St Patrick’s Day Handprint Footprint Dishtowels 2014

April 17th, 2014

If you check out Target or the Dollar Store you can usually score some cute dishtowels for these projects.  They have some for about every holiday.

Here is what we did for St. Patrick’s Day

I use acrylic craft paint which washes right off of hands or feet and slick tulip paint for the writing which puffs up a little.

Make sure to lay them flat to dry over night and make sure when you are pressing the hands or feet you have something under the towel because paint can go through the towel onto the table.

It is easiest I have found to paint the hand or foot first then press down.  If you press the foot or hand into paint it doesn’t cover as well and can be a lot more messy.

Here is how we did it!







what have YOU made lately?

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Flowers At The Park – My Random Act of Kindness

April 17th, 2014

This year I have just been doing a lot of secret random acts of kindness and giving ideas to my friends on my Facebook page on things to do.  The one I did at the park though I had to share because it was new for me and it was so much fun to see what happened.

I wrote a note on a blank piece of colored paper, poked a hole in it and got a piece of ribbon to tie it on bunch of flowers.



I picked up an inexpensive bunch of flowers at Publix



Once at the park where I was going to leave them I waited until no one is around (this may be a challenge at some parks) and then set them on the sidewalk where I know people would walk by which was right next to a parking lot where there were cars still.


We moved our car a little bit away from it and sat and watched.  Within about 10 minutes a lady was going to walk by with her dog.  at the same time another couple came by and were getting in their car.  The lady with the dog was talking to the couple and ended up not seeing them.  BUT the couple that was getting in the car saw them laying on the sidewalk and the guy walked over to the flower really cautiously.  He really took his time looking and then bent down and picked them up and read the card.  I thought for sure he was going to give them to his wife in the car but he walked over to where the lady with the dog had gone and he gave them to her.  That TOTALLY made me smile that he passed them on to someone else and didn’t keep them for himself or his wife.

My oldest was so excited he said “mommy it worked!”

What random act of kindness have you done lately?

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Easter Basket idea 2014

April 13th, 2014

We don’t do candy in our house so we just get things they need for summer in their Easter baskets.
I bought the baskets several years ago I think through Lillian Vernon?

They are getting a swim top, water shoes, beach towel, toothbrush, one little Lego guy and a pen :)

What do you put in your child’s Easter Basket?


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Sunday Coupon Preview 4/13/14

April 13th, 2014

Looks like three coupon inserts in the paper today.  Remember that coupons vary by size of city and newspaper so if you buy it at the store make sure you are getting what you want.

Here is what should be in them.

