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]

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 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 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]

 Posted by at 11:34 am
Jun 202012
 

Coach Factory Sale

Happy First [and longest] Day of Summer! Time to switch bags for summer, hello beach beauties! Hop on over to Coach Factory Outlet online for savings with another 48 hour sale! They are taking an additional 20% off all bags, shoes, fragrance and accessories PLUS shipping is FREE on all purchases over $150!

Coach Online Sale 06.20.12

How cute are these summer bags 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 9:44 am
Jun 192012
 

My Sweet C and I made homemade laundry detergent the other night and since then I’ve tried my hardest not to just pull everything out of the closets and rewash them in it because this stuff is amazing! It is gentle and smells fresh and clean.

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Recipe:

1 cup Borax [$3.38 @ Wal-Mart]

 1 cup Washing Soda [$3.24 @ Wal-Mart]

1 bar Ivory soap, grated [$1.24 for 3 bars @ Wal-mart]

Mix it up and transfer to an air tight container

Add 1 tablespoon to each load [I have a HE front-load, so I put the powder in the drawer since water will shoot it out at the right time]

We also read that white vinegar is a GREAT substitute for fabric softener, so I pulled a partially used bottle out of the spice cabinet and added a few drops of Island Colada oil from Bath and Body Works to make it smell refreshing. [You do not have to use the oil, some how the white vinegar smell does not stay on the clothes, they just smell clean.] I have still used my remaining dryer sheets, talk about super soft towels and clothing!

Total Cost $7.86

I am not sure how many loads this will get us through, but it looks like it’ll last us a long time before we have to grate up another bar of Ivory soap!

Have you made any natural products that you have been pleasantly surprised with? Do tell!

 Posted by at 12:26 pm
Jun 072012
 

06.07.08 Wedding4th Anniversary

H Fam 2008

 

Four years ago, today, I married the most handsome and sincere man and most awesome and intellectual daughter God could have ever given me. I am blessed beyond all means, only He truly knows my abundance.

To my husband: I love you. I could write more words, but they would be lesser than the three already written.

To my daughter: You rock, I miss you every day you are not with Daddy and Me.

To Me: Keep on keeping on girl, God is watching when no one else is, all glory to HIM.

To My Parents: Happy 32nd Anniversary to you! <3

 Posted by at 8:09 am
Jun 052012
 

 SmileSunshine

Back in December 2010, my Sweet C and I stayed up WAY past our bedtime to try and catch a glimpse of the 2010 full lunar eclipse. It was 3am and cloudy in when the mid eclipse would have been in view in our neck of the woods. We tried to get on the roof to see if the trees were just in the way and we even tried driving down the freeway in our jammies, away from the trees, to see if the clouds broke to see the orange moon… but we were sent to the computer to watch the live NASA feed. Needless to say, we weren’t worth much the next day, but we had fun exploring and listening to the live NASA feed and people’s responses from all around the world would could actually see the eclipse.

I know this is REALLY short notice, but tonight is a once in a lifetime [if you were born after 2004] event in which Venus will pass in front of/over the face of the sun beginning at 4:45 pm central.

Click HERE for more info and the live feed.

Please don’t stare at the sun! Help your kids make their own pinhole camera’s  to view the transit safely. You are also able to watch the live stream on NASA.

And remember kids: My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas. [Mars, Venus, Earth, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, the planet formerly known as Pluto]

Enjoy! I would love to know how you and your kids view this event. My Sweet C isn’t here tonight, so I will be sending her a text shortly to let her know how to share the event with her mom and brothers!

 Posted by at 11:21 am
Jun 012012
 

Zaycon Bulk Meat Events

Time for another round 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 40 pounds whole chicken breasts when they were here in November and let me tell you, I was shocked, surprised and SUPER happy with my decision to give them a try. I shared the cost of the chicken with my Mom, so the price tag wasn’t too killer with someone to go in half… I think having 20# of chicken is quite enough for a family of 2.5. The boneless skinless chicken breasts are 100% natural and come from local southern and midwest states; they are cleaned up and placed in several unsealed bags, which once reaching 40# they are placed in one gigantic sealed bag and loaded up in super heavy duty cardboard boxes.

I have never purchased the fish or shrimp, so I cannot give a shout out to any of these products. However, I was watching Giada at Home a while back and watched her make this recipe and made me seriously consider putting in an order!

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.

Saturday, June 23 [Orders must be placed by 6/18/12, Chicken SELLS OUT quick]

  • Chicken Breasts $1.79/lb [40# units] Fresh Boneless Skinless
  • Frozen Alaskan True Cod Fillets $5.29/lb [20# units]
  • White Shrimp $6.39/lb [20# units] Cook, Peeled & Deveined. (31/40 count per pound)

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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