Saturday, March 14, 2009

Walgreens 3-15

If you're wondering what deals are going on at Walgreens this week go here to Money Saving Mom! I didn't see anything too exciting. But I did see a couple money makers so be sure to check it out!
I do need to find something to spend $8 RR on that expire this week. I guess if nothing else I can always get free Milk!!

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CVS 3-15

Here's the CVS deals I see this week!
Colgate Max White toothbrush or toothpaste--$2.99 get 2.99 back in ecb -.75 MQ= FREE plus .75 MM (moneymaker) -- limit 1
Irish Spring Body Wash--$4.99 get 4.99 ecb back- use .50/1MQ=FREE plus .50 cent MM-- limit 1 **sale-3 days only**
Right Guard Sport, Soft & Dry, Dry Idea--$2.99 get 2.00 ecb back--use $2./1 Dry Idea printable or use my coupon sidebar- FREE plus $1.MM-- limit 1
Bic Soleil Razor or Refill---$6.99 -2MQ - get 3 ebc back = $1.99 limit 2
Ritz crackers or Wheat thins--$5./5 -$2./2 MQ= FREE
Huggies Wipes -- $5.99 -- might be able to use $5. printable depending on what kinds are included in sale = .99cents
Don't forget about the March Deal--
CVS Vitamin D-- $2.99 - get 2.99 ecb = FREE -- limit 1
To see all the deals this week go here. To see ad scans go here.
Let me know if I missed something, just leave a comment!
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Free Tomato Seeds

Go here to see how to get free tomato seeds. All you need is a can of Campbells soup!
Check it out!
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Romans Chapter 10

Verse 9

That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Verse 13
for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

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Friday, March 13, 2009

I Have a New Niece

I'm an Aunt again!!!
Sarah Elizabeth was born last night, just after midnight! She was 9 lbs 8 oz! I just got back from seeing her. She's so cute, she has dark hair and a double chin!!! I love the chub on babies!

A quick tally told me I now have 7 Nieces and 8 Nephews. Which means I'm the Aunt to 15 kids (btw the oldest of those 15 kids is only 8) oh and I have another Nephew on the way due in a couple months!
Yep add all those kids to my 4 munchkins, and both sides of the family have a circus when we all get together! I love big families!!
Congrats Aaron and Shannon!
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Loving Our Husbands

Shannon over here is starting a new series on Loving our Husband! Since I don't want to post personal accounts with my hubby, I am going to post ways in general to love our husbands. Some suggestions will be obvious but if we really chew on them we can still learn and grow to be better wives. Each week I will add a few more ideas.
1. Communicate with him respectfully.
2. Regard him as important and let him know he’s important to you.
3. Purposefully try to understand his feelings—even when you disagree with him.
For more ways to Love our Husbands go here!
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More Free Buddies Soap

These are the best soaps if you have kids. We love them!! I just saw on Money Saving Mom that all the online printables have been reset, which means you can print them all again!!

Go here to get all 4 links!

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Spring cleaning update

I wanted to give a quick update! If you remember here, we are cleaning the main bathroom this week! Here is my first cleaning post earlier in the week.

I managed to get the blinds and window done. I also cleaned out the cupboards, medicine cabinet, and general cleaning! I have yet to get to the floors or the tub. If all goes well maybe I will get to it on Saturday!

I have no new pics since everything looks pretty much the same, just hopefully ALOT less germs!!

Go here to see all the updates!

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Weekly Groceries

Weekly Groceries on my $55. Budget!
Total spent $53.77 plus a couple dollars at CVS
Here's the breakdown!
Spent $28.29 at Meijer on 34 items
and $25.48 at Kroger for 30 items
Total was $53.77 for 64 items! Around .85 cents per item!
I even splurged and bought hubby Burger King Chips- he loves the ketchup and fries flavor.
About a year ago we could get them at Menards, then they stopped carring them and we couldn't find them anywhere. I saw in Kroger's ad that it's a new item so I got him some!
Only problem is that their sale price was $1.79 which isn't bad EXCEPT it's for a 5.5 oz bag...OUCH!!!
Anyone tried these chips??...Where do you buy them??
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Romans Chapter 9

Verses 30-32

What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but Israel, who pursued a law of righteousness, has not attained it. Why not? Because they persued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the "stumbling stone."

