March 14, 2017

Rise and Shine March 14 – We started painting! Pot roast recipe, update on my March goals, Nordstrom clearance, awesome necklaces/bracelets, TOMS free shipping, Gymboree sale, more

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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Good morning, sunshine! How’s it going? Last night we started painting the living room around 6:30 p.m.! That’s just how things happen when you’re juggling dinner, homework and other obligations. The gray color that I bought would seem to have a blue/lavender tone to it. . . .I am really TERRIBLE at picking out paint colors. Terrible. I’m like 0 for 23 when it comes to my history of picking out paint colors for our homes. Ha!  It looks 100% GRAY in the swatch and the can. 🙂 But, I think once we get rid of the sage green walls (also in the living room) it should help make it more gray. I think getting whiter lights in our fixtures will help with that, too. I’m an optimist . . . who can’t pick out paint colors.

We shall see how the coloring shakes out. . . . but overall I’m excited to cover all the small holes left by the previous owners who used the plastic screw anchors to hang up everything. And I can’t wait to put photos from our travels on this wall. Will share more photos as we make progress! And it does feel good to do a home improvement project – it has been nearly 2 years since we’ve done any sort of project like this.

Yesterday I picked up my Zaycon Fresh roasts and I’ll be throwing one in the slow cooker as soon as I wrap up Rise and Shine. Our favorite recipe is this Mississippi Pot Roast recipe. It melts in your mouth! Everyone in the family loves it.

Yesterday I shared an update on my goals for this monthPainting the living room is on that list – so I’m happy we’ll be checking that off this month. You can read my goals update to find out how I’m doing.

I’m always scoping out Nordstrom clearance and noticed they marked down a TON of items today. A lot is 40% off but I found some great deals at 65% off, too. Specifically I noticed they have a TON of houseware items on sale. Things that would make great gifts! Shipping is free, no minimum.

And this week Cents of Style is having a Two for Tuesday sale and Tribe Jewelry is 2 for $15 with code 2FORBIRTHDAY at checkout (reg. $24.95 each). These are so cute. I’ve been really digging the Cents of Styles stuff lately. I’ve ordered from them a lot before and ordered two necklaces this morning! Score! Cents of Style always offers FREE Shipping.  Shop Cents of Style Two for Tuesday here.

Online and Retail Sales

TOMS – FREE Shipping on all orders!  Shop TOMS here.

Gymboree – LAST DAY! FREE Shipping plus 50% off Spring Break Picks, Easter Shop, Swim and more.  Shop Gymboree here.

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March 13, 2017

Rise and Shine March 13 – Zaycon chicken fritters on sale, 20 amazing pasta salad recipes, Gymboree free shipping, REI extra 25% off sale, mattress toppers, Bostitch compressor kit, more

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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Good morning! How was your weekend? We had a great weekend. On Saturday we got caught up on laundry, errands and chores. Mr. Queen Bee spackled the nail holes in our living room (left from last homeowners) in preparation for painting this week. We did two live LuLaRoe sales on Saturday (so fun) and we spent a lot of time packaging/processing those orders.

On Sunday we took the day “off” from a lot of obligations and spent some quality time with our kiddos. Each of us took a kid on a special “date” and it was great fun. I took my daughter to see Moana at the discount theater – her choice! The discount theater here in town is $3 admission. We love it. The boys went to see the newest Star Wars movie at the discount theater.

The weather has started warming up – so we took the baby chicks outside yesterday so they could get a little feel for the yard and do a little exploring. We didn’t keep them out too long, since we didn’t want them to get too chilly (they are under a heat lamp currently) but it sure was fun playing on the grass with them after months of SNOW! The weather is hopefully done with snow here and I’m see temps in the high 40s and low 50s over the next couple weeks (hooray!). I can’t wait to plant some flowers and move the chickens outside.

This morning I noticed a coupon code and placed an order for chicken fritters from Zaycon Fresh. We’ve never ordered the chicken fritters but I’ve heard great things from some of you! Zaycon is my favorite place to buy bulk meat. TODAY only save an extra 12% off Premium Breaded Chicken Breat Fritters – $2.90/lb (reg. $3.29/lb) with code CF290 at checkout.

