Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Few Freebies

Betty Crocker

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KMart Super Double Coupons - Finally in OHIO!!!

K-Mart is having a Super Double Manufacturer's Coupon 5-Day Sale, Wednesday, October 1 - Sunday, October 5, 2008. Doubling coupons up to and including $2 value. The flyer from Sunday's paper states: Available at participating Kmart and Super Kmart locations. I would suggest calling your store and asking if they are participating before going. There is a limit of 75 coupons per day. Internet coupons are not valid.

SlickDeals has these locations as being confirmed for the
10/1- 10/5 double coupons. I would still call your store before heading out with coupons in tow.

Talk About Tuesday: House Hunting

I think were finally going to start looking for a bigger home with a yard. Our current house is rather small for 2 growing boys, a dad with toys (aka tools) and a mom that loves her space. As for the yard, there isn’t much of one (which would explain why we have cats instead of a dog). We have a garage that takes up half of our backyard and a pool that takes up the rest.

Our first trip out and we found the perfect yard…2 1/2 acres! The house didn’t have everything that we wanted; it was missing the basement. We were ready to put a contract on it since there was room to build the house out, if we found it necessary. The living space was much more than what we have though. After multiple calls and emails to the realtor, she finally called us back. The call lasted for over an hour only for her to tell me the house already had a contract on it.

Now it’s off to another one…not the perfect home but again the perfect yard - 3 acres. It’s got a couple out buildings which would be great for all the toys (aka tools). The house appears to be a little bigger than the other. This house is on a busier road but front of the property is lined by trees which blocks a lot of the view. We just need to schedule a visit to check it out.

In my opinion, it’s going to take us forever to find the “perfect” house. We are looking in two school districts that seem to attract buyers. They are both country settings. It seems like more people want land versus being arm lengths away from their neighbor.

I’m soon to be the city girl turned country. Wait! I pretty much already am…I ride an ATV and play with pigs!

To see what others are talking about, visit Lazy Organizer’s Talk About Tuesday.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Glade Wisp Flameless Candle

Do you still have your Glade Wisp Rebate? Here are a deal that will be at Walgreens next week (week of 10/5/08). I found this on SlickDeals by reviewing the ad scan. The Glade Wisp Flameless Candles will be printing $3 Register Rewards. You can print a BOGO coupon here (print it twice). Having two coupons will allow you to do this deal twice earning $6 in RR and paying just over $6 for 4 candles. Then send in the rebate (9/21/08 insert) making it an even sweeter deal. Depending on your rebate(s), it could be free plus overage!


As you know, I joined the Hot for the Holiday's Challenge over at Baby Tea Leaves. With every weigh in comes a prize. Well, as long as you weigh in before 8 pm on Friday night you have a chance to win that week's prize. This week I won!! It's a blog makeover from Doodlebug Designs!

I was so excited that I cleaned the whole house...washed windows and all. Crazy huh?!? I was going to run on the treadmill but I didn't want to get all sweaty.

Recipe: Breakfast Casserole

This is my version of a breakfast casserole. I couldn't access the recipe I was going to make so I made my own. The whole family loved it.
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg fresh breakfast sausage, cooked, drained and crumbled
  • 1 pkg Shredded Hash browns
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 (12 oz) cans NESTLE® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 10 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ small onion, diced
  • ¼ tsp of pepper or to taste

  1. Cook, crumble and drain sausage and onions.
  2. Cook shredded hash browns until nearly done.
  3. Grease 13 x 9 baking dish.
  4. Place hash browns in bottom of baking dish.
  5. Combine evaporated milk, eggs, cheese, and pepper in medium bowl. Pour evenly over hash browns.
  6. Sprinkle with sausage.
  7. Cover; refrigerate overnight.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  9. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until cheese is golden brown.

Menu Plan Monday - 9/28/2008

What a busy week we had! I ended up doing a lot of cooking on Monday and Tuesday last week. I make four batches of Stuffed Shells for us, the freezer and two other family members; the Southwestern Casserole was another meal we had this week plus placed one in the freezer. I also made the Freezer French Toast and my own version of Breakfast Casserole. Wednesday night was our Pot Roast night. I made it in the slow cooker since I thought our game was a half an hour away. We made open face sandwiches out of it, thanks to the Bob Evans commercials. It was very similar to their Farmhouse Philly. It was really good!

