Avoid This Ad: DOC to PDF

February 21, 2016 by  
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You might see this ad inside of youtube videos or on blog posts. Avoid it!!!! Do not click on it. 

Somehow my dad accidentally clicked on it or downloaded something. We have had quite a time getting rid of this malware.

Just wanted to warn you all about this so that it doesn’t happen to you.

If you have had success permanently getting rid of the DOC to PDF toolbar, please let me know what you did. Thanks!


Wordy Wednesday: Cape Lookout Lighthouse

Sorry this is a day late. I meant to post yesterday but got busy doing other things. Saturday we had the privilege of visiting Cape Lookout Lighthouse. This is the first time we were able to go onto the island. The last time we went there signs were posted about the government shutdown. I’m not sure why it’s taken us so long to make it back out there. It’s a nice place to visit and I hope we can spend more time there exploring soon. I can’t imagine what life must have been like on the island in the 1800s. Sounds like a lonely yet beautiful place to be. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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We didn’t see any wild horses while we were at Cape Lookout, but we saw one on Carrot Island on our way back to the Beaufort boat ramp. He was out there by himself feeding at the water’s edge.

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Have you ever visited Eastern North Carolina?


Favorite Reads: July 2013

July 31, 2013 by  
Filed under General, News and Chit Chat

Here are this month’s favorite reads. Some of them keep appearing each month. You might also want to check our June’s favorite reads.

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1.  Easy Do-It-Yourself Luau/Beach Cupcakes

2.  Do-It-Yourself Pacifier Baby Shower Favors

3.  Bugs in My Yogurt?!

4.  30+ Ways to Clean with Vinegar

5.  Wordless Wednesday: Lazy Fat Cat

6.  Dayspring Customer Appreciate Sale (expires today, July 31)

7.  Menu Plan Monday: July 14, 2013

8.  How to Save Money on Laundry

9.  Laundry Tip: How to Keep up with Kids’ Socks

10.  Easy Fruit Pizza Recipe

Which articles are your favorites?


Wordless Wednesday: Lazy Fat Cat

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This is my cat, Smidge. He is a big, lazy, and sweet cat. No, I don’t need to put him on a diet. It is the type of breed that he is. Isn’t he cute? He makes me smile. 🙂


Kroger and Harris Teeter Announce Merger Agreement

You may have heard the news by now — Today Harris Teeter announced that a merger agreement had been made with Kroger.  Kroger was looking to expand in the Southeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.  According to the news release from Harris Teeter, Harris Teeter brings to Kroger an exceptional brand and complementary base of 212 stores in attractive southeastern and mid-Atlantic markets and in Washington, D.C. 

Together, Harris Teeter and Kroger will operate 2,631. Harris Teeter will continue to operate its stores as a subsidiary of Kroger. There are no plans to close stores.

What are your thoughts about the merger? A lot of couponers are concerned about the possibility of Harris Teeter’s coupon policy changing. 



Top 10 Reads for June 2013

July 1, 2013 by  
Filed under News and Chit Chat

It’s been a while since I’ve shared the top reads.  I get to see the stats each month and it is interesting to see which articles are favorites around here. I have to tell you that, many months I see the same three articles in the top five. I think this is due to Pinterest, Stumble Upon, and other social media networks.

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And here are this month’s top reads:

1.  Easy Do-It-Yourself Luau/Beach Cupcakes

2.  Tomato Casserole

3.  Caramel Macchiato & Vanilla Syrup Recipes

4.  30+ Ways to Clean with Vinegar

5.  Do-It-Yourself Pacifier Baby Shower Favors

6.  How to Decorate Your Home on a Frugal Budget

7.  An Update: Where Have I Been?

8.  Freebies From Redbox

9.  Easy Pasta Salad Recipe

10.  DIY Cars Movie Cake and Blackberry Cobbler Tutorial and Recipe

Which Thrifty Mommy article is your favorite?



An Update: Where Have I Been?

June 25, 2013 by  
Filed under General, News and Chit Chat

I’ve been out of school/work for almost two weeks. Some of you may be wondering what happened to me and The Thrifty Mommy.  To catch you all up on this year I’ll give a condensed update.

Last year we were living on the water and working as caretakers for a large piece of property. All of the sudden our landlord wants us out and he means now. Come to find out the property next to us was being developed. Maybe he thought they might buy his too, I don’t know. Nevertheless, our family was hurt and left scrambling to figure out what our next step was.  We were hoping to purchase a house but we live near the beach and coastal property is really expensive.  Two years ago we relocated and sold our beautiful Cape Cod with over 2 acres for way less than we could get anything comparable here.

