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Friday, December 11, 2009

Kmart Bluelight Specials, Dec. 12-13

You’re running out of weekend shopping days so it’s time to take full advantage of all the excellent deals. Here are the Kmart Bluelight Specials for this weekend:

  • Essential Home Snug Sack 50% off (reg. $19.99)
  • Jaclyn Smith Today Cashmere Blend Throw $12.99 (reg. $29.99)
  • Kodak 7” digital frame $49.99 (reg. $79.99)

All day offers:

Saturday:

  • Mens Boxed Gifts $5 (reg. 16.99-19.99)
  • Die Hard Battery Bank BOGO Free (reg. $9.99)

Sunday:

  • Fisher Price Fashion Separates $4.99 (Infant/Toddler) reg. $10.99-$18.99
  • Hershey Snack size jumbo bags $3.50 (reg. $5.99)

Don’t forget to follow @KmartDealsnNews on Twitter and use the #KmartBLS hashtag for a chance to win every day!. For information and rules: http://tr.im/KmartBLS.

Have any leads on deals you’d like to share?

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pour me another cup, add some rum

Deep breath.

One more…

Okay. I tried starting a sentence to begin this post about three times. Each time it didn’t make any sense. Why? My brain is mush, my ears hurt and my throat feels like I’ve been yelling for an hour.

I volunteered at my son’s elementary school today.

In the holiday store (can’t even remember what they call it). Those who have children know that during the holiday season a lot of schools, particularly elementary, have fundraisers including a “store” where the children can go to purchase gifts for their family members… or themselves.

For some reason, I keep forgetting what it’s like to be in a room full of elementary-age children. It’s only been about two months since I volunteered the last time so I don’t know what I was thinking this time as I walked into the school, with a little bounce in my step, and enthusiastically signed in to get to work. It’s almost as if it’s like giving birth: It really hurts; you feel joy, satisfaction and some times irritation, and when it’s over you don’t think you want to do it again. Then you forget all of that and get pregnant again.

ROFL

Yea, I couldn’t resist laughing at myself. That was just a little dramatic.

I’m not going to bore you with the details of the two hours I spent there. Let me just say: children are selfish, noisy and rude as well as funny, endearing and special.

I’m glad I can enjoy about an hour of quiet before I have to put up with my youngsters. So, I’m sipping my cup of coffee (nope, I’m not gonna say how many I’ve had today) and wishing I had some rum to spike it with.

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Relief from antidepressant side effects

If you take prescribed medication regularly then you’re familiar with the warnings and information that is included with the prescriptions. It normally cautions patients regarding what side effects to be aware of, which are of concern and when to obtain medical assistance in the event of severe side effects.

Women who take antidepressants are normally aware of potential side effects and the risks involved with taking certain medications. For women who experience sexual problems from antidepressant use there is a study that reveals Viagra may help these women.

“Seventy-two percent of the women on Viagra vs. 27% of the women on placebo got to 'much improved' or 'very much improved' on a scale [of sexual functioning],'' says Harry A. Croft, MD, medical director of the San Antonio Psychiatric Research Center in Texas and a co-author on the study.

In a nutshell, according to Web MD, up to 70 percent of individuals on antidepressants experience sexual dysfunction, which is reportedly the main reason those types of patients discontinue using their medication. Most often linked to and prescribed for erectile dysfunction in men, Viagra also helps women overcome their sexual problems.

Obtaining Viagra from an online retailer is possible, but must be done from a reputable company. Finding out if the medication is right for your needs is just a click away.
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wordless Wednesday – Oh so cute!

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My Wordless Wednesday posts

5 Minutes for Mom WW participants

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Me & my big mouth

A Christmas Meme

I have been so lucky not to have been tagged with a meme in quite a long time. They’re not exactly my favorite thing to do, but when someone tags me and I really like them I usually play along. That said, please don’t start tagging me just to poke fun at me like Henrietta did! LOL

Henrietta is the sweet blogger from A Hen’s Nest (don’t you just love that name?) and she tagged me with the Christmas Meme because I told her how I am a scrooge. The subject came up in a contest she’s having to win “The Snowman’s Song: A Christmas Story” children’s book. The mandatory entry is “Leave me a comment telling what your favorite Christmas or holiday book is.” I, being the big mouth that I am, had to leave a comment just to tell her I didn’t have one so I can’t enter. I think I also mentioned something about being a scrooge.

It’s all coming together for you, isn’t it?

