Monday, November 18, 2013

Cheesy Potato Ham Bake


Ingredients:

2 cans           Cream of Chicken Soup
8 oz              Sour Cream
1                  Medium Onion, chopped
1.5 C           Cheddar cheese
1 bag           Southern Style Hash browns
1 pkg           Cubed Ham

Optional: 
Crushed Corn Flakes/Crackers/Wheaties/ Etc.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of 9x13 pan. Combine cream of chicken soup, sour cream, onion and onion in a large mixing blow before mixing in the cheese and ham cubes. Add hash browns. Top with crumbled corn flakes or like medium if desired. Place potatoes in the pan and bake for 1 hour. 

Easy as that, Ya'll.


Will upload my own photo next time I make it :)

Monday, September 2, 2013

iBotta... seriously the best thing ever!

You have got to check this out.



Crazy Target Coupon Trip
Need:
Redeem 4 offers in Autumn Stock Up over course of  2 days (AS) Extra $5
Redeem 3 offers in Freshen Up Bonus in single transaction (FU) Extra $3
Redeem 2 offers in Kitchen and Bath Bonus in 1 transaction (KB) Extra $3
Redeem 2 offers for Hug your Baby in 1 transaction (HB) Extra $2
Redeem 10 select offers, receive bonus $20
First time iBotta people get $10 for redeeming offers!

Most of the coupons I got from http://www.pickupthevalues.com/Coupon.aspx
I also signed up for Cartwheel, Target’s reward program sort of like this. https://cartwheel-secure.target.com/

You will need to make sure you follow all the guidelines so you can get each bonus!!!!

T1- Day 1

Product and $$                                                      Bonus                     Reward                

*Kleenex Facial Tissue 3pk+                                 FU, AS                   Ibotta: $1                  5pk $5.69
*Scott Bath Tissue 8pk                                           FU, AS                   Ibotta:$.75              24pk $10.99
*Viva Towels 6pk                                                   FU, AS                   Ibotta:$.75              8pk $12.49
*Huggies Diapers                                                   HB                          Ibotta:$1.50              $8.99
*Huggies Wipes  40+                                             HB                          Ibotta:$.75                 $1.97
*Softsoap 8.5+ and Kleenex Hand towels 60 ct     KB                          Ibotta:$1.50               $1.99
*Colgate Advanced Whitening TP 5.8oz, Optic White Tooth Brush, Kleenex Facial Tissue 72+    KB Ibotta:$3             $2.99, $2.99, $1.69
*Cottonelle Bath tissue 4ct+ and Cleansing cloth (dispenser or refill) KB  Ibotta: $1                  12pk $6.49 wipes $2.99
                                                                                                                                                 

T2- Day 2 (Haven't done this yet)
*Poise EX: 10-16 ct liners                                    AS                           Ibotta:$1.25       
*U by Kotex    any size                                         AS                           Ibotta:$.75


Don't freak when you see your receipt. You will get about $45 back in PayPal from iBotta!  


               



Check out the Krazy Coupon Lady for more ideas, or without the diapers. http://thekrazycouponlady.com/2013/09/01/target-ibotta-deals-without-baby-products-82-49-in-product-only-11-98/

Use my link, please, to register!! https://ibotta.com/register?friend=9hTYg

Friday, July 26, 2013

Snack Bags for Two


One week of snacks for two adults:

Veggies:
2 lbs baby carrots, a handful per bag ($2)
3 bunches of radishes, (only last about 5 days), 4-5 per bag ($1.50)
1 bag broccoli, 5-6 "trees" per bag ($3.50)
1 package of celery, cut in thirds, 3-4 per bag ($1.50)
1 lb green beans, handful per bag ($1.50)
2 cheese sticks per bag ($2.50)

*tricks* I have found it to be easier to stuff the bags if the gbs go in first, then the celery. After that, it really doesn't matter. 

Trail Mix:

1 bag pretzels, one handful ($2)
1 container peanuts, small handfull (?)
1 medium bag M&M's, even smaller handful ($3)

other add in ideas: cashews, raisins, sunflower seeds, dried fruit, etc.


To make a weeks worth of snacks for my husband and myself, it took less than an hour! These prices were what I paid today. Ish. It you figure two snacks a day times two people, it's about a $1 a snack. But... I still have pretzels, M&M's, and radishes left over. And, to save $$, you can buy the broccoli not already chopped up and washed. I was lazy today.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Adult Chore Charts

My husband and I both hate doing chores. And we are terrible at motivating each other. So, I made a chore chart for us. Each day we had a daily chore. Problem was, neither of us was motivated to do them.



So, I added an incentive to our chores! We each have something that is a $$$$ want but we just can't justify going out to the store and buying. So, I added a value to doing daily chores (and threw in exercise!) and made it sort of a competition to see who could reach their goal first!



I am currently trying to make these charts into a decorative display. Watch for that post!


Monday, May 20, 2013

Albertson's 5/20

Prices only good through tomorrow!

