Category: Deals & Giveaways

Jun 28 2016

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Have you ever been in the middle of hosting an event at your house and realized you are out of napkins?  Gone to brush your teeth only to discover you are out of toothpaste?  Went to start the laundry only to find out that you are out of laundry soap?  All of these are possible scenarios and can be quite frustrating.  I speak from experience!  It is not cool to run out of essential items when you really need them!

At the time it is not funny when you realize you need something and do not have it on hand.  It can be a big inconvenience because you may have to stop what you are doing and go to the store to pick up the missing product. You may need to be creative with your available resources because you cannot pick up the missing item (using cloth napkins while your guests are still visiting or napkins).  Whatever the resolution in those crazy times it simply would have been easier to just have the item already at the house!

Avoid the Oops

No one likes that sinking feeling when you reach for something only to realize it’s all gone. Avoid those oops moments by stocking up at Walmart.

One of the best ways to “avoid the oops” and running out of staple items is to keep a stock of essentials from Protector & Gamble.  Whether it is an impromptu summer event, gathering, or last minute outing.  It is always great to keep the daily or regularly used items on your list and small stockpile (one or two spares). The best way that we  have helped to “avoid the oops” in our household is to create and use a system.

First, we try to keep at least 1 extra of the essential items that we use regularly in our house.  Whenever, any member uses or opens up the last of an item they automatically add it to our shopping list.  It doesn’t matter if I use the last item, my husband or kids, everyone has the freedom to update the list.  It helps us keep what we need in stock.  Until recently I would pick up any items on our shopping list around town, however, using WalMart’s “avoid the oops” program would save me the time and energy of running errands.  Plus, I get the opportunity to order great products and have them delivered directly to our house (extra bonus)!

Save Time and Money:

Who doesn’t want to have a little extra time at the end of the day or extra money left in the budget at the end of the month!  Some weeks it takes everything you have to balance schedules and all the activities (school, work, family, extra curricular, and more).  If you could have something already in place that would allow you to quickly and easily order quality staple products online for a reasonable price and have them delivered to your home it may reduce some of the unnecessary stress in your already busy schedule.  Most shoppers don’t realize they have the option of shopping for the same great household essentials at Walmart’s everyday low prices on Walmart. And by doing so, they’ll also save time so they can enjoy more of that summer sunshine.

Share Your “Oops” Moment:

Have you ever had an “oops” moment?  Please share!  We are all human and have had those moments at various times throughout our lives.  We can laugh or cry together about them!

I was thrilled to hear that SheSpeaks teamed up with Walmart to showcase their “Avoid the Oops” program.  Practical products are awesome!  I love it when my house is stocked with the basic necessities and the house looks as well as smells fresh!  Thank you Walmart and SheSpeaks for helping me tackle my shopping list and clean my house!  It is always great to find products that are useful and easy to get.

She Speaks, WalMart, Avoid the Oops Review

AMAZING Household, Cleaning, and Health & Beauty Items from Walmart that we Received:

  • 2 – Pampers Baby Fresh Baby Wipe Tubs (72 count each)
  • 6 – Bounty Basic Big Roll Paper Towels (95 sheets per roll)
  • 9 – Charmin Basic Toilet Paper Bulk Rolls (319 sheets per roll)
  • 1 Box – Gain Powder Laundry Detergent Original
  • 1 Pack – Gillette Simply Venus Disposable Razors (4 count)
  • 3 – Crest Cavity Protection Toothpaste 6.4 oz each
  • 10 – Ivory Original Soap Bars
  • 2 – Mr. Clean Magic Kitchen Scrubbers
  • 4 – Puffs Ultra Soft Strong Non-Lotion Boxes of Facial Tissues (56 sheets per box)
  • 4 – Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original
  • 2 – Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Extra Power House Cleaning Pads
  • 1 – Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Original Scent
  • 1 – Mr. Clean Hawaiian Aloha Multi-Purpose Liquid Cleaner (40 fl oz)
  • Sample goodies to try too!!!!

