Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Simple Stuff

Evan commented that he likes that my layouts "aren't too complicated."  Of course, he isn't the one who spends a ridiculous amount of time over at my scrap table flipping through magazines and sketch books, rifling through patterned paper, digging through drawers of letter stickers, and agonizing over every cut and every photo placement.  To me, scrapbooking is slightly complicated! 

What he meant was that he likes how my layouts aren't busy.  I don't use a ton of embellishments for a couple of reasons:

A.  I don't have very many.  Those of us on a Total Money Makeover can't buy those kind of things.

B.  I think a lot of embellishments, die cuts, lace, punches, etc. take away from the star of the show - the photos. 

C.  I don't have the skills yet to know how to utilize a lot of embellishments effectively. 

Take this layout that I did on Monday night as an example:

My list of ingredients is pretty basic.  I used ivory cardstock as the background, 3 patterned papers (one from Cosmo Cricket), a chunk of ribbon by Pebbles, a paper flower by Bazzill, a flower shaped brad, and Thickers letter stickers by American Crafts. 

The design is super-simple and I wrapped my handwritten journaling around the design to keep it from being busy with an added journaling block. 

What do you do to keep it simple with your scrapbook layouts?  Thickers are my go-to product....what is yours?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Project Life Tuesday - June Week Four

Welcome once again to Project Life Tuesday! I am taking a photo every day in 2010 and putting them together in an album to create a unique keepsake of this year for our family. Be sure to check in on what others are doing with their project over at The Mom Creative!

Sunday, June 20th - We went to visit my parents for Father's Day and Isaiah headed straight for the sandbox they built for him.  In honor of Father's Day, I had to share this photo of Isaiah with his Daddy.

Monday, June 21st - Just when I thought he might be crawling forever, Micah started pulling up on things.  Oh boy....

Tuesday, June 22nd - Evan put a Diet Pepsi in the freezer and then forgot about it.  In case you've never done this yourself, this is the result.  However, it is a great way to get your husband to clean the freezer!

Wednesday, June 23rd - Isaiah loves to bust out his Bucket o' Soldiers and "play guys!"

Thursday, June 24th - I know there are moms out there whose living rooms are always neat and tidy.  Mine is not one of those.

Friday, June 25th - Bubbles.  One of life's simple pleasures!

Saturday, June 26th - My boys spending a lazy afternoon in the pool at Grandma's.  They work too hard, don't they?

Well, apart from the solo photo of the soda can, its another week full of photos of my kids.  So much for trying to shoot more variety, huh?  :)

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good - Isaiah made 8 successful trips to the potty today on Day #1 of potty training!

The Bad - He did have two accidents.

The Ugly - One of those accidents was an enormous butt explosion that occured in my bedroom closet not 10 seconds after I uttered the words, "Well, Mommy really has to go potty so I'll be right back."

Thank God for my SpotBot carpet cleaner!

All in all, a good start. 

And now for something completely different:

Naked Week

Got your attention with that title, didn't I?  Don't worry; I don't plan on mixing things up this week by going au naturale on my weekly trip to Walgreens.  Based on recommendations from my good friend Sarah and others, I have declared this week to be "Naked Week" for Isaiah with a goal of being mostly potty training by the 4th of July!  Sarah calls it the "Naked and $75" plan for potty training.  The naked part is where you let the potty trainee run around without the security of a diaper for 4 days straight in an effort to encourage them to use the potty.  The $75 part is for any carpet cleaning needed for accidents!

I have heard a lot about the success of this method, both from Sarah and some other experienced moms I have asked about potty training.  I'm a bit nervous at the prospect of a naked toddler running around my house for the next few days, but if it means being able to say good-bye to diapers, I'm willing to give it a try. 

Unfortunately, our boot camp is going to be interrupted on Tuesday when the boys go to their babysitter while I have an appointment with my rheumatologist (more on that later), but hopefully the other four days of the week will be all I need to get Isaiah to use the potty!  Wish us luck!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Playing Fetch with Sammy

Traditional "Fetch" is overrated in the mind of my toddler.  Why would you want to throw the ball and just stand there and wait for the dog to return it to you?  It's so much more fun to play it this way, don't you think?

Isn't it great how kids can take something so simple and turn it into such a giggle-filled game?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Take That, Rachael Ray!

