4.28.2014

Coupons For You!


Hey there everyone! 
This Monday morning, I've put together a few coupons for you to get you going for the week! 
 

These are just a few for products that we've been using a lot around OUR house!  AND also a few baby product coupons, because you can never have enough of those right?!


So print these honeys out, because there's nothing better than doing the shopping for the house on a Monday ;P


Have a great week everyone!



$1.00 off ONE Tide Detergent$1.00 off any two BARILLA Whole Grain Pasta


$0.75 off any jar of BARILLA Pasta Sauce$1.00 off COVERGIRL TRUblend Liquid or Fixstick


$3.00 off two (2) Coppertone Sunscreen Products$1.25 off ONE Pantene Product 22.8oz or larger


$1.00 off 2 JENNIE-O Ground Turkey$1.00 off 1 JENNIE-O Frozen Turkey Burgers


$1.00 off One (1) Emerald Nuts Canister$1.00 off CLEAN & CLEAR ADVANTAGE product


$1.00 off any THREE Kellogg's Special K Cereals$1.00 off any THREE Kellogg's Cereals


$1.00 off 2 bags of DOVE PROMISES Chocolate$1.00 off TWO BOXES any flavor Hamburger Helper


$1.50 off any one Eucerin Body Lotion or Creme$1.50 off any one Aquaphor Skin Care


$1.00 off JET-PUFFED, HONEY MAID, and HERSHEY's$6.44 off ground beef and 3 Classic Helper


$0.75 off ONE package of Truvia Natural Sweetener$0.75 off any DESITIN Diaper Rash Product


$0.75 off any one (1) JOHNSON'S Baby product$0.75 off TWO (2) TONY'S multi-serve pizzas

$3.00 off ONE JENNIE-O OVEN READY™ Whole Turkey$1.00 off (1) Revlon Lip Product



$1.50 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Trainers$1.50 off ONE Pampers Swaddlers Diapers


$0.50 off Nature Valley Greek Yogurt Protein Bars$0.75 off ONE BOX Fiber One™ Meal Bar


$0.50 off TWO Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks$0.40 off any two Pillsbury or Grands Sweet Rolls




$1.00 off ONE Tide Detergent
$1.00 off any two BARILLA Whole Grain Pasta
$0.75 off any jar of BARILLA Pasta Sauce
$1.00 off COVERGIRL TRUblend Liquid or Fixstick
$3.00 off two (2) Coppertone Sunscreen Products
$1.25 off ONE Pantene Product 22.8oz or larger
$1.00 off 2 JENNIE-O Ground Turkey
$1.00 off 1 JENNIE-O Frozen Turkey Burgers
$1.00 off One (1) Emerald Nuts Canister
$1.00 off CLEAN & CLEAR ADVANTAGE product
$1.00 off any THREE Kellogg's Special K Cereals
$1.00 off any THREE Kellogg's Cereals
$1.00 off 2 bags of DOVE PROMISES Chocolate
$1.00 off TWO BOXES any flavor Hamburger Helper
$1.50 off any one Eucerin Body Lotion or Creme
$1.50 off any one Aquaphor Skin Care
$1.00 off JET-PUFFED, HONEY MAID, and HERSHEY's
$6.44 off ground beef and 3 Classic Helper
$0.75 off ONE package of Truvia Natural Sweetener
$0.75 off any DESITIN Diaper Rash Product
$0.75 off any one (1) JOHNSON'S Baby product
$0.75 off TWO (2) TONY'S multi-serve pizzas
$3.00 off ONE JENNIE-O OVEN READY™ Whole Turkey
$1.00 off (1) Revlon Lip Product
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Easy Ups Trainers
$1.50 off ONE Pampers Swaddlers Diapers
$0.50 off Nature Valley Greek Yogurt Protein Bars
$0.75 off ONE BOX Fiber One™ Meal Bar
$0.50 off TWO Betty Crocker Fruit Flavored Snacks
$0.40 off any two Pillsbury or Grands Sweet Rolls


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4.21.2014

Wedding Post #3!!!!! The Ceremony!!

