Thursday, December 31, 2009
Well it’s that time for another year to say good bye. What a year it has been. I did not have a lot going on this year. I celebrated my one year wedding anniversary with the most wonderful man ever. I became a mom to another beautiful Boston Terrier-Fred. I was laid off not once, but twice this year. My health remained decent. My father unfortunatly came down with the pneumonia but is doing good now. Mom had to have her knee replacement surgery. She was slow to recover but is doing much better.
My husband and I wasn’t able to travel much this year. We made a trip to Oklahoma in January and have been stuck in Kansas since. For Christmas, my mother bought my whole family (mom, dad, me, husband and my brothers family) airline tickets to Disney World! I’m so looking forward to that trip in April.
Many wonderful people said goodbye in 2009 this year. Patrick Swayze, Farrah Fawcett, Britany Murphy and Michal Jackson to name a few of the famous. A few new arrivals said hello this year too. Zachary, Jeffery and Parker!
I hope the New Year brings every one plenty of joy …. I wouldn’t mind if it would melt some of this snow too!
Mom and baby are both doing fine. I can't wait to spoil him!
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Happy Holidays everyon!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Well, I got word today that I am no longer needed at my part-time job. I knew in the begining it was seasonal, however my supervisor told us they were going to keep the part time night crew and not lay off after Christmas... Well my supervisor got to keep the girl she feels sorry for and let everyone else go. Some tears were shed because now I am completely jobless.
I went straight to the Library and started applying for jobs. Hopefully something turns out for me.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
"$1 off printable Rayovac coupon available!!!
Just type in the code 74016761 (copy & paste will not work) on the Rayovac Bonus site to access a PDF coupon.
Target still had tons of these batteries in their Dollar Spot last time I was there, so this is a great opportunity to stock up on batteries for the holidays.
Note that Rayovac has given permission for this coupon to be posted."
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Happy Holidays everyone!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
They are accepting applications so my husband and I are filling that out in hopes that they will be able to help us find his biological mother and answer some life long questions about his heritage. Possibly be able to be a part of her life as well. Wish us luck and keep us in your prayers that we get selected to be one of the thousands that will apply!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Well that all changed today. As I got to my Mom's house for Thanksgiving diner, she had the sale ads sprawled out across the table. So as I stood there talking to Mom, smelling the wonderful aroma of Turkey, those sale ads kept calling out my name. Before I knew it, I was at the dining room table browsing the ads.
Altho I already made up my mind not to go... Black Friday is like a tradition... right? I mean, I have to go... right? No one really likes breaking a tradition... right? I actually found a few things in the paper that I knew would make the perfect gift for a few family members. So much to my husbands protest, the alarm is set for 4:15 am and our first stop is Walmart! He went with me last year and witnessed a couple of fights breaking out in the TV section at Walmart. I hope that doesnt happen this year!
Plan of Action:
Walmart, Old Navy, Bass Pro and Half Price Books.
I hope everyone who ventures out tomorrow has a safe and fun Black Friday!!
I can't wait for today. Turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce! Grandpa is visiting, Annual House Lighting, and Danny and I are getting our picture taken with Santa Claus!!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Hmm... well I will start by saying that I finally went to the eye doctor and got contacts! They are great! I was a big squimish when it came to putting them in and taking them out. "Just reach in and squeeze" is what the lady said... the thought of squeezing my eyeball sent my stomach flipping. I have to send a huge thank you out to Wendy for teaching me her little trick on taking them out. It's so much easier then squeezing! My husband also has to wear glasses now. He is grumpy because now he feels old. Nothing about his glasses says 'old'. They are very attractive on him. Cute simple wire frame from Fossil.
I also have finished 2 more books. Both by J.D. Robb. I can't help it, I'm addicted to that series! I finished off Glory in Death and Immortal in Death. Both books just kept me hanging on. I'm not good at book reviews, I feel they give away a lot of the story. Especially with this series, it's all about a homicide detective named Eve Dallas solving crime. It is a romance mystery so it also mentions her husband Roarke and their relationships. I recommend the series.. actually that's the other reason I'm at the library. I coudln't find the next book in the series "Rapture in Death" at any of the local book stores!
No new job leads yet. I've been slowly looking. I still have my part time job at the toy store. I like it. Very easy and great co-workers. I have to go to a baby shower tomorrow for my friend Kristin. She is 8 months prego and due the first week of Jan. She is going to name her little boy Parker James. Very cute. I've already spoiled the little guy and he isn't even here yet!
