Monday, December 29, 2008
Now that Christmas is over I will be sitting down and getting the spring semester planned for work. I dont want to lose steam so its important to me to have a plan. We will be visiting the Mary Kay factory on Jan 9th. That ought to be fun.
My MIL comes on Jan 17th. She is staying for 2 weeks this time. We see her about once a year so its not so bad. It is hard having to play host for so long but at least it forces me to keep the house decent LOL.
Karl finally got his new contract signed. He now gets paid holidays and benifits. In fact he gets New Years off paid! I still havent decided what we will do as far as medical insurance goes but it is nice to at least have that option now.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
On the homeschool front, Keira asked for a math book so I got her the same one Bri is using. I did a little test with Bri and she actually tested on a 1st grade level for math, but we are going to finish out the K one just to reinforce. Bri does 3 pages a day out of that book! Keira did two but I think it will get more challenging in the next few days.
We still need to get our Bb book done but the holidays are taking precidence at the moment!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Foam Letter Ff
Fish Dot to Dot
Ff Word Search
Ff Mini Book
Fruit of the Spirit
This was so much fun!! Tomorrow we will start our "Bb" book and our 5 Senses Science Book.
OK so hubby must be using band with so I will upload the rest tomorrow
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Buy 1 Get $10 GC
Use $5 OFF HERE
Final Price $12.99
Campbells Select Harves or Chunky Microwave bowls-$1.44 BUY 2
Use $.50/2 MFQ and 2 $.50/1
Final Price:$1.38 or $.69 each
Keebler Cookies: $2.50
Buy 5 get $5 GC
Use $1.00/1 found HERE
Final Price:$2.50 for 5 or $.50 each
Sunday, December 7, 2008
6 Hershey Bliss
1 Hershey Kiss
4 Maybelline Lip Gloss
1 Oral B Stages
Total Before Q's and Sales:$73.15
$2.50/2 Hershey Bliss
$1.00 Hershey Kiss
$4.00 Maybelline Lip Color
$14.48 ECBs from Previous Shops
ECBs Earned: $14.59
$1 Oral B
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Reynolds Foil $.99 with Walgreens Q-$1.00 MFQ=FREE
Scotch Tape 2/$2-$2 MIR=FREE
Schick Quatro $3.99-ES Coupon-$4 All You MFQ=FREE
Sudafed PE and/or Thermaflu Buy at 3 get $5 RR
Maybelline Lip Color($7.99 there may be some cheaper actually in the store) B1G1 use 2 $4 off any Lip Color=FREE
Kelloggs Cereal $1.99-$1.00 MFQ=$.99
Friday, December 5, 2008
2 Complete Contact Solution
6 Hershey Bliss
1 Hershey Mini
Total Before Coupons: $51.15
$2.50/2 Hershey Bliss
$1.00 Hershey Mini
$10 off of $5o purchase
$17.98 Contact Solution
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Goody Ouchless Products $1.99 at register use$2 Coupon (thanks Stephanie at surviving the stores)
Pepsi 12 Packs 5/$15 get $5 gift card with purchase of 5
Final Price $10 for 5
Fusion Manual Razor $7.94 minus $4.00 MFQ (p&g 11-30)
Buy 2 get $5 gift card
Final Price $2.88 for 2
Airwick Ultra FreshMatic $5.99 minus $5.00 MFQ=$.99 each
4 Sure Deodorant-Used Rain Check
4 Hunts Tomato Sauce-Rain Check
1 Glade Flameless Wisp
4 Scotch Tape
2 Oral B Electric Kids Toothbrushes
1 Colgate Toothpaste
Total Before Coupons: $50.21
WG $1.50 off Sure (Althought it only took off the $.49 each that I paid)
$1 off Sure
BOGO Oral B Toothbrush
WG 2/$1 Scotch Tape
Total OOP:$12.24 Used GC
$3 MIR for Toothbrush
$2 RR for Colgate
I also did the colgate thing one more time to get the RR.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
1 32oz ready to use Similac AR
4 Cases Dr Pepper
1 Sure Deodorant
2 Colgate Toothpaste
$3 off $10
$1.00 off Similac WG
$5.00 Similac Check
$1.50 off Sure WG
$1.00 Off Sure MGQ
$3/2 Colgate WG
$1.50 off Colgate
$3 RR from Previous Trip
Paid:$4.xx OOP and got some more formula Q's to stack with checks!
