was feeling super anxious and irritable and stressed about the home study, which seemed out of character for me.

[05:27] All the details on the crazy way we ended up finding out and why I thought I was going through early menopause!

[11:00] My heart goes out to all the women who are struggling with infertility. My hope is that this announcement gives you hope not sadness.

[12:51] Want to know how the kids took the news? 

Links and Resources:

  • Crystal’s Favorite Things on Amazon
  • CrystalPaine.com
  • December212012.com
  • Crystal’s Instagram account (I’d love for you to follow me there! I usually hop on at least a few times per day and share behind-the-scenes photos and videos, my grocery store hauls, funny stories, or just anything I’m pondering or would like your advice or feedback on!)
  • Have feedback on the show or suggestions for future episodes or topics? Send me an email: [email protected]

How to Listen to The Jo Show

The podcast is available on iTunes, Android, Stitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player we’ll include in the show notes of each episode. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Jo Show” on your favorite podcast app.

17 Sep 2019   ·   2
Car Seat

I got a free $30 Walmart gift card for an old car seat!

Did you hear about the Walmart Car Seat Trade In Event? You can get a FREE $30 Walmart gift card when you bring in a used car seat!

Car Seat

Do you have an old car seat laying around? Or has your child outgrown their current car seat?

Gretchen from the December212012 Team here! Check out this deal I scored…

My toddler, Talon, has recently barely been fitting into his infant car seat but I hadn’t purchased him a new one yet because I didn’t want to pay the money. I was holding out hope I might find one on clearance somewhere. Yesterday, I saw that Walmart was holding a Car Seat Trade In Event where you bring in an old or used car seat and receive a $30 Walmart gift card in exchange.

Talon’s car seat was disgusting – you mamas know how those car seats get – with food and stains and probably some poop on it somewhere, too. I wasn’t sure if they would even accept it but I thought it was worth a try and headed to Walmart.

Sure enough, when I walked into Customer Service, I saw that there was a HUGE box full of car seats (and some were pretty dirty!). The nice lady behind the desk took the car seat and asked me to show her my driver’s license. Then she handed me a $30 Walmart gift card!!

Evenflo Car Seat

I was able to purchase Talon a new, bigger car seat using the $30 gift card and ended up paying only $27 out of pocket! What a deal!!

Do you have a used or old car seat laying around your house? Be sure to bring it to Walmart before September 30, 2019 to score a FREE $30 gift card!

Please note that this does not work on booster seats and there is a limit of 2 car seats/gift cards per person. I recommend calling your location ahead of time to see if they’re participating.

17 Sep 2019   ·   0
Hasbro Toys

Up to 61% off Hasbro Pre-School Toys!

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Today only, Amazon is offering up to 61% off Hasbro Pre-School Toys! Hurry – these are selling out quickly!

Hasbro Toys

Get this Play-Doh Modeling Compound 36-Pack Case of Colors for just $16.99!

Get this Clue Junior Game for just $8.99!

Get this Play-Doh Disguise Lab Featuring Despicable Me Minions for just $8.99!

Get this Hasbro Gaming Marvel Spider-Man Web Warriors Chutes & Ladders Game for just $14.99!

Get this Sesame Street Playskool Collector Pack 5 Figures for just $6.99!

Get this Playskool Mr. Potato Head Silly Suitcase Parts and Pieces for just $13.99!

Shop the Hasbro sale here.

Valid today only, September 17, 2019.

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

17 Sep 2019   ·   0
Schick Foam

Free Samples of Schick Shave Foam and Compeed Blister Cushions

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Love freebies? Don’t miss these two free sample offers from PINCHme!

Schick Foam

Today is FREE Sample Day at PINCHme and they have some fun samples to give out! You may qualify for one of these or both of these!

Sign up for a FREE sample of Schick Shave Foam.

Compeed Blister Cushions

Or sign up for a FREE sample of Compeed Blister Cushions.

You might qualify for other samples, too! Let us know what you get! And hurry, because PINCHme samples always go quickly!

17 Sep 2019   ·   0

Great Wolf Lodge Discounts + Extra 10% Off!

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This popular deal is back! If your family loves Great Wolf Lodge, you won’t want to miss these discounts!

Great Wolf Lodge discounts

Does your family love Great Wolf Lodge? If so, Groupon is running some nice Great Wolf Lodge discounts on family vacation packages right now!

BONUS: Through tomorrow, September 18th, you can use coupon code SALE3 at checkout to get an extra 10% off your purchase!!

Choose from 16 different Great Wolf Lodge locations, with different pricing and package options at each.

Looking for more ways to save on family vacations?

17 Sep 2019   ·   0
Thermos 64 Ounce Foam Insulated Hydration Bottle

Thermos 64-Ounce Foam Insulated Hydration Bottle only $15.99!

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Wow! This is the lowest price ever for this Thermos 64-Ounce Foam Insulated Hydration Bottle!

Thermos 64 Ounce Foam Insulated Hydration Bottle

Amazon has this Thermos 64-Ounce Foam Insulated Hydration Bottle in Blue for just $15.99 right now!

This is a huge price drop and the lowest price ever on record!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

17 Sep 2019   ·   0
Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine

Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine only $11.98 (Reg. $30!)

