Still relatively new to Arizona. I have lived on both coasts...I may be working my way inward now. :) I am the mom of a pretty awesome 17-year-old boy (though at this point he would wig out on my saying boy, kid or anything less than teenager) and the wife of a very amazing man. I have been blessed beyond measure when it comes to love, and isn't that really where the blessings count the most? I like to watch people and often I like to comment. I also enjoying helping people, but I kind of get saddened by seeing the same person always in the same boat.
This is a video from my friend's band, Covenant 31. I think that everyone involved did a great job. There is power in the name of Jesus. We can take our faults and frailties to him, and He can break the chains and turn it all around. We just need to be willing to come to Him.
Have you been looking for a motivating place with diet plans, support, nutrition and fitness help. An online community that is successful, helpful, and also free? Take a moment and check out SparkPeople.com. SparkPeople.com will help you develop a new lifestyle not just another way to lose weight by limits that are next to impossible to continue with. You can join a whole community but also take advantage of expert advise. The pounds are flying and SparkPeople.com. All you need is internet access which you can get for free at the library.
Coffee Grounds. Not only is coffee amazing when you drink a yummy hot cup in the morning or a frosty glass of iced coffee in the evening, but it has many ways that it can be reused as well. Here are just a few things you can do with those old grounds. If you do not have coffee grounds ask around. Many restaurants or coffee shops will be happy to let you have theirs. Just pop in and ask.
1- Composting - Did you know that composting involves more than just dumping your scraps into a barrel? Apparently you need the right balance of green materials to produce nitrogen and brown materials to produce carbon. I honestly have no idea why you need both, but my friend you do, and coffee grounds are just one of the materials you can use in your composting pile that will produce carbon. Kashi's website (yes the cereal granola bar people) has some fabulous composting tips. It isn't too late to get started, and it is so much nicer than useless waste. Check it all out here: Kashi Composting Tips
2- Let the grounds dry and stuff into small paper bags, tie and put in places where odors abound. You can also put some in old stockings and stuff into gym shoes especially if you don't have more than one pair to switch out of so you can get rid of the funk. This is also great for taking odors out of the car. Dried flavored coffee grounds will make the car smell exceptionally great. Pop some into the refrigerator and freezer too.
3- Use to exfoliate your skin. I have put used coffee grounds into an old jar or container and use them to exfoliate my hands and feet. You can use it as a body scrub as well. I have even found this as a way to boost a tan in the summer as it gets dry skin sloughed off but also adds a very light color. Your skin will feel absolutely silky! Guys, it can't hurt you to try this as well.
4- Several sites have recommended soaking the grounds in water overnight or longer and using the colored water as a wood stain.
5- When planning to cook onion or fish, set aside some of your used coffee grounds to scrub your hands with to eliminate that fishy or onion odor. Yes, lemons work as well, but then you have to waste a lemon.
6- Coffee grounds are a good fertilizer for acid loving plants like blueberries, carrots and melons. Check with your local garden center to be sure that you are putting your grounds with the right plants (I have heard yes and no when it comes to tomatoes) as well as the ratios to follow.
7- Soak the coffee in water and use the liquid as a dye for material.
8- It has been said that you can sprinkle old coffee grounds in your garden to keep pests like ants, slugs and even cats away. If you have dogs or puppies stay away from this as it can make them sick.
9- This is for leftover coffee though for me there is no such thing and I love iced coffee. Still you can use leftover coffee as a meat tenderizer.
10- If you have dark hair, you can rub used coffee grounds into your hair to stimulate the scalp and add shine. Lighter haired individuals should not try this as it can stain the hair.
11- I read about using the coffee grounds to dye Easter eggs for a natural look, but I was thinking you could pretty much take care of that by doing brown eggs. Still, if you would like to try it, you would do the same staining process with soaking the grounds overnight in water.
12- If you have a fireplace, you might want to sprinkle used coffee grounds over the ashes before cleaning out the fireplace. They will help minimize the dust that can be flying about.
