Thred Up: Hit or Miss With this One.

So I ordered a new Thred Up box. It’s an online clothing service that sends you 10-15 different pieces of gently used clothing.

While I didn’t care for the box I can definitely see how it could be a Hit or Miss situation. Thred Up sent me a Michael Kors sleeveless sweater, Seven7 distressed skinny jeans, Torrid Crinkle L/S Top, and two Kate Spades a Cross body and a clutch, among other more off brand items.

There was no stylist with this box so pieces were very random. I found most pieces to be ill-fitting and quite pricey for my budget. I guess because it’s second hand I just thought the items would be cheaper. Nothing is priced in the box itself so be sure to keep your email with the order details or you’ll be looking for each piece on the Thred Up site just to find out how much each item costs.

Overall my feelings were meh. I am not a name brand person so the costs may have been great. I’m really not sure. The idea of Thred Up isn’t a bad one but for me it makes more sense to check out local thrift shops. I will give them credit for making returns so easy. You just repack your Thred Up box, slap on the return sticker, tape it, and drop off at USPS.

I would suggest taking a look at the Thred Up site and determine if it’s something you’d like to try. Perhaps you will have better luck.

Note: If you click on my links to Thred Up in the post I may receive a referral fee. I appreciate your support.

Happy Unboxing!

Just around the corner…

We spend months preparing for it.

Deciding who is going where and when, what we’re going to eat, what gift will be bought for this person or that one, how much are we going to spend or not spend this year? How will we serve? Will we have time to serve or should we just donate financially? How do we focus more on presence over presents? Will Jesus be the focus of the season or just a thought here and there?

And just like that Christmas is over and we are faced with a whole new challenge. We call this challenge RESOLUTIONS.

I have such a hard time with making and sticking to my resolutions. I mean 3 weeks into January and they just become things to try and work on next year. I know I’m not alone but man do I feel like a failure.

So this year I am going to try and make more intentional resolutions. I am going to try and make more attainable goals. I am going to be realistic and honest about what I think I can accomplish and not set myself up for failure coming out of the gate.

2020 will be my year. The start to my best decade so far. However, with all of that said it’s December 29th 11:50p and I only have 3 days (2 if you don’t count New Year’s Day) to figure out the next year of my life!

FabFitFun Winter Box is Amazing! Worth every penny.

So you may recall that might first FabFitFun box was the Fall box and I ended up giving most of my items away. I really didn’t see the appeal for me to spend $50 on a subscription box, that though a good deal when you factor in that you get $200 worth of full size products, if I was just going to give everything away.

The FabFitFun box is a quarterly (seasonal) or annual (cheaper price) subscription box. The benefit to paying a little more for a seasonal versus annual subscription is you can cancel at anytime. Which was totally my intention after trying out the Fall box and not really being thrilled with what I got. However, I being human obviously forgot to do this so enter the FabFitFun Winter box.

This box came with so many things that I absolutely loved. The blanket is the softest thing ever. I got a Bluetooth speaker for my shower. And ironically, since I just jumped on The Happy Planner band wagon, I also got a Paper Source 2020 planner.

The Winter FabFitFun box came with so many awesome products that I am eager to try out. I am pleasantly surprised and have changed my opinion regarding this subscription service.

To see the FabFitFun Winter box unboxing video click here.

FYI: If you use my links to order your own FabFitFun box I will get a referral fee which I appreciate very much. You may also receive $10 off your first box.

Happy unboxing!

Winner, winner chicken dinner!

I recently entered an Instagram contest through Swagbucks Gifts Back. I love the Swagbucks app and have done a couple of posts about it and other money saving apps I use.

Well today I got home and there was a large Amazon box on my front porch. I have ordered several gifts through Amazon Prime but knew I hadn’t ordered anything recently so I told my son he could open up.

I was so excited to find the Lotus Trolley Bag set from Amazon that I had asked for in the Swagbucks contest. I am trying to reduce my carbon footprint one step at a time so this gift/win was so appreciated!

