Vera Bradley Summer Clearance | Up to 60% Off!


We kind of love Vera Bradley around here – so we had to tell you all about the big Summer Sale!   Get up to 40% OFF (actually, I found several things closer to 60% off) – here are some of our favorites!

Zip ID Case - $7.20 (Reg $12)

Baby Socks 3-Pack – $5.99 (Reg $19) *Cute shower gift!

Lovey Bunny – $5.99 (Reg $19)

Student Agenda – $6.99 (Reg $28)

Little Crossbody Purse – $16.80 (Reg $28)

Girls Mini Tote - $21.60 (Reg $48)

See TONS more summer clearance items here!

Loaded Pumpkin Blondies

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It’s that time of the year again when pumpkin is everywhere. From iced coffees, to muffins, cakes, and more pumpkin is a favorite for many! These amazing loaded pumpkin blondies won’t disappoint with lots of fall spices like nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon. Your house will smell amazing and you will want to eat every single one! [Read more...]

Tyson Project A+™ program: Nominate Your School

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine. Now that almost everyone is back in full back to school mode, it’s always nice to help our schools out as much as possible. Especially so, if it doesn’t involve going door to door selling candy and magazines. The Tyson Project A+™ program is one of the simplest ways to support your school. Just clip and collect Tyson Project A+™ labels from Tyson® participating packages. For every label submitted, Tyson will give your school $0.24 and the school can use the money for whatever it needs. You can nominate both public and private schools, homeschool groups, and daycares.homeschool groups, and daycares.


Personally, I’d like to nominate our homeschool group, Classical Conversations of Cleveland. This year will be the seventh year that we have been involved with Classical Conversations of Cleveland homeschool group. As a homeschool mom, having a group to meet with each week for support and accountability has been essential in the success of our homeschool journey. It’s not easy being your child’s teacher and mom, having other moms on the same journey is so refreshing. Since it’s a homeschool community, it’s privately funded by parents. Our tuition covers all the necessities, however having extra funds for our community to add additional resources to our community library or to help fund extracurricular activities would be fabulous! As an added bonus, the school with the most nominations will receive a packet of labels worth $1,000 to help their school get a head start on collecting Tyson Project A+™ labels.

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My sweet girl is in the red in the front. This was last year’s 5th grade class picture. She had a great year, and accomplished so much we are so proud of her. This year she is starting middle school, which means no more hair bows and ruffled pants.

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My son is front in the light blue button up shirt. This is his 2nd grade class picture. You can’t tell from this picture, but it’s his goal in life to be the class clown and make people laugh.


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Now, that I’m done showing off my kiddos let’s get back to The Tyson Project A+™ program because you’ll definitely want to nominate your school or vote for my homeschool group.  You’ll find Tyson Project A+™ on more than 40 Tyson® products  on both bags and boxes so there are lots of options.

  1. Visit
  2. Nominate your school by sharing why your school needs a head start on collecting Tyson Project A+™ labels.
  3. Once you submit your reason, you will get the option to share your post on your OWN social feeds to drive your community’s involvement.
  4. The school with the most nominations will receive a packet of labels worth $1,000 to help their school get a head start on collecting Tyson Project A+™ labels.
To give you a headstart, don’t forget to check out my recipe for Grilled Chicken Wraps using Tyon® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips. You’ll not only have your very first label to submit, but also a super easy delicious recipe for school lunches or a quick dinner.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

Grilled Chicken Wraps with Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips #WMTProjectAPlus

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.


Since it’s that time of year again for back to school, it’s also time to start thinking about lunches. Although I homeschool my kids, during the school year I need fast healthy lunch ideas for when we are at home and on our community days with our homeschool group. My kids really like to have a variety of lunch options each week besides sandwiches, so this week we are going to make grilled chicken wraps. Oh my goodness, these grilled chicken wraps are so delicious and easy to make!


First, I loaded up my little and big munchkins and headed to Walmart to pick up a few groceries. When did they get so big? It seems like just yesterday, I was pushing my two big kids in a double stroller. Now, they are pushing their baby sister.

My shopping helpers for today.


First, I let them pick out the main ingredient for our wraps. My kids absolutely love grilled chicken. These Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips are the perfect choice. Not only is it an effortless way to make healthy home cooked meals with 100% all-natural and made with all-white meat, but it’s also 97% fat free, and fully cooked.


As an added bonus, we can help our homeschool group (you can help your school too) by purchasing products that are part of the TysonProjectA+™. There are other Tyson® products affiliated with Tyson Project A+™ if grilled chicken isn’t your thing.

The Tyson Project A+™ program is one of the simplest ways to support your school. Just clip and collect Tyson Project A+™ labels from Tyson® participating packages. For every label submitted, Tyson will give the school cash and the school can use the money for whatever it needs. See an example of where to find the label below.




