A Day In My Life (it wasn’t what I planned, but it was a GOOD day!)

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Today didn’t end up like I’d planned, but it was a good day.

I woke up at 2:30 a.m. — partly from jet lag and partly because my heart was really burdened for a friend of mine. She had texted me before I went to bed and was really, really struggling. She’s going through a devastating life situation right now and my heart is pretty much just broken in two for her. So I woke up with her heavy on my heart and spent some time praying for her and trying to go back to sleep.

I had gone to bed before 7:30 p.m. the night before, so I went ahead and got up at 3:30 a.m. since it was clear I wasn’t going to be falling back to sleep. And I’m grateful I got up that early because of some of the unexpected things that happened later on in the day.

The next few hours were spent catching up on emails, comments/social media, scheduling out some posts, going through possible deals to post today, and writing blog posts.

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I then exercised and had planned to read my Bible and shower, but the kids were now up and Jesse had arrived home from the gym and the grocery store, so I went down to the kitchen to make breakfast, go over our plans for the day with Jesse, and hang out with everyone.

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We had Trim Healthy Mama Pancakes — and we rolled them like crepes. I love this recipe and so does everyone in our family, including Jesse.

I had taken a few pictures of my plate and then went over to get something else in the kitchen and when I turned around, this was what I saw:

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After he took pictures, he said, “I took 29 pictures for you, Mom. You can use them on your blog.”

It cracked me up and melted my heart. But not only that, this kid has some serious photography skills — or it was just a fluke, but pretty much all 29 photos looked like this –>

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After breakfast, the kids did their morning chores and Jesse put dinner in the crock pot (yes, he’s amazing like that!), while I cleaned up the kitchen and started in on getting caught back up on laundry. I also worked on getting some house projects done that I had shelved for the past few weeks since I was trying to get over jet lag.

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Jesse took Kathrynne and Silas to the dentist to get fillings. (Since discovering that all our children are cavity-prone in the past few months, we’ve switched over to following Dr. Ellie’s system and are so hoping that this will help significantly cut down on cavities in the future. It’s certainly been working well for Kaitlynn, so we’re hopeful it will work for all our kids. We’ll see!)

Kaitlynn and I stayed home and she worked on some projects and reading and I helped her and worked on laundry and finishing up my home projects/cleaning for the day. I then was able to sit down and spend some time reading my Bible (I’m finishing up the She Reads Truth John Study) and write in my Blessings Journal.


Kathrynne had been really nervous about going to the dentist and she ended up really having a hard there. So she was pretty exhausted/anxious/in pain when she arrived home. I went ahead and scrapped my plans for the rest of the day and spent the afternoon keeping her comfortable, making slushies, and reading aloud to the kids — we read extra from our Morning Time Basket reads and finished up our current read-aloud book.

It may look like I didn’t get as much done today as I’d planned to do, but throwing scrapping some of my to-do list so I could encourage and help my daughter feel better was much more important.

Jesse took Kaitlynn and Silas to our Meaty Monday group and I stayed home with Kathrynne since she just didn’t feel up to going. I finally got to tackle the refrigerator.


I told you it needed some TLC. And I wasn’t joking!


So. much. better!

How was your day? Did you get any cleaning/household projects done?

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Gretchen’s $41 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan



4 Lemons – $0.25 each

2 Angel Soft Tissue Paper – $1 each, used 2 $0.45/1 coupon from the 1/4 RedPlum insert (1st one doubled) – $0.33 each after coupons

1 Sargento Deli Cheese – $2.50, used $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $1.40 after coupon

1 Carefree Liners – $1, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

10 cans Red Gold Tomatoes – $0.29 each

2 cans Planters Peanuts – $1.69 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.69 each after coupon

1 El Monterey Frozen Breakfast Burritos – $2.49, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.49 after coupon

1 box Sara Lee Snacks – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

Total with tax ($1.19) after coupons and sales: $9.80


1 Kroger Lemon Juice – $2.29

1 Kroger Frozen Orange Juice – $1.59

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 gallon Dillons Milk – $2.50

1 Lady Speed Stick Deodorant – $0.89, used $0.50/1 printable – $0.39 after coupon

2 pkg Strawberries – $2 each

1 Muller Yogurt – $1, used Free e-coupon (no longer available) – Free after coupon

1 pkg Croissants – Marked down to $0.99

1 Softsoap Pump – $0.89, used $0.35/1 coupon from the 1/18 SmartSource insert – $0.54 after coupon

2 pkg Mission Tortillas – $1 each

1 Green Pepper – $0.99

0.80 lbs Roma Tomatoes – $1.19

1 Cucumber – $0.89

Items a part of the Mega Sale (Buy 6, Get $3 off instantly): 

1 loaf Nature’s Harvest Bread – $1.50, used $0.55/1 peelie coupon – $0.95 after coupon

2 pkgs Kraft Shredded Cheese – $2.79 each, used $1/2 printable – $2.29 after coupon

4 7Up/A&W Pop ($0.75 each) and 2 pkg Pringles ($0.99 each) – Used 2 $1.50/3 printable – $0.33 each after coupons

1 Hormel Turkey Meat – $2.99, used $0.50/1 coupon from the 1/18 SmartSource insert – $2.49 after coupon

2 Ragu Pasta Sauce – $1.19 each, used $0.75/2 coupon from the 1/4 RedPlum insert – $0.81 each after coupon

Total with tax ($2.25) after coupons and sales: $31.74

Total for all grocery items: $41.54

Menu Plan for this Week

We will be gone for a couple days this week so I only planned for 5 meals.


Cereal x 2, Leftover Blueberry Pancakes, Baked Oatmeal, Krispy Kreme Donuts (using a free coupon that was in the newspaper!)


Turkey Sandwiches, Turkey/Cheese/Fruit/Veggies, Leftovers x 2, Cheese Quesadillas


Blueberry Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Fruit

Spaghetti Pie, Tossed Salad, Lemon Bars (A request from my husband) :)

Chicken Fajitas, Fruit, Steamed Carrots

Venison BBQ Meatballs, 30 Minute Rolls, Tossed Salad

Beef Enchiladas, Cornbread, Avocados, Tossed Salad

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Target: Old Spice Deodorant as low as free after gift card


You can get Old Spice Deodorant for as low as $0.19 at Target this week. Here’s how:

Buy 4 Old Spice Fresh Collection Deodorant at $2.69 each
Use 4 $1/1 Old Spice Antiperspirant/Deodorant {You’ll need access to 2 computers to print 4 coupons. You can also use $1/2 Old Spice Product from 1/25/15 P&G insert}
Plus, use up to 4 $0.50/1 Old Spice, Secret, or Olay Deodorant or Body Wash Target coupon from Sunday’s coupon insert — not all regions got this coupon
Get a $5 Target gift card for buying 4
As low as free — depending upon which coupons you have

Thanks, Clip Your Cash!

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