Monday, July 27, 2009
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Sunday, July 26, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Myspace ~ At one point in time I was changing my background like crazy....adding friends..pimping my music player but then I discovered Facebook! I still have my page up and I still log in occassionally but I am now updating facebook from my blackberry daily.
Francie Billotti Wood and her three children in Middletown,MD ~just breaks my heart. I knew Francie from freecycle and she had shared some clothing with me once upon a time. My prayers are with the family and I hope they have peace. And since no one else is going to say it..I guess I will ~ Chris Wood - I don't care whether your job sucked ass or not. I don't care whether you were depressed and banging some whore on your many business trips. We can sit here and blame it on your antidepressants, your hard life, your recent job change..but in the end, there is no excuse for what you did. You didn't even give your children a chance to experience life...to fall in love...to dream of adventures..to have their own children. You beat them, you stabbed them, you shot them, you cut them...Chris, you were a pussy...not a man.
Monday, April 13, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
By choice this year we opted to have a very intimate Easter. Sometimes by doing things out of habit, a special moment becomes dulled by routine. We even made Kylie's Easter basket about 10 times smaller than usual. With only a few pieces of candy, one LPS bunny. a handmade doll to treasure for a lifetime, playdough and stickers...she was a happy camper. It was nice for once to not go overboard
I went to Martin's yesterday and got everything I needed for our quaint meal for $30. I did skimp on getting flowers for our table so Kylie and I decided to make our own. Using cardstock, glue, and straws we created flowers from tracing our hands.
Then we made the peach tart!
The ham turned out fantastic and I am sad to say that we were so hungry that we totally forgot to take pics of it. We used an amazing recipe found here . Kylie and I had so much fun slathering on the preserves and brown sugar. I got a 7 lb ham..the smallest one I could find which of course could have fed 3 more families. To say the least, we have mad amounts of leftovers which I shared with family. We put 2 cans of pineapple slices in the bottom of the roasting pan and then smeared the whole ham (and under the slices) pineapple preserves and peach preserves. To finish it off we covered the whole thing with packed on brown sugar. It was simply divine! After 1.5 hours, the ham was just falling off the bone!
We finished it off with warmed Peach tart with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream!
To end the day, we had an outdoor easter egg hunt where Kylie was the princess of the whole show!
Friday, April 10, 2009
1. To put out a grease fire, scatter baking soda over by the handful to extinquish flames.
2. Stash an open box of backing soda in the fridge to absorb odors (replace every two months).
3. Clean the dishwasher and coffeemaker by running an empty cycle with baking soda.
4. Add 1/2 cup baking soda to your bath for an at-home spa treatment.
5. Polish jewelry with a paste made of water and baking soda. It’s safe on both silver and gold.
6. Scatter baking soda in the kitty box, then add litter on top to keep smells to a minimum.
7. For instant relief from bug bites, sunburn and poison ivy, mix baking soda with a little water and apply it directly to the sore.
8. Make a fluffier omelet by adding 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for every three eggs.
9. Pour in one cup baking soda followed by one cup hot vinegar to quickly unclog the kitchen drain.
10. Fight dandruff by tabling the shampoo for a few weeks and massaging your wet scalp with a handful of baking soda instead.
11. Gargle with baking soda or use as a mouthwash.
12. Soak toothbrushes in a mixture of 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup water; let brushes stand overnight for a thorough cleaning.
13. Make DIY kitty litter; Mix a small box of baking soda with 3 inches of sandy clay.
14. Use baking soda to brush your pets’ teeth.
15. Scatter baking soda on icy sidewalks - it’s not as corrosive as salt.
16. Discourage weeds by sprinkling baking soda into the cracks on your driveway and walkways.
17. Surround Fido’s food bowls with baking soda to keep pests away.
18. Sprinkle baking soda on the sink and tub, and scrub with a sponge.
19. Have heartburn? Create an antacid by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda with 1/2 cup of water.
20. To clean a toilet, add 1/4 cup baking soda to the bowl, swirl, then scrub.
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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
We love this handmade bag my sister made for us! I have an infatuation with tote bags..I guess because of how handy they are. There's nothing like stuffing a tote bag with library books and going along on your merry way! My sister made this bag for Kylie and we think it totally ROCKS!
I received an awesome package from my sister yesterday full of fun goodies. She knows how I love Philosophy so each year I get a new yummy product. This one is Waffle Cone and I can't wait to use it. I also can't wait to use my reuseable shopping bag :) My sister is a raw foodie and the only thing I have really attached myself with that she makes are dehydrated strawberries. I love how they taste! She sent me a bag full of them and some strawberry fruit roll-ups she made. My sister loves me......
Sunday, April 5, 2009
For those of you out there that are struggling to make ends meet and you can't get a second job to do so....this article is for you. This ain't your momma's go make a lemonade stand and squeeze those lemons till your hands hurt article...and it's not going to tell you to be unethical and steal either. It's for real people who need real money really fast. And it all starts right in your own home. No need to buy anything....
1. REASSES YOUR BELONGINGS ~ Being a pat-rack is a disease...an illness and it's a sign of some pretty serious pyschological issues. Sure, your mother left you some family china and some beautiful quilts...totally understandable. BUT if you save everything little thing even if it's broken, out of date and hasn't been used in 5 years just because you can't let go of anything...that's a problem. What you need to ask yourself is: do I lose my house OR do I decide to lose things in my house that I could probably do without? Remember, we only THINK material things make us happy and if we are spiritually evolved, we will know the truth that they don't. When we die, we can't take our collection of cars with us and we can't take a closest full of clothes from 10 years ago that we are hoping we will one day fit into.
