Incidents of an aimless mind.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Early Edition

I have coupon giddiness! I already picked up 4 papers, may need more. heehee. Here is a highlight of what I'm loving this week:

RedPlum - $1 off Del Monte Orchard Select fruit, $1 off 2 Del Monte Fruit Natural cups, $1 off Foster Farms chicken, $1 Kiwi shoe care and the coup de gras 3 Albertsons double coupons.

- $1.50 off 2 Skintimates shave creams, $1 off Colgate Toothpaste, $2 off any Cutter product, $2.50 off any Finish or Electrasol product, $1 off any 3-pack of Extra or Wrigley's gum.

Double coupons are a new and rare bird here in Washington, but I've heard murmurs of other grocery stores, like Harris Teeter's, that are starting this practice too. Keep your eyes peeled, this is a great way to take additional money off your bill.


Mariners Madness

$10 seats have never been so sweet! A big thank you to A's family for treating us girls for A's Birthday!! What a great time, but really when you have friends, veggie dogs, flying kitties and a guy in a cheeseburger hat how do you go wrong? Add a solid home run by Gutierrez in the 8th for the win and you have perfection.


Saturday and Sunday only, pop in to a Cost Plus World Mart and pick up a free tote.


Happy Birthday

from Aveda!
Click the photo to sign up for the birthday club and you will get a post card near your birthday for a free gift. Don't forget to grab the coupon for the free 3-piece sample pack of Smooth Infusion while you are there!


Friday, July 10, 2009


can you keep a secret?

Use the code: SHHH! at checkout to save $15.
Need an invite? Shoot me an e-mail.

-Thanks Shaunna!


Sweet Deal

Sign up for a free sample of Ideal.


Free Slurpees

Head to 7-11 on 7/11 and get a free 7.11 oz Slurpee!


30% off select merchandise, plus free shipping with the code: SHIP2009


Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Mom's Little Life Lessons

Upon delving into Motherhood I envisioned a situation where I would be bestowing upon my children all the things I had learned along the road of life, giving them the benefit of all my experiences (okay, well, maybe not all…) However, I was vastly mistaken. I really had no idea that being a Mom was going to turn out to be so educational. Who knew? But yes, it is true. There are so many things to be learned as a Mom from your kids. So, for the benefit of my fellow Moms, soon-to-be Moms, someday hope-to-be Moms, or even not-in-this-lifetime-gonna-be Moms, here are just a few of my recent life lessons:

1. If you take a 3 foot piece of PVC pipe, stand only 1 foot from a large, oversized picture window and attempt to use the pipe as a baseball bat in order to hit an illusive fuzzy ball. You will most likely, in failure to make contact with said fuzzy ball, make contact with the window instead …results will not be favorable.
2. If, while standing on a three legged stool (which is clearly meant to possess four) you attempt to demonstrate for your brother a newly learned skateboard move you will, in all likelihood, flip off stool and break your arm in the process of trying to salvage the maneuver. Furthermore, if you attempt a “flip in the air off of arm of a couch,” after having your cast off for two months, just to see if it is possible and then try a grand finish that involves all the weight of your body coming down on previously injured arm, do not be surprised to hear inevitable crack from very same place.
3. If you attempt to use a cabinet door to smash a box that is clearly not “smashable” you will probably end up with a cabinet whose hinges are damaged beyond repair and a cabinet door that hangs open in much the same way a Mom’s mouth will when she next enters kitchen.

Now, these lessons are valuable indeed. But, I have to admit that most recently, I realized I was craving to understand a more valuable (and possibly more elusive) lesson. It dawned on me that the knowledge I strongly desire to acquire from my kids is their seemingly effortless ability to zone in on what truly matters to them – to legitimately feel the purest form of success; that - life is good, high five - kind of success. Not just every once in a while, but on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. (And, although I am sure all children possess this same zest for life, I would argue that my 7 year old son, who has been known to explode with such tearful utterances as “all the seasons of my youth are being wasted while I am in school”, has a special corner on that little market.) Now, the moment I stumbled upon this realization, I had to know. How do they do it? What is their secret? What are they hiding from the rest of us? (Those sneaky little short people!)
So, I did what any dedicated, seeker of knowledge and truth would do. I conducted my very own field study; you could say, “Right in my own backyard.” I observed, took notes, and analyzed data. I watched when they weren’t looking and participated when they were. I asked questions and probed for answers. I joined in their glory and basked in their triumphs. And by the end of my study, I had compiled a list of variables demonstrating how to unequivocally measure success…

