Terrible TWOSday - My Little Bruiser

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Yesterday was one of those days where you hope to never go through it again.

I'll start from the beginning...

We woke up to a seriously gorgeous day.  The sun was out but it was chilly.  I headed to a doctor's appointment while Cohen hung out with his favorite sitter, Maggie, in his choo choo undies.  When I came back we got dressed and then decided to play at the park.  After lunch we heard the neighbors outside so we got out our bubbles and chalk and played in our little dead end road.  One of the neighbors just learned how to ride her bike so she continued to ride up and down the road like she usually did.  Well, Cohen decided to chase her...

Here is where the story gets sad.

She turned around, was startled by the amount of kids surrounding her and ran smack into Cohen going pretty fast on her bike.  I mean SMACK into him.  Poor thing was bleeding and bruised and tangled into her bike.  I've never heard him cry so hard before - so I knew he was really hurt.  After we got in I saw the huge gash on his face. Okay, I'm the kind of mom that freaks out over any kind of blood or injury.  I usually panic and make Kurtis take over.  However it was just me and Soph so I had to do it this time.  I finally got the bleeding to stop enough so I could check out his mouth - which was also gushing blood.  It looked like his tooth went through his lip and his bottom gums were pretty scratched up.  By this time my little man had finally calmed down and was watching Chuggington and eating a  popsicle.  Soph played the big sister role and sat with him, holding the ice pack on his bruised little leg while I called his dentist.

And guess what his dentist said?
"We are almost done with patients for the day."

Umm hello?  Did you hear me?  My child got ran over by a bike and I think his tooth may be loose?
Oh yeah, he's only 2 and a half?

So I reluctantly made an appointment for the next morning and called my husband crying.  
My next solution -- call our dentist.

So I did and guess what?
He's the bomb.com really and got him in after his nap.
He normally doesn't take patients that little but Cohen did awesome.  I think it helped because his wife is the hygienist and they have a son that is three, so they knew the tricks of the trade with our little guy.  And it all turned out okay too!  Just scratches to the gums but his teeth looked fine and his tooth didn't end up going through his lip like I first originally thought.
I will forever recommend my dentist to everyone and their brother because of his kindness. 
 Seriously, need a dentist? 

How is my little bruiser doing today you ask?
Well, here's his road rash the day after:

 God his face is still stinking cute with that big ol' mess on his face.

Chances are it will be a decent scar if we aren't careful but I'm just thankful that it wasn't worse.  He acts completely fine and continues to participate in his daily adventures such as jumping off the couch, climbing onto the high bar stools and sliding down the slide head first.
  My poor neighbor girl was so sad about the incident.  She is one of the most sweetest and sensitive souls I know. But we reassured her it was an accident and Cohen still loves her -- he even wanted to go back over and play the second we got back from the dentist.

As for our dentist appointment we had scheduled for today? I called this morning to make sure they got my message that it was cancelled.  
They then asked, "Did you see our doctor on call?"

My response: "No.  I wasn't given that option so I called my family dentist and he got us right in last night."
BAM baby!

Don't mess with Mama Bear when it comes to her Baby Bear.

Happy TWOSday! :)

Target Match Ups for the Week of 7/28

I had to hit up Target today for my little bruiser who got run over by the girl next door on her bike (more on that later!).  It was a complete accident and poor girl felt horrible but boy did my kid worry this mama!  So I had to grab some cream for his road rash on his face as well as a few other extra goodies before my July coupons expired!

Check out this week's best deals at Target:
--Venus Embrace razor - $5.89.  Use $5 off (RP 6/16).  Final Price: $0.89

--Reach floss - $0.92.  Use $1 printable.  Final Price: FREE

--Ivory soap 3 pack - $0.97.  Use $0.50 off (Aug PG).  Final Price: $0.47

--Bayer chewable aspirin - $2.24.  Use $2 off (RP 6/23).  Final Price: $0.24

--Cover Girl eye shadow singles - $2.98.  Use $1.50 off (July or Aug PG) and $1 Target mobile coupon (Text July4 to 827438).  Final Price:  $0.48

--Room Essentials pillow - $4.04.  Use $2 Target mobile coupon and 10% Cartwheel deal.  Final Price: $1.84 

--Market Pantry pasta and sauce - 5/$5.  Use $1/pasta and sauce Target mobile or Target printable (target.com).  Final Price: $0.50 each when you buy both

--Market Pantry ice cream - $2.79.  Use $1 Target printable (target.com) and 5% Cartwheel deal.  Final Price: $1.71

There is also a $1 off of 4 Up&Up school supplies mobile coupon.  However I tried to use it today by buying 4 packs of Up&Up crayons at $0.25 each and it wouldn't work -- I even went up to the Customer Service counter.  Let me know if you get it to work!

If you have a Super Target and shop there, grab the $10 off a $40 Grocery purchase.  It'll tell you what items this coupon is valid for but a lot of this items have other coupons you can stack on top of the deal so check it out!  It's a printable or mobile coupon.

Happy Shopping! :)

Get Back to School Ready with Gordmans

Here is Indiana school is getting ready to start any day now for many students. I know - it is crazy early! But this year Back-To-School shopping is different than in the past for me. Cohen will be attending his first year of preschool so now I have double the fun things to make sure I purchase before he gets ready to venture into his school year. Plus Sophie will be entering her first year in junior high. (I know, I'm thinking it too "Oh no. Junior High!") With another little one on the way, I was on a mission to find a store that offered everything I was looking for as well as quality products with affordable prices. This past weekend after we helped my sister and brother in law move into their house, we were driving home and passed Gordmans. This store was huge - so I had to stop! 

