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4 Apr 2020   ·   1

Pizza Hut Book It Program is now enrolling!

Do your kids love to read? If so, don’t miss out on this popular Pizza Hut Book It Program!

{Psst! Don’t miss the most recent free homeschool curriculum and educational deals that we post each week!}

Pizza Hut Book It logo

Psst! Looking for more activities for kids to do at home right now? Don’t miss this big list of free educational programs being offered to kids during the quarantine.

Sign up for the Pizza Hut Book It Program!

Enrollment for the popular Pizza Hut Book It Program just opened for the 2019-2020 year!

This FREE program is available to children ages 5-12 or in grades K-6 — including homeschoolers!

Your children will earn a FREE one-topping Personal Pan Pizza and a sticker on their Passport to Reading when they meet their individual reading goals each month!

child with stacks of books

Reviews From Readers

This is such a fun program and SO many of you have great things to say about it:

“We homeschool and the Book It program is actually what jump started my daughter’s reading journey! She could read before we started, but wasn’t very into it, especially not the idea of chapter books…She finally discovered for herself how wonderful the world of books is, and now I can’t get her to stop reading! It is her favorite thing to do in this world. She never leaves the house without a book and stays up reading past her bedtime. She just can’t get enough! I’m so thankful I found the Book It program for her.” -Christie (daughter pictured above)

“I did it as a kid and loved getting a free pizza for reading my favorite books! My son just finished Kindergarten and he loved doing it this year. Every time he brought home the coupon he couldn’t wait to go get his pizza!” -Amber

“My 6 year old is homeschooled. We’ve used the Pizza Hut Book It Program the past 2 years and are already signed up for next year. He loves it !! He’s excited to read.” -Debbie

“Our children are ages 5, 8, and 12. We have enjoyed this program. Our eldest will be too old next year (a little sad). It has been a treat for all of them!”  – Caloni

“My students absolutely loved it and went out of their way to read as a result! Great program!” -Amy

Go here for more great reviews from parents and teachers!

Click here to enroll for the 2019-2020 school year.

What’s your experience with the Pizza Hut Book It Program? We’d love to hear in the comments!

4 Apr 2020   ·   0

10 Ways to Make $100 With Your Blog

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4 Apr 2020   ·   1

Brigette’s $93 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

My older sister, Brigette, shares her shopping trips and menu plans every week! You can go HERE to see all of her weekly menu plans and you can go HERE to read all about her family!

Our original plan was just to buy a few things at Walmart since it’s close by. However, we ended up justifying a trip to Aldi a couple of days later. I’m really glad we did, because there were some crazy low, unadvertised produce prices, as well as cheap milk!

Walmart

1 Cauliflower – $2.14

1 Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt – $3.54

1 32-oz carton Egg Whites – $3.67

1 gallon Whole Milk – $2.09

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $2.34

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.23

1 bag Ground Flax Seed – $2.17

1 pkg Organic Romaine Hearts – $2.39

1 pkg Mini Cucumbers – $2.19

1 pkg Pepperoni – $2.58

4 individual cartons Greek Yogurt – $2.56

2 large canisters Quaker Oats – $5.48 ( I was really happy to find these as they have been out-of-stock for weeks now!)

2 dozen Eggs – $2.49

1 5-lb bag Flour – $1.19

1 3-lb bag frozen boneless Chicken Breasts – $5.19

1 10-lb bag Pink Lady Apples – $10.00 (from a roadside stand – they are amazing! The bag had already been gotten into by the time this pic was taken :))

1 large box Corn Flakes – $1.43

1 large box Rice Crisps – $1.43

1 large box Frosted Mini Wheats – $1.48

Total: $56.59

Aldi

1 bag Mini Marshmallows – $0.89

1 box Crispy Rice – $1.36

2 3-lb bags Mandarin Oranges  – $1.90 (!!)

1 bunch Bananas ($0.25/lb!) – $0.61

1 3-lb bag Lemons – $2.39

1 bag Green Grapes ($0.25/lb!!) – $0.58

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.99

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

1 pkg Hot Dog Buns – $0.65

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.69

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.19

1 bag Nacho Chips – $0.75

1 box Graham Crackers – $0.88

1 2-lb bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese  $2.19

1 pkg Sliced Muenster Cheese – $1.33

1 can Whipped Topping – $2.65

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.59

1 box Butter Quarters – $2.29

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.89

2 gallons Milk – $1.38 (!!)

