Rise and Shine September 4 – Geocache scavenger hunt, Star magazine, Mizuno running shoes, Skip Hop diaper bag, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able. 

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Good morning! I’m getting a late start this morning. We were bombarded by a series of thunderstorms last night and I was up a lot of the night from the thunder and lightning. Storms are always so much more fun when you’re in a normal house. :) Handsome husband left early this morning to take clothes to the laundromat – and I’ve been on a bit of a cleaning spree – happens once in a while and I have to go with it, ha! And we had another beautiful sunrise over Lake Erie this morning (see photo above).

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I had a great birthday yesterday – thank you so much for all the birthday wishes! We started the day early at the River Raisin National Battlefield Park. We did a Geocache scavenger hunt as part of the Junior Ranger badge program. It was a lot of fun. You go from place to place around the battlefield – using a GPS unit – learning as you go. For dinner last night we went to a local Mexican restaurant (thanks to a Yelp recommendation) and I think I had the best fajitas I’ve ever had.

Today we head to Ohio for a night, then on to Pennsylvania and we have a reservation in Western New York on Sunday night. It’s Labor day so I’m sure traffic will be interesting and campgrounds will be full. Whatever you are doing this weekend – stay safe and have fun!

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One of the things I miss about being on the road and having my mail forwarded is getting celebrity gossip magazines – I know it’s horrible, but I do enjoy them. :) This is probably the BEST deal I’ve ever seen on Star magazine – when you purchase TWO years you’ll pay only $17.99 with code QUEENBEE at checkout. This comes out to $8.99 a year – with 52 weekly issues, this comes out to only $0.17 cents an issue – such a great price!  This offer expires at Friday 09/04/15 11:59 PM EST.

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We won’t be getting coupon inserts in the Sunday paper this Sunday, September 6, 2015. This only happens a few times a year – but it’s a great chance to get caught up or take a weekend off.

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Amazon Force Friday

Star Wars Force Friday Deals – In anticipation of the latest installment of the Star Wars saga, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, Friday, September 4 has been dubbed Star Wars Force Friday.  While the movie won’t be released until December, new toys, collectibles, clothing, novelties and more have been released TODAY.  Plus tons of other great Star Wars items on sale.  Find the best Force Friday Deals here.

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Rise and Shine September 3 – Birthday Freebies, TOMS Sale, Flirty Aprons, Gymboree, Huggies, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able. 

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Good morning! How are you doing this morning? We had a beautiful sunrise over Lake Erie behind our trailer this morning – what a way to start the day! We are expecting big thunderstorms to roll in by this evening – so I suppose this is the calm before the storm.

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Today happens to be my 35th birthday. My sweet family made me cards and we plan to check out a nearby National Park battlefield and then go to lunch. :) Then hurry back to the trailer before the rain starts and spend a quiet evening at home. We have one more night in Michigan before we head to Ohio tomorrow night!

Birthday-Freebies

Did you know there are a TON of birthday freebies available? All you have to do is sign up (before your birthday comes around) and you’ll find all sorts of treats in your inbox! We just updated our big list of Birthday Freebies this week – leave a comment if we’ve forgotten or missed something?

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TOMS Surprise Sale 9-1-15

LAST DAY for TOMS Surprise Sale – select styles up to 70% off.  New items added to sale! Free Shipping on orders $25 or more.  Valid through September 3.  Shop TOMS Surprise Sale here.

Flirty Aprons Women's Marilyn Country Chic Apron

LAST DAY to get the Flirty Aprons Women’s Marilyn Country Chic Apron for just $9.99 (reg. $27.95) plus FREE Shipping!  Valid through Thursday, September 3, while supplies last.

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Rise and Shine September 2 – FREE fishing event, winner of Great Wolf Lodge gift card, LEGO Advent calendars, 20% off Amazon coupon, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able. 

