Saturday, February 27, 2010

CVS and Walgreens 2/28

Check out all the Walgreen's
deals here or here.

Be sure to take note of the Kleenex deal.
buy 6 boxes on sale b1g1 ($1.99)
use 2- .50/3 MQ
Spend $5.00 oop
get $3. RR back. (only .33 cents per box after RR)
(RR is a monthly Deal)

I'm hoping to do this deal and then take my RR
to Meijer to use. I'll let you know how it works!

And the CVS Deals
here and here

Only thing to note is the Softsoap Body Wash
$4.99 get $4. ECB (lmt 1)
use the $1./1 MQ from March All You to make it FREE!

Also it looks like milk in my area is
$2.49 get $1. ECB = $1.49 (limit 2)

Sign Up Saturday...

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If you are having a giveaway on your blog, link up below!!
Link directly to your giveaway page. Please make sure it's family friendly!
Also if you've found a good deal or a freebie
link up for that too. That way we don't miss any great deals!!

Have a great Weekend!

Daily Dose

Proverbs Chapter 21

Verse 19

Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.

Verse 21

He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity, and honor.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Sunday's Coupon Inserts...

Only 1 Smartsource insert in
this Sunday's paper.

You can see the preview
here or here!

Weekly Groceries + HONEY!!

Another unimpressive week, I know!!!!

I even did something this week that I haven't done in
close to 2 years... I went to our little local grocery store.
Yikes I about jumped out of my pants at the prices!!!

But it was convenient to only get a few essentials.
Saved time and GAS!!

I spent $22.65
All 4 kids were with me and I caved into buying
donuts and apple juice. Now I know why
they never come with me!!! I used to buy these
donuts all the time and they remembered them so I
thought it would be a nice treat!!
Then I stopped in and bought 1 gallon of locally grown
honey from my SIL's uncle!!
I'm attempting to switch all our sugar usage to honey.
I'm so curious how long 1 gallon will last...
More on our honey adventures later!!

btw--The honey is not really as dark as it looks in the picture.

February's almost over so here are our totals...
Higher than I hoped but with the honey, I'm happy
with that total. It's still low and I saved almost $100. off
my normal monthly budget!

Yearly totals
January -- $121.22
February -- $145.74
Total $266.96 for 2 months

I'm making a little head way on my freezer, but I still
have a ways to go. So I'm continuing into March.

Daily Dose

Proverbs Chapter 20

Verse 27

The lamp of the Lord searches the spirit of a man; it searches out his inmost being.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New Rule...Lofty Goals!!

I made a new rule today at our house....

Everyone must be
dressed by 9:00 AM

I know we have such lofty goals!!

Halee caught at 9:20 running into
her room to get dressed...

Anyone else have such lofty
goals at their house???

Rubbermaid Organizer WINNER....

I'm a little behind and
I owe you a winner!!

The winner of the Rubbermaid Giveaway is
"Miss" Anita!!
She won with her daily tweet!

Here are your random numbers:


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I have sent you an email, please email me if you didn't get it.
Thanks to all who entered and be sure to enter
my Castle Bath Giveaway, it ends tonight.

15 Ways to Keep Preschoolers Busy...

Reader Question--

What do you do with
toddlers/preschoolers all day?

(besides TV!!!)

Here is a few of my favorites!

1. BOOKS -- I know nothing new, but a big basket
of books goes a long way. Even if you're not there to
read them all the time, they sure do like looking at them!
2. Puzzles -- I had 2 kids that loved them and 2 that could
care less. My 4th will sit and do them for a long time!

3. Tupperware -- I know an odd one. Give a child tons
of bowls, butter tubs, lids and they'll love it. Add something
they can put in take out like matchbox cars or legos and you
have a fun and easy activity! If you're real brave and don't have
a headache, add a wooden spoon or two!

4. Paper, Cut Up Tissue Paper, and Glue-- Take
different colored tissue paper and cut it into shapes.
Set the pile beside them, give them a glue stick,
and watch them make a creation.
(they'll be so proud!)

