Saturday, January 28, 2012

NEW Printable Coupons

As always, print these now before they're gone!

SAVE $1.00 Off any TWO (2) Right Guard® TOTAL DEFENSE™ 5 Antiperspirant, Deodorant, Gel or Bodywash

$1.00 off when you buy any ONE POST Honey Bunches of Oats NEW Fruit Blends

*Great for Valentines Day*
$1.00 off when you buy any TWO 8 - 10 oz packages of NestlĂ©® Crunch® or NestlĂ©® Butterfinger® Hearts

$1.00 off when you buy ONE 5.17-12oz pkg of WONKA® Fun Dip, Pixy Stix®, Laffy Taffy®, Nerds® Card & Candy Kit

Save up to $2.00 in future savings when you buy two or more bottles of Kikkoman Marinades, 10 oz. or larger

$1.00 off on TWO packs of Johnsonville Sausage


$1.00 off any TWO (2) UNCLE BEN'S Whole Grain  

$3.00 off HORMEL Party Tray product 

**Look at Farm Fresh for an $8.00 rebate - That would make the large one only $5.00**

Saving Star Coupons - just save these to your card... NO printing!

Buy TWO (2) COTTONELLE® Bathroom Tissue 4-pack or larger, Save 50¢. Expires 2/15/2012. One time use only.

Buy any 2 Trop50® 59 oz. flavors, Save $1.00. Expires 2/8/2012. One time use only.

Buy 3 Kellogg's® Pop-Tarts® toaster pastries and/or Kellogg's (TM) Pop-Tarts mini crisps (TM) (6 ct. or Larger), Save $1.00. Expires 2/8/2012. One time use only.
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Super Woman Series - How to Recover

We have finally come to the end of our Super Woman Series. Catch up if you have missed any of the posts:
  1. Finding Fulfillment in Being "JUST" a Mom
  2. Letting Go of Expectations
  3. Learn to Say "No"
  4. Making Time for Me!

Bottom line is this... You will at some point ignore these things! You will neglect yourself, feel guilty for not being able to rise up to your own expectations & then you will end up feeling unfulfilled. 

It's only a matter of time!

You will have days when you feel you can't get out of bed, get dressed or find the motivation to do any of your responsibilities. You may feel sad or overwhelmed. You may feel like you're burnt out. You might feel hopeless for any change in your life and like this "season" will always be...

It often happens as a cause of "triggers" from these different periods of your life:
  • Financial burdens
  • Over-scheduled life
  • New pregnancy/baby - postpartum
  • Strong-willed children - not the child's fault, just causes extra stress & attention
  • Marriage problems
  • Not having a regular sex life - yep I just said that :)
  • Cold, dark weather - SAD
  • Depression - you don't have to want to commit suicide, it could be other emotions
  • Anxiety - it doesn't always present itself as panicking
  • Thryroid Problems
  • Moving away from family or friends
  • Loved ones passing
  • Divorce/Seperation
  • Adrenal Fatigue

Chances are you will go through at least one of these! Depending on how you handle them you may be in need of skipping the other "steps" we've talked about this week and start with recovering! Then you can go on to the other things.

So if you are already there what can you do to start your recovery???
  1. If it is anything medical, you need to see a professional. 
  2. Seek God in your recovery... It is through Him alone that you will find yourself again
  3. Reach out to people - your spouse, your family, your friends, your church; be honest with them about where you are in your life & ask them for support; plus, this way until you learn to say no, hopefully you either won't be asked to do anything extra or your support can remind you to say no
  4. Rid your life of anything unnecessary - any volunteer positions, any chores or cooking that could be done by your children or spouse, etc.
  5. Make sure you are getting adequate sleep
  6. Begin eating healthy
  7. Be active
  8. Start making time for yourself

Know that if you are suffering from any of these issues it does not mean you are weak... It means you are human and you are relying on yourself! There is light at the end of the tunnel and you can recover

I encourage you to look into some of these medical issues if you are experiencing any problems that you feel you cannot rise above.

**Do you find yourself relating with this article? Have you ever been to place where you needed to recover? Do you have any other tips? I truly believe that by coming together & sharing with each other we will help others... You can even comment Anonymously.