I found some awesome stock up deals at Albertson's today. They have a Buy 10 Save $5 promo going that is just great with the coupons that came yesterday.  Here's what I got:

**All of these prices assume you mix and match to buy 10**
Barilla Pasta x 10
$.49
Used $.55/2 from SS 5/19
=$.22/box!

Pasta Roni x2
$.49/box

Duncan Hinze Cake mix x3
$.49/box
Used 2 $.35/1 coupons from their website
=$.28/box w/ coupon

Rice a Roni x5
$.49/box

Wishbone dressing x5
$1.49
Used $.50/1 from RP 5/18
=$.99/large bottle!

Peanut Butter x3
$1.99

Welch's Grape Jelly
$.99

Total Spent: 
25.54
Total Saved:
59.35

Albertson's changed how they do their receipts. They used to print the original price so I could see exactly how much I saved above and beyond the sale... looks like they don't do that anymore! sorry!!


Fabulessly Frugals' list: http://fabulesslyfrugal.com/2013/05/albertsons-coupon-deals-for-may-15-21-2013.html

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Diapers

Really good deal on Pampers and Huggies!!

Pampers: http://freebies2deals.com/2013/04/pampers-baby-dry-diapers-as-low-as-13-each-shipped.html
Huggies: http://freebies2deals.com/2013/04/huggies-snug-n-dry-diapers-as-low-as-13-each-free-shipping-too-2.html

These use the Amazon Mom program. I love it!!!

I bought size 3 Huggies:


The promotion price is the Subscribe and Save. They will ship to me in June because my May order is already processing. (And that's ok. I don't need size three for awhile. I have size 2 coming next week!) The $2 is a coupon I clipped on the same page. There are 222 diapers, making them  $.16 per diaper.

See Fabulously Frugals Diaper Price Point here

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Walmart Doubles 4/16

I know this is probably too late to help anyone out, but here it goes.

Barilla Ready Meals
$2
$1/1 and doubler
= 6 free meals!

Always Liners
$3.27
Bought $1/1 from ebay and doublers
=4 boxes $1.27 each

Kraft Fresh Takes
$1.98
Used $1/1 from coupons.com and doublers
= FREE

Dole Pineapple
$.68
Used $.75/2 and doublers
=FREE

Friday, February 22, 2013

Still Around... But May Take a Break!

Just so you know, I am still around and couponing, just not nearly like I was. Being 8 months pregnant will do that to you. But give me a month or so and I will be back up and running! :) Until then, happy couponing!

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Fourth Trimester




A friend told me that no one tells you about the fourth trimester. I believe it exists.


1. Maternity Clothes
I was so ready to be done with my maternity clothes. I was sick of wearing the same things over and over again. Well, I am still wearing them and will be for awhile. In fact, because of breastfeeding, I actually can wear LESS of my wardrobe that I wore while pregnant. When I went shopping for some summer clothes, I could only fit pants three sizes bigger than what I normally wear. It was depressing. DON'T go shopping four weeks after you have a baby. Which leads to #2...



2. Body Image Issues
I remember looking in the mirror while pregnant and just thinking, "I am so fat." I know I wasn't the thinnest thing before becoming pregnant and hated my bust, but I so long for that right now! What I wouldn't give to fit into the bras I once cried over! And now that I'm not pregnant, it's not obvious why I'm fat and extremely busty. I almost wish there was a way to shout to the world, "I just had a baby; cut me some slack!" It was easy to justify the weight gain while pregnant. But now I look in the mirror and think, "What did I do to myself over the last nine months!?" While said shopping, I held up a pair of pants and though, "holy cow, you have to be extremely fat to fit those." They didn't fit. I about died. But I think the #3 issues plays a part here, too.

3. Raging Hormones
After you have a baby, you have yet another surge of hormones. You were just becoming content with being pregnant and accepting the fact that if you get upset over split milk, it was probably the hormones talking. I had read about the "baby blues," but what they don't tell you is that you still have...

4. Uncontrollable Crying
I had baked a cake the other day and it just fell to pieces. And so did I. It was a cake for heaven sakes. So not worth crying over. But just like when I was pregnant, there is sometimes no control over when the water works start. There are still times when I am really tired that the smallest thing sets me off.




5. Cravings
I didn't really have cravings while pregnant. Things would sound good and BJ would indulge me, but I didn't have true cravings. There have been some times since baby that I have just got to have something. Mostly just sweets. My sweet tooth has run wild since having a baby.


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6. Pregnancy-Turned-Mommy Brain
I swear every ounce of smarts drained out of my body when I became pregnant. I was forgetful. I repeated myself. I couldn't do simple math. I did stupid things. I sometimes couldn't talk right... Complete pregnancy brain. Now I have Mommy Brain. I am forgetful. I repeat myself. I repeat myself. :) I can't do simple math. And today I did a stupid thing... I signed up for a required class to renew my license over the time I knew I'd be on vacation. DUH, Stephanie. You are so stupid. (Please pray another section opens up, PLEASE!) I actually had to buy an app to keep track of when I feed him and which side I nursed last. The first few days I was a mess trying to remember.