Second, I was thinking I might start an injury of the day log. My poor baby Keira did it again. Yesterday she busted her nose on the floor and today she fell backwards off the doctor's rolling stool and busted her tail bone. I feel so bad for her sometimes but she is so clutsy!
Third, I finally got a mailer from Walgreens and guess what?! A $3 off of $10 coupon, 20 free digital prints, and $2.99 One hour proccessing. I wont use the last but the first two are great! Plus it had a $25 transfer Rx that doesnt expire until Feb so I can change the Zantac back and forth between CVS and Walgreens!
On a bit of a downer my DH did not get the job with Dell. I can only hold on to the thought that it was not what the Lord had planned and that something better will be coming along in time. He is pretty gutted about it though.
Friday, November 21, 2008
So I had bought these coupons off of ebay for the Bic Soleil Razors that had a ES coupon to match. I went in thinking I was going to be getting them free since they had been on sale for $5.99 for a while. However, they were BOGO! Now this wasnt marked on the shelf at the first two stores I went to(still worked), but at the third store they had them marked 2/6.99. Anyways, so total at three different Walgreens (BTW this was the last day of the ES coupons so I waited until the last minute to empty the shelves):
48 Bic Soleil Razors/Refils
1 Hershey candy bar
4 Hersheys Miniatures
1 Pooh Bath Toy
1 Fingernail polish
2 Johnsons First Aid Kits with bonus mini kit
2 Post it notes
1 25.7oz Can Enfamil Formula
MIR:$5 for Hershey Candy
MIR: Buy 2 Post it get $5 in McDonalds Vouchers
Used Gift Card from last month so paid nothing OOP
$3 off Bic Razor
$3 off Bic Refill
$2 off Enfamil
$3 WG off Enfamil
$3 Enfamil Check
$1/2 Lipsmackers (these were on clearance)
$4 off $9.99 Toy WG
$3 off 2 Travel First Aid Kits
$3 WG off 2 Travel First Aid Kits
$1/3 Hersheys Candy
Had I not been surprised by the unmarked BOGO's I would have done even better because I would have used my overages a little more wisely. At the register I just threw up some candy and chapstic to get as close to $0 as I could.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
4 jobs I have had:
Accounts Payable at flooring company
4 movies I have seen more than once:
Blast From the Past
Sweet Home Alabama
4 places I have lived:
4 TV shows I watch:
You are what you eat
4 places I have been:
4 favorite foods:
Pasta of any sort
4 places I would like to visit:
4 things I look forward to in the next year:
My Kids Birthdays
8 years with my Honey
Decorating my house more
Getting a bigger car
4 friends I am tagging:
:( I dont have any more blogger friends that I know havent been tagged.
I skipped last week so I didnt have as many ECBs to roll but here it is:
Loreal Face Stuff $15.99
-$1.00 Loreal Face Product
ECB Printed: $15.99
4 Duracell 8 Packs (the 4 packs are $5.29, but the way we run through batteries I thought is was worth the extra to get 4 more)-$5.99 per pack
4 Arm and Hammer Toothpaste (my brother only uses this brand)
1 Colgate with toothbrush
$.75 off A&H Toothpaste (there are $1 printables out there but I couldnt get my printer working)
$.75 off Duracell
$2 off any Oral Purchase CVS Q
$1 off Colgate total
$1 off Colgate total CVS Q
I didnt get the energy drink because this stuff about killed my husband last time it was free.
4 Suave Shampoos
1 Glade Wisp Flameless Candle
Before coupons: $12.77
$1 off Suave
$1 off 7-up (catalina)
$3 off Glade (I had a rain check that made it $3.99)
$3 off next purchase printed for Suave
$2 MIR from ES on Glade
PROFIT OF $2.03
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I could have done about $3 better because I made a mistake but it wasnt worth my time to go back and have to redo the entire transaction so here it is:
PICTURE COMING SOON
Savings:$133.79 or 63%
What is not shown in the picture is ground beef and a slab of ribs. The potatoes also take away from my percentage but it wasnt worth going to Walmart for just those.
Friday, November 7, 2008
On a good note my husband is awaiting an offer from Dell for a job! And I am looking forward to a Saturday at the museum with my family.
For those curious I made $5.14. I will use it for any online deals I get!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
4-12 packs of tea light candes(I liked the colors)- $.98
3 Pez with 6 candy refils-$.48
6 40count Dixie paper plates-$.74(I bought these out)
At some point there was a Dixie coupon. I used it at Walgreens a while back but if you find the plates check for a coupon! They did still have a bit of decor and novelty candies but nothing that suited me since we arent big on decorating.
