Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Once again Our Spotlight This Week Is:
Monday, November 4, 2013
I have watched the tv show Extreme Couponers.........and I don't see how they do it!! Honestly because I follow all the coupon rules and have never walked out with $500.00 worth of merchandise for $5.00. I have seen them use 20 of the same coupons before and we all know that the majority of the coupons limit you to 4 of the same one. And now a days many stores have done away with doubling coupons (atleast inmy region). So, while I still pay the hefty final bills, I still can not complain about my savings. And if anyone can show me how to really extreme coupon as seen on tv......then I am ready to hear it because Im pretty it isn't going to happen!
This is from my trip to Walgreens. After coupons my total was $10.61 with a savings of $37.27. I also earned 3000 rewards bonus points which equals $3.00 and received $5.00 back in Register Rewards. Not too shabby, eh?
From shopping at CVS Pharmacy I was able to get this for a total of $6.83. Total savings $34.99 and received $2.50 back in Extra Care bucks.
I got all of this at the Dollar General for a total of $13.35 and saved a total of $26.50.
Now for the Dollar Tree! Everything in this store is $1.00 so if you can save anything....even ten cents off a item here......it is worth doing! My starting total was $30.96 and after my coupons.....$17.96.
I think these are some great savings!!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Since the kids have been back to school they have really cut into my morning time. I was doing so good on monthly workout challenges and even had results. Now.....I have put the weight back on due to lack of exercise. It is so hard to find the time while getting three kids ready for school and then muself for work. So I am trying a new approach....ditching the carbs! Well...not completely...but im trying to cut out bread, pasta...and potatoes for the time being. Yesterday at dinner I did really good! We had hamburgers baked beans and pasta salad....atleast the family did anyways. I had a plain patty...and I sauteed up some mixed vegetables. This is going to be super challenging for me because I do love me some Italian food!!! Hoping to start rearranging some schedules so I can get back to exercising soon. Until then......dieting I go!!
Monday, October 14, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Dresser Redo Part: 2
Dresser Redo Part: 3
Dresser Redo Part: 4
When we got the dresser the top drawer was missing a pull. Some of the other pulls were kind of rusty and gritty. I loved these pre existing handles though, and didn't want to replace them. Since I was missing one, I did have to buy new ones for the top drawer, but seeing it all together now......the mismatched handles just add more flair to the piece.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I viewed many tutorials from blogland, pinterest and google before attempting this part of the process. Some made it seem really difficult, while others turned a free item into something very costly and time consuming.....all of which I wanted no part of. So, I took bits and pieces from here and there.......and just kind of winged it. The ending result I will say turned out just as great, and I am very pleased. I have money in my pocket and the whole project I completed in one weekend!
I bought this from Lowes......it is the cheapest brand they carry and ran me about 10 bucks for the quart. Seemed expensive being that you can get a whole gallon of paint for that price, but I only used a bout 1/3 of the can for the whole dresser. That left me with enough paint to do a couple more projects to match, which I will show you at a later date. It is a paint and primer in one, with a satin finish, which helped cut down on the cost and time.
The color I chose was Antique Lace.....the name was very fitting! Ok, so I started out with applying a very thin coat over the whole dresser. Being that I was using a paint and primer in one, I was expecting a more solid look, but to my surprise, this was not going to effect the outcome.
So I ended up doing a total of three very thin coats, just using a standard 3 inch angled brush. I allowed about 2-4 hours inbetween for drying time. With the layers being so thin, they seemed to dry pretty quickly. I let the last layer dry for a complete 24 hours before I started to distress the finish.
For the distressing I used a very fine grit sand paper. I went along the edges of the dresser and drawers, just lightly. I tried to hit all the others that you would typically see wear at. Since the dresser already had some nicks and dings in it, I hit those areas too. Once I was satisfied with the look, I cleaned up all the dust again from the sanding.
On most tutorials that I came across they used a sealant such as a polyurethane. I decided to not do this last step. I didn't want it to cause any yellowing of the paint, or add any more glossy shine to it. This is piece is going to be placed in my bedroom so I wasn't too concerned with adding the protective coating. However, if it is going to be in an area of your home where there is children or high traffic, I would def. recommend adding a sealant.