Thursday, December 12, 2013

I am NOT a Failure!


In my writing career, I've had months in the black and months in the red. Sure, I've had more months in the red over the years. However, I have not failed. I have not given up and I will continue to work at my dream of being a traveling writer and photographer. Until the day I stop writing, I have not failed.

Like Thomas A. Edison  said, "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

I look forward to continuing to find the way that my path will work and I will be a "success." Until then, I will simply keep going, keep trying, keep writing...

Source for image above.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Prompt for Thursday, December 12, 2013
Would you rather have one more hour with someone you like, or one fewer hour with someone you can't stand?

I feel like this is a trick question! I was taught to surround yourself with positive people because the negative people will only bring you down. Because of this I would choose to spend one more hour with someone I like. In my opinion spending that extra hour with someone I like will make the people I can't stand stay away from me in the mental and physical sense. The longer you spend with people you like, the less time you have for the people you can't stand!

Are You Santa Claus?

 

 

Yesterday, I came across a letter about Santa Claus that I must keep in mind should I ever decide to have children. The gist of the letter is that a kid asks their mom if she is Santa Claus. Mom's response? "The answer is no. I am not Santa. There is no one Santa." Fast forward to the end of the letter and she concludes with, "Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness. I’m on his team, and now you are, too."

One of the things my husband and I have discussed when talking about when or if we want to have kids is whether or not to have our child grow up believing in Santa Claus. On one hand it feels like deception, but on the other hand it feels like giving our kid the magic we had when we believed in Santa.

The interesting thing to me is now that I have read the letter about Santa Claus, I feel like I can believe in Santa again. "Santa is love and magic and hope and happiness." Doesn't that line just make you feel all warm and fuzzy? I personally want to recapture that feeling around the holidays once more.

Read the entire letter about the Truth About Santa Claus HERE.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Prompt for Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tell us about a time you took the less traveled path. 

I was on track to be a teacher. I was in my second year in the College of Education. I was a substitute teacher. I was looking into internships and all the requirements necessary to graduate in the four year plan...then, a glitch in the matrix...

I was taking an art class as one of my liberal arts requirements and my teacher took a liking to me. I would visit her in office hours and one day she told me she had a crazy dream about me being a wildly successful writer. She urged me to take a mass communications class. The next semester I signed up for Rick Wilber's Introduction to Mass Communications and the rest, as they say, is history...

I could have stuck with teaching. That would have meant stability, regular paychecks and pretty much guaranteed work. Instead, I'm chasing my dream of being a traveling writer and photographer. I've had months where I had full time income and months where I could not pay my bills. I hope I'll make it big, but no matter what happens- I'm happier chasing my dream than I ever would have been as a teacher.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Prompt for Tuesday, December 10, 2013
C.S. Lewis said, "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less." How good are you of placing others before yourself? 

I'm a little too good at placing others before myself. I worry and fuss over others so much that I neglect my needs. I'm trying to get better about that, however. I am learning that if I don't take care of my needs before taking care of others that I am not going to have anything left for myself -let alone anyone else. I do believe it is important to take care of others, but I have learned it is just as important to take care of yourself too.

I do wish that more folks would take care of others. So many people seem to care more about themselves and have the mindset of "not my problem" when it comes to others. I genuinely feel like if more people helped there fellow man we would all be better off. I don't feel like people should sacrifice or do without to help others, but if you have extra money, time, food or clothes you should try to lend a helping hand. Take care of yourself and your family first, but if you have extra anything after- help a fellow man/woman/child in need.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo Prompt for Monday, December 9, 2013
If you could banish one thing from this earth -- tangible or intangible -- what would it be? 

I wish I could banish evil. With evil of course comes greed, jealousy, wickedness, immorality, etc... I wish I could see more people caring about one another and helping their fellow men/women in need. I wish I could see people who work hard being rewarded rather than overlooked. I wish I could see those that are always lifting others up being lifted up when they are down. I wish I could witness people giving rather than taking.

