Perrigo Nutritionals GIVEAWAY WINNER

Hello friends!

Thank you ladies for all of your money saving tips! The general theme for money saving: Coupons, buy store brands, Consignment stores/sales, planning meals ahead and shopping at local farmers markets!  All awesome tips.  And now that the weather is getting nicer we can take advantage of the farmers markets around us for delicious produce. And now the moment you have been waiting for…

We have a winner!!!

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Brittney from Life in a Holding Pattern!!!  Congrats Brittney!  Email me your address (dorsah(at)gmail(dot)com) and I will pass it along to Heather and she will send you your Prize box :)

Thanks again ladies!

I hope everyone has a lovely day!

Cheers!

Extreme Home Makeover- Guest Room Edition

Hello friends!

We finally painted the guest room!  If you don’t remember what it looked like….

IMG_4472mmmm yellow. No thanks.  It has taken me months to figure out what color I wanted to paint it and my original thought was to paint it Tiffany Blue, but I couldn’t find the exact color I wanted.  My sister and I spent a good bit of time in the paint department at Home Depot before coming away with the most perfect color EVER!

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I love love love it!  The room is obviously not done yet because we don’t have much in there. But I figure I would share what it looks like now, so I can document the progress.

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In a few years we will be making this our master bedroom and expanding the bathroom into this room, but for now our guest will finally have somewhere to stay :)

Now if I can only find some time to paint Liam’s bathroom and re-paint our master I would be a happy camper.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Home Makeover to do list

Hello friends!

Here I go making lists again! I’ve been wanting to create a list of things we want to do around the house this year. I think I finally have a good sense of what needs to be done.  So without further ado (because I know you have been holding your breath for this post) my 2014 home makeover to do list, in no particular order of course.

  • Finish changing the outlets
  • build a fireplace mantle
  • pick up the living room chair from Haverty’s
  • decorate the living room walls
  • get basement carpet cleaned
  • re-do basement ceiling
  • paint basement
  • paint Liam’s bathroom
  • re-paint master bedroom
  • paint and decorate Liam’s big boy room
  • restore & paint Liam’s bunk beds
  • put crown molding in the living and dining rooms
  • build another gate for the deck stairs
  • paint and decorate mudroom (will redo the mudroom in a few years)
  • decorate the guest room
  • make “ruler” height chart for Liam’s room

This list seems a bit ambitious but if you don’t set big goals you will never achieve anything! I’m actually hoping we can do most of the stuff by the end of the summer, but we will see! Wish us luck!

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Happy Birthday Ba!

Hello friends!

Happy April Fool’s Day and a very very happy birthday to my bestest friend Bethany!

IMG_8609 11056_815211447623_6845450_nWe have been best friends since kindergarten!  That’s almost 25 years, note I said ALMOST. It’s closer to 24 years but really who is counting.

Bethany, I think for our official 25 year  friendaversary we should go on a trip or do something fun.  After-all we need to celebrate a quarter century of greatness together.

I don’t know what I would do without her in my life., We are states away but one phone call makes me feel like she is standing in the room with me.

I love you Ba! Thank you for being such a great friend :) I hope you have an amazing day and an even better year :)

Cheers!

 

Extreme Home Makeover- Dining Room Edition

Hello friends!

I realized that I have a bunch of rooms I have yet to share with you all

We have been pretty busy painting and changing outlets throughout the house. The dining room has actually been “done” for a while. Well at least I think it’s done. I cant decide if I want to get two more pieces of furniture to go along the side walls or not. Maybe you all can help me.

This is what the dinning room looked like when we bought the house:

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We spent almost an entire day painting it,

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Here is what it looks like today:

IMG_5945 IMG_5950 IMG_5951I want to install crown molding :) I will post another update when we finally get to that.. haha.

So I’m thinking of getting something to go in these spaces:

IMG_5947 IMG_5946Thoughts?

I think I need to make a trip to home goods ;)

Have a great day!

Cheers!

 

 

 

Perrigo Nutritionals review and GIVEAWAY

Hello friends,

Long time no talk. I’ve been super lazy/lame when it comes to updating my blog. I know I keep saying I will get better but it has been really hard.  I promise I will keep trying!

But I am here today and I want to share a few products with you all. Heather reached out to me a few weeks ago and I am finally ready to share my thoughts and pictures :).

I received an awesome box filled with goodies for Liam from Perrigo Nutritionals.

