Friday, August 26, 2011

Hospital Mini Album

Almost 5 weeks ago (yikes!) my little Layla was born.  I knew I wanted to document her in the hospital.  Recently I bought an Instax camera and got the idea to take that to the hospital along with a premade mini album so all I had to do was take pictures and stick them in.  It worked out perfectly!  By the time we came home, I already had a little album finished for Layla.  I love the way it turned out and loved having a project to help keep me busy in the hospital.

I love the way it turned out!  I got the small chipboard album at Joann online.  Right now it's living on the bookshelf in our living room and will stay there for a few months.

As for the weekend, my husband is going on an overnight Bachelor Party adventure tonight.  Then, tomorrow night I'm going to a Bachelorette Party (same couple!) where I will be partaking in a few glasses of wine....because I deserve it.  And on Sunday I'm sneaking out to see this:
I. Can't. Wait!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Giveaway on Holly's Blog!

Hi everyone!  Anyone in the mood for a giveaway?  Holly is doing a giveaway on her blog, sponsored by The Sampler.  Head on over an enter for a chance to win a basket full of goodies!

I'll be back tomorrow with my hospital mini album!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Adventures in Couponing - Mission Organization!

This is what my kitchen table looks like right now:
I have quite a project ahead of me.  Being pregnant and having family in town really put my couponing on hold for a few weeks.  I wasn't clipping or searching for deals.  The inserts (when I decided to venture out to get them) started piling up.  All coupons that were printed at home or sent in the mail just went into a pile, waiting to be loved.  That's my project for today.  Get all this under control!

And this is what my craft table looks like:
Not quite as much, but I do have quite a few projects to catch up on.  My husband is doing some training this week so I'll have some time to get in there after my oldest goes to bed and I can hopefully start catching up.  I'm putting the final touches on the hospital mini album I did, which I will be posting this week.  It's pretty darn cute!

And, I am officially obsessed with Adele!  Especially this song, it's on repeat!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Adventures in Couponing - Back to it!

It's been quite a while since I've gone couponing.  There were even a couple of weeks I didn't go out to get a newspaper for the inserts - GASP - I know!  9 months pregnant was not agreeing with me and not even the coupons were worth leaving the house for.  But now that Layla's here and I'm MUCH more comfortable, I'm getting back into the swing of things.  I was excited to go through my coupons and get it all organized to start it up again.  A friend of mine sent me a text letting me know that Walgreens had a ton of baby items on clearance.  I'm SO there!  I got out my binder, grabbed all my baby coupons, checked out the week's insert for sales and made my list of what to get.  Here's how I did:

Transaction #1:
Crayola Washable Classic Markers - $2.00 with $2.00 Register Rewards = FREE!
Dove Shampoo ($4.99) and Treatment Conditioner (5.99) - BOGO 50% off and had a coupon for BOGO Free!  Got the shampoo for free and the conditioner for half off!
2 Pampers Swaddlers Diapers - $10.00 each with $3.00 Register Rewards.  Also had two coupons, one for $2.00 off and one for $3.00 off any Pampers diapers

Total Spent: $23.26
Total Saved: $18.96

Transaction #2:
Huggies Wipes Refills - $7.99 - $2.00 off coupon in the Walgreens savings booklet and had a coupon for $2.00 off Huggies wipes made it $3.99!
Disney Princess doll - clearance for $1.73 (not pictured because Caylan wouldn't let it go!)
TGIFriday's chips - $1.00 (love to snack on these while I'm scrapping)
Dawn dish liquid - on sale for 99 cents, and had a 50 cent coupon which made it 49 cents
Princess Party cup - 99 cents, just because
M&Ms as a filler
*Used $5.00 in Register Rewards from the first transaction

Total Spent: $4.95
Total Saved: $16.06!!!

Unfortunately, there weren't that much on clearance that I needed, but I did find great deals on diapers and wipes, which I need a lot of, and have a lot of coupons for from companies.  All in all, a great first trip back into couponing!  And definitely going out tomorrow to get a newspaper!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Meet Layla!

Hello all!  My little Layla Kayleigh was born on July 25 at 7:58am.  She was 8lbs, 4 oz and is just a little bundle of joy and cuteness!  She looks just like her sister did when she was born, so she's definitely going to be a gorgeous girl just like Caylan. 

We're all home and doing very well adjusting to our new little one.  Caylan absolutely adores her sister and is so good with her.  I hope everyone has been well and it's time to get back to the scrapping and blogging!  Have a great weekend!