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Good finds, good deals, good golly – we spent a lot of money May 16, 2007

Filed under: Ava,Family and Friends,Jody,Julian,Miscellaneous,Money,Pictures — amygeekgrl @ 9:20 am

As you know, this past weekend I participated in the Just Between Friends sale – a huge consignment event with over 300 consignors. Jody and I went to the pre-sale night, for consignors and friends only, and came away with quite a bit of loot.

I hit the clothes racks with Julian in the Ergo while Jody and Ava walked around looking at other things. I had picked out several items for Ava when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned around to see Jody wearing a big backpack and Ava riding high in it, grinning from ear to ear. “I’m in a backpack!” The pack – Kelty Kids Back Country – was in great shape and, although we haven’t done much hiking in a while, we decided to get it. Even if we don’t use it much, I think we can resell it for what we paid for it.

Kelty Kids backpack

After making my way through the girls’ clothes, I headed over to find some things for Julian. Not long after I’d started looking, Jody came back, this time wheeling Ava around in a double jogging stroller. Apparently she was getting to try out several modes of transportation that night. 😉 We had previously talked about getting a stroller, so I was cool with getting it. I had actually been eyeing that one when the owner dropped it off earlier in the day.

I took the kids out in it for a test run on Friday. The front wheel pulls a bit to the right, but I think we can fix that without too much effort. Julian fell asleep in it, so that’s a good sign. I parked him under a tree, then Ava and I had some fun playing in the park.

Julian and Ava in the new jogger 5/11/07

Back to the sale…
As for clothes, I ended up buying for Ava (all size 4T):
3 dresses,
3 shirts,
2 tanktops,
3 shorts/skorts,
and 1 pair of capri pants.

And for Julian (some 12M, some 18M – yep, he’s huge and not quite 6 months old yet):
3 rompers,
4 shirts,
2 onesies,
1 pair of pants,
1 pair of overall shorts,
5 bibs (the way he drools, he goes through them like there’s no tomorrow),
1 sun hat (new with tags),
and a bathing suit with matching robe.

Combine that with what they already had and I think the kids are definitely set for the summer. 🙂

We ended up spending a bit more than I’d planned, but I feel like we got a good deal on everything we bought, and we should get some use out of it all, so it was worth it. One of these days, I just might show some restraint when it comes to these sales. But with such great deals, maybe not.

I’ll find out how much money I made off the items I consigned when I get my check in the mail in two weeks. Hopefully it will make a dent in what we spent. 😉

 

signed, sealed, delivered April 7, 2007

Filed under: Ava,Jody,Money,My life — amygeekgrl @ 9:15 pm

We finally filed our taxes tonight. Woohoo!

We are getting back a decent federal refund but have to pay state a little bit. I’ve had our taxes nearly ready to file for about the past 2 months or so, but I put off sending them because I’d been trying to figure out what to do with this IRA form that I had (from when I had my 401K converted into an IRA). I couldn’t find a place on TurboTax to include the info.

So Jody and I sat down tonight to figure it out once and for all. We were actually able to do a search for the form on TurboTax and it said that we don’t have to report it, and that was that! It took all of 2 minutes, I swear. I assume it’s one of those things that you report once you take the money out of it, but while it’s just sitting there, nothing is happening with it.

Anyway, we’re glad to have that done. I was hoping I’d be able to apply some (or all) of the return towards the purchase of a new camera, but until we know how much it is going to cost to repair our water-damaged bathroom, I’ll be holding off on that. We’re having someone come out next weekend to assess the mold (I don’t think it’s black mold, but we need to know for sure) and someone else to give us an estimate on the remodeling. *gulp*

Since we’ve been talking about moving lately, I spent a little time this past week browsing houses for sale online. We even went to look at one of them today just for kicks. It had some things we’d really like in our next home, like hardwood floors, a nice-sized backyard, and a bigger kitchen, but it wasn’t the house for us. I think we’ll try to look at a few houses every few weeks just to help us get a better idea of what we definitely want in our next house and what we don’t.

When we bought the house that we are currently in (7 1/2 years ago), we were under a HUGE time crunch because we were moving from Oklahoma to Colorado and only had about two days to look at houses in person and make up our mind on which one we wanted. As a result, we felt a lot of pressure to decide quickly. The first house we made a bid on was rejected, and this house was our second (though probably not the smartest) choice. If we were able to do it over again, we would have done things differently. So this time around, I’d like to really take our time and find a house that we LOVE before we take the plunge.

