Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I think I am finally getting the hang of CVS! I went there last night with Tara armed with my new coupon organizer (actually just a Glad container with a bunch of envelopes all alphabetically organized.) and my list of things that I was hoping would be in stock. Here is what I got:

1. 2 Robitussin cough and cold on sale for $6.00 a piece
2. 1 Stayfree maxi pads on sale for $3.29
3. 1 Arm & Hammer toothpaste on sale for $1.99
4. 2 Garnier Fructis Nutrioniste face care products on sale for $5.99 a piece
5. 2 Advil PM on sale for $4.00 a piece
6. 2 Antibacterial handwash for the troops (I needed some sort of filler and I was a little flustered and the cashier asked me 3 times during my order if I wanted to donate some to the troops so I finally just grabbed two to get the right amount.)
I then used a CVS coupon of $4/20, $3/15, $2/10, $2/10 (the cashier let me use two of them because at the beginning of the order she had originally told me I could use both), $.75 off Arm & Hammer, $3.00 off 2 Garnier Nutrioniste products, 2 $3.00 off Robitussin, 2 $4.00 off Advil PM, and $15.00 in ECB.

My total out of pocket was $1.34. I also got back $21.29 in ECB's. Yeah! My receipt said I saved $48.21. Pretty good.

What I didn't realize with CVS is that they won't give you anything back on the ECB's which makes it kind of tricky. At least the ECB's that I have this time are split up a little bit so I won't have to use such a big ECB next time. Now the only deals I am still hoping to get before the end of the month are the Soy Joy bars and the CVS toothbrushes. We'll see if they are at the CVS near Piper's doctor's office. She is going in today. :( The poor little love started running a fever last night and it is back up again this morning. With her nasty cold she is running, I don't want to take any chances.

Have a good Tuesday!


Friday, January 25, 2008

My current room that I am trying to finish is the girl's bedroom. Unfortunately, I don't want to hang anything on the walls until I find them bunk beds. And I am determined to find white bunk beds, hopefully a twin over full.

Last night we went to look at some and were disappointed yet again. They needed another coat of paint very bad and, well...they smelled funny. I know, I probably shouldn't be so picky if I am buying used furniture but they wanted $250.00! I thought that was very high for some bunk beds that weren't even in that good of shape. But maybe I have set my hopes too high. After all, this is the picture that I saw that started the whole search for white bunk beds.

Of course I had to find the MOST expensive set of bunk beds to compare everything else to. Yes, this is out of the Pottery Barn Kids magazine. Aren't they so adorable? I have been searching craigslist now for about 6 months if not a little bit longer and I have not been able to find anything similar to it. And the ones that I did find that were similar sold in 1 day! Crazy!

So now my question to all...probably 2 of you that read this :) is if you think I should maybe start to think of buying new. I found a 40% off coupon to a furniture store around the corner from our house that supposedly has good prices. Do you think I should even go in there and then have even more expensive sets in my mind that I would like or should I try to be patient and continue searching craigslist? There isn't any big hurry, although I would like to have them before Piper turns 2 in about 6 months.

So please let me know what you think because I am starting to run out of patience and getting a little tired or checking out very sad looking bunk bed sets. :)


Monday, January 21, 2008

Just a couple pics for Piper's Aunt KK! LUV U LOTZ!!!

Piper trying to act shy for the camera. Just makes you want to squeeze those chubby cheeks even more! :)


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Here is what I all got from Walgreens today:
  1. Pantene conditioner, reg. $4.99 on clearance for $2.00
  2. Pantene shampoo, reg. $4.99 on clearance for $2.00
  3. 2 packs of Huggies diapers, reg. $10.99 a piece, on sale 2 for $16.00
  4. Huggies wipes, reg. $2.99
  5. 2 Adidas men's deoderant, reg. $2.99 on clearance for $.75
  6. Excedrin, reg. $4.49 on clearance for $2.29
  7. 2 Blistex, reg. $1.29 on sale for $.99
  8. Dove deoderant, reg. $4.49 on sale for $2.00
  9. 1 John Frieda shampoo, reg. $5.99 on clearance for $2.00
  10. 1 Degree deoderant, reg. $3.29 on sale for $2.00
  11. Purell hand sanitizer, reg. $1.99
  12. family size Herbal Essence shampoo, reg. $6.99 on clearance for $3.00
Before coupons everything rang up to $52.51. After coupons my total came to $36.36(with tax). I had a Walgreens gift card from other purchases. My grand total out of pocket?

