Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Snow Day!

Given the option to come into training late and review materials or stay at home and enjoy a snow day, I choose the latter - and better - option!

 The snow was too powdery for a snowman, but still fun nonetheless

My angels making snow angels

Reedy's gigantic snowball

Even Sheba Kitty braved the elements (briefly!)

The boys made snow pies

After fun in the snow, it was back inside for popcorn (our traditional snow day snack) and homemade hot chocolate

Snowflake decorated cupcakes {sort of - Ashleigh & I are still getting the hang of our new decorating pen!}

Cheers to snow day!

Mary Ellen

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Happy Birthday Ashleigh!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Coupon Organization for the Working Home Keeper

Quick coupon organization tip for busy working home keepers:  instead of clipping, date coupon inserts and file away in plastic sleeves.  When creating your shopping list, just clip coupons as needed!  After years of couponing (with varying intensity), when I'm looking at the new sales for the week, I pretty much know which items may have corresponding coupons {max savings = store sales + coupons + double/triple promotion (if available in your area)}.  If you don't have time to create your own match-ups, there are tons of resources available.  All the work is done for you; just clip and shop!  A few of my favorites are Money Saving Mom, Southern Savers and local blogs like SmartShopper and  Centsible Saver.  And remember, couponing is not just about food.  I cook mostly from scratch, with a focus on local and/or organic/organically-grown.  I find couponing helpful for saving on non-food items like pet food, cleaning and health & beauty products.
Mary Ellen