And let me say this....I know that getting rid of something to pay a credit card bill is just giving into the man or whatever else you might think but sadly, until you can be totally free of debt and own your house outright, you have to play their game. We ARE caught in a never-ending cycle of work, pay bills, shop and do it all over again but until you get out from under it, it will consume you entirely. This plan is for paying your bills and making extra cash to get out of the holes we are in..not for buying a big screen tv or putting a down payment on a car. THINK about how much longer you will be scrapping by to get those payments under control too. Trust me, I know first hand how this viscious cycle works and I don't want to play the game anymore.
If you are seriously starving and can't pay your bills, you need to sell your stuff. No questions, no hemming and hawwing. This starts with toys your children don't play with anymore, clothes you and your family can't fit into anymore, furniture that is taking up space in the basement, insane collections, ..anything. If you can LIVE without, sell it.
You clean this stuff up, photograph it with a camera (borrow one if you don't have one), and you post this stuff online. I prefer Craigslist.org as it's totally free. Ebay is another method however you need to research your items before you put them and see if they are selling. Ebay charges a fee but you don't have to pay it upfront which is good because you can take your profit and pay afterwards. Also, the buyer pays for shipping so other than packaging supplies which be obtained from the post office for free, there isn't much you need except pictures and a free Ebay account. There are also numerous yahoo groups for classifieds that you can sell on..you just need to research them online and sign up. They are free as well and you can reach a lot of local sellers that might become regular buyers. A little bit of googling and researching and you can have hundreds of dollars in one week. You can sell almost anything using any of these sites.
2. There are free websites out there that are legit ways to earn money. The only one I have had any success with personally is Treasure Trooper. I like the way the site is set up and they make it kind of fun. You can do small offers where you can earn money for surveys and such and then you can do trials which will earn you more money. From there, you can start referring other people to sign up. I spent a lot of time on this site last year and made quite a bit of money. It helped me pay some important bills. The only thing I recommend is writing down the dates of when to cancel the free trials as some of them might try to bill you afterwards. I never had this happen..it never cost me a penny for any of the money I got except I did spend $10 on business cards with my referral info on it. I then passed them around and left them in public places which was good because that $10 turned into over $300 without much effort.
So by this point, you will have a super clean house and will have sold almost everything you have to pay your bills. You will also have made some extra cash online at Treasure Trooper.
In the meantime, here are some other great resources for getting by until the money comes in.
Angel Food Ministries ~ provides food relief to those in need
Freecycle~ Get rid of and get things passed on from others in an effort to keep things out of the dump
Start Sampling ~ free samples
And on a last note, think of something you can offer to others. Do you know how to work on cars? Are you the cleanest person around who loves to make thing shine? Do you know how to sew? Use a skill you already have to make money. Off to help someone do something for a small fee. Advertise for free on Craigslist that you can repair small engines.....sell the baskets you have made but are sitting around collecting dust. Chances are, you have a valuable skill that you just aren't putting to use..NOW IS THE TIME!
Friday, April 3, 2009
My last trip to Weis ~ the girl said, "Thank you! You saved 99 cents today." Damn, I wasn't sure if I should do cart wheels or hug her! I mean...really 99 cents...holy shit! I even asked her to repeat the figure cuz I wasn't really sure I was comprehending the incredible savings...."99 cents" she repeated. Woo-hoo!
What's even better than that was the trip PRIOR to that one...the one where I waited in the customer service line for 15 mins to get my super special one of a kind club cards. Ya know, the one that gives me just orgasmic savings....the one that if I don't have, causes a massive mayday at the check out counter..sends everyone scurrying for a club card..to the point of even asking the person behind me in line if the cashier can use theirs just so I can save 99 cents~! My time waiting for you find the card isn't even worth 99 cents my friend....
So I finally check out and the cashier tells me..."thanks for shopping at weis. you saved 2 cents today." Like why even bother telling me this?? you should have a holding point....like you can't tell someone they saved unless they saved over $5. this DOES not make me want to be a Weis shopper. I am convinced they make money solely on people going OH crap..I forget something for dinner or potluck emergencies. not to mention, this store is open 24 hours so I am sure they get a lot of condom sales and whip-it cans flying off the shelves. I dunno who in their right mind would make a conscious decision to shop there. And this is just my personal opinion...I hope I don't offend anyone.
Back to Aldi's......I have really pleased for the most part. I have not had anything spoiled or anything like. I have just made a few purchases that didn't agree with my family's taste buds. Here is that list ~
Lumberjack smoked sausage ~ I was prompted to buy this from a very nice man with a whole row of gold teeth. he said he drove all the way from across town to buy this ONE thing. I think it was a combination of being blinded by his bling-bling and agreeing to buy for fear he would try to engage any further convo, but I politely said " oh sounds great..we will try them. thanks!" Us scorpio's are never blatently rude...only in our minds lol. These things are HUGE and I am sure to any single girl, they might conjure up nice "sausage" images but they weren't as tasty as I hoped they would be. Then again, I am no smoked sausage conniesour.
Kirkwood Teriakyi Chicken ~ My daughter and I made this meal together. In essence, all you do is microwave or heat up this frozen mix of chicken and this sauce however it was so much more than that. I made rice to go with it and some veggies...the front of the box looked sooo good. I heated it up in the microwave which was no biggie however what emerged looked NOTHING like the box. Even Ky said "uh mom, where's the chicken?" There were about 2 pieces of chicken in the whole thing and a strange thick sauce that was way darker than in the pics. It didn't even taste like teriakyi to them. Wasn't bad enough to return but we decided we wouldn't purchase it again.
