Thursday, March 31, 2011

March Of Dimes- March for Babies

I have decided to join a team of friends and participate in the March for Babies this year. March for Babies is a 3 mile walk to raise money for babies that are born too soon or born sick. The money raised will go to March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies. It's also used to provide comfort and information to families with babies in the newborn intensive care unit.

My friend Amanda's son was born early and was in the hospital for a while and then I have shared with you about baby Gavin who is my friend Nacita's son. These stories have touched my heart and the least I can do for these families and others is raise some money and go for a walk.

So if you can, I ask that you please donate to this wonderful cause! I have a badge at the top of my blog where you can go to donate or pledge to walk! Thank you!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


The winner of the Grovia AI2 from Wee Little Changes is....

Comment #74 Hannah!
I like the the bumgenius artist diapers and the thirsties duo diapers. 

Congrats Hannah! You have been emailed and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen!

Wordless Wednesday- Cousins

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Back to School!

I started my first day of my last quarter of college yesterday! I will graduate in June! I am soooooo excited! This quarter I only have one class and its a super easy class where basically I just have to show up and do the work. No lectures or new things to learn. Its going to be a breeze!

That being said, I hope to be able to blog a lot more than I was able to last quarter! I have some exciting things to talk about in the near future and as always, we will continue to have Mom Blog Monday blog hop, Fun with Food Fridays, and reviews and giveaways as well! So be sure to subscribe via email so you can get all the latest updates!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop!

Are you a Mommy blogger? Do you blog about your kids? Do you blog about great things for Mommies?
 Do you wanna meet other Mom Bloggers?

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom
This blog hop is hosted by Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom , and Luxury Living Frugal Style!


All we ask is that you follow Sippy Cups and Cloth BumsThe Not- So- Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom, and Luxury Living Frugal Style.We are the first three on the linky!Then follow spot #4 which is the featured blog! Be sure to leave us a comment so we can follow you back!

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I am a stay at home to three children all under the age of five and all three of my children have food allergies. In our home we deal with food allergies to milk, eggs, peanuts and tree nuts.  We are also beginning to homeschool our two oldest children. In addition to taking care of my kids and husband I am also a long distance runner and enjoy running half marathons.
My blog features information about food allergies, recipes and food allergy product reviews as well as fun activities and products to use with kids.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Fun With Food Friday- Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Welcome back to Fun with Food Friday! This week I tried a new recipe with the new Philidelphia Cooking Creams that just recently came out in stores!

Be sure to check out Chocolate Mama for another awesome recipe to try this week!!

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

What you Need

  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 3 cups shredded, cooked chicken breast
  • 1 can no salt added, diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup Mexican Style Shredded cheese
  • 1 tub Philadelphia Santa Fe Blend Cooking Cream , divided
  • 8 flour tortillas (6 inch)
Make It

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cook and stir onions in oil in a large skillet on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in chicken, tomatoes, 3/4 of the cooking cream, and cheese. Simmer until warm. 

Spoon about 1/3 cup chicken mixture onto middle of tortilla. Roll up. Place in 13x9 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Top with remaining cooking cream. Cover. 

Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. 

I made a few modifications to this recipe. We're not huge fans of onions so I just used a little onion powder on the chicken. To shred the chicken I just boiled it and then cut it up into small pieces and shreds. The tortillas I had were a little bit larger than the recipe called for but it still worked out. I topped the enchiladas with some more cheese as well as the cooking cream. 
This turned out so delicious! Everyone in this house loved it! It's so easy to make to! I will definitely be making this often for dinner from now on! 

***Remember, if you send me a recipe for Fun with Food Friday you get 5 extra entries into any one of the current giveaways on the blog! Email recipes to 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

I've been such a lazy blogger!

I have to apologize! I promised lots of interesting posts when I was finished with school and I've given ya nothing! To be completely honest, I am just really enjoying my free time with my family and friends. I've been hanging out with Brian and Noah lots. And also other friends and family members. I've gone shopping with my sister, had playdates, and hubby and I even had a date night last night! It was great!

