Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Here are some ideas to celebrate:
  • plant a container herb garden
  • have a picnic
  • go on a nature walk
  • plant a tree
  • go to a state or national park
  • organize a neighborhood or beach clean up
  • plant wildflower seeds
What did I do to celebrate? I spent some time with my porch garden. We are going to reward ourselves with  free Starbucks coffee in our reusable cups :)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Free Music in April!


I enjoyed downloading tons of music and an audio book last night for free! My iTunes expenses add up quick so I am always on the look out for free stuff! Here are some of the deals I found for this month:

Free iTunes download from Mercy Me
  • Go to K-Love to get your promo code.
  • Then go to iTunes and select ‘Redeem’ under the ‘Quick Links’ column on the far right of your iTunes account screen.
  • The promo code screen will pop up to enter your code.
  • Enter your promo code… your download will begin as soon as the promo code is entered.
Free Audio Book- The Hiding Place
  • Through 4/30, download your free copy of The Hiding Place written by Corrie ten Boom and narrated by Bernadette Dunne
 Free 6 Song iTunes Sampler from People Magazine

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Coupons for April 17, 2011

COUPONS FOR 4-17-11
 
SMARTSOURCE
Aveeno Active Naturals $3 on 2 (5/31/11)
Aveeno Active Naturals $1 (5/31/11)
Ban Solid .75 (6/4/11)
Ban, any .40 (6/4/11)
Bausch & Lomb Alaway Eye Drops $4 (6/30/11)
Bausch & Lomb Opcon-A Eye Drops $1 (6/30/11)
Biz $1 (5/29/11)
Biz $1.50 (5/1/11)
Brita Pour-Through or Faucet Mount System $4 (6/26/11)
Brita Multipack Filters $1 (6/26/11)
Brita Bottle $1 (6/26/11)
Budweiser Genuine Sauce $1 on 2 (6/26/11)
Chinet Casuals Plates .55 (7/3/11)
Claritin Non Drowsy, Childrens, 4oz or 10ct+ $2 (5/15/11)
Claritin Non Drowsy, 24 ct+ $5 (5/15/11)
Cracker Barrel Cubes, Cracker Cuts or Sticks Cheese $1 (5/31/11)
Desitin, no trial size .75 (6/26/11)
EarthWise Entirely Natural Premium Products $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Enfamil or Enfagrow, large size powder, 22.2 oz+ $2 (5/31/11)
Fisher Snack Nut Product, 4oz+ $1 (6/4/11)
Fisher Fusions Product, 4oz+ $1 on 2 (6/4/11)
Focus Factor $4 (5/31/11)
Focus Factor $10 on 2 (5/31/11)
Greased Lightning Cleaning Product $1 (5/31/11)
Jelly Belly Dessert Topper .55 (6/26/11)
Johnson Baby or Natural Product, excludes 1oz to 4oz , Buddies & Hand & Face Wipes $1 on 2 (6/26/11)
Jose Ole, 16 oz+ $1 (6/30/11)
Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese Dinner $1 (5/17/11)
Kraft Big Slice, Kraft or Cracker Barrel Natural Slices $1 (6/12/11)
LightHouse Product $1 on 2 (7/31/11)
Listerine Total Care Mouthwash, 1L+ or Reach Toothbrush or Reach Floss or Reach Access Flosser $1 (12/31/11)
Listerine Total Care Mouthwash, 1L+ and/or Reach Toothbrush, Floss or Access Flosser $2.50 on 2 (12/31/11)
Listerine Mouthwash, 1L+ .50 (12/31/11)
Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash, 32 fl oz or Restoring Listerine Anticavity Mouthwash, 1L $1 (12/31/11)
Listerine Agent Cool Blue, 500 ml or Reach Kids Toothbrush $1 (12/31/11)
Listerine Zero Mouthwash, 1L+ $1 (12/31/11)
Listerine Pocketpaks, 24ct+ or Listerine Pocketmist or Plax Rinse or Listerine Essential Care Toothpaste .50 (12/31/11)
Maxwell House Coffee $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Melitta, 100ct $1/1 or two 40 ct cone filters (7/31/11)
Neosporin or Band-Aid Product .50 (6/30/11)
Neosporin AND Band-Aid Product $1.50 (6/30/11)
Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer $1 (6/30/11)
Oreo Fudge Cremes, 11.3 oz $1 (5/16/11)
Reach by Design Toothbrush, 1ct or 2 ct $1 (12/31/11)
Revlon Color Silk Product $1 on 2 (5/22/11)
Ritz Crackerfuls Filled Crackers, 6 oz $1 (7/10/11)
Schick Hydro 5 Refill $2 (5/28/11)
Schick Hydro 3 Refill $2 (5/28/11)
Schick Hydro Shave Gel .75 (5/28/11)
Schick Quattro for Women Razor or Refill $2 (5/29/11)
Schick Intuition Razor or Refill $2 (5/29/11)
Scotch Brite Greener Clean $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Scotch-Brite Bathroom Solutions Cleaning Tools $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Soda Pop Dessert Topper .55 (6/26/11)
Soyjoy single bar B2G1F up to $1.39 (5/31/11) .10 each
2000 Flushes Toilet Bowl Cleaner $1 (7/31/11)
Tena Serenity Pads & Tena Men and Women Underwear $1 (7/31/11)
Tofu Firmness .35 (6/30/11)
Tofu Stirataki .35 (6/30/11)
Tofu Organic .50 (6/30/11)
Vita Herring or Salmon $1 on 2 (6/26/11)
VTech Toy priced $19.99 $5 (7/31/11)

