Saturday, January 12, 2008

Registered Mail

Today I got home from the dance studio; I had a piece of registered mail. A bit nervous, I opened it. It was a letter from my doctor. Never heard of that before. I had a thyroid ultrasound in November and was asked to follow up with my specialist for a biopsy. I have been being a baby & not calling. They sent me a letter asking me to please contact my specialist. UGH!

I am so scared of needles, not sure how I could handle a biopsy.

Not much else today. I finished my 2nd book for the year, Mistletoe Murder.

365 Day Journey ~ Day 12

Day 12

Prompt 12

Savor life's tiny delights---a crackling fire, a glorious sunset, a hug from a child, a walk with a friend, a cup of soup, a kiss behind the ear.

John Anthony

What little thing brings comfort to your day?

What a great question, what brings comfort to me? My daughters do that is for sure. When they are stressing me though, my comforts are mainly reading, then scrapbooking & tv. I also love a long hot shower, oh & chocolate!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Insurance & Eyeglasses

I have some goofy insurance, let me tell you. My insurance will cover eyeglasses, not contacts for one. I wear contacts & use eyeglasses for total and I'm talking total emergencies. My insurance will pay for glasses every year, yet they will only cover eye exam every 2 years. Anyone that wears glasses knows that you cannot get eyeglasses without a yearly exam. Plus our selection is very small, I think last time I had 3 choices, seriously! I will be up for a new exam sometime this year and I know my eyes have gotten worse. I need some stylish glasses so I can wear them anytime instead of serious emergencies!

I made a Great Discovery: There prices are amazing, and starting at only $8 for single frame lenses. They only sell their own frames, direct to the customer, so we get the savings. Sounds good to me!

Book Review ~ Black Friday by James Patterson

I didn't start reading James Patterson until I heard his Women's Murder Club books were very good. I read them & was hooked. Then my grandma gave me a couple. I decided I liked his books & wanted to read all of them. I prefer to read authors from first book to last, etc. I tried reading The Thomas Berryman Number but couldn't get through it. Then I put my idea on hold & read other books. During Christmas, I ran out of my library books, so I started digging through the books I actually own :) I realized a lot of them are part of a series & not the first, ugh! I finally came across Black Friday and was able to read it.

A courageous federal agent, a powerful and resourceful woman lawyer--only they can possibly stop the unspeakable from happening. New York City is under siege by a secret militia group--and that's just the beginning of the relentless terror of Black Friday.  Repackaged from the Pocket Books 1987 Mass Market release, Black Market, also by Patterson.

I had a hard time getting into it at first, but once I got about a 1/3 through I was hooked. This book seems to have mixed reviews. Give it a chance though.
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365 Day Journey ~ Day 11

Day 11

Prompt 11

Families are like fudge…mostly sweet, with a few nuts.


Lets add a few more to the self portrait experience!

$100 Gift Card Giveaway

Kim the owner of - a great online spot for Baby Clothing, Shoes, Toys, Gifts and Cloth Diapers is hosting the January Gift Card Give-Away @ go on over and comment and be entered to Win one of two $100 Gift Cards!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Week almost over! Dance Costumes, Shopping ...

This has been a tough week & I am looking forward to the weekend. Today I had to help in my 1st graders class. Tomorrow I have to help sell bagels. Both things I do once a month & it just happens to work out that it is always the same week back to back days. Isn't that how it always seems to go.

Today was the big due date on dance costume deposits. My bill was a measly little $330! & that was just the deposit, ugh! I am buying 11 costumes, 5 for my 6 year old & 7 for my 10 year old. I don't even want to know my balance. When my kids have to go to community college, I will be pulling out the recital pics & dvd's, lol. They love it though, isn't that what matters? Well that is what I tell myself to feel better about these crazy costs. Our studio has an awesome price on classes though, they offer unlimited classes at only $110 a month. You cannot beat that price, my oldest is in 8 classes & that is after dropping 2 of them. We took her out of the musical theater performance to save some money on costumes. I was hoping to drop that all together, but the teacher wrote a special part in for my 6 year old, so couldn't turn that down :)

Ok, I'm exhausted & have to get up early, so off to bed.

I bought some yoga stuff today online, I have been wanting those resistance bands & I finally ordered some online, can't wait to get! Oh & Check out this cool bath & body shop I found today, banner below ~

Lush Skin Care Products

365 Day Journey ~ Day 10

Day 10

Prompt 10

The eyes are the window of the soul

English Proverb

You cannot hide your true feelings through your eyes, they speak a thousand words. Take note!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

365 Day Journey ~ Day 9

Take time every day to do something ridiculous.

Philipa Walker

Lets see the silly side to you!

1 Carat Diamond Stud Earring Giveaway

Goldsmith Jewelry is having an online grand opening. They are generously giving away a pair of $1,500 diamond earrings. Look below for what they are offering!