Let’s see what the heck I can come up with for the answers to these questions:

1.) Have you started your Christmas shopping?
This is probably the first year I’m able to answer yes. Ha! Well, it’s only because I’ve done most of it online and haven’t had to leave the house to do it.

2.) Tell me about one of your special traditions.
My oldest daughter and I have added a new ornament to the tree every year. (I think she already has the one for us this year.) This year we’ll explain the tradition to the youngest kids again. She and I also sometimes open one small gift on Christmas Eve.

Christmas 20083.) When do you put up your tree?
I don’t have a specific time to do it. Normally it’s after my oldest has bugged me for a week or so after Thanksgiving. I am thinking that we should change that and do it a day or two after Thanksgiving because we won’t put up the tree without her. So, we’ll be doing it this Monday when all the children will be home. As she gets older and spends time away from home during the holidays (I’m sure it’ll happen eventually. SNIFF) I’ll resort to waiting until the children bug me to death. (Photo: Amber putting ornaments on the tree last year.)

4.) Are you a Black Friday shopper?
Nope, unless my daughter (boy she comes up a lot during holiday “conversations”) forces me to go. Luckily she drives now so she bribed her best friend to get up at 4:30 a.m. and my excuse was I had the three youngest kids with me so … well, that’s obvious, right?

5.) Do you travel at Christmas or stay home?
I like to stay at home during Christmas, but I wouldn’t mind going to visit my family in MD one year or going on vacation. Oh, there was this one year when I surprised Amber (yup, the oldest one! She was about 10 at the time) with a trip to Jamaica for Christmas. She had to open the “gift,” a brochure about Jamaica, the day before Christmas since we were leaving Christmas day. We opened her other presents after she finished packing. I had packed almost everything that I didn’t think she would miss. That was the most relaxing Christmas ever and it stopped her from complaining that she hadn’t been to Jamaica and I’d been two or three times.

6.) What is your funniest Christmas memory?
Uhhh… Hmmmm? Nope, can’t think of a thing.

7.) What is your favorite Christmas movie of all time?
Christmas movie? Let’s see…. I don’t have a favorite and I don’t really like Christmas movies. Ah, wait! I have one: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Enchanted Christmas. Yea me!

8.) Do you do your own Christmas baking, what’s your favorite treat?
Christmas 2007 037 Nope, I can’t remember the last time I baked cookies or something like that. If we do have sweet treats it’s because my daughter Amber (of course!) bakes them. Okay, now I’m beginning to feel bad. LOL. I don’t necessarily have a favorite, but I like most traditional bikes and LOVE anything with chocolate. (Photo: This is the cake Amber made for her class holiday party last year. I think this was her first time doing fondant.)

9.) Fake or real tree?
Christmas 2008 Fake. Never had a real tree, but wouldn’t mind getting one. (Photo: That’s little Miss Anna at 1 year old gazing at the lit tree. She was fascinated.)

10.) What day (as a Mom) does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
Hmmm… let me check last year’s posts. :) I remember panicking about a week before Christmas last year so I’m hoping to not repeat that again.

11.) Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
Yup!

12.) What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?
When I was a child it was visiting with all of my extended family. Now it’s opening gifts with my children and enjoying our traditional gigantic Christmas breakfast. Oh, I forgot about the breakfast tradition.

13.) What Christmas craft do you like the best?
Craft? Are you kidding? I don’t like any craft the best, but this year I am making a wreath. I’m excited about it and hope it turns out like it looks in my  head.

14.) Christmas music. Yes or no. If yes, what is your favorite song?
Kind of. I actually think my favorite is Little Drummer Boy. Is that the right name?

15.) When do you plan to finish all your shopping?
I have no idea. Next Wednesday or Friday, I hope.

Whew! That actually wasn’t so bad and I don’t think I look like a total scrooge, do I?

Any blogger is welcome to participate in this meme, even if you haven’t been tagged yet. Heather over at the Top Ten Christmas Blog will go back and add your blog link to the list if you want to play along. Just simply copy and paste the questions into your blog and then answer them.
Then tag 5 or more of your favorite blogs, and leave them a comment telling them they’ve been tagged.

When you post your blog, please spread some Christmas cheer, and leave a link back to Heather at Top Ten Christmas, and the blog that you were tagged by that would be me It’s a woman’s world.

I’m always a meme rule breaker so I don’t think I’m going to tag five people. If you’re reading and would like to play along then jump right on it and let me know so I can check out your answers. If you’re Lin (from Duck and Wheel with String) then I think you should do it anyway just because you don’t like memes. ROFL… Don’t blame me Lin, Henrietta started it! (Note: Okay, okay… I did get a kick out of it and had fun looking at last year’s pictures. Just don’t tell Henrietta I said that!)

