Friday, February 27, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Another thing she is liking...the puppy. Her interest in him grows daily and they are such good friends. Whenever he is near her (not even paying attention to her but in her area) she smiles and opens her arms wide to invite him towards her and then she tries to constantly pet him. Pretty cute!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Speaking of Peyton...she has a temper! She is starting to throw temper tantrums! I didn't think that was possible at 5 months. She will scream at you and just fuss when she doesn't get her way. I am working on ignoring it when we are at home but she tends to do them more in public which normally means mommy responds. What a turkey!
Monday, February 16, 2009
And here is the after....
Also, I decided to go and get my hair cut yesterday. I let it grow long while I was pregnant because all the hormones made my hair grow like mad and since then I have just kept it long. Well I called yesterday out of frustration as I was tired of my long and annoying hair (a five month old permanently attached to your hair didn't help) and I made the mistake of going to a different stylist than I normally do becauase I didn't want to wait another four days to get it cut. She did a really good job overall but I did ask for it to be just above my shoulders and I guess your chin is your new shoulder but it is just hair and it is kind of growing on me (no pun intended)! I am liking it more this morning so that is good!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Yes that is a giant fork and spoon on the wall in my kitchen. How fun are those?! We finally made it home and started on our project only to find that the builder makes very large and unecessary holes when installing things....
One last fun update and kind of an early Valentines gift was the arrival of my curtains last night! FINALLY!
I LOVE DECORATING! Happy Valentines Day everyone!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Pretty much the Grocery Game is advertised as the following:
What is The Grocery Game? The Grocery Game is a website that can save you hundreds of dollars on your grocery bill each month. Log in, spend a few minutes with a pair of scissors, and you're off to win The Grocery Game! When you play, you'll get a weekly list (called Teri's List) of the lowest-priced products at your supermarket matched with manufacturers' coupons and weekly specials -- advertised and unadvertised. The Grocery Game does all the hard work and research, and presents it to you in a straightforward format.
What do the colors on Teri's List mean? Teri's List is color-coded. Black items are a good price. Buy these if you need the item now. Blue items are for stockpiling. We do not expect this item to go lower so stock up while the price is at rock bottom. Green items are free. These are not "Buy one get one free" but are actually free after sale and coupon. All you pay is sales tax!
So...it is $1 for a four week trial to as many stores or lists as you want and then it is $10 every 8 weeks for one list (each additional list is $5). After looking at last weeks published list there were some really good deals that I was not even aware of. In order to start truly seeing savings you need to gain a 12 week stockpile of goods so I will be starting on that and will evaluate how we are doing in 12 weeks to see if it worth continuing. Not bad for $21!
You can check out the Grocery Game by clicking here. Also, if you decide to register, make sure to put my email in the referral part so I can get some free weeks!
Monday, February 9, 2009
We had a busy weekend so it is nice to just be lazy together. On Saturday the ladies of the house along with Grandma went downtown to an art gallery where a former co-worker displays some of her work along with 30 other artists in a co-op gallery setting called Archway Gallery. Peyton really enjoyed the paintings and a silly flamingo sculpture thing and was so well behaved. After that I decided that Peyton should further her interest in Pottery Barn and we made a trip over there along with Restoration Hardware and Crate and Barrel. Peyton has visited all these places before but I feel like she was too young to truly understand what we were doing and now that she has seen the catalogues...it was a whole new experience. But really, it is so great that she is more alert and awake when we go places. It is fun to show her things and interact with her outside of the house. Daddy stayed home Saturday and did so much around the house for us which was great! Then Sunday we had small group and spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and cutting coupons. A great weekend!