1/2 gallon Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.65

1 jar Extra Virgin Olive Oil – $3.89

1 38-oz jar Ketchup – $1.00

1 jar Milk Salsa – $0.89

Total: $36.52

Grocery Total for the Week: $93.11

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Trim Healthy Mama Pancakes, Cereal, Fruit, Smoothies, Toast, Oatmeal, Boiled/Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Veggie Omelets, Yogurt

Lunches

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Oranges, Mini Peppers x 2

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Apples, Mini Cucumbers x 2

Leftover x 3

Dinners

Grilled Chicken, Creamy Milk Rice, Broccoli

Taco Salad (Shredded Romaine, Seasoned Ground Venison, Shredded Cheese, Chopped Tomatoes from a friend’s garden, Salsa, Plain Greek Yogurt, Nacho Chips), Grapes

BBQ Meatballs (I’m going to try making these using all ground venison. and see how it goes), Green Beans, Quick Garlic Breadsticks

Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Turkey Bacon

Venison Roast in the Instant Pot, Roasted Cauliflower, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins

Pepperoni Rolls, Broccoli

Leftovers

Snacks

Rice Krispy Treats, Fruit, Graham Crackers, Cheese Sticks, Oatmeal Cookies

4 Apr 2020   ·   0

The Children’s Place Settlement: Get $6 coupon back

Have you made a purchase at The Children’s Place in the last few years? You may be able to get a $6 coupon back.

If you have made a purchase at The Children’s Place between February 11th, 2012 and January 28th, 2020, you might be eligible to receive a $6 off any purchase coupon due to a Class Action Settlement involving deceptively advertising purportedly improper discounts on merchandise.

You can go here to get all of the details and file a claim.

Thanks, Freebie Radar!

4 Apr 2020   ·   0
Lowe's Paint

Lowe’s: Buy One Gallon of Interior/Exterior Paint, Stains or Coating, Get a $10 Gift Card!

Planning to do some work on your house this spring? Lowe’s is offering a free $10 gift card when you buy a gallon of Interior/Exterior Paint, Stains, Coatings!

Lowe's Paint

Through April 8th, Lowe’s is offering a free $10 gift card rebate when you purchase one gallon of select Interior/Exterior Paint, Stains or Coatings!

Or you can get a $40 gift card rebate when you buy select 40-Gallon Pails.

Valid through April 8, 2020.

3 Apr 2020   ·   12

A Day in My Quarantined Life

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Just for fun, one day last week, I took pictures and shared in real-time on Instagram a peek into a pretty normal day in our lives. I say “normal”, but nothing is really normal right now due to COVID-19, our city’s current Safer at Home order.

But I wanted to document what this period of our lives was like — when we were home 24/7 all day, every day, as a whole family. This was two days before we brought Champ home from the NICU and it was during the few-day period when I was unable to visit him there due to the lockdown on visitors as a result of COVID-19. (In case you were wondering why I didn’t go up to the NICU on this day.)

I’ll be sharing another Day in My Quarantined Life post next week with the added addition of a newborn. That will look very different! 🙂

So without further ado, enjoy a peek into a day during this period of history when we were all self-isolating…

A Peek Into My Quarantined Life

6:50 a.m. — Up and make my favorite non-coffee drink (The Morning Motivator + Dandy Blend + half & half) and read my Bible reading for the day from She Reads Truth.

7:30 a.m. — I switch the laundry I had started the night before into the dryer and start another load in the washer.

7:45 a.m. — I fold a clean load of laundry while listening to an audiobook.

8:15 a.m. — I picked out my new books to read for the week and hopped on the treadmill for my morning reading/prayer time (yes, I walk while I read and pray!)

9:10 a.m. — I shower and get dressed for the day. I usually pick out my outfit for the day the night before to make getting dressed a snap in the mornings.

Kaitlynn usually makes some unique breakfast for herself every morning. Today’s breakfast was strawberry/peanut butter toast.

9:35 a.m. — I eat the same thing most every day for breakfast — a big bowl of Raisin Bran. Kaitlynn and I ate breakfast together this morning (breakfast is always on your own at our house right now, but sometimes I’ll sit down and eat with one child).

10 a.m. — I lie down to rest (since I’m near the end of my pregnancy, I usually have to lie down and rest once or twice a day). While resting, I watched the local news, talked to Jesse, and answered Instagram messages.

11 a.m. — Still resting. I go through my email inbox and answer all of the urgent messages.

11:45 a.m. — I took a break from business work to do my hair and makeup. (I usually have to lie down after my morning walk and shower because doing both of those things back to back wear me out for awhile!)

12:15 p.m. — Made Red Raspberry Leaf Tea, talked to Jesse, and checked my messages on Instagram.

12:45 p.m. — I sit with Silas while he works on his school for the day. I work on chapter 8 of my manuscript for my upcoming book. (I’m over 75% done with the rough draft!) (And yes, we allow PJ-wearing in our homeschool right now… provided you take a bath and put on clean PJs. :))

1:30 p.m. — I eat lunch and work on final edits to chapter 7 of my manuscript before I submit it to my editor who is working with me in the book-writing process.

The girls have been doing various creative projects since they are home 24/7. I love seeing the unique ideas they are coming up with. Kathrynne’s project for today was hand-drawing this coloring page to color in (the girls have also been super into making friendship bracelets right now — and you can see all their embroidery floss in the photo above).

Here’s a better photo of the coloring page she drew.

4 p.m. — Time to take my prenatal vitamins. (I spent the last two hours working on my book and working on foster care related phone calls + talking to Jesse about some decisions we needed to make there.)

5 p.m. — Snack time — dates with peanut butter (dates are for labor prep). I worked on getting my Hot Deals enewsletter ready to go + the blog post for the day and worked on some projects for my Mastermind group.

