Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lately, and Pinterest Week.

Hey Everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend. Don't be jealous, but my kids and I enjoyed a 5-star lunch at Waffle House today after church. (Chad left this morning to fly to Iowa for business.)

Then we went grocery shopping at Publix (because I didn't feel like facing WalMart on a Sunday), and I realized that I really need to take a couponing class for Publix. I don't really care about all the other stuff (CVS, Walgreens, etc), but I'd love to know how to master Publix. I used to coupon a lot, but after Sam was born I kind of let go of the habit. Are there any good sites that teach you how to do the Publix thing? Or do I just need to take a class? If anyone can help me out here I'd mucho appreciate it.

Other than eating waffles, smothered-n-covered hash browns and grocery shopping, we've been taking it easy at the house (read: kids have been taking it easy, mama has been crafting and rearranging and DIY-ing; what I do best when we're stuck at home.) Sam had his second urology surgery last Tuesday, which is the reason for being stuck at home, and it went even better than they expected; meaning he won't have to have a third operation - woo hoo! That is great news! We've been so blessed lately with good news regarding little Sambo and I am beyond overwhelmed with thankfulness. Our God is so good! He's doing well, recovery wise - as well as you can do with 6 incisions from your belly button down! We've dealt with pain and bruising and so far he's been a trooper. We go back in a month for a follow up.

Mom and Dad were here for the week to help out, and they cleaned and did laundry and cooked for us too. They are the best, yo. And then on Thursday night, I found out Chad was leaving to spend the night in Atlanta, because he had to be there during the day Friday for work, so Mom offered to stay another night and keep the kiddos on Friday so that I could go to Atlanta with Chad! It was great! He had a room at the Westin in Buckhead so I took a heavenly shower and slept in their heavenly bed and the next day while Chad worked I went to .... IKEA!

I love it. Well, I love it & I hate it. For different reasons. But all in all it was a great day. I also hit H&M, one of my favorite clothing stores, though I never actually buy clothes when I go. I always end up with earrings and stuff for the kids. This time I ended up with 2 dresses for Mary Ella and that's it; no earrings. Why? Here's why. Did you know that stud earrings are back in style? Well, they must be because I tell you the truth, I went in H&M for big huge earrings because I love big huge earrings, and did you know they did not have ONE PAIR of big huge earrings? In fact, they didn't even have ONE PAIR of ANY earrings that dangled, even a little. They were all studs. Studs in every shape and every color. And to be quite frank, I ain't wearin' no studs. Sorry, nothing against them, but I just happen to like big dangly earrings, because they make my big dangly face look skinnier. So if you see any on clearance anywhere please shoot me an email. I'll buy 'em all!

Anyway, Atlanta was fun, and we got back Friday evening and Mom went home that night.
On Saturday I stayed here with Sam and Chad took Mary Ella to a fishing/hunting store and then to SnoBiz, to knock an item off our bucket list (eating a shaved ice.) Mary Ella chose a blue-strawberry flavor and they enjoyed their daddy-daughter date then came back home.



That night we went to Regions Park for a minor league baseball game (which was also on our bucket list!) The kids really enjoyed the game; well, mostly the entertainment between innings and the constant flow of junk food. I took Sam some of his own favorite snacks (graham crackers, puff corn) and Mary Ella ate pizza, popcorn, nachos and peanut M&Ms. We try to be real healthy over here. By the end of the night we were all sticky and sweaty and pooped. But it was a lot of fun and I'm sure we'll go back before the season ends.









Last inning... you can tell they are worn out! The pouty face and thumb sucking say it all.

And I'm happy to announce that I'll be participating in this week's PINTEREST WEEK!

YAYYY!

What? You haven't heard of it? Well, you're probably just not as popular as me, or something. Cause I totally got invited to do Pinterest Week on my blog.


Ok, I made that up. And I made up Pinterest Week too. And therefore, it exists. And this week is IT. A Pinterest project a day, people. Yep, seven blog updates in a row from yours truly. In other words, I'll show you 7 things I've found on Pinterest lately that I've done around my own home, and give you the how-to on how YOU can do it. And chances are, I've probably taken a few short cuts and made it more cost effective, so it'll be way cooler if you just check my blog rather than follow those pin links.

You can thank me by sending me an Ikea gift card. Or just follow me on Pinterest. And make sure you follow the people I follow, because I spend most of my time just re-pinning their stuff, making me the not-so-original one. But hey, I am the host of Pinterest Week, I got stuff to do, places to be. I can't be surfin' the net all day looking for original stuff to pin, ya know? (Thank you to those of you I follow/copy/repintodeath.)

Ok! Gotta GO! Have a great week! Check back tomorrow for my first Pinterest Week project.
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10 comments:

Melodie said...

I love Publix and I use www.passionatepennypincher.com. Her name is Laurie and she lives in Huntsville. My sister-in-law does some of the ads on her blog and she is the one that came to my house and did a couponing class. I hope to have them back once our Publix gets here. She posts all kinds of great deals. Stay at home mom of 3 kids so she totally relates. Hope you like it! She usually posts the new Publix ad either this afternoon or tomorrow.

A said...

You're amazing! Glad to hear Sam's surgery went well.
If you're ok with giving up creativity and spending $1.25 per week, Emealz plans your meals for you based on Publix's sales and coupons. For two people, the grocery bill is $35ish per week. You can choose between "normal", low-fat, family, low-calorie, etc. It sounds like a dream for a busy mom!

Jamie Grizzle said...

So excited to see what you do this week! I love everything you post on pinterest so I am looking forward to hearing your personal take on the stuff I wish I had time (and money) to do!

Also, I totally agree about the Publix thing. A few tips on couponing could really help my budget.

So glad Sam's surgery went well. He is such a little cutie!

Natalie said...

LOVE your blog!!! Can't wait to see all the pinterest projects. Hope you are well!!
My sister is thinking about having a couponing party.
If she does, I'll let you know.
Natalie

Katie Lewis Ball said...

Okay, so maybe there isn't an official "Pinterest Week" but there is a Pinterest Challenge for summer sponsored by some bloggers I like!! Basically, the challenge was to choose a project on Pinterest, do it, blog about it... you are already done. Haha! :) Here's the challenge: http://www.younghouselove.com/2011/08/320-pins/

Heather said...

I like iheartpublix.com and southernsavers.com for couponing at publix.

{Amanda} said...

Muwahaha- LOVE your Pinterest Week! This is a great idea too to share which DIY projects actually work and how to substitute materials or shortcuts you can take in the project :) Plus since I re-pin just about everything you post...

Oh & I have to second southernsavers.com For our family of 4, we're averaging $50/week. I feel weird now if my savings isn't 100% {ie spend $47, save at least $47} Also our Publix will take Target coupons {a lot of them don't but since ours is so close to the Target...}!

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