Friday, February 27, 2009

Today is Wacky Day at Ambry's school so we put her shirt on backwards, picked some cool tights, and colored her hair with some markers. She thought she "looked stylin'" in her words. :)

Why oh why can't she just sit or stand nice? Stinker...

You can kind of see her hair colors here. We did blue, green, pink, and purple. In the back, there are red stripes...kind of. :)

At least I have one child who likes her pic being taken. I got 3 right in a row of her looking so adorable. She picked out her clothes again today. What 2 year old does that? Oh well. It all matches and she looks cute. Look at that...posing with her hand in her pocket and everything. She could teach Ambry a thing or two...

Love that little smirk of hers. She knows she's being cute too. You can just see that knowing look in her eyes. :)


Friday, February 20, 2009

Just thought I would put up a couple of pics of some crafty things we did lately. First up is our Valentine's Day boxes. I made each child a box out of some Kashi pizza boxes, taped some hearts on, and then let them color it how they wanted. Then each child was able to make Valentine's for the other or color pictures and put them in someone's box.

Here is a close up of each of their boxes. Nothing special, but they sure had fun with them. :)
Piper with her box. Why is it that she seems to always be missing some crucial piece of clothing?
Then today we made playdoh. Pretty easy to do. Here is the recipe that I used. It wasn't the best, but it worked. So if anyone else has any better recipes, please feel free to share.

3/4 cup of water with food coloring added

3/4 cup of flour

3/4 cup of salt

1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Mix everything together. I ended up having to add quite a bit more flour to get it to be more solid. Oh well. The kids had quite a bit of fun with it. I just put it in containers and it said to store it in the fridge for a longer "shelf" life. Here are some pics of the kids playing with their playdoh. I put it on cookie sheets so I wouldn't have to worry about a huge mess afterwards. :)

No pics of Nat. She was still resting. Poor honey was sick again and didn't want to get up and play. Again, Piper is missing some clothing. Although this time it was more my fault. I didn't want her rubbing her hands on her dress that she had on and getting it all dirty. :)

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Here are a few pics from Ambry's first dentist appointment a couple of weeks ago. It was National Give Kid's a Smile day and there was a dentist that offered free teeth cleanings among other services for children. Ambry was more than excited to go! Here she is all ready to go.

Doesn't she look so little in the chair? She got many compliments on her tights when we were there. :)

Showing off her newly cleaned teeth.

And her bag of goodies. She got a new butterfly toothbrush and a fullsize kid's toothpaste.
She had one small cavity which was a slight bummer. The upside? We don't have to do anything about it for a while. We have strict insructions to floss 3 times a week and make sure to brush night and morning. Ambry has taken that very seriously and is now brushing 3 times a day and also flossing about every other night. :)


Friday, February 13, 2009

I redid my bedroom again this week. I just couldn't resist. I sold my bedspread on craigslist, bought a new one on clearance at Target, bought some mistint paint at Seven's, and went at it! I thought it would be fun to show you the before when we first bought the house, then what it was for the last 3 years or so, and what it is now.

Unfortunately I didn't take a pic of the master bedroom when we moved in. But I can describe it in all it's Pepto Bismal pink horrible-ness that it was...and please don't take offense if you like pink...I just happen to not like it on the wall, the floor, the bedding, etc. So, there was rose colored carpet, rose colored paint on 2 opposing walls, striped floral rose colored paint on the 2 opposite walls, and then a border of roses running around the top of the room. Yes, it was lovely. By the way, that was very sarcastic if you couldn't hear it.

When we moved in, we put cream colored carpet in, painted the walls a gold/bronze color to match the new bedspread I bought. A vast improvement, but alas I tired of Caleb hated the comforter. He said it wasn't comfy. I thought it was beautiful and romantic. Oh well. So here is a pic of what it used to look like.

And here is what it looks like now. Still very romantic...I think...but a much calmer color palette.

And as crazy as it sounds, I seriously think the room looks bigger even though the walls are such a dark color. It isn't quite as blue as this picture shows. It is a touch more gray and a little darker. Caleb loves it! And that was important to me. I think it is a bit more masculine now while still looking femine. And romantic, which was what I was going for.

So what do you think? Do you like the red and think the blue was a bad choice? I of course will agonize for days awaiting your responses. :)


Monday, February 09, 2009

Meijer deals are HOT this week. Here is what I multiple transactions. :) Yes, it was time consuming, but so very worth it to me!

Here is what I all got:

  1. 2 things of bananas $2.12

  2. 1 lb strawberries $1.99

  3. pink boots for Ambry clearanced for $16.09 then an additional 50% off

  4. 1 pair of board shorts for Ambry clearanced for $6.49 then an additional 50% off

  5. 5 Chex Mix on sale 5/$5, used 1 Meijer Mealbox $1.00 off 5, and 3 $.35 coupons from insert

  6. 1 pack of panties for Ambry on clearance for $2.99 then an additional 50% off

  7. 22 Meijer brand toothbrushes on sale for $1.09 each

  8. 1 2-pack of gloves for Ambry on clearance for $1.99 then an additional 50% off

  9. 9 Meijer brand hand soaps on sale for $.99 each

  10. 4 Meijer dental floss picks on sale for $1.67 each

  11. 1 can of Meijer refried beans $1.99

  12. 8 Betty Crocker brownie mixes on sale 2/$3, used 2 Meijer mealbox coupons for $1.00 off 4, and 3 $1.00 off 2 coupons from mailer, and 1 $.75 off 2 copon from todays insert(did this in 2 separate transactions of 4 each in order for the Meijer mealbox coupon to work.)