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lysol 50% off next week!!

Be sure to check out Meijer next week if you need cleaning products! The early preview here says that lysol products are 50% off! This usually makes for some pretty sweet deals when you use Coupons with this sale!
Lysol Items included are--
Lysol All purpose
Antibacterial kitchen cleaner
Bathroom cleaner
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Disinfecting wipes
Disinfectant spray
Also the early preview here for Sundays Coupon Inserts has a bunch of lysol coupons, some are even .50 cent coupons, which means when doubled it's a full $1. off. Use these MQ with the 50% off sale to get items usually under .50 cents each.
Be sure to pick up some copies of Sundays Paper to get these coupons!

Free Glade at Walgreens!

You can get 2 kinds of Glade free this week.

Glade Sense and Spray is on sale for $7.99 use $4. ESQ (from monthly booklet in stores) and use $4. MQ= FREE

Glade Lasting Impressions is also on sale for $7.99 use $4. ESQ(this one is different from Glade Sense above) and use $4. MQ ( also a different MQ) = FREE

thanks for the tip Carrie!

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Things I Love Thursday

I love finding my kids actually being good and having fun together!
I think the picture says it all!!

No, I did nothing to have them pose for this!! I was looking for them
and found Halee (8) teaching Shad (2) his ABC's.

I love it!
For more Things I Love Thursday go here...

Daily Dose

Romans 8

Verse 28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

New Linky and Giveaway

Hmmm how do I start...This idea hit me like a ton of bricks. The Lord really laid this on my heart. I'm going to start a mister linky for sharing God's word, Encouragement, or Prayer requests. I don't want this to become a debate on how we interpret God's word but rather a way to encourage and pray for one another.
Wouldn't if be great if we could hop from one blog to another and receive encourage from God's word and know who and what to pray for. When we have a prayer request wouldn't it be great to know that there's lots of people out there praying just for you! I think that would be awesome! We serve an awesome God and I'm excited to see Him work.
Your post can be as simple as a verse from the Bible, a simple prayer request to as in depth and personal as you want to be. I'm sure it will vary from week to week depending on what God is working on and speaking to you in your life.
Each Wednesday I will do my post and put up a mister linky. You can blog as you normally would and then come here and link up! Your welcome to use my banner at the top of this post. (just right click and save).
So what do you think? Does it sound like something you'd like to participate in??
And what better way to kick off this new linky than a giveaway!
Oil of Gladness will give away this 25 oz. soy wax candle. This candle is scented in "Honeydew Melon". (Sorry for the poor picture quality). This is one of mine and my husbands favorite scents. It's wonderful!
How do you enter...
1.All you need to do to enter is leave a comment! That's it!!!
Be sure to leave me your email or a way to contact you.
2. If you want an extra entry
Blog about this new linky on your blog. You can even add your first word of encouragement, prayer request, or section of God's word that's speaking to you.
Be sure you add yourself to the mister linky below!
At the end I will add up all the linkys and all the comments and choose 1 winner with
Next Tuesday at 8pm, the giveaway will end and I will post the winner with next weeks "In His Word Wednesday"
As I pondered not doing this and ignoring God's tug on my heart, this verse came to my mind...Acts 4:29
Now Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
I knew the tug wasn't going away so here I am trying to be bold for Him.

Potpourri Winner...

Thanks to all who entered making our first (of many) give aways a success. I enjoyed reading all your comments about the scents and our Website Oil of Gladness Candles.
Oh yea and the winner is....

#27 Andrea v. Chosen by -- Here are your random numbers:27
Timestamp: 2009-03-11 12:01:52 UTC--- Andrea v said...
i would love to try the Lavendar-Vanilla Potpourri. thanks
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You have 24 hrs to claim your prize and email me your address so I can get your prize right out to you!
If you're ready for another giveaway stayed tuned I'm starting another one today!
If you haven't heard of the Ultimate Blog Party going on next week be sure to check it out here.
We're prize #51 giving away a $25. gift cert. to Oil of Gladness online store
We'll also be giving away a springy door prize. The party starts Friday, March 20

Daily Dose

Romans Chapter 7
Verse 24
What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God- through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Kroger 3-10

Kroger is having another Mega-Sale. buy 10 items get $5. off instantly. It looks a little better than last weeks sale looked.

