Before You Start Arguing About Hobby Lobby

VERY well written!

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…. Please consider a few things.

Q: Know what happens when fewer women have access to birth control? A: The number of unwanted pregnancies goes up. And guess what happens when there are more unwanted pregnancies…. You guessed it–More abortions. So there’s something to think about….

"The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield." ~ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.” ~ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

You know what? The family who runs Hobby Lobby is probably really nice. I’ve never met them, but I’d be willing to bet that if my wife and I ate dinner at their house, at the end of the night we’d would walk out the giant front door, get our minivan from the valet, and while we were driving home we’d talk about what nice people they were (right after we’d gotten done talking about how ridiculously huge their house was). And you know what? The same is probably true for most of…

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Illustrations of Women by Carol Rossetti

Here’s a reblog that I just ❤ REAL messages featuring artwork of REAL women!

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This is one of the reasons I love facebook and can’t quite give it up because I come across amazing things like this from the various pages I follow. This is the amazing work by Carol Rossetti, so simple yet so powerful! I wanted to share on the blog because I felt it so fitting and something a lot of woman will relate to. Also the illustrations are just too KICK ASS not to share.

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Posted with permission. Please go to http://https://www.behance.net/carolrossetti to see more of her amazing work!

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Summer: Free/Cheap Family Movies

The previous few years the movies have been free but times are getting really tough all around and now they are $1 a person.  Thanks economy!  While still about 70-90% cheaper than traditional movie tickets this is still a great deal and an awesome motivator (if you behave this week then we can go to the movies!).  A quick Google search should provide you with your local info.  For our area its the Werenberg Cinema, home of the extremely creepy whispers!  If you are unfamiliar watch this YouTube clip and listen for it!

Today we saw The Lego Movie and everyone had a great time.  Seriously one of the best family movies I have seen in a really long time but make sure to bring some tissues for those tears that sneak out at the end!

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Some tips I have found along the way with kids and movies:

*Don’t go at nap time- you are ASKING for trouble!

*Bring coats, esp if you or your little one usually get chilly in movies.

*We brought a small blanket today and that worked out great for the little one to snuggle up in when she got cold.

*Bring sippy cups to minimize spills.

*Ask for some extra popcorn bags to divide up a large tub of popcorn and water cups to split up drinks or simply just drink water and save more money!

*Get there early esp if you want to find seats together!

Money: Ibotta, Checkout 51 and Cartwheel Reviews

Thanks to Pintrest I found out about about the smartphone apps Ibotta, Checkout 51 and Target’s Cartwheel.  While you shouldn’t expect to become rich using these you can definitely add up the “chump change” for everything from cash to Starbucks frappachinos!

 

Ibotta

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This is my LEAST favorite and my MOST favorite of the 3 which is unfortunate because they offer the most rebates.  If they would update their imaging software it would be AMAZING.  The application itself works ok except you have to purchases EXACTLY the amount/type/number listed.  I have a large family and purchased the double pack of eggs.  You have to scan each item for the rebate you are trying to receive so when I scanned my eggs the app told me that it wasn’t a match according to the UPC.  The worst aspect of this app is the image capture for the receipt.  It’s HORRID.  Hold the camera flat, no flatter, now try to focus by taping AND take the photo.  When you have 12 sections to add this takes too much time and patience.  Why Ibotta?  Why?!  Checkout 51 has WAY superior image capturing software (more on that later).  Sign up HERE.

Pros

*LOTS of various rebates  from $0.25 up to a few dollars!

*Offers are sorted by store.

*Clean graphics.

* Hook up directly to your PayPal account for cash directly deposited!

*$5 for each person you refer!  (That person has to actually submit a rebate before you get credit!)

Cons

*Image capturing system is stuck back in 2002.  Remember those cruddy cheap digital cameras (like those little kids Barbie and Star Wars camera in the toy aisle!)?  It’s about that quality and just as frustrating to get to work properly.

*While I understand why they would want you to scan the item- it can turn into a pain.  One time we finished off a bag of PopChips before I submitted my rebates and I set the bag off to the side so I could do it in the morning.  Of course someone else in the house picked that particular time to actually throw something away!  So I missed out on the PopChips rebate because I had nothing to scan even though I had my receipt!

 

Checkout 51

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This receipt capturing software is awesome!  It auto-focuses beautifully and I get a clean, crisp image the first time every time!  There are a few drawbacks though.  Sign up HERE.

Pros

*Really easy to submit your receipt- software works flawlessly.

*After you scan your receipt you can use a check list to chose which items you are looking to receive the rebate for- do UPC scanning required.

*Offers rebates on general items mostly like milk, eggs, and bananas where the brand doesn’t matter.

Cons

*Only has one very small list- about 10-15 items per week usually.

*Upload your rebates IMMEDIATELY on the day you purchase them.  I just lost out because I went shopping on July 1st but its auto-resets every Thursday AM.

*No referral program.

 

Target’s Cartwheel

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Target has come a long way in the last 10 years!  Lots of extreme couponers LOVE the deals at Target and part of it is this app right here.  Sign up HERE.

Pros

*Includes discounts from everything from food to clothes!

Cons

*Usually displays the discount in percentages which is kind of annoying.

*You can only have a certain number of offers saved to your account- mine is currently 16 offers.

 

Health: Free Atkins Quick Start Kit

I have been a bad WLS post op patient- through having to leave my job in healthcare due to my RA, multiple surgeries, numerous prednisone scripts and all kinds of other life stresses I pretty much just eat whatever is cheap and easy to prepare.  I really need to carb detox and get back on track!  Even took the kids to the park today and walked the nature trail and plan on going back out with the older kids for a longer walk later after dinner.  I saw a post in one of the few support groups I frequent on Facebook and thought I would get some free samples, coupons and booklets!  Check out how many things you get in the kit!

 

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Get your own here.  Anyone else working on getting back on track this summer?!