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Monthly Archives: March 2013



msm cleaning

I don’t know about ya’ll, but I am ready for some Spring Cleaning in my house!! So I was really excited to see that Crystal over at  Money Saving Mom will be starting her 30-Day House Cleaning Challenge in April. She did a similar challenge last spring and I really enjoyed keeping up with the daily tasks. So I am really happy to see it come around again! Since I will definitely be participating, my plan is to blog about the daily tasks and keep you all updated too. 🙂

Does this challenge sound like fun to you??


OK, so you know I have to share this one!

I stopped by Target today, mainly with the intent to get some $0.99 eggs and check on the price of butter {I needed some for baking this weekend!}.

But I ended up with 6 items for $0.71 – WOOHOO!

So here’s what I got:


1 pkg Huggies Little Movers Slip-ons {LOVE these!} – $9.49

1 pkg Huggies One & Done wipes  – $2.39

Used Target Coupon – $2.00 off when you purchase any Huggies Diapers & Wipes (recently printing)

Used Manufacturers Coupon – $0.50 off any Huggies wipes (56ct or higher)

Used Manufacturers Coupon – $3.00 off any Huggies Little Movers Slip-ons (printable from a recent Target trip)

      =$6.38 for both items

1 – 2pk GE Energy Efficient Reveal Light Bulbs – $3.98 {on clearance down from $7.99!}

Used Target Coupon $2.00 off any GE Reveal item (recently printing)


1 Nature Made 1000mg Vitamin C – 125 ct – $6.74

Used Manufacturers Coupon – Up to $7.00 off any Nature Made Item (which I received for using my Wellness Rewards points on the  Nature Made website)

     {Usually on coupons with an “up to” a certain dollar amount, the cashier keys in the amount of the product, but it rang up as the full $7.00   – yay 🙂}

=$0.00 + $0.26 overage 🙂

1 dozen Eggs – $0.99 (down from $1.99/dozen)

1 pound salted butter – $2.50 (down from $2.69)

Total with tax = $13.08

I used the remaining balance ($12.37) of a $15.00 gift card I got for recent purchases at Target, making the grand total…$0.71! And the best part about this total – they are all items I needed or will actually use. {No weird toothpaste or lotion, “just because it was free” ;)}

I love it when I can get grab great deals that help me stay on budget!

What’s the best deal you have found lately??

My Sweet Benjamin at 16 months

My Sweet Benjamin at 16 months

I just wanted to share a sweet photo that Aunt Kat took of my little guy, Benjamin. Too cute!

Part 1 – CVS

I did a quick trip to CVS this morning before church {which means I was up and out the door by 7:20am! – My phone alarm went off at 6:30 and I actually thought “Who is calling me?! It’s the middle of the night!!” Until I realized it was my alarm and almost cried! 😦 But I got up anyway because I am awesome like that 😉 – and very crazy about grabbing a good deal 🙂 }.

OK, so not as cheap a trip as the last time I went, but I actually need or use everything I bought 🙂 .

Here’s what I got:

CVS trip 03.17.13

Transaction #1

2 Jumbo packs Huggies Little Movers Slip-Ons – $10.00 each

1 Huggies Wipes (184 count) – $6.00

1 box Kotex U (18ct) – $3.99


-$8.50 in manufacturer’s coupons

-$4.00 in ECB’s from last week’s CVS deal

-$4.00 off $20.00 purchase (CVS email coupon)


Total: Paid $14.49 + tax, got $10 ECBs


Transaction #2

2 Duracell Batteries AAA (8pk) – $5.99 each

2 Dawn Olay Hand Renewal dish soap – $0.88 each


-$2.50 in manufacturer’s coupons

-$10.00 in ECB’s from Transaction #1


Total: Paid $1.24 + tax

Total shopping trip – for 8 items I wall actually use – $15.73! YAY!!! 

The bonus part of the trip is actually that we are in desperate need of AAA batteries {the kind of desperation that has you hunting late at night for batteries in other devices that are currently using them!} and I used the last drop of dish soap last night. So we are now (reasonably) stocked up…at least for now 🙂 .


Part 2 – Walmart

I generally try to avoid Walmart, and especially on the weekends when everyone else is there. BUT I needed to get a child lock for the fridge {yes, our little guy has just about figured out how to get himself a snack from the fridge – aaahhh!!!}.  So I decided to pick up a few other freebies I have been reading about – as long as I was going to be there anyway.

