Saturday, February 16, 2008

Super Savings Saturday ~ CVS, Walgreens, Meijer, Walmart & Ebay


You would think I had money with how much shopping I've been doing lately. Money saving mom asked what good deals we got this week & here is a run down of what I have bought.

Walgreens, I picked up a Softsoap, Deoderent (for my dad) & that plumping lipstick that had a $5.99 rebate.





At CVS I bought 2 Fusion Razors with $4 off coupons & I used mine & hubbies extra care card for the $6 ECB. I wanted to do one at Walgreens but they were out of stock. I also got 3 tubes of Colgate with the $1 off coupon & the $1 ECB & then 1 Spongebob colgate for the $1.88 with $1 ECB. I picked up 4 of the children's aspirin. I also picked up an eyeshadow 75% off & then some face wash for hubby on clearance oh & shave gel. I really wanted that Gatorade, but out of the 3 CVS I went to, none had it. Don't ask, but we get prescriptions at like 3 different CVS's.

On the one razor with hubbies card, I paid $6.59 out of pocket, but I have $6 ecb to use later. On my stuff I spent a little over $2 out of pocket between 3 trips & have $7.58 left to spend.

I also picked up 2 packages of knee socks at Meijer for $2.99 each for my 10 year old, which is a great deal! Plus I found cute tube top for both girls for $2 each at Walmart. Love finding summer clothes on clearance before summer. Oh & I found a 3 pack of undies for my oldest for $1.50 & then a Loving Family mom & toddler for $2.50.

Some of my best scores were on ebay though for my daughters dance. I found some dance paws for under $9 shipped (retail 30) & some Capezio jazz shoes in hard to find Caramel for $25 +5.60 shipping, plus I added 3 pairs of convertible tights for an extra $22 no extra shipping. The shoes alone go for between $50 & 60 locally! Plus I found 3 pairs for my younger daughter for $19 shipped.

If you shop online be sure to use Ebates or Mr. Rebates or Bigcrumbs (works at ebay)
for even more savings!

Smart Habit Saturday

Last Saturday I started this back up again. I had been working on sorting my laundry for all hang dry & all dryer loads, so try & stop using the dryer as much. So far so good!

This week I only did 1 dryer load & it was towels & sheets. I have to dry those, so did pretty good.

This week, I'd like to start working on removing my make up at night. I am terrible at doing that & I wear make up at least 5 days a week & usually all 7.

I think the way to meet this goal is to take it off when I know I'm in for the night instead of waiting till I'm ready for bed. By then, I'm tired & don't want to deal with it.

Let's revisit my few other habits ~

Walking ~ This habit is on hold till the weather gets nicer. I did really well though before the cold winter set in. I still try to park farther back or walk more in the stores, etc.

Keeping the kitchen table clean ~ I've had my ups & downs with this one. It is actually clean right now & has been for a few weeks, umm I mean days, lol. Hey I'm trying!

Play more with the kids ~ Still doing this one :)

Finances ~ I'm doing good, well finances suck but I'm doing good with what I got

Water ~ I'm not doing well with actual water, but I have cut down my pop so much. I have been drinking a lot of iced tea & hot green tea!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Task Manager Giveaway

Blogging with Cents is currently giving away FruitfulTime Task Manager’s to do list software , which helps you stay organized. I could use this with blogging, selling on ebay, 2 girls in school & dance we have a lot on our plate most days. Enter here at the Contest Post.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Get Fit in February ~ Happy Valentines day


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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Wordless Wednesday ~ our cat

I realized I never post pics of our kitty, Melissa.

Thyroid Biopsy went ok, I tried leaving but hubby was being a jerk & wouldn't sneak me out. A bit sore & tired from the Xanax. Hurts to swallow, hopefully won't last to long. My doctor apt is scheduled for the 21st. Here's hoping they don't' call early with results, that might mean bad news.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Darwin Day 2008



Today is Darwin Day. Charles Darwin was born February 12, 1809. It is hard to believe that he was born 199 years ago today, and we are still fighting the evolution battle.

If you don't much about Darwin, I encourage you to look him up. Spend some time reading about his life and work on the internet. Better yet, read his books!

On the Origin of Species
The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals

You can read about Darwin's life here.

I wonder what he would think if he was alive right now?

Happy Darwin day!

Need help finding a Babysitter? or are you a sitter?

With Valentines day right around the corner, you might be Looking for a babysitter?




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You can sign up if you are looking for a sitter of if you are a sitter. You can also find a pet sitter or a baby/pet sitter.

I just noticed that sometime this year, they will also hook you up with tutors, that will be great. Also, house sitters & senior sitters. I'd love to be a house sitter, maybe I should start doing that!

