Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Sorry my friends - there is a lot going on which is why I've been MIA the last couple of days.  So in the meantime, please have a safe and wonderful kick-off to the summer Memorial Day weekend and remember to thank a Soldier for their sacrifice in keeping us safe each and every day. 
{You can go here to read about Memorial Day from their website - it is very interesting and I learned things I didn't know (or probably didn't recall from school from so many years ago - LOL)}

I hope to catch up on my blog and your blogs as well by the weekend sometime.  Like I said, things have just been crazy both at work and home this week - a lot of late hours and long nights at the office.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend my friends and if you stop by please let me know you were here!

Lots of love and hugs,

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Sorry my friends - there is a lot going on which is why I've been MIA the last couple of days.  So in the meantime, please have a safe and wonderful kick-off to the summer Memorial Day weekend and remember to thank a Soldier for their sacrifice in keeping us safe each and every day. 
{You can go here to read about Memorial Day from their website - it is very interesting and I learned things I didn't know (or probably didn't recall from school from so many years ago - LOL)}

I hope to catch up on my blog and your blogs as well by the weekend sometime.  Like I said, things have just been crazy both at work and home this week - a lot of late hours and long nights at the office.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend my friends and if you stop by please let me know you were here!

Lots of love and hugs,

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wednesday Blog Hopping #15

Happy Hump Day my friends.  Hope everyone is safe from the storms that roared through the midwest/south again last night.  All of my thoughts and prayers are with the families devastated by these terrible tornadoes and storms. 

Today I decided to play along with Mom’s Online Garage Sale, and the 2 co-hosts Sarah of Moose Tracks and Tater Stacks and Mickey of A Helicopter Mom for the Wednesday Blog Hopping.  I always enjoy getting to know new people and make new friends and check out new blogs.  If you'd like to play along the rules are simple - this is from the website where you add your link to:


"I ♥ Blogging Hop was created to gain new followers, subscribers, tweeters and fb fans. Every Wednesday a new linky will be posted. Join in on the fun!

1. Become a GFC Follower, Twitter or FaceBook Fan of Mom’s Online Garage Sale my 2 co-hosts Sarah and Mickey.

2. Adding the Hop Button to your site is appreciated however isn’t mandatory. Help spread the word by tweeting the post using the social bookmarks below!

3. Be sure to leave us a comment stating you are now a follower of one or all three so we can do the same for you!"

So there you go - easy peasy.  If you do play along and become a new follower, be sure and let me know so that I can be a new follower of yours as well.  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!  P.S.  Be sure to stop by tomorrow for couponing Thursday.  I was able to score some AWESOME deals for mere pennies last weekend and there was NO double couponing - it was strictly the face value of the coupon.  I can't wait to share with you! :)

Lots of love and hugs,

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Hot Water & Lack Thereof

Hello my friends - how are you today?  How was your Monday?  Great, I hope!  Mine was good but very busy and the next 2 days are going to be NUTS to say the least around the office due to one of my bosses having TWO closings in 2 days - ACK!  She goes spastic when she gets extremely busy so it could be very interesting to say the least! LOL  Don't get me wrong - I love this boss - she's great and very funny and is the ONLY female boss I've E.V.E.R. gotten along with.  This is what she looks like when she gets really busy - LOL


Anywho..... for the last week we have had some issues here at home with our dang hot water and the lack thereof.  I don't know what the problem is but since hubby is home today then he will have them come check it out.  For some reason it didn't start (we've lived here almost 3 years now) until after someone came out to fix a leak in our house a week or so ago.  Ever since then we've had issues with the hot water and actually running OUT - which is a problem we've never ever had before.  So... I think today me and my son both are going to have to go to work and school a little "stinky" - HA!  Because even at 5 a.m. when I got up - there was NO hot water, which I know is going to be an issue when my son wakes up and he will be in an awful mood all day long from it.  All 4 of us (me, hubs and 2 kids) take at least 2 showers each and every day.  What can I say - we like to be clean! HA!  SO you can imagine what I mean when I say - no hot water = cranky family - LOL


Okay - well I better run - it's getting to be the witching hour again.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Lots of love and hugs,

