Saturday, August 29, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

bug hates her party dress

im cleaning out all my pics and videos and moving them to an external hard drive. i came across this tonight. you HAVE to watch this one. its hilarious!

dora LIVE!!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

rolling down the hill

we took bug to the park the other day. we watched the kids practice football for a while and as we were walking back to the car, i noticed we were walking down a big hill. so we decided to roll down it! here is bug trying it out :)

heres daddy trying to demonstrate the tuck and roll

bug got the arm concept but it didnt last long :)

she loved it!

and another hill!!

look how happy she is! good times. we cant wait to do it again. and in case you are wondering, yes i did it too. i went first! :)

gymnastics bar

local opportunity to reach out to trafficking victims

Together We Can Remove Trafficking from the Landscape of Atlanta

If you are reading this hopefully you have a heart for women who have been commercially sexually exploited. With your help we can remove Human Trafficking from the landscape of Atlanta! I am excited to tell you about a chance we have to serve with Maximum Impact during an upcoming out reach.

You may or may not already know about an event that is coming up on Saturday, September 19, that will reach out to the community of Fulton Industrial Boulevard. A number of women who are being commercially sexually exploited will most likely be attending this outreach. This will be an awesome opportunity for us to reach out to the community and to develop relationships with these women.

Maximum Impact needs a lot of help to prepare for this day!

Ways to serve:

~ Gather the items they need to be able to serve the community of Fulton Industrial Boulevard. Clothing, toiletries, and food.
~ Help distribute flyers the week before the event, September 14-18.
~ Help setting up the day before the event, on Friday, September 18.
~ Serving at the event, on Saturday, September 19. There will be two shifts available on Saturday to choose from to serve, 10-2 or 2-6. The 10-2 shift will involve helping with last minute set up and the 2-6 shift will involve helping with breakdown.

If you would like to be a part of the team, leave a comment here or email me at

Monday, August 17, 2009

monkey bars

check her out! she went to that other bar all by herself!!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009

how CVS works :)

some of you have asked me to write about how i save money at CVS each week so here you go. if what i write here does not make sense (it probably wont) go to moneysavingmom ~ CVS to read more.

so first you need to get a CVS card. when you get this you will now be able to take advantage of the deals they have that are specific to CVS. they also have what are called extra care bucks (ECBs) that you canonly earn with your card and purchasing items with these offers. you may be asking well doenst CVS mark up stuff and does "saving money" actually make you buy things you dont need? good questions, yes they do often mark up stuff and yes you could buy things you dont need. that is up to you. as far as the marking up thing, you just need to be smart and shop around and watch your coupons. CVSing is all about deals that CVS is already having, accumulating ECBs and using your manufacturers coupons.

so where do you get coupons? the sunday paper, online, ask your friends and family for theirs if they arent using them. you can go here to learn more about tricks to stashing lots of coupons.

this is what i do each week to prepare for shopping: i read the CVS circular (you can view an online version here), I read moneysavingmom, i read, and then i read through the coupons in the sunday paper. you can view the coupons that you can expect each week in the sunday paper, ahead of time here!!

i found that in the past if i read the paper first, i may not cut all the coupons that i need for what specials are going on. ~ well do you really need those things then erin, if you didnt clip the coupon? good question...maybe yes, maybe no. but you can always donate things you dont need to shelters etc. i get toothpaste and shampoo for almost free all the time so what not get it and donate it!

so the first thing you should do is get a CVS card, then go online and sign up with your email address and you will get an automatic $4 off $20.00 purchase.

then check out the above. pay close attention to what deals CVS is running that include ECBs back. lots of times on sunday and monday they will have a special 2 day deal that include things for you to purchase that will give you the EXACT amount back in ECBs, so you pretty much get your money back to buy something else.

one trick to note to shopping at CVS. give the cashier your card, then your purchases, then your coupons and THEN your ECBs. dont give your ECBs first other wise you will use more ECBs to pay for things that you will save on if you use the coupons first. also dont use a $5.00 ECB on a purchase that is less than that bc you will loose that money they dont give ECBs back if you spend one that is more than the amount owed!

let me give you an example of my most recent trip to see if this helps:

pantene shampoo and conditioner: 2 for $7.00 with $2.00 ECBs back
pantence curls mousse: $3.50
listerine agent mouth wash (pre brush) for kids: $2.95
listerine agent mouth wash (post brush) for kids: clearance price $1.47
sally hansen hard as nails polish and nail strengthener: $2.99 & $1.49. *SH was BOGO 50% off.
yellow highlighter: .01 cents

i had a coupon for:

$1.00 off 2 pantene products, this made the shampoo and conditioner only $6.00
$1.00 off any pantene styling product this made the mousse only $2.50
2~ $1.00 off any sally hansen products
$1.00 off the listerine smart rinse pre brush, this made it only $1.95
BOGO coupon for any listerinse smart rinse so i got the clerance item for FREE!
2 ~ $5.00 CVS ECBs from a previous trip

all total i would have spent (this is total retail price) $34.78
instead i only spent $4.49 for all of this:

now GO and save some money!!