Is everyone ready for the holidays? It's so hard to believe Thanksgiving is less then a week away. I'm so ready for some turkey and cranberry sauce. Then comes the mad rush of "Black Friday". I don't think I will venture out this year. I am pretty much done with my christmas shopping.
Well my time at the library is just about up, so I'll sign off. (It's so nice to use fast internet!)
Have a safe weekend!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
It's "sweet supplies for inspired bakers". They have some cute things to "cuten' up the everyday cupcake liner or snack suitcase!.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that grows in one or both of the breasts. Breast cancer usually develops in the ducts or lobules, also known as the milk-producing areas of the breast.
Types of breast cancer
There are several different types of breast cancer that can be divided into two main categories - noninvasive cancers and invasive cancers. Noninvasive cancer may also be called "carcinoma in situ." Noninvasive breast cancers are confined to the ducts or lobules and they do not spread to surrounding tissues. The two types of noninvasive breast cancers are ductal carcinoma in situ (referred to as DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (referred to as LCIS).
It is known that hormones in a woman's body, such as estrogen and progesterone, can play a role in the development of breast cancer. In breast cancer, estrogen causes a doubling of cancer cells every 36 hours. The growing tumor needs to increase its blood supply to provide food and oxygen. Progesterone seems to cause stromal cells (the woman's own cells to send out signals for more blood supply to feed the tumor. (Source: Dr. V. Craig Jordan, vice president and scientific director for the medical science division at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia as quoted in NY Times, Hormones And Cancer: By Gina Kolata, Published: December 26, 2006)
Non-invasive breast cancer. The majority of non-invasive breast cancers are DCIS. In DCIS, the cancer cells are found only in the milk duct of the breast. If DCIS is not treated, it may progress to invasive cancer.
In LCIS, the abnormal cells are found only in the lobules of the breast. Unlike DCIS, LCIS is not considered to be a cancer. It is more like a warning sign of increased risk of developing an invasive breast cancer in the same or opposite breast. While LCIS is a risk factor for invasive cancer, it doesn't actually develop into invasive breast cancer in many women.
Invasive breast cancer. Invasive or infiltrating breast cancers penetrate through normal breast tissue (such as the ducts and lobules) and invade surrounding areas. They are more serious than noninvasive cancers because they can spread to other parts of the body, such as the bones, liver, lungs, and brain.
There are several kinds of invasive breast cancers. The most common type is invasive ductal carcinoma, which appears in the ducts and accounts for about 80 percent of all breast cancer cases. There are differences in the various types of invasive breast cancer, but the treatment options are similar for all of them.
Not all breast cancers are alike - there are different stages of breast cancer based on the size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread. For doctor and patient, knowing the stage of breast cancer is the most important factor in choosing among treatment options. Doctors use a physical exam, biopsy, and other tests to determine breast cancer stage.
Stages of Breast Cancer
The most common system used to describe the stages of breast cancer is the AJCC/TNM (American Joint Committee on Cancer/Tumor-Nodes-Metastases) system. This system takes into account the tumor size and spread, whether the cancer has spread to lymph nodes, and whether it has spread to distant organs (metastasis).
All of this information is then combined in a process called stage grouping. The stage is expressed as a Roman numeral. After stage 0 (carcinoma in situ), the other stages are I through IV (1-4). Some of the stages are further sub-divided using the letters A, B, and C. In general, the lower the number, the less the cancer has spread. A higher number, such as stage IV (4), means a more advanced cancer.
These are the stages of breast cancer:
Stage 0 - Stage 0 is carcinoma in situ, early stage cancer that is confined to the ducts or the lobules, depending on where it started. It has not gone into the tissues in the breast nor spread to other organs in the body.
- Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): This is the most common type of noninvasive breast cancer, when abnormal cells are in the lining of a duct. DCIS is also called intraductal carcinoma. DCIS sometimes becomes invasive cancer if not treated.
- Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS): This condition begins in the milk-making glands but does not go through the wall of the lobules. LCIS seldom becomes invasive cancer; however, having LCIS in one breast increases the risk of cancer for both breasts.
Stage I - Stage I is an early stage of invasive breast cancer. In Stage I, cancer cells have not spread beyond the breast and the tumor is no more than 2 centimeters (three-quarters of an inch) across.
