Sunday, December 4, 2011

Homemade Advent Calendars: Filled with Love!

I finally managed to squeeze in a bit of crafting this weekend. I made Advent Calendars for the kids from mini-muffin tins. Theye are easy to make, but tedious when making three. In hindsite, I would probably make just one, and let the kids share. This would be do-able since this will hold an activity and story of Christmas with about 2 sentences of the story per day, leading up to Christmas. But, alas, they have their own calendars.

I used my Cricut Expression for the squares and numbers. If you don't have a Cricut machine, you could use a 2 in square punch for the smaller layered squares and a 2 1/2 inch square punch for the bottom layer. You can use, and I recommend using, stickers instead of Cricut cut numbers. Another option would be to use the negative image from Cricut cut letters.

Then I used magnet strips. I found these at Michael's and found they worked best.

I needed two packages for each set, and just cut them to size, placing one piece on each corner of the card. If you are not putting candy in the spot, you can probably get by with one piece of magnet for each card. In case I used candy, I wanted the card to be strong enough to hold it in there.

Most of the tasks were easy enough for my 5-year-old to take part in. The hardest was gluing the cut out numbers to each card because I chose a small, skinny font. You can make this easier by using a thicker font, or eliminating the gule altogether with alpha-stickers.

The end result was prefect!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Enjoying a little tradition

We love attending The Nutcracker by Ballet Continental. I hope to someday see my little Bella up on stage!
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Stationery card

Saffron Lace Baby Shower Invitation
For hundreds of baby shower invitations, click here.
View the entire collection of cards.
I just love Shutterfly and their wide array of stationary, invitations, and photo products. I created these gorgeous invitations for a baby shower I am hosting in January. They are beautiful, simple to create, and loaded with coupons that I applied to the order!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving: Counting our blessings

Bella was chosen to walk her classroom's wagon into church on Wednesday. The wagon was filled with donations for the local foodbank. I love seeing how proud each of the kids were to present their wagons.
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Thanksgiving Treats

These Turkey Cupcakes were a labor of love for Bella's class. They had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast that wwas finished with these awesome cupcakes made by me and my brother Jeff, into the wee hours of the morning.
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popcorn excitement

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Old School Fun

Busted out an old fashioned popcorn Popper. Kids went nuts. You would think I just brought mickey mouse out of the closet. Score for the $2 garage sale find!
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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Scout Day at Botanical Gardens

Heard it from a friend...

Today I was able to confirm through our Executive Director that all Scouts in uniform will receive free admission to the Gardens during Scout Day (Sunday, November 13, 11:00am to 3:00pm). Admission will be regular price for adults ($8 for non-members, free for members) and non-scout children ($4 for kids ages 4-12, members and children 3 and under are free).

Friday, October 21, 2011

Free 8x10 collage

Use the coupon code CLG8X10 to snag a free collage at Walgreens. I love these for scrapbooking events with tons of pictures as well as to send to grandmas and grandpas.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Took the words right outta my mouth...

What Teachers Want To Tell Parents

A Fun Twist on Apples: Apple Cupcakes

This week Bella was Student of the Week (where they get to tell a little something about themselves, bring in a snack to share, etc). Well, the request is always for a healthy snack, of course, but we decided to put our own spin on the term helthy. We created 20 gorgeous apple-cupcajes, complete with a stem and leaf. We did this over 3 nights, and the result was a very proud Bella and a happy teacher who loved the fun treat.

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apple cupcakes

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Great Target Deals

It's been a while, but here are some easy match-up at Target for some good/great deals.

Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets dinner kits, Price: $2.00
TQ: .50¢/1 Velveeta Cheesy Skillet boxed dinner item (Exp. 10-8)
MQ: $1/1 Velveeta Cheesy Skillets dinner kit 8/21 SS (Exp. 9-21)
End price is only .50¢ per box

Goldfish Sandwich Bread, Price: Over $2.99 (that's all I know ) this stuff is yummy & low calorie!
TQ: .75¢/1 Pepperidge Farm iItem: Goldfish Sandwich Bread, Deli Flats Thin Rolls, or Farmhouse Bread (Exp. 10-8)
MQ: .50¢/1 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Sandwich Bread 8/21 SS (Exp. 10-30)
$1.25 Off each package is a nice little price break

Whisker Lickin’s cat treats packets are on TPC for .99¢ (til 10-22)
TQ: $1/1 Purina Whisker Lickin's Cat Treats (Exp. 10-11)
MQ: $1/2 Any Purina Cat Snacks 6/26 SS (Exp. 9-26)
End price is free with possible $1.02 "O" if you get two

Up & Up All Purpose Cleaner w/ Bleach, Price: $1.47 (white bottle, pink writing)
I highly recommend this stuff. It's the only cleaner I use in my bathroom now!
TQ: .50¢/1 Up & Up Cleaning item (Exp. 10-8)
End price is .97¢ and worth every penny!

Up & Up Bleach, Price: $1.59
TQ: .50¢/1 Up & Up Bleach 96oz. or 182oz. (Exp. 10-8)
End price is $1.09 for the 96oz. at my store!

Up & Up Ibuprofen 24 tablets, Price .99¢
TQ: .50¢/1 Up & Up Pain Relief item (Exp. 10-8)
End price is .49¢ at my store

Up & Up Pantiliners, Price: .89¢
TQ: .75¢/1 Up & Up Feminine Care item (Exp. 10-8)
End price is .14¢

Up & Up Trash Bags, Price: $7.49 (sale price ends 9-10)
TQ: $1 off a $3 Up & Up item or higher (Exp. 10-8)
End price is $6.49

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I'm back.

Been a bit busy with the start of the school year. As such. I've neglected by blog, blog followers, and even bargains. I've been living up to my New Year's resolution, which was apparently, chosen by Bookman's as one of the Top 10 resolutions. I recall submitting it, in the store, I think.

Hopefully, I can start posting bargains and all things mom soon again. That requires me to dig myself out from under the 2 tons of papers that have followed me home from school.

Till then,


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Free Movie from Redbox this week

RedBox is changing things up. Instead of always having a code for a free movie on Monday's now they are going to mix it up!

Go here to get a code of your own for a free movie night for this Thursday.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The very first, First day of School.

There will only ever be one. Yes, each child will have many first days of school. And we will have one First day of Kindergarten for each child, But there will only ever be one first First day of School. It's special, of course, for the child, but I am definitely having some emotions of my own. It's just another first day for our family in a series of firsts recently. Last week I started a new job and I think I have my feet stable enough beneath me to handle tomorrow's big event. The first day of kindergarten! I honor of Isabella's big day, I wrote her a letter that is probably way beyond her understanding for now, but one day, they will hopefully be the words that carry her through the boucing middle school experience, the tumultuous teenage years, or the grueling process of making decisions that will determine her future. If you are so inclined, the letter is short and sweet, just like my baby girl, and it's on my other blog.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Free White Out

Bic Wite Out HOT! Free 2pk BIC Wite Out @ Staples, Walmart or Target!

So, guess what? You know that HOT $1/2 BIC stationary coupon on Redplum? Looks like it’s good for Wite-out because Wite-Out is a stationary product, owned by BIC and the coupon featured some! At Staples, Walmart, and Target this week, all Wite-Out is priced at .50 for a two pack. Buy two and get four Wite-Outs for FREE! I know I make so many mistakes I could use some of this. If you don't need it, consider donating it to your favorite {high school} teachers!

Super Diaper Deal!

There is a new Huggies CVS store coupon available! Just head on over here to locate a $2 off One Package of Huggies Little Movers Slip on Diapers coupon! This is a great coupon to print as it can be paired with the $1.50/1 manufacturer’s coupon found in the 7/17 SS for a total of $3.50 in savings!