I received ALL these products shipped directly to my house for under $60!  They were super easy to order online at Walmart and arrived quickly.  It was a big time savings for our family!  Head on over and try out avoid the oops today so you will be stocked up on your products for tomorrow!

You can shop in all of the following categories:  Kitchen, Laundry, Cleaning, Health & Beauty, Baby, Bathroom and More!!!

Additional Information Can be Found About This AWESOME Program at:

As a member of the SheSpeaks Blogger Society, I was given samples of these products and program to write an informed review.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own.   A special thanks to SheSpeaks and Walmart for providing the products to review.

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Aug 04 2015

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 Visiting the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

One of the days while we were in Charleston, SC it was raining so we took the time to explore the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon.  We had gotten a Groupon for a discounted tour of the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon so we figured it was the perfect day to go.  The girls and I had a lot of fun learning about the building and all the history that took place within it’s walls.  Another time about a year later we were in Charleston again and Jake joined us for our second tour of the building.  It is full of history.  The kids really enjoyed it.  A friend recommended we go see this historic site a couple years ago and we have enjoyed going more than once.

Old Exchange dates back to the 1670’s when it was used as a Customs and Exchange building for the busy Charleston port.  Pirates were placed in the Provost Dungeon.  British tea was stored inside it’s walls.  You can see the old sea wall inside the Provost Dungeon.  During the American Revolution the colonists hid guns and ammunition inside the building.  There is a lot of neat history in this building.

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Old staircase, not in use anymore

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Old Seawall can be seen inside the Provost Dungeon.  Half-moon battery.

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They had amazing brick work done in the building.  It was neat to see.

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Old model of the building.

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Our tour guide telling about the pirates they captured and held as prisoners in the Provost Dungeon

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Pirates biding their time in the Dungeon

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The had to keep records of all the exchanges and transactions that took place inside the building.

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The colonists put a powder magazine inside the building and then built a wall in front of it.  Even during the American Revolution when the British soldiers had control and occupied this building they never found it.  After the war when they took down the wall everything was still where they had left it.

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Provost Dungeon

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Black Beard the pirate

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A lot of neat historical pictures line the walls throughout the building

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It was a rainy day in Charleston.  Perfect day to take a tour of Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon.

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Information about Preside George Washington’s visit to Charleston.

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We the People….

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Historical people and swords

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Rainy day, but still beautiful

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Looking out from the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon building to the street below.

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History of the Exchange & Custom House, Faneuil Hall, and more

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One of the meeting rooms, beautifully decorated

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The Old Exchange Building & Provost Dungeon Banner

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Plagues on the outside walls of the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family and ways we relax.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

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Jun 30 2015

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Noisy Oyster Restaurant

When we are traveling to various places we enjoy trying out a couple of the local restaurants.  We’ve been to Charleston several times and have found some ones that we really like.  Since Charleston is so close to the Atlantic Ocean we like to try different seafood places occasionally when we are in the area.  Our family has eaten at both of the Noisy Oyster locations, one in North Charleston and the other one in Downtown Charleston.

Both Noisy Oyster restaurants have great food and a unique atmosphere that is fun for the whole family.  The one in Downtown Charleston is right along Market St and it has open windows so you can enjoy your dinner while watching the various activities going on downtown.  It is pretty common to see horse drawn carriages or pedicabs (or bike taxi) during your meal.  After you eat you can take a stroll through the Charleston’s City Market or browse through one of the many neat shops nearby to find a unique souvenir.

The Noisy Oyster in North Charleston has a different setting, but still great food.  It is in a little quieter part of town and doesn’t have the open windows.  It looks more like a traditional seafood restaurant.  If you want to relax or stretch your legs after dinner you can go to Barnes & Noble or the local mall nearby.

