Its been an exciting week! Victoria arrived on Monday and I kept her brother for 3 days. Only bad thing is that today I am home from work with Strep Throat! Antibiotics are good things, that's all I know. I've had strep throat so many times in my life and I have to say my throat has never hurt this bad. Here are a few glimpses of our beautiful baby girl:
I made a quick trip to Dollar General to pick up a few things and take advantage of a few deals. I love having a Dollar General right down the road. Its so convenient. The one I usually go to is only about 5 minutes or less. But there are 2 more that are about 10 minutes away. And also 2 in the town I work in.
These prices are good through today.
Buy a pack of Luvs Diapers for $6.50 Less a DG digital coupon of $1.00 Get a Luvs wipes (value of @2.00) free (do not clip the 50 cents off wipes digital coupon)
Buy a Gain Laundry Detergent on sale for $3.95 Less a DG digital coupon of $2.00
Buy a Gain fabric softener sheets (105 ct) for $3.95 Less a DG digital Coupon of $2.00
Buy 2 Cover Girl Continuous color lipsticks at $5.00 each Less a DG digital Coupon of buy one get one free (less $5.00) Less a DG digital Coupon of $4.00 off 2. (see note below)
On the Dollar General App, only click on the above 2 coupons. Not the $1.50 off. If you do the cash register will use it and the $4.00 off will not work.
ONLY $1.00 FOR BOTH LIPSTICKS! ( bought bronzed peach and smokey rose)
Buy 3 Nestle Ice Cream Sandwiches at $1.25 each Less a DG digital coupon of $2.00 of 3
Use a $5.00 of $25.00 order (either digital or paper)
Total out of pocket: $7.15 (plus tax.)
There were many more deals. I would suggest just going over the Dollar General coupons on their app or website and see which ones you could use. For example: Tide, toilet paper, grocery items, deodorant, Razors and more.
I had a little time today with being off work, so I wanted to do a little update. I want to start blogging regularly again. I miss it when I'm not blogging and am constantly thinking of ideas. So here are a few things that have been going on with me lately.
Walking! I have really increased the amount of exercise I get. I tend to be pretty sedentary with having a desk job. My sister gave me a Fit Bit for my birthday in February and it has really opened my eyes to what I should be doing. The goal for steps each day is 10,000. I have reached that goal only twice, but I've improved a lot! Most days I try to shoot for at least 8,000. I love my Fit Bit! It sincs with my phone and gives me so much information on my health, such as sleep, steps, miles, heart rate, minutes of active exercise, and more. It says I am in excellent health, which may or may not be true, but I like hearing that.
How do I do get my steps in? Lately its too hot outside most of the time, but I have found if I walk in the shade for 10 minutes at the time, its doable. Also doing inside walking works good for me. You can find all the videos you could possibly be able to do on You Tube. I can do a 2 mile walk in about 30 minutes. Lots of mornings I fit in 1 mile before going to work.
I can also meet my hourly goal of at least 250 steps by walking inside. From one end of my house to the other is about 40 steps. So Walking back and forth a few times while listening to music, or You Tube Videos works too. Here's my Fit Bit:
I've been couponing at CVS, Dollar General and Food Lion. I made a small purchase at CVS this week. 3 containers of laundry detergent, and 2 boxes of cereal for $3.69 out of pocket isn't too bad. I also received $2.50 extra bucks for my next order. There were lots of deals I could have taken advantage of , but I'm trying to keep things simple. Its gets very complicated some times when you get to the cash register with a hand full of coupons and I figure I should not buy stuff I don't really need or even like just because its a good deal, or even free after coupons.
There is a P&G deal this week, where you spend $30.00 on certain P & G products and you get back $10.00 Extra Bucks for your next order. I just didn't need or use most of the products, but you might want to check into it. If you have coupons to apply toward the items, you could get some great deals.
I've been working on a reversible quilt for one of my grandsons. One side will be dinosaurs and the other side will be John Deere tractors.
My vision is for him to use the quilt on the floor as a play mat when he is playing with dinosaurs or tractors, or what ever. Then he can also use it on his bed, since he is bigger now and has outgrown his baby quilts.
