Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Happy Birthday B!!

Well, it only seems like yesterday I was holding my smallest baby. Which is funny because the doctors kept telling me he'd be over 8lbs. Not my sweet B though! He was 6lbs 10oz.  He was born at 5:07am after laboring all night long. He hasn't always been the laid back boy he is today, 10 years later. He was a fussy baby and had many, many ear infections. Or one long ear infection that lasted from 4 months old until 10 months old when he finally had tubes put in.

Then he kept throwing up. I couldn't get him to eat solid foods. Finally after a year he was diagnosed with reflux. The meds definitely seemed to help him. Then he became my relaxed little boy. (who has grown out of his reflux, yay!)

I am so proud of the little man he's becoming. Yesterday in the mail he received a card from his great aunt and it had 5 dollars in it. Right away he said, "This is for me to do whatever I want with right?" I told him yes and he said, "I'm giving it to VBS for charity!" That's my thoughtful boy who makes me beam with pride!  I love him very much. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy of him throughout the years.

Christmas 3yrs old

3yrs old playing his favorite game (at the time)

coloring easter eggs

silly face! 4yrs old

Tae Kwon Doe-Hi Ya! He made it to a Phoenix belt (2nd degree purple)

first day of pre K!

My first lost 2!

8th birthday

His 10th birthday!

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Lady Of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden; book review

My love for historical fiction/romance led me to another book called The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden.  This is the author's debut book and it was absolutely amazing!

It starts off set in the 1880's with Clara Endicott who was born into wealth and Daniel Tremain who was born into poverty. Their love of music brought them together but in their teens Clara's father, Reverend Endicott ripped them apart by sending Clara off to London. She becomes a journalist while Daniel builds his way up the wealth ladder by changing the railroad industry and harboring rage and revenge against someone. (you'll have to read the book to find out who and why!)

Then she takes you from the prison's of London back to Baltimore where the book started. Daniel and Clara hadn't seen each other in 12 years but the sparks still fly! This book weaves history, culture, excitement and God's forgiveness throughout. I absolutely LOVED it and could not put it down.

I was given this book for free to review from Bethany House publishers. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Couch to 5K


Well, as summer gets closer and closer and the weather is remaining fairly decent I am looking for more ways to exercise outside. I LOVE being outdoors. So, while I love my kickboxing (you can check out my favorite video here as well as watch a clip. My other 2 favorites are here and here.) I also love being outdoors. So I've been riding my bike, I've jumped rope a few times and now I am doing Couch to 5K. I've always wanted to run/jog and have wanted to do a 5K. It is supposed to take you from sitting on your couch to being able to run a 5K in two months. I did today and it went well. I could've done more but it said to pace myself and so I am following their plan right now. (scroll down and see it!)

So we'll see how it goes! So far I like it and on off days I'm going to do my strength training or my kickboxing. I don't mind exercising so much if it's outdoors! It's all a part of being off for summer vacation!  I have also been slowly altering my eating habits. I am such an emotional eater and I've really been praying about it and trying to give it over to God. I've been putting at least half of my plate fresh veggies or fruit one small piece of meat/protein and a small bit of carbs. I love fresh veggies especially so it hasn't been too hard. The hardest is giving up most sugar. BLAH! I love chocolate! Anyway, hopefully my couch to 5K will go off without a hitch and I'll keep you updated when I find a 5K I can attend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Off for summer vacation!

Lake Erie
Ok, the Martha in me is really struggling with letting go of my routines! I feel like I always must be doing something. I promised myself that when  my boys were out of school I'd relax on cleaning and routines and just have some fun with them. And yet I find myself always thinking about my to do list! Sometimes it's good to have that Martha mentality but sometimes it really stinks! So here I am, declaring to the public that I will NOT spend my summer fretting about cleaning! Of course there are some things I must clean (like the dishes and laundry!) but I will not be overly crazy about my cleaning. And I'm going to try and save most of it for rainy days. In fact, my boys could care less if the house is clean. This is shown in the messes they leave strewn about all over the house and the state of my teenagers room!

What's even more funny is the first day that L's good friend came over I was cleaning like crazy. I didn't want him to think we lived in a pigsty or anything! Then L looks at me and says, "Mom, stop cleaning. He's going to think we're those kind of people." He must've seen my puzzled look and then he said, "You know, clean people!" He said it like it was so horrendus for his friend to think we were clean that I almost had to chuckle. And you know what? His friend didn't care! So I am relaxing even though it won't be easy at first. Today we are taking up an offer from someone from church to go swimming. I debated over it and decided today is as good as any to start my summer off!

Ecclesiastes 3:12-13
12 So I concluded there is nothing better than to be happy and enjoy ourselves as long as we can. 13 And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Week 25 savings; 6/6/11


Green=Free, Red=$1 or under, Q=coupon, MQ=manufacture coupon, WQ=Walgreens coupon,

BOGO=Buy 1 get 1 free, GQ=Giant Eagle coupon

IVC=Instant value coupon (walgreens store coupon) EC=Electronic coupon loaded on my Giant Eagle card.

If there is a number before the product that's how many I bought.

And for reference if it says RR that is register rewards that walgreens and Giant Eagle give out. It is a coupon that you can use off your next order that prints out at checkout time. I do multiple orders and use them immediately.

No walgreens this week:
Last week:
Original Total: $87.56

Total out of pocket after coupons/sales: $27.01
Total savings:$60.55
Week 24 Walgreens Total Savings: $786.24
Coupon only total week 14 =$364.31

Giant Eagle:
Suave professionals hair spray=$3.49 ($3.49-$3.49MQ=FREE)

Cottonelle fresh wipes=$2.99 ($2.99-$2.99 MQ=FREE)

Breakstones dip=$2.99 ($2.99-$2.99MQ=FREE)

Breakstones zesty sour cream blend=$2.39 ($2.39-$2.39MQ=FREE)

2 Gillette Body Wash=$7.98 (on sale 2/$6 -$3MQ=2/$3 or $1.50ea)

Multi Item Deal:
2 Old spice deoderant and 2 Old Spice body wash=$16.96 (on sale 2/$6 so 4/$12-$3MQ-$3MQ-$1MQ=4/$5 or .80ea)

Multi Item Deal:
Bounty paper towels and charmin ultra TP:$16.98 ( on sale 2/$13-.50MQ doubled-$1MQ-$3 RR -$10 gift card by mail = +$1.50 I made $1.50! FREE)

Disney vitamin gumies for kids=$5.98 (on sale $2.99-$1MQ=$1.99)

2 Bounty napkins=2/$4 ($4-$1MQ-$1MQ-$1EC=2/$1 or .50ea)

2 Butterball turkey bacon=$6.98 (on sale 2/$5-.$1.30MQ doubled-$1.30MQ doubled=2/$2.40 or $1.20ea)

Original Total: $70.74

Total out of pocket after coupons/sales: $11.89
Total savings:$58.85
Week 25 Giant Eagle Total Savings: $1322.08
Coupon only total week 15=$661.67
Week 24 two store total savings: $2108.32

Friday, June 3, 2011

Adventures in Potty Training update: the final chapter!!

First, I must apologize for not keeping up with my blog this week. I've been super busy. And now that the boys are out of school I'm sure it'll be even busier!! I wanted to give the final update on T and his potty training. I have good news!!!! He is fully potty trained (even at night) and finally got to earn his special prize that grandma promised....A ride on her horses!! T loves horses and it was all the motivation he needed. It took a week for daytime training (if even) and a few days for night. Here he is in all his glory: