Saturday, April 30, 2011

Jefferson Carshow Swap Meet

This the banner sign that is advertising moms auction.
This sign makes the auction seem more real.

Nicci and her friend after they handed out auction flyers
Somebody is really shy!
Henry enjoying the warm sun and the first carshow of the season
Ford Too!

Nicci had 2 tables of animals to sell and she sold about two thirds of them.  In fall she sold out!  But it wasn't to be this time.  My mom had 2 tables of books and Thunderbird related items.
It was a fun warm day!! 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Look What Hubby Bought

He's excited to start using it for fishing.

Thursdays Rummage Sale Finds

Mr Potato Head container and 2 other Mr Potato Heads~sell
Surfs Up Build a Bear~keep
2 stuffed animals~sell
Starbucks tumbler~sell
5 Yearbooks~keep/sell
sealed movie~sell
2 TV box sets~sell
vintage cookbook~sell
Lang coffee mug~keep
5 candles~keep
Community Cookbooks~sell
Costume patterns~sell
Baby Einstein CD~sell
Necklaces some are Lia Sophia~keep
Dyno  labeler ~keep
scrapbooking sheets~keep
500 pc Charles Wysocki puzzle~sell I have never seen one of these!

Wednesday Deals

Menards has weed and grass killer for $4.77 gallon.  I picked up 4.

Walmart has their Easter stuff 50% off.  I got 6 bags of Lindt Truffles for $1.50 and I used $1/1 coupons so I got them for $.50 a bag!  10 pounds of dog treats for $6.50.

Walgreen has their Easter candy also for 50% off I got a big bag of Cadbury Eggs for my mom, she loves these!

Pick N Save has Roundy's buns for $.49 with in ad coupon.  Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese $2 and I used $1/1 coupon doubled so free.  Taco Bell soft shell tacos and seasonings $.89 and $2 and used $1/2 coupon from All You Magazine doubled.  Ragu $1.29 with in ad coupon.  Mr Clean magic eraser $2 and I used $1/1 from a home mailer coupon.  Propel water $1/2 no cuopon.  New York croutons weren't on sale $1.58 but I needed them.  I used $.50/1 that was doubled.  Ajax laundry soap $1.99.  I bought turkey hot dogs, brats and burgers that were on sale, no coupons.  Lettuce $.79 with in store coupon.  Minute Maid Punch $1.  No coupon.  Kemps Buttermilk $1.  Spent $26 and Saved $24.

Festival Foods had so many dollar deals!!  2 lt Mt Dew $1.  Angel Soft 4 pk $1.  Powerade $.50 each. Smoked Ham lunch meat $1.  And Pillsbury brownies $1.  Brat patties $2.48.  Palermo pizzas $1.66 each.  Half gallon of chocolate milk $1.  Spent $42 and saved $40

Gas is $3.94 a gallon

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Charles Wysocki Puzzles

Having a Whale of a Good Time is the name of the puzzle!  This is a more difficult puzzle.  But it's gorgeous!

Nicci's Birthday Death by Chocolate

I made this for Nicci's birthday party
Death by Chocolate Trifle
1 Package of Brownie Mix (prepared as directed on box)
1 small box of chocolate pudding (prepared as directed on box)
1 oz container of Cool Whip thawed
10 Oreo Cookies, crushed
Hershey's chocolate syrup
2 pints strawberries, rinsed and sliced
In a large glass trifle dish, sprinkle a layer of crushed oreos (you may use them all or set aside)  some to sprinkle over the top of the trifle
On top of the Oreos, layer half the brownies.  Drizzle with chocolate syrup.  Top with half the strawberries ( I didn't put strawberries in the middle I used some caramel syrup here).  Spread with half the pudding mixture (which is pudding and cool whip folded together).  Then repeat the layers, using the rest of the brownies, another drizzling of chocolate syrup, the rest of the strawberries and finally the rest of the pudding mixture.  Smooth the top of the pudding, then drizzle with more chocolate syrup.  (If you reserved some of the crushed oreos, you can sprinkle them on top, too) Chill until serving. 

For the trifle bowl I used a clear glass bowl and a cut glass vase.  To anchor them together I used silly putty on the top edge of the vase and set the bowl on top.  It held really really well.  When I wanted to wash it I need help getting it a part to it was very tight and worked well

I only had a bite but it was very good.



I have to work today.  The reservations that have booked today show the largest crowd we've had in years!  Is this the sign that the economy is turning around despite the high fuel prices?  Here gas is $3.89.

The Easter Bunny got up early this morning and hide the baskets.  I know my babies are 20 and 15 years old but they still love their Easter baskets.  My daughters basket is hidden in a spruce tree in the back yard and my sons basket is at my mom's house.  They are all going out for dinner today, so when they go to mom's to pick her up his basket is sitting on her porch.   HA! Gotcha Philip!!  He's fun to watch when he can't find his basket.  Gotta love it.  But I will miss it this year because I will be at work.  :(  This year I made a basket up for my son's girlfriend.  Her basket is hidden in Philip's truck.  She will be surprised.

