Sunday, January 31, 2010

Walgreens 1/31/10

Woke up this morning at 3:30a to see if the newspaper had been thrown yet, and it hadn't so I set my alarm for 5:30a and it was there. Some time between the two, the paper gets delivered. Sounds a little crazy to get up so early and go shopping, but having the WHOLE store to yourself is pretty great!

Here's what I got:
I bought:
  • Advil Liqui-Gels 16 ct $4.49 [regular price $7.99]
  • Advil 50 ct tablets $4.49 [regular price $7.99]
  • Blink Tears $7.99 [regular price $9.99 and I found one with two .. B1G1]
  • Red Baron Pizza $2.50
  • Red Baron Pizza $2.50
  • Toblerone $1.00 [regular price $2.49]
  • Joint Juice $10.00 [regular price $12.99 .. I think]
  • Joint Juice $0 [B1G1 free]
=32.97 + tax

I used:

I received:
  • $5 RR Advil
  • $8 RR Blink Tears
  • $10 RR Joint Juice
Total = $25.60

***

Then I bought:
  • Vicks Nyquil $5 [regular price $7.59]
  • Vicks Dayquil $5 [regular price $7.59]
  • Vicks Dayquil $5 [regular price $7.59]
  • Vitamin Schtick $1.99
  • Gilette Fusion Razor $8.99
=$25.98 + tax

I used:
  • $10 RR Joint Juice
  • $8 RR Blink Tears
  • $5 RR Advil
  • $2 RR from last week
I received:
  • $5 RR wyb $15 Vicks
  • $4 RR Gilette Razor
  • $2 RR Vitamin Schtick
Total = $3.32

***

Then I bought:
  • Angel Soft 9 roll $4
I used:
  • $4 RR Gilette Razor
Total = $0.36


I have $7 RR to use next week. Can't wait to see what deal are coming. Actually, this chick already has the ad!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pure White Bliss

Today has been Snow Day. Phill got off work early and the kids have been out in the snow for about 75% of the day [that counts running to Wal-Mart to get some rain boots for Guy]. The fire is roaring, hot chocolate has been made, Wii games have been played and drive-ways have been shoveled and work at Gap tonight has been canceled.

It's all just been lots of fun, relaxing and getting small things done [a load of laundry here, an organized medicine box there]. Snow Day.


While I jumped outside for the opportunity to take pics, I noticed a few things:

  • Snow is white! Pure white. Even a white house can't truly compare to fresh snow. At best it looks ecru next to the frozen flakes.

  • And anything it covers becomes softer and more beautiful, no matter how scary it could potentially be [think of a rake with its prongs pointed toward the sky].

  • Not only that, but it radiates light, even in the dark.


The snow in its pure, white bliss reminds me of Jesus and how truly perfect He is. Nothing compares to Him. Nothing is as "white" as He.

The Bible actually says, 18 Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be like wool. Isa 1:18 AMP

Which brings me to my second point. While a rake [sin] can be ugly, rusty, dangerous or even potentially useless, if Christ takes over it can be covered with a blanket of snow and look beautiful.

The last picture is of Guy and his reckless fall to the earth below. He didn't care [much to my chagrin] what might be below him. He just loves the snow so much that rational thoughts escaped him.

I wonder if that's how we ought to look at people? As if they're covered with snow, not paying attention to their ugly or rusty surfaces below. Not holding back too much for fear of what lies underneath. I think that's how He looks at us, covered by Jesus and beautiful through His eyes.

I've been challenged to see through His eyes today!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Guy Loses His FIRST Tooth {and some good deals}

My experiences as a mother are generally set with Kyra, since she's older. She goes "through" things before Guy does so by the time he's ready to learn about the "birds & the bees" we already have something to base our potential screw-ups off of.

So Kyra lost her first tooth about 4.6 seconds after she turned six. Super-cute little snaggle-toothed smile. One of those times when you call all the family and take pics to ensure that everyone knows your little girl is growing up [but not too quickly, of course].

When Guy turned six, we expected that his tooth would just turn up loose any second. When he turned seven, we had one of those huh moments. I even thought about calling the dentist to make sure he was normal, but I didn't. I knew that the first would come out on its own timing, not mine nor Kyra's.

Finally.

A year and a half older than Kyra was, Guy lost [rather I pulled] his tooth out.


So what is my lesson learned? Besides the fact that Kyra and Guy are in fact different, that sometimes expectations aren't healthy. Sometimes they cause us to worry or be concerned for something that doesn't matter at all. A lot of times they set people up for failure.

But mostly, I learned that my Guy is going to have the cutest smile this summer.


{and some good deals}

After watching this video, it inspired me to start clipping coupons. Not only that, but Kelly has been doing it for a while now and I finally decided to try the whole "Walgreens" thing. So with online coupons, the Sunday paper, Register Rewards and in store coupons, I've done pretty good!

For the pictured items, I saved $39.34. My total out of pocket was $12.25. The Brawny 8-roll was $9.99 alone! [regular price] If you can't see it all that well, the itemized list is:

  1. Brawny 8-roll paper towels
  2. 2 Raisin Bran Cereal
  3. 2 Coffee Mate coffee creamers
  4. 2 bags of Snickers Valentine's candies
  5. 2 Nestle Crunch individual candy hearts
  6. Sure men's deodorant
  7. 2 Pert Plus Men's 3 in 1 shampoo, conditioner and body wash, and
  8. 3 1-liters of A&w root beer, 7-up and Canada Dry ginger ale
Gotta go to Harp's now and get my Hall's cough drops for $0.18 and my Quaker Oats instant oatmeal for $1.00.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Raising $ to Send Phill to Haiti

Feel free to place your order below. This is the first time I've used this checkout feature, so be sure to leave a comment and let me know you've paid.

