Staples Gift Guide – 10 Hot Items!

Staples Gift Guide

When you think of Staples, you might only think about office supplies, but I'm here to share with you just how much more they have to offer for your gift shopping this Christmas! I've rounded up some of the hottest gift items you can buy at Staples!  Of course, I'm an office supplies hoarder and LOVE to get paper, pens, folders, organizers, … [Read more...]

Walmart’s Christmas Ad Match – Buy Now, Price Match Thru December 24th

Christmas Ad Match

We have all been there....we buy something, and then see it on sale later. ARGH!  Well if you haven't heard already, Walmart will ad match thru December 24th!  Here's how it works y'all! Buy your item at Walmart. WHAT! You saw it on sale somewhere else? ARGH!  Take your receipt AND AD back to Walmart and show them the sale price. Get the … [Read more...]

Use Walmart’s Layway to Buy Christmas Gifts (My Cool Video too)


Walmart layaway has been a big saver for me and my family in years past.  It's allowed us to make payments on things that we could never pay upfront for, like a gamecube or bicycle.  If you haven't take advantage of the layaway yet, there's still time! Not sure how easy it is? Well check out my video, it's as easy as 1,2,3.  Tell me that video is … [Read more...]

Get Early Access to Walmart Layaway!


Walmart Layaway is back and better than ever!  And the early bird always gets the worm, or in the case, gets access to layaway before anyone else! It's really easy to do y'all.  Just head over to Walmart's facebook page and claim the early access to layaway offer.  By doing so, you'll get access to Walmart's layaway before anyone else, on … [Read more...]

Meet My *Made in the USA* Texas Sized Furniture

Carlton Living Room Set Made in USA2

There are two parts to this story; the furniture and the company.  Where should I start.........I think I'll start with the company because I want you to know who they are and what they're about.  Gallery Furniture in Houston, Texas. First, I won a Pinterest contest that Gallery Furniture held on their facebook page.  My prize was $3000 in … [Read more...]

Gifts Under $10


I've noticed that people today feel like they have to spend a lot or make their gift look big in hopes of pleasing the give-e.  Since we buy a large portion of gifts from Walmart, we pay close attention to items other than electronics and toys, like apparel.  Here are a few gift ideas for $10 or less that I found while shopping at my … [Read more...]

Layaway Reminder – Pick Up Your Layway Y’all!

walmart layaway

I wanted to remind you that layaways at Walmart must be paid for and picked up by December 14th!!  You'll also get your $5 refundable fee back via Walmart gift card once you've paid out.  I know a few folks who took advantage of layaway and would hate for anyone to forget about theirs. I know a gal who has done that before...but I won't say her … [Read more...]

Black Friday Sales at Walmart for 2012


There are 3 different events this year at Walmart for Black Friday;  in-store specials at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, followed by its big electronics event at 10 p.m. and a weekend full of savings starting at 5 a.m. on Friday, November 23.   I'll outline each event, along with my favorite picks that I hope to purchase this holiday season.  Maybe my … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Save Money with Bonus Tip

walmart layaway

We could all stand to save a few bucks, right?  I know I can.  With school season in bloom and Christmas around the bend, I thought I'd share a few ways to save some money. GAS–Getting the best price on a gallon of gas isn't the only way to save big at the pump.  Make sure your ride has inflated tires, clean oil, good spark plugs, and a clean … [Read more...]

Back to School Apparel Tool: Build, Track, and Purchase Your Closet for Less

walmart's closets for less

Trying to get the most for you buck can sometimes be a challenge but there are tools & resources that can help.  Closet for Less, Walmart's new apparel mix & match tool, will help you set a budget, build a closet by mixing and matching items, and allow you print your list for back to school shopping. There were a few things I loved … [Read more...]

Back to School Shopping – Walmart Apparel Haul for Truett

kids clothes from walmart

Don't we all just love shopping for school clothes? *rolling eyes*  It's not so bad with boys but girls? eeeesh, I can only imagine!  Luckily I have boys who are laid back and easy to please, which makes shopping a breeze.  Truett, my handsome lil' cowpoke, has grown a great deal. He needs everything this year; underwear, socks, pants, and shirts.  … [Read more...]

School Supplies List Made Easy

school supplies

It's only a month until the new school year begins, which means school clothes and school supplies.  This year, Walmart has created a useful tool where teachers and parents can team up to make school supplies shopping easier.  Classrooms by Walmart is sorta like a gift registry. The teachers create the lists and parents buy what's needed.  You have … [Read more...]

Back to School Shopping – What’s in Your Backpack?


I am SOOO stinkin' excited that all three of my boys will be in school. Truett heads to Pre-K this year, Tyler is a senior, and Toby is a sophomore. This means me and my man will be alone for the first time in years!!!!!  Anyways, it's that time again to do school shopping and in order to beat the crowds, we did ours this weekend.   As always, ,we … [Read more...]

