Still relatively new to Arizona. I have lived on both coasts...I may be working my way inward now. :) I am the mom of a pretty awesome 17-year-old boy (though at this point he would wig out on my saying boy, kid or anything less than teenager) and the wife of a very amazing man. I have been blessed beyond measure when it comes to love, and isn't that really where the blessings count the most? I like to watch people and often I like to comment. I also enjoying helping people, but I kind of get saddened by seeing the same person always in the same boat.
Last night was another evening of staying up a bit late so I could get these tips in for work in the morning. If you are in AZ check us out some time...90.9 FM Radio Shine. If you aren't, you can check us out online at www.radioshine.org. Mind you, this is a Contemporary Christian radio station. So you will hear Christian music from artists like Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Jeremy Camp and more. You also hear me blabbing about deals and stuff. :)
Happy Thursday! The weekend is almost here!
Want to save money on gas? Ask directions. According to a British study, men drive an additional 276 miles a year because of not asking for directions which can waste up to $3000 in gasoline over a lifetime! I am not saying that women do not waste gas as well. I just don't have any numbers on that.
If you are looking for some awesome shopping deals, sign up with Eversave. You sign up with your email to Eversave, and you will get daily deals sent to your email. You can go for them or pass. These deals can be local or online. A great online deal right now is for magazine subscriptions through Blue Dolphin. You can pay just $12 for $26 magazine subscriptions. To learn more about Eversave follow the link below.
You might also want to check out Groupon. Groupon features daily deals from different cities all over the country. People sign up and then see the deal and decide if they want to buy in or not. You can save mad money! There isn't a Prescott, Arizona Groupon, but there is one for Phoenix and Tucson. Maybe the Prescott businesses will jump on this soon. You can also get some pretty cool online deals there just like Eversave. Check them out at the link below.
FreeCCM's free download this week is Israel Houghton's "You Hold My World." You can still get "Reaching For You" by Lincoln Brewster, "Skeleton Bones" by John Mark McMillan, "What Grace Looks Like" by 33Miles, "Raising Up The Dead" by Caedmon's Call, "Power in the Blood" by Bart Millard, and "Eyes Wide Open" by Sara Groves. Don't forget that you have to be a member to get the freebies.
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I am absolutely adoring meeting all the bloggers that join in together at Meet Me On Monday which is hosted by the very lovely Java at Never Growing Old. It is pretty awesome learning more about each other, as well as learning that we all may be in different locales, many of us have quite a few things in common.
Aren't you interested in learning a little bit more about your fellow bloggers? Haven't you wanted to just share some silly little tidbits about yourself? Then come join the fun!
So here is a little more about me. :)
1. Do you sleep with a night light on?
No. I definitely do not. I thoroughly enjoy a dark and silent room. I have a husband who snores a bit so I deal with that by using earplugs (total and somewhat creepy silence yet I can still hear my alarm), and an eye mask can make for the total darkness. I also like to sleep with my head pillowized so there isn't much chance of light. When I was a child I was all about the night light, and in the 70s my parents hooked me up with this light which had a disk that would spin with the heat. Very trippy. It would change the room colors from green to blue to red to yellow and back again. No joke. At some point I got over the whole light thing. I don't exactly know when. I know when it wasn't, and that was sometime around when I read Stephen King's "The Shining." I had the nightlight on full force when I read that book. In fact if I could have made the room brighter when I read it, I would have!
Whoa...where was I?
2. What do you drink with dinner?
It depends on what we are eating. I jump from iced water to Koolaid. Every now and then I enjoy a Diet Coke. And in the summer it is all about fresh brewed iced tea!
3. Do you play the lottery? If so, how often?
Played it last night...lost. :( Dang lottery. My husband and I just play whenever we think about it. We were at the grocery store last night picking up some stuff to take to a friends house to watch MMA. While there we decided to pick up lottery tickets. Apparently about seven other people had the same idea just moments after us. It was a mad house, and to make matters worse, the dude next to me reeked of cigarette smoke. It is funny, I don't have issues with smoke (good thing since I worked in bars as well as a casino for years) it is the stale smell that gets me.
