Saturday, October 30, 2010

Irritation is setting in

I am getting a little irriated as my local newspaper has doesnt have any of the good coupons. So, I had been getting up early on Sunday to head to another town to get the Chicago Tribune as it as the good coupons, however for the last month it has not been having the coupons in it. So, last week I decided that I would just order my coupons online. Well, this afternoon I realized that I had not received them yet. I went to my email and checked and sure enough I had a confirmation stating that the order had been shipped on Monday! I still haven't received them. Ugh! Sometimes I wonder if all the couponing is worth me I know it is but right now I am so frustrated it is unreal!

Kroger trip saved 72 %

So I went to Kroger last night and got a bunch of...well not much healthy stuff! I did get 10 items of the Frozen Foods Mega sale so that gave $5 off and I bought 4 GM cereals that gave me an instant $6 off.
I also got:
2 Chips Ahoy $1.99 ea
 -used $1/2
1 Oreo Fudge Cream $2.50
 -used $1/1
6 Skittles .50 ea
 -used .50/1 tearpad
6 Starbusts
 -used .50/1 tearpad
2 1/2 Gallons of Chocolate Milk
 .88 each
1 Tombstone Pizza $1.99
 -used $1/1 Houseparty Coupon
1 Baby Ruth Candybar Funsize $2.18
 -used $1/1 House Party Coupon
1 12 pack of Big K Red Cola $1.99
 -used $1/1 Catalina
2- Eggo Waffles $1.49 ea
 -used $1/2 peelie and $1/2 Catalina
2- HungryMan TV Dinners $1.99
 -used $2/1 Facebook coupon
1- Kroger Powdered Sugar $1.50
1-Betty Crocker white cake $1.00
1- DanActive Yogurt on clearance for .99
 -used $1/1
2-Dananimals on clearance for $1.29 each
 -used 2 $1/1 found at the Pediatricians office
2- Crunch Funsize Candybars $2.18 each
 -used $1/2
1- Kandoo wipes $2.34
 -used $1/1
 -used $1/1 peelie
2-Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereals
 -used 2 .65/1 printables
 -used 2 .55 ecoupon
1 TGIF Snacks $2.49
4 Kids Cuisine tv dinners (my kids LOVE me for finally buying them these) $1.89 ea
 -used .55/2 ALLYOU magazine coupon
1 Kroger Hashbrown $1.77
Kroger Value Shredded Cheese $1.24

Total was $24.09 Out of Pocket!

Friday, October 29, 2010

House Party Pack Arrived today

My wonderful Fed-Ex man brought my Perler Beads House Party box today. I was so excited to see everything that they supplied.
There is enough kits for 15 kids to do one of each of the Monkey and Lizards, there are keychains, beads, and catalogs, coupons, and even a not in stores yet kit for my family for hosting the party. I am so excited to let my kids and their friends come over and have a great time making the animals and having a snack.
Thank you House Party!

***HOT*** Victoria's Secret Deal: $12.00!!!!

Victoria's Secret has released a new code that will give you free shipping( anywhere in the lower 48 states) with the purchase of a sweater or sweaterdress. (valid thru 10/31)

You can buy this turtleneck sweater for $12 plus tax and then enter code SHIPWARMVS.  It gets better because you can get the shirt above free when you enter  BOMBTEE.  Then you can enter LIPGIFT10 for a free lip gloss set.

This is the deal that I did and my total came up to $12.75! Pretty sweet deal for a sweater, a t-shirt and a lip gloss set. You can only enter 3 codes when you checkout.

Friday=Mega Swagbucks Day

Don't forget today is  Mega Swag Bucks Day! If you have not signed up for Swagbucks it is a terrific way to win gift cards. It takes 450 swagbucks to get a $5 Amazon Giftcard. I personally am saving these to use at Christmas. Sign up here.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friday Bloghop

Facebook Follow Friday

Toy Story 3 $8/1 Coupon

Disney Movie Rewards has released a new coupon for Toy Story 3. This coupon is $8/1 Blu-Ray Combo Pack! I am not sure exactly where the best place to use this is right now as I believe more of the stores will be advertising this weekend in the sales ads. Keep your eye out for a great deal and if you find one come back and let us know.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Shutterfly Holiday Cards

November is right around the corner which means alot of people that I know are thinking about that perfect picture that will be used for their family Christmas card.
We have already had some wonderful pictures taken of the kids thanks to our friend, Jessica.

