Friday, January 23, 2015

Library Day Link Up- Week 3

Library Day Link Up Week 4 - Book Suggestions for adults, 5 year olds and 8 year old.
This week was great for us for the library. We were able to snag some great books and get some fun craft time at one of the events they hosted.

Audio Books 

The Lost Episodes (Adventures in Odyssey) - I am really enjoying this set. A lot of the episodes I have listened so far speak to some of the struggles we are having in our house. It's amazing for my kids to hear truth spoken in a way they understand it.

The Purpose Driven Life - My word of the year is Purpose so this seemed like the natural choice to start my year with. I have read this one in the past but I have a strong feeling it will speak new truth to me this time around.

R -
R is my 8 year old daughter. She is amazing and is currently flying through her first series. I couldn't be prouder. Here are a few of the books she is reading right now.

Kylie Jean Books - Once again Kylie Jean makes her way on to the list. I am pretty sure these will live on her library list long term.

Clementine Books - I am so happy to see R enjoying this series. I was starting to wonder if Kylie Jean was going to be our only series.

Desert Animals (Origami Safari) - R spotted this on the way out and decided she wanted to try her hand at origami. Talk about a great fine motor activity!

Jaguars (My First Animal Library) - R LOVES big cats so this book was a natural for her to grab. I love that she is voluntarily in the non-fiction section.

Baby Cats (It's Fun to Learn About Baby Animals)
Tiger (Zoo Animals (Heinemann Hardcover))
Mammals (Facts at Your Fingertips)

Pets: Learn to Draw Step by Step (Beginning Artists)

I Can Draw Polar Animals (I Can Draw Animals!)

C is my 5 year old son. He has a huge love for graphic novels and anything I can read to him.

Spider-Man Family: Itsy-Bitsy Battles (Marvel Adventures Spider-Man)

Pokémon Black and White, Vol. 9 (Pokemon)

Due to a very heavy work load Mike has been unable to read much. He will be back in books next week hopefully.

Read Aloud Time
I try to read a few books each day with the kids aloud. Right now I am focusing on Christmas books. I will let you know how I feel about them in the coming week after we have had a chance to enjoy them.

Chickerella - I did not like this book at all. It was just strange.
Over in the Arctic: Where the Cold Winds Blow

Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team - This was a great book based on a true story.
King Hugo's Huge Ego - This one made us chuckle. It's also a great object lesson about humility.
CookieBot!: A Harry and Horsie Adventure - We read this book at least 8 times. They LOVED this story. I loved reading it with them.
Circus Train - This book was downright adorable.
Mop to the Rescue - We didn't love this book as much. 
Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!
A Mountain of Mittens - This book was adorable. We read this book a few times and really got a big laugh out of it. 
Bits & Pieces - This was R's favorite read aloud this week. Then again, it's about cats. 

What did you pick out? 
Have you been at the library this week? I would love to hear what you will be reading. Maybe I can find a few more to add to my list for next week. If I choose one of your books I will make sure to link back to you.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

10 Questions You Should Ask Before Couponing

Should I coupon? 10 Questions You Should Ask Before Couponing

Welcome to the New Year. This is the time of year when everyone tends to look at their budget and try to figure out how to pinch every penny. One of the first things people look at is couponing. While couponing can be a great way to stretch your income there are 10 things you should ask before taking the plunge.

1) Am I willing/able to shop weekly? - I know some people prefer to shop every two weeks or monthly. When couponing this is less realistic. Are you willing to go to one or more stores once or more a week? Is that time investment worth the savings for you?

2) Am I willing to store coupons? - You will need to save coupons for up 3 months. There are varying methods to do this but the question still stands. Are you willing to set aside a space in your home for coupons?

3) Am I brand loyal? - If you are brand loyal couponing won't be your favorite thing. Deals vary by what brand is currently promoting a sale. If you can only eat a specific brand of certain items and you won't be moved couponing may not be for you.

4) Am I going to remember the coupons? - One of the biggest things I hear from people is that they forget to bring their coupons with them to the store. It will be essential to be organized and have these with you for every shopping trip.

