Weekend Giveaway: Juno Classic City Bag from Okiedog (3 Winners)


Okie Dog is is giving away three of their classic Juno City Bags — a bag that would work great as a diaper bag, a cute bag to take with you on trips, to the pool, or just to have as your everyday purse or bag. It’s functionally designed, with hidden pockets on the outside for easy access, practical interior pockets, and high quality materials.


Amy, who blogs at Amy’s Finer Things, is part of the MoneySavingMom.com team, and just had her sixth baby, offered to review this bag for us. Here’s her review:

I’m not a city girl, but I am a busy mom of six who is constantly schlepping around all.of.the.things! After carrying around a diaper bag for the past 11 years, I can confidently say I am quite weary of cutesy, bulky bags and have no tolerance for anything that doesn’t function for both purse and baby stuff.

The Juno won me over because of its style and functionality. There are so many pockets, which eliminates digging to the depths of the bag for the lost lip balm. I also appreciate the easy-clean, solid nylon material that I’m not embarrassed to carry into the store even on the rare solo grocery shopping trip.

Find out more about Okie Dog and the bags they carry here. If you’d like to order a bag, you can use discount code MSM2014 to get 20% off any product from the Luxe Line through August 31, 2014.

Would you like to win a FREE Juno Classic City Bag? Just click on the graphic below, type in your name and email address, and you’ll be entered to win one of three bags I’m giving away this weekend. This giveaway ends Monday, July 21, at 11:59 pm, CST. Three winners will be chosen and posted next week.

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Brigette’s Bulk Foods Grocery Shopping Trip

We’ve been traveling the past few weeks, visiting family and friends, so I haven’t done any weekly grocery shopping. I DID, however, visit a couple of my favorite places while we were back in Michigan (where we used to live).

We discovered the Amish bulk foods store by accident one day, years ago, when driving around. It is not advertised and doesn’t have a phone number or website! It is the cheapest place I have ever found wheat kernels (no tax or shipping!), and I have been a loyal, happy customer for many years.


I divide the 50-lb bags into ziptop bags and store them in the freezer

Countryside Bakery and Bulk Foods

(2204 29 Mile Rd, Homer, MI 49245)

1 50-lb bag Prairie Gold Hard White Spring Wheat Kernels – $27.95

1 50-lb bag Oats – marked down to $16.95

1 3-lb bag Cocoa Powder – $14.95

(16 oz Cinnamon – $2.49) My sister-in-law actually bought this for me and gave it to me ahead of time – but I am including it in the picture because it came from this store and I was planning on purchasing it.

4 oz. Ground Ginger- $1.99

Total: $61.84


J and D’s Honeybees

(13521 Allman Road, Concord, MI 49237)

1 gallon (12.5lbs) of Raw Honey – $37.50 (We actually bought four gallons while we were there, but only one is for us. This is the best, cheapest place I have ever found raw honey. We’ve paid as little as $25 a gallon over the years we’ve been buying from them, but apparently this was a really bad year for the bees and there is a shortage of honey so the prices are up. It’s still worth it to this honey-loving family!)

Total: $37.50


 Sam’s Club

2 (54-oz) jars Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil @ $15.00 each – $30.00

Total: $30.00

Grand Total for all Bulk Purchases: $129.36

I didn’t plan a weekly menu this week as my kitchen is undergoing a major renovation over the next few days and it’s almost impossible for me to cook in it right now. My older three children are staying with grandparents all week, so my husband and I are kind of in eat-whatever-you-can-find-that-doesn’t-require-kitchen-prep mode, supplemented by the occasional out-to-eat treat. :) Looking forward to getting back to a more normal schedule soon!

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Swagbucks Pays for my Gluten-Free Flours


Today’s Swagbucks success story is from Mallory

I love to bake, so when I found out I was allergic to wheat and gluten about two years ago, it was a rough transition. I eventually found some good recipes and resources — the next challenge was finding the right ingredients.

It’s difficult to find gluten-free flours for a good price in our small town, but after doing some research, I found a good deal on Bob’s Red Mill brand cases of gluten free flour on Amazon.com and starting ordering from there.

Then, a little over a year ago, I learned about Swagbucks and how it worked here on MoneySavingMom.com!

