Saying Good Bye is Never Easy

 

chuck mitchellI have been MIA for the last month, and while those of you on Facebook have seen me share bits of what was going on, I have not shared anything here.  My father, Chuck Mitchell, was on the transplant list awaiting a new liver.  For the last year, I have been helping to take care of him, picking him up from appointments/treatment.  Unfortunately, he passed away on Tuesday, February 17th, and my entire world unravelled.  

Not a day, hell not even a minute, goes by where I don’t want to call him or talk to him just one more time.  There is so much that I never had the opportunity to tell him, so much that will now remain unsaid.  So much that I’m still not willing to share with anyone else, so I sit quietly, crying, and praying that he can hear my thoughts and knows how much we love him.

Anyone who has ever lost a parent understands the kind of pain that saying good bye brings.  Everyone mourns differently, and no matter how you choose to mourn, it is right for you.  Friends, and even family, don’t understand what your personal journey is like and what you are feeling.  They can empathize, but don’t let them tell you what you should do or how you should feel.  

Life is for the living, and the way to honor those who are gone is to live your best life and keep that person alive in your heart.  I plan on teaching my children to garden like Chuck taught me… to play in the little pools during low tide … to enjoy nature … and most importantly to love unconditionally.

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{Giveaway} Get Ready for the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge with Self-Standing Bags from Gorilla Glue

Disclosure: Raising A Family On A Budget has received compensation in exchange for sharing this giveaway.

self-standing bags giveawayGorilla Glue wants to help you declutter during the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge. Self-Standing Bags make a 2-person job into a 1-person task for decluttering, DIY projects, organizing, etc. The bags have a square bottom that will stand upright without another set of hands or a trash bin, so that you can load it up on your own.  And these bags are huge!  They will hold up to 200 lbs or 42 gallons of waste. 

A 12-ct box of Self-Standing Bags retails for $12.68 on Amazon, and at local retailers.

 

The 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge kicks off in just over a week on Wednesday, 2/18, so to get you ready Raising A Family On A Budget has teamed up with Gorilla Glue to give 20 lucky readers a package of 7 bags to kick off their decluttering and spring cleaning.

To enter, complete the Giveaway Tools entry form below.  Entries will remain open through 9am eastern on Wednesday, 2/18.  Prizes will be shipped directly from Gorilla Glue to the winners.  

This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, affiliated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other Social Media.  Raising A Family On A Budget has received compensation for sharing this giveaway.

 

CVS Match Up through 2/7: Get Over $90 In Savings!

Maximize your everyday savings at CVS! Right now there’s over $90 in savings on your favorite P&G brands like Tide, Dawn, Pantene and Olay! You can even earn ExtraBucks® Rewards when you buy any participating P&G products at any CVS store.

Check out the current CVS match ups!

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$0.25 off with print at home coupon
= $.74 after coupons and ECB

Pampers Jumbo packs – $8.99
$1 in ExtraBucks loaded to your card for your next shopping trip
$1.50 off with print at home coupon
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Vicks (NyQuill, DayQuill Severe, QlearQuil + Vaporub) – $13.99
$1 in ExtraBucks loaded to your card for your next shopping trip
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For even bigger savings, stack these deals with the coupons from the red coupon machine or those that print on your receipts.  Get to CVS this week to pick up these great brands and earn those ExtraBucks for future shopping trips!

An Introduction to Home Food Preservation

An Intro To Home Food Preservation

I have been canning for over 14 years.  It started quite simply … I wanted homemade Strawberry Jam.  Then it was blueberry jam.  Then pickles, salsa, BBQ Sauce … I was hooked!  For a few years, I even sold my home canned items at area craft shows.  I used to hear so many people comment about how their great grandmothers used to make jam or can peaches, and that “no one does that anymore”.

In the last 5 years, there has been a bit of a home canning explosion!  Canning has become trendy.  

Unfortunately, with this influx of people into such a wonderful hobby, there is also a lot of misinformation floating around about what you can can at home.  Did you know, you should not can pumpkin butter at home but apple butter is ok?  

I have been helping out my friends and family with their canning and home food preservation questions, and now I want to help you too.  Join me on Sunday, February 8 from 1-4:30 for An Introduction to Home Food Preservation at the RWJ Center for Health & Wellness in Mercerville, NJ.

During this class, we will discuss boiling water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, and dehydrating and how to utilize these processes to preserve what you grow in your garden, buy at the farmers’ market, or purchase on steep discounts through out the year.  

Attendees who register by January 24, will each receive a copy of the Ball Blue Book Guide to Canning.