Here's my list...Keep in mind that my kroger triples to .50cents.

Mega sale items--prices listed are with the .50 cents already taken off--buy in groups of 10- mix and match-limit 3 rewards per transaction.

Betty Crocker potatoes-.99 -.40 printable- FREE when tripled

Pillsbury Toaster Strudel- $1.49 -.35cents= .45cents

Fiber One bars- $1.99- .50MQ or .60 printable= .49 or 1.39

Nature Valley Bars- $1.99 -.50MQ or .60 printable= .49 or $1.39

Country Crock butter- .99 cents - .25MQ= .25 cents

Betty Crocker Fruit snacks- $1.49- .50/2 = .75 each

Oreo cookies- $2.08 - $1.MQ(wyb gal. milk)= 1.08--MQ found at tearpad at CVS

Kelloggs Cereal- $1.49 -.70MQ= .79

**More Mega items-- check ad***

Other items to note

Kelloggs pop tarts- $1.66- $1./2= $1.16 each

Milk should be $4./4 half gallons


Let me know if you see something else!

Small baking day!

Since we've been out of muffins, I decided to have a small baking day! I love to keep muffins in the freezer and be able to just pull them out for breakfast. It's so convenient

These are just simple chocolate chip muffins. I've posted the recipe before. See it here.

I also discovered that Halee (my 8yr old) loves Zucchini bread about as much as I do. So I made us 2 loaves today. It's a very simple recipe. We'll eat one this week and freeze the other. See the recipe here.
I didn't make pecan pie muffins today but came across my recipe and remembered how much I love these! This is a wonderful recipe with only 5 simple ingredients!

Pecan Pie Mini Muffins
1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
1/2 cup Flour
1 cup pecans, chopped
2/3 cup butter, melted
2 eggs, beaten
In a bowl, combine br.sugar, flour, and pecans; Set aside. In another bowl combine butter and eggs and mix well. Stir in flour mixture until just moistened.
Fill paper lined mini muffin cups 2/3 full
Bake 350 degrees for 20-25 min.
Remove immediately and cool on racks
Makes 3 dz. mini muffins! ENJOY

Practical Tip Tuesday

It's time! Tuesday is Here! Can't wait to read all your tips....
If you've never joined in, don't be shy! Just link to me at the bottom.
Your tip can be anything practical or not so practical!
All I ask is keep it family friendly!
My tip this week is about coupons! I know big surprise right!
My tip is to contact companies to get some great coupons.
It's really quite simple. Just go here (when you get there scroll down to 2nd post) to Hot Coupon World. They've done all the work for us. Just click on the name of a company in that post and it will take you right to the correct page. Fill out the form and submit. You can either praise an item, complain if you have a legit complaint, or just tell them you'd love to try the product. At the bottom of your comment, just tell them that if they ever send out coupons you'd love to have some!
I've done it about 10 times! I have gotten 4 coupons for free products and several other coupons that have doubled or tripled to result in free products. It's very worth the time it takes to do it. I have no idea why I don't do it more. It's so fun to get those envelopes in the mail! It was fast to, most of them I got within 2 weeks of submitting!
If you love coupons, I encourage you to give it a try!
Okay now it's your turn! Lets hear your tips...

Daily Dose

Romans Chapter 6

Verse 23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Spring Cleaning--Bathroom

Spring cleaning continues this week! Go here to get your assignments and to link up!
This week we're working on the main bathroom. I am going to work on what we consider the master bath. It's not in our room so it's also the bath guests use. Our other bath is upstairs and that's the one the kids use.
Yes that's an outhouse in our bathroom!
I think it's cute and it's very functional too. Since we don't have a closet in our bath it's where I store towels!

