Harvest Sunset 3 column

Thursday, May 27, 2010

It's Looking MORE Like OUR House!

I drove by our soon-to-be new house today, I hadn't been in a week or so and had heard the brick and stone were being put on. Here it is!!!

Again, I took a photo with my phone so not the best quality. But you get the picture :)  It's getting more exciting the further along it gets!! I can't wait till it's really OURS!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Happy Birthday Callie!

I can't believe my baby girl is ONE today!! It just doesn't seem possible. It feels like only yesterday that we were bringing her home and getting up at all hours of the night to feed her. Now she is almost walking. She has taken several steps here and there all on her own. It's only a matter of time before she is chasing after big sister Keira!

She has been so much fun, her little personality coming alive every day. I think she is going to be our funny but devious one!! She loves to get into everything and knows how to scream LOUD when she is not getting her way. When Keira takes a toy away from her, she definitely lets her know how she feels. But she also loves to rough-house with daddy on the couch or bed, laughing hysterically and getting right back up again everytime she falls down! It's so fun to watch her changing every day. I just really wish it would slow down a little!

Here are a few more pics I took of her. She did not want this hat on and took it off several times before I could get some good photos!!

Trying to get away

Hat falling off

Today we made a red velvet cake for her and sang her happy birthday. Of course she has no idea it's her birthday, so Keira enjoyed it for her!! Saturday we'll have a small party with mostly family and a few friends. I hope she has a good nap so she can enjoy it! Will post pictures soon!

New House Update- a Roof!

The house is coming along & changing so quickly. It's really started to sink in this will be OUR home. I drove by our old house the other day after taking Keira to preschool. It already didn't seem like our old place, like we were never there. SO strange!!! But I've realized it's the family you are with that makes your house a "home" so no matter where we are, as long as I have my husband and girls, and the dog of course, all is well! We are getting so excited to move in!

We still have a few hurdles to overcome though and need all the prayers we can get. My husband was laid off from his job at the end of April. But thank the Lord he had begun looking a few weeks prior, and he got a new job the same day!! He was laid off via conference call around 3:30pm, then got a phone call from the recruiter he was hired for the new job at 5:30! Crazy how that works out. I know God definitely had a hand in this-my mom volunteers at her church pulling job listings from the web and and putting them together for people out of work. While volunteering one day she came upon this job listing and thought it would be perfect for Kevin since it was in his field of sales. She passed along the information to us and Kevin submitted his resume. A few weeks and 2 interviews later, he was hired! It couldn't not have come at a better time. Obviously it's not the best time to start a new job when applying for a home loan. We wouldn't have had a chance at all had he not already had a job hunt going. Now we are just hoping & praying & waiting to see if everything works out. A new job is not what the loan officers want to see!! He starts the new job this Monday. I know he is anxious to get going!

Ok enough about that, here are a few photos taken last week:

Front view

Side view

Back view

Then Kevin went by a few days ago and the cedar was put in on the front of the house and the brick delivered!

Yea!!! My friend and soon-to-be neighbor a few doors down told me they started bricking the other day. Can't wait to go see it this weekend!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

CVS Week 5/9-5-15:Lots of Free Toiletries! Almost Free Huggies Diapers!

This week was great at CVS!!! Several freebies & moneymakers, although I was missing a few of the coupons due to our move & not getting the paper. Ugh-I hate it when I miss coupons!! But I did pretty good anyway. Here is what I got & the run down:

Excuse my photo quality- I've been using my phone camera since it's so much easier!!

Crest ProHealth Toothpaste $3.50- Get $3.50 ECB (limit 2)
plus if you have the coupon, use $.75/1 from PG 5/2 insert, makes it a $1.50 moneymaker if you use both!!!
U by Kotex tampons $4.99- Get $4.99 ECB (limit 1)
Use $1/1 U by Kotex from SS 4/18, makes it $1 moneymaker!
Right Guard Total Defense Deoderant $2.99- Get $2 ECB (limit 2)
Use $3/2 printable, makes both FREE!
Carefree Liners $1 sale
Use $1/1 Carefree product from SS 4/25, makes it FREE

I bought the above and had the listed coupons except for the Crest ones. My total was $14.96 after coupons
Used $9.98 in ECB's from my previous trip
Total OOP with tax: $5.13

Then I got the ECB as listed above, $4 ECB (2 Right Guard), $4.99 ECB (Kotex), $7 ECB (2 Crest).
$15.99 ECB total to use for next week!

Actually I'm planning to go back this afternoon if I have time for the Huggies Deal!! A new $3/1 coupon was released since my last trip. Here is the deal if you have time today:

Huggies- sale $8.49, Get $2 ECB (limit 1)
Pair this with the HOT $3/1 Huggies coupon available, get your diapers for only $3.49 plux tax!! That is cheaper than most any store brand diapers!! Use up some of your ECB from a previous week and pay almost NOTHING out of pocket! For those of you new at this, here is what the transaction will look like:

(1) Huggies Jumbo pk Diapers $8.49
less $3 coupon
=$5.49 plus tax
Use $4.99 ECB (from buying Kotex earlier)
Total spent: $.50 plus tax
Get back $2 ECB to roll again!

