Halloween Treat.

Posted by Michelle on October 25th, 2016


I’m back today with a little Halloween treat that I made for one of my good friends.  Halloween is her jam.  She’s in to those little candy skulls, sugar skulls, whatever they are called.  You know, those skulls that are all colorful and cute …. even though they are still a skull!  I picked up some of her favorite chocolates, and some cute skull tin candies and packages them up all funlike using pieces from Whisker Graphics like this super cool Divine Twine Twist in Halloween pattern.


Bags are the best for wonky-shaped things.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me some gift wrapping with boxes and paper too, but a bag will accommodate just about anything.
These Horizontal Stripe Middy Bitty Bags in orange and black are naturally perfect for the occastion.


I die cut a little banner piece, and the numbers 31 (for October 31st) in purple because sometime over the last 10 years Halloween colors went from black and orange to black and orange and purple and green, right?


I used a Large Colored Tag in green and layered fun bits with it using dimensional adhesive.  Dimensional adhesive is so great.  Adding spaced layers while being your adhesive.



And then I stacked my bags together, tied my twine around it, layered on my tag – and we are gift-ready!


Happy Halloween!


Couponing at Walgreens.

Posted by Michelle on October 16th, 2016

As I mentioned recently, life’s been a little busy lately.  While I still sale shop ads/stores, couponing hasn’t been a big focus of mine for a while.  But last week there were a few too-good-to-miss deals in the Walgreens ad that I just could not resist.

It all started with this Mentos deal.  I love it when new products come out because there are usually hot deals and coupons that come out to get you to try the product.  And I’ll try anything for free or super cheap.  Like these Mentos.  Stocking stuffers for the husband.  They were on sale for $1.99, and then you get $1.99 back in the form of a Register Reward, so free.  But then I used 50-cent off coupons from the newspaper which had me making 50-cents on each one.

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I took that $1.99 Register Reward, and my free 50-cents and put it towards these Colgate mouthwashes.  They were on sale for $3.50 and then you get a $2 Register Reward when you buy them.  So $1.50. I had a $1-off coupon, plus that $1.99 Register Reward and my 50-cents going in to it so better than totally free on these as well.

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The Stride gum was a hot little deal too.  They were on sale 3 for $2.  So I bought 4 of them for $2.64.  I had coupons for $1-off-2 which made it .64-cents for 4 packs of gum (16-cents each).  These are going in to the kids’ Christmas stockings.  I used my overages and Register Rewards from above to cover these.

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When you roll Register Rewards (use one to pay for another transaction) you can’t have more coupons than items.  So to avoid that, I added in filler items (find the cheapest most usable thing in the store possible).  School folders for 25-cents, 25-cent balloon toys that are going in to our Toys for Tots box, and iPhone screen protectors for 50-cents each.

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They also had a promo for a new beauty program.  Buy beauty stuff and earn points.  I had originally said no, because I didn’t think I would benefit from it.  But there were no strings, so they twisted my arm.  And gave me a bag with a few freebies and coupons.

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I have a $1.99 Register Reward left, and I see that this week Trolli gummi candies are buy one for $1.50 and get a $1.50 Register Reward back.  I’ll have to see if there’s something else I can pair that with (like the mouthwash deal) to roll the deal (pay for one with the other, go back and forth and essentially pay nothing but tax and filler items).

Have a great week!


Cheap & Easy Back-to-School DIY.

Posted by Michelle on October 2nd, 2016


Today I’m sharing a quick, cheap, and easy back-to-school DIY project to help keep the kids on task. We have a lot going on with school, church, soccer, band, jobs, friends, etc. so I thought making them a little “whiteboard” to keep on their nightstands or wherever they want to put it would help them keep the important things top of mind.

I picked up (2) 4×6 picture frames from the dollar store, and a pack of dry erase markers; and pulled out (2) 5″ x 7.5″ Middy Bitty Bags from Whisker Graphics.


I used the picture template from the frame to cut by Middy Bitty Bag down to size.


And then placed them in to the frame as I would a picture.



I used the notebook pattern for my daughter’s, and the purple horizontal stripe one for my son as his school colors are purple and black.


These cost $1.51 each to make.
Bag: 26-cents
Frame: $1
Pen: 25-cents
— $1.51 each!


Have a great week!


Catching up.

Posted by Michelle on September 18th, 2016

Surprise surprise, I have come out of hiding.  I just finished photographing a project that I will be posting the week after next, but thought I’d catch you all up first.  It’s been a crazy year, people.  Crazy.

