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Memorial Day 2011

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In My Mailbox

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I have a hobby.
I like to sign up for freebies and coupons that come in the mail because it adds some excitement to mailtime. I do not sign up for every freebie or coupon that I come across as I feel that is wasteful and I don't need things in my house if I am not going to use them. So I only sign up for ones that I feel would be of use to my family.


This week was a lot better than last week for freebies in my mailbox--
---Remedy magazine ---Whole Living Magazine (free subscription through Recyclebank) ---Red Robin rewards card for hubby and I (can register for a free burger for your birthday and other free stuff)
---Health Magazine ---Self magazine (free using a coupon code on Magazines.com) ---Cottage cheese Free coupons (from Kraft First Taste)
---Tasters Choice coffee samples (facebook offer) ---Free Coupon for a bag of Ore-Ida Sweet Potatoe Fries (facebook offer)
---Parenting magazine
---Folgers Special Roast coffee sample (facebook) ---To Win her Heart (from Bethany Publishers to read …

My "Real" Age

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I like watching " The Biggest Loser" and other weight loss shows. One of the things that fascinates me is when they tell the contestant their "real" age. The age the body thinks that it is due to varying factors, weight, etc. That is so neat. As I was reading through some blogs today, I found Melissa at Mom's Plans had taken a Real Age test online.

Sponsored by Drs. Oz and Roizen, the test measures your real age by gathering information about your lifestyle habits, exercise and diet habits, your current weight and height measurements, feelings, etc. I took this test a few years ago and it said my real age then was 40! Eeek!

I have been making changes in my life and am trying to be healthier. I figured this would be a good measurement of how far I have really come. So I took the Real Age Test.... and my results were....

My current age is: 31 ( I will turn 32 in July)
My Real age according to the test:.....28.8!!!!!!!

Yeah the number has went down! There are st…

Summer Staycation and Vacation Ideas for across the country

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Yesterday I told you of some great staycation/vacation ideas for Mount Vernon Ohio (my hometown).

Today I am pleased to bring you lots of different staycation/vacation ideas from across the country. I am taking part in the Year of Staycation with over 80 other bloggers to bring you the best ideas from around the country to enjoy a staycation in YOUR hometown.

You can click on any of the links below to virtually visit your hometown or a town you may be considering visiting! Enjoy!

New England
Connecticut - Parenting Miracles
Boston, Massachusetts - ‎ Maven of Savin'
Manchester, New Hampshire - Common Sense with Money
Western Maine - Bubblegum and Lollipops


Mid-Atlantic
Erie, Pennsylvania - Growing Kids Ministry
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - Somewhat Crunchy
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania - Family Balance Sheet
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York - Coupons, Deals and More
New Jersey - Oh! Diane


Midwest
Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Indoor Garden Musings
Mansfield, Ohio - Live the Adventure
Cincinnati, Ohio - Savings L…

Menu Plan and Grocery Shopping

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On Mondays I share my grocery shopping from the weekend and my menu plan for the next week. I do this to keep an eye on my grocery spending ( I am trying to keep our grocery expenses to under $70 a week) and to have a plan for what to eat during this crazy thing called life. It is just one way that I can live better one day at a time.
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This weekend, I went to Aldi and to Kroger.
I do not have any pictures of my groceries because of this....


We found out yesterday that our application for a house closer to where I work and where Rebecca will go to school next year was accepted and we are moving NEXT weekend!! EEK!!!!

I don't have exact amounts either. I spent around $35 at Aldi and around $35 at Kroger for about $70 which wasn't bad considering I got a lot of fresh produce for this week and toilet paper, sugar, milk, etc. I HAVE to make a menu plan this week as between …

Summer Staycation Fun in Mount Vernon Ohio

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With my husband's work schedule and the rising cost of gas and expenses, we have decided to stay close to home for our summer fun in the sun! That means that we are going to be doing things in and around Mount Vernon, Ohio.
There are tons of things to do either for free or inexpensively in and around our community. Here are some of the activities that are on our summer staycation to-do list:
First up is our list of things to do in town:  FARMER'S MARKET Every Saturday from May to October, the town holds a farmer's market on the square (in the center of town) from 9am- 12pm. We will definitely be going to this most weekends, as I have a black thumb and can't even keep cacti alive. The farmers market offers a wide range of locally grown produce and fresh baked goods. There is one vendor there who sells the best zucchini sour cream bread! YUMMY!!!

