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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.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CVS Deals Week of August 23-29

I could have broken this into two transactions to make my out of pocket costs a little lower but I had a 4 year old boy that acted like he was jacked up on sugar during checkout.  I wanted to check out as quickly as possible!

My total spent was $11.91, I saved $26.28 and I received $5.10 back in ECB's to be used on my next transaction.  My favorite deal was the Suave Kids Shampoo on sale 2/$6 with $2 back in ECB's.  I used a BOGO coupon which made my final cost 50 cents per bottle.  A couple extra purchases were the swim goggles and the turtle swim ring.  They were on clearance with 75% off so the goggles were $1.25 and the turtle swim ring was 99 cents.  We are headed to the lake tomorrow so these are perfect for Bradley!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Our Weekend Recap

We pretty much spent our weekend organizing and cleaning with a birthday party in between.  It was really nice to get some things cleaned up and organized so I don't feel so overwhelmed.  It's starting to hit me that life is only going to get more hectic with baby #2 on the way and December 31st will be here soon enough!

 We have an unfinished basement and since we don't have a garage, the basement has pretty much just become one huge unorganized pile of pretty much everything you can imagine.

Before Picture
 After picture

 Before picture

After picture

The before picture of my laundry "room" that was out of control.

After picture....much better!

This room will eventually become the guest room when we are ready to remodel.  Until then it was Bradley's play room when the weather outside is bad.  We changed it to become the storage room so when you walk into the basement, you aren't bombarded with all the junk at first sight.

 The new organized storage room!  

We went to a birthday party on Saturday afternoon for one of Bradley's preschool friends.  Can I just say I'm so thankful for the Mama's of his preschool friends?  They have reached out to me and been so sweet including me in group activities, telling me all the best beaches and lakes to go to, and sharing their garden produce!  The party was at Triple Jump Fitness and the kids had so much fun.  They were moving around so much it was hard to take a clear picture.  Triple Jump Fitness offers open gym play which is something Bradley and I will have to check out this Winter.

We also had time this weekend for building tents, introducing Bradley to The Sound of Music movie and teaching him how to play Mario on the Wii.  We all had a good nap on Sunday afternoon and I ended each night with a new book and a new favorite coffee!

Bradley is obsessed with building tents! 
He did pretty well with the movie.  I skipped a lot of the "boring parts" because he only liked the scenes with the children.  :)

 Bradley surprised us both with how well he caught on to playing the Wii.  He was so patient and kept trying over and over again to "kill the monsters".

My two favorite sleeping boys!

I'm only on chapter 5 but this has been a fantastic book so far!

And my new coffee obsession!  
I just bought this on Friday afternoon and I only have two packets left.


Friday, August 21, 2015

My Song for the Day - Glorious Unfolding by Steven Curtis Chapman

I am so thankful for this song today.  A comforting reminder that the story is so far from over...I'm holding onto every promise that God has made to me and I'm ready to watch the glorious unfolding.


It's A.....

We found out the gender of Baby G yesterday!  Bradley is very excited to announce that he's getting a......

We are very excited about our baby girl and can't wait to go shopping.  I have a feeling Daddy's wallet will be hurting really fast!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine

Bradley and I went to the Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine downtown Portland yesterday.  I have to say I was quite spoiled by The Children's Museum of the Upstate in Greenville, SC.  The one in Portland is NOTHING like Greenville.  It's nice enough with several fun exhibits but it's rather small and can be very crowded.  I'm not sure if Bradley will be interested in going once he's a little older.  It seems like most everything is geared for children 7 and under.  A positive point is that they offer many programs for the children throughout the day.  Bradley really enjoyed the Messy Art, Turtle Time, and the Stage Story.  Admission is $10 per person and children under 18 months are free.  The first Friday of every month they offer $2 admission from 5-8 pm which is really cool.  The hours are 10 am - 5 pm.  There is a parking garage a block past the museum which offers discounted pricing at $2/hour for people going to the Children's Museum.  The garage fills up fast so be sure and get there early.  You are allowed to bring your own food and drink inside but there are designated places assigned for eating.  There is one vending machine on the lower level that offers healthy snacks and drinks.  Overall, it's a fun place to go for a couple of hours but I'm not sure we will buying an annual membership like we did in Greenville.

Grocery shopping was fun for Bradley!

He did pretty well on the climbing wall.

 He loved the outdoor exhibit, especially the water station.


The honeybees were really fun to watch.  
I loved how you could see them fly in from outside in the clear tube.

Bradley thought fixing the car and filling it up with gas was really neat.

The fire truck was extremely popular and I barely got this shot before a kid pushed Bradley out of the way so he could drive.

The spaceship was ok.  It wasn't quite as interactive as the one we are used to in Greenville.

This playground was a lot of fun but it was also very crowded with a mix of older kids and babies all climbing around.

The sawmill and the indoor water station were pretty cool.  

 My personal favorite was this little reading nook with all sorts of great books! Bradley only lasted about 10 minutes before he was ready to find something else to play.

 The events for the day.  They offer a lot of fun activities that will keep you busy.


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CVS Deals Week of August 16 - 22

I stopped at a new CVS downtown Portland today and their coupon kiosk wasn't working so I missed out on a couple of deals.  And I forgot about the 5 cent plastic bag fee they put in place a couple months ago.  Oh well...life goes on.

I made two transactions out of these purchases.  Toothpaste, body wash, and soap went on the first transaction.  My total was $6.08 after coupons and ECB's, I saved $29.16, and I received $11 back in ECB's.  The laundry detergent (normally $7.29 each) was on the 2nd transaction and my total was $5.41 after coupons and ECB's and I saved $24.40.

My grand total for everything was $11.49 and I saved $53.86 and I have $6 ECB's to be used on my next transaction.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Our Weekend Recap

It was really nice to get out of town this past weekend. We left Saturday morning and headed to CT to spend the day with Mike's grandparents.  It was a very relaxing day swimming, catching up with relatives, and eating Grandma's famous Italian meatballs & pasta and Grandpa's Italian cookies!  We stayed in a hotel on Saturday night and we binged watched HGTV.  We don't have cable at home so it was fun to see shows we normally don't see.   And it inspired us for a lot of new house projects!  

 A bathroom stop at Whole Foods in MA and Bradley found this fun mirror.

 Sandy and Eric helping Bradley get comfortable on the big inflatable chair.

 He didn't stay on very long.  
He's not quite sure how he feels about swimming yet.

 I love this picture of Bradley with his great grandparents!
Thank you Grandpa and Grandma for the wonderful, relaxing day!

On Sunday morning we went over to Uncle Kevin's house where we saw more relatives on Mike's Mom side of the family.  Uncle Kevin and Stacy made us an incredible breakfast with Kevin's famous omelets, a heaping platter of bacon, and lots of yummy pastries from Mrs. Murphy's.  We headed home that afternoon and stopped at Cracker Barrel for an early supper and then at the Maine Welcome Center for Bradley to find a couple geocaches.

Uncle Kevin showing how to play Big Buck Hunter.  Bradley loved shooting!
 Bradley was wiped out on the way home and his head kept falling over.  Mike used my maternity belt to keep his head in place!  Bradley wasn't amused when he woke up.  :)

 A game of checkers while waiting for our table at Cracker Barrel.

Standing with Smokey Bear at the Maine Welcome Center.
 Another picture with Smokey.

 This geocache was hidden in the tree stump.  

Another geocache hidden at the base of the tree.