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T-Mobile Tuesdays: Get Rewards All Summer Long If You’re A Sprint or T-Mobile Customer!

If you’re a Sprint or T-Mobile customer, don’t miss these deals! Even though this summer is a little different than we were expecting, these freebies, giveaways, & discounts will help you find creative ways to stay entertained all summer long without breaking the bank!

{This post is sponsored by T-Mobile. All opinion are our own. Read our disclosure policy here.}

T-Mobile Tuesdays

Are you a Sprint or T-Mobile customer? If so, don’t forget to download the T-Mobile Tuesdays app and check it each week for HOT rewards!

Just for being a T-Mobile or Sprint customer, you can take advantage of freebies, discounts, rewards, and giveaways.

You can check out more details here.

How to Access Your Rewards Each Week

Here’s how you’ll access your rewards each week:

  1. Download the T-Mobile Tuesdays app (Android or iOS).
  2. Each Tuesday, save that week’s offers that you’re interested in.
  3. Choose to redeem your offers right away or save them for later.
  4. To access your saved offers, open the “My Stuff” tab and then redeem the offers from there.
  5. If you save offers, just be sure to pay attention to the expiration date of each offer.

Biggest Summer of Savings Ever

As a special thank you to T-Mobile and Sprint customers, T-Mobile will be offering even bigger and better freebies and discounts each Tuesday all summer long to help you save! No purchase is required! This is simply a thank you just for being a customer.

Here are just some of the many offers you can look forward to each Tuesday this summer:

  • Food discounts at restaurants like Burger King, Popeyes®, Baskin-Robbins, and more.
  • Three FREE months of Postmates Unlimited — so that you can get FREE delivery to your home.
  • FREE unlimited access to MyTelemedicine for 6 months — which gives you unlimited 24/7 access to telehealth doctors for just $40 per appointment.
  • Weekly fuel savings from Shell and their fuel savings program — which will save you up to $0.25 per gallon up to 20 gallons. This offer started on June 23 and is available for four weeks in a row!

Go here for more information on T-Mobile Tuesday rewards and specials!

Gretchen’s $82 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 5

Aldi

1 bag Frozen Strawberries – $1.89

1 bag Hot Dog Buns – $0.75

1 Half & Half – $1.55

1 bag Frozen Chicken Breasts – $5.59

1 gallon Milk – $1.69

1 bag Sugar – $2.08

2 bag Tortillas – $1.35 each

1 bag Frozen Veggies – $0.75

1 can Black Beans – $0.48

1 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

2 dozen Eggs – $1.03 each

1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.79

1 container Organic Yogurt – $2.69

2.41 lbs Red Grapes – $3.59

1 Canola Spray – $1.49

1 Peanut Butter – $1.15

1 bag Frozen Blueberries – $1.79

1 bag Cilantro – $0.69

1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79

3 lbs Frozen Ground Beef – $7.99

1 Grape Jelly – $1.29

1 Cottage Cheese – $1.59

1 box Crisp Rice Cereal – $1.45

1 MooTubes – $1.55

2 bags Shredded Cheese – $2.75 each

1 lb Butter – $2.65

2 boxes Mac & Cheese – $0.33 each

1 box Cinnamon Crunch Cereal – $1.39

1 Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

2.87 lbs Bananas – $1.12

2 Avocados – $0.59 each

2 cans Tuna – $0.68 each

1 bag Spinach – $1.19

1 bag Vine Tomatoes – $2.19

1 bag Romaine Lettuce – $2.19

1 bag Kettle Chips – $1.19

1 pkg Jumbo Franks – $0.99

1 Ranch Dressing – $0.89

1 Lemon Juice – $2.45

1 Seedless Cucumber – $1.29

1 bag Chocolate Chips – $1.69

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.75

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 bag Cinnamon Bagels – $1.49

Total: $82.81

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Cereal, Spinach Smoothies, Eggs, Toast, Oatmeal, Bagels

