Five Things – My Weekly Round Up of What I am Excited About This Week!

Five Things – My Weekly Round Up of What I am Excited About This Week!

Last month, I told you that I was brainstorming and planning some new features for my blog this year. On the first Friday in February, I rolled out my First Friday Series and now I am rolling out my Five Things series! This will be a weekly feature, where I tell you about 5 things that I am excited about and want to share with you!

This week in “Five Things”, I have some really awesome deals to tell you about!

Free Challenge!

I will start with a challenge I just finished from Money Saving Mom, 5 Days to A Better Morning Challenge. I don’t know about you, but I really struggle to get going in the morning and I wanted to get a better routine down. Mornings were frustrating and I was rushing the kids out of the house every morning. In this challenge, Crystal shares practical ways to make your mornings better. If you struggle in the morning too, I highly suggest signing up! Did I mention that it’s FREE? So, what do you have to lose? 


Target Furniture Sale

Did you know that you can order directly from your Target app and pick up your order without having to go inside? I love shopping at Target, but often wind up buying things I don’t need! Go online this week to find 25% off  home furnishings and the clearance furniture is an extra 10% off the sale price!


Ibotta Can Now Be Linked to your Kroger Card!

Have you ever used Ibotta? It is an app where you upload your receipts and earn cash back for things like groceries, online shopping, and even dining out! Once you have $20 in your account you can cash it out or use it for a gift card. This is a great way to save up for a date night!

You can also now link it with your Kroger Plus Card. With the new link to your Kroger account you don’t even have to take a picture of those receipts anymore. Just make sure you have your deals all loaded up when you go to the store!

Eat at Home

I discovered a new meal planning service in the last week called, Eat At Home. After listening to Crystal Paine’s podcast interview with the founder of Eat at Home, I was really impressed with her! She really gets it and understands how crazy weeknights are. If you want to take a listen go here.

I was impressed by the price, $14 per month or $31 for 3 months! For that price you get all four of their meal plan types for one price and there are many resources on the website. You can even check out a sample of the recipes before you buy!


If you don’t have an Instant Pot, you need to get one!

I am going to have more and more recipes coming using the Instant Pot. It is so convenient and I am using it several times a week. If you have a busy schedule, you really need to do yourself a favor and get one of these today!

That is this weeks Five Things, I hope you were able to find something you needed! What deals are you most interested in? Let me know how I can best serve YOU, dear reader!

My Target Beauty Box – July Edition

I decided that I wanted to try out a beauty box, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on it. So, I had heard that Target has $7 boxes and thought I would give it a try. I was pretty impressed with all of the items they sent.

I ordered a men’s box and a women’s box just to see what the men’s was like too. Now granted, the husband liked what came in the box, he just didn’t care about it as much as I did. But it was still nice for him to get a package in the mail too.

The men’s beauty box had some great brands to sample, and they sent his favorite brand of soap. The women’s box also had some good brands in it as well. I typically don’t buy as many beauty products for myself, so this will be a nice, cheap, way to pamper myself a bit.


If you want to check them out, click the link below!

July Beauty Boxes are here & they’re awesome.

Waterpik and More Prime Deals!

Here are some more prime day deals for you to check out:

Waterpik Water Flosser – $39.99

Nintendo Switch, 64 GB Memory Card and $20 Nintendo Cash Card – $299.99

Buy $60 of Household Essentials, Save $20


Save 20% off select Camelbak – Discount taken at checkout.

If you don’t already have Amazon Prime, checkout my post on how to get a free trial!

This post contains affiliate links, see my disclosure policy here.

More to come tomorrow! See you then.

Prime Day Deals!

I have been searching through the Prime Day Deals and here is what I have for you so far:

 This deal is $12.95.

This deal is $8.15

This deal is $5.38

This deal is $32.49

This deal is $10.39

All of these deals have time and quantity limits so go and check them out now.

I will be gathering and posting throughout the evening and tomorrow. So stay tuned.

Prime Day is Here!!

Today, starting at 3 pm, Amazon is having their annual Prime Day! If you don’t have Amazon Prime yet, it is not too late to get it now! You can get a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime, just in time to get the deals.

This post contains affiliate links, you can read my disclosure policy here.

If you are already a member, they are currently running deals on their devices as a lead up to the other sales. Here are a few of them:

If you don’t have Prime and you are a college student (even if you are an adult), you can get Prime Student and get all the prime benefits at half the cost! It looks like they are offering a 6 month trial right now, so take advantage of this deal!