Anyways at home this is what I have done:
Cleaned out the fridge
Bleached down the kitchen(I mean a really good solid cleaning)
Vacuumed in the girls play room
What I am hoping to get done if Luke will let me up:
3 Loads of laundry
The Bar cleaned off
Living room dusted
Right now my son is asleep on my so I dont know how much I will actually get done but we will see!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
HOT Victoria's Secret Deal!
With this deal you can get 2 Bras & 1 Panty for $16 + tax!
First, sign up for Ebates to get 4% cash back on your purchase. Then click on their Victoria's Secret link to begin shopping.
Add 2 bras from their 2/$40 styles to your shopping cart
Add 1 solid color cotton panty at $7.50 to your shopping cart
Go to check out - be sure to check the box that says you have an offer code.
Once it gets to the offer code page, enter these codes:
FA813789 - for $10 off any bra
25PTY - for $25 off any two full priced bras and free cotton panty
FA813549 - for $10 off a future purchase
Shipping is $5.99 so altogether your total should be $15.99 + tax for 2 bras and 1 panty. Plus you'll get 4% cash back from Ebates!
Thanks to Thrifty Mama for the heads up!
ETA - the free messenger bag code is no longer working, so use the $10 off future purchase instead.
I just did this and it worked. I found one bra that was $17 so I got a slightly better deal too :)
I rocked CVS today!! I two of the kids with me or I would have done a bit more but I am pretty happy with this trip.
So here is the break down:
2 Crest Pro Whitening
2 Pampers Cruisers
6 Halloween Fruit By the Foot
3 Halloween 40 Count Goodie Bags
2 Halloween Poprocks
1 Halloween Foam Letters
3 Oral B Flossers
1 Dawn Dish Soap
1 Nestle Good Start 12oz Formula
$.50/2 BC Fruit Snacks
$1.00/1 Oral B Flossers
$11.00 Nestle Check
$10 off $50 Purchase
$16 ECB from last week.
I also just noticed that they ran my Good Start Check at $10 instead of $11 so I will be going back to get that $1 when I make my Walgreens run.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Brianna did take a pen to hers but they still look really great.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I was in CVS doing my deals before the sales changed, there were three young girls, cheerleaders from what I could tell, who were getting feathered boas. Anyways, they start checking out and then ask for a gift card. I think the cashier must have been new because he called the manager up for help. While the manager helps them the other cashier opens a second line and begins checking me out (haha you know what I mean!). When the three girls leave the manager comes over to our register to help with one of those Similac checks and she is in tears. The cashier asks her what is wrong. Turns out that the girls bought a $20 gc and gave it to the manager. Totally random strangers just doing something nice for another totally random stranger. It was really refreshing, especially coming from teenagers.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Curel Double Pack-$4.88-$1mfq=$3.88
Various Camp Rock 75%
Tissue Paper-$.38 for 20 sheets
Various Party Supplies 75% I picked up some plates and cups for $.38 per pack
Party Favor Kits marked down from $19.99 to $4.98
Dora Side Walk Chalk thing $3.74
Foam Craft Stickers $1.24
Raovac Batteries are in the $1 spot.
Rose Art Colored Pencils-$.62
Rose Art Markers-$.72
And I FINALLY found the Candy Land Castle for $4.97!!! This game is $22 at Walmart!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
On a side note I have started playing around with making corker hair bows. Here are a few of my attempts
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Do I sound like I am trying to justify myself?
Monday, October 13, 2008
When I go to CVS and Walgreens I usually take one of the girls to lighten the load on Karl. Last night I took Brianna. Prior to us leaving she had been playing on her scooter in the kitchen and taken a tumble and hurt her tushy. She was still crying about it when we left but by the time we got to Walgreens had all but forgotten. As we were browsing the cleaning aisle she began to complain again so I told her that when we got back home I would look and see if she bruised it. Well apparently she missed the "when we get back home" part because my 4 year old then proceeded to pull down the back of her pants and expose her backside so that I could check for a bruise right there in the store! As cute as her little tush is I decided it best to ask her to quickly pull her pants back up. She had no idea why I was bothered by it and just continued to ask if I had found a bruise.
