Thursday, December 31, 2009

Good Bye 2009!

Good Bye 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!

cheers!

Baby Parker

My friend Kristin was given a wonderful blessing this holiday season.  Her baby boy Parker was born on 12-30-09 at 10:47 pm.  He weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 21 inches long.  He is such a beautiful baby! 
Mom and baby are both doing fine.  I can't wait to spoil him!


Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas Blizzard

I was dreaming of a white christmas... not a blizzard!  I swear we have almost a foot of snow and it's still coming down.  I wasn't about to let it stop my christmas.  It took me and my husband over 45 minutes to unshovel the car.  snow drifts were high as my thighs.  A big thank you to our apartment complex maintenance man for helping us out!   I'll post pics soon!  Hope everyone had a merry christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Yankee Candle Coupon

Just in time for that last minute gift.  Yankee Candle is offering $10 off your purchase of $25!  Click here to get your coupon.  Coupon expires 1-16-10.  You can also use this coupon online with the code  N4KDFT.

Happy Holidays everyon!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Laid Off... again

I show up for work and my time card is missing... two of my good friends that are in my cubicle are missing too....  "Tonya I need to speak with you"...

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.

Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Restaurant Review

As part of my 101 list, I said I would try out new restaurants.  Well I was able to accomplish a new restaurant this week.  They built a new "Five Guys" close to our home and so we decided to give it a try.  We were not impressed with it at all.  We've heard people around town recommending the restaurant, however we found nothing to be recommending.  It was an average burger and fries.  The inside of the restaurant looked like the health department needed to pay it a visit.  The music was way loud, dirty tables, the floor was filthy and how is is sanitary to leave the sacks of potatoes lying in the dining area for people to touch and children to play on?  They also advertise "Best Bargain"  Im not sure about you but $18 for two drinks, two burgers and an order of fries isn't a Bargain to me.  I don't plan on going back to Five Guys.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Free Batteries!

What a great deal.. and just in time for the holidays!!   I found this on dealseekingmom.

http://www.rayovacbonus.com/EnterCode.aspx

"$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."

Sick Babies

I hate having sick babies.  Jack and Fred are both sick.  This is the second time to the vet's office this week.  We received some new medicine and a shot in both dogs.  I hope it works.  The  poor little guys aren't eating, they have a croupy cough, jack is vomiting and they have runny noses.  It just breaks my heart that my babies are sick.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Oprah Magazine

Tis the Season! Looking for a great gift for someone? How about the Oprah Magazine? Amazon is offering the magazine for $5.00! I'm not sure if it's my computer or blogger that is having some issues but i'm unable to link the page, but here is the website for you... hopefully copy and paste will work!! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00079RO7G?ie=UTF8&tag=deaseemom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00079RO7G

Happy Holidays everyone!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

New Addition!


My husband and I added a new addition to our family.  I would like everyone to meet Fred! Fred is a 8 week old Boston Terrier.  He is red and white.  He's full of life and energy!  Fred is my Christmas gift from my husband.  He's so adorable and loveable, I just cant help but squeeze him!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Find My Family"

Has anyone seen the new show on ABC called "Find My Family"?  I caught a sneekpeek of it last week and it almost brought me to tears.  This week was just the same.  The show is about individuals/families searching and finding their adopted or biological family.  I also think it's fantastic that the two hosts of the show were also adopted and can releate to the individuals on a personal level.

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

Black Friday or Bust!

So I told myself that I was not going out on Black Friday. I looked online at the ads and didn't find anything I needed. 

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!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick note to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

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

Hello From the Library!

Good Afternoon!  I decided to take a trip to the library today and use a fast internet!  I have been wanting to update my blog for so long... I've forgotten what I wanted to say!

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

Payless Shoe 50% OFF Coupon!

My friend Angela sent this to me today and I thought I would share with everyone.  Visit Oprah.com (or click here) to receive your Payless Coupon. You may also text "OPRAH SHOW" to number 242424 and receive the coupon code via text.  Just show the text message to the clerk to receive your discount. The coupon is good for 50% off your entire purchase in-store only and expires October 30th!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Bake it Pretty!

I was browsing the net the other day and came across this website.  http://www.bakeitpretty.com/
It's "sweet supplies for inspired bakers".  They have some cute things to "cuten' up the everyday cupcake liner or snack suitcase!. 

They sell party favors, candy, toppings, baskets, display towers and much much more!  I thought I may ive them a try the next time I need to add a litte "cute" to my cupcakes. 


sniff.. cough...moan... groan

I have the flu.... 

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy Birthday to ME!

