11.04.2014

Where Have We Been?!


Alright Lovelies, you may or may not have noticed, but I took a wicked hiatus from blogging.
 
For a long time.
 
Or you could call it "writers block".
 
Whichever.


BUT, the important thing, is that I'm working my butt off trying to get back into the swing of things.

Because I DON'T already have enough on my plate this month!


First:  you maybe want to know what's been going on with me and the fam?

Dude started Pre-School back in September, and he loves school with a passion!  It's two full days a week for him and he has been learning so much that I'm surprised every day!  The other day, my almost 5 year old told me what a hexagon and an octagon are.  Crazy.  And yup, his birthday is in a few days, so I'm kind of freaking out that my baby will be 5! Lets not talk about the fact that he's gone through a major growth spurt recently and he's so tall he's almost up to my chest!

Princess, who will be turning 3 (!!!) at the end of the month, is now ridiculously contrary, a picky eater, the sweetest thing imaginable, and also loves school!  Because she of course comes with me when I drop off and pick up Dude at school, so she gets to experience some of the classroom and the playground.  I've been trying to get Hubs to be ok with sending Princess to a type of school program through Community Concepts, but he thinks that she should wait until she's a little bit older.  I, however, am going to keep working at it, because I continuously see how much Princess loves "school"!

For Hubs and I?  Oh well, that's a whole bunch of crazy right there.  I recently started working again, two nights a week, Deer Hunting Season just started so Hubs is out an about a lot.  Last Spring, Hubs and I had applied for a Home Loan to buy the house that we are currently renting, but we got denied.  Which sucked at the time, but things have turned around drastically!  We acquired a piece of land, and are planning on building our own house next Spring! 

Aside from all of that, there is a million other things that are going on around here.  Between planning for birthdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas shopping, I'm going to have tons of things to write about, including the trip that we took to California this summer to visit Hubs' parents and to take the kiddos to Disney!

 
 
I hope that all of you are having a wonderful week so far, my week is going to be jam-packed with a million things to do!  But right now, I HAVE to start getting ready for my day....which means finally getting dressed and getting the kiddos ready for school and errands! 
 
Look forward to lots more blog posts from me during the month!




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11.03.2014

What Happened to Thanksgiving?



Is there anyone else out there who is tired of, and disgusted by, the fact that Thanksgiving seems to have disappeared lately? 
 

I'm starting to lose my mind over the fact that Thanksgiving is now basically being swept under the rug in favor of bringing out all things to do with Christmas before Halloween is even completely done with.

The other day, while in my local Walmart, the DAY before Halloween, the Lawn and Garden area was all set up for Christmas, there were Christmas decorations outside, an entire aisle in the Seasonal section was already Christmas oriented, and in the seasonal candy aisle?  Oh, there were workers putting away the Halloween candy, and putting in Christmas candy.  THE DAY BEFORE HALLOWEEN.

I am sickened by things like this.




Why does it seem like the country, as a whole, has decided to ignore the fact that there is a Holiday (and a very important one!) in between Halloween and Christmas?

Why have we decided to ignore the Holiday that is all about being THANKFUL in favor of the Holiday that most see as a time that they receive gifts?

Yes, I do know that many people are grateful and thankful during Christmas, and that these people are also all about giving to others and helping others......but in this largely consumerism based society.......nowadays it just seems like Christmas is all about the money and the gifts that are received.

The other day, while talking with my son, he wanted to know how many days there were until his birthday (which is in November).  I told him, and then he asked me how many days there were until Christmas.  I corrected him, and told him that what he needed to know, was how many days there were until THANKSGIVING

I want my kids to love this Holiday, love that they get to spend the day with family, lots of good food, the idea of amazing leftovers, and love the fact that they are able to have this opportunity in their lives!  Be grateful that they can do these things!

I don't want my kids to focus on how far away Christmas is and what they're going to be getting for presents.

I think that Thanksgiving is a wonderful Holiday!  I can always smell a turkey roasting when I think of Thanksgiving.........I can smell the cooking potatoes, taste the cheesecake that my mom would always make when I was a kid, remember what it's like to sit around the table with everyone talking at once and all of us laughing hysterically.  I remember being so happy to be there......and being grateful that I could be there.

Please everyone, I know that not all of you are "in to" Thanksgiving, and that a lot of you want to put up your Christmas decorations already....but couldn't we please, please try to make an effort, as a country, to remember that Thanksgiving comes first?







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10.24.2014

Saving for the Holidays Sweepstakes - $100 Target Gift Card!!!!




Lovelies, I HAVE to be honest with you.........
I am absolutely LOVING jumping on board with all of these giveaways, and giving all of you the chance to win some extra money!!
 
What can I say?  I like to help people ;)
 
Right now, I'm helping out with a TARGET GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY!!!!!
 