When I first signed up with Swagbucks, I didn’t really know what I was doing and felt like I was doing well if I earned enough for a $5 gift card every month. Now, I am able to get $15-$20 per month by doing the following:

1. Doing the NOSO every day

2. Answering the poll and doing to corresponding activity

3. Using the toolbar

4. Running videos for a large chunk of the day

5. Using the search bar

This has been a great help and has paid for many cases of gluten-free flours. Now I can continue to bake and feed good food to the people I love!

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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.

The list this week is full of great educational content! Our core subjects are stacked, so if you are looking to prevent backslide you will find something useful here. Of course there is plenty in the way of History and lots of pre-K and kindergarten resources if those little ones are bored!


Using Life of Fred Math in Your Homeschool

Thinking about Using Life of Fred Math in Your Homeschool? Read all about it and get some tips from others who have already been using it.

If you want to keep your child’s memory of counting and skip counting fresh, these Free Skip Counting Worksheets Printables Set and this FREE LEGO® Counting Worksheets – Numbers 1-20 + Free LEGO Club! are perfect.

This FREE Introduction to Fractions Unit (K-2, Lesson, Worksheet & Solution Guide) and this FREE Sort by Weight Printables are a great hands on activity to supplement to any curriculum.

Use these FREE Printable Math Flash Cards {subscriber freebie} to practice anywhere this summer- even outside!

Place Value Number Recognition Printables are perfect for place value practice.

Language Arts


Are you unsure When is the Right Time to Start All About Spelling? This great resource can help you with that.

This FREE Number Line Phonics Printable will give your child practice in phonics as well as the numbers 10-20.

FREE Draw, Write, Now 7 Printables are an excellent supplement to level 7 or you can print them and use them alone.

For Middle and High School students you can download a free Literary Analysis Introduction for a limited time.

This FREE Summer Adverb Worksheet will give your child practice learning those adverbs this summer.

FREE Ice Cream Writing Prompts may not cool you off, but it sure is fun writing about ice cream anyway.

How handy is this Proofreading and Editing Checklist for Upper Level Students? I plan to have copies ready for my upper level students this fall.

Bible Resources


Be sure to snag this FREE New Devotional on the Apostles’ Creed since it is only available for a limited time!

These Two FREE Your Story Hour Episodes from the Bible Comes Alive Series will be something that everyone can listen to in the afternoon rest hour.

Try these FREE Letter B Bible Verse Printables for a great combination of writing and Bible.

Pre- K through K

If you are studying the letter G, then this week is your lucky week! We have a Nursery Rhymes and Songs for Letter G FREE Book, a FREE G is for Gumball Printable, and Letter G Printable and Activities!


If you are spending this summer reading great books, why not try The Selfish Crocodile Kindergarten Unit Study with Printables, or FREE House for Hermit Crab Coloring Pages, and Very Hungry Caterpillar Free Printables.

Learning to cut? FREE Strawberry Cutting Practice Worksheets are perfect and oh so cute too!

A FREE Jack and the Beanstalk Game sounds like a fun way to play with your child.

This FREE Printable Dinosaur Tot Pack and this On The Farm Pre-K/K FREE Printable Pack {subscriber or Facebook offer} are a great idea and always favorite topics for toddlers.



A combination of history and writing seem to be popular this week. Try this Star Spangled Banner Copywork {Subscriber Freebie}, or Adding Story to Your Homeschool History Makes it Come Alive!

Not going on vacation this summer? Why not try a virtual one with this FREE Virtual Fieldtrip – Yellowstone National Park!

Random Homeschool Goodness

Free Homeschool Unit Study Resources

Love gardening with kids? If so this Free Homeschool GARDENING Unit Study Resources is sure to have something for you. It is full of worksheets, printables, fun activities, projects, tips, and more!

A FREE Back to School Activity Book will be a fun project to return to school after summer break or vacation.

If you are planning for this next year you don’t want to miss this FREE Classical Conversations Resources. Even if you are not using CC, there is something to be learned in there for everyone.

These Summer Ice Cream Activity Placemats are fun for children of all ages, and this FREE Beach Packs for Tot, PreK, and K-2nd will get you in the mood for the beach.


And don’t forget to print your FREE Printable School Supply Labels so you are neat and organized!

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 2012to help all families afford the homeschool life. You can follow the homeschool goodness on Pinterest and Facebook.

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