Saturday, October 18, 2014

I admit (please don't hate me) I am not into Halloween. I never have, never will be...I just think it is a waste.....except for the free candy part. (lol) We buy costumes for $20 each that get worn and ripped...I just don't see the point...but okay, it's for my kids so I get into it for them. Ugh. The things we do for the little ones. Anyway, that is all Xavier has been talking about the past few days. He is really into it because his friends are into it at school.

Xavier, as Batman!
His school had a really nice little Fall party for the kids and their families Friday night. Xavier was totally excited because he got to wear his Batman costume, and he was excited Zayden got to go to his school too. (our little Sock Monkey) They had pumpkin painting, cooking decorating, games. It was really cute and all the kids were dancing. I spent the night chasing after Zayden all night. I was looking at pictures on the Facebook and all you see is me running in the background.
Zayden, worlds cutest Sock Monkey!

I try to find as many little parties for the kids to wear their
costumes to as I can. I want my monies worth out of them. Call me cheap, I don't care...I want them to wear the darn things to bed if they want! haha. The good thing is with Xavier, he will wear his until they are completely ripped up to play. I will have Batman protecting the house until Easter. Any other parents like this?

They are having a party in his class. I do not know if anyone remembers, last year I made the cutest white chocolate covered Twinkies that looked like mummies for X's class. They were adorable if I do say so myself....this year....I do not know what to do. There is a peanut allergy in his class...sooo I have to be careful anything that I send. I was thinking about Chocolate covered Oreos on a stick decorated really cute but I haven't looked at the packaging to see if those are Peanut/Soy free. I get frustrated because I am not used to this...okay, maybe not frustrated but more concerned, the last thing I would want to do is mess something up and a child get sick. Maybe just order something peanut/soy free? Ideas would help...please....leave comments! I like ideas!

Okay, time to get the boys upstairs. Even on the weekends I keep a schedule....I'm cool uncool like that!

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

All this was not even $25! 
NEW OBSESSION ALERT! Well, lets start by saying since I am a stay at home mommy I find it my job to save the house as much money as I can. Andrew brings home the bacon...I make the bacon go as far is it can go...even if it is cutting it up into bacon bits! LOL. Well, during Andrews training he is not making his base price, he goes 10 weeks making a lot less because it is training. We knew this going in, we have money in savings all prepared...but that doesn't mean I am not looking for ways to make out money go as far as possible. My goal is to not touch our savings. Well, well, well...what is a wife to do......COUPON! 

I started joining groups about couponing on Facebook about a month ago. I just watched as everyone talked about their deals and how they were getting them and I started taking notes. I also started collecting as many inserts as I possibly could. I asked family to save them and I started finding creative ways to get them. I have been averaging getting 10-20 inserts a week. I have been cutting and organizing all of them. I then started to join in on the fun...and when I say fun, I get on coupon HIGHS! It is soo easy and you save soo much money. I already have a little stock pile going! 

I did two big hauls today, they are not actually "big" in the couponing world, but to me this was big. My first one was easy to get. I collected 10 soft soap hand soap coupons a few weeks ago. My local grocery store (that doubles coupons) had them on sale for $1.00 each. My coupon was for $.35 cents that doubled to $.70 off. BAM....$.30 cents for each hand soap. I got 10 of them for $3.00. How easy is that! I have 2 BOYS...hand soap is precious in the Craddock house....this was so fun to me. I mean $3.00 for 10 of them! BINGO!!! 

Even Zayden is excited I got all this for $13! 

Target has a good deal going on on Herbal Essence shampoo and cream rinse if you have at least 4 of
the buy one get one coupons that were in an insert a few weeks ago. You use the Target coupon that is in their sale ad this week for $5 off an order of $20 or more. You buy 8 Herbal Essence shampoo/cream rinse products and use the 4 BOGO all comes up to a total of $5.30 cents! Some Targets people are getting them all for free, but if the coupon is entered correctly it should be $5.30...or around there depending on your sales tax! How easy is that! I now have 16 HE's that will last us probably til the end of the year if not longer!

