Mar 28, 2007

Isis is a horse!



Isis went to the vet on Friday, she was 5 months old and weighed 55.8 lbs. She is really growing fast, but still not keeping much meat on her bones. I figure once she is done growing up she will start to fill out.



She is really a sweet girl and has bonded well to all of us, she listens very well, as long as you catch her in the act.



She is not graceful at ALL and her antics are very amusing, she is defiantly more legs than she is dog. Her ears are also way too big for her body and always seem to be flopping around wherever they please.



She also is very patient and has so problem allowing the kids to hang all over her or climb onto her, even when she is sleeping or eating.



This picture I had to throw in just because I love it so much. I can really see a lot of me in this picture of Chris, which is pretty rare since he REALLY looks like his daddy.

Isis is a horse!



Isis went to the vet on Friday, she was 5 months old and weighed 55.8 lbs. She is really growing fast, but still not keeping much meat on her bones. I figure once she is done growing up she will start to fill out.



She is really a sweet girl and has bonded well to all of us, she listens very well, as long as you catch her in the act.



She is not graceful at ALL and her antics are very amusing, she is defiantly more legs than she is dog. Her ears are also way too big for her body and always seem to be flopping around wherever they please.



She also is very patient and has so problem allowing the kids to hang all over her or climb onto her, even when she is sleeping or eating.



This picture I had to throw in just because I love it so much. I can really see a lot of me in this picture of Chris, which is pretty rare since he REALLY looks like his daddy.

Real Estate and Refinancing

The other day, I was talking to my Realtor who said we are in a great position to buy/sell real estate and likely will be for a long time; home values are on the rise and interest rates are still very low. This is good news for us when we plan on selling, but even better news for those looking into Mortgage Refinancing, either to secure a better fixed loan, or even those looking to pull equity from their home with a Home Equity Loan for remodeling their home, or to pay off higher interest loans like credit card consolidation.

If you are looking for Nevada home equity loan information, or Massachusetts home equity loan rate information, you may be pleasantly surprised on how well the market is doing in such hot markets.

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Real Estate and Refinancing

The other day, I was talking to my Realtor who said we are in a great position to buy/sell real estate and likely will be for a long time; home values are on the rise and interest rates are still very low. This is good news for us when we plan on selling, but even better news for those looking into Mortgage Refinancing, either to secure a better fixed loan, or even those looking to pull equity from their home with a Home Equity Loan for remodeling their home, or to pay off higher interest loans like credit card consolidation.

If you are looking for Nevada home equity loan information, or Massachusetts home equity loan rate information, you may be pleasantly surprised on how well the market is doing in such hot markets.

*This is a sponsored post.

To Grandmother's house we go

Last night I booked one way airline tickets for Austin and Christopher to go to my mother's house. A few weeks later Bobby, Matthew and I will drive up and meet them, spend some time with my friends and family, and after our traditional "Cookie Reunion" as my little nephew used to call them, all five of us will drive home. This will be the first time in 10 years that my husband has been able to attend and I am really excited for him to meet my extended family and share in a tradition that spans over a decade and continued even after the loss of a beloved Aunt.

My mom calls this reunion the "Sister Reunion" because originally it was organized by the sisters as a way for them to gather all their families at a campground for a long weekend and spend time together catching up, eating, and playing games. In time the families have grown and the sisters became grandparents and along came their children with children of their own and the fun multiplied. When Joanne passed, we still included her widower and now he brings his new wife because in our hearts he is still family. On the final day Joanne used to make a large lunch of gluten steaks (a wonderful vegetarian patty) and cookies and juice and I remember eating so many gluten steaks I would feel sick. Now my Aunt Mary makes the gluten steaks and my sister Autumn makes the cookies and the grandchildren of the sisters now ride their bikes through the woods to the lake instead of toddling at the feet of their parents.

You cannot imagine how much joy it brings to me to be able to attend this year, and to share this experience with my husband. My children love late night S'mores, mid-day trail rides, all the cookies you can shove in your pockets, and sharing childhood experiences through the generations.

Memories of a girl

When I was a little girl, I loved spending summers with my grandparents, a tradition I am keeping alive with my own children. My Grandma Josie lived on a farm, and many of my memories revolve around her love of gardening and the outdoors. I remember being fascinated by her Rain Gauges, that sat on the corner of the property. I never understood why these little simple tubes held my curiosity so much, but as I look through garden supply stores at rain gauges, I think back to happier times, when I still had my grandma, and the memories we shared. And I can almost smell her house, and how fresh and clean it all felt there after the rain.

