Pregnancy Journal Update: 11 Weeks

Pregnancy Journal Update: 11 Weeks

Date: 5/10/16 *1st trimester* 11 weeks We’re at the end of 11 weeks already – WHAAAT?! This week has flown by. I celebrated my first Mother’s Day as a pregnant mama… which I only half felt like I was really deserving Mother’s Day since the baby isn’t here yet… whatever, though, we’re celebrating! I also celebrated my birthday with extended family and got to rock my favorite new mama bear tank top from Little Bit’s Love!  We have our first ultrasound later this week so I am really looking forward to getting to…Read more …
Menards Pre-Black Friday Ad Preview

Menards Pre-Black Friday Ad Preview

So, last night I was at Menards... you know, my home away from home these days.  I was looking at ceiling fans and an employee was helping me.  They didn't have the item I wanted in stock, but he showed me another {more expensive, not on sale} fan that would be on sale this weekend for the Crazy Days sale.  After thanking him for his help, I left the department, called my mom and whispered the great secret leak of the century: this weekend is a Menards Crazy Days sale.  {PS - Totally…Read more …
Appliance Deal: We Got a $900 Stove for Under $600

Appliance Deal: We Got a $900 Stove for Under $600

Remember that great deal we got on our new fridge?  And how my goal was to spend $1000 for all of our new kitchen appliances? Our new house came with used appliances, but they were mismatched and not what we wanted.  We sold all of them and set a goal of new appliances for under $1000.  Originally the plan was to purchase used appliances, but we found a killer deal on our fridge and microwave at Lowe's and decided to try and find good deals on the stove and dishwasher new as well.…Read more …
The Best Black Friday Shopping Secrets

The Best Black Friday Shopping Secrets

As of right now, there are 26 days until Black Friday - WOOP WOOP!  Black Friday is one of my favorite shopping seasons - yep, you read that right - SEASONS.  While it used to be the case that Black Friday was a one day shopping extravaganza, times have certainly changed!  Sales start long before the clock strikes midnight and last long after the day is done.  Here are my best Black Friday shopping secrets! 1. Money, money, money. Okay, so this isn't a secret so much as a tip.  It is SUPER…Read more …
My Favorite Things: October 2015

My Favorite Things: October 2015

As you know from our last post, we're starting a journey to minimize and organize our STUFF.  The KonMari program doesn't mean you can't have nice things or that you can't ever buy new things though {uh, hence why I'm okay with it}.  Today I have some products I've purchased recently that spark joy for me... my very own favorite things!  This isn't a sponsored post, nor does it have affiliate links - I am just excited about these items and want to share them with you. 1. Corelle Dishes Since before Hubby and I got…Read more …
Menards 11% Rebates

Menards 11% Rebates

If you shop at Menards on a regular basis, you have seen the 11% Menards rebate sale.  If you're not familiar with the sale - about once per quarter, Menards has the 11% rebate sale.  Anything and everything you buy during this sale {which they typically run for two weeks} is eligible for an 11% rebate.  {Menards rebates are issued as an in-store credit and mailed to your home after a long and grueling 6-8 weeks.}  I have a love/hate relationship with the 11% rebate {I both love it and I hate it}.…Read more …
Yard Sale Price Tag Printables

Yard Sale Price Tag Printables

Earlier I shared my best yard sale tips for success.  I promised to share the custom yard sale price tags I made with you.  When we're tagging, we usually keep all the tags for each size sorted in small ziploc bags.  I have also used a small tackle/organizing box {as pictured}.  This worked really well for me! I am so excited to share these free printable price tags with you!  They're super simple - you can use with any paper you want.  I usually use colored copy or cardstock paper.  You can cut…Read more …
Keys to Yard Sale Success

Keys to Yard Sale Success

Every year at church we have the Parkview Annual{ish} Mega Sale... well, almost every year {hence the "ish" in the sale name}.  I've organized the sale for several years and I have many, many years under my belt as a seasoned yard sale shopper.  As Michael and I are preparing for our move, we're trying to pare down our unnecessary "stuff" as much as possible.  I am a big believer that physical messes create mental messes, and vice versa... but I'm a horrible homemaker.  I think it's easier for me to keep my…Read more …
Big Box Home Improvement Retailer Comparison

Big Box Home Improvement Retailer Comparison

There are two major big box retailers for home improvement & renovation supplies in our area {South Central Indiana} - Lowe's and Menards. Well, there are sort of three big box stores.  There are Home Depot stores in the area, but we don't typically shop at Home Depot.  They are farther away than either Lowe's or Menards.  Since they are not as convenient, I don't compare their prices or pay attention to their sales. That leaves Menards and Lowe's as the two major shopping choices in our area.  Menards is slightly more convenient…Read more …