03 May 2015

Lowes Home Improvement: Mother's Day Planter Build and Grow Clinic 5/9/15

Go register your child for a FREE Mother’s Day Planter Build and Grow Clinic at Lowe’s! The event will be held on 5/9 at 10 a.m. EST
Lowes Build and Grow Clinics are always free to the public!
*Clinics are not recommended for children under 3 years old.

12 Reasons Why You'll Be Happier In A Smaller Home (Written by Becoming Minimalist)

I read this article and found myself agreeing with it. I wanted to share because there are some great points written in it. My husband and I think this way. Compared to where we came from our home isn't small, but it is for around here. It's enough for us, but what works for one may not work for another. It all varies from family to family. We have 2 children and know our family is complete so it's easier to make solid choices for the future now too.

#4 is great- Less debt and less risk.
The statement "Many Americans are one paycheck away from losing their homes" really makes you think...

06 April 2015

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray DVD Giveaway (Ends 4/16/15)

The final installment of The Hobbit is here! Warner Bros. is proud to bring you the Blu-Ray release of The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies!

About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray
From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.
Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers
Facebook- The Hobbit Movie
Blog App
Why you will LOVE The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies App:

• Are you Brave like Bilbo? Take the quiz to find out if you have the bravery it takes to journey through Middle Earth! 
• Mouse over the Interactive Map to learn fun facts about Middle-Earth. 
• Watch the official trailer & click the box art to bring the film home today!

One lucky winner will receive a Blu-Ray copy of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies! Giveaway open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Thursday April 16, 2015.

Each household is only eligible to win one (1) Blu-ray of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

Enter to win via Rafflecopter:
The Savvy Savin' Mama is working with Warner Bros Home Video to host this giveaway. 

12 May 2014

Menu Planning Monday: 5/12-5/18

Menu Planning Monday 5/12-5/18

Menu Planning every week is an excellent way to plan a shopping list in advance for each meal you will make. I've done this for years, and ultimately this method saves time during the week, and a lot of money!  These aren't really set to particular nights. I switch them up during the week sometimes. Give it a try. You'll see a difference in your daily routine. 

*Trying a lot of new recipes this week so don't hold me to these being good. I don't know yet!

Monday: (Soccer night!)
Sandwiches & Fruit

Crockpot Sesame Chicken
Husband's homemade fried rice w/vegetables
Homemade crab ragoon wontons

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
Roasted Zucchini & Squash

Baked Spaghetti
Caesar salad
Homemade garlic bread

White Chicken Chili (Carroll Shelby's spice kit is great!)

Homemade Mexican Rice & Beans

Homemade Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans


19 April 2014

Earn cash back when grocery shopping with SavingStar! New coupons available!

-This post has been synced to auto post on my Facebook and Twitter accounts-

SavingStar is an awesome extra way to link up to your frequently used grocery cards. It is not available to use in all stores, but I use mine for Harris Teeter shopping trips. I've been using it for well over a year! Sometimes there are even coupons for produce!

There are currently new coupons available to link up to your grocery cards. There are new coupons almost weekly that are available to link up.

How it works:
You can use this in conjunction with any store and manufacturers coupons. All you do is create an account, link up and click the coupons you'd like to use. Coupon offers change from time to time, and you receive e-mails notifying you of new offers.

The value of each offer does NOT come off of your receipt or show at the cash register. Instead you are credited whatever the value listed is into your SavingStar account. It can take a week or more to reflect within your account. You can only use each offer once. 

Once you reach $5 or more of earnings within your account you can cash it out to receive money in the form of a bank account deposit, Amazon gift card or PayPal. I love using the Amazon gift cards because we shop from Amazon almost every week. One of the perks of having Amazon Prime.

So click, shop, and save!  

For more information you can check out the SavingStar "How it works" section on their website.

*This was written on my own accord. I am not currently working with SavingStar.

Saturday 9 Meme: An Easter Meme. Here Comes Peter Cottontail

It's a rainy Saturday here in South Carolina so here goes. Memes are a great way to get to know bloggers a little better.  Autosynced to post on Facebook and Twitter.

1) Which do you prefer: colored hard-boiled eggs, chocolate marshmallow eggs, or plastic eggs with coins inside? Plastic eggs with coins inside sounds good. I need some quarters to keep in my car for Aldi since I cleaned out all of my change of my old minivan when I bought this suv a few weeks ago. Hard boiled eggs are great to use for deviled eggs later though.

2) What's your favorite color of Peeps (yellow, purple, or pink)? Yellow because they just seem like a classic.

3) All this talk of sweets is making Sam hungry. What's for lunch? I have no clue at the moment. Whatever I decide sounds good at the moment will be happening.

4) This song was introduced by country singer Gene Autry and it's still a favorite. Please share some of the lyrics. (And you're on your own; Sam didn't include a link to the song this week.) I have no favorite lyrics to Here Comes Peter Cottontail. I know. Such an Easter grinch.

5) Gene Autry was so popular that a town in Oklahoma named itself for him. Have you ever been to Oklahoma? No I haven't, and I have no plans to. I am terrified by the thought of tornados. In addition to singing, Mr. Autry made 93 cowboy movies.

6) What's the last movie you saw? Watched GI Joe again last night. I really like that movie. I am a chick that watches movies that are more geared towards the guys. I really love the Transporter movies. Come on...Jason Statham is HOT.

7) He and his horse Champion also had a TV show. Can you name another famous horse? Drawing a blank here. I need more coffee.

8) Gene Autry also recorded "Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer," and it was, of course, wildly popular, too. Who is your favorite recording artist? I have way too many to mention. I am really into music from other countries. People generally have no clue who the hell I am talking about when I answer questions like this. I love Empire of the Sun, Phoenix, and Reik at the moment. Here are a few that some of my fellow Americans should know though. Some are not mainstream though- Dave Matthews Band, Foster the People, Minus the Bear, Fitz and the Tantrums, Foals, Mutemath, Neon Trees, Foo Fighters, Goo Goo Dolls, Coldplay and an array of older bands.

9) Back to the holiday celebration at hand -- Easter is considered the season of rebirth. What leaves you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated? Being happy. I am bipolar so I really cherish the days that I am happy, and not a complete asshole to people such as my husband for no true reason. It sucks, but there are moments that I realize this is just how life is. One day at a time. The past few weeks have been the best that I have had in years. I dropped a lot of crap from my life that didn't need to be there. It was holding me back from living to my fullest. Ever since I have hit age 30 in January I have viewed life differently. It has been my favorite age so far. Unusual I know, but I think I have finally grown up in many ways. I have readjusted my attitude to where I am trying to control my emotions better too. I gave up for awhile and didn't try to control things.


16 April 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Biggest Mistake

So true! 
Once you let go of anything holding you back in life you'll see that the weight lifted off of your shoulders is amazing.

Post written in advance to auto sync and publish on 4/16/14.