Have you visited Shutterfly lately? They have so many different styles of Christmas cards available but they also have Christmas invitations and stationary and adorable gift tags.

I believe I have narrowed down my selection to 3 for our family Christmas card

I love that we could add so many photos of the family with this one.

                                   Bright Colored Lights Christmas card

This card looks like a fun card, I like the black and white and then the splash of color.

                                      Believe in Magic Religious Card

I really like this one, the message and the bright red card with the stars. I just know that this would be a card that everyone would love.

With all of the choices I have at Shutterfly I can't say that I have definately decided on exactly what our Christmas card will be this year. Maybe you could help me. Which one do you like? Did you find a favorite when you visited Shutterfly?

I will be receiving 50 free cards from Shutterfly for this post. The post is 100% my words and opinions. I have received no monetary compensation for this post.
If you are a blogger and would like to receive 50 free cards from Shutterfly visit 

Baking Powder Printable Coupon

Smartsource has released a Clabber Girl .75/1 coupon. You can find it under the zip code 77447. This should make for some free or cheap baking soda. I guess they are trying to get us all ready for our holiday baking.
Thanks, Its Hip 2 Save

Reddi-wip Printable Coupon

Reddi-wip has a coupon on their website for .50/1. This will be great for the upcoming holidays! Even better if you have a store that doubles coupons.

Mojo Savings

Kellogg's Coupons

Go to Kellogg's website and sign up or log in to print off several coupons including coupons on cereal and poptarts.

Wordless Wednesday

This picture completely captures my kids! Austin is the mature one who is always taken care of things. Olivia is the lil princess who is in charge and Dane he is always silly and laughing. These kids are my life and my everything!

Boogie Wipes

Go here  to print of a $2/1 off of a 30 count pack of Boogie Wipes. This is a high dollar PDF coupon in celebration of Halloween. Good 10/28-11/01/10!
Right now you can save even more if you use this coupon at Walgreens because they also have a .50/1 coupon in their November coupon saving booklet. Which is available at the store.

It's Hip 2 Save

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Follow Me Back Tuesday

Another Bloghop....I am trying to get my followers up. Thanks in advance for following me. Leave me a message so that I can return the favor.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Double Powerade Points-My Coke Rewards

My Coke Rewards is offering double points today only on Powerade.  Go enter those points!


Black Friday Shopping

I am getting excited about Black Friday shopping. I look forward to getting the ads in my Thanksgiving paper and having the kids look through them and then getting up at the crack of dawn to brave the crowds. I am not sure if it is the thrill of getting that hot toy, the shear craziness  of being at the store so early or if it possibly just the going to the store by myself...I am sure it is a combination of all three. I love shopping for my kids. I love Christmas and I love a great deal.

Menu Plan Monday

Organization is key to getting the deals, but it is also helpful in grocery shopping and planning your families weekly menu. I have decided to post my family's weekly dinners because this is actually something that has helped my family in saving money.
Laura over at I'm an Organizing Junkie hosts Menu Plan Monday.

Monday-Homemade Italian Beefs, ff

Tuesday-Rotini, salad, cresent rolls


Thursday-chicken and rice casserole

Friday-Homemade pizza's

Saturday-bonfire at my MIL's (taking desert...likely cakeballs or cupcakes)

Sunday-Philly Steak Sandwiches

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Monday Bloghops

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom

Tombstone House Party

My friend Wendy was chosen for a Tombstone House Party. I have to tell was a blast! We had a Halloween type party, with LOTS of pizzas! They sent  coupons for the guest for $1/1 Tombstone, $1/1 Nestle and a candy coupon. We had alot of fun and were totally impressed with the amount of stuff that was provided for the party. They sent coupons for free Tombstones, cookies, plates and napkins, games, decorations and an oven mit and pizza cutter.

Daily Giveaway Linky

Please check out my giveaway and sign up for a few more while your at it.

