Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Trying to save money

You know, i've been trying to get on the "frugal" train for a bit. I joined a couple of things to see where I can become frugal, and save money. I have 4 kids, and they're going to start the college thing soon, one right after I want to help them as much as I can. I've been playing the "grocery game" for a couple of weeks now. And I want to be frugal in my scrapbooking as well. So I just bought about 300 sheets of paper off of ebay for $40, I'm figuring i'm saving a couple hundred by doing So now, I want to use all of the stuff that's in my scraproom before I buy one more thing. I have enough stuff to make layouts for the next year, and I need to use it.
For the last couple of weeks, I have been taking the 40% off coupon from Michaels, out of the paper, and going and getting me one bottle of Prima flowers. After the coupon, they're only costing me less than $5 each, which is great! So now i'm up to 4 new bottles. I love prima's, and try to put them in every layout. : )

So, I want to see what I can come up with, by just using what I have, and not buying anything for at least the rest of the year....I want to see how much $ I can save all together...hehehe.
I'm going to have to get imaginative with these layouts...

Wish me luck!

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Well, my children are finally finding out what a recession really entails. They did a massive layoff at my company, and my husband was included in that layoff. We'll make it, but there are going to be some changes made in the household. We sat down with the kids and explained it all to them, and got some ideas from them, on how to save money. It's really interesting to hear what they think about it all.
Things will be's going to be rough, but we'll pull through.

Monday, February 9, 2009

My Weekend.....

Ok, so I was a little busy this weekend. I wanted to get a lot accomplished, because with me going back to work, free-time is going to be hard-pressed. So, after grabbing my wine coolers, and my Wall-E movie, I set my sights for the scrapcave Saturday night, and got down to business!! And as you can see, between Saturday night, and Sunday, I finished a lot!! This isn't mentioning all of the laundry that got finished as well!
I figured that I had better start the vacation scrapbook, because there's going to be a lot going on with Spring coming, and more pictures I want to get it done soon.
Which reminds me...I have to buy more "summery"

Friday, January 30, 2009

Ok...back to scrappin

I was trying to hold off on doing anything, because I cleaned the crap out of the scrapcave, and didn't want to do anything to ruin it, because it's been messy for awhile...i've been off work, so I have nothing better to do, might as well scrap!
Well, I got some ink for the printer, and now i've done a layout real quick, and I started on the "Alabama" album...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Boy, you wanna talk about "lazy day"

That was me today...I think the biggest thing that I actually did, was go to the store with Kevin. Other than that, it was loafin on the couch day, watchin TV....reading a book...that's about it!
I only have 3 more days of this, and then I get to go back to work, which i'm thankful for, because this being at home everyday is a tad bit boring after awhile! When you get the routine down, to where you have all your chores done by 9am...the rest of the day is free....blah. I can only scrapbook so much, then I get burned out...and right now, i'm burned out. Hopefully a full nights sleep fixes that because I have 500 Florida/Alabama pics that I need to scrapbook!!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Queen & Co

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Starting to feel like Christmas again!

What my front yard looks like...can't wait till summer!!

Ick...more snow

Well, woke up to another couple of inches of snow on the ground...yippee for us! I can't wait till spring!
Since the kids are home, and I didn't have to leave the house, did the grocery shopping yesterday. I decided to watch part 4 of Indiana Jones and get a couple more layouts done. Then I went outside, and watched DH shovel the neighbors yard, and my son play in the snow......gotta love winter!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Well..yesterday was hit n miss

First off...I now realize, that when you don't have a lot of're house realizes it, and screws up....seems like since i'm laid off these 4 weeks....everything decides it wants to break.

First was the furnace...$500....took away from my shoppin money!!! water tank.....still gotta price one of those puppies out.

So yesterday was supposed to be laundry and watch Indiana Jones trilogy whilst scrappin....I had to wash everything in cold water...but still got to watch my movies!

Then I discovered, that i'm out of things to scrapbook! I've went through the 20 something albums that i've already created, and noticed that they're mostly of my kids when they're younger. Yes, 20 albums of my children. And I still have a buttload!! But, i've run out of ideas...kinda. So, i'm just going to go through the pics, decide the best one's, and scrapbook that...then move on. I know that I have way more pics than that...and of thier adolescence ...not just now I must move on....sad to say..I love looking at pictures of my kids when they were little!
So..these are my accomplishments from yesterday

The first one is of my DH and his brother...they were standing next to the vacuum and I had a cute cover for it...and I said...Hey honey, it's your new girlfriend, and he said that he was going to marry her, cuz she cleaned (long story)...So, I took pics...

The second layout is of my oldest daughter graduating from preschool, all those years
That's when I realized that i've scrapbooked enough of my kids when they were little...because i'm making doubles of things i've already scrapbooked....*sigh*..time to move on!!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's Sunday!!

