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A Good Deal Kind of Day

I knew today was going to be a good day when I started it off with a coffee date with my Dad! We went to Starbucks before he had a work meeting and spent some time talking and enjoying our coffees.

Man in Starbucks with large iced coffee

A large iced coffee for my Dad and a Reserve coffee brewed in the Clover Brewing System for me! I explained what’s so special about the Reserve coffees and Clover Brewing System to my Dad and he just smiled and called me a foodie, haha. He did try my coffee and said it was very smooth compared to Starbucks’ “regular” coffee!

Okay, confession time. The last time I had my hair cut was in June, before my sister’s wedding. It was looking… hmm, what word am I looking for? Gross? Stringy? Frizzy? You get the point.

A girl I pet sit for is a hairdresser, so I went to her to get my hair cut today and it feels so much better. I think she said she cut three inches of dead hair off! She even texted me a before and after picture.

Curly hair Deva hair cut before and after

The hairdresser used DevaCurl products and technique to cut my hair (DevaCurl is a whole system of haircare exclusively for curly-haired people!) and it really made a difference in how defined the curls look.

She wanted me to try DevaCurl products so much that she generously gave me a free full-sized bottle of shampoo and conditioner. You better believe I tipped herย more than 20% ๐Ÿ˜‰ย I also made sure to just book another haircut right then and there so I don’t go eight months without a haircut again.

DevaCurl shampoo and conditioner

Okay, so onto why today was a good deal kind of day. I went grocery shopping at our local grocery store, Shop ‘n Save, which I believe is a chain with stores in the Pittsburgh area only.

I’m usually a tried and true Aldi girl, but Shop ‘n Save had some amazing deals for four days only, so I braved the crowds and I’m glad I did.ย I was so pumped about some of these deals that I decided to take pictures. Here’s some of what I bought!

Toufayan Pita Bread, rigatoni, and chocolate pudding from Shop 'n Save

The Toufayan Pita was $0.88, the rigatoni was $1.00, and the chocolate fudge pudding was $0.88. I was honestly so surprised at the price of the pita bread. I am already dreaming up sandwich ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

Jif peanut butter and Salada black tea bags

The Jif peanut butter was on sale and I had a $1.00 off coupon, so each jar was $1.17. The Salada tea was buy one, get one free and each box ended up costing $1.75.

Cheese Nips and hot Italian sausage flavored potato chips from Shop 'n Save

Onto the snacks! The Cheese Nips were $1.00 and the hot Italian sausage flavored potato chips were $1.50. I literally have no idea what made me buy hot Italian sausage flavored chips. I’ll let you guys know how they taste, LOL.

Ground chuck and eye of round steak on sale from Shop 'n Save

Okay, meat time. Ground beef was $1.99/lb and I bought almost three pounds for $5.87. I see either stuffed peppers, meatballs, mini meatloaves, sloppy joes, or stuffed cabbageย (a Pittsburgh classic!) in mine and Jimmy’s future ๐Ÿ™‚

The boneless round steak was on sale for $2.98/lb and I got almost a pound and a half for $4.08. I’m thinking I might marinate it in a combo of soy sauce, Italian dressing, and brown sugar and then plop it on the grill and call it a day.

Fresh loaf of Italian bread and baby back pork ribs

The baby back ribs were $2.69/lb and I got a little over 2 pounds for $6.35. I’m going to use my favorite (and easy) barbecue ribs recipe from Genius Kitchen for these. The loaf of Italian bread was freshly baked and only $0.79!

Eight pound bag of Green Giant Russet Potatoes

This eight pound bag of russet potatoes? $1.98. I might make homemade gnocchi, mashed potatoes, or potato skins with these. Or all three and more since we now have eight pounds of potatoes…

Chobani whole milk greek yogurt drink coffee and cream

Last but not least, this Chobani coffee and cream whole milk yogurt drink was free with a coupon! Chobani actually has the coupon on their website right now if anyone wants to print it. They’re offering a free yogurt/yogurt drink/etc. until March 4th, so there’s still time ๐Ÿ™‚

Whew, if you made it through this post I am in awe of you!

Really, though, it was fun going to a different grocery store and finding deals. It makes me feel so blessed that I live in a country where we can simply go to the grocery store and buy food and that we have the means to do so. Saving money on groceries allows us to use our extra money to give to missions we love and support those in need, and for that I am so incredibly grateful!

Have you found any good deals lately?

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All Sorts of Exciting Things

Hey hey! I have all sorts of excitement to share today. Some things big, some small. All blessings!

First of all, my dad was ordained as an elder in our church on Sunday. Serving as an elder isn’t an easy job, but I know he’s going to do great. I really look up to my dad for so many reasons, but most of all for his faith in God. It amazes me that he he runs two successful businesses, studies God’s Word each day, serves in our church, and still takes time to do things like read and comment on my blog. He’s an awesome guy and I feel very blessed to call him my dad.

Another big exciting thing: my cousin is now a police officer! He graduated from the police academy in Upstate New York on Saturday and my parents, bother, and sister-in-law made a quick trip to see him.

Police academy graduation

Okay, let’s talk about the weather. Last week in Pittsburgh, it was cold. We often woke up to temperatures in the negatives and high temperatures were in the teens and twenties if it was a “warm” day. Yesterday, it was in the 30s and snowy and I was so happy! After the bitter cold of last week, 30 degrees has never felt so balmy! How’s the weather where you are?

Moving on to pet sitting, I finally created a business name and website! For years, I was just Allie Zottola… the pet sitting girl that people knew and would recommend. Now, I am the owner and operator of Muddy Paws Pet Sitting and I couldn’t be more excited! I didn’t think I’d ever have enough regular clients to warrant my own business, but God has been very good to me. Maybe I’ll talk about this more in another post?!

Girl walking cocker spaniel puppy

Speaking of businesses, my sister opened an Etsy shop! As if she wasn’t busy enough with nursing school and the million other things she does. I don’t know how she does it all. She’s currently selling hand lettered canvases. Go Hannie!

Other exciting things:

  • Jimmy and I should be getting a SunBasket (meal kit) delivery today! Can’t wait to try it out.
  • Our basement now has “smart” light switches. Jimmy wired recessed lighting into our basement and added some high-tech light switches that we can control from our phones. I just need to figure out how to do that ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Jimmy has his second violin lesson tonight. I don’t think I mentioned it, but I gave him a violin + lessons for Christmas. So far, it has been introductory stuff, but he’s excited to start playing!
  • Our little therapy dog in training has been to the Dollar Tree (twice!), TJ Maxx, and the bank and did great interacting with people!
  • I just got a new dog and cat cookbook in the mail yesterday and I can’t wait to start reading it. Does that make me a total dork?

Dinner Pawsible pet cookbook

Okay, I think that’s all the excitement I have to share! Well, one last thing, but it’s a question. My cousin’s daughter is turning one soon and I’m not sure what to get her for her birthday. Any suggestions?

What exciting things have been happening in your life lately?