*My First Giveaway* Hershey's Moderation Nation Prize Pack

Between your busy schedule and responsibilities with work, friends and family – it may be challenging to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle, especially while on the go. However, what if you had easy-to-follow advice and resources right at your finger tips?

With Moderation Nation, a new national program created by the Hershey Center for Health & Nutrition, (HCHN) in collaboration with the American Dietetic Association, you can now have access to a variety of tools that will help you achieve moderation – and you don’t even need to give up your favorite foods!

For on-the-go needs, the new Moderation Nation iPhone app, free and available on iTunes or via, will reward you for the activity you’re already doing, while encouraging you to do even more in a way that suits your busy lifestyle. With an easy-to-read tracker and a comprehensive list of activities to choose from, you can earn badges for your progress and go from a Starting Gun to a Healthy Hero!

The Moderation Nation Web site ( provides a host of new tools for you and your readers, including:
  • Recipes and Expert Tips. Here you’ll find advice from Cheryl Forberg, registered dietitian (RD) for NBC's The Biggest Loser, award-winning chef and New York Times best-selling cookbook author
    • Additional recipes and tips from Regina Ragone, Food Director at Family Circle magazine; Keri Glassman, author of the O2 diet; and Liz Ward, author of Expect the Best Pregnancy.
  • Moderation Menus. Seven-day meal plans – with snack ideas – that will help you plan out your week. Each menu is based on an individual lifestyle, such as Single, Adults with Kids and Adults with No Kids.
  • Balance the Meal. This cool balancer tool allows you to input your main dish and its preparation method; in return, you’ll receive ideas for complementary side dishes that round out the meal smartly
  • Useful Facts. Here you’ll find everything from a “portion distortion” guide - providing cues on what actual portion sizes should look like – to a grocery shopping fact sheet – to a guide on how to start and maintain a food journal.

One winner will receive a Hershey Moderation Nation prize pack that includes a Moderation Nation t-shirt, a nutrition journal and some Hershey's chocolate.

Mandatory entry:
You must follow me through Google Friend Connect and visit Moderation Nation then come back and comment on what you saw.

Extra entries:
"like" Finding Blessings in Everyday Life on Facebook
come back and leave a comment letting me know that you did

follow Finding Blessings in Everyday Life on Twitter
come back and leave a comment letting me know that you did

This giveaway will end on November 6, 2010 at 11:59pm CST. I will chose a winner using The winner will be contacted via email so make sure that you leave  a valid email address. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Disclosure: I was provided with a Hershey Moderation Nation prize pack and information about the Moderation Nation program in exchange for this post.  All opinions are mine.  No other compensation was received.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Weekend Bloghop

BWS tips button

Thanks for stopping by! Make sure you leave me a comment to say that you stopped by.

Productive Day

Well today has been productive. I have started a Facebook page for the blog and created my blog button, now to make to with the html added.
I am announcing my first giveaway tomorrow!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Mega Swag Bucks Today!

Today is Friday so that means it's Mega Swag Bucks Day!
Do you use SwagBucks? Go here to read my post on Swag Bucks.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Friday Bloghops

Woohoo!! It's Friday!!! I don't know about you but I am ready for the weekend. I am so ready for a day to sleep in. I am thinking that it probably won't happen but the thought is nice. Tonight I am going to my very first Houseparty. It is the Tombstone House Party and sounds like it will be lots of fun! My husband is working this weekend and other than that I believe we will have a low key weekend. I am thankful for that.
What are your plans for the weekend?


If you are a new follower please leave me a comment and let me know so that I may return the favor.

*HOT* $5 gift card for Groupon FREE

Go here to get a $5 Groupon gift card from All you. Fill out the form and there is your freebie for the day!!

