Sunday, July 29, 2012

Happy 15 Months, Joel!

Our little buddy is 15 months old and is keeping this mama very busy!  He's finally walking and doesn't stop!  Before he began to walk, he spent most of his waking hours "walking" on his knees.  He jumped all over the place and giggled as he went.  While it was cute, we wondered if he'd ever take off on foot, but as with every other milestone, he worked at his own pace and is now officially a walker :)

  Love this!  They're inseparable :)

Joel now has 12 teeth, including four molars {2 top & 2 bottom}.  He we went through a week of aggravation for one of the molars and one in the bottom front. Another is peeking through on top, so he'll have 13 before we know it.

He has such a fun & loving spirit, but that doesn't mean we don't hit rough patches every now and then.  It is sooooo important to keep him on a schedule.  We just got back from a week at the beach {which is where he officially learned to walk full-time - our beach house had Berber carpet, which made it easier for him to get going}.  He did so good!  He slept through {most} nights in his pack & play in the living room and napped twice a day like a champ.

Joel still takes a bottle in the morning and at bedtime.  He doesn't seem to miss it throughout the day, as he is busy eating lots of other foods, playing with his big brother, and getting into everything!!   His favorite foods: yogurt {still}, raisins, blueberries, watermelon, cheese, and goldfish crackers.  He loves to dance and will bust a move pretty much anytime he hears music.  Favorite toys: stacking number stars, homemade rain stick, balls of any kind, Diego doodle board, John Deere tractor, board books, new sock monkey from our beach vacation   :)

He's "talks" all the time.  He'll come off with a whole line...we'll ask him what he said and he repeats himself to a t!  We have no idea what he's saying, but he sure does.  Words: Mama, Dada, puff-puff {when we put powder in his diaper}, duck {or some variation}.  He is very receptive and seems to understand most of what we say.  ie: Get the ball.  Can Mommy have a kiss?  Give Daniel hugs!  Do you want a drink?  Are you hungry?...

Happy 15 months to our beach baby :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

FREE cards at Treat :)

Odds are that you probably know someone with a birthday coming up. Why not get them a FREE card from Treat ?  Today only new Treat customers can get a FREE birthday card.  Just use the Promo Code TREATBDAY when you checkout to get the FREE card.

Not a new customer or have a lot of upcoming birthdays to plan for? No problem! Today only you can also get UNLIMITED birthday cards for 99¢!  Just use the Promo Code TREATBDAY99 to get unlimited birthday birthdays for only 99¢. get an awesome birthday card for free or unlimited cards for just 99¢ just...
Take a look at all of their card designs.  Choose the card(s) you want.  Personalize it. This is where you get to be creative by adding pictures, writing your own message, adding whatever you want…be funny, be heartfelt,!   When you checkout, use the promo code TREATBDAY to get the card for free or TREATBDAY99 to get unlimited cards for 99¢.  You can choose to have the card{s} mailed to them {this will cost you a stamp} or have it mailed to you. Enjoy the cards…and the reaction you get from the special birthday person!  Visit Treat today to take advantage of one {or both) of these great offers.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

free kids' haircuts!

JCPenny is offering FREE haircuts during the whole month of August 
for any kid in Kindergarten through 6th grade.
Find a store near you & schedule your appointment{s} today!
I heart free.

Monday, July 16, 2012


What charms you?  I'm charmed by these boys!  Document yours by creating something special over at Paper Coterie for a chance to win a $150 Visa Gift Card!  Right now, Paper Coterie is offering 40% off the purchase of any product to help you capture what charms you about the ones you love.  This offer is valid through July 29th.  Use code DOCUMENTCHARM at checkout to receive your discount.

Friday, July 13, 2012

One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane has some awesome products in their flash sales this week, insulated chest tote...only $12!.  Equal parts classic and quirky, this insulated upright tote bag is all set to travel to work, school, or the beach, and with its pretty paisley pattern, it always travels in style. Made from PVC-coated polyester fabric with shoulder-length handles and a zipper closure, this water-resistant bag also features a small external pocket. This would be great to keep snacks and drinks cold at the pool or beach...our vacation is coming up soon, so I think I might grab one of these before it's too late!  

Another great item is this little toiletry kit.  For your personal essentials on the go, this cute toiletry kit is king. Made of water-resistant, coated cotton twill, this little bag is small enough to fit in your tote, but big enough to hold everything you need!  I think I'll snag one of these, too! 

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Zinc Door

Are you ready to obsess over home decor?

During the month of July, Zinc Door is featuring Jonathan Adler and I am in love with his new collection of bath accessories.  Add a splash of color to your bathroom with the Jonathan Adler Arcade Orange/Grey Shower Curtain.

 Toss a sense of modernity to a sofa or bed with Jonathan Adler throw pillows. These pillows are gorgeous with their hand-embroidered long stitches and colorful patterns.
The Hollywood Navy Printed Sheet Set is a contemporary approach to Hollywood Regency style. This bedding design lives up to the "happy chic" vibe of Jonathan Adler.

Be sure to check out his entire collection of home decor at Zinc Door and design your dream space today!