Stage II - Stage II is one of the following:
The tumor in the breast is no more than 2 centimeters (three-quarters of an inch) across. The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes under the arm.
The tumor is between 2 and 5 centimeters (three-quarters of an inch to 2 inches). The cancer may have spread to the lymph nodes under the arm.
The tumor is larger than 5 centimeters (2 inches). The cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes under the arm.
Stage III - Stage III may be a large tumor, but the cancer has not spread beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes. It is locally advanced cancer.
Stage IIIA - Stage IIIA is one of the following:
The tumor in the breast is smaller than 5 centimeters (2 inches). The cancer has spread to underarm lymph nodes that are attached to each other or to other structures.
The tumor is more than 5 centimeters across. The cancer has spread to the underarm lymph nodes.
Stage IIIB - Stage IIIB is one of the following:
The tumor has grown into the chest wall or the skin of the breast.
The cancer has spread to lymph nodes behind the breastbone.
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare type of Stage IIIB breast cancer. The breast looks red and swollen because cancer cells block the lymph vessels in the skin of the breast.
Stage IIIC - Stage IIIC is a tumor of any size. It has spread in one of the following ways:
The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes behind the breastbone and under the arm.
The cancer has spread to the lymph nodes under or above the collarbone.
Stage IV - Stage IV is distant metastatic cancer. The cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Recurrent cancer - Recurrent cancer is cancer that has come back (recurred) after a period of time when it could not be detected. It may recur locally in the breast or chest wall as another primary cancer, or it may recur in any other part of the body, such as the bone, liver, or lungs, which is generally referred to as metastatic cancer.
One of the earliest signs of breast cancer can be an abnormality that shows up on a mammogram before it can be felt. The most common signs of breast cancer are a lump in the breast; abnormal thickening of the breast; or a change in the shape or color of the breast. Finding a lump or change in your breast does not necessarily mean you have breast cancer. Additional changes that may also be signs of breast cancer include:
- Any new, hard lump or thickening in any part of the breast
- Change in breast size or shape
- Dimpling or puckering of the skin
- Swelling, redness or warmth that does not go away
- Pain in one spot that does not vary with your monthly cycle
- Pulling in of the nipple
- Nipple discharge that starts suddenly and appears only in one breast
- An itchy, sore or scaling area on one nipple
- Obtain regular mammography screening starting at the age of 40
- Obtain annual clinical breast exams
- Perform monthly breast-self exams starting at age 20
- Obtain a risk assessment from a physician
*this information was provided by www.nbcam.org *
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I'm a staffing recrutier and finding people jobs is my job. You'd think that in the industry that I'm in, I would be good at interviewing and writing a resume... well I'm good at telling people how to interview, just not good at taking the advice!
Today's interview was over the phone, since this is the first one in eight years, I was nervous... and it showed. I spoke quickly in my answers. I was unsure if what I was answering was the right thing to say. My allergies were acting up, so I had a stuffy nose. And to make things worse, over 500 people applied for this job. Part of me thinks I'm just over reacting and the other part wants to cry. This is a fantastic opportunity and I feel like I let it slip through my fingertips.
We will find out in two weeks if I get call back for a 2nd interview. **keeping my fingers crossed**
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Please enjoy this coupon for $10 off Junior Fashions at Sears. I plan on passing my coupon to Tyesha and Wendy at work, I can't think of anyone else who may be able to use it in my family.
To print your coupon go here: http://www.sears.com/ue/clth/link_jrfashion_coupon.pdf
or use code 17SEARSAPPAREL
Thursday, September 10, 2009
7 cans diet caff free coke - (gladstone)
Place to dump - (Blue Springs)
Free tree limbs!! - (Grain Valley, Mo) pic
Still some thing on curb - (BELTON)
I cut a tree down come take it away - (Olathe)
Corn Cobs - (SKC/GV)
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
#19. On September 7th, I purchased a slightly used dryer from my friend Nancy. Our old dryer was so horrible that we had to cycle it twice on the maximum minutes allowed to dry one small load. I'm sure it was also costing us a lot on our electric bill. The new one drys in 30 minutes!
#33. I have been working with Jack on a new trick, and he finally has caught on! I was so excited when he shook my hand for the first time! He got double treats that day. We've been practicing daily and it's paid off. Way to go my baby Jack!