***this appears to be for people who have not previously ordered from Groupon***

Think of Me Thursday

I am participating in another blog hop today in hopes of getting some more followers to my site. Thank you to all of you who already follow me and if you are stopping by please follow me and leave a comment letting me know. I would love to return the favor. Have a terrific Thursday friends!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Austin

Austin was born at 3:20pm on October 20, 1995. He was born with a head full black hair and dark brown eyes. He was my little man from the beginning. He has always been the ideal son, respectful, thoughtful, caring and helpful. Growing up he has always had lots of friends and always been a leader. He is sensitive but strong, he has a heart of gold but guards it, he is loyal and trustworthy. I am proud of the young man that he is becoming. He wants to become a musician but has never had any training. He is learning music and plays the drums. He has tried out for a drumming position in a Glee club and just found out that he got the position.  He is a freshman in high school and adjusting to a larger school and the changes that take place with grwoing up. I have no doubt in my mind that he will be successful with whatever path he takes.  So today I remember the day that my lil man was born and delight in the young man he is today!
Happy Birthday Austin!!!!

Tuesday Twitter Hop

If you are on Twitter I would love for you to follow me. I regularly tweet my posts.

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Sunbelt Coupon

Sunbelt has added a new coupon to their facebook page. Remember to "like" them and then the coupon is located under the coupons tab. This coupon is good for a buy one get one free on 8 count granola or fruit and grain bars! 
I really like this company because they also have a number listed that if a manager has any questions about the validity of the coupon they can call.

*HOT* Quaker Coupon $2/1

Quaker has released another HOT coupon it is a $2/1 off of Instant Oatmeal. Hurry this won't last long!

Making Friends Monday

Welcome new friends! I would love for you to follow me and would gladly return the favor.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thank you!

From the bottom of my heart....THANK YOU! Thank you for following me, for reading my blog and for supporting this new adventure.  I am overwhelmed at how much traffic I have been getting. I am planning a giveaway just for all of you special people!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Free Large Photo Book

Until October 25 you can order a FREE Large Classic book from Picaboo using the code FALLBK.

Go here to order your free book! (you pay shipping...around $8.99)

**The cost of one 20-page Large Classic, Classic Leather, or Classic Custom photo book (up to $39.99) will be deducted from the order total. If the book contains more than 20 pages, the customer will be charged for the additional pages. Taxes and shipping charges are additional.

Who Said Nothing in Life is Free

Tilex Coupon

Go here to print a $1 coupon off Tilex.

$2/2 Nestle Pure Life Water

Go to Nestle Pure Life's Facebook page and "like" them to print off a coupon for $2/2.

Mega Swagbucks Day!

Today is Friday, which means it is Mega Swagbucks Day! I searched this morning and got 10 plus my 2 for doing the daily poll and for checking for any surveys!
Do you use Swagbucks? If not check out my post here for all the information. I would love to refer you to Swagbucks!

Thursday, October 14, 2010


Remember my post here about hosting a House Party well I just received an email from House Party and I was selected to host a Perler Bead-a-Palooza party!!! I am so excited!
This is a great party because I will get to share time with my friends, their kids and most importantly my kids! We will make a craft during the Bead-A-Palooza and have a snack!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Walgreens Bodywash Deal

Starting 10-17-10 Walgreens has Nivea Bodywash on sale for $2.50 there will be a $3/1 coupon in the 10-17 Redplum. The cashier should just adjust the coupon down to $2.50, so that will equal FREE Nivea Bodywash!
i heart wags

