Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Double $$$ Savings @ Kmart!!!

This week is double coupon week at Kmart. They are doubling all coupons up to $2. My BFF Lisha told me about it and showed me her mega savings so I had to get in on the action too! I got all this loot ($196.12 worth) for less than $100! $98.52 to be exact! I won't be needing cleaning supplies for some time to come!

1 - 6 Big Role Viva paper towel
1- 2 Big Role Viva paper towel
1 - 18 Double Rolls Cottonelle toilet paper
4 - Lysol Toilet Bowl cleaners
2 - Lysol 4 in 1 All Purpose cleaners
2 - Lysol Bathroom cleaners
1 - Lysol Kitchen cleaner
1 - Lysol Mildew remover
2 - Dreft detergent (32 loads)
2 - Dove Cream Oil body wash
1 - Secret invisible solid
1 - Venus Embrace razor
1 - Schick Quattro razor
1 - Schick Quattro refill cartridges (4 count)
1 - Infants Motrin (1 ounce)
1 - Infants Tylenol (1 ounce)
1 - Huggies Overnight Pull-ups (34 count)
1 - 64 ounce Ocean Spray Light Cranberry
2 - Cascade Complete dishwasher pouches (16 loads)

I thought I did pretty good! I saved $39.60 because a lot of it was on sale and then I had $29.00 in coupons so I saved an aditional $58.00 for a grand total savings of $97.60! I hope they keeps this up every month! Here is a list of all the stuff you can get free or super cheap....I didn't have any of these coupons of course!!! Click here!

Now round up them coupons you've been hoarding and get your tail to Kmart!!! lol!!!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Still on baby leave...

Hello all! It's been one heck of a month since having baby. This is the first time that I've been able to get to my computer for more than 2 minutes to check email and go again. I feel so bad that I haven't been on sooner! Please forgive me!
My daughter Samantha Ann was born Saturday, January 24th @ 2:02am. She was 7lbs 9ozs and 20 inches long. Labor and delivery went pretty smooth considering it took a little over 16 hours. So much for getting faster with each one you have! Of 4, she took the 2nd longest to make her grand entrance in to the world (and might I add - sunny side up!) We had a little bit of a scare toward the end. Her heart rate kept decelerating with each contraction but with flipping and flopping around back and forth, we finally got it to stop. The Dr said that her cord was getting pinched when I would have a contraction, it was so scary for me. I lost it there for a while and cried but the Dr didn't get excited, I guess it happens quite a bit.
We spent 2 days in the hospital before we were able to come home. When we got home, we got a lot of visitors. Only those that are healthy are allowed in my house. Pediatrician said 'no bye-bye's and 'no sick people'. RSV was going around really bad at the time and now the Flu is heavy in the area. I had my Flu shot while I was pregnant but I'm not taking any chances. They just had on the news the other night that 2 teenage boys in DC were killed by the Flu in the last 2 weeks. Can you imagine? How awful! My heart pours out to those 2 families.
Things have been pretty good considering she has colic. After supper, she would start in and not quit until 1 or 2 in the morning. I took her to the Dr and he said 'yep, sounds like colic'. I was thinking "wonderful!" My oldest had colic, I was not really excited about doing that again. I did a little research online and found out some information. Some Dr's believe that lactase enzyme is the answer and some Dr's believe that a pro-biotic is the answer. We decided to try the pro-biotic first. She's been on it now for about 10 days and we've only had 1 bad night since. So (knock on wood) I think it might be helping. (Don't want to jinx anything, lol) The only thing is now I'm up till at least 3 with her but at least she ain't screaming! and she sleeps till around 10. Take what I can get I guess. When the hubby is home, I try to get a nap in when I can. Those really help! It's funny how you forget about all those sleepless nights that you have when they are little until you have a little one again!
I haven't touched anything in my craft area since my last post over a month ago. So no projects to share. But I do have a few pics of baby to share with you. Hopefully once baby gets on a better schedule I will have more time and energy to start posting regularly again. I apologize again for taking so long to get back on and thank everyone that is bearing with me. Here she is...
A couple of hours old...