Deals will be starting at 3 pm, and I will be finding the good deals and posting them. So keep an eye on my blog and social media for the deals!


Want to Start a Blog?

Have you ever thought about starting a blog?

When I first started blogging in 2012, It was really just a way to connect with my friends and family after moving away. It quickly turned into something that I loved and I got a lot of response from my friends about what I was writing. I knew then that people were making money blogging, but I really didn’t fully understand how.
For years now, I have blogged on and off, but this year I decided to get serious about turning my blog into a business. One of the best things about starting a blogging business is that there is not a lot of overhead. Usually you can get your site started with a fairly minimal investment.

This last year, I started a completely new blog, and moved to a new host. I did a little research and decided to go with Siteground this time around. I was really nervous about moving all of my content over from Blogger, but they did everything. If I had a question, it was quickly answered, and they had my blog completely transferred and up and running in no time at all.

Of course that was just the first step! I had so much more to learn, and still do. Thankfully there are many successful bloggers out there that are willing to share their knowledge with you. I recently took a blogging class with Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom, and her insight was invaluable. Her class completely changed my outlook on blogging, and has helped me to begin to be better organized. Also, the encouragement from other bloggers about all of the unpaid hard work upfront has been very encouraging to me.

Blogging is not easy, but it is yours, it belongs to you and no one else. That is what keeps me coming back and showing up, even after I try something that hasn’t worked or just kind of flopped. That and knowing that it is possible to make a good income from your blog.

With that being said, I want to tell you about a bundle that expires tonight. I wasn’t going to post about it, because I have so much going on right now, but I think the content in this bundle is an awesome way to help you start a successful blog. I am really excited to share all that is in the bundle with you! There is so much in there it is almost overwhelming, but you can start slow and go through the information as you have time.

I can tell you it is worth having the knowledge that these bloggers provide, it could save you a lot of time and frustration. If I had known these things a long time ago, I might not have felt so lost and discouraged. So if a blog is a dream of yours, read on for more information.

Sale Dates: Monday, May 14, 2018 at midnight ET to Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 11:59pm ET
Price: $97
Value: 91 products worth $5802.51

Beyond Blogging
Side Hustle Blueprint: How to Make an Extra $1000 per month Writing eBooks by Lise Cartwright ($17.00)

Plus 3 more…

Blog-Life Balance
ECOURSE Sweetly Blended: The Ultimate Guilt-Free, 4-Step Recipe for Building a Wildly Profitable Business Without Missing out on Family Time, Burning Out or Watching Money Flow Down the Proverbial Drain! by Prerna Malik ($69.00)

Plus 2 more…

ECOURSE Brand Yourself Like A Creative Hustler by Steven Picanza ($397.00)

Plus 2 more…

Content Creation
ECOURSE The Effective Writer by Jeff Goins ($197.00)

plus 6 more…

Creating & Selling Products
ECOURSE Creating and Formatting e-Books: Convert Your Word File to Kindle by Susan K Stewart ($180.00)
plus 5 more…

Email Marketing
ECOURSE ConvertKit Masterclass: The Exact Formula I Used to Grow My Email List to Over 14K in Under a Year by Monica Froese ($47.00)
plus 4 more…

Getting Organized
Blog Content Creator Kit by Kaitlyn Kessler ($16.00)
Blogging Binder by Sarah Titus ($47.00)

plus 2 more…

Getting Started
ECOURSE BECOME by Dollie Freeman ($99.00)
ECOURSE Blog by Number: Every Busy Mom’s Ultimate Guide to Starting a Blog by Suzi Whitford ($47.00)
Blog Start-Up 101 by Crystal Paine ($37.00)!!!

plus 4 more…

Increase Traffic
ECOURSE Traffic, Subscribers, Yours by Raelyn Tan ($197.00)

plus 4 more…

Legal & Financial
ECOURSE Blog and Be Legal: The Start to Finish Guide to Starting Your Blog & Online Biz Legally by Jackie Jade ($297.00)
plus 2 more…

ECOURSE Affiliate Acceleration: Impactful Strategies To Increase Your Passive Income by Kayla Aimee ($27.00)
plus 9 more…

Start Your Podcast: From Idea to First Episode by Jacey Verdicchio ($39.00)
ECOURSE Turn Your Podcast Into Your Business by Joe Pardo ($197.00)

