Friday, February 27, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Thanks a BUNCH to Carrie at Money Saving Methods! She happened to be online the night I did my first offer, and answered TONS of my questions. She is amazing, and so open with her help. Thanks again!
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So I was researching, and found these amazing blogs. Please feel free to take a look!
Staying at home more:http://makinghome.blogspot.com/2008/12/combating-you-should-get-out-of-house.html
Organzing your home:http://www.momoflittles.com/2009/02/how-i-do-it-by-staying-organized.html
A day in the life, preschool homeschooling:http://www.momoflittles.com/2008/12/little-peek-into-our-day.html
Hope that inspired someone like it did me!
Head: 16.25 (57%)
Length: 26.25 inches (88%)
Weight: 16 pounds, 4 ounces (77%)
Here were Cara's 4 month stats just to look:
15 pounds, 10 ounces (90%) - exactly twice her birth weight
Height: 25 inches (90%)
Head: 16 inches
He's doing great, he's so very smiley and happy. His breakouts are going away, only to be replaced by red, dry skin, thanks to the wind, drooling and dry weather! Oh, the joys of babies with sensitive skin, thanks Newsome genes ;) haha. She said to put a cool mist humidifier in his room (Cara has had one in her room since she was sick about 3 weeks ago, now she likes the noise, and asks for it at night), so we'll be off to CVS to use some ECB's this week to get one for Micah Man's room :)
Oh, and he took the cutest 4 month portraits yesterday at JCPenney (smiles by wire to come!). It makes it really hard to pick only one pose and stick to budget each month, but I did it! :)
Enter last week. Micah started sleeping mostly through the night at 7 weeks. He's awesome, and I admit how good we had it. Then, I've been sick for a week and a half, and he starts waking up EVERY night between 2:30 and 4. I go put the pacifier in, and if that doesn't work after awhile, I usually give in and feed him (knowing full well he can go a full 11 hours at night). So late Thursday night (after an awesome bible study with Esther and Beth Moore that morning by the way), he wakes up at 2:45, as on cue. I go put the pacifier in, shut his door, get back in bed, and tell Eric, that's it, he's crying it out tonight. We did it when Cara was about 4.5 months old, and after a rough first night, the next 2 went easy and it's been smooth sailing since. I know some of you are against it, and I'm sorry, but it's what worked for us. We didn't do it at first, we tried lots of other methods, but you do what you feel is best for your family and I'm going to leave it at that! :)
So I remember hearing him cry on and off. He'd cry, then he'd be quiet. I remember looking at the clock at 4, and he was crying, his loud normal cry. I thought, I'll give him a few more minutes, then I'll go feed him just to shut him up! Then I passed out from exhaustion. I truly know it was our Good Lord that woke me from a dead sleep at 4:20. I sat straight up in bed, looked at the clock, didn't really hear anything, but got up and went to his door (if you know my house, from his crib in his room to my bedside is MAYBE 12 feet). I listened at the door and heard this pitiful gasp/cry thing. I raced in (lights still off), grabbed at his face and he had his dog/blanket lovey thing in his mouth. At first I didn't register that this was weird. He'd had it for about a month (bad mommy! we didn't give Cara hers until she was 8 months old and could crawl), and sometimes would put it over his eyes when he was going to sleep, and then I'd go in and take it off. So I moved it, picked him up and he was DRENCHED with sweat on his back. And he was cold. I turned the lamp on and was going to feed him. That's when I yelled for Eric to come quick. He was WHITE. and breathing very slowly. Eric said to call 911, and that's what I did. We couldn't get him to really wake up. He never stopped breathing, but we kept blowing in his face (you know when they're crying really hard and you blow in their face and it makes them catch their breath, like when he got shots this morning), and he just seemed pitiful. The lady stayed on the phone with us, and she could hear him gasping. I can not explain the sound to you, just that it's something I've tried very hard to get out of my head. We put the dogs in our room, got dressed in case one of us had to go somewhere. Thank goodness Cara slept through it all. I opened the front door (it was FREEZING all of a sudden) and saw as the ambulance turned onto our street (felt like it took forever, but it was more like 5-7 minutes). Seriously the second I saw the lights, he opened his eyes, looked at Eric and smiled! His color started coming back. The EMS came in and held him. Took his heart rate, checked him out and everything was fine. They stayed while I fed him to make sure he wasn't going to vomit/choke. They said to call them back if something else happened to take him to the emergency room, but he seemed just fine.
