Family Life

Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

by Ann-Marie on December 24, 2013

CIB Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

However you may be spending Christmas, I hope you have a blessed holiday and safe travels!

I’m taking a couple days off to spend with my family. If I happen to see any really fabulous deals that I just have to share, I’ll let you know on my Chaos Is Bliss Facebook page or on Twitter.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday, and that Santa brings exactly what you’re hoping for.



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Daddy’s Sick = We all take a break for Fall Break

by Ann-Marie on October 23, 2013

Fall TreeI’ve been posting quite lightly lately, initially it was just due to some upcoming field trips, misc activities with the kids, etc.

Then things came to a screeching halt Monday when my husband came home from work, tried to rest but by 5pm was in such excruciating pain we had to take him to the ER.

Acute appendicitis. Resulting in an appendectomy.

“Aahhh, my (so-and-so) had that too.”

It’s common, we hear. Lots of people know someone or multiple ones that have had their appendix removed. Even my neighbor’s husband had his removed in March.

He’s home recovering, still a little nauseous and in some pain, which we’re managing.

Two hours from now my older kids get off the bus to start Fall Break, so we’ll just see how much rest Daddy’s going to get.

We’ll press on.

All this is to say, I will be posting lightly over the next several days, and this is why. I don’t have a staff, or writers, or a virtual assistant to fill in while I’m gone. It’s just me. Between caring for Larry and keeping my kids occupied and entertained the next 4 days, this mama’s got her hands full!

And please if you don’t already, follow me on Facebook because if I just can’t hop on to create a blog post I may just share a hot deal or freebie to my Facebook page.

Thanks all!

Larry & Dylan

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Oklahoma Tornado Disaster: How you can help

by Ann-Marie on May 22, 2013

Help Oklahoma

Part of why I love my ‘job’ as a blogger is the connections with other bloggers – complete strangers who many times become cyber-friends, across the country.

Carrie over at Coupon Closet lives in the area that was hit, in Moore, OK. While her family and home escaped danger, many close to her suffered tremendous damage to their homes, and friends have sadly lost their children and other loved ones.

Carrie put together this list of resources that are accepting donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief.

This is from Carrie …

Now is the time for us to help.

As couponers, we can unite and help out the victims. The saying “something is better than nothing” is not true in this case. They NEED specific items.

I am updating this post REGULARLY with places that you can donate. Right now, MONEY is what they need. Any amount is good. Any link that I include on here are secure links and are safe and your money will be put to good use.

Monetary Donations:

You can donate any monetary donations via the United Methodist Church and the money will go directly to those affected.


Non-perishable food, water, clean-up supplies, diapers, clothing etc. can be taken to:

FEED THE CHILDREN – 333 N Meridian (Corner of Reno and Meridian)
FOOD BANK – 3355 S Purdue (972-1111) (Corner of 29th and McArthur)
CHANNEL 9 NEWS – 7401 N Kelly (405-843-6641)
KFOR – 444 E Britton (405-424-4444)
KOCO 5 – 1228 E Wilshire (405-478-3434)


Yukon High School

The Yukon high School StuCo and Leadership will be collecting

  • water bottles
  • Gatorade
  • diapers
  • baby wipes
  • baby formula
  • work gloves
  • trash bags
  • individual wrapped snacks
  • hand sanitizer, hand towels
  • sunscreen, batteries
  • flashlights and money

These will be delivered to the Salvation Army for distribution.

Please bring items to the Yukon High School Rotunda by Wednesday 5/23/13 at 3:30pm


All Edmond Schools are taking donations

The high schools in Edmond are collecting donations. North is collecting water, Santa Fe is collecting canned goods and Memorial is collecting clothes.


St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church

This is my church and it is located at SW 119th and May. They need non-perishable food items, water, and clean-up supplies (rakes, shovels, heavy duty gloves, etc).


More Ways to Help:

Salvation Army USA or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769). Text the word “STORM” to 80888 to make a $10 donation through your phone; to confirm your gift, respond with the word “Yes.”

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma or call 405-604-7111 or text FOOD to 32333 to give $10 to relief efforts.

American Red Cross, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


Donate to the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief to help provide tree removal services, laundry services and meals to victims of disasters. Send checks to BGCO, Attn: Disaster Relief, 3800 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK., 73112. (please do not send clothing)


If you would like to Volunteer to help you can apply here.

Remember to pray for these families!

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