I'm still working on the double Irish chain quilt, as I can, doing leaders and enders, or just sewing on it as the main project occasionally. Here's a stack of blocks and some samples of different colors. Oh yeah, its going to be in rainbow colors.
My current coffee cup. Its not that pretty, but its solid and I love to drink coffee in a solid feeling coffee cup. This one came from Cracker Barrel a few years ago.
Coffee center: That's Pyure Stevia in the glass jar with the chicken lid. I use half and half and stevia in my coffee. Sometimes I'll put a scoop of collagen in it, which is what's in that plastic jar with the lid at the back. Drinking K cups is much more expensive than regular drip coffee, but we love the convenience and the taste. A few ways we save money on them: We always buy them on sale. We always buy the store brand. We often buy them at Dollar General on Saturdays and use the $5.00 off $25 coupon that is usually available. One trick is that you can make the large size cup with the K Cup the first time and then change the setting to the small cup size with the same K Cup which will make another "about" a half of cup, which isn't bad if you combine it with the first cup. (by itself its a tad weak) I often combine it all together for the coffee I take with me in an insulated travel mug on the way to work.
We are expecting a new granddaughter any minute! Her due date is today, the fourth of July! But her Mama is still waiting and is so ready for little Victoria to arrive. So, I'll post about her as soon as she arrives.
I think this is a cute idea for a gift for a little girl. Its the 35th year retro edition and it even has the strawberry scent like the original doll. Many of the today's Mamas played with this doll when they were small.
My daughter had one that I made, that was more like a pillow. Back in the early eighties, you could buy the fabric with the doll shape printed on it. You just sewed around the outside of the shape with right sides together, turned it right side out and stuffed it with polyfil. She also had the Strawberry Shortcake bedding set, with the comforter, etc.
Anyway, this doll is only $11.98, normally $19.99. So I thought I'd order 2! One for my granddaughter who is turning 2 next week and one for my granddaughter who is not even born yet. I'll put hers up for later.
I'm not sure if this price will last, so if you decide to order, check the price first!
Its hard for me to believe February, 2018 is already almost over! March is almost here and it just doesn't seem possible.
The most exciting thing that happened in February was the gender reveal party for our 7th grandchild. Who ever thought up these parties, was so smart. This is the 4th gender reveal party we have attended for a grandchild and each party was so much fun. Currently we have 5 boys and 1 girl.
And it is a girl!!! Her name is Victoria. I love that name!
There are many ways to reveal the gender. For this party, my son bought 2 gender reveal kits at a sporting goods store. When the target was shot by my son, the powder that rose up was pink. I guess this is a typical southern way of doing things. HaHaHa!
It was so exciting! The gender was sealed up in an envelope by the ultrasound technician. So my son-in-law was given the envelope and he chose the correct target and set it up. So not even the parents knew until the pink cloud rose up.
I'm trying to decide what kind of girl's baby quilt to make. I already have lots of girl's fabric and I bought some more after I found out a girl was on the way. I'll also be making burp cloths and other things.
Another thing that happened in February is that I had a milestone birthday..... I am now 60 years old! Not sure how that happened, but it did. And I'm ok with that. I saw a picture of myself when I was about 14 years old recently, and I wouldn't want to go back to those days. I love my life now! Yes, I could have done some things differently and made some smarter choices. But, the things I have experienced have helped make me who I am today.
I want to work every day toward being the best version of myself. This means being as intentional with my time as I can.
Another milestone for February... I have worked at my current job for 30 years! My coworkers gave me a small party, with balloons, bakery treats, a framed certificate and card.
Well those are the most important things that happened in February, 2018 in my life!
One last picture. Spring is on the way! This is the field behind my house. The farmers plant a cover crop in the winter and its always so beautiful to me.
This picture made me think about the song, "The green, green grass of home". Have a great day!
Its a rainy Sunday afternoon and I am crocheting some baby hats. Grandbaby number 7 is due on July 4, 2018, and the gender reveal party is this coming Saturday. I know it will be kind of hot in July here in eastern North Carolina for any baby to wear a crocheted hat, but these are meant for a photo opportunity! This grandma loves to take pictures and I am already making plans for a newborn photo shoot.