5. Coloring -- Seems a no brainer! I loved the
Color Wonder marker sets. My son has graduated to washable
markers, although some days I wish I still had the color wonders.

6. Legos -- Again nothing new but they are something my kids
spend hours doing. When they're real young use the big blocks!
They just don't seem to out grow Legos!

7. Widgets -- This is something kids can start building with at
a very young age. They're easy to build with. It is also something
challenging for bigger kids when they try to match the cards!
(unfortunately not cheap but worth the money, IMO!!)

8. Play doh -- Some hate the clean up and I'm usually one
that cringes too (typically an outside only activity around here!).
But I've allowed my 3 yr. old to play several times inside this winter
and the clean up is actually very easy and doable.
(Just make sure it's NOT on carpet!)
If you worry about your little one eating it, try
this edible play doh recipe!

9. Pictures -- My toddlers always LOVED this. I had a basket
of misc. pictures that was theirs to look at. They were totally
extra so I didn't mind if they got a little bent or even ruined.
They love to look at themselves, mommy, daddy, aunts, uncles!
You get the idea!! Cost for 30-50 prints would be very cheap

10. Magnets on fridge -- Just make sure they don't put them in
their mouth. Magnets come in all shapes, sizes, and themes.

11. Foam shapes -- Make sure your little one is past the
stage of putting things in their mouth. Otherwise this is
very dangerous! Simply let them string the shapes.
I let them do this over and over. You can also
tie it for a wonderful necklace!!!
You can usually find a big tub of these in the craft section.

12. Games -- Some games are fun for younger children to play
by themselves. My son loves Blokus. He doesn't play the
right way, but loves putting all the shapes on the board.

13. Forts-- Build your little one an indoor fort and let them play, look
at their books, or color in it! It's easy to make this with a
table and a sheet!

14. Stickers -- Again assuming they won't put them in
their mouth. This can be costly if they go through them
like my son. It does however keep them very occupied!

15. Check out Rainbow Resource here for 3 pages
of games/activities you can buy to keep your
little one occupied in a fun educational way!

I'd love to hear your favorite
activities for toddler's/preschooler's
Leave us a comment!

Daily Dose

Proverbs Chapter 19

Verse 20

Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bob Evans Printable Coupons

Go here to print
4 Bob Evans Coupons!

Thanks, Melissa!

In His Word Wednesday -- JOY

Fruits of the Spirit -- JOY

Proverbs 15:30
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart,
and good news gives health to the bones.

Acts 14:17
Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their season; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy."

Romans 14:17
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 2:2
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

No matter what life throws at us, we
can find joy in our Heavenly Father!
What has God been teaching you lately.
Do you have a prayer request?
Do you have a Bible verse that has stuck out to you?
You can just leave your link, words, or prayer request here as a comment. We'd love to know how to pray for you. If you don't want to elaborate just let us know you have an unspoken prayer request. We can still pray for you because God already knows!!

Daily Dose

Proverbs Chapter 18

Verse 1

A fool finds no pleasure in understanding but delights in airing his own opinions.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

2 Recipes to use Zucchini

I have tons of Zucchini from last summer still in my freezer.
Anyone else in this boat??

I shredded it with hopes to make zucchini bread.
I've done that a lot but Halee and I are the
only ones who enjoy it.

So I decided to find a few other recipes I could hide
zucchini in that everyone would enjoy!

Here's two that I found. (more to come)!

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
original recipe here

3 eggs
2 cups white sugar
1 cup veg. oil (or 1/2 oil and 1/2 applesauce)
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350*. Lightly grease or line two 12 cup muffin pans.
In large bowl beat eggs. Beat in sugar and oil. Add cocoa,
vanilla, and zucchini. Stir well.
Stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
Mix until just moist.

Pour batter into prepared muffin pans, filling 2/3 full.
Bake at 350* for 20-25 minutes.
Makes aprox. 24 muffins.

I like to keep a few out and freeze the rest!
Halee eats these for breakfast ALOT!!