SMARTSOURCE #2
Act Dry Mouth $2 (5/31/11)
Act, 16.9oz+ $1 (5/31/11)
Allegra, Allegra-D or any Childrens Allegra $5 (5/7/11)
Ascriptin $1.50 (7/31/11)
Benefiber $1 (7/16/11)
Benefiber Plus Heart Health Product $2 (7/16/11)
Bio-oil, 2floz or 4.2floz $2 (7/31/11)
Bufferin, 130 ct $1 (7/31/11)
Chavrie Fresh Goat Cheese $1 (6/30/11)
Dannon Greek Yogurt, 5.3 oz cups $1 on 3 (5/31/11)
Doans Extra Strength Caplets $1 (7/31/11)
Excedrin, 20 ct+ .75 (6/4/11)
Excedrin, 80 ct+ $1.50 (6/4/11)
Friendship Cottage Cheese or Sour Cream $1 on 2 (6/17/11)
Gas-X $1 (7/16/11)
Gas-X Prevention $1 (7/16/11)
Godiva Chocolate Bars or Gems Product, 1.4 oz+ $1 on 2 (5/31/11)
Good Nites, Jumbo Pack+ $2 (5/14/11)
Grande Tortilla Chips, 12oz+ $1 (7/31/11)
Hartz Ultra Guard Flea & Tick Topical Drops $3 on 2 (6/30/11)
Hartz Ultra Guard Flea & Tick Topical Drops $2.50 (6/30/11)
Huggies Little Swimmers $2 (5/14/11)
Huggies Little Swimmers Sun Care Product $1 (5/14/11)
Huggies Pull Ups, Jumbo pack+ $1.50 (5/14/11)
Huggies Diapers $1.50 (5/14/11)
Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers $2 (5/14/11)
Huggies Baby Wipes, 64 ct+ .50 (5/14/11)
Keri Lotion $2 (7/31/11)
Maalox $1 (7/16/11)
Maalox $2.50 on 2 (7/16/11) .15 each
Mineral Ice Pain Relieving Gel $1.50 (7/31/11)
Myoflex Pain Relieving Cream $1.50 (7/31/11
Orbit Gum single packs $1 on 2 (7/16/11)
OxiClean Original In-Wash Booster or Pre-Treater $1 (6/30/11)
OxiClean $3 on 2 (6/30/11)
Ortega .50/2 (6/30/11)
Prevacid 24HR $3 (5/15/11)
Pull-ups Training Pants, jumbo pack+ $1.50 (5/14/11)
Purina Beneful Snackin Slices, any size $1 (7/17/11)
Reynolds Wrap Foil, no 20, 25, 30 sq ft .75 (5/31/11)
Sesmark Crackers $1 (6/30/11)
Starbucks Coffee, 11, 12, 20 oz bag $1.50 (6/30/11)
Whitecastle Frozen Hamburgers or Cheeseburgers .50 (7/16/11)
Zaditor $3 (7/31/11)
Walgreens coupon strip