Toads Collected: 11
Homeruns Hit: 1
New Friends Made: 13
Creations Concocted in the Kitchen: 4
Fireflies Captured, Observed, Then Released: 23
Winning Games Pitched From Beginning to End as an All Star: 1
Soccer Balls Caught in a Row: 50
Stars Counted: 37+
Fly Balls Caught in Play: 3
Dodge Ball Games Where Mom Was Creamed: Multitudes
Completed Tree House: 1
Triumphant Practical Jokes: 5
Games of Catch with Dad: Too many to count
Times Struck Out: 0
Bonfires where Hot Dogs and Marshmallows were consumed en masse: 3
Songs Learned: 2
Swims at Lake: 8
Cliff Jumps into Lake: 6
Creative Ploys to keep from doing Chores or Going to Bed: Bazillion
Birds Rescued From Cat: 2
New Great Books Discovered: 3
Days Left of Summer: 30

How is success counted? On my own, I have not a clue. But in conclusion to my self-immersed study of true experts on the subject I have discovered one thing for sure: By these standards, life is good - high five kind of good. How could it not be!


Chef's is at it again!
In addition to there summer blow-out, they have Wusthof cutlery on sale at up to 54%, plus free shipping on orders over $49.
Click below to check it out!


Through the 17th take an additional 30% off select sandels.
Prices up to 80% off retail.


Barney's Sale

And no, I don't mean the purple dinosaur.
Price are around 60% with every $250 spent netting you a $25 gift card for future use.
Check it out.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Denim blowout Bluefly!
(must be in honor of the Denim Debutante coming to Seattle)
I don't know how long this is running for so shop quick and don't forget to use your Ebates for 4% back.


Today and tomorrow only use the code: SUMMER50 for an additional $50 off a purchuse of $150 or more. You do have to dig around a bit, but there are some great deals to be had here.


Tuesday Night Delight

Last night I made a fantastic dish from my new cookbook that I just had to share.

Tomato & Mango Salad with Curry Orange Vinaigrette

What you need:

1 cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon curry powder
salt to taste
3 medium tomatoes, cored and cut into 3/4-inch-thick wedges
2 medium mangoes, peeled, pitted, and cut into 1/2-inch-thick strips
10 small mint leaves, slivered

What to do:
Bring the orange juice to a boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce the heat to medium, and cook until reduced to 3 tablespoons. Remove from heat. Stir in oil, curry powder, and salt. Cool to room temperature. Divide the tomato wedges and mango strips among salad plates. Drizzle evenly with dressing; sprinkle with mint.

Now of course I never follow the rules, so here are my alterations: I used 3 mangoes and 4 tomatoes. I didn't core them, just chopped, then everything went into a bowl. The extra liquid stretched the dressing just enough.

With the salad we had some fresh grilled flat bread and chipotle hummus. The combination was wonderfully dynamic and surprisingly filling.


Up to 80% off their summer sale and clearance.
C88699 - $15 off $100
C88967 - $20 off $200
C94832 - $40 off $300


Shoes for him

Today only at Kenneth Coles Reaction men's shoes are marked down $34.95, which is up to 71% off retail.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Stretching Your Grocery Dollar: Part 4

Organization Continued...

So now you have a list and a mess of coupons, what's next? Pull out the coupons you intend to use! You will save yourself a massive headache if you do this before you even leave the house. Without all the distractions of the store you can make sure to grab the correct coupons and check that they are still good. Stick them in an envelope or clip them to your list. Either way, your trip will be much faster and smoother for having done this step.

As you are at the store there are a few things to keep in mind. First being, check dates! Reach in the back and grab the freshest product you can. It cost the same, so why would you buy the one that expires tomorrow? Also, grab the right size/variety for the coupon/sale. If your coupon says $1 off any size, grab the least expensive size. (Usually the smallest one.) This is contrary to what most people think, but the reasoning is that you are taking a greater percentage off the price when you buy the less expensive. It's not a hard fast rule, but generally speaking it's true.

Now for the remainder of your coupon collection, there are two ways to best organize. If you participate on site that tells you what coupons to use you can simply file the weekly inserts by date. Pulling them out to clip as needed. However, if you are doing this on your own you may find it more beneficial to clip the Q's you like and file them into a notebook. Here is mine:

It is a nice leather notebook that zips closed. I use variety of baseball and photo protectors to organize my coupons. I then have them separated into the areas of the grocery store. Dairy, meats, baking, etc... I also have a spot in the back for store coupons for each of the stores I frequent. I especially love this binder because it has a pad of paper and a calculator which is critical for those times when I REALLY can't spend more than $x. (I also love it because my husband surprised me with it, inserts and all.)

