Random Ramblings: February 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

{ INSTALOVE } JANUARY 2013

I have been working on my project life album FINALLY for 2013.  I am really enjoying it.  I have decided that since I do take so many instagram pictures , and that is part of our Real Life , right now, that I want to include a layout of my top 10 instagram photos for each month.  So in doing so I thought it would be fun to share some of my instagrams with you as well.

I have some of my instagrams on their way to me right now from being printed in small square size. Once they get here I will share some information with you on where I ordered them from and the cost, and then I will also share the layout with you as well.  It sure feels good to get some scrapbooking done.

So here are my JANUARY instagram highlights for you :

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 01.10.2013
Starting to snow!

 01.07.2013
Some spicy but seriously delicious salsa. The recipe came from @megansells mom @marysells7 

 01.30.2013
Target 01.29.2013 Too many coupons to list. Total : $258.49 Total oop after coupons and red card debit card savings : $130.09 AND got $15.00 in Target gift cards back as well .

01.10.2013
 Tons of girl hand me downs from my sister in law @jamie_longman for Chloe. Yay! I love hand me downs. Thanks again Jamie

01.14.2013
 Yahtzee tonight after riding with my hubby, @jamie_longman @queencandace5 @megansells @marcus_m16 , Ryan and Casey. It was fun.

 01.09.2013
A fun find a few weeks ago at Target. Colorful lunch baggies

 01.16.2013
All organized for 2013. It's been years since I've been this organized. Feels good. I was actually looking for more stuff to put in there cause it felt so good to be so organized lol.

01.25.2013
 Enjoying a bowl of cinnamon swirl oatmeal with my little sicklies this morning. Good brekfast for this cold rainy morning. 

01.09.2013
There is a tiny rainbow up to the right. Hard to see, but it is there 

01.25.2013
 Did a quicky photo shoot in the street with Chloe wearing all her rain gear. She was excited ! 
01.20.2013
A certain little girl made out quite well today.

These are just some of my instagram highlights for the month of January.  I will share February's this weekend.  
If you want to follow me on instargram my name is nicolemantoothphotography.  If you want to follow me onine you can do so here on followgram 

Happy instagraming.  

~NICOLE

Saturday, February 23, 2013

{ CELL PHONE VALENTINE'S }

I truly do not understand how this always happens.  I swear the more I try to be organized and on top of things, the less they actually are.  Does this happen to anyone else?
I got my files all organized at the beginning of the year, have I filed since, nope not once.  They are in a huge "to file" pile, but not filed. I got all my project life stuff organized and the pages into my album, have I done anything with it yet, nope not  yet.  See where I am going with this...  Even the recently organized tupperware cabinet is in quite a disarray.  Eye yi yi.

So this is rambling is what brings me to today's "late" post.  I was even late getting these done for my boys.  I was scrambling to finish these guys the morning of Valentine's Day before they left for school.

I found a similar idea on pinterest, and as soon as I saw them I knew I had to make these for the boys class valentine's.

Here is the process

I cut my paper into 3 inch by 9 inch strips of grey cardstock.

Fold in half .  Make sure to get a good fold.  I used a bone folder to make sure my fold was nice and crisp. 

Then I used my corner rounder to round all the corners.
It is starting to look like an old flip phone already. 

Next I cut 2 - 2.5 squares for each phone from white cardstock. 


One of the squares got the message written on.  I left enough room so that my son can write the name of the person getting this card.
I also drew the little iphone button on the front, just for fun. 

The next white square card got another message written on it and glued to the inside of the card. 



Then I taped a pixie stick to the back to look like the antenna of the phone.  

And that is it. Super easy and cute cell phone valentine's for the entire class. 

The original one that I saw had button candy on the inside to look like the buttons on a phone, but I couldn't find those anywhere so I just left that part out and  I still think they came out cute.  The boys loved them and were excited to hand them out to their classmates. 

I would love to see your homemade Valentine's too.  

~NICOLE
   



Wednesday, February 6, 2013

{ COUPONING 101 } : GETTING STARTED

Lately I have had a lot of questions about couponing and how to get started.
So I thought it might be useful to more than a few people.
Now let me make this disclaimer... I am NOT an expert, I don't get paid to do this, I am just sharing with you what works for me.  This may or may not work for you too, but I am happy to help anyone get started, or answer any questions that anyone may have.  I will help with the best of my ability and hope you find as much joy in couponing as I do.
I find joy in the fact of knowing I am saving our family money, and find a thrill in searching out the sales and matching up the coupons to the deals, to get rock bottom prices on everyday items I would be buying anyways at full price.  


. . . . . . G E T T I N G   S T A R T E D . . . . . .

-SUPPLIES-
There are some things that you will need first to get started with couponing.  

1. You are going to need a 3 ring binder. I started with a small one maybe 1 1/2 inch, but now I am up to a 3 inch and it is often stuffed full.  

2. Pocket inserts.  The best ones to use are baseball card holders.  They come 9 pockets per sheet.  You can find these anywhere around.  Target and Walmart sell them, as well as office supply stores like Office Max and Staples too.  Amazon sells them as well.  HERE is a set of 100 for less than $15.00.  That is a pretty good deal.  

3.  Scissors (obvious, but just wanted to make note of it) :)
4. Full page protectors.  

5.  Dividers of some kind.  Now I printed mine from the Krazy Coupon Lady.  HERE is where you can find those.  I just printed them out and put them in the full page protectors.  There is a chart to reference each  category too.  
Or you can always make your own.  You could print out whole sheets just like these, or you can use the dividers and add those into your binder too.
Like I said, whatever works for you.  


These are just the basics you will need to get started.
Now put your binder together.
Put the printed category sheets into the page protectors.  Put them into your binder.  Put the baseball card holders in your binder.  Just add them to the back of the binder for now, until you start to fill them up.  


- SUNDAY MORNINGS -

DON'T JUST BUY ONE NEWSPAPER, BUY SEVERAL.  

The Sunday newspaper has coupons.  Each coupon booklet is called an insert.  

Now the key to couponing is not having one coupon for items you buy, but having mulitiple coupons.  So in order to achieve this  you must buy multiple newspapers.  
By buying multiple newspapers, you will have several inserts. This will then cause you to have several of each individual coupon.  By having several of each coupon this will allow you to be able to buy several of one item when it is on sale, thus building your stockpile.  
Now it is up to you how many newspapers you want to get.  When I started out couponing full force, I was buying 10 - 20 newspapers. Now that I have a pretty decent stock pile, I usually buy 6-8.

Another thing to note is the newspapers that you purchase.  Where I am from, they sell the local newspaper and then they sell a paper from a surrounding bigger area.  I buy both newspapers.  Let me let you in on a little secret.  The paper from the bigger surrounding area often has a few more coupons than my local newspaper.


- CUTTING YOUR COUPONS -

What I do after I bring home all those papers is cut the coupons.
I go through all the LA Times and pull out the inserts, and then the Daily Press and pull out all those inserts too.
I group the alike ones from each paper, as the coupon pages are a bit different.
Then I take each insert stack and make sure my dining room table is cleared off.  I start laying each sheet out and then lay each same sheet from the other inserts on top until I have all the inserts stacked up.  Then I lay them together , and cut them out. Put them into my binder after each coupon is cut so that I don't have coupons laying around all over the place.  This is just the method that I have found works best for me when cutting my coupons.

Now that you have all your coupons cut in your organized binder, you can start looking for deals....  I will write this up in another post.

Happy Couponing, and be sure to share your deals.

~NICOLE