Small Walgreens Trip  

Posted by: Julie

I was in a MAJOR need of diapers today and thanks to
Thrifty Florida Mama I got a really good deal.

Walgreens put out a $10 off $30 purchase coupon that was only good for March 30,2008. I printed that and grabbed my Huggies Q's and headed to the store. I bought:

3 pks of Huggies Supreme Diapers for $9.49 each
1 Children's Motrin $5.99 cause "D" has a fever again

Total Before Coupons: $34.46

Used: $10 off $30 Walgreens Q
$1.50 Huggies Q
$1.50 Huggies Q
$1.00 Huggies Q

Total OOP (before tax) $20.46

Thrifty Florida Mama also posted a link to a Huggies Rebate that will bring back $5.00. Once that money is refunded, I will have spent $15.46 (+ tax) for all the above!

I hear that next week brings Pampers deals at CVS. I hope to stock up a few more then so I don't run out and have to pay (GASP) full price for diapers! LOL!

Love saving money? Check out Super Saturday Savings at Money Saving Mom

Also, stop by Sisterly Savings for Super Saving Stories
to see all the great deals and enter the super saving contest!

Still want more deals? Gotta visit The "Cent"sible Sawyer for Drugstore Divas


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Our K-4 Graduate!

Congratulations, Q-Money!
Daddy and I are so proud of you.
This is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning for you.
May you always do your best and be proud of who you are.
We love you!

Busy, Busy  

Posted by: Julie

It's that time of year. Everything is winding up and it's keeping us busy.
Sunday was "D's" 2nd birthday party. We had the family over for hamburgers, cake and ice cream.
Monday was Memorial Day and was very relaxing. We joined my mom and dad for dinner.
Tuesday was spent at home.
Wednesday (today) I did grocery shopping and then after school my son "A" had an audition for a drama program at our Fine Arts School. We'll know in 3 weeks if he will be accepted.
Thursday "K" graduates from SHARE Head Start.
Friday "J" has awards day at school
That leaves very little time for bargain hunting or blogging. We are counting down the days until summer vacation...June 4th!


Memorial Day 2008  

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"D's" Birthday Party  

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Veggie Tales Cake
(made with love by me!)

Giving Bob and Larry a kiss

"I love my gift!"

Party day with all the kids!

Happy Birthday "D" ~ 2 years old today~  

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May 22, 2006
9:53 AM
7 lbs 6 oz

Mama and baby...happy to be together
(baby's face is blue because he bruised it by being born so fast!)

Daddy and son
We sure do love you, Bubba!
You were a very welcome surprise to our family and we are so grateful that God blessed us with you! You are sweet, loving and funny. You are smart and clever. You are a mischief maker and a temper tantrum thrower. You are one of the four greatest things that ever happened to us.
Happy Birthday, "D".

Wordless Wednesday  

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"K" was cold so she had on 1 pair of long sleeve, long pant pj's ;1 pair of short sleeve, short pant pj's ; and a bath robe. She piled the pillows on the floor in front of the air vent so she would be warm. Notice the red, sweaty face? LOL!

Love Wordless Wednesday? Click HERE for more!

Sisterly Savings hosting Super Savings Stories  

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Jennifer at Sisterly Savings is hosting
Super Saving Stories each week

Here are all the details from Jennifer's site:

"Each Tuesday (I chose Tuesdays so that we can all get a bit of ispiration in the beginning of the week to help us get through the week!)we will put up the Mr Linky for you to post your savings story. It can be on anything not just the Groceries or on "CVS Deals". It doesn't have to be the same week as well, I understand that its only Tuesday!

Did you save money on your electric bill last month? Tell us how and how much, we are here to inspire others with creatives means of saving any way we can.Did you get a great deal online? Share your story with everyone here!

This is a 2 part feature as well. After everyone has posted their awesome stories, at the end of the week, we will pick a person who has done some "Super Savings" and award them with a Blog Award to prominently display on your blog (currently under construction) as well send a small gift such as an envelope of coupons, a book, etc. I think everyone should be rewarded for their hard work and great savings!

How to enter each week:
Just post about your Super Saving Story on your blog and be sure to grab our header for your post. (if you need help on how to get the banner, email me and I'll help!)

Link back to us in your post. Come back here and put your link in Mr Linky. The links will be closed on Saturday @ 8 pm EST so you will have plenty of time to get your deals!

Sit back and watch for the Savings Stories of others to get inspired!

On Sundays, we will pick a winner who has the best and or creative story for the Bloggy Award and send their gift that week!

We will also put their story up on SisterlySavings on Mondays for everyone to check out!"

Thanks, Jennifer! This is going to be lots of fun! I can't wait to be inspired by all the savings!

