Learn How to Create Stunning Birthday Cards (FREE online class!)

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Craftsy is offering 35 different FREE online classes right now!

One of the free classes being offered is Create Stunning Birthday Cards. This class includes four different lessons. Here’s an overview of the class:

Create four handmade birthday cards and learn paper crafting techniques you’ll use for a lifetime! Join author and paper craft expert Kimber McGray as she shares the tools, tips and designs you need to make cutting-edge cards that are one-of-a-kind! Create distinctive cards with interactive features, including the gift pocket, penny slider, shaker box and pop-up surprise cards. Learn to troubleshoot project issues, such as correcting a slit you’ve made too large, and pick up alternative designs that you can apply to any card you wish! 

Be sure to check out the list of the 35 other free classes being offered! There is something for everyone — including classes on cake decorating, quilting, photography, sewing, gardening, and much more. See the full list here.

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How to Make the Most of Your 24-Hour Day: Part 1

Time Management

In recent months, many people have asked how I manage my time. While I’ve written on time management fairly extensively in the past, it’s been awhile since I’ve done so. And my season of life has changed quite a bit, which has changed how I manage my time and my days. So I figured it was time for another up-to-date series on the subject of time management.

I want to kick things off with one time management mindset that has radically shifted the way I think and live…

“I don’t have time.”

How often have you heard and said that phrase? I’d wager to guess you’ve said it a lot. I have, too.

But we all have the time 24 hours in each day. We all get to choose how we spend them.

Yes, you have choice.

Remember my post from earlier this week when I said that my was really full for the next few weeks? But I quickly stated that this is the life I’ve chosen.

I’ve chosen to write a book. We’ve chosen to homeschool our kids. I’ve chosen to run a blog.

I could have chosen not to take any one (or all!) of these things. Understanding this and owning this has changed my life.

I am not a slave to life. I don’t have to stay stuck in a situation if I’m miserable.

I can’t tell you how many times someone has said to me, “I wish I could get on a budget.” Or, “I wish we could save more money.” Or, “I wish I could find a way to earn money from home.”

All of those things are possible, if you choose to make them a priority.

And that means you’re going to have to say “no” to a lot of other things. Because you can’t do it all.

How you spend your 24 hours is up to you.

You can choose to be intentional. You can choose to set small goals and follow through with them. You can choose to seize each day and use it wisely.

Or, you can choose to wander through your days, going around in circles, procrastinating, and wasting time.

The choice is yours.

I wanted to start this series with a very foundational principle that has impacted and shaped the way I view time management. Beginning Tuesday, we’ll be diving in and getting really practical — starting off by talking about how I’ve made choices in what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to and why.

Do you have any time management questions you’d love for me to try to answer or address in this series? If so, ask away in the comments and I’ll do my best to work in as many answers to your questions as possible as part of this series.

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Brigette’s $62 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Produce

Produce and Jams from a Friend’s Garden

Aldi

Aldi

2 cartons Oil (@$2.49 each) – $4.98

4 packages Blueberries (@$1.29 each) – $5.16

2 packages Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts (@$5.99 each) – $11.98

1 package Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.29

1 bunch Bananas (@$0.44/lb) – $1.15

2 bags Carrots ($0.69 each) – $1.38

1 bag Limes – $0.79

1 bag Gala Apples – $3.29

1 package Chocolate Chips – $1.59

1 jar Black Pepper – $1.99

 Total: $34.60

Farmer's Mart2

Farmer’s Mart

4 heads Cauliflower (marked down to $0.99 each)

Total: $3.97

Harris Teeter

Harris Teeter

1 gallon Milk – $2.97

10 bags of Shredded Cheese (@B2G3 free) – $11.98

5 boxes Kashi Cereal – $1.99 each, used 2 $0.70/1 Kashi printable (doubled), plus $1.00/2 Kashi printable - $6.20 after coupons

3 boxes Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese (@$1.00 each) – $3.00, used 3 $0.35/1 Annie’s printable - $0.30/each after coupons

