Thursday, October 31, 2013

Our Florida Adventures Part 5

On our very first visit to a new church, we learned of a huge Fall Festival that they put together.  They said that last year, they had over 4,000 people show up.  WOW 4,000 people- that is impressive.  The boys really really wanted to go:)

When we arrived, they had a scavenger hunt.  It was pretty neat.  The church had all of their different ministries represented.  We had to follow the clues to each of the ministries and find the hidden object and get a stamp.  This church is huge, the amount of different ministries they offer is amazing.

Then we went outside.  They had 2 bounce houses, a huge slide, games, hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes, live band and so much more.

Here are some pictures:
Huge Slide- Up they go

And only one came down- Michael chickened out and had to be escorted back down :(

The big huge slide

Bounce House #1

Bounce House #2

Loving the Bounce House



Dinner :)


Soccer game

Basketball game

Nathan trying his hand at a golf game

Dunk Tank

Pumpkin Patch at the church- all grown at the church garden:)

The Sunset View on the way home

The boys were in shock.  You would have thought we were at a state fair with the amount of things to do, eat and see.  And it was all FREE:)  We all had fun.  The boys were wore out by the time we got home:)

Stay tuned to see what we get into next week......

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Super Yummy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

This recipe is so easy to make, super healthy and you can whip it up in no time.  I use this same recipe when I am making both the Strawberry and Blueberry Smoothies.  All my boys like them and Michael said that it wasn't bad :)  He is not much of a smoothie person.

Strawberry or Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

What you need:
Frozen strawberries or blueberries
Very ripe banana
Yogurt- I use our homemade yogurt
Milk
Handful of Spinach (raw)

I use half a 12 oz package of strawberries or blueberries.  Pour frozen berries in blender.  Unpeel and drop the banana in, if using.  I use 1 cup of yogurt.  A splash of milk if yogurt covers fruit.  If yogurt does not cover frozen fruit, then pour enough milk to cover frozen fruit.  Place raw spinach on top. Put top on blender and blend until well mixed.  I usually blend it for about a minute.  Pour in tall glass and enjoy :) 
Frozen Strawberries

1 Cup of Yogurt

Enough milk to cover fruit- no banana this time :(

Handful of Spinach

Blend :)

Enjoy :)


I have been enjoying a smoothie every day for breakfast:)  This recipe makes around 25.35 ounces of rich, thick, super yummy smoothie.  It makes enough for me to have my tall green breakfast cup full of smoothie and one of the boys can have half a green cup. 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Our Shopping Day~ 10/27/2013

5 stores this week :(  Hubby not super excited but we only needed a few things in each store.  So, we were back at home in no time:)

Here is our shopping details for this week:

BJ's
$4.49- 36ct Extra Large eggs
$1.38- (3) lbs bananas
$5.88- Total

Walgreens
$5.98- (2) gallons skim milk

Dollar Tree
$3.00- (3) pkgs frozen Strawberries
$2.00- (2) pkgs frozen Blueberries
$1.00- Sandwich zip bags
$0.50- Card
6.59- Total after tax

Walmart
$1.98- Suave Professionals conditioner
$1.98- Sauve Professionals Conditioner
$1.00- Half & Half
$1.60- Ketchup
$0.98- Bologna
$1.48- Lettuce
$1.48- Lettuce
$3.52- Flour
$14.02
-1.50 Suave Professionals cpn
-1.50 Suave Professionals cpn
$11.26- Total after tax

Save A Lot
$5.98- (2) gallons milk
$2.00- (2) pkgs frozen nuggets- surprise for the younger boys for lunch
$0.99- Bread
$3.00- (2) Pineapples
$11.97- Total

Farmer's Market
$5.00- Green beans and tomatoes
$3.00- Watermelon
$3.00- Zucchini
$2.00- Green Peppers and Cucumbers
$13.00- Total


OK, I for one am glad that this month is almost over.  I busted our grocery budget so much in so little time.  To make up for the huge overage, I had to borrow from next month's grocery budget- ouch :(  Plus, I had $33 leftover from September's grocery budget.  I am looking forward to starting over next month:)  To see just how much we went over, hop on over here.  I am warning you, it is scary:)


Monday, October 28, 2013

Menu Plan for the week of 10/28/2013

Last week of October :)  Halloween is fast approaching- the younger boys are counting down.  The weather here has been absolutely beautiful- low 80's and sunny~ just what this mama likes :)  We also had a super awesome amazing Saturday, will explain more about that later this week.  We hope you all had an amazing weekend as well :)

Here is our menu plan for this week:

Breakfast
Strawberry Smoothies
Blueberry Smoothies
Homemade Yogurt with oats and raisins
Oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins
Pancakes
Banana Bread
Scrambled eggs with fruit

Lunch
Salad with homemade ranch dressing and a banana for me
Sandwich with homemade bread, popcorn and apple for everyone else

Dinner
Chicken Noodle Soup with grilled cheese
Veggie fried rice
Spaghetti with homemade sauce and green beans
Veggie Sketty
Sausage Gravy over biscuits and scrambled eggs and fruit
Sweet & Sour Chicken over brown rice with zuchinni
Lentil Minestrone Soup

Snacks and desserts
Brownies
Watermelon
Tangerines
Oranges
Apples
Carrots

What yummy dishes do you have planned for your family meals this week?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Walgreens deals for the week of 10/27/2013

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufactur's coupons
2) Register Rewards (RR) are considered manufactur's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 Manufactur's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) When redeeming a Register Rewards against the same offer may not receive another RR
5) 2 coupons can be used with Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Sales :)

Check out Walgreens Coupon Policy here:)

Walgreens has rolled out a program called Balance Rewards. You earn points you can later redeem. Click here to read more about this program

Nestle candy- $0.49- Limit 6

Spend $20 on the following and get 5000 points:
Tide- $5.99
$2 Tide cpn- 10/27 P&G
$3/2 Tide detergent, washing machine cleaner or Downy cpn- 10/27  P&G
$2 Tide cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$5/3 Tide, Downy or Tide Boost cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
Vicks Dayquil or Nyquil- $6.99
$1 Vicks cpn- 10/27 P&G
$3/2 Vicks cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$1/2 Vicks cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
Charmin- $3.49
$0.25 Charmin- 10/27 P&G
$0.25 Charmin- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
Tampax or Always- $3.79
$1 Tampax Pearl, Radiant Pearl or Pearl liner cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Tampax cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1.50/2 Tampax cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$1 Always Radiant or Infinity cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Always liner cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Always cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1.50/2 Always cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Duracell- $10.99
$0.50 Duracell cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Duracell cpn- $09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
Bounty- $4.99
$0.25 Bounty towels or napkins cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.25 Bounty towels or napkins cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

