Friday, December 19, 2008
Here are my humble thoughts.
Simple tips on keeping it real:
1.If you don't need it don't buy it. (okay I'm totally a sucker for FREE stuff.)
2.Have a limit on how often you go. (ex. I try to only go to CVS once a month)
3.Don't look at the ads unless you are already going to that store. (I look at the Meijer ad because I'm going to go there anyways, I never look at the mall ads it makes me discontent with what I have)
4. Take it with a grain of salt how much you are really saving, CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid are so over priced. (I'd take the number they give you and divide it in half.)
5. Set a budget on deals, mine in $5 a week.
6. Make sure it's okay with your hubby, an obvious one yet probably the most forgotten one.
Now I step onto my soapbox: Here is a little hypothetical story.
If you were to buy a new washing machine (with a coupon or price match of course) you would not take it home and try to use cow manure in place of detergent. No that would be dumb and simply unwise. Same with your car, you don't add apple juice to the gas tank and expect it to run now do ya.
So why oh why do people fill their sweet babies up with crap food that you can't even pronounce. OK if you and your hubby want to eat crap you are adults and can make up your own mind, your children can not.
Okay I'm stepping down now.
Save money other places if you can before it effects your food. Write out a menu and stick to it. Real old fashion oatmeal or homemade granola is quite comparable to a box of cereal bought on sale with a coupon. Diced up potatoes are much cheaper that bagged fries with twelve gazillion things added to them. Buy real fruit in season, skip the sugary drinks, even juice, drink water. The key word here is REAL!
Yes I too am a sucker for a nice haul of crap, almost all of which I have to give away because it's not REAL. I love to ask the hubby when I get home how much he think it all cost and then have him ask me how they can keep their doors open, it's fun. But not at the health of my family.
End of humble thoughts. Have a good one.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Me to Racky and Lula: Who put these marks on the wall? There are little holes all over the wall.
Lula ever so matter-a-factly: Maybe it was a woodpecker?
Friday, December 5, 2008
Meijer's this week:
Buy 3 Hanes products get $10 off instantly!
I bought one pack panties for Lula, and two packages of socks, one for the boys and one for Lettie, for $2 and some change! ($3.99 a pack) Can't beat that. I might go back tomorrow. Deal end 12/6 so hurry.
Monday, December 1, 2008
The kids were aware of the situation and checked the trap about every 5 seconds. Lula had an idea, the mouse can't find the cheese on the trap. What they didn't get the "meet me at the mouse trap memo"!?!?
So she proceeds to cut out paper color it yellow and add "cheese holes" and made a trail of paper cheese to the trap so it would find the trap. Why didn't I think of that? :0) She is our creative one all right!
Well it still hasn't gotten the memo. They is no signs (aka mouse crap) of it being in the house, hubby thinks they are in the walls. Nice! Please oh please don't die in the walls and smell the whole house up!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
A overflowing laundry basket... we have more than enough clothes.
Crumbs on the floor... my children have never gone to bed hungry.
Lack of sleep...I have a sweet baby to love.
Snot noses...because it could be so much worse.
Marker stains on the counter...I have a little artist.
Pee on the toilet seat..at least some are out of diapers.
Shoes all over the entry floor...my children can run and jump
Piles of dirty dishes...more than just one thing to eat.
Big gas bills...my house is warm.
A dilapidated husband;)...he's mine all mine and he loves me.
A huge grocery bill...lots of mouths to feed.
The list could go on and on...hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving!
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I just love the hear people justify something, why they bought x y and z. Or why they do or don't do something. You can justify anything if you want to bad enough. I find most of their reasoning's very entertaining.
The hubby has an erk with me. He thinks that it a crazy and a waste of money for me, the only person in the house to be able to eat dairy product to shun "real" ice cream for this:
(I''d have to admit if this is all he can come up with then we have a pretty good marriage.) Just listen to the name of the brand "purely decadent", you have it right there. This stuff is awesome! I don't even like coconut and I LOVE this stuff. The flavor chocolate is the best and once again I don't even like chocolate ice cream, chocolate on top- yes but not chocolate ice cream.
Okay so onto the justification.
1. This stuff contains no sugar only agave nectar which doesn't spike blood sugars!
2. According to Sally Fallon's book Eat Fat, Lose Fat coconut oil or fat increases your metabolism. (This stuff will make me skinny!)
