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24 Jan 2020   ·   15

Free $10 Tanger Outlets gift card!

Don’t miss this freebie for a $10 Tanger Outlets gift card!

Download the Tanger App for iOS or Android, register for an account and then click on the deals section to score a voucher for a free $10 Tanger Gift Card. Simply show your voucher at Shopper Services to get your gift card.

This offer is valid every Friday in January.

Valid one free gift card.

Thanks, Freebie Radar!

23 Jan 2020   ·   26

5 Books I Read This Week (+ 1 classic movie we watched)

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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.

If you want to see what I’m currently reading or what I’ve read so far this year, you can check out my GoodReads account.

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.

Here are the 5 books I finished last week…

No Better Mom for the Job

I really loved this book! While it was written more for moms of younger kids, it was great to read as I gear up to be the mom of a baby and toddler and preschooler again!

If you sometimes question whether you are really cut out to be a mom or you sometimes wonder if your kids are getting short-changed because your mothering style and strengths are so different than other moms you know, I think this book will really encourage your heart.

Becky writes from the trenches as a mom who has experienced the exhausting stage of mothering three young boys who were very close in age. In this book, she shares what she has learned as a mom. She shares her story to embrace her gifts, lean into her strengths, and rely on the Lord in the middle of the mundane and messes of motherhood.

For more on how this book inspired me, read this post I wrote based upon one of the quotes in the book.

Verdict: 4 stars

100 Words of Affirmation Your Wife/Husband Needs to Hear

These books, by Matt and Lisa Jacobson, are a quick but impactful read. If you need some practical ideas and encouragement to speak words of life to your spouse or you just would love to glean from the wisdom of a couple who have raised 8 kids and been married for 27 years, I think you’ll find these books insightful.

I think it would be especially fun to read them together as a couple and to compare notes. (Some of their suggestions sparked good conversations between Jesse and me the past two weeks!)

These books were a good reminder to me of how important it can be to take the little bit of extra time to express how much we appreciate our spouse. It doesn’t cost any money, it takes very little extra effort, but it could make a huge difference in our marriage.

My only complaint? They were really short and I wished they had been a little more in-depth.

Verdict: 3 stars

Great Escapes of World War II

I read this book aloud to the family last week. It’s fairly short and each chapter covers one specific story of POW escape during World War II.

While some of us knew parts of some of the stories, we all learned new things. And it was one of those books that made you want to dig deeper into the stories shared.

It also was interesting to read at the same time I was listening to Killing the Rising Sun. The contrast between how different countries treated POWs was really sad and fascinating.

I think the thing I was most struck with was how much effort the POWs expended to try to escape. And in almost every case, dozens (or even hundreds!) of POWs worked together for just a few to escape. It was an inspiration to think of their sacrifices on behalf of others.

Verdict: 3 stars

Killing the Rising Sun

Last week, I told you how I didn’t enjoy Killing Patton. Well, this book certainly redeemed that reading experience.

I listened to this book on the free Libby app and am so glad I did. It is well worth listening to — especially if you enjoy history.

This book chronicles the backstory leading up to the end of World War II. A lot of the content surrounds the creating and dropping the atomic bombs.

While it mostly focuses on facts and history, it does bring up a lot of valuable ethical questions surrounding the use of atomic bombs. It made me think long and hard about these decisions people made and the longterm ramifications of them.

Verdict: 4 stars

Classic Movie We Watched This 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!)

The Sound of Music

This movie was on our list from the get-go this year. I have watched it a few times in my life, but it’s been a long time.

The girls had watched it once before, but they had forgotten parts of it. Silas just kept having his eyes grow wide when they’d start singing one of the songs. “Whoa! That song came from this movie, too??” he’d say. (I think the songs were actually originally from the musical that was turned into the movie, right?)

Many years ago, I read the true story account that the movie/musical was based on. The kids enjoyed hearing me share what I remember was fact and what was added to the storyline.

While the movie is long and a little slow moving in parts, we overall enjoyed it. And now I’ve had all the Sound of Music songs in my head all week!

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

23 Jan 2020   ·   0
Manor Park Modern Farmhouse Barn Door TV Stand

Manor Park Modern Farmhouse Barn Door TV Stand only $149 shipped (Reg. $400!)

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This Manor Park Modern Farmhouse Barn Door TV Stand is so cute and trendy and such a great deal!

Manor Park Modern Farmhouse Barn Door TV Stand

Walmart has this Manor Park Modern Farmhouse Barn Door TV Stand for just $149 shipped right now (regularly $399)!

