Monday, December 31, 2007

New Year's Eve.....

I have been busy keeping a fire going to warm the living room while I nurse a sick kid back to health. I have now seen ears drain stuff I did not know exsisted. Let's keep hoping he does not end up admitted to the hospital! On a lighter note.. Dh has made a New Years Resolution to go to the eye Dr in the new year ... does that count? A least he is finally admitting he needs to go!! I have made a New Year Resoltion to lose more weight. I did a great job this past year on that but I really want to lose a little more. Do you think a game of tennis on wii counts as exercise? I know the boxing is harder than the treadmill. What has happened to video games?
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Saturday, December 29, 2007


I was at Target again today to pick up a prescription. DS has an ear infection. I checked out the Christmas clearance again but nothing I wanted at just 50% off. a few things I would maybe want at 75% off but I would really want them at 90% off. 75% should be sometime around New Year's day.
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Thursday, December 27, 2007

The day after the day after Christmas.......

Did you get to any after Christmas sales? I did not get out in the morning because I had to work but I did get to Target later in the day. I found a few gift sets to save for next year. I will probably go back when the stuff goes 75% off to get some wrapping paper. I also got to Children's Place to return these boots The Children's Place: Clothing for Kids - Product: fur-trimmed buckle boots that someone got for DD and she did not like them (they do not have a computer so I am safe saying this here!) They had great sales there too so she got a pair of sneakers, a turtle neck sweater and 4 [airs of socks for the same price of the 1 pair of boots.
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Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve.....

I have been very busy enjoying some Holiday time with my family. I will be back after Christmas in full swing and with more pictures. I hope everyone has a fantastic Holiday and gets lots of great deals on their after Christmas shoppping spree. Remember this is a great time to get things for next year!! Here is a picture of the bark I made from the recipe I had posted previously here.. Frugal Finds From your Frugal Friend: Wednesdays Deals and a Recipe........

These are called Rickety Uncles and are pretty simple to make. Here is the recipe.
1/2 cup cugar
1 cup King Molasses Syrup
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Bring above to a boil; remove from heat.
Add: 1 cup peanut butter; stir. Then add 5 cups corn clakes; mix.
Using a Tbsp, drop onto wax paper; store in covered container.
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SouthBeach - free sample kit.. looks pretty good!!
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Thursday, December 20, 2007


Last night I made 3 more batches of cookies. The above cookies were made in a Wilton mold similar to this one... Wilton Cookie Maker English Tea Classic Cookie Mold. I was very nervous about using it since it was my first time. I used the recipe on the tray wrapper and they turned out great!! DH and the kids had a blast decorating them!!
Here are my peanut butter cookies that I made from a recipe my mom used when I was growing up. This was the first year I made the chocolate cookies. I thought they looked so cool on this blog... Party Of Seven: Cookie Recipe: Chocolate Crinkles so I had to try them DH says they are fantastic!
If you noticed my cookies are all the same size, it is because I have one of these... OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoop - PARENT to scoop them out. It saves times and is less of a mess. I love it! I also mix my batter in this... KitchenAid? Professional 600 6-Quart Mixer. Mine is black. I got it as a Christmas gift 2 years ago. It works great for cookie batter!!

Just one more thing I would like to have!!! Without power for 2 days I felt like I was living The Long Winter. There were a few differences though.. we had enough food and fire wood and the buckets of water did not have ice on them yet. This is a great winter read.. you are never too old to enjoy these books!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007


My DH and DD were making some frugal Christmas ornaments as gifts for DD to give. These pinecones look great on top of a snall package!! I was busy making cookies last night. Another 2 or 3 batches tonight too.

I want this book.. it is officially on my paperback swap wish list!!!

The Bloggess » Best scooter ever (Updated again) - this is a great gift for any blog junkie!!!
Spicy Pretzels Recipe Recipezaar - I am going to try this recipe this week. Anyone ever try it or have a better one?
Garnier Fructis - free sample

Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Well, we had no power for 2 full days. I was already behind this holiday seasona nd now I am way behind!! Hopefully the weather will be good until after Christmas now. Anyone know any good deals on generators? I am in need of one!! It feels good to be warm this morning.... now I just want to remember what a shower feels like! I am heading there now.
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Holiday Hot Buys: Store Coupons and Savings Walgreens - printable Walgreen's coupon good today only!
VEET® - printable forn for free Veet here and use this coupon too... VEET®
Coupons - you can print a coupon for free York Peppermint pie from Burger King here.
DreamLife Superstar TV Plug-In Game - myy DD would love this and it is a great price right now but I am done with her!! OR do I get this one item yet since it is a fantastic price?
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Animal Sounds Guitar - another great toy at a great price!!!
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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Weekend Update......