IMG_5874“Many moms are not aware that they can save up to 50 percent on infant formula by choosing a store brand over a national brand.  Store Brand Formula is nutritionally comparable to the national brands, yet are typically up to half the price, and can save you about $600 a year. Perrigo Nutritionals is the largest supplier of Store Brand Infant Formula and nutrition products in the world and one of only four companies recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for meeting the strict FDA requirements for safety, nutrition and quality for infant formula-manufacturing in the United States. Same standards and expertise used to develop infant formula applied to toddler foods. Toddler foods are appropriately developed for variety of stages of growth and motor skills with quality, nutritional ingredients to create foundation of good nutrition.” *

I was really surprised to find out that most of the infant store brand foods are made by one company. It is good to know that one company is responsible to uphold the high standards that I have for the foods I feed my son.

I also received a sweet book.

IMG_5871I have yet to read it but here are Five money saving tips for families as outline in this book.

Crystal Paine’s 5 Money Saving Tips for Families

Create a Budget
A budget gives you parameters and purpose, it gives you boundaries, and it gives you freedom to live creatively within those boundaries.

Shop With Cash
When you shop with a credit card (or even a debit card, for that matter!) you can have your budget in your head and you can do the best to stick with it when you check out, but it’s so much easier to go just a little bit over here and there when you’re swiping!

Plan a Menu
When you have a plan in place for what you’re supposed to be eating each meal and you’ve already purchased the ingredients for those recipes, it’s a lot harder to justify chucking the plan for takeout.

Use Coupons
Coupons are a great way to save a lot of money on your grocery bill, but they can be hard to keep up with. Clipping, sorting, and organizing coupons takes time — so enter a coupon database! You’ll have access to printable and other coupons currently available and it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to save money on groceries.

Buy Store Brands
One way to save a great deal of money on your grocery budget is to learn to like and use a variety of brands. The sooner you can get over being a brand-snob, the more your pocketbook will thank you.
For example, while I breast fed my children, moms who choose to formula feed can save up to 50 percent by switching to store brand formula, which meets the same FDA quality standards as expensive name brands. There are also coupons available at a website – StoreBrandFormula.com (www.storebrandformula.com).  This one simple change can save moms about $600 a year.

It’s a good thing to know that these are some of the rules that I follow in my daily life.  You all know how much I love coupons!  I really need to get back into the swing of coupon-ing, because that was really saving us a ton of money.  Not to mention it was a sweet adrenaline rush every time I went to the checkout counter.

Liam loves everything in this box. I think his favorite are all the yogurt bites. He shoves them in his mouth. Recently, I’ve been mixing all the fruit pouches in with his oatmeal. He seems to really love it.

I am also excited to tell you that Perrigo Nutritionals is sponsoring a giveaway today.

They will provide one reader a gift pack similar to the one I received!  There are 2 ways to enter.  One entry for each item on the list, please leave a separate comment for each item completed.

1. Leave me a comment with a money saving tip that you follow in your daily life.
2. Like My Running Thoughts on Facebook, leave a comment saying you have done so.

I will choose a random winner on April 11.

* Disclaimer: The Perrigo Nutritionals product, information and two gift packs have been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

Liam and Michael’s first sleepover

Hello friends!

Whoa two posts in a row! Insanity :) This past weekend my sister came over to babysit while we went out to dinner with Patti, Ramsey, Luke and Allie.  Patti and Ramsey could not find a sitter, so I suggested they come stay the night at our house and bring Michael.  My wonderful sister stayed at our house while we went out to dinner.

I didn’t take any pictures of the boys before they went to bed, but they had a good time playing together and eating pizza for dinner.

They both went to bed without much commotion and we headed out to dinner.  It was a fun filled night of jokes and silly conversations, oh ya and a few beers ;)  We got back to our house and Patti fried us up some DELISH dessert. She made some CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT RAVIOLI.  OMG they were amazing. We were so full from dinner we could only eat a few of them.  Patti was kind enough to leave the rest for my to fry up the next day when we were having family over.

In the morning, I made the boys some eggs and waffles. and they enjoyed their first post sleepover breakfast together. And now for the pictures :)

IMG_5880 IMG_5879 IMG_5878 IMG_5877 IMG_5876 IMG_5875 IMG_5881Notice Liam is still eating in all of the pictures :) That’s my boy he loves food as much as his mommy does :)

Alright that is all for today.

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

New Hampshire Adventures

Hello friends!

I hope everyone is doing well. We just got back from our trip to New Hampshire visiting my best friend from college, Kelly :)

20140308_134114We had such a wonderful time. I finally got to meet her new Fiance, Ty, who is almost as awesome as Kelly ;)

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I had been telling Kelly that I would come up to New Hampshire/Vermont to visit her since probably freshman year of college, and it has taken me about 11 years (wow that really makes me feel old) to finally do it. Erik, Liam and I left Thursday at around 11 am and drove for about 11 hours before we finally pulled up to Kelly and Ty’s house.

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We went straight to bed so we could get up relatively early and head to the mountain to go snowboarding.  Friday morning Erik and I took turns watching Liam so that one of us could go out on the mountain with Kelly.

