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Friday, March 7, 2008

Michelle is hosting her first contest!

Michelle at Mi Vida Loca is giving away and very cool basket of Mary Kay products. She had the awesome idea while she was in the shower! :) The contest ends today so you'd better hurry on over so you can enter.

I hope I win because I love Mary Kay products. Thanks Michelle for having such a cool contest and good luck to everyone!

I forgot to tell you...

Today was my first day back substitute teaching. I took a half-day assignment at a school that's only four minutes away and worked in a special needs classroom. I'm glad it was just half a day because that gives me the opportunity to get my feet wet before running myself ragged.

I was able to shoot home afterward and be here in plenty of time for the teenager's trigonometry tutor, check my email, write some posts, blog surf, put in some laundry, make some calls, etc. All before I go to pick up the THREE youngest children. Yes, everyone is at the sitter today so I'll be able to pack for them for the weekend with their dad and take care of some things without interruption. Oh, the joy of it all.

It has been an exhausting day though. I was running late to get them to the sitter, I almost ran into the back of a car (wet road, going too fast... you get the picture) and trying to appear useful and knowledgeable in the classroom. Besides that; it has all been great. I think the highlight was my healthy lunch: turkey and cheese tortilla (sun-dried tomato) roll, grapes and water!

What did you do today?

I wanna win!

I cruised over to Jaye's blog and learned about a contest that Nannybird is having. So, I helped Jaye get another entry, but saw the prizes and now I want to win. Please go to Nannybird and tell her I sent you so I can get another entry too! Hey, and I guess while you're at it you might as well enter too! Good luck.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Now I can shop! :-)

I've always wanted a gold credit card and now I've finally gotten one. Farah, being the wonderful generous soul that she is, gave me one as a gift. There's no payments, no interest and no limits... now that's my kind of card!

You can have one too... and give it to your friends. This (my friend who's reading this now) is for you!

"Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career"

Quite some time ago Karen Steede Terry contacted me about her book "Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career" and I decided to write a review about it. When I started reading it the other day, I realized that it's a book I'd like to take my time reading but I didn't want to delay sharing the information with you. Given that a lot of you are WAHMs, I thought you would find this book interesting, encouraging and informative.

In the first-ever analysis of stay-at-home parents (5.5 million), the U.S. Census Bureau found that 42 percent (5.4 million) are moms and 29 percent (98,000) are dads. It's somewhat of a given (just consider the moms you know) that a good portion of the 42 percent of stay-at-home moms are also working from home.

Those statistics, which have most likely risen since that 2003 study, are one of the reasons why "Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career: Launching a Flexible Business That Fits Your Life, Feeds Your Family and Fuels Your Brain" is a very timely book. Written by Karen Steede Terry, the book offers professional and technical career options that readers can start out of their homes.

Karen gives a glimpse into professional coaching, public speaking, teaching computer software classes and freelance writing as well as information about doing freelance consulting or working part time in the field of your expertise. Not only does she present the information from her own knowledge and expertise, but she has sprinkled the book with a few case studies to give a realistic and personal perspective to what she is writing about.

She also touches on how to determine if you have what it takes to start your own business, some of the basics about starting a business, selling yourself, professionalism, the benefits and disadvantages of working from home and advice from those who have already been there.

"Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career takes a different approach by bridging the gap for women who are looking for flexible, professional, and technical career options," Karen writes. "And, unlike those other businesses, you don't have to come up with a significant amount of money up-front to buy products. I believe that, using the strategies outlined in this book, women can build a part-time business in as little as two years, in order to have a more flexible and satisfying life."

One of the things I like about the book is that Karen doesn't profess to be a guru in every field. For instance, in the chapter about freelance writing, she says, "Many books have been written that teach you not only how to write but also how to sell your writing services, so I am not going to try and duplicate that information here." But she is specific about what information the chapter will provide: "ideas where to start, who to approach, and what to write." That's an excellent beginning.

Overall, I am impressed with "Full-Time Woman, Part-Time Career" and I believe you will be as well.

Check out my review!

I think this is the coolest thing. Aya -- another new blogging friend -- wrote a review about my blog on Aya's Blog Review, Your Ultimate Source For Reviews From Blogs Around The Globe. I think it turned out really well. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

What's up at Sweet Happenings?

I still can't get to my blog list because of the Blogger problems with the scroll thingy, but I have a new blogging friend Sweat Pea that I wanted to tell you about her. Sweet Happenings is a blog that "reviews items and just talks about whatever whenever." (I thought that was a cute description.)

I'm delighted to have met her and look forward to a long and happy blogership. Or should it be blogship? LOL. An-t-way, hop on over and say hello.