Canned mushrooms ~ there were a no-go...take it from someone who knows canned mushrooms...not good at all.
I am halfway torn on their pre-made wings..we have the BBQ and the Buffalo...they are OK but probably not a fave of ours.
FAVE things thus far that I will continue to buy ~
butter, milk, eggs, cheese, sour cream, garlic, onions...basic staple items
granger beef crumble bag ~ we get about 3 meals out of one bag
kids snacks like fruit roll-ups, cookies
the frozen pb&j sandwiches..ky loves these
frozen veggies esp the green beans
we also like the line of fit (low-fat items) they carry
I walked my 2 miles in the pouring rain today. I told myself to think of it like "walking the dog." If the dog has to go out, you gotta go ~ rain, snow, ice...whatever the weather. Now I can officially cross "raining" off of my list of excuses. I didn't melt and it didn't even slow me down. I even have the soaking wet running shoes drying in my house to prove it.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
My foreign stamp magnets are being added to my etsy shop. These are a lot of fun...and I have sprinkled them from my mother's fridge, to Boston and back. I love these magnets and I think you will too. You can visit my shop to purchase them.
Have you seen this cover yet? I have to say I am insanely impressed with Family Circle this April. I get this magazine as a freebie from OLS but rarely ever read it. This month spiced things up totally for me. I am MADLY in love with the pastel cupcakes on the front. I am going to have to make some of these for the preschool at Easter time.
Also in this issue I found a fantastic burger recipe that I am dying to try (sans the bun)!
Southern Pimento Cheese Burgers
If the title alone doesn't conjour up dreamy smells of summer barbeques and ice cold margaritas..I dunno what will!
Makes: 4 servings Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 5 minutes
Cook: 22 minutes
View Nutrition Facts
* Pimento Cheese:
* 1 cup shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, at room temperature
* 1/3 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, at room temperature
* 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
* 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
* 2 ounces jarred diced pimento peppers, drained
* 1 tablespoon bread and butter pickle juice
* 1/2 tablespoon creamy horseradish sauce
* 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
* Honey Slaw:
* 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
* 1 tablespoon honey
* 1-1/4 cups shredded cabbage
* 8 slices thick-cut applewood smoked bacon
* 1-1/4 pounds ground chuck
* 1/4 pound cured and smoked country ham, finely chopped (or chopped in a food processor)
* 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 4 potato hamburger buns, split
* 1/2 cup crushed kettle-cooked potato chips
1. Heat oven to 375°.
2. Pimento Cheese: In a medium bowl, combine cheddar, Monterey Jack, mayonnaise, cream cheese, pimento peppers, pickle juice, horseradish sauce and mustard; mix until well-combined.
3. Honey Slaw: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, honey and cabbage; mix until well-combined.
4. Heat a 12-inch nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook 5 to 10 minutes or until crisp, flipping once. Drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Pour off almost all of the bacon fat from the pan, leaving a very thin layer.
5. Burgers: Combine the beef, country ham, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Handling the meat as little as possible to avoid compacting it, mix well. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions and form into patties to fit the buns.
6. Using the same grill pan, cook the hamburgers over medium-high heat for 8 to 12 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature registers 145° on an instant- read thermometer for medium-rare.
7. Meanwhile, place buns on a rack in the oven. Bake for 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly toasted.
8. Assembly suggestions: Spread a generous amount of Pimento Cheese on the cut sides of the buns. On each bun bottom, place a thin layer of Honey Slaw. Top the slaw with a burger, 2 slices of bacon and crushed potato chips. Add the bun tops. Place the completed hamburgers on a nonstick baking sheet and bake in the oven for 1 minute. Serve burgers on warm plates.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
I have never tried Malört and after this..I think I might just out of curiosity.
Check out this blog post which links you to a Flickr photo pool of people who drank Malört for the first time ~ this is fun stuff!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Scientific research shows beyond a doubt that wheat contains addictive substances.
There are opiates in wheat that equal 1nM (nanomole) of morphine. While 1nM is really just a trace, it's still pretty significant to the central nervous system. The amt is also from a trace of wheat so those opiates add up especially when you are eating loads of wheat products. These opiates give us a feeling of pleasure and well-being. When it's said that we eat to numb the pain, this wasn't far from the truth.
Wheat is also dependency-forming and the opioid peptides from wheat notably influence our hormonal functions.
Of course we all know that bread is defunct of any nutrional value...this is old-school business. What we now need to realize is that we are literally sedating ourselves with food and causing an addiction....a neverending cycle which turns into spending, eating, medical issues, spending, eating, medical issues. We are raised on bread, we are thrown bread baskets left and right and an American favorite is a sandwich with bread. Grrr...makes me mad.
"Who do you think would win in a fight between a a grilled cheese sandwich and a taco?"
"GRILLED CHEESE but only if it's a fair fight"
Although this movie did not get great reviews, I thought it was pretty darn funny. For any RAD fans, you will see some references in the movies as well as a parody on Footloose. I have watched this several times and each time I just laugh even more. The music is hilarious and even though it's all pretty corny and far-fetched.it's cute. Not to mention, Isla Fisher is uber adorable in it.
So yeah...just trust me..watch it
Thursday, March 26, 2009
We had a lovely invitation for a roller skating birthday party last Saturday. Kylie wanted to make a tutu like hers to give as a gift. She included her own handmade card as well. We had a great time! This was Kylie's first time on skates so it took some back-breaking strength to try and hold her up...there were legs sprawling out every which way, splits going on and failed attempted for reaching for the railing.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Auction Deal of the Day - eBay
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009
WOO-HOO~ Another low-carb giveaway for all my friends out there! My first low-carb book giveaway has been receiving a lot of entries. It's still running up through March 31 so if you haven't entered please go ahead and do so now.