Mar 26, 2007

Birth Certificate Woes…

We have been fighting to get Austin's new birth certificate since December, it has been one hurdle after another and the estimated wait is 5 months. This was fine until a few snafu's started to arise. When Austin got accepted into the charter school, they need his correct BC for enrollment... and then this summer, my parents wanted to take Austin and Christopher to Canada, and though passports are not required yet for automobile travel, a copy of birth certificate and a note from the parents is required. Since my name is not on the copy we have yet, we cannot both sign the note.

Anyways, I was able to get SOME answers today... after being on hold for an hour I learned that I could have a copy within a month IF I can show proof that their is an urgent need. I plan on getting in touch with the school after Spring Break to see if I can get someone to write a note stating they need his certificate for their records. I am also hoping that my mom will do the same. With that information, I should be able to move forward soon!

Birth Certificate Woes...

We have been fighting to get Austin's new birth certificate since December, it has been one hurdle after another and the estimated wait is 5 months. This was fine until a few snafu's started to arise. When Austin got accepted into the charter school, they need his correct BC for enrollment... and then this summer, my parents wanted to take Austin and Christopher to Canada, and though passports are not required yet for automobile travel, a copy of birth certificate and a note from the parents is required. Since my name is not on the copy we have yet, we cannot both sign the note.

Anyways, I was able to get SOME answers today... after being on hold for an hour I learned that I could have a copy within a month IF I can show proof that their is an urgent need. I plan on getting in touch with the school after Spring Break to see if I can get someone to write a note stating they need his certificate for their records. I am also hoping that my mom will do the same. With that information, I should be able to move forward soon!

Updating

So the water heater finally got hooked up on Thursday and I will tell you, that first shower was HEAVEN!!

On Friday I used the day of not being stuck home with plumbers to run errands... After A. left I took Chloe to the groomers (my golden retriever), took Isis to the vet for her shots (my great dane) she was 55.8 lbs!!, back home to drop off Isis, then I then went to the mall to drop off my wedding rings for repair, to Babies R Us to pick up some child proofing locks, then to Wal-Mart to return a CD Player and replace it, to check in on a friend who has been blue, to get Chloe BACK from the groomer, to the feed store to get more food for Isis, and finally to pick up dinner and go home. After dinner we went to our friends' house to play cards and were there until 2am.

Saturday we went to a BBQ at another friends' house and were there from 5pm to 2am. Is it a wonder why on Sunday we did not get off the couch?

Updating

So the water heater finally got hooked up on Thursday and I will tell you, that first shower was HEAVEN!!

On Friday I used the day of not being stuck home with plumbers to run errands... After A. left I took Chloe to the groomers (my golden retriever), took Isis to the vet for her shots (my great dane) she was 55.8 lbs!!, back home to drop off Isis, then I then went to the mall to drop off my wedding rings for repair, to Babies R Us to pick up some child proofing locks, then to Wal-Mart to return a CD Player and replace it, to check in on a friend who has been blue, to get Chloe BACK from the groomer, to the feed store to get more food for Isis, and finally to pick up dinner and go home. After dinner we went to our friends' house to play cards and were there until 2am.

Saturday we went to a BBQ at another friends' house and were there from 5pm to 2am. Is it a wonder why on Sunday we did not get off the couch?

Seems like my life is dictated by peeing on a stick

OPK
So I use a Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor to pinpoint if/when I ovulate, and this cycle was looking like a bust so I took a break from testing over the weekend. Sunday around 3pm I felt a ton of pinching cramping and I figured "This must be it" so I wanted to confirm it, but it was too late to use my monitor so when I was at the store later that evening I bought an Ovulation Predictor Kit and sure enough, it was positive! You can see my TCOYF Chart here: http://forums.ovusoft.com/chart.asp?cycle=21&id=summerrain&tc=0&p=.

This morning I tested with my CBEFM and got a "Peak" reading, then again I tested positive on my OPK so I know I am going to ovulate today or tomorrow. I hate this roller coaster, I just want it to all be over. I think by the end of the school year this year, Bobby and I need to make a decision if we want to stop trying or not. I am just not prepared to put up another long haul of a fight again.

Mar 22, 2007

Nope, not showered

So I forgot to update the Water Heater saga... I was supposed to get it yesterday morning, but at the precise time it was supposed to get here, the main person at the Plumbing company called to tell me the heater was not on the truck that arrived that morning and he did not know, but he was raising hell and he was very upset and very sorry. He also mentioned they would be driving 60 miles to go get it themselves and I should have it by noon.

Fast forward a couple hours... he calls again, apologized again, and told me that the heater was damaged in the trip from Kansas to Colorado and THAT is why it was not on the truck and the supplier forgot to call and give him a heads up. He said that this morning the new one should arrive and I should have it here in about an hour.... but please forgive me for not holding my breath.