Now on to the scary. When I was checking out at CVS the lady behind the counter asked if Bri could have a candy. I said yes and she handed her a hard candy. Brianna has had hard candies on several occassions, and since she had been so good in the stores I didnt really think twice about it. Until she started choking on it. I mean really choking. I gave her a second to see if she was going to disloge it on her own but ended up grabbing her and doing the heimlich maneuver on her. Luckily two good pumps did the job and out the candy came, and I am chalking up my EMT training to remaining calm during the whole thing but after it was over I just dropped to my knees and hugged my baby girl. She of course was frightened and was crying. I grew at least 50 grey hairs from that incident.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
4 Listerine for Kids @ $4.29ea-$.50MFQ-$4.50/2RR=$6.16/4
8 Herseys Special Dark Bars @$.70clearanced-4 BOGO=$2.80/8
2 Glade Flameless @$5.99-$5.00MFQ-$3.00RR=-$2.01 MONEY MAKER
*4 4.0oz Glade Candles @$1.99-$1.50/2=$4.96/4-$4MIR=$.96/4
1 Loreal Facial Cleanser @$6.99-$1mfq-$6.99MIR MONEY MAKER
4 Oral B Indicator Toothbrushes @$1.99-$1.00IVC-$.75mfq=$.96/4
2 Gillette Shampoo/Bodywash @$5.00-$2.00mfq-$5/2MIR=-$2.00 MONEY MAKER
4 Bags Halloween Candy(MARS) $2.50-$1.00/2mfq-$4MIR=$4/4
3 Visine Drops @$3.99-$2.00IVC-$2.00mfq=-$.04 MONEY MAKER
4 Glade Scented Oil Candles @$3.99-$2.00mfq-$4.00MIR=$3.96/4
There apparently is a $1/1 mfq but I didn't have it. This is a MONEY MAKER if you do have the $1.
Hope this helps!
Recently my sweet Brianna has been anything but. She has been defiant, rude, and just flat out mean. She gets in trouble almost daily for hitting, pinching or otherwise hurting her sister, and although she has never hit Luke she has swung very near him with the intentions of getting a rise out of me. She demands things and throws her body around when she doesnt get it. Now I know you are all thinking "not sweet Brianna" but this is how she is at home right now and I am so confused. I believe we are balancing the change in dynamics quite well so my only guesses are 1. she is picking it up at school or 2. Its an age/phase thing. So here is where I need thoughts: Saturday we had a birthday party for a little girl that Brianna refers to as her "best friend". These two really get along and so the party was very important to Brianna however, while we were running some errands that day she once again went into her mood. Now maybe the fact that we were in public magnified my response but if you had seen her you would understand my frustration. After making several threats, giving her a spanking and "grounding" her from the TV I decided to tell her she could not go to the party. I almost regretted it the moment I said it, but I had to follow through. How else was I going to get through to her that the attitude had to stop?! So she missed the party. She was very upset at me and I feel like it did get through, but now I feel incredibly guilty.
I called her mom and let her know why we wouldnt be there, but when I spoke to her on the phone today she sounded kind of sad that we didnt make it and as I told her what was going on she really didnt seem to sound like she agreed with my choice. I know that she may not have wanted to input since it was my child but it did make me feel so guilty about having had to make that choice. Did I do the right thing? What other option did I have?
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Use reusable bags at Kroger and you will get a $.05 credit for each one. You have to be sure to point it out as most of the checkers dont think about it.
For Christmas this year I am going to purchase the reusable bags and pack them full of goodies for my grandparents and aunts and uncles. Most of the items they get will be free or almost free!
We have a disney rewards card by Chase. Each month Karl pays our Mortgage payment with it and then immediately pays it off. We get $1 for every $100 put on the card. Not much but when we head back to Disney World in 2010 it will go a long way, and why not since we have to pay the mortgage anyways? The only thing is that you MUST be diligent in paying off the card right away so as not to accrue any interest. Chase has several other rewards programs if Disney is not what you are looking for.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner-$23-$5mfc-$10es= $8
Scrubbibg Bubbles scrubber Free with MIR from paper
Rimmel Foundation Free with ES
I used last months rebate to pay for these so with a few other things I picked up I spent $3.67 oop and will be getting $24 back. The loss is accounted for in the $8 I had to pay for the shower cleaner(the other $3 is my 10% bonus for reloading a gc) but I had been wanting to try that for a while so went for it. I will make it up before the month is out I am sure :) There are a few other good deals and even some freebies that I didnt get I am waiting for my train to come around so I can snag some q's for them.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
We have been using the newest version of AIO's by Bum Genius. This particular diaper incorporates everything I was looking for in a cloth diaper. It has a built on cover, is a pocket diaper, and the neatest feature of all, it has these handy dandy snaps in the front that make the diaper resizable for babies 8-35lbs. An apparent dream come true for the cloth diapering momma.
