Monday, January 18, 2010

T-shirt bags, Haircut, Face Cream and other pictures

SO I made a couple of t-shirt bags, and I'm willing to part with them. One I gave to my mom, the other is up for grabs.

My Mom's

The One I'm Giving Away!!

My New Haircut and the benchmark for my face cream. I will take follow-up pictured so that I can tell if it is helping. (please excuse the cheesy-ness)

And a cute sleepy Sasha

If you want a t-shirt bag, post a comment letting me know. If more than one person is interested, then I will pick randomly, and make more bags for future giveaways. I will mail it out at the end of the week.

Thanks. :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

the resolutuion check in

Resolution #1, The food journal - Well, it's hit or miss. I get some success, then backtrack. Today I'm re-committing to the food journal. If it passes my lips then I have to document it.

Resolution #2, Drink less soda - I have been drinking more water and less soda when I'm at work. At home, I'm just not drinking anything. Not the best plan, but I'm working on it.

Resolution #3, Pamper myself - I did get a cute haircut, and I bought some wrinkle cream. My wrinkles aren't horrible, but then again I don't want them to get bad, so I'm attacking them early.

Resolution #4, Be a better roll model for Sasha - We'll I'm losing weight, Sasha and I have been to the park 2 times this week and I have been watching my language pretty well, but Andy and I got into a fight, and I spent more money than I should have.

Resolution #5, Create plan B with Crafts - I was crafty today, and I plan to give away my wares when I have used up all my t-shirts. I'm making t-shirt bags.

Resolution #6, Be more environmentally friendly - I brought re-usable bags to the store today. I've decided to buy more local produce, and other goods. I also have become quite the pest when it comes to turning off lights. I also have been sorting my recycling better, although it is still unclear if the City is actually recycling the material I sort.

Today I wasn't very nice to myself, but sometimes I need tough talk. I think I need to be nicer, to me, to Andy and to all other people I know.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I won a blog award from Mel!!

I have to list 10 things that make me happy, and then pass it along (theoretically to 10 more blogs, but we shall see)

Things that make me happy:
1) Fred Astaire Movies
2) Sasha in Footie Pajamas
3) Lemon Sugar Cookies
4) Cameras attached to microscopes
5) my car that gets 34MPG in town
6) When Andy gives the baby a bath
7) Kitty Kisses in the morning, but not too early
8) wifi
9) donuts
10) Camillia flowers.

I guess I am passing this award on to:
1) Seth
Unfortunately I don't follow a lot of blogs and most of them were just awarded, by Mel. Oops.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

the non-resolution

I don't think this counts as a resolution because I have been doing it for a while. This may be more organizational for me, I need a place where I can find all my links (I realize I could bookmark them but then...)

I refuse to pay full price. I seldom buy anything unless it is on clearance or if I have coupon. It amazes me how many stores have coupons available and sometime how hard those stores make it to find them. I usually use coupons I get from the newspaper, print off of websites or load to my shopper cards. I even get money for my student loans with coupons.

We used to go to Sam's Club once a month or so and ended up spending $200-$300 dollars each trip, and that didn't include the regular weekly shopping trips. I still make the regular weekly trips but I usually spend less that $60 per week. That includes everything we bought before, laundry soap, diapers, milk, soda, whatever. But now we aren't driving 40 miles out of our way to do it.

This week I bought 6 chickens (a lot, I know) that were on sale for $0.47 a pound. I paid less than $12.00 and we have dinners for a dozen nights (although not all in a row). I also never pay more than $6.00 for a pack of diapers, and when Huggies are on sale I get $1-$2 towards my student loans too (using I have learned all these tricks through My mom also uses and she spends $40 a week to feed 4 people (3 of them teenagers).

I also recently bought shoes at JCPenneys, after some research I found a 15% off coupon. It paid for the tax and then some. They were still pricey shoes, but I saved about $20. It is also amazing how many coupons for toys and other non-grocery items are out there. Coupons for free underwear and lip gloss are available from Victoria's Secret; Bed, Bath and Beyond honors its expired coupons; and with shopper cards coupons for money off total purchases are often incentives to shop regularly.

I also don't tend to buy clothes from department stores. I like Ross for dresses or nicer clothes or thrift stores for jeans and weekend clothes. I could never spend more that $20 for a pair of jeans, or a party dress. There are so many alternatives to the malls and the trendy brands out there. I suppose because I never notice the brand of jeans or shoes someone is wearing, I assume that they don't notice the brands I'm wearing. Of course, at thrift stores even high-end brands are available for cheap.

I guess I'm just cheap, but then again, it is my money and I choose not to spend more of it then I have to. It is worth it to me to spend a few minutes (or an hour on Sunday) to save my money. If it affords us a better lifestyle, or pays for a vacation or tuition someday then it is worth it to me. become a preferred member for deeper discounts.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

As to #5

these are beaded things I have made. When I was planning our wedding, I made hundreds of these beaded flowers, they are cute little hair thingys.

I hope you enjoy them.

Home Today

I have an eye appointment today. I hope my new glasses fair better than last years model. Sasha had them in several pieces in just a few months.

I'm also watching Sasha closely today, she was all barfy yesterday, but she kept her dinner of chicken noodle soup and breast milk down, and so far breakfast has been OK too. My fingers are crossed. I haven't called the pediatrician yet, I'm hoping to not have to go in.

My progress on my resolutions is getting stunted a bit.
1) I have been maintaining my food journal pretty well and I'm losing weight so that is OK,
2) The soda vs water battle has been a tough road. I need caffeine and I don't have the desire to make coffee every morning.
3) I have yet to get a haircut or a pedicure (both of those were goals last weekend but somehow it didn't happen.)
4) Sasha hasn't sworn any more, so I guess this one is on track.
5) I have an esty account, I have a paypal account, I have pics of craftiness that I have in stock that I could sell, but yet...
6) Being more green, well I sorted for the recycle bin.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Welcome 2010!!

Well I guess it is time I kept a journal online. I hope this will keep me accountable for meeting my goals this year.

Goal 1) keep a food journal. So far, so good. I have been keeping an honest and accurate journal about what I eat, why and when as well as any exercise, since 12/26/09. Monday morning Andy and I will be starting South Beach again.

Goal 2) Drink less sodas. It isn't good for me, and it is expensive.

Goal 3) Pamper myself. For too long I have put my needs behind everyone else. In order to not end up punching somebody, I need to

Goal 4) Watch my language and be a better role model for Sasha. This doesn't just include the words I say, but how I treat people, how I spend/save money and how I treat myself.

Goal 5) Sell more of my craftiness. After concerns of layoffs this year, I realized I need a plan B. I have made several bits of crafty goodness, I now need to get going and sell them.

Goal 6) Be more green. I have a very hippy degree and job. I need to flesh it out in my home life too.

My future posts will be better written and thought out, but now my battery is about to die, so I gotta go.