Wednesday, April 2, 2014

OK, the REAL Epic Mickey! Month 31!! Plus a sweet way to save!

So, I know... my April Fools joke... well it was mostly only funny mean to myself! 
But it reminded me just how badly I want to fill in that chart and honestly be able to scream...

We'll get there, and we did actually make huge progress towards that goal over the last month thanks to our tax return. It is sad to just hand over our tax return as soon as we receive it but... RIGHT?!

So here is the real Epic Mickey month 31!!

And... one of my favorite ways to save when you will be shopping anyway...

I know many of you have probably used but wow, I totally scored today and wanted to share it so you can too!

My husband needed new dress shoes. He literally has worn multiple holes in the soles and even in the toe of the shoe... not a look one should head to work in. The thing is he is rough on shoes and we can not buy cheap ones for him or we would be buying a pair at least monthly. He loved the shoes he had because they have lasted and lasted and lasted... and they look good too!

So I searched for them online. Long story short, I bought the same ones, Ecco New Jersey slip on dress shoes on THROUGH ShopAtHome. These are NOT CHEAP shoes and we have put it off for as long as we could. So I was happy to find such a great deal on them.

This is the break down of the cost:

Original price. $101.99
-20% discount with code SHOPATHOME 
-Additional 15% cash back just for using ShopAtHome
- $30 Magazine Rebate 
Total Cost: $39.51! Roughly 60% off!

(Plus we had a little over $13 sitting in our ShopAtHome account so if you take that off of the price, it is like paying $26! 75% off!!)


Offer Cover
Get a subscription to People ($30.00 value - 15 issues) included with your qualified purchase over $35.00. Clickhere for offer and rebate details. Valid U.S. addresses only. Your credit card will not be shared with the publisher. 
Check the Box if you Do Not Want a Magazine.

The magazine rebate came as a huge bonus. When I was checking out, off to the right hand side of the screen, there was a message, like the one above, stating that I would be receiving a free subscription to People magazine($30 value) but that I could opt out and that there was a rebate available. So I clicked opt out, found the form to send in for the rebate and earned myself a cool $30 rebate on those shoes. SWEET!

So, friends... if I can save an easy 65% in just a few minutes on ONE item... so can you, 
and then you can tell all your friends about it!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I'm sooo ecstatic!!!! The day has finally come! 
We reached our goal! 

We paid off our Epic Mickey Chart!
We are going to Disneyland!!!

I never thought this day would come... only 4 years after my husband received his MBA... 4 grueling years of being one of the cheapest families around. Trust me, we know friends and family know that we are frugal... and sometimes cheap. To be honest, it gets really hard at times but then we totally laugh over how frugal we are too. It is a life lesson for us and for our kids. Good things never come easy. Really, the whole rice and beans, more like Ramen and Mac n Cheese with some PB&J, does get a little old... at least to us adults... not so much to the kids. They still love it. What's the cheapest moment we have had to date? Hhmmm.... I think I will have to make a list of our cheapest moments and share that later on.
All I can say is IT. IS. WORTH. IT. ToBeDebtFree!

*I know... this is much more cruel to myself... lol! But it was fun imagining what the day will be like and what I might say! ;) IT WILL COME! And I will keep you posted. And
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Pick Your Plum- 73% off CUTE baskets! Organize away!

I am in love with these cute baskets!

If only we were done with our debt payoff so I could justify buying them, yes even at a sweet 73% discount! 

So if you can, buy them and enjoy them for me ;) 
(You'll have to hurry to get them before your neighbor does, lol... but buy some for them too)

I can see endless possibilities with these... craft room organization, bathroom counter top organization, guest room supplies, entryway and mudroom decor...
and who am I kidding, EASTER DECOR!

Fill 'em full of eggs and that is just the easiest cute decor ever!

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SAVE 50% + on Cell Phone Bills!(iPhone 5 too)

Ok, you may remember months and months ago when I mentioned we switched cell phone companies...
We switched from Verizon to Ting! 
(Financially and cell phone-ly speaking. You really didn't think this would top marrying my husband and having children right?)

BEFORE TING: This was us! Monthly bill of $95-100+ each month for 3 "dumb" phones!

WITH TING: This is us! TWO Smart Phones(Samsung Galaxy S2's) and a "dumb" phone. 
GET THIS...This month we paid $51.50(including tax!!!)

Our most expensive bill to date was $81.21(we used a lot of everything) 
and... wait for it... our least expensive bill to date.... $21.46!!!!!!

