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Thursday, October 27, 2011


The countdown is on....

In a couple weeks my sister-in-laws, my mom and a couple other family friends are heading away for a 2-day shopping trip. I am so excited I can't stand it. I know time flies, but these 2 weeks won't go by fast enough!

Our first stop is here; Gurnee Mills in Gurnee, IL. I LOVE outlet malls. Gurnee is the Midwest's largest value retail mall with over 200 manufacturer and retail outlet stores. The mall opened in 1991 and covers over 1.8 million square feet. I always feel I'm spending my money wiser when I get a great deal.

After a full day of shopping and a good night's rest we'll be up and ready to start day 2.

Our second day of shopping will be here. I cannot get enough of IKEA. The closest one is a little over 2 hours away so it always has to be a planned trip. I sometimes go with a shopping list and sometimes I just buy on impulse (which is not always a good idea!).

Call me silly, but my FAVORITE item to buy is a 3-pack of scissors for $1.99. Each pack has 3 different sizes-each with a different color handle. I have these all over my house.

Another fun thing about IKEA is their 99 cent breakfast. Yes, that's right 99 cents! On your plate is scrambled eggs, potatoes and bacon. For a little bit more you can even add french toast sticks. Oh, and coffee is FREE until 9:30am. Yeah, that's a great deal!!

I will be sure to post again when the weekend has come and gone so you can hear about how much fun we had and how many things I bought that I couldn't live without.

Is there a certain place you like to shop and get good deals? If so, please share! I'm always looking for new places to explore.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Feeling Crafty

I've got a few craft projects started that I just can't seem to find the time to finish.
Well, guess what? Tonight is the night. My family is each doing their own thing and this is the perfect time to concentrate on getting something accomplished.
I am making some picture coasters using ceramic tiles. Also, I'm putting together a 2-layer cupcake/snack tray. I cannot wait to see how they turn out.
So, needless to say I'm staying busy tonight. What I don't get done tonight, I promise, will get attention tomorrow. I'm actually tired of all this misc stuff just laying around waiting to be used.
Maybe I'll post pictures when I'm done (if they turn out well-haha).
Happy weekend everyone!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Miscellaneous Monday

It feels like a miscellaneous Monday.

* We had family over yesterday to meet Leighton. It was so much fun. That poor baby was probably going to sleep good considering all the different hands he was in yesterday.

* I love watching left handed people write. Not sure why, it is just interesting.

* I've been trying to watch The Sing Off every Monday. I believe I've caught every episode so far. It's not that I "love" the show, but there is just something about acapella singing that intrigues me.

* My family has been watching The X Factor. I'm just such an American Idol fan it's hard to really watch it without thinking "hmmm, this isn't how they do it on Idol". Anyway, we're enjoying it.

* I'm out of town for work a few days this week. My husband and daughter will do just fine without me, I'm sure. I am excited because I get to go to Old Time Pottery for the 1st time in about a year while I'm gone. We don't have one close to us and I just love that store.

* One of my brother's birthdays is tomorrow. It's hard to believe he'll be 36. Wow!

* I'm signed up on Pinterest, however; I haven't spent much time on there....UNTIL TODAY. Wow, I kinda got lost in all the DIY crafts they have. My mind is racing on what to do/try first. I can only imagine what will happen when I go to the different recipes posted. Oh boy!

* My mom and two sister-in-laws are taking a weekend trip next month. I cannot wait. We'll be going to Gurnee Mills (an outlet mall - my favorite) and IKEA. We did the same trip last year and are hoping to make it a yearly tradition now.

* I miss my daughter being small/young enough to take her to the pumpkin patch. Oh how I loved to get picture after picture with her and all the different size/colored pumpkins.

*Hard to believe that Black Friday is next month. I'm a huge Black Friday shopper. I love me some good deals. I have to be honest though, most of the time I don't have gift idea lists by then, so a lot of the shopping is either for me, my husband, my daughter or our house. Ha!

I hope you all have a great week!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Let's welcome our newest family member

Proud/Happy Parents: Ryan and Kayla

Proud Grandpa

Proud Grandma (well, Step-Grandma really)

Leighton Christopher

Birth stats:
Date: October 1, 2011 (his actual due date)
Time: 2:18pm
Weight: 6# - 12 oz
Length: 20"

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Baby Day

should arrive sometime soon
(coincidently on his actual due date)
I'll keep you posted!