Mía Mariu Makeup {Review & Giveaway}

I tend to be a beauty product snob.  I have certain brands I like and certain products I like and I rarely deviate from them.  Typically when I do, I end up disappointed.  Usually when I get offers from cosmetic companies to try their products, I decline,  however, I recently agreed to try a concealer, primer and mineral foundation. I had read a few blogger reviews of Mía Mariu and thought it was worth looking into.  Mía Mariu’s high performance products are formulated with the most natural ingredients available helping you achieve vibrant beauty and health inside and out.  Each unique product fuses nature and technology by combining the highest quality botanicals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and peptides.

I had a few concerns after I agreed to do this review.  For starters, I was a little concerned that I had to choose my own shades of concealer and foundation.  I looked at the pictures online and chose the ones that I thought would work with my skin color. I chose Loose Powder Foundation is CMF02 and Cream Concealer in CCC02. I also was concerned because my skin is super dry and sensitive and it can look really flaky.  Last but not least, I have a crazy lupus rash that often covers my face and it can be tricky to cover it up!

When my Mía Mariu package arrived, my concerns turned into full fledged fear.  I was totally hesitant to try it out.  I had a few busy days filled with meetings and other craziness and didn’t feel like trying out new makeup which might cause me to look like a clown.  I packed the makeup in my suitcase and took it with me to New Hampshire and decided to try it out when I got there.

When I opened the products, the first thing I did was smell them (I know…I’m weird like that).  So many cosmetics have weird smells and if they smell bad I can’t stand to wear them.  I was pleasantly surprised that they had no overpowering odors.

I started by applying the Perfecting Finish Mineral Primer to my clean and freshly moisturized face.  The primer creates a smooth facial canvas allowing the foundation to glide on seamlessly, leaving a fresh natural look that lasts all day. It was runnier than I expected and a lot less waxy than other primers I’ve tried in the past.  A little bit went a long way and it didn’t take much to cover my face. I really liked the way it felt on my face.

Next I applied the Perfecting Finish Mineral Cream Concealer. It is an oil-free, vitamin packed, high intensity formula that effectively covers imperfections like dark spots, discoloration and blemishes for a perfect and even tone.  It promised to be perfectly balanced to match my skin tone without leaving ash tones or a chalky look.  The concealer was creamy and went on smoothly.  I used the concealer to cover up the red splotchy lupus rash areas of my face and under my eyes. I was amazed at how well it covered up and they weren’t lying about not looking chalky and overly made up!

Last but not least, I applied the mineral foundation.  It covered flawlessly and made my skin look natural.  I was shocked with the result.  My face looked fabulous!  When I walked into the other room, my husband told me how great I looked.  When I saw my mom later on that day, she commented on how great my skin looked.  I told her that I was trying out a new makeup brand and that I loved the way it looks on my skin!

I’ve now been using it for 3 weeks and I still love the way it looks.  The good news is you don’t have to take my word for it! One lucky reader is going to win some Mia Mariu products!  {If you’re reading this in an email, click through to enter.}  If you’re not the lucky winner, you can find the products you need to put your best face forward here.

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Daily Coupon Roundup {8/1/2014}

I love the beginning of the month!  There are so many great coupons available.  Here are the coupons that were released in the last 24 hours.

Cuff Bracelet Only $2.99

Looking for an inexpensive way to improve your style? Right now, you can snag a gorgeous cuff bracelet for only $2.99.  Shipping is $2.85 for the first one and $1.00 for each additional one!

Click here to snag one of these sweet bracelets!


ModCloth Home Decor Sale

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

ModCloth may be your go-to for cute dresses and clothing, but did you know they have a flourishing decor department? Think fun and unique adornments for your home, kitchen, bedroom, office space, and more. If that’s not incentive enough to check it out, they just so happen to be having a 20% Off Decor Sale that’ll give your place a pop of personality. No code needed so just shop ’till your heart is content and there really will be no place like your home! Hurry while it lasts!

