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22 Oct 2018   ·   3

A Kansas wedding, a bachelorette party, salads, and coffee shops

Welcome to my weekly post I share a peek into our lives, talk about things I’m loving, share links to interesting articles or helpful ideas I’ve collected throughout the past week, and just talk about whatever is on my heart! 🙂

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I flew to Kansas on Wednesday for my sister’s wedding. (I read a pre-release copy of on the plane!)

All of my siblings were in the wedding and we had fun plans for Thursday and Friday that I didn’t want to miss out on! (Jesse stayed back with the kids so they wouldn’t miss school and then they flew out on Friday evening.)

My sister, Gretchen, and our good friend, Susanna, had planned a fun bachelorette party for all the bridesmaids. We started out by getting pedicures and then did a Photo Scavenger Hunt.

(If you couldn’t tell, we were all supposed to wear PJ pants and some sort of pigtails!)

This photo made us laugh so hard. It was supposed to be all of us standing in the street. I thought they were all standing and posing for multiple shots… but apparently I was the only one doing so! Whoops!

Olivia had to pull out a photo idea from a basket and then we’d have to figure out how we were going to make it happen. This one was, “Hug a Teddy Bear” — which we went into a Hallmark store and they graciously let us do! 🙂

(I still had on my pedicure paper thin flip flops because I had forgotten to bring flip flops and didn’t want to put on my regular shoes until I was sure that my toenails were completely dried!)

Susanna and Gretchen made this amazing salad dinner with all of Olivia’s favorite salad toppings. It was cold at the park where we ate, but Susanna had brought blankets for all of us (she’s one of those amazing people that basically always is thinking and planning ten steps ahead!)

After more funny pictures (including one of us all trying to balance on a teeter-totter at the park!), we went back to Gretchen’s house for a yogurt bar and mud mask facials and gifts.

On Friday, we all went to the church to help out with wedding prep. Some of my sister’s friends were there doing an incredible job, so we mostly just hung out and helped as we could.

The church where the wedding was at was in Hesston, KS — where my youngest brother goes to college. So he and I decided to take a break from wedding festivities and he took me around to show me two of the local coffee shops.

The first one was called Lincoln Perk and it was super cute! I got a Kansas Sunset Chai that I had them made like a London Fog (with syrup and steamed milk). It was SO good!

The next place we went to was the Hesston Bakery  — it only recently opened and is in an assisted living facility. It was such a great place to hang out and the staff was so nice!

My brother bought me this maple twist which was only $1.50 and was SOOO yummy!

We headed back to the church for the rehearsal. Since there are 7 kids in our family + 13 grandkids and everyone played a part, there were a lot of moving parts and we had to rehearse some sections multiple times — especially the timing of the processional.

The kids patiently waited during the rehearsal!

The next morning, we had to leave around 6:30 a.m. to be at the church in time for all of the things that needed to happen to get ready in time for pictures. There ended up being quite a few hiccups, but it all came together and everyone was ready in time for pictures and the wedding!

My whole family (yes, I’m the shortest!)

The girls with Mom.

All my siblings!

They’re married! Welcome to the family, Michael!

(I’m bummed that I didn’t end up getting almost any pictures of the bride and groom. They didn’t see each other before the wedding and then after the wedding, it was kind of crazy and I didn’t have my phone with me any of the times I could have gotten a good shot. Oh well — at least they had lots of professional shots taken and at least I did get a few like this one!)

2018 Goals Update

Personal Goals

1. Read 100 non-self-help books that will build me up/encourage me/inspire me/recharge me. (Fiction/story driven/biographies /inspirational living books/devotionals.) See the list of 44 books I plan to read this year.

**Progress: 66 books read so far this year

2. Read through the entire Bible.

**Progress: I’m using the  and am all caught up— yay!

3. Write one handwritten note to someone every week.

**Progress: 39 notes written so far this year

4. Run 500 miles.

**Progress: 393 miles run so far

Marriage Goal

5. Go on an overnight trip with Jesse without the kids.Jesse and I went to NYC together in January.

Family Goals

6. Read 10 books aloud with the kids.

**Progress: We’ve finished three books so far.

7. Take the kids to South Africa. We took this trip in July. What a memorable experience!

8. Go on a family road trip. While we didn’t get to go on as long of a road trip as we wanted to, we made the most of our Fall Break Road Trip to LA, MS, and AL (and checked off a few more states from our States We Haven’t Visited Yet list!)

