Weekend Giveaway: 8×10 Portrait by Jo Diquez (4 Winners)


So, this may be my most favorite giveaway ever. And I truly mean that.

Because Jo Diquez made a portrait of my “baby” Silas based upon a picture of him and the result is the above. And is it not the most adorable picture you’ve ever seen?? Yes, I might be biased, but it just melts my heart so, so much!

And I wasn’t the only one who thought so. When Jo finished the print, she emailed us a scan of it and my team passed it around and we all oohed and awed over it because we were so impressed with Jo’s work.

These portraits would be such a unique and special gift to purchase for someone — a grandparent, another relative, or for yourself. Or, they would also be a great way to create a keepsake of a special picture — like a wedding picture or baby portrait.

You can see more samples of Jo’s work here. Or follow her on Facebook here.

Would you like to win an 8×10 portrait made by Jo Diquez? She’s generously giving away 4 8×10 portraits to my readers here this week. Each winner will get to choose one picture of one person for her to turn into an amazing drawing like you see of Silas above.

To enter to win, click on the graphic below. 4 winners will be chosen and posted next week.

Enter the Giveaway

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HUGE List of Free Homeschool Curriculum & Resources

This is the weekly list of Free Homeschool Curriculum and Resources compiled by Jamerrill from FreeHomeschoolDeals.com. If you aren’t a homeschooler, but you’re a parent, teacher, babysitter, or nanny, you’ll probably find at least a few useful freebies in this list. You may also want to go through the Educational Deals and Freebies from earlier this week for more.

This week we have a list that is loaded with educational goodness. You will find lots of math, language arts, and preschool resources as well as a few other goodies tucked in here.



Practice addition with these cute FREE WINTER THEMED ADDITION CARDS (instant download) only at Free Homeschool Deals!

Start your child in multiplication with FREE Skip Counting Printables. Then continue the learning with FREE Multiplication Worksheets Numbers 1-12.

Here are Free Montessori Math Primary Coloring Pages.

Language Arts

This FREE Spelling Practice Bendy-stick Game is a creative and fun way to practice spelling!

Here are Free Winter Spelling & Reading Practice Activities to keep your child interested in spelling.

Use theses FREE Short Vowel Worksheets or these FREE CVC Word Family Play Dough Mats to teach your child spelling patterns.

This list includes 100 of the Best FREE Language Arts Printables!

Here is a FREE Snowy Days Writing Activities Printable.

Reading and Literature


Are you wondering what to give your second grade student to read? Try this FREE 2nd Grade Read Aloud Chapter Books Printable.

Study the classics with a FREE Hansel and Gretel Literature Unit Study or this FREE Alice in Wonderland Literature Unit Study and Printable Pack.

For your high school students, here are FREE Classic Books: Audio, eBooks, and Movies (High School Level) and more!

More Homeschool Goodness

Download a 55-page Free Cursive Writing Set from This Reading Mama.

Do people ever ask you How Many Children You Homeschool? Or if you use a School Room or the Dining Room Table for lessons? Hear what other moms have to say.

Use these FREE Educational Videos to teach art, science, music and more.

Since we are in the middle of winter, how about a FREE Winter Learning pack or FREE Build Your Own Snowman Placemats?

Celebrate Valentines with a FREE Valentines Day Learning Activity.

Preschool and Early Elementary


Spring will be here before you know it! In the meanwhile, start learning about farm life inside with these FREE Farm Animal Unit Study Resources.

Practice math and phonics with these FREE Preschool Dot-a-Dot Worksheets.

Here are FREE Color Coloring Pages to help your child learn color words.

If your child needs support transitioning into dressing for winter, this FREE Printable Social Story for Winter will guide them into those clothes.

Learn the letter Q with FREE Letter Q Printables and Activities.

Preschoolers need lots of practice with cutting, so be sure to grab these FREE Scissor Cutting Practice Pages.

Study the number 3 with this FREE Romp and Roar Number 3 Pack.

Here are 25 FREE Letter and Sound Learning Picture Mats to get your preschooler started on phonics and letters.

History and Geography


These FREE History Summary Worksheets contain 2 printables to study people and events in history.

Writing and history collide with this Free World War II Copybook.

Teach your child all about Martin Luther King Jr with these Free Martin Luther King Jr. Notebooking Pages.

