“what’s YOUR deal?”

CVS/pharmacy recently gave some of my fellow bloggers and me an early look at their new ad campaign – what’s your deal? Not only did I think it was hilarious, but it’s genius, really.

Take a look —


Oh, boy… how I can relate to the defeated look on Danielle’s face! While my kids have never used the entire wall as the canvas of masterpieces, the headaches they have given me sure do compare. The above ad met me where I am as a worn-out, hard-working mom.

And, that? Was just plain funny!

A sneak peak at the clever advertising above was only just a teeny fraction of the surprises that awaited us at CVS HQ last month. Before our trip, they sent each of us brand new iPads to check out the new way to see a personalized version of their weekly ad, based on our past CVS purchase history. ExtraCare offers are highlighted, and any items you’ve previously purchased are bumped to the very top of the list to make your shopping plans easy and convenient.

Here is myWeekly Ad for this week —

CVS/pharmacy myWeekly Ad In addition to learning more about CVS and this new tool, a peek at wonderful gifts fit for giving from CVS this Holiday season was a fun surprise – Christmas is October! We got to play with decorating and entertaining items, stocking stuffers and more. Quite honestly I was surprised at the variety and value. Especially when looking at the gift ideas under $25! I mean, I have shopped at CVS for snack items, beauty  and personal products, and medication, but never before for gifts.

I must confess, however, that the absolute BEST part of the trip was seeing, touching, feeling, and trying a wide variety of beauty products. In the midst of everything from perfumes and colognes to skin care items and makeup, I had a blast!

In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some of my favorite products from CVS, so stay tuned!

Disclosure:  All expenses to Rhode Island were paid for by CVS , as well as product (including the iPad mini), to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

Fall Mantle Decor {On a Budget}

Autumn is my absolute favorite time of year. The mouth-watering aroma of baked goods, the crisp Fall air, sweaters and boots, colorful leaves, and early nights. What’s not to love?

I also love Thanksgiving and decorating for this Holiday. In fact, I usually pull out my decor on the very first day of Fall. But, this year, I decided to wait a bit so I could invest in a couple of new accent pieces. However, after a trip to Walmart, I was able to update my Fall decor collection with just a few inexpensive items.

fall mantle decor on a budget

I bought a couple of Apple Pumpkin scented pillar candles to place on my candle holders – you can get some holders just like mine at Walmart.com – some Maple leaf garland, a small tin, and orange and yellow silk flowers. Although you can’t see it well in the photos, my favorite new piece, is the Spotted Owl Plug-In Warmer that I found for $10! (The plate was gifted to me years ago, and I bought the Better Homes & Gardens pumpkin votive holder last year at Walmart.)

Fall Mantle decor

If you’ve waited to decorate for Fall, wait no longer! You can find everything you need for a beautiful mantle, even on a budget.  I promise.

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Easy On, Easy Off {Huggies Little Movers $2 off coupon}

What’s your baby’s technique? Are they a kicker, roller, flipper, bouncer or jumper? Huggies Little Movers Slip-On Diapers make it easy to change any type of squirmy baby with the dependable leakage protection of the Huggies brand. Not only are they easy to slide on, but taking them off is just as simple with a tear side.

These diapers really are great for on the go changes. In fact, they take half the time to put on than a normal diapers, saving all of us busy moms lots of time, especially when we’re on the go and there is no good place for our little toddler to lie down. Also, I was thinking these Slip-On Diapers will make the transition in to real undies with Timmy just a bit easier, as soon as he’s ready to potty train, being that they are very similar to the big boy undies his big brothers wear. I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

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Save Time and Money with Menu Planning

After a long day with the kiddos, the last thing I feel like doing is making a decision about what to eat.  I am drained, they are hungry and McDonald’s looks, and even sounds, very tempting.  But, we don’t do that quite as much now that I menu plan.

I started to menu plan to help avoid the overspending of either take-out or grocery shopping at the last minute.  It has helped us ensure we are saving our money and are eating healthier meals.  Quite honestly, I can plan better to ensure that the kids are getting items on the menu they also enjoy!  Although, they have never complained about Ronald and friends. :)

Menu Planning is simply creating a menu for your family meals.  If you are interested in 1) preventing headaches, 2) saving your money, and 3) saving your time you may want to give it a try.

Here are a few tips to help you if you are interested in Menu Planning:

What does your family eat?
What they *actually* eat.  I have a Menu Planning Recipe Box that includes the meals my family eats the most.  This is a great resource to utilize as you are creating the meal ideas for your family and will be helpful as you plan too.  Your list will help you focus energy on the meals your family enjoys.

What is on sale?
With the list of your family favorites, look at the grocery ads to find ingredients you can prepare on the cheap.  By doing this, you are getting these items at a discount.  You will probably have items in your pantry or freezer that you can use as well (stockpiling items at low, low prices is a good thing to consider).  Your menu plan will help to prevent last minute trips to the store.

How often will you Menu Plan?
I personally plan my menu by the week, but some menu plan by the month.  Just pick a frequency that works for you and start planning.  With your list of meal ideas and grocery list of menu ingredients, creating your actual menu plan will be an easy step.

Creating your Menu Plan
Keeping a written/printed menu plan is the easiest thing to do.  Each Sunday, I create and print off our Menu Plan for the upcoming week.  I pull or print required recipes.  I then clip all recipes together and hang on the fridge for quick access when I’m ready to cook.  This step helps to execute your plan.  I can quickly look at the menu plan and get meat thawing in the fridge or bring items up from our stockpile.  So, when it’s time to cook, the prep is done and I just prepare our feast!

Menu Planning helps tremendously, but sometimes life gets in the way and I don’t prepare each meal as planned.  But, at least I have a plan in place so I don’t overspend trying to pull something together on the fly.  I feel better about what I do accomplish because at least I took the time to prepare a plan.  And, knowing I saved time, money and a few headaches makes it worth it for me!

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