Pros- Besides the above it carries the typical pros for a CD. It reduces cost, diaper rash and is darn cute on babies booty. They are easy to wash, and come with the pocket liner as well as one to lay across the top of the inside of the diaper adding double protection for the big wetter or nightime use. They have a great resale value if they are in decent condition.
Cons- 8lbs is the bare minimum these diapers can handle and you would even do better to wait a little longer if your baby has skinny legs. As with all diapers any and I mean any peaking out of the liner will cause leakage. The color selection is limited to blue, green, white, yellow, and pink. No cute patterns and the colors are all pastel.
Cost wise they are on the $$ end with the diapers costing about $18 a piece. However, when I factored in the cost of having to buy a seperate cover I thought the price was quite comparable to other diapering systems. Add that to the fact that ideally they will last me until baby is potty ready and it is a really great deal. The initial investment for 24 diapers is $432. The cost of disposables greatly exceeds this over time.
Over all at the moment I am enjoying this diaper. I will be suplimenting my stash with some cute patterend diapers for holidays and just for fun but as for now the Bum Genius 3.0 are a staple in my diaper stash.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Wow it is scary that I can talk about a soft drink with such emotion...
8oz Horizon Organic Milk-FREE with Target $1.00 Q
Airwick Mini-$.99 with $4MFQ $.99/2 if your store lets you stack with BOGO MFQ
Johnsons Buddies- FREE with MFQ $3/3
Ziplock 25 Counts (at the registers)-$.50 with $1/2 MFQ
Colgate-BTFREE with Target $1.00 Q stacked with $1.50 MFQ
Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers and 232 Count Wipes- $10 with $3 Target Q and $1.50 Diaper and $.50 wipes coupons
Friday, September 26, 2008
We also have a very busy month so far. We have a birthday party every weekend for the next 3 weeks, then mom and I are considering doing a garage sale, which I so need to do. I am really ready to get my garage cleaned out, get my new deep freeze and get Luke's room finished. He wont be in it for a while yet but who doesnt like to see the rooms looking put together?
Ok I think I am done rambling for a bit.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
VERMONT -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow's milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.
"PETA's request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow's milk in the food he serves," the statement says.
PETA officials say a move to human breast milk would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health.
"The fact that human adults consume huge quantities of dairy products made from milk that was meant for a baby cow just doesn't make sense," says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "Everyone knows that 'the breast is best,' so Ben & Jerry's could do consumers and cows a big favor by making the switch to breast milk."
Ben and Jerry's released a statement, "We applaud PETA's novel approach to bringing attention to an issue, but we believe a mother's milk is best used for her child."
This is the whole article : http://www.nbc5i.com/foodnews/17539627/detail.html
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Keira with here drink "green".
Daddy and Keira
Mommy and Bri
Dont Worry its just Chocolate
Drinking the Icecream
After Drinking the Icecream
2 Tinkerbell Backpacks
1 Jansport Backpack
2 Hello Kitty Lunch Boxes
8 Ziplock Bags
3 Various Dollar Spot items
Kroger and Tom Thumb
11 Cans Pilsburry Cinnamon Rolls
8 Cans Chef Boyardee Spaghetti O's
12 Can Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup
8 Packs Betty Crocker Cookie Mix
4 Revlon Files
3 Chex Mix
4 V-8 Fusion Juice
3 Apple Cinnamon Cherios
4 Campbells Select Soups
3 Suave Shampoo
1 Snack Pack Pudding
6 Betty Crocker Potatoes
1 General Mills Cereal Bars
8 Kraft to Go Easy Mac
2 Safeway 4 Packs Fruit Coctail
1 Lg Pillsburry Crecent ROlls
1 Lg Pillsburry Cinnamon ROlls
1 Pillsburry Ready Bake Cookies
4 Bags Tysons Popcorn Chicken
2 6 Pack Sunmaid Raisins
2.76 Lbs Green Grapes
I paid: $72.44
Karl is off to Walmart to get our meat for the week:)
Thursday, September 18, 2008
6 Skippy Peanut Butter
4 Glade Candles
4 Glade Carpet Freshner
6 Various Fructis Hairstyling Products(not shampoo haha!)
1 Revlon Nail Polish
1 Crest Toothpaste
3 Trident Gums
2 Pez 6 count refils
1 Glade Carpet Refresher
Total Before Coupons: $68.xx
Total After Coupons: $48.xx
Used gift Card and paid: $11.xx oop
Getting $30.xx back in rebates
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Now, I want to end on a happy note and I will tell you that about 2 years prior to this Peep gave a profession of faith. Of course only Christ knows his heart, but it is our belief that he is in heaven and that we will meet him there one day. What comfort in a time like this!