So yea, I've been a pretty pathetic blogger and I apologize. But I think you'll all agree with me that there's nothing more special than spending time with the people who mean the most to you in your life! 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Some Q's for my Fellow Couponers

Ok so I've been couponing for about 6 months now but some things still confuse me or I still have trouble finding certain deals on things. So I thought I'd ask YOU how you do things with your coupons! Here's a few questions I have!

Do you shop at one store every week or will you shop at several stores to get the best deals? 

Are there certain things/brands that you will buy even if you don't have a coupon or do you only buy it if its a great price with a coupon?

How much do you typically spend a week on groceries, toiletries, household items, etc? Do you do this by a strict budget or just go in and get what you need? (you don't have to answer this if you don't want to)

What store do you usually find the best deals at? 

Do you consider it a good shopping trip if you save more than you spend or if you just don't spend as much as you planned? OR What do you consider a great shopping trip??

You can answer these in a comment or email me if you like! I feel like sometimes I do great and sometimes I don't do so hot. Like at Kroger I can never seem to save more than I spend but I do get good deals and I get the 10 cents off per gallon of gas by shopping at Kroger. At Publix I can save way more than I spend but they don't always have what I need/want on sale. I am trying to budget $100 a week on groceries, toiletries, everything. Sometimes I do great, like last week. Sometimes I don't do so great. Idk I just feel like at this point I should be able to get better deals, more free stuff, etc. I want to start stockpiling if I can.But haven't really been able to stock up on that many items at a time. Any tips for that?! Any tips at all would be soooo appreciated!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop!

Are you a Mommy blogger? Do you blog about your kids? Do you blog about great things for Mommies?
 Do you wanna meet other Mom Bloggers?

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom
This blog hop is hosted by Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom , and Luxury Living Frugal Style!


All we ask is that you follow Sippy Cups and Cloth BumsThe Not- So- Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom, and Luxury Living Frugal Style.We are the first three on the linky!Then follow spot #4 which is the featured blog! Be sure to leave us a comment so we can follow you back!

We would LOVE it if you'd grab our button and put it somewhere on your blog or in a blog post! This would help us spread the word. However, you aren't required to.

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My full name is Wendy Leanna Kelly-ann and my Muslim name is Liyana.  Most of my friends call me Kelly-ann, Kelleh, LeeLee or Lily.  My names are derived from Britain and Israel.  I'm Muslim, very social and open-minded.
I live in a little country known as Trinidad and Tobago, in the beautiful Caribbean sea with my mum, oldest brother and step-dad.  
I love to write to my blogs, read just about anything (mainly biology and crimes), sing, eat, dance, practise yoga and bake!
I want to be a family lawyer and child caretaker.  I'm an Army girlfriend to an amazing US soldier, who's currently deployed in the Middle East. Can't wait for R&R!!
I'm studying a B.Sc. in Business Computing from London Metropolitan Uni.; part-time studying two vocational courses: Auto Electrical and Bread, cakes and pastry and I'm job-hunting.  In my spare time (or most of the time) I write to my blog:" What makes me different>.  I started my blog because I needed something to do while my bf was being deployed and I was out of college.  Now it has transformed itself into more than my diary.  I write about my personal life, family, friends, blog-hops, recipes, health and sometimes Military.  

Fluffy Cheeks & CJ's Butter Review and Giveaway!! ***CLOSED***

Do ya'll remember a few weeks ago when I posted on my Facebook page looking for a cloth diaper friendly rash cream for Noah? Well I have found one I am in love with and I'm going to tell you all about it!

While I was on the hunt for a cloth diaper friendly cream, I found another awesome cloth diaper store online, Fluffy Cheeks! Fluffy cheeks sells cloth diapers and cloth diaper accessories and even offers free shipping on cloth diapers! They are located in Virginia and have amazing customer service! I was able to get a quick response via email each time I wrote them!

Now to the amazing product I got from Fluffy Cheeks!! They were awesome enough to send me some CJ's Butter to review and I am in love!!
CJ's Butter can be used to help relieve:

  • eczema
  • rashes
  • dry/chapped skin
  • rug burns (sore crawler's knees)
  • hang nails
  • even a small amount rubbed into your hair can work as a leave-in conditioner!
There are even more ways to use CJ's butter! Its literally amazing! It's been called a "Miracle in a tube" by some! It comes in all kinds of different scents too! And a little goes a long way so it will last a long time!

