Friday, August 31, 2012

Office Max Back to School deals for the week of 09/02/2012

5 FREE packs of Office Max filler paper with a $5 minimum purchase

Schoolio 2 pocket folders- $0.25- Limit 5

Sharpie singles- $0.25- Limit 3

Schoolio color pencils- $0.25- Limit 2

Just Basic pencils- $0.25- Limit 3

Office Depot Back to School deals for the week of 09/02/2012

Crayola crayons- $0.50- Limit 3

Schlastic glue sticks- $0.50- Limit 3

Oxford Index cards- $1- Limit 3

Pencil box- $1-Limit 3

Office Depot fashion composition notebook- $1- Limit 3

Staples Back to School deals for the week of 09/02/2012

Staples writing pads- $0.50

Staples dual pencil sharpener- $0.50- Limit 4

Staples index cards- $0.50

Bic ballpoint pens- $0.25- Limit 4

Staples slider pencil case- $0.25- Limit 4

Staples pencils- $0.25- Limit 4

Staples filler paper- $0.75

Hammermill copy plus paper- $6.99 and get $4.99 Easy Rebate- Limit 2

Staples photo paper- $9.99 and get $9.99 Easy Rebate- Limit 2

Rose Art crayons- $0.50

Rose Art color pencils- $0.50

Prang board chalk- $0.50

Staples fat book- $1

Staples index cards on a ring- $1

Staples translucent pencil box- $1

Staples glue sticks- $1- Limit 2

Paper Clip ball- $1

Westcott scissors 2pk- $1

Staples 1 subject notebook- $1

Walgreens deals for the week of 09/02/2012

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufactur's coupons
2) Register Receipts (RR) are considered manufactur's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 Manufactur's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) Cannot use RR printed from item to pay for same item and get RR's again~
For example- If you were to purchase Colgate for $3 and get $3 RR, if you purchase the Colgate again and use the RR's earned from the 1st Colgate purchase you will not earn the RR's again

24pk Nice water- $1.99- SUNDAY & MONDAY ONLY

Chex mix, Bugles or Gardettos- $3/3 and get $1 RR
$0.50/2 Chex mix cpn- 08/05 GM

Purex- $1.99

Walgreens facial tissue- $0.99

Ramen- $0.19

Swanson broth, Campbells chicken noodle or tomato soup- $0.59 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Nabisco cookies or crackers- $0.99
$0.75/2 Nabisco cookies or crackers cpn- 08/05 SS

Finish gelpac, tabs or Jet Dry- $3.99 and get $1 RR
$0.50 Finish Powerball tabs or gelpacs cpn- 08/19 SS

Lysol Power & Free cleaners- $1.99
$1/2 Lysol Power & Free multi-surface cleaner cpn- 08/19 SS
$1/2 Lysol Power & Free bathroom wipes cpn- 08/19 SS
$1/2 Lysol Power & Free Toilet bowl cleaner cpn- 08/19 SS

Palmolive- $0.99
$0.25 Palmolive cpn- 08/12 SS

2 pocket folders- $1/5

PaperMate highlighters 6pk- $0.99

Axe deodorant, shampoo, body spray or shower gel- $12/3 and get $4 RR

Aussie or Herbal Essence- $6/2 and get $2 RR
$3/2 Aussie or Herbal Essence cpn- 08/05 RP

Mitchum- $6/2 and get $4 RR
$0.75 Mitchum cpn- 08/19 SS

Sinfulcolors nail color- $0.99

EOS Ultra moisturizer shave cream- $6/2 and get $4 RR

Oral B Complete toothbrush, Scope dual blast or Outlast mouthwash, Crest toothbrush or Glide floss- $6/2 and get $3 RR
$0.50 Glide floss or picks cpn- 08/26 P&G
$1.50 Scope cpn- 08/26 P&G

Crest ProHealth mouthwash, ProHealth Clinical rinse or 3D Artic Fresh rinse- $3.99 and get $3 RR
$1 Crest rinse cpn- 08/26 P&G

Playtex tampons- $3.99 and get $1 RR
$1 Playtex cpn- 07/22 SS

Alteril sleep aid- $4.99 and get $4.99 RR

ZZZQuil- $4.99 and get $1 RR
$0.50 ZZZQuil cpn- 08/26 P&G

Carmex- $0.99

Bayer Contour Next EZ blood glucose monitor- $9.99 and get $5 RR

**This is not the entire Walgreens Register Rewards (RR) sale items- these are some of the great deals I spotted in the upcoming Walgreens ad.**

CVS deals for the week of 09/02/2012

Don't forget to....
1) Go to cvs.com/email and sign up for the ExtraCare email and receive a $4/20 cpn
2) Stop by the Red ExtraCare coupon center and get CVS cpns
3) You can use a manufacturer's cpn along with a CVS cpn
4) You can use a B1G1Free cpn along with a B1G1Free sale to get both products for FREE

Campbell Chicken Noodle or Tomato soup- $0.59

Palmolive- $0.99
$0.25 Palmolive cpn- 08/12 SS

Kleenex- $0.99
$0.50/3 Kleenex cpn- 08/12 SS

Kelloggs Special K crackers, cereal or bars- $3/9 and get $3 ECB
$1/2 Kelloggs Frosted mini wheats cpn- 08/26 RP
$1/3 Kelloggs Krave, Frosted Flakes, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Honey Smacks and Frosted Flakes cpn- 08/26 RP
$1/3 Kellogg cereal cpn- 08/05 RP
$1/2 Kelloggs Frosted mini wheats cpn- 07/29 RP
$1/3 Kelloggs Krave, Frosted Flakes, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, and Frosted Flakes little bites cpn- 07/29 RP

Phillips in ear headphones- $9.99 and get $5 ECB

Softsoap, Irish Spring bodywash, Softsoap hand soap or Irish Spring bar- $9/3 and get $3 ECB- Limit 3

Always Infinity, Radiant pads, thin liners, Tampax Pearl or Radiant tampons- $6.99 and get $2 ECB
$0.50 Always liner cpn- 08/26 P&G
$0.50 Always pad or cleaning cloths cpn- 08/26 P&G
$2.50/2 Always Infinity or Radiant pads AND liners cpn- 08/26 P&G
$2 Tampax cpn- 08/26 P&G
$2.50/2 Tampax Pearl or Radiant cpn- 08/26 P&G

Colgate Optic White toothpaste or toothbrush- $2.99 and get $1 ECB- Limit 2
$0.75 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 08/26 SS

**This is not the entire CVS ECB sale items- these are some of the great deals I spotted in the upcoming CVS ad.**

Thursday, August 30, 2012

2012 Monthly Project

This project was supposed to be done in July.  Well, that didn't exactly happen.  But I did do it:)  It just took me a little longer than expected.

For my July project I was going to make frozen yogurt with my handy dandy Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt, Ice Cream Sorbet maker that my in laws got me for Christmas.

Here is what I used:

1 1/2 Cup Skim milk
1/4 Cup Half and Half
4 Cups Homemade yogurt
1/3 C Sugar
4 Tbsp Cocoa powder

I put all the ingredients in a bowl and mixed well.  I took my Ice Cream/ Frozen Yogurt maker's freezer bowl out of the freezer.  Pour the chocolate mixture into the freezer bowl.  Put the top on the Ice Cream/ Frozen Yogurt maker and turn on.  Let mix for 20-25 minutes.  When it thickens, it is ready.  Put in bowl and enjoy.  Put in air tight container and store in freezer. Remove from freezer 30 minutes prior to eating to soften.

How did it turn out?  Let's see:
Getting ready to turn on Ice Cream/ Frozen Yogurt maker

Yummy chocolate frozen yogurt goodness
It was so yummy.  The chocolate frozen yogurt had a nice chocolate flavor and a little tangy from the yogurt.  The boys and I liked it.  Michael not so much.  Which was fine with us, more for us to eat:)

This monthly project big yummy sticky thumbs up:)

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Kevin and his learner's permit

I now know what my mother felt when I first got my learner's permit and why she lovingly passed all driving responsibilities to my dad.  Just like Michael has passed all driving opportunities for Kevin to me. 

I was proud of Kevin for not only getting a perfect score the first time testing but for getting his learner's permit.  Now comes the fun part of learning or so I thought.

I don't have many memories of my parents letting me drive often.  I got most of my driving time from the driving instructor at my high school.  Being that Kevin is being homeschooled, I get to be not only his mom but his driving instructor. 

Kevin asked if I could take him out driving on Saturday.  I was exhausted from my shopping day but I agreed.  I drove up to the high school parking lot thinking that on a Saturday evening the parking lot would be empty.  WRONG~ There were a few cars in the parking lot.  First lesson- not to hit the other cars in the parking lot.  Did good with that one.  We drove around and around the parking lot- wow that got boring real fast.  I told him to go out on the road for a little bit in front of the school and drive around the back of the school.  We took the cut through road to the middle school.  He was doing good, so I decided to have him venture just a little bit further.  We went through the intersection just fine:)  I asked him to pull into a closed business parking lot.  As he swerved into the parking lot, I felt my heart jump.  I asked him ever so nicely not to ever do that again.

