Friday, July 20, 2012

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Monday, July 16, 2012

Menu Planning update

As most of you know we are in the process of moving again. We moved into our current house temporarily while we sold ours and purchased another. So needless to say with two moves in 2 months and it being summer menu planning has kinda gone out the window. We should be in our new home by the end of the month and I can not wait! I am ready to get back to my routines and menu planning is one of those routines.

One of my goals this summer (yes I have summer goals...its an OCD thing) was to have on paper 30 meals. Well, I have been keeping a list of meals that we like and when I sat down and counted it up and I have 37 meals! That's more than a month and with leftovers and ordering out on occasion and those rare nights when I am the only one home I think I have 2 months worth of meals with no rotations. Between menu planning and stockpiling my groceries I think that I will really see a huge difference in my food bill.

I've been doing the coupons and stockpiling and some menu planning but I think having 6-8 weeks worth of meals is now going to drop my bill even lower. I am ready to get moved and get back to a normal life. Or at least my version of normal.

What about you? Are you a menu planner or a dinner on the fly mom? Or do you fall somewhere in between?  What are your biggest dinner challenges? What are you doing to help with those challenges?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Coupon Preview for Sunday 7/15/14

Well it looks like this weekend there will once again be only one insert. A SmartSource that should include the following coupons:

Smartsource coupon insert
Arm & Hammer Save $.75/1 laundry products (9/30)
Biotrue Save $1.50/1 multi-purpose solution 10oz+ (9/15)
Biotrue Save $3/1 multi-purpose solution twin pack (9/15)
Bissell Save $1/1 carpet cleaning powder or carpet cleaning foam (9/30)
Chex Save $.50/1 cereal (8/25)
Coca-Cola Save $1/2 20, 24 or 28 pack cans (8/19)
Colgate Save $.50/1 Total, Optic White, Max Fresh, Sensitive toothpaste 4oz+ (8/4)
Edge Save $.55/1 shave gel 7oz+ (8/26)
Fiber One Save $.50/1 90 calorie brownies (9/8)
Fiber One Save $.50/1 chewy bars (9/8)
Gas-X Save $1.25/1 product (10/13)
General Mills Save $1/2 cereal (8/25)
Glade Save $1/1 Decor Scents holder or Save $1/2 refills (8/25)
Glade Save $1/1 PlugIns Scented Oil warmer (8/25)
Glade Save $1/2 carpet & room odor eliminator products (8/25)
Glade Save $2/1 Expressions collection product (8/4)
Glade B1G1 free PlugIns Scented Oil twin refill up to Save $5.99 (8/25)
Glade B1G1 free Sense & Spray single refill up to Save $3.99 (8/25)
Glade B2G1 free 4oz jar candles up to Save $3.49 (8/25)
Hamburger Helper Save $.75/3 home cooked skillet meal (9/8)
Hasbro Save $10 off Spider-Man Mega Blaster Web Shooter with Glove limit 1 (7/28) KMART COUPON
Hasbro Save $10 off Spider-Man toys purchase of Save $30 or more (7/28) KMART COUPON
John Frieda Save $3 off Full Repair styler or treatment with purchase of Full Repair shampoo or conditioner (8/25) ETS
Johnsonville Save $.75/1 premium fully-cooked sausage (9/16)
Keri Save $2/1 (10/31)
MiraLAX Save $1/1 10ct or 14 dose (8/26)
MiraLAX Save $4/1 30 dose (8/26)
Mitchum Save $1/1 regular or for women product excludes trial and multipacks (8/19)
Nature Valley Save $.50/1 protein chewy bars (9/8)
Neutrogena Save $1/1 acne or cleansing product excludes trial and bar soap (9/1)
Prevacid 24HR Save $3/1 product (9/15)
Revlon Save $3 off nail color with purchase of beauty tool (8/13) TARGET COUPON
Rubbermaid Save $1.50/1 LunchBlox sandwich kit dnd (9/2)
Schick Save $1/1 disposable razor pack excludes 2ct (8/12)
Schick Save $3/2 disposable razor packs excludes 2ct (8/12)
Scotch-Brite Save $.50/1 botanical disinfecting wipes (8/31)
Similac Save $2/1 Prenatal box (8/19)
Similac Save $2/1 single or 2pk Simplysmart bottles (8/19)
StarKist Save $.55/1 tuna pouch dnd (12/31)
Weber Save $1/1 BBQ sauce (9/15)
Wholly Guacamole Save $1/1 product (8/15)
WhoNu? Save $1/2 cookies (9/9)
Woolite Save $1/1 carpet or upholstery product (9/30)
Woolite Save $1/1 put urine eliminator or pet + oxygen carpet stain & odor remover (9/30)
Yoplait Save $.75/1 Greek yogurt 4pk or Greek yogurt with granola 2pk (9/8)
Yoplait Save $.75/1 light yogurt with granola (9/8)
Ziploc Save $1/2 bags (8/25)
ZonePerfect or Perfectly Simple Save $.55/1 (8/15)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

WFM Wednesday 7/11/12

Today's Works For Me Wednesday is all about grocery shopping. I took the time and made a pre-filled out list and broke it into sections. I have a space to mark down the amount of each item we need and I put a C next to the item if I have a coupon. I keep a highligher in the kitchen so the kids and husband can just highlight what we need or what they want. I also have a  blank space to write in items that I may need just on occasion or if I am trying a new recipe and need a rare item. I like having this already makes it easier to read rather than my kids horrible spelling. (Or my husband' And I can update the list as needed too. Below is my master grocery list. I put mine in excel form. Do you use a pre-made form or write it down or do you have it in your smart phone or ipad?

