Archive for April, 2010

I purchased our first Bumkins Waterproof SuperBib shortly after S started eating solid foods. We received a number of the traditional cotton bibs before S arrived, and those worked fine, but I got tired of constantly adding them to the wash pile after every feeding. I found the these bibs online and was instantly intrigued by the lightweight, waterproof fabric and easy washability. They are also Lead Safe, PVC, BPA, Phthalate & Vinyl Free.

I love that these bibs cover her entire front and the pocket at the bottom catches lots of messes. These also fold up nice and small and are handy to throw in the diaper bag for eating out.

We have three of these bibs and rotate them throughout the week. (I rinse them with hot water after each feeding and hang to dry).  At the end of each week, I throw them in the wash with the rest of our laundry (these air dry really fast!) and they are good to go. They’ve held up very well for getting so much use!


In my opinion, these are some of the best bibs on the market. I only wish the velcro in the back was a little more toddler resistant. S has gotten into the habit of yanking these off when she’s finished eating, which usually results in some messes. Easily avoidable if we watch her like a hawk, but as some of you know, that’s not always possible with a toddler!


And now for the fun part…
I’m very excited to host my first ever blog giveaway! (I hope to continue doing giveaways with future monthly product raves, so stay tuned!)
One lucky winner will receive a Bumkins Waterproof Superbib (in either blue fizz or pink fizz, your choice).
There are two ways to enter this giveaway (if you do both, you get two entries!). Be sure to leave an email address so I can notify you if you are the lucky winner!
1)Leave a comment on this post telling me your preferred color choice (blue or pink) if you win.
2)Subscribe to my blog (click on the EMAIL SUBSCRIPTION button on the top right of this page) and leave a comment telling me you’ve done so below.
This contest will end at noon (CST) on Sunday, May 2nd. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced on the blog on Monday, May 3 (I will also email the winner on Monday).  
This giveaway is sponsored by me (and my winnings from SWAGBUCKS) and is not sponsored by Bumkins.

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Freebies I signed up for this week (April 24-30)…if you are thinking of singing up for free samples, I recommend using an alternate email address so your regular mailbox doesn’t fill up with “fluff”.

ReNu Multipurpose Sensitive Contact Lens solution

Grandma Bowser’s All Natural Dog Treats (scroll all the way to the bottom to fill out form)

Trial Pack of Maxim Feminine Products

U by Kotex sample

Receive 2 Free CLF lightbulbs by mail.

Free sample Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Lotion

HomeMade Simple coupon booklet.

Free samples of Cascade, Bounce and Tide.

Lacoste Fragrance Sample (choose from 3)

$1 off coupon for OrganicGirl produce. Fill out form (an email coupon will be sent to you) and use UPC code 00109 for the Spring Mix.

Pampers Gifts to Grow code: GTGLEARNMORE089

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While J’s dad was here for a weekend visit, S got a chance to practice her restaurant dining skills. We prepped her beforehand and stressed the following:

  • No silly faces
  • Chew with your mouth closed
  • Don’t dance in your chair
  • Keep your food in your mouth
  • No goofy noises

She followed our directions to a T:

NOT! We’ll keep working on it and hopefully she’ll get it down by the time she’s ready to go to prom. Wouldn’t want her to embarrass herself in front of her date.

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1. How she’s so aware of sounds. When we are outside, she picks up on every little sound and stops whatever she is doing to point to the sound…a car going by (car! vroom, vroom!), airplane flying overhead (hair-pain!), a mourning dove cooing (dub!).

2. I think we are reaching the point where she stops believing everything I say. The other night she was in the bathtub and I mistakenly called her plastic shovel a spoon and she said, “No spoon, momma. SHOBEL!” Then she kept repeating “no spoon” over and over. Ha!

3. I’m hoping it’s just a toddler stage and that we won’t see her appear on the television show HOARDERS someday, but she is constantly carrying a million things in her arms. She’ll go around and collect ALL her stuffed animals AND her snack cup AND her sippy cup and walk around. If I ask her if I can help carry something for her, I get the standard defiant NO! response.