I am by no means a pro at this, I am depending on break downs from others and some good apps that price match and figure things out that I miss....but I am learning. I am saving us soo much money already and I just started. If you have any questions feel free to ask...I will help if I can, if I can save money doing this....ANYONE can. It is easy with just a few hours a week dedicated to it! I will keep you posted...and maybe start a section of deals for my area....once I get better!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

I have been missing from blogging for a few weeks, but I promise I have a good reason. After being off of work since May, Andrew goes back to work Sept 22nd. We have been getting the house in order and the kids on a schedule, especially with Xavier being in school.

I am being honest, I am really getting nervous to getting back in the groove of "stay at home mom" with no help at all. I got used to Andrew being home and us working together all summer with the boys. Do not get me wrong, I love being a full time mommy, but once you get used to that help and then knowing it is going to be taken away, it can be scary.

For instance, Xavier started 1st grade 3 weeks ago. Andrew and I have been taking turns getting up in the morning and getting him off to school. This way Zayden got to stay in bed longer and sleep in the morning. Well, next Monday it is going to just be me in the morning so I have to get back into a groove of getting both boys up and ready to head to the bus stop. I am not complaining, I actually love doing this, all last year getting X off to the bus and us coming back and cuddling on the couch with coffee and milk watching the Today Show was my favorite time of the day because it was so quiet, so I am hoping to get that little time back with Zayden.

Another reason why I am nervous is because Andrew doesn't know what his schedule is going to be like while training. Honestly, he only knows what time he needs to be there Monday, he doesn't even know what time he is going to be off. The unknown to me is what has me going crazy. I am such a planner, so not knowing when he is going to be home and everything makes me insane. Xavier is getting much more homework and responsibility being in 1st grade, so when he gets home we have dinner, homework, baths, and chores to do before we go to bed. I try to have everything done and them up in bed by 8pm. I do not know how this is going to go when it is just mommy here in the evenings. I am really nervous I am not going to be able to do this. HAHA. Seriously, can I do this? Of course I can, it is going to take some getting used to.

The next few weeks I cannot promise how I am going to be blogging. I would love to be able to log on every night and have a chance to vent and document all the changes going on in the house, but I do not know if I am going to be able to do that. Sooo...wish me luck. I am going to need it. The next few months are going to be a big change.....but I just keep looking at the outcome.....and it is all worth it. We can do this! :)

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

I am so excited to finally be able to make a post about Andrews new career move! If anyone didn't know, Andrew got laid off from his job of over 9 years due to corporate outsourcing. He got the summer off but couldn't really enjoy it as much as he would of liked because the future was always on his mind. He was applying to different positions at different companies that he normally wouldn't have the chance to try...! After many interviews, tests, and everything else that went with it....He got the position of our dreams, he will be driving for Port Authority Transit....the big city buses in Pittsburgh. We couldn't of dreamed of anything better. We are so excited, he starts his training September 22nd and will be on his own at the end of November.

This job has so many perks and has opened so many doors for us. Andrew officially made me withdraw from school (didn't take too much convincing) and just to concentrate on our kids and family....I will not even have to think about getting a job, he wants me to just be the best mommy that I can be and to continue doing my dream job of being a stay at home mom! I hear more baby cries in our future.....hehe. We are also starting to take buying a house more seriously. We have started to make a "must have" list and a list that we can give or take on....even though buying a house will have to be another year or year and half we really want to keep a look out on areas and prices/size and things like that. Buying a house is going to be a long hard process for us because Andrew and I are very picky and know what we want, we don't want to settle for anything we don't deserve.

I am just so excited, the hours and stuff are going to be a big change for us, he will probably get the crappy hours and have to work weekends and holidays, but we look at it as more money in our pockets, we can always celebrate holidays later or on different days...right? It is all about family anyway!

Sorry, I just had to share my joy with the world, this is a huge change for our family and I just want to shout it from the top of the world!
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Friday, August 29, 2014

What are 5 things you are going to miss about summer?