General Mills cereal- $1.75
$1/3 General Mills Big G cereal cpn- 10/20 SS
$1/3 General Mills cereal cpn- 09/29 SS

PowerAde- $0.69

Nice Sparkling water- $0.49

Daisy sour cream, Nice cream cheese or Blue Bonnet margarine- $0.99

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese- $0.79

Campbell Chicken Noodle or Tomato soup- $0.69 with in ad cpn- Limit 3
$0.40/4 Campbells condensed chicken noodle, tomato or cream of mushroom soup cpn- 09/08 SS

Hunts tomato sauce- $1/2 with in ad cpn- Limit 4

Nice freezer or storage bags- $0.99

Kleenex- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
$0.75/3 Kleenex cpn- 10/27 SS
$0.50/3 Kleenex cpn- 09/29 SS

Xtra detergent- $1.99

Walgreens batteries- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

Spend $10 on Dove, Degree, Axe or Suave hair, bath or personal care- 25% off and get 3000 points
$1 Dove Men Care deodorant cpn- 10/27 RP
Buy Dove shampoo and get Dove conditioner FREE cpn- 10/27 SS
$3/2 Dove Go Sleeveless, Go Fresh, ClearTone or Clinical Protection cpn- 10/13 RP
$3/2 Degree women's motion sense or Clinical cpn- 10/27 RP
$1 Degree men cpn- 10/27 RP
$2 Axe bodyspray or deodorant cpn- 09/29 RP- EXPIRES 10/27
$1.50 Suave Professionals cpn- 09/29 RP- EXPIRES 10/27

Clairol Nice & Easy or Root Touch Up- $12/2
$5/2 Clairol box color cpn- 10/27 P&G
$5/2 Clairol box color cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Head & Shoulders- $4.49
$1 Head & Shoulders cpn- 10/27 P&G
$2 Head & Shoulders cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Oral B or Crest 3D White dental care- $8/2 and get $3 RR
$2/3 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1/2 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1/2 Crest toothpaste, Crest rinses, Oral B Glide flosses or picks cpn- 10/27 P&G
$2/3 Crest toothpaste, Crest rinses, Oral B Glide flosses or picks cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste, Crest rinses, Oral B Glide flosses or picks cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1.50 Crest rinse cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31


Gillette, Secret or Old Spice deodorant- $8/2 and get $1 RR
$6/3 Gillette shave, bodywash or deodorant cpn- 10/27 P&G
$3/2 Gillette shave, bodywash or deodorant cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1 Gillette deodorant or bodywash cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$2 Secret Clinical cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1 Secret Outlast or Scent Expression cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1 Secret twin pack cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Olay bar, bodywash or lotion- $10/2 and get $2 RR
$1 Olay bodywash, bar or in shower lotion cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1 Olay bodywash, bar or in shower lotion cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$2/2 Olay bodywash, bar or in shower lotion cpn- 09/15 RP- EXPIRES 10/31

Irish Spring bar, Softsoap or Irish Spring bodywash or Softsoap hand soap refill- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

Softsoap hand soap- $0.99

Oral B toothbrush, Crest toothpaste or mouthwash- $6/2 and get $3 RR
$2/3 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1/2 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1/2 Crest toothpaste, Crest rinses, Oral B Glide flosses or picks cpn- 10/27 P&G
$2/3 Crest toothpaste, Crest rinses, Oral B Glide flosses or picks cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste, Crest rinses, Oral B Glide flosses or picks cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1.50 Crest rinse cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31


Colgate 360 Clean, floss tip, Optic White, ProRelief, MaxWhite or Fresh toothbrush- $2.99 and get $2 RR

Gillette Venus or Fusion ProGlide- $9.99 and get $2 RR
$1 Gillette cpn- 10/27 P&G
$3 Venus razor cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$3 Gillete Fusion ProGlide razor cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$7 Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor when you buy 8ct refill cpn- 09/15 RP
$3 Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor when you buy 4ct refill cpn- 09/15 RP

Thermacare or Advil- $5.99
Use $1 Walgreens in store cpn
$1Thermacare cpn- 10/13 RP
$1 Advil film coated or caplets cpn- 10/27 RP
$1 Advil PM cpn- 10/13 RP
$1 Advil regular, film or migraine cpn- 10/13 RP
$1 Advil children cpn- 10/13 RP
$2 Advil film or caplets cpn- 09/29RP

Robitussin, Dimetapp, Advil Congestion or Allergy & Congestion- $4.99
Use $1 Walgreens in store cpn
$1 Dimetapp children cpn- 10/13 RP
$1 Advil Congestion, Allergy & Congestion, Cold & Sinus or Allergy Sinus cpn- 10/13 RP

ZZZquil- $4.99 and get 1000 points
$1 ZZZquil cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1 ZZZquil cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Sunny Smile bathroom tissue or paper towels- $1/2 with in ad cpn- Limit 10

Colgate Total toothpaste- $3.00 and get $2.50 RR
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 10/27 SS

Gallon milk- $2.99- Limit 2

Dawn- $0.99 with in ad cpn- Limit 3
$0.25 Dawn- 10/27 P&G
$0.25 Dawn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Tums  Chewy Delights- $4.50 and get $4.50 RR
$1 Tums Chewy Delights cpn- 10/13 RP

Nestle, Hershey or Mars fun or snack size- $1.99 and get $0.50 RR
$1/2 Nestle or Wonka Halloween fun size cpn- 10/13 RP- EXPIRES 10/31
$1.50/3 Hershey, Reese's, Kit Kat, Jolly Rancher or Twizzler snack size cpn- 10/20 SS- EXPIRES 10/31
$1.50/3 Mars chocolate candy cpn- 10/06 RP- EXPIRES 10/31

CVS deals for the week of 10/27/2013

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

To view CVS Coupon Policy- click here:)

Hershey kisses or minis- $15/5 and get $5 ECB

Twizzler twists, Hershey snack size, Nestle or Mars chocolate fun size- $1.88- Limit 6
$1/2 Nestle or Wonka Halloween fun size cpn- 10/13 RP- EXPIRES 10/31
$1.50/3 Hershey, Reese's, Kit Kat, Jolly Rancher or Twizzler snack size cpn- 10/20 SS- EXPIRES 10/31
$1.50/3 Mars chocolate candy cpn- 10/06 RP- EXPIRES 10/31

Hershey, Nestle snack size or Mars chocolate fun size 6pk- $0.99

Swanson Chicken Broth or Campbell's chicken noodles or tomato soup- $0.75- Limit 10
$0.40/4 Campbells condensed chicken noodle, tomato or cream of mushroom soup cpn- 09/08 SS