Retail Coupon Roundup {8/1/2014}

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

A.C. Moore – 30% Off $20 Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 8/1/2014)
Adidas Outlet – $10 Off Any Bag Purchase (exp: 8/4/2014)
Ann Taylor Factory – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 8/3/2014)
Bath & Body Works – 20% Off Any Purchase (exp: 8/3/2014)
Bonton – 30% Off Yellow or Black Dot Womens or Mens Apparel Purchase (exp: 8/2/2014)
Carter’s – 25% Off $50 Off Purchase (exp: 8/6/2014)
Hancock Fabrics – 20% Off Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 8/4/2014)
JCPenney – $10 Off $25 Apparel, Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewelry & Home Item Purchase (exp: 8/2/2014)
Kohl’s – $10 Off $50 Home Purchase (exp: 8/2/2014)
Macy’s – 20% Off Regular, Sale or Clearance Apparel & Handbags for Kids (exp: 8/7/2014)
Michaels – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 8/2/2014)
OshKosh B’Gosh – 25% Off $50 Off Purchase (exp: 8/6/2014)
P.S. from Aeropostale – 30% Off 1 Single Item (exp: 8/6/2014)
PacSun – $10 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 8/2/2014)
Payless – 25% Off Entire Purchase (Members) or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 8/2/2014)
Rue 21 – $20 Off $50, $40 Off $100, or $80 Off $200 Purchase (exp: 8/4/2014)
The Body Shop – $10 for $20 Worth of Ethical Skincare, Makeup, Hair, and Body Products (exp: 8/11/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {8/1/2014}

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!

Bruegger’s – $1.99 Bagel with Cream Cheese (exp: 8/4/2014)
Carrabba’s – $5 Off Any Entree (exp: 8/3/2014)
Champps – $10 Off $25 Food Purchase (exp: 8/3/2014)
Corner Bakery - Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 8/12/2014)
Marie Callenders – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 8/29/2014)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Breakfast or Dinner Entree Get 1 Free When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 8/17/2014)
Quiznos - $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 8/19/2014)
Smashburger – $2 Off Entree Purchase (exp: 8/3/2014)
Souper Salad – $5.99 Adult Buffet (exp: 8/3/2014)
Sweet Tomatoes - 20% Off Adult Dinner When You Buy Drink (exp: 8/6/2014)
Taco Bueno – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Shredded Chicken Taco (exp: 8/10/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Helping Your Teens Learn To Budget

I remember the thrill of being a teenager and having my first job.  I loved being able to spend money on clothes, food and whatever else my heart desired.  Unfortunately my heart desired lots of things and I never saved any money!  This is something that I have always struggled with.  Now that I have 2 teen daughters, I’m hoping to impart some saving and budgeting wisdom to them so they don’t have this same struggle as they get older.

Budgeting is something everyone should learn when they reach an age where they can understand the concept of money. It is very easy to spend more money than planned if there is no budget in place. By teaching your teen the concepts of budgeting, you will help them to learn how to avoid overspending and how to make their money stretch. Both of these are valuable lessons that will come in handy during adulthood.

The first lesson in budgeting is to teach your teen how to document both income and expenses.  If you have a household budget, share it with your kids.  Be specific about where your money goes.  Not only will this help them understand all that they need to think about and plan for as they get older, but it will also help them to realize that money is finite…not infinite as they so often seem to think.  Also, make sure that they understand that necessary expenses such as mortgages or rent, food, utilities and car insurance get priority over the newest gadget on the market. Once the necessary expenses have been taken care of, a stipend of the balance can be put into a savings account for a rainy day and then the wants can be addressed.  Better yet, teach them to save before spending.  If your teenager is looking for ways to make money, make sure to check out these Creative Jobs for Teens.

My oldest daughter is using the 52 Week Savings Challenge. She uses the printable to check off her contributions each week.  If that’s a little too ambitious for your teen, consider the 365 Day Saving Challenge!  Both of these are printables and are a fun way to track progress.

If you fall into the category of living paycheck to paycheck, like many Americans do, this is a good time to teach your teen how to make your money stretch. Tips such as using coupons to cut the costs of food and clothing, or buying second-hand items, go a long way in establishing healthy spending habits in your teens. These habits will carry over into adulthood if taught properly.

Teaching your teens about credit is also extremely important. Credit is valuable and most people do not realize how valuable it truly is until it is tarnished. Avoid credit cards as they tend to have very high interest rates, even if the minimum payment is low.  Be sure to teach your teen that it takes years to build up good credit and only a few months to destroy it completely. Without credit it can be hard to rent an apartment, buy a car or a house. Teach your teen two valuable credit lessons: use credit only when necessary and do not extend yourself beyond what you can afford to pay. These two lessons in themselves will create a good credit history for your teenager leading the way into adulthood.