RED PLUM
Bertolli Pasta Sauces $1.50 on 2 (5/15/11)
Captain Crunch Cereal $1 on 2 (8/31/11)
Cheer Detergent, any $1 (5/31/11)
Degree Men Adrenaline Series Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant $1 (5/15/11)
Degree Men or Women Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant $1 (5/15/11)
Degree for Women Premium Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant or Body Mist $1 (5/15/11)
Era Detergent, any $1 (5/31/11)
Febreze Product with Gain $1 (5/31/11)
Gain Detergent, any $1 (5/31/11)
Gain Fabric Softener or Sheets $1 (5/31/11)
Head & Shoulder Conditioner, 13.5oz FREE up to $4.74 wyb Head & Shoulders Shampoo ( 5/31/11)
Hellmans Product, 16.5oz+ .75 (5/15/11) .10 each
Iams Canned Dog or Cat Food B3G1 up to $1 (5/31/11)
Iams Healthy Naturals Dry Dog or Cat Food $1 (5/31/11)
Iams Premium Protection Dry Dog or Cat Food $1 (5/31/11)
Iams ProActive Health Dry Dog or Cat Food $1 (5/31/11)
I Cant Believe Its Not Butter Product .75/2 (5/15/11)
Knorrs Recipe/Sauce/Gravy Mix Product .50/2 (5/14/11)
Lipton Recipe Secrets Product .60/2 (5/14/11)
Natural Instincts Hair Color $3 (5/31/11)
Nivea Body Lotion ,8.4oz- 13.5 oz $1 (5/15/11)
Nivea Express Hydration Lotion or Gel, 8.4oz - 13.5oz $2 (5/15/11)
Nivea for Men Body Wash, 8.4fl oz- 16.9 fl oz $3 (5/14/11)
Nivea for Men Face Care Product $2/1 or two shave gels, 0.5 floz- 7oz (5/141/11)
Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer or Cleanser, no trial $3 (5/31/11)
Osteo Bi-Flex Caplets, Softgels or Powder, no liquids $6 (5/29/11)
Pedigree Jumbone Treats for Dogs $1 (5/29/11)
Pedigree Marrobone Treats for Dogs $1 (5/29/11)
Pop Secrets Products $1 on 2 (5/29/11)
Rimmel Product $1 (6/30/11)
Scope Mouthwash, 710 ml+ $1 (5/31/11)
Scotties Facial Tissues $1 on 5 boxes or 2 multipacks (5/14/11)
Shedds Spread Country Crock Spread .60 (5/15/11)
Sundown Vitamin or Supplements Product $1 (5/31/11)
Waverly Paper Plates, Plastic Cups or Napkins by Hefty $1.25/2 (8/15/11)
Zyrtec, 24ct+ $4 (5/30/11)
Zyrtec, 24ct+ $7 (4/24/11)

RED PLUM #2
Aquafresh Kids Toothbrush $1 (5/31/11)
Aquafresh Kids Toothpaste $1 (5/31/11)
Centrum Adult, no 60ct $1 (6/30/11)
Centrum Ultra Womens or Centrum Ultra Mens, no 60 ct $2 (6/30/11)
Crisco Olive Oil, any $1 (7/31/11)
DiGiorno Pizza & Cookies $1.25 (6/30/11)
DiGiorno Pizza & Wyngz (spelling from box) $1.25 (6/30/11)
Dunkin Donuts Coffee, 11oz+ bag $1.50 (5/31/11)
Garnier Moisturizer or Cleanser $2 (7/17/11)
Goodlife Recipe Dry Cat Food $1.50 (6/11/11)
Hefty Basics Paper Plates $1.50 on 2 (7/16/11)
i-cool for Menopause $2 (6/30/11)
Ideal, 50 ct+ B1G1F up to $2.99 (5/31/11)
Jimmy Dean Sausage Rolls $1 in 2 (6/15/11)
Kelloggs Rice Krispies and/or Cocoa Krispies Cereals, 12oz+ $1 on 2 (5/29/11)
Kelloggs Cereals, any 10oz+ $1 on 3 (5/29/11)
Kelloggs Fiber Plus Eggo Waffles 8 ct .75 (6/12/11)
Kelloggs FiberPlus Chewy Bars, 5 ct $1 on 2 (6/12/11)
Kelloggs FiberPlus Cereal, 11.5oz .70 (5/29/11)
Kibbles n Bits Dry Dog Food, 14 lb+ $1.50 (6/11/11)
Lawrys Spice Blend .50 (5/15/11)
Lawrys Marinade .50 (5/15/11)
LOreal Elnett Hairspray, no 2.2 trial size $3 (6/12/11)
LOreal Ever Sleek, Ever Pure, Ever Strong Shampoo or Conditioner $1 (6/12/11)
LOreal Ever Sleek, Ever Pure, Ever Strong Treatment $1 (6/12/11)
LOreal Paris Eye Product $2 (6/12/11)
LOreal Paris Skincare Product $1 (6/12/11)
LOreal Preference $2 (6/12/11)
LOreal Sublime Mousse by Healthy Look Haircolor $2 (6/12/11)
LOreal Paris Face Product $2 (6/12/11)
LOreal Sublime Bronze Product $1 (6/12/11)
LOreal Visible Lift Face Product $3 (6/12/11)
Marcal Small Steps Bath Tissue, 12 rolls+ $1/1 or any two Towels or any two Napkins (5/31/11)
Morton System Saver II Pellets, 40, 50 or 80 lb $1 on 2 bags or three bags, 25 lb (8/14/11)
Nasoya Products $1.50 on 2 (7/31/11)
Nasoya Super Hummus $1 (7/31/11)
SlimShots Liquid Portion Control, no 2 ct $5 (6/30/11)
Zatarains Rice Mixes .75/2 (6/12/11)
Zatarains Frozen Entrees $1 on 2 (6/12/11)