My husband, Sophie, Cohen and I headed in and were greeted by friendly associates willing to help us with any of our Back-to-School shopping needs. Gordmans was set up in easy to navigate sections so I knew exactly where to look for the things I needed. I made a beeline to the toddler boys section while my husband, Sophie and Cohen decided to check out the toys and shoes. As I shopped for Cohen, I noticed a little section between the children's clothing area with kid friendly videos and seating called "Gordmans Giggles." Soon Cohen had joined me and was loving his shopping time at Gordmans! It was the perfect spot to entertain the kiddos while you shopped in the area! But I was even more pleasantly surprised by the clothing selection and brand names for Cohen - familiar names like Carters and Puma. Plus the prices were amazing and ones that you really couldn't beat at any other store in the area. I had fun choosing a few outfits for Cohen and he loved being able to pick his favorite shirts too, even if every choice was the color orange but more importantly he was having fun and not getting into toddler trouble!

Sophie is now officially in the teen section yet her middle school has a stricter than usual dress code. So as I headed over there, I was greeted with an amazing selection for her as well! We found some great clothes and had a blast trying them on. I kept finding her more and more things to try on while she was in the dressing room. Sophie was starting to become more comfortable and excited about the idea of middle school while I was getting more excited with the prices we were finding. Double win for our Back to School shopping experience!


After a pit stop in the toys again for Cohen and a looksie for Kurtis in the men's section, my husband and I got sidetracked by the home goods department. Hey now, the parents need to enjoy their own Back to School shopping as well! We found a super cute porch swing and a great cabinet for our hallway at nearly half the price! I was amazed at the choices of wall art and other accent pieces of furniture and decor that Gordmans had to offer. The products were ones you would find a various name brand stores and the quality is what you would expect when shopping from those stores too. I can't wait to have my sister watch Cohen so Kurtis and I can go and find those final finishing touches we have been looking for to complete our new home.


At checkout I was introduced to Gordman's loyalty program. The gRewards program lets you earn a point for every dollar you spend. It's not a credit card but a simple rewards card! Once you earn 200 points you will get a $10 reward. Plus the program offers a variety of perks including a 10% birthday discount off of your entire purchase. Beginning August 15ht you'll be able to sign up online. But if you can't wait until then be sure to ask your associate when checking out to get signed up for the gRewards program!

Are you ready now to hit Gorman's for some hot Back to School shopping? Be sure to head to your Gordmans to score one of these awesome in store special events:
8/2 - 8/4 -- First 100 guests in the store each day of the weekend will receive a $10 savings card.
8/16 - 8/18 -- Loyalty members receive 10% entire purchase and a free pair of earbuds with purchase.
8/23 - 8/25 -- Mystery discount. Guests have the chance to receive a coupon for 15, 20 or 25% off a single item, or 15% off their entire purchase

It's time to get your kids (and yourself) pumped up and ready to head back to school! Check out Gordmans for great choices and amazing deals and make Back to School shopping a fun experience for everyone! 

Could you use some extra spending money to splurge on your Back to School shopping? Be sure to enter the sweepstakes to win $1000 + $100 to Gordmans. All you have to is reply to the conversation below! Good luck!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gordmans. The opinions and text are all mine.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Gordmans.  The opinions and text are all mine.

The World's Easiest Cookie Recipe

Monday, July 29, 2013

I felt inclined to start a baking marathon yesterday.  I made a birthday cake, homemade meatloaf and zucchini bread.  I then realized I had all the fixings for No Bake cookies and thought I'd whip a batch of those up too!  No Bakes make the perfect cookies when you are short on time - especially for you super busy moms with busy little ones!

Here's what you'll need:

-1 stick of butter
- 2 c of sugar
-5 tablespoons of cocoa powder
-1 teaspoon or vanilla
-1/2 cup of milk
-3 1/2 cups of oats
-1/3 c of peanut butter

Here's what you'll do:
1.  Combine butter, sugar, vanilla, cocoa and milk into a saucepan.  Heat ingredients until they boil.  Then, boil for 1 minute.

2.  Turn off the heat and add peanut butter and oats.  Mix up until oats are covered and peanut butter is melted.

3.  Scoop cookies out onto wax paper and let cool to set.

4.  Once cooled you are ready to eat!

I told you it was super easy!

One batch can make a dozen big cookies or two dozen small cookies.  Cookies usually set in about two hours.  These are my go-to treats when I'm short on time and/or too tired to whip up something spectacular.  They are always a hit and usually are gone in our house within in days.

Happy Cooking! :)

CVS Match Ups for the Week of July 28

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Today is my last Sunday before school later this week.  I'm crying on the inside and most likely the outside too.  So after Cohen decided to fall asleep (at 3 o'clock -- his schedule is so jacked.  That's an issue I plan on tackling this week) I took a little catnap, caught up on my Bravo shows and then baked my face off.

Seriously - meatloaf, organic snap green beans, a birthday cake for Kurtis, No Bake cookies and homemade zucchini bread.
Oh so good for the soul.

Now I've decided to post some match ups for you this week at CVS.

Here are this week's best deals:
--Starbucks Iced Coffee - 2/$3 and get $1.50 ECB when you buy 1.  Use $1 off (bricks.coupons.com).  Final Price: FREE with $1.00 moneymaker after ECB -- totally will be stocking up on these puppies this week

--Gillette Venus or Fusion ProGlide razor - Buy 1 get $2 ECB.  Use $5/Venus (RP 6/16 - expires Wednesday!) or $3/ProGlide (July PG - expires Wednesday!).  Final Price: varies depending on the razors you get

--Schick Hydro3, 5 or Silk razors - $9.49 and get $4 ECB.  Use $2 off (SS 7/28).  Final Price:  $3.49 after ECB.

