DJ = Party Time!

I love weddings. I really do. What do I love more? RECEPTIONS. I love the food and the decorations and socializing and I love the music and dancing.

A friend of mine is having a commitment ceremony in March of next year, which we hope will be a legal wedding by then!  I am so excited and cannot wait for it.

I plan to be at her son’s football game this weekend. I should ask if they have found a wedding dj. I plan to have a great time dancing late into the night at their reception. It will most likely be our first outing without the baby. I want to really enjoy myself.

Made time for some self-care today with my best girl

In album 2014-08-12

Birthday girl!

Little baby honey turns two in a couple of weeks.  It boggles my mind that I have a kid in general, and that she’s going to be two soon!  It seems like just yesterday she was brand new and I was terrified of doing anything wrong.

Now, I make mistakes all the time!  And she survives!  But seriously, she’s a great kid: smart, funny, kind, loving and gorgeous.  I’m a lucky momma.

So what will we be getting her for her birthday?  We’ve been looking at swing sets at backyardplayground.net. She loves to play outside and right now there is just no place to play in our backyard. I’d like one with lots of options for her, like a slide and a playhouse. I want to spoil my little girl.

Whew!

Thank heavens for backups!

While cleaning up after my daughter today I spilled a very small amount of water on the keyboard of my laptop.  I wiped it up right away and all seemed fine until after dinner when I tried to type.  That’s when things got weird.

I ran some paper towels under the key, used the blow dryer and even turned off the laptop and let it sit in front of a running box fan.  Two hours later and it still won’t work correctly.

Thankfully I remembered that when I bought my trusty Logitech Wireless Mouse M315 Nano Blades of Grass, I also purchased the matching Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard with Unifying Receiver (Blades of Grass Version). I haven’t used the keyboard much, and in fact, I didn’t even know where it was.

My faithful and trusty manservant husband dug it out of a box in the garage and ta-da! I can type again. I love that the dongle for the keyboard is so small and will work for both the mouse and the keyboard.

My only issues with this keyboard are that it can’t quite keep up with my typing (I type really, really fast) and that the keyboard layout is totally different that my laptop keyboard: a little smaller and the home, pgup, etc. are not in the same place.

Upsides?  It works! And it has a number keypad on the left-hand side.  I miss that when I don’t have it.

I highly recommend the mouse and the keyboard, especially if you accidentally mess up your laptop keyboard.

New Voice Over Artist

Since we just moved, the never-ending process of unpacking is still happening.  Besides the garage, one of the last places we are unpacking is my husband’s office.

The other day he found my cool little microphone packed in with HIS stuff. I wonder how that happened?  It is a pretty cool little microphone. He hooked it up and let out daughter play around with it. She loves it.

If you’ve been looking for a microphone of your very own, click this link: visit website. There are some pretty cool microphones there, too. Just make sure you pack it yourself so it doesn’t end up in your husband’s office.

The importance of washable markers (or in this case washable dry erase markers) cannot…

The importance of washable markers (or in this case washable dry erase markers) cannot be understated.

I was thinking about doing a Google hangout later today on the use of the Ibotta…

I was thinking about doing a Google hangout later today on the use of the Ibotta app.  Anyone interested? I see a lot of people saying they are signed up for it but not using it because they don't understand it.  I love Ibotta and want to share the love!

Dear +Linda Stradley, for some reason your Milk Gravy Recipe just makes sense to…

Dear +Linda Stradley, for some reason your Milk Gravy Recipe just makes sense to me! After years of failing and failing at making a proper milk gravy, I've now done it TWICE with amazing results. Thanks!

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This easy milk gravy recipe will drive men crazy! They love it because their mother used to make it.

Thinking about pasta salad

I've been couponing and everyone is going crazy for buying this Suddenly Salad stuff. I think it came out when I was a kid and I don't remember there being anything special about it.

I'm thinking about sending pasta salad for my husband's lunch (he usually just eats sandwiches).  I've got a bunch of dry penne and rotini, plus some Italian dressing.  Is it really that easy, just cook and toss?  Anything I should add?  I was thinking grilled or canned chicken, but what about veggies wise?  Ideas?

