Creative Corner...Target $1 section

New scrapbooking items in the $1 section at Target!!! When I was in there today I couldn't help but browse the $1 deals! The themes I saw were fall, Halloween, jewel tones, and sports. You can get brads, stickers, paper, felt shapes, ribbon and much more...all to coordinate in each theme. This is just a small sampling of what they have...

Deals of the Day...Target

I made a trip to Target today because I had some coupons expiring that I wanted to use. Plus I had some Target coupons (got them in the mail) that paired nicely with some of those coupons. If I had used no coupons I would have spent $26.10 but instead I only paid....$8.10!!!

If you still have Electrasol coupons I don't think they expire until 10/4 so you could still score this deal...2.79-2.25 coup = .54 cents for 20 dishwasher tabs!


Another hippo card!

My friend Jamie made this adorable hippo card for Little Bit for her birthday....don't you just love that little hippo! I also love this new Bella Rose designer paper from Stampin' Up!

Menu Plan Monday

Yeah!...it is supposed to be cool all this week! Is fall weather finally here to stay?! Anyway, here is my menu for the week...

Monday ~ turkey, dressing, corn, bread

Tuesday ~ steak, green beans, cheesy potatoes, bread

Wednesday ~ bbq sandwiches, chips, carrot sticks

Thursday ~ pasta, salad, bread

Friday ~ ...leftovers

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Meijer at a glance...9/28-10/4

Here are a few deals you can find at Meijer this week. It looks like this is the week to stock up bread, peanut butter, and ice cream!!! Let me know what other great bargains you come across.

Meijer gallon milk...$2.77

Aunt Millies white or multigrain bread...99 cents
.35 cent coupon 8-10 RP...hurry this expires 9/30

Chi Chis Salsa 16 oz...4/$5
$1/2 Mealbox cpn

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream pints...2/$6
$1/2 Mealbox cpn

Breyers, Good Humor Novelties,6-30 ct, Klondike 6-8 ct, or Popsicle and Fudgsicle 8-30 ct...2/$6
$1/1 Mealbox cpn

Hot Pockets, Lean Pockets, Croissant, Subs, Calzones, Twisted Stix or Pocket Ultimates or Paninis...5/$10
.50 cent coupon 9-28 RP and $1/5 Mealbox cpn

Skippy Peanut Butter 15-16.3 oz jar...2/$4
(Buy 2 Skippy Peanut Butter 15-16.3 oz jar and get Meijer White Bread 22 oz loaf FREE!)
.40 cent coupon 8-17 RP and $1/2 Mealbox cpn

Guess who's ONE!

Happy Birthday Little Bit!!! We celebrated her 1st birthday this weekend. She had a blast playing with her little friends and is enjoying all her gifts!

This year has just flown by...I can't believe my baby is now a toddler! We are enjoying every second with her!


Menu Plan Monday

Today is the first day of fall! I am looking forward to getting some pumpkins and breaking out the fall decor. Now I just wish the weather would get cool and stay that way!

Monday ~ waffles, scrambled eggs, fruit

Tuesday ~ grilled cheese & roast beef sandwich, broccoli cheese soup, carrot sticks

Wednesday ~ pot roast, mashed potatoes, corn, bread

Thursday ~ out to dinner...and free ice cream from Cold Stone!

Friday ~ steak, green beans, cheesy potatoes, bread

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Sign up here for your free Fiber One Honey Nut Clusters cereal sample and Oats and Honey Bar plus $3 in coupons.

Free Aveeno sample and coupon

Decorate your Diaper Genie for free. The decals are free while supplies last, so be sure to order yours today!


Meijer at a glance...9/21-9/27

Check out the new coupons on MealBox. A few of them pair nicely with some sales this week at Meijer. Here is what I saw at first glance...

Tropicana orange juice, 89 oz...3.99
($1.00 off coupon on MealBox)

Taco Bell dinner kits...25% off
($1.00 off 2 coupon on MealBox)

Carapelli olive oil...33% off
($1.00 off coupon on MealBox)

Rice-a-Roni or Pasta Roni...5/$5
($1.00 off 5 coupon on MealBox)

Kahiki Entrees or Appetizers...5/$5
($1.00 off 2 coupon on MealBox)

Joy of Cooking...25% off
($1.00 off coupon on MealBox)


Love this card!