Tv Strike Over, Update on shows returning & Big Brother 9

Finally, the strike is over. I'm so bummed because my favorite new show, Journeyman got canceled during the strike :(

E-online has a list of a bunch of shows that will or will not be returning this season. Here are the shows I watch ~

BONES

What We're Hearing: One Bones castmember tells us the strike was "very emotional and surreal" and that while they don't yet know how many more episodes they might produce this season, things look good for a return to the set. Another cast member tells us: "I would assume that production would start back in two weeks or so." However, sources tell us there is no decision yet on whether Bones will go back into production this season.


BURN NOTICE

Executive Producer Matt Nix Says: "The truth is that we were very lucky in that the strike corresponded almost exactly with what our hiatus would have been anyway. So, really, if it ends today, we go back into writer prep next week, and we go back on the air at about exactly the same time but with more episodes. I think this actually gave USA a little time to kind of be happy about the show. So, we're incredibly lucky. Honestly, in all this talk to show runners, there are a lot of shows that had to make really horrible sacrifices. We were not one of those shows."

What We're Hearing: Burn will get a bump up to a 16-episode season this summer. That's four solid months of Michael Weston. Whoo!


DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Executive Producer Marc Cherry Says: At the SAG Awards, Marc told us: "I think maybe I could cram in seven episodes [before the end of the season]. It would take us about two weeks to get back into production. I'm chomping at the bit. The moment the starting pistol is fired, I'm off and running. I'm ready to go, I just need the okay [from the union]."

What We're Hearing: At this point in time, six episodes is more likely than seven, but don't worry, there will be plenty of Wisteria Lane hijinks on your TV come May sweeps.

DEXTER

What We're Hearing: Absatively, posolutely assured of a third season, but exactly when remains to be determined.

Chuck & Heroes

Both plan on coming back in the fall.

HOUSE

What We're Hearing: House is expected to return with four to six new episodes beginning in April. Wheretofore Chase and Cameron? You'll know the minute we do.

Alyson Hannigan

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

Executive Producer Carter Bays Says: "We're unbelievably stoked to be getting back to work. The chance to finish out the season is a dream come true in pretty much every way: getting our crew back on the payroll, getting our staff off the picket line and back in the writers room and, most of all, actually writing again. And doing eight more episodes will feel really good. And I couldn't imagine a season-three DVD with just those first 11 episodes on it. Eleven episodes didn't feel like a season. We're TV, not HBO.

"I'm glad we struck and I'm glad we got what we got, but at the end of the day we're writers. We all just want to write."

What We're Hearing: CBS has made no official decision regarding HIMYM's fate this season, so we'd like to remind Les Moonves that a complete season would be legen—wait for it—dary! TV without Barney Stinson is like a world without sunshine.


ONE TREE HILL

Executive Producer Mark Schwahn Says: "Although we have six new episodes left, no one is more excited about the end of the strike than we are at One Tree Hill. With our four-year jump ahead, we're having an outstanding year creatively, and despite standing alone on Tuesdays, our numbers are routinely second only to Smallville for scripted dramas at the CW. We'd love the opportunity to continue season five, and if the WGA's new contract is ratified, hopefully we'll be able to do just that. If not, we'll see you for season six."

What We're Hearing: The See-Dub has requested five or six more eps to finish out this season!

PSYCH

Executive Producer Steve Franks Says: "While we wouldn't dare call it over until the votes are counted, we all just want to go start writing again.

"We have our furniture rentals on hold and are excited to go down to Costco and purchase about $3,000 in bulk snacks for our office kitchen with the NBC p-card. So, if you're planning on going in for any Sweet & Salty Peanut bars in Manhattan Beach any time soon, you better hurry, because we're taking everything on the pallet and anything that says 100 calorie and cookie on it. For good measure, I'm going to put some all-weather tires on the credit card, too, since NBC/Universal will probably be too swamped to notice when the bill comes in, and I've never driven to Mexicali before.

"As for Shawn and Gus, I have no idea what will happen this season as I signed the 'pencils down' letter at the start of the strike and actually wrote nothing, then got used to writing nothing, started kind of enjoying writing nothing, and now I gotta come up with 16 good ideas and figure out what to get my wife for Valentine's Day? In the same week. Holy crap, I gotta run.

"Thankfully we have an awesome staff, and they probably figured out their Valentine dilemma on the own, which puts us halfway there.

"But whatever it is that happens, I know it's going to build on the shocker of an ending we have for our season finale Friday. Did I mention who directed it? Let's just say he's looking for Valentine ideas."


REAPER

What We're Hearing: Reaper will resume production shortly and finish out its first season with five new episodes. <--- I started watching this show during the strike, it isn't bad. I'm still surprised this made it but Journeyman didn't, hmmm


SMALLVILLE

What We're Hearing: Our all-time favorite Smallville source (SWAK!) tells us the CW wants the show to produce five more episodes this season.


WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB

What We're Hearing: Despite what you have been told, sources assure me, "WMC isn't dead. We're still in discussions with the network." Developing...

