Monthly Archives: April 2011

I Heart Domino’s.

One of the challenges we are already dealing with food allergies is the 
going-out-to-eat battle.

You would think that national restaurant chains would easily hand out the allergen information when you go sit down at, say, Chili’s. You would be wrong. Instead, you’ll have a conversation like this-

Concerned, Loving Parent of Child with Food Allergies: Does __________ contain milk or eggs?
Blank Faced Server: Um, I’m not sure about that. It probably doesn’t, but I don’t know.
Parent: Oh, okay. Do you know about _________?
Server: Um, I think it might be cooked in butter?
Parent: Do you know of anything that doesn’t have milk or egg? My child has food allergies.
(Blank Faced Server consults with a second server while they look over the menu thoughtfully.)
Server: We have a side of fruit you can order.

This works out fine when your child is 12 months. But Abigail is now 13-going-on-24 months and she wants food. And frankly, she wants my food. 

I’m not sure why food manufacturer’s are legally responsible for putting allergen information on their products, yet chain restaurants are not. My mom is in town for a conference so we’re meeting in her hotel room for swimming and pizza tonight.

Crowded hotel room + pizza + baby with attitude & allergies = 
a really bad time.

So today, I’m loving Domino’s.

Not because of their lame commercials. Not even because of their New and Improved Pizza (I wonder how many times that phrase is heard/said/read across America daily.)
It really is pretty good though.
I’m loving Domino’s because their allergy information (and calories, if you’re silly enough to think you want to know) is readily available on their website. It’s even sortable by allergen. Isn’t that terrific? 

My favorite pizza place (Papa John’s) failed at this. They request you call a representative. Pizza Hut does also provide the information, though in a less cute user-friendly format.

In case you’re wondering, here’s what I’m ordering for Paisley:
Crunchy, thin crust (only milk free crust), robust inspired tomato sauce (their marinara contains cheese), no cheese on half the pizza (if your allergies were more severe you might avoid all together), and typical toppings on the whole pizza. (Probably ham and pineapple.)

Now… for entertaining said Baby with Attitude at the hotel. That’s another matter altogether!

Kids Bowl Free

Say what?
My kids love bowling, and now kids can bowl free!

Go to the Kids Bowl Free site (I’ve linked you to Utah’s page), and register with a bowling alley near you. The two I checked out were good for kids 18 and under, shoe rental not included. 

I just love a good deal on anything that is fun and gets my kids out of the house during the summer. 

You know, I’ve always wanted a good excuse to get myself a pair of these…

or something a little more classic, a little more subtle, like these…

Hmm. I can’t see my husband justifying these purchases. But any reason is a good reason to shoe shop, am I right?

In case you’re looking for a way to waste a good 30 minutes of your day that you could be cleaning your kitchen, has some really cute stuff that you’ll probably never buy! Because I can’t really see a need for this pink bowling ball, but man, is it cute!


Ladies and gentlemen (gentleman?),
we have our winner!

Drumroll please…
I’m totally picturing that someone, somewhere out in blog land is doing a little hand “drumroll” on their computer desk. But that’s probably unrealistic, am I right?

The winner of the fabulous blue coupon organizer is…

Jess L.!!

Congratulations Jess! 
Jess, you have 24 hours to claim your prize. Please email me at to claim it or I will pick a new winner. :)

In case anyone is wondering, I used to generate the winning number.

Also, the binder was purchased at Wal-Mart for a great price. In fact I’ll be back there soon to pick some up for my kids. They are so jealous of mine! 

To everyone else, WELCOME to the blog! I can’t wait to do more giveaways… and yes, I have a lot more planned in the future. 

But I also promised my hubby I wouldn’t go too crazy.

So stick around and keep sharing because the next giveaway will be at… hmm. What number shall I pick? I know, I’ll use that handy

Ok, the first three numbers it picked were less than 10 followers away so I will do a giveaway at 75 followers on facebook! It’s my blog, I can discard if I want to, right??

Internet Woes and GIVEAWAY info!

Longest weekend ever.
We depend on internet for our TV viewing.
We depend on our internet for, you know, the internet.
Essentially, we depend on our internet for life itself.

