Personal Update & What’s Next For Our Family

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Thanks to all of you for the kind emails and messages as I took some weeks to unplug and really assess my priorities and goals.  As you may have guessed, deal blogging is an arena that just isn’t suitable to my new perspective on life.  These days, my life is immersed in homeschooling, and planning for our next adventure of building a tiny homestead.  We have also embraced the minimalist lifestyle, which means we try to avoid shopping, and buy very few items (aside from maintaining my stockpile). It has been an amazing life shift that we want to continue.  We now only own things that we absolutely love, and use often, and it has been indescribably freeing!

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WHAT THIS BLOG HAS MEANT TO ME
One of the biggest ways this blog has blessed my family is that it allowed us to pay for a home learning program for my son. Some of you have been with us on this journey from the beginning. I was showered with emails, comments and social media love after his diagnosis, and the fact that y’all took my family under your wing was just such a blessing to all of us.  This home program was instrumental in giving him the tools he needed to gain functional speech, and a general joy for learning.  He has grown by leaps and bounds, and we have every reason to have hope for his future. As a mom, this is a gift I cannot put into words. I can only say thank you!

I am also grateful for the travel that was made possible by having a job I could take with me wherever I went! The past two years of roadschooling have been monumental for our family, and has changed the dynamic of our relationships for the better. This is because of you. I thank you for your support and encouragement, and all the lovely comments and emails we have received on our journey.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR US?
The next step for us is to share our lives with the autism community.  I am working on an e-course that will help parents set up and run a successful home learning program for their autistic child.  I am so excited about this!  When we received our son’s diagnosis, I was overwhelmed and a little lost regarding where to start or how to help him.  There is so much information out there, but it is not easy to sift out and prioritize. Additionally, much of it is written by experts, for experts. Which means it isn’t easily usable for moms and dads. The goal of this course is to provide a basic framework for how any parent can optimize their home environment to help their children flourish! We cover:

  • Setting up the Home Environment
  • Using Visuals and Rewards
  • Fostering Independence
  • Where to Begin Teaching
  • The Importance of Data Collection
  • How to Keep Your Program Moving Forward
  • Outings, Vacations and Socialization
  • Working With Schools and Professionals
  • And lots more!

The program includes a series of videos, printable record-keeping binder and everything you need to get started.

If you would like to be notified when this course is available, you can add your email address to the Autism Home Learning Network newsletter in the box below.

OUR TINY HOUSE DREAM
Today my family and I are preparing to return to the San Antonio area for the summer so we can reconnect with friends, and eat as many tacos as possible! We will be building a tiny home, and learning how to be self-sufficient in the coming months. I am so excited to see this big dream become a reality! We will be blogging about our adventures over at LittleHouseBigFamily.com. I would love it if you followed us on our journey! There is a place on the right hand sidebar to sign up for email alerts or subscribe to the RSS feed.

I will always be grateful for the community you helped me create here at Moms by Heart. Thanks for sharing our lives for all these years. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers!

*BEST* Target Deals 2/28 – 3/5

target stockpile shopping Build your stockpile and fill your pantry with the best deals at Target this week. Target Red (Debit) Card holders will save an extra 5% on top of savings from sales and coupons. Be sure to bring your reusable bags to save an extra $0.05 for every one you use.

Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls $1.79, B3G1 free
$1/2 printable
Final Price: $0.84 each wyb four

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits $1.82, B3G1 free
$1/2 printable
Final Price: $0.87 each wyb four*
*mix & match with cinnamon rolls or other Pillsbury products for B3G1

Meta Fiber Bars 6 ct. $7.49

Earn $5 Target gift card wyb two
-20% Target Cartwheel offer
$1/1 printable
Final Price: $2.49 each wyb two

Starburst Jelly Beans 14 oz. $2
-10% Target Cartwheel offer
-$1/2 printable
Final Price: $1.30 each wyb two

Mott’s Fruit Snacks $1.50
$0.50/1 printable
Final Price: $1

Little Duck Organic Mighty Fruit $3
$1/1 printable
-$1.25 Mobisave deposit
Final Price: $0.75

Pepperidge Farm Milano On-The-Go Cookies single size pack $1
$1/1 printable (no size limit)
Final Price: FREE

Pepperidge Farm Cookies 6.75 oz. bags $2.69
$1/1 printable
Final Price: $1.69

Mom’s Best Cereal 12 oz. 2/$4
$0.75/1 printable
Final Price: $1.25

Betty Crocker Box Potatoes $1
$0.50/2 printable
Final Price: $0.75 each wyb two

Red Baron Pizza $3
$1/2 printable
Final Price: $2.50 each

Country Crock Spread 15 oz. $2.14
-FREE Gold Metal Flour 5 lbs. wyb two Country Crock
$0.55/1 Country Crock printable, use two
-$0.75/1 Checkout 51 offer (limit 2)
Final Price: $0.56 each wyb all three

Charmin 30 pk double plus roll $16.99

-$15 off $50 select household items – text: HOUSE to 827438
$0.35/1 printable
Final Price: $11.64 each wyb three ($0.39 per double roll)

Colgate Total Toothpaste 4 oz. $2.99

$2/1 printable
Final Price: $0.99

Ziploc Containers 4 pk. $2.04
Earn $3 Catalina wyb four
$1/2 printable
Final Price: $0.79 each wyb four

Ziploc Bags 40 ct. $2.29
Earn $3 Catalina wyb four
$1/2 printable
Final Price: $1.04 each wyb four

Luden’s Throat Drops 25 ct. $1.49, B2G1 free
$1/2 printable
Final Price: $0.66 each wyb three

Playtex Sippy Cups 2 ct. $5.02

$2/1 printable
Final Price: $3.02 ($1.51 per cup)

*BEST* CVS Deals 2/28 – 3/5

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Shopping at the drug stores is a great way to build up a stockpile of personal care items, paper goods and non-perishables because you can stack store rewards with coupons to get some of the lowest prices around. If you’ve never heard of Strategic Shopping, you can read a quick explanation HERE. In the meantime, here are your CVS deals for the week. You can view the sale ad HERE. You can also head over HERE to get a copy of the CVS Corporate Coupon Policy.