Financial Goals

9. Save up to pay cash to finish off an office for me and workout room for Jesse and me in the basement in our new house.

**Progress: The workout room is DONE and the office is almost done!

10. Replenish our Emergency Fund (we dipped into it to replace my car when it got totaled because of the carpet beetle infestation.)

**Progress: We’re halfway to having this fully funded. We are hoping to finish this out before the end of the year — we’ll see!

Business Goals

11. Increase our gross income from the business by 8%.

12. Launch 5 new courses.

**Progress: We launched 4 Weeks to a More Productive Life launched in January, in February, 4-Week Blog Coaching Program in March,  in March, Make Over Your Mornings LIVE in April, the  in May, and we launched  in June!

22 Oct 2018   ·   0

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22 Oct 2018   ·   0

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22 Oct 2018   ·   0

CVS: Deals for the week of October 21-27, 2018

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

Buy 3 Covergirl Eye Shadow (4 colors) at $5.99, Get $8 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 printable or $3/1 coupon from the 10/21 SmartSource insert
Pay $8.97 out of pocket, Get $8 ECBs
$0.32 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 2 Maybelline Eye Liners at $3.99, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use 2 $1/1 coupon from the 10/21 Retail Me Not insert
$0.49 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Colgate Toothpaste at $3.49, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 2)
Use $0.50/1 coupon from the 10/14 SmartSource insert
$0.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 5 Hershey or Mars Miniatures (9 – 10 oz) at $3, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/3 coupon from the 9/16 Retail Me Not insert
$1 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 4 L’Oreal Hair Care at $4, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $3/2 coupon from the 10/21 Retail Me Not insert
$1.25 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 1 Ricola Herbal Immunity at $7.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $3/1 coupon from the 10/21 SmartSource insert
$2.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 L’Oreal Hair Color at $8.50, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $6/2 coupon from the 10/21 Retail Me Not insert
$3 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Applebee’s or Domino’s $50 Gift Cards, Get $10 ECBs (Limit 1)
$40 after ECBs

Spend $15, Get $5 ECBs (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*

Buy 2 Tresemme Premium Hair Care – $5
Buy 2 Suave Hair Care – $3
Use $5/2 coupon from the 10/21 Retail Me Not insert
Use $3/2 coupon from the 10/21 Retail Me Not insert
Pay $8 out of pocket, Get $5 ECBs
$0.75 each after coupons and ECBs

Spend $25, Get $7 ECBs (Limit 1)

*Deal Idea*

Buy 1 Charmin (6 Mega Roll) – $6.99
Buy 1 Bounty (4 Giant Roll) – $6.99
Buy 2 Tide Laundry Detergent (50 oz) – $5.94
Use $1/1 Charmin CVS App coupon
Use $1/1 Bounty CVS App coupon
Use $1/1 Tide CVS App coupon and use $2/1 coupon from the 9/30 P&G insert
Pay $19.86 out of pocket, Get $7 ECBs
$3.21 each after coupons and ECBs

Other Deals In Ad

Hershey Candy Bar – $0.99
Use $0.74 CVS coupon from the CVS machine
$0.25 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 .

22 Oct 2018   ·   0

Walgreens: Deals for the week of October 21-27, 2018

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

Balance Reward Points

Spend $12, Get 3,000 Balance Reward Points

*Deal Idea*

Buy 4 Tresemme Hair Care at $4.99 – On Sale Buy One, Get One 50% off
Use 2 $5/2 coupon from the 10/21 Retail Me Not insert
Pay $4.99 out of pocket, Get 3,000 Balance Reward Points
$0.49 each after coupons and Balance Reward Points

Balance Rewards

Buy 1 Mentos Velcro Gum (12 ct) at $.99, Get $.99 Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

Spend $25, Get $5 Register Rewards

*Deal Idea*

Buy 4 Cottonelle or Scott Toilet Paper (18 – 24 Double Rolls), Cottonelle Wipes (252 ct) or Scott Paper Towels (12 Rolls) – $7.50
Use 4 $0.50/1, $0.25/1 coupon from the 10/7 SmartSource insert
Pay $28 out of pocket, Get $5 Register Rewards
$5.75 each after coupons and Register Rewards

Other Deals In Ad

Arizona Tea – $0.50

Persil Laundry Detergent (40 oz) – $4.94
Use
$2.94 after 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 .