Smart Source TWO inserts

Insert #1

Almay cosmetic product 4.00/1 (4/27)
Aveeno products 1.00/1 (5/10) excludes bars and ETS
Aveeno products 2.00/2(5/10) excludes cleaning bars and ETS
Benadry topical product 2.00/1 (5/10) ETS
Birdseye Voila ariety 1.00/1 (7/31)
Brigham’s ice cream or Elan’s frozen yogurt 1.00/1 (5/30) DND
Carapeli olive oil 17oz+ 1.00/1 (7/13)
Cooked perfect meatballs 1.00/1 (7/6)
Cooked perfect bites 1.00/1 (7/6)
Easy off oven cleaner .50/1 (5/25)
Fruitable juice boxes 8-pack 1.00/2 (6/30)
GE energy efficient soft white, GE Reveal, GE Energy smart, GE LED 1.00/1 (6/4)
Glass plus .35/1 (5/25)
Gum oral care products .55/1 (5/31)
Gum squeeze a color toothpaste or power toothbrush 1.00/1 (5/31)
Hood cream products 16oz 1.00/2 (6/14)
Johnson’s baby products 1.00/1 (6/7) ETS
Johnsonville breakfast sausage 1.00/2 (6/30)
Lipton Iced tea 12-packs or jugs 1.00/2 (5/31)
Listerine mouthwash 1L 1.00/1 (6/30)
Listerine naturals antiseptic 1L 1.00/1 (6/30)
Listerine smart rinse 500ml 1.00/1 (6/30)
Lime a way .50/1 (5/25)
Lubriderm products 6oz+ 1.50/1 (5/10)
Lysol automatic hand soap dispenser 5.00/1 (5/14)
Lysol touch of foam hand soap 1.00/2 (5/14)
Mitchum Deodorant 1.00/1 (5/18) ETS, clinical, and twin packs
Mitchum Clinical 3.00/1 (5/18)
Motrin childrens or infants motrin product (5/10) ETS
Mop & Glow .50/1 (5/25)
Neosporin, Bandaids, or Red Cross products first aid kits 2.00/3 (5/10)
Neutrogena cleanser ETS 1.00/1 (5/10)
Old English product .75/1 (5/25)
Ore-Ida frozen potato products 19oz+ 1.00/2 (6/30)
Ortega products 1.00/3 (6/30)
Pepcid 25ct+ 2.00/1 (5/10)
Philipss Sonicare diamondclean flexcare platinum or flexcare 15.00/1 (5/31)
Philips Sonicare rechargeable toothbrush excludes power-up 10.00/1 (5/31)
Philips Sonicare power up battery toothbrush or powerup brush head 3-pack 5.00 (5/31)
Philips Sonicare brush head multi-pack excludes power-up brush heads4.00 (5/31)
Post honey bunches of oats cereal 11oz+ 1.00/2 (5/25)
Relvon Luxurious Colorsilk buttercream 2.00/1 (5/18)
Relvon Colorsilk Luminista or frost & glow 1.00/1(5/18)
Rogaine hair regrowth treatment product 3ct+ 10.00/1 (5/10)
Rug doctor rental 5.00 (5/3)
Rug doctor carpet cleaner 96oz 5.00/1 (5/3)
Tylenol children’s or infants 1.00/1 (5/10) ETS
Tylenol 24ct+ 1.00/1 (5/10)
Scotch brite lint roller 1.00/1 (5/31) ETS
Simply sleep product 2.00/1 (5/10)
Splenda sweetener packets 200ct+ granulated 9.7oz or sugar blend products 2.00/1 ( 5/24)
Starbucks coffee 10oz bags + 2.00/2 (6/14)
Starbucks k-cups 10ct-16ct 1.50/1 (6/14)
Starbucks ready brew 5ct+ 1.00/1 (6/14)
So Delicious dairy free product 1.00/1 (7/31)
Smart balance buttery spreads 1.00/2 (5/28)
Sudafed adult PE,Children Sudafed PE, Benadryl, Tyenol sinus, Visine, or Neosporin product 1.00/1 (5/10)
Sudafed adult PE,Children Sudafed PE, Benadryl, Tyenol sinus, Visine, or Neosporin product 3.00/2 (5/10)
Tropicana Farmstand 46oz bottle 1.00/1 (5/31)
Zyrtec 40ct+5.00/1 (6/2)
Zyrtec adult 12ct+ .00/1 (5/2)
Zyrtec dissolve tabs 4.00/1 (5/2) ETS