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Good morning! Last night we stayed at Bay City Recreation Area near Bay City, Michigan. I picked this spot after discovering this location had a FREE kid’s fishing program the same night we would be there! They provide the poles and the bait. . .and more importantly (in my opinion) they provide the patience to untangle, add fresh worms and unhook/release the fish. My son LOVES to fish so I knew he’d love this program and he spent the full three hours on the dock waiting patiently for a bite. My daughter was the first to catch a fish – a 3.5 inch bass, she was so pleased with herself (and yes, she coordinated her dress for fishing). Then she headed off to the nearby spray park with dad while I stayed on the dock fishing with my son – who ended the night catching a 5-inch black bullhead catfish. It was a beautiful night – so much fun. Today we head south again and hoping the forecast for thunderstorms aren’t too bad.

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Yesterday I shared a post over on Take That Exit about going to the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Mississippi River Recreation Area. We loved both places and learned so much. Have you been to either of these places before? Do you have other favorite attractions in the Minneapolis area?

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The winner of the $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift card is. . . .Steven W. and his comment, “We love going to the Great Wolf Lodge.. we usually go every year for my niece’s birthday (in DEC) this would help out a lot financially!” was randomly selected using a giveaway plugin. I’ve emailed Steven to let him know he won – so if this looks like your name and comment, check your inbox! Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter my giveaway, I hope to have another one very soon!

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Rise and Shine September 1 – Barbecue ranch salad, TOMS sale, Weight Watchers, Stride Rite, Amazon Fire stick, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able. 

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Good morning! How are you doing today? I can’t believe it’s September! I love this time of year, especially September. Last night I went looking for frogs with my eight-year-old son – they are everywhere in this state park. The sunset last night was gorgeous – we are really enjoying the Great Lakes. We are only in Michigan a few more days!

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Last night for dinner we had a delicious salad using ingredients we had in the fridge. The salad has fresh greens, grilled chicken breast, fire roasted corn, blue cheese (which we got in Wisconsin), cherry barbecue sauce (from Michigan) and some ranch. I wish we had avocado to add – but didn’t. We’ve been on a barbecue/ranch salad kick ever since we found this Cherry Barbecue sauce from Cherry Republic here in Michigan. It’s not to sweet and has a ton of flavor. What’s for dinner at your place? 

Thanks to everyone who entered to win the Great Wolf Lodge gift card. I hope to share the winner details later today!

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TOMS Surprise Sale – select styles up to 70% off.  Free Shipping on orders $25 or more.  Valid through September 3.  Shop TOMS Surprise Sale here.

Right now you can Save 50% on select Weight Watcher Plans.  Valid through September 5.  Available in select markets only.

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Lids.com is offering an extra 50% off all Collegiate Clearance, up to 85% savings, when you use code NCAA50 at checkout.   Flat rate shipping of $4.99 or FREE Shipping on orders $50 or more.

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Rise and Shine August 31 – Michigan beach camping, Crocs clearance, magazine sale, TONS of Amazon deals


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Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able.

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Good morning, sweet friends! How was your weekend? Our was nice and relaxing – still hanging out in Michigan. Friday and Saturday we moved to a new spot at Harrisville State Park – what a beautiful view we had!. The sand is so soft, the water so blue and you’d think we were in a tropical spot – if only the weather was a little warmer.

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And yesterday we moved south to another spot, Tawas Point State Park – we’re slowing making our way south and out of Michigan so that we can head east! There is a wonderful lighthouse within walking distance that we toured last night and there are birds and FROGS everywhere in this park. I took the kids for a walk at dusk and we giggled as the frogs jumped in all directions as we walked along the shoreline. My 8-year-old is so excited to see all the frogs – he can hardly stand it.

Next weekend is Labor Day and we plan to head through Northern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and Western New York! I can’t believe it’s September already – the summer has gone by so quickly.

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TODAY is the last day to enter for a chance to win a $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift card! That’s right, this $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift card is valid at ANY Great Wolf Lodge location nationwide.

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LAST DAY! Crocs End of Summer Clearance Sale up to 60% off plus save an additional 25% off all sale styles (including those part of Summer Clearance Sale) when you use code SALE25 at checkout. Free Shipping on orders $24.99 or more. Shop Crocs here.

