Monthly Archives: October 2008

Just a little shout out for my friend’s new blog!

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Especially if you live in the Greenville area, you should check out my friend’s new blog – www.savingingreenville.com.  There’s lots of really neat deals that are mostly specific to our neck of the woods, but some of the deals may be available elsewhere (like the world wide web ones!).

Of course, you’ll never see pictures of our adorable little bug over there, so you’ll have to still check here often for that! :)

Pumpkin Crazies

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Chloe and I took Chris to our favorite little pumpkin patch in Moore, SC this weekend.  Although the weather was cloudy, we still had a great time and got a few good shots! :)

Painting the House

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We chose a nice thin paint that is easily washable and blends in nicely with the color of our house already (i.e. WATER!).  Chloe had a lot of fun, but soon decided that painting the porch was a little more fun.

Busy, but Happy!

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Here’s what we’ve been up to these last few days – to catch you all up!  Chloe’s little best friend, Emma, has an adorable little stroller for dolls, but you’ll see what they thought it was for.  We went to Fall For Greenville, an awesome festival with lots and lots of awesome food! :)  We all had a great time!  Then, Emma had a birthday party, which was a BLAST – you’ll have to check out the cupcakes her mom made!  Then Chloe had a birthday – her party’s coming – as soon as I get a giant Pablo costume done – and today we “painted” the house – with water!

Chloe prays for her grandparents

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Chloe’s been learning how to pray for other people in our family besides just us.  Here’s a little video clip of it. . . . well. . .along with a shot of her and her new dance moves. . . .and playing with Jack (our in-law’s dog that we’re keeping for a while). . . and her breakfast. . . so, if you have four minutes, enjoy! :)

 

The Bravest Man I Know

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Guest Post, written by my husband. . . thanks, Babe!

Every now and then, we get caught off guard by inexplicable emotions. A deep feeling that is much more than joy or sadness – it’s a bit of each, actually. A feeling that has a sense of urgency, though you feel no rush. A feeling of restlessness and longing, but also a sense of peace, too. This is the feeling that’s been sitting deep within me for the past several days – because my hero is leaving.

My hero is the bravest man I know. He’s funny, charismatic, has a million-dollar smile. Every time you say good-bye after having spent time with him, you’ve left him a better person than when you came. Nobody loves their wife or children more than him. He’s moral, full of integrity, and and just plain all-around-cool. The true irony of Cpt. Tim Crawley, Battalion Chaplain in the US Army, is this: he’s not allowed to carry a weapon, but his hands are registered as weapons . . . yeah, he’s a third degree black belt. And that’s just the beginning.

Continue reading here. . .

SUPER CHEAP (or free!) food at Publix this week!

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  • Publix large eggs are $1.29, use with this $1/1 Food Lion coupon, and get them for $.29 each! :) 

          BTW, I bought 4 dozen eggs today, and don’t worry – the ones I got don’t expire until November 8th! 

     

    • Muir Glen organic diced tomatoes ($1.39-1.59 per can) can be used with this or this coupon for $1/1 (you can print each coupon twice for a total of four), and you can use them with two of the $1/2 coupons in the Greenwise Publication (in the front of Publix stores) for a total of $.36 for all four, or $.09 each! :)

     

    • For a cheap dinner, purchase a rotisserie chicken (already cooked – the whole thing!) for $7.09 from the Publix deli.  Use this $2/$5 deli purchase Food Lion coupon to get it for $5.09.  How many meals can you get out of one chicken?

     

    • Need a side item for that chicken dinner?  Try some of the Knorr sides plus veggies that are on sale buy one, get one free which means they’re $1.53 for two!  Go here and print off this $.60/1 coupon (just search through the pages until you find them – mine was on page 6 – and you can go back and print at least one more) to make them $0.33 for two, or less than $0.17 each!!

