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Coats and Clark Grand Prize Package

$200 RV

Coats and Clark Grand Prize Package $200 RV

The items in this prize package are:

  • Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread 50 spool assortment
  • Make It Coats Bag
  • Make It Coats Mug
  • 2 Make It Coats pens
  •  Free Spirit Fat Quarter Bundle
  • Rowan Kaffe Fasset Design Roll
  • Susan Bates Digital Row Counter,
  • Susan Bates Cable Stitch Holders & Handi Tool
  • Susan Bates Yarn Essential Kit
  • Susan Bates Aluminum Stitch Holders
  • 5 Coats & Clark zippers
  • 3 balls Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable
  • 3 balls Red Heart Sparkle Soft
  • 3 balls Red Heart Grande
  • Red Heart Tape Measure

Crochet Lovers Prize Package

$63 RV

Crochet Lovers Prize Package $63 RV   
Crochet Lovers Prize Package $63 RV

The items in this prize package are:

  • Skein of Tie Dye Resilient Wool Sock Yarn from Expression Fiber Arts
  • LoveArtsCrafts Ergonomic Crochet Hook Kit
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HP Ink Promotion – Great Deal!

This is a sponsored post as part of a promotional program with HP and MomSelect.  The opinions are mine alone.

Right now HP is offering a great promotional deal:  Buy one Original HP Ink, get a 2nd cartridge of equal or lesser value for 50% off.

o   This is the best deal on HP ink since 2012!!  

HP Ink 3

 

This is something I’ll be taking advantage of for sure, since we use a ton of ink during the school year.  My oldest is entering junior high this year.  Am I going to need to use more than before?  I’m assuming I will…but really, I’m a newbie to this teenager education thing.

 

This deal is available online, as well as at retail stores like Office Depot, Best Buy and Staples.

 

HURRY QUICKLY – This promotion ends August 1!!!

 

You’re welcome. :)

 


Tumerex Tumeric 95% Extract – Review

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In the last year, I’ve been trying to do a lot to reduce the inflammation in my body. For awhile I thought I was getting arthritis, but after some really clean eating and supplement taking, I was able to completely eliminate the pain I had in my hand joints. The supplements I was taking were WAY too expensive though, so I’ve been searching for other natural options.

 

Turmerex is a professional-grade turmeric supplement standardized to 95% curcuminoids. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years in India as a spice and for its medicinal properties. Each Turmerex capsule contains 712.5mg of curcumin, the active compound in turmeric, that has been studied for its ability to support the body’s ability to fight many health related issues.

Ingredients
Turmeric 95% Extract (750mg), BioPerine® (5mg).

Directions
1 capsule daily preferably with a meal or as directed by a healthcare professional.

 

My Thoughts:
Tumeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory spice. It also helps to neutralize free radicals in the body. I’ve tried increasing my tumeric consumption in foods, but I know I’m not getting enough like that, so I was quite excited to learn about these Tumerex capsules. They’re an easy-to-swallow capsule that gets you a ton of tumeric.

I’ve been mostly pain free for a few months now, and I’m hopeful that using this will help to aid me in this continuous journey, for less money than the supplements my doctor(s) gave me. So far, so good!

The only reason I’m not giving it 5 stars is that the packaging was dirty when it arrived. I’m not sure what happened, but the label had come loose in the middle and was bubbled out, and the bottle was dirty. Everything was sealed, so it wasn’t a terrible thing, but it would have been nice, mentally, for me to see a clean, new looking bottle.

 

The product retails for $119, but right now you can get it for 67% off – only $39.95!!  I don’t know how long that pricing will last.

* I received the product free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.


My River Trip – Cleansing for the Soul (And Stinky Shoes)

*I received a sample of the product discussed in exchange for an honest review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.

 

Not the cleanest river ever...

Not the cleanest river ever…

When I went on my river trip, I had such a blast!  I’m totally afraid of water too, so in addition to getting away for a few days, I had the opportunity to really face some fears, and to cleanse my soul.  It was incredible.

 

My shoes got very wet on multiple occasions, which didn’t bother me, cause hey, it’s a river.  However, I noticed them getting more and more smelly.  Upon arriving home, I found I had a package.  It was this all natural shoe odor eliminator.  Talk about good timing! Ha ha.

 

This odor eliminator is safe for the whole family.  They use proven science to eradicate the stench and keep resize_d968c9c321c7f418fda3a479a5d0308fb7df2fbb4c90909cb64374d19b50e6c62217ae42256256shoes smelling fresh.  They offer a “Stink Free Guarantee.” 100% Satisfied or your money back.  In addition, 10% of all sales go to build a well in Africa. Sweet, right?