Master Grocery List
Produce Snacks Ethnic Food Condiments Cereal
Potatoes Cookies Refried Beans BBQ Sauce Oatmeal
Onions Graham crackers Taco Shells Mustard Cherrios
Lettuce Popcorn Enchilada Sauce Mayo Fruit loops
Carrots Chips Salsa Relish Grits
Bananas Gum Soy Sauce Ketchup
Apples Rice Salad Dressing
Grapes Taco Seasoning Vinegar
Tomatoes Canned Goods Pizza Sauce Syrup
Strawberries Sp. Sauce Pepperoni Honey
Baked Beans
Tom Sauce Meat
Tom paste Ground Beef PB Aisle
Tom soup Chicken Peanut Butter
Breads Green Beans Stew meat Nutella
Breads Canned Beans Lunch meat Jelly
Flat Bread Mushrooms Pork Chops
Rolls Rotel Pork Loin
Hotdog buns Cranberry Sauce Bacon
Burger buns Tomatoes Hotdogs Frozen Food
Tortillas Smokies Ice Cream
Dairy Sausage Veg
Milk Waffles
Butter Pizza
Beverages Eggs
Juice Yogurt Baking Aisle
Soda Am Cheese Flour
Lemonade Cheddar Sugar Household Goods
Coffee Mozzarella Brown Sugar P Towels
Tea Cream Cheese Powdered Sugar T. Paper
Wine Velveeta Yeast Tissue
Coffee Mate Pudding Mix Bleach
Cake Mix Dish detergent
Canned fruits Choc. Chips Foil
Applesauce Pasta Fluff Baggies
Peaches Spaghetti Pam Dish soap
Raisins Mac & cheese Oil Trash bags
Olive Oil
Brownie Mix

Friday, July 6, 2012

Coupon Preview for 7/8/12

Well it looks like there will be one insert tomorrow, a RedPlum. Here is a list of the items that should be included in Sunday's paper.

RedPlum Coupon Preview
Adams Save $2/1 Flea & Tick Control product (7/31)
Centrum Save $2/1 regular, Silver or Specialist multivitamin 56ct+ (8/18)
Centrum Save $5/1 ProNutrients supplement (8/18)
DermaSilk Save $5/1 full size product (7/21)
Dial Save $1/2 regular or for Men body washes 6oz+ (7/28)
Garnier Save $1/1 moisturizer (10/8)
Lactaid Save $1/1 Fast Act dietary supplement 32ct+ (11/15)
L’Oreal Save $.25/1 Vive Pro shampoo or conditioner (9/2)
L’Oreal Save $.75/1 Studio Line styling product (9/2)
L’Oreal Save $2/1 Preference shade (9/2)
Meow Mix Save $.75/1 dry cat food 3lbs+ (9/2)
Meow Mix Save $1/6 single cat food cups or Save $1/1 cat food variety pack (9/2)
Pure Silk Save $.80/1 shave cream (9/30) ETS
Skittles/Starburst/Life Savers Save $.50/2 Gummies 2-4oz (9/30)
Tucks Save $2/1 product excluding Take Alongs (10/30)

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer Schedules

    This summer is the first summer in six years that my oldest hasn't been in summer camp. This means I have both girls home ALL DAY LONG. Which means my house is a constant disaster in the making. I try, really I do. I get up in the morning and straighten up and pick up throughout the day and at night before bed but I swear I am just spinning my wheels.

    Now I have tried so many things. Flylady, lists, schedules, yelling...wait...I can't admit to yelling on a blog can I? Anyway, nothing seems to work. Also depending on what I do during the day with the girls sometimes I am to tired to pick up in the evening, which just sets myself up for disaster tomorrow.

    Whats a mom to do?

    Seriously? What should I do?

    Right now I am thinking I should just let go and let God for the state of my house this summer.

    Thoughts? What do you do in the summer time if all of your children are at home?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Coupon Preview for 7/1/12

Well it looks like there will only be ONE insert in Sunday's paper due to the upcoming holiday. BUT its a good one. There should be a P&G insert in Sunday's paper and these coupons should be included:

P&G Insert Coupons (Expire 7/31/12) All Coupons are ETS.

