Cardstore Deal is Back! Christmas Cards!

Affiliate Exclusive! $1.29 Holiday Cards & Invites + Free Stamp when you let us mail it for you! Use

I’ve been patiently awaiting this deal and it’s finally here! Free stamps at Cardstore! Just log into Cardstore, create your card and Cardstore will mail them to all of your recipients for the low price of $1.29 per card…that’s stamp included! Considering stamps are almost 50 cents these days, this is a great price for a card!  Just click on the link below and don’t forget to use MERRY129 as your code to get this sweet deal!

Affiliate Exclusive! $1.29 Holiday Cards & Invites + Free Stamp when you let us mail it for you! Use Coupon: MERRY129, Valid through 12/8/13. Shop Now!

Amazon: Laminator Just $14.99-Lowest Price in Months!

I bought this laminator on Amazon around Christmas time, the last time it was offered at $14.99! This thing rocks! It has come in handy several times already! It’s amazing how many things there are to laminate when it’s THIS easy! Don’t miss this deal. Perfect for kids with school projects, garage sale signs and more! I used it to laminate all the signs for our neighborhood 4th of July celebration! My kids have found many uses for it as well! They love it! Grab this Swingline GBC Inspire Laminator, 9-Inch Max Width, 3 Mil, 5 Mil up to 4″ x 6″ (1701855) at $14.99 right now for a steal!

Pet Savings- Meds, Food and More!



While your pet probably doesn’t LOVE the meds, it’s necessary for their health:

Unless your cat is strictly an outdoor pet, litter is a necessary:

Snacks + Food!

For Odor + Clean-up

Famous Footwear: Back to School BOGO 1/2 Off



  Buy One Get One 1/2 off with the Famous Footwear Back To School sale. Rewards members take an extra 20% off. Non-members take 15% off. Print your coupon to shop in-store sale through 8/17.  Let us know what you score!




The Eve of Kindergarten: A Note to My Babies

It’s Back to School! I love this time of year. The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, the promise of cooler days and especially the sight of the golden yellow school bus! Today I thought I’d share a note I wrote to my twins when they left for Kindergarten five years ago. They are fifth graders now which amazes and shocks me. These words still ring true today. For those of you with one going to Kindergarten (or college!), stay strong. Your babies will be just fine.


twin pic for blog

We’ve been through a lot together, you and me. It was 6 years ago almost to this day that I found out you were twins. I can’t put into words how I felt. The rush of emotions, the overwhelming sense of blessing that I felt at that moment.

Days later another overwhelming sense came over me…that of nausea, intense doctors visits, high level sonograms and hospital stays. Together we endured weeks of bed-rest, surgery and then many sleepless nights.

I remember the days when it was a struggle to get you to take an ounce of milk. I worried about your weight gain and counted your wet diapers. The minutes between feedings meant precious sleep. I took advantage of every minute I could get. The day you found comfort in your fingers and thumb was a peaceful day for Daddy and me. It meant that you would sleep through the night. How thankful we were.

You babbled, spoke your little twin language and soon started saying Mama. It was music to my ears. I worried that you would never walk and once you did, I worried that you would never stop.

We started playgroups, zoo/museum trips and library story times. What fun we had together, just you and me. We explored the unknown world and I learned more than I ever thought I would. You began to ask questions, for some of which I didn’t have answers. I made up some of the answers, as you will soon find out, but for a time you thought your mommy knew everything.

You ran to me with all your worries, doubts and questions. I was your comfort in this big, unknown world.

I think back to all we have done together, just you and me. It’s been a whirlwind and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Now you are off on your own for the very first time. You will begin to discover this great big world on your own. It’s time for you to spread your wings and fly, my sweet babies. With all the things that we have experienced together over the past 6 years you are fully equipped to step out on your own and fly.

I can’t wait to see what you do. The dreams I have for you are boundless. You have the potential to do anything your heart desires. I pray that these 6 foundational years will be used by God as a basis for the rest of your lives. You’re off on a new adventure and although I will not always be by your side as in the past, I am here as your biggest cheerleader and support. My prayers for you are unceasing and my love is unending.

Even though we won’t have endless hours to do as we wish, I look forward to all the things you will experience on your own as you learn and grow. I want to hear all your stories and I can’t wait to see what you have to teach me along the way.

We can never go back to the days we have shared but the future is bright and I thank my God everyday for you, my sweet babies.

Amazon: Brother Laser Printer $74.99 Now

I’ve finally found my printer! After months of dealing with a majorly unreliable  printer, I’ve found my answer! If you are looking for a printer, check out the Brother HL-2270DW Compact Laser Printer with Wireless Networking and Duplex! Affordable cartridges can be found on Amazon which make this printer a no-brainer! Feels like Christmas morning! I’m going to be able to print again! Let us know if you get this one and what you think of it! Ratings are pretty good on Amazon so I think you’ll love it!

