Give Aways!

I just found a new site in Vegas that has lots of activities and events listed to do in and around Vegas!  What I’m really excited about is their 12 Days of Christmas give aways they have going on right now!  They aren’t just giving away 1 thing each day, they are giving away many things!  Go check it out to see what’s the current giveaway!

http://www.vegasfamilyevents.com/6/post/2011/12/12-days-of-give-aways-day-10.html

HUGE KID’S SALE THIS WEEKEND!

As They Grow Kid’s Consignment Event is going on this weekend!  Huge Kid’s Sale today, Saturday, and Sunday. Mention “Creations by Emily” (my mom’s craft booth) and get in FREE! 2251 N. Rainbow (Close to Best of the West) next to Office Max. We got boy dress up clothes, Melissa and Doug toys, board books, baby food maker, and tons of clothes! You’ll love it!  I might go back for the huge tote of Geo Trax if it’s still there!

 You can pay with credit cards or cash. It’s very organized just like a department store (sections for: boys, girls, toys, furniture, books, movies, shoes, etc). It is kid and stroller friendly and they even set up a mother’s lounge! LOVE THIS EVENT!

http://astheygrowlv.com/ for more info!  You won’t want to miss it.  Great way to buy for the upcoming months in bigger sizes for your little tykes!

As They Grow

Need to get rid of your kid/baby clothes, toys, games, furniture, books, sports equipment, and everything else related to baby?  Stroller, carrier, bumbo, boppy, diaper bag, hair bows?

As They Grow is a city wide consignment event that lets you do just that.  You pick your price, tag your clothes, drop it off to them at the location, and they put them on racks and sell them!  It’s truly brilliant the way they set up and run everything.  It will be in mid March this year and really crept up fast!

I didn’t sell anything last year, but went to buy clothes and made such a killing for all 3 of my kiddos.  I saved so much money and bought lots of cool toys and books to give as Christmas presents to my kiddos.

If you don’t want to sell, that’s okay too!  Just go and buy and enjoy the great deals!

Maybe I’ll see you there!  Last year I ran into like 3 people from my previous ward.  I am totally going to beat them to the 5t-6 sized clothes to get my kid a nice Sunday suit! You know who you are! *wink*

There is another consignment event tentatively scheduled for July put on by another local group.  They are still trying to track down a location.  From what I hear, As They Grow is much more organized and just plain better for what ever that’s worth!

Albertson’s I’ve Missed You!

I haven’t been in Alby’s in a while since their sales haven’t been too hot.  I went tonight to take advantage of their really good sale that ends at midnight (thank you list makers for posting the following week’s ads so I can preview and see if the sale is running for another week or not!)

Great sale got me 14 pasta sauces, 1 Pam cooking spray, 1 Ready Whip, 6 Chef Boyardee products, 6 Banquet sausages, 14 tub margarines, 3 cube margarines,  and some other stuff.  I did 3 transactions and hardly used any coupons.  This was a sale where if you purchase $25 in certain products (before coupons) then a catalina (coupon that prints out and looks similar to a receipt) will print out that is good for $10 off your next purchase.  Well I used that $10 coupon to help buy an additional $25 of groceries and out popped another catalina.  I then used that new $10 off catalina coupon to buy all my regular items: milk, bananas, cheese, bread, baby food.

Next week I’m shopping at Smith’s in case you want a heads up of the really good deals.  Buy 10 participating items and get an instant $3 off AND a catalina (remember, the coupon that prints out and looks similar to a receipt) for $3 off your next purchase. 

Getting food storage is so much fun!

January Food Storage Group Order

We’re doing food buckets and gamma lids and wheat grinders this month so spread the word!

Gamma Lid for Food Storage Buckets- coolest invention ever!

So our new ward gladly welcomes our food storage vision and put Mike on the preparedness committee only 3 days after we moved in (our records weren’t even there yet!).  So I’ll do my best to let you know about what we’re offering each month.  Email or leave a comment if you want anything and I’ll get an order form to you!

January 2011 Emergency Preparedness Group Order
 
 Money is due Sunday, Jan. 30th
 
Hand Crank Wheat Grinder (Hand Crank) $50.00- Create an infinite variety of new textures and flavors in home baking, cereals, snacks, beverages and desserts.
 
KTec Electric Wheat Grinder $165.00- Provides a quality grain / flour mill which will process all types of grains without killing nutrients and flavor.
 
