Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

We went over to my sisters to go Trick or Treating with her kids. We had a Star Wars Clone Wars theme going in our family. My daughter was Ahsoka and my son was Captain Rex. It was a great night with perfect weather. The kids had a blast.

Did you happen to notice any of these marks on the sidewalks while you were Trick or treating? We did not. Check this page out for a good laugh.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
is coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills November 12-16!

Visit the below Participating Ticketmaster Retail Locations and pick up your FREE Collector’s Elephant when you buy four or more tickets. Good While Supplies Last!
Great Lakes Crossing
4000 Baldwin Road
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
(877) SHOP-GLC
Mall At Partridge Creek
17420 Hall Rd
Clinton Township, 48038
(586) 226-0330
Twelve Oaks Mall
27500 Novi Road
Novi, MI 48377
(248) 348-9400
Fairlane Town Center
18900 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126
(800) 992-9500

Baby Bella Arrives

On October 7th the magical world of Bella Sara expanded with the debut of Baby Bella. The new trading cards feature the babies of the popular Bella Sara horse family. Like all the collectible Bella Sara trading cards, Baby Bella cards can be brought to life online in Bella Sara's virtual playground for kids.

We are big fans of Bella Sara cards at our house, so we were thrilled when Team Mom sent us the new Baby Bella cards . My son is a big collector of trading card games, but they seem to be geared toward boys so my daughter felt left out. When we first discovered Bella Sara cards she was so excited she could get horse cards. Like many little girls by daughter loves horses, so it was a real bonus to be able to enter their codes and play with them online.

On November 6th is kicking off a 10 day celebration where kids can qualify for daily prizes, print off babies' birth certificates, read stories, get access to special codes and more. You will want to check it out.

If you go to product page you can print off a coupon to get 15% off Baby Bella Blister Packs, 2 Packs, Value Collections or Holiday Tins when you purchase them at Target.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkin Dump cake

I saw this recipe for a Pumpkin Dump cake over at Back Porch Musing and it looked so good that I had to try it out. I made for our Annual Trunk or Treat at church and it was a real hit. I am sure that I will be making it again. I had a nice picture to post as well but my memory card for my camera has eaten my photos and can't retrieve them so you will have to go over to Back Porch Musings to take a peek at her photos.

Pumpkin Dump Cake
1-box yellow cake mix
1-large can pumpkin pie mix
1-8oz can evaporated milk
1-stick butter (melted)
2-small pkgs. pecan halves
Mix pumpkin pie mix with eggs and evaporated milk. Pour into large baking dish, crumble dry cake mix over the top, drizzle with melted butter, garnish with pecan halves.

Bake in preheated 350 degree oven, until brown. Approximately 45 minutes. Seve with Ice Cream or Whip Cream on top

Monday, October 27, 2008

Savor the Moment Giveaway

Have you tried the Pillsbury Savorings? Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites feature warm, flaky pastry dough wrapped around tasty fillings and come in three varieties; cheese and spinach, buffalo style chicken, and mozzarella and pepperoni. They are easy to prepare (just 20 minutes in the oven) and are the perfect appetizer.

This week I am giving away a Savor the Moment gift bag which includes a coupon for free Pillsbury Savorings Flaky Pastry Bites, a wine bottle topper, wine glass charms, a bottle opener, a wine and food guide, wine tags, and an appetizer plate that also holds your wine glass. You'll be all ready for entertaining!

To enter just leave a message telling me what your favorite appetizer is to serve. Make sure if you leave a way I can get in contact with you if you win. This contest ends on Oct 31 and a winner will be drawn the next day.
Be sure to vist the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival to see what hundreds of others are giving away.

Giveaway: Chex Mix Bars Basket of Indulgence

To celebrate the new Chex Mix Bars I am giving away 3 Chex Mix Bars Basket of Indulgence. The Basket includes a box of tasty Turtle Chex Mix Bars, chocolate candles, caramel lotion and spa essentials like a loofah, hand massager, nail brush and spa towel. Just looking at the basket makes me want to pamper myself with a nice long bath.

New Chex Mix Bars combine crunchy Chex pieces, pretzels and peanuts with chewy and indulgent ingredients like caramel and chocolate. And if that’s not enough, they have less than 150 calories per bar and provide at least 8 grams of whole grain per serving and 4 grams of fiber.

I have tried these bars and they are very good. I actually have to hide them form my kids or they will be begging me for one. They are a great way to take care of that sweet tooth.

To enter to win one of these baskets just leave a comment telling me your favorite indulgence. Make sure if you are not a registered blogger user that you leave an e-mail address so I have a way to contact you if you are the winner. This contest will end Fri. Oct 31 and i will draw a winner the next morning.
For hundreds of other giveaways be sure to visit the Bloggy Carnival.

Check out my other giveaway here.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Super Saving Saturday~ CVS

Here is my haul this week from CVS. I can't find my receipt so I can't give you all the details but I know that I spent just over $2 after my coupons and ECB and got about $9 back in ECB for next time.
I should mention though that I bought the trail size Crest White strips for $5.99 and used the $7 PG coupon. They rounded the coupon down so they were free. If you are new to CVS check out CVS 101 from Money Saving Mom. You will be amazed at the what you can get for very little money.
To see how other saved saved this week head over to Money saving Mom.

