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12 Aug 2020   ·   0
12x12ft Gazebo Canopy w/ Weighted Bags

12x12ft Gazebo Canopy with Weighted Bags only $179.99 shipped (Reg. $455!)

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This Gazebo Canopy works great over patio furniture sets, above-ground hot tubs or even as a shaded area for kids to play or to park your vehicle.

12x12ft Gazebo Canopy w/ Weighted Bags

You can get this 12x12ft Gazebo Canopy with Weighted Bags for just $179.99 shipped when you use the promo code GAZEBO at checkout (regularly $454.99)!

This canopy can be put together in as little as 30 minutes. Perfect for patios, as a parking spot, a shaded area and more!

Valid through August 18, 2020.

12 Aug 2020   ·   0

Home Expressions Microfiber Sheet Sets as low as $8.44!

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Need new sheets? This is a fantastic deal on Home Expressions Sheet Sets!

JCPenney is offering up to 85% off select Sheet Sets and Bedding right now! Plus, you can get an extra 35% off select items when you use the promo code FRESH28 at checkout!

Here are some deal ideas…

Home Expressions Microfiber Plus Ultra Soft Easy Care Wrinkle Resistant Sheet Set – $12.99 (regularly $26)
Use promo code FRESH28 (35% off)
$8.44 after code

JCPenney Home Ultra Performance Sateen Deep Pocket Sheet Set – $49.99 (regularly $110)
Use promo code FRESH28 (35% off)
$32.49 after code

Shipping is free on orders over $49.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

12 Aug 2020   ·   0

5-Piece Backpack Sets just $12.99!

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Do your kids need a new backpack for school? Check out this cute 5-Piece Sets from Walmart!

Walmart has these 5 Piece Backpack Sets for just $12.99 right now!

These sets include a backpack, lunch tote, gadget case, cinch bag, and stress ball dangle. There are several characters to choose from.

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

12 Aug 2020   ·   0
Desk Calendar

Walgreens: 4×8 Photo Desk Calendar only $4.99 + Free In-Store Pickup!

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Looking for a frugal gift idea? You can get a 4×8 Photo Desk Calendar for only $4.99 at Walgreens with free in-store pickup!

Desk Calendar

Walgreens is offering a 4″ x 8″ Photo Desk Calendar for only $4.99 (regularly $9.99) when you use the promo code DESKTOP50 at checkout!

These would make great gift ideas.

Choose free in-store pickup.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

12 Aug 2020   ·   0

Set of 2 Mid-Century Modern Counter Stools only $97.99 shipped (Reg. $209!)

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Looking for a deal on counter stools? These Mid-Century Modern Counter Stools are so cute!

You can get these Set of 2 Mid-Century Modern Counter Stools for just $97.99 shipped when you use the promo code BCP2738 at checkout (regularly $208.99)!

That’s just $48.99 shipped per stool which is a great price.

Valid through August 19, 2020.

12 Aug 2020   ·   0

Lands’ End Lightweight Canvas Tote Bag only $14 (Reg. $40!)

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This is a really great deal on this highly rated Lands’ End Canvas Tote Bag!

Lands’ End has this Print Extra Large Lightweight Canvas Tote Bag for just $14 when you use the promo code TOTE at checkout!

This is regularly $39.95 so this is a great deal. Perfect for the pool, beach days, travel and more.

Shipping is free on orders over $75.

12 Aug 2020   ·   0
Target Kids Apparel

Target: $5 off $25 or $10 off $40 Kid’s Apparel, Shoes and More!

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If you need to buy kids apparel and shoes, this is a great time to shop at Target! This week, they are offering $5 off a $25 or $10 off a $40 purchase of kid’s apparel, shoes and more.

Target Kids Apparel

This week, Target is offering $5 off a $25 kid’s apparel, shoes and accessories purchase! Or you can get $10 off a $40 kid’s apparel, shoes and accessories purchase. No promo code needed.

This is valid both in-store and online.

A great time to stock up on school uniforms and clothes.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

12 Aug 2020   ·   0

Win a Domino’s Pizza gift card (5,000 winners!)

Love pizza? Sign up to possibly receive a free Domino’s pizza gift card!

Win a Domino’s Pizza gift card (10,000 winners!)

Domino’s is giving away 5,000 free Domino’s Pizza gift cards ranging in value from $4 to $500. Sign up here to be alerted when this giveaway goes live.

Once it goes live, it will be a first come first served giveaway, with the highest value gift cards going first.

Thanks, Freebie Radar!

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   ·   2
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

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   ·   44

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.