November 2010

DIY Shaped Crayons


I love giving gifts.  Much to my husband's chagrin, my generous spirit has often outweighed my budget.  A long time ago, long before I was married and had kids of my own, I started giving gifts to all the children in my life.  It started with just my nieces and nephews, and then, as a [...]

Sunday Shopping 11-28-10

I hope you all have had a wonderful holiday weekend!  Mine has been spent enjoying a lot of family time, putting up Christmas decorations, & fighting off a cold.  Aside from that last one, it has been a very fun and relaxing few days spent almost entirely at home.  Even so, I did manage to [...]

Walgreens Black Friday Shopping (& Weekly Shopping Link-Up)

I woke up this morning with a full-blown cold, but I couldn't bear the thought of missing out on the Walgreens Black Friday sale.  Thus, I bucked up, took a big dose of DayQuil, and headed on over.  Unfortunately my head was in a bit of a fog from the medication and I ended up [...]

CVS Black Friday Shopping

If you like free stuff, you will love the Black Friday deals happening at CVS!  The ad was active as of 9pm this evening, so I couldn't resist my chance to hot deals ahead of the crowds.  I could've easily walked out of there spending less than $5 for over $100 worth of stuff, but [...]

Sunday Shopping 11-21-10

I plan to hit both CVS and Walgreens later this week to take advantage of their awesome Black Friday sales, but I did make a quick trip to CVS today to grab a few gift items (and milk!). Here is what I got: At CVS I spent $35.37 for $178.57 worth of groceries and merchandise, [...]

Beginner’s Guide to Coupons (Week 8)


Congratulations! If you have made it this far and followed along each week of this Beginner’s Guide to Coupons series, then I have great news: You are officially no longer a beginner! All this crazy couponing stuff that seemed so complicated and overwhelming at the beginning should be starting to come a lot easier and [...]

Thursday Shopping 11-18-10 (& Shopping Link Up)

To be perfectly honest, I have been dreading today's pre-Thanksgiving shopping trip.  As much as I've tried to stock up on sale-priced Thanksgiving-related items over the past couple of weeks, I knew the day was coming where I would have to--gasp--pay full price for quite a few items, something I rarely do these days.  But [...]

Operation Christmas Child 2010

Yesterday Maggie and I finished up our boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  This week is National Collection Week and from now through the 22nd, drop-off stations around the country are accepting box donations.  It is such an amazing charity, and I feel so lucky to be able to participate this year. It was especially neat to [...]

Tuesday Shopping 11-16-10

I don't normally shop on Tuesdays, but I wanted to quick run into Publix to grab some Bailey's coffee creamer while it was still on BOGO sale. (There was a $1 off coupon in this past Sunday's paper.)  When I got there, I remembered that sweet onions were on sale and I had forgotten to [...]

Sunday Shopping 11-14-10

I just have to say that I really, really, really love shopping at CVS.  I was so glad to see the deals were back this week, because CVS, I missed you!  I stopped at my two favorite stores today (Punta Gorda & Edgewater/US41), and both were a dream.  I mentioned last week that the Edgewater [...]

Beginner’s Guide to Coupons (Week 7)


As you probably know, I live in Florida.  We have a lot of great things here in the Sunshine State--beaches, palm trees, flamingos, alligators, Walt Disney World....but there is one big thing that we lack:  Rite-Aid.   That means I am probably not the best person to try to teach you the ins and outs [...]

Thursday Shopping 11-11-10 (& Shopping Link Up)

Wow, I think I may have missed my calling as a movie star.  Actually, I'm just kidding.  I don't think I could be more awkward on camera if I tried.  To me the best part about having kids is always getting to be behind the camera and not in front of it.  Nonetheless, for some [...]

Beachy Master Bedroom Remodel (Final Reveal)


Here it is, the moment you've all been anxiously waiting for!  Okay, okay, maybe only I've been anxiously waiting for it.  But regardless, that moment is here.  It is time to reveal my new master bedroom-on-a-budget.  If you've forgotten what I was starting with, you can check out the "before" pictures here. So without further [...]

Sunday Shopping 11-7-10

After taking a few weeks off from CVS, I just couldn't stay away any longer  I had a couple of rain checks leftover from the Oral-B Vitality toothbrush deal a few weeks ago that I wanted to use, and I had received a couple of coupons via email and regular mail that I figured I [...]

DIY Canvas Collage Art

I am so excited to show you the "after" pictures of my master bedroom remodel.  I am still just waiting on one final little detail to be completed (it is out of my control--so frustrating!), and then I will do my big online reveal.  To tide you over, I thought I'd share my DiY tutorial [...]