Like I said, I am in LOVE with this stuff! I received one 4oz tube in Pink Sugar to review as well as some samples of other scents! Every single scent smells AMAZING! Like so good I could eat the stuff! So now the big question, does it work?? It does! Noah has some patches of eczema on his legs and back. I started putting CJ's butter on the patches right away. Within a day the patches had lightened up and smoothed out a bit! Now they are barely there!! I have been searching for a product to relieve his eczema for months and months with no luck! Now I have found this amazing cream and won't ever switch again! It also works on his bum! And the fact that it is safe to use with cloth diapers is a HUGE plus! I always hated having to switch to disposables when Noah got diaper rash so I could use creams. Now I don't have to worry about it!

So yea, this stuff is amazing and I will never go back to yucky, smelly, non-cloth diaper friendly creams again!

Buy It
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Fluffy Cheeks is giving away three (3) 4oz tubes or jars of CJ's Butter in winner's choice of available scents!! 

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Weekly Publix trip and my first trip to Walgreens with Coupons!

So I've been reading up on how things work at Walgreens and been getting together a running list of some deals I wanted to get this week. It didn't go quite as well as I planned but I did do pretty good. I was able to get two Irish Spring Deodorants for practically free with RR. And Purex 50oz bottles of detergent for only $1.99 each. They were completely out of the FREE Right Gaurd deodorants but I am going to check out another Wags today to see if they have them. I couldn't find the Reach toothbrushes that were on sale so I gave up on those. So I didn't come home with much but for my first time I don't think I did too bad.

- Irish Spring Deodorant 2/$6 (Used $1/1 coupon for each and got $4 RR back) = Free
- Purex Detergent 33 Load/50oz $2.99 (Used $1/1 coupon for each) = $1.99 ea.

Then after Walgreens I went to Publix! I haven't shopped there in about 2 weeks because I was going to Kroger but this week Publix had better deals. I can definitely say I missed my Publix! I was able to snag some free veggies and pasta this week and some super cheap Philadelphia cooking cream! I didn't have coupons for everything and even had to get some items that weren't on sale but I still did really good!

- Total at Publix $29.98 Saved $44.10

All this for $29.98 (minus the two liters and the protein powder lol)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Fun With Food Friday- Hashbrown Casserole!

This is a new favorite in our house! The boys gobble it up so fast! Its one of those mix it together how you prefer kinda meals, so my ingredients are more estimates than exact amounts. 

-3/4 of a bag of tater tots cooked
-small container of sour cream
- one can of cream of chicken soup
- meat of your choice (we use 1lb of ground turkey)
-about one package of shredded cheese

While tater tots are cooking, cook meat as well. Also mix the can of cream of chicken (with can of water added) and sour cream under medium/low heat until mixture is creamy. Once tater tots are cooked mash them into the bottom of a casserole dish. Then layer with meat, creamy mixture, and then top with cheese. Cover with foil and cook for about 25 minutes at 350 and then about 5 more minutes without foil. YUM!!!

Visit Chocolate Mama for another great recipe!!

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Guess we're gonna give it a shot!

I got Noah some little toddler undies the other day and he seems to really like them, so next week while I'm home on spring break I'm going to work on potty training with him. I'm really clueless with all this but I'm going to give it a shot. He tells me every time he goes in his diaper and I even think he knows when he has to go because he goes and hides. Today he had the underwear on and went to hide to just go pee! So yep, we'll give it a go next week! Any tips will be GREATLY appreciated!

Noah in his big boy undies :) 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Wee Little Changes & Grovia Review and Giveaway!! ***CLOSED***

I love finding diaper stores that I didn't know about online! It's like a kid in a candy store, seriously! I get super excited! So when I came across Wee Little Changes I was instantly excited! The design and layout of the website was so attractive I had to check the rest out and see what they were all about!

Some awesome things about Wee Little Changes:

- They offer free shipping in the US!
- They have a rewards program called "Friends Tell Friends" and you can earn discounts and incentives with it!
- They have a newborn rental program!
- They sell SO many brands and types of cloth diapers and cloth diaper accessories!
- They have giveaways on their blog!!!

