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Friday, June 26, 2015

Five Loves on Friday

Happy 1st Friday of summer, friends!  I hope this fresh new season has gotten off to a beautiful start for you!  Ours was filled with celebrations and simple joys.  Here are a few of my favorites (listed chronologically ;)).

1.  One on One Time with Little One

Princess went to a swap meet with my parents on Saturday.  While she was off having a great afternoon, Jason and I soaked up the special one on one time with Little One!  We took her out for frozen custard, then headed to the lake for some sunshine, fresh air, and bubble blowing.  It was a simple, beautiful, carefree time together!

   2.  Backyard Fire Pit Fun!

I heart summertime family fun!

We set up a fire pit in our backyard last weekend.  It was so much fun making s'mores, chatting, laughing, and stargazing after a gorgeous sunset!  

3.  Father's Day 2015

It was such a joy to celebrate Jason (even more than usual ;)) on Sunday!  I prepped some of his favorite eats, like my Cheesy Eggilicious Bacon-y Quiche.  He loves all things water related, so we made a trip to the lake and enjoyed a dip in our pool.  We surprised him with gifts - a few handmade, a couple useful, and others just plain fun.  Best of all, we created new memories as a family!  Those are the kind of gifts that last a lifetime. :)

4.  Lightning Bug Catching 

Ahh, the simple joys of childhood. :)

My girlies are really good at catching lightning bugs!  I couldn't believe how many they got in their lit'l bug house!  When I was growing up, the kids in my neighborhood would gather on summer evenings for lightning bug catching contests.  I was never as successful as my daughters, but I remember those fun nights fondly.  I'm sure my sweeties will too.  Did you catch lightning bugs as a kid?  (Do you call them that or "fireflies"?)  

*For anyone feeling bad for these little buggies, they were released ...outside. ;)

5.  Celebrating Father's Day with my Parents

Last night we had my parents over for a cookout in celebration of Father's Day.  My dad is one of my favorite people on the planet and I loved celebrating him (& having another excuse to give him something else to wear during our upcoming trip to Disney World)!  We had such a sweet time around the table together.  I cherish evenings like that so very much!

Thanks for stopping by today, sweet friends!  Have a lovely upcoming weekend!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sweet Summertime Sales! {Coupon Codes Galore!}

What could be sweeter than summer's official arrival?  Saving some money on things you'll enjoy during this glorious season!  Who's ready for some coupon codes?!

Spotify Summer Special

33 cents a month to listen to almost any album, commercial free?  Yes, please!  In the mood for your own lit'l dance party?  Click here to get this incredible deal!

Grace to You Summer Inventory Sale

Looking for an excellent summer read?  Check out the fantastic selection at!  Most books are currently on sale 25% off, but hurry this sale ends today (6/24)!

Redbox // FREE DVD Rental

Use promo code:  SM74WK3 for a FREE one day DVD rental (or $1.50 off the rental of a blu-ray or game) now through June 30th.

Sonic Drive-In Medium Slushes for 79 cents! {Today only!}

Today (6/24) you can order a medium Famous Slush for just 79 cents at Sonic Drive-In!  {Add-ins are an extra fee // Limit 4}  Call your local Sonic for more info.  Thanks to Hip2Save for the head's up!

Disney's Twice Upon a Year Sale

Disney Store currently has 403 items up to 60% off!  Remember those cute Mickey Mouse popsicle molds I recently shared in a Five Loves on Friday post?  They're now on sale 59% off at just $3.99!

Mickey Mouse Popsicle Molds // $3.99 (reg. $9.95)

*Remember:  If you enter through Ebates you can earn 3% cash back on your purchase!  Don't have an Ebates account?  Sign up here.  Why not save and what you'll be buying anyway? :)

July POPSUGAR Must Have Box Spoiler & COUPON!

The themes:  Beach Days ・Fourth of July  Easy Travel  Summer Heat  sound like summer mail perfection to me! 

Here's a sneak peek at one item that will be in each July box...

The POPSUGAR boxes go for $39.95, but come with $100+ products.  Looking to score an ever better bargain?  I have a coupon code for $5 off!   CLICK HERE to get a July box before they sell out, and use the code REFER5 to snag yours for $34.95!  (Shipping is included. :))

Charming Charlie Semi-Annual Sale

Right now Charming Charlie is offering some amazing sales:  buy 1 get 1 FREE tops and dresses {expires today, 6/24} and 2 necklaces for $10 {expires tomorrow, 6/25}!  If $50 worth of goodies find their way into your cart you can use the code CITRUS10 to take $10 off your total.

Looking for a new sun hat for the summer?  They have several that are regularly $20, now just $4.99!

Barbados Striped Sun Hat // $4.99 (reg. $20)

*You can earn also earn 3% cash back when entering Charming Charlie through Ebates

Kate Spade's Work. Play. Sale!

Pairing the code: SETSALE will knock an addition 25% off sale items at!  Here's what I picked up during their last sale.

*Earn 3.5% cash back when entering through Ebates.

Shutterfly // FREE Hardcover Photo Book

Enjoy a FREE 8x8 Photo Book with coupon code: SUNNYBOOK.  {This offer ends Tuesday, 6/30.}

*Earn 1% cash back when entering Shutterfly through Ebates.

I love bargain hunting!  I'd be happy to share fab finds like this regularly if there's interest.  So, if you enjoyed this post please let me know in the comments section below!  Have a lovely day, friends!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Five Loves on Friday

Happy Friday, lovelies!  Ready for a peek into my week?  Let's get right to those Five Loves! 

1.  Family Time at Heartland of America Park

A beautiful evening in the park with my family was the perfect way to spend last Friday night! :)

2.  I love picnicking with my favorite people!

Jimmy John's Calorie Cutting Tip:  Switching my sandwich (the Vito) from the typical French bread version to their lettuce wrapped "unwich" saved 248 calories!  Yummy win!

3.  Walking the Riverfront Trail

One of the highlights of summertime for me is taking nice long walks with my family.  I love walking this riverfront trail!  The entire pathway smells of wildflowers and the view is gorgeous!  

4.  We tried Pizza Hut's New Hot Dog Bites Pizza with Salted Pretzel Crust!

While it was tasty, it made my list of loves simply for the sheer fun of trying something new and surprising my girls with a wacky new culinary combo.  They had no idea that this new pizza existed.  I sat the box down in our kitchen and let them open it.  They couldn't believe their eyes!  Pizza plus pigs in a blanket with pretzel crust!  They giggled with amusement and couldn't wait to grab a slice.  That alone made this pizza pie with the price. ;)

5.  My First Giveaway at Chatting Over Chocolate!

I was so encouraged through reading "Anxious for Nothing" that I'm delighted to give away a copy to one of my sweet readers!  

If you haven't entered yet, it's open until 6/20/2015 - 12am central.  I'd love to have you toss your name into the rafflecopter widget today!

Enter Here!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, friends!  
Have a fabulous weekend!