So sleepy...

A week old...
Hoping those eyes are gonna be blue!
So happy to be a BIG sister! lol...
Till next time....Happy stamping!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Lot's to do and running out of time to do it!

I haven't been on here a few days because I have so much to get done and I'm running out of time to get it all done! I went to the Dr. again on Friday for my weekly check up and got in trouble again! My B/P is still high so they are inducing me a week early on Friday. She wanted to take her sooner but my body isn't ready yet so she gave me a few more days.

Since then I've had to hurry up and try to find nursing bras only to find out that the specialty store that I normally get them from went out of business earlier this past year after 40 years of business. I was so mad. Finding nursing bras is no easy feat for me to begin with since I'm a bit larger in that department than the average gal to begin with. I found some at Motherhood that will have to do for now and then once my milk comes in I'll have to order them online in the right size. The ones I got only cost $16 and will never last. When it comes to nursing bras, you get what you pay for! lol!

Then I had to get caught up on the laundry and stay caught up cuz there's no way in he** my hubby will be doing laundry while I'm in the hospital. I'd kill him! I'm very particular about my laundry and he'd screw something up I'm sure so it's just best he don't go there! Update: The washing machine is on death row and can't be fixed. The Maytag repair man said to run her till she dies. It has since temporarily fixed it self. It made all this racket and noise for a few more loads and then stopped as soon as it started which is a very good thing since I have no moola for a new one right at the moment.

Next was to get the Christmas tree torn down. That was a chore and a half! I hate taking it down almost as much as I hate putting it up! It took half the afternoon getting all the Christmas stuff taken down and re-packed away but it's finally done! Yippeee!!!

Then I was off to clean my 6 year old's bedroom! OMG - never knew the kid was such a pack rat. I hauled 2 loads of dirty clothes out of his room I bet! It was never ending! I got'r done though and then threatened the little shits life! lol! We have a laundry chute for a reason and he needs to start using it!

Finally got my basement cleaned up this weekend too! I am supposed to be on bed rest! Yeah right! I thought, she gave me a week to get my life in order before baby and I have a 3 yr old running around, who's got time for bed rest? It's more like 'crunch time' instead! The basement only took a few hours to get cleaned up. It was pretty easy going after I got all the kids toys picked up and put away. Then it was just a matter of vacuuming and throwing out the trash.

I still have Thank You cards to make from my baby shower, 2 bathrooms to clean, a ton of laundry to put away, clean my daughter's room, clean up my bedroom, sew ties onto the babies bumper pad for the crib, pack for the hospital, go to the dump tomorrow, go to the recycle center and vacuum the entire house. I have 2 1/2 days left to get this all done so I guess I better get this wrapped up and get my butt off the computer so I can get all these wonderful chores done! Here is the set of 3x3 cards that I made while Tara was here last weekend. My camera didn't take very good pics of them the first time so I had to wait to post these until I got a chance to take better ones. Thanks for stopping by and listening! Have a wonderful day!
All 4 Cards...
Insides of the 4...
Card 1...

Card 2...
Card 3...
Card 4...

I used the following Close to My Heart supplies on these...
Stamp sets: D1309 Heart Throb, B1297 Heartfelt, D1269 February Word Puzzle, D1254 Soul Mates Word Puzzle.
Cardstock: Tulip, White Daisy, Baby Pink, Blush.
Ink: Tulip, Baby Pink, Blush, Chocolate.
Chocolate Ribbon & Pewter Brads.
Martha Stewart's Heart Lace border punch, Mini-heart Scallop border punch and Scalloped Heart punch.
Paper Shaper's 2" Scalloped circle punch
SU's 1 3/8" circle punch, Scalloped Circle punch
CM's 1 1/2" circle punch

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Valentine Layout and a broken machine!