 
When you're done jumping up and down, finish reading this :D
 
 
I LOVE Target, with an absolute passion!  Unfortunately, the nearest one to me is about an hour away, so I don't get there very often.  BUT, I ALWAYS get there near Christmas!  I always find great stocking stuffers, and usually the kiddos Christmas outfits too because the kids clothes section is FABULOUS!  and let's not talk about the toy section......
 
I better stop gushing before I end up having a Target withdrawal.
 
I don't know about you Lovelies, but I've already started thinking about Christmas presents, and I know that this giveaway would help out any of you when that crazy shopping season officially starts! :D
 
So without further ado, here you go!!! 
 Good Luck Lovelies! 
 
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Organized by Budget Earth

Co-hosted by

Have you already started planning for Thanksgiving or started your holiday shopping? We know that this time of year can be a bit stressful, so we decided to work together with some of our favorite bloggers to bring you this fantastic giveaway! One very lucky reader will have a chance to win a $100 Target Gift Card or cash if they live outside the US or in an area that doesn't have a local Target store. To learn more, make sure to read the rules below and then enter through the Rafflecopter! Saving for the Holidays Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a $100 Target Gift Card or Cash.
  • Open Worldwide.
  • Winners will be chosen at random using Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends November 8th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!
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10.11.2014

We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes!!

 

LOVELIES!!  GUESS What?!?!?!

 
I decided to get in on another giveaway, because I love you guys so much!  :D 
I know that with the holidays coming up, that a lot of people get stressed about cash.....sooooo.....you should ENTER this great giveaway!! 
Who couldn't use an extra $50?  Right?
 
:D
 
Good luck everyone and I promise that you'll hear a whole bunch of funny stories from me soon!
 
 <3
 
 
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Welcome to the

We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes

 
 
Organized by Budget Earth
  As bloggers, we are thankful every day that we have wonderful readers like you. All of us put in countless hours on our blogs, but know we wouldn't be here without fantastic, loyal readers like you. We know you are taking time away from your busy day to read our articles, try out our recipes, and enter our giveaways. Your loyalty and trust means a lot to us and we want to give back! Budget Earth and some of your favorite bloggers joined our funds together to bring you this awesome flash giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card! This giveaway will only last for one week so don't forget to enter! To make things easier for you, we kept the Rafflecopter small and are ONLY doing Facebook links. This will make it easier for our loyal readers who have been here awhile! Good luck everyone and make sure to read all the rules below, before entering the giveaway form! We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Cash (Paypal for outside US).
  • Open Worldwide.
  • Winners will be chosen at random Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends October 17th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!
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9.13.2014

We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes!!!

 

 

Hey There Lovelies!!

 
I am SO EXCITED to have teamed up with some other awesome bloggers so that this giveaway could be offered to you!
I wanted to start my reintroduction to the blogging world with a bang! 
I mean, who couldn't use and extra $50?!?!?!
 
So without further ado, here's the first ever cash giveaway that I've ever featured on my blog! 
You should all enter!  And I wish you the best of luck!
 
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Welcome to the

We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes

Organized by Budget Earth
  As bloggers, we are thankful every day that we have wonderful readers like you. All of us put in countless hours on our blogs, but know we wouldn't be here without fantastic, loyal readers like you. We know you are taking time away from your busy day to read our articles, try out our recipes, and enter our giveaways. Your loyalty and trust means a lot to us and we want to give back! Budget Earth and some of your favorite bloggers joined our funds together to bring you this awesome flash giveaway! One very lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon or Paypal Gift Card! This giveaway will only last for one week so don't forget to enter! To make things easier for you, we kept the Rafflecopter small and are ONLY doing Facebook links. This will make it easier for our loyal readers who have been here awhile! Good luck everyone and make sure to read all the rules below, before entering the giveaway form! We Love Our Fans Flash Sweepstakes
  • One lucky reader will win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Cash (Paypal for outside US).
  • Open Worldwide.
  • Winners will be chosen at random Random.org.
  • Sweepstakes ends September 19th at 11:59pm ET.
  • Winner will be notified via email.
  • Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.
  • Budget Earth is responsible for prize fulfillment.
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Only one entrant per household.
  • Void where prohibited.
  • Entering the giveaway form means you agree to terms above.
  • Good Luck!
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7.23.2014

Wordless(ish) Wednesday! - Play Time!

 
Hey there Lovelies!  I know, I KNOW I've been gone for so long!  What can I say?  I decided to take a bit of a hiatus from the blog writing!  But, I'll be working on getting back into it!
 
Today?  I'm working on getting back into blogging....slowly.  By cheating, just a little bit, and "writing" a Wordless Wednesday post ;) 
Because who doesn't love pictures??!



The past few weeks, we've been dealing with the heat and humidity around here!
 