--Herbal Essences shampoo or conditioner - 2/$5 and get $1 ECB when you buy 2.  Use FREE conditioner when you buy shampoo (Aug PG).  Final Price: $0.75 each when you buy 2 after ECB.

--Pantene shampoo or conditioner - 2/$7 and get $1 ECB when you buy 2.  Use free conditioner when you buy shampoo (July PG - expires Wednesday!).  Final Price:  $1.25 each when you buy 2 after ECB.

--Oral B Cross Action brush - $5.99 and get $2 ECB.  Use $3 off (Aug PG).  Final Price:  $0.99 after ECB. 

--Crest ProHealth rinse - $4.49 and get $1 ECB.  Use $1.50 off (July PG).  Final Price:  $1.99 after ECB.

--Spend $10 on select Colgate and get $5 ECB.  Use $1/toothbrush (SS 7/28) or $1/mouthwash (SS 7/28) or $1/Total, Optic White, Max Fresh or Sensitive toothpaste (SS 7/28).  Final Price: varies

--Stayfree pads - $2.99 and get $1 ECB.  Use $1 off (SS 7/28).  Final Price: $0.99 after ECB.

--Bayer Aspirin - Buy 1 Get 1 50%.  Use $2/Bayer (RP 6/23).  Final Price: varies but most likely a HOT deal depending on the price at your store 

--Excederin - Spend $20 and get $10 ECB.  Use $1.50 off (SS 6/16).  Final Price: varies

--Huggies Big Pak diapers, Pull Ups or Goodnites - $19.99 and get free wipes (3x refill) when you buy 2.  Use $3/Huggies (walmart.com) or $3/Pull-Ups (pull--ups.com) or $2/Lil Movers printable or $2/GoodNites printable or $1.50/Snug and Dry printable and $0.50/wipe printable.  Final Price: $10.99 each when you buy 2 diapers and wipes.

--Dawn dish soap - $0.99.  Use $5/Hand Renewal (Aug PG).  Final Price: $0.49

--All detergent or Might Pacs - $3.99 and get $1 ECB.  Use $1 off (bricks.coupons.com) or $0.75/Mighty Pacs (RP 7/28).  Final Price: as low as $1.99 after ECB.

--7-Up, A&W, Canada Dry or Sunkist 2 liters - $0.99.  Use $0.30 off CVS coupon (machine in store).  Final Price: $0.69

--Nestle, Mars Chocolate, Wrigley's Singles or Necco Wafers - Buy 2 Get 1 Free.  Use Free M&Ms chocolate bar when you buy M&M candies (RP 7/14).  Final Price:  varies

There are a few other ECB deals this week, like with Proctor and Gamble products, so if you're in the market for Tide be sure to check it out!

Happy Shopping! :)

Kroger's Friday Freebie for 7/26

Friday, July 26, 2013

Head on over to Kroger's website to sign in and snag today's digital coupon freebie - Colgate toothpaste!
We all need toothpaste, right?  So grab some more of this stuff for free!

I love when it's free!

Our Mini Family Vacay

Considering we traveled to Florida for Spring Break, we wanted to do something smaller this summer.  So the four of us packed up and headed to Cincinnati!  The drive is fairly short from Indianapollis (a little over two hours) and very doable with a toddler.  We had originally planned to hit the Cincinnati  Zoo first but they were calling for rain - and boy did it rain my friends.  We headed to Newport Aquarium first.  I love this place.  We took Cohen here last year and he loved it so I knew it would be a hit again.  The only downfall to this aquarium is the fact that it is kinda pricey and you really can get through it in less than two hours.  But this year we got an up close look at the sharks getting fed and Cohen was mesmerized for a good ten minutes.  That my friends is a miracle if you can keep my child's attention span for that long.  We touched a starfish, a baby sting ray and saw tons and tons of underwater life.  It was a fun experience but like I said a quick one for the price.

He kept saying "Ooo stinky mama!" as we passed by the penguins.  I'll be honest, they were quite stinky...

We then had a few hours to kill before we could check into our hotel  So of course we stopped for a snack.  My child chooses candy.  Smart one he is.

We scoped out our "want list" at IKEA and then headed back to our hotel as the weather decided it was time to start raining.  Not just any rain but torrential downpour on the highway with several people who find it appropriate to keep the speed limit 70.  Umm hello.  When I can't see the road I'm not driving that fast...just saying.  After hitting 5 o'clock traffic we finally made it to our hotel and checked in.  At this point we discovered that my step daughter had eaten her ENTIRE half pound bag of candy.  Okay seriously people - this kid just ate a half pound of taffy, gummy fish and chocolate.  Needless to say she didn't feel well and needless to say we didn't feel too sorry for her.  
Let's just say it was a long evening in the hotel room...

The next day the sun was shining and we headed to the Cincinnati Zoo.  Indy peeps this zoo trumps our zoo by like 294839284092348 points.  It was really a great zoo.  We stayed for over three hours and could have easily stayed another hour.  There was so much to see and each exhibit was transformed to look like the animals' original habitat.  Amazeballs.  My child had a blast.  
But the one animal he keeps talking about?  
No, not the cheetahs we actually saw chasing toys and balls.  Not the giraffe we saw super close eating from the crate.  Not even the manatees swimming away under the water.
The owl. The big ol' barn owl sitting in a tree.
Seriously he is obsessed with owls.  He keeps hearing pigeons and thinking it is an owl too.  Whatever floats his boat I guess..

We somehow managed to keep Cohen awake to make our annual official IKEA run of the year.  This was Coco's second trip to the store (well third if you count our quick one the day before).  Luckily it was Kids Eat Free day so we grabbed our free kids meals before headed on our shopping trip.
Okay seriously even though this year's pic isn't a close up look at much he's changed in a year.

