Friday, May 29, 2009

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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Menu Monday

I am a day late. We had a wonderful weekend with our friends and family. I hope you paid time to Thank your Vets!

Tuesday - Chicken Fetticuini, Texas Toast - Total: $4.50
Wednesday - Chicken over rice (didn't make last week), corn - Total $3.25
Thursday - Johnsonville Brats, Mac N Cheese - Total: $4.50
Friday - Steak Hoagies, Fries
Saturday - Marinated Teryiaki Chicken, pasta salad Total: $3
Sunday - Fancy Feast Sunday

If you have a menu planned or a favorite recipe, feel free to share!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Do you have pesty ants that you can't seem to get rid of? I do! Hannah likes to hide food that she can go after later and has caused a mess to say the least.

For the past month I have been making my own cleaning solutions because I am tired of spending the money. I mix an equal amount of water and vinegar to clean everything! It does the trick and I have become fond of the smell (dries with no odor). You can always add a little lemon juice to dilute the smell!

I was cooking breakfast and noticed those pesty little ants. I got out my bottle and sprayed the five ants and they died on impact! (I know it sounds cruel)

If you have any home remedies for killing ants, laundry cleaning, etc. let me know!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Do you have an invention?

I met a women on who posted about Cincinnati Innovates contest. I decided to enter myself into this contest and have had an amazing response.

My invention is called "Stay Put Bedding". The line will consist of buttoning your sheets to one another. You can not see the buttons because they are hidden on the inside. You can still tuck your sheets into the mattress. You then snap the buttons together to keep the covers on the bed and not the ground!

You can read my entry here. Make sure to vote for your favorite entry. You can vote once per day until Sept. 1. The awards will be on Sept. 18 (2 days before my birthday!)

I have been asked to make these for several people. I am going to be making a few this weekend!

Quiznos Subs!


I really wish they would put a Quizno's by our house. All we have is Subway, Arby's, McDonald's and Wendy's.

Sign up to receive coupons! They will also send you a FREE coupon for your birthday!

I just received this in my inbox so be sure to check your inbox for a $5/$30 q! It is only valid on Monday and there are a few good deals!

ECB Deals
$3.99 Clearasil Stayclear Face Wash: $3.99 ECB. Limit 1
*Sunday/Monday Only
$1 in the 4/19 SS Insert (exp 7/12)
Net Price $2.99 each Money-Maker after coupons/ECB!

$3.99 Revlon Nail Color: $3 ECB. Limit 1
*Sunday/Monday Only
$1 in the 4/26 SS Insert (exp 5/31)
Net Price $2.99 each FREE after coupons/ECB!

$3.99 Playtex Gentle Glide or Sport Tampons: $3 ECB. Limit 1
*Sunday/Monday Only
$1 in the 3/22 SS Insert (exp 6/30)
$1 Printable here
Net Price $2.99 each FREE after coupons/ECB!

$2.99 Bandaids: $2 ECB . Limit 2
* Sunday/Monday Only
$1 in the 2/8 (exp 5/31), 3/15 (exp 6/30) SS Inserts
$1 in the 4/26 RP Insert (exp 7/31)
$1 in the 5/17 RP Insert (exp 8/31)
Net Price $1.99 each FREE after coupons/ECB!

$3.99 Speed Stick Pro Deodorant: $3.99 Limit 2 FREE after ECB!

$7.99 Right Guard Clinical or Dry Idea Clinical: $4 ECB. Limit 2
$1 in the 4/19 SS Insert (exp 6/30)
$1 on 2 in the 3/8 SS Insert (exp 5/31)
$1 on 2 in the 5/17 SS Insert (exp 7/31)
Net Price $6.99 - $7.50 each $2.99 - $3.50 each after coupons/ECB!

$2.99 Colgate Total: $2 ECB. Limit 1
$1 in the 5/10 SS Insert (exp 5/30)
$1.50 in the April All You (exp 6/21)
$1.50 in the March All You (exp 12/31)
$1 on Printable here
Net Price $1.50 - $1.99 each FREE after coupons/ECB!