We have soccer for the next three nights and that will end our regular season. Tournament play doesn’t start for a week and a half after that so I’ll be trying out 2 new Pampered Chef recipes and looking for new ones for next week.

Here’s my plan for this week…

Sunday: Grilled Chicken Club Ring (Pampered Chef recipe re-do or minus a few ingredients) – recipe below

Sunday dessert (our dessert night): Applesauce Spice Cake

Monday: Pepperoni Pizzadillas(Pampered Chef recipe)

Tuesday: Chicken Tenders, Country Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Wednesday: Skyline Chili Spaghetti (at home version)

Thursday: Shredded Chicken tacos/burritos buffet

Friday: Little Caesars $5 Pizza (possibly dinner for mom's birthday)

Saturday: Trying for Date Night again!!

Sunday: Meatloaf (not sure of side items yet)

Visit Organized Junkie for other menu plans.

Grilled Chicken Club Ring

2 packages Crescent Roll Dough - (8 oz. each)
3 cup Chicken Breast – cubed & cooked
6 slices Bacon, cooked crispy - crumbled
1 cup Shredded Swiss Cheese
1 cup Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon Mustard
2 medium Roma Tomatoes

Preheat oven to 375F.

In a large bowl, mix chicken, bacon, 3/4 cup of the cheese, mayonnaise, dijon and mix well. Set aside.

Open and unroll crescent roll dough, and separate into triangles. Arrange triangles in a circle on a round baking stone (or a greased pizza pan if you do not have a baking stone) with the wide ends of triangles overlapping in the center and points hanging over outside edge, leaving at least a 5-6 inch clear circle in the center of the stone (pan).

Spoon chicken mixture evenly onto dough, onto the wide ends of the triangles. Place tomato slices around the top of the chicken mixture.

Wrap pointed ends of dough around chicken mixture, and tuck under the wide ends of the dough, forming a closed ring with slits around the outside edge, where filling shows through in places.

Lightly brush the top of the crescents with olive oil. Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipes: Applesauce Spice Cake

This recipe is very easy. It's just like making the cake as the box instructs but replace the water with applesauce and add a little ground cinnamon. Even my kids loved it!

• 1 pkg Duncan Hines® Moist Deluxe® Spice Cake Mix
• 3 large eggs
• 1 1/4 cups applesauce
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

• 1 container Cream Cheese Frosting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13x9-inch pan.

2.Combine cake mix, eggs, applesauce and oil in large bowl. Beat at medium speed with electric mixer for 2 minutes or until mixed well. Pour into bake pan.

3. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

4. Cool completely then frost cake.

5. Enjoy!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Another Great Product: Weight Watcher Chocolates

Last week, Walgreens had the Weight Watcher Chocolates by Whitmans on sale 2/$3. There was also Buy 2, Get 1 Free coupon in a recent insert. Not a bad deal, I got 6 bags for $6. They usually sell for around $2.99 a bag.

Anyways, I love chocolate but it doesn't do my waistline good. I decided to pick these up since I am having a hard time kicking my chocolate habits and I really need to lose a few pounds.

I picked up the Pecan Clusters and Double Chocolate Mousse. They are 1 point per piece. My initial thought as I took the wrapper off to eat one was..."What's this going to do for me?" I was surprised. They were actually good and I only "needed" one piece. I would recommend you give these a try. I wish I would have used all my coupons now.

Friday, September 26, 2008

My Shopping Trips This Week

There's not much to talk about as far as my shopping trips are concerned. I didn't need to go grocery shopping since we still have quite a bit of meat, milk and bread. I'll share with you where I did go though...

Bath & Body Works

I wouldn't have went but I had a coupon for a free 2 oz bottle of Black Amethyst and a 20% off coupon. I used both coupons. I was out of my body mist and shower gel.
2 - PINK Body Mist
1 - Sea Cotton Body Lotion

1 - Sea Cotton Body Wash

1 - 2 oz Black Amethyst Body Lotion

Total OOP = $27.89 (I saved 45%.)

