Deal Alert: 20% Clearance Kid’s Clothes at #Target w/Cartwheel App!

Hey friends- just jumped on here to let you know that it’s a great time to check out kid’s clothing on clearance at Target. The Target Cartwheel App is offering 20% off clearance prices on kid’s clothing now through Saturday, July 25th. Just add the offer to your app and show it at the register when you check out.

Check out my post about how to use the Target Cartwheel app here.



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My DIY Distressed Couch Project!

old couch

The wooden sleeper couch pictured above was given to my husband and I the first year we were married. It was in good used condition ten years ago and has had lots of use since then! It is solid wood and VERY heavy. Nevertheless, we have moved it with us everywhere we’ve been: four states in ten years! My husband has been after me to get rid of it, but I just haven’t been able to let it go. Yes, it’s worn, but it sure is handy when we have overnight guests, and…we own it! I didn’t want to have to replace it.


Our solution: the old couch had to be painted. My inspiration was a “media stand” (formerly a dresser) painted and distressed by a local gal. She painted the dresser pictured below in flat Country White (purchased at Walmart).


Media Stand


We moved the heavy couch outside and I began sanding it with an orbital sander. The sander made the job much quicker than I was expecting! Still, it took a solid hour to prep the wood for painting.



With the sanding done, we moved the couch back inside (for some reason I didn’t feel like painting in 98 degree weather!) It took me a few hours and two coats to get the job done. Not gonna lie- it’s a bit of work, but so worth it!




Here is the couch with two coats of paint. It looks fine, but it’s going to look much better with a bit of distressing…


painted couch


With the painting done, we worked together to do the “distressing.”  The orbital sander came in very handy again.  Total time spent on the distressing was about one hour.




The couch is done! I love it and can hardly believe it’s the same piece. The white obviously lightens the couch, and the distressing matches the media stand on the opposite wall.


distressed couch


distressed couch 2


No more dark, dated couch on my gallery wall! What a fun, fresh look! I love it, and the best part? It only cost me $10.94 – the cost of the paint!


new couch

See more of my fun, low-cost DIY projects in our “new” home here.


#Dragons, Sidewalk Chalk and Banana Splits #StreamTeam

Netflix Logo Update 2014

I am loving this summer and all the adventures we are enjoying with our boys. My husband and I were recently talking about how much work and planning are involved in creating special memories for our children. These things don’t just happen on their own! The fun memories from our family vacations and camping trips will hopefully stick with our boys for years to come, but those memories are created through quite a bit of effort!

Some special memories are created with much more ease, and I’m going to share a few of those with you today.


Banana Split

Banana Splits

I think food is often connected to fun memories- especially for boys! My boys have a big-time sweet tooth, but we don’t enjoy ice cream every day. Today, as my two oldest were playing a game of Monopoly, I decided to surprise them with banana splits. Yum! Fun summer memory created…check!

Dragons Race to the Edge, Netflix

 Dragons: Race to the Edge!

Last week we had a fun surprise show up at our door! In honor of their new original series, Dragons: Race to the Edge, Netflix sent us some Hiccup and Toothless goodies!!

As Hiccup and Toothless soar beyond their home on the island of Berk in search of new dragons, Dragons: Race to the Edge introduces some of the most exciting dragons yet, each with its own amazing abilities — shock waves, cannon balls and fire blasts, just to name a few.

Get a sneak peak by clicking the video below!

Dragons: Race to the Edge; Netflix original


Sidewalk Chalk…

Armed with their new costumes and sidewalk chalk, the boys headed out to the driveway to create some pictures of the city of Berk, Hiccup and Toothless. I love the creativity!

Dragons Race to the Edge, Netflix

Dragons Race to the Edge, Netflix

Dragons Race to the Edge, Netflix


Dragons and Pizza!

So, I have to confess that my guys had never seen How to Train Your Dragon, but thankfully, How to Train your Dragon 2 is streaming on Netflix! So we had a pizza party and watched it together as a family for the first time! Our two year old even watched every second, and growled ferociously (followed by giggles) every time a dragon roared. More fun memories…thanks, Netflix!

Here are some pictures of our Dragon pizza party!

(Pardon the flooring samples…we are getting ready to put wood flooring in our den!)

Dragons: Race to the Edge; How to Train Your Dragon 2

  Dragons: Race to the Edge; How to Train Your Dragon 2

Dragons: Race to the Edge; How to Train Your Dragon 2

Dragons: Race to the Edge; How to Train Your Dragon 2



What have you been streaming on Netflix this summer? I would love to hear from you!



Note: As part of the Netflix Stream Team I am given movie suggestions, crafts, and recipes each month, as well as a complimentary subscription. This does not affect my opinion in any way. I have enjoyed Netflix as a frugal family entertainment option for years prior to joining the Stream Team.



Free Samples! Post-it, Protein Bar, Color Lover Shampoo & MORE!

Just had a heads up about these samples, coupons and sweepstakes and thought I’d pass them along. I’m going to order up these samples for sure!




Free Framesi Color Lover Shampoo & Conditioner Sample

Request 3 Free Sample Packets of 2 Minute Miracle Gel

Free Sample Kit with Tena Skin-Caring Wash Cream & Tena Wipes

Free Post-it Brand Office Insider Kit Giveaway

Order a Free Premier Protein Bar or Shake!


Renuzit Pearl Scents – Free After Coupon at Kmart!

Win $500 Cash and a Coupon for a Free Game of Bowling

Win a Year Suppy of Lamb Products & BBQ Grill + Coupon!


Mars Chocolate Road Trip Game – 1 Million Prizes Givenaway!

Win an iPhone 6 Gold 128GB

Win a trip Montreal or Vermont & 100′s of Instant Win Prizes

Win a 5 day Trip to Orlando, FL & Theme Park Tickets

Win a KitchenAid Mixer or a Rodelle Gift Basket

Retail Coupon Roundup (Crafter’s- Lots for You!)


Here is a roundup of printable retail coupons for the weekend. Be sure to check this list before you head out to shop!

More retail coupons:

Bealls - 25% Off Up to 2 Single Items (exp: 6/30/2015)
Big 5 Sporting Goods - 25% Off Regularly Priced or 10% Off Sale Priced Camping Gear + More (exp: 6/27/2015)
Bonton - $25 Off $50 Regular & Sale Price Ladies Swimwear Purchase (exp: 6/27/2015)
Carsons - $25 Off $50 Regular & Sale Price Ladies Swimwear Purchase (exp: 6/27/2015)
Dress Barn - 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 7/7/2015)
Hancock Fabrics - 40% Off 1 Regularly Priced Fabric Item (exp: 7/1/2015)
Hobby Lobby - 40% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 6/27/2015)
JoAnn - 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 6/27/2015)
Lord and Taylor - 20% Off Regular, Sale, Clearance Purchases (exp: 6/30/2015)
Staples - FREE 5 lb. of Shredding (exp: 12/31/2015)


Thanks, Surviving the Stores!


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