He regrouped and out on the road we went again.  This time it started to rain- oh how lovely.  I asked him if he could see OK, he said he could, so we kept going.  I had him pull into the Elementary school bus loop and drive around.  Then asked him to go to the intersection.  When he finally stopped, we were sitting in the middle of the intersection- oops.  Thankfully, no one was coming in either direction.  Well, not exactly, out of no where a police officer came through the intersection.  I'm not sure where he was originally heading but seeing Kevin behind the wheel- he decided that watching us would be more interesting.  Kevin passed him and he pulled out behind us.  Once again, I felt my heart jump.  I just knew that on Kevin's first day of driving he was going to get pulled over.

We pulled into the school and the police officer passed us and went to the middle school to watch us from there.  Well, that was enough fun for the day.  I asked Kevin to park and I drove home.

On Sunday, Kevin begged Michael to take him driving.  Michael finally agreed.  Here are some pictures I took of Kevin behind the wheel:


Michael took him all over Amelia county and onto 360 which is a 60 mph road.  I have been letting him drive a little each day.  Each day, he seems to be getting more and more comfortable being behind the wheel and doesn't try to throw me throw the windshield when he presses the brake anymore:)  Which is much appreciated.  He is so excited to be learning to drive.  To bad all this driving doesn't even count for the mandatory 45 hours of driving time he has to do after completing the classroom portion of Driver's Ed.  But I do feel once we get to that stage, he will be much more comfortable and confident behind the wheel:)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

My Shopping Day~ 08/25/2012

I normally go grocery shopping on Monday but with my hubby's work schedule needed to go Saturday.  If you would like, you can read all about our fun filled weekend here.

Here is our grocery shopping details:

Target
$1.99- Mission tortillas
$1.50- Aquafresh
$2.50- Herbal Essence shampoo
$2.50- Herbal Essence conditioner
$8.49
-1.00 Mission tortilla coupon- came in Nathan's lunchbox
-1.00 Target Aquafresh coupon
-3/2 Herbal Essence cpn
-1/2 Target Herbal Essence cpn
$2.77- Total after tax and coupons

Dollar Tree
$2.00- (2) boxes raisins
$1.00- Giant paper for little Micheal's easel we got for his birthday
$1.00- Italian Ice
$1.00- Hairspray
$1.00- Animal crackers- we needed a snack
$2.00- (2) pkgs ice cream cups
$2.00- (2) pkgs toilet paper
$10.35- Total

Kroger
$9.76- (4) gallons skim milk
$3.52- (4) loaves bread
$13.61- Total after tax

Walmart
$0.98- M&M's
$1.00- M&M's 6pk
$4.47- Allergy meds
$1.52- Carrots
$2.68- Sliced cheese
$2.00- Bananas
$2.00- Juice boxes
$0.82- Red sugar sprinkles
$2.50- Peanut Butter
$8.97- Pull Ups for outings where a potty may be hard to find
$3.38- Cat litter
$31.60
-2.00 Pull Ups cpn
$30.59- Total after tax and coupons

This shopping trip has been added to our August Monthly Spending post, where I keep track of what we spend for the month of August.  Did we make our grocery budget goal without going over?  Pop on over here to check and see.

What a weekend.....

This past weekend was super busy.  I seem to stay that way, but hey what did I expect ~ life with 4 boys-LOL:) 

Michael came home Friday and all seemed to go well.  The dentist called to ask if Michael could reschedule his dentist appointment.  Which led to looking at the calendar and realizing little Michael's birthday was on Monday- oh my.  I wasn't finished my birthday shopping for him.  No problem- I will go shopping on Saturday.

Hubby then reminds me that he has to leave on Monday to head back up north for work.  Well, that means I have to do ALL my shopping on Saturday after the Lowes Build & Grow Clinic with 2 small kids in tow.  OK, we can do this.

We went to the Lowes Build & Grow Clinic where it seems I didn't quite all the directions as I should have and well his Shrek Onion Carriage is kind of wobbly.  And thank the Lord for extra nails because I failed to follow the part of the directions that stated to only put the nails in 2 of the holes- well little Michael and I kind of put all the nails in- oops:)  Thankfully, we found a different route to finish the Shrek Onion Carriage.  You can definitely tell when I help one of the boys with their Lowes project- something always seems to not go the way it should:)  Little Michael didn't seem to mind and was so delighted he had something that rolled, well rolled mostly:)

We then left Lowes and proceeded to head to Toys R Us.  I was reminded of why I normally don't take the little ones into the toy store.  Michael found the medical kit I just couldn't seem to find.  I evidently was having an off day.  I made the purchase without little Michael even knowing what I had bought:)

We left and went to Ross to look for shoes for Nathan as he seemed to tear up his shoes.  Nathan didn't get a new pair of school shoes this year as his shoes were in good shape, well that is until now.  Little Michael then informed daddy he needed to go potty- it was then that we discovered Ross doesn't have a bathroom- oh no.  Potty training has been going so well.  No Pull-Ups for 2 weeks and doing great. Until this moment he had to go.  Michael rushed him next door to Babies R Us but poor thing didn't make it.  Luckily, I had 2 complete sets of clothes with us- I was prepared.

We changed him and off we went.  Something happened, I can't remember what but little Michael ended up having a huge meltdown and we ended up going home and having lunch at home.  After lunch, I grabbed Kevin and off we went to finish the grocery shopping.  It had become a LONG day.  We didn't get home until 5pm, then had to unload the van, put everything away and then start dinner.  I was reminded of why I grocery shop on Monday.  It seemed everyone was at Walmart- it took me 2 hours just to get the things I needed and check out :(

OK- super tired- long day.  It was then I realized that we didn't have any type of cake for little Michael for his upcoming birthday.  It also hit me that Michael was leaving on Monday, so we needed to celebrate little Michael's birthday on Sunday.

I was super thankful I had some unfrosted cupcakes already made in the freezer- YES!!!!  I had already decided that Elmo cupcakes would be super cute.  I just thought I was going to make them Sunday for Monday not Sunday for Sunday.  I am so thankful for cupcakes in the freezer:)  This was my first attempt at Elmo cupcakes:

I think they turned out cute aside from the couple of droopy eyes:)  And who would have guess that out of the box of M&M's that there would only be 5 orange M&M's.  I didn't want Elmo to go nose less so he got a blue M&M:)  No one seemed to mind the blue M&M.
They seemed to be a huge hit.  It was quite the weekend.  But all in all, we had a great birthday celebration for my precious little Michael who is now 3 years old.  All my boys are growing so fast- it makes me sad.  I want to spend as much time with them as I can before they are all grown up and decide that they no longer need Mommy and Daddy.

You would thing after this action packed weekend, now would be the time to rest.  NOT- UPS dropped off the box we had been waiting for- homeschool books.  Today, was our first official homeschool day.  But, I will save that fun for another post:)

Monday, August 27, 2012

Menu Plan for the week of 08/27/2012

This weekend was crazy busy- what else is new right?? LOL:)  I didn't realize how late it had gotten so I will explain more of our crazy weekend tomorrow.

Here is our menu plan for this week:

Breakfast
Lemon Blueberry Muffins X2
Pancakes X2
Giant Breakfast Cookies X2
Homemade Yogurt with oats and honey

Lunch
Sandwich, popcorn, celery or carrots, raisins and water

Dinner
Pizza to celebrate little Michael's 3rd birthday:)
Chicken rice casserole with brocolli
Bean & Rice tacos with green beans
Waffles with homemade syrup
Pasta bake with corn
Chicken Noodle soup
Chicken stir fry

What yummy dishes are you planning for this week?  I would love to hear about them:)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Adventures in Gardening

I just realized it had been a little while since my last garden update.  Parts of my garden are doing very well while others not so well.

Our tomatoes are yet to be seen- I have this feeling we aren't going to see any tomatoes this season.  Our zucchini plants are not doing well at all.  The cucumber vines are OK- we didn't have a year like we did last year but we did have enough to eat ourselves.  The watermelon vines are just about taking over the garden- they are wild:)  Eggplants are doing fabulous- can't wait to see how big they will get.  My mouth is watering thinking how tasty they will be- yummy:)

Here are some pictures of my garden:
Biggest Watermelon so far

Watermelon chilling out with the cucumber vines

Red Pepper

Eggplant

Eggplant
OK- it looks like I only took pictures of watermelons, a pepper, and some eggplants.  This crazy weather and lack of rain are wreaking havoc on my garden.

How is your garden holding up?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lowes Build & Grow Clinic~ 08/25/2012

Lowes will be hosting a Build & Grow Clinic on August 25, 2012 at 10am. And if you are unable to make it on Saturday, Lowes just announced they will be hosting the same Build & Grow Clinic on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at 2pm.

If you are looking for a great free activity that you can do with your kids- you should check out the Lowes Build & Grow Clinics.  Little Michael and Nathan love them. They love being able to do hands on projects with our help.

This Saturday and Sunday, Lowes Build and Grow Clinic will be building a Shrek Onion Carriage.




