Coupon Update: 1/14/12

Woohoo! Just returned home from a visit to the grocery store and I’m super pumped that we saved 20% on our groceries this week and came in $15 under budget! Our total savings for 2012 are $58.04!

It’s not out of the ordinary for us to spend $150+ a week on groceries for just the two of us when we don’t pay attention to what we’re buying. However, with a little menu planning and preparation, it’s been somewhat easy for us to come in on or under our budget each week. Here’s how I prepared for this week…

1. Put together a meal plan based on items we already had on hand.

2. Made a shopping list of produce, fresh foods and any items needed for this week’s recipes that we don’t already have. We make sure our list is within our budget before discounts & coupons are factored in. This makes sure that we are under budget and there are no surprises at checkout.

3. Check sales flyers for our local grocery stores. I usually like to shop at Target, but most of the items we needed this week were on sale at Kroger, so Kroger it was!

4. Clip coupons for any items on our list. My goal is for every item on my list to either be on sale, purchased with coupons, or both. Never pay retail…unless it’s an emergency!

5. Head to the store with grocery list, coupons, and calculator at hand. I keep a running total of all the items I put in  my cart to make sure that our pre-coupon/discount price never goes above our budget. That way I can make adjustments if needed before I checkout.

That’s it! Pretty simple and surprisingly fun! Can’t wait to see how much we save before Baby Chase gets here!

XOXO,

Bri

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Bri’s Tip of the Day: 9/4/11

Good morning, everyone! It’s officially my favorite time of the year…football season!!! Our SMU Mustangs kick off their season tonight against the Texas A&M Aggies! With tailgating and parties being the focus of many commercials lately, I’ve been forced to think of ways to join in the festivities while staying healthy. Here are my plans for tonight as we host some of our close family & friends to cheer on the Mustangs:

  1. Who doesn’t love veggies? I’m making a super yummy, organic veggie tray filled with fresh carrots, celery and broccoli. I’ll try to fill up with greens first!
  2. Bottled water is a must! Leave the heavy beers to the guys and enjoy an ice cold bottle of water with a slice of lemon. While everyone else is weighted down with beer, I’ll be the most spirited!
  3. Fresh, homemade guacamole and blue corn tortilla chips are sure to be a crowd favorite. I’ll try to fill up on the veggies first so I don’t dive head first into the chip bowl!

Pictures and a Mustang victory are sure to come later tonight! Here’s to a great season ahead!

XOXO,

Bri

 

Operation Declutter!

August is one of my favorite months…it’s the anniversary of meeting my amazing hubby and my birthday month! I’m setting a goal for this month that will hopefully be a forever change for our family. We love our precious little 1950’s cottage, but after a little over a year we’re already in need of more space. It’s kind of hard to believe since it’s only Vince, Me and our puppy, Tasha! I’ve decided that in order to keep my sanity and help us get rid of all the unnecessary items in our house I would set a monthly goal for August and take baby steps to de-cluttering our home. I’ve started with a weekly cleaning schedule that is manageable for me to do every night after work while cooking dinner. I tried to keep it light enough each night to be able to finish by the time the hubby gets home so we can eat dinner and enjoy our evenings together. So, without further ado, here’s my weekly cleaning challenge for August, along with some routines I found on unclutterer. that I hope to incorporate…

Monday

  • Unload/Reload the dishwasher
  • Detail clean the Kitchen
  • Laundry (wash, dry & fold)

Tuesday

  • Unload/Reload dishwasher
  • Detail clean both Bathrooms
  • Vacuum the entire house

Wednesday

  • Unload/Reload dishwasher
  • Dust entire house & ceiling fans

Thursday

  • Unload/Reload dishwasher
  • Vacuum & Swiffer floors
  • Laundry (wash, dry & fold)

Friday

  • Unload/Reload dishwasher
  • Banking (pay bills, cash checks & organize envelope system for the next week)
  • De-clutter & Organize (File all mail & papers from the week)

Saturday

  • Unload/Reload dishwasher
  • Clean baseboards & vacuum
  • Clean out car & wipe down/vacuum interior
  • DIY House Projects

Sunday

  • Unload/Reload dishwasher
  • Relax & enjoy a clean house!

Car – Check the car each time you get out for anything that doesn’t belong there. Once a week clean out under seats and detail clean interior. 

Craft Room & Office Space – Take time once a week to file papers and organize supplies.

Closets – Go through closets once a month & purge unused items. Take all items to Catholic Charities.

 XOXO,

Bri

 

 

 

The Nest Fall 2011 Magazine

THE NEST Magazine just went digital! I love the ideas I read about in THE NEST magazine and according to the recent e-mail they sent, every Nestie can now get their magazine for free!

The new issue features:

  • Make your house a home. One real couple shows off their awesome digs and we show you how to pull it all together.
  • Relationship Rut? Here’s a fun way to charm the pants off your spouse — literally.
  • Tweet-worthy Trips. We’re talking volcano surfing and swimming through a museum.

Enjoy!

XOXO,

Bri

The Beauty Detox Solution

A week ago today I purchased this little book that has forever changed the way I think about food. I finished the entire book in the first two days and was shocked to find out what certain foods can do to your body…especially many of the ones society considers “healthy”! I enjoyed the first week of transitioning into Kim’s program and I’ve even got Vincent trying it out too! We drink a Glowing Green Smoothie every morning and have modified our weekly grocery lists and recipes. The program is easy, fun, and most importantly it’s a realistic lifestyle that leaves you feeling great! I’ve already seen great results and I love knowing that I am fueling my body everyday and preventing early aging and numerous diseases. I highly recommend THE BEAUTY DETOX SOLUTION to everyone! Even if your goal isn’t to lose weight, you can’t afford not to be healthy!