  13. 1 Meijer brand cotton rounds $.77

  14. 1 DanActive drinks 4 packs $2.00, use 1 $1.00 coupon from insert

  15. 1 DanActive yogurt 4 packs $2.00, use 1 $1.00 coupon from insert

  16. 4 FiberOne yogurt 4 packs $2.00 each, use 4 $1.00 coupons from insert

  17. 2 YoPlus yogurt 4 packs $2.00 each, use 2 $1.00 coupons from insert

Total before tax and coupons was $106.92! Total after doing 7 different transactions? A whopping $22.39! Woot! This could have been better but I did almost all the grocery items together because I was getting tired of going in and out of the store. :)

And pictured above is one more example of more great deals:

  1. 2 Meijer shave gels $1.77 each
  2. 1 head of lettuce $1.29
  3. 1 bag of carrots $1.67
  4. 2 Meijer brand hand soaps $.99 each
  5. 1 pack of paper $3.59
  6. 1 donut for Ambry $.59 (she was shopping with me)
  7. 1 bag of apples $3.49
  8. 15 Meijer brand toothbrushes on sale $1.09 each
  9. 3 cans of corn $1.00
  10. 1 Meijer dental floss picks $1.67

Total before tax and coupons was $35.17. Out of pocket? Only $3.31! Yeah!!!

The way to get the great deals? Buy 5 Meijer hand soaps on sale for $.99 each. Comes to about $5.36 after tax. Get back a Meijer catalina for $8.00! Make a tidy little profit. Keep doing this with select Meijer brand items and keep rolling the catalinas over and over and over...

Have fun! And if you don't feel like doing it over and over? Feel free to come to my house and get some free toothbrushes, hand soap, shave gel, you name it, I have plenty. :) This catalina deal is only valid until February least that is what I have heard.


Walgreens pic, but you can make a nice little profit on buying a Gillette Fusion Gamer razor on sale for $8.99 with a $6.00 Register Reward. Use 1 $4.00 coupon from today's P & G insert and make about $.47 after tax. :)

For example I bought:
  1. 1 Progresso soup on sale 4/$5, used 1 $1.10 printable coupon

  2. 1 Gillette Fusion Gamer razor $8.99, $6.00 RR, use 1 $4.00 coupon

Comes to $5.68 after tax. I used my gift card, didn't pay anything out of pocket and received 1 $6.00 RR for a profit of $.32. The Venus razors are also $8.99 with a $6.00 RR back. Use 1 $2.00 coupon also from the P & G insert.

CVS is a slow week, but I didn't do too bad.

Here is what I got. Transaction #1:

  1. 1 gallon of milk $2.69
  2. 1 Gillette Fusion Gamer razor $7.99 with $4.00 ECB, use 1 $4.00 coupon
  3. 2 CVS crackers $1.99 each, get $2.00 ECB, use 1 $3.00 CVS coupon
  4. 6 Kellogg's protein bars on clearance for $.78 each, used 3 $1.00 off 2 coupons

Came to $19.30 before tax. Used coupons above, 1 $3.00 off $15.00 CVS coupon, and $5.00 in ECB's. Paid $1.30 in cash and got back $6.00 in ECB's.

Transaction #2:

  1. 1 Glade spray $.99, use 1 CVS crt coupon for $1.00 off
  2. 2 CVS crackers $1.99 each, get $2.00 ECB, use 1 $3.00 CVS coupon
  3. 4 Kellogg's protein bars on clearance for $.78 each, used 2 $1.00 off 2 coupons
  4. 2 Slimfast packages on clearance $3.35, used 2 $1.00 coupons
  5. 1 Ambi face bar $1.99, use 1 CVS crt for $2.00
  6. 1 CVS antacid pack $1.99, use 1 CVS crt for free CVS antacid pack

Total before tax and coupons was $18.73. Used coupons above, 1 $3.00 off $15.00 CVS coupon, and $1.99 in ECB's. Paid $1.75 in cash and got back $2.00 in ECB's.

Not too shabby considering it was such a slow week for deals. :)

Rite Aid has some pretty good deals. Avert your eyes if you don't want to read about the "stuff".

  1. 1 Finesse Curl Mouse $2.99, $2.00 MIR, use 1 $.75 coupon from today's insert
  2. 1 Garnier Fructis style product $2.99, $2.99 MIR, use $1.00 coupon
  3. 1 Nivea lip moisturizer $2.99, $2.00 MIR, use 1 $1.00 coupon from today's insert
  4. 1 Play/Durex product $6.99, $6.99 MIR

Total after coupons and tax is $14.70. Send in for MIR of $13.98. Total for all of products is $.72. Woot!

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

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