Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Coupon deals this week...

Totals for the Week:

2 Old Spice Shower Gels
1 Nivea Men's Shower Gel
2 Nivea Women's Shower Gel
1 Nivea Shave Gel
1 Old Spice Body Spray
1 box Rice Krispies
1 box Fruit Loops
1 box Raisin Bran
4 packs Starburst (to put in mugs for Coach's gifts)

Shelf Price: $53.79
Total after coupons and last week's ECBs: $3.40
ECBs left for next time: $8.00

Food Lion:
5 Kraft salad dressings
2 KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce
4 boxes Crystal Light drink mix
1 box Oreo Fudge Cremes
1 EZ Mac

Shelf Price: $50.48
Total after coupons: $3.34
Catalina for next trip (these are coupons that print with your receipt): $1.00

4 Packs Oscar Meyer hot dogs
4 bags sunflower seeds (to put in mugs for Coach's gifts)
2 Suave Body Wash
4 Dove deoderent
1 Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce

Shelf Price: $40.83
Total after coupons: $6.04

Totals for the week:

Shelf Price: $145.10
Spent: $12.80

Of course, this was not all my grocery shopping for the week, just the coupon deals!  Hope everyone's having a great day!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

New Cricut Project Idea: Sticky Note Holder...

This is a totally simply project even for a beginner.  I purchased several clear photo frames from the dollar store. You can either get the flat ones with the magnet on the back, or the free-standing ones.  I got the free-standing ones, as that is all my dollar store had in stock.  Then I bought sticky notes in assorted colors and black pens with the clear bottom.  The ribbon and cardstock were some I already had on hand.  Just cut the cardstock to fit. Mine are 5x7 inches.  Then choose a cute font on SCAL or one you have on a Cricut Cartridge.  I cut the monogram at 3 1/3 inches, and then shadowed it in a coordinating color.  You can't see it in the picture, but I also rolled up some cardstock and inserted into the barrel of the pen so it matches.  Just attach the pen with sticky-back velcro.  Instead of a bow, I chose to put a little brad in the center of the ribbon.  I attached the sticky notepad with "Terrifically Tacky Tape" which is that red roll of double-sided craft tape you can find at Michael's.  It's way stickier than monoadhesive, and you don't want your little sticky notepad to fall off.  You can find clear plastic bags to wrap them in at Michael's or also go here.  I am making these as end-of-the-year-gifts for teachers and ballet instructors.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

What I got for free today...

Just thought I'd share some coupon finds for this week.  Today I hit Target and CVS, and here's what I got:

4 boxes Wheat Thins
4 boxes 100-calorie packs
1 Aussie shampoo
1 Aussie hair spray
2 Lady Speed Stick
3 Crystal Light single pack boxes
2 Wishbone salad dressing
1 pack Dial bar soap
2 Rimmell mascara
2 Cover Girl lip gloss
2 New York lip gloss

My Target total was around $15.00, but I filled a prescription today at CVS and used the Martin's giftcard offer that came in the mail (CVS takes competitor's coupons), and I still have $5 left on that, plus $12 in ECBs after purchasing these items that I can use next week.  Actually, there were a couple other items that would have been free but they were sold out. That's what happens when you wait until Thursday to shop the sales.  So, technically I made a couple of bucks altogether.  If you want to see how this all works, go to and click on the Target and CVS weekly lists.  If you are still confused, email me and I'll explain in to you.  It's always fun to find someone else to be a coupon geek with me.  Hope everyone is having a great day!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Craft Room Redo...

After many years of having my craft supplies stashed all over the house, I decided to turn the guest room into a craft room.  It's nothing fancy, but at least everything is organized in one space, and if it gets messy I can just close the door!  Here are a few pics of my new space:

This pegboard was super easy. A nice lady at Home Depot helped me gather all my supplies.
A little paint, some hardware, and tada! The ribbon spools are hanging on a cheap curtain rod.
Can you spot my daughter's little ironing board? How cute is that?  My husband and son have big plans to turn the third floor into a "man cave" so this is our "girly room". 

I tried to do all this on the cheap.  Can you believe I got this lamp and shade at Goodwill?

It's still not completely done. I have a few more things to do, but at least now everything is where I can find it!  I found these two tables on clearance for super cheap. I wanted a large work space where I could lay fabric and other projects out.  The old TV from the guest room is staying in here, so I can watch HGTV and lifetime to my heart's content while I work on stuff.  This will be nice, as I usually never seem to get to pick the channel! Thanks for looking, and if you can't find me, this is where I am :)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Friday's Stamp Camp...

On Friday, I attended a "Stamp Camp" at the workshop of a Stampin' Up rep I recently met.  These are some of the cute things we made at camp.  We had a lot of fun creating these cards.  She has an amazing workshop. I am so jealous!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Stride Rite Shoes $19.95 or less! is having a huge sale on Stride Rite shoes.  They even have some as low as ten bucks! Go here for their selection: Cheap Stride Rite Shoes These shoes are made so well, and are wonderful for little developing feet!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Friday's' Teacher Appreciation Card...

For the final day of Teacher Appreciation Week, our class is giving giftcards to our teacher and her aide.  We are so lucky to have them. It's been a great year, and the children have learned so much!
Cricut cartridge: Locker Talk
Paper: Grade School Glitter Stack
Stamp: Studio G clear stamps
Punch: Fiskars Threading Water
Ribbon: Michael's Celebrate It

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Thursday's Teacher Gift...

Instead of using a gift bag, this little coffee mug is so easy to make using the box and curlz fonts on Sure Cuts a Lot and cutting on the Cricut, or as my husband calls it, the "bedazzler."  This is our class's Thursday gift to the teacher.  It was the perfect size to hold a small candle.  The patterned cardstock is from the K & Company Greenhouse stack. 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Goodies for our resource teachers...

As Teacher Appreciation Week goes by, we couldn't forget our resource teachers who do so much for our little ones!  These are so easy to make using the box font and SCAL.  Just choose some a pretty 12 x 12 cardstock and coordinating colors for the letters.  I wish I had thought to use the shadow feature on the letters for all of them (like the pink/brown one), because I think it makes the letters pop, but now I know for next time.  Just fill these with some candy, and you've got some super simple gifts.  The link to the box font is

Some goodies for Teacher Appreciation Week...

Our teachers do so much, and this is their official week to be recognized!  We are planning to do a little something each day of the week for them.  I found this cute little frog and thought how adorable he would look in pink and green.  These little pails are made of foam and were only $1 at Ben Franklin. Click here to get this cute little froggie cut file for free and then cut him out with the Cricut!
Punch: Threading Water from Fiskars
Paper: Reflections Essentials
Stamp: Studio G clear stamps