Monthly Archives: August 2008

The Greenville Drive Game – a “Worthwhile” evening.

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Thanks to the owner of Chris’ company, Dan Wooster, we all enjoyed an evening out at the Greenville Drive Stadium – we had the best seats right behind first base in a dugout with burgers and hotdogs and all-you-could-eat popcorn and peanuts!  Before the game started we were able to watch the guys at batting practice – like they were right in front of us in the dugout! :)  Then we all went out on the field to get a group picture, then sat back to enjoy the game.  As you’ll see – some of us enjoyed it much more than others! :)

Our dugout seats were underneath that Coca-Cola sign – they were great! :)  The batting practice we watched was right underneath that couple in the picture.

We just love date nights! :)

Our dugout view. . . not bad lookin’, is it? :)

Chris is finding out that he has to be in a hamburger race. . . . on the field during the inning switch.

He makes quite the burger bun, don’t you think?

And here’s the video of the race – he’s on the “Fred’s Bread” team – ahem. . . the one that didn’t win. . .

The burger boys – after the race.

I was glad to have my baby back!

A panorama view of the stadium – we had a great time!  Thanks Worthwhile Company!

Good ol’ Southern Fun!

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We spent Saturday morning down in the little town of Williamston, SC (one main street,  one traffic light) at the Spring Water Festival.  Rachel and Emma went along and we all had a great time playing together!  And now that we know where it is, maybe we’ll have to go again next year! :)

Emma, enjoying the sandbox.

Chloe, getting ready to dig in. . . oh she’s gonna have so much fun at the beach!

Emma’s going for the buried treasure – she won’t let Chloe get in her way!

After the sandbox, it was time for the awesome toddler swings.

Chloe liked to go really high!

It looked like so much fun, Mama wanted a ride!

Next it was time for the playground – Emma, lead the way!

“Cho-e, are you coming?” :)

“Give me a second, Emma – I’ll be there. . . “

“Grunt, Grunt. . . hold on. . .

“YAY – I made it!  Now, let’s play!”

Thanks to everyone who posted – and the winner is…

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Leslie! :) 

Congratulations!  Her Mystery $$ Target Gift Card will be in the mail today! :)

In case you are ever going on a beach vacation, or even need some frugal picnic ideas take a look at some of those comments down below – I feel like I could write an e-book on the subject, complete with special tips and recipes and meal plans for over a week after all the suggestions I got!  Hmmm. . . maybe I will. . . :) 

We’re looking forward to our vacation, and will have lots and lots of pictures posted soon – here were some of my favorite “beach Picnic” ideas – you know, the ones that my pregnant, non-creative mind has been drawing blanks on:

1. Wraps – we’re having some roasted chicken ceasar wraps.  Yummy! :)

2. Crockpot dinner in the hotel room.  I was planning to bring our toaster oven for some chicken wings, but this might be a little easier – and will probably end up taking up a lot less room.

3. “Skewered” snacks – put everything on little toothpicks or skewers!  You don’t need plates or napkins or forks, and if one falls in the sand – oh well!  Grab another one.  I can see kids really going for this too!  You could even let them all make their own skewers at home - what fun! :)  (Mine would be all pickles, I think!) :)

 

Thanks again everyone – I hope you all have a fabulous last few weeks of summer! :)

Eating Popsicles and Picking…um…”Flowers”

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With all of my morning, evening, and afternoon sickness, I haven’t been able to spend much time with Chloe lately.  This morning, however, was really nice, thanks to some tropical-like breezes from our friend, Fay, and we decided to take advantage of the nice weather.  Chloe loves picking dandelions and eating popsicles, so it was a pretty awesome morning for her! :)

First, there’s the hunt for the perfect dandelion. . .

. . .then it’s time to try to blow off all the petals.

She usually just starts picking them off, though, if they don’t blow off easily enough.  :)

THEN, if that doesn’t work, she’ll fling it around until it’s “all done!”

Then it’s time to pick some more and do it all over again!

And when all the dandelions are gone, it’s time for a treat!

 

Yummy! :)

I need ideas + Mystery $$ Target Gift Card Giveaway!

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My family and I are preparing for a trip to the beach the first week of September!  I’m trying to save $$ by planning a couple of picnic lunches and dinners, but I’m having a hard time coming up with what to serve on the beach.  I can’t think of what tastes good with sand, you know? :)   So, I’m asking you for help!

Just for fun, I’m giving away a Target Gift Card in hopes that you will help me out with your amazing ideas!  The catch is, it’s a mystery gift card – you won’t know what’s on it until you get it and call the number on the back of the card (or try to spend it, too!)  I will tell you that it’s at LEAST $1, but not more than $25.  To enter, simply put your name with a link to your blog, or your email address in the comments section with your picnic idea, and I”ll draw for a winner on Wednesday night at 10 PM.

Good Luck everyone!  (And thanks for your help!)

5 Painless Ways to Save $100 (or more!) this year.

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My friend, Crystal over at her blog, was inspired by an article from the Tightwad Gazette – “Ten Painless Ways to Save $100 in a year”.  You can read what she had to say here at her blog.  She did encourage us to come up with our own lists, though – so, here it is, folks – the way we’re saving quite a bit more than $100 this year – painlessly! :)

1. Get free movie rentals and game rentals from Redbox or with My Coke Rewards points.  Redbox has several free movie codes here, and by using the bottle tops from Coke products, you can earn points to exchange for free movie rentals from Blockbuster here.    (FYI:  Redbox is a new brand of movie rentals that actually utilizes a vending machine!  You can find them in most Bi-Lo’s here in Greenville, and in several other stores across the country, including some McDonald’s even.  The benefit is that the movies are only $1 a day – so if you have the discipline to return it after you watch it, you can see movies for MUCH cheaper than Blockbuster prices.  For a list of available locations in your area, click here.

2.  Always have sweet tea in the fridge.  Before my husband dropped his Coke addiction of 5 years about 2 months ago (which is how we got all those free movies and game rentals!), we were spending lots of money on his caffeine requirements for the day.  One things that’s significantly helped is to always have sweet tea in the fridge – that keeps him from looking for something else, or feeling like he needs to go make a CVS run for more Coke.

3.  Do surveys on e-rewards.com.  Through this you can earn “cash” to buy things like $25 gamestop gift cards (my husband’s favorite!), restaurant gift certificates and shopping gift certificates.  They make for great gifts.  The surveys are super easy and are legit, not like some surveys on cashcrate.com, which can sometimes lead you down a path of neverending offers.  The best thing is that they tell you from the get-go how long each one will take, and how much $$ you can earn – so you can accept of decline them as you have time.

4.  Shop all year for Christmas – I have LOTS of Christmas gifts already put aside in my closet (Becca and Beth – don’t go looking!!) from great sales I found this summer or even at the end of the last winter season.  Of course, the buy.com and google checkout promotion helped a lot too! :)

5. Use a hotel rewards credit card.  Of course – this is can be a scary thing for some people and is even looked down on in some circles, but it’s worked well for us (and really kinda helps keep us in check with our spending)!  We have a credit card with Choice Privleges that actually gives points towards free hotel nights.  There’s no annual fee, and the interest rate is low – although, we usually don’t take advantage of that because we pay our bill off every month.  We like to cash in every year for our vacations, and will be taking a 6 day/5 night stay in Savannah, GA the first week of September for free – at a really nice hotel with an awesome breakfast! :)

So that’s us – anybody else have some great ideas out there?  I’d love to hear!

Easy way to clear some clutter and get some cash!

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Everyone’s trying to make a little extra cash these days – here’s a site I LOVE and use often whenever I need some extra “date” money!  This site, which pays you for your used books, is extremely easy to navigate. It lets you type in your book’s ISBN number then gives you a price quote right away.  On top of that, they even pay for you to ship your books to them!  They also pay really quickly.  They can pay you with a check, or send your money to your paypal account.  I’ve always had the $$ sent to Paypal and I’ve gotten it within 1-2 days of their receiving my books (although they guarantee sending you the money within 3 days). 

They even take old textbooks, so go ahead and clear out some of that clutter from last year!  Little Chloe’s not in school yet, so I don’t have books of hers to sell, but I do have some from college that have been taking up room on our precious few bookshelves, so I’m clearing them out for a new box of books.  Besides, although I thought differently in college, I’m really not going to reread my Pschology 101 Book.  :)