Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 15 April 2018

It’s that time of the week again – frugal accomplishments time. YAY! Be sure to check out the amazing find Brandy posted on this week’s post at The Prudent Homemaker. So neat!

I’m excited to say I got some decent cashback on Ibotta this week, both for myself and for my daughter to add to her account. (I shopped at two stores today and each of us used one receipt.) We also found some snackie things on clearance at the base store that made everyone happy. Of course we also did a lot of our usual things to keep costs down, which always helps. So here goes my list: Continue reading

Starting Over After a Disaster – My Next Article is Up!

Daisy Luther has posted my second article submitted for her site, The Organic Prepper! It’s called Starting Over After a Disaster – but you might be surprised to learn that starting over actually starts before a disaster. Click on over and check it out! Please let me know what you think of it – I’d love your feedback.

(And yes, you can safely assume that I am insanely excited about this and would dearly love it if you share the link far and wide. LOL)

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 8 Apr 2018 (and More!)

Hello out there! Things got a bit busy for me and it completely slipped my mind to come do my Frugal Accomplishments post for April 1st. Nope, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke either – just me wandering off to do other things and realizing I missed posting! So you’ll get a double tap today; I have a bit of a list for each Sunday that I’ll share with you in one fell swoop today. If you’d like to see what Brandy and the other frugalistas are up to, do go visit The Prudent Homemaker and read everyone’s comments.

Now for me and my house – Continue reading

Book Review: More Than I Can Say by Anna Belle Rose

As I mentioned recently, an author friend of mine recently provided me with an Advance Review Copy of her most recent release. More Than I Can Say is Anna Belle Rose’s third romance novel and I am honored to have had the opportunity to read this book.

Here’s the description from Amazon:

Georgiana Hewitt seems to have it all. She is beautiful, professionally successful and financially secure. But her love life is pathetic. When her new boss, Jackson, accompanies her on a work trip, she fights her overwhelming attraction to him. She finally gives in, sharing several perfect nights with him, knowing it can only be a fling. Two months later, Georgiana is shocked to realize that she is pregnant, and heartbroken when she miscarries before she can tell Jack. Weeks later, when Jack finds out about the pregnancy, his rage and hurt drive him away. Can he forgive her, and can they have a future together?

Having previously read Anna Belle Rose’s first two novels, it seems like she’s really hit her stride with More Than I Can Say. I felt like I got to know the main characters really well, particularly George. Lots of depth with everyone in this book, and so many issues are brought up that I wanted to learn more about when all was said and done. There are several characters that I hope Rose writes additional books for, most especially Boone, who I went and begged for a happy ending for. (There may or may not have been a response that I’m getting my wish and Boone is getting his own book – SQUEE!)

More Than I Can Say made me laugh, made me cry, and made me think. It also made me want to string lights in the trees and wish for justice against a certain character. You’ll have to read it to find out why. I’m willing to bet your response will be as visceral as mine.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Abuse survivors should know that sexual assault and physical abuse are addressed in this book. It is addressed with love by the characters involved, but was hard to read. Please make sure that you are prepared for this and if you are a survivor, you have access to whatever support systems you deem necessary when confronting such issues. The scenes are well-written and as a reader, I came to love the individuals involved who supported George through her trials, but it is not something one should walk into unprepared if dealing with trauma.

More Than I Can Say is available on Amazon in print and Kindle format, as are Anna Belle Rose’s first two novels, That One Small Omission and The Phone Call. You can get in touch with her on Facebook, via Twitter as @KFAnnaBelleRose, or on her author website. She has a memoir in the works that will surely be a treasure.

FCC Disclosure: I was provided a free Advance Review Copy (ARC) of this book in digital format for review purposes. I was not compensated financially for this review or any on other sites. All opinions are my own. No affiliate links are included in this post and I will not receive any form of compensation for sharing contact information of the author or publisher.

Frugal Accomplishments ~ Week Ending 24 Mar 2018

It’s time for the weekly Frugal Accomplishments post! Woohoo! Mine is pretty short this week, but there are lots of neat doings over at Brandy’s post for the week. As always, she’s got lovely photos posted as well. Ready? Alrighty, here we go:

  • Borrowed ebooks on Kindle Unlimited and OverDrive
  • Used cloth handkerchiefs and personal wipes
  • Used wool dryer balls in loads run through electric dryer
  • Received statement of utility rebate – we were under the average and earned $24.51, but the trigger for a deposit is $25. AAAAAHHHHH! 😉 We’ll definitely get it next cycle, at least!
  • Used library internet for the kids’ schoolwork while I worked on a proofreading project for a new client
  • Borrowed – and returned by due dates – library books and DVDs
  • Attended a free HAM radio class; one of the instructors had multiple copies of a book we need for a different class, and she very kindly gifted it to us rather than me ordering it when we left
  • Received the reimbursement check for my daughter’s orthodontia treatment; put half in savings to help her pay for CNA schooling next year and set half aside to pay for some things our family put off while paying for the treatments originally
  • Received a free Advance Review Copy of a friend’s new book (more on that after I write up the review!)
  • Daughter babysat one night and interviewed with another family for babysitting jobs
  • Edit to add: Daughter had two weeks of spring break (one regular week and one week of GED orientation for the new students, which she attended last quarter as a newbie and didn’t need to go to this time) – saved gas by not providing transportation for her for eight days of classes

    How did your week go? Any exciting frugal finds?