Friday, February 27, 2009
Candles made from worn-down crayons
standing in the doorway while my mom put my hair in a pony-tail before school
digging water tunnels in the backyard with mom's good spoons, yes my barbies played in these. it was the beach (come on!)
lying on my tummy next to my sister listening to daddy's old Sears record player ~ it always hummed Lionel Richie.
Ants on a log
watching laverne and shirley when i was home sick from school and eating liptons noodle soup
sleeping with my door closed
not being afraid of falling down or getting dirty
my rainbow curtains
First of all, I had to do a total overhaul on my microwave. This is the second one I have had since coming to MD. The first one which was great had a slight accident (*ahem*) ~ I used the timer on it for cooking, which I did often, and instead of using the timer, it actually went to COOK and I walked away. About 15-20 mins later when I came back, the inside was fried and it had killed itself. Luckily, there was nothing inside or there would have been a fire for sure!
So anyway, the microwave looked like a murder scene. One too many bowls of Kylie's Chef Boyrdees have seen the inside of it and we are too lazy most of the time to clean it on a regular basis. Point being ~ the stuff was stuck on and clinging for dear life. SOOOOO I took a bowl of water and white vinegar and microwaved to boiling point. When I opened it up, the steam had gotten to the whole thing and all I did was take a damp cloth, wiped it all down and let me tell you ~ that shit came off like buttah!!!!!!!!!!! WOOHOO. So you can try that at home if your microwave is covered with crime scene tape too :)
I also want to rave and rave and thank god and thank my parents and thank all my sponsers for CROCK POTS!
I have died and gone to crock-pot heaven. Yeah ok so who in their right mind leaves home, moves to their first apartment with their buddies and thinks "gee I better go out and get a crock pot" um NO ONE that's right nobody at least not me. Maybe that's because my mom cooked everything in her oven and I saw a crock-pot once a month when she did "Cowboy Meat." Long story.
My crock pot is the ground my kitchen walks on, it glimmers and shines right next to my George Foreman bad ass family grill. I have no counter space but who cares ~ I have revolutionized cooking! When I come home, my crock pot is waiting for me. I open my door and the smell of simmering sweet goodness fills the room. My I think who has come to my house and cooked me dinner?? I did. Crockie did. We DID it together in a matter of about 5 mins or less on my end.
Roasts, barbecue beans, chicken (whole chickens might I add), desserts, soups, stews, oh god the list could go on and on....it's miraculous and what i love the most is that i take my food right from whatever state is may be in (frozen or not) and toss it in ~ it cooks on its own for 6-10 hours producing the best meal ever that all I have to do is serve for my family. Crock-pot ~ I love you. I have always loved since I first laid eyes on you. I don't have to pick up your dirty socks or clean your smelly lunch box. I don't have to shout out stains on your work shirts or wake up to your bad breath. heck, you don't even take the remote from me. and since they came out with new crock-pot liners for you ~ u are easier than ever to use. you have a setting for high and low. i can turn you off when i want to. you stand proud on my counter and sturdy ~ a rock to attach myself to when times are hard. fuck the coffee maker, we were never a serious thing anyway. you crockie ~ you are the one for me.
Made $60 in 30 minutes and you can too!!!
This is for real. I have been reading about it on my work from home message boards ( www.wahm.com and www.workplacelikehome.com) as well as www.herecomesthestork.com. The site has been up for awhile and already has over 30,000 members. All you need to do at first is sign up, which is free. You fulfill offers such as a taking a survey or doing a free trial and you earn money into your account which will be deposited directly to you Paypal acct or sent by check. I have been at it off and on for over a week ( a few mins here and there) and already have $60 in my account!!! Girls I know are making $600 a month from this alone!!
UPDATE! I made $685 on TT last year doing it for a few minutes every couple of months....so think of what would happen if you did it weekly???
Here is the link to get started: Treasure Trooper
Sign up and then look at your cash offers. You can either start with the ones that wouldn't require a credit card. REMEMBER~ sign up for the trials and then cancel. It's super easy!!!!
Use a junk email account such as gmail which is free and you can use a fake # as you will get spam and you will get calls if you aren't careful.
Also, if you ever get any free visa gift cards or debit cards, you can use those in the credit card offers ~ just a little sneaky trick!
Let me know if you have any questions~
THIS IS EASY PEOPLE. BE SURE TO CLEAR YOUR COOKIES AFTER EACH OFFER AND PREFERABLY USE THIS IN IE OR NETSCAPE. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD FIREWALL AND VIRUS PROTECTION ON YOUR COMPUTER. THE SITE IS SAFE BUT YOU KNOW NEVER KNOW!
