Monday, November 30, 2009

“I saw the sign…”

We knew it was out there and finally “found” it (at least thought about it) yesterday.  There is a wonderful Expectant Mother or Parents w/ Infants sign outside the Ukrops grocery store.  Ukrops isn’t open on Sundays, so we had the lot to ourselves for a little photo shoot :)IMG_2133IMG_2145 IMG_2157According to one of Fur Fur’s business classes, Ukrops is one of the top companies to work for in the US.  Apparently they have a great work environment and customer service  (and they’re not open on Sundays which implies they may be a Christian company too!)  They’re a little more on the upscale in prices, so I don’t shop there too often, but have had a good experience when I do  :)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

T-Minus 12 Days

Stephanie and I are neither artsy nor fartsy, buy here’s our best attempt at being both:




Thursday, November 19, 2009

Little Birdie in her Nest

That’s right, I am definitely a nester right now.  I’ve been crafting a bunch, trying to buy more of the stuff we need, and getting the baby room ready.  Luke calls me a bird in a nest :)

Here’s a little project I did today where I recovered the rocking chair pillow to match the baby bedding material.

Before…IMG_2092IMG_2094 After…notice that it’s reversible!IMG_2096 IMG_2098 IMG_2099 I wanted 2 sets of each sheet so I could cut one up for fabric!  I’m thinking of making this for the walls with the fabric too.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Driving a Car with an iPhone and NI Stuff

Here’s a look at what some people at National Instruments in Austin do in their spare time.

If you enjoyed this, you can see more like this at their website,

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Williamsburg Baby Shower!

I had my church baby shower this morning at Rachel’s house.  She so cutely decorated the place with browns, blues, oranges & of course elephants, so here’s a few of the pics for you… IMG_2013 IMG_2014  We played a game where I carried around a tray of baby things and gave people time to study what was on the tray for a quiz. IMG_2029Little did they know that the quiz was actually about my appearance!  What did my dress look like, what kind of earrings was I wearing, which finger looks different than the others :)  It was really fun and really mean!!  No one was looking at me as I walked around, but people did pretty well I will say!IMG_2032Time for presents :) and of course Jeni got me a cute little boy elephant!IMG_2046Rachel was my note taker and kept saying “that’s so cute!” to everything, so when I opened the (breast pump), what did she say??  That’s right… “that’s so cute!”  Haha, way too funny!IMG_2055  Chelsea & Me :)IMG_2011Small group girls…minus Rachel T!! we forgot to take the pic before she left :( IMG_2082Liz & Me :)IMG_2087 This was our great idea to put Abby on my belly…but it pretty much just came out super awkward! :)IMG_2089 So we tried again!IMG_2090 And here’s Sherrie & Me :) Sherrie was my amazing photographer!!  Thank you!IMG_2091 It was such a fun shower and I was super thankful for everyone coming and blessing our little family so much!

Friday, November 13, 2009

AMAZING Blu-Ray deal!!

movies copyBut you must act soon (like today or tomorrow).  I heard about this deal earlier in the week, but didn’t get a chance to try it out until today, and didn’t want to post about it if it didn’t work :)

So if you’re wanting Up and Monsters, Inc. on blu-ray, here’s what you do:

Print out these coupons: $10 off Up and $8 off Monsters, Inc. and $10/2 Target coupon when you by both.

Then take your Best Buy Ad to Target (b/c they price match now…at least mine does) and show them that Monsters, Inc. is $18.99 there (Monsters, Inc. is $26.99 and Up is $19.99 at Target).

So your total will be $18.99 + $19.99 - $10 - $8 - $10 = $10.98 for both movies!  (You probably will have to check out at the Customer Service counter)

And if that deal wasn’t amazing enough, submit for 2 of these 3 rebates:

  • UP = Get $5 back by mail WYB UP and (2) participating Kernel Seasons product. (Exp 2/28/10)
  • UP = Get $5 back by mail WYB UP and (2) Birds Eye Viola meals (Exp 2/28/10)
  • UP = Get $4 back by mail WYB UP and 1 Ronzoni, Creamette, Ronzoni Smart Taste, Ronzoni, San Giorgio, American Beauty, Prince or Skinner pasta. (Exp 1/15/10)

Note: These rebates not only allow for copies of the receipt, but they also just want one of the proof of purchase tabs on the back of the blu-ray (it has 2) and it DOES NOT require the UPC!

And check out for deals on the Kernel Seasons, Viola & Ronzoni.

So after 2 rebates, you spend only $0.98 to $1.98 for both movies.  Wow, now that’s a steal! :) Even if you don’t want to deal with the rebates, it’s still a great deal.  The coupons and rebates don’t expire tomorrow, just the Best Buy Ad price match and the prices at Target, so hurry for the best deal!

