Monday, February 28, 2011

{CLOSED} Giveaway #3 - FREE Pampers Kandoo Tub Coupon

I called Pampers Kandoo a couple of weeks ago because the Kandoo value pack we bought for potty-training Isaac had a faulty tub.  It won't stay closed.  They quickly offered to send me a coupon for a new tub.  They sent me FOUR FREE tub coupons.  I want to share their GREAT customer service and generosity with you.  Plus, the wipes REALLY are great.  So, if you're in the market for some moist, flushable wipes, for you, your kid, or anyone else, leave a comment to enter {be sure to include an e-mail address where you can be reached}.  There will be TWO winners this time {I'm using one of the FREE coupons to keep a tub at Grandma and Grandpa's house!}.  Once the winners are chosen, I'll e-mail you for your address and mail you the coupon within one day of receiving your address.   This giveaway will end on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. CST.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Deep Clean

I know it's not spring yet, but have any of you started your spring clean as well?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Thursday Deals - 2/24/11

1. FREE FryDay at Chick-Fil-A on March 4 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Get a FREE medium fry when you ask for the Heinz Dip & Squeeze and the FREE FryDay promotion.

2. FREE Overby Farm cat or dog treats.  Just fill in your shipping info here.  If it asks for a code, use code CHEERIES.  {I didn't have to use the code}.

3. FREE sample of Creme of Nature shampoo here.

4. For those of you collecting airline miles with American Airlines, just "like" them on Facebook, and you could win 100-100,000 FREE miles.  Everyone's a winner.  And, if you don't have an AAdvantage account with them, you can sign up for one when you get there.

5. Snag some FREE or really cheap ibuprofen at Target with the Target coupon for $1 off.  The 24-ct. Up & Up packs are priced around $1!

6. Gifts to Grow:  10 more points with code NC3XPM9YRD49EMT.

7. FREE sample of Miracle Whip here!

8.  $5 off $15 purchase at T.G.I.Fridays with this coupon.

9. Ladies, FREE Kotex sample here

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Around Christmas, Blake had a mole removed on his foot.  The pathology results came back abnormal, so it was advised that he had the whole thing removed.  You know, it's just scary to hear that word: abnormal.  Happily for us, it was just a small surgical procedure, a handful of stitches, and we can go on living as normal.  I know, for many others, it's not as easy.

Here's a few, bloodless, pics of the process:

Monday, February 21, 2011

Down-home Mac-n-Cheese/Made-up Italian Chicken Breast

The boxed Mac-n-cheese is just fine in a pinch, but I think I'm completely converted to the Down-home Mac-n-cheese whenever I have more than 15 minutes for a meal.  Easy and delicious.  I served it with a made-up Italian chicken breast recipe and peas on the side. 

Husband Rating for Mac-n-Cheese: A
Husband Rating for my made up Italian chicken breast: A
Husband Rating for peas:  B {"because they're served with the other stuff."}

Down-Home Macaroni and Cheese

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine, divided
1/4 cup  flour
1 cup milk
1/2 lb.  (8 oz.) VELVEETA Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked, drained
1/2 cup  KRAFT Shredded Cheddar Cheese
6 RITZ Crackers, crushed

HEAT oven to 350°F.
MELT 3 Tbsp. butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 2 min., stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk; cook until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Add VELVEETA; cook 3 min. or until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in macaroni.
SPOON into 2-qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with Cheddar. Melt remaining butter; toss with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole.
BAKE 20 min. or until heated through.

And, in case you're interested, here's what I did for my Made-up Italian Chicken Breast.  It was sooo tender.  It just fell apart under my fork!

Place chicken breasts on foil
Cover with Italian salad dressing
Wrap up chicken, loosely in foil
Bake at 350 until done {about 50 minutes}.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Scrambled Eggs

As I was making pancakes today, I asked Blake if he wanted some eggs too.  He said {under his breath}, "not your eggs."   The problem for him?  He doesn't like the texture of the scrambled eggs I make because I add milk to them.  He would prefer them with little to no milk.  I like my eggs with milk.

I guess I always thought adding milk was normal.  So, readers, milk in your eggs or no milk?  {poll to the right}.

Jump Jump

We're pretty spoiled with this kid.  He's always so happy! :)


Friday, February 18, 2011

Granola Bites - Helper!

Do you remember that Granola Bites recipe I posted about awhile back?  I'd like to rave about it again.  I've started a granola bites revolution among family and friends around here.  If you haven't made them yet, you should.

Isaac loves them so much, he's been helping me make them lately.  We bury his hand in the granola like, as Isaac says, "pirate treasure."

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thursday Deals - 2/17/11

1.  Here are some more Kindle FREE e-books {or for the FREE Kindle reader on your PC}:
1-2-3 Money Plan,
I Love You This Much: A Song of God's Love, 
After the Leaves Fall
Fat, Forty, and Fired
 The Truth About Protecting Your IRA's and 401(k)s
 City of Dust: Illness, Arrogance, and 9/11
 Bridge to Happiness

2. Get 100 prints for $5 shipped from Snapfish right now with coupon code CUPIDPICS.  Expires 2/20/11.

3. Get the Barbie and Ken doll set for your little one {or you} for $5 from a number of retailers {Target, Amazon}, I like the deal from Barbie Collector because shipping is just $1.  Hurry though, available only until 2/20/11.

4.Request your P&G Coupon Booklet here.

