Last night at Albertsons I got this:
24 Boxes post cereal
2 Boxes Wheat Thins
2 Boxes Triscuits
4 boxes Ritz Crackers
4 boxes Hard taco shells
4 boxes Crystal Light-single serving packets
4 1-lb kraft cheese blocks
44 ITEMS=$49.62 plus received an extra $3.00 off coupon on my next purchase and .20 off per gallon on my next purchase on gas. Not bad considering most of the items are usually more than $2 at Walmart-so I got them at least 50% off. They were all out of the cereal I had coupons for-otherwise I would have had an additional $8 off my total. I am going back to see if they stock them later this week.
For every 6 boxes of cereal you got $5 coupon to use-so I broke my cereal up into 4 transactions..and used the coupon that printed out for the previous transaction on the next. Then the crackers had $1/2 off coupons for the wheat thins and(used 2) $1/1 off on the ritz when you buy kraft cheese (any size)(used 4). Plus b2g1free coupon for crystal light (used 1). And for each $10 you spend on mix and match items you get $3 automatically off-which i qualified for 4 of those. I got all ofthe coupons except one at the store-so hurry before the coupons are all gone-they saved me $6. If you can find post cereal coupons-you will get an even better discount on the cereal-so look for them.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Last night at Albertsons I got this:
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Monday, March 30, 2009
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Yeah, I know you are all thinking it...Finally a post without giveaways. So back to life of all things non-computer related. This week was spring break for the girls-I say was-because I feel like it's gone already and we didn't do anything fun and exciting. It has been pretty yucky weather much of the time this week except yesterday. We went to the library on Wednesday-even with the rain and without a stroller-I carried Brooke the entire time. Doing that and carrying books plus keeping tabs on the other girls gave me a workout. Physically, I can't wait for Brooke to walk-but my heart doesn't mind it as much-it makes her feel more like a baby to me than a toddler. Sooner or later I know I will have to watch her take those steps and say goodbye to that..but for now I am going to treasure each time I get to hold her-even if it kills my arms and my lower back is screaming.
This is what brings me to the title of my post:
My kids-aren't the cuddly type-they are the "push mom away because I want to be independent" type. They get hurt-I rush to kiss it better and yep-they push me away. Which is normal I guess because I was the same way-my mom tells me. It was especially difficult for me with Whitney because she was my first, and I was surrounded by other moms with their cuddly ones. I felt like I didn't get to bond with her because she would rather go off exploring than sit and hug on my lap. It got frustrating in public when she wouldn't sit still and it hurt my feelings until I dropped her off at Nursery for the first time in church and witnessed the separation anxiety of another kid. Screaming, clutching at his parents like he was going to die if they left-the parents feeling overwhelmed. Just one glimpse of that and I decided, Whitney was the Perfect Child, she at once had gone over and sat on the rug to listen to the story being read. Amazing!! And this was made clearer as I had more experiences with other children who were demanding and needed attention at every corner and I'd look at my children playing on their own-not calling for me every two minutes because there was a dog 50 yards away. Nope I LOVE my kids the way they are!! They are perfectly content to entertain themselves, are fearless (scary to me at times) and are never underfoot. This is way better than the alternative. And if you are the parent of a "clingy-mommy, i need you for everything" type-I am sorry. I have it way easy-but then again-yours are probably more cuddly.
And I have to add an update in basketball-Connecticut and Villanova both won-those are the two teams I have picked for the championship game in the NCAA tourney. So far so good.
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Thursday, March 26, 2009
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Isn't it great? It's made by Kids Creations We have never had a playset in our backyard and our three girls would love this one. We once had a trampolene but we had to sell it when we moved-so now we just have a bare backyard. This playset has so much for my kids to do and it will last forever-the quality is superb and I am not going to have to worry about how secure it is. If we win this, we can spend less time at the overcrowded park and more time on our own turf. I can't wait for summer. Click Here for details on how you can enter to win this great giveaway-and you can enter more than once.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Head on over there to join other bloggers and enter to win some fun prizes!!
MY top three Items I want to win:
19 — $50 gift certificate to Target StoresProvided by: Shoot-Me-NowPrize details: Treat your kids, or even better, treat yourself! Shoot-Me-Now would like to donate a $50 Target gift card to one winner.
20 – 5 bars of handmade goat milk soap, your choice of scentProvided by: Goat Milk StuffPrize details: Feel the difference that goat milk makes! Goat Milk Stuff is donating 5 bars of our handmade goat milk soap (made with milk from our own dairy goats). And the best part - you get to choose your favorite scents!
58 – Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand MixerProvided by: Moms Who ThinkPrize details: From Amish Friendship Bread to Decadent Cheesecake and all the meals in between dessert, Moms Who Think has recipes you’ll love. We would like to donate a Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer to help make one lucky winner’s home cooking even easier. (winner’s choice of color, $349.99 retail value)
I would also like to get any of these other prizes as well:
21, 22,88, 26,45,49,5,14,86,89,109,118,123,130,135,
Int 11,Int 61,USC 2,USC 11, USC 26,USC 40, USC 47,USC 56.