Free Coffee

Dunkin' Donuts. Dunkin' keeps me blogging. Try Dunkin' Donuts Coffee For Free. Get a Sample
Head over to Dunkin Donuts to get your free sample of coffee, it is some pretty good stuff. Even tea drinkers need a cup of coffee once in a while.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Circus is Coming to Town

The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus is coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills November 12-16. Bellobration is a show featuring America's favorite clown Bello. Nothing quite compares to the experience of the circus. Every child should at least see the Circus once in their childhood and this would be a great opportunity to create some great family memories.

Thanks to Mom Central I have the opportunity to offer my readers tickets at discounted prices.

Visit ticketmaster , search “Bellobration,” select show and use one of the following coupon codes:

Enter Code: MOM to get $10 Kids tickets! Valid for ANY seats at the following shows: Thu Nov 13 7:30pm, Fri Nov 14 11am, Sat Nov 15 11:30am, 7:30pm, Sun Nov 16 5pm

Enter Code: MCC to get 20% off discount on tickets to ALL Auburn Hills shows but offer not good on VIP, Front Row or Circus Celebrity seats.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Fun at the game with Papa
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Free tea at Kroger

I got my Kroger ad paper in the mail yesterday and I noticed that they had Celestial Seasonings Tea listed in their 10 for $10 sale this week. In the Oct. 5 Smartsource coupon insert there was $1 coupon for Celestial Seasonings tea. Use your coupon and you can get a box of free tea.
I can't find my coupon so I am going to have to pass on this one. My husband will be happy because he says we need no more tea in this house. This morning I am drinking Tuscany Orange Spice which happens to be one of my favorites that Celestial Seasonings makes. Hurry over to Kroger to get your free tea.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Stay Tuned~Giveaways to Come

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button

I received some items in the mail today that I will be giving away next week for the Bloggy Carnival over at I hope to have several items to give away so you will want to come back next week and check them out. Don't forget to tell your friends.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Grocery Gathering~ Meijer

Meijer Deals Oct. 19- Oct 25

General Mills Cereal(select varieties) 5/$9
$1/3 coupon 10-12 S exp.11-22
Final Price is $1.47 per box.

Knorr Rice or Pasta Side Dish 5/$5
.60/2 coupon 10-05 RP exp.12-28
Final Price is 70 cents per box.

Progresso Soup 8/$10
.50 coupon(doubled) 10-05 GM 11-29
Final Price is 75 cents per can.

Hunts Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce 99cents
Buy 3 and get a package of Aunt Millie's Hamburger or
Hot Dog buns free.

Fiber One Toaster Pastries 3/$5
$1 coupon in recent Fiber One cereal samples
Final Price is 67 cents per box.

Coffee mate Creamer 2/$5 32oz.
$1 coupon here
Final Price is $1.50 per bottle

Dean's Ice Cream 1/2 price
$1/2 Meijer mealbox Coupon

Meijer French Toast Sticks 3/$6
1/$2 Meijer Mealbox Coupon
Final Price is $1.50 per box.

Smuckers Uncrustables 1/2 price
$1/2 Meijer Mealbox coupon

Domino Pure cane Sugar 2/$5
.50 coupon(doubled) 10-12 RP exp.12-31
Final Price is $1.50 per bag

Reynolds Parchment Paper $2.49
$1.25 coupon here
Final price is $1.24 per package.

Suave Body Wash $1.79
B1G1 coupon 10-05 RP exp.12-28
Final Price is 90 cents per bottle.

What deals have you found this week?

To find deals from your favorite store visit The Grocery gathering at BeCentsAble.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Meijer One Day Super Sale

Tomorrow Meijer is having a One Day Super Sale. Nothing strikes me as a great bargain but there are some deals to be found.

  • Apple Cider is 2/$5
  • Ruffles Potato Chips are B1G1
  • Gold Medal All Purpose Flour is $1.77
  • Booberry, Frankenberry and Count Chocula Cereals are $1.89
  • Pepsi 6pks are 3/$6.99
  • Meijer foaming handsoap is 1/2 price has come out with $1 coupons off certain Kellog's cereal this week. They are on sale this week 2/$4. These coupons are printable on my side bar.

To see other Meijer deals this week go here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Product Review-Aquadoodle Draw 'N Doodle

I have wanted to buy a Aquadoodle mat for daughter to play with for quite a while. Thanks to Spin Master and Team Mom my daughter is know the proud owner of her very own Aquadoodle Draw 'N Doodle. I can't say enough good things about this toy. If you have a child who loves to draw you need this mat. First there is no mess. All of the drawing is done with water in the Aqua pen. The pictures your children draw magically disappear without any messes to clean up. The Draw 'N Doodle is a large soft fabric mat which is great for individual or group play. May I suggest if you have more than one child to buy extra pens.
My daughter is 5 and one of her favorite things to do with her mat is to draw the pictures that are along side of the mat. They give you step by step pictures to draw different items. She is so proud of herself because she can now draw a car.

