Monday, October 20, 2014

10th Visitor of 2014 & a Weekend Trip to Niagara Falls

This trip started out like any other, little did we know this trip was going to get a little stressful and a little wacky. Arriving at the gate on Friday night at our designated boarding time I knew something was fishy when a completely different flight was boarding. With our flight status still stating “on time” we just waited. Moments later with no announcement the board changed from “on time” to “one hour delay.” Moments after that is when we hear this announcement: “We apologize but flight #**** to Buffalo has been canceled, please see the help desk for rebooking options.” Without thinking I ran towards the help desk knowing if I was not somewhere near the front of the line we had no chance. The manager on duty announced that we have all been rebooked on the 6:45am flight Saturday morning. Delta would cover a hotel for the night and transportation to and from the hotel. Joe, my mother, and I decided to take the hotel and even though we would only get one night in Canada to make the best of it. We arrived at our hotel in Queens around 11:30pm, cracked a beer to unwind from the craziness and then and went straight to bed knowing we had to be up bright and early the next morning for our flight.





Fast forward to the next morning, we are all sitting patiently at the airport waiting to board our 6:45am flight when we hear this announcement: “We apologize but the flight crew was told a takeoff time of 7:40am so we currently have no crew for a 6:45am departure.” Once on board our now 7:40am flight we are asked to check our boarding passes to make sure we are all going to buffalo, a little strange but ok. Twenty minutes later we are all asked to take out our boarding passes to be shown to the flight attendants. After another fifteen minutes some customers are demanding answers and so yet again we receive another announcement: “Our current count is off and we need everyone to double check they are on the correct flight or we will be unable to takeoff.” An additional fifteen minutes later a women gets up from her seat and tells the attendant she thinks she is supposed to be on the next flight.They remove her from the flight and start to finally prepare for takeoff.

Thirteen hours after we should have been arriving at our hotel we finally made it. We quickly dropped our bags in our rooms and went exploring.







That night after a short nap we were back at it enjoying a nice dinner and some fun in downtown Niagara Falls.




All in all it was a great trip and we would love to go back sometime when we have more time to really tour more of Canada.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sharing The Love: Vlog Edition

 

I know I am not the only one that loves to curl up on the couch on a rainy (or sunny) day and catch up on your preferred blogs or YouTube channels. I wanted to share just some of my favorites and this post will be focusing on Vlog YouTube channels. For those that don’t know a Vlog is a video blog about one’s daily life. The Vlog concept was very interesting to me from the moment I started surfing YouTube. Over the past months a few of the YouTube vloggers have gotten me hooked and here they are:




I give these people credit for putting portions of their life for others to view. It’s always fun to see how others live day to day. Don’t forget to share your favorites so I can join in on the fun. :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Husband Coupon Haul

I realize my blog posts have been extremely routine lately. I apologize for this but with school, work, and visitors it has been hard to get my creativity brain working. Our current schedule is leaving the house at 7am for work and not arriving back from school until 11pm so you can see why I have been slacking. With that said I am going to make every effort to post more exciting updates in the weeks to come.

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Last week my husband brought to my attention that my recent couponing hauls have been mainly girl products (I beg to differ) but this is where my challenge came in. He challenged me to do a husband haul. For this haul I did not save as much money as I normally do because I was limited to products he would like that were on sale. All in all I think I did a pretty good job and I have a very happy (and hydrated) husband.

Transaction #1

(2) Gatorade G Series Thirst Quencher Fruit punch 4 Pack: $4.59 each on Sale for 2/$5.00
(6) Gatorade G Series Thirst Quencher Lemon Lime 4 Pack: $4.59 each on Sale for 2/$5.00 
(2) Axe Sport Blast Shower Gel + Shampoo: $5.79 on Sale for 2/$9.00
(2) Axe Dry 24H Anti-perspirant & Deodorant:  $6.20 on Sale for Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off

CVS Coupon $3.00 Off Deodorant
Coupons.com $3.00 two Axe products
CVS Coupone $1.50 Off Deoforant
Used $21.00 in ExtraCareBucks from last week

Paid: $12.40 + received $7.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Retail Value: $60.70
 
Paid Out Of Pocket : $12.40
($7.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $48.30
80%

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

CVS Coupon Haul Weekend of 10/3/14


Transaction #1

Schick Hydro Silk Disposables: $15.99
Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons: $8.99

Coupons.com $6.00 off Hydro Silk
Coupons.com $3.00 off Playtex
CVS 15% off Razors
Used $15.00 in ExtraCareBucks from the previous week  


Paid: $0.00 + received $10.00 in ExtraCareBucks

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(2) Sparkle Papertowels: $9.99 on sale for $5.00
Quilted Northern Toilet Paper: $6.99 on sale for $5.00
 
Coupons.com $1.00 Sparkle
Coupons.com $1.00 Quilted Northern
 Used $10.00 in ExtraCareBucks from Transaction #1
 
Paid: $3.22 + received $3.00 in ExtraCareBucks
 
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Retail Value: $51.95
 
Paid Out Of Pocket : $3.22
($3.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $48.73
94%

Monday, October 6, 2014

Weekend Wrap-Up - 8th & 9th Visitors of 2014!