Our next step will probably be to meet with a Realtor to discuss what we really need to do with our house before putting it on the market and to let them know what we are looking for as well.

Our weather has been really cold and crummy (think freezing rain and a bit of snow) the past few days. Tomorrow’s high is only in the 40s. Last Easter was in the 70s or 80s if I remember correctly.

We dyed eggs for the first time with Ava today. She enjoyed it a lot. Tomorrow we will hide them (probably in the house since it’s going to be chilly out) and let Ava have an egg hunt. We did it last year with plastic eggs, but decided to do the real deal this year. And, just for nostalgia sake, here’s Ava enjoying some painted eggs on her first Easter. Gosh, those chubby cheeks look familiar. 😉

Happy Easter and Happy Spring! 🙂

 

Weekend wrap-up February 5, 2007

It felt like the weekend started early for me since Jody worked from home on Friday. I even managed to sneak out of the house by myself that day for about 45 minutes! What did I do with my precious freetime you ask? Get a haircut? A manicure? Go for a coffee? No, none of these things. My 45 minutes of glorious freetime was spent at the bank filing an “Affadavit of Unauthorized/Improper Debit Card or ATM card activity” because someone used my debit card to buy themself a nice little something from Bed, Bath and Beyond – a $205 nice little something. Grrrr. 😦 I have no idea how the perp got my card number. I thought it could’ve been from the recent Internet purchases I’ve made, but the woman at the bank said it’s much more likely that someone swiped the number when I used the card at a store recently. Bugger! The money will be put back into my account and I’ll be issued a new debit card, and hopefully that will be the end of it, though she advised me to keep an eye on my account for the next few days too. I hope the person who did it gets caught and/or doesn’t get ahold of anyone else’s number, but my guess they will probably keep at it.

Saturday was a cleaning day for me. Changed sheets on the beds, vacuumed the mattresses (I saw an episode of Oprah about cleaning where they recommended it to suck out the dust mites and dust mite excrement – yucky!), vacuumed the upstairs and did laundry. I also listed two office chairs and a computer monitor we don’t use on Freecycle, went to a used bookstore to see if they would buy any of the 22 old computer books of Jody’s that he no longer needs (no, they won’t – so I Freecycled those too), stopped at Vitamin Cottage to pick up some groceries, and made Kentucky Fried (Baked) Tofu, tater tots and salad for dinner. Mmmmm. I hadn’t made that tofu recipe in a while. Jody and I watched an episode of Dead Like Me after Ava went to bed. All in all, it was a very productive day.

On Sunday, I sold our Arm’s Reach co-sleeper for $70. Yay! I decided to sell it since it was not getting any use and just taking up space. Ava slept in it for about 4 months when she was a baby, but, although we set it up again when Julian was born, I haven’t even tried putting him in it. He sleeps with us and that’s been working really well.

We captured one of Julian’s first laughs on video which you can see in the post below. 🙂

I also did some more grocery shopping, this time at Safeway, and listed more things on Freecycle (old computer books, kitchen utensils we don’t use, some old laundry detergent I found in the garage). I made a new (to me) recipe for dinner – “No-Chicken Sour Cream Enchilada Casserole” made with Quorn (yummy – thanks for including it in the CC cookbook, Julie!). The recipe makes enough so you have one casserole for dinner and one to put in the freezer. Nice!

Carrie (my sis) picked up Ava in the evening to take her to a Super Bowl party at some friends’ house. They have a couple kids around Ava’s age who Ava has played with before. She had a blast with them and entertained everyone at the party with her “silly dance.” (We’ll have to get that on video next.) Anyway, it gave me and Jody a little peace and quiet at home, which was nice.

That about covers it. We’re finally supposed to be getting some warmer temps around here this week. Hopefully most of the snow that we’ve had around since ooooh December(!) will finally melt! 🙂

 

How I love a good deal August 29, 2006

Filed under: Ava,Money,My life,Pregnancy — amygeekgrl @ 4:17 pm

Today was the last day of a HUGE “Just Between Friends” consignment sale at the fairgrounds and neary everything was selling for 50% off. Ava and I spent two hours there (whew!) and I came away with an enormous bag of clothes.

