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Hi! I am a momma of 2, I’m southern, a vegetarian, & a student. I’m married to a top-notch guy who serves his country for a living. Ethan is the serious type & Lily is the complete opposite of serious! We are currently living it up in NC! This blog is a little place for me to document our lives.

Monday, November 28, 2011

sorry its been so long and extreme couponing

Life has been hectic. We have just celebrated Thanksgiving and prepping for Christmas. Sohel has been sick and you know how much energy it takes to take care of 3 kids??!? ;0). Hopefully he is on the mend.

Anyway onto what I wanted to say today...

Have any of you watched Extreme Couponing?!? I can't help but be sucked in. I think its amazing how they can get their bill down sooooo low!

Some dumpster dive for coupons!!!

After watching this show, I wanted in! I wanted to save 99% on my grocery bill. I mean who wouldn't!! So I researched, I googled, I joined and I printed. I even nerd out and have a zip up coupon binder. I make spread sheets, I compare my needs to the sale flyer at the Commissary. I hit up Target, Walmart and CVS for all our needs. I bought every single Christmas present with a coupon! I have yet to save 99% but I haven't done to bad with savings. I even scored 5 FREE first aid kits!!

I'm going to share my go-to websites if you are interested in couponing.

1. A FullCup - I love this site and the forum, plus they have a app for the iphone. People are on there everyday posting updates to good deals at every store you can imagine.

2. STL Mommy - She has updates through out the day with new deals, online and in store. She also has an iphone app!

3. Super Coupon Lady - She offers a great basic tutorial on couponing and setting up your new coupon system.

4. Krazy Koupon Lady {image above} - Her site is nicely laid out and lots of great "lessons".

5. The Coupon Clippers - This is where you can buy more coupons, say you find a good local sale on toothbrushes and you want to stock up. You can buy more off Coupon Clippers. I've also heard Ebay is a great place to buy. You should only have to pay shipping and maybe even a minimal fee for clipping but not for the coupon it self! Its illegal to SELL coupons.

6. If you can or have friends who are into couponing, try to get together and exchange coupons. I have a few friends who are new to it like me and we get together to clip together while our kids play.

7. Before you throw out those expired coupons email me! I am gathering coupons to mail overseas to a friend stationed in Okinawa Japan. They can use coupons 6 months past the expiration date!

I hope this helps anyone who is into couponing and isn't sure where to start. If you have any questions please e-mail me and I will try to help!

I'll be back this week to tell you about a organization I am working with to help slum kids in India. You will want to bring your tissues!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

{welcome home} glow-in-the dark banner DIY

Happy Tuesday y'all! I wrote yesterday that the man of our house came home after 4 months away at a school in FL. It was a tough 4 months. I've done a deployment back in 2004 but we were newly dating with no kids and it was a breeze compared to this separtion. I also lived alone with Ethan for 6 months but Sohel came home almost every Saturday. That was also hard but honestly nothing compares to home alone with 2 kids...except maybe 3 or more kids...

I wanted to make a Welcome Home banner to make him feel that we missed him :) I had this idea that I wanted my banner to glow and I saw Rachel on Smile and Wave made the cutest Welcome Home banner for her husband and I almost squealed when I saw it, it was exactly what I wanted!!

Here is my DIY so you can make your own glow-in-the dark Welcome Home banner for someone special in your life!

Large white flat sheet {I used a twin}
Glow sticks
Packing tape
Scissors {ended up not needing theses}

How to:
Step {1} Lay out flat white sheet. You could use another color if you wanted, I chose white because it was cheapest. I also picked a twin because it was cheap.

Step {2} Decide what you want to write, we wrote "Welcome Home Dad!" Lay out the glow stick to spell what you want your banner to say. Be careful to not lean on the glow stick since if they snap they will start to glow and may loose there glowing ability before you want them to :0/.

Step {3} Now start taping! I used regular tape at first but then realized it may not hold when taped to the wall. {plus I ran out after 2 letters ;)}. I switched to packing tape and it held great. The tricky part is making the curved letters, just accept that they aren't going to look like a "normal" shaped "a" or "c". I bought glow bracelets so I used the connectors to make my "o".

Step {4} Ask a nice friend to come over and help you hang the banner. I used tape to tape it to the front of my house. We have vinyl siding so it stayed up easy by just using packing tape.

So here is my attempt at a photo of the sign after it had been up for a few days. Like my spider webs?!? I was unable to get a picture of it glowing. I don't have a fancy DSLR camera with a nifty lens so all of mine turned out like a ball of light. But check out Rachel's blog she has a great shot of hers glowing!

I would suggest making this RIGHT before you expect them to come home. I snapped a lot of the glow sticks before I even got it hung outside. So when I went to snap the banner before S arrived it was already out of glow juice so it was spotty looking. Plus snapping them BEFORE taping them is ideal. Its hard to snap the whole stick after its taped down.

Overall it was cute and Sohel was surprised and loved it! We just took it down this weekend ;)

Monday, November 7, 2011

{Sohel is home!!}

I know I am very late in posting this. I've been busy welcoming Sohel home and then spent last week being lazy.

He snuck in right after this kids woke up from their naps and Ethan screamed and ran and hugged him. Lily was more reserved, she didn't know what to make of him being here and not on the computer. She warmed up after about 10 mins and hasn't stopped hanging out with him or looking for him ever since.

We had a great weekend! The kids still LOVE having him here and ask every morning where he is.
I'll be back tomorrow to show you my welcome home sign.