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Autumn Doxology October 14, 2008

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Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him all creatures here below!

Praise Him above each heavenly host!

Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost!



Sale Saturdays October 11, 2008

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Walgreen’s Deals Oct. 12-18

It is slim pickin’s this week, folks.  Not too much that I found noteworthy.  Here are a few deals:

Bounty Paper Towels are on sale for .89 cents with the WA coupon minus .25 cents off manufacturer coupon from two weeks ago’s Sunday insert= .64 cents

Zout is on sale B1G1= 2/3.79 minus 2/.55 cents off coupons from Sunday insert= 2/2.69 minus full rebate here= free plus 1.10 overage

I have an event coming up that I need the Walgreen’s assorted plasticware utensils for on sale this week B1G1= 2/.99 cents

Dove Products are on sale 25% off plus a buy 4 get $3 rollover deal plus coupons from this Sundays insert.  The following scenario seems to be the most profitable.

Buy 6 white Dove Beauty Bars at 1.19 ea.= 6/7.14 minus 3.00 rollover= 6/4.14 minus coupon for 1.00 off six Dove Beauty Bars= 6/3.14 or .52 cents each

Energizer Batteries on sale for 2.99 with WA coupon minus 1.00 coupon from last Sunday’s insert= 1.99

Bic Comfort 3 Disposable Razors 4 pack is on sale for 3.99 minus easy saver coupon for 1.00 off= 2.99 minus coupon from this Sunday for 2.00 off= .99 cents

Half Gallon of Horizon Organic Milk on sale 2/7 minus 2 coupons printable here for 1.00 off= 2/5 or 2.50 each.

Wax Paper or Reynold’s Wrap on sale for .89 cents with WA coupon.

Renuzit Super Odor Neutralizer is on sale B1G1 for 2/2.99 minus 2/1.00 off manufacturer coupons from a recent Sunday insert= 2/.99 cents or .50 cents ea.

Herbal Essences Hair Care is B1G1 1/2 off which is 2/4.98 minus 3.00 off coupon from this Sunday’s insert= 2/1.98 or .99 cents ea.

Kotex Feminine Care is on sale 3/9 minus 3.00 rollover= 3/6 minus 3/1.00 off coupons found here= 3/3.00 or 1.00 a pack

Walgreen’s Over the Counter Drugs On Sale for 3/10 minus 5.00 esaver rebate= 3/5 minus 2.00 off Walgreen’s Ibuprofen from the 50.00 Pharmacy Savings Booklet= 3/3 or 1.00 each


from Money Saving Mom

Loreal Cleanser Cream or Gel or 25-30 towelettes–up to $6.99 rebate
Use $1/1 from 7/20 inserts
Free plus overage after coupon and rebate

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation–up to $7.49 rebate
Use $1/1 from 9/14 inserts
Free plus overage after coupon and rebate

Extreme Energy 6 Hour Shot–up to $3.99
Free after rebate


Feminine Friday October 10, 2008

Filed under: Feminine Friday — Jen @ 1:35 pm
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hosted by The Barefoot Mama

Today the Barefoot Mama blogs about the feminine art of courtship. It seems the blogging community is all abuzz with the topic of courtship after a recent episode on TLC of “17 and Counting” featuring the Duggar family and the courtship of their eldest son, Josh. So, what is courtship?

An article here, discusses some main components. To quote: “These include: (1) The degree and form of parental involvement; (2) How to choose whom to court/betroth; (3) the timing of romantic emotions; and (4) the timing of forms of physical contact.”

When looking at courtship, today I listened to a CD sermon entitled, “Seven Biblical Virtues Violated by Christian Dating”. This sermon examines the scripture of 1 Thessalonians 4:3-8.

“3.It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4.that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5.not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6.and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7.For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8.Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.”

S.M. Davis, the preacher of this sermon says the biggest problem with Christian dating is that we try to fit biblical principles into the model of worldly dating and then call it Christian. The very nature of worldly dating doesn’t allow biblical principles to work within its context because:

1. It violates the principle of being a one woman man or a one man woman.

2. It violates the principle of security and protection rather than insecurity and under-protection of our daughters.

3. It violates the principle of treating one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

4. It violates and defrauds purity both physically AND emotionally.

5. It violates the principle of waiting on God to awaken love.

6. It violates the principle of being ready to marry when you begin seeking your bride.

7. It violates the principle of walking by faith not by sight.

A few things that stuck out to me that I wrote down to share from his message were these notes:

Young Ladies have much more tender emotions and feel serious much more quickly than young men do. A young man could have no serious feelings towards a young lady and yet because of his actions, words or behavior he could make her feel that things are in fact serious between them.

