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I’ve been working hard sewing up wallets and matching purses and I just love the way they have turned out!
The inspiration for the wallets started when I saw this post! I didn’t have a wallet to put my new envelopes in, so I made my own! Soon, Kelleigh left a comment letting me know that she loved the wallet! I offered to send her one as a thank you for inspiring me with her beautiful envelopes! She happily accepted! I soon had “orders” from several local friends that had seen the wallet and knew I had to make a matching bag! Every girl needs a matching purse/wallet combo! With support from my awesome hubby, I decided to open up my own Etsy online shop!
To kick off my “Grand Opening” my friend Kelleigh over at Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs is giving away one of my wallets! Plus, if she gets 100 comments she will throw in a set of super cute envelopes to go along with the wallet! Whoo Hooo!
So, head on over and enter for a chance to win!
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I haven’t posted my grocery deals in some time, so I thought I’d show you what I got at Kroger this weekend. I love it when Kroger has the $5 off Mega Event! I love this sale so much that I ventured out in the cold with BOTH BOYS in tow!
Total Purchased $99.31
Total Spent $59.15
Total Saved $40.16
Grocery shopping with children has always been a challenge for me. I will never forget my first grocery store trip after our first son was born. He was a few weeks old and I decided to venture out to the store. I made sure to practice opening and closing the stroller before I left so I wouldn’t look like a complete fool! After strategically planning our shopping trip around feeding time, we loaded up and headed to our local grocery store. I gracefully opened my stroller and attached the car seat without incident – this was going to be great! I then entered the store and realized that I couldn’t push my stroller AND a grocery cart at the same time! My stroller wasn’t going to hold much food. I did what any new mom would do . . . I bought one loaf of bread, loaded us back in the car and drove 2 blocks to the other grocery store to do my shopping!
Fast forward 2 1/2 years when son number 2 was born. Shopping didn’t get any easier. I now had one in the front of the shopping cart and one in an infant carrier that I could place in the basket but then there was not much room for our food. I soon learned that I needed to do all my grocery shopping while the oldest was at preschool 2 days a week!
I now have 2 boys that no longer fit in the cart! They have to either hang onto the side of the cart or walk along beside me. I try to make it fun for them by giving them items to help me find and we have lots of discussions about coupons and why we use them. I wonder what the next phase will bring? Maybe they will be driving me to the store . . . I just can’t think about that right now!
What’s your experience shopping with children?
Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects
I was so excited when I received this package last week!
This is the first time I’ve ordered fabric online. I’ve always been a little skeptical about ordering fabric or yarn because it’s hard to be sure about the exact colors. However, I found that ordering from fabric.com was really easy. They have a “design wall” that you put the fabrics on and then move them around until you find the match that you want.
I finally ended up with these fabrics and I’m very happy with them! Wait until you see what I turn them into!
I was able to find a coupon code on retailmenot.com plus they offer free shipping with orders $35 and more! An added bonus is that fabric.com is located right here in Georgia and I received my fabrics the very next day! I also ordered a few other notions and things not in the picture. Their notions were reasonably priced and I noticed that they have drapery weights in stock which is something I haven’t been able to find here locally. Do you prefer to order your fabrics/yarn online or at a store?
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It’s time for another Menu Plan Monday! Since we ate most everything from the freezer last week (which wasn’t much), I’m going to be restocking our freezer this week. I will be doubling or tripling a few of the recipes below to help restock. Here’s our menu:
Monday – Baked Potato Soup (not freezable, but with the cooler temps we’ve had this just sounds yummy!)
Tuesday – Swedish Meatballs over egg noodles (I will be making extra swedish meatballs to store in the freezer)
Wednesday – Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Lemon Rice Pilaf (I will be making extra of the parmesan mixture to freeze and a double batch of rice to freeze also)
Thursday – Spaghetti with garlic bread
Friday – Homemade Pizza (I will be making extra dough to freeze for future pizzas and making calzones for the freezer also)
Saturday – Chicken cilantro enchiladas (I will triple this recipe and freeze the extras)
Sunday- BBQ Beef in the crock pot (should make enough for BBQ sandwiches and then some to freeze for another night)
This post is part of Menu Plan Monday.