I wanted to just say a little bit about myself to the new visitors:
I am a mommy of three girls ages 6,4, and 1. Wife of 8 years to a wonderful husband who will do anything for his family. I am so lucky in my choice of companion!! I love to save money and keep a clean house and have fun with my family when I can. I love to dance- in any form, though teaching ballroom is what I have been doing most. I love to play sports when I have the time-basketball, volleyball and softball. I love to make my house a home and am continually working on some area of my house. I usually keep this blog up to keep my family and friends updated on my life and also to share the fun things I find. I hope you all enjoy my blog and are welcome to come back often.
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Sunday, March 22, 2009
Psi Band giveaway at Mommy's Idea
These are accupuncture bands that help relieve nausea due to motion sickness, pregnancy, chemotherapy, etc. I used these when I was pregnant with Brooke-and while they didn't completely eliminate my yucky feeling-they sure did help. But the bands i used weren't as cute as these ones. I mean just look how fashionable they are. The ones I used were a blue sportsband material that made me look like I just stepped out of an 80's workout video. So hop on over to Mommy's idea and enter this awesome giveaway.
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Saturday, March 21, 2009
Check out these nail biting scores-I LOVE THE INTENSITY. Quite a few upsets already!! Just take a look:
12 Western Kentucky 76
5 Illinois 72
11 Virginia 64
6 UCLA 65
6 Marquette 58
11 Utah 57
8 Oklahoma St. 77
9 Tenesse 75
8 Sienna 74
9 Ohio State 72
12 Wisconsin 61
5 Florida 59
4 Washington 74-sorry Dad I know you wanted them to win.
5 Purdue 76
4 Gonzaga 83 -they make the winning basket with just a second left on the clock.
12 Western Kentucy 81
The team I have been most impressed with so far in the tournament is W. Kentucky they fought with all they had -and should go home satisfied with their performance.
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Friday, March 20, 2009
Every year that we could, we have planted a garden. Since we weren't able to do much last year because we moved back in to our home at the end of July, we are excited to start one up this year. The girls really love helping us with the gardening work and they got to pick up rocks today and help clear weeds with us tonight. I hope this is something they never tire of-they get so excited when it comes time to pick anything. It's something that our family does together that we all enjoy doing. We are starting a little earlier this year than we have in the past-we usually wait until most of the starts go on sale. But this year we are going to try to do alot of our garden starting with seeds inside. Here is our list so far:
Tomatoes (roma and Beefsteak)
Parsnips (I had these for the first time earlier this year and really like them)
We will get zucchini, and sweet onions later. And we bought 4 Raspberry bushes to plant along the back of our yard along the fenceline where they will get plenty of sun. I can't wait-I hope they produce some this year. We planted strawberries a few years ago and never got any fruit from them-just a bunch of runners. I have transplanted a few of the runners hoping they might produce something-we'll see. If you have any suggestions about what to do with them-I am up for advice because we are really close to just ripping them out completely and planting new ones. Also I need advice on starting seeds indoors, since this is a first for me-what things have helped you??
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
1. I love my hair-a little superficial but I had to pick it, when i was younger I always wanted curly hair and a darker richer hair color. But I really love alot about my hair-it is long, thick, straight, it doesn't tangle easily-It holds curl really well and even with the many white hairs growing in-I love it. It is really easy to do.
2. I am the kind of person that can speak out. Sometimes I am a bit timid or scared-but if I have a strong opinion about something I will speak up about it.
5. I overthink just about everything-not something my husband cares too much for-but I like to be cautious about the important things-even if its a little too cautious.
6. I am easily entertained-I laugh at just about anything-Humor is so important to me.
7. I have alot of great friends-if you know me-then you are one of them-i have a hard time excluding people from that list. It just keeps growing and hey the more the merrier right??
8. I got Rhythm-this one brings me so much joy-I love to dance and if i didn't have coordination and rhythm, I think it would be so sad to me.
9. I am a Mother-I think when you become responsible for others, and feel stretched out in so many ways you suddenly are blessed with talents you never knew you had-or even knew existed.
10. I am a Fixer. I am always trying to find the answer to problems. I love fixing things-putting puzzles together and making things right.
Okay so now that you have heard mine-I want to hear yours-after you post your 10 awesome things about yourself-comment on my blog and leave your blog address so I can come over and read the beautiful things about You.
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My soaps came-from the Ozark Scents giveaway I won!! And I can already tell you that they smell sooo good! I was so excited that they got to me so quickly-thank you Amy!! I am still confused how they could get to my house earlier than 8 a.m. -but I'm not complaining.
