Monday, December 12, 2011

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Thanks to a great idea from She Saved.. i will be doing a STUFFED FULL BLOG BOX GIVEAWAY!
I am so excited to do this. I will be stuffing a medium flat rate box with anything i can think of and freebies i have laying around, samples,ect.
I would like to re-open the blog on January 1st since i would like to try to get some more sponsors for more giveaways.
I am so glad to be coming back.
Thanks to those who stuck with me!
It's a busy and wonderful job being a mommy but i have found that i need some time for me too..so i will do what i can on this blog when i have free time and always feel free to email me if you find a great deal/coupon/ect. you would like to share.
The blog is coming back and will be better then ever!

Monday, October 24, 2011


Hey everyone
I have decided to come back. i love couponing and teaching couponing to others to give up this blog.
Since extreme couponing started on TLC there are a ton of people who want to learn how to save by couponing and i would love to help them and show them the right way!
As most of you know, i had my daughter Giada Michelle on 4/28/11. She is amazing. i will post about her soon!
I am going to have my own little office area in the livingroom now so i can get back into blogging and couponing at night while Giada is sleeping or if i can jump on early morning or the afternoon while she plays/naps.
But i am lucky if i eat or brush my teeth during the day! So the night time is my time!
I am strictly breastfeeding and shes pretty attatched to me in one way or another even if shes not eating. So needless to say, since becoming a mommy i dont have the time to blog like i used too. i do however miss it and its really all i have besides being a mommy so i want to get back into it.
im looking forward to late night blogging with a hot cup of tea..
i wont be able to do much but this site is worth following/subscribing for sure!
i will be posting the best deals i see for the week and linking you to the matchups. sharing my trips and posting about each store. i will try to post when i can and hope to have some people stick around!

Please like the new facebook page CRISTIN IS COUPON CRAZY and look for new posts coming soon!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