Puffs or Dawn- $0.99- Limit 8
$0.25/3 Puffs cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.25/3 Puffs cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$0.25 Dawn- 10/27 P&G
$0.25 Dawn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Tide- $5.94 and get $1 ECB
$2 Tide cpn- 10/27 P&G
$3/2 Tide detergent, washing machine cleaner or Downy cpn- 10/27  P&G
$2 Tide cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$5/3 Tide, Downy or Tide Boost cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Spend $10 on Crest ProHealth, Oral B oral care or Glide floss and get $5 ECB- Limit 2
$1/2 Crest toothpaste, Crest rinses, Oral B Glide flosses or picks cpn- 10/27 P&G
$2/3 Crest toothpaste, Crest rinses, Oral B Glide flosses or picks cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste, Crest rinses, Oral B Glide flosses or picks cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1.50 Crest rinse cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31


Pantene- $10/3 and get $1 ECB
$3/3 Pantene cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1.50/2 Pantene cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Pantene cpn- 10/27 P&G
$3/2 Pantene cpn- 09/27 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
Buy Pantene shampoo and get Pantene conditioner or styler FREE cpn- 09/15 SS- EXPIRES 10/31

Gold Emblem spices- $0.88

Buy 2 Almay cosmetics and get $5 ECB

Spend $10 on Loreal cosmetics and get $3 ECB
$3 Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara cpn- 10/27 RP
$1 Loreal Paris eye cpn- 10/27 RP
$1 Loreal Paris eye shadow cpn- 09/29 RP
$1 Loreal Paris eye cpn- 09/29 RP

CoverGirl Outlast nail color- $9/2 and get $2  ECB
$3/2 CoverGirl nail cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1.50 CoverGirl cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1.50 CoverGirl cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Spend $9 on Broadway or Kiss nails and get $4 ECB

Spend $10 on Nuance Selma Hayek cosmetics, hair, body or face care and get $3 ECB

Nivea lotion or Creme- $6.88
$2 Nivea lotion cpn- 10/27 RP
$2 Nivea Men lotion cpn- 10/27 RP

Spend $12 on CVS face care, cosmetics, hand & body lotion, hair care or personal cleansing and get $4 ECB

Suave Professionals, kids, stylers or bodywash- $4/2
$1.50 Suave Professionals cpn- 09/29 RP- EXPIRES 10/27

Buy Gillette or Venus disposable and get $3 ECB
$1 Gillette cpn- 10/27 P&G
$3/2 Gillette disposable cpn- 10/13 RP
$1 Gillete disposable cpn- 10/13 RP
$2 Gillette disposable cpn- 09/08 RP- EXPIRES 10/31
$2 Venus or Daisy disposable cpn- 09/08 RP- EXPIRES 10/31

Buy Gillette Venus or Fusion ProGlide and get $5 ECB
$1 Gillette cpn- 10/27 P&G
$3 Venus razor cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$3 Gillete Fusion ProGlide razor cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31
$7 Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor when you buy 8ct refill cpn- 09/15 RP
$3 Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor when you buy 4ct refill cpn- 09/15 RP

VO5- $0.82

Spend $10 on Fixodent or Scope classic rinse and get $5 ECB
$1.50 Scope mouthwash cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Scope mouthwash cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Oral B manual toothbrush- $2.87 and get $1 ECB-Limit 2
$2/3 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1/2 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth or Complete or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense toothbrush cpn- 10/27 P&G

Buy Colgate multipack toothpaste or toothbrush and get $3 ECB- Limit 2
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 10/27 SS

Colgate battery toothbrush- $5.99 and get $2 ECB- Limit 2
$2 Colgate Power toothbrush cpn- 10/27 SS

Buy Oral B Vitality floss, 3D White action, ProHealth power toothbrush, refills, Sonicare power up starter kit or brush heads and get $5 ECB- Limit 2
$5 Phillips Sonicare Power Up battery toothbrush cpn- 09/29 SS- EXPIRES 10/31
$5 Phillips Sonicare Power Up brush heads cpn- 09/29 SS- EXPIRES 10/31

Listerine Original, Cool Mint, Fresh Brust, Total Care, Ultra Care or Reach floss- $3.99 and get $1 ECB- Limit 2

Advil- $3.99
$1 Advil film coated or caplets cpn- 10/27 RP
$1 Advil regular, film or migraine cpn- 10/13RP
$2 Advil film or caplets cpn- 09/29RP

ZZZquil- $4.99 and get $1 ECB
$1 ZZZquil cpn- 10/27 P&G
$1 ZZZquil cpn- 09/29 P&G- EXPIRES 10/31

Bayer Contour Next EZ Meter- $9.99 and get $9.99 ECB

Spend $10 on Sally Hansen cosmetics and get $4 ECB

Blow Pops, Jolly Rancher, Dum Dum, Tootsie Roll, Tootsie Roll Pops, Twizzlers or Whoppers- $4/2 and get $1 ECB


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Our Florida Adventures~ Part 4

Last week was not a very good week for us.  First off, I was not feeling well.  Then what ever could go wrong did- oh boy :(

Our vacuum sucked up it's last cat hair ball.  Luckily, our home is mostly tile but we do have 5 carpeted rooms and it gave up in room 1. 

Our iron decided it was it's time also as it leaked water all over my hubby's work shirt as he was trying to iron it.

My drying rack decided it was tired of standing up and holding all of our clothes as it slowly tilted to the right and fell over.  Now it has a serious tilt and hanging clothes on it becomes a balancing act.

The mop literally fell apart while Kevin was moping the dining room- that was the first room he started it.  The sponge part broke right off the mop.  Leaving Kevin to finish scrubbing the tiles floors of 4 rooms and the hall on his hands and knees.

All this in 1 week- oh boy.  Luckily, we have an emergency fund and a Lowes gift card to be able to replace those items and go on with our normal cleaning schedule.

Living in Florida has been an adjustment and we have only been here 6 weeks.  We are thankful that the things breaking were small and not major appliances. 

I am trying hard not to pass out seeing the food prices down here.  $4 for a gallon of skim milk is outrageous.  Going to BJ's is not much better~ milk is $3.49 a gallon :( 

We are used to living in Amelia Court House, Virginia.  Land of farms and 2 stop lights.  We now live in rural Cape Coral.  No farms but lots of land and lots of stop signs.  People who have lived in Florida for some time call Cape Coral, "The land of many stop signs".  LOL :)

Also, I have noticed our short time here is that stop signs seem to be optional.  Where I am from you run a stop sign, you get pulled over and get a nice ticket.  Here no one seems to care.  I have seen a car pause and not stop at a stop sign right in front of a cop and nothing happened.  I am sure I am the crazy out of towner that actually makes a complete stop at stop signs.  I have almost been in a few accidents because of it- crazy.

Even through all the craziness, we like living here in Florida.  And getting to see my hubby every day is worth any hassle we have to go through.  I am also loving the cooler low 80 degree weather.  My dad, who lives in Virginia tells me that the weather is cold and in the 50's.

