Monday, November 8, 2010

And it's snowballing!

If you hadn't noticed, my last blog post was MEMORIAL DAY (5 months ago!) And I hadn't posted much before that either. Mainly because my bow business is starting to BOOM.
I'm loving every minute of it!

So please take a min. to check out my online store:

Become a facebook fan:

We have LOTS of Fall, Thanksgiving, and Holiday merchandise already up and ready to go.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Remembering those who are serving today and those who served in the past this Memorial Day

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Rhinestone Cowgirl Party Planning #1

For some reason my little girl has takin' a strong liking to horses over the last year. She was a cowgirl for Halloween and now has requested a "Horsey Party."

First, it's not easy finding anything "Cowgirl" everything is mostly for "cowboys". Not a problem for me, that just means I get to be extra creative!

First I was thinking pink and brown and now I want something more bright and cheery and GIRLY! The Theme:

Rhinestone Cowgirl

I actually found a digital scrapbook kit called Rhinestone Cowgirl too!

Here's the invitation!

We are actually going to be having a "photo shoot" with a horse later this week. These photos will be used at the party and of course in the invitation above.

Follow me as I piece this fun "horsey" party together!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Target: 3/18

Boy did I have FUN at Target today! Spent a little more then I wanted, but I also saved A LOT!
Not pictured are:
-Renu travel size contact solution: $1.52 - $1.00 coupon
-Dollar bin teal tin
-Dollar bin fruit snacks
Spring Dress: $6.00 (sale)
Easter sandals: $14.99 (NOT ON SALE - ouch..)
2x Kashi Cereal: $3.29 & $3.49
Kashi Crackers: $3.54
-$3.54 Target Buy 2 cereals get 1 cracker FREE
-$3.29 FREE Kashi cereal coupon
-$2.00 Kashi coupon
Kashi Cereal Bowl: $1.00
-$1.00 coupon
Dannon Activa: $1.89 (sale)
-$1.00 coupon
Dannon Smoothies: $1.89 (sale)
-$1.00 coupon
12x Gillette Bodywashes: $1.79 each
-4x $4.00/2 coupons
-4x $1.00/1 coupons
4x Degree Girl: $1.97 each
-2x $3.00/2 coupons
4x Satin Care Travel size: $.99
-4x $.55 coupons
Rimmel Mascara: $2.24
-$3.00 coupon
Pin the tail on the Donkey game: $2.48 (clearance)
Beanbag game: $2.48 (clearance)
3x Ore Ida Steam and Mash: $2.40 (clearance)
-3x $1.00 coupons
8x Dollar Bin lanterns: $1.00 each (not all pictured)
*Planning a birthday party right now!*

Total OOP: $50.75
**Total Saved: $87.96**

Walgreens 3/17

Break OVER!
I went to Walgreens on St. Patty's Day - WITHOUT - RR and guess what... turns out you don't need them to get a good deal! Ha! It was actually kind of nice not having to worry about the coupon to product ratio and calculating all that mumbo jumbo. Here's what I got!
2x Planters Trail Mix: $1.99 each (sale)
- 2x $1.50 coupons
-$1.00/2 March Wags coupon
Eyeliner: $1.99 (50% off sale)
-$1.00 coupon
2x Excedrin: 2/$5.99 (sale)
- 2x $1.00 coupons
- 2x$2.00 March Wags coupon ($4.00 off total)
Total OOP: $1.41 (with tax!)
Total saved: $18.39

Friday, March 12, 2010

Coupon Shopping "Break"

I guess you could say I'm going on a coupon "break." I didn't get to the bargains this Sunday due to normal everyday craziness. I am doing a big two day expo this weekend, and did have RR from Walgreen expiring on the 14th, so I went to Walgreens and used up what I had on a few good deals and a ZhuZhu pet to put in my daughter's Easter basket. So I'll be starting fresh next week, but no couponing again this Sunday since I'll be working the expo.

I have gone to Walmart twice this week and gotten some great deals and toy deals:
3x Monopoly Deal Games with coupon $.24 each
2x Hungry Hippos Travel game with coupons $1.24 each
6x Buddies Soaps with coupons: couple cents each money maker
4x Pull Ups wipes with coupons: $.64 each
2x My Little Ponies with coupons: $2.50 each

I'm starting to pile up my "gift stash" and "Christmas present stash" as I know that all that stuff sneaks right up on you!

