Ooooh, I just love a lazy Sunday! There is nothing better than sitting by a cozy fire and watching NCSU beat Miami. Speaking of lazy, I am going to do my best to submit new posts more often than once a week. The work week is just so crazy, though. By the time I get home from work, work out at the gym, and grab some food (not full price, of course), it is practically bedtime!
On Tuesday evening, I visited Ulta for the first time ever. (Thanks Grace Ann!) *sigh* Where have I been? Under a rock? I cannot believe that the products hadn’t lured me there before now. Makeup, lotion, hair products, perfume, wigs (hello, Halloween!), and… drum roll… a salon. I had heard of the store but no one ever told me that Ulta had salons! Be still my curls. The prices were great, with a free consultation and all over color starting at $55. (I have not yet convinced myself that gray equals wisdom.) I took a contact card and price list and will be calling Tammy very soon, probably in February. I was in need of some conditioner and found Redken’s Fresh Curls. If all this wasn’t enough to color me happy, I was schooled on the rewards system at checkout. With each in store or online purchase (including salon services!), four points are earned for every dollar spent. Points may be redeemed at checkout. (Grace Ann had acquired enough points from previous purchases to redeem $9.) Also, coupons and special offers are mailed and emailed throughout the year.
On my way home, I had a craving for Goodberry’s ice cream (www.goodberrys.com). In December, Goodberry’s offered a $50 gift card for only $25. Of course, I had to take advantage of such a sweet deal. (Merry Christmas to me!) So, Andrew and I enjoyed tasty treats that were, in a sense, half off. And I thought the frozen custard, made every hour with no chemicals, preservatives, or artificial flavors, couldn’t taste any better. (FYI: Monday’s flavor of the day is blackberry.)
On Wednesday, Groupon offered a discount to Cinelli’s; $10 would buy $20 worth of food. Score! That same day, I took advantage of my Costco membership (www.costco.com). Gas prices are cheaper than most convenient stores can offer, so I filled ‘er up. I also bought several healthy snacks. My 24 individual bags of Veggie Snacks were 40 cents per bag (I take these to work as part of my lunch) and my Cascadian Farm Organic Harvest Spice crunchy granola bars were 19 cents per set of two. Other honorable mentions are Kashi Heart to Heart original whole grain crackers and Brookside dark chocolate pomegranate. (Note to self – blogging about snacks may cause uncontrollable snacking, even at 1:09am.)
Andrew and I enjoyed Subway subs for dinner on Wednesday night, taking advantage of the $5 footlong promotion. We had enough food for dinner that night and lunch the next day… if we hadn’t eaten our footlongs in one sitting. I blame the tv. Everybody knows that eating in front of the tv causes one to eat more from mindlessly going through the motions. Evil tv.
On Thursday night, we cashed in our Groupon coupon to Cinelli’s. Our bill came to a whopping $0.61! That same meal without the coupon would have been $20.61, but my grand total was only $10.61. That same day, I finished reading “SuperHealth” (loved it). I am on a mission to find buckwheat honey and will be visiting Fresh Market, tomorrow. Soymilk is next on my list of items to add to my diet. I have since cracked open “The Total Money Makeover”. I think I will really enjoy it and can see why Dave Ramsey has such an extensive following. This year, debt is out and fiber is in, baby.
This weekend was super exciting. On Friday night, Dave, Nikki, Aaliyah, Andrew, and I had dinner at Carolina Sushi and Roll (www.letseat.at/carolinasushi), one of my favorite places. The sushi is to die for. Edward (the owner’s son) always treats us to delicious appetizers, on the house. This time, I tried the Hungry Roll, made with spicy tuna. Soon, I hope to try the raw stuff (or bait, as my Daddy calls it). Baby steps. Afterwards, we watched “The Social Network” ($1 from Redbox). I highly recommend it.
In November for my parents’ 50th birthdays, my Aunt Caroline, Aunt Cathy, and Sweet Thing gave my parents a gift certificate to a local photographer for a family portrait. (Thank you ladies!) On Saturday, we had our portrait done. We dressed casually in jeans and various red shirts (Go State!). I can’t wait to see the finished product.
Today, Andrew proved Daddy right – he really is Handy Andy. Hee hee. Andrew was kind enough to repair the guest bathroom toilet and replace the signal lights in my car. He saved me a pile of money and scored some major brownie points. Because of him, I didn’t have to call a plumber and didn’t have to take my car to a repair shop. For dinner, I treated him to a sandwich from Jason’s Deli (www.jasonsdeli.com). How awesome to find out that online ordering rewards customers with Deli Dollars (one US dollar = one Deli Dollar). Think it can’t get any better? Jason’s products contain no high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, or MSG.
I’ll have to say, the best part of the weekend was time spent with family. In one day, I was able to visit with Mama and Daddy, my sister and niece, my brother, Sweet Thing, three aunts, and a cousin (Happy Birthday Daniel!). Barrett Strong was right; the best things in life really are free.