Examine the little known explorers with this FREE History of Explorers A-Z unit study.

If you are studying geography, then you don’t want to miss this FREE Landscapes and Landforms Study for Upper Grades.



This FREE Hymn of the Week Study will include a new hymn each week to study and learn.

Dig into women in history that obeyed God with this FREE Heroines of the Past Biblestudy.

Click here thousands of homeschool freebies!

*Don’t forget! If you are looking for additional free homeschool resources please check the huge growing list of free homeschool curriculum and resources on MoneySavingMom.com!

Jamerrill is the homeschooling mother of a large and growing family. After seasons of spending $50 or less annually to homeschool her children, she started Free Homeschool Deals in 2012 to help all families afford the homeschool life. You can follow the homeschool goodness on Pinterest and Facebook.

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Brigette’s $71 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

It’s been gorgeous weather here in the South the past week! I ended up not making several of the meals on my menu plan last week so that we could grill out. In January.

With this being only my second winter here, and having spent the previous 6 winters in Detroit – this still blows my mind. I love it! This wasn’t an amazing grocery week as far as the sales went, but I did stockpile chicken and bread. And I jumped way out of my comfort zone and bought toilet paper at Aldi. :)



1 24-oz package Zucchini – $1.99

1 bunch Bananas (3.12lbs @ $0.44/lb) – $1.37, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $1.12 after rebate

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

1 large bag Kale – $1.99 (I have never liked kale until recently – and I cannot get enough of the stuff now!)

3 6-oz containers Yogurt – $1.17

2 3-ct packages Romaine Hearts – $3.98

1 16-oz package Baby Carrots – $0.99

1 3-lb bag Tangerines – $1.99

1 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $2.99

1 3-lb bag Golden Delicious Apples – $2.99

1 1-lb package Ground Turkey – $1.89

1 head Cauliflower – $1.99

1 16-oz carton Strawberries – $1.49, plus receive $0.50 back from Checkout 51 – $0.99 after rebate

1 8oz package Mushrooms – $1.29

1 can Baking Powder – $0.99

1 gallon Milk – $3.39

1 12-double roll package Toilet Paper (Buying toilet paper at Aldi is a first for me…but there were no good sales that I saw at other stores and we needed it! :)) – $4.99

Total after Tax and Rebates – $36.38


Harris Teeter

1 gallon White Vinegar – $2.59

2 Chex Mix (B1G1) – $2.79, used $0.50/2 printable (doubled), plus $0/50/2 evic, plus$0.50/2 SavingStar – $0.79/2 after coupons

2 packages Mariani Dried Cranberries (B1G1) – $3.39, used 2 $0.50/1 Mariani Dried Fruit Snack, exp. 1/31/15 (SS 11/23/14) (doubled) – $1.39/2 after coupons

1 16-oz can Lite Coconut Milk – $1.50

2 5.5oz bags Riceworks Chips (B1G1) – $2.99, used 2 $1/1 Riceworks Product, exp. 1/24/15 (SS 12/07/14 #2 R) – $0.99/2 after coupons

2 1-lb bag Carrots – $1.00

1 16-oz can Kraft Parmesan Cheese – $4.29, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled), plus $0.75/1 evic, plus receive $0.55 back from Snap by Groupon – $1.49 after coupons and rebate

1 18-ct carton Egglands Best Eggs – $2.77, used $0.50/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs, exp. 2/2/15 (SS 11/02/14) (doubled), plus receive $0.50 back from Checkout 51 – $1.27

5 bags (2.5lbs each) Frozen Chicken Tenderloins (B2G3) – $21.98

Total after Sales, Coupons and Rebates – $33.00


Flower Foods Bakery

9 packages of assorted bread (sliced sandwich bread, bagel thins, hamburger buns), reduced (4/$1.00) – $2.25

Weekly Total: $71.63

Weekly Menu Plan


Oatmeal x 3

Eggs and Toast x 2

Gluten Free Apple Oat Muffins (adapting this recipe) and Yogurt

French Toast (Saturday)


Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches, Bananas, Carrot Sticks x 2

Macaroni and Cheese, Strawberries

Build-Your-Own Salad with Tuna, Hard Boiled Eggs, Sunflower Seeds, Dried Cranberries and Fresh Veggies x 2

Leftovers x 2


Chicken and Veggie Fried Rice (I make it like this but use vegetables my family eats), Tangerines