Today is day SIX of no shower/no hot water and it is really starting to get to me. I love baths and all, but lukewarm baths... not so much. Besides, even when I soak in the bath, I still wash my hair in a shower... my mom used to call them shower-baths because I would bathe, then stand up and wash my hair in the shower. Poor Bobby, he has been taking cold showers. Yikes!

Nope, not showered

So I forgot to update the Water Heater saga... I was supposed to get it yesterday morning, but at the precise time it was supposed to get here, the main person at the Plumbing company called to tell me the heater was not on the truck that arrived that morning and he did not know, but he was raising hell and he was very upset and very sorry. He also mentioned they would be driving 60 miles to go get it themselves and I should have it by noon.

Fast forward a couple hours... he calls again, apologized again, and told me that the heater was damaged in the trip from Kansas to Colorado and THAT is why it was not on the truck and the supplier forgot to call and give him a heads up. He said that this morning the new one should arrive and I should have it here in about an hour.... but please forgive me for not holding my breath.

Today is day SIX of no shower/no hot water and it is really starting to get to me. I love baths and all, but lukewarm baths... not so much. Besides, even when I soak in the bath, I still wash my hair in a shower... my mom used to call them shower-baths because I would bathe, then stand up and wash my hair in the shower. Poor Bobby, he has been taking cold showers. Yikes!

Loans

With all the water heater drama, I am so happy we had a line of credit to help us fund the replacement of the broken water heater. With credit however comes responsibility and that is why it is so important to compare loans before you apply for credit or before you accept your terms. Educate yourself, ask yourself "What is it I need this loan for?" and get to know all the different types of loans.

Two main types of loan are secured loans and unsecured loans; let me explain the difference.

A Secured Loan is a loan where the borrower puts up collateral, such as a home or a car where the bank owns the title/deed to your property, if you default on your payments, the bank can repossess your property, or evict you from your home. Types of secured loans are home mortgages, auto loans, home equity loans, or a secured credit card where you have to put up a cash deposit. These loans typically have a lower interest rate than unsecured loans.

Whereas an Unsecured Loan is a loan where no property is put up for collateral and if you default on payments your account can be sent to collection, you can be taken to court where you could possibly be ordered to liquidate your assets. Types of unsecured loans are signature loans, student loans and credit cards. These loans typically have a higher interest rate than secured loans.

When you shop for a loan, make sure you know what you are getting into, and that you are getting the right loan to fit your specific needs.

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Mar 20, 2007

Update on the coldness

Still no hot water, I AM thankful my dishwasher has its own water heater so at least I have clean dishes. We have decided to go with a 50 gallon, high return water heater because the cost was significantly lower than my much desired tankless water heater which would be $5000 installed. That is too much of an investment for me for a house we plan on selling in 2-4 years.

So, tomorrow at 8:30 am the person(s) should be here to hook up my hot water, with any luck I should have a shower around the time baby A. goes home.

Update on the coldness

Still no hot water, I AM thankful my dishwasher has its own water heater so at least I have clean dishes. We have decided to go with a 50 gallon, high return water heater because the cost was significantly lower than my much desired tankless water heater which would be $5000 installed. That is too much of an investment for me for a house we plan on selling in 2-4 years.

So, tomorrow at 8:30 am the person(s) should be here to hook up my hot water, with any luck I should have a shower around the time baby A. goes home.

Mar 19, 2007

It has been a COLD weekend

Not outside, but rather inside. I went to take a shower Saturday evening and did the typical turn the shower on and go do something else until it heats thing; except this time when I came back the water was no warmer than it was before. I asked Bobby to go check on it, and the pilot was out so he re-lit it, however the flame did not spread to the burning plate and the water did not heat. I ended up washing my hair in cold water as Bobby boiled water for a bath.

Sunday we went to a home improvement store and looked at water heaters with the idea of getting a tankless water heater and learned it was a complex installation costing between $2,000 to $3,000. So Bobby took me home so I could find a plumber while he went back to buy it, but after a half dozen calls I got the bad news that we would probably have an easier time getting one from the plumber themselves because that is what they are certified to install. If this is not possible, I am not against a tanked water heater, as long as they can get one bigger than my 60 gallon one which just does not meet the needs of 4 showers 1-2 loads of dishes, and 1-3 loads of laundry each day.

Oh, and if I did not have enough to deal with, the windshield wiper fluid pump on my van went out... UGH!!

It has been a COLD weekend

Not outside, but rather inside. I went to take a shower Saturday evening and did the typical turn the shower on and go do something else until it heats thing; except this time when I came back the water was no warmer than it was before. I asked Bobby to go check on it, and the pilot was out so he re-lit it, however the flame did not spread to the burning plate and the water did not heat. I ended up washing my hair in cold water as Bobby boiled water for a bath.

