In case you haven't noticed (in which case you may want to go to the optometrist...) I'm reworking the look of the blog! I am nowhere near finished and am not too impressed with the way it currently looks, but my skills are limited and my husband's aren't, so I will have to wait for him to come home :).
I've had some people ask how I made the tissue flowers for Vera's room. You can find some great tutorials here, here, and here!
As for hanging it...that was pure trial and error. I tried to tie them all to the same ribbon, but they didn't sit right and my arms got really tired keeping them in the air for a while. What I settled on was hanging each flower individually and use the wall as an anchor. It took too long and should I ever make another one I'll have to rethink the execution of hanging it. However, it's still hanging and looking good...so I'll call it a success!
Today I'm working on making more small flowers to put on the tree above the crib. I also want to make another crib sheet or two, but threading the elastic through the casing might make me insane. I have tried different ways that people online suggest, but nothing seems to make it any easier or faster....grrrrrr.
This morning I went to the grocery store with the kiddos and got some great deals! Beef out here is RIDICULOUS! It is sooooo expensive...and not very good. Safeway had a great deal on a roast, though...buy one get one free! So I got 5 pounds of roast for $14! Not too bad! We will be having shredded beef tacos later this week...yum! Ok, so back to the shopping trip. I have been sticking to my plan of using coupons and it has been paying off! Today I saved over $100 on my trip...almost 40%! Here's a great example: Poptarts (the 8 count) are usually $3.49 a piece. They were having a sale 5/$10 which is a great deal anyway...but I had an additional coupon for $.51! So, I got each box for $1.49! Since we eat a lot of these, it is a great deal for the Relph family! Barilla pasta is also another big saver...usually $1.79 and I get them for $.98!
There were a few kinks in the shopping trip, though. VitaminWater was on sale 10/$10...great deal. What makes it better is I had a coupon "Save $1 on 2 bottles". That makes each bottle $.50 when it retails for $1.69! However, Safeway makes it really hard to double check your coupon application. So after I paid, I was looking through the receipt and noticed I got charged $1 a bottle...not cool. I went to customer service and they refunded me $8...which is great. BUT...when I got home I noticed $2 worth of coupons that weren't applied. It may not seem like a HUGE deal, but every dollar counts when you have a budget. So, Safeway didn't apply $10 worth of coupons...now that IS an issue in my book. I still have to go back to get my $2...but I think from now on I'll have to double check the receipt before I pay.
|Add in the $10 I get back through the unapplied coupons...major savings!|
Couponing does take time, patience, and planning. I am no expert and there are a lot of people who are much better at this than I am. But if a mom of two toddlers, and another on the way, can do it...so can you. It's not for 'crazy' people. I saved over $100...wouldn't you like an extra $100 in your pocket?!
My list of projects keep expanding...poor Brian :). Myah needs a place for all of her tea set pieces and I've been seeing these great upcycles of entertainment centers turned play kitchens like this one:
There is an entertainment system for free on Craigslist that I'm going to pick up after Brian gets off work!
I think this posting during the day thing might actually work! Hopefully the rest of the day is as productive as the morning as been!!