Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I like to save money and go shopping. Who doesn't want to be able to shop to their hearts content, save some money while doing so, leaving you MORE money to do the fun things ya wanna do...? But in order to be organized and hit the sales, and get the best bang for my buck-I need to organize my coupons and rebate forms. Not an easy task for a woman who has stuff scattered all over her desks, both home and work. And I gotta admit, there has been lots of disappointment lately, as I finally find that great form or coupon, only to find out the deal has expired.
But http://momshelpingmomsave.blogspot.com/ has the perfect answer to that. You can win a cute little coupon organizer for shopaholics like me. But hurry, because she is only taking entries until Sunday the 28th. And you definitely want to be in the running for this one, because even if ya already have a coupon organizer it'd make a great gift for that friend or relative who needs some organization in their lives. And check out her great deals while you are there! You'd be amazed at how much she gets and how little she pays!
Head on over to my mommy's blog as she is doing her first giveaway! But you gotta be quick, because she will be drawing not one, not two, but THREE winners on October 6th...
And guess what? She has some really cute goodies to give away-with the last prize being a mystery prize for those that like surprises. And no, I am NOT the mystery prize...she wouldn't think of parting with me!
Woof! So head on over http://suziebuttoncreations.blogspot.com/ and check out her First Giveaway post, she'll be glad ya did!
Head over now, www.handbagplanet.com and sign up to win. You can even pick the bag you like and get extra entries for blogging about it, like I am, adding them to your friends on a social network site like MySpace, etc... or emailing your friends directly. Good luck, there are lots of cool handbags over there!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Back in July, I was lucky enough to win this lovely Dip Duet set from AmyEsther Ceramics Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5399153 At the time, Jose was away in Guatemala, and I had visions of guacamole and salsa in that lovely set.
When it arrived, I decided it was a great set for one or two people, not a houseful. So Jose and I put it to work. We tried it with Lobster, it was perfect for the melted butter. We tried it with guacamole and salsa-we usually make BIG batches of this at home, and rather than take the whole bowl out of the fridge we were able to scoop up some salsa for one side, and use a fresh avocado for the homemade guacamole on the other side. It was just enough to provide us with the necessary condiments for our tacos, nachos, you name it. Sometimes, we wanted guacamole and sour cream-again a perfect fit as we only took out what we needed rather than waste more than we should.
For those that eat alone, or prefer to use a small amount of condiments, butter, etc... this would be great. Even for a couple, like Jose and I-it was a great fit. We constantly found ways to make the perfect pairing, as we'd say-depending on what we were eating. The set is easy to clean too, I hand wash it and it cleans easily and is ready for the table again in seconds. She also has lots of other nice ceramic goodies over at her shop that compliment this Dip Duet Set. Why don't you go and check it out, you might find your own perfect pairing over there. Thanks so much for letting me be the first to review and use this piece, it really is a fun piece that anyone would enjoy having in their kitchen!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
No, these are not from my house. But they are back. School has started and I noticed the suspicious looking sticky eggs (or if it wasn't them, it sure fooled me) in Deja's hair this morning as I was brushing it. No live ones detected, but you can bet when she gets home from school today I am going to condition her hair to death!
It didn't help this morning when another co-worker of mine had to go home immediately as they found head lice on all THREE of her children. I have been so careful with Deja, but do you know how hard it is to tell a 6 yr old not to get TOO close to your friends or share hair items, especially if you are a girly girl and into that kind of stuff?
At the Afterschool program she attends they play dress up sometimes, and I have warned her to be careful. You'd think, with head lice being such a problem they wouldn't be doing that. She can still attend school, but the Afterschool program has a no nit policy, but they still want their $$$. This summer, I spent 3 weeks searching for nits when she came down with her first infestation (during the start of their summer camp program) and got hit paying $85.00 a week and keeping her home until they found NOTHING in her hair-for 3 weeks. Geez, I just wish they would check the hair of the other kids-I report this stuff, as a good parent, but I can bet there are some parents in the program who are keeping silent and letting their kids go in untreated. And no one is checking their heads or keeping them out of the program.
Anyways, I was going to work overtime tonight-but that option is out. I am going to work on taking care of this issue before it spreads, because you know it will. It was dark this morning, I had my mom look (we are both head lice dumb-only seen them one other time this past summer) and she thinks there might be a problem as well. Ah...lucky me, I knew that laundry detergent I got on sale was going to be used for something important.
