Thursday, June 28, 2012

And The Award Goes To......


I got a very pleasant surprise the other day.  The most amazing Michael over at My Glass House nominated me for a blog award - Mrs. Sparkly's Ten Commandments Award.  Here is a picture of it.  Isn't it pretty?!?

As a nominee, I'm required to answer a number of questions about myself.  Okay, so here goes:

Describe myself in seven word.  I am myself, no more or less....

What keeps me up at night?  What doesn't keep me up at night might be easier to answer.  The older I get the harder it is for me to go to sleep and stay asleep.

Who would I like to be?  I like being me, but if I have to be someone else I think I would like to be Anastasia Steele!

What am I wearing right now?  A red, orange, pink and brown dress and red flip flops.

What scares me?  Spiders, snakes, anything creepy crawly and I am terrified of heights.

What are the best and worst things about blogging?  The best thing is being able to write about anything I want to and not worrying about punctuation or grammar mistakes cause I don't care!  The worst thing is trying to come up with new and interesting things to write about so people will read it.

If I could change one thing about myself, what would it be?  Only one thing??  I guess make me rich that way I can change everything else that I need to change or at least get help for it!

Slankets, yes or no?  NO.  I wear shorts and t-shirts and go barefoot in the winter.  I can't stand being hot, unless I'm on the beach or next to the pool.

Tell us something about the person who nominated you.  Michael is a wonderful friend.  We went to high school together but didn't know each other.  Fast forward SEVERAL years later and we connect on Facebook and our lives haven't been the same since!!!  LOL!  He's also going to be a published author one day soon and I will be able to say I knew him before he became rich and famous!!!  Thank you so much for the nomination, Michael!!

Nominate five other blogs for the award:

Kara at How IChow

Amanda at Amanda Mitchell Photography

Erin at A little bit of everything

The Nerd in the Corner

Tamara at Wine Time With Tamara

Be sure to check out Michael's blog at My Glass House.  Thanks again for nominating me.

Wonder if I'll get one of those lavish gift bags that they always give out at the award ceremonies.....


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Saving Money

I started clipping coupons about 9 months ago and I have become addicted!  If you don't clip coupons, then you need to start.  I will try to help you because it can be a bit overwhelming.

I really don't remember what got me started on this whole coupon thing.  I think I was searching the internet and stumbled across a coupon blog and it just took off from there. 

There's more to it than just clipping coupons, too.  You have to look at your sale ads in the Sunday paper and see who has what on sale.  Then you match your coupons up to those sales.  It's a full-time job!  Luckily, there are several wonderful coupon blogs that you can follow to help you out.

The ones that I really like are Krazy Lady, Frugal Chick, Katarina, and Bluegrass Savers.  These are only a few of the blogs that are out there.  Most of those blogs will recommend other blogs too, so you just need to go through and find the ones that you really like.  Katarina recently changed her blog.  Now she mainly posts Kroger deals.  There are a few other blogs out there that concentrate mainly on one store.  There's one for Walgreen's here. She also has a CVS one.  The list goes on and on and on!!  Some of these blogs are regional, so you have to be careful about that.  I'll get my hopes up about a sale or coupon and then realize we didn't get that coupon or have that sale. 

There are also apps for your phone that can MAKE you money.  We'll discuss that in another post.  Don't want to overwhelm you in one post!
Until next time....Happy Couponing!!!!


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Look Back

I started a blog a few years ago because I wanted to keep track of the movies we rented or went to see.  The reason for that was because I had rented a movie that we had already seen....UGH!  So I thought a blog would be a wonderful way to keep track.  A friend had a blog that she kept track of books she had read and she would write about the book and what she thought about it.  Sort of a book critic, if you will.  Brilliant idea, I thought.  I will be a movie critic.  Most movie critics I disagree with anyway.  Usually if they love the movie, I would think it was awful.  If they thought the movie was awful, well then, I would absolutely love it!  I think that blog lasted about a month.

I still had that blog bug in me and decided to write about my personal life.  Adventures we went on.  Vacations.  Trips to the lake.  I could even throw in movies we rented and went to see.  My husband and children got that panic look in their eye.  Don't worry, I told them, I won't use your real names.  Husband would be referred to as Tall Man.  Daughter would be known as Princess.  Son would be known as Bear.  If you know these three individuals then you will understand their names!  I'm not even sure I wrote the first post on that blog!

That brings us to my final blog.  The one you are reading right now.  I first started out writing it to help with my diet and exercise program.  That went as well as the other two blogs.  Then I decided it should become a coupon blog.  I am awesome at using coupons, but not so awesome about blogging about it.  I think in order to be awesome at having a coupon blog, it almost has to be a full-time job and you need a full-time staff helping you!  As I stated in my previous post, I have decided that instead of devoting my blog to one or two topics, I'm going to do a series of posts on one topic but will give myself the freedom to blog about whatever I want. After all, it is my blog!!

I will still write posts about dieting, exercising, family adventures and coupons.  I hope you come back for more, because there's not much telling what I will write about next!!


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Changes, Part 2!

It's been awhile, hasn't it??  I told myself I was going to start writing a post every three to four days.  It's been five MONTHS!  Sorry to the one or two readers that I have.  I know you are very disappointed in me.  I am disappoint in me too!  But starting today things are going to start changing! 
I have always told myself that I need to learn how to manage my time more effectively.  I need to stop putting things off and just do them.  I think it takes me longer to come up with excuses to not do something then it would have taken me to just gone ahead and done it!  I have been reading a friends' blog and he recently updated his information about his career.  I had no idea that one of the many things that he had available was information on time management!  Reading this has helped me tremendously.  For more information go to his blog here and click on the upper right hand side under My Work.  You'll be glad you did!

The changes will include how often I post.  I am not going to commit and say that I will definitely post every three or four days, but you will see more posts from me.  Also, I am going to change what I blog about.  Instead of devoting my blog to one or two topics, I'm thinking about doing a series of posts on one topic but will give myself the freedom to blog about whatever I want.  After all, it is my blog!! 

I hope you'll stick around, because I am getting my life and blog organized.  Hopefully both will be more interesting!!