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19 Aug 2018   ·   0

A Peek Into Our Week (+ an update on my goals for 2018)

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! 🙂

I flew back from India on Monday evening/Tuesday (I’ll be sharing a few posts in a few weeks about my time there — once I finish sharing the posts from our South Africa trip!). Many of you asked me questions about the airplane bathrooms since I said that I wash my face/brush my teeth/take my contacts out, etc. on flights.

I try to choose a time when the lights are out and most people are sleeping so that I’m not “hogging” the bathroom when others might be waiting. And then I bring my bathroom bag in and my nose bottle and water bottle and do my nightly bathroom routine (wash face/take contacts out/brush teeth/do the sinus rinse) before getting ready to sleep and then my morning routine (wash face/put contacts in/brush teeth) when I wake up.

I then moisturize my face and put on my makeup when I’m back in my seat and we’re about an hour from landing. This helps me feel a little fresher when getting off a long 15+ hour flight! 🙂

After 25+ hours on flights and in airports, it was SO good to be home!

And we jumped right back into life because the kids had already started school when I got back!

Every year, we pray and talk and research and decide what schooling option is best for each individual child based upon their needs and where they are at both emotionally, spiritually, and academically.

Last year, we started the year with one being homeschooled and two in the same Classical school. For a variety of reasons, we ended the year with one in a new-to-us Classical school, another in another new-to-us Christian school, and one in the original Classical school.

Was it unconventional? Yes. But it ended up being exactly what each child needed and they were so happy we chose to go the routes we did.

This year, Kaitlynn and Silas are at the little Classical school that we fell so much in love with last year when Kaitlynn switched to it mid-year. Kathrynne is going to the same Christian school that she switched to mid-year last year. It has been such a good fit for her!

We’re excited to see what this year holds for each child and are so grateful for the teachers who come are walking alongside us in this journey and pouring into and investing in our kids.

Note: Kathrynne started this week with back-to-school camp, so she got to dress super casual, including sporting Jesse’s college sweatshirt! 😉

How I Stay More Organized as a Business Owner

One of the best ways I keep my life and blogging/business work organized is by writing a time-blocked to do list every night before bed.

Yes, this takes some thought and effort, but it means that I am 150% more productive, focused, and calm the next day.

I look at my Google calendar (aka my “brain”) to see what appointments and events and meetings are scheduled for the next day + what projects and tasks I’ve assigned to that day to complete or work on.

Then, I sit down and hand write out my schedule for the day. I always leave buffer time in the afternoons and evenings to just hang out and be with my kids/husband. But now that the kids are back in school, our morning routine and my work time (from 8 am to 4 pm every day) is pretty regimented.

Having a time blocked to do list not only means that our mornings run much more smoothly, but it also means that I know exactly what I need to focus on in what order when I open up my computer for the day.

If you don’t have a plan, there’s a good chance you’ll spend most of the day going around in circles just putting out “fires”. And at the end of the day, you’ll probably not have a lot to show for it.

Whether you have 30 mins a day to devote to blogging or it’s your full-time gig, I encourage you to consider writing out a simple plan for how you’ll spend your blogging time. Put the most important priorities first on the list and the lesser pressing priorities at the bottom. That way, if you only get through half your list, you’ve at least spent your time tackling the projects that mattered most… and you didn’t just waste it scrolling through endless posts on social media!

From My Heart…

Earlier this week, one of the kids was struggling with their homework. I was working alongside them and they kept expressing their frustration, “I can’t do this! This is too hard! I’m going to fail all my projects!”

This is our perfectionist child and we’ve had to learn over the years that statements like, “Do your best! That’s all that matters!” don’t do anything but serve to further frustrate them.

In the past, I’ve even snapped at this child and said things like, “would you just stop being so frustrated?!? This is not that big of a deal.”

But in their world, it IS a big deal and they want to know that Mom cares and hears them and is there for them.

