Rise and Shine – My March series, Costco deals, Apples to Apples only $10, finger puppets and more. . .

Good morning!

Yesterday I stopped into Costco and scoped out the yard and garden deals. I love their garden gloves and flats of flowers. Do you have favorite yard or house deals at Costco? You have about a week to use coupons in the Costco February coupon book. And shhhh, don’t tell anyone, but we are updating the Costco price list! We should launch the updated list very soon. :)

February is just flying by. I haven’t forgotten I owe you an update on my Clutter to Clean series. I hope to take some photos and do some updates later today or tomorrow. The current status is that all the clutter is gone, I just need to organize. Today we are working on organizing the kids rooms – this was extended because we needed to get some furniture/storage solutions, which I’ll share more about soon.

And for my rise and shine readers – I’m bursting at the seams to share my March theme. After spending most of February de-cluttering and cleaning, March will be Memory March. My goals for March are going to be getting all those digital photos OFF my camera and computer and getting them into scrapbooks and frames. I still need to do my kid’s baby books (gasp! 5- and 2-yrs old) and even a book of our wedding (double gasp! 9 years ago). I also plan to get some photos framed and up on the walls, which I’m really bad about doing. If I don’t make this a priority, it won’t get done. So March is going to be all about the memories. Are you with me? Do you scrapbook? Do you have baby books for your babies?

New design tweaks - We asked, you shared your feedback, and we listened! We added a border color along the edges of the page so that it was easier on the eyes. And we updated the font and messed with the spacing again. What do you think? Easier to read? I hope so. I want the site to feel like your favorite pair of jeans – comfortable, easy, reliable, and your favorite thing to “put on” every day. :)


Head over and enter to win a one-night stay at Skamania Lodge, with breakfast for two. Valued at $325, this is a fun prize. I shared about our trip and about the lodge, which is one of my favorite places to stay.



Check out our new printable coupon page! You can find it under Coupons –> Print Coupons. We really like it because you can easily change the zip code and you can sort by category AND brand. I recommend bookmarking this page and when you hear about a Coupons.com coupon that you can’t find, try finding it here! I love that it tells me how many coupons I’ve clipped, so I can clip in groups of three (3), since they print three (3) to a page.

I recommend printing all the coupons you might want for the Albertsons round-up. Those normally low value coupons, like $0.30/1, round-up to $1 and can be some great savings! Head over here to see the latest coupons.


Last day for Albertsons doublers. See the list of unadvertised deals here. A round-up starts on Wednesday at Albertsons and we will post those deals as soon as Rise and Shine is up!

Safeway is also having a pretty great 3-day sale!   We posted QFC deals last night, these start tomorrow. Great deal on strawberries and Breyer’s ice cream.

Here are this week’s grocery match-ups and deals:  Albertsons   Fred Meyer   QFC   Safeway   Winco   and the  Costco February coupon book!


New! Portland, Oregon3-Star Mystery Hotel – Downtown Convention District – start at $78/night

New! Friday Harbor, WashingtonBird Rock Hotel – Two-Night Stay for Two in a Simple or Standard/Superior Room. Combine Up to Four Nights – start at $129/night

Hood River, OregonColumbia Cliff Villas – One- or Two-Night Stay for Two in a Euro King Room with a Bottle of Wine and Wineglasses. Combine Up to Four Nights – from $139


Olympia friendsAmazon local has a deal for the new Piper’s Playground today! First create an Amazon Local account here and then select Olympia as your city.  Piper’s Playground is a place for children to laugh, learn, and have fun, no matter the weather. With a huge, clean play space, fun and rewarding classes, and five private party rooms, they’ve got everything your little ones — and you — need for a great time.


Jetsetter, one of my favorite travel sites, currently has Salish Lodge discounts – and you can get a room for as low as $130/night. This place is AMAZING. My husband surprised me with a stay a few years ago for my birthday. I felt like royalty and $130/night is a steal. Read more about deal here.


Goldstar has discount tickets to Yo Gabba Gabba Live: Get the Sillies Out, which is also coming to the Paramount. Coming February 28 – March 1 you can get tickets for around $20, instead of the regular $36!



Over on Target, the deals of the day look pretty decent! They have Apples to Apples for only $10 shipped. I love this game and this is the lowest price I’ve ever seen it! See other Target Daily Deals here.

REI Deal of the Day – Marmot Phoenix Rain Jacket – Women’s - $69.93 (reg. $145)  ships FREE


Amazon Deal of the Day today is Dead Space 3 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Digital Download - $39.99 (reg. $59.99)

VTech InnoTab 2 Learning App Tablet – Pink - $59.96 (reg. $79.99)
(Thanks, Fabulessly Frugal!)


10pcs Velvet Animal Style Finger Puppets Set – $3.69 shipped!

Columbia Men’s Steens Mountain Full Zip Jacket as low as $24.97

Columbia Men’s Glennaker Lake Rain Jacket for $26.97 (reg. $60)


Zojirushi SL-NCE09 Ms. Bento Stainless-Steel Vacuum Lunch Jar – $35.90 (reg. $60)

What are your plans today? I hope you have a wonderful day! 

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  1. I am a huge scrapbooker and love creating albums for my family! Will you be scrapbooking digitally or the traditional way? I like to scrapbook and I like to paper craft so that is how I scrapbook, but for anyone that is just starting or doesn’t like paper crafting I would highly recommend digital scrapbooking. It is easy to get out if you only have a short period of time to work and there is nothing to clean up so you can still work even with little kids around.

  2. I’m totally with you for your Memory March series! I don’t currently scrapbook, but the SMASH folios look intriguing. Project Life is a big craze too for memory keeping.

  3. I love the Memory March idea! I have several photos waiting for the next Snapfish penny prints sale :) I have a traditional baby book for my son (almost 5) and nothing for my girl (16 mos). I really would like to do a photo memory book for each of them for their first year.

  4. I at least got my wedding album done from 6 years ago. But I had hopes to get photos of our honeymoon in a scrape book. I took all these great shots and had visions of a great scrapbook but have not completed. Now my son is 2 1/2 and I look at the like 5,000 photos of him thinking I need to make his scrapbook a priority as well. I have 5 photos of him I have got developed in all these last few years.

  5. Memory March: Heather, I married into a family that has saved photographs, letters, etc. 5 generations back. We have very old photos, and letters written in German and Swedish. We have boxes and boxes of them. While we have hung a few photos on our walls and created several photo albums, it is my hope to digitize them. We simply cannot lug around so many boxes. Of course I cherish them, but I never considered the “weight” of taking so many photos of my kids as they were growing.

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