5) Am I willing to invest at least an hour a week into couponing? - Between making your list, pulling your coupons, doing your shopping trip, and organizing your purchases you will invest at least an hour but potentially quite a bit more into this. Is that time that you are willing to spend to save money?

6) Am I willing to follow the rules? - Couponing is a slippery slope. There are opportunities to do things that are questionable. In order to successfully coupon long term you will need to know the rules and be willing to sacrifice a good deal if it means doing it with integrity.

7) Am I willing/able to stockpile? - One of the biggest ways to make your money stretch with couponing is to stockpile excess items when they are sale so that you will not have to buy them when they are no longer on sale. Are you able to do this? Do you have room for 8 ketchups, 8 boxes of oatmeal, or whatever else you use in your household?

8) Am I able to budget? - Couponing is excellent but can end up costing you more money if you do not have a set spending amount. There are tons of great deals to be had and sometimes there is an urge to get them all. Are you able to say no to an item that will cost you more than you have budgeted that week?

9) Am I good at setting boundaries? - Couponing is fun. There is something about bringing home huge amounts of things for less than full price and feeling like you stretched the family budget. I have also seen it become an addiction for some. I have seen people put the deal ahead of their family. Are you able to set a clear boundary and stick to it?

10) Am I able to keep internet on and a printer working? - There are many great sites that will make couponing easier for you if you access to the internet. You can also get many coupons from your printer. However, you need to make sure to keep both of these running or you are sure to miss out on many of the deals.

Are you considering couponing? I will be talking more about it in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fandom Jewelry Under $10! - List Updated Often

Fandom Jewelry Under $10! - List Updated Often - Over 50 items including DC, Doctor Who, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings

After finding a few Doctor Who jewelry items for under $10 shipped I knew I had to research other fandoms. It turns out fandom jewelry doesn't have to break the bank! This list is packed with items from each fandom that you can get for under $10 shipped! Some will be Amazon prime and will only ship free with prime. Others will be free shipping. Some will even have a shipping charge but still equal $10. If it is not a prime item expect it to take up to 3 weeks to arrive. I will be updating this list often so pin it or bookmark it and come back to see what's new.


Superman Superhero Pendant Necklace Steel Chain Stainless Metal Men $3.99 plus $4.99 shipping - $8.98 Shipped
Topearl Superman The Man of Steel Superhero Quartz Pocket Watch Chain Value Quality Bronze $8.81 with free shipping
Jade Onlines Black Gothic Dark knight Batman Bat Weapon Shape 2 Figner Ring, Ideal for Cosplay Bar Party Dj, Best Gift for Kids Friends $2.98 with free shipping
Batman Superhero Pendant Necklace Steel Chain Fashion Stainless Men $4.99 plus $4.99 shipping - $9.98 shipped.
Dreamslink Fashion 18k White Gold Plated Ring Green Color Swarovski Elements Austrian Crystal Green Lantern Ring 86867 $9.90 with free prime shipping
Flash Superhero Pendant Necklace Steel Chain Fashion Stainless Men $4.99 plus $4.99 shipping - $9.98 shipped
Stainless Steel Post with Wonder Woman Logo Stud Earrings $9.99 with free shipping

Doctor Who 

Doctor Who 3D Tardis Police Box Pewter Tall Pendant Long Chain Pendant Necklace - $2.21 Shipped!
Doctor Who Exterminate! Rubber Bracelet $7.99 with free prime shipping
Doctor Who Photo Printed Stamp Cut Tardis Necklace $8.20 with free prime shipping
Doctor Who SET of 2 Split TARDIS POLICE BOX BFF Heart NECKLACES - $3.50 plus $4.99 shipping - $8.49 Shipped
Doctor Who Weeping Angel Necklace Pendant $8.95 with free Prime Shipping!
Doctor Who Dalek Rubber Wristband Bracelet BBC $9.13 with free prime shipping!
Doctor Who TARDIS Plastic French Wire EARRINGS $4.99 plus $4.99 shipping
Doctor Who Bad Wolf Zinc Alloy Necklace - $9.99 with free prime shipping!