I pity my poor co-worker though, THREE kids all with long hair (even the boy has a full head of hair, not long but just very thick) she is going to have her work cut out for her for awhile. Well, lunch has ended so it's back to the office for the afternoon!
UPDATE: Yup, it's eggs. But they are small, meaning probably just laid a few days ago. No live ones found. Hubby refuses to get treated, thinks he is immune I guess. Gonna sneak a peek when he rolls over. Me, I am getting ready for some Nix. Just seeing those darn eggs this morning has had me scratching all day. Deja is sitting with Nix on her hair now. I have a natural remedy, but you gotta wait four hours to take it off, she will be asleep by then-so better 10 minutes and Ni-the quick fix, lol. I did buy some Tea Tree oil today to put in her shampoo until an order I have from Circle of Friends comes in with Lice Shampoo and Conditioner... And I am gonna put some drops of tea tree oil in a sprayer and spray the mattress and stuff I can't wash. But since Deja sleeps mostly in our bed when Daddy works nights, Daddy won't let me tackle the bedding because he is sleeping... so hoping nothing has gotten to the bedding-and will tackle it on the weekend. I guess there goes my chance for overtime at work, since I need to treat the house on the weekend when daddy is up and about. Oh well... ya win some ya lose some.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wouldn't you want to win this? I know I would! And keep checking her blog, because from time to time you just might find a giveaway. I just subscribed to make sure I don't miss out on anything...
Good luck in the drawing! If you win, can we share? No, just kidding! But I do want to try this soap and love the idea of the soap shelf, perfect for those handmade soaps, because those plastic little dollar store dishes I have in the bathroom just ain't cuttin' it. Now go enter!!
Mmmm.... can't you just imagine what a nice Fall scent that will be wafting through your home? To check these candles out, head over to http://thesagegrove.com and pick out your favorites. To enter the giveaway, hurry on over to the blog site at http://laraslullaby.com/lullaby/?p=484 and get your entry in before it's too late! Good luck, but make sure you save one for me ;)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
So I will be working well into my golden years. Paying bills, worrying about fuel costs, and remembering the good old days when gas was $3.65 a gallon. I honestly DO remember it at .99 a gallon, and fuel oil was .79 a gallon and kerosene was .99 a gallon. What prices do you remember gas and home heating oil at? I can remember when a buck bought lots of candy (OMG remember PENNY candy, where you could get a bagful for a quarter?) and I can remember my great grandmother crabbing about having to shell out $2.50 for a 10 inch pepperoni pizza AND 2 ltr bottle of soda for our weekly pizza night at grams. Now to her, that was expensive. Funny how times change, huh?
I just came home from Wendy's-almost 18 bucks for two small value meals (1 was a dbl burger tho') and a kids meal and twisted Frosty my daughter wanted to try. I can remember feeding a family of four on $10 not very long ago. (and I still can if I stick to the basic dollar menu items) I like to save money with coupons and refunds, but it has been so busy at work that my poor coupons are neglected and I am forced to eat out way too much instead of preparing something at home. So looks like I had better spend weekends making some meals ahead...
What about any of you? What can you remember of prices long ago? Just think, our kids will probably think the price we paid for food, gas, oil, etc... was a bargain compared to what they will be paying in the future. I think there will be alot more co-living-actually I am seeing that now-kids and their families have moved back with their parents, elderly parents moving in with their kids, college kids returning home to live with mom and dad because they can't make it on their own, etc... As we do applications we are seeing this trend, which isn't very noticeable now but I think it will be as time goes on. (and the mortgage crisis continues to hit, forcing people to lose their homes and if ya haven't noticed, lenders have really tightened up the purse strings lately) I really don't mind having my daughter and her family live with me, a couple of Jose's sisters and their kids live with his parents and his brother and family live upstairs. I had hopes for my son too, but with his current issues I don't know what will happen with that.
Geez, it has been fun reminiscing about prices in the past-but depressing too. I miss those prices, but also realize that the pay was lots less too. Hmmm, I can see me right now, like Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future returning to the past and heading to the betting parlors in the past and giving all the right bets, and getting rich in the process, haha. Now that would be an adventure. So, what is your all time favorite thing you could buy in the past for $xxxx amount of money? And what is it costing now?
Monday, September 8, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
So I asked my dad to babysit. He fell in love. His dog fell in love. His 6 mo. old female cat (another rescued kitten I had saved from a demise in the river...) is now "Mama". While Deja is a little pouty that her Pepere is going to keep her kitten, she knows that he will be well cared for. And fed.