l felt awful. At this point it was almost 5 after we laid him down after feeding him. I told Eric I would stay up and do tax returns (yeah, right), so I could check on him, and he could go back to sleep, and I'd nap when he napped today. It's so scary, normally, I go check on them both before I go to bed, and they're always sleeping so peacefully. But after I fed him and laid him down, he looked TOO peaceful! I was crazy with worry and guilt. I went and opened my bible, and fell prostrate on the floor before my King. I cried and cried, and prayed thanksgiving for waking me up in time. I kept going to the what ifs in my mind. I knew from a previous bible study that the end of 1 John 4 was about God's love, so I went to it and read through 1 John 4 and 5. God is so good. I had just studied in the Esther study how the What Ifs in our life is fear. And 1 John 4 told me how God's perfect love drives out fear.
So I'm at Kroger last night, and this punk kid is checking me out. I say this because I had dealt with him previously during my trip trying to find the small packs of tuna that were on sale, and he was basically like, 'sorry, I don't go in the back (which is right near us), you'll have to go (all the way to the front) ask customer service.' I'm sorry, I grew up working in a grocery store, and I was raised to try to help people whenever I can. The manager (after trekking to CS) actually walked me over to where the packs were on an end-cap (they were out of them on the shelf). He's so nice, that's why I always go to that Kroger, he's been very nice and helpful in the past as well. Anyways, so he's scanning my coupons after he rang me up, and this one for refried beans kept beeping. He's like 'did you get 2' and I said yes, he didn't actually stop talking to the guy who bagged my groceries long enough (wow, their conversation on how scary Friday the 13th was riveting, oh and how some girl at their school and the bagger raced on some back road (wow, makes me want to teach my kids to drive), and then later that night she flipped her brand new car daddy had bought her) to actually look up and see me holding them up. Anyways, I was freaking out a little, like maybe it WAS my mistake. Maybe I gave them an expired coupon. After he got the other coupons to ring up (after I told him the ones that I print on my computer had to be typed in, they just never scan--WOW, he L.O.V.E.D. me for that one), he called I think the customer service manager or someone over. She asked me if I bought 2, I showed her, she tried to ring it up again, she said, oh, it expired on 2/28 (um, it's 2/24 today), then caught her mistake, and gave it to me. But man, I just hate making people wait (the ones in line behind me), but not enough to not get my $1.00 (50 cent coupon doubled).
Enter today, there's a great deal on getting 2 free Jack in the Box tacos today. I know, not really on my diet, but I was raised on these things, and RARELY EVER get them (like maybe twice a year--unless I'm pregnant ;)). So, why not get them when they're free. I read the fine print, it said from 12 am to 11:59 pm, so midnight to midnight today, 2/24. I stopped by on my way home from Micah's 4 month appointment and mailing some tax returns. I was feeling good about my healthy breakfast, good quiet time, kid-free shower (not that they shower with me, but that they are awake when I shower, they were both asleep) and plans to work out this afternoon, so I went through the drive through. You'd think Jack--even through his coma or whatever he's got going on--would have told his stores that this is happening--since it did come directly from HIS website. That they would expect people getting 2 free tacos all day (I mean, it's only 99cents, and the majority of people out there will buy a drink or something, which they usually make around 85% profit on--just not me). So I tell the lady I have a coupon for 2 free tacos, and she said ok, like she knew what was going on. I get up there, hand her my coupon, and she looks at it for what seems like 10 minutes. She asked if I printed it online and I said yes. She first starts to argue with me that it says 12 AM and that it is only 10:30 AM. Um, I had to explain to her that 12 AM was midnight this morning, and it's good for all day. That took a good 3 minutes convincing her that noon was PM, not AM. WOW. Then she says that the code 761 (that you can all clearly see on the coupon) is not valid when she types it into her computer. I told her this was not my problem as I printed it directly from hang in there jack . com, which is a Jack in the Box website. I mean seriously, offer a coupon and then not put the code in the computers, or tell the stores it is happening?!?! She ended up giving me the 2 free tacos anyways, arguing with me the whole time. I tried to be polite and courteous, and think I succeeded, but I just came home irked at the whole thing. I will not be made to feel like a criminal just because I use coupons!!