Insert #2

Ajax $.25/1 Dish Liquid 14oz+ or Auto Dish Pacs (5/3)
Arm & Hammer $2/2 Laundry Detergents (5/17)
Ban $.75/1 Antiperspirant Deodorant (4/30)
Ban Free Total Refresh Cooling Body Cloths up to $3.99 (4/30)
Benefiber $2/1 Product (6/30)
Clear Care $3/1 Cleaning and Disinfecting Solution 12oz+ (5/30)
Clorox $.50/1 34ct+ Disinfecting Wipes (5/31) TARGET COUPON
Colgate $.50/1 Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush excluding Extra Clean, Classic Clean or Triple Action (5/3)
Colgate $.50/1 Toothpaste 3.4oz+ (4/26)
Colgate $2/1 360 Twin Pack or Multi Pack Only Manual Toothbrushes (4/26)
Colgate $2/1 Mouthwash 32oz+ (5/10)
Colgate $2/1 Total, Optic White, Max Fresh or Sensitive Twin Pack (4/26)
Fiber One $.50/1 Chewy Bars, 90 Calorie Products, Protein Chewy Bars or Meal Bar (6/7)
Gas-X $1.25/1 Product (6/30)
Gas-X/Benefiber/Prevacid 24HR $5/$25 (5/31)
General Mills $.50/2 Bugles Corn Snacks, Chex Mix, Pillsbury Baguette Chips, Gardetto’s Snack Mix or Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips 4oz+ (6/7)
General Mills $.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers or Fruit Roll-Ups or Ocean Spray, Mott’s, Sunkist or Fiber One Fruit Flavored Snacks (6/7)
Glad $1.50/1 25ct+ Trash Bags (5/31) TARGET COUPON
Hamburger Helper $.75/3 (6/7)
Hershey’s $1/1 Spreads Chocolate 13oz (6/1)
Huggies $1/1 Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants (5/10)
ICAPS $3/1 Eye Vitamin and Mineral Product (5/30)
Jergens $1/1 Natural Glow Face Daily Moisturizer Sunscreen (5/10) ETS
Jergens $1/1 Natural Glow Moisturizer excludes Sunscreen and Trial (5/10)
Kraft $.50/2 Macaroni and Cheese Cups (5/13)
Kraft $.75/2 Dressing Bottles 15.8-16oz (5/11)
Little Debbie $1/1 Product (6/15) DND
Martha Stewart $5/1 Essentials (10/31) 2 Coupons
Maxwell House $.50/1 Ground Coffee (5/10)
Nature Valley $.50/1 Granola Bars 5ct+, Granola Thins, Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares or Breakfast Biscuits (6/7)
Nudges $.55/1 Bag (6/7)
Opti-Free $3/1 Product 10oz+ (5/30)
Pantene $1.50/2 Product (5/31) ETS
Pantene $3/3 Products (5/31) ETS
Pillsbury $.30/2 Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits (7/5)
Pillsbury $.40/3 Crescent Dinner Rolls (7/5)
Planters $1/2 Nuts or Peanut Butter 6oz+ (6/15) DND
Prevacid 24HR $3/1 Product (6/30)
Qunol $2/1 Coq10 Box 60 or 120ct (5/31)
Saags $1/1 Dinner Sausage (6/13)
Saags $1/1 Lunch Meat (6/13)
Scott Naturals $.50/1 Flushable Cleansing Cloths Tub or Refill (5/25)
Scott Naturals $.75/4+ Bath Tissue Rolls (5/25)
Scott Naturals $.75/6+ Paper Towel Rolls (5/25)
Simple $2/1 Cleanser excludes gift packs, trial and wipes (5/11)
Systane $1.50/1 Product (5/30)
Tree Hut $.75/1 Item (6/30) DND
Triscuit $1/1 Crackers 7.6+ (5/23)
Vidal Sassoon $2/1 Shampoo or Conditioner Product (5/31) excludes 12oz and ETS
Vidal Sassoon $2/1 Styling Product (5/31) ETS
Vidal Sassoon $5/1 Hair Color excludes shampoo, conditioner, styling and trial (4/27)
Viviscal $1/1 Gentle Shampoo or Moisturizing Conditioner (6/13)
Viviscal $2.50/1 Hair Filler Fibers (6/13)
Viviscal $3/1 Hair and Scalp Serum (6/13)
Viviscal $5/1 Extra Strength for Man (6/13)
Zadiator $3/1 Eye Drops 5ml+ (5/30)


Disney or Marvel $1/1 gummy vitamin (5/28)
Gain or Era $2/2 detergent 25 oz+ or Gain fabric enhancers (5/31) ETS
Gain or Era $1/1 detergent 25 oz+ or Gain fabric enhancers (5/31) ETS
Gillette $1/1 male disposable (5/31)ETS
Gillette $3/2 male disposables (5/31)ETS
Gillette $1/1 Venus or daisy disposables (5/31)ETS
Gillette $3/2 Venus or Daisy disposables (5/31) ETS
Hanovers $1/2 gold line frozen vegetables (5/15)
Hanovers $1/2 silver line frozen vegetables (5/15)
Hanovers $.50/1 bean essentials (5/15)
Hanovers $1/2 canned green beans 38 oz + (5/15)
Hefty $1/1 tall kitchen trash bags (6/30)
Hefty $1/1 large black trash bags (6/30)
Hellmann’s $1/1 product 16.5 oz + (5/11)
Hellmann’s $1/1 mayonnaise dressing with olive oil (5/11)
Keebler $1/2 crackers 8oz + (6/8)
Land o Frost $.75/1 Simply delicious lunchmeat (6/13)
Natures Bounty $2/1 (6/14)
Natures Bounty $2/1 hair, skin, and nails supplements (6/14)
Purina Friskies $1/1 cat treats 6 oz+ (6/30)
Quaker $1/1 real medleys cereal or bars (5/31)
Quaker $.75/2 Real medleys oatmeal (5/31)
Sinus Buster $3/1 sinus & allergy nasal spray (5/31)
Suave Professionals $2/1 Visible glow sunless tanner or body lotion (5/11)
Sundown Naturals $2/1 (6/14)
Superpretzel $.50/1 soft pretzel (5/25)
Superpretzel $.50/1 pretzel dogs (5/25)
Tide $1/1 PODS, gain flings, Downy Unstoppables, gain fireworks, or Bounce bursts (5/31) ETS
Welch’s $1/2 sparkling juice cocktail (6/16)