13- Another way to use leftover coffee is to put equal parts of coffee and sugar in a pan and boiling it down into a syrup. This may seem weird to some, but back in Rhode Island, coffee milk and coffee syrup was hugely popular. In fact, I just may have to use some of my stored up iced coffee to make my own.
14- Speaking of iced coffee, brew a second pot of coffee using leftover coffee grounds and use the lighter coffee to make ice cubes to put in your iced coffee drinks. They flavor will be less diluted this way as the ice melts.
15- Mix coffee grounds with your carrot and radish seeds when planting to help their crop grown and keep pests away.
Create a free Walmart Photo Center account and you will get 25 free 4 x 6 photos in your welcome email. OOOH I didn't mention that these were one hour prints. There are also other great reasons to join like free shipping to the store and photo storage too. At the very least, how can you pass up 25 free prints? I'm sure you have some pics you would like to print for free.
Living The Country Life, I believe that this magazine subscription is quarterly. I get it and it really has some great information for people who like gardening and things like that. I have found some great tips in the issues that I have received in the past. Because it is quarterly, do not expect it to arrive right away. Sign up while supplies last. I just got the latest issue so I am not sure exactly when the next one will arrive.
New Release Tuesday has free song downloads too including "Come to Me" by Bethel Music from their album "The Loft Sessions," "At Your Name" by Worship Central from their album "Spirit Breakout," "Even Here" by Rachel Chan from her debut album "Go" and "Take Me Home" by Hollywood Holly from his album "When Super Meets Natural."
Sign up for Hear It First and you can get a free song download every week emailed to you as well as lots of Christian music news, videos, and deals. I do want to let you know that they will email you with deals and new release news. You wont get a bunch of junk mail, but you may get more than one email a week. I like them very much though.
Edge or Skintimate Shave Gel Select Varieties 7 oz $1.49
Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Beverage Select Varieties Half Gallon $1.99
Whole Pork Shoulder Blade Roast Bone-in, Sold in the bag $1.29 lb Swai Fillets Farm raised, previously frozen $2.99 lb Imported Red Seedless Grapes 99 cents lb Russet Potatoes 49 cents lb Safeway Apple Juice 64 oz $1.99
Barilla Pasta 12 to 16 oz 10/$10 4 lb Bag Safeway Oranges $2.00 Sweet Navel Oranges 99 cents lb
FRIDAY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ONLY
Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith Apples 99 cents lb
Ken's Salad Dressing 16 oz Select Varieties 2/$3
Deli Counter Meat or Cheese - Turkey, Ham or American $4.99 lb
Petite Sirloin Steak boneless $8.49 lb 1/2 free Assorted Pork Loin Chops Bone-in Family Pack $1.88 lb Pork Rib Racks Bone-in $1.99 lb Pork Sirloin Chops $1.99 lb Coke 12 pk Select Varieties Sale Price 4/$13 with $25 purchase 4/$10 Michelina's Entrees 4.5 to 9.5 oz 10/$10 Purple Eggplant 77 cents each Large Navel Oranges 99 cents lb Red, Green or Romaine Leaf Lettuce 99 cents each Banquet Value Meals 4.66 oz - 10.25 oz 10/$10
You should see a dentist at least twice a year, but this isn't always a financial possibility for everyone. Check out nidcr.nih.gov. Once there click on Finding Dental Care. That page will give you links to dental schools which often offer reduced cost dental care and also links to other programs for people with lower incomes. The dental schools can be amazing and often have clinics where the students are fully supervised by licensed dentists. I'll make it super easy for you. Just follow the links below:
Send in 10 UPC Codes from select Kellogg's cereals and receive a $10 Master Card reward card that you can use for gas. Albertsons currently has a sale of Kellogg's cereals and if you have some already on hand at home, make sure to grab those UPCs. The cereals have to be 10 oz or larger. You do not need a receipt. PS: There is a limit to five rewards per household. The offer is good until 4/31/12, but remember this is while supplies last. Here is a list of the participating cereals:
Downy's Facebook page is giving away 2012 samples of Downey Unstoppables every day this week. Head on over early and keep your eyes fixed for your chance to pick up your sample. If you don't get one today try again tomorrow. :)
FreeCCM has free music downloads this week of Skillet's song "Gasoline" as well as songs from other various artists. If you missed some of the great Christmas downloads they had to offer, you can still catch a few.