Happy Birthday to me, Happy birthday to me!  Today I turn 31... and how am I spending my 31st birthday?... at the doctor's office with 102 fever.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Catching up...

Good Morning! Achoo!  This is my second week being sick. I'm ready for it to go away! I logged on to catch up on all the blogs i follow... and im slowly finding out that i need a faster internet to do this!!  So what have I missed the last few weeks!

I haven't been on much.  Probably because there isn't much going on with me. Birthday parties and soccer every weekend for the past month... I did go to a beautiful wedding on Saturday.  My good friend Lanee looked Amazing!

Congrats Ty & Lanee!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness



As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Kansas City is covered with fountains, and a neat thing that the city is doing is dying the water pink.

Hy-Vee also printed their grocery add in Pink this week.  (I'm a huge fan of pink, so I was excited to see it everywhere!)  I'd thought I'd share just a few tips and helpful info regarding breast cancer.

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
It is important for women to practice the elements of good breast health. It is suggested women:

  • 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
You can also obtain a free self breast exam card at Susan G. Koman website.
*this information was provided by www.nbcam.org *

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Job Interview

Today was my first job interview in 8 years.  I have a part time job and have been on interviews for it and others, however they basically just want to make sure you'll work the schedule and show up.  They don't ask technical questions and questions that will make you think. 

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** 

It's Begining to look a lot like Autumn...

....every where I go.


Oh I love this time of year!  It was a brisk 46 degrees this morning on my way to work.  I get to break out the long sleeves and sweaters.   Out of my 4th floor office window I get to admire the changing of the leaves.  And best of all... Pumpkins!
In celebration of this beautiful time of year, I treated myself to Starbucks... yep you guessed it... Pumpkin Spice.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Cards

So lately I've been trying some new ideas for cards.... However they all end up looking a like!  They are so simple compared to others I see.  Here are a few that I've recently made.  I need to figure out how to take a good picture of them!






Thursday, September 24, 2009

Eight Years

Wow, today is my 8th year at work.  8 years...  in celebration my boss bought me a breakfast sandwich from the deli.

Monday, September 21, 2009

$10 off Junior Fashions at Sears

Good Morning everyone!  However it doesn't look so much like morning here, we have one heck of a storm rolling through Kansas City and it's darker then dark outside.

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

Expires 11/14/09
Enjoy!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Craigslist

As I was browsing Craigslist for possible new job postings, I decided to amuse myself with the "Free Section".  I thought I'd share a few titles that really made me giggle!

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

101 list update!

I was able to accomplish a few more items on my list and wanted to share.

#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.

#76. I read "Judgment in Death" by Nora Roberts writing as J.D. Robb. I liked this book, to my surprise I read it in a week. Usually it takes me months to read a book. I believed they called it a "romance thriller?" I guess it was. There was romance and killing involved. At times the book was very detailed, a bit more detailed then what I was comfortable with reading it at my second job. I’m not big on book reviews because I feel they give away too much of the story line, but here is just a brief glimpse into the book.
The story is based in 2059, New York. A female Homicide detective by the name of Eve Dallas sets out to find a cop killer. The End. :) That’s all you get from me.
However I did enjoy the book, it kept me interested, and I plan to read more from the J.D. Robb "In Death" series.

A day of Rambling

Hello Tuesday!  I love long weekends and short work weeks!  How was everyone's weekend?  Do anything exciting or catch up on some much needed rest? 

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

"Take this job and shove it... I ain't working here no more"

Well... it's sorta like that.  Last Wednesday I got word that I will be getting laid off in September.  My boss hopes to keep me the whole month, but says she isn't for sure when my last day will be. 
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!

When my cousin Marie first started wearing CROCS, I thought they were the ugliest things in the world.. before long, my mom and I both caved in to the trend and bought a pair.  What is it with these things, the colors are bright and they make you look like you are wearing clown shoes... but they are oh so comfy.  Just about everyone has them these days, and now they've came out with an offer to hard to refuse.
(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

Walgreens $5 off $25

I heart Walgreens!  They always seem to have such great deals there!  Click here to get your coupon for $5 off of $25.  Valid August 26-29.  I think I'll use it and go get some pictures printed!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Another One Bites The Dust ...

What a perfect song to celebrate one less credit card bill!  Yes that's right, I was able to pay off  my NFM credit card. (woot woot)

Five more to go!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Happy Monday & Catherines Coupon!