I'm happy to announce that as of this past Christmas I've pretty well had Easter basket, birthday gifts, and half the Christmas present shopping for THIS Christmas done! With the exceptions of adding things in here and there as they come along. There are two great points to this:

#1) Not having to worry about these things as it gets closer. No more last minute shopping!
#2) Saves money! Pick up the bargains when they are out there and stash for later!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Good design is for us ALL

Knock Off Wood

As a person with an interior design background, I take note when I see good design. Pottery Barn is one. However, realistically, being a SAHM the price tag is pretty much a shock. I'd love to fill my home from the dining room to my daughter's room with all their lovely and over priced furniture, but it's just not going to happen... or is it?
A few months ago I came across a blog that I had been searching for for months (but had never exsisted). I was IN LOVE from the beginning when I came across it searching yet again for a similar site hoping one would pop up - I couldn't stop checking the site, showing my hubby, dreaming of all the wonderful items I could now have!! This Blog is known as Knock Off Wood. Even more exciting, a woman, a SAHM just like myself, was the one running the show.
In a nut shell, she shows you how to build trademarked furniture of SO MUCH LESS then the big retailers are selling it for.
Here's the bad news- Williams-Sonoma Inc. is cracking down and claiming "copyright infringement." I WANT THIS SITE TO STAY AROUND! She is helping all of us to have good design in our homes without breaking the bank. It's time to support Knock Off Wood!

(even if we can't always afford it)
Read more about this topic on Knock Off Wood's blog HERE

Monday, March 8, 2010

Old Clothes are New Again!

If your kids are anything like my daughter, they grow like weeds! My "little" one isn't so little anymore with her 4th birthday around the corner. She's always been very tall for her age and a step up in size then what her actual age reads. As a result, we end up going through clothes like crazy.
I've come across a lot of great blogs explaining how to take outgrown clothes and make them new and WAREABLE again!
This article is great if you have a new toddler and still are hanging onto those baby clothes at Sew Can Do
Ruffles and Stuff has many great ideas to transform clothes to not only wearable, but CUTE!
Once again my little girl is almost to the point of highwater jeans, but luckily spring is in the air! Many of her jeans and pants are going to be transformed into capri's and skirts.
I have done a few clothing alterations in the past HERE is one. I will post pics after I've gotten to work!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thrifty Shopping Sunday 2/28

2 Cards - 2 Transactions - 1 Wrap Up:
Milk (Not Pictured): $2.69
-This should have rang up $2.49 & generated a $1ecb but did not
4x L'Oreal EverStrong & EverPur: $6.00 each
-4x $2.00 coupon
2x Softsoap Nutri Serum: $4.49 each
-1x $1.00 coupon
2x PowerBar Gel Blasts
Used 1 - $4/$20 coupon
Used $22.98 ecb
Total OOP: $4.33
Earned: $16.00 ecb
Total Saved: $41.62
WALGREENS2 Transactions - 1 Wrap Up:
Schick Intuitions: $8.99
-$4.00 coupon
6x Kleenex: $1.99 each (BOGO sale)
-2x $.50/3 coupons
2x Reach Toothbrushes: $.99 in ad coupon
-2x $1.00 coupons
Paper Plates: $.99 in ad coupon
4x Easter Gift Sacks: 4/$1.00
2x Starbucks Fraps: $1.25 each in ad coupon
-2x $1.00 coupons
2x Nivea Lip Care: $.99 in ad coupon
-BOGO coupon
*cashier gave me $2.99 off with the BOGO coupon from the original price of the nivea making this a $2.00 MM!*
Colgate Toothpaste: $2.99
-$1.00 coupon
2x Purex 3in1: $3.50 each
-BOGO coupon
Used: $16.00 RR
Total OOP: $4.65
Earned: $9.00 RR
Total Saved: $55.32!
Grand Total Savings at CVS & Walgreens Today:

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Thirfty Shopping Sunday 2/21