What “Christian Dating” strives to do is eliminate the physical aspects of a relationship; however what we oftentimes fail to understand is that when setting physical boundaries and yet not setting emotional boundaries we are actually participating in emotional intimacy which is no less powerful than physical intimacy. Also, when you give someone your emotions the physical is not far behind it.

God shows clearly that ‘firsts’ are very special. First fruits, First born, etc. First love also falls into that category. Young women especially have extreme trouble distancing themselves from the feelings they had for their “first loves”. Firsts are to be set apart. They are to be dedicated to the Lord. You will forever have a bond with your first love. Let your first love be your spouse. This is just one reason we are warned in Song of Solomon to ‘not awaken love before it desires’.

My personal story is a testament to that. I didn’t practice Christian courtship as a young lady. I didn’t really know much about it except that it was not what my friends were doing and since I didn’t really know any reasons why or how to practice courtship I struggled to figure out on my own what dating looked like for me. My first love was in high school. I would have married him because in my heart and mind I already had. As girls our fantasies of what marriage looks like to a certain boy can be so damaging because when the relationship doesn’t work out we are devastated. I truly gave a huge chunk of my emotions and many years of my life to this young man whom God did not have planned for me. I must add that this was my LEAST physical relationship of the young men I ‘dated’. We held hands and rarely kissed and never really let our minds go in that direction; however, this relationship hurt the most when we split. Why, when by ‘Christian dating’ standards ours was a model relationship because weren’t being physically intimate? Why? Because emotional intimacy and first emotions of love are so very powerful and not meant to be given to someone who is not intended for you.

So, what is the difference between courting and dating?

Courting seeks counsel and asks God to reveal your mate. It then sets up an emotional and physical security fence.

Dating chases after the mate you select yourself and then asks counsel and God’s blessing in retrospect.

To learn more about courtship I highly recommend listening to Peter and Kelly Bradrick’s testimony about their courtship on “Return of the Daughters” DVD sold here.


My Walgreen’s Run October 9, 2008

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Today, we were in need of toilet paper so I decided to do my Walgreen’s run.  I decided to post in the format of how my receipt looks so that those who are new to the Walgreen’s Couponing can see how it all works out.  Here is the break down:

Ricola  Cough Drops with Echinicea-           2.49

Ricola Cough Drops with Honey Herb-        2.49

Quilted Northern Ultra Big Roll 6 pack-       4.00 SALE

Oral B Indicator Toothbrush-                       1.99 SALE

Oral B Indicator Toothbrush-                       1.99 SALE

Crest 6.4 oz. Toothpaste-                            1.99 SALE

Crest 6.4 oz. Toothpaste-                            1.99 SALE

TUF Paper Towel Roll-                                    .89

TUF Paper Towel Roll-                                    .89

Campbell’s Tomato Soup-                            1.39

Campbell’s Tomato Soup-                            1.39

Glade French Vanilla Candle-                       1.99 SALE

Dial Yogurt Hand Soap-                               1.50 SALE

Dial Yogurt Hand Soap-                               1.50 SALE

Bush Beans Vegetarian-                               1.59

Bush Beans Vegetarian-                               1.59

Palmolive Lavender Liquid Dish Soap-         1.99

SUBTOTAL before coupons: $31.56

Next on the Receipt it shows the amount of reduction off the Walgreen’s Weekly Ad coupon products and easy saver coupons:

Quilted Northern Ultra Big Roll 6 pack-       1.00-MFGC (Easysaver Coupons)

Crest 6.4 oz. Toothpaste 2@1.00-               2.00-MFGC

Oral B Indicator Toothbrush 2@1.00-          2.00-MFGC

Campbell’s Tomato Soup 2@.69-                1.40-WAGC (Weekly Ad Coupons)

Bush Beans Vegetarian 2@.99-                    1.20-WAGC

Ricola Cough Drops 2@1.29-                      2.40-WAGC

Palmolive Lavender Liquid Dish Soap-        1.10-WAGC

Tuf Paper Towel Roll @.59-                           .60-WAGC

Next it shows each Manufacturer Coupon reduction.  It doesn’t list what the coupon pertains to but for our purposes I will list them:

Palmolive Lavender Liquid Dish Soap-          .25-MFGC

Ricola Cough Drops (requires two)-            1.00-MFGC

Crest 6.4 oz. Toothpaste-                           1.00-MFGC

Crest 6.4 oz. Toothpaste-                           1.00-MFGC

Glade French Vanilla Candle-                      1.00-MFGC

Oral B Indicator Toothbrush-                        .75-MFGC

Oral B Indicator Toothbrush-                        .75-MFGC

Quilted Northern Ultra Big Roll 6 pack-      1.00-MFGC

Campbell’s Tomato Soup (requires 2)-         .40-MFGC

Dial Yogurt Hand Soap-                               .30-MFGC

Dial Yogurt Hand Soap (B1G1)-                  1.50-MFGC

Rollover Bucks from last shopping trip-    2.00-MFGC

SUBTOTAL after coupons: $10.01

Walgreen’s coupon savings: $6.70

Walgreen’s advertised sales savings: $8.47

Manufacturer’s coupon savings:  $14.95

Total Savings: $30.12 and $1.10 in rebates


What’s Cookin’ Wednesday October 8, 2008

picture courtesy of allposters.com

Harvest Pie with Apple, Pears and Cranberries

from The Earthbound Farm Organic Cookbook, “Food to Live By”.

For the Pie-

Crust for a single crust pie (for those gluten free Mama’s like myself use a gluten free pie crust)

1 ripe Earthbound Farm organic pear, peeled and sliced (1/4 in. thick)

3 crisp Earthbound Farm organic apples, peeled and sliced (1/4 in. thick)

11/2 c. coarsely chopped fresh or frozen (thawed) cranberries

1 tsp. finely grated lemon or orange zest or combination

2 Tbs. flour (or gf substitute)

1Tbs. cornstarch

2/3 c. sugar

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

Streusel Topping-

1/2 c. rolled oats

1/3 c. flour (or gf substitute)

1/3 c. (packed) brown sugar

1/3 c. chopped walnuts

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 c. unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

1. Roll pastry dough into an 11 in. circle and place in a 9 in. pie plate, patting to fit. Trim or flute the crust around the edge of the pie plate. Transfer the crust to the refrigerator for 30 min.

2. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven, and preheat to 375 F. Place a rimmed baking sheet on the rack.

3. To make the filling: place the apples, pears, cranberries, lemon zest, and orange zest into a large bowl and stir to combine.

4. Place the flour, cornstarch, sugar and nutmeg into a small bowl and stir to combine. Sprinkle this mix on the fruit and toss to combine.

5. To make the topping: place the oats, flour, brown sugar, walnuts, ginger and nutmeg in a medium size bowl. Using your fingers, blend the butter into the mixture until it resembles coarse meal.

6. Place the fruit filling in the pie crust and cover the filling with the struesel topping. Do not pack down the toppin.

7. Place the pie on the baking sheet in the oven. Bake the pie until the juices start to seep and bubble along the edges and the topping is golden brown, 50-60 min. Allow the pie to cool on a wire rack before serving, at least 20 min.

Serves 8

Great with Ice Cream!


Mason Jar Monday October 6, 2008

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I am going to combine today’s Mason Jar Monday with one of the suggestions given in the giveaway entries- Homemade All Natural Beauty Products.

Mason Jars are great for storage, especially of products that need to be kept air tight.

In Fact, Maureen Morlath, Origins’ packaging development manager, decided to use mason jars as packaging for their body scrubs because, “Origins was looking for innovative packaging, especially a sealed jar, and they found it in mason jars. While looking for a unique profile and a way for consumers to mix the product, the design team thought mason jars would be apropos to evoke a preserve and home spa-like feel.”

Today I am posting a recipe for Rose Petal Facial Scrub. Most of the Ingredients are found in your kitchen. The only thing you might need to run out and grab would be white or green clay. If your husband happens to get romantic and buys you some beautiful roses- Here is another great reason to dry the petals and save them. (Side note- dried petals stored in mason jars are also particularly beautiful.) These also make great Christmas gifts!

Rose Petal Facial Scrub

Equal Parts:

Rolled Oats

White or Green Clay

Oil (Almond or Coconut are my Favorites but Olive would work in a pinch)

Mix Oats, Clay and Oil well and add in crushed, dried Rose Petals as a natural exfoliant.