Choose from four color options.

Thanks, Wear It For Less!

23 Jan 2020   ·   0

Great Wolf Lodge Discounts!

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This popular deal is back! If your family loves Great Wolf Lodge, you won’t want to miss these discounts!

Great Wolf Lodge discounts

Does your family love Great Wolf Lodge? If so, Groupon is running some nice Great Wolf Lodge discounts on family vacation packages right now!

Choose from 17 different Great Wolf Lodge locations, with different pricing and package options at each.

Looking for more ways to save on family vacations?

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

23 Jan 2020   ·   2
Storage Totes

*HOT* FREE $15 Storage & Organization Purchase at Target after Cash Back!!

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Wanting to get your house more organized after the holidays? You can get a free $15 storage and organization purchase at Target right now!

Storage Totes

Start the year off with an organized house! Don’t miss this RARE offer from TopCashBack!!

TopCashBack is offering $15 cash back on ANY $15 storage and organization purchase at Target, making it FREE! Choose from storage bins, desk organizers, bathroom clutter organizers and more!

Here’s how to get your FREE $15 storage and organization Target purchase:

1. Head here for the special Target offer and sign up for a new Top Cash Back account.

2. Make a purchase valued at $15 or higher on storage and organization.

3. Within 21 days, your Top Cash Back account will be credited with $15 — enough to cover your purchase!

4. After you receive the $15 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 January 27, 2020 — or while supplies last.

23 Jan 2020   ·   0
Cosmetic Bags

Cosmetic Bags only $7.99 shipped!

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These Cosmetic Bags are so cute and would make such great gift ideas!

Cosmetic Bags

Jane has these Cosmetic Bags for just $7.99 shipped right now!

There are 2 styles and 8 colors to choose from.

I recently bought a couple of these bags and they’re such great quality and SO cute! They’d make great gift ideas, too!

Psst! We love Jane! Looking for other great Jane deals? Check out our custom Jane page for more of our hand-picked favorite deals each day!

23 Jan 2020   ·   0
lass Cotton Weighted Blanket for Kids

Cotton Weighted Blanket for Kids (5 pounds) only $14.99!

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Here’s a great deal on a Weighted Blanket for Kids!

lass Cotton Weighted Blanket for Kids

Amazon has this Class Cotton Weighted Blanket for Kids (5 pounds) for just $14.99 when you use the promo code 50NHDYSU at checkout!

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Thanks, Midwest Money Saving Mommas!

23 Jan 2020   ·   0
Biolage Colorlast Shampoo

Biolage Colorlast Shampoo or Conditioner only $15.99 shipped!

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This Biolage Colorlast Shampoo and Conditioner is highly rated and perfect for maintaining color.

Biolage Colorlast Shampoo

Amazon has this Biolage Colorlast Shampoo (33.8 oz) for just $15.99 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

You can also get this Biolage Ultra Hydrasource Conditioner (33.8 oz) for only $15.99 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Note: For Subscribe & Save items, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders after your first shipment.

Thanks, Midwest Money Saving Mommas!

23 Jan 2020   ·   0

Crock-Pot 2-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker only $9.96 (Reg. $23!)

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This Crock-Pot 2-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker is perfect for sauces and dips!

Walmart has this Crock-Pot 2-Quart Round Manual Slow Cooker for just $9.96 right now (regularly $22.99)!

This is perfect for soups, dips, appetizers and more.

Choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

23 Jan 2020   ·   0
Women’s Benton Springs™ Full Zip Fleece Jacket

Columbia Women’s Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket only $16.98 shipped (Reg. $60!), plus more!

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You can score some great deals on Columbia Fleece Jackets right now!

Women’s Benton Springs™ Full Zip Fleece Jacket

Columbia has this Women’s Benton Springs Full Zip Fleece Jacket for only $16.98 shipped right now (regularly $60)! And shipping is FREE if you’re a Columbia Rewards Member (it’s free to sign up)!

There are five colors to choose from.

You can also get this Men’s Steens Mountain 2.0 Full Zip Fleece Jacket for only $19.98 shipped (regularly $60)!

Choose from six colors.

23 Jan 2020   ·   0

Automatic Mini Travel Windproof Umbrella only $11.99!

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These Goothdurs Automatic Mini Travel Windproof Umbrellas are perfect to put in your car or purse!

Amazon has these Goothdurs Automatic Mini Travel Windproof Umbrellas for only $11.99 when you use the promo code KPCC2DVD at checkout!

There are 13 different colors to choose from.

Valid through January 28, 2020, while supplies last.

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