Lunches

Mac & Cheese, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit/Veggies, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Hard Boiled Eggs/Apples & Peanut Butter, Leftovers

Dinners

Grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs, Kettle Chips, Steamed Corn

Homemade Chipotle Bowls, Chips & Salsa

Soft Taco Bar, Fruit Salad

Spaghetti, Biscuits, Steamed Veggies

Pancakes, Eggs

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Breadsticks

Tossed Salad Bar with Chicken, Homemade Bread

A Peek Into the Past 2 Weeks

Welcome to a little peek into the past two weeks! We traveled to Johnson City, TN to meet up with two of my sisters and their families, loved having my mom come for a few days to stay with us and meet the babies, and Silas had an all day baseball tournament!

We got her pajamas to match the rest of us. Hers are still a little big, but they are adorable on her!

This sweet girl is becoming even more smiley and interactive!

Her big victory recently is that she’s finally starting to love baby-wearing!! I’ve always been a big fan of baby-wearing with my other three babies, but she just didn’t like it at all! I kept trying here and there hoping that would change — and this week it did!! Yay!!

She also started folding her hands together in front of her and even has slept a few 6-hour stretches recently!

When the babies are laying next to one another, Champ is often trying to hold Kierstyn’s hand. It’s so cute!

This is one of my favorite pictures of Silas and Champ together.

And this is one of my favorite pictures of Kierstyn.

We were planning to drive to Gatlinburg and Smokey Mountain National Park to meet up with two of my sisters and their families. When I mentioned that an hour before we were supposed to leave, a number of you said that it would be crazy busy since it was a holiday.

Y’all, I hadn’t even thought of that!! I’m so glad you warned us so that we didn’t end up spending our short trip in bumper to bumper traffic.

Instead, we changed our plans at the last minute and went to Johnson City, TN again and did the same waterfall hike we had done a few weeks ago (Sills Branch Falls). Maybe it wasn’t very original to do the same thing, but at least it wasn’t crowded and we avoided lots of traffic!

We loved getting to hang out with my sisters and their families… and it makes us SO excited for our annual Bull Shoals Lake extended family vacation in a few weeks!!

When we were in Johnson City, we stopped by Troyer’s — a fun market.

They have a huge selection of Trim Healthy Mama products.

I guess people come from miles away for the Trim Healthy Mama desserts — and they usually sell out by noon!

 

It was so fun to have my mom come visit!

She was here Monday through Wednesday and we spent the time talking, holding and feeding the babies, taking walks, and talking some more. It was so relaxing and special!

Guess what?!? We officially have another driver in our family!!! Kathrynne got her learner’s permit last week!

Also, I quickly decided that teaching our kids how to drive will be Jesse’s job.

It’s such a fun season right now — albeit full! We’re discussing high school and jobs and driving + nursing, diapers, and baby milestones! There’s rarely a dull moment around here! And I’m seeking to just embrace and savor every bit of it!

Silas had an all day baseball tournament on Saturday. 12 hours and 4 games later, his team won the championship!

We went to church for the first time in months this past Sunday and it was so nice. Kierstyn got to wear this cute dress and shoes that had been given to us, too!

Some Honest Thoughts on Foster Care

A few years back, I wanted to look into foster care or adoption, but Jesse didn’t feel a peace about it.

My personality is the type that I wanted to push and persuade, but I decide to pray instead. To pray for wisdom and clear direction — and that if foster care or adoption was supposed to be part of our story, that God would open up Jesse’s heart to the idea.

Looking back, I see how God needed to do a lot more work in my heart over these past few years. I’m glad His timing is better than my timing. He knew when the right time was — and that’s when He opened Jesse’s heart to the idea of pursuing getting licensed as foster parents.

I won’t pretend that the journey has been easy. In fact, it’s been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Not only the hours, days, weeks, and months required to get licensed, but then the journey after getting licensed…

The heartbreaking stories you hear and the many phone calls we’ve had to say no to because we knew our family wasn’t a fit (we made the decision from day one to only say yes when all of our family is in agreement and feels a peace about it).