Sunday we went to a home improvement store and looked at water heaters with the idea of getting a tankless water heater and learned it was a complex installation costing between $2,000 to $3,000. So Bobby took me home so I could find a plumber while he went back to buy it, but after a half dozen calls I got the bad news that we would probably have an easier time getting one from the plumber themselves because that is what they are certified to install. If this is not possible, I am not against a tanked water heater, as long as they can get one bigger than my 60 gallon one which just does not meet the needs of 4 showers 1-2 loads of dishes, and 1-3 loads of laundry each day.

Oh, and if I did not have enough to deal with, the windshield wiper fluid pump on my van went out... UGH!!

Quick PSA

Ebay has forbid the sale of cloth diapers on their website, lumping it in with used underwear. There is nothing wrong with used diapers, had I not been able to get my initial stash of diapers used, I would not have been so quick to try cloth diapering. Matthew still wears diapers that were used at one time. With proper washing there are no hygiene issues with using used cloth diapers. Please go sign this petition to allow the sale of used cloth diapers again on eBay.

Quick PSA

Ebay has forbid the sale of cloth diapers on their website, lumping it in with used underwear. There is nothing wrong with used diapers, had I not been able to get my initial stash of diapers used, I would not have been so quick to try cloth diapering. Matthew still wears diapers that were used at one time. With proper washing there are no hygiene issues with using used cloth diapers. Please go sign this petition to allow the sale of used cloth diapers again on eBay.

Mar 17, 2007

Happy Birthday to ME!

I officially turned 28 today. It was a very nice birthday and despite a couple bad things, turned out to be a great day. My husband is a real gem and I totally appreciated him. Last night we went to a comedy concert called "Friends of Bob and Tom", and had a real blast. This morning I woke up at 10:30am to the sound of the doorbell, I called down to someone that the door was ringing, figuring Bobby was playing a video game, and the boys were watching.

When it rang again, I got dressed to see who it was. I had a note on the door from the shipping company telling me that they had hidden a box they delivered for me, it was my shoes!! :D All but one pair fit, so I will need to send them back, but I was so thrilled. The boys were nowhere to be found, and the car was gone, so I figured Bobby took the kids out for the morning so I could sleep without interruption. I thought about going to get my hair done and get a pedicure (for the new sandals of course), but my capri pants were dirty so I washed them thinking I would go after they were clean and dry. Before they had a chance to dry, the boys came back bearing gifts, and sent me back to bed so they could set up. Bobby had a cake made for me, and they each had three well thought out gifts... three cute little cat nick nacks that can hold pictures with their tails, a basket/candle holder with my favorite scent for candles (cucumber melon) and a very nice rustic birdhouse for my birdhouse collection.

I had some asparagus I wanted to cook up and some chicken that needed to be used up, so Bobby grilled the breasts on the grill and I steamed the asparagus and we had a really nice lunch together, all three boys gobbled it up; all except Matthew who asked for a napkin to hide his asparagus in. He is only two, I cannot believe he has figured out the napkin trick, but I am not surprised he has not figured out it does not work. For the rest of the afternoon I played with the kids, did some more laundry, talked to my mom and my mother in law, and basically piddle-dinked the afternoon away.

Around 6 I finally realized I needed to shower if we were ever going to get to the restaurant so I went up to get ready and noticed we had no hot water. Bobby tried to re-light it, but the pilot light would not spread to the burner. We decided just to turn off the gas and mess with it later, and boiled some water so I could take a bath. Dinner was lovely, I love Korean food but Bobby really doesn't; since it was my birthday I chose to celebrate it at San Chang, the best Korean restaurant in town. We got some really good bul go ki, teriyaki chicken and some beef ribs; the food was fantastic. After dinner we went home to watch Clerks, since I had never seen it before and Bobby wanted to see Clerks 2 (we watched that the next day, it was too late).

So despite not having hot water, I still had a really great birthday.. and 28 feels great.

Mar 12, 2007

Do we have a deal?

Recently, we have been watching Deal or No Deal when it comes on. Christopher has a teacher who loves the show and he asked one day if he could watch it. I did not mind it at all since the language was clean, and their was no sex or violence. That was last season.

This season I was flipping through channels and Bobby happened to see Deal or No Deal and we ended up watching it because he had seen it somewhere else and he really liked it. So as a family, we all watched it and enjoyed it, except the baby.

Today I was looking for a place to play games online and I ran across this website where you can play Deal or No Deal, and to my surprise I took a deal of $88,000 since the only high case left on the board was $100,000. Good thing too, because I only had $300 in my case! Of course, this was only for fun, not for cash, but if I was a registered user I could have played for prizes like iPods, Wii's, or gift certificates.
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Do we have a deal?

