Monthly Archives: November 2010

Latest CVS goodies…

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Believe it or not, I hadn’t been to CVS in a couple weeks, so when I saw one of my favorite laundry detergents on sale, I got my coupons and headed out.

So, they had the Purex 3 in 1 boxes on for b1g1. If you haven’t tried them-they are great. They are detergent, fabric softener, and dryer sheet all in one. And they smell good-that’s always a huge plus for me! Anyhow, they had them on for an insane amount-$8.99 apiece. If you go to Walmart, they sell them for $4 something. Crazy-right?

But I had 3 $3 off coupons so I grabbed 4 boxes of them, and used 3 of the coupons, because if you will remember you can still use the coupons on b1g1 items-it will just lower the price you pay for the item you technically “buy.” I also had a coupon for another razor, and a free shave gel coupon to use as well. Oh, and I had a raincheck for some free pencils from AUGUST, that I FINALLY got to use! I nearly threw it away the day before because it had been forever since they had these pencils in, but alas, they happened to have two packs in Friday. Homeschool mamas always need pencils. 🙂

This is what happened at checkout: CVS emailed me a $5 off of $30 coupon,  and my total was already over that. I hand the cashier the CVS coupon, then my razor coupon, Purex coupons, shave gel cpn, and the total came to $7 and some change. I had a $5 ECB that I could use, and did so, which made my total out of pocket $1.91. My receipt said I saved over $48!!! I have saved almost $700 since starting in July and I am so excited!

If you are tempted to give up on the couponing thing-I don’t blame you; it can be overwhelming. If you stick with it though, you will save and you will have more money to hopefully spend on the things you love, as opposed to toilet paper and razors, lol!

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Someday…..

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……we will know the whys and the hows. We’ll know the answers to our questions even when we can’t form one to ask. When there are things I have a hard time dealing with, I turn to prayer first, and music next. In case you hadn’t noticed.

I rest in “Someday.” If you get a minute-go look up the song “Someday” by Nichole Nordeman and listen. It’s worth it. Here are the lyrics anyway.

Someday

I believe in the rest of the story

I believe there’s still ink in the pen

I have wasted my very last day

Trying to change what happened way back when

I believe it’s the human condition

We all need to have answers to why

More than ever, I’m ready to say that I

Will still sleep peacefully

With answers out of reach from me until?

Someday all that’s crazy

All that’s unexplained

Will fall into place

And someday all that’s hazy

Through a clouded glass

Will be clear at last

And sometimes we’re just waiting

For someday

We are born with a lingering hunger

We are born to be unsatisfied

We are strangers who can’t help but wander

And dream about the other side of?

Every puzzle’s missing piece

Every unsolved mystery

More than half of every whole

Rests in the Hands that hold you for someday.

There Can Never Be….

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…a more beautiful you. That’s what I’d like to tell Demi Lovato if I saw her today.

When I logged on to my computer this morning and saw a report that she had entered rehab, I was stunned to say the least. Perhaps I shouldn’t be, but I was. This young lady of only 18, is a beautiful and talented singer and actress. My youngest daughter is a huge fan of hers and tries her best to belt it out with Demi as her cd plays. She is what’s known as a “Disney Darling.” One of a select few actresses on the Disney Channel who has been marketed like a piece of meat to make Disney money hand over fist.

According to reports she has some emotional issues and some body-image issues as well. How surprising is that, given the images the media puts forth each day telling young girls what they should look like? I just want to give her a hug-and tell her that she is “fearfully and wonderfully made,” and there is a God who loves her and knit her together into a masterpiece-none like no other. Like you, and me. In her liner notes that come with her cd, she thanks her “Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” I pray that she does know Jesus as her Savior and that if she has fallen away from her faith, that she will seek Him once again.

There are so many young ladies out there that are going through similar problems. They need to read about how beautiful they are-from God’s Word. Not from Redbook, Cosmo, or Seventeen. Those magazines do nothing but help perpetuate a myth that females should look like the model on the cover, and if you don’t then you are less than what you should be.

There is a song that my girls and I love that explains this all so much better than I could.

Season of Thanksmas.

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What you may ask, is Thanksmas? Well, I have dubbed November 1-December 25, Thanksmas. Since these two favorite holidays of mine pretty much run together anyway, I gave it a whole new name. Now, no haters please. I do not love Christ any less and do not need to hear how this “commercializes the season that much more.” Please, I’m a grown-up. This is done more tongue-in-cheek than anything, and I happen to think it’s pretty funny. Granted, I may be the only one that thinks it’s funny, but that’s ok too. The Lord has given me a sense of humor and I intend to use it until the day I die. Which hopefully won’t be for many more years to come….but I digress.

So yes, tomorrow, November 1, there is a chance that after schooling and chores are done, I might break out some “Elf” and have a few laughs with my children. Now there will not be any decorating for the Christmas season until after Thanksgiving is officially over, just for the record. I still have pumpkins and scarecrows around my house, and they’ll be here a few more weeks.

This is the first year we will have Hallmark Channel during the holidays, and I am so excited I can’t hardly stand it-there will be Christmas movies galore!!! My DVR will fill up fast, of this I am certain. “Christmas Shoes,” anyone? I cry every time I see it. I love sentimental stuff, and will probably in fact, OD on it at some point in the next month or two.

I have already started my Christmas shopping-with 5 kids you nearly have to. We have a few things put back already, and we have a budding teenager who wants an ipod. Sigh. It’s funny how they get older, they want less stuff, but what they want happens to be more expensive stuff. Aye-aye-aye. Back when I was a kid…..ok, I’ll spare you all that little talk. 🙂

I used to be a member of a forum for pregnant mommas, and one lady mentioned what they do for their kids at Christmas time and I thought it was brill! They had at the time 7 or 8 children. This was the rhyme she used for gift-giving:

“Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read (or watch!)”

I thought it was so great that I copied it down and it has stuck with me. Now we have not actually put this into practice but would like to. In reference to simplifying, this is an easy way to do so with gift giving.

This is about the only time of year I bake anything. I do not care for baking-there is too much preciseness involved, and if you know me well, I’m pretty much all over the place, lol! I do love to cook though-not much measuring at all involved with that! Oh my, this may be shocking to some-but I don’t even measure the Velveeta when I use it in a recipe-gasp! Oops, see….all over the place!

Back to Thanksmas. No matter what we have going on, this is definitely time to give thanks and count our blessings and thank the Lord for all he has done in our lives. He has worked me over this past year, and believe it or not, I can be thankful for the guidance, because it has grown me so much. That will have to be an end of year post, because there are so many lessons I have been learning this year. Some very painful, some very much convicting, but all very helpful.

Hmmm. I wonder if I can get the DVR to show the November listings yet……