The ever perky Rachael Ray is famous for her 30 Minute Meals and for good reason.  Time is always limited in family life and the ability to make a meal from start to finish in half an hour is a wonderful skill to have.  The same concept can be applied to scrapbooking!

As I've mentioned previously, I am usually a really slow scrapper.  I monkey around with my photos for a while, flip through sketch books, dig through cardstock, and otherwise putter about in my scraproom.  Scrapbooking is very time consuming for me so I get really excited when I am able to whip out a layout I really like in no time flat.

Such was the case with this layout, "Lucky."  Start to finish in 30 minutes thanks to the Little Yellow Bicycle "Lucky Me" collection!

I ran into the same issue with my Xyron as last time, but I was able to cover up the big spot where the paper ripped off with a little orange embellishment to pick up the hint of orange in Micah's shirt.

For the title, I used a sticker from the "Lucky Me" collection plus a little paper flower by Bazzill. 

Not bad for 30 minutes! Ready to take the 30 minute challenge, fellow scrapbookers?  Challenge yourself to complete a layout, start to finish, in only 30 minutes.  Don't make it complicated, stick to simple cuts and designs, and you might be pleasantly surprised.  Hint - Use a collection of papers to make sure they will coordinate.

Do you have any tips or tricks to scrapbook swiftly?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Small Victories

Isaiah went pee and poopy in the big boy potty tonight!  Evan called me at work and put Isaiah on the phone so he could tell me himself and I could tell he was so excited.  No telling what step this really puts us at on the whole potty training journey, but I'm thrilled that we've at least started in the right direction.  Way to go, Isaiah!

Any advice or tried and true methods for potty training are very welcome!

How to Get Your Husband to Clean the Freezer

We were lying in bed the other night when all of a sudden, a strange noise came from the kitchen.  Ever the guardian of our safety, Evan went to investigate, but could find nothing amiss. 

Fast forward to the next morning when I open the freezer to start preparing lunch and I discover this:
A strange brown slush had attacked my freezer!

It was all over the ice bin as well as the door.

Poor blueberries.  They took a direct hit.

So, I did a little investigating and soon discovered the culprit hiding in the ice bin.
A ha!!

After finding the sinister soda can, the following phone conversation took place:

Me: So I found out what made that weird noise last night.
Evan:  Oh yeah? What was it?
Me:  Well, I opened the freezer door just now and it's covered in splattered brown slush.  Any idea how that might have happened?
Evan:  Huh?
Me:  Did you happen to put a Diet Pepsi in the freezer last night and then forget about it?
Evan:  (pause)  Oh shit. (maniacal laughter here)
Me:  Yeah, I'm not cleaning that up. 
Evan:  But I thought taking care of the house and cleaning up was your department?
Me:  Mopping up after your stupidity isn't in my job description.

Moral of the story:  Stick to water. 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

You can tell a lot about a person..... looking at their Netflix queue!  I'm pretty sure ours will speak volumes about us.  Check out this screen shot of DVDs sitting at the top of our list:

What can we learn from this list?  Let's see.....
  • Must not have HBO otherwise these losers would have already seen that entire season of True Blood.
  • Must be 20-somethings who are trying to re-live their own childhood through their own offspring, hence "The Gummi Bears."
  • Said offspring must also enjoy "The Muppets."  Otherwise, assumptions about the age of the parents could be slightly off and they are actually creepy middle aged folk who enjoy watching puppets sing with the likes of Phyllis Diller.
  • Clearly, this Netflix customer has a touch of a dark side lying beyond that "Bolt" and "Gummi Bears" exterior.  Such choices at "Death Sentence" and "Book of Eli" clearly illustrate this.
Ummmm......correct on most points!

What's on your Netflix list? Anything you particularly recommend?  How about something you're slightly embarrassed to be renting (like Gummi Bears, perhaps)?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Project Life Tuesday - June Week Three

Welcome once again to Project Life Tuesday! I am taking a photo every day in 2010 and putting them together in an album to create a unique keepsake of this year for our family. Be sure to check in on what others are doing with their project over at The Mom Creative!

Sunday, June 13th - Micah created his first painting tonight to be hung in my scraproom along with his big brother's painting. He was really more interested in trying to put the canvas in his mouth.