Instead, I often see people who expect to be given things they don't earn. Instead, I see people "stepping on others" to get to the top. I see people working themselves to the bone barely making enough to survive while some make more money than they deserve by lying, stealing and cheating.

I know personally even I have had moments of evil. I have said something bad about another person. I've gossiped. I've lied before. We all have. The difference to me is I feel guilty for my personal acts of evil. I just can't stand those who don't seem to be bothered by committing these and even worse acts of evil.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo Prompt for Friday, December 6, 2013
What do you wish you had more time to do each day? 

I wish that I could spend more time with my husband each day. I also wish I could hang out with my family more often. Spending more time with my family is weighing especially heavily on my heart this week with the unexpected loss of my Uncle Eddie on Tuesday. As I sit here in Kentucky, just a few hours before his funeral, typing this blog post, all I can think about is how much I want to spend more time hearing his laugh, hearing his stories and just enjoying his company. I thought I would have more time with him. He was taken too soon.

It's typical for families and friends to say that they will not waste the time they have left with those still living in moments like this. Sadly, after all is said and done we then get caught up again in our daily lives with work, school, chores, appointments, errands, etc... thinking we will have more time later to spend with those we love and care about. Then, something like an unexpected loss occurs and we stop everything and spend time mourning the loss and wishing we could go back and spend more time with them. Of course, we can not. All we can do then is try to keep the promises we make to ourselves that we will make time to see those we love and enjoy their company while we still have time...

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo Prompt for Thursday, December 5, 2013
Set a timer for 10 minutes and try to write your whole daily post. Now go back and give yourself 5 more minutes to write about how you felt working under such a tight deadline.

I don't need a timer to write a post, I generally write my NaBloPoMo posts in ten minutes or less. When I have used a timer in the past, however, I write better and faster. I have always been better at writing under pressure. The only exception to this? Writing about subjects I don't know much about/have passion for. Generally when it comes to things I really care about and know a lot about I can write quite a bit in just a little bit of time.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Prompt for Wednesday, December 4, 2013
How often do you go back for seconds? 

Not really all that often because I make small meals. On Thanksgiving and Christmas are the two times of the year that there are large meals that I can go back for seconds for. The rest of the year I typically only make enough food for me and my husband. The problem with this is I have to cook more often. My plan for the future is to start cooking bigger meals and split them into small portions before serving them that way I can cook less and continue having small meals.

Folks that cook a bunch of meals in advance- what is your favorite way to cook ahead? What do you use to portion things out? School me!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

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#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Prompt for Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Do you see the glass as half full or half empty? 
The glass is always full! Since the glass is always full, that means everything will be alright. There is no reason not to be optimistic. See proof here:




 

Special Charity Announcement for December 2013!

Since today is #GivingTuesday I've decided I want to give back for the rest of the year. If anyone purchases a blog post, photography session, one of my eBooks or any other item I put online for sale in the month of December, I will take 25% of the proceeds from those sales and give it to The Spring in Tampa Bay
The mission of The Spring in Tampa Bay is to prevent domestic violence, protect victims and promote change in lives, families and communities. Since their founding in 1977, The Spring has provided sanctuary and services to more than 60,000 abused adults and their children.

- Buy Five Buck Christmas and $1 goes to The Spring. Purchase the eBook HERE.

- Buy 50 Ways to Keep Me From Gambling and $0.70 goes to The Spring. Purchase the eBook HERE.

- Buy a set of blog posts from me and $18.75 goes to The Spring. Purchase three 300 word blog posts for your blog HERE.

- Buy one hour of photography services and $12.50 goes to The Spring. Purchase one hour of photography services HERE.

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Monday, December 2, 2013


#NaBloPoMo December 2013 Monday, December 2, 2013
Do you think you're more or less likely to complete December's NaBloPoMo?  Why?


I'm MORE likely to complete December's NaBloPoMo because I'm more committed than ever to make a go of being a freelance writer and photographer as a career. I also know that the best way to get better at writing is to write MORE. So, I plan on writing as much as I can, as often as I can, come what may! I just published my second eBook, am working on my third and have a full list of eBook ideas I want to write for every month in 2014.