I've committed to couponing wisely (with the help of many blogs and Facebook…

I've committed to couponing wisely (with the help of many blogs and Facebook groups) to maximize savings on my family's budget.  Here was today's shopping trips (and grand tour of the area)

First stop: Winn Dixie
Used my Winn Dixie card (sign up here: https://www.winndixie.com/SR/Reward%20Card/Default.aspx).
20 oz Bisquick, $2.59. Used $1 off coupon (no longer available to print): $1.59
Badia Bay Leaf $0.99 (no coupon – need for recipe)
Huggies Little Movers on sale $8.97. Used $4 off coupon (from pickupthevalues.com, no longer available) and $3 off Winn Dixie coupon from Winn Dixie All American Cookout flyer (in Sunday 6/15 paper and in stores): $1.97
4 dozen WD large eggs: $5 (3 day sale)
Challenge butter: $4.85, used $1 off coupon from Challenge Butter Facebook page and $1 off Winn Dixie coupon from Winn Dixie All American Cookout flyer (in Sunday 6/15 paper and in stores): $2.85
Total OOP: $12.95 (Retail value: $22.40, savings of 42% off sale prices)
Will submit to Checkout51 for .25 eggs rebate
Will receive $0.50 rebate from SavingStar for Bisquick)
Got a raincheck for 3 Gwaltney hot dogs ($1 each 3 day sale)

Second stop: Wal-Mart
2 packages White Cloud Bath Tissue: $7.94. Used Buy One Get 4 Roll Free coupon from coupons.com (-$2.00): $5.94 or  $2.97 each
Great Value Bread: $1.78 – no coupon
Arm & Hammer Oxi Clean $4.97 (price matched B1G1 from Winn Dixie), used $3 off 2 coupon from coupons.com
Bananas 2.18 lbs @ $.59 per pound: $1.29 – no coupon
Total OOP: $11.76 (Retail value: $20.95, savings of 44% off)

Third Stop: Target
1 box Market Pantry Spaghetti $1.00 less $.05 Cartwheel: $0.95
1 gallon Market Pantry Milk $4.19 less $.21 Cartwheel: $3.98
1 package Angel Soft Tissue $5.94 less $.45 coupons from coupons.com and $1.00 Target mobile coupon: $4.49
Redcard discount: $.21
Used $5 gift card from previous purchases
Total OOP: $4.35 (Retail value: $11.13, savings of 61% off)
Will submit for Ibotta $.50 rebate on milk

Fourth Stop: Winn Dixie (a different one)
Used my Winn Dixie card (sign up here: https://www.winndixie.com/SR/Reward%20Card/Default.aspx).
Huggies Little Movers on sale $8.97. Used $4 off coupon (from pickupthevalues.com, no longer available) and $3 off Winn Dixie coupon from Winn Dixie All American Cookout flyer (in Sunday 6/15 paper and in stores): $1.97
3 Gwaltney hot dogs: $3 ($1 each 3 day sale) less 3 $.55 off coupons from SS 5/18R: $1.35
Total OOP: $3.86 (Retail value: $11.97, savings of 78% off sale prices)

Fifth (and Final) Stop: Publix
Jumbo Choc Chip M&M Cookie: 1.79 (no coupon)
2 Tic Tacs @ $1 each: $2.00 used $1 off 2 coupon from Facebook (no longer available: $1.00
Activia Greek Yogurt 6 @ $1.20 each: $7.20 used 3 B1G1 coupons from coupons.com – $3.60: $3.60
Hormel Pepperoni 4 @ $1 each: $4.00 used 2 $1 off 2 from coupons.com and 2 $1 off 2 Target coupon from coupons.target.com: FREE
Total OOP: $6.51 (Retail value: $14.99, savings of 57% off)

Total for all: $39.42 Retail Vale: $66.25 (Savings: 40%)
Also expecting rebates from Ibotta, Checkout51 and SavingStar for $1.25

What didn't work for me:
I had a $1 off 1 Angel Soft coupon from coupons.com but forgot to bring it with me!

What I did this time that I've never done before:
(1) Ad matched the laundry detergent at Walmart. That was easy!
(2) Asked for a rain check at Winn Dixie on the sale hot dogs that were out of stock. I did find them at the second Winn Dixie I went to, so I got them)

This isn't the greatest amount of savings, but it's still pretty good and I got a lot of things we really needed.  $1.97 a pack for diapers is insanely cheap!  I'll most likely go back for a couple more packs before the sale ends.

For Checkout51: http://www.checkout51.com/
For Target Cartwheel:  http://cartwheel.target.com
For Ibotta: http://ibotta.com/r/cacuyw (referral link – join my team FREE and we'll earn bonuses with our collective shopping/earning!)
For SavingStar: http://www.savingstar.com
coupons.com
pickupthevalues.com