For more information on where the rest of your favorite shows stand, check out the Watch with Kristin section on E! Online

Don't forget, tonight 9pm CBS, BIG BROTHER 9


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Monday, February 11, 2008

America's Most Miserable Cities ~ Detroit #1 !!!

I go to yahoo to check what is on tv & I see the headline, America's Most Miserable Cities. I had to click on it because I knew Detroit would be in there. We are always on the bad lists. I wasn't sure if we would make #1 but guess what? WE DID ! Woo hoo, go Detroit :)

Imagine living in a city with the country's highest rate for violent crime and the second-highest unemployment rate. As an added kicker you need more Superfund dollars allocated to your city to clean up contaminated toxic waste sites than just about any other metro.

Unfortunately, this nightmare is a reality for the residents of Detroit. The Motor City grabs the top spot on Forbes' inaugural list of America's Most Miserable Cities.

Misery is defined as a state of great unhappiness and emotional distress. The economic indicator most often used to measure misery is the Misery Index. The index, created by economist Arthur Okun, adds the unemployment rate to the inflation rate. It has been in the narrow 7-to-9 range for most of the past decade, but was over 20 during the late 1970s.


There also exists a Misery Score, which is the sum of corporate, personal, employer and sales taxes in different countries. France took the top spot (or perhaps bottom is more appropriate) with a score of 166.8, thanks to a top rate of 51% on personal incomes and 45% for employer Social Security.

But aren't there other things that cause Americans misery? Of course. So we decided to expand on the Misery Index and the Misery Score to create our very own Forbes Misery Measure. We're sticking with unemployment and personal tax rates, but we are adding four more factors that can make people miserable: commute times, weather, crime and that toxic waste dump in your backyard.

We looked at only the 150 largest metropolitan areas, which meant a minimum population of 371,000. We ranked the cities on the six criteria above and added their ranks together to establish what we call the Misery Measure. The data used in the rankings came from Portland, Ore., researcher Bert Sperling, who last year published the second edition of Cities Ranked & Rated along with Peter Sander. Economic research firm Economy.com, which is owned by Moody's, also supplied some data.

Detroit in the top spot, with its sister city Flint ranked third, is probably not a great shock. "If Detroit were a baseball team, we'd say they are mired in a slump," says Sperling. Both Detroit and Flint have suffered tremendously from the auto industry downturn. Flint's plight was immortalized in the Michael Moore movie Roger & Me, which chronicles Moore's attempts to meet with then General Motors Chief Executive Roger Smith.


You can read the entire article listing the other 9 miserable areas here. I love the last line though ~

So take heart, Detroit, you are not alone. After all, misery loves company.

If you want to catch a glimpse of Detroit, check out this video in a previous post of mine.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sunday Salon


I have been reading Kim Harrison's book Dead Witch Walking. I'm really enjoying it. I've had it for awhile now, but I tend to read library books before reading the books I actually own. I've only got one library book and I do not like it really. It is a young adult book that I heard was good & thought would be a quick read. I just can't get into it though. I'm holding onto it though in case I have the urge to read it after finishing this book.

I want to read the next Alex Cross book by James Patterson, just have to get a hold of it.

My brother also told me about a good Dragon book that he is reading. I might try & get that book as well. Plus I need to see if my library carries the Dexter books, my brother told me they are supposed to be quite different from the tv show (which I love).

Ok, going to try & get a few more chapters in today. I'm going for biopsy this Wednesday, maybe I will get some reading done when I'm taking it easy. That will be one of the few things to keep my mind off of it :)

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Smart Habit Saturday ~ Laundry


I haven't done a Smart Habit Saturday in a long time, but Laura's goal about laundry inspired me to actually post something I have been trying to do. We hang dry a lot of clothes, all of my husbands shirts, almost all of Aly's clothes (shirts & pants), and then quite a bit of my tops, jeans & most Cam's tops & some pants. I used to try & do loads specifically for hang drying to save on dryer. Then I got lazy & just started doing loads like normal & hanging part & drying part. This past week I decided to do some loads of just hanging to save on drying. I'm determined to make this my new habit.

We actually do not have a lot of room for hanging clothes & depending on time of year, we sometimes I have issues with them actually drying in the basement. We are not allowed to hang clothes outside, silly isn't it. Especially with all the Environment issues that we are facing in this day & age. There is no way to do all our laundry by hanging, so I will be drying socks, undies, towels & other linens, plus my t-shirts (I like them shrunk) & hubbies pants (he is funny about his pants being in the dryer, lol). Should save some money in gas & hopefully help the environment some.

I also want to get to the point that I am caught up with laundry. Right now I only do about 3 loads a week because if I do all my laundry, we do have room for all of our clothes clean. Us girls, love our clothes, lol. I really need to go through & get rid of some stuff I don't wear. Another habit for another Saturday