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Frugal Friday

Or: How I Get Starbucks for Free

I don’t usually post about things like this because it feels very ad-like and I don’t want that, but I decided to make an exception here because it really does work without a lot of work on your part

I love Starbucks…that is, I love writing at Starbucks.

I don’t know why, but I am the most productive when I’m sitting at one of the tables and looking out at all the hustle and bustle of this busy little store.

So, this year, as part of my determination to write more and get some major projects crossed off my writing list, I decided to make the investment to go to Starbucks. Now, I realized it was going to be a sacrifice, because I’m on a tight budget and tight budgets do not lend themselves to Starbucks visits.

Then I found out I could use Ibotta to pay for my Starbucks visits.

Ibotta is an app where you can save on things you already buy. So, I buy a Bolthouse drink. After leaving the store (or sometimes while I’m still in it, if I have to wait for someone) I scan the receipt, scan the product and then they deposit $.1.25 in my Ibotta account. Once you’ve accumulated at least $20, you can purchase gifts cards.

And this is where my writing benefits. Starbucks is one of the gift cards you can purchase. So my splurges discipline to write more doesn’t actually cost me anything extra *and* I downloaded the Starbucks app and always transfer all my Ibotta gift cards to the app, so now I am a “Gold Member” at Starbucks (they send you a card and everything!) and I earn free food very so often. 

It kind of feels like cheating in some way because I’m literally at this store at least three mornings a week before work and sometimes in the afternoon and I’m not impacting my wallet at all.

So, as I’m sitting here enjoying my Mocha Fappuccino:

I thought I’d invite you to enjoy a drink with me. Join Ibotta (you can use my code-pyisdvp- and get $5 to start your account with).

If Starbucks isn’t your thing, Amazon, Joanns, iTunes, Walmart, even PayPal are a few of the other options you can choose to place your money in.

Let me know if you have any questions and happy shopping!

Essential-ly on a Budget- GIVEAWAY

I’m so excited about today’s blog post on:

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I’ve had the contents of the giveaway saved up for the perfect timing…and it’s finally here!

So, here is the GIVEAWAY!

Young Living Lip Balm Set

Vanillamint
Cinnamint
Grapefruit
Lavender

I use the Lavender lip balm all the time and I love it! I love how it make my lips feel smooth and relieves dryness…which, for my dry skin, is a real relief.

So, now the details:

To enter the giveaway:

Comment with an essential oil scent that you would like to enjoy (which information may, or may not, be used to inform the next giveaway…*hint, hint*)

Have fun!

And may the odds be ever in your favor.

My Crafty Side

Welcome to:

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I have always liked the idea of having crafts that related to specific stories I was writing. So when I had an idea of a pattern that just seemed to fit perfectly with one of the characters in my book (Hope, the mother who sees a fairy and sets off a string of events that lead to adventures on both sides), I had to develop it and make a blanket.

So here is a preview of Hope Blanket:

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I’m actually in love with these colors. I’m at my parents’ house on the water right now, and there are so many days when I look out at the water as I crochet and the colors are the same.

The original plan was for it to head to the Etsy shop that I’m preparing to open, but now, having been working on it, it’s going to be hard to let go of. We’ll see, maybe it will end up there after all. 🙂

All I know is: I love this pattern. I love this yarn. I love these colors. And there will definitely be other things with this pattern in my shop.

So there’s a little glimpse into my crafty side. 😀

August Essential-ly on a Budget

I have another blog regular for you today. This one is kind of a cheat because I’ve done one post in this series before, but I’m too excited about it not to continue it. So here is this week’s:

Essential-ly on a Budget
I’m so excited about my August Essential Rewards (ER) order!

In case you missed the last post, I’ve been a part of the Essential Rewards program for over half a year and loved it (and have gotten several free shipments because of it). But I was ready to give it up due to a tight budget…..Except I wasn’t using ER as efficiently as I could. So since that day, I’ve strived to keep my ER as close to $50 as possible. Every once in a while I go a little over, but if I do, it’s always under a dollar.