Always Save $.50/1 Pads or Feminine Cleansing Cloths
Always Save $.50/1 Pantiliners 30ct+
Always Save $1/1 Infinity 12ct+
Bounce Save $.50/1 dryer bar or dryer sheets
Bounty Save $.25/1 napkins
Bounty Save $.25/1 towels or napkins
Cascade Save $1/1 product
Charmin Save $.25/1 product
Clairol Save $1/1 hair color
Clairol Save $3/1 Nice ‘n Easy Color Foam hair color
Covergirl Save $1/1 product
Covergirl Save $3/2 products
Crest Save $.75/1 Pro-Health for Me toothpaste
Crest Save $.75/1 Rinse 458mL+
Crest Save $.75/1 toothpaste 4oz+ or liquid gel excludes Cavity, Baking Soda and Tartar
Dawn Save $.25/1 product
Downy Save $1/1 product
Duracell Save $.50/1 CopperTop, Ultra Power, Ultra Photo Lithium or Specialty batteries
Duracell Save $1.50/1 rechargeable batteries, charger or 6pk+ hearing aid batteries
Febreze Save $.50/1 Air Effects
Febreze Save $1/1 car
Febreze Save $1/1 Set & Refresh
Febreze Save $5/5 products
Febreze Buy 1 Fabric Refresher, get one Set & Refresh free up to Save $3.50
Febreze Buy Noticeables refill, get Noticeables warmer free up to Save $3.50
Fixodent Save $.75/1 cleanser
Fixodent Save $1/1 adhesive 1.05oz+
Gillette Save $.50/1 body wash
Gillette Save $1/1 Fusion ProGlide shave prep or Fusion ProSeries skin care item
Gillette Save $2/1 Mach3 disposable, Sensor 3 disposable or CustomPlus 3 disposable
Gillette Save $2/2 deodorants or body washes
Gillette Buy Fusion ProGlide cartridge, get Save $3 off Fusion ProGlide razor
Gillette Buy Mach3 cartridge, get Save $2 off Mach3 razor
Head & Shoulders B1G1 free product up to Save $9.49
Herbal Essences/Aussie Save $1/2 products
Ivory/Safeguard Save $1/1 Personal Cleansing product excludes Ivory dish & laundry
Metamucil Save $1/1 Fiber singles, capsules or wafers
Metamucil Save $1/1 product
Olay Save $2/1 Total Effects facial moisturizer
Olay Save $3//1 ProX or Regenerist facial moisturizer or facial cleanser excludes brush head refills
Olay Save $3/2 bath bars, body washes or in0shower body lotions
Olay Save $3/2 Complete facial moisturizers, Daily Facial cloths or cleansers excludes ProX, Regenerist, Total Effects Age Defying series and facial hair removal
Old Spice Save $.50/1 body wash
Old Spice Save $2/2 products
Oral-B Save $.50/1 Pulsar, 3D White, Pro-Health or Complete toothbrushe or Save $.50/2 Indicator or Cavity Defense toothbrushes
Oral-B Save $.75/1 Glide floss 35m+ or Glide floss picks 30ct+
Oral-B Save $.75/1 Pro-Health for Me CrossAction or Pulsar manual brush
Oral-B Save $.75/1 Pro-Health for Me floss
Pampers Save $1/1 Splashers swim pant
Pampers Save $3/1 diapers or pants box
Pantene Save $1/2 products
Prilosec OTC Save $1/1 product
Puffs Save $.25/3 singles or Save $.25/1 3pk
Secret Save $1/1 Clinical product
Tampax Save $.50/1 20ct+
Tampax Save $1/1 Pearl, Pearl Compak or Radiant 16ct+
Tide Save $.50/1 Boost, Tide to Go or Washing Machine Cleaner excludes PODS
Tide Save $1/1 detergent excludes PODS
Venus Save $2/both refill razor and razor refill

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

WFM Wednesday

My Works For Me Wednesday post today is about my snackbox in my vehicle. I briefly mentioned it in my last WFM post so I thought I would go a little more into it today.

Its not much really but I get so many comments on it (positive and not so positive) in real life I thought I would blog about it. (Because that's what bloggers do right?)

Anyway all that it is, is a plastic shoebox sized tub with a lid that I got at the dollar tree. Yes folks, I shop at the dollar tree. Anyway in it I store snacks like granola bars, cereal bars, individual chip bags, and other non melting snacks (today it was 115 degrees in the truck at 6pm) and I also have some juice boxes in there. Its under the front seat and pretty much stays there. At least once a week I refill and rotate drinks as needed. But usually come Friday its in need of refilling.

The reasons I have this are plentiful but mainly I am cheap and my kids are ALWAYS hungry. They both have fast metabolisms and so they constantly snack. I want them to have healthyish options that don't break my budget. Also I have been known to dip into it when running around and hungry.

Another reason is you never know what might happen. Recently there was a very bad accident on a bridge and cars were trapped for seven hours. HELLO?! You on a bridge for seven hours? What if you have kids? People laugh at my snack box and laugh at my anal retentiveness and OCD but trust me, you want to be in the car with me when you are stuck on a bridge for 7 hours. I know you won't starve to death but you won't kill your kids because they are crying because they are hungry.

I urge you to make a snack box and keep it filled and put it in your vehicle. Its to cheap not to do.

What works for you?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday Monday

   So its a new week. And what did I accomplish last week? Not much of anything really. I got some stuff done but not really. Ever feel like a hamster in a wheel? I think that's what all stay at home moms feel like in the summer. Every day we just spin our wheels.

   I got my husband to work on Wednesday. And now we've discovered that he is probably going to be gone 3 months. Yep. Fun. It is what it is. Then Sunday was our 12th anniversary. We've only spent, I believe, 4 together. I remind myself that marriage is not about the one day but all the others in between. We can celebrate being married any day. (But part of me still wanted him here)

   I don't really have to much planned for the week. Play date for the youngest, Zumba, pool and oh yeah....more cleaning and going through boxes getting ready for our next move.