In the morning, bacon, in the afternoon, hamburger, in the evening, steak-they all eat what he eats-in moderation of course. Plus pet food. Candy the female cat is treating Stubby like her baby. She becomes frantic when she can't find him in the house, and is teaching him to use the litterbox. He sleeps snuggled up next to her, and the dog sleeps next to both of them. With my father in close proximity as well.
You know, I knew this was going to happen. I am a little bummed myself, because Stubby is a cutie-but he makes my dad happy. And I just can't take away something from a 70+ yr old man who has been battling skin cancer for the last couple of years (too much sun in the past, laser treatments on his face within the past couple years) and who is just getting over shingles. His enjoyment is staying home, watching CNN and swearing at Bush (who he seems to think can hear him) when he is on the TV. And he loves his animals. I called him tonight and Stubby was snuggled in between his feet on the couch. The dog was up by his head and the other cat by his side. How he can move, I have no clue. Dad has told Deja that Stubby will be her kitty always, but he is going to keep him there to play with Candy his cat. I am glad he will be going to a good home, with my 3 big kitties I was a bit worried about taking him in in the first place. I will post some pics of the kitties together soon-until then, just wanted to fill you all in.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I cried. Yup, I really did. And I thought for sure I'd be brave. I was ok for the flight down, if you can call not moving, knuckles gone white from clenching the side of the chair a normal reaction.
On the way back, we got into the big plane. And about an hour into the flight the turbulence hit. It wasn't HORRIBLE, now that I reflect back on it. But there were enough bumps to cause me to lose it. The pilot said we'd have several times where we might hit turbulence, and I kept listening for any sound that the plane made that wasn't normal. From creaks to grinds, to roaring to whistling. It was all there, but apparently NORMAL. Jose laughed at me. Until I told him he'd be driving a rental car home to Maine from Detroit if he kept it up. Deja, my 6 yr old held my hand and said "Don't cry, Mommy. It's ok." and seemed happy with all the ups and downs. I finally had to close my eyes when they hit, and imagine my husband driving his Rodeo on a dirt road, and the bumps I was feeling were from him hitting some potholes.
But then, due to nerves and the 20 oz. Diet Coke I'd finished at the airport-the inevitable happened. I had to go to the bathroom. Now on the way down, I did not move. Literally. After asking Jose at least a hundred times (well, not that much... but close) what the time was and calculating that I still had two hours to go, I realized my bladder was not going to make it. Now I could have gone and left a puddle on the floor. But I doubt the stewardesses would like that. So I had to make the difficult choice to stand up (in turbulence, no less) and go to the bathroom. I literally have watched too many scary movies-at takeoff, I think I am in the plane from Final Destination and during flight I am thinking I am in the plane in Flight of the Dead (zombie movie on a plane FYI). Now here I was going to the bathroom-a small, cramped area where I am thinking the dead are going to come up thru the floor and grab me. As I search the area for signs of zombie activity, I hit my elbow-hard-on the sink as I am bumped around in turbulence. I have never been in the bathroom on a plane. I don't know what this fascination about the mile high club is-but I can tell you I will never be a member. I can barely fit my own a$$ on the toilet without having to worry about someone else in there. Flushing was another nerve wracking experience. The loud sucking sound seemed to go on forever, and I had visions of being sucked down thru that toilet into the abyss. Let me tell you, I got the hell out of there without even washing my hands.
The flight in Detroit was in the evening, and somehow, I did a little better. I think it is because I can actually look out the window and not freak out, seeing how high up we are. I was fascinated by the lights, and this smaller plane flew at a lower altitude as well. Jose was relieved he did NOT have to drive home from Detroit. And my coworkers were relieved too-since we had gotten behind on our work due to my being out. So I have learned a few things from my flight: 1. My 6 yr old is braver than I am when flying.
2. Night flights are better for me due to not being able to see outdoors that well.
3. The evil dead will NOT pop out from behind the bathroom cupboards or through the floorboards and if I don't dream something horrible is going to happen before the flight, remember it during the flight AND see the grim reaper, then I don't have to worry about reaching my final destination. (at least not yet!)
4. Just in case, hubby had better have access to a rental car, Amtrak, or ground transportation. Because if anything in #3 above comes true, you can bet I will be traveling by land!