(2 Transactions/2 Cards)
10x Tuna: $.49 each
-2x $1.00/5 coupons
2x EarRinse: $7.99 each
Used: $16.00 ecb
Total OOP: $1.61
Total ecb's earned: $15.98
Total Savings: $27.50
(2 Transactions)
4x Vick's NyQuil/DayQuil: $5.79 each
2x Puffs Tissues: $1.99 each
-3x $2.00 coupon for Vicks
- 2x coupons for FREE PUFFS when you buy 2 Vick's products
3x Hunt's Totmato Sauce: $.39 (with in ad coupon)
-$1.00/3 Hunts coupon
2x Excedrin: $2.50 each
-$2.00 coupon
-FREE Excedrin coupon
2x Vanilla Pudding: $.25 each (with in ad coupon)
Raisins: $1.00
Used: $10.00 RR
Total OOP: $8.40
Earned: $14.00 RR
Total Saved: $35.04

Monday, February 15, 2010

Thrifty Shopping Sunday 2/14

Transaction #1:
2x Covergirl Clean: $6.00 each
-BOGO coupon
-$1.00 coupon
Aussie Styler: $2.99
-$1.00 coupon
2x Crest Pro Health Rinse: $3.50 each
-2x $2.00 coupons
2x L'Oreal eyeshadows: $4.99 (2nd one: $2.50 w/ 50% off second one sale)
-2x $3.00 coupon
Used: $10.00 ecb
Total OOP: $3.06
Earned: $14.00 ecb
Total Savings: $38.26!
Transaction #2
2x Crest Pro Health Rinse: $3.50 each
-2x $2.00 coupon
Aussie Styler: $2.99
-$1.00 coupon
Used: $4.00 ecb
Total OOP: $1.64
Earned: $9.00 ecb
Total Saved: 14.78!
Total OOP for both transactions: $4.70!
Total saved from both transactions: $53.04

3x Airwick Scented Oil Warmers: $3.99
-3x $4.00 coupons
1x Airwick Compact: $3.99
-$4.00 coupon
1x Sunday Newspaper: $1.50
Total OOP: $2.50
Total Saved: $32.00!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope your Valentine's Day was filled with love and happiness! We had a family holiday at home. I have lots of pictures to share with you! Also I'll be sharing some of the ideas I had for saving money while decorating for Valentine's Day.
This banner I designed on my computer using a digital scrapbooking kit. You can find many free kits by googling. I folded over the top of the triangles and used jute to hang it. A little red raffia in between each letter added an extra special touch.
Close up of the banner

I printed out the "papers" from the same digital scrapbooking kit and cut out hearts. I attached the hearts to kabob skewers and then into a painted pot with foam to keep the heart upright.

I, again, used the same digital scrapbooking kit to make photos to insert into this picture frame. Using digital scrapbook kits is a great and inexpensive way to create and carry out a theme.

This was our Valentine's Day dinner table

The centerpiece was an Eiffel Tower that was already an item from the house. The round circle is an after Christmas clearance find (the other side has snowflakes on it!). The heart and candle holders are all items from around the house

This was our daughter's place setting. I had a couple of those plastic cups from Walgreen fillers - they do come in handy! And also you must notice I'm using Chinet Plates = Less Clean Up!

Here was an adult setting with the wine glass. I dug through my daughter's construction paper for the red and pink "place mats"

I used white heart doilies for the coaster which came from the $1 bins from Target. I couldn't find my white napkins, so I took Tranformer napkins from a previous party and turned them inside out. I wrapped the silverware in red scrapbook paper strips for napkin rings. The hearts on the napkin rings came from a note card that I cut up.

The desert bar!

I got this cupcake tower at Walmart for $5 during Christmas!

The cupcake toppers are from $1 Store Valentine's. I took the stickers from the Valentine's and added them to toothpicks.

Can't forget the Chocolate!

My favorite part! I made angel food cake and cut it into cubes. I got frozen strawberry's in sugar on sale for $1 at the grocery store and had the cool whip on hand. Also had short bread cookies from Walmart - $1.50 for those

This dip chiller had an American flag on the front so I covered the outside with tissue paper I had on hand and it worked great!

I still hadn't used the Welch's sparkling grape juice I'd gotten back during the holidays (I think I got them for $.75 each??) So thought now was a good time to pull them out. My almost 4 year old said it was like soda and was tickled to drink juice with bubbles!