Make sure to browse the site, they have some gorgeous pieces of jewelry. My mouth is watering!

The Prize

The earrings sell for $1,518 and are 14 karat gold. Each earring is set with a half carat diamond that is graded as I or J color with I1 clarity and an excellent cut.

The winning blogger can choose any one of the following diamond stud earring styles:

Stay at Home Mom 6 years Now

A Momma & the Boys made me realize today that I have been a stay at home mommy for 6 years now this month. When I had my oldest, I had quit working when I was about 21 weeks along. I was having a lot of health problems. On my last week of work, I ended up in the hospital. I was dying of kidney failure & pneumonia. My work {a daycare} actually didn't believe my mom at first when she told them I was hospitalized. They thought I was skipping out on my last days! I ended up having Aly early in Sept, instead of November. I was turning 20 in February, so I ended up joining a vocational school to learn to do nails. It was free up to 19, so I was able to join the January class still. That was 4.5 months, with only about 3 hours a day. My grandma & mom watched Aly & sometimes I put her in the day care that was provided. It was an awful daycare, but we could pull the kids out during lunches.

That finished around April, but we had to wait till June or July to take our state testing & then a few months after that to find out if we passed. I think it was right after I took my testing, I put in an application for a pharmacy technician at CVS. Me & hubby were having major problems, he wasn't dealing well with being so young, married with a baby. I originally took the job as part time, but quickly went to full time.

I ended up passing my manicuring test, but hated doing nails, LOL. So, I stayed working at the pharmacy. I sometimes did nails for girls I worked with for extra money. Me & hubby separated right around August, so it was good I was able to work full time. I ended up putting Aly into day care. She loved it, she is a very social child. I did have problems though & she ended up going to 3 different day cares over the course of 11 months - 4 years!

Me & hubby ended up getting back together & then I had baby #2 in July 01. I had to take early maternity leave because I kept going into labor. I started having painful contractions at 5 months which really sucked. My co-workers were not caring I was pregnant & gave me no sympathy. I'm not sure how it works now, but the 3.5 years I was at CVS, the pharmacy workers usually ate standing up, we didn't get breaks unless we were super slow {never} & had a high stress job dealing with insurance, angry customers, dr problems, etc. The only good thing was that you were behind a wall & only your head could be seen. We were able to have snacks/drinks right were we worked, so that was nice.

Back to my story :) I took maternity leave & then I ended up taking the extra month of no pay. I finally came back to work just one day a week. I didn't want to put Cam in daycare that young, & my mom was only able to watch once a week. I think in November, she ended up being to sick to even watch one day a week, so I ended up going down to one night shift from 6 -9 while hubby could watch kids. In January I finally decided that was silly & quit. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom.

I'm not going to lie, it is hard with only one income. I do sell on ebay, which helps a lot. Over the years I did try direct sales with Avon, Tupperware & 2 scrapbook companies, along with a few other not so known ones. I never did really well with direct sales though. Anyways, A Momma & the boys has a great post about money saving tips to becoming a SAHM.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Life Spinning out of Control

Do you ever feel like your life is spinning out of control? My hubby got some bad news yesterday & I honestly don't know how we are going to handle it. Plus my kids dance bill is insane & with the bad news hubby just received, no idea how we are going to pay it. Then with all that on my mind, driving home from dance last night I got in a car accident! Life sucks at the moment.

Today I had a lot to do, hubby had a dr apt & I had one. Kids had dance, homework, etc

I actually feel better today. Still not sure how we are going to manage, but whatever. Take it one day at a time right ...

I will have to get some pics of my stupid car. The front is all smashed, but it still drives luckily. The other car only got a teeny tiny scratch. Seriously drive a mini van they withstand anything. Years ago when I was in high school, a minivan rear ended me. My trunk was totally smashed into the backseat. 1,000's in damages. The guy gets out of his van & starts laughing. He says, "Hey check that out, my car just has this scratch. Oh hey look, it is from smashing your trunk, he he." I was in total shock! I was 17, driving my moms car. Plus the reason for the accident was the person in front of me hit a dog, then took off. The dog went flying back into my car & then the guy behind me doesn't see any of it & plows into my car. The poor family of the dog, came running out & started hugging me & my friend to make sure we were ok. They thought we killed there poor dog. We told them, no it was the car that took off. Crazy!

Anyways, today was all gray & rainy so I didn't try to get any pictures. Plus I was going from wake up time till just a bit ago when my youngest finally fell asleep. I did somehow manage to keep up all my project 365 stuff though :) Not much scrapping though, hopefully soon my muse will inspire me & I will use up some of my stash.


365 Day Journey ~ Day 8

“The best color in the whole world, is the one that looks good, on you!”

