Annual Giving Back Packs Event


I am so excited to participate in the annual Giving Back Packs Event again this year! This is my 5th year to participate! You can see my Giving Back Pack posts from 2012, 20132014, and 2015


We are welcoming back one of our favorite sponsors, Aldi and we are so grateful that they have offered to support our campaign again this year. Each blogger received a $25 gift card from our sponsor, Aldi. Each blogger then purchased $25 worth of school supplies at their local Aldi store to fill the back pack and donated the back pack filled with school supplies to a child or charity of their choice. The goal this year is to collectively donate at least 30 back packs full of school supplies to children in need.


My local Aldi’s had several back packs to choose from. They also had insulated lunch bags, hard sided lunch containers, and lots of dorm room supplies.


giving back pack


My Aldi’s also has a great selection of lunch time foods & snacks to send to school with the kids. If you haven’t been to Aldi’s lately, you should stop by, they have changed for the better. They have a collection of gluten free foods called live G free, a line of foods called Fit & Active, and their own line of organic foods.


giving back pack


While my local store didn’t carry any school supplies, paper, pencils and such, other stores do.  I purchased this back pack there, but had to purchase the school supplies at another store. This large back pack was only $6.99!


giving back pack


I knew this back pack was going to a girl, so I got a pink one. I filled it with supplies for an 8th grader. I bought a lot of supplies! I paid $25.32 for all these supplies. I went over budget, since the $25 was supposed to included the back pack, too. And it is not even everything that was on the 8th grade supply list for my local school!


giving back pack


I purchased high lighters, index cards, a compass/protractor, pens, pencils, erasers, tape, 5 composition notebooks, 3 binders, dividers, filler paper, graph paper, 5 folders.


giving back pack


I was so inspired by the Giving Back Packs annual event, that I filled 2 more back packs to give away!


I filled this back pack with some of the supplies needed for a 6th grader. Filler paper, folders, index cards, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, erasers, scissors, 5 composition notebooks, highlighters, tape, ruler, and a calculator!


giving back pack


I filled this back pack with supplies for a kid in kindergarten. I put in some fun stuff for them to use at home, too. Like the construction paper, the 2 primary journals, and the Learn to Write handwriting pads of paper. I added some markers, scissors, glue, glue sticks, hand sanitizer, pencil case, pencil sharpener, ruler, and folders. I’m not seeing any pencils in the picture, but I’m pretty sure I put some pencils in the back pack, too.


giving back pack


I donated these 3 back packs filled with school supplies to 3 kids that I knew about in my community that needed school supplies.


A big thank you to Aldi for being a sponsor this year! Check out ALDI on their social channels:


Look for the hashtag  #ALDIgivesback to see other posts about the Giving Back Pack event!


*Disclosure: I received a $25 gift card to Aldi’s to purchase these school supplies. I was not compensated in any way for this post. In fact, I spent over $45 out of my own pocket purchasing these school supplies.

Thursday’s Giveaway Linky

Welcome to Thursday’s Giveaway Linky!


Thursday's Giveaway Linky


I love entering giveaways, and have even won a few things. I really love hosting giveaways on Linda’s Lunacy. It’s so much fun to give stuff away! Now, with the Thursday’s Giveaways Linky, you can find lots of great giveaways to enter!


While your here, enter my current giveaways!


Miracles from Heaven Movie Prize Pack 8/1 US


Miracles from Heaven


Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser 8/1 US


 Automatic Touchless Soap Dispenser Review & Giveaway



Have fun, and I hope you win something!
Thursday’s Giveaways Linky Please, only link family friendly giveaways. My kids read here, and anything not family friendly, will be promptly deleted. Sorry, but it’s for my kids. :)


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The Grocery Budget Makeover

*This post contains an affiliate link.


I have two of the Five Dollar Dinner Cookbooks. My family has liked every recipe I have tried from them. The books also have money saving tips in them that I have found helpful.




Now Erin Chase is offering the Grocery Budget Makeover. A 10 week course sent to you by email. Each weekly email will contain videos, worksheets, resources, tips, tricks, and more. We will learn to change the way we shop so we can save as much as half off our grocery bills!