I also would lub lub lub to review a product for someone so if you have anything you would love to share please send me an email at email@example.com. I would love to do a review and a giveaway to get you some publicity. Hmm...that sounds like a good idea for a contest. Will have to work on that one but at any rate...shoot me an email if there is anything you would like to promote.
Kylie and I are going to a couple of book sales tomorrow! I am so excited to be feeling better. We already have our bags set out and snacks/drinks packed. I am hoping to find:
For Kellso: books on meditation, any of the Conversations with God books, raw food
For Kylie: any little kids books she will enjoy..she asks a lot of questions so something more inspiring than Disney Princess (yuck!)
For Me: anything new age, cookbooks, and books on psychology
I will post back tomorrow night with pics of what we score. Book sales are one of my faves!
This giveaway is for a 3 question reading by yours truly by email. A little background on me, I have been doing readings on Ebay for quite awhile with great success. I offer a unique intuitive soul reading that includes life coaching, spiritual advice and prophetic insights. I am a 4th generation empath and have been doing intutive writing since I was very young. I have been doing readings for over 9 years off and on and have many repeat customers. My readings are detailed and in-depth and can provide you with a new way to look at things. I hope that I can inspire you, motivate you and provide some insight into your future as well as shed light on where you have been. If you are interested in purchasing a reading, you can find the Paypal button on the side of my blog. At this time, I am offering 3 different readings including a 1 question, 3 question and a full soul reading. You can choose the drop-menu and the pricing will come up. My turnaround time is 2-3 business days at this time.
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The Autobiography of Vivian by Sherrie Krantz ~ This is the first book in the series and I have to be honest, I have not read the others. I will add that promptly to my list of things to do. I couldn't stop reading the first one and it's an awesome book for young women..lots of inspiration found in the character. Vivian is brave, successful and true to herself. If you haven't read this, pick up a copy at the library or Amazon has a ton used for sale. I would say this was of my favorite novels from the last 10 years.
I have always wanted a purple sofa...................
Sabrina Ward Harrison ~highly inspirational in helping me discover the joys of journaling, art and poetry. She is an amazing spirit! Her artwork, writing and books are a pleasure to dwell on. If I ever get more tattoos..I have always wanted a SWH girl face on me. I think my sister was the one to first find this book for me. She has since made several books and at her website you can check out her artwork for sale. Again, wld drool to actually own a real piece of it. I know one time she collaborated with a snow boarding company to design snow boards..I bet those are highly collectible.
and of course, IKEA!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
I took some time a few months ago to research Aldi's and was totally engrossed in what I found. First of all, Aldi's is related to Trader Joe's (one of my faves)...secondly, they are store based on simplicity. No fancy ads and commericals, no music, no over the top displays, no staying open 24 hours....they cut back so they can help us cut back a few dollars. The stores close at 8pm and you have to put a 25 cent deposit into the grocery cart to use it. You also have to bag your own items ( or box them up). To get your quarter back, you have to return the cart yourself which saves Aldi's on replacing carts and paying someone to retrieve the ones that get abandoned in the parking lot. I mean...GENIUS! They are totally thinking ahead..I was uber impressed and I think you will be as well. I am attaching a link to my fave friend wiki who can give you the secrets of Aldi's success. Not to mention, some of my fave things are german like....brats, The song “99 Luftballons” by Nena. Forget the English version, the original rules, and Beethoven.
So I knew it was meant to be a match made in heaven when I get there and suddenly realize..I don't have a quarter! Lo and behold, there is one on the ground next to my car! Cha~Ching! INSPIRATION! I slowly figured out the cart deal which is totally rad once you don't look like a retard figuring out the cart chain blueprint. I immediately found things I needed ~ olive oil, artichoke hearts, ketchup, canned olives...everything I needed was right there. Sure, it didn't have my favorite brands or any flashy labels but the prices were right. I paid:
$1.29 for a giant bag of sharp shredded cheese
2.49 for quality brand hard salami cubes
5.49 for a cup of real crab meat
7.72 for 2 super nice looking ny strip steaks
5.99 for a family sized giant bag of frozen beef crumbles
1/2 gallon of milk was 1.59
bread was 79 cents
and a 12 pack of mt frost (knock off of mountain dew) was $2.29.
All in all, my cart was piled high with 51 total items and my grand total was $105.05. Now please take note of several things ~ I had real vegetables, lots of meats, lots of dairy and some unique more costly items (crab meat, artichokes, etc), this is for a family of 3 for 2 weeks including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and drinks, and I had a lot of "staple" items that needed replaced due to moving. I still feel that a cart full of the stuff I had at a regular store would have cost me easily $140-$180. Especially Giant Eagle or Weis. Now for the fun part....some recommendations on what we have liked so far~ EVERYTHING!
