*HOT* My air is broken. No Really, it’s HOT.

My husband may come home from his cold, air-conditioned office today to find me like this….

Jamie here!  Just a note to let you know that my air has been broken now for over two weeks – and if you notice a slight delay in some of our posts, it may just be because I passed out for a little while here or there – or perhaps slipped in a sweat puddle on the kitchen floor and bumped my head for a bit.  NO biggie!  Just wanted to keep you in the loop!

But honestly – it’s been a miserable week with temperatures in the high 90′s and that sticky southern Tennessee humidity that makes your arms stick to your sides if you don’t keep them constantly windmilling.   I tried to get up from my kitchen chair earlier and I think my thighs stripped some of the varnish off.

I’ve learned a couple useful tidbits to keep in mind for future air outtages, however:

1) Buy lots of Popsicles.  I mean LOTS.  Never underestimate your need for mass quantities of popsicles.

I ate TWELVE Flavor-Ice pops yesterday.  I would’ve have eaten more today, but I finished the box yesterday.  They should make bigger boxes.

2)  Prepare to Feel Really Unattractive. I’ve got a sweat mustache and my clothes are stuck to my in all the worst ways, but let’s look on the bright side, shall we?

Sitting in front of fans all day really gives you that “movie star” vibe.

I hope you’re staying cool out there – Target & Bi-Lo will be up shortly!

 

Happy Birthday Deal Detective Kim!

Just so you know, today is Kim’s special day – and I wanted to mention it, since she’s so special to us!

Kim volunteers her time to write frugal recipes (Pantry Cooking Saturday), send tips about clearance items/hidden deals, and write posts on extra ways for the Time2Save Community to save money!  (See her most recent post on Saving Money at the Pump!)

Thanks Kim, for all you do – and as we like to say around here, Bless Your Heart!

Blogher ’11: Recap and Photos! (Bieber, 80′s Hair, Muppets) #blogher

Photo Credit – Our new friend, Reb, from RebStevenson.com

It’s already Monday – which means that BlogHer ’11 is all over and done with, and Team Time2Save is safe and sound and back in Tennessee right now.  Kelly was holding down the fort here in Tennessee for the week, so a big thanks to her!

I tried to get online to update you guys during Days 1 & 2 of Blogher, but the last few days were a blur of meetings and classes and parties involving dancing, french fries and chocolate (it’s a big group of crazy women, remember?)

I’ve been going through my camera and showing the kiddos pictures, and I thought I’d share them with you guys too – here are some of the highlights!

We like to start our day right – that’s why we bask in the glow of the Jimmy Dean Sunshine every morning :)  You should’ve see this guy trying to get off the elevator – we almost wet our pants laughing!

Speaking of “Sunny Days”,  this picture is especially for my little Addie, who is 4 (and happens to be freaked out by all muppets) – this ought to show him how friendly they are!  Incidentally, Elmo loves a good snuggle :)

 

Although talking to brands & learning about new products was great – it’ll wear you out being “on” all day.  Which is why we headed down to check out the evening party and unwind with our awesome roomie, Sarah from AThriftyMom.  That’s her, above, with her amazingly teased hair.  She wanted to help us tease ours too, but we politely declined….

The highlights of the party for me were:
a) Justin Bieber standees, which I most definitely had to pose beside for my boys, who made me sit through the movie “Never Say Never”.  Also, you see that Darth Vader is very jeaous of our friendship and wishes he could be cool like us.
b) Airing out my vintage disco dress for it’s once-per-decade event.  ($4 at the Goodwill, in case you’re wondering!)

The end of the conference meant saying goodby to lots of new blogger friends, and boarding the plane to return to the real world.  A world where sweet, sleepy kiddos sneak into your room in the middle of the night to pounce into your bed and welcome you home – and wonderful husbands have done all the laundry while you were gone.  I am blessed beyond measure!

A little off-topic, but speaking of flying – did anyone know that Skymall sells special UV lights that kill bedbugs, lice and other creepy crawlies?  Which makes me wonder – why don’t our school nurses have them to control the crazy lice outbreaks goin on at school?  (I’m stealing this magazine to show our school nurse!)