Watch the video here.

If you use any of the links I have provided in this post I may receive some type of compensation. I really appreciate your support!

Shapermint worth a try.

In October I purchased my first Shapermint product, the high waisted panty. I had seen the Facebook ads for months but didn’t really trust that it would do what they were claiming. However, my Daddy was getting married, I had to wear a dress, and Spanx is expensive and uncomfortable to me so I ordered Shapermint.

I was so pleasantly surprised by Shapermint. I wore it for hours, both sitting and standing, and it didn’t roll down or cut off my circulation. It basically just smoothed out my rolls. When I had to go to the restroom it was no different than wearing a longer pair of underwear. It rolled down and up without issue but only when I wanted it to.

Shapermint has these two grippy strips that run around the top and they keep your Shapewear in place. It’s like magic and best of all (at least to me) is the price of Shapermint. It’s so inexpensive for Shapewear and it really works.

Check out my video here. FYI I was sick and I kept hitting the bag because I needed something to do with my hand. 😊

If you use my referral link I will get a referral bonus but you’ll have the opportunity to get a little something too. Thanks for your support!

Passion: What would you be willing to do for it? FYI: Hunting photo pictured.

I shared with you earlier this week about my passion for Service. I am happy to report I got up at 5:30a this lovely Saturday morning to go downtown to my local Red Cross so I could donate Platelets. I am a Cancer Survivor, even though it sounds silly to call myself a survivor when so many have suffered much worse Cancers than I had, but I did lose my ability to have children so that was difficult for me. There is a critical shortage of Platelets that many Cancer patients need to win their battle so I give Platelets as a way to try and help. It is by the Grace of God that I have two beautiful healthy boys and some really strong people in my life that have fought their own battles with this horrific disease.

Our oldest son, Steven (21), has a passion for travel, art, and preserving beautiful places. He makes sacrifices (eating kraft Mac & Cheese and Ramen 😊) so that he can see the World. He’s been to so many countries and seen some of the most gorgeous places. He also brings home and creates some amazing pieces of art. Steven is responsible for most of the decor in our home. He is also quite often reminding me of ways we can reduce our waste like using reusable straws, water bottles, and bringing our own grocery bags or asking for things not to be bagged at all.

Our youngest, Jake (13), is in the picture holding two ducks. His passions are snakes, anything military, and hunting. He has a real talent for hunting. Not to worry he doesn’t hunt for sport, every kill is consumed by someone, but never me 🤢. He will sit in blinds at all hours in the craziest weather to pursue his passion. He knows more about snakes, weapons, and military stuff than anyone I have met. He wants to serve in the military when he grows up.

However, my husband Jay, might have the greatest passion of all of us. He has the strongest Faith in God. He will go above and beyond for any of us and really just anyone he sees that has a need. He loves our boys and even me with such passion that he gives up his own comfort to make sure we’re good. When Steven was in Spain he gave up his chance to go so that I could go see our boy. For about 6 months now he has driven Steven’s Jeep, that has no air conditioning and only one working (passenger) window, so that Steven wouldn’t have to endure the Charleston Summer. He also gets up at 3am to drive two hours away to take Jake on a Dove, Deer, or today a Duck hunt and anyone who knows Jay would definitely say he is NOT the hunting type. Not to mention these hunts are almost always on a Saturday during College football game times. He helps set up blinds and encourages Jake to pursue his passion even though it means he (Jay) has to make sacrifices. Our journey as a couple is a testament to his Faith and God’s Grace but that’s another story entirely.

Through all of this rambling I just wanted to share some of what our family does to pursue our passions. It’s important to do things you love and to see what a Gift that this thing we call LIFE is. It’s not about just making a dollar or trying to be like everyone else. We are a family but our passions in life our not the same. That’s the beauty of discovering what God has gifted you with and pursuing that passion instead of writing it off as unattainable.

Thanks for letting me share. ✌️

Give Life This Holiday Season!