Even sweeter, starting the week of 8/14, these Huggies Little Movers Slip on Diapers are part of the $10 gas card promo (when you spend $30 on select items)! Plus, they will be on sale for $8.99 AND there will reportedly be a $2/1 Huggies coupon available in the 8/14 SS. So you could potentially pay just $4.99 for a package of Huggies diapers + have $8.99 towards the $30 needed for the $10 gas card promo!

Free Full Size B& BW product

Free Full Size B& BW product for 15-29 year olds

If you aren't into lotions, think teacher thank you gift or a great stocking stuffer for a teen in your family.

If you are a female between the ages of 15-29, then here’s a great freebie for ya! Beginning today, August 9th, you can snag a FREE Bath & Body Works Lotion from Seventeen Magazine (as detailed on page 20 of the September issue). Simply bring the September issue to any Bath and Body works store to receive a FREE bottle of Paris Amour body lotion ($11 value; no purchase necessary).
Don’t have the issue? Then bring a printout of the home page, or show the Seventeen iPad app to the cashier to receive your free gift. You’ll want to snatch yours up quickly as only 10,000 gifts will be given away through September 12th or while supplies last.
* Limit one per person; You must be female, between the ages of 15 and 29, and a resident of the 50 United States or District of Columbia

Monday, August 8, 2011

Free School Supplies!

Expo Dry Erase Markers Coupon

There is a new Expo Dry Erase Markers printable coupon available.  The coupon is for $2 off any 2 packs of Expo Dry Erase Markers and was found at zip code: 07039.

Starting on Sunday, 8/14, the Expo Dry Erase 6 pack Markers will be Free at Walgreens.  Here is how to get the deal:
Buy 2 Expo Dry Erase Markers 6 pack $3.99 each
-(1)$2/2 Expo Dry Erase Markers Coupon
-$3/1 Expo Washable Dry Erase Markers, exp. 8/27/11 (Walgreens, Aug) $6 will deduct
Free after coupons
Remember, this starts on Sunday, 8/14, but you will want to print the coupon now!

I printed the Q's and they say off any 2 packs- it will also make some MM markers at Target if you have a friendly cashier- 2 packs of dry earse markers are $1.50- use $2/2 MQ and 2- $1 TQ you make $1 for every 2 you buy, or FREE if you only use 1 TQ:)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Children's Books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Favorite Words $1, Tale of Peter Rabbit $1, Wee Sing for Baby w/ CD $2, Nursery Rhymes & Lullibies $2, Amber Brown Scrapbook $2, Mini Snowman in a Box w/ Book $2, & more + Free Shipping

Books A Million has many Children's Books on Clearance. Shipping is free with code SHPFR82.

Available Coupons:
  • $10 off $50+ Order w/ code AFSUMMERTEN
  • $20 off $100+ Order w/ code AAFSUMMERTW
A Few Books to consider:

Friday, August 5, 2011

Save Money on Your Back To School Shopping

Many people will be out and about this weekend getting ready for headingback to school. be sure to print up any retailers coupons you may use that will help you stretch your dollar.

And while you're here, maybe you can find a deal on linch too.

  • Get a FREE drink and fries when you purchase an Angus Cool Deli. Click HERE to print coupon.
  • $2.00 off Panini Sandwiches coupon. Click HERE to print the coupon (exp. 8/5)
Einstein Bros Bagels
  • Buy One Triple Decker Sandwich Get One Free. Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 8/24)
Raising Cane’s
  • Free Chicken COMBO Box when you join the Caniac Club. Click HERE to sign up!
Coco’s Bakery
  • Free Slice of Pie when you sign up for their eClub. Click HERE to sign up.
Burger King
  • FREE 32 oz drink with purchase of any individual meal. Click HERE to print this coupon (exp. 8/16)
Church Chicken
  • 2 pieces of chicken, a biscuit, and mashed potatoes combo for just $1.99 or FREE Spicy chicken with purchase of any family meal. Click HERE to print the coupon
Retail Coupons is a post from: Becentsable