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Coupons for April 10, 2011

COUPONS FOR 4-10-11
SMART SOURCE
A1 Steak Sauce or Marinade, 10 oz+ $1 (5/8/11)
Almay Cosmetic Product $1 (5/22/11)
Alouette Brie Cheese .75 (7/31/11) 
Alouette Crumbled Cheese .50 (7/31/11)
Alouette Soft Spreadable Cheese .75 (7/31/11)
Arm & Hammer Fabric Softener Products $3 on 2 (6/15/11)
Bic Flex 4 Razor, 3-pk, Bic Flex3 Razor, 3-pk, Bic Comfort 3 Advance Razor, 4-pk $3 (5/22/11)
Bic Hybrid Advance Razor $3 (5/22/11)
Biotrue Multi-purpose Solution, 10 oz+ $2 (6/10/11)
Biotrue Multi-purpose Solution, 2x10 oz pack $4 (6/10/11)
Birds Eye Steamfresh Family Size FREE up to $2.99 wyb Birds Eye Voila! Family Size (5/31/11)
Blue Dog or Cat Food Cans B5G1F (5/10/11) (PETSMART)
Blue Natural Dry Dog or Cat Food $5 (5/10/11) (PETSMART)
Brut Product $1 (5/31/11)
Chobani Champion 4 pack tray $1 (5/15/11)
Claritin Non- Drowsy, 4oz or 10 ct+ $2 (5/8/11)
Claritin Non-Drowsy, 24 ct+ $5 (5/8/11)
Claritin Non -Drowsy, 24 ct+ $7 (4/17/11)
Colgate Max Clean, Max Fresh, Max White, Total, Sensitive, ProClinical Toothpaste, 4 oz+ $1 DND (4/30/11)
Colgate Kids Toothpaste .50 DND (4/30/11)
Colgate Kids Toothbrush .50 DND (4/30/11)
Comet Spray or Comet Soft Cleanser $1 on 2 (6/30/11)
Dannon Light & Fit $1 on 10 cups (5/10/11)
Dole Pineapple or Tropical Fruit in cans $1 on 3 (6/30/11)
Duncan Hines Premium Cake mix FREE up to $1.50 wyb 2 Duncan Hines Frosting or Amazing Glazes (5/30/11)
Duncan Hines Brownies $1 on 2 (5/30/11)
Edwards Singles, 2 pack $1 DND (5/28/11)
Fuze or Fuze Slenderize $1 on 2 (7/10/11)
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizers $3 on 2 (5/21/11)
Jergens Natural Glow Moisturizer $1 (5/21/11)
Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip, 22 oz+ $1.50 on 2 (5/8/11)
Kraft Dressing, 24 oz $1 on 2 (5/8/11)
Kraft Dressing, 14 or 16 oz $1 on 2 (5/8/11)
Kraft Dressing, 8 oz $1 on 3 (5/8/11)
Mariani Dried Fruit Snacks $1.50 on 2 (6/30/11)
Mazola Oil or Spray Product .50 (6/11/11)
Mazola Oil or Spray Product $1 on 2 (6/11/11)
Nestle Toll House Morsels $1 on 2 (5/22/11)
Nonnis Biscotti or Tusconi $1 on 2 (6/30/11)
Pediasure $2 (7/10/11)
Pepperidge Farm Swirl Bread or Bagels .35 (6/30/11)
Pepperidge Farm Baked Natural Snacks $1 (7/3/11)
Phillips Sonicare FlexCare+ or FlexCare Rechargeable Toothbrush $15 (7/31/11)
Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Toothbrush, excludes Xtreme Battery $10 (7/31/11)
Philips Sonicare Brush Heads or Philips Sonicare Xtreme Battery Toothbrush multi-pack $5 (7/31/11)
Resolve Laundry Pre-Treat .50 (5/22/11)
Resolve In-Wash Stain Remover $1 (5/22/11)
Revlon Face Product $2 (5/15/11)
Revlon Nail Enamel $1 (6/30/11)
Reynolds Wrap Foil, excludes 20, 25 & 30 sq ft .50 (5/31/11)
Reynolds Parchment Paper .50 (5/31/11)
Reynolds Wrap Foil AND Reynolds Parchment Paper $1.50 (5/31/11)
Ronzoni Quick Cook Pasta $1 on 2 (6/30/11)
Sargento Natural Blends Snacks .75 (5/22/11)
Sargento Natural Blends Slices .75 (5/22/11)
Schiffs Move Free, 80 ct+ $5 (6/30/11)
Scotch Lint Roller, no travel $1 (5/31/11)
Scotch Pet Hair Roller $1 (5/31/11)