Monday, September 8, 2008
Ahhh much better LOL
Do your ears hang low?
Do they woggle to and flow?
Can you tie them in a knot?
Can you tie them in a bowl?
Can you throw them over your shoulder,
(I cant understand what she is trying to say for this line)
Do your ears hang low?
Afterward she asks me if she can sing it faster, but what she actually means is can she sing it louder LOL.
My oldest has somehow picked up this:
I can ride my bike with no handle bars, no handle bars, no handle bars
Not sure where that came from :S
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Perhaps it is just a touch of post partum depression or sleep deprivation, but at the moment my thoughts seem scattered and incoherent.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I usually set up all doctors apts for first thing in the morning. I find that I am usually in and out much faster this way. So as usual I show up for my pp checkup at 9:30am. I sit and sit and sit. Finally around 10:30 I ask if I am up soon. Uh, your apt is at 11:15. What the heck?! I have NEVER scheduled an apt for that late. I would rather have gone the next day. Well, needless to say, my house is too far to go home and come back so we sat some more. Finally around 11:40am I am called back. The apt lasted 5 minutes. I get downstairs to my car and wow great I have a parking ticket to boot. My meter had run out. I put 3 hours on it and still ran out of time. Perfect. Grant it the ticket is only $20 but do you know what $20 can buy? By this point I am so tired and frustrated that I just cried. Bless my husband for knowing that now was not the time to tease. He just told me it was not a big deal. Im glad he feels that way cos it still totally ticks me off.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
So the moral of the story, dont get a flat tire during Labor Day weekend and Dont expect help if you do!
On a side note, Brandies husband so sweetly was willing to drive all the way out to help us (my husband was in a test and I didnt even get ahold of him until we were almost home).
Friday, August 29, 2008
1. I am a picker. I pick at zits, dry skin, anything worth popping or picking, I am there. I do it to myself and my kids. I would do it to random strangers if they would let me. Now how creepy is that?
2. I cant stand to hear someone whistling out of their nose when they breathe. It will keep me awake at night to the point of me kicking or pinching a nose.
3. Certain shapes of trees freak me out. I totally wig out over knarled or really bumpy looking trees. Oh and definitely dont ask me to touch one! I can barely stand to look at them.
4. I have a unibrow. No seriously. If I do not pluck my eyebrows will actually grow into each other. I think I must be related to Burt in some way. I actually warned people at work when I let them grow to be waxed.
5. I am not a good house wife. Sure I love to stay home, but I would much rather be playing with my kids than doing laundry. I am lucky to have a husband who puts up with my half-attempts at keeping the house at least safe.
6. I am notorious for leaving things until the last minute. Hopefully, you dont actually realize it because I usually end up pretty organized but it is only because I was up until 2 am getting things together!
I would tag some more people but I dont have alot of blogger friends yet and Brandie already tagged Julie and Breanne.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The other thing I am totally loving is my Moby. I really needed to clean house today and of course little man was not having it. So I snuggled him into the wrap and he is now sound asleep and my house is now decent. This thing is going to be a life saver for sure.
Last but not least, I took Luke in for his first well baby visit today. Oh goodness can little one eat and it shows! He gained 10oz in 4 days to make him 5lbs 8oz! I guess that is what happens when you eat every 2 hours. He is looking great. He might have blocked tear ducts but the doctor said it should clear up within the month. I just can't get over his weight!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
We had a fun day today clipping coupons over at Brandie's house. I was so behind! I still have a bit to do but it really helped to get so much done today. Now I just have to spend the next few days filing them LOL. Speaking of I guess I better get it together since I am meeting Kim at Kroger tonight!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
3 Wheat Thins Crackers- FREE
3 Oscar Meyer Franks- FREE
3 Sarah Lee Breads- FREE
3 Kraft Dressings- FREE
3 Kraft Singles- FREE
3 Crystal Light Lemonaids- FREE
45 Single Packs of Koolaid- $9.00
2 Double Packs News Papers- $9.00
8 Glade Plugins- $.96
3 Johnsons Cotton Swabs- $1.74
1 NB Outfit- $2.00
1 5 Pack of bibs- $6.88
1 6 Pack Socks- $5.88
1 Huggies Wash Cloths- $1.62
Total Before Coupons $114 +tax
Total After Coupons $38.04 +tax
Savings of 67% before tax!!!