Don't forget: Send me a little message if I'm supposed to be adding you to my blog roll and I'll do it as soon as I can.

Oh, by the way, Sweet Pea: I think you're a Diamond of a Woman... this is for you:

It's A Woman's World

Poems & thoughts!

My mind has been experiencing a lot of creative bursts and I am excited that it isn't doom and gloom, dark poems or foreboding. It's expressive thoughts that erupt every once in awhile. This is one I want to share with you and I hope you can hear the rhythm and touch the soul of my thoughts. Enjoy!


My mind wanders to a time of unreality
I can't help but know it's enabling my ability
To reason & think about my reality
And keep me from the fantasy
That overtakes each day

It causes my mind to sway
Focusing on another way
To leave the present
And create an alternative
Another world where I can live

Have the life I've always dreamed
Be in a place to only give
Live the life I want to live
Wait, said that.

Come back -
Before another fog creeps into my head
Making me think about bed
- instead
I should focus on what I want
Make another jaunt
Conquer & please myself

There's a rhythm & desire to what I seek
No longer will I be meek
And allow you to determine for me
Where I go from here

It's up to me, you see,
I am the one who steers
Whether I create a dream or a reality
It's really all about me.

Want more creative thoughts from me? Visit me at Gather.

Domain Registration

I have recently noticed that a lot of my blogging friends are choosing to establish their own domains. By doing that they are able to have the exact name of a website that they want. For instance, I think if I wanted my own domain I would see if, or something like that is still available.

There are quite a few domain hosts that you can choose from for your domain registration, but the best choice is a company that is cost effective like PaylessDomains. PaylessDomains has a special discount for those who register their domains for more than two years and their prices are very reasonable. (Bulk domain registrations are also available.) At Payless you can register a domain, transfer an existing domain and have your site hosted for a very practical cost.

Don't hesitate: If I were you I’d register my domain right now while you're thinking about it!

Update on phone call

Farah was so nice as to ask for an update about my "interesting" phone conversation with a friend of mine last night. As Farah stated in her comments: It was nothing and Cheeky agreed. In fact, I was just being a little paranoid.

Even though the conversation went differently than it normally would it was just one of those things: a guy being a guy.

Silly me!

Thanks Farah for your encouraging words! :-)

Blogger issues

Well, I recently told my friend Anna at Banana Blondie that I was going to add her to my blog roll, but when I went to do it I realized that I couldn't. It seems as if Blogger has an ongoing problem with the scroll bar on the layout page so if you -- like me -- have a lot of page elements further down on your page you won't be able to reach them.

So, in the meantime, I'm telling you about Anna now. Check her out when you get the chance... she's one sweet blogger! (Of course I'm partial to her 'cause her and my youngest have the same name!)

BTW: If I'm supposed to add you to my blog roll and I haven't, please send me a message. I'll do it as soon as I can and try to mention you in a post. Thanks!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Grab the code

Tammy, the bestest blogging buddy ever, created the code for me for the Diamond of a Woman award. So, please grab the code to add to you blogs and pass on to your blogging friends. (Uh, Bradley, I know you're not a woman, but do ya think you could mention it too! :) Thanks!)

I'll post this to my sidebar soon to make grabbing it easy...

It's A Woman's World

Don't forget to tell your friends!

Was it something I said?

I was talking to a friend on the phone and I felt like I was about to bare my soul... you know, really tell all about something I was thinking about. And suddenly he says, "I'm gonna have to call you back."

"Uh, okay."

He laughs.

I laugh.

"Okay," he says.

"Uh, bye."


I feel a little slighted. I talk to this friend very often and I'm quite confused. He doesn't normally take so long to call back and now I'm thinking I should have kept my mouth shut. I didn't even get a chance to finish the thought... and now I'm feeling a little stupid.

I'm sure you're wondering what in the world I could of said. It wasn't nothing about the guy or anything crazy -- just some stupid personal thoughts about me. An-t-way...

Shut up

Okay, you can tell me and I won't mention it to a soul (LOL): Do you tell your children to be quiet or shut up? I always said that I would never tell my children to shut up, but every once in awhile they just work my last nerve.

I mean after a couple of times saying "be quiet," "please be quiet" and "stop it;" you would think they would get the point.

Ah yes, the truth is out... I'm not the patient, perfect mother I pretend to be! :)

This is for you...

I've been working on something for quite awhile and still haven't figured out all of the ins and outs, but I couldn't wait to share it.

Presenting the It's a woman's world! blog award: Diamond of a Woman!

I hope you'll share it with your blogging friends, pass it on, spread the love...

Oh, and if you know how to make a code so I can link it back to me, please tell me how. :-) Thanks!

More awards!

