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11 Aug 2020   ·   2

An Update On Our Foster Care Journey

(See more pictures and videos of Champ here.)

A year ago, we were in the middle of our foster care home study and praying for who God would bring into our home for us to love on.

We were at peace about pursuing this path, but we were still apprehensive and wondering what it might mean for our future. There were so many unknowns, so many what if’s, and so many things outside our control.

I look back on this last year and the 5 children we’ve had the privilege to have in our home — 4 for just a very short-term stint and sweet little Champ who has been with us for almost 4 months.

There are still just as many unknowns, what if’s, and things outside our comfort zone. My heart has been broken in a hundred little pieces over the things we’ve seen and witnessed firsthand and the many kids and their stories whom we weren’t able to say yes to. I’ve cried more tears in the last 10 months than I’ve cried in the last 10 years (okay, pregnancy and postpartum probably played a part in that!).

And yet, my heart is fuller and happier than I can ever remember. The opportunity to love, pour into, and nurture has filled me up in the deepest of places. Seeing my husband and kids sacrifice and serve and love so well has been one of the most amazing experiences.

I don’t know what the future holds. I can imagine it will be full of heartbreak and beauty, tears and love, a roller coaster of emotions, and many things I can’t even imagine.

There are many unknowns, but this one thing I know: I don’t regret for one second saying “yes” to foster care. I look at these pictures and think, “We could have missed this.”

In this week’s podcast episode, we talk very honestly about our foster care journey, what we are learning, how it’s been different than we expected, and what has surprised us. We also give an update on how things are going with Champ and answer some of your specific questions related to his placement with us.

In This Episode: 

[00:36] We are back from vacation and excited to be talking with you!

[01:48] Why packing in tubs saved our lives on our road trip. 

[04:10] How we used them to create a system for keeping everything organized. 

[06:47] Jesse’s Father’s Day present is saving his life.

[10:53] Silas and I are reading The Giver

[14:23] Jesse is still reading Near Dark by Brad Thor along with several others.

[15:48] Let’s talk about our foster care journey and share our answers to some of your questions.

[17:51] What did it take to get our home ready for fostering? 

[21:26] How long does the process take? 

[23:23] We have no idea how long we will have Champ in our home. 

[25:46] Why we are okay with the uncertainty that comes with fostering.

[27:19] Learn how we’ve prepared our hearts to have to say goodbye to Champ at some point.

[28:18] Where do children end up if there is no family to foster them? 

[30:36] We have considered adopting a child that we foster but that is not our goal. 

[32:07] What has surprised us the most about fostering? 

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

The podcast is available on iTunesAndroidStitcher, and Spotify. You can listen online through the direct player here. OR, a much easier way to listen is by subscribing to the podcast through a free podcast app on your phone. (Find instructions for how to subscribe to a podcast here.)

Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

11 Aug 2020   ·   6

*HOT* H&M Girl’s Patterned Jersey Dresses as low as $3.74 shipped!

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Whoa!! Hurry and grab one of these Girl’s Patterned Jersey Dresses while they last!

HM Dresses for Girls

H&M has these Girl’s Patterned Jersey Dresses for only $4.99 right now! (Sort by lowest price first to see all of the styles available for $4.99!)

Plus, shipping is free through August 12th! Even better, join their H&M Loyalty Program to get an offer for an extra 10% off your order (it’s free to join)!

Psst! Today only, August 11th, you can get 25% off ONE item when you use code VR8463 at checkout — making the dress just $3.74 shipped! If you want the extra discount, you can buy one dress in a separate order with this coupon code and then do another order with multiple dresses to get 10% off any others that you buy. Either way, shipping is free!

H&M Patterned Jersey Dress – $4.99
Save 10% on entire purchase when you join free H&M Loyalty Program
(Or today only, 8/11, use the 25% off code on one item)
Shipping is free
As low as $3.74 shipped after discount

There are so many cute colors and patterns to choose from!

Valid through tomorrow, August 12th, while supplies last. Shop quickly, because this is a HOT deal and they’ll sell out fast!

11 Aug 2020   ·   1
Intex Cozy Kidz Inflatable Airbed

Intex Cozy Kidz Inflatable Airbed only $9, plus more!

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Today only, Amazon is offering some great deals on Intext Airbeds! Here are some deals you can get…

Intex Cozy Kidz Inflatable Airbed

Get this Intex Cozy Kidz Inflatable Airbed for just $9!

Get this Intex Prestige Downy Airbed Kit with Hand Held Battery Pump, Twin for just $12.14!

Get this Intex Dura-Beam Series Essential Rest Airbed with Internal Electric Pump, Queen for just $38.50 shipped!

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free two-day shipping (and possibly one-day or same-day shipping!) with no minimum. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Midwest Money Saving Mommas!