On a side note, I was going through them all yesterday when Micah was sleeping after Cara came home from school. She was playing right outside the back door coloring with chalk, but decided to come in and 'help' mommy cut her coupons :) It was so cute. I mean, I didn't let her near the actual ones, but the extra newspaper/ads laying around I let her tear like she was cutting some out for me. I think it's hilarious that after only 2 months, she knows what coupons are and what I do with them (she tried to help me 'file') :)
Monday, February 23, 2009
Just an update on the weight loss thing. In 7 weeks I've lost 7.4 pounds. It's not awesome (I started off REALLY strong), I kinda fizzled out a little, but I am now re-commited, and I really want to focus on working out more. I'm eating decently healthy; it's so much harder to lose weight HEALTHILY (for me) while breastfeeding. I did some research, and for my height and weight, I'm supposed to eat 2000 calories to LOSE weight! That's a LOT. I'm also focusing on WHAT I'm eating (I look at my daily analysis, i.e. carbs, fat, protein, etc). It's hard not to just eat junk (like girl scout cookies!) to get to my daily count. But my main goal is to nurse Micah for a year, or more, so if I lose more slowly because of that, I'm ok with it.
Also, who doesn't love FREE food. Especially Free Hot Toasted Sandwiches! I LOVE me some quiznos. Click here to get your free sub. Good luck printing the coupon, we've tried 3 times, and it absolutely will NOT work our new printer :( So very sad. Thanks MSM.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Cilck here to read about getting 100 free prints (shipping around $5.19) from seehere.com
Well today I looked at our past 6 months of usage, and only 2 months did we go over 550 (one was the month we had Micah, and one was Christmas) minutes, and neither were by very many. And since you can only downgrade once (of course you can always upgrade), I wanted to go to the cheapest plan. I mean, we get free minutes between ourselves, and anyone else with AT&T (both of our families are on it), and free night and weekends, so it's not like I sit on the phone all day during the day. But, instead of losing over 7,500 minutes, I decided to call AT&T and ask to keep more. I've been a long time customer, and pretty much anything you ask for you get when it comes to things like this. So I called, was only on hold for about 1 minute, told the lady what I wanted to do, said I would have done it online, but didn't want to only keep 550 minutes. I told her I wanted to call to see if I could keep more of my built up rollover minutes since I had been a customer so long, blah blah blah :). She said sure, how about 2,000. I said great, THANKS. I had to wait a couple minutes while she messaged her manager, he ok'ed it, and we were onto thank yous and goodbyes. So, I saved us $30/month, for the next 10 months: $300 for the year!
Wait, but your title says $25, what ELSE did you do. Well see friends, I'm a bit anal (ha, like some of you didn't know that). The other day when I was doing the ING deals, since I did them for the kids, and the account has to be linked to a person who isn't a minor (i.e. MY account)'s bank account, I had to switch money from Cara's and Micah's savings into mine, to then transfer to their respective ING accounts to get the free $25 each. I did so, copied the confirmation numbers into my Microsoft Money, as I always do, and thought I was done. When I went in to verify everything happened right yesterday, Micah's deposit didn't post to his ING, and I had a $25 NSF fee in my savings account, um, NO. (In case you were wondering why a small deposit would make us go $0 in our savings, it's because we don't use it as a savings, we use ING, etc, so this is basically an account we keep open with like $20 in it to use for transfers, etc) So, I called my bank, told them what happened, and before I even had to give them the confirmation numbers for all my transfers, etc, the lady told me she would refund the charge for being such a great customer. Gee, Thanks! :) So, instead of just letting it go and not wasting time on the phone (which was my first thought), I got the full $50 into, not just a net $25. And, (this may not be the norm) both phone calls were short, no to low waits, and easy!
Friday, February 20, 2009
So, if you would like a free $25 for about 5 minutes of work, and getting yourself start with a high interest savings account, please email me. While having so many accounts at ING and Sharebuilder (thanks to free money), I have a great offer. If you email me at mistylnewsome at yahoo . com, I will send you a referral link for an instant $25 as long you as make an initial deposit of $250. Of course you can transfer this out if need be, but I'd consider leaving it in. It would be a great place to store that emergency fund, or tax refund, and it will make it harder to just transfer to use when it's not an emergency. Don't get me wrong, it's as easy as transferring money from your ING savings to your checking or savings that you have linked, however, it takes a couple days, and it'll make you think hard on if it is a true emergency before transferring! Please leave me a comment or send me an email and I will get you your unique link.
Just a note, I've been with ING for over 18 months, and have never had a problem. Their customer service is great, they always pay more interest than I can find elsewhere on the web (unless you have $25,000 sitting around not doing anything for you!), and it's a very user friendly site. Also note, if you take advantage of this offer, I will get $10 as a referral bonus, while you get $25. However, just note that it will be going into Micah and Cara's savings, not my own! :)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Click here for a free $10 coupon book from Betty Crocker when you sign up for their newsletter.