Blogher ’11: Adventures from Day 2! #blogher

Hey all!  It’s 3am Tennessee time – but only midnight here in San Diego – which means we are just crawling into our beds gratefully after a day of walking in torturous high-heels.  Today was another long and crazy day – and it started much like any other….

We woke up late and realizing there was no continental breakfast, went searching for the in-room coffee maker.   If you were here, you would’ve heard me holler with happiness, as I discovered a wooden box full of fancy coffee, cups, creamers and sugars!  Look how fancy-schmancy!

Unfortunately – 1 cup of coffee each was not to get us through the day – and we ventured out to find something more substantial.  We stopped first at registration – where CVS provided everyone with handy dandy tote bags (that’s what all that red is behind the checkout counter) and several goodies (We’ll be giving away a CVS prize pack after we get home, thanks to our goodie bags!)

Throngs of other bloggers poured in shortly after – filling the hall with familiar online faces.  The Pioneer Woman was one of the speakers today (although not one we got to see :( ) – but I made my friend Sarah send me a picture to share with you.  I’ve read her blog forever!

Twizzlers was there too, and they created a Statue of Liberty out of Twizzlers and glue – how amazing is that?!   By the way – in case you’re wondering, I did NOT plan this outfit to look like Wonder Woman.  I just can’t help it that I’m so super :)

After meeting, greeting, and still not eating – we walked downtown to grab a quick lunch and make a stop at Kinko’s.  Let me just tell y’all – San Diego is a far cry from Cleveland, TN.  People-watching is way more, um, interesting here than in our little town -  we counted 8 people talking to themselves (loudly and crazily), a man using a garbage can for a toilet, and someone carrying a pizza box under their arm like a briefcase.

After stopping in Ross (Yay!  Something familiar!) to get the kids a souveneir (It’s a Melissa & Doug fish puzzle – Shhhh, don’t tell!) we hurried back to the convention center to attend the kick-off Expo.  The expo is basically TONS of vendor booths set up in a ballroom – with representatives handing out samples and talking about their brands.   The idea is to walk around and make connections, find brands that fit well with your website, and exchange business cards.

We spoke with Lowe’s,  CVS, Frito-Lay, Dr. Scholl’s, Lee Jeans, and a bunch more (Really – it’s a big blur).  We made some great connections for the future!

Here we are with some of the bloggers we like – including one of my all-time favorites, Mercedes at CommonSenseWithMoney.

Hours later now – and we’re back in our room, type-type-typing away to the sounds of the ocean and a nighttime train.  Uh oh – just looked over at Kasey, and she’s konked out in the middle of working – I better go grab her laptop before it slides onto the floor!

We hope you guys are all doing well this week, and I promise I’ll be back up to speed once we return to Tennessee after the weekend!  Until tomorrow….

Blogher ’11: Adventures from Day 1!

Well, Kasey & I (jamie) headed out from Cleveland, TN today with a bag of Chik-fil-A, hot coffee, and an adventurous spirit – it was like nothing could go wrong!  But then things did.  It all started at 5:45 am…..

5:45 - My husband’s alarm didn’t play the wake up song, which means I slept blissfully unaware until 6:45…

6:50 - Kasey arrived in my driveway, I pretended to not see her, because I was still getting dressed.  This worked well for a few minutes!  Then it was time to leave  - and in a flurry of kisses and haste, I rushed out the door to head towards the Nashville airport.

7:50 – Having polished off breakfast, we suddenly realized that my wallet and license are NOT in my purse.  ACK!!!!  Without time to go back home and still get to our flight in time, we just started praying that I’d be able to make it through TSA through some miracle…..

9:25 - After a hefty dose of Southern charm & the Grace of God (and a couple other random bits of i.d.we pieced together) we made it through security, thanks to a very nice TSA Supervisor.   The pat down in the little glass room that followed… not so nice.

Finally…  we boarded the plane and were seated next to Logan (see below).

Luckily for us, Logan is super tech-savvy, and spent our 4-hour flight helping us add apps to our phones and giving us all kinds of facts about the states we were flying over. He was one smart cookie!

