Posted on July 25, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

My radiator, that is. We made a last minute change of plans and we all went to eat with the missionaries. All, but the sick kid. We took him to my sis-in-laws house and she keep him quarantined in a room by himself. He read and played Pokemon on his DS. My sis-in-law is awesome! She has 5 kids of her own and lets my puny one stay over too. And we were sooo grateful because we got to spend a great evening with friends we already knew and new friends from across the globe!

But, back to the radiator. So, on the way home last night there was a huge piece of truck tire tread smack in the middle of our lane. There was no way to avoid hitting it. I guess the guy in front of us hit it too because he didn’t swerve either. The AC immediatley shut off and by the time we got to the next exit, the van was starting to smell hot. We pulled over and the radiator fan was not running and the fluid was all gone. Fortunately, we were only 5 miles from home. I can only guess how long my van will be in the shop!

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Posted on July 24, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Well I have one down with a fever this week. He is just lying around, barely eating, but not complaining one bit. He is my calm docile one. I hate he is ill though. We have a great opportunity to spend time with some missionaries home on furlough. in 2006 and 2007 my husband spent two weeks in Manilla Philippines with a few other men helping some great people. This was a tech trip, guys who work on computers. They helped at a radio station, at a school for the blind, at an orphanage and at Faith Academy, the city’s private school for Missionary kids. He was not able to go this year, but the family they worked with the most is here in our state for dinner tonight! I really wish all my kids could go and be blessed by this family! Jim plans to go ahead and take the girl (almost 7) with him. I think she will enjoy the time with dad and meeting this special family.

On another note, I experimented with some new to me wheat yesterday. I usually use Winter White, but I was given alot of Red Turkey Wheat recently. My husbands family keeps a years worth of food storage per church instructions and my in-laws are getting ready to move. They really needed to downsize so I was given quite a bit of wheat from the basement. This wheat is really old though. My sis-in-law has been using it for awhile now and they still seem healthy so I am using it too. Get this, the wheat was canned in 1973!  It’s less than a year older than me!  But wheat has a very long shelf life if packaged correctly, so we are eating it! The kids ate it for lunch yesterday and today and enjoyed it. I did mix it half and half with regular bread flour because Red wheat is not as mild as white. It came out fluffly and delicious. Oh and he also gave me a whole box full of bakers grade honey! No telling how old it is!

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Christmas Cookies

Posted on July 23, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Over at Life As Mom, there is a Christmas in July celebration! I do love Christmas and look forward to seeing all the neat things Jessica is sharing to prepare for this special time. When I saw she had a virtual Christmas Cookie Swap, I knew I could contribute to this! This came from a family recipe book my sis-in-law put together a few years ago. A friend of hers sent this one in. So here’s our favorite.

Santa Snicker Surprise

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt

2 packages 13 oz. Snicker minatures (little snack size, like 1 bite)

Combine the butter, peanut butter and sugar using a mixer on medium to low speed until light and fluffy. Slowly add eggs and vanilla until thoroughly combined then mix in flour, salt and baking soda. Cover and chill dough for 2 to 3 hours.

Unwrap all Snickers. Remove dough from refrigerator. Divide into one tablespoon pieces and flatten. Place Snickers in the center of each piece of dough. Form the dough into a ball around each Snickers. Place on a grease cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. Let cookies cool.

Options: Sprinkle each cookie with powdered sugar or melt chocolate chips and drizzle over each cookie!

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

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Liberty Pool

Posted on July 17, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hooray! I got a quick tutorial from my Super cool in home IT guy and am now able to post pictures! So here’s the first. Last week we went with our favorite family to the Liberty Bell Pool in Warm Springs. This pool is the huge! So my good friend has 5 kids 8 and under and I have 4 kids 8 and under. We all piled into her 12 passenger van. It really looked like a daycare bus! I should have took a picture of that! There were 9 toddler/booster seats in that van!! We had a great time!

Kids at Liberty Pool

Kids at Liberty Pool

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Free Dogfood!

Posted on July 16, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

That’s right, I redeemed a coupon for Natural Choice dogfood today and got the $11.49 bag for free! I think I signed up for this on the web last month. I have signed up for so many freebies that I forget where they came from. I do know that I heard about it from Money Saving Mom though! She’s the best!

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Deals for today:CVS, Publix & Kroger

Posted on June 23, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I have one child at Cub Scout day camp this week, so with the other three in tow we tackled a few deals today. We ran into Publix for a couple of BOGO deals, one really great one in particular. This week they have Barilla pasta BOGO and I had collected 4 coupons for $.50 off two boxes of pasta. So, I bought 8 boxes (whole grain spaghetti, elbows, and bowtie) and got to apply the coupons toward each, so I ended up paying less than $.10 per box!

Kroger has small blocks of cheese at 3 for $5.00, that$1.66 each. That’s a really good price for around here. I usually buy cheese for $1.89 at Aldi, so I was excited about this deal. They also have Oscar Mayer beef hot dogs BOGO. I had 2 $.5o off coupons and applied both to this deal. So I got both packs for $2.00.

We also went into CVS.

I purchased:

2 Colgate toothpastes    $2.99 each

2 Glade air sprays          $.99 each

1 Aussie shampoo          $2.99

1 Palmolive dish soap      $.88

1 Band-aid ultra strips     $4.49

1 CVS cotton swabs        $3.19

3 Gold Emblem candy       $.88 each

Total  $22.15

coupons used:

1 $3/15

2 $1.50 off Colgate

1 BOGO Glade spray .99

1 $.25 off Palmolive

1 $1.00 off Band-aid (mfc)

1 $1.00 off Band-aid (CVS coup from scanner)

Used 10 ECBs

total after $3.38

I had $2.72 left on gift card so OOP was .66! And I got 9 ECBs back!

