Monday, January 31, 2011

House Hunting

I thought I would LOVE house hunting!
Boy was I wrong!

House Hunters - the TV show - had me believing I would enjoy myself. They didn't prepare me for all the driving around and writing addresses down followed by looking them up online to find out they weren't in my price range I would be doing all weekend.

However, the silver lining is that I KNOW I will find the house for me. It's just a matter of when and where. Fingers crossed it is sooner than later!

I did get some re-assuring news today.
I had went through a bank for pre-approval and was disappointed by what they offered me. I went though a loan agent and got such better information. So glad I called him! Made me feel a lot better about everything. The reason I am telling you this is so you know what I have learned. You should go through an actual mortgage company since they seem more educated on the matter.
I know in my heart the hard part will be finding the right place followed by making the actual purchase of the the home. Updating will be tough and annoying, but manageable. I think I will be more willing to do it since it will be mine. I am excited to decorate my painted walls with 'stuff' printed from my Circuit.
But let me not get ahead of myself.... I need to find the place first.
I will keep driving around, writing addresses and then looking them up when I get home.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Right Around $10

2 Mega Deals in 1!
I spent $11.51 on all of the above.
I saved 82% after the sale and coupons.
Not bad at all if I say so myself.

I am listing all prices after the $5 off.

4 Reach Flossers
$1.00 each
- $1.00 off coupon

2 Reach Toothbrushes
$1.00 each
-$1.00 off coupon

2 Kraft sliced cheeses
$1.79 each
- $1.00 off coupon

2 Progresso Soups
$1.00 each
- $1.00 off 2
= $0.50 each

2 Purina Beggin Strips
$2.50 each
-$1.00 off
Wyatt LOVES these!!!

2 Purina Busy Bones
$2.50 each
- Free coupon when you buy Beggin Strips
=$1.00 overage since cashier took off $2.99 each
I want to try and cut these apart so Wyatt can eat them.

6 boxes of tissues
$1.65 each
-$0.50 off 3
=$1.32 each (got back $1.50 coupon for next visit)
This was not as good of a deal as I thought it would be. Wont be buying more.

4 candy bars (not part of deal)
$0.50 each
-B1G1 free coupon
=$0.25 each
I was hoping the coupon would double making them both free

I love saving money!

Tonight only you can get a FREE Redbox rental per creditcard by using the code MOVIENIGHT. I decided  to rent two movies - A Dog Year and Going the Distance. Hope they are both good. Last night I watched Hachiko: A Dog's Tale which was a GREAT movie! I totally recommend this movie. I wont lie to you - I did cry. It is based on a true story - such a sweet story.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Reach For The REACH

I assume you know all about Kroger's Mega Deals going on right now...
If not, you need to go there website and check it out. 
(Don't tell me if you didn't know anything about it because I will be forced to start wondering if you live under a rock! He he he!)
The Mega Deal is you will receive $5.00 off when you purchase 10 participating items in a single transaction. Or you can look at it as $0.50 off each item when you buy 10. This is an awesome sale especially when you match coupons to the sale.

I am hoping you have some $0.50 or $1 off coupons on REACH floss and/or toothbrushes. Because if you do have any of these coupons, you will get them free.
$2.22 regular price
$1.49 on sale
-$.0.50 when you buy 10 items
=$0.99 each
- $1.00 or $0.50 (doubled) off coupon
My favorite price!

Matt, I bought firm toothbrushes for you..... I know how much you like them!

I might have to go get me some more floss since I still have more coupons. And just so you know, my store was fully stocked on these so yours might be as well. I was hoping they would have the waxed floss on sale making it free but that didn't happen. Oh well.

Moving on to my random 'whatevers' I feel like writing about...

