My 5 Favorite Black Friday Deals . . .



Have you kept up with all the crazy Black Friday deals today? Goodness, they’ve been nuts! Here are my top 5 favorite deals I’ve seen so far . . .

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  1. Slow Cookers just $12.92 (crazy!) 

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2. Programmable Pressure Cooker $79 ~ I’ve heard amazing reviews on this one, and it’s never dropped so low in price!


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3. Amazon Fire Tablet $34.99 (regulary $49.99) ~ such a great deal while it lasts!



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4. Canon EOS Camera $399 I love my Canon and highly recommend one if you’ve been looking for a high end camera



5. Huge Barbie, Thomas the Tank, Fisher Price & Mattel savings going on – 50% off today only! And, don’t miss the crazy good deal on Pictopia Family Trivia Game . . . just $12 right now. (Just ordered this one for my kids!)

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And just added ~ score this Kohl’s Kitchenaid Mixer for just $110 ~ crazy good deal if you’ve been waiting for one!




Here’s the complete list of Black Friday deals posted so far . . . 





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25 Days of Dollar Tree DIY Day 19: Apothecary Jar


Anyone else love the Dollar Tree? I thought it would be fun to check out 25 days of Dollar Tree Thanksgiving & Christmas decorating ideas, because they’re always my favorite projects. :)

Check out this easy Apothecary Jar project from Heather at Dollar Store Crafts!  They can be used for decorating or gift giving.  These do require a couple of items you might not find at Dollar Tree but are well worth a trip to Walmart or the craft store.  See the full tutorial from here!

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The Ultimate Black Friday Cheat Sheet 2015



Be sure to take advantage of this free list to help make your Black Friday shopping easier! To print the list, you’ll need to use either Safari or Internet Explorer as your internet browser. (I wasn’t able to print it in Chrome.) Hope that helps!

I am so (sooooooo) excited to share this with you! If you’re like me and overwhelmed trying to keep up with who has the best prices on what this Black Friday, this is for you.


In one quick and easy document, here is a huge list (HUGE, folks I’m telling you ~ HUGE) with all the best prices on top selling Black Friday items including tablets, televisions, video gaming systems, video games, printers, appliances, housewares and so. much. more. The list is still being updated as more stores Black Friday ads come out, so keep checking back over the next few weeks to plan your trip well.

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Because Amazon doesn’t offer a traditional sales ad, I’ll continually update those like I normally do, as well as highlight any awesome deals that I see as well. But, I wanted to give you this guide to keep you on top of things! Bookmark this page, print it (although it will be a lot to print?), or keep it handy on your phone so you know exactly where to find those best prices.



Go HERE to access it, and let me know what you think. I hope this makes surviving the Holiday season a little simpler in your home, so you can enjoy the things that matter most this Christmas!


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And don’t miss all the great deals going on at Kohl’s Black Friday deals that have already started online: 



blackfridayshoppingLooking for more Black Friday Shopping tips? Go HERE to check out these 10 Secrets You Need to Know about Black Friday Shopping 



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Today’s Top 11 Amazon Toy Deals


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Here are 10 of the Top Toy Deals at Amazon right now!  All of these toys are highly rated and several are Amazon Best Sellers and ship free when you spend $35 or more or with Amazon Prime.





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Dollar Tree Coupon: 10% Off Everything

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Just a reminder that this will be available tomorrow – such a great deal, especially when combined with their Ibotta discounts!

Print this Dollar Tree coupon to save 10% off your entire purchase of $10 or more at Dollar General to use on Sunday 11/22 only! Great time to grab some inexpensive Christmas items (you won’t be able to use any other coupons in your purchase).


To make the deal even sweeter, Ibotta has a ton of offers right now at the Dollar Tree, and when you submit 5 Ibotta rebates you’ll get $5 back from Ibotta. This is a great way to save even more at the Dollar Tree ~ love that!

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Not sure what to watch for at the Dollar Tree? Take a peek at my favorite things to buy this time of year! And


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25 Days of Dollar Tree DIY Day 15: Metal Tray Garland/Banner



Anyone else love the Dollar Tree? I thought it would be fun to check out 25 days of Dollar Tree Thanksgiving & Christmas decorating ideas, because they’re always my favorite projects. :)

Check out how Jennifer at Dimples & Tangles turned a few Dollar Tree trays into a great holiday garland!   This would make a great prop for family photos.  See the full tutorial here.

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Should You Buy Christmas Gifts At Costco?

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Yesterday I made a super quick trip to Costco, and realized they have several items on sale for Christmas that you don’t want to miss! Like always though, you’ve got to do your research to make sure you’re really getting a good deal.

Several of the items were significantly less at Costco than I’ve seen elsewhere, while a few were just priced high there. I definitely recommend always checking before you buy (be sure to download the Amazon App so you can compare), and make sure you always get the best price!


I was thinking about it and while many of the prices are only off by $5-$10, if you can save $10 on 10 Christmas gifts this year you’ll save a whopping $100. Definitely worth taking a few minutes to make sure you get the price, and if you keep up with PPP you should save way more than $10 on most of the items posted here! :)

Here’s how the prices stack up . . .