So, all in all, my first week on the new job went well. It hit me on Wednesday what has happened but I know that this is where I need to be and I am so happy with our decision. This week my goals are to try not to be so busy with housework and look for opportunities to get out of the house and do things. So, tomorrow my mom and I are heading out to High Fashion (a huge fabric store) downtown and I will also be starting more on my master bedroom decorating by hopefully picking a paint color so I can start painting this weekend. One other item on my to-do list is to look into some play date opportunities for me and Peyton. She really needs to continue to be around other kids and I need to meet some new mommies so we will be following up on some things I have found...but for now....NAP TIME!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Yesterday was a busy day. We were up and at Target at 9:00 AM. I am so used to getting up early and getting going that I didn't realize how early it was until I noticed that there were hardly any cars there. Prior to going to Target I was able to get laundry going, pick up the kitchen, do some dishes and just start getting our house back in order. I picked up some cleaning supplies and some clothes for Peyton at Target (I got an outfit for $2.50 regular $10). We then headed home and spent the afternoon playing. We went for a short walk to get the mail to test out the jogging stroller. It hit me how much she has grown when she was sitting up and looking so big in there compared to the last time in October/November when she was so small. She loved the stroller and was squeeling with excitment. We then went over to Grandma's for a little bit and I went to CVS to score some deals. I got back and we headed home to make dinner and had a nice evening with Daddy. At one point, I looked at my watch and realized that it was 6:30 PM and we had already had dinner and were relaxing as a family...I used to get home at 6:30 PM! It was so nice!
Today, we hit up the grocery store and then spent the afternoon at home. Peyton is still congested and her cough sounds worse today so she was grumpy and needed to relax. I did some cleaning during one of her naps but then she woke up and as soon as I held her she fell right asleep but didn't want to sleep in her bed so I did my favorite thing, I put her on JOhn's side of the bed and put a pillow as barrier so she wouldn't wiggle off and we napped together. At one point she woke up, looked at me, smiled and then went right back to sleep. Melted my heart!
Yesterday, Peyton started to reach out at Titus and try to pet him. He is being a good sport and was tolerating it until she leaned in to try and put his nose in her mouth and then he just backed off and looked at me. She loves him so much and it is great to see her smile at him and reach for him!
Also, in my shoping adventures this week so far, I have decided that by staying at home I would work a little harder on using coupons and looking for deals. Well, I am just in the early stages and have a lot to learn but I have already saved $106.14 this week during my regular grocery shopping and visiting CVS to stock up on some makeup etc (and I got $5 extra care bucks)! I still have some work to do and have learned tricks this week already but it is fun to save my family money!
I am still trying to figure out what our new routine will look like but it has been nice to be able to pick up the house, cook dinner and most importantly play and talk with Peyton all day long!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
So, my first creative undertaking is our master bedroom! So, stay tuned in the next month for our master bedroom transformation. Here is what we are starting with (we have added a dresser and mirror since these have been taken but I don't have a more recent picture)....
Step One in our master bedroom update is purchasing curtains for the living room. I thought you were redecorating the master...why are you buying living room curtains? Because the current curtains in the living room fit perfectly with my paint plans and sheets and why not use what you currently have and be able to update two rooms at once. After much searching (and a promotional coupon for free shipping and a discount off my total purchase) I finally decided to purchase thesese from http://www.halfpricedrapes.com/. I can't wait until they come!
Step Two, is waiting for my Pottery Barn gift card to come in the mail from us redeeming our Wells Fargo Rewards points! I found a duvet cover and shams at Pottery Barn that I LOVE and refuse to pay full price for them. However, a gift card helps justify the cost. Once I get the cover and shams I will search other discount stores for the rest of the sheets etc and then start putting things together and painting!
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Peyton immeditaly grabbed at my hand and the spoon and directed me towards her mouth which made us very excited. Once it arrived at her mouth however the looks of glee turned into a little bit of confusion. She let it sit on her lips and front of her mouth for awhile and then finally swallowed. Overall she was very interested and a willing participant...even opening her mouth big and wide now and then. We only played around for five minutes or so becuase I didn't want to ruin a good thing. We will continue to experiment in the coming weeks.
Which means that this month I will be purchasing my supplies for making my own baby food (new food processor and some ice cube trays with lids for freezing). I have done a tremendous amount of research (http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ is an AMAZING site) and am very confident and excited about doing this for Peyton. Not only will it limit the amount of preservatives she will be getting but it will save us a bundle of money! She won't start on the fun veggies etc until late next month but I wanted to look around for deals on food processors and be ready for when she is ready!