Five Buck Christmas Now Available!

 

I mentioned this to pals on Facebook on Friday, but now I'm proud to announce here on this page that my new eBook Five Buck Christmas has been published on Amazon!!

In this eBook you will find ideas for gifts and crafts for Christmas that will cost $5 or less! The first section is filled with d├ęcor and craft ideas for your home. The second section is filled with fun gift ideas.
Get your copy of
Five Buck Christmas today! Thanks in advance for your support!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!


Dear readers,

I wanted to take a quick moment to wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving. I hope your plates will be full of food, your house full of loved ones and your heart full of love. I am grateful for family and friends (real life and internet ones ha!). I'm also really grateful for my job as a blogger, freelance writer, eBook author and photographer. Lastly, I am grateful that this weekend I'll be publishing my second eBook and I have plans to write many more in 2014!!!

This year hasn't gone exactly the way I planned, but I've learned A LOT! I am planning on spending the next few weeks before the new year begins re-examining my goals and making new plans...but for now- I'm just going to enjoy this Thanksgiving day with family. Okay, back to cooking! xoxo!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Saving Time on Thanksgiving Day


This year I'm hosting Thanksgiving at my place. Last time I did this I got a little stressed out because I did almost all of it by myself. I had to- it was for an article and I didn't want to "cheat" by delegating out too many tasks.

The good news is that this year I'm not only getting help, I'm using a tip from Food Network to ease the stress... I'm going to be making some of my Thanksgiving dishes ahead of time (tomorrow) to save time on the big day so that I'll be able to relax with my family. I won't actually cook anything, but a lot of it will be prepped in advance so that all I'll have to do ON Thanksgiving is pop the sides in the oven. This will free my time up to focus on the bird and enjoy my family time too.

As an added bonus, I've set up my menu and cook station so that everything will be able to cook simultaneously and be done at the same time! How? My bird will be cooking in an external roaster oven leaving my oven free for the sides.

Lastly, instead of roasting my bird in traditional fashion, I'll be making it in an oven bag. I'll add a nice marinade to it tomorrow, let it sit overnight and then on Thursday pop it in the roaster oven and "forget about it". Last time I hosted Thanksgiving doing this was a massive time saver.

Putting it in the bag meant I didn't have to check it every hour or half hour to baste it. The bag kept all the juices in the bird. The bird also cooks about an hour faster. It wasn't as crispy of a bird as we normally have, but only one person in our group seemed to mind that. Everyone else enjoyed how moist and tender the meat was. Even the white meat practically fell of the bone. It was so good!


What do you do on Thanksgiving to be able to cook your bird and enjoy it and relax too?

Monday, November 25, 2013

Cocktail Spotlight: Pumpkin Pie Martini


After talking about favorite holiday dishes and pumpkin pie, I could not help myself! I'm enjoying the most delicious pumpkin pie martini as I continue getting ready for Thanksgiving. This is NOT a low fat drink. It's equal parts of Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka and International Delight's Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer. I usually do 2 shots of the vodka and 2 shots of the creamer shaken with ice and then strained into a glass. Yum! Pour them into a cosmo cocktail glass like the one below or whatever glass you have on hand. I've learned it tastes WAY better in glass than in plastic. I have no idea why.

For added decadence you could use a graham cracker rim and a sprinkle of cinnamon, but I'm perfectly content with just the two ingredients!





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Friday, November 22, 2013

Coming Next Week: Five Buck Christmas!



I am so excited to share with all of you the name of my new eBook. 
Five Buck Christmas!
If everything goes according to plan, the book will be available for purchase on Amazon next week!
This book will include a bunch of craft and gift ideas that you and your family can make for under $5 each.

I Blew Two Weeks Pay in One Weekend!


