Monday, November 27, 2017

Black Friday Haul 2017

Oh it's Monday again.... How is that even possible? This four day weekend flew by and I hope that you enjoyed Thanksgiving with your loved ones. We had a great weekend and I'll share more of that during my life lately post.

The first thing I picked up was an Apple Watch for Tim and one for me. Kohls had an amazing deal! I ended up getting $200 Kohls cash back from buying them online during the Black Friday sales. Tim managed to get some good Black Friday sales from Kohls as well. 

We stopped by CVS on Friday so I could stock up on my freebies!

Every year I love to go get these freebie deals!

I also picked up a DVD at Walmart for $7, who doesn't love Wonder Woman?!

I also used a 30% off coupon to get my Erin Condren planner for next year. Gotta love saving money on things you use everyday!

What did you get Black Friday shopping?

Friday, November 24, 2017

Apartment Christmas Decor 2017

Now that Thanksgivings over is appropriate to start discussing Christmas?

Okay perfect because my decorations have already been up for a week :)

Today I'm going to take you on a little tour of our apartment Christmas decorations. I don't go too crazy with my decorations and am holding off on things like lights and wreaths until we have a house but I definitely try to make our little apartment homey and festive during the holiday season. 

Let's start with our tree shall we?

We bought a fake Walmart tree last year and it held up nicely. It is a little Charlie Brown-esque but fits perfectly in this corner of our living room. I have a ton of ornaments and commented to Tim this year that I would love to have three trees someday- one beach themed, one Disney themed and one with sentimental ornaments. He looked at me like I was crazy :)

I've even started wrapping gifts! I am not done with my shopping but have gotten a great start and only need to buy gifts for a handful of people which is great!

I love our simple stockings that I bought last year from Kohls. I think they are so pretty and our tv stand works great as a mantle since we don't have a fireplace!

This little elf came from my grandparents house and reminds me so much of my grandma. He has a place of honor on our tv stand where he will be seen often.

These snowflake lights came from Ikea years ago and are still working with the same batteries! They are a great addition and I think they look super cute. 

I don't remember where this cute Christmas bear came from but they are sitting on my bookshelf this year,

I love changing my dish towels with the season and these snowman ones were bought by my mom last year and I think they are adorable.

Christmas Kermit sits with my Target dollar spot pillow at the edge of the couch.

My keep calm and wait for Santa sign is on the top of my bookshelf. This is new from last year and I believe came from Kohls.

Lastly, this bear came as a gift from my papas girlfriend Vivian. She knew I liked it from a shop we went in and surprised me with it for Christmas. I think it's super cute!

So that's my Christmas decor for my apartment, I hope you enjoyed the mini tour and I would love to see yours- just link it below in the comments!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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!