25 Days of Paint Projects Day 1: Sherwin Williams Sea Salt


You guys know there are few things I love more than a nice home up-do with a fresh coat of paint. So this month we’ll be checking out 25 paint projects, along with the colors they used so you can motivate yourself to tackle some painting if it’s on your to-do list this summer!

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Take a peek at today’s makeover. Using the same color I have in our new home (Sherwin Williams Sea Salt – I love it!), see how Julia from Hooked on Houses updated her family room keeping the same furniture but changing the paint. I love this one (and highly recommend this color too!)


Looking for more paint changes? Here are a few I’ve tackled over the last few years . . .

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What Can You Freeze?

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Did you know that there are a ton of items you can pop in your freezer to extend their shelf life? Groceries including dairy products, fruits, and veggies as well as baked goods, meat and more can all be frozen so that you can pick them up while they’re at a good price at your grocery store, then use them as you need them.


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Menu Plan Week of 5/3/15

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Have you made your menu plan yet for the week? I’m so excited that we have absolutely beautiful weather here today, and am so looking forward to more dinners outside over the coming months!



If you’d like to follow our menu plan, print this handy dandy free printable google doc – hopefully it makes your life a little simpler this week (let me know if you like it!) If you’re new to Google Docs, here’s how to print your list:

  • Open the document HERE
  • Click “file” in the top left hand corner of the screen
  • Click “print” at the bottom of that menu and print your list


Menu plan

Grocery list
  • 4 pork chops
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 oz each)
  • 1 package Perdue chicken short cuts
  • packaged pizza dough (or make your own)
  • 1 onion
  • buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • american cheese
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • sandwich bread
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 can tomato soup (for dipping grilled cheese – we may substitute with spaghetti sauce)
  • 3 cups baby spinach
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh mushrooms
  • green onions
  • pecans (optional – we’re skipping this one in the Spinach & Mushroom Chicken)
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • red onion


Side Dish Extras

  • fresh fruit
  • salad
  • fresh, canned or frozen veggies
  • carrot sticks
  • chips

Pantry Staples

  • salt & pepper
  • eggs
  • poultry seasoning
  • vegetable oil
  • butter
  • garlic (4 cloves)
  • flour
  • oregano
  • parsley
  • garlic salt
  • olive oil
  • rotisserie chicken seasoning (I’ll substitute with seasoning salt)
  • parmesan cheese


Do you have anything yummy on your menu plan this week?  I’d love to hear what you’re having, and if you have any great recipe ideas please leave a comment to share!  Here are a few previous menu plans that you can also try out:



Check out my recipes to try board on Pinterest, and see more penny-pinched recipe ideas.  This post is linked up to OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday where you can find lots more menu planning ideas! 


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*HOT* Sam’s Club Groupon Basically FREE After $20 Gift Card & Free Food Offers

This offer is still available for a few more days – grab yours soon if you’re interested!


WOOHOOO! Sam’s Club and Groupon are offering their awesome voucher deal again,which means it’s a great time to try out a Sam’s Club Membership!  For $45 (the regular cost of a membership), you’ll get:

  • A one year Sam’s Plus membership ($100 value)
  • Complimentary membership card for a spouse or other household member
  • $20 gift card valid for any in-club, online or fuel purchases
  • Three Fresh-food certificates, redeemable at the time of membership activation through Monday, July 27, 2015 (a $22.94 value), including:
    • One rotisserie chicken (2.75lb—$4.98 value)
    • One container of Italian Rose Fresh Salsa (48 oz—$9.98 value)
    • Gourmet cupcakes (8-count—$7.98 value)
This is only offered one or two times a year, and is available while supplies last. If you’ve been considering a Sam’s purchase at all (read this to see what I think is worth picking up at Sam’s Club), this is definitely worth checking out! This is definitely the best way to get this offer – grab yours soon if you’re interested to take advantage of this deal.
Go HERE to get yours.


Find more top retail deals.

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25 Days of Dollar Tree Projects Day 24: Thumb Tack Letter Art


This is a great “rainy day” project.  You could make this word art say anything…Mr. & Mrs., Love, Hope, a name, etc.  The possibilities are endless!


DIY Ready uses items from the Dollar Tree to make thumb tack word art.  Head over here to see a step-by-step rundown of how it’s done – fun!

 Looking for more Dollar Tree Projects?  Check these out:

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Spring Cleaning Week #4: Our Free Closet Makeover + Why I’m Keeping A Worn Out Mirror



I am so stinkin’ excited to have this project done!


Cleaning out our closet has been on my to do list since we moved in (almost an entire year ago), but was so low on the list that there was no way it was going to get my attention.


This month though, after finishing up my kids closets, I knew it was time to take control.





The most exciting update? I bought a ton of new fancy hangers (at Walmart – you know, f.a.n.c.y.) They have little places for straps on your tank tops to hold, so I’m thrilled to have clothes that will stay on the hanger!

(It’s the little things, right?) :)


Let’s take a tour . . .




Here’s most of what is heading to Goodwill, the trash, or to sell at a consignment shop. Honestly, most of it’s in such bad shape that it will end up at Goodwill to works towards a tax deduction!)


I ended up using the money that I made cleaning out Jackson, Caroline & Reagan’s closets ($85 – woohoo!) to purchase the small drawers and new hanging racks at Walmart. So I paid nothing to update our little closet, and it looks oh-so-much better!