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show us your life - mantles

We have a small gas fireplace in our family room {beach theme}.  It has a tiny mantle, but I still love to decorate!  Our dream home will have a huge stone fireplace, but until then...


pin-it friday...

These granola bars are easy to make, yummy, and healthy.  What more could you want?
We made a double batch {which I highly suggest!} on Monday 
& we've been snacking on them all week :)

I was looking for a makeshift plant stand and stumbled onto this popcorn tin in the closet...perfect :)
I have also stored old magazines {for crafts & school projects} in these tins.
 Do you have any other uses for empty popcorn tins?  Share in the comments :)

These cute little stones will be sweet in my owl themed classroom this fall. 
I remember painting stones with my grandma when I was a little girl!
 The kids and I are on the search for stones and pebbles to paint :)

Linking to Pin-it Friday at 5 Minutes for Mom

Thursday, July 12, 2012

save 40% at Shutterfly!

It's Christmas in July at Shutterfly!  Get 40% off cards through Sunday, July 15 with promo code CARDS40 at checkout. As always, Shutterfly offers FREE shipping with all orders $30 or more :)
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

FREE Treat card {until midnight!!}

Wedding season is officially in full swing!  Odds are you probably have an upcoming wedding to attend or know someone about to tie the knot…or perhaps you know someone who just got engaged?

Either way, Treat has got you covered. Today and tomorrow they are offering a FREE congratulations card for weddings and engagements. They have 75 beautiful designs to choose from and you can personalize them any way you choose.

Not invited to any weddings this summer? No worries! Simply personalize the card however you want it. Who can pass up free? 

Just use the promo code TREATWED when you checkout to get the free card.

So to get an awesome congratulations card for free just:

1. Take a look at all of their card designs.

2. Choose the one you want.

3. Personalize it. This is where you can add pictures, change the text, add whatever you want…be fun, be sappy, be inspiring, be yourself.

4. When you checkout, use the promo code TREATWED to get the card for free.

5. You can choose to have the card mailed to them (this will cost you a stamp) or have it mailed to you.

Enjoy the card…and the reaction you get from the happy couple!

Visit Treat today to get your free card.  This offer ends at midnight tonight!
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Saturday, July 7, 2012

HOT markdowns!

DaySpring has marked down three of their home decor items {two of which I already have and love}.  The amazing thing about this is that the sale can be combined with the Summer Joy sale, which means they're an additional 25% off with code JOY2012!  These items are so inexpensive and make wonderful gifts!  This is a great sale to add to your stockpile {if you have one}.

Give Thanks Wooden Caddy- Regular Price- $22.99. Sale Price - $12.99 + 25% off = $9.74
This is perfect to organize for everyday use {think office supplies or flatware}.

Ever Grateful- 10″ Taupe Vase - Regular Price- $21.99. Sale Price - $10.99 +  25% off = $8.24
I have this vase on my knee wall with my Willow Tree collection.  They look so nice together :)

Inspirational Glass Dome - Regular Price- $34.99.  Sale Price - $19.99 + 25% off = $14.99
I think this is so pretty and would be a lovely accent on any dining room table.  
I think I'll jump over and grab one, or two  :)

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Friday, July 6, 2012

pin-it friday

This was a busy Pinterest week for me!  I added a few new pins to my Completed Pins board. I feel so accomplished! :)

I made this for my classroom...
...this for our front door...
 ...these as part of our 4th of July celebration...
...and this for dessert!

What have you pinned this week? ~ Linking to Pin-it Friday at 5 Minutes for Mom

Thursday, July 5, 2012

101 Free Prints

I took the kids to back Penn State for the afternoon last Friday.  
We met my mom, sister & her kids.
We shopped for all things blue & white, had lunch, went to the Nittany Lion shrine, Joe-Pa shrine, 
and had ice cream at the creamery.  Best. Ice cream. Ever.  We had a blast! 

I took lots of pictures at various spots on campus, but this is one of my favorites.  I want to frame it :)
Which reminds me...Today only, get 101 free prints at Shutterfly.  Use code PRINTS4TH at checkout.

happy thursday - Target finds

It's been awhile since I've posted about Target clearance sales, partly because I haven't had the time and partly because I've been lazy.  But...last week I snagged some awesome finds in various departments throughout the store:

 I put this picnic basket together for a birthday present.  
  • glasses - $7.68 for both   {reg. 5.99 each}
  • paper blocks - $1.98 {reg. 3.99}
  • linen napkins - $11.12 for all four {reg. 3.99 each} 
  • picnic basket: Dayspring & bottled water: TJ Maxx - everything else: Target 
If I wouldn't have been shopping for a gift, I probably wouldn't have gotten anything here except for maybe the paper blocks.  The glasses and napkins are cute, but they were a little more than I would normally spend for something like that to go in my stockpile.  However, if they wouldn't have been on sale, I would have probably gotten them since I needed the gift.
  • canisters with lids - $4.44 for all 3 {reg. 4.99 each}
  • nautical decor - $5.98 {reg. 19.99} ~ This is for Joel's room...I love it!
  • SpongeBob notebooks - $2.80 for both {reg. 2.00 each} ~ for school prize box
  • bubbles - $3.00 for all 3 {reg. 2.00 each} ~ for school prize box
  • picture frame - $ 2.38 {reg. 7.99}
  • coasters - $2.98  {reg. 9.99}
  • sippy cup - $4.88 {reg. 6.99}
  • tea lanterns - $3.96 for both {reg. 3.99 each} ~ I'm going to use these to store pencils at school
Each of the above items are things I would have never paid regular price for. They are simply items that I will be able to use in my classroom, to decorate with at home, and to add to my stockpile.