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pretty steady, baby

On the good side of things there isn’t too much to report regarding my health. In my last health and weight loss journal I told you about being electrocuted and stabbed in my ankle with a needle. Yes, I intended to be that dramatic, but it isn’t far from the truth. If you missed that post then click the above link... Here’s a little excerpt from it:

My appointment yesterday was with the nerve center at the VA hospital. It’s the pain management clinic. The last time I went there they electrocuted my wrists/arms and yesterday they were nice enough to do it to my lower legs, ankles and feet. I even had the pleasure of getting a needle stuck into my ankle so they could test a muscle. Oh the joys of modern medicine!

It seems as if my nerves are responding a little slowly for my age and so was my muscle. It’s possible that one of the meds I am on is causing that (oh, the problem is the numbness, tingling and coldness that I feel. It doesn’t seem to be apart of the lupus stuff), but I won’t be able to find out if I can go off of it for awhile and if that’s conclusively the problem until I see the rheumatologist, which doesn’t happen until the end of January.

I have a couple/few appointments over the next two months so hopefully I will have some conclusive results by the end of February. This is such a long process that can be filled with so much uncertainty and worry. I’m not really worried right now, but every once in awhile I think about the mystery going on with my liver (don’t think I’ve mentioned that to you before) and it causes a little anxiety. I mean, I only have one, ya know?

On the weight side of things, I still pretty much fluctuate up and down those five pounds. I need to get my lazy butt to exercising so I can lose about five to 10 then I think (hope) that I won’t bellyache about those five pounds any longer. What was that face? You act like you don’t believe me.

The only problem with the weight issue right now is the fact that I think it is meshing in with the health issue. There is some stomach stuff going on – swelling, irritability and very unladylike happenings. I’m hoping that my meds, which they think one may be affecting my legs, aren’t messing with my stomach.

I won’t even mention the lady issues I need to deal with. The guys may be looking scared right now ‘cause they aren’t sure if they want to keep reading. They probably think I’m going to start talking about smells like I did one other time. No, don’t worry, this time I’ll just say this to the ladies who I know will understand. I can’t wait to get to my GYN. Now, women know when another woman says she can’t wait to get there then she ain’t playing. I’m making light of this because it’s probably nothing, but when you’re someone like me who has to pop a lot of pills without knowing everything that’s going on inside of your body there are times when the little things seem like the ticking time bomb you’ve been thinking will blow at any moment.

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Acupuncture Chicago

As a person who suffers from chronic pain and other somewhat mysterious medical issues, I know what it’s like to investigate and consider somewhat unconventional treatments. There are still those who aren’t convinced that acupuncture and other wellness treatments are legitimate, but it’s best for each person to decide for themselves what is best.

The Tiffani Kim Institute is a Chicago spa that features dermatology, acupuncture and wellness treatments along with traditional spa services. It’s Acupuncture Chicago where residents can learn about a service that has been practiced in many parts of Asia for about 4,000 years. For more information visit TiffaniKimInstitute.com.

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Tackle It & To Do Tuesday #2

Whew! I can’t believe how quickly this day has passed and there is still so much to do. Nope, that’s not a complaint! I did a little tackling today (Tackle It Tuesday is inspired and initiated by 5 Minutes for Mom) and I am going to reveal a little of my To Do List (To Do Tuesday is happening over at Crazy Adventures in Parenting).

Okay, the last time I combined my Tackle It & To Do Tuesday this is what my to-do list looked like. Let’s see how I did:

  1. Establish a spot to put gift items so that everything is in the same place. I can't remember whose blog I read it on, but someone called it a gift closet. It doesn't have to be an entire closet just somewhere I'll remember.
  2. Mail care packages and items to my oldest daughter.
  3. File papers, answer mail and find a home for everything that lurks on and under my desk. UPDATE: Partially complete & ongoing.
  4. Try to remember what else I need to do that's not already on my list. :D UPDATE: Not even gonna try to remember.
  5. Biggest one: Stop procrastinating and letting fear of failure (fear of success?) take over. UPDATE: An ongoing process.

to do tuesday post itThat’s not too bad if I do say so myself. So, let’s see what I need to get accomplished this week besides the regular work and household stuff:

  1. Update Christmas shopping list.
  2. Make wreath for the front door.
  3. Finish and return paperwork to VA & other agency.
  4. Do some laundry! (I don’t even know why we torture ourselves and put this one on the list. It’s never-freaking-ending!)
  5. Dismantle destroyed toddler bed. (Yea, just imagine how it got that way.)
  6. Get clothes and stuff donations to Goodwill and daughter of a friend.
  7. Ask daughter’s best friend’s father to fix the lamp(s).

