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30 Mar 2020   ·   0
LEGO BrickHeadz Easter Bunny 40271 Building Kit

LEGO BrickHeadz Easter Bunny Building Kit only $9.99!

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This LEGO BrickHeadz Easter Bunny Building Kit would be a fun gift idea!

LEGO BrickHeadz Easter Bunny 40271 Building Kit

Amazon has this LEGO BrickHeadz Easter Bunny Building Kit for just $9.99 right now!

This would be a great gift idea.

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Thanks, SwagGrabber!

30 Mar 2020   ·   0
Elmer’s Glow in the Dark Glue Variety Pack

Elmer’s Glow in the Dark Glue Variety Pack (6 count) only $9.99!

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This Elmer’s Glow in the Dark Glue is perfect for making slime!

Elmer’s Glow in the Dark Glue Variety Pack

Walmart has this Elmer’s Glow in the Dark Glue Variety Pack (6 count) for only $9.99!

This is such a great price and these are perfect for making slime.

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

30 Mar 2020   ·   0
Larabar Gluten Free Bar

Larabar Gluten Free Lemon Bars (16 count) only $10.64 shipped!

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Wow! This is a great price for Larabar Gluten Free Bars!

Larabar Gluten Free Bar

Amazon has these Larabar Gluten Free Lemon Bars (16 count) for only $10.64 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

That’s just $0.66 per bar shipped which is a great price.

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

Thanks, Hip2Save!

30 Mar 2020   ·   0
Black Forest Fruit Snacks Juicy Bursts, Mixed Fruit

Black Forest Fruit Snacks Juicy Bursts, Mixed Fruit (40 count) only $5.66 shipped!

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Stock up on these Black Forest Fruit Snacks Juicy Bursts!

Black Forest Fruit Snacks Juicy Bursts, Mixed Fruit

Amazon has these Black Forest Fruit Snacks Juicy Bursts, Mixed Fruit (40 count) for only $5.66 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

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

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

30 Mar 2020   ·   0
FREE Unlimited Access to Over 1,300 Online Craft & Hobby Classes at Blueprint

Free Unlimited Access to Online Craft & Hobby Classes at Bluprint!

Wanting to learn a new craft or hobby during this time? Bluprint has you covered with free unlimited access to all their online classes!

FREE Unlimited Access to Over 1,300 Online Craft & Hobby Classes at Blueprint

Through April 9th, Bluprint is offering free unlimited access to all their online Craft and Hobby classes!

These normally range from $25 to $100 per class so this is a great deal! Choose classes like quilting, cooking, drawing, painting, photography and tons more. They even have family-friendly classes where you can do projects as a whole family.

Valid through April 9, 2020.

Thanks, Free Stuff Finder!

30 Mar 2020   ·   0

CVS: Deals for the week of March 29-April 4, 2020

Looking for all the best weekly CVS deals? Check out this list of the hottest deals you’ll find in-store this week!

Here are the best deals at CVS this week, with a big thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help in compiling them:

Buy 2 Covergirl Mascara starting at $6.99, Get $6 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $3/1 printable, $3/1 Covergirl CVS App coupon or $3/1 CoverGirl Eye Product, exp. 3/21/20 (SS 02/23/20)
Use $3/1 CVS coupon printing for everyone at CVS machine
Pay $4.98 out of pocket, Get $6 ECBs
Free plus $1.01 moneymaker after coupons and ECBs

Buy 2 Suave Hair Care at $3, Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $3/2 coupon from the 3/29 RMN insert
Pay $3 out of pocket, Get $3 ECBs
Free after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 Maybelline Eye Shadow at $4.19, Get $6 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 CVS App coupon
Pay $6.38 out of pocket, Get $6 ECBs
$0.19 each after ECBs

Buy 2 PopArrazi Nail Polish at $2.50, Get $4 ECBs (Limit 1)
Pay $5 out of pocket, Get $4 ECBs
$0.50 each after ECBs

Buy 1 Colgate Toothpaste at $3.49, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $0.50/1 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert
Pay $2.99 out of pocket, Get $2 ECBs
$0.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 2 M&M candy at $2.50, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/2 M&M’s Milk Chocolate, Peanut, Caramel, or Peanut Butter Candies, exp. 4/27/20 (RMN 03/01/20 R))
Pay $4 out of pocket, Get $1 ECBs
$1.50 each after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Neutrogena Mascara at $9.99, Get $6 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $2/1 coupon from the 3/29 RMN insert
Pay $7.99 out of pocket, Get $6 ECBs
$1.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Arm & Hammer Toothpaste at $3.99, Get $1 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert
Pay $2.99 out of pocket, Get $1 ECBs
$1.99 after coupon and ECBs