5. Pampers Gifts to Grow:  10 FREE points with code 4W34A9BD99YDFWY.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


I think Owen is going to be a food lover.  He's just a couple of weeks shy of six months old {where did that time go!?}, so he had his first bites of rice cereal today.  He just went crazy over it.  Isaac even got in on the action.  Looks like it's time for me to start making some baby food!  {Want to get into making your own food?  It's easy!  I like this site best.}


The joy of having kids

Isaac just shoved a pea in his nose. Yippee.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


You know, Blake and I have both been working so much the past few years, it was really hard to get a weekend away.  So, with the recent change of jobs for me, our weekends are suddenly more free than they have been for a long time.  We decided to take advantage of it by taking a little trip.  It was a welcome weekend with our boys and some very good friends.  I could not have asked for anything better.  Here are some highlights. :)


Friday, February 11, 2011


I'm really digging the bond between my two boys lately.  They're going to be best friends!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thursday Deals - 2/10/11

1. BOGO Entree at Qdoba on Valentine's day. No coupon required, just kiss your loved one! 

2. Are you a Gleek?  Then you'll love these FREE printable V-day cards!

3. Get a FREE download of the Kindle version of Heart of Stone by Jill Marie Landis here. If you don't have a Kindle, you can get it FREE on your PC.

4. Feb. 12th ONLY, use this BOGO coupon at the GAP.

5.  FREE sample of Dove Energy Glow with subtle self tanners here or a FREE sample of Dove ultimate clear deodorant here.

6. Get a FREE printable Valentine's Day activity pack for your kiddos from Toy "R" Us.

7. FREE sample of Bayer Aspirin here.

8. FREE sample of Maybelline FitMe Foundation here.

9. FREE redbox rental on Valentine's Day with code BEMINE.

10.  Stop into a JCP with a Sephora inside with this coupon, and you'll get a 10 minute express service and a FREE sample of Givenchy fragrance.  Expires March 11, 2011.

11. Heading over to Arby's?  Take this coupon for some FREE steakhouse onion rings with a sandwich purchase!  Exp. Feb. 14, 2011.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Crescent Pizza Pockets

Haven't posted a recipe in a little while.  I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy lunches.  We had these the other day.  I don't recall if Blake gave them a husband rating, but he did say, "These are good!"

**I didn't measure out the pizza sauce, cheeses or pepperoni.  I also used turkey pepperoni to make them slightly healthier.

Crescent Pizza Pockets

1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent rolls
1/4 cup pizza sauce
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup sliced pepperoni (24 slices)
1 teaspoon grated Parmesan cheese

  • Heat oven to 375°F. Unroll dough on cookie sheet and separate into 4 rectangles; press each into 6x4-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations to seal.
  • Spread 1 tablespoon pizza sauce on half of each rectangle to within 1 inch of edge. Sprinkle each with 3 tablespoons cheese; top with 6 slices pepperoni. Fold dough diagonally over filling; firmly press edges with fork to seal. Sprinkle each triangle with 1/4 teaspoon grated cheese. With fork, prick top of each to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until deep golden brown. Serve warm.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Snow day

The flurries that were in the forecast last weekend turned into 5 inches of snow for us!  We took advantage of having the family time - we made snowballs, a (lame) tiny snowman, snow angels, and just enjoyed our family.  I've been incredibly busy lately, and too often I take my boys for granted, so this was a welcome afternoon.

Bundled up boys!

Mini snowman, complete with Christmas ribbon scarf, pea eyes, licorice smile, and green bean nose!
Owen's first snow angel
Love. :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Isaac's eyes pretty much amaze me.  I guess I never thought I'd have a kid with eyes that weren't brown {if you know our families, technically it's possible, I just never thought it would happen since I learned in all of my science classes that Brown is a dominant color.  Blake's eyes are browner than mine!}.

Eight years ago {has it really been that long?!}, at a NYE2003 party, I remember having a conversation with a girl who said that Blake and I would have boring kids.  She said they would probably be cute, but would just have brown hair and brown eyes...and that was boring.  I'd love to run into her now.  She can eat her words! :)

Friday, February 4, 2011


Remember Isaac's first sit?  They're definitely brothers.  I just can't believe where the time has gone.  I know they say kids grow up fast {it's true!}, but I feel that Owen is growing up faster than Isaac.  The good news for Owen:  There's less of him on the floor for Isaac to step on!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Thursday Deals - 2/3/11

1.  Get a FREE firecracker chicken breast at Panda Express TODAY ONLY {2/3} with this coupon.

2. FREE sample of Schiff MegRed Omega-3 Krill Oil here.  Support your cardiovascular health!

3. FREE Home Made Simple coupon book with over $35 in savings here.

4.  Through Feb. 14, Redbox is offering a deal of Rent 2 Get 1 FREE.  Go here for details.  And, get a FREE rental with code N6TRWTV.

5. 10 more Gifts to Grow points with code pampers4momjfm1.

6. Use this coupon for a FREE travel sized signature item with any purchase from Bath and Body Works.  Expires 2/22.

Are you guys interested in Facebook deals?  I find a whole bunch of them, but, unless they're really good, I usually pass them by.  To get all of them, you have to like everything.  I guess I'm just not that into liking everything on Facebook.  But, if you guys are, I'll be happy to start posting them!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Digging out

We spent a good portion of our morning digging ourselves out of about 12 inches of snow from the massive storm system that covered a good deal of this country.  Our biggest problem, since we already had so much snow, was figuring out where to put it all!  We're so grateful to live in such a great neighborhood too.  We love our neighbor with his snow blower attachment on his lawnmower!

Here's the view before I went to bed last night:

And the clean-up: