Bonjour!

Bonjour!
I’m a 45 year old mother of five amazing daughters and wife to a caring, sensitive AND sexy husband. I adore my family. I’m dedicated to my faith. I enjoy a good laugh. I'm nostalgic and love to reminisce. "Remember" is my favorite word in the English language. I love life! I’m passionate about music, food and travel. I’m fascinated with anything European. {PARIS! Hello!} I love celebrating anything and everything! I love to read, especially a good biography, mystery, Regency Era or Historical fiction novel. I love thoughtful gift giving. To me the gift wrap is almost as important as the gift itself. I love being creative…bolts of ribbon, coordinating scrapbook papers, producing a tablescape, or d├ęcor for a themed party etc. puts a smile on my face. I love the details! I’m a freak for anything theme oriented. I enjoy event planning, but oddly enough do not like to host or entertain. I enjoy fashion, but have to be really in the mood to clothes shop. I love purses and funky jewelry. I’d rather wear wedges or heels any day than flats. I enjoy decorating and searching for the perfect decorative pillow or picture. However, you’ll never see me frequent high-end stores. I'm more of a Ross, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning kind of gal. My favorite decor style is an old world rustic chateau look with a hint of bohemian, baroque and vintage shabby chic, like an English cottage. {confusing I know!} Autumn is my favorite season. I’d go through childbirth a million times. I enjoy biking with my man, Pilates, and jogging. BUT you’ll never find me in a gym working out. I love movies, whether watching them in the theatre or cuddled up on the couch with my family. I enjoy a good chick flick or real life drama! I'm a sucker for movies on the Hallmark Channel. I love the elderly. I love Disneyland. I love being in the canyon on a summer or fall evening at dusk. I love my friends. While I have some extroverted characteristics. I’m a self proclaimed introvert. I’m generally quiet, calm, reserved and pretty darn private. Why in the heck do I blog? It’s a creative way to record family history. I enjoy photography. I really don’t like to write, although I write in my journal almost every day. I love the beach. I enjoy WWII history. I love a clean, orderly house, but ours looks lived in. ;) PBS Masterpiece is my friend. I adore Jane Austen films. They transport me to another time and place. If I had to choose another time period in which to live, early 19th Century England would be my pick. "Sense and Sensibility" is my all time favorite movie. My favorite TV series is the 1950's Spanish Drama "Velvet." My biggest pet peeve is people who blow their noses in public. So gross! {Take it to the bathroom people.} I’d go on a wine tasting vacation if it wasn’t against my religion. I’ve always wanted to adopt a baby from a foreign country. I’m an avid BYU football fan. I love our campfires at Scofield Lake. I have a 'thing' for fairy gardens and Gallic French roosters. I love summer rainstorms and warm baths. I'm a Rush Limbaugh and Hannity Talk Radio Show listener. Also a fan of several Fox News shows. I hate when my kids have homework. I collect quotes, Madame Alexander Dolls, and Disney pins. I always prefer sitting in a back row versus the front. {I'm sort of a seat snob..yikes} I also have high expectations for my lemonade, salsa, and french fries too. HA! I work well behind the scenes. I love a good Dateline Mystery and the genealogy TV show "Who Do You Think You Are?" I’m a night owl. I'd rather be cold than hot. I enjoy being a chauffeur to my children. I’m an Anglophile… love anything English! I would like to serve a church mission to England with Jaren someday. I'm queen of paper towel, used kitchen hand towels and dishrags make me squirm. You’ll rarely find me out of the house not ready for the day, except when driving the kids to school on the days I don't work. I feel naked without lip gloss. Pairing up white socks, chipped fingernail polish, chapped lips and brownie crumbs on the floor drive me nuts! I like to organize and BE organized..but not saying I always am. ;) I enjoy hiking to waterfalls, ATV’ing with my family and snowshoeing with the hubs. Although I enjoy collecting recipes and occasionally watch cooking shows... (Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade, Paula Deen, and the Pioneer Woman are my favorites) I’d rather not cook. Eating out is so much more fun. I live to eat! LOL Trying new foods and restaurants is a favorite pasttime. I love the joy of anticipation and the celebration of holidays. Family traditions are important to me. I'm a memory preserver. I'm a pathological picture taker ;) and I love happy lists!

My Fam!

My Fam!

Mr. and I

Mr. and I

My Girls!

My Girls!

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Kyleigh Dawn (21)

Emma Abigail (19)

Emma Abigail (19)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Hannah Isabelle (17)

Brielle Olivia (12)

Brielle Olivia (12)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

Kate Evangelene Lyllie (7)

My Man!

My Man!

Good Times!

Good Times!

What I Believe!

Our Missionary

Our Missionary

My list of favorite movies!

Learn more about Dyslexia!

Music To My Ears!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

What's On My Happy List?

My honk'in new RED bag that I had to purchase....(darn it)

to be able to fit and carry my cute, organized into 19 different sections coupon binder, when I go grocery shopping...
Since the new year, I've become a tad bit obsessed about clipping and using coupons, browsing coupon websites for deals and tips, and watching for sale items in the grocery store ads....kinda crazy but all in an effort to save a few bucks! It's not that I've never used a coupon before but never to this degree. I'm being called the "coupon lady" around here. Thanks to my niece, my fellow hip2saver, who got me hooked...it has been a fun challenge this past month to find a bargain.
One of my favorite Internet deals of late was getting 7 jumbo packs of diapers for about $3.60 a piece and a small case of travel wipes to boot.
I love seeing how much I save on my receipts...I figured we spent almost $200 less on our grocery bill in January. Hopefully we can keep that up!
Hannah's plea for a pet...This letter Hannah typed up at school and brought home cracked me up big time...

First of all, there are several in our household who are not huge animal lovers. Our experience with having hamsters a few years back proved that. Therefore, we've been very hesitant about having any more pets. But how can you resist a letter like this? Both Hannah and Emma had a hermit crab as a classroom pet in the first grade and they loved them. So....I half reluctantly took Hannah to the pet store last weekend to check out the hermit crabs, to determine if they would be high maintenance or easy to take care of. Hannah insisted on the latter. I so wanted to make her wish come true... BUT, after finding out more about them, we did discover they would be more work than we were willing to deal with and thankfully, Hannah, realized that too. She happily settled for a toy Zhu Zhu Pet named Winky...just my kind of pet...one that doesn't smell! :)

3 comments:

  1. How, oh HOW did you get such a good deal on those diapers?! Did you buy them online!? What a steal! I love your coupon binder...trying to be a coupon cutter too:)

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  2. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! Those websites seem soo helpful! And I had never heard of any of them! Two websites that I look at quite often are:

    www.freebies2deals.com
    www.dealseekingmom.com

    There's no sense in paying full price for groceries if you don't have to! And I've gotten a few emails from Baby Center with some diaper.com $10 off deals...I'll have to start using them!

    I also love the diaper bag you purchased! You can't go wrong with brown! I will definitely keep my eye open!

    Thanks for the tips! Can't believe your little baby will be here so soon!!! I'm rooting for a BOY! :)

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  3. Hannah's letter is hilarious! I am also so into the couponing - I love CVS - with the extra bucks you can end up getting free stuff pretty much every week. Once you start with the coupons there's no turning back - it's pretty addictive!! :)

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