Stay tuned to see what we get into next week :)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Veggie "Lo Mein" Sketty recipe

When we were on our diet, we ate many new foods.  Some we liked and some not so much. We have taken the recipe that was part of the diet and tweaked it to our liking.  I wanted to share this very healthy and very easy dish to make that even my kids loved.

Veggie "Lo Mein" Sketty
Whole Wheat Spaghetti
Garlic
Ground Ginger
Low Sodium Soy Sauce
Broccoli
Mushrooms
Carrots- peeled and shredded
Bell Pepper- any color works great
Spinach
Any other veggies you want to throw in
A little oil

1) Cook Spaghetti, drain and set aside.
2) In skillet, place a couple tablespoons of oil and coat bottom of skillet.  Skillet should be on medium high heat.
3) Add all veggies except spinach and cook until veggies are tender.  Stir often.
4) Add spinach and cook until wilted
5) Sprinkle garlic and ginger on veggies and stir
6) Add cooked veggies to spaghetti
7) Use enough low sodium soy sauce to lightly coat the spaghetti and stir
8) Serve and enjoy
Veggies all in skillet before being added to the "sketty"- Super Yummy

The beauty of this recipe is that you can use any leftover veggies you have.  I also don't measure anything with this recipe.  We love garlic, so I put a lot of garlic in this dish and lightly sprinkle the ginger.  Plus the veggies cooking in the skillet is so pretty, all the different colors blending together to form this oh so yummy dish :)


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Our Shopping Trip~10/20/2013

Even though I really didn't want to, I gathered up my hubby and off we went to the store.  Not much to get on this trip.  I did find some fantastic deals that are going to be benefit us for next month's menu plan so I did stock up on those deals.  Plus a new Farmer's Market just opened up, so we went to see what we could find there.

Here are the details of our shopping trip:

Dollar Tree
$1.06- Gallon zip bags

BJ's
$4.99-Earth Organics Mango, Banana & Papaya juice
$3.29- Crushed tomato
$2.78- (6) lbs bananas
$11.06
-4.99- Earth Organic juice BJ's cpn
$6.07- Total

Save A Lot #1
$5.98- (2) gallons skim milk

Save A Lot #2
$5.98- (2) gallons skim milk
$1.99- Oranges
$1.99- Tangerines
$3.96- (12) lbs apples
$5.07- (15) lbs potatoes
$5.50- Chicken legs
$5.11- Chicken legs
$29.60- Total

Walmart
$6.33- Whole chicken
$9.45- BLSL Chicken
$1.98- (4) pk vanilla yogurt
3.28- Sliced cheese
$3.48- Ham lunchmeat
$2.88- Spinach
$1.44- Brown Rice
$1.00- Taco shells
$1.88- Soy Sauce
$2.48- Oatmeal
$2.64- Sugar
$1.38- Bread
$3.38- Hot Chocolate
$1.48- Lettuce
$1.48- Lettuce
$1.94- Tweezers
$46.62- Total

Farmer's Market
$5.00- Seedless Watermelon
$3.00- Tomatoes
$3.00- Oranges
$2.00- Zucchini
$3.00- Green beans
$16.00- Total

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

Monday, October 21, 2013

Menu Plan for the week of 10/21/2013

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything cool and have fun with your family?  I hope so.  I  hope you were able to enjoy your weekend surrounded by the ones you love.

We didn't do anything fun and exciting last week.  I was surrounded by my guys~ the loves of my life:)  But for some reason, I lacked energy.  I was so tired all last week, didn't want to do anything or go any where.  I just didn't feel like my normal self.  Which lead to some not so well eating on my part.  Which I do believe is another reason I lacked energy and motivation.  Thanks to my unhealthy food choices, I didn't lose any weight.  And I didn't do all of my planned workouts either.  I just felt blah :(

But oh well, I am allowed to have these blah moments- right??  This week is a new week.  I feel a lot better and well rested and am making healthier food choices:)  And not so cranky:)  I am hoping to ride my bike for 30 minutes each day and to walk 2 miles each day.   Let's see how I do this week:)

Here is our menu plan for this week:

Breakfast
Strawberry smoothie- recipe coming soon
Blueberry smoothie- recipe coming soon
Homemade Yogurt with raisins and oats X2
Baked Oatmeal  with apples X2
Pancakes

Lunch
Sandwich, carrots and popcorn
Salad with homemade ranch dressing for me and hubby

Dinner
Leftovers
Lentil tacos with green beans
Veggie Rice
Homemade Mac & Cheese with green beans
Southwest Chicken with brown rice and zucchini
Spaghetti with homemade spaghetti sauce and corn
Baked Chicken with potatoes and zucchini

Snacks
Apple slices
Oranges
Tangerines
Watermelon
Popcorn

What super yummy dishes do you have planned for your family this week?  I would love to hear all about it:)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Walgreens deals for the week of 10/20/2013

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufactur's coupons
2) Register Rewards (RR) are considered manufactur's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 Manufactur's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) When redeeming a Register Rewards against the same offer may not receive another RR
5) 2 coupons can be used with Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Sales :)

Check out Walgreens Coupon Policy here:)

Walgreens has rolled out a program called Balance Rewards. You earn points you can later redeem. Click here to read more about this program

Sinful nail color- $0.99- Limit 3

Mars, Nestle or Hershey fun or snack size- $5/2
Use $1 Walgreens in store cpn
$1.50/3 Mars Chocolate candy cpn- 10/06 RP
$1/2 Nestle/Wonka Halloween fun size cpn- 10/13 RP
$1 Hershey assorted snack size cpn- 10/20 RP
$1.50/3 Hershey, Reese's, Jolly Ranchers or Twizzlers snack size cpn- 10/20 SS
$1.50/3 Hershey Reese's, Kit Kat, York, Almond Joy, Mounds, PayDay, Jolly Rancher, Milk Duds, Whoppers or Twizzlers snack size cpn- 09/29 SS

Zephyrhills spring water 24pk- $3.49 and get $1 RR

Sunny Smile paper towels or toilet paper- $3.99 and get 1000 points

Butterball Chicken Broth or Armour Vienna Sausage- $1/2 with in ad cpn- Limit 6

Act II popcorn single pack- $1/4

Sunny Smile 2X detergent- $1.99

Sunny Smile plates or Nice cutlery or straws- $0.99

Palmolive- $0.99

Kleenex or Nice tissues- $0.99

Sparkle paper towels- $5/2 and get 1000 points
$1 Sparkle 6rolls+ cpn- 09/29 RP

Sunny Smile dish soap- $0.99

Spend $10 on Mattel Monster High toys and get 3000 points

Spend $10 on Hallmark and get 2000 points

Walgreens 24pk batteries- $8.99 and get 1000 points

Oral B Advantage floss picks or toothbrush, Crest 3D White toothpaste or mouthwash- $6/2 and get $4 RR
$0.50 Oral B Glide floss or floss picks cpn- 09/29 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth, Complete or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense toothbrush cpn- 09/29 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 09/29 P&G
$1.50 Crest rinse cpn- 09/29 P&G

