Oct 212011

TGIF, Friends! How was your week? Our’s was just peachy, we went to have dinner with our daughter on Tuesday at our favorite eatery and we chatted about very serious stuff like Halloween and why zombies should wear suspenders. I told you it was serious. Wish you were there! This weekend our boys have a baseball tournament out of town, so we will be packing lunches and taking snakes snacks to stay within budget this month. What is better at a ball game that a nice PB and J? Ok, a hot dog, probably. Oh, I am so ready for the weekend – come on 5 o’clock!

Did you hear? I have one Christmas recipient complete and another almost there, all I can say at the moment is that it is Sooner related. Yay!

Next week marks my company’s fiscal year end, so if you don’t hear from me, I am probably hiding under my desk or have run away - you are fully warned. Now, on to shopping!

WalgreensWalgreens 10/21

Airwick Freshmatic $7.99 – $4.00/1 = $3.99 [Earn $3 RR WYB 1, Limit 1]

2 Chip’ins Popcorn Chips @ $1.99 = $3.98 – [2] $1.00/1 = $1.98 or $0.99 each

Schick Hydro Razor $8.49 – $5.00/1 = $3.49 [Earn $4.50 RR WYB 1, Limit 1]

Nestle Butterfinger Pumpkin $0.59 [filler]

Total $10.47

Total Spent $7.47 [used $3.00 RR]

Total Saved $26.10 or 78% [Earned $7.50 RR for future use]

CVSCVS 10/21

2 Nexxus Products @ $10.79 = $21.58 [Earn $10 ECB WYB $20, Limit 2]

2 Goldfish @ $1.50 = $3.00 [Earn $10 GC WYB $30, Limit 5]

2 Coke 2L Bottles @ $1.50 = $3.00 [Earn $10 GC WYB $30, Limit 5]

2 Mars [Twix, Snickers] Fun Size @ $2.50 = $5.00 – $1.00/2 CVS Coupon – $1.50/2 = $2.50 or $1.25 each [Earn $10 GC WYB $30, Limit 5]

Wisk Detergent $4.99 – $2.00/1 = $2.99 [Earn $10 GC WYB $30, Limit 5]

Total $33.45

Total Spent $20.45 [used $13.00 ECB]

Total Saved $28.40 or 57% [Earned $10 ECB for future use]

Randall’sRandalls 10/21

4 Diet Coke 12pk @ $5.99 = $23.96 – B2G2 Sale = $11.98 or $2.99 each

Nabisco Chips Ahoy $3.99 – FREE with B2G2 Sale = FREE

Safeway Peanut Butter $2.50

Snuggle Fabric Softener $3.99 – $0.75/1 = $3.24

Chopped Spinach $1.59

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls $1.99 – $0.30/1 = $1.09

8 Yoplait Yogurt cups @ $.60 = $4.80 – $0.50/8 – $0.40/6 loadable = $3.00 or $0.37 each

Open Nature Ice Cream $4.99 – FREE mailer = FREE

3 Glade products @ $1.99 = $5.97 – $1.00/1 – $1.00/2 = $3.97 or $1.32 each

Brita Filter Water Pitcher @ $18.99 – $5.00/1 In Ad – $5.00/1 = $8.99

Hostess Twinkies $2.49 – $0.50/1 = $1.50

Nature’s Own Honey Wheat bread $2.00

Open Nature Organic Chicken Breast $4.67 – 30% Clearance = $3.27

Whole Fryer Chicken @ $0.77/lb = $2.96

Lucerne Shredded Cheese $2.00

Lucerne Milk $1.99

Nature Sweet Tomatoes $1.00

Apple $0.89

Bananas $1.15

Total $56.43

Total Saved $62.99 or 54%

Shopping 10/21To wrap it up, my totals for this week’s trips were:

Total Spent: $84.35

Total Saved: $117.49 or 58% [Earned $7.50 RR and $10 ECB for future use]

Now, it is time for you to share all of your amazing trips from this past week!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Oct 202011


I’ve been reading in John over the past month and just finished up John 18. Have you read it? John 18:20 is pivotal in grace to sinners, Barabbas [a revolutionary and master of sins] is set free instead of Jesus. The grace of God let a sinner free in the name of Jesus, right before his crucifixion.

Have you ever thought about that? If you were sitting in prison one day and the guard came up to you and said, “Hey there, you have been set free, goodbye.” You would just high tail it right out of there without asking too many questions, right? Of course! So why not do the same when you are “set free” every day by the love and grace of God?

