Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Something's Been On My Mind

It's nothing serious. It's actually quite comical. Drew and I watched the Mark Twain Award be presented to Tina Fey on Sunday night. It was really really funny to watch. If you're a fan of 30 Rock, Mean Girls, or SNL you would've loved it, all the presenters who praised and mocked Tina were great. It was basically an hour of nonstop chuckles and smiles. But for me, one part really stood out. I didn't know Tina took such an active role in writing on SNL- and one of my all time favorite "commercials" from SNL was shown on the award show- to remind people how clever she was- they showed clips of her first improve work in a small place in NY, clips from Mean Girls, loads of clips from SNL, and some from 30 Rock truely displaying her talent.

But one clip had me laughing so hard I could barely contain myself, and I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. I have seen this one a dozen times, and yet I still find it hysterical. Sun. night we went to bed quoting the commercial and last night Drew said a few lines which got me giggling again. Hope you enjoy!
*My sister posted this on her blog forever ago as well. And sorry for the ad before the parody actually begins.*

If you want to watch any clips from the show Sun. night you can go HERE.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A renewed faith...

In couponing. All because of a friends blog post. Check out her post HERE (seriously- you'll be shocked). I saw what she does and thought, look what I miss out on. She gets 3 papers w/coupon inserts and I only get one...so when I start getting 3 I can have savings like hers!

I have totally slacked in couponing over the last 9 months, I still do it, but more when it's convenient than for the rush or excitement of how much I have saved. I am not one to run to the store first thing Wed. morning when the sales start to make sure I score the free stuff (usually toothpaste and toothbrushes are the first to go), but going late on a Tues. night- I assumed I would have fair luck because they'd be restocking shelves for the new weeks promotions starting in the morning, but as I walked through the store I found myself scratching item after item off my list. Apparently I didn't go late enough (they were restocking stuff on every aisle it seemed, except the ones I really wanted) and I will just try to be back on my game, so I don't have to wait till the last day when they are out of a lot of sale items. 

So here's what I got:

I spent $2.90 and saved $70.10. I made a total rookie error and could've spent less and saved way more, but live & learn and I was already dealing with what seemed like a bajillion coupons so I let something simple slip. No big deal, a jar of mayo will run you $3, and I got 2 of them and a ton of other stuff for that price.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Our Halloween 2010

Halloween was by far the funnest this year. In the 4 1/2 years we've been married we really slacked on Halloween, just doing the church's Trunk or Treat, or when my parents lived here we would go to their house and pass out candy. With our kids getting older it really has become more fun, it's not about us anymore- it's all for them.

It started with the Thurs. before Halloween Autumns preschool had "Character Day" which she wouldn't let me take any pictures of her, she really wanted to dress up as a princess, but I had my heart set on her being a butterfly. So she wasn't thrilled that day, but on Sat. when we went to our church's Trunk or Treat she was all for it and loved it. I think it's because once she got to school on Thurs. she noticed her BFF was also a butterfly and so then it was fun.

Weston was a Dr. We inherited these toddler scrubs back when we first had Autumn and I have just held on to them. Luckily they fit Weston and worked perfect!

 He wasn't in the best mood before we went Trunk or Treating, but once we were there and people were giving him tons of candy he was as happy as can be.
 Autumn was a butterfly this night too...
 These are the only 2 pictures I took at the Trunk or Treat. Drew sat at the car and passed out candy while I took the kids around. So I didn't have an extra hand. It was an awesome turn out. We hit probably 8 cars and then passed our car and Weston was completely content with the loot he had and sat with Drew in the car and indulged in his goodness. Autumn and I continued around the parking lot until we hit every car and saw just about everyone. 
 Then on Sun, Halloween Day, I had to dress my kids in festive attire. Autumn had a orange and white dress and all I did was add a thick black ribbon to it and tada! Festive!! Westons shirt is orange and green plaid, but the orange is very very subtle. People kept complimenting our family on dressing festive (I also wore a black shirt with an orange cardigan) and I was surprised more people didn't think to. :)  
 That night we set everything up for potential Trick or Treaters. This is my adorable candy bowl. I bought it last year after Thanksgiving when fall decor everywhere was really cheap. I was so happy to be able to use him! We had pencils, bubbles, smarties, and gum. Plus a few pixie sticks (from the trunk or treat that I picked out of the kids buckets....my kids don't need straight sugar.) 
 Autumn got dressed up again, and waited for the trick or treaters.
 We haven't done a pumpkin since Drew and I's first Halloween together, it went bad so quick we have forgone doing one every year since then. So I moved my halloween jars to the window by the door to let people know we were celebrating and passing out candy. Yep, that's Autumn trying to blow them out.
 The trick or treaters sure were in short supply this year. I think with it being on a Sun. people weren't sure about going out. But we had fun with the few we had. Autumn insisted she pass out the candy, and it was adorable, she would grab handfuls and put the candy into their bags/buckets. It was fun getting her involved. 
 Once the trick or treaters had basically stopped coming by I sat down with the kids and read It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. 
 Which then had to be followed by watching the movie.
 Autumn and Weston love the Great Pumpkin movie. They dance with Snoopy, and imitate him when he is pretending to be the WW1 Flying Ace- the Red Baron.
We had a lot of fun. It'll be interesting next year with 3 kids! If you know me, my real favorite day is the day after Halloween. I went to Wal-Mart, Target, and CVS snatching up clearanced Halloween stuff.