Facebook Hates Me…

So, here is the truth.  Facebook hates me.

This is going to sound like complaining, but bear with me for a few minutes…

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I’ve spent the past three years building up a Facebook page that is now pretty much worthless.  When I first started out, it was fun!  We would have great discussions–money saving ideas, favorite recipes, and helpful tips.

Not anymore.

Slowly, I’ve lost my steam.  It just isn’t fun to try to interact and no one responds.  Plus, I’ve just felt defeated, so I’ve been autoposting from the blog–and Facebook doesn’t like that.

They don’t like anything I do!  They don’t want you to see things from me.  They want me to pay.  A lot.

(Did you know they want you to pay, too?  You can now promote your own personal posts so that more of your friends can see what you say.  Wow.  Just wow.)

Anyway, I digress.

Facebook wants me to pay

Some of you have asked why you can’t see my posts anymore.  Money is the main reason.  See the post above?  56 people out of 21,435 people saw my post!!  If I want you to see my post, I have to pay.  With the orphanage we’re trying to help build and the fact that I want to be a good steward of what we’ve been given, I just don’t think that’s the wisest allocation of money!

That’s why I’d like to try something new.  I would like to invite those of you who are interested in seeing the deals that are posted on the blog each day into a special Motherhood on a Dime Facebook group All of the deals and posts will be automatically posting in there, and if you are part of the group–you will actually have the opportunity to see them!  In addition, I want it to be a community.  A place where we can share ideas with each other.  A place where we can encourage one another.  A place where you can ask questions–about money, kid stuff, recipes, whatever.

I’d love to have some of you join this “inner circle” on Facebook with me!  There aren’t very many there yet, but I would be honored if you would join me there!

In addition, I’m going to be focusing more on Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter.  I’d love to connect with you there!

 

Cleanse & Detox: Post Workout Smoothie Recipe

Here is a yummy smoothie idea courtesy of Abe’s Market(If you aren’t familiar with it, Abe’s is a great place to shop for inexpensive prices on organic and natural items–though I usually double-check prices on Amazon, too).

After Workout Smoothie Recipe

Cleanse & Detox After Work-Out Smoothie

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Blend all ingredients together!

 

Favado #ResolutionSolution ($100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway)

Disclosure:  Favado and Savings.com are providing the $100 Visa Gift Card for this giveaway.  All thoughts and opinions are always my own!

I resolve to spend less

I’ve talked a few times about Favado–the new grocery shopping app that makes it easier to find bargains at your local store.  If you have a smartphone, I hope you’ve tried it out–it can definitely help you save at the grocery store.  (You can see my post about how to use Favado here.)

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I’m excited to be teaming up with Favado to share about their newest campaign #ResolutionSolutions. Plus, Favado and Savings.com are giving away a $100 Visa Gift Card to one of you!

 

Here is more info about Favado:

“So you blew your budget last year. Well, it’s 2014 – your chance for a fresh start and to stick to your budget again in the new year.

Favado, your friendly neighborhood grocery savings mobile app from Savings.com, can help you do just that.

Personalized just for you, the Favado money-saving app will help you keep your resolution to save on groceries this year with step-by-step weekly goals from the best money-saving brains in the business. It’s the solution to keeping your 2014 resolution!”

If you want to learn more, you can also check out the Weekly Twitter Parties!  They will be held each Tuesday evening at 9 PM ET. 

Week #1 (Jan 7-14) – Smarter Grocery Shopping Habits 

The first week, we’ll be talking mostly about the little habits you can change while shopping that can make a big difference in your grocery spending…such as not buying the magazines off the rack at the checkout, writing a grocery list and sticking to it while shopping, as well as checking unit prices and sale expiration dates.

Favado Helps by…allowing you to have a shopping list in the palm of your hand that you won’t forget at home!

Week #2 (Jan 15-21) – Shopping the Sales and Following the Sales Cycles

Grocery stores and manufacturers work hard to push out their best sale prices to you on a weekly basis through their store circulars. If you follow along closely, you’ll notice that most products operate on an 8-12 week sales cycle.

You’ll also find that “product families” all go on sale at the same time, for example all the P&G products will be discounted the same weeks, and will return to their regular prices for a few weeks, then go back on sale together.

Favado Helps by…showing you when your favorite products go on sale, so that you can purchase them when they are on sale and not have to pay full price in between sales cycles. Over time, you’ll learn how much to purchase to last you until the next sale.