Monday, June 14th - How does one even create a caption for this photo? I'm open to suggestions!

Tuesday, June 15th - It's been raining for several days now and today it rained hard. All day long. I had to fight really hard to resist the urge to nap.

Wednesday, June 16th - A sunny day!  I took the boys to the park a couple blocks away so they could play and I could practice with my camera.  I only took 112 photos!  Here are a couple of my favorites.

Thursday, June 17th - Evan and Isaiah were checking out a Toy Story 3 app on the iPod Touch.  Isaiah lit up like a Christmas Tree!

Friday, June 18th - Toy Story 3 came out in theaters today and we honored the occasion with a viewing of the original Pixar masterpiece! 

Saturday, June 19th - At the last minute, I decided to bring Isaiah to his movie today instead of waiting until next week.  He was as well behaved as I could have hoped and I was so proud of him!  To round out our date night, we went to Culver's for junk food and frozen custard.  It was an amazing evening out with my son and we had so mch fun together.

Word on the street is that it's going to be raining for pretty much this entire week, so send some sunny vibes my way!

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Right Stuff

Fellow scrapbookers, let's chat for a moment.  Do you have a huge stack of photos just waiting to be turned into a layout?  I know I do.  I went to my scraproom the other night to "just do a quick layout" and 40 minutes later, I was still trying to sort through the piles of photos I had sitting there.  After I put my eyeballs back in their sockets, I figured I would just start with the photos from the farthest back.  I'm backed up all the way to February, people.  Anyone else behind??

Anyway, I grabbed a few photos from our trip to the Circus in February and got cracking.  30 frustrating minutes later, I threw the photos, the scraps of pattered paper, and cardstock on the floor in a huff.  The photos just weren't "doing it for me."  I couldn't envision a design for this page and all the cuts I had made didn't get me anywhere.

Do you ever have this problem - where you try to scrap a set of photos only to find you can't?  How do you approach your scrapbooking?  I try to put my albums together in chronological order, but clearly I cannot create layouts that way.  I ultimately changed direction and grabbed photos from our photo shoot in March and I had this layout finished in no time.

I guess I just needed the right stuff!  Jenn's photos clearly tickle my scrapbooking bone!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Crying in the Carseat

The other day, I was loading the kids into the car to head to town and meet up with Daddy.  We were on a tight schedule and absolutely had to be out the door at a certain time or I would be late for work.  As I was trying to shoo Isaiah toward the car, he suddenly decided he didn't want to ride in his carseat.  He immediately started to tell me he wanted to ride up front.
Isaiah - "Momma, Isaiah drive!"

Me - "Oh baby, Mommy has to drive today.  We're going to meet Daddy!"

Isaiah - "No Momma.  Isaiah drive!  Please!"

Me - "Isaiah, you need to ride in your chair.  When you're a big boy you can ride up front."

Isaiah - "No Momma!  No chair!  Isaiah drive!"

Well, you can see where this is going.  He screamed the whole time I had to wrangle him into his carseat and continued to wail for half the drive to town.  I asked him several times if he wanted water/Fruit Loops/army guys/phone or any number of things.  The answer was always "No."  When I asked if he was crying because he wanted to ride up front, he always answered, "Uh huh."  The poor boy just wanted to ride up by Mommy, were the big boys sit.

As my frustration increased along with the decibel level of his screaming, I heard another voice in my head say to me, "Are you really so different?" 

Huh?  How am I like this toddler wailing at the top of his lungs? 

Isaiah had his heart set on something he wanted.  He had decided he wanted to sit up front, that he was ready to sit up front, that he deserved to sit up front.  When I told him he couldn't, he cried because he was being denied something he was so certain he was entitled to. 

I had my heart set on landing that teaching job.  I wanted that job, I was ready to have that job, I deserved to have that job.  When I did not get that job, I cried because I was being denied something I was so certain I was entitled to. 


How often do we do this?  We decide we want something and that we deserve to have it.  We say to God, "I've earned it, Lord.  I'm ready!"  When it doesn't happen, we have a tantrum just like my toddler and scream at our Father for denying us what we are so sure is rightfully ours.  I didn't let Isaiah sit up front because it is too dangerous for a little boy to ride in the front.  If we were to get in an accident, the airbags would kill him if they deployed.  A loving, responsible parent would not allow their two-year old to ride of front.  It's as simple as that. 