Our lives have been busier than ever these past couple of months but we were able to take a break this past weekend and host two of our best friends. The trip was intended to be a surprise but me being my nosy self caught wind of something fishy and starting asking questions. Over the weekend we were able to spend time in Manhattan and also escape up to Westchester to unwind a little. We did everything from karaoke, brunch, sightseeing, and just plain celebrating.


I do wish we had more free time to visit and catch up but it was an awesome treat to see them and show them around. As always we hope they come back very soon!

Monday, September 29, 2014

CVS Coupon Haul Weekend of 9/26/14


This was my biggest and best coupon haul to date. In order to keep my out of pocket low I split this purchase up into three different transactions. Couponing is very addictive but I never buy things Joe and I won't use. The items I have in my house now are getting on the larger side especially with toothpaste which seems to be free every weekend. So I have been looking into places to donate the extra items I receive from couponing that we don't need. There no reason not to pick up a free item if I can donate it to someone in need. I also love that I am ahead of the game and stocking up on Halloween candy!

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Transaction #1
Aveeno Bath Treatment: $8.79 on sale for $5.99
(2) Aveeno Positively Nour Smoothing Body Wash: $7.79 on sale for $5.99 each
(2) Snickers Fun Size Candy: $4.99 on sale for $2.66 each
(2) Nestlé Butterfinger Bar: $4.49 on sale for $2.66 each

 CVS Coupon $3.00 Off $10.00's in Candy
CVS Coupon $1.00 Off 3 Bags of Candy
NY Times Coupon $1.00 Off Fun Size Snickers
CVS Coupon $2.00 Off $10.00's in Body Wash
(2) Coupons.com $1.00 Aveeno Body Wash
Used $18.50 in ExtraCareBucks from the previous week 

Paid: $1.22 + received $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks

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Transaction #2

Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss Natural: $10.79
(2) Crest Sensi Relief Whitening + Scope: $6.49 on sale for $4.79 each

CVS 25% Off Coupon
(2) Coupons.com $1.00 Off Crest Sensi Toothpaste
CVS Coupon $3.00 Off $10.00's in Beauty
Used $12.00 in ExtraCareBucks from Transaction #1

Paid: $3.94 + received $13.00 in ExtraCareBucks

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Transaction #3

Tide Plus Febreze Freshness Detergent Spring & Renewal: $8.49 on sale for $5.94
(2) Pantene Pro-V Stylers Shaping Hair: $7.49 on sale for $3.33 each
(2) Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara: $8.99 each
(2) Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid New Zealand Springs Scent: $1.98 on sale for $.99 each
(2) NYC Top Coat: $.99 each

(2) Coupons.com $2.00 Off Pantene Styling Product
Coupons.com $.75 Off Tide Detergent
(2) Coupons.com $.50 Off Dawn Dish soap
(2) Coupons.com $1.50 Off Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara 
CVS Coupon $5.00 Off $15.00's in Beauty
CVS Coupon $1.00 Off P+G Product
Used $13.00 in ExtraCareBucks from Transaction #2

Paid: $3.01 + received $5.00 in ExtraCareBucks

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Retail Value: $116.87

Paid Out Of Pocket : $8.17
($5.00 in ExtraCareBucks left over for next week)

Saved: $108.70
93%

Friday, September 26, 2014

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

(Please excuse the missing chicken - I couldn't grab the camera before Joe dug in)

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Garlic-Herb Chicken Thighs


Ingredients

1/3 cup olive oil
1 lb brussels sprouts
1/2 lb carrots
Pink of sea salt and pepper
4 lbs chicken thighs - bone-in and skin-on
3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1 tablespoon chopped sage
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

Directions 
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss vegetables with a tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Spread vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2.  Trim any excess fat off of the chicken.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the remaining olive oil, garlic, parsley, sage, and salt. Rub the mixture all over the chicken.
  4. Place the chicken skin side up on top of the vegetables and roast for 25 to 30 minutes. Until the juices run clear. Turn the oven to broil and brown the skin for 2 minutes before serving.
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#26 - Add 50 new amazing recipes to my recipe book


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