So instead of saying any of those things, I came up with a plan… because I’ve learned that a simple plan speaks this child’s language. I said, “This is a LOT that you’ve been assigned, but we have all evening to work on it. So let’s do this: We’re going to set a timer: 20 minutes to work on homework. 10 minutes to do something fun.” And back and forth between work and fun we went.

This made all the difference! This child went from feeling stressed to feeling motivated. We broke the projects down into small pieces and just focused on that one piece at a time. And then we took a break to have some fun. Then, we were back at it.

Within 2 hours, the projects were done and my child felt happy and satisfied. And I was so grateful… grateful that I didn’t just try to slap a platitude onto their frustration like I used to or, worse yet, shut them down by expressing frustration over their frustration.

This last year of changing how I parent and slowing down and really learning to listen to what my kids are actually communicating and then taking time to speak words of life to them has completely changed our home.

Often, our kids don’t need us to preach sermons at them; they need us to get down in the trenches with them, look into their eyes, let them know that they aren’t alone, that their frustration is heard, and then help them devise a plan of action to walk through the tough assignment.

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: 48 books read so far this year

2. Read through the entire Bible.

**Progress: I’m using the Robert Murray M’Cheyne plan and am all caught up— yay!

3. Write one handwritten note to someone every week.

**Progress: 33 notes written so far this year

4. Run 500 miles.

**Progress: 300 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: I’ve finished two books so far and we’re working on a third right now.

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

8. Go on a family road trip.

**Progress: We’ve been researching some options for this and are hoping to make this happen over Fall Break. Stay tuned!

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 getting close to being done!

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

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, Content Creation 101 in February, 4-Week Blog Coaching Program in March, Email List Setup 101 in March, Make Over Your Mornings LIVE in April, the Facebook Live Masterclass in May, and we launched Build Your List 101 in June!

18 Aug 2018   ·   4

Slow Day: Week 33

Welcome to my weekly Slow Day post, inspired by Monica from The Homespun Heart. My Word for 2018 is Slow and, in the spirit of that word, I’m taking one day each week (Wednesday) off — I’ll be unplugged and offline and plan to move at a slower pace, take time to do things that refresh me, and just really focus on being present and savoring the moment.

Each week, I’ll be sharing a photographic peek into my Slow Day. Enjoy a little peek into our lives!

I got home from India on Tuesday afternoon and promptly spent the rest of day in bed as I was recovering from Dehli Belly. Kathrynne was gone at Back-to-School camp, so I spent the afternoon and evening hanging out with Silas, Kaitlynn, and Jesse. It was so good to be home.

Wednesday morning, Jesse helped the kids get ready for school since I was still not feeling great. I tried to get up and get some things done and quickly realized I needed to take advantage of having a Slow Day and make this day really slow.

Jesse took the kids to school and I stayed in bed and finished reading this book

Read my review of this book here.

I still had no appetite, but knew I really needed to eat, so Jesse made me soup with bone broth, chicken, and veggies. After a few days of pretty much only eating crackers and rehydration drinks, it felt good to put some really nourishing foods in my body.

Jesse also went and got me some of these drinks — my favorites. I’m working hard to restore my gut after I think it got kind of wrecked with the sickness, not having fresh nourishing foods, and taking some medications when I was so sick (I hate taking medicine and try to avoid it, especially something as strong as Cipro, but sometimes, you just gotta do what you gotta do!)

I spent the rest of the morning and afternoon reading this book and resting and taking a nap.

When the kids came home, I helped Silas with his homework. And then I went to bed pretty much right after dinner (hello, 10 1/2 hour India time difference)

18 Aug 2018   ·   1

Blue Diamond Almonds (32 Grab and Go Bags) only $14.87!

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Amazon has these Blue Diamond Almonds 100 Calories Per Bag (32 Grab and Go Bags) for only $14.87 right now – 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, Kosher On A Budget!

18 Aug 2018   ·   0

10% Off $100+ Textbook Purchase on Amazon

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Through September 29, 2018, Amazon is offering 10% off when you spend $100 or more on new textbooks! Just use the promo code TEXT10 at checkout to receive this offer.

