Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Art Camp!

Last week Anna and I held our first ever one-day Spring Break Art Camp. We had to stay a little more focused and work a little quicker than we normally do in our week-long summer camps because we had to start and finish a project in just 3 hours. I did have to cut snack out on the deck and Anna playing "Would you rather?" and "Amercan Idol Sing Off" with the girls a little short. And we did have to bring out the hairdryer to dry the wet paint, but check out the finish projects:

We were inspired by a piece of art Anna and I found on Pinterest. The girls began their own creations by covering canvases with old dictionary pages and then they added the colorful, whimsical flowers and then the black and white vase to ground it all. Details were added with oil pastels.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. Pablo Picasso said that.

And here is proof that the projects we create in our camps are really cool pieces. . .not something that you end up throwing away. Ava's mom sent me the below picture and said that Ava's canvas lights up her room.

And below is another little testimonial about the kind of art we create. This came from a new momma. Her daughter attended our craft camp for the first time last week.
Dear Su and Anna,
Thank you so much! Lily had a wonderful time and is so happy with her artwork! I must say this camp far surpassed my expectations! She has been to a couple other camps like this and came away with junky little crafts that were never enjoyed again. I was thrilled that she came away with actual piece of art! Lily picked out the perfect home for her masterpiece in the playroom, though I really tried to talk her into letting me hang it in my office!  -AJ
I love what I do. I love art. I love color. I love getting messy with all the fun supplies. I love the opportunity to invest in young girls. I love working alongside my daughter. Here is Anna with 2 campers from last year and their owl batiks! That was one fun project.
Pictures from art camp make me smile. I did not take nearly enough last Thursday when we had our one-day camp.  Fortunately, we have THREE!! week-long summer camps coming up. 
The July and August week are already full, but there is still room the week of June 22-26. If you have a special girl in your life between the ages of 7-13 and would like all the details about camp, check out this post here and then contact me. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Are you still couponing? If so. . . read on!

Are you still couponing?  For those of you who may not know, that is how this blog and classes got started 7 years ago!! If you are interested in reading that story, you can read it here.

Here are 4 notes for those of you still couponing:

1. In today's (Wed, March 25) News and Observer, there is a Harris Teeter sales flyer and on the front page of that flyer there is one great coupon:  $15 off $75, good today thru Tues, March 31.

2. It's almost the end of the month and for many of us couponers that means it is time to pull the expired coupons.

For those of us who use the file method to organize coupon inserts, this often means taking an insert and flipping page by page looking at the expiration date on each coupon. Or getting our kids to do it :)

But no more!!

There is a resource on Southern Savers that tells you when a coupon insert has expired. What a time saver. Read below for the steps.

Go to Southern Savers.

Look at the upper right hand corner and click on the white button that says "Coupon Dafabase"

Choose your newspaper. Mine and you Raleigh gals is NC-The News and Observer (Raleigh)

Underneath the bar that you choose the newspaper in is another bar.  In this bar is where you are going to search. 

In this search bar, type the date of the insert. Use this format: 8/19  If there is a single digit date (not month, just date), then type in 8/05 and then type in 8/5, just to check both. Then click the little gold square with the magnifying class in it.

And then in the box below, all the current coupons that came out on 8/19 will appear.  If the box says no results found, then you know that the coupon inserts that came out on that date have no current coupons and can be thrown away, recycled, or sent to the military for their use.

If you see SS 8/19 but no RP 8/19, then you know to keep the 8/19 SS insert and pull the 8/19 RP. Just make sure you check all the pages. Under the box that list the coupons are these little green boxes that show how many pages you need to scroll thru.

Hope this saves you a little bit of time. I just went thru my whole crate of file folders. It is so much lighter now. 

But I already did all that for you so if you need to clean out your file box this month (March 2015). . here is what you need to keep:

10/12 RP and 12/7 SS. . .these 2 inserts have one coupon in them that is still good. However, they both expire 3/31.  And then you need to keep all inserts from Jan 4, 2015 thru this pass Sunday, March 22.  All other inserts you need to get rid of.

