Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Let's Coupon! {part 2}

I've said it before, we are a one income family and I try my very best to save money when it comes to grocery shopping. I kind of take it on as a challenge to see how much I can save each trip to the store. The good news is there are so many ways to save money these days besides cutting coupons.

Today I'm going to show you how I use my iPhone to save money! This is my "couponing" folder on my phone:

1. Coupon blogs in your area: So I have mentioned this before here, look up a couple coupon blogs from your area. They will do a lot of the dirty work for you and share a bunch of great deals. They will even tell you where to find the coupons, how many to use, when the deals start/expire and it just makes things so easy!

2. Ibotta: This phone app is easy to use and it sends money straight to your PayPal account! No joke! I check this app after every shopping trip. You basically look up the store you have shopped at, see if they have any rebates, unlock the rebate, provide proof by scanning the item and receipt, and wait to see if they approve it. Once you have earned at least $10, you can have it transferred to your PayPal account!

3. Target Cartwheel: I know so many of you shop at Target and this is a great and simple way to save money while you shop! Before I go to Target I check the app to see if there are any offers for me to save on. When in the store, you can also use the app to scan barcodes to see if it is on sale. This year I have saved $86.79 using the Target Cartwheel app so far! At the end of your shopping trip just let the Target team member scan your Cartwheel app barcode to have all the savings automatically taken off.

4. Grocery Store App: In your phone's app store, search for your local grocery stores and see if they have an app. A lot of times they will and on it you can find coupons that you can add to your club card and look at their weekly deals.

5. My favorite coupon site to print coupons. I try to search it every time before I go to the store. You can print up to 2 coupons of the same item per device so I have this app on my phone, iPad and computer! Just remember to look up your store's coupon policy to see how many coupons of one item you can use in one shopping trip.

Remember these aren't going to save you hundreds of dollars in one shopping trip but the savings will add up over time! I have saved more that $800 using coupons and apps this year!

I know there are a few more coupon apps but this is what I use everyday. What are some of your favorites?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

First Snow

I think winter is finally here in Colorado and we are definitely being introduced to it fast. Just last month the boys were playing in the open space behind our house and climbing the trees that were changing colors. Now, the leaves are gone and everything is brown. The thin layer of snow on the ground and trees is absolutely beautiful though.

Today we woke up to -2 degree weather. That is crazy cold. I can only handle being outside in that kind of cold of weather for a few minutes at a time which was all I needed to capture our little deer friends that like to hang out by our house.

So tell me, what's the weather like where you are?

Monday, November 10, 2014

7 Boredom Busters for kids

Do you ever get the "I'm so bored, mom!" from your kids? Why am I even asking that, I'm sure you do. My boys have to be constantly busy or there is trouble on the horizon.

Here are some boredom busters we do in our house:

1. Perler Beads: These are fairly new in our house. I wasn't sure if the boys were old enough but they tried them at their cousins' house and they loved them. It usually guarantees at least 30 minutes of focused quiet time. We use a craft tray to keep the perler beads contained while they're working. I made a perler bead idea board on Pinterest if you want to check it out.

2. Lego Challenge: I'm sure you have a bunch of Legos at your house. See if your kids are up for a Lego challenge! Tell them something to make and they have to try their best to make that object. Check out this fun turkey challenge.

3. Ice Block Treasure Hunt: This is going to have to be done ahead of time. Fill up a Tupperware container with water then stick a bunch of small toys in it. Carefully place it in the freezer over night. Take it out the next day and remove it from the Tupperware. Place the ice block outside on the floor and if your child is old enough, let them chip away at it with a small hammer (supervision required!). You can see my boys doing their ice block treasure hunt here.

4. Nerf Gun Target Practice: Stack up some plastic cups on one side of a room and try to knock them down by shooting them with your Nerf guns. You can even add some toys to make it more fun! See where I got the idea here.

5. Paper Rockets: I love this idea because it's so easy and simple but the boys still love it. All you need is paper, straws and markers. See how to put them together here.

6. Shaving Cream Fun: This is a great sensory activity that can be done outside on a table or in the bath tub. Let you kids go crazy with some shaving cream and then it can be easily washed away. Let them play with a few toys in it too like here.

