Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What I Wore


Good morning! I'm sharing some of my favourite items that are on groopdealz.com right now. If you are interested in any of these pieces, be sure to buy them ASAP, as they are only available for a limited time.

Here's another chance to get a Plaid Blanket Scarf!


I had a great pair of jeggings until a lovely daughter of mine claimed them for herself. These look like a great replacement! Stretchy Denim Jeggings - 2 colours

How cute is this Striped Buttoned Back Tunic?!

And I love this entire outfit! Holiday Sequin Cowl Neck Sweater - $26.99

This Laced Tunic Dress comes in 5 colours:

Have you ordered anything from groopdealz.com yet? They have so many deals going on right now, including items for kids, as well as jewelry and home decor! Check them out today.

And check out more outfit inspiration at The Pleated Poppy and Reasons to Dress.

Blessings and love. xo

Giving at Christmastime


Ben and I visited our local F.I.S.H. (Faith In Serving Humanity) location last weekend. We had a bag of clothing to donate, and I had been wanting to go and find out more about the services they offer. This location had a food bank plus a clothing room where clothing is sold, with the profits going to the food bank. 

We both looked around the clothing room to see if there were any items we might want to purchase. Unfortunately, there wasn't anything in either of our sizes that worked for us this time. I plan to go back once in awhile, as they get donations in weekly.

While we were there, we went back to the food pantry to talk with the ladies there about what their current needs are. They said that what they really need right now were actually non-food items. They explained that food stamps do not cover any toiletries, paper goods, diapers, etc. Food stamps cover basic foods, and the food pantry may have a few items to offer, food-wise, but what about those items we use every day that aren't included? 

Here is a list they gave us:



One of the volunteers told us that her heart really goes out to the elderly, as they have such fixed incomes to begin with and what little money they have often goes toward medications or medical supplies. They may be able to get some of their basic food needs met through food stamps, but what about toothpaste or denture cream? What about toilet paper? What about dishwashing detergent? 

I have never had to receive assistance from the government to feed my family, but I will be honest and tell you that I have come close to applying for food stamps a couple of times. There is nothing like that sinking feeling that comes when you look into your pantry and refrigerator and don't know what you will feed your kids. And to not have the basic toiletries and items that we, in America, consider necessary. That is stressful. I have certainly learned how to be more resourceful, and of course I asked over and over for wisdom from God, which He always gives. But sometimes there are just no resources. 

I am thinking more and more about how to help the dear people in my community. I know the statistics of those who are on government assistance are more staggering than ever. People are in need. Those of us who have access to resources can help. 

After leaving F.I.S.H., Ben and I went to the grocery store, and I was thrilled to find coupons at the kiosk for laundry detergent and fabric softener for brands that were already on sale. Score! I hope to also visit the dollar stores within the next week to get a few other things. Our budget is limited, but I am compelled to help.

And of course, while we are out picking up toothpaste and diapers, we can also throw a jar of peanut butter and a couple of boxes of mac and cheese into our carts, too, don't you think?! 

I can't think of a better Christmas gift to give.

Blessings and love. xo

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekly Menu Plan {15 December}


Happy new week! How was your weekend? Ours was busy, with one day of not going anywhere (for most of us) which was a nice break. Resting is beneficial, especially in this harried season that can take so much out of us. 

Here is our plan for this week:

Monday - Slow Cooker Tuscan Potato Soup, Italian bread

Tuesday - Grilled Cheese (Emma didn't get to make this last week, so we're putting in the rotation again.)

Wednesday - *To Be Determined by Ben*

Thursday - Egg Drop Soup, Chicken Stir-Fry, rice

Friday - Guinness Beef Stew

Saturday - Leftovers

Sunday - Snack-y supper

I'm linking up with the ladies at Menu Plan Monday. Hop on over for more menu ideas!

Blessings and love. xo

Friday, December 12, 2014

Game Night with CASHFLOW


Disclaimer: Thanks to RichDad for sponsoring today's post and inspiring us to be  financially savvy with CASHFLOW! All opinions are my very own.



We have a fun game night planned for this evening with CASHFLOW from Rich Dad Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki! We love board games at our house and I, especially, am always on the look out for games which also provide an educational aspect along with the fun. CASHFLOW is a game I think we all will enjoy and I can't wait to see what the kids (and I) learn about money, investing and becoming financially fit for the world we live in today.

About the game:
CASHFLOW was created by Robert Kiyosaki, the author of Rich Dad Poor Dad, the best selling personal finance book of all time and Kim Kiyosaki, author of It’s Rising Time.

CASHFLOW 101 teaches you and your kids how to get out of the Rat Race and onto the Fast Track, how to make your money work for you - not the other way around. CASHFLOW 101 is an educational board game that simulates real life financial strategies and situations. As a simulation, you learn valuable lessons and gain priceless insights into personal finance and investing without having to put your actual money at risk. CASHFLOW 101 is the ultimate realization of Robert Kiyosaki's vision of an interactive tool for financial education, and the fulfillment of his belief that we learn best by doing. CASHFLOW 101 is an educational board game that teaches accounting, finance, and investing at the same time - and makes learning fun!

What makes CASHFLOW different from other financial resource games? CASHFLOW not only teaches you how to invest and acquire assets but most importantly how you behave within investing scenarios. You can test out strategies for building wealth you might NEVER try in real life. If you're a saver, try aggressive investing. If you're a risk-taker, try slow growth. Win and Learn!


Promo Code:If you're interested in ordering CASHFLOW, my readers can get 10% off with the promo code: CASHFLOW.

I'll report on our game night soon!

Blessings and love. xo

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What I Wore


Good morning! I have some fun items to share with you today. Do you still have Christmas shopping to do? Check out these cute pieces from groopdealz.com!

I really like a sweater with pockets! Check out this Cozy Pocket Cardigan:

 The Stranded Necklace comes in 8 colours!

Have you gotten your Cozy Blanket Scarf yet? Here's your chance! 

I love this red Plaid Pocket Tunic

These Home State Tees are SO much fun! What a great gift idea.

And for the younger ladies, how cute is this Come Let Us Adore Him Christmas Tee (also available in adult sizes)!?!

Okay, one more and I'll stop, but head over to groopdealz to find SO many more fantastic choices!

You know me, I love this Animal Print Top:

Happy Shopping!

I'm linking up with What I Wore.

Blessings and love! xo

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