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19 Oct 2019   ·   24

Life Update: Pregnancy update (week 12), my book stack, & football

Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to follow my stories and posts on Instagram.

12 weeks! And our big news is that we found out the gender this week!!!* Knowing has made it so much more real to me, even though this whole pregnancy still feels crazy surreal and like a dream.


I think we actually all may have agreed on a name!! It’s very different having older kids who have very strong opinions about these things! Also, the NIPT test came back perfect. And I had a little more energy and a little less nausea this week.


I’m pretty sure I’m starting to feel those first few flutters. I didn’t for sure feel movement until 15 weeks with Silas, but I’m almost 99% sure that’s what I’m feeling.

Also, my appetite has increased big time — which has been weird and I’m still trying to adjust. I’m usually the type of person who eats when I’m hungry and then eats until I’m satisfied. But right now, I feel hungry almost 90% of the time — even right after eating!!

I’m so grateful to have the desire to eat, though, because it definitely has been super hit or miss for the last 6 weeks and most of the time I was just making myself eat so I wouldn’t feel worse because my stomach was empty. It’s so nice to actually *want* to eat much of the time now!


Oh goodness, have the cravings been intense this week. I feel like all I do is talk about and think about food. (This is SO unlike me! My kids keep saying, “Mom, you are so WEIRD when you are pregnant!”)

Speaking of weird, yesterday and today I wanted a taco from Taco Bell. Y’all, I can’t remember the last time I’ve even eaten at Taco Bell!! But, thanks to Jesse, I had a taco for dinner AND breakfast (he was smart and just went and got a whole BAG of six tacos last night!!)


4.5 pounds (I usually always gain around 30 lbs. and at the rate I’m going, I don’t think I’m going to have any issue doing that again.)

*At this point, we don’t plan to share the gender before the birth. That could always change, but we kept it a family secret last time and it made it so special so we are thinking we’ll likely do that again.

In other news, I bought this sweatshirt this week and can’t wait for it to come in the mail!

And I was thrilled to once again feel well enough to go to the grocery store for a quick shopping trip!

Silas played both baseball and flag football this season. His first playoff game was Friday night and their team won, just barely! So they move on to the next playoff bracket next week.

What I’m…

Reading right now: I Will Always Write Back and Come Matter Here (My book stack in my room is getting way too high — and then I have three shelves in the library full of books waiting to be read ASAP. I guess it’s a good problem!)

Watching right now: Silas, Kaitlynn, and I have been watching The Masked Singer.

Listening to right now: I finally came up first in line for Atomic Habits on the Libby app again, so I’ve been listening to the last hour and half of it (that I didn’t get to finish the last time I had it “checked out” on the Libby app).

Loving right now: The fact that it was cool enough weather this past week to wear my favorite booties (shown above). (These are from Amazon, but they are a Payless brand so they are almost sold out.)

In Case You Missed It:

19 Oct 2019   ·   4

$47 Kroger Shopping Trip

I had a little more energy and a little less nausea this week (YAY for almost being in the second trimester!!), so I did a bit more of a “real” shopping trip.

Full disclosure: We’re still a few weeks away from getting back to our $70 grocery budget and the family is still eating a lot of cereal, snack foods, super quick meals (like scrambled eggs and frozen waffles), and take out. I’m okay with that because we always loosen up our grocery bill and eating out budget during the first trimester of pregnancy. It’s a season and one of the reasons we are so careful and intentional with our finances is so that we can change up the budget categories, if need be.

I hope to be back to our $70 grocery budget and menu planning in the next few weeks, just as soon as more energy returns and I feel well enough to be able to do more cooking/planning/grocery shopping.

