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Win a Chex Mix Gift Pack!

Alright, how about a giveaway?? I love Chex Mix. I could eat it every day. So, when I got the chance to try out Chex Mix Muddy Buddies, I jumped at it. Guys, that stuff is DELICIOUS! Seriously. I had to make a conscious effort to stop eating it. Muddy Buddies is a combination of Corn Chex cereal, peanut butter, and chocolate, dusted with a powdery sweet coating. It’s the same delicious snack you’ve been making at home for years, now conveniently packaged and sharable for all occasions. Plus, it’s made with 50% less fat than regular potato chips so you can enjoy the taste without the guilt. Yum!

One of my readers will win a Chex Mix Muddy Buddies gift pack consisting of a bag of Chex Mix Muddy Buddies, an airtight sealed container, a snacking bowl, and a magnetic clip.

What you win:
A Chex Mix Muddy Buddies gift pack.

How to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me what flavor of Chex Mix is your favorite.
2. The giveaway ends at 11 p.m. EST on Friday, June 17.
3. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Extra entries:
1. Write a blog post about this giveaway and link back to it — 5 entries
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Pleave one comment per entry, i.e., five comments for a blog post, one comment per tweet. Remember to come back every day and enter to increase your chance of winning!

This giveaway is sponsored by Chex Mix and MyBlogSpark. I was given a gift pack for hosting this giveaway.

Couponing Update

Couponing has been going really well for me, and I’m finally starting to be able to put portions of my grocery money every pay period away to be used for a credit card payment. It’s taken a while (probably because I was one of those who got caught up in it and bought everything at the beginning), but now I’m seeing some results.

I’ve been really bad at updating my spreadsheets every week, but last week, I spent $22 for around $107 worth of groceries. Not too bad!

I love shopping at Publix, but lately I’ve been thinking about learning to coupon at other stores. I HATE our local Kroger (it always has the feel like someone’s been murdered there), but a local woman on TLC’s Extreme Couponing bought $1,313 worth of items there and got paid $0.31 after all was said and done. I’d love to learn how to save like that at Kroger.

Another option is Wal-Mart, which is another store I really try to avoid. They do price match now, which could probably help the savings add up, but without coupons for walmart to stack with manufacturers coupons, I don’t think I’d save as much.

Hopefully, I’ll get back to doing my spreadsheets this week. It’s really good for me to be able to see what I’m spending and where it’s all going.

Monkeys and Pools

So, let’s catch up, shall we?

Memorial Day weekend was full of firsts for Lucy — her first trip to the zoo and her first pool party! We spent Saturday night at my parents’ house and got to go on a date to see Bridesmaids (hilarious!). The next day, my family headed to the Chattanooga Zoo to celebrate my grandma’s 84th birthday. That was what she had requested to do.

We started out with a picnic lunch. Lucy had to eat her PB&J with a fork because she has to eat EVERYTHING with a fork.

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My mom made mini cupcakes to celebrate Bomma’s birthday. They were a big hit.

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My parents brought all three kids boxes of animal crackers. How did they know that’s Lucy’s favoritest thing EVER right now??

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It was REALLY hot, which made me sick. But, aside from that, it was fun, especially pointing out all the animals to Lucy.

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On Memorial Day, we went to a friend’s house for a cookout/pool party. Well, a pool party for the kids, that is. We got Lucy changed quickly into her ridiculously adorable bathing suit and plopped her in the pool. She promptly slipped and went under. But, she stood right back up (after freaking out for a minute, of course). But, I think that scared her because, even though she loves water, she did NOT want to be in the pool after that.

But, being the great parents that we are, we put her back in anyway. Hey, she has to face her fear, right?? She played with some toys.

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She laughed at her friends.

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She slipped again and went under, but once again, stood right back up.

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And, she reached numerous times for me and Joe to get her out of the pool. Joe took pictures of it. I know, we’re mean.

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When she wasn’t in the pool, she was getting in and out of this car repeatedly. Seriously. She could not leave it alone.

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It was a great weekend, and we really need a weekend to recuperate from it. Maybe next weekend…

18 Months

Dear Lucy,
It’s hard to believe my little baby girl is now 1 1/2 years old. I can’t believe how fast the time has gone. You had your 18-month checkup last week, and you weighed 20 pounds and measured 31 inches long. You are still SUCH a tiny girl. You are wearing 12-month pants, 12-to-18-month shirts, a size 3/4 shoe depending on the brand, and we’ve been putting you in 18-month dresses so you can wear them longer.

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You have QUITE the personality. You normally have a sunny disposition, and your laughter is infectious. It makes my heart smile. But, for the last couple of months, you have been throwing temper tantrums. We’ve learned that the best way to deal with those is to ignore you because you tend to throw them as a way to get attention. You’ve also reached the stage where you ask for something, and when we give it to you, you decide you do NOT, in fact, want it. That’s fun, too.

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You LOVE to talk. You jibber jabber ALL the time. Among the words you say are ball, bubble, bath, book, dog, more, back, Dizzy, AJ, Elmo, Abby, nana (yogurt), abba (applesauce), yum yum, bye bye, hi, hi there, night night, uh oh, oh no, and hot. Daddy taught you to point at yourself when you say hot, which is adorable. You know all your body parts now. We recently taught you where your tush is, and it is SO cute when we ask you where it is and you point right to it. Your newest obsession is Elmo. You LOVE him!

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We have FINALLY gotten you off the bottle, which we are so happy about. You now drink everything, including milk, from a straw cup, which you HAVE to open and close on your own. Your favorite foods are animal crackers, yogurt and applesauce. You’d be perfectly happy if that was all you ate for the rest of your life. You also have to eat EVERYTHING with a fork, including pizza, grilled cheese and donuts.

We’ve been told it’s too early to tell which hand will be your dominant, but it’s looking like you’re going to be a lefty. You eat and color with your left hand, which is odd to us since no one in our families is left-handed.

You are OBSESSED with balls and bubbles. If that was all you had to play with, you would be perfectly content. You are constantly throwing balls around the house, and when you are upset, you want bubbles to comfort you. It’s adorable. You also LOVE bath time. OK, love isn’t strong enough of a word. You would sit in the bathtub every day, all day if we would let you. You have SO much fun pouring water on your head, playing with your squirt toys and “reading” your bath books. When Daddy turns the water off, you stop what you’re doing, reach toward the faucet and say, “More!” You’re our little fish.

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For the last few months now, you have been following directions. If we tell you to get something, you go pick it up and bring it to us. If I tell you to put the green ball in your bus, you pick out the green ball and put it in your bus. When it’s bath time or time to brush your teeth, you run right to the bathroom. You know where your room is, and you run into it when we tell you to. You LOVE playing by yourself, and you spend hours playing and reading in your room.

You have had two firsts in your 18th month: your first trip to the zoo and your first pool party. You loved both, even though it was WAY too hot at the zoo and you were scared of the water at the pool party (probably because when we first put you in you slipped and went under the water; but, you stood yourself right back up!). You just enjoyed being with your friends (and we did get you to go into the pool a little!)

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Lucy, I can’t even begin to put into words what you mean to us. You are our sunshine and our beautiful little princess. I love you so much. I just wish time would slow down just a little bit.

Love,
Mommy