If I would have paid regular price for everything {which I wouldn't have} in both pictures, I would have spent $109.84.  Instead, I spent $51.20 and saved a total of...$58.64 {a little more than 50% savings}.  Woohoo!!!  Be on the lookout for Target's annual summer toy clearance!  Happy Saving :)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

wordless wednesday - 4th of July style...

 Joel wasn't a fan of being out in the heat - we spent most of our day staying cool inside :)

 Happy Birthday, America! 

 Grilled kabobs and corn on the cob for dinner...yum!  

He was much happier getting ready for a walk with Monkey & he kept his shades on.  :)
We miss Daniel {he's staying with family this week}.  We can't wait to see him on Friday!!!

Linking to Frugal Plus and Mama to 4 Blessings.

Let Freedom Ring!

Happy 4th of July!
Thanks to everyone who serves to keep this great country free! 
Have fun & be safe :)

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

hey Andy...

I was so sad to hear of Andy Griffith's death.  We grew up watching reruns of The Andy Griffith Show and I always chuckle when I hear the theme song, thinking back to my childhood.  My dad still watches it!  I miss the good old days!  Rest in peace, Andy.  Until we meet again...

Video courtesy of YouTube. 

$10 off at Shutterfly {ends July 4}

Enter promo code SAVE10 at checkout to receive $10 off your entire order at Shutterfly.  I haven't placed an order since Easter..I needed to catch on prints from Joel's birthday and the beginning of summer!  I was waiting for a coupon and was so happy to have this code delivered to my inbox...I hope you are, too!  Shutterfly also offers FREE shipping on orders over $30 with code SHIP30...this can used along with the SAVE10 code.  I needed $2 more so I ordered a notepad {that I can't copy or save an image for some reason} for my desk at school...I just saved $45.93!  :)

Celebrate Independence Day with Layla Grayce :)

Layla Grayce is celebrating this 4th of July with a bang! Enjoy 10% off red, white, and blue summer entertaining essentials with promo code rwb10. Below are some of my favorite items from the red, white and blue sale.

Entertain in style with the Rosanna La Patisserie
This tableware is perfect for parties because you can fill it with fruit, crackers, berries, etc. 

Are you attending a party this year? Be sure to bring along your Clairebella Personalized Melamine Platter. Not only can you use this as a tray but bring your dish on the platter and you definitely won't forget to bring it back home with you! 
After all the 4th of July festivities have come to an end curl up with a book next to the 
Illume Boho Mediterranean Candle. Don't miss your chance to shop with Layla Grayce today. Enjoy! :)

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Sunday, July 1, 2012

summer joy sale...25% off ENTIRE order at DaySpring

Starting TODAY, receive 25% off your entire order at DaySpringThis includes everything - even already discounted and clearance items {savings add up to 75% or more}!  Use code JOY2012 at checkout to receive your discount :)

Here are a few things I personally own and love {Warning: I may have gotten a bit carried away because I have SO many things from DaySpring}!   :)
This Redeemed - Everything Beautiful - fabric cuff is ONLY $9.74 with 25% discount.  
This is one of those accessories that goes with everything.  Grab a couple for your stockpile - these would be great for a friend's birthday or to save for Christmas!

The Redeemed Fullness of His Grace - picnic basket is such a great piece to have and it's only $29.99 with the discount.  I have one of these for myself and am giving one {right picture above} as a gift filled with a few picnic goodies :)

We have these Redeemed - Blessed - ceramic coasters.  They look so pretty on our side table in the living room & go with just about any decor.  The discount makes these only $14.99. 

My most recent purchase was the Redeemed - Lovely by Design - overnight bag. I needed another bag to carry some extra things for short road trips and vacations.  This is just the perfect size & I'm planning to pack Joel's clothes in here for our week at the beach.  The overnight bag is $37.49.

I also have the Redeemed - Truly Blessed - insulated lunch bag.  It's big enough to carry on a small picnic, yet small enough to carry as your everyday lunch bag.  It has plenty of space inside for plastic containers and cold drinks.  This is just $18.74 with the discount.   
Also shown in the picture above is the Redeemed - Grace - fashion cuff {$12.74} which I have & love! 

This Redeemed - Beautiful in Its Time - Vintage vase {$12.74} is one of my absolute favorites.  
It is so versatile and decorates our home for every occasion.  
What a great hostess gift to keep on hand for a last minute barbecue invite?!   :)

There is something for everyone at DaySpring. Remember to use code JOY2012 at checkout.  This sale is valid through July 31...Happy Summer :)

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