And here’s why I’m not buying a new fancy mirror. :)


When I was looking for things to organize our closet with I noticed several great mirrors at very reasonable prices. It was all I could do not to grab one (I think I could have found one for less $30-$40), but I kept thinking that this is in my closet.


That no one ever sees but me. 


Yes, I’d love some kind of ridiculous closet like these, I’d love fancy shelving, and I’d love a trendy mirror.




There are a lot of things on our to do list in our home over the next few months, and, no one will ever see what’s in my closet. 


Sacrificing what I want (that is such a minor want ~ goodness!) for what I really want just wasn’t worth it for me.  


The mirror I has legs but the parts have been misplaced somewhere along our last four moves, so James is going to hang it up on the wall for me.


I might paint it. Or even stain it. Who knows.


But really, this one just doesn’t matter, so I’m letting it go ~ no matter how amazing those beautiful closets can be on Pinterest. 😉



I’m oh-so-satisfied with just better and one day if we have oodles of money to throw away on a fancy closet that’ll be just fine, but today’s not the day for me. :)


So there you have it! If you have a closet that’s just begging for some TLC, I highly recommend taking some time to work on it. I literally tucked my kids in bed one night this week, turned on a new episode of Parenthood (I love my Amazon Prime free shows!), and stayed up late just to get it done. It feels wonderful, and I love knowing what’s actually in my closet to wear each day too! If you really want some closet motivation check this out (wow.), and get to work tidying things up today.




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Save 47% On Dear Zoo Board Book + More

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Amazon just dropped the price on the board book Dear Zoo (excellent reviews) to $3.68, which is the lowest price it’s ever been at!  It also ships free with Amazon Prime or Free Super Saver Shipping.

Here are a few other board books also worth checking out . . . 

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And, if you’re getting ready for summer and would like some extra workbooks at home to work on, check out this great selection of Kumon Workbooks currently on sale (my kids loved these!)

See more Amazon deals. 

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Bag Lady

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I am a bag lady. 


I have a bag for my coupons, my Bible Study bag, a laptop bag, a gym bag, a donation bag, a we’re-going-to-watch-a-ball-game-and-I-need-entertainment-for-my-kids bag, a library bag, an emergency-snack bag . . .


and, then of course there’s my purse. :)

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My kids also have their bags. They have bookbags and soccer bags, gymnastics bags, a gym clothes bag, their lunch bags, and even a special bag for drumsticks.


Our loads of bags sometimes seem to take over every nook and cranny in our home. (However, as I’m thinking about it, it seems my husband has no bags . . . hmph.)


Some days those bags get too heavy to carry, for both myself and my family. There’s not always enough time to clip coupons from the coupon bag, dig through the Bible Study bag, pick up extra donations for the donation bag, and haul eighteen bags around with my kids to each event.


As we race between soccer and gymnastics and band practice I sometimes wonder “Why are we doing this?”  And yet, we wake up again the next day and we all pick up our bags again.

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Jackson, now 15, way back in 2011 taking our donation bag to church. I thought he was so big then!

But most of these bags are here for such a short season. 


In just a few years the drumstick bag will be off at college.


The gymnastics bag may be stuffed under the bed.


And those soccer bags might just end up at our local Goodwill.

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For everything there is a season.


(This hurts more than a wee bit to even type.)




If you’re feeling overwhelmed today by the bags that you carry, know that it’s okay to leave a bag by the wayside for a small portion of your life. If you can’t clip every coupon, donate to every charity, and read every library book it’s really okay. (I promise!)


Sweet mommas, most of these bags just aren’t gonna last. 


Embrace what you have, with who you have it, right here, right now, today. 


Take a deep breath, gather up those bags, and focus on your favorites as you race them around town today.  These bags won’t last, but who knows what new (cute?) bags we might pick up along the way.


(When these bags all head out the door, I’m thinking I’ll pick up a Kate Spade suitcase bag alongside a passport to just about wherever.  Anyone with me?) :) 



 Leave a comment to share your thoughts if you feel life fleeting way too fast too . . . I love hearing from you!


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Double Ad Wednesday at Fresh Thyme & Sprouts!

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You. guys.


If you have a Sprouts or Fresh Thyme Market in your area, you have got to get there today.


For real.
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I just took a peek at both ads, and they have some incredible savings going on today! I looked at the Dublin, Ohio and Madison, Alabama ads, and both have $.88/lb grapes (ending today in Ohio, starting today in Madison ~ weird?), crazy good deals on chicken, big savings on avocados and lots more incredible produce prices.


Take a peek at the full Sprouts ad HERE and Fresh Thyme ad HERE, and let me know what you think . . . I’m heading out shortly to stock up myself.


Happy penny pinching! 😉

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*HOT* Staples $2.99 Storage Bins + 1¢ Paper

I had to make a quick Staples trip this morning to pick up my free copy paper, and noticed this great deal on storage containers! Right now they have their large storage containers marked down to $2.99 (regularly $5.49), and it looks like there’s no limit on how many you can grab. (If you  hear differently let me know, but the cashier told me they should work on as many as you need!)

Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 2.12.14 PMBe sure to grab your 1¢ Staples paper as well while you’re there  . . . 


Buy Staples 8.5″ x 11″ Copy Plus Paper, $7.79 (item # 513099)

  • Use Staples printable coupon
  • Pay $2.81 out of pocket
  • Submit for $2.80 Easy Rebate
  • Just 1¢ after coupon and Easy Rebate!

New to Staples Rewards? Read more about the program over HERE.

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