Saturday, July 30, 2011

First week of August Meal Plan

Today Joel and I went to a fundraiser for 4H. It was a bake sale, hot dog & pop sale and a car wash. We raised funds to help pay for a trip to Lansing next summer. We had fun, spent time with great people and raised money for Joel's trip.

I came home and had the urge to start planning, so I made up a quick financial and food plan for most of August.
Sunday Pizza
Monday egg drop soup and some type of Asian chicken
Tuesday Spaghetti and meat balls
Wednesday Breakfast for dinner
Thursday tacos
Friday Pizza
Saturday filet minion for grownups and hot dogs for those under agers.

I have received in the mail two items that I will be using to give a review on and will have a giveaway in the next few weeks.

Kissing the babies good night

The other night I went into my boys' room to kiss my babies good night. I was amazed to find this in the oldest baby's bed!.....

Who is this little man in my baby's bed!? My kids are growing up so fast. Sometimes it just seems like just hits me more then others, and this moment was like reality slapping me in the face.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Thursday's Cup of Joe Blog Hop- July 28, 2011


Thank you to the hosts for having me for a cup of coffee. It is exactly what I needed after my mid afternoon nap today. I had to work obscenely early hours this morning.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Our first Camping trip of the summer

Last weekend we went camping for the first time this summer. We have down graded from the camper to a big tent. In many ways the camper is easier, the biggest being once you stock it, you don't have to think of all the little things again. I forgot to bring plates, cups, silverware and all the important things like that. Thank God my sister-in-law was camping right next door and we scrounged off her all weekend.

In other ways the tent is easier, you don't have to worry about backing the camper just perfectly in to a tight area. You can fit everything you really need in the trunk of your car, if you pack carefully.

This past weekend was Christmas in July at the nearest state park. Santa came, with Mrs. Claus standing right beside him. There was a number of activities for the children: bike decorating for the big parade following Santa's sleigh, ornament making, stocking decorating and even a scavenger hunt.

The Claus couple enjoying the parade from the best seats in the house.

My two kids in the parade following Santa with the bikes decorated. You can barely see the balloons on the handle bars.
The two boys sitting on the Clauss' laps, Joel is getting as big as Santa.

This is our camping site, with our new tent. I have to say how much easier the newer tents are to put up then years ago. I put this tent up twice, with very little help. (and no bad words coming out of my mouth!!)

We had a wonderful time camping, we had loads of company. We held a surprise birthday party for a friend that had a near death experience a few weeks ago. She felt loved and we enjoyed her company.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

The sticker givea way is now closed. Elaine you win. Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your stickers.

A big thank you to for sponsoring the giveaway!

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

It is time for a Give a way!!!

I’m so excited about this giveaway—it’s perfect for handmade shops and small businesses looking for a great printing solution for your graphic designs! is offering 1 lucky winner 250 free stickers.

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Restriction: Limited to US residents 18 years old and above only.

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Quiznos: Free sub with the purchase of a sub and drink


There are some new high-value Quiznos coupons available to print again:

-Free sub of equal or less Value with the purchase of any sub and 2 regular fountain drinks
-Free combo with purchase of sub
-50% off any sub with purchase of a fountain drink
-$1 Off regular sub or $2 Off large sub

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Friendly Wednesday 7/13

I am linking up with Friendly Wednesdays again. It is a great way to meet new bloggers.

I am also making no bake cookies today.

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18 Menu Monday

Summer is officially half over for my family, and that makes me sad. I love having the kids around all day everyday. We are busy working on county fair projects. I will try to post a few photos of new projects later in the week.

It is time for menu planing for the week. It is going to be a busy, busy week as I am working every evening this week and prepping for camping over the weekend. Our meals will be little to no effort this week.
Monday - Left over lasagna
Tuesday - Pork Chops and Rice a roni
Wednesday - Almond chicken
Thursday - Breakfast for dinner
Friday - camping.
Have a great week everyone. For more yummy menus go over to the host of Menu Monday.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Shout Out for Zenni Optical!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zenni Optical. All opinions are 100% mine.

In a previous issue of Time ["Eyes on the Price", July 4, 2011] it was discussed that a Time editor, Bill Saporito, paid $1,000 for a pair of eyeglasses.

I had to laugh out loud when  read this! About three months ago my oldest son needed new glasses. We went to our family eye doctor to get his eyes examined and requested a written prescription for the exact lenses he needed. Then I started a search for the most affordable glasses I could find, but I did not want to skimp on quality. The glasses I would be purchasing will be for my preteen, who is starting to care about looks and fashion, but also a very active sometimes careless person.

In the hunt for fashionable, sturdy, budget friendly glasses, I researched a number of sources. One being the eye doctor's selection, the glasses ranged from expensive to more expensive. Then to Walmart, the glasses ranged from cheap to cheap looking. Zenni Optical was recommended to me by a fellow frugalite.

