Thursday, December 5, 2013
First off thanks to all of you for your great idea's on homemade Christmas gifts. I will have Kara draw a name out of the hat in the morning so I can get the blog candy in the mail to the winner.
Back to gift wrapping tonight as AJ the beagle has already hit the sack for the night. Keeping up with the little girls wears her out, Ha The man in Brown made two stops today so I have a bit more added to the pile of gift wrapping. Then it's on to setting up the sewing machine for some quilting. I have two quilts than need to be completed for Christmas. Lots and lots of other sewing projects are waiting in the wings of things I want to get done as well.
Before I sign off Lena ask what I included in the "On the Go First Aid Kits" So here you go
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I look around the house and think what the heck have I been doing, this place is a mess. But as I write this post it helps remind me of why I can't seem to mark all the things on my LONG to do list off. I seem to be spending a whole lot of time sorting and organizing. Today is my last day for the next 4 days to pull it together before I have one or more of the Grands. Boy oh boy would they have a hay day in all these boxes, wrapping paper, tape, etc.
Sew today I was thinking why not share a bit of my scrap sewing with one of you who might enjoy an "On the Go First Aid Bag" of your own or to use as a gift. To get your name in the hat leave a comment on a handmade gift you have done or will do that is not only useful but frugal as well. Good luck to you all!
Monday, December 2, 2013
How do you like my new almost for FREE Keurig K-Cup?
My grand plan of staying at home nursing this cold went right out the window after seeing the deal to be had on the Kuerig K-cup. What the heck might as well work on DD#2's Christmas list that finally hit the In Box after midnight last night.
Stop at Target used leftover GC's, rebates and sales to save $62.00
Stop at Michael's crafts to pick up 1/2 price crafts for the grands
Tomorrow I HAVE to stay home!!! This place is a hot mess and I fear my luck will run out on all the savings! I still have a nice baggie of coupons, Kohl's bucks, and leftover GC 's. Once I get things sorted around the house I need to pull everything together and begin to fill any holes that might be in the gift giving department. I am ready for all this shopping to be done with so I can get to the good part of the season, cooking, baking, sewing, crafting with the grands, and finish up whatever charity work we still need to do.
AJ the beagle is getting on my very last nerve tonight. She is not happy with me that I spent so much time away from home today. If she pushes her ball under the Christmas tree on purpose one more time she and her ball are going out the door. Me..I'm hitting the sack
Now this is the way to Christmas shop!!!
I somehow picked up a nasty cold over Thanksgiving, ugh..no way was I going out in the crowds this weekend but I didn't want to miss out on some of the super sales going on. I took our DD's advise and began shopping on line. Well let me tell you this is the only way to go!! Ha
Our SIL's are hard to fit, shopping for jeans, shirts, and jackets were a breeze on line. No standing on my head to find jeans that will fit our 6'5" SIL nor our skinny 2nd SIL. DD#1 had several items on her list from ETSY, while there were not any sales on her things it did feel good to buy from small businesses. Lots of surfing the net to find discount codes is not a favorite of mine but I sure liked to see the total price go down!!
My Sister in Law turned me on to QVC while they were in town. I'm not much of a TV watcher but after keeping it on in the background while I deck the halls a little more today I picked up what seemed like a couple of good deals. The man in Brown will be my new best friend for the next few weeks! Ha
I did venture out this evening after I found out Kohl's is now open until 12:00AM. There was not a single person in the store, nice! Savings at Kohl's $500.33 in addition I earned $165.00 in Kholes cash.
I still haven't received DD#2's Christmas list but EVERYONE else is done!! I have many things already purchased for DD#2 but I need that dang list.
Budget???? We are under budget for the first time in more years than I can ever remember. All that being said I am sure I will end up buying a few more things here and there if and when I decide to venture out but I know we will meet our goal. It will be so nice to start the year out with money sitting in our Vacation/Christmas account.
Goal for tomorrow is to FINISH decorating for Christmas, clean out the fridge, get started on FMQ for a Christmas gift, and cleaning the house. Decorating is such messy work.
Anyone else close to being done with your shopping?
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Roll Tide, what a game this is tonight!!
Hubby's Sister and BIL gifted us a new Bama ornament from their many travels this year
My kitchen tree is all set for some holiday baking.
How in the world have I accomplished so much already today you ask? Hubby and I were up at 5:00AM preparing to meet up with family and friends for a end of Thanksgiving farewell breakfast at 6:00AM sharp. What the heck since I was up anyway I figured I would get a good start then work in a nice long nap in the early afternoon.
That plan went right out the window once the Ohio State/Michigan game started. Wow what a game, other than the terrible sportsmanship from a few of the players. If the coaches are any kind of coaches those young men will be sitting out the rest of the season. Bama/Auburn game is on now, NO NAPPING during this barn burner. Followed by South Carolina/Clemson tonight. Maybe I can sleep in tomorrow!! Ha
I am not putting all of the tree's up this year since hubby won't be home for most of the season. The Christmas village as well will stay packed up. Until the toddlers are a bit older there is no point in putting yet more hard not to touch pretty's out. I am still having to lug in all of the tubs and boxes to pick and chose what we will use this year, what a mess!
Anyone else getting your home decorated over this long weekend? I would rather run a marathon than get out in the crazy crowds to shop. Leftovers, football, and decorating is all I need today!
Friday, November 29, 2013
This week has be busy, crazy, wonderful with hubby arriving home Sunday just in time for family dinner. We have been non stop since he walked in the door. Today will be no different, breakfast out with hubby's Sister, BIL, and Kara. This afternoon Mason mans 2nd Birthday party followed by what I am sure will be everyone over to polish off the leftovers. They better be ready to eat it ALL up as I sure don't want to throw out one single bite of all this wonderful food!!
My turn in the shower before we are off but I wanted to share the link below to kick of the Christmas season. DD#1 and her friends are each picking 5 things from the list on this link to do over the holiday with their kiddo's. So many cute and sweet idea's that don't cost a whole lot but will help the children learn about giving. Check it out
Monday, November 25, 2013
Our grocery store haul total was $110.78. Savings...drum roll please.... $152.20. Gotta love a deal like that!
Did you think I had dropped off the face of the Earth? Na, just so busy getting this holiday cheer pulled together that I haven't had the time or energy to sit down for more that five minutes without falling asleep.
Hubby arrived home Sunday evening just in time to celebrate SIL#2's Birthday dinner. The Grands were crazy excited when he walked in the door. Oh how they love Papaw (said with a French accent) Along with cooking, baking, and cleaning I have been trying to jump on some of the pre Black Friday sales. The big kids turned in their list at Sunday dinner, money and GC seem to be the theme this year, works for me!
I had a question of what does RAK stand for? It's short for "Random Acts of Kindness" One of our favorite things to do all year long but during the holiday's we all kick it up a bunch! I will try to share some of our favorite charities/ideas sometime this week. No promise as to which day, things are super busy this week. Tomorrow hubby has to renew his drivers licence, inspect the truck, then we are off to enjoy Karsyn's Thanksgiving program at pre school followed by an afternoon with the little girls. See what I mean, its a full day each and every day.
But tonight we are enjoying some down time with cookies and tea (or beer for some) watching "Celtic Woman" Home For Christmas. Talk about voices of Angels!!