Walgreens (2 different stops)
Saturday, September 20 -
4 - Garnier Curl Shaping Spray Gels

1 - Garnier Shampoo

1 - Garnier Conditioner

1 - Winnie the Pooh Coin Bank (filler - $1)

Coupons used: $10 Register Reward and 6 - $1 off coupons Garnier products

Total OOP = $6.47 (will receive $11 in WAGS rebate on gift card)

4 - Altoids
1 - 4 pk Car Fresheners (not pictured)

2 - Reach Ultra Clean Toothbrushes
1 - Visine

Coupons used: $2/2 in-ad Altoids coupon, $.99 in-ad Car Freshener coupon, $2 Sept IVC for Visine, $3 MC for Visine

Total OOP: $1.18 (Used $4.50 RR and Received $5 Register Reward for Reach deal)

8 - Great Value Apple Juice Concentrate
2 - Welch's Strawberry Breeze Juice Concentrate
1 - Pink Poster Board (yard sale sign for next week)
1 - Pkg of Dots (yard sale pricing - color code families)
2 - Huggie Clean Team Wipes
1 - My First LeapPad - Cars game ($2 on clearance but was marked $11 clearance priced...did someone program the wrong amount?!?!)

Total OOP= $17.78 - only used 1 coupon - $3/2 Clean Team Products.

I'll be making a CVS trip tomorrow on our way home from the soccer game. The local CVS didn't have the Overnight Pull Ups that I needed. Did you know that the Kimberly Clark deal has a limit of 2 not 1? I'll be doing the deal twice and using my $5/$20 Walgreens coupon to save even more. I'll post those as soon as I can...probably won't be tomorrow since it is filled with soccer, birthday parties, local kid's activities, and date night.

Frugal Friday - Organization

I posted this a couple weeks ago for Works for Me Wednesday. I wanted to share it for Frugal Friday as well. They are frugal ideas. I've added a few ideas as well.

Over the past month, I have really been trying to declutter and organize things around the house. I wanted to save as much as possible while doing it. Two things that seem to be getting out of con
trol were the CDs and the magazines.

For the CDs, I bought two plastic spa caddies from the Dollar Tree and slid the CDs into them. They fit perfectly and it was inexpensive. They also slide nicely into the entertainment center.

For the magazine, I don’t normally keep them. However, if there are several good articles in them, I will keep them. I turn an empty cereal box into a magazine holder. I cut the box diagonally on both sides and cover it with wrapping paper. The wrapping paper keeps it from standing out like a sore thumb.

Need bookends? Paint two bricks with bright colors and put felt on the bottom to keep them from scratching your furniture.

How about a barrette holder? Hang ribbon over a hanger and clip the barrettes on the ribbon. Pull all but about 2 inches to one side of the hanger, staple or glue the ribbon together, let dry, then clip the barrettes on the ribbon.

While were on the topic of organizing on a budget, do you reuse juice concentrate cans or soup cans? I do. I use them as pencil holders. Just clean them out and cover them with wallpaper, border, wrapping paper, contact paper, fabric...whatever you can find.

To find other frugal ideas, visit Biblical Womanhood's Frugal Friday.

Fat Ticker Friday - 9/26/2008

For me, it's been a long week...longer than last week. I've done a lot of freezer cooking this week along with getting ready for our yard sale next weekend. There hasn't been much exercising around here. I did lose 2 pounds. I noticed today that my weight loss tracker is way out of whack. I need to get it updated.

My goals for next week:

1. Eat healthier - watch calorie intake.
2. NO candy bars.
3. Workout 3 days for at least 30 minutes.
4. Walk to get son from school at least 3 days (weather permitting). Save gas - lose pounds!!

Visit Baby Tea Leaves to see how others are doing or to join in on the fun.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

ZoomPanel - Earn Prizes by Taking Surveys


Have you joined ZoomPanel yet? What are waiting for? Join today - just click on the banner above. Are you not familiar with ZoomPanel? They are a community of consumers who share they opinions about companies' products and services via surveys. You earn ZoomPoints which can be redeemed for prizes. You get 50 points just for signing up. The first cash-out level is 1000 points.