Hot Water & Lack Thereof

Hello my friends - how are you today?  How was your Monday?  Great, I hope!  Mine was good but very busy and the next 2 days are going to be NUTS to say the least around the office due to one of my bosses having TWO closings in 2 days - ACK!  She goes spastic when she gets extremely busy so it could be very interesting to say the least! LOL  Don't get me wrong - I love this boss - she's great and very funny and is the ONLY female boss I've E.V.E.R. gotten along with.  This is what she looks like when she gets really busy - LOL


Anywho..... for the last week we have had some issues here at home with our dang hot water and the lack thereof.  I don't know what the problem is but since hubby is home today then he will have them come check it out.  For some reason it didn't start (we've lived here almost 3 years now) until after someone came out to fix a leak in our house a week or so ago.  Ever since then we've had issues with the hot water and actually running OUT - which is a problem we've never ever had before.  So... I think today me and my son both are going to have to go to work and school a little "stinky" - HA!  Because even at 5 a.m. when I got up - there was NO hot water, which I know is going to be an issue when my son wakes up and he will be in an awful mood all day long from it.  All 4 of us (me, hubs and 2 kids) take at least 2 showers each and every day.  What can I say - we like to be clean! HA!  SO you can imagine what I mean when I say - no hot water = cranky family - LOL


Okay - well I better run - it's getting to be the witching hour again.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! 

Lots of love and hugs,

Monday, May 23, 2011

Meet Me On Monday - 46th Edition

Happy Monday my peeps!  How are you?  Great, I hope!  How was your weekend?  Was it as busy as mine?  I feel like I need another day home just to sleep and rest - I was way too busy the last few days and can't wait for the upcoming 3 day weekend so I can possibly catch up on some rest - though, since I know me as well as I do, that will never happen.  I have way too much to do on the weekends just playing catch-up around the house - sheesh.  Working in NYC takes so much of my time with just the commute that I have no other option.  *sigh*  Anyway, since I have only a few minutes today - I wanted to join in on this quick blog hop with Java from Never Growing Old.  Come play along, won't you?! :)

Questions:


1. What is your favorite bagel flavor?  Cinnamon Raisin

2. If you had an extra $100 right now, what would you spend it on?  Paint and more organization bins to re-do my huge walk-in pantry closet

3. What is the last thing that you felt guilt about doing?  Probably all of the great deals I got this past weekend at Wal-Greens with my couponing - 10 packs of Oscar Meyer Hot Dogs (10 in each pack) all for a total of tax which was ONLY 95 cents TOTAL.  They were buy 1 for $2.99 and get 1 free - I had coupons and that brought them down to just mere pennies.  P.S.  NO I didn't clear the shelves -they had a ton of them so I was able to use all of my coupons.  Though, I did feel like I was "robbing" the store with my ability to get such a great deal - hence the "guilt"

4. Soft serve ice cream or hand dipped?  I would say soft serve since I have no idea what hand dipped ice cream really is - LOL

5. Are you allergic to anything?  Only poision ivy (or used to be when I was young - not sure if I am or not any longer but still going with that thought just in case - HA


Well - there you go - please come play along would you? I'd love to see your answers.  P.S.  My thoughts and prayers are going out to all of the people in Joplin, MO who were affected by the tornadoes over the weekend.  If anyone else was that I'm not aware of, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you as well.  The Wal-Mart in Joplin, MO was destroyed that I know of - and that is a store that my husband helped build many years ago. :o(

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by.  Please let me know you were here. :)


Lots of love and hugs,

Meet Me On Monday - 46th Edition

Happy Monday my peeps!  How are you?  Great, I hope!  How was your weekend?  Was it as busy as mine?  I feel like I need another day home just to sleep and rest - I was way too busy the last few days and can't wait for the upcoming 3 day weekend so I can possibly catch up on some rest - though, since I know me as well as I do, that will never happen.  I have way too much to do on the weekends just playing catch-up around the house - sheesh.  Working in NYC takes so much of my time with just the commute that I have no other option.  *sigh*  Anyway, since I have only a few minutes today - I wanted to join in on this quick blog hop with Java from Never Growing Old.  Come play along, won't you?! :)

Questions:


1. What is your favorite bagel flavor?  Cinnamon Raisin

2. If you had an extra $100 right now, what would you spend it on?  Paint and more organization bins to re-do my huge walk-in pantry closet

