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Friday, August 22, 2014

Frugal Friday with Marsha 8/22/14

Good Friday morning!
If your weather has been as hot as it's been here in Kansas this week, I hope you have been staying cool.

It's been a really busy week for me with my merchandising work.

I don't have much to report as far as being frugal.....or maybe I do, you know me once I get to typing.

We had about a 24 hour period with no air conditioning.  I tried to look on the bright side as far as the money we were saving on the electric bill.   We drank lots of iced drinks.

I did cut and put this week's Sunday coupons into my binder.

Hubby and I have had leftovers twice this week for supper....ensuring less waste of food.

I ran across this bubblews post which reminded me of when I did a weekly report pretty much exactly like it when I was writing on Themestream.
I'm sharing the post that she wrote for this day and at the same time noticing that she writes these o a regular basis:

How I Saved Money Yesterday-8/15/14


Enjoy and I look forward to posts that you will link up this week!!


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Writer's Unite Weekly Link Up

With the "demise" of squidoo, I am changing this weekly link up to a Writer's link up.
You can read all the information in the linky info below.

I am still in the process of saving text and images from my lenses.  I have deleted about half of my lenses.  Half of those are ones I'm not keeping.  Others will turn in to bubblews posts.  Others will turn in to posts here on my blog.

I am still feeling betrayed and upset over the whole squidoo thing, but in the long run I think I am going to be better for it.
I will be fueled up for lots of posts other places and I'm pretty sure that I will earn a lot more than I ever made through squidoo.

Speaking of earning, I've read that now squidoo is going to pay us what is in our account as long as it's at least $1, even if we have deleted the lenses.  I can hope that's true, but I will take the small loss if they don't.

On to the linky!!   I hope to see lots of links in each week from now on.

p.s.  You will notice that I messed up the html somehow in the buttons on my sidebar.  I have NO idea why it's deleting the parts for the text area.  I'm putting it in, hitting save and it's gone.  I click edit, put it back in, save again, and it disappears again.  I'm going to have to find someone who can help me figure out what is going on.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

WIP Wednesday 8/20/14

This past week I've worked on nothing but the green hexagons for the soscrappy challenge!

I didn't think I would be able to do 100 hexagons this month, but I'm right on track to get them done.

I did finish up the doll rugs for the granddaughters for their birthdays.

This week is just super hectic.  My big WIP is with squidoo, saving my text and images and then deleting my lenses because I don't want to take part at hubpages.
Be on the lookout as I will be sharing lots of craft posts here on my blog from lenses that I had!

I do have a book in progress that I am reading.  The first by Jennifer Chiaverini, The Quilter's Apprentice.  I'm really enjoying it.  I'm enthralled by the hand piecing and quilting in this story line.

Here is my current UFO list:
Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Sunflower table runner and matching placemats
Five and Dime quilt
34 Hot Pads
Christmas bags (total of at least 25)

I am linking up with the following blogs:

Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Sunday, August 17, 2014

#GetNoticed with Dial Coconut Water refreshing mango Body Wash Review and Giveaway

Introducing the newest member of the Dial Coconut Water body wash family, and it's refreshing Mango!
It's the first of it's kind to contain coconut water and refreshig mango for clean, healthy, and hydrated skin.

Coconut water is the leading trend known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that help provide replenishing hydration.  Mango is known for bring nutrient rich and adds a touch of tropical freshness.

The refreshing mango was brought to local retailers in July.

I find it to be just that, refreshing.  I love the slight mango scent that goes with the coconut water.
It only takes just a bit to lather right up!  I love it.
I notice that my skin does feel hydrated since using it.

Will you be one of 3 lucky Marsha's Spot readers to win a free coupon so that you can try the Dial Coconut Water refreshing mango Body Wash for yourself?
Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Frugal Friday with Marsha 8/15/14

Happy Friday!
The kids started back to school here on Wednesday. We took them on Monday to the agency called First Call For Help for free backpacks and supplies.
On the way out the door they told us to take a bag of food, 1 per family. Then she told us since we had a big family to take 2 bags.
That was sure a blessing as those bags contained cookies, chips, crackers, candy, protein bars, and 3 packages of summer sausage. That helped us with 2 lunches!

Hubby was patient with me as we coupon shopped together. It was wonderful to do that again. We saved $33.33 with coupons. So many of the things that were on our list already were on sale and with matching coupons.
Besides saving the $33.33 with coupons I will get back .50 from checkout51, get $3.06 back from savingstar, earn 30 swagbucks for coupons I printed and used, and scanned the receipt into receipthog for points for the receipt as well as bonus points for scanning over half of what we bought.
I love it!!

So far I've been at least able to cut and put a few more of my coupons into my binder each day. As long as I can keep it up then I will be in good shape.
The Smart Source coupon insert is back in our newspaper. Woo Hoo! That's been a long time coming. This means that if there are several good coupons, I can go to the news office on Monday morning and buy 5 Sunday papers for just $6 to get extras of what we can use.

How has your week been?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Squidoo Hopping 8/14/14

Another week has gone by and more squidooing to be done.
Payday added to my reserve hopper about the same as the month before.
I know it will be at least September before I will see a difference from my updating each day. October will show my efforts even stronger. I'm anxious.
What I'm lacking is sharing my lenses through the many social networking sites. I've been trying to do better with that this month.