ECOURSE Automation Education by Amber Temerity ($49.00)
Biz Boost Workbook by Tonia Kendrick ($29.00)
BlogWise: How to Do More with Less by Darren Rowse ($19.99)
ECOURSE Creative Biz Plan Workshop: Using Smart Strategies to Run Your Biz Without it Running You by Kayleigh Hannon ($47.00)

plus 6 more…

Professional Blogging
ACTIVATE: EBA Live Conference Video Package by Ruth Soukup/Elite Blog Academy ($297.00)
ECOURSE Blogging to Win: Modern Blogging Strategies for the Busy Woman by Allison Lindstrom ($179.00)
Fall In Love with Blogging: From Passion to Plan to Profit by Dwainia Grey ($17.00)
ECOURSE Turn Your Dreams Into Money: How to Build a Six Figure Blog and Live the Life You Want by Emma Drew ($250.00)

Social Media
10 Super Common Facebook Strategies That Do More Harm Than Good by Brittany Ann ($15.00)
ECOURSE Conquer YouTube by Kallie Branciforte ($375.00)
plus 10 more…

FREE 2-Month Subscription (any plan) to ConvertKit ($58.00)
*new customers only
FREE 2500 Credits from Mouseflow ($29.00)
FREE 3-Month Thinkific Bundle (Offer Includes 3-month Business Package Trial, Training Courses, Launch Preparedness Review, and Free Migration Concierge Services) from Thinkific ($297.00)
FREE 2 Month Lunch -or- 3 Month Snack Plan from SaneBox ($25.00)
FREE 2 Month Standard Plan from LeadQuizzes ($67.00)
FREE Isabelle Theme from Bluchic ($79.00)
FREE 10 Stock Photos Bundle from Haute Chocolate ($69)



If this is a secret dream of yours like it was for me, what are you waiting for??

Deals of the Week – 4/27

Here are today’s deals – check them out before they are gone! Don’t forget that Kroger has a huge 5x coupon sale, where you can stock up on some good deals.

April 16-30 – 15% Off Mother’s Day Gifts with GIFT4MOM at

Sophie17 Womens Braidy2 Flat Sandal Shoes – $14.99 Shipped!

Buy One Get One 50% Off select Sandals at!

Curious Chef 3-Piece Nylon Knife Set – $8.87 Shipped!

12 months of Better Homes and Gardens Magazine for $5.00

LIMITED TIME ONLY! Buy 5 Oils Get 1 Free [10mL] + FREE Bonus Box at Plant Therapy! Use Code MYOWNSET Today and Save!

Unbranded* Women’s Sleeveless Dress Pockets Casual Swing T-Shirt Dresses $14.81 Shipped

CobraCo Evening Sky Campfire Ring – $24.99 Shipped Today ONLY

4×4 PrintBook
or 4×6 only $1.75 when you use coupon code BOOK75 – Ends May 1st!

4x4 PrintBook

Weekly Deals – April 14


Hello Friends! I am late with weekly deals! What a busy week this has been! I had my sweet, 3-year-old nephew for a couple of days and I barely got anything done! How did I ever have a 3 and 1-year-old at the same time? Somehow we all made it through!

So all of that to say this weeks Friday post, is now a Saturday post!

One of the ways I stay sane is by filling up my soul.

About 9 years ago, when my son Caleb was born, I rediscovered my love of reading. I spent so much time breastfeeding and I would start to feel a little antsy during those long nursing sessions. I had been taking my older daughter to the library to keep her busy, and one day decided that I would check a book out for myself.


I still remember reading the first few pages of that book, I was sucked in immediately. The words playing a movie in my mind, as I read page after page. I would later realize that this book was part of a series, so I went back and read them all. If you have time for a series, I highly recommend it. Naked in Death  is the first book in the series. If you like mystery/crime novels, you will love this. Trust me!

These days I don’t have nearly as much time to read, but I have plenty of time to listen. So, I use Audible and listen to audiobooks. I just finished Shauna Niequist’s Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living. I listened while I drove, folded laundry, cooked dinner, and cleaned out closets. You can try it out for free, and each month your membership fee gives you a credit.

Right now I am “reading” Jen Hatmaker’s Of Mess and Moxie. She reads the book herself, and she sometimes deviates from the script to tell the listener a story, which is a bonus. She is absolutely hilarious, and her story telling ability is phenomenal. Click on the picture below to get signed up!