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Monday, March 16, 2009
It seems that wherever I have been-sunshine is not. Last Thursday I hitchhiked to Washington with my sister from Utah to visit my mom and dad..grey weather the entire time I was there. When I talked to my hubby he said they had sunshine and warm weather...when I arrived home guess what-rain and more grey clouds. It seems that where arin goes grey follows-at least when it came to my traveling this past weekend. I do not mind grey as long as it's rainy as well-it's kind of mysterious to me, so I rather find it fascinating. I just don't like it w/out the rain or snow. It's seems meaningless. Enough about that-I am sure you are all completely bored by now-so I will move onto something else..College Basketball. I had to post my picks for the Championship game--Kind of crazy since I went with who I wanted to win-not who I think will win. So here goes-My final 4 are: WakeForest, Connecticut, Villanova and Gonzaga. 3/4 are teams that I always root for every year-so why not put them in the final four, HUH?? I am just going to be a loyal fan and put them where I hope they end up. Who cares if they aren't ranked #1-I like those teams so I am taking the risk. My championship game teams are Villanova and Conn-with Conn winning-a little less riskier pick. But there it is. I hope everyone else is picking teams based on loyalty and not bandwagons. It is going to be a lot of fun to watch it all play out-Joe, his brother, his wife, our nephew, and I all have picked different winners-so the tension might get a little crazy in phone conversation over the next few weeks-which makes it all the more fun. I can't wait for this weekend!!!
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009
OKay so I am a littel curious about how your answer has changed through the years.
Here is how it changed for me:
As a teen: 5 just like my mom had
As a young adult: 7- so we could have enough for a baseball team and there is just something about the number 7 that I like.
After my first child: At least one more-but 7 looked horribly ugly to me as I was super sick preggos with Whitney.
After second child: Parenting became easier after Amber was born-I definitely could have 5.
After third child: Thankful to have 3-But wish I could have one more.
Right now: 4-if we have another girl. 5-if we get a boy next time around.
When I got married Joe wanted 1, I wanted 7. Since we reached 3 it's safe to say we have reached a compromise.
And FYI-we are not expecting-just thought I'd mention that before anyone asks.
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Tuesday, March 10, 2009
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Monday, March 09, 2009
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Friday, March 06, 2009
After I was relieved of my extra charges I headed to the school to turn in Amber's kindergarten registration and to pick up Whitney. Then headed to the bank to find out that Joe's boss had post dated his check-so that was a wasted trip. Then off to the grocery store to get some odds and ends. After dinner, I bathed the kids. I had just taken Brooke out of the bath and got her dressed when Whitney comes out of the bathroom dripping wet and says the words that no mom likes to hear "Amber is puking in the bathtub". Yup-and guess what she ate for dinner-JUST SALAD. So you can imagine. I quickly switched bathrooms-got the girls cleaned up and in PJ's and in bed. Then continued to clean up the fun mess. Pretty much I cleaned with Comet from top to bottom the entire bathroom-just to get rid of that smell. Now that I had a moment to myself-I snuck to computer to find out that I won this giveaway!!! YEAH!!--See Mary it does happen more often than you think it does. WOO HOO-So that just made my tiring day a little more fun!!!
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Thursday, March 05, 2009
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Wednesday, March 04, 2009
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Overseas coupon program is a program that takes expired coupons and gives them to overseas military families that can still use them. Since I have a few family members serving in the Military this is something that I am going to try to do more frequently. You need to make sure that your coupons aren't more than two months expired else they can't be used. I am a coupon cutter-and many times-I don't go through all of my coupons before they expire-or I don't use certain ones. This is a great way allow others' to benefit from them-instead of just tossing them out. Because really every little bit helps.
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Free Movie Rental Wednesday from Redbox- enter code: 75EA16 to get your 1-day free rental-good until midnight tonight. Enjoy.
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Okay so I want everyone who comes to my blog to comment and leave your blog address so I can add you to my "friends" list-even if you are already there-please comment. Sometimes it's nice to know you still come visit my small existence on this blog. So let your voice be heard and tell me you are visiting.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Stainless Steel Breakfast Bowls: super cute ends March 13th.
Wishing Willow is giving away a soy candle:
You never know-you may win. I have already won a dress from grossgrain and a diaperbag from Tales from the Crib. Today could be your lucky day!!
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Monday, March 02, 2009
Powdered Laundry Detergent:
1 cup grated Fels Naptha Soap (abt $1)-a bar (no detergents) great stain pre-treater.
1/2 c Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda
1/2 c. 20 Mule Team Borax
Use 1 Tbspoon for a small, 2 Tbs-med load and 3 Tbs for a Large one. Store in dry airtight container. This soap doesn't make suds-it is pure natural soap-it may eliminate you having to use fabric softener.
You can also fill a downy ball with vinegar and that will remove any excess detergent while neutralizing odors and it's a natural fabric softener as well-great to keep colors bright too.
For great smelling laundry you can add some essential oils to a flannel piece of fabric and put in the dryer when drying your clothes.
IF you don't want to try this out -you can use Borax to boost your current laundry detergent's power if you feel like it needs a little umph.
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