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New Adventures August 15, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — My Natural Family @ 10:10 pm

Well, this marks my last post for the My Natural Family blog.  It’s pretty bittersweet: I’m leaving circle ME as a full-time social marketing specialist because I was accepted into UNL’s Marriage and Family Therapy program as a full-time graduate student.  I found out I was accepted about a week after I found out I was pregnant.  Both bits of news came as total surprises.  Needless to say, April was one rollercoaster of a month.

 I’m excited for life’s next big adventure and the movement towards my dream of working as a family therapist, but also am sad to have to say goodbye to circle ME and all the wonderful people who work here.  I’ll be around to teach the diaper ME classes (can you believe it?  I started out knowing diddly about cloth diapering and now I know enough to talk about them for a whole hour and then some!) and help with the big events (like I’d miss a re-diaper sale), but I sure will miss this place!

I still can’t believe how lucky I am to have found circle ME and been blessed to work here, even it was only for a short 8 months.  Had I not come across the Brysons and their business, I would never have had the knowledge or know-how to cloth diaper my own children, and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have had the education or courage necessary to plan for a natural birth at the new birthing center in Bellevue, and eventually a home birth for the next kiddo.  This place is such an amazing resource for families here in Lincoln, and I’m glad I can keep coming back for support and guidance as a customer if not work here as an employee.

Stay tuned for the new, updated blog from circle ME!  It will be written by Julia, the newest natural-minded Mama to join the staff.  She is a wealth of information on all things natural family and I promise you won’t want to miss it! 🙂


The Art of Couponing July 5, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — My Natural Family @ 11:00 am

We have a brand-new, one-time only class coming to circle ME this Saturday all about saving hundreds of dollars with coupons!   Based on the amount of people registering, it’s safe to say that our customers are pumped!  I certainly will be sticking my head in as much as possible while simultaneously working the front of the store, as I could use a lesson in how to save money (I recently spent the better half of a paycheck at Motherhood Maternity…I felt like a fashionable sucker afterwards).

The part that sounds most exciting is that the wonderful woman teaching the class, Beth Swihart, doesn’t devote all her free time to scouring newspapers and the internet for deals, yet still saves hundreds.  I was able to sit through about half an episode of Extreme Couponing before I started getting the shakes from watching a woman dumpster dive with her children and best friend in an attempt to find coupons that others had thrown away.  Saving money is wonderful, but once couponing crosses the line into obsessive-compulsive behaviors I’m not convinced it’s worth it.  And I know several mothers who would rather spend time with their family than clip coupons and dig around in the trash, so parts of that show make “Super Couponing” seem unrealistic for the average person.

Beth emailed me a little bit about her background and a couple of her finest moments in couponing:

About a year and a half ago I took a basic couponing class with a friend of mine. I learned in that short hour and a half that although I thought I was a pretty good shopper (buying generic brand or lower quality items that were better priced), I realized that I was spending way more than I should have been and for less quality than my family deserved. I started clipping coupons and shopping sales and finding websites to help me save even more.  After a couple of months I realized I was saving almost $200 a month and buying better food for my family and more of it and developing a nice stockpile of toiletries and dried goods. 

 I’ve had a couple of really good shopping trips.  I spent $3.84 on a bill that was originally $229.61.  That was a lot of fun!  Another (time was) with the girls I usually shop with. Between 4 full grocery carts we spent $54.19 and saved $849.05.

 Couponing has become a money-making hobby for me and I spend less than an hour a week clipping coupons. I love sharing what I’ve learned with others!

Check out to learn more about this class and other FREE classes circle ME is offering for the month of July!  Don’t forget to register if you’re interested in attending 🙂