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I’m Ally The Person Behind the Blog 3/28/14

March 28th, 2014

Tonight I was looking back through some old photos and updates a year ago.  I posted on my FB page how thankful I am that I am healthy this year and pain free.  Last year at this time I was dealing with a kidney stone for over a month and was in SO much pain.

We have so much to be thankful for and I need to take the time more to stop and just say thank you to God for all that he has given me.  The little things matter.

Tonight I updated the page about me too.  Can’t believe that next week I turn 40, yikes when did that happen.  Felt good to have a lady friend tell me today that I don’t look that old.  I added our new photo to the page and updated all our ages.  Not sure why I want everyone to know how old I am.

Click HERE to take a look at it :)

Thanks to those of you that have stuck around and helped build this page/blog!


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Pampers Rewards Code 3/20/14

March 21st, 2014

Enter the following Pampers Rewards (Gifts to Grow) code in your account at the website and redeem the points for awards for you and your child.

It’s the first day of Spring! Celebrate the seasonal change with a 10 pt Pampers Rewards code: FB89SPRIN231P14. This offer is good from 3/20/14 – 3/22/14 and expires at 11:59 pm CT.


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Handprint & footprint birthday card

March 20th, 2014

Today one of the mommies of the little girls I care for celebrated a birthday. Had her little girl make a card for her. Simple & sweet!


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Pampers Reward Code 2/23/14

February 23rd, 2014

New Pampers Reward code good for 25 points when you enter it into your account.  Here is what Pampers posted on their FB page

n honor of all of your amazing Game Faces & Team USA’s achievements, here’s a 25-point ?#?PampersRewards? code: FBLYMPCHEER4U14. This code expires on 2/25 at 11:59pm EST.


Codes are found on diaper packages and wipes packages and redeemed for free items with points they give you.

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Gift Wrap With Baby Blankets

February 23rd, 2014

I love not using regular wrapping paper when I can and being creative.  I haven’t done this in awhile so it was nice to try it again.  I took packages of diapers and wrapped them with baby blankets.  Makes it a nice gift and I don’t have to buy wrapping paper they just keep it.

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I started with 3 packages of diapers and 5 blankets so I knew I would have one leftover.  I also had an outfit and socks and hats to add to the gift as well so I wrapped them up and put them on top.

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Hats, socks, little pink outfit and diapers.  Blankets on the top.

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I wrapped them just like I would regular paper.  I set it in the middle and folded over the top and put one safety pin in the middle.

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After that I folded the ends and brought the extra up over the top and pinned it once on each end.

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Once all pinned I only used three pins in each package of diapers.  I did the same thing for all three packages and blankets.  photo 4

Once complete I wrapped the outfit with a blanket as well and set it on top.  I found some pink ribbon so I wrapped it around all the blankets and tied it tight to secure it the best I could.  I had to brand new pacifiers as well so I pinned them to the top if she doesn’t use them that is fine just didn’t need them so I added them for decoration.

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Turned out pretty cute.  I find that Target will put blankets on clearance they are discontinuing so if you watch you can find them at a good price and just put them up.  I got these over a year ago and thankfully remembered that I had them.  I had the outfit too so I just had to purchase diapers. makes a fun baby shower gift and a little more unique than just a bag or regular wrapping paper.

What do you think? would you like getting this?


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Coupon Preview Sunday 2/23/14

February 22nd, 2014

Looks like one coupon insert this weekend.  If  you are looking for Huggies coupons looks like there are a couple of those in the insert as well.  Take a look at what should be inside.

Remember that coupons vary by area and by size of city that the paper is in.