Colgate 360 Clean toothbrush, Optic White toothpaste or mouthwash- $7/2 and get 2000 points
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 10/13 SS
$1 Colgate mouthwash cpn- 10/13 SS

Colgate Cavity Protection or Whitening toothpaste or Wisps- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 10/13 SS

Spin Brush Pro brush heads or battery toothbrush- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
$1 Arm & Hammer Spin Brush cpn- 08/18 SS

Pediacare & Little Tummys, Colds, Remedies or Noses- Buy 1 Get 50% off and get 5000 points

Ponds- Buy 1 Get 50% off and get 2000 points

Caress bodywash or bar- Buy 1 Get 50% off and get 2000 points

Seventh Generation skin care- Buy 1 Get 50% off and get 1000 points

Spend $6 on Sally Hansen Lustre Shine, Complete Salon or Fuzzy Coat nail color and get 1000 points

Carmex- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

Herbal Essence bodywash- $7/2 and get $2 RR
$0.75 Herbal Essence bodywash cpn- 09/15 RP

Speed Stick- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
$0.50 Speed Stick cpn- 10/20 SS

Arrid or Arm & Hammer deodorant- $0.99

Suave hair care- $6/2 and get 2000 points
$1.50 Suave Professionals cpn- 09/29 RP

EOS shave cream or lip balm- $6/2 and get $3 RR

Walgreens single pack toothbrush- $0.99

Triaminic cold & cough relief- $4.99 and get 1000 points
$1 Triaminic cpn- 09/22 SS

Advil film coated- $3.99
$1 Advil cpn- 10/13 RP
$2 Advil film coated cpn- 09/29 RP
$1 Advil, Robitussin or Dimetapp cpn- 08/25 RP

Arm & Hammer 2X detergent or Power Paks- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
$1/2 Arm & Hammer detergent cpn- 09/15 SS

Irritable Bowl Syndrome tablets- $7 and get $7 RR

Puracyn Wound skin care- $10 and get $10 RR

Progresso- $2.50/2
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 10/20 SS
$0.25 Progresso Rich & Hearty cpn- 10/20 SS
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 09/22 SS
$0.25 Progresso Heart Healthy cpn- 09/22 SS
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 09/08 SS

$0.25 Progresso light cpn- 09/08 SS

Angel Soft 9 big roll- $3.49
Use $0.50 Walgreens in store cpn

CVS deals for the week of 10/20/2013

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

To view CVS Coupon Policy- click here:)

Twizzlers twists or Hershey snack size- $15/5 and get $5  ECB
$1.50/3 Hershey, Reese's, Jolly Ranchers or Twizzlers snack size cpn- 10/20 SS
$1/2 Twizzler or Jolly Rancher snack size cpn- 10/13 SS
$1.50/3 Hershey Reese's, Kit Kat, York, Almond Joy, Mounds, PayDay, Jolly Rancher, Milk Duds, Whoppers or Twizzlers snack size cpn- 09/29 SS

Tide or Gain- $11.94 and get $3 ECB
$2 Tide cpn- 09/29 P&G
$1/2 Gain detergent or fabric enhancer cpn- 10/13 13 RP

Angel Soft 12pk, Quilted Northern Ultra Plush 9pk or Sparkle paper towels 8pk- $15/3 and get $5 ECB
$1 Sparkle 6rolls+ cpn- 09/29 RP

M&M's, Hershey kisses or minis- $6/2 and get $1 ECB
$1/2 M&M, milk chocolate harvest blend, PB Harvest Blend, Candy Corn White Chocolate, Milky Way Caramel Apple minis or Minis Mix Harvest Variety cpn- 08/25 RP

Crest 3D White, ProHealth, w/Scope or ProHealth rinse- $2.99 and get $2 ECB-Limit 2
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 09/29 P&G
$1.50 Crest rinse cpn- 09/29 P&G

Campbells Chicken Noodle or Tomato- $0.88
$0.40/4 Campbells condensed chicken noodle, tomato or cream of mushroom soup cpn- 09/08 SS

Spend $10 on Sally Hansen cosmetics and get $3 ECB

Spend $10 on Loreal eye or nail and get $3 ECB
$1 Loreal eye shadow cpn- 09/29 RP
$1 Loreal eye cpn- 09/29 RP

Buy Nicole by OPI nail color and get $2 ECB

Spend $10 on CVS disposable razors, Edge, Skintimate or Schick shave gel and get $4 ECB
$1 Schick Hydro shave gel cpn- 09/15 SS

Buy Hydro Silk, Hydro 3,5 or Power razor and get $4 ECB

Secret or Gillette Clinical- $8.99 and get $2 ECB
$1 Gillette deodorant or bodywash cpn- 09/29 P&G

Colgate Total, Total mouthwash or 360 floss tip toothbrush- $11.50/3 and get $3 ECB- Limit 2
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 10/13 SS
$1 Colgate mouthwash cpn- 10/13 SS

Spend $10 on Colgate Optic White and get $5 ECB- Limit 2
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 10/13 SS
$1 Colgate mouthwash cpn- 10/13 SS

Buy CVS multipack toothbrushes and get $2 ECB- Limit 2

Spend $10 on Crest Whitening with Scope twin pack, Complete, Oral B toothbrush or floss and get $5 ECB
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 09/29 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth, Complete or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense toothbrush cpn- 09/29 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Glide floss or floss picks cpn- 09/29 P&G

Spend $10 on Aveeno, Benadryl anti itch, Band Aid or Neosporin and get $3 ECB

Spend $20 on Benefiber and get $10 ECB
$5/2 Prevacid 24hr, Gas-X or Benefiber cpn- 10/13 SS
$10/3 Prevacid 24hr, Gas-X or Benefiber cpn- 10/13 SS
$1 Benefiber cpn- 10/13 SS
$2 Benefiber cpn- 09/08 SS

Xtra laundry detergent- $2.49
Use $1 CVS Coupon Center cpn

Progresso- $0.99- Limit 8
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 10/20 SS
$0.25 Progresso Rich & Hearty cpn- 10/20 SS
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 09/22 SS
$0.25 Progresso Heart Healthy cpn- 09/22 SS
$0.50/2 Progresso cpn- 09/08 SS

$0.25 Progresso light cpn- 09/08 SS

Renuzit adjustables- $0.99- Limit 10

Gain or Just the Basics dish liquid- $0.99- Limit 6
$0.25 Gain dish liquid cpn- 09/15 RP

Total Home facial tissues- $0.99- Limit 10

CVS flavor chews antacid- $0.99 and get $0.99 ECB- Limit 3

Clairol Natural Instincts, Root Touch Up or Nice & Easy- $5.99 and get $2 ECB
$5/2 Clairol cpn- 09/29 P&G

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Our Florida Adventures~ Part 3


This weekend we wanted to do something different.  The boys wanted to go to the beach.  They would live at the beach if they could:)  I want to explore our new state.

