Tuesday, June 9, 2009


Christmas Parade 2008..teen son is the one NOT wearing gloves!

What do you think of the blog title today? Yes, Today I am TIRED, but it is a good tired. And, tomorrow, I'll be even MORE TIRED. Want to know why? Psssssst...I'll tell you.....it's called teen son and Marching Practice!

Whenever teen son is participating in marching practices, I am also there, because I help in the Band Office. Yesterday was Day One of the incoming Freshman Marching Practice, and although my son is going to be a Sophomore (I can't believe it!), he is helping with this year's practice. I was working on band uniforms yesterday, hanging the outgoing Seniors uniforms up, and getting the entire uniform closet back into shape, and I realized that marching band uniforms are HEAVY! UGH! How DO those kids wear them in hot weather? Anyway, I am heading back there this morning, from 9-12, and will do it all over again today. The things we do as parents..... HA! :)

I just love the blog Nicole's Nickels. Click on this link, Nicole's Nickels: Coupons in July Magazines; she has listed the coupons in some June/July magazines. I read where there are some great coupons in my Family Fun magazine... I haven't even looked through it yet. You bet I will this morning!!

Then, I read on her blog about the Staples rebates. I have never tried it, but after reading her post, I think that I just might do it this time. Nicole's Nickels: $1 Staples Deals. I love to get things for $1.00!!

I was reading a post by Jamie, over at sited and blogged, and she had this awesome recipe for a vacation meal! She says, "There are many different vacations where you could utilize freezer meals...anywhere you've got a stove or burner or campfire! Here is one of the meals that we will be serving on our vacation, go ahead and try it on yours!

Vinaigrette Flank Steak
Step 1: Combine the following in a gallon size freezer bag & shake to mix:

1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 Tablespoon dried oregano
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (crushed)
2 teaspoon yellow mustard
3 green onions, sliced
2 Tablespoons water

Step 2:Cut 1 1/2 pounds flank steak into grilling sized pieces (approx. 4 pieces), and add to marinade in freezer bag. Label and Freeze.

Cooking directions: Grill and serve!
Doesn't this sound incredibly yummy!!

After I typed and posted this, it got me thinking about vacations and other yummy meals to try. I'm going to try and find other yummy meals to make while "budgeting and on the go!" When I find some, I'll post them. Do you have any recipes that are fairly economical and easy to make? If so, feel free to share them!! :)
On the subject of vacations and all of that, even though this is not food, I thought it was a great deal!

You know how campers, camping eqipment, bedding, and shoes start to get an odor after awhile?? Ever wish that you could just have a stash of lovely-smelling freshners everywhere, but don't want to spend a lot of $$ to stock up on them? Well, now is the time to head over to Target and get yourself some. This post by It's Hip to Save!: Target: Lots of HOT Air Freshener Deals! tells the whole story!! Hop on over there and check it out!! I know that I am going to!


  1. I know the kind of Tired, being a good kind of tired. Hope you get to vacation with camping, I hate camping. I am spoiled by the luxuries of home.
    Glad you list those great deals.

  2. Your post brings back memories of high school! LOL! I was in drill team and we marched with the band, so spent many hot summer days at band practice. Since my sister and brother were in the band, I remember how heavy their uniforms were. My uniform was short and not heavy. LOL! I was much tinier then.

    Our daughter Samantha was in the band in high school, too. Ahhh....memories.

    Thanks, A.Marie, for a little trip down memory lane this morning.