New Release Tuesday has "Even Here" by Rachel Chan (that's Francis Chan's daughter who will be at the Homemade Worship Tour at GCU on the 20th), "Take Me Home" by Hollywood Holly, "Second Chance" by Rend Collective Experiment, and "Love Lifted Me" by John Barnett. You have to be a member as well, BUT you will get access to great music news and album previews.
Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic will be meeting up on January 28th, and the kids will get to build a Build-a-saurus (fancy word for a fun kid's dinasaurish -yep not a word- activity) and on February 11th which just happens to be my husband's birthday, the kids can build a Valentine card creator which the kids can use to make fabulous Valentines.
January 31st from 6 pm to 8 pm join Kara Rozendaal the Practical Saver at the Prescott Public Library on Goodwin Street and learn from an expert at saving money. Kara will be share how to get free food, cover ins and outs of couponing including rainchecks and online coupons. You will definitely walk out with new knowledge that will really help you take another step forward in saving money. Follow our calendar link to get details.
Has Avocados 68 cents each Pantry Essentials or Dairy Glen Milk Gallon, Whole, 2%, 1%, or Creamy Fat Free (limit 2) Tide Detergent 50 oz Liquid Selected varieties $5.99 Safeway Farms Grape Tomatoes 10 oz 2/$3 Fresh Express Salads 8-16 oz Selected varieties 99 cents Smart Ones meals 3.95 to 11.5 oz Select Varieties $1.79 (must buy 6) Oscar Mayer Beef Bologna or Zip Pack Lunchmeat 10-16 oz Selected Varieties 1/1 Free (save up to $5.99 on 2) Fresh Pork Shoulder Blade Roast Bone-in Sold whole in the bag $1.87 Rice or Pasta Roni 4.2 to 7.9 oz Selected varieties 10/$10 Cucumbers 2/$1
THREE DAY SALE (FRI, SAT & SUN)
Rancher's Reserve Beef Petite Sirloin Steak $2.99 lb
Lucerne Butter 16 oz 2/$5
Red Roma Tomatoes 88 cents lb
Mott's Apple Juice 64 oz $1.88
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.67 lb New Crop Blueberries 6 oz 99 cents each Albertsons Gallon Milk Select Varieties $1.57 (limit 2) Pork Loin Roast $1.99 lb Pork Sirloin Chops $1.99 lb Large Navel Oranges 99 cents lb Jonagold Apples 99 cents lb Buy 8 Save $4 Deal (limit 2 rewards per transaction for a maximum savings of $8) General Mills 11.3 to 12.3 oz or Kellogg's Cereal 9-15 oz $1.99 Ragu Pasta Sauce 99 cents Wish-Bone Salad Dressing 16 oz Select Varieties Barilla Pasta 12-16 oz 99 cents Select Varieties Progresso Vegetable Classics or Rich & Hearty Soup $1.07 Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals 64 oz $1.49 Kleenix Facial Tissue 174-184 ct $1.49 Best Foods Mayonnaise 22-30 oz $2.99 Suave Body Wash $1
Strawberries $1.68 lb package 8lb Bag California Navel Oranges $4.98 Yellow Peaches or Nectarines $1.48 lb Anjou, Bosc, Concorde or Red Pears 98 cents lb Mangos 98 cents each Kroger Chunk Light Tuna 5 oz can 68 cents Kroger Bar or Shredded Cheese 12-16 oz $2.98 Barilla Pasta Select Varieties12 to 16 oz 88 cents Hunt's Pasta Sauce Select Varieties 24-26 oz 88 cents Banquet Entree Select Varieties5-10.25 oz 88 cents Campbell's Soup Select Varieties 10.5-11.5 oz 88 cents Progresso Vegetable Classics 18.5 to 19 oz 88 cents Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper Select Varieties 4.7 to 7.5 oz 88 cents Chef Boyardee Pasta 7.2 to 7.5 oz cup or 14.5 to 15 oz can 88 cents Chobani or Dannon Greek Yogurt Select Varieties 5.3-6 oz or Dannon Activia Parfait 6 oz 88 cents Rice A Roni or Pasta Roni 3.8 to 7.2 oz 88 cents Roma Tomatoes 98 cents lb Simply Potatoes Select Varieties $1.88 Gum Crayola Toothbrushes Select Varieties 2 pak or Kroger All-Pro or Angle Edge + Toothbrush, Select Varieties, 1count 98cents
FlyLady.net is here to help everyone with CHAOS which she calls Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome. Want to get your home in order, gain control over your day and be happy to have someone over without worrying about the mad dash to get things nice and neat or the garbage bags you need to locate to temporarily "store" some clutter? Check out one of my favorite places to inspire and equip everyone to keep their households under control.