I signed up with them about 3 weeks ago. Their surveys seem to be pretty quick and easy. Most of the surveys that I have taken have earned me 75 or 100 ZoomPoints. I'm getting closer to the Biggest Loser Workout videos and scale.

Walgreens $5 off $20 purchase Coupon - Good Friday and Saturday only!

Walgreens has released a $5 off $20 purchase coupon. This time it's good for 2 days - Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th! You can get yours here. Remember to print two if you have a CVS nearby that accepts competitor coupons.

Want to know about these coupons and other offers when everyone else does? Register here.

FREE Night of Theater 2008


Launches in Over 100 Cities Across the Country on October 16!

Tickets are being offered, in most areas, to performances from October 16th through October 30th and can be reserved beginning late September, but every location is different so be sure to check the here for details and participating cities/theaters.

The only one in my area (Dayton, OH) was Ears on a Beatle @ The Human Race Theatre on October 17th @ 8PM. Limit 2 tickets and they are available starting September 29th @10AM.

FREE Altoids @ Walgreens This Week

I just got back from Walgreens and wanted to share a freebie with you.There is a $2/2 in ad coupon for Altoids. On the containers of Altoids, there are $1 coupons.

2 - Altoids

$2/2 Altoids in-ad coupon
2 - $1 peelies on Altoids

Total: FREE!

Things I Love Thursday - Candy Corn

Let me start by saying I love fall, as if you couldn't tell from my Mum pictures. It's my favorite season. I love the cooler temperatures, football, the leaves as they change color, and most of all candy corn. I know you can buy it year round in those little $.99 cent bags but it's not the same. I have a few things that I like to do with candy corn in the fall. I'm sharing them with you today.

PayDay Candy Bar like mix
12 oz bag candy corn
24 oz can dry roasted peanuts

Pour candy corn and peanuts into a bowl and mix.

Butterfinger Candy
12 oz bag candy corn
1 1/3 cup peanut butter
16oz pkg. chocolate candy coating

1. Melt candy corn in microwave on high 1 minute. Stir and continue cooking in 15-second intervals until melted, stirring after each interval.

2. Stir in peanut butter.

3. Spread mixture in a greased 8x8 pan lined with foil. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

4. Dip in melted chocolate candy coating. Lay on waxed paper to set.

5. Chill before serving.

24 oz dry roasted peanuts
12 oz peanut butter chips
10 oz marshmallows
4 tbsp margarine
1 can sweetened condensed milk

1. Melt together chips, marshmallows, margarine and milk.

2. Butter the bottom of a 9x13" pan.

3. Put half of the peanuts in the bottom of the pan.

4. Pour melted mixture over the peanuts.

5. Sprinkle remaining peanuts onto the mixture.

6. Press peanuts into the mixture. Refrigerate then cut.

And that's why I love candy corn! Don't forget to check out Things I Love Thursday over at The Diaper Diaries to see things other people love.

Free Events for Children - Saturday, September 27th plus some future events

Borders is having a free Kid’s Party from 2-4pm. The party is for children 12 and under. This event will have games, storytimes, activities, and more!

Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic will be making fire trucks from 10-11am. Click here, here and here to read my previous post about these clinics.

Toy’s R Us will be hosting Geoffrey’s Birthday Party from noon – 3pm. They will have fun hat parades, activities, and free gifts. Click here for more information and to find a store near you.

Barnes & Noble Children’s Storytime – times vary by location. Click here to find a store near you.

Museum Day - read about it here.

Mark you calendars for these events:

Lowe's Build & Grow Clinics - Skeleton on Saturday, October 11, 2008 10-11am; Pumpkin on Saturday, October 25, 2008 10-11am; Semi Truck on Saturday, November 8, 2008 10-11am; and Football goal on Saturday, November 22, 2008 10-11am

Home Depot Kid's Workshop - Whistle Fire Truck Saturday, October 4, 2008 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Borders Halloween Spooktacular October 25th from 2-4PM. Costume contests, storytime, and games.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday - Juice Concentrate

My son drinks a LOT of juice...mostly apple. He likes some other flavors but prefers apple. I can't get him to drink it if I dilute it like I did when he was younger. I have found a way to be able to dilute it without him really noticing. I make the apple juice myself with juice concentrate. I've also found it to be cheaper than buy a bunch of 64 oz bottles. I mix 2 juice concentrates with 7-9 cans of water (should be 6 cans of water). Well, fill the pitcher almost all the way up, shake and serve. We use the juice concentrate straight from the freezer so we don't have to worry about chilling it. No wait time! To find out what works for others, visit Works for Me Wednesday at Rocks In My Dryer.

