Monday, August 25, 2014

September Goals

Sell 10 of Georgia's outgrown outfits. I have Rubbermaid bins full that are hardly worn and not sentimental to me, I need to purge before it all takes over another closet!

Workout twice a week. Continue healthy eating and try not to have too many Cokes, chips, candy or fast food.

Get a pedicure! Yep, it's really sad that this is a goal.

Follow a budget. I way overspend on Georgia's clothes and activities, as well as eating out. I signed up for the free trial at You Need A Budget and set everything up so I can monitor our spending. I want to save enough to buy a nice living room rug without taking the money out of our "decor fund".

Organize at least part of my office.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Has Target Gone Nuts? Crazy Deals!

I don't get amazingly excited about saving just a couple of bucks, and I don't go out of my way to score good deals. I tried couponing once or twice, but it was just more time and trouble than it was worth. But one of my friends showed me this deal and I could not pass it up. Free Target gift cards for shopping from my computer? Sign me up!

Target is offering $10 off a $40 online order that you pick up in store. They're also giving a $10 gift card when you buy 4 household items. You can also get a $10 Visa gift card from Proctor & Gamble when you spend $30.

Here's what to do:

  1. Sign up for ebates and shop through their site to get 2.5% off. They're legit. I've been using them since 2008 and try to remember to use them whenever I shop online.
  2. Search on the Target website for Tide, Gain, Downy or Bounce. You will see the little icon that says "$10 Gift Card" on the eligible items. I also clicked "In Store Pickup" on the left side of the screen to narrow my search. I had to use the +Quick Info button in order to select where I wanted to pick up. Things would never load into my cart otherwise. Make sure to buy 4 items and spend $30!
  3. Fill your cart with other Target things you want or need to get your total to $40 and the $10 is automatically taken off! Check out as usual use your Target card if you have one, for an extra 5% off!
  4. Your Target gift card will be emailed or texted when you pick up your items.
  5. Print this rebate form and send it in for your $10 Visa card.
I got all of this yesterday:
HE Tide stain lifter or something like that
HE Gain Lavender
Downy Infusions Cashmere Glow (large jug)
Downy Infusions Lavender (large jug)
2 packs index cards
spray starch
Disney Princess napkins (for Georgia's lunchbox)

Total was $20.31.....so with my Visa gift card, it'll come down to $10! For all of that! Crazy!

They're also having a big deal on diapers but since praise the Lord!! Georgia is potty-trained, I didn't look into that.

Some toys are marked 70% off, too. They didn't have anything that I wanted to get for Georgia but I got a ton of nice things for older kids for $3-$5 that we can give to the toy drive at Christmas.

Happy shopping - what will you spend your gift cards on?

I just saw that the deal above ends tomorrow, Saturday, August 2. As long as you buy online by then you can pick up later.


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Monday, July 7, 2014

A Few Of My Favorite (Online) Things Lately


I've been loving this blog lately! I've posted before about my ongoing mental block to homekeeping. I started browsing previous posts at the beginning of A Slob Comes Clean and I totally get where she is coming from. I know what needs to be done, I just always think tasks will take much longer than they actually do, so I never start them. I try to pick up the house and do some cleaning on Thursdays and Fridays, but by Monday it's always crazy again.

Confessions of a Homeschooler

I was looking online for some summer learning activities to do with Georgia and Confessions of a Homeschooler kept coming up in searches. The blog overwhelmed me with so many categories, so I've just stuck to the letter of the week activities (search the blog for "letter a" or whatever letter you want). So far, Georgia has loved the activities involving largest to smallest, tracing, and patterns.

I might be the last blogger on earth to know about Plum Paper day planners since I don't read too many blogs nowdays. But I'm so glad I discovered them! I used to love Erin Condren, but I just can't justify spending that much on a planner. Plum Paper has the preppier style designs I love with monograms! and a pretty layout. I was really happy about getting to choose between several layouts. I chose the menu planner with hourly slots version.

What are your latest online finds?