4. How often do you go to the grocery store?
I go to there at least once a week (usually take a cooler and hit them one after another). I shop all the loss leaders, use all my coupons, and menu plan like a champ. I have discovered that for me, it is THE best way to save money. Occasionally I will go to the store like I did the other night in order to pick up goodies for a hang-out night with friends.
5. Would you rather travel back in time 500 years or travel forward 500 years?
After looking at what was going down in 1510, I am going to have to say go forward 500 years. Well that is provided I can go back. With the great plague and whatnot going on, it wouldn't be too much fun, I'm guessing. Watching Henry the VIII rock the jousting world back in 1510 would have been pretty cool, but at 43...again, not as romantic as I might imaging in my teens. :) Knowing what I know now, I can't get past his rotundness and wife issues. ;)
I blogged about this giveaway in my work blog and my blog here, but it was a part of an overall post. Soooooo here is the skinny in just one post. Seriously you are not going to want to pass this up.
Chicago Coupon Confessions has a post about the new just for U ways to save from Domicks. Check out all these awesome ways you can personally save on your grocery shopping. You are going to learn a lot, BUT you are also going to get the chance to be part of an awesome giveaway for $150 in Safeway gift cards! One winner will win a $75 gift card, and three winners will win a $25 gift card! During the holiday season, this is really a giveaway you can't pass up!
Once a week I do an on-air spot about saving money. This goes along with a blog post at our station's website. I post it here as well in case anyone is interested in the deals. And lately it has been so busy (we have a fundraiser coming up), I have had very little time to post here. Hope you find something you can use. :)
I have talked about ways to save money, win prizes and get free stuff. Right now I just wanted to mention a few ways to give. These are easy as can be and totally free.
Go to Target and make a pledge to take time to read with a child, and Target in turn will donate a book to children in need. You will be doing good in two ways. One by reading to a child and the second by getting a book into the hands of another child. Pretty cool. :) Follow the link below to make your pledge.
If you head to The Hunger Site you can click and give. There are several causes that you can click on and each click will give a donation from sponsors. They also have items you can purchase there which enables the sponsors to give more. Again though, you don't have to pay a thing to give. You can give for hunger, literacy, child health, breast cancer, the rainforest, and animal rescue.
Goodsearch is a search engine that you may have heard about on Radio Shine. It is very easy to do, and can be a huge benefit to the nonprofit you search for. To do a search you can simply go to goodsearch.com and put in the name of your charity in the box where it asks who are you searching for. Put the charity name in and click verify. That is it! Then you just do your search. You don't have to constantly fill this in if you use it frequently. Each search will give a one cent donation to your charity. It may sound small, but it really adds up. For example, if a charity had 100 supporters who searched just twice a day, they would earn $730 for that charity.
One of the cool features is you can also check on your charity and see how much money has been raised so far.
Goodsearch also has Goodshop which is a shopping link that allows you to shop online and a portion of those proceeds also go to your charity at no extra cost to you! These are stores you probably already shop at online. Stores like Amazon, 1-800-CONTACTS, Barnes & Noble, bebe, Best Buy and many more. PS Radio Shine is a Goodsearch Charity so feel free to search and bless today! :)
Free Rice gives just that. Free rice. You go to the site and you answer the quiz vocabulary questions. For each right answer ten grains of rice is donated. Sounds like a small amount to you? Since its inception Free Rice has donated nearly 83 billion grains of rice. Read more here: Donation Impact
For this one you have to pay for shipping, but it is definitely an awesome freebie. Right now you can get a hardcover photo book at Picaboo. New customers qualify for this freebie that will definitely make an awesome Christmas gift for someone special!
iTickets.com has two free downloads including "Love Amazing" by Circleslide and "Let Us Go" by Konviction. Remember you have to be a member, but it is a great site. I find out about lots of great concerts thanks to iTickets.com.
