Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
I am an avid online shopper, primarily because everything I could ever want is right at my fingertips. Old Navy is my store of choice for most of my clothing, however, our closest store location is a 45 minute drive. So, this weekend, I found a few things online that I wanted to purchase for summer and began the checkout process.
Before I completed the checkout, I visited couponchief.com to find out if any discount codes or coupons were available. All I had to do was type "Old Navy" into the search field and a list of codes appeared on my screen. I quickly chose the code I wanted and saved 20% on my entire Old Navy order.
Couponchief.com provides codes for literally thousands of merchants! From furniture to flowers, gifts to accessories, they have it all! They provide step-by-step instructions on how to redeem your savings so it can't be any easier. And my favorite part is the comment feature. Couponchief provides a section beneath the codes for comments on effectiveness and ratings. You can even send coupons to your friends!
This site is amazing and I will definitely be using it before any of my online purchases.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
So what was once this cabinet door....
is now a red and cream hanger for my boys' backpacks. (The cream is the same Oops Color I found for $1 that I used for my living room accent wall.)
This I am happy about.
Here is the unhappy part..... the green
As you can see, we went from the builder grade beige at the top, to a minty green from Lowes...Valspar. First let me say, I love me some Valspar paint. It is by far, my fave brand. This is totally user error. I got a free sample from Valspar (thank you, thank you, thank you) and chose what I thought was going to be the PERFECT shade of green.
It is actually not green enough. This would be a beautiful color in a nursery, but for the laundry room....it is a no-no.
This week, I will be making a trip to my local Lowes (shout out to Lowes for your awesome home supplies) to look at shelving and brackets for my cabinets. I am praying that someone will have made a shade of green that they are hating and leave it there for me to snatch up and run home with. Stay tuned for color #2.....
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Anyway, yesterday I posted pics of the finished product and was thinking about adding just a couple of things to make it Easter Special. My mom had these big eggs in her yard a couple of years back and wasn't going to use them. So I stole, er, borrowed them.
Now I remember the year that she had them, they rolled everywhere and would pop open. She taped them shut....but this year....
We have enough rocks to spare, but if we didn't....I would have weighed them down with bags of beans, lentils, rice etc.
BTW, please excuse the trash bags in the picture. It's not time to put out our big trash so there it sits....
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
First of all, I am having some computer glitches that I am currently working on. Blogger is not allowing me to publish my posts from my computer or edit any of my drafts. I am having to type what I can into my computer and then post from my Blackberry, but in using it, won't allow me to add links to my posts.
Seriously, that is annoying and I am working on it today. There are some posts I found on other blogs that I would like to link to and this is driving me NUTS! Anyway....
It is definitely starting to look a little more like Spring at our house. I just wanted to share a few pictures of the yard as we get it cleaned up. I am thinking about adding a few things to it over the next couple of days, but for now, we think it is beautiful!!!!! Yay for Spring!!!!
By the way, can you see the little bird in that nest? For the last two weeks we have been watching this family of birds fly from our crepe myrtles to the porch ceiling fan, to the corner of our porch to build this nest. It is amazing to me that birds can make such a stable home in the CORNER of a building!!!! Spring is here for sure :)
Monday, April 18, 2011
I am in charge of the school's Teacher Appreciation week this year. Last year we were able, through amazing parent participation, to serve all the faculty and staff lunch each day that week.
We had each grade sponsor a day, and then broke the dishes down by teacher within each grade. So for example: Monday-Mexican(4th grade) Tuesday-Italian(3rd grade) Wednesday-Salads(2nd grade) Thursday-Potluck(1st grade) Friday-Desserts(Kindergarten).
This year we are planning the same thing, plus a little Teacher of the Day time during the morning announcements. Each day, a teacher's name will be drawn and that teacher will then be the TEACHER OF THE DAY and will receive a $20 gift card.
Since I have two children in public school now, I have twice the fun putting together something for the teachers. Instead of giving gift cards, which is what I did last year...I wanted to do a little something for both of my childrens' teachers each day of the week.
After browzing the web and coming across this SITE (which is full of great ideas, not just teacher appreciation ideas....so go there NOW), I put together one small gift for each day.
If you only see 4 days worth and think to yourself, "She needs to go back to school...there are 5 school days and only 4 gifts..." I know. I made some goldfish tags that will be put on some goldfish bags. The store didn't have the flavor I wanted to buy in stock, so I have to wait. :)
All in all: inexpensive, easy to put together, and something each teacher can use. We are in a recession...remember :)
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Traditional pound cake recipe:
- 2 c. flour
- 2 c. sugar
- 2 softened sticks of butter or margarine
- 1 tsp each-vanilla, almond, and lemon extract
- 5 eggs
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a greased bundt pan to bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.
Easy strawberry glaze:
- 1 pound of strawberries
- 1/2 c of sugar or Splenda
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Mash approximately 3/4 of the strawberries in a bowl with the sweetener and vanilla. Slice remaining strawberries and mix in.
It's a good thing that we made it to the farm when we did, because today is the last day for picking. Short season, I am assuming. Shout out to Froberg's Farm!!!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
- This morning we had peanut butter toast and fresh strawberries
- I have a pound cake in the oven right now to be topped with a fresh strawberry glaze
- There is a tray full of strawberries in the freezer
- And I still have a bucket left waiting to be washed and planned for