This giveaway is a little more MASSIVE!!!!! so get ready for some serious low-carb tools :)
PRIZE: The Low-Carb Day Planner book, Extreme Lo-Carb Cuisine by Sharron Long, The Ultimate Low-Carb Diet Cookbook by Donna Pliner Rodnitzky, The Low-Carb Cookbook by Fran McCullough and a rare, hard to find issues of Low Carb Living magazine which is now out of print.
To enter this rocking low-carb giveaway, enter a comment below. You can say anything..why you want to win....why you want to low-carb...you can say Hi, you can tell me I totally rock!..whatever floats your boat (in case taste naturally) and be sure to leave me your email address so I can get in touch with you if you win.
For 1 extra entry each:
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Contest ends April 24 2009 at 11:59pm. One entry per method per person total. Winner will be chosen by random.org and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond or another person will be picked.
Thanks everyone and good luck!
I conveniently found in this in my inbox as I was already cleaning and sorting in my craft room...hahaha which has become a dumping ground for boxes of things I haven't had a chance to go through yet. When I saw the title of the email...I thought OK..I can definitely tackle one pile. My style of cleaning is all over the place. I usually go back and forth and make an exercise game....walk one thing over here, walk back, walk one more thing over there but as I am sure you can imagine, it does get tiring.
We can each tackle ONE pile today even if that pile is freshly laundered clothing out of the dryer. I think one pile is wimping out so personally my goal is to tackle 3 piles today. And might I add that tackling does not mean, moving it to another location or hiding it elsewhere. You go through it, you toss stuff, you organize and you sort. You put things where they belong....if you could do this once a day, you would be ahead of the game.
Let's all take on the day!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Awesome guarantee to get in on but hurry up~ Try any flavor of 52oz Welch's AquaJuice and if your kids don't like it they will refund the price up to $4. Print your name, address with full zip and a brief explanation as to why your kids don't love it and mail along with the original receipt with purchase price circled to Welch's AquaJuice Guarantee offer, PO Box 1075, Grand Rapids, MN 55745-1075. Purchase must be made by 3/31/09 and pm by 4/15, must be received by 4/22/09.
(I tried this a month or two ago and we didn't think it was that bad.)
Get free samples of Kerasal products at www.kerasal.com
Print a coupon for free 12 pack of Diet Pepsi Flavor wyb two Diet Pepsi 12 packs. I think you can only print this coupon twice and make sure your store takes internet coupons.
Another internet print out (can only print twice) Print a $3 coupon on Renuzit Crystal Elements Starter Kit or Pouch (12/31/09). Click on "promotions"
Some Kmarts are doubling coupons this week. You can check on their website to see if your local ones is doing so. Great place to use up your coupons and score big!
Print a $1 coupon on FiberOne Yogurt, click here.
Get a free sample of Caress Evenly Gorgeous Exfoliating Body Wash, click here.
Get a free sample of Kotex Ultra Thin Overnight Pads with Wings, click here
Print out a $1 off coupon on Seventh Generation Baby or Cleaning product.
Print a .55 coupon on Country Crock Calcium. ( I love Country Crock to be totally honest!)
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I had the pleasure of recently visting Healing Waters Wellness Center in Smithsburg, MD. What an incredible experience! I am honored to have worked with Linda and I thorougly enjoyed my session with her. She has an amazing energy and she really connects with her clients. This was my first time using the BioFeedback LSA and I was really excited about it. Overall, I would highly recommend her services!
The office was really calming with lovely music and flowing water...her secretary Susan rocks! I spent over 3 1/2 hours with Linda and felt moved by the screening and the energy connection she made with me. I am going back soon for some energy bodywork by her husband which I am really looking forward to.
Definitely worth checking out! Her services not only include the health screening and nutrition analysis but they also offer reiki, reflexology, massage therapy, ION foot cleanse and more.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Words can't even describe how this video makes me feel...it sums up everything I have come to know already in this lifetime. Its very inspirational and I hope by watching this, you can feel the urge to take action and change your belief system.
I credit my sister for finding this and sending it to me. We were in discussion yesterday about how horrible it is that our lives revolve around buying the next big thing, working 40+ hours a week and being in this horrible rat race.
I told her: I don't want to live a lie anymore! My purpose of coming here was not to sit at a desk in an office with 100's of other people, with leashes around our necks for my whole life. It's not me, it will never be me and I am going to be one pissed off person if I die after loaning my life to a corporation to mold me and bend me any way they choose. What happened to family, what happened to farming, what happened to the joys in life that weren't found in xboxes and synthetic drugs? I get soooo angry and saddened sometimes that it's hard to bear. Here are some truths I have learned:
I am a spiritual being having a physical experience
I am in this world but not of this world
Money and possessions are not the be all and end all of me
Simplicity is better
and most of all..there has to be a better way
The Story of Stuff
i will not stand immersed
in this ultra violent curse
i won't let you make a tool of me
i will keep my mind and body free
bye bye minutiae
of the day to day drama
i'm expanding exponentially,
i am consciousness without identity
i am many things
made of everything
but i will not be your bank roll
i won't idle in your drive-thru
i won't watch your electric sideshow
i got way better places to go
i will maintain the truth
i knew naturally as a child
i won't forfeit my creativity
to a world that's all laid out for me
i'll look at everything around me
and i will vow to bear in mind
that all of this was just someone's idea
it could just as well be mine
i won't rent you my time
i won't sell you my brain
i won't pray to a male god
cuz that would be insane
and i can't support the troops
cuz every last one of them's being duped
and i will not rest a wink
until the women have regrouped
Friday, March 20, 2009
I am so digging Google today! Have you checked out the Eric Carle Google logo? If you haven't, you better to do before tomorrow morning when they change it. I love it! I love Eric Carle!