3. What is the last thing that you felt guilt about doing?  Probably all of the great deals I got this past weekend at Wal-Greens with my couponing - 10 packs of Oscar Meyer Hot Dogs (10 in each pack) all for a total of tax which was ONLY 95 cents TOTAL.  They were buy 1 for $2.99 and get 1 free - I had coupons and that brought them down to just mere pennies.  P.S.  NO I didn't clear the shelves -they had a ton of them so I was able to use all of my coupons.  Though, I did feel like I was "robbing" the store with my ability to get such a great deal - hence the "guilt"

4. Soft serve ice cream or hand dipped?  I would say soft serve since I have no idea what hand dipped ice cream really is - LOL

5. Are you allergic to anything?  Only poision ivy (or used to be when I was young - not sure if I am or not any longer but still going with that thought just in case - HA


Well - there you go - please come play along would you? I'd love to see your answers.  P.S.  My thoughts and prayers are going out to all of the people in Joplin, MO who were affected by the tornadoes over the weekend.  If anyone else was that I'm not aware of, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you as well.  The Wal-Mart in Joplin, MO was destroyed that I know of - and that is a store that my husband helped build many years ago. :o(

Have a great day and thanks so much for stopping by.  Please let me know you were here. :)


Lots of love and hugs,

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy Friday!

Good morning my friends!  I'm wayyyyy too tired to think so I'll just say.....


And I can't wait to see what you're weekend plans are!  Have a great day and a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. :)

Lots of love and hugs,

Happy Friday!

Good morning my friends!  I'm wayyyyy too tired to think so I'll just say.....


And I can't wait to see what you're weekend plans are!  Have a great day and a great weekend and thanks for stopping by. :)

Lots of love and hugs,

Thursday, May 19, 2011

ABC's of Me

Happy Thursday my peeps!  It is STILL a wet and stormy day here and I feel like I should be a duck by now waddling around in the puddles - LOL

Anyway... I decided to play along with Haley of The Diva Bee (who is one of my newest  followers - hi Haley!)  :)

If you want to play along I'd love to learn more about you as well!  In the meantime, here are the ABC's of me! :)

A. Age: 43

B. Bed size: Queen. (Still trying to convince hubby to upgrade to a King or Super King - what??? I need my space to stretch out - LOL).

C. Chore you dislike: Ironing

D. Dogs: 1 - Sophie Girl (English Cream Golden Retriever).

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee.

F. Favorite color(s): Red, Black, Brown and White

G. Gold or silver: Definitely Silver

H. Height: 5 foot, 3 inches - le sigh

I. Instruments you play(ed): None but always wished I could play the piano.

J. Job title: Legal Assistant.

K. Kids: two 17 year olds (boy and girl)

L. Live: currently reside in NJ, work in NYC and long for "home" in Arkansas.

M. Mom's name: Linda

N. Nicknames: Honey, My beautiful bride, mom, sister, baby girl.

O. Overnight hospital stays: Birth of my daughter almost 18 years ago, and a few surgeries since then

P. Pet peeves: Slow ass drivers.

Q. Quote from a movie: "I'll have what she's having" (do you remember this line?) :)

R. Righty or lefty: Definitely a righty

S. Siblings: 3 sisters and 1 brother (all of which I am the oldest) - again.... Le sigh.

T. Time you wake up: Too damned early - 5:00 a.m. EST

U. Underwear: Not telling :)

V. Vegetables you don't like: Broccoli, Spinach, Greens and Cabbage

W. What makes you run late: ONLY my family or things beyond my control - i.e. bus, weather, etc. (oh, did I mention being late is one of my biggest pet peeves - ha)

X. X-rays you've had: knee x-ray

Y. Yummy food you make: Hmmm.... Lots of goodies - I love to cook

Z. Zoo animal favorites: Elephants

I hope you enjoyed learning more "silly" things about me and if you play along please let me know so I can come read yours too.  Thanks for stopping by and let me know you were here.  Have a wonderful and blessed day! :)

Lots of love and hugs,

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Follow Me Back Tuesday & Opinions Needed

Good morning, and happy Tuesday my peeps!  Hope all is well your way.  Things are good here but I could really use your opinions on something.  Remember this picture from yesterday?