And if you are a NEW customer to Zaycon Fresh you’ll want to take advantage of this offersave 20% off your entire FIRST order with code BL20 at checkout. Valid through March 31, 2017.

Yesterday I shared a big round-up of 20 Pasta Salads to try this summerA lot of these salads are great for making ahead for potlucks or gatherings. And I love that they usually keep for a couple days in case you have leftovers. Do you have a favorite pasta salad?

Later today I hope to share an update on my March goals. . . and of course we’re working on posting the very best deals of the day!

Online and Retail Sales

Gymboree – FREE Shipping plus 50% off Spring Break Picks, Easter Shop, Swim and more.  Shop Gymboree here.

Cents of Style – Style Steals – 10 Items just $10 Each with code BIRTHDAY10 at checkout. Cents of Style always offers FREE Shipping. Shop Style Steals here.

Through March 20, REI is offering an extra 25% off Clearance items.  No coupon code needed, discount applied at checkout.  Free shipping on orders $50 or more.

Old Navy – 40% off Everything plus FREE Shipping on orders $25 or more with code FREESHIP at checkout. Shop Old Navy here.

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March 10, 2017

Rise and Shine March 10 – Instant Pot recipes, Disney Vacation planning, Apple Watch, Amazon Prime Pantry Deals, Crazy 8 FREE Shipping, Sam’s Club Membership, more

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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able.

Amazon Prime Pantry - Best Deals

We’ve updated our list of the BEST deals we see currently in Amazon Prime Pantry to help you fill your box at the best price possible.  Wondering what Amazon Prime Pantry is?  Read the original Prime Pantry post here.

Online and Retail Sales

Crazy 8 – FREE Shipping on every order plus Everything $12.99 and Under.   Shop Crazy 8 here.

Living Social – LAST DAY! 20% off sitewide with code TOPPICKS at checkout.  Shop Living Social here.

Cents of Style – Fashion Friday – Swing Dresses Sale – Short Sleeve $21.95 (reg. $42.95) and Long Sleeve $17.95 (reg. $38.95) with code SPRINGSWING at checkout. Cents of Style always offers FREE Shipping. Shop Fashion Friday here.

For a short time Zulily has Rachael Ray cookware, bakeware and other tools up to 70% off.  Shipping is around $5.95 per order, but can vary depending on your order size.  We recommend placing a small order with a single item to pay shipping and then placing one or more larger orders with FREE Shipping.

GAP – 40% off purchase with code TGIF at checkout.  Shop GAP here.

New Sam’s Club Membership offer – get a FREE $25 gift card when you join Sam’s Club! Membership cost is $45/year and you’ll receive a $25 Sam’s Club e-gift card when you sign up here.  Did you know Sam’s Club has a Mom’s and Dad’s Club? It’s free for members to join and you’ll get free samples, exclusive discounts and special offers.

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There is a fantastic new deal from Cricut – Extra 10% off plus FREE Shipping when you use code LOVECRICUT at checkout.  This makes for great deals on many of the Cricut Bundles (excludes Cricut Air 2 and Cricut Access).

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March 9, 2017

Rise and Shine March 9 – Baked Potato Soup, Lenova ThinkPad, Down Filled Pillows, Subscribe and Save deals, Costco price list, Rachael Ray cookware, more

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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Good morning! I love coffee. Seriously. It is my best friend in the morning. 😉 How’s it going with you this morning. It snowed last night and I feel like it’s Groundhogs day around here. Wake up (check), get coffee (check), peek out window at fresh snow on ground (check) . . . ha!

I went to Michael’s last night to pick up some crafty stuff (they had a coupon for an extra 20% off everything, including sale items). The kids have tomorrow off from school and I wanted a little project for them to work on. Michael’s has plain t-shirts for $3.33 and I found some awesome puff paint sets on clearance ($2.22!?!) – so they’ll each decorate a shirt tomorrow. They are excited. I guess they call puff paint, 3D paint these days. It was all the rage in the 80s when I was growing up. 🙂

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Looking for an easy and inexpensive slow cooker meal? Try out this Slow Cooker Baked Potato Soup. It’s incredibly easy and is just like eating a baked potato in a bowl. I just picked up a big bag of Idaho potatoes and we’ll probably have this soup in the next couple days. I have a big round-up of chicken Instant Pot recipes coming later this morning – stay tuned for it!