1. SLEEPING IN! Although, I LOVE the schedule around the house....I miss not having to have a responsibility of getting a little one on the bus! 

2. Going to the pool.....even though we went only a handful of times because of the not normal summer weather. 

3. Summer Dresses! I love wearing summer dresses, they are so easy to put on and just be comfy but still look cute. I guess I can just throw an over sized sweater on some long ones or a jean jacket...right? 

4. Cook Outs! I love BBQ'ing and all the summer foods. Even though my hubby and I grill all year round (yes even in the snow) there is nothing like the summer time BBQ. 

5. Big Brother! I Love this TV saddens me that it is almost over. It is the one thing I look forward to every year! 

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

I am sitting here, on a Sunday morning with my complete shock I am sending my little boy off to 1st grade tomorrow.

Last year this time I was a complete emotional wreck because I was sending him alone all day to Kindergarten. This year, I am more excited that he gets to be with his friends get out of the house so mommy gets some quiet. LOL.

I always said in the past "I will not be that kind of parent that is excited for summer to end". Well, I am exactly that parent. I can honestly admit I am tired of trying to keep him busy and happy all day. I am tired of trying to do my chores only to be interrupted with "I am hungry" or "I am bored" whines. I am excited that I get to put his little butt on the bus and I can come back with only 1 child and get everything done and have some quiet house time. I am now....that parent. 

I am still in shock that I am a parent of a 1st grader. It is one thing to have a Kindergartner, that is a big step in itself, but in reality this year is the year everything starts to count. Last year was practice....which is soo needed...this year is more of a smack in the face. (Kindergarten is a BIG DEAL, I am not saying its not) This year is different because I logged into Xavier's class and reality smacked me in the face.....HE HAS DIFFERENT CLASSES. He has Science, Social Studies, Math, Spelling, English, etc. Is this real life, is my little man growing up....and the answer is YES. I pray that he doesn't have homework in these classes, how am I going to keep up....I think I am more nervous then he is!

Anyone have any tips for this mommy? This mommy is one worried mommy. I cannot believe this is real life.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

I am so sick of people commenting and running their mouths about the Michael Brown case...actually I am sick of white people talking as if race has nothing to do with this officers actions. If you are a white person that doesn't think race has anything to do with this case, you are living in your own little world and you are more scary then the person that is our right racist.

I am a wife of a black man, and my kids are I understand what black people go through on a day to day basis. I obviously do not understand or go through all of it, but I understand it more then the white family down the street that get to do things in life without having to deal with the looks and the mistreating that we go through. If we go through that as a blended family, I cannot imagine what a black family goes through day to day.

For instance, we were at a department store a few weeks ago and we got followed around and asked if we needed "help" throughout our whole time there. Reading this as a white person you might say "that was not racist, they were trying to help you". That is when I laugh and think to myself "you poor white privileged person" (yes I think that about my own race too) What we went through was "I am going to watch you and "act" extra nice so I can keep my eye on you so you don't steal from my store".

When it comes to the Michael Brown case I cannot understand how ANYONE can justify a cop shooting an unarmed man at least 6 times. SERIOUSLY....6 TIMES? I understand the argument of "he charged the officer". I thought officers were not trained to kill, they were trained to wound, to stop the person from coming after them. 6 times? 6 freaking times?

I have been posting pictures that support the protesters in the Michael Brown case on my Instagram and on my Facebook. I have lost a total of 19 IG followers and 2 Facebook followers over it. Race really brings out the truth in people.

Someone on my Facebook posted "they are not on the bandwagon of supporting Michael Brown". Is that what you call what we are doing? To me that showed how this person really feels about others. You think that me standing up for my husband, my sons, my family "on the bandwagon"? I feel that this person is on the white privileged bandwagon....!

I am sorry this post is all over the place, I am just so overwhelmed with emotion on this the past few weeks and I am so angry at how a lot of white people are looking at it....looking at it through their eyes of never having to go through racism a day in their lives and not looking at it through the eyes of people that have to over come daily obstacles because of the color of their skin. Believe it or not people, racism is out there and it is out of control.

Rant over.

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