This Is What Happens When You Get Old

You guys, in the last 2 years since being I’ve been an inconsistent blogger, y’all have missed out on a lot in my life. Lucky for you, MUCH of what you missed including me complaining about the different old lady ailments I have suffered. The path to 40 has been a bit BUMPY.  I will spare you the lurid details FOR NOW (mwahahaha) but my various problems have included a bad back injury that I still have to baby, a bad flare-up of the DeQuervain’s syndrome I’ve had in my right hand/arm since I gave birth to Joshua fourteen LONG YEARS AGO, and various battles with ANXIETY, which has dogged me since I fought a bout with depression in 2008-2009 (which as you may recall I DID chronicle here on this blog).

All this to say, I now take a lot of SUPPLEMENTS, mostly in pill form, and use essential oils to help with my pain, mental health, and my stupid hormones.

I get really weary of taking pills, but they help! I take MSM for my hand pain, DIM for my hormonal acne, magnesium for my anxiety, and a good probiotic like we all shoud.

But there is ONE thing I take, that is not a pill, PRAISE THE LORD. It’s a supplement in powder form that I put in my breakfast shake, yogurt, coffee, or whatever food/drink I have at the time when I remember I need to take it. It’s Calcium + D, which has 1000 mg of calcium which women my age reallly need, and 1000 IU of Vitamin D3, which I really need for a variety of reasons but mostly my mental health. Living in Ohio, most of us here honestly don’t enough Vitamin D, and a deficiency there is no bueno.

This is my pro-mental health breakfast

I would not have heard of this godsend of a product if my friend Haley had not told me about it. The company she works for (who I used to work for) has Fit Formula Wellness, the makers of Calcium + D, as a client, so she asked me if I wanted to try it. I said yes because I LOVE HALEY, but to be honest, I wasn’t even THINKING about it for myself at first, but for Jonah. Turns out it’s great for both of us. Let me ‘splain.

As I mentioned in my last post, Jonah goes to the Brain Balance Center for some of his issues and he is doing ah-maz-ing. Part of the BB program is a special diet, and Jonah has to be on 1000 IU of Vitamin D3 for it. BUT WAIT, none of the vitamins of supplements your kids have to be on for this can contain any form of SWEETENER, so it’s hard to find one that is a) compliant, and b) the child will actually EAT.

Fit Formula Wellness is LITERALLY the perfect solution. I put it in Jonah’s applesauce, his chili at dinner, his dairy-free yogurt, etc and he eats it up and doesn’t  know it’s there. ALSO, as you may have caught in the sentence above, the diet he is on is also dairy-free, so he really needs that extra calcium. He has refused any other type of milk (almond, coconut, etc.) so he literally only drinks water – which is fine, but also rather devoid of calcium.

Long story long, eventually Fit Formula Wellness heard of my love for their product (through Haley, natch) and asked me to be an influencer for them. I was all, “Um, ok, but I don’t blog anymore.” And they were all “That’s cool, you post lots of other places on social media so we want you anyway!” And I was all, “AWW that’s so nice!”

And then I started blogging again a few week later, so I figured I’d write a bit to tell you all how much I love it, AND AND AND give you a coupon code! ‘Cause you KNOW I loves me a deal.

So, go grab a box of Calcium + D from Fit Formula Wellness for 50% off. Normally $14.99, get yours for HALF THAT here!!  You can get it for EVEN LESS if you subscribe monthly,  it’s just $12.99 and you get 50% off that too! And it will last you a month, and you will LOVE it. The coupon code is “jenny” – ALL lower case.

Oh and I should probably say, I guess this is a sponsored post. Even though I’ve already fulfilled my influencer requirements earlier in the program with Facebook and Instagram posts, just to be on the safe side, so the FCC doesn’t try to squeeze blood from this super dry stone. Opinions are of course, my own.

SO let’s RECAP:

  • I’m old an decrepit but I’m managing it naturally and it’s working
  • My friend  Haley told me about an awesome product so now I’m telling you
  • I love Calcium + D and you should get some
  • Use coupon code jenny for 50% off til May 10th
  • My 7-year-old son gulps it down and has no idea so it’s also upped my Mom Ninja Skillz

That is all for now my friends! Come back next week and I’ll tell you all about my AGE SPOTS! #SoOld #SoSoOld





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I Love Carter’s. Especially when there’s a sale!

I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Carter’s. I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating.

MCC Carter's Friends & Family Coupon

Oh, HAI! It’s like, 2.2 seconds before Christmas! If you’re like me, you’re *almost* done with your shopping. As I have mentioned, in our house we give the kids four gifts: Something you want, Something you need, Something to WEAR, and Something to read.

A couple days ago I realized that I had gotten the kids ALL THE THINGS – except one – I forgot to get Jonah, my poor neglected third child, something to wear! So when Mom Central informed me of a shopping review opportunity with Carter’s, I was all, “Pick me! Pick me!” Because, as I’ve written before, I am a total Carter’s snob when my kids are little. What better place to purchase Jonah’s “Something to Wear”?

