Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your stories with me as well.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Best deal were the hairbands on sale 2/$3 with $3 back in Register Rewards making these FREE!. The Huggies wipes came up on sale for $1.15 (unadvertised on the shelf) and I had 50 cents manufacturer's coupon and $1 Walgreens coupon so the wipes came out to be FREE also! Butterball Chicken broth was 2/$1 with in-ad coupon. Bounty Paper Towels were on sale for $5.49 with $1 back in Register Rewards. I also used $1 manufacturer's coupon to make my final cost $4.49 for a 6-pack.
My biggest expense on this trip were the breast milk freezer storage bags. They were $6.99 and I used $2 Walgreens coupon to make final cost $4.99 for 25 bags. I'm thinking it might just be cheaper to use Ziploc freezer bags for storing breast milk. Any ideas from those who have stored breast milk in the freezer before?
Did you find any great deals at Walgreens this week? Feel free to add the link to your blog in the comments section!
Thursday, July 28, 2011
This code expires on August 31, 2011 and is only valid for one-time redemption per member per household. Taxes, shipping, and handling will apply.
I used Shutterfly for Bradley's birth announcements and for thank you cards for Ty's birthday party. They did an excellent job!
|One of three laundry baskets in our house|
Ok, so I'm not a huge country music fan but the song Just Another Day in Paradise by Phil Vassar was in my mind all day yesterday. I could go on and on about everything that didn't go as planned yesterday but the biggest problem was my dryer went out. You know the lint dryer vent that is supposed to be cleaned out like every other load? I guess it would help if I actually remembered that step and didn't break the heating element every 6 months. I remembered as I went to pull out the damp clothes from the dryer and realized they didn't dry. You don't even want to know how thick the lint was in that dryer vent. So until my wonderful husband can fix it, looks like my laundry will be piling up...very quickly!
|What my laundry room looks like now.|
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
These items are selling quickly, the one item I had my eye on sold within an hour.
Use code FAMILY10 for an additional 10% off your order!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
This was one of my best CVS shopping trips in a long time! I spent a whopping 24 cents for all of these items and saved $33.99. I also received $7 ECB's to be used on my next purchase. Total year to date I've saved $783.42 at CVS.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Ingredients for Tomato Pie:
Sour Cream Pastry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons fresh basil
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Sour Cream Pastry Ingredients and Directions:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sour cream
Stir together first 3 ingredients in a bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a pastry blender until mixture resembles small peas. Add sour cream; stir with fork until combined. Gently gather dough and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 1 to 24 hours.
Directions for Tomato Pie:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare Sour Cream Pastry.
Place tomatoes in a single layer on paper towels; sprinkle with salt. Let stand 30 minutes. Pat dry with paper towels. Stir together next mayonnaise, basil, and 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
Roll Sour Cream Pastry into a 13-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate, fold edges under and crimp.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese over bottom of crust. Arrange tomato slices over cheese in crust; spread mayonnaise mixture over tomatoes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 34-37 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
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You can also save $15 off your purchase of $60 or more with coupon code 12GP46DG5T92294. This coupon expires on August 7, 2011
I'm so glad I don't have a girl because I would spend all of our money buying their cute outfits.
I love this ruffled shirt! It would be adorable paired up with a white skirt.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
This code expires on July 22, 2011.
Don't forget as you shop online, always checkout through Ebates.com in order to receive additional cash back. At Lane Bryant, you will receive 3.0% cash back. Every little bit helps and adds up in the end!
- 4 cups peeled, sliced peaches
- 2 cups sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup water
- 8 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2 cups self-rising flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- Ground cinnamon, optional
Put the butter in a 3-quart baking dish and place in oven to melt.
Mix remaining 1 cup sugar, flour, and milk slowly to prevent clumping. Pour mixture over melted butter. Do not stir. Spoon fruit on top, gently pouring in syrup. Sprinkle top with ground cinnamon, if using. Batter will rise to top during baking. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
To serve, scoop onto a plate and serve with your choice of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
Friday, July 15, 2011
I came across this cute diaper bag for a girl for only $23.99 after coupon. This offer expires on July 21, 2011.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Use coupon code FREEMVC for free shipping and code SAVENSUMMER for 30% off your purchase. These codes expire on July 20th. Let me know if you are able to find any other great deals!
Click here to print a coupon for a free portrait package and 40% off at your local Olan Mills Studio. The portrait package includes 1 8x10, 2 5x7's and 8 wallets. The 40% applies to purchases $69.99 or more. I don't think we will be buying that many pictures but I'm definitely going to schedule an appointment for the free package. Ty needs his one year old pictures so this comes at the perfect timing!
Old Bread, any type - I actually used Hot Dog buns that were leftover from Ty's birthday party.
Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut bread into cubes.
In a large bowl, toss bread cubes with enough olive oil to lightly coat. I used approximately 1/4 cup for 6 hot dog buns.
Add Kosher salt and black pepper and toss until cubes are coated.
Put bread on baking pan that is lined with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
Bake bread in oven for 20-30 minutes until bread is golden brown and crunchy.
Homemade croutons can last up to two weeks stored in a plastic container or bag, unrefrigerated.
You can also add your own spices to add a variety of flavor to these croutons. I'm going to try basil and Parmesan cheese on my next batch!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
My friend Serah from Honeysuckle and Cupcakes emailed me a picture the other day of these adorable shoes for our boys. Both of us have husbands who are HUGE Red Sox fans and we have been converted into fans ourselves. Parents magazine also advertised these in this months issue along with a 15% off code. To receive 15% off at Skidders.com use code SKID15. I'm thinking these would make great Christmas gifts for the boys......
2 cups crushed pretzels
3/4 cup melted butter
3 tablespoons sugar, plus 3/4 cup sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
1 (8-ounce) container whipped topping
1 (6-ounce) package strawberry gelatin dessert mix
2 cups boiling water
2 1/2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
For the crust, mix the pretzels, butter, and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Press this mixture into a 9x13 pan and bake for 7 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and 3/4 cup of sugar. Fold in the whipped topping and spread over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until well chilled.
In a small bowl, dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water and allow to cool slightly. Add the strawberries and pineapple and pour over the cream cheese mixture. Refrigerate until serving time.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
This coupon expires on July 31, 2011.
Use coupon code 110D5CG8CV84112 to receive 20% off your entire purchase at gymboree.com
This coupon expires on July 31, 2011.
With back to school clothing sales right around the corner, you might be able to score some great deals on kids clothing!
First Transaction: Infusium Conditioner - on sale for $5.99 with $4 back in Register Rewards. I used $1 manufacturer's coupon to make my final cost 99 cents.
Walgreens Razor on sale for $3.99 with $3.99 back in Register Rewards making my final cost FREE.
Total spent out of pocket was $9.58 including tax. I saved $5 and I received $8 back in Register Rewards.
Second Transaction: Electrasol Gel Pacs - on sale $3.49 with $1 back in Register Rewards. I used $1 manufacturer's coupon to make my final price $1.49.
Glad Cling Wrap - on sale $1.99 with in-ad coupon
Hyland's Teething Gel - on sale for $5 with $5 back in Register Rewards making final cost FREE.
GUM 2 pack Toothbrushes - on sale for $2 with $2 back in Register Rewards making my final cost FREE
Total spent out of pocket was $5.25 since I used my $8 Register Rewards from first transaction. I saved $15.78 and received another $8 in Register Rewards to be used on my next purchase.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
Enjoy the pictures of Bradley! (By the way for those of you who are wondering why I never post any picture of Ty, due to the safety of Ty, until his adoption is finalized, we are not allowed to post any of his pictures on the Internet.)