About five weeks ago I posted that I had gotten a job and that I was psyched about getting steady income...Needless to say, as of this week, that job didn't work out, but something from that job remains! The first two weeks of pay I received were blown on a weekend getaway with my husband in Key West, Florida...so it's photos and memories from that amazing weekend that remain.

We went the weekend of Fantasy Fest having NO CLUE that it even was Fantasy Fest. We drank, we ate, we laughed, we had a blast and then we came home...

Why did we blow my first two weeks pay? Well, this was our first vacation alone in several years. We thought that we finally had steady income and were on our way to being debt free and living our dreams. We were impulsive and we just wanted get away, so we did.

Now...although, I'm no longer at that job...I'm still wanting to be on that fast track to being debt free...How it will happen may have changed, but my goal hasn't. I don't regret our weekend getaway. In fact, it motivates me to make more money on my own without the constraints of a job that I don't enjoy...

I do hope that I'll be able to get some quick and steady income once again as soon as possible! I have lots of plans and I just need to act on them so that being debt free and being able to have crazy weekends like the one in Key West will be possible!

Okay, I'm going to get back to working on my plans for freedom! Happy Friday and have a great weekend everybody!!!  May all of your wishes and dreams come true too :)



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Pick Me Up for ALL Ladies

I found this on my friend Shelby Johnson's facebook page and decided it HAD to be shared with all ladies STAT! So, ladies, here is your quick me up for the day. Enjoy! :)

You are not your bra size, nor are you the width of your waist, nor are you the slenderness of your calves. You are not your hair color, your skin color, nor are you a shade of lipstick. Your shoe size is of no consequence. You are not defined by the amount of attention you get from males, females, or any combination thereof. You are not the number of sit-ups you can do, nor are you the number of calories in a day. You are not the hair on your legs. You are not a little red dress. You are no amalgam of these things.

You are the content of your character. You are the ambitions that drive you. You are the goals that you set. You are the things that you laugh at and the words that you say. You are the thoughts you think and the things you wonder. You are beautiful and desirable not for the clique you attend, but for the spark of life within you that compels you to make your life a full and meaningful one. You are beautiful not for the shape of the vessel, but for the volume of the soul it carries.


Source for image above- original source unknown. I found it on facebook too. 
If it's yours, let me know and I'll give proper credit where it's due!

Friday, November 8, 2013

WARNING- HIGHLY Offensive Post!!! A must read tho!


Have ya'll seen the insanely offensive resume floating around the internet today?!? In case it gets yanked later, I copied and pasted it below so folks can read it in all of it's glory. I feel this guys pain considering I was looking for a job for way more than a year. Wow! Just wow. I found out about this on 93.3 FLZ's website and of course had to go check it out for myself. Enjoy! Source for the original post if it is still up.

Fine, Don't Fucking Hire Me, You Can't Handle My Shit

What the fuck people! I need a motherfuckin job, and I have a resume that says I am fucking fit to be your goddamn front desk/administrative assistant. I have applied to a ton of jobs on here, and not one of them responded, WHAT THE FUCK?!

Cover Letter? Here's my fucking cover letter!
Now, I'm really low on money, and I'll suck a dick if I have to...that's right!
Got a bear in your backyard that keeps eating your garbage? I'll fight that motherfucker and I'll win! Can any other prospective employee say that?! FUCK NO! What'd you say? You lost your keys? FUCK IT! I'll shoot the goddamn lock off your door with my laser eyes! That's how bad I need a motherfuckin job! Your brother is gay and you're not cool with that? I'll de-gay him with reverse buttsex. Don't believe me?! Then hire me and I'll fucking show you!

OBJECTIVE
I need a motherfuckin job.