So drug my butt out of bed and drove downtown to get my 9:30a Platelet Donation Appt started only to find out it isn’t until 11:30a. They don’t even open until 11a today.

I don’t have 4 hours to spare this afternoon so I will be getting here at 6:30a on Saturday.

Y’all Saturday is going to be rough because I’m going to be so sleepy and I have to constantly squeeze this thingy. Last time I had a 9:30a appointment and kept falling asleep. The blood guy kept laughing at me each time he woke me up so I could keep squeezing.

You might be wondering why I’m giving Platelets during the Thanksgiving hustle, especially since we are hosting for the first time, or maybe you don’t care but it’s because Holiday times are critical times to the Red Cross. They have a shortage of blood and Platelets because everyone is too busy to give.

So this Holiday season I would encourage you if you have an hour be a super star and give blood and if you have four hours be a rockstar cancer butt kicker and give platelets.

It costs nothing but a little time to save a life!

Save $ This Holiday Season

I’ve posted this before and will probably post many many times because you will save money using these apps/websites. So what are you waiting for? Hurry, click on my links and start saving cash now! Black Friday and Christmas are right around the corner.

This is a list of my most used apps that have helped me save hundreds of $$$$s. These apps either offer gift cards to many different stores such as Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, or they use PayPal, or they send an actual check.

I am only posting apps I actually use and giving my honest opinion of each app. If you click on my links and sign up I will be compensated at no extra charge to you. In some cases you will receive a bonus for using my referral link. I appreciate your support! 🥰

Ibotta Rakuten Swagbucks Fetch Rewards Shopkick Checkout 51 Coinout Panel App GetUpside

First up is by far my most used and most favorite app, Ibotta. This is a grocery app that gives you cash back for chosen items. The cash back can be redeemed after you earn $20 or more for many retail gift cards or transferred to your PayPal account. Ibotta has a ton of name brand items and any brand items to choose from so you are sure to find something you can save money on. You have to grocery shop anyway so use Ibotta and get paid to do it.

Next we have Rakuten. This app/website allows you to earn money when you shop on it. It was originally known as Ebates but they rebranded it as Rakuten. After you sign up for Rakuten and reach your first $25 you will get a bonus of $10. You get a percentage back for each purchase made through Rakuten and once you reach $25 you will get either what they call a big fat check or a transfer to PayPal at the end of each quarter. Rakuten pays you to shop online thru their website or app at over 2000 stores.

Swagbucks is another shopping app that allows you to get a percentage back when you shop online thru their app. Swagbucks gives you swagbucks (essentially points) that can be redeemed for numerous gift cards. For example, you can get a $3 Amazon gift card when you reach 300 swagbucks . Swagbucks also gives you a daily poll where you can earn 1 swagbuck, many surveys that you can complete for various amounts of swagbucks, and occasionally they add a 2 point swagbucks code to their Facebook page. I personally prefer to shop through Swagbucks because I can redeem swagbucks as soon as I have 300 or more so I don’t have to wait for a quarterly check.

The Fetch Rewards app is an app where you scan your grocery store receipts and earn points for items purchased. There is nothing else you have to do. If you use Fetch Rewards you will get a minimum of 25 points per receipt and extra bonus points if you buy featured products. I personally just buy what I’m going to buy and then scan my receipt into Fetch Rewards so any bonus points are just that for me, a bonus. You can redeem points for numerous gift cards when you reach 3000 points.

Shopkick is another app where you can get points from scanning. Shopkick gives you a list of products to scan while you’re in the store. You can also watch certain videos on the app and earn from 3 to 15 points each day. Also, if you purchase featured products then you can scan your receipt for even more points or get what they call walk-in points for simply opening the Shopkick app while in the store. You choose the gift card you want and it marks your progress towards this goal each time you get a point. So it’s up to you how many points you’ll need before you can redeem depending on your chosen reward.

