A Day in the Life of a Mom Blogger

 

I thought you might like to have a glimpse into my day in the life of a mom blogger and see how I manage the days with my kids, keep the house clean, feed my family meals and run a blog. Most days are busy at the Park house. Leave a comment and let me know what your days are like.

If you can’t view the video above, head over to my YouTube channel here.

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The Best Weekly Grocery Deals (Nov. 16-24)

The Best Weekly Grocery Deals

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With Thanksgiving next week, the weekly sales fliers have different ending dates than normal. Please note below when the store sales end.

  • Rancho Markets -Sale ends Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Sprouts – Sale ends Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Harmons – Sale ends Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Reams – Sale ends Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Ridley’s – Sale ends Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Albertsons – Sale ends Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Smith’s – Sale ends Thursday, November 24, 2016
  • Fresh Market – Sale ends Monday, November 28, 2016
  • Maceys – Sale ends Monday, November 28, 2016 (in Tooele, sale ends Wednesday, November 30, 2016)

 

After looking through the weekly ads, here are this week’s best grocery deals in Utah, November 16-22, 2016. Use The Best Weekly Grocery Deals list below to price match at your local Walmart or Target, or you can use the list to see where the best sales are each week and go to one or two stores to grab the deals. If you price match at Target, you’ll need to have the ads with you when you check out.

The items highlighted in red below are really good deals that you should stock up on. And some products have coupons that you can use to get an even better deal with the sale price or after price matching. If you want to receive the SmartSource (SS), Redplum (RP) and P&G coupons, sign up to get a Sunday newspaper subscription for the Deseret News or Salt Lake Tribune for just $20 for one year (52 weeks)! That comes out to be only $0.38 per paper, which is an awesome deal! Head over here for the details.

If you are new to Saving Cent by Cent, read about how I Buy Groceries on a Budget. And be sure to read these Tips on How to Price Match at Walmart, as well as read about the Walmart Savings Catcher program to save more money. In addition, check out these 10 smartphone apps that will save you money on groceries.

 

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Apples – Red or Fuji – $0.50 lb. (Rancho – Nov. 18, 19 & 20 Only) OR Apples – Granny Smith – $0.77 lb. (Sprouts) OR Apples – Large Fuji, Gold, Braeburn, Gala or Jonagold – $0.88 lb. (Reams)
Plus earn $0.25 from Ibotta on any loose apples

Avocados – $0.69 each (Sprouts & Reams)

Blackberries, 5.6 oz. – $2.50 each (Sprouts)

Blueberries, 6 oz. – $2.50 each (Sprouts)

Broccoli – $0.79 lb. (Rancho & Smith’s)

Brussel Sprouts – $0.98 lb. (Sprouts)

Cabbage, green – $0.34 lb. (Rancho)

Carrots, baby 1 lb. bag organic – $0.98 each (Sprouts)

Carrots, baby 2 lbs. – $1.98 each (Reams) OR $2.00 each (Harmons)

Cauliflower – $0.77 lb. (Sprouts) OR $0.79 lb. (Smith’s)

Celery – $0.77 each (Sprouts) OR $0.88 each (Reams & Ridley’s)

Cilantro – $0.34 each (Rancho)

Cranberries, 12 oz. bag – $1.99 each (Reams) OR $2.00 each (Ridley’s)

Cucumber, large – $0.34 each (Reams) OR $0.50 each (Rancho)

Grapefruit, Ruby Red – $0.79 lb. (Rancho)

Grapes, red seedless – $0.98 lb (Sprouts)

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Baby Safety Month: The Best Baby Thermometers + $850 in Prizes

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This post is sponsored by Owlet, but all opinions are my own.