If you’re heading out shopping this weekend, be sure to print this $10 off $40 Bath & Body Works coupon and take it with you. If you’d rather shop online, you can use Bath & Body Coupon Code TEN40 to save $10 off $40. Both are good through Sunday (8/7).
If you’re thinking ahead to Christmas you may want to pick up a few of the 2 oz. Paris Amour body lotions. They’re only $1.00 right now.
In addition, log into your ShopAtHome account for 3.5% cashback on your purchase. If you’re new to Shop at Home, you’ll get an extra $5 cash back bonus.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Free Business Cards

100 Free B&W Business Cards from Staples
Staples - that was easy.

Wow!  Free - and no shipping because it's in store!
$10/$50 Ace Hardware Printable from Facebook

If you have both stores in town, Lowe's or Home Depot should take it as a competitor coupon. 

Hanes Sock Stock Up

Target has a Smokin' Deal on Socks!

Hanes kids socks pack (6+1 bonus pair=7pairs) are 4.00 each, most of them have a .50 off mq peelie on them then there is the hanes coupon online 1 off any mens womens or kids hanes product. plus, in their ad you buy 4 and get a 5.00 gift card

hanes kids socks 4.00
hanes kids socks 4.00
hanes kids socks 4.00
hanes kids socks 4.00

-target coupon 1.00   (x4) -4.00
-.50 mq peelie on package (x4) -2.00
= 10.00
+ get $5.00 gift card

so its 5.00 for 4 pks of socks (42 pairs)
or 1.25 each pack

Monday, August 1, 2011

It's a great week at Wags!

4 bottles of contact solution, 6 packages of Goody hair clips, and 4 packs of Crayola markers for FREE! Plus 21 12-packs of Cottonelle TP for $1.25 each. Not a bad day.
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Friday, July 29, 2011

Have some Half-Priced Cheesecake!

Tomorrow is National Cheesecake Day! And to celebrate The Cheesecake Factory is offering "Any Slice at Half Price" but for dine-in guests only.

National Cheesecake Day tomorrow

The offer applies Saturday at any location.
Also the new Hershey's Chocolate Bar Cheesecake will make its debut.
It is layers of chocolate cheesecake, moist chocolate cake, and ganache, topped with a creamy chocolate frosting and chocolate chips.

Free Lotion at Bath and Body Works

Here's one way I put together really nice gift baskets for teachers for next to nothing. I wonder how many excuses I can find to go back to this store in the next two days.

Print this coupon and head to Bath and Body Works for a free 2oz Paris Amour Body Lotion July 29th – 31st!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Got Milk... and Bread?

Two great coupons for grocery staples that rarely give out coupons!

Head on over to score a $1.00 off ANY Milk coupon here! Will be mailed within 8 weeks!

And now for the bread...

A new Nature’s Own coupon just popped up on! Head on over there, use zip code 90210 (if needed) and you should spot a rare $0.75/1 Nature’s Own product coupon! As I’ve said before, bread coupons are hard to come by, so I always suggest printing them when they’re available.

target toy clearance

My haul! Super excited about the bike trailer I snagged at 75% off .. $40
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

School Supply Round Up

This Week's Back to School Shopping Comparisons


Here is a price comparision of Back to School deals. Below is a list of supplies and where they are the cheapest or you can take the list and use it to price match Walmart.

-Office Max – Free After Max Perks Rewards
-Target – Embark $9
-Walgreens – $9.99 + Free Lunch Kit
-Big Lots – $9.99
-Toys R Us – $12.99 + Free Lunch Kit
-Staples – 50% Back in Rewards
-K-Mart – 15% off
-Rite Aid – 50% Off

Lunch Kits
-Walgreens – Free with $9.99 Backpack
-Toys R Us – Free with $12.99 Backpack
-Big Lots – $6
-K-Mart – Disney products $9.99
-Target – Embark $8 – $9
-Office Max – 25% off

-Sharpies 2 ct 25¢ – Staples
-Sharpies 39¢ – Walgreens
-Sharpies 2 ct $1.50 – CVS