Of course, no amount of explaining that to Isaiah would have made a difference.  His mind was so fixated on what he wanted, on his desires, that no reasoning was going to help.  When our Father doesn't allow us to have something we so desperately want, we refuse to accept reasoning.  All we can see is our own selfishness and we are blind to why we are denied our desire. 

When we ignore his plan and just do things our way, we are going to get hurt.

Here's the key.  A loving and responsible parent wouldn't allow their toddler to ride up front.  A loving and responsible God, our Father, will also choose not to allow His child to do something they are not ready for, that will put them in danger.

Who are we to decide what we are ready for?  What we deserve?  Isaiah knows nothing about airbags and the danger they pose to him.  He just needs to trust me to take care of him.  We need to trust that our Father is also taking care of us.  Sometimes we're just going to have to sit in the carseat and cry for a while, but we'll have made it safely to our destination.

Will you allow me to pray for us for a moment?  Pray along with me as you read this, if you are comfortable.

Father in Heaven, so often we are so sure that we know better, that our desires are so much more important that your will.  Enter our hearts, Lord.  Remind us that your way is the best way and help us to listen to you as you guide us in your way.  Grant us patience to follow your timeline and help us to trust that you are taking care of us.  We do not know better than you, Lord.  Work in our hearts to remind us that you will never forsake us. 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Reality - Part Two

Last week I wrote about things in my reality that might not be apparent at first glace.  Except for that whole not making the bed thing.  That's pretty obvious if you set food in my house.  And the ants.  And the laundry.  And the dried up Play Doh. 

Ok, we're getting off track here.  The point is that nobody is perfect and no pretty blog design, playful banter, or flawless photos are going to make someone perfect.  What is exciting is that there are just as many amazing and happy things going on behind the scenes are there are unmade beds and unfolded laundry piles.

So, in the spirit of truly representing reality, here are just a few of the incredible and crazy happy things that are part of my world (in no particular order):
  1. My baby has the most gorgeous blue eyes I have ever seen. 
  2. My fridge, pantry, and freezer have food in them.  Lots of food.  Even when we say, "We really need to go grocery shopping," there is still food there.  I am so blessed to have that kind of security in my life that I know my family will not worry about going hungry.
  3. I have a husband who will fight for me.  I have witnessed this first hand when I was very sick and I wasn't receiving treatment in a prompt enough manner for him.  Those little girl dreams of the white knight who will come rescue you?  So true....only in our reality the ogre/witch/evil dragon is actually a surgeon's office/Charter/telemarketer. 
  4. We are this close to paying off our second credit card since starting the Total Money Makeover!  Can I get a "Woot! Woot!!"
  5. There is a lot of laughter and silliness in this house.  I love it.
  6. I live only 10 minutes from American Players Theater and I get to usher for every single show this year.  My heart skips a beat just thinking about it.
  7. I love Jesus and He is a daily presence in my life.
  8. I no longer have to wear maternity clothes when I am not pregnant.  Big fan of that.
  9. TOY STORY 3

Sorry.  I'm a little pumped to bring Isaiah to see that movie.  You know, it's for the kids. I mean, it's not like I would get all jazzed about going to see a cartoon.  I'm a grown-up, after all.  Right?

Not fooling anyone.  Got it.  Are you Team Woody or Team Buzz?

Stopping now, I promise.  Have a wonderful day and take a moment to look around and count all your blessings and maybe share some here!  I'd love to hear about them!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Baby Food - Carrots & Ricotta Cheese

Looking for a quick and easy baby food recipe to whip up?  I've found this one to be a really successful recipe that's easy to prepare and the ricotta cheese adds a nice boost of dairy and fat that Baby needs. 

Carrots & Ricotta Cheese
  •  10 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
Steam carrots until very tender, but still brightly colored.  Puree in food processor, avoiding adding any cooking liquid if at all possible.  You want your final puree to be a little thicker than usual. 

Add the ricotta cheese and stir!

What you end up with is a sweet, creamy baby food that my Micah absolutely loves.

