Tuesday, January 20, 2009
My last trip resulted in the laundry detergent rambling. Last time I went to Country Mart on 1/08/2009 and my spending totaled $51.99. It looked like this:
Today I decided to try a couple of different stores. First I stopped by Big Lots just to see what they had. I was pleasantly surprised with their grocery selection today and did most of my shopping there. I also stopped by Dollar General to pick up a few more things.
**Note: You might notice there is no meat in either picture. Our freezer is currently stocked with ground beef, chicken, and steaks. I don't usually cook a lot of meat while Steven is gone because I eat out so much.
Suddenly Salad (my favorite!) 3 @ $1.50 ea.
fruit juice 1 @ $2.00
Kraft Mac & Cheese Deluxe 1 @ $1.30 (This was a great deal. I found this same box for over $2 at Dollar General!)
Sunflower seeds 1 @ $1.00
Trail Mix 2 @ $1.00 ea.
Oreos 1 @ $2.00
Cereal 1 @ 2.00
Pringles 1 @ $.90 (another good deal - this is the cheapest I have ever found them)
wheat bread 1 @ $1.20 (another deal! This same bread was $2.75 at Dollar General & is usually ~$2.80 at Wal-Mart!)
White bread 1 @ $1.20 (and another deal! This bread is usually $1.85 at Wal-Mart)
6 rolls of toilet paper $3.70 (Quilted Northern, not generic brand stuff!)
12 bars of soap $4.50
Duncan Hines cake mix $1.00
and my best deal...
1 package of a chocolate peppermint bread mix @ $1.50
- I looked up the web site for this product and was shocked. This bread mix usually sells for $8.00!!
saltines 1 @ $1.00
1/2 gal milk 1 @ $2.50
Cherrios 1 @ $2.00 (these also had a $1.00 coupon on the box for my pop-tarts! woohoo!)
FiberOne strawberry pop-tarts 1 @ $2.00 (before coupon)
Grand total: $37.35
For more grocery shopping lists and deals, check out The Grocery Cart Challenge.
Monday, January 19, 2009
When he pulled up next to my car, he drug me out of the car and over to the SUV where he pulled up the tailgate to show me what was inside. Inside, I saw these!
Steven was playing xbox online and talking to a friend. I ran in there to show him one of my greeting card creations and was apparently a bit too giddy. I overheard him say, "Yeah...my wife. I bought her one of these Cricut machines things that does all these letters and design punches. She's just beside herself."
Steven actually thinks it's pretty cool himself. He helped me play with it a bit. He also helped me think of some more stuff I plan to use it for this year.
Oh, and to my local friends that already have one of these...
So far, I have the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and the Home Decor cartridge.
I'm willing to share if you are. :-)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
1. This is why Steven has no room to sleep when he comes home. All week long, Minnie has believed this was her spot, and then she's expected to give it up?
2. Roush should be a model. He loves to have his picture taken. It's a very strange thing for a cat to enjoy.
3. Roush also likes to sleep in very cute positions.
4. Occasionally, I can no longer stand throwing a nasty, slimy dog toy. Mr. Squeaky got a bath recently.
5. Steven's latest toy:
6. I bet your grandma didn't get vodka for Christmas! haha, ok it's hairspray for her to use at work...and I think that box came from the beauty supply store. Why would they have a vodka box?
7. Christmas or a birthday party? Both actually. My cousin, Casey, was born on Christmas day of 1987 - 9 months and 6 days after me.
8. Sometimes on long trips, my husband does scary stuff to make me laugh.
9. Steven rarely finds a book interesting enough to read.
Emerald rarely chooses to sit in his lap.
10. He sure is cute when he sleeps, but I'm rarely awake before him.
11. Every family needs a sweet little cocker spaniel.
12. I love this picture. Taken about a month ago at 10 a.m. using available light.
13. This is my favorite picture of Biscuit of all time.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
For a while now, I have been following this genius lady over at The Grocery Cart Challenge. While my money-saving abilities are nowhere near her level, I do try. You may remember a while back, when I posted about making my own fabric softener. That was another of her genius ideas. That worked really well, and I plan to do it again soon. The only reason I haven't made another batch is that I happened across a bottle stashed in the back of my cabinet that I had somehow forgotten.