Click here to sign up with General Mills for the Dinner Made Easy newsletter and receive a free coupon booklet.
Click here to sign up for a free $10 coupon book from Eat Better America when you sign up for their newsletter.
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I also put most of these on my left sidebars, where I put all things that are savings/money making related.
First off, is free gift cards for new or transferred prescriptions. Click here to see all of the ones that were in the paper recently. I also scanned my CVS card (scan it EVERY time you go in the store at the price check kiosk) at a recent visit and a coupon printed out for a free $25 gift card for a new or transferred prescription.
Here is my CVS deal this week, I got this off MoneySavingMom.com:
Buy 3 Suave Products at $2 each, Get $2 ECBs (Limit 5)
Buy 3 Body Washes at $2 each Use 3 $1/1 coupons here and here (there were also $0.75/1 coupons in the 1/11 RedPlum insert)$0.33 each after coupons and ECBs (Thanks, SwagGrabber!)
However, mine worked out EVEN more awesome. I had received my FREE Suave product coupon that I mentioned going to get in this post, and it was up to a $3 value. I also had a $2 off 3 Suave products coupon from the newspaper (not sure which one). I wasn't sure if this last coupon would work since I was getting one free, so I had a $1/1 coupon as backup. However, the first coupon took off $3 and the second took off $2, so I got three suave hair products for $1.07 OOP. I had planned on using $4 ECB, but didn't, and I got $2 ECB back! So they paid me $.93 to take them home net after ECBs. I also just got a new prescription for me after finally going to the doctor today. So I did it at CVS and got a free $25 gift card. I'm so excited, I hope to try to make it last a few months, using all my deals/coupons and ECBS!
I also got some awesome deals at walgreens, also found here and here at my favorite drug store blog.
I got the FREE Yes to Carrots lip balm. I also purchased the Thermacare (free after rebate), Zucal (Free plus $2 overage), Garnier conditioner (free plus $1 overage), and one thing of some 75% off valentines candy for my honey (ok, I had one!) for $.37. My total was $11.60. I paid with a $5.50 gift card from last months free item. Please read HERE about how to get your rebates on a Walgreens gift cards, to earn 10% more. So I spent $6.10 OOP, but next month I will receive back $15.91 on a gift card to do more deals. The first month or two, you spend a little OOP (out of pocket), but once you get a balance on a gift card, you shouldn't have to. So now, I have a Walgreens and CVS gift card, and I'm PUMPED!
For all my people trying to lose weight like me this year, click here to enter a giveaway for a Biggest Loser 2 workout DVD!!! Go soon, it may end shortly!
Also, visit this blog for a Temporal Scanner Giveaway. These are great, a couple of friends of mine swear by them.
I also had this awesome post about $25 free INSTANT for opening an ING Direct savings account, which I got for both Cara and Micah (you can open Joint accounts, to transfer money to their account--Parent/Child Joint), but my friend Carrie at moneysavingmethods.blogspot.com took her post down, or I can't find it. So, I'll repost when I find it.
I also figured out how to better use my camera (ISO, lighting, etc) today, and got some great pics. Check flickr in a couple of days to see them. I got a REALLY cute video of Cara lifting up her dress to 'feed' her baby, but that won't be going anywhere public online! It's hilarious though. Gotta run!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I have lots of new pictures that I'm posting on flickr, be sure to see them if you haven't already. Oh, here's one more of Micah. First time in the exersaucer. He's too little, he didn't really enjoy it, but he's too cute not to post (Thanks Jenn L for the outfit...still found a couple I got to send back to you!).
And one more holding his little head up so well! :) Ok, I'm done....promise! Look for a post coming soon about more FREE MONEY!
