Happy Birthday...To Me!

 Monday, May 23, 2011

Well today I am 22. No more big milestones to look forward to in the way of Birthdays...minus my car insurance going down when I'm 25...but today I'm holding out hope maybe a baby will be my gift?

At my appointment on Thursday I was 2cm dilated and 50% effaced. Yesterday I went into Labor and Delivery because I was worried about leaking amniotic fluid (I wasn't) and was 75% effaced, so hopefully we will be back at L&D soon and not leaving without a baby! My family is heading up here this weekend in hopes to make it in time to meet our little blessing. I'm praying to go sooner though! Ha!

Today Hubby is off work so we get to spend my birthday together. I'm thinking lunch out and lots of walking!!

Until tomorrow (or whenever?). If you're still there.


Rite Aid Extreme Couponing Trip

 Monday, May 16, 2011

Okay, so I waited to long to post about my other "extreme couponing" trips, but I'll post about my Rite Aid one today. I'm actually planning on going back tomorrow for a few other things (mostly duplicates of some of today's items).

Transaction #1

Purex Detergent- $1.97
Crest Toothpaste- $2.99
Oral B Toothbrush- $2.99
(2) Ziploc Bags- 2/$4.00
Sure Deodorant- $1.49

$1.00/1 Purex
$1.50/1 Crest
$1.50/1 Oral B
$1.25/2 Ziploc
$1.00/1 Sure

Paid: $8.47 (w/tax)  Got: $5.00 R+ Rewards

Transaction #2

(2) Huggies Diapers - $10 each
(2) Finish Powerball Tabs- $6.79 B1G1

(2) $2.00/1 Huggies
(2) $0.75/1 Finish

Used: $5.00 rewards  Paid:$18.51(w/tax)  Got: $7.00 R+ Rewards

Transaction #3

(2) Glade Carpet Refresh- 2/$4.00
(2) L'oreal Excellence Hair Color- $8.50each
(1) L'oreal Eyeshadow- $3.39
(2) L'oreal Vive Pro Shampoo- $3.00

$0.50/1 Glade Carpet Fresh
$5.00/2 L'oreal Hair Color (Rite Aid in ad coupon)
$5.00/2 L'oreal Hair Color
$2.00/1 L'oreal Eye Product
(2) $1.00/1 L'oreal Shampoo

Used: $7.00 rewards  Paid: $11.78(w/tax)  Got: $11.00 R+ Rewards

I spent a total of $38.76 for $77.01 worth of stuff, and I have $11.00 of rewards to use on my next purchase. 

Tomorrow my plan is to go back for some more diapers (found $3 off coupons), laundry detergent, and Ziplocs.  It should look something like this.



(2) Huggies- $10.00 each
Purex- $1.97
(2) Ziploc Bags- 2/$4.00

(2) $3.00/1 Huggies
$1.00/1 Purex
$1.25/2 Ziploc

Use: $11.00 rewards (from today)  Pay: $6.72 (before tax)  Get: $6.00 R+ Rewards

Until Tomorrow. If You're still there.


Oye Vey! Update needed?

 Saturday, May 7, 2011

Well it seems like the past week has been just a big blur of trying to figure out what is going on or what is happening next. Frustrating for anyone; super annoying for a pregnant lady about to pop! Brian and I made the decision that we were going to just give everything to God (as we always should) and not worry. We know His plan for us far surpasses any plan we could ever have for ourselves, or the Army could have for us.

As of now it looks like we will, in fact, be staying put here at Ft. Campbell. It really was kind of a 50/50 good/bad situation. Yes, we really wanted the opportunity to see another place before Brian leaves the Army in 2 years (assuming he doesn't change his mind again, and stay in), but the timing really just wasn't ideal to be honest. After all the, eh....crap, we went through to even try and get those orders pushed back even a month, it just really seems like it might be a "God Thing" that they got deleted out of no where. I won't pretend I know, or try to predict, what the reason behind it all is, but I have faith that God has it figured out and we will only be reaping good things from this change rather than bad. 

Housing here at Campbell was also beyond helpful and understanding to our plight. They put us back on the wait list where we were when we got off. Meaning we will be able to move on post towards the end of June (our lease is up July 1st), thus saving us at least $300 a month in utilities that we pay now living in this house. With a baby on the way, I'm even more excited about the idea of saving money than I would have been in the past. Mostly because I know it just gives us even more extra to spend on her, and on fun family things. Not to mention Brian will be getting a truck! Yay!!

It also seems I'm about to pop at anytime! At my appointment this week Miss Rafi is head down and ready to go. I've also started to 'drop', and have a huge baby booty sticking straight out front. She must have gotten her hiney from her Daddy, because she certainly didn't get it from me! lol Next weekend Hubby and I are going on our last little day trip to Nashville before the big day in honor of my birthday, about a week early, because we have a feeling the next weekend might be pushing it a bit since I'll be almost 39 weeks at that point...assuming she isn't already here!