I had every intention of getting my basement cleaned yesterday until my washing machine broke. I have no idea what happened, I had done 3 loads already and went to put the fourth in. Well when I did that it just started making all kinds of loud obnoxious noises and my laundry was not going to get finished till after hubby got home. When he got home he looked at it and said I needed to finish the load that was in there before he could try to fix it, so I ran it. Eeesh, you should have heard it, not good. Well of course American Idol was on last night so we HAD to watch that and well tonight is poker night so my machine is still broke. Good thing I only have 2 more loads sitting there and not 10 or we'd really be in trouble! So hopefully tomorrow he can fix it. It's kinda of funny too that it happened because the load of reds that I put in when it broke didn't all fit. I had to leave some out, and I said to myself "this would have all fit in my Mom's washer" that I absolutely fell in love with while we were at her house! Maybe the good lord is on my side on this one! I still felt guilty and told my hubby "I swear, I didn't do anything to it!" lol. So I guess my basement will get cleaned once my washer gets fixed. I can't stay down here and clean without doing laundry too...idk what it is. Maybe it's that multi-tasker in me!

While Tara was here this past weekend we made a valentine layout using random stamped paper we made and the layout pattern from one of our new workshops on the go. This is how it turned out...

The whole layout...

Page 1...

Page 2...

This layout uses all Close to My Heart ~ D1309 Heart Throb stamp set, B1297 Heartfelt stamp set, D1269 February Word Puzzle stamp set, D1336 Cupcake Sprinkles stamp set, D1280 Spot on Backgrounds stamp set, Love Letters rub-ons in chocolate, Pretty Pins, Blush Ric-Rac Ribbon, Tokens to Treasure, Big Pinks Just Blooms, Cardstock: Tulip, Blush, Baby Pink, Chocolate, White Daisy. Ink: Tulip, Blush, Baby Pink, Chocolate.

Tools ~ Paper Shaper's 2" Scalloped Circle punch, CM's 1 1/2" circle punch, SU's 1 3/8" circle punch, Martha Stewart Heart Lace border punch & Mini Heart Scallop border punch

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I'm baaaaack! FINALLY!!!

It has been 3 weeksish since I have last been in blogger world and a busy 3 weeks it's been! We left for Tennessee on Friday, Dec 19th to surprise my parents for Christmas. We showed up on their doorstep at 8:45 am only to find them still in bed! I called and woke my mom up and then sent the kids to the front door acting dumb the whole time on the phone. She said "What the heck, someone's at my door already this morning" I said "really! Who would visit you that early in the morning? Were you expecting anyone?" She said "Yeah, right!" Then she said "Looks like there are kids at the door" I said who do you know out there that has kids? Is it the neighbor?" That's when she opened the door to see that it was my 3 rug-rats, and was pleasantly surprised!

We had a wonderful visit with them. The kids had a great Christmas. They especially liked the part about it being at Nana's. No one wanted to leave when it was time to come home! We were there 2 whole weeks, we got back home on the 2nd at 4:00 in the morning. It wasn't a bad drive, only 10 hours. Didn't seem half as bad as our trips back to Wisconsin and those were only 2 hours longer.

While we were there, I kept telling my friends back here that I didn't know when I was going to be home, because I didn't. We left with no set date of return in mind. We were just going to play it by ear and see how things went. After a week and a half had past, I started receiving threats from them that I had to be home by the 3rd so that I could attend our Mom's group meeting. We were just supposed to hang out at a friends and watch movies and I was supposed to make sure I was there since my days were numbered to be able to do things with them with the baby coming and all. Well, I found out on Saturday why they wanted me home so darn bad! Movies my butt! They had surprise me with a baby shower and everyone was in on it! I mean everyone! My husband, my mother! Everyone! (except me that is!) I had no clue! I walked in to Leeann's house on Saturday and she was taking pictures of me as I walked down the hall to her kitchen. I said "What the he** are you taking pictures of me for?" Then I looked around and saw everyone and everything and figured it out! I had all to do to hold back the tears! I still can't believe that they had done this for me! No one has ever done anything like this before for me, so it really meant a lot to me that they all did this! I feel so blessed to have the most wonderful of friends and family! It was a lot of fun! We played all kinds of games and I got all kinds of goodies for the baby. The food was fabulous, I didn't even swell from all the little summer sausage slices that I ate! So I want to shout out a big "THANK YOU" to all my great friends and family that were in on this! You guys are the BEST!

