Jul 312012
 

It’s SO close, I can hardly contain myself!

My Sweet C is going to be home TOMORROW and her room is coming along, minus the whole ruffle throw thing I promised.

Here is a sneak peek, in case she happens to be reading this week… if so, I LOVE YOU BABY! CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!

Sweet C's Room

Sweet C's Room

Sweet C's Room

PS. I sent her a joke today: What do you call a fake noodle?

AN IMPASTA

 PPS. This happened to our bedroom yesterday… IDK HOW that got there ;) Guess I’ll be making that ruffle throw after all!

Yes, A Sewing Table in Our Room

Yes, A Sewing Table in Our Room

 Posted by at 3:54 pm
Jul 292012
 

Breakfast of Champions

Welcome Champ,  our United States athletes are doing pretty awesome in the Olympics this far, right? I am amazed at the sheer talent each competitor has, they are inspiring!

This week I am making breakfast ahead because it is sure to be one of “those weeks”, being it is the first of the month, beginning of a new quarter, and accruals are due. That’s right, I went there, big working-girl talk. Eggs and English muffins always make me happy, and since the Olympics are being held in London this year, it seems fitting to share my quick and healthy breakfast recipe utilizing English Muffins. Do you know the Muffin Man?

Breakfast Tools

What you need now:

Eggs [I prefer Eggland's Best brown eggs, they have a better tasting yolk]

Spinach

Salt/Pepper to taste

What you need later:

English Muffins

Cheese [optional]

Bacon [optional]

Continue reading »

 Posted by at 10:38 am
Jul 272012
 

James Avery Craftsman Silversmith

If there is one thing every [southern] girl must have, it is a charm bracelet to commemorate all of our special journey’s in life. I received my first charm bracelet from my parents when I was a kid, I was SO excited; I remember my Dad being SO proud of himself for picking the best charms for me. On our recent trip to Washington, DC and Virginia, my Sweet C and I both picked out charms at Colonial Williamsburg to add to our collection.

My sister brought to my attention that now through August 31, James Avery is giving you their Forged Link Charm Bracelet with any two charm purchase!

I have picked out a few new additions to connect to my current bracelet, which only has a running shoe at the moment [Thanks Patti + Lonnie!]:

James Avery Purchase

This promotion is availabe in store and online through August 31, 2012 [while supplies last]. If you have a store near you, you may choose to have it sent to the store for FREE [Cypress is not available for pick up yet] or shipping starts at $6.50.

Let me know which charms you choose to get with your FREE bracelet!

PS – I realize this post is RIGHT above my post on not wanting to spend more money, because I’m so OVER it. I still am, but as #5 states, Christmas is RIGHT around the corner and Santa can always use a little idea boost ;)

 Posted by at 2:36 pm
Jul 262012
 

Oh. My. Gosh.

Have you ever been sick of spending money? [Stupid, right?] I am there now. I don’t want to go to the grocery store. I don’t want to finish Sweet C’s room. I don’t want to have our master [finally] painted. I’m just over it.

My root cause mind wants to know how I got here. Here is a little jot of what I think may have happened…

  1. New coupons are rolling out and they are low value, like $.75/2 or $1.00/3. Don’t get me wrong, these coupons are great if you can stand to have three boxes of the same cereal and eat them all before they expire… or you have a family of 3+ who actually can take care of the stock quickly. We can’t, wasted money.
  2. We just purchased 40 pounds of delicious 93/7 ground beef from Zaycon… beef isn’t free, you know?
  3. Refinancing a home to a lower interest rate takes a lot of mullah up front, so our savings looks pretty weak right now. [PS, if you are at 6% or higher, now is the time to think about re-financing, especially since the PMI rate was currently reduced] That’s frugal news, you’re welcome. We used Cornerstone Mortgage, they are awesome, email me for their contact info!
  4. My Sweet C’s room is still a disaster. We have made progress – there is a bed, desk and mirror – but there is still so much to do and I prefer for her to come home to a calm area and not a construction zone. She is my delicate flower. One thing at a time, I know, but I want it done now. I’m so silly, I told her I would make her this ruffle throw, I haven’t even purchased the sheets to make it and she will be home on Aug 1. GUH!
  5. Christmas is just around the corner and I have already started shopping, there are TONS of great deals right now on items that I know will be utilized for gift giving. Today, I received an email for $20 off $75 to Vera Bradley, all the rage with the teens and tweens right now. There was a fantastic deal on Groupon over the weekend that I hit up for my brother and B, I’d tell you, but then they would know… what’s the fun of Christmas if you know your gifts?
  6. I have the slight sense that my beautiful, amazing, most wonderful car in the world might be kicking the bucket soon. It hurts my heart. Maybe from all the above, this is the one that gets to me the most. I bought her as a wee baby, just barely old enough to cruise the open roads. We have had a lot of ups and downs and, knock on wood, not one accident; I can’t stand the thought of losing her. It. Is. A. Car. But I paid for her, by myself [my awesome Dad co-signed], I fed her gas, I took her shopping… and to the shop. ::tear::
  7. Finally, my babe. My husband is the bomb. He works so hard for our family. He has provided the income to be able to take fun trips and enjoy the little “luxuries” like dates to Chocolate Bar, volleyball camps, massages, and much more. I feel like I [and Sweet C] have indulged in many luxuries while my husband has been working his tail off; he would argue that this is exactly WHY he works, for us to enjoy ourselves. I love that guy and I tell him I appreciate him every chance I get, but rewards are nice too. Love Languages.

