A Bad Dream and a Plan

Aug 30, 2010

About a month ago, I had a really bad dream. I dreamt that I was driving in our minivan with my grandmother, Mimi, (who actually passed away years ago) and my two-year-old son, who was in the very back row.
For some reason, our car plunged into a body water and immediately, it was clear the car was about to go under.

What do I do? I looked at my elderly grandmother, and then back at my baby. How do I save them both?

I did what I thought was the best plan. I told my grandmother that she wouldn’t be able to get the car door open until the car was fully submerged. Once it was, to push it open and swim towards the sky. I had to get my baby out of his carseat.
It was at that moment I woke up. Breathless, shaking, wanting to cry.
What a horrible nightmare. I haven’t been able to forget it.
And then, a few weeks later, I saw an article about how difficult it is to get out of a sinking car. How painful it is to wait for the water to equalize both outside and inside the car.
There goes that plan.
The article, though, did go on to say that you should have a hammer in your car that is designed to break the car window - in situations just like the one in my dream.
So, I’m going to post the link where you can buy one of these little “gadgets.” A friend of mine (thanks, Kim) found them on Amazon. I am buying one for each of my cars.

I don’t know why I had this dream – or why I feel the need to post this information for all of you. I pray none of us ever need this hammer.

But, if we do, I bet we will be VERY happy we planned ahead!

Here’s the link to the hammer.  This one comes with a mounting bracket.

They also sell a two-pack which is a little cheaper.

If you don't want the mountin bracket, this option may be better for you.

All of these hammers also come with recessed seatbelt cutters.

Free Chips and Queso with Entree Purchase at Chili's

Aug 27, 2010

Hey, if you're headed to Chili's sometime soon, make sure to sing up for the Chili's email list. 

Once you do, you'll get a coupon for a FREE chips and queso skillet with an entree purchase.

Click here to get it.

30% off at the Gap

Aug 26, 2010

You can get 30% off today through Sunday by using this coupon.

PLUS, the organization, Teach for America gets 5% of everything you spend.

And, if you were lucky enough to have bought the Groupon for the Gap last week, you can REALLY come out ahead on this deal!!!

I plan on heading over there today!

Happy shopping!

NOTE:  I just tried to use the coupon and the Groupon together on a pair of jeans and they wouldn't let me.  Boo Hoo.

Schlotsky's Free Cinnabon Classic Roll w/ Drink Purchase Coupon

Aug 20, 2010

Head over to your local Schlotsky's this weekend (make sure they are participating first) and with the purchase of a large drink, you'll get a FREE Cinnabon Classic Roll.


Nothing like a ton of sugar to make your day!

Click here to get the coupon!

$50 at the Gap for $25

Aug 19, 2010

The Groupon Deal today is $50 of store credit at the Gap for $25!!

At first, I thought it was just a local deal, but it seems that Groupon is selling it in all of their locations - it doesn't matter which city you buy it from - it's good at all Gap stores!

This is a rare gem!!  Make sure to snatch it up!

Click here to get the deal.

More Lockers Website

If your school is looking to buy new lockers, I know just where you should go!

Visit MoreLockers.com to buy school lockers and gym lockers. 

Even if you need them for an athletic facility, they have lockers for sale.

As I was looking through their website, I even noticed a wood locker!  Now, that's unusual!

Check them out to see if they meet their needs.

***This blog post was brought to you by your friends at http://www.morelockers.com/

Taco Bueno $2.99 Platters

Aug 18, 2010

If you have a Taco Bueno near you, they have a great deal right now.  Their platter dinners are $2.99. 

There are 3 of them - they include either 2 tacos, a taco and a chicken roll-up or a taco and a quesadilla with rice and beans and chips, sour cream and guacamole.

An inexpensive way to take the family out to dinner.  :-)

Click here.

Groupon for Picaboo - Nationwide - $100 credit for $25

Aug 17, 2010

Today Groupon for Oklahoma City is for Picaboo.

Even if you don't live there, you can buy it and use it.

$100 credit for $25.

Click here to get the deal.

You can make some beautiful albums with that credit!

And, don't forget, use the code FREEBK to get your free 20-page book before the end of August (Just pay $8.99 shipping).

Think about Christmas presents!

Free A&W Rootbeer Float with Purchase

If you are on Facebook, then head over to the A&W page and "like" them. 

You will then be able to print out your coupon for a FREE rootbeer float with any purchase.

Click here.

If My Brothers Were Never Born

Aug 16, 2010

Doesn’t it always seem my stories about my kids take place in the car? I truly think we spend three quarters of our life in there.

Today’s tale is no different.

Tonight, I was driving my daughter, Jordan, to her friend’s house for a sleepover. On the way there, and out of the blue, Jordan said to me, “Mommy, it’s a good thing Daddy didn’t die in Iraq.”

Uhm. Yeah. That’s an understatement.

“Because,” she continued, “ if Daddy died, we wouldn’t have Bennett or Maclain, either.”

She had a good point there. Both of her brothers were born after her Daddy came home.

As we drove, I thought about how insightful and sensitive her thoughts were. Those days of her father being gone were not forgotten by her. And, apparently, she loved her brothers so much, she couldn’t bear the thought that they might have never been born.


