Finding and Living Your Calling

When I was growing up, I wanted to be a singer, then a trauma surgeon, then a singer, then a special ed teacher, then a musician, then a teacher, and by the time I was 3/4 of the way through college, I had no idea what I wanted to be.  After college, I worked a variety of management and sales jobs.  Then I went back to school to study music…again.  I then began teaching piano lessons and singing jazz.  And then I went  back to working another sales job.

Somehow I found myself in my mid-thirties, married with kids, and I still had no idea what I wanted to be when I “grew up”.  Although I’ve had lots of great jobs, I always felt like I was created for more. There was a sense of unrest…of unease.  I watched people who were obviously doing what they were created to do and I wondered when I would find my calling.

I now know that I’m not the only one to feel this way.  I’ve had so many conversations with different people who are in that same spot…feeling stuck, but not knowing what they’re looking for and longing for!

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If you’re in that spot, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Jeff Goin’s new book, The Art of Work.

If you don’t know Jeff, he has one of the fastest-growing blogs in the world and has made waves online with his quickly growing platform.

In the past few years, he’s inspired millions (literally) of people to go beyond the status quo and live a life that matters. And in this new book, he’s encouraging you to discover your true calling, that thing you were born to do.

The message of this book is so important that Jeff wants to get it into as many people’s hands as possible. So for a limited time, you can get it for free (just pay shipping) at this link: The Art of Work

I had the privilege of reading it already and it is soooo worth reading!  If you’re struggling with finding your purpose, pick up a copy of this book!  If your spouse or a friend is struggling, grab a copy for your friend!  You only have to pay shipping!  Plus, Jeff is offering $250 in bonuses if you jump on this. I can’t guarantee that all of the bonuses will be available for long, so if you’re interested, I’d check it out now!

Click here to order your FREE copy of The Art of Work!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {2/27/2015}

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!

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Black Angus Steakhouse – $42 Campfire Feast for Two (exp: 3/23/2015)

Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)

Buca Di Beppo - Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015)

Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)

Corner Bakery - Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 3/11/2015)

Einstein Bros Bagels - $3 Off Bakers Dozen Box (exp: 3/25/2015)

Logans Roadhouse – The Logan 12 oz Ribeye Steak, Farm Fresh Salad, and a Side for $13.99 (exp: 3/1/2015)

Longhorn Steakhouse - $4 Off 2 Adult Entrees (exp: 3/15/2015)

Macaroni Grill - Buy 1 Get 1 Express Dinner Entree (exp: 3/1/2015)

Marie Callenders - $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)

Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 3/8/2015)

Monicals Pizza - $3 Off Any Family Pasta (exp: 3/29/2015)

OCharleys – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)

Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 3/11/2015)

Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 3/4/2015)

Village Inn – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 3/20/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {2/27/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 3/4/2015)
Express - $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Lord and Taylor - 20% Off Regular, Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 3/2/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 3/4/2015)
Party City - $15 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Rue 21 – 30% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
The Limited – 50% Off Up to 3 Regularly Priced Items (exp: 3/3/2015)
Yankee Candle - $15 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)

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No Bake Reese’s Fudge Bars

No Bake Reese's Fudge Bars SimplifiedSaving.com

 

I’m convinced that few (and I mean VERY few) things taste better than chocolate and peanut butter!  If you’re looking for an easy recipe that will have your friends and family raving, don’t miss this No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge.  It’s seriously out of this world!

Ingredients for No Bake Reese's Fudge Bars

Here’s what you’ll need:

Directions:

1. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper or wax paper.  {Apparently, this was not my day.  This recipe works best with a 9×9 pan, but I only had a 7 x 11 pan. Also, I prefer parchment paper but I only had wax paper on hand.}

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2. Place peanut butter cups in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. {I used 15.}

3.  Place chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until chips and milk are melted together.

4.  Once everything is nicely melted, spread evenly over peanut butter cups in prepared pan.

5.  Crumble remaining Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and sprinkle them over the fudge, lightly pressing them into the fudge.

6.  Allow to cool completely then cut into squares and serve.  {You can cool it on the counter or in the fridge.  I prefer making it in a pan that has a lid that goes with it.  I think it keeps the fudge better…but that’s just my opinion.

Warning: This is fudge is highly addicting and really rich!  Try not to eat it all at once!

Retail Coupon Roundup {2/13/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this Valentine’s Day weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!  Also, if your man hasn’t made it out to get you something special, make sure you have him print these coupons off so he can get more bang for his buck!  I always send my hubby to White House Black Market for gifts!  I sure do love that store!!!