I’m so glad you stopped by! The month of September is Baby Safety Month, and a blog hop is going on throughout the month of September where each day one blogger has a post about a baby safety topic. If you didn’t have a chance yet, head over to The Salt Project to read Melinda’s baby safety article about creating an emergency kit for your baby. My family and I recently updated our 72-hour emergency kits for the whole family, and it gives me a peace of mind to know that if an emergency happens, we can grab our 72-hour back packs and run out the door.  And tomorrow, head over to Lindsey from The R House to read about baby proofing your home with older siblings.

With today’s baby safety topic, I am working with Owlet to share tips on the best baby thermometers.  As a mother of three kids, it is extremely important to me that I have a reliable thermometer. There have been countless nights where I have monitored my children when they were sick and had fevers, and I would wake up to check my child’s temperature once or twice an hour just to make sure it wasn’t too high. Luckily my children’s temperatures never reached a point that I had to run them to the emergency room. I’ve gone through multiple thermometers over the years and have found some that I really like.

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A Tour of My Food Stockpile and Food Storage + How I Shop for Groceries

I headed down to my basement to give you a tour of my food stockpile and food store. I also shared what I’ve done to be able to build up my stockpile. It’s nice to be able to “grocery shop” in my basement rather than running to the store every time I need an item for dinner. I also share a few price points of some of the products on the shelf. I realized that I didn’t show you my personal care products such as toothpaste and shampoo. I keep them organized upstairs in my closet. You can click here to see the video if you can’t see it above. Leave a comment below if you have any questions or to share some of your tips on how you build up your stock pile.

You might also like to read these articles:

How Our Emergency Fund Helped Pay For My Father’s Funeral & Tips to Build Up An Emergency Fund

Tips on Stockpiling Food When Living in a Small Space

How to Build a 72-Hour Kit on a Budget

Emergency Preparedness on a Budget: Water Storage

 

 

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Odysseo by Cavalia: The Most Amazing Show

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This past week, my husband and I had the chance to go to the Odysseo by Cavalia show in Sandy, Utah. If you live near Salt Lake City, you’ve probably seen the huge white tents by South Towne Mall. The show was INCREDIBLE! If you have ever been to a show in Vegas or New York, this show is just as good. So if you have a chance, I really recommend going.

 

Odysseo Tent

The tickets are expensive, but you won’t have to drive to Vegas to see this once-in-a-lifetime show that is literally within miles of where you live. To save some money, use the code SOCIALUT to get 10% off Gold Level and above tickets. There is also the option to save money on tickets by purchasing family discounts packages or purchasing obstructed view seats (which I hear aren’t bad views). Odyssey by Cavalia has extended their matinee and evening performances through June 6, 2016. Head over to Cavalia’s site for details, including pricing, dates and show times.

Odysseo - Standing by Tent

Odysseo - Standing by VIP Tent

When we first arrived at the tents around 5:30 p.m., we headed to the Rendezvous VIP tent where we received our tickets. While in the tent, we enjoyed a buffet dinner. It was delicious and included little quiches, chicken, steak and salads. They also had popcorn and drinks.

Odysseo - Before Performance

Odysseo - Full House

A few minutes before 7 p.m. we found our seats, which was on row 6. It was a great view of the stage. On a side note, I’ve been told that the obstructed view seats aren’t bad and that you can still see the performance really good. To begin the show, Odysseo started by projecting questions and answers across the curtains so the audience could learn more about the horses and show.

Here are a few fun facts that I learned about the show that night:

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VisionDirect: 25% Off Any Contact Lens Order + Free Shipping

Vision Direct Contacts

I recently received my new contacts in the mail and I saved so much money by ordering them online rather than purchasing them through the eye doctor’s office. If I would have ordered them through the eye doctor, the cost for each box of contacts (which is a 3-month supply) would have been $55 each. But I ordered through VisionDirect.com and the cost was only $27 per box for the exact same contacts! That’s more than 50% off!

Right now, VisionDirect.com has an offer for new members to get 25% off the first order plus free shipping when you use the code NEW25VISION at checkout. Be sure to also read my post, How I Saved More Than 50% On Eyewear to get additional details.