$.67!!!!! I don't know if you can count the gift card but I am...What I mean is that I put whatever rebates I get back on a gift card and I used that on this purchase. So maybe not quite as good a deal as I thought? I don't know. Either way I was extremely happy to only dish out $.67! I also got a mail in rebate for $4.00 back in register rewards that they couldn't print at the register for some reason. So I still have money coming back. Yeah!
On this trip to Meijer I got:
  1. 4 boxes of Cheerios, reg. 3.19, on sale for $1.67 a piece
  2. 2 grape jellys, reg. $2.09 on sale for $1.50 a piece
  3. 3 loaves of Aunt Milly's bread, reg. $2.99, on sale buy 1 get 2 free
  4. 2 Excedrin, reg. $4.88 on sale buy 1 get 1 free
  5. 1 bag of carrots, reg. $1.50
Total out of pocket before coupons was $18.13. After coupons and tax my total was $9.48. Not too bad since 2 Excedrin regular price without coupons would have cost that much. The only thing I didn't have a coupon for was the carrots. Oh well. I needed some of those anyway.

So there are the deals I got today. I didn't think I did too bad. :) For others who do far better than I do on saving, check out this link to Super Savings Saturday.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Just a couple of pics of Ambry in the hot tub. Of course, in typical Ambry drama she quits her jumping around and laughing and has to break out the "poor me" pic routine.


Friday, January 11, 2008

On Thursday of this week we made silly putty. It was very easy and fun to make. Although a little messy when you let Ambry help. :) Here is the list of ingredients you will need:
  1. 1 cup of glue
  2. 1 cup of water
  3. Mix those ingredients together. I did that in the metal bowl pictured below.
  4. In a separate container mix 1 cup of warm water with your choice of food coloring (or no food coloring if you just want white.) with 1 tbsp of Borax. Mix until the Borax is completely dissolved.
  5. Take 3/4 a cup of the mixture of Borax and pour into the glue mixture. The remaining 1/4 will be thrown away. You will need to knead the mixture at this point. It will seriously feel like brain matter. Not that I have ever felt brain matter but if I had to venture a guess I would say it would feel like silly putty before it is all mixed together. :)

Here is what the finished product should look like.

I bought these little containers at Gordon Foods and they ended up being the perfect size. This is 3 different batches that I made. We still have purple to do because, oh the horror, if we don't have any purple silly putty!

FYI: Do NOT let this stuff get on clothes, carpet, or in hair. If it does, take an ice cube, freeze it, and then try to peel it up.

Have fun!


Thursday, January 10, 2008

All right, these pics should never have taken! What I mean is, I took these pics on the eighth day in January and there should be at least a couple inches of snow on the ground. Instead we were outside in long sleeve shirts and playing in the sand box. Ambry loved every minute of it!

This last pic was her idea. She wanted a picture by the flowers. I tried to explain that there weren't any flowers but she wouldn't hear any of that. "Of course there are flowers mom!" So here she is by some dead roses. :)
The temp read 57 degrees when I was out running errands with the girls! Unbelievable. Today it is supposed to be right around 40 degrees. Some very strange weather to start off the year, although we aren't complaining!


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I made the mistake of giving Ambry ice cream and letting Piper see me do it and here is what ensued. Ignore Piper's scared look on her face...she was LOVING it!
Again, ignore the scared look...the oh so happy look is coming.

The GIGANTIC bite, courtesy of Ambry...
And there it is...the oh so happy look...and another gigantic bite on it's way. Check out Ambry's open mouth...open wide Piper! :)
The best part? I didn't even tell her to share. I was getting ready to get Piper her own snack and turn around and there they are. Keep in mind this is Ambry's favorite dessert ever and she took it upon herself to share with her little sister. I LOVE those girls!


Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Since I am not working on any projects now, all I have to post again are more pics. Sorry...here are a couple random pics from a trip to my mom's house and just around my house.
LOVE those rosy cheeks!
I didn't quite catch the pic in time, but she did have the paper unfolded and seriously looked like she was reading it aloud, complete with "words" and everything.
How funny is Rosie. I could show you so many pics of her pulling this big grin. So adorable.

A pic of Ambry actually smiling and not frowning like she normally does when I try to take her pic. Hopefully Rosie is rubbing off on her. :)

And that is it for today's show and tell. On a side note, how CRAZY is the weather here. The girls and I went to the store yesterday in short sleeve shirts and no coats! Unbelievable! I checked the temp on the way home and it said 57! Absolute craziness! Not that I'm complaining though. Today we will be going for a walk outside and we won't have to wear the whole winter paraphernalia. It is supposed to be rainy but again in the upper fifties to low sixties. I'm hoping that we'll get a small break from the rain. :)


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