If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......
Photo was taken around Christmas 1962 when I had just turned 5. That is my pretty mom behind me. She made the cross stitched clock on the buffet. The stocking with my name on it was made her mother and delivered to me before my first Christmas even though I was not even a week old. My apron was made by great grandmother. I come from a long line of homemakers who did stuff and got lots done.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Last week of July's to do list and CVS - a good week for beginners

Hello everyone - here is this week's list.  It's all black and white
Designs are made with rubber stamps,
The utensil washi tape is from my daughter, she got it in a PickYourPlum surprise box years ago and the floral fabric tape is from Dollar Tree.  

CVS - all of these things were bought with coupons from the July 26th newspaper and with coupons from the CVS red box where you scan your card before shopping.  Anyone with yesterday's coupons and a CVS card can do this same deal.
The Suave shampoo and conditioner is on sale for $3.99 for the 1st one purchased and $1.99 for the 2nd.  Sunday's paper had a buy 1 get 1 free coupon that automatically subtracts $6.99.  Also when you purchase $12 of Suave, you get a $4 ECB.  
The Irish Spring 3 packs of bar soap and Gear deodorant are all $4.  The Sunday coupons were for $2 off the soap and B1G1F on the deodorant.  When you purchase $20, you get a $10 ECB.
After coupons, I owed about $14 and I paid it with some prepaid Visa rewards cards I get for doing weather surveys for a University research project.   I think the price before coupons and sales was $49

Several of you have commented you would like to start doing CVS deals.  This is a great week to start! 

As always, if you want more CVS info, look at IHeartCVS.com or look on Facebook for CVS groups. 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Grand #7, this week's to do list, and CVS

First, I am so happy to introduce this little cutie, Charlie Katherine. She is the youngest of all our grands and by far the biggest at birth, almost 9 pounds!  She also has the thickest head of baby hair I've ever seen.
She is just a few days old and so far, she mostly sleeps and wiggles.  
We are all in love with her and so thankful for her uneventful birth.
  Her sister was a preemie and was air flighted just a few hours after her birth to a big children's hospital.  Big Sis is fine but we all feared that same possibility for Charlie.   So we sighed a big sigh of relief and prayed a prayer of thanksgiving after she arrived.  


Here's my to do list for the week
The fabric tape is from Dollar Tree, designs are from rubber stamps and colored pencils.


CVS
Last week's sale - the Physicians Formula products were all giving big Extra Care bucks.  $7ECB for every $10 purchased.  I got these 3 and used some ECBs and a CVS coupon and spent just over $20 and got back a $21 ECB
Then this current week's sale, I used that $21 ECB and newspaper coupons to get 2 big packs of Charmin tissue and a bottle of a new product called Jergens wet skin moisturizer. 
 I spent $1.97 and got back $6.  

I read on IHeartCVS.com that the Physicians Formula will repeat next week as buy $12 get $8 ECB back. 

Hope you all have a good week!  We're planning another visit to Charlie and hope to see all our other grands this week as well. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

This week's list ....... A day late

I made this list Sunday night and worked on it quite a bit yesterday, but I am just now getting around to blogging about it.
I felt like yesterday was very productive - including an eye check up for me, laundering a huge amount of laundry for us 2 people and sewing 4 new pillows for the living room.  

This week's list is decorated with polka dot fabric tape from Dollar Tree and I found the stickers in a drawer that I cleaned out last week and decided to just use them.  Use what you have when possible! 

Hope you all are having a good week so far.  
It is HOT here, I plan to stay indoors as much as possible and drink lots of ice water and iced tea.  

Friday, July 10, 2015

Shopping and sewing

It's been a much quieter week here.  I've did a little shopping today and some sewing earlier,  
I bought a few produce items (red grapes, strawberries, carrots  celery and bell peppers) at Aldi.  I always wash produce and let it air dry- then I store in Tupperware or zipper bags.  I think it lasts longer and is crispier than if just kept in the crisper drawer.  
Yep, I stopped at CVS.  I got all this for $7.78.  When I was home and was organizing my receipts,  I found a $2/$6 Listerine coupon that I neglected to give the cashier.  Oh well!  I still spent less than $8 and got back $11 ECBs.  


