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Give Your Children the World (Without Leaving the House)

We have a pretty amazing world, don’t you agree? Most of us are experts about our own area: our home, neighborhood, town, schools. We’re taught a very young age to memorize our home address. Our immediate world is familiar, comfortable.

We want to broaden our own horizons and those of our children and teach them about the world, other cultures, and how they’re both similar and different from our own culture.

When I was a child, we made several family trips to Canada, where my grandmother was from. Those visits and family reunions are some of the my favorite childhood memories. I remember witnessing a couple speaking French in a restaurant and how fascinating that was to me. I was about five years old and that was the first time I’d heard of the French language. Or of France. Continue Reading

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Why I Am Here

In just days from now, my blog will be two years old. It will emerge from infancy into blogging toddlerhood, as far as time goes. It occurred to me that the readers who trickled in when my blog was born two years ago might be very different from the readers I have now. And you all, who so graciously follow and read and support my heart that I put here for you to absorb, might not really know why I am here. Maybe it’s time to reintroduce myself as I go into year three.

I’m Melanie and I’m a writer. I’ve been so since I was six years old and a voracious reader. I would devour a chapter book in a day. And just like I loved reading, I developed a love for writing. One of my first “works” was a true story about the parents of a friend who were divorcing. It was the first I’d ever heard of such a thing, so it made an impression on me. I entitled it “D-i-v-o-r-c-e-d” because I figured it was a word you spelled in a whisper and not one you spoke aloud. Continue Reading

money-saving tip with Groupon Coupons

Another Money-Saving Tip with Groupon Coupons

This is a sponsored post. The opinions are honest and my own.

Remember my story the other day about my friend who got a fabulous deal for a vacation on Groupon? Pretty impressive, right? Here’s another money-saving tip with Groupon Coupons.

I’m very frugal. I like the bargain and I really like the hunt. I have teenagers and it’s really important for me to get the best deal on everything I purchase. I want to be a good steward of our finances that we work so hard for. I want our money to go as far as it can and feel good about the purchases we make.

You might be doing some shopping this week for essentials like makeup, toiletries or over-the-counter medications. Right now on Groupon Coupons, you can get such deals with Walgreen’s  as 20% off photo services and an extra 15% off on beauty and personal care.

There are Starbuck’s coupons (you can get the pumpkin spice everything, but at a better price!). You can get deals at Nike and Nordstrom, Kohl’s and Kmart. Whether you’re purchasing pet supplies, flowers, renting a car, planning a trip, or trying to find a better price on a hotel room, there is a deal for each of these on Groupon Coupons.

If you’re going to go shopping and spend the money you worked hard to earn, you may as well get the best deal possible, so check for some coupons first.

Happy Shopping!

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Money-Saving Opportunities on Groupon

This is a sponsored post.  All opinions herein are my own. 

Whenever I need something specific–a spa service, a trip, even a minor medical service–I search around for money-saving opportunities on Groupon Goods for deals. If you haven’t tried out Groupon, it’s an online extravaganza of products and services of almost anything you can think of. You can find deals on a meal, a wine tasting, gym memberships, cycling classes, clothing, jewelry, Botox injections, eye exams, cosmetics, therapeutic massage, shoes, oil changes, and even all-inclusive international travel. And practically anything in between. You don’t have to purchase a membership. It’s completely free to browse and look for something you might like to purchase. Maybe some cosmetics, perfume, an evening at the theatre or a floral arrangement.

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I’ll admit, I never considered using Groupon for a trip. That was until a friend shared about her amazing vacation she’d purchased on Groupon. That definitely got my interest. When I’d heard about her great success scheduling and carrying out her $799 per person, all-inclusive vacation to Ireland, I started dreaming up where my family might travel next. We work hard for our money and I’m a big bargain hunter. It’s especially important to me that, when making a purchase, I’ve heard about good experiences from friends who’ve had success using a product or service.

It really is a handy tool to find so many things all in one place, so why not give it a try? Let me know about your favorite find.

Happy Deal Hunting!

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