Did you see the snow in the picture?
Yep... you guessed it - it snowed AGAIN!
I am so sick of snow!
When is Spring?
It seems so far away....
I cannot wait until the grass is green, the sky is blue, and the sun is shinning brightly.
I had to drive in it AGAIN today since work did not have a delay. Not only was the interstate barely plowed and salted, I saw an overturned vehicle. I sure hope the people inside the vehicle are okay. I said a quick prayer for them as I prayed to God I would make it into work safely. I did.
How on Earth do some of you tolerate living in a place where it snows all the time? I miss the days when school was cancelled due to just a little snow and you could sleep in and play.
Kids don't realize how good they have it! :)

Do you watch the show House Hunters on HGTV?
It is one of my favorite shows.
I enjoy looking at 3 homes and seeing which one they will choose. I like to pick out the one I would pick and which one I think they will pick and see if I am right.
Sometimes when I walk Wyatt - especially at night - and people have their blinds open, I like to see how other people decorate there homes.
No, I do not walk up to the window's and press my face to the glass.
LOL... not my style. I just look as I walk by. It is fun to see how people decorate regardless, but since I live in an apartment complex and we all have the same layout, I like to see how it can look when decorated differently.

In the 4th grade I had THE best teacher!
While at my parent's house my mom pulled out the plate I made.
I couldn't resist - I had to take a picture of it.
I haven't seen this plate in YEARS!
I wonder if any of my classmates still have there plate.
I can actually still remember coloring the circle shaped piece of paper that was later adhered to the plate.
I remember thinking I had to fully color the whole thing - no white spaces on my plate!

Well, by the words of Bugs Bunny - That's all folks!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It's Your Birthday!

Happy Birthday little brother!

Celebrate good times - oh ya!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Flavored Sealed

Matt and I went to Kroger last night for ice cream and we ended up spotting 1 pound packages of lean ground turkey on manager's special for $0.99 each. We bought 6 packages. We knew it was a good deal, but I didn't think I would have enough room in the freezer and I didn't fully believe Matt when he said it was such a good deal which is why we didn't buy more.
(Sorry Matt! - Please forgive me!)
After talking to my mom this morning we went back to Kroger to see if they had anymore. They had a bunch left! We ended up buying 8 more packages. I truly didn't think they would have any left since they were priced to sell. I assume my local Kroger either over bought or these were not big sellers.

I love getting a good deal on meat!
Not usually so easy to find unfortunately.
Not for me at least.
I read on blogs how some people get SUCH good bargains!
Now I can say I got an awesome deal!
Now that they are flavored sealed they fit more easily in my freezer.

Have You Met Jake?

Whether you noticed it or not, I have been computer-less all week.
What a week, ha ha ha! (I missed my computer!)
My mom needed to borrow my computer since her MAC was unable to do what my PC could do. LOL! Guess MAC isn't so great after all, huh? Thank goodness I have an iPOD (MAC - I know) and was able to get online by that means. Of course, I do sit in front of a computer all day and could have gained access there if I was absolutely desperate. However, I am not the type of person to do my own personal 'work' on company time. That's not really fair to the people who pay my paycheck. Don't get me wrong, I will check my email every now and again, but I do not sit on there.
I could go on and on about this since it is one of my pet peeves... let's move on though.

I guess I should update you on my week even though I didn't do very much.
Certain people - I wont name any names - demand blog postings.
No joke!

Last weekend I had gone home for the 3 day weekend. Not only did I make a pretty wreath, but Matt and I hung out at his house and watched 2 duds - 'Easy A' and 'The Town'. Both were decent -  I would not recommend renting them. Last night we rented 'Takers' and 'Despicable Me' which were both good; I do recommend these ones. The Minions were so darn cute! I want to take them and hug and squeeze them like Elmyra from Tiny Tunes (remember her??). 
We also played with his wild and crazy dog - Jake.

See Jake walk...
See Jake sit pretty...
 See Jake lay and lick his nose...
 See Jake Smile...
 See Jake pose...
 See Jake drink from the hose...
 See Jake play...
 And play (he loves this ball)...
 See Jake... have a picnic???
Such a good dog!