5 Gallon Bucket (food grade plastic) $4.00- Stores food safely for long or short term storage
 
Bucket Lid (for long term storage) $1.50- Has an o-ring for an air tight seal
 
Gamma Lid $6.00 – Easily twists on and off buckets for quick access to stored food
       
Potato Slices (#10 can) $6.00- Rehydrate and use in casseroles and breakfasts! Each can makes approx 24 ½-cup servings
 
 Diced Potatoes (#10 can) $7.50- Rehydrates in about 20 min.  makes approx 24 ½-cup servings

Upcoming Holiday Events

November 15 – January 1
The Gift of Lights
Description: See beautiful Holiday lights all through the season.
Location: LV Motor Speedway                                                                                       Time: Sunday – Thursday 5pm – 9pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm – 10pm
Cost: $12 per car, $2 discount with a bag of clothes for Goodwill donations.
 
November 15 – January 15
Heritage Street Holidays
Description: Come see houses from Christmas past. The museum has decked their houses in period decor from the 40s, ’50s and ’60s. You’ll also receive recipes that were popular during each of those times.
Location: Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Hwy., Henderson
Time: 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: Adults $1.50, Seniors/Children $1
 
November 17 – January 15
MonteLago Village Ice Skating Rink
Description: Ice Skating at MonteLago Village throughout the holiday season.
Location: MonteLago Village, Lake Las Vegas
Time: Varies, but generally daily from 3pm-9pm Closed December 5-15 and Christmas Day
Cost: Adults $15, Kids $12

 
November 23 – December 30
Magical Forest at Opportunity Village
Description: Stroll through the whimsical holiday forest with decorated trees and displays, ride the Enchanted Carousel and the Forest Express Train. Visit with Santa Claus and enjoy
hot cider and live music.
Location: Opportunity Village, 6300 W. Oakey, Las Vegas, NV
Time: 5:30pm to 10pm
Cost: $9 Adults, $7 Children 3-12, Free Children 2 and under
 
November 24 – December 23
Christmas Caroling on Horseback
Description: It’s a perfect holiday tradition. Take a 45-minute tour either on horseback or in a horse-pulled wagon singing Christmas carols. Then, eat a delicious country-style dinner.
Location: Sagebrush Ranch, exit 80 from I-15 North
Time: 4:30pm, 6:30pm, 8:30pm
Cost: $30

November 30 – December 10
Country Christmas Western Gift Expo
Description: Find the perfect gifts for the cowboys and cowgirls in your life.
Location: Sand’s Expo Center 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S., Las Vegas
Time: 10am – 5pm
Cost: FREE

December 1
West Las Vegas Holiday Tree Trimming Party
Description: Bring the kids out to this decorating party. Children are invited to be creative in making the library festive.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 10am
Cost: FREE

December 2 – 16
WinterFest
Description: Henderson is celebrating the holidays with all kinds of fun. See the official tree lighting, ice skate, and ride on a horse-drawn cart.
Location: Henderson Events Plaza 200 South Water Street, Henderson
Time: 5pm – 8pm, nightly; Craft day on 9th 10am – 4pm
Cost: Varies by event

December 2
Flute Quartet Holiday Music Concert
Description: The Quadrivium Flute Quartet performs various favorite Christmas and Hanukah songs to celebrate the winter holidays.
Location: Las Vegas Library, 1401 E. Flamingo, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 3:30pm
Cost: FREE

December 2
City Lights Chorus Annual Holiday Show
Description: A barbershop quartet will sing holiday favorites. It’s a great show for the whole family.
Location: Winchester Cultural Center 3130 S. McLeod, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm and 7pm
Cost: 2pm $6, 7pm $10

December 2
Stardusters’ 27th Annual Toys for Tots Dance
Description: Dance the night away at this square dance benefiting Toys for Tots.
Location: East Las Vegas Community/Senior Center 250 North Eastern Avenue
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Cost: $6 or $3 with new, unwrapped toy

 
 
December 2
Shopping Days: Holiday Activities
Description: Kids enjoy a day of games and arts and crafts under our supervision, and parents get to finish their last minute shopping. A delicious lunch is included. Space is limited. 5-12 yrs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 11:30 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $20

 
December 4
Gingerbread House Crafts
Description: Work together as a family to create your perfect gingerbread house. Heather and Steve will teach you how.
Location: Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm – 8:30pm
Cost: FREE

 
December 4
Desert Chorale’s Annual Celebration of Christmas
Description: The Desert Chorale will sing beautiful Christmas music that will bring the spirit of Christmas into everyone’s hearts.
Location: Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall (UNLV Campus)
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: FREE

December 5
Let’s Celebrate Winter
Description: Get all toasty inside the library with stories about the fun of winter.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 10am – 11am
Cost: FREE
  
December 5 – 16
Holiday Festival
Description: There’s always a party going on at the Fremont Street Experience, especially during the holidays.
Location: Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St., Las Vegas
Time: all day
Cost: FREE

December 5
Gingerbread House Demonstration
Description: Learn the history and traditions of the gingerbread house and how to make one of your own.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Cost: FREE
 
  
December 5
Henderson Symphony Orchestra
Description: Listen to seasonal favorites performed by the Henderson Symphony and local high school choirs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center 500 Harris Street
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE

December 5
Holiday Guitar Concert
Description: The Guitar Society of Las Vegas presents their annual Christmas concert with seasonal favorites played beautifully on guitar.
Location: West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 5
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Description: See the Fremont Street Tree lit up for Christmas.
Location: Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St., Las Vegas
Time: TBA
Cost: FREE

December 6
Hello, Christmas!
Description: Join Hello Kitty as she travels the world exploring how other cultures celebrate Christmas.
Location: West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 6:30pm – 7:15pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 7
Gingerbread Houses
Description: the history and traditions of the gingerbread house and how to make one of your own.
Location: Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 6:30pm
Cost: FREE
 
December 8
Mariachi Holiday Concert
Description: The Clark County School District Mariachi Music Instructional Program presents a holiday concert.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9
Great Santa Run
Description: Join the fun and raise some funds for Opportunity Village. Runners will receive a Santa suit to wear to make this 5K run even more festive.
Location: Fremont Street Experience, Fremont St., Las Vegas
Time: 10am
Cost: $45

December 9
Winter Wonderland
Description: Play in the ‘snow’ and eat a treat made specially by the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 11am – 12pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9 – 10
A Holiday Celebration
Description: The Las Vegas Philharmonic invites you to celebrate the holiday with them at their annual Holiday concert.
Location: Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall (UNLV Campus)
Time: Sat 8pm, Sun 2pm
Cost: $27 – $69

December 9
The Gift of Giving
Description: Create a wonderful gift for someone special in your life.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9
Home for the Holidays
Description: The Nevada Chamber Symphony proudly presents its annual Holiday concert. This year they welcome Lamping Elementary School Upper Choir as special guest performers. Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 3pm
Cost: FREE

Great Gifts!

December 9
Shopping Days: Gingerbread Houses
Description: Kids enjoy a day of games and arts and crafts under our supervision, and parents get to finish their last minute shopping. A delicious lunch is included. Space is limited. 5-12 yrs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 11:30 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $20
  
December 9
Candy Cane Lane
Description: Toddlers will hunt for candy canes throughout the center and have a special visit from Santa. Register by Dec. 6. 1-4 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 10am
Cost: $3

December 9
WinterFest Craft Fair
Description: Browse the many handmade crafts, activities and food concessions at this outdoor event.
Location: Henderson Pavilion, 200 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 9
Nutcracker Suite Tea Party
Description: Come dressed as your favorite character from “The Nutcracker,” and enjoy games, a craft project, tea party etiquette lesson and tea party. 4-8 yrs.
Location: Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 9:30-11:00 am
Cost: $20

December 9
Mommy and Me Holiday Tea
Description: Moms and daughters are invited to a semi-formal tea and fashion show. 3-8 yrs. with a parent.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
Cost: $10 pair
  
December 10
Winter Craft Extravaganza Description: Make a winter craft at this craft day.
Location: Sahara West Library, 9600 West Sahara Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Cost: FREE
A Custom Letter From Santa 

December 10
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Description: The amazing musicians of the world famous Trans-Siberian Orchestra will play Holiday favorites.
Location: The Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $38, $48
  
December 11
Snowflakes, Snowflakes Everywhere!
Description: Learn how to make 3-dimensional giant snowflakes and other holiday crafts.
Location: Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Cost: FREE

December 12
Christmas & Holiday Party
Description: Bring the whole family out to deck the halls at the Kids for Saving the Earth annual holiday party.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 12
Winter Concert
Description: Listen to beautiful seasonal music played by the talented young people of the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras.
Location: Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall (UNLV Campus)
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE

December 13
The Polar Express Shadow Show
Description: See the wonderful story of the Polar Express told with shadows.
Location: Summerlin Library, 1771 Inner Circle Dr., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 14 – 17
Donny Osmond Christmas Show
Description: The lovable Donny Osmond sings wonderful Christmas music to celebrate the season.
Location: The Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 8pm
Cost: $49.95 – $69.95

December 14 – 27
The Nutcracker Ballet
Description: Nevada Ballet Theatre presents it’s annual rendition of The Nutcracker. Make this performance a holiday tradition.
Location: Judy Bayley Theatre (UNLV Campus)
Time: Thursday – Friday 8pm, Saturday 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 1pm & 4:30pm
Cost: $39
  
 December 15
Holiday Lights Tour
Description: Join us for a fun-filled evening of merriment by taking a tour of the city’s colorful holiday lights. Register by Dec.10.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $5
Age: 9-17 years old
  
December 15
Holiday Lights Tour
Description: Join us for a fun-filled evening of merriment by taking a tour of the city’s colorful holiday lights. Register by Dec.10.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
Cost: $15
Age: Family of four
  
December 16
Holiday Dance Concert
Description: UNLV dance department presents an eclectic mix of dance styles all celebrating the season.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 16
Ho Ho Ho!
Description: Listen to holiday stories and then walk over to the Lied Discovery Children’s Museum to create a paper plate poinsettia.
Location: Las Vegas Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 16
Christmas Gift Creation
Description: Come make a special gift for a special person in your life.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 3pm – 4pm
Cost: FREE
BabyCenter Store – Always Free Shipping on orders $75 and up.

December 16
Shopping Days: Stuff-A-Bear Reindeer
Description: Kids enjoy a day of games and arts and crafts under our supervision, and parents get to finish their last minute shopping. A delicious lunch is included. Space is limited. 5-12 yrs.
Location: Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris Street, Henderson
Time: 11:30 am-4:00 pm
Cost: $20
  
December 16
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Description: Join us for a Charlie Brown-themed afternoon featuring a movie, tree decorating and a holiday party. 5-10 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Cost: $8

December 16
A Great Escape
Description: Kids enjoy an afternoon of fun with games, and arts & crafts while parents get started or finish their holiday shopping. A holiday snack will be provided. 4-12 yrs.
Location: Silver Springs Recreation Center, 1951 Silver Springs Parkway, Henderson
Time: 12-4pm
Cost: $1
  
December 16
Sitting with Santa
Description: Join Santa and his helpers for a holiday visit. See the elves’ workstations as they help you with your own holiday art project. Pictures may be taken with Santa for $2 each. Register by Dec. 10. 1-12 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time:  9:00-11:30 am
Cost: $5

December 16
Breakfast with Santa
Description: Join Santa and his helpers for a traditional holiday pancake breakfast with all the trimmings. Pictures may be taken with Santa to commemorate the event. Parents are invited to dine with their children. Register by Nov 28. 12 yrs. & under.
Location: Black Mountain Recreation Center, 599 Greenway Road, Henderson
Time:  9:00-10:15 am
Cost: $10
  
December 17
Polar Express
Description: Join a young boy on an incredible journey on the Polar Express.
Location: Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE

December 18
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Description: Watch the original animated version of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
Location: Green Valley Library, 2797 N. Green Valley Parkway, Henderson
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 20
The Night before Christmas
Description: The whole family will enjoy this retelling of the amusing poem “The Night Before Christmas” and making crafts to go along with the story.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 7pm
Cost: FREE

December 20
Broadway Bound Divas Holiday Show
Description: Five talented young singers put on a holiday show singing seasonal favorites.
Location: Whitney Library, 5175 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 2pm
Cost: FREE
  
December 21
Creative Holiday Crafts for Teens
Description: Teens will learn how to make some neat holiday cards using computer software.
Location: West Las Vegas Library, 951 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas
Time: 3:30pm – 5pm
Cost: FREE

December 21 – 24
Hawaiian Christmas Show
Description: A Christmas with island flavor.
Location: Suncoast Hotel and Casino, 9090 Alta Drive, Las Vegas
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $33 – $44
  
December 21
Holiday Card Stamping with Sandi Brown
Description: Bring your imagination and Sandi Brown will teach you to use stamps to make fabulous holiday cards.
Location: Enterprise Library, 25 E. Shelbourne Ave., Las Vegas
Time: 1pm – 2pm
Cost: FREE

December 22-23
Santa’s Phone Line
Description: Santa or one of his elves will personally telephone your child at a predetermined time on Christmas Eve to chat about your child’s holiday wish list and the season. 1-10 yrs.
Location: Whitney Ranch Recreation Center, 1575 Galleria Drive, Henderson
Time: 12/22 10am-7:45pm, 12/23 10am-2pm
Cost: $3

Freecycle Finds

Yesterday I got a food dehydrator still in the box, in great shape, with the manuals and today we’re picking up a gas BBQ grill.  Have I convinced you yet that Freecycle is completely awesome and worth joining?  Think Craigslist, but everything is FREE!