Teaching your teen how to budget and manage money properly does not have to be a nail-biting experience. If you find that your own budgeting technique could use a bit of work, why not share that experience with your teen? It is beneficial for your teen to learn from your struggles before they experience their own. Most of all, budgeting and being responsible with money is a life lesson that typically gets carried through to adulthood and your teen needs all the help they can get.

FREE Disney Frozen Backpack


I have a super hot deal for you, but you need to hurry because it won’t last long!  Right now you can get a FREE Disney Frozen Backpack!

Kmart has this backpack on sale today for $15.29 and Top Cashback is offering $17 cashback for new members which makes it FREE!  Cha-ching!

Here’s how to snag this deal:

1. Click here to sign up for a new Top Cashback account.

2. Check your email for a link to activate your account.

3.  Go here to snag this special offer!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Transactions must only contain one 16″ Disney Frozen backpack priced at $15.29 to ensure $17 cashback is credited to TopCashback accounts. If another item is purchased or additional items are purchased at the same time, the cashback amount awarded will be 7% or less (depending on the item(s) purchased) instead of $17.

This promotion is subject to supplies and pick-up location availability.


Shopping for School Supplies without Breaking the Bank {Or Losing Your Mind}

Plans for back to school usually include lots of shopping and the more kids you have, the more shopping you’ll most likely need to do!  As a mom of 4, I know firsthand how crazy back to school shopping can be.  I also know that it gets crazier, more stressful, and more expensive if you wait til the last minute.

Most schools will have a list of supplies your child will need.  Before you head out, let’s take a look at a few ideas that could save you some steps and some money.

1.  Make a Master List

If you have more than one child and they each have a separate list of school supply items, you’ll want to combine them all into one master list. Tally up the total number of notebooks needed. Do the same for calculators, pencils, rulers, and everything else on the list. When you get to the store, it will be easier to pick up a bundle of items than go back and forth filling each individual child’s list. Then, when you get home, you can divide up the items to give to each child using their own list. This may also save you money since there are often deals on packs of folders, paper, pencils, and other supplies.

2.  Take inventory

Do you have a cabinet or closet in your home where you keep school and office supplies?  Go through and take inventory of what you have and compare it to your master list.  Using what you already have can save you a lot of money!  Also, check your kids backpacks and lunch boxes.  If they are in good working order, there’s no need to purchase a new one.

3.  Stick to the basics

Yes, glitter pens are cool and pencils with wacky patterns on them are really fun, but they cost more than basic pens and standard pencils. You will save a ton of money buying the basics rather than the fancy styles. You will want to double check your school’s list of supplies as some schools want only plain colored notebooks, folders, pens, and pencils.  If your school is ok with fun supplies, it’s a lot cheaper to buy the plain supplies and dress them up with a small package of silly eraser tops to make pencils unique or stickers to decorate the folders. You can usually buy a package of embellishments to share between all the kids for a lot less money than buying already decorated school supplies.

4.  Shop early…and don’t do it all at once

If you start shopping early, you can get supplies little by little instead of  spending hours at the store pulling your hair out while trying to wrangle kids and checking off a mile-long list. If you watch the weekly sales at all the stores in your community, you can purchase supplies for pennies on the dollar.  Purchase only the supplies that are on sale each week and by the time school  Be sure to check with your school (most have websites now) for a list of school supplies needed.

5.  Buy in bulk

If you have lots of kids, you may be able save a bundle by buying in bulk.  You can often purchase a pack of  100 pencils for the same price as 3 packs of 10. You will always need pencils, so you may as well get a good deal on them. If you don’t have lots of kids, consider going in with a friend or relative to buy supplies.  You may also want to check with a friend or relative about going in together on bulk supplies.  If you have a membership to a store like Costco or Sam’s Club, you can use it to save on school supplies, clothes, and other items throughout the year. Membership is usually pretty reasonable and sometimes you can even find special deals. Watch your savings throughout the year and you’ll see the value really adds up fast.

6.  Check out your local dollar stores

Those ‘dollar stores’ have become a shopping sensation for a reason. There are certain items that just aren’t worth more than $1 no matter how anyone tries to sell it. Things like notebooks, paper, pencils, calculators, pens, and erasers just shouldn’t take a bite out of anyone’s budget. There is no reason to spend $3 on a notebook when the very same item is available for $1. Dollar stores are also a great source for stickers and other fun embellishments to dress up boring school supplies. Check out your local dollar store and you’ll save big money.