iTickets.com has a free download available of Rend Collective Experiment's song "Second Chance" from their CD "Homemade Worship by Handmade People. PS...they will be at Grand Canyon University on January 20th with Francis Chan. So if you like what you hear, you might want to check them out live. PPS...I think it is PPS...anyway, don't forget you do need to be a member of iTickets.com in order to download, but membership is free and they do not spam you.
New Release Tuesday is also a great resource for free Christian music downloads as well as fabulous Christian music news. They also are offering a free download of "Second Chance" by Rend Collective Experiment as well as "Love Lifted Me" by John Barnett from his new album "Never Look Back." You can like them on their Facebook page or head to their website.
I would like this focused entirely on my life in general...I was not blessed with organizational skills. A book like "Absolutely Organize Your Family by Debbie Lillard could just work wonders for someone like me. If organization is one of your goals, check out this free opportunity:
Absolutely Organize Your Family: Simple Solutions to Control Clutter, Schedules & Spaces by Debbie Lillard (BARNES & NOBLE) (AMAZON)
Ruby (Dakotah Treasures Series) by Lauraine Snelling (BARNES & NOBLE) (AMAZON) For those into Western inspirational stores, Lauraine Snelling is really amazing.
If you are looking to make something quick and easy you have to download 5 Minute Recipes by Instructables Authors (AMAZON)
If you catch Physician's Formula's new Organic Wear 100% Natural Lash Boosting mascara with a special "TRY ME FREE" sticker attached, you simply cannot pass it up. There is a rebate available now worth a maximum of $9.95. Be sure to follow ALL the directions. For example the "Try Me Free" sticker must be included with the rebate form, the purchase needs to be made between 11/1/2011 to 10/31/12, and the form must be postmarked by 11/15/12 (though I wouldn't wait that long). Follow the link below for your rebate form. Don't forget to follow ALL the directions. Keep a copy too! :)
Don't forget to head over to Savingstar.com to download the latest coupons to your loyalty card. Each time you purchase an item with the corresponding coupon, more money drops into your Savingstar account. When you hit $5, you can parlay it into an Amazon gift card or have it go directly into a bank account or even Paypal. This could pile up quickly or slowly, but it is still money that you can get by items you would purchase anyway. Check them out if you haven't already at the link below.
Starbucks is very proud of their coffee and very confident in their flavors, and starting January 12th through January 14th you can participate in a taste test and vote for your favorite be it Blonde Roast, Medium Roast or Dark Roast. According to their website, they will also give you a little something as a thank you. Follow the link below for more details!
It is time again for another free National Park Weekend! Yes in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, more than 100 National Parks that charge an entrance fee will be offering three fee-free days: January 14th, 15th and 16th! Click on the link below for the list of participating parks.
Lowe's Build and Grow Clinic will offer the kids an opportunity to build a cute little castle complete with stickers and cut outs. This activity will run on January 14th. Don't forget you need to register via the website. You can also register the kids for their chance to build a...Build-A-Saurus a sweet lil wooden dinosaur for the kids. That building class will be held on January 28th. All these activities are free. Follow the link below to sign up now.
