Happiness is ______ {2014-W47} #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

The Holidays are HOW CLOSE!?

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This is a compensated post that contains products given and affiliate links. I can’t even believe I’m about to say this, but (whispers) there are only 64 days until Christmas. I. am. NOT. READY. I mean, it isn’t even Halloween yet and I know you’re wagging your finger at me. “Lisa?! Why are you bringing this […]

Our Love for Garanimals

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When I was asked to create a post for Garanimals, I knew it wouldn’t be hard. When it comes to kids clothes 5T and under, we’ve owned quite a lot of Garanimals in this household. Just to give you an idea, here’s a little snapshot of some of the things in Baby V’s drawer currently: […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W34} The Back to School Edition #happinessis

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We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day. Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you […]

Man Cave Inspiration and Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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This is a sponsored post for Walmart.com, but all awesome Father’s Day suggestions are mine. Father’s Day is almost upon us – do you already know what you’re going to get for your husband (or dad)? Now, I’m a pretty good gift-giver, and I’ve given my husband some pretty awesome gifts in the past (especially […]

Disney FROZEN Toys at Walmart and Subway #FrozenFun #shop #cbias

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You already know how excited I am about the new Disney movie, FROZEN. Now that our family has seen it and are COMPLETELY and TOTALLY in love with it (ahem), I’ve been on a hunt to secretly purchase all the FROZEN toys from Walmart I can find for them to unwrap under our tree this […]

Happiness is ______ {Week Eighteen} #happinessis

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2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so […]

OshKosh B’gosh New Arrivals

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When dressing my children, I go for adorableness, but specifically aim for durability. We save our children’s clothing to pass down from child to child. All of the younger children have taken pride to wear their older siblings clothing, and it makes my heart sing to see baby after baby, child after child, rewearing clothing […]

Exclusive Military Only General Mills Coupons

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As if you didn’t already know this, we have a BIG family. And with a big family comes big food costs. It’s actually the most expensive thing we need to budget for. (More than our mortgage!) Being a military family, though, we have the opportunity to shop at the commissary, which is fantastic (and something […]

Holiday Travel and Shopper Safety #lifelock

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I love LOVE the holidays. Between the holiday decorations, family visiting, and scrumptious food, it is most definitely my most favorite time of year. I am dreading taking it all down, packing away the holiday decor and spirit with the excess wrapping paper and proceeding on with the new year with this holiday in the […]

Saving Money and Time by Holiday Shopping with eBay

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As an avid money-saver, I often seek out second-hand items in order to save money. It’s just an easy way for a family like ours to save money, particularly on clothing. 80% of my children’s wardrobes were hand-me-downs from their older brothers and sisters, or purchased from thrift stores, Good Will, or off eBay. Good […]

ShopYourWay’s New App: Win Your Way

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If you’re a ShopYourWay rewards member, you’re going to want to check out their new contest app, Win Your Way. Win Your Way is their new app that is now part of the ShopYourWay social shopping platform in which SYW Members can sign in and find a constant stream of new and unique sweepstakes. Prizes may […]

The Story About My Stolen Credit Card

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Once upon a time, there used to be gas attendants who would pump our gas and wash our windshields for us, checking our oil levels while taking cash payments with ease, or running credit cards for payment without incident. We would sit in the comfort of our vehicles, warm, dry, comforted knowing the attendants were […]

How to Grocery Shop at Whole Foods Market on a Budget

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I was issued a grocery challenge – grocery shop at Whole Foods Market on a budget, by shopping for my family of nine for under $250. I don’t back down to challenges, ever, and I love puzzle-piecing things together to work in our favor. I love seeing how far I can stretch a dollar and make […]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {Grocery Shopping}

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“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! Grocery shopping is a seemingly monumental task whether it’s for yourself, your family, […]

How to Use an Envelope to Help Kids Budget, Save Money, and Christmas Shop by Themselves

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I will never forget the day that my then second-grade children ran in the door from school, ecstatic about a piece of paper they held in their hands. “LOOK, MOM! I CAN GO CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FOR YOU!” Up until that point, our sibling Christmas Shopping for one another involved hand-held baskets being covered by their […]

The Kmart Layaway Secret Santa

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I love these types of holiday stories this time of year, showcasing the kindness of strangers. This particular story involves a woman, donating a cart-full of toys at her local Kmart, and deciding to give even more. Except, she wasn’t shopping for more toys to donate, she wanted to pay someone’s layaway purchase, too. Three […]

Post Turkey Day Coma & Cyber Monday Shopping – Yeah, Baby!

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Death by beautiful turkey After taking the holiday weekend off, I am exhausted! And you would THINK I’d be well-rested after “time off,” right? WRONG. Between all the standing while cooking on Thanksgiving, shopping on Black Friday, and decorating the house all weekend, this preggo feels like she ran a marathon! But despite the crowds […]

Why Layaway Rocks My Socks

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Photo Credit: jimw on Flickr I don’t know about you, but I’m a planner. When it comes to purchasing and giving gifts for the holiday season, I’ve already been shopping for Christmas since almost last Christmas. (I know, it’s a sickness.) I shop end-of-season sales all year round, always having my eye out for the best […]

When Mom Takes A Day Off, She Gets Shinguards. (Huh!?)

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When other moms take the day off, they go shopping for themselves, treat themselves to a spa day, relax, eat out. Y’know, stuff like that. Me? I got myself and the kids dressed, and took my toddlers shinguard shopping. Because it’s sexy and I’m a huge soccer dork who really wanted to get her daughter pink […]

Back to School Hauling at GoodWill

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On Sunday, my husband wanted to visit our local every-weekend flea market a few exits down from our house on I-35. Despite the heat, we braved it for about an hour, but it was nearing closing. Some good finds, but I really wanted to head elsewhere – to GoodWill. It had been over 3 years […]

Staying Cool This Summer with Flavored Water

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Every day since we’ve gotten to San Antonio, it’s been 100+ degrees outside. I am doing my best to keep ‘em hydrated and cool, complete with a purified in-fridge water and ice system, as well as staying indoors during the hottest hours of the day (which seems like every hour, I won’t lie), but for […]

Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic 30% off Printable Coupon 2010

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Holiday shoppers, check it out, Gap has done it again! Visit http://www.gapgiveandget.com/ and save 30% off! Pick one of six charities (I picked Feeding America) and print a 30% off coupon to use at Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic (their outlets, too) for four days beginning November 11th – 14th, and 5% of your […]

Our Laundry Routine

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I’ve spoken about Mount Washmore before, and the sheer enormity of it with having a huge family, but I haven’t really spoken about our detergent choices. You see, being a green-preferable family, we have certain detergent needs. While we want them to be all-natural, they have to be able to clean our clothes, too. My […]

Play Time at Target

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What does my family do when it has a whole day’s time to kill and you can’t be at home because the electric is shut-off for repairs? You drive an hour-and-a-half to your nearest Target store and play in their toy-aisle. OH YES WE DID! Never miss a thing! Subscribe today for all kinds of […]

A Simple Remodel for a Home to Love

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The beginning of my remodel for my desk area – see below for the finished product! It wasn’t until I began losing weight and taking that small amount of time to do something so good for myself that I truly realized how little I seemingly cared for myself back before when I was heavier. Sure, […]

Old Navy, Gap & Banana Republic 30% off Printable Coupon

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I couldn’t NOT blog about this, for those of you trying to knock out holiday shopping early, like I am, all while scooping up fantastic deals! Visit http://www.gapgiveandget.com and pick one of six charities (I picked Service Nation). You can print a 30% off coupon to use at Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic (their […]