Poop happens!

So I was taking out the trash today and to do so you have to maneuver through a minefield of poop.

We usually have our 13 year old pick it up once a week but during the wet Fall and Colder Winter months we let this chore fall to the wayside. So as a result I stepped in a big pile of poop today.

I tried to clean it myself but I started gagging and had to stop. When my kid got home I asked him if he would clean my shoe for me. He was reluctant but chose to help a damsel in distress in spite of his own aversion to poop.

While we were outside I decided to do a little video because I’m weird like that. I never know when something mundane is going to become hilarious so I’ve just started recording random stuff.

Today ended up being a gem!

Anyway I guess the point I’m trying to make is that sometimes in life poop happens. During these moments you can choose to be angry about it or just let it unfold and let the funniness of the moment take over. We started out with one poopy shoe and ended up with three poopy shoes when we got done cleaning the mess. We also laughed a lot! And laughing with your teenager is a really cool feeling.

To see what happened watch here for part one and here for part two.

PSA: We use tons of chlorine to clean up our mini pond before swimming in it in the Summer. We also know we need to rebuild our deck. Thanks!

Kroger 11/8/19


In this video you will see great Kellogg’s cereal deals as well as some other 2 day Kroger sales.

You will also learn the word of the day “um”. I think I say it about a hundred times. 😂

I sound like I just walked up five flights of stairs because I pulled a muscle right under my ribs. It hurts to breath. 😢

Today I used Ibotta to save 20 cents, coupons.com to save $1.00, Fetch Rewards to get 50 points, and Saving Star app to work towards $5 when you spend $25 on Kellogg’s cereal. I also used coupons found on the Kroger app and a manufacturer coupon.

As always, happy shopping!

Honest Review of Día+Co

Today I received my Día&Co box. For those of you who don’t know Día&Co they are an online plus size clothing company that provides a personal stylist for its customers. It’s high quality clothing and very fashionable.

You fill out a body type and favorite style quiz and based on your results Día&Co will make recommendations for you to try. You get to pick 3 items to add to your box and your stylist will surprise you with two additional pieces of clothing.

You have 5 days from the time you receive your box to try everything on. Decide what, if anything, you like and send the rest back at no cost. You only pay for what you want. All individual prices are listed with garment description and a bonus is offered if you buy everything sent. They include a large bag with already attached shipping label so all you have to do is fill the bag with unwanted merchandise and drop off at your local post office.

I personally did not purchase anything from Día&Co this time. I loved the jeans (49.99) and the 3/4 sleeve cardigan (59.99) but they were way to pricey for my budget. However, the rest was not a good fit. The Maxi dresses (that I chose) were just not good for my body type. The sleeveless Surplice Maxi (39.00) fit too tight in the waist and the sleeveless Halter Maxi (49.00) was too roomy in the bust. The long sleeve sweater Poncho (49.00) that my stylist chose was just weird. The long sleeves were detached from the poncho sleeve so it had these gaping open holes in the armpit area. You could see my bra and part of my underarms. I have no idea how that’s supposed to keep you warm in the winter?

So I chose not to keep anything in my Día&Co box this time. However, if I spent more on updating my wardrobe I would definitely have bought the jeans and cardigan. They were super cute.

If you’d like to try Día&Co use my link found here. FYI: I get a referral credit if you use my link but you also get your first box styled for free. Thanks for your support!

Happy Shopping!

CauseBox unboxing that will have you rolling! 😂

Watch the CauseBox unboxing video here.

Since I started blogging again I have reviewed over a hundred products on Influenster, recorded unboxing videos and experiences, recommended my most used and favorite apps, and basically shared parts of my life through my blog, instagram, and YouTube. This unboxing video of the CauseBox was supposed to be a typical unboxing video but after several outtakes my husband Jay decided he could do it better. What followed was the best unboxing video ever so I had to share it with y’all. Happy watching!

FYI: If you decide you want to give CauseBox a try then click on any of the links in this post and sign up. I will receive a small referral fee which I greatly appreciate and you will get $10 off! So it’s a win win.

The CauseBox is a really unique seasonal box in that every product is ethically made and goes toward supporting women’s businesses, charities, and local artists. It is truly a box that gives back.

I loved all of the products I received in the 🍁 CauseBox and would highly recommend it to any woman. The products were very practical and nice quality. What they do for women empowerment is amazing and just a cherry on top for me. I had a blast unboxing the CauseBox and hope that you will share your unboxing with me. Until then enjoy my video. ✌️

The Unicorn 🦄 of all shopping trips.

Any deal seeker will tell you the one thing we hope for with every shopping trip is the Unicorn total. That’s a total where what you spent is less than what you saved.