#49. Is being substituted, I am being laid off so that goal becomes unrealistic for me to reach, so I added #49a - Find a Permanent Job.
I've been accomplishing my daily, monthly and weekly goals as well, and I just finished my first book.
I spent Saturday running errands and doing a little shopping. I was able to purchase two wedding shower gifts, part of a baby shower gift, 2 pool rafts (for a $1 at TJ MAXX) a new out fit for Danny for our vacation - for under $10 (Gotta love Kohl's!) and treats for Jack!
Sunday, I experienced Pizza Shoppe and their "Pink Stuff" salad dressing with Nancy and Marie. (Thank you Nancy for Lunch, you didn't have too) And spent the afternoon with Marie looking for a new craft project/hobby. We ran across Pottery Playland, which seems to be a fun idea, and can be part of "make my own pottery" on my 101 list, however all you do at Pottery Playland is paint the already made pottery. I'm not sure that counts as make your own pottery..? Then we went to a couple different Michael's. I was able to come up with an inexpensive -do it yourself- present for the Aunts and possible my grandparents. Money is going to be very tight for me and my husband this holiday season, so I'm trying to knock out as much as I can while I still have a few extra $$$ to spend. Michael's sales these adorable mini bread loaves that are ceramic and seasonally decorated and colored. Now I just need to practice making bread. Does anyone have a good recipe?
With the mentioning of holiday season, that means I first must survive "Birthday Season". What is Birthday Season? Well my friends... Birthday Season is two weeks away and starts with my niece Adrieanne the end of September, everyone else's birthdays fall in the month of October and it ends with my Father the first part of November. Then 2 weeks to stop and breathe and it's Holiday season. :) My Mom, Danny, and Braydon are the only ones who have birthdays outside of "birthday season". And during this years birthday season, I have 2 bridal showers and 2 weddings to attend.
So now we are at Monday, Lazy Monday. I went to my Cousin's bridal shower. It was a good time, the weather was perfect for an outdoor shower. Her fiance is Native American and they served Indian Tacos, which were very yummy. My husband was very jealous when I told him what I got to eat. We played games, I was able to win one.. yay! I received a good smelling "cherry" scented candle and a CD of Brule'. Brule' is a Native American band that my cousin's fiance plays in. If you have a moment, go check out their site and music, it's very fascinating.
After the shower I had to stop by Walmart and pick up some cat food... why I just couldn't remember when I was out Saturday or Sunday.. While I was there, I couldn't help but notice all the Clearance Stickers! *i'm addicted to Clearance Stickers!* I was able to pick Danny up 2 tops for $2 bucks (he ruins shirts so quickly at his job, $2 was a steal!) I got my niece a Bikini for $3 and a cute shirt for $3. I think I'll save the Bikini for Christmas (we are going on vacation soon and I planned on getting the kids items they can use on vacation.. other words I would never dream of getting her a bikini for Christmas lol) I think that was about it for me.
Wow what a bunch of rambling! Anyway, I hope everyone had a good weekend!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This news was very upsetting to me, I seen it coming for a long time, but honestly thought the company was starting to do better. I am glad I received notice and wasn't just kicked right out the door. I've been here for eight years.. eight long years, and honestly I'm not sure how I made it that long. A new Owner came in two years ago and things got much better (working wise). Unfortunately, the economy slipped and so did my company. When corporations aren't hiring, they surely aren't going to use a Placement/Staffing company for hiring.
Bad news is most places want someone with a degree. I talk to my friends and they feel that their degree is just a very expensive piece of paper. Other down side of this is the money companies are paying. It's like starting all over again.. at the bottom... especially with out that $50k piece of paper.
I am thankful that I was able to pick up a part time job with the toy company. That will help out some. Some is better then none right?
So back to my song... "Take this job and shove it, I ain't working here no more"... does anyone else find it hard to focus and produce work when they know it's for someone else's benefit? Every candidate I find and get a job, I get nothing from it. So I find it very hard to sit here and work when I know I'm getting the axe soon... So... If anyone in the KC area is hiring... I'm right here!!
Monday, August 31, 2009
(CROCS logo courtesy of www.crocs.com)
Buy one pair of CROCS get one pair free (on discontinued styles).... (it gets better)
Plus Free Shipping! (oh i'm not done yet!)
Use code SLC8797 and get an additional 25% off your order!
