Monthly Archives: April 2008

Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society


I couldn’t post this until now, but after having been given permission from the home office, I am pleased to announce a Help Whip Cancer fundraiser with the Pampered Chef for the American Cancer Society! :)  The Pampered Chef has several pink products they are selling to help raise money for early detection and education of breast cancer.  You can order from me if you’d like – just leave a quick comment in the comment section, and I’ll email you more information (like the website where you can order, prices, etc.). 

Also 25% of all the orders goes directly to the American Cancer Society!

I’m super excited about this as there have been several people in my life affected by breast cancer.  One of my good friends’ mother is a two-times breast cancer survivor, and I’m thrilled to be able to raise money for this wonderful association that helped her out so much!

There’s also an amazing recruiting promotion going on right now that I’d love to tell you about as well. . . like to the tune of LOTS of free stuff. . .  :)

Spend $10 and make $52? Plus walk out with $112 worth of stuff?



So, here’s how I fared. I ended up spending a little more than I had intended – partly because the cashier, in her attempt to be helpful, ended up scanning my mom’s card and my card for different transactions, meaning some offers weren’t necessarily reached, and the ECB’s didn’t print at the right time. Still a great day, though! I ended up spending $10 OOP, and got $112 worth of stuff, and I’ll get $52 in rebate checks in a few weeks. I’m happy! :)

> “Chloe needs free diapers” Deal!

1 pkg. Playskool Diapers (9.99)

2 pkgs. Playskool wipes (3.49 each)

TOTAL: 16.97

- $3/$15 CVS coupon

- $2/1 coupon for diapers

- 2 1 $1/1 coupon for wipes (I could only use one :( )

TOTAL OOP (But I used GIft Card for 16.97!) $10.97

Total Left over: $6 Gift Card total

> “Daddy and Mommy need stuff, too” deal

Just for Men Haircolor (not really for him, but I make money off of it, so I’m buying it! :) ) $7.99

2 Speed Stick Deoderant (BOGOfree!) $2.79 for both

Softsoap SPA Body Wash $4.99 They were out of this, so I bought some things we “needed” – a Pepsi, a Mtn. Dew, and some milk.  Didn’t get my ECB’s, but that’s ok. :)

TOTAL: $15.77 + tax

- $3.00 CVS coupon

- $2.00 off Just for Men Coupon (+ rebate here)

- $1.00 off Softsoap Spa Radiant Body Wash Coupon

- $0.75 coupon for deoderant from 4/27 paper

- $1.00 off coupon for deoderant printable! :)

TOTAL OOP = $9.02

- $7.00 Gift Card remainder

= $2.02 + tax

Extra Care Bucks (ECB’S) Earned from this deal: $12.98 7.99 + $7.99 rebate for JUST FOR MEN = $20.97 I get paid for shopping!  :)

> “I just want more ECB’s’ Deal

2  Post it Notes – $5.00

4  Post it Flags  – $10.00

2 PalmOlive Dish Soap (BOGOfree!) – $1.39

TOTAL = $16.39 + tax

- $3/15 CVS Coupon

- 2 $3/2 Post it Flags Coupon + REBATE for MacDonald’s Gift Certificates

- $0.25 Palmolive dish soap coupon (4/27 paper)

TOTAL OOP = $5.14 + Tax

I paid cash for these. :)

I just earned $5.00 in ECB’s + I will get $10.00 in MacDonald’s Gift Certificates!


> “So, I’m just really trying to get to know the cashier” deal

1 One Touch Glucose Monitor (Missionaries could use this!) $29.99

1 Neosporin $2.99 (?)

1 Benadryl Topical $3.49 (?)

1 Purell – $3.49 (?)

TOTAL: $39.96 + tax

- 1 $3/15 CVS coupon

- 1 $4/20 CVS welcome coupon

- $20/1 coupon in 4/27 paper

- $1 coupon for Benadryl (4/27 paper)

- $0.50 coupon for Neosporin (4/27 paper)

- $1 Purell coupon (4/27 paper)

TOTAL OOP = $10.44 + Rebate in package for $29.99!!

Pay with ECB $7.99 = $2.45 OOP + tax

And I earned another $5.00 in ECB for next week!


I think I’m done now – by this time, I think the dear cashier will want to throw me out of the store! :)  Here’s a summary of how I’ll do (if it all works out!):

Total merchandise value: $112.25

Total Spent with my spare change after coupons and ECB’s : $9.50 ish+ tax

“Leftovers” : $5.00 ECB’s for next week

Rebates that I’ll send off for: $10.00 in MacDonald’s Gift Certificates, $29.99 Mail In Rebate for Glucose Monitor, $8.00 Mail In Rebate for Just for Men = $47.99



Sweet Angel on Sunday. . . but not so angel-like on Monday


So maybe we should talk to Chloe about being one way at church and another at home, but we assumed she was too young to understand that.  Oh well – I guess we were wrong!  (Again! :) 



Here she is in her pretty little red dress.  Very angelic-like, don’t you think?


“Here. Mom, let me fix your necklace!”


Here, she’s waving (and saying!) Buh-Bye to some nice people in our church – still very angelic-like!


. . .

but this is where the tide turns.  When we’re no longer at church – watch out! :) 


Notice the really healthy lunch on her tray – oranges, whole wheat bread, cheese. . . and she pulled the chocolate chips off the counter, AND opened the bag on her own, THEN poured them all over the counter and the floor!  I love the “guilty” face. :)

“What chocolate chips,  Mom?”

“If you’ll forgive me, Mom, I still have some chocolate to eat.”

“Yes! That camera got me out of trouble again!  Now, I wonder what I can do tomorrow. . .”