I think I’m going to end there. I have quite a few other things that need to be completed, but like Lisa at Crazy Adventures in Parenting recommends you don’t want to overwhelm yourself. I agree. :D

tackle it tuesday button Once again I’ve done an impromptu tackle. I was in the $1 store getting supplies for my wreath and saw the containers, baskets and buckets. I have to force myself not to buy these things unnecessarily so in order to make an excuse have a reason to purchase something I think about what I need to do around the house.

I saw some drawer organizers and had the perfect spot for them: The catch-all drawer in my kitchen. (What is it with me and these catch-all places? Remember my cabinet from last week?) Brace yourself… This is what the drawer looked like before:

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This is everything that came out of the drawer:

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You can see the blue drawer organizers above and below. This is the organizer with a ridiculous number of straws in it and I had to sneak to throw some away when the children weren’t looking:

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This is what the drawer looks like now:

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HOWEVER, it’s supposed to look something like this:

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There was a basket at the back of the drawer… Nope, you can’t see it in the first picture because it’s buried… that I was hoping to fit in the space in front of or behind the blue drawer organizers. As you can see it doesn’t fit and I can’t find anything around the house to suffice. Now I have to go back to the $1 store (insert sneaky, happy laugh here) and purchase something a little shorter than the drawer organizers that fits in that spot. For now, the drawer looks like the after picture. I think I’ll have to further reduce what goes in the additional organizer because it already looks a little cramped. The good thing about all of this is I actually had items that went into the box to give to Goodwill.

I feel such accomplishment. Aren’t you proud? LOL

Now, what are you tackling and doing this week?

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Weekly Inspiration: Time

Ever so often I begin a post with the specific goal of not being long winded and just as often the post turns into a long (and hopefully interesting) account, vent, review or whatever. This time, my friends, is when I’m going to keep it short. Let’s see how I do.

If you visit me regularly then you know that I really like participating in Maternal Spark’s Weekly Inspiration, but I don’t think I’ve ever specifically told you why. I alluded to it in my Within Me post: To get to know myself better, think about what’s going on inside my head and focus on being present. I hope that doesn’t seem too new age or whatever for you, but it’s probably the best way I can explain.

That said, I sometimes get a little stumped about what’s inspiring me and spend a lot of time thinking and evaluating what’s going on with me as well as trying to find some inspiration. This time, today, it came to me rather quickly.

My inspiration is maximizing my time. I am particularly pleased that my youngest will be returning to Little Feet Daycare tomorrow. I’m concentrating on no longer complaining that the time between when I drop her off and when the first child gets home from school isn’t enough. Why? Because having her at home was the ultimate in “not enough time.”

Here’s to hoping I maximize my time, increase my income, stay inspired and get a lot accomplished.

Now… that didn’t take too long, did it?

weekly inspiration badge Head on over to Maternal Spark to see what’s inspiring others, but before you go please leave a comment and share it with us here as well. Have a great week.

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Article directory search

Although I’ve heard of ArticleAlley I don’t recall ever using it or looking at it until today. If you’re unfamiliar with the site, it allows authors to post their work for free and promote “the spread of information and knowledge around the Internet” and others, including bloggers, can use the article on their own site.

The topic to search today was million bucks articles. One of the things I really dislike about search engines is how they randomly choose phrases from an article on the Internet and associate it with certain words and it has nothing to do with what I’m searching for.

For instance, if I wanted to find out how I can make a million bucks and searched million bucks articles on ArticleAlley.com, it would come up with an article that joked about the potential (or not) of an average person to make a million in the PGA tour. Each article, in fact, that was listed I could not determine what it had to do with a million bucks by simply reading the title and the excerpt.

I won’t make a harsh judgment on a site I’m hardly familiar with, but upon initial inspection it isn’t one I would necessarily return to.

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Within me…

One of my favorite blogs is Minus the Bars, which is written by Don. He’s a creative, inspiring, deep, humorous, tell-it-like-it-is kinda brotha. If you’re not ready to have your thoughts challenged and hear the inside track of what’s going on “between the ears” then you best stay away. Otherwise pop on over for a good read.