4. S must have been getting a little stircrazy last weekend being stuck inside with all the rain, but I love how she kept asking to “Go Shopping?” Yesterday in the car on the way home from daycare she said, “Go Shopping?” and I told her no, we were going home. A few seconds later I hear her little voice say, “no shopping” from the back seat.

5. S’s sleeping habits continue to improve. She goes down well at nighttime and is now continuosly sleeping until about 5:30 am. When she wakes up, she gathers all her cribmates in her arms and proclaims “ALL DONE SEEPING!”

S is 22 months and 2 days old!

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S got to spend some time her Granddad this past weekend while he was here for a birthday visit. Although, you’d think it was S’s birthday with all the nice goodies that Granddad brought along…

There was this super cool blue ball with sparkly floaty things inside, along with some swimming dolphins. Look how happy S looks with her new ball (she now calls this her “cool ball”, since mommy exclaimed “how cool!” when she got it):

And then there was some cuddly story-time with a new Dr. Seuss book.

S says “dank-you, Gandad!” for all my fun new things. It was nice to see you and we all hope you have a very happy birthday today!

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I know I’ve raved about Gina’s recipes before, but these two are probably the best ones I’ve made from her website so far. If you’ve never tried roasted broccoli before, you should. And if your toddler is like mine and turns up a nose at the sight of anything green, you should try this out on them. S LOVES her roasted broccoli. She even asked for MORE!

Here’s the Turkey Cutlet recipe:

Turkey Cutlets with Parmesan Bread-Crumb Crust
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 8 • Serving Size: 1 cutlet • Calories: 192 • Points: 4 pts each

  • 8 (4 oz) turkey breast cutlets
  • 4 egg whites, beat
  • 3/4 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • lemon wedges for serving

Heat oven to 250°.

Season cutlets with salt and pepper. Combine bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese in a medium bowl. In another bowl beat egg whites. Dip turkey cutlets in egg whites, then breadcrumb mixture, shaking off excess.

Heat a large nonstick frying pan on medium heat. Add half of the butter and olive oil. When butter melts, add 4 cutlets and cook a few minutes on each side, until golden brown and cooked through. Set aside on a baking sheet and keep warm in oven. Add remaining butter and oil to frying pan. Cook remaining cutlets. Serve with lemon wedges.

Here’s the Roasted Broccoli recipe:

Roasted Broccoli with Smashed Garlic
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes
Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1/4th of broccoli • Points: 2 pts
Calories: 126 • Fat: 7.5g • Protein: 4.3 g • Carb: 13.7 g • Fiber: 5.7 g

  • 1 1/2 lbs broccoli florets, cut long with part of stem
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper

Preheat oven to 450°. In a baking dish combine broccoli, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Roast broccoli about 20 minutes, until broccoli is browned and tender.

And here’s what your toddler might do after you make this. I’m curious if your kiddo loves this as much as mine does.

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I got to the store pretty early today since I wanted to grab the deals before everyone else did. I got the following for only $13.00 out of pocket (and two Starbucks ice cream pints and some eggs) and I still have a $5.00 RR for next week. Highlights: FREE packaging tape!! Saved $5.50 in paper coupons (not counting Wags coupons or RR’s)


Easy shopping trip today. I planned my meals this week based on the items I have on hand from all the good sales as of late, so I didn’t need to buy much. I saved $5.00 in coupons.


Ran to Wags to grab the Schick Quattro disposable razor deal. Free razors and they paid me $2.00 for my trouble! 🙂 Saved $4.00 and got $4.00 in RRs



I snagged this bag for $1.24. It was on clearance $6.24 and I had the $5.00 off Merona handbag coupon (no longer available). Yay for a cheap bag!

I was able to get 138 diapers for $33.44, which works out to about $0.24 per diaper (if my math is right). I had a $2.00 Target Coupon for Pampers Crusiers that I was able to stack with another manufacturer $2.00 coupon and I had a ton of other $1.50 and $1.00 off manuf. coupons to use up on this transaction…plus I got $10 in Target Gift Cards! I saved $17.00 in coupons.