Week #3 (Jan 22-28) – Couponing for “Double the Discount” 

The deep 50-70% savings that you hear talked about frequently occur when you combine a coupon with an already discounted product for “double the discount.” For example if toothpaste is on sale for $1 and you have a $.75 off coupon, you’ll get that toothpaste for just $.25, as opposed to its $2.49 regular price.

Favado Helps by…doing all the hard work for you and putting the best sale prices with matching available coupons in a nice, organized list. Favado makes it easy to find these discounts and save big on groceries.

Week #4 (Jan 29-Feb 5) – Meal Planning

Making a meal plan based on what’s on sale in your local grocery stores can help you cut your grocery bill by 20-30% alone. Matching your meals with the sales is a simple, scissorless way to save each week at the grocery store.

Favado Helps by…allowing you to search for ingredients that are on sale for the meals you want to make each week. Want to make a slow cooker meal that calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs or beef roast? Favado can tell you which store has those ingredients on sale each week.

 

Because of how we’ve changed our eating, I don’t use coupons quite as much anymore (although I still use them for home and personal type products–and some foods when I can find good ones).  I am still keeping our budget lowered by using menu-planning and stockpiling though.  You can find out more about our journey at FaithfullyNourished.com.

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Now for my favorite part!  One of you will win a $100 Visa Gift Card!  Simply fill out the form below to be entered to win!  The winner will be selected Monday, January 13 at 10 PM.

My Nine Favorite Books from Last Year

I ended up reading quite a few books last year–although I didn’t finish my initial list.  I just couldn’t seem to get through the classics I planned to read, but there is always next year…right?!!  Anyway, here are my nine favorite books from 2013.

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Love Does:

This book is a collection of stories from the author’s life, and I love it!  It inspired me to live a life of “whimsy”.  I read several of the chapters to my oldest daughter, and we just laughed and were amazed at Bob Goff’s life.  It pushes you to consider your own life–and how you can go beyond the humdrum of everyday.  Love doesn’t just sit.  Love does!

Introvert Power:

I’ve known for a long time that I’m an introvert, but I have never really considered my introversion as a strength; instead, I’ve tried to hide it or ignore it.  This book opened my eyes to the who, what, when, where and why of being an introvert.  It completely changed how I view myself–and gave me insight into some of the burn-out and struggles I’ve been facing over the past few years.  Though I didn’t agree with everything in the book, it was quite influential in my life in 2013.

Glorious Ruin:

This is a book about suffering.  It doesn’t address those typical questions–the why or how to get through the suffering.  Instead, Tullian Tchividjian explores the God who walks with us through the pain and how suffering sets us free.  After walking through various seasons of suffering, I have several favorite books on it and this is one of them.

Unfriend Yourself:

This was a short little book, but it was a good reminder to me about unplugging.  I’ve struggled with limiting my internet usage sometimes–especially as a blogger, but this reinforced and spurred me to set even more limits around my time on the web.

Awake:

Sometimes, as a mom with littler ones (although they’ve grown up quite a bit!), I’ve found myself not quite as aware of what is going on in the world around me.  This book was an excellent crash course in the issues of our day–and how I can make a difference.  It can be overwhelming to look at the needs in our world, but I was reminded to start by helping one person.  We can all do that!

Being Okay With Where You Are:

I’ll admit it.  I struggle with being an over-achiever.  I like to set goals.  I like to reach them.  When I don’t, it is difficult for me.  I push myself so hard–and I burn-out!  I know many of you are like that, too.  This little eBook was reassuring and a great reminder about the seasons in our lives.  Dreams die.  Life doesn’t go as planned.  Struggles happen.  It’s okay to be okay with where you are.

Embracing Obscurity:

I wrote a guest post on this over at The Purposeful Mom.  It was a challenging book for me–it pushed me to ponder much of what I’m doing in my life–and in blogging, too.  What is the purpose of a platform?  Do I really need one?  Am I going to miss out on great opportunities because no one knows who I am, and I’m not being pushy enough?  What does it really mean to embrace being unknown in this world, yet known by God?  It really stirred up more questions than answers for me, but it was a worthwhile read.  I’ll be pondering it for a while.

Pollyanna:

I read this book aloud to the girls, and we loved it.  It’s an excellent classic story that will stick in your heart–and remind you to play the “Glad Game” in all circumstances.

Made to Crave:

I wrote a series about this book and my struggles with weight, food, etc.  Blegh.  It’s not my favorite thing to talk about, and it’s a struggle of mine–but Made to Crave was an influential book in my life last year.

How about you?  Did you have a favorite book you read last year?  Feel free to share!  I love getting new ideas for what to read in 2014!!