Friday, January 21, 2011

Weekend Coupons for your shopping needs!

Doing any shopping this weekend?
see if there are any coupons to meet your needs.

Thanks, Your Retail Helper

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Easy Pumpkin Muffins

today I made pumpkin muffins for a Bible study I'm attending.
I  am addicted to trying new recipes. 

...this one was a keeper.
put a little whip cream on top...yum!
I love and the rating starts they give.
almost always if they rate an item 4 out of 5 stars its a great recipe!

this was so easy & no eggs or oil!

Easy Pumpkin Muffins
(click here to see the recipe on the website)


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 12 cup muffin pan or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves until smooth. Spoon equal amounts of batter into the prepared muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted in the center of one comes out clean.

Monday, January 17, 2011

remodeling on a buget:

Remodeling on a budget.  There is an oxymoron if I've ever heard one!  Got a remodeling project coming up?  Here are a couple of tips to save you some money along the way.

 Home Improvement Coupons: Buy a few 10% Lowes off coupons on ebay found here.  Even if you do not have a lowes store around your area Home Depot & Menards will honor your coupon.  Say you spend 4,000 you can save up to $400.00!  Pretty awesome!

Ads Every week during our remodel I would look at all the home improvement ads. From our experience the stores will gladly match competitors ads.   Since there was a lowes 1 mile from our house --I would MUCH rather buy from there instead of driving 30+ mins. to a competitors store.  For instance the Menards ad for that week had a new maytag dishwasher for sale for 248.00, Lowes price for the same name brand dishwasher was 305.00 ...they matched it no problem.  It wasn't even the same model either, but the same brand.  We did the same thing on interior doors as well.  Menards had them listed for less $8.00 a door.  We needed to buy 4 so this savings added up.  They matched those as well.  Just by taking in a local competitors ad we saved 89.00 just by checking out the ads which takes less than 5 mins!

 Planning ahead: gift cards off ebay:  And since you are doing a remodel and knowing you'll be spending some $$ at your local hardware store (ours happens to be lowes)  you can buy a gift card off ebay again here.  For instance say someone is selling a 500.00 gift card you can sometimes get them a little bit discounted.  For instance I was able to get a 500.00 lowes gift card for 476.00  a savings of 24, but if you use ebates or some other cash incentive program you could save even more! I usually go through ebates which gives you 3% back on your purchases through ebay.  saving another $14.00!  So that 500 dollar gift card only cost me $462!  Pretty cool, huh? 

1+ 2 + 3= A whole lotta savings.

Hope this helped!  I plan to post pictures on soon of our remodel last spring!

some things just can't be put in the baby book

i've mentioned it many times before our little T-man loves music.
about once a day we'll do "youtube time" 
roughly 10 minutes or so.  
where we'll listen to a song or two.
he absolutely loves the muppets...
especially this one...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

you're so vain!

I am anything but a girlie girl.

My sisters are constantly trying to get me to dress "more hip"

Normally I don't give the latest beauty tricks the time of day.

Except this one. 

...this one caught my eye.

Eyelash tinting.

One blog I follow ( & really trust her thoughts) is Lindsey over at THAT'S SO CUEGLY 
Lindsey had her eyelashes done.  Says it costs anywhere from $21-$35 and lasts about six weeks.

i highly doubt I'll get it done, but something kinda weird that I've never given any thought to! :-)

You be the judge of her before & after shots.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Gap: 40% off In Stores Today & Tomorrow

Today and tomorrow, January 14-15, you can save 40% off of your ENTIRE in-store purchase at Gap! Just bring along this coupon, or just even show it to the cashier on your smart phone and you will get the discount!

How to sell a car on craigslist

we sold our little pickup truck. 

 we did it for a number of reasons:
1.)  couldn't put a carseat in the backseat
2.) poor gas milage
3.) we are selling everything we can get our hands on to become debt free.

we hope to get another one someday soon (and pay with good 'ole cash!) but we sold our truck within 36 hours! Is that not God blessing this decision or what!?

here are a few tips that worked for us.

1.)  pray about it, even before you list the car.  We prayed that this car would bless someone else, that selling this car would be honoring to God. (I can't stress this one enough)

2.)  Clean it up.  Get out the old shop vac & clean that little puppy up so it shines inside & out.  My husband & I did this together and it took about 2 hours. 

3.) Take alot of pictures.  Take a bunch of pictures.  Lots of angels & lots of different positions.  People like pictures, the more the better. 

4.) Set a fair price.  We did not want to sit around with this truck for a long time.  Once we felt good about selling it, we wanted it gone.  Kelly Blue book suggested this truck go for 3,500 - 4,500.  We went for the lowest number & put 'er on good old Craigslist.