My SO claims that Aldi's Mt Frost brand of soda is even better than the real Mt. Dew! And cheaper too! The butter, sour cream, olive oil, garlic and other condiments taste just like the usual. The vegetables were fresh and clean....mushrooms were awesome. The 2 NY strips were fresh and pink..tasted great (had them for dinner tonight), the salami cubes are banging, and the tortilla chips (99cents) taste just like Tostitos. We also grabbed 2bags of boneless wings..one in mild and one in barbecue. My SO said he thought they tasted just like boneless wings from KFC..which I guess is a good thing. Each bag has plenty of servings and would be awesome for a party appetizer...the bag was $7.49 which to us is way cheaper than going to KFC! The Granger crumbled beef was also fantastic and I have enough for a family pot of chili and a taco night!
I also broke down some of the meals we had recently....for anyone who hasn't been convinced yet maybe this will help!
Homemade chili with sweet corn muffins ~ 7 servings @ $1.08 each
NY Strip steaks and sauteed mushrooms with broccoli and baked potato sides ~ 3 servings at $4.00 each
Elegant Crab dip and chips ~ 8 servings at 96 cents each..perfect for a party ~ we still have tons leftover!
Bag of boneless wings ~ 4 large servings (meal sized servings) at $1.87 each
Spaghetti with spinach and cheese sauce and garlic bread ~5 servings at 65 cents each
We calculate our servings as in it feeds the 3 of us plus we get x amt of leftover servings out of it. Usually we take leftover for the lunch the next day.
Very impressed with Aldi's ~ will be going back again!
Here is another link to more magazines that are ceasing to be! So sad....I for one love the feel of a magazine in my hands....what is the world coming to???
I freecycle to share the wealth with others, I freecycle to give back to my community, I freecycle to clean out my drawers and closets, I freecycle to make connections with other spirits, I freecycle to see a smile on someone's face when they are matched with inspiration, I do it for the karma, I do it for the release and exchange of energy and most of all, I do it for the planet and the kindred people that exist here. I have received tons of wonderful clothes for my daughter, toys, books, food, clothing, movies, cds, etc. I am always careful to throw back out what I don't want or need..like a chain, a continual cycle. I am also careful to give and take, not just request request request. I also see it as a wonderful way to purge and clear space. We can not allow new energies into our homes and lives without having a gateway for them to arrive. Clutter is stagnant....it creates a low energy level in our homes that seeps into our skins. It makes us feel yucky, look yucky and it doesn't allow our home to be the welcoming haven that it should be. Where else besides work do we spend all of our time? And yes, it's true...one mans trash, is another's treasure.
I also feel that by giving things away..whether they are name brand labels, expensive items, or family hand-me downs..we can release these items knowing that in faith, more of these in like kind will be brought back when needed. Example, today I freecycled a wonderful very expensive toy my daughter enjoyed having. We lost a piece to it and couldn't find a replacement. A very kind lady was ecsatic to have it for her grandchildren and said she would figure out a way to fix it. I had no interest in fixing it and I knew we already had too many toys. I know that when it's time, another toy will fall in place. It's a a system of putting out and pulling in. I might not need something now so why waste the space for it because I know in my heart that the next time I need one, it will magically appear. Why not be that magic for someone else?
If you are a member of Freecycle, I urge you to start purging this weekend! If you haven't used it in a year, it's not your favorite thing in the world or it's broken...please pass it on. You never know what someone else might want. Just because you can't fix it, doesn't mean someone else can't. I believe that in spite of people that allow their EGO's to get in the way (i.e. thefts, greediness, fights, lies) that the vast majority of Freecyclers are are out to help each other and save money. Some are in it for the planet, others may share may same feelings about it. Why not help someone else and find inspiration in your own life? If you are new to Freecycle, please visit freecycle.org and read the information and sign up.
I am also going to be doing my second bloggy giveaway! One winner will receive a 3 question spiritual reading so stay tuned for more details...........
Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who has entered the LUSH giveaway and submitted some really good ideas thus far. Remember, the deadline to enter is 11:59pm March 1 so get your butt on over to the link and get in on the action! If you don't win this time, don't worry..for all you LUSH loverlies, I have another spectacular LUSH giveaway in the works. Hang tight ~ I will let you in on it when it's ready to land!
