Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mother-Daughter Sock Hop this Friday Night

Last year was the 1st Annual Mother-Daughter Sock Hop at Azalea City Church of God. Our gym was turned into a plethora of girls sporting poodle skirts, rolled up jeans, and everything in between. One of our Wednesday Night Girl’s Clubs served up some amazing Coke floats and we had all sorts of “Dime Store” candy available.

My entourage included my Darling Little Girl, my Precious Mama, my Lovely Sister, and my Aunt. Last year’s Sock Hop was truly about making memories for my family. My Aunt was suffering from breast cancer and this was the last outing she had before cancer took her life only a few short weeks later. I will always cherish the night we had. Even though all she could do was sit in the chair as an onlooker, I know her heart was full. Her voice was almost non-existent but with her faint whisper she would tell us, “Go Dance.” She didn’t want us sitting around just because she couldn’t get up there with us. She wanted to enjoy watching us and I am so glad she did.

I don’t think I have ever had so much fun with the women in my family. My daughter had an absolutely wonderful time dancing all around with us and her friends, playing Limbo, eating candy, taking pictures, and trying Coke floats. I quickly learned that my body was no longer a Limbo champion. I could barely get down there like I used to do. All you locals that hung out at the Holiday Skate Palace every Friday night when you were younger know exactly what I am talking about!!

This Friday, October 15th, will be the 2nd Annual Mother-Daughter Sock Hop at Azalea City Church of God. Tickets are On Sale Now or at the Door for $15.00 per couple or $7.50 per individual. For more information, feel free to email me.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fabulous Find: Hahira Honeybee Festival

The Hahira Honeybee Festival is here and excitement is in the air! Having grown up in South Georgia, I remember looking forward with anticipation to the Street Dance which was once a part of the festivities. It was always good, clean fun and has provided me with lots of fond memories.

Unfortunately, the dance is no longer part of the festival BUT there is still SO much for families to do. Tomorrow is one of my favorite parts of the festival-- an array of Arts & Crafts booths, food concessions, a 5K run, a bike ride, cloggers, a Kid's Zone, and even a dog show.

Bling Fling will be one of the vendors tomorrow. Bling Fling is an accessory and jewelry business owned and operated by Maranda Douglas. She carries over 100 different styles and all items are $10.00 or less. You can also find "Bling Fling" on Facebook.

Another booth close to my heart will be my Aunt Charlene's booth. She has embroidered bags and is doing something very close to my heart. November will be a year that my Aunt Hazel lost her battle to breast cancer. Aunt Charlene has bags with the Pink Cancer Ribbon embroidered on them and she can add "In Memory Of" and a name of your special lost loved one. She is graciously donating all proceeds from these bags to The American Cancer Society.

If you have some down time tomorrow, I hope you will head on over to Hahira and enjoy all that the Hahira Honeybee Festival has to offer.

Farmer's Furniture 25% Off

Farmer's Furniture at 5 Points will have select items 25% off Saturday, October 8th.

The catch?
You have to make your selections between 8 am and 9 am.

Then, as I understood it, from 9 am to 10 am, select items will be 15 % off and anytime after 10 am, same select items will be 10% off.

There were lots of good deals waiting to be had when I was there today. I saw a beautiful table that I would love to have.

Happy Saving!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fabulous Find: Sears Valdosta Clearance

After eating Chinese in the mall tonight, we took a leisurely stroll that landed us some SUPER deals at Sears. I have written before about how awesome their clearance can be. I think people forget that they have kids clothes, more like really cute kids clothes. All clearance items were an additional 50% off the lowest clearance price.

I know it is 5 months until the Father-Daughter Dance but we found a really pretty dress tonight that was originally $48.00 for $9.00!! If we don't use it for the Father-Daughter we will use it for Easter or maybe even both. The coolest part: I've had my eyes on that dress for awhile and it looks like my waiting paid off!

We also got a cute red, white, and blue sundress for $3.00 and it came with the matching dress for a baby doll.

We have several friends that are expecting so we couldn't pass up some adorable Carter's outfits. Some were priced as low as $2.50 for 3 pieces!!

I even saw a cute pair of sandals for 99 cents!!

My husband also found a pair of Levi's for $14.99 which is great since he is 6 foot 5 inches tall!!

There were only 2 problems with this sale, (1) I left a 15% off total purchase coupon in my car and (2) I forgot to ask how long the sale lasts.

* I was trying to load some pictures of the dresses but for some reason they weren't loading correctly.

$87.46 for $18.78 at Publix Valdosta

I scored some great deals at Publix last night. The ad this week is AMAZING!

Some of my most fabulous finds were:
3 bottles of Covergirl Nail Polish (FREE after coupons)
2 packages of Ore Ida Steam Mash Potatoes (99 cents each after coupons)
Ore Ida Hashbrowns (FREE)
5 packages of Philadelphia Cream Cheese for $1.25 (25 cents each)
2 containers of Quaker Quick Cook Oatmeal (32 cents each)
2 bottles of All Free and Clear Laundry Detergent for 99 cents each
1 box of Finish Dishwasher Gelpacs for $1.99

Since I couldn't find my coupon for Kraft Homestyle Macaroni and Cheese, I took advantage of the Buy Theirs Get Ours Free deal on the regular Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

I purchased 31 items and my total after coupons was $18.78. That is approximately 60 cents per item.

The current Coupon Policy at Publix Valdosta:
  • allows you to use (1) store coupon and (1) manufacturer coupon per item
  • accepts competitor coupons that you can stack (use with) 1 manufacturer coupon BUT you can not use (1) competitor coupon + (1) Publix coupon + (1) manufacturer coupon. You will have to choose between the Publix coupon and the competitor coupon to stack with a manufacturer coupon
  • Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) items ring up half the original price so you can purchase just ONE item and pay half price

*Like anything else, you will have cashiers that may allow you to do differently.

*They do take the Rite Aid $5 off $25 coupon BUT not the ones that you receive for watching videos.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Good Food, Great Price: Hibachi Express Valdosta

My husband loves, loves, loves one particular local Japanese restaurant and insists (rightfully so) that all Japanese restaurants aren't the same. So after church yesterday (and after spending a considerable amount of money this weekend eating out) we were looking for something good but reasonably priced for lunch. We decided to check-out Hibachi Express on Ashley Street. I was hoping he would like it...and he did!! YAY!

I have eaten lunch at Hibachi Express one other time with my mom and sister and I knew it was good but today I also realized how affordable it can be for a family on a budget. I ordered the Half order of Hibachi Steak which comes with the rice and vegetables. My husband ordered the Large order of Hibachi Steak. We both ordered drinks. Our total was $14 and some change.

My daughter shared with me and I still couldn't eat all of the Half order. My husband was stuffed yet his plate still looked full. We could have easily purchased one Large Hibachi Steak and an additional order of just vegetables to split between the three of us.

With ball season fast approaching, I am sure we will find this on the dinner menu some nights.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Review Time: CSN Stores

"Isn't it ironic..." I was browsing an article last week in the newest addition of Country Living when I noticed that the beautiful home I was reading about is home to the owners of CSN Stores. I have come to really adore CSN Stores. I love the convenience of having all the stores on one easy-to-access web site.

CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from
coffee tables to fantastic fitness equipment to cookware! I was delighted to learn that I am being given another opportunity to review one of their products. With so many items to choose from, I will have a hard time deciding.