   What are your plans for this week? How are you surviving summer so far? Do you too feel like a hamster in a wheel or is that just me?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Coupon Preview for 6/24/12

It looks like there should be TWO inserts in this weekend's paper. One Smartsource and one RedPlum.
If there looks to be coupons that your family uses buy multiple papers in order to multiply those savings.
These coupons SHOULD be in Sunday's paper:

RedPlum Coupon Preview
Axe Save $1/1 shower gel or detailer (7/22) ETS
C&H Save $1/1 light product (8/19)
DermaSilk Save $5/1 full size product (7/7)
Garnier Fructis Save $1/1 shampoo, conditioner or treatment (8/4) ETS
Garnier Fructis Save $1/1 style product (8/24) ETS
Good’n natural B1G1 free bar up to Save $1.29 (8/6)
Kibbles ‘n Bits Save $1.50/1 dry dog food (8/26)
Land O’Frost Save $1/1 Wrap Kit or Sub Sandwich Kit (8/31)
Land O’Frost Save $1/2 Premium, Delishaved or Bistro Favorites (8/31)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 Excellence or Excellence to-Go shade (8/19)
Luigi’s Save $.75/2 Real Italian Ice (7/21)
Milk-Bone Save $1/1 Trail Mix dog snacks (8/19)
Milk-Bone Save $1/50/2 dog snacks (8/19)
Milo’s Kitchen Save $1/1 home-style dog treats (8/19)
Minute Maid Save $.75/2 frozen novelties (7/21)
Nalley Save $.75/1 pickles, peppers or relish 16oz+ (8/31)
Neutrogena Save $1/1 suncare item (7/31) ETS
POND’S Save $1/1 cream, towelettes or cleansing product (7/22) ETS
POND’S Save $1/1 wet cleansing towelettes 30ct only (7/22)
Tums Save $1/1 freshers 50ct (8/24)
Tums Save $1/2 24ct+ (8/24)
Vanity Fair Save $.55/1 napkins (9/24)
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Smartsource coupon insert
Aleve Save $1/1 20ct+ product excludes D (9/30)
Barilla Save $.55/2 blue box pasta (8/19)
Bayer Save $3/1 aspirin product 20ct+ (8/18)
BLUE Save $2/1 Naturally Fresh cat litter 6lb & 17lb bags (7/30)
BLUE Save $3/1 natural dog or cat food 11lbs+ (7/30)
BLUE Save $4/1 Naturally Fresh cat litter 34lb+ (7/30)
BLUE B10G2 free canned cat food up to Save $3.50 (7/30)
Bulcolax Save $2/1 stool softener 25ct+, laxative tablet or suppository 4ct+ (8/26)
Chinet Save $1/1 Classic White plates (9/30)
Coppertone Save $1/1 suncare product 2oz+ (7/31)
Coppertone Save $5/2 suncare products 2oz+ (7/31)
Cortizone 10 Save $1/1 Intensive Healing Eczema (8/31)
Cortizone 10 Save $1/1 item (8/31)
Cottonelle Save $.50/1 12pk mega roll or 16pk+ double roll (8/25) TARGET coupon (8/25)
Cottonelle Save $.50/1 Fresh Care moist wipes 42ct+ (8/25) TARGET coupon
Cottonelle Save $2/both 12pk mega roll OR 16pk+ double roll AND Fresh Care moist wipes 42ct+ (8/25) TARGET coupon
Dole Save $.50/1 fruit smoothie shakers (8/31)
Dole Save $.75/2 pineapple cans (8/19)
Dole Save $1/2 frozen fruit single-serve cups (8/31)
Fast Fixin Save $1/1 (7/15)
Fiber One Save $.50/2 Chewy Bars, 90 Calorie Chewy Bars or 90 Calorie Brownies (8/18)
FRENCH’S Save $.30/1 mustard (8/31)
General Mills Save $.50/1 Cinnamon Toast Crunch Treats, Cocoa Puffs Treats, Lucky Charms Treats, Golden Grahams Treats, Chex Mix Treats or Milk’n Cereal bars (8/18)
General Mills Save $.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups, Ocean Spray Fruit Flavored Snacks, Mott’s Fruit Flavored Snacks or Sunkist Fruit Flavored Snacks (8/18)
General Mills Save $1/2 Chex, Fiber One, Total, Wheaties, Oatmeal Crisp, Honey Nut Clusters, Raisin Nut Bran or Basic 4 cereals (8/4)
Hershey’s Save $1/2 milk chocolate 6 packs(8/12)
Honey Maid Save $1/2 Grahams 12-28oz (8/12)
Hormel Save $1/2 premium chicken breast cans (8/20)
Jet-Puffed Save $.20/2 marshmallows 8oz+ (8/12)
Johnsonville Save $1/1 pork and chicken sausage 17.63oz (9/23)
Kozy Shack Save $1/1 bread pudding product (9/22)
Lubriderm Save $2/1 24floz, 16floz, 13.5floz or 8oz product (8/31)
Mitchum Save $1/1 regular or for Women product excludes trial and multipacks (7/29)
Mt. Olive Save $1/1 pickles, pepper or relish (8/5)
Nature Valley Save $.50/2 granola bars 5ct+ or granola thins (8/18)
OFF! Save $1.50/1 clip-on mosquito repellent starter (8/19)
OFF! Save $1/1 area product (8/19)
OFF! Save $1/1 clip-on mosquito repellent refill (8/19)
OFF! Save $2/2 area products (8/19)
One A Day Save $1/1 adult multivitamin product (8/31)
Ore-Ida Save $1/1 Grillers (7/31)
Pantene Save $3/2 products ets (7/31)
Planters Save $1/1 product 4-21.5oz sizes excluding pistachios (8/31)
POM Wonderful Save $1/1 16, 24 or 48oz juice (9/30)
Precious Save $1/1 mozzarella cheese (9/30)
Precious Save $1/1 ricotta or fresh mozzarella cheese(9/30)
Purina Save $1/2 Friskies cat treats (9/24)
Raid Save $1/1 ant product (8/4)
Revlon Save $1/1 nail product (7/29)
Revlon Save $1/2 ColorSilk product (7/22)
Revlon Save $2/1 face product (7/29)
Revlon Save $3 off lip item with purchase of cosmetics item (7/23) TARGET coupon
Reynolds Wrap Save $.55/1 foil 35sqft+ excluding Wrappers dnd (8/31)
Rips Save $.50/1 bite size licorice 4oz+ (9/30)
Rug Doctor Save $5/1 rental dnd (8/24)
Schick Save $1/1 Quattro for Women disposable razor pack (8/5)
Schick Save $1/1 Quattro Titanium disposable razor (8/5)
Schick Save $2/1 Intuition razor or refill (8/5)
Schick Save $2/1 Quattro for Women razor or refill (8/5)
Schick Save $3/2 ST2 or Slim Twin disposable razor packs excludes 2 count or 10+2 count (7/22)
Schick Save $4 off Quattro Titanium razor when you buy refill (8/5)
Sensibles Save $.55/1 plates (8/31)
Similac Save $1/1 single or 2 pack SIMPLYSMART bottles (8/31)
Skintimate Save $.55/1 shave gel or cream shave excludes 2.75oz cans (8/5)
South Beach Diet Save $.55/1 protein fit or fiber bars dnd (8/24)
South Beach Diet Save $1/1 meal bars, snack bars or snacks (8/24)
Tabasco Save $.75/1 (8/20)
Tena Save $1/1 pad or pantiliner (9/30)
Tena Save $1/1 product (9/30)
Treasure Cave Save $.40/1 cheese 4oz+ (9/30)
Trojan Save $1/1 Vibrations product (9/24)
TruBiotics Save $3/1 probiotic supplement product (8/31)
Ultra Palmolive Save $.25/1 dish liquid 20oz+ (7/14)
V8 Save $.50/1 V-Fusion + Tea juice variety 46oz (8/5)
V8 Save $.50/2 V-Fusion juice varieties 46oz (8/5)
Waggin’ Train Save $3/2 3oz+ dog treats (8/5)
Wholly Save $1/1 salsa product (8/15)
Wonderful Pistachios Save $.50/1 5oz+ dnd (8/30)
Wonka Save $1/2 ice cream (12/31)
Zostrix Save $5/1 diabetic foot pain relieving cream (8/31)
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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