Recently, we have been watching Deal or No Deal when it comes on. Christopher has a teacher who loves the show and he asked one day if he could watch it. I did not mind it at all since the language was clean, and their was no sex or violence. That was last season.

This season I was flipping through channels and Bobby happened to see Deal or No Deal and we ended up watching it because he had seen it somewhere else and he really liked it. So as a family, we all watched it and enjoyed it, except the baby.

Today I was looking for a place to play games online and I ran across this website where you can play Deal or No Deal, and to my surprise I took a deal of $88,000 since the only high case left on the board was $100,000. Good thing too, because I only had $300 in my case! Of course, this was only for fun, not for cash, but if I was a registered user I could have played for prizes like iPods, Wii's, or gift certificates.
*This is a sponsored post.

I am a…



This visual DNA test was pretty neat, and very accurate. It seems to really touch on my Pisces-esque personality. Make sure you click on "Read my VisualDNA" if you want to find out more about what each category means.

To sum up each description, it states something to the effect that:

Mood: Dreamer
It states that I am drawn to the drama and unpredictability of nature and appreciate its natural beauty. It also states that music is the soundtrack to my world. This is all true.

Fun: Escape Artist
It states that I never get enough rest, which is so true. It also says I am thoughtful and imaginative and I like to immerse myself in other cultures, and see life from a different perspective again this is true. However it says I am overindulgent on holidays, which may be true for gifts for my kids, but not for my spirit, I am a scrooge.

Habits: Junkie Monkey
It says I try to live healthy, but have more of a laid back approach and enjoy my indulgences. It also says I am easy going and carefree about my health habits and my home in general, which is pretty true. I try to keep a tidy home, but I am not neurotic about decorating and disinfecting.

Love: Touchy Feely
It states that my children and family are my everything and that I am a homebody and this is all very true. It also says I am comfortable in nature and this is true, however I am not as comfortable with my body as I would like.

Overall, I pretty much agree with almost everything in this profile and my descriptions fit me better than the other ones I saw, so they did good with this site! :)

I am a...



This visual DNA test was pretty neat, and very accurate. It seems to really touch on my Pisces-esque personality. Make sure you click on "Read my VisualDNA" if you want to find out more about what each category means.

To sum up each description, it states something to the effect that:

Mood: Dreamer
It states that I am drawn to the drama and unpredictability of nature and appreciate its natural beauty. It also states that music is the soundtrack to my world. This is all true.

Fun: Escape Artist
It states that I never get enough rest, which is so true. It also says I am thoughtful and imaginative and I like to immerse myself in other cultures, and see life from a different perspective again this is true. However it says I am overindulgent on holidays, which may be true for gifts for my kids, but not for my spirit, I am a scrooge.

Habits: Junkie Monkey
It says I try to live healthy, but have more of a laid back approach and enjoy my indulgences. It also says I am easy going and carefree about my health habits and my home in general, which is pretty true. I try to keep a tidy home, but I am not neurotic about decorating and disinfecting.

Love: Touchy Feely
It states that my children and family are my everything and that I am a homebody and this is all very true. It also says I am comfortable in nature and this is true, however I am not as comfortable with my body as I would like.

Overall, I pretty much agree with almost everything in this profile and my descriptions fit me better than the other ones I saw, so they did good with this site! :)

You can never be too prepared

When I took Driver's Ed in high-school, I was immature and did not take it seriously. I also felt the information was outdated, the actual time behind the wheel was sparse and limited and I was in a class with all my friends and socializing was more fun than learning to drive. The class ended up being a waste of my parent's money and nothing came from it.

When I was almost 17 I was able to convince my parents to try again, this time at a private Driver's Training School. I passed with flying colors, however when I took the test I failed... of course the woman who failed me kept saying in a snotty voice "I never drove a B-M-W when I was a teen", and then at the very last maneuver said I failed for not signaling when I changed lanes, even though the road was widening and I merged right before the lanes actually divided into two lanes. Second time was a charm, new tester and I only was docked 6 points for not being able to parallel park.

I love the idea of a Driver's Ed DVD that a teenager or adult studying to take the exam for their license, I feel one can never be too safe on the road and any kind of training they can get is positive. It would even make a good refresher for someone who has moved to a different climate and may not know how to handle emergency situations for driving in snow, ice, rain, or other emergency situations.

And of course I cannot mention being prepared in emergency situations and not mention the importance of an emergency auto kit, I own two, one for each vehicle, as well as a small tool set with screwdrivers, ratchets, pliers, etc. and a first aid kit. The nice thing about the above kit, is it combines a lot of the items in my above three kits into one, making it a very handy, all inclusive must have for EVERY vehicle.