Buy 1 Crest Mouthwash at $4.99, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)
Use $1/1 Crest CVS App coupon
Pay $3.99 out of pocket, Get $2 ECBs
$1.99 each after coupon and ECBs

Spend $30, Get $10 Cash Card

*Deal Idea*

Buy 2 Pampers Diapers – $9.99
Buy 2 Tampax or Always Pads – $4
Buy 1 Tide Pods 16 ct – $4.94
Use $3/2 Pampers CVS App coupon
Use $2/1 Tide CVS App coupon
Use $3/2 Always/ Tampax CVS App coupon
Pay $24.92 out of pocket, Get $10 Cash Card
$2.98 each after coupons and cash card

OR

Buy 3 Charmin Toilet Paper 8 Mega Roll or Bounty Paper Towels 6 Roll – $9.99 (if your store has paper products)
Use $1/1 Charmin CVS App coupon
Use $1/1 Bounty CVS App coupon
Pay $27.97 out of pocket, Get $10 Cash Card
$5.99 each after coupons and cash card

Other Deals In Ad

Cadbury Eggs – Buy One, Get One Free

New to shopping at CVS? Be sure to check out my CVS 101 post that gives you the full scoop on how to get the best bargains at CVS. See the full list of deals at CVS here.

30 Mar 2020   ·   0

Walgreens: Deals for the week of March 29-April 4, 2020

Looking for all the best weekly Walgreens deals? Check out this list of the hottest deals you’ll find in-store this week!

Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help with compiling these:

Walgreens.com has just announced that they will offer FREE SHIPPING on all online orders (no minimum required!). They’re also offering free prescription deliveries where allowed!

Balance Reward Points

Spend $10, Get 5,000 Balance Reward Points

*Deal Idea*

Buy 1 Listerine Tabs – $4.99
Buy 1 Listerine Mouthwash – $6.29
Use $1/1 Listerine Tabs digital coupon
Use $1/1 Listerine Mouthwash digital coupon
Pay $9.78 out of pocket, Get 5,000 Balance Reward Points
$2.39 each after coupons and point

Register Rewards

Buy 1 Revlon Cosmetic Tools starting at $4.29, Get $5 Register Rewards Get 30% off
Pay $6 out of pocket, Get $5 Register Rewards
$0.50 each after Register Rewards

Buy 2 Old Spice or Secret Deodorant at $5, Get $5 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 Old Spice digital coupon
Submit for $1.50/1 Old Spice Ibotta Rebate
Pay $9 out of pocket, Get $5 Register Rewards and $3 in rebates
$0.50 each after coupons, rebates and Register Rewards

Buy 3 Colgate Toothpaste, Mouthwash, Toothbrushes at $3.99, Get $5 Register Rewards
Use $5/3 Colgate Toothpaste digital coupon
Pay $6.97 out of pocket, Get $5 Register Rewards
$0.66 each after coupons and Register Rewards

Buy 2 Softsoap Body Wash at $4.99, Get $5 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 digital coupon or $1/1 coupon from the 3/29 SmartSource insert
Pay $7.98 out of pocket, Get $5 Register Rewards
$1.49 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 2 Crest Toothpaste, Oral B Toothbrush or Crest Toothpaste at $4, Get $2 Register Rewards
Use $3/2 Crest Toothpaste or Oral B digital coupon
Pay $5 out of pocket, Get $2 Register Rewards
$1.50 each after coupon and Register Rewards

Other Deals In Ad

Arizona Tea – $0.50 when you buy 4

Aquafina Water, 24 pk – $3.99

Skippy Peanut Butter – Buy One, Get One Free

Nice Eggs, 12 ct – Buy One, Get One Free

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the full list of deals at Walgreens this week here.

28 Mar 2020   ·   22

The 3 Books I Finished Last Week (+ the 1 classic movie we watched)

Welcome to my weekly book update post where I share what books I read this past week + my honest thoughts and star ratings of them.

A Word on My Star Ratings

The star ratings I give the books I read are based on a 5-star rating system. I rarely will ever give a book a 1-star rating (maybe never?), because my philosophy is that if a book is only worthy of one star, I’m more than likely going to quit reading it. 🙂 In the same vein, you’ll also notice that I’ll rarely give a 5-star rating as I reserve those for only my very, very favorite books.

Want to see all of the books I’ve read so far this year? Check out my Good Reads page.