Pool Party with Emma!


So, with our warm weather it was about time that Chloe and I hosted a pool party!  We’re so excited to be able to have guests over that we had them over before we had even blown the pool up (that was a lot of fun without an air compressor!). :)  Here’s a few shots of the fun we all had!


In this next picture – Chloe really is trying to give Emma a hug – not knock her over. . . even though that is what eventually happened. . . :)


I had made some little chocolate chip cookies, and Chloe was really enjoying them! :)

 And here’s a short video clip of the day – enjoy, Nana! :)


The Value of One Penny – Homemade Laundry Detergent!


My husband alerted me to this story on today – very interesting that we’re not the only moms out there trying to save money on groceries! 

After reading about the homemade laundry detergent, I did a little research, and found this cute blog with a great post about how her family made the laundry detergent (go down to “Science Experiment” Post)!  Just to break it down for you as to how cheap it actually is to make your own detergent, the recipe she used would wash 64 loads of laundry, and cost only $0.73 to make!  (For you non-math scholars out there, that equals $0.01 (ONE PENNY!!!) per load of laundry – can’t beat that, no matter where you shop. . . in fact, it might be cheaper than making a special trip to CVS to get FREE detergent with gas prices the way they are!  (Not to mention, you probably find at least one penny in each load of laundry you do! :) )  She found all the ingredients at her grocery store, and had fun making it one afternoon with her kids.


After looking some more, here’s a few other recipes I found for liquid detergents, powdered detergents, quick hints for making the detergent, and some tips for finding the ingredients. (Unless you already know what aisle Borax is in!)  I’m thinking about trying this, especially if it really does save lots of money every year. . . once I run out of free Tide from CVS! :)

The Thirsting Soul Satisfied in God



Psalm 63

The Thirsting Soul Satisfied in God.
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

    O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
         My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
         In a dry and weary land where there is no water. 

Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
         To see Your power and Your glory. 

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
         My lips will praise You.

So I will bless You as long as I live;
         I will lift up my hands in Your name. 

My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
         And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. 

When I remember You on my bed,
         I meditate on You in the night watches, 

For You have been my help,
         And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. 

My soul clings to You;
         Your right hand upholds me. 

But those who seek my life to destroy it,
         Will go into the depths of the earth. 

They will be delivered over to the power of the sword;
         They will be a prey for foxes. 

But the king will rejoice in God;
         Everyone who swears by Him will glory,
         For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.

FYI – little bits of information that I’ve learned. . . probably the hard way!


Firstdon’t let your kid swallow Palmolive Dish Soap.  It won’t kill ‘em, and it won’t really bother them, too much, but it will upset their stomach and have some interesting side effects. . . .

Yes, Chloe was out of my sight for only a moment, and she found the new bottle of dish soap (that I had gotten free at CVS, of course!).  When I heard her coughing, I ran into the room and found that she had drank 2 ounces of the 13 ounce bottle!  I immediately said a quick prayer, then washed out her mouth and called the Poison Control Center.  The guy on the phone told me that she should be fine, but that she might vomit once or twice, and her throat would probably be irritated.  Just about that time, she did vomit (sorry for the gory details – the story does get better!), and started coughing and burping. . . .and when she did, she kept blowing bubbles!  :)  I probably would have panicked had I not known that she would be OK.  Three hours later, she still smells like citrus! :)


Second – if you’re going to store your favorite salt and pepper shakers for a move (like more than a few weeks), you should pour the salt and pepper out of the shakers – no matter how expensive your salt and pepper is!  I left the salt and pepper in mine when we moved from West Virginia ( I wish I could say it was because I was super frugal and I didn’t want to waste it, but really, I probably just didn’t feel like doing it), and now the top of my salt shaker has begun corroding . . . I guess that’s what I get for being lazy!  :)


Stay tuned – I’m sure I’ll have many more FYI’s to come! :)

“Free” $25.00 for a 3 minute registration!


I just got this link from, and I wanted to let you all know about it!  Revolution Money Exchange is attempting to compete with PayPal, and is offering $25 for each new account that is registered.  You simply register, and they deposit $25 in your account, which you can have mailed to you  in the form of a check if you’d like, or you can register your bank account and have it put directly in there. It’s completely legitimate, and actually a ‘real’ way of getting ‘rich’ fast.  (That is, if an extra $25 or $50 makes you rich. . . it would buy you a lot of double cheeseburgers from McDonalds!)  

” How can they do this?” you ask.  Well, it’s actually a lot cheaper for them than an ad campaign, and (apparently) the word is traveling faster – everyone wants to cash in on their $25.  The main differences I’ve seen between them and paypal is that they do not give you interest on your account (paypal currently gives a pretty good interest on the money you have in your account).  HOWEVER, as most of you know, paypal charges a fee whenever you are paid with paypal.  Revolution Money Exchange does not.  Only time will tell if this is all they’ll need to overtake the “common-ness” of paypal. 

BTW, I signed up my husband too, so I got $50!!  Which will go towards covering the cost of my husband’s birthday gift – that new TV I’ve been saving for! :)  You can also get up to $500 for referrals.  So, click on this button, and have fun spending your money! Ha! Ha!

Refer A Friend using Revolution Money Exchange

Just make sure you do it quickly  because you only have until May 15th.  Email me if you have any questions!

Dog Days of. . . spring?


Needing to take a little break from all the house work, the three of us decided to spend some time downtown and enjoy the nice weather together.  We knew Chloe was very friendly, but we didn’t think she could make a friend so quickly – she even stole a kiss!

This “little” guy weighs 130 pounds!!

His tongue is the size of her head!