September 11, 2011

Couponing Loser

It's funny to me that as soon as I blogged about my couponing experiences, I started slacking big time.  At the end of August I had so many good coupons expire that I could have used for free stuff.  They just had a good sale on baby stuff at Target and I had some coupons for Johnson's baby wash and shampoo so I could have gotten a great deal.  Darn coupons expired on 9/10.  Failure!

I'm blaming my workout slump and my couponing slacking on my blogging.  Yep, it's all your faults :)  Just kidding!  But I do need to figure out how to make time for all three.

Blogging makes me happy.  Really happy.  I don't know why, but it's so therapeutic for me and I love "meeting" other Mom's in the blog world.  It's nice to know that people enjoy reading about what's going on with us, but I'd do it even if nobody read it.  Sometimes I question if I should share certain things, but then I have to remind myself that this is my blog and if people don't like what I write, they don't have to read it.  I'm doing it for me.  And for Kyla.

Couponing used to make me happy because it was like a hobby.  It's not as fun right now for some reason, but I feel like I need to do it because it's so silly not to.  I keep track of my spending each month and try to budget for groceries, diapers, etc.  Knowing I can get great deals on a lot of the stuff we need, I get mad at myself if I have to pay regular price for certain things.  I need to get back on track with my meal planning too.  I'm the type of person that makes a list for everything.  And I love being able to cross things off my lists.  We have a dry erase board on our fridge where I write my to-do's on.  It's such a great feeling to cross them off.  Yes, I'm a dork.  Meal planning is a good way to stay on a budget and stay organized.  Back to meal planning this week.  Yep!

Oh, and then there's the workout slump I'm in.  Man, it's a good thing Kyla thinks I'm the most awesome Mom ever or I would really be a failure :)  I was doing so well with working out.  I was going to boot camp, which I absolutely love.  My trainer was awesome.  Tyler always laughed at the fact that I was paying money to get my butt kicked.  Especially since we have weight equipment downstairs so basically everything I do at boot camp, I can do here.  But it doesn't work that way.  I can't force myself to do it here.  Don't ask me why.  Tyler's asked me several times and I don't have a good answer.  I wish I did.  So anyway, now that Tyler's on the Village Board, he has meetings every week so I'm no longer going to boot camp.  While I was going, I was doing other things the rest of the week.  Walking, doing a lot of abs, doing lunges and squats while watching tv.  Boot camp was my motivator, it made me want to workout all week.  Now that I'm not going, I have lost my motivation to workout altogether.  Ugh!  I just need to get my butt back into it.  Stop making excuses and do it!  The funny thing is, when I do workout, I feel so good and happy.  So why stop?  That's a good damn question!

Alright, sorry about that, just needed to give myself a little pep talk.  At least I'm not this lady...

In other news, I finally went through Kyla's clothes today and packed away all the stuff that doesn't fit her anymore.  And before I knew it, her closet was empty.  Sad!  Good thing my mom is coming up on Tuesday.  We're going out to eat and shopping.  Daddy's going to stay home with Kyla so I can have a Mommy's night out.  Can't wait to buy her some cute new outfits.  My sister-in-law Amber gave me a couple huge bags of Gianna's clothes so I went through the 18 month stuff tonight.  Unfortunately, most of that stuff was summer stuff and Kyla will need 18 month this winter.  But I did get quite a few things that I'm excited for.  And a couple were just too darn cute to not put Kyla in, even if it's just for a picture :)  Thanks so much, Amber!

I officially started my Christmas shopping.  We went out today and got a few things.  Then we went to eat at Qdoba.  Kyla thought she was pretty cool sitting in the high chair!

Look at these crazy curls...

Just some other cute pictures.  She was talking to the closet door, trying to pull herself up and filling her diaper in these.  Busy girl!  I'd like to apologize for the poor quality in all my pictures.  Between my lack of photography skills and my not so fancy camera, I do what I can :)

She loves this Sesame Street toy.  We could do this for hours.  Tyler and I push the buttons, which opens the doors.  And she immediately closes them all.  We open them again, she closes them.

Really, Dad?  I just closed those!

There, just how I like it!

Such a long day!

She now likes to hang out under her jumper.

I'm starting to think she may skip the whole crawling thing altogether.  She's been trying to pull herself up a lot lately.  She tried to stand up in the tub tonight.  That didn't work out so well.  It's so much fun watching her try new things though.  Oh, I love this girl so much!

I usually try not to post twice in one day, but I guess I had a lot to say tonight.  If you missed my earlier post, you didn't miss much, just a bunch of random things about me that you may or may not have known.  Nothing too exciting, but it's here if you need something to make you sleepy tonight :)


  1. Hehe, first off, to the above comment, it's an old wive's tale that crawling has anything to do with brain development. Crawling is not even a milestone. My older daughter never crawled and besides the 3rd eye in the back of her head she's just fine ;-)

    Also, Brielle just started crawling under her jumperoo yesterday!! How funny. I took picture too haha


  2. OMG. look at that hair! So so cute :) Kennedy is starting to get curls as well, I have naturally curly hair so I assume she will have it as well. You have such an adorable little girl.

  3. Amy, you are sounding a lot like me lately! I was the coupon queen for so long and for the past 6 months to a year, I have slowed down and now completely stopped! I have been blaming it on so much too - I just feel so busy and it does take time to do. However, I know I could set aside time to do it, like instead of going on Facebook - ha! And, the workout thing, I don't even want to go there! We leave for our vacation 2 weeks, and I have told myself for 3 months I was going to start working out and get in shape. Have I started yet??? No!!!

    So glad to read about how this blog is for YOU! I have been 'afraid' to open up and type some things on my blog because I keep thinking about other people and what they would want to read. I need to stop thinking that way. You have it right...this is all for you (& Kyla)!

    Love reading and love seeing all these cute pictures of your baby girl!