3. I could eat Wonder Bread or Twinkies too but I don't.
4. $286 dollars a year for ice cream for one is not excessive. (Okay not even I can swallow that one.)
Okay smirk and think I'm crazy but I still am eating my purely decadent chocolate coconut milk ice cream, Ben and Jerry's is just gonna have to get over it.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Daddy (after explaining what they are adds): It's where the babies come from.
Racky: So does mom have them too?!?!
I'm bracing myself for the time he recalls this conversation and asks a few questions.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Our last gas bill was up 30% from last year, the month before was up 40%. I have no idea why. I have been washing more stuff in hot water but it wouldn't make that much difference would it?
I've tried to be more diligent about where our money goes and how fast it goes. I think trying to keep pennies from slipping through my fingers is easier and fun challenge compared to trying to earn more money.
In other news the hubby said I could go to Texas with him on a business trip. I even contemplated it over night which is a huge thing for me. But I really don't think I can leave my babies quite yet. I left Racky when he was six months old for two nights and it about killed me. The hubby offered to take me back to see him it was so bad. The only other times I've farmed the kids out was when we would have another baby. When they leave the house and get married we'll go on some trips;0)
Nothing much else new, except Racky started karate, which he loves. Know Lula is begging for gymnastics-- we'll see.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Ka-Ching lyricsWe live in a greedy little world--that teaches every little boy and girl
To earn as much as they can possibly--then turn around andSpend it foolishly
We've created us a credit card messWe spend the money that we don't possess
Our religion is to go and blow it allSo it's shoppin' every Sunday at the mall
All we ever want is moreA lot more than we had beforeSo take me to the nearest store
[Chorus:]Can you hear it ringIt makes you wanna singIt's such a beautiful thing--Ka-ching!
Lots of diamond rings
The happiness it bringsYou'll live like a kingWith lots of money and things
When you're broke go and get a loanTake out another mortgage on your home
Consolidate so you can affordTo go and spend some more whenyou get bored
All we ever want is moreA lot more than we had beforeSo take me to the nearest store
[Repeat Chorus]Let's swingDig deeper in your pocketOh, yeah, ha
Come on I know you've got it
Dig deeper in your wallet
All we ever want is more
A lot more than we had before
So take me to the nearest store
[Repeat Chorus]Can you hear it ringIt makes you wanna sing
You'll live like a kingWith lots of money and things
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Here are the 3's (3's are bad).
filbert- a cousin of the hazel nut
60 other foods showed up very low
out of the 108 foods tested for these are what is is NOT allergic to:
You don't even want to know how much I spent and the grocery store and I still don't know what the poor guy is going to eat. I wonder if the government will give me some money they seem to like to give money away these days.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
#1 4- $2 off kashi
1- $2 off 10 cvs coupon
#2 1- $2 off kashi
1- $2 off south beach
5-$1 off buddies
1 $2 off 10 cvs
$1.??? sorry can't find that receipt
#4 1 ECb for $4 got back $6 ecb, 0 out of pocket
#5 Another Zero out of pocket and zero ecb's used--nice!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Thursday we loaded the minivan with kids, clothes and a whole lot of food bound for Cincinnati Ohio. We stopped in Indianapolis to pick up and friend of the family and drove her to her home just east of Cincinnati. Lula has a little itching of the eyes and Racky was a little stuffy after our visit that their home but all is good. Lu2 slept like a champ in the hotel- thanks be!
Friday we hit the Cincinnati Zoo, which is an awesome zoo! It rained on us but with the purchase of an overpriced umbrella and a few hats it was great. Friday night we went back and visited the family friends and Lula's eyes turn completely pink and watered with the vengeance. Back to the hotel for showers and clean clothes for all. All is good.
Saturday we hit Whole Foods and the Creation Museum. Great place to visit, the creation museum that is Whole foods is just ok. We definitely want to take the kids back there when they are older and can all read.
After the creation museum we head to this lovely couples house. They have four beautiful children all very close to the age of our four kids. The kids have a ball playing. Lula is totally denying the itchy eyes and the hive on her face. I wonder how good of an idea this is. Racky is a little off. But we're hanging in there. We had a wonderful time getting to know them and talking with them.
