more for the new year

I attended a True Couponing class this weekend and have now added “To become a Couponer” to my list of New Year’s resolutions…which brings the total to ONE! …not really a big new years resolutioner…  But this was cool and I am determined to learn the ways of True Couponing so that I will be able to, not only save money on groceries for our family [of 2] {We really do buy a lot of groceries!}, but give back and bless others once I have built up a “stock pile”.

Unlike all of those extreme couponing shows on TV, True Couponing is a faith-based organization and it isn’t about hoarding or buying enough_________ (<– insert toiletry item here) for 10 years…and then selling it at a garage sale for full price.  It’s about getting what you need for your family, plus a little extra for the best price possible while using the resources provided (store coupons, manufacturers coupons, printable online coupons, and BOGOs).  Then, once you’ve built up a little extra, and are able to bless someone else either with the extra food or the money you’ve saved, you pass on the blessing.

I won’t go on anymore, but if you’re interested in checking out the website go to TrueCouponing.com.  Look for seminars in your area–they put them on and they’re FREE!

All that to say, I bought my Sunday paper yesterday (2, actually) for the coupons and found this great picture in the Orange Extra.  It’s one of the Orlando Sentinel’s photographer’s favorite photo of 2011.  Each photographer got to pick their favorite, but this picture was featured.  It was taken using a custom infrared setting, and I’m pretty sure the pagoda was originally red.

I thought it was a really beautiful picture so I made a color-story out of it.  Some inspiration for you?

{image via The Orlando Sentinel, photographer: Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda}

On another note, I wanted to share this great printable calendar from Creature Comforts {great blog, btw!} with you–  I just think it’s the cutest!  Not only will it be printed for my own {kid-free} home, but it will also be going in my new nephew’s room {whose arrival is set for mid-February!}.  Of course, as each new month comes out, we’ll update it…and possibly save the image for framing :).

You can download it yourself HERE

If you’re more of a computer desktop calendar type of person, check out Smashing Magazine’s website.  You can download a variety of free desktop calendars!  Here are a few of my faves:

A new DIY and giveaway are coming soon so keep reading!

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