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This Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine is perfect to help you drift off to sleep.

Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine

Amazon has this Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine marked down to just $11.98 today (regularly $29.99)!

This is the lowest price ever on record.

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, SwagGrabber!

17 Sep 2019   ·   2
All-New Fire 7 Tablet

All-New Fire 7 Tablet, 16 GB only $29.99 shipped!

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Here’s a great deal on the All-New Fire 7 Tablet, 16 GB!

All-New Fire 7 Tablet

Amazon Prime members can get this All-New Fire 7 Tablet, 16 GB for just $29.99 shipped right now (regularly $49.99)!

This is the lowest price on record!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Midwest December212012mas!

17 Sep 2019   ·   0
Clif Kid - Organic Granola Bars - Variety Pack

Clif Kid Organic Granola Bars Variety Pack (16 count) only $8.84 shipped!

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Looking for yummy snacks? These Clif Kid Organic Granola Bars are perfect!

Clif Kid - Organic Granola Bars - Variety Pack

Amazon has these Clif Kid Organic Granola Bars Variety Pack (16 count) for just $8.84 shipped when you clip the $4 off e-coupon and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

That’s just $0.55 per bag shipped!

Note: Once your order ships, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders.

Thanks, Midwest December212012mas!

17 Sep 2019   ·   0
Best Choice Products Folding Utility Wagon Cart

Best Choice Products Folding Utility Wagon Cart only $59.99 shipped (Reg. $150!)

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This Best Choice Products Folding Utility Wagon Cart is perfect for picnics, games, zoo trips and more!

Best Choice Products Folding Utility Wagon Cart

Walmart has this Best Choice Products Folding Utility Wagon Cart marked down to just $59.99 shipped right now (regularly $150.99)!

This wagon is perfect for carrying kids, food, gardening items, camping items, and more! It folds easily for transportation and portability.

Thanks, Midwest December212012mas!

17 Sep 2019   ·   0

*HOT* Kindle Paperwhite only $89.99 shipped!

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Have you been wanting a Kindle eReader? This is a fantastic deal!

Amazon Prime members can get the Kindle Paperwhite for just $89.99 shipped right now – the lowest price on record!

Plus, you’ll also score 3 months FREE of Kindle Unlimited when you buy this!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

17 Sep 2019   ·   0
Just a Little Critter Collection (Little Critter)

Just a Little Critter Collection Book only $4.18!

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Wow! This is a GREAT deal on this Just A Little Critter Collection Book!

Just a Little Critter Collection (Little Critter)

Amazon has this Just a Little Critter Collection Book for only $4.18 right now – the lowest price ever on record!

This collection includes seven books: Just for You; Just Go to Bed; All by Myself; I Was So Mad; When I Get Bigger; Just a Mess; and I Just Forgot.

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, SwagGrabber!

17 Sep 2019   ·   0
LEGO Creator 3in1 Pirate Roller Coaster 31084 Building Kit

LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Pirate Roller Coaster Building Kit only $55.99 shipped!

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Love LEGO’s? This LEGO Creator 3in1 Pirate Roller Coaster Building Kit is currently the lowest price on record!

LEGO Creator 3in1 Pirate Roller Coaster 31084 Building Kit

Amazon has this LEGO Creator 3in1 Pirate Roller Coaster Building Kit for only $55.99 shipped right now – the lowest price ever on record!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

17 Sep 2019   ·   0

Disney Toddler Beds only $38.87 shipped (Reg. $65!)

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Has your toddler outgrown their crib? Check out these CUTE Disney Toddler Beds!

Walmart has several Disney toddler beds on sale right now!

Get this Disney Princess Plastic Toddler Bed by Delta Children, Forever Princess for just $38.87 shipped (regularly $64.99)!

Get this Delta Children Disney Mickey Mouse Plastic Toddler Bed, Mickey Mouse Adventures for only $38.87 shipped (regularly $64.99)!

Get this Delta Children Disney Mickey Mouse Plastic Toddler Bed, Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers for just $37.87 shipped (regularly $59.99)!

Hurry – these will sell out quickly.

17 Sep 2019   ·   16
Sam's Club Membership

Sam’s Club Membership Deal: Pay $45 for a one-year membership, Get $50 in savings!

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This Sam’s Club membership discount is back!

{Wondering if a warehouse membership is for you? Check out these posts on if a warehouse membership can save you money, if a warehouse membership is a good fit for your family, and how a warehouse membership compares to Amazon Subscribe & Save!}

Sam's Club store front

You can get a HOT deal on a new Sam’s Club membership! For just $45, you will get the following:

  • One-year Sam’s Club membership ($45 value)
  • Complimentary membership card for a spouse or other household member
  • FREE $20 Sam’s Club Gift Card
  • $9 off any two Member’s Mark prepared entrees (regularly $9.98 each)
  • $5.50 off any two Member’s Mark Soups (regularly $5.98 each)
  • FREE French Bread or Baguette (regularly $2.98)

Just go here and enter your email address you will be be sent an email with your promo code and instructions to set up your new Sam’s Club membership account.

Valid for new members only.