If the baby is a boy the pink hat will be gifted to someone else, and if its a girl, the blue hat will make a good gift, as well.
This is the pattern that I printed out two years ago. I am not a natural at crocheting and I struggled to teach myself how to make hats. I will make the ears once I finish the blue hat above.
I love these little clips that I ordered from Amazon a few weeks ago. There are a lot in this cute tin, but I only use a few at the time while sewing down the back of a binding on a quilt. They make the process so much easier.
I don't know if you noticed, but the old red truck with a Christmas tree in the back has been everywhere and in every store during Christmas. I saw a few things during Christmas of 2016, but this past Christmas, they were on every kind of Christmas decoration you could think of. I love them, so I made this Mug Rug, or small quilt. I didn't have time before Christmas to get one made. I'll put this one away until next year.
Here's a red truck Christmas decoration I bought before Christmas from Dollar General. I also bought 2 dish towels with the truck on them, but they are packed away too deep for me to get out for a picture!
My husband loves the 1953 Chevrolet Truck, so I bought him this small model a couple of years ago for a gift. He would love a real life size one, but oh well,.....
I love sewing Christmas items and I have a large plastic tote full of Christmas fabric. I already have 3 Christmas Quilts, but I am thinking of making another one.
I would love to make some Christmas items all along all year. Once November gets here, there's no time for it!
I finished a quilt! It was too cold outside today to go out there dragging a quilt around, so I just took a bunch of pictures inside. I don't finish a quilt very often, so when I do, I take a lot of pictures!
I was going for an Americana theme.
There are some pieces of some men's shirts in this quilt. Also some denim from jeans.
I'm hoping to finish more quits this year than last year. HaHa, that won't be too hard since I only finished one wall hanging size quilt last year!
Happy New Year! Yesterday I did some baking. It was the first time I have had time to do a little recreational cooking in a while. Over the Christmas Holiday I made food for several celebrations, but there was no time to try anything new. I was doing good to get my "tried and true" recipes together and on the table.
I am happy to say that these two new recipes will be on my Christmas table next year and at other times as well! They are low carb and sugar free since they are made with almond flour, coconut flour and stevia sweetener. I use Pyure sweetener and love it.
This is how my kitchen looks when I am doing what my husband affectionately calls, "computer cooking". I don't have a printer at home, so I read the laptop screen while I am cooking.
This one is called Low Carb Jam Thumb Print Cookies and the link for the recipe is HERE.
The recipe makes 28 cookies, but I only ended up with 24, so I probably need to make them a little smaller next time. Also the recipe called for finely shredded sugar free coconut and I didn't have that available to me at the store where I shop. They were delicious anyway! I ate way too many.....
The plaid plates are from Walmart.
The cake is called Gluten Free Cranberry Bliss Pound Cake and the link for the recipe is HERE.
I have never used fresh cranberries, having only ever used canned cranberry sauce. I love cranberry sauce, but it has a lot of sugar in it. This cake turned out great!!! Its delicious and has a very "Christmasy", or fall taste to me. I'll be cooking it more often than that however. Cranberries are easy to find at the grocery store this time of year and according to the bag, you just put the bag in the freezer for use later. I bought 2 bags and put what I didn't use in the recipe in the freezer.
A friend of mine made this cake using blueberries and it was delicious as well. So, this summer when there are soooo many blueberries around my neck of the woods, I'll be trying that option.
I have discovered that my tummy feels much better when I eat gluten free. Who knew? I have always, always eaten a lot of bread. But now when I eat bread my tummy bloats. I will still eat bread occasionally, but limiting it seems like something I need to do as much as possible.
In 2018 I plan to eat real food as much as possible and focus more on healthy eating than the number on the scale. I ate anything and everything I wanted for about a week at Christmas and was feeling very bad by the end of that binge! Now, after about a week of eating right, I feel so much better.
The 2 recipes I made fit well with the Trim Healthy Mama diet plan, as well.
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