The weeks leading up to Giada's birth were very hard for me. I pretty much broke down at 39 weeks. I just wanted her out. I went to my NST that morning and passed and then went to clinic right after that. I had some blood pressure issues and protein in my urine(which happened a couple times towards the end) and my one doctor checked me and i was only 1cm. She ended up sending me to the hospital and was going to discuss with the other doctor about possibly inducing me. I spent a few hours alone in the hospital hooked up to the contraction and heartbeat machine..got bloodwork done and everything turned out to be perfect and i was sent home. I had been having contractions but not enough to be in labor yet.
Then i hit 40 weeks.. still having on and off contractions..walked around the block for awhile, tried foods to induce labor..even had sex..(i still dont know how we managed that..lol but we did). Still nothing. went to clinic and my protein was back to normal. I was hoping (begging) to be induced..but got sent home and given and induction date of 4-27.
It was a long week but the 27th finally came. i went to clinic that afternoon and then stopped at wawa for a bagel and icedtea then home for last minute packing and to straiten my hair. yes i straitened my hair before i went in to be induced!
We got to the hospital at 6:30pm. i immediatly peed in the cup- for the last time!!! and got my gown on and got into bed and got asked a ton of questions and was hooked up to the contraction and heartbeat monitor. 
My doctor thought i looked real big and was shocked that i hadnt had another ultrasound since my biophysical profile ultrasound at 39weeks. so they called in a tech to do the ultrasound around 9pm to get another weight of the baby. the last ultrasound measured her at 8lbs 7oz. this ultrasound measured her at about the same, my doctor was concerned that she may be too big and to do a csection instead of inducing. but he said she isnt to big and inserted the cervidil. it was like a long ropey string that hung out of my vag like a tampon string. it was very uncomfortable at first. it was burny and itchy but that went away fast. i had to stay in bed for 2 hours before i could use the bathroom.
I thought that i was in for a peaceful night and gonna watch tv and sleep thinking it  would take awhile for contractions to kick in. boy was i wrong!!! they started coming and they were hurting. i ended up contracting all night and not dilating much. the contractions were so bad and often that they took the cervidil out earlier then usual. my fiance was by my side all night to hold my hand and rub my head and help me through every contraction. these contractions were nothing like the ones that i felt the weeks before.
Sometime the next morning i got my epidural and put on pitocin. the epidural was not as bad as i thought it would be. it didnt take long to get done but we had to stop everytime i had a contraction. it took awhile for it to kick in but once it did i was able to sleep.
That afternoon while i was sleeping i got woken up by getting an oxygen mask put on my face and nurses and doctors in the room. Giada's heartbeat was accelerating and my doctor decided it was best to do a csection right away. i was only 4-5cm at that point. so my fiance let everyone know what was going on.
In no time at all my fiance was in scrubs and i was getting wheeled into the OR. i was given some medicine in my room prior to start numbing me. they had to lift me to put me onto the table and that was a weird feeling. once i was numb randy came in and it was time to start.
I was feeling a bit nautious and kept asking for something to make it go away but i started feeling better. i had seen on tv on a baby story a lot of women who threw up while having a c-section and i think i was scared i would too. my doctor that was doing the c-section was amazing. i cracked a joke before he started and made everyone laugh..he is usually the jokester! my anesthesialagist was also great. sge smushed the pillow like that under my head because i didnt want my head flat.
Once i was completely numb..which was the weirdest feeling ever..even though i could wiggle the toes on my left feet.. they started. i was so anxious to meet my little girl that i wasnt nervous or scared. i didnt feel anything but pressure..which they warned me about and nothing hurt. randy was by my side holding my hand and it hit me that i was about to be a mom and cried. i also want to add that my anestesialogist scratched an itch for me..lol..she was great.
Then i was told id feel lots of tugging and pressure..Giada was about to be born. I waited to hear her cry.. and within seconds...i did! Me and randy started to cry. her cry was the sweetest most amazing sound id ever heard. i heard everyone talking about how much hair she had and couldnt wait to see how much she weighed. i told randy to go with her as they finished me up. i could hear randy talking to giada and it touched my heart. he seemed so proud! she also pooped on the nurse right after she came out. she kept pooping so they had to put a diaper on her.
Giada Michelle A.
7 lbs 15.9oz
21 1/2 inches long
It was awhile before i got to see her..but once they brought her to me i fell in love. she was perfect and looked right at me.
  Giada and randy went into recovery and they finished stitching me up..i couldnt wait to hold her! i got wheeled into recovery and my nurse got me pain meds and some ice chips. then i got to hold her..
She was perfect. i couldnt believe i was a mommy!  Within minutes i had her at my boob breastfeeding and she latched on right away! then after about an hour i got wheeled into my room. everyone came in shortly after.

proud  daddyrandy-my fiance holding his daughter
my mom with randy and giada
randy, his mom and giada

I have a ton more pictures of my friends and family with giada that i will be posting soon. i will also be blogging about the hospital stay and first couple weeks home.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Me and Giada

As most of you know.. i had Giada on april 28th. She is amazing.
here is a sneak peek at Mommy and Giada

Sunday, April 24, 2011


i know its 11:30 at night but i just got online a little while ago and i wanted to make sure i wished everyone a happy easter:)
we were all hoping that little miss Giada would decide to make an entrance today (since i am 40 weeks plus 4 days overdue) but she had other plans..she wanted to stay in my belly to enjoy easter dinner with her mommy and daddy!
my parents and nephew went to my aunts house and i decided to stay home and cook for me and my fiance.
i wasnt up to getting ready and i just wanted to relax home.

i made us:
hamsteak, green bean casserole, sweet potato, creamed onions, baked beans(my mom made), coleslaw(my dad made) and biscuits.
it came out good and it was nice to have a quiet dinner at the table alone with the love of my life:)

Friday, April 22, 2011


I will be writing a blog explaining how this reward program works soon.
But if you are already signed up here are some points:

please let me know if any of these codes are expired. also feel free to leave a comment below with any codes you would like to share.

bloggers: u are more then welcome to take these codes and post them on your blog.but please link back to me and leave a quick comment letting me know ur taking them:)