Which pretty much means "laundry day" at my house. I've tried so hard to keep it up during the week, but today will be the day that I finish it. Well...unless my kids decide to clean out their rooms...which will mean that I will have another 25 loads to wash....*insert grumble here*

I bought my husband the Indiana Jones collection for christmas...and i'm going to watch all of them today while i'm doing laundry and scrapbooking. I love watching TV while I scrapbook, so when I get in a "funk" I can take a minute away and get my mind off of it, and go back to it in a few. Don't ask me...i'm weird.

But, that's my agenda for today. I know I was supposed to scrapbook yesterday, but DH took off with some of the I just sat upstairs and caught up on all of the shows that I taped on the DVR...

Ok, I shall post pics later!

Saturday, January 24, 2009's Saturday...8:26am...and i'm up

Why? Because for some reason, my body thinks it's against the law to sleep in. Which I think is hogwash. Doesn't matter what time I go to bed...i'm usually up at the crack of dawn. blah!

On today's agenda is scrappin. Yesterday was my day off, and I have a buttload of laundry to do, and my Scrapcave is not 10ft away from the washing machine!!! How lucky am I? So....I will be down here doing laundry for my family of 6 ( which will have me down here all day), and scrapbooking...which will entertain me between loads. : )

I have been killing myself not hoppin on ebay to look for embellishments...but I neeeeeeeed to use up what I have first..*sigh*. I have one more week I might as well make the most of it, and get my behind in gear and get some more scrappin done. 27 layouts since Jan 1 is a great job...but i've been off work for awhile now...and it should be more.
So, today is another all dayer....gotta get movin....

I'll post pics later

Friday, January 23, 2009

Today is a lazy day

I was supposed to be scrapbooking with my neice today, but I figure that I would take the day off, and just relax. Yesterday's scrapfest because overwhelmingly emotional and now i'm exhausted!
So this morning, I just grabbed me a good book, and i've been on the couch reading.
Tomorrow is another day that I can scrapbook as long as I want!
I still have a whole week off!! Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh the possiblities!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Life in the fast lane......HA

Well, I have little more than a week until I get to go back to work. One side of me is happy, because I miss everyone...and I miss getting a paycheck! The other half of me isn't going to like it, because I hate that stupid alarm clock, and I won't get to scrapbook as much. : (

So, i'm going to take the time, and get as much done as I can! I cleaned off all of my cricut mats, to make them sticky hopefully I won't have to go out and buy more...and i'm going to be getting down to business! lol

I'm going to miss all of the free time too!! It's great to be able to come to the scrapcave and just leave everything behind, and just go through the memories of my children when they were little! They're all teenagers now, and soon, they'll be flying from the roost and out on their own...

Ok..enough dwelling on that! So, today is the day I start using up some of the cartridges that I have for my cricut, that I haven't used

Post pics later!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

you are my only sunshine....

So...yesterday was spent on the couch, I wasn't feeling the best...and watch the new President get sworn in, and all of the hoopla that went with it...and i'm going to be honest...I teared up at his speech. Hopefully he can do all that he said he was going to...we desperately need "change".

As for today, I had a friend come over and scrapbook with me...which is nice..being laid off for 4 weeks, and only looking at hubby...tends to make me a lil testy. So it was nice to see a familiar face and sit and "girl talk" for awhile.
I did about 6 more layouts today...which is good for me...but my cricut mats aren't sticky anymore, so i'm taking the time, and washed them off..and letting them dry. Tomorrow's another "scrap" day for me!

But, for tonight..i'm finishing up this blog...going to fold some laundry..and go watch TAPS on TV... I was over to the MB that I used to go too but there's way to much crap I think that i'll nix going back. I'll have to find another cricut message board to visit for ideas.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Yesterday was fun

My neice came over for some scrappin fun...
today i'm not feeling the best, so I think I will just go wrap up in a blanket, and watch Obama and the news all day...
I'll post the LO's later..

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Went to visit my Aunt

I hadn't been to visit her since she left the rehabilitation clinic after her surgery, so my sister and I paid her a visit. I love going to visit her, because she's funny as heck!
Well she takes me into her "storage" room, and there was this sticker holder thing...and she let me keep it...I was so happy!! I already have some of my stickers on it, and can't wait to fill it up!!

I finally have the downstairs finished, cleaned the carpet in the family room, so now all of that is finished. Tomorrow, I just have to come down to the scrapcave, and straighten up from all the stuff that I brought down here from the family room.

Then after that, it's all "me" time. I plan on coming down here and creating layouts for a couple hours each day...maybe if I can finished one complete layouts per day....for 10 days...that's gonna be 20 or more layout...because I do 2 12x12 layouts for a "complete" layout..hehhe.
I don't have anything else planned, except going to work out...but I plan on doing that in the evening when the girls can go with me.
Time to start thinking about "me"...the kids are getting older, and i'm not getting any younger!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's Saturday....

