Monday, January 31, 2011

Things I’m Loving…

I love…


time with friends,

playing with my little guy,


my husband,

my faith,




thrift stores,

canning jars,

scrapbook paper,





the beach,


Disney World,

and painting.

What are you loving?

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Making money with Diapers

Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do and then laugh!

Who visits five (5) Walgreens in one day?  ME!!!


None of them where out of my way.  I suppose, I should ask who passes five (5) on the way home?  Oh yeah, and (3) more on another day.

This was diaper week and now I won’t be needing to buy any for a few months, ahhh!


Huggies diapers were $8.99 at Walgreens and this is the usual package price that I pay regularly.  I had coupons and more coupons, so…….

$8.99 minus $1.50 is great, but then the reason for the madness is that they also gave me a $2 register reward.

So with my husband in tow and on our way home we pulled into each store and I was in and out in less than 5 minutes with a pack and another $2. 

Now I am so happy with this $16 money maker!  After all, I spent less than my usual diaper spend for each pack and made money.  Next mission is to see how far I can stretch that $16.  Dish soap for months FREE perhaps, hmmm or something else?

Monday, January 10, 2011

Blog Makeover

Happy 2011!

I am so excited to have a fresh start with a new year and new goals. First order of business was to update the blog with a new look. I really enjoyed picking a new background and getting a fresh look. If you are in need of a new background, check out the free options at Hot Bliggity Blog.

Next, I thought a new blog banner was needed. It was fun, free, and easy. Blissfully Domestic had a great post on how to do this here.

And finally, a few cute free buttons on the sidebar that I found here at Shabby Blogs.

Whew! I am loving it and hope you do too.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Christmas Goodies

Well as quick as Christmas came it is gone!

The decorations are coming down today. I usually like to leave them up and have even used the Epiphany as an excuse, but this year as quick as Christmas left, I started feeling like I was ready for spring cleaning. Well spring is not in sight anytime soon, but the cleaning must start and new beginnings are in order.

What?? I never even posted all of the Christmas goodness. So here is a summary of the fun Christmas treats we made. I needed to have some gifts for my husbands co-workers this year and with 10 gifts for mostly men….food came to mind!

First we started baking some cookies.

Peanut Butter Blossoms are super easy.

Peanut Blossoms 2

Then we began chocolate dipping.

Chocolate covered pretzel rods all prettied up!

Chocolate Pretzels

Then we decided to tackle some different, yet still simple. After blog cruising, I found a great idea over at Petit Elefant for Peppermint Marshmallow Hot Chocolate! Here is our version, but check out her link above for the how to step by step.

Peppermint Marshmallows

Peppermint Marshmallow Hot Chocolate

And yes, the Marshmallow Monster helped with this fun treat.

Marshmallow Monster

Marshmallow Monster 2

Then it was time to put all of the sweetness into a pretty package.

I just loved these cute little treat boxes that Natasha at Inking Out of the Box made. Be sure to check out this link for the how to step-by-step instructions to get one of these cuties for yourself. These are so easy to make!

Here is my version!

Treat Box Front

Treat Box Back

Then I made tags. For a quick and simple tag I used some business card templates on the computer and made these cute little rectangular tags.

First print what you want on the front and then feed it through the printer again with what you want on the back.

Oh and make it easy on yourself and save the template for next year. Make a few adjustments, but have you To: and From: all ready to go with your recipients' names.

Card Front

Add a cute little die cut to the front and punch a hole.

Card Back

A little cellophane wrap to group all the little goodies together and Voila!

Packaged Treats

Pretty packages all tied up in bows.

Christmas Goodies

I hope that everyone had a great holiday season and that you are looking forward to a healthy and happy 2011!

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