**This is important - Yes, I was embarrassed the first few times I hauled this thing in to the store, BUT what I have learned is that people are hugely impressed. I've been complimented more times than I can count. These days I feel savvy and ahead of the curve.**

To make my coupon operation run smoothly I choose clip and file weekly and purge monthly. Most coupons tend to run through the end of the month, so my binder looks like the worst yo-yo dieter in the world. Stuffed and heavy on the 25th, light and slim on the 5th.

...stay turned, there is more!


Fiber One

Sign up for sample of Fiber One Honey Clusters and Oates and Chocolate bar, plus $5 in coupons.


Life on the Pond

I hadn't seen this guy in a few weeks, but he's hanging out this morning looking for some breakfast. Sorry the photo quality isn't the best, but I'll spook him if I go outside to take a picture.


Feel Some Gilt

I live for the final sale of a sample sale. These are the rock bottom, lowest of the low sales...and you guessed it Gilt has got one slated for this week. Arrive early, merchandise moves FAST!

Wednesday - Men's
Thursday - Women's
Friday - Children's


Take an addiotional 20% off final sale items at J.Crew buy using the code: EXTRA20

-Thanks Amanda!


Mop it up

With a free sample of Viva Paper towels!
I love this product. To me it is the perfect example of how spending a little more up front, SAVES money. The durable nature and select-a-size allow a roll of Viva to far outlast any other brand I've bought. Keep your eyes open for the sales and you can pick up a pack for a dollar a roll.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Revolve around Ella Moss

Take an additional 20% off the already discounted Ella Moss collection at Revolve Clothing, just enter the code: ELLA20 at check out.
Up to 86% off!


Tulle's Day Treasure Hunt

Starts tonight!


Menu Monday

Here is this weeks plan:

Monday - Halibut, parmesan rice and sauteed zucchini
Tuesday - Mango/tomato curry salad with flat bread and hummus
Wednesday - Shrimp linguine
Thursday - Caesar salad, corn on the cob and french bread
Friday - Tacos
Saturday - Out with the girls
Sunday - Cold soba salad


Rugby by Ralph Lauren Sale

Up to 60% off, plus select items receive an additional 25% off.
Flat rate shipping of just $5!


Murad Sample

3-Step Regimen Sampler Includes:
  • Clarifying Cleanser (0.1 FL. OZ.)—eliminates 99.9% of surface bacteria to keep skin clear
  • Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel (0.06 FL. OZ.)—eliminates acne and skin breakouts
  • Skin Perfecting Lotion (0.06 FL. OZ.)—smoothes and evens skin texture with oil-free hydrators
Click the picture to sign up for your sample!


Sunday, July 5, 2009

the loot

I love it when I can score like this! I got all of this for $11.54, for a savings of 83%.

Dressing - $-.50 a in I made 50-cents a bottle.
Pasta - Free
Hair color - $1.99
Tuna - $.45 a pouch
Cleaning products - $1.25 a piece
Hummus - $1.50 a tube


Something About Sundays

This morning we had french toast again. Only this time, as I went to add the vanilla, I realized I was out. Eeep!! Fortunately I had a few vanilla beans tucked away. Normally I find them to be not worth the trouble, nor the cost. However, they've saved my butt (and recipe) more than once. Should you find yourself in this situation simply slice the bean open and scrap the seeds out. Generally speaking 1 bean is equal to 2 teaspoons of extract.

To further stretch the vanilla goodness, add the used bean to a container of sugar or a bottle of vodka to infuse them with the yummy flavor.


Bluefly Sale

There are nearly 5000 items on sale at Bluefly, brands ranging from Joie, LinQ, Gennera, Nannette Lepore, PRPS, etc... Most items are marked 40-50% off, but some up to 75% off. Take an automatic 15% off tops and denim and if you are a new customer use the code: SHOPSTYLE30 for an additional 30% off a purchase of $150 or more. Use your Ebates account for 4% back.


The Early Edition

Surprise, surprise! There is a P&G insert in this weekends paper. I only ended up grabbing one, but I'm glad I did. Here are your coupons of note: $1 off Tide laundry detergent, $1 off Cascade dish detergent and buy one, get one free on Head and Shoulder.

Happy Shopping!


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