Let me know how you like it!


Walgreen’s Deals October 5-11 October 5, 2008

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VO5 Shampoo and Conditioner on sale 3/1.98 or .66 cents ea.

Tuf Paper Towels on sale for .59 cents with WA coupon

Progresso Soups on sale 4/5.00 with WA coupon minus two 2/.50 off coupons= 4/4.00 or 1.00 ea.

Ricola Cough Drops on sale for 1.29 with WA coupon minus 2/1.00 off coupon from this Sunday’s insert= 2/1.58 or .79 cents ea.

Campbell’s Soup on sale for .69 cents with WA coupon minus 2/.40 off coupon from this Sunday’s insert= 2/.98 cents or .49 cents ea.

Palmolive Dish Liquid on sale for .89 cents with WA coupon minus .25 cents off coupon from recent Sunday insert= .64 cents

Crest Dental Care on sale for .99 cents after esaver coupon minus 1.00 manufacturer’s coupon from recent Sunday insert= Free plus .01 overage

Bush Beans on sale for .99 cents with WA coupon.

Other deals from Money Saving Mom listed here:

Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush Max Starter Kit–$3.99
Use $3/1 manufacturer coupon from 9/7 inserts
Submit for Easysaver Rebate #30–$1.50 back when you buy one
Free plus small overage after coupon and rebate

Visine Eye Drops–$3.99
Use $2/1 in-ad coupon
Use $2/1 manufacturer coupon from 5/11 inserts
Free after coupons

Glade Scented Oil Candle Holder–$3.99
Use $2/1 manufacturer coupon from 9/14 inserts
Submit for Easysaver Rebate offer #31–Get $2 back when you buy one (Limit 2)
Free after coupon and rebate

Glade 4 oz. Candle–$1.99
Use $1/1 coupon from 9/14 inserts
Submit for Easysaver rebate #29–$1 back when you buy one (Limit 10)
Free after coupon and rebate

Coffee-Mate 16 oz. liquid–$1.50
Use $1/1 printable here
$0.50 after coupon

Scrubbing Bubbles Cleaner–$2.50
Use $1/1 manufacturer coupon from 9/21 inserts
Submit for Easysaver Rebate #27–$1 back when you buy one (Limit 6)
$0.50 after coupon and rebate

Garnier Fructis Shampoo and Conditions 25.4 oz.–$5.99
Use $3/1 coupon in October EasySaver catalog
Use $2/1 manufacturer coupon from 5/4 inserts
$0.99 cents after coupons

Buy 1 Glade Wisp Candle at $5.99, Get $3 in Register Rewards
Buy 2 and use $5/1 coupon from 9/7 inserts plus B1G1 coupon here
Free plus $2.01 in overage after coupon and Register Reward

Buy 2 Listerine Smart Rinse at $4.50 each, Get $4.50 in Register Rewards
Use 2 $1/1 manufacturer coupon from 7/27 inserts
$2.50 for both after coupons and Register Reward

Loreal Cleanser Cream or Gel or 25-30 towelettes–up to $6.99 rebate
Use $1/1 from 7/20 inserts
Free plus overage after coupon and rebate

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation–up to $7.49 rebate
Use $1/1 from 9/14 inserts
Free plus overage after coupon and rebate

Extreme Energy 6 Hour Shot–up to $3.99
Free after rebate


Sale Saturday- DELAYED October 4, 2008

Filed under: Deals — Jen @ 6:30 pm
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So, I just returned from our one day trip out to Kansas City for my hubby’s family reunion to find that… someone stole my paper.  Seriously, if you don’t pick up your newspaper early in the morning in this neighborhood it is gone.  So- Sale Saturday is going to be delayed until tomorrow when I can purchase a paper from a stand somewhere.  See you tomorrow.


And the Winner is… October 3, 2008

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Rachelle, I don’t have your email address- just your blog link so I will leave you a message in your comments section or you can comment your email address here. Congrats!


Deadline for Giveaway is Midnight Tonight! October 2, 2008

Filed under: Deals,Weeping Cherries — Jen @ 2:03 pm

Enter before Midnight tonight to be considered for the Mommy and Me Spa Giveaway.  First thing tomorrow morning a winner will be drawn at random and announced on the Feminine Friday post.  ‘See’ you tomorrow!



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