 Sorry this was late... My Grandmother passed away & I was a little busy trying to make arrangements yesterday!

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Bittersweet Moment

Yesterday, I received the news that my Grandmother has passed. After a long battle with cancer, she came down with pneumonia which quickly effected the rest of her health.

She is one of the greatest women I have had the privilege of knowing. She has spent her entire life showing others Christ's unconditional love. She was definitely the wife, mother, grandmother & so much more that God called her to be. She persevered through so many unfair obstacles in life and never became bitter. She was incredibly generous. And it was no secret that she loved her family more than anything!

She is my "Step" Grandmother, but you would have never known. I didn't meet her until I was about 6 or 7 and she accepted me as family from that very moment. Whenever we visited she always made me feel like I belonged, like I was just another one of the Grandkids.  

When she would visit us she made me feel so special. She was deaf and she had the patience to sit with me, for what seemed like hours, to help me learn sign-language. Instead of avoiding conversations with me, she would not give up on me until I understood what she was trying to tell me. No matter how frustrated I would get. Even when I would beg my Dad to just tell me, she would insist that I figure it out. She wanted to be able to communicate & have a relationship with me!

She never let her deafness hold her back!

I can remember going to Walmart with her and we couldn't find something, so she walked up to one of the workers, took their clipboard & pen out of her hand and started writing down what she wanted. :)

It doesn't make sense as to why a great woman like this had to leave the earth! I could think of a thousand others than are more deserving...

But I am so thankful that she was a Christian. Because I have such a peace knowing that she is in heaven with her Lord and that I WILL see her again! In heaven she is being treated like the queen she is and her body is made whole.  

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."

She can hear with her own ears the Lord's voice & the angels singing! Can you even imagine???

And one day I will join with her!

*~* Love you Grandma A *~*

*I wish more than anything I could be there in Illinois for her funeral. I can't seem to find a free flight coupon! :) But my thoughts & prayers are with my Mom, Dad, siblings & the rest of my family!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Farm Fresh Trip 01/25

Total Sale Price = $41.76
Total Price Paid = $34.01
Gas Rewards = $0.05/gal
I ran in for a just a few sale items. But sadly, I remembered why I have avoided shopping at Farm Fresh! :/

It seems they do this often: They have items for sale (normally cereal) and they place them on an end cap with the sale sign and then they don't ring up right & they say, "It's because these are the wrong items!" Well why did you put them with the sign??? A sign that says, "Select Varieties"... Of course I thought these were the selected varieties.

The other frustrating thing is that their "policy" is that if something rings up wrong then they give it to you for free! They never honor this! They just give you the difference. And in my case last night they still overcharged me!!! And somehow they always make me feel guilty for talking to management. Isn't that part of their job?

Sorry for ranting, but if you are new to this couponing thing... I would suggest shopping at Harris Teeter. Their management is very friendly and accessible!

All in all the trip was successful, but I think I'll be avoiding them unless they have great sales!

Here's the details:

Super Woman Series - Making Time for ME

This is probably the thing that Mom's struggle with the most... Yet it is what we need the most! We have to make time for ourselves! It's not out of selfishness! It's out of necessity!

I know that some of you may be reading this thinking, "Great idea! But how?" or maybe your wanting to yell at me, "Of course I want to have time for myself! Who doesn't? But there is no time!"

When we neglect our own needs we normally tend to take that out on the people we love the most. The very people that we are filling up our time with are the ones that will end up suffering. When our stress level goes up, our patience goes down.

How many times have you locked yourself in the bathroom or bedroom just to keep from losing it?!?

Now sadly, just because you take time for yourself doesn't mean that this will never happen again, but we can't run ourselves on empty and expect to be capable of keeping it all together... Especially if you haven't learned to say no, yet.

Now that I have you shaking your head in agreement that you need to take care of you... How do we make that happen?

The biggest reasons we neglect ourselves is because we're on a time, money & energy constraint. So here's a few ideas to get your started that are FREE and you won't need a babysitter:

First, put the kids to bed early and do something alone!