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? Mine went way to quickly. I spent Saturday with my parents and had a great time. Sunday, I decided to take a few hours and get out of the apartment and do a little shopping. I hit up target, Michael's, and price chopper. Found some fantastic clearance deals at Michael's. $0.28 note cards and ribbon and all sorts of goodies!



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

My Day Zero Project : 101 in 1001

I learned about this project from one of my daily blogs "Heather Drive". If you haven't read or seen Heather's blog, I highly recommend it. I don't see how the girl does all that she does, but I do find her to be an inspiration.


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
1. Get pregnant & have a healthy Baby (I found out I was pregnant on 6-25-10 and had olivia 6 months later;13 weeks early on December 4, 2010)
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
5. Have our picture taken with Santa (completed 11/25/09)
6. Have a picnic with Danny
7. My entire family’s picture taken at Disney World (completed April 2010)

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
14. Buy a House (May 17, 2011)
15. Buy a Laptop (completed 12-25-09)
16. Pay off Credit Cards (6/8)
17. Pay back Mom
18. Buy a sewing Machine
19. Buy a better Dryer  (completed 9/6/09)
20. Buy a better Washer (august 2009.. Thanks mom!)
21. Pay off Medical Bills (1/4)
22. Buy a headstone for Danny’s Parents
23. Repair Windshield Crack on Danny’s car
24. Buy TV for bedroom (june 2011)

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

Jack
32. Potty Train Jack
33. Teach Jack a new trick (Completed 9/7/09 Taught jack how to Shake)
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
37. Get Contacts (completed 11/11/09)
38. Buy Designer Sunglasses (completed 9/12/09)
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)
47. No vending machine for one month (completed Month of October 2009)
48. Go one month and only buy the necessities (food, gas etc.)
49. Be on time to work 3x a week (1/146) since I was laid off, I am replacing this with:
49a. Find a Permanent Job (april 2010)
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
55. No craft stores for one month (completed the month of December 2009)
56. Drink only water for one month
57. No soda for one month
58. No eating out one week a month (2/33)

Enjoy Life
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)
63. Pass out Halloween Candy (completed 10-31-09)
64. Take Danny to Lunch at Cabella’s (completed some day in February 2010)
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
69. Take Mom & Dad out to dinner, just because (completed December 2009)
70. Surprise mom with Flowers (completed October 2009)
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)
83. Go to the Winery (Completed March 4, 2010)
84. Take a carriage ride on the Plaza

Lets get it together!
85. Organize the Bathroom (june 26, 2010)
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
93. Delete Twitter (completed 8/21/09)


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)
101. Inspire someone to make a 101 list (1/1)  (Completed 8/19/09)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Yankee Candle Coupon




Thanks Marie for sharing this coupon!
Take $15 off of your purchase of $45. Click here to get the in store coupon.
Online Orders use code XF908R3. Offer Expires 9-7-09.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

08-08-09

wow, it's been one year since danny and I tied the knot. What a wonderful day it was. I keep reflecting back on all the events that lead up to 08-08-08 and everything that happened on that day. Running late for pictures, the original flowers died, mom trying to hobble around on two bad knees, the tears, the stress, the dress... all to hear him say "I DO". Since we made it a year... does that mean we are no longer newlyweds?

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

Fabulous Find!


Hello Everyone! This coupon is for the Full Figured ladies. I have a coupon for Catherine's $15 off of $25! Click here to get the coupon! Hurry, it's valid August 5-8.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Walgreens Coupon!


15% off eligible store items and 20% off Walgreens brand items!!
Click here to print the coupon!



Thursday, July 30, 2009

love it!



Wow, Catherines has surprised me! Typically when I think of the store Catherines, I think of really out dated, out of style, clothes for someone maybe in their 70's. However this has won me over! (please pardon the picture being in two sections, for some reason when I saved the picture it was separating them) SO cute! It comes in sizes 1x-4x and is $98.00-$106. Click here for more info on this fabulous dress! If only I had a reason to buy it....
PS. use the code 7770002333 (online only) to save $10 off of $50!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Bachelorette

This post will be short and sweet....

I am so excited that Jillian picked Ed! They are so cute together! I hope they last!

"More to Love"

Ok, so I was excited for this show to start. I even posted a previous blog about casting calls for the show... But what a disappointment. http://www.fox.com/moretolove/

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?

Dont you think it's time to Update?

*big squeeze* oh I've missed you my little blog!

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

Friday's Fabulous Find!


Good Friday Morning!! I'll keep this short and sweet. Today's fabulous find is for petsmart! I have for you, a coupon for $5.00 a purchase of $25.00! This couldn't have came at a better time, I need to go buy more dog food!