Glue Sticks
-Scholastic 4 pk 50¢ – Office Depot
-Glue stick – Rite Aid

-Zebra 7 pk Free after Rebate – Staples
-PaperMate 2 pk 69¢ – Walgreens
-Pilot Easy Touch 2-3 pk 99¢ – Walgreens
-Bic 10 pk $1 – K-Mart
-Pentel Wow 12 pk BOGO Free – Office Max
-Bic Crystal 10 Pack Buy One Get One Free – Rite Aid

-K-Mart – 33¢
-Target – 99¢
-Staples – 2 pocket 1¢ through Wednesday with $5 minimum purchase

-Fiskars 5″ $1 – Office Depot

-Staples Brand 12 pk 10¢ – Staples

-Penway #2 24 pk 99¢ – Walgreens
-USA Gold 12 pk 99¢ – Target
-Ticonderoga 12 pk $2 – Staples
-Ticonderoga 24 pk $4 – K-Mart
-Pencils Buy 1 Get 1 Free – Rite Aid

Mechanical Pencils
-Corner Office / Wexford 3 pk 99¢ – Walgreens
-Bic 10 ct BOGO Free – CVS
-Velocity 4 ct BOGO Free – CVS
-Bic 24 ct Shimmer $4 – K-Mart

Pencil Box
-Sterlite 50¢ – Target
-Big Lots – 50¢

Pencil Sharpeners
-Tug 1¢ – Office Depot
-Penway / Wexford 39¢ – Walgreens
-Igloo 99¢ – Target

Water Colors
-Schoolio 8 pk BOGO Free – Office Max
-Crayola 8 pk $1.50 – Target

-RoseArt 24 ct 25¢ – K-Mart
-Crayola 24 ct BOGO Free – CVS
-All Crayola BOGO Free – Toys R Us
-Schoolio 8 pk BOGO Free – Office Max
-Crayola 64 ct $2.50 – K-Mart

-Expo 4 ct BOGO Free – CVS
-All Crayola BOGO Free – Toys R Us

Washable Markers
-RoseArt 8-10 ct $1 – Staples
-Schoolio 8 ct BOGO Free – Office Max
-All Crayola BOGO Free – Toys R Us

Colored Pencils
-Crayola 12 ct 99¢ – Walgreens
-Crayola 12 ct 99¢ – Target
-RoseArt 12 ct $1 – K-Mart
-All Crayola BOGO Free – Toys R Us

-Bic $1 – K-Mart
-Bic 2 pk 50¢ – Staples

-Sharpie 2 pk 69¢ – Walgreens
-Bic Brite Liner 5 pk $2 -Staples
-Expo/Sharpie B2G1 Free – Office Max

Composition Books
-Penway / Wexford 50-80 sheets 19¢ – Walgreens
-Target – 99¢
-Mead Composite 3/$.98 – Rite Aid

-K-Mart – 70 sheets 33¢
-Target – 99¢

-1 ” $1 – K-Mart
-1″ $2 – Big Lots

-Office Depot – $10 off $50 Exp 7/25
-Staples $5 off $25 Exp 7/31
-Free Post it, Pop Up Purse Dispenser when you buy labels
-$1 off any Scotch Pop Up Tape Dispenser Exp 9/30
-$1 off any Scotch Poster Tape Exp 9/30
-$1 off any Scotch Packaging Tape Exp 9/30
-$1 off any Scotch Thermal Laminating Pouches Exp 9/30
-$2 off any Scotch Easy-Grip Packaging Tape Dispenser Exp 9/30

-Target 75¢ off Post-It Flags or Tabs
-Target 50¢ off Scotch Magic Tape
-Target $1 off Papermate Writing Utensil item
-Target $1 off Sharpie item
-Target $1.50 off Mead Cloth Binder
-Target $1 off select Crayola Dry Erase items

-$1 off Sharpie Pens, 2 pack or Markers, 3 pack – Walgreens July 2011 Savings Book-$3 off Expo Washable Dry Erase Markers, 6 pack – Walgreens July 2011 Savings Book
-Pilot Pens $1 off

Monday, July 25, 2011

Free Stuff at Pier 1 Imports

Pier 1 Imports must want customers in the door becuse they are offering a great promotion right now. Post a comment or shoot me an email and I can email you the coupon!