I was sent a Grovia AI2 diaper from Wee Little Changes to review! First I have to add how awesome their shipping is! I was shipped the diaper super fast, April sent me the tracking # as soon as she shipped it, and I received the diaper in record time!

I really like this diaper! I had never tried a Grovia before so I was anxious to give it a shot! I've never been a big fan of AI2s but if I were to build my stash with them, Grovia would be the kind I use! I love that the insert snaps in on both sides. That ensures it doesn't go anywhere so there aren't any leaks. I also really like the wide range of snaps at the waist. I think this is a great one-size diaper you can use from infant to toddler! And I have to cute is this print! They have an awesome variety of colors and prints to choose from!!

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Wee Little Changes is giving away a Grovia AI2 to one lucky follower!
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Giveaway will end Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST!! Winner will be chosen via and emailed. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or another winner will be chosen! Giveaway is open to US residents only! 

Talk About Me Tuesday- Mommy's Peanut Gallery

Mommy’s Peanut Gallery

  1. What's your name? Amanda
  2. Tell me a bit about yourself and your family.  I'm a stay-at-home mommy to two little peanuts, Maria (15 months) and Clare (2 months).  I've been married to my husband Isaac for a little over 2 years, and we live in Minnesota, aka the frozen tundra of the U.S. (It's really not that bad, but it does get pretty cold this time of year!)  We enjoy going out to eat as a family (little Maria loves restaurants!), going boating and fishing on Minnesota's many lakes in the summer, and spending time with the grandparents (they love to spoil their granddaughters!).
  3. What's the name and link to your blog?  Mommy's Peanut Gallery,
  4. What is your blog about/What do you like to write about in your blog?  I like to blog about family, cloth diapering, my faith, cloth diapering, green living, and did I mention cloth diapering? Cloth diapering is a huge passion of mine, I love talking "fluff"!  You'll also find some of my random musings, such as embarrassing stories about me and my love/hate relationship with the postal service.
  5. What inspired you to start a blog?  I started out just reading blogs, mainly cloth diapering ones.  I had so much fun reading about cloth diapering and entering giveaways that I decided to give it a try myself!  I've always enjoyed writing, it's a way for me to relax and unwind.  Plus, it's nice to have something to do that doesn't involve taking care of my little peanuts!  As wonderful as they are, blogging gives me a nice break from them.
  6. Do you have any blogging pet peeves?  Captcha!  I absolutely despise typing in those silly non-words.  I'm also not a fan of blogs that have tons of advertising and buttons.  If it takes me forever to find your "follow" button amid all the ads, I probably won't follow!
  7. Do you have any big goals for your blog?  I just started seriously writing for my blog about three weeks ago, so I'm in the process of getting some reviews and giveaways lined up.  Other than that, I'm just hoping to build my following and make a few new blogger friends along the way!
    1. What are some of your favorite blogs to read?  I'm a regular reader of any blog that has to do with cloth diapers, and I've also started getting into some homeschooling blogs since I hope to homeschool my kids someday.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop!

Are you a Mommy blogger? Do you blog about your kids? Do you blog about great things for Mommies?
 Do you wanna meet other Mom Bloggers?

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom
his blog hop is hosted by Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom , and Luxury Living Frugal Style!


All we ask is that you follow Sippy Cups and Cloth BumsThe Not- So- Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom, and Luxury Living Frugal Style.We are the first three on the linky!Then follow spot #4 which is the featured blog! Be sure to leave us a comment so we can follow you back!

We would LOVE it if you'd grab our button and put it somewhere on your blog or in a blog post! This would help us spread the word. However, you aren't required to.

Each week we choose a random blog via to be the featured blog! This week's featured blog is...

Samantha's Day

I started blogging to try to find myself after feeling lost in the role of mommy. Through blogging I've discovered some new passions like cooking, decorating and photography but the best part has been meeting so many wonderful new friends. I hope you will come by and become one! 

Saturday, March 12, 2011


I feel like I'm drowning in a sea of slideshows, accounting terms, and flash cards! And I still have another full day of studying to do! Boo! Finals for me are Monday and Tuesday! I cannot wait to be done! I am SOOOO looking forward to being done with this quarter! Next quarter is only one class and will be so much easier!

