Monday, May 28, 2012

Wal-Mart Issue Resolved (Sort of)

gears of war card 

The card that caused my headache! I finally got my Xbox live card situation resolved. I got a working card after another trip to Wal-Mart and 30 minutes of being treated as though I was trying to get a second card for free. I'm still not a fan of Wal-Mart and will still do everything humanly possible to avoid shopping there ever again, but the good news is my Xbox live account is back up and running and I am able to access my Netflix videos again so I'm at least content enough to calm down and stop posting angry pics and messages about the retail giant for now... back to my regularly scheduled lazy weekend!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Now I'm Mad at Wal-Mart!!! Here's WHY!!!

I am now antiwalmart 

Here is what I just sent to the Wal-Mart corporate customer service feedback website word for word:

I only choose Wal-Mart because of the low prices. It's bad enough that everyone else charges too much but today's awful experience makes me NEVER want to visit another Wal-Mart EVER again. First, I found that Wal-Mart had the cheapest price on an Xbox Live card so I drive to buy one only to be informed that the price in store does not match the online price. Needless to say I think this is stupid and have no choice but to drive back home and buy the product online. 

I choose the pick up at store option so I can still get the item I need today and when I went to pick it up was waiting WAY too long to be taken care of. Finally…after waiting to the point of my feet hurting an employee comes to get my purchase from the back room and I specifically ask her to make sure my purchase has been activated because it is a prepaid card for Xbox and I know they must be activated to be used…

Well, I make the drive home for the second time only to find that sure enough…the card has NOT been activated and even confirmed this error with Microsoft via live chat to make sure it was not my error. Now it’s too late for me to drive all the way back to Wal-Mart again because the customer service desk is closed and so I’m left without my membership and a very bad taste for Wal-Mart and now as well. 

I’m a VERY unhappy customer who is out roughly three hours of driving time, gas money and patience with a retail giant. I have no choice but to make another drive back to the store tomorrow to get another card and at this point I should have just paid the additional $12 via the Xbox website!!!

Pinspired so I'm Making Magnets!

I love all the crafty things on pinterest! I keep seeing cute magnets so I thought it would be fun to make some on this lazy Sunday :) Yay crafting and yay magnets!

All I used for the adorable zebra magnets was some nifty zebra printed gemstones I snagged at the scrapbook expo in Orlando last weekend and some magnet tape that already has the adhesive on it.

Bonus- X-men is on and Magneto creates magnetic fields! LoL

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Thankful for Beautiful Days

I'm sitting outside at a Panera Bread enjoying a cold diet pepsi, reading the paper and blogging. It is a perfect moment. Birds are chirping and though there is a drunken man that appears to be homeless ranting, horns honking, car alarms going off and other miscellaneous noises in my background I am loving the breeze in my face, the calm in my mind and the happiness in my heart.

Today is one of those days that makes me grateful for beautiful weather. I am so thankful and grateful for blissful moments of peace in the shade. Ahh...what a perfect moment. Thank you thank you thank you for this perfect moment.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Life is Short...Eat More Cupcakes

Learning so much already today at the scrapbook expo @ Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla. This adorable card says Life is Short. Eat more cupcakes. Not only is it a pretty card, it is a fabulous way to live! How can you argue with a reasonable statement like that?!? Exactly! You can't!!! Now if only I knew of a tasty diet cupcake!!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Final Product of My Beach Tote!

Yay for craft night!! My beach tote says I'm Famous Beach!! Yes!!! I love crafting :)

It's Craft Night Betches

We are making beach totes for tonight's craft night! Love me some puffy paint! Yay puffy paint!!

I'm Famous But...

I am famous image 

I saw this on a shirt on a website called Just had to share it because it made me giggle! I AM Famous Ya'll! Start getting autographs now because once everyone knows how famous I am I'll have an entourage as big as Rihanna's. LOL!

Gratitude Quotes From Psychology Today

Gratitude Quotes from Psychology Today. See the entire article HERE

  1.  "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust
  2. "We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures." - Thornton Wilder
  3. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy 
  4. At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. Albert Schweitzer 
  5. The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.
-- WIlliam James
  6. "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough."
-- Oprah Winfrey
  7. He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has." - Epictetus

I am Thankful for Laser Hair Removal!

 I am thankful for Laser Hair Removal! I was able to begin laser hair removal treatments a few years ago through Ideal Image. For the first time I was willing to wear shorts and dresses thanks to the hair removal treatments!

I am Thankful for my Lasik Eye Surgery

The Famous Ashley Grant follow up exam from her Lasik Eye Surgery 

I am thankful for my Lasik Eye Surgery. I am so grateful for the fact that my husband and I were able to find a way for me to get Lasik Eye Surgery in October of 2011.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

I am Thankful For the Ability to Lose Weight

I am thankful and grateful for the ability to lose weight. I am grateful and thankful that every pound lost has been one step closer to a healthy weight. I am thankful and grateful for sticking to my diet and getting to my goal weight.

I am thankful and grateful for the fact that in the moments of weakness when I fell off the wagon I found it within myself to get back on and go forward with my diet once more. I am thankful and grateful to be at a healthy weight range for my height and weight and for all of the ailments that losing weight has helped me to conquer.

I am thankful and grateful for the loss of acid indigestion, my ability to walk up a flight of stairs and for my loss of joint pain.

I am so grateful and thankful for my weight loss and my ability to keep it off with ease. I am thankful I have the strength to stay at a healthy weight and to continue forever more to live a healthy lifestyle.

I am thankful that my new found healthy lifestyle had led to positive compliments!