The many unknowns that come along with saying “yes” — what will it mean? Will I have the emotional capacity to handle it? How long will this be for?

The zero control and say I have over so many things (did I mention I like to be the decision-maker?)

The uncertainty over the future and what it might hold (if you know me, you know how much I like to have a plan!)

But it’s also been one of the most beautiful, life-changing journeys our family has ever taken…

Our hearts have been broken for so many who are hurting and our eyes have been opened to the incredible needs there are in our own community.

We’ve replaced a lot of criticism with compassion as we’ve learned more firsthand what people are going through and struggling with.
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And we’ve fallen madly in love with a sweet little boy and his mama as we’ve had the privilege to be a part of their story.

We don’t know what the future holds, but we look back on this past year and we see so much beauty, growth, and joy in our lives that has directly resulted from opening up our home in this way.

My 10 Goals For This Week

Last Week’s Goals

Personal Goals

1. Take 5 morning walks in our neighborhood.

2. Read 5 chapters of The White Rose Resists. Read 5 chapters of Show Up for Your Life. Finish reading Thriving in Love and Money.

3. Do pelvic floor exercises at least four times.

Home/Family Goals

4. Read 3 chapters of The Giver aloud to the kids. 

5. Go on a date with Jesse. 

6. Prep for leading youth group Bible Study.

Work/Blog Goals

7. Update my About Page.

8. Experiment with TikTok. (I decided to nix this goal for now since the week I chose to start working on it was the week that it started to become rumored that it might get shut down! I guess it’s good I didn’t start working on it at the beginning of 2020 like I’d planned!)

9. Update my Welcome Series on my personal email newsletter.

Word of the Year Goals

10. Make tea and spend an hour reading a book just for fun.

This Week’s Goals

Personal Goals

1. Take 5 morning walks in our neighborhood.

2. Read 5 chapters of The White Rose Resists. Finish reading Show Up for Your Life. Pick a new book to start reading.

3. Do pelvic floor exercises at least four times.

Home/Family Goals

4. Read 3 chapters of The Giver aloud to the kids. 

5. Go on a date with Jesse. 

6. Prep for leading youth group Bible Study on Wednesday.

Work/Blog Goals

7. Update my About Page.

8. Prep for leading my Mastermind coaching session.

9. Update my Welcome Series on my personal email newsletter.

Word of the Year Goals

10. Make tea and spend an hour reading a book just for fun.

What are YOUR goals for this week? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to hear and be able to cheer for you!

We spent $66.14 on groceries this past week

Want to see what we bought for this week’s $70 grocery budget? I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 budget for our family of seven (two adults, two teenagers, one preteen, and two babies). This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

For live updates, be sure to follow my Instagram Stories. See all posts on my $70 Grocery Budget here.

We had such a good week this past week! It started with traveling back from Johnson City, TN where we met up with two of my sisters and their families this past weekend, then my mom got to come visit Monday through Wednesday, Kathrynne got her learner’s permit and worked a full day almost every day (they have a big project at work so she’s been working extra hours to help out), Kaitlynn had Cheer Camp, and then the week ended with an all day (12 hours, 4 games!) baseball tournament for Silas.

After weeks and weeks of quiet, it feels so nice to be back to some normal things — even though we’re having to learn a new normal with social distancing and masks involved. But some normal is still so nice!

I went to Kroger twice this week and here’s a rundown on what I bought:

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • 4 pounds butter — $1.99 each
  • Eggland’s Best Eggs — marked down to $1.89
  • 4 bags Chex Mix — $0.99 when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • Taco Seasoning — marked down to $0.25
  • Olives — marked down to $0.69
  • Suave Body Wash — $1.99 when you buy 5 or more participating items + used $1/1 Kroger digital coupon = $0.99
  • Kroger Tortilla Chips — $1, used $0.35/1 Kroger digital coupon = $0.65
  • Whole Wheat Tortillas — $1.59
  • Tamales — marked down to $2.49
  • Rolls — marked down to $0.89
  • Bananas — marked down to $0.67
  • Onions — marked down to $0.99
  • Sweet Potatoes — marked down to $0.99
  • Peaches/Nectarines — marked down to $0.99
  • Coconut — $1.27
  • Greek Yogurt — marked down to $1.29
  • 4 cartons blueberries — $1.67 each
  • Total with tax: $34.82

