Monday, May 30, 2011

Organized Blog to Read

I have clicked my way onto a GREAT blog that I am gonna share with you!

Her site has great "how to" tips, meal planning idea and wonderful ways to make you a better organized you!

I am currently reading about how to "Embrace the Empty Space".  Check it out. 

You will feel your soul declutter :)

Kids Birthday Quilts

From Grandma this year, the kids received a quilt for their birthday.

The BOY:

And on the back are TRAINS!


And I don't have a back of the quilt shot, but hers has music notes in many funky colors on a black background.

The kids really enjoy these and I am sure will get many years' use out of them.  Thanks Grandma!

FREE Family Movies at Rave this Summer!

FREE Admission to Rave Motion Pictures at Westroads mall in Omaha every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10am for 8 weeks. PLUS enjoy $1 off a movie meal special.

Show Dates/Times:
5/31 - 6/1-- Megamind
6/7 - 6/8 -- Yogi Bear
6/14 - 6/15 -- Diary of a Wimpy Kid
6/21 - 6/22 -- Marmaduke
6/28 - 6/29 -- Ramona & Beezus
7/5 - 7/6 -- Percy Jackson
7/12 - 7/13 -- Chronicles of Narnia 3
7/19 - 7/20 -- Gullivers Travels

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day FREE school downloads

CurrClick is offering some awesome school freebies for Memorial Day.
Use coupon code memorialdayFREE and download the following for free!.
These freebies are available through Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

Memorial Day - A Day of Remembering

Memorial Day..A day of Remembering

Simple Schooling: Young Patriot's Cursive Copybook

A Young Patriot's Cursive Copybook

Copywork Notebook Pages (Patriotic Designs)
Copywork Notebook Pages

Patrick Henry's, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Patrick Henry audio file

Use coupon code memorialdayFREE and download the following for free!.
These freebies are available through Tuesday, May 31, 2011.

Thanks MoneySavingMom for this great info!

It's raining....

What a wonderful rainy week it has been!

Yes, you heard me right! 
                  I have enjoyed all of the rain we have been getting. 

My grass is a beautiful green:

My garden doesn't require me to get out early in the morning for its early morning nourishment.

And the cool weather has kept our air conditioning down! 
 (but it's a little chilly, so we are definitely NOT in shorts)


Have a GREAT weekend!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Thursday ramblings

I realized that I don't post much about the goings on in our days, so I will start that today.

(Sucking in of breath) I realized that in my bajillion list of saved favorite blogs, I don't have my own saved.  Crazy.  What was I thinking!  I fixed that more typing in r-e-m-a-k...and waiting for the page to show up in history...

Took the kids to the library to start them on the Summer Reading program.  Who doesn't love some free coupons for kids to do stuff?  While I was there I checked out some books I am excited to peruse....

Borrowed a shirt from a friend so that I can copy it and make a pattern.  I will let you know how that goes!

The kids and I made some homemade supreme pizza last week!  Yummmmmmm...

Have a HAPPY Thursday!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Freebie Roundup

DealSeekingMom has a HUGE list of freebies that she has rounded up just for YOU!

Head on over and click to fill up your mailbox with some awesome free stuff.  (It's a daily race to the mailbox to see what we that the mailman?)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Good Local Omaha deals for groceries

Here are my local Omaha price matching deals for 5/25-5/31:

  • Milk                    Aldi                 $1.99/gal
  • Cheese                Bakers             $1.79/16 ct
  • Sour Cream         Bag N Save     $0.88/Roberts 16 oz
  • Potatoes              No Frills           $1.98/ 5 lb bag
  • Blueberries          Aldi                  $1.69/pint
  • Strawberries        Aldi                  $0.99/1 lb
  • Cantaloupe          Aldi                  $0.99
  • Hamburger buns  Fareway           $0.99
  • Salad Dressing     Farewary          3/$5
  • Chicken Breast    Bag N Save     $3.99/2 lb bag
  • Hot dogs             No Frills          $0.78
  • Hamburger          Bag N Save     $1.99/lb
  • 7-up/Dr.P           No Frills          4/$8.88 12 pk
  • Koolaid Singles   HyVee            10/$1

HyVee One Day Sale (5/26/11)

Here are the specials for HyVee's One Day Sale 05/26/11:

Pork Loin Back Ribs $1.99/lb (limit 2 pkgs)

Coke Products 2 L $0.69

Hunts Tomato Ketchup 24 oz $0.49 (limit 1)

Van Camp's Pork and Beans 15 oz $0.39 (limit 3)

Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail with hint of lime 32 oz $0.99

Johnsonville Italian Sausage or Bratwurst 16-20 oz $2.98

HyVee Potato Salad or Colesaw 3 lb. $3.99

Driscoll's Red Ripe Strawberries 4 lb pkg $4.97

Wonder Classic Hamburger or Hot Dog buns 8 ct $0.88 (limit 3)

Midwest Country Fare Ice Cream 4 quart pail $2.99 (limit 2)

Monday, May 23, 2011

How to Reuse those bread bag ties

I saw this post today and thought "holy way to re-use it Batman!!"  This is TOTALLY awesome!