Seattles Best Coffee, 12 oz $1 (6/10/11)
Similasan $2 (6/30/11)
Smart Balance Milks .75 (5/25/11)
Smart Balance Buttery Spreads $1 on 2 (5/25/11)
Smart Balance Buttery Sticks $1 (5/25/11)
Swanson Broth or Stock, 26 oz+ .50/2 (5/22/1
Terra Chips Product .55 (7/10/11)
Ultimate Flora Probiotic $2 (7/31/11)
Vtech Toy $5 (7/31/11)
Waggin Train Dog Treats $2/2 (7/10/11)
Wholly Product .50 (4/30/11)
RED PLUM
All Laundry Detergent $1 (5/22/11)
All Free Clear OXI-Active Laundry Detergent $1.50 (5/22/11)
Breathe Right, 10 ct+ $1.50 (6/30/11)
Breathe Right, 28ct+ $2.50 (6/30/11)
Carbona Carpet Cleaner $1 (7-9-11)
Carbona Silver Wipes $1 (7/9/11)
Carnation Breakfast Essentials Product $1 on 2 (6/12/11)
Color Oops (hair stuff) $1 (10/31/11)
Delverde Packs (pasta) $1 on 2 (12/31/11)
Fixodent Denture Cleanser B1G1F up to $6 (5/31/11)
Flex-a-Min Supplement $4 (5/24/11)
Folgers Coffees, 3oz+ (no gourmet selections K-cups portions packs) $1 (5/14/11)
Garnier, The Brusher $1 (7/10/11)
Garnier Moisturizer $1 (7/10/11)
Garnier Nutrisse Shade or Multi-Lights Kit $2 (7/10/11)
Greenies Joint Care $2 (5/31/11)
Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Personal Cup Pod Coffeemaker $5 (5/31/11)
Hefty Bags $1 on 2 (7/31/11)
Hefty Waste Bags $1 on 2 (6/30/11)
Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausages $1 on 2 (5/1/11)
Kelloggs Corn Pops, Apple Jacks, Froot Loops, Honey Snacks, Frosted Flakes Cereals, etc. 10oz+ $1.50 on 3 (5/22/11)
Kelloggs Special K Cracker Chips or Special K Crackers, 4oz+ .50 (6/5/11)
LOreal Healthy Look Creme Gloss Color $2 (6/5/11)
LOreal Studio Line Product or Vive Pro Glossy Style Product $1 (6/5/11)
LOreal Vive Pro Shampoo or Conditioner $1 (6/5/11)
Lubriderm Body Lotion, Cream or Ointment $1 (5/31/11)
Lubriderm Mens 3-In-1 Lotion $3 (5/31/11)
Mars Easter Products, ANY $1 on 2 (4/24/11)
Mach3 Disposable, Sensor 3, Custom Plus 3, Good News or Custom Plus B1G1Fup to $7.13 (5/31/11)
Maybelline New York Mascara $1 (6/10/11)
Maybelline New York Eyeshadow or Eye Lines $1 (6/10/11)
Met-RX Big 100 Bars or Protein Plus Bars B1G1F up to $2.39 (5/29/11)
Michael Angelos Entrée, 20oz+ $1 (6/30/11)
Michael Angelos Entrée, 8oz-16oz .50 (6/30/11)
9Lives Dry Cat Food, 3.15 lbs+ $1 (6/11/11)
9Lives Wet Cat Food $1/1 variety pk (12 cans), 12 individual cans or three 4-pks $1 (6/11/11)
Natures Bounty Fish Oil $2 (5/24/11)
Natures Bounty Supplement $1 (5/24/11)
No Gray 2 Application $1 (10/31/11)
Perdue Boneless Chicken Breasts .75 (6/5/11)
Real Simple Magazine $1 (7/15/11)
Sally Hansen Beauty Tool $2 when you purchase $3+ (6/30/11)
Sensodyne ProNamel Toothpaste, 3.4oz+ $1 (7/31/11)
Snuggle Fabric Softener, liquid or dryer sheets .75 (5/22/11)
Sprayway Product, any $1 (9/30/11)
Starburst or Life Savers Jellybeans, 13oz+ $1 on 2 (5/15/11)
Superpretzel Product .50 (5/10/11)
Superpretzel Pretzel Dogs Product .50 (5/10/11)
Truvia Natural Sweetener, any size $1 (7/3/11)
Visine Product $1 (7/31/11)
Visine-A Product $2 (7/31/11)
Visine Soothing Wipes Product $2 (7/31/11)
Zyrtec Product, any $4 (7/31/11)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Being Present in Your Present