Tackle It Tuesday  

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I am working in my kitchen this week and for this Tackle It Tuesday I decided to work on one of my cabinets. This is the one that holds my baking supplies and it has just gotten W-A-Y out of hand. Here's the "Before" picture:

What do we have here? Mommy's little helper!

We're making progress...

All done!

I love seeing what everyone is doing on Tackle It Tuesday
Why don't you visit, too and then tell us what you tackled today?

Monday Musings  

Posted by: Julie

How are you this beautiful spring day? The sun is shinning, the breeze is blowing and the birds are singing, can it get any better?

The above picture is the view from my front door. It was just so pretty outside I wanted to capture it. One day I plan to fill that corner with azaleas and hosta and other shade loving flowers. One thing at a time, though :-)

Today I've been a bit busy. I got the kids up and off to school and made the beds and cleaned the kitchen. I opened windows and turned on fans. Ahhh...the breeze is so sweet and cool!

I've got laundry washing and drying right now. I've decided I need a clothes line and that is the next "project" I want to work on.

I also started de-cluttering my kitchen. I cleaned out 2 cabinets yesterday and today I cleaned out the silverware drawer and the drawer that holds my cooking utensils. Boy, did those drawers need it. Maybe later I'll clean out another cabinet or some more drawers.


Do you know about They sponsor parties to promote different items. You sign up to be a host and they send you items pertaining to the party. I've been chosen to be a host for a SC Johnson's party! The picture below is what they sent me in the party package!

  • 1 Pledge® Multi-Surface Duster
  • 15 duster refills
  • 1 Eco-friendly multi-use tote
  • 1 Kitchen Timer (not pictured)
  • 1 Refrigerator magnet (not pictured)
  • 15 “Fresh and Inviting” Booklets with household tips, recipes and coupons
  • 15 Grocery pads
  • 15 Glade® fragrance samplers
  • 30 Party napkins
Isn't that cool? I'm going to share with my family when they come up for my son's birthday party on Sunday. Maybe I can talk them into trying out the duster and doing a little spring cleaning at my house while they are here?

Well, the laundry calls, so I must go.

I hope you all have a blessed day!

Frugal Friday Question?  

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For this "Frugal Friday" I have a question for you????

Is it more cost effective to use an dishwasher or to hand wash and dry your dishes?
Do you know? Do you have an opinion? I'd love to know what you think :-)

Share your "Frugal Friday" ideas at Biblical Womanhood!

My Harris Teeter Trip  

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Here is my Super Savings Story!
For more, or to tell your own, visit
Sisterly Savings ~ Super Saving Stories

This is what I bought on Thursday!

Transaction #1:

1- Mahatma Rice (1.29) - .35 q = 0.24
1- Nesquick Chocolate Syrup (1.79) - .50 q = 0.29
2- Special K bars (2.99 each) on sale for $1.50 each - 0.50 Q = FREE
2- Kikkoman Soy Sauce (2.19 each) on sale for $1.50 each - 0.55 Q = 0.15 overage
2- Luzianne Tea (1.99 each) on sale for $1.59 each - 0.60 Q = 0.21 overage
2- Snyders Pretzels (2.89 each) on sale for $2.50 - 0.75 = 0.25
2- Eggo French Toast Sticks (2.65 each) on sale for $1.67 each - 0.55 = 0.02
2- Oral B toothbrushes (2.99 each) on sale for $2.49 - 0.75 Q = 0.24
1- Nesquick Ready to Drink Milk (3.88) on sale for $1.69 - 0.50 Q = 0.19
1- Vegg All Mix Frozen Veggies - (2.39) on sale for $2.00 - 0.55 Q = 0.35
1- Vegg All Winter Mix Frozen Veggies (2.39) on sale for $2.00 - 0.55 Q = 0.35
2- Oscar Myer Singles (2.99 each) on sale for $2.50 - 0.55 Q = 0.85
6 - Sure Deodorants (1.97 each) These were on clearance for $1.02 each - $1.00 Q = 0.02

Total Savings: $58.28
Total OOP: $2.65

Transaction #2
(Dearest Hubby did this transaction)

