Some Clarification…

I had a comment (it was in Spam so who knows the origin) that expressed concern that my content and some of my photos were not my own. Yes, I did repost pictures and blog posts from other blogs and the pictures do have a different blog name on them, but they are from MY old blogs that I no longer post to. I even said at the top of some posts that they were reposts from my other blog(s), so people would know in advance that it was old content. Natasha Navigates Life, Five-Sixteen, etc. were all my blogs. That is all I will say on the subject. Thank you.

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My Stockpile

Today, I thought I would share a current picture of everything in my stockpile. I took EVERYTHING out to do a much-needed inventory, and this is the result:

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I currently have:

  • 2 Pantene shampoos
  • 2 packs of BIC disposable razors
  • 1 Venus+Olay Razor
  • 6 Bars of Soap
  • 5 Secret Clinical Strength deoderants
  • 7 body washes
  • 5 boxes of Kleenex
  • 4 mouthwashes
  • 1 toothbrush
  • 2 Oral B Floss
  • 1 Lotion
  • 1 Hair Skin and Nails Gummies
  • 1 pkg. of Wet Wipes
  • 6 Arm & Hammer detergents
  • 1 box of staples :)

 

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I also did a last-minute coupon deal at work the other night. The Colgate Total toothpaste (2 HUGE tubes!) went on sale at CVS – Buy One, Get One Free, and since I got called in last minute and didn’t bother switching purses, I had my coupon binder with me and I was able to use two $1/1 coupons. I spent $2.49, or $1.24 per tube. I saved $6.49, or 72%!

 

 

Thanks so much for reading and stay tuned for my next wash day around Wednesday and a new craft project from the “vault”!

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More Couponing Antics

This was a really good week for oral care! I redeemed three rainchecks I have had for awhile, and while I had to make a last minute change due to not reading a coupon correctly, I still saved alot of money! I did three transactions at CVS and one at Walgreens, and I’m pretty happy with how things turned out. I decided to include my savings percentage from the receipts just because the numbers make me happy :)

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CVS Transaction 1:

Buy (2) Colgate Total 1L Rinse

Raincheck: $5.99 each, Receive $2 EB on each

Used: 2 – $2/1 Coupons, $4 EB (Quarterly)

Paid $4.30 {saved 72%}

Received $4 EB

Net: $.30, or $.15 each

CVS Transaction 2: 

Buy (2) Colgate 360 Toothbrushes

Raincheck – $2.99 each, receive $2 EB on each

Used: 2 – $1/1 coupons, $4 EB from Transaction #1

Paid $0.00 (Lost $0.02 on the EB) {saved 133% ??}

Received $4 EB

CVS Transaction 3: 

Buy 2 Colgate Total 500mL Rinse

Raincheck – 2/$8.98, receive $3 EB

Used: $2/1 coupon, $1/1 coupon, $4 EB from Transaction #2

Paid: $2.14 {saved 80%}

Received $3.00 EB

Net: $0.00

Walgreens

Twix Bar – $0.99

Nice! Black Raspberry Sparkling Water – $0.99

Oral B Glide 3D White Floss – $1.07 each on clearance (orig. $4.29)

Used two $0.50/1 coupons for the floss.

Paid $3.37 {saved $70%}

 

In total, I spent $9.81, earned $11.00 in Extrabucks, and got $47.23 of oral care products (and misc.), saving me $. My net came out to be $0 thanks to those earnings, so go me for getting “free” stuff this week!

Thanks so much for reading and I hope you enjoy the rest of your week!

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My Latest Wash Day… #WashDayExperience

I’ve been bad with my hair. I went another week without washing again. However, based on the lack of shed hair and how smooth and silky my hair felt on Sunday after washing and drying, etc, I don’t think it hurt it too much :)

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I chose to dye my hair today, and I knew I wanted a reddish tone, so I went with my go-to brand and color, Dark and Lovely Red Hot Rhythm. It processed in my hair for 20 minutes, and then I hopped into the shower to rinse it all out until the water ran clear, and then some. I have never had major bleeding issues with this dye, and I wasn’t starting anytime soon!

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Next I applied the conditioner that came with the dye, and I seriously squeezed the ENTIRE tube into my hair! After rinsing, I co-washed with my new favorite, VO5 Tea Therapy Blackberry Sage Tea Conditioner. It left my hair feeling absolutely wonderful. I need to pick up more before Kroger stops their awesome sale price (I can’t seem to find this particular one at CVS or Walgreens, and I hate going to Walmart if I dont have to make the drive).

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I decided to blow dry my hair since I haven’t in some time, and I applied my leave-ins beforehand. Before that though, I spritzed my scalp with Apple Cider Vinegar + Water, then sprayed each section with Aussie Hair Insurance and detangled. After drying, I straightened my hair and applied my Cantu Shea Butter and some coconut oil to seal. My hair was happy! I then applied Eco Styler gel to my edges and brushed it back, and tied them down with my scarf (thanks Jen @ Just Grow Already for this awesome tip!)

