Monday, October 27, 2008

Free Samples and such

Hope all is well. Found a few things you might be interested in. Make sure to continue checking out the other people I pull information from because they each bring a different perspective on how to cook for your family, save money, and get free stuff!

Betty Crocker Potatoes
Vaseline Intensive Rescue (You don't have to be a Costco member to sign up!)
Dunkin' Donuts Dark Coffee
Fruit Roll-Up and Box Tops

I'm an Organizing Junkie is giving away a Couponizer and a Week over Week Calendar!

Thanks to Freebies4Mom for letting us know about FREE TACOS at Taco Bell

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stuff from Others

Make sure to check out a few sites that I saw today and it's a little easier to give you two links instead of several! Check them out because they are some great deals!


Coupon Cravings

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

High Fructose Corn Syrup- the REAL truth

So I'm sure most of us have seen those new TV ad's about high fructose corn syrup. I know it made me cock my head to the side and say out loud, "Hmm... I wonder if that is really true?" Well I haven't been able to do much research on my own, then this week I got my newsletter from Dr. Mercola whom I trust VERY much regarding health issues.

He has some great insight on this, so please check out his article and comments HERE.
So I've obviously been a little busy with my puppy and haven't found a lot of time to post. I'm actually taking a few minutes at work to do this, just don't tell my boss... although I'm sure he wouldn't really care since he checks his MySpace a million times a day anyway!!! ;)

We have also been pretty busy because at church this week we are having a Seminar on "I Found Freedom" from Wellspring Ministries. It's quite interesting and a lot of people are seeing some emotional healing from this. The teaches show us that things like bitterness, self-hatred, anger, fear, and other things are not from God and that bad things really DO NOT come from Him either. Ergo when people say things like "God did ______ to teach me/you a lesson" or "Maybe ________ happened because you have sin in your life" those things are LIES! Even well-intentioned people can lie, and unfortunately I may have been one of those in my life.

If we don't realize these things are lies and that the feelings of bitterness, anger, etc are from the ENEMY then we can't truly be healed. It's something that for me seems fairly easy to comprehend, but who knows what God is going to do in my life down the road that I may need to refer back to these teachings.

I'm grateful that our Pator is willing to allow someone else to come in and teach his flock, because this doesn't happen at all churches. So we will go and listen, and learn, and pray because this is powerful information and God IS using it.

Speaking of being used... can I just say that I am thankful that even though I don't have a terrible past with dating and 'going too far' with a guy that I wansn't married to, God is using me to teach and mentor people in the avenue of dating. When I was going through all my past relationships I would get so discouraged because I felt like a flake, or that I wasn't hearing God telling me who/how to date. Well now I am seeing the full picture that even though my mistakes weren't huge, they are still able to help shed light on some young girls lives.

I'm still very close to a few girls from a youth group we belonged to in Wheaton, and let me just tell you that I love and care about those kids like you would NOT believe. One of the girls is like my little sister, and she is the most recent person God is helping me mentor in this area. Just last night I was able to share a story with her about a relationshp I was in, and it paralled her current situation so much it was eerie! But my errors, and my reflection on the situation has now helped her fine tune and accept what God was already putting into her heart. How amazing!

This has turned into a bit of a praise report on my life more than a post about Frugality, but I hope you don't care because I think we all need to be able to rejoice with each other in these type of victories. God is still working today, whether we chose to accept it or not.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Meet Boaz

We got Boaz last night on a whim! There was NO plan on getting him, but when we saw him our hearts melted, then once we started asking questions about him and how he was, everything checked off right.

Shedding: NO
Good with kids: YES
Yippee: yes, but haven't heard him bark yet... GOOD STUFF
Price: ON SALE!!! WAHOO!
Size: 12 lbs MAX- GOOD

So of course, here are some pictures!!!

Freebies Again!

I don't know if anyone else has noticed this, or if it's just me but it seems that the amount and quality of "Freebies" has been slipping! Walmart epecially, doesn't have as many samples, and they don't have a very quick turn-over. Is is just me????

Well, it's a good thing I found these today to put a little redeeming quality in Walmart for me! ;)

Always Infinity
Pur Filter Shopping List Pad

Also make sure to check out "BeCentsAble" to see how she found a way to use a T-Shirt as a reusable shopping bag!


Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Yes I am still around, and I am incredibly sorry I haven't posted in so long! Life has gotten a little crazy because I was sick for several days, then my Mom was sick several times with migraines and since we work together it's hard when we are both sick!

Dave and I are doing really well, and are so excited that we are starting a new lifestyle change together in our eating habits! My baby sister is getting married in January and my bridesmaid dress came this weekend... enough said right?! Agh! We are now eating healthier and are walking every day together after dinner. It's so nice because not only is it getting out for excercise and fresh air but it gives us time to connect with each other. Although we may 'see' each other a lot, we rarely have time to really connect.

I've been doing a TON of planning over the last few days for Lauryn's Bridal Shower and also her Bachelorette Weekend we are planning in Chicago! We are so excited because we are going at Christmas time (her FAVORITE time of year!) and I got the PALMER HOUSE HILTON as our hotel!!! She is ecstatic! It's going to be a fun time for us three sisters to have time together.

If you have any ideas of neat places to go in Chicago at Christmas that are inexpensive I would welcome ANY of them!