Coupon Preview 10-17-10

Looks like there will be 2 inserts this week...
1- RedPlum Coupon Insert
Abreva Product Save $3.00/1 (12/15)
AcneFree kit any Save $3.00/1 (12/31)
AcneFree non-kit treatment Save $1.00/1 (12/31)
Bestlife Buttery Spread or buttery Spray Save $.50/1 (12/16)
Breathe Right 26ct or larger Save $2.50/1 (12/31)
Breathe Right 12ct or smaller any Save $1.50/1 (12/31)
Carbona Silver wipes Save $1.00/1 (1/15/11)
Domino Organic or Demerara Sugar product 24oz Save $.30/1 (12/31)
Domino Sugar products 2 lb or larger .50/2 (12/31)
Kellogg’s cereals any 10oz or larger Save $1.00/3 (11/28)
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and/or Cocoa Krispies Cereals 12oz or larger Save $1.00/2 (11/28)
L’Oreal Healthy Look haircolor Save $2.00/1 (1/9/11)
Nestle chocolate Halloween candy fun size bags 11.5oz or larger Save $1.00/2 (10/31)
Nivea body wash for women 8.4fl oz -16.9fl oz Save $1.00/1 (11/30)
Nivea body wash for women 8.4fl oz -16.9fl oz Save $3.00/2 (11/30)
Nivea for Men body wash 16.9 fl oz Save $3.00/1 (11/30)
Pedigree Marrobone treats for dogs any size Save $1.00/1 (11/28)
Pedigree Jumbone treats for dogs Save $1.00/1 (11/28)
Pedigree food for dogs 8.8lb or larger Save $2.00/1 (11/28)
Pedigree food for dogs 8.8 lb or larger Save $1.00/1 (11/28)
Perdue Oven Ready product Save $1.00/1 (12/12)
Rimmel product Save $1.00/1 (12/31)
SlimShots Liquid Portion Control Save $3.00/1 (12/31)
SuperPretzels any .50/1 (12/31)
Temtations treats for cats Save $1.00/2 (11/18)
Tylenol Precise no trial Save $3.00/1 (12/12)
Whiskas multipack Save $1.00/1 (12/11)
Whiskas dry cat food bag Save $1.00/1 (12/11)
Whiskas tray any flavor Buy 2 get One FREE up to $.69 value (12/11)
Wonka Halloween fun size bags 9 oz or larger Save $1.00/2 (10/31)



$1.50 off 4-Way Nasal spray (exp 12/31)
$1 off Barber Foods product (exp 12/4)
$1 off Benefiber Orange product (exp 12/31)
$1 off Benefiber product (exp 12/31)
$1/5 Betty Crocker Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper (exp 12/11)
$2 off Bic Disposable Razors or Soleil Razor or cartridge refills (exp 11/14)
$1 off Brita multipack filters (exp 11/28)
$4 off Brita Pour-through or Faucet mount system (exp 11/28)
$3 off Bufferin product (exp 12/31)
$1.25 off Chef Boyardee Big or Whole Grain AND (4) canned pasta (exp 11/30)
$5 off Clear Care Solution or AQuify Multi-Purpose solution, twin pk (exp 2/14/11)
$2 off Clear Care Solution or AQuify Multi-Purpose solution, 12 oz + (exp 2/14/11)
$1.50 off Comtrex product (exp 12/31)
$3 off Depend Underwear in colors, 6ct (exp 11/14)
$2 off Depend Underwear in colors, 6 ct (exp 1/9/11)
$5 off Easy Bake Microwave & Style Deluxe Delights kit (exp 11/8)
.55/1 Eckrich smoked sausage (exp 12/31)
$1 off El Monterey Taquitos (exp 1/15/11)
$1 off El Monterey Taquitos, Tamales, Mini Chimis, or Quesadillas (exp 1/15/11)
$1 off Excedrin product, 20 ct + (exp 12/31)
$1.50 off Excedrin product, 80 ct + (exp 12/31)
$1/2 Gerber cereals (exp 12/17)
$3 off Gerber Good Start formula, 24 oz + can (exp 12/17)
B1G1 Glade Automatic Spray refill, max $5.49 (exp 11/13)
$1/2 Healthy Choice frozen meals (exp 12/31)
$1/2 Healthy Choice soup microwave bowl or can (exp 12/31)
$1/2 Hershey’s, Reese’s, or Kit Kat snack size, 9-22 oz (exp 10/31)
$2 off Huggies Baby Wipes, 320 ct + (exp 11/13)
$1.50 off Huggies diapers (exp 11/13)
$2 off Huggies Little Snugglers or Movers diapers (exp 11/13)
$5 off i-Cool for Menopause (exp 12/31)
$5 off i-Flex product, 120 ct (exp 12/31)
.50/2 Jell-o gelatin or pudding (exp 11/14)
.50/1 Kim & Scotts Gourmet pretzels or Stuffed bagels (exp 12/31)
$1 off Kraft 100 Cal Cheese Bites (exp 11/17)
.50/1 Krusteaz Muffin mix (exp 1/31/11)
$1 off Lysol Fabric mist (exp 11/16)
$1.50 off Lysol Neutra Air Aerosol (exp 11/16)
$1 off Maalox Advanced product (exp 12/31)
$2.50/2 Maalox Advanced product (exp 12/31)
$3 Mail in Rebate wyb Bufferin Low Dose 130 ct (exp 11/13)
Free (2) Nivea Lip Care wyb Triaminic Cough & Cold product,  (exp 10/31)
$1 off Orajel product (exp 12/31)
.55/1 Pepperidge Farm toast or loaf frozen bread (exp 12/26)
$1 off Pert Plus 3-in-1 or 2-in-1 product (exp 11/30)
.75/3 Pillsbury Refrigerated baked goods (exp 1/8/11)
.75/1 Pillsbury Sweet Moments refrigerated desserts (exp 1/8/11)
$2 off Prevacid 24hr product (exp 11/20)
$2 off Purina One dry cat food (exp 11/17)
$2 off Purina One dry dog food (exp 11/17)
$1/2 Ricola Cough & Throat drop bags (exp 12/17)
$1 off Scott Extra Soft bath tissue, 8 + rolls (exp 11/28)
$1 off Scott Long Lasting or Mega Rolls paper towels, 4 + rolls (exp 11/28)
.50/1 Scott Naturals Flushable wipes tub or refill (exp 11/28)
$1 off Scott Rags, 200 ct (exp 11/28)
$2/2 Silk Pure Almond Almondmilk, half gal (exp 12/31)
$1 off Sure deodorant (exp 11/30)
$2 off Theraflu Max-D Severe Cold & Flu (exp 12/4)
$1.50 off Theraflu product (exp 12/4)
$1 off Valio Real Goodnes Lactose-free milk, half gal 64 oz. (exp 12/31)
$1 off Welch’s Healthy Start 100% juice (exp 1/31/11)
$1/2 Xtra detergent or fabric softener (exp 11/30)
.30/1 Yoplait Greek yogurt cups (exp 12/11)
.50/1 Yoplait YoPlus yogurt, 4 pk (exp 12/11)


