Something New…

I am going to show a picture I did not want anybody to see when I first big chopped my hair. It’s the first few pictures I took the night I big chopped. The first picture I shared on this blog was taken 3 weeks later, after I was able to tame it and it grew a little. I will also share a recent length check right below it.

First, though, my wash day. My wash day actually happened last Thursday, and my hair is pretty happy at the moment, so I definitely can leave it for a couple more days. I am learning to “listen” to my hair! It tells me when it needs to be washed — usually when my scalp is itching from gelling my hair. The shampoo I use is surprisingly well-loved by my hair. Most naturals say that cowashing is life, but my hair loves my Pantene purifying shampoo. I prepooed overnight with a mix of conditioners under my bathroom sink mixed with grapeseed oil and some cayenne pepper (again, it supposedly helps with growth, so why not?).

I hopped in the shower Thursday morning and applied a little Nuance by Salma Hayek shampoo (just because, I don’t know, I’m weird), and worked that in some. I then applied the Pantene Purifying shampoo and lathered it up and left it on a couple of minutes. I rinsed this out last with cool water and towel dried it a little. I then applied Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave In Conditioner (my new fave!!), and my hair is….oh my goodness. I love this stuff. What I DON’T love, however, is that my ears have broken out since I started using this leave-in. Me, being stubborn, I’m just trying to keep my hair off of my ears because I found a lovely new product that my hair is not rejecting. *crosses fingers, resists scratching ear*

Without further delay, the pictures from the night I big chopped. Can you tell how unsure I am about what I had just done? I did this at 2 am on a Tuesday, so….

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And my latest length check photo (the shrinkage is VERY real!):

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As always, thank you for reading, and be sure to check out the other ladies involved in the #WashDayExperience linkup!

The Wash Day Experience

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My Latest Couponing

I feel like I haven’t done a good couponing trip in awhile! I finally got a chance to sit and plan some deals out that worked quite nicely for me at work on Sunday, as well as today! I did three transactions on Sunday, and I did the same image breakdowns as before, because I am loving how easy and nice looking they are.

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**I actually am trying to get my dish liquid submitted to ibotta since I bought it specifically for the credit, but this one is not in their database. Hopefully this gets resolved so that I can get my credit :)

**UPDATE: The UPC was accepted, and I earned a $0.25 credit for ibotta, bringing my final cost down to $5.88.

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Today, I went to a different CVS on my way home from the school I observe in (I student teach there next year!!). I had a raincheck from November (I think) of last year for when the Purex Crystals and detergent were Buy One, Get Two Free. I used three printabled $3/2 Purex Crystals coupons and a random $3 Extrabuck that printed for me yesterday (Don’t ask me, I truly don’t know why). I expected to pay about $0.58 for all of these, but I ended up getting these while they were not on sale, so my employee discount took the price down a little bit, and the Extrabuck modified down to the remaining balance and I paid NOTHING for all six of these. That’s $38.94 worth of Purex Crystals for FREE. I did a little happy dance when I got outside :)

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Thanks so much for reading!!

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It’s Spring Break!!!!

I have been relaxing as much as I can this week, because it is the only lazy week I get! It’s hard to believe that this time next year, this week will be my halfway point where I switch grades during my student teaching semester! I already got cleared to register for my summer and fall classes for my SENIOR year. I can’t believe how the time has flown. I can barely remember my freshman year of college; that’s how fast it has gone by. I am enjoying being in the Education program so much and I have some awesome professors this semester who I feel are preparing me very well for my teaching career. I have been saving so many classroom ideas, and my Literacy Studies professor has even given us Pinterest board suggestions to help us out (not shown in my screen snip below).

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I am also looking at apartments already and saving many ideas for that as well. I am eyeing early 2017 as my move out target. The plan is to spend my first year of teaching(fingers crossed that I get hired right away) saving up and buying what I can before the time comes. I already know what I want in an apartment, and the areas I like. It is preferable to be somewhere near the school I am going to work in, but I don’t know where that will be yet! I may have to start writing about my apartment thoughts and my “wishlist” of features/amenities/etc. ;)

A note on couponing: I haven’t been doing too much lately. I’m hoping to do one all-encompassing post at the end of the month (when I go through my receipts for the month) and share what all I got then, with breakdowns.

A note on my hair: My hair is rejecting my usual moisturizer, so I had to try something new that was luckily on sale and that I had a coupon for. It’s working wonderfully, and my hair is so much softer and not at all dried out like before. I’m hoping to get some pictures up soon. :)

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

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March Update

Hello, everyone!