The Fourth Trimester

I was really excited to read this book as I thought it would be great for me to prep for birth and postpartum recovery — especially since I’ve struggled with postpartum depression/anxiety after all three of my pregnancies. (I think a lot of my struggles were related to not taking time to properly rest and heal after my births.)

Going into reading it, I knew the book wasn’t written from a Christian perspective and had a lot of influence from other religions in it. I was prepared for this. Unfortunately, I had a hard time getting past a lot of those sections. So much of the advice just felt so self-serving and humanistic…  and some of the advice to ask for so much help and set such strong boundaries after the birth kind of felt like it was encouraging you to come across as a jerk. (Just being honest here!!)

That said, my big takeaways are that rest, good nourishment, and limited movement for the few weeks after birth are really important. Those are my hopes for this postpartum period for my upcoming birth and what I’ve spent the last few months prepping to make happen! This book definitely encouraged me to prioritize that.

Does anyone have suggestions of a good book for postpartum that encourages these things that might be a better fit for me (or something for me to recommend to others)?

Verdict: 2 stars

The Lazy Genius Way

I have heard of Kendra Adachi’s podcast (The Lazy Genius) but, truth be told, I’m not a listener. I think I may have have heard one episode way back when or maybe have heard her on another podcast, but that’s about the extent of my knowledge of her.

Despite that, I really loved this book! It’s well-written, funny, practical, and realistic. Kendra has the perfect balance of truth, humor, and grace sprinkled throughout it. She also makes you feel like you can actually get your home and life in better order (notice I didn’t say “perfect order” just “better order”? I think Kendra would approve of that language!)

I love her approach to be a genius about those things that truly matter to you and your family and to be lazy about those things that don’t matter to you and your family. I also found her light-hearted footnotes throughout the book to be a fun addition.

While I’ve read a LOT of time management, home management, and life management books, I still found so much fresh perspective and inspiration in Kendra’s book. And now I’m thinking I need to check out her podcast!

Verdict: 4 stars

The Gospel Comes With a House Key

Okay, I was a little scared to write this review, because it seems everyone I know absolutely adored this book. And, while I really loved parts of it, there were other parts of it that I just couldn’t stand behind wholeheartedly.

Let’s start with what I loved: I loved the author’s desire to encourage what she calls, “Radically Ordinary Hospitality”. It is a lost art in our usually-busy worlds and I think it is one of the biggest building blocks to genuine community and Christlike love.

I also loved that the book shone a light on foster care and the need for Christian families to prayerfully consider being involved in this ministry in some way. (You all know how passionate I am about foster care!)

That said, what bothered me in the book was that she presented hospitality almost as a one-size-fits-all sort of thing. That it’s only in the context of your church and neighborhood and that it pretty much always involves opening up your home for a meal.

While opening up your home is fantastic and serving food is great, I think hospitality can also be inviting a friend to the park or to coffee or to join you in a walk or reaching out to the lonely-looking person sitting on the sidelines at your child’s baseball game or inviting your co-worker to lunch… and a thousand other things.

For me, I believe hospitality is going to take on many different forms — because we all have different giftings and different spheres and circles we run in. I wish she would have talked much more about this.

The second thing I didn’t like in the book was that she was super honest about situations they’ve been through with other people — the good, the bad, the ugly. And in many cases, she shared a lot of details about conversations that I felt were private and not ones to be shared in a published book that anyone in the world might read.

I feel like there’s good chance some of the things she shared openly and in detail about very personal hurts and situations could very well damage relationships in her life — even some of those that might be ones she’s seeking to practical “radically ordinary hospitality” to.

(Maybe she got every single person’s permission to share what she shared and maybe each person was 100% okay with it… even then, I think many of the examples and conversations could have been omitted and the book would have still been as powerful. For me, it would have been even more powerful.)

And now I’m going to go duck from all of the rotten tomatoes I’m going to get thrown at me! 😉

Verdict: 3 stars

Classic Movie We Watched Last Week

The kids decided — all on their own — that they want to start watching one old classic movie per week together as a family in 2020. They are helping me choose the list of movies and I’ll be reporting here what we watch each week and their thoughts on it.

I plan to do a big classic movie round-up post at the end of the year with their verdict on the best and favorites of the ones we watched. (Thank you for all the great suggestions for must-watch classic movies!)

Last week, we watched Mr. Bean’s Holiday — a movie Jesse and I had watched together a long time ago together and thought the kids might enjoy. They did enjoy parts of it, but they found it a little on the slow side and thought it drug on — especially toward the end.