So, we decided to pack the boys up for another secret exploration:)  They were so sure we were going to the beach.  I got the wrong directions, got turned all around and got lost- so not cool :(  Luckily, hubby has a smarter phone than I do.  He was able to find the location and off we went, this time in the correct direction.

Imagine the boy's faces when we pulled up, not to a shore line but to Four Mile Cove Ecological Park.  I was super excited. 

We started the trail not sure what we were going to come across.  The trail had mile markers with fascinating information.  We learned about the different wildlife, trees and some cool Florida state history.  The little ones commented that it looked like we were walking through a jungle:)

Here are some pictures I took of this cool trip of ours:


View from the pier

Nathan taking in the sights

One of the piers at this park

Looks so peaceful

Learning :)

Little lizard


Crab climbing up a tree

American White Ibis
It wasn't the beach but I did hear the boys say that they had fun and learned some interesting things.  Yay for fun and educational outings :)

Stay tuned to see where we end up next.....

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Our HomeSchool Science Project :)

Nathan has been learning about the sun and how we see color.  We wrapped up this chapter with a pretty neat science experiment. 

Mention the word experiment and the boys sit nice and patient.  They love doing experiments and I love that they are learning while experimenting:)

Anyone can do it and it is pretty cool.  Want to see?  Gather the following supplies to begin your very own science experiment:
Coffee Filter
Black water based marker
small cup of rubbing alcohol
piece of paper for underneath just in case:)

Next follow the pictures and instructions and have fun:)
Fold Coffee Filter in half and draw a rainbow shape with your black marker close to the edge of the coffee filter

Fold Coffee Filter in half again

Place your folded coffee filter in the cup of rubbing alcohol and watch- be patient :)

The end results
 Pretty neat- huh??  All these neat colors from one black magic marker line and some rubbing alcohol.  Once you try it with your kids, let me know what they thought.  My boys, even the 19 year old, thought it was really cool :)  The coffee filter looks neat when it is dry and unfolded.  Yes, we still have ours.

We will have more really neat experiments that I will share with you in the near future:)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

My Shopping Day~ 10/13/2013

Quick shopping trip this week.  We are going to use what we already have in our pantry, freezer and refrigerator for our menu plans for the rest of this month.  This week was to replenish and to stock up on some great deals.

Here are the details from our shopping trip this week:

Dollar Tree
$1.00- Scrubbing pads
$1.00- Toothbrushes
$2.00- (2) pkgs frozen strawberries
$2.00- (2) pkgs frozen blueberries
$6.12- Total with tax

Walgreens
$5.98- (2) gallons skim milk
$1.00- (8) Halloween pencils
$7.04- Total with tax

Save A Lot
$5.98- (2) gallons skim milk
$2.00- (2) Turkey chubs- awesome deal- put in freezer for next month menu
$8.09- Pork Shoulder- awesome deal at $0.99/ lb- put this bad boy in the freezer for next month menu
$1.00- Crackers
$3.98- (6) pounds apples
$1.98- (2) heads lettuce
$23.03- Total

Walmart
$3.52- Flour
$3.92- Frozen veggies
$2.88- Spinach
$0.88- Green Pepper
$2.38- Creamer
$0.44- Tomato paste
$1.28- Minced onion
$1.28- Baking Powder
$1.24- BBQ sauce
$1.44- Brown rice
$2.42- Strawberry jelly
$1.11- Bananas
$1.24- Diced tomatoes
$24.03- Total

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

Monday, October 14, 2013

Menu Plan for the week of 10/14/2013

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend :) 

As many of you know, hubby and I have been doing the Drop 10 Diet.  The food has been very tasty.  We are enjoying the different recipes.  I am so excited~ we have been doing this diet for 2 weeks.  First week, I lost 2 pounds.  Second week, I lost 4 pounds.  Yea for 6 pounds lost :)  While I am super excited about the weight loss, we have decided not to continue with this diet due to financial reasons.  We have had to raise our grocery budget in order to purchase all these foods.  But we nearly busted our raised grocery budget in 2 weeks.  Yikes :(

We have decided to use the food we have in our freezer and pantry for our meals for the remainder of the month.  I am also going to ride my bike for 30 minutes and walk for 2 miles a day and Michael will continue to run in the morning and see if we can continue losing weight.  We shall see:)

Here is our menu plan for this week:

Breakfast
Baked Oatmeal with apples X2
Oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins
Pancakes X2
Scrambled eggs with fruit X2

Lunch
Sandwich, carrots and popcorn
Salad with homemade ranch dressing and a banana for me

Dinner
Lentil burgers with corn
Edamame Fried Rice
Veggie lo mien- recipe coming soon:)
Shrimp Parm with Broccoli
Shredded BBQ chicken served on buns with green beans
Homemade Mac & Cheese with green beans
Asian chicken with salad

Snacks
Apple slices
Carrots
Popcorn
I am going to try to make Chocolate Cherry Brownies for dessert :)

What super yummy delicious dishes do you have planned to feed your family this week?

Friday, October 11, 2013

Walgreens deals for the week of 10/13/2013

Things to keep in mind when shopping at Walgreens:
1) You must have as many items as manufactur's coupons
2) Register Rewards (RR) are considered manufactur's coupons
3) You are allowed 1 Manufactur's coupon and 1 store coupon per item
4) When redeeming a Register Rewards against the same offer may not receive another RR
5) 2 coupons can be used with Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Sales :)

Check out Walgreens Coupon Policy here:)

Walgreens has rolled out a program called Balance Rewards. You earn points you can later redeem. Click here to read more about this program

Hershey candy- $0.49- Limit 6

Scotts Natural Paper Towels, Cottonelle 12 rolls or Fresh Care wipes- $4.49
Use $1 Walgreens in store cpn
$0.75/6+ rolls Scott Paper towels cpn- 09/22 SS
$0.50/2 Cottonelle 4 roll or (1) 9 roll+ cpn- 10/13 SS

M&M's- $5/2
Use $1 Walgreens in store cpn

Select Kellogg cereal or Pop Tarts- $1.88
$1/3 Kellogg Special K cereal cpn- 09/15 RP

Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Burst toilet bowl 8pk, Cleansing gel or bath or Windex Touch Up- $7/2 and get 1000 points
$2/2 Scrubbing Bubbles toilet cleaning cpn- 09/22 SS
$2/2 Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaning cpn- 09/22 SS
$1/2 Windex cpn- 09/22 SS
$0.75 Windex Touch Up cpn- 09/22 SS