WFM Wednesday- Clean Vehicle

One thing I like to do that helps my life run smoothly is keeping our vehicle cleaned out. Is it perfect? No, but we can all ride in it comfortably. I follow Flylady and one of her habits is Clean Car Friday. So most Fridays I go out an pull out all unneeded items and return them to their rightful homes. I also take our snack box and refill it with snacks and then I grab a wet washcloth and wipe everything down. If I am out and about I try to pull into the carwash and vacuum it out. It takes only a few minutes and the benefits are huge. I also try to fill up the truck and check the tire pressure. Total time is 15-30 minutes depending on if I fill it up and vacuum.

To give you an idea of what I do here's my list:

1. Grab empty laundry basket and pitch everything that doesn't belong in the truck.
2. Grab empty shopping bag and place in it all trash. Place additional bag in vehicle for during week trash.
3. Return things to rightful spot. (Umbrella under seat, chargers in console, etc)
4. Bring in laundry basket and snack box. Refill snack box.
5. Replace snack box and take wet rag and do a quick wipe down of everything.
6. Vac, gas and tires if going into town. If not I will wait till I do.

This plus using pockets of dead time to clean helps keep my vehicle looking nice. (Pockets of dead time is my term for when I am waiting in the car for a child. I will do a quick pick up of trash and take the microfiber cloth I keep in the truck and wipe everything down)

Do you have a clean vehicle routine?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sum sum Summertime

    Well I hope you all had a great weekend! For Fathers Day we took the kids to the pool and then to McDonalds. the life people.....don't hate. After we just hung around the house. Big fun!

    Now that we are somewhat settled in our temporary home I am planning on getting back to the gym. I got a new schedule and marked off water aerobics and the dance type classes. I also joined a weight loss group with my church. I think the competition will do me good. I like competition. Actually I like winning but I am not supposed to say that. (But I like winning....shhh)

   I need to get things back on track. I need to menu plan again. Little different this time as I will be trying to use up my stockpile. After moving it once I want to move less this I also need to get back on cleaning schedule and get things purged. We should be moving right before school starts and I want to be on track. Both girls will be in school this year and Becca has been promoted to the advanced karate class and Carson wants to do both dance and cheer leading next year. And she wants me to be cheer mom. So getting organized this summer is a must if I want to add all that to my plate.

    What about you? How do you spend your summers?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day

To all of the Fathers out there....either by birth or by choice I want to wish you a Happy Father's Day! What are your plans for the day?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Coupon Preview for Sunday 6/17

Well it looks like there should be two inserts in Sunday's paper. Of course in my area I am only looking for one. We never get the other....but I will Remember....if there are coupons that your family uses a lot you might consider multiple papers for multiple savings.

You SHOULD recieve one redplum and one Target.

