Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I am Officially in the Last Year of my Twenties!


With every birthday I celebrate on the east coast I can't help but feel just a tad melancholy. Each year I have woken up on my birthday with my phone buzzing with good wishes for my birthday and the upcoming year. Living in a different time zone has delayed these messages so I no longer wake up in the same fashion. This morning I woke up at 3:30am pacific standard time with a phone sleeping just as soundly as my friends and family in California. It's just yet another reminder how far we really live from our loved ones. It can be hard at times but I know we are where we are meant to be.

Fast forward a couple of hours and the phone is wide awake and buzzing! So to all my California babies out there:

I miss you and love you like crazy!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy Friday... and Hello Again =]

Good Morning & Happy Friday!

As you can see my life has gotten a little crazy the past couple of weeks and the blog has taken the back burner. I am happy to report that both my husband and I are now enjoying summer vacation. (And of course awaiting the arrival of our end of semester grades) Joe and I have a couple of exciting things on the horizon as well as my big 2-9 happening next week so things here on the blog should be heating up soon.  

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

1st, 2nd & 3rd Visitors of 2015!

Guess who was the first visitor of 2015?....


Well, I am sure that was everyone's first guess. My mom just can't stay away from her kiddos and Westchester New York for that long! This time around she stayed for a whole ten days. Although Joe and I had work and school we had so much fun during her visit. Of course we had to hit all you can eat sushi while she was here and try out some new places that have opened up in our town. My mom missed the snow in New York this year and missed Spring by a couple days. Our town is still bouncing back from winter and slowly becoming green. Mom can't wait to visit again when all the trees are starting to turn in Fall. 

During my moms visit we had two other visitors join the fun...


My Auntie C and U.T. stopped by on their way to Boston to watch The Boston Marathon. (<-- So awesome!) Joe and I were able to take one day off and show them around our little town. We actually wondered into some stores that Joe and I have not stepped foot in the three years we have lived here. 

It is always nice when family and friends to come visit because most have no idea where we live or what our town looks like. It's always sad when they leave but we are grateful that people take the time out of their busy lives and spend the money to come see us.

We were looking forward to these visits for months and we look forward to the next one whether it be here or in California.

Monday, April 13, 2015

CVS MAKE-UP Haul Week of 4/12/2015: Saved 88%


Transaction #1
 
(3) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks: $8.99 On Sale For $6.99
 
CVS Coupons
$7 off $17 in Revlon Cosmetics
$5 off any $15 Purchase of Cosmetics

Used $5.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $4.26 and received $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Transaction #2
 
(3) Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks: $8.99 On Sale For $6.99
 
CVS Coupons:
$7 off $17 in Revlon Cosmetics
 
Used $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $3.00 and received $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Transaction #3
 
Physicians Formula Argan W/ Blush Natural: $14.79
 
  Manufacture Coupons:
$3.00 Off - Found on product
 
Used $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $.88 and received $7.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Retail Value: $71.14

Paid Out Of Pocket: $8.14

($7.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $63.00

89%

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

California 2015: A Weekend on the West Coast

A couple weeks ago I had the honor of being a bridesmaid in one of my best friend's wedding. I got to spend three short days with the bride and groom and two additional days catching up with just some of my family members. I flew in on a Thursday morning and was headed back to the east coast 6am Monday morning. It was a whirlwind trip but I wouldn't have missed it for the world. 