Since we had Sophie this time  I couldn't shop as much as I wanted because we didn't have room in the car.  So I guess we'll just have to make another trip soon.  Darn.
*Sidenote - I may or may not have been streaming live the reveal of the Royal Baby as I shopped...
My husband may or may not have been annoyed with me...

But we bought some great things and headed back home again to Indiana.
It was a great ride home until we hit torrential rains again. Of course. Our luck.

This is called a sugar crash after eating a half pound of candy the day before.

It was a really great time with the family.  I have to say it is crazy to think that next year we'll have one more body to add to the picture which probably means we won't take a mini vacay like this...unless I can entice my parents in on joining us.  :)
I'm glad we did it and that we made it home all in one piece!

Happy Travels! :)

Meijer Match Ups for the Week of 7/25

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Be sure to snag your 5% off Grocery mPerk that's good for Friday and Saturday!  I think I'm going to grab a few things to stock up for the school year!

Check out this week's best deals:
--Meijer gallon milk - $1.97

--Cabbage - $0.33/lb

--Organic celery hearts - $2.00

--Ball Park franks - 3/$5.  Use $1/Lean Franks (RP 6/16).  Final Price:  $0.67

--Sweet Baby Rays - $0.99

--Tyson bagged chicken or Gorton's fish sticks - $3.99

--Aunt Millie's breakfast bread or bagels - Buy 1 Get 1 Free

--Thomas English Muffins - Buy 1 Get 1 Free

--Breyers Ice Cream - 2/$6.  Use $3/3 (RP 7/28).  Final Price:  $1.67 each when you buy 3

--Yoplait Greek yogurt - $0.99.  Use $1/5 (SS 6/23).  Final Price: $0.79 each when you buy 5

--Chex Vanilla or Hershey's Cookies and Cream  cereal - $1.99.  Use $0.75/Chex printable or $0.75/Hershey's Printable

--Betty Crocker fruit snacks - 2/$3.  Use $0.50/2 printable.  Final Price: as low as $1 each when you buy 2 if your store doubles -- great stock up!!

--Green Giant Tortilla Chips - $2.00.  Use $0.50 printable.  Final Price: as low as $1 if your store doubles

Let me know any other deals you may find!
Happy Shopping! :)

Kroger Match Ups for the Week of 7/25

Well my Central Indiana folks - this is your last week to get in a good use of double coupons.  I know, I'm sad too.  However you still have one more weekend to get 2x the fuel points for July AND now when you buy gift cards you get 4x the fuel points.  So if you buy a $25 gift card you get 100 fuel points!  Great way to stock up on the points if you plan on doing a little back to school shopping for the kiddos.

Here are this week's best deals:
--Kroger milk or orange juice half gallons - $0.99

--Avocados - $0.99

--Jack's Pizza - $2.00

--Vitaminwater - $0.77
--Gatorade - $0.79

--Kroger bread - $1.00
--Kroger buns - $0.88
--Yoplait Greek Yogurt - $1.00.  Use $1/5 (SS 6/23).  Final Price: $0.80 each when you buy 5

--Colgate toothpaste - $1.00.  Use $2/2 (SS 7/14).  Final Price: FREE when you buy 2 -- This week's Freebie Friday coupon at Kroger is also a tube of Colgate so be sure to clip that tomorrow too!

--Snuggle Fabric softener - $2.99.  Use $0.50 off (RP) which doubles to a $1.  Final Price: $1.99

--Post Cereal - 2/$5.  Use $1/Raisin Brain or Post Shredded Wheat (SS 6/16).  Final Price: $1.50

--Eckrich Franks - $1.00

--Hamburger Helper - $1.00.  Use $0.75/3 (SS 6/2 or 6/30).  Final Price: $0.75 each when you buy 3.

--Softsoap hand soap - $1.00.  Use $0.25 digital coupon.  Final Price: $0.75
--Carefree liners - $1.  Use $1 off (July PG).  Final Price: FREE
I'll post any other deals that come up!
Happy Shopping! :)

Target Match Ups for the Week of 7/21

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

We are back from our little mini family vacay .  I'll post about it later but we had a really fun time!
By the way I totally scored big last week at Target!  I'm a complete mess though because since Target has updated their coupon printer it won't recognize my printer.  My husband and I have tried EVERYTHING and it won't work.  I'm over my coupon depressing but I'm still super bummed.  I even contacted Target and they really didn't have anything to help me out.  So I guess I'll just depend on my mobile coupons and my Cartwheel app...

In the meantime, I'll still post some deals for those who are fortunate enough to print off Target coupons (if you have any tips on getting it to recognize my printer let me know -- I never had an issue before that's why I'm flipping out!)

--Right Guard Xtreme body wash or deodorant - $3.49.  Use $2 Target coupon (target.com - beauty) and $1.50 off (RP 7/14).  Final Price: FREE
--Ivory soap (3pk) - $0.97.  Use $0.40 off (July PG). Final Price:  $0.57 
--Reynold baking cups - $0.97.  Use $1 off (SS 6/23).  Final Price: FREE

--Sobe Lifewater - $1.00 and Buy 10 and get $5 Target gift card.  Use 5% Cartwheel coupon.  Final Price: $0.48 each when you buy 10 after gift card.  

--Raspberries - 2/$4.  Use $1 off mobile coupon (text FRESH  to 827438) and 5% Cartwheel coupon.  Final Price: $0.95

--Archer Farms frozen vegetables - 2/$3.  Use $1 off mobile coupon and 5% Cartwheel coupon.  Final Price:  $0.48.