3. And most of you have noticed that I am not blogging as often as I used to. I want to write a blog post filling you in on the whys and all that I have learned, but the quick reason is teenagers. It's not bad; I just want to make sure I finish this parenting thing well. But I wanted to let you know, I have been quite regular on Facebook. So if you do not follow The Intentional Home on Facebook yet, you may want to. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Announcing Art Camps for Girls ages 7-12

Announcing Art Camp by Anna and Su Soutter
this is our 4th year!!
for Girls ages 7-12
One Day Spring Break Class Thurs, March 26
and a full Summer Week: June 22-26 OR July 13-17

held at the Soutters' home in Raleigh, NC
(off Millbrook Rd, the part between Falls of Neuse and Six Forks)
$25 for one day Spring Break camp and $125 per summer week

Anna and I are excited to announce this year's Art Camp dates. This is our 4th year offering Summer Art Camp. This year's weeks are June 22-26 and July 13-17 (the week in August is already full, so you can choose the June week or the July week).

Each week we will be creating different projects so girls can come to more than one week if they want. Camp is from 9:30-12:30. Girls will complete 8-10 projects by the end of the week. . .really cool crafts that I promise you will not end up throwing away.

Snack will be provided. Some days we will just serve snack and other days we will move into the kitchen to make an edible foodie craft for snack.

Camp fee is $125 and all supplies are included. Each week will be limited to 12 to 14 girls.

And this year we are offering a one day Spring Break Art Camp. If your girl does not have school this Thurs, March 26, consider signing her up for a morning of fun and creativity. Time is from 9:30-12:30. A snack will be provided and cost is $25. Camp is limited to 12-14 girls. We will be creating an 18 by 24 canvas (that is big!) inspired by this project Anna and I found on Pinterest.


Anna uses the money from these art camps to travel to Guatemala each summer. This summer will be Anna's 6th time going to Guatemala. Anna and Rob went to Guatemala the summer of 2008 to love up on the children in a number of orphanages, including the one Jonathan (our 5th child) lived in for his first 10 months. Since then, Anna has had a heart for the children of Guatemala. Here is Anna from that summer (she was 11), whispering to a girl that she is indeed a princess and very much loved. 

Each summer, Anna loves on the children of Casita Adonai. Casita Adonai is a small private Christian school in a difficult area of Guatemala City, an area devastated by poverty, gangs, and lack of education.  Here is Anna last year with the 3 kids she sponsors.

My Anna (who will be 18 in May and graduated from high school this past December ) is super crafty. My Anna is patient. My Anna loves pouring into those younger than she is. She is the oldest of 5, helps teach Sunday School to the elementary school kids, and purposely seeks out the younger girls at church to love on and pour into. This craft camp is right up her alley. Many of the girls who attend camp come back every summer. . .and I think it is mainly because of Anna.

If you would like to sign up your girl for our Art Camp, contact me with what summer week/spring break day you are interested in and I send you all the details.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Peace to your heart, mind, and home this season.

Here's 2 posts you may be interested in:

How to Really Enjoy Christmas Day: this is a post I read every year to remind myself of the 5 intentional things I do to make Christmas a little less frazzled, exhausted, and stressed, and a little more peace and joy filled.

This Year's Rainbow Christmas Tree
The Best Neighborhoods for Christmas Lights around Raleigh: this list has been updated for 2014. Make sure you read all the comments for even more addresses to check out.

And just a sidenote: I am going off line until my kids go back to school. I'll be back around Jan 7 or so.  I want to slow down and appreciate the days with my family.

Merry Christmas!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Humble Heart Bazaar Tonight & Tomorrow!

This weekend I put the last touches on all my handmade delights.  And last night and this morning I packed the van.  And this afternoon, I will be driving very slowly to Hayes Barton United Methodist Church.

Hayes Barton United Methodist Church's Humble Heart Bazaar is this Tues, Nov 18 from 6-8pm and this Wed, Nov 19 from 10:30-2pm. Mark your calendars and grab a girlfriend for some fun shopping.

Hayes Barton United Methodist Church is located near Five Points. The address is 2209 Fairview Road, Raleigh, NC 27608.

This is my first year doing this show and I am super excited as all I have heard is how there are lots of one-of-a-kind handmade treasures, a wonderful lunch made by the women of the church ($8), and lots of fun. 