Sorry I've been a bit boring lately, but after Tuesday I promise to be a better blogger with more interesting reviews and giveaways..and don't forget the My Little Toddler event coming soon!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Fun With Food Friday! Crunchy Onion Chicken!

This recipe is super easy! My mother in law, Jeannie, sent it to me and it was a hit!!

Crunchy Onion Chicken

4 chicken breasts
Honey Mustard

 One Can Fried Onions

Coat chicken in honey mustard. Then roll in crushed fried onions (the ones you use to make green bean casserole). Bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to one hour...until the juices run clear when you pierce the chicken with a fork.

This was really so easy to make! Its a little messy to prepare but that's not a big deal! When I gave dinner to Noah he said yum yum! So I know he enjoyed it! I liked it a lot too! I'm not big on onions but I like the french fried kind..and the honey mustard really added a nice flavor to it! The chicken was really juicy too! I used smaller strips because thats all I had thawed out, but I think the bigger chicken breasts would still be tender and juicy! 

Want to get 5 extra entries to any of my current giveaways? Send me a recipe that is loved in your family for me to review and share with all my followers!! Email me at! 

Visit Mama Chocolate for another great recipe!! 


Thursday, March 10, 2011

My Little Toddler! April 17-23!!

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom

The My Little Toddler event is coming soon! It will be April 17- April 23, 2011! It will be a week where we celebrate all things toddler! Each day I will be doing a review and/or giveaway on a company or business that offers products for toddlers and their parents! It's going to be great! I have sponsors like Boogie Wipes, The Willow Store, and Little Green Books!

So, wanna know how you can ALREADY earn entries into the giveaways during the My Little Toddler Event?! 

All you have to do is grab the My Little Toddler button located on the right hand side of my blog and post it somewhere on your blog or website! 
Then just fill out the form below!

If you do this before April 17, you will get five (5) extra entries into EACH giveaway during the event! 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday (sorta)- Baby Love!

Noah and his new baby cousin, Layla. He adores her!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Talk About Me Tuesday- Dear Mommy Brain

What's your name?
Jen.  Jenny.  Jennifer.  Penn.  Penner.  Pendenda.  Plus another nickname that my mother gave me when I was 3.  That I will never tell you.  I’ve also advised my mom to never to tell you.  Even if under penalty of death.  Even if you offer her chocolate cake.

Tell me a bit about yourself and your family.
I am a 30-something, working mother of one crazy toddler in search of her sanity.  Without my good-intentioned husband helping with the cooking, cleaning, and diaper-changing, I would be a full-on mess.  Completing the menagerie is a co-dependent, neurotic, spaz of a dog and an evil, whiny, drive-by pooping cat.  Welcome to my circus.

What's the name and link to your blog?
You can stalk me at Dear Mommy Brain.  You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter!  Not that I know how to use social networks…  But all the cool kids are doing it.  And I hate to be left out.

What is your blog about/What do you like to write about in your blog?
I have a hard time with labels.  Let me clarify.  I have a hard time identifying labels.  I love the structure of labels.  It makes my OCD happy.

But I am a cloth-diapering, real food eatin’, obsessively cheap, slightly crunchy, aspiring organization junkie.  So that’s what I write about.

What inspired you to start a blog?
I had been casually blogging to keep in touch with friends for a couple years when I stumbled upon The Pioneer Woman’s site.  I quickly fell in love and began to stalk her.  Soon, stalking wasn’t enough.  I wanted to BE her.  Well, without the impressions.  I know my limitations.

Do you have any blogging pet peeves?
I am plagued with awful eyesight and a short attention span, so blogs jam-packed with busy backgrounds, flashing buttons, and dancing babies aren’t my thing.  I also get really cranky when people obsess about “following.”  I really love when people enjoy my blog and want to read my posts, but I’m sorry, I may not follow back.  Don’t take it personally.  It’s not you, it’s me.