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Now for the awesome hair pics…. *drum roll*

Talk about “need to fix that” in the back. That hair tends to shrink up badly and make my back appear less full. It’s definitely not thin city back there at all. However, my ends are no longer fried and dry, and way more manageable.  My hair came out so silky and felt SO GOOD against my fingers. I couldn’t stop touching it, but I knew I had to.

 

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I chose to braid my hair for the night so I could have curls the next day:

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Thanks so much for reading!

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Coupon Crazy

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I realized I haven’t posted a couponing trip in what seems like awhile. With my books being ridiculous this semester, I had to pull back alot on my spending, which meant taking a little break from couponing. I did some here and there, but I didn’t sit and plan things out like I usually do. Yesterday, I was able to score some detergent for when I move out of my parents’ house, and some hair gummies for now.

This trip was done at CVS, and went as follows….

Transaction 1: 

(2) Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Gummy Vitamins  {$7.79 each}

Sale: Buy One Get One Free

(3) Arm & Hammer Detergents {$7.29 each}

Sale: Buy One Get Two Free

(1) Starbucks Refreshers {$1.50}

Sale: Buy One, Get $1.50 Extrabucks

($38.95 value)

Coupons Used: 

2 – $2 off One Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Product {$4.00}

$2 off 2 Arm & Hammer

$3 off $15 Vitamin Purchase

$3 off $15 Purchase

Total Spent: ~$4.58 plus tax

Net: $3.08

After this, I decided I wanted to go ahead and get all six detergents like I had originally planned…

Transaction 2: 

(3) Arm & Hammer Detergents – Buy One Get Two Free

($21.87 Value)

Coupons Used: 

$2 off 2 Arm & Hammer

$1.50 EB from Transaction 1

$2 EB from old transaction

Total Spent: $1.93

 

Total Out of Pocket: $6.51

Coupons: $17.50

Total Savings (Sales and Coupons): $59.03

Product Value: $60.82

 

Thanks so much for reading! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend. :)

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Closet Makeover

 

In all honesty, I should have written this post a long time ago. For some reason, I kept thinking I did. Then, I kept putting it off because of school or work. But today, I finally had a little time to sit down and type this one out: my closet makeover. My closet has been in a state of disarray for several years, and has only just now become more easily managed and it stays clean longer! Go figure!

I took a trip to the container store (after browsing online) and picked up a few things. In all I spent about $40. The first thing I took care of was my major shoe issue. I had too many pairs. So, I went through and tossed all the beat up pairs that I can’t weat anymore. I actually bought this shoe organizer from WalMart about a year ago for $5. DSCN4544

Next, I have some before shots for your entertainment…

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This dresser became a crap catcher pretty quickly, so I moved it.

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This poor dresser became a crap catcher as well, so I moved it out of my closet completely.

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My messy shelf….(thank god you can’t see the full extent unlike the earlier photo)

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Here’s the closet totally emptied out. Well, except for the black dresser in its new location.

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I chose to cover the main wall with wrapping paper from Marshalls ($2!) and some pink tissue paper I already had, along with some more wrapping paper (probably also from Marshalls at some point). I didn’t worry about getting the edges perfectly straight/even because it would all be covered with clothes anyway.

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Here, you can see what I bought at the container store: a sweater organizer and a double hang closet rod. These two additions were MAJOR lifesavers!

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I took a picture tonight of the finished closet because I never took one! It’s a little dark, but you can see that I ended up moving the double hang rod to the other side. It works better towards the front. The sweater organizer holds my camis/raceback tanks, some sweaters, all of my scarves, and some blankets. I also swapped out the majority of my hangers with green and grey velvet hangers I picked up on two separate occasions from two different Marshalls stores. You can also see my bin of sewing patterns and my pink zebra print fabric bin that holds misc. cords and all of the device cases I am not currently using. The bag on top of the dresser is a JoAnn reusable bag and it holds all of my leftover hangers.

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Thanks so much for reading and I hope you like my closet makeover!

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Pictures of My Hair today!

I thought I would pop back in and share a couple of photos of my hair after taking out the braids early this morning (Not the same ones from wash day, I redid them!). I also wanted to go ahead and post my DIY Deep Conditioner recipe since I keep mentioning it but never saying what’s in it!

My DIY Deep Conditioner:

In a mason jar, I put in some honey (not quite a tablespoon), about a tablespoon of olive oil, and a splash of coconut oil. Sometimes I will go ahead and mix this together first, but this time I didn’t. I also added a couple of teaspoons of tea tree oil. Then, I get whatever conditioner I can get my hands on (Pantene, Cantu, whatever), and fill the jar up about 1/2 to 3/4 full. Then, I add the lid and ring and shake, which results in a pale yellow creamy moisturizer packed with nutrients for my hair. I actually used this last night as my cream moisturizer, and sealed with grapeseed oil.

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And the results:

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My hair turned out SO CUTE!!!! I love it! I really took my time last night and it definitely paid off. It’s all springy and moisturized and it looks and feels great!

 

Thanks for reading!

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