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Anyways, I know God truly listens to our prayers. We've been trying to sell our massive 65 inch tv for about 18 months, but now that we have the builtins, it has been sitting in our garage for almost 2 months. We re-posted it on Craigslist after it didn't sell at the garage sale. We had NUMEROUS calls and emails about it, and finally a lady came by on Wednesday to pick it up. YEA! I'm so glad that is gone. Not only did it take up a lot of space, but it was the last big purchase remaining, the last one that reminded us how un-frugal, impulsive, and unGodly we were with our money decisions back a few years ago. Also, this is just little and silly, but I'm totally out of conditioner. I've been using the last little bit in my bottle before I went to SF, and my hair was just yucky and tangly. So I knew I had to buy some this week when I went to the store. What was in the mail when I got home yesterday? My Suave coupon for a free bottle!! Woo Hoo! :)
And I just have to mention I have some of the best friends in the world. They pray for me, encourage me, hold me accountable, and just listen to me. One friend in particular, Tracy B (one of those few friends I used to work with) had come over a month or so ago to go to lunch. She LOVES dogs, and I had told her how our dogs NEVER get treats. Like, we haven't bought any in about 3 years! She said one day she was going to bring my dogs some treats, and I just called her silly. Well, she called while I was out of town and said that she had dropped some off and left them on my front porch. I told her my dogs would be very happy when we got home on Saturday. So when I got home, I had a few things from the front porch that Eric had brought in (a couple Brylane Home boxes from those good deals I got) and a bag from Tracy filled with 2 bags of yummy dog treats (Tracy--Gweny and Riley Thank you!). As I inspected the bag further, I saw an envelope, which I assumed had a little note in it. So I opened it up, and it did have a note in it. A note about how she appreciates what I've given up for my kids, and how we are striving to provide a great home life and future for our family. And 3 opening day Astros tickets! Are you kidding me? I was Ecstatic (Cara's new word from her Fancy Nancy books)! I waited until the kids were in bed so I could call and truly thank her. And, since I know she reads my blog daily, I wanted to give her a little public props. Tracy--I'm so GLAD I got to know you when we worked together, and am so glad we've kept in touch. We don't have a whole lot in common, but you are so fun and sweet. Thank you again for thinking about us!
Just on another note. A lot of my friends ask how I find out about all these deals. Click here to go to Money Saving Mom's website. She matches up all the coupons for Walgreens and CVS! Love it!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Leave me a comment and let me know if you did this deal as well, I never know if people take advantage of savings I find, or if they just think I'm a little nutty ;)
If you haven't signed up for Mr. Rebates, Please click on the square on my left toolbar, it's another easy way to get cash back if you're shopping online, and you can start with a $5 bonus!
In other frugal news, I'm so excited. We will have our minivan paid off by July, after only 13 months of payments. We of course did not want to take out, even the small loan we did. We did it for 24 months, so we would be MADE to pay it off fast. And, with God's grace we will be able to pay it off 11 months before we thought we would! God is so good! :)
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
1. I'm going to try not to make this all about my kids. However it is hard when they are both supposed to be napping and I can hear them both 'talking' to themselves. Oh yeah, they get that from me.
2. I'm a procrastinator. Not all the time (like, I already have our entire budget for the year done, completely broken up into months and subtotaled on a main sheet), but sometimes. Like now, I should be finishing up cleaning my house for playgroup tomorrow, but Celesta was the last straw. If she can move to another country, get her, her hubby and 2 kids settled and move 5 times in 2 months, then I guess I can write 25 random things about me.
3. George Strait was my first love (I mean, besides my parents). I seriously fell in love with him at 5 or 6, and have never stopped! His song, "I Cross My Heart" was the first slow song Eric and I ever danced to, and my friend Seth sang it at our wedding (cheesy, but meaningful, my 2 favorite songs of his are "The Chair" and "Carried Away").
4. When we were going through pre-marital counseling, my pastor mentioned me staying home with our kids when we had them. I told him, "you're crazy, I'm an accounting major, I'm going to have my CPA, I'm going to be a businesswoman, I will never stay home with our kids." Then he said, "who's going to raise your kids then?" Fast forward 5 years, I'm working at ConocoPhillips, I get a new job scheduling natural gas on the trade floor, LITERALLY 2 days after I found out I was pregnant with Cara. I told my new boss, and he was totally fine with it. His only concern was that I would want to stay home after I had the baby. The words out of my mouth were, "are you kidding, my husband is a school teacher, I couldn't afford it even if I wanted to." Ha. If you know me, which if you're reading this, I'm assuming you do, you know the radical transformation God did in me once I held Cara in my arms! God is so very good.5. I actually still am a CPA, and I'm one of the weird ones that ENJOYS doing taxes each spring (probably because that's the only time I work--i.e. make money from my time).
6. I'm a blog freak. I post a lot http://www.ericandmistynewsome.blogspot.com/. I read a lot. I read people's blogs that I've never met. I cry over people I don't know. Sick children are a WEAKNESS. I cried over a lost little angel today.