As you all know...Little Bit's 1st birthday is right around the corner. My friend Jennifer sent her a card this week and it is adorable!!! She followed suit with our hippo theme and it turned out great! I didn't know there was hippo paper out there...I have to get me some!

Creative Corner...Limelight Sketch Challenge

OK...I don't think I have ever entered a sketch challenge before but I have always thought it would be fun! So when I saw my friend Jennifer's post about this Limelight Challenge I decided to go for it!...(plus I needed to make an anniversary card anyway!) I used a chipboard flower for my main focus. I love using chipboard but don't always like covering them with paper. The Bic Mark It's work great for coloring them to match your design!

Check out the details on how to enter this challenge here.

Stamps ~ SU"s Teeny Tinies
Paper ~ white, old olive, DCWV green paisley
Ink ~ old olive & taken with teal markers
Accessories ~ Target $1 ribbon, chipboard flower, Bic Mark It in hot aqua


Check out these free samples I came across this morning...

Free sample of Fruit & Granola from Bare Naked

Free sample of Sundance Organic Life Tea

Free sample of Greenies dog treats

Free sample of GoodNites

Free sample of Infant Formula


Another free bag...

Register for Nature's Bounty Healthy Rewards and you will receive a free reusable tote bag. It says the bag comes with a $1 coupon inside!


Menu Plan Monday

I just love when the weather turns colder and you get to wear jeans and sweatshirts! I think it is time for some chili this week! The quick & hearty soup from last week was great! Even Little Bit gobbled it up!!!

Monday ~ cheese tortellini, salad, fresh bread

Tuesday ~ scrambled eggs, cinnamon bread, fruit

Wednesday ~ meatball subs, green beans, fruit

Thursday ~ chicken, corn on the cob, tomato slices, bread

Friday ~ chili, peanut butter sandwiches, apple slices

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Meijer at a glance...9/14-9/20

I really like shopping at Meijer. They have great sales and I enjoy seeing what coupons I can pair with them to get a deal! As I was browsing the Meijer ad, I thought I would pass on a few deals that I will likely take advantage of this week...

  • Meijer 1 gallon milk...$2.77
  • Kellogg's cereal and cereal bars...5/$10
when you buy 5 select products you get up to $3 off Meijer gallon milk
($1 off 2 coups out there from the recent Kellogg's rebate flier, also Smart Start and Blueberry Mini Wheats $1 coups in recent All You magazines)

  • Maxwell House or Seattle's Best ground coffee...$5.19
when you buy 1 of these you get any Post cereal free
($2 off Seattle's best meijer coupon from MealBox and $1 off Seattle's best manf.)
  • Powerade....69 cents
(MONEYMAKER....75 cent coupon from All You)
  • All detergent...2/$7
($1.00 coupon from All You or printable $1.00 here)

This is just after a quick glance at the ad...let me know if you come across any other great deals!


Mail Call...

This sure was a great day for the mail! Look what I got...
Walmart is still the best place I have found for free samples. Here are a couple new ones...

Free sample of Gain with Baking Soda

Free sample of Huggies diapers

Check out all the Walmart samples available here.


Me Time!

As I mentioned in my menu plan post I was sick last week. I had a sore throat, then migraine and now my sinuses are draining! Through it all I have had no energy...and still trying to keep up with an 11 1/2 month old! So today I tried something I don't ever do...had a cup of hot tea. I am not a big fan of tea...definitely something you have to acquire a taste for...but it wasn't so bad and made me feel a little better. I sat down during Little Bits nap time with my cup of tea and new Creating Keepsakes magazine and had a few minutes to rejuvenate myself!

Deals of the Day...Walgreens

I had a register reward for $9 that I got from the John Frieda deal 2 weeks ago that I needed to use. So I headed to Walgreens to snag a few more FAR (free after rebate!) deals. Plus I did the Crest Pro-Health mouthwash...$4.49 with $4.49 RR back (less .75 cent coupon) and Visine...$4.99 (less $2 Easy Saver coupon and $3 manufacturer coupon).
Check out this weeks Walgreens deals here.


Free book offers...

Kellogg’s is currently running a promotion called United Through Reading and they’re giving away a free Simon & Schuster children’s book when you mail in two tokens from specially marked packages of cookies (Chips Deluxe & Pecan Sandies), cereal (Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Raisin Bran Crunch & Frosted Mini Wheats), Nutri-Grain bars and Pop Tarts available at Target and Military Commissaries. Just complete and mail in this official order form by 9/30/09.