1 carton So Delicious Almond Milk – $2.50, used $0.55/1 So Delicious printable, plus receive $1.00/1 Ibotta rebate - $0.40 after coupons

8 individual Yoplait yogurts (@$0.37 each) – $2.96, used $0.60/8 Yoplait printable (doubled), plus $0.40/6 Harris Teeter evic, plus $0.40/6 Saving Star - $0.96/8 after coupons and rebate

Total after all sales, coupons and rebates – $23.01

Bread

Bakery Outlet

10 packages of assorted Buns (@$0.10 each!! They expire August 30th, so I will freeze most of them)

Total: $1.00

Weekly Total after all Sales and Coupons: $62.58

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Oatmeal x 2, Veggie Omelettes, Scrambled Eggs with Toast/Jam, Cereal x 2, Smoothies

Lunches

PB&J/Carrots/Bananas, Tuna fish Sandwiches/Pepper slices/Apples, Leftovers x 3, Baked Potatoes with Cheese/Oranges, Build-Your-Own Salad Bar/Roasted Cauliflower

Dinners

Taco Salad, Steamed Cauliflower

Grilled Hobo Packets, Easy Whole Wheat Bread, Blueberries

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Sandwiches, Fresh Veggie Tray, Homemade Applesauce

Baked Macaroni and Cheese (meatless night), Roasted Cauliflower, Tossed Salad

Homemade Pizza, Steamed Broccoli

Dinner at a Friend’s House – I am bringing Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies and Ice Cream

Classic Grilled Chicken, Cucumber and Tomato Salad, leftover Macaroni and Cheese, Blueberries

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Kiwi Crate: Get a sample project box for $3.95 shipped!


Just a few days ago, my friend, Jessica who blogs at The Mom Creative, was asking me if I’d tried out Kiwi Crate before. She was telling me how much her kids love it and how much her readers love it, too!

This is a bit of a different offer than I typically sign up for myself or post about here, but because she spoke so highly of it, I decided I’d check it out.

Well guess what? I discovered that Kiwi Crate was offering a free Sample Box right now — for just the price of shipping ($3.95). This sample box has all of the materials and instruction for you to make one fun project with your child.

This sample box’s project is to Make a My Glowworm Friend. You’ll create your very own snuggly glowworm friend that really glows. Your kids will learn all about the glowing animals that light up the dark.

The Glowworm Friend Kiwi Crate Sample Box includes:

  • All the materials to build your very own glowworm
  • Set of fabric markers to decorate your snuggly friend
  • One-of-a-kind glow in the dark sock
  • Bonus firefly foldout project with set of glow sticks
  • 16 page explore! magazine filled with puzzles, DIY activities and kid-friendly recipes

This is a great way to try out Kiwi Crate for just a few dollars out of pocket.

But here’s the catch: You have to cancel your subscription within 14 days after your Sample Box ships or you will be charged $19.95 per month to receive a sample box of 2-3 projects similar to this one.

Except for Amazon’s Subscribe & Save, I usually don’t post offers that require you to cancel after your first order ships. Why? Because I don’t want some of you to forget and then get charged for something you weren’t expecting to pay for.

So promise me that you won’t sign up for this unless you also will cancel it if you don’t want to receive the monthly boxes, okay? I want to help you save money not cause you to spend money unnecessarily!

I’m signing up to try it out with Silas. He LOVES these types of educational crafts and I thought it would be a fun Kindergarten project to do together. I plan to post a review after I receive the box to let you know my thoughts on Kiwi Crate and whether it was worth the expense or not.

Have you tried Kiwi Crate before? If so, I’d love to hear your honest thoughts about it.

Go here to sign up for the Kiwi Crate sample box for $3.95.

Your free trial project will ship within two business days. You will have 14 days after your trial project ships to cancel your subscription. If you choose to not cancel, you will be charged $19.95/month (see our FAQs for details) and receive 2-3 new projects per month with your Kiwi Crate monthly subscription. You may cancel at any time. Offer only available to U.S. residents.

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