Venison Roast in the Crockpot (Yay for a hunter friend who shared some meat with us!), Creamy Milk Rice, Roasted Carrots

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Easy Potato Bread

Spaghetti (using ground turkey and frozen homemade spaghetti sauce), Tossed Salad with Parmesan Italian Dressing, Steamed Broccoli, Leftover Easy Potato Bread

Fried Egg Sandwiches (meatless meal), Sautéed Zucchini, Apples

Chicken on the Grill, Parmesan Grilled Cauliflower, Apple Cranberry Tossed Salad


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Walgreens: Deals for the week of January 25-31, 2015

Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help with compiling these:

Balance Reward Points

Buy 2 Suave Shampoo or Conditioner at $2.99, Get 2,000 Balance Rewards Points
Use $1/1 coupon from the 1/24 SmartSource insert
Pay $1 after coupon and Balance Reward Points

Spend $20, Get 5,000 Balance Rewards Points

*Deal Idea*

Buy 4 Tide Detergents – $5.99
Use 4 $2/1 coupon from the 12/28 P&G insert or $0.50/1 coupon from the 1/25 P&G insert
Pay $15.96 out of pocket, Get 5,000 Balance Reward Points
$2.74 each after coupons and Balance Reward Points

Register Rewards

Buy 1 KY Jelly at $6, Get $6 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 printable
$1 plus overage after coupon and Registera Rewards

Buy 1 U-Be-Livin-Smart General Health Chews (30 ct) at $10, Register Rewards
Free after Register Rewards

Buy 1 Kraft Homestyle or Skillet at $2, Get $2 Register Rewards
Free after Register Reward

Buy 2 Crest Toothpaste, Mouthwash or Toothbrush at $3, Get $3 Register Rewards
Use $0.75/1 coupon from 12/28 P&G insert
$0.75 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 1 Scope Mouthwash at $2.99, Get $1 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 coupon from the 1/25 P&G insert
$0.99 after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 2 Colgate Toothbrush, Toothpaste or Mouthwash at $3.50, Get $3 Register Rewards
Use $0.75/1 printable or $1/1 coupon form the 1/18 SmartSource insert
$1 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Other Deals In Ad

Purex Laundry Detergent (24 -33 Loads) – $2

Pepsi Products (12 pk) – $2.50 (when you buy 4)

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the full list of deals at Walgreens this week over at Passionate Penny Pincher.


Do you have your shopping trip planned or did you come up with a great deal scenario/idea? Just post about it on your blog and leave your link below. To make it easy for everyone to navigate quickly through the links, your link must link directly to your Walgreens deals post. Links going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog besides the direct link to your Walgreens deals post will be deleted.

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Rite Aid: Deals for the week of January 25-31, 2015

Here are the best Rite Aid deals this week, with thanks to Shannon for her help in compiling them. If you are new to shopping at Rite Aid or have questions about their coupon policy, click here.

Ensure Active Muscle, Heart Health, and Clear, 4pk – $6.99
Get $3 UPR
Limit 3
Use $3/1 printable
Stack with $1/1 RA Video Values, Jan
Free after coupons and UPR

i-cool Menopause Supplements – $16
Get $16 UPR
Limit 1
Use $3/1 coupon from the 10/12 RedPlum insert
Free plus overage after coupon and UPR

Cheez-It, 6-7oz, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish, 6.6-8oz, Monster Energy Drink, 15-16oz, or Snapple Tea – 2/$4
Use $1.50/1 printable
$1 after coupon

Get $2 UPR when you buy 2 (Limit 4)

Axe Deodorant or Body Spray, 2.7-4oz, Shower Gel, 16oz, or Shampoo – 2/$9
Use $2/1 coupon from the 1/25 RedPlum insert
$1.50 after coupons and UPR

Dove Men+Care Body Wash, 13.5oz, Shampoo, 12oz, Deodorant, or Shave Gel – $4
Use $2/1 coupon from the 1/25 RedPlum insert
$1 each after coupons and UPR

See the full list of deals at Rite Aid this week here.


Do you have your shopping trip planned or did you come up with a great deal scenario/idea? Just post about it on your blog and leave your link below. To make it easy for everyone to navigate quickly through the links, your link must link directly to your Rite Aid deals post. Links going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog besides the direct link to your Rite Aid deals post will be deleted.


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