Sunday, November 30, 2008

Secret Families

We are getting together a LARGE group of families in the ward/area to do what is called "Secret Family" This is a fun family activity and opportunity to teach your children that it REALLY IS so much more fun to give than to receive. Here's the Details:

You are assigned 1 family
You will drop something (cookies, small gift, whatever you choose)3 timesby January 1st.
Price limit is no more than $20 TOTAL
Simply drop the gift or item on the doorstep, ring the bell and run. -DONT get Caught!:) Be sure to leave a card or indication that it is from "your secret family" (Don't forget to bring the kids along for the fun!!)
Families will be randomly assigned from those that sign up. Size of family and location may vary...(All will be in The Marana/Red Rock area)

Are you up for it??? Can your family do it and not get caught? :)

Email me or reply as soon as possible. I will be assigning the families by this next coming Sunday. -Pass the word along, any who are interested may join in. I can't possibly contact everyone.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Good website

This place has a lot of great ideas in one place. Everything from decoration to home made baby wipes & laundry soap.

UPDATE Water Storage

Dare & I went and got a huge trailer full for family & friends. We already have ours, but if enough people are interested we can go again, but it cost us almost $60 in gas for the trip, therefore we would have to charge $25 a barrell instead of $20. (He does not offer discounts anymore) He also sells 30 gal which are great if you really needed to you could throw them in your car & go.
It is true -the your better off buying prepackaged water bottles for drinking, but remember how offten we use water in our everyday lives that doesn't go in our body.
Let me know if people are still interested. Thanks. Renee

Monday, November 24, 2008

Does Your Bag Have Holes In It? Book Deal

Cameron Taylor has written an amazing book, Does your Bag Have Holes In It? His book has been endorsed by Stephen Covey, John Huntsman, and many other successful business leaders. He's a phenomenal speaker. We were blessed to have him come speak to our church a few months back.

The book is priced at 17.95 normally. Amazon sells it for $14. Right now Cameron is offering a special for Christmas- 22 books for $99.00 that includes the shipping. That's 4.50 per book. I don't need 22 copies, but a few of us are going in on one order. We would like to get our order in by Wednesday. If you would like a book, please let me know asap.


To read the books specifics from Amazon, click here!

Charity Swap

Last night I was thinking about the upcoming Relief Society activity, which I will not be able to attend. But I wanted to offer up my talents. I don't have many, I'm not crafty, can't sew a straight line and my cooking skills are rusty. But I can clean, and if your life is anything like mine, I know its hectic and laundry, vacuuming and dishes pile up. (Admit it you have some dirty dishes in your sink right now that you wish would wash themselves)
During this holiday season I would like to serve the sisters that I am so blessed to have in my life. So take the kids to the park, grocery store or sit and chat with me; but please allow me to help. Any thing from dishes, bathrooms, floors, and laundry. I am serious. No judgements, no embarrassment, just service. If you don't want to leave a comment for all to see, e-mail or call me.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Food Stoarge and Emergency Preparation Blog

I saw this site on Ben's cousin blog and I really like it. It is called Safely Gathered In (click on the link) and it is a food storage and emergency preparation blog. It helps you gather and organize 72 hour kits, 3 months food storage, and one year supply of food storage. It also give weekly recipes on how to make things from your food storage and all that good stuff. It has lots of things on it, like how to rotate your food storage and even car kits. I just thought that I would share it.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Skyler Price Monson

Danielle & Jordan Monson welcomed their new baby boy Nov 19th around 7 am.

Skyler Price Monson 8lbs 8oz 19.5 inches

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

11/22 30 Tons of Snow at the Foothills Mall

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Do you have water Storage?

A couple years back Graham and I purchased our water storage barrels from this location in Phoenix.
We got them for $12 per barrel. They were used but easily cleaned up.
This site has them for $18 which is a fraction (seriously) of the cost anywhere else. Maybe they can work out a deal if we get a bunch? I have mine already so if you are interested maybe a group of you can go in on it??

Just a suggestion since we have been Confined to Food Storage for a week. Kind of gets you thinking!

Monday, November 17, 2008

4 UofA Season Basketball Tickets

We have 4 Season tickets to UofA Basketball. Here is the craigslist posting if you are interested. We would love to go but don't have the time!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Potty trainning woes

I have a question for moms who've been through the potty training tough stuff. We started potty training Miles about 6 weeks ago. He was excited and eager to try. He was actually getting to the point where he was going the whole day without accidents! I started thinking the hard part was behind us.

Things are not going smoothly now. Miles has reverted back to several accidents a day and no interest in the potty. I'm trying to decide if this is just a normal part of the process that little kids go through or if his continual accidents are a signal to put a stop to potty training and go back to diapers until his older.

I'm afraid if I keep potty training up and he goes on having lots of accidents every day that this will be a huge a source of stress and tension for both of us and I want to keep this as positive as possible. But, at the same time, I'm afraid if I put him back in diapers it might be even harder to try again later.

So what I'm wondering a revert back to lots of accidents normal and should I stick it through for a while? Or if you had a child you decided to put back in diapers for a while, how did it go and how was potty training the "second" time around with that child? I know every kid is different but I wanted to get some ideas.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

For Sale

2002 35th Anniversary z28 SS hardtop tons of extras
32,500miles Asking $17,500 or reasonable offer
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Friday, November 14, 2008

Huge Tucson Area Albertsons Giveaway Coming 11/20

Those of you who know me well probably know that Albertsons is one of my favorite stores. They always have great sales ads. I am a frequent shopper at the store on the corner of Ina and La Cholla in Tucson. They have amazing employees and the lady at the meat counter has even trimmed the fat off my chicken breasts for me in the past.