 CHILDREN'S GARDEN Located at the Knox County Career Center, a Children’s Garden courts kids of all ages. The whimsical garden b…

Weight Loss Update #13

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I am back to weighing in every Sunday. Here are my current results. I haven't weighed in officially since March 6. I can tell you the number probably isn't that good because I have been eating lots of Easter candy and snacking way too much. Both of which are a sign of stress. I need to find a balance.
So here are the numbers:
WEEKLY WEIGH IN:
DATE: 05/22/2011
WEIGHT: 210.5 lbs.
DIFFERENCE FROM PREVIOUS WEEK:  -1.5 lbs.

That is okay I guess. It is a loss, but when I unofficially weighed in a couple weeks ago I was at 208 so it is a gain. Ughh...I have gotten out of the habit of exercising. Got to get back in the habit. And I haven't been eating right. Things have to change.
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Are you trying to lose weight? How are you doing?

In My Mailbox

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I have a hobby.
I like to sign up for freebies and coupons that come in the mail because it adds some excitement to mailtime. I do not sign up for every freebie or coupon that I come across as I feel that is wasteful and I don't need things in my house if I am not going to use them. So I only sign up for ones that I feel would be of use to my family.


This week wasn't a complete waste for freebies in my mailbox--

I didn't get a lot, but even 1 thing is better than none!!
:-)
I got a free sample box of Frosted Mini Wheats with fruit and coupons from Vocalpoint.
What fun stuff did you receive in your mailbox this week?

Columbus Clippers baseball game

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Last night we took Rebecca to the Columbus Clippers baseball game (one of the things to do on our summer Staycation list (see post coming soon!)). There was a special promotion honoring all the Catholic schools in the area and we could get 4 tickets for $15 total!
Here is some highlights of our surprise for Rebecca...       
Overall it was a great night! Rebecca was so surprised when we took her. The rain held off, after having rained for 3 days straight. The weather was great.

And the best part was that Rebecca and Bill got to go down on the field after the first game of the double header to be a part of the parade! And Bill got the first foul ball of the game! Pretty cool!

And it was relatively inexpensive...Here is the breakdown of what we spent:

Tickets: $17
Food: $40 (things were WAY more expensive than I remembered!)
Parking: $5
Babysitter for Jacob: $20
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Total $ 82
Experience: PRICELESS!!!!

 


Yard Sale 2011

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This past weekend, I put on my first yard sale in years. We are in a house now on a busy street, so I thought the opportunity would be great to declutter and get rid of stuff. The money would be nice, but getting rid of stuff would be even nicer.

So even though the weather called for rain showers, I decided to proceed. I began a few weeks ago gathering stuff and decluttering throughout the house. I put the stuff that I wanted to sell in the yard sale in one area of our basement and in our mudroom. I started pricing things on Thursday and Friday and bringing them up to our kitchen.



On Saturday morning I put everything out in our yard. (We put an ad in our local paper to advertise the sale)...and the sale was on. We only had to pull stuff up on our porch for about 10 minutes on Saturday during a brief shower. For the majority of the day the weather was great! Then after we got everything put away for the day, it started pouring down rain.




On Sunday, the weather was drizzly and cold, b…

Menu Plan and Grocery Shopping

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On Mondays I share my grocery shopping from the weekend and my menu plan for the next week. I do this to keep an eye on my grocery spending ( I am trying to keep our grocery expenses to under $70 a week) and to have a plan for what to eat during this crazy thing called life. It is just one way that I can live better one day at a time.
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This weekend, I did a quick run to Kroger for milk and bananas, and to Rite Aid for their deal on Arizona Iced Tea ($0.50 a can). We had a yard sale at home this weekend and my hubby was gone for most of Sunday with work so I did not do a big shop. I decided that that was okay, I want to use what we have. I may pick up a couple things on Wednesday at Walmart, but it won't be much.