I am not an extreme couponer so this has never happened to me before. Until TODAY. That’s right people, I finally got my Unicorn.

I used the Kroger app to download their Friday-Saturday sale coupons and not only got great stock up prices but I actually saved more than I spent.

Y’all it was such an awesome feeling for me but my main purpose of this post is to encourage you to get the apps. If you frequent a grocery store, pharmacy, retail location, or restaurant more often than others then it will pay to get their app.

You will earn rewards, get access to app only coupons, and get the heads up on upcoming deals. It costs you nothing but a little bit of time and the payoff is well worth the little effort needed. So what are you waiting for? Go download those apps and start saving.

See my Unicorn shopping trip here.

AMAZING Apps that have saved me HUNDREDS $$$$

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.

“Sisters, All Hallow’s Eve has become a night of frolic, where children wear costumes and run amok!” Winifred Sanderson

For those of you who have no idea what time of year it is- IT’S HALLOWEEN 🎃!!!

Which just happens to be my most favorite time of year! I love everything Halloween. The spooky decorations, the adorable and frightening costumes kids and puppies wear, the terrifying haunted houses and horror movies. The fact that you get to be another person for one night and people give you free candy is just icing on the cake. From Hocus Pocus to Michael Myers I’m in.

I got my love of Halloween from three special adults in my life when I was growing up. My very sweet friend Barbie who actually made Halloween trees and dressed up in costume, my Aunt Dar (Darlene) who had the best Halloween bonfires, and my Aunt Kathy who let us bob for apples and carve pumpkins. These three women made Halloween come alive for me and I will always hold those memories close to my heart.

This year we did something we’ve never done as a family before to help get us into the Halloween spirit. We went to Scarowinds in North Carolina. It cost a small fortune but we are going through some things as a family right now so we needed to do something out of the ordinary that would be fun. Steven is 21 and Jake is 13 so a trip to the pumpkin patch was not gonna cut it.

The boys didn’t get to ride any rides because everyone decided to descend upon Scarowinds this particular Saturday night so the wait times were an hour and half to two hours per ride. They are only open from 7p-12a and we didn’t get there until 8ish. It is because of its popularity and minimal hours that I would highly encourage getting what they call a fright pass (essentially a fast pass to skip the line). We did not have this so we chose to do the haunted attraction parts of Scarowinds. We had a blast! I screamed sooo much! I have not done a haunted house since I was a kid and Jake has never done one so we were sitting ducks. The settings were amazing and the scares were absolutely terrifying. It was worth every penny.

I have two hilarious videos that I recorded after each haunted attraction we went through. Yes we only had time for two (insane crowd). I would highly suggest you watch these videos if you would love a good laugh at my expense. 👻

Dark Harvest and Silver Scream Studios

Happy Halloween Y’all

Fab Fit Fun Seasonal Box was not really for me but maybe it’s for you?

The FabFitFun Fall box came with some cool stuff for half the normal price. I used a code to get my discount and if you use my link to FabFitFun you can get a portion of your cost reduced on your first box too. It comes with FULL size items which is a really really nice change from the typical sample box. I love a good sample but sometimes they are so small you don’t even get the effects of the products.

For some people this box might be exactly what they’re looking for but for me there just wasn’t enough stuff I felt I just had to have. I probably won’t try the Winter box but watch it have several things I want to try. Regardless I had a lot of fun unboxing.

Watch the hilarious unboxing of the FabFitFun Fall Box video here.

This is my first unboxing video and boy does it show! I was so nervous that I kept forgetting the .com part of my blog. I also said some words repeatedly and my husband cracked up when I showed him the video. He is currently in the dog house. Haha!

I thought about redoing the video but that didn’t feel authentic to me and I really wanted to discover the items in the FabFitFun Fall box with you. So you get the “mom hair don’t care” word repeating me in the video. I hope to hone my skills over time. I might also have to hire a new cameraman.

Note: The links in this post to the FabFitFun seasonal box subscription are my referral links. If you click through and make a purchase, I’ll receive a commission — at no additional cost to you. Thank you for your support!

Great Stock Up Deal On Cereal!

Right now there are some great stock up prices on Kellogg’s cereal. I went to two stores, Kroger and Walgreens.

My biggest deal today was at Walgreens. They have some of their Kellogg’s Cereal on sale for $1.99. I bought 5 boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. I used the store coupons found on the Walgreens app: $2 off of four Kellogg’s cereals and 50 cents off 1 box of Kellogg’s cereal. That made my total at Walgreens $7.65. I then used my Ibotta app (https://ibotta.com/r/vyppdq) to save 50 cents per box for up to 5 boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. Making my total $5.15 so that’s $1.03 per box!

