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14 Jan 2019   ·   0

Contigo Autoseal Kangaroo Water Bottle only $8 shipped!

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Amazon has this right now!

Don’t forget!! All Amazon orders ship FREE with no minimum through the end of January! If you want a guaranteed faster shipping speed, you can  to get free 2-day shipping. And be sure to sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use when shopping on Amazon.


14 Jan 2019   ·   0

Folgers 1850 Ground Coffee only $1.49 at Target, more!

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Wow! You can score a great deal on Folgers 1850 Coffee at Target this week!

Buy 1 1850 Ground Coffee 12oz – $5.99
Use this
And use
$1.49 after coupons

Buy 1 1850 Coffee K-Cups 16-Count – $8.99
Use this
And use
$3 after coupons

Thanks, !

14 Jan 2019   ·   1

Better than FREE Perfect Kids Bars at Target!

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Wow!! You can get better than FREE Perfect Kids Bars at Target right now:

Perfect Kids Chocolate Chip Bars (5 count box) – $4.99
Submit for
Free + $2.50 profit after coupon and rebate

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14 Jan 2019   ·   0

Walgreens: Deals for the week of January 13-19, 2019

Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to  for her help with compiling these:

Buy 2 Advil Muilti Symptom Cold & Flu (10 ct) at $5.99, Get 3,000 Balanced Reward Points
Use 2e or $3/1 coupon from the 1/6 RMN insert
Submit for (Limit 5)
Pay $5.96 out of pocket, Get 3,000 Balance Reward Points and $4 in rewards
Free $1.04 moneymaker after coupons, rebates and points

Other Deals In Ad

Nestle Candy Bar – $0.39

Tic Tacs or Trident Gum – $0.89
Use or $0.50/1 coupon from the 10/21 SmartSource insert
$0.39 after coupon

Nice Sandwich Bags – $0.99 in ad coupon

Scunci Hair Elastics or Bobby Pins – $0.99

Scott Comfort Toilet Paper (12 pk) or Scott Paper Towels (6 pk) – $5
Use or $0.50/1 Scott Bath Tissue – 1-6-19 SS
Submit for $1/1 Ibotta Rebate
$2.75 after coupon and rebate

Downy or Tide Laundry Detergent (40 oz) – $4.99
$2.99 after coupon

Smile & Save Paper Plates – $0.99 with in ad coupon

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the .

14 Jan 2019   ·   0

CVS: Deals for the week of January 13-19, 2019

Here are the best deals at CVS this week, with a big thanks to  for her help in compiling them:

Buy 3 L’Oreal Hair Care at $4.99, Get $8 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use or $4/2, $1.50/1 L’Oreal Elvive Hair Care or Advanced Hairstyle Products – 1-6-19 RMN
Use $2/2 CVS coupon printing from CVS machine from last week
Pay $6.97 out of pocket, Get $8 ECBs
Free $1.03 moneymaker after coupons and ECBs

Buy 2 Garnier Hair Care at 3.50, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $3/2 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment, or Styling Product – 1-6-19 RMN
Use $2/2 CVS coupon printing from CVS machine from last week
Pay $2 out of pocket, Get $3 ECBs
Free $1 moneymaker each after coupons

Buy 2 Garnier SkinActive Cleansing Water (3 oz) starting at $4.29, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1) (my store didn’t have this saize the starting price is $6.29)
Use 2 $2/1 Garnier SkinActive Cleanser Product – 1-6-19 RMN
Pay $4.58 out of pocket, Get $5 ECBs
Free $0.42 moneymaker after coupons and ECBs (if your store carries this size)

Buy 2 Covergirl Eye Liners at $4.69, Get $6 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use , $2/1 CoverGirl Eye Product – 1-6-19 SS and $2/1 App coupon
Pay $5.38 out of pocket, Get $6 ECBs
Free $0.62 moneymaker after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Crest Toothpaste at $3, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 2)
Pay $2 out of pocket, Get $2 ECBs
Free after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Garnier Whole Blends at $3.50, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $3/2 coupon from the 1/6 RMN insert
Pay $4 out of pocket, Get $3 ECBs
$0.50 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Blade Razor at $4.99, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)
Pay $4.99 out of pocket, Get $4 ECBs
$0.99 after ECBs