Smartsource insert

Blue Diamond $.55/1 32oz+ chilled or shelf stable almond breeze (3/31)
Blue Diamond $1/1 reduced sugar almond breeze (3/31)
Brookside $1/1 chocolate 7oz+ (4/20)
Chex Mix $.50/2 regular, muddy buddies or popped 4.5oz+ (4/19)
Clear Care $3/1 cleaning & disinfecting solution 12oz+ (4/20)
Colgate $.50/1 adult or kids manual toothbrush excluding plus, extra clean and classic (3/15)
Colgate $.50/1 toothpaste 3.5oz+ (3/8)
Colgate $3/1 optic white toothbrush + whitening pen (3/15)
Crystal Light $1/1 liquid drink mix (3/31)
Dannon $1/1 Danimals superstars 4pk (4/16)
Dole $1/1 59oz 100% juice product (4/20)
Edge $1/2 shave gels or creams excludes 2.75oz (4/6)
Energizer $.50/1 batteries or flashlight (4/26)
Energizer $1.50/1 ez turn & lock hearing aid batteries (4/26)
Energizer $1.50/1 ultimate lithium, advanced lithium, recharge, power plus or recharge universal batteries aa/aaa 4pk+ (4/26)
Excedrin $1.50/1 100ct+ product (5/5)
Excedrin $2/1 24ct+ product (3/2)
Gain/Cheer/Era $.50/1 gain, cheer or era detergents 25oz+ or gain fabric enhancer (3/31) ETS
Gain/Cheer/Era $1/2 gain, cheer or era detergents 25oz+ or gain fabric enhancer (3/31) ETS
Hartz $2/1 multi-cat litter (4/20)
Hershey Company $1/3 Cadbury or Reese’s eggs multipacks 4.8oz+ (4/5)
Hershey Company $2/3 Easter Hershey’s kisses, Reese’s, Hershey’s miniatures, Hershey’s eggs, Cadbury, Jolly rancher or Whoppers bags 8oz+ (4/5)
Honey Maid $.75/2 teddy grahams, grahamfuls filled crackers or graham crackers 7.04+ (4/11)
Huggies $.50/1 baby wipes 40ct+ (3/22)
Huggies $1.50/1 diapers (3/22)
Huggies $1.50/1 little snugglers, little movers or overnites diapers (3/22)
ICAPS $3/1 eye vitamin and mineral product (3/29)
Irish Spring $1/1 gear bar soap 6pk only (3/15)
Irish Spring $1/1 gear body wash (3/15) ETS
Johnsonville $1/1 meatballs or sausage slices (4/6)
Mucinex $2/1 product (3/31/14)
Mucinex $5/1 allergy product (4/6)
Nature Valley/Fiber One $.50/2 nature valley granola bars 5ct+, granola thins, soft-baked oatmeal squares, breakfast biscuits or Fiber One chewy bars or 90 calorie products (4/19)
Neutrogena $1/1 naturals acne product excluding trial and clearance (3/23)
Neutrogena $3/2 naturals products excluding trial, clearance, bar soap and lip balm (3/23)
Newtons $.75/1 cookies 8.75oz+ (4/18)
Purina Beneful B1G1 6oz+ free healthy smile dog snack up to $4.49 (4/23)
Reese’s $1/3 products (4/20)
Schick $1/2 hydro shave gels (4/6)
Schick $2/1 hydro refill (4/6)
Schick $4/1 hydro disposable razor (4/6)
Schick $4/1 hydro razor excludes disposables (4/6)
Schick $4/1 hydro silk disposable razor (4/6)
Schick $4/1 hydro silk razor excludes disposables (4/6)
Schick $6/1 hydro silk refill (4/6)
Scrubbing Bubbles $1/1 disinfectant bathroom cleaner (4/6)
Skintimate $1/2 shave gel or shave creme products excludes 2.75oz (4/6)
Softsoap $.35/1 7.5oz+ liquid hand soap pump (3/15)
Softsoap $1/1 8oz+ liquid hand soap pump (3/15)
Tide/Downy/Gain $.50/1 Tide pods, Gain flings, Downy unstopables or Gain fireworks (3/31) ETS
Tide/Downy/Gain $1.50/2 Tide pods, Gain flings, Downy unstopables or Gain fireworks (3/31) ETS
Ultimate Flora $3/1 probiotic (4/30)
Velveeta $.75/1 cheesy skillets (8/31)
Wonderful $.50/1 halos (3/30)
Yoplait $1/5 greek yogurt (4/19)


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