2009 Family Pictures

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My mom took our family pictures for us while she was up visiting last week. I was pretty pleased with how they came out! If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with her you can contact her through her blog here.


Fifty Percent Off at Payless


Coupons like this don’t come along very often! Through TODAY ONLY you can print this coupon to receive 50% off at Payless.

My sister and I used this coupon last night and we were told that it is good on anything in the store, and off your entire purchase. I even purchased some socks on clearance and received 50% off each pair!

Thanks, MoneySavingMom!

Isaac Turns Four!

Last week my oldest turned four! Where does the time go? Isaac is such a joy to us and we are so thankful that God has given him to us.

My family came up to visit for his birthday and spent the week with us. We had a party for him and he got enough lego’s to keep him busy for a while! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Isaac!

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Jones cake

Being Isaac’s mama is so much fun. He always has something sweet or smart to say. What a gift it was to be able to celebrate four years with him!

FREE Photo Book from Shutterfly

You can receieve a free 8×8 20 page photo book from Shutterfly. You do have to pay shipping, which I think usually runs about $8. This would be a great Christmas gift!

Go here for all the details from It’s Hip to Save!

Easy Oreo Truffles


1 pkg. (1 lb. 2 oz.) OREO Cookies, finely crushed, divided
1 pkg.  (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
2 pkg. (8 squares each) BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, melted

MIX 3 cups of the cookie crumbs and the cream cheese until well blended. Shape into 42 (1-inch) balls.

DIP balls in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. (Any leftover melted chocolate can be stored in tightly covered container at room temperature and saved for another use.) Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.

REFRIGERATE 1 hour or until firm. Store any leftover truffles in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

* Recipe from kraftfoods.com

Free Redbox Code

Today only you can get a free DVD rental from Redbox. The code is QNGJ7KD. You can use this code once per debit/credit card. Movies are due back by 9:00 the next night.

My Walgreen Deals

I couldn’t stay away from Walgreens this week! 🙂 The deals were so great that I stopped in several times during the week and did a couple transactions each time so I could roll those register rewards!

This is what I purchased: 5 Vasaline lotions, 2 Herbal Essence shampoo/conditioners, 1 box of dishwashing soap, 2 Gillette Fusion razor’s, 3 pkgs. Emergen-C, 1 pkg. dental picks, 2 Theraflu,  2 toothbrushes, 2 chapsticks, 5 pkgs. Halls cough drops, 1 potato peeler, 1 Lightening McQueen watch, 1 mini highlighter, 1 aftershave lotion,1 pencil, and 1 lip gloss. (those last few things were clearance items I picked up for fillers.)


My total after register rewards was $6.58 (including tax).

Be sure to check out “Frugal Living” on my sidebar for help in learning how to find great deals like this.

Bavarian Apple Torte

Bavarian Apple Torte Recipe


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups thinly sliced peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Directions:

    Combine the first four ingredients. Press onto the bottom of an ungreased 9-in. springform pan. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Pour over the crust. Combine topping ingredients; spoon over filling. Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until the center is set. Cool on a wire rack. Store in the refrigerator. Cut into wedges with a serrated knife. Yield: 12-14 servings.