SHIT I HAVE DONE
-I invented the moon.
-Atlantis was around til 1988, but sunk when I shot out of my mom's vagina like a silver bullet into a wolverine.
-I am also a wolverine.
-Had sex with the Spice Girls.
-The blowjob machine was originally my idea until that bastard Clint Eastwood stole it.
-I have prophetic visions of the apocolypse.
-Watched the movie "Juwanna Mann" at least 18 times. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0247444/
-Created a new genre of dance in which people get so into it that radiation waves pulsate off of them, I like to call this the microrave.
-I reverse engineered a door, I now know how it works.
-When I was 8, a frisbee flew into my backyard and I blew it up with my mind.
-My brother is the Eiffel Tower
-Direct descendant of Beowulf
-Can make weapons out of anything, very useful in a hostile work environment
-Beat my pornography addiction when I was 19
-Proficient in Microsoft Office and Photoshop

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
GlomGlom Corporation of Evil Doing
POSITION: Front Desk/Administrative Assistant
DUTIES: Setting up sex scandals in which to blackmail wealthy politicians, forwarding email, burning down the houses of the poor, loan sharking, answering phones, greeting clients in a manner that would frighten most people

GreenHate Enterprises
POSITION: Once Again, I was a fucking Front Desk/Administrative Assistant
DUTIES: Organizing the dumping of bio-waste into the ocean, peeing in lakes, digging holes to fill with garbage, making garbage out of perfectly good and useful items, filling said wholes with said garbage, creating fake facts about Greenpeace and publishing them on the internet(I am internet savvy), good at filing...documents of hate.

REFERENCES
Glomgor Evil
GlomGlom Corporation of Evil Doings
gorlock@peanutbutternipples.com

Sloblor the Muck Monster
GreenHate Enterprises
sloblor@greenhate.com


So, now that you know the real me, are you gonna hire me or not? I would like to remind you that I can make weapons out of anything.

Sincerely,

Steve Madonna
stevemadonnayeah@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How to Start a Fight with your Spouse


A buddy of mine posted this on facebook. I immediately decided to share with anyone who wants a laugh...How to Start a Fight with your Spouse

One year, I decided to buy my mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas gift...
The next year, I didn't buy her a gift.
When she asked me why, I replied,
"Well, you still haven't used the gift I bought you last year!"
And that's how the fight started.....

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My wife and I were watching Who Wants To Be A Millionaire while we were in bed.
I turned to her and said, 'Do you want to have Sex?'
'No,' she answered. I then said,
'Is that your final answer?'
She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, 'Yes..'
So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."
And that's when the fight started...

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I took my wife to a restaurant.
The waiter, for some reason, took my order first.
"I'll have the rump steak, rare, please."
He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?"
"Nah, she can order for herself."
And that's when the fight started.....

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My wife and I were sitting at a table at her high school reunion, and she
kept staring at a drunken man swigging his drink as he sat alone at a nearby table.
I asked her, "Do you know him?"
"Yes", she sighed,
"He's my old boyfriend.... I understand he took to drinking right after we
split up those many years ago, and I hear he hasn't been sober since."
"My God!" I said, "Who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?"
And then the fight started...

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When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me
that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take
care of first, the shed, the boat, making beer.. Always something more
important to me. Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point.
When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily
snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for
a short time and then went into the house.. I was gone only a minute, and
when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush. I said, "When you finish
cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."
The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

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My wife sat down next to me as I was flipping channels.
She asked, "What's on TV?"
I said, "Dust."
And then the fight started...

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Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and
slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van, and
proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I
pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the
weather would be bad all day. I went back into the house, quietly
undressed, and slipped back into bed.. I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a
different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."
My loving wife of 5 years replied, "And, can you believe my stupid husband
is out fishing in that?"
And that's how the fight started...

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My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary.
She said, "I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds."
I bought her a bathroom scale.
And then the fight started......

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After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security.
The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's License to verify my age.
I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home.
I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.
The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'.
So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair.
She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me' and she
processed my Social Security application..
When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office...
She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too.'
And then the fight started...

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My wife was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror.
She was not happy with what she saw and said to me,
"I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly.
I really need you to pay me a compliment.'
I replied, "Your eyesight's damn near perfect."
And then the fight started......

