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Ending the Sick Daze and Cake Baking

Hey! Well, Jimmy and I are finally starting to feel better since our sick daze last week. Yay! I ended up at the doctor earlier this week and was diagnosed with a sinus infection.

I had a feeling that would be the case, as similar to last time I had a sinus infection, my teeth hurt every time I did anything that would shake my body or head (apparently, your sinuses can press on your oral cavity if they’re swollen…lol). Thankfully, I was able to get some antibiotics and am on the mend.

Sitting on exam table at doctor's office

Jimmy and I were talking about how thankful we are that we live in a country where we can simply go to the doctor and get medicine. From the time I went to the doctor to when I was taking my first dose of antibiotics was only a few hours. What a blessing.

I’ve been spending the week working (pet sitting and real estate work/photography) and wedding cake baking! Surprisingly, I don’t have a lot of pictures from the week. I have one from pet sitting and one from Starbucks.

Three dogs looking at camera big and smallStarbucks chocolate banana smoothie

It turns out Starbucks has pretty tasty smoothies! The one I had was chocolate and banana flavored.

While I didn’t take a lot of pictures, I did film two vlogs. In one week! Crazy.

The first one was completely random. I was a total sick zombie and had awkward encounters with the people who replaced our gutters. I’m so glad we had our gutters and fascia replaced! It makes such a difference in the look of our house ๐Ÿ™‚

I filmed the wedding cake baking vlog on Thursday, and was starting to feel better and less zombie-ish. I’m getting nervous for the big baking day!

Well, I’m going to get going. I have a busy weekend ahead! I’m excited for Saturday because I’m going to a ladies lunch at our church. It’s always such a fun time of fellowship and great food.

What are you doing this weekend?

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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?