30/$20 Cake Balls!









Hunger for Haiti

{Update} I have four sets of CBs going out the first of next week. Comment now to pre-order for the next batch which will be available later next week.

It's been a while since I've baked goods for charity, but with the recent earthquake and aftershock in Haiti and from a friend's initiative to give, I decided now was a great time to start back up!

So, beginning next week, I'll be baking Cake Balls. To save on your cost, so that more can actually be donated, they will come in large "Ziploc" bags. You'll receive 30 for $20. Unfortunately, since they are made with chocolate, I cannot ship and guarantee their solidness. However, if you are outside of NWA and would still like to donate, you can then give the Cake Balls to someone locally.

Our church sent a team to Haiti today and will be sending more soon! The money raised will be used where it needs to be. I know that sounds vague right now, but if it needs to be used to send people or to buy supplies, to help with medications, etc...it will be put into good hands. I'll have more specific details hopefully next week!

Until then, get excited to eat some chocolate! What a great Valentine's gift they would make.

If you'd like to pre-order, just leave a comment. I'll have a way for you to pay next week.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Grateful Miscarriage.

Through many situations in my life, a few good books and friends, I've learned to never ask why.

Why me?

Why them?

Why not me?

At the end of 2009, life was looking sweet. Phill and I were pregnant with our third child and the grand news would be delivered on Christmas Eve and Day to our parents, who were thrilled. It was all so exciting, not simply b/c we were bringing a new member into our family, but b/c .. well .. it had been eight years since I'd been pregnant. And that's a bit shocking!

Three days after telling our good news, we learned via ultrasound that my sac contained no baby. We weren't prepared for it. My body felt pregnant, was beginning to look pregnant and of course our hearts were ready for this child.

We were disappointed, but weren't crushed. Life goes on. So let's pick up and go.

During that time, we had so many people flood us with love, food, flowers, calls, etc .. It was almost overwhelming, in a good way. Honestly it felt a little weird, b/c like I said, we were moving on.

The day after Christmas my body failed to yield to health and instead drove straight on the autobahn of ear infections. So while our family was being pampered for a miscarriage, I was accepting the love on behalf of my ear. Sounds silly, but the pain I was in wasn't emotional, it was physical.

Our anniversary was January 9th and we decided [long before any of this happened] that we were going to get away and go to the place we went on our honeymoon. It was fabulous. Even though my ear wasn't 100% better and I had another issue that I choose to believe was caused from all the antibiotic I was taking. We really had a great time and for the first time, "there's no place like home" wasn't calling us back. We really wanted to stay longer. That's how relaxed and how much fun we were having.

But we came home.

And our routine started to set in again. Life was feeling normal.

The Monday after we returned, I started my period. Happiness ensued and normalcy was taking place in my body again! It seemed so fast.

But then Tuesday I started cramping and began to have blood clots. A lot of them. All day long. My husband urged me to call the clinic. They told me what I needed to know and that this was to be expected, but that there were a few signs to look for that I could be losing too much blood.

That night, I thought I had.

Phill called the hospital and the ER gave some conflicting news. Maybe we should stay home b/c this seemed normal at least to them. So we chose to stay and I immediately lay down and slept for about an hour and a half.

I woke up utterly amazed at how good I felt and went straight into Kyra's room to ask if she'd been praying for me. Loved her honesty: "No, I hadn't yet."

I checked my phone and had two texts from my dear SIL, Kelly and one from my friend who both said they'd been praying for me.

I knew someone had. I felt a 180.

And so all of this leads me to share something I read this morning.

Then a great and powerful wind [miscarriage] tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake [ear infection], but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. [Other versions use a still, small voice.]

The book I'm reading is Hello: My Name is God. Here's the excerpt:

The wind, earthquake and fire seem a better match for our lives, a better way for Him to make sure we hear Him. But listening to God in these things wouldn't require any humility. It wouldn't require us shutting our own noise off long enough to pay attention and give Him the place of authority the Most High deserves.

To hear a still, small voice amid the crumbling mountains and raging seas and failing nations, we must stop and ourselves be still. To listen.

So why this happened doesn't matter, at least not today. But I am convinced that everything happens for a reason and for the good to those who love and are called to the Lord. Maybe I needed to be still. Maybe I needed to share my story with someone else who could benefit from it, because I know that's why we go through tough times, to learn and to help someone else heal. Maybe my daughter will go through this and I'll have solid experience to be able to help her through.

I don't know, but I know God does and since He is in control the only thing I can ask is for Him to use this to help someone else. And since it will, I am grateful.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Eleven Years and STILL I Love This Man

Phill and I celebrated our eleven year anniversary on the 9th of this month. We went to Big Cedar Lodge [with, but not with some friends, The Maclins]. It was a lot of fun b/c that is where we went for our honeymoon. Here are some pics of our lodge:



This is the living room that looks out across to more cabins. At night, they have the cabins all lit up and it's simply gorgeous.


I know this is dark, but I wanted to share the window view from the bedroom. We pretty much kept these open the whole time, except while sleeping. Who wants to wake up with the dawn? Not us, at least not on vacation.

And this is a picture of a few of the cabins. One of them we stayed in 11 years ago.

Looking forward to the next year!