Not every month is the same because you don't pay for minutes, data, and texts you never use and you never pay overage fees! Amazing right? 

Why don't all cell phone companies work this way?! 
Ya, I don't have an answer to that. 

We have been with Ting for an amazing 10 MONTHS and LOVE IT!

Savings to date: approximately $400!!! 
(And we got to upgrade to SMART PHONES!)

OH... and before I forget...

Ting just announced you can switch your iPhone 5 over!! 
No excuses for you iPhone lovers!

I know you are asking yourself...How much could I be SAVING?! 
They have a calculator for that! 

Need More reasons to Love Ting??

**Get a $25 Credit to Ting towards a new phone purchase or your first bill! 
**No contracts, seriously!
**Ting uses Sprint's wireless network so anywhere you get Sprint, you can get Ting... FOR LESS
**We have not ran into any service issues at all! We don't have dropped calls either...although I have dropped my phone... can't blame that on Ting. darn.
**You can switch your current number over to Ting FREE.
**Bring your friends over to Ting and you'll earn more!
**Their customer service is amazing and speedy! I have called a few times in regards to phone glitches and they always have the solution with a smile...yes you really can tell by their voice if they are smiling! ;)

*All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. I am not being sponsored by Ting... I just like to save money and know my readers do too! ;) 
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Who wants a GIVEAWAY?!

OK, there is a slight *catch* on this one. I need your help to WIN a giveaway from a clothing Boutique, SexyModest. I have posted deals from them in the past and right now they are offering a giveaway for the top 3 blogs who get the most traffic on their FB post

Seriously, it is an awesome giveaway of $250 to spend on clothing from their cute boutique! And I won't lie, I would LOVE to have the opportunity to win and blog about their CUTE stuff!

So what do you get from it?! Well, if I win, I will do a giveaway right here on my blog! 
It is only fair right? And better yet, those of you who help me to win will get extra entries into the giveaway

SO Help a sista out PLEASE ;)

Here is what you need to do...

1) Click this LINK
2) Find MY comment and "LIKE" it by tomorrow night, Sunday Feb 23!
It looks like this but in a normal small comment:
Julie Wilson Thompson I'll post it on my blog soon, in the meantime, friends come like this post to help me win and I'll do a giveaway too. Susan Bonnie Janet Charise HollyCamille Mandy Brittany Crystal Makayla and everyone else. Get your friends to like it too 


And when *positive thinking here* I win, I'll give you all the details on my giveaway :)

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Epic Mickey Debt Count Down- Month 30!

Say WHAT?! "You ARE actually still doing this?!" some might ask. 

Well. Yes. Yes we are. Of course, it has been ohhhh... like 9 months or so since I lasted posted about it. Since June actually. Sorry about that. It might have been the new baby, or the selling our old condo, moving twice, a new church calling, school, termites, and a million other things that kept us from getting back into the routine of Epic Mickey but excuses no more!

It has been a financial adjustment, to say the least, since selling our condo and buying a new home- a real home more than 3 times the size of our teeny tiny condo. Some might say, "But you are going against what Dave Ramsey teaches..." And you would be partially right. But that is another post to to come in the future. Keep your eyes peeled!

So without further ado... we jumped from month 21 to month 30! With not much progress on Mickey but LOTS of progress elsewhere. We DID pay 20% down in the new place which would have been more than enough to finish off Epic Mickey. It just made more sense to put it on the house and avoid PMI while simultaneously lowering our mortgage payment. PMI(Private Mortgage Insurance) would have been $240 more a month on top of the mortgage...what a a joke!

This does push our Student debt payoff back a bit but we have done our calculations and we *should* be on track to have it paid off by Feb 2015- JUST ONE MORE YEAR. We can make it!
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Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy Presidents Day!

Hope you all are enjoying this Presidents Day! I know my kids are... they are loving the nice weather outside, it is a sunny 50 degrees! I will be very soon but needed to take care of some blog things today too!

Speaking of, Sorry for the unexpected disappearance of my blog! I had some tidying up to do in regards to my Velocity links and posts. The company made some changes to their policy and I needed to make some changes to be in compliance with those policies. The overall biggest changes you will SEE is that all orders are directed straight to my company website.

This will be good for all of us
It means two things, 
1) I will have some time freed up since I will no longer be doing the shipments for orders. 
2) You can get access to all the updated info from the company in just a click or two, as well as FAST ORDERING!