Source for image above

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

October NaBloPoMo

#NaBloPoMo October 2013 Prompt for Wednesday, October 23, 2013 When was the last time you felt as if things were falling apart? How was the situation resolved?
Today... Just kidding! I felt that way a lot before I finally started making full time income again. Now, I have a good job and am making more than I was three weeks ago and I feel like I'm heading towards making my career what I wanted it to be rather than the mess it was starting to become.

My goals are revived and I'm ready, willing and able to start working on the plans for making my dreams come true.

If things ever start to feel as though they are falling apart again, I will probably just do what I have done in the past...write a list of goals and then write a plan to achieve them.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October NaBloPoMo

#NaBloPoMo October 2013 Prompt for Tuesday, October 22, 2013: Tell us the last time you "fell on your face" (literally or figuratively).

I don't like today's prompt so instead of talking about the last time I fell on my face...here are some photos of folks that fell on their face. Enjoy!






Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

October NaBloPoMo

#NaBloPoMo October 2013 Prompt for Monday, October 21, 2013 Are you easily tricked? Do you fall for things?

Gullible might as well be my middle name. I'm very easily tricked. I hate admitting this. I wish it was not the case. Sadly, it is. People that know this about me get a kick out of it, especially my husband. He thinks scaring me, tricking me, fooling me is an absolute blast. Because of the ease with which I can be tricked we don't celebrate April Fool's Day and I trust no one on that day. It is built into me that April first EVERYONE will try to trick me since I fall for everything so on that day I have convinced myself everyone is a liar. 


Friday, October 18, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

October NaBloPoMo

#NaBloPoMo October 2013 Prompt for Friday, October 18, 2013 Are you scared of heights or do you love looking down from a high point?
I'm TERRIFIED of heights! Let's put it this way, I was sitting in the top row of the Tampa Bay Times Forum for a hockey game last weekend and just that height made me feel like I was dying. I felt dizzy and had a really hard time looking at the floor watching the players move that itty bitty puck back and forth.

However, when I am able to look out instead of down, I'm generally ok. When I was at the Pinnacle in Kentucky looking out to the three states that surrounded me, I thought the beauty was breathtaking. It was only when I looked over the edge and straight down that I immediately felt I could fall to my death in an instant.

So, to recap- I love looking out high up but HATE looking down!!!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

October NaBloPoMo

#NaBloPoMo October 2013 Prompt for Thursday, October 17, 2013 How long does it take you to fall asleep at night?
That depends on if I have taken a sleep aid or not. When I take something to help me sleep, I can generally read myself to sleep in thirty minutes or less. When I don't take something to help me sleep I often lay in bed thinking waaaaaaaaaaay too long before I'm able to finally fall asleep.

I've been learning that there are certain things I should not do around bed time, otherwise I'll be up much later than I intend to be:
1. I can't watch anything on television that is going to scare me, thrill me or generally get my adrenaline pumping.
2. I should not start talking about the future or more dreams because then I stay up thinking about how I can make my dreams come true and planning for the future.
3. I should not try to exercise because then I'm too pumped to sleep.
4. I should not keep thinking of the things on my to-do list...instead I just write them down on the notebook next to my bed so that I can quit thinking about them. Sure, they are probably already written on my master to-do list, but I'd rather write it down twice than to risk not having it written down and let it keep me up at night.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October NaBloPoMo

#NaBloPoMo October 2013 Prompt for Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Oprah Winfrey said, "So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground." Do you embrace failure?

I don't embrace failure- Hell no! I run from it. I believe you only fail if you quit trying and when it comes to the things I want, I keep going for them as long as I want them.

There are activities and things I eventually may realize I'm not good at, and I will stop them if the love for them falls away or if I stop wanting them. However, even those things I've walked away from I don't believe I failed at. I believe I didn't want them enough to keep trying for them. They are not failures, sure they most certainly are not successes...but it was only a failure if I wanted it and stopped trying to achieve it.

The good news is if there is something you want and you stopped trying for it, you can usually try for it again if you still want it bad enough. Sure, you can't try again to be a child star or a child athlete once you get older, but why can't you be that as an adult? It may not be exactly the same, but I believe you can always have components of your dream come true to fulfill your desires.