11 Aug 2020   ·   0
MintMONGOOSE Jewelry

FREE 3-Piece Jewelry Set from MintMONGOOSE! (Just pay shipping!)

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Whoa! Don’t miss this deal to get a FREE 3-piece Jewelry Set from MintMONGOOSE!

MintMONGOOSE Jewelry

Do you love jewelry? If so, you don’t want to miss this HOT deal!

Right now, you can score a FREE 3-piece Jewelry Set from MintMONGOOSE. All you’ll pay is $5 shipping!

Here’s how to get this deal:

  1. Go HERE.
  2. Click on the “Send my free box” button.
  3. Enter your name and email address.
  4. Click your preferred color of jewelry: gold, rose gold, or silver.
  5. If you don’t want to add extras to your box, just click on “No thanks, just the free box” to continue.
  6. Fill out the billing info to complete checkout.
  7. You’ll pay just the $5 shipping cost!

Most of the jewelry sets at MintMONGOOSE are a $40+ value, so this is a really great deal!!

MintMONGOOSE JEwelry Set

After your first FREE jewelry set arrives, you can choose to continue receiving monthly shipments of jewelry sets at the regular price of $15.99 + $5 shipping. Or you can cancel your subscription to avoid future charges.

Important Note: When you sign up for this deal, you’re signing up for automatic monthly shipments from MintMONGOOSE. If you don’t wish to continue after your free box arrives, you can cancel your subscription before your next box ships out to avoid any automatic charges. It’s really simply to pause or cancel at any time in your account settings!

But if you’re someone who loves jewelry, this seems like a really affordable way to gain a nice collection over time at an affordable price! Have you ever tried MintMONGOOSE? I’d love to hear about your experience, if so!

Go here to get your FREE Jewelry Set!

11 Aug 2020   ·   0

A Peek Into the Last Week

This little girl brings so much joy to our home. She’s really started talking the past two weeks and it is so fun to “talk” back and forth with her. (Want to see some videos of her talking? Go here.)

Silas had so much fun making this Marshmallow Launcher.

The finished project! (Psst! You can get a great deal on a woodworking kit for your kids here.)

The babies have started really loving being read to! Silas and I have a special singing and reading time together before bed. This past week, we decided to start reading a chapter book during this time, too!

These two sweet babies love to lay next to each other and they almost always hold hands when doing so. It’s just heartwarming to see!

It was our primary elections this past week. Since Kathrynne works for a political consulting group, she was super invested in this election and I loved watching her contagious enthusiasm for the privilege we all have to vote!

After many requests after I mentioned this nail trimmer on Instagram Stories, I finally got a short post written on why we like it so much.

I was honored to get to write the for Jami Amerine’s new book, Well, Girl: An Inside Out Journey to Wellness — and her book came out this week and she sent me a copy + this gorgeous painting that she painted!

Speaking of books, I’ve slowly been reading through this book. I’m really enjoying it!

11 Aug 2020   ·   37

Costco Membership Deal: Pay $60 for a Membership, Get a $40 Cash Card! {HOT!!}

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Looking for a Costco membership deal? Don’t miss this offer to get a FREE Costco cash card when you sign up! We haven’t seen a HOT discount like this in a while, so jump on it while it’s still available!

{Prefer Sam’s Club? Check out this HOT Sam’s Club membership deal you can grab right now!}

Costco Membership Deal

HOT Costco Membership Deal

Groupon is currently offering a FREE $40 Costco cash card when you buy a one-year gold star membership for $60.

You’ll also receive a coupon to get $40 off any $250+ online purchase — which is a great way to stock-up on all your grocery essentials from the comfort of your own home!

When you sign up, you’ll receive two membership cards — one for the primary cardholder as well as one free household card.

We haven’t seen any Costco membership deals lately and this is a really HOT one, so definitely take advantage of it if you’ve been thinking about joining!

Valid for new members only, for a limited time. Not valid if you already have a current membership. Cash card and coupon will be mailed separately within 4-6 weeks after you join.

Click here to grab this deal.

On the fence about a Costco membership? Check out these helpful posts:

Cut your grocery bill!

Psst! Looking for simple ways to cut your grocery budget (that don’t involve a warehouse membership)? Go here and sign up (it’s free!) I’ll send you my 10 Easy Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill By $50.

11 Aug 2020   ·   0

*HOT* FREE Outdoor Folding Chair at Dick’s Sporting Goods after cash back!!

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Need an outdoor, camping chair? Score a free Outdoor Folding Chair at Dick’s Sporting Goods after cash back!!

If you’re needing a camping chair, be sure to check out this RARE offer from TopCashBack!!

TopCashBack is offering $9.99 cash back on a DICK’S Sporting Goods Logo Chair purchase at Dick’s Sporting Goods, making it FREE!

