Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Life Lately

Just a quick photo dump for you guys on this lovely Wednesday before Thanksgiving. I hope all my American friends are ready to celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow! 

A couple of weeks ago we headed out to Mohegan Sun (a casino in Connecticut) to celebrate our friend Marissa's 23rd birthday! We had a great time having dinner, watching everyone gamble, grabbing some drinks, and dancing the night away. 

I also helped to throw a sprinkle for Brittni during lunch time at work last week. Her second daughter is due in less then two weeks! 

Chelsea and I were so excited to surprise her! She seemed to have a great time and received some great things for her new little girl!

Finally this past weekend Tim and I headed over to Brittni and Stephens to help set up the new baby's room and of course play with Emma!

Emma showed off her baby caring skills as she hugged her baby doll and rocked her in the swing. She also kept putting her baby to bed and waking her up. She's going to be a fun big sister!

I wish I had taken before pictures because what started out as a storage room looks a lot like a nursery now!

We switched some furniture to Emma's room and cleaned up both rooms making them look clean and ready!

Emma worked hard.

So much stuff for the new baby!

Emma also watched some tv- think her neck is sore?

Reading books with Uncle Tim is always the best!

She also now calls me "Messa" I had never heard her say my name and now she has!

Both rooms look so great now!

It was a tiring day but it was so nice to help Brittni out and organize someone else stuff for a change!

I can't wait to meet the newest baby!

So that's life lately. What have you been up to?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Couponing Week of 11/19- Target, CVS, Bath and Body Works, and Walmart

Good morning everyone!

I'm here to share my couponing deals from yesterday at a few different stores. I always love couponing the week of Black Friday because CVS in particular knocks it out of the park every year. 

Since we're already chatting about it- let's start with CVS!

I basically purchase anything that I end up getting free at CVS so here's what I picked up.

Hershey Chocolate Bar 77 cents
paid 77 cents, received 77 cents in ECBs

 Hershey King Sized Chocolate Bar $1.88
paid $1.88, received $1.88 in ECBs

Trolli Sour Gummies $1.99
paid $1.99, received $1.99 in ECBs

Wet and Wild Mascara Set $4.99
paid $4.99, received $4 in ECB
99 cents!

I also used a $4 ECB from my last couponing trip.

I paid $6.30 out of pocket and received $8.64 in ECBs for my next trip, which will be later this week during the Black Friday event!

Next up a pretty lame Bath and Body Works haul...

The only deal I got at Bath and Body Works was a buy three get two free deal. I picked up I've items from the winter candy apple line. The two shower gels and two body lotions are gifts for the girls I have judging dance team tryouts and the body cream I'm keeping.

I paid $41.20 out of pocket or $8.24 per item- not a great deal but it's fine!

Next up, let's head to Walmart where I picked up quite a few items.

I picked up:

BIC Simply Solei Razor 3 pack #3.27
used $2 coupon

Command Hooks $2.38

3 Purex Crystals $2.97 each
used buy two get one free coupon
$5.94 or $1.98 each

2 Hefty Gallon Storage Bags $1.98 each
used $1/2 coupon
$2.96 or $1.48 each
(I will also be submitting for a $1.50/2 biota credit!

3 Bags of Hershey Kisses $2.98 each

Bag of M&Ms $2.84

2 Oreo Candy Bar King Size $1.34 each
used $1/2 coupon
$1.68 or 84 cents each

I paid $28.13 out of pocket for this order.

Next up, Target!

Target was so disappointing- I had a few deals I wanted to do but couldn't find any of the products in store!

2 Strerlite Plastic Organizers $6.99 each
used 10% off Cartwheel
Paid $6.29 each

I paid $13.46 out of pocket.

Not a bad Sunday for couponing! I can't wait to head back out for some more deals! :)

What did you get couponing this week?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Making Money: Poshmark

I recently decided to sign up for the popular Poshmark and start selling some things out of my closet. I definitely wear some of my clothes completely out but there are definitely clothes that I wear once and never bother with again. In fact I found a costume I ordered last year and never wore that was still packaged up. 

I think that everyone is able to find at least a few things to sell from their homes which can make you a little bit of extra money. I know I can always use money but especially this time of the year! In my first weekend on Poshmark I made almost $50 selling just five items! 

My Poshmark name is Dancer5757 if you want to check out what I have in my closet. I also will place a link in this post so you can sign up for Poshmark if you are interested. 

I'm all about making extra money and saving money these days so I will keep you updated on my endeavors.

Now here's a preview of my Poshmark closet...

Have a great weekend you guys!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fridge Bankruptcy

A few weeks ago we had a multi-day power outage in our area which resulted in a lot of spoiled food. Lucky for us we hadn't been shopping recently so we had a few things that spoiled but most of what was in there was alcohol. We started pulling things out of the fridge (and freezer) and then Tim announced he didn't trust any of the condiments anymore. I decided we might as well do a massive cleanup of our fridge and ditch pretty much everything so we decided to claim what I'd like to call Fridge Bankruptcy.

I didn't think to take pictures until we'd already started but as we started pulling stuff out this is what it began to look like:

What's left in there isn't much but Tim thought most of the beer and alcohol was fine as well as tortillas, apples, chocolate, and syrup. We did however have to throw out cheese, chicken, lunch meat, etc...