So here’s this month’s order:


Cedarwood 15ml     $11.25

Jade Lemon  5ml     $10.75

Pine               15ml    $15.00

I love each of these scents. And with Christmas and Fall arriving, I’m sure the Pine will get more than its fair share of use. Although, I have to admit, the Jade Lemon might be my new favorite scent. It’s so refreshing and light.

I’ve also already used them to make some scrumptious bath salts…..so heavenly!

So that’s my lastest ER order.

If you want to get your own ER order and learn more about the amazing used of essential oils, please feel free to contact me for more info!

Calm in the Storm

I have thought and prayed about this blog post for a few weeks now. I knew what I wanted/needed to say, but I wanted to make sure that I presented it in a way that’s a true representation of what’s going on in my life right now.

And then, because God is God and loves showing His care and greatness, the sermon at church this morning gave me the perfect word to surround my story in.

The passage was Mark 4:35-41: Jesus Calming the Storm. The title of the sermon was “Does Jesus Care?” At first, the title put me off. Yes, I’m in a storm, but I have never doubted God’s care and love for me. Then the pastor started preaching. And his first sentence went something like: “You might be in a storm right now and it may be that you have been diagnosed with cancer or you may have lost your job.” And I sat up a little bit straighter.

You see, that’s where  I am right now. I am currently searching for a job. The non-profit I worked for had to make some budget cuts and my position no longer exists. So I’m living with my parents as I wait for God to reveal what He has for me next.

So I listened closely to the sermon and every point hit me right where I needed to hear it. But the last point really started a healing process on my heart.

“The goal [of Jesus] was not to calm the storm, but to produce faith.”

When I look at all that is going on right now physically and emotionally, I realize that my prayers don’t just concern me finding a job (although there are plenty of those prayers) or whatever God has for me next, but ultimately my prayers are for God to increase my faith and draw me closer to Him through all of this.

I’m so thankful for the sermon this morning and the focus it has brought to my mind. My desire and prayer is to be brought closer to Him in thought, word, and deed through all of this.

 

 

 

 

….but I wouldn’t mind a few prayers for a new job. 😀

 

Essential-ly on a Budget

Have you ever done something the hard way for a really long time only to realize that there was a better and much easier way the whole time?

I don’t know what that feels like….nope….not at all.

Except, actually I do.

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I love essential oils! And I love the Young Living Essential Oils rewards program.

But I had a problem. Now remember, I freely admit that this was very faulty logic on my part, but I thought I couldn’t afford the rewards program anymore because it was too expensive. But then I looked at what was in my cart and realized, I was spending more than I had to.

To be a part of the rewards program you have to spend 50PV points a month. Somewhere along the way, I had lost track of that fact. And that, coupled with an extremely tight budget, nearly made me quit the rewards program.

But I have reformed. Now it’s a kind of game. I keep track of exactly how many points are in my cart each month. Sometimes even re-juggling items to make sure to exactly hit that 50PV mark.

I was thinking I would share my combinations that make up the 50PV each month. That way if you are looking to join the rewards program, but need inspiration and encouragement that it’s totally possible on any budget, I can make at least a few of the orders easy for you. 🙂

So this was my first order:

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Geranium Essential Oil-$18.75

Orange Essential Oil-$10.75

Cinnamint Lip Balm-$4.25

Satin Facial Scrub-$16.25

Do you use essential oils? Are you interested learning more about them?

 

 

 

Disney Days

There are days I’ve named “Disney Days”. These are days where work is overwhelming. Days are long. And not much “magic” appears in the day-to-day of life. Days where unfocused-ness overwhelms everything. 

Today is just such a day. 

But never fear! There is a remedy!

First, make a cup of coffee!  (Bonus points if it’s Disney related) Coffee works this late for me because a lot of times my Disney Days are directly related to how bad my ADHD is that day and coffee helps calm my mind. 


Second, turn on a Disney movie. My choice for tonight is Sleeping Beauty. (If I were ever able to be a face character at Disney World, I’d want to be Merryweather.)