If you are looking for a good family restaurant that serves seafood in the Charleston area you should check out Noisy Oyster.  We have always enjoyed the food and atmosphere.    Sometimes its fun to try something new when you are on vacation!

The “Travel and Vacation” series is an insight into our trips together as a family and ways we relax.  Life is short and we were thrilled to have the opportunity to build memories with family and explore of of the most amazing places during our time away.  Explore with a good attitude, look for fun, and it will be an awesome trip jammed packed with positive memories.  It is refreshing having some time away from the regular routine.  Make it a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet new people and learn.  You just might see or try something new that takes your breath away!

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Jun 22 2015

Last week Jake’s sister family spent the week with us.  The week went by quickly and we packed in a lot of activities during their stay.  It was fun spending some extra time and catching up with them as well as the rest of the family in the area the last few days.  On Friday the girls went to church camp for the weekend.  The house was really quiet after everyone left!  We celebrated Father’s Day last weekend since the girls were away at camp for a good part of Father’s Day.  Jake was super sweet and helped get our large pile of laundry started while the girls were away.  He also made the most amazing apricot and salmon recipe that I will be sharing in a few days.  Here are my goals for this week:

Last week’s goals

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Romona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary book to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the familywent to Otters Creek Water Park with Mirm’s family
  3. Play a Game with the Familyplayed several this week
  4. Prepare for Upcoming Spring EventsSpring is done and now we are enjoying summer
  5. Spend time working on Summer Workbooks
  6. Attend Evening Activities & Events
  7. Spend Extra Time with Extended Family
  8. Lunch Bags Packed for Work & Errand / Outside Activities
  9. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s)
  10. Prep & Figure out Schedule for Summer Break – wrapping up some later details
  11. Ride Bikes with the Kids
  12. Work on special projects with the kids
  13. Hang out at a park with Kids
  14. Go to the Library
  15. Find a new local place to visit or new activity to do with the Kids – we went to places we already visited before
  16. Attend an extra-curricular activity or event
  17. Get kids packed and sent off to Church Camp
  18. Celebrate Father’s Day

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s) – running a little behind
  3. Keep up with my FitBit Goals
  4. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Vacuum & Dust)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Refrigerator)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Treehouse Fort) – working on it
  6. Pet Care (Focus – Treat Yard for Mosquitoes / Flies)
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Girls Necklace Hangers) – hoping to get it done soon

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients – another project to be done soon
  5. Research and pursue career goals
  6. Prep, plan, and organize content for upcoming summer months while the kids are out of school

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car – working on it
  2. Payoff Medical Bills – paid more on a couple this week
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, HVAC unit, and other debt) – working on it
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget – went over budget with the grocery budget

My goals for the upcoming week

Family Goals

  1. Finish reading Lightening’s Last Hope by Joanna Campbell book to the kids
  2. Plan one special activity with the family
  3. Play a Game with the Family
  4. Spend time working on Summer Workbooks
  5. Attend Evening Activities & Events
  6. Lunch Bags Packed for Work & Errand / Outside Activities
  7. Prep for upcoming Family Adventure(s)
  8. Prep & Figure out Schedule for Summer Break
  9. Ride Bikes with the Kids
  10. Work on special projects with the kids
  11. Hang out at a park with Kids
  12. Go to the Library
  13. Find a new local place to visit or new activity to do with the Kids
  14. Attend an extra-curricular activity or event
  15. Pick up Summer Clothes for the girls (Swim suit, shorts, sandals, pjs)

Personal Goals

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water each day
  2. Continue my YouVersion plan(s)
  3. Keep up with my FitBit Goals
  4. Go to my  Doctor Appointments Scheduled this week
  5. Update Counting My Blessings and Other journal entries daily