Let's just say, that between life, in general, and kiddos, and being in the process of buying a house......I'm sorry that I haven't gotten around to it yet?

There is so much to tell you about the actual ceremony and the reception!!! 

WARNING:  This post will have a lot of pictures :D
 
 

Where did I leave off?  Hmmmmm.....Well, as most of you likely know, S and I got married last August, and now that our 6 YEAR ANNIVERASRY of actually being a couple is only a few days away, this is prime time to talk about our wedding!  (Sorry about the gushing).  You can read the first two blogs that I wrote about the wedding here, with the set-up , and here, with the Pre-Ceremony !


The music that we had playing during the whole time that guests were arriving?  Well, it's a long list, and S and I wanted to make sure that we had a good mix of cute/lovey, and "fun" music, but here you go:

Making memories of us: The Hit Crew
Cowboy take me away: The Dixie Chicks
What a Beautiful Day: Chris Cagle
Crazy Girl: Eli Young Band
Amarillo by Morning: George Strait
Hard to Love: Lee Brice
I don't want to miss a thing: Aerosmith
Ladies love country boys: Trace Adkins
Different kind of love: Zac Brown Band
Check yes or no: George Strait
Safe and Sound: Taylor Swift
When you say nothing at all: Keith Whitley
Waitin on a woman: Brad Paisley
Toes: Zac Brown Band
Whatever it is: Zac Brown Band

and we told the woman who was running the music for us, that just before everyone knew that I was about to come out, that they should put "Waitin on a woman" back on ;)


Right before I was supposed to walk down the aisle?

I was a complete freaking mess.

I was telling people when to walk, I was trying to just hang out with my dad, there were kiddos running all over the place....

But I was in Heaven :D

I was standing in my mom and dads kitchen, where I have spent numerous hours of my life, and loving every moment of it!!!

Again, a blur............  Ss parents walked out, my mom walked out with my brother, KT and the kiddos walked out.....

The music that we had for the for the processional was:

I won't let go: Rascal Flatts
and
Lost in this moment: Big and Rich (which I have always LOVED as a wedding song, and wanted to make sure that I incorporated into our wedding!)


and then.....my dad and I walked out.

 
I get emotional talking about it, there is no way that I'm going to be able to write about it.


The most perfect music was playing, I could see my family out of the corners of my eyes, I had the biggest, most stupid smile on my face, and all I was looking at was S, underneath the birch tree arch that he had made with my dad.

My song, that I walked to the aisle with?  Oh my goodness, I get tears in my eyes, still, when I hear it....

I walked to "Then" by Brad Paisley.  I have loved this song since it came out, and I actually made sure to time it so that I would be walking up to the arch as the beautiful piano/guitar solo at the end of the song was playing!

I can't even begin to describe how happy I was, the biggest smile on my face the whole time, and just seeing the same huge smile on Ss face, the whole thing was like a dream!

My dad and my mom gave me away, and we had a relative of mine as our Officiant!



Our Vows

Welcome on behalf of S___ and C_____, thank you all for being here to share their special day with them as they pledge their love to one another.

Who gives this woman to be married to this man?

My dad said, "Her mother and I"

As S___ and C_____ stand before us today to openly declare their love and commitment to one another, they would like to acknowledge their parents whose love, support, and nurturing are such an essential part of who they are today.  May you take great pride in the fact that the seeds of love you have planted in S___ and C_____ will flourish in the formation of this new family today.

S___ speaks his vows.
I promise to love you for your imperfections as well as the good things. 
I promise to always come home to you. 
I promise to love you to the fullest extent possible for the rest of my days. 
I promise to always have your back in front of the kids, even when I disagree. 
I promise to try my best to remember the important dates. 
And lastly, I promise to finish you off quickly if you are ever bitten by a zombie.

And yes, everyone laughed!

