Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chase & Sarah

Engagement sessions are my very favorite! The shoot with these two was no exception, can't wait for their wedding in March!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Food for Thought

*Decent price
**As good as it gets!
***Buy this for your 72 hr. kits (if you like it!)

Albertson’s
Eggs$.89
**Albertsons’ 24 pack Water $1.99
*Bread $.88
Michelina’s or Budget gourmet entrees $.89
Fritos or Cheetos $1.49
Colgate Total Toothpaste $1.50
Ken’s Salad Dressing $.
Armour lunchmakers 10/$10.00
Jumex Nectar 2/$.88
Buy 5 Final Price $1.39 Mix or match
Aunt Jemima Syrup, Quaker Instant, Quick or Regular Oats, Chewy Granola Bars, Breakfast Cookies – 6 ct. ,Pancake Mix, Life or Cap’n Crunch cereal, Oatmeal Squares Cereal

Bashas
Maruchen Ramen noodles $.10 Limiit 24 (Wed. only)
Deli Sliced Ham and Turkey $1.99 (Thurs. only)
Angel Soft Toilet Paper (4) $.88 (Mon. only)
Ground Chuck $1.88/lb. (Tues only)
**Milk $1.67
Sanderson Farms Bonless Skinless Chicken Breast $1.69/lb.
*Kellog’s Cereal $1.99
*Large Eggs $.99
Boneless Cross Rib Roast $1.99/lb.
Roma Tomatoes $.88/lb.
Asparagus $.99/lb.
*Manwich sloppy Joe sauce $.99
*Food Club paper towels 3/$1.99
*Lawry’s Seasoning & Garlic Salt 16 oz./$1.99

Food City
Avacados 4/$1.00
Onions 5 lbs./$1.00
Roma Tomatoes 3 lbs./$1.00 (Fri. only)
Whole Chicken Fryers $.69/lb.
Tamales $.99 ea.
Whole Pineapple 3lbs./$1.00
Canned fruit $.97
Whole Tilapia $1.29/lb.
Value Time Bleach $1.29
Value Time Fome plates or Red cups $.99
Value Time Paper Towels 2/$.99
Granny Smith Apples 3lbs./$1.00
Bananas 3lbs./$1.00 (Wed. only)
Tangelos 3lbs./$1.00 (Wed. only)
Lettuce 4/$1.00 (Wed. only)
Tomatillos 2lbs./$1.00
Boneless Beef Stew meat $1.99/lb.
73% lean ground beef $1.29/lb. (Thurs only)
Boneless skinless chicken thighs $.99/lb. (Thurs. only)
Green Bell Peppers 3/$.99
Yellow Hot Peppers 3lbs./$.99


Fry’s
*Whole Chicken $.57/lb.
Yoplait Yogurt $.44
Sour Cream, Cottage Cheese, Dip 10/$10.00
Buy 10 Save $5.00 mix or match
SoBe life water, Propel $.49
Dreyers Ice Cream or Oreos$1.97
*Del Monte Vegetables or Tomatoes or **Rotel $.49
**Kleenex $.99
Kellogg’s Fruit Loops, Raisin Bran, Apple Jacks, Quaker Granola Bars $1.97
***Hormel Chili $.79
Ken’s Salad Dressing $1.49
***Dinty Moore Beef Stew
*BarS meat franks $.89
Sara Lee Bread $1.49
***Kraft Easy Mac or Velveta Shells & Cheese $.49
**All Laundry Detergent or Snuggle Fabric Softener
70-80 ct Sheets, Electrasol, 12 ct Tabs or 20 ct Pacs or Jet
Dry, 6.76-8.45 oz $2.99
Solo, Dixie plates and cups $1.49
Dial Liquid Hand Soap Refill, one Soap or Body Wash. 6-8 Bars or 16-18 oz, Always or Tampax , Pads, 14-24 ct, Liners, 40-60 ct or Tampons, 20 ct $2.49
**Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 8 oz Soft or Bar or **I Can't Believe It's Not Butter, 8-16 oz $.99
8.2 oz. Crest $2.00
Progresso Soup $.99
Miracle Whip and Kraft Mayo $2.49
Brawny paper towels 6 big or 8 reg $5.49
40 oz. Heinz Ketchup or Pace Picante Sauce $1.49
Krusteez pancake or cookie mix $1.49

Safeway
All Coupons worth $1.00
Braeburn apples $.49/lb.
Breyers Ice cream $1.99
Trix & Cheerios $1.99
Lucerne Yogurt 10/$4.00
Safeway Bath Tissue Paper Towels 4.88 (Fri – Mon)
8 oz. mushrooms $.99

Wal Mart will add match anything if you don’t want to go to several stores, but want to get the deals. I often ad match the Food City produce prices there for a fresher selection at amazing prices when I am canning.

It is time to get your garden soil ready to plant by Valentines Day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Peugnet Family

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Garner Family

I took these pictures almost a year ago and just realized I haven't shared them yet! Can you believe this is what their backyard looks like?

