Dave and Finn will go shopping:
Or visit Dougie:
Or just run around town, exchanging a few Christmas presents, washing the car, getting my saxophones tuned-up, getting an oil change, sweeping out the cars, setting-up Rico's webcam, touching up the paint on the bedroom ceiling, and having dinner with Oma.
None of which is necessarily, "woo-worthy," but having five straight days to chill with the little man certainly is.
Dave and Finn will go shopping:
So keep an eye out for me on Facebook and look for some special guest posting. I'll see y'all when I get back from the Bahamas. Wooooooooo! (Just practicing my drunk girl wooooo in advance... yep, I'm gonna be THAT girl.)
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While we're on the party subject, I'm going to let the cat out of the hat and show you the inspiration board for Finnegan's 2nd Birthday. We kept his first birthday really small since he didn't really know what was going on and we didn't want to overwhelm him. For his second in April, we're still keeping it to family but also inviting a few of his little buddies. Inspiration came from his favorite books, The Foot Book & Mr Brown Can Moo, both by Dr Seuss. There are a million and a half ideas swirling around in my head, but I don't want to give too much away because some readers will be attending. I'll post more as we decide on invites, favors, food & drink.
Party #1 is Elise Yellow. It would be an afternoon casual glam party poolside. Lemon sorbets would be served inside hollowed out lemons. Yellow and white flowers everywhere. A yellow and white candy buffet. Yellow and white stripped towels spread out on chaise lounges alongside mini black bistro tables. Invites would be girlie, black and white. Lemonade would be served out of glass 2 gallon jars. Buffet tables would be skirted in black with damask runners with food served on crisp white platters. Elise would wear a cute yellow sundress like this one from Urban Outfitters, then a cute yellow bikini like this one from Tara Matthews. Yellow spider mums could float in the fish pond.
Party #2 is Elise Tropical. This would be a casual, late afternoon/early evening party. Tables would be covered with turquoise & lime green linens with hurricane jars filled with sand & candles. Buffet tables would be covered with grass skirting and woven seagrass mats. Food would be served on cute Isis dinner plates found at Plum Party, tropical flowers would be throughout. Drinks would be frozen and fruity. Elise would wear a cute sundress like this one from Charlotte Russe and cute yellow hibiscus flip flops from Wet Seal. For pool time, she would sport this cute bikini from AE. Leis in tropical colors would adorn guests' necks. Daisy could wear a cute little sundress from Puppy Coat Junction. Guests would stay into the night and the pool could be lit with tropical colored submersible lights.
Party #3 is Elise Posh Picnic. The color scheme would be red, black, and white with small pops of turquoise. This one would be an early afternoon party. Tables would be set up next to the pool and in the yard with black and white checked table cloths. Large red Ikea vases would line the pool near the diving board. White Christmas lights would be strung along the privacy fence. Clusters of mason jars would be on the tables with red and white flowers and white tealight candles. Food would be fried chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad and sweet tea served in mason jar mugs. Ice cold watermelon slices would be dessert. Elise would wear plaid shorts from Charlotte Russe and a cute white eyelet top from Tilly's. Her swimsuit would be a cute red and white striped retro halter bikini. I'm not sure we can get dad to spring for the $300 Balenciaga turquoise bag, but we could certainly try. He'll be more apt to spring for the cute Jackie O sunglasses from Fred Flare.
So Miss Elise, I thought you would get a kick out of this little trip down memory lane. You were an artist of epic proportions back then. Oh, and that last word is supposed to read CONTINUE.
Then, I log on to the site and select the items I want to buy and print my list. The list is color coded, black items you buy if you need them, blue items are rock bottom prices for that item so you should stock up, and green items are FREE! I shop at Giant Eagle because they double coupons up to $1 and anything from $1-2 is worth $2. I find that I can do a lot better there than say Kroger. They do have lists in my area for Kroger, Meijer, GE, Walmart, etc... in addition to places like Rite Aid.
Then I shop! Here is what I bought this week... 2 packs of Pampers diapers, Redbook magazine, 20 Yoplait yogurts, Mustard, Franks Red Hot, Suave for Men gel, Suave gel, a hydroponic tomato, 2 Scunci claw clips, Sunsweet prunes, Gillette shave gel, Quaker quick oats, Gillette disposable razors, windshield wiper fluid, 2 Green Giant boxed veggies, 4 (FREE!) Rubbermaid premium containers, Sucrets (FREE!) cherry lozenges, 2 Pillsbury cinamon rolls, Neutrogena for Men face lotion, and Quaker high fiber oatmeal packets. There may be a thing or two in there that I missed.
