McDonald’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

McDonald’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Krispy Kreme DoughnutsThis is a great FREEBIE week! Working around our homeschooling schedule, play rehearsals and performances, and doctor’s appointments, I’m so grateful for the opportunities this week for little outings.

As a reminder, McDonald’s, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts are each offering FREE items this week.

As you organize your schedule or map out the rest of your week, snag these FREE offerings. Our family has been looking forward to the FREE queso and the FREE doughnuts as these events only come around once a year.

In using time wisely, remember to pick and choose those activities that best fit your schedule. Happy choosing!

Question: Which event is your favorite this week?

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Talk like a Pirate Day – September 19, 2014

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts: Talk like a Pirate Day – September 19, 2014

Photograph Credit: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Having found an art book this summer with instruction on how to draw pirates, I saved it especially for this week’s events.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is celebrating National Talk like a Pirate Day with FREE original glazed doughnuts. Arrgh!

To kick off the weekend, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will celebrate Talk like a Pirate Day on Friday, September 19, 2014.

Visit a participating Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for two ways to earn FREE original glazed doughnuts.

Talk Like a Pirate

Valid only on September 19, 2012, any landlubber who walks the plank to a participating Krispy Kreme Doughnuts location and chatters like a pirate receives a treasured-reward – a FREE original glazed doughnut.

Dress Like a Pirate

To the serious buccaneer who arrives wearing 3 items from the below list goes a FREE dozen original glazed doughnuts. Any 3 of the following pirate items qualifies for dressing like a pirate:

    • Pirate hat
    • Bandanna
    • Eye patch
    • Costume hook
    • Pirate shirt
    • Peg leg
    • Parrot
    • Knickers
    • Boots
    • Gold and silver necklaces and earrings

Check your compass, map yer course, and head to a participating Krispy Kreme Doughnuts location on Friday, September 19, 2014. To find a participating location and get a few pirate phrases, visit Krispy Kreme Doughnut’s Pirate Academy.

Whether you sing a Yo Ho tune, grumble your Arrgh!, or chat a chipper Ahoy!, celebrate with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts on Talk like a Pirate Day, Friday, September 19. Are ye on board? Happy pirate scowling!

Question: Are you planning to talk like a pirate, dress like a pirate, or both?

McDonald’s: FREE McCafè Coffee – September 16 – 29, 2014

McDonald’s: FREE McCafe Coffee – September 16 – 29, 2014

Photograph Credit: McDonald’s

Chilly weather is on the horizon here in the southeast. The cooler temperatures along with the rain gave me a reason to wrap myself in a blanket while watching football games this past weekend.

If you are struggling to get up and get moving on these chilly mornings, then plan to leave a bit early for the next two weeks.

McDonald’s is offering FREE McCafè coffee during breakfast hours from September 16-29, 2014.

For those of you, who love your morning coffee, allow McDonald’s to brew you a fresh cup each morning for FREE these next two weeks. Enjoy!

Question: What is your impression of McDonald’s McCafè coffee?

2014: Remembering 9.11

2014: Remembering 9.11

Photograph Credit: Flickr (GlynLowe)

With my brother being a fireman/paramedic, this day brings a special appreciation for those who put themselves in harm’s way while helping others.

Last night as I prepared for today’s school day, I thought about what I wanted to share with my children about the day America was attacked from within. Though over a decade ago, the events of that day still play like a movie in my memory. I went to bed thinking about those events.

As I awoke this morning and came to our morning meeting, I informed my children that today was a unique day. We talked about the different sites and some of the events. They were filled with questions without anxiety about their safety.

Though we spent time remembering 9.11, I was a bit disappointed in the NFL’s choice to focus on the writing of our National Anthem over a 9.11 tribute for tonight’s game. However, I heard that the presentation of the anthem’s anniversary was spectacular.

Remembering 9.11 is fading for some, but there are those who still daily live with the emptiness and hurt from that unique day. Those images and memories are imprinted into my mind as I spent days glued to the television in awe that something so devastating occurred on American soil.

Permanently affected by those events, my heart surges with gratefulness for all first responders, military personnel, and healthcare individuals who daily serve and protect Americans. Thank you for your service each and every day!

Question: How did you remember 9.11?

Back to the Basics with Simplicity

Back to the Basics with SimplicitySummer was busy! Did you have grand plans that were replaced by trips to the pool, cookouts with friends, and days packed with activity? We did. Summer was a wonderful time of closing out one chapter and preparing for the next.

In preparing and playing, I’ve gone back to the basics with simplicity. As my time was focused on planning our school year, I chose to take a break from the following:

  • Clipping coupons
  • Menu planning
  • Shopping at Publix and Bi-Lo
  • Gardening
  • Volunteering

Clipping Coupons

With piles of newspapers calling to me, I walked by them for two months without guilt as that season required an investment of time into my family. With other ways to save money and feed my family without clipping coupons year round, I kept adding to the pile until I finally tackled it last week.

In keeping it real, Paul clipped the coupons which remain in the basket as I have not transferred them to my binders as of yet. However, the piles are not taking over my stairs anymore. This is progress, folks, which is good.

Menu Planning

For July and August, I operated without a menu plan. Shocker, I know. Having used a menu planner for so long, I continued to think of dinner soon after breakfast. Knowing what I was planning to do took the pressure off at 4:30 p.m.

There were times when I was out of an ingredient and changed the meal, but overall, we adjusted just fine. When September began, I put the menu planner back up which I have missed on my refrigerator. It’s nice to be back in my routine.

Shopping at Publix and Bi-Lo

To stretch our dollars at the grocery store, I find the deepest discounts are found by pairing sales and coupons. Creating a list and matching coupons takes time. As my coupons are still in piles, I have chosen to limit shopping to Aldi for the lowest prices without sacrificing quality.


Another time-consuming activity that took a backseat this summer was caring for our garden. Without at least weekly care, the garden will not survive.

For the past couple of years, we have tried to grow our own vegetables. Though we had some success, I don’t have a green thumb. We had issues with worms and slugs, and then the rain last summer created a swamp for our plants and killed them.

Though missing our cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries, I do not miss the time investment of caring for the garden. Taking a break from the garden has been a wise choice for us this summer.


Becoming a spectator is not inline with my personality, but it was needed this summer. Freeing my schedule to focus on school has given me freedom to create and plan without a packed schedule and additional responsibilities. Without added obligations, I have found calm during this transition.

Knowing that this transition was coming, I was able to adjust and choose only the best things for this summer. Everything else was put to the side. As I discover and adjust our new routine, I can gradually add these other good things back into our lives.

Life is full of choices. Good things can drain you of your energy. Choosing only the best options gave me purpose this summer. In using time wisely, I only chose the essentials and saved the other opportunities for another season.

Going back to the basics with simplicity gave me smooth sailing this summer and started our school year with a plan to execute. During seasons of change, scaling back to the basic keeps you grounded. Happy prioritizing!