For now, I’m just celebrating the fact that I made it to the store with a small plan and was able to get some good deals on groceries and managed to survive without getting sick! Here’s what we bought:

$47 Kroger Shopping Trip

  • 5 boxes of Red Baron pizza — $1.99 each as part of the 3-day deals
  • 4 bags of Kettle Chips — $0.99 each as part of the 3-day deals
  • Simple Truth Greek Yogurt — marked down to $0.49
  • Grapes — $0.99/lb. — $1.90
  • 30 eggs — marked down to $1.49
  • 1 bag of avocados — marked down to $0.99
  • 5 boxes of Mott’s Fruit Snacks (40-count) — $1.99 each as part of the 3-day deals
  • Yoplait Gogurts — marked down to $0.99
  • Tropicana OJ — $3
  • Flour — $1.59
  • Sugar — $1.59
  • Milk — $2.99
  • 4 cans of pumpkin — $0.89 each
  • Chocolate chips — $1.99 (I was craving Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins… unfortunately, my stomach quickly decided it did not like them at all. But hey, my family was happy to eat the rest!)
  • Total with tax: $47.19

Cash Back I Earned: 1,025 points from Fetch Rewards + $0.10 from iBotta.

Did you find any great deals at the grocery store this week?

19 Oct 2019   ·   12
buy one get one free Starbucks Happy Hour

Starbucks: Free Unlimited Coffee and Tea Refills with ANY Beverage Purchase!

Calling all Starbucks lovers! Did you know you can get free unlimited coffee or tea refills with any beverage purchase at Starbucks?

(Want to save more on Starbucks? Check out my post on how I justify drinking Starbucks even on a budget! Hint: I use Swagbucks to get Starbucks gift cards so I pay nothing out of pocket! 😉)

buy one get one free Starbucks Happy Hour

If you’re a Starbucks Rewards Member, you can get free coffee or tea refills with any beverage purchase at Starbucks!

This includes brewed iced and hot coffee, cold brew coffee, or iced and hot tea.

This is SO cool! I always thought you only got refills if your initial beverage purchase was coffee or tea. But the refills perk is valid when you purchase any beverage!

Here’s how to get this deal:

  • Sign up to become a Starbucks Rewards Member (it’s free!)
  • Order ANY beverage in-store or via mobile order
  • Enjoy your original beverage in store (You must not leave the restaurant or you will forfeit the refill perk!)
  • Take your empty cup to the register
  • Order any cold brew coffee or hot/iced coffee or tea
  • Scan your Starbucks Rewards Card to get the refill for free.

That’s it! Go here to see more information.

Have you ever taken advantage of free unlimited coffee refills at Starbucks?

Psst! Did you see how this post on how to throw a Starbucks birthday party on a budget? SO cool!