To sign up for this Build & Grow Clinic simply go to the Lowes Build & Grow Clinic website, which they have redone to make it more user friendly. I am loving this new website. You register all your information. Then when you visit the website to sign up for an upcoming clinic, all you have to do is sign in and check which kids you are signing up. Don't forget to print and sign the waiver. And you and your child(ren) are ready for a really cool FREE hands on project.

Once you and your child(ren) complete the project they will receive a neat patch to put on their Lowes Build & Grow apron. If this is your first clinic, your child(ren) will receive a free Lowes Build & Grow apron and goggles:) The more clinics you do, the more patches you get to put on your kids apron and they can show them off with pride:)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Look who got his..............

Well, the day finally came.  Kevin came to me and said, "Mom, I am ready.  I have studied and feel I am ready to pass my learner's test."  So, we woke up bright and early Monday morning, got the boys off to school and Kevin and I made the 45 minute drive to DMV.

DMV opens up at 8am and we got there at 9am and the parking lot was not super full but fuller than I would have liked.  We checked in with the Information Desk and sat and sat and sat.  We sat for 30 minutes but luckily I had someone to talk to.  I had brought a book with me and figured I would read it while Kevin was taking his test.

Kevin was called to take his test- I opened my book but didn't get very far.  About 10 minutes into his test, Kevin came out with a huge grin.  The computer told him he passed:)  I was so happy for him.  And then again, we sat until someone called us up.  The nice lady behind the counter told me I should be very proud of Kevin as he had a perfect score- he got all the questions right.  I guess he really was ready.


I am very proud of Kevin but nervous all at the same time.  Michael has informed me that I will be teaching Kevin how to drive.  Now that he has his learner's permit paper, we are waiting for the card to mailed to us, we will enroll him into a driver course- which is cheaper than how much the public school would charge us.  Then I inform DMV that Kevin is homeschooled and provide all our documentation that we supplied the school board and I get to teach Kevin behind the wheel.  I think he will do well- I have been letting him drive up our drive way to let him get the feel for the brake and the gas pedal.  We hope to take him to the high school parking lot when no one else is there to let him practice driving around there.

It will be nice to have another licensed driver in the house- finally have someone to drive me around- LOL:)  But I will take my time and wait.  Having a driver's license means he is growing up.

They grow up so fast and in the blink of an eye will be graduating high school- off to college or work. I am trying to cherish the little things while they are still young:)

Cooking to stock my freezer finale:)

Well, I didn't a chance to finish filling my freezer as soon as I would like.  But I did do little by little when I had the time and now I have a full freezer.  Full of all kinds of goodies to make my life just a little bit easier:)

Today was a great day.  I had the chance to finally cut, wrap and bag the ground beef into dinner size portions. Now, all I have to do is grab a section, unwrap the foil and defrost in the microwave and use it in whatever dish I have planned for that evening.  I was able to bag up the huge can of tomato sauce into 3 (4) cup portions and 1 (2) cup portion.  And I finally got the opportunity to freeze equal amounts of beans and rice into zip baggies for bean and rice taco nights.  Didn't get a chance to make extra tortillas to freeze but had some in the refrigerator for tonight's dinner.

Here is what I did today:


Tonight dinner was a breeze.  I took out a baggie of beans and rice from the freezer and defrosted it in the microwave for a few minutes.  I cooked the frozen corn on the stove.  Once the beans and rice were unfrozen, I stirred in some taco seasoning.  Within 20 minutes, dinner was fully cooked and on the plates ready to eat.  Nice and easy- love it.

Having premade breakfasts have been so helpful this week, as yesterday was the first day of school.  And as I mentioned, dinner was fast and yummy.  I had time to help Nathan with his homework while dinner was cooking:)

How did you do with your freezer cooking days?

My Shopping Day~ 08/20/2012

Yesterday was a super busy day.  I got up super early so I could get in some much needed exercises before everyone woke up to get ready for school.  It is funny that everyday over summer break, Nathan woke up as soon as the sun came in his bedroom window, which was normally between 6 and 6:30 am.  But yesterday, I had to wake him up at 6:40 am for his first day of 3rd grade. 

I got the boys off to school to make the 45 minute drive to our wonderful DMV, where we sat for 30 minutes before even being called up.  But that is OK, Kevin only needed 10 minutes to complete the test and got a perfect score.  I am nervous about having an almost licensed driver but knowing I will be teaching him Drivers Ed is putting me at ease:)

Here was our shopping trip from yesterday:

Dollar Tree
$1.00- Division flash cards for Nathan
$1.00- Raisins
$1.00- Zip gallon bags
$1.00- Zip quart bags
$1.00- Foil
$5.23- Total after tax

Kroger
$9.76- (4) gallons skim milk
$2.64- (3) loaves bread
$1.75- Baby Wipes
$18.62- Total after tax

Sam's Club
$5.78- Baking Powder
$9.98- Cocoa Almonds
$8.78- Gummy Vitamins
$11.98- Vitamins
$4.98- Dish liquid
$8.27- (25) lbs flour
$51.66 Total after tax

Walmart
$3.92- Frozen veggies
$1.88- Drink boxes for Nathan's lunches
$2.00- Shoe laces
$1.68- Grape Jam
$2.88- Bic razors
$2.88- Bic razors
$1.34- Celery
$4.64- Lunchmeat
$1.52- Bananas
$2.34- Crisco shortening
$25.08
-0.75/4 Budding lunchmeat cpn
-0.75/4 Budding lunchmeat cpn
-3.00 Bic disposable razor cpn
-3.00 Bic disposable razor cpn
$18.40 Total after tax and coupons

This shopping trip has been added to our August Monthly Spending post, where I keep track of what we spend for the month of August.

Monday, August 20, 2012

First day of school..........

Today began a new school year.  I am not sure how I feel about them going off all day to school.  For the most part, I enjoyed having them at home.  But breaks are good:)

They got up, got dressed, ate breakfast, brushed teeth and put on their shoes ahead of schedule.  They had a new bus driver so we weren't sure what time he would show up, since he is not familiar with the route.  They were excited to go to school this morning.

I know Nathan was excited to begin his first day of 3rd grade.  He is looking forward to making new friends and seeing his favorite teacher.  We had gone back and forth between him going back to public school or being homeschooled.  We let him make this very important decision.  We found out that his 2nd grade teacher was moving up to 3rd grade and she was his teacher- WOOHOO!!  I love Ms. MacCabe. She knows about Nathan and his difficulties- she also knows how to challenge him and she brings out the best in his learning skills.  She is awesome teacher.  We haven't been having much luck with teachers through out the years my boys have been in school and to find a really great teacher is rare.  Once he learned he was going to be in Ms. MacCabe's class- his face lit up and no words were necessary, even though he shouted, "I'm going to school this year."

Chris is excited to begin his senior year.  Wow a senior already- where is the time going?  Even though Chris has a messed up schedule- we will work hard to get that fixed.  He is working hard to get the credits he needs to graduate.  It will be here before you know it.  I just hope he is ready for real life.  He still is undecided about which direction he wants to go in life but he will figure it out.

Here is a picture of Chris and Nathan waiting for the bus this morning:
Nathan was trying so hard not to smile- not sure why.

You may be asking yourself- aren't you missing a kid- what about Kevin??

Well, this year brings a whole new challenge for Kevin.  This year makes his very first year of  homeschool.  9th grade was not good a good year for Kevin and we seemed to be running into all kinds of issues and getting no help from the school.  We are excited about beginning this journey with him.  We are just waiting for his books to get here so he can get started.  I also just found out that some homeschooling parents are starting a coop in our county- how exciting.  I was feeling so alone in this journey and now he can meet other kids his age that are also being homeschooled this year.

Menu plan for the week of 08/20/2012

Here is our menu plan for this week:

Breakfast
Baked Oatmeal with Apples X2
Banana muffins from the freezer X2
Pancakes from the freezer X2
Egg sandwiches

Lunch
Sandwich, popcorn and ants on a log (celery with PB and raisins)

Dinner
Taco hamburger potato skillet with corn
Bean & Rice tacos with green beans
Taco Potatoes with corn
Crockpot French Toast with sliced peaches from the freezer
Pasta bake with green beans
Beef, bean and cheese burritos with corn
Beef Stroganoff with green beans

Snacks
Popcorn
Apple slices
Banana
Breaded Zuchinni slices

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Office Depot Back to School deals for the week of 08/19/2012

