Weekly Totals ~ 3/29

I shopped a lot more than I expected to this week. And, I spent a lot more than I expected. I sure wish fresh fruit coupons were more plentiful!

This week, I spent $62.70 OOP, which was pretty hard on me since I normally average around $30 a week. But, I got a ton of stuff and restocked my toilet paper stash, so I’m OK with it. I’m not really planning on shopping next week aside from any super hot deals that I can get for really cheap on Wednesday so I can get the penny item!

Here’s what I got this week:

Kroger baking potatoes – $3.88
Scott toilet paper x 3 – $15.72
Yoplait Go-Gurt x 2 – $1.98
Apples – $4.49
Utz chips – $2.14
Kroger lunch meat – $2.74
Bananas – $1.87
Angel Soft toilet paper x 3 – $2.25
Quaker oatmeal x 4 – $3.78
Mott’s Medley’s x 7 – $4.03
Matzoh – $4.99
Del Monte Green Beans x 8 – $3.56
Lay’s chips x 2 – $4.29
Publix apple juice – $0.01
Danimals smoothies x 2 – $0.50
Gerber Graduates pouch – $1.50
Schick 5 razor – $0
Mueller’s tri-color rotini x 2 – $1.57
Duncan Hines cake mix x 2 – $0.43
Ragu spaghetti sauce x 2 – $0.69
Del Monte corn x 4 – $2.78

Total Retail: $154.95
Total OOP: $62.70
Total Savings: 60%

If you’re a musician in need of an akai lpd8¬†laptop controller, here’s a great deal for you! Right now, you can get one for $39.86, down from the MSRP price of $129!

That’s a pretty great savings! It looks to normally be $69, but there’s an additional sale today, which will save you another $29.14! You definitely won’t want to miss this sale if you could use one of these!

Show Us Your Life ~ Date Ideas


Date night? What’s that??


In all seriousness, date nights are so freaking important, especially once kids come along. But, babysitters are pretty expensive (minimum $20) and, with no family living closer than an hour away, date nights for us are few and far between.

When we do go out, though, we’re pretty traditional. We’ll go grab dinner somewhere and actually talk (you know, instead of spending the whole time trying to get a certain someone to eat). We’ll go to a movie. We’ll go to the mall or a store and just wander.

I know. We sound boring. But, it works for us. It’s what we enjoy. We were never really more exciting before Lucy came along anyway!

What are your favorite date ideas?? Give a boring old married lady some suggestions!

My brother works in the IT industry. That is something I have absolutely no interest in. He does all sorts of things that I really don’t understand, like www.inetsoft.com analytic dashboard¬†and things.

It’s all Greek to me! This is why I got into writing. It all comes naturally to me, and it’s all pretty “normal”. Haha. But, I’m glad it’s all stuff my brother understands should I ever need help with anything!

Week in Smart Phone Pics ~ 12/52

We had a rather low-key week. We started it off with a trip to Atlantic Station in Atlanta for a free screening of The Croods. We liked it. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad – it was good. Then, we wandered around, listened to Irish music and shopped. It was a great family day!

Here’s what we did last week:


  • Visited Monsters University
  • Saw a movie in 3D
  • Daddy recuperated from his 12 HOUR run
  • Snuggled with the Gabbas
  • Shopped at Target
  • Went on a lunch date with Mommy
  • and got a letter from Team Umizoomi!!

We also:



  • Snuggled
  • Mommy got her first Origami Owl necklace
  • Cuddled with Dizzy
  • Put together puzzles with Daddy
  • and got a new Easter basket!

I wonder what we’ll be up to this week!

I’m linking up with Living Like the Kings!

Goodbye, Grandma.

grandma visit 4

My grandma died this week.

It came as a bit of a surprise because we didn’t realize how badly she had declined. My brothers and I, after being told by our aunt that we shouldn’t wait until morning, conference called my grandma Monday night. She was in a come and couldn’t communicate, but we’re hoping she heard us as hearing is the last sense to go.

I’m glad we did call then because my aunt was right. At 4:15 a.m. PST on Thursday, my grandma died. Even though we’ve lived apart for many years, it still is hitting me hard because she was such a HUGE part of my life for my first 14 years. We lived very close to her, and I spent a lot of time with her. Today, I want to share just a few memories.

  • Riding my bike to her house
  • Watching movies and eating popcorn in her basement
  • “Fishing” in the pond behind her house
  • Trips to the mall
  • Drinking Lactaid (ick!) after spending the night
  • What a wonderful pianist/organist she was
  • How much she hated it when teenage boys wore their pants hanging down really low – she would always tell me how much wanted to just pull them down
  • Our phone conversations. Every talk we had ended with both of us saying, “Stay out of trouble!” She was more likely to get into it than I!
  • Her love for her family. She loved her kids, her grandkids and her great-grandkids. I wish Lucy had been able to meet her.
  • Going to work with her

Those are just some of the many memories I will cherish. My grandma had a spunky personality, and she was one of the most awesome women I’ve ever known. I am so lucky to be her granddaughter, and I will miss her until the day we see her again. I love you, Grandma!