Better hurry, they'll go fast! I just ordered me and my mom a pair of the flip flops and paid only $17!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I'm feeling good today. For the first time in probably 8 months, the Sprint bill is caught up and paid on time!! The Money situation is getting better. I guess all I needed was for Mom to point out the obvious, I shop and eat out way to much!
Oh, a Catherine's Coupon for you. I some how missed this in my e-mail box, but it still has a few days left! $15 off of $25 in store or online (use code 777000449).
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I read her ideas on the project and thought to myself that I needed something like that to help me get my life in order, something to help guide me and keep me focused and get things done. I tried keeping my 101 items reasonable and doable for me. It took me about a week to come up with 101 things. I could have easily made a list in about an hour, but money comes into play and the lack of free time for me and my husband/family. A few items on my list are simple, a few make me question my thinking and a couple things may be a big challenge, but I do hope they all get completed.
Click here to learn more about this project.
Day one: August 19, 2009
Day one thousand and one: May 16, 2012
(click here to figure out your 1001 days)
Here is my list:
Family & Marriage
2. Date night with Danny once a month (7/33)
3. Kiss Danny every day (41/1001)
4. Cook a Candlelight dinner for Danny on our 2nd wedding anniversary
6. Have a picnic with Danny
Hitting the Road
8. Travel to 4 cities for a get a way (0/4)
9. Mardi Gras in St Louis or New Orleans
10. Go to Grandpa’s once a year (2/3)
11. Visit Joe & Family in Arizona
money, money, Money, MONEY
12. Deposit $$ into savings account after every paycheck (6/146)
13. Pay off Danny's Mazuma debt
16. Pay off Credit Cards (6/8)
17. Pay back Mom
18. Buy a sewing Machine
21. Pay off Medical Bills (1/4)
22. Buy a headstone for Danny’s Parents
23. Repair Windshield Crack on Danny’s car
Caring is Sharing
25. Donate money to the Homeless Animals every time I visit Pet Smart (20)
26. Donate toys every year to Toys for Tots (0/2)
27. Donate food every year to Harvesters (1/2)
28. Participate in the Angel Tree Program every year (1/2)
29. Donate my clothes to shelter or Big Brothers/Big Sisters once a year (1/3)
30. Donate Danny’s clothes to shelter or Big Brothers/Big Sisters once a year (1/3)
31. Send a Soldier a care package
32. Potty Train Jack
34. Take Jack for a weekly walk (4/146)
It’s all about Me!
35. Lose 101 pounds
36. Change all my Maiden Name things to my Married Name
39. Watch the Boston Red Sox play against the Royals
40. Buy a Coach Purse
41. One “Tonya” day a month (7/33)
42. Whiten teeth every other month (3/16)
43. Pamper feet 3x a week (4/146)
It’s for the best
44. Walk 101 miles (3/101)
45. Walk 1 mile at a steady pace
46. Go to the dentist 2x a year (0/4)
48. Go one month and only buy the necessities (food, gas etc.)
50. Take only healthy snacks to work 1 week a month (3/66)
51. Lay out Clothes for work 3x a week, every month (3/33)
52. No flip flops for one week during the summer (1/3)
53. Food Journal for one month
54. Learn to Hem Pants
56. Drink only water for one month
57. No soda for one month
58. No eating out one week a month (2/33)
59. Try a chocolate Martini
60. Attend a Native American Festival
61. Try 10 new restaurants (2/10)
1. Granny's Fried Chicken (by the Legends)
2. Five Guys Burger & Fries
62. Visit Charlotte's Grave once a year (2/3)
65. Scrapbook older pictures
66. Put all extra pictures into an Album
67. Put Honeymoon Scrapbook pages into an album
68. Bake & Gift Holiday Cookies to friends and family
71. Buy one lotto ticket a month (9/33)
72. Go to Movie Theater twice a year (1/6)
1. New Moon
73. Email friends once a month (7/33)
74. Take a picture of a Tornado
75. Make my own Pottery
76. Read one new book a month (7/33)
1. Judgement in Death 2. Naked in Death 3. Glory in Death 4. Immortal in Death 5. Naughty Neighbor 6. Twilight 7. Are you Ready -Bob Harper
77. Participate in the 100 words Photo project (2/100)
78. Learn to knit
79. Go to church every Sunday for one month
Around KC80. Go to the Zoo
81. Go to the Planetarium
82. Go to 3 local museums (0/3)
84. Take a carriage ride on the Plaza
Lets get it together!