7. I feel like my 2nd baby (Micah) gets jipped sometimes. I feel like he lives in his little bouncy seat, so that I can get Cara dressed, or get her lunch ready for school, or vacuum real fast, or take Cara potty, or or or. Today however, while Cara was at preschool, he was having a super fussy day, on top of me not feeling totally 100%, getting over an illness. So I just sat on the couch with him, and held him and looked at him and loved on him and watched him smile, for like 30 minutes. It was the best 30 minutes of my week.
8. I re-read everything. I've re-read the previous 7 posts about 10 times so far. That doesn't mean I catch all my mistakes, or that I even care when I read something that is wrong. In 9th grade, in Mrs. Baker's AP English class, they called me the grammar queen. Now, I could care less.
9. Eric is the love of my life. And I'm debating putting this as #1. I feel bad I'm just mentioning him, but he is the best, most solid, loving, creative, sweet, giving man I've ever known. I love him for who he is, and who he strives to be. We couldn't have been more opposite when we met, and it's a little weird how much more similar we've become. Although, the day of my best friend's funeral, when we were IM'ing over Thanksgiving break, and I asked him if we were ever going to be "boyfriend and girlfriend" his answer was, "I guess we can date, but I don't think it'll last very long." We joke about that today, and he ALWAYS says, "what's your definition of long" ;)
10. One of my best friends, Miranda Denise Adams, was killed in the Texas A&M Bonfire that fell 11/18/1999. It was THE saddest day (week/year/decade almost) of my life to date, but I know God used it to bring Eric and I together. It was followed 6 years later by the death of my cousin, Michael Gamble, in a car wreck. And I know God used that tragedy to bring me my sweet girl, Cara.
11. I'm the oldest of 8 girls. My sister Bailey, is my only fully biological sister (and who I'm closest too, obviously). But, I have my step-sister Shawna, who is my step-dad's daughter, who is 3 months younger than me. I have 3 half sisters from my dad's other wives (he's been married 5 times), and 2 step-sisters that are 18 year old twins. I also have an ex-step-brother, if you can figure that one out ;)
12. I L.O.V.E my girlfriends, and spending time with them. Girls night is one of the highlights of my month. I love getting to know new friends better and spending time with old ones. I know God brought me to Kingsland Baptist Church for a reason, and I couldn't have asked for a better church family to raise my children in.
13. I would do almost anything for my girlfriends. Just ask. However, one of my fears, it always has been, is that I cherish a friend more than they cherish me. You know what I mean?
14. I met my longest/closest/best friend Trayce the first day of kindergarten. She lived right around the corner from Kiddie Kollege, my day care. The bus picked us up to go to school, and the bus driver told me to sit "there," next to Trayce. I fell asleep on her shoulder on the way to school, and we've been friends ever since. We grew up in church together. We played flute in the band together. She's a year older than me, so she could drive early. We got into trouble together. We went to Sonic a lot together. Her parents would always take us to eat after church, and then (when she was 14/15) we'd go look at model homes in neighboring towns, and they'd let Trayce drive us from model home to model home. I thought that was so cool. Especially since my mom wouldn't get in the car with me until I was a licensed driver (my step-dad taught me how to drive).
15. Ok, I'm only at 15?? Seriously??? Ok, when I was 10, I used to want 6 kids. 3 boys, 3 girls, and 2 of them (one boy and one girl) were going to be twins. I used to have all their names picked out, but the only one that stuck was Micah. When Eric and I were dating/early marriage, we agreed on 2. The day I brought Cara home from the hospital, I knew I wanted more. I didn't necessarily want them RIGHT then, but I knew I was born to be a mom. Eric agreed to 3 (even though I secretly--ok not so secretly--want 4). He says as long as they keep coming out as easy as Micah did, we could keep going. I don't think he necessarily came out easy, but that we were WAY more prepared/prayerful/laid back than we were with Cara. We felt more at ease and knew what we were doing.
16. I am WAY more patient and WAY less stressed now than I ever was when I was working. I look back at my working days, and cherish those few friends I have from that time, because I was a very ugly person back then. I wasn't in the Word as I should have been. I cussed when I got stressed, which was often. I didn't hold my tongue when I should have. I made people feel bad because they didn't work as fast as me, or it didn't come as easy to them. Man, I don't even want to talk about it anymore!
