Friday, April 29, 2011

Coupon Magic

Decided to not only make the list and compile the coupons for my hubs this week but to also go to the store along with him. Usually he goes directly after work, without us. It seems easier for one of us to go than both of us with 2 kids in tow. We bravely trod where many-a-parent is required to go and drug the 2 girls out with us this evening.
Our family shops once every two weeks with a detailed list to minimize impulse buys and unnecessary purchases. We have been averaging around $320 a trip for all the groceries, personals, cleaners and household items we need each two weeks. THIS WAS NOT OK WITH ME! INSANITY! I realize that prices have gone up across the board but just last year we were averaging $200 per 2 week trip. A $120 increased seemed NUTS!
So, I have decided to break back out the coupon divaness and dust off the ole coupon binder. I have worked hard these last 2 weeks finding coupons, organizing my book and planning our meals. It seemed to help.
I love to go to HEB for all of the combo locos and meal deals. I combine these in soter sale items with my coupons to maximize my savings.
We got our groceries, enough food to feed 5 friends dinner one night this week, diapers for a baby shower gift and tons of extra snacks and made it out of the store spending only $262.25. Granted, that is still ALOT of money but it is much better than $320!
I saved $45.40 with coupons
$9.42 on sale items
and
$8.24 with some generic purchases
This brought my total savings tonight up to $63.06!
It feels good to save the family some moolah!
Happy couponing fellow divas!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Curse of my weak ankle

So here we go again! Yesterday I fell. And we all know what that spells for me. SPRAINED ANKLE yet AGAIN! I am so frustrated with this!
When we were moving into the parsonage in December I srained it badly for the third time. I never fully regained feeling in my 2 middle toes and up the outside of my lower leg. There was nerve damage from the recurring sprains.
I actually bit the bullet this last time and went to physical therapy to re-strengthen the joint. I just finished a few weeks ago. I AM SOOOO FRUSTRATED! If I step on any unlevel ground the ankle just cannot hold up. It sprains every time. I am now contemplating a full time brace. Anyone have any suggestions for one that isnt quite so bulky but offers decent support! I definately need it!

Suprise Lent Blessing

Each year my husband and I try to observe Lent by giving up various things. This year I decided to give up diet soda, tv before 5 pm and sweets. Jason gave up tv all-to-gether! And he didn't cheat one single time. I am so very proud of him!
I however cannot say the same for myself. I did really well with the soda and sweets. I did cheat a few times--but hey, I am human and I think God knows that. The tv thing...baaaaaa! That lasted all of a week for me. At 3-4pm every day that screen just called my name. Not making excuses but as a stay-at-home om there is something about a good tv show on an especially kid stressful day that does my nerves some good.
Well in the midst of all of the temptations and struggles with our Lenten decisions God did something miraculous.
I have been on sleeping pills for...man...hmm....since I was pregnant with my second child--Raeleigh. So I guess it has been over 3 years now. I suffer from fibromyalgia, psoratic arthritis and PTSD. Each of these conditions affect my sleep in one way or another. The sleeping pills truly did help. But I am on so many different meds with my conditions as they are that I had been wanting to not be so reliant on the sleeping pills. I have tried before but the anxiety from not taking the meds overwhelmed me.
Well I felt led about halfway through this Lenten season to give it a second go.
Miraculous I can say that I am and have been off sleeping pills for about 3 weeks now. It was not in me. The Lord blessed me with the cessation of a dependency.
Thank you God!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

INvited to share a interview with Mutual of Omaha Aha Moments

I have a field on my website at auntloubooks.weebly.com for individuals to contact me directly. I recieved this correspondence today from a lady with the Mutual of Omaha aha moments tour and I am terribly excited! I am honored! and EXCITED! Did I already mention that?

read below:

I work for the company that produces Mutual of Omaha’s “Aha Moment” campaign; visit www.mutualofomaha.com/aha to see what an aha moment is and the incredible stories we’ve filmed over the last two years. As I came across your website, I couldn’t help but think that you might have an extraordinary aha moment to share.



We’re taking our 34-foot Airstream mobile film studio to 25 cities to capture inspirational, life-changing aha moments from folks all over the country. We are headed to Waco, TX on May 9th and 10th, would love to invite you to share what ignited your passion for writing children's stories, and how your life has changed since. You would just have to step into the Airstream studio for a few minutes and tell your story on film to our tour manager. Your video will then be posted to www.mutualofomaha.com/aha, where you will be able to share it with your friends and family via email, Facebook and Twitter!



For the second year in a row, our tour manager is Jessica Henry. Hailing from Athens, GA, Jessica is an outdoor enthusiast and self-proclaimed "foodie" who enjoys talking about powerful life moments with people just like you all over the country.



We would love to have you if you are interested. We will be parked at Heritage Square, near City Hall at the intersection of S 3rd Street & Franklin Ave, on May 9th and 10th from 11am to 7pm.



Let me know as soon as possible and I can reserve some time for you.



Many thanks