Friday, April 11, 2014

My 1st Year in Review

Wow, I still can't believe I've been blogging for a whole year! I've been extremely blessed by the experience and I look forward to what God has in store for this blog, my readers, and my family.

I just want to quickly share some of my most read posts and my most favorite posts that I've done over the past year...

Most Read Posts:

1. Homemade WetJet Solution

2. Our Natural, Water Birth Story

Debt Free Journey Posts:

1. Our Debt Free Journey Update #4

2. 3 Biblical Truths About Money

DIY Posts:
1. 3-Ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent

2. Homemade Dishwashing Detergent

Parenting Posts:
1. Biblical Truths My Daughter Has Taught Me

2. How To Wash Bottles in Less Than 1 Minute

Spiritual Posts:
1. Dying to Self
2. Wives of the Bible Review

The words "Thank You" just don't seem to convey the gratitude I feel for my readers. I hope you've enjoyed reading my blog as much as I've enjoyed writing it! Here's to another great year! =)

So tell me,

-What posts of mine have you enjoyed reading?

-Is there anything you'd like to see me blog about in the future? I will take each suggestion into consideration.


Monday, April 7, 2014

My First Blog Birthday Winner!

Congratulations to Cherice S. for winning My First Blog Birthday gift card giveaway! Cherice chose to receive a Target gift card.

Cherice is a wife of 38 years, Mom to 4 daughters, and Nana to 10 grandchildren with 1 on the way! She's a wedding and party planner/designer/stylist and also a Professional Organizer. And very new to blogging seriously. Take a second to congratulate her over at

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Monday, March 31, 2014

My First Blog Birthday!!!

Dearest Readers,

I can't believe that I've been blogging for a whole year! I've enjoyed every minute of sharing my heart about parenthood, natural living, and Godly womanhood but more importantly, I've SO enjoyed reading your responses, suggestions, experiences, tips, and tricks.

Thank you for sharing in my journey! =)

As a special treat for you, I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Target or Starbucks! The winner gets to choose!

The giveaway ends Saturday at midnight so hurry and enter today. I will email the winner and they have 24 hours to respond with their mailing address.

Check out the Rafflecopter giveaway below and GOOD LUCK!

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

This Week's Thrifty Find

I'm over the moon about this week's baby deal I scored at Target! =)

As you probably know by now, we like to buy second hand things as much as we can. Why? Because if you look around, the quality is great and you pay a fraction of the price. I've bought most of our baby items second hand at thrift stores, consignment sales, off of Craigslist, etc.

I do, however, prefer to buy new car seats. This is absolutely not to say that I think used car seats are not as good or are less safe than new ones because as long as they are accident-free, there's no difference. It's just my personal preference!

So if I'm going to buy a new car seat, you better believe I'll get it on sale. With a coupon. Possibly 2 or 3 coupons.

That brings me to this week's deal...are you ready?

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TA-DA!! A brand-new Chicco NextFit Convertible Carseat that's perfect for Baby A! It's rear-facing for up to 45 pounds & front-facing for up to 65 pounds. So our little 18 lb 12 oz toddler will be sittin' pretty for a long while!

Normally, this car seat retails for $279.99 which is definitely worth it but out of our price range at the moment. I knew a little patience would be in order and then the Lord unexpectedly smiled down on us this week.

I just happened to see an ad from Target advertising 20% off all Chicco strollers! Nice sale but still out of our price range of $200 or less.

Then, I just happened to open my mailbox the next day and there just happened to be Target Baby coupon book in there. Hello, $10 off a $50 purchase.

Plus, we have a Target RedCard Debit Card which gives an additional 5% off on all purchases. That brought the total to $202 and some change. Done.

Then, readers, I remembered the MOST IMPORTANT TARGET SHOPPING RULE OF ALL TIME: look online for coupons before you shop! And HALLELUJAH! there was a 20% off 1 baby item coupon AND a $20 off a $100 baby purchase coupon. I couldn't print them fast enough.

Target is amazing because they let you combine their sales with coupons, manufacturer's coupons, and Cartwheel discounts (if there are any, which there weren't today).

Here's a breakdown of our great deal:
Full Retail Price: $279.99
Target Sale Price: $223.99
After 20% off 1 Baby Item Coupon: $179.19
After $20 coupon: $159.19
After 5% RedCard Discount: $151.73
Plus 7% sales Tax: $161.65
After $10 gift card*: $151.65

*The gift card was used on an additional same-day purchase of needed items so I'm counting it towards the car seat.

Total Savings (not including sales tax): 49.6% off of retail!!!

Saving money feels so good, readers.

So tell me,

-What's the most you've paid for a new baby item?

-What's the best discount you've gotten on a baby item?

-Do you like to shop secondhand?