Friday, April 29, 2011

Try to win a Pier 1 $100 Gift Card!!

Click here to enter the Tatertots & Jello Pier 1 $100 Gift Card giveaway!

Just went today to buy the swingasan and stand for our patio....I think I would buy another one if I won this giveaway!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Before & After!


I am LOVING my new Ginsu knife set!!! It never needs sharpening because it has serrated blades! LOVE IT!! Want one too? Here's the deal: Ginsu Kotta for $29.99 with free shipping!! . I ordered my set on Monday and got it TODAY!!

And to save even more, don't forget to go through eBates  first for 3.5% cashback!! Log into eBates, search for, and then on's website search Ginsu Kotta. And if you're new to eBates, they'll give you $5 just for signing up!!! Sign up here

Monday, April 25, 2011

Spruce up that new kitchen counter!!

Need a new knife set? Here's an AWESOME deal for you!!!

It's through eBay here: Ginsu Kotta Series 20pc. Stainless Steel Cutlery *But Wait!!*  If you go through eBates - you'll get 2.5% back on this purchase!!!! Use the link for ebates HERE.

I just picked one up and can't wait to put in on our counter. We really needed a new set and I've been looking for a couple of months now but just couldn't justify the prices I was seeing - and now I've got what I wanted for less than $30 delivered to my door!!!!

Set includes:
8" Slicer
8" Bread Knife
6" Chef's Knife
5.5" Utility Knife
5" Tomato Knife
Eight 4.5" Steak Knives
3.5" Paring Knife
Kitchen shears
Slotted spoon
Pasta spoon

Ginsu deal is now DEAD

ps: did you see today's Groupon deal for $45 worth of The Body Shop products for ONLY $20??!!! Go HERE. (or go through eBates for an additional 3% cash back) This deal is being offered Nationally. You can find it under cities like Akron, Columbus, Pittsburgh - just to name a few. Anyone can purchase this, regardless of your city. Can be used in-store only (no online purchases). Click HERE to locate a store near you. The Groupon is for $40 worth of products for $20, but if you use your Groupon certificate before 5/30/11, then it's worth $45. *Think Mother's Day gifts or cool lotions and products to have in your new bathrooms!!** (fine print: you can purchase up to 3 and may be used on SALE items).

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Easter bunny came...and never left...

Meet Thumper!

PLEASE no potty accidents Thumper.... LOL!

Happy Easter everyone!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Need a cool magazine for that new coffee table? Like the Ohio State Buckeyes?? (or maybe a Father's Day gift?)

Groupon has a GREAT deal for the magazine Touchdown Buckeyes. This magazine will be mailed out and you will ALSO have special online access. Take these steps to get in on this GREAT deal
  1. Sign up for Groupon by clicking HERE, then
  2. Go through eBates to get 6% back HERE and use their search box and type Groupon
  3. Once you are back on the Groupon site, change your location to Columbus. On the right side of your screen after you scroll down, you will see the deal for this magazine
  4. With the 6% cash back through ebates, you will be getting the magazine for $18.80, PLUS if you're new to eBates, you'll get an additional $5.00 - so now the magazine is only $13.80!!!
Joining ebates and Groupon is FREE and there's no annual fee. eBates mails out their checks in May, August, November, and February. I've made a great amount of money going through eBates for ALL of my online shopping!!

Starting this fall, Touchdown Buckeyes Magazine will preview every home game with a periodical packed with content to keep the Ohio State faithful well-informed. As a gold member, you'll receive seven annual doses of authoritative coverage and postgame analysis in an attractive print package. Touchdown Buckeyes subscribers also get exclusive access to player and coach interviews, recruiting updates, and video features on the web, as well as a special bonus issue for the annual Ohio State versus Michigan game. The magazine's sponsors frequently reward those whose fandom extends deep into their color-coordinated red-and-white blood cells with special discounts.

Fine print
  • Expires Aug 1, 2011
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Must activate subscription by 8/1/11.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Need food for moving day? Want to reward those guys working on your house?

Hey fellow Ryan Homes bloggers - here's a neat deal for all of you. Click HERE to get in on today's Groupon deal for a LARGE up to 10 topping Pizza from Dominio's for only $8 - wahoo!!! You can purchase up to 3 of these sweet deals today. Offer must be redeemed online at and only one offer can be redeemed per order (that means you and s/o each order and go pick up together, now you just got 2!) Click HERE  to find a Domino's Pizza location near you.

Choose up to 10 of these available toppings: White Sauce, Pepperoni, Italian Sausage, Sliced Sausage, Green, Peppers, Black Olives, Pineapple, Mushrooms, Onions, Beef, Ham, BBQ Sauce, Bacon, Salami, Philly Steak, Premium Chicken, Jalapeno Peppers, Banana, Peppers, Spinach, Roasted Red Peppers, Shredded Parmesan, Feta, Tomatoes, and Diced Tomatoes. 