Online and Retail Sales

Living Social – 20% off sitewide with code TOPPICKS at checkout.  Shop Living Social here.

For a short time Zulily has Rachael Ray cookware, bakeware and other tools up to 70% off.  Shipping is around $5.95 per order, but can vary depending on your order size.  We recommend placing a small order with a single item to pay shipping and then placing one or more larger orders with FREE Shipping.

Target  – Home Sale – up to 40% off outdoor and indoor furniture, up to 20% off home items, up to 20% off bedding, decor and more. FREE Shipping on orders $25 or more.  Save an additional 5% with Target REDcard debit or credit card. Shop Target here.

Kohls.com – $10 off $25 plus $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent.  Shop Kohl’s here.

Lids.com – $10 NCAA HAts, 30% off NBA Apparel, NCAA Hoodies $19.99. FREE Shipping on orders $50 or more.  Shop Lids here.

Disney Store – LAST DAY! Swell(er) Sale – extra 25% off with code EXTRA25 at checkout. Plus Swim Sale – $15 Towels, Swimsuits and Cover-Ups, $5 Flip Flops and Sunglasses.  Also 40% off costumes and $20 Talking Action Figures & Animators’ Dolls.  Shop Disney Store here.

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March 8, 2017

Rise and Shine March 8 – I picked out paint colors, raglan t-shirts (I love!), Disney store sale, Brawny paper towels, bathroom scale, more

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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Good morning! Hey, hey! Hope your day is going well. . . it’s snowing here. 🙁 Every time the snow starts to recede back and I start thinking spring is around the corner, it snows again. It’s supposed to be in the high 40s next week with rain – so I’m hoping this will be the last of the snow – but I won’t hold my breathe!

Yesterday I stopped into Lowe’s to pick out paint for the living room/dining room/kitchen area in the house. I’m going with a gray. The previous owners used the screw anchors EVERYWHERE leaving behind big holes everywhere they hung anything – big or small. Sigh. We didn’t see this when we bought the house (it was under the photos) and it probably wouldn’t have changed our minds anyway – but I want to spackle and repaint to start anew. I bought two gallons of the grey and a quart of each of the blues on the swatch.

I want to use one of the blue/aqua colors to paint this 3-drawer dresser/side table that I found at Goodwill last weekend. I should probably tape off the living room today so I can paint this weekend – we’ll have to see how all that shakes out in the next few days.

Fred Meyer had shrimp for $5.99/lb this week, so I made shrimp tacos last night. I NEVER buy shrimp because of the price point but it’s one of my son’s favorites, so we enjoyed a “special” dinner last night. I used the seasoning rub from this recipe here and it was delicious! And of course, we made up a batch of Spanish Rice to supplement our tacos and it stretches the meat further. Also makes a great burrito bowl the next day.

Today is Cents of Style, Bold and Full Wednesday and you can pick up Raglan T-Shirts for $16.95 (reg. $29.95 – $39.95) with code BOLD9 at checkout. I ordered one of these a couple weeks ago when they were this price – and I LOVE IT! I got the shirt that says “Dream Big, Hustle Harder” and I wear it on days I’m working from home. Super comfortable cotton. Cents of Style always offers FREE Shipping.  Shop Cents of Style Bold and Full Wendesday here.

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Hanes Brands Online Shops – FREE Shipping on Hanes, Champion, Playtex, Bali, Just My Size and more.  Shop Hanes Brands Online Shops here.

Gymboree – FREE Shipping on all orders with code SPRINGTIME at checkout.  Plus Spring Favorites (including Easter) 50% off, Swimwear as low as $5.99, Pajamas as low as $8.99, Clearance up to 80% off.  Shop Gymboree here.

Vera Bradley – Free Shipping for all online orders plus Spring Sale – 50% off select patterns and styles. Shop Vera Bradley here.

*LAST DAY* For a short time Zulily has 3 and 4-Piece Quilt Sets on sale for $19.99 (reg. $49.99 – $150.99).  Available in Twin, Full, Queen or King sizes for this price.  Size available varies with color/pattern. Shipping is around $5.95 per order, but can vary depending on your order size.  Once you place an order from Zulily, you’ll get FREE Shipping on any other orders you place that same day.

