Let us all face it.... just like our own child in the candy isle of HyVee.... we all LOVE a little treat from time to time!

At least I do!  God has taught me the beauty of contentment, so I have learned to accept the times when that "treat" I am eyeing, may just not be financially possible.  This has changed my life in so many ways.  

  • It has kept us out of major debt!
  • It has given me a love for the simple things in life!
  • It has grown me in other areas such as; frugalness and homemaking skills.
  • It has given me a peace like I had never known before.
  • It has given me huge appreciation for the times I am able to purchase the BIGGER treats!

That is just to name a few! 

 There is no greater peace to be found.... than in a heart... that has found contentment.

Today, I want to share with you another update on the cash envelope system that is going far better than I could have ever imagined!  I am super excited at the outcome we are experiencing!!

I also want to share 5 ways I have you can still LOVE life while living on a budget!!!  It is very possible!  I promise!!!  Now, you would HIGHLY benefit from letting God in on this journey with you, as He is truly the One that can place that treasure of contentment in your heart. 

He is REALLY good at it too!!!!  
So join me in the video above to discover those five ways to help you love life... while watching our wallets waistline!!!

Here is a sneak peek at the five ideas....

  • DON'T Crash Diet!
  • See EVERY Penny as Spending Money!
  • Do Something  Kind of Big and Fun AT LEAST Once a Year
  • Adjust Your Taxes... if You are Bad as Saving Money!
  • Utilize Online Deals!
Here is a link to get your Birthday Freebies!

Find out more on my video!!!

Also... here is a GREAT deal on Halloween candy for those that live near a HyVee!!

They HyVee ad has a coupon for a bag of Mars candy bars for only $1.99.  Since this is a store coupon, you can stack it with a manufacturers coupon, so, if you go to coupons.com, there is a coupon to print for $1.00 off 2 bags of Mars candy.  

You can purchase two bags for $1.99 each, use your $1.00 off coupon and pay only $3.00 for two bags of candy!!!  

Gotta love coupon stacking!!!  Now the big challenge will be having it last until Halloween!!!! LOL

Peace and Blessings
Your Friend
It's shopping day once again!

Here are two of the best deals I found this week!

At both Dollar General and HyVee you can purchase two Herbal Essence products (shampoo or conditioner) for only .50 a piece.  Here is how....

Buy two Herbal Essence (shampoo and/or conditioner) at $2.50 a piece or 2 for $5.00 and use coupon from coupons.com for get $4 off two Herbal Essence products. There is also a digital coupon for this on the Hy Vee website you can download to your fuel saver card as well as on the Dollar General digital coupon website.  

This next deal I only found at Dollar General; Buy a 12 roll package of Charmin Basic toilet paper for $5, use $1 off one package coupon from Dollar General digital coupons and then turn into Ibotta for another .75 rebate.  End price is only $3.25 for 12 rolls!

If you are not sure what Ibotta is, it is an App you can download on your phone that allows you to receive great rebates from things you purchase at a variety of stores!  Once you hit $20, you can cash it out or choose a gift card from their list of stores!  

Our Cash Envelope Experience....

I am both happy and excited to share with you the outcome of our almost two week trial with the cash envelope system....
Peace and Blessings
Your Friend

So I'm super excited for the great cash envelope reveal tomorrow!  Our two week trial is officially over as of tomorrow and I have very positive news to report!

Stay tuned to find out the outcome and if we plan on adopting this as our new method!  

I also have a NEW fun and frugal new beauty tip for all you ladies out there that love long, flirty eyelashes but struggle endlessly with either spider eyes, crusty globs, glued together eyelashes or struggling with just trying to find a mascara that works!

Well... if that is you... you are in LUCK!!  Most women have their favorite, can't go without make up!  Mine... is mascara!  I love long eyelashes!! I always stated I should have been an adult in the 1950's as long, flirty eyelashes were all the rage!  

I have tried a dozen or more different mascaras trying to achieve the long, lushes, no sticking or globbing spider eyes mascara!

Being the frugal woman I am, it is very hard for me to cave and but expensive mascaras, but I have even done that and was greatly disappointed that for me, my lashes didn't come out any better than with a Cover Girl mascara, but cost about $25 more.  
I'm not sure if the photo really does the eyelashes justice, however, you can vaguely see the outcome of my new cracked eyelash code!

I am sorry, but this as close up to my face as I am willing to get!!! LOL

Just recently, I think I have cracked the secret to my dream lashes!  I am going to share and hope it works for you as well!

First off, there are two tools ABSOLUTELY needed to pull this off and they are...

1. A good eyelash curler
2. A clean,dry, mascara brush
3. Time

These three items are a must!
As for the type of mascara, I use two different items; Cover Girl Full Lash Bloom (it comes in a hot pink tube and I get black) and any kind of fiber mascara I can find inexpensive.  Right now, that is a Fiber mascara I found at Rue 21 when shopping for my daughter.  I think it was only like $5 or under.  

I have personally found no need for expensive mascara!

First Step; Curl your eyelashes by placing the eyelash curler as close to the base of your lashes without pinching yourself (been there done that!) then hold down for 15-12 seconds , pumping the curler slightly a few times.  Your lashes should be visibly curled.  If not, curl some more!

Step Two:
Use your DRY mascara brush to separate your lashes.  Make sure no lashes are stuck together and all are beautifully separated!

Step Three; Apply your mascara, starting at the base of your lashes and gently jiggling the wand slowly until you reach the edge of your lashes.  IF you get lashes stuck together (SO ANNOYING!!) use your dry brush and go over your lashes until they are separated.  

Step Four; Let them set/dry for at least 5 minutes.  I usually go refill my coffee cup, make my bed, check facebook, whatever, but you need to let your lashes dry before you put on the next coat.  

