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A Few Changes

12 Mar

I just updated the “About MochaMom04” section.  I thought I would share.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I truly am honored by your presence, especially since there are SO many blogs in cyberspace.

A little about me… My name is Tonya and when I started my blog I was a stay at home wife and mother of four wonderful children, three daughters and a son.  I absolutely love being a mommy and wife to Sam.

Well…I am still a wife and mother, however I am no longer at home!  I went back to work in the summer of 2010.    I am now very busy with work  (I teach high school), my family, my church (my hubby is the Pastor) and somewhere in there I attempt to get some “me time”, which generally means…shopping!

So for anyone browsing my page, you will notice the DRASTIC change in my posts.  I went from posting weekly…to every now and then!  The focus of my blog was saving money and how to get things free…how to cut your grocery bill…The name of my blog was “A Sip of Savings with MochaMom04.”   This used to be a part of the About MochaMom04 blurb “I have always been frugal and shopped a sale, but after giving birth to three children in two years and going from two incomes to one…I have become a bargain obsessed woman on a mission to save money!  My husband says that I have an addiction:-)  I attempt to save money everywhere that I go!  I am here to share my secrets and successes of saving with you!  If I come across it, I will share it.”

I am still crazy about sales and shopping…but when I went back to work, my extra time to write and research savings diminished.  My focus has changed somewhat now.  I still want to share my savings and tips on how to be a better “steward” of your finances, but I want to also just write about things that are on my mind…things I go through…and just random STUFF!  I will not be writing everyday, but hopefully I will post something weekly.  I truly miss writing and interacting with the world!

So…welcome to the new blog!  I can’t wait to share all kinds of stuff with you!  I will add a few new posts about my JCP finds.

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General Mills Giveaway from My Blog Spark

8 Feb

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I have been away from my blog for way too long!  I absolutely miss writing about my savings and just blogging in general.  I have been tossing around the idea of reviving my blog and doing something a little new.  We will definitely see.  

Being that I used to blog all of time, I still get contacted by various companies about promotions and giveaways.  I was very excited about an opportunity that came my way from My Blog Spark and General Mills.  I MISS getting freebies and I miss being able to share freebies with my readers.   So here is a giveaway!  

My little ones were excited to see what the Fed Ex man delivered while they were at school. I received my prize pack from My Blog Spark with a full size box of General Mills Trix cereal and two tickets to the movies.  I haven’t had the chance to use the tickets yet because our family has been fighting the flu…but I plan on using the tickets for a date night, hopefully this weekend.  

My Blog Spark is kind enough to let me host a giveaway of a prize pack! Here is what you need to do to enter…

1. You have to be a follower of my blog. If you aren’t already you can sign up HERE.

2. Share your family’s favorite General Mills Cereal.  My children (and I) LOVE Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Honey Nut Cheerios!  (Leave a comment below)

3. Get an extra entry for liking/following me on Facebook.

I will select a winner at random on Tuesday, February 19, 2013!  

Thrift Store Shopping

1 Jul

Recently I was sucked into a local thrift store by the bright signs in the window advertising that all clothes were $1.  I could not just pass by without taking a peek inside.  I ventured inside that store with my toddler twin daughters, my nephew and niece.  It was a blistering hot day, and the store was just slightly cooler than outside.

This particular thrift store always catches my eye as I drive pass because of the color themed window displays.

I immediately found several things that I liked and figured I would be able to fit.  I purchased 13 items of clothes for myself, 3 for the twins and 4 for my son.  I ended up spending around $28, $1 for each article of clothing and very cute United Colors of Benetton bag that was under $10.  Among my finds were several Ann Taylor and Calvin Klein pieces which were very nice. 

Shopping in the thrift stores are great!  You can feed your need to shop, spend a limited amount of money and add to your wardrobe.  I suggest you look into thrift and consignment shops in your area.  If you live in the Hampton Roads area, there are quite a few that are nice.  Some specifically carry children’s clothing and others have a wide range of items that vary from clothing, housewares, furniture to home decor.  I do believe in the phrase that someone else’s junk can be another’s treasure.

Freebie at Whataburger

22 Jun

Free Breakfast on a Bun from Whataburger tomorrow 7-10am.  I believe this freebie is for customer appreciation.  I believe Whataburger is just a chain located in the southern states… I remember going to one in Orlando, Fl.

The Breakfast on a Bun comes with a fresh egg, choice of bacon or pork sausage, and a slice of real American cheese served on a toasted bun. During the event, customers can order it “Ranchero Style” with jalapenos and salsa at no extra charge. The Breakfast on a Bun offer is one per customer, and the customer must be present to receive a free sandwich.

First Day of Summer Treat at Rita’s!

21 Jun

Let’s start the Summer of 2010 with a tank full of Happiness !

Visit Rita’s on Monday, June 21st from 12pm till 10pm and get a Regular size cup of Italian Ice for just 99c!!

Click HERE to find a Rita’s near you!

Hampton Roads Deal of the Day!!

21 Jun

The Virginian Pilot Deal of the Day is a tasty treat for all in the Norfolk area.  My family loves Rita’s and so we may just take advantage of this deal.

Click HERE to purchase a certificate for $8 worth of Rita’s Italian Ice for just $4.   You will be prompted to enter an email address to see the Deal of the Day.  It’s definitely worth signing up if you live in the Hampton Roads area.

Today is the first day of summer and everyone can enjoy a $0.99 Italian Ice (Reg) from 12 Noon-10pm.

Norfolk Harborfest this weekend

11 Jun

This weekend is the 34th Annual Norfolk Harborfest®,
Hampton Roads’ Largest Dock Party
34 years of festival traditions are celebrated on land as well as on the river!


Location: Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Virginia
Date: June 11-13, 2010
Time: Friday: Noon – 11 pm
Saturday: Noon -11 pm
Sunday: Noon – 6 pm

Fireworks Spectacular! Saturday, June 12th 9:30p

Water Park

New for 2010 is the Norfolk Harborfest Water Park! The Water Park will be located in the Nauticus Forecourt and will be open on Sunday, June 13, 2010.

The Water Park will feature fun slip n’ slides, water balloon toss, super soakers, baby wading pools, sprinkers and much more.

Enjoy this great way to cool off the family.

Visit the official website for all information pertaining to this event:  HERE