The only reason my total was even that high was because I just had to have sock and bibs for Luke.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
To the point, last night Luke took 5 bottles and did a 20 nursing session on mommy! I talked to the nurse this morning and apparently they had him on a nipple/gavage/nipple/gavage schedule and his orders are now nipple/nipple/gavage/nipple/nipple/gavage. I dont really understand why he is being gavaged at all at this point, but since I am rooming in tonight havent asked about it. Hopefully it will be moot anyways. Now I am waiting on the nurse to call me back with the official room in order and a room number that Luke and I will be in tonight.
I cant wait until I can nurse him constantly. I am doing good with pumping but it sure does get old. Its not nearly as relaxing as actually having Luke do the job!
I wish Karl could be with me up there, but I am trying to keep things as stable as possible for my princesses. They are already so confused, even if they dont know it. I have noticed that Keira has been extra whiney the last few days and Bri seems to be very tired. I feel so bad that I have had to disrupt them so much. They are very excited about the prospect of bringing baby brother home. I cant wait to see how the house dynamic changes with little one home.
Lastly, I am trying to finish up my schedules for school. I have to admit that I wonder how smart I am being going back to work with Luke so small. At least he will be with me and of course I have lots of help from all the wonderful ladies at work.
Well its that time again...
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Its really hard to believe that this little peanut inside my tummy at 10 weeks is now this beautiful little boy. How can you just not be amazed by what God has given us the ability to create?! How can I even be close to being worthy of having this privilege?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday August 6th after much encouragement from my friends at work I went to the doctors office to see about contractions coming pretty close together. I wasn't showing any signs of progressing into labor in his office but he sent me to L&D triage to get the first in a set of two steroid shots. While I was there they routinely admitted me and hooked me up to monitors. Turns out I was contracting as fast at 1 minute apart! After about 2 hours of that I was given Terbutaline (muscle relaxer to stop contractions) and since things calmed down I was sent home with orders to keep it easy and to take oral terb as needed. I went back in on Thurday to get the second shot and didnt realize until I got there that my daughter had taken my Rx out of my purse, so I saw the doctor and he told me just to hold on a few more days. I made it until Monday before I had to go back because the terb just wasnt doing anything. When the doctor checked me he said that I was still closed but that Luke's head was very low. He went ahead and sent me over to triage again to be monitored. Again I was contracting very fast, up to once every 2 minutes. I got the first Terb injection and it helped for about 20 min and they were back. I did two more terbs and the second steroid before they admitted me in for 24 hour observation. During that time I started getting hard contractions, efacing and Luke dropped even further down. When my doctor came in he decided that since my contractions were coming so hard and so fast that it was better to go ahead and do a c-section to prevent a uterine rupture. I had hoped to avoid a c-section but considering what was going on I decided to go ahead.
So I call Karl and tell him that they are going to do the c-section in about 20 min and that he needed to drive up to the hospital(about 15 min from where he was). The nurse comes in to tell me that I am set up for 2pm. This gives Karl plenty of time to get up to the hospital (almost an hour). After about 45 minutes I called Karl because I was afraid he wasnt going to make it. Turns out that he stopped at McDonalds and ate there on his way to the hospital!! I am about to give birth and he stops at McDonalds! I can laugh about it now but it sure didnt do much for me at the time.
Back to Luke. I am taken back for the c-section and it goes as planned. Luke had a moment where he needed to be stimulated to breathe but after a few seconds was screaming in full protest. I was pretty drugged so only have vague memories of what happened after they showed him to me.
Born August 12th 2008
4lbs 14 oz and 18in
He will be in the NICU, he is trying to nurse but until he can eat all of his feeds by himself. In the mean time I am pumping. We should have him home early next week!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I got a kick out of how profound children's books can be. These are quotes from Dr. Seuss
"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams."
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple."
"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"
"A person's a person, no matter how small."
Fun is good."
""I'm sorry to say
so but, sadly it's true
that bang-ups and hang-ups
can happen to you""
Just tell yourself, Duckie, you're really quite lucky!"
Ten Myths About Cloth Diapering
1. You have to toilet-dunk.
This was the 1 reason I went with disposables (yes, I confess!) with my daughter when she was first born. The belief that you must dunk your diapers in the toilet and flush repeatedly or use a "diaper duck" to clean them is simply not true. Toilet dunking is for the birds! Diaper services don't require you to dunk your diapers, so why should you? Let your machine do the work for you -- most moms these days do. If your baby or toddler has well-formed solid poops, sure, you can toss the solids into the toilet -- but for messy jobs, don't fret it. If we can do it, so can you!