Saved $3.60 in gas using Roundy’s Fuel Perks. I also filled another card for free Brewers tickets (from BP gas stations)…now we have two! Can’t wait to send those in so J and I can get to a game this summer!

Got free coffee at Starbucks using an empty bag (with coupon on side).

Saved $12.50 in coupons at Copp’s. Got 2 free Brie cheese logs (store offering B1G1 Free and I had two coupons for $3.00 off each one), and Desitin baby creme for $1.50 each (B1G1 sale and I had a $1.00 coupon). Also got a coupon for a free gallon of milk by purchasing 8 Keebler/Kellogg’s products (and saved an instant $10 at the register). Helped me stock up on some 100 calorie packs of cookies that I usually throw in our lunches.

Total Weekly Savings: $47.60

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Here are some freebies and other good deals I found this week (4.17.10-4.23.10)

Free sample of Pet ‘n Shape dog treats

Free Whopper @ Burger King by signing up for newsletter (for WI, IL, IN and MN residents only)

Free sample of Organyc feminine care products. (now only offering a $1.00 coupon)

Free sample Burt’s Bees Multicare with Flouride toothpaste. (now only offering a $1.00 coupon)

Eucerin Daily Skin Balance Lotion

The US Postal Service is offering a sample package go to https://secure.startsampling.com/sm/101145/ to see if you qualify to receive one in the mail.

Sign up for the HomeMade Simple P&G coupon booklet. Has over $30 in savings.

Pampers Gifts to Grow 10 points code: GTGSPRINGFREE10

Spring Hill Nursery is offering $20 off of any $20 purchase. You only pay shipping ($7.95). Just enter code 414217 into the “Key Code” box at checkout. Word is that the plants are tiny when they arrive (most shipped in 3 in. pots) so beware, but I paid $7.95 for 5 plants, so I’ll take my chances with what I get!

Printable coupon for PetCo $5.00 off of any $25.00. exp. 5/1/10

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Double Double Daze

I didn’t do a weekly savings post this week because I’ve been pretty busy at work and with life in general, but I wanted to post about my awesome savings at Copp’s tonight. Every Wednesday Copp’s doubles up to 5 coupons (valued at $1.00 or less) when you spend $25.00. But this Wednesday you could double up to 10 coupons (and also do two transactions, so really 20 coupons doubled!) I got everything in the photo for only $32.00!! 

Some highlights:

8 boxes of SmartTaste pasta FREE

SunChips FREE (had a free coupon from fanning them on FB)

2 FREE McCormick Grill Mates seasoning packets

1 FREE loaf of bread (weekly store deal)

1 FREE package of ground turkey (weekly store deal)

$0.49 pasta sauce

$1.19 for each DiGiorno Deep Dish pizza

$1.25 for each Lawry’s Marinade (we use these a lot for grilling chicken in the summer)

$2.50 YoBaby Yogurt

$1.00 CrystalLight

$9.50 for 12 bottles of Corona (coupon on side of box for $3.00 off)

I’m such a dork, but I was so excited for this Wednesday to come so I could go grocery shopping and use all my coupons. I saved $36.50 in coupons tonight! 🙂

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Breaking news for all you wine lovers out there…

Next month, Wollersheim Winery will be selling mini plastic bottles of my favorite summer white wine Prairie Fume. I can’t tell you how excited I am. As you can see from my post HERE, I’m all about bringing my wine with me and these little minis will be perfect. I love that they are plastic, makes it great for a day at the beach. 🙂 

From their website: 


introducing Prairie Fumé in mini (187ml) plastic bottles. We chose plastic because the Packers and the Brewers asked us….Well, why not dream! It is not out of reach to someday see Prairie Fumé being served at either of these Wisconsin landmarks. For now, watch for it at golf courses, picnics and poolside.

You can bet I’ll be buying some as soon as they come out! Yeah!

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