19 Oct 2019   ·   0

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


1 box Rice Squares – $1.49

2 boxes Crispy Oats – $2.38

1 5-lb bag Flour – $1.05

1 64-oz carton Orange Juice – $1.64

1 gallon Whole Milk – $0.97

1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.79

1 64-oz carton Skim Milk – $0.58

2 bags Riced Cauliflower – $3.78

1 3-lb bag Frozen Boneless Chicken Breasts – $5.85

1 3-lb roll Ground Beef – $6.49

1-lb Sausage – $1.89

1 16-oz bag Deli Meat – $2.85

1 pkg Turkey Bacon – $1.89

1 48-oz jar Canola Oil – $1.85

1 can Baking Powder – $0.99

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.59

2-lb bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.99

2-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $4.99

1 pkg Sliced Cheese – $1.79

1 can Whipped Topping – $2.85

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.95

1 bag Pretzels – $1.09

1 bag Plain Rice Cakes – $1.45

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

1 jar Organic Jam – $1.69

1 10-lb bag Russet Potatoes – $1.99

1 bag Romaine Hearts – $2.09

1 bag Baby Carrots – $0.89

1 bag Mini Cucumbers – $2.09

1 3-lb bag Mandarin Oranges – $2.69

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.09

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.39

1 huge bag of Turnip Greens – from a friend’s garden

2 bags Broccoli Crowns – $2.30

1 2-lb bag Peaches – $1.99

1 pkg Zucchini – $1.39

1 container Grape Tomatoes – $1.39

1 large bag Red Grapes ($0.79/lb) – $2.12

1 Cabbage – $1.69

1 bunch Bananas ($0.41/lb) – $1.09

5 single-serving Greek Yogurts – $2.95

Grocery Total for the Week: $88.60

Weekly Menu Plan


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

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


Deli Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Oranges, Cucumbers x 2

Pretzels/Peanut Butter, Cheese Sticks, Bananas, Mini Sweet Peppers x 2

Leftovers x 3


Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Roasted Broccoli, Grapes

Chicken and Rice Casserole, Tossed Salad

Hamburger Vegetable Soup with Shredded Cheese, Homemade Dill Bread

Date Night Out (Macaroni and Cheese for the kids)

Cauliflower Rice and Ground Beef Skillet, Tossed Salad, Failproof French Bread

Spaghetti Alla Carbonara, Roasted Broccoli, Failproof French Bread


19 Oct 2019   ·   0

Sign up for my free 5 Days to a Better Morning Challenge!

Feeling like you’re losing momentum on your 2019 goals? Need something to help keep you on track for the last few months this year? Sign up for this FREE 5 Days to a Better Morning Challenge!

We’re just a couple months away from 2020! Can you believe it?

If you need something to keep you encouraged, motivated, and accountable to finish 2019 well, sign up for this completely FREE 5 Days to a Better Morning Challenge.

I designed this to give you a sort of shot in the arm to help you thrive the rest of this year!

When you sign up for this challenge, I’ll send you a short email every morning with a short motivational message and video from me plus a simple, practical strategy for you to implement immediately.

Plus, you’ll also get access to an exclusive Facebook Group (this is optional; I know not everyone is on Facebook!) so you can engage with others who are going through this mini course and we can all keep each other accountable to follow through with our daily projects.

>>Yes, I’m in! I want to take the 5 Days to a Better Morning Challenge.<<

I can’t wait to cheer you on in this process! Here’s to an amazing rest of the year!

19 Oct 2019   ·   0

Sherwin Williams Coupon: $10 off a $50 purchase!

Planning on a home renovation project? Be sure to grab this Sherwin Williams coupon to save on paint!

{Psst! Want to save more on home renovation projects? Try earning Swagbucks to trade in for Lowe’s, Home Depot, PayPal, and Amazon gift cards — like this one reader did!}

Sherwin Williams Paint

If you love Sherwin Williams paint, be sure to sign up for PaintPerks to receive a one-time use coupon valid for $10 off a $50 purchase!

You’ll receive the Sherwin Williams coupon via email after you sign up.

Check out these other great tips for budget-friendly home remodeling and decorating!

19 Oct 2019   ·   0
Nabisco ‘Share Your Joy’ Instant Win Game (Photo – 1,285 Winners!)

Nabisco “Share Your Joy” Instant Win Game (1,285 Winners!)

Try this new Nabisco “Share Your Joy” Instant Win Game!

Nabisco ‘Share Your Joy’ Instant Win Game (Photo – 1,285 Winners!)

Play the new Nabisco “Share Your Joy” Instant Win Game for your chance to win Netflix gift cards, TVs, hot cocoa prize packs, cameras, and more!

Simply upload a picture of yourself with this image or a package of Nabisco snacks.

You can play once per day through December 31, 2019.

Thanks, Freebie Shark!

18 Oct 2019   ·   3

Get my favorite Calvin Klein Denim Jacket for just $14 + shipping (Reg. $128!!)

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy here.

Wow! This is such a great deal on this Calvin Klein Women’s Denim Trucker Jacket that has become my favorite fall jacket!

Proozy has this Calvin Klein Women’s Denim Trucker Jacket for just $14 when you use the promo code MSM14 at checkout!

This is an amazing price on my favorite denim jacket! I wear it all the time!!

Choose from three color options. Shipping adds $5.95, so you’ll pay $19.95 shipped.

Valid through October 22nd, while supplies last.