If you have a Kindle and you want to get a little more financially savvy, you can take advantage of a free Kindle edition of 16 Expert Lessons for Successfully Managing Your Personal Finances (Collection). This is free for a limited time. Of course you do have to have a Kindle reader.
Get a $5 Target gift card from Real Simple while supplies last when you spend $15 or more on a combination of Target Wise Buy products in one transaction at Target. Products that you can purchase are:
Silk Soy MilkReach Access Flosser Oxyclean Versatile Stain Remover How to Train Your Dragon on DVD and Blu-ray Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bars Eucerin DAILY SKIN BALANCE Skin-Fortifying Body Lotion Curel Sensitive Skin Remedy Lotion Garnier Skin Renew The Brusher Gel-Cleanser Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer SPF 15 Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller Garnier Ultra-Lift Pro Gravity Defying Cream Colgate Total Bertolli Frozen Meals all Small & Mighty
If you are planning on buying some of these items, why not take advantage of the gift card opportunity? You can use it for yourself or maybe make it a nice little stocking stuffer.
Make your $15 purchase in any of the above combinations between October 5, 2010 and November 12, 2010 (I recommend getting it done ASAP as it is while supplies last). Oh this needs to be postmarked by November 13th. Again...I wouldn't wait long.
Mail your receipt and your name and address printed clearly on a 3" x 5" card to:
Real Simple Smart Shopping GiftCard Offer c/o DW Direct P.O. Box 5067 South Hackensack, NJ, 07606
There you go. Nice and easy. Take advantage of this deal if these are products you will use. There is no point in spending $15 on products you don't need or use in order to get a gift card.Want more details? Follow the link.
Pier One has two printable coupons that are good until November 7th. One is for $10 off a $30 dollar purchase and the other is for a free reusable bag with a $25 purchase. You can get some awesome Christmas gifts here. I personally love their candles and their table settings.
Okay, we covered freebies, some coupons, ways to give, and lastly I would like to share a cool giveaway. Chicago Coupon Confessions has a giveaway for $150 in Safeway gift cards! One winner will win a $75 gift card and three will win a $25 gift card. One of the ways I stretch my budget is by keeping an eye out for giveaways like this. So head on over to Chicago Coupon Confessions. The giveaway ends on October 31st and the winners will be emailed so you need to include your email in the entry. You will notice how other entrants spell out parts of their email (like AT instead of @). That is a trick to keep spiders from grabbing your email. So be sure to put your email like that.
Are you following me? Well thanks to Java at Never Growing Old I have the chance to introduce me and my blog and maybe you will. :) I am also going to get to know more of you!!!!! YAY!
If you are following me, you just might know that I have been outrageously busy the past few weeks. If you aren't or even if you are...I thought I'd share a few things with you.
I work at a radio station that happens to be an absolutely fabulous place to be. It can make for busy weekends when events roll around. The past two weekends were busy with the Women of Faith conference, Shepherding Your Teen conference, and actually this weekend will be the Make A Difference Tour (which I am actually not going to work because I am spent). I love getting the chance to go to these events. We get to meet listeners, share testimonies, and even have the opportunity to pray for others. Honestly, it rocks.
I love Fridays. Don't they just fill you with that WHOO HOOO feeling? Of course THIS Friday is special. It is special because it is payday! Yep, I like so many others get an extra thrill on payday. I also love Fridays because it means I can stay up late watching horror movies tonight! That is my favorite thing about October. Well...foliage is great too, but it just doesn't change like it did back East.
That brings me to another snippet about myself. I am originally from California, spent about 22 years in New England (living both in Rhode Island and Maine), moved back to California largely to escape one of the worst relationships EVER, met the man of my dreams (online - can you believe it?) and now live in Arizona.
*This is our first kiss as man and wife* P.S. We got married four days after my 40th birthday.