2- Mahatma Rice (1.29) - .35 q = 0.24
2- Nesquick Chocolate Syrup (1.79) - .50 q = 0.29
2- Special K bars (2.99 each) on sale for $1.50 each - 0.50 Q = FREE
2- Kikkoman Soy Sauce (2.19 each) on sale for $1.50 each - 0.55 Q = 0.15 overage
2- Luzianne Tea (2.99 each) on sale for $2.59 each - 0.60 Q = 0.79 (This was a mistake I noticed when we got home. These should have been $1.59 each with a 0.21 overage. Oh, well)
2- Snyders Pretzels (2.89 each) on sale for $2.50 - 0.75 = 0.25
2- Eggo French Muffin Tops (2.65 each) on sale for $1.67 each - 0.55 = 0.02
2- Oral B toothbrushes (2.99 each) on sale for $2.49 - 0.75 Q = 0.24
2- Nesquick Ready to Drink Milk (3.88) on sale for $1.69 - 0.50 Q = 0.19
1- Allens Frozen Veggies - (2.39) on sale for $2.00 - 0.55 Q = 0.35
2- Oscar Myer Singles (2.99 each) on sale for $2.50 - 0.55 Q = 0.85 one; +0.65 one (one of these had a $1.50 store coupon attached)
1- Krispy Kreme dount (dear hubby bought this...wasn't on my list :-) = 0.69

Total Savings: $45.18

Total OOP: $5.55


Total Savings: $103.46

Total OOP: $ 8.20

Love seeing all the deals everyone is getting? Then you've got to visit Super Savings Saturday!

Free Summer Movies  

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"When school's out, kids around the country visit selected Regal theatres for the Free Family Film Festival. It's a fun-filled nine weeks of movies for kids and parents. Since 1991, Regal has provided this service to the community, and best of all it's FREE! Selected G & PG movies start at 10AM each Tuesday and Wednesday during the festival. First-come, first-served seating is limited to theatre capacity. The Free Family Film Festival is safe, lots of fun and a great way for kids to spend a weekday morning in the summer."

Cherrydale Stadium 16
3221 N. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville ,SC 29609

Surf's Up (PG)

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)

Firehouse Dog (PG)

Rugrats In Paris: The Movie (G)

Bee Movie (PG)

Everyone's Hero (G)

Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)

Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - Veggie Tales (G)
Hollywood Stadium 20
1029 Woodruff Road
Greenville ,SC 29607

Pirates Who Don't Do Anything - Veggie Tales (G)
Evan Almighty (PG)

Doogal (G)
Shrek The Third (PG)

Charlotte's Web (G)
Racing Stripes (PG)

Arctic Tale (G)
Bee Movie (PG)

Wallace And Gromit (G)
Alvin And The Chipmunks (PG)

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (G)
Firehouse Dog (PG)

March Of The Penguins (G)
Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (PG)

Everyone's Hero (G)
Happy Feet (PG)

Mr. Bean's Holiday (G)
Night At The Museum (PG)

We are super excited about this! We've been going to the free summer movies for several years now. It's a huge treat for us. There is NO WAY our family of 6 can afford a night out at the movies so we wait to see the kids movies when they come out in the summer. I'm going to jot these down on my calendar today so we won't miss any of the fun.

Click on the "free family film festival" picture above to find the movies showing in your area!


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It's Time!

Triples at Harris Teeter! Boy howdy, I love it!

I don't have a Harris Teeter in my area, but I be-bop up to Hendersonville, NC and take advantage of their Harris Teeter.

Looks like my beloved hubby and "D" will be going with me.
I love it!

I'll be back tomorrow with the low-down on my deals!

I'm done!  

Posted by: Julie

(not really, but it felt this bad!)


Yea! All the laundry is done and put away. Sheets, blankets, quilts, towels, clothes, washing and drying rags...

all done!

Happy Birthday, Dad  

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Happy Birthday, Dad!
I love you, Dad

I find myself wondering...
Did I give you your due..
For all that you've done for me
Did I ever thank you?

For all of my childhood memories
For helping me deal with life's stresses
For helping me accept my defeats
And celebrate my successes?

Or for teaching me the value of hard work,
Good judgement, courage, and being true
The laughter, smiles, and quiet times we've shared
Did I ever thank you?

If I have forgotten, I'm thanking you now
You taught me right from wrong....
I hope you know how much you're loved and appreciated
I hope you, instinctively, knew it all along.

Happy Birthday, Dad

(Verses 4 Cards)

One of "THOSE" days  

Posted by: Julie

Actually, it hasn't been "that" bad, just frustrating due to my scattered brain! "D" and I made an early morning trip to CVS and Walmart for groceries. I had a return at CVS because I bought the wrong type of Aquafresh toothpaste last week and didn't get any ECB's. Well, who wants to pay $3.69 for toothpaste when you can get it for free? Not me :-)

The return went fine except for the fact that they had new registers and were still trying to figure the ins and outs of them. I got my refund and went in search of Hawaiian Tropic lip balm. Alas, there was none to be found. Okay, I still needed diapers.

