Sunday, September 25, 2011

Decor Fun

Here are some updates for the holiday decorations at our house:

Fall tablescape in our Dining Room

The close-up...The ivory candle holders are from our wedding reception, and the rest I found for $6 or less on sale at Hobby Lobby :)

Decoration on our stair rail, not quite finished with it yet. It needs some more accents.

Halloween Decorations

On another note, we had a scary night tonight. Reece started having a seizure while playing with Kona earlier, so we rushed him to the emergency vet. On the way there, he had another seizure in the car. It was so scary, he was so afraid and he was shaking, his muscles tensing up and convulsing. After the second seizure he pretty much went back to normal. He was wagging his tail, acting energetic like nothing ever happened. We still had him examined and the verdict is 97% sure it's Epilepsy. The doctor said he could start having seizures once a month, or may never have another one again. She said it's nothing to worry about until it's once a month and he would need medication. I think Kona was more affected by it than Reece was. He was so upset, not to mention the usual separation anxiety. While it was happening he kept trying to kiss Reece, and wouldn't leave his side once we got back home. Now he is passed out on the floor in the man cave, all the worrying took a lot out of him.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Amazing! pretty much how I feel! Why, you ask? Well...our house had become pitifully empty of anything to eat, and we needed lots of toiletries too, so I went grocery shopping last night. It had been far too long since I had made a good couponing run, and it felt awesome last night when I got home. Jake said, "So how much did you save this time?" I wasn't quite sure, so we went searching through all of the bags to find the receipts. Here it goes:

Hamburger Buns
(4) Rice a Roni
(3)Pasta Roni
Cookie Mix
Angel Hair Pasta
Linguini Pasta
Butter Grits
Cheese Grits
Raisin Bran Cereal
Corn Pops Cereal
Saltine Crackers
(3) Campbell's Tomato Soup
(2) Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup
Apple Cinnamon Tea
BBQ Sauce
Tortilla Chips
Parmesan Cheese
(2) Mac & Cheese
Wisk Laundry Detergent
All Laundry Detergent
Crest Toothpaste
Layers Biscuits
(2) Pork BBQ
(2) Frozen Shrimp bags

Price Before Savings/Coupons: $122.01
Price After Savings/Coupons: $74.69
FuelPerks: -$0.10/gallon
Total, I bought 40 items here, so that is an average of less than $2 an item :)

Harris Teeter:
(2) Better Crocker Brownie Mix
Bisquick Mix
(3) Kleenex Tissues
Febreeze Candle
Dawn Dish Detergent
(4) Pringles
Tide Stain Release
Downy Fabric Softener
(2) M&M's
(2) X14 Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Pledge Dust Wipes
(2) Glade Scented Oil Refill Packs
(2) Brown Sugar
Pam Cooking Spray
Just 6 Dog Treats
Chocolate Chips
Wisk Laundry Detergent
(2) Xtra Laundry Detergent
Biore Face wash
Herbal Essence Shampoo
Cooking Light magazine
1lb Ground Beef
1lb Ground Chicken
Boneless Chicken Breasts
Pork Chops
Ice Cream
Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls
Crescent Rolls
(2) 4-pack YoCrunch Yogurt
1 Dozen Eggs
1/2 Gal Milk
Advil Congestion Relief

Price Before Savings/Coupons: $177.44
Price After Savings/Coupons: $127.71

So, I spent around $200, and I saved $100. I haven't had a good trip like this in a very long time. Plus, it feels awesome actually having a pantry and refrigerator stuffed full of items!

Aside from the couponing, we had such a nice, relaxing weekend. We had a low-key night in on Friday, Jake played some softball and we stayed in at night on Saturday, and yesterday after church we went to Jeremy & April's to watch some movies. My grocery trip was last night. We have also gotten to watch lots of Grey's Anatomy this weekend. We love this show, plus it has a special place in our hearts since it is the reason that we started hanging out 5 years ago :) Time flies...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Falling for Fall!

I LOVE Fall :) I can not wait for the temperature to drop down a little bit more into the 60-70's. I can't believe that we are already at the middle of September, where has the year gone?! When I was at Michael's last weekend I picked up a few Halloween decorations because they were having a good sale. I decided that this afternoon was a wonderful time to put them out! Here are some pictures:

We need to get some more decorations to accompany these guys...they look a little lonely.

Love this cute, colorful witch :) I can't decide if we should get rid of the bird-bath that was left here by the previous owner, any thoughts? If we get rid of it I feel like we need to put something else there, sculpture or bush or something.

That's all for now. I'm sick with a sinus infection so I'm trying to relax!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Working for the Weekend

Gotta love classic rock...unfortunately unlike many others, I do have to work on this holiday weekend.  However, I am looking forward to next weekend when I have Saturday off.  We are going to Charleston to see my aunt who is going back to India, where she lives doing mission work.  She was back here for the summer to take some classes, which was great because she was able to be at my wedding!

Next Sunday will also be fun because I am headed to Florence for a friends baby shower.  I have not been to Florence in SUCH a long time.  Probably 4 years, from what I can remember.  It will be so nice to see the town and how it has grown.  My mom and I are going up early to have lunch at Redbone Alley, one of my favorite restaurants.   On Sunday we are also revealing the location of my parents' 30th anniversary trip, so it will be an exciting weekend!

Also, I felt the urge to do something crafty today.  I was out window shopping in Pier 1, and all of the fall holiday stuff was out and so cute!!  If only Pier 1 wasn't so expensive, I would have bought everything!  Instead, I left with a $6 purchase of handsoap with a cute Autumn scent for our powder room :) I went next door to Michael's craft store and decided to make my own decorations.  While looking at all of the Fall items, I was starting to worry that something in the typical Orange and golden tones would be misunderstood for some SITG of Clemson decoration from far away.  Well, if you know my husband you know that this would definitely not be acceptable.  So, while brainstorming I thought about the excitement of this weekend, and decided to make a college football wreath.  Here is the final product, Go Dawgs!!