Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Caleb and I did some projects around the house last week. They kept us pretty busy too. Caleb worked on the bathroom floor and that turned into an even bigger project than we thought. He bought some sticky tiles to lay down and was just going to put them on top of the existing floor, but he decided to pull it up instead. Once he started, he realized there was a whole other floor underneath that floor! What do you think? Totally groovy, right?

Once he got the second layer of flooring up, there was a whole layer of glue that would not let itself be scraped up for anything. So he went and got a belt sander and sanded it all down. Well, that made a mess and a half and since I didn't know what was going on in there--he had the door closed--I didn't have anything put away. Let's just say there was a good inch of dust and ickiness covering everything from toothbrushes to my plant to towels. Yuck!

But it was well worth the mess. I love the floor! It looks so much better than it did. He did an awesome job despite the mess. :)

And just for your viewing pleasure, here is what the bathroom looked like when we first moved in. Lovely, right? In there, we have replaced the light, taken down the wallpaper and painted, put up new blinds, painted the cabinets, put on new handles on the drawers and cabinets, and now replaced the flooring. Whew! Everything but the countertops are new now. :)
We also did a lot of work in the laundry room/bathroom. Caleb made a new countertop out of concrete and I repainted. Apparently he hated the red paint all along. I had no idea! Oops! He likes the new color a lot better and since I liked the red so much I just kept a few red stripes.

Here is part of the new sink. He did an awesome job on it. He picked out the color and everything all by himself!
And, again, here is the bathroom of what it looked like before. We have painted all the cabinets, put new hardware on, replaced the icky foam toilet seat (yuck!!!), painted the walls, put a new mirror up, new countertop (although the orange was really cool, right?), and rearranged the washer and dryer and little so that the washer is facing the door and I now have a little shelf that is level with the washer to put my soap and other miscellaneous items on.
What do you think? Much improved? I sure think so! I love doing projects like this. So much fun. Now if only I could convince Caleb that it is as much fun as I think it is. :)

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

I tried to be mad...I really, really tried. But having a blog and learning to just laugh about things has really helped. After all, she gives me some great things to blog about. :) And really, how can you be mad at a face like this.
I tried to get a grin, something mischievous, but it just wasn't going to happen. I think she was too upset with herself...or at least that is what I would like to think.

That has to be the saddest face I have seen on her in a long time. Look at those eyes. Poor honey all covered in mama's new lotion. Good thing mama had a coupon and it was free otherwise you could have been in some serious trouble. :)


Monday, January 19, 2009

Here is Ambry doing her "project" for last week. She got these fairy wings, headband, and wand from Poppi and Nana last year (I think?) for her birthday and we just now got around to doing it. All the little flowers had to be glued onto the headband and then there was sparkly paint to decorate the wings. Ambry LOVED it!

And a pic of Piper who so badly wanted to join in, but contented herself with playing with the leftover glue spots. :)

Don't forget to check back later on in the week! We have a fun craft coming up complete with paint (just for you Esther! I know how you love that paint!) and lots of feet shots. Curious? You'll just have to come back later. :)

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Woot for good deals at CVS and Walgreens this week!

I didn't take a pic of the Walgreens deals but here is what I got:

  1. 4 bags of Mauna Loa chocolate covered macadamia nuts...yummm!! on sale 2 for $4.00. Use 1 $3.00 off 2 cpn from ESR booklet, will take off $6.00. These bags are originally $3.79!

  2. 5 Sunsilk products--1 mouse, 3 gel sprays, and 1 gel. All clearanced to $1.19 each. Used 2 $2.00 off 2 and 1 $1.00 off 1.

  3. 1 gallon of milk

Used a $5.00 RR from last week and my total was $1.30! Yeah!

Here is my awesome deal at CVS...and on a week that I thought I was going to get nothing! Picture complete with some of the Pepsi cans that nearly exploded after the whole box ripped!

  1. 10 Reese Whips candy bars on sale 2 for $1.00. Use 5 $1.00 off 2 coupons=FREE!

  2. 2 Sobe Life waters (part of Pepsi deal), use 2 $.50 coupons on bottles

  3. 6 12 packs of pop on sale 4 for $12.00 (part of Pepsi deal, buy $20.00 get $10.0 ECB)

  4. 1 Excedrin on sale for $1.99, use 1 $2.00 cpn and 1 $1.00 CVS crt cpn=+$1.01!

  5. 1 Organix tea tree shampoo on sale for $4.99 with a MIR of $4.99=FREE!

  6. 6 Dawn dishsoaps on sale B1G1 @ $1.99. Used 3 $1.00 off 2 cpns

  7. 1 Pantene deep conditioning hair mask on clearance for $1.54

  8. 1 Pantene shampoo on clearance for $1.54

  9. 1 Pantene conditioner on clearance for $1.54

  10. 1 Pantene moussing foam wax (???no idea what this is) on clearance for $1.25

  11. 1 bag of sour gummie worms for Ambry $.99 :)

Total came to $52.51. I used a $10.00 off $50.00 that printed in store, a $3.00 off $15.00 printout, and a $4.00 off $20.00. If I had known that the cashier would take all those coupons together, I would have given him a $5.00 off $25.00 too! Oh well. I used only $16.00 in ECB's and got $10.00 back. Cash out of pocket was a whopping $1.51! And I still can send in for the $4.99 Organix rebate and a $15.00 MIR for Pepsi coupons! Sweet deals to be had this week!

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Monday, January 12, 2009

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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Go here to see about entering for a great giveaway for All You magazine. This mag is awesome if you have never heard of it! It is full of great coupons. There is also a great 2 year price of $18.50 + tax going on also over here. Normally a 1 year subscription runs around $26.00!

So hurry up and go sign up. Hopefully you win!