Harry Potter

1pcs* Harry Potter Golden Snitch Pendant Pocket Watch Necklace Wings Chain Gift
Harry Potter Silver Deathly Hallows Charm Earrings with Gift Box $3.29 plus $5.49 shipping - $8.78 shipped
Hip Mall Deathly Hallows Metal Gold Necklace Pendant Harry Potter Movie - $7.59 with free prime shipping
Finejo Harry Potter Braided rope, platted Synthetic Leather bracelet Snitch Angel Wings Owl Brown - $3.99 with free shipping
Harry Potter Glasses Ring - $6 plus $3.85 shipping - $9.85 shipped

Hunger Games

The Hunger Games Movie Bracelet Cord "Mockingjay" $1.75 with free shipping
The Hunger Games Movie Necklace Single Chain "Mocking Jay" $2.34 with free shippping
White Antique Silver Arrow Bracelet,Hunger Game Bracelet,Love Bracelet $5.99 with free prime shipping
The Hunger Games Movie Rubber Bracelet Mockingjay $6 with free prime shipping
Hunger Games Mockingjay Antique Infinity Leather Rope Wrap Bracelet - $4.99 plus $1.99 shipping - $6.98 shipped!
Mockingjay Dangle Fish Hook Earrings $5.99 plus $2.99 shipping - $8.98 shipped
Eternity J. Retro Steampunk Quartz Pocket Watch Hollow Bird Hunger Game Pendant+Gift Card Box+Chain - $8.99 with free prime shipping
The Hunger Games Movie Ring Vintage Ring "Mockingjay" - $9.10 with free prime shipping.

Lord of the Rings

Arwen Evenstar Stylish Pendant Necklace (Silver) $3 with free shipping
Aragorn Elven Green Leaf Brooch Pin Pendant Necklace $2.80 with $1.99 shipping - $4.79 shipped
Ebuyingcity Lord of the Rings Hobbit Key Pendant Stainless White Necklace Replacement $2.94 plus $3 shipping - $5.94 shipped

The One Ring $8.88 with free shipping


316L,Iron-Man, Stud, Earrings Post Earings Ironman Iron - $4.99 with $4.99 shipping - $9.98 shipped
Thors Hammer European Style Jewelry Charm Beads 27x21mm $2.99 plus $2.50 shipping - $5.49 shipped
Retro Captain America Shield Rubber Wristband $5.99 with free prime shipping
Captain America Shield Logo Stud Earrings $5.99 plus $3.68 shipping - $9.67 shipped
18" KONOV Jewelry Polished Stainless Steel Spider Pendant Men Necklace, Silver, 18 inch Chain - $3.99 plus $4.85 shipping - $8.84 shipped
Flat Top Black " SPIDERMAN " Logo with 14Gx5/8(1.6x16mm) 316L Surgical Steel Barbell with 6mm Ball Tongue Piericng jewelry. Price per 1 Piece only. $2.33 plus $3.75 shipping - $6.08 shipped
JSDY Mens Gold Plated Stainless Steel Spider Web Printed Engagement Ring Jewelry 8mm US 9 $5.20 plus $4.57 shipping - $9.77 shipped

Star Trek 

Casoty Jewelry Star Trek Cufflinks Starfleet Command Cufflinks in Gift Box - $4.49 plus $4 shipping
Star Trek Klingon Gold Lapel Badge Pin - $9.95 with free shipping
Qmx Star Trek Starfleet Command Division Badge Prop Replica - $9.99 with free prime shipping
Star Trek Wars Pendant Chain Fashion Stainless Metal Necklace - $9.99 with free prime shipping
Star Trek Command Insignia Ring Band - BRAND NEW - Gold Color R6 - $9.99 with free prime shipping

Star Wars 
Star Wars Do or Do Not Lucite Keychain - $4.99 with free prime shipping
Casoty Jewelry Fashion New Star Wars Cufflinks,Mens French Cufflinks. - $4.99 plus $4 shipping so $8.99 shipped.
Star Wars Boba Fett Dog Tag Necklace - $7.99 with free prime shipping
Star Wars Return of the Jedi Dog Tag Necklace - $8.99 with free prime shipping!