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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Playing catch up

Hey strangers! Sorry to be MIA over the weekend (not that anyone noticed). Yesterday was nonstop and today I had trouble getting going. Of course, now that it's 11:34pm, I'm awake and trying to catch up on some loose ends here.

The first order of business tonight is the Eversave/Red Mango giveaway. There weren't too many entries for this giveaway. Of the 5 commenters, only 3 were local. So I used Random.org to come up with Kristin as the winner of the Red Mango Save and an additional $5 in Save credit.

However, I didn't want Michele from GotchaBaby or Ms. Dawn to go away empty-handed. One of the things I love about Eversave is their referral credits. I've got quite a few racked up, so I used some of my referral credits to buy the Red Mango Save for Michele and Dawn as a gift from me. If all three of you will send me the e-mail address you use for Eversave.com, I'll make sure you get your prizes. (My e-mail is 4thfrog70 (at) gmail (dot) com.)

Speaking of saving money, yesterday I hosted a couponing class taught by my friend Cherie, aka the Queen of Free. We had 12+ people there and lots of good info shared. What I liked about Cherie's approach was that she advocates "practical couponing" as opposed to "extreme couponing." She is also very ethical in her approach to making the most of the coupons provided by manufacturers and retailers. If you haven't done so yet, head over to the Cherie's site and check it out.

PhotobucketThis is Annie's last week of classes before 8th grade graduation. Holy sands of time, Batman! How did that get here already?! The boys go until the first week of June. They won't be happy when they still have to go to school and she doesn't.

Last week, Annie was in the school's production of Into the Woods, Jr. (an age-appropriate version of the original). She played Jack & the Beanstalk's mother. I know I'm biased, but she did a great job!

Also last week, Charlie brought this sticker home from the school book fair. I have no idea why he would have chosen this one:

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Given that it's almost midnight, it seems like that's a good note to end on. Hope you all have a terrific week!

3 comments:

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

I admit, I was concerned when I heard you were teaching a couponing class, but I like the things you have to say here.

My son worked at CVS through college and part of grad school, and he said the people who are "extreme" break a lot of the rules and then threaten to make scenes. They used to make his job miserable at moments.

And, for everyone who thinks it's so cool to get things "free," it's important to consider those costs are then shared by the rest of us.

Makes me wish I could have taken your class!

Love the sticker, but I never stay up as late as you. My head would be hitting the keyboard!

Michelle@gotchababy said...

You too kind, Amy! Thanks so much! It sounds like going to work this week will actually be more relaxing than your weekend was.

Lana said...

Ok my dear, we need to chat about this insomnia. I had it for FOUR years, and it will drive you to the edge of the universe! E-mail me and let me know what you are doing. I can share with you my four years of trail and error to maybe help save you a few steps. I am sleeping now, not always all night, but the majority of nights are good restful ones!