What I am loving and reading in June

Our family at Middle Creek Wildlife Park

What I’m loving

Our library’s Get Out & Go Program

This summer our library is participating in a program to get families more active. They gave out booklets that listed many local parks and hiking trails. Each location has marker posts with unique etchings for the kids to rub on a rubbing sheet. The rubbings are then submitted for a chance to win prizes. The more rubbings you have, the greater the chance at winning.

We have been packing a lunch and hitting one or two of them every weekend. It has been so much fun to check out places in our area we haven’t been, and to get some exercise in while we do it.

hiking

hiking

African black soap

I have been struggling with serious acne over the past 6 months and, while I try really hard to use natural beauty products, I was about ready to throw in the towel and try anything that would help. But someone recommended African black soap, which is a natural product. I have been using it for about 2 months now and I have seen a huge improvement with my acne. It also doesn’t hurt that it costs less than $4! I linked to the brand I have been using, but there are a bunch of options out there.

Black raspberry and peach cobbler

Everyone needs to try this black raspberry and peach cobbler — it is amazing. It is like close-your-eyes-and-savor-it kind of amazing. Eat it while it is still warm because the sugar caramelizes on top and makes a tasty crispy layer. It it just not the same the next day (still really good, just not the same). Also, it is super thin so if you are feeding a bunch of people, make 2 pans.

ibotta, a rebates app

I have heard about ibotta for awhile now but have only recently signed up. Basically, it is a free app that gives you rebates for items you buy. Once you have signed up, you look through the offers and unlock the ones you think you might buy in the near future. Some of the ones I unlocked were a gallon of milk, onions, tomatoes, banana, bread and eggs. There are more specific items as well, but the ones listed above can be any brand. When you click unlock on an item, it may ask you a question or make you watch a short 20-second advertising video. I am fine with that since for a few minutes of my time I now have $16 in my account.

Once you have purchased the item, you can scan in your receipt or store loyalty card and it will put the rebates in your account. When your account reaches $20 you can have it put in a Paypal account or trade it in for gift cards. Right now, ibotta is offering a deal for new members that, once you have signed up and unlocked and verified your first purchase, you get an addition $10.

What I’m reading

This is disappointing on so many levels, but I haven’t read anything in June. Ok, that isn’t really true, I had a 30-day free trial of Kindle unlimited so I read a lot of fiction. Nothing particularly worth mentioning, though. Since finishing our school year, we have been overwhelmingly busy, so fiction is pretty much all I have had the mental energy for. Hopefully, I will get back to normal life in July.

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