I know there are going to be some concerns so I'll address them right now!

What will pricing be?
$89.99+ Tax and shipping! Ouch right?! Well not so much! You can also 'Sign Up' as a 'Preferred Customer' and get way better pricing! You can? Well yes indeed! Being a Preferred Customer means that you order frequently, monthly actually! And because you plan on ordering frequently, the company gives you a discount, you only pay $69.99+ Tax and Shipping... usually comes to about $75-80 depending on location. 
But what if I need to skip a month or cancel all together?!
No worries. You can. At any time. There is a number on the bottle that you can call and do just that! Thank goodness right! And you still get the awesome price too!

Will I have to WAIT for my shipment until you place your monthly order?
NOPE! Your order will ship with in 1-2 days from purchase and arrive within 7-10 business days straight from 1ViZN! How convenient for you and me! Need it faster? Just choose the faster shipment option :)

There are now TWO TYPES of Velocity!

Velocity (Regular)
The original formula was recently enhanced. I have yet to try it for myself but what I've heard is that the energy level is way more doable for those who felt that they got too much with the original formula. Check out the details HERE.

Maximum Velocity
This is a step up in Energy from the original. I was told it has quite the kick to it for those that want the extra energy. I also have not tried this one out yet either. I still have my original Velocity left so I will finish it first. Check out the details HERE.

If you have any questions, just send em an email at 

Enjoy your day!

Disclosure: “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and 
Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease."

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Friday, January 10, 2014

Herbal Essences Review

As you might have guessed from a previous post, I got to recently review the new Herbal Essences Naked Volume Hair care kit. My review is pretty simple considering I'm not a pro when it comes to hair care. 

Herbal Essences Naked Volume Hair Care Kit

1) Shampoo and Conditioner
These two alone are great. The smell is refreshing and clean, White Grapefruit & Mint Extract, not a combination I would have thought of but I love it. My daughter does too(she's 6), she said "Mom, whoever made this sure made it smell good!" My hair is pretty thin and lifeless so any volume added is noticed. Even without styling or blow drying my hair I noticed extra volume after just one wash. It isn't just volume I noticed though, my hair was super shiny too.

2) Styling Mousse
This also smells great. I used the mousse more to tame fly aways and add a little texture in my tips. Also to add some volume at the roots. Using the mousse does give my hair a more finished touch for sure. I don't use mousse every day but when I want my hair to look great I do.

3) Dry Shampoo
Ok, so this one, I just tried out today for the first time. There weren't any instructions on how to apply it but I have used dry shampoo before so I went with what other bottles said to do. I applied it to my roots. It does not leave a white residue or any gritty feeling either. It is supposed to soak up the oils in the hair. I think it does a fair job and for sure extends the need to wash my hair for another day at least. Every mom needs that. 

Overall, I really like the set. There is, however, one thing I'd like to say. The name of it and the add for it, I disapprove of. Without spreading the word and using the very thing they are trying to use I'm just going to say that I wish companies would use good clean advertising tactics and modesty. I know that in today's time so many companies rely on such tactics exactly the opposite of that to sell their products but I wish they would find a better way. 

Just shooting at the hip here but for example, you could say, 
"Herbal Essences 0% Dirty 100% Fresh Volume" 
A fresh clean approach to hair that provides Volumes of compliments for every hair type.
0% Dirty referring to the 0% parobens and dyes. 
Because honestly, we want our hair to be clean, fresh, full of volume, and beautiful for each individual... not ones who have to be naked to catch your eye.

I removed the adds from the box before even letting it around my family. I will also not be posting the video ad from Herbal Essences either because it doesn't reflect my moral standards. I had full intentions of creating a video that reflects my review but alas, my phone, which is my video camera, broke on Christmas day. Great timing right? So Here is my *amazing* How To Order video again :)  


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Thursday, January 2, 2014

And The Winner Is...

Susan M.
(Congrats! You will receive an email very soon!)

I have to be honest, I usually buy what ever is on sale. I am not stuck on one particular product. It was interesting seeing everyone's answers which included some products I have never heard of. 
I want to try out a few, especially the coconut oil. Thank you for the great tips!

*The $50 GC is provided by Herbal Essences*

Remember you can buy the new Herbal Essences kit HERE.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

NEW PRODUCT ALERT!!! PLUS $50 Wal-mart GC Giveaway! YAY!

Disclosure: “The Walmart gift card and information have been provided by Herbal Essences.”