Okay... that is enough about me for now. If I continue, I wont get the chance to check out some blogs before bedtime which is 10:00 pm on work nights. Who would have thought I would conclude this little about me session with an inclusion of my bedtime? Is this what being over 40 has done to me? ;)
Good morning!!!!! I have some awesome things to share today. I have been looking up some ways to save money with cooking substitutes, play substitutes and even some grooming substitutes. I also have some more job hunting sites to share with you today, because you really just can't stop at seasonal sites. And finally I have some awesome freebies for you to peruse. Take a little stroll through this post. I think you will see something you'll like. :)
This week I made fried chicken for the first time! Let me tell you, I was beyond proud. At first I was a little scared as I had never made it before. Honestly it is amazing what you will try to make in order to give your husband a little smile! At least that is how I am.
See the plan went like this...Saturday afternoon my husband and I were driving home from the Shepherding Your Teen conference (which was amazing), and he told me he was craving fried chicken. This mainly translates to expensive fast food eating. In all fairness I should admit I do enjoy a little KFC now and then (though I was a bigger fan when they tried skinless fried chicken). At this time of my life, I just don't enjoy the prices. On a whim, I decided to make it myself. Truly I thought for a moment that I had made a big mistake, but once at home I found a great recipe and there really was no stopping me...I was committed. There was only one problem, I needed buttermilk. I don't buy a lot of buttermilk. No that isn't true. I NEVER buy buttermilk. I purposely avoid buttermilk and have ever since I was seven and mistook buttermilk for eggnog. BLECH. In fact, I don't even think I have seen buttermilk at my local store. They probably have it, but then again, maybe not. This is not an item that rings very high on my shopping list. I recalled a recipe that you can use to make a buttermilk substitute. I jumped on line and found it.
All this searching made me decide to show you a few substitutes that you can easily make in order to save money or make when you don't have certain things on hand.
Buttermilk - Mix one cup of milk with one tablespoon of lemon juice (we usually keep those plastic lemons full of juice in our fridge). Let sit for five minutes and then use as recipe requires. I used this in the fried chicken recipe and it was GREAT!
Mayonnaise - Honestly I wanted to do this because I have a thyroid condition and soy is bad for my thyroid. Soy has been a main ingredient in just about every mayonnaise I have found so I hunted for a recipe I could make on my own. Follow this link for very easy mayo instructions: Mayonnaise recipe
Fingerpaint - When my son was little, he just loved fingerpainting. It wasn't very expensive. We just ran out a lot. I wish I had these recipes back then: Make your own fingerpaint
Playdough - No matter how hard we tried, our Play-doh would always dry up or get mixed up into an ugly purplish-brown color, and no one would want to use it. So I got in the habit of making our own playdough. Here is a link to a very easy recipe: Make Your Own Playdough
Natural Dye for Playdough - Honestly food coloring always worked for us, but if you want to go that route there is a nice instruction guide here, and the colors are lovely: Natural dye for homemade playdough
Shaving Cream for ladies - Now this substitute has nothing to do with mixing an item with another. A while back I mentioned using conditioner for shaving cream (talking to you ladies out there). I have to say that this truly is one of the best substitutes I have ever come across. You don't even have to go pricey. Last week Suave shampoo and conditioners were on sale for 99 cents. I bought two huge bottles of strawberry conditioner and totally replaced my shower shaving cream. It smells great, works great and you don't step out of the shower with dry and itchy legs.
SHOPPING TIP - Did you know that you are more likely to purchase an item when you physically touch it? Ohio State University did a study that found that people who handled an item were more likely to buy it. It takes about 30 seconds to already "feel" like an item is yours. Keep that in mind the next time you go shopping especially Christmas shopping. :) Here is a link to an article from MSN about this study: If you touch it, you buy it
WEBSITE TIP- Where the jobs are
A few weeks ago I gave a couple of websites that are great for seasonal job hunting. Today I wanted to give you a website that is helpful for the job hunt in general. Check out Simplyhired.com. This is an amazing search engine that enables you to search for jobs in broad terms by state or more specific by keyword or category. Definitely give it a look and pass it along. It is a great tool.