Buy $10 in Thermacare Heat Wraps: $5 ECB. Limit 1
$1 and $1.50 in the 3/29 RP Insert (exp 6/30)
$1 and $1.50 in the 4/19 RP Insert (exp 7/31)
$3 Printable here

Other Deals

Post Trail Mix Cereal B1G1 FREE
$2 Printable here

$3 Planter’s Nuts B1G1 FREE *Sunday/Monday Only
$1 Printable at
$1 Printable via Kraft Online Community (FREE to join for coupons)
Net Price $.50 each use 2 coupons

$3 Folger’s B1G1 FREE *Sunday/Monday Only
$1 Folgers,7oz+ $1 (5/31/09)
Net Price $.50 each use 2 coupons

$.88 Colgate Cavity Protection Toothpaste *Sunday/Monday Only
$.75 in the 2/22 SS Insert (exp 5/31)
Net Price $.13 each

$1.67 Kraft BBQ Sauce
$.75 in the 5/3 SS Insert (exp 6/3)
$1 Printable at
$1 Printable via Kraft Online Community (FREE to join for coupons)
Net Price $.67 - $1.18 each

$14.99 Huggies or Pull-Ups
$1.50 on Diapers in the 5/17 SS Insert (exp 6/20)
$2 on Pull Ups in the 5/17 SS Insert (exp 6/20)
$3 on Natural Diapers Printable at
$1.50 via Upromise (register your CVS card for account deposits)
Net Price $11.99 - $13.50 each $10.50 - $12 each after coupons/Upromise Deposit!

$.99 Palmolive$.25 in the April All You (exp 6/24)Net Price $.75 each

Thank you to Andrea at Mommy Snacks for these deals. You can read Mommy Snacks Top 5 Tips to play CVS here. Most of this information may seem a little confusing until you know how the play the CVS game!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Weigh In Wednesday

Well, I did not loose any weight this week, nor did I gain any!

I am eating healthier and feel good. I am getting ready to make lunch for Hannah and I. We will be having tuna and crackers, strawberries and water.

I have come to love Vitamin Water. I am looking for more coupons now. I have never had to buy coupons, so this is a learning experience.

I am waiting on my Pillsbury and Betty Crocker Spring recipe books to arrive. They also come with coupons!!! You can order them by clicking on the pictures below.

If you have a healthy recipe that you love feel free to share!

Subway and Land of the Lost

Visit Subway here to enter yourself for a chance to win $1000 daily. When you play the game you can also win gift cards, sandwiches, sides and movie tickets!

My 100th Post!

Today only (5/20) go here to get a coupon in the mail for FREE Oscar Meyer Beef Franks!

Monday, May 18, 2009


$1/1 Lea & Perrins Thick Worcestershire Sauce here

$1/1 Fiber One Chocolate Mocha bar here

FREE Limited Edition Bling Panty for Pink Nation Members here with any Pink store purchase.

$1/1 Kraft 2% Cheese here

Smartsource 2 coupons here

$1/2 Campbell's cooking soups here

BOGO Snapple Tea, Juice or Water here

B3G1F Kraft Mac & Cheese here

Buy Off Clip On get a refill free here

$2/1 Hawaiian Tropic product 3oz+ here

$.50/1 McCormick Grill Mates or Spice Rub here

BOGO Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner Refill here

Free DiGiorno Flatbread Melt

Visit DiGiornio here. They are giving away a coupon for a free DiGiorno Flat Bread Melt to the first 100,000 who register.

Menu Making Monday

I am really bad when it comes to dinner. I get so busy in the morning, I forget to take something out. There are also those days where when Jason gets home we have to do running and it is easier to grab something. I am going to start making a menu and sticking to it!

Monday - Marinated chicken, au gratin potatoes, corn
Tuesday - LaRosas's Pizza, Tastefully Simple samples (American Idol House Party)
Wednesday - Chicken over rice (my favorite)
Thursday - Spaghetti (Bought from Sacred Heart Church and froze sauce/ravioli)
Friday - Cheese Steaks, fries
Saturday - Brats/Metts on grill, pasta salad (tomato, cucumber, cheese marinated in Italian dressing)
Sunday - New Recipe that I find during the week. I will highlight these on Mondays!

If you want a recipe, leave me a comment!

What are you making for dinner this week?

Redbox Monday

There is no code for today. Redbox is now doing Free movie Monday's the 1st Monday of every month. The next code will be out on June 1.

And the Winner is..... generated #2!
Congratulations Jen! I will be contacting you via email!

Jen said...
I would love to try some of those sauces! They sound yummy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

First Giveaway!

UPDATE: generated #2! Congratulations Jen! I will be contacting you via email!

Jen said... I would love to try some of those sauces! They sound yummy.

This is my first giveaway and I am excited! Danielle, my Tastefully Simple consultant (and friend!), gave me some sample sizes of some products to giveaway! Take a look around at Danielle's store here. They have some amazing products.

