I want to kick some ass with Alex Cross!

Anything having to do with the written word has always fascinated me.  I love it.  English is a breeze for me.  Words are like air to me.  English is like breathing.  I’ve never had a problem with it.  I aced every English and literary class consistently throughout each grade and level of schooling I took.  So naturally, reading is a great love of mine.

What I like about books is there is no judgement.  You know the old saying, “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover?”  Well, the saying is correct.  Books, unless non-fiction, cannot be deemed right or wrong.  No one can tell you how, where, when, and who to write a book to and for.  Characters, places, events and themes are all made up as you go along, or they can be carefully planned out.  The point is: it doesn’t matter.  There is no set time, place, or person to impress.  (I know there are writers out there who do it for a living and obviously have to impress to make a living, but I’m sure you can comprehend the point I’m trying to make.)  I’m definitely beyond jealous of these people.  Incredibly jealous.  Reading and writing is a huge passion of mine.

Currently, I am on a tremendous James Patterson kick, reading the Alex Cross series.  Why has no one EVER told me about these in the past?!  And more to the point: how did these slip by me?!  Reading, writing, and gross disgusting crime scene blood and guts and rolled into one?!  Now that is more like it.  That is me ALL. THE. WAY.  Someone get James Patterson on the phone.  I want to meet him.  Now.  He is my hero.  I want to kick some ass with Alex Cross!

I just finished Double Cross and I am just starting Cross Country.  I have read all of his books, starting from Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls, all the way up to Cross Country in just a few short weeks on my kindle touch.  I seriously can’t put them down – when I find them time to read!  When I have some time to myself, that is what I find myself doing, sitting down holding my kindle.  I don’t go anywhere without my kindle and my phone.  I won’t go upstairs or downstairs in my own house without it; I won’t leave the house without it; I’ve become addicted, all thanks to Mr. Patterson.  He is like a drug.  He feeds my addiction to disgusting crime scene stuff through the use of my passion of words.  What a powerful combination.  He knows how to get to me.  Good job, James.  Good job.

Kindle Craziness!

WOW it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything.  It’s just been crazy.  The end of the school year, broken bones, all kinds of trips with the kids, new animals added to the household (a beautiful new Calico cat named Daisy).  It’s just been a wild and crazy time.  3 kids and me leaves me no time at all to do much of anything for myself.

The newest craze in my house with my kids is their kindles.  Thank goodness.  I love to be able to say that my kids new craze isn’t a video game.  Or anything wacky or stupid that’ll get them hurt.  I already have a kid with a broken bone.  Boy broke his finger and boy was that the biggest ordeal of the year so far.  That was the craziest week of my life for a long time.

The whole craze started when I started reading books on my iBooks on my iPad, and Best Friend was reading books on her hubby’s (who also happen’s to be my brother!) kindle touch.  We were talking about the differences between the two over the phone in conversations, then through text as well all the time.  She bragged about the kindle touch a lot, and to me it sounded unbelievable, but as I told her and Hubby, I just couldn’t imagine spending the money on an e-reader when I had iBooks on my iPad.  But then…

We came face-to-face when the kindle touch and the iBooks on the iPad.  And I was sold.  I bought my kindle touch that day.  Literally as soon as I got home I ordered it.  And of course, Brother, who always has the best things (I so hope he read that, because if he did, he rolled his eyes and said “whatever”), had the best case in the world for his kindle touch too.  It comes with a light at the top that you can pull out, and it runs off the battery of the kindle.  (The battery also lasts for months apparently if you keep the wi-fi turned off.)  So I also ordered the same case.  Duh, why wouldn’t I?!

And once again, I’m addicted.  This time, to my Kindle Touch.

Then the mistake came.  My kids saw it.  Big Girl, who is the biggest reader I’ve ever met of a child, wanted one.  And me being the mother I am, of course wanted to buy her one immediately.  And Hubby said, “go ahead, if there’s a kid that deserves one, it’s her.”  She came home from school this year, finishing first grade, with a perfect report card for not only the last semester, but the entire year, and her reading teacher wrote that she was reading consistently at a 3rd grade level at this time.  When we are at home, she walks around reading.  She takes books in the car.  She reads her self to sleep at night.  She takes books everywhere.  She definitely does deserve one.  And I’m so proud of her!  So I told her all of that.  We told her how proud of her we were, and that we ordered her one.  The joy that overcame her face was enough to know right then and there that the decision was right.  She was so happy.

Then came the problem.  How do we tell boy that he wasn’t getting one and she was?

So hers came yesterday.  She opened it.  He got mad.  Of course.

I sat him down and talked to him, and started explaining to him why we got Big Girl one and not him.  I said, “We got Big Girl one because she came home with a perfect report card and her teacher said she was reading at third grade level, and we are very proud of her.”