This week was spent working. Also had a lot of training classes. 
I did become white belt certified in Lean Six Sigma!
Very excited about this!
Ever hear of it?
I hope to start studying for my green belt. Which means I will also need to get involved in a project to become certified. I definitely need to start looking into this ASAP.

I did have my crochet class on Tuesday night where I learned the double and triple 'stitch'. I don't like the triple, the double looks good though. I will practice by making a few dish clothes. (Hint, hint, hint)

Look what I made Thursday night while it snowed and snowed:
I do see one spot where I need to add another ball. I will fill it in when I make my final Christmas ball wreath one day next week. The next one will be red, white, and blue - very patriotic for all of those holidays!
Looks very similar to my silver and purple ball wreath - a little smaller in size though. I think this one will look great along side all my Christmas decorations next year.
The actual wreath beneath the balls originally had a string of lights through it that I had to cut out since the balls would not lay nicely on top of it. That was a pain in the you know what! The lights were even wrapped around some of the branches! Make sure you buy a wreath with no lights if you make this. (Take my word on this one.)

Well, that is really all I have been up to this past week. Matt is here and we plan on having a very nice lazy weekend. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Purple & Silver = Beautiful!

Marvelous don't you think?
 If you read my post from HERE then you already know I bought TONS and TONS of plastic ball ornaments from Target after Christmas of 2009 (as in 2 years ago) with the intention of making a few wreaths before this past Christmas.
It never happened.
So here we are about 20 days after Christmas and I have just now got one wreath done.
2 more to go! 
Hopefully I get the other 2 done by the end of the month. 

This one is for my bedroom.
I have white and light purple bed linens so this will stand out nicely in there.
In case it's not obvious, purple is my favorite color.
He he he!
I'll have to remember to post a picture of the wreath once it is in its final spot either above my bed or on the wall that you can see from the hallway - not sure yet .

Do you want to make one of these?
Or maybe you are just curious how I made mine?

To make this beautiful work of art you must start with a lot of balls.
You could use any size of balls and any different amount of sizes, but I used about (If I had to guess) 120 balls... maybe...
I should have counted.
Use any color of balls you like. As you already know I chose purple and silver in a mixture of different shades and textures.
I only used 2 sizes.
Make sure you have some sort of circle shaped item use. I used a Christmas wreath bought from Hobby Lobby 2 years ago.

Here are all my big balls broken down into colors. I only started with 24 big purple balls which I feared would not be enough. Thankfully my little balls helped add more purple.
(See the boys looking in on us?) 

My mom and I both worked on this together.
We both had our own glue gun.
We used about 3 glue sticks total between the 2 of us.
It took about an hour and a half from start to finish to make this wreath.

Onto the instructions:
You literally just stick balls anywhere on your wreath.
Easy enough, right? 
My mom advised me to start in groups of three. Which basically means I took one color ball and placed 3 of them in different parts of the wreath at a time.
We didn't want this to look perfect so we spread out the balls and tried to not make the same pattern in all 3 spots.
Make sure you hold the glued ball down for a few seconds so it adheres to what you are sticking it to.
 Kept adding more balls.
Since my mom had made one of these a few years ago she knew we should periodically hang it up to see how we liked it. Each time we hung it on the wall we looked at it from a few different views to see which side needed more work.
 As you can see we started with only the larger balls.
The small balls did not go on the wreath until it looked good and full.
(I had a hard time imagining the finished project at first.)

Once we had all the bigger balls in place we added the smaller balls.
At one point while we had it on the wall we glued a few directly onto the wreath.
You could glue all the balls directly onto the wreath while it is on the wall - we just felt it was easier to do it while it was on the table. 
I had fun gluing them all on.
I was deeply concentrating and still managed to smile. (That tells you something.)
I was a bit nervous I would mess up when I first started, but as you can see, you can't mess this up. If one side doesn't look good, keep adding more balls until it does look good.