Since then, I have spent the last week just getting caught up with life. The kids went back to school on Monday the 5th only to have off again on the 6th for rain! I guess we were supposed to get ice that day, well we didn't get squat! Just rain! There had to be like 6 inches of snow on the ground before they would even think about calling school when I was a kid. Here they just have to say that there is like a 10% chance of an inch of snow and they are calling school! I say it's RIDICULOUS!

I had done all my laundry from the trip while I was still at my mom's so that was one less thing that I had to worry about when I got home. I got spoiled! She has the Maytag Neptune front loaders. OMG, I think I'm in love! I told my hubby that he can buy me a set of those for any old reason at all, he didn't have to wait for a holiday, that I would totally understand him buying me them "just because" lol! My clothes were so "nice and fluffy feel so good soft" when they were done. There was no comparison to how my regular 'ole agitator washing machine leaves my clothes. Someday, I tell myself...Someday! lol!

I still have to tear down my Christmas tree! Ugh, I hate taking it down almost as much as I hate putting it up. We were supposed to tear it down this past week, well that didn't happen. Hubby said it's my fault cuz I had to go shopping for 2 days and then spend 2 days scrapping. I said to him "we have to eat don't we?" I had to go grocery shopping the first day after a dr. appt.

Then the 2nd day I got in trouble at the OB and was told that I was being induced the 39th week because my B/P has gone up suddenly. I have chronic high B/P to begin with but it had been really low this whole pregnancy with no meds. I was shocked that it had gone up so quick but was also thinking it's kinda about time! I had been high for quite sometime by now with the other 3 and my youngest I had to take medicine for it the whole pregnancy. So I was stamped "high risk" with this one right off the bat but only because of history, I have been complication free up until now.

So anyway, getting back to why I was going shopping, lol. I have no nursing bras yet, so being that I only have about 2 weeks left, I thought I best get that taken care of. Well not so much. No one caries nursing bras bigger than a DD around here so I have to drive an hour away sometime this week to get them at a specialty store. I would order them off the Internet but I am one of those that can't buy a thing without trying it on first, especially bras! I wasn't going to make it a wasted trip though, there is a Children's Place outlet store near the maternity store. It just so happens that they are having their Monster Sale! Well, can't pass that up! lol! Michaela needed long sleeved shirts, so I happened to stop in there and got her a bunch of new shirts. That made me the best mom in the world for a day! So anyway, maybe I'll get that darn tree torn down sometime this week!

Tara came over Saturday to visit me, she really had to come to get some Powerball tickets! lol! It was up to $100 something million dollars. I told her she better not be coming to WV and not be stopping in to visit me! So we got crafty on Saturday. Before she left on Sunday we were crafty a little more! We made a Valentine's Day layout, 2 Valentine's cards and 4 3x3 cards. They turned out soooo cute! Here are the 5x7 cards that we made...

Card 1...

This card uses...Close to My Heart's More to Adore paper pack, Key to My Heart stamp set, Baby Pink CS, Hollyhock CS, Chocolate CS, Chocolate ink, Blush ink, Chocolate ribbon, pink ribbon is from JoAnn's, Martha Stewart Heart Lace border punch and Scalloped Heart punch.

Card 2...

This card uses...Close to My Heart's More to Adore paper pack, Key to My Heart stamp set, D1309 Heart Throb stamp set, Blush CS, Hollyhock Cs, Chocolate CS, Colonial White CS, Baby Pink CS, Blush ink, Hollyhock ink, Chocolate ink, Hollyhock marker, Chocolate marker, Pewter brads. SU's 1 3/8" circle punch, CM's 1 1/2" circle punch, Paper Shaper's 2" Scalloped circle punch, Martha Stewart's Heart Scallop border punch and ribbon from JoAnn's.

Thanks for stopping by! Until next time....Happy scrappin!