Have a wonderful and safe day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Another Charles Wysocki Puzzle

And I thought there were pieces missing on this puzzle when I bought it.  Nope it's complete however there is some pieces with missing some of the picture.  But still one of the most beautiful Charles Wysocki puzzle!  Love it.

Another Late Season Snow Storm

I can't believe we got 8 inches of snow again.  It's heavy wet stuff.  It was miserable to drive in last night.  My drive home from work takes about 5 minutes last night it took 20 minutes.  I hope that this is the last snow storm. 

Shelby Loves it!!

So yeah..  another Wednesday I didn't go shopping!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Thursdays Rummage Sale Finds

Today Mom and I stopped at few sales in a near by small town.  I think the weather hurt both the shoppers and people holding the sales.  There was little traffic and most had their garage doors shut which makes it hard to tell if they are having a sale.  It makes it very easy to miss them.  I did find a few things even tho the temperature was in the 30's.  (hey yesterday it was 70 degrees!!!)  Wisconsin weather!

 Stuffed white horse-sell
vintage metal cups -sell
brand new name brand hair and face products-keep
cookbooks-keep and sell
Lia Sophia heart pendant and chain-keep
Ertl lego -sell
2 sets of legos-sell
build a bear leopard-sell
build a bear baby orge-sell
stuffed monkey-sell
Barbie head vintage-sell
3 dog bandannas-keep
3 Baby Einstein and 1 Barney dvd-sell
Foam Pumpkin-keep
small white ceramic xmas tree with blue lights (it's gorgeous and it's all mine) KEEP
Harley Frisbee-sell

Also not pictured... 
Coke clock non working... grr
2 pooper scoopers-keep

Charles Wysocki Puzzles

I've put this one together before still the difficulty is moderate to hard.
Very cute 4th of July theme!

Wednesday Deals

Walgreens has Colgate Renewal on clearance for $1 used $.75/1 coupon.  Mars Easter candy $2.00 each with ad coupon and I used $1/2 coupon.  All the coupons were from the Sunday inserts.  They have all their Vitamins b1g1f.  Great deal.

Festival Food Doritos $1.98 limit of 3 with in ad coupon.  Old Orchard bottle juice $.99.  Head of Cauliflower $1.69 each.  Gallon of milk $1.49 with in ad coupon.  Spent $13 saved $14.

Pick N Save store brand foil $.78, cheaper then the dollar store.  Roundy's case of water $1.99 with ad coupon.  Roundy bread $.88.  Purex $3.39 and used $1/1 coupons from the Sunday inserts that were doubled.  Ragu $.99 limit 1.  Can of clams $1.09.  Box of stuffing $.79 (hubby need more for his fishing trip) eggo waffles $.99 with in ad coupon limit 1.  McCain frozen potatoes $2.50 used $1/1 coupon from the Sunday inserts and it was doubled.  Johnsville brats $3.99 for a bag.  Broccoli $.99 a pound.  Roundy cheese $.99 for 8oz with store coupon limit 2.  Spent $23 and saved $31

Walmart price matched Doritos with the Festival ad.  I stocked up on the items I buy every week so I don't have to go back for a few weeks since they don't price match store brand items any more.  Thats really to bad. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wow Bad Weather Followed the Heat Wave

On Sunday night we had severe weather and a tornado touch down in my town.  We didn't have any damage however my brother inlaw's farm had a machine shed destroyed. 

Thank God no one was hurt.

Photo of a home that was damage on the main drag in Kaukauna WI from a Tornado on April 10 2011

Fridays Finds

I went to the rest of the sales that I missed on Thursday.  
15 stuffed animals including a half dressed build a bear -sell
Vintage Betty Crockers ring binder cookbook pie cover- sell
2 magazines keep
2 Jello football jello molds -sell (they are already in my store here
2 sega games -sell
big styro form ball -keep
build a bear shoes NEW-sell
American Girl backpack books -sell
New small styro form balls-keep
3 LB weights -keep

I didn't get much but it was the second day...  I had fun anyway my mom went with me.

More sales are listed for this week...

Sunday, April 10, 2011

The Warm Weather Finally

It's 78 degrees outside.  Yesterday it was 59.  I'm loving it!  This is Toni's weather! I did get a bunch of stuff done outside today and now I have to go to work..  boo woo.  I would love to have gotten the convertible out today!!  Man I don't like it when work gets in the way of a good time.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Now Available at Different Things

The Monster Truck


My son bought this truck and rebuild it first as a muddy truck and then he super sized it with 30 inch tractor tires and new heavy duty axles!  Isn't it cool.  Extremely hard to drive and steer.  He will be hauling it to the pipeline in a few weeks.  He is so proud of this project..  well so am I!!

