May 082011

Blooming Dwarf Myrtle


My most beloved bush – my Dwarf Myrtle. When it is in bloom [right now] it has the most delicate, fresh and happy scent.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the delicate, fresh and happy mothers of children, plants and animals.

 Posted by at 3:11 pm
Apr 252011

Do you have one of those family’s that loves to mess with you, in a good way? I do, big time!

Yesterday [Easter] was yet another day of driving for the H family, it seems like that is all we do nowadays. Easter and Christmas consist of the same commuting routine because of their distance from home base; 10am to my parents for brunch then B’s parents for dinner and home by 8pm.

So, yesterday, we headed to my parents at 10am to have fried bacon and AMAZING homemade/handmade cinnamon rolls [a la DJ Grumpy Pants, aka. my baby brother]; I would have caught a shot for you all, but once the icing was down those babies were gone! Johnny and I worked on the blog [updating the widgets and viewing 404's we wish we would have come up with] and B, Mom and Dad watched some of the Astros game and some of the inside of their eye-lids.

We trotted out to my in-laws around 2pm, another 50 miles in the bucket… but, on the way there we realized B’s phone was missing. SO, I called back and left a voice message at my parents to check the couch where the siesta took place and the countertop where the snacks were loaded. No biggie, we’re sure it was left there somewhere… and then I realized I left my camera too, what a big fat bummer.

So, no pictures of my sweet little muffin on her first actual Easter egg hunt. She was pretty cute and loves me [and chocolate] dearly, just saying. We chowed on Easter enchiladas and fajitas which were pretty good since I was SUPER full after the first go-round but went back for seconds [the scale did not lie last night!]; my sweet niece was supposed to rise early to make spring rolls, but they did not make… thank goodness! Oink Oink.

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 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Feb 182011
Happy Friday Friends! I hope you all find a nice and relaxing weekend ahead of you, some of you even get a three day weekend! We will be painting and playing in a volleyball tournament, only C has Monday off, so she will get to sleep in at least on Monday.
Man, it really stinks outside! Here is what’s outside our door, I can’t help of think of Back to the Future II where Biff runs in to the back of a manure truck. I went for a run earlier today, if the humidity wasn’t going to get to me then the aroma of fresh dumped brown mulch would surely bring me to a slow trot.

 Posted by at 2:59 pm
Feb 042011

When I grow up, I want to be the weather girl. If I became a weather girl, I would only have to be partially right about 20% of the time, the other 80% I would be able to guess from just looking at the sky…

Here is a peak at the winter weather that has shut down [almost] all of Houston and surrounding area today:

Whoa Whoa Whoa, can you believe it!? I mean, it’s almost 500 micrometers thick! WATCH OUT!

If you have kids, I’m sure you heard the big disappointment this morning when they didn’t wake up to even an inch on the ground. After all the hype on the radio and TV from the weather folks, it was like three feet were going to be on the ground when we woke up.

We actually got quite a bit of snow, but it hit two different atmospheric changes before reaching the ground, so all that we see now is minimal snow and lots and lots of ice/sleet/sludge. Thanks Humidity, didn’t think you would be so cruel to us in the winter as you are in the summer.

We did get what I like to call “crunchy grass”, grass covered in thick sheets of ice, it is so much fun to step on and hear the crunch crunch crunch under your feet. It reminds me of when Johnny and I were little, my parents used to set up the water hoses in the trees so that when we woke up there would be tons of crunchy grass and icicles connected to the trees, it was a winter wonderland!

We are supposed to get another hard freeze tonight, so maybe I will be able to build up enough warmth in my bones to do this for the girls to wake up to tomorrow morning. I better start layering now.

Happy “Snow” Day Folks!

 Posted by at 2:03 pm
Jan 012011

Happy New Year Friends!

We are so excited to start this new year’s journey and see what God has planned for us!

We pray you have continued health and prosperity along with many frugal finds to subsidize the future.

Isn’t today just amazing outside?

B and D are out playing in the yard and I am working on my etsy project and cooking a roast for this evening. C is most likely out with her mom or best girlfriend having fun and making it a wonderful January 1st, 2011.

Happy New Year!

 Posted by at 4:12 pm
Dec 132010

Have you used your $20 Rue La La credit yet? If not, head over now and score a $50 eCertificate for just $5 out of pocket! That’s a savings of 90%!

If you have not yet signed up with Rue La La, go here and you can score this baby for just $15 out of pocket. This is still a great deal at a 60% discount.

Be sure to shop through eBates to gather 6% cash back.  Update: This comes as a special link and will not let you connect to eBates first. Oh well, my order total was $1.00, so I can give myself the $0.06 that I would have received.

Why are you still here? This is only a one day deal you know…

 Posted by at 11:44 am
Dec 062010

CoinStar is running a great new promotion right now, just in time for the gift buying season.

Go to any CoinStar location between now and December 31, pour at least $40 worth of cold hard change and the system will generate a code for a $10 eCertificate/gift card at the bottom of your receipt.


  • iTunes
  • Lowe’s
  • Borders
  • Rixty
  • Regal
  • Amazon (starting 12/9/10)

Return here, enter the code and you will recieve your $10 eCertificate/gift card in the mail within 1-2 weeks.

If you have $240 worth of change you could get a $10 bonus to each of the promotion participants.

Small Print:  Limit one gift card per Promotion Code, name and mailing address.

 Posted by at 9:41 am
Dec 022010

It’s no surprise that this family loves Gringo’s; we dine there every Wednesday with our sweet girl and we get the same thing each time.

So, what do you get people who know what they like? A gift card of course!

Through December 31, 2010, Gringo’s is offering a Bonus $10 Gift Card to be used between 1/2/11 and 3/31/11 with each purchase of $50 in gift cards. So, as you can see below in our annual pie graph of dining expenses, 25% of our total is to Gringo’s… Trivia: If we purchased enough gift cards to use one $10 bonus gift card each Wednesday Date Night from 1/2/11 to 3/30/11 we would still have a shortfall of about $400 to pay.

Holy cow we eat a lot at Gringo’s!

 Posted by at 2:00 pm
Dec 022010

Today, Groupon Philidephia is offering a $30 shopping pass to for a mere $15!

I kicked myself for not purchasing this last time it was out, but not this time, sir!

Stop over at eBates to purchase your Groupon and receive 3% cash back ($0.45).

Plus you’ll get 6% cash back for your Red Envelope purchases through eBates (at least $0.90).

Interested in this Groupon? 

  1. Go here and sign up for a Groupon account (or log in to your account)
  2. Click on the Featured City menu at the top, find P (for Pennsylvania) and select Pittsburgh.
  3. Click on the green Buy! button
  4. Your online voucher will be available within 24 hours in the My Groupons tab

The Fine Print:

Expires Feb 28, 2011. Limit 1/person, cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts. Upon expiration, unused Vouchers will be redeemable for $15 at RedEnvelope. Valid towards shipping.

Remember, you can purchase the Groupon through eBates and also shop Red Envelope through Ebates to stack up the savings!

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