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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

New Sample Site

Have you seen this new sample site?
I just got free samples at https://www.samplesource.com.   After answering a short survey, I was offered free hair products, a toothbrush, and two types of antacid.  You can choose to receive any one or all of the samples.


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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A good CVS trip

Don't you love a good CVS run?

I hear all the time from people that they don't have time to do coupons.  Yes, you do.  Just a few minutes at home to organize your list and coupons, and then a few minutes in the store can really save you money on things that you would be buying anyway.

Yesterday I had a great ten-minute trip to CVS:

  • two Crest B toothpaste  (raincheck from last week when they ran out)
    • $5.69 each
    • on sale (raincheck) for $4.99
    • - $1 printable coupon on one
    • - $1 newspaper coupon on the other
    • - $2 coupon machine coupon off an $8 toothpaste purchase
    • and received $4 back in ECB on each one  
    • = better than free  
  • one Dawn dish soap
    • on sale for $.99
    • - $.25 newspaper coupon
    • = $.74 total
  • two Cadbury eggs  (my very favorite treat)
    • on sale, buy one get one free
    • =$.99 total for two
  • I had $1 in ECB to use
Grand total= $7.27 paid out of pocket, and I walked out with $8 in ECBs to spend next time.  I like to think of it as CVS paying me $.73 cents to take those things home.  THAT is my kind of shopping!  :)



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Monday, March 10, 2014

Recent Reads: Highway to Hell


Highway to Hell: The Road Where Childhoods Are Stolen is an aptly named book about the horrors of child prostitution in Brazil.   I can't remember the last time I had a nightmare as an adult, but the first night I read this book, I woke up shaking from a horrible dream. (Though my dream was unrelated to this subject, I'm still sure that the book caused the dream.)

This book is written from the author's perspective as an investigative journalist who finds himself drawn to find out about these girls and try to help them.  He goes back to do research on the problem and finds that it is bigger and more widespread than he ever imagined.   In the book, he shares both his personal relections and stark facts that he uncovers.   The book gives enough details about the girls and their lives so that the reader truly feels compassion for them, but it is also written in a respectful manner, not just focused on the sexual aspects.

This was a hard book for me to read. I think part of the reason this book touched me so deeply is that I have a ten year-old daughter of my own, and I can't imagine her living a life anything like what most of these young girls accept as normal. The lives these girls live- often hopping on a semi truck along a highway and never being seen again- really got to me.  Tales of girls as young as nine years old willingly going into prostitution shocked me... they see it as a means to afford a cell phone or pretty clothing.  The stories of girls put in this life against their will were not as surprising, but still disturbing.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Kregel Publications in return for posting my honest review here on my blog during the book's tour dates of March 10-14.   I will also post copies of this review on Amazon and GoodReads. 


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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Recent Reads: Glitter and Glue

Glitter and Glue: A Memoir This was a night light read, a memoir of a daughter who grows up to appreciate her mother.  When Kelly Corrigan was a teen, her mom was that mom: the one who isn't necessarily "fun", who makes her do things the right way, who is practical and hard working.  Like teens everywhere, Kelly rolls her eyes and can't wait to move out and find adventure in the world.  She does.... and that's when her mom's voice in her head starts to really be her guide.  It turns out that Mom's rules and ideas weren't so useless after all.

I happened to catch an interview with the author on a morning talk show when I was about half-way through reading this book.  She talks just like she writes.... you get the feeling of a friend sitting around recalling stories.  I enjoyed her style of writing and would probably enjoy other books by this author.

Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book through the Amazon Vine program in exchange for posting my honest review on Amazon.  I will also share this review on GoodReads and my blog.


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Menu Plan 2/18


I didn't have a plan last week, and I could tell-- suppers were thrown together.  Most weeks I do a menu plan on the board in our kitchen, and sometimes it even makes it here to the blog.  ;)

The plan for the rest of the week:
  • TUESDAY: beef stroganoff over noodles, steamed broccoli
  • WEDNESDAY: crockpot roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans   I normally just season my chicken with olive oil and seasoned salt, but this week I'm going to try Budget Savy Diva's recipe that I found on Pinterest. 
  • THURSDAY:  BBQ Ribettes on buns, corn, salad (easy microwave meal for DH and the kids since I will be at work) 
  • FRIDAY: new recipe: crockpot white chicken chili using leftover chicken 
  • SATURDAY: hamburgers, sweet potato fries, salad
For more ideas, check out Menu Plan Monday!


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