I got in to a car accident in March – right after dropping the kids off at school.  Traffic was stopped, and I nailed the lady in front of me.  Totaled my van, broke ribs, broke thumb, injured back, etc.  So there was that, and recovery, and court, and getting a new van, all that good stuff.

Then we decided that it was time to move my mom in with us.  She had some heart trouble last year, she’s 66 now, and we figured it’d be better to plan for it now rather than be reactive later.  So we built a new house – double the size of our old house, and I have my very own craft room – heh.  The new house is less than 2 miles from the old house, so no real changes – same schools, same church, same grocery stores, etc.

While all this busyness was going on, I entered in to the bariatric weight-loss program at one of the local hospitals.  I had been battling my weight and losing and gaining for over 30 years and decided it was time.  I did all the tests and procedures to get insurance to cover the surgery, and had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy on June 8.  The surgeon removed 75% of my stomach.  That’s a lot – LOL.  Recovery was longer than expected, I had to be on oxygen for a month and off work I think 3 weeks longer than expected.  It was not as easy as I thought it would be.  But I’m so happy I did it.  As of this writing I am down 63 pounds.  I eat a lot less (get full quickly), eat a lot better, and work out 6 days a week. S o that’s big.
Just as things were getting back to normal, I noticed that my insurance company hadn’t paid the surgery at 100% as they had said they would.  They told the surgeon’s office they would (twice), and I have the approval letters.  But no.  They said my plan only allows for $5000 of bariatric coverage.  And now I’m on the hook for $40,000.  HOLY SHIT, people.  I do not have $40K just sitting in the bank to write a check for that.  So there’s a little stress going on in these parts right now and I’ve been reaching out to various hospital people to see who or what can help me.  Yeah.

The aforementioned financial stress aside, we are all healthy and happy.  My girl is in 7th grade this year, and back in soccer so we have that every Saturday.  My boy is a freshman in high school and is in the marching band so we’re at the football games every Friday night for that.

My craft room is not put together yet – and it’s not going to be anything fancy or glamorous or cool, so don’t ask for pictures, ha!  But it’s a room all to myself to craft and wrap and blog.  And today I made a quick project in what space I had on my craft table (desk is being painted so I am limited on space right now) that I will share soon.

So that’s me.
Talk soon!


Friday Night Savings.

Posted by Michelle on March 5th, 2016

Happy Weekend, y’all!

I thought I’d pop in today with a little Friday night save.
We have a road trip coming up for Spring Break and we’re going to need some provisions.  We keep our expenses down on our road trips by bringing lots of snacks and food for the road.  Some healthy, some not.  But hey, if my kids are going to be in the car for over 30 hours, I’m down with cookies to keep ’em quiet.

Walgreens has a reward program where you earn points when you buy certain promo items, and you always get points for prescriptions.  I’ve accumulated $20 and stopped there last night on my way home from work to cash it out and get sandwich baggies because they were on sale for 99-cents (we needed them) and then was going to use the rest of the money to get stuff for the trip.

99-cent sandwich baggies, 88-cent cookies, $1 sugar-free drinks to add to water, 99-cent Pringles, 69-cent cheese and sausage, $1 cheese & breadsticks, 15-cent Cajun snack mix, 29-cent raisin & cranberry mix, 19-cent Slim Jims, and 39-cent Maria’s cookies.


I also found these Warheads which were a pack of 10 for 69-cents, and the Smarties for 49-cents and I’m going to use those to put in to party bags for my daughter’s birthday in June.  Everything in the top picture, plus the candy below cost me a total of $3.80 – mostly the tax.


Redbox had a promo code yesterday and it was good for 5 free movie rentals.  We all watched 99 Homes last night, then my son watched Everest in his room while the husband and I watched Straight Outta Compton.  We have 2 movies to watch today.


Did you know there are coupons out there for medications?  I’m on 3 maintenance medications for my Thyroid Cancer, and other medications for random problems that come up (it happens when you’re old and fat) and every time I am prescribed something new, I google the prescription name with “coupon” and see if there’s anything out there.  One of these prescriptions I paid my $15 co-pay for and the other was free.  I registered with the manufacturer and they sent me a card to use and I get it free; the retail price was $438.99!


Have a great weekend! 
It’s raining today, and we have baseball tryouts for the boy, opening day of spring soccer for the girl, and a hockey game to go to tonight.