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Winnie

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Or rather: Deer Park's Lady Winifred...

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She's the cutest thing

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and such a lady (I love the crossed legs)

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She's soft

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and loves to snuggle

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and she's my newest niece.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

January Planting Guide - AZ

January is the month to plant trees. Lower temperatures give roots time to establish before the unforgiving late-spring and summer heat. Consider planting a citrus tree. Equate the size of the potted tree to the size of hole you'll have to dig. Transplant bare-root deciduous fruit trees. Select varieties that require fewer than 400 chill hours.

Prepare garden soil for spring planting. You can start seeds of tomatoes, peppers and basil in small containers so they're ready to plant in the ground by Valentine's Day. Seeds may be sown of lettuce, spinach, carrots, green onions, peas, and radishes.

Strawberries, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, artichokes, and chard will grow from transplants, and you may plant bare root Asparagus as well.

When to pick Citrus? Give citrus the taste test. If fruit is not sweet enough, leave remaining fruit on the tree for several more weeks. Peel color is not an indicator of maturity or taste in citrus.

Maintenance - To keep winter lawns green and healthy, fertilize every three weeks with ammonium nitrate, potassium nitrate or calcium nitrate. Follow application rates and directions on the container's label. Cover frost-tender plants, such as bougainvillea, celosia, ficus, hibiscus, Mexican fan palm, red bird of paradise and sweet acacia when night temperatures drop below 35 degrees. Bring container plants closer to the house for protection or cover with a sheet or frost cloth. Cover lemon, lime and young citrus trees sensitive to lower temperatures, overnight with a sheet or blanket that reaches to the ground. Uncover after sunrise. Use cardboard boxes, foam or plastic cups to protect the tips of columnar cactus or bloom stalks on agaves and aloes.

Do not prune the damaged areas until the plant begins spring growth. Pruning may stimulate new frost-sensitive growth.

Watering - Adjust your watering schedule. Shrubs, trees and flower beds need water less frequently during shorter, cooler days. Flowers may require watering once or twice per week, depending on the weather.

Flowers - You can sow African Daisies, Alyssum, Bachelor Buttons, Calendula, California Poppies, Candytuft, Carnation, Hollyhocks, Larkspur, Lupines, Pansies, Petunias, Shasta Daisies, Sweet Peas, Snapdragons, and Violets.

Bare-root roses are available at nurseries. Prune roses by removing all of the dead leaves and canes and the spindly canes that are smaller than the diameter of a pencil. This coaxes the best out of roses for spring bloom around April.

*Hint - To save herbs, such as basil, cilantro, thyme, oregano, etc., harvest the leaves fresh, rinse them off, chop them up finely, put them in ice trays, add water and slip them into the freezer. Later, when you need to add flavor to a soup or cooked dish, add a few herb cubes.

Food for Thought Jan 12 - Jan 18

*Decent price
**As good as it gets!
***Buy this for your 72 hr. kits (if you like it!)


Albertson’s
Buy any 8 Items mix & Match and Save $4.00 limit 3 rewards or a savings of $12.00
**Ragu Pasta Sauce $.99
***Skippy Peanut Butter $.99
*Wishbone Salad Dressing $.99
**Kellogg’s Cereal $1.49 1.00
Breyer’s Ice cream $2.49
Breyer’s and Klondike Bars $1.99
**I can’t believe it’s not Butter $.99
40 oz. Country Crock Spread $2.49
*30 0z. Rosarita Beans $1.49
Nestle Pure Water 24/ $2.99
Hormel Complete or Dinty Moore Meals $1.99
***Albertson’s Instant Oatmeal $1.00
*Albertson’s Grape Juice $1.99
**Gain or Cheer $4.49
*40% off select Dairy Products
*4lb. bag frozen boneless, skinless, chicken breast $1.59/lb.
*Iceberg Lettuce $.69
*32 oz. cheese $3.99 lim. 2
Nestle or Wonka Candy Bars 3/$1.00
50% off Rubbermaid plastics
**All Detergent $3.99
***Dinty Moore canned meats or stew 2/$3.00
*Maruchen Instant Ramen 3/$1.00 (not good for 72 hr. kit unless rotated oftener than once a year.)

Bashas
All Coupons worth $1.00
GM Cereal 2/$4.00
Betty Crocker Muffin or Brownie Mix, Fruit Snacks, Pillsbury Toaster Strudel or ***Sunkist Fruit Snacks 2/$4.00
***Progresso Soup 10/$10.00
*Hamburger etc. Helper 10/$10.00
Pillsbury Grand’s biscuits 10/$10.00
*Food Club Yogurt 3/$1.00
Blueberries $.99
*Hass Avocados 4/$1.00
Buy 10 items Mix or Match and Save $5.00
**Rice or Pasta Roni, $.49
***Kraft Easy Mac and Velveeta Mac and Cheese Cups $.49
***Bumble Bee Tuna $.49
**Fritos/Cheetos $1.49
**Barrilla Pasta and Del Monte Spaghetti Sauce $.69
***Dennison’s Chili, Old Orchard Juices, $.69
**Green Giant Frozen Vegetables, Totino’s Pizza $.69
**Bill Johnson’s Barbeque sauce $.69
Marie Calendar’s Frozen Dinners $1.77
**7-UP or Canada Dry $.79
**Cook’s Spiral cut Ham $.99/lb.
Pillsbury pie crusts $1.25
**Bashas Pudding cups $.88
Nestle Candy Bars 3/$1.00
***Cough Drops 2/$1.00
*Gain Dish Soap or Soft soap $.99
Balance, Cliff, or Power Bars $1.00