RedPlum Coupon Preview
DermaSilk Save $5/1 full size product (6/30)
Dial Save $.35/1 bar pack 3pk+ or liquid hand soap (7/7)
Dial Save $1/1 lotion 12oz+ (7/7)
Dial Save $1/2 regular or for men body washes 6oz+ (7/7)
Hillshire Farm Save $.35/1 lunchmeat 8oz+ dnd (8/13)
Hillshire Farm Save $.55/2 rope smoked sausage dnd (8/31)
Kellogg’s Save $.75/1 FiberPlus antioxidants bars 5ct+ (8/12)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 EverCreme, EverSleek, EverPure, EverStrong shampoo or conditioner (8/12)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 EverCreme, EverSleek, EverPure, EverStrong treatment (8/12)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 EverStyle product (8/12)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 Paris eye product (8/12)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 Paris eyeliner or eye shadow (8/12)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 Paris skincare item ets (8/12)
L’Oreal Save $2/1 Sublime Mousse haircolor (8/12)
Marcal Save $1/1 Small Steps towel 8 roll+ or bath tissue 12 roll+ or Save $1/2 napkins (7/31)
Pedigree Save $1/1 dry dog food 3.5lb+ (8/12)
Pedigree Save $1/1 Little Champions pouch variety pack 8 or 12ct or 6 single pouches, 6 trays or 6 13.2oz cans (8/12)
Pedigree Save $1/2 treats for dogs (8/12)
Real Simple Save $1/1 issue (9/14)
Renuzit B1G1 free Fresh Accents air freshener up to Save $3.49 (7/14)
Renuzit B2G1 free Adjustables up to Save $4.17 (7/14)
Right Guard Save $1/1 bar soap product (7/15)
Right Guard Save $1/1 Total Defense 5 antiperspirant, deodorant, gel or body wash (7/15)
Soft Scrub Save $1/1 product (7/28)
Truvia Save $1/1 natural sweetener or baking blend with sugar (8/31)
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Target Insert Coupons (Expire 7/17)
Align/Prilosec/Pepto/Metamucil Save $1/1 Align 28-42ct, Prilosec OTC 42ct, Pepto-Bismol or Metamucil ETS
Always/Tampax Save $1/2 items
Aussie/Pantene/Head & Shoulders/Herbal Essences Save $1/2 items ETS
Bounty Save $.50/1 paper towels 6pk+
Clairol Save $3/2 Natural Instincts or Nice ‘n Easy
Clearblue/Accu-Clear Save $1/1 Clearblue ovulation or pregnancy test or Accu-Clear pregnancy test
Dawn/Febreze Save $.25/1 item ETS
Duracell Save $.75/1 batteries 8pk+
Gain Save $2/2 laundry care items ETS
Iams Save $1/1 dry dog food 10.5lb+
Olay Save $1/1 Complete facial skin care item ETS
Pampers/Luvs Save $1/1 Pampers or Luvs boxed diapers or Pampers wipes 420ct+ ETS
Puffs/Charmin Save $.50/1 Puffs 3pk+ or Charmin 9pk+ ETS
Swiffer Save $1.50/2 refill packs ETS
Tide/Downy/Bounce Save $2/2 items excluding PODS, Tide To Go & travel/trial

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Moving Experience

As you may or may not know my family just moved over Memorial weekend. Let me tell you, its been an experience. I have not really moved to much. Moving out of my parents house wasn't hard because I didn't have much. Then when we moved into our first and second homes we still didn't have much. But after 6 years and 2 more kids living with us we seemed to have acquired MUCH junk. We did not pack the way I wanted but I have now come up with a plan for our next 2 months. Most of our stuff has stayed packed as this is a temporary move. When we move anything that we need absolutely will have a red dot placed on it. That would be food, china, & clothes. Then things we need after that will have a blue dot. Computers, DVDs, entertainment items. After that we wrote on the boxes what they contain.

Now while still here I will be purging. I love freecycle and hope to get rid of a ton of item. Maybe a garage sale at our next home too. I want to embrace the minimalist at least stand near it.

Have you ever moved? Got any tips, tricks or advice?

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Let me ask a question? Is my husband the only bull in the china shop???

To clarify…..if I am still asleep…..mind you its 6am not 8 or God forbid 9am my husband will be as loud as humanly possible all the while claiming he is trying to be quiet. He will repeatedly come into our bedroom and “looking” for something in the bathroom. So I finally say I’m up….what are you looking for and he says never mind I found it and he holds up his razor!

Cue exploding head!

Did I forget to mention the kids were at my parents?

Well…..two were the 40 year old needs to go next time so this momma can get some sleep.

So, is my husband the only one like this?

Friday, June 8, 2012

I'm baaaaccckkk!

So we moved. And let me tell you how exciting that was…….cricket……cricket……yeah…not exciting at all.

We just moved to the next town but you would think with the internet we moved 27 towns away. We even moved to a bigger more populated town. But can you believe that it took a week….yes SEVEN days to transfer internet service? I didn’t establish new service…..I transferred existing service. And let me tell you, the dude was mad that I didn’t want the $150 monthly package. But…..that’s another blog post there.

I can not believe how much junk we had. And I discovered men and women move differently. As I was leaving stuff behind to be thrown away, my husband packed it up. So now, I not only get to unpack I get to throw away. And the best part? We are doing this again in 2 months! Yes, this is temporary while we purchase our new larger home. So we are only unpacking what we need. No knick-nacks allowed.

At least I will know to schedule a transfer a week in advance…..ugh….help me.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Summertime in the South

In the South summertime means many things: tans, going on the river with friends and family, crawfish boils and of course allergies. Yes, all that sunshine means our grass grows exceptionally fast so that means nearly everyday someone in the neighborhood is cutting the grass. And how lucky am I that one of the 101 things I am allergic to is grass. (For the record I am also allergic to hay, pollen, cats, dogs, long haired animals, oak, pine and dairy products) When my alergies flare up my new weapon of choice is Claritin.

