Transforming Thursday Week 2 – Free Coffee, Fixing Things and Humor

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Last week we started Transforming Thursday!

Each Thursday I’m going to share my weekly transformations with Transforming Thursday posts.   It might be just a small hurdle but it was a positive step forward.  In return, I want to hear yours!  Leave a comment on the Transformation Thursday post and share your weekly successes.  I’m also going to leave a linky up, so if you have your own blog and you want to link up your personal Transformation Thursday post, you can!

This week I’m excited to say I cut out sweet desserts before bed.  I have always had a sweet tooth but it’s not helping me right now.  I was able to drink more water and if I was hungry before bed, I had an orange or some other type of fruit.  It was my sweet treat while still being healthy.

The kitchen sink disposal stopped working over the weekend.  I have replaced a few of these, for my in-laws and my sister.  I guess mine was feeling left out!  I was able to manually rotate the disposal with a hex wrench and dislodge whatever was stuck and now it’s working again!  Yay for a 5 min troubleshot and a free fix.

Free Coffee

Monday was National Coffee Day and I called up my sister and we met for free coffee and girl chat.  Well I did buy a donut too, so I guess I canceled out the dessert thing.  lol  It’s important to take the time for family.  It was so much fun to see all the ‘regulars’ that meet up at this Dunkin Donuts location and enjoy each others company.  Call up family or a friend TODAY and catch up!

I also bought a dress for a wedding for only $14!  SCORE

And for a bit of a laugh this Thursday, check out this t-shirt that I LOVE.  Happy Thursday.

The Ass Family

Now it’s your turn!  Share your Transformation Thursday.  Leave a comment or link up your post.

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Reminder – Publix Coupon Policy Updates Start Today

Publix logoJust as a reminder, the Publix coupon changes begin today.  You can view my previous post about the Publix coupon policy changes here. The Publix website is now updated with this new policy.  Also, I’m hearing that there are fraudulent Winn Dixie $5 off coupons that are being made from the Enjoy the City books.  PLEASE be very careful if you did not get them directly out of an Enjoy the City book.  Again, the unethical, will effect the ethical couponers.

The Children’s Place 40% Off Today with Free Shipping


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The Children’s Place is having a sale, online today 9/30 only.  Take 40 percent off at The Children’s Place, and 50 percent off Denim! Free Shipping on Every Order!


Prices online at The Children’s Place are already reflecting the sales.  It’s a great time to get some winter gear or Halloween shirts. I love the free shipping on every order!

Click here to see The Children’s Place Sale.

Remember it’s TODAY ONLY!

DIY Fall Banner – Simple, Thrifty and Versatile

DIY Fall Banner

By Contributing writer Laura.

This DIY Fall banner can quickly be changed for other holidays! I LOVE the idea of pinning the leaves on the burlap and being able to change them to hearts for Valentines Day, Clovers for St. Patricks Day or whatever holiday you choose!


  • Burlap Banner- Michaels sells pre-cut banners available in burlap and canvas, string included!
  • Leaves- artificial or dried
  • Pins- stick pins are great, safety pins used in the back would also work if there is a safety concern around small children
  • Eyelets- I invested in a tool since I plan to use eyelets more in my crafts.  The tool was $9.99 but I used a coupon!!
  • Paint-My favorite way to draw letters is tracing chipboard.  The chipboard I buy is available at Hobby Lobby.

Step 1: Poke a small hole in both corners of the banner.  Burlap stretches easily so make sure its not too big.  Please eyelet in hole and simply tap the back of the eyelet with the eyelet tool with a hammer to close.  SUPER EASY!!!

Step 2: Paint letters on the banner~ freehand, stencil, tracing chipboard…however you choose!  I suggest buying 2 packs of the banners so you can pre-make words such as “LOVE”, “MERRY”, “NOEL” etc. for future holidays.  You will simply remove the leaves and add items for other holidays and change out the word.  You may prefer not to use words at all!