My husband and I are having a disagreement over something and I'd like to know your honest opinions on the matter.  Does this picture look bad in the effect that his hand "appears" to be on her behind fully?  The reason I ask is because I can tell and could see when I took the picture that his hand appears (at least to me) that it is on her hip more so and part of it on her behind.  My husband says this is a lack of respect, blah blah blah whereas I didn't think this was a big deal really.  It's not like his hand is around her neck and on her boob or something - so please tell me - am I wrong?  Does this look bad and I'm just too blind to see it or is it dad being overprotective of his little girl?  *sigh*  I await your responses and appreciate the feedback! :)

Now... on to other matters of the day:


***From their website***

"It’s everyone’s favorite day of the week again, Tuesday....So that means it’s time to link up & follow for Follow Me Back Tuesday Hosted By:

Survey Junkie, Little Yaya’s & Boobies,BabiesAndABlog

With Guest Hosts:

Marie from The Things We Find Inside & Melly from Beckham & Bloom

How it Works:

Follow all 3 Hosts & Guest Host's - Spots 1-5 leave a comment w/ a link to your blog so we can follow you back ( only leave a comment that you follow if you actually follow )

Snag our button & make a F.M.B.T. post.

After you post use that link to add your blog to the hop along with your blog name

( NO BLOG HOPs & GIVEAWAYS PLEASE ) These entries will be deleted.

Follow the blogs you like & Follow Back who follows you ( Remember to leave a comment so you can be followed back )

And most importantly - Have Fun and Come back and see us every Tuesday!!"

So now that you know how to play along, please go join in on the fun and make some new bloggy friends!

Well.. It's that time again my friends so I better get moving.  I hope that all of you have a wonderful and blessed day and thanks for stopping by to say hello.  And if there are any new readers from the FMBT blog hop - thanks and I look forward to stopping by your blogs to say hello and becoming a new follower of yours as well. :)



Lots of love and hugs,

Follow Me Back Tuesday & Opinions Needed

Good morning, and happy Tuesday my peeps!  Hope all is well your way.  Things are good here but I could really use your opinions on something.  Remember this picture from yesterday?

My husband and I are having a disagreement over something and I'd like to know your honest opinions on the matter.  Does this picture look bad in the effect that his hand "appears" to be on her behind fully?  The reason I ask is because I can tell and could see when I took the picture that his hand appears (at least to me) that it is on her hip more so and part of it on her behind.  My husband says this is a lack of respect, blah blah blah whereas I didn't think this was a big deal really.  It's not like his hand is around her neck and on her boob or something - so please tell me - am I wrong?  Does this look bad and I'm just too blind to see it or is it dad being overprotective of his little girl?  *sigh*  I await your responses and appreciate the feedback! :)

Now... on to other matters of the day:


***From their website***

"It’s everyone’s favorite day of the week again, Tuesday....So that means it’s time to link up & follow for Follow Me Back Tuesday Hosted By:

Survey Junkie, Little Yaya’s & Boobies,BabiesAndABlog

With Guest Hosts:

Marie from The Things We Find Inside & Melly from Beckham & Bloom

How it Works:

Follow all 3 Hosts & Guest Host's - Spots 1-5 leave a comment w/ a link to your blog so we can follow you back ( only leave a comment that you follow if you actually follow )

Snag our button & make a F.M.B.T. post.

After you post use that link to add your blog to the hop along with your blog name

( NO BLOG HOPs & GIVEAWAYS PLEASE ) These entries will be deleted.

Follow the blogs you like & Follow Back who follows you ( Remember to leave a comment so you can be followed back )

And most importantly - Have Fun and Come back and see us every Tuesday!!"

So now that you know how to play along, please go join in on the fun and make some new bloggy friends!

Well.. It's that time again my friends so I better get moving.  I hope that all of you have a wonderful and blessed day and thanks for stopping by to say hello.  And if there are any new readers from the FMBT blog hop - thanks and I look forward to stopping by your blogs to say hello and becoming a new follower of yours as well. :)



Lots of love and hugs,

Monday, May 16, 2011

Junior Prom and Coupon Shopping Extravaganza

Happy Monday my friends and thanks for stopping by!  Thanks for understanding about the short bloggy break but my mind was just in overload and I had to shut it down for a while and I appreciate all of your understanding.

