Thursday, December 31, 2009


Would you believe that I have searched high and low for a snow suit for Isaac with no luck? I didn't want it too little-kiddie {with Winnie the Pooh, trucks, bears, etc.}, I wanted something that was quick and easy to put on, functional, etc. I ended up purchasing him just a pair of snow pants to wear with his winter coat {which, are NOT all that convenient}. Since Isaac spends a great deal of time with my parents, they dug out this vintage snow suit {worn by my little brother circa 1992}, and it fits the mold! Plus, he's pretty cute in it.

Oh yes, the stocking hat is vintage also - it was Auntie Jennifer's...circa..???

Thursday Deals - 12/31/2009

Ring in 2010 with some of these great finds! :)

1. Take an additional 20% off your order at Banana Republic with coupon code BREXTRA20! {expires 1/2}

2. Honey Nut Cheerios lovers - get your $2 in coupons here.

3. Get a FREE small coffee at White Castle on New Years Day with this coupon.

4. Buy 10 bottles of NAKED juice from 1/3/10 - 2/1/10, and you are eligible for this $10 mail-in-rebate. Be sure to save your receipts!

5. Does your car need an oil change? On New Years Day, Sears is offering oil changes for $19.99. They'll provide you with a $10 Valvoline mail-in-rebate, making it only $9.99!

6. 15% off or $10 off $50 at Payless Shoes. Coupons here. Expires 1/17/10.

7. Have a new pet? You can get a FREE pet exam at Banfield Pet Hospital inside most PetSmart's. Coupon expires within 3 days of printing.

8. Starting Jan. 1, any pizza from Pizza Hut is just $10! Want a stuffed crust - only an extra $1! Limited time only.

9. Phillips is offering a $5 rebate for $15 spent on Energy saving bulbs {or $10 for $30}. Form here, offer expires 3/1/2010.

10. Want to advertise on Facebook? Here's a promo code for $50 worth of advertising.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Cookie Containers

I'm in desperate need of cookie containers. I've been in need for over two years, and I continue to use my Rubbermaid Take-a-long disposable 9x13 containers with taped over broken slits in the bottom. Those are the largest containers I own - they get used for everything.

I should have asked for cookie containers for Christmas. :) Any suggestions? I'd probably prefer a container that's more multipurpose than a cookie jar, and I can't even find a decent example of what I'm looking for in my brief internet search. Bah.

Saturday, December 26, 2009


For Christmas, I gave myself a chip fracture in my elbow.

Isaac and I were doing diaper laundry at my parent's house - we headed into the basement to dry them, I lost my footing, we tumbled down the stairs, and consequently I chip fractured my elbow. We ended up making a late night visit to the ER for the diagnosis. Happily, as the range of motion in my elbow is still very good, I will not not need a cast, but have to follow a treatment plan and will have to be gentle with it for a long while.

Already today, though, my poor elbow has been bumped more times than I can count {both because of my own doing and from other people.}.

And most importantly, Isaac is doing ok - he had a little bit of a sore foot this morning {from where I smashed his foot between the stairs/wall/me, but Daddy adjusted it and he is doing much better. At least he's walking on it now {even if it IS with a limp}. :(

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

Christmas Card Design via Shutterfly.

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Hi blog readers!

I am on the search for a couple of great soup recipes. I'm hosting Blake's family for a soup supper on Christmas night {or on the weekend if the weather turns sour}. As I know that I'll be super busy in the days leading up to this event, I'm hoping for something that reheats awesomely. I want to make it on Wednesday morning before heading out for the day. Ideally, I'd like something simple, hearty, and probably not too spicy for the 1,3, and 8 year old kids. Any ideas/recipes?

Lola, this should be right up your alley!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Thursday Deals - 12/17/09

1. Until Dec. 21, $15 off $60 at Express with this coupon or online promo code 4564. Free Shipping on purchases $75+.

2. $1 0ff 4 Del Monte products coupon here. Take this coupon to Target this week - where they are on sale for $0.50, and you will get 4 cans of Del Monte products for $0.25 each!

3. FREE personalized ESPN poster for the little sports star in your life!

4. Wal-mart as the "Merry Madagascar" movie on sale for $4 Dec 19 - 24. Purchase any 5 oz. Kraft product with the movie and you can submit this mail in rebate for $2.50, making the movie only $1.50!

5. Gymboree is having a 30% off sale right now, plus free shipping. On top of that, use promo code 111F3V9UV080247 to get an additional 15% off AND you still get $25 Gymbucks for every $50 you spend. That's a steal!

