My New Scarf Shawl: As Low As $7.66 & So Cozy!



Update! I just ordered this new scarf last week from $13.99 (I’d heard a few people complain about shipping on the one price at $7.99 – this one is actually $15.99 right now but will hopefully drop again), and I LOVE THIS ONE. 



I ordered the brown red one HERE if you’re looking for the same one.


So, two options if you’re looking for a fun blanket scarf this fall – also would make such a great Christmas gift!


I love this deal! A few weeks ago my friend Julie from Less than Perfect Life of Bliss shared her cute Scarf Shawl, and goodness, I fell in love and ordered one. It said it would take awhile to get here (I ordered it October 29th, and was guaranteed delivery by December 14th), but it arrived yesterday ~ three weeks ahead of schedule ~ and I AM IN LOVE.

You all know I tend to freeze up here in Ohio, so even though I feel like a little too dressed up sitting at my computer wearing a big ole’ fancy shawl while I work, it just feels so cozy. It’s big (huge), so I folded it diagonally in half and then draped it over my shoulders.
I love it! 🙂 

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It’s still priced at just $7.68, and if you order now I’m betting it will get here in plenty of time for Christmas. 

Head on over HERE to check it out, and let me know if you have any suggestions on different ways I should tie it too! 🙂 




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Penny Pinched Crafting


I spent a few minutes this morning on Facebook Live sharing some of my favorite fall DIY projects ~ goodness, I love frugal ways to decorate for fall! See more comments and tips over HERE on Facebook, and let me know if you’re making any other fun crafts this fall.

Looking for more penny pinched craft ideas? Here you go!




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8 Frugal Ways To Decorate For Fall

8 Frugal Ways To Decorate for Fall

If you’re like me you’re ready to decorate for fall, but would love to pinch a few pennies as you go! Here are a 8 frugal ways to decorate for fall ~ and you can see the full list of comments following the video over HERE on Facebook Live. 

8 Frugal Ways To Decorate For Fall

Looking for more fall DIY ideas? Here you go.


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Chevron Infinity Scarf ONLY $4.99!



I love this!  If you’re looking for a cute new scarf to add to your Fall wardrobe – you won’t want to miss this one!  Today on you can choose one of these Chiffon Chevron Scarves for just $4.99 and pay only $1.99 shipping.

If you want to grab a couple different colors, your shipping for additional scarves drops to FREE Shipping!

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Paper Pumpkin Craft


Looking for an easy (penny pinched) way to fluff up your home for fall? You’ll love this. 🙂




Here’s what you will need to get started:

  • Assorted fall colored/themed scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or hot glue, glue gun
  • Wine cork or twig






Start by cutting your craft paper into one inch wide strips. You’ll need anywhere from 5-6 strips per pumpkin.






Take the first strip and add a dab of glue to the ends, then join the ends together to make a loop. Hold the loop in place until it’s dry and won’t pop open.



Continue adding strips in this same loop fashion around your main loop. You will continue to add strips until the pumpkin is full (around 5-6 strips).



Move and adjust the strips so that the pumpkin looks full.



Add a good amount of glue to a wine cork or twig. Press it gently to the top of the pumpkin and hold it in place until it’s dry.



Place this paper pumpkin anywhere you need some fall fluffing!


Looking for more fall decorating ideas?

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My Favorite Menu Plan On Sale Now!

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I’m so excited about this! My friend Tiffany from Eat at Home Cooks is offering her Monthly Menu Plans for the ENTIRE YEAR for just 92¢ per week right now in honor of her 49th birthday. They’ve never been priced this low, and this is a great way to snag a deal on my favorite menu planning list!


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Here’s how to get yours: 

  • Go HERE and place the Eat At Home Cooks one year menu plan in your cart
  • Use the code BIRTHDAY at checkout to drop your price to $49 (or 92¢ per week)
  • Immediately you’ll get access to dozens of menu plans (including slow cooker options, whole food options, and several more!)


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If you’re not sure about the cost of this, you can also try out the monthly Eat at Home menu plan for just $10. What I love is that you get access to 15 minute meals for busy days, freezer cooking meals, slow cooker ideas as well as all of Tiffany’s color-coded grocery lists.


Head on over HERE to download yours, and if you’ve tried Eat at Home menus in the past I’d love to hear your thoughts. Go HERE and be sure to use the code BIRTHDAY
 at checkout to get started!


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Stitch Fix Review


Sooooooo, I’ve been curious about Stitch Fix for quite awhile, and was scrolling through Facebook a few weeks ago when I saw a friend on Facebook recommending it. 


I wasn’t sure it was for me, but have such a hard time finding time to shop (and honestly don’t like clothes shopping all that much), so decided to try it out.


loved how easy the process was ~ I was able to put in my style profile, share what types of clothes I liked, how things fit me, and share an idea of what I’m looking for on my profile, and I got a $20 credit just for trying it out. 


So when my Stitch Fix Box arrived Tuesday, I was pretty excited to open it up.



Honestly? I liked almost everything in there, and it was very much my style.




At the end of the day, I’m a really frugal girl, and the prices were just high for me. (In fairness, you can keep include on your Style Profile your current spending preferences, I just completely missed that.)


Here’s what came in my box . . . 


Black top $48

After much debating, this is the only thing I kept ~ since I had the $20 free credit for trying it out, I decided I’d keep it for a conference I’m attending next week.


Jeans $88 

These jeans were very comfortable, however a little too loose, and way too long (like, 4″ too long, and I’m 5’7″!) At $88 for the pair, even after hemming and especially since they were a little on the baggy side, I just couldn’t justify them.