Here are some more delights I will be selling:

And here are some of the delights my booth partner, Alli will be selling. It is so much more fun to do a craft show with a friend.  Both her items and mine are completely handmade.


I hope to get some pictures of my and Alli's booth and the other booths at the show and post them here for you Tuesday night when I get home.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Great Harris Teeter Deals this Week!

I went grocery shopping at Harris Teeter today and brought my coupons with me. I had to share. My total was $167.07, but after all the sales and all my coupons, my total was $96.07.  I saved 43%! 

Here are some of my favorite deals that I got. You can go get them too. My Harris Teeter was fully stocked on all these great deals. These deals are good til Tues, 11/18.

Del Monte Canned Corn, Peas, and Green Beans are on sale for Buy 2, Get 3 Free. So you can get 5 cans for $2.58. Use the 40¢ off 4 cans coupon from 11/9 SS and you pay only $1.78 for 5 cans or 35¢ each. Great stock up price.

Swanson Canned Broth is on sale BOGO. So you can get a can for 62¢. Use the 40/3 coupon from 11/9 SS and you can get 3 cans for $1.07.

With such inexpensive broth and canned veggies, you can make a delicious crock pot vegetable beef soup.  My recipe can be found here.

Orville Popcorn is on sale BOGO. So you can get 2 boxes for $3.49. Use the coupon $1/2 from 10/26SS and you get 2 boxes for $2.49 or $1.25 a box. Great price!

And here are the FREEBIES:

Kozy Shack Pudding Cups are on sale BOGO. So each pack is $1.49. Use the 75¢ coupon from 9/21 SS and you get a pack for FREE!  Remember, Harris Teeter doubles coupons 99¢ and under every single day.

Cascade Platinum Dishwasher Packs are on sale for $4.29. Use the 25¢ coupon from 10/26 PG and the $1 EVIC coupon and your total goes down to $3.04. But then you can submit the $5 Mail-In-Rebate found in the 9/28 PG and make $1.96 buying these dishwasher packs.

Ricola Throat and Cough Drops are on sale BOGO. So you can get 2 bags for $1.69. Use the $1.50/2 coupon from 11/9 RP and you get 2 bags for just 19¢. Perfect for my Brooke who is home sick with a sore throat virus today.

Are you still couponing? What were you favorite deals this week?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Free Pantene and 13¢ Pasta at Harris Teeter

For those of you who still coupon, here are 2 great deals to pick up at Harris Teeter this week:

First Deal: Free Pantene, 3 bottles! 

Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner is on sale 3/$10. Use the $5/3 coupon from 9/28 PG and the eVIC coupon for $5/3 Pantene products and you get 3 Pantene products for FREE. That is what I did! 

Note you will want to do this deal by Friday, 10/31 which is when the 9/28 PG coupon expires.


However, if you have 2 copies of the PG that came out this past Sunday (10/26 PG) you can make money buying Pantene products. Check out the deal Moola Saving Mom posted:

Buy (1) Pantene Expert $6.99
Buy (2) Pantene Shampoo $3.33 each
Buy (1) Pantene Styler $4
Buy (1) Pantene Conditioner  $3.33

Use (2) Buy one Pantene Shampoo get Styler or Conditioner FREE (max $5) PG 10/26
Use $4/1 Pantene Expert PG 10/26
Use $5/3 Pantene Products eVIC
Use $2/1 Pantene Styler eVIC
Use $4/1 Pantene Expert eVIC

Total: -$1.35 (overage)

Note you will want to do the above deal by Tues, Nov 4 as that is when the sale ends at Harris Teeter.

2nd deal: 13¢ Barilla Pasta

Barilla Pasta is on sale Buy 2, Get 3 Free. The regular price is $1.69 each. Buy 10 boxes for a total of $6.76. Use 5 of the 55¢/2 from 9/7 SS to get your total down to $1.26 which is only 13¢ a box. 

Even if you only had 3 of these coupons, the deal is still good. You could get each box for 35¢.

Note you will want to do this deal today or tomorrow as Harris Teeter sale ends Tues, 10/28.

You still couponing?
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