Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Scary Sight

After taking my second grader to the bus stop, the younger two kids and I were going to grab a few things from Kroger and get gasoline before heading to the park for an educational program.

We got about two blocks from the store and all of a sudden there was smoke everywhere. Dark, swirling smoke, low and up high in the sky, and lots of people milling about. We turned to get out of the way and as I made my way onto a major city street, several ladder trucks plus fire engines and fire chiefs were blaring their sirens.

The surrounding streets were still closed hours later.

After we got back home, I found out that it was a large apartment complex with 42 units in the building. It was a 3-alarm fire and the building was a total loss. Nobody died but 10 were injured and one firefighter was hospitalized for exhaustion.

Being so close, getting the smoke in our vehicle and smelling it, was scary! It also makes you think about how things can change in a moment of time.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Meijer, Kroger

Target:
2 lipton tea @2.14 -2 x $1/1 printable coupons and -$1/2 Target coupon
4 up & up children's allergy relief @5.89 -5% cartwheel -.75/1 Target coupon
up & up diapers 14.44 clearance price, -$1 off a $3+ up & up item -5% cartwheel
up & up wipes @1.49 -5% cartwheel -.75/2 Target coupon
dunkin donuts coffee 2.34 (70% off)
-$10/40 up & up purchase

Meijer:
milk 3.28

Kroger:
I did the mega deal early in the week and got Huggies wipes and soft soap body wash. I also got bread for $.25 and donut holes for $.50. They were out of some items so I got rainchecks. Later in the week I got milk for $2.77/gallon, chocolate pretzels for .75 per bag, fancy bread for .99 a loaf, feta for .99 per package, Aleve for .62 and cereal for $.99 each.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Book Review: Moses Leads the People

Moses Leads the People with pictures by David Miles is part of the I Can Read Adventure Bible Series and is a level 2 reader.

Although this is the same story about Moses we all grew up hearing, it is done in a very child-friendly way. Some Biblical stories can sound downright scary when you're a child, but the nice pictures in this book help to mitigate the fright so that children can see that God is in control no matter how bad things might seem.

I liked that the book had a page at the end describing the important people in the story and a small "words to treasure" section. My only issue was that the faces of the people seem to be more like caricatures. 

This would be a nice book for kids ages 3 to 6 or so. It's short enough to hold a 3 year old's attention yet accurate and detailed enough to not bore a 6 year old.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation. The opinion here is my own.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Kroger, Meijer, Fresh Thyme

Target:
2 pairs kids' C9 shorts @5.58 -50% cw
2 pairs kids' c9 shorts @3.88 -50% cw
girl's tunic 5.60
3 pairs girls shorts 1.50ea
-$5/30 kids apparel coupon
2 boxes pop-tarts @2.66 -2 x .40/1 printables
4 tressemme keratin clearance @4.24 -2 x buy 1 get 1 free autodeduct 7.99
2 vitamin c drops 1.82 -5% cw -2 x .75/1 tq
3 mucinex 5.99-25% cw -$2/1 tq -$2/1 from doctor's office for each

2 mucinex @13.29 -25% cw -2 x $7/1 manufacturer's q - 2 x $5/1 target q catalina coupons
2 always discreet @4.99 -$5/2 target coupon and -$5/2 manufacturer's coupon
tylenol nite clearance 3.24 -$2/1 from doctor's office
4 4-pk kleenex clearance 4.40 -2 x 1.50/2 tq -4 x .75/1 peelies on packs
3 tena @4.99 -3 x $5/1 mq

4 pillsbury cookie dough @2.54 -10% CW -4 x $1/1 printable coupons - buy 3 get 1 free sale
2 birthday cards @.99 -$2/2 tq
2 whole milk @3.39 -.75/2 tq -5% cw
-.40 brought my own bags
Total $42.83 and I paid with a $50 GC I got for redeeming MyPoints from mypoints.com


Kroger:
pair of pajamas for my son, $2.75 manager's special
2-pack thick socks 2.49 -$1/1 peelie
conditioner- free after coupon and mega discount
4 items (gifts) $.99 after mega discount
I paid $7.34. 

Another visit to Kroger:
5 4-packs of muffins .99 each, part of buy 5 get $5 off mega event = free
2 boxes Idahoan casserole potatoes @2.49 -2 x free item catalinas
emerald nuts 1.79 manager's special -$1/1 printable
I paid .74.

Meijer:
socks 3.00
top 7.00 -40% mPerk
pen 2.24 -1.50 mPerk
8 nail polish @1.59 -8 x $1/1 tearpad coupons
bread .94
ice cream 3.89 -$2/1 mPerk
novelty bars 3.00 -$2/1 mPerk
ice cream 4.29 -1.50/1 mPerk -.75/3 mPerk
ice cream 4.29 -$2/1 mPerk
2 dean's dips @1.25 -2 x $.55/1 printable coupons
8 yoplait @.50 -$1/8 printable coupon
ice cream 2.50 -$1/1 mPerk
angel food cake 2.79 -$2/1 mPerk
-$20 off groceries coupon from pharmacy
Paid $12.18. 