So I wasn't sure if I should post pics but since I like seeing other peoples houses I thought maybe you would too!
This week my plan is to deep clean. Wipe off the blinds one by one, clean out the cupboards (you'd be amazed how much is stuffed in there), generally clean, and clean the floor. Now cleaning the floor is a pretty big job. If you use hairspray, you know what I'm talking about. The build up is yucky. Any ideas on the best way to get it clean??
Be sure to read Sarah's post here, she has some great YUCKY facts about the germs in bathrooms...Better get cleaning!!

Weekly Menu 3-9; Marinade recipe!

Here's our menu for the week...
Mon.-Pancakes, hash browns, and smokey links
Tues.-Grilled Chicken, potatoes, and veggies
Wed.-Grilled Ham steaks on bun with macaroni salad
Thurs.-Spaghetti bake, applesauce, and bread
Friday- Grilled hamburgers w/mushrooms & cheese and cole slaw
Sat.- Homemade pizza
Sun.- Birthday party
This week I'm being lazy and not doing any new recipes!! But we are looking forward to the yummy grilled food!!! Maybe I'll try a new dessert recipe...Maybe!
Here's a great marinade for grilled food. We use it mostly for Chicken. Thanks Gen!!
1/2 cup veg. oil
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 TBS Vinegar
2 TBS Soy Sauce
1 tsp. garlic powder
2 TBS Parsley (I use 1)
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Mix and let the meat sit in marinade 8-48 hrs! Turn meat every once in a while.
Have a great week! See more menus here.

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Romans Chapter 5

Verses 3-5

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not dissapoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Meijer 3-8

Meijer is having a 10/$10 get the 11th free sale this week! I would classify it as an "okay" sale...There just isn't very many coupon matchups to go with the sale!
Here's what I see...
$10/10 get 11th free
*Sobe life water $1.-.50MQ (tearpad at CVS)= FREE
* Ziploc sandwich bags $1.-.40MQ= .20 cents
* Celery $1.
* Jet puffed marshmallows $1.
*Hormel Chili $1. -.55/2
*Quaker rice snacks $1.- $1.25 MQ= FREE
*Aunt Millies Engish Muff- $1.-.35MQ= .30
*Zatarains rice $1.-.75/2 MQ= .63 each
*****More 10/10 items included..see ad****
Doritos 1/2 price
Eckrich franks--$1.50 each
Kelloggs Jumbo Krispies or Han.Mont Cereal-$1.99- $1.MQ-$1./2MB= .50 cents
Tilipia fish--$3.50
Fiber One yogurt- $2.-$1.MQ= $1.
General Mills Cereal--buy 4 get $5. off instantly--use .50 MQ for Banana Nut Cheerios and .50MQ Fiber One Bars--final price depends on sale price???
Kelloggs Fiber Plus bars--$2. -.75MQ= $1.25
Gentle Care Wipes (big refill bag) is reported to be around $6. use $5.MQ= cheap wipes
Please leave a comment if you see any other deals!

Menards-- 7 Freebies 3/8

Wow 7 Freebies this week at Menards!
Ad runs through March 22
Click above to see the complete ad

1.--22.8 oz. Carpet & Upholstery cleaner--FREE after $3.00 rebate--limit 2

2.-- 32 oz. R2X carpet or hard surface cleaner--FREE after $3.00 rebate--limit 2

3.--12 oz. Gas Treatment-- FREE after $2.00 rebate--limit 2

4.--Grip it non-slip shelf liner--FREE after $1.50 rebate -- limit 3

5.--Utility lighter-- FREE after $1.00 rebate -- limit 3

6.& 7.-- Empire pocket level or Aluminum yardstick-- FREE after $2.00 rebate --limit 2
You must purchase $10. of non-rebated items to get the freebies. If you can't find anything you need right now simply purchase a $10. giftcard you can use in the future. Your rebates will come in the form of a Merchandise check which means you can only spend it at Menards. It works good to just spend it on more freebies!!
Go here to learn more about how Menards works.
I have now gotten 3 Menards Merchandise checks back!
So now I should begin to have a lot less $$ oop!
Also Don't forget to go here and sign up for
"Oil of Gladness" Potpourri and Scent Giveaway--
Ends March 10


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