Limit one use per customer.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

17 Aug 2018   ·   5

$0.99 Cheese & Crackers at Kroger + deals on Peanut Butter, Gatorade, and more!

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.).

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I stopped by Kroger on the way home from school drop-offs this morning (like I said yesterday, going to Kroger before 8 a.m. is such a good time to shop!) and got some great deals!

Not only were they having some Friday-Saturday sales, but they also had Thursday through Sunday sales! I didn’t even realize that there were the extra Thursday through Sunday sales, so that was a fun surprise!

They had Nabisco crackers for just $0.99 per box.

Plus, $0.99 cheese, peanut butter for just $1, Gatorade 12-packs for $3.99, mandarins for $3.49 per bag, and more!

Here’s what I ended up buying:

Friday Kroger Shopping Trip

Cashback I Earned

626 points from Fetch Rewards for submitting my receipt — this was earned from purchasing the Gatorade.

17 Aug 2018   ·   2

The Top 7 Online Deals This Week

Happy Friday! Worried you missed a top deal from this week?

Check out this list of the most popular online deals from this past week that are still available…

1. Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle

Want to drink cold water on the go without paying high dollar for brand-name insulated water tumblers?

Grab this one for just $5.99 — what a steal!

2. Cottonelle Toilet Paper

Need to stock up on toilet paper?

You don’t want to miss this great stock-up deal on Cottonelle ComfortCare Toilet Paper! Get 36 family rolls for just $18.79 shipped!

3. Hymn Prints Wall Decor

This is always a hugely popular deal with MSM readers, and it’s back again! Grab these stunning hymn prints for just $5.99 + shipping right now!

There are over 100 prints to choose from in five different sizes.

4. High Sierra Backpacks

High Sierra is offering up to 70% off select backpacks right now, which is a CRAZY deal for this brand of high-quality backpacks!

These backpacks are regularly $50, and several are marked down as low as $14.99-$15.99 each. Oh, and shipping is free!!

5. BIC Mechanical Pencils

Need to stock up on some back to school pencils?

Grab this 24-count pack for just $3.15 as an add-on item right now! You can’t beat that price!!

6. Huge Box of FREEBIES from PINCHme

If you’ve been trying to get lucky with a huge box of samples from PINCHme each month with no success, this is the month to try!!

This is a HUGE month for PINCHme, with all kinds of brand new samples available.

And they’re offering early access to most people right now, so you can go try to request one right now — even though it doesn’t officially start until next Tuesday.

7. FREE Kid’s Backpack after Rebate

Topcashback is offering new members a chance to get a FREE kid’s backpack at Walmart after cash back!

Choose from Marvel, Dreamworks, Paw Patrol, and many more! There are all kinds of styles to choose from. Perfect for back to school!

See all the hottest deals from this past week here.

17 Aug 2018   ·   1

The Best FREE and Cheap In-Store Deals This Week

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Happy Friday! Worried you missed the best in-store deals from this week? 

Check out this list of the best FREE and cheap in-store deals from this past week that are still available…

CVS Deals

Gold Emblem Drink – $0.88
Use $1/1 CVS printable
Free plus $0.12 moneymaker after coupon

Buy 1 Trolli Gummies at $2, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Free after ECBs

Buy 3 Tide Pods, Gain Fabric Sheets, Downy Unstopables or Gain Laundry Detergent at $4.94, Get $3 ECBs
Use 3 $3/1 Tide Pods CVS app coupon, $3/1 Gain CVS app coupon, $3/1 Downy CVS app coupon, $3/1 Gain Detergent CVS app coupon, $3/1 Gain Fabric Sheets CVS app coupon or $2/1 coupon from the 8/5 RMN insert or $3/1 Tide coupon from the 7/29 P&G insert
Pay $5.82 out of pocket, Get $5 ECBs
$0.27 each after coupons and ECBs