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You can never be too prepared

When I took Driver's Ed in high-school, I was immature and did not take it seriously. I also felt the information was outdated, the actual time behind the wheel was sparse and limited and I was in a class with all my friends and socializing was more fun than learning to drive. The class ended up being a waste of my parent's money and nothing came from it.

When I was almost 17 I was able to convince my parents to try again, this time at a private Driver's Training School. I passed with flying colors, however when I took the test I failed... of course the woman who failed me kept saying in a snotty voice "I never drove a B-M-W when I was a teen", and then at the very last maneuver said I failed for not signaling when I changed lanes, even though the road was widening and I merged right before the lanes actually divided into two lanes. Second time was a charm, new tester and I only was docked 6 points for not being able to parallel park.

I love the idea of a Driver's Ed DVD that a teenager or adult studying to take the exam for their license, I feel one can never be too safe on the road and any kind of training they can get is positive. It would even make a good refresher for someone who has moved to a different climate and may not know how to handle emergency situations for driving in snow, ice, rain, or other emergency situations.

And of course I cannot mention being prepared in emergency situations and not mention the importance of an emergency auto kit, I own two, one for each vehicle, as well as a small tool set with screwdrivers, ratchets, pliers, etc. and a first aid kit. The nice thing about the above kit, is it combines a lot of the items in my above three kits into one, making it a very handy, all inclusive must have for EVERY vehicle.

*This is a sponsored post.

Saving Money Makes Me Happy!!

So, Saturday I was complaining about how my favorite shoes are wearing out and probably died about 2 years ago. I remembered how my friend Tracy just got some darling Birkenstock's on eBay and decided to test my own luck. I found the most darling slip on tennis shoes, much like my beloved, but dead shoes. The price was right, so I bid and waited. This morning I got the dreaded email from eBay, I was outbid on my auction ending in 3 hours... Wahhh!! So I bid again, and again, and again! When the price of the shoes, plus shipping and handling was within $5 of the retail price, I gave up and went to the manufacturer itself.

This is where it gets fun. When I got there, I saw SO MANY SHOES that I loved!! My one pair of shoes turned into two, then three, then four, and FIVE! Soon my total was almost $250!! I did remove one pair of shoes that were cute, but I could not see myself wearing often. Then I did something I should have done in the first place. I googled "skechers.com coupons" and found an amazing 25% off coupon plus free shipping on dealnews.com. Check out my screen shot below!!

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I am so stoked! In about 10 days I will have my brand new shoes without the hassle of eBay if the shoes do not fit right. However I have loved all my Skechers and have always been impressed with the consistent fit, so I am sure I will love them!

Saving Money Makes Me Happy!!

So, Saturday I was complaining about how my favorite shoes are wearing out and probably died about 2 years ago. I remembered how my friend Tracy just got some darling Birkenstock's on eBay and decided to test my own luck. I found the most darling slip on tennis shoes, much like my beloved, but dead shoes. The price was right, so I bid and waited. This morning I got the dreaded email from eBay, I was outbid on my auction ending in 3 hours... Wahhh!! So I bid again, and again, and again! When the price of the shoes, plus shipping and handling was within $5 of the retail price, I gave up and went to the manufacturer itself.

This is where it gets fun. When I got there, I saw SO MANY SHOES that I loved!! My one pair of shoes turned into two, then three, then four, and FIVE! Soon my total was almost $250!! I did remove one pair of shoes that were cute, but I could not see myself wearing often. Then I did something I should have done in the first place. I googled "skechers.com coupons" and found an amazing 25% off coupon plus free shipping on dealnews.com. Check out my screen shot below!!

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I am so stoked! In about 10 days I will have my brand new shoes without the hassle of eBay if the shoes do not fit right. However I have loved all my Skechers and have always been impressed with the consistent fit, so I am sure I will love them!

Update my house!

My home is 10 years old this year, even though this is not old, it is in need of a lot of updating. We have slowly been working on painting in neutral or earth-tone colors, and I would like to re-do the ceilings, which for some bizarre reason were finished with the long-outdated 'popcorn' finish.

When updating a home, something often overlooked is replacing outdated lighting fixtures, which can be an inexpensive change that will make a huge difference. I need to replace all the white and gold ceiling fans in my home, both Bathroom Lights, my florescent kitchen light, and anything trimmed with gold paint. All these changes will happen simultaneously with the popcorn removal, it just makes sense to do it all at once.


*This is a sponsored post.

Update my house!

My home is 10 years old this year, even though this is not old, it is in need of a lot of updating. We have slowly been working on painting in neutral or earth-tone colors, and I would like to re-do the ceilings, which for some bizarre reason were finished with the long-outdated 'popcorn' finish.