I decided to order from Zenni Optical, I found fashion I could afford. I honestly could not believe how affordable the entire order was.  I paid under $12 for the pair of glasses including shipping. The glasses I ordered was #4297 in grey.  When we received the glasses, they were in a case with a cleaning cloth. The glasses look very stylish and are holding up great to the every day tests that a 12 year old can put them through.

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Today's frugal adventures

The boys and I just got back from 4H camp. I just so happen to work in the same place that 4H camp takes place. So I get to cook for all the 4H campers, see my boys at meal times and get paid while doing so. I got in over 43 work hours in the course of three day, then I volunteered to spend the night. The first night we dealt with a few home-sick campers, the second night I was too tired to deal with any thing else then my own kids and sleep. The boys both had great times at camp and it was all well worth it.

We arrived back at home late on Wednesday night, we laid low and rested for the rest of the week. Now that I am rested up, I am starting to attack some household projects. The first thing that had to be done was bathing the dogs. I am very thankful that our one dog is very mild mannered and tiny.

Now she smells much better and looks like the pretty little fluff ball she is meant to be. The last time we took her to be groomed cost us $45, so I think of it as saving of $90 with bathing both dogs here at home.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Today I worked for a few hours, with my most fave gal pals, they are so good for my soul AND I get paid to spend time with them. As promised, I took the boys to the beach in return for Joel watching Noah for a few hours(while I worked) drinks and snacks all from home.

The boys getting ready to enjoy the beach.

My boys and I.
Me, enjoying the sun at the beach with a good read, a free book.
Noah enjoying the water, before we went to the beach, I warned the boys about going out too deep into the water.
The real story about the the depth of the water
My favorite moment of the day.
Then we came in (instead of going out) for pizza for dinner.

I have frugal day planned for tomorrow, Lowes is having a Build and Grow workshop for the kids and they are making tow trucks and you all know I have TWO tow truck wannabees here in my house, so it just seemed like a given that we'd go.

Did I mention that these workshops are free and start at 10am?

I arranged for two mystery shopings in the same town. and "bought" two coupons from recylebank for MccyDs if you purchase a salad you get a free kids meal. My mom is driving. We are going to bring swim suits just in-case the water calls to the boys. Review

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You can create a profile on and the site will send you emails when new codes are added to for a individual store or a specif category you request.'s Pays-2-Share Program that I think looks interesting. The program pays you for submitting your own coupon codes. Sign up to be part of's Pays-2-Share program, upload coupons, and Track your progress on your "my account" page. Every time someone uses a coupon you've uploaded,CouponChief will give you 2% of the sale via check or Paypal! is definitely a site I will be checking out prior to making purchases online, especially since I found coupons I wasn't expecting to find: Amazon and Gap stores. They have a search bar at the top that allows you to search for the store of your choice (i.e.” Amazon”) or by keyword (i.e. “chocolate”) and see what deals are available. Bookmark this site now to use it when you buy anything online, the minute it takes you to check for a coupon code can really be worth your time!

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thursday's cup of Joe Blog hop


Thank you to the hostess of "Thursday's Cup Of Joe" Blog Hop. Hosted by 3 Princes and A Princess 2 , Yes I Have A Coupon, and The Thrifty Things

Pictures of wasted food challenge.

So I just cleaned out my fridge and it is disgraceful at the amount of food I tossed out! I need the challenge VERY much.

I challenge you to pick a day to clean out the fridge and take a photo of the waste.

I am going to clean out my fridge again on Sundays(day before trash day) and PROMISE to take a picture. I plan to stick with this challenge until the end of August.

Are you up to this challenge? What day will you clean out the fridge. You can comment on this post and link us to the photo you post of your wasted food on your blog.

At the end of this challenge I hope to have no wastage to photo.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Friendly Wednesday 7/6

It is Friendly Wednesday at savingthosedollars

Frugal July Update

We are sticking to the plan! No extra trips with the cars anywhere. No drier usage at all, I have even been hanging out socks and underwear on the line. I usually give myself permission to splurge in the area, so that is huge for me.

The plan to get in 40 hours a week is just now working out as I thought it would. I am getting more hours then in the last 6 months, but due to unpreparedness on other people's parts it just is not happening. I may be getting more hours as we all work together and get our acts together as a team, the season is young so there is hope. I am submitting time sheets to both jobs with more hours then usual, so I am looking at it as a victory in that aspect.

I was able to make payments in full to two bills that had sent me bills with the same amount on them two months in a row. That is also a small victory.

My oldest son is spending time with my parents this week. We have been trying to do a few extra special things with the youngest without spending money. So far we have, taken a hike and brought our lunch packed from home. He loved spending alone time with BOTH parents. He and I also did some baking together.

So that is the update: celebrating small victories that help win the war.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

Swagcode alert to celebrate the 4th of July on the blog good until 5:00PDT.

Friday, July 1, 2011

It is HOT in the UP!

Today is the first day of July and Holey Hotness, it reached 94 degrees here. We are sweating like mad. I have been serving iced water in water bottles to everyone. My mother gave me ice cube trays that makes ice for water bottles, today they get our vote for the best invention since the car.