June 2011

thursday shopping 6-30-11 {& weekly shopping linky}

I was beyond thrilled with this week's Publix ad.  Maybe it was the $1 Goldfish--a favorite of all kids everywhere--or the great deals on fruit, made even sweeter by the oh-so-rare $2 off produce coupons Publix issued last week to those who signed up for the Stocking Spree coupon booklet.  Or maybe it was because [...]

coupons 101: getting your family on board

Last week I received an email from a reader who wondered what she could do to get her husband more enthusiastic about using coupons.  It was a great question, and one that I hear quite a bit.  It got me thinking about how important it is to be on the same page as your spouse [...]

our alaska cruise {photo essay}

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.... (I suppose this was more like a novel.  Sorry if I went a little overboard!)

sunday shopping 6-26-11

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful & relaxing weekend.  Ours was action-packed & went way too fast and now I'm facing this Monday morning with a messy house to clean, 2 (still!) jet-lagged girls to contend with, a huge stack of yet-unopened mail & bills to sort through, several weeks' worth of [...]

Roasted Eggplant Flatbread Sandwich {Recipe}

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This sandwich makes me very happy. Not only is it delicious, filling, and super easy to make, it is Weight Watchers® friendly.  (I know, I know....I'm a little obsessive.  What can I say?  When I get enthusiastic about something, I just can't help myself.)  It makes me so happy, in fact, that in the past [...]

thursday shopping 6-23-11 {& weekly shopping linky}

Wow, two trips to Publix in two days--I hardly know what to do with myself!  Lucky for me, my sister-in-law is visiting this week and kindly offered to watch the girls both days so I could grocery shop in peace. Today's savings were slightly better than yesterday, though in my newfound Weight-Watchers enthusiasm I couldn't [...]

wednesday shopping 6-22-11 {weight watchers® edition}

After 3 weeks away, our poor little refrigerator was completely bare and I had no choice but to make a run to the store. I am not normally one to count calories. (If you've ever tried one of my butter-and-cheese-laden (but oh-so-good!) stockpile recipes you probably can already attest to that!)  I like things to taste [...]

5 tips for flying with young children

It's finally here, the very last day of Take 5 in June!  I hope you have enjoyed this little break from my normal posting schedule (but hopefully not so much that you're not glad to have me back.)  Tomorrow I'll be back to my plain old boring self. Our vacation is officially over.  After a [...]

5 Practical Ways to Decorate on a Budget

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If you have been following this blog for a while, you know what a huge fan I am of Ashley Ann Campbell and her awesome blog Under the Sycamore.   Ashley is one of those amazing people that can literally make everything--even junk--look good.  Her photos are stunning and her craft projects are so cute, original, [...]

5 Tips for Dressing Well and Spending Less {Valerie @ Charmed Valerie}

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I first met Valerie Rowencamp, today's uber-chic guest blogger when we sat next to each other during a blogging seminar at Blissdom.  I remember taking in her absolutely adorable outfit--a striped shirtdress paired with Chuck Taylors--and feeling utterly frumpy and inadequate in comparison.  And then I found out she was a fashion blogger and I [...]

5 snapshots of our alaska cruise {& weekly shopping linky}

I'll spare you the details and just say that Husband and I are having an amazing time on our Alaska cruise.Of course we miss our girls--who are apparently having such a good time with their cousins, aunties, uncles, & grandparents that they haven't given us a second thought--but there is something to be said for [...]

5 Reasons to Budget that are Bigger than Money {Jesse @ YNAB}

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I hope you all are enjoying this Take 5 in June series as much as I am.  The wisdom of people around me never ceases to amaze me. You'll probably remember Jesse from his awesome guest post a couple weeks ago on talking to your spouse about money.  It sparked a huge {positive} conversation for [...]

5 tips for a better work/life balance {hollee @ the new perfect}

Okay, can I just say that I love cruising?  The minute I stepped on the ship it was as though a huge load--one I didn't even know I was carrying--was lifted and suddenly I could breathe.  I love my kids, I love this blog, and in general I love my life, even when things get [...]

5 Fitness Tips on a Budget {Running Mama @ Running to Be Skinny}

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If you have been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed the glaring lack of "healthy lifestyle" posts.  I don't write about losing weight or exercise, and my recipes usually feature inordinately high levels of butter, sour cream, cheese, sugar, and other similarly fattening ingredients.  Needless to say, I'm probably not the [...]

5 Things I Wish I Would’ve Known When I Was 18

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My adorable--er, I mean super handsome and very manly--nephew Jacob graduated from high school last night.  It seems so crazy to me that the sweet little boy I used to babysit is now ready to head off to college. As he begins this new phase of his life--adulthood--I couldn't help but reflect on the time [...]