Buy 2 Suave Hair Care at $3, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 coupon from the RMN insert
Pay $4 out of pocket, Get $2 ECBs
$1 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 2 Softsoap Hand Soap at $2.50, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 4)
Pay $5 out of pocket, Get $3 ECBs
$1 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Physician Formula Eye Primer at $6.99, Get $10 ECBs
Pay $13.98 out of pocket, Get $10 ECBs
$1.98 each after ECBs

Buy 1 Arm & Hammer Toothpaste at $3.99, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $1/1 coupon from the 1/13 SmartSource insert or $0.50/1 printable
Pay $2.99 out of pocket, Get $1 ECBs
$1.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Hershey Valentine Candy at $2.99, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)
Pay $2.99 out of pocket, Get $1 ECBs
$1.99 after ECBs

Buy 4 Boost Muilti Pack Shakes at $6.99, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use 2 $5/2 Boost Drink Multipacks – 1-6-19 SS
Pay $17.96 out of pocket, Get $10 ECBs
$1.99 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Schick Hydro Razor at $9.99, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)
Pay $5.99 out of pocket, Get $4 ECBs
$1.99 after coupon and ECBs

Spend $20, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*

Buy 6 Pepsi (12 pk ) – $3.33
Pay $20 out of pocket, Get $5 ECBs
$2.50 each after ECBs


Buy 1 Charmin Toilet Paper (8 – 12 Mega Roll) – $9.99
Buy 1 Bounty Paper Towel (6 Mega Roll) – $9.99
Pay $17.98 out of pocket, Get $5 ECBs
$6.49 each after coupons and ECBs

Other Deals In Ad

Dawn Dish Soap – $0.99
Use $0.25/1 coupon from the CVS machine
$0.74 after coupon

New to shopping at CVS? Be sure to check out my CVS 101 post that gives you the full scoop on how to get the best bargains at CVS. See the .

14 Jan 2019   ·   0

Rite Aid: Deals for the week of January 13-19, 2019

Here are the best Rite Aid deals this week, with thanks to  for their help in compiling them.

Russell Stover Valentine Singles 1-1.25 oz – 3/$0.99

Buy 4 General Mills Cereal – 2/$5
Buy 2 Theater Box Candy – $1 each
Total = $12
Use 2
Pay $10
Get $3 Wellness+ BonusCash when you buy $12 (limit 2)
$7 total after coupons and cash

Arm & Hammer Toothpaste – $2.99
Use the $1/1 Arm & Hammer Toothpaste 4.3 oz+ coupon found in the 1/13 SS (exp 2/2)
Pay $1.99
Get $1 Wellness+ BonusCash (limit 2)
$0.99 after coupon

Centrum 65 ct and 130 ct, Silver 65-80 ct, Gummies 70 ct, Liquid 8 oz and VitaMints 60 ct, Kids 80 ct Chew or Caltrate 60 ct and Gummies 50 ct – $6.99
Buy 2 = $13.98
Use two $4/1 Centrum Multigummies 60 ct+ coupons found in the 1/6 RMN (exp 1/20)
Pay $5.98
Get $2 Wellness+ BonusCash when you buy 2 (limit 2)
$1.99 each after coupons and cash

Buy 2 Dixie Everyday Paper Plates 48 ct – $4.99 each
Total after Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale = $4.99
Use the
$2.22 each after coupons

See the . If you are new to shopping at Rite Aid or have questions about their coupon policy, .

13 Jan 2019   ·   46

The Top 4 Books I Read in 2018

Want to know what my Top Favorite Books were that I read in 2018? Well, of the 70 books I read, I picked 4 favorites. These were the four that impacted me the most and are the ones that I will carry lessons from for years to come.

By the way, I realized in looking back over the books I read this past year that I didn’t do a good job of tracking all of them that I read… and that this was the first year where I didn’t feel like I had hard time narrowing the list down to only 10 titles. In fact, as I looked over all of the books I read the past few weeks, there were only four titles I knew needed to for sure be on this list.