It only takes one look at the weary faces of parents standing in line at the checkout, arms loaded with school supplies on the day before school starts, to realize there has got to be a better way. Well, there is. Get your list together, take stock of what you have, watch the sales, start early, and buy in bulk. All these tips add up to savings and a calmer start to a new school year!

For tips on saving money on back to school clothing shopping, check out 8 Ways to Save on Back to School Clothes.


Grace Adele Sale

If you’re looking to update your look, you won’t want to miss this Grace Adele sale.  They have some really sweet deals on purses and accessories!  Here are a few of my faves!

Avalon Silver Ring $4

Roxie Coral Bag $24

Heather Ocean Bag $16

Tablet Tote $8


Click here to check out all the great deals!

Spanx Sale {Shapewear, Swimwear, and Workout Wear Deals}

I love Spanx, but they can be really expensive!  Today, Zulily is having a Spanx Sale.   They have shapewear, swimwear, workout wear, and some cute tank tops.  I just bought this really cute workout skort.

Items are already selling out, so hurry over and check it out!

Click here to shop!


Project 38: My Goals for the Year

Today is my 38th birthday and when my birthday rolls around, I like to make a list of my goals for the year.  Yesterday I shared a recap of last year’s goals and today I’m sharing my goals for this year.

Some of these are repeats of last year that I didn’t accomplish, but this is the year to get it done!

1.  Read through my Bible twice

2.  Memorize 38 Bible verses

3.  Lose 10 pounds

4.  Lose 10 pounds

5.  Lose 10 pounds

6.  Lose 10 pounds

7.  Lose 10 pounds

8.  Lose 10 pounds

9.  Lose 10 pounds

10. Lose 10 pounds

11.  Complete C25K

12.  Run a 5k in 38 minutes

13.  Run a 5k in 33 minutes

14.  Run a 5k in under 30 minutes

15.  Run a half-marathon

16.  Do T-Tapp workout 38 times

17. Swim laps 38 times

18. Complete a sprint triathlon

19.  Do 38 girl pushups in a row

20. Do 50 girl pushups in a row

21.  Do 100 girl pushups in a row

22. Do 10 regular pushups

23.  Do 38 regular pushups

24.  Read 38 books

25.  Listen to 38 audiobooks

26. Write an ebook

27.  Take family pictures

28.  Go on 38 dates with my hubby

29.  Go on 38 walks with friends (or workout with friends)

30. Get certified to teach a fitness class

31. Learn one new skill

32. Do 10 speaking engagements

33. Complete the 365 Day Savings Challenge (fill my piggy bank)

34. Complete the 52 Week Saving Challenge (put money in our savings account)

35. Put $2000 in vacation fund

36. In bed, lights out by 10pm 60 nights

37. Get up by 5:30am 50 days

38. Make 38 fun crafts, recipes or projects


Recap of my 37th Year

Tomorrow is my 38th birthday.  This is the time of year when I evaluate my past year and I set my goals for the following year.

This past year has been hard.  We were still in the throws of adjustment with the twins.  We started homeschooling in October.   My lupus flared up and caused some major issues.  And while the year was rough, I still accomplished a few of my goals.

The good news is that I feel like things our starting to settle down in our family and I have a feeling this is going to be my year! Tomorrow I’ll share my goals for the new year,  but since this is my last day being 37, I thought I’d share my recap of this past years goals.

I had 37 goals for the year and I only accomplished 6 of them.  On a positive note, that’s 6 things that I probably wouldn’t have accomplished without setting these goals!