Christmas toys & gifts you should buy at Costco right now

1. Pillow Chums $14.99 (these are as much as $49+ on Amazon – great price at Costco!)

2. Lego Star Wars Tie Fighter $56.99 (currently $69 on Amazon)

3. Little Miracles Snuggle Me Sherpa Blanket $11.49 ($19.87 at Amazon)

4. Zoomer Mini Zuppies Mini Chomplinz $22.99 (currently $39.99 on Amazon – this is a great price)

5. Kidkraft Grand Storage Easel $79.99 (currently $100 at Amazon – this is a great price!)

6. Hello Kitty School Bus Playset $19.99 (currently $29.11 at Amazon)

7. 4 $25 American Girl Gift Cards $79.99 (great price – use these at your local American Girl Store or online to automatically save 20%!)

8. Elf on the Shelf Christmas Activity & Plush Elf Set $14.99 (currently $24.99 on Amazon ~ this is a great price!)

9. Disney Star Wars 15″ Talking Plush $22.99 (currently $39 on Amazon)


Christmas toys & gifts you may want to get at Costco

Disney Toddler Cinderella Doll $15.99 (currently $15.99 at Amazon as well)

Leapfrog Alpha Pup $14.99 (currently $14.99 at Amazon, has dropped as low as $13.96)

Fisher Price Minnie & Daisy Slumber Party House $37.99 (currently $42 on Amazon )

Disney Majestic Hair Styling Head $19.99 (currently $21.92 on Amazon)

Disney Frozen Sleight Set $39.99 (currently $39 on Amazon – has dropped lower in price so wait for a sale!)

Kidkraft Sweet Treats Pastel Kitchen $99.99 (currently $125 on Amazon but the one review on that one isn’t good – be sure to check out more reviews before purchasing!)

Schwinn Roaster Tricycle $67.99 (compare to $89 at Amazon but I think it will drop lower in price)


Nutella 2 33 oz jars $8.49 after instant savings of $3.50 (very, very random and not the best deal ever but my daughter told me it was absolutely something I needed to tell you about) 😉


Kitchenaid Mixer $289 after automatic rebate at checkout (was $289 at Amazon yesterday but is back up in price now – I think the best price will be at Kohl’s so use this as a reference ~ I have this one and love it!)

Nutri Ninja Blender Complete $119 after automatic rebate at checkout (compare to $144 at Amazon)

Christmas toys & gifts you don’t want to get at Costco

American Girl Ultimate Crafting Kit $24.99 (currently $33 at Amazon – was $16.49 so might want to wait for a better sale)

Vtech Kidoom Smart Watch $39.99 (currently $39.99 at Amazon as well, has dropped to as low as $29)

Little People Animal Friends Farm $38.99 ($32.99 at Amazon)

Mr. Potato Head Mashable Heroes Ultimate Avenger 6 pack $16.99 ($14.99 at Amazon)

Star Wars Episode 7 Lightsaber $22.99 (currently $13.69 on Amazon)

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40,000 Fitbit Step Goal at 40 & A Giveaway!

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Congratulations to for winning the giveaway! Thanks so much to everyone who entered ~ I so wish I could give one to all of you and loved reading your birthday stories. :) 


Y’all might just think I’m nuts, but yesterday I turned forty (O.U.C.H.) and decided to celebrate by walking 40,000 steps using my Fitbit. 


To be clear, that’s exactly 19.45 miles.




More than I moved the day that I ran a half marathon a few years ago.




I woke up yesterday at 4:50 AM (I’ve done that part for years ~ it’s what I have to do to force myself to exercise because otherwise I’d be a jillion pounds . . .), and set off to do my normal 10,000 step walk/run bright and early(Mostly so I could enjoy my birthday without worrying about calories!)


For a few months I’ve been trying to hit somewhere between 15,000 – 20,000 steps at least on weekdays, so that part wasn’t all that new to me.

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But as I was walking it occurred to me that I might just try being a little ridiculous and hitting a 40,000 mark goal to celebrate turning 40. Truthfully I’ve been a little sad about turning 40 ~ if I’m being honest, really a little more sad about turning 40 and still in the process of just getting to know people in Ohio so I didn’t have folks to celebrate with besides my family.


(People have been so sweet to me here, but working from home full time and keeping up with my family makes it hard to really get to know people all that often, which I thinks is true for work-at-home folks no matter where they are!) 


But it dawned on me that I could turn my wee bit of sad into glad. :) I am glad because God has given me two strong (albeit pudgy!) legs to walk on every day. I can walk wherever I want, whenever I want, and for some that alone is an incredible gift.


So I did the math, and realized that if I walked 3,000 steps every hour throughout the day I’d be pretty close to my goal by nighttime.


Every hour on the hour, I hopped up from my computer, turned on my favorite podcasts (right now I’m listening to a lot of Michael Hyatt and Chalene Johnson), and “walk/jogged” up and down our hallway upstairs to reach those 3,000 steps.