Last Sunday I made pot roast for dinner. As I cut up the vegetables and trimmed the meat I had an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for the wonderful meal we would enjoy. The roast was one my parents had sent us from their farm. It came from a cow that they had bred, watched being born, and cared for. And it gave its life so I could enjoy the dinner that I would be having. I'll never be a person who can give up all meat but I think a healthy respect for the animal is important. In that moment I felt so close to my parents and appreciated the cycle of life. I was truly present in what I was doing: cooking dinner.

So much of what we do with our time is routine. We do not stop to appreciate the miracle of our lives and the pleasure that can be found in the simple things we do each day. I truly enjoy cooking dinner each night. Even if it is something simple, it is time that Rob and I spend together. Being sick and starting chemo for my lupus has really added perspective for me. I find myself appreciating simple pleasures so much more. Enjoying cappuccino on the porch, feeling the sun shine on my face, or sitting quietly petting Daisy and appreciating how soft she is are things that I might have took for granted before or not even thought about while I was doing them. Our lives our truly a gift. I'm trying to be more present in mine.

Here is an excerpt from a great post by Leo Babauta over at Zen Habits about "9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make your Day Better"

Mindfulness Rituals

Ritual isn’t about doing a routine mindlessly. It’s a way of building something good into your life, so that you don’t forget what’s important. Done mindfully, a ritual can remind you to be conscious. Done mindlessly, a ritual is meaningless.
Here are a few of my favorites:
1. Sit in the morning. When you wake up, in the quiet of the morning, perhaps as your coffee is brewing, get a small cushion and sit on the floor. I will often use this opportunity to stretch, as I am very inflexible. I feel every muscle in my body, and it is like I am slowly awakening to the day. I’ll also just sit, and focus on my breathing going in and out. I’m an absolute beginner when it comes to meditation, but this always starts my day right.
2. Brush your teeth. I assume we all brush our teeth, but often we do it while thinking of other things. Try fully concentrating on the action of brushing, on each stroke of each tooth, going from one side of the mouth to the other. You end up doing a better job, and it helps you realize how much we do on autopilot.
3. Eat mindfully. Turn off the TV, put away the computer and mobile devices, even put away the book or newspaper. If you eat with any of these things (most people do), eating without them will seem boring. And yet, unless you do this, you are not truly appreciating your food. I like eating my oats (with nuts and berries — see my diet) mindfully, paying attention to each bite. It makes the food taste better, and I eat slowly and with gratefulness.
4. Wash your bowl. When you’re done eating, wash your dish immediately. Do it while paying full attention to your washing, to the water and suds. Read more.
5. Drink tea. There’s something ancient about the tea ceremony — and when you drink tea as a mindfulness ritual, you’re connecting with millions of others who have done so over the centuries. Make your own tea ceremony — prepare the tea carefully and mindfully, pour it slowly, sip it with thoughtfulness. See if you can set aside one time each day to do this, and it will transform your day.
6. Walk slowly. I like to take breaks from work, and go outside for a little walk. Walk slowly, each step a practice in awareness. Pay attention to your breathing, to everything around you, to the sounds and light and texture of objects.
7. Read in silence. Find a quiet time (mornings or evenings are great for me), and a quiet spot, and read a good novel. Have no television or computers on nearby, and just immerse yourself in the world of the novel. It might seem contradictory to let your mind move from the present into the time of the novel, but it’s a great practice in focus. Also, I love a good novel more than almost anything else.
8. Look at someone gratefully. Each day, find someone you care about. Instead of just seeing what you always see, really look at the person. Try not to do it creepily. See this person for the miracle that she is, and be grateful for her existence. If you’re feeling generous, tell that person how thankful you are for her.
9. Work with focus. Start your workday by choosing one task that will make a big difference in your work, and clearing everything else away. Just do that one task, and don’t switch to other tasks. Single-tasking is a great way to find focus. Increase your Monk Mind.
These rituals aren’t the only time you should be mindful, but they’re great reminders. Today, try a few of them to fully live and fully appreciate this wonderful day.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Coupons for April 3, 2011