Food City
*Navel Oranges 5lbs./$1.00
*Bulk Pinto Beans 4lbs./$1.00
*Fuji Apples 3lbs./$1.00
*73% lean ground beef $1.39/lb.
*72 Corn Tortillas $1.79
*Valu Time Macaroni and Cheese 4/$1.00 (Fri only)
*10 lbs. Potatoes $.99 (Fri. only)
Maruchen Ramen 7/$1.00
*Kiwi 10/$1.00
*Cucumbers 5/$1.00
Onions 3 lbs/$1.00
Bell Pepper or Pink Grapefruit 5/$1.00 (Wed. only)
Roma Tomatoes 3 lbs/$1.00 (Wed only)

Fry’s
**VO5 Shampoo $.77
Yoplait Yogurt $.44
Kroger Deluxe Ice cream $2.27
*Fry’s canned vegetables, tomatoes, or beans 2/$1.00
***Powerade $.60
***Bumble Bee seafood (select varieties- I put the tuna salad and cracker pouches in my 72 hr. kits?) $.88
Kool-Aid or Capri Sun $1.69
Fry’s water 24/$2.99
Tomato Sauce 4/$1.00
***Campbell’s Soups $1.00
***Quaker Instant Oatmeal $1.99
Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides $.99
*Duncan Hines Cake Mix or Brownie Mix 10/$10.00
40 oz. Heinz Ketchup $1.99
Barilla Pasta 10/$10.00
Michelina’s or Budget gourmet frozen entrees $.88
***Colgate Toothpaste and Toothbrushes $1.00
Armour Lunch maker 10/$10.00
Buy 10 mix and match frozen foods & save $5.00
Tombstone Pizza, Banquet Family Size, Hungry man or On-Cor Entrees $1.99
Lean and Hot Pockets, Lean Cuisine, GG Steamers Veg., Toaster Strudel $1.49

Safeway
All Coupons worth $1.00
London Broil $1.99
***Chicken Noodle and Tomato soups 2/$1.00
Safeway Variety or Nature’s Cupboard Breads $1.69
**Dial Liquid Hand Soap $.88
***Luna, Cliff, Power Bar, Right Guard, Colgate, Halls cough drops, Always $.99
Hass Avocados 2/$1.00 (Fri – Mon only)
Buy 4 Save 4 on Juice
Mott’s Apple & Hawaiian punch $1.49
Welch’s $ Tree Top $1.99

Wal Mart will add match anything if you don’t want to go to several stores, but want to get the deals. I often ad match the Food City produce prices there for a fresher selection at amazing prices when I am canning.

WORK ON YOUR 72 HR. KITS!
Food for three days – peanut butter, chili, soups, tuna, mashed potato pouches, cocoa mix, canned fruit, drink pouches, crackers, oatmeal packets. water – (if including fruit snacks or granola bars – rotate oftener than once a year!)

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Be Content.

I am easily overwhelmed.


Work.School.Church.Home.



I look around and it seems as though everyone's lives are busy - but they handle it so much better than I do. They still get their to-do lists checked. They school, work, mother, clean, cook... they make it all seem so easy.



Sometimes it makes me feel like I am capable of less. Like I can't do what they can.
I spend a lot of time thinking about this - thinking about how I wish I could do more. How I wish I could get everything done.


Well, I've decided that's ending. It's time for me to learn to be content with who I am. To be proud of the things I do accomplish rather than dwell on all of the things left un-done. To stop trying to prove something, taking on too much and ending up overwhelmed and disheartened.



2011 is the year to be content.


It doesn't mean I will stop trying to be better, or settle for what I am now without the desire to grow. It means I'm going to prioritize the things that need to get done and not worry so much about the rest. It means I'm going to be satisfied with what I accomplish and happy with who I am.


2011 is the year I'm finding my happy place.


"We women have a lot to learn about simplifying our lives. We have
to decide what is important and then move along at a pace that is
comfortable for us. We have to develop the maturity to stop trying
to prove something. We have to learn to be content with what we
are."
- Marjorie Pay Hinckley




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Monday, January 10, 2011

Rainy & Brandon


Beautiful couple.Beautiful day.Beautiful images.
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Friday, January 7, 2011

Henkel Family

I'm related to some good looking people!

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

MY Family

Our infamous Christmas pictures were not the only family pictures we took this year...

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