Friday, March 30, 2012

Who's your Bunny?

I am PSYCHED for my boys to wake up to these baskets Easter morning... 
This is a view of the two "big boys" baskets (they are 9 & 7)

 The breakdown:
Electronic Monopoly: $5 ( Target coupon $5 and Mfr coupon $5 combined with $15 sale price) M&M's & Snickers egg's FREE ($1.00 off 2 any size Mars mfr coupon)
 Travel Connect 4 & Hungry Hippos FREE (after mfr $5 coupon )
 Hot Wheels ($.50 ea at Rite Aid after $1 RR)
 Travel ipod speakers FREE (with KOHLS cash $9.99 value!)
Old Navy t-shirt $.99 clearance rack
Baseball Cards $.99 TARGET
 Sunflower seeds $.99 Kroger
 KreO Transformer FREE (mfr coupon $7.99 value)
Pringles $.74 (after $1.00 off 4 coupon and Kroger mega sale )


                            The "Little Boy's" Baskets (they are 22 months & 6 months)

The Breakdown: (the "littlest" little boy's basket)
Fisher Price Puppy $3.50 (after sale price and $5 mfr coupon and
50% off Target coupon)
SkipHop changing wallet $13.98 (clearance Target ) retail value $29.99 at BRU
SkipHop Meal Caddy $7.48 (clearance Target) retail value $29.99 at BRU
 Bumkins Super bib $2 ea Big Lots retail value $9.99 each BRU
 frog rubber duck $1.00 Target
Peter Rabbit book and Two by Two book $1.00 each Target
TOTAL VALUE: $ 99.96       ACTUAL PRICE PAID: $32.46

The Breakdown: the "toddler" basket
 Elmo bus FREE (after $8 mfr coupon ) clearance $7 at Walmart- coupon was adjusted down value $ 19.99
Crayola first crayons .99 (after $2 Target and $2 mfr stack) value $4.99
Elmo board books 1.00 each at Target
Elmo sketch pad 1.00 Target
Elmo stickers 1.00 Target
Leapfrog Numbers DVD 7.99 (after $2 mfr coupon) value $9.99
Easter goldfish crackers 1.00 Target
Cars book/stuffed McQueen FREE (KOHLS cash) value $9.99
Elmo t-shirt 3.49 (after FREE Children's Place 5gc from FB, & 30% off coupon) value $9.99
Cars t-shirt 1.50  (Meijer clearance) value $9.99
Earths Best Elmo crackers/Cookie monster cookies FREE (Vitacost new member credit) value $3.12 & $3.15
M & M &Snickers Egg FREE (after Mars $1 off any 2 Mars items and a sale at CVS/Walgreen's)
value $2

TOTAL VALUE: $67.22                       ACTUAL PRICE PAID $17.97

So my total for 4 amazing baskets filled with goodies my kids will enjoy and use all year long:

TOTAL VALUE: $245.10    ACTUAL PRICE PAID: $ 62.86 

That's a little over $15 per basket, which in my mind is an AWESOME deal considering most of those "pre made" baskets are $20 and not half as nice, creating these didn't take tons of time or extra money just good use of  coupons, shopping sales and clearance,and of course creative hiding/storage spots! ;-)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's like Christmas.....

I LOVE getting FREE things in the mail, it's truly like Christmas! Here are some of the great freebies that have showed up the past few days....

On Monday my mailman brought to me....a Yes to Cucumbers gift set from my FREE new member credit here: sneakpeeq
 and this yummy FREE sample of Hot Apple Cider
 On Tuesday my mailman brought to me.....awesome nail polish from Toms & Essie! ( hey that rhymes!)
 and finally today my mailman brought to me.....Purex and Tide samples to do my laundry (hey another rhyme!) and a sample of Simple skincare

Don't you love FREE stuff?!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Soup's on....

It is rainy today, which makes for perfect soup weather, I had a new recipe I have been wanting to try from the Detroit Free Press Quick and Easy Chicken Wonton Soup.

Here are the ingredients:

Quick and Easy Chicken Wonton Soup

2 packages(4oz each) shiitake mushrooms ( I didn't use these as I seriously DISLIKE mushrooms)
2 tsp canola oil (not pictured oops!)
6 1/2 c. low sodium chicken broth
about 1/2 bag (more if desired....I used the whole bag) chicken cilantro mini wontons (I used Trader Joe's)
2 tbsp.low sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil or hot chili oil (I didn't use this since I couldn't find it in the grocery store)
2 cups coarsely chopped Napa cabbage
3 green onions washed and thinly sliced

Remove and discard the stems of the mushrooms. Wipe the mushroom clean with a damp paper towel, cut into thin slices.
In a medium saucepot, heat the canola oil.  Add the mushrooms and saute until soft. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil.  Add the wontons and cook about 3 minutes.  Reduce the heat and stir in the soy sauce and sesame oil, (if using) Nappa cabbage and green onions.  Simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat and serve.

***I added some fresh cilantro to my bowl***

and the official taset tester...........

he ate his AND finished off my bowl!!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Free Paint Sample......just in time for a DIY project!

Did you take advantage of the FREE Clark and Kensington paint sample available today at ACE Hardware? I did! here is what I chose (the top shade)......
  and here is what it's for.........

Stay tuned.........