17. I LOVE to cook. This was also a transformation after I had Cara. I never cooked before. When we were in college (and married), my extent of cooking was chicken nuggets and blue box mac and cheese. One time, when we were newlyweds, between summer session 2 and fall semester, when I had a day off work, I made us jumbalaya. It was AWESOME, but it took me 3 hours to make. I've never made it again. When I had Cara, I started watching Rachel Ray's 30 minute meals (yes, sometimes she gets on my nerves, but the methods are great), and figured out, I can do that. And since then, I have!
18. Going along with cooking, I love saving money. With our income, we have to be 'tight' with our money, so that we can do what the Lord has called us to do, be debt free, live a fruitful life within our means, and raise our kids knowing how to save. Cooking 13 out of 14 nights every 2 weeks is an easy way to save our money. It doesn't happen EVERY time, but for the most part it does.
19. I love to read. I read a lot growing up, not so much in college, a lot when I was pregnant (both times) and not so much since. I do my (mostly) daily devotion/bible study still, but I haven't read a book since Micah was born. Last summer, when I was hot, fat and pregnant, and Eric was home most of the day with us, I sat and read all day long sometimes.
20. I like "The Office." I didn't jump on the bandwagon when it first came out. Eric and I never even watched it until the reruns came on TBS like 18 months ago. But, we realized we really liked it, and now we have 4 seasons on DVD!
21. We don't have cable. Another way to save money. We missed it a lot at first, but with each passing month, I think it gets easier and easier. Now that we have a new TV and digital antenna, we get a few more channels, and that makes Eric very happy (before NBC didn't come in well--whatever channel 2 is--or at all, so we had to watch The Office online the day after it came on).
22. This is harder than it looks. And I'm taking way too long doing it. Cara never did go to sleep, she's been up playing in her room this whole time. Oh, I HATE to color. Never liked it growing up. It bored me, and I was never patient enough to be good at it. All the kids loved it. They'd outline everything dark, and then color light, and you couldn't see the lines or how bad they colored. It hit me hardest in Mrs. E's 3rd grade class. I was in there with some world class colorers (angie!!), and I hated it. I've been blessed with a child who loves to color and play with play-doh. Now I know how much my mom probably wished I liked it, it can keep her entertained for hours! (ok, 30 minutes).
23. I never have been a morning person. In high school, i would wake up at 6:45, jump in the shower, and be at school by 7:10 with wet hair. No wonder the guy I liked all through high school wouldn't pay attention to me. Looking at my old pics, I wouldn't have either! :) ha
24. I'm weird, and I admit it. Most people don't believe I'm from Texas. I used to be a MUCH pickier eater, oh how that's changed. But there are still some things most people like that I despise: ketchup, ranch dressing, mustard, bbq sauce. Yep, mostly condiments, mostly southern condiments. I won't even open the ketchup bottle for my kid. I'm raising her to not eat those condiments much, but she does get them when daddy's home.
25. Kids are crying, I really should have accomplished something. I haven't even had time to re-read # 12-25, so if there are misspelled words, etc, I'm sorry. I don't even think most of these things are interesting
Here is the link that was in my email. You will have to sign into your upromise account to do the deal.
Monday, February 09, 2009
Transaction # 1
$1.99 Chewable pain reliever (earn $1.99 ECB) (monthly deal)
$3.99 Planters Snack unsalted roasted peanuts
-$3.99 FREE Planters snack coupon--won on a freebie website and mailed to me
Total OOP: $1.99 ECB's Earned $1.99
Transaction # 2
$6.49 Mylanta (earn $3 ECB)
-$2 Mylanta printable coupon
-$1.99 ECB from #1
Total OOP: $2.80 ECB's Earned $3
$3.99 Stayfree dry max ultra thin pads (earn $2 ECB)
$3.99 Stayfree dry max ultra thin pads (earn $2 ECB)
-$3.99 B1G1 Free coupon from V1/4/09 coupon
-$1 Stayfree coupon -- I've had forever, don't know where from
-$3 ECB from previous transaction
Total OOP: $0! ECB's Earned $4 I LOVE walking away from a cash register with a receipt with money on it and not having paid any! :)
So, for all 3, total OOP: $4.79, ECB's left over $4. It's almost like I got all of that for $.79! :)
Saturday, February 07, 2009
- To date, I've received $20 in amazon.com gift certificates from swagbucks.com. I'm saving up for a bread machine, and I'm about 20% there, all for searching the web, which I would have done anyways!