She talked me into having a party next Tuesday!

There are several ways to enter.

1. Follow my blog (at bottom of the page).
2. Follow me on Twitter.
3. Tweet about the giveaway.
4. Blog about the giveaway.
5. Follow me on Twitter.
6. If you are a newbie to Tastefully Simple let me know what product you would like to try. If you have tried Tastefully Simple let me know what your favorite is!

You must leave a seperate comment for each entry. You can enter daily. This giveaway will end on Sunday at 11 am.

If you are having a giveaway let us know!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Tuesday Fun day!

Who wants to have some fun? The weather is beautiful outside, just got back from a walk in the neighborhood and I am listening to the birds chirp now!

First be sure to print the new coupons at on the right side of my page. They have loaded TONS of new coupons!

Second, let's try to win a Backyard Makeover by Marzetti here.

Next head over to here and print $50 worth of coupons! There are sales to follow to get really good deals on these!

You can enter the Dockers $10,000 Instant Style Sweepstakes here. Enter for your chance to win a $10,000 cash grand prize and a $50 gift certificate code INSTANTLY!

Enter to win a Disney cruise here.

Visit Redman here and enter to win 1 of 3 motorcycles and Instant wins!

Crayola is giving away a Classicpack a day. You may enter here now. You must check back daily starting May 18-June 1 to see if you won.

Ever thought about going to Italy? Well enter Barilla's Win a Trip to Italy contest here.

Stay tuned tomorrow for my giveaway!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Under $10 Deal

This week isn't that great. Although Meijer is having a ok sale. Check out Mommy Snacks here for more great deals.

Here is the deals I am going after and will be less than $10!


(2) Aunt Millies Bread, Sale $1.19
-$.35/1 4/26 RP
Total: $.50 each

(2) Kellogg's Cereal, Sale $1.80
-various $1/1 IP's and inserts
Total: $.80 each

(2) Kraft Mayo, Sale $2
- $1/1 Meijer mealbox here
-$11 4/26 SS
Total: FREE

(2) Electrasol, Sale $3
-$2.50/1 4/19 SS
Total: $.50 each

(2) Softsoap, Sale $.99
-$.35/1 4/26 SS
Total: $.30 Each

(2) Garnier Fructic Shampoo and Conditioner, Sale $1.99
-$1/1 5/3 RP
Total: $.99 each

My Peanut and I Fly Southwest

Jessica is a fellow blogger and have a WONDERFUL contest going on. I didn't want any of you to miss out on this one! Southwest is giving away a family four pack of airline tickets to any US destination Southwest serves. Head over to Jessica's blog here for details on how to enter!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Gorgeous Wedding on a budget

I met Lauren on HCW. She writes for the You can read it here. She wanted to hear some of my tips and tricks for making it work. So I am writing this for her and hopefully some of you can use this.

Our first cost cutting began when we decided to have the ceremony and reception at the same location. This cuts costs on guests driving around town and keeps us at the location with our guests. If we were going to marry in a church, we would've donated $150 plus had to pay for the reception location. Doing it this way we are saving the $150.

Don't be afraid to contact your local parks. Many parks have self service building and can be beautiful. We originally picked Pattison Park in Owensville, but, decided against it because it was "not us".

The centerpiece of the wedding is the brides dress. I got very lucky on my dress and I absolutely LOVE IT! I bought a brand new $1300 Allure Bridal dress for $106 (including tax) at my local consignment store. They bought out a boutique that was closing and I scored BIG! Another option is Ebay! I tried on several dresses at bridal stores in my area and went on Ebay. I was going to purchase a David's Bridal dress for $150 with shipping before I scored the BIG deal! You can also get on wedding forums and buy or rent a dress that someone recently wore for their wedding.

We are not having a traditional wedding cake. We are catering our wedding and included in the price is sheet cake. Jason, my Fiance, loves cheesecake. I am ordering 3 traditional cheese cakes and putting them on cake stands to serve as the visual. We will cut the cheesecake and also serve the sheet cake.

Another way to save a few hundred dollars is to bargain with your photographer. I found several well known photographers who would spend 4-5 hours the day of the wedding, take any pictures that I wanted along with the normal ones and would give me a HI-Res Cd with rights to print my pictures. Most of the photographers charge between $400-$600 for this option. Just because this option is not listed on their website, doesn't mean they can't offer it to you. This is what I wanted because I can make my own albums. I don't need print credits and can print the pictures that I want.

