Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Do you love Blog Contests?

I LOVE CONTESTS....have I won anything, not yet but someday I hope so!  I have made some cool blogger friends. 

I go to this great blog that allows other bloggers to post their contests and it is all family friendly.  I'm going now to check out what contests are listed for today.

http://blog.nickels-n-dimes.com/  please join me in the FUN! 

Also Nickels-n-Dimes posts about freebies, coupons and more goodies for families.

Monday, January 25, 2010

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More Than Bargains- I think is DEAD

I did an upgrade about 3 weeks ago and every since then my site has been f**ked up!  I'm so sad because its 2yrs of work but I learned some valuable lessons and will move on!

Instead of starting a new site on wordpress I will just come back to blogger.  Wordpress has horrible customer service and the help you get on the forums either don't get answered or you get someone who you think is giving you assistance actually is giving you sabotage instructions.  I was told to this and that and it would be all fixed...haha it erased EVERYTHING and I was stuck.  Go anyhoo...moving on!

So I've decided I'm going to post the deals/freebies/workshop info/family stuff on here plus so much more.  One blog!  Let's see if it works- if not oh well I least gave it a shot. 

Looking forward to a wonderful 2010!

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010-What will it bring

darn if I know!

My saying for 2010 is GO BIG IN 2010.  Not even sure where I picked that up at but hey it works.

Resolutions....ummm I make them but then I break them or don't even do them.  So lets set some GOALS-see word change and its all good.

~Loose weight....of course!  That means I need to eat healthier (have been working on that for awhile now) and maybe I should hop on the Wii Fit that hasn't seen my booty in a couple months.  I know I know!  Kids and I have been walking a lot so that's helping. My boss said I lost a lot weight...well she only sees me once a month so of course I look different, lol!

~Relationships...need to work on all of them.  I need to make an effort to call my grandparents more...just not on holiday's!  Okay I also need to let go of some anger issues and communicate with my dad more.  Sometimes I just want him to feel how I felt when I was young and he was too busy for me.  But I guess tit for tat is not good at my age.  My hubby and I have a really good relationship now but we need to find time alone and go on dates!

~Job Issues....I'm always saying I want to quit the cafe but its good money for the 2 days plus I LOVE my customers but I'm getting old and you should see me after a hard day at work-can't move/in pain!  I'm working more on the online job I have and I want to show him that I can do a lot more.  I want to become a virtual assistant.  I love working from home and want to work more on making that a FULL-TIME gig!

~Kids...I want to get them into dance and swimming for sure this year.  Lil Man has mad skills dancing and Lil Mama has her heart on swimming.  We are reading a lot more and I love that because I'm a big reader and want my kids to enjoy the same love of books as I do!

~Blogs....work on both every week!  Try to post daily but I also know that won't happen so why stress myself out about that!  I want to meet more bloggers and have my own community.  Maybe hook up with more bargain mama's and start a forum. 

I know there are more stuff but if I make the list too long then I give up and nothing will get accomplished! 

GO BIG IN 2010!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lil Mama needs to learn how to play by herself.

I can't be her 24hr play buddy.  I have things to do!  She is 5 1/2 and never plays by herself and if she does someone has to be in the same room.  Never plays in her bedroom

So the whining started at 8am...someone please play with me, I have no one to play with, I'm bored.  All day I've been hearing this in between the fighting and the crying.  It is raining so I can't take them outside.  The kids have been fighting ALL DAY. 

I've set her up with many different things to do all day...nothing works!  She wants someone right there by her side.  Can you tell I'm a bit stressed.  Yesterday, I spent all day with her- we played monopoly 2x, art stuff, movie-2 of them, and 2 walks.  Today I had house stuff to do and she complained all day and had to be everywhere I went.  I tried to take a shower by myself and she had to sit on the toilet the whole time.  Lil Man he plays very well by himself why can't Lil Mama.  I'm not asking all the time because I enjoy her but somedays I have things I need to do. When do they go back to school????  1 more week.  Ok rant over!

Bad Words and Lil Man!

