Huge Memorial Day Sales Round-up

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Memorial Day is historically a great time to shop because you will find lots of discounts over this weekend.

I plan to do a little shopping online myself this weekend. Here are some of the best deals to take advantage of as well as the coupon codes available to help you save even more!

My Top Picks

  • Amazon: Extra 20% Off Select Items with code FUN20SUN
  • Home Depot: 20% Off Select Items + $5 Off $50 + Free Shipping with code MEMHD
  • JCPenney: Extra 15-20% Off with code: STRIPES or $10/$25 with code STARS
  • Kohls: $10 off $30 with code MAYSAVE10 or 15% Off $100+ with code LUCKY15OFF
  • Macy’s: Extra 20% off Memorial Day Sale with code HOORAY
  • Nordstrom: 40% off Half Yearly Sale
  • Target: 30% off Summer Outfits for all with code MEM30
  • Walmart: Up to 50% Off Memorial Day Sale Online

More Memorial Day Sales

  • 6pm: Up to 80% Off Clothes, Shoes, Bags and Accessories with the Memorial Day Sale
  • Aeropostale: Extra 30% off Clearance with code EXTRA30
  • American Eagle: Extra 40% Off Clearance Items + FREE Shipping
  • Banana Republic: 40% Off Your Purchase with code BRSUMMER
  • Bath and Body Works: 20% Off Your Purchase with code S155678
  • Best Buy: Up to 50% Off Hot Deals + 30% Off Major Appliances
  • Bon Ton: Extra 25% Off with code MEMBAYMAY15
  • Carter’s: 50% Off Everything + Extra 25% Off Clearance + Extra 15% Off with code: 15OFFMAY
  • Children’s Place: Extra 20% Off with code PASS3 
  • Crazy 8: Extra 30% Off Markdowns
  • Crocs: Extra 25% Off Your Purchase with code SALUTE
  • Express: 20% Off Your Purchase with code 9439
  • Gap: Extra 40% Off Your Regular Priced Purchase with code SUMMER
  • Gymboree: 50% Off Regular Priced Items + Extra 40% Off Markdowns
  • H&M: Up to 60% off + FREE Shipping on $50+ with code 3051
  • Michaels: 20% Off Entire Regular Price Items with code: MEMORIAL520
  • Old Navy: Up to 50% Off Select Items + Extra 20% Off Clearance Items with code JACKPOT
  • OshKosh B’Gosh: Up to 50-60% Off Everything + Extra 25% Off Clearance + Extra 15% Off with code MAYSAVE
  • Pottery Barn: Up to an Extra 20% Off Everything with code SAVEMORE
  • REI: Up to 30% Off Select Items with code 20SAVE
  • Sears: 3-Day Super Buys + $5 Off $50 with code SEARS5OFF50

Thanks Simply Shellie for this list!

How Josh Duggar Has Challenged My Faith

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I swear I said I wasn’t going to talk about this, but I just can’t not.

I have read both sides and everyone’s opinions on the matter and I just have to get this off my chest.

**Trigger Warning**

Monday marks the 26th anniversary of a day that forever changed me.

I’ve shared some of my story of sexual abuse here before.

Memorial Day has become a day that reminds me each year that evil absolutely does exist in this world and it usually comes in the form of a normal looking person not the scary stranger monster our parents warned us about and that we now warn our own kids about.

A grandpa, a family friend, a cousin, a father, a brother….

This wasn’t my first experience with this specific brand of evil. I know the feeling of having to live in the same home as my abuser. To walk past him in the hallway and secretly pray to become invisible, or at the very least to not do anything to cause attention to myself.

Blaming myself for causing someone I loved to see me as a sexual object as young as six years old….

Pretending that I was normal and trying hard to make sense of the reality I had to endure during that time in my history.

Living with your abuser is hell on earth.

When the news of Josh Duggar exploded on my Facebook newsfeed I admit that I was torn.

My own history with sexual abuse is extensive, but I have come a long way.

Still I found myself going back and forth between believing he deserves a chance to change and knowing that the likelihood of that happening was slim to none.

Do people with predatory behaviors really change?

Or do they simple hone their skills so they don’t get caught again? I just don’t know, I’m leaning towards the later.

“An untold story never heals. It just festers until it comes out in unwanted behavior.”

Reading the police reports showed me that this wasn’t just some naive teenage boy, coming of age and trying to make sense of his newfound sexuality.