I spooned this mixture into an ice cube tray to freeze.  The recipe above will get you about a couple trays worth and it thaws very nicely.  I've got a wonderful baby risotta recipe coming up soon, so I hope you'll joing us again for that one!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Learning the Ropes

Thanks to the resources from Pioneer Woman Photography and good, old-fashioned tips from my friends Marissa, Jenn, and Emily, I am slowly starting to learn more about how to take better photos.  For the first time, I am shooting out of either AUTO or the Running Man (what's the official name for that?) Mode with my DSLR camera.  It's certainly not a mac-daddy camera and it's already a couple years old, but I have loved every minute of shooting with it.  And now that I actually kinda sorta somewhat know what aperture, shutter speed, and ISO are, it has opened up a whole new world of options.

For example, I shot this photo of Evan's cousin's little lady at a family gathering last weekend.  I was using Aperture Priority mode and used f-4.5.  I have no idea what my shutter speed was at, but I think the ISO was set at 800. 


Of course, the "Seventies" action from The Pioneer Woman made a big difference there.  Here are a few more of my favorites from that afternoon.  Enjoy!





I'm really excited to keep learning more and more about how to actually use my camera.  Maybe, just maybe, I'll get to the point where I can shoot in manual mode!  Of course, the Catch 22 of this is that the more I learn about how to take good photos, the more I'm going to lust after better lenses and a better camera.  Bad Sarah.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Project Life Tuesday - June Week Two

How on earth did we make it to the halfway point of this year already?  Ever since starting this project on January 26th, I have actually managed to take a photo every single day.  I'm really excited to see how this unique photo album is coming together and I'm sure it's going to end up being a cherished keepsake of this year for our family.


Sunday, June 6th - Boys.  They take apart dinosaurs and make the decapitated head bite off Daddy's nose.


Monday, June 7th - Isaiah was introduced to the wonderful world of finger paint today!  Of course, he preferred to use the brushes, but he eventually created a beautiful masterpiece for Mommy to hang in her scraproom!

Tuesday, June 8th - I put the finishing touches on this layout right before the season finale of Glee.  It annoys me that some of the paper ripped off the title when I put on the Xyron adhesive, but that's the way it's going to stay!

Wednesday, June 9th - When he's not yanking on Micah's arms, trying to ride him like a horse, or taking his toys away, Isaiah can sit still for two seconds for me to get a photo like this.


Thursday, June 10th - One coffee table plus one large orange blanket equals a solid 10 minutes of fun in a living room fort!

Friday, June 11th - "I don't know about you, Micah, but I'd much rather be watching Toy Story."

Saturday, June 12th - If I didn't know better, I'd say Micah wishes I would put down the stinkin' camera and pick him up already!

Hopefully the rain will clear out a bit so I can get outside to keep playing with my camera soon.  Enjoy your week!

Monday, June 14, 2010

A New Record!

I broke my savings record at Target today!  Needing a little retail therapy after a stressful morning (more on that in a later post, I promise), I hit up my favorite store for some well-earned freebies and discounts.  Of course, I came home to a Google Reader full of new deals I missed, but I was still pretty pleased at my results. 

2 packs of Huggies, 1 Trop50 juice, 1 Classico Pasta Sauce, 1 lb Starbucks coffee, 1 can baby puffs, 1 Warm Delights Mini-Melts, 2 tubes of Desitin, 2 Dove deodorants, 2 Dove body mists, 1 can tomato paste. 2 Sobe LifeWaters, 1 box Mac & Cheese, 2 Lysol Toilet Bowl cleaners, 2 boxes Eggo waffles, 1 Scrubbing Bubble Automatic Shower Cleaner starter kit, 4 Vanish Drop-Ins, 1 Scrubbing Bubble Extend-a-Clean Shower Power Sprayer, 2 Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet cleaning gels, 1 Scrubbling Bubbles 2-in-1 Toilent Cleaning Wand Starter Kit, 1 Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Wand refills

Whew!  I think I hit everything!  I had to bust it into two transactions to be able to use all the coupons I wanted to, but it worked out.

I spent a total of $43.96.....but I saved a total of $77.06!!

These kind of receipts make for a nightmare to enter into the budget, but it sure was fun.  And I'm going to have the cleanest shower and toilets EVER

Sunday, June 13, 2010

The Coupon Binder

I am quoting directly from the mouth of one of my male coworkers here:

"You're like a 65 year old woman in a young chick's body."