The First 10,000 entries will win a FREE studded bracelet from Seventeen. Entries are limited to females ages 13 to 29. This is while supplies last. A notice will be posted when they reach 10,000 entries. Make Me Chic Studded Bracelet
Kashi still has two of their snack drive samples left if you haven't gotten in on this freebie.
My son is taking Japanese, and one of the things he has toyed with is oragami. When I saw the free samples of Origami paper from Everything In Paper Crafting. I knew I had to check it out. They have tutorials too so you might want to check it out yourselves. One thing after I entered for the paper it mentioned a sample for comet. It was one of those participation samples (register, complete offers, and get samples)...don't do it.
Yep it is that time again. I have just about recovered from Women of Faith. Thankfully I felt just good enough to get things in order for my day job. I hope that you find a little something for you! I'll be posting more Saturday evening, as we have a special conference coming up THIS weekend called Shepherding Your Teen with the Youth Transition Network. I'll be posting about what I learned.
I thought it might be nice to do a little something about reusing an item or two.
If you are like me, you may have a wallet that is a little tight because of loyalty cards and membership cards. If you are also like me, it may be hard to find those cards when you need them. Here is an awesome tip. Take one of those Altoids mint tins and use it to hold your loyalty cards. This is a great place to keep them where the cards wont stretch out your wallet, and they will be easy to locate. These tins are also great to hold mini boo-boo kits. You can put in some bandages, aspirin, cough drops, Rolaids, and those little wet naps. They can also be used as mini play tins by adding some crayons and some folded up paper or even some Soduku sheets or crosswords and some golf pencils to keep you or the kids busy when waiting.
Mesh bags. I am always gathering up mesh bags from onions, nuts, and fruits. Here are a few ways to reuse them. You can use them as a scrubber for pots and pans, attach them to your gutter top to keep leaves out but water will still go in, you can also use them to hold small items that you are going to wash in the dishwasher like baby bottle nipples and caps, when you gather up all those itty bits and pieces of soap that kind of make the soap dish look creepy, pop them in a mesh bag and use that to wash extra dirty gardening hands or even scrub rough tootsies (doesn't that sound so much nicer than rough feet?) and if you want to offer the birds a little treat, you can place some suet in a mesh bag and easily hang it from a tree branch.
Ketchup bottles. Reuse cleaned ketchup bottles to make fun bath toys for the kids or make pancake or cupcake batter squeeze out without the mess.
Website Tips (A little website for the kids and one for you!)-
If you have a child who is planning on taking the ACT, SAT or GRE you might want to direct them to Number2.com. Number2.com is a free site for SAT, ACT and GRE prep. They also have a great vocabulary builder section. Considering that my son is 15 and a sophmore in high school, we are definitely going to keep this site in my computer's bookmarks.
Nowadays families are super busy. There are sports events to go to, lessons, work, parties and so many other things to keep track of, and Cozi has a way to keep track of it all for free. With Cozi you can keep your appointments on track, have the kids schedules set and even color coded, you can plan and print out your shopping lists, and lots more. And it is all for free! This is such an amazing tool! Truly keeping things organized can keep the stress down, finances up, and keep you at peace! Follow the link below to check it out.
Target has free samples now! These are great samples too. Follow the link below to get a sample of Tide Original with Acti-Life laundry detergent and Glad Odor Shield trash bags. With six foster kittens in our home, the odor shield bags would be a great freebie!
The first 10,000 to respond to Right At Home will get the Touch-Up & Go Pack. This pack includes a canister of Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Bathroom Wipes, a pouch of Pledge Lemon Clean Wipes, a pouch of Pledge Multi Surface Wipes and a canister of Windex Original Glass Wipes. Sign up now for your chance.