And it's SNOWING....and it's COLD...and yes, I have to venture outside today and get some more rubberbands for my braces...ugh! And believe me, going outside at -35 degrees, smiling is not an option, neither is talking. Because the cold that races through the metal, which is attached to my teeth, can knock me too the ground...and yes, I learned this the hard way. So for the last couple of days, I have ran out of my house, made a beeline straight to the van, hoping that none of the neighbors are out, to where I don't look like i'm ignoring them.
I seriously can't wait until it warms up!! I don't mean the 95 degree 100% humidity hot, I mean the 75-80 degree, nice breeze, warm up. I just love spring!
And I am going to be working on the last room in the makeover I started when I was laid off...I only have 2 more weeks off, so I better finish quick!
I put the computer/desk down in my scrapcave, so it's close to me while i'm scrapbooking, I can take a break and logg on, and see what's going on. And yes, this room is a mess that's another thing that I have to finish.
Ok...I think I have enough gumption to take my behind outside now...gotta work myself up to's flippin freezing outside!! of the kids said it was snowing...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Negative 35 degrees out

This weather is unbelieveable!! No school again for the kiddies, which their happy about! It's days like this when you really have to wonder about global warming...doesn't feel warm to me!
So, today will be the day that I take my computer/desk down to my "scrapcave" so that way I have everything near me while i'm down there.
I was down there yesterday, while scrapbooking with my neice, trying to decide exactly where I planned on placing
There are still a couple of things that I have to remove from the childrens old captain's bed, and a drumset. Once those 2 items are gone, then the whole space is MINE, MINE, MINE!!!
I should leave the bed down there, because that's where I will be....until I go back to work that is.
Kinda like'n this "laid off" thing...though the money sucks, not having to get up bright n alarm clock...go to bed whenever you what you want during the getting to be FUN!! Now if it would just warm up enough for the kids to get back to school....

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Layouts for 2009

Today was another good day

I got to do 8 straight hours of scrapbooking, which is like a marathon for me. My neice came over again, and it's great to spend time with her, getting to know her.
I finished up 8 layouts today, which i'm very proud of myself!! We're thinking that there's not going to be any school again tomorrow, because it's freezing outside, so I might just head back into the "scrapcave" and give it another go around, while i'm doing A woman's work is never done!

It's cold out!!

Well, since Ohio is getting hit with the same artic blast as everyone else, i'm staying in today!! My neice is coming over for a "scrapfest" this morning, and we'll be scrappin all day!! WOO HOO!!
Right now it's -7 out with a windchill of -18, school is on a 2 hour delay, which the kids are happy about!
I've already begun my chores, so I can get those finished before Britt comes over and we head down to the "scrapcave" and spend the day watching movies and scrapbookin. I'm still learning this blog thing, so I'll try and post pics later....

I'm trying to deplete alot of my scrapbooking materials, that way I can justify the need for more, I have enough for now, and I don't want to spend money on more!! This year, i'm being frugal, I want to save more than I spend, because you never know if your jobs going to be there later, or not.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

It's official

I'll stick to scrapbooking...interior design isn't for me!
I'm laid off work for 4 weeks, so I figured that I would take this time, and do some needed home improvements, since i'm so busy, and haven't had time.
Well, I painted the front room, reframed some of my pictures, and put up a vinyl phrase on the wall, along with cleaned the carpet, put down some new accessories, and I am so relieved that i'm finished!!
The last couple of days, I figured that I needed some time off, so I headed down to the "scrapcave" and reorganized everything best that I could...along with doing some layouts. It's great to finally let the creativity flow!
So now i've finished most of my housework for today...and now i'm taking the computer down to the "scrapcave" so I can visit all the sites...
I'm so excited!
I'm still learning how to do all this...and add things to it to make the blog look cute! If anyone has ideas...i'm open for help!

Friday, January 9, 2009


So, today i'm going to finish up the painting of the front room, and re-hang all of my wonderful pictures. We're about to be snowed in, with 3-5 inches due in tonight and tomorrow, so I know that I have things to do.
Being laid-off for a period of time isn't that bad, as long as you have something to do, I guess...right now, i'm re-doing the front room and dining room with a new paint job, and carpet cleaning.
One thing that is bothering me, is since my husband works at the same place that I do, he's laid off too, and this is the most time we've spent with each other in years...and he's driving me nuts! lol.
I love him, don't get me wrong, he's my best friend...but seeing him 24/7 starts to get a little taxing....therefore, I plan on shoving him out of the house this weekend to go visit friends or family, and get him out of here, so I can get some stuff done, without him supervising me, and telling me how i'm screwing things up...
I keep telling the kids how lucky they are, to get to go to school, and get away.
So, he's awake now, the coffee's made..and i'm about to get started with the finishing touches on the front room. Because with him "helping" me, what was supposed to be done in 2 days has turned into 4...and that's just the painting.
So I figure that if I just duct tape his lips together...this should be a wonderful, productive day!