Summer Update & Survey Results

Nathan - traveling in the car

The results from my very first Joyfully Thriving reader survey are in! Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond and share your feedback with me. Some of you may remember that I’m in the midst of a blogging class called Elite Blog Academy. It’s stretched and challenged me more than I expected… Read More →

Final Frugal in Ft Wayne

Frugal in Fort Wayne - Top 5 Deals of the Week at Joyfully Thriving

Yes, you read that title correctly. After a lot of reflection over the past months, I’ve decided to stop posting the weekly deals on Sunday. I know this will impact some of you more than others but here is why I’ve come to this decision. When I started blogging almost 5 years ago, I posted… Read More →

End of June Shopping & Lack of Menus

Meijer - 6/24/15 - $17.72

Did you notice I didn’t have a shopping trip in pictures to share last week? That’s because we were away with my extended family for a week’s vacation in North Carolina. It was lovely to see the Biltmore and travel on the Great Smokey Mountains Railroad but mostly, it was lovely to be together. We… Read More →

Friday Freebies on June 26

Friday Freebies Featuring Free Ebooks on Joyfully Thriving

Even though we spent 18 hours in the car driving last week and this on our first vacation of the summer, would you believe that I didn’t finish a single book? When you have a 14 month old who needs to be entertained, gone are the days of quietly reading as your husband drove. Instead,… Read More →

Schoola: Free Shipping & New Women’s Collections

Free Shipping at Schoola

This post may contain affiliate links. You can read more in my disclosure policy.  If you haven’t tried shopping at Schoola yet, now is a great time to do so. It’s like shopping at a thrift store from the comfort of your home. In addition to lots of used children’s clothes, Schoola has now introduced a women’s… Read More →

Shutterfly: Free 8×8 Book

Shutterfly Photo Book

It’s been awhile since I saw a free 8×8 Shutterfly book offer so I’m really excited about this one! Through June 30th, everyone can order a free Shutterfly book! Simply enter the code SUNNYBOOK to claim the free offer. You do still have to pay shipping (around $8) but I think it is worth it for the… Read More →

Coupon Links from the Archives

From the Archives

I use coupons. In fact, this blog began as a way to share my coupon finds and strategies. Over the years, this blog has evolved to encompass more than just coupons and my couponing strategy has continued to change. I still use coupons but the how is different now. Still, I thought it would be… Read More →

4th of July Printables

4th of July Printables Square Image

I love printables because they are such a quick way to change decor especially when it comes to holidays. Just print a picture, stick it in a frame and enjoy! For that reason, I spent time searching online for the best printables I could find for the 4th of July. I’ve listed all of the printables… Read More →

Summer Links I Love

Creative Savings Blog - 52 Free Summer Activities

Since summer time is in full swing, here are a couple of summer links I thought were worth sharing! With summer comes eating out – especially if you are traveling! I loved Andrea’s list about frugal ways to dine out. This tips are handy year round! If you’re going garage sale shopping this summer, be sure to… Read More →

Mini Chocolate Chip Cheesecakes

Do you want a quick bite of cheesecake Bake up a batch of these delicious chocolate chip cheesecakes and store them in your freezer for any time a cheesecake craving hits!

One of my favorite desserts is chocolate chip cheesecake. I’ve been making this chocolate chip cheesecake for years. It’s a family favorite and the dessert I often request for my birthday. It’s so good that this is the only cheesecake recipe I bake. We love this cheesecake so much that my Mom came up with a clever… Read More →