For baby boy (who definitely racked up the most loot), I got:
15 (cuu-uuute!) outfits and/or sleepers/sleep sacks ranging in size from 0/3 to 9 months – Carter’s, Osh Kosh, Old Navy, The Children’s Place, etc.
6 pair of socks

For Ava, I got:
2 winter sleepers – Carter’s and Baby Gap
1 sweater – The Children’s Place
1 pair of jeans
Unfortunately the 2T and 3T girls clothes were majorly picked over, so there wasn’t much to be had for the lil miss.

And for myself, I got:
3 pair of maternity pants (though I’m not sure if one of them fits)
2 maternity long-sleeved shirts

How much did I spend on this plethora of clothes you ask?
$150? No way!
$100? Surely, you jest.
$60? Nope.

I got it all for $54!! 🙂 Not too shabby if you ask me.

I just finished gathering up all of the clothes we now have for baby boy (so I can wash and organize them) and I think he is quite set in the 0/3 month department. If he grows anything like his big sister did, he probably won’t even get to wear all of his 0/3 month clothes before he moves into the next size! Ava graduated to some 3/6 month outfits at only a month old.

Anyway, I’m feeling good about what we’ve got for the little man now. I still need to get some cloth diapers in smaller sizes (because the small FuzziBunz we had for Ava were all borrowed), but I’m hoping some friends will have hand-me-downs for me before November.

I guess you could say I’m getting some of my nesting done early this time around. 🙂

 

Don’t ya just hate it when… August 6, 2006

Filed under: Alternative medicine,Health,Miscellaneous,Money,My life,Natural living — amygeekgrl @ 1:53 pm

You can’t get your checkbook to balance and you are off by a LARGE amount and not in your favor (of course!)???
Since Jody wiped out my computer last week, he didn’t have time to reinstall ALL of the programs that I use regularly, just the majority of them. As a result, I haven’t had Xcel on my computer for a week or so, and I hadn’t updated our checkbook ledger for a little while before that.
So, here I sit, trying to play catch up and get it all to balance now and I’m off by what started off as over $300, though now I’ve got it whittled down to $226, but I can’t figure out anything else to subtract! Arg! It’s so frustrating.
I am usually quite good about staying on top of these things. If I’m off a bit, it’s never by much and I usually can figure it out, which is why this is making me want to tear my hair out. Blah. Maybe if I let it sit for a while and come back to it, it will jump out at me. 🙂

Anyway, we’re having a pretty lazy weekend around here, which has been nice for all. The Lupus Foundation never came to pick up our bags and bags of donations on Friday, so we took them to a local charity in town yesterday. Honestly, that’s what I had hoped to do before the LF called to schedule the pick up anyway (though I was excited to have someone coming to get them rather than us having to cart them somewhere), so I’m glad it all worked out the way it did. We also dropped off some cardboard at the recycling center. It might sound cheesy, but it always warms my heart to go there and see so many other people recycling their things as well. Call me a sentimental (i.e. hormonal) sap, but I got teary-eyed thinking about it yesterday. 😉
After that, we went to the Super Target across town (since they closed “our” Target down while they build a Super Target in it’s place) to pick up dog food and a few other things.

We were actually supposed to go camping this weekend with two other families, but we backed out a couple weeks ago thinking it would be too much for us to do right after Jody’s trip and the week before we go to MI. I’m glad we decided that then, because one of my friends got sick (the one who’s cabin we were all supposed to stay at), so they didn’t end up going anyway.

Jody has the day off tomorrow and I have my first acupuncture appointment. I’m SOOOOO looking forward to it. I’ve never been before, but I know people who have and who swear it helps them a lot. My midwife suggested acupuncture (and possibly Chinese herbs) as a preventative measure to treat my liver proactively so that I don’t develop HELLP syndrome again with this pregnancy. I’m highly in favor of anything I can do now to minimize my chances because I’d hate to have to go through that again. Anyway, since I found an acupuncturist who’s also an M.D. AND accepts insurance (hooray for a $10 copay), I plan to go semi-regularly and have her work on some other issues (physical and emotional) of mine as well as the HELLP issue. I’m sure I will be blogging about it to say how it all goes.