My, February few by oh-so quickly! I feel like school just SLAMMED me lately. On top of that, I also got hit with a cold. I was not a happy camper. I thought that today I would share a little bit of what I’ve been working on at school, and what’s going to be due soon. Spring break is almost here, and I am turning in my last few assignments so I can take the week to actually relax!

This week, I turned in a Classroom Management Plan, and I had to make my own Comprehension Questions appropriate for 4th to 6th grade over an assigned book. I also have an online quiz, and a potential extra credit assignment if I can get a hold of the movie :). Coming up, I am part of a group of three working on a Thematic Unit. We decided to do ours over insects! It’s a lot of fun already. For my literacy studies class, I have to write a Guided Reading Lesson Plan, and it’s coming along pretty well. I am currently using Junie B., First grader: Cheater Pants, but I may change books. I’m not too sure yet, and I still have some time.

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Note:My hair has been doing pretty okay as I move into my fourth month natural. It’s grown a full inch, though I can’t tell just looking at it! I keep going back forth between loving the ease of it, and hating not being able to have a ponytail, but I am pushing through because I have to!

Thank you, as always, for reading!

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Couponing & My New Dress!!

Hello everyone!

So…my mom and I went to take my niece to pick up her first ever pair of glasses early Saturday (she picked the EXACT frames I have!). I decided to run into the mall and see if I could find a shirt to go with my black maxi skirt that I wanted to wear for my later Valentine’s Day plans.

I didn’t manage to find a shirt in the the uber-crowded mall, but by chance while waiting for my mom in Sears (she decided to go into the mall and I couldn’t find her), I started looking at their clothes. I came across a beautiful striped dress that said $11.40 on the price tag. I decided to grab two sizes to try on just in case. I went with the larger size because I knew I would be eating at a restaurant, and I didn’t want my food baby showing! The cashier rang it up, and apparently there was a sale on clearance merchandise, so it rang up at $5.32! And THEN after looking up my mom’s Sears Shop Your Way rewards, I had surprise points that made my beautiful new US Polo Association dress, which was originally $38.00 and makes me feel like a million bucks, totally FREE!!!!!

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As far as couponing goes, I did so awesome at work yesterday! I ended up doing four transactions total (one was a last minute decision), and it went swimmingly! Breakdown after the picture, and I decided to try a new format this time. I hope you like it, because it’s a lot neater and cleaner for me to work with!

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**Note: The vitamins were $7.79 each, and on sale – Buy One, Get One Free.

Total Spent: $5.57

Value of Items: $63.77

Thanks so much much for reading and liking and commenting! Don’t forget to “like” Sew Short and Crafty on Facebook!

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Steals and Deals This Week!

I did the Pantene deal again this week! I wanted to take advantage of that Buy One, Get One Free coupon one last time since it expired on Sunday. I also got some Nivea products, and paid very little for my food I ate on my break! :)  The breakdown is below the photo, as usual.

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Transaction 1: 

1 – Pantene Deep Cleanse Shampoo

1 – Pantene Detangler

2/$8; Buy two, earn $1 EB

Coupons used: Buy One Shampoo, Get One Conditioner or Styler Free (The register automatically deducted the maximum value of $5.00); $1/1 Pantene product

Paid: $2.16

Final Price: $1.16, or $0.58 each

Transaction 2:

2 – Nivea Touch of Happiness body wash @ $4.00 each

1 – Nivea Lotion @ $6.00

Spend $10, receive $3 EB

Coupons used: $2/1 Nivea Lotion; $3/2 Nivea body washes; $1 EB from Transaction 1

Paid: $8.64

Final Price: $5.64, or $1.88 each

Transaction 3: 

1 – Cap N Crunch cereal @ $1.00

1 – Gold Emblem cashews @ $1.00

1 – Flamas Sunflower Seeds @ $0.50

1 – Totino’s Pizza Rolls @ $2.99

Coupons used: $3 EB from Transaction 2

Paid: $1.82

Total Paid Out of Pocket: $12.62

Value of Items: $37.07

IMG_3994-0I also went to Office Depot with my mom by chance on Monday and picked up some clearance items! I found the above pack of Christmas letterhead (I plan to print lines on it so students can “publish” their writing on fancy paper), and TEN four-count packs of crayons! The paper was $0.73 and the crayons were just $0.06 a pack! Talk about a STEAL (I paid only $1.33!!)!

Thanks so much for reading!

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PS: Do you like my new signature? I made it myself :)

Happy February!

Hello, Readers!