I made some awesome Taco Mac n' Cheese using this recipe . It seemed to go over really well with my family and it was defintely under $5 to make. I kind of tweaked it but I love the $5 dinners website so I tried to stick it as much as I could with what I had on hand. I cooked up my Granger beef crumbles with some diced onions, then added some garlic. I made my Kraft mac and cheese as directed. Then I poured some chili seasoning into the ground beef along with a can of diced tomatoes with jalepeno's and some leftover spaghetti sauce from the other night. I mixed all that up and added the mac and cheese and served. It smelled really good and it was fast and easy. All of my food items naturally came from Aldi's.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Here are my upcycled domino magnets. These will be for sale on my Etsy shop in the near future. This is my "Little Red Riding Hood" series. Little Red Riding Hood is one of my favorite childhood fairy tales. I love how naive Little Red Riding Hood is to not recognize the wolf. I think this relates to how we refuse to see others faults....and it's a tale of opening your eyes to your surroundings. Sure, there are lots of sexual overtones in this story but it's open to interpretation. I think it's a story of how we cloud our judgment and we believe what we want to believe even if it brings us to our untimely demise.
This set includes 6 domino magnets perfect for your fridge.
This is why you're fat
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Finally Jer got me my bookshelf after many years! I am slowly getting it together and deciding how to fill all it's nooks and crannies. I am uber excited! I have been wanting the Ikea Expedit bookshelf for years :) I plan on getting one more for my living room...hopefully that won't take another couple of years lol
There are tons of websites now that preach about how to save money with coupons and almost all of these sites are super informative. I am even a member of some of these coupon sites and frequent them often, so I am in no way bashing them. Some are out to make money off your subscription and others are free but at any rate, you can easily get your fill of coupon saving deals anywhere on the internet. HOWEVER, over the past 4 years I have learned more about coupons than I could ever imagine. I have lost money, saved money, spent money and tossed out bins of expired coupons. I have spent hours searching forums and cutting coupons exactly on the dotted lines...I have arrived at stores at 6am to get the deals...I have held up numerous line making sure the cashier rings up each coupon precisely...and although I have saved some money, I have also spent more than I would of, bought too many things that expired, thrown out lots of stuff I never used AND wasted countless hours I could have been making money only to save $12. Is your time worth $12 an hour?
I am an eternal deal seeker..I know this, it's in my nature. What else do Scorpio's do than dig and dig and find secrets?? I am the girl digging in bins, rummaging through yard sales and digging up dirt online. If there is a diamond in the rough, I will find it. So naturally, my obsession with couponing got way out of hand. Literally every Sunday, I would spend 5 hours preparing to go to the store. Even now, I can't go past a coupon and not feel the drive to take it home or attempt to use it. However, it's like an addiction and admitting this is the first step to recovery.
Coupons are like money and it's true..who the hell wants to throw money away? But if it's not something you would normally buy, then it's wasted money. I don't normally buy Hanover's frozen veggies....just because it might be on sale, doesn't mean I need to stock up on it and spend $4 while saving $8. That's still $4 I spent that I didn't really have to. Usually the store brand comes out to equal the same price..usually being the key word. Don't get me wrong, there are things you can get free which obviously are worth going after but if you are spending $20 in gas to drive around to 5 different stores to get it all, what have you honestly saved?? And how many hours have you wasted of your time to do so??
I try to be more selective now. I don't judge anyone who clips every coupon and goes after every deal..I have been there, done that. I don't have the time or patience anymore. I have found that I save more when I only buy things I really need and I only go to one store every two weeks or so. For someone like myself who works, has several hobbies and a family, my time is very limited. If I wasn't so scatterbrained, I could probably spend more time on clipping coupons.
Here are my coupon clipping rules for anyone trying to REALLY pinch pennies!
1. Do not pay for coupons unless it's something you always, always buy and it rarely goes on sale. For instance, I always buy Splenda. It rarely goes on sale and I don't normally shop at the store that sells the off-brand of it. If I see coupons for a dollar or less, I will purchase them in bulk. I have no know that they can save me an enormous amount to do so. I think it's crazy to see people buying coupons for almost what they are worth. Coupons can be scored for free at recycling bins, on freecycle groups, coupon exchanges on yahoo groups and from your friend and family.
2. Only clip coupons for products you can use and do use on a daily basis. Make sure it's something you would buy otherwise.
3. Always bring your coupons with you so you can use them in the heat of the moment.
4. Use a free site like www.afullcup.com to research sales and check your store ads.
5. Always pair a coupon and sale together unless you absolutely have to!
6. Find which stores have the best prices. Personally, I buy all my paper and cleaning products at Target. I love their store brands and even their grocery items are really good deals without sales. Aldi has the best all around prices for me however they do NOT take coupons. Taste and quality is important too and both Target and Aldi rock my world.
7. Trade coupons when you can and give away ones you don't want..it's good Karma. You never know who needs denture cleaner...
8. Always read the coupons correctly and make sure you understand them. Make sure they have not expired..see how many items it's for, etc. Nothing sucks more than getting to the cash register and realizing it won't ring because you read it wrong.
9. Coupons for saving 50 cents off 4 items is a media trick. Add it up my friend...50 cents is not that great and you have to buy numerous items which you might not have needed. Stick to coupons good on one item...especially if you can double them. It's such a better way to do it and you get more bang for the buck.
