Monday, November 30, 2009

Advent

Yesterday was the first day of Advent and I realize I am woefully behind this year. Since I wake up so early during the week, I had time to read some other blogs and websites to get some ideas for this season. Though I try to take time to pray and reflect throughout the year, during this season I sometimes get caught up in decorating, ordering gifts, and baking goodies. All wonderful things, and important to my family, but it is not good when it takes away from time preparing for Christ's birth.
This year I let my subscription to the Magnificat lapse. I ordered it again this morning, along with their Advent companion. I also went to the Catholic Culture site and downloaded some ideas. I would like to find a book for the season, so I might make a trip to the Catholic bookstore this week. As this will be the last Christmas season of homeschooling my daughter, I want to make it both meaningful and special. I know we will be reading The Christmas Mystery together, as well as some picture books we love to read every year. We never grow up when it comes to beautiful picture books!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving



May all of you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

How sweet it is



As everyone who knows me knows, I love coupons. We just won a box of free Little Debbie cupcakes. My husband will be very happy!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Frugal savings

Lately, I have been saving a lot at Walgreen's. I shopped yesterday, and though I didn't beat my free shop I had last week (spent $9.50 and received $9.50 back in register rewards) I still did well. I bought:

2 cans tomato soup
3 cans tomato sauce
my daughter's favorite facial cleanser
2 multi packs bathroom tissue
Cling wrap - 200 sf.
3 teenage boy body sprays

I spent $8 and received $2 back in register rewards. Before I started watching the ads I would have spent that much on the facial cleanser alone. Plus, I have 2 small gifts to put away for my son. Yay!

Monday, November 2, 2009

How to disassemble a haunted house



Our kitty, Patches, decided to take on the hard task of disassembling our gingerbread haunted house. First she took all the candy off the roof, then knocked over the candy pumpkin pile in front of the house. Great job, Patches! And thank you to our dog, Happy Girl, who was below cheering her on and hoping candy would fall off the counter.