October 29, 2008

What if you could get eyeglasses cheap?

I ask myself this question all the time! Eyeglasses are so expensive and insurance companies don't cover a lot of the expenses! Either you don't get the eyeglasses you need or you stay with the same outdated frames because you can't afford them. Forget it if you have multiple children who need eyeglasses! Who can afford that? If I could afford eyeglasses I would buy them for myself (I'm the only one in the family who needs them right now) but also I would buy a back-up pair, just in case.

Well I have found my answer.....Zenni Optical! They have eyeglasses starting off at $8.00!!!! Yes, you heard me right! How can that be, you ask? Well they have no middleman selling only their own manufactured frames direct to you. They also have virtually no advertising budget, which allows them to sell at a low cost to you! It can't get any better than that! If you don't believe me, then read this great article over at the Chicago Tribune! People are spending entirely too much money on eyeglasses!

Please take a look at these eyeglasses! They are really cute! I hate spending more than I have to. When you are resourceful, that frees up money for fun things, like taking your kids to the amusement park! Make the smart choice and consider Zenni Optical for your next eyeglasses purchase!

Proverbs 31 Bible Study - Being a Mother

So on to our next part of the study. This part really interests me because I am trying to become pregnant. I have desired to become a mother for a really long time and am so excited that I am finally getting the chance (well soon at least!). Amy shared some really great thoughts that I would like to share with you!

1) Children are a gift from God.

2) We must parent on purpose.

3) We must allow our children to become who He designed them to be.

Society does not seem to value children these days. It is just horrible! If you have more than 2 or 3 children you are looked at like you are crazy. Women are ridiculed for choosing to marry or have children too early....these are the best earning days of your life...blah....blah...blah! Women are afraid to tell their employers that they are expecting or talking to co-workers about trying to get pregnant. All I have ever wanted to be is a mother. I never knew when it would happen but I knew that I wanted it to happen. Every child is a blessing no matter how it happens.

Also, a little rant of mine. Some people who do have children seem not to want to parent them. They want to be their best friends and induldge their every desire. Now wanting your children to have a better life than you is not a bad thing but you are not preparing them for the future. Disciplining them is a good thing as long as it is does with love. Why are you telling your child no? Is there a good reason? The same goes for when you are telling your child yes. You have to consciously make a decision based on what your child needs.

There are also the parents who live through their children. Or they push their child to become something so hard that their child resents them for it. For example, you were a football star so you think that you're child should be. Or, you didn't get to play college ball so you push you're child as hard as you can even if they don't want to do it. God has a plan for your child. Pray for your child daily that he will lead your child and that he will reveal to you his plan for your child so you can help.

Scripture for Memory

The righteous who walks in his integrity - blessed are his children after him!

Proverbs 20:7

Go visit Amy if you want to join the study!

Please Watch - "I Invented the Internet (Ep. 4: Kill and Destroy)

This is not a political blog nor do I ever intend it to be. I do not like discussing politics with anyone besides my husband and my best friend. But....I watched this video and felt convicted to share it. Do with it what you will but please watch it and pray over it.


October 28, 2008

Second CVS trip this week!

So I went back to CVS! I had a CVS coupon for $2 off 2 Gold Emblem candies and heard they were on sale for $1. So I had to go get that! I also found another coupon for the Colgate MaxFresh toothpaste. Only bad thing is that the cashier rang up my coupon wrong and I didn't realize it until I left the store. So I paid $1.00 for 2 things of candy....not bad! I didn't use any ECB's for this and got 2 ECB's for the toothpaste so that puts me up to 10 ECB's for my next deals. I'm trying to decide whether or not I should go another time this week. I have coupons for $1 off CVS vitamins and the CVS Vitamin D is for free after ECB so that could be a money maker. I don't need Vitamin D pills....my prenatal vitamin gives me 100% but I could donate them. I guess I'll see how the week goes! I can't wait to figure out my deals for next week! People are right....CVSing is very addicting! My husband thinks it's funny!

October 27, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

I haven't planned a menu in a really long time! And it shows! We have been eating out entirely too much. It's also because I've been boycotting dishes! Not a good motivational time for me! But that's going to change! On Saturday, we got another free box of food from Angel Food Ministries from our pastor! It's so wonderful and we have been so blessed! We also received emergency food stamps from FEMA for the bad windstorm that was caused by Hurricane Ike in September. So we are set on food! So it's very stupid to get fast food right now because we basically have all this free food! Remind me of that, okay? So we are eating much better than usual this week because of Angel Food. I rarely have this many meat meals.
Monday Spaghetti and meatballs
Tuesday Chicken Fajitas
Wed Boneless Porkchops
Thurs Meatloaf
Friday Halloween....not sure, something simple before trick or treat!
Saturday Ribeye Steaks
Sunday some kind of chicken
Go visit I'm an Organizing Junkie for more of Menu Plan Mondays!

