Saturday, August 7, 2010

Dear John,

So, we rented the movie Dear John from Netflix. Let me tell you, my "allergies" were acting up throughout the entire movie. If you are not one to let others see you cry, I highly suggest watching this movie alone. I thought this was going to be a simple love story, but it is so much more. Don't get me wrong, it is a love story, but it is also a look into a soldier's life and sacrifices, the dynamics between two sets of fathers and sons, and personal sacrifices.

I will be watching this again before we send it back, and may have to find a way to add it to our DVD library. An inexpensive way of course.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Can You Guess What I Spent

I had a pretty good, no, make that great, little shopping trip today. Look what I got at Winn Dixie today for a total of........drum roll please..................99 cents!! Yes, I know, there is alot of not too healthy items in this pic, like the cookiesl and Pop Tarts, but a Pop Tart now and then for dessert never hurt anyone. And the cookies go in hubby's lunch box for work. Did I mention he is a sugarholic?

Here is a brief breakdown of how I did it:

Winn-Dixie has a special buy 3 select Kellog's cereal and you get a gallon of milk, WD brand O.J., 12 count PopTarts, and ready cooked bacon for free. So I used 3 free coupons that Kelloggs sent me from the recent cereal recall, so everything was free!

I also had the coupon from the Oreo Facebook promotion, buy 1 nabisco cookie and a gallon of milk and get 1 Nabisco cookie for free. So I used that coupon along with a $1.50 Oreo coupon.

I used the self checkout lane and the cashier there was soooo helpful. He even let me do the deal twice in a row. I will so be on the lookout for him next time.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Goodbye paper mountain!!!!

Well, as some of you know, I have been trying to incorporate the Flylady system into our life. I have to admit, the kids are having an easier time accomplishing this than I am. Like the Flylady says, babysteps. Anyhow, there has been one area in the schoolroom that has always bugged me. The 2 year paper trail. I have always kept 2 years worth of work for the 3 kids just in case social worker Florida came knocking on our door wanting to see portfolios, records, schoolwork examples and the such. Now here lies my problem, I never knew which schoolwork, lesson plans, projects, etc. to keep, so I kept EVERYTHING! So 3 kids X 2 years of paperwork X 45 weeks of school X 6 subjects =......... Hey maybe I can have the kids figure this out, print this page and add it to my math portfolio! Ok so you see my problem.

Well, I found a solution. They are called umbrella or 600 schools. Essentially, the kids are taken out of the State of Florida homeschool education program, enrolled in a private school that handles all their records, and I get to throw away all that paperwork. How liberating it is to toss it all in the trash. Of course, I'm holding onto special things such as journals. I think it would be neat to give those back to the kids in future years. Unless you homeschool, you probably won't understand the freedom of not having to look over your shoulder just in case the state decides you needed to be audited. Just imagine the IRS only instead of auditing your bank account, their auditing your parenting.

The less the government is in my home, the better!