Gander Mountain Sale

So the husband and I went shopping tonight in Maple Grove. He wanted to get some things for a icefishing so we went to Gander Mountain. When we walked in, we found out that the store is closing and that everything, or I should say almost everything – is on sale. Can you believe that?

They have all kinds of apparel left still, including North Face and Columbia but not too much of it. They also have footwear such as hunting boots or just winter boots. Lots of fishing gear is left as well, along with hunting apparel and of course lots of camouflage.

If you have a man that fishes hunts or likes outdoorsy type things then I would suggest you shop the sale as soon as possible! I don’t know when they are closing but I wouldn’t take my chances. There are some great deals to be had!




After-Holiday Sales

Well, Christmas came so fast but it went so fast too. We managed to get everything done but just in the knick of time. As a Christmas recap, I should mention that my hubby bought me the iPhone 4S (you know, the one I posted about as soon as it came out??) The man is amazing, he is such a good listener! So far I’m loving it. I had a few bugs at first, but once I plugged it into iTunes and restored it, it was fine. Go team!

Now, for the topic of this post, I will let you know I went to Target tonight. Is there anyone that can walk into Target and doesn’t end up forgetting what they even came there for? After I walked through the dollar aisle, the movie aisle, the clothes aisle, and the cosmetics aisle, I remembered I was there to get a belated gift for someone… Yowza.

So I have to say, it’s time for the after-Christmas sales and I started at Target. There were so many nice deals! Christmas stuff was 50% off, so I got some goodies! Plus, there are still tons of gift sets left, and they’re really not exclusive to Christmas – so stock up! You never know when you’ll need a birthday gift at the last minute, a present for a teacher, or you know, whatevs. So get at it!

Next up, while we’re on the topic of Target, I couldn’t believe that they already had their Valentine’s Day stuff out. It was like a time snap when I walked in the door. I froze, looked at the Valentine’s stuff on the shelves and had to snap a pic for you guys. For real! I can’t believe how fast retailers move on from holiday to holiday. But in the meantime, get your Christmas stuff for next year. Holiday gift bags, tissue paper, wrapping paper, ornaments, decorations, etc!


So Macy and I have been debating what we’re going to do for New Year’s eve this year! There doesn’t seem to be too much to do in the twin cities… has anyone heard of anything? We’ve been doing our research but nothing too great yet. Thoughts?

Anywho – that’s all for now.




Thrifty Christmas Wreath Craft

Last year, my mom gave me a beautiful spruce wreath to hang on our front door. It was absolutely gorgeous and naturally, real. But after it had seen it’s better days, I forced myself to take it down and put it back with nature. I hated to have to waste such a beautiful piece of work, so this year I went with something faux.

I walked around stores and found plenty of beautiful wreaths – with not so beautiful pricetags. They ranged from $20-$50, and I was not about to pay that much for a wreath. That’s just not like me. So instead, when I was with the hubs at Menards, I noticed they had some pretty plain jane wreaths for $7. It was just the faux spruce needles and that’s it, but I knew that for $7, I could work with it.

I wish I would have taken a picture of it before, but you pretty much get the picture, right?

So when I got home, I dug out some old ornaments that I wouldn’t be using. I also had some extra pine cones, and faux berries plus leaves (left over from when I bought fake flower bunches at Joann Fabrics). I took my handy dandy hot glue gun and got to work.

First, the ornaments went on. spread out all over until they looked nice. Next, I grabbed my faux berry, pine cone, leaves leftovers and made a little arrangement, then – you guessed it – hot glued it all on. When it was all cooled off and lookin’ good, I brought it outside for a little bit of snow. Faux snow, of course.

With white spray paint in hand, I spritzed the tips of the spruce to look like snow. It looked nice! I added a little bit of glitter spray paint as well to add a little glisten! This is what my final product came out looking like!

Not too shabby for $7, right?

If I were to do anything different, I would have added a variety of colored bulbs into the mix instead of just silver, but that’s all I had on hand. Oh well, what can ya do!

Hopefully it inspires you to use what you got and make it rock πŸ™‚



Easy & Quick Christmas Treats

I have had close to zero time to make Christmas cookies this year. I don’t know where the time has gone but it hasn’t been on my side. In the meantime, Christmas is now 3 days away and I needed to spice up my cookie life. I was aware that I would still be short on time so I needed to make something fast and easy. I’d seen a few variations of using rolos and pretzels but I hadn’t tried it… yet.