--Up&Up Economy pack diapers - $24.99.  Use $1 Target mobile coupon and 5% Cartwheel coupon.  Final Price:  $22.79
--Up&Up glue - $0.25.  Use 5% off Cartwheel deal.  Final Price: $0.24

--Mead folders - $1.00.  Use $1/2 Target coupon (target.com - school supplies) and $1/2 printable (teacherlists.com).  Final Price: FREE when you buy 2.

--Target dresses - $15.  Use $3 Target coupon (target.com - women's clothing).  Final Price:  $12

Head over soon and check out your summer clearance -- last week  when I went it was up to 50% and I scored Cohen two precious little chairs for $5 each!  I'm pretty sure that the clearance may have been bumped up to at least 70% so hopefully you can still score a few things unless we have some shelf clearers....

Let me know if you find any great summer clearance deals!

Happy Shopping! :)

When to Eat Organic?

Sunday, July 21, 2013

I'm not a health nut by all means nor am I an expert on this topic.  However a news article recently came out about the high amounts of pesticide residue that is found in strawberries and many of the fruits and vegetables my family eats and it really kind of terrified me.  As many of you thknow, Cohen is an extremely picky eater and there are only a few foods that I can get him to eat.  So if he is going to eat these foods quite frequently I decided I needed to make sure they were the highest quality that I could offer him.  Not only that but the fact that I'm pregnant I wanted to make sure that the food that I'm ingesting is going to be safe for her too.

So I started a little research...

Organic.com has a list on their website of the "Dirty Dozen" which are the fruits and vegetables that you should buy organic because the regular ones contain the highest pesticide residues.

Here's the list that they suggest:

I'll be honest with you - I'm not an organic shopper.  I do buy some things organic but you aren't going to go into my pantry and find 100% organic products.  (Let's be serious, the "organic" Cheetos totally don't cut it.)  But when it comes to produce, these are the products that I make sure to buy organic.  I also try to get organic blueberries and pears too.  In my area, there is a company that offers delivery of organic produce to your front door either weekly or bi-weekly.  I pay $35 for a small produce bin and get it delivered to my doorstep every other Wednesday.  It lasts us two weeks and I can choose and customize my produce based on my needs.  Plus it is all certified organic produce.
  (If you want more info email and I can give you the deets!)

I'm not telling you to go clean out your fridge and throw away any produce that you have that is listed that isn't organic.  But as a mom I'm sure you can relate with me about the everyday worries you have already for your children and wanting what is best for them.  Hopefully my little research project can help you out on your next grocery trip - or least keep these in mind the next time you head to buy produce!

Happy Family! :)

Meijer Match Ups for the Week of July 18

I had all intentions of getting this up earlier however I accidentally took a two hour nap.  
It happens...

It's a 10 for 11 week at Meijer so I'll first post a few other good deals and then the 10 for 11 list!

Here are this week's best deals:
--Green beans - $0.88/lb
--Red or Green seedless grapes - $0.97/lb
--Sweet Corn - 8/$2

--Louis Kemp imitation crab meat - 4/$5

--Kellogg's Poptarts - 5/$10.  Use $1/3 (RP 6/23).  Final Price:  $1.66 each when you buy 3.

--Select GM cereals - 4/$10.  Use $1/2 (SS 6/23).  Final Price:  $2 each when you buy 2.

--Nabisco Wheat Thins - $1.99

--Hostess Twinkies or Cupcakes - $2.99 -- They'reeeeeeeeeeee back! :)

--Kellogg's fruit snacks - $1.99

--Pringles - $1.50.  Use $1/4 (RP 6/30).  Final Price:  $1.25 each when you buy 4.

--Meijer apple juice - 2/$4

--Eggo Waffles, Pancakes or Wafflers - 2/$4
--Go-Gurts - 2/$4.  Use $0.75/2 (SS 6/23).  Final Price: $1.63 each when you buy 2.

--Arm and Hammer detergent - $3.49.  Use $1 off (SS 6/23).  Final Price:  $2.49

The following items are buy 10 and get the 11th free (making each item only $0.91):
--7-Up 2 liters - Use $1/3 (SS6/9 -- expires TODAY!).  Final Price:  $0.58 each 

--Armour Pepperoni

--Hamburger Helper - Use $0.75/3 (SS 6/23).  Final Price: $0.66

--Suddenly Salad - Use $0.50/2 (SS 6/9) which doubles to $1.  Final Price:  $0.41 each

--Bugles or Chex Mix - Use $0.50/2 (SS 6/30) or $0.50/2 printable which doubles to $1.  Final Price:  $0.41 each 
--Minute Maid Lemonade - Use $1/2 (RP 7/14).  Final Price:  $0.41 each
--Arm and Hammer deodorant
--Banquet Meals
--Chobani yogurt - Use $0.30 off (chobani..com) which doubles to $0.60.  Final Price:  $0.31
--Totino's Pizzas - Use $1/5 printable.  Final Price: $0.71 each
--Baby Carrots
--Eckrich hot dogs or bologna

--Meijer hand soap

Happy Shopping! :)

CVS Match Ups for the Week of 7/21

This is the last full week of summer break -- seriously how is this happening to me??
My husband and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary last night with dinner and furniture shopping.  Seriously living on the edge I know.  Today will be spent cleaning this house and packing for an overnight trip to Cincinnati this week.  A trip to Cincinnati = a trip to IKEA.