At Dollar Tree, I only bought 5 bags of my very favorite dishwasher soap pods. There are 10 in a bag for $1, much cheaper than any other brand of dishwasher soap pods and I think they work better than any brand too.  




My favorite thrift store, and the only one I ever seem to shop at anymore, was having a $10 a bag women's clothing sale.  I filled up my bag and I think I got several things I will wear often, including 2 tops and 2 long skirts that will be cute outfits.  I also ended up with a few odd things that I wondered why I thought I would want them.  They may just go back in my next donation :) 


Sewing - I sewed up matching curtains for these 3 windows and our 2 living room windows several years ago.  They are still in good shape but I was tired of them and wanted something lighter.  


So I looked in my fabric tubs and re used this pink toile to sew some valances.  
Years ago, when this was actually a breakfast room, this pink toile was in some lined curtains that covered the windows.  But when I laundered them, the lining shrunk like crazy, and the curtains wouldn't fit those windows anymore.  I cut them apart then and I am glad I saved that pretty fabric.  



For the living room, I used some muslin curtains I had sewed up several years ago for my son's old apartment.  I added white ball fringe and the burlap pennant tie backs are from Baby Jack's shower decorations.  
These photos are really bad and I will attempt to retake them when the light is different.  


I am really happy with the new looks and glad I spent no money or time shopping to get them. 

I've got some pillows cut out and hope to sew them this weekend.  


I got lots done this week but the most fun day was the day these 5 sweeties were here- 
We may need to look for a bigger chair :) 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday list, CVS and catching up

Good morning everyone,  I'm back after a busy and fun week.  My parents stayed with us for a week and everyday they were here, my siblings or my children or my grandchildren were all here too in different combinations.  I think we all enjoyed visiting and seeing the sweet little ones.

Needless to say, I did not do all my regular cleaning last week so today I'm doing a lot of catch up.  We did part of it yesterday and I've already got quite a bit done this morning so it won't be too hard to have a clean, orderly home again.
I took this photo last night and have already checked off several.  
No Spend July is not No spending at all but spending as little as necessary. After paying our yearly home insurance, bi-yearly vehicle insurance, baby gifts, upgrading our child car seats and many Spring birthdays,  our bank accounts could use a boost.  So husband and I both agreed that July will be very limited spending.

CVS this week - I used lots of ExtraCare bucks from previous weeks and rewards so my out of pocket cost was very low.
The Charmin was $9.99 with a $10 ExtraCare reward for buying $30.  I had .75 coupons on each pack too.  Their are quite a few other Proctor & Gamble products on this deal.  
Propel water was $1.25 with a $1.25 ECB reward
The 2 Gatorades were $2.00 with a $2.00 ECB reward.
After coupons and $30 ECBs,  my OOP was .97 and I got back $13.25


A few scenes from this week
No, they are not all on their cell phones.  The adults are working on the Transformer toys that I got at a yard sale a few weeks ago.  If you look close in the lower left corner, Gavin has about 5 of transformers  that are back in their original state.  


My daughter had a deal she wanted to do on a Thrity One Gifts diaper bag.  She needed another purchase to get a lower price so I ordered this very large tote- it's big enough to hold 2 2 year olds! 
All 6 grands!  And Grand baby #7 will be here any day.  


Some delicious and much appreciated home grown vegetables from my brother.

JJ helping my mom and dad make a Rhubarb pie.  He had so much fun helping put the ingredients in the pie shell and my parents really enjoyed the rare treat of Rhubarb pie.

This week looks be a bit slower than last week.  For now,  I'm off to get housework done.  

Jeff and Rhonda

Jeff and Rhonda