Claritin is a 24 hour pill that combats my allergy symptoms. For me those include itchy face and eyes, sneezing, runny nose and generally a bad mood. My eyes also swell shut sometimes. Claritin knocks all of that out of my system and leaves this mommy a non drowsey non itchy happy camper.

Have you tried Claritin?

DISCLOSURE: I am a part of the Claritin's Moms Crew. Claritin sent me samples of their product to use as I see fit but I was not monatarily compensated. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

National Moms Night Out

Last week I was invited by my friend Maia over at Blogging babies & the Bayou to attend National Moms Night Out at the Esplanade Mall in Kenner La. And let me tell you we had so much fun.

There was food and prizes and fashion shows. Maria was invited to Live Tweet from the event. We received a swag bag full of awesome stuff including coupons....and you know how much I love coupons.

I had a great time and I must say that Brent, the Mall Manager & Lindsey, Director of Business Developing & Marketing put together a great event and Mall security was close at all times and asked if we needed anything.

I am most definitely looking forward to attending next year.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

To all my mommy readers, soon to be mommys and those who are mommys to other people's children or those whose children are no longer with us I wish you all a Happy Mother's Day.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Sunday Coupon Preview 5/13/12

There will be 3 inserts in this Sunday's paper. There will be 1 Smartsource, 1 redplum and 1 P&G.

These are the coupons that SHOULD be included:

Smartsource coupon insert
Alberto V05 Save $1/1 Hot Oil or treatment product (6/30)
Alberto V05 Save $1/1 styling product (6/30)
Alberto V05 Save $1/3 shampoos or conditioners (6/1)
Atkins Save $1/1 Bar 5pk dnd (7/31)
Atkins Save $1/1 Shake 4pk dnd (7/31)
Banana Boat Save $1/1 Sun Care product 4oz+ excludes lip balm (6/15)
Bayer Save $1/1 Aspirin product (8/31/2)
Bissell Save $1/1 Deep Cleaning Formula (6/30)
Bissell/Woolite Save $1/1 Stomp ‘N Go Stain Lifting pads (7/30)
Blue Save $3/1 12lb+ dog or cat food (6/30)
Blue Save $3/1 Naturally Fresh cat litter (6/30)
Blue B7G1 free can dog or cat food up to Save $2.79 (6/30)
Blue Diamond Save $.60/2 Almonds 6oz cans (7/31)
Blue Diamond Save $.75/2 Oven Roasted Almonds 8oz jars (7/31/2)
Bob Harper’s Save $5/1 Smart Weight Loss 72ct (7/13)
Brut Save $1/1 product excludes razors and trial size dnd (6/3)
Chock full o’Nuts Save $.75/1 package (6/30)
Clean & Clear Save $1/1 product excludes trial and 2floz sizes (6/30)
Colgate Save $.75/1 Total Advanced, Optic White or Sensitive Pro-Relief 4oz+ (6/2)
Cottonelle Save $.50/2 flushable moist wipes ets (6/10)
Cottonelle Save $.50/2 toilet paper 4pks or Save $.50/1 toilet paper 9pk+ (6/10)
DiGiorno Save $1/1 Italian Style Favorites (6/15)
Dulcolax Save $1/1 product (9/30)
Duncan Hines Buy 1 Frosting Creations starter, get 1 Flavor Mix free up to Save $1 (8/31)
FoodSaver Save $10/1 appliance (6/30)
FoodSaver Save $2/1 Heat Seal bag or roll (6/30)
Franks Save $.75/1 RedHot sauce (7/31)
Franks Save $.75/1 RedHot Sweet Chili or Thick sauce (7/31)
French’s Save $.30/1 Classic Yellow or Spicy Brown Mustard (7/15)
French’s Save $.75/1 Honey Mustard or Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce (7/15)
Hawaiian Tropic Save $1/1 Sun Care product 4oz+ excluding lip balm (6/15)
Hefty Save $.55/1 waste bags (8/31)
Hefty Save $1/2 cups packages (8/31/21)
Hefty Save $1/2 plates or bowls packages (8/31)
Hefty Save $1/2 slider bags (8/31)
Hidden Valley Save $1/1 Farmhouse Originals dressing (9/30)
Hills Bro Save $.55/1 26oz+ can (6/30)
Jack’s Save $.75/1 pizza 15-30.5oz (7/14)
Jell-O Save $.60/1 refrigerated (6/13)
Jergens Save $1/1 Natural Glow moisturizer excludes 2floz body moisturizer (6/10)
Jergens Save $3/both Natural Glow Face AND Glow & Protect moisturizers (6/10)
Johnsonville Save $1/1 Premium Fully-Cooked Sausage (7/13)
Kraft Save $.55/1 Miracle Whip dressing, Kraft Mayo, Kraft Homestyle Mayo or Kraft Sandwich Shop Mayo (6/10)
Kraft Save $1/off 1 Honey Maid Grahams 14oz+, 1 Jet-Puffed marshmallows 80+ AND 1 Hershey’s milk chocolate 6pk (6/30)
Lance Save $.55/1 Sandwich Cracker homepack (7/15)
MidNite Save $1/1 regular, for Menopause or PM (11/30)
Mott’s Save $.55/1 6pk Sauce or Medleys Snack Cups (6/24)
Post Save $1/1 Grape-Nuts or Grape-Nuts Flakes cereal (6/24)
Post Save $1/1 Shredded Wheat cereal (6/24)
Pure Leaf Save $1/1 59oz Carafe (6/2)
Purina B2G1 free Beggin’ up to Save $3.69 free one 6oz or smaller (6/30)
Reynolds Wrap Save $.75/1 foil 35sqft+ excluding Wrappers (8/31)
Reynolds Wrap Save $.75/1 heavy duty non-stick oil (8/31)
Schick Save $1/1 Xtreme3 Hawaiian Tropic disposable razor 4 or 8 count (6/24)
Schick Save $2/1 Hydro Silk razor or refill (6/24)
Schick Save $4/1 Hydro Silk refill (6/24)
Scott Save $.50/1 Naturals flushable wipes tub or refill (6/24)
Scott Save $1/12+ rolls of Extra Soft bath tissue (6/24)
Scott Save $1/4+ rolls of towels (6/24)
Similac Save $2/1 single or 2pk SimplySmart bottles (7/1)
Skintimate Save $.55/1 shave gel or cream shave excludes 2.75oz cans (6/23)
Sure Save $1/2 deodorant 2.6oz+ ets dnd (6/3)
Tyson Save $1/1 frozen Grilled & Ready products (8/31)
V8 Save $.50/1 V-Fusion 36oz smoothie (6/24)
V8 Save $1/1 V-Fusion +Energy 6pk (6/24)
V8 Save $1/1 V-Fusion Sparkling 4pk (6/24)
Vanquish Save $1/1 extra strength pain reliever product (8/31)
Viactiv Save $2/1 Soft Chews dietary supplement (9/30)