For example, I knew of a gal that wanted to be an actress as a child. She gave up on it in high school, but when she was ready to try for that dream again she started community theater. She may not be rich and famous but she still performs and that brings her happiness, so I consider her dream accomplished.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

October NaBloPoMo

#NaBloPoMo October 2013 Prompt for Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Tell us about the first person you "fell" for.

I guess it was third grade. Michael Ligori. He was this cute eight year old that I was feeling puppy love for. That was the first time I started to think boys were cute instead of boys were stupid...although some boys (and men) will never lose their stupidity! Michael was my "boyfriend" and he was so sweet. Wonder whatever happened to him....I'm not going to facebook him but I wonder...lol

Happy Birthday Fight Club!!!

 

15 years ago today the film Fight Club was unleashed onto "the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world." This movie is one of my favorite flicks of all time and one that I watch and quote frequently. If you have not seen this movie yet, you can get it HERE. If you have seen it and didn't like it, we can't be friends anymore. No, seriously! All cool kids like the movie Fight Club

Happy Birthday Fight Club!!!

Some of my favorite quotes from the flick include:

Tyler Durden: You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world. 



Tyler Durden: It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything.

Tyler Durden: Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. 

Tyler Durden: Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! Third rule of Fight Club: someone yells "stop!", goes limp, taps out, the fight is over. Fourth rule: only two guys to a fight. Fifth rule: one fight at a time, fellas. Sixth rule: No shirts, no shoes. Seventh rule: fights will go on as long as they have to. And the eighth and final rule: if this is your first time at Fight Club, you have to fight.

Narrator: [about the soap] Tyler sold his soap to department stores at $20 a bar. Lord knows what they charged. It was beautiful. We were selling rich women their own fat asses back to them.   

Narrator: This is your life and it's ending one minute at a time.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Monday, October 14, 2013

October NaBloPoMo

#NaBloPoMo October 2013 Prompt for Monday, October 14, 2013 Tell us about falling in love: What does it feel like?

Falling in love is like getting the flu or getting food poisoning (without all the snot and throwing up of course). You're whole body just feels different. Your stomach hurts, your head spins, your heart flutters and your brain feels foggy. 

At the same time falling in love is like Christmas morning. You are so excited and you know you're getting something wonderful and you get happy enough to cry.

When the person you are falling in love with is falling for you too, it is the best feeling in the world. There's just nothing like it.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

October NaBloPoMo

#NaBloPoMo October 2013 Prompt for Friday, October 11, 2013 Pumpkin or apple pie at Thanksgiving (or choose any fall holiday)? Do you have a family recipe?

Neither! We always have chocolate pie. So yummy and super simple. All we do is get a Pillsbury ready to bake pie crust and bake it. Next, we get some Jell-O pie filling and cook it and pour it in the baked pie crust. Lastly, we take the pudding filled pie crust and put it in the refrigerator. Once it's cold - we eat!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Top 10 Things I Learned From BlogHer '13


#BlogHer13

One week ago today I was arriving back to Tampa from Chicago. I had just encountered a whirlwind of a weekend known as BlogHer '13. Exhausted mentally and physically, the plan was to get to work right away on everything I learned at this amazing conference, after a loooooooooong sleep session of course. Sadly, my body had other plans as I spent most of this week dealing with a sinus infection that was causing me some pretty frustrating headaches and blah blah blah...

Fast forward to today and I'm feeling a little better and ready to hit the ground running...I'll start with this post..Here are the top 10 things I learned from BlogHer's 2013 Conference.

1. I have too many blogs! LOL! (See below this list for my new plan)
2. I packed too many clothes. I focused too hard on trying to have an outfit for day time and night time and given my transportation and "living" arrangements for the weekend I should have stuck to one outfit for day and night...which brings me to my next lesson
3. I should have stayed at the designated conference hotel for the entire weekend. Having done so would have afforded me the opportunity to not worry about the swag in my bag because I would have had a way to easily drop it off, I would have been able to comfortably change clothes between day and night activities and I would have been able to hang out more with the girls I met instead of needing to find a way back to my sleeping location.
4. Being outgoing is a good thing! I talked to as many girls as I could! I made a point to go out and just chat with anyone who would listen to me and talk back with me. It was awesome! I met a bunch of people and can't wait to get to know them and their blogs!



