Another day, another Deal

I just made a purchase from Vitacost.com at the beginning of the month for children's vitamins, dishwasher detergent, and zbars and I'm back to do yet another! But, this time I decided to share this deal because it was just too good and easy.

But, before you read on--please sign into shopathome.com Why? Because you can get additional rebates for your online shopping. And, for the amount of online shopping I do, it adds up, and it doesn't expire. Once your rebate amount reaches $20+, they will automatically mail you a check. So easy.
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I have laid out a step-by-step plan for you to get the most of out your shopping experience:

1) Click on my referral link to Vitacost.com This will get you a $10 shopping credit. After you fill out the appropriate information, and have set up your shopping account for vitacost, then feel free to close that window and move onto step 2.
2) Sign into shopathome.com
3) Search for Vitacost.com
4) Click on any of the links which will take you back to Vitacost (but this time with the tracking # so you can get that 9% rebate loaded into your account)
5) Do your shopping! Enter your $10 credit code which will be sent to your email address.

If you are a Zbar fan, like myself, they have 6 bar packages for only $3.45 (.58/bar)! Couple that with your $10 credit--score!!!

Seriously, I don't take time to write stuff like this unless it's worth it, and this is totally worth it. Share away, and happy shopping!



We played Pandemic with some awesome friends of ours, who we adore because they'll come over on short notice to play games with us. As our game wrapped up, we began talking about one particular couple in the ward who had racked up enough airmiles to fly anywhere they wanted to, and they were just trying to decide where to go! Looking at the Pandemic board, and seeing all the different places in the world, we began daydreaming about which location we would choose. My friend wanted beaches, sun, and islands.

I wanted Russia, Denmark, and Sweden which is funny because I've been to all three before. On top of that, I wanted something so culturally different and out-there; Kolkata, Chennai, or what about Kinshasa? I'd never heard of these places before Pandemic, that's for sure.

But, beaches would be nice, too. I keep thinking back to far-too-long-ago when we went to CA. I want another vacation like that, with people I adore, no rush to come home and some sunshine.


This is a picture I took of Lake Sammamish during a sunny lunch break I enjoyed. I love gorgeous views.
I got a job about 8 weeks ago. I am a vision therapist at an optometry office. I have been so fortunate to have this job. I love it and I'm learning so much. This is my little office. There are 3 other VTs in adjoining offices. Most of my patients are elementary-age children. I like them a lot!

Here's the funniest looking dog chillin' outside the library. Michael and I were quite amused.

I think we figured out what Michael will be for Halloween this year. A roll of toilet paper!
We have had a party week! I just got my chocolate fondue warmer from Scentsy, and I have loved having so many opportunities to share it this week. I broke it out at a girls night that someone in the ward put together. We played PIT which I haven't played in forever. So fun!

Two nights later, we had Kim and Jeff Olson, and Uncle Michael Anderson over for dinner. They just moved up here to Bellevue and we are so excited to have them around! I have determined that this will be a good opportunity to put Douglas Michael's first name to good use, because it sure gets confusing when Uncle Michael is around. We definitely don't want Uncle Michael to think I'm bossy by telling him to go potty all the time, and to finish his dinner!
 The next day, the Fitch family from our Greenwood ward dropped off their boys while they went to the temple. We sure love this family a lot. While they were gone, the boys wanted to snack on carrots. And then I got the urge to bake a carrot cake. I've never made one before, and when I read this recipe on a friend's blog, I knew I wanted to try it.

As I was making the batter, little 4-yr-old O came over to me and asked me what I was making.

"I'm making a cake," I responded.

"Oh. Why?"

"For your birthday!"

"But, it's not my birthday." He then proceeded to tell me all about his pirate birthday that he had in February, that unfortunately we were unable to attend.

"Well," I started, "I wasn't able to come to your birthday party so I thought I'd bake a cake to celebrate again."

O was so excited, and couldn't tell I was just teasing. So, we just went with the flow and put 4 candles in the cake and sang to him. No cake should be without candles, right?

Our good friends had their baby's blessing at church, and then we joined them as they took some family pictures. We let Michael go sit in on one of their "cousin pictures." The blonde boy sure looks different from all these Hawaiian dark-haired boys.
And, then we got our own picture too. Michael sure looks chill.