I am feeling pretty special today. Farah has passed on these awards... and if you read this post before midnight tonight then you can have them too! Don't forget: Share the love!


Insurance quotes

I have noticed that one of the major expenses of most consumers is insurance. Whether it is van insurance, homeowners insurance or regular car insurance - each puts quite a nice dent in the monthly budget. Recently, the company that held my homeowners insurance did not renew their contract, which forced me to shop around for a different insurance company. I was also trying to find a premium that matched my previous one, which was just a little more than $400 per year. Unfortunately, within the past five years I had a water damage claim on the house and that, along with my current credit rating, prevented me from getting a good deal on insurance. Now, I am paying about $500 more for my homeowners insurance.

Regardless of what type of insurance needs present themselves I always try to shop around for the best deal. Finding a good deal on necessary expenses can make taking care of a household less stressful. Since you do not want to make the mistake of going without insurance, which could prove much more costly than paying a monthly premium, you might as well shop around for the best deal.

If you are in the market for an insurance policy, check out Autonet Insurance Group and get a free quote.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Awards from Carrie!

Carrie at Jabber Jaws and Rantings of a Woman is the bestest blogger ever! She has passed these awards to me and I'd like to pass them to you!


Fab awards from a fab friend!

My beautiful friend Farah has given me two fab awards for my "fab" blog! Isn't that an honor?!

They're pretty, aren't they?

Rebuild your credit

Nowadays bad credit is a reality for many people, but there's a site that is working to help consumers rebuild their credit. By linking you to credit cards for bad credit, is offering a second chance to those with bad credit. The site's "bad credit credit card" section compares 10 of the top credit cards and provides links to the online applications.

You can apply for the offer that's right for you then simply make payments on time to begin rebuilding your credit and, hopefully, your financial future. It'll only take a moment to check out this easy to use and understand site that could be the beginning of a new financial future for you.

Sorry... I was oh, so sick!

Let me first apologize for temporarily dropping out of the blogging world. I know I've been MIA for the past three days. All of a sudden I got really busy (yes, busier than usual) and really sick!

Let me re-cap:

Monday through Thursday I had been feeling a little under the weather, but had been taking medicine, herbs, drinking tea, eating soup... you name it, I think I tried it. Thursday night my stomach and head were really hurting, but I didn't have time to stop and rest. Number 1 had a meeting regarding our county's public school system losing their accreditation (more on that later) and I rushed to take her to that. On Friday I dropped #2 and #3 at the sitters and had to take the baby for her 9-month check up (she's tiny, but healthy and growing steadily!). We came home briefly then #1 had a job interview at the YMCA! (Uh, more about that later too, if I don't forget.) Her interview was at 4:30.

My stomach had been hurting most of the day, my head was pounding and my throat was scratchy but I didn't have time to stop and think about it because #2 had a "basketball celebration" at the church that hosts his basketball team. So I went right to that after dropping #1 at home. That was at 6:30.

The celebration seemed to last for hours, but at the end a friend said that it was only an hour. I couldn't believe it! As I walked to the car, I was so extremely cold and my head kept pounding.

The children's dad gave me money for them to get dinner out and I rode through KFC drive-thru and went straight home.

I called #1 who had her #1 friend over and asked them to come help me get the kids out of the car... I could barely make it in the house. I said, "I'll just lay down for a minute; I really don't feel that great."

Teenager: "No, you can just go to bed."

Thank God for that! I crawled into the bed feeling so sick. I asked for a heating pad and an extra blanket. I hadn't eaten, but I couldn't even eat a biscuit. I finally dozed off and woke up a little while later with that feeling in my stomach. You know the one. The one where you keep swallowing hoping that you don't have to make a mad dash to the bathroom. Well, hope didn't win out and I raced (as fast as I could) to the bathroom!

Uh, can you say: yuck?!

I stayed in bed the rest of the night, but had to get up around 6 a.m. or so to drive the teenagers to the rally/march about the accreditation issue. Now, just to give you an idea of how bad I felt: I always dress when I leave the house even if I just take off my jammies and throw on some jeans and a jacket. I actually left the house in pajama pants! Even I couldn't believe it. Luckily, I have a mini-van and didn't have to actually get out of the van when #1 got out (she drove there!).

Once back home I got the kids something to eat as best as I could and laid on the couch watching cartoons with the kids and talking to friends on the phone. I was so grateful that one of the teenager's friends was able to bring them home. I'm not going to mention that it was a boy she likes! GASP, did I actually "say" that aloud?!

Later in the day I was able to eat and walk around in an upright position! Finally, by Sunday, I was feeling a little human. And... now... here we are!

I'm so glad I'm feeling better now I just have to figure out where I left off and what needs to be done and what in the world I'm forgetting to do...

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