Sunday, August 30, 2009

Tides Baseball

In May we tried to go to a Tides game, but it was rained out :( so last night we tried it again and were successful at it!IMG_1347 IMG_1348Kyle & Sara were with us too, but we forgot to take group shots…of course.   Oh and they lost 2-6…we didn’t care though, I was just into the hot dog/pretzel eating and socializing :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Craft Nite!

Last night we had a craft night at Liz & Steve’s house, which was super fun!  Most everyone worked on scrapbooking, but I brought some sewing projects (of course!)  IMG_1346Luke and Drew played catan while the other husbands had class/homework/band practice. 

It’s always nice to have some girl time :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Money Saving Websites

Some of you have been asking where I find out about all the money saving deals I do.  I compiled a list of websites and blogs I like to check for coupon match ups.  If you use Google Reader, it makes the process very easy!

Money Saving Blogs:
1. http://www.moneysavingmom.com/
2. http://www.commonsensewithmoney.com/
3. http://www.couponcravings.com/
4. http://www.couponing101.com/
5. http://www.forthemommas.com/
6. http://30dollarweeklygrocerychallenge.blogspot.com/

Printable Coupon Sites:
1. http://print.coupons.com/CouponWeb/Offers.aspx?pid=13306&zid=iq37&nid=10
2. http://coupons2.smartsource.com/smartsource/index.jsp?Link=5S2ZUA6PWPEPO
3. http://www.redplum.com/
4. http://www.organicgrocerydeals.com/forums/view.php?pg=coupon_generator <-- For Target coupons

FYI: You can use both a manufacturer’s coupon and target coupon at Target, which can make for some pretty sweet deals.

Money Saving Again

So I think I’m officially obsessed with playing the money saving game.  Target has their Johnson’s and Aveeno Baby products on sale this week from $2.99 - $3.50.   I bought 8 Johnson’s and 4 Aveeno products yesterday spending a total of $13 for all of it due to coupons (1 manufacturer and 1 target coupon for each product ranging from $1 to $2 off).  So we’re probably set for all bath times of every kid we want :)  It’s such a good deal though, I’m thinking of going again and getting more for baby shower gifts.IMG_1330And here’s all the stuff they paid me $0.70 to take from the store! IMG_1332And once again they have a $5 giftcard opportunity when you purchase 5 Quaker items at $2.74/each.  I bought 5 of the True Delights Granola bars b/c Luke likes to take them when he’s driving around for work.  I used 5 $1 coupons from the 8/23 RP insert and here, and the $5 giftcard I got last week from the shaving products, making the total cost for each box $0.74.  Not bad for a fancy box of granolas :)IMG_1333

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Free Chick-Fil-A

chick-fil-a-logo-1-1 Register HERE for the chicken wave and the first 250,000 people will get a coupon for a free sandwich. The next 750,000 people will get a coupon for a free Coke Zero at Chick-Fil-A. You will also be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card!  I entered both Luke and I and our coupons are in the mail….gotta love it.

Also if you go to Chick-Fil-A on Labor Day and wear something with a sports team logo on it, and you get a free chicken sandwich!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Let’s party like Luke’s 25!

Last night we had a happening party to celebrate Luke’s 1/4 of a century.  We started with playing wii and then broke into 3 different board games: Catan Geographies, Ticket to Ride and Puerto Rico.

Here’s some of the boys playing Puerto Rico.IMG_1321And here’s my Black Tie Mousse Cake experiment from a copycat recipe of Olive Garden’s most awesome dessert.  It tasted good, but wasn’t close enough to the real cake for my liking…I guess I’ll keep shopping for recipes. black_tie_mousse_3809IMG_1322Happy Birthday Luke! IMG_1324Even James drove in from Charlottesville to help us celebrate!  It was my “surprise” gift for Luke :) IMG_1325So it may look like there weren’t any girls at this party, but I always forget to take pictures until everything’s over…so yes, I wasn’t the only female in the joint :)

It was a fun party and I look forward to trying Puerto Rico out!