7. Coloring Sheets: What are your kids into at the moment? Look it up on the computer and see if there is a coloring sheet to print!

Need more ideas? Check out my "Activities for the boys" board on Pinterest!

Linking up to: Dream. Create. Inspire

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Peter Rabbit Organics {review}

I think one of the biggest changes in baby food has been the bottles to pouches. I am for anything that makes motherhood just a little bit easier and the convenience of baby food pouches has certainly helped me.

I wouldn't say I'm picky with brands but I do like to look at ingredients and tend to stick with the ones that have no added sugar, 100% fruits and veggies, nothing artificial and organic. When picking healthy baby food, I like to think that I'm starting them off on the right path.

I was recently introduced to Peter Rabbit Organics baby food by Pumpkin Tree and I was pretty impressed when I read their labels. What fruits and/or veggies you see on the front is exactly what is inside the pouch.

Gavin picking the flavor of the day.

Next to being super healthy and yummy, I love the convenience of the pouches. Gavin is 12 months now and can feed himself one of these. I sit him in his highchair and hand him one of these and I am able to do the dishes without having a little person pulling on my leg. The twist off cap makes it easy to save the rest for later if they don't finish it in one sitting. 

Want some extra ideas with what to do with your baby food pouches? Here are some of mine:

1. Put some out in a bowl when having a play date. Your little guests deserve yummy snacks too!
2. Keep one in your purse and/or diaper bag for a quick snack for your little one or yourself. They really are tasty.
3. Empty out a pouch into your blender when you're making a smoothie. If you have a picky eater, like me, at least you know they are getting some good fruits and veggies.
4. In the summer, empty out a couple pouches into small popsicle molds and freeze.
5. Great road trip snacks!

So I would like to know, how do you feel about baby food pouches? Does your little one have a favorite fruit and veggie combo?

These products were sent to me care of Peter Rabbit Organics in exchange for an honest review. All pictures and opinions are 100% mine.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

My Little Red Head

Our littlest guy turns 1 next week. ONE. I'm so not ready.

There's something so bittersweet about your last baby turning one. He is the perfect caboose to our train of boys. He is so sweet, so happy and so full of life. We are all pretty much obsessed.

Not sure if you have been able to tell by my pictures on here or on Instagram but yes, he is a red head. He got it from my dad.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Denver Blacklight Run

Over the weekend my oldest son, Hudson, and I ran our first 5k together. I picked the Blacklight Run because I knew it would be fun for both of us and we needed a fun time together. Hudson did really well. In fact, I was keeping up with him! We kept up a good pace but I'm not really sure of our time because it's not a timed race.

Every so often on the course there were color stations which we both loved. You'd run by them while volunteers threw powder at you. The blacklights on the course made everyone glow and everyone was having so much fun.

Hudson kept telling me how much fun he was having and that he wants to do another one! I love that and I've already got our next race picked out.

Here are some tips I have for running a 5k with your kids:
 -Make sure to pick up your race packet before the race day! We did this and I'm so glad we did. The line to register on race day was crazy.
-Make sure they go to the bathroom before you head to the starting line. Yup, we had to do an emergency bathroom run while we were standing in line with over 15,000 other people (luckily we were able to get back in line)!
-If there is a theme, like glowing or blacklight, try to find stuff at your local stores because it's pretty expensive if you by it at the race.
-Make sure to have a plan just in case you were to get separated.
-Find out if you need to bring water with you or if they hand it out on the course.
-Keep encouraging them! I was so amazed at how well and how much Hudson wanted to run.
-Have fun! I think this is the most important step. I got into the powder throwing stations just as much as he did and we laughed so much.

So tell me, have you done a 5k with your kids?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

About 2 miles from our house is a cute little farm that always has fresh organic veggies for sale. During the Fall they also have a pumpkin patch so of course every time we drive by it, the boys would ask if we could stop there. Last week we finally got to go and they had a blast.

They got to do all kinds of stuff like play in a dried corn type sandbox, pet some animals, go through a couple mazes, do some water activities, and swing in the cornfields. What more could a little kid want?

Before we picked out our pumpkins and went home, I tried to get a cute Fall picture of my 3 boys. It's not the best but it is reality and cracks me up. It's a keeper!

Have you gone to the pumpkin patch yet this year?