Wordless Wednesday - Mums

A sign of fall...

Check out other Wordless Wednesday posts here and here.

Free Zantac

Want to know how to get your coupon for a free box of Maximum Strength Zantac 150® Cool Mint Tablets from Walgreens? If you haven't ever tried this but get heartburn, this is a product to try. I keep it stocked in our medicine cabinet.

Here’s how:

1. Make a purchase of any Zantac® product at Walgreens or Walgreens.com
2. Click on the Get a Coupon for FREE* Zantac® button below.
3. Enter the UPC code from your Zantac® product purchase in the space provided.**
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Click here.

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Talk About Tuesday - Planner

I’m a little late but I wanted to get my post up for Talk About Tuesday since it was already typed. Why didn’t I schedule it? Good question – I don’t know the answer. Wait, I do know the answer! I didn’t have it written in my planner. Before getting laid off from work, I had them order me refills for my Franklin Covey Planner. I really didn’t and haven’t used it too much. It was packed in boxes with my other personal stuff from work. I’m one that will get everything or as much as possible done on my to-do list, if I have one. If I don’t have one, I waste a lot of time. Monday I decided to pull out the planner and put it to work for me. I made my task list and got to work. Needless to say, I completed everything except 2 items. Now I use my planner and take it just about everywhere with me. I’ve updated all the calendars, contacts, and birthdays…it’s ready for use again. I still use my handy dandy calendar at home but this is great for on the go and getting me on the go!

To see what others are talking about, visit Lazy Organizer’s Talk About Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Just a reminder - FREE Ice Cream on Thursday!

Who doesn't love FREE ice cream?!? You probably saw this in your coupon inserts this week but wanted to share just in case you were missing that one. On September 25th from 5 p.m. to 8p.m. you can get a FREE 30z. size (like it) creation. The catch is that the FREE creation is one of 2 new creations created to help support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. You can choose from Jack's Creation or Emily's creation.
  • Jack's Creation - Marshmallow ice cream with OREO® Cookies, Chocolate Chips and Fudge
  • Emily's Creation - Nutter Butter® ice cream with White Chocolate Chips, Kit Kat® and Yellow Cake
Click here to find a participating location near you.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Recipe: Candy Bar Brownie Cups

These are yummy! Surprise your kids with their favorite candy bar in the middle of a brownie.

1 box chewy fudge brownie mix (recommended: Duncan Hines)
1 bag miniature candy bars (recommended: Snickers or Milky Way)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 24 regular muffin cups with paper cupcake liners.

Prepare the brownie mix according to package directions for cake-like brownies. Fill the cups ¼ full with brownie batter. Place 1 miniature candy bar in the center of the batter in each muffin cup. Cover candy bar with brownie batter.
Muffin cup should be approximately half way full.
Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the cupcakes are set. Remove them from the muffin pan and let cool before serving.

Menu Plan Monday - 9/22/2008

Two weeks in a row I haven’t followed my menu plan. This week it’s getting plastered to the refrigerator and we WILL eat what’s planned. We have soccer every night for the next week and a half except for on Thursday and Sunday. I’m going to be cooking most of the day today and tomorrow to cut down on the cooking time each night.

HELP! Does anyone have a fried green bean recipe? I was browsing through Menu Plan Monday a couple weeks ago and saw a Parmesan Crusted Green Bean recipe (I believe is what it was called) but can’t find the link. If you have a recipe for green beans, please leave me the link or share it, if you don’t mind! PLEASE!