We began a major search for a nice house but realized we wouldn’t be able to find what we wanted in such a short amount of time.  We hesitantly agreed to a temporary rental while we searched. That meant moving TWO times.  Ugh! The thought and the memories causes a wave of anxiety.  On top of all that, I started a new grade level. I switched from being a self-contained special needs teacher to a regular ed teacher.  Put Common Core in all of that and I was a mess!  House hunting, getting kicked out, buying a house, two moves, new grade level, Common Core . . .  and I am alive to tell about it.

Oh and I some how forgot to mention that two close family members have had some serious health issues. There are nights that I was traveling and at the hospital until 10 or 11 pm.  This alone was physically and mentally exhausting for us all. 

As you can imagine, there hasn’t been any extra time in my schedule for blogging. I have been trying to stay afloat with every day life.  I miss blogging and I miss you all.

I have been out of work for nearly two weeks. I have taken some time to do some major decluttering, cleaning, cooking, and also some time to be lazy.

I think I’m ready to get back into blogging.  I’ve had some money saving ideas churning around in my head for the past few days. Is there anything particular you’d like to see as a topic?  Let me know.

Until then . . .


July’s Favorite Reads

I enjoy looking over the stats each month. It is neat to see the things that interest people the most. Some of these articles have been around for a while and yet every month they are the top reads. There are some oldie but goodies here. I hope you’ll enjoy checking these out.

Easy Do-It-Yourself Luau/Beach Cupcakes

30 Ways to Clean with Vinegar

Do-It-Yourself Baby Shower Favors

20 Ways to Save Money on Christmas Gifts

Fake Email Alert for Paypal Users

Tomato Casserole Recipe  (Yumm!)

10 Ways to Save Money on Your Car Insurance

A Thrifty Way to Stuff Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse)

Which article is your favorite?


10 Reasons I Am Thankful (Plus an Update)

November 25, 2011 by  
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What a year it has been!  During this year I experienced a reduction in workforce in the public schools. Both of my parents had major surgery.  My family moved across the state and thankfully we are closer to my parents.  I am employed again, working 9-10 hour days, and commuting two hours each day.

If you’re wondering why you haven’t seen me around here, it’s because of these things. Sometimes in life it’s just best to step back from a few things so that you can survive and/or put first the things that are most important to you.

Through all of these things I can still find reason to give thanks.  I am blessed. I believe that God honors an attitude of gratitude.

Here are some of things I am thankful for (in no particular order):

1.  My husband. Like every couple, we fight and argue.  He loves the Lord and is a wonderful father to our children.  With God on our side, we’ll make it through many more years together.

2.  My kids. They are both healthy, smart, and love Jesus. What more could a parent want?

3.  My parents. They taught me to be kind, considerate of others, to help those in need, and to love God.

4.  My health. I am so very thankful that I have the strength to complete my job each day and care for my family.

5.  My family. I am blessed with a brother, cousins, aunt, uncles, in-laws, and grandparents.

6.  My friends. I have a few really true and loyal friends in my life.  They are the ones that you can talk to about anything and they will be there to steer you in the right direction or just to listen.

7.  My Savior. Some people don’t understand why I talk about the Lord so much.  It is because of the joy that comes from serving Him.  It really is hard to explain.  You don’t understand it until you’ve experienced it.

8.  My job. I know I commute and it is not ideal, but I do have a job. I spent months this summer looking for a job and it really helps one to appreciate employment.

9.  A place to live and food to eat.

10.  Freedom. Though our country has it’s faults, it’s still a pretty great place to live. I am thankful for the freedoms I have.

If you are struggling with finding reason to give thanks or simply want more information on having an attitude of gratitude, check out this message from Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church.

What are you thankful for?

“Rejoice always,  pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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In Memory of a Courageous Hero, Chris Campbell

September 16, 2011 by  
Filed under News and Chit Chat

Earlier I posted a story I wrote about Chris. Today is his birthday so I thought I would also share a poem I wrote for his parents.


Just a young boy
Small among your kind
With a mischievous grin
And a love for mankind

Longing for adventure
With an internal drive to succeed
If you set your mind to something
Nothing could stop your need

Always playing sports
You had such energy and talent
Not wanting to attract a crowd
The heart of a daring gallant

The baby of the family
We had that and more unspoken
We were of the same age
Our moms’ friendship was a lasting token

A brave young man now
Filled with courage and drive
You joined the Navy
The most elite, their pride

You served quietly and secretly
We did not ask questions
Your parents could not boast of you
And the Navy’s dangerous missions

I cannot imagine the life you lived
Or the menace you incurred
To set the oppressed ones free
And a safer world for the innocent unheard

It’s time to say goodbye
My mind can’t believe that it is true
You left a courageous hero
Our lives were all changed by you

My heart aches for your family and friends
And especially your daughter
May God’s comfort for us transcend
Despite the pain and sorrow

~Karen Buckhalter Weideman


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