7/25-7/27 Only! 

TP Stock Up!!!

Wowza! Check out this *HOT* toilet paper deal you can snag at Walgreens on 7/31 only. I thought it best to tell you all in advance so that you can have your coupons ready and printed for this amazing deal. Seriously… I haven’t see a toilet paper deal this good in a long time!

Alright, so check out this *HOT* Walgreens deal valid, 7/31, ONLY:

Buy 2 Cottonelle 12 packs $5 each (regular price)
Total = $10.00
Use the $1/1 Walgreens Cottonelle coupon found in the August Coupon Booklet – Which will be available in-store and online starting 7/31 (Will deducts $2)
Use 2 $0.75/1 coupons found in the 7/17 SS
(Or use the $0.50/1 coupon found here)
Pay as low as $6.50
Get back a $3.50 RR (for buying 2 packages – valid through 7/31 only)
Final cost only $3 total – just $1.50 per 12 pack!!!
*If you purchase 3 packages, you will get back a $4.50 RR!

** Remember that if you are a teacher, the deal gets better. Bring some ID, askt hem for the teacher discount BEFORE they start ringing you up, and you'll save an additional 15%!
There are lots of Ebay Auctions for these coupons now, The prices are getting jacked up so be careful and don't get pulled into a bidding war!

Here are some printable coupons to help you take advantage of the deal!

Coupons Here  and Here

Bargain Bootcampers: It's time to Make Money!

Walgreens: 2 Upcoming FREEBIES (and Money Maker) Starting July 31st


Here are two HOT Money Makers that you will be able to get at Walgreens starting July 31st. Why am I telling you now? So that you can print the coupons while they're still available - or you'll be kicking yourself later.

Allegra 24 hour Allergy Relief (5 Ct.) $6.99
Buy 1, Get $7 in Register Rewards
Use: Printable $2/1 Allegra Coupon
Final Price: FREE + $2 Money Maker after Coupon & RR!

Keri Lotion $6.99
Get $5 Register Reward
Use $2 printable coupon or $2/1 Keri Lotion 7/17/2011 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2011)
Pay $4.99, Get $5 Register Reward
Final Price, FREE

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Ten Things You Didn't Know: A Gift for My Dad

With my Dad's 68th birthday approaching at the end of the month, I was debating on buying him yet another war book or yet another Lobster-Gram. With the already-done gifts of clothes, restaurant gift certificates, and other typical dad-gifts,  and knowing that at 68 he has plenty of money to buy all the clothes, books, movies, he wants. He doesn't go out much these days, anyway. I struggled to come up with something that he would enjoy and yet something that he simply could not get for himself. The result was a personal creation of a list of ten things I have learned from him.

I made it into a mini-book and used only materials I had on hand, because A) I am broke untilthe school year starts, B) it was a summer task to use only what I have for all my scrapbooking projects.

This book was inspired in part by a blog post made by a friend of mine where she losted out a blog to her mom {56 Things I Love About You} and in part from the 30-day Photo Challenge from facebook. Day 24 called for a photo of "something I wish I could change" and that would be leaving DC the way I did, 16 years ago. I don't know if my dad ever thinks about that year and I don't know if he knows that I regret hurting him so much with my decision to move back to Massachusetts. 13 years away from the east coast and 2400 miles has taken a toll on my relationship with my Dad, and while we are close today, he seems so remote and so sad when we talk. I feel like I am losing him every day and I wanted him to know these things that I have learned from him whether or not he meant to teach me these lessons. I hope the sentimental gift goes a lot farther than a gift box with a few shirts.

1) You taught me to ask for help.