7. Try to use coupons at stores that double or even triple coupons. Martin's locally doubles all the time..but they also have higher prices on things.
Personally, WEIS stores blow! I don't care for Food Lion anymore...their produce is a joke to be honest. They are also a smaller store with limited options. I have found decent prices on meat there before but you have to be careful.
Outside of grocery stores, there's also CVS deals with coupons but to get started doing that, you have to spend spend spend to get ECB bucks. Then when you use your free ECB's, it's just like getting back some of the money you originally spent. I try to stay away from ECB's as I have spent hundreds of dollars doing this and have nothing but some make-up to show for it.
And my last rule is make meal plans and google leftover items in your cupboards. What use is all that food if you aren't going to use it? Clean your food stashes out monthly in the pantry and weekly in the fridge. Try to use everything before shopping again.
I may not have a stockpile right now and I might not have saved $40 on coupons but I have saved a load more than that by shopping at Aldi's this past month. I have used almost everything and was still able to try lots of new things without spending 8 hours doing coupons.
I still clip my coupons for anything I might buy at Target or Martin's IF I happen to be out that way but I always always always pass my leftovers to someone else to use.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Here are some known places that hire for work-at-home jobs. Some of these places may have gone out of business or might not be hiring right now. This is not a complete list..just a snippet of the places out there. You can look at www.wahm.com and www.workplacelikehome.com for more info on working from home.
Customer service phone work jobs:
Accolade Support www.accoladesupport.com/openings.html
ACD Direct www.ACDdirect.com
BRG Research Services www.brgathome.com/applyhome1.php
eCallogy www.ecallogy.com (Utah Only!)
JetBlue Airways www.jetblue.com (Utah )
Niteo Services, Inc. www.niteoservices.com
NTI Central - www.NTICentral.org
O'Currance Teleservices www.ocurrance.com (Utah)
Secure Call Management www.sciathome.com
Service 800 www.service800.com
Sterling Testing Systems www.Sterlingtesting.com
Support Freaks www.supportfreaks.com
Time Communications www.timecommunication.com (St Paul, MN)
Ver-A-Fast Corporation www.Verafast.com
West at Home www.Workathomeagents.com
Working Solutions www.Workingsol.com
XAct Telesolutions www.Xactservices.com
Transcription / Coding jobs:
Amphion Medical www.amphionmedical.com
Accurate Typing www.accuratetyping.net
Health Services www.healthsvc.com
Morning Side Partners www.morningsidepartners.com
OSI- Transcription www.ositranscription.com
RTO stat www.rtostat.com
Spectra Medi www.spectramedi.com
Talk 2 Type www.talk2type.net
Tiger Fish www.tigerfish.com
Transcend Services www.transcendservices.com
Trans Health www.transhealth.com
United Tran www.unitedtran.com
Data Entry: I need to add that there doesnt seem to be many companies that hire for this kind of work. The ones that do are sometimes very difficult to get because it is a very competive field that A LOT of people are applying for. Dont let that discourage you from submitting your application or resume though.
Working Solutions http://www.workingsol.com/home.htm (they do more phone work but also hire for data entry)
Key for Cash http://www.keyforcash.com/?ReturnUrl...pg_signup.aspx
Palm Coast Data http://home.palmcoastd.com/pcd/pcdwe...d_t_index.html (CITY OF PALM COAST FLORIDA ONLY)
On Site Discovery http://www.onss.com/careers/
Cypher Contractors http://www.cyphercontractors.com/
Executive Secretaries http://executivesecretaries.com/careers.htm
Connect Plus LLC http://www.connect-dataplus.com/index.shtml
Axion Data Entry http://www.axiondata.com/
Net Transcripts http://www.nettranscripts.com/
Depending on the state you live in, you can check these out as well.
Auralog (Limited States) http://www.auralog.com/us/Customer_S...esentative.htm
Blue Zebra (appointment setting) http://www.bluezebraappointmentsetting.com/Careers.aspx
Catalog Teleservices http://www.catalogteleservices.com/main.html
Channel Blend http://www.channelblend.com:8080/eng...ns_aviable.php
Cloud 10 http://www.cloud10corp.com/
GE Call Centers http://www.gecallcentercareers.com/
Hire Point TeleTech http://www.hirepoint.com/athome/index.html
Jet Blue (yes the airline) http://www.jetblue.com/about/work/
J. Lodge http://www.jlodge.com/Employment.html
XAct TeleSolutions http://www.xactservices.com/company/careers/
Are you good at writing?
Life Tips http://www.lifetips.com/about/careers.html
Associated Content http://www.associatedcontent.com/
Here is the recipe for the awesome low-carb peanut butter cookies I have been snacking on lately. Now please be aware that these are crumbly..you can't expect them to taste and look just like REAL PB cookies. However, when this is like a huge splurge to your diet, they taste like heaven. Watch out~ they are addictive!!!! I mean it!!!
* 1 cup peanut butter
* 1 cup sugar substitute ( I use splenda)
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
mix ingredients in a small bowl.
drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet and press down with fork
bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until set. I do about 15 mins and they turn out super crispy, your oven might vary so start watching around 12 mins.
You are alive, and you are in eternity.
You can see the dance unfold before you.
You know that everything,
every word and decision has a consequence,
either positive or challenging and none of it captures you.
Instead you simply make decisions and take actions that uphold
the grace and dignity of your own soul.
It is never about anyone else.
The quality of your life, depends upon one thing -
your level of awareness.
Once you have reached out beyond yourself,
you can begin to know that everything is a loving
teaching designed to move your soul forward.
The edges, separations, judgments and divisions soften
and are less discernible, less important.
