Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Girls Day

Ansley and I had a very Great "Girls Day" this past Saturday! She had a birthday party to go to that was at the Creative Discovery Museum.. Usually we go here as a family but this time it was just Ansley and I. She played and played and played! She made a crown at the party, then a paper kite in the museums craft center.. There is a ton to do at the museum but b/c it was a crowded weekend we decided to bypass most everything and head up stairs.. If you have little kids and like the discovery museum then I suggest you head over there. (check their hours before you go) I am not sure when the "healthy eating" exhibit will be over but my kids love this part. And I know they will be greatly disappointed when it is gone. It makes any little pretend kitchen look like nothing. They have a pretend garden and vegetable stand as well. After we played here a while we went out side to the roof top and Ansley played with some simple machines and bubbles! To end our day at the museum we went to the reading room, sat down and read some stories... But we couldn't let the fun stop there.
We walked to Ben and Jerry's grabbed an ice cream cone to share, stopped and talked to the horses, and went to visit some amazing penguins at the aquarium! Needless to say the poor girl passed out on the way home!

Oh and Check out these Monkies!

Monday, March 22, 2010

What's for dinner

Last Night we had hot dogs... unfortunately nothing was "on sale", yes the buns were cheaper and the hot dogs were buy one get one free.. However I did not have coupons for anything.. So to me it was not a good sale... Anyway to the point: I wanted to make home made cole slaw, my Mom makes the best cole slaw so I called her up and asked her for the ingredients.. I sort of guessed from there.. Here it is

Cynthia's Cole Slaw:

-1/2 a head of cabbage
-about 2 cups of baby carrots
-2 big spoon fulls of mayo (you can add more if you want, Mom adds a lot!)
-1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
-1/4 cup of sugar

put the cabbage in a chopper chop it up as fine as you want it.

then chop up the carrots to about the same consistency

put it into a bowl

add the mayo

then mix the vinegar and sugar in a separate bowl

pour the vinegar-sugar into the first bowl (the one with the cabbage, carrots, and mayo)

And there you have it easy peasy!

*Notice the little hand dipping in!! It is Ansley's! They love it!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Don't forget to go buy a sunday paper.. there are a lot of great coupons... check out

Friday, March 5, 2010

okay so another thing I started and didn't really finish..

A few weeks ago I was with a group of ladies and we were all asked one question, "Do you have a hobby, if so what is it?" As everyone took a turn telling their hobbies I sat their and thought and thought and thought. Desperately trying to come up with something that sounded great and thinking of how I would love to have a hobby.. So basically I shared this " I do not have a real hobby, Just ask my husband he will tell you in a heart beat, that when I think something will be fun I go out and buy all the stuff to start my new found hobby, I then work on it for a few days if even that and it ends up in a basket or box in the top of our closet. I have wanted to make hair bows, I have wanted to make a quilt, a rice bag, be a body shop consultant (in case you are wondering this is a skin care line), I have wanted to scrap book, I have wanted to make cakes and decorate them, and I sure there are many other things I have wanted to do but fail miserably." I said this with some sarcasm and it was sort of funny, but really I could not come up with a "hobby" Could I really not have a true hobby? One of my friends was sitting right next to me and said "oh you cook now." I replied I do Blog and cook some now but I have not been doing so great on that either.. but oh I do love to coupon!"
So maybe Couponing can be my blog, maybe I can come up with one recipe a week or every other week that you may find interesting from the food I bought using coupons and saving lots of money buying things only on sale (I will buy things w/o a coupon if and only if we really do need it or if it is a good deal already) The thought of cooking every recipe from Julie Child is very over whelming so I thought it could be fun to cook your recipe's that you give me, but really if I do not already have those things I have to go buy them and lets be honest it just is not practical to spend a ton of money on one meal that you have to cook your self.
In the end I have realized that I love the fact that so many of my friends have great hobby's that really make them who they are.. I guess I would like to think that I have my own unique hobby as well. And maybe do and do not realize it! But right now I am blogging and couponing call it a hobby or not, I do not care, as Long as I still have all of my crafty friends who totally support and love the fact that I am saving tons of money, and a few of them like to compare their savings with mine which is pretty fun!

Oh And A Couponing tip I have learned from another Couponer... DO NOT CUT OUT YOUR COUPONS UNTIL YOU ARE READY TO USE THEM, I REPEAT DO NOT CUT THEM OUT!!
Instead write on the top left corner of the booklets/adds the date that they were in the paper, and file them in an accordion file by weeks, so you can find them easier when Jenny from southernsavers tells you which week and booklet you can find a certain coupon in! Believe me this will save you so much time