Jenny and I went to high school together but never met until after graduation. (She was one year behind me) Shortly after we became friends we became inseparable. A couple months down the road Jenny and I met Bobby (Her now husband) they instantly began dating but mutually decided to separate three months later. Year and YEARS after that I would always tease her about marrying Bobby which she would immediately shoot down while turning pink from head to toe. Long story short, they got engaged while visiting us in NYC and the rest is history:





It has been along time sense I have had a large group of friends in one place for a few days and really got the chance to hang out like old times. Weddings in general can be extremely stressful but in this case the joy and excitement outweighed the rest. Each and every time I look at the pictures from that weekend I wish we could all go back. Their wedding weekend was everything it should have been and more, all the gusts left their daily stresses at the door and thoroughly enjoyed themselves for three full days!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CVS Coupon Haul Week of 3/29/2015: Saved 91%


Transaction #1
 
(4) Dawn Hand Renewal Dishwashing Liquid Pomegranate Splash Scent: $1.57 on sale for $.99
(2) Covergirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara 885 Very black 0.44 fl oz: $9.99 on Sale for $6.49
 (2) Pantene Pro-V Normal-Thick Hair Detangler 8.5 fl oz: $6.49 on Sale for $3.33
Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Mousse 6.6 oz: $5.49 on Sale for $3.34
Pantene Pro-V Stylers Shaping Hair Spray 11.5 oz: $7.49 on Sale for $3.34
(2) Tena Serenity Active 26ct liners, 26ct: $4.59 on Sale for Buy One Get One 50% Off

Manufacture Coupons:
(4) $.50 Off One Dawn Hand Renewal - 3/1/2015 P&G
(2) $3.00 Off LashBlash Mascara - 3/1/2015 P&G
(4) $2.00 Off One Pantene Styler or Treatment  - 3/1/2015 P&G
(2) $2.00 Off any available TENA Product at CVS Pharmacy Stores - Coupons.com
 
CVS Coupons
$3 off $10 on Foundation or Mascara
 
Used $15.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $1.56 and received $14.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Transaction #2
 
(2) ZzzQuil Nighttime Sleep-Aid Warming Berry Flavor 6 fl oz: $5.99 on Sale for Buy One Get One 50% Off
(4) M&M's Easter Candy: $4.19 on Sale for $3.00
Maybelline Lash Sensational Wpf Very Black: $7.99
Maybelline Eyeshadow: $4.99
(2) CVS Earth Essentials Select-A-Size Paper Towels 1 roll: $1.87 on Sale for $1.29
(2) Colgate Total Whitening Gel Toothpaste 4.2 oz: $3.99 on Sale for $2.99

Manufacture Coupons:
  (2) $2.00 Off ZzzQuil - 3/1/2015 P&G
  (2) $1.00 Off Two Mars Easter Products - 3/22/2015 SmartSource
(2) $.75 Off One Colgate Toothpaste - Colgate.com
 
CVS Coupons:
(2) $2.00 Off ZzzQuil
$3.00 Off $12 in Candy
$3 Off Maybeline NY Color Snesational 
$2 Off Maybelline NY Face or Volum Express Mascara
$.79 Off Just The Basics Single Roll
$.50 Off Just The Basics Single Roll

Used $14.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
Paid $9.42 and received $11.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Retail Value: $121.09

Paid Out Of Pocket: $10.98

($11.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $110.11

91%

Friday, March 27, 2015

Paleo on the Fly


I always try to have our meals planned out in advance. I hate hearing the question "what's for dinner" even if its me asking myself in my own head. To avoid having to run to the grocery store after work to figure out dinner, I usually do one weekend shop for the week's dinners and lunches. This past Saturday Joe and I headed to our local grocery store and basically just picked out protein that was on special. I wasn't feeling myself on Saturday and didn't think it through. That night I realized that yes we have fish, pork, and chicken but I failed to choose recipes and make sure we have sides or ingredients for those recipes. In the fridge I found two sweet potatoes and in the freezer two boxes of frozen green beans. I decided to mix the veggies with minced garlic, salt, pepper, dried oregano, and a little olive oil. For the pork chops I just seared each side on the stove top and finished them in the oven. The total dinner took a little over thirty minutes to prepare and was extremely tasty.

Eating Paleo can be difficult just because there are a wide range of foods you have to cut out of your diet; But making Paleo recipes is actually a much easier way to cook.