Wednesday, June 22, 2011

way behind

Now that school is over for both the kids and I for the summer, I have decided one project I wish to accomplish will be blogs and photos. I have not printed or created photo albums since December of 2009!! I am a little behind. So here is the start of what hopefully will be many many blog pictures. So may just be pictures as I start to sort thru the summer photos.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Emma has short hair

Emma decided to have her hair cut off this time and she loves it. It curls under in the back a little and looks adorable. Emma's hair is so baby soft and she does not like to have it up in a pony tail so this seems to be the easiest thing to do now.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's from Great Grandparents Baker

Emma and Logan get so excited when they receive mail. Logan was so excited to see his treat for a Valentine gift. When I asked Emma if she would like to go to the store she said that she is saving it. Logan; on the other hand, wanted to leave right away!!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bingo Night at Emma's School

Emma's school did a Bingo Night/Chick Fil A fundraiser and we had a blast!! The kids enjoyed playing with friends while we tried to hear the Bingo numbers being called. Emma even won 10 tickets for Pickles and Popcorn. (That is the PTO's weekly treat sale). It was a nice family night that we ended with ice cream.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Star Student of the Month

Our little girl received Star Student of the month for Self-less acts. We are so proud of her!! They did a little ceremony for all the children and then gave them a few little gifts.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Busy Busy Busy

I am still around and still trying to get this couponing thing down. Because we have put ourselves on a strict grocery budget I am really trying to make good decisions in regards to coupons and the need for the product. I have found my best deals at Publix. Every week they offer Buy 1 get one free deals and you only have to buy 1 to get the product 1/2 off. And then pair that will a manufacturers or a store coupon and it may be next to free. Most Publix take Target coupons as well. So one deal the other day was Mayo for $1.99 with a $1.00 target coupon and a .75 cent manufacturers coupon made the Mayo .24 cents!! Like I said I am really trying to decide what we need. I have also set limits on what I will spend per item. But, like the deal above it is hard to pass up buying something when the deal is so good!!

The kids are well. We are so lucky to live in a neighborhood with lots of kids. There is a set of 5 year old twins that love to play with Emma and Logan. Emma will quickly finish her homework after school so she can play outside.

We are also looking forward to hosting my mom and dad in a short 4 weeks!! I am very anxious to have a chance to visit and connect with my mom again. It has been so long since we have had a chance to just veg out and talk. We are hoping to sneak a quick over night trip to Savannah and maybe try out the Paula Dean and Son's restaurant.

Well, I have spent way too much time on coupons and not enough time on homework this AM. Must get myself motivated:)

Friday, January 14, 2011

Publix Weekly Couponing Deals

Every week one of our local grocery stores; Publix, has great deals they put out. I have been search in the ads and online coupons to find the best deals. Today I saved $36.43 and this is how I did it!!!!

2 packages of Uncle Ben's Rice total spent $1.99
Buy 1 Get 1 Free
2 cans of Del Monte French Style Beans total spent $1.29
buy 1 get 1 free
2 packages Ronzoni Pasta total spent $1.39
4 cartons of beef/chicken broth total spent $5.20
buy 1 get one free (2) times
2 Welch's grape juice total spent 1.25
buy 1 get 1 free
(2) $1.00 coupons
3 packages Jello pudding snacks (6 pack refrigerated ones) total spent $4.30
3 for $6.00
$1.00 2 packages
.35 cents off 1 package and than doubled
1 bottle of fat free vanilla coffee mate total spent .50 cents
$1.00 off coupon
2 packages of Thomas English muffins total spent $3.69
buy 1 get 1 free
2 boxes of Cheerios total spent $3.29
buy 1 get 1 free
$1.00 coupons
2 boxes Aunt Jemina Waffles total spent $1.29
buy 1 get 1 free
$1.00 coupon
2 jars of smuckers jams total spent $2.29
buy1 get 1 free
$1.00 coupon
All for $28.47

Thursday, January 13, 2011


I have decided to start couponing. I have always tried too but was never very good. So one of my many New Years Resolutions is to cut back on my grocery bill. I am also going into this with a mind set of "Do I need this item" I have made some pretty good deals so far.
Today I went to the Winn-Dixie and got:
3 boxes of special K
1 box of Special K snack bars
gallon of milk
2 yogurts
1 cranberry juice
20 yoplaits
2 Ronzoni pasta's
4 cans of Progresso soup
2 bags of Caribou coffee
all for less that $30. That is a savings of $42 dollars!!!
My next trip was to the CVS to figure out the "Drugstore Game" The game is to find and buy items that will give you "extra care bucks". To start this I bought 1 thing of Recesses dots and a Snickers for $2.59. I got $2.59 cents in Extra care bugs that I can use on my next CVS trip. (these are printed on the receipt so be sure to save receipts)
Since I am just started I have not been to Walreens or Rite Aid yet, but they have the same kind of deals. Stay tuned to for more......savings!!!

Emma's last Gymnastics class (for now)

Emma has decided she would like to try dance again. So we finished gymnastics and will wait for the next Jazz/Tap class here on Post. Hopefully a opening will open soon!!

Go Ducks

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Red Nose 1/2 Marathon

I ran the Red Nose 1/2 Marathon!! This was my 2nd half-marathon and it was pretty crappy. I had been doing my long runs but nothing else. I felt prepared but not where I wanted to be. The run was super cold but I did it. I ran 13.1 miles with my family meeting me twice along the way. Matt was so great to drive over early and wait until I passed and then drove up to the next stopping point. I think I am ready for some shorter runs:)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Special Day with old and new friends.

Matt has a good friend, Gil that he knew in high school. We have kept in touch over the years but never got together. We were so excited to be able to drive to Fort Rucker to met Gil and his family. They have a daughter; Bella, who is 5 years old. The kids had a great time playing!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Years Day

Michelle planned a special New Years Day Celebration for the kids. She hosted us from 11 Am to 1 PM for pizza and lots of desserts. The kids played a few games and enjoyed lots of food. My favorite was the sparkler dessert. It was layered cupcakes with strawberries and whip cream with a sparkler on top!!