I still have $12 ECB burning a hole into my purse I need to spend.  
Here are this week's match ups and what -you can score for some HOT deals!
--Just the Basics paper towel roll - $0.79.  Use CVS coupon (machine in store).  Final Price: FREE

--Soft Soap hand soap - Buy 1 Get 1 Free
--Any CoverGirl Outlast lip, face or nail - Spend $12 and get $4 ECB.  Use $1.50/any CoverGril product (July PG).  Final Price: varies

--Any Almay cosmetics - Spend $10 and get $4 ECB.  Use $2/any Almay cosmetic product (SS 7/14).  Final Price: varies

--Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner - 2/$6.  Use Buy 1 Get 1 Free (July PG).  Final Price: $1.50 each when you buy 2.

--Tressemme Shampoo, Conditioner or Styler - 2/$7 and spend $14 and get $4 ECB.  Use $1/Tresemme Fresh Start Product or $0.75/Fresh Start Product (RP 6/23).  Final Price: as low as $1.50 each when you buy 4 after ECB.
--Any Gillette Shaving items - Spend $30 and get $10 ECB.  Use $5/Venus (RP 6/16) or $3/Mach 3 Sensitive or ProFusion Styler (RP 6/16) or $3/ProGlide (July PG) or Buy 1 Get 1 Free Shave gel (July PG).  Final Price: varies

--Crest kid's toothpaste - $1.99.  Use $1 off (July PG).  Final Price: $0.99

--Hershey, Nestle or Unreal pouches - 2/$6.  Use $1/2 Hershey bags (SS 6/16)or $2.50/Kit Kat pouches (cvs.com - but you have to watch a video).  Final Price: as low as $0.50

--Lays chips - 2/$6 and get $2 ECB when you buy 2.  Final Price:  $2 each when you buy 2 after ECB.

Spend $15 on Huggies Products and get $5 ECB:
--All Huggies jumbo packs - $9.99.  Use $3/huggies (walmart.com) or $3/Pull-Ups (pullups.com) or $2.50/Lil Movers (huggies.com).  Final Price: as low as $6.99

--Huggies wipes - $2.99.  Use $1 off (Huggies Facebook page).  Final Price: $1.99

There are a few other great ECB deals but these are the ones that really stuck out to me!
Now it is off to clean -- I say that as I watch  my husband clean the bathroom. :)

Happy Shopping! :)

Kroger Match Ups for the Week of 7/18

Saturday, July 20, 2013

I had all intentions of posting this earlier however Thursday was a hot one so we spent some of it at the pool and then yesterday I did my teacher durty and got my classroom ready for the school year.  Then my child (who did not nap yesterday) threw the world's greatest fit and wouldn't go to bed.  
So good morning Saturday!  Here are this week's best deals at Kroger!
Remember -- you can still get your coupons doubled here in Central Indiana until the 31st and don't forget to clip your 2x the fuel points digital coupon!

--Driscoll's raspberries - $0.99.  Use $0.50 off (driscolls.com) which doubles to $1.  Final Price: FREE

--Broccoli - $0.99

--Cucumbers - 2/$1

--Organic blueberries - 2/$5 -- I highly suggest you buy blueberries organic when you can -- my Monday post will be all about the Dirty Dozen which are the products that contain the highest rate of pesticides!

--Organic or Regular cantaloupe - $1.99
--Bugles or Chex Mix - 3/$5.  
--Lays chips - 2/$5
--Pringles - 4/$6.  Use $1/4 (RP 6/30).  Final Price: $1.25 each when you buy 4.

--Betty Crocker Skillet Meals - $1.00.  Use $0.80/4 printable or $0.75/3 (SS 6/30).  Final Price: as low as $0.75 each when you buy 3

--Chef Boyaradee Pasta - 10/$10

--Knorr Pasta or Rice Sides - $1.00

--Totino's pizza - 3/$5.  Use $1/5 printable.  Fina Price: $1.33 each when you buy 5.

--Yoplait yogurt - 20/$10.  Use $0.40/6 printable which doubles to $0.80.  Final Price: $0.37 each when you buy 6.

--Crest toothpaste - $1.00.  Use $0.75 off (July PG).  Final Price: $0.25

--Huggies jumbo packs - $9.29.  Use $3 off (walmart.com) or $2/any (SS 6/23 - expires TODAY!).  Final Price: as low as $6.29

Happy Shopping! :)

Target Match Up for the Week of 7/14

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Oh Target how I love you.  My relationship with Target continues to grow everyday.  Especially as they continue to send me coupons to use during my trips.  I've recently become obsessed with Cartwheel -- basically they are extra coupons you can put on top of your Target and manufacturer coupons to double your savings.  Right now there is a $1.50/Target diapers coupon plus there is a 5% off Cartwheel coupon so that  could be another $1 off.  Check it out if you haven't already!

Here are some great deals you can snag this week!
 --Almay makeup remover wipes - $4.64.  Use $2 off (SS 7/14) and $2 Target coupon (target.com).  Final Price: $0.64 -- HOT price my friends!

--Venus Embrace razor - $5.99.  Use $5 off (RP 6/16).  Final Price: $0.99 -- stock it up!

--Up&Up peroxide - $0.57.  Use $0.50/Up&Up first aid item Target coupon (target.com).  Final Price: $0.07 -- LOVE it! 

--Up&Up hand soap - $0.89.  Use $0.50 Target coupon (target.com) and 5% Cartwheel deal.  Final Price: $0.35

--Up&Up cotton balls - $0.97.  Use $0.75 off Target coupon (target.com).  Final Price: $0.22

--Always liners - $0.97.  Use $1 off (July PG).  Final Price: FREE

--Vitamin water - Buy 4 and get 1 Free - $1.00.  Final Price: $0.80 each when you buy 5.

--7-UP, A&W or Sunkist 12 pks - 3/$10 -- Buy 3 and get a free Sunkist.  Use $1/2 12 pks (SS 6/9).  Final Price:  $2 each when you buy 4 including your FREE pack

--Huggies wipes - $2 and buy 1 and get 1 for $1.  Use $0.50 off (SS 6/23) and use 5% Cartwheel deal.  Final Price: $0.93 each when you buy 2.

