Saturday, November 27, 2010
I saved 91% on my triple coupon items. I bought yarn and drinking glasses on sale without a coupon. The following items were a great deal after triple coupons (price after coupons):
Angel Soft toilet paper--$2.97
Jello No Bake cheesecake--$0.50 each
Butter Kernal canned veggies--$0.13 each
Reach toothbrushes--$0.29 each
The following items were free after triple coupons:
20 oz. Coke and king size Reese's
Price for all before triple coupons (not including yarn or glasses): $40.89
Price after triple coupons: $3.68
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
(Price is after triple coupons)
Hall's Refresh--$0.04 each
Tic Tacs--$0.75 overage
Cover Girl eye shadow--$0.49
Pamida is having one more Sunday/Monday of triple coupons coming up on November 21/22.
Monday, November 8, 2010
These items were good deals (price listed is after triple coupons):
Arm & Hammer laundry detergent--$1.50
Pledge wipes--$1.79 (Barry likes these for cleaning his computer equipment)
Reach toothbrushes--$0.29 each
Arm & Hammer toothpaste--$1.49 (I looked at the wrong item/price--I wouldn't have bought this)
Cover Girl eye shadows--$0.29 each
These items were free/almost free or gave overage:
Garnier Fructis shampoo--FREE
Quaker Oats--$0.21 over
Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid containers--$0.21 over for each
Crest toothpaste--$0.50 over for each
Oral B toothbrushes--$0.25 each
Kiwi shoelaces--$1.71 over
Then we went to pick out our pumpkins. Barry and the kids picked out six BIG pumpkins this year.
We made pumpkin dump cake.
Everyone helped clean the guts out of their pumpkin. Barry is the resident carver in our family, so while we were waiting for him to carve we got out the silly faces.
There's definitely not room in the house for six BIG pumpkins, so they went out on the front step.
We always toast the seeds from our pumpkins, and had a lot this year. (I soak in water to clean, drain, pat dry, melt about a tablespoon of butter on a sheet pan, add a single layer of seeds, sprinkle with seasoning salt and bake at 325 until crispy.)
For Halloween, we had candy corn veggies, swamp monster meatloat and ghostly potatoes. My parents were up visiting, and it was fun to spend a holiday with them.
Finally, here are my little "pumpkins" ready to go trick or treating:
Monday, November 1, 2010
In the past, I've used Shutterfly to make photo cards to send out to friends and family, like this photo from Christmas 2009. I picked this design for the traditional Christmas colors and the word joy that not only reflects the joy in my kids' faces, but the joy we feel at Christmas remembering the birth of Jesus.
Shutterfly has new card designs for 2010 with colors and styles to fit everyone's personal taste, from traditional red and green to hip and modern blue and brown. You can include one picture of your entire family, or if you can't get all the kids to cooperate in one photo, pick the best individual picture for each family member.
Matching address labels are also available to coordinate with your card.
Ready to order? Shutterfly is offering 20% off holiday cards. Have fun picking out the perfect on for your family!
Disclosure: Shutterfly is offering 50 free cards for this post. All opinions are mine only.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Mom found a free dresser for Jackson last year that is structurally sound but wasn't much to look at. I painted it red with black trim. It already has some scratches and imperfections, and someday I'll replace the handles as there's always been one missing, but it's a big improvement.
Raina has a picture on the top of K2 Observation Outlook. Her class visited the forest last week and looked for animal homes, so she pointed out all the little caves and crevices where animals may make their homes.
Monday, September 20, 2010
The school board voted to have a four day school week to save money, so they're going to school Monday through Thursday most weeks. I'm not letting them slack on Fridays, though, and we're doing music lessons (piano for both and guitar for Jackson), math enrichment, and other fun learning activities together.
Ollie takes a good afternoon nap every day which gives me time to do things with just Remy. Last week we painted with apples. Raina had a little fit when she found out Remy got to paint and she didn't, and I had to explain that she does lots of fun things at school that Remy doesn't get to do.
When I see the kids day to day, I don't always see realize how much they grow in a year. Here's how they've each changed in the past year:
Ollie, 20 1/2 months
Ollie would not stand still, he kept running away or crouching down, so I made him sit instead
Remy, 2 1/2
Remy, 3 1/2
Raina, First Grade
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Running through the sprinkler on a hot day
At a rest stop off I-35--I guess no one wanted their picture taken
After eating pizza at Do North in Two Harbors, we watched a ship come in
Sometimes we split the kids up--Raina and Remy had breakfast with me at Betty's Pies, we went on a little hike along the lake, and then we went grocery shopping
The garden looked like this early in the summer, but flourished enough to produce plenty of veggies to go with our summer grilling:
Peas, which the kids ate raw straight from the garden
Green beans, lettuce and more peas
and also some stubby carrots and round cucumbers
I made freezer jam for the first time out of raspberries from my mom and blueberries (I bought a case)
Remy has been attached to Woody most of the summer after seeing Toy Story 3
And my buddy Ollie