My Goals for the Week {4/14/2014}

I’ve literally been in survival mode for the last month, but I need to get my life back on track!  With that in mind, my goals are a little bit different than usual, but hopefully this will get me moving in the right direction.

Family/Homemaking Goals

1. Read 6 chapters of The Boxcar Children to the twins.

2. Make bed and do 1 full load of laundry every day.

3. Go through 10 bins in the garage. This should hopefully help me get the 11 bags I still need for the 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge.

Personal Goals

4. Exercise 5 times.

5. Drink 3 liters of water per day.

6. Be in bed by 10:00 pm 5 nights.

7. Finish reading Jab Jab Right Hook. Read Miracles Happen (I’m hoping this will get me moving in the right direction with my new It Works business!)

Blog/Business Goals

8. Finish 4 pending reviews.

9. Continue to work on launching my new It Works business {I am sooo excited about this. I love the products and I really love that the company believes that Debt Free Is The New Sexy. They even offer G.O.O.D (get out of debt) bonuses!}

10. Get up and running and post upcoming speaking/singing engagements! {If you’re local, I’m singing the National Anthem at the TinCaps game on Friday night, April 18th.}

I’m feeling quite inspired and I am going to tackle every single one of these this week!

What are your goals for this week? Any suggestions to help me with my goals?

5 Tips for When You Feel Overwhelmed

The past 6 months have been seriously hard.  The past 8 weeks have been the hardest of my life.  During this time I’ve felt extremely overwhelmed.  Without going into details, here’s a brief overview of the last 6 months.

10/1 – Adoption of the twins finalized

10/8 – We decide to homeschool our son since he is extremely behind academically and is exhibiting behavior problems at school (Hubby and I both work full time, but we work from home so we juggle our schedules to make this work).

November – Basketball season begins and we have lots of late nights with away games.

November – We get a call that my father-in-law i s losing his battle with ALS and is not expected to make it through the week.  We head down to Tennessee that weekend for a visit. We also head down the next weekend.

Mid-November – My grandmother gets in a car accident (not her fault) that leaves her unable to walk or manage on her own.  She ends up in a rehab facility for a month.

December – We head back to Tennessee to visit with my father-in-law.

December 21- 1 year anniversary of getting custody of the twins.  We’ve seen lots of progress, but there are still lots of days where they are missing their old siblings.

January – Crazy snow storms here in Indiana.  We have no school for a week. My lupus begins one of its worst flares in the last 15 years.  Khrystyna’s basketball schedule continues to be crazy. Homeschooling and working continues to be crazy.  My father-in-laws health continues to deteriorate.

February – My father-in-law is having trouble breathing.  He gasps for breath throughout the day and we know that the end will be soon.  My husband and I barely sleep as we expect the call to come during the night.

February 11 – We get the call that my father-in-law has passed away during our daughter Khrystyna’s sectional basketball game.

February 13 – We head out of town for the funeral. The grief is overwhelming for all of us, but especially for my husband.

The remainder of February is a blur with the funeral, my husband’s grief, our anniversary, and a lot more snow.

The beginning of March saw more snow still and my dad slipped on the ice and blew out some discs in his back.  What followed was doctor’s visits, MRIs, emergency back surgery, and quite a few trips to the hospital.  And my lupus continued to get worse.

After the craziness of the last few months, I was completely fried.  And with my lupus as bad as it was, I felt like I was barely surviving.  I was completely overwhelmed.  I was so busy trying to survive that I cancelled on friends, missed obligations, and failed to keep up with things that needed keeping  up (one of them being this blog).

While I’m beginning to feel like the fog is lifting, I know I’m not out of the woods yet.  If you’re in the same boat I’m in, here are some things you can do to help you get back on track.

1. Make a list of priorities.

Eating, sleeping, caring for your children etc are priorities.  Make sure those are getting done.

2.  Make a list of obligations.

If you’ve missed fulfilling these, send a note of apology with an explanation. (This is on my to-do list for today).

If you have upcoming obligations you will miss, send a note of apology with an explanation and if it’s something you can do in the future, give them an estimated completion date.

3.  Give yourself grace.

There are things that happen in life that you have no control over.  Give yourself grace to deal with whatever curve ball life threw at you.

4.  Make a schedule.

When you’re overwhelmed, the smallest things can be overwhelming.  Make a s reasonable schedule of what you need to  get done and commit to doing it.

5. Seek help!

There are times where you just need a group of friends to rally around you.  It’s OK to be needy every once in a while.  Let your friends bring you a meal or do your laundry.  Let them watch your kiddos for you.  And be honest about how hard your life is.  People aren’t mind readers.

We’ve all had moments (or months) when life is overwhelming.  What are your tips for when life is overwhelming? Leave your tips in the comments!


Mabel’s Labels: Save $2 on the Limited Edition Camp Combo

As a mom of 4, my life tends to be busy year round.  But summer is busiest of all!  The kids are out of school, we have various camps, our daughter K plays travel basketball and then throw in a family reunion and some other vacation and life is officially insane.  With camp season just around the corner, you’re probably already scrambling to sign your kids up (or trying to find 10 extra jobs to pay for all the crazy camp fees) and soon you’ll be sorting through the piles of sunscreen, swimsuits and sneakers.

If you want to help your kids be a little more organized and if you want to save yourself from having to replace all of your kids belongings, you’ll want to pick up some Limited Edition Camp Combo Packs from Mabel’s Labels . These UV resistant, waterproof labels and tags are designed for kid camp equipment — clothing, toiletries, swim gear, backpacks and more — and ready to take a summer beating. To complete the outfit of adventure,receive 20% off of an insulated water bottle from Eco Vessel with your Limited Edition Camp Combo Pack purchase.