Step 3: Pin leaves to banner.  If a straight pin is a safety concern, pinning the back with a safety pin allows you to change out the leaves for other holidays.

Step 4: String the banner.  I chose to go in the front so the string doesn’t show on top but its up to you!

How simple, inexpensive and versatile!  I hope you love this banner as much as I do!  I smile when I look at this banner on my fireplace mantle knowing that I made it with very little effort or cost.


Banner Supplies

Making eyelet hole

Banner eyelet

Adding eyelet

Banner Letters

Banner painted letters

Banner Decor

Rachael Ray Cookware Set 61% Off With Free Shipping

Amazon.com_ Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Orange_ Rachel Ray Cookware_ Kitchen & DiningI’m running out the door but wanted to share with you the Cookware set deal today only!  Rachael Ray Hard Anodized II Nonstick Dishwasher Safe 10-Piece Cookware Set, Orange is 61% off at 99.99 and will ship for free!  If you need a new set and missed last weeks deal, this is awesome!  Or buy it as a gift.

Click here to see this Rachael Ray Cookware Set deal.

National Coffee Day ~ Free Coffee Roundup

National coffee day

Monday, September 29th is National Coffee Day and that means FREE coffee all over the place.  It’s the best time to try some new things and indulge!   Here are a list of offers for Monday.  Keep in mind, not every city will have all of these but since I have readers everywhere, I’m including them all.

Brooklyn Water Bagel Co. – Free Hot or Iced Coffee with Any Menu Item Purchase on 9/29
Dunkin’ Donuts – FREE 12 oz Dark Roast Coffee on 9/29
Holiday StationStores Coupon – 69¢ Hot Coffee or Cappuccino thru 10/12
Kangaroo Express – 1¢ Bean Street Coffee on 9/29
Krispy Kreme – FREE Cup of Regular or Decaf Coffee or $1 Mocha, Latte, or Iced Coffee on 9/29
Lamar’s Donuts – FREE 12 oz Coffee on 9/29
McDonald’s – FREE Small Coffee During Breakfast Hours thru 9/29
Peet’s Coffee & Tea – Buy 1 Coffee Get 1 Free on 9/29
Starbucks Stores – Free Shipping on Orders of $30+ for online orders thru 9/29. Get 20% off any packaged coffee or merchandise in-store for My Starbucks Rewards Members.
Tim Horton’s – $1 Medium Dark Roast Coffee all week thru 9/29
Wawa Coupon – Free Cup of Coffee on 9/29

What will be your treat on Monday?

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for sharing!

Easy Dining Room Center Piece

Easy Fall-Centerpiece

I picked up this square mirror on clearance at Walmart for $2.00, a pumpkin for $5.00 and the tall vase for $2.  I already had 2 glass vases leftover from these teacher gift projects.  The 4th was from the Dollar store.  I bought some fabric at JoAnn’s with a 40% off coupon.  I only bought what I would need to cover all 4 vases.

mirror fabric

I spray painted the mirror frame, and the pumpkin in a slightly different shade than the ones on my Fall Wreath.  I’m not sure I’m in love with the color but it’ll do for now.  Then I cut up the fabric and used double sided tape to adhere it to the vases.  Stuck in a couple tea light candles and it was ready to go.  I placed a few leftover leaves from the wreath project on the mirror as well.  I might tweek it more later but here is the finished product.  The pictures do not do it justice when it’s lit up at night.


Target Halloween Costumes 40% Off – Today Only with Cartwheel App

Target halloween cartwheelIf you haven’t downloaded the Target Cartwheel app yet, you might be losing money on your in store purchases! Head over to your app store and get it now.  Today only, you can add the Halloween offer and get 40% off Halloween Kids Costumes in store when you ‘clip’ the app offer and have your cashier scan it at checkout.

You can also sign up online, clip the offers you want and print the barcode to show the cashier!

Thanks for the heads up Carrie!