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It’s no secret that Texans are proud of where we are from! It starts at a very early age, most preschool programs incorporate a “Texas” theme unit study during the year. It’s common to see the bumper stickers that say “I’m not a native Texan, but I got here as fast as I could.” As parents, we have also stressed to our boys that they are from Texas and to be proud of it!
One of the things that I love about teaching preschool is that I am just down the hall from our son, Hotrod’s, class. Hotrod’s teacher lived in Texas several years ago and she brought in a Math workbook that stated it was the “Texas Edition.” The book had a picture of the state of Texas on it so I called Hotrod over and asked him what the picture was. He yelled “Texas!” His teacher told him that they were going to be learning “Texas Math.” Hotrod’s reaction was the same as if she had told him they were taking a class trip to Disney World! He immediately ran over to his friends in his class and with much excitement declared “We are going to learn Texas Math! Whoo Hooo!”
I think we have succeeded in teaching our boys where they are from!
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Yes, you read that correctly, we have a mouse mice in our house (the pest man told me “there’s never just one!”) I’m completely disgusted by the whole ordeal! We contacted our pest man and he confirmed that they are inside. Yuck! After looking around, he feels certain that they are coming in through our garage, they have NOT yet found our food and we have discovered them early – this is important since mice have a gestation period of only 19 days! The traps have been set and our pest man will be back to check all the traps.
So, what does this mean for our menu planning? It means that I am refusing to go into our pantry this week. I’m not refusing the pantry because I’m scared of seeing a live mouse, but because I don’t want to see a dead mouse in the trap! The problem is that I know where pest man has set the traps and it’s this weird force that forces me to look . . . but I don’t want to see it! Don’t get me wrong, I want the mice to be trapped, but I feel much more comfortable letting pest man tell me that they have been trapped and he can handle the disposal!
Because dining out every night for the next week would not be good on our budget, I’m being forced to be a bit creative in our plan this week! I’m raiding our freezer and the crock pot is going to get a good workout this week! Here’s our plan:
Monday – Chicken Casserole (from freezer)
Tuesday – Out to Dinner (This is awards night at school and we will be celebrating that our oldest has made the Principal’s List!)
Wednesday – Crock Pot Beef Casserole
Thursday – Chicken nuggets (from freezer) Okay, so this isn’t so creative but the boys will eat!
Friday – Beef Soup (from freezer)
Saturday – Chicken Lasagna in the Crock Pot (because of the chaos of last week, we didn’t get around to trying this new recipe)
Sunday – Soft Tacos
This post is part of Menu Plan Monday.
We are big fans of Dave Ramsey and we have been using a cash envelope system for over 2 years! We love the system, it helps to keep us from overspending. When the envelope is empty we are done spending in that category for the month! If you want to learn more about using a cash envelope system, go here.
I’ve been looking for an envelope system friendly wallet for sometime but haven’t been able to find anything that I really liked. I’ve been stuck to pulling out one envelope and sticking it in my purse to use at the store. I will admit that when we started using the cash envelope system, having only one envelope at a time definitely stopped me from making some random purchases because I didn’t have the correct envelope with me; however, now that we’ve been on the system for 2 years we are much more disciplined in making random purchases. I’m not saying it never happens, but we’ve learned to ask ourselves if the item is really needed in our home before buying it.
There are times, however, when I visit a superstore center that I will be buying from more than one category (such as groceries, clothing, and home decor) or when I’ll be making several stops at different types of stores in one outing (such as stopping at the office supply store and grocery store in the same trip). In these instances it would be really nice to have our most used envelope categories in my wallet, easy to get to.
Last week I spotted this post and Kelleigh’s LOVELY paper envelopes! I was so excited after learning that I could make these envelopes at home for FREE!! Whoo Hooo!
I gathered my supplies and made beautiful envelopes! They make my heart sing . . . but I had nowhere to keep my new beautiful envelopes. I don’t have a large size wallet so I decided I could make my own!
I picked out some fun fabric from my stash and got to work! I wanted my wallet to have a zipper for change, a place to hold my driver’s license and gift cards, a place to hold receipts and of course a nice spot for my new envelopes.
Here’s how it turned out:
The front has a snap closure
The inside holds 10 of our most used envelopes and there is a spot behind the envelopes to hold receipts. The bottom front has 6 spots to hold cards (i.e. drivers license, gift cards, etc.)
The zipper pouch for change is located on the back of the wallet.