Office Depot 2 pocket folder- $0.01

Slider pencil box- $0.01

Office Depot pencil- $0.25- Limit 3

School works scissors- $0.25- Limit 3

Office Depot compass- $0.25- Limit 3

Office Depot binder clips- $1

Magic Rub erasers- $1

Post It label roll- $1

PowerHouse air freshener- $1

Office Depot ruler- $1

Food Storage bags- $1

Sharp Scientific calculator- $1.99

Office Max Back to School deals for the week of 08/19/2012

Plastic protractor or Office Max compass- $0.05- Limit 3

Schoolio markers or Just Basic erasers- $0.25- Limit 2

Schoolio composition notebook- $0.50- Limit 3

PaperMate mechanical pencils- $0.75- Limit 3

10 FREE file folders with $5 minimum purchase

Really usefull boxes- $1/2

Resealable gallon bags, resealable sandwich bags or paper lunch bags- $1

Office Max 2X2 Neon self stick note cube- $1

Scotch magic tape dispenser- $1

Avery 8160 labels- $11.99 and get $11.98 MaxPerks- Limit 2

Boise paper- $2.50 with ad cpn- Limit 2

Staples Back to school deals for the week of 08/19/2012

Staples glue- $0.25- Limit 4

Really usefull boxes- $0.50- Limit 2

Staples index cards- $0.50- Limit 2

Staples photo supreme paper- $14.99 and get $14.49 Easy Rebate- Limit 4 rebates

1 subject notebook- $0.01 with minimum $5 purchase- Limit 6

Bic Velocity retractable pens- $0.50- Limit 2

MIni composition notebooks- $0.50- Limit 2

Bic erasers with grips- $1 -Limit 2

Avery glue sticks- $2 - Limit 2

Hammermill paper- $6.99 and get $4.99 Easy Rebate- Limit 2 rebates

Scentos Scented markers- $1- Limit 2

Staples writing pad- $1- Limit 2

Staples hype grip yellow highlighters- $1 - Limit 2

Staples printed poly zip envelope- $1 - Limit 2

Staples pattern composition notebook- $1.50

Staples wireless notebook- $1

Walgreens deals for the week of 08/19/2012

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufactur's coupons
2) Register Receipts (RR) are considered manufactur's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 Manufactur's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) Cannot use RR printed from item to pay for same item and get RR's again~
For example- If you were to purchase Colgate for $3 and get $3 RR, if you purchase the Colgate again and use the RR's earned from the 1st Colgate purchase you will not earn the RR's again

Nivea bodywash or scrub- $3.99 and get $2 RR

Wexford index cards or sharpie markers- $0.39

7UP, A&W, Sunkist, Canada Dry, Hawaiin Punch or Chex mix- $3/2 and get $1 RR
$0.50/2 Chex mix cpn- 08/05 GM

Ocean Spray drink or juice- $6/2
Use $1 in store cpn

Nice wax paper- $0.99

Glade Expressions air freshener-- $2.99 and get $1 RR
Get FREE Glade Expressions starter kit when you buy any refill cpn- 08/05 SS

Scrubbing Bubbles one step toilet cleaner or Drano snake plus- $6.99 and get $2 RR
$3 Scrubbing Bubbles toilet starter kit cpn- 07/29 SS

Gain or Joy- $2/2

Sense & Spray refill, 2pk Decor Scent refills and Expression refills- $6/2 and get $1 RR
B1G1Free Sense & Spray refill cpn- 07/15 SS
Get FREE Glade Expressions starter kit when you buy any refill cpn- 08/05 SS

Mini memo or composition books- $1/5 with in ad cpn- Limit 10

Wexford sticky page marker, Index cards or Slide pencil case- $0.39 with in ad cpn- Limit 4

Wexford cap erasers, 2 pk pink erasers or Acco paper clips- $0.29 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

1 subject notebook- $0.49 with in ad cpn- Limit 6

Wexford 10pk sheet protector or 5 tab divider- $0.49

Construction paper- $0.99

Sharpie highlighters- $0.99

Dial bodywash or Speed foam- $6/2
$2/2 Dial, Dial for Men or Tone bodywash cpn- 08/19 RP

Coppertone or Bain de Soleil- $9.79 and get $3 RR

Revlon Colorsilk or Colorsilk Luministe- $6/2 and get $1 RR
$1/2 Revlon hair color cpn- 07/29 SS

Gillette Mach 3 or Mach 3 Turbo- $8.99 and get $4 RR
$3 Gillette Mach 3 razor cpn- 08/19 RP

Crest 3D White Vivid toothpaste, Whitening rinse, Oral B advantage toothbrush or floss picks- $6/2 and get $4 RR
$0.75 Crest toothpaste cpn- 07/29 P&G
B1G1Free Crest rinse cpn- 07/29 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Stages manual toothbrush cpn- 07/29 P&G

Degree or Dove- $5/2 and get $1 RR
$0.75 Degree Women MotionSense cpn- 07/29 RP
$0.75 Degree Adrenaline cpn- 07/29 RP
$0.75/2 Dove+Men deodorant cpn- 07/29 RP
$2 Dove Clinical deodorant cpn- 07/29 RP

Spinbrush or 2pk refill- $4.99
$1 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush cpn- 08/19 SS

Walgreens toothbrush- $1/2

Pemway crayons or Elmers glue- $0.49

Wexford or Oxford 2 pocket folder- $0.12

Wexford or Penway paper- $0.69

Wexford 1in binder- $0.99

Wexford 20pk pencil- $0.79

2pk Expo dry erase markers, 10pk Penway markers, 12pk Crayola color pencils, 4pk Wexford retractable gel pens- $0.99

Bic Florescent highlighters- $0.79
$1/2 Bic Stationary cpn- 07/29 SS

Sharpie 12pk- $4.99

Penway or Wexford 3 subject notebook- $0.79

PaperMate Write Bros. pens- $0.39

PaperMate mechanical pencils- $0.49

**This is not the entire Walgreens Register Rewards (RR) sale items- these are some of the great deals I spotted in the upcoming Walgreens ad.**

Friday, August 17, 2012

CVS deals for the week of 08/19/2012

Don't forget to....
1) Go to cvs.com/email and sign up for the ExtraCare email and receive a $4/20 cpn
2) Stop by the Red ExtraCare coupon center and get CVS cpns
3) You can use a manufacturer's cpn along with a CVS cpn
4) You can use a B1G1Free cpn along with a B1G1Free sale to get both products for FREE

Spend $10 Almay and get $4 ECB
$2 Almay cpn- 08/05 SS
$1 Almay cpn- 07/22 SS

Revlon ColorBurst, Moondrops, Just Bitten or Super Lustrous lip- $6.49 and get $4 ECB- Limit 4
$1 Revlon color cpn- 08/05 SS
$1 Revlon color cpn- 07/22 SS

Vaseline lotion- $5.99 and get $1 ECB

Coppertone sun care- $8.99 and get $2 ECB

Right Guard or Dry Idea- $2.99 and get $1 ECB- Limit 2
$1 Right Guard Total Defense 5 deodorant cpn- 08/19 RP

Pert or Infusium- $4.99 and get $2 ECB

Gillette Mach 3 Turbo- $9.99 and get $5 ECB
$3 Gillette Mach 3 cpn- 08/19 RP

VO5- $0.89

Spend $10 and get $5 ECB when you buy Crest ProHealth rinse, Whitening, Oral B toothbrush or floss- Limit 2
B1G1Free Crest rinse cpn- 07/29 P&G
$0.75 Glide floss cpn- 07/29 P&G
$0.50 Oral B stages manual toothbrush cpn- 07/29 P&G

Crest ProHealth, 3D White or Glide floss- $6.78/2 and get $2 ECB- Limit 2
$0.75 Crest toothpaste cpn- 07/29 P&G
$0.75 Glide floss cpn- 07/29 P&G

Arm & Hammer Spinbrush or refill- $5.99 and get $1 ECB- Limit 2
$1 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush cpn- 08/19 SS

Zantac- $8.99 and get $2 ECB- Limit 3
$5 Zantac cpn- 07/08 SS

Benadryl- $4.99
$1 Benadryl cpn- 08/19 RP

Cheerios- $5/2 and get $2 ECB
$1/2 Cheerios cpn- 08/05 GM

Aussie or Herbal Essence- $10/3
$3/2 Aussie or Herbal Essence cpn- 08/05 RP

Revlon nail- $4.99 and get $3 ECB- Limit 6
$1 Revlon color cpn- 08/05 SS
$1 Revlon color cpn- 07/22 SS

Listerine Cool mint, Fresh Burst, Zero, pocketpaks or Reach Advanced design- $2.99 and get $2 ECB- Limit 2
$1 Reach toothbrush cpn- 07/29 RP

Pampers- $9.49 and get $3 ECB

**This is not the entire CVS ECB sale items- these are some of the great deals I spotted in the upcoming CVS ad.**

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Bean & Rice Tacos

Here is a super yummy recipe.  We have bean and rice tacos here each week.  We joke that the boys will never know what a real meat taco tastes like- LOL:) They won't know what to do with themselves the first time they venture out to Taco Bell and find out that their tacos aren't made with beans and rice:)  We love our bean and rice tacos and do not miss the meat version.