--Pampers wipes - $2 and buy 1 and get 1 for $1.  Use $0.50 off (July PG).  Final Price: $1.00 each when you buy 2.

--Glade Scented Warmer Plug-in - $1.37.  Use $1 off Target coupon (target.com).  Final Price: $0.37

--Up&Up paper towel roll - $0.99.  Use $0.50 Target coupon (target.com).  Final Price:  $0.49

I LOVE this week!  Headed there soon actually.  Don't forget to scour the Summer clearance aisle because they should be marking it down soon!

Happy Shopping! :)

CVS Match Ups for the Week of 7/14

Monday, July 15, 2013

Oh summer heat you have arrived and personally I AM SO EXCITED!!!  Even thought I start school in 3 weeks, I am still super pumped because I LIVE for this weather!!  I'm totally content spending hours at our pool or going to the Splash Pad or even sitting in the sun.  People call me crazy but seriously who doesn't love a bit of good sunshine??

In other news, I am completely heartbroken over Cory Monteith.  I'm a huge Gleek and my husband made sure to wake me up on my day to sleep in to share the news with me.  I seriously feel like I lost a friend.  I know that sounds crazy but I cry every time I read stories about it because he seems like such a down to Earth guy.   I mean had this been Lindsay Lohan, we would have all said oh duh we knew that was coming.  But Cory -- complete shock.  Prayers for his friends and family.

Here are this week's best deals at CVS -- I totally lost track of the week and didn't make it over there last week for my body wash or diapers (grrrr).

--Colgate Total or Optic White rinse - $5.99 and get $3 ECB.  Use  $2 off printable or $1 off (SS 6/30).  Final Price: as low as $0.99 after ECB

--Colgate toothbrush, children's toothpaste or select toothpastes - 2/$5 and get $2 ECB when you buy 2.  Use $1/toothbrush (SS 6/23) or $2/2 toothpastes (SS 7/14) or $0.50/toothpaste (SS 7/14).  Final Price: as low as $0.50 each when you buy 2 after ECB.

--Revlon nail - $4.99 and get $3 ECB.  Use $1 off (SS 6/23).  Final Price: $0.99 after ECB

--Right Guard body wash or deodorant or Dry Idea deodorant - Buy 1 Get 1 free.  Use $1.50/Dry Idea for $1.50/Right Guard deodorant (RP 7/14).  Final Price: varies

--Playtex Gentle Glide or Sport tampons - $7.99 and get $3 ECB.  Use $3/Gentle Glide printable.  Final Price:  $1.99 after ECB

--Spend $15 on Garnier products and get $5 ECB:
  -Shampoo or Conditioner - 2/$6.  Use $1 off (RP 7/14)
  -Stylers - 2/$6.  Use $1 printable or $1 (RP 7/14)
  -Hair color - $6.99.  Use $2 off (RP 7/14). 

--Edge Shave gel - Buy 1 and get $2 ECB.  Use $1 off (SS 6/9).  Final Price: varies depending on the price at your store but a good stock up!

--Bic disposable razors - $6.79 and get $2 ECB.  Use $2 off (SS 7/14).  Final Price:  $2.79

--7-Up, A&W, Canada Dry or Sunkist - Buy 1 Get 1 Free.  Use $1/3 2 liters (SS 6/9).  Final Price: varies depending on price but great stock up!!

--Coke products - 3/$10 and get $1 ECB when you buy 3.  Final Price:  $3 each when you buy 3 after ECB

--Theater box candy - $1.00.  Use $0.25/CVS coupon (machine in store).  Final Price: $0.75

--Nestle or Mars candy - Buy 2 get 1 Free.  Use $0.50/2 M&M printable.  Final Price: varies

--CVS diapers - $6.99 and get $3 ECB.  Final Price:  $3.99 after ECB

--Buy both Huggies wipes ($5.99) and big pack diapers ($19.99) and get $4 ECB.  Use $3/any Huggies (walmart.com) or $2/any (SS 6/23) or $0.50/wipes (SS 6/23).  Final Price: varies

Happy Shopping my friends!

Fuel Your Summer Kroger $100 Gift Card Giveaway Winner

Saturday, July 13, 2013

And the winner is...

Congrats Amanda!

Thanks to all you entered!  We had an amazing turn out for this giveaway!  Be on the lookout for more giveaways and review coming soon!

Happy Winning! :)


Kroger Match Ups for the Week of 7/11

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Today the sun decided to come out and play!  We hit the pool for about two hours -- swam, splashed and touched  a dead mouse.

Yes, Cohen found a dead mouse in the filter and decided to share it with the baby pool.  Well, at least I'm pretty sure that's what happened because one second I look at him playing in the filter and the next second he's all excited and telling me to look at something sinking to the bottom of the pool.
A dead mouse in deed.  Boys...

In the meantime here are some deals you can snag at Kroger (with one of your few weeks you're able to double your coupons!):
--Colored sweet peppers - $0.88

--Kroger large eggs - $1.25

--Kroger yogurt - 3/$1

--Broccoli crowns - $0.99

--Green beans - $0.99/lb

--Kroger gallon milk - $1.99

--Kellogg's cereal - $1.88.  Use $0.70/Scooby Doo cereal printable or $0.70/Froot Loops Treasures printable.  Final Price: $1.18

--Birds Eye Voila Meals - $3.99.  Use $1.00 off (SS 4/21).  Final Price: $2.99

--Stayfree or Carefree pads - Buy 2 Get 1 Free.  Use $0.50/Carefree (SS 5/5) which doubles to $1 or $1/Stayfree (SS 5/5).  Final Price: varies

--Kroger tortilla chips - $1.00

Don't forget to clip your 2x the fuel points digital coupon if you plan on shopping this weekend!  Also - you have one day left to enter my giveaway to win a $100 Kroger giftcard!  

