Thursday, November 14, 2013

DIY Oatmeal Packets

While I was browsing Pinterest I found a great DIY for those looking to save money or those who are health conscious. I am both. My almost 1 year old LOVES oatmeal in the morning but the box of individual packets can get pretty pricy plus they have extra ingredients in them. Here is the original link: 

Most DIYs I never get around to doing but this one I actually did. And it seriously took me less than 5 minutes. Here's what I did:
1. Gathered all my ingredients. 

I used snack size bags, cinnamon, brown sugar, quick 1 minute oats and a 1/3 measuring cup. 

2. I counted out 10 bags and measured 1/3 cup of oats into each. Obviously use more if it's for older kids or yourself. 

3. Add in your extras and tada! I didn't measure out the cinnamon or brown sugar. I just eyeballed what I thought was a good amount. 

I made 10 bags and still have about 1/3 or the container left. Then all you have to do is pour it into a bowl, add hot water, then let it sit for a 1-2 mins. 

I also plan on making a few plain ones. My son loves blueberry oatmeal. If you put a few blueberries in with the warm water then burst them with your spoon you get all the juices mixed into the oatmeal. Delish!! 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Guess Who's Back?!

WOW! What a crazy few months it has been! From moving (again) to starting school full-time my life has been completely chaotic. 

Here's a quick up date on the happenings so far:
       *Moved from Florida to Maryland (2nd move in 6 months)
       *Started school back up full-time
       *Mr. Wiggles is almost 10 months old! Man where does the time go?
       *We got a new puppy named Penny. 
       *Mr. Wiggles has also conquered his first plane ride and we are planning on the second one.

I hope to be back on here a few times a week. I'm learning to adjust and am juggling being a SAHM, full-time student, part-time couponer, and part-time blogger. I'll be mixing up my posts between things that have happened and things that are currently happening. So stay tuned! 

Go Niners!! :)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

21st Gift Basket

This is a very late post but for my brother's 21st birthday (which was back in October) I wanted to recreate something I had found on pinterest.

Here is the picture inspiration (I can't find the link, I have no idea what board I pinned this to)

I had to make it a little less girly seeing as it is for my brother. Here is the final product:

The total cost of everything was $42. I already had the pail and I had a few 40% off coupons from Michaels. The alcohol you buy will also affect the price.

I decided to go with 10 minis, alot of people will do 21 since it is for the 21st birthday.

What you will need:
1. Various alcohol minis
2. Wood Dowels
3. Sparkly bendable (I don't know what they are called) sticks.. PIPE CLEANERS!! I remembered. :)
4. Party Sticker
5. Shredded Paper
6. Bottle Opener
7. "The Complete Home Bartender's Guide" book
9. Foam (I couldn't find a thinker piece so I had to use two thin ones glued together)

I started off by taping the wooden dowels to the back of the minis. Glue doesn't stick very well.

I then wrapped the sparkly bendable straw things around each.

I curled the long end around my finger to create a pretty spiral.

Cut the foam to fit inside your pail the start sticking the dowels in the foam.

Cover with shredded paper and place in your book and bottle opener. 

Va-la! You're done!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Microsoft Office Home Use for Military

I recently found that Microsoft Office offers a home use version of their Professional Plus 2013 for $9.95. It is originally $399.99 on the Microsoft website and $79.99 at AAFES and NEX.

Here are the step-by-step instructions (I found them at
1. Visit the Microsoft Home Use Program website at
2. Select the country the software is being purchased from.
3. To sign in, enter your Email-4-Career ( e-mail address and the program code. (To obtain the program code you need to log-on to the Air Force Portal. On the home page, to the left is a menu of ”Top Links.” The Home Use Program link is under the Pub Search button, the second link from the bottom. The program code information will be on that page.) Do not share the program code.
4. To verify your identity, a confirmation notice will be sent to your work e-mail address. Upon receipt, please read the instructions in the e-mail and click on the link provided. You will be taken to a secure site where you can complete your order of Home Use Program licensed software.
5. Select whether you are ordering Office Professional Plus (for PC) or Office for Mac. You may only order one of these products.
6. On the checkout page you may specify delivery of a backup DVD at additional cost (recommended).
7. Complete the checkout process and make payment with your personal credit card.
8. The order confirmation page will include the product installation key. Please print this page and keep it for your records. Microsoft will not provide the installation key with the backup DVD and you may need to reinstall the application in the future in case of hard drive failure or using a replacement computer.
9. Please forward the download link to your home email and download the software image there. 

**Although these instructions are for Air Force personnel I have friends in the Marines that said it works for them.**

Just make sure that you keep product installation key. I have had it crash twice on me in the past few months and have needed the key. I'll take a couple crashes over paying $80 or $400!

Monday, April 15, 2013

I think I have a problem... Couponing part 2.

I decided to start couponing last week and I think I'm officially hooked. I needed a something to keep me busy while staying at home and I think I've found it. The first real day of couponing I spent several hours researching how to coupon and reading other blogs about their experiences and advice. I came across The Krazy Coupon Lady and it is THE BEST site out there. After a full day of printing and clipping coupons this here is my stash:

Husby made fun of me but was quite surprised that we were able to save almost $37! A total savings of 11%. I know that's nothing compared to the extreme couponers out there, but hey you've got to start somewhere.

I decided that the envelope needed to go as well so I purchased an accordion coupon holder from target. Once again it's not extreme but it'll work for a beginner.

Let me know if you have any advice. I'd love all the help I can get. :)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Not so extreme couponing..

I am not an extreme couponer by any means. But if I find that I have a little time on my hands I see what I can find in the way of printable ones. I mainly look for baby coupons because formula and diapers are so freakin' expensive! Every once in a while will have coupons for Gerber formula. The only downside is once you "clip" it to print you can't do it again. While browsing some couponing websites I did stumble across a cheat per-say. After printing your desired coupons go into the "local" section and change your zip code (feel free to use 32526). Now go back to coupons and you can print out the same coupons again, only this time it will have the different bar codes. Vala! Double the coupons. I did try to do it for a third time but it did not let me. Sad I know. I don't have the time for extreme couponing nor the attention span but I won't pass up good coupon advice. Does anyone else have any cheats or good places to find coupons?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Car Seat Emergency Contact Info

I spend a decent amount of time on pinterest while Mr. Wiggles is sleeping in my arms (the only spot he will take a nap). I pin a variety of things that I hope to eventually do. Last night, however, I found a pin that I just had to create right then and there.. emergenecy contact info that you tape to your baby's car seat. Heaven forbid something were to happen, but if it does I want to be prepared.

How have I not thought of this before?!

Here is the original pin I found: Car Seat Emergency Contact Printables

I had to make my own with my own little twist... robots!!!

Just remember that you are sticking your personal information where paramedics can see it, which also means others can see it. I placed mine towards the front so that when it clicks into the base in the car or in the stroller the only thing that is visible is the robot's head.