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Comedic Debut- Story and Video

So, it's officially up! My video of my first time attempting to be a stand up comedian. If you would like to read the story click HERE

I attempted to be funny for my column "My First Time" in the tbt*. Every other week I submit a story of me doing something I have never done in the Tampa Bay area for the first time. This was my first attempt at being a stand up comedian at the Tampa Improv in Ybor City.

Please- no mean comments! Thanks to IMPROV for letting us film. Sorry about the shaky video- they let us film but did not allow us to use the Tripod :-( 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

LMAO! Wine!

Have ya'll seen this? LMAO wine. available in Pinot Grigio from TXT Cellars for $7 at Sweetbay this week. Has anyone tried it? I couldn't help but LMAO when I saw the bottles. I just HAD to share. hahaha!

Their Riesling is called LOL!!! I walked up and down the aisle and didn't see any reds.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I will be as famous as Julia Allison!!!

Julia Allison 
I will be as famous as Julia Allison and end up in magazines, on magazines and make lots of money! I will earn $60,000 a year as a writer, photographer and blogger. I will go to Europe and I WILL have a million dollars in my bank account ASAP to live off of for the rest of my life!

images inserted from Wired Magazine

Operation: "Get Famous" Has Commenced!

Vinny Lecavalier with the Famous Ashley Grant
Vinny Lecavalier with the Famous Ashley Grant
Okay, it is officially May 9, 2012 according to my clock/watch/cell phone/whatever/you get the idea...This means I have exactly 90 days to get as famous as possible or I have to go back to work next year doing a job I honestly don't like...substitute teaching. For those of you who don't know, I have been a substitute teacher off and on for the last five years. I've never liked it and never really wanted to do it. I only stuck with it because the job was flexible enough for me to work when I had to and be able to work on my real job of being a writer and photographer the rest of the time.

After five years of doing this thankless and - to put it bluntly - crappy job I am beyond ready to say goodbye to substitute teaching forever, but to do that I need to be making better than the income I have been making as a writer and photographer by August of this year (i.e. when school starts up again). So, operation "Get Famous" has commenced. My mission over the next 90 days is to become as famous as possible and by that I mean get as much work as possible to keep me in the media world and out of the classrooms of public schools!

I have an ebook in the works and once it is completed I'll be promoting the bajesus out of it; I have a full editorial calendar of things I would like to add to this site The Famous Ashley Grant and to my freebie/couponing/eat free/drink free/get free entertainment Tampa Bay Freebies site; I have a long list of youtube videos waiting to be filmed and posted; Lastly, I have some other websites I'm tweaking to see whether or not they will be made public or continue being my personal diary that just so happens to be online.

Where this summer will take me, I'm not 100% sure. I do know, however, that it's going to be fun! For the first time since high school I have energy (thanks to weight loss that has been a crazy ride that I'm still not really supposed to talk about because the article is still in the works) and for the first time I have a clear mission and what I consider decent steps towards achieving said mission. Here's hoping to a successful summer!

p.s. the photo above of me with Vinny Lecavalier is just one of my steps towards becoming FAMOUS! I'm totally okay with being famous by association. Worked for Julia why not me, right?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Images of Me and Cool Chicks From 4/20/12

Yes, I'm fully aware that it is May 8, 2012. I've been meaning to post these images for far too long and with my ever expanding to-do list as I work towards getting crazy famous this summer (details coming soon LOL) I have sadly neglected to post these. So, without further are some images of me and cool chicks I had the pleasure of listening to and learning from at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference held on April 20, 2012...

The Saucy Queen Michele Northrup taught us how to spice up our brand!

The Famous Ashley Grant with Saucy Queen Michele Northrup at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference

Kathy Potts knows that passion can lead to profits!
 The Famous Ashley Grant with Kathy Potts at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference

Here is me and the Spin Gym Master herself Forbes Riley! The Famous Ashley Grant with Spin Gym Master Forbes Riley at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference 

Second shot! I feel stronger already ;)
 The Famous Ashley Grant with Spin Gym Master Forbes Riley at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference (2) 

After learning how to find my distinctive voice I just had to get shot with Jennifer Samual Chance 
  The Famous Ashley Grant with Jennifer Samual Chance at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference

Rhonda Shear may not be up all night anymore, but she sure was a hoot to listen to as she told the crowd how to focus on their dream!
 The Famous Ashley Grant with Rhonda Shear at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference 

Angela Ardolino stopped by for an Ask the Experts Panel after lunch The Famous Ashley Grant with Tampa Bay Parenting Publisher Angela Ardolino at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference 

Debbie Lundberg was one of the gals on the Ask the Experts Panel. The Famous Ashley Grant with Debbie Lundberg at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference 

Brandi Kamenar also was part of the Ask the Experts Panel. I always forget just how tall she is until I'm standing next to her. I think it's a safe bet that folks are ALWAYS looking up to her! =) The Famous Ashley Grant with Brandi Kamenar at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference 

Bevv Beirl is the Editor in Chief of BABM and was on the Ask the Experts Panel. The Famous Ashley Grant with BABM Editor in Chief Bevv Beirl at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference 

Coach Jenn Lee sent us home with the powerful message about the power of the pounce and taking action! The Famous Ashley Grant with Jenn Lee at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference 

Never one to miss a photo opp, Jane Mak insisted on getting shot with me. She is awesome and could easily do a panel on real estate!
 The Famous Ashley Grant with Jane Mak at the Working Women of Tampa Bay 2012 Get Educated, Motivated and Inspired Conference

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I am Thankful for Bouncing Back

I am thankful today for my ability to bounce back from any situation. I have always been able to find a way to come back from trouble. I always come out ahead and better than before. Thank you universe for my ability to bounce back and thank you for my ability to make money quickly and easily. Thank you for my food in my pantry, my money in my bank account that is ever expanding money and the clothes in my closet. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
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