 See my mom's red wreath behind me?
We brought it into the kitchen for inspiration.

I'm sure it is hard to tell the size of this wreath so we measured it for you.
Click on each picture if you would like a better view.
This massive wreath measures in at about 2 feet wide and 2 feet long.

Tomorrow once we dig it out, we will shove pieces of silver garland into the places where there are gaps. This will help fill out the wreath even more. I'll add that picture to this post once we are done.

Overall, this was fun!
I did manage to burn my finger on hot glue once and my mom was even worse - she burned her finger twice!
Be careful with your glue gun.      

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Picturefied (I don't think that's a word)

Did you score the free 10 photo prints from Target last week?
I did - 4 times in fact!
In the Target ad last week there was a coupon for 10 free prints. Good thing I usually buy 4 newspapers!

Matt and I both purchased 10 pictures (for free) at 2 different stores last weekend.
With those pictures I have finally filled up all the pictures frames I have around my home.
I even hung them all on the walls!
All by myself if you can believe it!
Granted, they may all be crooked - but at least they are all up.
That's the important part - they are all hung up.
None have fallen down.
Not one.

The simple fact that my picture frames are all filled and hung up has made me very excited. 3 of the frames I have had for several years and not once have they been filled with pictures. Such a sad thought, right? I took a step in the right direction. Now I want more picture frames.
When I do finally find a house to buy, I want pictures ALL over the house! I love seeing all the different places and experiences we have all shared over the years.
Now I feel like I have been missing out all these years by not having done this sooner.

Matt Wyatt bought me this frame for Christmas.
Isn't Wyatt styling and profiling???
He was chilling...
In his sunglasses and football jersey.
He he he!

Mom and I plan on doing a project tomorrow.
I had bought all these silver and purple Christmas balls last year for 75% off with intentions of making an ornament wreath for my room. Obviously it never happened.
I'm all prepared for this weekend though.
It will look so nice in my room.... Can't wait to see the finished product.  My mom had made one of these a few years back and it had turned out great! I have also seen a ton of these in blogland. Of course, most people make these for Christmas. I will too, but for now I want one I can enjoy all year long.

P.S. I was able to return all 38 stocking I had bought. The lady seemed a little shocked that I wanted to return all of them, but she didn't seem to mind doing the actual return which I was thankful for. I was a little nervous about returning them due to my own possible chance at being embarresed. I was delighted it worked out so well. So if the cashier who did my return is reading this - Thank you!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Valentine's Tree of Love

My favorite holiday to decorate has always been Christmas. And I imagine it is most people's favorite time of the year to decorate as well. I love all the lights and garland...
(Oops.. I can easily get off task when thinking about Christmas... and Christmas decorations...)

Over the years I have learned to decorate for each holiday and/or season. To me, it is fun to change it all out and see the new decorations. When you only use them for such a short amount of time during the year you begin to look forward to them year after year.
Plus, I am good at remembering when, where, and how good of a deal I got on each item. I enjoying sharing this information - I suppose you could call it bragging. I choose to call it sharing.

Ever since I started reading blogs I became fascinated with decorating and crafting.
So many people out there are so skilled at what they do.
And I'm a big enough person to admit I am jealous of them.
I can never think of anything on my own. I have to see the idea. Then I buy the 'ingredents' needed with good intentions to make the craft/decoration. Most of the time, I never make the project. The items just sit there until the following year when I see the same idea again and then maybe I'll accomplish the task.
(Just as I plan on doing this weekend.)

Decorations tend to be easier for me. Just give me a place to store them and I am good to go. Speaking of storage for decorations...
Right now I store all my decorations in big tupperware boxes. I saw a wonderful storage idea I plan on putting into use once I own a home and can do it properly. I'm very excited about this idea - I think it will keep me more organized. I'll keep you in suspense for now that way I don't ruin my future (as in this spring or summer) post.

