Tuesday, May 21, 2013

This weeks Grocery Savings

I love saving money, who doesn't. I really didn't need much grocery's this week but when I saw what was on sale at my local grocery store, I had to go.

I have three grocery stores near me. Stop & Shop, Shaws and Market Basket. S&S is the most expensive, however I save the most there and it ends up being way cheaper than the other two stores. So even though this doesn't look like much, it is almost $60.00 worth of food.

I bought two boxes of Luigi's Italian Ice, two packages of chicken drumsticks, one whole chicken, one lb of broccoli, one bottle of ketchup, one bottle of mayo, four cans of mandarin oranges, one box of Cheez-Its, one jar of pickles, and two packages of laundry detergent packets (I do buy some detergent when I can get it for super cheap, otherwise I make my own).

Everything I bought was on sale. I had coupons for everything, except the chicken and broccoli. Those were on sale for 99¢ a lb. I use the little handheld scanner thing that you use to do your own checkout and it also has coupons on it. It had one for the Cheez-its today. The detergent was buy one get one and you can use two coupons for them cause you are buying two of them, they just happen to be giving one for free. The best coupon I had was from Oakhurst milk. It was a $10.00 gift certificate off anything at the grocery store. I get one of these like 2-3 times a year. No idea how I started getting them. I might have signed up on their website or something. Anyway, here is my receipt showing the total before, my savings, and what I paid.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Homemade Oxy Clean

Here is a "recipe" that I use to clean my whites. I try not to use bleach and have found that this makes my clothes cleaner and soft as well.

For a small to medium sized load use:

1/2 cup Washing Soda (not baking soda)
1/2 cup Hydrogen Peroxide

For a large load or a very soiled load use:

1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Hydrogen Peroxide

I use hot water and put in my regular detergent. Add my clothes, then add the washing soda. Once the washer starts to agitate, I add the hydrogen peroxide and let it agitate a moment more. Then I turn The washer off and let it sit for a few hours. I tend to do my whites at night and let it soak over night then finish it up first thing in the morning.

This works great at getting the dirt and gunk that seems to cling to my son and hubby's socks. I also add my cleaning rags and my homemade cloth pads and this solution gets both very clean.

One word of advice though, Do not mix the washing soda and peroxide up together ahead of time. The peroxide looses its potency and changes over time. it is why it is stored in a light proof bottle.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monthly Plans for May

Lilly of the Valley


  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Baby Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Edible Flowers
  • Asparagus


  • Plant cold weather veggies
  • Mow lawn for the first time
  • Clean & fill bird feeders
  • Hang humming bird feeder


  • Lilacs blooming
  • Tulips & daffodils flowering
  • Violets & pansies planted in the garden
  • Spring Peepers chirping nightly
  • Birds singing for their mates
  • The orchard is blooming
  • Full Flower Moon

Fun Holidays

  • Arthritis Awareness Month
  • National Salsa Month
  • National Strawberry Month
  • National Wildflower Week (5-11)
  • National Nurses Week (6-12)
  • National Police Week (11-17)
  • World Asthma Day (7)
  • Fibromyalgia Awareness Day (12)
  • Beltane (1)
  • The Kentucky Derby (11)
  • Cinco de Mayo (5)
  • Letter Carrier Food Drive (11)
  • Mother's Day (12)
  • Chocolate Chip Day (15)
  • Hug Your Cat Day (15)
  • Memorial Day (27)

Family Fun

  • Start planting veggie garden
  • Clean and organize deck
  • Clean grill; fill propane
  • Have first barbecue of the season
  • Eat at Las Olas for Cinco de Mayo
  • Make windchimes
  • Go on a mushroom walk in the damp weather
  • Make catnip toys for the cat
  • Fill a bag of food for the letter carrier
  • Collect & press wildflowers
  • Watch the birds that have returned

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dinner Plans 5/12 - 5/18

Sunday ~ Chinese

Monday ~ Left over Chinese

Tuesday ~ Cheese burgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, green salad

Wednesday ~ Baked Mac & Cheese, salad

Thursday ~ Roast Chicken, mashed potatoes & gravy, green beans, salad

Friday ~ Chicken noodle soup

Saturday ~ Chicken salad sandwiches, salad

Friday, May 10, 2013

Max Photo Montage

 Just a bunch of pictures of my brother in laws cat, Max, who we are taking care of. He is a source of entertainment for sure. Crazy things he does and gets into.

Monday, May 6, 2013

My Yard Sale Scores

Once the warm weather hits, we hit the yard sales every weekend. This past Saturday was no exception.

We found this one subdivision or large (very friggin large) neighborhood wide yard sale. There were like 20-30 houses that we part of the sale. I swear just about every family had babies or toddlers, so I went looking for some things for my new nephew.

I got this little Step 2 slide. It was suppose to have a bat to go with the ball, a basketball net and a basketball, but that's ok. Less things to get hit with. LOL. It was in very good condition and I only paid $2.00 for it.

I also got him a couple of jackets for the fall, a couple of nightgown sleeper things for the summer and a cute onesie. The sleepers were never worn (they had that new crunchy feel) and the other things are in excellent condition. I paid $5.00 for these.

Then for myself, I scored season 1,2,4,5,6 of CSI on dvd. They are still sealed in plastic (I opened up a few  to check them out). I paid $15.00 for all those. I was totally psyched about this.

Matt also got a few things too. A brand new steering wheel and peddles for the Xbox 360 for $19.00. It normally goes for $150.00. He also got a couple of Nerf Super Soaker guns (as if he needs more Nerf guns) for a couple of bucks each. A set of board games that has like 6 or so different games in it like, chess, checkers, mancala, etc. That was $1.00. The last thing he got was a mountain bike for $5.00. It needs the brakes lubed up and the tires inflated, which Matt did when we got home. I do need to take the decals off the bike because it says Coors Light and The Silver Bullet. Not a good idea for a twelve year olds bike.

We were out for three hours, my Fibro decided to flare and then my RA decided to kick in. Hanging out in bed with pain meds and the remote was how I spent the rest of the day.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Dinner Plans for 5/5 - 5/11

Sunday ~ Kielbasa, potato salad, green leaf salad

Monday ~ Corn Chowder

Tuesday ~ Cheeseburgers, potato salad, green leaf salad

Wednesday ~ Pasta & sauce, salad, garlic bread

Thursday ~ Hot dogs, baked beans, fries, salad

Friday ~ Baked mac & cheese

Saturday ~ Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans

Friday, May 3, 2013

Gift from my dad

I was finishing up my walk with a girlfriend today, when I noticed a box by my door. I couldn't figure out why it was there. I didn't order anything, so I was kinda confused.

I noticed that there was an agricultural sticker on the front of the box and when I looked at the return address, I saw that it was from a lily place. I love lily's. They are my all time favorite flower. I remember during the summer my dad had me go through a catalog of lily's and pick out my favorite three plants. Well, those lily's have arrived.

Three different plants and at least 3 of each. They are bulbs, so I will get to see their beauty next spring. Inside the box, there was also two notes, both hand written.

So nice of them to do this. Made me smile for sure. Going to keep these notes in my garden journal.

Of course they sent me a couple of their catalogs and a pamphlet on how to care for my lily's. Here is the link for Oakes Daylillies in case you ever want to order from them.

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