Coco Chanel

Monday, January 7, 2008

365 Day Journey ~ Day 7

Look back and smile on perils past.

Sir Walter Scott

Week one is over, how do you feel ? Capture with a photo

Layout prompt 1

Choose a photo from week 1 and use your Goals list for your journaling and a favourite quote. This is the first layout in your 52 week album!

Wedding Ideas Blog

There is a new blog out there that has great wedding ideas. Check it out!

Being a Coffee Drinker

There is nothing like waking up in the morning to a nice fresh cup of coffee. I wasn't a big coffee drinker until I had my first baby and went back to work. Nothing like staying up all night with a baby/toddler and then heading into a stressful day at work. I worked as a pharmacy technician, so we had tons of stress from insurance companies and customers!

If you are a coffee drinker then you want a good coffee pot, right? Check out the keurig coffee maker. Back when I worked I could easily go through an entire pot. Drink some while getting ready, fill a big jumbo cup to take with me. You get the point. Now that I am a stay at home mommy, I still love my coffee, but don't want to drink entire pots.

I've been debating what type of new coffee pot I want. Keurig makes one that only makes one cup of a copy at a time. It is the Platinum B70 Coffee Maker. It has really great reviews for being the best one cup of coffee maker.

Keurig also has a nice looking pot that is good for expresso & latte's. It is the Special Edition B60 Coffee Maker. Looks like it is a bit cheaper in price then Platinum pot. Decisions, Decisions.

If you are thinking about looking for anything, Wize looks like a pretty cool website. They have opinions on tons of products!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

365 Day Journey ~ Day 6

Hold out your hands to feel the luxury of the sunbeams.

Helen Keller

Our hands tell us alot about the person we are, our occupations, age and life.

What do your hands say about you. Take note

Sunday Salon

The Sunday

I just found the Sunday Salon & thought how fun. I am currently reading Black Friday by James Patterson. I have to admit, it is going slowly. I started reading it on the 1st, so I am bummed that I am not even half way through it. Maybe today, I will make progress. I actually read quite a bit of it yesterday at dance. It is good so far, not sure why I am struggling. I think part of it is that it is an older book. It deals with New York stock market getting blown up. I just keep thinking of 9-11.

Oh well off to read some more, will update this post later on.

* Update ~ I ended up reading 7 chapters on Sunday & read a few more this morning. Really getting into the book now, yeah! *

Colgate 360 ToothBrush Review

I received a great 8 pack of the Colgate 360 tooth brushes for Christmas. This is a tooth brush I normally wouldn't have paid the higher price tag for. I am so thankful I received it as a present though because now I know it is totally worth the price!

Product Description~ Whole mouth clean! Unique tongue cleaner helps remove significantly more bacteria than tooth brushing alone. Bristle design and polishing cups help remove more plaque and stains than an ordinary toothbrush. Made in Switzerland.

I used to use an electric toothbrush plus a manual toothbrush to better clean my tongue. The Colgate 360 totally does the work of both & is way cheaper then the electric. The tongue cleaner on the back of the brush is so easy to use and the shape allows you to use it on the roof of your mouth as well. The outside bristles are soft enough to not hurt or cut your gums, but they're strong enough to get your mouth clean. It actually feels like your mouth is getting a massage. When I first saw it, it seemed very big, but it isn't. Every time I use it, I feel like I just left the dentist. I really can't express how much I love this toothbrush, run & buy one! Seriously you will thank me, they are awesome.

I received an 8 pack & I believe it came from Sams or Costco. I have no idea what it cost though. Amazon sells the 6 pack for $20.99.

Contest RoundUP

Lookit! I Spy . . . is giving away a Omron HJ-112 Digital Premium Pedometer, just in time for those New Years resolutions! To enter, just stop by the giveaway post and leave a comment before January 9th.

Tiany is having a blogaversary party and is giving away lots of wonderful gifts. Be sure to stop by and enter for your chance to win! You have to blog some of your favorite things, so here are mine:

Colgate 360 Toothbrush
My Canon digital camera
Serious Skin Care A-Copper Moisturizer
Aveeno Oatmeal baby lotion
Chocolate Truffles
My scrapbooks

Laura Williams' Musings is giving away a copy of The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner. Stop on by to leave a comment for your chance to win! (Ends January 14th.)

The Fun Blog - Book Giveaway - Enter by Jan 5th!

This is a great giveaway going at Tea time with Valerie. This one is a box full of scrapbooking and card making supplies. This giveaway has a little of everything ~ Paper, cardstock, stickers, embellishments, and tools. All of the goodies were donated from Sara of Stampin’ Up, so definitely go over and check out what she has. You might just get inspired.

TV Store Online Halloween Costume Giveaway

I didn't realize that the sold a huge line of Halloween costumes until recently. They are the place to go if yo...