86. Organize the Scrapbook area
87. Organize Kitchen Cabinets
88. Organize Closet
89. Turn spare bedroom into a “bedroom/office” instead of a storage room
90. Switch Couches
91. Clean Jeep once a month (8/33)
92. Update information on Passport
In the Kitchen
94. Put together Recipe Book
95. Learn to make a pie
96. Make a cheesecake
97. Take a cake decorating class
98. Plan out Dinner meals for one week, every month (4/33)
99. Try one new recipe a month (4/33)
The 101 List
100. Save $5 for every item completed (5/101)
Friday, August 14, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Danny and I stayed the night on Thursday at the Ameristar casino on Thursday. We had a nice evening. Checking out on Friday morning we got to see/meet Alice Cooper. I was too shy to ask for a photograph or autograph tho! I've been kicking myself in the butt ever since.
I love you Danny! Happy 1st Anniversary!
PS. mom is out of the hospital (what a great anniversary gift!) She went in earlier this week for knee replacement surgery and was released today. knee is still sore but she'll get better!
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
I was in tears watching this show. I am a a Plus Size woman, but according to this TV show, I must be a freaking Plus Size WHALE.
I was glad to see a show that had bigger women on it. But even "their" big women were small compared to me. I would consider 85% of those girls to be chunky. I told my husband I bet not one woman would be over 250. Im sorry but when you're 5'10 and 175 pounds, you aren't fat. Try being my size! And all these stories about them never having dates was so hard to believe. All the girls were pretty, and thank god most had tummies and a few rolls. But all the big girls I know would not show up wearing a TIGHT form fitting dress or let half their back show and arms.
The average girl was around 5'6 and 180-220. The biggest girl on the show was 5'10 and 275 pounds. I was so excited when a girl was over 250.... But did she get picked to continue? NO! The stupid guy, Luke - who is 6'3 and 330) picked all the "Skinny" fat girls. So it goes to show, he may like curvy, but he doesn't like fat. Ugh!
I guess I'm just so "large" that I was hoping to see "Bigger" women on there. Did anyone else watch the show?
Where do I begin... I've tried keeping up with Website Wednesday and Friday's Fabulous Find, but I've been slacking lately. I think I'm going to retire my Wednesday and Friday themes. No worries, if I run across any fabulous finds I will definitely share them with you!
I know some of this has already been blogged, About 2 months ago my company had to reduce my hours to part time. That's a huge hit to my family. My husband and I started making cuts where we could. We reduced our car insurance, we cleaned out the storage unit (and now all that junk is stored in our little 2 bedroom apartment!) and we've reduced our cell phone service to a minimum. We use dial up internet and we don't have cable. We should be OK right?... wrong. When I get depressed I eat and shop. Well eating isn't good when you are as big as me and shopping is the worse thing to do when you have no money! I know there are people out there a lot worse off, and I am very thankful for what we do have, especially the jobs and dependable car and a roof over our head. It's just something I'm not use to and am struggling with.
So, I went and got a part time job. It doesn't pay well and it's 20 minutes away, but I've been looking for a part time (or even a new full time) job since May. This was the only offer so I wasn't going to let it slip away. I started last week. I am an Order Entry Specialist for a Toy Company. So far things are good. I finished my training on Friday and the group I work with is a lot of fun. I just can't wait for the pay check! My husband and I need it so bad.
Does anyone have any tips or ideas on how to manage money and budget? I am horrible at it. I have a budget, but if I have $2 dollars I'm going to spend it. Mom suggested putting our debit cards away. Our credit cards are maxed, so using them isn't an issue. I break down into tears because living paycheck to paycheck isn't fun. Heck, we don't even make it paycheck to paycheck, it's more like paycheck to Wednesday!
Things will get better, they have too. It's not an option.
Danny & I celebrate our 1 year anniversary next week and I can't even afford a gift. Talk about sucking. That one year is such a big milestone and so important. We have a free night stay at the casino, but that seems dangerous to me. I am not one to just toss my money away, but those flashy lights and cha-chinging sounds of the machines just tempt me. So even tho the hotel is free, I'm sure it would cost us in the end. Any ideas on what I can do for my husband for our one year?
I think I'm done rambling for now, I plan on posting a blog on the new show "More to Love" later on today, if time allows.
Have a good Wednesday everyone!!