So.. now that I'm back and refreshed - I thought I would show off my beautiful (yes I know, I'm biased - lol) 17 yo daughter and some of her prom pictures that were taken at my house Friday night:

See... I told you she looked beautiful! LOL  Anyway, she said they had an absolutely wonderful time and she was excited beyond belief.  I can't believe my little girl is almost grown - *sniff sniff*   She officially becomes a Senior in just one more month and come this time next year I will be boo hooing a LOT! :(

Anyway.... this weekend my main store had 2 days only of triple couponing that I just couldn't let go by so here is all of my loot with the breakdown for each trip (yes, I had to make several trips due to their only 10 coupons per order rule and no splitting up orders):

This was my one (and only) Wal-Greens Trip:  (They let you break up your orders so you can benefit the most with your coupons, etc and this was NOT triple coupons):
Breakdown:
4 Gillet Fusion Razors - (On sale for $9.89 each) - ($4 MF coupon per razor) + $5 back in register rewards (per razor) made this just 89 cents a piece.  (They are regularly $13.00 each)
1 box of Kleenex - 89 cents - (Wal-Greens on sale coupon)
1 Hershey bar - 79 cents
1 can of Tuna - 69 cents - (Wal-Greens on sale coupon)
2 packs of Stayfree Panty Liners (on sale for 99 cents each) - .99 coupon for each one = BOTH FOR FREE
Palmolive Dish Soap - 89 cents (Wal-Greens on sale coupon)
2 Compact Mirrors (clearanced for $1.99 each)

Total Spent before coupons - $48.78
Total Spent after coupons - $21.59
Register Rewards Earned - $20.00
Actual Out of Pocket Paid - $1.59

Pathmark - Trip 1 & Trip 2:
Breakdown (before coupons):
3 packs of Dog Treats - $11.97
1 tube of Arm & Hammer Toothpaste - $3.69
2 Sunny Delights - $4.58
6 Yoplait Light Yogurts - $4.80
8 Stonyhill Yogurts - $5.28
5 pkgs Ballpark Franks - $17.50
2 boxes of Special K Cereal - $5.00
2 boxes of Dove Ice cream bars - $9.38
2 boxes of Fruit Snacks - $5.38
1 Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowl - $3.99

Total before coupons - $71.57
Total after coupons - $25.81

Trip 3

Breakdown (before coupons):
4 boxes Special K Cereal - $10.00
2 package napkins - $5.00
1 box of Colgate -$1.99
1 pkg of Ghiradelli Candy - $2.99 
1 jar of Oranges - $2.50
1 (4 pack) Cottonelle Toilet Paper - $3.99
2 (6 packs) Propel Water - $5.98

Total before coupons - $32.45
Total after coupons - $7.13

Trip 4
Breakdown (before coupons):
2 packages of Newton Fruit Thins - $7.98
3 boxes Arm & Hammer Toothpaste - $11.07
6 energy bars - $6.00
1 bottle of Tresemme' shampoo - $4.99

Total before coupons:  $30.04
Total after coupons: $9.58

Trip 5 
Breakdown (before coupons):
3 Newspapers - $4.50
1 pkg jello temptations - $2.99
3 bottles finesse hair stuff (2 bottles didn't get on table before picture) - $11.07
1 bottle Herbal Essences Shampoo - $3.49
2 cartons SIPS juice - $3.70
2 cartons Coconut Milk - $7.38

Total before coupons:  $33.13
Total after coupons:  $12.25

Trip 6 & Trip 7
Breakdown (before coupons):
3 pkgs Jello temptations - $8.97
4 boxes Hormel Dinners - $7.96
6 Apple Crisp desserts - $15.00
9 pkgs Stride Gum - $10.71
4 Crunch Candy bars - $3.16
1 Lindt Chocolate bar - $2.99
6 Turkey Hill Lemonade and Teas - $11.94
1 pkgs Shredded Cheese - $3.89
1 box Pretzel sticks - $3.99
2 bottles mustard - $4.58

Total before coupons:  $73.19
Total after coupons: $14.25

Grand Total Retail Before Coupons:  $261.97
Grand Total Paid out of Pocket after Coupons: $70.61

Total Savings of:  73%

Woot woot!!!!  I'd say that's not too shabby - don't ya think?! :)  Well, have a great day my friends and thanks for stopping by to say hello!  I hope to be back to my normal posting schedule beginning today.  I can't wait to catch up on all of your blogs and see what all you've been up to the past few days!

Lots of love and hugs,