1.   Complete P90X – I made it through 1 week before exercise induced migraines sidelined me. :(

2.   Lose 10 pounds

3.   Lose 10 pounds

4.   Lose 10 pounds

5.   Lose 10 pounds

6.   Lose 10 pounds

7.   Lose 10 pounds

8.   Lose 10 pounds

9.   Lose 10 pounds

10.  Declutter 10 things/day for 37 days in a row  – I decluttered over 400 things.  Go me!

11.  Exercise 37 minutes/day for 37 days in a row

12.  Complete C25K

13.  Run a 5k in under 37 minutes

14.  Run another 5K during the year and do it 3 minutes and 7 seconds faster than my first 5k

15.  Make my bed 37 days in a row 

16.  Get up by 5:30am 37 weekdays in a row (7 weeks, 2 days)

17.  Get certified to teach some kind of fitness class

18.  Do T-Tapp BWO+ 37 times

19.  Read 37 books

20.  Listen to 37 audio books (I couldn’t have done this without Audible)

21.  Listen to 37 sermons, personal development talks, or business seminars

22.  Go on 37 dates with my hubby

23.  Make 37 different crafts (regular or food crafts)

24.  Get family pictures taken

25.  Take 37 walks with friends

26.  Send 37 snail mail cards

27.  Send out Christmas cards

28.  Do 37 random acts of kindness

29.  Do 12 speaking engagements

30.  Sell our house

31.  Go to bed by 10pm 37 weeknights in a row

32.  Get 37 new social media or Alert Monster customers

33.  Write an ebook (I’m using From Idea to Ebook to help me)

34.  Start teaching my kids home ec skills using Training your Children in Home Ec

35.  Pay $3700 extra on our mortgage

36.  Put $370/week in savings

37.  Put an extra $3700 in savings

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {7/11/14}

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!  Some of these are only good today, so don’t miss out!

7-Eleven – FREE Small Slurpee on 7/11 from 11am – 7pm
– Buy 1 Get 1 Free Orange Cream Shake (exp: 7/15/2014)
Biggby – $1.99 Any Size Iced Coffee (exp: 8/31/2014)
Boston Market - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Individual Meal (exp: 7/13/2014)
Carrabba’s – $10 Off 2 Dinner Entrees
Chick-fil-a – FREE Meal When You Dress Up Like a Cow on 7/11 Only
Chili’s – Free Chips & Choice of Dip with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 7/13/2014)
Krispy Kreme – Buy 1 Dozen Doughnuts Get 1 Original Glazed Dozen for 77¢ Valid 7/11 Only (exp: 7/11/2014)
Lone Star Steakhouse – 25% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/13/2014)
Longhorn Steakhouse - Free Appetizer or Dessert When You Buy 2 Adult Entrees (exp: 7/13/2014)
Noah’s Bagels - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/29/2014)
Red Lobster - Free Appetizer or Dessert with 2 Adult Dinners (exp: 7/13/2014)
Red Mango – $1 Iced Coffee, $2 Iced Latte or $3 Frozen Lattes (exp: 7/31/2014)
Schlotzsky’s – $2 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 7/16/2014)
Souper Salad - $5.99 Adult Buffet (exp: 7/20/2014)
Taco Bueno – Buy 1 Get 1 Free $5 Bueno Meal Valid 7/11 Only

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {7/11/2014}

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

Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/21/2014)
Bealls – $20 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 7/13/2014)
Beauty Brands - $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 8/2/2014)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 7/16/2014)
Express – $25 Off Every $75 Purchase (exp: 7/11/2014)
JCPenney - 15% Off Apparel, Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewelery + More (exp: 7/13/2014)
Lifeway – 30% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 7/12/2014)
Loft Outlet – 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/13/2014)
OshKosh B’Gosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 7/16/2014)
Staples - 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/12/2014)
The Limited - 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Purchase (exp: 7/30/2014)
Yankee Candle - Buy 2 Get 1 Free Regular Priced Jar, Tumbler, or Pure Radiance Vase Candles (exp: 8/3/2014)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Mary Kay Madness Sale

Earlier this year, I joined Mary Kay for the sweet bag and the awesome training.  In the process, I fell in love with the products.  Since it’s my birthday this month and since I know that many of you love the products as well, I thought I’d offer you a super sweet deal!  I’m calling it Mary Kay Madness!

You can get $100 of Mary Kay products for $75, $160 worth of Mary Kay products for $120, and $300 worth of products for $225.  Shipping is free on orders of $100 or more and is only $5 on orders that are less than $100.  If you’re not interested in this deal, but are looking to place a Mary Kay order, feel free to order directly from my Mary Kay website!  If you’re interested in this deal, email lisajoythompson@marykay.com and let me know which deal you’re interested in.  If you now which products you want, you can include that in the email.  If you need to see what Mary Kay offers, you can see our full line of products here.

If you’ve never tried these products, here are just a few of my favorites!

Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush

Mary Kay Travel Roll-Up Bag

Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara

TimeWise Age Fighting Moisturizer (I use Normal/Dry, but they also make one for Combination/Oily skin)

TimeWise 3-in-1 Cleanser  (I use Normal/Dry, but they also make one for Combination/Oily skin)

If you have acne or if you have a teen with acne, the Clear Proof Acne system is amazing!

Things I Love Thursday: Audible.com

I’ve decided to start a new feature on this blog so that I can share some of my favorite things.  Every Thursday, I will be sharing something that I love.  There probably won’t be much rhyme and reason to what I share when, but just know that you can count on me to share something fabulous!

To start off with, I thought I’d share something that I use nearly every day: Audible.com. It has seriously revolutionized the way I listened to audiobooks and has also increased the amount of books I listen to!

Here’s why:  Audible has an app on my iPhone (and iPad, etc) which allows me to listen to books anywhere!  I can plug my iPhone in while I’m driving and have the book I’m listening to play through my car speakers.  I can pop a pair of headphones in and listen to my book while I’m working out.  I can set my iPhone on the counter beside me and listen to my book while I’m doing dishes.  It’s awesome…and the price is awesome too!

I originally signed up for the FREE Gold 30 day trial.  You get 1 audiobook per month and after the free trial you pay $14.95 per month.  I quickly realized how much I love Audible and upgraded to the Platinum membership.  It’s $22.95 per month and gives you 2 audiobook credits per month.  Once you’re a member, you’re also eligible for some  pretty sweet savings.  You get 30% off any audiobook not used with credits.  Also, Audible.com offers a daily deal every single day.  These books tend to range in price from $.99 to $5.99.  I’ve snagged some really sweet books this way and have been able to try books from authors that I hadn’t previously read.

I highly recommend that you sign up for the Audible free 30 Day trial.  If you decide it’s not for you, you can cancel anytime during the first 30 days and you won’t be charged!

That’s what I’m loving this week {and pretty much every week}!

What book {or books} do you recommend that I download to listen to?

Amazon: 50% Off Backpacks

School will be here before you know it!  And now is the time to start stocking up on school supplies!  Today only, Amazon is offering 50% or More Off Backpacks.  They have a bunch to choose from!

Click here to shop!

Celebrate Krispy Kreme’s Birthday with a Sweet Deal for YOU!


I love birthdays and tomorrow is the 77th birthday of Krispy Kreme’s Original Glazed doughnut (which in my humble opinion is the best doughnut on the face of the earth).  To celebrate, all Krispy Kreme shops will be offering a pretty spectacular deal: Buy One Dozen Doughnuts, get a 2nd dozen for only 77 cents!  That’s less than the price of a single doughnut!

In honor of Krispy Kreme’s celebration, I thought I’d share some fun Krispy Kreme facts with you!

  • Krispy Kreme stores can produce more than 3 million doughnuts per day!
  • Krispy Kreme can produce enough doughnuts in a week to make a line of doughnuts from NYC to LA
  • Krispy Kreme can produce a stack of doughnuts as tall as the Empire State Building in 22 seconds
  • Krispy Kreme doughnuts are my all time favorite treat and my birthday is on Monday, July 14th {hint, hint}
  • Krispy Kreme uses enough chocolate each year to nearly fill 5 Olympic size swimming pools {I want to swim in a chocolate filled pool}

In addition to the birthday promotion, you can join Krispy Kreme in a celebration of all things original. Follow @Krispy Kreme on Twitter or Instagram and share a pic or a tweet about the #KKOriginalMoment when you first discovered the joy of Krispy Kreme for a chance at a sweet surprise. Follow the birthday fun as we collect worldwide wishes at KrispyKreme.com/OriginalBirthday.

Creativebug Arts & Crafts Online Classes for the Family $30 for 6 Months

I love to create!  I love to upcycle, to do mixed media projects, to sew, and oh-so-much-more and my kiddos love creating with me!  At times, I get into a creative rut, but thanks to Creativebug Arts & Crafts Online Classes for the Family, I can find lots of projects to create and they even come with video tutorials!

They offer individual classes or they offer a subscription for unlimited classes.  The subscription is a steal at only $9.95 per month, but right now, you can snag a 6 month Creativebug subscription for only $30. They have so many classes to choose from.  This will keep you crafting away for the next 6 months!

Click here to get your craft on!