Now is the time for you to run out to the Carter’s store and finish up your last-minute shopping, too, or simply stock up on some things the kids need. Today through December 24th, you’ll save 25% off your ENTIRE purchase when you shop at Carter’s and use the above coupon! Woohoo!

I had lots of fun shopping for Jonah and I got him quite a few “somethings to wear” – 2 multi-packs of socks, three pairs of warm pants, and two shirts -plus, a 2-pack of leggings for Sophie and an adorable tunic she can wear to our family Christmas this weekend and for Valentine’s Day too (and, anytime in between)!

Here’s Sophie modeling her new outfit. Carter’s carries sizes newborn – 7, and Sophie’s in a 7 now…I am so sad she is about to outgrow being a Carter’s girl, so I am glad I found her some cute things!


I love the detail on the tunic!


I had a v-e-r-y hard time getting Jonah to be STILL for a photo, so forgive this photo, but isn’t this outfit the cutest? I am so happy he is a few more years to be a Carter’s cutie!


I was really looking for pants for Jonah to wear for preschool that were a) very warm and snuggly and b) super-easy for him to pull up and down to go to the potty – of course I found several pair! Here’s everything I got, sans the outfit Sophie was wearing:


I paid a grand total of $70 for all of this plus Sophie’s tunic and leggings that aren’t pictured. That’s a fantastic deal! I purchased 10 items total. You guys know I love a deal, so I was stoked!

I really enjoyed my shopping trip to the Carter’s store. Jonah enjoyed the little play area, there was a great selection of clothing, the prices were fantastic, and the store employees were friendly and helpful!

Grab your 25% Friends & Family sale coupon and get thee to a Carter’s store! Then…come back here and leave me a comment and let me know what kind of deals you scored!

Are your kids Carter’s babies? What are your favorite Carter’s items?

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My CVS deals and #doyourmakeup scores this week

It’s a great week at CVS this week! There are lots of great deals to be had and some of them are on beauty which makes this makeup junkie happy. Plus, cheap Huggies! Whee! I’ve been twice this week, and now CVS Beauty Club emailed me a $6/$30 beauty purchase coupon, so you know I’m going back. Here’s what I’ve gotten so far. I started out the week with a measly 4 extra care bucks.

Transaction #1:


2 Colgate Total $2.99 each = $5.98

1 CVS Probiotic $9.99

2 Almay liquid lip balm $5.99 each = $11.98

total = $27.95

coupons I used:

-$5/$25 email coupon

-$2 two printable Almay liquid lip balm coupons from

-$4/$12 cosmetics coupon from CVS magic coupon machine

-$1 Colgate coupon from SmartSource insert

-$4 ECB from last week

= $11.9 + tax = $13.62 and I got back $17.99 ECB – $9.99 for the probiotic, $4 for the Almay, and $4 for the toothpaste!

Now, CVS prints me off a $10/$50 EVERY time I buy something, so since I had so many ECB after that first transaction, I decided to put together another scenario using a $10/$50. Here’s how I did it!

Transaction #2:


2 Huggies Slip-on diapers $9.49 each = $18.98

Softsoap $2.99

2 Ben Gay cream $4.49 each = $9.98

2 Desitin $3 each = $6

Johnson’s baby wash $3

Almay wake up eyeliner + highlighter (love!) $8.79

Wet ‘n Wild eyeshadow $2.99

Wet ‘n Wild megashield lipstick (BOGO 50% off) $1.49 (love also!!)

total = $54.22

coupons I used:

-$10/$50 CVS coupon on my earlier receipt

-$4 two $2 off Ben Gay coupons from SmartSource

-$1.75 $1 and 75 cents off Desitin printable coupon

-$1 Johnson’s printable coupon

-$5 two $2.50 off Huggies Slip-on diapers printable coupons

-$6 two $3 off Huggies Slip-on diapers CVS printable coupons

– $4/$12 Cosmetics purchase from CVS magic coupon machine

-$17.99 ECB from previous purchase

Total: $3.48 + tax = $6.62 and I got back $12 ECB. 4 for the Almay (buy $10, get 4- I had $2 credit left from previous purchase), 4 for the 2 Ben Gay, 2 for the baby wash & Desitin, and 2 for the Softsoap.

I’m pretty pleased with my deals!! With my beauty coupon and ECB, I am going to go back to CVS and get some Maybelline and Garnier products which are on ECB deals this week. Stay tuned!

And as a quick review, I absolutely LOVE the Almay eyeliner and the Wet ‘n Wild lipstick I purchased. The liquid lip balms make a nice gloss, too, but I wouldn’t use them as lipstick only. Here’s my #doyourmakeup pic in the Almay liner & Wet’n Wild “Make Me Blush” lipstick.


What are YOU buying this week??

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