Bedtime comes and the Racky and Lula are simply miserable. But they are having so much fun the idea of leaving is killing them. So we stay.
It was a very very long night of a crying baby. A snoot sneezing, eye rubbing girl. (She rubbed her eye so much the skin under it bleed. And a very congested and wheezy boy. Racky even had Benedryl for the first time in over 6 years. Racky and I slept in the van. Hubby manned the rest inside. I slept less than 2 hours that night. So whats left to do...
Pack them up and come home. And that just what we did. Racky improved all the way home and then slept over 14 hours last night to wake up completely back to normal with the exception of a cold sore. So the five day vacation turned to three but all is well again. Thanks be to God.
(Just imagine the pictures of the kids at the zoo and such, but the camera got left in Ohio- oops.)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Yes that was me last night.
The hubby asked me what I was doing, he said it was a moth. Moth my eye. I ran to the hall and closed him in the bedroom. The hubby shortly follows behind me, he quickly changed his mind about the moth thing. It turned into a three hour hunt.
The hubby opened the slider in our bedroom and a few minutes later we went in there to check and make sure he left. Broom in hand we checked the blinds and curtains, behind furniture and no bat in sight, all is well. Well the adrenaline is pumping so hubby turns on NFL network in bed. I'm still terrified and am wearing a baseball hat to bed. About 4:00 I hear something out the window, it must be a storm. I listen closer and say that I bet the bat is behind the shade right next to me. I sit up to grad my glasses when at the same time Mr. bat comes flying out for you guessedit- behind the shade. I dove under the covers, hubby runs for the slider and then we both escape to the hallway.
Safe- yeah right!
There's the bat in the living room. I'm back in the bedroom. I go through our room to the deck to open the slider in the dining room. Hubby is manning the broom and even hit the cotton pickin' thing. It flies into the kitchen I'm watching from outside to make sure it leaves. All of a sudden it's gone and not out the door.
We, okay hubby, searches the house. No luck. We Google bats and again try to find him. After a vain search we move the boys upstairs because maybe the bat went down there. The girls room is good and so is our room. At about 6 o'clock this morning we called off the search and slept a little.
9:45 this morning the hubby fianlly found him and removed him from the premises. YUCK! YUCK! YUCK! Bats are creepy!
He was in the kitchen hanging on the back of a basket on top of the cupboards. The hubby hit the basket and even knocked a bunch of stuff out of it last night in our search and it didn't even budge. The bat and basket ended up in the backyard via the kitchen window by my manly man who saved the day.
Fun bat facts:
they can eat up to 500 mosquitoes in an hour.
the make up 25% if the mammal population.
the don't tangle in our hair when flying around- I don't believe it I'm wearing my hat!
the have to hang upside down.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The three youngest and Racky from the age of 11 months has never had:
1. A slurpee
2. cow's milk
3. mac and cheese
4. a happy meal
5. an ice cream cone
6. a coke
7. fruit loops, lucky charms or any of the like
8. bubble gum
9. elephant ear
11. chicken nuggets
13. JELLO out of a box
14. pizza from a restaurant
15. breakfast at a restaurant
16. blow pop
18. candy bar of any kid
19. a whole roll of smarties in one sitting
Okay I'm off the Google electric skillets so I can "cook" in our hotel on vacation! They haven't been to a restaurant in over a year and a half so traveling becomes very interesting.
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
If shelves can be sexy then these are! The first is a disaster waiting to happen as boxes of canning jars balance on top of each other.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Lula: Mom picnics are way better than the zoo because the zoo costs lots of money and picnics are are zero dollars!
Daddy: You are sure are dutch aren't ya?
And this is what I heard this morning!
Lula talking to the boys: We sure are spoiled! We got to go into Aunt Sharon's pool, and we got to go on a picnic with dad and we get to go to Uncle Scott's birthday party!
Do you think we warping them too badly!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Minus the $200 bucks we got for the old sectional (which sold in three hours!) $50 for new to us furniture!
Not paying Art Van every month for the next three years- priceless!
The thing about craigslist in it have everything and no shipping costs, besides gas. $275 worth of formula for $140 bucks! Yes $275 -it's all allergy thing. This should last about 5 months and hopefully by then she can be off of it.