Here’s what I got:


Walmart 3.17.13

1 Poise Feminine Wash – $2.97

1 Kotex U Liners – $1.24

3 Colgate toothbrushes – $0.94 (each)

2 Ecotools Ecopouf Mini Sponge – $0.87 (each)

1 Duncan Hines Frosting Creations – $0.84

1 BIC disposable Razors  (4pk) – $2.96

1 Safety 1st Multi-Purpose Appliance Lock  (2pk) – $5.00 {the item I actually came in for, and the only item that didn’t make it in to the picture 🙂}

Coupons I used:

(1) – $3.00 off any BIC razor (Smart Source Insert 3/17/13)

(3) – $1.00 off any Colgate manual Toothbrush (Smart Source Insert 3/10/13)

(1) – FREE Duncan Hines Frosting Creations (Smart Source Insert 3/17/13)

(1) – $3.00 off any Poise Feminine Wellness Item (Smart Source Insert 2/10/13)

(1) – $2.00 off any Kotex U product printable

(2) – $1.00 off any Ecotools product printable


Total paid for everything after coupons: $3.73 + tax.

Because of the overage from the coupons I was able to make my own sale on the child locks 🙂 . I can use most of the items, but I probably wouldn’t have gone to Walmart just for the freebies. Still, not a bad day for grabbing a few deals!


Have you gotten any good deals lately??

I read a post today over at Keeper of the Home that hit me right where I am in my life. Lately I have been feeling discontented about the home God has blessed our family with, and I don’t like feeling that way! I want to see my life as a blessing, not an entitlement. Sometimes I have to daily give my discontent to God, asking that he continue to remind me that I am blessed simply because I am His child, and that no other earthly possessions make that any more or less true.

Does that automatically make my joyful for all of my life’s (little) frustrations? No. But it changes my perspective.  In the post I mentioned above, she quotes Philippians 4:11-13, which is such a needed reminder for me when I need a perspective change.

“I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13)

God is good. In the midst of everything – trials and inconveniences, He still loves us, cares about us and continues to be faithful to all of our needs. I may not have an “ideal” housing situation, but it IS what God has chosen to bless us with right now and in this season of our lives. And for that blessing, I CAN choose to be grateful.

{The post I mentioned at Keeper of the Home can be found here: “Keeping Your Home – When You’d Rather Have A Different One” , by Natalie Klejwa (contributing writer)}

Do you struggle with being discontent?

Goals Photo

So how did I do on my goals in February?? 🙂

My word for the year: YES

I chose this as my word because I really want to be more open to: change, trying new things, and to what God has in store for my life as I transition from student/employee in to staying home with the Boy full-time. So, when I want to say NO, but I don’t really know why (Comfort? Laziness? Close-minded-ness??) then I’m going to try and say YES instead…and see what happens. I’m kinda scared…but kinda excited too…to dare that I could be something or someone else, and NOT always be who I am right now…

{February Update: I said “YES” to volunteering for working in the children’s’ department at my church on Wednesday nights and “YES” to attending a parenting class with Nathan at church too! I will say that I wanted to say “NO!” but since I could not think of a compelling reason to decline, I decided to go for it. And I’m glad that I did! I met some new people at the parenting class, and now Nathan and I are talking about finding a couples small group — a conversation we may not have had otherwise :)}

The rest of my goals…


1. Make Reading the Bible a priority EVERYDAY {er, started strong…back in JANUARY! But have not been keeping up with this faithfully. I shall try again in March!}

2. Prayerfully find a cause that breaks my heart {Been really seeking this one…}


1. Take a Sabbath once a week {OK, this one is REALLY hard! But I am trying harder to get all of my stuff done on Saturday so that I can fully rest on Sundays. I am going to try being more intentional in March!}

2. Plan Monthly Date Nights Out with Nathan {We went out once in February}

3. Be more intentional about mothering {Been spending more time just playing with my little guy, and it’s been GREAT!}


1. Complete 1 Project per month (from my list, found here) {yikes! In typical Blythe fashion, I have started or am sorta-part way through several of the projects…I started scanning photos, the garage is about half-way done, I got new curtains for the Dining Room, and I have started a schedule of backing up my digital and scanned photos to an external hard drive. And yet, I still can’t cross any ONE thing off the list! I am determined to be better in March! :)} 

2. Start & Maintain a Blog {yay! I’m doing it! Now I just have to maintain it :)}

3. Generate Additional Monthly Income {I worked at church one day in February — every little bit counts!}


1. Pay off our current car payment {ongoing}

2. Purchase a 2nd Car with cash {not even close}

3. Pay off Nathan’s student Loan {ongoing}


1. Learn How to Can {No real update on this as of now…I have been reading blogs and learning about methods and the pros and cons of the different methods…no real “action” has taken place.}

2. Read 24 Books (see list here) that will improve my life {I am unfortunately struggling to keep to the list! I have finished 9 other books (none from the list :() . I guess I just get too distracted by all of the other “shiny” books out there! I am going to work hard to finish 3 books from the list, since I have actually started at least 2 of them 🙂 }

What about you? How are you ding on your goals for 2013??