Do you have any big goals for your blog?
Would I love to be Heather Armstrong or Ree Drummond?  Sure!  But not really.  That’s a lot of pressure.  But if I can run a successful blog that continues to provide valuable information in an entertaining way?  That would be marv-e-lous. 

As for right now, I’m happy focusing on improving the quality of my writing and visual content.  Not to overhype, but I’ve got some exciting stuff on the horizon.  Assuming I can get what’s in my head on paper (screen?).

What are some of your favorite blogs to read?
My blogroll is all over the place.  Everyday I read The Frugal Girl, Money Saving Mom, and Life as Mom as well as some smaller blogs, like Are we there yet?, Sara’s Organized Chaos, and Little Big.  And I nearly pee myself with excitement when Hyperbole and a Half does a new post.  I just love her.  But I could read blogs all day.  I really enjoy hearing what other people have to say and seeing all the different view points.  And laughing.  I love me some funny.

Thank you Jen for sharing! If  YOU would like to be featured on Talk About Me Tuesday, please email me answering the same questions Jen did! :) 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop!

Are you a Mommy blogger? Do you blog about your kids? Do you blog about great things for Mommies?
 Do you wanna meet other Mom Bloggers?

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom
his blog hop is hosted by Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom , and Luxury Living Frugal Style!


All we ask is that you follow Sippy Cups and Cloth BumsThe Not- So- Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom, and Luxury Living Frugal Style.We are the first three on the linky!Then follow spot #4 which is the featured blog! Be sure to leave us a comment so we can follow you back!

We would LOVE it if you'd grab our button and put it somewhere on your blog or in a blog post! This would help us spread the word. However, you aren't required to.

Each week we choose a random blog via to be the featured blog! This week's featured blog is.....
I'm THAT Mommy
 I'm a SAHM to an 8 month old baby girl. I've been married to my husband for three years in April. Before we had our daughter, we lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. We had a blast! Shortly after getting pregnant we moved to the suburbs. I quit my job as a litigation paralegal to stay home with my daughter which I think is the best decision I've ever made. I'm pretty fanatic about cloth diapers and encouraging breastfeeding. I love cooking and trying new recipes.


How I Organize My Coupons

Last week I wrote about where I get my coupons. You can view that post HERE. This week I want to talk about another question I get asked a lot when it comes to coupons. "How do you keep all those coupons organized?!"

When I first started using coupons and didn't have that many I used one of those accordion photo folders. I just had a few different sections labeled and stuck them all in there. But then I got tired of having to look through each and every coupon to find the one I was looking for. Even when it was in a section of its own, it became a lot of coupons to look through. So I started using a 3-ring binder. Here's all you need to make your own coupon binder.

  • A 3-ring binder- the bigger the rings, the better. Also, if you can find the kind that zips closed that is very helpful to make sure everything stays in and you don't lose anything. I got mine at Big Lots. 
  • Baseball Card Holders. They come in a really big pack for about $5. I got mine at Walmart. 
  • Dividers. This way you can section off your coupons how you want. I also got these at Walmart.
And thats all you need!

I section my binder into 9 sections. Food, Household, Toiletries, Pets, Baby, Publix, Target, Other Stores, and Medicine. You can divide your's up however you would like. I would eventually like to divide mine up into subsections such as dairy and frozen, etc. But that will have to happen later when I am finished with school and have more time on my hands.

All I do each week is clip my coupons and divide them up and put them in the baseball card holders by section. Most of the coupons will fit perfectly in each slot but some you may have to fold. Remember to put the coupon with the closest expiration date on top, if you have multiples of the same coupon.

I'm not going to lie or sugar coat it. It can be time consuming. Like right now I am way behind on organizing mine because I have been so busy with school. But one thing I am going to start is to also get a folder to stick the whole inserts in them by date. So probably another accordian folder... and as I have time clip and organize them in the binder. That way if I need a coupon from an insert I haven't clipped yet, I can still find it easily.

So there ya go! That's how I organize my coupons! If you use coupons, I'd love to hear how you organize yours! Also, please feel free to comment or email me with any questions!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

ToiletTree Fogless Shower Mirror- Product Review

I was so excited to be given the opportunity to review the ToiletTree Fogless Shower Mirror! I am always looking for products to save time and make life easier!