There is only one of us
and nothing can be gained or lost in that.
Everything is simply love teaching us to be love.
I went to Aldi's after officially clearing out almost all of my unused items. We managed to make a good bit of stuff over the weekend so most of the fridge was cleaned out (minus the beer :(
I did a shopping trip and as you can see, I got quite a few things. I got the basic staples for us (butter, cheese, milk, etc) and then some! I grabbed Mahi-Mahi, Tilapia, NY strip steaks, ground beef, Flounder, Kraft Deluxe mac n' cheese, canned sodas, fruit snacks, juice, cookies, and more! My total was $70!!! Here is just a snippet of what I brought home. I did also grab one of Aldi's new skincare products.. the Q10 face cream. I will try this tonight and let you know what I think of it. It was under $5 and comes in cute packaging. PS ~ never go to Aldi's without the handy-trusty IKEA bag..this thing is monsterous and holds insane amounts of heavy things. I use it for EVERYTHING!
Monday, March 16, 2009
My diet is going fine. I had a couple small mishaps (mostly just hidden sugars) that I will try to be more careful with. Haven't weighed myself yet so it's hard to tell how much I have lost. My energy is great, I don't feel as bloated and I am not driven by my hunger anymore. I am struggling with meal plans, variety and drinking enough water.
I promise to post more this week...the last couple of days I have been so busy multi-tasking that it's been hard to juggle everything. I hope to be back in the ring this week :)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
I had the pleasure of going Dumpster Diving with my friend Weird Chic last night. It was drizzling and had rained most of the day so we were skeptical but eager. After several hours of hitting some local stores, we returned with 3 giant bags full of Granola bars, a picture frame, a children's lamp shade, a kids sticker book, some lace fabric, and one unmarked canned good. I have asked Weird Chic to host a contest to see who can guess what is in the mystery can so please hop on over to her blog and post your guess. My guess is creamed corn and hers is chunked pineapple. Of course, we both laughed when we thought of the worst...canned dog food. Speaking of dogs, we also scored a couple bags of dog chews. I will be passing these on since I don't have any animals. Overall, it was a pretty interesting experience..a little scary but we pulled it off. Weird Chic has no fears....this girl has guts! She was the first and only one to jump inside the dumpsters and she wasn't squeamish about taking things home. I give mad props to her for running the show. I am sure she is going to post about what a wuss Kylie Ate Cake is but oh well...lol
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I have broken ground on my craft room over the last couple of days. It's still a work in serious progress...still boxes to be unpacked, art work to go up and shelving to brought in. I snagged a purple Ikea desk off Craigslist and bought these adorable wall stickers at Target. The green pillow is my fave and I the owls are a handmade gift from my sister. Still lots of work to be done...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
On a weekly basis, I try to make use of everything I have without buying any extras. It has been hard since I started Atkins since almost everything required one missing ingredient that I DIDN'T have! I made two small trips to Weis (grrr hate hate hate that store) last week and ended up spending an extra $40 in groceries. That is not good :( Big mistake...and it was made worse by taking my daughter who begged for candy and cookies and oh look ma, i need this for my lunch. I do shopping alone...period.
What I strive to do is make a list of what I have available to use....all my freezer items, fridge items and canned goods. As you can see, I don't keep stockpiles of food in my house. I hope to use everything up quickly. I like things that look slightly sparse. Too much food is not good..if you fridge is so packed that you can't fit one more thing into it..or you have containers of take out everywhere...OR you can't even place a small tupperware container somewhere..anywhere in there...FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!!!! SOMETHING HAS TO BE ROTTING IN THERE and that's not kosher for the rest of your food. Pinching pennies and conserving are all good but let's be realistic. I get on my mom all the time when I visit her. Here are some random things I have found recently in her fridge (sorry ma!) ~
a half eaten sandwich kylie had 3 weeks ago when she came to visit
a small dixie cup of 3 sips of juice leftover from a week ago, no lid
one green bean cooked in a ziploc baggie
cups of chipotle guacamole, brown in color
I mean WHO does that?? My mother is the cleanest person I know..you could eat off her toilet, lick her spotless sink and here in the deepest darkest depths of her fridge are the scariest things that no one should keep around. I do not find mold in there but she doesn't think that microwaving something 18 times again and again and again has any affect on the safety of the food. I mean, just let it go.....don't save mcdonalds french fries for next week..they taste like ass 20 mins after they cool down...we all know that!
This is my freezer and as you can see, there's lots of room in there. We have some Popsicles, corn, mini pizzas for kylie, meat and such. Not too much going on and lots of potential. Also take note of the meat box in there..the white thing..that holds about 8 chicken breasts...from the time my mother bought frozen meat off the back of a truck that came to the door..yes, this is true...and embarrassing..$300 worth of meat..she doesn't even like meat that much. So alas, I stole this from her. A lot of my stuff is from Aldi's and as I mentioned before, I am quite pleased with their off brand items. We also have some bags of hot wings which sadly are breaded. I plan on using all this meat by next weekend, cooking the corn on the cob for dinner tonight, making my SO eat this breaded crap so I won't feel obligated to and the cheesecake..well i have a hot date with that tonight, sans the crust of course.
Now the door of the freezer..really sparse. However I am going to use all this! Pepperoni for extra on the mini pizza's and a snack for me..moving that down to thaw out. The frozen meals are for SO's lunches and there are frozen mini pancakes for Kylie. I have been putting off using these as I don't have any syrup but she will have to do without. I have honey..maybe she will eat honey on them. Hell, why not? With a small pat of butter, they will rock. Also PBJ sandwiches for her lunches..great cuz I am plum out of peanut butter..cuz i ate all that last week. Me and my sneaky low carb tricks!