Aeropostale – $10 Off $40 Purchase (exp: 2/22/2015)
Bealls – 50% Off Red-Lined Clearance Purchases (exp: 2/19/2015)
Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 2/18/2015)
Carsons – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 2/18/2015)
Carters – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/16/2015)
Dress Barn - 30% Off 1 Clearance Item (exp: 3/8/2015)
Express - $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Famous Footwear – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/16/2015)
Justice - 40% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/23/2015)
Kirklands – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/16/2015)
Kohls - $10 Off $50 Jewelry or Watch Purchase (exp: 2/17/2015)
Loft Outlet - 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/16/2015)
Lord and Taylor - 20% Off Regular, Sale & Clearance Items & 20% Off Sale & Clearance Jewelry (exp: 2/18/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/16/2015)
P.S. from Aeropostale - $10 Off $40 Purchase (exp: 2/22/2015)
Shoe Carnival - $10 Off $50, $20 Off $100, $30 Off $150 or $40 Off $200 Purchase (exp: 2/17/2015)
Talbots - 40% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 2/16/2015)
White House Black Market – $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 2/17/2015)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Large Jar, Tumbler or Vase Candles Get 1 Free (exp: 2/16/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {2/13/2015}

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!

Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)
Carrabbas - 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Classic Sundae (exp: 2/15/2015)
Chick Fil A – FREE Iced or Hot Coffee Every Day in February (exp: 2/28/2015)
Corner Bakery - Free 6 Pack Cupcake Bites with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 2/22/2015)
Del Taco – Free Medium Drink When You Buy Epic Burrito (exp: 2/15/2015)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – $5 Off XL Family Pack (exp: 2/17/2015)
Einstein Bros Bagels – 20% Off Bagel Box (exp: 2/23/2015)
Firehouse Subs - Free Cookie with Any Sub Purchase (exp: 2/15/2015)
Huddle House - Free Waffle with $5 Meal Purchase (exp: 2/15/2015)
Jacks - Free Make It Large on Lunch or Dinner Combo + More (exp: 4/12/2015)
Jersey Mikes – Free Chip & Drink When You Buy Regular or Giant Sub Purchase (exp: 2/15/2015)
Macaroni Grill – $10 for 2 Express Lunch Entrees (exp: 2/15/2015)
Maggianos - $5 Off Lighter Taker Menu (exp: 2/24/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 2/15/2015)
Monicals Pizza – $13 for 16 Inch Thin Crust or 14 Inch Pan 1-Topping Pizza (exp: 2/22/2015)
Peets Coffee and Tea – Free Small Milk Chocolate Almond Mocha When You Buy Simply Oatmeal, Artisan Baked Good or Fresh Food Item (exp: 2/16/2015)
Smoothie King – $4.99 Medium Smoothie (exp: 2/24/2015)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 2/18/2015)
Steak Escape – Free Small Fries & Small Drink with Any Sandwich Purchase (exp: 2/28/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 2/18/2015)
Togos – Free Regular Sandwich When You Buy Regular or Larger Sandwich, Chips & Drink (exp: 2/22/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Free and Cheap Weekend Activities and Events

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Looking for some fun things you can do this Valentine’s Day weekend that won’t break the budget?  Here’s a great list of events going on across the country!  Some are events that take place on a weekly basis (like Michaels…which we do every weekend) and others are one time only events.

Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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:: Free National Park Entrance

February 14-16th for Presidents Day weekend

Find out the list of participating parks (over 405 of them) right here.

:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During February, they include Grace’s Travel Tags craft, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Twists & Braids hands-on hairstyles, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Making Memories with Mom and Dad, Valentine Card Craft and more.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores. Call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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:: Barnes & Noble

Saturday, February 14th at 11 AM

I Love You Just Like This! Storytime with Elmo and his Sesame Street friends at many locations

Most stores have free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events – find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

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Save Money on Valentine’s Day

Disclosure:  This post is a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Save Money on Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it and when I realized how close it actually is, I panicked because I had nothing planned.  I tend to be a spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment kind of planner but I generally have an idea in mind ahead of time.  I should tell you up front that we usually don’t make a huge deal about celebrating Valentine’s day.  Our anniversary is 2 weeks after Valentine’s Day, so we tend to focus on that a little more.

While the hubs and I are low key about celebrating, I do like to make Valentine’s Day fun for the kids.  I put together a Valentine’s Day gift basket for my daughter who lives in Tennessee. Now I just need to get it in the mail. :)  I also made a Valentine’s Day wreath for my sewing area.  It turned out really cute and the twins were thrilled because they got to help me make it.

After I panicked about not having any plans for Valentine’s Day, I set about to make some tentative plans.  I considered hiring a babysitter and going to dinner and to see a comedian, but then I found out that if my daughter wins her first sectional game, they’ll be playing on Valentine’s Day.  With that in mind, I’ve decided to not bother making reservations.  Instead, I’m going to plan on  doing little things to celebrate Valentine’s Day over the next 10 days.

Today I looked through the Valentine’s Day Magazine on The Good Stuff by Coupons.com and found movie inspired themed date nights.  I’ll be using a few of them over the next  10 days.   While some of these require leaving the house and getting a babysitter, there are some that we could do at home.  And not having to pay a babysitter saves us a lot of money!