That was so fun! I am really starting to get a stock pile out in the garage!

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CVS quick trip

Posted on June 17, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Last month I received an email coupon that gives a $25 store gift card when you transfer a prescription. This is great, plus the CVS I frequent most is closer than the Kroger where I have been filling scripts and it is on the route for Jim after work. So, he can easily stop and pick up prescriptions for me if needed. Today I transferred my prescription and got the gift card! I turned around and bought 2 big packs of toilet paper because I can never seem to keep enough at home. I also got Almay mascara which gives 5 ECBs this week and a double pack of G.U.M. kids toothbrushes which gives 1 ECB. I used a $3/15 stor coupon and an Almay $1 off coupon. My total was $22 and some change. So, that was fun and free! I probably could have figured out a better deal to earn more ECBs, but I really needed to stock up on some tp! Those two packs may last us 2 weeks! I think I need to do a little re-training around here on how much to use per visit to the bathroom.

I also ran into Publix just to grab 5 of their BOGO deals this week. They still had Sunday papers too, so I got one since I forgot to get one on Sunday. The paper is a double pack this week for only $.50 more, so I am excited to gain some multiples on coupons this week!

The quick store visits were fun and encouraging today. I will go to Aldi and probably Wal-mart tomorrow to complete this week’s shopping. I love Aldi and the kids get a kick out of putting the quarter in the cart!

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CVS-ing trips

Posted on June 10, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Today I made three transaction at two different CVS stores in my area. Yesterday I made one. My kids are getting a little tired of visiting every CVS around! I had been searching for Oral B toothbrushes last week at local stores and could not find them anywhere. Yesterday I met Mom half way between our homes to get the two older kids back and send number 3 back home with her. So, we were in a little town near the state line and I saw a CVS down the road. I was hopeful that there are not too many CVSers in this town and ran in to see if they had the toothbrushes. They did! I was very excited, I needed the ECBs from that transaction to make more deals this week. So today I ended up with three bags of stuff for about $3.75. I could have saved almost $1.85 more, but I made 2 errors when checking out because I was a little distracted by kids with me! Anyway, I ended up with:

1 Listerine mouthwash for kids

2 Revlon eye shadows

1 deodorant for men

1 Dove body wash

1 CVS emerald body wash

3 Nivea shave gels for men

1 Huggies body wash

2 Dove shampoos

1 Jumbo pack of Huggies wipes

1 4 pack of Ivory soap

1 Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste

3 bags Golden Emblem candy

1 movie size box Jr. Mints

I think I paid almost $4 Out of pocket

And I now only have $6 ECBS for next time.

Hubs thinks I am nuts, but he will be glad to not run out of shave gel anytime soon! Plus, I am stocking up things that we will use or can give away as needed. It is fun to have a hobby that actually saves money! If I get pictures working soon, I will post my deals from today.

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ER visit #1

Posted on June 2, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Well, amazingly we have never been to the ER with injuries with our kids. And we have 3 boys in our home! But tonight #4 was trying out some fancy steps with a cup on his Croc and bit the dust, splitting his lip. We debated over taking him because it was really questionable if he needed stitches or not. We made a call to one of the sis-in-laws who has had a lip injury at her house and after hearing the details she said to take him in. So 3 1/2 hours later we have arrived home with 3 “spikeys” on his lip. And you know what? He was the best 2 year old, almost three year old in the world! He did not utter one cry or complaint as they stitched him up! The nurse was awesome and so was the she doctor. I know that helped because he is a big momma’s boy and appreciated so many moms in the room! And after they had finished and were getting our papers, he reached up and pulled the first stitch right out! So, back they come and re-stitch his lip! The Dr. said she must have snipped the knot when she trimmed the final stitch. Fortunately, #1 and #2 kids are at Mimi & Papa’s house, so we only had two little guys hanging out in the ER tonight! I have some before stitches and after pics to post later. Obviously I have lots of work to do on this blog, so I will get some pictures when I can.

Nighty night

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Back to blogging

Posted on May 30, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

I quit blogging at my previous site almost two years ago. I haven’t thought much about blogging until about a week ago. My previous blogging experience was an experiment, an outlet for me. I enjoyed it, I loved reading other blogs, and I needed to blog. It was a glimpse into the world while I sat at home and breastfed my baby and cared for my other three children. And I believe it was an excellent way for me to be a part of things, without being a part of things! I learned so much from the many mommy bloggers I read and I still visit a few still today.

I have given thought into reentering the blogging world.” Do I have time for this? When will I blog? What will I sacrifice for blogging time?” Because, honestly there is not much free time in my day. “Is this beneficial for my life? What will I put on my blog? What things are important enough in my life to blog about?”

I am still thinking about these things and if I feel out of balance, the blogging will go. I am a woman who needs much balance. I have learned this over the past 8 years of pregnancy and child rearing. Rachel (me) does not function well out of balance. Thus, the title for this blog. I tried to think of a name that represents what I believe about me. I want to share what has worked for me. And the number one rule is, Keep It Simple. LIFE, that is. Keep life simple. I will begin to share more about what that means to me.

So, in the theme of simplicity, I begin the Keep It Simple Silly blog with this ultra simple blog theme. Isn’t it so simple and plain? I may have to add some color, I do like color!

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