Tuesday Garden Party for September 16th

Fall is coming, but you wouldn’t know with the weather we have been having. This past week we had summer like weather. It was great to have the nice weather over the weekend. I was able do some cleaning up in the garden.

We had some fairly fierce winds last week and our poor pole beans have some terribly shredded leaves. But they are still producing strong. :) I also gathered up a bunch of tomatoes from the garden and dried them for later. (post coming soon)

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Menu Plan Monday, September 15th

Menu plan with recipe links


With my kid’s help, I managed to get my menu planning done for the next 5 weeks. I  like to plan 5 weeks at a time, this way I’m sure to use what we have on hand before it goes bad. Well, at least most of the time. :)

We are trying a new recipe, Pizza Sloppy Joe’s. I’ll have to modify it for our family but my son loves Sloppy Joe’s so much I thought we would give it a try.

Since, we have so much basil in the garden I’m making basil wraps (recipe coming soon) for dinner this week too. My two plants grew to be huge. Those basil plants got bigger than my tomato plants this year. So we have lots and lots of basil.


Here’s our menu plan for this week, 


Cashew Chicken Stir Fry with Rice

Baked French Fries Banner

Slow Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joe’s, Baked Fries, and Fruit

Kielbasa Skillet with Potatoes and Peppers, Salad, and Fruit

Basil Wraps, Rice, and Garlic Green Beans

A delicious brown sugar rub for steaks, Frugal Family Home

Brown Sugar Steaks, Baked Potatoes, and Salad

Beef and Bean Burritos, Salad, and Fruit

Pizza and Salad

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Goals for the Week of September 14th

My Goals

Today is a hard day for me. You see this is my mom’s birthday. But she isn’t here with me, she has been gone for 25 years now. I think it’s hard this year because I am right now, the age she was when she died. I now realize just how young she really was when she was called home.

She had health troubles, diabetes and high blood pressure. She never put herself first, but always put other first. In the end I think this really contributed to her death.

For all you homemakers out there, take the time to take care of yourself and to be healthy.  You will not only bless yourself, but it will be a blessing to your family too.

As far as my goals, I was able to get to most of them. But I didn’t get to work on my ebook. It may just have to wait for a bit, but I will keep adding it into my goals each week, to remind me to keep working on it. :)

Here’s the things I was able to accomplished this past week,


Continue Art Class together

Can and dry peaches ( I dried peaches but I decided to make peach jam instead of canning the peaches)


Drink 6 glasses of water a day

Exercise 5 times this week

Get to bed by 10:30 each night


Write 3 blog posts

Write one chapter for a new ebook

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12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge, Week 37

A healthier You for 2014

I’m following along with the 12 Months to a Healthier You Challenge at Money Saving Mom. I started the challenge in January to help keep me motivated to lose weight and help me establish some good healthy habits too.

How the Challenge Works

Each month of the challenge will have an area to focus on, to help improve your health and mine.  This month’s focus will be on decluttering your home.

I know I always feel better when my home is picked up and clean. When the house is cluttered it’s hard to relax.  This month that’s what I’ll be working on each week.

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Restaurant and Retail Store Coupons for this Week

Retails Store Coupons

Happy weekend to you! I hope you have something fun planned for this weekend. Just in case it will involve eating out or shopping, here’s this week’s list of retail store and restaurant coupons to print.  Thanks to Rachel of Surviving the Stores for compiling this list of coupons.

Just so you know, some of the links below are my referral links. When you use them I can make a little money at no extra charge to you. You can read my disclosure policy for more information. Now onto the coupons,

Top Retail Coupons

Aeropostale – $10 Off $50, $15 Off $75, or $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 9/14/2014)
Ann Taylor Factory Store – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 9/14/2014)
Bath and Body Works – Free Signature Collection Item with $10 Purchase (exp: 9/28/2014)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 9/17/2014)
Goodyear – $5 Off Regular or $10 Off Synthetic Oil Change (exp: 9/14/2014)
JCPenney – $10 Off $25 Apparel, Shoes, Accessories, Fine Jewelry & Home Item Purchase + More (exp: 9/13/2014)
Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 9/17/2014)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Regular, Sale or Clearance Purchase (exp: 9/14/2014)
Mr. Tire – $19.99 Oil Change & Tire Rotation (exp: 9/30/2014)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 9/17/2014)
Pet Supermarket – $2 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 9/30/2014)
Redbox – Movie Coupon Codes When You Text DAYS to 727272 (exp: 9/14/2014)
Rue 21 – 30% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 9/14/2014)
Ulta – $3.50 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 9/27/2014)
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Friday Freebies for September 12th

Freebies for this Week

Freebies for this Week

Are you ready to get something for free? Here’s this week’s free Kindle ebooks, free samples, and free printables all in one post.

Some of the links in this post are my referral links. You can read my disclosure policy for more information. Be sure to check the prices before you purchase as prices can change without any notice.  Now onto the freebies,

Free Kindle Ebook


Free Fiction Ebooks

Stealing Jenny


The Moonglow Cafe: A Paige MacKenzie Mystery

The Preacher’s Daughter


Non Fiction

Free Gardening Ebook

A Beginner’s Guide to Patio and Raised Bed Gardening

The Clever Couponer

Crochet Patterns For Beginners

Time to Simplify: Practical Minimalism for Living with Less

The Pursuit of Happiness: 21 Spiritual Rules to Success


Free eCookbooks

Think INSIDE The Lunchbox: A Fall / Winter Cookbook Guide For Lunchbox Warriors

Muffin Tin Meals: Perfectly Portioned Cuisine

Healthy Vegetarian Collection: More Than 100 Healthy Recipes for a Vegetarian Diet

Circle of Friends Cookbook – 25 Bacon Recipes

Dump Cake Recipes

Kids Books

Free Kids Ebooks

Twinfinity: Nethermore

Grandma Skype: A Heartwarming Children’s Book

Tales of The Friendly Forest: Illustrated Fairy Tales

My Dad is a Superhero

Molly of Mars and the Alien Syndicate


You don’t have to have a Kindle to read these books. You can go here to download a Free Reading App so you can read any Kindle book on your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Amazon has a selection of Kindles here (prices start at just $69)

Please note: Amazon pricing, promotions, and availability are subject to change at ANY time without notice. Please confirm the price before completing your purchase

Freebies, Samples and Printables

Meow Mix Tenders Sample

Legends of Sleepy Hollow Audiobook

Nivea, Eucerin or Aquaphor Sample

How To Become President of the United States Poster

Kindness and Thank You Cards

Schiff Move Free Ultra Omega Sample

Bar None Records Sampler Summer 2012

Fall Leaves Coloring Pages

Autumn Mini Book Printable

Bio True Sample

Thanks, Savings Lifestyle



Some of the links in this post are my referral links. You can read my disclosure policy for more information.