Friday, February 20, 2009
Anger is an emotion that is always masking something else...usually fear. In relationships, when we spend so much time with someone and we know what their buttons are, it's easy to use them as "punching" bags for our frustrations. We take what we call anger and we throw it at each other....inducing an instant gratification which causes a feeling of intense satisfaction to ensue. It also gives us a sadistic sense of joy to watch someone else experience what we think we are experiencing inside...to see someone crumble and fall. This kind of deflecting behavior is not right however it is human...we all have done this at one point in time, some more than others. It's important to acknowledge that this behavior is not acceptable however find a way to "accept" it in your heart that the other person is hurting. It's unfortunate but he/she does not know a better way of self-expression than through a lashing of the tongue and throwing of fire balls, metaphorically speaking. When someone you love comes at you like this...work yourself through these steps mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
1. Acknowledge that this isn't really about you.....it's about them.
2. Understand that this person is hurting right now in some way or another..it might be that they were treated unfairly, no one acknowledged them, someone else made them feel small, their ego has been bruised, etc. They are now wanting to flex their powers within to take revenge in order to make themselves feel better. They have chosen you for numerous reasons, one of which is that they love you and believe you will forgive them and the other (sadly) is that you are an easy target because they know from past experience that their tantrum will take effect on you, just as they hoped. It will produce an instant cause and effect for their ego-pleasing satisfaction.
Kinda like eating that cookie you have so dreamed of tasting....even though you beat yourself about your diet. You struggle and struggle, you call yourself names inside, you believe you are weak...then you break down and eat it..not even savoring the taste but rather guiltily shoveling it in....then afterwards the regret falls into place...more beating up...guilt, shame...it's an endless cycle which is why at some point one needs to learn effective ways of healthy self-expression.
3. Build a mental shield or bubble around yourself and allow the other person's comments to roll right off..imagine them being diffused before they even reach you.
4. Listen and acknowledge the other person's feelings without succumbing to admittance or surrendering.
5. Ask them if they are finished and kindly say" I am sorry that you feel this way. I have listened to what you have said and I understand how you feel that way. I wish to have a chance to speak so you can hear my feelings as well. I love you and I want to know what is behind this. What happened today? Tell me about your day." You want to get inside and find out what they are trying to hide...sometimes this can take some teeth-pulling but even just a gentle explanation that you understand they are afraid of something will strike a chord with them. Are they afraid of losing their job, losing you, not measuring up, etc?
6. Ask probing questions in a gentle manner. If this doesn't work, let the other person cool down. " When you have had time to calm down, I would love to speak to you about your feelings." Then walk away. Don't look back, don't beg, don't barter...and say it calmly.
The point of this is to limit their behaviors from affecting yours and to genuinely help someone feel validated. My SO does this often.....bad day at work, boss yelling at him, loss of pay...he is quick to turn it around on me the second he gets home. I know we are not the only couple out there that has issues like this..especially in today's economy.
Fear is a horrible horrible illness that can rob you and others of happiness. Don't take your emotions out on someone else to make yourself feel better. Journal it, dance around to loud music, do some soul-searching and ask yourself the questions listed above or talk to someone who isn't your normal "punching bag"..perhaps a co-worker or someone in the mental health field..even blogging or posting to a forum can help. And most importantly....WAIT before taking action. If we all just took time to digest our feelings and understand them, we wouldn't have outbursts and outrages. "Think before we act" is so trite but oh so very true.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
This is the easiest entertaining recipe.......a family staple. My dad used to make this when I was younger and now for family get together's we always beg him to make his "special" nachos. Even though it seems so simple, it's the explosion of all the tastes in one bite that makes it awesome...plus Dad makes it...that's the cheesiest part! You can do anything you want with this....add spicy salsa, add chili, add hamburger meat...whatever floats your boat. I like just the regular but then again, I stick with what I know and love best!
All this is consists of :
tortilla chips slathered with heated queso cheese in the jar, diced tomatoes and green onions.
Damn...now I am getting hungry...go away sore throat..go away!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I am giving away 2 brand new LUSH products!!! One winner will receive one English Countryside bath bomb and a Pleasure Dough soap bar. Contest ends March 1, 2009 at 11:59pm.
To enter you must submit a comment with any suggestion or idea for what you would like to see on my blog..something that would interest you (i.e. articles on a topic, giveaways for a ___, etc). You must include your email address so I have a way to contact you!
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Please post each one as an additional separate comment. You can enter up to 5 times maximum for this contest. This is not a daily entry.
The winner will be choosen at random from all eligble entries and will have 3 days to claim their prize. I will be emailing the winner so please make sure you submit a correct email address that you can be reached at.
To get the ball rolling, I figured I could start with what this blog is NOT; it's not a pity party, it's not a novel, it's not a cry for help, it's not a love song and it's not for sale.
What kind of blogs do I enjoy looking at: crafty, family dinners and recipe ideas, budget/money-saving, coupons, contests, most importantly...things that inspire and motivate me. I hope that I can find a way to express that to others.
Disclaimer: My sewing sucks, I sing off key, most of my dinners are burned and go in the trash, i set off lots of smoke detectors in my days, money burns a hole in my pocket and I hardly ever win anything.......
guess that leaves me with not too much to write about!