About the ToiletTree Fogless Mirror

  • It is ALWAYS fogless!
  • It's ideal for close shaves
  • Makes it easy to remove makeup, exfoliate, and clean up close!

My Review

When I first checked out this product, I honestly didn't realize it went into the shower! When I received it and asked hubby to put it up, I was shocked that not only was it fogless but it went right into the shower! It took a little bit to set up but nothing major. Well guess what, it is REALLY fogless!! Doesn't fog up at all! I was so excited! Its nice and close so I can get all my makeup off without coming out of the shower with black streaks down my face! Hubby really likes it because he can shave IN the shower.

Overall I really like this product! It saves time and makes life a lot easier! Which is perfect for a busy mama like me!!

Buy IT!

I was not paid for this review! The views expressed on this post are my own! 

Friday, March 4, 2011


The winner of the Pear Tree Greetings $20 gift code is comment #26!

Emillie Rose said...26

I would probably buy birth announcements.

Congrats Emillie! 

Also if you have a minute, please visit this link : to get a $1 off coupon for Purex Complete Crystals Softener and by clicking this link you can help me win a contest!! Thanks so much! 

Fun With Food Friday! Week 1!

Welcome to Fun with Food Friday! I am excited to bring you new recipes each week that YOU, my followers, have sent me, and I review!

This week I am going to give a favorite recipe in OUR house! Both Brian and Noah LOVE it! It's fairly easy to make and makes for a great meal for the family or even for guests!!

Italian Breaded Pork Chops

- 3 eggs, lightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons milk
- 1 1/2 cups Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
-4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped (I just use some garlic powder)
- 4 pork chops
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
2. In a small bowl, beat together the eggs and milk. In a separate bowl mix the breadcrumbs and cheese. (I also mix the garlic powder in to that mixture).
3. Heat the olive oil in a large, oven proof skillet over medium heat. If you are using real garlic, stir in the garlic and cook until lightly browned. Remove garlic, reserving for other uses.
4. Dip each pork chop  into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumb mixture, coating evenly. Place coated pork chops into the skillet and brown about 5 minutes on each side.
5. Place the skillet and pork chops in oven and cook about 25 minutes.

Great with any side you choose!! We love this dish! Its not just your plain Jane breadcrumb coating. Noah will literally eat a whole pork chop when I make this! And not want to eat anything else on his plate! We have this at least once a week!

Check out Mama Chocolate for ANOTHER great recipe this week!!

If you have a great recipe, I'd LOVE to try it out and share it with my other followers! Plus if you send me a recipe, get 5 (FIVE) extra entries on any one of my current giveaways!! Please email me the recipe at! Thanks so much!! 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My First Kroger Trip Using Coupons!

So as you know, I normally shop at Publix. But this week there were some pretty amazing deals at Kroger and I decided to go there. Spent all afternoon matching up coupons with the sales and decided to head out today with my sister and Noah. I've shopped at Kroger before but not since I started using coupons, so I was a bit nervous,  but I think I did pretty good.

I spent $67.96 and saved $49.28. At first I was pretty dissapointed that I didn't save more than I spent, but when I started getting out my groceries, I realized I did get quite a bit for only $67. So for my first time, I'm pretty happy!

Here's what I got:
Noah is proud of his mommy's shopping trip!
Not bad right?! I got all those bodywash's for $1 each!! And the deodorant for $.99 each! Those were my big steals from the trip! So overall, I'm very pleased with my first Kroger trip using coupons!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

New You 2011! Weight Loss Support Linky!

Welcome to New You 2011! If your new, no worries, just jump right in!! This is a link-up for weight loss support and encouragement! Just make a blog post or comment below with the following:

- Weight Goal:

- Last week's weight:

- This week's weight:

- And tell us about what you are doing to reach your goals/how your week has been/ any setbacks, etc?!

Be sure to grab the button to the right to place on your post.

*Make sure your the link you enter links directly to your blog post or it will be deleted. This is a blog hop only for New You 2011. We have another blog hop for just blogs on Mondays, Mom Blog Monday Blog Hop. Thanks!*

This week's question of the week  is:
What is your favorite junk food and how hard is it to stay away when you're dieting?? 

