Aug 312011

Hollister 50/40

Head on down to your local Hollister Co. brick and morter store to automatically receive an additional 50% off ALL redline merchandise from now until September 6.

No time to stop in? You can also take advantage of the sale online, however the discount is reduced to 40% – the prices posted have been reduced, there is no coupon code.

Note: This sale is not available at select stores like Houston Galleria and Hollister Co. outlet stores, click here for more fine print.

Happy Shopping!

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Aug 312011

It has been a minute since we went to Chicago and I thought it would [finally] be fun to post some of our pictures and some stories about the trip!

FridayWe arrived in Chicago around lunch time and Brent’s buddy, Johnny, took us to eat at Revolution Brewing Company in Oak Park. They had the BEST sandwiches and the BESSSST pretzel bread known to man, seriously. I learned something new, anytime a menu says “crunchy” or “crispy”, they mean it has uncooked cabbage slaw on top, Yum. C ordered a caesar side salad with her “crunchy” pulled pork sandwich and it came with a full out anchovy on top… needless to say, she did not eat the salad. I even tried it… Umm yea, not a fan of that either! I ordered the Hombre Burger, I’m from Texas, what can I say? It consisted of smoked poblano pepper,  avocado, Chihuahua cheese, red pepper crema & tortilla strips – aka. Heaven on a Heavenly Pretzel Roll bun. Once we arrived at our final destination – Congress Plaza Hotel [who has still not sent me a like to review their room/service{which is probably better for them because the "suite" was pretty much unacceptable (email me for details)}] we… I decided we should take a little walk to Navy Pier. I wonder why nobody stopped me, it was like 10,000 miles away from our hotel and we were pretty grumpy by the time we all got there. HAha!

B and Mike went out with the Chicago friends while C and I hit the streets to find dinner. C and I went down Michigan Avenue to hear the free concerts and look at Cloud Gate and the Crown Fountains. C has a radar for super fun, cool things, and this night was no different. We made our way to the Magnificent Mile Macy’s and Chicago Theater where there just happened to be a CLo concert and Glamorama fashion show taking place. C and I got to walk on the fashionistas red carpet and take in all of the glittlery and amazing fashion choices of the actual attendees. It was amazing! We caught some people making glances at us, like, “I can’t believe they wore that”, we were sporting the all fashionable shorts, t-shirt and Tom’s. We finally headed to dinner at about 11 pm; C chose, what we thought was, a quaint little place in downtown Chicago called Mercat a la planxa. Wow! Once again, we were totally under dressed and a little out of the diners target market, but we have money to pay for a delicious meal, so who cares about the target market. The meal was a total debacle and out waiter was really pretty poo-pooey on us, but we enjoyed ourselves and our meal. C decided to try the pintxos muranos Colorado Lamb Brochettes wrapped in Bacon and Lamb Jus and I had the Conill Amb castanyes Braised Rabbit Agnolotti, Roasted Chestnut Purée, Brandied Cherries and Rosemary Brown Butter. Our meals were divine and the experience will last a lifetime!

Chicago Theater

Saturday Was our chill day, we pretty much spent the day walking, relaxing and eating. I got to meet on of my co-workers, at my big girl job, who lives just a couple minutes from the hotel. My company is big on the virtual/global environment – nobody on my team lives within 6oo miles of Houston, it is pretty amazing when you think about how connected we are, but are so far apart. We took a cab ride to the Expo to pick up our race packets [there was no way the guys were going to go for another walk with me]. We ate lunch around our hotel and on our way to pick up bananas and water for the mornings race, the rain came down, BIG time. We were still about 3 blocks from the hotel. After we watched all of the Segway tours rush into their homes, which we were huddled close to, we decided to book it to the next available awning and make a game plan. We were like frogs who didn’t like the wet – hopping from one awning to the next between pours of rain. We just kind of chilled the rest of the day, watching bad hotel tv and C’s outstanding fashion show [she was still feeling the vibe from last night] with the hotel’s bedding; have I told you, lately, how amazing she is? Well… she is! By the way, this is how we dry wet Tom’s:

C's Shoe Dryer

Sunday There was a little race, you can read about it here. Our friends took us to another amazing eatery, Big Star, before we headed out to the airport.  They had delicious pork and fish tacos and their salsa was pretty much spectacular because it was not chilled. C happened upon the lovely bacon wrapped hot dog below – the Sonoran Hot Dog crispy, bacon wrapped, all beef hot dog, pinto beans, lime mayo, mustard, onions, hot sauce, on a bolillo roll = Amazing! We had to wipe off the sauces because the hot sauce was just WAY hot for her, but she went to town, she said it was pretty delicious and recommend it, most definitely.