  
Third, browse your Disney board on Pinterest.  (If you’d like to see my board it’s here)

 
Fourth use some of those pins to create planning cards for your (imaginary, for now) next vacation. (Make sure you leave a space for Disney Bounding!)

 

Fifth, and finally, fall asleep dreaming of Happily Ever After and wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. 

  
    

 

Soooo, How Ya Doin’?

The Promised Update

As promised, in this new year, I want to update you on what has been happening in my life in this last year. Fair warning, a lot has happened this past year and so this is a fairly long post…..

The start of the year was lovely. The MasterWorks Festival exhibited at quite a few conferences and as the Publicity Coordinator, I got to travel around the US (including a drive to Texas) and meet lots of people who are excited about the mission of MasterWorks. And then I got to re-meet quite a few of them during the Festival.

Probably the first stumble in the year was making the hard decision of whether or not to accept the offer of being the Stage Manager for the Theatre Program this summer. It took a lot of prayer and many thoughtful discussions, but I felt God leading me to accept the position, so I did. After such a smooth first few months of things flowing right into each other, this one was the first time that I paused.

Then the summer began and I can honestly say it was one of the hardest as well as the best summer I’ve had at the MasterWorks Festival. The short story is that being a part of the tech team this summer was hard, incredibly hard! Not that it was all bad! I loved being the Stage Manager. I really enjoyed working with a whole different group of people than I usually do. And I love all the students that came through. They really made being the Stage Manager a joy. But it was rough, and I don’t know when I’ve felt that emotionally and physically exhausted. During the first week of the Festival, before the Theatre Program started, I was able to be a part of the Film Acting Program and I had the best time starting to learn the art of acting on film as well as learning behind the scenes techniques. It was truly a pleasure to be a part of that group. To top it off, the film we made during that first week was selected by the Christian WorldView Film Festival to be the short film that the Film Composer applicants will compose to!

I can’t tell you how completely exhausted and just plain weary I was after the six weeks on the tech team. There are no words to describe the level of rest I needed. I was excited for my vacation and going home for three weeks! Just before I left, I found out that MasterWorks Festival had to move locations before next summer and we had to find a new office location this Fall.  Talk about throwing things off! We didn’t know where we could go. There were a lot of unknowns as I went off for my vacation with my family. I enjoyed my time with them, as always, and was excited to get back to work.

It took longer than expected, but God led us to a great new campus, Cedarville University in Ohio! I mentioned before that we are excited for this new change and can’t wait to see all that God will do in this new location!

Also, a local business man offered us a new office to use until the Festival this summer which was a huge blessing to not have to worry about where we were moving our office.

But it did mean that my job got a little tougher, a little more…intense as I made a couple of drives out to Cedarville to get pictures and information for our students to show them the beautiful new facilities that God had brought for us to use! And also as we began the process of moving our office.

Life was just finding a new normal amidst all the chaos, when, 5 weeks ago, we found out we were being asked to move out of our house. Fortunately, Grace College (the campus where we have been for the last 10 years) provided us with new housing in pretty much the same location which was a huge blessing. But because Christmas break was coming soon, we had three weeks to clean the new house, pack up the old house, pack up the old office, and move.

Again, it was a crazy time. Half the time I didn’t know if I was upright or upside down. “Do the next thing” became more than a lovely quote….it was a necessity for survival!

But then, everything was moved and I got to leave to see my family! This last week and a half I’ve had with them have been so wonderfully healing and restful. It’s given me a lot of time to reflect on what this past year has handed to me.

And, while I’d never want to relive it, I wouldn’t trade the lessons I’ve learned for anything in the world.

Lessons like:

  • It’s during the hardest times that God’s presence is the most real.
  • When God is the center of your friendships, they can survive anything with work and patience.
  • God’s greatest gifts come at all times, even in the midst of a storm.
  • Whether or not we “feel” it, God has us in the palm of His hand.

and

  • Even when we don’t know what the next thing is, God does. And He will reveal it in His perfect timing.

 

And now, a New Year dawns with

many more exciting things in store….

And I can’t wait to see what they are!!!!!!!

 

 

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