Previous freecycle finds: 3 bookshelves for the garage, tons and tons and tons of kids’ clothes, a train table with rolling storage drawers underneath, pots and pans, moving boxes, and a ton of other stuff we’ve been able to get rid of by passing it on to someone else. 

I’ve been Freecycling for a few years now and love it!  And it helps that hubby has a truck so we can pick up the bigger stuff, but a truck isn’t necessary.

Grocery Smarts

So if you’ve come to know me (personally or through this blog) then you know I’m a big budget conscious, coupon clipping, deal seeking kind of gal!  I do it because I want to, not because I have to!

That being said, if you’ve become intrigued with my way of shopping and would like to know how I get so much and pay so little then let’s get together on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 11am.  I’m having a Grocery Smarts class at my house AND I’m serving lunch.  FREE food and FREE tips to save you some serious moolah?  Yes, because I care and I want to teach the world a few people at a time how they too can shop and save like me =o)  Consider yourself invited and bring a friend too, or your spouse!  

Leave me a comment if you’re interested or know someone who is and I’ll email you more info!

Cheers to a New Year!

2009 was a good year, but it’s always nice to have a restart to all the things I didn’t finish, lose, start, or accomplish.

I started off last year with attempting to really clean the house 1 room at a time.  I did start, but didn’t finish.  This year I think I’ll try that again.  I’ve already sorted through all the boys’ clothes and managed to fill 5 Space Bags and 1 under the bed storage bin with any and all clothes related to newborn- 5T sizes.  Next up are their toys- yikes!

And after watching the movie Julie and Julia and can’t help but be inspired to give new cooking a try!  From new recipes to just making more homemade foods more frequently, I just want to do more in the kitchen.  Using the crockpot or sunoven for Sunday for lunch/ dinner is also something I want to do to.  1 crockpot Sunday meal down, like 50 more to go!

Groceries and shopping- think I’ll try the cash method this year.  Well, I’ve already charged a bunch, so maybe we’ll just stick to spending no more than $50 a week.  That means no going overbored when diapers at TRU go down to $1.50 a jumbo pack and I want to buy the whole display in every size possible!  Restraint girl, I’m going to have restraining power during my super shopping trips.  I’m also going to keep up on my coupons!  When they come Sunday I will look though and clip the ones I won’t use.  That way I can send more than I am now to the Expired Coupon Queen in Colorado.  She sends them to overseas military bases where expired (and unexpired) coupons can be used.  I really slack when it comes to clipping my coupons on time and keeping them up to date.  This shall help me be even more efficient.

Of course there’s always excercise more.  I don’t want a gym membership to Gold’s since they are walking distance, have a pool, and kid’s club, but have obstructed my view of downtown.  I just  want to get out of the house more with the kids and go for walks or trike rides.   Maybe we could even start walking to the close stores by our house.

Me time- at least once a month I’m getting a sitter during the day (you should see how many babysitting bucks I’ve racked up) and going and doing something alone!  Shopping, pedi, haircut, whatever! Just kid free is the way to be.

Date time- maybe I should just plan what the heck hubby and I should do and take matters into my own hands as far as the execution.  Attend the temple at least once a month, go see a movie, go out to eat…  Friday date night swaps anyone?  I’m serious!

Crafts- if they get started then they have to get finished!  That’s all there is to it!  I have 2 pillow cases, 1 layered skirt, 1 truck pillow, a big mending pile built up again, and some cards and scrapbooking things that need to get done.  There’s some magnets, Gospel ABC books, nursery CDs, and felt puppets still waiting for my time and energy too. 

So that’s the big stuff.  Nothing too big or small.  Nothing that can’t really be accomplished realistically.  I’m feeling good in 2010 and I’m hoping to make it a great year.

Oh yeah! And actually plant something in my garden boxes this year rather than have them be the kids’ favorite dirt piles for digging and such!