7 p.m. — Finished with my work projects for the day! And it’s onto making dinner. I used some bread crumbs, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese, and chicken. I dipped the chicken in egg mixture and then in bread crumbs and browned the chicken on the stove top. Then I put it in a pan with sauce and cheese and baked it. It was a Chicken Parmesan dish of sorts — using what I had on hand.

7:20 p.m. — While the chicken was cooking, I unload and reload the dishwasher and listen to an audiobook.

8:15 p.m. — Dinner time! (I made mine chicken without sauce — since it gives me heartburn. We served the chicken over pasta with peas.)

After dinner: We did our before bed house cleaning (everyone cleans up their designated spaces) and everyone helped with some laundry while we finished watching a movie. I wrote out my time-blocked to do list and answered a few emails and then went to bed at 10:30 p.m.

3 Apr 2020   ·   0
Mommy and Me Dresses

Mommy and Me Dresses as low as $8.24 at JCPenney!

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Oh my goodness! These Mommy and Me Dresses are SO cute!

Mommy and Me Dresses

JCPenney has these Peyton & Parker Mommy And Me Dresses for as low as $8.24 when you use the promo code 4BUNNY at checkout!

There are several colors and styles to choose from.

Shipping is free on orders over $49.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

3 Apr 2020   ·   0

ASUS ImagineBook 14” Laptop only $249.99 shipped (Reg. $500!)

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If you’re in the market for a new laptop, check out this deal on this ASUS ImagineBook 14” Laptop!

This hot deal is back!!

Best Buy has this ASUS ImagineBook 14” Laptop on sale for just $249.99 shipped (regularly $499.99)!

This laptop has really great reviews and would be perfect for students.

Thanks, Midwest Money Saving Mommas!

3 Apr 2020   ·   0
Melissa & Doug Toys

HUGE Sale on Melissa & Doug Crafts and Toys on Zulily!

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Love Melissa & Doug products? Check out this huge sale that Zulily is having right now!

Melissa & Doug Toys

Right now, Zulily is having a huge sale on Melissa & Doug Toys and Crafts!

Plus, if you spend $14.99+, you’ll get free shipping.

Get this Pattern Blocks & Double-Sided Boards Set for only $16.98 shipped!

Get this My First Daily Magnetic Calendar Set for only $17.46 shipped!

Get this Wooden Flip & Serve Pancake Toy Set for just $15.94 shipped!

Get this Paintable Flower & Butterfly Magnet Set for only $9.99!

Shop the HUGE Melissa & Doug sale here.

3 Apr 2020   ·   0
Sharpie Deep Sea Color Collection Coloring Kit

Sharpie Deep Sea Color Collection Coloring Kit only $16.18 (Reg. $42!), plus more!

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Grab this Sharpie Deep Sea Color Collection Coloring Kit for only $16.18 right now!

Sharpie Deep Sea Color Collection Coloring Kit

Walmart has some great deals on art sets right now!

Get this Sharpie Deep Sea Color Collection Coloring Kit for only $16.18 (regularly $42.30)!

Get this Crayola Hello Kitty Ultimate Art Kit Jr for just $15.59!

Get this L.O.L. Surprise! Fashion Plates, Fashion Design Activity Kit for only $9.97!

Get this Cra-Z-Art Be Inspired Cra-Z-Loom Ultimate Rubber Band Loom for just $12.88!

Get this 3-in-1 Cra-Z-Art Be Inspired Fashion and Jewelry Kit for only $29.99!

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

3 Apr 2020   ·   0
Winning Moves Games Pass The Pigs

Winning Moves Games Pass The Pigs only $5.39!

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This Winning Moves Games Pass The Pigs looks like such a fun game!

Winning Moves Games Pass The Pigs

Amazon has this Winning Moves Games Pass The Pigs for only $5.39 right now – the lowest price ever on record!

This game has hundreds of rave reviews.

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get guaranteed FREE two-day shipping (and possibly one-day or same-day shipping!). And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, SwagGrabber!

3 Apr 2020   ·   0
Mott's Fruit Snacks

Mott’s Fruit Snacks (40 count) only $5.59 shipped!

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Wow! This is a great price for these Mott’s Fruit Snacks!

Mott's Fruit Snacks

Amazon has these Mott’s Fruit Snacks (40 count) for just $5.59 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

These are great for lunches and snacks.

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

3 Apr 2020   ·   21

Pinecone Research is accepting applicants!

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Pinecone Research is open to applicants again! But hurry — spots always fill up quickly each month.

Pinecone Research has some openings available for new applicants! If you’ve tried in the past and haven’t been able to get in, you might be able to this time around, as they’ve opened their doors to more of a general population for a limited time only.

Hurry — they typically only leave their doors open for a day or two!

Pinecone Research is one of my very favorite survey companies and one that I found offered the most surveys for the best pay. You’re not going to get rich taking surveys, but you can earn a nice little stream of income from it.

Apply here to get started.

legitimate paid online surveys

Looking for more opportunities to make money from home? See my list of recommended survey companies here.