- $500 Lowes Gift Card - I had a productive "Guys Night." Eric is currently at guys night with our friends from NewGround, and I spent about 1.5 hours signing up for my next $500 gift card--this time to Lowes. We REALLY need to fix/redo our master bath, and how awesome if I can get it paid for for almost free! I would suggest ANY of my friends trying this. Click here to read all about the process from Carrie at Money Saving Methods. She is awesome and quick to respond to any questions you may have.
- I reviewed my delivery confirmation, and my last $500 gift card certificate (for a $500 visa gift card) was received on 1/26, so I should be getting it at the LATEST by 3/26, but most likely by 3/5!
- $25 Walmart gift card. In signing up for my last $500 gift card, one of the bonus offers that popped up was a free $25 walmart gift card for signing up for buyersedge.com I got the info in the mail, mailed in for the gift card, and received it Tuesday, and spent it Friday ;) -- it helped buy M&Ms for scrabook night ;)
- Edited to add: $275 made at Garage sale on Saturday..and hopefully another $450 from the sale of our massive tv....we have a couple people interested, FINALLY! :)
I think that is about all this week, except for my awesome grocery trip. I got over $178 worth of groceries for $99. Woo Hoo. I took a picture, but haven't posted about it...and now it's a little too late :)
Thursday, February 05, 2009
1. Go to your 4th folder where you store your photos.
2. Select your 4th picture (no exceptions)!
3. Post the picture with an explanation and link it back to your tagger
4. Tag 4 people (or as many as you want) to do the same!!
I went to 2007 since I did 2008 a few months ago. This was 7/14/07 at 10:30 am on Galveston's East beach. Cara's first trip to the beach. Our friends Shannon, Nathan and Garrett were visiting, AND this was the morning we got the offer on our old home so that we could purchase our new one--my friend Merediths old one....who tagged me, how weird??!?!?! :)
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
I figured I'd start with the waffles, because they take the longest...because you have to cook them one at a time. So, I mixed up the batter while heating up my waffle iron (I do what she says, I use about half water and half milk, and half oil and half unsweetened applesauce). I sprayed with a little cooking spray, poured the first one in, and set my timer for 5 minutes (last time, I didn't set a timer and I kept burning them!!!). Next, I got the water and wheat flour breaking down, and started the yeast/water/honey mixture for my bread. As that worked, I started on the dry and wet ingredients for my pumpkin muffins. I don't put the butterscotch chips in them, and I use 1 cup WW flour and 3/4 cup white flour (actually, since I doubled it, I used about 2.5 cups WW flour and 1 cup white flour). Cara likes playing with the crumbs (that she helps get on the counter by helping me 'stir'). As we were finished mixing the wet and dry together, it was time to add the yeast mixture to the dough mixture, along with the butter, salt, etc and knead it into a ball.
:) I love super-accomplished feeling days. If only I loved to clean like I love to cook!
Click here to find a bunch more recipes and people serving their families hot breakfasts :)
Monday, February 02, 2009
Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.
So, I totally did not almost (really truly, I was proud of myself for not doing it!) spank my child in anger after she was writing in pen in one of my cookbooks this morning. Especially not after I was too busy checking my email and had heard her clicking that little pen a good 5 minutes before I got up to check on her!
I also did not get both kids, Cara's lunch kit, backpack and napmat loaded into the car, running 5 minutes late, to drop Cara off at school, look down, notice I still had my house shoes on, say, "oh well," and hop in the car anyways!
I did not make an excel spreadsheet planning my grocery shopping today, at 2 stores, with coupons, and set goals for eat store like a nerd. Nope, Not ME! :)
Sunday, February 01, 2009
The magazine includes a lot of great content from bloggers you’ll appreciate, as well as great features, photos and other content. The magazine is owned and published by a family who have seven kids, three adopted and one who has Leukemia (www.riggsfamilyblog.com). The magazine gives away a bunch of ads to charities and ministries. Besides great articles on interesting people (including MckMama this month), there is a lot about family, adoption, personal finance, spiritual life, humor… all sorts of “life” topics.
Again, the subscription is free, and I know you’ll enjoy the magazine, so take a minute to check it out and sign up to get future issues. www.seriouslifemagazine.com
In other news, if you aren't a fan of upromise.com you should be! They have monthly coupons that you can register for (you load your kroger, cvs, randalls, etc cards as well as debit/credit cards and earn money for college for your little ones). You don't have to clip them, but if you buy the products, then you get that money posted into your upromise account. I just wanted to make sure all my friends who use formula know about it. One of this months coupons is $5 into your upromise account if you buy 2 Similac formulas. Here's a link to the coupons, make sure to sign up!