C_____ speaks her vows.
I promise to always defend you.
I promise to support your dreams, idea, and endeavors, but also tell you when they're kinda crazy. 
I promise to not make your "honey-do" list too long. 
I promise to deal with your obsession with boats, fishing, hunting, and guns, somewhat patiently.  And lastly, I promise to fold and put away your laundry in a timely manner.

And yes, everyone laughed :)

S___, do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife, promising to love, honor, and cherish her, and in all respects, to be a faithful husband as long as you both shall live?

Of course he said, I do!

C_____, do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, promising to love, honor, and cherish him, and in all respects to be a faithful wife as long as you both shall live?

Of course I said, I do!

rings are handed out:

Ancient civilizations saw the circle as a symbol for eternity.  With no beginning and no end, the circle came back to itself representing life.  The hole in the circle represented a doorway to the future leading to both the known and the unknown.  The tradition of wearing a circle of love wedding ring on the left hand comes from the Romans who believed that there is a vein, called "vena amoris" or vein of love that goes from the left hand's fourth finger to the heart, making it symbolic of love.  Today, wedding rings represent the circle of love eternal between two people and provide a symbol of an endless bond.

S: C_____, with this ring I thee wed.

The funny thing?  Because of the heat we had to seriously push that ring on to my finger! LOL!

C: S___, with this ring I thee wed.

I was shaking so bad the entire time!

S___ and C_____, since you have entered into this honorable estate of matrimony by mutual promises as witnessed by your family and friends, by the power vested in me by the state of Maine, I pronounce you husband and wife.  S___, you may kiss your bride!

S and I kissed for a long time.  We started to get comments from the crowd.  LOL!  But it was a great kiss, we were both so happy, and the comments from the crowd?  They were far from disapproving!!!!!  :D


 

It is my privilege and pleasure to present for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. S___ F____!!!!!!!!  :D

As much as I might dislike the thought of saying the word "obey" in my wedding vows, I'm still old fashioned enough that I wanted to be introduced as "Mrs. F____"  ;)


Our recessional song?  It was "Are you gonna kiss me or not" by Thompson Square!

It was, basically, exactly what S and I had wanted for our wedding!!  Short, Sweet, to the point, and full of laughter!  But serious all at the same time :)

Are you ready for the pictures?



 
 
 

 

<3 <3 <3
 
 
 
 
 
Look for my next blog post in a few weeks about our reception and after party!!!!  <3



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4.10.2014

A Confession: I'm a "Yeller"


Here it goes people............

I am a "Yeller"

And I don't mean that I am a cowardly person, or "yellow-bellied."

Nope.  I mean, I yell at my kids.

And I noticed about three weeks ago that it's pretty much gotten way out of hand.

Then I felt like a huge pile of crap.

Actually, I had felt like crap that whole day, and a lot of other days....and then, in an insomnia session that Friday night, I realized "it".  I realized what was going on.

And I got to work on trying to fix it.
 
 
 
It all started on a Friday.  I don't know if it was a combination of cabin fever, and that Dude is 4, or what it was.  But that day was just rough.

There is no way that I can describe to you, just how rough that day was.  But by the end of it, everyone in the house was yelling like crazy, everyone was stressed, and everyone was angry.  It was horrible. 

Plain old horrible.



I felt like such a horrible mom after we had put the kiddos to bed.  I wanted to wake them up, and hug and kiss them and tell them how wonderful they were.  And I felt like crying my eyes out.

It's so tiring, just yelling and being frustrated all of the time.

I couldn't understand why Dude would never listen to me. I would get mad at Dude and Princess when they yelled, at each other, and at S and I.  So I would yell because I was mad.  Then S would start yelling because he was trying to fix the situation that he knew was stressing me out.

Such a horrible, guilt causing, cycle.

Laying in bed that Friday night, I thought about all of it.  All. Of. It.  WHY was I yelling so much?  Why were the kiddos yelling so much?  I felt more and more horrible, but finally fell asleep.  Slept weird, waking up a lot.  Then I woke up Saturday morning with some sort of epiphany that had actually kind of been staring me in the face for a long time.