6. Head to your Coach outlet with this 20% off coupon!

7. $10 off $50 or more at Old Navy with this coupon.

8. Get a VTech game for $8.99 here {reg. $24.99} then use promo code GETGAMES for $5 0ff, shipping is free, making this game $3.99!

9. FREE Scotch Fur Fighter - just pay S&H {approx $2.50} - here. I so need one to clean up after Sophie. Pocket Sophie meets Scotch Fur Fighter. This could be interesting. Thanks Jen!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Have I told you that Blake has a blog?

Snow days

Now that I've been back to work for two days, I have a much deeper appreciation for the crappy weather last week - it led to a very low key and restful weekend. Plus, I got to spend loads of time with Blake and our little guy. We're working on trying to get him to like the snow. Don't worry, after all of the outdoor festivities and picture taking, he promptly cried about being out in the snow! Such a divo.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sunday's Thursday Deals - 12/13/09

Sorry I'm late on the Thursday deals. We had a busy week last week. But, on a positive note - our Christmas shopping is almost done!

1. Free Peppermint Pancake Puppies at Denny's with this coupon.

2. Bath and Body works is offering another FREE signature collection travel sized item with any purchase with this coupon.

3. Target has released a $5 off Kodak printable coupon. Print it and buy a Kodak Funsaver priced at around $4, and you've got a free camera! :)

4. If you're looking for a last minute gift idea, you can download this free Ecookbook of 34 recipes in a jar!

5. Free 8x10 at Target Portrait Studio with this coupon. No sitting fee or other picture purchases required. SWEET!

6. I love Christmas music, and iTunes is offering a FREE 20 song holiday sampler download-able album with artists like Amy Grant, Barry Manilow, Charlotte Church, and Mannheim Steamroller.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Snow day

Who says kids are the only ones who get excited about snow days?

Things I have done today
1. Made Christmas goodies
2. Cleaned up the house a bit
3. Watched Sesame Street with Isaac
4. Baked a squash
5. Finished laundry

Yay to getting things done! :) Here's the view through our deck screen door.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Snow removal

Looks like Blake and I were smart for not investing in a snow blower.

Well, we're only smart as long as he doesn't get any snow on his mittens!

14 months

Isaac turned 14 months old yesterday. *sigh* Looking at his pictures, it's obvious he's not a little baby anymore - he's definitely become a lot more fun - talking, walking, putting beginner puzzles together, drawing, and whining {a lot}. Ok, the whining part isn't that fun, but the rest of it is. :)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Patty cake

Isaac has learned a new part to his patty cake {pat-a-cake? what do you say?} rhyme. He walks around our house doing this much of the time. In fact, I think he knows the whole first part now - up to "marking it with a B." Note to self - take video and share! :)

Thursday, December 3, 2009


In honor of Jennifer's post about her new boots, I thought I'd post my new boots as well. :)

These are Nine West, bought on Black Friday as part of their online doorbusters {which I actually discovered by accident, I was just looking for ideas for brown shoes} for $50 + an additional $20 off coupon code + Free Shipping. They were delivered today, so I'm trying them out.

Thursday Deals - 12/3/2009

I hope all of you have a better start on your Christmas shopping than I do!

1. Get the Samsung WEP450 Bluetooth headset FREE after mail-in-rebate here.

2. Santa FREEBIES: phone call, letter, photo {at Walmart stores on 12/5 and 12/6 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the photo center}, video

3. Kohl's is having their Christmas sale now through Saturday. Take an additional 15% off with this coupon, or use online code SAVE4XMAS

4. Target has this awesome coupon for $5 off 4 boxes of Kellogg's cereals. Check out their other coupons while you're there. Wee!

5. JCPenny is having their friends and family event Dec. 6. Use this coupon for up to an additional 20% off, or use online code 20friend.

6. This Saturday, Dec. 5, starting at 8 a.m., Wal-mart is handing out $50 gift cards with the purchase of a Nintendo Wii, making it only $149.99 after gift card. In stores only.

7. Request your FREE Aveeno tote bag here.

8. Get 20% off a single item at Office Depot with this coupon. Thanks to the Rachel Ray show!

9. Do you like Lady Gaga? Get her holiday song, "Christmas Tree" downloaded free here.

10. Get a FREE 12 oz. hot beverage from your local 7-Eleven with this coupon. I don't even know where my local 7-Eleven is. :)

11. 25 Days of Free Holiday songs for Download at Amazon. Check out the details here.