Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Why do I coupon?

A lot of my friends (or people standing in line with me) ask me why I spend the time to coupon - "Why do you waste all that time?!".  So I had to share this great shopping trip I did this month.  I purchased all of this at Safeway in one shopping trip. 

Before coupons - $121.99
After card/coupons - $10.31 <--------- WOW!!
Savings of 92%!!!!!!

So, I think it's safe to say it PAYS to coupon!  This is enough bars, fruit snacks, and rollups for Rowdy's whole Kindergarten year! The plain cheerios are going to his school for snacktime for the kids.

So that's why I coupon.  Any questions? LOL.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

First Week in Bentos

So, I love Bento style lunches and have been building a great Bento supply stash the past few years.  So when Rowdy was ready to start Kindergarten I was just as excited because I could make his lunch - Bento style!  So here are some of his lunches he has taken since he started school.

First was turkey sammies using the Williams Sonoma Star Wars cookie cutters.  It's Boba Fett and a Stormtrooper.  Pretty darn cool I must say.  Babybel written on with a food marker, hard boiled egg "fish"
with the yolk taken out (Rowdy hates yolk), strawberry, grapes, carrots and ranch in the elephant.  And Angry Bird Cheez nips under the elephant.  Oh, and a reese cup for dessert. 

This was my version of a lunchable - those over priced things in the meat department that contain crackers, fake cheese and whatnot.  Rowdy wanted cheese and crackers instead of a sammie so this is what he got.  Ritz Crackers, cheddar/provolone cheese, turkey, cherry toms from Grandma's Garden, graham cracker Angry Birds, clememtine wedges, strawberry, carrots and ranch, and a reese's for dessert.

I started to get creative and steal ideas off of pinterest.  Here we have a turkey sammie in the shape of a pencil - Cheddar cheese for the "body" and provolone for the eraser and I used a food marker for the "lead".  Apples, a cookie, grapes, quakes, cukes, and carrots with ranch.  Oh and a cow's tale for dessert.

Lego!!  This turned out so cute and it was so easy to make.  It's a pb & J cut into a rectangle.  I then hand cut out circles from the bread and adhered with pb!  He loved this!  He also got grapes, butterfly cukes, babybel with a heart cut out, Angry Birds grahams, and watermelon.  He ate almost all of this lunch at lunchtime.  I think only some grahams made their way home.  Success!!

All of these lunches were made in the Easy Lunchbox.  I bought them on Amazon for $13.95 for 4 containers.  They are BPA free and dishwasher safe.  This is a plus for me as my goal is to use the least amount of waste in Rowdy's lunches. 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rowdy's First Day of Kindergarten *sniff*

What happened to my baby??  When did he get old enough to start school?  I just wasn't sure how I was going to handle this day but I made it through without too many water works (yep, I'm lying).  Rowdy on the other hand was A-Ok and handled it like a pro.  And oh my gorsh was he just the cutest little Kindergartner you ever did see?

Rowdy is going to Liberty Traditional School so they have uniforms - YAY!  He has a choice of red, white, or blue polos to wear.  He chose red for his first day.  And he combed his hair!  I was so proud.

Mommy and Daddy walked him into his new classroom.  Rowdy was keepin' it real by sportin' some Angry Bird swag off his new big boy backpack.  Gotta show a little flare, right?!

A desk right at the front of the classroom!?  That is always the spot I say to pick first.  It shows you are confident and you will never miss what the teacher said (and you can't get away with anything either, lol!).  So I was happy when I saw this was his assigned seat. 

Rowdy gets to work right away on a picture he has to color.  He pulls out his shiny new Spiderman pencil box and gets his brand new pointy crayons out and gets to work right away.  As you can see the girls are already gossiping about how cute the blonde boy is.  That's my boy.

I give him about 30 more kisses and a few "omg I can't believe this is happening" and tell him I love him and to have a good day.  I slowly, very slowly, back away getting ready to leave but I have to get a few more shots of my baby at his desk, in his classroom, on his first day of Kindergarten.  *sniff*  Here I go again! 

One more picture on the way out the door, one more peek into the window, and I made my way to my car.  That's when I broke down and cried my heart out.  My baby started Kindergarten?  How did I let this happen?  Oh well, I will be fine...eventually.  And this little guy.........

Was A-Ok. 

A successful first day of school for a proud Mommy and her little baby boy.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

And Then it Snowed

Courthouse Square, downtown Prescott

Yep, told you so.  Snowed so much some people were stuck in their homes for 48 hours.  I wish that happened to me but no of course not.  I'm smart about driving to work in these conditions and I never miss work because of snow.  Darn.  It was quite beautiful though.

Happy Spring?  Let's try this again shall we?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Homemade Face Wipes and a Little Spring

The trees are blooming here in Prescott Valley.  The weather has been strangely beautiful.  It must mean we are do for snow.  Gotta love Arizona.  They say if you don't like the weather, wait five minutes it will change.

Spring always gets me in major cleaning mode.  Cleaning the house has been in full swing here and I have become an organization fool.  But I also have wanted to try my hand at my making my own cleaning/beauty supplies and I decided to start with this great homemade makeup remover wipe recipe I found on Pinterest (oh Pinterest how I love thee).  It is via WhiteHouseBlackShutters.

                                                Even Rowdy was shocked by how cool and easy this was!
You will need:
1 roll Bounty Select a Size
2 Tbls coconut oil (melted)
1-2 squirts baby wash (I used J&J Head to Toe)
4 Cups water
2 containers (I used one rubbermaid and one generic I had laying around)

Whatcha do:
Cut paper towel roll into 2 equal parts using a butcher knife (not serrated, you get fuzzies).  In bowl mix water, melted coconut oil, and baby wash together.  Pour equally into the two containers.  Put cut paper towel roll cut end down into plastic container.  Push down in mixture and secure lid.  Flip both containers upside down and let sit for no less than 5 minutes.  Then open up and pull cardboard out from center.  Pull up center wipe and Voila!

This "recipe" was originally for baby wipes so they work for that as well.  I tried them tonight and I gotta say......my face feels clean and soft.  I think I found my solution to those expensive face wipes I always buy.  This will save me money and I know what I am putting on my face.  

Happy Spring Everyone!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Spring Cleaning Time is Here

I already started decluttering last week.  I cleaned out my laundry room (I really wished I did a before and after photo because it was a big difference), garage (a little not completely), and re-organized my pantry.  Today I cleaned out Rowdy's room and he gave up a big box of toys that he hasn't played with in awhile.  That earned him a TV in his room (thanks to Poppa) so he was quite pleased.  Tomorrow is the Craft Room again (my desk is a disaster zone!).

Anyone else want to join me in some Spring Cleaning Fun!?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Candy Bar Wrappers

What a quick and fun idea for Valentine's Day!  Thanks to my friend Pam for these great wrappers she made on her computer. 

All that was needed for this project was the labels, tape, scissors, and 21 chocolate bars (20 kids in his class and of course his teacher).

Rowdy did a great job helping by cutting out the labels with kid friendly scissors.  Then Mommy wrapped them on the chocolate bars and sealed with tape.  Voila!  Another unique and personal Valentine for Rowdy's classmates.

ROWDY (Rowdy typed that himself!)