Happy Shopping! :)

Baby #2 Update - 20 Weeks

Cue the Bon Jovi song..."Oooooh we're halfway there!"

Yes my friends.  We have made it to the midway point of this pregnancy.
So...let's do a quick recap.

Trimester 1 
Sick.As.A.Dog.  Okay, not as sick as I could have been but I was pretty darn sick.  Thank you Lord for Zofran which helped me at least get through some of the roughest points of my day.  Being a teacher and enduring morning all day sickness do not coincide with one another at all.  It was all I could do not lay on the couch and take a nap after school.  Oh wait, I have a two year old now too.  Seriously though, with Cohen I NEVER felt this way.  I would wake up feeling a little nauseous, eat a few crackers and then be good for the day.  This baby had their own agenda.  Once that twelve week mark hit I started to finally feel better.  At about fourteen weeks the sickness subsided completely.

Well..here I am at 20 weeks and 2 days:

 *Picture Note:  This was taken at 10 PM and apparently Brady really didn't want his picture taken at the moment.*

I know I feel like I look huge.  But Doc says I'm measuring right on track and I've gained as much weight at this point as I did with Cohen which makes me feel better.
Better yet - do you want to know the gender?

I am beyond thrilled!  What is more exciting is the fact that she is healthy and Doc said she looked great -- which was what I asked to hear first before we found out the gender.  Cohen said he wanted a baby sissy, but he has no idea how his life will change come four more months...

How are things going now you ask?
Due date:   November 25th -- praying I go early or on the due date so my mom can come cook me Thanksgiving dinner at our house.  I asked my favorite doctor if they serve Thanksgiving dinner in the hospital and his response was -"Sure do."  Then I asked if it was as good as a home cooked meal and he said "Sure is not."  Love his honesty.

Gender: Team Pink my friends! 

How do I feel?  Currently I feel really good except for restless legs at night and the random inability to breathe, especially after dinner.  My only major complaint now are the headaches, which have started to become less and less frequent, like my doctor said would happen.  

Cravings/Aversions?  None really -- but I could really put down a bag of Cheetos in a sitting...  Oh and those commercials for Beeritas needs to quit running because a virgin margarita is totally not the same as the real deal.

How do my clothes fit?  I'm in a mix of maternity and regular clothes.  I can wear a few maternity pants but they are still a little big, but big is better in my opinion.  I love dresses too so I'm hoping it stays warm for awhile.  But in all honesty if I could wear sweats all day every day I totally would.  Unfortunately that wouldn't cut it at my job come August.

Sleep:  I'm getting a good chunk of sleep at night but come school I know I'll really have to work at getting to bed at a reasonable time. Wah wah.

Movement:  She's quite active at night.  I feel her little feeties kick like crazy.

My Exercise Routine:  I am still able to workout at least four times a week.  I'll go on a 2 mile run, do TurboFire or hit a Pure Barre class.  I'm getting pretty good about learning how to modify my workouts based on how I'm feeling.  My run is definitely a lot slower than before and I may take a 3 minute walking break, but I'm not going to overdo it.  Let's remember this will probably change in three weeks when school starts again. I'm not dreading going back or anything...

I'm in denial about how I'll have two little ones at Christmastime this year.  Cohen has become pretty mommy dependent over this break (which drives my husband crazy) so I'm trying to enjoy our last summer together just the two of us.  But to be honest he's also been pretty good at pushing my buttons lately so I'm hoping he gets this alllll out before Lil Sissy comes.  
Wishful thinking, right?

More updates to come soon! :)

Target Match Ups for the Week of 7/7

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

We did a mini makeover project of our half bath.  So now I'm in search of decorations for the bath which I find super fun because I never got to do this at the old house!  I'm hitting up Target's clearance tonight (their summer Threshold line is marked down!) in hopes of finding those finishing touches -- and then I'll share the big reveal of the fun bathroom!

In the meantime, if you plan on heading to Target here are a few deals you may want to snag!
--Market Pantry bread - $1.39.  Use $1 mobile coupon (text FRESH to 827438 -- you should get a few other good ones to use on food too!).  Final Price: $0.39
--Sara Lee bread - $1.99.  Use $1 off (SS 6/23) and $1 Target mobile coupon (FRESH text).  Final Price: FREE
--Morning Star frozen patties - 2/$6.  Use $1 off (RP 6/30) and $1 Target mobile coupon (FRESH text).  Final Price:  $1.00

--Driscoll's Strawberries - $2.39.  Use $1 mobile coupon (FRESH text) and $0.50 off (driscolls website).  Final Price:  $0.99
--Up&Up Ibuprofen - $0.99.  Use $1/2 Target coupon (target.com - first aid).  Final Price: $0.49 each when you buy 2 -- my favorite stock up!
--Tampax Pearl or Always Radiant products - $4.19 and buy 4 and get a $5 Target gift card.  Use $2 off (July PG).  Final Price: $2.19 each when you buy 4 which means they will be about $0.94 each after gift card deal
--Always liners (20 ct) - $0.97.  Use $1 off (July PG).  Final Price: FREE

I highly suggest you get Target mobile coupons sent to your phone -- I get them every few weeks and they are great because you have them all the time!  Plus you can get specific ones for fruits and veggies, baby or just general ones.  Check out Target.com and search mobile coupons for more codes to get your mobile coupons!

Happy Shopping! :)