Here’s my plan for this week…

Freezer Breakfast to make this week for the coming weekend – Freezer French Toast from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Sunday: Grilled Chicken, Julienne Potatoes, Corn, salad

Monday: *Family Favorite* Stuffed Shells, salad, breadsticks (making batches for 2 additional families too)

Tuesday: Southwestern Casserole (freezer meal)

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Pot Roast, Mashed Potato Skins, Green Beans

Thursday: Chile Chicken Enchiladas Dessert - Candy Bar Brownies

Friday: Cheeseburgers, pasta salad, chips

Saturday: Date Night!! Kids – Corn dogs, French fries, peaches

Sunday: Easy Baked Manicotti

Visit Organized Junkie for other menu plans.

Recipe: Stuffed Shells

This is a family favorite. It has meat and sauce variations.

  • 1 package jumbo pasta shells
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, ground beef or ground chicken
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (15 oz) container ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (28 oz) jar alfredo sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente; drain and rinse in cold water.
  3. Cook sausage until brown. Crumble. Drain.
  4. In a large bowl, sausage, mix eggs, ricotta, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper until well combined. Stuff cooked shells with cheese mixture and place in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  5. Pour alfredo sauce over stuffed shells. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  6. Bake in preheated oven 45 to 60 minutes, until edges are bubbly and shells are slightly set.

Note: You can use ground beef or ground chicken in place of the sausage. Another substitution would be pasta sauce versus alfredo sauce.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Another Walgreen's Moneymaker - Reach Toothbrush!!

I don't know about you but Walgreens is really beating CVS on the deals lately.

$5 RR wyb 2/$5 Reach Ultra clean Toothbrush or Floss 30 yards
Reach Toothbrush, any $1 (9-30-08) V 6/8/08

2 - Reach Ultra Clean Toothbrushes
Use two $1 coupons.

$3.00 plus tax OOP

Get a $5 RR for a $2 Moneymaker.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kroger Specials - Good thru Sunday, September 28th

Not sure what areas this is good in but I wanted to share... I was at Kroger this afternoon. They have a few specials that were part of a "We have power" sale. I guess that's what you could call it.

Here are the items for this special sale.

Eggs (dozen) $.88
Milk (gallon) $2.48

Bananas $.48 a pound
Kroger White Bread $.88
Tombstone Pizzas $2.77
Kroger Bacon $1.99
Iceberg Lettuce $.88

Fat Ticker Friday - 9/19/2008

Hot for the Holidays

What’s up with me? One week I do really good then the next it’s like I have absolutely no motivation. Someone want to come drag me to the gym? How about 4 feet to my treadmill? The only exercise I got this week was walking to pick my son up from school yesterday (1.6 miles). That’s pitiful! I really don’t have any excuse. I had electricity (unlike the majority of people in the area) and it was cool outside. Oh wait, I do have an excuse! The majority of the week the YMCA was closed since it didn’t have electricity. Not a good excuse but that’s all I’ve got.

No weight loss around here. I gained 2 pounds! The sad part is that I ate well all week. I watched my portion sizes and that I wasn’t eating a bunch of junk (aka chocolate chip cookies and 3 Musketeer Mint bars). I guess it’s time to get down and dirty. If I have to resort to eating salads and Lean Cuisines, then that’s what I’ll do! This weight has got to come off. I feel gross and FAT! I want to be HOT of the Holidays!

What’s my plan?

  1. 3 days of exercise
  2. Back to the Couch to 5K program
  3. Healthy meals – starting with breakfast (no more muffins)
  4. Lose at least the 2 pounds that I gained last week.
  5. Buy a new scale. Mine is old.
To find out how others are doing, visit Baby Tea Leave's Fat Ticker Friday!