Ummm, thanks....I think.  What inspired such an interesting comment/compliment/insult/whatever it was?  My coupon binder.  It was a Sunday morning, so I had grabbed my Sunday paper before heading to work and pulled out the coupon inserts and my favorite circulars.  I tucked these goodies inside my coupon binder and headed in to the restaurant.  I needed to pick up a few things after work, so I spent some time after my shift going through the coupons, clipping, and filing them in my binder.  Of course, that's when I got the looks and the comments. 

It just wasn't working anymore to try to cram all my coupons in that little accordion folder I had.  I can't tell you how many times I had to keep myself from cursing in the middle of the grocery aisle as I sent stacks of coupons fluttering to the floor while trying to hunt for a particular one.  I needed something better, so (in true Type A fashion) I hit the Internet to research.  I really liked the idea of a coupon binder so I compiled tips from numerous websites, headed to Walmart, and spent about 2 hours putting together my version. 

Step 1 - Pick a pretty binder: Several of the websites I looked at recommended using a zippered binder, but I just didn't like the look of those.  Call me snobbish, if you will, but I wanted something pretty.  I went with a 1" binder, but I quickly realized I probably should have purchased a 1 1/2 inch.  This is working though!

Step 2 - Set it Up:  Fill your binder with a full pack of baseball card sheet protectors.  I found mine at the front of the store in Walmart by all the collectible card games and such.  I also purchased two packs of dividers (with pockets please!) with tabs that you can write your own labels on and erase as you see fit.  I labelled them with these categories and put them in my binder in this order - Store Coupons (for Target coupons, Walgreens, and Piggly Wiggly), Refrigerated & Meat, Beverages, Fruits & Veggies, Pasta & Soup, Snacks & Lunches, Breakfast & Baking, Sides & Condiments, Frozen & Bread, Baby, Food Storage & Paper Products, Cleaning, Medicines & Vitamins, Body & Teeth, Hair & Beauty, Batteries & Misc.  I tried to set my binder up according to the way I shop, by store and by how the store is set up.  I also put one 8 1/2 x 11 regular page protector at the back of my binder for coupons to Archivers, Michaels, and any other random or oversized coupons I might encounter.  I put another regular page protector at the front of my binder to be my "To be Filed" folder.  This comes in very handy when you're out shopping and you decide not to purchase an item you had set aside a coupon for.  Just throw it in that page protector and refile it when you get home!

Step 3 - File your coupons:  I took out that over flowing accordion folder and sorted every single coupon into one of the above categories.  I folded the coupon so that I could see the product and what the value of the coupon was.  When the page is flipped, I can usually see the expiration date on the coupons.  I tried to keep like things together as much as possible (Huggies separate from Pampers, Target coupons by department, etc.) 

Step 4 - Don't Forget the Tools!:  I also purchased a $0.97 zippered bag to put in the front of the binder to hold a pen and a scissors.  These are essential!  There are times when I only have time to print the coupons and throw them in the front page of the binder before I leave the house and I have to leave the clipping for later.  It's real handy to have the scissors right there to be able to cut it out when I need it.  I also figured out that large Post-Its make for amazing shopping lists!  I use different colors for different stores (pink for Target!) and then just stick 'em to the inside cover of my binder for easy transport.  When I get to the store, I take the list out and ......wait for it.....put the Post-It on the handle of my cart!!  Try it just once.  I promise you'll be amazed.

Step 4 - Stock your ads:  Last, but not least, I slip a copy of the recent circulars I will be using in the front and back pockets.  Grocery store ads go in the back, Target and Walgreens in the front.  It's nice to have these handy so you can price check or remind yourself about a special you planned on checking out.

And that's it!  There's how I set up my ultra-nerdy coupon binder that is quickly revolutionizing how I shop.  If I'm wandering through the Tarjay abyss and I see a trial sized Dove body wash for $0.98, I can quickly flip to the "Body" section of my binder to see if I have a coupon that could score it for free.  No more digging through piles of coupons, no more dropping scraps of paper all over the floor.  I love it. 

How do you set up your coupons?  Do you have a system you'd like to share?  Maybe you already have a coupon is it set up?  Do you have any suggestions for me on how to improve mine?

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