Monday, September 24, 2012

Progresso Light Soup Review and Giveaway

I've written about my history with Progresso soups before, and I've been given the opportunity to review two new flavors through My Blog Spark. These two new flavors are rich and creamy, but light on calories. Light Creamy Potato with Bacon and Cheese and Light Chicken Pot Pie Style each have 100 calories per serving (2 PointsPlus on Weight Watchers). They're created to make you forget about guilt when eating rich, indulgent, and flavorful soups.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Baby Wish List (current on 9/20)

I just snagged a used stationary side crib, waterproof mattress, and changer/dresser combo for 230 on craigslist. Not exactly cheap, but cheaper than buying new or consignment. It's quality stuff too, in pretty good shape. I just ordered his car seat on amazon and got a quality walk through baby gate for the stairs.

I don't think we'll be having a shower, though that'd be fun...a boy themed baby shower!! So this is my place to list things he needs / we need. I'm not trying to ask for donations or anything, but if some one asks....

hey, what do you need? 

I'll direct them here, and keep it updated with anything given to us. I'm not above gently used items that you may have similar to things listed below.

Big Layaway Giveaway at Kmart

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kmart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
My personal experience with layaway is limited. I tend to buy with credit cards instead...which is sometimes not the greatest idea, but as I've aged I've gotten a great handle on spending versus shopping :-)
My only layaway purchase to date was when I was about 13 or so. I put a fancy (in the eyes of a kid) jewelry box on layaway for my mom's Mother's Day gift. It was from a local store, and I made payments as I went. I felt SO accomplished when I paid it off and gave it to my mom. I think she was proud of me too, even though she always says not to spend money on her. Yeah, yeah, yeah ;-)
Kmart Layaway is nice because you pick out your gifts or personal items and make payments on them as you go (down payment plus biweekly contract payment). You can lock in today's low prices, rather than wait until you can pay in full to get the items (when prices may have gone up, or the item may be unavailable).

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Our recent acquisitions

I've been scouring craigslist lately, and we went to some good garage sales this weekend. I just had to share what we've recently acquired.

Free. Day Bed frame. Mostly to use in our new home's office. It's in good condition and is sturdy. (value, around $200)
 $10. Two end tables and one coffee table. All solid wood and in good condition, but do need sanding and staining to make them look classy again. (value, close to $400)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Chocolate Cookies

Several weeks ago, I was on a cookie-making bender (chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, and white chocolate chip macadamia nut over the course of 2 weeks). G love it because she got to help mix and then her favorite, help put the cookies in the cookie jar. I made them during the day, and wasn't able to wrangle her + take pictures.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

G's First Math Lesson

Before her first birthday, my husband made it his mission to teach G that she was going to be "one." She learned to stick her finger up to indicate how old she is. I don't think she ever understood what one means (as in a mathematical representation of how many of something you have), but he has since moved on to teaching her that she will be "two" on her next birthday.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Busy, Tired, Pregnant.

Those are my excuses for lack of blogging lately.

I am busy --- we are in the middle of a contract on a house in Kansas. If you have bought a house before, you know there's a lot that goes into it. I knew that going in, so I was prepared, but it doesn't change the fact that there's a lot to stay on top of. Electronic paperwork certainly helps though! I also think we've got a good real estate agent, lender, and realtor mother-in-law looking out for us (don't worry, they are 3 separate people). We've got the contract down, the inspection done, and are waiting on the appraisal.

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Our House Hunting Labor Day

We are currently under contract for a house back in Kansas! It's a four bedroom, 3.5 bathroom, two story home. It's a bit higher than we had wanted to go, but the sellers are paying nearly all of the closing costs, so that helps. We feel very fortunate to have the ability to buy a home, especially one with room to "grow" into. I love that it is a two story, and look forward to Christmas morning when the kids run downstairs to see the tree, presents, and snow falling out the window. There's a lot I want to do with the house, but it's nearly impossible to do it all now and for a planner/impatient person such as myself, it's definitely hard to wait. I've actually got my notebook next to me with sketches of the room sizes and plans for how things will go into each room (plus what we "need/want" to fill them with). I have to do lists, eventually to do lists, to buy lists, to buy eventually lists....buying a home is exciting!