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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Just Chatting

What is on top of my nightstand?

Avalon Organics body lotion in lavendar

Homemade rosemary cream for aches and pains

A decorated tin can filled with pens and screwdrivers

And a fan

Here's a view of my little cabin

I sat on my bed to take the pics.

Last giveaway I won...a sports bra

Last meal cooked....sloppy joes

Tell me about you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Popping In With Freebie News

A few freebies I got today. Several magazines (Real Simple, Southern Living.....don't you just love the pictures in this one?, Traditional Home, Redbook, Dwell, and Better Homes and Gardens) plus three samples of Seventh Generation laundry soap. (thanks Seventh Generation Forums!) and three greeting cards.

I have several days a week like this...I love free stuff!

Check out these sites

Hunt 4 Freebies

Hey It's Free

I earned a free fancy coffee at Mcdonalds this week too. Remember I told you how I do it?

Guess what! I have a youtube channel! Check us out. Please subscribe...I promise we'll get better!

Our first video

Our second video

Comment below and tell me what you got free this week!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Operation:Save Money


I have been going over the budget recently and I mean in both ways: reviewing it and spending over it!

To remedy the problem, which got started when one of hubby's paychecks way back last July was much less than expected. This necessitated some shuffling around on bills and apparently we didn't shuffle well enough!!
What a lesson, that one check could cause so much havoc!

So after making a three column list of bills that 1)can't be changed ( like mortgage) 2) bills that can be changed but not easily ( like electric) and 3) those that can be changed easily ( like hubby's coffee habit every morning)

Here are a few remedies I have in mind to take our monthly bills from $3260 to $2900.

Hubby can take coffee from home- $30
No more Mcdonald's on grocery shopping day- $80
With a bitter winter ahead I can cook on woodstove since it will be ablaze anyway- $17
Make detergent-$20 .I was making my own but then we got in habit of going to the laundromat and we ended up buying Tide. Well, generic Tide. But no more ! Back to homemade.
Pay off credit cards with income tax refunds- $250

This is a monthly savings of almost $400.
This brings me to $2860.

Will I do it? We'll see!

I plan to save money on my grocery bill... Which really can't be scaled back using smartphone apps like ibotta, checkout 51, and cartwheel. I simply send pics of my receipts that contain the products these apps list, different each week, and money is added to my account. I cash out at $20.

Remember this post on how I get free food with smartphone apps?

I also use discounts and coupons at stores like Kohls ( only shop clearance) , Kmart and Sears for household necessities and earn points. Yesterday I used $10 in free Sears points to buy headphones for a Christmas gift for my daughter.

I use Swagbucks and MyPoints to earn guft cards. This past week I earned a  $5 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks and a $10 Amazon gift card from MyPoints. I don't just do the searches; I also watch videos( about 1 minute long), do surveys, and buy needed items thru their link.
For example, I buy grocery items at Walmart thru MyPoints link , items I need anyway, pick them up at the local store  so there is no shipping fee, and gain points I can use to redeem on gift cards. I eat at the Olive Garden for my birthday free every year!

So...a good plan? What do you think? Comment below with what you think!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Free Food? How?

I have been getting free food lately. How am I doing that?
With smartphone apps!

I have downloaded several apps that when applied at places gets me free stuff.

The Sonic app was good for a free small slushie. Funny story, after I ordered a cherry one they forgot me! So to make up for that they upgraded it to a large.!!

Chick Filet was good for a free sandwich of my choice. So was Mcdonald's. So was Burger King.

Speaking of Mcdonald's,  every time I buy a coffee there I get a point towards a free cup of joe. Five dots and I get a freebie!

Starbucks offered up a free drink...anything I I chose the most expensive coffee drink there and nobody batted an eye :)

Subway gave me a free 6 inch sub if I bought a drink. One iced tea later and I was munching on a steak and cheese sandwich.

These apps are good for deals all the time so even after the freebies are gone you can still get deals that help your wallet.

Even if I never go back to those places , and face it, with no coffeeshop in this small town I will be back to Mcdonald's for at least coffee, I still got my money's worth ;)

What apps do you use?

Friday, September 30, 2016

Meal Planning by Me

Well today was a busy day, as most Fridays are. That's because it's grocery shopping day!

This week's gatherings include 10 dinners and 5 lunches, plus various snacks and household needs.

We plan to have bbq chicken, pbj, bagels with cream cheese and fruit, scrambled egg bake, and cheesy potatoes for lunch.

Dinners are as follows: ham and bean soup, chicken and yellow rice, chili (at Jamie's request) , chicken spaghetti, tuna casserole, chicken noodle casserole, sloppy joes, roast chicken and veggies, pizza and salad, and turkey with the trimmings ( why wait til Thanksgiving?)

Breakfasts will be cereal ( I had coupons), eggs in various forms, hot cereal, or cocoa and fruit- take your pick!

What's on your meal plan this week?

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Look What I Made! And More!

Today I made German pancakes, also known as Dutch babies.

This video, by one of my favorite bloggers, Esther Emery, explains how to make them.

I have meat for dinner thawing. Can you read the goodness I am so excited about? Grassfed beef , only $4.19 a pound!

I am starting over "on the farm". I have sold my horse, pigs, and goats. I kept the cats, chickens and dogs.
My heart and mind need a rest so I am stopping everything and deciding what is most important to me. 

I have started composting directly to my lasagna garden in hopes of a good spring crop. Not sure what those crops will be lol.

I have started attending a new church...the kids really like it. I am getting there. *smile

Hopefully I will be blogging again. We'll see!!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Blog Review of Sarah Mae's New Book


The basic premise of this book is to put our  hearts into our house cleaning.
However that doesn't mean making a clean home something  we worship but that we understand why we clean our homes.

Sarah Mae writes with a gentle friendly conversational tone in which she leads us to the Bible for the reasons that we need to present a clean home to others.

Make no mistake about it,the author knows the people inside the house are more important than the house itself.
She just shows us ways to aid the former with the latter.

There are no strict guidelines to follow- this is your routine you are working out, not mine, and not Sarah's.
Flexibility and Jesus are the keys.
Sarah guides us through both of these aspects. 

For me living in a one room off grid cabin means my cleaning schedule looks different then most.   So I decided to focus on the biblical part of this book instead of the cleaning part.   The part that gives us the why to what we as homemakers (or lifegivers as Sarah calls us) do.

Another example of something I really liked was that  Sarah talks about anchors instead of schedules so I will share my super simple  anchors with you 
1-wake up, read bible with kids, feed farm animals and then breakfast.
2-lunch and reading
3- prepare supper, feed farm animals, get dishes out.
4- brush teeth and wash up for bed.

I think this book  will appeal to different women  for different reasons. For some the practical cleaning advice will jump out at them and for some  the spiritual words will be stronger. And I think both will stand out for all of us at different times in our lives.

All in all ...I loved this book and strongly recommend it to every woman out there!

I was provided this book free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion by Tyndale.