I saw F**K head and B**tch in his journal.  He saw the look on my face and ripped out the page real fast and started tearing it up in pieces.  I wasn't invading his privacy he had the notebook and was holding it to his chest while talking to me. I asked him to talk to me about it and he started crying and said he wrote it about a girl who is at his school who is really bad! Pretty much every kid has issues with her.  She loves to pick on Lil Man.  Ugh!  Then it hit me...where did you learn to write those words.  Guess what the answer was....the bad ass the kids that we used to live by.  So happy we moved!

My hubby and I had a talk with him about using those words. We want him to express himself and gave him suggestions on different words to use instead of the adults words.  He thought he would be in a lot of trouble but as a parent I felt this was a learning experience for all of us.

Monday, December 28, 2009

My hubby~Thank You

Well sometimes as you can see from previous posts I just want to scream WTF is wrong with you but other times I just look at him like I did the first day I met him with those goo goo eyes!   Yesterday, I came home from work and he had the house clean, laundry worked on, kids alive, and made a yummy dinner.  He made sure I didn't have to do much and I was able to relax.  What a man!  I appreciate him and he doesn't know it but I brag a lot about what a wonderful husband I have to my customers.  Last year at this time I wasn't quite sure if we would have made it but we did and have even grown as a couple.   Looking forward to a wonderful year and more growth in our relationship.  When I see him trying I want to try even more!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

My cookies SUCKED

well that is what Lil Mama said after she tried my chocolate chip cookies then turned around and spit it all in the garbage can. 

That's what I get for substituting baking powder for baking soda.  We didn't have baking soda so I checked online and it said to use 3x the baking powder and it will be fine.  Ummmmm NO!  They didn't even look like chocolate chip cookies.  But we continued because the kids were having a blast so... SO WHAT if the cookies suck we still had fun and that was the point. 

I guess I have to thank my horrible baking skills because I probably would have gained at lest 5lbs on the cookies we made.  They made great decorations.  I need practise on my baking. 

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Fighting about money

I hate fighting over money with my hubby!  We have a weird way of dealing with money as a married couple and its hard to find the right balance.  We split everything down the middle.  This began when we dated and let me tell you it bothered me then and it bothers me NOW.  I make more money some months then he does because I have 3 jobs.  When the airbrush business is good then all is good.  He told me yesterday that I spent too much money on the kids...well dude it my amazon associate gift cards that I used for 50% of what they got.

Yes, they got spoiled but everything I bought was at least 30-80% off.  He is just upset I didn't spoil him....that stopped years ago when after the 3rd year of being together and he wouldn't even make the effort to make me gift then I threw in the bag.  Before I get comments about how Xmas is not about how much money you spend.....I KNOW that is my point to my husband over the years so I gave up!  He would be opening up presents I made and/or bought as happy as a clam and there I sit with nothing...I guess I'm still bitter because nothing has changed.  He still goes out on Xmas Eve to Walgreens/Long's Drug store and buys me crap....I want something from his heart!  Maybe a portrait (because that is what he does) of our kids....I gave that idea to him many times.  Okay now this post has turned in a RANT about my hubby's gift giving, lol!  So let's get back on track.....

Okay I spent more on the kids this year than other years...ok fine but who is it hurting.  When we moved I threw away a lot of their toys so we have room.  We have a beautiful tree and decorations up everywhere so why not have a WONDERFUL Christmas.  For the last 3 years I haven't really been int he Xmas spirit so let me have this year.  Plus my kids are 5 and 8 this is all about the presents anyways if we are really honest.  

We are going to have a beautiful Christmas filled with love, family, friends, and guess what a lot of  PRESENTS for the kids!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

WanChai Ferry~Orange Chicken

I was sent this Dinner Kit to try and WOW my family really enjoyed it. It was soooooo easy to cook too and let me say we saved a lot of money not eating out at our FAV Chinese Restaurant.

The only suggestion I would have is if you have 4 people make more rice.

This gets a big THUMBS UP and I plan to buy more flavors plus this one again.

I highly recommend this product and if you would like a coupon please visit: http://www.wanchaiferry.com/products.aspx

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