Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Swimming Day!

Well even though it's not warm outside you can always find an indoor swimming pool. That way your kids will still get the exercise they need and will have such a blast...a little taste of spring! We're headed out now so I'll post pictures of our fun adventures later! Have fun!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My Big Project

So ever since we moved in I've really wanted to re due the kitchen. We got a new stove and counter tops but the cabinets need something more (stove black and counters are dark). I need ideas. I don't want it all too dark since I hope someday to get a new fridge and I'd like it back to match the other appliances. I've thought about staining them or antiquing them but I'm not sure what to buy and how to apply! Any help out there?
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Car Washing Time!

So don't think you always have to spend money to have a good time together. Try cleaning the car this week together, who knows it might end up in a water fight! So be prepared to get wet and have lots of fun!


So this could be used for a great idea I have for date night. It's free Armor All! A great gift for the hubby. Just click on the link and it will take you directly to the site to print off your rebate form. It goes until Dec so you have some time to get it!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Picnic in the Park

What beautiful weather we have been having lately. Take advantage of it and head outside with your kids. Head to a park and take a picnic with you...don't forget your camera there will be lots of smiles!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Pasta Salad

So I had this recipe at a shower and just had to make it for my brother-in-laws home coming lunch-in. It was so quick and easy, and taste wonderful. Try it out (not the same as the picture above but close to it:) )

1 cup purple grapes
1 bag Bow Tie Pasta (12oz)
1 bag Wacki Mac Pasta (12oz (same as color spiral noodles)
2 cups celery
1 can tidbits pineapple
2 cans Mandarin Oranges (smaller cans or 1 large can)
1 pk cashews
2 cans water chestnuts (cut)
1 pk craisins
1 cup Mayo
1 16oz Kraft Coleslaw Dressing
Chicken to desired amount

Cook pasta according to package (I cooked them separate but I'm sure you could do them together). Add the mayo until all the noodles are coated. Add everything but the cashews, craisins and coleslaw dressing. Mix well. Add the cashews, craisins, and coleslaw right before serving. (we served it without the chicken and it was still wonderful)


Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Day At A Time

So for my cleaning tip of the day I thought I'd let you all in on a secret. I pick each day and concentrate on that cleaning for the day. For example Monday's are laundry day and vacuuming Tuesdays are for the bathrooms (while Megan is having a about multitasking!) and so forth. Figure out what works best for you. Make a list of the things that need to get done each week and break it out between days. Let me know how it works for you!

Board Game Night

So me and my husband just loved to play games together and we've really gotten out of it lately with the little one always running around. So this week we are bring out the games and having some good laughs together for date night. (You can even spice it up and have a game of twister with the two of you, see how creative you can get!)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My Goal This Week...or Two

So I just wanted to put this out in hope that it will help me stick to it. I'm making it a goal to cook every dinner at home. Once I get pregnant I really get lazy and especally at night. So it's been two days already and once I make my goal...I'm going out to eat!!! I strongly believe you have to reward yourself when you accomplish a goal and this is a hard goal for me so wish me luck!

Organizing Your Coupons

So I just wanted to touch on this topic of organizing your coupons. The most effective way to organize and the way you'll get the most bang for your buck is to cut them out and organize them into categories into a 3 ring binder preferable one that zips closed in case you drop it then each coupon put into the clear plastic holders (the ones that hold the baseball cards are the best size). So for example I have baby, canned, dairy, paper goods, personal hygiene, misc, snacks, and so forth. Put what you use and what you'll be cutting out (like you might have a dog so you could have a pets category). Then each Sunday when you get your ads cut and sort.

There are other ways of doing it cause that is very time consuming. You could simply get a binder and sort each booklet of coupons by date cause most web pages that you can find good deals on will list where the coupon came from. Like SS, PG, RP,and GM (stands for Smart Source, Procter and Gamble, Red Plum, and General Meals). Then you just pull out the coupons you want and cut the ones you need for that trip to the store.

These are just a few ideas and the most effective. I hope this kind of helps. If you have any questions please ask and I'll try to explain a little better. Happy cutting!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I'm Back!

Ok I really need to get back on the boat again and this is the only way I'm going to do it! We found out we have one on the way and so I need to buckle down and find a routine with cleaning, cooking and still making time for some fun with my family. That's my goal and I hope I can get some support in my journey. I love advise and will take it all in. So starting tomorrow I'll be blogging again! Can't wait to hear from you!
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