RedPlum Coupon Preview
Advil Save $1/1 Children’s product (7/13)
Aveeno Active Naturals Save $2/1 sunscreen product ets (7/15)
Caltrate Save $2/1 supplement (7/15)
Centrum Save $2/1 multivitamins 60ct+ (6/2)
Centrum Save $3/1 ProNutrients Probiotic supplement (6/2)
Centrum Save $3/1 ProNutrients supplement (6/2)
Centrum Save $3/1 Specialist multivitamins (6/2)
Centrum Save $4/1 multivitamins 200ct+ (6/2)
Dial Save $1/1 for Men body wash 11.75oz+ or Speed Foam Gel to Foam body wash (5/31)
Dole Save $1/1 59oz 100% juice (7/8)
Garnier Save $2/1 Nutrisse Nourishing color foam (7/13)
Kibbles ‘n Bits Save $1.50/1 dry dog food (7/8)
L’Oreal Save $.75/1 Studio Line styling product (7/8)
L’Oreal Save $.75/1 Vive Pro shampoo or conditioner (7/8)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 EverCreme, EverSleek, EverPure, EverStrong shampoo or conditioner (7/8)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 EverCreme, EverSleek, EverPure, EverStrong treatment (7/8)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 EverStyle product (7/8)
Luigi’s Save $.75/1 product (6/22)
Luster Save $1.50/1 Now (6/10)
Luster Save $5/1 1 Hour White (6/10)
Milk-Bone Save $1.50/2 dog snacks (7/7)
Milo’s Kitchen Save $1/1 home-style dog treats (7/8)
Nestle/Wonka Save $1/2 9-12oz Stand-Up bags (7/31)
Osteo Bi-Flex Save $3/1 One Per Day item (6/27)
Osteo Bi-Flex Save $5/1 item 80ct+ (6/27)
Porcelana Save $2/1 Dark Circle Treatment, Day or Night Skin Lightening Creams (8/31)
Pup-Peroni Save $1/1 dog snacks 4.8oz+ (7/15)
Purex Save $.50/1 liquid detergent or UltraPacks detergent ets (6/9)
Purina Save $.55/1 3lb+ bag Kitten Chow or Cat Chow (7/15)
Right Guard Save $1/1 Total Defense 5 body wash ets (5/31)
Starkist Save $.50/2 tuna pouch products (7/8)
Superpretzel Save $1/1 product (6/22)
Turkey Hill Save $1/2 half-gallon+ drinks (8/15)
Vichy Save $10/1 Anti-Aging (11/1)

P&G Insert Coupons (Expire 6/30/12)
Align Save $3/1 product
Bounty Save $.25/1 towels or napkins
Cascade Save $.50/1 Action Pacs
Charmin Save $.25/1 product
Clairol Save $2/1 hair color
CoverGirl Save $1/1 product
Febreze Save $1/1 product with Gain
Gain Save $.50/1 detergent
Gain Save $.50/1 dishwashing liquid
Gain Save $.50/1 fabric softener, sheets, dryer bar or scent booster
Gillette Save $2/1 Mach3 disposable razor excludes 1ct, Sensor 3 or CustomPlus 3
Gillette Buy Good News or CustomPlus 3, get CustomPlus 3 4ct free up to Save $8.49
Herbal Essences/Aussie Save $1/2 products
Mr. Clean Save $.50/1 liquid or spray
Mr. Clean Save $.50/1 Magic Eraser
Olay Buy facial moisturizer or Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo, get 2-bar pack free up to Save $3
Pantene Save $3/2 products
Prilosec OTC Save $2/1 product
Puffs Save $.25/3 singles or Save $.25/1 3pk
Secret Save $1/2 products
Secret Buy 1 Clinical Strength, get Save $2 off bar, body wash, or in-shower body lotion
Swiffer Save $1/1 Dusters 6ct, Dry Cloths 32ct, Wet Cloths 24ct, Wet Jet Pads 17ct+
Swiffer Save $2/1 Dusters Extender or Sweeper starter kit
Tide Save $1/1 detergent
Venus Save $2/1 razor or refill
Venus/Daisy Save $2/1 disposable