Checkout51 is another grocery app like Ibotta where you add offers in the app and then go shopping. Once you’ve made your purchases you scan your receipt into Checkout51 and get cash back. Once you reach $20 you can cash out to a PayPal account. I prefer Ibotta over Checkout51 because there is a larger food selection and you reach your cash out balances much quicker but at times each app will offer money off the same item so that’s why I use both.

Coinout is a receipt scanning app. You scan all of your receipts and earn a few cents per receipt. Amounts vary, there are limits to how many receipts you can scan in a day, and in my opinion it takes a while to accumulate funds. The reason I use Coinout is because I have the receipts anyway and it takes seconds to scan. Coinout also let me cash out at $7 to my PayPal account.

Panel App is an app that works in your background. It runs on your phone tracking your travel at all times. You earn points through this tracking. You can also take a survey on Panel App about every other day regarding your whereabouts at certain times and earn extra points. You really don’t have to do anything which is why I love Panel App. You can begin redeeming points for gift cards starting at 2000 points.

Finally, I use the GetUpside app to save on gas. When I’m ready to get gas I pull up the GetUpside app, choose my gas station from the ones offered, get my gas within 3 hours of claiming my gas price, and then I scan my receipt. Once you reach $10 in GetUpside you can cash out for gift cards, PayPal, or a mailed check. It’s so easy to use and you have to get gas anyway so might as well make some money in the process.

So those are my most used apps for saving money. I would recommend them all. Many allow you to accumulate points/money until you are ready to redeem. I love that almost all offer Amazon as one of their gift cards because around Christmas it comes in handy. I hope you find at least one or two that appeal to you. Remember it costs nothing to try them out. Happy deal seeking!

P.S. Don’t forget to download your grocery store app for digital coupons too.

Grove Collaborative Unboxing

I just unboxed my Grove Collaborative Box and love my free Mrs. Meyers gift set!

At the time I got my first box Grove Collaborative was offering a $40 Mrs. Meyers Peppermint gift set, with walnut and cellulose (dishwasher safe) sponge, and adorable caddy in your choice of three different colors. All I had to do was purchase $20 worth of product. I ended up spending $23.

I like that Grove Collaborative tries very hard to be environmentally friendly. Almost everything they send can be recycled or is purposed to reduce waste.

Some of the scents were really nice and some were very strong. So not everything I bought will be repurchased by me. However, the cleaning products are high quality products at very affordable prices. Products such as Mrs. Meyers, Method, and Seventh Generation.

Grove Collaborative is a subscription service as is most of the boxed items I’ve done unboxing videos on but you can cancel at any time. So if you just want to get your free gift set then place your first order and cancel your subscription after you receive your box. If you choose to keep your subscription then you have control on how often they send you refill products.

In my opinion Grove Collaborative is definitely a subscription box worth checking out.

To watch our unboxing video click here. By the way I was wearing two contacts in one eye. 🤦‍♀️

If you use my links to Grove Collaborative in this post to order your first box I do get a referral bonus at no extra cost to you. I really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy our unboxing video.

Happy Shopping!

You get a turkey! And you get a turkey! Everyone gets a turkey!

Few things to note:

1. I might have said Food Lion more than once when I was telling you where to go. So it’s $.49 lb at Kroger/Publix and $.29 lb at Food Lion. My great blessing came from Food Lion.

2. I am blinking a ton because I ripped my contact and couldn’t figure out why my eye was hurting so much.

3. I also emphasized the “WE” when talking about how many families we got turkeys for and this was in no way meant to come off as me tooting my own horn. Y’all I was just super excited and proud of myself for conquering a fear.

4. I get so excited about helping people because I feel like service was what God meant for me to do (not teaching) and I want to encourage everyone to help where they can. I don’t mean to come off as pushy I just want you to experience the joy that giving brings to my heart. I was made aware today that just like I don’t get endorphins from exercise you might not get joy from giving so if that’s the case then just keep scrolling. ✌️

Click here to see video of the awesome blessing I received today.