We are preparing for another winter storm to hit us overnight. Should be more ice but also some snow and wind with this one. We have prepared to lose power again. If I have power I will be making cookies tomorrow.
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Friday, December 14, 2007

Freebie Friday..............

Lots of great freebies today!!! I did lose power last night from the ice storm but I was well prepared with my buckets of water to flush with and flashlights and candles to see. We even watched the portable DVD player for awhile. Power is back on today and all is well.
Kroger - several samples
Always - free sample
Alcoa: Reynolds Parchment Paper - free sample
Elvive Anti-Dandruff Intensive L'Oreal Paris - Flash Player Installation - free sample
CVS Online Pharmacy Store - $5 off batteries. I have read some people have gotten batteries for 30 cents!! 1 - free sample
800-972-6242 - a free call to Santa!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007


The kids are home from school because we are having an ice storm. They are driving me nuts! I find looking at this tree very calming instead of turning to alcohol for some support. My tree is full of Santa's that I have been collecting for many years and have displayed on this tree. We have a second tree in the reck room with all the other ornament including all the ones the kids have made over the years.
I am afraid we will lose power so I have a nice fire going in the fireplace. It also saves lots of money on the hear bill. Ice storms aren't all bad... they create future firewood and are very pretty... if you can look at the beaty from the comfort and safety from your own home.
These blocks did keep the kids busy for 20 minutes. Now they are fighting again! I think teachers should send home extra homework on early dismissal days. Parents like me would appreciate it!!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Wednesdays Deals and a Recipe.......

I just wanted to note that I bought a bunch of stuff from Amazon the other day as Christmas gifts. I was amazed that some items arrived the next day!! With gas prices what they are, it is sometimes just cheaper to pay shipping charges but Amazon does offer free shipping on many of their items. Check it out! Free Sample Request - free sample
Gourmet Chocolate - free sample
Prinstine Skin Care Free Sample - free sample
teen VOGUE - free full size product!!
Hallmark Coupons 5-10 - great Hallmark coupons

Chocolate Cookie Bark....
1 pkg semi sweet baking chocolate
1 pkg white baking chocolate
2 Tbsp peanut butter
10 Oreo's
Place chocoalte and white chocolate is seperate microwaveable bowls. Microwave until completely melted, following directions on package. Add peanut butter to white chocolate; stir until well blended. Crumble half of the cookies over chocolate in each bowl; mix well.
Drop spoonfuls of chocolate mixture onto wax paper covered cookie sheet, alternating the colors of chocolates. Cut through the chocolate mixtures several times with a knife for marble effect.
Refigerate at least 1 hour or until firm. Break into pieces. Store in air tight container in refrigerator.

I made this last year for a Christmas party and it was a big hit. I think I will be making a double batch this year!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

GO NOW!!!!

What a great price on a great toy!! This will not last long at this price so go quick if you are interested!!!

I love beanies this year and this one is the best price and comes in many colors. It is not cashmere like the other one I posted but the price is better the best!!

My Wish List.....

Bowflex Series 7 Treadmill - i really want a new treadmill. Mine died last summer. I think I will have to wait a little longer for one though but I can put it on my wish list can't I?
Pistil Eva Beanie - Women's - this hat looks great, feel great and hides a bad hair day!!
Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food - yes, I am willing to be sneaky to get better foods into my kids. I really want to use some of her recipes!!
Cuisinart® Mini-Mate Plus® - to go along with the above book.
Woolrich Women's Flannel Printed Pajama Set - I really need some jammies that fit me!!
Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker Perfume for Women - some new perfume!
Omron HJ-151 Hip Pedometer for Aerobic Activity - I would love to know how much I walk in a day. This one measure distamce and not just how many steps. I think it would encourage me to walk more. It fits nicely into our healthier lifestyle that we started last April.

13 Days 'til Christmas..... - this is a link to a cute little message service to send nice messages to your kids. Can you do me a favor and click on the link? I get credit just for the click!
T.G.I. Friday's® Worldwide - print out $5 off $20 at TGIF
Pike Street WrapAround Comfort Throws - a very nice gift!!
Illuminated W.O.R.D. - The Ultimate Word Game Collection - great stocking stuffer
Holiday Wishes Barbie Doll - great price on a classic gift!
Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, 60-Minutes (Black) - a great camera!!
Marshmallow Shooter - totally fun!! This would create some fun battles at our house!
Zillionz Counting Money Jar - my DD would love this!!