I’m also going to be doing some fun Valentine’s Day crafts with my kids.  I’m completely in love with this Valentine’s Day Tote Bag that was featured in the Valentine’s Day Magazine.  The magazine includes step by step instruction and the instructions are so easy that my twins will be able to make this without much (if any) help from me.

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Valentine’s Day Tote Bag

Seriously…isn’t this tote bag adorable?  This will be fun to use in the years to come too!

I’m going to let the kids make mini Valentine’s Day yarn wreaths to hang in their rooms.  James will probably decorate it with a heart and then add the hulk, spiderman, and batman.  Shayna’s will probably be more along the lines of the one I made for my daughter Amina.

I’m also planning to make a Valentine’s Day Garland with the kids.  We’re also going to do a countdown to Valentine’s Day as a family and every day we’ll do 1 Random Act of Kindness as part of our Valentine’s Day countdown.

Click on the magazine below and it will open in a new tab and then you can read through it for Valentine’s Day inspiration!

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Also make sure to enter the Share the Love Sweepstakes (there’s a link on page 2) for your chance to win daily cash prized of $100.

If you’re looking for some great gift ideas, you’ll want to check out  Coupons.com Valentine’s Day Deals.  You’ll find savings on everything from chocolate to clothing to jewelry…and all of those are great gift ideas!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {2/6/2015}

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! Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015) Bob Evans – Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Breakfast Entree […]

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Retail Coupon Roundup {2/6/15}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Aaron Brothers – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 2/12/2015) Aeropostale – $10 Off $40 Purchase (exp: 2/22/2015) Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/12/2015) Bonton – 20% Off Sale Price […]

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Free and Cheap Weekend Activities and Events

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Looking for some fun things you can do this weekend that won’t break the budget?  Here’s a great list of events going on across the country!  Some are events that take place on a weekly basis (like Michaels…which we do every weekend) and others are one time only events. Thanks More with Less Today! Make […]

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Valentine’s Day Gift Basket For a College Student

Valentine's Day Gift Basket for a College Student from Family Christian

Disclosure: I am a Family Christian Blogger and as such, often blog about events and items associated with Family Christian in exchange for product or gift certificates.  Most of the items included in this gift basket are items that can be purchased at Family Christian. Valentine’s Day is a great holiday when you’re in love! […]

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DIY Valentine’s Day Yarn Wreath

DIY Yarn Wreath Supplies

Since we didn’t do a whole lot of Christmas decorating around here, I thought I’d make a fun Valentine’s Day wreath to make my house look a little more festive.  I originally planned to hang this on my front door, but since we got 15 inches of snow over the weekend and since it’s been […]

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Save Money Online with Verified Codes

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored in partnership with Sverve. Whenever I’m asked to speak about frugal living or saving money, people expect me to be naturally frugal.  They expect me to love using coupons and saving money, but the truth is this…I’m not naturally frugal.  I love designer shoes and handbags.  I like to travel to resort […]

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Friday Freebies

Saving money is awesome!  Free is even better!!!!  Here are some of my favorite freebies that are currently available or that will be available soon. Grab Free Froyo (up to 6 oz) at Menchies on 2/6 in honor of National Frozen Yogurt Day. Free coffee at Chick-Fil-A during the month of February! No coupon necessary – […]

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Retail Coupon Roundup {1/30/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go! Bealls – 20% Off 2 Single Items (exp: 2/2/2015) Bonton – 30% Off a Yellow or Black Dot Womens, Mens & Kids Apparel Purchase (exp: 1/31/2015) Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: […]

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Restaurant Coupon Roundup {1/30/2015}

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! Au Bon Pain – $1 Off $5 Purchase (exp: 2/2/2015) Black Angus Steakhouse – $17.99 Top Sirloin Steak & Grilled Prawns Meal (exp: 2/12/2015) Blimpie […]

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5 Ideas to Make Your Workplace More Fun #QoL

Olympics at Work

Disclosure: This post is part of International Quality of Life BlogIt Day, sponsored by Sodexo. I’m really fortunate to have a job that I love with a company I love working for.  I know that’s not the case for many of you.  And I’ll be honest, it hasn’t always been the case for me either. In […]

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Strawberry Yogurt Dip

Strawberry Yogurt Dip from SimplifiedSaving.com

If you’re looking for a recipe that’s perfect for a Super Bowl party or a Valentine’s Day treat, you’ll want to whip up this Strawberry Yogurt Dip.  It only has 3 ingredients and pairs perfectly with fruit, but is also delicious with pretzels and bagel chips!  If you have leftovers (not likely, but if you make […]

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Ultimate DIY Bundle $34.95 ($1200+ Value)

I love to craft and create, but I’ll be honest, it seems like there’s not enough time in the day to tackle all the fun projects I want to tackle.  And if I’m completely honest, I’m not a very good practical DIYer.  I’m great at making froofroo frilly fun projects for my own enjoyment, but […]

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