Thursday, November 27, 2014

Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seats - $29.99 (reg. $49.99)

Amazon has dropped the price on the Graco Highback Turbobooster Car Seat from $49.99 to $29.99.  This is the lowest deal I have seen on these.  There are 4 different prints at this price!!  

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Kid's Western Boots starting at $12!! up to 70% off

Kid's Western Boots up to 70% off!  This is an amazing deal and there is a 25% off coupon code  to apply at check out  on the already discounted prices.

Use code HOLIDAY25 to save an extra 25% on the already discounted prices.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Label Daddy 20% off

Save 20% on Label Daddy labels for Back to School! Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! Remember to label all clothing, sports equipment and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, and other places. Label Daddy labels keep them from getting lost or mixed up with others. 

These labels are super durable peel-and-stick washable labels -- they're washer/dryer safe, microwave safe, dishwasher safe and UV resistant! Label Daddy labels are also fun and attractive. You design your own labels! Pick from tons of colors, sizes and logos, including Disney and Marvel characters, MLB, NBA, and NHL team logos, other sport and fun logos, and more. Our exclusive laminated coating gives labels an extra layer of protection and is a must for camp! These labels are made in the USA and shipped directly to you worldwide. 

Save 20% on your entire Label Daddy order - this is the best discount available anywhere. Use code USFAMILY20 at checkout. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Problems with embedded IUD (MIRENA)

I had my mirena IUD inserted in June 2009.  My 3rd baby was about 8 weeks old and I wanted something a little more permanent for birth control.  The initial insertion hurt a little and I was crampy that whole day but nothing too unbearable.

I finally stopped having periods after a few months and for the majority of the past 5 years when I have had one it was very light.  

My 5 years were up in June and we decided we wanted to have another baby but not quite yet.  I went in to have the mirena taken out towards the end of July.  Our local health nurse was able to grab the strings but it would not budge.  She ended up breaking a small portion of the string and did not want to mess with it any further.  She recommended I make an appointment with my OB/GYN.

Yesterday, I went in for my appointment (after a 3 hour drive).  She went to grab it and was not able to locate the strings.  She kept digging and took a sweeper tool a few times trying to locate the IUD.  She kept asking if I was sure it had not fallen out.  This was very uncomfortable and painful.  She eventually stopped and said I would need to have an ultrasound done.

They performed a pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound and were able to find the IUD.  It is still in my uterus but appears to be embedded or tangled.  She said I would need to go into the OR where they can make me more comfortable to be able to remove it.  She will be going in doing a hysteroscopy (camera through my cervix) to try and remove it.  If that does not work they will have to go in through my stomach.

I have not had any major pain but I do have some discomfort on the side the IUD seems to be stuck in.  I am so nervous for this and I am very disappointed as this should have been easy to remove.

Has anyone else had issues with an IUD?  What type of birth control do you prefer?

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies


I love chocolate chip cookies.  I came across a recipe that included pudding and thought it sounded I stuffed away in the recipe basket.  My husband found it awhile back and has become famous for these delicious cookies!  I claim credit for finding the recipe while he of course thinks it's his baking skills!

These cookies stay nice and soft and have a delicious vanilla taste!!

Ingredients (makes 6 dz) 
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour                             
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 (3.4 ounce) packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.  Sift together flour 
and baking soda, set aside.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar,
 and white sugar.  Beat in the instant pudding mix until blended.  
Stir in the eggs and vanilla.  Blend in the flour mixture.  Finally,
 stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.  Drop cookies by rounded
 spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake for 10-12 minute in the preheated oven.  Edges should
 be golden brown.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Useful Budgeting Tools

Budgeting Tools

I used to be extremely smart with money.  I paid extra on the few bills I had and only used a credit card to build credit (always having the cash to pay it right off).  Over time I got married, had more kids and we have had a home to fix up, vacations to take, things to buy, etc!  I have been feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of credit cards we have and I have decided to take the steps to get rid of it!

I knew I needed to have some sort of system in place to keep me organized and motivated.  I love Dave Ramsey's advice but wanted to take it a little further.  Lindsay over at One Beautiful Home Blog has the neatest printable workbook for debt!  It has a websites and passwords sheet, yearly bill tracker, snowball worksheets, etc.  It is the perfect yearly overview without getting me too overwhelmed!

The last thing I will be using is this awesome excel spreadsheet from Trees Full of Money!  You put in your debt, interest rates & minimum payment and it shows you when you can have everything paid off!  

I will also be cutting back on impulse purchases (gas station sodas, snacks, etc), trying to stick with a food budget, and realizing what is a need and a want!

I have some small goals and some important reasons for wanting to do this.

I want more time with my kids

I don't want to feel tied down because of bills

I want the freedom to save for something and pay for it (not on a credit card for 10 years)

I look forward to sharing my progress!!!

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