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Life is good, I take it for granted too often. I have a fabulous, supportive husband and a beautiful son who is always teaching me the simplicity of life. My day is made when samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Our Weekend Recap

We started our Friday night with going on a double date with friends.  They took us downtown Portland to Nosh Kitchen Bar and oh my gosh it was delicious!  The only frustrating thing was deciding what to order.  So many delicious choices even down to the fries...nosh bacon dust fries, seriously, who comes up with this yummy goodness?  We had dessert at Gorgeous Gelato which brought back fun memories of when we stopped there while we were on our cruise a couple years ago and ported in Portland for a day.

On Saturday morning, we walked to the Farmers Market. Have I mentioned how much I love living close to town and having sidewalks everywhere I go?  We worked in the yard for about an hour but ran into all sorts of issues.  Burn permits weren't being issued because it was too dry and we couldn't get the chain saw or weed wacker to work.  It was pretty frustrating so we gave up, went with plan B and headed to the ocean.  We brought our lunch to eat on the beach but it ended up only being 46 degrees once we got there and none of us dressed appropriately.  So there went plan B.  Plan C was coming home and taking a nap so we finally completed a plan by 4 pm.  Mike put up Bradley's swingset outside on Saturday night and Bradley was very happy to have all his toys outside again.

A really cute Farmers Market within a mile from our house.

Mike and Bradley trying to chop trees with hand cutters. 

Screw the yard work...time for wheelbarrow rides!

Our walk on the beach lasted about 5 minutes before we were all freezing.  In the Winter, it was always 5-10 degrees warmer by the ocean but I'm realizing in the Spring/Summer it's going to be 5-10 degrees colder by the ocean.

Yay for having his slide back!

This digger is probably his favorite outside toy.  He dug and dug all weekend long!

He's finally tall enough to use the monkey bars himself!

He was so proud of himself!

After church on Sunday we came home and I made homemade BBQ chicken pizza while Mike and Bradley worked on our bikes to take for a ride on the Eastern Trail.  It hit 60 degrees on Sunday afternoon with lots of gorgeous sunshine.  It was Bradley's first time using the new co-pilot bike trailer and our first time back on bikes in almost a year!  We rode 2 miles before we had rubber legs and sore buns.  Bradley did awesome on his new bike and loved every minute of it!  I went back to church on Sunday night to help pack bags for the Brave Mama ministry.  We all crashed by 8:30 pm and were ready to end the weekend with sleep!

Soaking up the gorgeous sunshine with my two favorite boys!

I love this new co-pilot bike for Bradley!

The Eastern trail is probably one of the prettiest walking/bike trails I've ever been on.

Stopping to take a break and swing!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Online Coupons for Pottery Barn, Gymboree, Crazy 8, Life is Good, and The Children's Place

These coupons codes can only be used one time so if you use one of the coupons, please comment on the post which one you used so another person doesn't waste their time trying to use it.  Thanks and have fun shopping!!

Life is Good - 15% off your next order with coupon code 4L2CB2X53SMVNTP1.  
This code expires on 6/21/15

The Children's Place - 20% off every purchase May 6-May 15 with coupon codes 5PB4FY20 or 5PB420FAF.

Pottery Barn Kids - 15% off your next purchase with coupon code GMMW-LDTH-WN8R.  This code expires on May 17, 2015.

Pottery Barn Teen - 15% off your next purchase with coupon code CZTR-3CKF-XPRT.  This code expires on May 17, 2015.

Pottery Barn - 15% off your next purchase with coupon code WKCN-86N9-86VT.  This code expires on May 17,2015.

Crazy 8 - 20% off your entire purchase with coupon code 12Q2RL8WRH82535.  This code expires on May 13, 2015.  

$10 off when you spend $50 or more with coupon code 1207ZV41RG84495.  This code expires on June 6, 2015.

Gymboree - 20% off your entire purchase with coupon code 12FKD0X08983971.  This code expires on May 13, 2015.

20% off your entire purchase with coupon code 1206BBBLVW80324.  This code expires on June 6, 2015.

Three awesome deals this week!

Living with Intent book - FREE from Blogging for Books

Kohls - these sunglasses are regularly priced at $20 but 
after discounts and $5 Kohls coupon I paid $3.68.

Sports Authority - The North Face t-shirt was originally $25.00 but after discounts and $6.15 loyalty coupon I paid $2.98.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend Book Review

Do you have trouble putting up boundaries in your life?  Are you saying yes to people and secretly hating your inability to tell them no?  Do you feel pressured to have a friendship with someone even though they are using you?  Is there a family member that just causes so much drama in your life but you can't turn away from them because you feel guilty?