Chocolate Zucchini Cookies

original recipe here

1/2 cup butter (shortening)
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups zucchini

Preheat oven to 350*
In bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar
until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. gradually stir into
the creamed mixture. Fold in the grated zucchini.

Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes on baking sheet before
removing to a wire rack.

I loved both of these recipes, especially the cookies!!
You couldn't tell at all that there was zucchini in the muffins,
but you could see it occasionally in the cookies.
This meant that hubby would eat the muffins but not the
cookies. My kids couldn't tell since they just wolf everything
down anyway!!! I'm assuming you could see it in the cookies because
are only baked for 8 minutes and the muffins bake for 20 minutes.

Let me know if you can think of another reason,
I'd love to not be able to see it in cookies too!

If you have an awesome zucchini recipe, leave it
or the link in the comments! I'd love to try it out!

Daily Dose

Proverbs Chapter 17

Verse 22

A Cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

February is almost over... It flew by!! Which is good
since I'm itching for spring! The garden planning has
begun around our house!

We're still working on our freezer and pantry and
it looks like I'm going to continue it another month.
I'm thinking I'm going to make my budget for March
around $120. since that's what I spent in Jan. and what
it will be for Feb. too! That shaves $100. off my "normal"
grocery budget of $220. per month.

Here's our Meals for this week.

Monday -- beef enchiladas, applesauce, green beans

Tuesday -- Grilled Chicken, Twice baked potatoes, applesauce, corn

Wednesday -- BLT's with cheese and crackers

Thursday -- Spaghetti, cheesy bread (this bread has become a regular pasta side
at our house!), applesauce

Friday -- Dinner with family

Saturday -- Homemade Pizza (last week we got Pizza Hut with Book-its)

Sunday -- Meatballs with potatoes, and carrots (didn't have last week because
we went to my Mom's for Sunday Dinner!!)

I might not be around much today, we might venture up to Michigan and
look into getting a beehive! I'd love to switch from sugar to all honey. Having
our own bees would be a cheap way of doing that!! My Sil and Brother have been
so helpful - they're getting beehives too!! You can see a little about their beginning
bee journey here. I can't wait for honey!!

Anyone else a beekeeper for honey??

Daily Dose

Proverbs Chapter 16

Verse 3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Menards 2-21

Menards only has 1 freebie but there
are lots of other good deals!

This ad is good now through Feb. 28

23x42" Mini Blinds -- FREE after $2.00 Rebate -- limit 3

Other Deals --
Thermal Socks (2pk) -- .99 cents after $1.00 Rebate -- limit 4

Hand and Body Lotion -- $1.99 after $2.00 Rebate -- limit 4

Jig-A-Loo Lubricant -- .99 cents after $1.00 Rebate -- limit 4

9 LED Flashlight -- .49 cents after $2.00 Rebate -- limit 2

Soy Blend Candles -- $2.99 after $2.00 Rebate -- limit 10

Duct Tape -- .77 cents after $2.00 Rebate -- limit 3

Quaker State Oil -- $1.99 after $1.00 Rebate -- limit 12

Step Stool -- .98 cents after $3.00 Rebate -- limit 2

Kudos (30 pk) -- $3.99 after $2.00 Rebate -- limit 3

When you purchase the freebies, you must purchase an additional $10. of non-rebated items per transaction to qualify for the rebate. You can get as many freebies as you want per transaction with only one $10. additional purchase. ((**You can get a $10. Gift card if you don't need anything right now!**)) Your rebate will come in the form of a Merchandise Check. Which means you must spend it at Menards, (I just use mine for more freebies!)
It's been reported that you do not have to spend the $10. and you will still get your rebate. Since the ad says you're supposed to I still think we should as to not take advantage of the program. You can use your own judgement! Thanks for letting us know!
You do not need to purchase any additional $$ if you are only getting the rebated items that are not free.
To learn all about Menards and how to send in
their rebates go here!

Just leave a comment if you have a question
or see another good deal!

Meijer 2-21

Check out Macomb Money Savers here
for the Meijer Matchups this week!


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