Fantastik, Windex or Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom- $5/2 and get 1000 points
$0.75 Scrubbing Bubbles all purpose cleaner with Fantastik cpn- 09/22 SS
$2/2 Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaning cpn- 09/22 SS
$1/2 Windex cpn- 09/22 SS

Tilex, SOS, Clorox toilet, kitchen or bath- $5/2 and get 1000 points

Glade candle or wax melts- $6/2 and get 1000 points
$1/2 Glade jar candle or wax melts cpn- 10/13 SS
$1/2 Glade jar candle or wax melts cpn- 09/22 SS

Nice bleach- $0.99

Finish capsules, gel pacs, tabs or Jet Dry- $7/2 and get 1000 points

Scott 16 big roll- $7.49
Use $2 Walgreens in store cpn

Campbells Cream of Chicken or mushrooms, Homestyle or Low Sodium Chicken Noodle- $0.89
$0.40/4 Campbells condensed chicken noodle, tomato or cream of mushroom soup cpn- 09/08 SS

Nice Foil- $0.99

Nice mandarin oranges or mushrooms- $1/2 with in ad cpn- Limit 4

Lindsay Olives- $0.99 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Wexford tape, Wexford or Scotch mailers- $0.39 with in ad cpn- Limit 3

Walgreens Alkaline batteries- $4/2 and get 1000 points

Plastic tumbler- $1/5 with in ad cpn- Limit 10

Halloween activities book, sticker or tattoos- $1/3 with in ad cpn- Limit 6

Halloween pencils- $1/8 with in ad cpn- Limit 16

Halloween tableware- $0.99

Revlon ColorBurst lip butter or Just Bitten kissable lip balm stain- $6.99
Use $1 Walgreens in store cpn
$1 Revlon color cosmetics cpn- 10/13 SS

Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy- $4.99 and get 1000 points
$2 Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy cpn- 09/29 RP

Lysol No Touch system with refill- $7.49
$2 Lysol No Touch Starter kit cpn- 10/13

Colgate 360 floss tip, ProRelief, Optic White or Surround toothbrush, Total Advanced toothpaste or mouthwash- $2.99
Use $1 Walgreens in store cpn
$1 Colgate mouthwash cpn- 10/13 SS
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 10/13 SS

Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste- $2.99
Use $1 Walgreens in store cpn
$1 Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste, Advanced or Sensitive cpn- 10/13 RP
$0.50 Aquafresh toothpaste cpn- 10/13 RP

Colgate Max Fresh or White toothbrush or Max Fresh or Clean toothpaste- $6/2 and get $3 RR
$0.50 Colgate toothpaste cpn- 10/13 SS

Sensodyne- $4.99
Use $1 Walgreens in store cpn
$1 Sensodyne cpn- 09/08 RP
$1 Sensodyne ProNamel cpn- 09/08 RP

Spend $10 on Crest or Oral B 3D White dental care and get 4000 points
$1.50 Crest rinse cpn- 09/29 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn - 09/29 P&G
$0.50 Oral B Pulsar, 3D White, ProHealth, Complete or 2 Indicator or Cavity Defense cpn- 09/29 P&G

Listerine Pocketpaks, Reach Total Care Floss or Flosser Starter- $2.99 and get $2 RR

Right Guard or Dry Idea- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
$1.50 Right Guard Xtreme deodorant or personal care cpn- 10/06 RP
$1.50/2 Right Guard Total Defense 5 deodorant or personal care cpn- 10/06 RP
$1.50/2 Dry Idea cpn- 10/06 RP

Childrens Dimetapp- $4.99 and get 1000 points
$1 Dimetapp childrens cpn- 10/13 RP
$1 Advil, Dimetapp or Robitussin cpn- 08/25 RP

Ricola- $3/2
$1.50/2 Ricola cpn- 10/13 SS

Advil Congestion or Allergy and Congestion- $4.99
$3 Advil congestion, Allergy & Congestion, Cold & Sinus or Allergy Sinus cpn- 10/13 RP
$1 Advil, Dimetapp or Robitussin cpn- 08/25 RP

Ex Lax Max, Gas X Extra or Peppermint crème- $4.99
Use $2 Walgreens in store cpn
$5/2 Prevacid, Gas X or Benefiber cpn- 10/13 SS
$1.25 Gas X cpn- 10/13 SS

Centrum- $9.99
$3 Centrum regular, Silver or specialist cpn- 10/13 RP
$2 Centrum Flavor Burst cpn- 10/13 RP
$3 Centrum regular, Silver, Specialist or Flavor Burst cpn- 09/08 RP
$3 Centrum ProNutrients Omega 3 cpn- 09/085 RP
$1 Centrum cpn- 08/25 RP

Advil- $3.99
$1 Advil cpn- 10/13 RP

Advil PM- $1
$1 Advil PM cpn- 10/13 RP

Excedrin- $9.49 and get 2000 points
$1.50 Excedrin 100ct+ cpn- 10/13 SS
$1 Excedrin 24ct+ cpn- 10/13 SS

Garnier Nutrisse or foam- $6.99
$2 Gariner Nutrisse cpn- 10/13 RP
$2 Garnier Nutrisse cpn- 09/08 RP

Good & Delish maple syrup or Nice honey- $4.99 with in ad cpn- Limit 4

CVS deals for the week of 10/13/2013

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

To view CVS Coupon Policy- click here:)

Twizzler twists, Hershey snack size or Mars chocolate fun size- $6/2 and get $2 ECB
$1/2 Twizzler or Jolly Rancher snack size cpn- 10/13 SS
$1.50/3 Hershey Reese's, Kit Kat, York, Almond Joy, Mounds, PayDay, Jolly Rancher, Milk Duds, Whoppers or Twizzlers snack size cpn- 09/29 SS
$1.50/3 Mars Chocolate Candy cpn- 10/06 RP

Tide or Gain- $5.94- Limit 4
$0.50 Tide POD, Downy Unstoppables or Gain Fireworks cpn- 10/13 RP
$1.50/2 Tide POD, Downy Unstoppables or Gain Fireworks cpn- 10/13 RP
$2 Tide detergent cpn- 09/29 P&G
$5/3 Tide detergent, Downy or Tide Boost cpn- 09/29 P&G
$1.50/2 Tide PODS, Downy Unstoppables or Gain Fireworks cpn- 09/15 RP
$0.50 Tide PODS, Downy Unstoppables or Gain Fireworks cpn- 09/15 RP
$1/2 Gain detergent or Fabric Enhancer cpn- 10/13 RP
$0.50 Gain detergent or Fabric Enhancer cpn- 10/13 RP
$2/2 Gain or Era detergent or Gain fabric enhancer cpn- 09/15 RP