His response: “Well, I had a perfect report card all year too, Mom.  And I learned to read this year.”

Man down.  And that man was me.

How the f do you come back from that?  So instead of discouraging his reading efforts, I decided to order him one, against my better judgement. But after all, he is right.  If that’s the standard I was going on, my 5-year-old son was smart enough to point it out, and I wasn’t smart enough to see it myself.  How could I not know he wouldn’t understand and get mad?

So, I got on Amazon and ordered Boy one.  But I had a huge talk with him.  I told him if he didn’t use it, and I didn’t see him trying to learn how to read better and making a big effort to read, I would sell it to someone else that loves to read.  I told him he didn’t need one just because me and Big Girl have one.  But I also want to encourage both my kids to read, the love it, and anything I can do to help, I will.  And if this is something that will help him, I’m all for it.  If not, I’m sure the thing will sell for a decent amount and I won’t lose too much money (staying positive!).

So that’s what’s going on at our house nowadays…

We leave for the beach in less than 2 weeks, we will be going to Water Country tomorrow (I hope).  And in the mean time, there will always be the Kindle Touch…

I told you I’m an addict!

Well, I’ve done it again.

I went couponing today.  I had to go to the store to get some things, but I used a ton of coupons on a bunch of other things too.  The rule I read when starting to learn to coupon was to forget everything you knew about shopping, because you’ll have to change the way you do it.  You change how and when you shop, along with what you shop for.  You no longer shop for what you want to cook, you cook with what you have shopped for (for free or really cheap!).  And so far, that’s worked for me.  I’ve realized we don’t need what we’ve always had.  New stuff can be fun too.  And we haven’t gone without or even started missing anything – not yet anyway.

Not only did I change what I’m shopping for for us to eat, I’m also changing what the dog eats.  He is an English bulldog that eats absolutely everything in site.  Nothing hurts his stomach.  I’ve said many times I’m surprised he hasn’t died after what he’s eaten.  Including full-size kid footballs – whole.  Without choking.  So I don’t think changing up his food will do much to him.  But we usually pay about $13 for a bag of his food – Pedigree something.  Or maybe Purina something.  I don’t remember.  Instead, I got three bags of Purina Beneful from Target today (priced normally at $5.49 for a 3.5lb bag).  I had $4.50 off coupons for each one.  (Well Target $2 coupons and $2.50 manufacturer coupons which equal $4.50 off a bag.)  So I paid $0.99.  For 3 bags.  I paid $2.97 for what I usually pay $13 for.  Not bad.  Not bad at all.

I got all of this for $25.44.  Included was:

3 bags of Purina Beneful dog food

2 Activia yogurt 4-packs

8 Yo-Crunch yogurts

1 Philadelphia Indulgence white chocolate yummy thing I can’t wait to try

1 KY jelly (I got paid to take this out of the store!)

1 Vaseline lotion (I got paid to take this out of the store too!)

24 Breathe Right strips 2-count

1 Starkist tuna pouch

2 Glade air expressions

1 Starbucks coffee – Caramel – yum 🙂

4 Colgate toothpastes

4 Olay soap 2-packs

3 Eggo waffle breakfast boxes

3 Country Crock butters

2 Philadelphia cooking creams

1 Kotex U pack

1 pack of soup

I don’t think that’s too bad for $25.44!  Not when I’m new to the couponing game!  But after only a few weeks of doing this, I’ve noticed I’ve only spent half of what I usually spend a week – over the span of 3 weeks now!  It’s an incredible amount of savings.  I’m so happy I’m taking the time to do this.  It really is making a HUGE difference in the amount of money I spend!  And now I’m actually paying attention to what things cost (when before I was just buying!) and I don’t want to pay full price for a lot of things anymore!  This is the first time in my life I’ve been happy to save money!

It’s an incredible feeling knowing I’m not blowing money at the store anymore.  I don’t feel bad leaving the store anymore either!  I used to walk out and be like “Oh crap!  How on earth did I spend that much money?!”  Now I walk out and I’m like “Damn!  How on earth did I save that much money?!” or “How did I walk out with all this stuff and only spend that amount of money?!”

It really is a good feeling 🙂  – I told you I’m an addict!

That’s what coupons are made for – so take advantage!

I feel like I’m floating!

Is anyone else out there on Lyrica?!

I am, and let me tell you – it’s CRAZY awesome.

I have lower back problems as a result of a c-section gone bad.  So the doctors have tried to put me on all kinds of pain medicines…pain medicines, muscle relaxers, steroids, anti-inflammatory medicines.  None of which helped – none.  So the last time I went to the doctor, I got put on Lyrica, which is a medicine for nerve pain.  And let me tell you, it’s the best medicine in the world.

I asked my doctor to put me on something that wasn’t addicting.  I’m only 28, and have horrible back pain, and I’ll be on something for the rest of my life it looks like.  I didn’t want to be put on a medicine that I’d become addicted to and couldn’t live without.