5.) List the good and the bad.  This one is key.  You do not want to waste your time & potential buyers if you do not list the cars weaknesses.  For our specific truck we had two weaknesses.  (rust & the air conditioner did not work)  we weeded out alot of non-serious people right there!

6. Contact info & Payment: Make sure to give them your cell & what type of payment method you'd accept.  In this era of bad check writing etc we opted for a fool proof method: CASH, it speaks!  Make sure you know your bottom dollar you'd accept and keep to it.  For example we listed our truck for 3,500 and knew of bottom dollar was 3,200.  We ended up selling it for $3,300 dollars, $100 dollars MORE than we bought it for two years ago! 

Here was our ad. 

1997 Dodge Dakota Sport 4X4

We are selling our 1997 Dodge Dakota Sport. (4 X 4) Little under 126,000 miles. We absolutely LOVE this truck, however we are trying to become debt free so this little beauty has to go! We have owned this truck a little over two years and have never had trouble with it. Mechanically sound & very reliable. We love having the 4 X 4 in the winter as well. (has come in handy a lot!) Very well taken care of and maintained with regular oil changes.

Recently Had done:

New front breaks

New Water Pump

Newer Battery

(1) new wheel barring

New Plugs & Wires

Changed transmission fluid about 15,000 miles ago


Great Tires

Very Reliable

4 Wheel Drive works great

Never left us stranded

Great Heater

Bucket Seats

Club Cab

CD Player

V8 5.2 Liter Engine

Automatic Transmission

Bed Liner

Towing hitch


Air Conditioner --we are not mechanically gifted people & never looked into getting this fixed. Not sure what the problem is. Could be simple fix, don’t really know.

A few rust spots

We believe in full disclosure. We want you to be happy with your purchase.

Kelly Blue Book had this truck listed from $3,500 (fair condition) --- $4,500 (great condition)

Serious interested parties.

No low balls please.

$3,500 Cash only please

Call/Text Ryan


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2/3 up the mountain!

 For those of you who know what we are doing. 

You know, the living extreme, Beans & Rice diet, dave ramsey believers, living with your grandparents couple, , menu planning, coupon cutting, craigslist sellin’, debt kickin’ fools! Here is our latest progress.  Go God, ‘cause its ALL because of Him!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

16 months old!

in honor of Tucker being 16 months we thought we'd offer up 16 random facts about him/our family:

1.  he is an Extrovert to the maxHe loves being around people!

2. In light of #1, Target is his favorite place to be...he loves to people watch. 

3.  He is loves anything with brushes, paint brushes, tooth brushes, brooms, hair brushes name it!

4.  He loves to say the word "Boppa"  which is what we call my grandpa.  Except, he says it in this dark low voice.

5.  He is in constant motion, really constant.   He does not want to miss a thing.  I am convinced this is why he was a horrible nurser. 

6.  One of the cutest things he does is "the pat"  He comes over and just pats you a couple of times then if to say I'm glad you're here.  {this breaks my heart everytime, he usually does after i've been at work}

7.  we are quickly reaalizing we need some good book reccomendations for discipling behavior!  I'm already dreading the "terrible twos!" :-)

8.  when he gets the remote he think he is top dog

9.  he LOVES to pull the bookmark out of every.single. book. Boppa reads.  {we get a huge kick out of this one!}

10.  he still is sleeping from 7-7 each night with still TWO naps!  {Again, I could go on and on about babywise, but I'll refrain!} :-) We have more pictures of him sleeping than anything else. 

11.  he loves to be a little helper. 

12.  he loves music. period.  anything, anytime.  he is starting to clap along to some songs as well, which is always fun.

13.  my husband affectionally refers to himself as a "housedaddy"  when I'm at work while he cares for Tucker.

14.  tucker already has a few nicknames... T-man and Tuck-a-muck is sticking around.

15.  he is his fathers child, he loves to figure out how things work

16.  we affectionally refer to his belly as the 'thunderdome'  named by his uncle Riley.

Monday, January 10, 2011

its like giving birth.

i have never had a cavity.
over the new years (for about six days) I had a tooth ache.  
The kind that makes you fell miserable & hurts so much kinda pain.
I was going to bed @ 8:00.
Tylenol PM was becoming  my best friend.
Tuesday morning I had a wisdom tooth extracted.
God bless oral surgeons.

I feel so good now!  

In my mind I put it on the same level as giving birth...that little tooth is gonna hurt like heck until you get the little sucker out! 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Free Biggest Loser Workout Mix!

Download The Biggest Loser Workout Mix "Wake-up and Workout" for free from Subway! Click HERE

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