  • Read a book
  • Sit in silence and enjoy a hot drink. 
  • Watch your show off the DVR
  • Eat a sweet snack
  • Catch up on all those blogs you love, but never have time to read
  • Take a bath - I did this the other night for the 1st time in forever. I lit a candle, poured some bubble bath, drank some hot tea & read a book. It was amazing!
  • Call your friend you never have time for
  • Have a night of no cleaning, laundry or chores

What do you do to give yourself a break???

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Super Woman Series - Learning To Say NO

Make sure you read the 1st post HERE and the 2nd post HERE!

How can a two letter word be so difficult to say?

Can you volunteer at church? Yes.
Can you coach your daughter's cheerleading team? Yes.
Can you help at the class party? Yes.
Can you lead the Bible Study? Yes.
Can you head up the fundraiser? Yes.
Can you take my friends and I to the mall? Yes.
Can you double date on Friday night? Yes.
Can you do me a favor & watch the your niece tonight? Yes.
Can you.... Ahhh!

When will it ALL stop???

As mothers and especially women we have a need to please. We don't want to disappoint people. Especially the ones we love! 

Isn't this our job as a mother, though? To rush in to save the day and fill in the gaps? To juggle all we can even at our own expense?

Isn't that what makes us Super Woman??? (Although, I don't know about you, but I definitely don't look like that when I am flying in to save the day. Just sayin...)

Here's the thing: The opportunities will not stop. The requests for help will keep coming. Things will only change if we respond differently. We have to learn to say "No"!!! 

We answer "Yes" without even thinking. It's like an auto response!

Look at it like this... What is going to happen if we say "No"? They'll either fill the position with someone else or worst case scenario, no one fills the position. Either way, you're life will most likely continue as normal.

Now what happens if you say "Yes"? You fill up your schedule, maybe even over fill it. You become stressed for time and patience. And in the end you probably won't fulfill your commitment to the best of your ability.

So what's the solution? Learn to say NO!!!

I promise the world will still go on. And everyone will still love you the same. (If not, that's their problem and you're better off without them & their opinion.)

Yes there are many "good things" that you can fill your time with... But none of those "good things" compare to your time with your family. Don't you already have enough responsibilities in life?

Don't get me wrong... I'm not saying that you shouldn't do anything outside of the home. But only commit to what you can handle and only what you have adequate room for in your life.

If you can't teach Sunday School, help with VBS for a week in the summer.
If you can't be at every class party, send in an extra fun snack for the event.
If you can't use every Friday night to meet different friends, have them all over on the same night for a party.

Remember - We are going to drop our expectations and find fulfillment in this season of our life!

Break the mold. I promise your family will appreciate you more, because you won't be stretching yourself to thin.

*Do you find that your overwhelmed with an overfull schedule???

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

10 FREE V-Day Notecards


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Super Woman Series - Letting Go of Expectations in Motherhood

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's post about Finding Fulfillment in Being JUST a Mom! If you didn't read it yet, you can see it HERE.

One of the ways to start finding that fulfillment is by giving our emptiness to God and allow Him to fill us!

That can be easier said than done, but it is possible.

Another way that we can find fulfillment in being a mom is by letting go of our expectations.

We've all seen the show where the mom is in the kitchen perfectly dressed making a hot breakfast & packing lunches, her kids scramble downstairs (fashionably dressed, of course), as they head out the door, right on time, their mother reminds them what afternoon activities they have and she sends them on their way with some encouraging words.

*Sigh* Too bad my house looks nothing like that. If I were to have a reality show in my home ("Red Rules" would probably be an appropriate name. If I had to come up with something completely off the top of my head.), it would show quite a contrast!

My day normally starts by frantically jump in the shower after hitting snooze 3 or 4 times. I try waking up the kids in my "sweet voice", but normally end up losing that to get them to listen. They normally make their own breakfast, while I get ready. Between me and the oldest kids, whoever is ready first fixes the lunches. About 5 minutes before it's time to leave is normally when the tears & yelling starts... Shoes are lost, Hannah somebody is wearing something not uniform approved, I have to explain for the 50th time why they need jackets and then everyone fights & shoves climbing into the car.

By the time I drop them off I'm both relieved and a little ashamed.

That's not how I wanted their morning to start. I want to be like the mom on t.v. Look how happy everyone is...