Sunday, July 31, 2011

Time to buy

Tis the Season!!!

I told you that it was time to buy back to school stuff. I forgot about something that is on the back to school list. That being underwear, socks, and undershirts! Those fall under the "clothing" category, but maybe you didn't consider that these items would be on sale for adults too! This week, Target is running a pretty nice deal.

You can get Hanes items on sale with the added bonus of and extra or two in the packages. If you hurry you can get the $1 off Hanes coupon on the Target site. I have also read that there is a $1 peelie on some packages which you can use WITH the Target coupon, because it is supposed to be a manufacture's coupon. Target is also rewarding you for buying 4 packs of Hanes items with a $5 off gift card. Remember to use your Target Red Card to save 5% off your total and take in your reusable bags to save an extra 5cents per bag!

This is  a pretty decent deal overall. For me, I will not just put these items out right now, because we don't "need" them yet, but I will save them for when we need them or for Christmas! Socks and underwear always seem to be a staple on our Christmas shopping and has already been on my list!

I haven't gotten to Target yet, so let me know when you do these deal how it all goes. I hope to be there later today to get the best deal......

1 more little tip! Save your receipt! If for any reason these go on sale you can take them back anytime over the next 3 months and get your money back! 

Monday, July 11, 2011

Tales from the Mothership made me think of this....

I have a playgroup friend that is a super awesome person! Honestly, I think all of my playgroup friends are awesome, but this is probably the first friend since college that I've made that I can talk about ANYTHING with...from getting down and dirty with my husband to..........getting and down and dirty cleaning up toddler poop off the floor! Some people aren't able to switch from one of those topic to the other....but we can, and have!

I was just reading her blog about her daughter's first poop in the tub. She said it's the first time she's every done it. My son was born December 5, 2008....her daughter 3 days later...same hospital....We seriously must have JUST missed each other! I thought that was funny, because my little sweetie has pooped in the tub so many times we practically have a routine for it! What she said reminded me of an AWESOME little moment the other day.

Saturday was a big day for me. I teach baby signing classes through a company called "My Smart Hands". I thought I was going to be done with it, because I really wasn't making anything of it. Then, Spring came and the e-mail requests started coming in.

On Saturday, I was going to be doing my first demonstration class at a local store. I was nervous about it and excited! I had been trying to get all of my thoughts in order for the class all week, but between not sleeping enough and just being so nervous, nothing was really finalized.

Friday, I was dragging! I wanted to take my son out in the morning so that I could assure he would have a really good nap, but I was just so tired that I barely got off the couch most of the morning. I knew that nap time was going to be my time to get my work done for Saturday, but if I didn't get him out of the house in the morning, the chances of a nap were slim.

Of course, nap time came around and he wasn't interested in napping, but I STILL had to get my work done. So, I tried putting him in the crib and letting him sleep (big boy bed needed to be washed and I don't have a second set of sheets for it he's still getting used to the bed and plays a LOT when he's in it). I let him play in his crib for a while. Then, he started with the screaming. "Mommy! Where are you?", "Mommy! Wake up!!" "Mommy! Matthew wakie, wakie!"

I couldn't concentrate or anything. So I decided, why fight it? I let him out of his crib to play in room. He likes to play trains and I was just in the next room. I told him he had to play on his train table and he did.

After about 15 minutes he came to see me. He was bored.

We went into the bathroom and he tried going potty. Nothing....ehh...seems to be the way of it!

While in there, he found a toy that he plays with at his water table and tried to put it in the sink, but it's just too big. I asked him if he wanted to take it in the bath. He was really excited!!!

I set him up with a little bit of water and let him go to town. I was at the point where I could print stuff so I could click print and then go check on him and then come back. I'm confident these days that he is NOT going to drown in one inch of water. Not that I leave him and go do laundry or anything, I was literally in the next room. Barely 10 feet from stop freaking out! If I heard anything that wasn't him playing, I could be in there faster get the idea...and I don't feel like defending my choice to let him play so I could get my work done.

So, I hear him getting out of the tub. I say "Honey, what are you doing?"

He peeks his naked butt into the room and says "Here mommy! I have a Happy Birthday!" Basically any gift is a Happy Birthday. I had taken off my glasses and could barely make out what it was that he was giving me. It looked like his tubby toy water goldfish. I told him to put it in the tubby. He starred at me for a while, but didn't really move. I was concerned that he was going to bring it into the room and get the floor all wet, so I started for the door as he started for the bathroom. He walked over to the toilet and said "Here Mommy!"

Then, my dear sweet son handing me his bright orange poo.


What could I do? I praised him for not going in his diaper or the tub...then we tossed his poo in the toilet and flushed it away.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Tis the season!!!

OK! So you're stockpiling now, right?

You should be! Or at least thinking about it! This is especially the time to buy school stuff such as:


(Did you see that Staples is starting their penny deals this week? You can even get a ream of paper for 25 cents after rebate?!!! Awesome!! There is also a target coupon that will get you a pack of pens for chump change!)

All of that kind of back-to-school stuff.....BUT ALSO don't forget the COLLEGE back to school stuff....

storage bins

(These deals will end earlier than stuff that is for the elementary/high school back to school, so if you wait until 3rd week of August they might be picked over and/or starting to be marked WAY down! Last year, I was able to get 6 folding chairs at Target that were $10...on sale for $2.50 each! Perfect for parties!) 

And all of THAT stuff is really great, unless you don't NEED it....but you have to need food, right?
Well this is the time of year to stock on a lot of different food items. I call like to think of this as "back to school food shopping", because the stores know that you will want to prepare your "student" to be able to pack a lunch, but also have stuff for them for breakfast. I recommend keeping a close eye on your grocery store ads. Over the next few weeks you are going to see lots of sales on these items:

Name brand cereals
Peanut butter
Frozen breakfast stuff....waffles and pancake kind of things
bags of snacks
juice boxes and other juices
granola and other snack bars

As I said before, save up these coupons over the next few weeks. You might start to see some of these items on sale before the end of July and if you see a good enough sale, jump on it! However, if you want to see sales plus coupons PLUS in-store extras, I suggest holding out a bit.