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March 7, 2017

Rise and Shine March 7 – An update on my goals, Sheet Pan Dinners, Subscribe & Save Deals, Gymboree FREE Shipping, Norelco Shavers, bluetooth headphones, more

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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Good morning! How are YOU this morning? I hope your day is off to the right start. Yesterday I shared an update on my March 2017 goalsIt’s been less than a week since my original goal post and I’ve been trying to make progress on my goals for this month. Some things are going better than others and I’m just plugging away as I can. The accountability to you has been a good motivator for checking things off the list! If you have things you want to work on – I encourage you to create an accountability group – of friends and family members – who you can report back to!

Yesterday I shared a big round-up of 34 Sheet Pan Dinners! Sheet pan dinners are super hot right now (pun intended!) for several reasons – they are easy, simple to make, healthy, and delicious! Do you have a favorite sheet pan recipe?

I love ParentMap and I was happy to share my favorite tips for how I save at the grocery store! This article has some great ideas and suggestions to save at the grocery store. How are you saving most at your grocery store right now?

Check out our big list of the BEST Subscribe and Save Deals we could find on Amazon! Subscribe and Save is a great way to save on groceries every month. Let us know if you find other great S&S deals on Amazon and we’ll add them to the list.

Online and Retail Sales

Gymboree – FREE Shipping on all orders with code SPRINGTIME at checkout.  Plus Spring Favorites (including Easter) 50% off, Swimwear as low as $5.99, Pajamas as low as $8.99, Clearance up to 80% off.  Shop Gymboree here.

Cents of Style, Two for Tuesday – Bracelets & Earrings – 2 for $12 with code 2FORJEWELS at checkout. Cents of Style always offers FREE Shipping.  Shop Cents of Style Two for Tuesday here.

Vera Bradley – Free Shipping for all online orders plus Spring Sale – 50% off select patterns and styles. Shop Vera Bradley here.

For a short time Zulily has 3 and 4-Piece Quilt Sets on sale for $19.99 (reg. $49.99 – $150.99).  Available in Twin, Full, Queen or King sizes for this price.  Size available varies with color/pattern. Shipping is around $5.95 per order, but can vary depending on your order size.  Once you place an order from Zulily, you’ll get FREE Shipping on any other orders you place that same day.

Also on sale are sheet sets up to 85% off.  Available in Twin, Full, Queen or King sizes, starting as low as $12.99 (reg.  $39.99 – $100).

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For a short time, Bebe Bella Minky Chenille Baby Blankets are on sale for $19.99 or less (reg. $52+)!  Plus get FREE Shipping on all orders $19.99 or more.  Several styles and colors available. These make wonderful gifts!  Valid through March 8, 7am CT.

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March 6, 2017

Rise and Shine March 6 – Hanging with my sister, my thrift shop finds, ASTC Passport (free access to museums), Estee Lauder FREE gift with purchase, Norton security, LEGO city set deals, more

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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able.
 

Good morning! How was your weekend? Oh, my. . . mine was so fun. My little sister flew in Friday morning and from the minute she got here. . . until the minute she left last night – it was wonderful. We laughed so hard. After seeing the success (and fun) we’ve been having with our LuLaRoe shop, my sister has decided to start her own LuLaRoe business. So the main purpose of the weekend was for her to learn the LuLaRoe ropes. We had a lot of fun doing some Facebook Live sales this weekend (photo from our Sunday live sale, she’s on the left) and helping her get ready to roll for when her inventory arrives soon.

But it couldn’t be all work and no play – we went out to eat at the White House Grill – seriously AMAZING food (I think the best we’ve had in this area), we drank wine, we went shopping, we stayed up late, we laughed until our sides hurt and we had a fantastic weekend.

Yesterday we went thrift shopping, on our way to the airport – and you know how much I love that. And I found some awesome deals. I found a like-new Foosball table at Value Village for $34.99. Most foosball tables I see online start around $150 – $250, so I’m guessing I easily saved $100 to $200 on this! It’s a sturdy wood base and looks like it’s never been used. My kid LOVE it. It’s a great indoor activity for them to do while the weather is iffy this spring.

