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Monday, August 30, 2010


I saved all of the cards that we were given both for baby showers 
and after the girls were born..and I was just not sure what to do with all of them..
My mom saved cards that she was given when I was born and I thought 
it was really cool to look at later in life..
But where and how to store all of these cards..
So, I decided for now to display some of my favorites
I found a frame for $2.00 at a garage sale

I pulled it apart and cut up cards to fit the pre-made frame openings.
I just used double sided tape to adhere them..so I can reuse the frame
or change out the cards
And hung it up in their room.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dollar Store Flowers

For the girls 10 month pictures I decided to embellish shirts that we already had.
I bought these shirts from The Children's Place for around $2.00 each when the 
summer clothes went on sale. I did not want the big hearts in the picture and did not
have any other nice looking pink shirts.  (I know this is a shock if you were to look
in their closet and see the sea of pink..but these two destroy clothes)

So, with my extra spending money I purchased 8 rosettes from the dollar store. 
I took three and glued them onto a piece of felt (you can get a sheet of 10 for $1.00 
at the dollar store.) I glued them to the felt and then sewed the felt onto the shirts with a few 
stitches to hold it in place. I wanted to be able to take them off when I was done.

I had 2 extra flowers, so I took them and glued them onto a barrette that was lined with ribbon

Saturday, August 21, 2010

10 month pictures

A friend of ours, with amazing photo skills
took these photographs of the girls

Lilly would not take her finger out of her mouth..

Elise was a little unsure of the camera..

I LOVE LOVE LOVE how these turned out

Friday, August 20, 2010

Fifty Dollar Friday's

Russ and I are strict followers of the Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace plan.
We have eliminated debt and have NO credit cards
We live on an envelope system and only spend cash on groceries, entertainment,
vacation, clothes, gifts..pretty much everything except our bills
which are automatically deducted online.
We give ourselves $25.00 each week for FUN money..
This money is simply for whatever..
So, this is what I spent $50.00 in  two weeks..
I think I scored some pretty amazing deals!!!!

Pink Rose Bridal Flower Decoration Dollar Store $1.00

Hemp Cord Dollar Store $1.00
Satin Ribbon Dollar Store $1.00
People Magazine Walmart $3.59

Gap Poofy Red Vest Garage Sale $3.00
Triple Non Fat Grande Mocha Starbucks $4.89

 2 Grass Skirts for my friend Kelly's Luau Party Garage Sale $0.25
$2.49 Dinner at work St Luke's South Shore $2.49
Sugar Babies Dollar Store $1.00

10 Felt Sheets Dollar Store $1.00
Black Candle Holder Dollar Store $1.00
Durasharp Pinking Shears Joann Fabrics $8.23
(originally 12.99 w/ 40% off coupon)
12 Tea Light Candles Garage Sale $0.50
The Time Travelor's Wife Red Box $1.06
3 bags of shells Garage Sale $1.00
2 bags of Bright Yellow Sisal Grass Garage Sale $0.50

2 Bags of Peach Craft Roses Garage Sale $1.00
Bright Red Gum Ball Machine Garage Sale $3.00
(best find EVER!)
Star of the Party Nail Polish by Nicole OPI Target $7.19

2 yards of Clearance Fabric Walmart $4.00
6 baby bows Target $2.78

Total: $49.48

What would you spend $50.00 on? 

Friday, August 13, 2010


Baby A..aka Elise..
can finally wear a bow in her hair! 

little Lils just does not know what to make if it..
and tries to pull it out. So, Elise can only wear a bow while supervised :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Summer Days

What is one of the best things about summer?
$0.49  icecream cones from Micky D's
($0.52 cents with tax)

and you can drive through..with out unpacking two babies
in the 90 degree weather..

Friday, August 6, 2010

Tears at Aldi

Today I was brought to tears at Aldi
and it was not by some amazing deal
(although some lady did point out that she had just been to Pick and Save 
and saw French dressing for 2.46 and at Aldi the same dressing was .99)

I was getting cream out of the refrigerated section when I looked back
and saw a beautiful older woman looking at the girls.
(Being approached by strangers is nothing new..
this could be a whole other post about the absolute randomness that people tell or ask me 
while I am out and about)

I saw her make the sign of the cross on the girls heads and went over to hear what she was saying
"I bless you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit"
Then she continued to lay hands on them and pray over their lives.
I was literally crying. It was amazing
and beautiful.
Several people stopped and also had tears in their eyes. 

I just love that in the most unexpected times,
doing the most mundane tasks of the day
God takes the time to show me that He is surrounding
me with His protection and love. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010


How did we go from this..

to this..

to big girl carseats!!!! 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Food Fight

I am pretty sure they have a food fight when I am not looking..

they look very guilty if you ask me..