Monday, May 11, 2009

Disney's Christmas Carol *FREE* Event

Walt Disney Studios will take to the rails for a once-in-a-lifetime experience where guests can get a behind the scenes look at the magic, the spectacle, and the cutting edge technology of Disney's "A Christmas Carol."

The train tour will kick of at Union Station in Los Angeles and travel across the country until it reaches Grand Central Terminal in New York.

Go here to get all the details and to see where they will stop.

I can't wait to take Owen and Kate to this in a few weeks, it will be perfect to get them hyped up for our Disney trip in June, and I love FREE!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Budget progress

So I set a pretty strict budget (for us, you gotta start somewhere) this month. I'm also upping the stakes by saying any money we don't spend below our budget we can take to Disney World with us next month. So here it goes.

Grocery - budget - $300 for the month - $115.19 spent - I do have $20 in catalinas coming in the mail and a $3 catalina I got yesterday - that includes $20 in cookies we bought and icing and cake mixes for the birthday cake.

Toiletries - budget - $100 for the month - $12.11 spent - this includes teacher appreciation gifts also.

Eating out - budget - $200 - $75 spent - this is due to $57 for pizza for Owen's party for 50 kids.

Clothes - no budget, wasn't planning on buying anything, but got a few $60 off $100 Old Navy coupons last night over at Old Navy Weekly - $48 spent - Will probably go back one more time.

Target shopping

So I spent about $12 on this trip in two transactions. In the picture one smart food popcorn is missing, not sure where it was.

3 - Smartfood popcorn - $3 - $1 off manu coupon - $1 target coupon
4 - Fiber one granola bars - $2.39 - I only had 3 $1.35 off one coupons so I just bought the fourth one for the $5 target giftcard.
4 - Johnson and Johnson soap - $1.09 - $1 off manu coupon
2 - V8 Fusion - $2.99 - $2 off coupon
2 - Masking tape - $.99
3 - Hershey Bliss - $2.99 - $1 manu coupon - $1 target coupon
1 - green rope for gardening - $1

Friday, May 1, 2009

Cheap make up

***CORRECTION: E.L.F. is not affiliated with Nordstrom, $1 is actually their everyday price, thanks Rachel.

My friend Angie just sent me this link. I'm not a make up person, but if you are, it looks like a good deal.

Nordstrom is changing the logo on their makeup, so they're selling everything for one dollar on line. The make-up line E.L.F. (eyes-lips-face) has been bought out by Nordstrom and will be re-packaged with the Nordstrom name on it. They are getting rid of the entire make up in the ELF packaging. They are selling everything for $1. You do have to pay shipping. They have everything powder, mascara, lipstick, a mineral line, brushes etc. The website is here.

When you check out there is a space for a coupon code. Use CAROLINA and
save an additional $7.50 if your order is over $15.00.

If anyone does this, let me know if it works.


There was just an earthquake. Our windows shook and I could feel the ground moving. I was scared for about a second, then it was over. Now I can't stop thinking about what I would do if it was an earthquake?!? I guess we'll just eat cookies and wait for the ice cream man!

Oh My Goodness!

That's what my daughter likes to say for everything - she's 2.5. Today it was my turn to say oh my goodness. She came up to me with this paper:

I know it's hard to see, so I'll zoom in for you:

Ok, so it's still hard to see, but I swear it's there. At the bottom she said she wrote Owen's name. If you look real close you can see an O and a W. So she probably just scribbled and knew what O and W looked like and said she wrote Owen's name. So, she either wrote an O and W or she recognized an O and W, so oh my goodness! After realizing she's a genius, I figure we may be spending too much time teaching Owen his name as Kate doesn't recognize her own name. I guess I better work on that now! Oh yeah, and she wrote it on those new coupons over here. Print them out. I only got one set because I'm out of paper! And don't mind the jagged bang line, I cut them, It may be time to break down and go to a professional!

My first CVS trip EVER!

I went to CVS yesterday with my 2 year old who would not sit in the cart and liked to touch everything, so it was a quick trip. I actually went in for the Zooth toothbrushes that I had coupons for that were supposed to have ECBs also, but they didn't have any. I did go through the rows to see what was on sale, they had these:

My husband only uses Old Spice Pure Sport Gel. But I found these in the same smell and they were 75% off at $2.50. I also had $1.00 off coupons for any pro strength Old Spice. So they ended up being $1.50, original price on these are about $9.00. Hopefully they work for him!

Cinnamon Friendship Bread

I got my first starter for a Cinnamon Friendship Bread. I've seen these all over the Internet, and I'm so excited to finally have one to make, even though I may be a tad baking challenged. My one problem may be that I don't have a loaf pan, well I don't think I do anyway. So this may be more trouble than it's worth. But oh well! Today I added my first batch of ingredients, so I have 4 more days until I make the bread. I'll keep everyone posted.

I did taste this and it is GOOD! (after it was baked by someone else, of course)

Hallmark FREE Cards

Mom, if you're reading this, STOP. I just made two free cards for the two grandma's for Mother's day. Here are the two codes you can use to get them free: CARD4MOM and APRILCARD.

Hallmark will even send them to whomever you want! Go here to make your free cards.

You have to sign up for their club, but it's free. Make sure to pick a card priced at $3.49 or it won't be free! I actually personalized mine with pictures of my kids on it. I can't wait until the grandma's get them. Have fun creating your cards!