If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......

If you do stuff, stuff gets done.......
Photo was taken around Christmas 1962 when I had just turned 5. That is my pretty mom behind me. She made the cross stitched clock on the buffet. The stocking with my name on it was made her mother and delivered to me before my first Christmas even though I was not even a week old. My apron was made by great grandmother. I come from a long line of homemakers who did stuff and got lots done.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A fun week for freebies at CVS

CVS has so many deals this week. Most all of these things were free after an Extra Care Buck refund for the purchase price.  I had about $15 in ECBs from previous weeks purchases. I used them as well as manufacturer coupons on a few things.  I made 3 visits to CVS and rolled ECBs onto the next check out. 
Toothpaste-Parmesan-5 candy-Mac and cheese- 2 cans of corn and a bag of chips
3 small packs of OTC meds-wipes-pull-ups- laundry detergent 
Milk- floss-4 toothbrushes-gum and candy- and Excedrin

Besides all the items in the 3 photos, I also purchased 6 large sodas.
I spent about $8 in cash on the 3 transactions and ended up with $16.79 in ECBs for future weeks. 

Other stores like Walgreens, RiteAid and Target have similar sales. I like CVS as it is close to my home and this CVS is very coupon friendly store and well run. 

This is the time of year for exceptional sales. If you are needing something, I hope you find a great deal on it. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday To Do list

I have a much cuter than an ordinary plain paper to-do list this week.

Thank you to Annabel at The BlueBirds Are Nesting for this free printable sheet that I am doing my weekly plans on.  She has such a good blog,  lots of ideas about doing things yourself to make your home pretty and to save money.

With Thanksgiving on Thursday,  this is an especially busy week for all US homemakers.  
Hope you all have a good week! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

How I hem men's suit pants

Lori @ Frogs Lilypad said she needed to hem some suit pants for her husband and asked me how I hem my son's.  Well, my son bought more pants that needed hemmed so I took step by step photos while I hemmed them.
Hemming is not hard,  it just takes some measuring and some bravery if you have to cut them off.

most suit pants come unhemmed- the bottoms of the legs usually have a serged finish on them.  If you don't have to shorten them much,  you could just turn them up the pants the needed amount and use that as the actual finish.
this pair of pants needed to be shortened by 5 1/2 inches. 
I like to put a 2 inch them on dress pants so I needed to cut this pair off 3 1/2 inches. 
I just mark the cutting line with anything that will write on fabric- this part will never show
Then,  be brave and cut!

to finish off the edge,  I like to use hem tape.  This is a sewing notion that looks a little like ribbon and is sold with other notions like Rick Rack and bias binding.

turn the pant legs wrong side out,  then lay the hem tape on the underneath and machine sew it to bottom pant edge,  close to the edge.  I used a zig zag stitch but a straight stitch would work if the fabric does not ravel easily. 

Now,  turn up the hem.  I did this one just a bit more than 2 inches to account for the hem tape.
Hand sew the hem with a blind stitch.  If you take very tiny stitches  and use matching thread,  the hem stitching shouldn't show at all. 

take out all the pins and trim all the straggly threads.

it would of been nice to use a matching gray hem tape but in my town,  I couldn't find gray so I used this beige hem tape.  It won't show anyway and won't change the look of how the pants look when done 
Now turn the pants right side out and press the hem.  You might want to have the wearer try them on first before you press them.

that's it!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The cheapest in years.....

We went to the Oklahoma City area today. I took these gas sign photos in Edmond, OKCity, and Midwest City. 
I don't know for sure where the lowest gas prices in the world are but they sure are low in Oklahoma City.

We filled up here for $2.27 a gallon, the giant roof over all the gas pumps was also a plus on this soggy, rainy Saturday.

What are you paying for a gallon of gasoline?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Busy Friday

hello everyone!
Today was just a busy day!   I had to do several errands and I did a little cooking.
I made this Dream Bars recipe 2 weeks ago to take to an event at my husbands job.  They were delicious and simple to stir up so I made another batch this afternoon to have for desserts this weekend.  I made the recipe exactly as posted except I used pecans instead of almonds. 
They seem like a fancier cookie but are really very easy. 
One of my appointments this morning was for a dental cleaning- I had a good checkup and I always like the goody bag of samples.  The tiny tubes of toothpaste and mini floss are perfect to put in my travel makeup bag. 
I also got a flu shot- I know these are controversial but we choose to get them. I've been getting them for about 10 years but I didn't get one last winter and I ended up suffering through 7 colds.  So,  hopefully I will be healthier this winter. 

I said I wasn't going to CVS this week but they sent me 2 emails in the last 2 days.  One was a coupon for $5 off $15 and the other was $3 off $15 of beauty products.  I saw on Youtube about the Tresemme deal- it is on sale for $4 a bottle,  I had $2 manufacturer coupons for each one and a scanner coupon for $2.50 off $10 of Tresemme.  
I needed some hair color as the gray hairs on the top of my head are way more noticeable than I prefer so I got this Clairol that was on sale for $6 each and I had $3 coupons for each one.  
after all the coupons were subtracted,  I paid $2.91 for 2 hair colors and 3 large shampoo-conditioners.   That was too good a deal to pass up. 

All of these products count toward the CVS beauty club program.  For every $50 in beauty products purchased,  you earn a $5 Extra Care Bucks.  

My CVS tips are to be sure to use a CVS loyalty card, link it to your email and pay attention to emails from them (I got $8 from this week) and to always scan your card at the red scanner in CVS for more store coupons.  Also,  go online and register your card to the Beauty Club at CVS.com.
I know it sounds complicated but once you get used to it, it is easier and very much worth the effort

 I picked up my grandson after morning nursery school.  After he had lunch and a good nap,  we facetimed with my parents.  Facetime is so nice and almost as good as a real face to face visit. 

I also got a manicure with a very festive red polish.  

Hope you all have a nice weekend! 

Jeff and Rhonda

Jeff and Rhonda