Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
God knew then how very much more important clean drinking water would be to Haiti. On Sunday it was announced that the drill would be taken first to Port au Prince for use there before being moved on to the orphanage that we support in Northwest Haiti.
And now, just a few minutes ago, I heard a new earthquake has hit Haiti.
Our church works closely with Northwest Haiti Christian Mission they have been giving updates on the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti, as well as sharing stories of survivors on their website. If you feel led you can also donate to them there. You can visit the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission website by clicking here.
You can also text the message "Support NWHCM" to the number 20222 to donate $5 to them. Which you can learn more about here.
And most of all please continue to keep this country in your prayers.
It doesn't have to be chicken you can pick whatever you want out of your new Todd Wilbur Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2 cookbook which you can read while soaking in a bath tub full of chocolate scented bubble bath!
Now re-read that paragraph using your best The Price is Right voice.
No seriously I placed everyones name on a list in the order that they entered the contest, and random number generator picked number 6 which was Cheryl. I have sent you an email but if you don't get it be sure to send me one!
Monday, January 18, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
- Beechnut Let's Grow Meals $1.08
- Band-Aids Box of 40 $1.77
- Suave Deodorant sale $1
- Banquet Brown N Serve Sausage $1 (bought 10 of these)
- Hunts Pudding 4 packs, $1 (bought 2)
- Birdseye Steamfresh Vegetables $1 (bought 2)
- Pillsbury Brownie Mix, $1 (bought 3)
- Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate, $1 (bought 2)
- Chef Boyardee Ravioli in Microwave Cup, $1.04 (bought 2)
- Hunts Ketchup $1 (bought 3)
- Ronzoni Smart Ones Pasta, $1
- Betty Crocker Frosting $1
- Ivory Soap 3 pack, $1.23
- Soft Soap Liquid Hand Soap, $0.99
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
My laptop crashed last night, and I was on the phone for hours last night with Sony trying to get it taken care of so I did not get the post done. We had doctors appointments today, and after school activities, so time just got away from me soooo.....
I am going to wait until next Wednesday to post about my coupon binder. I hope you all will join me then!
This week has been a really good week, and I am proud of myself. I have done an excellent job of watching what I eat, and making good food choices. I have even gotten some workouts in on the Wii.
I haven't had any weightloss yet, but I didn't really expect it.
Here's my plan for this week:
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes every other day.
- Up my water intake. I really need to work on drinking more water.
- Start walking outside when the weather permits.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Block of Velveeta Cheese
Jar of Salsa
1 pound of ground beef, browned
1. Cut the block of Velveeta up into cubes, and place them in the
bottom of the crockpot.
2. Add in the jar of salsa and the ground beef.
Monday, January 11, 2010
the women's Laguna.
- Right now Crocs has a sale going on in their Outlet section, where you buy one marked down pair of shoes you get another pair of equal or lesser value for free.
- Plus they are offering Free Shipping on all orders.
- Then on top of that I used the coupon code CROCSHOLIDAY, which took an additional 10% off of my total.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Monday - My husband will be out of town so I am going to fix Shrimp (remember these?) and french fries for the kids while I eat a Salad
Tuesday - The Best Crab Cakes
Friday - Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry
Saturday - Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Sweet Dinner Rolls
Sunday - Eat out after church, leftovers for supper
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I was on the Peg Perego website tonight checking out some of their new products when I discovered that they are offering expectant moms a free baby planner called Planning for Baby. You can sign up to get your copy here.
I already try to watch what I spend on groceries but am always looking for more ways to cut grocery costs. I have decided to join Erin at The Many Days of the Dicarolis Family for her Back to Basics Challenge.
The first challenge, which I missed last week was to set your budget, for Erin's challenge it was to include both your grocery and toiletry items. I already have these budgeted my grocery budget is $450 per month and my toiletry budget is $125 per month for a family of six.
So far this month I have spent $229.47 of my monthly grocery budget and $45.52 of my toiletry budget.