Stride Gum single packs 3/$3
Earn $3 ECB on three
Final Price: three for FREE

Cadbury Mini Eggs, Hershey’s Kisses< Eggs or Miniatures 3/$9
-$3/3 coupon from the CVS Coupon Machine
Final Price: $2 each wyb three

Easter M&Ms 9.9-12.6 oz. 2/$6
Earn $1 ECB on two (limit 1)
-$1/2 CVS in-app store coupon
$1/2 M&Ms printable
Final Price: $1.50 each wyb two

Dawn Dish Liquid $0.99
$0.25/1 printable
Final Price: $0.74

Oral B Indicator Toothbrush 2 pk. $4.99
Earn $4 ECB (limit 2)
$0.75/1 printable
Final Price: $0.24

Colgate Total Daily Repair Toothpaste $3.79
Earn $5 ECB when you spend $10 (limit 2)
$2/1 printable
Final Price: $0.12 each wyb three

Scope Mouthwash 1L $4.79
Earn $3 ECB (limit 2)
$0.75/1 printable
Final Price: $1.04

ZZZQuil 6 oz. or 12 ct. $6
Submit for $5 mail in rebate
$1/1 printable
Final Price: FREE

Pay Anywhere Credit Card Reader $9.99
Earn $9.99 ECB (limit 4)
Final Price: FREE

*BEST* Walgreens Deals 2/28 – 3/5

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If you’re planning a quick run to Walgreens this week, here’s what you should consider picking up. This is list contains only the best, stock-up worthy prices.

WHAT IS STRATEGIC SHOPPING?
Unlike couponing, which has traditionally been about snagging random, scattered deals wherever you can find them, Strategic Shopping is a focused effort on a select few products that will maximize your budget when purchased at the lowest possible price. Head over HERE to see what I mean.

  • You can view the sale ad HERE.
  • Print off a copy of Walgreens coupon policy HERE and keep in your coupon binder.
  • Head over HERE to sign up for the Walgreens mobile app and get exclusive coupons.
  • Be sure you’re signed up for Walgreens Balance Rewards program.

Colgate Max Fresh Toothpaste, or Colgate Toothbrush 2/$6
Earn $4 RR
Final Price: $1 each

Colgate Enamel Health Toothpaste $3.99
Earn 2000 BR points on two ($2)
$2/1 printable
Final Price: $0.99

Pampers Diapers $8.99
Earn 3000 BR points when you spend $15
$3/1 Pampers Cruisers Walgreens ecoupon (add it to your Balance Rewards account)
-$1.50/1 Pampers Cruisers Ibotta deposit
Final Price: $5.24 each wyb two

BR DEAL: Spend $20 on select P&G products, earn 5000 BR Points ($5)
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(2) Bounty Paper Towels 6 rolls @ $4.99 = $9.98
(2) Charmin Basic Toilet Paper 12 rolls @ $4.99 = $9.98
(1) Dawn Dish Liquid 9 oz. $0.99
=$20.95
Earn 5000 BR Points ($5)
$0.50/1 Bounty printable-$0.25/1 Charmin printable
$0.25/1 Dawn printable
Final Price: $14.20 ($3.55 each, and dawn FREE)

Playtex Sippy Cups $5.99
-$2/1 Walgreens Coupon Booklet
$2/1 printable
Final Price: $1.99

Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaner 2/$6
Earn $2 RR wyb two
$1/1 printable
Final Price: $1 each

Schick Quattro Disposable Razors 4 ct. 2/$14
$7/2 printable
Final Price: $3.50

ZzzQuil 6 oz. or 12 ct. $5.99
Submit for $5 mail-in rebate
$1/1 printable
Final Price: FREE

M&Ms Theatre Box Candy $1
$1/2 printable
Final Price: $0.50

Vitamin Water 3/$3
Earn 1000 BR Points on three ($1)
Final Price: $0.67 each

Lindsay Olives 5-6 oz. $0.99 (with insert coupon, limit 4)
$1/2 printable
Final Price: $0.50 each

*BEST* Photo Deals of the Week

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Here’s a round-up of the best photo deals on the web.

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Today only (2/29) you can use code: LEAPDAY to get FOUR free sets of address cards, or FOUR free non-Disney magnets from Shutterfly. Just pay shipping!

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Get up to 229 prints for $0.01 each at Snapfish through 3/1 with code: 229PRINTS. Just pay shipping!

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Use code: TP9YHZ8W01 to get 20% off sitewide along with free shipping at Tiny Prints. You can snag 25 customized invitations for $1.59 each after code. Valid through 2/29.

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Walgreens Photo Center is offering 25% off photo gifts and cards with code: 25OFF.  Valid through 3/5.  Find cards starting at $0.64 each with free in-store pick up after code.

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York Photo is offering custom reusable shopping bags for $1.99 + $3.99 shipping.  New customers only.  Just use code: PRODUCE at checkout.  Valid through 3/29.