C's giant Bacon-wrapped hot Dog

We hit up the train to take us to our destination before our final destination – it was pretty fun, except for when the guy sitting in front of us decided to get up and pry open the doors with this bare hands and jump out on the landing dock while the train was still moving… Not Smart dude, not smart. My face was stuck in the “OMG! Did that REALLY just happen” fashion for a minute or three. We made it to the airport in the nick of time… to see that our flight would be delayed for 5 hours. [Shameless Plug ~~>]It’s really too bad that we don’t have a smarty phone that received emails to tell us we were delayed; we could have totally stayed at the taco place for another 4 hours, which would have been fine by me!

Leaving Chicago on a Train

 Goodbye Chicago… until Next time!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Aug 302011

Orange Glazed Pork Chops + Rice and Chickpeas

We are having company tonight, so it’s time to bring out the class. Kidding, he’s only 7 [which means this meal is kid approved] and has homework to complete.

We have spent the last few weeks cooking through our meat stocked up in the freezer, this week we have pork to conquor – I love pork, it is so yummy, versatile and cooks up very quickly. 

There are a couple of important items to note before heading out on our dinner journey:

1. Make sure to use a pan that can go from Stovetop  to Oven, it helps with the creation of the orange sauce and saves cleaning another pan, you’re welcome.
2. If you are placing a pan in the oven with a long handle, it still gets REALLY hot…even after 15 minutes of sitting after cooling… just saying, use great caution!

Prep: 6 minutes
Cook: ~40 minutes
Total: ~50 minutes

4 Pork Chops
1 T Olive Oil
Salt + Pepper
All Spice
Ground Cloves

1/2 C Orange Juice
2 T Brown Sugar
2 T Orange Marmalade
1 T Vinegar

Orange Juice
1 Can Chickpeas, drained

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Aug 292011

The Promise: God Works All Things Together For Your Good

Christian Book Distributors  is offering more FREE eBooks through their website:

Stash as many titles to your cart as you desire and checkout [you will need to sign in or create an account]; your selections will be available in ”My Account” under eBooks until you decide to delete them.

Happy Reading!

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Aug 262011

Whew! Has this been a week or what? Kids are back in school and normalcy is returning to the routine of everyday life. I have been having issues with my back since we left Chicago, so I have done little excessive movement in order to keep stabilized and heal quickly. I mean, San Antonio is in just three months.

I hit up a CVS, Walgreen’s and Randall’s this week for “back to normal” essentials, ex. toilet paper, pain medication and lunch makers and spent $65.49. 


CVS 8/26

3 Charmin Toilet Paper @ $9.99 = $29.97 - [2] $0.25/1 = $29.47 [Earn $10 ECB WYB $25, limit 1] I had planned on purchasing 4 Puffs, but they only had two left in the store… we can always use TP over tissues!

Schick Hydro 5 Razor Cartridges $8.49 – $4.00/1 = $4.49 [Earn $5 ECB]

Total $35.36

Total Spent $18.36 [Used $17.00 RR from previous trip]

Total Saved $42.90 or 70%+ $15.00 ECB for future use


Walgreens 8/26

Aleve $14.99 – $5.00 In Ad – $2.00/1 = $7.99

Advil $12.99 – $3.00 In Ad – $2.00/1 = $7.99

2 Reach Crystal Clean Toothbrush @ $1.59 = $3.18 – [2] $0.60 In Ad – [2] $1.00/1 = -$0.02

Total $15.96

Total Saved $15.20 or 49%


Randall's 8/26

12 Sobe, Lipton Tea @ $0.99 = $11.88 - [2] FREE WYB 10 – $1.00/6 Sobe Catalina - $0.50/1 Sobe Catalina = $7.90 or $0.66 each