DirecTv FREE Sports Pack Preview This Weekend

Don't forget about the FREE Sports Pack preview on DirecTv this weekend. Check out my original post here.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Meijer 1-Day Sale - Saturday, September 20th

I usually don't post the Meijer deals but since some bloggy friends had lost power earlier in the week when Ike remnants came through, I thought I would post the deals that I saw for the Meijer 1-Day Sale.
  • B1G1F Broccoli or Cauliflower
  • $1.49 Keebler Zesta or Krispy Saltine Crackers Limit 4.
  • $1.29 Kellogg`s Rice Krispies Treats Limit 3. ($1/2 8/3/08 Kellogg's insert)
  • 5 for $5 Louis Kemp Imitation Crabmeat or Lobstermeat
  • 2 for $3 Peninsular Sugar
  • 3 for $7 (6-Pack) Bottles Pepsi, Diet Pepsi or Mountain Dew 24 oz. bottles. Limit 3.
  • B1G1F Tyson Sliced Bacon ($1/2 or 55¢/1 7/20/08 SS)
  • 2 for $4 Johnsonville Smoked Brats
  • B1G2F Aunt Millie`s Honey Hot Dog or Hamburger Buns 8 ct. pkg.
  • B1G1F Kraft Cheese Nips Cheddar or Reduced Fat 12.5 oz. or Mac & Cheese Crackers
  • 2 for $4 Sunshine Cheez-It Crackers, Twisters, Stix or Crisps
  • 4 for $5 Chex Mix 8.75 oz. or Bugles (50¢/1 8/10/08 GM or 9/7/08 GM, $1/2 printable coupon)
  • $2.99 Fast Fixin` Chicken & Sandwiches ($1/1 printable coupon)
  • $1.69 Fritos Corn Chips or Cheetos Snacks 8-10 oz. or Canned Dips
  • $1.39 LB. 100% Pure Beef Hamburger Patties Frozen. Sold in 8 lb. box.
  • 2 for $5 Nabisco Toasted Chips
  • B1G1F Plain or Cinnamon Sugar Cake Donuts
  • B2G1F Pringles Potato Crisps 5 (30¢/3 8/31/08 P&G)
  • $14.96 24 Pack Cans Miller, Budweiser, Coors Light or Labatt Blue
  • B1G1F Crest Toothpaste 8.2 oz. ($1/1, 75¢/1 or 50¢/1 8/31/08 P&G),Colgate Toothpaste 8.2 oz. ($1/1 or 75¢/1 9/7/08 SS1), Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush 1 ct., Colgate Wave Toothbrush 1 ct. or Colgate Total Toothbrush 1 ct.

Things I Love Thursday - PINK!

Since I love so many things, I thought I would participate in Things I Love Thursday over at the Diaper Diaries.

In a visit to Bath & Body Works, I came across Victoria Secret’s Pink Body Mist Splash. The bright pink bottles immediately caught my eye. “It’s PINK!” I said rather loudly and like a kid in a candy store I was off to check it out. I’m one that won’t waste my $90 bottle of perfume, if I’m not going “out”. If I’m just running to the grocery, working out, or going to a soccer game, I don’t like to lather myself up in expensive perfume so I use the body spray. The Victoria Secret PINK Fresh and Clean All over Body Mist Splash is perfect. It’s a light clean scent. Most people don’t know it’s not perfume too. If you’re looking for a light fresh scent but not expensive, give it at try. They do have fruity and pure scents too.

Now head over to The Diaper Diaries to see what others love.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday: Organization on a Budget

Over the past month, I have really been trying to declutter and organize things around the house. I wanted to save as much as possible while doing it. Two things that seem to be getting out of control were the CDs and the magazines.

For the CDs, I bought two plastic spa caddies from the Dollar Tree and slid the CDs into them. They fit perfectly and it was inexpensive. They also slide nicely into the entertainment center.

For the magazine, I don’t normally keep them. However, if there are several good articles in them, I will keep them. I turn an empty cereal box into a magazine holder. I cut the box diagonally on both sides and cover it with wrapping paper. The wrapping paper keeps it from standing out like a sore thumb.

While were on the topic of organizing on a budget, do you reuse juice concentrate cans or soup cans? I do. I use them as pencil holders. Just clean them out and cover them with wallpaper, border, wrapping paper, contact paper, fabric...whatever you can find.

To find out what works for others, visit Works for Me Wednesday over at Rocks In My Dryer.

Wordless Wednesday - Like Father, Like Son

My fiancĂ© has been working out of town quite a bit the past two weeks. He's been home for less than 2 days in the past 11. His youngest son is ready for him to come home…he misses his daddy!

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