I can’t believe the month of love is here already! But, love should be celebrated everyday, shouldn’t it? And not just the love between couples! The love between parent and child, owner and pet, should be celebrated all year round! I know I spoil my doggie at times, and she has a birthday surprise coming in April (Shh, she’ll be 13!). I cannot wait to see what this month has in store. This semester has been bad at all so far. My professors are all great and seem really passionate about helping us all become great educators.

I do actually have some couponing to share today. The breakdown is below the picture:

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Transaction 1 ($31.55): 

1 – Pantene Damage Detox Shampoo @ 2/$8

1 – Pantene Detangler @ 2/$8

Buy Two, Receive $1 ECB

2 – CVS Spray Lotions @ $1.44 each (Clearance)

1 – Starburst bag @ $3.49

1 – Ruffles Cheddar and Sour Cream @ $1.49

1 – Totino’s Pizza Rolls @ $2.99

(minus Employee discount)

Coupons Used: Pantene BOGO Free, $1/1 Pantene Product, $5 Beauty Club Extrabucks, $2/2 Body Lotions

Final Price: $4.17 (earned $1 EB)

Transaction 2 ($4.29): 

1 – Colgate Total toothpaste @ $3.00

1 – Flamas Sunflower Seeds @ $0.50

Coupons Used: $1 EB from Transaction 1, $2.50/Colgate CVS Coupon

Final Price: FREE :)

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful rest of your evening :)

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Couponing For the Week

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This week, I didn’t do lot of couponing. I’m pretty happy with my purchases, however, and I did spend less than $10 this week. I actually spent under $5! Everything in the above picture cost me only $3.34, and is valued at $18.37! The Bayer aspirin was $0.09 per box, the VO5 were $0.50 each, and the Pantene were $0.58 each!

Thank you for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!

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Wash Day {1/26/2015}

Hello, readers!

This past wash day consisted of mostly tried and loved products, and a new one. I’ll get straight to my breakdown, and a picture!

  • First, I prepooed with Ogx Argan Oil & Shea Butter Moisture Restore Mask for about 15-20 minutes – I had to clean the kitchen!
  • After rinsing, I shampooed with Pantene Weekly Deep Cleanse Purifying Shampoo. Y’all. This stuff got my hair SO CLEAN. So fresh and so clean clean. Lol. It’s new for me, and I like it so far. It wasn’t horribly drying, actually. It lathers beautifully *sigh*.
  • I then cowashed with my FAVE, VO5 Tea Therapy Blackberry Sage Tea Conditioner. My hair loves this stuff, and I love the price, but I don’t love that I can only get this particular one at Kroger! CVS and Walgreens are closer. Boo.
  • I deep conditioned with a Henna N Placenta packet for another 10 minutes, and rinsed, then t-shirt dried for about an hour by accident.
  • I applied Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Cantu Coconut Curl Creme, and Hask Argan Oil Treatment mixed with a little coconut oil, then I hopped into the shower to let the steam work it’s magic. Everything sunk in beautifully, and I covered my hair with my silk scarf and went to bed.
  • The next day, I used some EcoStyler gel to revive my now-flattened hair, added a bright blue headband, and went off to class!

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Thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful rest of your week! There will be a new couponing post for the week up very soon!

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Sweet & Sour Shrimp

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Hello, everyone! I have a fun recipe to share with you today! It is Wine-Battered Sweet and Sour Shrimp over Hacked Shrimp Ramen! Okay, stay with me. Believe me, this is delicious.

So, the first thing you need to do is grab some cooked shrimp and defrost them if they aren’t already. Set these aside. In a bowl, combine flour with a little olive oil, and mix together with a fork. Add salt and pepper and a little bit of garlic powder. Now, for the fun part! Drizzle in white cooking wine, mixing throughout, until the batter is the consistency of pancake mix. Preheat oil in a small saucepan or even a deep skillet. Drop some of the shrimp into the batter and stir to coat.

Meanwhile,bring water to a boil in a small pot and cook the Ramen until softened. Drain except for a small amount of water, and add the shrimp seasoning packet. Stir. Add teriyaki sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sesame seeds, and stir. Allow to cook on low heat.

Once the oil is hot enough, place the shrimp in the oil, holding each one over the batter bowl to let the excess drop off beforehand. Let them cook until beautiful golden brown; drain on paper towels. Once all of the shrimp are cooked, drizzle store bought or homemade sweet and sour sauce over them and toss gently to coat. Serve the Ramen on a plate topped with the shrimp.

I hope you try this and enjoy it as much as I did!

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