Check out Kim’s blog for awesome nutrition information and fun stories of her exciting life as a celebrity nutritionist! http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/

XOXO,

Bri

TGIF & a little inspiration!

Happy Friday, everyone! We finally made it through the week…phew! I wanted to share pictures from one of my all-time favorite articles from Country Living as a little weekend inspiration. The article features the tiny 1,000 square foot home of Lizzie Carney, a stylist/designer for Euro Trash. I absolutely love her colors and style and can’t get over her perfect little dressing room!

Every wall is painted a charcoal gray proving that dark colors can be used in small spaces. Lizzie uses soft pinks and distressed woods as accents and contrast to the dark walls.

The kitchen features a gorgeous chandelier from Belgium and a vintage refrigerator purchased at a Texas flea market.

The dual duty basement is home to the formal dining room and wine cellar. Lizzie created wine storage by stacking Belgium grape gathering plates along the walls.

My favorite room in her house! Lizzie converted her second bedroom into a dressing room/walk-in closet. I love the antique clothing racks that line the walls!

Lizzie’s bedroom features a queen sized antique French bed and another gorgeous chandelier. She creatively hid an odd placed window with floor to ceiling gray curtains.

 

Have a great weekend everyone!

XOXO,

Bri

Vintage County Fair

My sister-in-law is throwing a Vintage County Fair birthday party for our niece at our house in a few weeks. I thought the theme was so adorable and I started looking for ideas to decorate our house in the turquoise, red & yellow color scheme. I came across a party featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs and just had to share it. I thought it was adorable!

Escort cards were made from carnival game tickets hand stamped with each guest’s name.

The centerpieces were made from sunflowers in mason jars & a Ferris Wheel with Gerber daisy tucked in each cup.

Each Ferris Wheel listed the ticket numbers of the guests seated at that table. Too cute!

The chair backs were tied with coordinating ribbons to add a little pop of color.

Classic fair food included popcorn, peanuts & hot dogs!

How cute is this pin wheel bridal bouquet? Instructions for creating a pin wheel bouquet can be found at The Sweetest Occasion.

I can’t wait to post pictures from the actual party, but if it ends up anything like this one it will be precious!!!

XOXO,

Bri

 

Country Living

I love Country Living! I get an excitement only my mother can understand each month when the new issue arrives in my mailbox. I probably read it 10 times the day I get it! I was browsing their website for inspiration recently and found some amazing pictures of Victorian & Farmhouse decor ideas. I hope I can find some free time this weekend to work on our house after seeing these!


Do you think Vincent would let me slipcover all of our furniture in pink? haha!

These would look perfect on our antique piano!

Everything about this room just makes me happy…I don’t think I would ever leave the house! 🙂

Our kitchen window could use a few of these to balance out our dark cabinets (I can’t wait to paint them white).I wish I knew where to find this! It would be perfect next to our refrigerator. We can’t get enough storage in our kitchen!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this wallpaper. I’m seriously considering wallpapering one of our bedroom walls in a similar pattern. I think it’s so elegant!

That’s it for now! Happy Wednesday everyone!

XOXO,

Bri

Are you ready for some Football?

It’s official…football season is upon us and all is well in the Chase household! Vincent and I drafted our 1st fantasy football team earlier this week and had a blast watching the Saints play the Vikings last night. The game was a little more exciting since one of our players (Vinsanthe Shiancoe) was playing and had a good game! Here’s our roster for this season…fingers crossed we’ll do pretty good!

QB: Tom Brady

RB: Cadillac Williams, Jerome Harrison, Donald Brown, Correll Buckhalter

WR: Pierre Garcon, Miles Austin, Santana Moss, Braylon Edwards, Steve Breaston

TE: Vinsanthe Shiancoe, Jason Whitten

D/ST: Bears, Jets

K: Stephen Gostkowski

XOXO,

Team BeefCakes

My 25th Birthday!


Last weekend we invited our family over to celebrate my 25th birthday and to see our new house. We had a blast and I’m so thankful for the amazing family we have. After an AMAZING cookout (courtesy of Chef Vincent), presents and a UFC watching party, my year was off to a good start!

Vincent started the day off with a bang and surprised me with my birthday cake! He went to Panini Bakery (the bakery that made our wedding cakes) and had them draw him flexing his muscles with icing. The funny thing is that it actually looks like him!!! haha!

Mom, Mimi and Vanessa catching up and enjoying the party…

Tasha enjoyed the company, but was exhausted from all the attention and food! She could hardly keep her eyes open by the end of the night!

Monday (my actual birthday) my teammates and Vincent both surprised me with flowers and sweet cards! Our house looks and smells so pretty 🙂

My birthday card from Vincent…it reads:

Bri, Muffin Cakes, My Shnookems, My Snuggle Pumpkin, My Honey Honey. I hope these 25 years have been a blast and I’m going to make sure the next 25 years are even better. So expect a bunch more of my corny jokes that only I laugh at, and my random humor that only really myself find it to be hilarious. I’m kidding, well…not really. I will do my best to make you happy that you married me. I love you, Your Hubba Bubba

Flowers from the DCR&B Bananas!!!!

My super cool Bubba and rockin’ Robyn (my amazing sister-in-law) surprised me at work with more flowers! They were gorgeous and so unique!

It was an amazing birthday and a wonderful weekend! Can’t wait to do it again next year 🙂