Wednesday, March 2, 2011

It's Moving Day!

Yep, that's right it's moving day! I have moved to:
Ramblings of a Suburban Mom, which you can find here. Hopefully you will follow me to the other side (Wordpress - which is very fancy. And confusing.) and update your Readers!
It's more than fair to say that the blog is still a work in process, but it's a start!

Monday, February 28, 2011

Blogs I Love

I read lots of blogs everyday, but I am guilty (like most other people) of not commenting often enough. I thought I'd share a few of my favorite's here:

Kelly's Korner: Who doesn't like Kelly?? She is the sweetest thing and when I read her blog, I can pretty much hear her Southern accent. To me, she is everything I imagined a southern girl to be. I'd love to live next door to Kelly!!
Skinny Runner: I think Sarah is hysterical. I love the self-portaits she takes and her ability to always laugh at herself. And although I am neither skinny, nor a runner, I can totally relate to her. Her fishing job fascinates me and for some reason I am not jealous she has like 10 months a year to do whatever she wants, which is alot of traveling to fun places.
The Undomesticated Mama: Taylor is always so positive and so happy that sometimes it's easy to forget what she is going thru. She's stylish and I'd like to think we'd be friends if I knew her in real life.
My Charming Kids: I wouldn't exactly call "MckMama" one of my favorite blogs, but I do read it. I cannot stand her use of italics and how she likes to leave people hanging on by posting teasers and then making people wait days for the answers or posting misleading titles. Yet I still read because well, we all like to have something to complain about now don't we?
It's Hip 2 Save: That's right, it is Hip 2 Save! I love the deals Colin finds / shares and this has pretty much become my go to deal blog. Although, it's getting so popular that you know as soon as an amazing deal / freebie is posted, it will be gone quickly!

I have lots more that I want to share, but I'll stop here for today. Next time I will share my links to my friends (both online and IRL)!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Freebie Fridays!

I thought I'd start doing a weekly post about the freebies I have scored during the week and the prizes I have received. I can't recall receiving any wins in the mail, but I did get some good freebies.

I finally went and picked up my free monthly gift from Bath & Body Works with my BBW LUV card. This month it was three free travel sized products of any scent you wanted. I was super excited and can't wait to see what next month is! Luckily I do not have long to wait!

I also received my Weeble for "liking" the Playskool facebook page and filing out a form. And a coupon for free Coffee-Mate cream from their Free Flavor Friday promotion.

Of course, all of these freebies are expired now, BUT there are always freebies out there to be had! What did you get in your mailbox this week???

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Sad it's Over!

I am sad to report that 90% off Valentine's Day items at Target is over. Anything left lingering around at the store now is ringing up the dreaded INF (i.e. prices are no longer in the system) and its YMMV on whether or not they will sell it to you. On Tuesday, I made sure to check out some of the stores in my area I hadn't been to in a few days or looked thru good enough. I knew it would be the last day for 90% off and didn't want to miss out.

My grand total for all items pictured below was $16.93. Had I purchased everything at regular prices, it would have been $181.93 (it's more than 90% off because I was charged $1 for something instead of $1.99). Amazing savings isn't it? While it is true that I am not 100% sure what I am going to do with all this stuff, I know I will find a use for everything. I am planning on using the Crayola items and stickers for birthday party / Valentine's Day / Christmas gifts for my sons friends. And I can never pass up a book at 90% off. It's too good of a deal to let go and shelters, schools, etc. always need books! And I am thinking that the candles in the bottom picture would make perfect teachers gifts or hostess gifts. And I suppose the cake pans mean I need to make a cool cake. Maybe a rainbow cake like this???

I'm already looking forward to Target's 90% off Easter clearance and putting together my plan. Can't wait to see what I can find and I hope everyone shares their finds too!!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

So What Wednesday!


I thought it'd be fun to play along with Shannon and her So What Wednesdays!. This week I am saying "SO WHAT" to:

-So what if I went to the casino alone tonight?? I love it and I won $110!!
-So what if I have gone to every Target in the Metro Detroit area in the last few days? I needed all that stuff for 90% off. Although, I also need to buy more bins to store it in.
-So what if I booked a Disney cruise for my toddler's 3rd birthday. Sure, he will never remember it, but I will remember it and I know he will love it.
-So what if I once made coffee without a filter at the country club I worked at in college. I was under the impression that the filter just kept the machine clean and I didn't feel like going to the basement to grab more filters. It appears I was wrong. And so what if another time, I made coffee (with a filter), but forget to put the pot underneath? Turns out that makes a mess too. And so what if they never let me make coffee again? I didn't care.
-So what if I got Jersey Shore Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD for Valentine's Day. I wanted it and my husband remembered and I think that is romantic!

So what are you saying so what to??

Monday, February 21, 2011

Target 90% off Valentine's Day Goodies!!

Not even a snowstorm could keep me away from Target and their 90% off Valentine's Day clearance today! I went to three stores in total and am guessing I didn't spend more than $25! How often can you fill a cart at Target for $25?? I think the general rule is that you have to spend $100 during every visit?

I had heard about some Barbie stuff was that 90% off, so I checked out the "regular" toy aisles and sure enough, I found gift bags, a coffee mug, a travel mug and some cards in a cute tin. Of course, none of it was marked 90% off, but that just makes the hunt more fun! I was also very pleased to find the jar candles! It wasn't until I was at the second store that I remembered that Target even had candles for Valentine's Day. I checked out the candle aisle, and sure enough, there they were. Regular price was $6.99, which made them $0.69! Can't beat that.

I thought the Matchbox cars would be long gone, but I was lucky enough to find some hanging with the regular Matchbox sets. The set of five cars was $0.59! I believe the most expensive item was the Elmo recordable book, which cost $1.99 ($19.99 regular price). The Crayola Color Explosion sets were $0.39, the Sponge Bob stickers were $0.29, the baskets were $0.99, the loaf pans were $0.99, the Doodle Pro was $0.59. I couldn't have had any better luck! I have been blessed to live in an area with loads of Targets, so I am going to hit a few more tomorrow and see what I can find. I'll be back to share my finds!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Target 75% off Valentine's Day Finds!

I don't think I have shared any of my Target deals here yet, but I am pretty much obsessed with Target's after holiday clearance sales. I before / on the holiday, I believe they mark down to 30%, then it's generally 50% for the 3 days after the holiday, then 75% for 3 more days and finally 90% the next two days. Sometimes this varies, but Target holiday markdowns generally follow the 3-3-2 schedule.

My secret is to go check out what is in the holiday aisles in advance. That way I know what I am looking for after the holidays are over. Things get moved all over the place in the store and you can generally find lots of holiday things in the regular aisles. Lots of the items that are "holiday" have nothing to do with Valentine's Day at all, which makes them great additions to kids party gift bags, etc.

My favorite finds are holiday books. You cannot beat discounted books! I like to give them as gifts or save them for the following year.

Some Targets went 90% off yesterday, however, none in my area (Metro Detroit) did. I cannot wait to check in the morning for more hidden deals!!!