I also found this GORGEOUS little dresser or side table for $24.99. Isn’t it so cute? I even love the hardware on it. It’s sturdy wood and I can’t wait to go over it with some chalk paint. I’ll share before/after photos when I do. 🙂

And I found a little wooden high chair for my daughter for when she plays with her dolls – which she’s been into a lot lately. She loves it and this is her doll eating dinner at the table with us last night. I love how she has a drop of salad dressing on the lettuce. It’s an all wooden high chair with a tray that you can lift up. Kinda fun!

I have a busy week planned – hoping to get started on painting our living room. . . plus making progress on my big list of monthly goals. I didn’t make as much progress as I would have liked this last few days with my sister in town – but that’s because we were spending quality time together – a rare thing since she lives all the way up in Alaska! Expect a goal update in the next day or, two, though. What are your plans this week? I’d love to hear! 

Do you have a road trip or travel plans for this summer? I wrote a blog post about the ASTC Passport Program – and how this awesome museum program allows us to get into facilities nationwide. This program was amazing last year when we traveled around the country!

Online and Retail Sales

Right now at Macy’s, spend $35 on a Estee Lauder purchase and get a FREE 7-piece gift.  Spend $75 or $100 and get extra gifts.  Plus all beauty orders get FREE Shipping.

GAP – Big Spring Break No Exclusions Event – up to 50% off Everything plus Extra 20% off purchase (including today’s special deal) with code MOREFUN at checkout.  Shop GAP here.

Living Social – 20% off Local Deals with code FAVS at checkout.  Shop Living Social here.

6pm.com has Columbia Coats, Jackets, Clothing and more up to 60% off. Sort by sizes, styles, types of clothing or price on the left hand side.  FREE Shipping when you buy 2 or more items (at any price) or on orders $50 or more.

New Sam’s Club Membership offer – get a FREE $25 gift card when you join Sam’s Club! Membership cost is $45/year and you’ll receive a $25 Sam’s Club e-gift card when you sign up here.  Did you know Sam’s Club has a Mom’s and Dad’s Club? It’s free for members to join and you’ll get free samples, exclusive discounts and special offers.

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March 3, 2017

Rise and Shine March 3 – Friyay! Baked potatoes in crockpot, family travel-size games, TOMS Surprise Sale, UGG boots, Silhouette CAMEO, AcuRite weather stations, more

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Rise and Shine is my way of starting the day with you – almost as if we’re chatting over a hot cup of coffee or tea! I share my favorite deals of the day, highlights from yesterday, and anything else that might help you save time, money or energy. Published in the morning on Monday through Friday  – as I’m able. 

Good, good morning my friends! It’s FRIDAY! Today it’s FRIYAY for me because my little sister is flying in from Alaska for the weekend.  She’s hilarious, sweet, hardworking, a great listener and she is my best friend. Sisters are so good for that. Anyway, I’m looking forward to spending a quick few days with her beautiful self.

Last night for dinner we had Costco pizza. If you have the urge to “not cook” and you don’t want dishes and you don’t want to break the bank, you can’t beat a huge, hot, ready-to-eat pizza for $8.99. It was just what we needed as I had a bunch of things I wanted to do to get ready for my sister showing up today. What are your favorite takeout or to-go frugal meals? Would love to hear!

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Another easy, frugal dinner idea are these “baked” potatoes in the crockpot. You can doctor them up with whatever leftover items you have in the fridge.

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Spring break is coming up this month and if you have any travel planned, here is a post with our favorite family-friendly travel size games. These games are great for road trips, camping, airplane rides, living in tiny spaces and families that travel full-time! I would love to know what your recommendations for family-friendly travel size games.

Online and Retail Sales

Today is the LAST DAY of the TOMS Surprise Sale!  Footwear, eyewear, and more up to 65% off.  FREE Shipping on orders $60 or more.

Macy’s – One Day Sale through March 4 plus FREE Shipping on orders $25 or more.    Shop Macy’s here.

Gymboree – 40% off Entire Store plus Extra 25% off with code FRIENDS at checkout.  Shop Gymboree here.

Crazy 8 – Spring Styles 50% off, Jeans $8.88, New Arrivals 30% off and Swim 30% off.  Shop Crazy 8 here.

Disney Store – Buy More Save More up to 25% off with code SAVEMORE at checkout.  Shop Disney Store here.

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