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Chore Charts for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Can you believe Georgia is THREE now?!?! I have to pinch myself every day to realize she's no longer my teeny-tiny baby. And she reminds me of it multiple times a day, too, by saying "When I was a little baby, I was born in your tummy." She's growing up so fast!

As we got into our summer routine, I really wanted to add some structure to our day and a sense of household responsibilities. I know, she's already only three but I don't think it's ever too early. Our days were turning into play, play, play and Georgia watching TV while I scurried around trying to pick up after our projects, which really left me no time for actual housework. (We don't have a housekeeper anymore.)

I googled "free printable Frozen chore chart" and tons of options came up. I printed one out, laminated it, and wrote four little chores. She absolutely loves checkmarking her "jobs" at the end of the day, and it gives her a huge sense of accomplishment and self esteem.

Her chores right now are: feed puppies, pick up books, pick up toys and put dirty clothes away.

At the end of the week we will go to the Dollar Store to pick out a prize.

Another thing she has absolutely loved is helping me with my chores. Score!! I wrote a few things she can help with on index cards. She loves choosing a card then running off to help me complete it. Here are some that we do together:

  • Empty trashcans - she brings the little bag from her trash downstairs before we take out the trash
  • Put away laundry - she can do most of her own (some drawers I like to keep neat), as well as some of mine and David's
  • Clean mirrors/windows - she does the lower parts while I reach up high
  • Put away silverware - I take the tray out and she sorts into the correct compartment; she also puts away things like spatulas, whisks, and tupperware
  • Laundry - she puts laundry into the washer & turns it on, moves to dryer & turns it on, then carries all of the clean laundry to the couch to be folded
She gets a huge sense of accomplishment whenever she completes a task, and it's building her self-esteem, too. She loves telling David all about the jobs she finished when he comes home in the evening.

What chores do your preschoolers like to do?


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Monday, March 3, 2014

Clothes for Sale! Mine + Georgia's

I'm selling quite a few of my clothes as well as Georgia's on my Instagram (@chasitymunn). All you need to do is comment and I'll send you a Paypal invoice. It's that easy!

My clothes are smaller sizes, and I have a stash of jewelry (mostly Stella & Dot) that I no longer wear. All of the baby girl clothes range in size from newborn to 3t.

I promise I'll get back to blogging eventually!

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Catwalk on City Walk Ticket Giveaway!


Sugar Land Town Square is hosting the annual Catwalk on City Walk fashion event to benefit Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital's Pretty in Pink Cancer Fund (whew, hope I got that right!).

The event coordinators have graciously given me two VIP tickets to give away to two lucky readers! I'd love to see you there while we see what's in store for fall fashion.  To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post. I'll contact the winners tomorrow. The VIP tickets get you into the reception plus a pretty sweet swag bag.

I'm excited for this year's show. I got invited last year, but five minutes into the reception David called to tell me Georgia had gotten sick twice and was running a fever, so I missed the show. I did make it out with my swag bag though! I enjoyed discounts and free food all over Sugar Land throughout the year with the coupons.

Join us this Thursday from 7-9 for snacks, drinks and a cupcake & champagne toast! You can purchase tickets on the Sugar Land Town Square website.

Photo courtesy of Terry Halsey.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

An App Just For Moms - You'll Want This!


I've been waiting for a really long time to share this service with you guys and it's finally going live!

It's an app that allows you to quickly import your family's medical records just by taking a photo of them. You can then fax or email the records from your phone, tablet or computer. This is awesome for me! I've had to get copy after copy of Georgia's immunization records for school, drop-in daycare and Sunday School. Now I'll love sending in the updated records with a click on my phone. You can store medical, dental, vision, insurance, prescription, and other records info for all of your family members. Particularly useful since I always tend to have my insurance cards in the wallet I'm not carrying at doctor appointments. I'm all about one less paper to keep up with! 

You can sign up for the pre-release of ChartSpan here - the first 500 will get an early sneak peek of it! Try it out and let me know what you think.

I am on the Advisory Board for ChartSpan. This post is not compensated, I'm just sharing something I think all moms will find useful.

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