Let Mabel’s Labels help you to get them sorted, tagged and prepped for a summer they won’t soon forget. Plus, save $2 with early bird pricing now through April 30th! Happy Camping!

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Crazy 8 Sale

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

Warmer weather is quickly approaching, but not as quickly as your kids grew out of last year’s clothes! I’ve been going through the twins spring and summer clothes and I can’t believe how much they’ve grown!

It’s time to start stocking up on this season’s styles for spring. Luckily, Crazy 8 is offering 20% off markdowns so your kids can get everything they need (and some they don’t!) without cleaning out your wallet. That’s up to 60% off!

The sale starts Friday (4/11) for a limited time, so hurry before it’s gone!

Kiwi Crate: Creativity Kits for Kids

Delightful kids' crafts delivered right to your door. shop now ›› Creativity kits for kids! 

I love being crafty and it’s one of my favorite activities to do with the kids!  Even though my craft room is in our boring basement with concrete floors and cinder block walls, it’s still one of our favorite places to be in the house!

While I love crafting, sometimes after a long day of work, figuring out what to make with the kids can be overwhelming! Thankfully there is Kiwi Crate!

Kiwi Crate is an award-winning, monthly subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials to inspire creative, educational fun. With themes like Music, Color, Robots, and Safari, these crates deliver everything needed for unique activities that you and your kids can enjoy together.  see sample crates ››

 And for even more crafty inspiration, visit their DIY Ideas page to check out the latest and greatest on easy projects you can do right at home, right now!



Recently featured in InStyle, Parenting Magazine, and US Weekly, Kiwi Crate has also been awarded Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products of 2012, Parent’s Choice Gold Award, and an Oppenheim Gold Seal Best Toy Award. Kiwi Crate is already a celebrity favorite, and is sure to delight the little ones in your life!

Kiwi Crate offers a range of subscription levels, all shipped for free:

Monthly Subscription - $19.95 a month
3 Month Gift - $60
6 Month Gift - $110
12 Month Gift - $205

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/28/2014}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Bakers Square – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/18/2014)
BJ’s – $5 Off $20 Food Purchase (exp: 4/7/2014)
Buffalo Wings & Rings – 5 Free Wings with $5 Purchase (exp: 4/17/2014)
Corner Bakery – Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 4/8/2014)
Del Taco – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Egg & Cheese Muffin (exp: 4/2/2014)
Jamba Juice – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Juice or Smoothies (exp: 3/30/2014)
Longhorn Steakhouse – Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Lunch Combos (exp: 4/11/2014)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Dinner Entree WYB 2 Drinks (exp: 4/6/2014)
Olive Garden – Free Dessert WYB Adult Entree (exp: 3/30/2014)
Outback Steakhouse – $5 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 4/10/2014)
Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Salad (exp: 4/3/2014)
Red Lobster – $10 Off 2 Lobsterfest Entrees (exp: 4/13/2014)
Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 3/30/2014)
Taco Bueno – Free Muchacho Crunch with Any Purchase (exp: 3/29/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Reebok Kid’s ATV19s for $24 {Today Only}

Org $59.99
Now $24

The world is your child’s playground with the Reebok Kid’s ATV19s. This all-terrain running shoe features 19 large ATV lugs to help provide traction wherever kids roam. Today only, get the Kid’s ATV19s for only $24 when you use code ATV19.

Shop now!

Reebok March Madness Sale: Over 50% Off Men’s Basketball Shoes

March Madness is off to a crazy start! We’ve seen lots of upsets this year and many surprises.  I’m currently in 30th place out of 34 in my office March Madness pool.  Yep, I’m cool like that.  Thankfully, March Madness is not just about brackets and basketball.  Reebok is celebrating March Madness by offering over 50% off on two of their hottest men’s basketball shoes! That’s my kind of March Madness! :)

Click on the links below to grab a pair, enter in the promotion code MADNESS14 at checkout and you’ve just scored yourself an amazing deal! Check these out…

Q96 CrossExamine Men’s Basketball Shoes
Org $114.99
Now $55

Pumpspective Omni Men’s Basketball Shoes 
Org $124.99
Now $55

How are your brackets doing?

KidKraft Sale

KidKraft Master Cook's Kitchen

Right now Zulily is having an amazing KidKraft sale.  The prices for most of the items I checked were cheaper than Amazon! Here are two of my faves: Reg. Price: $260 Amazon Price: $146.55 Zulily Price: $119.99 Reg. Price: $140 Amazon Price: $100.97 Zulily Price: $89.99  There are plenty of other great deals too! You’ll [...]

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Couponing: Tips for Saving Money and Your Sanity

How to use coupons without losing your mind

  Let’s face it – some of us shy away from couponing because we think it might tax our sanity…and if you’re like me, your sanity is hanging on by a thin thread on most days!  In this day and age of “extreme couponing” (and the phenomenon of “coupon” becoming a verb), it can seem [...]

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Abbey Post Made to Measure Twitter Party April 1st

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I love a good party, but with 4 kids, a full-time job, a blog and lots of other life responsibilities, I don’t get out of as much as I’d like.  Thankfully, there are Twitter parties!  They’re the only type of party I attend regularly these days.  I can dress however I want for these parties [...]

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adidas End of Season Sale

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adidas has over 670 products discounted up to 50% off right now! They have amazing deals for guys, gals and your little ones too! I love the adipure Crazyquick Shoes (pictured above) and they’re on sale for $70 right now! Click here to shop the end of season sale!  

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