COUPONS FOR 4-3-11
 
SMARTSOURCE
Alpine Lace Deli Cheese, 1 lb $1 DND ( 5/31/11)
Alpine Lace Deli Cheese packages $1 on 2 DND (5/31/11)
Bestlife Buttery Product, any $1 (6/12/11)
Blink-N-Clean Lens Drops or Blink Contacts Lubricant Eye Drops $1 (5/9/11
Blink Tears or Blink GelTears Lubricating Eye Drops $1 (5/9/11)
Complete Multi-Purpose Solution, 12 oz+ $1 (5/9/11)
Boudreauxs Product, any $1 (12/31/11)
Candy Land or Chutes & Ladders $2 (5/1/11)
Carapelli Olive Oil, 17oz+ $1 (5/15/11)
Claussen Pickles $1 on 2 jars (5/29/11)
Colgate Toothpaste, 4.0 oz.+ DND .35 (4/23/11)
Crystal Light Drink Mix Product B2G1F up to $3.69 DND (5/31/11)
Cuties (oranges) 3 lb bag .75 DND (5/3/11)
Cuties, 5 lb box $1.50 DND (5/3/11)
Elefun or Gator Golf $3 (5/1/11)
Ensure 4-pack B2G1F up to $9.99 (6/5/11)
Ensure 4 pack $2 (6/5/11)
Fancy Feast Delights with Cheddar B3G1F up to 80¢ (7/3/11)
Fancy Feast, 3 oz cans $1 on 18 (7/3/11) .10 each
Glade Carpet & Room Odor Eliminator Product .75 (5/14/11)
Glade Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator Product $1 (5/14/11)
Glade Candles, 4-oz. Jar $1 on 2 (5/14/11)
Glade Premium Room Spray, 9.7oz $1 (5/14/11)
Glade Plugins Scented Oil Lasting Impressions Holder $3 (5/14/11)
Glade Plugins Scented Oil twin refill $1/1 or TWO single refills (5/14/11)
Glade Scented Oil Candles refill packs $1 on 2 (5/14/11)
Glade Scented Oil Candles Holder $1 (5/14/11)
Glade Sense & Spray Starter Kit $3 (5/14/11)
Glade Sense & Spray Refills $1 on 2 (5/14/11)
Gold Bond Ultimate Body Wash, no trial $2 (7/31/11)
Gold Bond Ultimate Hand Sanitizer Moisturizer and Sheer Moisture, 2.7oz or 12 oz no trial $2 (7/31/11)
Gold Bond Ultimate Healing, Softening, Restoring, Soothing or Protection Lotion or Cream, no trial $1 (7/31/11)
Herrs Kettle Chips, 8oz+ $1 (7/31/11)
Hershey Kisses, Reeses, Hersheys Miniatures, Cadbury or Whoppers bags, 8oz + $1 on 3 (4/24/11)
Hersheys Reeses or Cadbury Centerpiece items, 2oz+ $1 on 2 (4/24/11)
Horizon, 3 pack+ $1 (5/15/11)
Horizon Milk, 8oz boxes $1 on 3 (5/15/11)
Horizon, 64oz half gallon $1 (5/15/11)
Horizon DHA, 64oz Half gallon $1 (5/15/11)
Infusium 23 Shampoo, Conditioner or leave- in Treatment $2 (5/31/11)
Jell-O Snacks Refrigerated $1 (5/3/11)
Land O Lakes Half & Half, quarts+ $1 on 2 (5/28/11)
Land O Lakes Butter .50/2 (5/28/11)
Land O Lakes All-Natural Eggs .50 (5/31/11)
LOreal Haircolor Product $2 (5/29/11) (Walgreens)
LOreal Cosmetics $1 (5/29/11) (Walgreens)
LOreal Skincare Product $2 (5/29/11) (Walgreens)
LOreal Styling Products $1 (5/29/11) (Walgreens)
Marzetti Salad Dressing $1 (7/31/11)
Nexcare Product $1 on 2 (8/31/11)
Pam Cooking Spray $1 on 2 (5/15/11)
Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Sandwich Bread .55 (6/12/11)
Pledge or Armstrong Floor Care Product .75 (5/14/11)
Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair .75 (5/14/11)
Pledge Multi Surface Product .75 (5/14/11)
Pom Lite, 16oz $1 DND (12/31/11)
Post Great Grains Cereal $1 (5/15/11)
Schick Disposable Razor Package $1 (5/15/11)
Scotch-Brite Scrub Sponges, Scour Pads, Dishwands or Dishwand refills $1 on 2 (5/15/11)
Scott Towels, 4-rolls+ $1 (5/15/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner Starter Kit $5 (5/14/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner Refills $1.50 on 2 (5/14/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaners $1 on 2 (5/14/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Fantastik All Purpose Cleaner .75 (5/14/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush 2-in-1 Starter Kit or any Fresh Brush refill pack $1 (5/14/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer .75 (5/14/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Power Sprayer Starter Kit $1 (5/14/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Power Sprayer Refill .75 (5/14/11)
Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel $1 (5/14/11)
Shout Laundry Product .55 (5/14/11)
Similac Product $3 (5/31/11)
Similac Product $5 (5/31/11)
Smashed Potatoes Game $3 (5/1/11)
Snapple Tea, 16 oz glass bottles - 6-pack $1 (6/30/11)
Spot Shot Instant Carpet Stain & Odor Eliminator Product $1 (6/30/11)
Stouffers Sautes for Two $1.50 (5/31/11)
Stride Gum, single packs $1 on 2 (5/28/11)
V8 Splash Beverage, 46oz+ $1 on 2 (5/15/11)
V8 100% Vegetable Juice, 46oz+ .50/2 (5/15/11)
Wesson Oil $1 on 2 (5/15/11)
Windex Multi-Surface Cleaner or Wipes Product .55 (5/15/11)
Windex Glass Cleaners $1 on 2 (5/15/11)
Windex Outdoor All-in-One Glass Cleaning Tool Starter Kit $3 (5/15/11)
YoCrunch Fruit Parfait pack .75 (6/26/11)
YoCrunch Greek, 6oz cup .35 (6/26/11)
Zegerid OTC $3 (5/15/11)
Zegerid OTC, 42 ct only $6 (5/15/11)
Ziploc Bags $1 on 2 (5/28/11)
Ziploc Containers $1.50 on 2 (5/28/11) 