Similac Sensitive  $4.29 – $5.00/1 Check = -$0.71 [Original Price is $5.69]

Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice $3.49 – $1.00/1 = $2.49

2 NatureSweet Sunbursts Tomatoes @ $1.49 = $2.98 – [2] $0.55/1 = $1.88 or $0.94 each

2 Fresh Express Salads @ $1.49 = $2.98 – [2] $1.00/1 = $0.98 or $0.49 each

Nabisco Cookie Tray Pack $3.49 – $1.00/1 = $2.49

2 Hostess Donuts @ $2.00 = $4.00 – [2] $0.50/1 In Ad = $3.00 or $1.50 each

Orange Marmalade $1.99

Blackberry Preserves $1.99

2 Oscar Mayer Deli Sandwich Meat @ $4.99 = $9.98 – $1.00/2 = $8.98 or $4.49 each

Cabbage $1.13

Onions $2.50

2 Sara Lee Bread @ $2.00 = $4.00 - [2] $0.55/1 = $ 2.90 or $1.45 each

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Bread $2.49 = $1.00/1 = $1.49

Total $39.09

Total Spent $31.09 [Used $5/$50 and a $3.00 Catalina from previous trip]

Total Saved $52.15 or 59%

Shopping 8/26To wrap it up, my totals for this week’s trips were:

Total Spent: $65.49

Total Saved: $110.25 or 63%

Total Earned for future use: $15.00

Now, it is time for you to share all of your amazing trips from this past week!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Aug 242011

Hollister $5 Shipping

Now through August 30, Hollister Co is offering $5 shipping on ALL orders placed online, that is a savings of $3 to $20 depending on how much you need at this particular moment.

Hollister Shipping

This is perfect for those considering their fall/winter hoodies and jeans in hard to find sizes! Oh, and their jeans are still running at 50% off, even better!

The discount will apply automatically when you chose standard ground shipping within the US.

 Happy Shopping Friends!

 Posted by at 1:00 pm
Aug 242011

Coach 30% Off Coupon

Were you able to take advantage of the Coach Factory sale over tax free weekend? It was pretty sweet and there was a line trailing outside the store at my local shopping center.

Now they are gearing up for another great sale over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Click above for your additional 30% off coupon to Coach Factory Outlet. Good through Monday, September 5, 2011.

Happy Shopping!

 Posted by at 8:00 am
Aug 222011

The 7 Day Doubt Diet

Christian Book Distributors  is offering more FREE eBooks through their website:

Stash as many titles to your cart as you desire and checkout [you will need to sign in or create an account]; your selections will be available in ”My Account” under eBooks until you decide to delete them.

Happy Reading!

 Posted by at 8:12 am
Aug 192011

So, yesterday I got C’s leg cut off.

Or at least that’s what you would think was happening.

My sweet girl had a “mollescum contagiosum” on her left thigh that had to be removed to ensure it would not spread on the rest of her body. It looks like a mole without color, it gets a red rash around it if you leave it untreated for a long time [3-6 months]. Apparetly a lot of kids get it from swimming pools, sharing towels, and rubbing against people in that spot with the virus [this better not be the case!]. 

She was so scared to get it cut off. She said it hurt, but she was kind of laughing after she started crying. I felt terrible. It was the first time I had put her through something she wasn’t really convinced was the right decision. I coddled her. I was upset that she was upset, I am sure that isn’t what I am supposed to do, as the Mom [decision maker].
At one point when she was crying I said to her, “Don’t cry Ugly Girl, you are going to make me cry!”

In our world, “Ugly” is actually a term of endearment. I asked last night [after she was over the trauma] if she remembered me calling her Ugly Girl, she said No… She was too busy fighting the thought of getting her leg cut off. Sheesh!

So, she is fine now and off to spend a nice weekend at the beach with her Mom and family before school starts on Monday. Lucky girl! Pray for her as she enters the 7th grade… with 2 full legs minus 1 mollescum!

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