(That’s the sound of my bubble bursting.)

“But . . .” Jordan went on, “if they were never born, you’d still have an office because Bennett wouldn’t be sleeping in it. And, we’d have a guest room where our friends could sleep over . . . and, I’d be able to paint my room green . . .“


So much for not being able to bear the thought of not having her brothers.

It seems that decorating and rearranging the house is much more enticing to my seven-year-old daughter than those pesky little boys who follow her around all day long.

Celebrate Dora's Birthday at Walmart

Aug 10, 2010

Nick Jr is celebrating Dora the Explorer's birthday at your local Walmart.

The date:  Saturday, August 14

Time:  11 -  4 AM

Where:  Walmart Supercenters in the Bakery Department.

They'll be giving away FREE cupcakes, party favors, a 5 x 7 Dora photo card and will have Free giveaways.

Click here for details.

FREE Glitter Ball from Borders

Aug 6, 2010

Now, I KNOW you all need a glitter ball, right?

Well, if you were just thinking that VERY thought, then today is your lucky day!

If you register to become a Borders Rewards member (and registering is FREE) you get a FREE Glitter ball (any size or color!)!

Think ahead for stocking stuffers if you're not sure what you'll do with it . . .

Click here for the coupon - only good through August 8, so hurry!

Thansk, Lynda, for this one!

TGI Friday's BOGO Coupon

Thanks to my old neighbor, Chris, for sending me this one . . .

Buy One Entree at TGI Friday's and get one FREE!

(Note:  You have to buy an appetizer, too.) 

But still, these coupons are rare.

Click here to get yours.

Free Photobook from Picaboo

Aug 5, 2010

If you have never used Picaboo before, sign up now and receive a FREE photobook by using the code FREEBK.

If you already have an account. perhaps your spouse would like to open a new one???
You have a choice of getting the 20-page Large Classic, Classic Leather, or Classic Custom photo book (up to $39.99 value!!).

You have to pay shipping - I think that's $8.99.

The coupon is good until the end of August.

It would make a GREAT Christmas gift for the grandparents!  Start planning ahead to save on Christmas expenses!

Click here to get to Picaboo.

75% Off Some Over-Counter Meds at CVS

Aug 4, 2010

My daughter has sinus issues and so she often develops a bad cough.  As a result, I always need to have a stash of cough medications in our house.

I realized I was running low and headed out to CVS this morning to get some more.  When I got there, I found that many of their over-the-counter medications (CVS brand and name brands like Dimetapp and Triaminic) are on Clearance 75% off. 

They weren't in the Clearance section.  They were in the regular medication aisle with 75% off tags.  I got many for about $1.47!

They had adult medications, too - cough, cold, runny snose, stuffy nose, etc.

Head over there if you need to stock up for your family!

GREAT Deal on Diapers

Aug 2, 2010

I am not a diaper "snob."  I will buy whatever is the cheapest per diaper.  The reason?  In my experience (with my 40 lb baby boy), every diaper WILL leak at night.  I have tried them all.  Overnights, Goodnights, Huggies, Pampers, Luvs, Costco brand, etc.

So, I buy whatever is cheapest.  At the moment, Babies R Us are winning that war at 27 cents per diaper for their store brand.

That's 2 cents less than Costco (my old favorite).

But, my friend, Sandy, email me this great deal the other day and so I'm sharing it with you.

Amazon has a "Subscribe and Save" program.  Without getting into too much detail, you sign up (for free) to have certain products mailed to you on a regular (once a month, once every 3 months, etc) basis.

The deal they have now is that diapers are 30% off!  That brought their Luvs (their cheapest diaper), size 6 (their largest) down to 20 cents a diaper!

But, if you have the August issue of Parenting magazine, somewhere around page 40 is a pull-out orange coupon for 20% off a diaper order through Amazon (expires August 31).

Amazon will allow you to use the coupon IN ADDITION to their discount.

This got my diapers down to 16 cents each!

The bad news? 

1.  I'm not sure how long their sale is going to last so jump on it now.

2.  When I typed in my coupon code, it only took off 10% for some reason.  I could have called Amazon to ask about it, but I happened to have another code a friend had emailed me (each magainze's code is unique) and so I added that one, too.  For some reason, it accepted both of them (yeah!) but each only took off 10%.  So, I got my 20% off, but had to use 2 codes.  If you have a problem with it not being 20% - and make sure you check - then call Amazon before you place the order or right after you place it.

3.  I also had a problem with Amazon saying I got the 30% off but then, when I hit submit, it didn't take it off. I had to call them for that and they had to manually fix it and refund my money.  Make sure you check that you don't get charged too much!

4.  They only allowed me to buy 3 boxes.  I probably would have bought ten!  I think I'm going to have my husband create an account so we can get a few more.

5.  You will have a subscription to their Subscribe and Save programs, BUT once your diapers ship, you can cancel it if you don't want it.

Click here for where to order!

FREE Whataburger

Tomorrow night (Tuesday, August 3) from 5-8 PM, make sure to head over to your local Whataburger for a FREE Whataburger. 

Don't forget to wear Orange! I don't think you'll get it the burger if you're in purple!

You KNOW me and my kids will be there!

Click here for more details.


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