Joes Free Shipping

LAST DAY for Joe’s New Balance Outlet offer of FREE shipping on all orders – no minimum. This is a RARE offer from Joe’s New Balance. I’ve ordered from them before and they ship quickly and have genuine New Balance items.  Valid through Monday, August 31.

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Rise and Shine August 28 – Mackinac Island, Kohls, Disney Store, REI shoe sale, Keurig, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able. 

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Good morning! How are things with you this morning!?! I’m grateful it’s FRIDAY! Per the recommendation of so many of you, yesterday we traveled to Mackinaw Island, Michigan. It’s only accessible by boat and you won’t find any cars on the island – only horses and bicycles! We took a horse-drawn carriage ride around the island, learning all about the history! The kids love the ferry ride, loved all the shops and the carriages. We got back mid-afternoon to our campsite and the sun was out! The view from our campsite is fantastic (top left corner of collage) – Michigan has some wonderful state parks – at $29/night you gotta love that. Today is a travel day for us as we head south.

This morning for breakfast I made a clean-out-fridge breakfast. Here’s how it works. Dice 4-5 potatoes into small cubes – cook in sauté pan until browned. While your potatoes are cooking, in another pan I diced up ham, mushrooms, pepper, onions (whatever you have in the fridge!) – sauté until cooked. On plate add potatoes, then your diced veggies/meat and top with an over easy egg. I don’t know what to call it – but it cleans out the veggies I need to cook – and usually keeps us full until the afternoon. . . great for days when we are traveling over the lunch hour. Do you have a favorite breakfast?

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If you haven’t yet, head over here where I’m giving away a $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift card!  That’s right, this $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift card is valid at ANY Great Wolf Lodge location nationwide.

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Sunday Coupon Preview August 30 – Three Inserts, Smart Source, Red Plum and P&G

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Kohls - Lowest Prices of Season

Kohls.comLowest Prices of the Season Sale.  Only happens twice a year, no coupons needed.  Earn $10 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent through August 30.  Shop Kohl’s here.

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Rise and Shine August 27 – Sam’s Club discount, Joe’s New Balance, Nordstrom Clearance, Kohl’s, ALEX Toys, more


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Rise and Shine is my way of sitting down and having a cup of coffee with you! We talk about the new deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help us save time, money or energy. Published Monday through Friday – as I’m able. 

Good morning! 

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Good morning, friends! Today I’m writing Rise and Shine up near Mackinaw City, Michigan. We have a sweet “camping” spot right on the banks of Lake Michigan. The weather is a bit chilly but we aren’t complaining – supposed to warm back up to the 90’s next week. I had no idea Michigan had so many beautiful views – this place is gorgeous.

I can’t believe August is nearly over – Labor Day is JUST around the corner. I was reminded this as I try to book our stays in the next couple weeks. Does your family have any plans for Labor Day? I’d love to hear if you’re doing something fun or visiting someplace new!

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The cooler weather has me craving this Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili! I don’t have my slow cooker with me in the trailer, but I do have a cast iron dutch oven that I think will work great for this over the campfire.

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If you haven’t yet, head over here where I’m giving away a $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift card!  That’s right, this $300 Great Wolf Lodge gift card is valid at ANY Great Wolf Lodge location nationwide.

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If you’ve been considering a Sam’s Club Membership, Living Social has a SUPER deal for new members. For $45 you get a full-year Sam’s Club membership, plus a $20 Sam’s Club gift card and $21.94 in FREE food vouchers! Plus through August 29,  save an extra 10% on this deal with code SIZZLE at checkout – making this just $41.50!

Nordstrom Home Clearance 8-26-15

There are a BUNCH of new items in the Nordstrom home clearance deals!  Great home decor and entertaining items – as low as $1.98 and Nordstrom has FREE shipping (and returns) on all orders.

Joes New Balance Outlet

Joe’s New Balance Outlet is offering FREE shipping on all orders – no minimum. This is a RARE offer from Joe’s New Balance. I’ve ordered from them before and they ship quickly and have genuine New Balance items.  Valid through Monday, August 31.

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