24 October 2007

Who doesn't want to be a winner?

I know I posted about my new vacuum and totally trashed the Dyson, but hey, if I win one, I'll have one to keep in the basement of the new house so I won't have to carry my Hoover downstairs. Go here to enter. Thanks to Stacy for the link!

A Cheesy Title

Yesterday I made a quick trip to the grocery store and while there, I waltzed by the deli aisle to check for markdowns. Sometimes I find cheese marked down to $2 a pound because it's close to its pull date. I found 5 2-lb packages of Cache Valley Medium cheddar for $1.99 each. That's a dollar a pound, people! I don't know if I've ever bought cheese that inexpensively. It's pull date was today, but the packages were still nice and tight, so the medium cheddar will probably be sharp cheddar by the time the last of it is eaten, but sharp cheddar costs more, so my savings will just increase!

19 October 2007

Dog vomit and dead chickens

I really enjoy reading Meredith's blog Like Merchant Ships. She exudes positive energy as she practices cheerful frugality. It's blogs like hers that help remind me that no matter what happens, your attitude can still be positive and you can be happy.

So, despite the fact that I was awakened multiple times during the night by a crabby 2 year-old, it's raining (and mud is being tracked into the house constantly) and by 9am I had already cleaned up dog vomit and disposed of a dead chicken, I know it's going to be a good day.

We've got roof trusses and roof decking going up as I type, and I promise to update the renovation blog by the end of the day.

16 October 2007


This meme was on my friend Erika's blog (go buy some of her diaper balm...it is the best stuff on earth!) , and I thought it looked like fun. Do it if you want and leave a comment so I can come read yours!

1. YOUR ROCK STAR NAME: (first pet & current car) Tawny Sienna

2.YOUR GANGSTA NAME: (fave ice cream flavor, favorite cookie) Chocolate Ginger Snap

3. YOUR “FLY Guy/Girl” NAME: (first initial of first name, first three letters of your last name) MBut

4. YOUR DETECTIVE NAME: (favorite color, favorite animal) Pink chicken

5. YOUR SOAP OPERA NAME: (middle name, hospital where you were born) Nada Midland Memorial (I don't have a middle name!)

6. YOUR STAR WARS NAME: (the first 3 letters of your last name, first 2 letters of your first) Butmo

7. SUPERHERO NAME: (”The” + 2nd favorite color, favorite drink) The Purple Sprite with Lime

8. NASCAR NAME: (the first names of your grandfathers) Kelly James

9.WITNESS PROTECTION NAME: (mother’s & father’s middle names ) Nada Floyd (again, Mom with no middle name!)

10. TV WEATHER ANCHOR NAME: (Your 5th grade teacher’s last name, a major city that starts with the same letter) Watkins Wilmington

11. SPY NAME: (your favorite season/holiday, flower) Autumn Tulip

12. CARTOON NAME: (favorite fruit, article of clothing you’re wearing right now + “ie” or “y”) Strawberry flip floppy

13. HIPPIE NAME: (What you ate for breakfast, your favorite tree) Muffin Maple

14. YOUR ROCKSTAR TOUR NAME: (”The” + Your fave hobby/craft, fave weather element + “Tour”) The "all things fiber" snowstorm tour...As in Tawny Sienna and the All Things Fiber Snowstorm Tour!

Ok, some of them were kind of hokey, but it was fun!

12 October 2007

10 October 2007

Works for me!

Works For Me Wednesday!

Folding towels

I realized that if I sit in front of the towel cupboard (my kitchen lacks drawers) and fold the towels and put them directly into the cupboard, I save myself the task of putting them in a basket and carrying them to be put away. This also works with my cloth diapers. It makes it a little easier to accomplish the job.

08 October 2007


Is breast-cancer awareness month. Take a minute to do your self-exam, and then go enter to win a free digital camera at 5 Minutes for Mom.

04 October 2007

Mommy, will you play with me? Or, how to trick your kids into working

Last week the two older kids had a day off from school because it was parent/teacher conference days. Frugalgirl2 is used to being at home by herself (well, Frugalbaby is here too, but she's not the same caliber of playmate as the older kids). Frugalgirl wanted to play Barbies but her older sister was doing something else and wasn't interested. Since I had to go the school for a conference with a teacher, I was trying to get as much housework done as possible before I left. She came into the kitchen and said "Mommy, will you play with me?"

I said, "Sure, what are we playing?" The answer was Barbies. So I took the dolls little arms and pinched them together around a spoon from the drainer and said that she was helping me put away dishes. To my surprise, Frugalgirl2 thought this was pretty funny and started using her own doll's arms as tongs to put away utensils. After we emptied the dish drainer and moved on to the dishwasher, I said Barbie was tired from all the work and laid her down in the utensil rack.

Then I decided that there was no way I couldn't take a picture.

Barbie is taking a nap