Buy 3 Dial Hand Soap 7.5 oz at $2.37, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1) Buy 1, Get 1 50% OFF
$0.64 each after ECBs

Buy 4 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts, 8-Count at $1.99 each
Use $2/4 printable
Submit for 4 $0.50/1 Ibotta rebates (limit 5)
$0.99 each after coupon and rebates

Walgreens Deals

Buy 3 Crest Toothpaste at $2.99, Get $3 Register Rewards
Use $2/1 coupon from the 8/5 Retail Me Not insert or $3/1 digital coupon
Free after coupons and Register Rewards

Buy 1 Gillette Razor at $6.99, Get $5 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 coupon from the 7/29 P&G insert
$0.99 after coupon and Register Rewards

Rite Aid Deals

Select Crest 3D White or ProHealth Toothpaste 3.5-6.3 oz – $4
Use $2/1 coupon from the 8/5 Retail Me Not insert
Get $2 Wellness+ BonusCash (limit 2)
Free after coupon and cash

Target Deals

Tic Tac Gum – $1.17
Use $0.50/1 coupon from the 7/8 SmartSource insert
Use 50% Cartwheel
Submit for $0.25/3 Ibotta Rebate
Free after coupons and rebate

Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese – $0.99
Use $0.50/2 printable
Use 20% Cartwheel
$0.54 after coupon

Purell Hand Sanitizer – $2.49
Use $1/1 printable
Use 20% off Carthweel
$0.99 after coupons and rebate

Larabar Kid Brownies Muiltipack – $3
Use $1/1 printable
Submit for $1/1 Ibotta Rebate
$1 after coupon and rebate

Publix Deals

Quaker Overnight Oats – $1
Use $1/2 coupon from the 8/5 Retail Me Not insert
Submit for $0.50/1 Ibotta Rebate (Limit 5)
Free after coupon and rebate

See all the store deals from this past week here.

17 Aug 2018   ·   0

Money Saving Mom’s Daily Deal Round-Up for August 17, 2018

17 Aug 2018   ·   0

FREE Kid’s Backpack after rebate!!

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Top Cash Back is offering a $10 rebate when you buy any kid’s backpack for $9+ from Walmart! There are several varieties available for $9.88, making them FREE after rebate!

This is for new Top Cash Back members only. If you are already a member, you are allowed to sign up another adult in your household.

Here’s how to get your free Kid’s Backpack:

1. Sign up for a new Top Cash Back account here.

2. Head here for the special Backpack offer.

3. Order a kid’s backpack priced at $9 or higher. (It has to be $9 in order to trigger the $10 rebate). Select free in-store pickup at your local Walmart to avoid shipping costs.

4. Within 14 days, your Top Cash Back account will be credited with $10 — so all you’ll have to pay is a little tax!

5. After you receive the $10 payment in your Top Cash Back account, you can choose to transfer it to your bank account or request a Paypal payment.

This deal is valid through August 19, 2018 — or while supplies last.

Be sure to check out all of the Best 2018 Back To School Deals! Don’t forget you can also sign up for our daily email newsletter to get all of the best back to school deals emailed to you every week! And read my post here for 5 Simple Ways to Save on Back to School Deals.

17 Aug 2018   ·   1

Meal Prep 3-Compartment Containers with Lids (16 pack) only $8.49!

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Amazon has these Meal Prep 3-Compartment Containers with Lids (16 pack) for only $8.49 when you use the promo code ARYDH8KK at checkout!

This is the lowest price on record, and they’re perfect for back to school lunches!

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 Aug 2018   ·   0

ASICS Running Shoes only $39.97!

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Right now, Nordstrom Rack is having a sale on Asics Running Shoes where you can get select shoes up to 70% off!

Get these GEL-Contend 4 Running Sneakers for only $39.97 (regularly $70)!

Get these GEL-Venture 6 Running Shoes for only $39.97 (regularly $70)!

Get these GEL-Venture 6 Running Sneakers for just $39.97 (regularly $70)!

Shop the Asics shoes sale here.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!