One more thing :) Both blu-rays come with a DVD copy of the movie too, so you don’t even have to have a blu-ray player yet to take advantage of the deal!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Harris Teeter Trips

Yes I said trips :)  They only let you use 20 coupons per day per household, so I’ve had to go more than once to stock up on my deals.  I know you must be thinking I’m a crazy, but HT is only a couple of miles from my house now.  Opening night doesn’t count because it was just a fun time for samples (and I bought the days limit of cokes).  And Sunday night I went with Sara to help her get her “big” trip done with Abby.  And I’ve combined HT trips with other outings for Wed & Thurs.

Trip 1: Tuesday = Opening NightIMG_2002Regular Price Total = $24.16
Sale & Coupon Price Total = $3.16 (cokes were $1.99 and we got a $5 giftcard for the grand opening)
Savings of $21.00 or 87%!

Trip 2: WednesdayIMG_2000 Regular Price Total = $57.81
Sale & Coupon Price Total = $16.43
Savings of $41.38 or 72%!

Trip 3: ThursdayIMG_1999Regular Price Total = $26.51
Sale & Coupon Price Total = $3.36
Savings of $23.15 or 87%!

Trip 4: SundayIMG_1995Regular Price Total = $16.59
Sale & Coupon Price Total = $0.16
Savings of $16.43 or 99%!

Trip 5: MondayIMG_1990Regular Price Total = $143.73
Sale & Coupon Price Total = $44.50
Savings of $99.23 or 69%!

Regular Price Total of all days = $268.80
Sale & Coupon Price Total of all days = $67.61
Savings of $201.19 or 75%

I was trying to stock up on cokes for my family’s Dec. trip, since they are all coke-aholics, and cokes were on sale for $1.99.  I also tried to get some staples for baking and casserole making (so we’ll have some foods in the freezer ready to eat when baby comes).

Monday, November 9, 2009

I still need 5 more Dropboxers

So far I’ve gotten 7 people to sign up for Dropbox, giving me an extra 1.75 GB.  I need 5 more to get that last 1.25 GB.  Here’s the sign up link again.

dropbox luke

If you have no idea what this is about, here’s the original post.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

8 Months!

That’s right, I’m officially 8 months pregnant now, less than 5 weeks (and almost 30 days) to go…crazy.  The craziest thing is that my waist now measures 37”….AHHH!!  Luke likes to tell me I’m fatter than him now :) 

My dad let me take back their Digital SLR camera from the TX trip for fun baby & preggo pics.  Luke was being a cute little professional yesterday afternoon taking these shots :)  We went to our church for the first few, then to a random pier we came across on William & Mary’s campus for the last ones.Stephanie Calvin 8 Months 005Stephanie Calvin 8 Months 022 Stephanie Calvin 8 Months 025 Stephanie Calvin 8 Months 038Stephanie Calvin 8 Months 068 Stephanie Calvin 8 Months 108 Stephanie Calvin 8 Months 142

Baby boy is still growing (and getting stronger I might add, we don’t want a whimpy boy!).  While I was in TX I noticed that he started hiccupping where I can feel it, and now he does it probably everyday.  It’s a funny feeling, like a bunch of little jabs every couple of seconds.  Sometimes he keeps me up at night, but at least I can get some HP7 reading done then :)

I went to our “Infant Care” class on Thursday where we watched a very detailed video of all things baby, from how to give him a sponge bath to what the poop should look like, haha kind of gross but helpful I thought!  Luke couldn’t go with me b/c he was in Maryland for a work trip, but don’t worry, he has “Rookie Dads” class this Thursday where I’m sure he’ll be learning a lot!

According to, baby boy is 20-20.5” long, 5.5 lbs, and is about the size of a throw pillow….and at 37 weeks (less than 2 weeks away) he’ll be considered full term, and I don’t start childbirth classes until next Monday!!

