Weekend Deals & Freebies

by jessicaturner on August 30, 2015

Jedi Training Academy I have spotted SO many awesome deals this weekend that I thought I would round them up into one post (some links are referral or affiliate links). We often see a lot of photo/gift deals this time of year, so it is a great opportunity to get started on making gifts for Christmas. You’ll definitely save big.

Here are the deals

Free 6″ wood circle photo board from PhotoBarn: I take advantage of these freebies from PhotoBarn often. Their wood prints are in almost every room of my house. Just use the code FREECIRCLE. Shipping is $9.99, which still makes these custom gifts a great deal. You can see the circles featured in my living room’s gallery wall. (I think this ends 8/30/2015, but am not positive.) Also, be sure to sign up for their emails and you will get a code for a free 5×7 wood print too!

$5 16×20 canvas: I received an email about this deal and am excited to pass it along. Canvas People is offering $5 16×20 canvases right now. The shipping is a bit steep at $19.95, but $24.95 is still a decent price for a canvas that large. I have been wanting to get the photo of Elias fighting Darth Vader at Disneyland blown up for his Star Wars room, so this was the perfect opportunity. (Not sure when this deal ends)

Free $20 thredUp credit: thredUP continues to offer new customers a free $20 credit to try their amazing site out. thredUp offers new and like new clothes and accessories for women and children at up to 90%. I have bought TONS of clothes from thredUP over the years and can’t say enough good things. This free $20 will definitely get you one or a few pieces of clothing. Try them out! Bonus, when you sign up, you will get a referral link to share with your friends. It’s so easy to earn free credit to the site. ($20 credit offer ends 9/30/2015)

Free Shutterfly gift: Shutterfly is offering all members one free Magnet, Address Label, Reusable Shopping Bag, or 2 8×10 Prints with promo code COOLCHOICE at checkout. I ordered the reusable shopping bag for a family member for Christmas and can’t wait to see how it turned out. (Ends 8/30/2015)

Sam’s Club membership for $17.80: I found this deal on Sami Cone’s website and had to share it here. We love Sam’s Club and this is an incredible deal if you are not a member.

  • Go to Ebates​: http://bit.ly/HotSamsDeal
    (Ebates is an awesome FREE cashback site. Use it for all your online shopping and earn cash back from hundreds of sites. No gimmicks. Just free money. BONUS, new customers receive a free $10 gift card when they use Ebates for the first time. Read my detailed post about Ebates here.)
  • SEARCH for LivingSocial
  • Click through to LivingSocial site and search for the Sam’s Club deal ($45 for membership + freebies = total value $142)
  • Add to cart, but click on PROMO CODE before checking out
  • Use promo code SIZZLE to save an extra 10%

What you’ll pay:
$45 – Sam’s Club Deal
-$20 – Sam’s Club gift card you receive
-$4.50 – discount when you use promo code
-$2.70 – cash back you receive by shopping through Ebates
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$17.80 total OOP after discounts for a ONE YEAR Sam’s Club membership! Also, with this living social deal you receive coupons for $21 worth of free food at Sam’s Club, so the membership pays for itself instantly.

Hopefully this round-up will save you some money on some awesome items for you and those you love! Let me know if you take advantage of any of these.

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Easy & Fun Grandparent’s Day Craft

by jessicaturner on August 28, 2015

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Grandparents Day is just over two weeks away (Sunday, September 13). This is a holiday that can sometimes be overlooked, but I think it is very important to honor our grandparents, and our children’s grandparents.

With the weekend ahead, it’s the perfect opportunity to make something for the grandparents in your life.

Because my children LOVE to craft, we got an early start on making gifts for all the grandparents. I love creating handmade gifts with Elias and Adeline because it teaches them the value of giving of themselves instead of just buying a silly tchotchke. It also fosters their creativity. Lastly, by creating the gift themselves, the gift is more meaningful to them – and their grandparent.

One gift that we made was an easy mixed media canvas using photos, paint and Elmer’s glue.

Elias and Adeline had a BLAST and now want to make lots more mixed media art. I think I will need to start buying canvases in bulk.

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Supplies

  • Elmer’s School Glue
  • Canvas
  • Photo(s)
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

Directions

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Take your photo(s) and glue it to the canvas.

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Use Elmer’s glue to create a design on the canvas.

Let the glue dry completely. We left the canvases overnight to dry. If the glue isn’t “puffy” enough, go over it with more glue and let dry completely. (I went over it a second time for the kids to make sure the design stayed consistent.)

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Paint the canvas and Elmer’s glue a variety of colors. Water down your paint 50% so that it spreads easily and allows the Elmer’s glue to pop.

Optional: adhere other embellishments to the canvas.

Grandparents Day Gift Idea: Craft a canvas with paint, photos and Elmers glue

Celebrate a job well done and enjoy giving the canvas to your grandparent with love.

I found it helpful to talk to the kids about the project ahead of time and get them to really think about the glue design that they wanted to create on the canvas. It would have been easier for me to just glue the pictures down and make the shapes myself, but that would have not translates to a teachable lesson for the kids. By them making their own gifts, they became delighted over the thought to give.

This is part of a year-long sponsored post campaign with Elmer’s.

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Giveaway: A Huge Box of NEW Books

August 26, 2015

Like many of you, we are huge book lovers here in the Turner house. Because Matthew and I are both writers, we receive a lot of books from publishers, oftentimes more than one of the same copy. As a small way to show my appreciation for you visiting here, day after day, week after week, […]

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A Little Fairy & New Shoes

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stride Rite for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Since having Adeline’s fairy party in June, the fairy craze has continued. Adeline loves to dress up and play pretend. Her imagination is incredible. Last week, she was cleaning her room before school and found […]

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5 Tips for Taking Care of You in the School Year

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The school year and soccer has begun. While it is still very warm outside, the lazy days of summer is gone. If your family is like mine, you are likely adjusting to the new schedule of drop-off lines, homework and sports practice — and if your kids haven’t started school yet, they will be soon. […]

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Week in the Life

August 20, 2015

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed I’ve been doing Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project. This is an annual exercise she hosts encouraging people to document their week. A few observations I have had: Every time I do this project, in the beginning, I get a bit consumed with capturing […]

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Simply Tuesday: Video

August 19, 2015

I’m delighted to share this interview with Emily P. Freeman, author of the newly released Simply Tuesday. If you haven’t read Emily’s books before, you must. She truly is one of my favorite writers in the Christian space and speaks to my heart in practical and poignant ways. Buy Simply Tuesday today!

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Ezra at 7 Months + A Giveaway

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I cannot believe that Ezra is seven months old already. This weekend he was sleeping on me after his evening nursing session and I just held him close, savoring everything about him. He is an incredibly happy, easy going baby. He is babbling, playing and very curious. He tries to grab everything around him, even […]

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As You Start Your Week

August 17, 2015

Happy Monday! A few links for you as we begin our week. (How is August half over?!) I am embarking on Week in the Life with Ali Edwards and thousands of other photographers and memory keepers. I love this exercise because it challenges me to get out my camera and take more photos than I […]

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God Made Light Products – $4 Each!

August 15, 2015

Yesterday I announced that DaySpring is having a blow-out sale on God Made Light products. While the book has sold out, the products (at 50-75% off) are still available in limited supply. If you are needing to stock up on children’s gifts, do not wait to shop this sale. They are perfect gifts for Christmas, […]

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