So back to my Valentine's Tree of LOVE....
So when I first started reading blogs it was near Valentine's Day and I kept seeing posts about Valentine's decorations and it was amazing to see how many people decorated trees. All sorts of trees - some very elaborate. (Wish I had saved the pictures to show you.)
Ever since then I have wanted one of my own. 
I have seen some cool trees at Hobby Lobby but have always been to frugal to buy one. 
For the past 3 years I have been telling myself I will buy a pink tree after Christmas when they go 75% off. Of course there have never been any left at that point. I broke down this year and decided to buy it from Wal-Mart for 50% off making it $10.
I know, what a shock, right?
I couldn't help myself.
I wanted it so bad!
I had to have it!

Luckily I had bought heart ornaments last year and I already had red bead garland and one large heart ornament that I am using as my topper so the only cost associated with this tree was the tree itself since I don't count what I spent previously.
I don't have a table to put it on so I had to improvise by 'wrapping' a box with 4 red napkins I bought a few years ago.
How do you like it???

I am in L O V E with it!

 Do you see the hearts on the wall above the tree?
I bought those for 75% off after Christmas this year. I knew they would be perfect - especially at $0.25 each.

I have also done a few other minor decorations such as:
This area is still a work in progress.
Believe it or not, I do have a few ideas.
 See the pot and hearts on sticks?
 I have a Valentine's craft all ready for these.
 Aren't the doggies cute?
Bought these from Kohl's either last year or the year before.
I'm tempted to leave them out all year.

I end with a picture of my crazy dog.
Matt took this picture over the weekend.
I am sitting in my rocking chair while surfing the web and this is how my adorable dog chooses to sleep.
He leads such a rough life can't you tell?

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Cheap; I Mean REALLY Cheap

Can you say '90% off' ???
I had read online that Target had all there Christmas clearance for 90% off... this was on Tuesday or Wednesday but I just couldn't bring myself to go shopping. I kept reading about everyone's good deals... made me a bit jealous if you want me to be completely honest.
Now that the weekend is here and I have my shopping buddy (Matt) here I finally went to Target today. Imagine my surprise when I see items still left on the shelf! Usually they remove the Christmas items a day or two after they have been marked 90% off.
I didn't really need anything and I am trying to save money - I just couldn't help myself. I have a hard time passing up a good deal.

I had read on a blog or a blog comment (wish I remembered where so I can thank the person for writing about it) how someone had bought Christmas stocking for really cheap and with each stocking a coupon was included for 20 free picture prints. (That was one of the deals I was jealous of.)
In the end, I bought 38 at $0.49 each - 6 are for my mom. So counting my mom's 6, I spent $18.62 before tax for 760 pictures!

Read a blog a few minutes ago who wrote about the stocking - this is why you should always read the fine print which I didn't do. It is actually get 20 free prints when you buy 20. I will be returning most of these.
I thought about buying some more, but I decided not to put anymore in my cart. So those of you that live near me will be glad to know there are a lot more on the shelves - so be on the lookout!
The stocking are ugly.
And I mean UGLY with a capital U G L Y!
I might keep a few and try to sew something on top of the words (on the plain red ones) for gifts, but the others I would like to see if I can donate them to my local humane society. Maybe they can give them out for free to people who buy a new dog or cat around Christmas time.

We also went to Wal-Mart where I bought a few more Christmas items (all $0.25 each) and got my free after coupons hot chocolates and floss.
Also went to Walgreens to buy some cheap Splenda - On sale for $2.99, go to and print 2 separate coupons for $2 off manufactures coupons to make these $0.99 each. (Valid on the 80 count fiber packets and 3.8 ounces of granulated sugar.)

Since I never showed you what I bought at Target when it went 75% off - please enjoy.
I love shopping!
Had tons of fun today!
Wish Saturday wasn't almost over....