Home (Yard & Pets) Management Goals

  1. All laundry for the week washed, folded, and put away in one day
  2. Weekly Dinner Menu planned out for the week
  3. Clean House (Focus – Post Items to Sale and Take Items to Donate)
  4. Organize Chaos (Focus – Girls Scrapbooks)
  5. Yard / Garage Cleanup (Focus – Seed Goat Pen)
  6. Pet Care (Focus – New Collar for Snowball, Hay, & Mineral Bucket)
  7. Repairs – (Focus – Girls Necklace Hangers)

Business Goals

  1. Work on ideas for upcoming blog posts
  2. Respond to Inquiry – Business Relation Emails
  3. Keep up with the day to day items that need my attention
  4. Work completed for clients
  5. Research and Plan Out Business Goals
  6. Prep, plan, and organize content for upcoming summer months while the kids are out of school

Ministry Goals

  1. Meet a friend or family member for Breakfast or Lunch

Financial Goals

  1. Payoff the Car
  2. Payoff Medical Bills
  3. Payoff Other Outstanding Debt – (replacement microwave, refrigerator, hot water heater, bed, HVAC unit, and other debt)
  4. Pay Bills & File Paperwork
  5. Go grocery shopping one time to one store this week and stay within budget

I think it is important to share and encourage each other as we seek to improve our lives and the lives of those around us.  I want to live intentionally not just hope all my dreams and goals come true.  When I focus on small steps of improvement I am able to see results as I get closer to my goals.  Some weeks I get closer to the goals I have in my life and other weeks a take a few steps back (life happens, emergencies occur, people get sick).  Once the goals are written down and shared it provides a guideline for what I aim to accomplish this week.

Why Share My Goals?

  • To keep me accountable
  • To share a piece of my life with you as I strive to be a better Child of God, Wife, Mom, Friend, Homemaker, Entrepreneur and the many other roles I have each week
  • To have my goals consistently written down so I can gauge progress more accurately
  • Create healthy habits in my life
  • To encourage you to share your goals with me as you continue to grown and learn

How did you do this week on your goals?  Feel free to share or link to your list of weekly goals.

The picture above is one that I created for my own purposes, however, The “SMART” acronym was originally coined 30 years ago by Peter Drucker in his classic work, Management by Results.

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Jun 03 2015

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STEM Club team members getting ready to speak to family, friends, and school faculty.

On Family STEM Activity Night all students and families were invited to participate in dinner, activities, and a STEM Club presentation.  Both of our girls spoke in front of all the school faculty, family, and friends that were at the event.  So proud of their courage and willingness to speak in front of so many people.  They did fantastic at the robotic competitions and speaking at the event.

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 Karlie speaking.  Brina spoke too, but we didn’t get a clear picture of her.

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Our little super heroes!

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Karlie getting ready to test her balloon rocket.

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Mrs. Williams (Brina’s 4th grade homeroom teacher) helping Brina put her balloon on the string so she can race it.

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Mr. Moore (one of the STEM Club coaches) timing Brina’s balloon as it zips down the string to the target.

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 Brina making her container for her egg drop.  You got 1 containers and could use 2 items.  She picked bubble wrap and yellow feathers!

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Karlie picked cotton balls and sponges for her egg drop container!

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There goes Karlie’s!

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Brina getting ready to watch her egg drop.  The girls were the first ones to not have their eggs break on the concrete (almost 40 people went in front of them)!

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Jake met us at the school.  He was great at building the tower out of spaghetti noodles and marshmallows.  They were given a specific amount of dry spaghetti noodles and marshmallows to see how high of tower they could build.  They had one of the highest towers when we left the room.

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Measuring the tower!  It was leaning a little, but could stand on it’s own without assistance!

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 Our spaghetti noodle and marshmallow tower design!

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 At the end of the night the school held a drawing for all the people that came.  We had the grand prize ticket – an Amazon Kindle!  The kindle has already been proven valuable on our last couple of road trips.  Instead of bringing extra books they can read a lot of books that we downloaded on the Kindle.  It’s been a nice item to have for the kids.  They are very lucky girls!

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