I’m not sure if I only came up with 4 titles because I didn’t track what I read as well as I usually do so I’m forgetting about a few titles that I read (but I feel like if I’m forgetting them, then they likely didn’t deeply impact me, right?), or because I didn’t read self-help books, or because I read fewer books this past year than I often do, or because I just picked lots of meh titles?

At any rate, in 2019, I’m finally switching over to to track my reading. I’ve been really impressed with it so far and am excited about using it to keep a log of what I’m reading, my thoughts on the books, and to see my reading progress.

I’m not sure if my account is public? If it is, you can . (I decided that I don’t think I’m going to accept friend requests on it, just because I don’t want to use it like social media, but just to track what I read. Can you if you’re not my friend? I wasn’t sure on that. Let me know — I’m new to GoodReads, clearly!)


This book is SO good. I slowly savored it — reading just a little bit every day — to make it last as long as I could and to really soak in the truths from it.

If you struggle with Mommy Guilt or feel like you are always failing or never doing enough or just can’t get it right as a mom, this book will encourage you in powerful ways!

I shared more how this quote impacted me :

It’s not the perfect parenting book. Or the right chore chart. Or whether we feed our kids enough organic food. Or if we homeschool. Or if we give our kids enough opportunities. Or if we protect them enough…

We can’t save our kids, bubble wrap our kids, fix our kids, or transform their hearts.

We can sure exhaust ourselves trying, though. We can stress and worry over them. We can feel frustrated and overwhelmed by their actions. We can live in fear over their futures.

But none of that accomplishes anything worthwhile.

There is one thing we CAN do and that is to pray. And I believe it’s one of the greatest things we can do on behalf of our kids

Because — as I am learning anew — prayer changes us. One thing I try to do almost every day is to I start my day on the treadmill running & praying over the day and praying for Jesse and each of my kids.

It’s an important piece of my day… to acknowledge my need for God’s help in my parenting, to pray for specific areas where my kids are struggling, to thank God for how He’s working in their hearts, to release my stresses and frustrations in parenting to God, and to ask Him to give me grace to love each of my kids in a way that makes them feel loved.

I’ve noticed that this time in prayer for my kids not only calms me and helps me to rest in Christ’s finished work on the Cross, it also changes my heart and attitude toward my kids, too. You see, I’m much more apt to respond to them in grace and love when I’ve just prayed that I can love them well and walk with them well! 😉

 that really impacted me and . Suffice it to say, this such a good read and one that I highly, highly recommend!

Note: You can listen to  the author and I did together on .

2. Chasing Excellence

I randomly picked up this book called  from a search on Amazon. I didn’t even know who Ben Bergeron was when I bought the book.

I just was so inspired by watching the athletes at the CrossFit Games that I went on Amazon and searched for, “CrossFit athletes”. It pulled up Tia-Clair Toomey’s book and then Chasing Excellence was recommended, too.

It’s rare that Amazon steers me really wrongly, so when I read the premise for  and thought it sounded intriguing and worth reading, I bought the book.

Little did I know that this book was going to become the basis for my word for 2019!

This book was one of those that you wanted to read both quickly and slowly. Quickly, because you wanted to gobble it all up as it was so good. Slowly, because you wanted to savor it as it was so good and you didn’t want it to end.

For those who are unfamiliar with the author like I was, Ben Bergeron, is a coach to some of the world’s most well known CrossFit athletes. If you love CrossFit, you must read this book. But even if you don’t care a tiny bit about CrossFit, this book is packed with nuggets of truth and inspiration.

The entire time I was reading , I was so inspired and moved and challenged. And instinctively, I knew I wanted to pick the word EXCELLENCE for 2019.

But it also scared me a lot. Wouldn’t this go against everything I had been learning and growing in? Wasn’t my heart’s desire to continue to work on savoring life, not living life at breakneck speed, and not feeling like I needed to hustle and climb a ladder to success?

And yet, I couldn’t get this word out of my mind and heart. So I took September and October to mull over it.

I realized there were many areas in my life where I was settling for mediocrityI wasn’t intentionally pursuing excellence; I was just doing what I’d done for a long time because it was getting me by.