I bought 2 pkgs of CVS diapers, used a $3 / $15 CVS Q plus $7.98 in ECB's. Out of pocket I paid around $8.00 for 2 pks of diapers. An okay deal since I was totally out and had to have them. I get in my car and go to Walmart. While at Walmart I realized my mistake...

CVS diapers are on sale Buy 2 pks Get 1 free. I FORGOT TO GET MY FREE PACK OF DIAPERS! Well, I wasn't about to let that one go. I knew that later in the day I would be by a different CVS when taking "J" to the dentist to have 2 teeth pulled.

So, we did the dentist thing and that went very well. Next stop was at Chick Fil A for a snack. I had coupons for free milkshakes with any purchase. The girls got ice cream cones, "A" and I got milkshakes and "D" got a 4-piece nuggets and shared my milkshake. All of this for just under $4.00. Not too bad and it was a well deserved treat after getting teeth pulled ;-)

On to CVS to fix the diaper boo-boo. I waited in line just to be told that since the deal was a B2GO I had go back to the original CVS to fix it. UGH! I stopped that this CVS because I didn't want to use the gas going to the first CVS.

Well, we made our way back to the first CVS and got the free pack of diapers. I was plum worn out by the time we got home. I sat on the couch and had to close my eyes for a few minutes. Thankfully the kiddo's headed outside to play and I had a few minutes of quiet to recharge.

I'm still working on the mountain of laundry. All of the bedding has been done and I've started on the clothes. I should be done by tomorrow night baring any problems.

Now I'm off to tidy up the house so it won't be out of sorts in the morning. Later I'm going to be working on my coupons and getting ready for Triple Coupons at Harris Teeter on Thursday.

Here's to a quiet day at home tomorrow!


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Oh the mountain of laundry I have! Not only do I have a weeks worth of clothes for 6 but I have sheets, blankets, and bedspreads from 5 beds.

How long do you think it will take me to finish it? I started yesterday. I wasn't able to be home much today to work on it. I tossed some sheets in the dryer around 3:00 and I've been doing laundry ever since.

At least tonight we're having C.O.R.N. for supper (Clean Out Refrigerator Night).

Tomorrow will bring more laundry and a dentist trip for "J". She is having 2 teeth pulled at 2:00 PM. Somewhere in there I'm going to need a grocery trip.

Busy, busy bee....that seems to be me! :-)

Tara and Jon's Wedding  

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Here we have the beautiful bride being escorted down the aisle by Dad

The happy couple!

Time for fun!

Tara and Jon had a lovely wedding. She was beautiful and he was handsome. They looked like they were having a great time and really enjoying their wedding.

Congratulations , Jon and Tara!

Mother's Day  

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Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all of you wonderful mother's had a blessed Mother's Day.

My day started when I was awakened by a certain little 2 yr old boy who was in my bed. How sweet to wake up to that smiling face :-)

Not too long after that my other children came tromping into my room saying "Happy Mother's Day!" I was presented a homemade card signed by all my dear children and then was given my gift....breakfast in bed! And yes, they did it all themselves!

What was breakfast? Why it was a banana with peanut butter spread on it and a granola bar. It was decorated beautifully. They placed it inside a Walmart bag! LOL!

This was a lovely Mother's Day. How sweet of my children to remember me and do such a thoughtful thing. I am so blessed to have these special people in my life.

God has truly smiled on me :-)

May 10, 2008  

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Saturday is my sisters wedding. It's going to be a sweet, outdoor ceremony. I'll be taking lots of pictures and I'll be sure to post some of the happy couple!

Baked Teriyaki Chicken  

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My, oh my, but this chicken is to die for! I was browsing the wonderful menus posted for Menu Monday at Organizing Junkie and she had posted a link for Baked Teriyaki Chicken.
This chicken is so easy and yummy! I served it with rice and glazed carrots. This is one that will be on our table often. Even my super picky kids went nuts over it. As the Monroe Children put it, "This one is a keeper."

Fun Morning at the Park  

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My 4 year old "K", my 2 year old "D" and I had a beautiful morning to go to the park. I forgot my camera but I found pictures of the park we went to on the internet.

This is Poinsett Park in Travelers Rest. It's a pretty little park with a big area for big kids and then a smaller area for little kids. They have swings, a waking/ riding path, a shelter, and clean bathrooms. The day was just so pretty! We stayed for about an hour then headed out for lunch.

Lunch was at Pizza Inn. We really chowed down! We had salad, pepperoni pizza, hamburger pizza, taco pizza and chicken alfredo pizza. We followed that with chocolate chip pizza, of course!
YUM! YUM! YUM! Delicioso!
After lunch it was time to come home for a nap before picking up my other children at school.

Days like this makes it SO hard to wait for summer!