It went on for an extended period of time, many times while the girls were unaware. At least once cornering a sister in the laundry room.

I was so disturbed by the whole thing and I found it hard to put into words exactly why (besides the obvious ones).

These are predatory behaviors, not normal and not okay.

I am a christian, and I have worked hard over the years to find healing and freedom from the bondage of sexual abuse. I like to believe I have come a long way, even so far as understanding the role of sin that plays into a situation like this.

The reality is that this is not the kind of healing that just happens overnight. It takes years and countless episodes of making the decision to forgive to even get to a place where the sting is not so painful anymore. And yet, no matter how far I have come it is always there. A scar, faded as it may now be, still shows and has changed me forever.

The christian response is that he is a sinner saved by grace and but for the grace of God go I….

My instant response is one of a good little christian believing that he too deserves complete forgiveness.

Reading this article made me realize how damaging that initial response might be, especially for someone that still needs to go through the healing process.

And yet there was this dull nagging that continued to pull at my heart all through that night and then again as I went about my day yesterday and today until I realized why I was having such a difficult time getting past this newest horrific breaking news.

The trouble with all of this is that no one is really talking about his victims, I mean not really.

Almost every single thing I have read has been about him.

Even in his statement, he made it all about him.

“Twelve years ago, as a young teenager I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends. I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.

It’s sensational.

It’s the new story, and it is all about him.

Once again at the expense of those closest to him. The collateral damage is devastating in these kinds of situations, even more so when it is in the public eye.

As for the parents and how they have chosen to deal, or not deal depending on where you stand on the whole thing, I would love to say I know exactly what I would have done. But the truth is I have never been faced with this issue with my own son thank God!

I believe I would have chosen the best way to bring healing and restoration to the entire family.

What I do know is that I would never have allowed a repeat offender anywhere near my daughter again after being made aware of the situation, so I am not sure how I would have been able to reconcile the two.

It’s our job to speak up for, to stand up for the innocent….not the perpetrator.

My heart is truly breaking for the entire family that now has to openly deal with the consequences and I pray that there would be justice, healing and restoration.

I also pray that there would be true repentance.

I am thankful that this story has come out, now that it has been brought into the light there is hope that it might not happen again.

Ephesians 5:13

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Memorial Day Recipes

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memorial day recipes

Are you looking for some fun and easy Memorial Day recipes?

I have gathered up my top 10 recipes that I think are perfect for the holiday.  I have also included a bonus for you below!

Cracker Jack Recipe

Sand Pudding Recipe 

Homemade Jell-O Pudding Pops

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Snow Cones

Strawberry Blueberry Pound Cake Trifle

Walking Tacos

Copycat 7-11 Cherry Slurpee

Mini Fruit Pizzas

Copycat Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade 

BONUS:

You’ll also find LOTS of great Simple Strawberry Recipes that would be perfect for Memorial Day!

20 Children’s Swimsuits Under $20

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5.18 Children's Swimwear Under 20 Round Up VERTICAL

This weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer!

I thought it would be a good time to share this round-up of 20 Children’s Swimsuits Under $20 with you today.