So I am down 7lbs!! I am so excited! I'm at 133! Only 3 more lbs to go till I'm at my goal weight! Its super great and I'm going to have to buy new pants soon because all of mine are getting too big! I honestly never thought I'd reach my goal, but working out and NOT snacking all day really does a lot of good! And what's funny is I don't even work out all that often..only 2-3 days a week because I'm usually so busy with school and life! 

My favorite junk food is anything chocolate but I LOVE brownies! Yum! Want some now!! Its pretty hard to stay away but I do think if its not in the house it does help! Its one thing to have to go to the kitchen to get it, but its another to have to go to the store just to get that one thing! 

Come link up and tell us how you're doing! 

Wordless Wednesday- Baby Shower!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Guest Post- 6 Healthy Junk Food Alternatives for Kids

This guest post was written by Jane Smith who also writes on the topic of becoming a Radiology Technician and earning a psychology degree online for

Sure, we all want our kids to eat healthier. But where do you even start, when their main dietary staples are hot dogs and chips? It’s hard enough to get adventurous eaters to try anything labeled “healthy,” much less a kid who lives off two main food groups that weren’t even invented a hundred years ago. The key to keeping your kid feeling well, however, is to make sure they get a variety of foods. Try out this list of sneakily healthy alternatives on your kid---you may just end up with a few more foods that they’ll actually ask to eat.

Junk food kids love: Chips

A healthy alternative: Bagel Chips

  • Why kids will love them: While pita chips might be a good “adult” alternative to potato chips, the taste is a little bland in comparison. Bagel chips have the same satisfying crunch and crispiness of potato chips, to pass a kid’s taste test. Stacy’s brand comes in yummy varieties like garlic and everything bagel. They’re not fried, and they have less fat and sodium than regular chips.
Junk food kids love: Hot Dogs

A healthy alternative: Turkey Dogs

  • Why kids will love them: While it’s probably impossible to sneak a tofu dog passed your kid’s taste buds, turkey dogs mimic the flavor and texture of traditional dogs quite well. The upside? They have a lot less fat than regular hot dogs, and you can easily find brands that promise organic meat and no nitrates or fillers.
Junk food kids love: Oreos

A healthy alternative: Bananas and Raw Chocolate Spread

  • Why kids will love it: You’re not skimping on taste, when you choose a chocolate spread made with real cacao and sweetened with a low glycemic index sweetener like agave nectar. Instead of eating Oreos that are full of fat, processed sugar, and an array of artificial flavors, you’ll be feeding them something that’s actually real food. Love street is one brand to check out.
Junk food kids love: French Fries

A healthy alternative: Cheese Straws

  • Why kids will love them: Kids can’t get enough French fries, not only because they quell a hunger for something salty, fatty, and fried, but also because they’re fun and easy to eat. Baked cheddar cheese straws are a kid friendly shape, and they’re great for on the go. Pack some in a Ziploc instead of stopping at a fast food joint. While they’re not exactly as healthy as carrot sticks, they’ll keep you out of that drive through window.
Junk food kids love: Sugar Cereal

A healthy alternative: Organic Cereal

  • Why kids will love it: While you can’t really find the day-glo colors of Lucky Charms anywhere else, you can find cereals that have real wholesome ingredients, less sugar, and even better taste. Most kids cereals are fortified with vitamins, but that’s no good reason to get your kid hooked on a bowl of sugar for breakfast. Nature’s Path Envirokidz line includes some great kid friendly cereals, like the peanut butter Panda Puffs, which are high on taste but low on sugar and other processed ingredients.
Junk food kids love: Ketchup and Ranch Dip

A healthy alternative: Hummus

  • Why kids will love it: You may have trouble getting your kids to try hummus for the first time, but after they have taken the initial plunge, I bet they’ll love this snack. It’s delicious, and the protein will have them hooked—the hummus will satisfy in a way that those other low-nutrient spreads won’t. It’s fun to eat, and if you pair it with bagel chips, you’ve replaced a former high-calorie junk food pair with a delicious alternative. It’s great for kids’ lunches or on-the-go after sports practice, and it comes in tasty flavors like garlic and red pepper.