     

    • Want a way to use some of that chicken?  Make a pizza!  You can get Pillsbury Pizza Crust (in the refrigerated section) for $1.67.  Use this coupon for $1/1 (you can print two by going back on your browser and printing again) and get two for $1.34, or just one for $0.67

     

    • Then, if you printed the eggs coupon from above (this one!) you might as well $5 worth of fruit and veggies, ’cause you’ll have a $2/$5 purchase coupon! :)
    • Oh, and don’t forget that you can print these coupons from Food Lion to get $1 off any Gerber Baby Food and $1.50 off any Food Lion Wipes or Diapers.  Use them on the Gerber Baby Food at Publix ($0.55) and the travel pack of 12 wipes ($0.99) and you’ll make almost $1 in overage on each transaction to use towards something you don’t have coupons for.  Have fun! :)

    These are just some of the deals that I’m doing later this afternoon at Publix – many thanks to Sarah – check out her blog for even more Publix deals with coupon matchups!  Happy Savings! :)

    Frugal Christmas Gift Ideas

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    So, over on my favorite blog ever, Money Saving Mom, a poor distressed lady wrote in asking about how to get through Christmas without crying over her gifts “not being good enough”, or stressing over the perfect gift for each person.  I know it’s just October 3rd, but this isn’t the first I’ve heard comments like this already this fall!  For some people, Christmas is so stressful – not because of what they do, but because of what they feel they “have” to do for others in order to make them happy.

    I’m pleased to say that there were several comments listed in reply to Ms. Distressed’s questions with some AMAZING ideas of how to give extremely thoughtful gifts without spending a lot of money.  Some people even gave up giving and getting gifts altogether!  Go here to see all the comments listed, but for a short selection of some of my favorites (not including the ones I’m going to do, so I’m not saying them here!). . .  And if you have any ideas, please feel free to share them as well!

    • It’s impossible to please everyone. Simple homemade gifts show you put time and love into your presents. Try giving a family gift (instead of individual ones) of homemade cookies, bread, or canned goods, add a homemade oranment and you’ve given a wonderful gift that you can feel good about. – Beth

     

    • My mom has a stepsister who has everything and things on her list are either too expensive for us to give or she turns her nose up at them. She doesn’t even says thank you. Many years ago my mom started to donate her time to a charity. The charity made up a certificate saying 40 hours of service were dedicated in Stepsister’s name by my mom’s name. Now they are in a different place and my mom makes a donation but the certificate recieved never says the amount. She picks a charity for a cause that impacts her stepsister. This year is American Cancer Society because her father was recently diagnosed.  – Angela

     

    • My teenage niece is getting a “Death by Chocolate” gift basket – with homemade Chocolate Chocolate Chip cookie dough and a cookie scoop so she can make cookies whenever she wants, along with a jar of homemade hot cocoa mix.
      My sister-in-law and her fiance are getting a Home Cooking basket – with the ingredients and a recipe card for my favorite Chicken Tortilla Soup, along with 2 soup mugs & spoons from the dollar store.
      Another family member is getting a gift basket with the recipe & ingredients for homemade caramel popcorn.
      (Once I thought of a theme to fit their personalities, I ran with it!) – Leisa

     

    The biggest key is to think of each person personally – when you shop off the clearance rack for people, albeit you can find great deals, sometimes you have to try to make the person fit the gift – I think this is what causes all the stress of wondering if they’ll like it or not while you’re watching them open it.  Believe me, ahem, I know this from experience!  That’s why this year, everyone is getting a home-made gift.  And, thankfully, I know everyone in my family will like them – because they’ll each be a perfect gift for each of them, that they’ll know I put a lot of thought and time into. :)

    ** oh yeah, and for an added special touch, wrap your presents up really pretty – it doesn’t have to be expensive, but a little ribbon with a favorite candy bar or homemade ornament makes everyone smile.  BTW, you can buy ribbon really inexpensively at craft stores – skip the Christmas stuff which can run you $5 a roll, and go for the pretty solid colors that will complement your paper, and there you have it! :)

    Pig Pickin’

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    Every fall our church hosts a huge picnic with BBQ and lots of fun for the kiddos – we had a blast this year!  Better than last year, at least!  Chloe didn’t like how the cotton candy disappeared in her mouth last year, so we kinda skipped it this time, and went down this MASSIVE 25 foot slide (Yep!  I went down it with her – PREGNANT!), and had a lot of fun with the animals.  She was so dirty – she had two baths! :)