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Monday, January 05, 2009

Here are the deals I did at Rite Aid:

  1. 10 Soy Joy bars $5.00, MIR $5.00=FREE Use $3.00 off 10 coupon from this weeks insert and make $3.00!

  2. 1 Garnier product regular priced at $4.19 on sale for $2.99, MIR $2.00=$.99 Use $1.00 off from paper=FREE!

Total is $7.99, after coupons will be $3.99. Send in for MIR for a total back of $6.00 and it will be a money maker of $2.01!!!
Here are the deals that I did at Walgreens. First Purchase:

  1. 4 Kellogg's cereal on sale for $2.50 each. Deal is buy $10.00 get $3.00 RR. Use 4 $1.00 Kellogg's coupons from recent insert and pay $.75 a box after RR and coupons.
  2. 2 Quaker oatmeal on sale for $1.99 after in-ad coupon. Used $1.35 off 2 from this weeks paper.
  3. 2 Glade scented oil refills on sale for $2.50 each with MIR of $2.00. Used B1G1 coupon from recent insert.
  4. 1 Electrasol gel tabs on sale for $3.49. Use $2.50 coupon from Sunday's paper and send in for MIR of $1.50=$.51 profit!
  5. 4 Garnier Fructis product on sale for $2.99. Use 1 $2.00 coupon from Jan. MIR booklet (will take off $8.00) and 4 $1.00 coupons from just about any insert. :) =FREE!

Total will be $38.45 before coupons. After coupons it should be $12.12. Add on tax of $1.23 and pay $13.35. I used a $10.00 RR from last week's Robitussin deal and paid $3.35. I will also get back $3.50 from MIR on this receipt!

Second transaction:

  1. 3 Quaker oatmeals (thought I could use a Wags coupon for $2.00 off 3 and 2 $1.00 oatmeal coupons together, but alas, you can't)
  2. 4 Garnier

Total was $2.65 for everything after using coupons and $3.00 RR from Kellogg's deal.

Third tansaction:

  1. 2 Quaker oatmeals
  2. 4 Garnier

Total was $2.66 after coupons. Not too shabby. Receipt said I saved $22.02 on this order alone. The nice thing about doing Wags is that I paid with my gift card everytime and didn't have to shell out any cash!

Totals for Wags:

Came of $82.37 worth of stuff

Used gift card to pay for everything which came to $8.66. Will get $3.50 back though.

Here are the purchases that I did at CVS:
  1. 1 pk of Starburst $.50
  2. 1 pk of Mentos $.79 (had to purchase the candy to use a different ECB)
  3. 2 Speedstick on sale for $3.00 each with a $3.00 ECB back
  4. 2 Colgate items $2.50 each with $2.00 ECB back
  5. 2 Glade scented oil refill twin packs $5.49 each with $2.00 ECB back on each

$25.26 worth of stuff. Used $4.00 off $20.00 CVS coupon, $2.00 CVS Speedstick coupon, B1G1 Glade coupon, $1.50 Colgate toothpaste coupon, $1.00 Colgate CVS toothbrush coupon, and $11.00 in ECB's. I paid $.63 in cash and got back $7.00 in ECB's. This purchase was a little messed up because I grabbed the wrong toothbrush and it rang up at $4.49 instead of $2.50 and then I didn't get the $2.00 ECB back either. So I will be getting a slight refund and $2.00 more in ECB's back also.

Second transaction:

  1. Garnier Fructis hair gell $2.99 with $2.00 ECB back Use $1.00 coupon
  2. Cottonnelle Bath tissue $12.97 with $4.00 ECB back Use $.50 coupon
  3. 2 Nutra-trim gum $3.99 each with $3.99 ECB back on each
  4. Skin Effects SPF 30 sun tan lotion on clearance for $5.50, use $5.00 CVS crt coupon

Total is $29.44 worth of stuff. I paid $1.94 in cash, used $16.00 ECB's and got back $13.98.

Third transaction:

  1. 2 ob tampons $4.50 each (b$20g$10 Johnson deal) used 2 $1.00 coupons
  2. 1 Bandaid $3.00 use 1 $.50 coupon (part of deal mentioned above)
  3. 1 Listerine whitening pen $10.00 used $3.00 coupon (part of deal mentioned above)
  4. 1 Lumene for men shave gel on clearance for $2.99 used $3.00 CVS crt coupon

Came to $24.99 worth of stuff, paid $1.91, used $10.00 in ECB's and got $10.00 back.

Fourth transaction:

  1. 4 Scotch pop-up tapes on clearance for $.49. Used 2 $1.00 coupons=FREE
  2. 2 photobooks $9.99 each, use $1.00 off $5.00 CVS crt coupon
  3. 4 Progresso soups on sale for $2.99 each and also B1G1 Use $1.00 off 4 coupon

$33.90 worth of stuff. I paid $2.46, used $18.00 in ECB's and got $0.00 ECB's back.

Totals for CVS were:

$113.59 worth of stuff, paid $6.94 in cash, used $55.00 in ECB's and got back $30.98 in ECB's. I got rid of $24.02 in ECB's, but should be getting a refund of $1.99 and $2.00 in ECB's. I basically ended up paying for the photobooks and everything else was for free is the way I am looking at it. :)

As always, Happy Deal Hunting and let me know if you find any good deals this week!

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Lindzi spent the night Friday and we ended up making some gingerbread cookies. I think it kept them occupied all of 2 minutes...but at least they were a fun 2 minutes!

Piper was having more fun eating her frosting. :) Big surprise, right?

Here are some of our finished gingerbread men.

Ambry with a couple of hers.
Now I will have to break out the gingerbread house this week and do that. They had so much fun making these, I can only imagine how much they are going to love making the house!


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