22 Oct 2018   ·   0

Rite Aid: Deals for the week of October 12-27, 2018

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

Blue Diamond Almonds 5-6 oz – 2/$6
Use $1.50/2 coupon from the 10/7 SmartSource insert
$2.25 each after coupon

Progresso Soup – 2/$3
Get $2 Wellness+ BonusCash when you buy 4 (limit 4; valid thru 10/27)
$1 each after cash

Garnier Whole Blends 12.5 oz – $3.49
Use $2/1 coupon from the 10/21 Retail Me Not insert
$1.49 after coupon

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers 18-35 ct and Pull-Ups or Goodnites 9-18 ct – $8.99
Use $2/1 printable
Get $10 Wellness+ BonusCash when you buy $30 (limit 2)
$0.49 each after coupons and cash

OxiClean Laundry Detergent 40 oz Liquid or 18 ct Pacs $3.99
Use $1/1 coupon from the 10/21 SmartSource insert or
$2.99 after coupon

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

21 Oct 2018   ·   9

What We Spent On Groceries (and what we ate)

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to . See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

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Thanks for your patience with me as I was mostly offline Friday and Saturday for my sister’s wedding (). I had planned to get this up on Friday and then was busy with family stuff and wedding stuff and it didn’t happen. And then I was gone from 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. on the day of the wedding and only cracked my computer open for a few minutes!

But here I am with our grocery update — even if it’s two days late! 🙂

This was another weird grocery week again because we got home from our road trip on Sunday night and then I left on Wednesday for my sister’s wedding in Kansas and then Jesse and the kids flew down late Friday night (after school was out) to meet me in Kansas for the wedding on Saturday.

So once again, I didn’t do much grocery shopping and we mostly ate from the freezer and pantry when we were home. But I did pick up a few markdowns from Kroger.

We’ll be home for the next two weeks, so I’ll likely be doing quite a bit of stocking up while we’re home so that our pantry and freezer is filled back up again now that we’ve sort of eaten it down because of not doing much shopping the past few weeks.

Here’s what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip

By the way, yes I’m that woman who brings pretty much most all of my own food when I fly. Not only does it save a lot of money… it also means that I eat healthier!

What I Spent This Week

Total spent: $19.37

Cashback Earned This Week: 75 points from Fetch Rewards for scanning my receipts

Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate. And  it also means we didn’t use all of these groceries up this week — because some of them will be saved for later weeks!

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here. 🙂

What We Ate This Week

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs, free breakfast at the hotel (Everyone is on their own for breakfast!)

Lunches:

  • Hard Boiled Eggs, Best Bran Muffins, Avocados, Salad, Grapefruit, Cottage Cheese, Apples, Pumpkin Pancakes, lunch with my family for the wedding (Jesse & Me)
  • Turkey Sandwiches, Fruit, Veggies, Yogurt, Cookies, Capri Sun (For the kids — They are in charge of their own lunches.)

Snacks:

Dinners:

  • Saturday: Dinner Out on our road trip (we used extra grocery money that we hadn’t spent for this)
  • Sunday: Leftovers/Fend For Yourself
  • Monday: Sausage/Peppers/Onions in the Crockpot, brown rice
  • Tuesday: Lasagna Casserole (from the freezer) Salad
  • Wednesday: Meatballs from the freezer, mashed potatoes
  • Thursday: French toast
  • Friday: Dinner Out (Jesse and the kids were flying out to Wichita for my sister’s wedding; I ate dinner with my family at the rehearsal dinner.
20 Oct 2018   ·   4

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