And I thought this was bad…

Two weeks ago Saturday I can into the kitchen to see this….

But then I saw this yesterday and well that chocolate syrup wasn’t so bad…

 

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It’s starting to look a lot like Halloween

This week the kids and I did a little decorating around here to get in the Halloween spirit.

Thanks to the dollar store and some things we had around the house, we were able to decorate without spending a lot of money.

With some old bottles we were able to make some spooky potions…

Today, we got boo’d!

Someone couldn’t wait to explore the contents of the bag and enjoy some of the sweet treats along with some added Halloween treasures!

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Extreme Couponer…NOT

I will be the first to admit that I am a HUGE reality TV junkie. Right now it is the ONE guilty pleasure that I allow myself to just sit back and enjoy. Yes, it’s mindless TV and as my dear hubby would say, “serves no purpose” and he’s right but neither does House and Fringe but I’m not knocking him for enjoying it!

TLC’s Extreme Couponing is one of the shows that I enjoy watching. I am intrigued at how these extreme couponers are able to save hundreds of dollars on their grocery bill, their massive stockpiles (hundreds of bottles of body wash…really?) and the number of hours they invest in researching and preparing their list all in an effort to make sure that they get the best deal possible.  I just couldn’t get enough, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to attend a coupon class that my friend was hosting at her house.  Is it really possible for someone like “me” to buy hundreds of dollars of groceries and only pay $50?  I just had to find out.

Well I am here to tell you that this by far was the BEST $20 I had ever spent. (yes, it cost to have the woman come out to my friend’s house to teach the class)  The woman, who taught the class, told us the tips and tricks to getting the best deals for less.  She was very patient with the group as we had a LOT of questions.  By the end of the class we were all stating how eager we were to go out shopping to test our new skills.  And that is just what I did.

That next week, with my list and coupons in hand, I went to the store and shopped until I ran out of coupons.  My total bill before coupons and store discounts was a whopping $135.08 however I took it all home with me and only paid $46.96.  That is a 65% savings and for a newbie like me, that’s not too bad!  I was able to buy name brand food items that my family enjoys without breaking the bank.  I couldn’t believe it.  Now I’m hooked…I can’t wait to go shopping again to see how much I will save at the next shopping trip.

Am I on the path to becoming an Extreme Couponer…not hardly BUT I am down the path of becoming a more savvy shopper and using coupons to get the things that we want and need for the lowest price possible.

Do you use coupons when grocery shopping?

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Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway

Today’s Mama is giving away some amazing prizes (can you say free vacation for the family) courtesy of Just Ask! by simply sharing 15 things you have on your bucket list.  Seeing that I’m feelin’ a little lucky, I thought I would throw my name in the hat and see if I get picked.  Soooo I picked up my mighty awesome life list that I created a while back and picked the 15 that I would like to cross off within the next 3 – 5 years (if not sooner).

  1. Take the family on a road trip across the U.S.A
  2. Watch the running with the bulls – LIVE
  3. Run a half-marathon
  4. Start an organic garden
  5. Visit each of the US National Parks
  6. Milk a cow
  7. Rent a beach house for the summer
  8. Scuba dive
  9. Host a clam bake in the Hamptons
  10. Watch a movie with the family outside
  11. Host 100 dinner parties
  12. Paint a picture
  13. Ride in a hot air balloon
  14. Visit a movie/TVset
  15. Write a book

This is my entry in the Just Ask Bucket List Getaway Giveaway. Just Ask offers a breast and ovarian cancer screening and is encouraging people to share 15 things that I want to enjoy in my lifetime as a reminder to be aware of my health. Want to enter? Head over to TodaysMama.com to get the details.

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All you need is love and lights

This by far is the BEST proposal I have seen in a while.

Happy Thursday!

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Monday’s Words

Found the perfect words for today while reading Ali Edwards blog this morning.

Happy Monday!

Source: aliedwards.com via Erika on Pinterest

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It’s almost here….

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