FREE Budgeting Spreadsheets

While perusing the many blogs I love to read, I read about a new way to feed my geek smarty hiding inside of me. 

I like what Christian Personal Finance has come up with for budget spreadsheets.  His site also has several other great ways to learn to make a budget and to see where your money is falling out of your pockets being spent.

What awesome tools to help us manage our finances and be able to give more towards our Missions offerings and for the work of the Lord!

Old Navy Coupon

Print a coupon for to get 25% off your entire in-store purchase at Old Navy today (May 23, 2011).

Target Sample: Garnier Moisture Rescue Refreshing Sample

I wasn't aware that Target had a link to FREE samples on their website until today!  This is fantastic.  I have already signed up for my sample of Garnier Moisture Rescue. 

Target samples in the Target Sample Spot are only available while supplies last, so the best ones tend to disappear quickly.  If you've requested samples from Target in the past, your information will be prefilled on the form.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Missions Conference

We are in the midst of our Missions Conference at church and let me tell you, it has been UPLIFTING!

I have really been enjoying the message this week.  We need to listen when God is calling us.  We need to remember that He is in control of everything and that He doesn't need us...... BUT He wants us and desires to fellowship with us.

The best thing that I have heard so far is this:
Why is it that we can trust God with our soul, but can't seem to trust Him with our finances?
(Ouch--that hit me personally.)

"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"
Matthew 28:19, KJV

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Garden Label Ideas

Today, I clicked my way across a GREAT blog with some links to wonderful ideas for garden labels.


Kim at Too Much Time On My Hands  posts many different projects for labeling the little bitty plants ( I have no clue what you are little plant) in your garden. 

My personal faves are:

garden markers large Garden Craft: Plant Markers Free Pattern Download

From Craftjr

These ceramic labels would be my idea of PERFECT!
I wonder if I can make it weather-able with plaster of Paris?  (I will have to look that up)

Now how to add these great ideas to the markers I already have.....

Old Navy Flip Flops $1 this Saturday 5/21!

$1 flip flops are back at Old Navy this Saturday (5/21)!  These usually go quick, so you’ll want to plan on getting to your Old Navy early Saturday morning to get yours.

Get 10 weeks of Sam's Club for $10

If you have been debating whether or not to join a big warehouse club, this is a great offer from Sam’s Club.  From now till June 5th, you can go to Sam’s Club and sign up for their Summer Membership Program

For only $1.00 a week for 10 weeks, you can have complete access to their locations.
This is a great way to try it out before paying for a full year membership!

Free Shout Color Catcher sample

Get your free sample of Shout Color Catcher today!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

30 Birthday Freebies

Birthday Party
In the latest issue of Family Circle, there is a list of 30 Birthday Freebies:

Just for the kiddos:
Bob Evans: Kids meal for children <12.
Burger King: Hamburger kid's meal for children <13.
Sonic: Wacky Pack kids meal.
Denny's: Original or Jr. Grand Slam for kids 10 or younger.
California Pizza Kitchen: Kids meal for children under 10.
Dairy Queen:  Buy one Blizzard, get one free.
Friendly's:  Kids meal for children under age 12 with an adult purchase.

For everyone:
IHOP: Entree
Moe's Southwest Grill: Burrito
Starbucks: Beverage for cardholders
Ruby Tuesday: Burger.
Baskin Robbins: Ice cream
Dunkin Donuts: Medium beverage for Dunkin Perks members
Red Robin: Burger
Houlihan's: Any menu item up to $15.
T.G.I. Friday's: Dessert with purchase of an entree.
Qdoba: $5 coupon

Extra Goodies:
Borders: rewards program sends a birthday coupon good for a free beverage at the coffee bar.

Join beauty site Smashbox's Pretty Points reward program and get a complimentary gift set during your birthday month with any purchase.
DSW members receive a $5 gift certificate.
 At participating Medieval Times locations, the king honors you with a free admission and meal with the purchase of a regular-priced ticket.
World Market's Explorer rewards program members receive a surprise gift.
Discovery Cruise Line offers a free day cruise (with a $45 administration fee) from Florida to the Bahamas during your birthday month when one full-priced adult fare is purchased.
Aveda's birthday program gives members a present valued at up to $24.
Children 12 and younger who join the Barnes & Noble Kids' Club can enjoy a free cupcake or cookie at the cafe and create a digital book at, an interactive website, on their big day.
Sign up for the Brunswick Zone XL Bonus Zone and snag two free bowling games and a 10%-off party
Join Sephora's Beauty Insider rewards program to score a complimentary product in stores on your birthday.

The Kmart Birthday Club gives kids 12 and younger a fun pack, which includes $5 in Birthday Bucks to spend at a store, plus a crown, coloring sheets, stickers and a certificate.

