Posted by Michelle on July 11th, 2014

Summer is in full effect here.  100° temps, rambunctious children, and lots of ice cream.  We’re actually going camping this weekend.  We haven’t been yet this year, and I wasn’t sure how I’d do on the steps up in to the trailer, but I’ve been doing physical therapy, and they have me do marches and other knee raising exercises, so….I’m ready to try this.  Once I’m in the trailer, it’s just sitting for me – reading magazines, wrapping birthday presents for my son, and maybe cutting out some more paper bows.

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Have a great weekend!


More bow cards.

Posted by Michelle on July 8th, 2014

I’m back today with 2 more cards made with the pretty paper bows I made out of Imaginisce’s Welcome Spring and Little Princess papers.  I was trying my hand at CAS cards yesterday, and these 2 cards have a little more to them, but less than what I normally would have on them.

My paper bows again….


…and today’s cards.




I’m not sure, but I don’t think patterned paper goes on a CAS card.  There’s usually a lot of white space.




Thanks for stopping in today!


CAS bow cards.

Posted by Michelle on July 7th, 2014

Happy Monday!  I’m trying to put a happy face on what is becoming the longest, hottest, most miserable summer in the history of time.  I’m still off work after my knee surgery.  And I’m just gonna admit it here:  I’m in a lot of freakin’ pain.  More pain than I was in before the surgery.  Apparently “occasionally” when one already has arthritis in their knee, and they do surgery, it can make it worse.  Welcome to occasionally.  It’s pretty damn bad.  So yeah.  However.  Last week the Doc gave me a Cortisone injection and started me on electric shock treatment physical therapy.  So I’m hoping the light at the end of the tunnel is a-comin’.

On to my cards…  CAS – clean and simple.  This style of crafting is so not me.  But for some reason I felt like giving it a shot.  So here we go.  I had some scrap pieces of Imaginisce patterned papers (Welcome Spring & Little Princess).


And thought they’d be pretty to cut up and make paper bows out of.  I am on a serious paper bow kick lately.
You can find paper bow templates on Google and Pinterest.  I found one, printed it out, and then modified it a bit (I wanted blunt tails instead of rounded).  And now I just keep the pieces clipped together on my craft table for whenever the mood strikes – which is often.


Bow templates come with one little strip to finish off the middle, but I punched big circles to finish off my middles for a different, more bold and fun look.


They are just so dang adorable.  I love paper bows!!


And because the bows were so big and cute on their own, that’s when I thought they should be the super star of the card and let’s try to make a CAS card.  So here they are.







I made 2 more cards with these fun paper bows, not as CAS, but still a little CAS for me.  You’ll see ‘em tomorrow.


Adventures in Couponing.

Posted by Michelle on July 6th, 2014

Oh man, it’s been forever since I’ve posted a couponing post.  I’ve had this bum knee for months, and then recovering from knee surgery has really taken me out of the game.  But I’ve still been watching the ads, clipping and printing coupons, and then sending my husband and kids to coupon for me.  And this week I’ve got pictures.

Super hot deal on cereal, milk and fruit at Albertsons last week.  The cereal was $1.88 each when you buy 4, and then you get free milk.  Even with no coupons, that’s a pretty good deal.  But I had coupons that took 50-cents off the cereal, making them $1.38 each x 4 and then the free milk.  Even better!  I found coupons for $2 of free fruit when you buy 2 boxes of Frosted Mini Wheats.  So.  For $5.52 I got 4 boxes of cereal, a gallon of milk, and $4 of free fruit.  Twice.

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I also had coupons for BOGO pounds of Brach’s candy.  And it was on sale at Albertsons for $2.49 per pound.  So with the coupon it went down to $1.25 per pound.  I’m going back to work in 2 weeks and need to fill my candy jar.  And the caramels are great for baking.

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Then I sent them to Walgreens.  The Starbucks, Crystal Light, and Gum toothbrushes were buy the item for x price, and get the same $ back in Register Rewards.  I would have done things differently if I was there in person, but I try to keep it simple for them so that they don’t have any surprises at the checkstand.  I had some pictures to pick up, so they got those and the sodas paying with Register Rewards.

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There were coupons in the newspaper for $1.50 off any Firefly toothbrush item.  No size exceptions.  These were 97-cents each, so 53-cents overage on each one going to the rest of the shopping trip.  (My kids are too old for these, so we donated these and other toiletries to the Red Cross last week.)

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I’m sending them back out today, so we’ll see how that goes!


Vitacost deal – $10 free for you.

Posted by Michelle on July 5th, 2014

Good Morning!
I was working on a coupon post for tomorrow – been a while, I know – and I found a hot deal at Vitacost for you.  I know a lot of folks (myself included) are trying to get some healthy ways in to our lives.  Paleo.  Whole30.  Low carb.  Gluten free.  Organic.  All that.  Vitacost has food and other “healthy living” kinda stuff.  And that stuff is expensive, but check this out.

They have a clearance section – so you’re already getting a deal.
You spend $10 there – or anywhere on the site.
And then you get $10 off.
And pay $4.99 shipping.

I put together an order of 3 cans of organic garbanzo beans, 2 jars of organic tomato paste, and a bottle of organic apple cider vinegar.
Retail price would be $21.23.  But down to clearance here takes it to $10.28, add your $4.99 shipping, take off your free $10 and you pay $5.27 shipped to your door.  Not having to spend time or gas, and getting a package?  Bonus!


Click my referral link HERE and you will be taken to this page -


- and you’ll have your cheap, healthy goodies on your door step middle of next week!