Monday, December 10, 2007


Don't let anything lay around at my house or I may list it on Ebay! Check out my auctions... eBay Seller: brspri: VHS, Breweriana, Beer items on

Teacher Gifts......

This is a tough one for family's ever holiday season. I am not a fan of cute little teacher gifts. I think teachers get so many things they can not use and parents give those things out of feeling they need to give something. It is a waste of money for the family. My favorite thing to give is gift cards. They come in every dollar amount so you can always find one you can afford. Who couldn't use a gas card these days but who need one more ornament or some home made cookies that will most likely get throw away. If you want to let your kids make something for the teacher here are a few sites with ideas.
Easy Christmas Gifts for Teachers: Choosing Creative, Inexpensive Holiday Gifts Teachers Will Cherish
Looking for Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas
101 Great Gifts to Make - Christmas Gift Ideas and Projects
I also give to my kids bus drivers... last year I gave a gift card for a free sandwich at a local sandwich shop, a can of soda and a bag of chips all neatly wrapped in a holiday bag with a note to enjoy lunch on our family. My DS even has 2 therapists he sees at school. I give them gift cards to Dunkin Donuts. What do you give your children's teachers??


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TeenFreeway - Life's a Beach Sweeps! - nice give-a-way but your birthdate has to make you a teen!
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Seen at Target: Bottles of Resolve Dual Power Spot Carpet Cleaner with TMF hangtag up to $6.19. No form needed! Send original dated receipt 8/1/07 - 12/31/07 with price circled and name, address and email on a 3x5 card to:Resolve Dual Power Refund; Box 1199Grand Rapids, MN 55745-1199
The Weather Channel WS-7390TWC Wall Hanging Wireless Weather Station - good gift for those who have everything!
Hasbro Playskool Kid Motion Bounce 'N Go Inch-Along - excellent price on a classic toy!!
Hasbro Dream Town Rose Petal Cottage: Makin' Muffins Baking Set - great price
Hasbro Playskool Dream Town Rose Petal Cottage - a WOW gift and ever so cute!!
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Saturday, December 08, 2007

Friday, December 07, 2007

Reindeer Food.....

We have a Christmas party every year for friends and family. I like to have something little to hand out to all the kids. I have decided on making a tradition out of handing out Reindeer food each year. The kids can help make it and I think all the kids enjoy leaving it out in their front yard for the reindeer on Christmas eve. The recipe includes...... oatmeal, sugar and colored sugar crystals. We mix it in a big bowl and scoop it into snack size baggies and attatch cute little sayings to it. We leave them in a basket by the front door for everyone to grab on their way out. Frugal and fun! What a combo!!
Here are some more frugal ideas..... Christmas Holiday Printables & Crafts.


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Invicta Men's Pro Diver Collection Automatic Watch #8926 - a great sale on a nice watch for a man in your life.
Red Moon Women's Long Sleeve Cotton Cashmere Blend Cable Front Turtleneck Sweater - who doesn't like the feel of cashmere. This is a great gift for any woman!!
CVS Online Pharmacy Store - free tissues at CVS

Thursday, December 06, 2007


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LIPTON To Go - free sample
Slim•Fast(R) Style Your Slim(SM) Challenge & Red Carpet Fashion Getaway Sweepstakes - free kit with pedometer - great for your New Years Resolutions!
SSSHHHHH!!!!! Don't tell. I just ordered these things for my family......
VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera - life will never be the same after DS gets this!!
Star Lites Single Dance Mat - someone has to teach the kids to dance since DH and I do not dance very well!!
Littlest Pet Shop Digital Pets - Puppy - this is the only way I will add another pet to this house!!
Samsung DVD-C631P 5-Disc Progressive-Scan DVD Player - DH has been wanting one of these so I thought I would suprise him!! SSHHH!!!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007


The following are my gift ideas on a budget. Very nice items that will not break the bank!!
Opus Avant Garden Looking Glass Hummingbird Feeder

Wrought Iron Swirl-design Wine Rack - WITH OR WITHOUT A BOTTLE OF WINE

Zig Zag Fragrance Oil Warmer - Aromatherapy Diffuser - Scented Tart Burner

OR Pinecone Lodge Tart Burner AND THEN GET A FEW OF THESE..... Yankee Christmas Cookie Tart Candle

Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Hand-Painted Water Goblets, Set of 4

Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Etched Glass Goblets, Set of 4 -I HAVE THESE AND LOVE THEM!!!
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Paul Mitchell - Head for Change - free sample - Friskies Dry Cat Food - free sample
Kerflop » Blog Archive » Counting down the days - I usually just but Advent calendar's at the local craft show every year. The local high school German club sells them so we support their effort. This link however shows someone with way more time on their hands than me. I applaud her effort!! What a neat idea!!

