Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oh coupons....

Have you seen that show Extreme Couponers or whatever its called? These crazy people who dig through recycling bins for coupons or who buy 227 boxes of pasta just cause they are getting it free. 

Well, I want to be one of those people.  Not the dumpster diving, 400 bottles of shampoo people, but I wanna get the most amount of things for the least amount of money.  Who doesn't want to do that?  So I've tried.  I've posted some pictures on FB of deals I have gotten.  I've been branching out to other stores like Walgreens and today, Walmart.

And what's awesome is that Timmy seems to have picked up the coupon hunt.  He sees a coupon and runs to me...MOMMY!  I FOUND A COUPON! or Mom can we buy some fruit snacks? Do you have a coupon for that?

Yesterday he took a dollar bill out of my car.  He came inside and was telling Dave all about how he got candy and we were gonna go to the movies and so on and so on.  The conversation then continued as follows:

Dave: Did you buy me anything?
Timmy: NO!
Dave: why not?  When I go somewhere I always have to buy you something.  That's not fair.
Timmy: I have one dollar.  I'll buy you something at Walmart tomorrow.
Dave: like what?
Timmy: I don't know.  Can I have that dollar so I can have 2 dollars.  I'll buy you three things with my 2 dollars.
Dave: OK, three things? What are you gonna get?
Timmy: Sprite and Megamind.
Me: We can't get Megamind for 2 bucks dude...
Timmy: Dad can I have that other dollar.
Dave: No, I need that for my diet coke.
Timmy: Well I'll buy you diet coke.
Me: How bout if Timmy goes to Walmart and gets 3 things for 2 dollars then Dad owes Timmy one dollar.
Timmy: YEAH!

So this morning, the kids and I head out to Walmart.  Timmy said we needed to bring along my coupons and he needed to buy Dad some Sprite. So we looked around.  We looked through my coupons, we compared prices, we picked things up and put them back.  We bargain hunted.  And in the end....Timmy wins!

Timmy's first coupon purchase
Timmy got a 2 liter of Sprite (Walmart brand), 2 Scotch Brite sponges, Revlon nail clippers, and the bag of chips.  (there were actually 3 bags of chips, but he and his brother each ate one).  And how much did he spend...2 bucks! And if we subtract the 60 cents for the chips that he and Nik ate, he only spent 1.40!!!!  Timmy won the bet, dontcha think?

So proud of my kiddo.  The cashier was pretty surprised too.  Timmy was so excited in the cart, handing her his $2.00.  So just think people, if a 4 year old can coupon, you can too!!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Laura's Adventures at The Gym

Ok, so yes this is supposed to be a blog about my kids, and yes this post has absolutely NOTHING to do with them, but its important dangit...and it needs to be said.

Let me see, where to start...hmmm...  I am a member of 24 Hour Fitness.  I like to pretend I go to the gym on a semi-regular basis, but let's face it, that's a lie.  There was a point when I did go ALL the time, but sometimes, life just gets in the way (aka I am lazy and like to watch TV).  And let's be realistic, I like food.  I like my weekend-midnight-Teddy-needs-McDonalds-after-poker food binges. I am trying to change that habit...its a slow process, but I am getting there. I go to the gym for usually about an hour or so at a time.  Here's the part where I could say that I try to go 5 days a week, but that's only been since Monday, and I skipped last night after I had a meltdown over not being able to find my earbuds.  Anywhoooo, tangent over. 

While I was at the gym today, I was noticing all the action going on around me.  I notice it every time actually.  But today I was able to take pictures.  So now, I would like to present you with "Laura's List of Gym People"

1.In case this isn't clear, the gym is where people go to WORK OUT.  Its not a fashion show, its not a dating service, its not a place to go hang out.  Therefore, Girl-in-Spandex-With-The-BIG-Hoop-Earrings-and-The -Face-Full-of-Makeup, you aren't fooling anyone.  We ALL know you came to the gym to sit on the floor by the basketball court and watch boys.  More power to ya. But PLEASE.  You aren't cute.  The boys are most likely married and trying to hold onto their youth by playing pick up basketball.  So let's cut the crap and actually use the gym for its intended purpose. Kthanks!