Baby girl was super excited to help with the other ingredients that we needed: multi-grain tortillas, lettuce, and Italian dressing.


On our way to check out, they insisted that we grab some Edamame for a snack. Who are these kids? It makes me happy to see my kids making healthy choices all on their own.


As hard as it is to see how fast my big kids are growing up, there are advantages. For example, they can clean their own bathroom and use the self check out at Walmart without my help

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about sharing my recipe. You aren’t going to believe how simple it is!



  • Tyson® Grilled and Ready® Chicken Breast Strips
  • Multi-Grain Tortillas
  • Lettuce
  • Dressing of your choice.

1. Thaw chicken in microwave following directions on package.

2. Add chicken and lettuce to tortilla and wrap.

3. Serve with dressing of your choice and fresh veggies.

Tip: We are going to make these for lunch for our community homeschool days. On those days, I’ll add the chicken frozen, then wrap tortilla wrap in aluminum foil. The chicken should thaw out by lunch and stay fresh without an added ice pack to our lunch box.


This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

Back to School: Giving Backpacks #ALDIGIVESBACK


I was so excited when my friend, Amee from Real Advice Gal asked me to participate in her annual Giving Backpacks Campaign. This year’s event is generously sponsored by ALDI. Every year so many children start back to school without backpacks and much needed school supplies, which is heartbreaking. I can’t imagine my children not having the supplies they need for school.


As soon as ALDI’s weekly ad came out, with school supplies as the *special buys of the week, we made a quick trip to our local store. First, my daughter picked out her favorite backpack.
*Available while quantities last. Items may not be available in all stores. Prices and labels may vary by location.


Then, we grabbed school supplies. We know how fast students go through pencils and pens, so we stocked up enough to hopefully last a while.

Here’s what we purchased. In addition to the backpack we bought several packs of pencils, pens, highlighters, and dry erase markers.

I’m going to take my kids with me to donate the backpacks to The Caring Place, a local non profit agency that helps those in need. Makes my heart happy to see my children so excited to GIVE.  In fact, they asked a lot of questions and were very curious as to why a kid would need school supplies. It was difficult for them to understand that some parents just can’t afford it.  It opened the door for us to talk about why, and how important it is to treat all children the same no matter what they have.  Although we talk about giving all the time, donating a backpack with school supplies seemed to really hit home to them.

You can also follow Aldi on social media by clicking on the links below:

Disclosure:  This event was sponsored by ALDI and coordinated by Real Advice Gal.  ALDI provided me with $25 to use toward purchasing school supplies.  All opinions and experiences are my own.  See my full disclosure policy here.

How to Save: Yearly Sales Cycles

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Besides a grocery store sale cycle, are there times of the year when certain items are on sale?

Absolutely! Grocery stores are smart. They know that there are certain times of the year when shoppers are keying in on specific goods and they want to grab as much of your business as they possibly can. So why not offer a great price on something they already know you’ll be looking for? When you think about it, it’s a fantastic idea. Cookout supplies around the 4th of July, baking staples during the holidays and even candy on Halloween.

It’s all about anticipation. In this case, the anticipation of shopping habits. The store knows from experience, and shopping trends, when different items will peak throughout the year.  By matching their best prices to times of peak demand they stand a better chance of bringing shoppers through the door and earning their business.

This is a cycle you can work to your advantage! By staying on top of what items tend to go on sale during certain times of the year, you can stock up and save your family impressive amounts of money. Right now try focusing on those key items you’ll soon be tossing into lunchboxes day after day. Things like pudding cups, fruit snacks and Lunchables can be expensive, so buy when the time is right and have them ready and waiting when you need them most. Also, keep track as to which of these items can be frozen. Things like lunchmeat freeze great, making it easy to take advantage of a good sale when you find one.

Another thing to keep track of is produce. Fruits and vegetables are at their peak at different times of the year. If you can buy when the market is flooded, and then either can or freeze your produce, you have the chance to save money while still offering healthy options for your family.

Right now August is upon us and that can only mean one thing…..back to school! With that in mind let’s take a look at a few items that always tend to be on sale this time of year.

Sales to Watch for During Back to School:

School Supplies

  • Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Scissors, Rulers, Folders, Glue, Paper, Notebooks & Other School Supplies

Breakfast Items/School Lunches

  • Pudding Cups, Lunch Meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Juice Boxes


  • Clorox, Purell


  • Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, Charcoal, Pool Toys, Outdoor Furniture, Pools, Picnic Supplies

Seasonal Produce

  • Veggies: Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Onion, Bell Pepper, Summer Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Peaches, Gravenstein Apples, Berries, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Plums, & Raspberries


Couponing is a great way to save money!  Whether you save 5%, 15% or 50% you are still saving your family money.  Having a hard time getting started?  Buy my new book, “Couponing for the Rest of Us” on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.  You can even read the first chapter online FREE!