Here is the outline for the Grocery Budget Makeover course:

Week 1 – Setting the Table

Week 2 – Family Pow-Wow

Week 3 – The Art of the Creating a Shopping List

Week 4 – A 5 Dinner Meal Plan, not the $5 Dinner Meal Plan (Maybe)

Week 5 – Outsmarting Yourself, and Someone Else Too

Week 6 – Stockpiling for Normal People (Not for Hoarders)

Week 7 – Meal Planning 201

Week 8 – Stretching Your Coupon-Buck As Far As You Can

Week 9 – Time Saving Kitchen & Cooking Hacks

Week 10 – How to Score Freebies Every Week

Finale – Mantras & Report Your Savings Time!





I’m excited to see how much I can lower my grocery bill!

If your grocery bill needs help like mine does, check out the Grocery Budget Makeover!




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In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

This was our supper on Saturday. Smoked Sausage sauteed with onions, macaroni & cheese, and baked beans. This is one of my favorite meals. The flavors just go together so well. And it’s easy, too! lol


sausage onions macaroni cheese baked beans


We had ham leftover from Easter, so I came up with a skillet dinner to use some of it. This Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner was so good. Look for the recipe coming soon!


Alfredo Ham & Pasta Skillet Dinner


My major kitchen win last week was making my own ground venison in the food processor. I have a meat grinder that belonged to my father. I had never used it though. I went to clean it last week for use, but it must have been made out of aluminum as the insides were all corroded with white “stuff”.


So I tried using my food processor. I did about 6 pounds in small batches. It came out great. I used it all to make taco meat. We ate some that night, and I have 3 packages of it in the freezer ready to go for quick taco based meals.


ground venison in food processor


This week, I’m grinding more to make spaghetti sauce with. I am so happy to be able to add meals made with ground venison to our menus!


In the Kitchen with Linda



In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu


Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?


Saturday – quick & easy- Dinner out

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Smoked Sausage & Onions, macaroni & cheese, baked beans

Monday – chicken or turkey – Roasted Turkey, mashed potatoes, asparagus

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti with venison meat sauce, green beans

Wednesday – Taco Night- Venison taco salad

Thursday – pork or beef – Skillet Sausage Pasta, corn

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, carrots, and onions in the slowcooker



For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday



Some Southern Gospel for Your Sunday Morning

Some Southern Gospel for your Sunday morning.


The McKameys singing You’re Still God and The Barrett Family singing He’s Got a Miracle for You



Sugar Twists Review & Giveaway

Have you heard of Sugar Twists?


Sugar Twists put an end to the hassle and headaches caused by elastic, fabric hairbands. No dents or damage, slipping or snapping, and NO tearing or tugging! Sound too good to be true? Well it’s not!


Sugar Twists


I’ve been using Sugar Twists in my hair for about 2 weeks now. I love them! I have to wear my hair up out of my way in a pony tail while I am working, or it drives me insane. Whenever I go out anywhere, I always pull the hair elastic out, as I prefer to wear my hair done when out. Which means my hair would always have the dreaded hump in the back. Enough that my teenage daughter will always tell me I should put my hair back up. lol


Sugar Twists


Now, thanks to Milk and Sass’ Sugar Twists, I can have my hair just the way I want it. With no hair hump to embarrass my teenage daughter!


I also had my other daughter, who has long, thick hair try the Sugar Twists. She said the Sugar Twists held her hair in a pony tail very well. I wish I had had Sugar Twists when my three girls were little. They would have made our lives, and hairdo’s so much easier!


Sugar Twists

Sugar Twist are only $7.95, and each box has 6 bands  Available in a rainbow of colors, from neutral to neon, Sugar Twists are a must-have for active moms and children alike.

 Sugar Twists Review & Giveaway



Sugar Twists are available in six color combinations: Caramel Toffee, Chocolate Mocha, Neon Candy, Pink Candy, Pink Marshmallow, Glitter Candy, and Cotton Candy. All those color choices mean there is a color perfect for everyone, and for every occasion.

 Sugar Twists
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Milk and Sass just launched a special pink package called “Candy for a Cause,” where a portion of proceeds will be donated toward the cause. Additionally, we’re having a social media campaign and for every person who uploads/shares a photo with the hashtag #CandyForACause, the brand is donating $1 per photo to Susan G. Komen  You can check out the BCA package at:

Sugar Twists Giveaway


How would you like to win your own set of Sugar Twists?

One winner will received 6 packages of Sugar Twists!!

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below!


a Rafflecopter giveaway



Sugar Twists Giveaway


“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

God Bless the U.S.A.

God Bless the U.S.A. sung by Lee Greenwood