7. A Husband in Slavery
While this isn't a "bad thing," I still feel bad. While pregnant, I asked my husband to do a lot of things for me. Like constantly refilling my water bottle. My excuse was I was tired, getting up was hard, yadda, yadda, yadda. I thought I would become a little more independent now that I have my body back. Well... Now I have a babe in arms. So he is still constantly refilling my water bottle, fetching the burp cloth, etc. Poor boy. :) But I greatly appreciate what he does.




8. Not Sleeping Through the Night
I honestly could not tell you the last time I slept through the night. While pregnant, it was the non-stop bathroom breaks that kept me awake. Now, obviously, it's feeding  a baby. Although, I have absolutely no right to complain. He will usually let me go 4-6 hours once a night. I know that is more than some moms get with kids 10 months old. Although, I must say I sleep better now that I can lay on my stomach at night. good by, side sleeping!



9. Body Discomfort
I was under some impression that you "got your body back" once you had your baby. Let me tell you, NOT SO. :) There are things that were better while pregnant and things better while not. My back actually was better when I was pregnant. Now it is something terribly painful. I had a rotated vertebrae when I went into the chiropractor. It is wonderful to be able to get out of a chair or off the couch easily, though. Sitting down was painful the first week after delivery. I will never take that luxury for granted again. Many mom's complain of pain from breastfeeding, but I have only suffered this discomfort a few times. I'm sure it will come, though.  Time, I'm sure, will help me feel "normal" again, but I don't remember what normal is!




10. Falling Behind on Housework
... And that's ok. I had a baby to grow and now I have a baby to love!

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But just so you know, I wouldn't trade it all for the world!!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mario Curtains

Easy DIY Mario Curtains

Curtains
I made these for my Mario Nursery. I did not have a pattern to go off of and decided to just go for it. There are a few things I would change and suggestions I would make for those wanting to try to make these. Just be warned. I am a "close enough" kind of sewer! But hopefully this will give you an idea of where to go and what to do!

  • Prepare your fabric.


  •  Measure your windows. Mine were 47x47. These will have 6 in of green on the bottom so I took that into account when cutting. Also remember to leave a seam allowance at the top and bottom and 2" extra to put a curtain rod through. I ended up cutting mine a little long on purpose just to take all that into account.


  •  Measure bottom stripe. I wanted 6 inches so I measured 7.5. Ended up being a little long, but it works.


  •  Sew right sides together using a 1/4" or 1/2" seam. I prefer sewing just right long my presser foot.


  •  Measure desired length of stripe. Measure to make sure it is the same length all the way across. Sew seam along bottom, remembering to roll for nice edge. You can use larger than 1/4" seam if you have enough fabric (like I did). I used a 3/4" seam and it looked nice.  

  • Forgot a picture of this step, but sew a finished seam around the edge of each side. On the top, fold over two inches to make pocket for your curtain rod and sew. I used a zig zag seam with green thread that looked really nice. But I have a valance going over the top. I wasn't too concerned with it looking too pretty.


  •  I didn't want to buy expensive black out material so I used some polyester I had on hand. I just sewed it on along the seam along the top where my pocket is. Just be careful you don't sew into the pocket like I did in one spot. Made putting the curtain rod in a little tight!
  • Repeat for however many panels you need. Make sure lengths are equal when sewing multiple panels. I had to cut about an inch off of my second panel to make it line up right. Not sure how that happened... maybe that's how my "close enough" sewing plays in! :)


Valance
I found this idea on Pinterest and decided to make it my own. I made up this pattern too, but would change a few things. Also, I am sparse on pictures.


  • I cut 5 12x12 pieces of cotton fabric. 3 black for the blocks, 2 cream for the iron on transfers. Choose size based on your windows.



  • Cut out brown blocks. Next time, I would make fewer larger blocks and take the time to make a nice seam on all of them instead of zigzagging around. Mine were 2" wide by 4" long.


  •  Pin to black fabric.


  •  This is where I failed to take pictures. I bought iron on Mario characters on ebay. Iron those on. 
  • Next, sew the 5 blocks together with a 1/4" seam on each side. (Sew right sides together like you were piecing a quilt.) Finish the sides and bottom edge with a nice seam.
  • I needed a way to hang these and block out some light so I made a "separate curtain" out of an old bed sheet. I used the edge so I didn't need to finish seams on the bottom.


  •  Sew a pocket (mine was 2") for a curtain rod.



  •  I wanted the brown zigzags to show on the other side at 2.5" from the top. I placed my transfers with that in mind. Here is the change I would make: I would use a black back curtain and sew it on at the same time I sewed my top seam. Instead, I measured 2.5" down and pinned on the seam (brown stitches on white in picture) at the 2.5 mark and very carefully stitched it on, making sure I didn't sew onto the pocket.
  • Sewing loops like the original blog post is an option, too. Or folding the top over two inches to make a pocket like on the curtains is another option. I obviously chose the hard route...


Put it together and Presto! Mario!

They look nice with my matching bed skirt!