It's hard to see here, but I bought a heart ice cube mold from the $1 Store and filled them with the Welch's sparkling grape juice and added the cubes to the glasses for a special little touch.
Our dinner was crock pot pulled pork (a family favorite), loaded baked potatoes, and peas.
We really enjoyed our Valentine's Day, hope everyone else enjoyed theirs too!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Easy Dinner Idea

I always have ground beef in the freezer. The family gets tired of the same old thing, so I try to make burgers in different ways so it's not just a plain old hamburger. This is our new favorite (for now)!
Mushroom Burgers

1 Medium onion - sliced
1 c. white button mushrooms - sliced
1 lb. ground beef
seasonings you have on hand
hamburger buns
slice of swiss or cheddar cheese

Patty ground beef (I sprinkle seasons over burger, but you can incorporate it into the beef before pattying). Start cooking in skillet.
Add mushrooms and onions to a different skillet with a touch of extra virgin olive oil and saute till the onions start to look transparent.
Once burgers are done, top with cheese, add to bun, and top with mushroom & onion mixture.

Add additonal topping is desired!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Thrify Shopping Sunday 2/7

2x Pencils: $.40 (w/ 5/$1 ad coupon)
1x Activity Pad: $.33 (w/ 3/$1 ad coupon)
Dove for Men: $5.99
-$1.25 coupon
Gillette Fusion Razor: $8.99
-$4.00 coupon
Used: $8.00 RR
Total OOP: $2.47
Earned: $10.00 RR
Total Saved: $16.10


1st Transaction:

5x Nabisco Crackers: $10.00
-5x $1.00 coupons

Gillette Deoderant: $3.99
-$1.00 coupon
-Buy Gillette Deoderant Get Gillette Body Wash FREE

Used: $6.49 ecb
Total OOP: 2.36
Earned: $5.00 ecb

2nd Transaction:

Gillette Deoderant: $3.99
-$1.00 coupon
-Buy Gillette Deoderant Get Gillette Body Wash FREE

4x Nivea Lip Care: $11.96 ($2.99 each)
-2x BOGO Free coupons

Gillette Fusion Razor: $8.99
-$4.00 coupon

Used: 10.98 ecb
Total OOP: $3.18
Earned: $10.00 ecb

Total OOP for Both transactions: $5.54
Total Saved for Both transactions: $61.80

Monday, February 1, 2010

Aldi Shopping

This Sunday I went to Aldi on-a-mission!
Their ads the last month have had the best deals on fruit and veggies!
This week on my list were:
Broccoli Crowns: $.69/pack
Cauliflower: $.59/pack
Baby Carrots: $.39/pack
I got 2 Packages each of Broccoli & Cauliflower chopped it all up and blanched them (not sure if I was suppsed to do that or not!) and bagged them up for freezing. I got 3 bags for freezing out of the 4 packages.
My grocery ad had Broccoli & Cauliflower on sale for $1.79/bag
I got 3 bags for a little over $2.50
I also got 5 bags of baby carrots $.39 per bag
This is the CHEAPEST I've ever seen it!
(I usually buy them when they are $1.00 a bag)
I kept one bag for the fridge and blanched the rest
I got 5 smaller bags from the 4 packages I blanched for the freezer
This was my first experience buying veggies to freeze and it wasn't too bad!
With prices that low, it's worth it to stock up now and save for later

Thrify Shopping Sunday 1/31

Hubby got 2 Dove for Men and I got 1 Dove for Men
Each priced at: $5.49 each
Used: 3x $1.25 coupon
Used: $12 ecb
Total OOP: $1.79
Earned: $16.47


1x Blink Tears: $7.99
-$1.50 coupon
2x Post Shredded Wheat: $1.00 each
-$2.00 coupon
2x Sunday Newspapers: $1.50 each
2x V-Day Tumblers: $.17 each w/ in ad coupon
1x Vitamin Chapstick: $1.99
Scalpicin Wipes: $5.99
-$1.00 coupon
2x Plastic Forks: $.50 each w/ in ad coupon
*Not pictured*
Used: $13.00 RR
Total OOP: $4.93
Earned: $8.00 RR


We also went to K-Mart for the Hershey's Deal

Read about that HERE