I've been struggling to figure out how to update what they call the lenslets. With only so many modules available to put in it's not easy for me.
My thoughts are changing out an amazon product.....adding info into the intro on the charity that a portion of the earnings are donated to.....adding photos where appropriate to a gallery.
If you have any other suggestions please let me know.
I've not messed with them enough yet to know if we can put things in the side since the lenslets now appear to look just like the other lenses when opened.

I'm going to continue to add 2 of my lenses to the weekly linky that are just below the 85,000 rank. It's exciting as each week I have to scroll further down my lens list to get to those!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday 8/13/14

Hello all!
I feel like I've been pretty productive this week.
I finished the hexagon table topper.  I sewed up 3 of the lined fabric bags.

I worked on my green hexagons for the soscrappy challenge:
At sit n' sew at the quilt shop Friday night I got all of the lines sewn on the 34 hotpads and a start on pinning the wrap around binding.

Yesterday was sewing club at church.  I finished sewing the blocks in to 2 pieces but didn't have time to finish ironing those out.  My grandson, who you see in the picture, helped me do some of the ironing while I was sewing.  He's just learning how to sew.  (He used some of the pieces I didn't need and sewed together a Barbie blanket and 2 pillows and a pouch for them for her birthday today)
A took this picture of progress I was making on a start of a new toothbrush rug made with selvage and other thin strips of fabric.  It was looking so cute and the right size for a doll rug.  I ended up deciding that was what it was going to be and finished it after taking the picture.  I'm now working on 2 more of them for part of my birthday gifts to 3 granddaughters who all have birthdays this month.

So there you have it, my sewing week in review  :)

Here is my current UFO list: (sewing, not rug making)
Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Hexagon table topper
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Sunflower table runner and matching placemats
Five and Dime quilt
34 Hot Pads
Christmas bags (total of at least 25)(1 done)

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Friday, August 8, 2014

Frugal Friday with Marsha 8/8/14

How has your week been?
I finally got busy and at least cut out the coupons for things that I might buy. I sure had a lot of expired coupons both in my binder as well as in my stacks of uncut inserts.
The store is having a good sale this week with the buy 5 get $5 off that I am hoping to be able to take advantage of.

We pulled a few more tomatoes and cucumbers out of the garden. Still more growing, so that is good.
I chopped the tomatoes and put them in the freezer for winter cooking.
The kids eat the cucumbers right away. It's great that they all like them as they make a great snack.

I'm having so much trouble with the shopkick app making it super hard to earn. Most months I can easily earn at least $15 in Target cards. This past month I'm not even up to $5 yet. By their facebook group most everyone is having the exact problems that I am having so it's not my phone.
I've been able to regularly cash out with the PerkTV (use referral code 860efbf6 please if you decide to sign up) app for $5 amazon. I'm running it on 2 phones and when I'm not being nice and letting the grandkids play games on those phones I can cash out almost every 48 hours.
I've been getting back into checking what's on ibotta and got $4 in bonus money last month. It's so cool that anyone you are connected to on facebook that is also using ibotta is on your team helping to earn the bonus money. I'm also remembering to check Checkout51 more often as well.
Receipthog has been great too since we now get to scan some of what we turn in on the receipts for even more points! They are adding up lots quicker.
Don't you just love earning?

I look forward to seeing what you've posted this week and/or your comments on how your frugal week has been.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Squidoo Hopping 8/7/14

Welcome to Thursday.
I look forward each week to doing this post and seeing what is shared in the linky.

How are you liking the new design on the squidoo pages? I was worried about some of my things going away, but the ones I looked at seem to look great.
I had thought that maybe my stuff wouldn't disappear as the lens I used to get my codes was called html for squidoo.
I can say this....Ive ended up liking the change. It means that all of our lenses look the same. No more competition with the lenses that were so fancy looking when I didn't know how to also make mine look like that.

I've been back to my daily updating this past week and even built a new lens. So far my lenses are staying out of WIP status.
Does anyone recall how many lenses we are required to build in a year to maintain Giant Squid status? I'm thinking 4. I have more than that this year, just want to make sure I don't mess it up next year.

I'm going to continue to share on the here 2 lenses that are just below the 85,000 ranking.
By my count I still have 67 out of 147 lenses to give an update to before starting over. A few I've been working on more as they had several photos for me to add or the like.
I'm having fun and that is part of what it's all about!

I look forward to what you choose to share this week.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

WIP Wednesday 8/6/14

Even this post has been a WIP this morning around watching 5 grandchildren, having to run and get gas and then a trip to the grocery store, and then fixing the kids lunch before I could finally sit down  and type it.

I spent the majority of my time this last week working on cutting fabric for lined bags.
I started out seeing if the size I had in mind for my Christmas bags would work out:
It looked good, so I used what other Christmas fabric I had the right size and kitted up 25 more bags:
I then went on with the fabrics I had out to make as many kits for the regular sized lined bags as I could.   I made up 11 kits:
I got the cute kitty cat print bag made-----and then found out that it was spoken for already as well as the blue bag with flowers:

I found out that the soscrappy rainbow challenge color this month is green--brights and lights especially---so I did take a little bag break to get out my green hexagons.  I was able to work on them just a bit last night too.
I have 100 papers pinned on....can I get close to making all 100 of these by the end of the month?  I sure will give it a good shot around other things!
You will find the button to the soscrappy blog at the bottom of this post.

Here is my current UFO list: (not including the hexies)
Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Hexagon table topper
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Sunflower table runner and matching placemats
Five and Dime quilt
34 Hot Pads
Christmas bags (total of at least 25)

I am linking up with these blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

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