2. You instilled in me competitveness and a love for sports.

3. You taught me never to start smoking which led to a lifetime of healthy choices.

4. From you I gained an appreciation for the beauty of the dynamic ocean.

5. It meant the world to me that you  travelled to Cohasset for Isabella's baptism and that you came to Arizona to meet your first two grandchildren.

6. {gulp. The big "apology"} I learned in life that there are tough decisions to make and that it is normal to regret those decisions down the road. The choices that are hardest to make are the ones we learn from the most. I regret leaving DC in such a terrible fashion, but I cannot regret leaving because of the path my life has taken since then.

7. I learned that the toughest hands are often the onjes we deal ourselves.

8. You taught me that there is more to a lobster than claws and a tail.

9. You were right. You once told me that yo did not want me to go to Arizona for college because you knew I would fall in love with the climate and meet a guy and stay here forever.  I told you that there was no weather or man that could keep me away from the east coast. Well, I could do without the climate, but the guy was a keeper.

10. I learned from you that broken hearts can be repaired. You taught me to think about what you are saying to those you love.

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Free Brownell's $10 E-Card

If you have a outdoorsy man in your life, you may want to take advantage of this offer to get a free $10 e-card for Brownell's.

Refer 3 friends to Brownell's Facebook page and you'll score a free $10 e-card.

Use this link to refer them: (after you've checked out their page via my link, of course!)

Free Personalized Cards

If you have a birthday party coming up, you might want to jump on this offer for free personalized cards. Use them as invitations or thank you cards!


Claim your FREE coupon to receive 25 custom invitations.This summer customize graduation announcements, party invitations, thank you notes or bridal shower cards at

Click HERE for link.

Borders Storewide Clearance

It is a HUGE diasspointment for me to see this happen. I have been a loyal Borders customer for 10+ years. They are closing the doors of all Borders and Walden Books. Starting today, their entire store will be 40%. I imagine it will be at least a week before that drops to 50%. August should mean some great clearance finds at 70-90% off, but that of course will be limited to what's been picked over. Keep in mind they have a great toy and gift section, so here's your chance to get some great toys like Melissa and Doug products and unique gifts like cute aprons and journals. I'll be waiting for 70% before I step foot in the store so I am not tempted to try to keep them in business.  

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Free Library Events

If you haven't had a chance to attend one of the many free events at the Green Valley and Sahaurita libraries, I highly recommend that you sneak them on to your calendar. I actually took the time at the beginning of the summer to enter all the events into my phone/gmail calendar so I get a daily reminder of what's happening. Anyway, we loved the juggling show today. Check out some pictures from of the kids practicing their juggling skills here. All the kids had a great time at this truly all ages show. There are a few more events left before the school year madness sets in, so be sure to check out the calendar at both libraries as they both offer different events on different days.

Lysol Rebate and a PSA for School Supplies

Click Here for a GREAT rebate just in time for all that back to school shopping. And this is a great reminder to always keep your receipts for everything. I already bought a few tubs of Lysol wipes earlier this month for our back-to-school supply shopping. I can already submit this rebate without spending another dime.

If anti-bacterial wipes aren't on your back-to-school supply list or if you aren't a parent of a school-aged child, please consider making a GREATLY APPRECIATED donation to your local school (remember those oft-forgotten high school teachers who don't have the "luxury" of back-to-school supply lists). The classrooms are often a germ-ridden place of learning and many teachers spend their own money to buy wipes and sprays to help control the germs. A donation of a few tubs of these wipes would go a long way in the heart of a high school teacher. If you have a middle or high school aged child, consider showing up on back-to-school night with a bag of wipes. You'll be in their heart for the rest of the year, I promise!

Attention Bargain Bootcampers: Free Stuff Next Week!