Step Five; Apply another layer of mascara followed quickly by a layer of fibers, then reapply more mascara to set the fibers.  Now, the fiber mascara will generally come with a mascara on the other end, however, I have never really been pleased with the mascara that comes with the fibers, so I opt for my favorite, Cover Girl instead.  If need be, run your dry brush through your lashes again, to separate and get rid of globs!  

Step Six; Now, let this layer set and dry. I let this one set a good 15 minutes.  I know, I know, it is a bit time consuming, however, it is way worth it if your love your lashes!  Once that layer is dry, take your eyelash curler and place at the base of your lashes again, making sure you have allowed all your lashes through and none  are stuck, then press down and hold for at least 10 seconds!  

WAH LAH!!  You should have some long and lushes, perfectly curled eyelashes at this point!!!  

Now don't get frustrated if you don't nail it the first couple of times!  It takes some personal tweaking!  This took me a long time to master!

I will tell you I have found it to be more about the tools and technique I use, rather than the mascara!  $6 Cover Girl works fine for me!  And with a coupon I can get if for $3!!  

So there you have it!  


Peace and Blessings
Your Friend


Yes, I am going to say it!!

The Holiday season is fast approaching and for some this causes great excitement and anticipation... for others.... not so much!

One of the major contributors to the Holiday blues if often the financial strain it puts on your wallet. I totally get it.  I get it even more now that we have four children and they all start spouting off their Christmas lists around June!! LOL  

At least my two year old will be easy to buy for.  She yells "I want that!" with every single toy commercial that comes across the screen!  

Anywho.... oh... this was my blogging companion this morning.... LOVEEEEEEEEE!!
Sol back to business!

The Christmas/ Holiday season does not have to be the financial burden it may have been for you in the past!  

Today I am going to share with you some of my favorite websites to save some dough on!! 

Another thing I have learned to do, is something many people are good about doing, which is buying a gift here and there starting a few months before Christmas, or even year round.  

The only caution I give you with this, is something I have found I have done when doing this.  If I buy too far in advance sometimes this backfires on me and I end up spending MORE money as I tend to keep finding more and more things I can't resist buying for people.  Also, I don't know about your kids, buy mine can be pretty fickle!!  

Their lists evolve over time, so I always have to be aware of last minutes changes!! 

So here goes... my favorite sites to save!!

1. Money Saving Mom-  This blog posts daily deals you can find almost anywhere, but the greatest are the one's you can find on Amazon as well as a lot of FREEBIES!  She will post great items you can get a super discounts or even free, such as photo books and photo canvases!  I have been following this site for YEARS and it has taught me so much about saving money!!   Here is the link....http://moneysavingmom.com/

2. Krazy Coupon Lad
y- This site is another AWESOME site to help provide you with the greatest steals and deals around.  She has has a mobile app that allows you to download the deals at your favorite local stores!  She is extremely thorough in giving you the exact coupons you will need to achieve the deals she posts. I was super excited as one time I acutally got a guest post, posted on her website!!  Here is the link....

3. Zeni Optical- Now, I know most of us do not buy people eyeglasses for Christmas, but I had to put this site up here as it is AMAZING!  It has hundreds of stylish eyeglasses for dirt cheap prices!  You need to know your prescription as well as your pupilary distance, which you can measure on your own, it will show you how!  I own a few pair of glasses from this site and they are great quality!  I got two pairs of glasses for under $30.00!! Here is the link...http://www.zennioptical.com/?gclid=CjwKEAjwvb2_BRCb_s7Yo7_ZlHASJABz6L0jWFoQ2zf7mq_9kZPW_Xw8TlSeZSBw6ZGSXAsAPPu84RoC87jw_wcB
4. Hollar- I just found out about this website through Money Saving Mom!  It is a great site to find some hidden treasure deals.  It is hit and miss and you have to scour the site to find the deals you like, but it is very worth it!  you can get Melissa and Doug items for $1, OPI nailpolish for $3!!  They also have free shipping!  Here is the link...https://www.hollar.com/?utm_source=google_sem&utm_campaign=337618118&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=branded&htm_tid=sem&gclid=CjwKEAjwvb2_BRCb_s7Yo7_ZlHASJABz6L0jAWmGfidwuB0o0fuRrlWFS2jLu_D1F31a8AdsDjm34xoCLSnw_wcB

5. Zulily- This site has ADORABLE stuff for very often low prices or great discounts!  It also is high quality and they have UNMATCHED customer service!  I have only had a couple of issues after ordering things from this site and they are terrific at just allowing you to keep the merchandise you were not happy with and shipping you new!!  I highly recommend Zulily!  The only downfall is their shipping can be very slow.  If you are ordering well ahead of time you should be fine but if you want something quickly, you need to order from their "ready to ship" section.  Those items will ship quickly in comparison to other sections. Here is the link..http://www.zulily.com/?tid=18471620_116436985866_c&pcrid=116436985866&pkw=zulily&pmt=e&pdv=c&mkwid=s7KaaSgxe&slid=&gclid=CjwKEAjwvb2_BRCb_s7Yo7_ZlHASJABz6L0jKHhMgNpq-stfst3QGpbTW-FXtH7wirpV3iSXxQVbLBoCRnfw_wcB

6. TopCashBack- I just found out about this gem!!  I got 800 baby wipes FREE from WalMart the other day using this site!  You can receive cash back for shopping at almost any store you choose to shop at online!  They put the money right back into your set up account and you can then transfer it over to pay pal or to your bank account.  I just got a $13.47 rebate from buying the WalMart wipes!  If you do a lot of online shopping, you don't want to miss out on this site! Here is the link..https://www.topcashback.com/home

These are just a few of my favorites!  As the season approaches I will continue to share any new treasures I find!!!!


Peace and Blessings
Your Friend