 

I knew I had to try it out immediately.  On all shoe types.  My daughter’s shoes tend to get kinda smelly, so we tested it out on those.  The smell was eliminated.  NOT covered, but gone!  We tried another pair.  Same results.  But we hadn’t given it the real test yet.  I hadn’t tried it on my smelly river shoes.  They were so bad that I couldn’t bring them in the house.  They just sat outside, stinking away, and I forgot about them for a few days.  I tried this odor eliminator and it helped, but they were still smelly.  So, I tried again.  I figured I’d keep spraying them each day until the smell dissipated.  It was a great idea except for the fact that I left the shoes outside while waiting.  That wouldn’t be a problem if we hadn’t had all the rain.  It rained every day for a week or so.  That doesn’t happen often in our area.  Oh yeah, so those poor shoes got wet and dry and wet and dry over and over.  lol.

After about 5 applications (twice per day for 2-3 days), the smell was….GONE!!!  I brought my shoes back in and even wore them for the first time in 2 weeks!  This stuff really works.  You can buy 2 bottles for $12.95, so about $6.50 each…not bad.  You can also buy higher quantities for an additional discount.

 

Have you ever gone on a trip that you felt just cleansed you on the inside?  This trip was that for me.  We had a lot of challenges and struggles, and I think it was just what our group needed.  Having challenges to overcome, and then overcoming them, was a powerful thing.  Facing my fear of water was freeing.  In addition to them providing all the meals for us and rafting us, the volunteer guides provided presentations and activities designed to help us to empower ourselves as mothers of kids with autism.  Stress relief, self empowerment, and more was discussed.  It was a trip I’ll never forget!

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1 Good Thing to Use “Cheap” Essential Oil For

Y’all know how I love my essential oils and natural living products. :)

 

essentialoilI’m a big believer in saving money, but I’m also a big believer in getting quality products.  Buying a cheap essential oil isn’t going to be worth the money that buying pharmaceutical-grade is, in some cases.  I try to buy high quality essential oils from trusted resources.  If I’m going to spend money, I want to know it’s going toward something worth the money!!

 

That being said, I realize that money is tight for many.  The idea of spending $20 – $90 or more on a small bottle of essential oil is intimidating.  I mean, holy cow, do you know how many groceries I can buy for that much money?  It’s actually a lot like the grocery dilemma:  the higher quality, non GMO, organic foods cost more, and it can be hard to justify spending the extra $$$, even when we believe it’s better for us.

 

When is it okay to use a more affordable essential oil?  I would never recommend doing so when you are using it for health purposes.  If you are ingesting or applying topically, I think it’s worth using the good stuff.  Our bodies are worth it.  I do feel, however, that at times, it’s okay to go for the more affordable option.

 

For example, I have a big bottle of lemon essential oil.  It’s labeled “Pure”, but not food-grade or pharmaceutical-grade.  It is 4 oz (114 ml), so much bigger than the standard 5-15 ml bottles.  Yet it costs less than the typical $15 (for 15 ml) or so price.  I love it and use it all the time.  Wanna know when?  I use it in my bathroom.  I usually deposit a drop or two in my toilet bowl to keep it fresh.  I do it each day, as well as in between big restroom breaks. :)  It’s cheaper than Poo-Pourri, and works just as well, ha ha.   I also use a bigger tea tree oil bottle and put a few drops or so in my garbages every once in awhile.  It really helps to deodorize.

 

What are situations that you feel a more affordable EO option is worth it?


Menu Monday and Weekly Goals 07/13 1 comment

Well, hello!

 

0708151137bIt’s been awhile since I’ve posted something personal on the blog.  We went on vacation last week as a family, and it was great.  We do mini-vacations…a 4-6 hour drive away from home and stay for 2-3 days.  It’s nice to get away, and it’s nice to be frugal about it.  We are fortunate to live fairly close to a lot of national parks and beautiful scenery, so there are a lot of affordable, fun outdoor options.

 

Now that we’re back and trying to get back into the swing of things, I find myself very grateful that I’ve gotten used to menu planning each week.  I’m hoping to start trying a new recipe each week or so, simply to expand our family’s diet.  We’ve found ourselves in a bit of a funk, eating the same things over and over.  We’ll see if we can’t fix that in the next few weeks!  In the meantime, this week’s plan is fairly standard, simply to give me time to make some plans and do some recipe searching:

 

Breakfasts:

  • Protein Smoothie (for me)
  • Toast (for the kids)
  • Fresh garden raspberries
  • Scrambled eggs with spinach

Dinner:

Monday – Sloppy Joes, fresh carrot/celery sticks

Tuesday – Chick-fil-A  (It’s Cow Day; you can dress up as a cow and get a free meal!)

Wednesday – Enchiladas, salad

Thursday – Leftovers/YOYO (You’re on your own)

Friday – BBQ with my river sisters!

Saturday – Tacos, taco salad

Sunday – Family dinner at my mom’s house!