Friday, August 21, 2009

New Catan Game!

My parents sent Luke a new board game for his birthday!  Catan Geographies: Germany….oooo ahhh.  It came in the mail yesterday and we just had to play it, so we spontaneously called the Erwins to see if they were up for it.  It’s so great to have friends that you can call at the last minute :) <—that’s for Drew & Luke.

This version of Catan is similar to the regular version, except it chooses where your starting points are, and since I must be terrible at that part (which is why I lose every time) it gives people like me a better chance.  We played to 10 VPs (victory points for you uncool people) and I finished with 8 the first game and 7 the 2nd.  Much better than only getting 4 VPs when you have to get 13 to win!  Drew, Rache and I decided to let Luke win both games as a birthday present :)

Luke also got Starship Catan, a 2 player card game, that we’re looking forward to trying out!  Thanks Lunsy & Trix!IMG_1320 Who else thinks Drew looks like a creeper??

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Baby Room Update

My mom was bugging me about posting the updates to the baby room after getting all the stuff from the shower in order. So here it goes.

This is our SUPER cute bedding that I found at Target. I registered for it before we knew it was a boy b/c I just loved it! I mean are you kidding me on it’s cuteness???IMG_1303IMG_1315Here’s a couple of extra blankets and some stuffed animals. That is the sock monkey that Luke had in the old days. (And I made the ball from this website)IMG_1317 Here is baby’s closet. We got a good collection of clothes to start with. My vision for the bins is to just toss onesies, socks, hats & shoes in, which is what they contain right now.IMG_1305The next few pics are of drawers full of stuff that will probably move someday :)

Here’s extra blankets & sheets.IMG_1306 Here’s books & toys.IMG_1307 Here’s feeding and changing odds and ends.IMG_1313Here’s burp cloths, bibs, towels and more blankets IMG_1314Here’s all the stuff that’s hiding under the crib for now.IMG_1310And here’s the start of our diaper stash that Luke and I bought when I was being Money Saving Mom a few weeks ago :)IMG_1308Well there you have it. We’re off to a good start I think!

6 player Catan

So on Tuesday night our usual gaming crew came over for homemade pizzas and Catan.  We decided to get crazy and go for the 6 player Cities & Knights version.  The game seriously took over 3 hours!  EEK!  And of course Sara won, what the heck is up with her winning every time we play :)  It was really sad because you play to 13 victory points and in the end I only had 4, haha!IMG_1296 IMG_1297

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Happy Birthday Luke!

Today is Luke’s 25th birthday, which he likes to say marks the end of a 1/3 of his life (statistically). It’s also his 4th birthday since we’ve been married, which is pretty crazy to think about.

Anyway, I just wanted to post about how awesome he is and how much I love him and am thankful for him :) Even if he does kill me in Catan every time we play.

Happy Birthday Husband!!

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And Happy Birthday Uncle Robert! And Happy Anniversary Jason & Kendra! And Happy Anniversary Israel & Sarah! As you can see Aug. 19 is pretty popular in my family :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

iPhone Case

I recently inherited an iPhone from Lunsy, and I wanted to make sure it remains in good condition, so I found an online tutorial on how to make a case from Sewing Mamas.

Her tutorial (you have to download it) doesn’t give exact measurements, so I made one that was way too big at first. Here’s a picture of the final product. I added a button flap to keep the iPhone from sliding out.I did come across a problem working with the vinyl sheet. It bent a lot when turning the case right side out after sewing. If anyone knows of a good vinyl substitute, I would appreciate it!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Money Saving Mom

Ok so I’m going to try and post my money saving secrets to you guys when I come across them.  The hot one right now comes from Kraft, buy $25 in participating items and get $5 in catalinas good for next purchase and $20 rebate check.  So essentially you get $25 in free groceries.kraft picToday I headed to Farm Fresh to take advantage of this deal.  Here’s a pic of what I got which actually made me $4.84 after using $6 in coupons and getting the $5 catalina and $20 rebate form.  So pretty sweet deal if you ask me.  IMG_1255I also went to Target to take advantage of a free $5 gift card when you buy 2 Gillette Razors or Cartridges:

Here’s my scenario:
Buy (1) Venus Embrace - $7.94
Buy (1) Gillette Fusion Razors - $7.99
Use $2/1 Embrace or Breeze in 8/16 Red Plum insert or 8/2 P&G insert
Use $2/1 Fusion in 8/16 Red Plum insert
Use Buy 1 Fusion Razor, get Gillette Shampoo FREE in 8/2 P&G insert
Use Buy 1 Venus Embrace Razor, get Satin Care FREE in 8/2 P&G insert
Final Price = $1.73 for each item after coupons and gift card.IMG_1259 Another pretty sweet deal since I was in desperate need of a new razor.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Overall Dallas Trip

Ok so you might be wondering what all we did in Dallas especially if I was there for 10 days and the shower was only half a Saturday. Well I flew in Thurs. July 30 and got there just in time to go to bed. Friday, Patti & I headed to water aerobics :) It was a pretty good work out, not too hard for baby. After that we made the fruit creation for the baby shower and headed to Papasitos to meet all my family that came into town for the shower.

Saturday morning we had the shower, then I headed to Sachse with my family to spend the night at Kendra & Jason's house. And of course, what's an Edgar family event without a morning spent trying to solve the world's problems?
Monday, Patti & I had water aerobics again then we headed to the stores :) The baby boy selection isn't as abundant as the baby girl's but they still seemed to have some deals we couldn't pass up! Tuesday we stayed home and organized the room I was staying in. Wednesday, we had aerobics and did some more shopping. Thursday, we went grocery shopping, then my mom & aunt picked me up for dinner at none other than Cheddars :) And that night Luke flew in town! Friday, Luke and I organized the office and that night we had a get together with old friends while grilling some meat kabobs (which were very tasty). Saturday, we went out on the boat to water ski and wakeboard (I just watched until it was time to swim), but Luke wasn't feeling great so we headed in early.
That night we ate at Chuys (one of our Austin Mexican restaurants that made it to Arlington) and bowled with friends.
Then Sunday we headed over to Luke's grandparents house for a birthday lunch.
And Sunday night we ate at Anamia's and took a walk in the park. Here's Luke and Jacob having a heart to heart.
There were a ton of ducks all over the pond area of the park. Here's a mommy duck following her babies around as they nibbled on the grass. It was so cute, they were just like people (except for the eating grass part) but the way the mom just watch her kids to make sure they were safe. It was really precious! Then we woke up early Monday morning to fly back to Virginia. We checked 2 bags of purely baby stuff and barely caught the 8:40 flight :) But we got back safe and sound. It was a really nice trip and we had a lot of fun!

Baby Shower #1

As some of you know, I headed back to Texas for the first 10 days of Aug. That made it my 5th time back in the year we've been here, not bad. Anyway, Luke's mom, aunt, grandma & church friend threw me a baby shower the first weekend of my visit.

Here's the food spread (see the fancy fruit decoration? Thanks for the idea Rache!)
Here's some of the gifts. Everyone really blessed us with their generosity and we truly appreciated it!!Can anyone believe that Luke's son will have feet this little??Of course they're trying to brainwash baby into being an Aggie already :)I love this one!My sissy & me!
It was definitely orange day at the shower :) Here's the Ambroses, some old friends from back when we lived in DFW.
And here's our old Southlake buddies the Quinns!
Lala, Sherra & SarahMe & baby Greenlee (Sarah's new little one, and soon to be friend of baby boy!)
It was a really nice shower. I had a lot of fun! We had a great turn out (40 people or so). I really appreciate all the hard work the hostesses did to pull it off. Thanks! :)

Crafting Again

Because I'm prego and all, I thought I'd learn how to make some baby crafts :)
But because I'm still a girl, I had to make a purse too (pattern found here)
And once again, these were all gifts.