(Note: I don’t think this actually qualifies as a “classic movie” since it came out in 2007, but oh well, we’re going to say it is since it was the movie we watched last week!)

What did you read this past week? Any books you think I really need to add to my long to-read list??

28 Mar 2020   ·   3
Dollar Shave Club Starter Set

Dollar Shave Club Starter Set for just $5 shipped!

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Have you been wanting to try Dollar Shave Club? You can get their Starter Set for just $5 shipped right now!

Dollar Shave Club Starter Set

If you’ve been curious about Dollar Shave Club, you can sign up and get a Starter Set for just $5 shipped right now! This also might make a unique gift idea for someone!

This initial Starter Set includes the executive razor handle, four 6-blade razor cartridges, a trial-sized shave butter, a trial-sized post shave dew, and a trial-sized prep scrub. This is a great value!!

I’ve been using Dollar Shave Club for quite a while now, and I really like it! You can read my completely honest review of Dollar Shave Club here.

Note: When you take advantage of this deal, it signs you up for the Dollar Shave Club membership that will renew after the first month at the full executive razor price of $9/month. Be sure to go into your membership settings and cancel (or change to a cheaper razor) if you don’t want to continue.

Stylized Dollar Shave Club Starter Set

Go here to sign up and get your $5 Dollar Shave Club Starter Set.

28 Mar 2020   ·   4

Brigette’s $88 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

Aldi

Thankfully, our store was pretty well-stocked the day we went shopping. There were no fresh meats, and there were limits on most items – but I got all the essentials on my list.

2 pks Broccoli Crowns – $3.06

1 carton Baby Artisan Lettuce – $2.39

2 cans Green Beans – $0.76

1 pkg Baby Bella Mushrooms – $0.89

1 pkg Button Mushrooms – $0.89

2 cartons Strawberries – $1.98

1 bag Green Grapes ($0.59/lb!) – $1.09

1 bag Red Grapes ($0.59/lb) – $1.19

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.89

1 bunch Bananas ($0.15/lb!) -$0.42

1 3-lb bag Jazz Apples – $3.49

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.39

1 Cauliflower – $2.19

1 bag Mini Cucumbers – $2.09

1 carton Blackberries – $0.99

2 cans Diced Tomatoes – $0.72

2 cans Tomato Sauce – $0.38

1 pkg frozen Mixed Vegetables – $0.57

1 3-lb bag frozen Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $5.59

1 3-lb pkg 73/27 Ground Beef – $7.19

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.85

2 cans Chicken Breast – $1.99

1 pkg Beef Hot Dogs – $2.39

1 pkg Kielbasa – $2.35

1 pk Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.33

1 2-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $5.19

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.99

2 cans Pinto Beans – $0.98

1 can Baking Powder – $0.99

1 jar Bread and Butter Pickles – $1.38

1 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix – $0.29

1 can Baking Cocoa – $1.79

1 gallon 2% Milk – $0.97

1/2 gallon Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.59

1/2 gallon Orange Juice – $1.59

1 can Whipped Dairy Topping – $2.65

1 32-oz carton Plain Greek Yogurt – $3.45

5 individual cartons Flavored Greek Yogurts – $2.94

2 dozen Eggs – $1.96

1 large box Corn Flakes – $1.09

1 large box Crispy Oats – $1.15

1 large box Crunchy Granola Raisin Bran – $2.19

1 box Clubhouse Crackers – $1.69

1 box Cheese Crackers – $1.49

1 bag Gluten-Free Pretels – $1.85

1 loaf Sandwich Bread  – $0.67

1 bag Mini Marshmallows – $0.89

Weekly Grocery Total: $88.85

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

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

Fruit, Cereal, Smoothies, Oatmeal, Toast, Fried/Boiled/Scrambled Eggs, Yogurt, Veggie Omelets, French Breakfast Puffs

Lunches

Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Apples, Cucumbers x 2

Crackers and Peanut Butter, String Cheese, Strawberries, Carrots x 2

Leftovers x 3

Dinners

Chili, Cornbread

Leftover Chili/Shredded Cheese over Baked Potatoes, Broccoli

Italian Chicken, Tossed Salad, Green Beans, Biscuits

Hot Dogs on the Grill, Broccoli, Baked Potato Wedges

Chicken Gravy Over Rice, Mixed Vegetables, Easy Italian Breadsticks

Homemade Cheese Pizza, Tossed Salad

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Grapes, Roasted Cauliflower, Creamy Milk Rice