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


ElfYourself™ : Brought to you by OfficeMax® - very funny email to send to friends. You upload some pictures to personalize it.
Fiber One® Cereal - free sample
Chex Mix - free chocolate sample
Johnniewalker - free gift tags from johnnie walker!

Product Review..........................

While I was away a product review came in the mail. I was very happy to try this flameless candle from Glade and my husband was even happier since he thinks my candles make the ceiling dirty! Here are the pics...
It has great packaging. The plastic comes apart with just apart with just a tug instead of a chainsaw like most of these plastic packages need. I was impressed right off the bat because it comes with batteries already installed. I sat in on my countertop last night while we had dinner to see what the comments were. Everyone loved the vanilla fragrance and the kids loved how it left a little put of "smoke" from time to time. My husband thinks this is the answer to his candle worries... no more worries about forgetting to blow them out or the dirt from burning candles. My first thought was that is would be great for a guest bathroom. I would not have to worry about kids touching the flame! I also thought it would have been great for my mother when she lived alone but we no longer considered it safe for her to burn a candle. This would be great added to any grandmothers Christmas gift this holiday season!! I would buy this again but only with a coupon. Good thing there are always Glade coupons to be found!

and you can get the refills here... Glade Wisp Flameless Candle Refill,FRENCH VANILLA [TWO PACK]

Monday, December 03, 2007

Go NOW!!!!

If you want this..... go fast!! This will not last long! A free Angelina plush!!
Angelina Ballerina - Plush Giveaway


This is the great picture my son took when he had a chance to use the camera!!! Added note: I think I may get him this... VTech Kidizoom Digital Camera for Christmas!!
This is the ship we were on. Here it is docked in the Bahamas and I have no idea who those people are in the front of the picture.
Here are a few books I would want before going to Disney again....

- We would get more involved in the hidden Mickey hunt next time.
Tomart's Disneyana: Guide To Pin Trading - DD loved this hobby and got to meet a lot of people by doing it. This book would help educate us!

Monday Morning........

OK.... we have lots of time to make up for. I will be posting alot in the next few days. I missed Cyber Monday too!! I hope all of you found some great deals. I would like to say one thing about all the toy recalls. If you can... BUY AMERICAN MADE this holiday season. Nothing will stop the foreign trade with China and their lead paint faster than consummers not buying the crap!!! Do a little research and buy toys only made in America. I know it is hard but there are some good ones out there. Even if everyone would say NO to one toy made in China, they would feel the impact. Think about it.
Sheet Music - free Christmas sheet music to print
? Free Letters from Santa - Free Santa Letters, Christmas Stories & Screensaver ? - free personalized letter from Santa to print
Elf - a fun Christmas game to play on line
Trim a Jan Brett Christmas Tree and Trim a Jan Brett Gingerbread Baby House - these are some of my kids favorite's to play online at Christmas.
Kindle: Amazon's New Wireless Reading Device - the new hot electronic device for this holiday season
You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty (You) - by my favorite Dr.
Rescuing Sprite: A Dog Lover's Story of Joy and Anguish - looks like a good read!
Boom!: Voices of the Sixties Personal Reflections on the '60s and Today - my DH likes his books.
Bath and Body Works - printable coupon

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Sunday Late Night.......

Ok, I was a little anxious to get back in the swing of things so here are a few things I found tonight......
Blink™ - free product!!
Print out the form for a free Mini Baseball Bat or Official Size Baseball Bat from Louisville Slugger for proofs of purchase from Nestle Drumstick Ice Cream Cones. Requires s/h fees. (borrowed from
Coke Rewards code works for everyone: BRAHHK5NFJBW for 20 pts. - form from Polident

I'm Back!!!!

Hello all! I am back from our big Disney vacation and will resume blogging Monday morning!!
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