ThredUp: Back to School Clothes Less than $4 Shipped!

Have you ever used thredUP? If not, today is your day! Head over to thredUP and enter code BTS15 at checkout. You’ll get $15 off your first order! That could mean FREE clothes! Just pay shipping ($3.98 unless you spend $50 in clothes. Then shipping is FREE)! Score your deals and then come back here and tell us what you found!

ralph lauren shirt justice dress

This is what I found today! A Ralph Lauren shirt for $14.99 and a Justice dress for only $15.49. My total came to just $18.99 after shipping and the $15.00 discount using the code BTS15! Check out the deals at thredUP today! Click Here!

Kroger: No More Double Coupons in Cincinnati Region

krogerbetterIf you’ve followed couponing for any length of time, you are most likely aware of the uproar in Kroger’s Texas region when they ceased double coupons last year.

Well, it is now upon us. Kroger’s Cincinnati Region has just made the decision to cease doubles and triples as of March 1st!  If you are in that part of the country, please know that this includes Cincinnati, Dayton and areas along the western part of Ohio. Check out the map at Surviving the Stores to see exactly where this region is. As always, call your store or regional division to see if your particular store is affected. Again, this change will not affect MOST OF OHIO as the majority of the state is in the Columbus region. It may, however, be a harbinger of things to come.

If you are looking for a Kroger alternative, please check out my post A Newbies Guide to Aldi! I’m totally in love with Aldi and now that they are offering some gluten free and organic products, I’m sold. No couponing needed.

If you are wondering if you are in the Cincinnati/Dayton division or want to contact the company personally, the contact info is below. Each Kroger/Kroger Affiliate region operates separately from the company at large. Each region will be making their own decisions regarding coupons so be sure to contact the division and not the corporate offices.

How do you feel about this couponing change? Rumor has it that overall prices drop when double/triple coupons are taken out of the equation. We shall see soon enough.

Cincinnati/Dayton Division
150 Tri-County Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45246


Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

what you need better

I’m becoming one of those!
Whenever I would hear of people making their own ____(fill in the blank here)___, I would roll my eyes and assume I’d never get my act together enough to make it happen. Then came my couponing slump. Yep, we all have them. Right? I’m not alone here? It’s a hard habit to stay on for long periods of time without wanting to just hit Kroger, no prep needed and spend! Thankfully my Aldi obsession came along just about the time my couponing started to wane! Aldi allowed me to grocery shop, without coupons!, and still save tons! I’m a huge Aldi fan for that reason and I’ve yet to find a product that I don’t like at Aldi…although their gum is pretty terrible. Chewable but terrible.

Watching my stash of laundry detergent get low, I decided to bite the bullet and make my own. Guess what? It’s easy!
what you need

Shopping List:
Washing Soda (NOT BAKING SODA)
Essential oil (scent of your choice) this does not have to be the expensive therapeutic kind. I paid $2.99 for mine.
1 bar of Ivory soap or Fels Naphtha (If you don’t want to grate your soap, use Ivory dish washing liquid. It is more expensive costing $2.50ish instead of a bar of soap for less than a dollar but you don’t have to grate Ivory dish washing liquid so it saves you a step).
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In a large pot, put in 12 cups of water, 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Washing Soda and grate 1 bar of Ivory soap. Mix this and heat, wait for a boil.While this is boiling for 15 minutes, put 2 quarts of hot water in a bucket. (I used a bin because I wanted a top for storage purposes.) Next, mix the soap (hot off the stove) with the hot water in the bucket. Then add cold water. I think I added 2 gallons of cold water. Add desired amount of scented essential oil.  I used the Sweet Pea scent(althought it says “Sweat Pea” on Amazon for some reason!)  in Fragrance Oil – Eternal 6 Pack Favorites of Essence – Blueberry, Bubblegum, Mango Madness, Bahamaberry & Melon, Sweat Pea, Watermelon – 10 ml – Scented Oil.  This is a 6 pack set if you’re not sure what scent you are wanting. You can also buy many of these scents one bottle at a time.

Let it sit for 24 hours and then be sure to stir it before each use.
Fill detergent bottles with your homemade detergent so it’s easy to access. Put the rest of it in storage until you need to fill up another bottle.
Your finished product should look like this. It’s a thicker consistency but it isn’t solid.
finished product
Mine is setting now and I’ll be able to use it tomorrow. I’ll let you know how it goes! I haven’t done the math at how much I’ll be saving but I’m guessing this costs me $.50/gallon or less to make. If that’s the case, I’m saving about $5 per gallon. That’s a pretty decent savings over the course of a year considering I do one load per day.  I’ll be making hand soap next so stay tuned.

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