Kroger Mega Event Shopping

Last night I finally went to the Kroger to shop their Mega Event. I think I did pretty well.I ended up spending $36.31 OOP however I saved $64.42 a savings of 65%.
In the picture you see (other than my daughter's :
20-Vitamin waters -mega event price $.50
used tearpad coupon $1/2=FREE

10-Powerades-$.69cents each
used $3.00 off 10=$.39cents each

2-California Kitchen Pizzas-mega event price $3.99
used $2/1 Printable=$1.99 each

2-Kraft Alfredo Mac-mega event price-$.49 each

2-Hotpockets-mega event price-$1.99

1-Snickers and 1-Milky way candy bar $1.39 each
used $1 off when you buy 2=$.89each

1-Lunchables Sub Sandwich $1.00

3lbs. Ground Beef=$5.84
Beef Filet=$2.00

1 Kelloggs Fruit Snacks-mega event price $1.88

Suave conditioner (what I was out of conditioner!?) $1.08

3-Kelloggs Poptarts-mega event price $1.88
used $1.00/3
ecoupon for $1.00/3

1-Nestle NesQuick-$1.69
Free from here

CapriSun juice-mega event price $1.88

2- 1/2 gallons of milk-$1.25 each
(not pictured)

1- New York Garlic Bread-mega event price $2.49
Cinnamon bread from the bakery clearance=$1.79

I had 30 mega event products for a total of $15.00 off my total!
I love mega events!!!

New Printable Coupons

There are some new printable coupons available
New Nestle
$1 off any two Nestle Candy (9.2 oz or larger)
$1 off any two packages of Wonka Candy (9.2 oz or larger)
**Coupon link located on upper right side.
Swiss Miss
Scroll down and click on the “Get Special Savings” link


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Free U.F.O. Keychain Light

Go here and sign up for a free UFO keychain light. Hurry these probably won't last long. This is their facebook page which states:
COAST’s Theme for October is SAFETY. We want to make sure everyone has a fun and safe Halloween, so all you have to do is sign up and we’ll send you a free keychain light. Keep it in your purse, pocket, car…anywhere that it can be readily available! Keychain lights are perfect for walking through a dark parking lot, finding your keyhole, or just digging around in your purse or bag. Don’t get caught without the necessary light again!

MoJo Savings