Here is a great chance for you to test your knoweldge for Walgreens and CVS. This week, starting Sunday 7/24, there will be a slew of FREE STUFF at both Walgreens and CVS, using little coupons. Just Free (after RR and ECB, of course). This is a great chance for you to start earning those RR and ECB to roll into future deals. Here's the skinny:

Walgreens look ahead:

Perfection Tampons $1.50Get $1.50 RR
Final Price, FREE

Scrunci No Damage hair elastics 18 ct 2/$3.00
Get $3 RR wyb 2
Final Price, FREE

DenTek Comfort Clean Flosser 50 pk $2.99
Get $2 RR
Printable Coupon save $1.00
Final Price, FREE

Crest 3D 4 oz or Pro-Health 4.2 oz Toothpaste, or Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush 2/$4.98
Get $3 RR wyb 2
(7/3 P&G) save $2.00/2 Oral-B Indicator Toothbrushes
(6/5 or 7/3 P&G) save $1.00/2 or $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste
Final Price, FREE Oral-B toothbrushes or Crest toothpaste $0.98/2 or $0.48/2

Cheap buy starting 7/24:

Pure Silk Shave Cream $0.99 w/ in-ad coupon
(7/10 RP) save $0.80/1
Final Price, $0.19

CVS look ahead:

ReNu contact solution $7.89 (Limit 1)Get $6 ECB
(6/12 SS) save $2.00/1
Printable Coupon save $2.00/1 HERE or HERE
Final Price, $0.11 Money Maker

PaperMate pens $1.99 (Limit 1)
Get $1.99 ECB
Final Price, FREE

Cheap buys starting Sunday the 24th:

U by Kotex Tampons, Pads or Liners $3.49 (Limit 1)
Get $2 ECB
(7/24 SS) save $1.00 (3 coupons - 1 each for Liners, Pads or Tampons)
Printable coupon save $1.00
Final Price, $0.49

Snacks: Cheez-It snack mix, Corn Nut Chips, Keebler crackers or Nabisco cookies or crackers 4-8 oz 4/$5.00 (Limit 1)
Get $1 ECB wyb 4
(6/19 SS) save $1.00/2 (regional coupon)
Final Price, 4/$2.00 or $0.50 each

If there are any printable coupons available for the deals above, you 'll want to print those now and set aside some time on Sunday or Monday to hit the stores. Remember, these FREE deals tend to go fast.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Announcing! My {other} Blog!

Check out my {other} blog which is aimed at keeping distant family, friends, and fans {LOL} in touch with what we are up to. This was spurred by the upcoming BIG changes we have in our life: new job, kindergarten, and maybe even a change of scene for John. There will be no deals, no bargains on that blog. Just family / kids/ funny / marriage / life related STUFF. So if you knew me years ago, know me now, or want to know a little more about me, you can get the inside look here or there!

If you follow my blog, you may or may not know that I created a new FB page to better accomodate the people who need to know about good deals and, well, my crazy life and projects.

Head on over to Tales of an Over-Achieving Mom on FB and "like" me. You can get quick updates on the best deals!

Free Personalized Cards!

Have an announcement to make? Behind on thank you cards for a recent birthday? Here's a quick way to make the most of your message without draining your wallet.

seehere free photo cards
Here's how to get your FREE 4x8 photo cards:
  • Register with SeeHere for a new account.
  • Create a 4×8 single flat photo card.
  • Select 20 cards -- this is important because if you select more your shipping will double.
  • Use promotion code 25cards at checkout.
  • Shipping will be just $1.49.

Top Ten Item Stock Up!

For those of you that have attended my Bargain Bootcamps, you know that shaving cream is one of my Top Ten products I never pay for. here's a chance for you to pay pennies for shaving cream! It can be your first CVS run to start building up your ECB's.

Edge Shaving Cream as little as .32 each!

edge shave gel coupon CVS: Edge Shave Gel $0.32 after Coupons

Starting next week, you can get Edge Shave Gel for just $0.32 at CVS:

*Buy $20 of select Schick or Playtex products, Get $10 in ECBs.
2 Edge Shave Gels – $2.19 each
2 Schick Hydro Razors – $7.99 each

USE 2 $0.55/1 Edge Shave Gel printables
AND 2 $4/1 Schick Hydro Razor (from 06/12 SS, exp. 7/24)
Pay $11.26
Get $10.00 ECB
Final Price = $0.32