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I ended up averaging 3,000 steps in a little over twenty minutes each hour. Because I’ve had a huge bout with plantar fascitis since running my half a year and a half ago, I wore my favorite Adidas Adissage sandals throughout the day. (These sandals have helped my feet a ton ~ I highly recommend them if you struggle with constant heel pain!)


Then I asked my sweet husband and kids to head to the mall with me after dinner last night, and we walked until I hit my 40,000 steps ~ then celebrated with a Cinnabon. (I haven’t had one in years and it sounded so good – honestly now though I think our homemade Cinnabons are way better, and my kids agree but it was still a fun treat!)

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So, I made it! As a person who’s glued way too closely to her computer throughout the day I’ve loved the motivation of my Fitbit (and especially Fitbit groups), to really encourage me to get up and move around a bit more throughout the day.



I’d love for one of you to have that motivation too, so decided to celebrate we should do a giveaway! I’m giving away one Fitbit HR (the same one I have which is also on sale right now at Ebay) to one lucky reader. Here’s how to enter to win:


The giveaway will close 11/19/15 at 9:00 PM, so be sure to enter to win ~ good luck!


Just so you know, what made the day even sweeter was that I was so fortunate to have a ton of sweet phone calls, messages, and emails from friends all over the place who took time to just wish me a happy day. I am crazy (CRAZY) blessed.

So thankful for a crazy blessed life, no matter what the next forty bring! :) 

(And seriously debating making this an annual tradition . . . 50K steps at 50? 60K steps at 60? And making my kids push me when I get to 90 just a mere 90K steps.) We’ll see!) :) 


This giveaway is not sponsored by Facebook ~ just a gift from me to thank y’all for reading. Thank you!

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My New Scarf Shawl: Just $7.66 & So Cozy!

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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10 Easy Ways To Save On Christmas Decorating

10 easy ways to save on Christmas decorating

Can you believe it’s nearly time to start decorating for Christmas? My husband refuses to let me go full out until after Thanksgiving, but I’m already planning ideas to start working on. Here are a few easy ways to save on Christmas decorations that are worth trying out . . .

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1. Shop Goodwill or your local thrift store.

You never know what you’ll find at Goodwill or your local thrift store, and you can often find items for your home that either are in perfect condition or that you can update with some spray paint. They also sometimes have trees that people donate as well as greenery, so watch for those because you just might find a deal.

Last Spring I found this pinecone wreath from Crate & Barrel still in the box at Goodwill. You just never know what treasure you may find when you’re there!


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2. Don’t miss the Dollar Tree.

Goodness knows I love the Dollar Tree for Christmas shopping. They have so many cute ornaments, and in the last few years I’ve found fun Christmas signs, placemats and more. Be sure to swing by and see what they have before paying full price at another store.


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3. Trade in your old lights.

I shared this a few weeks ago on PPP, but if you have worn out lights you can trade them in at Home Depot to get up to $5 back. This offer just ended for 2015 yesterday (sorry guys!), but keep it in mind if you find worn out lights as you dig through your Christmas boxes this year!



4. Use fresh greenery from your yard.

I. love. this. 

If you have any evergreen bushes anywhere in your yard, you can easily use them to decorate your home during the holidays. A few of my favorite bushes to use include nandina (I love their berries!), holly bushes, arborvitae, magnolia and box wood.

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5. Take advantage of free printables.

There are a ton of super cute free printables Christmas banners on Pinterest, and you can easily add them to a frame for just the cost of your printer ink. Go HERE to see dozens of great ideas.


6. Do it yourself.

If you can make it yourself, doYou can easily make burlap garland for a fraction of the cost you’ll pay at a crafting store, and so many cute ideas are out there on Pinterest to make homemade decor without spending a fortune.


That being said, you can easily spend a bundle on homemade DIY projects too, so be sure to include that in your Christmas budget.

7. Shop after Christmas.

You can save a bundle if you’re willing to wait until after Christmas to stock up on Christmas decor. Every year my husband watches for Christmas lights to go on sale 90% off at Walmart and Lowe’s, and spends next to nothing.


I’ve purchased Christmas trees on December 26th, as well as garlands, ornaments, and just about everything, than boxed it up for the next year.


8. Ask for a deal.

Especially when shopping for fresh Christmas trees, local suppliers will often give you a discount if you just ask. My husband has always haggled a bit when we’ve gotten our trees, and if you wait until just before Christmas to put a fresh tree up you can save even more.


9. Pull out those vintage items.

We have a small set of Mr. & Mrs. Claus mugs from my grandmother, and honestly if all I had at Christmas was those and a small tree I think I’d be plenty happy. Look for those special items in your boxes and forego tons of bling this year.



10. Keep it simple.

Do not ruin your finances to decorate for Christmas. Instead keep things really simple, add some fresh greenery, and make the spirit of Christmas in your home by listening to Christmas music, baking up a yummy treat, and remembering what the season is all about.


While I love Christmas, I don’t want my home to feel so taken over by the season that I can’t enjoy it, so simplicity is huge for me. Remember that the Christmas season really isn’t about a bajillion decorations all over our homes, but rather the Spirit that lives in our homes each day.


What other tips do you have for decorating for Christmas on a budget? I’d love to hear ~ leave a comment to share!

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