Moving along to the inside of the fridge....
In here we have...left over pasta that SO refuses to eat again...tortellini is my fave and if I can't have it, someone else will. Sometimes I stare at it..and dream..wishing my diet allowed even one small taste. Notice the beer and take note.this is not mine. Apparently it's for someone Jeremy is working on a bike for...long story...the short story is that shit is moving out ASAP as it's taking up too much space. The one lone beer was mine..but only for making bratwurst with last week. No need for it now. We don't drink beer. There's my leftover Mahi-Mahi and broccoli that is my lunch for today. Also we have some leftover potatoes that will go into a breakfast meal along with eggs and the bacon. I have been using the bacon for some things though but I don't like the maple taste of it. I used it in my low-carb mock cauliflower and my massive cheeseburger. It also has some mad insane shelf life so I feel no pressure here. The ham is going to made into something shortly..that's on the list for this week. I am thinking of doing a breakfast for dinner thing...omelets with ham and cheese, potatoes (not for me)..something like that. I am pretty confident I can clear most of this out. And of course, tea..our fave. I use my Mr. Coffee tea maker almost every other day making this lipton concoction. I use Splenda..even when I wasn't dieting. We have adjusted to the taste and prefer it over regular sugar now. I use Splenda for everything. I also try to drink a lot of water which I usually keep at room temp cuz I am lame. I also have some chicken boobies thawing out for this week as well. I will see how many meals I can get out of those. The ONE thing I am clueless on is this small container on the far upper left that I got from Aldi's last week. It's processed pasteurized cheese spread...Parmesan prosciutto. Sounded interesting and fancy..even better with crackers. However, I am a little disappointed. It's very strange inside...weird texture. So I will be seeing what I can do with this without using crackers since that would set me back two weeks of low-carbing. I will make SO some tonight as a snack on crackers and see what he thinks. I would hate to toss it.
The side door is kind of uneventful as side doors go but probably more loaded. I am running dangerously low on butter so I have to watch how I use that. I love cream cheese which is why you see so much over there..plus it's a staple in a lot of LC (low-carb) dishes so I stocked up. Do not mix cream cheese and chicken..I learned this the hard way from recipezaar. I made something in my crockpot one time that was mixture of cream cheese and chicken..to this day, I want to vomit thinking of it. We all felt so bad about it that we stomached eating it but no one went for seconds. I ended up tossing it. I have also tried stuffing chicken with cream cheese..again, a no go. I like my cream cheese just like i like my men..cold, salty and stiff. When ya start breaking it down and warming it up..it just ruins it for me. Now cheesecake is an exception to EVERY rule..I don't care who you are...that's tasty!!!
I have a wide assortment of bottles..half this shit, I don't even know what it is so I will be doing a full inventory of these and seeing what I can do with them. If it's something I can't eat and they won't eat, I am tossing it. Easy as that! It will be an adventure to see what's left down here and what I can do with it.
Now it's starting to feel like the Dame Edna show LOL! If you haven't seen Dame Edna, watch her here and don't tell me I didn't warn ya! Dame Enda rocks my world :)
My cupboards are a little hectic, more than I would like them to be. Lots of soup...not sure why I am hanging onto this. If I can't use it by this weekend, I will donate it. I love soup personally but low carb just won't have it. Kylie won't eat soup not even chicken noodle..what a strange child. I also have tons of little packets..for things that I "think" I might need...of course when was the last time I roasted a WHOLE chicken..I mean, honestly, I can go to Martin's and get a cooked one hot and ready for less than $7. So I do have some housekeeping to do here. I also have lots of pasta packets which Jeremy enjoys. I also have spaghetti, another old favorite of mine. Hmm..this cupboard needs to be cut in half..so let's see if I can do that this week as well. I will do some googling on soup and what I can make with it. Also, some other ideas of using pasta. Of course, notice..the lack of food for me to eat in here. I can't think of one thing in here I am allowed to have. Wait..I was wrong..Splenda.
Argh!!! Look at all this bread! This is ludicrous! Who needs this much bread? I clearly overdid it last week. Since I have nothing else to use with the rolls right now, I think I will freeze them. The bread will have to be used for ghetto garlic bread this week or toast or I will make heart eggs..you ever made those? Use a cookie cutter and make a heart in the toast, then fry an egg inside of the heart. Very fun and cute. I will do that...as soon as I find my cookie cutters. You can use any kind of cookie cutter you want really or just make a hole in them. This cupboard has more irrelevant things in it..some low carb barbecue sauce I have never used, more canned goods, etc. Need to google some of these things as well to see how I can use them. And to the right is all of my cupcake goodies..sprinkles, cake icing and more. Just in case Kylie's school needs baked goods..or because I am a cupcake suckah!
I also have coffee samples..which I get as freebies. I keep these around and put a little in the bottom of my trash bags..it's my own odor protector. Makes the kitchen smell like yummy coffee. Once in a blue moon, I will make something that has coffee as an ingredient but mostly, these are a housekeeping thing. I drink coffee but not much and I don't brew at home..never liked it as much as I love restaurant coffee..never quite as good.
This cupboard needs no explanation..simply put..it's junk...all of it.
So what I do now..is GOOGLE. I google recipes on everything I can find until I find one that I have all the ingredients for. I try to use up everything I can..and if I can't, I pass it on or toss it. It will liberate you and you will learn new things..new dishes, new tastes. See what you can find in your fridge or cupboard? What is expired that you can toss out? What kind of room can you make? What recipes can you use this week? It also helps to make a weekly menu plan so you stay on task.