Bean & Rice Tacos

2 C Black beans, cooked
2 C Rice~ we use brown rice but you can use whatever you have on hand
1 packet Taco Seasoning
Cheese and whatever other taco fixings you would like to have
Tortillas

Mix the beans and rice together in a bowl.  Add taco seasoning.  Put bean and rice taco mix in taco shell or in tortilla.  Top with whatever fixings you have and enjoy:)

This recipe is so simple, good and filling:)  Enjoy:)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

My Shopping Day~ 08/13/2012

Have you ever had no one of those days where you just had absolutely no energy?  Well, that day is today for me.  I really don't know if it was waking up early to start a new workout video, shopping way longer than planned, working out super hard at the gym, not getting to bed until midnight due to a certain 2 year old just couldn' get to sleeep or getting woken up several times during the night from this certain 2 year old:)  I think it was a combination of all the above.  I have just had no energy today.  So, not much got done today.  I did throw several pounds of beans in the crockpot and let them do their thing but other than that not a whole lot got done today.  I think an earlier bedtime is in order tonight:)

Here are the details from my shopping trip from yesterday:

Kroger- since we were in the area we visited Kroger on 08/11 to get milk while it was still on sale
$12.51- 5 gallons skim milk
Walmart
$4.90- Frozen veggies
$2.00- (2) loaves of bread
$2.50- Planters PB
$3.24- Quick Oats
$1.02- Bananas
$2.64- Parm cheese
$1.18- Crackers
$1.58- Unsalted crackers
$2.32- Lunchmeat
$0.98- Mints
$1.27- Magnetic letters
$1.27- Magnectic numbers
$0.50- Sidewalk chalk
$26.11- Total with tax

Sams Club
$3.89- (2) 18ct eggs
$23.98- 52lb Pedigree dog food
$29.17- Total with tax

CVS

$9.99- Venus & Olay razor
$0.99- Good & Natural ba=r
$0.99- Palmolive
$0.99- Palmolive
$12.96
-1/2 Palmolive cpn
-0.99 FREE Good & Natural bar cpn
-4.00 ECB
-1.00 ECB
$2.59- Total with tax and got $4 ECB

Dollar Tree
$1.00- Accordian file
$1.00- Cotton Swabs
$1.00- Freezer pops
$1.00- Tissues
$1.00- Tissues
$1.00- Sandwich zip bags
$1.00- Toilet paper
$7.23- Total with tax

Kroger

$3.96- (4) boxes spaghetti
$3.96- (4) bags egg noodles
$1.98- Elbow macaroni noodles
$9.90
-5.00 Mega Event
$5.02 Total for 10 boxes of pasta:)

Martins
$0.54- Reduced bread
$0.54- Reduced bread
$1.34- Reduced raisin bread
$2.42- Total

This shopping trip has been added to our August Monthly Spending post, where I keep track of what we spend for the month of August.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Menu Plan for the week of 08/13/2012

Today was one of those crazy busy days.  We left this morning to get some shopping done, to get little Michael's birthday presents and get Kevin's brand new glasses and didn't get home until time to get dinner ready.  We weren't expecting his glasses to be ready yet but we are thrilled they are here and done.
He didn't realize he couldn't see that well until he could finally see- what a difference.

Here is our menu plan for this week: 

Breakfast
Baked Oatmeal with Apples X2
Oatmeal raisin muffins X2
Pancakes X2
Cinnamon Raisin bread with fruit

Lunch
Sandwich, popcorn and sliced carrots

Dinner
Cheeseburger Macaroni with corn on the cob
Lasagna casserole with squash
Bean & Rice tacos with corn
Crockpot French Toast bake
Spaghetti with green beans and homemade rolls
Italian pasta bake with corn
Pizza Casserole with green beans

Snacks
PB crackers
carrot slices
popcorn
apple slices

What do you have on your menu plan for this week?


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Staples Back to School deals for the week of 08/12/2012

Zebra Z grip retractable pens- $4 and get $4 Easy Rebate

8pk pencils- $0.25- Limit 2

Hammermill copy plus paper- $6.99 and get $5 Easy Rebate- Limit 2

Composition notebook- $0.10 with $5 minimum purchase- Limit 3

Staples slider pencil case- $0.50- Limit 2

Staples dual size pencil sharpener- $0.50- Limit 2

Lucky hand sanitizer- $0.50- Limit 6

Paperclip ball- 1

HP Everyday Photo paper- $9.99 and get $8.99 Easy Rebate

Rose Art Color Pencil- $1

Staples retractable pens- $1

Scotch magic gem tape- $1

Staples fat book- $1

Writing pad- $1

Mini writing pads- $1

Staedtler compass- $1

Staedtler protractor- $1

Office Max Back to School deals for the week of 08/12/2012

FREE crayons, rulers and sharpener with $5 minimum purchase

PaperMate blue or black ballpoint pens- $0.10- Limit 3

Dixon 10pk pencils- $0.10- Limit 2

Office Max glue sticks 4pk- $0.50- Limit 3

Office Max filler paper- $0.50- Limit 3

Office Max folder or clear zipper binder- $0.50- Limit 5

Boise 500 sheet ream- $2.50 with in ad cpn- Limit 2

(In) Place Heavy Duty or Durable View binder- $13.99 and get $13.98 MaxPerks Bonus Rewards

Avery 5 tab dividers-$ 13.49 and get $13.48 MaxPerks Bonus Rewards

Office Max clips and fasteners- $7.79 and get $7.78 MaxPerks Bonus Rewards- Limit 3

Office Max 1, 3 or 5 subject notebooks- $6.50 and get $6.49 MaxPerks Bonus Rewards- Limit 2

Just Basic & Office Max ball point pens- $12.99 and get $12.98 MaxPerks Bonus Rewards- Limit 2

Duracell- $16.99 and get $16.98 MaxPerks Bonus Rewards- Limit 2

Avery 8160 labels- $11.99 and get $11.98 MaxPerk Bonus Rewards- Limit 2

Office Max 500 sheet ream- $9.99 and get $9.98 MaxPerks Bonus Rewards- Limit 2

Office Depot Back to School deals for the week of 08/12/2012

Office Depot storage pouch- $0.01 - Limit 3

Office Depot Ruler- $0.01- Limit 3

Office Depot 1 subject notebook- $0.01- Limit 3

Personal Care Soft & Silky tissue 3pk- $0.50- Limit 3

Office Depot Low Odor Dry Erase markers 2pk- $0.50- Limit 3

Scholastic glue sticks 4pk- $0.50- Limit 3

Foray Rollerball & point single pens- $0.50- Limit 10

1" Binder- $1 - Limit 3

Office Depot mechanical pencils 12pk- $1

Elmers glue- $1

Post It super sticky notes- $1

Pencil sharpener- $1

Color rubber bands- $1

Office Depot reinforcement labels- $1

Personal Care liquid hand soap- $1

Liquid Paper correction fluid- $1

Fory highlighters 5pk- $1

Kleenex Splash & Go wipes- $1

PaperMate pink 3pk erasers- $1

Walgreens deals for the week of 08/12/2012

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufactur's coupons
2) Register Receipts (RR) are considered manufactur's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 Manufactur's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) Cannot use RR printed from item to pay for same item and get RR's again~
For example- If you were to purchase Colgate for $3 and get $3 RR, if you purchase the Colgate again and use the RR's earned from the 1st Colgate purchase you will not earn the RR's again

24 pk water- $1.99

Revlon Nail color- $4.99 and get $3 RR

Gillette Venus or Fusion ProGlide- $9.99 and get $4 RR
$4 Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor cpn- 08/12 RP
$3 Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor AND refill cpn- 07/29 P&G
$4 Venus refillable razor cpn- 08/12 RP
$3/2 Venus refillable razor AND refill cpn- 07/29 SS


Renew Life Omega Smart Super Krill- $10 and get $10 RR

Wexford 3 subject notebook or Kleenex- $0.99

Plastic Pencil box or Penway color pencils- $0.69

Trident, Trident White or Dentyne Ice- $2.49 and get $1 RR
$1/3 Trident multipack, pouches or bottles cpn- 08/12 SS

Nice cream cheese or 6pk bagels- $0.99

Daisy sour cream- $0.99

Mars singles- $0.59 with in ad cpn- Limit 6

Gatorade- $5/5 with in ad cpn- Limit 5

Starburst or Skittles- $0.59 with in ad cpn- Limit 6
$0.50/2 Skittles, Starburst or Life savers cpn- 07/08 RP

Wrigleys 5 or Orbit- $0.39 with in ad cpn- Limit 6

Nice Gelatin- $1/3 with in ad cpn- Limit 9

Pringles- $4/3 with in ad cpn- Limit 3
$1/4 Pringles super stack cans cpn- 07/22 RP

Gummy Candy- $0.79 with in ad cpn- Limit 4

Chicken of the Sea light tuna- $0.79 with in ad cpn- Limit 6

Friskies cat food- $8/4 with in ad cpn- Limit 8
$1/30 Friskies can or pouch cpn- 07/29 RP

Walgreens paper products- $3/2 with in ad cpn- Limit 4

Palmolive- $0.94
$0.25 Palmolive cpn- 08/12 SS

Raid- $4.99
Use $1 in store cpn
$1 Raid ant gel cpn- 08/05 SS
$1 Raid ant & roach cpn- 08/05 SS
$3 Raid max bug barrier with auto trigger cpn- 07/15 SS
$1 Raid max bug barrier refill cpn- 07/15 SS

Scott Naturals paper towels- $5
$0.75/4 Scott paper towel rolls cpn- 08/12 SS
$0.75/4 Scott towels cpn- 07/08 SS

Nice cups, foil or lunch bags- $0.99

Sunny smiles plates- $0.99

Papermate Profile retractable pen- $0.79 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Pencil sharpener- $0.39 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Highlighters- $0.19 with in ad cpn- Limit 6

