hollydoodle—wife, mommy, daughter, sister, friend…and any other hat i can wear

Saving Money March 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — hollydoodle00 @ 1:06 pm

Some of you have asked me how I save money.  I’m going to give some more tips…basically websites that are AMAZ-ZA-ZING.  (Anyone know what movie that’s from?)  Anyway, I check these websites everyday to see what great deals they are going to show. 

One of my faves is www.dealseekingmom.com .  It’s a little overwhelming at first.  It’s got a ton of info.  There’s a little section on coupons that you can use at Wal-Mart to get stuff free.  (I’m not a huge fan of Wal-Mart right now simply because the people that work there are rude and customers are too…but sometimes I go for health/beauty aids.)  Also, if you sign up to receive the updates, it’ll tell you what the deals are at all the grocery stores plus what coupons to use.  They also give you links to get more coupons.

Another one is http://blog.al.com/bargain-mom/  I check this website daily.  She’s got tons of great stuff here in the ‘ham.  It can be random stuff that’s free to do for the weekend, new coupons, or it may just be a blog about someone she knows that is great at saving money.  Anyway, it’s random info that can be VERY helpful.

This has become another fave of mine: http://www.couponcravings.com/  holy cow…she’s got some coupons on this blog.  They aren’t always useful here in this area because we don’t have Friendlys (which is delicious) or Donut Connection, but there are other helpful coupons or other extras. 

If any of you watch Fox 6, then you should be well aware of who the bargainomics lady is.  If you aren’t familiar with her, then here’s her website to help you along.  It’s only updated like once a month…but those bargains really can help you!  http://bargainomics.com/ 

Also, don’t forget to join Publix Baby Club and Winn Dixie baby club for all you new moms (or about to be new moms).  Oh, and if you are preggo and have BCBS insurance, then there is a place where you register for the Baby To Be program ( i think that’s what it’s called).  A nurse will call you to get your info set up…and they send you TONS of great stuff in the mail.  It’s very helpful, too, if you have any questions about the pregnancy.

Umm…that’s all for today regarding the saving money.  I’m going to the grocery store for my monthly run next week…I’ll try to remember to post how much moolah I saved with my coupons (and BOGOs and clearance, etc).  🙂


Exciting Day

Filed under: Uncategorized — hollydoodle00 @ 12:55 pm

Jack Ryan is supposed to enter the world today!  Happy Birthday, Jack!  Woo hoo!

Okay, so my last post was a bit stressful.  However, today is a great day.  It’s just one of those days that nothing much is going on…but I just feel so HAPPY!  Our house is in the process of getting clean (Zeb has been AMAZING.  He has done soooo much to help this week!  My husband is great.).  We have a plan to finish the renovations on our house.  (That all depends on finances of course.)   We will have the doctor that did Zeb’s surgery paid off this month!  Yee haw! 

One thing is making me a bit nervous is Zoe’s getting tubes next Thursday.  She’s got her 5th ear infection right now.  Our ENT told us he thinks we should go ahead with the surgery.  We knew it was coming, but it’s just a scary thought to have your kid go into surgery!  I know, I know…it’s going to be fine.  Doctors do this all day everyday.  It’s just different when it’s your own kid!  Zoe’s a trooper, though.  She really is a great “sick” kid.  Most people would have no idea she’s even sick.

I think another reason this week has been so great….is because my husband and daughter have been wonderful.  Really, Zeb has helped so much around the house…and I haven’t even ASKED him too!  He’s been really sweet and so thoughtful.  (hum, i need to think of something special to do for him…any suggestions?)  Zoe has also been sleeping so well this week.  We aren’t sure why, but she’s slept through the night every night.  (For those of you who don’t know…she slept through the night great from 5 weeks until about a two months ago…then she started getting up all the time.)  Zeb put her bed down (because the little booger is pulling up now).  We’ve also been leaving her door shut…and she’s got 3 paci’s in her bed.  So, we don’t know what the change was…but we’re sticking with all of the changes! 

So, things are good.


Overwhelmed March 4, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — hollydoodle00 @ 12:19 pm

Ugh…I hate this feeling.  Yesterday I had had it.  I went home to a dirty house (again) that has no food (still).  I had to go to the grocery store…which isn’t my favorite thing to do.  I got my mom to watch Zoe while Zeb stayed home because he wasn’t feeling well….and then I headed off to TWO (yes, two) grocery stores.  Publix and Winn Dixie were both having BOGO sales on things that we actually did need.  Then I came home and just suddenly felt super overwhelemed.  Our kitchen is a disaster…and it stays that way.  Okay, let’s face it…everything stays a disaster…but the kitchen is what really gets me.

Anyway, as some of you know…we don’t have a dishwasher.  Doing the dishes is my LEAST favorite chore to do anyway, but without a dishwasher it is absolutely horrific to me.  I HATE the dishes…so they just pile up and pile up.  There was a deal that was made a while back, but that never actually took effect.  So, the dishes sit there forever which takes up counter, table, and Jessie’s cage space.  So, I bring in the groceries (yes, Zeb helped), and I just throw them on the dirty floor.  I’m totally frustrated with this whole situation.  Why does this happen?  Why can’t we keep it clean?  What can we do different? 

I know it’s better to put things away as soon as you use them…but honestly, it’s just hard.  We leave to go to work at 7:15, come home at 6:00.  We have to feed Zoe, play with her a little bit, and then get her ready for bed.  That’s on a good day when we are actually home before 9:00 pm.  So, you see…that’s why things just kind of get put to the side (and on top, and all around).  It would be a little easier if I were a stay at home mom.  I’d be there to do those things.  Now, I know that everything will not always get done, but it’d be nice if sometimes something would get done.

It doesn’t help that we are gone ALL of the time.  And…again, for those that know me…I’m actually not an outgoing person.  I need my time, but it seems as if I never get it.  Meredith (MDave’s wife) and I talk often about how it really is hard being a mom sometimes.  We are the ones that really are responsible for so much that goes on.  We have to make sure everyone (including baby, husband, and dog) is fed…what they need to eat, how often, etc.  We have to be sure that the house somehow gets clean (whether it is getting help by those that don’t WANT to do it).  We have to make sure the clothes are washed, dried, and put away (assuming that your dryer works and doesn’t drive you crazy).  You have to make sure everything is scheduled out (who has dr. appts and when…how are you going to arrange everything since you only have one working vehicle).  And yet…somehow…people tell us to take a little “me time” for a few minutes a day……WHEN IS THIS? 

Anyway, so I thought that last night it would help to write down my “to-do” list.  It ended up being two pages…but I did put even the little things on there (wash clothes, dry clothes, hang clothes, fold clothes, put away clothes).  It helped clear my brain just a bit because I was trying to remember all of the things that I needed to do…which just added to the stress of it.  Oh, and to top it off….I have an ear infection, sinus infection, and TMJ.  (The TMJ thing was actually a relief to find out…my ENT told me since my dentist didn’t seem to be able to figure out what was going on.  My ENT said “Are you stressed?  Do you grit your teeth?”  Um, yes…I am stressed and yes, I grit my teeth a lot)

Anyway, so that’s where I am right now….a bit stressed and overwhelmed.  Maybe once I’m home long enough to mark some things off my to-do list…and maybe when I’m able to not have to be in charge of making sure everything at least gets halfway done…I’ll feel a bit better.

Sorry for the “not so happy” blog today.  I just needed to let it out.