I am going to be purchasing my flowers at either Sams or and making the arrangements and bouquets myself. I am also going to be making my own centerpieces (although, I don't know what I am doing for those yet!)

Having a fall or winter wedding is a lot less costly. This is the time that the vendors are slow and are willing to work for less to get a paycheck. Another biggie I have learned is not to mention the word "Wedding". I am saving $165 on the cheesecake and I am picking it up. I am also purchasing soda, water and apple cider for beverages and going to have a cash bar. By purchasing my own beverages and cups I am saving over $100.

If you have any other ways to save, please feel free to comment.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Friday Freebies

I know it's Thursday, but, I have a lot going on tomorrow and you deserve the Friday Freebies a day early. So here we go:

If you register for the 2009 Self Challenge TODAY (THURSDAY) they are giving you a $10 Gift card. Click here.

$10 KFC Gift check. You must click here at noon on May 8 and be the first 200.

Click here for a chance to win a FREE Mars Candy bar. This is good every Friday until September!

Free Rachel Ray Reusable grocery tote! Buy any Kraft Foods item from May 1 - May 31. Fill out a 3x5 card with your name and address. Circle the item and mail to: Every Day with rachel Ray Magazine, 16 E. 34th St. New York, NY 10016 Attn: Kraft Food Promotions. For more info click here. (Goes great for the FREE Oscar Meyer Deli creation I just got at Meijer!)

Free resume copies at Staples until June 15. Click here for more info.

Free Energizer hearing aid batteries. This is a new one with Zero Mercury. Click here. A dear friend of mine uses the 675 if anyone wants to get one and mail it to me. (HI KIM!)

TGIFridays is giving Mother's a free dessert on Sunday, May 10 for Mother's Day. On top of that they have $5 menu here. If that's not enough to get you in the door sign up for their Give Me More Stripes program here and receive a FREE dessert.

Free Pulled Pork BBQ slider here. Expires 6/30/09.

Free Right Guard Fast Break deodorant q here. First 10,000 only so HURRY!

Weigh in Wednesday

I had to weigh myself twice yesterday. I have lost 2 pounds since last week! Believe it or not, it was easy!

I have got my mind set in the right place. I have not been eating ice cream every night, but, have been exercising everyday! It is really starting to pay off now. The best part is, I feel so much better!!!

I want to motivate you to start "living your best life." I know it is what Oprah says, but, once you get your mind in the positive state you will achieve. Maybe it's not about loosing weight for you. Maybe you need to quit smoking or eat healthier. There are always positive change that we think about and it stops there.

Let me a comment with what change you want to achieve. You can do it, think positive!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Meijer is giving away over 500 gift cards from today until June 6. They are celebrating their Grand Opening of several stores. Click here to play.


First head over to This is a PERFECT Mother's Day gift. Upload a picture at and upon checkout enter the code MOTHER to receive a FREE 8X10!

Limit 1.
Next head over to KFC here for your FREE meal! You will receive 2 pieces of Grilled Chicken, 2 individual sides and a biscuit. You must print the coupon today!

Calling all Crafters

Do you make something and thought about selling it? Well, here is your chance! Don't let this pass you by! Spaces are limited.

St. Veronica is having their 5th Annual Craft show on Saturday Oct. 17, 2009 from 9-3. St. Veronica is located at 4475 Mt. Carmel-Tobasco Rd. A 8 foot table is $50 and each additional table is $25.

For more information or to register call Monika at 513-528-5401 or 513-652-0171.

If we are back in town for the honeymoon I will be there, as a customer!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Movie Monday

Redbox is conveniently located near you. Visit their website here to sign up. During the sign up process you will need to provide them with a credit card number. They will charge your card accordingly. You will receive a text message every Monday with a code. You enter the code during checkout and if you return the movie the following evening by 9, it's FREE!

Redbox price is $1.07 a day with tax. You must return the movie by 9 the following evening or you will be charge another day.

Today's code is: BT73H9.

We rented Bedtime Stories this weekend and it was very good!


KMart is doubling again this week! Get your q's and hurry to score the best deals before they are picked over. The ad doubling up to $.75 is a misprint. My FSIL call corporate and double checked that it is doubling up to $2!

I am going tomorrow with my q binder in tow to get more donations for the Inter Parish Ministry!

Friday, May 1, 2009

5/3 Inserts

$235 worth of coupons in this Sunday's paper (WOOT!) Going to be a good week! 3 inserts!

Be sure to get a minimum of 2 papers to make your BOGO deals even sweeter!

BP & Kroger will have the papers for $1.25 in the Cincinnati area.