Glue sticks 3pk- $0.49 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Tech Gear zipper binder- $5.99 and get $2 Mail in rebate

Crayola crayons- $0.99

Wexford dual hole sharpener- $1/2

Liquid paper- $0.99

5 tab dividers with pockets- $0.99

Aussie or Herbal Essence- $3 and get $1 RR
$3/2 Aussie or Herbal Essence cpn- 08/05 RP

Softsoap bodywash or 4pk bar- Buy 1 at $4.99 and get 1 FREE
$0.50 bodywash or bar soap cpn- 08/12 SS

Irish Spring bodywash- $6/2 and get $3 RR
$0.50 Irish Spring bodywash or bar cpn- 08/12 SS

Speed Stick- $1.99
$1 Speed Stick cpn- 08/12 SS

Clairol Natural Instincts- $12/2 and get $2 RR
$3 Clairol Nice & Easy or Natural Instincts cpn- 08/12 SS
$2 Clairol cpn- 07/29 P&G
$2 Clairol cpn- 07/22 SS
$5/2 Clairol Natural Instincts or Nice & Easy non permanent cpn- 07/08 SS
$1 Clairol Nice & Easy or Natural Instincts cpn- 07/08 SS

Huggies baby wipes- $5.99
Use $1 in store cpn
$0.50 Huggies baby wipes cpn- 08/12 SS

Listerine mouthwash- 3.99 and get $2 RR
$0.50 Listerine mouthwash 1L+ cpn- 07/29 RP

Oral B Complete toothbrush, Scope mouthwash, Crest toothbrush or Glide floss- $6/2 and get $3 RR
$0.50 Oral B Stages manual toothbrush cpn- 07/29 P&G
$0.75 Scope mouthwash cpn- 07/29 P&G
$0.75 Oral B Glide floss cpn- 07/29 P&G

Reach kids or Total care toothbrush or Total Care plus Whitening floss or 72pk Listerine pocketpaks- $2.99 and get $1 RR
$1 Reach toothbrush cpn- 07/29 P&G
$1 Reach Total Care floss cpn-07/29 P&G

U by Kotex- $8/3 and get $3 RR
$1 U by Kotex cpn- 08/12 SS

Good & Natural bar- $1.29
FREE Good & Natural bar cpn- 08/12 RP

ZZZquil- $4.99 and get $1 RR
$2 ZZZquil cpn- 07/29 P&G

Dove hair, deodorant or body mist- $15/4 and get $5 RR
$0.75/2 Dove Men+Care deodorant cpn- 07/29 RP
$3/2 Dove hair cpn- 07/29 RP
$2 Dove Clinical deodorant cpn- 07/29 RP
Kelloggs cereal or Poptarts- $1.99
$1/3 Kelloggs cereal cpn- 08/05 RP
$1/2 Kelloggs Frosted mini wheats cpn- 07/29 RP
$1/3 Kelloggs Krave, Frosted Flakes, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops or Mini Wheats little bites cpn- 07/29 RP
$0.70 Kellogg Raisin Bran Cinnamon Almond cpn- 07/08 RP
$0.70 Kellogg Krave cpn- 07/08 RP
$1 Kellogg Mini Wheat little bites Cinnamon roll or Mini Wheat Touch of Fruit Raspberry cpn- 07/08 RP
$0.70 Kellogg Choco Zucaritas or Frosted Flakes cpn- 07/08 RP
$0.70 Kellogg Crunchy Nut or Caramel Nut cpn- 07/08 RP

One dz large eggs- $0.99

**This is not the entire Walgreens Register Rewards (RR) sale items- these are some of the great deals I spotted in the upcoming Walgreens ad.**

Friday, August 10, 2012

CVS deals for the week of 08/12/2012

Don't forget to....
1) Go to cvs.com/email and sign up for the ExtraCare email and receive a $4/20 cpn
2) Stop by the Red ExtraCare coupon center and get CVS cpns
3) You can use a manufacturer's cpn along with a CVS cpn
4) You can use a B1G1Free cpn along with a B1G1Free sale to get both products for FREE

Softsoap bodywash, liquid soap, Irish Spring bodywash or bar- $7/2- included in Buy $30 and get $10 ECB
$0.35 Softsoap liquid soap cpn- 08/12 SS
$0.50 Softsoap bodywash or bar soap cpn- 08/12 SS
$0.50 Irish Spring bodywash or bar cpn-08/12 SS

Kleenex- $3/2- included in Buy $30 and get $10 ECB
$0.50/3 Kleenex cpn- 08/12 SS
$0.50/3 Kleenex cpn- 07/08 SS

Scott choose a size paper towels- $4.99- included in Buy $30 and get $10 ECB

U by Kotex- $3.99-  included in Buy $30 and get $10 ECB
$1 U by Kotex cpn- 08/12 SS

Speed Stick- $2.99-  included in Buy $30 and get $10 ECB
$1 Speed Stick cpn- 08/12 SS

Colgate Total, Sensitive, Optic White, Colgate manual toothbrush- $2.99-  included in Buy $30 and get $10 ECB
$0.75 Colgate Max Fresh, Total, Optic White or Sensitive cpn- 08/12 SS
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 07/29 SS
$0.40 Colgate toothbrush cpn- 08/12 SS
$0.35 Colgate Total Advanced, Optic White or Sensitive cpn- 05/13 SS

Select Family size cereal- $12/3 and get $3 ECB

Xtra detergent- $1.99

Palmolive- $0.99
$0.25 Palmolive cpn- 08/12 SS

Physicians Formula cosmetics and skin care- Buy $10 and get $7 ECB
$1 Physicians Formula cosmetic cpn- 06/03 SS

100 ct Cotton balls- $0.69

Clairol Nice & Easy or Root Touch up- $5.99
$3 Clairol Nice & Easy or Natural Instincts cpn- 08/12 SS
$2 Clairol cpn- 07/29 P&G
$2 Clairol cpn- 07/22 SS
$1 Clairol Nice & Easy or Natural Instincts cpn- 07/08 SS

Clairol Natural Instincts or Nice & Easy non permanent color- $5.99
$3 Clairol Nice & Easy or Natural Instincts cpn- 08/12 SS
$2 Clairol cpn- 07/29 P&G
$2 Clairol cpn- 07/22 SS
$5/2 Clairol Natural Instincts or Nice & Easy non permanent cpn- 07/08 SS
$1 Clairol Nice & Easy or Natural Instincts cpn- 07/08 SS

Suave deodorant- $1
$0.75 Suave deodorant cpn- 07/29 RP

Clairol Nice & Easy foam- $7.99 and get $2 ECB
$3 Clairol Nice & Easy or Natural Instincts cpn- 08/12 SS
$2 Clairol cpn- 07/29 P&G
$2 Clairol cpn- 07/22 SS
$1 Clairol Nice & Easy or Natural Instincts cpn- 07/08 SS

Schick Intution razor or refill- $8.99 and get $4 ECB
$2 Schick Intuition razor or refill cpn- 08/12 SS

Crest complete, ProHealth, 3D White or ProHealth rinse- $7.98/2 and get $2 ECB
B1G1Free Crest rinse cpn- 07/29 P&G
$0.75 Crest toothpaste cpn- 07/29 P&G

Colgate Total, MaxFresh, Clean or 2in1- $5.50/2 and get $1.50 ECB- Limit 2
$0.75 Colgate Max Fresh, Total, Optic White or Sensitive cpn- 08/12 SS
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 07/29 SS

Poise wash, towelettes or fresheners- $3.99 and get $1.50 ECB
$1 Poise cpn- 08/12 SS
$1 Poise wash, towelettes or fresheners cpn- 08/12 SS

Good 'n Natural energy bar- $0.99
FREE Good 'n Natural bar cpn- 08/12 RP

Post Honey Bunches of Oats, Cocoa or Fruity Pebbles- $6/2 and get $2 ECB
$1/2 Post kids cereal cpn- 07/22 SS
$1/2 Post cereal cpn- 07/22 SS

Gillette Fusion ProGlide or Venus razor- $9.99 and get $4 ECB
$4 Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor cpn- 08/12 RP
$3 Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor AND refill cpn- 07/29 P&G
$4 Venus refillable razor cpn- 08/12 RP
$3/2 Venus refillable razor AND refill cpn- 07/29 SS


Powerade, Fuze, Honest Tea, Smartwater or Vitamin water- $5/5 and get $1 ECB

Fructis- $10/3 and get $3 ECB
$1 Fructis cpn- 06/24 RP
Wisk- $4.99
$2 Wisk cpn- 08/12 RP

**This is not the entire CVS ECB sale items- these are some of the great deals I spotted in the upcoming CVS ad.**

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Cooking for my freezer Day 3

Today was a great day- no where to go.  Just able to stay at home and get some things done around here as well as spend time with the boys.

Today, we were supposed to make Banana Bread muffins but we changed things up just a tad and made Oatmeal Banana muffins instead.  I am so glad we did~ they were so tasty.

Here is what we made today:
Super yummy oatmeal banana muffins.  I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about oatmeal and bananas but they were really good.  I wanted to make oatmeal raisin muffins but suddenly remembered my hubby doesn't like raisins.  I'm such a good wife:)  I will make oatmeal raisin muffins next week when he is away:)

I was on a roll today, after baking the muffins I:
peeled and sliced carrots and cucumbers (the cucumbers are from the garden and so delish).  I cut up the red and green peppers.  Also cut up and made Parm Zucchini slices-  oh my these are so good.

I even made some homemade yogurt- Chris was super thrilled- he loves my yogurt and even strained the whey out to make it thicker.
I was on a roll.  I am so pleased with all I got accomplished:)

How did you do with your freezer cooking for today?

Come back tomorrow to see how day 4 goes for us.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Cooking to stock my freezer Day 2

Day 2 went a little smoother than day 1.  For some unknown reason, I was up before every one else.  I decided to take advantage of the peace and quiet and get some cooking done- YEA!!!!

Here is what I did this morning:
Ohhhh so warm and yummy:)

I put some in ziploc bags for the freezer:
Here is what is left after my family devoured this delicious yummy pancakes.  As well as the leftover double recipe of syrup I made.  This should last for a few days- LOL- just kidding.  It better last us for a while.
How did you do with your freezer cooking today?

Come back tomorrow to see how cooking for my freezer day 3 goes:)

Banana Bread recipe

Here is our family's super delicious yummy banana bread recipe:


2 C Flour- we use a White Wheat mix but you can use whatever you have on hand
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 C Sugar
1/2 C Oil
2 Eggs
3-4 Bananas mashed
1/2 tsp vanilla
3 Tsp milk

Combine all ingredients in the order listed- mix well.  Pour mixture in well greased loaf pan- we have a super large silicone loaf pan, which needs no greasing.  If you don't have a large loaf pan, divide the mixture between 2 loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes.  Take out of loaf pan and cool completely.  This banana bread freezes extremely well:)

We like to let it cool 10 minutes in the pan and then take it out and place on a plate for 10 minutes before cutting and devouring this scrumptious banana bread:)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cooking to stock my freezer Day 1

Today was my first official day of cooking for my freezer.  Today was the day I was going to make 3 loaves of banana bread- one to eat for breakfast and 2 for the freezer to pull out later.  Was I able to make all 3 loaves today??

Why yes I did.  YEA!!!!  The zip bag at the bottom left is all that is left from the first loaf.  My family kind of devoured it.  It really is super yummy:) Recipe coming soon.

I am so glad I made all 3 loaves this morning as Kevin and Nathan both had eye doctor appointments.  Little did I know, we wouldn't get back until almost 5pm.  It was a long exhausting afternoon.  Luckily, for us both boys need glasses. 

Kevin found a pair of frames he loved.  Unfortunately, I did not fall in love with the price tag- oh my.  When did glasses take a giant leap up in price.  My glasses didn't cost that much and I have both scratch resistant lenses and the anti glare.  Which now, just the anti glare is $110.  I couldn't believe how much just the frames were.  Nathan found a nice looking pair of frames that were $110- really $110 for just the frames for an 8 year old??  Our insurance of course doesn't cover frames- lucky us:)

And we have no clue what kind of glasses Nathan needs.  Poor little guy failed his eye exam really well.  I really don't know the words to describe it.  The optometrist said that she could tell that Nathan was highly intelligent because his poor eyes were working against him.  First his hearing and now his eyes.  He is being referred to a pediatric ophthalmologist to get a better look at Nathan's eyes and they are booked up until September.  The wonderful optometrist told us today that surgery was not necessary- I was very happy to hear that.  So, we really aren't going to know much about Nathan's vision until September- I will keep everyone updated. 

Oops- that has nothing to do with freezer cooking.  Sometimes I get going and just don't know how to stop- darn ADHD:)

Were you able to get your day 1 freezer cooking accomplished?

Come back tomorrow to see how we do with cooking to stock my freezer day 2:)  Have a great night:)

My Shopping Day 08/06/2012

Here are the details for my shopping trip for 08/06/2012:

Target
$1.28- Foil

Dollar Tree
$1.00- Envelopes
$1.00- Qt zip bags
$1.00- Gal zip bags
$1.00- Honey syrup
$1.00- Toilet Paper
$5.23- Total after tax

Kroger
$9.76- (4) gallons skim milk
$5.98- (2) bags White Wheat flour
$16.13- Total after tax

Martins
$1.09- Reduced Wheat bread
$0.84- Reduced Honey Wheat bread
$1.93- Total after tax

Walmart
$3.06- Bananas
$1.52- Whole carrots
$2.32- Lunchmeat
$0.84- Mustard
$1.08- Bread crumbs
$2.98- Sugar
$3.98- Meow Mix cat food
$1.28- Wax paper
$0.85- (5) notebooks
$17.91
-0.75- Meow Mix cat food cpn
$17.77- Total after tax

This shopping trip has been added to our August Monthly Spending post, where I keep track of what we spend for the month of August.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Cooking to stock my freezer:)

School is almost here.  Chris is excited to start the new school year since this is his senior year.  Kevin and I are both excited about beginning his homeschool journey through his high school years.  Nathan is going back and forth- he wants to be homeschooled and seems to enjoy and excel with homeschool but on the other hand he wants to ride the bus and see his friends at school.  We are allowing him to make the decision which he would like to do.  He has decided to wait and see who his teacher is going to be and who is in his class before making the decision whether or not he wants to go back to public school- so we should know later this week:)

The start of school is always a busy time for us.  We are usually in a rush to get things together before the bus gets here in the morning.  If we packed lunch the night before, we are doing good but that doesn't always happen.  Things don't always happen the way we would like for them to or the way we had hoped.  And now, we are introducing homeschool, I have a funny feeling, things are going to be hectic for a little bit until we get into a routine.

To make things easier, I have looked at my menu for the month and looked to see if we could make anything ahead of time.  We don't have a whole lot we can make ahead, but we have some things that would make our lives easier if they were already prepared.

This week, I am going to be making some things specifically to have in our freezer.  That way, we can just pull it out of the freezer and WHA-LAH it is ready to go with little prep.

If you would like to join us in our freezer cooking journey, come on, lets go.  Look at your menu for this month and write down your freezer cooking possibilities.  Each day, I am going to be making something different for our freezer.  Here is my plan of attack for this week:

Tuesday- 2 loaves of Banana Bread for the freezer
Wednesday- Pancakes for the freezer and extra syrup for the fridge
Thursday- Oatmeal Banana muffins for the freezer
Friday- Homemade Tortillas** and dividing up the ground beef for the freezer
Saturday- Beans and rice for the freezer for our bean and rice tacos

Just by having some breakfast items and a few dinner items in the freezer will help out tremendously with our busy hectic schedule.

Want to join me in my small freezer cooking adventure?

**Want to learn how to make your very own super easy, super yummy tortillas from scratch?
Click here to visit Laura Coppinger @ Heavenly Homemakers.  You can purchase your very own copy of her fabulous Totally Tortillas ebook.

Menu Plan for the week of 08/06/2012

We are so thrilled that the sickness has gone away and that everyone is healthy- YEA!!!!  I am so thankful that what ever the boys had stayed with them and neither myself nor Michael caught it.  I don't like the fact that my boys were sick but I was better able to tend to their needs not being sick myself.

Here is our menu plan for this week:

Breakfast
Pancakes X2
Banana muffins X2
Homemade yogurt
Baked Oatmeal X2
Smoothies & PB toast

Lunch
Sandwich, popcorn and carrot sticks
Leftovers when we have anything leftover

Dinner
Chicken Potpie with salad
Chicken Fajitas with corn on the cob
Bean & Rice tacos with green beans
Cinnamon Griddle cakes with homemade syrup
Pasta bake with corn
Chicken Tortilla soup with homemade rolls
Shredded BBQ chicken on buns with green beans

Snacks
Apple slices
Carrot sticks
Parm Zucchini sticks
Parm Eggplant sticks

What yummy stuff do you have on your menu plan for this week?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Staples back to school deals for the week of 08/05/2012

Staples filler paper- $0.01 with $5 minimum purchase- Limit 5

Post It labels- $2.99 and get $2.99 Easy rebate

Bic Velocity retractable pens- $0.25- Limit 2
$1/2 Bic Stationary cpn- 07/29 SS

Pentel white block erasers- $0.25- Limit 2

Staples mini composition notebooks- $0.25- Limit 2

Papermate mechanical pencils- $0.50- Limit 2

Staples pencil box- $0.50- Limit 2

Bic Correction fluid- $0.50- Limit 2
$1/2 Bic stationary cpn- 07/29 SS

Crayola markers- $0.75- Limit 2

Simply poly binder- $0.75- Limit 2

Bic dry erase markers- $1- Limit 2

Sharpie markers- $1 - Limit 2

Hammermill copy paper- $6.99 and get $5 Easy Rebate- Limit 2

Staples 10 ream case paper- B1G1Free- Limit 2

Accel 1 subject notebook- $2

Spire Guard notebook- $2.99

Staples wireless notebook- $2

Staples glue sticks- $1

Staples notebook with elastic closure- $1

Westcott scissors- $1

Softsoap hand soap- $1

Staples photo plus 4x6 paper- $9.99 and get $8.99 Easy Rebate

Staples memo book- $1

Staples 3 hole punch- $1

Staples mini stapler- $1

Staples index card case- $1

Staples journal with pen- $2

Staedtler Xcellence math set- $2

Staedtler Mars erasers- $2

Pilot Frixion yellow highlighters- $1
$1 Pilot 2pk, B2P or FriXion erasable pens or highlighters cpn- 08/05 SS

Staples mechanical pencils- $2

Staples binder clips- $2

Office Depot Back to School deals for the week of 08/05/2012

Scholastic Glue- $0.01 - Limit 3

Office Depot paper- $0.25- Limit 3

Office Depot Beveled erasers 3pk- $0.25- Limit 3

Tug 2 hole pencil sharpener- $0.25- Limit 3

Office Depot book cover- $0.25- Limit 3

Office Depot composition book- $1

Fiskars scissors- $1

Innovative storage plastic card file- $1

Office Depot flexible ruler- $1

Food storage bags- $1

Mini metal storage bin- $1

Mini milk crat- $1

Shapie highlighters 2pk- $1

Office Depot staple remover- $1

Office Depot correction tape 2pk- $1

Office Depot book cover- $2

Really Usefull boxes- $2

Elmers X-Treme glue stick- $2

Pencil pouch- $2

Papermate pencil 12pk- $2

Command picture hanging strips- $2
$0.75 Command cpn- 08/05 SS

Papermate stick pens 36ct- $2

Scotch moving and shipping tape- $2

Post It filing tabs 24pk- $2

McAfee Total Protection- $64.99 and $15 Instant and $65 Mail in rebate

Trend Micro Titanium Anti Virus Plus- $39.99 and get $25 Mail in rebate and $15 mfr current user upgrade mail in prepaid Visa

Office Max Back to School deals for the week of 08/05/2012

5 Free Composition Notebooks with a $5 minimum purchase

12" Ring Binder ruler- $0.05- Limit 3

Office Max glue- $0.25- Limit 2

Schoolio 1" or 1.5" Poly 3 ring binder- $0.25- Limit 3

Schoolio 1 subject notebook- $0.25- Limit 3

Westcott Jr Blunt or Pointed scissors- $0.50- Limit 3

Papermate pink eraser 3pk- $0.75- Limit 2

Papermate black or retractable ball point- $1 - Limit 2

Office Max Poly notebook- $1

Schoolio ruled or blank index cards- $1

All Office Max laminate, 2 or 4 pocket folders- $1

Bounty paper towels- $1
$0.25 Bounty cpn- 07/29 P&G

Schoolio clip tub with paperclips- $2

Office Max 3 subject notebook- $2

Westcott point or blunt scissors 2pk- $2

Dry Erase board- $2

Scotch removable putty- $2

Kleenex 2pk or Purell- $3
$0.50 Kleenex bundle cpn- 07/08 SS
$1 Purell cpn- 7/29 SS

Office Max 1 subject notebook- $3/2

Papermate black pearl or white pearl erasers- $0.50 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Sharpie Accent highlighters- $1 with in ad cpn- Limit 1

Quartet Enduraglide black or assorted dry erase markers with in ad cpn- $1- Limit 2

Avery 5 tab dividers- $1 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Just Basic 72pk pencils- $2 with in ad cpn- Limit 2

Office Max 1 subject poly notebook- $2 with in ad cpn- Limit 2

Office Max Inkjrt, Laser ream, 20lb pastel or 24lb assorted bright ream- $3 with in ad cpn- Limit 2

Office Max Clear plastic pencil box- $3/2

Office Max paper 500 sheet ream- $6.99 and get $6.98 Maxperks Bonus Rewards back

Boise paper 10 ream case- $43.99 and get $34 Maxperks Bonus Rewards back- Limit 2

Gwynn Manager chair- $99.99 and get $90 Maxperks Bonus Rewards back- Limit 2

Friday, August 3, 2012

Walgreens deals for the week of 08/05/2012

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufactur's coupons
2) Register Receipts (RR) are considered manufactur's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 Manufactur's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) Cannot use RR printed from item to pay for same item and get RR's again~
For example- If you were to purchase Colgate for $3 and get $3 RR, if you purchase the Colgate again and use the RR's earned from the 1st Colgate purchase you will not earn the RR's again

Lipton tea- $0.99 and get $0.99 RR

$5 Hershey cpn when you buy $10 Hershey mini or kisses- $10/2

7UP, A&W, Sunkis, Canada Dry, Hawaiin Punch or Chex mix- $3/2 and get $1 RR

Walgreens Perfection Tampons- $1.50 and get $1.50 RR

Lanacane with Aloe spray- $6 and get $6 RR

Renew Life 3 day diet- $10 and get $10 RR

Tampax or Always- $6.99 and get $1 RR
$2 Tampax Pearl Compaq or Radiant cpn- 07/29 P&G
$1.50/2 Tampax cpn- 07/29 P&G
$1.50/2 Always liners cpn- 07/29 P&G
$2 Always Infinity cpn- 07/29 P&G
$1.50/2 Always pads or cloths cpn- 07/29 P&G

Playtex tampons- $7.49 and get $2 RR
$1 Playtex Gentle Glide cpn- 07/22 SS
$2.50/2 Playtex Gentle Glide or Sport cpn- 06/10 SS
$1 Playtex Gentle Glide or Sport cpn- 06/10 SS

Kelloggs Special K Protein bars or shakes- $11/2 and get $3 RR

Carefree liners- $0.99
$0.50 Stayfree, Carefree or OB cpn- 07/29 RP
$0.50 Carefree cpn- 07/22 RP

Aussie or Herbal Essence- $3 and get $1 RR
$3/2 Aussie or Herbal Essence cpn- 08/05 RP

Colgate Total toothbrush, Total or 2in1 toothpaste- $5/2 and get $2 RR
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 07/29 SS

Oral B Pro-Flex toothbrush, Crest toothpaste or mouthwash- $7/2 and get $3 RR
$0.75 Crest toothpaste cpn- 07/29 P&G

Ban- $3/2
$1 Ban cpn- 08/05 SS

Pantene- $3.99 and get $0.50 RR
$3/2 Pantene cpn- 07/29 P&G

Carmex cream, ointment or lotion- $4.99 and get $4 RR

Wexford 5 tab dividers or 10pk sheet protectors- $0.39 with in ad cpn- Limit 6

Wexford glue- $0.39 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Wexford erasers- $0.29 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Wooden ruler- $0.19 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Scotch tape or paper clips- $0.39 with in ad cpn- Limit 4

Bic Cristal bold pens- $0.49 with in ad cpn- Limit 3
$1/2 Bic Stationary cpn- 07/29 SS

Sharpie markers- $0.79 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Wexford binders- $0.79 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Wexford twistable highlighters, retractable gel pens or mechanical pencils with refill- $0.99 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Its Academic stretch book cover- $0.99 with in ad cpn- Limit 6

Wexford Correction fluid- $0.99 with in ad cp- Limit 3

Wexford pouch- $0.99 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Expo dry erase markers- $4.99 with in ad cpn- Limit 2

Pencils- $1/8 with in ad cpn- Limit 16

Papermate Erasermate pens- $3/2 with in ad cpn- Limit 4

General Mills cereal- $8/3 and get $2 RR
$1/3 General Mills cpn- 08/05 GM
$1/2 General Mills cpn- 07/15 SS

**This is not the entire Walgreens Register Receipt (RR) sale items- these are some of the great deals I spotted in the upcoming Walgreens ad.**

CVS deals for the week of 08/05/2012

Don't forget to....
1) Go to cvs.com/email and sign up for the ExtraCare email and receive a $4/20 cpn
2) Stop by the Red ExtraCare coupon center and get CVS cpns
**This week's ExtraCare cpn is $5 off of any $15 cosmetic purchase**
3) You can use a manufacturer's cpn along with a CVS cpn
4) You can use a B1G1Free cpn along with a B1G1Free sale to get both products for free

General Mills cereal- $10/3 and get $3 ECB
$1/3 General Mills cpn- 08/05 GM
$1/2 General Mills cpn- 07/15 SS

Hershey snack size 6pk- $2.97/3 and get $1 ECB
$1/2 Hershey milk chocolate 6pk cpn- 06/24 SS

Duracell- $6.99 and get $1 ECB
$0.75 Duracell cpn- 07/29 P&G

Lysol Healthy No Touch system- $6.99
$3 Lysol No Touch cpn- 08/05 SS
$3 Lysol No Touch cpn- 07/22 SS

Garnier Fructis stylers- $2.99
$1 Garnier cpn- 07/29 RP
$1 Garnier cpn- 06/24 RP

Depend Silhoutte or Real Fit- $3.99 and get $3 ECB

Colgate manual single toothbrush- $2.99 and get $1 ECB- Limit 2

Aussie or Herbal Essence- $5.97/2
$3/2 Aussie or Herbal Essence cpn- 08/05 RP

Zantac- $8.99 and get $3 ECB
$5 Zantac cpn- 07/08 SS

**This is not the entire CVS ECB sale items- these are some of the great deals I spotted in the upcoming CVS ad.**