Click here --->Coupon expires 7/25/09.


Thursday, July 2, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Find!... on Thursday!


Hello Everyone! I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July! I'm posting early because I have a busy weekend planned!

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

Website Wednesday!

Good Morning everyone! Happy Website Wednesday and happy 1st day of July!

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!

Enjoy!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Find!

I just realized this is my 102nd post! Yay!

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

Good Bye

Good Bye Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. You will be missed.



Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Website Wednesday!

I've been slacking on Website Wednesday.... I'm sorry.
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.

http://www.shop4freebies.com/

Another Great website that gives out coupons and freebie offers. Who doesn't like free?!?!

Happy Wednesday!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday Monday...

Good Morning Monday!

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

Friday's Fabulous Find!

Yay it's Friday!

Today I bring to you JoAnn Coupons! Unfortunately the first coupon was only good thru yesterday, but the last two are good for this weekend and through next week! They are good in store and on-line.


I also have a Bath & Body Works coupon for $10 off of $40! Click here to get your coupon! Expires June 21.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Website Wednesday!

Hello & Good Morning! It's Wednesday!

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

Friday's Fabulous Find!

Good Morning and Happy Friday!!
I've used this Fabulous Find once before, but I think it's a great deal!
TGI Fridays is offering their Buy One Get One Entree Free deal!
My husband and I have found out that our TGI Friday's returns the coupon to us so we get to use it more then once! So grab the girls or guys, and head on down for a great and cheap meal! Offer Expires 6-22-09

I'm off to my garage sale, I hope I can get rid of all this stuff I have!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Rain Rain go away...

I am so tired of all this rain!!!

Website Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday! I think everyone will be able to use today's website. I was very excited when AOL did a brief article on it. I am a pessimist, I can't help it. In my mind, I see the good in advertising all these great deals, but the pessimist in me can't help but want to scream at the news shows and AOL and places... (i guess I'm included in this category since I'm sharing it with you) that broadcast what great deals you can get. Even things for FREE! In my mind retailers are going to hear about this and start changing their policy and doing away with coupons when they realize how much money they could end up losing! Then we are all screwed in the end! It's OK for me to share, I have 7 followers! not a Zillion!

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

10 Months already???!!!

Wow can you believe that Danny & I have already been married 10 months?! This year is flying by! I remember this time last year I was going for my first dress fitting! Yay!

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!
Happy Monday!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Friday's Fabulous Find!

Good Morning and Happy Friday! This week sure has gone by fast! I haven't been finding very many deals lately that deserve the title "Fabulous". I give to you.. The Rain Forest Cafe! This weeks coupon is a good deal, if you live close to one. Unfortunately they shut the Kansas City location down. I called the "Landry's Restaurant's" customer service and said that local Kansas Citians can use their coupons at T-Rex Restaurant. I haven't verified this information with T-Rex but will definitely do so before I truck it up to the Legends.

Enjoy!!

The coupon is good for $10 off your purchase of $25 and expires 7/31/09.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

My First Blog Award

A big thank you to Vicki who gave me my very first Blog Award.

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

Website Wednesday!

Hello Everyone! I am so excited about today's website!!!


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

Friday's Fabulous Find!

Hello Everyone. I have to apologize in advance, I haven't had the time to research and find a "good" find for today. Work is super busy, at home my husband and I are trying to sort and re box and go thru boxes of junk and get ready for a garage sale.

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

Website Wednesday!

Happy Website Wednesday!!

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

Ice Cream Madness!

Who can help but be outside in this weather?! I know I keep saying how nice it's been, but I can't help it! It's been about 8o with the sun and a warm breeze. It's so perfect! (remind me of this in a month or two when I am refusing to go out side because I live in Kansas where the humidity makes it miserable to even get out of bed!)

Danny and I decided to go out for a little treat earlier this week. We'd been busy getting things ready for a garage sale and thought all our hard work deserved a reward. A chocolate dipped ice cream cone. Yummy. I just had to share a few pictures with you. I'm a sucker for Jack's puppy dog eyes when he begs... so i gave in and gave him the rest of my cone...Max even got a piece of the action.






Saturday, May 23, 2009

Fishing Fishing Fishing

Working 1/2 days has given me the joy of being able to spend more time with my husband and my family. This week was so nice we were able to go fishing all afternoon! We started off first by catching some tiny blue gill for bait.

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!
After dinner we headed out to the lake. Jimmy, Grandpa & Chez all went in the boat while Danny and I fished the bank. We had no luck on the bank, it was just too windy.
The poor little fish were sacrificed ... but look what they caught in the end!