Fun filled weekend!

Me and my husband had a fantastic weekend! I didn't think it would be very busy but we just played by ear. Friday night we rented movies and cuddled on the couch and ate popcorn! Always a good time! Saturday after Tim went hunting we were going to stop by the local Goodwill store to see if they had any deals. Well, they did! It was 50% off day and I got a really great coat for $15! I got a few other things as well. Then we went to explore the town of Batesville and stopped by a mom and pop store. It was one of those stores that had candy making supplies and fudge and cookies! Then we drove through Oldenburg (sp?), which is an old German town. Not extremely exciting but they had some really pretty churches. I then decided that we should make a roadtrip to Metamora which was very near to where we were. Metamora is this great canal town in Indiana, near Brookville Lake. It has tons of stores and activities to do. They actually have a safe trick or treat and we got to see a bunch of cute kids dressed up. We took the dog which wasn't the best idea but everyone loves our boxer! They think he is so cute! He is a good looking dog, he's just a handful! But I wouldn't trade him for anything. We walked through the town and then walked on a canal trail that passed by the corn maze. Then we were really tired and went home. Had some pizza and watched another movie! Oh and I forgot to mention! My pastor called me Saturday morning and said he was stopping by with something. He brought us over a box of food from Angel Food Ministries! We are so blessed! This is the second free box that we have received from them! Such a blessing with me not working right now! Now on to Sunday! Had a great church service and loved seeing everyone from church. Then we went to a friend's house. Tim's groomsmen and two of their parents got together and wanted to have a dinner for us to give us our presents from the wedding. It was so much fun. I always have a lot of fun when I'm with these people. They are so caring and giving and funny! It was great to see the kids too!

So that was my weekend! Now I'm just playing catchup with the house! Hope you have a great week!

October 26, 2008

I Was Tagged!

Tag! I'm It!

Lee at Frugal Green Mom tagged me this week, which is a fun little thing we have going on in the bloggy world. Here are the rules:
Link back to the person who tagged you and share the rules on your blog.
Share 7 facts about yourself.
Tag seven people and list their links in your post.
Tell those 7 people by commenting on their blog!

1. I got married July 12, 2008....so I'm still technically a newlywed!
2. I bleed orange and black....Bengals fan! (despite the bad season), even though I'm a Hoosier (Indiana) now! Only been in Indiana for one year, spent 24 in Ohio.
3. I have two stepkids (10 and 13), a cat and a dog and want 3 children of my own! Makes for a full and happy home!
4. I went to 3 colleges before graduating with an associate's in paralegal studies....Ohio State (wish I would have stayed there!), University of Cincinnati and Brown Mackie College. If you ask me where I'm an alum from I'll always go with OSU!
5. My goal in life is to be a stay at home mom to my children.
6. I met my husband through my ex-boyfriend.
7. I am a Delta Zeta sorority girl and proud of it!

My seven tagged blogs!

1. http://ccostello.blogspot.com/
2. http://farmhomelife.blogspot.com/
3. http://grocerycartchallenge.blogspot.com/
4. http://likemerchantships.blogspot.com/
5. http://thriftyinthecincy.blogspot.com/
6. http://jphillips4.blogspot.com/
7. http://thriftyjinxy.blogspot.com/

My CVS trip this week!

So I found out that going to CVS early is a good thing. I went before church at 8am. The Aurora location was not open until 10am, even though cvs.com said they were open at 8am (grr!) but the Lawrenceburg location was open at 8am. I like them better because they're newer and they print out coupons but it is a little bit further! Last week, lots of the free deals were already gone because I waited till, oh my gosh...Monday! Here's a look at my trip:


4 soyjoy bars $4
1 Bic Comfort 3 Advance Razor (4 ct.) $5.89
Newspaper $0.75


Soyjoy Buy 2 get 1 free ($1.00 savings)
$2 oof Bic razors

Used $5.27 ECB's
$2.41 oop (out of pocket)
Earned $8 ECB!

I'm so excited and did much better than last week! I also got a $25 gift card for transferring a prescription so I'll be using that hopefully for a while with my out of pocket costs! Yay me! If you want to learn more visit Money Saving Mom for some advice and see all of the scenarios!

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