Get a free Blue’s Clues book called Healthy Snacks with Blue! when you buy any Sun-Maid Mini Snack Raisin product. Just fill out the mail-in order form and send in the UPC plus the dated cash register receipt for your purchase by 9/30/09.

Deals of the Day...CVS

I had ECBs (Extra Care Bucks) expiring this week so I headed in to CVS to see how best to "roll them over". I bought 1 of each of the following, plus a big ball for .17 cents (summer clearance items 75% OFF):

Buy 1 L’Oreal Age Perfect, Revitalift or Skin Genesis at $5.99, Get $5.99 ECBs

Buy 1 Revlon Nail Color at $3.99 (Sun & Mon only), Get $3 ECBs

Buy 1 Right Guard Sport, Xtreme, Soft & Dri or Dry Idea: $2.99, get $2 ECBs

I used a $1 L'Oreal coupon, $1 Right Guard coupon and $2/$10 CVS coupon*. I paid with $8.79 in ECBs and .42 cents on a giftcard...got back $10.99 ECBs! If I would have had a Revlon coup, I could have saved even more!

For more CVS deals this week go here.

*The $2/$10 is from this issue of Richmond Parents magazine....coupon is on page 30.

Menu Plan Monday

I was sick last week so my menu was altered a bit...hubby picked up take out one night...so the soup got bumped to this week. Soup and chili will definitely start making the menu now since cooler weather is coming in! The menu is short because I will be away a couple of days this week.

Monday ~ quick & heart soup, fruit, bread

Tuesday ~ waffles, scrambled eggs, bacon, fruit

Wednesday ~ soup leftovers, fruit, bread

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Deals of the Day...CVS & Target

Finally! A moneymaker at CVS this week. I have gone so long with just having to spend my ECBs on stuff so that don't expire, not always making back what I put in. I haven't been impressed with too many of their deals lately. This week I lucked out...they actually had what I went in for and had good coupons. I got 2 Covergirl lip colors (only ECBs back on 1...$5.99, but had a B1G1 coup and $1 off) and Colgate toothpaste (got $2 ECBs and had $1.50 coup). I also used a $2/$10 coup. So, I payed with $4 ECBs and .74 cents.....got back $7.99 ECBs!!!

If you haven't done the Kellogg's $10 rebate yet this is the week to cash in...Target has a deal where if you buy 4 of certain items you get a $5 gift card. All the items in the deal are eligible for the Kellogg's rebate. I only had one set of coupons so I did the best I could with those. I got the 10 items pictured to qualify for the rebate...after sale, coupons, gift cards and rebate I will have made $5.00!

What great deals have you found this week?


Get a free granola bar sample from Quaker Simple Harvest. They will surprise you with a sample of one of their three flavors: dark chocolate chunk (my favorite), honey roasted nut, or cinnamon brown sugar with apples and cranberries. I have noticed $1.00 off peelies on boxes at several stores.

Free Fisher-Price GeoTrax DVD

Free sample of The Healing Formula

Free sample of John Frieda Luxurious Volume


Creative Corner...1st bday invite

In keeping with the hippo theme, of course the invitations would have a hippo on them! My good friend Jamie loaned me this stamp. Inside the card all the party info is listed.

Happy Almost Birthday...

We had Little Bits 1st birthday party with family back home over the weekend. She will be one at the end of the month but Labor Day weekend was a good time to get everyone together to celebrate. She was a little timid around all the people but really had fun and got some great stuff!

Since we've been home, she has been having a blast playing with all her new stuff. I am anxious for fall and winter so she can try out some of her new clothes as well! You know my love of hippos...and Little Bits too, of course! So I had to work them into the party. I found plates with a hippo, giraffe, elephant, and lion...and designed everything around that. The bakery did an awesome job of making her a hippo finger cake! Here is a picture of her...not quite sure what to do with her finger cake! She did finally get into the icing a bit but Daddy had to help her get a few bites of cake. Yummo!

Menu Plan Monday

Even though it's Tuesday I will still post my menu...still have to cook, right?!

Monday ~ hamburgers, green beans, watermelon

Tuesday ~ pasta, salad, bread

Wednesday ~ almond coconut tilapia, corn on the cob, sauteed zucchini, bread

Thursday ~ quick & heart soup, fruit, bread

Friday ~ leftovers or takeout

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