Welcome to CBSA (Compulsive Bargain Shoppers Anonymous)

Hello, my name is Samantha Thomsen, I am a compulsive bargain shopper and I am ready to admit I have a problem.

Seriously guys, I can help it. Those little red tags speak to me in a way only other CBS sufferers would understand! The struggle is so real at times, it’s like things fly off of the shelf/rack and in to my hand/cart by their own free will! And Yesterday is a perfect example of what I am talking about;

I was originally heading to Target to look at their toddler carseats, that way when it comes time to move Ava up I know what our options are. Anyway, before going in to Target I decided to run in next door to Runway Fashion to quickly examine their selection of shirts, having every intention to not buy anything…

(Of course we all know what they say about intentions and a very hot place)

30 minutes later I come strolling out with 2 new shirts and a brand-new dress (like I need another dress!)I am now the proud owner of 23 dresses.

As I walk out, I give myself a stern lecture on not spending anymore money on clothing, that I am to go in to Target, I am not to look at the clothing section, that I am to go straight to the infant section, look at carseats and then walk straight out of there with ne’r a glance in the direction of the tempting sales rack!

I bought 2 of the cutest sweaters you will ever see! (and didn’t even sort of make it to the carseats)

And now for the fun part!


The “Clint Eastwood”

Cute Knox Rose open front poncho

Regular price  $29.99

I paid $8.98

The “Autumn Scholar

Soft, long, neutral colored, stripped sweater with pockets by Mossimo

Regular price  $24.99

I paid $7.48

The “Floral Affair
Lovely Rue21 pink floral chiffon top

Regular price  $16.99

I paid $4.00

the “Wall Flower

Pretty flower and lace top by American Rag (kinda reminds me of living room wallpaper and lace curtains… if you have ever seen the living room of the house I grew up in you would understand why).

Regular price $ unknown

I paid $5.00

The “It Has Pockets!” dress

Coral print dress from Maurice’s

Regular price  $39.00

I paid  $8.00

Thanks for visiting!


Mrs. Thomsen


The Rut, and 30 Ways to get Out of it.

Nothing kills mine and my husbands happy-marriage-vibes quicker than dull, unimaginative, non-creative, doing-the-same-thing-over-and-over-again ROUTINE!

Shocking, I know. And I know that there is much to be said about the positive effect routine has on ones life, but let me take a moment and shine a little light on why it is also a ruthless murderer, seeking to devour happiness!

Routine, by definition means a sequence of actions regularly followed.


Weekdays: You get up, go to work, work for 10 hours, come home, make dinner, eat dinner, watch a show, take a shower, and go to bed.

Weekends: Get up, get dressed, go to church, come home, piddle around, go to parents house for dinner, come home, and go to bed.

Day, after day, after day, after day.

Nothing spontaneous, nothing out of the ordinary. Just doing the same thing week after week until you go crazy! Our solution? Run away to a different state for 6 months, and hope we can shake out of it! (note: This is an extreme measure and must be thought through seriously and executed with precision. Not for the faint of heart.)

So now that we are 4 months back in our home, as you can imagine it didn’t take us very long to fall back into our old routine. Yay. This time we saw it coming and have decided to put a stop to it before it becomes too big. Our new solution? Make a list of things we can do as a family in the evenings and on the weekends so we don’t mindlessly veg out and miss our life completely.

Evenings and Weekend’s Bucket List

  1. Play a board or card game.
  2. Tidy up the house. Many hands make lite work.
  3. Do the dishes together as soon as dinner is over.
  4. Give the baby a bath together.
  5. Go for a walk.
  6. Take a hike.
  7. Go to work with the husband whenever able to do so.
  8. Go to Bear Lake.
  9. Go to Yellow stone and actually go through it this time!
  10. Go to Jackson Hole.
  11. Do yard work.
  12. Go to a concert in the park.
  13. Read aloud from the Bible.
  14. Have a picnic style lunch or dinner. Bonus! Add candles and make it a romantic night out!
  15. Do a little home improvement.
  16. Go to the Splash Pad.
  17. Play a game of charades.
  18. Just cuddle.
  19. Talk about future plans.
  20. Build fence.
  21. Play with our sweet baby.
  22. Take candid pictures!
  23. Have friends over.
  24. Plan the family vacation for next year.
  25. Have an *occasional* movie night, but don’t let it be your go-to for fun.
  26. Play outside in the yard.
  27. Take family pictures.
  28. Visit family.
  29. Take a second to pray together as a family.
  30. Clean out the cars.

I know not everything on here is what you would call fun, but trust me, it is a better idea than you just sitting in front of a screen while life happens around you and you miss it completely.


The Thomsen Family