Isn’t it amazing? Barabbas is us, sinners beyond end but by the grace of God we are set free because of Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross. How moving and thoughtful. How planned out and masterful!

I want you to know today, that no matter what you have done in the past, you are set free by grace. Grace isn’t earned or bought, it is freely given to those who are not worthy of so much love and adoration - Me and You!

If I may pray for you today, please send me a shout out here!

 Posted by at 9:00 am
Oct 182011

Have you noticed lately that I have been posting more about Breast Cancer? Not only am I joining a lovely group of ladies in 2012 for a 39 mile weekend walk benefiting Avon Walk for Breast Cancer, but this weekend I attended a fundraising event for breast cancer called Project Pink [Link, Facebook].

Project Pink

 We were greeted at the door of North Cypress Medical Center by men in tuxedos with trays of mimosa’s… perfect for a Saturday lunch, no? There were silent and live auctions to be won, a fantastic lunch and dessert to be had, inspiring stories and educational doctor notes to be heard and an energizing fashion show to view. Amazing, Jos. A Banks submitted suits to be modeled, I wish I had pictures from the men hamming it up for all of the ladies Wooing after them during the show, one gent had on hot pink trouser socks and received dollars for his support, if you know what I mean! Super Amazing, I cannot believe, Clear Channel provided a $32,000 advertising package to be auctioned off at the live event and it went for UNDER $10,000! Besides supporting me in my walk in 2012, I totally recommend you allocating your donation budget on this event in the future!

One of my beautiful friends, Sandy, was the survivor liaison at the fundraiser, doesn’t she look beautiful? She has an amazing testimony, after marrying and transplanting to Geneva, she found out that she was unable to carry a child and sent back to the great USA. Her next blow was a diagnosis, one that a successful, multilingual business woman was not supposed to have. Breast Cancer. Sandy and Me at Project Pink

I learned A LOT from this party, like cancer does not care how old you are, your education, what you career aspirations are, how many kids you have or how soon you have had them and even family history. I am a strong advisor of women’s annual exams with your OB-GYN, if you don’t have one, hook up with a Woman’s network to find your right fit. My friends in the Houston area, hook up with Houston Women’s Care Associates for your annual exam, mammogram and information! Did you know that most insurance companies support breast reconstructive surgery? Isn’t that just amazing? I told B just the other day: ” A world without boobies is like a world without water.” So True!

In Celebrity News: Giuliana Rancic just announced she is in it to win it with breast cancer. I have to admit, I just love her story, she caught the beast early and she is so real and confident of her victory. If you don’t know part of her story, her and her husband have been trying for years to become pregnant through IVF. We [E! viewers] all thought her big announcement was she was finally carrying – it broke my heart to hear her words of beginning a new battle when she was already amidst a completely different one. She is so encouraging and is In It to End It! If you didn’t catch the story on E!, you can check it out here.

I would love for you to support my Avon Walk, the money I raise will be managed and disbursed by the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade to help provide access to care for those that most need it, fund educational programs, and accelerate research into new treatments and potential cures. I will be just one of thousands of people that will walk up to a marathon and a half over a weekend, raising awareness of the cause and educating even more people. I cannot do it without your help.

From September 27 through October 31, all orders placed from my Etsy shop: SweetgumWay will be allocated 100% to the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer – Team Band of Bosoms! Did you know you can also score 15% off any purchase with SWEETGUM15! Keep checking back, new items will hit the market soon.

 Posted by at 12:00 pm
Oct 172011


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 Posted by at 8:00 am
Oct 142011

Guess who took a week of from the grocery store? Me! It was SO fantastic, if I do say so myself. I did hop into Walgreens for a small deal, but that was it.


Walgreens 10/14

2 Cottonelle Ultra Toilet Paper @ $5.00 = $10.00 – [2] $1.00/1 – [2] $1.00/1 Ad = $6.00 or $3.00 each [Earn $3 RR WYB 2]

2 Biore Face Wash @ $5.99 = $11.98 – [2] $2.00/1 = $7.98 or $3.99 each

3 Butterfinger Pumpkins [fillers] @ $0.39 each

Total $13.55

Total Spent: $8.55

Total Saved: $18.93 or 69% [Earned $3 RR for future use]

I think I was supposed to get a RR for the Biore, but I didn’t have my ad and the line was SUPER long - I’ve seen Extreme Couponer on WAY too many times this week, it pretty much makes me sick, I don’t want to be thought of as one of those peeps. Never mess with men and women in a Walgreen’s line with just milk in their hands, trust me, time is money.

Now, it is time for you to share all of your amazing trips from this past week!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Oct 102011

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