5.18 Children's Swimwear Under 20 Round Up GIRLS ONLY

Girls’ Swimwear Sets Under $20

1. Sunny Printed Rashguard Two-Piece Swimsuit – $12.48
Final Price: $12.48

2. One-Piece Asymmetrical Scales Swimsuit – $11.99
Final Price: $11.99

3. Americana Tankini Swimsuit – $9.98
Final Price: $9.98

4. Two-Piece Tropical Tankini Swimsuit (Target) – $11.99
Final Price: $11.99

5. Mermaid Rash Guard Top – $9.98
Rainbow Board Shorts — $7.47
Final Price: $17.45

6. Two-Piece Floral Swimsuit and Crochet Cover-Up Set – $15.99
Final Price: $15.99

7. Pineapple Rashguard Two-Piece Swimsuit – $12.48
Final Price: $12.48

8. Two-Piece Asymmetrical Hearts and Anchors Tankini Set – $11.99
Final Price: $11.99

9. Sporty Racer Back One-Piece Swimsuit – $8.98
Final Price: $8.98

10. One-Piece Sequin Top Swimsuit (Target) – $13.59
Final Price: $13.59

5.18 Children's Swimwear Under 20 Round Up BOYS ONLY

Boys’ Swimwear Sets Under $20

1. Green & Blue Swim Trunks and Rash Guard Set – $17.59
Final Price: $17.59

2. American Flag Rash Guard – $8.98
Stars ‘n Stripes Swim Trunks – $8.98
Final Price: $17.96

3. Wave Warrior Swim Trunks and Rash Guard Set – $17.59
Final Price: $17.59

4. Skull Rash Guard – $8.98
Colorblock Skull Board Shorts – $8.98
Final Price: $17.96

5. Fish Bones Swim Trunks and Rash Guard Set – $17.59
Final Price: $17.59

6. Solid Rash Guard, Orange – $8.98
Fish Bones Swim Trunks – $8.98
Final Price: $17.96

7. Sun Air Sea Swim Trunks and Rash Guard Set – $17.59
Final Price: $17.59

8. Wave Hungry Rash Guard – $8.98
Shark Swim Trunks – $8.98
Final Price: $17.96

9. Dude Swim Trunks and Rash Guard Set – $17.59
Final Price: $17.59

10. Solid Rash Guard, Blue – $8.98
Striped Board Shorts – $8.98

Restaurant Coupons

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If you plan on eating at a restaurant any time soon you will definitely want to check out this list of coupons to save on your bill.

5 Ways to Save on Your Restaurant Bill

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Black Angus Steakhouse – Free 5 oz. Lobster Tail When You Buy Steak Dinner (exp: 6/15/2015)
Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 5/31/2015)
Brueggers – $1 Off Brueggers Bagel Burger (exp: 5/24/2015)
Carls Jr – $1 Off Mile High Bacon, Egg or Cheese Combo (exp: 5/31/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Classic Sundae (exp: 5/27/2015)
Chuck E Cheese – Free Individual Thin & Crispy Pizza with $29.99 Purchase + More (exp: 6/1/2015)
Daphnes Greek Cafe – $5 Classic Gyro Pita (exp: 5/25/2015)
Donatos Pizza – Free Upgrade from Large 1-Topping to Large Signature Pizza with Online Order (exp: 5/30/2015)
Great American Cookie Company – $3 Off Square Cookie Cake (exp: 6/21/2015)
Hardees – $1 Off Mile High Bacon, Egg or Cheese Combo (exp: 5/30/2015)
Jacks – $3.50 for Cheeseburger, Fry, Drink & Pie + More (exp: 5/24/2015)
Juice It Up – 50% Off Classic or Veggie Smoothie Bowl (exp: 5/30/2015)
Logans Roadhouse – $10.99 for 8 oz. USDA Flat Iron Steak, Side & Salad (exp: 6/14/2015)
Macaroni Grill – $10 for 2 Express Lunch Entrees (exp: 5/24/2015)
Marble Slab – $3 Off Any Medium 8 Inch Round or 1/4 Sheet Cake Ice Cream Cake (exp: 5/31/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 5/31/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 5/30/2015)
Monicals Pizza – $6 Individual 1-Topping Pleaser (exp: 5/31/2015)
Olive Garden – 10% Off 2 Entrees, 15% Off 3 Entrees or 20% Off 4 Entrees (exp: 5/24/2015)
Peter Piper Pizza – $14.99 for Large 1-Topping Pizza & Regular Boneless Wings with Online Order (exp: 5/30/2015)
Quiznos – $2 Off $10 Purchase (exp: 6/3/2015)
Souper Salad – $6.49 Adult Buffet (exp: 5/24/2015)
Steak Escape – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sandwich, Salad or Smashed Potato (exp: 5/31/2015)
Stevi Bs – $1 Off Unlimited Buffet (exp: 5/31/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 5/27/2015)
Wendys – Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for this list!

Printable Organic Coupons

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organic couponsHere’s a round-up of the best natural and organic coupons of the week, compliments of All Natural Savings. New additions and reset coupons are shown below. For the full list of current natural and organic coupons, click here.

$1 off any Alexia side

$1 off any Bolthouse Farms kids’ product (zip code 77477)

$1 off any Earth Balance® MindfulMayo™ or Buttery Spread

$1 off any Harvestland chicken product (zip code 07620)

Buy 1 Horizon snack crackers, sandwich crackers or snack grahams, get 1 FREE

$.50 off any Old Orchard juice, 64 oz.

$.75 off any Silk half gallon

Click here to see the entire list of natural and organic coupons available this week.