PROCTER & GAMBLE
Always Pads, Clean or Feminine Cleansing Cloths $1 (04/30/11)
Always Pantiliner, 30ct+ $1 on 2 (04/30/11)
Always Infinity, 14ct+ $2 (04/30/11)
Cascade .25 (04/30/11)
Charmin Products .25 (04/30/11)
Crest Rinse, 440ml+ $1 (04/30/11)
Crest Rinse Pro-Health, 946ml+ $2 (04/30/11)
Crest T Crest 3D White 2 HR Express or Professional Effects Whitestrips $10 (04/30/11)
Crest 3D White Advanced Vivid 14ct, Stain Shield, or Gentle Routine Whitestrips $5 (04/30/11)
Crest Toothpaste 4oz+ or Liquid Gel $1 (04/30/11)
Dawn Dish Soap .25 (04/30/11)
Downy Liquid Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheets .50 (04/30/11)
Duracell CopperTop or Ultra Advanced, 6pk+ or Hearing Aid, 12pk+ $1.50 (04/30/11)
Duracell Rechargeable Batteries, Charger, or Daylight Flashlight $2 (04/30/11)
Gillette Deodorant, any $1 (04/30/11)
Gillette Fusion Shave Prep $1 (04/30/11)
Gillette Manual or Power Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor $3 (04/30/11)
Gillette ProSeries Skin Care Product $1 (04/30/11)
Gillette Bodywash B1G1F up to $4.99 (04/30/11) 
Gillette Bodywash FREE up to $4.99 wyb Gillette Deodorant (04/30/11)
Herbal Essences or Aussie Products $1 on 2 (04/30/11)
Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam Hair Color $3 (04/30/11)
Nice N Easy Hair Color Product $1 (04/30/11)
Olay Bar, Body Wash, In-Shower Body Lotion or Hand & Body Lotion $2 (04/30/11)
Olay Pro-X Facial Moisturizer or Cleanser $5 (04/30/11)
Olay Facial Cleanser $1 (04/30/11)
Old Spice Products $1 on 2 (04/30/11)
Old Spice Body Wash FREE wyb Old Spice Fresh Collection (04/30/11) 
Oral-B Adult or Kids Battery Toothbrush $3 (04/30/11)
Oral-B Pulsar, CrossAction, Advantage Toothbrush $2/1 or any 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense (04/30/11)
Oral-B Satin, Glide Floss(25m+) or Glide Floss Picks, 30ct+ $1 (04/30/11)
Pampers Cruisers, Swaddlers size 3, Swaddlers Sensitive size 3 or 4 or Extra Protect Diapers $3/1 BOX (04/30/11)
Pampers Splashers Swim Pants $1.50 (04/30/11)
Pampers Kandoo Product $1 (04/30/11)
Pampers Diapers or Pants $1.50 (04/30/11)
Pantene Product $1 on 2 (04/30/11)
Puffs Product .25 on 3 singles or one 3pk (04/30/11)
Prilosec OTC $1 (04/30/11)
Pringles Super Stack Cans, 180g+ $1 on 3 (04/30/11)
Pringles Snack Stack or Stix $1 on 2 (04/30/11)
Pringles Fat Free Pringles $1 on 2 (04/30/11)
Secret Clinical Strength or Body Spray $1 (04/30/11)
Swiffer Wet Jet Starter Kit $5 (04/30/11)
Swiffer Sweeper Vac Starter Kit $10 (04/30/11)
Swiffer Dust & Shine B1G1F up to $4.50 (04/30/11)
Tampax Pearl or Compak Pearl, 18ct+ $2 (04/30/11)
Tampax, 18ct+ $1 (04/30/11)
Tide Detergent, any .35 (04/30/11)
Tide Stain Release Product, any $1 (04/30/11)
Tide Stain Release Powder, 26-50oz, 15-34ct Duo pac or 36-68oz liquid $3 (04/30/11)
Venus ProSkin MoistureRich, Embrace, or Breeze Refillable Razor $2 (04/30/11)
Venus ProSkin MoistureRich, Embrace, or Breeze refill Cartridges $2 (04/30/11)
Venus Disposables, 2ct, 3ct, or 6ct, Simply Venus, 4ct, Daisy, 3, 4 or 8ct, or Daisy, 10, 12, or 18ct. $3 on 2 (04/30/11)
Zest, Ivory, or Safeguard bar, Body Wash or Liquid Hand Soap AND Olay Bodywash $1 (04/30/11)