And here is the receipt. We paid $45.04, we saved $55.34 total between on sale items and coupons. It ended up being 56 percent saved. I usually hover around 60 percent off and sometimes have gotten it closer to 70 percent off.
For me, this is a great contribution to our household. We still shop some things at Costco and Sam's. Butter and cheese in general is cheaper there. I also get things like tp and paper towels there because it's easier to get those things in bulk. I could probably get them cheaper doing the game, but the convienience factor outweighs the savings for those things.
I leave you with a few more receipts. I couldn't find any of the big ones, most have been pitched. If you have any questions, leave a comment or shoot me an email AND if you'd like to try it, please use me as a referal. (firstname.lastname@example.org) I would recommend that you save up 3-4 weeks worth of coupons before starting the free trial so you can really take advantage of the savings from the get go.
Put in two of the large tea bags or about 6 of the small ones and let steep until pretty dark.
Meanwhile, juice 2-3 limes & retain limes.
When the sugar is fully dissolved, it will look like clear water, remove from heat. Add a vanilla bean split lengthwise, seeds scraped, the lime juice, and lime rinds.
Allow to steep and cool completely. Then strain and add into the tea.
I also squeeze the limes again just to get all of the juice out.
Corn (hard) & Flour (soft) Tortillas
The table was kept simple, just fun bright colored placemats and napkins.
Lots and lots of yummy food.
I love the submersible LED lights. They're fun to stick in flower arrangements to add some glow to the table. The flowers were just floating in margarita glasses.
One of the dessert sorbets. All of the flavors came in what ever fruit it was. The mini pineapple was absolutely adorable. There are 6 different flavors and all sound yummy.
All of them except vagina flavored. I had to turn this pic upside down to illustrate. Doug chose the lemon, that remarkably resembled a vagina. He said it was delicious, but he had a hard time saying the word vagina.
Yep, that's Jackie. At my 13th birthday party. There are no words, only shrieks of laughter.
As if that weren't enough. We found the "class prayer" that she wrote in the 8th grade. There are two things that are amazing about this.
1. I was able to actually find my grade school yearbook within moments of getting up from the table.
2. Jackie is ummm shall we say not the most religious person in the world. Yes, yes, she does fundraising for the Catholic Church, but she doesn't actually go to church.
Cheers to 32 years of friendship (except when we hated each other in 8th grade) and thank God I'm too old to remember Tim Reiner's name. For without him, we wouldn't have had our trip down memory lane.
*** A great big shout out to Gigi for keeping Finnegan overnight! Yay for rum drinks, Mexican beer, and not having to get up in the morning!!
We've had a lot of things to be thankful for. Aside from the overload of Christmas gifts, my friends have done wonderful things for us. They've been gathering pictures for us to replace those that are missing because of the grinchy bastard that took our laptop.
It makes me sick to think that all of the day to day photos of Finnegan from his whole life are gone. Family photos that we had, photos of my friends learning that I was pregnant, videos of Finnegan in the pool for the first time, of him cooing into his mirror as an infant... it all makes me incredibly weepy. I could care less about the stuff, it's the sentimental irreplaceable things that break my heart. Anything that wasn't uploaded is gone. Thankfully, we've been pretty good about printing pictures for the grandmas so we can get copies of those things.
Back to those amazing girls... they put together a great cd of photos from different things we've done together. Lots of Finnegan pictures. Some I hadn't ever seen before that made me smile. I'm so thankful to those girls, especially Amy for collecting them in the midst of her own craziness lately.
And then there is Danielle. I can't even express my thankfulness that she contacted Jennifer and got the digital files of Finnegan's photos. I had nothing from that timeframe, I cried when I opened the mail and got her touching letter. So thank you to Jen and to Danielle.
That's what she said.
We're supposed to get another 9 inches this week.
That's what she said!
I'll post pics tomorrow when it's light out. We've been removing so much snow that we haven't had time to take any pics. Oh, and by we, I mean Dave has been removing snow and Finnegan and I have been inside watching and drinking hot cider. Oh, that reminds me when I post the snow pic, I need to tell you all about my new hot cider love.
Among other things like chasing the poodle ROARing away, Finnegan "feeds" his tiger flashlight Boo Kitty's food. You see the tiger mouth opens to reveal the flashlight, so of course that means he's hungry and what better to feed him than the cat's food?
One of the nights of the cruise is a formal night so I need something dressy, but I wanted something that would work for after too. Both of these I would wear again so I will probably keep both provided they look good on.