I had gotten stuck in a lot of ruts. They weren’t terrible ruts; but they were ruts and I wasn’t seeing a lot of forward momentum. I also wasn’t feeling super excited and motivated in many parts of my life — especially as a business owner, in some of my personal disciplines and habits, and when it came to growing as a person.

Yes, I wasn’t failing (in most areas). Yes, I was doing a decent job (in most areas).

But do I want to just do a decent job at life? Or do I want to pursue excellence?

Y’all, I want to pursue excellence. And so, it was decided: My word for 2019 is EXCELLENCE. And I’m really excited about it!

Note: Read more about why I chose the word excellence and how I want to walk it out in my life here.


I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. It addresses rest from a very different perspective than other books I’ve read on this topic and I loved how it wasn’t just about getting more sleep or slowing down or taking a Sabbath.

This book is written by a doctor (Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith) and I thought the author’s medical background shed a lot of wisdom on the topic of rest and how being well rested impacts our lives.

However, what really stood out to me in this book was the author’s differentiation between the types of rest we need — physical rest, mental rest, emotional rest, spiritual rest, social rest, sensory rest, and creative rest. I had never heard rest and our need for the different kinds of rest broken into these categories and I found it very insightful.

In fact, it helped me to understand why I can feel drained sometimes — even if I’ve been getting plenty of sleep. I might not be rested in other areas such as getting creative rest or sensory rest or social rest.

And I loved the practical suggestions that the book gave for ways to recognize which kinds of rest you are lacking in and how to get more of each kind of rest in your life.

Note: Listen to with the author on .


My friend, Melissa, gave me this book and said it had really impacted her life. I hadn’t heard of it before and wasn’t sure what I was going to think of it.

Then I started reading… and within a few chapters, I knew it was going to be one of those really life-changing books. The book is all about how our emotional and spiritual health are so tied together and how we often overlook this.

The author talks about how often we seem to think that our past and our baggage and all the things we try to pretend don’t exist or stuff down or not deal with won’t affect us in the long run… but it will!

There are so many things I gleaned from this book and so many sections that challenged me in deep ways. I feel like I will be processing its message for a long time to come.

One of the areas in the book that really encouraged me was to recognize how much the changes I’ve made in the last two years to slow down and savor life more. I realize how these changes have truly allowed me to become so much healthier as a person — physically, mentally, and spiritually.

There were numerous quotes that I loved from the book, but one that :

“True freedom comes when we no longer need to be somebody special in other people’s eyes because we know we are lovable and good enough.”

In Christ, we are enough. We are loved. We are redeemed. We are forgiven.

When we live in light of this truth, we can walk in amazing freedom and confidence — and we can love other people so much more deeply and authentically.

I’ll be back in the next week to share my list of 40 books I plan to read in 2019. Stay tuned!

What were YOUR favorite books from 2018? Any books you really think I should read in 2019? I’d love to hear! Tell us in the comments!

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12 Jan 2019   ·   13

FREE subscription to Real Simple Magazine + Sports Illustrated for Kids

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I just got a AND a from . Here’s how:

  1. I signed into my (if you don’t have an account, — it’s free!)
  2. I took a short survey that they offered me (it only took me about two minutes).
  3. As soon as I took the survey, they offered me $30 in free rewards points that I could spend on a number of different magazine subscriptions. I chose to get Real Simple magazine. You just fill out a simple form and check no on the offers that pop up.
  4. After I had ordered my subscription to Real Simple magazine — completely FREE! — I was offered the option to take another survey. So I said yes.
  5. I took the second survey (again it only took me less than 2 minutes) and I was offered more magazines I could order for free. I chose to get Sports Illustrated for Kids. Again, I checked “no” on the extra offers and got the free subscription.
  6. Note: I didn’t have to give any card information, so I won’t be billed ever nor will my subscription auto-renew.

Go and ! And let me know which magazine subscription(s) you choose!

I can’t wait to get my FREE magazines in the mail… and Silas is going to be excited about getting Sports Illustrated for Kids!

Psst! I also signed up for a FREE subscription to Health magazine this week, too! Did you get that freebie, as well?