Or that’s the way it feels when the internet is suddenly and cruelly taken from you. On a home show weekend where your husband will be gone an additional 19 hours. (Who’s counting?)

Friday a.m. the internet randomly went out. The soonest they could get someone out to fix it was Monday. That did not do good things for me. An hour ago the guy came (he waited! he waited for me!), fixed the little box that randomly decided to not give me internet, and left.

I’m so happy. I’m on the computer and the kids are watching TV.

Life is good again.

Technically the giveaway is supposed to be today but due to technically difficulties (I knew there were going to be some!), I’m going to draw for the winner tomorrow afternoon. Which gives you slackers (you know who you are!) one more day to enter the contest for the coupon organizer.

So enter! Share! Enter! Share!

Actually, you can only do those things once. 

But do them. 

It’s good karma, and will probably make me a little happier. Which, considering the weekend I just had, I totally deserve, don’t you agree?

Coupon Organization and a GIVEAWAY!!

First of all, I am so excited that we made it to the giveaway!!
Welcome to all of my new readers. I hope you stick around with us. 
What else do you have to do with your time? Laundry??

Many people wonder when they begin couponing, myself included, how to organize all these coupons. My first thought was a recipe box. First, it didn’t fit well into my purse. And second, when I grabbed it by the lid it 
dumped out

No good! After researching, I found that many people prefer the “binder” method. It took me awhile of sale searching to accumulate enough baseball card size page protectors, and then I just used a binder I had on hand.

Yesterday I bought a new binder. It’s so fancy! Here’s how I organize my coupons.

This is my new binder. It’s purple, and it zips up. I like the zip factor as it makes it harder for my three year old to get into it to “play.” Also, it keeps coupons from falling out when you drop it because you were carrying it, your purse, your baby, and dragging your three year old into the store all while talking on the phone.
This hasn’t happened to me. But it will.

In the outside pocket, I keep scissors for clipping coupons and an eraser for my dry erase marker. (We’ll talk about that soon.)
The outer pocket opens up to fit my pen, my dry erase market, and my store cards. (I’m not sure if I’ll like having my store cards in my binder or not. I just know I can never find them in my purse at checkout!)
When you unzip the binder, it has an accordion file. I love this! This is where I keep all my store ads. Otherwise they have a tendency to find themselves recycled before I was done with them.

For my actual coupons, I currently use baseball card (or business card) page protectors. I have pocket page dividers. I like the pockets so I can stuff in coupons that need to be filed (or re-filed after a trip to the store). 
Before my coupons and page dividers, I keep a whole page protector. I stuff my coupons here as I pull them out during shopping so I can easily hand them to the cashier as I check out. I’m also thinking of printing out a grocery list each with that I can check off with my dry erase marker.

And last, the coupons themselves. For smaller coupons, I stick them in the pocket, two to a pocket. For bigger coupons, like print-at-home coupons, I fold them in half. I want to be able to see the product, product amount, and the expiration date for any given coupon. That way I can easily chuck the coupons that have expired without pulling everything out to check the date.
Because that’s just not going to happen.

Oh! I forgot to tell you the labels I currently use. This is a work in progress but what seems to be working for me are the following page dividers:

cereal & baking goods
pantry items
refrigerated (I include milk products in this as well)
frozen foods
snacks & treats (including soda, kool-aid, etc.)
personal care (everything from makeup to deodorant to makeup)
cleaning supplies (also ziploc type items)
and misc.

Currently my “misc” section has baby items, a few toy coupons, and DVD coupons. If you have a baby drinking formula and wearing disposable diapers, you will probably want a baby section as well. Make this list work for you and your family!

You want to know the greatest thing about this coupon organizer?

You can get one too!
You can win this coupon organizer! It comes ready to start couponing with
the fabulous blue binder
10 baseball card page protectors
sheet dividers
and some great coupons to start you off!

How great is that? Now you really don’t have an excuse to not use coupons. Just fill out the form below. You must be a facebook follower to enter, but everything else are bonus entries!

This is my first giveaway, so please be patient if there are any technical difficulties.
Also, please remember that commenting on this post DOES NOT count as an entry.

I will pick a winner via on Monday, April 18, 2011!

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