Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CVS Coupon Haul Week of 1/25/15: Saved 94%

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(3) Degree Women Fresh Energy: $6.99
(3) Listerine Floss Cool Mint: $3.79
Beano Dairy Defense: $9.99 on sale for $4.99

Manufacturer Coupons:
$1.00 Off Beano Dairy Defense -
$1.00 Off Listerine One Floss or Flosser Product - 1/4/2015 SmartSource

CVS Coupons:
$5 Off $10 in Degree Deodorant
$4 Off Dove, Degree, Axe Dry Deodorant Spray
$4.50 Off $12 Deodorant
Used $20.00 in ExtraCareBucks

Paid:  $2.57 + received $14.00 in ExtraCareBucks 

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Retail Value: $42.33

  Paid Out Of Pocket : $2.57

($14.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $39.76  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

101 Things in 1001 Days: #26 - Add 50 New Amazing Recipes to My Recipe Book

Honey Mustard Pork Chops


1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp honey
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp salt
Freshly cracked pepper
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 lbs. pork chops (one-inch thick)

  1. Prepare the honey mustard sauce by stirring together the mayonnaise, Dijon, honey, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and some freshly cracked pepper (about 15 cranks of a pepper mill). Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use a paper towel to dry off the surface of the pork chops, then season each side with a pinch of salt and freshly cracked pepper. Heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot add two pork chops at a time and cook until golden brown on each side (3-5 minutes). Place the browned pork chops in a casserole dish coated with non-stick spray.
  3. Smear the honey mustard sauce over the surface of the pork chops in the casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove the chops from the oven, then set the oven to broil. Move the oven rack so that the surface of the chops will be about 6 inches from the broiler. Broil the chops for 3-5 minutes or until the surface is golden brown and bubbly. Serve hot.
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#26 - Add 50 new amazing recipes to my recipe book

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Bookshelf Organization

Waking around my house wondering where to start with my simplicity project I walked into our living room and was mortified when I spotted the bookshelf. It seems that in our recent past Joe and I have been placing spare items onto the bookshelf as a pit-stop until that item got put away where it really belonged.

I have always been an extremely organized person but when you share your household with someone that is less organized it can be easier to let things go. My desk at work is always organized and looks the same way each and every day I leave. Unlike my house I am able to keep everything in its place at work because I am the only one who uses that space. 

Choosing the bookshelf as my jumping off point the first step was to go through our paperwork and file it away for safekeeping. Then I moved onto the other objects that belonged in the cupboards a mere foot below where it was currently sitting. When it came to the overflow of books that did not fit into our bookshelf I knew I need to purge some. I pulled up my GoodReads account and decided that any book I have read and rated two stars or less would have to go. It was a quick, fun project that left me feeling accomplished and ready for more.

In the end I donated eighteen books that have been read but have not really been loved.

It's funny how a small five minute project can make you feel like you can breathe better. I actually went on to tackle another organization project the same day... stay tuned...

Friday, January 16, 2015

2015 The Year of Simple Living

Every year around this time we all take a look at our life for the last twelve months or so and focus on things we want to improve on. I am currently working to complete my list of 101 things in 1001 days so I decided to skip the new years resolution. Instead I wanted to give 2015 a general theme about something I want to work towards.

2015 will be my year to make my life more simplified. In my life I have gone up and down with having too much stuff. After getting engaged and moving in with each other Joe and I really had nothing of value and not enough things to consider clutter. After our wedding was another story, we received so many amazing wedding gifts to help us complete our home things got a little cluttered. Once we decided to move across the country we went through every little item we had and downsized once again. Three years later I am sorry to say that we again have too much stuff. Living in 725 square feet we are quickly outgrowing our place. Instead of moving onto a bigger and better place I have decided to simplify our selves, house, and life.

Over the course of the next twelve months I will be going through our house little by little and purging what is not needed. I have also been told over and over how much makeup, beauty products, and jewelry I have that I barely ever use. I will also be going through all of the above and reviewing, using up, and purging the unused. I will be bring you along this journey with me and keep you updated on all my progress.

What are you working towards in 2015?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Christmas 2014 in California

This year Joe and I were able to spend eleven long days on the west coast to catch up with our family and friends. As vacations normally do, this vacation had it's stress and drama but over all we had a great time.

This was our third year traveling to California for Christmas and each time it turns out a little different. The first trip (Christmas 2012) was our first trip back home after our big move and we were so excited to spend time with all our friends that we moved away from. With a short five day trip time got away from us and we spent little time with our family and got caught up in seeing all our friends. Our second Christmas home (2013) we focused on family more but still some parts of our extended family got neglected. This year we vowed to make it a trip for family (with some friend time mixed in). Booking such a long visit home I thought we would be able to spend quality time with everyone we missed so much.

Over the eleven days we spent on the west coast we spent a ton of time with family. For me it was the best trip because not only did I get to see most of my closest friends, I spent countless hours laughing, drinking, and just plain hanging out with our families. It got to the point that it felt that we still lived in California. The Holidays can feel so scripted with all the houses you have to visit, all the presents you have to open, and all the meals you have to eat. This all usually ends with someone feeling like they barely saw you or that your visit was too short. Unfortunately, this is inevitable but Joe and I try to do our best with the time we have.

Joe and I were able to get out of town twice to go to my Dad's house as well as my Aunt's just to sit on the couch and visit like the old days. I cannot tell you how much I needed this. It is no secret that I am a Daddy's girl and just as close with my mom. I am very blessed to have these relationships with my parents but it also makes it extremely difficult to live 2,975 miles away from them (yes, I mapped it). I know my parents would prefer us to live local but this is where we need to be for the time being. Joe and I have come so far from where we were when we lived in CA but there is not one day that I don't miss home for one reason or another. We want you all you know how much we love and miss you on a daily basis. We may not call enough, e-mail enough, text enough, or see you enough but the love is there.

After all that mushy stuff, lets get to the good stuff... pictures!

Christmas Day


Auntie's Birthday

San Jose Sharks Hockey Game

New Years 2015

There have been countless rumors about who is going to visit us in New York this year and Joe and I cannot wait. We love when people make the trip because we are able to spend days visiting versus minutes or hours when we are back home.

I hope you all had an amazing Holiday Season!

Monday, January 12, 2015

CVS Coupon Haul Week of 1/11/15: Saved 93%

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CVS Extra Strength Gas Relief 72 softgels: $12.49 on sale for $9.99
(2) Softsoap Hand Soap Moisturizing milk protein & honey 7.5 fl oz: $2.99 on sale for $2.50
(3) Colgate Total Whitening Gel Toothpaste 4.2 oz: $3.49
 (2) Halls Cherry 30 drops: $1.99 on sale for $1.50

Manufacturer Coupons:
(3) $.50 Off any Colgate Toothpaste - 1/4/15 SmartSource

CVS Coupons:
$1.50 Off Colgate Toothepaste
$3 Off $10 in Colgate Toothpaste
$1 Off Softsoap 

Used $18.00 in ExtraCareBucks

Paid:  $3.48 + received $17.99 in ExtraCareBucks 

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Retail Value: $32.92

  Paid Out Of Pocket : $3.48

($17.99 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $30.46 

Friday, January 9, 2015

2014 Highlights

4 Trips

10 Visitors

1 New School For Me

Attended 1 Wedding

2 Camping Trips

I Was Asked 1 Very Important Question!