 

*Want more menu ideas?  Head over to OrgJunkie, where dozens of other bloggers link up with their own meal plans!!

 

GoalsThe goals for the week?  Well, I just started a new chore system with my kids.  The bigggest goal I have is to implement it and enforce it, ha ha.  I basically just made up some mini posters with all of the items that need to be done when cleaning the kitchen, or the bathroom, or the living room.  Each day my kids will get a new mini poster and they will be in charge of completing the checklist on that poster before they are allowed to play with friends or use electronics.  They already are doing their personal chores like bedroom cleaning, and it’s time I start giving them more responsibility.  Sooo….

  • Implement and enforce new chore system with kids.
  • Make cookies for our last cub master as a thank-you.
  • Declutter and reorganize bathroom makeup drawer.

Have a great week!!


Menu Monday and Weekly Goals – June 15

sanjuan3I had an amazing week last week.  I went on a river trip with a group of strangers with a non-profit organization called Soul-R-Eclipse.  They took a group of autism moms on a 4-day trip, and it was incredible.  I accomplished more internally than I would ever have imagined.  I will be sharing more photos and info about the trip on Wordless Wednesday this week.

 

So anyway, I’m back to reality, and the summer break has begun.  I’m excited to start a new, more relaxed, and still productive, routine.  A huge part of that will always be meal planning.  Because I don’t work during the summer months, our income is less, and our grocery budget is less than the rest of the year.  This menu plan will probably reflect that a bit.  Here are the meals I have planned for the week:

 

  • Chicken n’ Dumplings
  • Hawaiian Haystacks
  • Chicken Fajitas
  • Spaghetti (served with noodles for the kids, and quinoa for me)
  • Taco Soup
  • Leftover night
  • Family dinner for Father’s Day

I also have a set of goals for the week, but it mostly involves getting my family into a routine, so we don’t waste all of our summer days away:

 

  1. Call and schedule doctor appointments for both kids.
  2. Begin de-cluttering process in each room of the house.
  3. Create a weekly chore schedule for myself and the kids.  This will include “online” chores, such as scheduling blog posts, household chores, and “physical” chores, like getting a daily walk in, etc.
  4. Take my daughter to her first young women’s camp.

 

That’s about it from me.  I hope everyone has a blessed week!

 

*Linked at OrgJunkie.

 

 


Growing and Harvesting Your Own Herbs – Magnifeko Herb Scissors Review

I love to garden, but I confess, I haven’t been faithful about growing herbs in my yard.  I’ve always been a tomatoes, peas, strawberries and fruit trees kind of a gal.  Well, this last year as I’ve changed my health habits, I’ve begun using herbs much more in my cooking and eating.  That means I need to start growing herbs to make it more frugal, right?  Right!

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Basil and Stevia in these pots

So far this year I’ve started growing Stevia, Basil, and Mint.  I want to add Oregano and Cilantro.  Maybe there are other great herbs other than these that I need to try…help me out here, what is missing?

 

One thing I felt that was missing was a harvesting tool – because if I’m going to start growing herbs, I want to do it right, and I want the tools to keep me motivated.  Enter these awesome Magnifeko Herb Scissors. Let me tell you why they rock:

  • 5 TIMES AS FAST Herb scissors with 5 blades that perfectly tear & shred herbs 500% faster than kitchen shears.
  • DURABLE CONSTRUCTION Stainless steel kitchen scissors won’t bend, rust or corrode. Ultra sharp herbs scissors blades hold their edge well
  • • SIMPLE CLEAN-UP GUARANTEED Just place the kitchen shears in the dishwasher after cooking or gardening!

 

My favorite thing about these is the FAST cutting.  I love the extra blades in this pair of scissors!  Holy cow, it makes me feel like a pro.  Just look at those beautifully cut up chives in my taco soup:

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So, let me summarize my feelings about these.

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  • 5 blades make it SO easy and SO fast to cut your herbs.  Holy cow, it is a mega time saver!
  • They look awesome.  Call me shallow, but I am so much more likely to use something when I like it’s look.  It’s just the truth.
  • Good price – currently they are on sale for just $12.50 ($11.95 for the green ones)and I feel like that’s a great deal!
  • Safety cover – my son is very curious about these “special” scissors, and so I like having that cover to put on to hide the blades – keeps his curiosity at bay, and I don’t have to worry as much about him cutting himself.

 

CONS:

  • I know the description says they are easy to wash, but they aren’t always easy to rinse for me.  I found that herbs would get stuck in the blades and I’d have to get a knife to push them out at times.

 

Seriously, what other herbs should I be growing?  :D

 

*I received a complimentary pair of Magnifeko Herb Scissors for the purposes of this review.  NO monetary compensation was received.  The opinions are mine alone.