Soooo…after trying millions of things, we found Lyrica.  And then I found my heaven.  Ahhhhh…

Every night I can’t wait to take it.  So much for it not being addicting like the doctor told me!  It’s freaking crazy amazing!  I am in love with it.  I’m in love with my doctor for giving it to me!  And she’s an old woman and I think I’d marry her now!  She finally found something that helps my back pain…6 months after it started!  Holy crap I’m in love.

The first time I took it, I was laying in bed with Hubby.  We watch TV for awhile each night in bed before we go to sleep, kind of to wind down from the day together.  It’s actually my favorite time of the day, I’ve told him that so many times.  It’s our quiet time.  No kids, no work for him, no anything.  Just me and him.  It’s awesome.  But I took it, and when it hit me, I looked at him and said, “I feel like I’m floating!”  And that’s the last thing I remember.  Then I was out.

That’s another thing I LOVE about it.  I have the worst problems sleeping.  Not anymore!  I haven’t had one problem going to sleep since I started taking this miracle pill.  It puts me right out.  But still gives me the ability to wake up with the baby if and when I need to.  It’s the best invention ever!

Anyway…anyone else out there on lyrica?  Does it make you float around like it does me?  I got up at 5am with the baby, after taking 2 last night, and I was literally walking sideways.  I couldn’t walk straight, I probably looked like a drunk ass climbing out of bed.  I walked down the stairs, made a bottle for the baby and went back up and rocked her while I fed her.  I don’t think I felt anything I was doing.  But I wasn’t in pain!  And I can still control my body, which is the weird thing.  I can control it, but I can’t feel it.  It’s pretty awesome.

Pretty freaking amazing.

I’m a crazy psycho!

Seriously what the hell am I doing?!?!

I’m up at 5am – and just what the f— do you think I’m doing?!  PRINTING COUPONS!

What has my life turned into?!?!  I’m crazy.  Seriously, I’m a freaking whack job.  No wonder why my husband calls me crazy all the time.

I didn’t just wake up by myself at 5am to come down and print coupons.  I didn’t set my alarm for the middle of the night to come check facebook to see all the pages I follow for updates on coupons.  I didn’t want to sneak my computer upstairs in bed and not wake my hubby while I did this. I didn’t want to be awake doing this.

Baby Girl woke up screaming her head off like she had a bad dream!  Poor sweet girl.  So I went in and comforted her, and she calmed down, so I put her back in her crib to fall back asleep.  I didn’t think she would, so I stayed awake for a few minutes waiting to see what would happen.  I didn’t want to fall back asleep and immediately been woken back up, because that would’ve pissed me off real bad.  That’s just my temper and attitude though.  Not her fault.  I wouldn’t have been mad at Baby Girl, I just would’ve been mad I had just fallen back asleep and had to wake the f—back up.  Soooo I’m thinking Baby Girl wanted me to wake up and print coupons, so she had a nightmare I missed some and she wanted me to wake up and make sure I printed them.  Yep, that’s my girl!

So I got a free trial (or two maybe…) of contacts.  (Click here for a link to them!)  Which is awesome, because I need a backup pair.  I hardly wear them because I can’t see too well out of the ones I have, so I wear my glasses all the time now.  Which to me, sucks a big fat one.  I absolutely hate my glasses.  But I also hate not being able to see and having headaches every freaking damn day, so I wear my stupid sucky ball sack glasses so I don’t chop my damn head off from the headache I get wearing my contacts.

I also printed a ton of coupons from here, coupons.com.  The trick is, to always change the zip code to random ones, and you get chances to get different coupons, because different areas have different ones.  So I make sure I change the zip code all the time to get a bunch of different coupons to print!  I also got a free sample of Prilosec OTC.  Click here for one.  You can also get a free sample for SnoreX, (here) although it’s being a bastard for me, and I can’t figure it out, but I’d LOVE to get one, because the hubster snores.  I got all the way to the final page and it stopped working…so good freaking luck.

Anyway, enjoy you couponing freaks.

 

Decisions, decisions…

I really seriously want to stay home today.  It’s completely freezing outside and the wind is like a tornado.  Plus I have fourteen years of TV on my DVR to watch.  And the big kids are at their dad’s house for the weekend and Hubby is at work.  So I actually get to have control over the TV if I choose to!  Wow!

But what am I going to do?  I have coupons I want to use, that make things free.  So I think – no, I know – at some point today, I’ll drag myself out and use them.  Even though the last thing I feel like doing is going out of the house.  I’m in comfortable sweats, with the heat up, the baby is sleeping, and I have on Grey’s Anatomy right now as I sit on the couch and type this.  This is exactly what I want to do all day!!!