This is a BRAND NEW PRODUCT! I'm talking yesterday was the first day you could PURCHASE it ONLINE!!! (Not even in stores yet!!)
Are you excited?! I am! 
We all have the chance to try it out FIRST too! Head over to to purchase!
(Scroll to the bottom for a $50 Wal-mart Gift Card Giveaway!)

Here are the details on this new product!
Naked Collection Volume Kit
- Kit includes Naked Volume Shampoo, Conditioner, Volumizing Soufflé, Flexible Hold Spritzer and Dry Shampoo.
- Everything you need for irresistible volume!
- Online-only offer.
- Limited-edition kit, available while supplies last.
- Get it first at Wal-Mart.
- Your chance to be the first to try Herbal Essences Naked!

Naked Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
- Restores hair’s natural body.
- Made with zero heavy residues, dyes, and parabens.
- Light weight shampoo provides a clean luscious bounce.
- Conditioner keeps hair detangled, nourished, and maintains full volume.

Naked Volume Dry Shampoo
- Great for days when you don’t have time to wash your hair.
- Refreshes your look for lightweight, clean hair — even on days when you don’t wash.
- The natural tapioca formula absorbs excess oil and transforms lifeless, oily hair into fresh hair.
- Delights senses with the crisp essence of citrus and mint.
- How to use: Gently spray on and work into roots, brush out as desired.

Naked Volumizing Souffle
- Weightless, volumizing styler gives you a lift for fullness that lasts.
- Delights the senses with a boost of grapefruit and mint.
- How to use: Gently work mousse through wet hair for volume.

The Volume collection lets you bare your softest hair! It has an invigorating blend of white grapefruit and mint extracts. It contains zero dyes to leave your hair naturally clean and full of irresistible volume.
Here is a little "How To Order" video if you need any help ;)
Ok, warning: it is a bit wobbly, this is my first real video and I had to use my phone to do it, lol! 
What a Newb! ;)

OK so for the GIVEAWAY!! 
(Ya I know you hurried to the bottom, I do it too!) 
Just use the form below to enter! (It's Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy!)
Open to all US Residents Only. Thank you!

Disclosure: “The Walmart gift card and information have been provided by Herbal Essences.”
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Winners Posted! Is it you?!

Hi all, hopefully you weren't biting your nails over the weekend waiting to see if YOU won! 

We had a pretty eventful week filled with parties and family! My son turned 5 and had his first friend party, it was crazy fun and he LOVED it. My grandma turned 95! She is amazing and is literally 95 years YOUNG! Then I got to have my sister come visit(the only one that doesn't live close) so we had a very fun and busy week and weekend. But that's not what you are here for...

Are you excited? Are you ready?! 

The winners are.....

Car Pools & Casseroles(Liesel)
Congrats you just won Benny The Bull!!

Shayanne S.
Congrats you just won a Modbod top of your choice!

i'll be in contact with you soon! 
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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Modbod Basics Giveaway!

Are you ready to layer up for the winter? Let's make your job a little easier! 

One lucky reader will win a Modbod Basics top of their choice!

Huge thanks to Modbod for sponsoring this giveaway!

Simply just use the Rafflecopter form below and I'll pick a winner soon!

(Open to all Us and Canada Residents 18 years and older)
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GIVEAWAY!! Benny The Bouncing Bull!

 Sponsored Giveaway by JumpingBalls
 I sure hope you all are ready for Halloween and have your costumes in order but for today, I'm thinking way ahead....
Who wants to WIN a Christmas Gift?!!
Or use it right away, whatever you please!

I recently reviewed Benny The Bouncing Bull... or rather, my kids did. 
(Yes I took a ride too... I just couldn't resist the urge!)


Now I get to give one away to one of you LUCKY readers! 
(Prize will be the Lime Green Benny Pictured)

Are you PUMPED?!
(Ha, ha, get it? PUMPED, like Benny! Ok maybe not funny... but these days, anything is funny with kids right?)  
OK so here's the deal, It's pretty darn easy to enter and you can enter multiple times too! 
Just fill out the RaffleCopter form below and I'll pick a winner on November 15th!

JumpingBalls can be found on 

HUGE Thanks to our Sponsor
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Winter is Here, Layer Up and keep off the Chill! ModBod Review

Sponsored Review by Modbod

What is your number one MUST have in your wardrobe? That item that you automatically reach for no matter the outfit you end up wearing? 

For me it is this...

Yes, I wear one of these almost DAILY... if it isn't the famous basic cap sleeve, it is the famous basic long tank! ALWAYS. 

