Saturday, May 17, 2008


I've had a few friends asking me about deals lately. So here's some info for those of you who are interested.

You can spend a lot of time chasing around deals. I have started trying to save a little more money here and there, so we can spend less on necessities and have more money for fun (and gas!).
Here's a couple things that are pretty simple to start doing and don't take up too much of my time.

1. Start doing drug store rebate programs. Walgreens and Rite Aid offer Free Items by rebate every month. Things from lightbulbs, to shampoo and toothpaste.
Walgreens' program is called "Easy Saver", and Rite Aid's is called "Single Check Rebates". Check out their websites for more info.

2. Look at store ads before you shop to find the best deals. I pretty much only shop at 1 or 2 stores, but if I know what's a good deal before I go in, I stock up on those items that day.
I've created a bookmark called "Store Ads" where I can look at different store ads in the area online. (I can't handle keeping track of lots of paper ads!)

****Check out
Click on "Grocery Guide". You can put in your zip code and it will show you the best deals at stores in your area, and also coupons that go with those items!****

3. Subscribe to blogs that tell you about deals that are going on. Takes all the work out of it!
Here's a few I subscribe to:

Peapod Bargains(She's in Texas, so not everything applies to me)
Utah Shopping Secrets
Also this post about feeding a family of 8 for $300/month was very helpful.

Do any of you have any money-saving tips? Know of any cool websites or blogs? I definitely feel like a "novice" when it comes to deal-finding, so please share your tips in the comments sections!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A rare sight

This is what I found at 2:45 this afternoon. AFTER I had already taken an hour long nap! A wonderfully quiet house!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Prayer works!

Saturday night I lost Kirtis' keys. I had borrowed them earlier in the day and didn't remember what I did with them. He really needed them because his church keys were on there and he had some things he needed to do at the church that night for his calling.
So, instead of continuing to rummage around the house and look in all the same places over and over again. I decided I would pray to find them. I know it's so "cliche" right, but it works EVERY TIME for me. So little Avery was on the floor, and I knelt down and held her as I prayed. I looked up from my prayer and noticed a binky under the TV stand. Then I thought, I wonder if there's more binkies under the couches? I turned around and looked under the ottoman, and there were the keys. Not 30 seconds after praying! I love how our Father in Heaven cares about all the little things in our lives. And if it matters to us, it matters to him.

Monday, May 12, 2008

My Dad

So, many of you know that my dad was diagnosed with a rare lung cancer about 4 years ago. He has overcome the "odds" and we have been blessed to have him continue to be a part of our lives these last few years. My dad's health has taken a turn for the worse and he is now in the "pallative care" phase of treatment. This basically means that they will not seek any further treatments to try to control the cancer, but will just focus on managing his pain and keeping him comfortable. For those of you who may be interested in keeping updated on what is going on with my dad, we have started a blog for him at
Thanks to all of you who have expressed concern and offered prayers in behalf of our family. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful friends and family members to support us!

My dad was diagnosed with cancer about a month before Kirtis and I got married. I love this picture of me with Dad on my wedding day. (Incidently, the same picture on my dad's blog-- it brought back some memories for me!) Can't you just see the sparkle in his eyes?

Friday, May 9, 2008

Delicious Bread

So my wheat and my grinder arrived on the same day (Wednesday.) Yesterday I grinded and mixed and kneaded and baked. It was so fun. A little therapeutic too! My bread turned out so yummy! We've been eating our whole wheat cinnamon rolls and lots of yummy sandwiches. Delicious delicious delicious!

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Grains on the mind

So after several other bloggers' posts about food storage, and wheat bread, and the lost arts, I got an offer from my mom that if I would buy a year's supply of wheat, she would buy me a wheat grinder. I said deal, and when I went home I got a bread tutorial and ate a lot of the wholesome stuff while I was there.
Last night, I received a loaf of hot wheat bread (I ate almost half of it with butter slathered all over! Delicious!) I can't get these whole grains out of my mind. And, I just got an email confirmation that my wheat grinder is on its way, and my wheat! Check out all these links if you want to learn more! Just sitting here waiting for the postman.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Tired little guy

Last Saturday, Jackson fell asleep in the car on the way home from the store. I woke him up because I didn't want him to sleep too long and stay up really late that night. He walked upstairs and as I was cooking dinner, I looked over and saw this: And this:
Poor guy! He was so sick and tired.

Today is May 1st.

Jackson came in my room this morning saying, "Mommy, I can't beweeve it's snowing!" I look out my window and I agree!
Here's our backyard:Our Front Yard:
Do you think these flowers stand a chance?
Hey Al, where is my global warming? I guess we need to produce a little more CO2 around here!