With this said, I am so excited to announce a way that several of our viewers from KOLD13 can win groceries and supplies this upcoming week. Details will be announced between 5:50-6 a.m. on Thursday with my weekly Money Saving Dinner segment and on my blog, Savvy Savings Tucson. You must live in Tucson, Marana or surrounding area to be able to pick up your winnings at a specified Albertsons in Tucson!

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Hi! I just wanted everyone to know that the LDS Bookstore is closing. It is located at 7012 E Broadway Blvd. and the phone number is 885-2635. Everything is 30% off right now.

FREE PHOTO BOOK NEXT 48 hours only!

This offer was on Oprah today (yesterday?)
Think I might try to take advantage of it!

Let me know if you do! I'd love to hear what kind of book you make with it!

I have made a book before when a similar deal came out and the server was bogged down the last 12 hours of it. SO if you want to do it, MOVE FAST and try to finish today or early tommorow!


Monday, November 10, 2008

FREE Educational K-8 Videos

My friend, Michelle, sent me a link to a great website for Kindergarten through 8th grade educational videos. Your kids can watch the videos on your computer.

These are some of the things I was excited to see on this site!


The Bear Family Berenstain Bears
Clifford Clifford, The Big Red Dog
george Curious George
Horton and other Seuss Dr. Seuss
Little Bear Little Bear
Critter Little Critter
Paper Bag Princess Robert Munsch
Magic School Bus Magic School Bus
Sendack Maurice Sendak
The Giving Tree Shel Silverstein
Book Video Books for Beginners
Click here to visit the Sqool Tube website!

Cards Idea Box Set

This morning on the news in Utah, ABC 4 was doing a segment about Holiday Card Ideas. Northridge Media has a Card Magazine with tons of ideas. They have put together the "best" in a collection, there are suppose to be 2400 ideas in the twelve books. It is $19.95 for each magazine, which would be about $240 for the year. They have a special through the end of November that instead of the current promotion price of $99.95, you can put in the coupon code GTU and get a $60 discount.

If you want to read the segment go to ABC4, to order the cards click here. Fill out your billing information, when it is time to put in your credit card info, use GTU as your coupon code, apply, and it will be applied to your order.

I have subscribed to their magazines and really liked them. I quit this last year because they raised their prices. :( But this is a great deal.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

New Arrival

The Hall Family (Karlee and Mutt) Just welcomed little Boston Taylor Hall (sp?) yesterday morning. He weighed in at 8pounds and 12oz. Congrats!!

CHOCOLATE in Bulk...Interested???

Would you like a chance to pick up Hershey baking products in bulk for a great price? These discounted prices are available because my mom's ward will be part of a large group order.

The deadline for orders and money is November 17th!! I will collect the money if you are interested and can pick up your order when it arrives. (In Phoenix)

Double click on the order form to see it in better detail.

Friday, November 7, 2008

International Wildlife Museum Lecture

Jenn sent me the following information to post for a Lecture being given by one of her distant relatives.

J. Richard Greenwell
Natural History Lecture Series
Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
7:00 p.m.
view flyer

Africa: An Artist's Safari

Presented by: Fred Krakowiak

Nature and wildlife artist, Fred Krakowiak, combines his artistic craft with his rich experience of safari in South Africa to bring you his program, Africa: An Artist's Safari. From charging elephants to face-to-face encounters with crocodiles and cape buffalo, Krakowiak brings you close to the action! The overall result is a unique look into the world and adventure of an African safari seen through the eyes of an artist. For further information on Fred Krakowiak visit his Website at

Event Details

Admission: $3 for Non-members, Members are free. All proceeds help fund educational projects and events at the museum and in the community.

International Wildlife Museum, 5 miles west of I-10 on Speedway Blvd. Oasis Grille open at 5 p.m. for dinner.

Call the Museum Education Department at 629-0100, x 336 for more information.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Tucson Firefighters Chili Cook-Off

This is such a fun activity! There are a ton of booths that are decorated to the hilt that I am sure the kids would love to see!

2008 Chili Cook-off is set for Friday, November 7, 200810:00 AM to 10:00 PMEl Presidio Plaza Park 160 W. Alameda St, Tucson AZ
More than 1000 gallons of chili will be cooked for this event. There are 34 booths in friendly competition each bringing at least 30 gallons of chili to the event. There will be a wide variety of chili from spicy hot to veggie. The chili is $1.00 a cup and all proceeds will benefit the Tucson Firefighters Adopt-A-Family Program, which assists needy families and children with clothing, food, basic necessities and toys throughout the holiday season

Desert Brilliance

We are very excited to let everyone know that we have started a new business called Desert Brilliance. We specialize in custom engagement rings but also carry bands, bracelets and pendants and earrings. Our supplier is out of Scottsdale and is an importer so that means you get amazing diamonds and settings for amazing prices! Please take a look at our website , let us know what you think and then tell everyone you know about us! The website is very user friendly and will walk you through the process of designing an amazing custom ring. Also don't forget to look at the other pieces we carry as well.
Please feel free to add this link to your blog :) Thanks so much! Nicole and Jared Gonzalez

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for a good internet provider. We are with Qwest right now, but it just seems so expensive for what we get. I want to shop around, but really don't know what my options are for this area. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Apron Project

We did it! We finished our reversible aprons and it was a fairly easy pattern to follow. We are waiting on Katie and Chrissy to finish theirs and post their pictures!! We want to see them!
There are a couple of you who are still interested in doing these. You can still do it! I am willing to help still if you want.

Vote Today

If you haven't had a chance to vote by early ballot, I would encourage you to do so today. I leave in about 5 minutes for the polls where I will be an election judge today. Please keep us busy!

Lots of love,