I couldn’t resist stealing borrowing a post from Don that he stole (HA!) from blogger adrienne. I just had to do my own because I realized that my answers to this weren’t readily available in my mind. This, for me, is another way to learn more about myself.

saying no to:
drama.
dishonesty.
doing for the sake of… .

saying yes to:
being myself.
honoring myself.
having fun.
taking chances.

 

giddy about:
helping others.


deeply inspired by:
the written word.
art.
mom inventors/biz owners/artists.


obsessed with:
eating low fat/low calorie.
dark chocolate (skin & candy).
coffee.


in love with:
my children.

scared of:
where my illnesses are going.


haunted by:
bad decisions.

saved by:
sacrifice.
grace.
Savior.

...and you?

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Search for “Cheap Apartments” super easy

The last time I searched for an apartment was around 1996 or ‘97 and it was an unexpected move. Luckily I happened upon a nice townhome – two bedrooms, two baths – that was owned by a father and son business. A lot of people don’t have much luck easily finding an apartment that meets their specifications as far as location, price, amenities and space are concerned.

MyCheapApartments.com is an apartment search site that pulls listings from just about all providers (including Apartments.com) and saves consumers valuable time by compiling the information in one area. The site is easy to use, which makes the process of finding that perfect location a piece of cake.

mycheapapartments.com The listings include dimension details, actual pictures and extremely informative 360 virtual views along with the option to map the location, save your favorites, print a brochure, email the information to a friend or your phone and a variety of other options. Enough information to assist in making that initial decision about the Cheap Apartments to follow up on. Happy apartment hunting.

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Tranquil Desires, supporting bloggers

One of the things I like the most about the blogosphere is the community and camaraderie among all of the bloggers. I have met some fabulous people who have become dear friends to me. They are encouraging, loving, supportive and caring. If you’re a blogger, I know you are aware of what I mean. You also know that when they need something or are feeling pain you want to do something to help.

The person I’d like to help today is PJ of PJ’s Prose. She recently moved back home and is near her family again, she’s a new grandma and – like many of us – she’s working hard to bring in much-needed money/income. She is a very sweet and talented lady.

PJ recently introduced us to her line of natural body products, Tranquil Desires, which she makes herself. She was nice enough to send samples to those who requested them and I, of course, made a request (can’t help my addiction to all things bath and body). I was extremely pleased with the samples I received. The body lotion was smooth, luxurious and moisturizing. It was unscented because each customer is able to request the scent that they like or choose unscented. She also sent an oatmeal facial scrub that is absolutely fabulous. Not only did is cleanse my skin, but my skin felt extremely smooth afterward.

Because I believe in her products, I am introducing you to them in the hopes you’ll order something for yourself or as a gift for someone on your Christmas list. PJ is working on developing a site solely for Tranquil Desires, but for the time being you can find information about her products on her blog here. Also, when you visit her blog there is a little background of how she got started on the upper right-hand side of the page.

I want to share with you what one of my favorite bloggers, Revel of Velveteen Mind, said:

Blogs are, for the most part, free.  Bloggers occasionally scrounge together enough income to pay for hosting, graphic design help, and various applications and tools, but it is rarely more than enough to just break even.  Which is fine.  We do it for the joy it brings, right?

But, man.  It would be sweet to be able to buy a cup of coffee and a muffin, if you know what I’m getting at:

It’s that time of the year again! 

Online holiday shopping season!

For bloggers, that means Affiliate Link Season, the online equivalent of the public radio and television station Pledge Drive.  Your big chance to support your favorite sites, complete with gifts and yet without spending a penny more than you were already planning to spend for the holidays anyway. 

Ah yes, the lazy man’s pledge drive.  Here is how it works:

When you sit down at your computer to do a little online gift shopping at Amazon.com this year, take a moment to notice if your favorite blog has a banner ad for Amazon.  Banner ads are those square or vertical ads in a blog’s sidebar or horizontal ad in their post footers.

She goes on to talk more about the affiliate ads. I, however, am using what she said to encourage you to order from PJ and click on some of my ads when you’re doing your shopping. Although I super duper love what I do, I actually pay some bills (on and off… LOL) with what I do here and a little click (combined with other clicks and a few purchases) helps out a great deal.

Click on over to PJ’s place and join the blogger-hood by helping each other. It’s a we’re-not-in-this-alone mentally.

Although I did receive some samples of Tranquil Desires products to try it was not for the purpose of a review, but for my own ordering consideration. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed here are completely, honestly and originally mine. Got it?

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