This weeks challenge is:
- Pasta - I have several boxes of pasta noodles plus I have canned spaghetti sauce and a freezer full of cut up tomatoes from the garden
- Ham - I have a whole ham in the freezer
- Turkey - I have a 20 pound turkey in the freezer
- Jennie O Turkey Breast Loaves - I have four of these which would mean 2 meals for us
- Sloppy Joes - I have already cooked hamburger and several cans of Manwich
- Shrimp and French Fries - I already have both in my freezer
- Canned Soup - we buy these when they are on sale and have a stockpile
- Convenience Meals - we have several frozen food entrees in our freezer, again we buy on sale and have a stockpile
- I have plenty of corn and green beans canned from the garden, and keep plenty of potatoes in the house so I always have plenty of sides
- Bean Soup - We have several bags of different types of dried beans that can be turned into soup
- I buy flour, sugar, and yeast in bulk so I can always make bread items from scratch
I am sure if I thought a little harder I could come up with more, but it is nice to know that we have plenty to choose from if we had to use up our stockpile.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
When I quit my job to stay home with my kids we took a pay cut, and I had to start learning to cut back expenses. I started using coupons but never really got into it. Well, when my husband had his wreck, and we went to a fixed income I had to really cut back on expenses. That is when we created a budget and I REALLY started couponing.
Since we get paid once a month, I try to do one big shopping trip at the beginning of the month, and do a few smaller ones throughout the week. My grocery budget is $450 a month for the six of us. That does not include toiletries, cleaning supplies, or anything like that. It's strictly food, so when I go to the store I do seperate my general merchandise order from my food order so that I can keep my budget straight.
I thought I would share with you some of my best deals today.
Sea-Pak Shrimp Poppers $1.58
Used $1 off any Sea-Pak product coupons (the coupon is a peelie that my husband actually spotted)
Bought 12 boxes at $0.58 per box
Snuggle Fabric Softener $1.87
Used $2 off any Snuggle product coupon
Got 3 for free plus an additional $0.39 off the rest of my order
Sure Deodorant $1.89 each
Used $1.50 off any one Men's Sure Deodorant
Got 3 for $0.39 each
Ivory 3 Pack of Soap $1.23
Used $1 off coupon
Got 1 for $0.23
Lipton Smart Soups Chicken Noodle with White Meat Chicken Chunks $1.07
Used $0.50 coupon, which Meijer doubled
Got 1 for $0.07
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Earlier this week I was watching (okay listening) to the tv show The Doctors, it's not a show I usually watch but it just happened to be on while I was in the kitchen cooking supper. One of the women on the show said that she didn't recognize herself anymore when she looked in the mirror, and that she wondered where this person came from. That is exactly how I feel. I have never been heavy. I have always been skinny, extremely skinny. I barely weighed one hundred pounds when I got pregnant with my first child. Now I don't even want to mention how much I weigh. Needless to reach the weight that I want to reach I need to lose seventy-five pounds.
I can't say I am not sure how I got to the weight I am. I know how I got here. I have two bad habits, I am an emotional eater and I eat because I am bored. My weight gain started when my uncle died five years ago. My grandparents both got sick, and I had to move back from Florida. My grandfather died four months after my uncle, and it was quite a blow. I just couldn't handle it. This was in 2005. We had several minor obstacles along the way, that made me eat again. Then in May of 2007 my husband had his accident. The accident that caused him to no longer be able to work, and has resulted in several medical conditions. I felt like the rug was pulled out from under me and this is when I really started to eat. Chocolate is my best friend in times of stress. I know this. I just need to fix it.
One of my biggest obstacles in weight loss is my husband. I love him, but he is a bad influence on me. I say I am not going to get soft drinks, I quit buying them, and then he buys them. Puts them right there in front of me. He snacks all the time, and doesn't want to eat by himself. He is constantly asking me if I want candy, if I want chips, if I want a cookie. It's constant temptation. He can eat, eat, and eat but not gain a pound! It's frustrating. We've had a talk about this, and he promises to stop tempting me but we will see.
My plan for this week is quite simple. Nothing major. I am going to start replacing our down home country style suppers with more sensible meals. Baked chicken, fish, low fat recipes, you get the idea. Instead of eating the potatoes or starches that my family is eating I will eat a salad. I am hoping this will be an easy life change that I can ease into. Like I said, I didn't get this way overnight, and I know that if I start making major changes I will fail.
The second thing I am going to tackle this week is drinking more water. One of my biggest obstacles in this area is our water. Our city is dealing with taste issues on the water, so I have to buy bottled water, adn I am funny about certain brands of bottled water.
And the last thing I am going to do this week is to replace my snacks with sensible alternatives.
I really hope to start walking soon. It's just too cold right now. Seriously, it's too cold. It was six degrees outside this morning. I have no idea what the wind chill was but it was cold. It's started snowing now, and we are suppose to get a major snow storm tommorow. So for now the walking will have to wait.