Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Attack of the Caterpillar


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When I saw this sign, I should have known better.  We went on a group trip to an apple orchard Friday, and as luck would have it a stinging caterpillar fell on my neck.  Not knowing what it was,  I wiped my neck with a baby wipe.  Yeah, not a good idea.  There were black hairs on the wipe, but I thought they must have been from the baby goats (see below).  It took me two hours to figure out what it was that had ‘bit’ me.  Needless to say I have spots all across my neck from where I spread the poison, and you can see where the caterpillar landed.  I finally started feeling better yesterday.  It’s funny how such a small thing can make you feel so bad. 

This was another picture I took before the attack.  That is what I would like to say to the caterpillar!

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I was hoping to share to more craft projects I finished last week and to say that I was finished with my Project 30 blanket.  But it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this week.  Maybe after I get everything straightened up around here from my recuperation (read sleeping all day Saturday and moping Sunday) I will have more to share.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Yellow shirt day and a freezer stencil

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I stinking LOVE this shirt.  We had to have a yellow shirt for school, and of course there were none in the closet.  So we stopped by and picked up a Garanimals shirt from WM, which I love.  (It’s hard to beat a shirt for $3.50, and these are super soft.  The only thing is, they don’t always keep the plain t-shirts in stock.  This one was long sleeved which is fine, but I would love to have plain short sleeves in small sizes available year round.  Especially since I’m a procrastinator.  I hated that the only ones left this summer were sleeveless shirts.  Yuk!)  Then I waited.  I couldn’t think of a single thing that I could put on a boys shirt that went with yellow!  Finally the night before I thought of this rebel symbol.  I love it!  I used the freezer paper stencil technique and Tulip paint.  I wish I could have thought ahead and did two coats of paint, because since I’ve washed it I see a little space that has cracked.  It’s only one little spot, and I think it was me and not the paint. 

Now that I’ve painted it though, I’ve had all sorts of great ideas!  Batman, Wall-e,  and Tonka trucks!  Why didn’t I think of those?  We may have to make another trip to WM for shirts.

Friday, September 3, 2010


Here is something else that I have been busy doing!  Finding great deals!  A few weeks back Target had printable clothes coupons.  By shopping in the clearance section I found some GREAT deals.
See this men’s shirt?

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That’s right, it was marked down to $3.74.  Good deal right?  But wait, I had a $3.00 coupon.  $0.74!  Woot woot!  And it didn’t stop there!

Denim for me . . .

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Marked down to $6.24.  Another $3.00 coupon and my pants were only $3.24!

The best deal (if you don’t consider the Men’s shirt) was this pair of child’s Osh Gosh adjustable tap jeans!  I usually pay full price for these.

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Marked down 50% to $6.48.  Then with my $2.00 coupon only $4.48! 

I love me some deals!  And this is what I got today!  Here ise my loot from my grocery shop today!  I know, I know.  People usually take it all out of the bags, but there is yogurt, eggs, cheese, and I had to hurry and put it in the fridge.  Let’s just say that there is a lot here!  Like free toothbrushes, coloring book, two jars of juice, apples, iced lemonade, and two packs of hot dog buns.  That's right.  FREE!

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How have I been getting these great deals?  Well, first off I Grocery Game.  And I truly try to make a game out of it.  If I hit a 50% savings, then I win!  This isn’t always easy because I buy higher priced eggs and milk (because I can tell the difference ) and those things are NEVER on sale.  Even with those I always get at least a 30% savings.   

Well even though I was under my 50%, I still consider this a win.  I was at 46%!  And this was including some high ticket items!  Sweet!  My receipt was almost three feet long.  I had to smile when I saw the looong coupon section printing.  And I always find it funny when I hand over my stack of coupons and the people turn and look at me.  But I don’t mind because here is my run down:

MFG CPN Savings$43.60
BONUS CPN Savings$6.35
Total Coupons$108.85
Total Savings (46 pct.)

My out of pocket was $129.50. 
Here are some websites I use so you can get some great deals too!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

This post is brought to you by the letter A

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I am constantly amazed at the great ideas and projects that I find in the blogs I read.  And I’m always surprised when I have been thinking about something, then I open up my blog reader and find a new post someone has written about that very thing.  This happens a lot!  And usually it’s with the same people. 

The past few weeks, for instance, I have been thinking about school.  School lunches and nutrition, school supplies, class room size, private vs. public vs. home school, and just about everything in between.  We will be starting preschool soon, and I have been both excited and nervous.  It’s going to be a big change, and as a mommy I’m not quite sure I’m ready for it.  I have been loving looking at markers, paper, and glue though.  There is nothing better than a fresh box of Crayola’s I tell ya. 

I think my nervousness comes from separation anxiety and worry over being a good Mom.  I often wonder if I am teaching enough, or the right things.  Is there something that I’ve forgotten to say, or simply didn’t know that I had to?  A friend of mine who was a kindergarten teacher once told me to make sure I covered blowing your nose.  You have to teach that?  And I never forget an article I read were it talked about writing your address on a child’s stomach before you go someplace like a fair or a theme park.  I forwarded it to some of my family with kids because I thought it was a joke . . . until they replied back that they had clothing labels and a necklace made with their information on it.  Boy was I way behind. 

So when it comes to education, I want to make sure that I’m setting the right path.  Part of this comes from my own experience an a child.  While looking back on some of my old report cards I realized that my teachers had wanted to hold me back until I was in the second grade because I was having trouble reading.  I remember being frustrated and in a special reading group, but I didn’t realize that it went that far. 

Now that I’m a Mommy I to make sure that I do better.   I want to make sure that there are no more report cards like that in this family.  So while I was pondering all of this, I read some posts by Samantha about Tot school.  While we are a little ahead of that, she gave some great ideas that I could use.  Some of these things I had been milling over, like bingo marker letters.  What never occurred to me was the structure.    I thought it would be a good way to prepare for preschool.  And since preschool is only three days a week, it would be perfect to do the other two days.  This way I would always know where we are, and make sure that nothing is missing before we start big kid school (tear . . . even though I’m totally not ready to talk about that yet)! 

So this week, just like Samantha, we started with the letter A.  Each day slowly progressed to three or four worksheets from a preschool workbook by Mead, scissor activity, and song time.  For song time we sing a couple of favorites like “Wheels on the Bus,” and “Old McDonald.”  Then we do “A is for Apple” (just like "C is for Cookie" from Sesame Street).  The difference is that I have incorporated sign language.  This is my favorite part.  Next week we will add “B is for Banana.”  Then the week after that “C is for Carrot.”  I’m a little lost on D though . . . . any thoughts?

And way back to the picture at the top.  While looking up new lunch ideas, even though we will still be having lunch at the house, I found the Cooking for Monkeys website and totally LOVED this lunch!  So, I decided to do my own take on it and in honor of A week created the A sandwich.  I totally should have did the tomatoes in lower case, but it was still a big hit.