Expires May 19, 2011; Limit 3 per person; Limit 1 per order. Must order online.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mudroom Bench

Seems like lot of you like the Kohl's mudroom bench. Here's how to save BIG on this purchase. Follow these steps EXACTLY:

  1. Go HERE and sign up for ebates. You will get $5 from ebates just for signing up. There's NO FEE to join them. Once you are signed up, use THEIR searchbox and type in Kohls. This will take you to the Kohl's website.
  2. Once on the Kohls website, use the Kohls searchbox and type mudroom bench. Scroll down a little bit until you see the Sonoma life + style Storage Bench for $89.99. Click on that bench and add it to your shopping bag.
  3. Check out. You must use your Kohls credit card as form of payment. In the Promo Code box use code shopnsave30 for 30% off. Also use code free4mvc for free shipping.
Your total should look something like this:
You will qualify for $10 in Kohl's Cash because you spent $50 or more and you MUST do this deal TODAY (current Kohl's Cash offer ends today). The Kohl's Cash certificate will be emailed to you, usually within a couple of hours. Print it out and now you can take that Kohl's Cash certificate to your local store beginning tomorrow or use online. Kohl's Cash certificate is good 4/18-5/4.

By going through ebates for your purchase, you have just been paid back 2%. Your deal should work out like this:
  • spend $66.77 on bench
  • get $10 in Kohl's cash = it's like spending $57.77
  • get $5 for signing up for ebates = it's like spending $52.77
  • get 2% back on purchase before tax ($1.26) =  it's like spending $51.51 instead of $89.99
If you want the matching mudroom shelf, here's a good scenario: you have to buy the matching mudroom shelf in-store, it is not available online. Shelf is $59.99, but will be discounted to $49.99 if you use the Kohl's Cash certificate you just got. When buying in-store, use your Kohl's credit card and get an additional 15% off. This will bring your total to around $42 (15% is taken off total after Kohl's Cash is applied) Both of these items are in today's Kohl's circular, page 57. Now, it;s like spending $93 for 2 items that would cost $150 on sale or $260 regular price!!!

Here's my post about ebates if you have more questions: previous ebates post

Friday, April 15, 2011

Check out our Patio!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Our Border

The steps (and dog leash)

Close up of border & step stamp

View from steps

Patio and Hammock stand

View from upstairs in Master Bedroom

We are beyond amazed and HAPPY with how this turned out.
And these pictures were taken under a completely overcast sky. Be prepared to see more pics once the weather is sunny and then once we finish accessorizing out there (a side table, the hammock, and slate fire pit are still in the garage) and landscaping. We've got 500 sq. ft. of relaxation in our backyard. And I think we have a patio that no one could imagine and one more unique niche in our home. I can't wait to landscape around this, put the hammock on the stand, and add some wine and friends!!! Our cement guy is THE BEST!!! If you want a patio and live in Ohio, YOU ARE CRAZY TO NOT AT LEAST GET A QUOTE FROM HIM!!! His price is truly unbeatable and the quality and craftsmanship of his work is something you won't be able find with your average cement guy. Trust me, this did NOT cost anywhere near what you think it did. He does NO advertising, strictly word of mouth. Summer, here we come!!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bed Bath & Beyond coupon!!

Do you belong to Bed Bath & Beyond's email subscription list? If not, sign up now!! I just got a 20% off a single item printable coupon in my email. Sign up with multiple email addy's to get more than one!!!!

Bed Bath & Beyond email sign up

Pier 1 *RARE* FB coupon!

Save $10 off of $50 4/14-4/18/11. Can be used each day, but only once per day, per customer!! If you "Like" them on FB you'll see this coupon on the left margin labeled as Fan Appreciation.


Patio and walkway progress

Redo of walkway and stoop

Patio before being washed and sealed

Grape vine stamp on border of patio!

Patio before washing/sealing

Steps - also stamped with grape vine    

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Stamped Patio in progress!!

Wahoo! So excited - our stamped patio is being put in this week. The weather has put us a little bit behind but today some big progress was made. I can't wait to post pictures later this week. It's almost 500 sq. ft. and will be a curvy/wavy design. The concrete guy putting it in is amazing - great ideas, very meticulous with his work, and really just a nice guy. We asked him to buy a special stamp for it - he got it and it's all starting to come together. I am SO READY for nice weather and to be lounging back living the good life!!

If you live in Ohio and want his info send me an email marrelam at I received quotes from 6 companies and this guys quality of work and price could NOT be beat. After reading my blog you should know that I am a bargain hunter. I was so nervous about this job and how much it could potentially cost. I feel so lucky to have found him, get an amazing price, and deal with such a nice guy. He's done 6 jobs now in our development and has a great eye for what he does.

Ryan Homes is replacing our front stoop and walkway. That's also happening this week. During our 10 month I noted the stoop had a crack as did our walkway. Ours is being replaced along with about 6 other houses on our street. Hopefully this won't be problematic for us - but if I remember correctly, concrete work is under warranty for quite a few years. I'll have to look that up.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

How to SAVE while decorating your new home!

I've learned alot since moving here a year ago. One of my favorite deal sites is Hot Coupon World. Here's their Twitter page: HCW on Twitter. One tip on there that I found out is that many of the home decorating stores take each others coupons. For example, did you know that Michael's takes Joann's coupons and vice-versa? And they both take Hobby Lobby coupons. This helped me tremendously when shopping for our new decor. Oh, and I also found out on there that Bed Bath & Beyond takes their own coupons even if they are expired!

Happy Shopping!!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Here's the video

Well, this turned out to be bigger and more complicated than I imagined. It practically blew up my computer when I tried installing it directly on blogger. Then it froze my computer while uploading it to YouTube.  Alright, enough whining - follow this link to the video and I hope you enjoy it (I only recorded this like 3 times and still am not impressed with the outcome!) Oh, and you may need to turn up your volume...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sneak Peek! Check back tomorrow for the full version!

Hey everyone! Here's a sneak peek at what I was hinting about a couple of weeks ago. To celebrate our 1 year anniversary in our home, check out this little video!