Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Free Haircuts!

JcPenney has a great offer that they doing for the month of August! All kids grades K-6th can get a FREE haircut!! What an awesome freebie!

I suggest going here to find a location near you and calling to make an appointment before they get booked up.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Off to Camp again!

This is our LAST "big" summer trip of the year. Thank goodness because we haven't been home for more than 10 days at a time since May 1! I'd really like to put the suit case away for a while. Don't get me wrong I love traveling and I especially loved seeing ALL our families, but its time to get back into routine. AFTER this week at camp. We're headed up to Camp Perkins. It's a BEAUTIFUL place and we were up there the first of this month but this time we're going back because Pastor's a guitar camp counselor and POSSIBLY the pastoral counselor as well, but he is trying not to do both, but I have a feeling it will happen.

Here's a "view" of camp from our earlier trip this month!

 The Sawtooth Mountain Range in Idaho.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Book Review: To Heaven and Back by Mary Neal

To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life Again: A True Story

To Heaven and Back was a fast read. It kept me wondering what was going to happen next. It’s a fairly “scientific” read because Mary Neal is an orthopaedic surgeon and a lot of her book talks about her conditions, medically.

Mary talks about how she wasn’t a strong Christian woman during her near death experience, but it totally changed her life. She had her near death experience while kayaking on the Chilean River. She was trapped in her boat under the rapids for a period of time that should have claimed her life, but rather she says she was held by angels and Jesus and told that her time on her was not finished (as she was told her 9 year old son would die and her husband would need her comfort on earth…which her son did die, 10 years later at 19 years old).

I really enjoyed how Dr. Neal incorporated scripture into her book. She uses 1 Thessalonians 5:16 “Rejoice Always”. She talks about how she was always “happy” but JOY is a totally different happiness. “Even when it feels as if we are being crushed by earthly troubles, we can remain joyful. If we keep our focus on God, our spirit cannot be trampled. Joy is a state of mind and a state of being. It reflects a conscious choice to believe in the promises of the bible” pg. 93.

Towards the end of her book she includes a creed that she follows, which I found great.
            I believe God’s promises are true.
            I believe heaven is real.
            I believe nothing can separate me from God’s love.
            I believe God has work for me to do.
            I believe God will see me through and carry me when I cannot walk.

While I’m not sure where I stand on “near death” experiences I found Mary’s book to be moving and inspirational and I’d recommend the book to everyone. It really opens your eyes.

Last week the Today show featured Mary Neal and talked about her book.

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 **I recieved this book free for my honest review from WaterBrook Multnomah.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Secret Secret!

So, I've learned about this (actually a while back, but I always forget about it) new "secret" MOST grocery stores do for kids....its how I've kept my two quiet in the cart....besides for the fun and crazy car carts which I just LOVE to drive zig zag through the store (anyone with kids will understand).

Here's the secret. MOST bakeries in the grocery store.......I know for sure Albertsons and Fred Meyer's does this......give out COOKIES to the kids! For FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you hear me singing praises?! Yes, that's right. I do half of our shopping, while the kids are still "semi" interested in it, then when they get a little bored and restless its to the bakery we go! Worked WONDERS today!!!

Just try it sometime!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chalk Race Track

Today we took out the chalk and made various "race tracks" for little hot wheels cars (and #1 used his bike on some of them) in the driveway. It was fun had by all. Even Pastor go in on the drawing!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Back on the Counponing Wagon!

Since we've been on vacation or gone or what not I haven't really been "couponing" extremely. Here's the nice thing about it though, since I have an AMAZING stock pile, our grocery bills haven't been too high (except for when we hosted family here for a week, then it was a lot more than usual, just because we were feeding a lot more mouths).

So today #2 and I went to Albertsons to use DOUBLERS while #1 was at VBS (we did stay for a big majority of VBS, just left for a bit to do a few errands). I'd like to say we really saved a ton. We didn't spend much and got a LOT for free, when its all figured out.

Here's how my trip looked.

Transaction #1
2 Go-Gurts - 2.50
Double 1-.85 coupon
Receive $1 in Catalina
2 Ivory Soap Bars 1.59 
Double 2-$1/1 coupons from 7/1 P&G insert.
Most stores will only double the .59, but mine doubled the whole $1!
 OOP: 2.80 
Received $1 Cat

Transaction #2
 Pepperidge Farms JINGO Crackers 2.50
Double 1- $1 off coupon
Ivory Soap Bars 1.59
Double 1-$1/1 coupon from 7/1 P&G insert
Yosicle 3.99 (this is a TREAT for my kids, usually we make our Popsicles)
Double 1-$1 off coupon
OOP: 2.39 

Transaction #3
2 Milkyway Bars .79
Double 1-$1/2 Bars from Facebook. No longer available.
2 Chobani Yogurt 1.00
Double 2-$.30/1 Yogurt from Facebook. No longer available.
OOP: .50 

 Transaction #4
2 Pepperidge Farms JINGO Crackers  2.50
Double 2 - $1 off coupons
Ivory Soap Bars 1.59
Double 1-$1/1 coupon from 7/1 P&G insert
OOP: .81
I was supposed to get a $1 Cat from this (at least from my researching, but it didn't print.)

Transaction #5
2 Breakfast To Go 2.50
Double 2-$1 off
Ivory Soap Bars 1.59
Double 1-$1/1 coupon from 7/1 P&G insert
 OOP: .81
I also received $1 CAT from the Breakfast to go purchases.

Transaction #6
Suave Body Wash (HUGE bottle) 2.79
Double 1- .75 coupon
1.60lb Ground Beef 5.58
Use Store coupon of $2 off that was on the meat
Double 2-$1 Catalinas (from previous purchases)
OOP: 1.09

TOTAL OOP: $8.40
SAVED: 27.61 or 81%

Now, you're probably thinking what in the world is she going to do with 15 bars of soap. Well we'll donate half and then use the other have for crafting projects to come!!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Free Lotion

Bath and Body Works Coupon
Hurry to the Bath and Body Works Facebook Page and get a coupon for a FREE Signature Collection Lotion! You can click on “Get Offer” and you will receive an email with a coupon for one of the 3 New Signature Fragrances from Paris. This is a 2 oz. Sample, but the offer is only available while samples last at your local store so I wouldn’t wait to grab this one.

I use these in our guest bathroom and allow guests to take them home with them. 

Free Starbucks Drink TODAY!

Free Starbucks Refreshers
TODAY from 12pm – 3pm you can visit your Local Starbucks Stores and get a FREE Tall (12 oz.) Handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers Beverage courtesy of Starbucks.

Handcrafted Starbucks Refreshers™ beverages: Made with green coffee extract, a natural source of energy, and real fruit juice to create a thirst-quenching, low calorie beverage. Available in Very Berry Hibiscus with real berries and Cool Lime with real lime slices at participating Starbucks company-operated and licensed stores in the U.S.

You can find details on the Starbucks Website.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

CHEAP Hydrogen Peroxide

Here's a new $0.50/1 Curad printable coupon that makes for some great deals at Walmart this week!   Here's how:
Curad Hydrogen Peroxide (16 oz.), $0.68
$0.50/1 Curad printable coupon
$0.18 after coupon!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

AND the Rockin' Green Winner is......

Bo Wood

Please comment below with an email address  AND your scent of choice (feel free to write it out for spammer reasons, like bo at wood dot com) within 48 hours and I'll be in touch with you to get your free product!

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