I then went by Kroger where they have their Big Boxes of Kellogg’s Fruit Loops and Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes on sale for a $1.99 with their store coupon you can find on the Kroger App.

I got two big boxes of Fruit Loops (Frosted Flakes were cleared out) for $1.99 with store coupon. I then used my Ibotta app (https://ibotta.com/r/vyppdq) to save 50 cents on one box so I got both boxes for a total of $3.50. That’s a $1.75 per box. Not as good as Walgreens but still pretty awesome.

Cereal has a long shelf life so stocking up when it’s this low will help you save on your grocery bill. It also makes for a great food bank donation.

Disclosure: If you use my referral link https://ibotta.com/r/vyppdq to sign up for Ibotta I will get referral compensation. But I truly love this app and have saved hundreds ($309.70 so far) on my everyday grocery purchases so that’s why you’ll see me use it a lot when talking about grocery savings.

All you do is pick your store, the food you’ll be buying, then scan your receipt when purchase is complete and watch the money add up. Ibotta is an app I highly recommend both for savings potential and ease of use.

To ask or not to ask? Is it really a question…

Sometimes the hardest thing for an introvert to do is reach out and ask for help. We are afraid of being told no or worse feeling like a fool for even asking. So I went out on a limb a few times this week where finances were concerned.

First the Wins:

Almost every Saturday night we get a redbox movie to watch. Most of the time we have a freebie or discount code if we don’t have enough points built up for a free rental. So I rarely pay full price for a movie. FYI: I find these codes on other blogging sites or through Redbox emails. Well this time we got one on a Friday night because Jay (husband) was going out of town for an extended business trip. Well guess what happened when we went to pick him up from the airport a week later…yep that’s right…I find a Redbox Disc in my purse. It had been there for a whole week and I never saw it. So a movie I paid 60 cents for and didn’t even really like (it was “Ma” by the way) was about to cost me $12. No way was this deal seeking Mama going to pay that much for a movie and especially not for one I didn’t really even enjoy. So I sucked up all my anxiety and prepared myself to beg for a refund. You know what happened? I got the nicest Redbox service rep who asked me to briefly describe what had happened so I did. She put me on hold for about 2 minutes and came back to the line saying she could issue a refund for the excess days and she thanked me for being such a loyal customer. I felt so good that I was able to overcome my fears and just call not knowing the outcome and even better when I got my hard earned money back. Score 1 for Azure.

My next win was a real relief. I had ordered the Microsoft Office software for what I thought was a one time fee. I assumed they would send a disc and I would download it and that would be it. Okay obviously I am still in the dark ages of computer use because when I called to find out why there was no shipping information the Amazon representative politely informed me that it doesn’t work that way anymore. He advised me that what I had purchased was software that had to be downloaded to my computer and it was a yearly subscription. I would have to pay every year to have this software or lose it. Not only had I purchased a subscription but I had also been made aware that I purchased the one for 6 different computers. I have 1 laptop. I explained, not that I had to, that I had no idea what I had ordered as I had obviously not read the description and could I please have a refund. The representative then advised me that Amazon does not refund software purchases but because I had obviously not realized what I was doing he would waive that policy this one time. I was beyond relieved. I am learning the computer, rather amazon, may not be my friend when my husband is traveling.

In case you want to buy the software that I needed to buy here is the link (please see affiliate disclosure at bottom of post):


Now the loss (boo!)

While Jay was on his business trip I got bored and started looking at Amazon.com. My personal kryptonite. I started to think about things that I would like to have if we had some extra cash. I then turned those thoughts into a need right now frantic search for a laptop. I had convinced myself that our current laptop, which is probably 8 years old if not older, was not going to make it through the week. So I did it. I ordered a laptop. Mind you tech stuff is usually my husband’s department because he does tons of research and tries to find the best item at the best price. I did something that we agreed not to do which is make a major purchase without consulting one another first. Not to mention we are trying to follow the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps right now. My husband was surprised but he did some research and decided that the Acer Laptop I got with the many gold stars and reviews (this is how I research) was not a bad purchase. However, this week I noticed the price had dropped over $30. I decided to chat with Amazon and see if I could get a price match. After 5 representatives and much begging on my part I was told that policy dictated no price matching but I could return the laptop and order a new one if I chose to do so. 1- I have heard about people getting booted from Amazon for returning to many items and 2- my husband had already transferred files and set up our new laptop. We opted to suck up the loss. I also learned a valuable lesson which is that Amazon along with Walmart (another story) no longer price match items even if it drops the next day. Unfortunately price matching is becoming a thing of the past. So this was not a win but at least I asked.

In case you want to see what laptop I bought or if you are in the market here is the link:


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