Love, Juliebug
As you probably have guessed by now, there has been a lot going on in our house. Honestly, I don't know where to begin with honest-to-blog post so I will take advantage of the fact that it's Thursday and do a much needed Thursday Thirteen update post (sorta). Tada - here it is!

1. My husband has a new job. He was not looking for one but sometimes God just makes something happen that you aren't expecting!

2. This job puts him on the road most of the year as the tour bus driver for a Christian band. In our eyes, it is full-time ministry supporting the band.

3. In completely related news, in the not so distant future we will be moving. Yes, again! This time to the Nashville, TN area.

4. We now have a second grader! She has always had great teachers but I like this years the best I think. It's me! (lol) I've been thinking about homeschooling since she was little and now we are doing it! Her first day was Monday. Want proof? Cause I just gotta share this cuteness.


5. I'm not in college right now. Maybe I'll go back someday but for now I'm feeling good with my decision.

6. It seems to be getting to be fall here in Wyoming. Yesterday and today it hasn't even hit 70 degrees but it is supposed to get a bit warmer next week so we'll see.

7. I'm still really "addicted" to Pretty Little Liars. I don't care what other people say, it is a good mystery show.

8. I'm starting to go through our stuff and purge things before we get to the packing stage of the move.

9. If you don't hear from me, it's likely I got lost somewhere in a closet. lol

10. I love that we have video calling available to use in our day and age. It is so nice to see the person you are talking to. (for example, my hubby)

11. The kiddo pictured above also just turned 8 years old. Eight!

12. I'm so thankful for the people in my life. 

13. Also, I'm thankful that God is with us every moment of every day.

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.



By now I think most of us have heard of Groupon. It's a great website where you can save lots of money getting deals on different restaurants, massages, nail salons, hair salons and more!

But, there is a new part of Groupon called Groupon Goods where you can buy many more things that you need daily. There are many categories to browse through -- Groceries, Jewelry, Home and Garden, Fashion, Entertainment, and even Toys for your kids can be found. Oh, and did I mention Electronics?! That might be my favorite of all, honestly.



Because this is Groupon we're talking about, all the products are at great prices too. The products change frequently but here are a few examples of products available right this moment.
They offer free shipping on orders of $34.99 and up. Plus there are free returns!

Oh and let's not forget, for a lot of us, what is coming up soon....back to school shopping! If you just can't drag your kiddos out for one more shopping trip, simply shop online! Here is just a small sampling of some of the things you can find: personalized labels, backpacks, crayons, chalk, flash cards, scissors, colored pencils, and markers.

I know I have been using it to shop for birthday presents. You know, great presents at a discounted price?! Win win in my book. I'm sure you will find at least one thing you love. Enjoy!







Inhumane factory farms are not what I want to support with my grocery budget. I try to keep in mind what I am spending my money on and what that says to food companies about the treatment of farm animals. Join me in taking the pledge to give farm animals better lives.

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Aside from the people who are vegan, most everyone I know buys meat, eggs, or dairy at some point during the week/month/year. And those of you who do – have much more buying power than you probably even realize. By buying welfare-certified animal products, or more plant-based products, you send a strong message to food companies that you care about the treatment of farm animals. Just an average size family spends hundreds of dollars a month on meat. Imagine if every single consumer used that buying power to purchase welfare-certified meat instead of the meat from inhumane factory farms. What a difference that would make!



As you may already know, most of the nearly 9 billion animals raised for meat, milk and eggs in the US are suffering in inhumane factory farms. And animals are not the only affected, as factory farms impact human health—they can be breeding grounds for dangerous pathogens and the antibiotics used to prevent disease create the potential for dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria to develop. To fully harness the power of our collective purchases and demand better lives for farm animals, the Shop With Your Heart initiative launched by the ASPCA gives consumers the resources to recognize, locate and demand meaningfully welfare-certified meat, eggs and dairy products as well as plant-based alternatives.

Will you take the pledge? 

Everyone who signs the pledge also gains access to an exclusive Shop With Your Heart Grocery List, including welfare-certified and widely available plant-based brands. Make Heart Hands for Farm Animals! Pose with your hands in a heart shape and post a photo using the tag #shopwithyourheart and @ASPCA to let your friends know you believe in a more humane world for farm animals. Don’t forget to tell them where you shop to find more humane products—give the stores a shout-out by tagging them, too!
It's nice to know there is real help available to those who need. Please be sure to read the following post and not fall victim to scams! 

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If you have ever been a home owner then you will understand when I say that buying your own home is one of the most gratifying feelings in the world. Not simply because you know that you are financially stable enough as an adult to purchase a house, a place with four walls and a roof; but because you know and understand that you are about to create a generation full of memories with your family. What others may have overlooked, you saw as a chance to transform those walls into a place that is only yours. Unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen – and you are left wondering how you are going to pay your mortgage. If this has happened to you – you are not alone! June is National Home Ownership Month, but many Americans are still struggling to make their mortgage payments. About 1 in 17 homeowners nationwide have fallen behind on their mortgage payments, putting them at a higher risk of foreclosure.

 

If you are in a situation where you need help, be cautious! Tactless foreclosure rescue and mortgage modification scams are a growing problem. Scammers will make promises that they can't keep, such as guaranteeing to "save" your home or lower your mortgage payments, usually for a fee, and sometimes even claiming that they have direct contact with your mortgage company. These scams could cost homeowners thousands of dollars – or even their homes. If you or someone you know needs help with their mortgage, please keep these things in mind: • Through the federal Making Home Affordable program, many homeowners have received much-needed help to reduce their monthly payments, get mortgage relief, and avoid foreclosure. • Telephone scammers often request payment by wire transfer services similar to MoneyGram, or completion of paperwork containing your Social Security Number. Do not make any mortgage payments by wire transfer, or provide any personal information, in response to these calls. If you receive unsolicited calls, always check with your mortgage company using the phone number on your mortgage statement, or call 888-995-HOPE™ (4673) to check its legitimacy. • Beware of telephone calls urging you to take advantage of the Making Home Affordable Program. Beware of anyone seeking to charge you in advance for mortgage modification services. In most cases, charging fees in advance of a mortgage modification is illegal. • Paying a third party to assist with your application may not improve your likelihood of receiving a mortgage modification. Beware of individuals or companies that ask you for payment, tout their success rate, or claim to be Making Home Affordable (MHA) or Home Affordable Modification (HAMP) experts. • The Making Home Affordable (MHA) housing counseling experts at 888-995-HOPE™ (4673) are available around-the-clock (24 hours a day, 7 days a week), in over 170 languages, and at no cost. They will help homeowners understand their options and design a plan to suit their individual situation. infographic-housing-councel Homeowners who are struggling to make mortgage payments can call 888-995-HOPE™ (4673) or visit MakingHomeAffordable.gov for free resources and information to help them deal with their mortgage problems and avoid foreclosure. Making Home Affordable is a free government resource that can help make paying that mortgage easier. Help from MHA provides incentives and flexibility that you might not have otherwise. The program can help you identify your situation, explore program options, prepare what you will need to move forward and apply for the right solution based on your individual circumstance. Help from MHA provides incentives and flexibility that you might not have otherwise.
Is anyone else looking forward to Kung Fu Panda 3 coming out on Blu-ray/DVD? Not too much longer (June 28th) and we can watch it whenever we want! In the meantime here is a bonus feature clip just for us, the impatient ones.

In the clip, Po delves into the origins of the awesome jade Jombie characters in this bonus feature clip from Kung Fu Panda 3.

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