You can pair this cap sleeve with jeans or maxi skirt...

or layer it up with a cardi or lace top or even with the adorable high-waist skirts too! No need to pack this puppy up when winter weather arrives, it accompanies cute sweaters and jackets perfect! It is simply is sooo versatile and keeps you covered where coverage is needed. 
I'm so glad to have companies promote Modesty. 

Here is one way I wear Modbod's basic cap sleeve!
I love love love my Modbod cap sleeves.

 **Just a side note, I'm also glad that Modbod has improved their images as well. You might remember me being slightly bugged about this topic before... I can't expect companies to be perfect but I sure do hope companies such as Modbod will always help promote modesty.**

Checkout Modbod online, through FB, and Twitter.

All basic long sleeve scoop tees 25% off, just use code LSS25 at checkout.

**All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. I have not been paid to review this product, however, I did receive the product free of charge to review.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Hopper Ball Review- Benny the Bouncing Bull

Sponsored Post by Jumping Balls

 I have to tell you how long I have waited for a chance to review this FUN product! I have been working for over a YEAR in hopes to work with them on a review... which you might know is always followed up by a GIVEAWAY! I know you all a cheering... more on that later ;)

Soooo of course, I was *thrilled* to find an email from them just last month confirming the opportunity. I KNEW my kids would just love it... and they did.

I mean who wouldn't love Benny the Bouncing Bull right? 
Here is the Nitty Gritty Review ;)

*Obviously cool looking!
*Lots of color options
*Super bouncy fun
*Helps kids exercise
*Burns energy- great activity to do about an hour before bedtime ;)
*Designed for kids 18 months to 6 years old
*Can be used for therapy purposes for children with needs
*Hilarious to watch kids play on it
(My four year old said, "This is Totally AWESOME!)
*Easy to pump up with included manual pump
*Very durable(even I gave it a shot... just couldn't resist)
*Holds the air in well, no need to re-inflate for weeks

*It is smaller than it looks on the website
For my kids, the 2 and 4 year old could ride it the best. My two year old LOVES it. My six year old has a harder time bouncing on it so for her I think the next size up would be best.

So if you are ready for your kids to have hours of fun and use up all that energy we moms all know they have, check out all their bouncing animals! 

Become a fan of JumpingBalls on Facebook


Thank you Jumping Balls for the opportunity to review Benny the Bull!

**All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. I did not get monetary payment to do this review.
I did receive the product to review free of charge. 
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Wiggle Carts only $27.99 HURRY! (Reg $50)

They are going fast so if you have been watching for them grab one now. 
This is an AWESOME Christmas gift :)
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50 % Off Halloween Decor- Tai Pan Trading

 HUGE Sale at Tai Pan Trading locations! 50% off all Halloween Decor. 
I'm sure you'll have to hurry in for the best picks! 

Also get a 25 % off coupon good for any regular priced item in the store! 

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Elephant Hopper Ball Review-

Sponsored Review by JumpingBalls

I remember one of my all time favorite activities as a kid was bouncing around on something like these Hopper Balls... of course they were a bit more plane back in my day

(I am 30 now ya know! YIKES! Ya I just let that one slide by without announcing it on the blog... it did end up being a good day though)...

Anyway, my children and I were so lucky to review these sweet Hopper balls. We received "Ellie and Emily" the Elephant... yes my kids named the Elephants. :) We got the small size for kids ages 3-6.

I think I could just say they are awesome and be done but I'll go ahead with the details for ya!

(My boy right after a wipe out! lol... looking nice and tired and ready for bed in his pj's)

Oodles of bouncing fun
It's exercise for the kids and they don't even know it!
Burn off all that toddler energy :)
These small hopper balls are great for ages 3-6
Easy to inflate
Very durable thick vinyl
Holds in air pressure amazing... 
we haven't had to re-pump at all and we have had them for weeks now. 
Can be used indoors or outdoors
Can be used for therapy sessions for special needs children as well
Great price for the product
Compact when deflated for easy storage
There are different sizes for different ages
There are also different options of animals and characters too

 Does not come with a pump unless you buy a party pack or simply buy the pump.
It may be hard to get your kids OFF of them! 

Check out this video from Jumping Balls... looks like fun... I know you want one! ;) 

Checkout JumpingBalls on Facebook too!
*All opinions expressed are my own honest opinions. I did not receive monetary payment for this review. I did receive the product for review free of charge. 

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