The Aquadoodle Draw 'N Doodle can be found at most major retailers for about $24.99. It will be well worth your investment. With the holiday season coming up this would be a great gift. As a Mom I absolutely love it and my daughter does too!!

Product Review- Bath Blizzard

Thanks to Team Mom and Spin Master for sending our family the new Bath Blizzard bath toy by Kid Kleen to try. As soon as my daughter saw the box she started begging to have a bath. When it was finally bath time she was so excited. The Bath Blizzard instantly creates a waterfall of soapy bath bubbles with the turn of a knob so you never run out of bubbles during your bath. It does not provide enough bubbles to fill your tub so be sure to still add bubble bath to your tub if you like lots of bubbles. I used the strap and hung it over the faucet on the tub and it stayed very well.
Kid Kleen products are safe and non-toxic and hypo-allergenic. If you are looking for a fun new bath toy for your little one you will want to check out the Bath Blizzard. It is available at major retailers for $19.99. If you ask my daughter she will tell you she gives it 2 thumbs up.

Wordless Wednesday

Enjoying the day!
For more WW go here or here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A Gorgeous Fall Day

This past weekend we had wonderful weather here in Michigan. Like so many others we decided that it was just too nice to stay inside so we loaded up our bikes and headed out to a local park to enjoy the warm day and beautiful fall colors.

Shone and I enjoying the day.

The kids having fun.

Riding the trails.

A balloon we saw going through town while getting ice cream.

Our small town is all decked out.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Grocery Gathering~ Meijer

Meijer Deals 10/12 - 10/18

Jif Peanut Butter 2/$4 18oz.
.35 coupon (doubled) 08-24 RP exp.11-30
$1.30 per jar

Orville Redenbacher Microwave popcorn 1/2 price
.40 coupon(doubled) 10-12 S exp.11-30

Juicy Juice 4/$9 46 oz
.50/2 coupon(doubled)08-03 RP exp.11-03
$1.75 per bottle

Pillsbury Crescent rolls
.35 coupon (doubled) here
80 cents per tube

Pillsbury Pie Crust 3/$6
.60 coupon here
$1.40 per package

Prego Pasta sauce 3/$5
.75/2 coupon 10-05 S1 exp.11-30
$1.30 per jar

Kraft Easy Mac $1
$1/2 coupon 09-14 S exp.11-09
50 cents per package.

Eggo waffles 3/$5
.55 coupon 09-21 RP exp.11-16
$1/3 Meijer Frozen Food Coupon
80 cents per box

Red Gold Tomatoes 5/$4
$1/5 coupon 09-07 S1 exp.12-31
5 cans for $3

Ore Ida Potatoes 3/$6
$1/3 Meijer Frozen Food Coupon
$1.67 per bag.

Campbell's V-8 soup 2/$4
$1 coupon 09-14 S 12-31
$1 per container

Campbell's Soup at Hand 5/$5
.50/2 coupon(doubled) 10-05 CA exp.11-18
50 cents per container.

Soft Soap 99 cents
.35 coupon(doubled) 09-28 S exp.10-18
29 cents per bottle.

The Meijer Frozen Food Coupons can be found by the weekly fliers at your Meijer store. Printable Coupons can be found on the right-hand side of my blog.

To find deals from your favorite store be sure to visit the Grocery Gathering at BeCentsAble.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Culinary Teas ~ Weekend Tea Sale

One of my favorite places to order tea is from Culinary Teas. They have a large selection of tea at very reasonable prices. Often they have some sort of sale going on as well. This weekend you can save 10% of your order by entering the code T4Y3KJ. This code expires Monday. If you are looking for good tea you can't go wrong here.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

An Autumn Treat

A friend told me how much she really enjoyed the new Hershey Kisses Candy Corn Flavored Candies so I decided to pick some up for a treat. I can't say they are my favorite candy but on the back of the bag is a recipe for KISSES Candy Corn Autumn Cookies. They are a very good cookie. They would be great for a fall tea party or just for a special treat for your family. If you are looking for a new recipe, this is a great one to add to your collection. What a great treat for a great time of the year. Pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy a good cookie.

Sweet Tea

I guess that I truly am Southern at heart. I love Sweet Tea. I would drink it all day long if I could but that is just way to much sugar. I have finally found a bottled tea that I really like that tastes great even in the diet flavor. Gold Peak Diet Tea tastes like the real deal to me. I don't think it has any funny after taste so I feel like I am getting the real deal. If you are watching your sugar intake but are in the mood for some Sweet Tea you will definitely want to give this tea a try. Don't forget all the great benefits from drinking tea.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008


My husband and I went away on Sunday to celebrate our 12th Anniversary. We stayed at a wonderful Bed and Breakfast. It was great to get away. I am trying to get back into the swing of things so my normal posting will resume soon.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Spooktacular Event

Two of my favorite bloggers Amanda and Kristen are holding a Spooktacular Event over at Sister Sister.

Check it out. They have some great giveaways as well as some craft ideas. You"ll see why I think they are pretty cool.