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?

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

How To Make a Travel Pinboard

Today I'm sharing with you how I made our travel pinboard!

This is a fun DIY project I recently completed which has really completed our living room. There was one small wall I really felt was missing something and this is what it was! This was a very easy project to complete and can be very cost efficient if you don't splurge on a map like I did. I wanted mine to be a muted color and couldn't find a map I liked until I found one on Easy, but we'll get into that in a little bit.

Once I decided I wanted to do this project I took a trip to our local A.C. Moore.

I picked up a 24x36 poster frame that had a small piece of plastic as a cover on the front of it. I simply pulled the plastic off (despite the warnings not to) and was left with a simple black frame.  I ended up getting a 50% off deal on this frame and only paid $15 for it.

I also bought a roll of cork for just over $9 and used my hot glue gun to glue attach it to the backing of the frame.  I did try to flatten out the roll ahead of time but was slightly impatient and ended up gluing it before it was completely flat.

Once I was done gluing onto the cardboard backing I laid it all out on the floor and weighed down the edges while I went to bed. 

The next morning I was up bright and early to get to the post office to pick up my map! I checked on my new cork board and glued down the edges that were still a little loose but felt it had flattened out quite nicely.

I did spend some time just trimming the edges with scissors so the cork fit correctly on the cardboard. It had been a little over when I first glued everything down so I made sure everything looked even before the next step.

I had bought mod podge and a small brush (under $7 combined) in order to attach the poster to the cork and had heard that it was a bit difficult to get posters to stick to cork so I knew I was in for a challenge.

I used some random items to help flatten out the map for a bit and quickly got impatient and wanted to get started! The map itself was something I found on Etsy and was a bit pricer then I initially planned. I fell in love with the gray and loved that you could customize the title. If you are looking to purchase one you can find them here.

I chose "Our Travels" as our title since that is what I plan to keep track of on this map.

Now I've already mentioned my impatience twice in this post welllll I think it made my end result a little crinkly. Anddd if you look real close you can tell that in the mod podge there's a little dirt (which why did I think it was a good idea to do this project on a carpet?) however I love it. It's not perfect but neither are we and I think the crinkles give it a real life map quality.

I spent some time sticking my pins in the map before Tim got home from work. I purchased a container of map pins from Walmart and we discussed ahead of time what colors we would use. Tim's favorite color is green so any place he has visited on his own will have a green pin. My favorite color is blue so any place I visit on my own will be marked with a blue pin. We have decided on red pins for any place we have gone or will go together. As we have kids in the future we will add new pin colors to show where we go as a family.

Now for some details!

I loved sticking all my blue pins in Europe and remembering my trips to Spain, England and France.

Tim and I have been on a few adventures so far together including: our trip to New Jersey, our Disney World vacation, a trip to Vermont, visiting the Bronx Zoo, visiting my parents in Florida, and various trips around RI, CT and MA.

I traveled quite a bit growing up but we went to Disney World pretty much every other year and repeated quite a few locations more then once. I did visit Puerto Rico a few times and we took a Disney cruise to Nassau Bahamas and Castaway Cay but I still have dreams of visiting most of the Caribbean! Tim has been on a couple cruises through the Bahamas so his pins definitely dominate in that section of the map. Most of our pins remain on the east coast while only three of mine made their way to the west. I have visited Los Angeles, Anaheim and Laguna Beach in California but since I ran out of blue pins I have one representing Laguna Beach. I have also been to Las Vegas Nevada and Tijuana in Mexico but there is so much to explore on that coast!

We have dreams of visiting more states and countries in the future and now this map will inspire us and keep track as we make those dreams come true!

This entire project was done for $85 and more then half of that was on the map which you can definitely get for cheaper if you aren't picky about what your map looks like!

How do you keep track of your travels? Where do you dream of traveling to? Any future travel plans? Please share I'd love to hear!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Mirror Mirror On The Wall

We've been living in our apartment for almost a year and a half and our walls are still so bare! The only place I've truly made an effort to decorate the white walls is our living room and quite honestly the only real amount of wall decorating that has been impressive is our gallery wall. Which according to a quick search on my blog I haven't even shared in completion. *Facepalm*

I knew I wanted mirrors to be part of the wall decor in our "middle room" which is the name for our weird office/extra kitchen storage room/makeup and jewelry storage that is meant to be a dining room but isn't quite big enough. That room is a bit of a hodgepodge and honestly I don't know how to fix it at this point. However, I figured some mirrors might reflect a little bit of light and make everything look a little nicer.

Armed with $15 in Kohls cash I headed to my favorite store!

These mirrors work perfectly with the laid-back, beachy theme I have going on in our living room.

This set of three mirrors is originally $59.99 but was on sale for $23.99. After my $15 Kohls cash I only had to pay $9.62! I love getting a good deal almost as much as I love decorating :)

Before hanging up the actual mirrors I took paper and made them the same shape and size as the mirrors and then placed them on the wall. I actually used my drill to put screws into the paper while it was hanging on the wall so I could make sure I wouldn't make a mistake when drilling holes into the wall. (A tip I picked up at Young House Love)

I have to say I think they turned out pretty well.

They now hang above my blue table which houses overflow kitchen supplies. On top of the console table we have a popcorn machine, a toaster oven, and a coffee maker- so more overflow kitchen supplies.

They seem to take some room up on this huge wall while still allowing for other items to be hung in the future if I decide to do that.

I am thrilled with how this quick, easy project turned out and makes this room look a little more put together.

I know we won't be in this apartment forever so it makes it hard to do anything that costs money to upgrade. We also aren't allowed to paint or do anything that permanently changes the apartment so there's not too much we can really do around here. At least I'm limited to things that we can take with us when we go!

What do you have on your walls? Are they all decorated or do you take your time decorating?