While supplies last you can get a sample of Ester-C Gummies. Now is definitely the time to take advantage of all the vitamins you can get. LINK: Ester-C Gummies
I have to bring this up again, because if you haven't signed up yet, you definitely want to take advantage of a free sample of Taster's Choice little coffee singles. This samples if for six varieties. These really come in handy when you want a coffee but you are on the go.
Free CCM has a new download this week for 33Miles new song "What Grace Looks Like" from their new CD "Today." Great title! You can still take advantage of their other free downloads from Caedmon's Call, Bart Millard, Disciple, The Afters, Phil Wickham and Sara Groves.
iTickets.com has a free download of "You Belong To Me" from Michael W. Smith's CD "Wonder." This is good if you missed it on hear it first! You can also download "Your Will" by Ken Reynolds Featuring Darick Rutley from Gotta Have Gospel 8.
And speaking of Hear It First. Really you must sign up. This week's download was Matthew West's My Own Little World. Just sign up for their news letter and get to download new music EVERY Tuesday! You can also listen to Matthew's new album "The Story of Your Life" AND enter to win a special Matthew West prize pack. Seriously...do you want to pass this up? PS I also got to download "Love Amazing" by Circleslide.
Here is another interesting treat. If you can't make it to the Make A Difference Tour or if you want to just enjoy the music in advance. Go to Hear It First today at 5 pm Pacific to watch the Make A Difference Tour. There is a suggested donation of $10.00.
For me this is my second round on the Meet Me On Monday blog hop, and I just had a ball! I was able to learn new things about some wonderful bloggers. I am really looking forward to this time around. Java at Never Growing Old came up with this fab way to get to know a little something about each other. :) What a doll. Here is a run down from Java:
Blogging is a funny thing...we tell our most intimate thoughts for all to read and yet most of the time I find myself sitting and wondering, "who is this person!?" I know them...but yet I don't know them! I want to know who the person is behind all those words so I thought of a great way for all of us to "meet" each other!
Every Sunday I will post five get to know you questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!
1. What is the best dish you can make?
This took some thinking. I would have to say that my best dish is roast chicken with lemons. I found this recipe one day, and I make it at least once a month. It is ridiculously easy to make, looks gorgeous, and I can use the leftovers to make several different meals (example garlic chicken lettuce wraps, chicken and black bean quesadillas, chicken enchiladas, chicken salad and more) for my family. After the first meal, I literally pull off all the meat and use the carcass to make my own chicken stock (a real money saver).
2. How often do you change your sheets?
I would say we change our sheets every two weeks. The key is to not make your bed immediately after getting up. It allows the bed to air out and not reek. What a dorky tip! Truly though we do wait two weeks. That is unless my cat hurls on the bed. He is a cute but weird cat that only feels safe when hurling on carpet or bedding. Yep...what a dear. ;)
3. What is the longest car trip you have ever taken?
In one sitting? Because I have driven cross-country. That of course took a while. We often spent summers driving across the country doing the whole Griswold thing. :) I have had long commutes. I used to drive from my old job at the casino and it would take about an hour and a half. I also used to drive to Maine a lot when I lived in Rhode Island so my son could visit with family there. That would take about 4 hours. When I see my doctor in California, I drive to stay with my brother and sister-in-law which is about 6 hours. I guess I didn't really need to mention my old commute. :) Okay...take your pick. :)
4. What is your favorite fruit?
Nectarines are by far my faves. I love when they are just so ripe that you are pretty much wearing them as well as eating them. Strawberries rock too. I think I love all fruit for the most part.
5. Would you rather have breakfast for dinner or dinner for breakfast?
Now that I am no longer in college. I would prefer breakfast for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I really would rather stay away from dinner for breakfast which in my college years amounted to cold pizza or leftover lasagna. By the way, I pretty much rock at making lasagna too. Just tossing that out there fore ya! :)
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