Little known fact: Did you know that you aren't supposed to dispose of human waste from any diaper, disposables included? It says so right on the package.
2. Cloth diapers don't keep your baby dry.
Disposable diapers have helped proliferate the myth that "a dry baby is a clean baby". Disposables use the super-absorbing chemical polyacrylate (why disposables often feel like a squishy "gel" inside the inner panels), which makes the diaper "a wearable toilet" of sorts. Parents are supposed to change their baby's diaper when they soil themselves, however with the advent of these super-absorbent and many times dry feeling chemical-laden disposable diapers, they get changed, typically, much less frequently. I have actually heard of parents who feel changing a baby five times a day is adequate! Sad, but true. With cloth, not only is it easy to tell when your baby is due for a change, they also potty train much sooner because toddlers can actually feel when they wet themselves (imagine that!). The gel in disposables also will draw moisture from your baby's skin! I remember when my daughter was in disposables (yes, I confess, I was a disposable user!), I would actually find these gel "beads" on her diaper area.
3. You have to change cloth diapers more often.
With disposables, babies sadly don't always get changed when they soil themselves (because they "feel" dry, see myth 2, above). However the American Academy of Pediatrics states, "Regardless of which type of diaper you use, diaper rash occurs less often and is less severe when you change diapers often." Changing your baby's diaper when they wet themselves seems an easy and common sense enough approach for all parents to be able to adhere to.
4. Cloth diapers, and diaper pails, smell.
Cloth diapers smell no worse than disposables, in fact many new-to-cloth moms have told me that their disposables smelled far worse than their new cloth diapers do (I guess that's why the Diaper Genie was invented...). And a good air-tight diaper pail that uses non-toxic deodorizer disks like "Deodisks ®" keeps an unwanted odors at bay.
5. Cloth diapering is more difficult.
Doing my diaper laundry one or two times a week is much less trouble than having to get dressed, get the baby ready and make a run to the store for disposables when I suddenly realize I am out. In a pinch, you can even use doublers as a diaper subsitute while you do your laundry. You are truly never out of diapers. Imagine never having to leave your living room for diapers in the middle of the night!
6. Cloth diapering is more time consuming.
I can get my diapers washed and dried while me and my daughter eat our lunch and play around the house. There is .. --> img src="http://www.CuddleBunsdiapers.com/images/time.gif" width=75 height=57 border=0 align="right" alt="clock" -->no need to run out to the store or waste time in the car when we could be playing or learning! Folding diapers, while not necessary (many people use a decorative basket in the nursery for this purpose), is a fun activity for me and my 17 month old to do together. It makes her feel important as she helps Mama with the folding, and we practice her numbers by counting as we stack the diapers.
7. You have to use diaper pins.
While some moms still love the art of pinning with the quaint appearance and snug fit it provides, others, including me, were frightened by it! If you are scared of pins or simply don't even want to try, fear not, CuddleBuns™ has your answer! Snap and velcro fitted diapers are as easy to put on as disposables, and prefolds folded in thirds and then layed down the middle of a snug velcro wrap are as easy as 1-2-3! There are also clips and other fasteners available as diaper pin subsitutes.
8. You have to use a diaper service.
...and aren't they expensive? Yes, they can be. In fact in some geographical areas, they are more expensive than disposables! Though this is rare, you can still save significantly over disposables and cloth diaper services by home laundering your own premium quality cloth diapers. Diaper services for the most part only offer prefolds, and not the attractive and convenient fitted diapers that many moms today have grown to love, and some can't do without! Home laundering is simple and easy, just wash the CuddleBuns™ way!
9. Cloth diapering is more expensive (after factoring the cost of detegerent, water and electricity).
Not even close. Disposables cost an average of $1000-$2000 (depending on brand and geographical area) over the course of one child's diapering years. Cloth diapers not only cost an average of only $150-$300 , but they can be used over and over on subsequent children with only a handful of replacements from wear and tear. The water usage equals the same amount they would use as a potty trained child who was toilet trained, and the electricity usage is minimal. Add to all this that it takes more water, per diaper, to produce a disposable diaper than a cloth one!
10. Cloth diapers are bulky.
Snug fitting wraps and covers with a prefold folded in thirds down the middle, a dense flannel or interlock ("t-shirt") fitted diaper (flannel tends to be trimmer than terry, with interlock being the very trimmest) can actually be quite thin -- and rival even the trimmest disposable!