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Bath & Body Works anyone? How about a coupon for a free sanitizer with any purchase? Here ya go! But hurry, It expires 7-5-09!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
My husband and I like to dine out and we have those few favorite menu items that we love and wish we could make at home, like TGI Friday's Jack Daniel Glaze or Red Lobster Biscuits! My husband stumbled over this website and I thought I'd share. www.copykat.com has a TON of recipes, including my Jack Daniel Glaze and Biscuits! It also has a lot of the restaurant recipes, a lot of other great recipes and discussion boards. I think it's a good site to stick into your favorites. I know we are going to try a few of our favorite recipes at home now and hopefully save a little money too!
Friday, June 26, 2009
TGIF! What a sad week in the entertainment industry. Ed, Farrah and Michael. Michael was my Elvis. I'm still in shock. I know the man got creepy, and was "accused" of child molestation, but the man was talented. That's what we need to remember, how he could write, sing and dance. Radio stations have been playing blocks of Michael Music. He has soooo many great songs!! I said it yesterday, he will be missed, but never forgotten. RIP Michael.
On to Friday's Fabulous Find.
No coupon needed for this great deal. Gap is having a sale on jeans. Selected Regular priced $49.50-$69.50 are on sale for $19.99! You can't hardly buy jeans for that price anymore! This sale is in store only.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
During these hard economic times, I've made a promise to myself to save money. So in my efforts to save me money, I am passing onto you the websites that I find in hopes that it may help you too.
Another Great website that gives out coupons and freebie offers. Who doesn't like free?!?!
Monday, June 22, 2009
98 for the high with a heat index of 107! Sizzling!
When it's 82 degrees when you wake up and you are sweaty getting out of the shower... you know the day is going to be blah.
I ran out the door and decided to hit up McDonald's for a ice tea and maybe a biscuit... well I am notorious for never carrying cash, I debit card everything I buy, yes even the $1.00 tea. Well today, McDonald's decides to accept cash only. At first I was like you've got to be kidding me, I've sat in this drive thru line 10 minutes! Put out some signs! Then I decided that it's for my own health and went to work. For those who know me, you know that when this chubafata girl doesn't get food, she gets cranky.... :)
More Monday for you, 7:30 am. My computer at work decides to not work! I don't know what it is, but it just randomly decides to dye on me about once-twice a week. I swear the Computer Guy has it bugged just so he can make money! But as you can see, finally up and running by 10:00.
Headlines: 25 worst neighborhoods in the US. What's that? #8 is Kansas City, MO? No surprise to this girl. Oh and #6?! Every day I turn on the news just to hear who was shot, stabbed or beaten. What I find interesting is the study shows what your chances of becoming a victim are. The #6 KCMO Neighborhood of 64128/64127 is 1 out of 7! And the #8 KCMO neighborhood of 64110 is 1 out of 8! I don't like those chances! The #1 city is Cincinnati, OH 45210/45214.
Click here if you'd like to see if you're neighborhood is in the top 25.
I hope everyone had a good weekend and is having a good Monday!
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I've been really busy the past few weeks and haven't had much time to research any 'new' websites, so I thought I'd toss one that my friend uses a lot. Most of you probably have heard of this site or even received info from it, but I couldn't think of anything else to use today... so today's site is Evite! www.evite.com
Evite lets you send out Party invitations and announcements. They have several themes to choose from. They also offer party tips and planning ideas. My friend Leslie uses this for almost every event she's hosted and gets great response from it. I've also recently received baby shower invitations through Evite! It's a great way to save on postage stamps, just be sure that everyone is expecting it to come e-mail.
Have a happy Wednesday!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
OK, back to the website. Sometimes I get to rambling and lose focus of what I was talking about. http://www.dealseekingmom.com/ is a blog that tells you tips and tricks and secrets to the good deals! For Instance, Old Navy is doing a coupon website where you have to click and find coupons. Well she was lucky and snagged the Save $75 off of $100 coupon! (I couldn't begin to imagine the damage I could do at old navy with that coupon.) She gave the location of it.. and well my friends... there are no more of those fantastic coupons left. There are a few not so greats out there, like save $10 off of $50 and so on. She also tells you how to "stack" your coupons and things like that and lets you know when stores offer double and even triple coupon days! Check it out! Hope this helps you all save a few dollars during this hard economic time!
Monday, June 8, 2009
How was everyones weekend?