I'll be honest with you here, I woke up early that Saturday morning, everyone else was still asleep, and I got straight onto Pinterest.  Yes, it's where I go to first for a lot of things these days, and will do more intense research from the things that I find on there. 

Some of the first articles that I found and read, really struck a major cord with me.  You can find them HERE , HERE , and HERE .  These articles give parents tips on how to stop yelling, what to do instead, how to get your children's attention in an easier way, and how to go about being a more peaceful household.

At first I thought that there would be no possible way that the approaches in these articles would work. 

I was wrong.


I sat there, on our couch, for quite a while before Dude woke up, and I decided that I needed to already start the day over. That I already had to hit the "reset" button.  I knew that if I was going to actually try and stop yelling, that I had to have a completely different mindset. 

I told myself that I would NOT yell.  Plain and simple.  I was done yelling.

Dude woke up, and I told him good morning, that I loved him, and gave him a huge hug, just like I do every single morning.

When S and Princess woke up, I sat on the couch and had a very honest talk with S.  I told him that I felt like I was losing control because I was yelling so much, and that I needed his help.  I told him, that I was not trying to change his way of parenting, that I didn't want him to change who he was, but I needed his help and that if he saw me starting to freak out, that he needed to step in and try to calm me down.  He told me that even he felt like my yelling was getting out of hand, that he had noticed when I yelled a lot, he started to yell too, and that everyone would be miserable. 



I told him that I wanted to try and not yell at the kids, told him about the articles that I had read, and that I had read an interesting point: that if you talk to your kiddos in weird voices, or you whisper to them instead of yelling, that they laugh, or they have to be quiet to hear what you were trying to say to them.

I tried this out, 10 minutes later as I was trying to get Princess to come to me so that I could change her diaper.

Usually, when we would tell Princess to come to us for a diaper change, she would giggle and run off trying to start a game with us.  And we would get mad, and frustrated, and stressed.

When she didn't come right away, I talked to her in a low growly, monster-type voice with a smile on my face.

She smiled and laughed, and came right over to me. 

I was blown away.  S was blown away.

It had already started.  The house was already a million times less stressed.


It has been about 3 weeks, and honestly, I have yelled only a handful of times. 

The first time that I yelled at Dude after deciding to stop yelling, I instantly felt like crap again, and all of the horrible feelings came rushing back.  I waited a few seconds, and calmly apologized to Dude for yelling at him, but that I needed him to do "such and such".  He then did what I had asked him to do.


When I find myself being stressed, and realized that I've yelled, I step out of the situation.  I calm myself down.  I tell myself to just STOP.

I have to constantly remind myself, that there is no need to yell, that I have battles to pick, that I get more bees with honey.  I stop sometimes during the day, and realize that it's so nice not hearing the kiddos yell at each other!  Yes, they have stopped yelling at each other so much since I've stopped yelling.  Of course, they are 4 and 2 so they are going to yell some, but it has reduced a lot!  S has pointed out to me that he is less stressed and frustrated with the kiddos, because he sees me being less stressed, and he hardly ever yells at the kiddos anymore either!

Don't get me wrong, we don't let the kiddos do whatever they want, we never have.  But we have noticed a change in their behavior since all of this started.  There have been so many times, that random people teachers, even our relatives have told us how amazing our kiddos are, how well they listen, how polite and well behaved they are....and honestly, S and I will just look at these people with complete skepticism all over our faces.  Since we've stopped yelling, it's easier to see what other people see.......



I am NOT telling anyone how they should parent their kiddos, I don't want someone to tell me how to parent mine.  BUT if you're noticing that you're frustrated, sad, angry, and even more frustrated because of all of that, you need to stop and look around and think about what's causing it.

I can only hope that this will continue in our household, and that we can all work on it together, so that we all understand each other, and can deal with our issues without yelling.





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