Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Picture Home Tour 2009!!!

This home tour has been a looong time coming. I wanted to share some pictures with you all of my home. My husband and I bought this house this year and are adjusting to the place quite well. We love our new neighborhood and are probably the youngest couple here (I'm 24, hubby 29).

Here goes.....

This is the bedroom. My husband and I love different types of browns. We choose a dark brown as the main color since the room walls are white. Maybe one day, we'll paint the walls.

Daughter's Room:
This is our 2 soon to be 3 year old room. Still trying to figure how to decorate and what color to paint the walls; but for now, I think it looks pretty cute and she loves it too!

The Office:
This is our office. When my husband works from home, he is in this room a lot. Since we have 2 computers (2 laptops, 1 desktop) we need a place to store our office related things. My husband actually put this desk together. The bigger desk is his and mine is the smaller one. As you can see, I have a ton of coupons I need to sort and file..LOL
The Bathroom:
This is our bathroom. It is a blueish/greenish color.


Our basement/family room:
This is our place where we hang out. It is usally way more space but we just came home from a vacation and I'm in the process of unpacking. We also plan to get a sofa to sit on, but other than that..thats it. We dont want to clutter the area, especially since we play the WII video game and need to space to run, jump, and fight...LOL

Laundry room/storage area:
Since 95% of our home is liveable, we dont have much space for storage. As a result I try to discard things we dont need and come up with creative ways to store what we want to keep. Here I keep all the food/tolietries I stock up on. I also iron and wash clothes here as well.

This our kitchen. I love this room and its still a work in progress. This is my special project room. I removed ALL the wall paper, primed and painted the walls as well as decorate.

These are my cookbooks. I love them and hoping to add some more good ones to my collection.

Dining Room:
Here's where we eat. We plan on getting a dark walnut dining room set within the next month or so. We also plan to changing the light fixture to a darker, modern style when we get the dining room set. I'll take a pic when we get it.

Living Room:
This is our living room. Other than the green carpet, which is in PERFECT condition, the house was nearly perfect. Besides, green carpet is no reason to NOT buy a house.

I hope you all enjoyed the visit.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

$25 AND $10 VISA Gift Card Giveaway....UPDATE!

Pre-note: There were some Blogger issues when I posted this before. All should be fixed now. Please let me know if you guys have any trouble again! Thanks!

I want to attract more people to my site and one of the BIGGEST ways to do that is by having a giveaway.

And I wanted to giveaway something that many people could use. There are many stores that offer a variety of items, like FOOD, for your family at a good price; especially in this economy. Grocery stores, Walmart/Target, Aldi's, etc.

I budget and spend $200.00 a MONTH for my family of 3; which means $100.00 every two weeks. Look through my archives and you'll be able to see pics, videos, and lists of what items I bought. Investing some time and energy into saving money in this area has saved my family thousands of dollars over the course of a year...i.e. before my daughter was born, my husband and I used to spend $175 a week, I believe! That's a A LOT for 2 people!

Saving money in any area of your income can equal to larger saving account balances and a peace of mind. Using coupons and pairing them with the sales can help you bring your food budgets down to an amount you can be proud of.

help you in this ailing economy, I am giving away a $25.00 VISA gift card AND $10.00 VISA Gift Card to get to started on the right foot with saving on your food budgets (or anything for that matter).

So, my giveaway question to you is: What is your grocery/food budget for the month and are you happy with what you spend? Why/Why Not?

Here are the Rules:
To enter this giveaway you must leave a comment w/ e-mail address (no anonymous) answering the question above.

Bonus entries:
-Become a follower and leave another comment saying so
-Blog about this giveaway and leave another comment with the link so I can see.

Giveaway is open for entries until 11:59pm EST, Friday, Sept 18th, 2009.
The 2 winners will be chosen by and I will post the winners Sunday, Sept 20th, 2009. First name selected will win $25 GC & 2nd name selected will win $10 GC.

Both winners will have 24 hours to e-mail me their address so I can mail out their GC. If no response from winners..2 alternate winners will be chosen.

Until Next Time,
Peace Be Upon You.


Monday, August 10, 2009

This is the only time.....................

When I don't mind being busy........why?!

Because I go on VACATION this week............

I badly need it and so does my poor husband. We plan to have a ball!

Gotta get the money, packed suitcases, info, and so much other stuff in order...but I am so HAPPY to do it!!!!

Until Next Time,
Peace Be Upon You!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ever Heard of The Expression...............

................Christmas in July???

Well, even though its August...I have started planning for Christmas. I love everything about the day; the meaning, celebrating my Lord and Savior Jesus, giving to others, the lights, music, food, and just being with family.

With that said, we all know that Christmas is one of the most expensive times of the year with gifts, food, travel, electricity (Christmas trees & lights), heating costs, etc. Since I can't predict what most will costs, I can start the budget process for our gifts.

Since my entire family is large..very LARGE...we have started doing Pollyanna's; that way no one would be burdened with trying to buy a present for everyone. Also, my husband and I wanted to give a gift to my sisters as well.

Furthermore, I have started my wish list for my husband...LOL..better early than never!
I also created budgets for each of us with the gifts we would like:

$70.00 for our daughter
Educational toy-Jumpstart Game
Misc Toy

$125.00 for Mommy
The Mummy DVD (1st movie)
Pajamaas-Purple or Blue
Wawa Gift Card-$20
$25 Cash
1 nice smelling Candle
Comfy Slippers

$200.00 for Daddy

This is our start to a more frugal Christmas. You wouldn't believe how much we used to spend on each other in the past; but we wanted to spend less money and try to give gifts that are less expensive but really special!

We also have started 3 new traditions within our household to do during the Christmas holiday.......

.....They are:
1. Put on our coats and walk around our neighborhood to view all the pretty Christmas lights.

2. Give/Send a donation box to a shelter or organization that helps those who are less fortunate.

3. Bake cookies, then shut out all our lights except for the Christmas tree and watch a traditional Christmas cartoon (while eating our freshly baked Christmas cookies!)

I can't wait for Christmas!

Until Next Time,
Peace Be Unto You!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

A New & Fresh Start!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sometimes when life just bites you on the arms, you have to bite life back. I haven't been posting as much as I'l like to but that has changed.

I decided to start fresh..with a new template, colors, and wording. Its also a chocolate theme, which I absolutely love. Besides, I miss chatting with all my blogging ladies.

On a much, much happier note...I am preparing to go on vacation next week and am so excitied. It'll be nice to just get away. daughter will be turning 3 next month...on September 11th..I know right?! But we believe that GOD had turned a day of sadness into a blessing for us through our daughter. We are still trying to figure if we should give her a nice birthday party with all the trimmings..or take her and her 3 other girl cousins (ages 2, 3, 4) somewhere where they will tire themselves out and then go to bed when they get home..(our daughter LOVES to run, jump, play). Any suggestions??

As for gifts, we have 2 in mind...a magic doodle board & tricycle. She already has a brand new barbie bike that her grandpa bought for her with all the trimmings..but it's a little too advanced for her and it has training wheels!

We still have some we'll see.

Until next time,
Peace Be Unto You.............