2. When you are using a treadmill/elliptical/stair climber/rowing machine/exercise bike, there is a such thing as space.  For example:

 This is part of the row of Elliptical machines I was on...can you see that there are 7 empty ones next to me? I pick a machine far away from other people.  I don't want to converse.  I don't want to be nice.  I want to get my Elliptical on and rock out to my music. So with that being said, it is NOT polite to get on the machine next to me Mr. Sweaty Fat Guy.
There are at least 4 machines between him and the girl back there in the orange.  Really?  What part of my body language says "Hi!  Come work out with me!!".  I have earphones on.  A magazine. And a WEDDING BAND tattooed on my ring finger.  I don't want to talk to you.  Stop trying to engage me in conversation.  I don't think its impressive if you run really fast for 4 minutes then I can hear your out of shape ass moaning over the dulcet tones of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.  Pick one of those other empty machines and leave an empty between us.  I get that sometimes you can't do that, but at 2 in the afternoon, you can.  So back up.

3. When you come to the gym, wear gym clothes please...
Yellow button down, khaki pants and a leather belt...NOT gym wear.  I'm not saying you have to have a sleeveless shirt from Ed Hardy on, but wear appropriate clothes please.

4. And on that note, this dude...
Really?  Jeans? and a beanie? Really?  K, lemme break it down for you.  If you came to the gym to try to pick up a girl...its 2 in the afternoon, the only girls there are moms trying to get their gym on before the kids get home or grandmas fitting in a work out before the Early bird dinner special or bingo.  And if you came to pick up a girl (which seems pretty likely you did seeing as you are wearing JEANS) you aren't going to do it wearing those clothes.  Wanna know why?  Because you are wearing them to WORK OUT.  You *will stink afterward.  No amount of Drakkar Noir is gonna cover that.  What I see is a guy who thinks he can get away with wearing these clothes to work out, pick up a chick, NOT SHOWER, and go out and get him some.  Puh-lease!  Again, doesn't make you more attractive.  Doesn't make me wanna rip your clothes off.  Just makes me think you are a douchebag.

5. Mr. Muscley-who-goes-to-the-gym-like-its-his-job...The Situation, Pauly D and Ronnie called...they want their act back.  Great, workout, get your muscle on.  But for the love of all that is holy, STOP WITH THE TRIBAL TATTOOS!  I can spot a gorilla juicehead the minute I walk in the door.  He's wearing a sleeveless shirt. Baggy-ish pants, usually Adidas.  BRIGHT ass white tennis shoes.  Wristbands or gloves. Usually bald.  Standing in front of a mirror.  Watching himself. And at least one tribal tattoo that goes around the widest part of his bicep.  The diehards have multiple tribal tattoos...gag.  Tribal tattoos are NOT cool on your average white dude.  Its true.  Sorry to hurt your feeling Mr. Muscle. Just leave your arms me.

Just a short list of what I noticed at the gym today.  I am sure there are more.  And I am sure that I will be back to share them with you all. 

Until next time,

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lyrics 101 with Timmyy

Last night I was driving Timmy home from Rachel's and I was doing what I like to call "the typical Northern VA radio scan"...ya know the second you hear a snippet of a song you are compelled to change the station immediately lest that garbage get stuck in your head for all eternity...anyhow, back to the point.  So I was flipping thru radio stations on my presets.  I have Sirius so it was Hits 1, 90's on 9, The Pulse, BackSpin and Cosmo.  I get to the 90s station and pass it by and Timmy starts screaming...PUT IT BACK! So I did and the conversation goes as follows:

Timmy: That's my favorite song! Put it back!
Me: Seriously? You know this song?
Timmy: YES!
Me: ooooooooooh-kay! :::Changing song back:::
Timmy: Yeah this one!
My inner monologue: Seriously? How does my 4 year old know Whoomp! There it is? What TV show/movie did he see it on? And I seriously have to listen to this?
Timmy: :::singing along::::: Fruit Bearrrrrrrrrrrrrr Fruiiiiiiiiiiiiiit Bearrrrrrrrrrrrr
Me: What did you say?
Timmy: Fruuuuuiiiiiiiit Bearrrrrrrrrrrr
Me: The words to this song are Fruit Bear? Fruit Bear?
Timmy: YES!
Me: Ooooookkkkaaaaaayyyyy!

So there you have it...Whoomp there is it, you thought you knew....nope.  No you didn't.  Fruit Bear.  Fruit Bear.  Thanks Timmy for enlightening us!

From Laura

Just a note to thank you for reading and laughing with me at the ones who make my life what it is!