I was able to scan through Amazon and find a few more deals as well.

If your child has braces, they are running a deal right now on the Waterpik Water Flosser.

I am a stripes kind of girl and I found this YunJey short sleeve round neck triple color block stripe T-shirt casual blouse on sale for $15.99 with free Prime shipping.

These cute sandals:The Children’s Place Girls’ Braided SS Flat Sandal, Silver for $12.75 shipped!

Also right now Crazy 8 has  20% Off + Free Shipping with code SPRINGSPREE. Click Here to go to their website.

Ezpz is a company that makes mess free mealtime mats for children.

My son’s therapist uses one in feeding therapy and has been able to get him to touch foods and engage in therapy with one of them. They are offering free shipping on all U.S. orders when you use the promo code EZPZFREESHIPPING. You can also get a FREE Bib with an ezpz Mat or Bowl Purchase with code SILLYBIB – While supplies last! (Minimum $18.49 Mat or Bowl Purchase to Qualify for Free Bib) Check out their site Here. 

Finally, I wanted to tell you about a product that I am really excited about.

Want shortcuts and tools to help you create a home and life you love?
Then let me tell you about something over 100,000 women have already discovered.
It’s called The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle .

This wildly popular bundle comes around just once a year (this is its 6th year!) and it’s only available until Monday night. If you’re ready to organize and declutter your home, learn to balance your many roles, be a more intentional mom, and put delicious meals on the table faster and easier, then you will definitely want to pick up this bundle for just $29.97 (pssst? it’s worth over $3,680!).

But you have to act fast, at a price like this, they can only offer it for six days! Go get yours here: Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

So let me tell you why I am so excited about this. This bundle is packed full of really valuable items, and even if you won’t use all of it, the price is still worth it.

So far, I have downloaded/used :

  • 2018 Budget Binder by kaitlin stearns
  • REAL LIFE ON A BUDGET PLANNER by jessi fearon
  • FOUR WAYS TO STUDY THE BIBLE by sarah e. frazer
  • 4 WEEKS TO A MORE PRODUCTIVE LIFE by crystal paine

In my season of life, I am very interested in learning everything I can about running my own business. There are 10 resources in this bundle dedicated to just this subject.

There are also 8 bonuses included from Scribd, Bloom Naturals, Strawsome, Kiwi Co., Cultivate What Matters Shop, Hope Ink (which I loved!!), Orglamix, and Bookroo.

It is definitely worth looking at and seeing if this is something you want!



Weekly Deals

I am really excited to be trying something new this week on the blog. I have shared grocery deals before, but I have never shared shopping deals before. Mostly because these posts take up a lot of time! But I love to shop for bargains! We have four kids, so if isn’t on sale, it probably is being bought by me!!

So this week, I put together some deals from stores I love and some Amazon items that have free prime shipping. One local deal to share is that Sprouts has Strawberries on sale for .98 this week! Can you say strawberry pie!? (hint: that might be next weeks recipe)

I also talked about essential oils in my Autism post earlier this week, so I wanted to share with you my favorite brand. We have used them for several years now, and I love that they have free shipping and reasonable prices. The Humbled Homemaker wrote an Honest Review if you would like more information.

Here are all of this weeks deals:

$5 Tees, Mix/Match, and Dealbuster Shorts at Crazy8

40% Off Regular Price Items at Gymboree

Up to 70% off daily boutique deals at Groopdealz!

Through 4/16 – 20% Off Adult Coloring items with code COLOR20

Cleaning Set




Get FREE Shipping & FREE Returns on Every Order at Plant Therapy!  



Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial


Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks

Women’s Daily Beauty Sample Box (get equal credit for future purchase of select beauty products) $7.99

Nutrition & Wellness Sample Box (get an equal credit toward future purchase of select Nutrition & Wellness products) $7.99

Puracy Natural Enzyme Stain Remover [3-Pack], BEST Travel Size Clothing Cleaner, Nontoxic Laundry Spot and Odor Eliminator, Safe for All Fabrics, Free & Clear, 4 Ounce Spray Bottle [Set of 3] $9.99


Salt Water Sandals by Hoy Shoe Girls’ Salt Water Original Flat Sandal, Rose Gold $9.99


I hope that this post was useful for you, and I would love some feedback on whether or not you liked it!

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