11:30 – 6pm - Sometime in the course of the next 7 hours, I managed to eat ALL the candy I brought to last me the whole weekend, AND the airplane snacks, AND a Burger King Happy Meal.  How did this happen, and now that I’ve gained 4 pounds, what am I supposed to wear for the rest of the week?

We finally arrived in San Diego – it’s so beautiful here, and the view from our room is amazing.  I feel super-lucky to be here, I wish the kiddos were here to see this!

Later that evening our roomie arrived – the lovely Sarah of AThriftyMom – and our friend Lisa of Nickels & Dimes – showed up in our room.  We headed out on the town for dinner with the folks at Proctor & Gamble – who hosted a bowling party with lots of crazy food that Kasey refused to try.  Granted, I only tried the chicken and tortilla chips myself, but I count myself adventurous and pat myself on the back.

Kasey turns up her nose at “Fancy Food”

While there, we met up with Allie at Couponingfor4, the fab gals at FabulesslyFrugal, and lots of other bloggers who (YAWN!!!) I’m honestly too tired to remember right now (It’s 2:30 am, Tennessee time).

Sarah doesn’t have a CVS in Idaho – we had to take her there!

So we trekked back to our hotel eventually, making a quick pit stop at CVS to raid the MagicalCouponMachine one more time for some free cheese puffs, and fell into bed (Laptops in all our laps, mind you)

To be continued…..

 

Fun Coupon Lingo (For the truly nerdy)

Well, after a long day of posting grocery deals and getting my kids backpacks fully stocked – it’s time for a little bit of fun!  You guys probably know already that we have a “Coupon Lingo” list to help you decipher the weird language we couponers use.

But I thought – you know, there are lots more terms I used amongst my couponing friends that we just make up on the spot.  Here are some that have snuck into my own coupon dictionary (or should be there) – what are some you think should join the list?  Do you have any silly lingo to describe part of the coupon world?  We wanna hear ‘em!

Un-Official Coupon Lingo:

“Coupon Fairy” – Those sweet souls who flit around leaving extra coupons on the shelves for others!

“Catalina Diving” – When you rifle through a trash can, pile of receipts, or inspect the cart corral for abandoned catalina coupons.

“Cashier Profiling” – Trying to decide which cashier looks like they’ll give you the least amount of deep sighs and dirty looks before advancing into a line.

“Stockpile Pride” - Getting a little secret joy as you put away the last of the extra groceries on into your stockpile shelving, glance at the results of your hard work, and note approvingly that not only do you have enough to last your family a good long while, but you have enough to give away!

“Beerpads” – Tearpads in the beer aisle involving a rebate or instant savings related to beer purchase (See more on this HERE, also about how you DON’T always need to buy the beer)

“Pealing” – Stealing a peelie from a package when you’re not buying it, leaving the sad shiny square that a coupon once called home :(

“Blinkie Bandit” – Couponer who holds a stake-out in front of a blinkie machine taking over and over and over (Shame on you!)

“A Raincheck Run” – When your well-planned grocery trip turns into an empty cart and a hand full of rainchecks – empty shelves are so often a fact of life!  But a raincheck makes it all more bearable :)

Photo Caption Contest – TODAY ONLY!!

CUTE ATTACK!!

DealDetectiveKim sent in this picture – and it made my whole afternoon – how cute is this tortoise!?

Can you come up with a caption for this photograph?
If you have an idea – leave it in the comments and we’ll send the winner an envelope full of coupons!!  Contest ends TONIGHT AT 10pm – so put on your thinking caps and come up with something!  I won’t enter the contest by submitting my own caption – but I will say that there’s a theme song going through my head right now, and it includes the words “Splinter taught them to be ninja teens….”

HILARIOUS Post: It’s a Coupon Thing, You Wouldn’t Understand….

(That’s me (jamie) – doing one of the things mentioned in this awesome article :) )

You have to take a second and read this post – it made me laugh several times!!  The worst part is – it’s totally true :)

Head over to WeUseCoupons and on the left hand side (Under “Coffee Lounge”) you’ll see an article called: “It’s a coupon thing, you wouldn’t understand…

READ IT!!!