Refund Cents My Favorite Website

Refund Cents is my favorite website aside from my store Different Things and this blog!  LOL.  Anyway...  Today Refund Cents is open to everyone to check out.  Other wise there is a fee which I gladly pay and is well worth every penny.  Check out Refund Cents here  

Refund Cents has taught me every money saving skills I have.  Every day there are deals posted that are happening in the minute.  The owner of the site is Michelle, she started the magazine back in the early 80's and then started the website in the late 90's.  Refund Cents has a blog and is newly on Facebook.  Make sure you check it.  You will not be disappointed in what you learn and the deals are amazing.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

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First Rummage Sales of the Season

Boy has my down mood is lifted.  Today I stopped at some rummage sales.  There was 21 sales in one neighborhood.  However I couldn't go to them all I had an appointment.  But I did stop at some that were on the way  to my appointment.  This is what I got...  Oh I also stopped at a new Thrift Shop that just opened.  Great prices however the pickings were slim.  I'm sure things will pick up there when rummage sale left overs start getting to the thrift shop.  Anyway
Stuffed tiger-sell
3 pumpkin head candle sticks-sell
blowmold egg-sell
ceramic vase-keep
tootsie roll pillow-sell
football jello molds-sell
Gurley Christmas candles-sell
baggie of clips-keep
pink b-day candles-keep
Wee Sing CD and book-sell
black confetti new-keep
2 pairs of jeans from the thrift shop -keep
cookbook (I was missing one in a set.. got it now!!)-sell
American Girl Theater set-sell
4 Wilton cake books-sell

box of Mable Works game-sell
35mm camera, lens and tripod-keep
2 heavy duty Christmas lights brand new-keep
LeapFrog 7 books-sell
Charles Wysocki Puzzle (I think there are pieces missing, but I love the picture-sell if all the pieces are there)
new foodsaver container-sell
jello egg mold-sell
4 Martha Stewart Living Magazine-sell

Thats all for today.  Tomorrow I will be stopping at a Church sale and I'm going to stop at the rest of the sales I missed yesterday..  Maybe I can get some deals.  Today was the first day of the sales and there were junk/antique dealers that were wheeling and dealing.  I don't mind that.  I don't really look at the things these people are looking at however.  They are in such a hurry that they drive like mad men.  I wish they would be more careful. 

The weather is getting nicer...  it's about time.  I love it!

Baby Eagle

One of the babies are visible right now Go Here Now

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Walmart Price Matching Changes and Deals

I was doing my Wednesdays shopping trip.  Things have been so upside down for me between snowstorms, health issues and boycotting Target. 

I stopped at Walmart to price match Piggly Wigglys and Festival Foods ads.  I was ready to check out and I was told nicely by the cashier that Walmart changed it's price matching policy.  They will only price match exact brand for exact brand.  They will not be price matching store brand for store brand any longer.  This is very disappointing for me.  I enjoyed this perk and never abused this right.  So now my shopping strategy will change again.  I will only stopping at Walmart once a month to stock up for the items I always buy there and will not be then every week.  One more store I don't have to stop at.  I usually shop from 7:30am until about noon.  Well since I don't stop at Target any more I have cut 45 minutes off my trip and if I don't stop at Walmart that will cut another 45 minutes to an hour off my trip.  I have doing more stopping at Aldis and have been very happy.  They have some really great fruits and vegetables plus there cheap.  Fruits and vegetables is my anchor of my diet.  However Aldis doesn't open until 9 in the morning there are times I have to sit in the parking lot waiting for it to open.  Getting home before 10 is really cool.  However I know I'm not stocking up on as many items.   This will catch up to me and I will have to go without or spend more money when my stock piles run out.

Gas prices here are $3.74 at most stations.  I saw one station at $3.69.
Milk  is on sale here for $1.99

Walmart has Great Value light 4 pack yogurt for $1.50 it is very good.  Fresh mushrooms $.98, asparagus $1.88 a pound, Birdseye frozen broccoli $1 each and I used 2 $1/2 coupons from the Sunday inserts. 

Aldis bags of puffed corn snacks (perfect for caramel corn) on sale for $.59 each.  Bananas $.39 a pound, cantaloupe $1.69 each, celery $.99, mangoes $.69 each (never had fresh before..  how do you eat fresh?  with the skin or without?) Navel oranges $1.99 a bag. gala apples (these are so good) $2.69 and red grapes $.75 a pound. 

Festival Food canned black olives $.89 limit, gallon white vinegar $1.49 limit 1, shredded cheese $.99 limit 3 and half gallon chocolate milk $.99 with ad coupons.  Hashbrowns $1.29 each with in store coupon. Turkey brats $2.50 on sale.  Spent $17 and saved $14.  Not my best but I didn't have any manufacturer coupons.

Pick n Save Beneful $5.65 and used $3 catalina coupon.  Shout color magnet $4.09 used $1/1 coupon printed from  I love these Shout Color magnet sheets..  they work!!  Boxed stuffing on sale for $.79 my hubby needs this for his fishing trip next week.  He will be going to Erie for his yearly fishing trip. Oreida potatoes $2.50 and used $1/2 coupons from last sundays paper.  Hot Pockets $1.53 with store coupon.  Single packs of salmon $1.  Milk $1.99 with store coupon.  Kens dressing $1.66 and used $1/1 from the Sunday inserts.  I doubled 5 coupons.  I spent $15 and saved $22.

Thats it for this week.  Craigslist have some rummages sale starting tomorrow.  Finally!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Eagle Babies Hatched

Check out the Eagle Cam and the newly hatched baby Eagles.  Its really windy right now.   I did get a peek just a few minutes ago.  They look soft and fuzzy!