Checkered Scarf in picture at the top of the page $34

Not bad, but I know I can find one I love just as much for half the price at TJMaxx.


Blue flannel top – $48

I have a very similar top that I bought from the Gap for $20 (really, almost identical), so I definitely couldn’t justify the cost. This one also had buttons up the back and was open from my waist down, and I just didn’t love that look (I’m pretty traditional and don’t need anything accentuating my booty!) 🙂


Grey striped sweater $48

Just didn’t love it ~ returned.



My thoughts?


loved the convenience of it all. Having clothes chosen for me that really did fit almost flawlessly and delivered to my home was great. If I worked outside our home I could definitely see how this would be such a benefit for me.


I also LOVED (like, LOVED) that returning is super simple – I literally am just going to drop it in the mail, the shipping is pre paid, and I don’t have to do a single thing (which is why I’m still signed up for next month’s Stitch Fix Box.




At the end of the day the clothes were on the pricey side, and my penny pinching soul just can’t do it. I am going to update my preferences for pricing next month and will be curious to see how it works out ~ I’ll let you know when my next fix arrives.


Would you like to try out Stitch Fix? Sign up through this link and you’ll get $20 deducted off your first styling (which is like trying it out for free) when you purchase any one item, AND if you keep everything in your box you’ll save an 25% off everything in the box.

Here’s exactly how it works:

  • Sign up HERE
  • You’ll be charged $20 for your Stitch Fix Styling
  • Your box will come when you schedule it
  • If you keep ANY items in your box, the $20 you spend for the styling will be put towards your purchase (so it’s like getting $20 in free credit!)
  • If you keep your entire box you’ll save 25% off the entire purchase
  • Invite friends on Facebook or via email (or even text messages) to sign up through you and you’ll get $25 in free referral credit ~ love that!


One thing to note – you have to send your clothes back in 3 days, so be sure to be aware of that prior to ordering!


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Laurie’s Fresh Thyme Trip: Who Buys These Apples???

Go HERE to watch the video if it’s not working for you. 

If you need a laugh today, take a peek at what I scored at Fresh Thyme Market today, including $4.38 in APPLES. (C.R.A.Z.Y.) 


I spent $20.41 for everything in the video (including that $4.38 in apples!), and saved $21.28. Not too shabby! 🙂



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Find Rest Today.




If you’re here just for the penny pinched posts I completely understand ~  scoot right on past this one.


As someone who blogs for a living, I remind myself frequently to write for my reader, not for myself. 


So I share deals and recipes and tips and ideas that hopefully help you out.


and I love that. 


But today I’m writing for me, not for you.




Here goes.


Every so often, God hands me a picture of Him that I can’t even stand not to share, so today you’re in for it. 🙂 Not even sure I can express what’s inside my head, but maybe you’ll catch the gist of it.



This Sunday in church this song was played (go listen to it HERE.) I believe it was written by local folks in our church, and goodness, every time I hear it I’m brought to one mess of a mascara-laden momma.


(I don’t cry easily, so that’s saying something.) 🙂 


If you listen long enough (be patient through 8:18), you’ll hear the promise “well done my child, find rest today.”


And most of the time as I hear those words, I imagine a precious God-fearing-loved one who’s struggled physically for quite some time walking through heaven’s gates as Christ welcomes them in.


Or I envision someone who volunteers 82 hours a week, who takes meals to the homeless, who serves with an abundant heart and has it all together all the time.


And of course, He welcomes them in too. 


But for whatever reason, this Sunday my picture changed.


What if it wasn’t that person who lives a pillar example of a Christ-led life walking through those gates?


What if it was someone a little more ordinary?


Someone a tiny bit more flawed? 


Someone who even though a believer doesn’t quite exemplify that perfect Christian life that I tend to think Christ would welcome in so graciously?


In my mind’s eye, I watch a woman burdened, hardened by way too many difficulties in life who from the outside may not look like a replica of His heart.


But as she walks in, I don’t see Him waving her off.


I don’t see Him turning her away.


Instead, I know He welcomes her too. 


My thoughts grew broader.


What if that one is me?


The me who focuses on myself way too much.



The one who worries over my clothes and my house and my husband and my kids and all the petty things every day that have absolutely no eternal value?


What if it’s just plain me, walking through heavens gates just the hot mess of a momma that I am?


What if it’s me . . . burdened, tired, discouraged, envious, imperfect, slightly chubby, and not a single ounce put together?


But then it occurred to me (like a two-by-four probably more strongly than ever . . .)


that it’s not about me.


I can’t be good enough.


I can’t be cute enough.


I can’t be skinny enough, pulled together enough, or even nice enough.


It’s about Him.


It’s Him who makes me enough. Who fills in the gap. Who covers up my mess.


So as long as I go in humbly ~


as long as we go in humbly,


seeking, trusting, and believing


His promise holds true.


And He will give us rest.


If you’ve struggled finding rest,


if you today feel burdened, lost, hopeless, or just not enough.


You are not alone.


But His arms hold open wide for the both of us, don’t they?  


So my hope for you today is that you find rest. And peace. And that you will know the truth that you are enough today. 


I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 4:20-21


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$20 Off Ikea Purchase!

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Just a reminder that this is still available – love this one!

Good gravy, I can hardly believe this one! RACE over HERE to print this coupon for $20 off a $150 or more purchase at IKEA. (WOW!) I’ve never seen one like this before, so hurry to use while it’s available through 9/5/16!

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