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 2 Simple Truth Egg Whites — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 30 eggs — marked down to $0.79
  • Greek yogurt — marked down to $0.39
  • 6 boxes Kellogg’s cereal — $1.49 when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • 4 bags Goldfish crackers — $0.99 each when you buy 5 or more participating items
  • Proteen Cereal — marked down to $1.39
  • Milk — $2.59
  • Bread — marked down to $1.49
  • Oranges — $2.88
  • Lettuce — $1.79
  • Oats — $2.49
  • Water — $0.79
  • Total with tax: $31.32

Total spent on groceries: $66.14

What We Ate This Past Week

Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here.

Breakfasts — Cereal, Oatmeal, Eggs/Blueberries, Energy Bites

Lunches — Yogurt, Eggs, Salad/Toast, Leftovers, Cereal, Strawberries, Bananas

Snacks — Cereal, Energy Bites, Oatmeal/Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chex Mix, Banana Bread

Dinners:

  • Monday — Meatballs, mashed potatoes, peas, sweet potatoes, salad, strawberries
  • Tuesday — Chicken Bean Rollups, Mexican Rice, Fruit, Salad, Avocados, Chips
  • Wednesday — Sausage/Sweet Potatoes/Onions in the crockpot, Rolls
  • Thursday — Pancakes, Eggs, Fruit
  • Friday — Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Salad, Banana Bread
  • Saturday — Snacky Dinner at baseball (I brought Energy Bites, Banana Bread, Fruit Snacks, Chex Mix, & Blueberries in a cooler.)
  • Sunday — Leftovers/Fend For Yourself

Cashback Earned: 75 points from Fetch Rewards, $2.85 earned from iBotta for buying Kellogg’s cereal

Brigette’s $68 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!


We’re getting reading to leave for a long road trip, so we’ll only be eating at home a few days this week. It’s time to play the game called “Let’s Eat Everything Up In Our Fridge!”

Aldi

1 large jar Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 Cauliflower – $2.19

1 pkg Broccoli Crowns – $1.67

2 pkgs Romaine Hearts – $4.38

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.59

1 carton Grape Tomatoes – $1.49

1 carton Baby Bella Mushrooms – $0.99

4 cans Green Beans – $1.62

2 Avocados – $1.30

1 3-lb bag Peaches – $2.69

3 large SC Peaches ($1.49/lb) – $2.28 (To see if they are better than the pre-bagged ones that we also bought :))

1 3-lb bag of Lemons – $3.85

2 cartons Strawberries – $2.58

1 bunch Bananas ($0.38/lb) – $1.03

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.89

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.79

1 8-oz pkg Sliced Cheese – $1.29

1 16-oz bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $2.75

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.99

1 16-oz pkg Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $2.75

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.49

2 64-oz cartons Orange Juice – $3.18

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.55

1 can Olive Oil Cooking Spray – $1.79

1 3-lb pkg fresh 80/20 Ground Beef – $9.98

6 individual cartons Greek Yogurt – $3.48

1 pkg Potato Buns – $1.99

1 pkg Hamburger Buns – $0.65

Total: $68.18

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Yogurt, Fruit, Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled/Fried/Boiled Eggs, Veggie Omelets

Lunches

Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Strawberries, Carrots/Cucumbers x 2

Leftovers x 2

Dinners

BBQ Meatballs, Cheesy Hashbrown Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Freezer Biscuits, Green Beans, Ultimate Double Chocolate Brownies (company for dinner)

Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Green Beans, Tossed Salad, Applesauce

Crustless Quiche, Tossed Salad, Roasted Cauliflower, Fruit

Leftovers