Sarah Rieke » Living. Loving. Pressing on.

About six and a half months ago I became a mommy and I am so blessed to have my sweet little Micah in my life.  Here he is (picture taken Monday 7/4):

He is so wonderful and has added so much joy into our lives .  He is cuddly and curious, smiley and slobbery, precious and playful, and methinks he will be giving us a run for our money once he becomes mobile because he sure is BUSY!  

I heard this song the other day and it put a large smile on my sweaty face (I was, at the time, on my elliptical machine) because it reminded me of my little boy.  A few lines in the song will be especially useful once he is mobile.  

This was my husband’s favorite band when he was about fifteen, so the song is sort of nostalgic of our growing up together, (Josh and I have been friends since we were twelve), and now it reminds me of my own Micah.  It’s kind of silly, but if you know us, you know we aren’t very serious very often.  

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this light-hearted little ditty!

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  • Darla - funny song!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - brings back memories! oh i love Micah to pieces!!! slobber and all! and i love my big kids too!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - so cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • beccajoy - I used to listen to them too when I was little because of my brothers. We would play it in the basement and run around to the songs haha.

    BUT by the way, you have seriously one of THE cutest babies everrrr! πŸ™‚ Just wanted to share my thought with you hahaReplyCancel

Today is Tuesday, which means two things for me:

1. I get a coupon insert in the mail
2. tomorrow is grocery day with double coupons at Farm Fresh! 

I know this might not seem like a big deal to some people, but I get really excited to use my coupons and find great deals on groceries!  I often walk out having paid pennies for a few items, and sometimes I can even get things for FREE!  

My couponing venture really took off in February when a friend invited me to a coupon class she was holding at her home.  The coupon class was taught by a local blogger (click here to go to her site).  She posts daily updates on the best deals in town, from groceries to clothing and even restaurants.  I especially use it for grocery stores and drug stores where she matches up the store sales with coupons.  It helps you save time and money.

I know not everyone gets excited about coupons, and I really understand.  When I was working I definitely didn’t want to take the extra time to clip coupons, etc.  But I also bought into the idea that coupons wouldn’t be very useful to me since I buy a lot of fresh produce.  While that is still true, I must say couponing is so worth it for a LOT of items!  Here is a short rundown of the products I typically buy for fractions of the original cost:

cleaning supplies
laundry detergent
paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.)
hand soap
baking mixes
frozen veggies
sauces and dressings
toothbrushes and toothpaste

Just to name a few!  The secret (for me) is to go to Farm Fresh on Wednesdays when they double $1.00 off coupons to $2.00.  So here is a typical scenario:

Kraft BBQ sauce is on sale for $1.  I have a coupon for $1 which they will double to $2 (on wed.) and so I can walk out of the store with two BBQ sauces for FREE!!  Oh yeah, tell me that won’t put a spring in your step!  

Some other stores where you can maximize your coupons:

Kroger – doubles coupons up to $0.50 daily (totaling up to $1.00 off)

Farm Fresh and Harris Teeter – double coupons up to $0.99 daily

Rite Aid, Target, and Farm Fresh – will “stack” manufacturer’s coupons with store coupons (you can pair  a target coupon for huggies diapers with a huggies coupon and maximize savings) 

Those are the stores whose deals I usually take advantage of, but there are more for sure.  

If you think coupons aren’t for you, I would say just give it a try.  Saving money is always a good thing.

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  • Lauren - just went to her class last night at Molly's! I am SOOOO excited to go shopping tomorrow! :):)ReplyCancel

  • the industrial cottage - I get very excited for coupons! Today Rite aid paid me to take toothpaste and hair stuff out of the store!ReplyCancel

  • KayeMargaret - I will have to learn your ways, having my apartment next year!ReplyCancel

  • Darla - saving money is a great feeling. There is no way we'd even be alive (having starved to death years ago), if it weren't for all the money we save on our grocery bill!ReplyCancel

My house is pretty small, like under 800 square feet small.  As a result, my kitchen table doubles, triples, and even quadruples as a place to eat meals, a desk area, extra counter space, and unfortunately a catch-all. The other day as I was clearing the table off for dinner, I thought it was kind fo funny that the items straggled across that table were actually kind of a summary of my day.  I thought it might be interesting to photograph the table and its many faces on different days in order to remember what we did that day.  Here is a photo of my lovely chocolate-brown kitchen table taken yesterday at 3:34 pm:

And this is what each item represents to me (clockwise): stainless steel napkin holder – I really have been meaning ro refill it for a couple of days now haha; tumbler – I don’t go anywhere without that thing; laptop – I actually had recently finished starting this blog; kitchen towel with empty lunch dishes – we had just come back from the beach and I was really hungry and very grateful for the leftovers I had from dinner the previous night.  california blend veggies, mashed potatoes, and a new chicken recipe where I tried to substitute honey with corn syrup and it didn’t work out so well;  bib – left there from Micah’s lunch of homemade pureed peas; container of almonds – left there from my breakfast; container of cheese slices  – I had brought some with me to the beach, but it got sort of melty and slimy.  gross.; water bottle – I had brought that to the beach and Micah was sharing it with me through a straw.  he actually really likes water and its so cute to watch him guzzle it down; book (at home in mitford) – lent to me by my mother-in-law.  it is a really light-hearted read and I am enjoying it; pen/paper – Micah is currently changing his nap schedule, so I was writing down what he did to see if any patterns emerged; turquoise ring – I think Micah was holding it before he ate his lunch and I had to take it away from him or it would have been covered with peas; iphone – not much to say there except that I didn’t think I would like it that much but I actually do.  And my husband Josh bought one for each of us to help us stay in contact better once he goes back to school and has a crazy schedule of a 60+ hour week of classes/clinicals.

So that was my day in a nutshell.  Or I guess I can say, that was my day in a tabletop!

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  • Darla - Glad you have a blog! Looking forward to keeping up with you!ReplyCancel

After a few months of wrestling back and forth with should I or should I not start a blog, I have finally decided to go ahead with it.  And, I feel good about that decision.  I thought it would be nice to have a place where friends and family can keep up with the haps, even if we aren’t always able to talk.  I hope to post updates on our home, life, personal thoughts, special projects, and of course, the most recent developments of my sweet little Micah.  So stop by when you can and get a little peek into my day-to-day life!  Hopefully I will be posting again soon. πŸ™‚

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