5. My vlogging hangups are just plain silly! Every woman has something about themselves they wish they could change. Instead of focusing on my looks, I need to just get in front of the camera and go for it! Thanks Katy in a Corner for your great session!

Jill Nystul of  One Good Thing By Jillee and The Famous Ashley Grant
 

6. Pinterest is the current key to big traffic. I got to meet whom I would refer to as the queen of Pinterest , the blogger behind One Good Thing By Jillee. Jill Nystul is awesome! If you aren't familiar with her amazing blog, then you are either not on Pinterest or just not paying attention to her million plus repins of awesomeness!!! I fully intend to use her tips on getting the most out of Pinterest ASAP!
7. I need new business cards with my twitter handle and less clutter. This goes along with the too many blogs thang...I need simpler cards. That is all...
8. I should have budgeted for the unexpected. I ended up needing a last minute hotel room for Saturday night and was out $350 I did not have by the end of the weekend. I regret not having a "just in case" fund in my budget!
9. I'm not working hard enough. I get too lazy and am barely scratching the surface of the awesomeness that comes with blogging and vlogging. I've got a ton of work ahead of myself to be as good as I now want to be!
10. Going to conferences is very good for me! Blogging is so lonely sometimes and meeting real people and seeing their faces was absolutely wonderful! Sure, we may not hang out on a regular basis, but at least now if we comment on each others blogs or skype or some other form of communication it will feel more like we actually know each other and can connect.

Eight blogs is a lot, but I love all of them. I have decided though that I will let one blog dominate and the rest will become hobby blogs as they say. I plan to focus pretty hard on one and then in my spare time I'll add posts to the others. The one I have decided to focus on? Lessons Learned From Frugal People - Why? As I was soul searching and brainstorming I figured out something pretty cool about myself. I LOVE learning things and sharing them, but I'm also A.D.D. The awesome thing about Lessons Learned From Frugal People is that I can be A.D.D. and still have one major focus. Saving money can be as diverse a topic as all of my blogs but it boils down to one topic!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Black Dahlia Drink from Revenge

#BlogHer13 #Revenge

In the show #Revenge- Fauxmanda aka the "real" Emily Thorne makes a drink called The Black Dahlia. In it she puts 3 oz. Vodka, 1 oz. Creme de Cassis and a little Blackberry Liqueur. She then puts it in a martini shaker with ice, shakes it and strains it into a martini glass.

I figured- I'm at a blogging conference...can't check in until an hour from now, I'm bored and my bartender Vince is nice- what better time to try it?!?

Vince added some flair by garnishing the drink with some raspberries and voila! I had my Black Dahlia.

Verdict of this cocktail? Sooooo good! Somewhat sweet with a kick and very smooth. Would definitely order it again!!!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

When Being Responsible Sucks!



For the past several years my husband and I have been making a conscious effort to get out of debt. Now, as responsible of us as this may seem, I feel like it has reeked havoc on our friendships :( You see, saving all the money to pay off the debt has meant no nights out, cutting back on attending sporting events, skipping lunches and happy hours and more. I'm the type of gal that loves going out as frequently as possible and for more than two years I've felt more like a hermit than a socialite. I want to be a socialite AND be debt free.

The funny thing is every day my hubby and I get closer to paying off that final student loan or that final credit card bill but we've been in the shadows for so long we fear all of our relationships will be harder to mend when we come out to play again.

Sure, we've done as many free and dirt cheap things as we can, but the loneliness of it being just us is sometimes breath taking. How can you have the best of both worlds?

*Photo credit- I don't know where this image originated. If it is yours let me know and I'll credit accordingly :)
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