Thursday, July 30, 2009

Reasors deals!

Reasors (a local grocery store) is having a 12 hour sale this Saturday from 8am to 8pm. Brandon and I usually just stock up on pop, but they have several other good deals this Saturday:

* 12 pks of Pepsi/Dr. Pepper Products 4/$9- limit 4 per person

* Crystal Farms Cheese- 4/$5
-use the &0.55/1 coupon from Sunday's paper= $0.70 per package

* General Mills Cereal- $1.77, limit 2 per person
-$1/2 manf coupon= $2.54 for 2 boxes of cereal

*Seedless Watermelon- $2.99

Monday, July 27, 2009

A Bridal Shower

On Saturday, I hosted a bridal shower/brunch for Kristen. I should have taken more photos- but I wanted to share some shower tidbits with you'all.
Since the shower was at 10am, I didn't want the traditional cake- it just seems so heavy in the morning. So, I checked with the Target bakery, and they iced 24 sugar cookies for me, in orange and pink, and monogrammed each cookie- all for $10.99! The cookies were a huge hit.
I'm not a huge fan of shower games, but I felt like we needed at least 1 game. I found a 'guess the spice' game online, and it went over pretty well. I filled 8 little snack sized ziplock baggies with different spices (oregano, coriander, chili powder, etc) and numbered each bag. Each guest had to guess which spice was enclosed based on the appearance and the smell. The game took about 10 minutes- the winner got 5 out of the 8 spices correct.
I was a little concerned about my budget for the shower- if I would have had the energy, I could have saved some money on the muffin mix and juice with coupons. Including the invites, stamps, flowers, cookies, etc- I spent about $50. Which isn't TOO bad. I printed the invitations myself on some nice 8 1/2 by 11 paper from Hobby Lobby and another bridesmaid helped with the food costs, by bringing the breakfast casserole and fruit.
Overall, I think the shower went wonderfully- I wouldn't mind hosting a few more at our house! Hopefully, not while I'm 30+ weeks pregnant though!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

34 Weeks

Here's my 34 week photo. I'm starting to slack a little- I took this on Saturday before Kristen's bridal shower that I hosted here at our house.
Maternity clothes? Most of my maternity shirts don't completely cover my belly!
Stretch marks? Nope! But, I this last weekend, I burned my belly on a cookie sheet. So, I'm sporting a nice burn mark under my belly button
Sleep: Great, once I get to sleep!
Best moment this week: going to the chiropractor and my right leg/sciatic nerve is starting to heal
Movement: all on my right side- he's pushing hard!
Food cravings: summer fruits
Gender: for sure, still a boy
Belly Button in or out? In, but it doesn't look as deep...
What I miss: sleeping on my tummy, walking without my R leg hurting, being able to 'keep up'
What I am looking forward to: our weekly appt's start at 35 weeks. Figuring out our birth plan
Milestones: Bryson is still measuring 3 weeks ahead, so making it to full-term is the milestone I'm most looking forward to.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Did I mention....

I've officially changed jobs! I'm still a Speech Language Pathologist, but I've left the school district.
Back in March, I started to get really sad about the idea of leaving Bryson in daycare 40 hours a week. I started looking around at other SLP options. I really enjoy pediatrics, so I wanted to stay in that part of the field. I found 2 awesome companies, both of which needed a part-time PRN (contract work) position.

Brandon and I really talked and prayed over it, and I've finally made the move. So far, I'm loving it. It was a little stressful to switch my career path while pregnant- but its been well worth it. After my maternity leave, I'm going to work about 13-20 hours a week, giving me more time with baby Bryson.
I'll have to do more work from home, which is going to be a change, but at least I can work with Bryson and Brandon next to me! I'm sad to leave my kids at the school, but I know that I can return to the school system when our kids are older.

Alot of stuff is changing around here, but its all for the better!

Friday, July 17, 2009


Yesterday I was treated to the most wonderful thing- a pregnancy massage! It was amazing! My mom and my sister went to the neatest spa- check it out at - and they decided that I needed a massage too!

I could easily become addicted to massages! Not very frugal, but a much needed break from work/pregnancy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


As I mentioned yesterday, the baby shower over the weekend was amazing. We were given alot of unique gifts, and I thought I'd share some of them.

This blanket and burp cloths are just too cute with his name on them...

One of my mom's good friends, Mrs. Paula put this first aid kit together for us- and it rocks! I'm totally going to copy this idea for future baby shower gifts. It's a Pottery Barn Kids lunch box, crammed full of everything you could imagine needing.........

Inside there's Vaseline, baby sunscreen, little noses spray, gas drops, destin, a thermometer and plastic covers, nail trimmers, medicine droppers, orajel, hand sanitizer, Q-tips and Vick's. Also, there were boogie wipes and rubbing alcohol, but I forgot to add them to the picture!

My mom made a stocking for Bryson that matches ours. Mom gave us our stockings as wedding gift, and now, three years later, we have a third stocking to hang by the fireplace! I love that my mom is so crafty and we have such unique stockings. She makes such neat stuff!

My Aunt and Uncle gave us this blanket- it's from Lands End. It's so soft and light. My picture doesn't do it justice. It's a pale blue with a tractor, truck and other boy-ish vehicles incorporated into the design.
I'm a little addicted to having Bryson's name on things, can't you tell? :)

Monday, July 13, 2009

What a weekend!

We had a baby shower this weekend, so all of Brandon's family came up from Texas, as well as my sister and some family from Missouri. The shower was more than I could imagine! I had a great time and Bryson will definately have everything he needs plus some!
Here's a few photos from the shower- most of the photos are on my mom's computer. I'll share some of the unique gifts later on :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Blog Hop: Favorite Photo

This is one of my favorite photos from 2009. It's our little guy, at 14 weeks. I can't wait to meet him! I love this photo of Brandon and I. It was taken at church a few summers ago- but its just 'casual us'. Enjoy the Blog Hop and feel free to join in and share your favorite photo!

Kelloggs cereal deal

For the past two years, Brandon and have stocked up on cereal during the Kellogg's Fuel for School rebate program- and it's back again this year!

You can download the rebate form online from:

Usually, there is a Kellogg's coupon flyer in the Sunday paper with the rebate form attached. So, keep your eyes open!

Last year we purchased over 30 boxes of Kellogg's products for pennies on the dollar. The cereal stockpile lasted us from July to December! Just remember that you can only do one rebate per name/address, and you must purchase 10 items in the same transaction to receive the $10 rebate.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Puppy-wearing at 31 weeks!

My friend Kacey and I have been chatting about slings and baby-wearing.
I was given this hand-me-down sling ( by another friend, and I really wanted to try it out. Thus, Leia became our test subject:Surprisingly enough, she didn't hate it....too much!
Leia weighs about 8 lbs, and it was really easy to get her in and out of the sling, and it was really comfortable while she was in there. Brandon insisted on a photo, because it was just too cute!

Here's my 31 week belly shot- I'm feeling rather 'out-there'.....

It's becoming more difficult to find a comfortable position when sitting/laying down, and I can tell that my energy level is dropping. Overall though, I feel really good.
Back on the baby sling/baby-wearing topic, did you use a sling?
If so, which one?
I also have the Eddie Bauer one from Target- so I'm starting off with 2 options.......