Kroger Cheese Select Varieties Bar or Shredded 6-8 oz $1.79 Each Yoplait Yogurt Select Varieties 4-6 oz 20/$10 Red Bell Peppers 88 cents each Kroger tomato Sauce Seclect Varieties 8 oz Can 5/$1 4 for $10 (Plus Get One Free Gallon Fry's Milk or One Half Gallon Simple Truth Organic Milk - limit 2 rewards per transaction) Special K Cereal or Crackers Select Varieties 4-19.5 oz Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars, Kellogg's Fiber Plus Bars or Special K Bars Select Varieties 5-10 ct Kashi GoLean Cereal Select Varieites 14.1-15 oz Keebler Right Bites or Wheatables Select Varieties 4.24-8.5 oz Blackberries or Blueberries 6 oz 2/$3 Red Cherries $2.49 lb Bar-S Bacon 12 oz $1.99 (limit 2) Spiral Sliced or Half Ham 99 cents lb Campbell's Soup Select Varieties 10/$10 Manwich 15.5 oz 10/$10 Hunts Pasta Sauce, 26-26.5 oz 10/$10 Mangoes 99 cents each Bananas 57 cents lb Yellow or Zucchini Squash 99 cents lb
Also a big 50% off sale with 50% off taken from:
New York Strip Steak or Roast (limit 2)
Foster Farms Whole Chicken
Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta Select Varieties 12 oz
Classico Pasta Sauce 8.1-26 oz Select Varieties
American Beauty Pasta 12-16 oz Select Varieties
Libby's Canned Vegetables 14.5-15.2 oz (excluding peas) Select Varieties
Nabisco Saltines 9-16 oz Select Varieties
Ken's Salad Dressing 16 oz Select Varieties (coupons were in last Sunday's paper)
Challenge Butter 16 oz Select Varieties
Clorox Wipes 150 count
USDA Choice Beef T-Bone Steak Bone-In Family Pack $4.77 lb (I don't typically indulge in T-Bones, but if I do, it will be at a sale price) Sanderson Farms Chicken Drumsticks, Thighs or Leg Quarters Family Pack or Whole Body Fryers 99 cents lb Red Seedless Grapes $1.49 lb Prego Pasta Sauce 23.25-24 oz 2/$3 (there were coupons for these in the Sunday paper) Hunt's tomato Sauce 8 oz limit 6 or Maruchan Instant Soup 2.25 oz Select Varieties 3/$1.00 Coffee-mate Flavored Creamer 32 oz $2.99 Hormel Compleats or Dinty Moore Meals 10 oz $1.49 (limit 4) Chobani Greek Yogurt 6 oz 10/$10 Qyaker Quick or Old Fashion Oats 42 oz $2.49 Campbell's Chunky Soup 18.6-19 oz Select Varieties 2/$3 (limit 4) Jennie-O Blue Ribbon Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast Sliced from the Deli $3.88 lb Pork Sirloin Chip or Roast Boneless $1.99 lb Ground Beef 93% Lean $2.99 lb any size package (not a price I go for, but if you really want some ground beef) Bar-S Bologna 12 or Jumbo Meat Franks 16 oz Select Varieties 4/$5 Ronzoni Garden Delight or American Beauty Pasta 12-16 oz Select Varieties 10/$10 (check out the 50% deal at Fry's though it could be a better price) VO5 Shampoo or Conditioner 15 oz Select Varieties 89 cents Napa or Bok Choy 2 lbs $1
Bunch Green Onions or Radishes 2/$1 Navel Oranges or Menneola Tangelos 99 cents lb
Whole Boneless Pork Loin - Sold in bag $1.99 lb Jimmy Dean Breakfast Sausage Rolls or Fully cooked Selections 9.6-16oz Select Varieties 1/1 free save up to $5.49 on 2 (plus there were coupons in the Sunday paper) Blackberries or Blueberries 18 oz containers $4.99 each Sweet Navel Oranges 49 cents lb Red Delicious, Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith Apples 99 cents lb Marie Callender's or Healthy Choice Meals 8-19 oz Select Varieties $1.99 each Ragu or Francesco Rinaldi Pasta Sauce 16-24 oz 4/$5 Anthony's Pasta 12-16 oz Select Varieties 10/$10 Hass Avocados 99 cents each
Safeway 3-Day Sale
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta 7.25 to 15 oz 89 cents
Nabisco Premium Saltines or Snak-Saks 8-16.5 oz $1.59
Sweet Imported Cherries $1.99 lb
Safeway Ground Turkey 20 oz 1/1 free (save up to 4.79 each)
