Thursday, March 26, 2009

My 1st Harris Teeter Triples Trip

I only spent $47.80 and save $87.75! Here were my Deals! TOTAL PRICE PAID (in bold)

(5 deals) BeechNut Toddler "Let's Grow" Items sale price 2/$4, (some were 2/$5 but I only got those that were 2/4) 75 cents off coupon per item, FREE with a 25 cents overage (per item)

(1 deal) Fiber One Bars sale price 2/$5, 50 cents off coupon, $1.00

(2 deals) Betty Crocker Cookie Mix 17.5 oz reg. price $2.19, 50 cents off coupon, $0.69 per item

(1 deal) Ragu Sauce Buy One Get one Free (BOGO) (so sale price is 2/$2.69) $2 off any pasta sauce, $0.69 for 2 or ($0.34 a piece)

(2 deal) Dole Fruit Bowls 4 pk. Sale Price 2/$4, 75 cents off coupon per item FREE with a $0.25 overage (per item)

(1 deal) Ken's Salad Dressing Buy 2 Get 3 free $0.73 per item

(1 deal) French's Worcestershire Sauce reg price $1.69, 50 cents off coupon $0.19

(1 deal) Harris Teeter trash bags Buy 2 Get 3 free $1.58 per item

(2 deals) Crisco Omega 3 DHA Canola Oil sale price $3.79, 75 cents off coupon $1.54 per item

(2 deals) Softsoap Antibacterial soap BOGO (2/2.29) plus 35 cents off coupon per item $0.10 per item

(2 deals) Pillsbury GRANDS! frozen biscuits sale price 2/$5, 50 cents off coupon per item $1.00 per item

(1 deal) Kraft 2% Sharp Cheese 8 oz block sale price 2/$5, $2 coupon, $0.50

(2 deals) Pillsbury recipe creations sale price 2/$4, 40 cents off coupon per item, $0.80 per item

(1 deal) Perdue already cooked dino chicken nuggets regular price $4.89, $3 off HT store coupon , $1 off manuf. coupon $0.89

(6 deals) Deli Creations sale price 2/$5, $1 off HT store coupon per item, plus $1.50 off 2 coupon, Plus an addition $3.00 off purchase of 6 Food Lion coupon ALL ITEMS FREE!!

I was pretty excited about the free stuff I got, although I paid a little more than I am used to paying during triples because we needed items that we don't have coupons for (like butter, milk, ground beef)


Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Pampered Chef

Okay, so I have to admit I'm not remotely as talented in the kitchen as say Andrea or Toni in the kitchen. Oh, how I'd love to be...but I digress. Even as limited as my cooking skills truly are, I still love Pampered Chef stuff. I love the deep covered baker I adore my microcookers. But really, I love the fact that they make cooking easier.

The deep covered baker that easily fits into your microwave (unless of course you are using the same microwave that fit into your college dorm!)

Go check out all the cool gadgets over at www.pamperedchef.biz/mertscookin and if you see something you like, get it!! I had a cooking show at my house this past Saturday and had a lot of fun! When you go to add something, your host's name is Christy Rue. All orders must be placed by March 12th, 2009.

For a chance to win your choice of the chipotle rub, the greek rub, or the Moroccan rub visit Meredith's website , pick out your favorite Pampered Chef product and leave a comment telling me what it is. For an extra entry, blog about this contest, with a link to this post, and leave a second comment. Also, you'll get an additional entry for every $10 you spend (through Meredith's page, using me as your host!) Contest is open to US residents only and ends March 12th, 2009 at 12 noon, EST.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Back the Basics Cooking Class Contest


I am so excited to tell you about a contest that Toni at The Happy Housewife is hosting!! She's giving away a virtual cooking class!! It's a 14 week course that's done in the comfort of your own home, specifically your own kitchen! You can even cook in your underwear & no one will know!! Already know how to cook? Maybe your sister, daughter, mother, or really cool friend Christy could use it!! =)

To learn about the cooking classes and to enter the contest go stop by The Happy Housewife's site. For a direct link to the contest post, click here. Leave a comment and tell her that Christy from Life of the Newly married sent ya! Also, while you're there, check out all of her cool cake tutorials, meal planning posts, homeschooling info and much much more!!

Contest ends March 13 at 10 PM EST.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Hello God, It's Me, Margaret...errrr..Christy!

"Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul." -Psalm 143:8
I am not a morning person. Never have been, and never will be. But that being said, there is something amazing about seeking God early in the morning, especially if you despise getting up otherwise. It's a time to have a few minutes alone, no kids, no husband, no distraction, where I can spend time basking in God's love.
What's better still, is being able to read a devotional book and scripture with my husband, over breakfast, as our children listen on. Sure, they don't understand right now, but what they do understand is that Mommy & Daddy spend time, specific time set apart, together, to read God's word and to seek Him.
We went through quite an unsettling period for a few months, but God was simply trying to get our attention. Our focus went from "What the heck did we do wrong? Why is God punishing us?" to "What has He got in store for us? It must be something so incredibly big because He wanted to get our attention!"
It is so neat to watch my husband seek God and become the leader of our family, which I have so desperately wanted. It's quite ironic, as I am quite an independent person, and the thought of submitting to my husband's leadership is nothing that comes easy, but it's something that feels right, and deep inside it's something I've always wanted. My dad was a very good leader for our family, and still is to this day. And it's also amazing to see how much Satan tries to attack when we do so.
But God is good to us, He continues to provide for our needs, and in God's economy, we don't have to fear anything!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The pound that broke the camels back!

Or should I say broke the dang scale?!?

I. Hate. Stepping. On. The. Scale.

It's been roughly 3 or 4 months since I've stepped on the scale, as we conviently didn't have a scale in our home. (I just couldn't justify spending the $20 on a scale.) But the past week, Kenney & I have both decided enough is enough. We have GOT to get a handle on our weight. Both of us have just really piled some lbs. on. (Dang you, Oreo Cakesters!)

We made a decision today was "D" day, a.k. diet day. We went out a bought a scale. I have to say I knew I had gained some weight, but to actually see them is a whole different thing. And that is why I. Hate. Stepping. On. The. Scale.

You're support is greatly appreciated and if you have tips that have helped you be successful, let me know!!

So farewell, Oreo Cakesters . We'll no longer have our evening flings while watching mindless television. (well, the 100 calorie ones, perhaps!) And Tiffany at Pizza Hut, we'll no longer discuss our children while I wait for my pizza. And to the Staff at Dunkin Donuts, don't mourn the loss of my weekly visit to get an apple fritter. Yes, perhaps a cup of coffee on occasion, but no more than that.