Friday, May 27, 2011

Lucky Me- A Prize in my Pasta

So, I was making dinner the other day. I was cooking some of the free pasta I'd scored. (now that I'm such a good little couponer)

I started the water boiling and added the pasta. These were fun cork-screw-like pasta and I noticed there was a larger than pasta sized, flatter shape in the water.

It looked like this:

Here is the box it came from:


And the back of the "prize" 


Hubby thinks it's a piece that broke off of the equipment. Who knows.. I'm not going to throw a fit, but I might mention it to the company. By the way, it did blend in pretty good, but you'd think someone would catch that upon inspection.

UPDATE: May 31, 2011

I contacted the company to let them know. They were very friendly and called to make sure I was ok. They will be sending me a coupon for a replacement box of pasta and will be evaluating my "prize". Once they find out what it is they will contact me and let me know their findings. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Addicted to coupons

I've always had a pretty good eye for a deal. For awhile I thought coupons were a waste of time, because I could usually get the store brand for less money without a coupon.

However, I used coupons here and there to get name brand stuff.

Over the last year or so I've used coupons more and more and every now and then scored a really good deal or even a few things for free.

Then I saw the Extreme Couponing show on TLC.  I acquired a binder and I did a little more research. I am branching out to other stores because I am finding out about great deals. Before I'd just check the deals at Smiths or Walmart. Well I rarely go to Walmart anymore, at least not for groceries. I'm hitting up Smiths and Walgreens now, sometimes twice a week each. I'm not spending much more than I was before, but I'm getting more. It's kind of addicting.

Pretty soon, I'll be a pro!

I'm not going nuts with it though, I'm only getting things we'll use.

I'd like to share my favorite links for finding great deals with your coupons.

  1. http://coupondivas.com/
  2. www.grocerysmarts.com
Do you use coupons? What tips/links do you have to share? 

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Supercross SLC 2011 Woohoo, what a ride! (plus hubby's comments)

Over the last few years I've become a fan of Supercross thanks to my husband.  I started watching races with him on tv starting in 2005. Last year was the first year I went to a live race with him. We even took our kids and stayed over night downtown.

We were all very excited to go last year. We went and hung out at the Pit Party and got plenty of pictures, autographs and free stuff. It was rainy off and on and there was a lot of walking around. By the time the race started, we were cold, wet and miserable. We still enjoyed it all, but we (the kids mainly) could only take so much and we didn't stay for the whole race. We left with about 30-40 minutes left in the race.

This year as the time grew nearer, I wasn't sure if I wanted to go. (not sure why) I guess I just didn't want to get rained out again. Hubby of course wanted to go and asked me to get tickets. I decided I'd go with him, but we'd leave the kids this time. So I found tickets and got us a hotel downtown. I was lucky enough to get hooked up with a nice suite at a nice price thanks to a cousin in law.







I felt a bit spoiled. And I loved it!
We'd been needing a weekend getaway and I was excited for it all.

The morning of Supercross, we had a nice breakfast at the hotel (Waffles, eggs, fruit) Then we got ready for the adventure.






Johnny showing his Nitro Circus Pride!  :)

First thing we did when we got to the Pit Party was potty. LOL. Then we checked out our seats. They were up 60 rows. (nice workout on stairs) Johnny knew a good area to get tickets where we'd be covered. I was so happy, because it was snowing off and on. I had wished it hadn't rained like last year. Well, be careful what you wish for. (it really wasn't that bad, just cold off and on)

John started off with the Toyota Teeter Totter Challenge.
You have to try and balance the truck. Best time wins. (longest time)


Video:







We went and hung out a few more places...





No pics of this, but we entered a Monster (energy drink) guzzling contest. We didn't win, but Johnny came close. We sure felt the effects for awhile. P.S. We prefer Rockstar, shhh.

It was fun, I broke out of my shell a little more than usual. I even decided after awhile that I'd try the Teeter Totter challenge. The issue wasn't that it was "hard"... I just don't like people watching me do stuff. Unless it's a singing contest, I can somehow sing in front of people.

We were more than happy to catch a glimpse of Chad Reed. Even if it was from behind. I didn't mind at all! 






We later got to see him from the front. We thought we were going to get to meet him and all that.. but apparently you had to get a ticket earlier for that. We didn't know.

At least John got to get his picture taken with Travis Pastrana.



 (Ok, so it was just a cardboard cutout...) That's ok, we have met him twice before. Bummed to not see the Nitro Circus Crew, but later John did run into Greg Godfrey.

We did get to meet these 2 cute guys.


We saw Ryan Dungey:



Don't know the other people, we were just walking by and taking pics.

Finally, we see Chad Reed's front side:









Johnny decided to try the Teeter Totter Challenge again.







And then I decided to give it a shot. Now let me explain something... I got in and was still kind of shaking from guzzling the Monster. So I had to take a minute to calm down and then I asked the guy if I needed to put on my seatbelt. He said it was a good idea. Oh and someone had left something in there earlier, so the guy was checking for it.. not there. (so that's what's all going on inside for the first 30 seconds)
Then hubby tells the guy I don't drive a lot... trying to help me out or something. Thanks hon.






Time for the Race:




It's taking forever to upload pics... so I will add the rest later.

I'll leave you with my husband's comments.