Thursday, May 27, 2010

School's out for summer!

Hard to believe school is out for the summer already! My daughter just finished Kindergarten and will be heading to first grade in the fall. Wow!

Yesterday she brought home a folder with all of her writing prompts. They were in order from the first to the last. Although I dearly wanted to go through them all, I didn't - I gave the folder to my husband and asked him to make it into a book. He just brought it home and it is the perfect way to remember the year and see how my daughter has progressed.

I've been keeping assorted papers and projects in a file folder (dating them as I go) and I may just make one more book for those - then I'll have two organized books representing her first year of school. They don't take up much room, but tell a fantastic story - and I can place them right on a bookshelf to enjoy frequently instead of put away in a box somewhere.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Heard of Groupon???

Have you heard of Groupon yet? What a fun new company. Everyday, they showcase a deal on a service, restaurant, etc. for your city (along with many others). If you are interested, you can buy it at the reduced price. I've purchased a few for my city and also follow the cities we frequent regularly on vacations or long weekends. I've been VERY impressed with the discounts and haven't had any problems using the coupons. The variety has been fun too - everything from a wine tasting class to yoga and pilates!

Check to see if they have your city and give it a try!


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Free Photo Deals - Baby Announcements

I love to take and print pictures of my kids, but it can be very expensive. So, I'm always on the look out for deals on pictures - luckily I find something almost every week!

This week, Kodak Gallery has 2 sets (10 cards each) of free birth announcements. I don't have a new birth to announce, but some of the cards were generic enough that I made a set of 10 thank you cards for my son and 10 for my daughter - these will come in handy when the next gift giving holiday comes around!

I'm excited to get them - they look super cute and I was even able to customize the envelope in a color to match the card!

Just go to Kodak Gallery then click on Special Offers. I did have to pay shipping so my total was $2.98. There wasn't a coupon code, the $17.98 just came off my total automatically.

Don't know how long this will last, so rush over there if you are at all interested!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wow! I am sore today!!!

Well, my husband and I accomplished a big goal Saturday - we ran/walked a mini-marathon! 13.1 miles. Our goal was three hours and we blew it away at 2:44 - it was an amazing experience and one I hope to repeat!!!

I'm sore, but not that bad - I know I need to strengthen my legs as that is the only area where I am sore - so a new exercise routine needs to be put into place.

I've been toying around with creating a monthly "goal" like I did last year - that really worked well with giving me an area of my life to improve/ focus on. I may just make a list and post it later this week!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Starbucks Deals!

I LOVE my coffee - really, any kind will do, so I search out deals regularly.

We have a Starbucks nearby - five minute drive, and they have a great deal coming up next week. From May 7 - 16th, all Frappaccino's are 1/2 price from 3 - 5! I can't wait to hit them up - hopefully the weather will cooperate and I might even walk over!!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Beautiful weather = good times

Amazing how when the weather is beautiful we automatically go outside, watch less TV, eat better, etc. The last few day we've had healthy meals, not turned the TV on at all, and gotten plenty of exercise. Compare that to a few rainy days last week where we watched TV, brought home pizza and didn't get to the gym.

Here's to all the beautiful summer days on their way!