I have been in all those situations and am still dealing with a couple of them.  Boundaries was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so glad she told me about it.  It's probably been my most favorite book I've ever read.

Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend do a phenomenal job pointing out biblically based answers to these tough questions and how to deal with the energy sucking relationships we have in our life.  They show us how to set up healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, coworkers, and even ourselves.  This book will help define who you are and who you are not and how to take control of your life.

Some of my favorite excerpts from this book are:

The Bible is full of examples of God asking people to "leave behind" the people and lives that are not good for them.  He asked the Israelites to leave Egypt to have a better life, but many of them kept looking back, holding on to what they thought was better.  We tend to hold on to the hope that "someday they will love me" and continue to get someone who is unable to love us to change.  This wish must be mourned and let go so that our hearts can be opened to the new things that God wants for us.

Many people have a problem with determining the difference between forgiveness and reconciliation.  They fail to deal with external resistance because they feel that they have to give in to the other person again or they are not being forgiving.  Many people are afraid to forgive because they equate that with letting down their boundaries one more time and giving the other person the power to hurt them again.  The Bible is clear about two principles: (1)We always need to forgive, but (2) we don't always achieve reconciliation.  

We do not open ourselves up to the other party until we have seen that they have truly owned their part of the problem.  So many times Scriptures talks about keeping boundaries with someone until they own what they have done and produces "fruit in keeping with repentance" (Matt. 3:8).  True repentance is much more than saying "I'm sorry"; it is changing direction.  

Leaving SC to come to Maine has really allowed me to refocus on what type of boundaries I want to establish in my life.  I've learned my lesson from "friends" that used me, co-workers that took advantage of my inability to say no to an additional workload, and family members that can't form a healthy relationship because it has to be done their way.  This book showed me how to have an internal focus of confession and repentance, letting go of the guilt, and moving forward and taking a stand (I have actually said no to a person two times in the last month, which is huge step for me).  I'm excited to start establishing healthier friendships, stronger bonds with family members, and be a happier me!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Super Easy Homemade Garlic Knots

I'm pretty sure I'll never go back to buying store bought garlic bread again for our spaghetti dinners.  These homemade garlic knots were super easy to make and really yummy!

1 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon yeast
3 1/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 teaspoon salt

Garlic Spread
1 stick butter
1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
1 teaspoon parsley

Mix warm water, sugar, and yeast and let that rest for 5 minutes.  Add flour and salt and mix until dough is smooth.  Let rise for 10 minutes.  On a floured surface, roll the dough out about 1/2 inch thick.  Cut the dough into strips using a pizza cutter.  Take the strips, tie into knots and place on baking sheet.  Let knots rise for 10 minutes.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  While the knots are baking, melt the butter and add the garlic and parsley.  As soon as the garlic knots come out of the oven, brush the tops with the butter garlic mixture.  

Monday, April 27, 2015

Our Weekend Recap

We headed to the ocean on Friday night after supper.  It was only 40 degrees and the wind was bitter but it was still gorgeous.  What is it about the ocean that makes the heart happy?

On Saturday, we had a yard clean up day.  I have learned not to like pine trees because of the three inches of pine needles and hundreds of pine cones that are covering my yard.  And to think people down South pay for these pine needles to be spread as mulch in their flower beds.  We worked six hours on Saturday and only took a short break to eat sandwiches.  We barely made a dent in the yard.  The house sat empty for 2 years and the owner before that didn't do any type of yard work so you can only imagine that chaos the yard is in.

Sunday was pretty uneventful since our muscles were screaming at us.  We went to church, had lunch at church, came home and took naps.  Mike had a test on Sunday night and he's finished with school for one week before the next semester will start.

Friday, April 24, 2015

OxiClean White Revive Stain Remover Review

Not only is this OxiClean White Revive awesome at removing stains, it smells fabulous! Seriously.  My laundry smells amazing!  I love the fact that stain remover is chlorine free so there is no heavy bleach smell in your clothes.  And even better, this stuff is safe on colors.  Yep!  No more worrying about bleach spots in my colored loads. 

Here's a picture of Bradley's sock before. 
My son has some pretty nasty socks by the end of the day.

And here's a picture of the socks after they were washed in OxiClean White Revive.  They aren't perfect but I didn't take the time to pre-soak the socks.  Who has time for pre-soaking anyway?  I'm still happy with the results. 

Thanks to Smiley 360 for providing this product free in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.