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Maceys Case Lot Sale (Feb. 29-March 14)

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Maceys case lot sale began this week and will run for two weeks through March 14, 2016 or if you live in Tooele, it will run through March 16, 2016. Below are some of the deals you will want to purchase. And the items highlighted in red are the best deals.

Western Family Flour, 25 lbs. – $7.99 each

Western Family Granulated Sugar, 25 lbs. – $9.99 each

Western Family Brown or Powdered Sugar, 2 lbs. – $0.99 each (Case of 12 – $11.88)

Western Family Beans, 15 oz. – $0.50 each (Case of 24 – $12.00)

Western Family Refried Beans, 16 oz. – $0.50 each (Case of 24 – $12.00)

Western Family Tuna, 5 oz. – $0.50 each (Case of 48 – $24.00)

Western Family Chicken Breast, 5 oz. – $0.99 each (Case of 12 – $11.88)

Western Family Tomato Sauce, 8 oz. – $0.25 each (Case of 24 – $6.00)

Western Family Tomato Paste, 6 oz. – $0.50 each (Case of 48 – $24.00)

Western Family Tomatoes, 14.5 oz. – $0.50 each (Case of 24 – $12.00)

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Valentine’s Day Breakfast, Desserts & Activities

Cranberry Scones

Here is some fun and delicious food items, as well as activities you could do for Valentine’s. My family regularly asks me to make these Cranberry Scones. And it’s become a tradition to make them Valentine’s morning for breakfast.

 

Cherry Puff TurnoversThese Cherry Puff Turnovers would make a sweet treat for Valentine’s.

Cherry Pie Bars

These Cherry Pie Bars would also make a yummy dessert for Valentine’s.

Sugar Cookie Bars

If you love sugar cookies, but don’t like the long process of making them, then make these Sugar Cookie Bars and add pink frosting for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Activities FinalAnd show your spouse and children that you love them by doing these inexpensive Valentine’s Day Activities for them or with them before or on Valentine’s Day.

Tissue Paper Flowers Final

And decorate the house with these easy-to-make Tissue Paper Flowers.

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Favorite Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

This Tropical Green Smoothie is one of my family’s favorite green smoothies we like to make, especially as we try to eat more healthy this year.

Head over here to see how to make it.

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Printable Coupons: Mars Candy, Nestle Morsels, McCormick & More

Here are the newest printable coupons on Coupons.com:

$1.00 off 2 MARS Holiday Bag $0.50 off 2 McCormick Herbs or Spices

$0.50 off 1 Nestle Toll House Morsels $1.00 off any THREE (3) Duncan Hines products

$0.50 off 1 Nestle Toll House Frozen Cookie Dough $0.50 off (1) Nestle Refrigerated Cookie Dough

$1.00 off Bertolli Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil $0.60 off 2 Lipton Soup Secrets

$0.60 off 2 Lipton Recipe Secrets $1.00 off 1 Welch's Graham Slam PB&J Sandwiches

$1.00 off 1 Sara Lee Cheesecake $0.50 off any Colgate Toothpaste 3 oz or larger

$1.50 off any ONE (1) NIVEA MEN Body Wash $1.00 off (1) L'Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare

$2.00 off ONE (1) GARNIER NUTRISSE Hair Color Buy 1 of Carnation Breakfast Essentials Get 1 Free

$1.00 off any ONE Bayer Aspirin 20 ct or larger $2.00 off any ONE Aleve product 40ct or larger

$2.00 off any 2 packs of Energizer Batteries $0.50 off ONE Puffs Softpack 1ct or larger

$2.00 off any one package of HUGGIES Diapers $0.50 off 1 package of HUGGIES Wipes

$2.00 off 1 PULL-UPS Pant or GOODNITES product Buy any ONE (1) NUK product & Get ONE (1) free

$1.00 off any (1) NUK Pacifier

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