See isn't this fun???

Walgreens Week 5/9-5/15: Free plus Moneymaker!

After a couple weeks break from shopping the deals at Walgreen's & CVS, I was so happy to have the time now to go this past week. Not a huge week for me at Walgreen's, but there were a couple freebies and a moneymaker!! Here are the 2 things I got:

EOS Shave gel- $2.99, Get $3 RR = FREE
Schick Hydro 3 Razor- sale $7.99, Used $5/1 coupon from SS 4/18 insert making it $2.99, then got $5 RR back! This makes it a $2.01 moneymaker! :)

I didn't have any Register Rewards to use from previous weeks so I spent $5.98 plus tax out of pocket, but got $8 RR to use for next week! We will need a few other toiletries, like toilet paper, that I plan to use these on. Going to work on tomorrow's shopping trip this afternoon.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy Belated Mother's Day!

Hope all you mommas had a Happy Mother's Day!!! Mine was great-Kevin brought me Starbucks first thing in the morning along with some breakfast tacos! Mmmm. Then I went to lunch with my favorite people at Cotton Patch Cafe. We stopped on the way out for the girls to ride the horse :)

Then daddy took the girls home for nap & "rest time". Keira, now that she is almost 4, is giving up naps these days. We have tried to convince her to at least have rest time where she reads quietly in her room so mom & dad can get a break now & then!!

While they had naps, I went shopping, alone!!! How rarely that happens with 2 little ones. I got some of my favorite Bath & Body candles that were on sale, window shopped at Ann Taylor Loft and a few other stores. And bought myself a summer dress at Francesca's. It's a long, flowy dress which are usually too long for me being only 5'2 but this one looks to be the perfect length. Hoping it fits b/c I didn't try it on!! Will do that later today :)

Callie is calling-up from her nap!! Hoping to post more pictures later of house updates, Kevin's DIY project and the girls.

Ebates 11% Cash Back Birthday Celebration

In celebration of their 11th birthday (wow didn't know they have been around so long!) Ebates is offering 11% cash back at some of your favorite stores!! Go to Ebates online, sign up & receive $5 in your account after your first purchase. Find the store you want to shop at and click on the link provided. After your purchase is made, within a few weeks Ebates will credit your account with the % cash back. Once your account reaches a certain balance think it's $25?), you will receive a check in the mail.

I use Ebates a lot when shopping online. So far I have heard $62.50 back :) A few I saw were Macy's, Ann Taylor, Old Navy, GAP,White House Black Market & tons more!

Happy Shopping!

12 hour sale: Entertainment Books $12 plus Free Shipping!

For the next 12 hours only Entertainment Books are being offered at just $12 and Free shipping! If you've never used one before, these are great little books full of coupons for meals out, entertainment etc that can save you a lot of money over the year!! Normally $35 full price (I've seen them on sale for $20 here & there) $12 is a great deal, plus no shipping charges!! Go here to find a book for a city near you.

AND if you first sign up and shop through Ebates you will get an additional 25% cash back in your Ebates account. Also if you are new to Ebates you get a $5 bonus for signing up. This would make your out of pocket cost only $4 for the book!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day! Bath & Body Works Candles & Coupon Plus Avon Lipgloss for $1.99!

Happy Mother's Day!! A few deals for MOM or yourself, I plan on taking advantage of these today!

Bath & Body works has a $10 off $30 coupon right now to use in store or online. If you shop online you can also get free shipping off a $25 order using the same code. Print the coupon here or use the online code MAY25. Some of my FAVORITE candles of theirs are on sale, 2 for $20, regularly $19.99 for one. These are made by Slatkin and smell delicious!! A few of the scents are Summer Orchard, Pomegranate Lemonade, Summer Melon, Pineapple Mango & Island Nectar. Love the smells of summer :)  Hurry, ends today!


Another fun deal!  AVON always has really good sales on their makeup and other products. Right now as part of ther Mother's Day Weekend Spree lipgloss is on sale for $1.99!!  Sixteen colors to choose from.  And to make the deal sweeter, spend just $5 on any order and get FREE shipping with the code MOM2010.  Ends Midnight 5/10/10.  Love me some cheap lipgloss!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

House update: What a Difference a Week Makes!

A quick house update- we closed on the sale of our old home on April 29th. Everything went smoothly thank goodness! That afternoon we rode out to check on the new house. The lumber had just been delivered the Saturday before and here it was 5 days later and this is what we saw!

WOW!!!  I am thinking that closing the end of June may actually happen. That is if everything else on our end works out....praying for that.  Will post more about that later! Let's just say it has been a very stressful week. We need all the prayers we can get!!  Hope to have more postiive news and will update more this weekend!!
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