This weekend I bought:

Kroger : $1.09 + 6.77 = $7.86 (for bananas, milk and taco seasoning)
Rite Aid: $6.86 (for 11 cans of iced tea, and a $1 donation)
Food tot…

In my mailbox

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I have a hobby.
I like to sign up for freebies and coupons that come in the mail because it adds some excitement to mailtime. I do not sign up for every freebie or coupon that I come across as I feel that is wasteful and I don't need things in my house if I am not going to use them. So I only sign up for ones that I feel would be of use to my family.


This week was a so-so week for freebies in my mailbox!
But I am not complaining because they were FREE... :-) Here's what I have gotten:
--Woman's Day magazine (can't remember where, but I know it was a free subscription) -- 2 Free product coupons for Yoplait kids yogurt (one was addressed to me, and one was addressed to my hubby. I think this was a facebook offer, but I am not sure)

---Coupon for a FREE Beechnut Stage 4 toddler food (signed up for their newsletter) ---$1 off any Coke product (from Recyclebank)
What fun stuff did you receive in your mailbox this week?

Crockpot Chicken and Chicken Tacos

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I get many recipe ideas off of my favorite blogs. Sometimes we like them. Sometimes we don't.

One recipe that I found and that has become a staple in our house is how to cook a whole chicken in a crockpot. The Happy Housewife gave me a SIMPLE, NO FUSS way of making a whole chicken in the crockpot.

Whole Chicken in Crockpot Take your chicken out of the wrapper. Remove the innards. Rinse and dry the chicken. Place in crockpot. Add seasonings on top. Put lid on. Cook on low for 7-8 hours. Enjoy.
Super Duper Easy.


I made one last week and used McCormicks grill mates seasoning on my chicken and it came out Delicious!

We ate it with mashed potatoes, and green beans. We had a TON leftover.


Since I have been trying not to waste food, I took the leftovers and made chicken tacos on another night. Another super EASY, QUICK recipe.

CHICKEN TACOS pre-cooked chicken package of taco seasoning 2/3 cup water taco shells favorite toppings for tacos
Heat up chicken in your skillet.
Add taco seasoning and …

I love Goodwill

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It has been kind of warm here the last few days. Yesterday it was 80, today it was 85 and humid. Definitely shorts and t-shirt/tank top weather.

I went to put shorts on Jacob yesterday and realized that all the shorts and short sleeved shirts that I had bought him 2 months ago were all TOO SMALL!!!!! (I bought him 2T shorts and shirts) He has had a major growth spurt! Thankfully I had gotten him 2 pairs of 3T shorts, so all was not lost. But 2 pairs of shorts won't cut it for a summer wardrobe.....

So off I went to day to my favorite store for kids clothes....GOODWILL!!!!

I love the Goodwill in our town. There are actually 2 of them here. One is smaller and doesn't have a lot of clothes. The other one is huge and I can usually find what I need there. Most of the clothes that I get there look brand new and are in great shape. Today my goal was to get Jacob at least 4 pairs of shorts and 4 shirts in size 3T to get his summer wardrobe in check. So off I went with that in my min…

My Mother's Day recap

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I had a great Mother's Day! It was very low key and non-stressful and just wonderful.

It started with getting to sleep in. Bill got the kids up and got them breakfast, etc. Then he and Rebecca brought me up breakfast in bed--- eggs, turkey bacon (because Bill knows I am trying to be healthier), toast and orange juice. Rebecca gave me a card and a picture that she had colored. After eating breakfast, Bill, Jacob, Rebecca and I cuddled in our bed for a while and just talked and laughed and Bill and I tickled the kids. After we came downstairs I was met by a dozen roses, a card from Bill and a shirt from the kids for Mother's Day presents.

The only thing Bill asked is if I would watch the kids for half an hour while he went and ran. I said of course. While he ran, I watched the kiddos and did the dishes. Then showered and got dressed in my new t-shirt.

For lunch, we decided to get a quick bite to eat at McDonalds, as I have been loving their sweet tea lately!


We then headed o…