Visit the Benefit Brow Bar at Ulta for a free eyebrow waxing on your b-day.
When kids under 10 join Geoffrey's Birthday Club at Toys "R" Us, they're eligible for a birthday card and a complimentary gift. Visit a store on your kid's big day and he will receive a crown, a balloon and an in-store message announcing his birthday.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Double Coupons at HyVee (Sun 5/15-Tues 5/17)

In the Sunday paper is a coupon to DOUBLE your Coupons at HyVee.

Great opportunity to save some money in the next two days!  I will not lose misplace mine like I did last time.  (And of course found it the day after the sale was over)  :(

Free McD's Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

In TODAY's paper (Sunday) there is a coupon for a free McD's Frozen Strawberry Lemonade. (along with $1 off frappe or real fruit smoothie)

It's located in the Parade in the Sunday paper!  I got mine....did you get yours?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Coupons and Freebies

One of my FAVE blogs is Deal Seeking Mom.  She has great links to coupons, freebies and just great ideas. 

Stop on over to her site for her latest posting of freebies that you can sign up for today!

Home Made Simple FREE coupon booklet

I really enjoy the Home Made Simple website.  They have a ton of great ideas for women like me with reusing, recycling, reorganizing and just reading....(I couldn't think of another re- word off the top of my head)

Currently, they are offering a free coupon booklet.  Home Made Simple offers lots of great coupons.  Sign up for yours today!

Omaha Best Priced Deals

Here's to all of you seeking the best price on certain foods this week in Omaha!

Our Family (generic) sugar, 4 lb $1.88 No Frills
Our Family (generic) flour $0.98 No Frills
Fuji apples $0.99/lb No Frills
Dole salad blends or kits, 5-12 oz 3/$5 Hy-Vee
Our Family (generic) cheese, chunk or shredded, 8 oz $0.99 (limit 6) Bag n' Save
VanCamp's pork and beans, 15 oz $0.19 Bag n' Save
Farmland bone-in pork country style ribs $1.49/lb Bag n' Save
Tyson whole fryers $0.99/lb Bag n' Save
Kraft BBQ sauce, 18 oz $0.49 Baker's
Quaker rice snacks, 3-4 $0.79 Baker's
Strawberries $0.99/lb Fareway
Rotella's hamburger buns or brat buns, $0.99 pkg Fareway
Mushrooms, 8 oz pkg $0.79 Aldi
Best Choice (generic) large eggs, dozen $0.98 Super Saver
Coke products, 24 pack cans $5.48 Super Saver

NOTE: There is a coupon for FREE 1 lb bananas (up to $0.69 value) at Hy-Vee 5/11-5/14 in the 4 Days of Savings flier. If you shop there make sure to take the coupon and get some free bananas.
Thanks Mom Saves Money!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Garden Labels cheap

 I am cheap.  I don't prefer the term frugal or thrifty.  I love that I refuse to spend when I don't have to.

I love to reuse something I already have to lower my cost.  HOWEVER, it usually ends up kinda trashy looking.  (Some people in my house don't really have the same respect for my re-usage)

As you can see, my current method really isn't working for me.  My post-it (although well taped...NOT) is something I have on hand and the sticks are free; as you can see, this is not weathering well.  (Pun intended)
The other day when I was at target, I found some HALF OFF dollar spot items. 
Aren't these adorable plant stakes?

I figured that I could splurge 16 cents for EACH stake (3 pk for $0.50)

Now to just figure out how to add a label to the plant stake.  Any suggestions?

Kids Eat Free at Chili's May 10th!

Print off your coupon to enjoy a free kids meal from Chili's! 

An extra reason NOT to cook today!  Hooray!

My little Garden....Welcome Spring

I am so excited that it is warm and Spring has arrived. (Although I think Spring needs to hold stronger a little longer since it was 95+ yesterday--really?  In early May?)  I already feel the need to break out the Slip-n-slide. Too bad they don't make a cushioned adult version....

Lambs Ear

These are just about my favorite plant right now.  I was given these from a friend.  They are easy maintenance, are perennial and grow like wildfire, so I can easily re-distribute these next year to some bare areas of my landscape.

My garden is blossoming in this weather.


 I don't have much yard space, so I have a few vegetable crops growing in containers....Container gardening in the BEST!

 I was a little disappointed when I first planted at the end of April because it was so cold and it hurt my tomatoes I had grown indoors (that batch had to be dumped....sad day).  I planted some directly into the ground and they haven't sprouted yet...fingers crossed!

BUT...I have already sampled my wares in a salad for the last two days! (and had a radish during breakfast yesterday...yum)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

MOM deals from Tyson

Tyson would like to Thank Moms for All You Do by Offering Some Freebies through rebate when you purchase frozen Tyson Chicken Nuggets or Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips anytime during the month of May. Just print the rebate form and submit by June 15.
  • Buy 1 qualifying bag get a Free Kodak 5″x7″ Photo Book
  • Buy 2 qualifying bags get a Free Fun Pass
  • Buy 3 qualifying bags get a Free Salon Treatment