Fresh Thyme:
I won a $25 gift card. Since it's quite a drive, I waited until I was in the area to make my visit. I had good timing because they had some great produce deals.
apples .47/#
peaches .57/#
green beans 1.29/#
cauliflower .98 each
bananas .55/#
foccacia 2.99
2 caramel apples .99 each
bag of ginger snaps .99
chocolates from bulk area 
My gift card covered my purchase. I had a few cents leftover and I just gave it to the person behind me.

Book Review: Berenstain Bears Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Bearenstain Bears: Blessed Are the Peacemakers by Mike Berenstain is a children's book that teaches the lesson of bringing people together. The story takes place at a school playground and includes a snippet of Romeo & Juliet.

The illustrations are the same as what you'd be used to from other books in the series. I think this would be a good book for kids ages 4 through 7. The lessons taught include respect, mindfulness and peacemaking.

At the end of the book there are some questions that parents can pose to their children. There are also two activity suggestions on ways to bring the story to life in your own home.

This book would make a nice addition to a nursery school or Sunday school library or a home library.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review: 940 Saturdays

940 Saturdays by Harley A Rotbart, M.D. is a journal in which parents can keep track of all the fun things they do with their child each week. Instead of trying to do a baby book or extensive scrapbooking, this book allots about one paragraph or half a page of space to jot down notes or even tape a picture of what you did.

The number 940 accounts for the number of Saturdays you have from birth until your child turns 18. In the back of the book, there is an envelope containing a small booklet with over a thousand suggestions on family activities to do together.

Quite frankly, this is an expensive notebook. Although it's nicer than a notebook, it's not exactly frugal. I suppose it would make a nice baby shower gift. I wouldn't pay the retail price of this book for a bunch of lined paper and a suggestions list. I suppose someone who really has no ideas might benefit from the suggestions, but I don't have a problem finding things to do on Saturdays or any other day!

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing an honest review. I did not receive any other compensation.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Giant Eagle, Meijer, Target, Kroger, Amazon, CVS, Estate Warehouse Sale

Giant Eagle:
2 packs Angel soft tissue @$1, used 2 x .50/1 coupons doubled = free
bag of reduced bananas .99
6 boxes various Nature Valley / Fiber one items @2.50, used 6 x .60/1 doubled
Trix cereal $2, used $.85/1 doubled
Tide clearance 2.49, used $1/1
bread .79
2 packs buns @.99
2 chi chi's salsa @2.29 -2 x $1/1 coupons
2 chi chi's tortillas @2.29 -2 x .55/1 coupons doubled
4 Herdez salsa @1.29 -4 x $1/1 coupons
ring pop .59 (kid tax, lol)
-$5/50 purchase catalina
Paid $19.61.

Amazon:
2 2-packs of liquid children's zyrtec allergy medicine
box of wipes

CVS:
pantene $3.33 -$2/1 printable and -$1/1 CVS red machine coupon
6 Revlon shadow @3.29 -buy one get one 50% off, -6 x $2/1 printable coupons
2 Starbucks iced coffee drinks @1.99 -2 x $1/1 tearpad q's
chicken soup $.99 -.50/1 CVS red machine coupon
2 advil 2.57 -2 x 2.50/1 tearpad coupons
6 schick razor clearance @2.19 -6 x $2/1 peelie coupons
-$10/40 purchase from my email
Paid $.74 in tax.

Meijer:
strawberries 1.50
2 raspberries @$1
eggs $.99/dozen
1 yoplait, free after mPerk
sausage $3-$1/1 mPerk
tea bags 2.38 -$1/1 mPerk
Scrubbing bubbles shower cleaner $2.49 wyb 4, used $1/1 coupons, got back $2 oyno
allergy tablets 4.65 -$4/1 printable coupon
vitamin D 4.29 -$3/1 mPerk
Covergirl nail polish clearance 1.24 -$1.50/1 mPerk

Target:
2 gallons milk 3.39 -5% cartwheel -$.75/2 target.com coupon
2 pepperidge farm swirl bread @2.99 -15% cartwheel -2 x .50/1 coupons
4 Nesquick milk @1.19 -4 x $1/1 peelies
4 Mott's applesauce @3/$5 -2 x $1/2 printable coupons
4 Crayola colored pencils @1.29 -20% cartwheel -4 x .50/1 peelies
2 Bear Naked granola bars @3.79 -50% cartwheel
4 Kettle chips @$2 -4 x $1/1 peelies
4 Pillsbury cookie dough @2.72 -buy 3 get 1 free -2 x $1/2 printable coupons -10% Cartwheel


Kroger:
bread .89 manager's special
milk 2.19 manager's special
bag of apples $.99 per pound
back pack $2 manager's special
shave gel free after mega discount and coupon
goldfish crackers $.17 per bag after mega sale and coupons
m&ms free per large bag after mega discount, digital coupon and OYNO
Magnum ice cream bars $1.49 per box after mega discount and blinkie coupon
weight watcher's cream cheese $.54 after mega discount and printable coupon

Estate Warehouse Sale:
My oldest child came with me. She selected a stencil and small bag of stamps. I got a laundry basket of yarn and a few crochet hooks in sizes I didn't have. We paid $5.