Well that’s a quick update on mommy & baby…I might try to post weekly belly shots until the big day!  Oh and this Saturday is our church baby shower, so I’ll post baby room pics after that :)

Telling Jennifer

Later on they told Jennifer by bringing up Father of the Bride Part II on the screen as opposed to American Idol:

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Telling The Warners

This is how Lloyd and Carol found out about Stephanie being pregnant. I just now got around to uploading it:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Money Saving Mom

As you may remember, Wednesday is double dollar day at Farm Fresh.  Well they were also having a deal if you spend $30 on participating products, you get $15 off your next purchase!  IMG_1982Here’s a run down on the deals I got:

Transaction 1:

Item Reg. Price Sale Price Coupon Sale & Coupon
Gold Medal Flour $2.79 $1.79 $0.50 $0.79
Betty Crocker Frosting $2.00 $1.69 $0.50 $0.69
Kleenex $1.33 $1.00 $0.50/3 $2.00/3
Progresso Chicken Broth $2.69 $1.69 $0.50 $0.69
Scott Paper Towels $1.99 $1.00 $1.00/4 $4.00/8
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel $2.79 $2.50 $1.00 $0.50
Klondike Bars $3.69 $2.50 $1.00 $0.50
Yoplait Yo-Plus $2.99 $2.50 $1.00 $1.00/2
Yoplait Delights $3.29 $2.50 $1.00 $1.00/2

Total of Transaction 1 before sales & coupons = $46.43
Total of Transaction 1 after sales, coupons, tax & “green bags” ($0.05 off for bringing  in your own bag) –> $11.60, plus $15 printed out for my next transaction!

Transaction 2:

Item Reg. Price Sale Price Coupon Sale & Coupon
Fiber One Toaster Pastry* $2.39 $1.50 $0.75 FREE
Scott Paper Towels $1.99 $1.00 $1.00/4 $3.00/4**
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel $2.79 $2.50 $1.00 $0.50
Klondike Bars $3.69 $2.50 $1.00 $0.50
Huggies Big Pack $24.99 $19.99 $1.00 $17.99
Lindsay Olives $1.39 $1.39 $1.00/2 $1.56/4
Milk $2.48 $2.48 $0.50 $1.98**

*Forgot to take a picture of this
**Coupon didn’t double, but I didn’t notice until later and didn’t think it was enough to hassle over :)

Total of Transaction 2 before sales & coupons = $49.86
Total of Transaction 2 after sales, coupons, $15 Catalina from T1, tax & “green bags” –> $11.82, and the $15 didn’t print out, so I went to Customer Service and they  just credited my card the $15 which is way better than having Farm Fresh money!

So total of the day before sales & coupons = $96.29
Total after everything (including the $15 credit) = $8.42!  I mean get real!  That’s a savings of $87.87 or 91%!!

Right now at Target, all the Halloween candy is 75% off, making everything SUPER cheap!  If you think you need more candy, then head over for this great deal (it might even go cheaper the longer you wait).  I know I said we only had 3 trick-or-treaters and a ton of left over candy, but it was all chocolate stuff and Luke really likes the fruity kinds (so I got him a present!).  I thought I could use these chocolates for cookie baking since Thanksgiving/Christmas is coming up fast!IMG_1985 Here’s a run down on the deals I got:

  • Sour Patch/Swedish Fish - $6.99 –> $1.74
  • Hot Tamales/Mike & Ike - $6.99 –> $1.74
  • Starburst/Skittles - $6.99/ea –> $1.74 x 2 = $3.48
  • Hershey’s Kisses - $6.99/ea –> $1.74 x 2 = $3.48
  • Reese’s - $4.79/ea –> $1.19 x 2 = $2.38
  • M&M’s - $2.99/ea –> $0.74 x 8 = $5.92

Original total = $75.44
Total after coupons & sale = $14.74!
Wow, now that’s a STEAL…That’s a savings of $60.70 or 80%!!  I also noticed that I missed a Starburst/Skittles coupon where I could’ve saved $2 more.  So make sure you stock up on your Target Qs before heading over for your deals!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

OMG Harris Teeter!!

That’s right, Harris Teeter has finally come to Williamsburg!! I am so excited :) Tonight was the grand opening, so Sara, Abby & I headed over there for some free samples!IMG_1974IMG_1976 IMG_1977 IMG_1979IMG_1980

This week they’re tripling coupons up to $0.99, which will make for some pretty sweet deals! Jenny over at Southern Savers made a great list of free and cheap deals…If there’s a HT near you, you might want to check it out!

More Fun Beaumont Pics

My sister just posted these on Facebook, so I thought I’d post them here :)

My doctor cousin Jason busted out his stethoscope for us to hear baby boy’s heart beat!!  It was pretty quiet though (ole Trix’s 51 year old ears didn’t work for her :) ), but Jen, Laura & I heard it!12649_1226120983810_1552590077_30637433_3409691_nHere’s after Luke surprised me!12649_1226121103813_1552590077_30637436_7852896_n 12649_1226121143814_1552590077_30637437_899643_n Here’s the Warner Fam at the dinner party.12649_1226123303868_1552590077_30637444_2816134_n And here’s Lukey reading to Lil’ A and Clarky before bedtime…he’s gonna be such a great daddy!12649_1226123783880_1552590077_30637454_1790534_n