You should also all know that I am now full force trying to be a Krazy Coupon Lady. Keep your eyes open over the next few days for my post about how I have saved almost $100 in the past 2 days. :)

Until tomorrow. If you're still there!


After today's events...

 Wednesday, May 4, 2011

it is a miracle that I am not in labor.

Just when I think everything is moving right along as it should be. Just when I was really starting to feel confident and comfortable with our move to Georgia only a month after giving birth to our daughter, the Army rears it's ugly head.

At 9am this morning my husband calls asking for a phone number to HRC (human resources command) because his orders were deleted. What?! This of course would happen after I just turned down housing on our current post (Ft. Campbell) that would save us around $300 a month. Of course.

So once again, we sit and wait to see what happens. I guess there are many scenarios that could happen right now ranging from us actually still going to Georgia, to us going somewhere else, or just staying put here. Who knows. To say I'm stressed and on the verge of a nervous breakdown might be an understatement. I'm trying to remain calm and just keep faith that at the end of the day God has a bigger plan for us than we have for ourselves, but my flesh is taking over and I'm having to fight hard to just trust the Lord.

For those of you out there that pray, could you please just pray for us and that we are able to remain strong even in times of uncertainty?

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. " Jeremiah 29:11
Until tomorrow. If you're still there.


A Cooking Rut...

 Monday, May 2, 2011

Have you ever been in a cooking rut? You know, constantly repeating the same 'ol meals every few weeks? Or, wanting to cook something then realizing you don't have one or two of the ingredients? Yeah, well I've been in one recently.

I generally pride myself on being a pretty good cook. I mean, I'm no Bobby Flay or Paula Deen, but I can hold my own in the kitchen. Being a stay at home wife, I normally like to let my creative juices flow in the kitchen making delicious new meals for the husband. Recently, not so much. It seemed the old tried and true recipes kept showing up over and over, without much variation.

So what is a girl to do? I'll tell you. Search the internet for cooking blogs and recipe sites. I have found several wonderful cooking blogs from mom and wives who make delicious things without all the hoopla of being too fancy. Just my style. I also found that both Kraft and Pillsbury have some great EASY recipes as well.

The meal plan was supposed to start yesterday, but Hubby took me out to lunch after church, and then we went to a cook out for dinner. Score! For not having to cook. I do, however, have my little menu on the fridge and everything is just getting pushed back a day. This time I actually am using the Kraft website for 99% of my recipes. I just thought it would help in forcing me to try completely new things, not to mention you can print of a grocery list directly from their site with everything you need for all the recipes you select. Easy! I also wanted to see what having a real plan would do for my grocery bill over the course of a month since I wouldn't have to keep running to the store for "just one thing" only to come home with 5. Saves a lot in the way of frustration too.

The plan is to try everything, then print off the recipes that we would like to have again (in the FUTURE...not next week) to add to my cookbook (that I'm going to make) that contains all of the things we love from a variety of locations. Maybe to hold myself accountable, and perhaps to help some of you others out there in food rut land, I will start posting my 2 week menu on here followed by a run down of what we thought of everything. At least that will be the plan for now. I'm sure I'll be MIA for a little bit once our little princess in here and turns our world upside down, followed by a move. At least my mom and grandma will be here to cook for us for a little while then. :)

So here goes:

The Challenge:
Make a 2 week menu, followed by a grocery list based on the menu. 

The Menu:
Monday- Creamy Tuna Casserole
Tuesday- Crispy Pesto Chicken
Wednesday - Cheesy Meatball Subs
Thursday - Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Friday- Polynesian Glazed Meatballs over Rice
Saturday- Leftover/Date Night
Sunday- Jude's Chicken Casserole
Monday- Creamy Shrimp and Rice
Tuesday- Spaghetti w/ Italian Sausage
Wednesday- Slow Cooker Chicken Curry w/ Basmati Rice
Thursday- Mexican Corn Bread w/ Salad
Friday- Saucy Pepper Steak over Rice
Saturday- Leftovers/Frozen Pizza (?)
Sunday- Spicy Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups w/ salad

Bonus quick meal- BBQ Sausage with Mac n Cheese
New Dessert- Gooey Peanut Butter-Chocolate Cake

As you can see I planned for 12 'real' meals because with only 2 of us, we always have leftovers. I also planned to make a casserole type dish at the start of the week so I would have left overs to put in Brian's lunch sporadically mixed with sandwiches and such.  I also included a "quick" meal, as something extra were we to need a quick substitute to something, or it could be used as a weekend lunch. I only did one dessert recipie this time simply because I already have cookie dough in the fridge and a few boxed dessert type items in the pantry.

I can't wait to see how it goes! I can tell you, already, after just today, I love the fact that I have everything I need. I made the decision to make the cake and I didn't have to worry about if I had everything. I knew I did and just hopped in the kitchen and got to cooking. I think I'm really going to like the ease of this, and hopefully it will save a little cash too.

How do you shop and cook?

Until tomorrow. If you're still there.


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