So, you ask, how do I work on these items? Stop Spending. Pray thanks for our abundance. And then sell/donate something… or a lot of somethings.

I am on Facebook, did you know? My personal page is linked to about 7 different Beg, Buy, Barter and Sell groups in my general area. Have you heard of them? No? Well, imagine Craigslist, but extremely local, and people are more willing to meet up instead of making you come to their house [sometimes creepy]. Right now I am trying to sell this awesome Desk and Delta Shower Set; I have them posted on Craigslist and BBBS and have had quite a few hits but not the right buyer yet. Wah! These will help finish up my Sweet C’s room, so I am hoping they are sold quick.. August 1 is fast approaching. Oh, I also have a pair of roller hockey skates for sale, awesome right?

This past weekend I went out with my mom and sister [bro's gf] and purchased a few new t-shirts to upcycle into scarfs/necklaces and let me tell you, I found the most scrumptious XXXL blue t-shirt, check out SweetgumWay soon for new postings! 

Also, I have a few designs on Zazzle that are worth taking a look! I love them all, but I guess any mother would love her own creations, especially my Eat. Pray. Run. repeat gear! :)

You can see, I am in a pickle. Don’t be surprised when you see a lot of homemade posts popping up within the next week or two. Remember the sweet string art I made for My Sweet C? Well, she changed her room color to pink and black, so you’ll for sure be sing another string art, because she LOVED IT… but in pink, maybe. GUH!

What about you? Have you been in this type of “I’m sick of spending money” situation before? What has helped you out and what did you sell/make to get a little extra cash in the bank?

 Posted by at 10:20 am
Jul 252012
 

Coach Factory Sale

Hop on over to Coach Factory Outlet online for savings with another 48 hour sale! They are taking an additional 30% off all bags, shoes, fragrance and accessories PLUS shipping is FREE on all purchases over $150!

Here are some steals I found:

Coach July 2012

Up to 78% OFF and perfect for your quick trips to the mall or brunch with the girls!

If you registered before the sale started, you should receive you email soon. If you were unable to register, no worries, just go here and register for the next time this sweet event is available.

 Posted by at 10:04 am
Jul 172012
 

Hey Friends! How is your summer so far?!

We have been on vacation to Virginia and Washington, DC! I had an opportunity to talk to the future President

And his future First Ladies! [He said he would make the title official ;) ]

PS, we don’t plan this at all, but it has happened TWICE over our four week vacation:

 OH and PS – While in Virginia, we went to get ice cream with our cousin, Melissa, and a guy stopped us in our licking tracks and said, “You MUST be mother and daughter, my two daugther’s look JUST LIKE their mother and you and her look exactly the same!”

I replied with a smile and a thank you. I love my sweet girl and I thank God every day for her being in my life!

 Posted by at 9:10 am
Jul 162012
 

Zaycon Bulk Meat Events

Time for another round of top quality meats in our area by Zaycon Foods, have you tried them out yet? If not, you should definitely call your friends to see if they want to go in with you, you will not be sorry. I hit them up for their boneless whole chicken breasts in November 2010 and let me tell you, I was shocked, surprised and SUPER happy with my decision to give them a try!

The Zaycon team is so efficient, you don’t even have to get out of you car or truck to pick up your purchases, they walk up with your order, put it where you ask and off you go to seal seal seal.

This round they are packing up the 93/7 super lean ground beef and heading our way on August 4.

Saturday, August 4 [Orders must be placed by 7/29/12, or until SOLD OUT]

  • LFTB Free 
  • Comes in a 40-lb case with four 10-lb chubs per case (approximate weight–see note below)
  • No chemicals, additives or water added to meat during processing
  • Processed at a USDA-inspected, state-of-the-art plant employing strict operating protocols (including HACCP) and the highest in food-safety standards
  • Prior to processing, inspectors from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service randomly sample cattle under a monitoring plan and perform testing for antibiotic residues
  • USDA nutrition labeling standards defines “extra lean” and “lean” ground beef based on the lean/fat ratio. While not part of these guidelines, the term “super lean” is often used in the grocery sector to describe ground beef at the upper end of the “lean” category (i.e., “Zaycon Foods 93/7 Super Lean Ground Beef”). This ground beef product is 93% lean and 7% fat
  • [NOTE: This product is an approximate weight. Some cases will weigh slightly less than 40 lbs. Customers receiving cases less than 40 lbs will receive an exact credit representing this difference in their ZF account.] SOURCE

Check out Zaycon Foods here. I bet there is an event close to you, they are expanding their reach as the word gets out about their products.

Zaycon Foods
Various locations and dates in the Houston and surrounding area [click here to find an event near you]

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