When updating a home, something often overlooked is replacing outdated lighting fixtures, which can be an inexpensive change that will make a huge difference. I need to replace all the white and gold ceiling fans in my home, both Bathroom Lights, my florescent kitchen light, and anything trimmed with gold paint. All these changes will happen simultaneously with the popcorn removal, it just makes sense to do it all at once.


*This is a sponsored post.

Spitting Nails

I am so angry about all these commercials I have seen for tonight's episode of Supernanny. I boycotted the show after an episode where the mom was berated for co-sleeping with her children and her babies were forced into their own rooms while mom cried, the babies cried, and the father was distraught to see his family in tears. The mom finally snuck the babies back into her bed while the nanny fumed and belittled the mother on camera, and the parents and children got a good night's sleep.

Well, tonight they are taking on the issue of extended breast-feeding. So, you must be thinking this "child" must be 6 or 7, right? Noooo, this baby is only 14 months old, and the nanny wished to rip this precious little one off her mama and "give her a bottle" as the announcer says. What kind of idiotic advice is that??? Anyone who is familiar with the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) or the WHO (Wold Health Organization) knows that the bottle should not be used after 1 year of age, and breastfeeding should continue as long as mutually desirable, but beyond 12 months. In fact, I will go farther and suggest nursing to age 2 or 3 and letting the child decide when s/he wishes to stop.

Matthew is 2 now, and he still asks for "boo" between 3 times a day, to as little as every other day. If anyone told me to wean him (like my old doctor, with an emphasis on OLD) I would educate them, laugh in their face, ignore them, or in the case of my old doctor, fire them. This whole thing has really left a bad taste in my mouth and has reaffirmed my decision to quit watching this show for it's poor advice towards mothers of babies and toddlers. I thought she had great suggestions for older children, but her backwards views and anti-Attachment Parenting styles for younger children have done nothing but infuriate me and make me doubt any other advice she gives.

So mamas, hold you babies close, and keep the love flowing, your little ones will continue to benefit from your milk, comfort, and love.

You too can be a Rock Star

Have you ever wondered how some blogs seem to have it all? They have high Page Rank, low Alexa, and millions of hits every day? This is where Postie Con 07 can help! What is Postie Con 07 do you ask? Well simply put it is a blog conference for Pay Per Post Posties, Advertisers, and Staff to get together and social network, meet each other, and listen to inspirational speakers who know the secrets to running a successful blog.

The event is being held in beautiful sunny Downtown Orlando Florida, on June 1st and 2nd, with a special meet and greet on May 31st. The event is also close to I-4, which means fast access to the airport, or theme parks. So far they have half a dozen guest speakers who have interesting bios and seem to be quite successful entrepreneurs.

Postie Con '07's theme this year is "You're A Rock Star", and teaches you how to channel your inner Rock Star and make the very most out of your blog, making sure you have a voice and get your blog out there to be read and enjoyed by others. I really wish I had the means to take a mini-vacation in warm, sunny Orlando and at the same time meet other bloggers I have "met" online over the last few months, while being educated on being the very best blogger I can be!

Mar 9, 2007

Ever have one of those days?

Where you know the moment you wake up that your day is ruined?

Today is that day, and I knew it at 2am when I woke up and could not go back to sleep. When I did manage to sleep I was awoken every 15-30 minutes. After 4am it was ever 5-10 minutes.

At 5:30 Matthew woke up screaming, like he was in pain, so I went to check on him and he thinks it is time to get up... no way, I CANNOT deal with him awake the entire time I have A.

I snapped at Bobby who asked me at 5:45 if he could help... I told him the only way he could help is if he could turn back time so I could sleep, or let me go back to bed. That did not happen and I feel bad for taking my stress out on him.

I feel sick, baby A. has a cold, we are out of Coke, and Matthew is still awake. Can I please just go to bed and wake up on Saturday?

Ever have one of those days?

Where you know the moment you wake up that your day is ruined?

Today is that day, and I knew it at 2am when I woke up and could not go back to sleep. When I did manage to sleep I was awoken every 15-30 minutes. After 4am it was ever 5-10 minutes.

At 5:30 Matthew woke up screaming, like he was in pain, so I went to check on him and he thinks it is time to get up... no way, I CANNOT deal with him awake the entire time I have A.

I snapped at Bobby who asked me at 5:45 if he could help... I told him the only way he could help is if he could turn back time so I could sleep, or let me go back to bed. That did not happen and I feel bad for taking my stress out on him.

I feel sick, baby A. has a cold, we are out of Coke, and Matthew is still awake. Can I please just go to bed and wake up on Saturday?

He would make a nice pair of slippers.