Mine was OK...
Thursday - Danny & I took the Nieces and Nephew fishing. We didn't catch anything worth keeping... After we took the kids back to my brother, Danny and I went to the lake to do some more fishing. I caught a bass, too small to keep. It was nice out, warm breeze, we were enjoying the late afternoon together... and then out of nowhere... I see what appears to be a snake swimming in the lake... I start to panic... I HATE snakes. Danny confirms it is a snake. Just then, the snake must have smelled my fear and decided he needed to swim to us. I reeled in my pole, grabbed my chair and ran to the car. It seemed like it took Danny forever to get to the car, once he did he just starts busting out laughing. I for the life of me had no clue what was so funny. He continues to laugh and say he's never seen me move so quick in his life, he swears my feet didn't touch the ground. :) I typically move at the pace of a turtle. That was the end of our fishing for Thursday.
Friday - I'm drawing a blank as to what I did...
Saturday - I watched my nephews and nieces fish at a local fishing derby. They didn't catch enough to win but they had a good time. There were so many people out there. I think this was the biggest turn out yet. We set up our chairs and the kids fishing stuff, we are enjoying watching all the kids and families. Just then Dad said, there is a snake swimming by Chez's bobber. You could see the fear in my eyes and see the panic crawling through my skin... it swims right up to the bank by the kids. I'm telling the kids to get back while my sister n law thinks she can catch it! No No No! Finally the snake swims off and we enjoy the rest of the afternoon. I just hate snakes. Saturday evening my husband wants to go fishing after work, this time, a turtle wouldn't stop attacking my bait and bobber. no matter where I would cast my pole, the turtle slowly made his way to my bait/bobber. Not a fun evening of fishing. My idea of fishing is catching fish! Not running from snakes and turtles!
Sunday - the air conditioner is out in the apartment. I didn't do anything but park my butt with the dog in front of the fan. Man was it hot. The dog even got sick it was so hot in there. Thank goodness for the thunderstorms that rolled in and cooled us off about 30 degrees!
OK I'm done rambling... I hope all had a good weekend!
Friday, June 5, 2009
The coupon is good for $10 off your purchase of $25 and expires 7/31/09.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Vicki has a great Blog over at http://ilratb.blogspot.com/ - Marie you would like her blog, lots of book reviews. I need to start reading a few of them when I find a spare moment!
Thanks Again Vicki!
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
As you all know, I am a huge fan of Kristin Steede from the Biggest Loser 7. I never was much into that show until season 7. They actually had females my size on there! My husband and I both found Kristin and Filipe to be our favorites. I was amazed with Kristin in so many ways. Here she was, my size woman, her weight was in the way of her having a baby, I related to her on so many levels. I watched her change her life every week.
So, as you guessed it, today's website is http://www.kristinsteede.com/
Her site is new and still a work in progress. On her site, you can find her Biography, you can schedule Kristin to come speak to a group about her journey, and you can read her blog. Her blog is great, she has started giving her story of what it is like on the biggest loser ranch and what her work outs were like. I enjoy it, I think you will too.
Friday, May 29, 2009
I guess this coupon is good for those who don't get carsick reading on those long cross country trips, or those that like to soak up a few rays with a good book, or for those that like to read while they exercise... or those that just like to read. :)
Yes, Borders again. I guess Borders offers more then just books, there's Cd's, children's activity things, journals....
Here it is: 25% off one item. Expires May 31. Click here for the coupon!
Hopefully next week something better will come my way!
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Finally a website we can all use, and hopefully get some relief from. Not only do telemarketers bother you at home, during dinner or your favorite show.. and all day long... they now have the ability to call you on your cell phones! What a pain!
After my 5th call this week, I decided to look up the "No Call" information. Here is their webpage. (The NO CALL has been effective since Feb 2008, however I've moved and changed numbers and haven't been able to get my new # on the list yet) You can list up to 3 phone numbers online to be put on the list. They will send you a confirmation to your e-mail and that's it. You can also make complaints about telemarketers if they call you after the 31 days. How simple!
I can't wait for my 31 days to be up!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
After a afternoon of "bait" fishing, my brother fried up some fish and fixed the whole family a nice meal. Grandpa made the 3 hour trip to go fishing too! It was good to see my Grandpa. He's only 3 hours away, but work schedules are always so conflicting I hardly get to see him. He's such a character! You never know what he's gonna do next!