So I wanted to share my mini-if-you-can-call-it-recipe with you. It will take you about 5-10 minutes deciding on how big of a batch you make. And TRUST me. They are SO yummy!


  • Checker pretzels
  • 6-10 individual packs of Rolos (then you don’t have to unwrap them – even easier!!)

First, preheat your oven to 360Β°F. Then, on a couple ungreased cookie sheets, place checker pretzels with a rolo centered on top of each pretzel. Next put your cookie sheets in the oven for around 3 minutes. The rolo should be soft, not melted.

Once you take out your pans and put them on hot pads, take more checker pretzels and press them onto the top of your melted rolos, making a little pretzel, chocolate and caramel sandwich.

Once they’re cooled off, you may have to use a butter knife or metal spatula to gently pry them off the cookie sheet. Voila! You’ve got tasty little treats πŸ™‚

Happy easy baking!!


We’ve Got the Bug

Just in time for Christmas, the family has officially caught the flu bug :-\ It started with our little bean. We are no stranger to spit-up, but this was full on puke (ew)! She was such a trooper though – it amazes me. She would throw up and carry on with her happy self. Well then it hit DH and my BIL (Who is living with us). Within 2 hours of each other, they were both running (no joke, running!) for the bathroom! They each spent the night in the bathroom hugging the toilet – Good thing we have more than one bathroom!!! I was hoping to goodness that I would be spared. After all, I did get my flu shot! But no such luck… I was lucky enough to not get the pukes like the rest of the family did, but to say I was feeling under the weather would be an understatement.

I don’t want any of you to worry though – We are all feeling much better πŸ˜‰

Some things that got us through:
1. Pepto Bismol
2. Pedialyte
3. Water, water, water
4. Chicken noodle soup
5. Gatorade
6. Oranges and bananas

The good news is, we should all be feeling back to normal by Christmas. The bad news is, I have been set back a couple days to get all my Christmas shopping and wrapping done. It seems I may be one of the crazies out on December 24th getting the last couple things. Yikes!

Lastly, I’m looking for some input! Here’s my question…
What do you get a 10 month old for her first Christmas?!?!!?

Until next time,

P.S. Marshall’s was the perfect place to go for Bean’s Christmas outfit! I got her dress and the CUTEST boots for $17.00. The best part about it is the outfit isn’t too fancy that she can’t wear it again πŸ™‚

Couponing for Charity

Every year my hubby and I go on a little trip to the grocery store and fill up a grocery cart with lots of non-perishable food items. I know, we should do it more than once a year but when the holidays come, it’s like our yearly reminder to get on it!

Anyways, after this past year of learning the couponing ropes, I decided to put some work into couponing for charity. I wanted to be able to give more, yet only being able to afford about the same as we’ve given the past couple years… And what do we do when we can’t afford things we want? We coupon. Woot!

Our local grocery store had some good store coupons making canned goods about $0.48 each. With these, we were able to stock up on tomato soup, chicken noodle soup, corn, peas,andΒ  green beans. For now. We also got a good deal on flour and sugar but of course coupons limited my quantities (this time around) and so this was our trip for the day. We’ve got a couple more trips to go, some more coupons to clip, and then we’ll be taking our visit to drop it off at the food shelf.

I guess my point of this post is to inspire you to give back as well. And even if you feel like you don’t have much to give, there’s still things you can do to get there. Such as couponing! Just because you get it for less, doesn’t mean that it tastes any different!

Now I did a little research about things that food shelves are really needing right now. Here’s a list in case you decide to go shopping πŸ™‚ And in case you don’t have a clue where your nearest food shelf is, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered there too! Find a food shelf near you.

General Food Items:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Whole grain rice
  • Canned fruit (in its own juice)
  • Raisins or dried fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned soups
  • Tomato or spaghetti sauces
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Dried beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered milk
  • Canned tuna, salmon or chicken
  • Bean soups
  • Chili beef stew
  • Baked beans

Nice Holiday Items:

  • Turkeys/Hams (call ahead beforehand to make sure they take these)
  • Boxed potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Pie filling
  • Pie crusts
  • Cranberries

Non-Food Needs:

  • Shampoo
  • Kleenex
  • Feminine products
  • Toothbrushes
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Toilet paper

Think about it, it’ll make somebody’s season much brighter.