One day, we hung out at a local playground all morning, with one huge playdate with Princess's Home Headstart group!
 
 








And thennnnnnnn, one day (well, evening) we headed out to the Circus that was in town, and my parents came too!  As you can imagine, the kiddos were showered with cotton candy, popcorn, and bright light-up toys!  LOL!
 



 
 
Ohhhhh and did I forget to mention?  S (the hubby) was dragged onto stage by a clown with a bunch of other guys!  LOL!  He did all sorts of funny stuff!  I laughed SO. HARD!!!!

 
 
The picture is all crazy LOL!  I (kinda) blame the clown that we had take the picture!



 
 
So that's it for now Lovelies, sorry it's so short!  BUT you can find me on Instagram now!  So if you'd like to see pictures like this ALL the time, check me out! :)
 
I hope you all have a wonderful day, and trust me, I'll be around more often!





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6.09.2014

Coupons to Kick Off Your Summer!




Hi everyone!
 
To start off your week, AND your Summer, I've put together some great coupons for you!!  Everything from treats for your animals, to baby supplies (including swimming diapers!), quick snacks for the family, something for Father's Day, and products to keep you fresh AND to keep the bugs away! 
 
So go ahead and print them all out, and I hope you all enjoy your summer and your savings!
 
 

$1.00 off 10 Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers™ Cat Food$2.00 off ONE IAMS SO GOOD Dry Dog Food


$1.00 off SIX Wet IAMS Cat Food$25.00 off a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System


$1.00 off any 2 Pepperidge Farm Stone Baked rolls$1.00 off any TWO (2) boxes of Barilla PLUS Pasta


$1.00 off one box of White Cloud Diapers$3.00 off 2 ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergents


$2.00 off any AVEENO Sun Care product$0.75 off any one (1) JOHNSON'S Baby product


$2.50 off any 9Lives Dry Cat Food 13lb or larger15% - 30% OFF Paints and Painiting Supplies


$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides$1.00 off 2 Gerber or Graduates Yogurt Blends


$1.00 off four (4) Gerber 2nd Foods 2-Pack Tubs$1.50 off any two Raid Products


$0.75 off ONE (1) Reynolds Wrap Product$0.75 off JOHNSON'S NO MORE TANGLES hair product


$1.50 off ONE Pampers Splashers Swim Pant$1.50 off ONE Pampers Cruisers Diapers


$2.00 off Armor All Father's Day Gift Pack Caddy$3.00 off any 2 Weight Watchers Frozen Novelty


$2.00 off two (2) Nature Made products$0.50 off any one Old Orchard 64oz juice product


$0.75 off ONE COVERGIRL Eye Product$0.75 off ONE COVERGIRL Lip Product


$1.50 off TWO Secret Antiperspirants/Deodorants$20.00 off any SodaStream Home Soda Maker


$2.00 off (1) Armor All Trim & Plastic Restorer$2.00 off Armor All Premium Wash + Wax = Protect


$1.00 off any OFF! Personal Insect Repellent



$1.00 off 10 Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers™ Cat Food
$2.00 off ONE IAMS SO GOOD Dry Dog Food
$1.00 off SIX Wet IAMS Cat Food
$25.00 off a FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System
$1.00 off any 2 Pepperidge Farm Stone Baked rolls
$1.00 off any TWO (2) boxes of Barilla PLUS Pasta
$1.00 off one box of White Cloud Diapers
$3.00 off 2 ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergents
$2.00 off any AVEENO Sun Care product
$0.75 off any one (1) JOHNSON'S Baby product
$2.50 off any 9Lives Dry Cat Food 13lb or larger
15% - 30% OFF Paints and Painiting Supplies
$1.00 off any 3 Gerber Graduates Meals or Sides
$1.00 off 2 Gerber or Graduates Yogurt Blends
$1.50 off any two Raid Products
$1.00 off four (4) Gerber 2nd Foods 2-Pack Tubs
$0.75 off ONE (1) Reynolds Wrap Product
$0.75 off JOHNSON'S NO MORE TANGLES hair product
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Splashers Swim Pant
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Cruisers Diapers
$2.00 off Armor All Father's Day Gift Pack Caddy
$3.00 off any 2 Weight Watchers Frozen Novelty
$2.00 off two (2) Nature Made products
$0.50 off any one Old Orchard 64oz juice product
$0.75 off ONE COVERGIRL Eye Product
$0.75 off ONE COVERGIRL Lip Product
$1.50 off TWO Secret Antiperspirants/Deodorants
$20.00 off any SodaStream Home Soda Maker
$2.00 off (1) Armor All Trim & Plastic Restorer
$2.00 off Armor All Premium Wash + Wax = Protect
$1.00 off any OFF! Personal Insect Repellent



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