Sunday, November 23, 2008


You go to the movies expecting to be blown away and you come away somewhat disappointed WORST NIGHT EVER, but you go to a party expecting to feel out of place and find you fit right in BEST PARTY EVER. Ok so those are just random scenarios. Yet in truth, our expectations can often set us up for disappointment. Even most of my arguments with hubby (not that they are frequent) start from some expectation his or mine not being met. We expect mind reading self sacraficing people in our lives the type we are not willing to be. So anyhow. Just a random thought. Maybe if we expect less we will be pleased more often.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Earning Gift Cards through Swagbucks

Search & Win

Crystal Paine, author of Money Saving Mom, had a recent post about earning gift cards by searching through Swagbucks -an online search engine that rewards you for searching online. I don't know about you, but I search for everything online. One mother at Economic Endeavors tells how she has earned enough in Swagbucks in the last four months to receive hundreds of dollars in gift cards. Most of her Christmas shopping paid for through using AND referring others to this site.

Swagbucks is very simple to sign up for. There are no fees, no credit card required, and no phone number or address requested. They do not track your searched or spam you. After signing up, you are credited 3 points to your account. You can either do your searching directly from their site or download one of the toolbars or plugins to use every day as you're searching online. After only 45 points earned, you can get a free Amazon gift card. There are dozens of other prizes, too.

Tell all your friends about Swagbucks, send them your referral link and you'll also earn points for the searching they do online.
Tell lots of folks and you're well on your way to funding your entire Christmas budget with free gift cards from Swagbucks. I'm not kidding you, that's exactly what Lavonne did. See her post here with the details.

If it sounds great to you I hope you will sign up using any of my Swagbucks links in this post or in my sidebar sign up and keep on searching online. So what are you waiting for? Go sign up here.

Search & Win

Friday, November 14, 2008

All the Time in the World

I know a lot of you are going to be upset to hear the next statement but.... I PREVIOUSLY thought that stay at home moms had all the time in the world to enjoy themselved. Sure I did imagine that they had the occasional small task of child care and picking up a few toys or something. But a stay at home mom should have time to do all those projects that they always wanted to do but never had time for.

Since the birth of my almost two year old girl I have been a stay at home mom. I have not gotten anything done in TWO years. It is crazy. I stand in awe of those mothers who do all the cooking, cleaning, PTAing, chauffering, and mothering and still seem to have some life. Because I tell you I hardly ever can see the floors in my house, and laundry gets done when... well when we run out of clean underwear. Although it isn't much of an excuse, for the first 18 months after birth I watched my lovely nieces as well as my own ball of joy. That took ALL of my time. It has been about 5 months since then and still I find myself misusing my time.

Now as mentioned before TV addiction has claimed much of my day. I HATE this. So the past two weeks my loyal tv viewing has stopped. It has been liberating. While I still have to develope a schedule, and a lot more structure to my day, for myself as well as my little one, I do find that I've gotten more laundry done, and some of the piles of clutter have been uncluttered. There is still more to do. But I feel like I'm not glued to my television. Maybe, just maybe, I can do something on a Thursday night without feeling resentful for not seeing what happens on my favorite show. I will say that I am not forbidding these shows, I just don't feel that same draw. It has helped that many of my shows have now become so liberal that even I am slightly offended and uncomfortable watching them. It is nice to not worry so much about the influence of all these shows and all the gender confusion they display.

So my questions for you new and experienced mothers - How do you keep your act together? Did you start off being able to do it all? Also, what are your thoughts about the drama in your television dramas?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Toilet Paper

So I was reading a post over at Crazyland that reminded me of my husband's wise Grandmommy. She always has said, "If you don't need it more than toilet paper..." I have been thinking a lot about frugality. Trying to read many many blogs about couponing, budgeting and all of that. Motherboard's post just really reminded me about how I shop. I have endless wants, we all do. But I try not to buy things unless I really love them. However it is easier for me to compromise when I'm buying it for my little girl.
Going off of Grandmommy's buying mantra. What do I need more than toilet paper. Food for sure, and other assorted grocery items. But most things wouldn't comfort me much when I'm stranded at the toilet with nothing but my hand. But hey.... somedays I could get creative. Especially when i'm craving some of those things I don't need more than toilet paper. LOL

So on that line of thoughts what are some things you think you might give up toilet paper for if you had to choose between buying one or the other? Do you have a shopping mantra to help you shop with frugality?

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lost & Found

To all of you who have been succeeding in your goals to lose a few pounds, I would really like to congratulate you....UNFORTUNATELY, I can't. Instead I plead with you to stop losing for a week because I need to figure out whose weight I keep finding. HA HA right. Truthfully you are a motivation and I'm proud and inspired by all those with the determination to achieve such a hard goal.

I have completely derailed from my goal of weightloss. I need more structure in my days. I feel like my 22 month-old daughter doesn't get as much from her day as she should because I am always tired. I'm always tired because I eat poorly and do not exercise. (One of my excuses for not exercising is being too tired.) So I keep myself trapped in an unhappy cycle.

How can you balance all the jobs of motherhood while still finding time to care for yourself? Can any mothers give me some motivating tips?

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Thursday, November 6, 2008


So I've been getting into the mood of wanting to try new things and aquire new talents. I've painted one of my dresers and need to do another, I made my hubby's Halloween costume, and various other things. So I was looking online and saw from a blog I read that there is a website called Sense and Sensibility Patterns you can follow the link. On the site they have very well priced e-patterns. So if you are like me and have spent hours watching all the Jane Austen films that come out and wishing for dresses from that era well here you go. If you are willing to tackle the challenge of making it yourself. It seems to be my new motto. If you dream, then do it. So here is to trying to do it all. Do you have any projects that you are working on? If you could dress in any era style what would your clothes look like? Leave a comment let me know.