Spend $10 on the following and get $3 ECB:
Tasters Choice Instant coffee- $6.99
Post Honey Bunches of Oats, Grape Nuts Fit, Cocoa or Fruity Pebbles- $5/2
Maxwell House single serve cups- $5.99

Spend $10 on the following and get $2 ECB:
Ghiradelli pouches or bars- $2.99
Starbucks Frappuccino, Double Shot, Refreshers or Iced Coffee- $3/2

Russell Stover or Whitmans- $5.99 and get $1 ECB

Lays Chips or Doritos- $7/2 and get $1 ECB

Wisk or Snuggle- $4.99
$1 Wisk cpn- 10/13 SS
$0.50 Snuggle cpn- 09/29 RP

Lysol cleaner, wipes or Neutra Air- $3
$0.50/2 Lysol toilet cleaner cpn- 10/13 SS
$0.50/2 Lysol wipes cpn- 10/13 SS
$0.50/2 Lysol Power & Free toilet cleaner cpn- 09/15 SS
$0.50/2 Lysol Power & Free multi purpose wipes or cleaner cpn- 09/15 SS

VO5- $0.79

Garnier Nutrisse- $6.99
$2 Garnier Nutrisse cpn- 10/13 RP
$2 Garnier Nutrisse cpn- 09/08 RP

Buy 2 Loreal hair color and get $4 ECB
$2 Loreal hair color cpn- 08/25 RP

Spend $10 on Loreal eye or nail and get $3 ECB
$1 Loreal eye shadow cpn- 09/29 RP
$1 Loreal eye cpn- 09/29 RP

Almay Intense I-Color shadow, liner or mascara- $5.99 and get $3 ECB

Spend $10 on Salma Hayek cosmetics, hair, body or facial care and get $3 ECB

Speed Stick- $1.88

Spend $10 on Crest 3D White paste, rinse or brush and get $5 ECB- Limit 2
$1.50 Crest rinse cpn- 09/29 P&G
$0.50 Crest toothpaste cpn- 09/29 P&G

Centrum- $9.99
$3 Centrum regular, Silver or specialist cpn- 10/13 RP
$2 Centrum Flavor Burst cpn- 10/13 RP
$3 Centrum regular, Silver, Special or Flavor Burst cpn- 09/08 RP
$3 Centrum Pro Nutrients Omega 3 cpn- 09/08 RP
$1 Centrum cpn- 08/25 RP

Advil Congestion Relief or Cold & Sinus- $4.95
$3 Advil Congestion, Allergy & Congestion, Cold & Sinus or Allergy Sinus cpn- 10/13 RP

Breathe Right or Tums- $3.99 and get $2 ECB- Limit 2
$1 Tums Fresheners, cool mint or spearmint cpn- 10/13 RP
$1 Tums Chewy Delights cpn- 10/13 RP

Colgate Total Advanced mouthwash- $0.99
Use $0.49 CVS Coupon Center cpn

Buy 2 Revlon cosmetics or beauty tools and get $5 ECB- Limit 6
$1 Revlon color cosmetics cpn- 10/13 SS

Clairol Natural Instincts, Root Touch Up or Nice & Easy- $5.99 and get $2 ECB
$5/2 Clairol hair color cpn- 09/29 P&G



Thursday, October 10, 2013

Our Florida Adventures~ Part 2

Well, we finally made it to the beach.  Before we moved, that is all the boys talked about- going to the beach:)  We get here and no one has even mentioned going to the beach.  The weather was nice, so Michael and I decided to not tell the boys where we were going and we loaded up in the van and drove away:)

Upon doing our research, we found the local beach about 30 minutes from where we live.  Love it a lot better than the 3 hours it would take us when we lived in Virginia.  Now, this beach was described to us as a non swimming beach.  Not sure what that meant, we all loaded in the van to investigate.

This is what happens when you tell Nathan not to get wet:)

Feeling for shells
We get there to discover that non swimming meant no life guards on duty and to swim at your own risk.  Smack to forehead for not bringing swim trunks.  I did, thankfully, bring a change of clothes for the little ones.  We changed their clothes and off in the van we go again.  This time, home to get our swimming clothes on.  And back to the beach we go.

Loving the water

Daddy finding a shell for little Michael's shell collection
We all had a blast.  Nathan said it was the best surprise day he had had:)  So far so good, we are doing well here in South West Florida and are liking our life out here :)

Stay tuned next week to see what kind of adventure we have....

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Our Homeschool Curriculum

For those who may be interested in our homeschool curriculum, here you go.

Last year was our test run with the whole Homeschooling adventure with Kevin.  Things were rocky at first but smoothed out.  This year, I had in my fantasy mind that I was going to homeschool Kevin in 11th grade, Nathan in 4th grade and little Michael in Pre-K.  LOL:)  What was I thinking??  Things were supposed to go so smoothly- everything was going to be perfect and great.

Nathan and Kevin are doing well this year.  I haven't had the chance to start little Michael with Pre-K.  I don't even know where to fit him into our already jammed packed schedule.  I felt so bad and thought he would feel left out, but he doesn't seem to mind.  He does his own thing and some times joins us at the table.  One of these days, I will plan out the perfect schedule and will be the homeschooling super mom- every one will have their own schedule and will do their work nicely and things will be great-  OK, you can stop laughing now:)  That is how I see it in my head- a mom can dream, right?  I don't think we will ever have a "perfect" schedule.  But what ever works for us is what works for us.

This year, we have a whole new curriculum.  Last year, we went on the advice of someone for our curriculum and things didn't go so well for Kevin.  We didn't like the feel of the curriculum.  That is one of the great things I love about Homeschool.  Not everything works for everyone.  Trail and error sometimes determines your curriculum for that year.  We found out last year that Kevin did NOT do well with classes on the computer or online.  So, this year, we pieced together some things that are all book form, except for typing and that is working a lot better this year- yay:)

Here is what we are using this year:
Nathan- 4th grade
Math U See- Gamma
BJU Heritage Studies 4
Apologia Astronomy
Learning Language Arts through Literature- Orange
All about Spelling 1
Our resources include:  Library, computer, gym, art and learning the recorder (luckily, our neighbors work.  No one has yet complained about the musical noise in our house:))

Kevin- 11th grade
A Patriot's History of the United States
BJU Writing & Grammar 11
Wordly Wise 3000- Book 11
Typing Instructor Platinum
Math U See- Algebra 2
Dave Ramsey's Foundations of Personal Finance
Apologia Chemistry
See the Light- Art Projects- Year 2

We are happy with our curriculum choices this year.  As you can see we pick and choose what curriculum we would like for our children.  This is what works best for our family.  As with any homeschool family, you should do what ever is in the best interest of our child and what works for your family.