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I was a bit rusty because I hadn’t gone in two years but I feel like I was pretty much right were I left off skill wise two years ago.  That isn’t really saying much because I suck, but at least I can get down the mountain. We were on the mountain for a few hours before coming back, showering and heading out to Harpoon for dinner and drinks :)

20140307_174722Liam and I cheers-ed

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The food was fantastic (the cheese up there is amazing), as was the company.  I got to meet Katie, Kelly’s friend and her Maid of Honor. She is awesome, I cannot wait to come back up here for Kelly’s bachelorette party and wedding!

Saturday we had plans to be out on the mountain all day because Kelly’s future in-laws were having a family ski race.  We got kind of a late start because Liam needed an early nap, but we got there, found an awesome parking spot and got to hang out with her family.

20140308_134317 20140308_134246Mount Sunapee has this thing called a “beach” which is right at the base of the mountain. People set up lawn chairs and BBQ’s. It is the coolest thing I have ever seen on a mountain.

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(it wasn’t actually snowing, google made it look like it was snowing)20140308_134330Right before the race Liam zonked out in his stroller. Yes I took a stroller onto snow.

20140308_134220 20140308_134215Saturday night was pretty low key. We hung out at Kelly and Ty’s house, ate beef stew and watched Liam make a huge mess of cheerios.  He was pretty proud of himself.

20140308_173317 20140308_173208 20140308_173231Sunday morning we got up, and Kelly made us the most amazing breakfast casserole thingy, which I obviously forgot to take a picture of.  I will definitely have to make it at home.

Afterwards we headed out to see the farm and the sugar house

IMG_5847 IMG_5851 IMG_5852 IMG_5853 IMG_5854 IMG_5855 IMG_5858It is truly beautiful up there. We were sad to leave our friends but happy to head away from the impeding snowstorm.

I cannot wait to see Kelly and her friends again soon :)

I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers

 

Liam’s First Birthday Party

Hello friends!

Long time no talk. Sorry I have been totally MIA but we have been super busy.  I am finally getting around to doing a post about Liam’s first birthday party. It was amazing.  Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us. Liam is so lucky to have so many wonderful and caring people in his life. I will let the fabulous photographs that Riette from clearly Perceived Photography do the talking.

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Seriously amazing pictures. Thank you a million times to my mommy and sister for everything, we couldn’t have done it without you.

That time Liam wore a bowtie

Hello friends!

I am sooooooooo behind with posts so bear with me while I catch up the next few days/weeks.

—-Back from 1/22/14—-

As I mentioned yesterday (1/21/14) we were in Florida attending our friends’ wedding!  We flew in on Saturday and basically got our rental car, check into our room at Mystic Dunes resort, ate and went to bed.

IMG_5536Sunday we got up, had some breakfast at Dunkin Donuts (mmmmmmmmm) then went to Target. When we got back, Liam was ready for a nap, so I put him down and he slept for 2.5 hours!  Insane. While he was sleeping Erik and I did out P90x3 workout (yes we’ve made it past 30 days!) and waited around for him to wake up.

The weather was so amazing, and as soon he woke up we fed him lunch and headed out for a nice long walk around the resort.

IMG_5547 IMG_5549 IMG_5546By the time we got back it was time to go to the ceremony. We got ready and headed out.

IMG_5510 IMG_5513Erik and I both wore traditional Indian attire :) It was such a sweet gesture for Sundeep and Nalini to get us our outfits. THANKS GUYS!

I’ve always wanted to attend an Indian wedding, and this one was amazing. Sundeep arrived at the Ceremony venue on a carriage surrounded by family and friends.

IMG_5525 IMG_5520 IMG_5519 IMG_5517 IMG_5531 IMG_5530 IMG_5528They danced down the parking lot to the front of the venue. I was told that traditionally this portion of the wedding could take hours!  Luckily it didn’t because it was getting dark and chilly.

We were a part of a beautiful traditional Indian wedding ceremony, ate dinner then headed back to the resort to go to bed.

The next day was filly with more fun and warm weather. We took Lam to the petting zoo. He really loved seeing all the animals.

IMG_5572 IMG_5577 I can’t wait until the weather gets warmer here so we can do all sorts of fun outdoor activities. IMG_5558 IMG_5559 IMG_5561 IMG_5564 IMG_5566 IMG_5570 Afterwards we came back and got ready for the reception. Oh boy was the venue amazing.

IMG_5603 IMG_5601 IMG_5604 IMG_5606 IMG_5591I’m going to let the rest of the pictures do the talking.  IMG_5609 IMG_5600 IMG_5597 How cute is Mr. Mooshy in his “suit”. That bowtie kills me!

We had a really amazing time. Liam partied hard and slept reallllly well that night!IMG_5616I hope everyone has a great day!

Cheers!

 

 

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