January is here and it is time to cover what to buy. January is a perfect time to purchase winter apparel especially if it has been unseasonably warm. This is also a wonderful time to pick up electronics. New television models will be hitting the floor soon, and the older ones will be marked down. You can cash in on deals that rival Black Friday. Super discounts will also be found on furniture again as new styles hit the floors. And of course, I am sure you have noticed massive Christmas items on sale. Don't just pick up wrapping paper and ornaments, you can find great prices on gift sets too. I found some wonderful wire baskets marked half price at Walmart, and they can totally be used for any time of the year. There was also a plethora of ribbons that could be used for wrapping more than a Christmas gift. I found out a lot of this great information from a fabulous post by Dealnews at Wisebread. Check the whole post out because you will also find out what NOT to buy this January!
For every new "Like" Valspar Paint gets on Facebook from the 3rd to the 31st of January, Valspar will donate $1 to Habitat for Humanity up to $100,000! So give them a like and give to Habitat for Humanity for free, and tell your friends too!
Sign up now for a free sample of Dove Damage Therapy Daily Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner. This is a free sample through Sam's Club that, at the time I write this, does not require a membership number. I do not know how long this will last. I tried to get this a week ago, and it was gone. So take a chance now.
I love all the free fries that have been offered lately. There's more if you like Gordon Biersch Restaurant on Facebook. Like them and look over on the left side of their Facebook page for a link to where you can print out a coupon for free garlic fries. I only found Gordon Biersch Restaurants in the Phoenix area.
If you live near a Quik Trip, you might like to sign up for their Facebook customer appreciation free beverage. You can get a free 16 oz hot drink or a 32 oz fountain drink. Follow the link below to sign up. Quik Trips are in the Phoenix area.
On Saturday, January 14th IKEA is having a Bring Your Own Friends event. RSVP for the event and get a coupon for a free small breakfast before 11:00 am, a free tote bag, and 1/1 free entree between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. There will also be awesome prizes given away during the event. Are you feeling in a shopping mood, then you really shouldn't miss this event. PS You are looking at the IKEA store in Tempe.
Sign up for Zoe's Kitchen's Zmail, and you will get a coupon for buy 1 get 1 free entree on your birthday. For a Zoe's near you click on this link. To sign up for the Zmail club, click on the link below.
It is the new year and that means another year older, and for many of us...another year away from school. That is why I thought you might like to take advantage of this fun eBook "I Used To Know That: Stuff You Forgot From School" by Caroline Taggart. I love books like this for those times when my son asks me for help with homework. (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)
Looking to lose some weight and learn more about good food choices? You might want to check out The Perfect 10 Diet by Dr. Michael Aziz. This book gives you information on how the body uses the food you eat and gives you details on the way some foods influence your hormones. (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)
If you have been planning on eating healthier this year and need some recipe assistance, download the Mr. Food Lighten Up! eCookbook. There are 20 great recipes for soups, salads, main dishes and desserts.
Ever read the Left Behind series? If not and you would like to get your feet wet, you can get the ebook of "Left Behind" by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins for free right now. (AMAZON) (BARNES & NOBLE)
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Paradise Valley (The Daughters of Caleb Bender) by Dale Cramer (AMAZON)
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What there is of it anyway. I am a person who is consistent only in the fact that I am consistently changing. I am a happy wife and mother. I have been blessed with an amazing son and an amazing husband. They both are quite generous in their love for me, and they both enjoy me for the oddball I can be. I am rich in my life and my experiences. I am not rich in the wallet, but you can't take it with you anyway...so I'll have nothing to miss. :)