Anyway, back to my original point-
Last week I decided to try a new grocery store to avoid some impulse spending at Wal-Mart. (I have a weakness for craft supplies.) While I was surprised by a few good deals (bananas for $.69/lb), I was annoyed when my normal laundry detergent brand was not carried in the bigger boxes. I was even more annoyed to discover that the smaller boxes were sold out and on sale! After checking out and examining my receipt, I realized that $52 worth of groceries would have been less than $38 without the laundry detergent! I never win with laundry detergent. Oh, and did I mention that yesterday I found a brand I have been wanting to try (but couldn't find at Wal-Mart) on sale for $4.99/48 load box at the pharmacy! I'm telling ya, the laundry people are spying on me and laughing hysterically...
This lead me to have a discussion with Steven over the weekend. I found it a bit humorous.
Me: I hate buying laundry detergent.
Me: It's so stinkin' expensive. It drives me crazy. This may sound crazy, but I think I'm going to start making my own.
Steven: You can do that?
Me: Well, yeah...the factories figured out how to make it somehow. Besides, Google knows everything.
I guess he just figured the recipe came to Mr. Tide in a dream? haha, who knows.
Ok, I'm rambling again. I say all of this to say that as soon as I use up the two small boxes in my laundry room right now, I'm making my own. I have not decided which recipe I'll go with yet, but I'll post it when I make a decision.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Minnie Pearl uses Emerald's love for Mr. Squeaky to her advantage. A few weeks ago, Emerald weaseled her way between me and Minnie in the bed. This irritated Minnie, so Ms. Minnie Pearl jumped off the bed, found Mr. Squeaky, squeaked him once to get Emerald's attention and waited. Of course Emerald was quick to jump off the bed to steal her beloved Mr. Squeaky back from Minnie. This was exactly what Minnie was counting on. She jumped back up in her spot next to me while Emerald was distracted with chewing on Mr. Squeaky. Emerald never caught on. She isn't always the brightest.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
That doesn't look like a lot of stuff, does it?
Not pictured is:
3 more boxes like the top one, containing my snow village
1 more box like the top one, full of outdoor Christmas lights
2 Christmas trees
6 outdoor wreaths
2 outdoor Christmas tree topiaries
2 square wreaths
lots of tin cookie boxes
lots of wrapping paper, bags, and ribbon
I can quit anytime I want. Promise. :-)
Monday, January 5, 2009
It is so amazing to see their little personalities coming out. Hanna is 3 months shy of 3 years old, and she is obviously a girly girl. She has loved shoes, clothes, and having her hair fixed since she was a year old. She's a very polite little girl and is very caring. She gets very concerned and asks, "Are you ok?" if she hears someone, even strangers, say ouch or make a face like you've hurt yourself. Hanna hates having her hands dirty. On her first birthday, she licked the side of her cake to keep from having to put her hands in it. Now, she asks for a napkin when she eats and wants to wash her hands as soon as they are dirty. She is also my little sweetie. Hanna likes to go pick up my moter-in-law's cell phone, take it to her, and say, "Aunt Emmy. Call her." How can you not love that? She's definitely stolen my heart.
Even at less than 7 months old, Kaeleigh is already so different than her older sister. Kaeleigh is a very easy going baby. She only cries when she's hungry. She also....
Those are mashed taters all over her feet, and carots on her face. Saturday evening we went to his dad and stepmom's house for dinner with his sister and her family. After everyone had finished eating, Kathi and I decided to let Kaeleigh have some of the leftover mashed potatoes right out of the serving bowl. She loved them. :-)
Kaeleigh Jo is such a happy baby! She loves music, and her big sister. Hanna always makes her laugh, and Kaeleigh never makes a sound when Hanna smothers her with hugs and kisses. She also started crawling over the weekend! Kaeleigh is in awe of her Uncle Steven. She was constantly staring at him all weekend. No matter who was holding her, she'd turn to stare at Steven. I do see her following in her sister's footsteps with her love of accessories. She loves wearing hats and headbands.
Saturday morning I got the chance to go to the park with the girls and their parents for a family photo session! I can't wait to get their pictures up on my wall! I'll post some here as soon as I sort through them.
Friday, January 2, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Last night Steven and I headed to Paragould to have dinner with some friends. After that, we went to a get together at another friends house to ring in the new year with some Rock Band. The evening was pretty uneventful until we headed home.
The house we were at had some steep front steps, no outside light on, and no handrail. Steven stepped back inside for a second, and the genius that I am decided I could manuever the steps alone...in heels.
It was so dark, I misjudged the distance of the next to last step, and then I was on my rear at the bottom of the steps.
I did a lovely job of twisting my left ankle. Check out my "man foot" as Steven calls it.
No worries though, my favorite shoes survived without a scratch!