As I mentioned above Tim decided he didn't trust the condiments anymore which was fair since they were primarily ranch dressing and things of that sort. We decided to just toss everything which left our fridge nice and empty but also super clean!

Here's a pile that we got rid of. I made sure to empty and rinse out any container that could be recycled because that was a lot of glass and plastic!

A whole slew of condiments waiting to be thrown away.

After finishing the fridge I decided to also do a quick clean of our pantry. I tossed anything expired and moved some stuff around to make things appear a bit more organized.

It looks so much better and I'm so glad that I took the time to clean everything out and get organized!

Have you ever had to claim fridge bankruptcy? How much stuff did you lose?

We made the executive decision to not repurchase everything we tossed- we are instead only buying things as we need them. Hopefully this will keep our fridge clean and organized!

Have a great day!

Monday, November 13, 2017

October Empties

Another month has ended and that means I have a new empties post for you! I really didn't think I had too much to share this month and was pleasantly surprised when I empties out my bin and saw I had quite a few items inside.

I have been working really hard at getting through my beauty collection and am trying to stick with one item until I finish it up instead of jumping from product to product like I used to.

I absolutely could not get this picture rotated and I have no idea why! I used up three Yankee Candle Amber Sunset tealights which disappeared quickly but smelt great. I don't think I would repurchase them in the future though. I used up my favorite Bath and Body Works Candle in Leaves which was amazing (per usual). The last candle I used up was Yankee Candle's Harvest and this one was just okay. I received this as a gift but I don't think I would purchase it in the future because it wasn't something I absolutely loved.

I finished up one face product this month, Neutrogena Hydro Boost hydrating serum. The packaging on this product is absolutely gorgeous. I did really like it but I don't know that I would purchase it again in the future since I am still on the search for a line of face products that work great for me.

Four hair products were finished up in October. The Head and Shoulders shampoo and conditioner was great and my hair and scalp always felt super nourished after using them. The Pantene shampoo and conditioner samples I used mostly on my Disney trip but I finished them up in October and thought that they were great. I tend to love Pantene because they do a great job making their products super moisturizing. I would definitely purchase all these hair products in the future.

I finished up a full size lotion and a mini lotion. The full size is Bath and Body Works Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin. I wasn't a huge fan of this scent and I'm glad that I was able to use it up in the fall. I won't be repurchasing this again in the future. The mini lotion I finished is Amber Romance by Victoria's Secret which I also won't purchase in the future. It was an okay scent but definitely not my favorite.

Two cleaning products this month; Lysol Disinfecting Wipes which I will keep repurchasing and Method Ocean Waves Multi-purpose spray which I loved and will also definitely purchase in the future.

I finished up three Chapstick Cake Batters which I definitely will repurchase since I use them millions of times a day. The Almay mascara was pretty good and I would consider repurchasing it again in the future. The Clarins face cream was good but certainly not the best I've tried and I don't think I will be purchasing a full size in the future. I used up two packs of makeup wipes. The first was Pacifica which I liked the scent of and worked great at taking off my makeup. The Burts Bees wipes were nice too but I preferred the Pacifica.

The last two products I used were a Bath and Body Works hand soap in Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin which wasn't my favorite scent and I'm glad to see go and Skintimate Raspberry Rain Shave Gel which was nice and I will repurchase in the future.

That's another 22 items that I was able to use up and get rid of! I can't wait to see what my total was for 2017 and I'm already looking forward to see how many items I'll be able to get through/declutter next year!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Life Lately: Clyde's Cider Mill and Holmberg Orchard

Happy Friday friends!

Today I'm sharing our recent visit to a local cider mill and orchard. Just a 45 minute drive from our house it didn't take long for us to get there and participate in some fall activities! 

The first stop was Clyde's Cider Mill in Old Mystic, CT. This is a local place that everyone constantly talks about but I've never been! Tim and I actually planned on heading there all week but our friends Fred and Marissa actually asked us that morning if we wanted to meet them there which was perfect since we already planned on heading that way!

We got to Clyde's a little before Fred and Marissa so we starting scoping out the area and saw there was a free wine tasting. Neither of us are big wine drinkers but we had heard good things about the cider and apple wine  so we decided to check it out.

We each tried four (some overlapping) and found the Spider Cider and Black Out to be winners for both of us!

We ended up purchasing two bottles of wine (one spider cider and one black out) to take home with 
us. They were surprisingly affordable at about $13 per bottle.  

 We tried some other products different vendors were selling and looked around the store a bit before getting in line and meeting up with Fred and Marissa to get some cider.

The cider slushie was super tasty and the cider donut was great as well!

We didn't buy any pumpkins since we are in a second floor apartment and pumpkin carving seems like not a great idea when we don't have an outdoor area to put them.  However we did pose with some!

Once we had our fill of wine, cider and donuts we headed over to Holmberg Orchard to go apple picking.

It was absolutely beautiful weather and a great day to be outside! There weren't a ton of different types of apples to pick from but we had a great time choosing a few apples to take home with us.

One of the rows of apple trees was called wine sap and Tim thought they were absolutely delicious so that was definitely a good find! It's also so cool to pick your own food instead of getting it from the grocery store.

We had a great day and enjoyed spending time with Fred and Marissa as well. Fall activities are so fun and I'm glad we had the chance to get out and participate in some!

What are your favorite fall activities?