And I have the complete option to do this!  I could…no one is forcing me to do anything else at all today.  But for some crazy reason, all I want to do is go to Target and Walmart to get my free stuff!

It makes me so excited to go get stuff for free.  I have coupons for lotions, makeup, and other health and beauty products that are all going to be completely free.  Oh, and soup.  Free soup.  Woo-hoo!  I can’t wait to go out!  I really don’t feel like it, but at the same time, I’m super crazy excited to go do it!  I seriously am a complete addict now!

I wish I had an assistant.  I’d make him or her go out and do this for me, so I can sit down and do nothing all day.  Man what a decision to make about today: coupon and get free stuff or hang out at home in the cozy house in cozy sweats all day long.  Both of those sound like heaven to me.  I know that sounds weird, but it truly is a new obsession of mine, and my head is going crazy right now wanting to be at the store getting free stuff, but not wanting to actually go outside in the freezing weather to do so!  Decisions, decisions…

Anyone want to come be my personal assistant?!  I’d really love one.  Holy hell that would make life so easy.

I’m an addict.

Well, I’ve done it.  I’ve managed to fall victim to couponing.  I’ve done it.  I can’t stop.  I want more.  And more.  And more.  Now.  I want to go climb in the dumpster right now to find more coupons.  I have “liked” so many pages on Facebook, (some of my favorites: Raining Hot Coupons and The Krazy Coupon Lady) just to constantly get updates on new coupons, and to find where to go to get things free.  And/or seriously cheap.

And it’s not that we need the money and can’t afford our food, toiletries, or other stuff.  My husband makes more than enough of money for us to pay bills and shop and do whatever we want, whenever we want (thanks for all your hard work babe!  Love you!).  It’s just that I got stuff free.  Now I don’t ever want to have to pay for it again.  Why pay for it when you don’t have to?

People keep asking why.  Why do you want to do this?  Why do you care?  Why are you trying to save money, are you having money problems?  And the most important:  Why do you need all this stuff?!?!?!

NO!  No, no, NO!  And BECAUSE!

It’s not that I need it.  It’s that I just got it for FREE.  Yes, free.  You heard me bitch.  FREE.  I didn’t even pay $0.01 for it.  Nope.  Free.  Why on earth would you want to pay for something if you don’t have to?  Doesn’t everyone strive to make money everyday at work?  Why, to pay for things?  And what do they do, bitch and complain about having to make money and how pricey everything has gotten, and how much gas is…blah blah blah.

So let me ask you…if you could get stuff free, wouldn’t you want to as well?  Now do you think I’m so crazy?

 

So yes, out of these receipts, I got 21 Tylenol patches/creams total and 10 Right Guard deodorants.  I paid $3.71 for the first one.  And $6.86 for the second.  So I paid a total of $10.51 for 31 items.

I normally pay $4.49 a piece for the Right Guard deodorants, (it’s what my husband uses).  So this isn’t something that will go to waste.  Oh, and out of 10, 5 of them had free body washes on the back.  But for 10 I would pay around $44.90.  I got 10 for $10.51.  And I got 21 Tylenol products 100% free.  They were on sale at Walgreens for $5.00 a piece.  And I had 20 coupons for $5.00 off.  So 100% free.  FREE.  I know I keep saying that, but when I walked out of there the first time only paying $3.71 for 13 Tylenol products and 2 deodorant, I got a rush.

That’s when it hit me.  That’s when it happened.  I became an addict.

I’m addicted.  I’m done.  I’m set for life.  My high will be scoring free and cheap items.  Big hauls.  I want to do it.  And not because I feel like I want to hoard things.  I don’t want to have so many of one item I’ll never use it.  But when you’re getting things for free, why stop getting them?  When I get too much of something, I’ll donate it.  I’ll give it away.  I’ll find someone that needs it and can’t afford it, when I’m getting it for free.  Why should they have to pay for it, scrounge up money, stress out about something, when I could just give it to them for free?

I won’t over stock.  I won’t get things we won’t use, or things I can’t find a use for, or things I can’t find anyone to give them to.  Someone out there always needs something.  And what better way for people in need to get things than for free?  If I ever get a huge stockpile, I’m giving them to a charity that helps out children who don’t have anything.  And sending some to the troops.  Kids and troops mean a ton to me.  So that is definitely a goal worth working towards I think.  Now does anyone out there question why I’m doing it?  Does anyone out there want to know what the hell I’m going to do with all this stuff?  I bet you’re out there pulling for me now…

So, let me just say…SEND ME YOUR COUPONS!  🙂

Don’t throw them away, it’s like throwing your money right in the trash!  Ahhhh….if you throw away a $1.00 off coupon on something you buy normally, why not clip it and use it to pay $1.00 at the store?  That keeps one of your dollars right in your pocket.  Imagine if you had more than just the $1.00 off how much money you’d save.

Coupons.  Who knew.