Here’s how to get your FREE DICK’S Sporting Goods Logo Chair:

1. Head here for the special Dick’s Sporting Goods offer and sign up for a new Top Cash Back account.

2. Purchase a DICK’S Sporting Goods Logo Chair priced at $9.99.

3. Within 21 days, your Top Cash Back account will be credited with $9.99 — enough to cover your purchase!

4. After you receive the $9.99 payment in your Top Cash Back account, you can choose to transfer it to your bank account or request a Paypal payment.

This is for new Top Cash Back members only. If you are already a member, you are allowed to sign up another adult in your household.

This deal is valid through September 10, 2020 — or while supplies last.

11 Aug 2020   ·   0

Women’s Sandals only $14.99 at JCPenney!

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Need new sandals? Here are some great deals at JCPenney!

JCPenney is offering Women’s Sandals for just $19.99 right now!

Plus, through August 19th, you can get an extra 25% off when you use the promo code STYLE21 at checkout.

Here are some deal ideas…

Liz Claiborne Women’s Calayan Sandals – $19.99 (regularly $50)
Use promo code STYLE21 (25% off)
$14.99 after code

Arizona Women’s Same T-Strap Sandals – $19.99 (regularly $45)
Use promo code STYLE21 (25% off)
$14.99 after code

Arizona Women’s Amini Sandals – $19.99 (regularly $45)
Use promo code STYLE21 (25% off)
$14.99 after code

Mixit Women’s Foula Sandals – $19.99 (regularly $45)
Use promo code STYLE21 (25% off)
$14.99 after code

Mixit Women’s Omaha Flip-Flops – $19.99 (regularly $45)
Use promo code STYLE21 (25% off)
$14.99 after code

Shipping is free on orders over $49.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

11 Aug 2020   ·   0

Utility Wagon Cart with Folding Design and Removable Canopy only $69.99 shipped (Reg. $151!)

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This Utility Wagon Cart is great for hauling gear and kids!

You can get this Utility Wagon Cart with Folding Design, 2 Cup Holders and Removable Canopy for only $69.99 shipped when you use the promo code BCP1882 at checkout!

This wagon cart can easily haul food, gear, accessories, and even your children on your trips to the store, park, campsite, or the beach!

Valid through August 16, 2020, while supplies last.

11 Aug 2020   ·   0
P&G Products in Target Basket

Save BIG on P&G fabric care products at Target this week!

Don’t miss out on these great savings you can score on P&G fabric care brands at Target this week!

{This deal post is sponsored by P&G and contains affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy here.}

P&G Products in Target Basket

Until I visited the P&G headquarters in Cincinnati last year, I never realized just how much science and research goes into producing Tide products.

And when I shared what I learned with my Instagram followers, I discovered I have a lot of readers here who are brand-loyal to P&G laundry care products!

So for all our readers who are brand-loyal to Tide and P&G fabric care, you do NOT want to miss this deal you can score at Target right now! 😉

Tide Pods on Target Shelf

This week only, Target is running a gift card promotion on P&G fabric care brands!

When you spend $40, you’ll get a $10 gift card to spend on future purchases. And this deal includes all the P&G favorites like Tide, Downy, Bounce, and Gain. Choose from detergents, fabric softeners, and scent boosters!

I love when Target runs these gift card deals, because it’s not often you’ll find discounts like this on P&G fabric care.

(Psst! You might want to hold on to that $10 gift card you get, because Target is running some more gift card promotions throughout the month of August. And you could use your gift card from this purchase on future purchases to “roll” your savings! Be sure to keep an eye out for future gift card promotions at Target!)

This offer ends on August 15th, so hurry and shop now to stock up and save!

Click here to shop this stock-up deal!

11 Aug 2020   ·   4

Great Deals on Chewy and Quaker Back to School Snacks!

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Need to stock up on back to school snacks? Today only, Amazon is offering some great deals on Chewy and Quaker Back to School Items! Here are some deals you can get…

Get these Quaker Chewy Granola Bars, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (58 Pack) for just $8.06 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get these Quaker Baked Squares, Soft Baked Bars, Apple Cinnamon & Strawberry, 5 Bars (Pack of 4) for just $9.35 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get these Quaker Chewy Granola Bars (58 count) for just $8.64 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get these Quaker Rice Crisps, 6 Flavor Variety Pack, 12 Count for just $15.19 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Shop the entire sale here.

Valid today only, August 11, 2020.

Note: Once your order ships, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders.

11 Aug 2020   ·   2

Great Wolf Lodge Discounts!

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This popular deal is back! If your family loves Great Wolf Lodge, you won’t want to miss these discounts!

Great Wolf Lodge discounts

Does your family love Great Wolf Lodge? If so, Groupon is running some nice Great Wolf Lodge discounts on family vacation packages right now!

Choose from 13 different Great Wolf Lodge locations, with different pricing and package options at each.

Looking for more ways to save on family vacations?