5 Easy Pays, Free Shipping, All Day Shopping

Every year, QVC devotes one day  (today of June 13) where everything is on easy pay.  It's a very popular day as you can imagine because it allows folks to make big purchases, get their items right away, and pay them out over 5 months. For some, this is the only way they ever get those big ticket items.  Did you know that QVC has everything you … [Read more...]

Pick Up Today – Making Our Summer Treat!

I have never had an ice cream maker.  Well, I take that back actually 'cause in our early years of marriage, we did have the one where you used rock salt and such but I don't think it was mine. I think it was borrowed.  So finally after 15+ years, I decided to buy me a budget friendly one from Walmart using their new Pick up Today service.  I've … [Read more...]

Last Minute, Cool Gift Ideas


Oh my gosh, can you believe 2010 is almost over?? I cannot believe it!! It went by too fast and for me, it only means that I have one more year before my son graduates school.  I feel old. It's also your last chance to buy a gift before Christmas. Perhaps you are short on ideas??  I know that most years I am but this year, I experienced so many … [Read more...]

Recap of My Black Friday Shopping and My New iPad Accessory

black friday shopping at walmart

I feel like the past week flew by, how 'bout you?  Before I get to some of the steals I got from Black Friday & Cyber Monday shopping, here is what I ate for breakfast yesterday morning.  I went with one cup of Kashi cereal, half a banana cut up, and a 90 calorie packet of Barney Butter.  I mixed it all up and omg, it was soooooo good!!!  My … [Read more...]

Back to School Shopping Showdown-Walmart vs Kmart

back to school supplies

First, let me start by telling you about the challenge. I was asked by Walmart, to make a list of school supplies and buy the same list at Walmart, and the same list at a competitor store in my town, which is Kmart. The purpose? To see which store will cost less because Walmart claims the lowest prices around! I openly admitted to the Walmart … [Read more...]

The Treasures of an Obsessed Kitchen Collector

I'm not as obsessed as my mom but close and I often tell you about things that I love, but how do you decipher the things that I love from the things that I REALLY REALLY LOVE? Well it will be easy now thanks to Open Sky. It's my own little shop of recommended goodies, stamped with the Falcon Crème de la Crème-approval seal, that are guaranteed … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly Fashion for the Whole Family (and a HOT handbag)

TJMaxx 030

T.J. Maxx/Marshalls invited me to Boston to checkout their back to school fashion pieces, school us on how well we know off-pricing, and get to know what they're all about.   I've been to a lot of events but I have to say, this is one of the best. Not because of the shopping spree they gave us (which was super nice) but I loved how they combined … [Read more...]

2 day, Old Navy Weekly Giveaway! 10 Winners $50 off $100

Old Navy Coupons - In Store Coupon, Sales & Promotions

UPDATED with WINNERS!  Thanks everyone for playing!! I'm not surprised by several of the winners tho because they commented all day long, both days! CRAZY!!!!  All winners were randomly chosen and are listed below. thanks so much for playing and be on the lookout for an email from me and for your coupon! maria [email protected] Deanna D … [Read more...]

Green Giveaway – Bissell, Brita, Tide and Green Works


If you're like me, you're taking baby steps towards a greener lifestyle.  Every little bit helps right?  I have a long ways to go and I'm sure many of you do too so to help, As one of the Eleven Moms of Walmart, I have brought a nice little green package to the table for you! Four products that one winner will receive are: 1) Bissell Little … [Read more...]

Your Favorite Photo on Tote!


I have an obsession for bags. Totes, handbags, doesn't matter 'cause I love them all! I was introduced to recently and of course, had to get a bag. You can basically put an image of your choice on the bag. They even have the option for you to create a collage out of a few photos to put on your bag. Not only is this a … [Read more...]

Entertaining, Chuckwagon Style!


I debated on whether I should write about this here or on my cowboy blog but since my main focus will be on chuckwagon dining, I thought it would make a good fit here. I don't know about you but I love to entertain and while I don't always use the western theme, it is most certainly a huge part of my life.  I probably love to decorate more with it … [Read more...]

A Pillow with a Surprise


Little man is always trying to find a little hiding spot for his trucks and it's usually in his pockets. You can probably imagine how excited he got when got this cool pillow with a surprise, aka the Pilloroo. Of course he thought the pillow was cool at first when he saw little cowboys on it but then I showed him the zipper. The look was … [Read more...]

The How and Where I Buy My Dooney & Bourke Handbags

dooney & Bourke handbag

Anyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE Dooney & Bourke.  I've actually been asked how I can afford to buy these expensive handbags so I thought today would be the perfect day to share that info. If  you're happy with a used Dooney handbag, then ebay is your place.  I have bought and resold numerous handbags at ebay and you … [Read more...]

Shopping Office Depot for Sales, Armed with a Coupon!


I've been looking for a desk for a while now and I'm happy to report that I found one! Sadly, I don't have an actual room setup for my home office so I just use the empty part of living room. I thought it would be neat to share the before and after of my mini home office makeover and tell you the deal I found and how much I saved! I almost … [Read more...]