Sunday, June 30, 2013

When I Grow Up, I Wanna Be An...

EXTREME COUPONER! Duh. What girl that has the TLC channel doesn't want to be an extreme couponer? In fact, for a little while I was well on my way. With the help of sales and coupons, I found cereal for $0.75/box, and got loooots of razors for pretty cheap. Now to the extreme couponers of the world, this is pretty unimpressive, but for my and my countless hours of clipping and couponing, it was a victory to say the least. I figured if Honey Boo Boo's mom could do it, SURELY I could put my college degree to good use.

The thing is, couponing is HARD; totally a part/full time job, and you have to be committed. I saw the show Extreme Couponers and was hooked. When they'd jump, I'd jump, if they screamed, I screamed, when they clipped, I clipped. I swear, photos like this would give me a coupon-gasm!

I was pretty committed until I almost cried at a register one time (that's when I realized I needed a break...)

All things aside though, I still love me some coupons. Especially if they come to me :) I don't get the newspaper, so online coupons have been my best friend. Coupons.com is a regular of course,  and is where I get most of my cereal coupons, I frequent many coupon blogs, and naturally, I'm a groupon girl, but recently I've come across many great coupons online through Promotional Code .

Couponing just got a whole lot easier :)


This is What Little Brothers Are For...


Let's be honest... This is so funny, I'm not even mad about it :) haha
This kid put way too much creativity on his cereal this morning!

Kids these days.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Prepare For Picture Overload

To the dad who taught me "it takes two to fight".

To the dad that believes quality is more important than quantity,

To the dad who taught me if you want it, you earn it, and knows how to get his hands dirty,


To the dad who rode his bike 14 miles to and from work everyday, so that I could drive his 1991 toyota pick up a half mile to school that way I wouldn't have to walk in the dark, the cold, and in my own personal teenage embarrassment,


To the dad who could fix anything and everything. Oatmeal in the VCR? No sweat. Suspicious clunking in the car? Got it covered. Hardwood floors in the kitchen? Consider it done, 


To the dad who took me on daddy-daughter date nights,


To the dad who bleeds blue for BYU,

To the dad who taught me responsibility, but left me in want/ need of nothing,

(Nice wedgie Natalie! haha)

To the dad who knew just what to say,

To the dad who went to bed hours after everyone, and woke up hours before,


To the dad who knew when to be a parent, when to be a dictator, when to be a counselor, when to be a listener, and when to be a friend,



To the father who knew how to be silly, and successfully raised 4 missionaries serving in 4 different continents, taught and guided an businessman, web designer, engineer, art teacher, accountant, and aspiring photographer, was a father to one bride, and one groom, and a husband to one smoking hott Lay-daaaay,




To the dad who cannot make it through an entire movie without falling asleep,

To the dad whom I've never heard swear,  gossip, or undermine,

To the dad who taught me through his example, that real men cook, clean, kiss their wives when they get home from work, read to the kids, pray, change diapers, never yell at their wives, put God first... and wear thick nerdy glasses :)


To the dad who doesn't take sick days, ever,

To the dad who never acted un-excited to receive a tie and mixed nuts from just about every child for every birthday, Father's day, and Christmas,

To the father who is just as doting of a grandfather as he is a father, 


To the dad who was a horse, a gardner, a superhero, a genius, a math tutor, a blanket monster, a basketball player, a religious leader, a patriarch, a monster slayer, and bread-winner,


I love you!

AND TO PAPA STRATFORD!

To the papa who is a photographer, videographer, band groupie, accountant and straight-up bad-A,

To the papa who knows his mexican food, 


To the papa who's raised 3 missionaries, and 3 more to come,


To the papa who's always up to date on the latest technology, business, and trends,

To the papa who goes big or goes home, 

To the papa who taught my own husband to be the kind of man he is, through his own example,


To the papa who is one of the kids (and funny as I'll get out!),

To the papa who's never short of guidance, experience, and advice,

To the papa who gave my man his good looks and bold eyebrows,  


To the first papa I've had in addition to my own,

I love you!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Say Hello to My Little Friends!

Guess who's student teaching in less than 2 months?
THIS GIRL.
And guess who'll be there to help?
My good friends Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael from the Ninja Turtles.


Me and these cool dudes go way back and share a passion for pizza eating, crime fighting, color coordinating, (only because of their namesakes) art, and in this case, comfy clothing gettup!
AND what kind of a friend would I be if I didn't show you guys where to get your favorite crime fighters representation!?
You aint eva seen super hero shirts like these!

Watch out Arizona, the coolest art teacher around is coming yo way!!!