Jacob

This is my kitty Jacob, after his antics last night, his days are numbered. He started around 3 AM when he decided he wanted to jump on and off the bed... then later he wanted under my covers. A little later he started up with the meowing, first because he was pestering the puppy and she was smacking him with her paw. Then he decided to "dig" in my comforter, not sure if he thought he was burying something or if he was playing. When he started meowing at the door because he thought it was breakfast time, I gave him the boot, but too little, too late.. I did not sleep worth a damn last night and I am paying for it today. This is precisely why we nicknamed him Stupid

Mar 8, 2007

Austin’s School

Tonight we had an orientation meeting for Austin's school, I am so in love with this school, I asked when *I* could join. It is academic/success based with requirements being much like college. You must have a 2.0 to pass, failure is not an option. The school encourages character building activities, like volunteering in the community; and the high school is college prep, with AP classes counting towards college credits. The enrollment is capped at about 300 students for middle school; Austin is looking at a graduating class of 100. I also love that it is rated 23rd in the state, so it is in the top 4% of the state.

I also love that they believe in removing distraction by wearing uniforms and having single sex classes at the middle school level. Austin is currently in a single sex classroom and his grades and test scores have never been higher with him achieving honor roll. I absolutely love that he will continue this into next year and beyond.

After the meeting we went out to IHOP for breakfast for dinner. Austin was very excited for the new school, and Christopher is rearing and ready to go too. We told him that he has two years to get his grades up, and I hope he starts working harder so he can also go. Matthew was tired from not napping today, and was a terror at dinner, I hope he sleeps well tonight because he has been SO crabby lately!

Austin's School

Tonight we had an orientation meeting for Austin's school, I am so in love with this school, I asked when *I* could join. It is academic/success based with requirements being much like college. You must have a 2.0 to pass, failure is not an option. The school encourages character building activities, like volunteering in the community; and the high school is college prep, with AP classes counting towards college credits. The enrollment is capped at about 300 students for middle school; Austin is looking at a graduating class of 100. I also love that it is rated 23rd in the state, so it is in the top 4% of the state.

I also love that they believe in removing distraction by wearing uniforms and having single sex classes at the middle school level. Austin is currently in a single sex classroom and his grades and test scores have never been higher with him achieving honor roll. I absolutely love that he will continue this into next year and beyond.

After the meeting we went out to IHOP for breakfast for dinner. Austin was very excited for the new school, and Christopher is rearing and ready to go too. We told him that he has two years to get his grades up, and I hope he starts working harder so he can also go. Matthew was tired from not napping today, and was a terror at dinner, I hope he sleeps well tonight because he has been SO crabby lately!

Mar 2, 2007

Our Experiences in Testing, part 3

Click to go to "Our Experiences in Testing, part 2" or "Our Experiences in Testing, part 1"

Tuesday we had a follow up appointment with the Pediatric Neuropsychologist about Christopher. He did not feel Christopher was classic Asperger's, but he does feel he has Asperger's tenancies, but for the most part is just a quirky kid as he put it. He does however have a slow processing speed despite having above average intelligence and memory. He also has delayed social skills and a bona fide case of ADHD. The neuropsych Dr. is sending reports to the Neurologist & Pediatrician and is letting them both recommend therapy and medication.

Overall I am satisfied with what we learn and trust the diagnosis.

Using Credit Wisely

Finding the best credit cards can be a daunting task, especially when you have bad credit, or no credit. It is also easy to abuse credit cards by maxing them out, owning too many, or carrying high interest rates. It can be tempting to accept offers for 0% balance transfers, however, unless you can pay off the balance in the allotted amount of time, you may be stuck with a higher interest rate than you started out with.

If you do decide to take the plunge and apply for credit, it is important to compare credit cards; this way you ensure you are getting the very best deal. For instance, it may be tempting to apply for cash back credit cards, but a few dollars back in cash each month is not worth hundreds of dollars more each year in interest charges.

*This is a sponsored post.

Charter School

Pretty exciting news around here, Austin got his acceptance letter to one of the Charter Schools here for next year.

I am not sure if I mentioned it, but his elementary school does single-sex classrooms for 5th grade. I just love it, and I think it is one of the numerous reasons why he made HONOR ROLL!! for 2 semesters in a row. This is the second year that his school has done this and they are finding all their positive research they did is proving true about the benefits.

Well, I wanted to continue the single gender classes, but the middle school he was slated to go to did not do this. I also wanted him to go to a school that has more parental involvement, higher test scores, more discipline, and uniforms. Basically we wanted a free/public "private" school.

So he MADE it! I need to finish filling out the paperwork, get his records, and his birth certificate (which STILL has not been sent from Illinois), including two references of character from non-related adults.

Charter School

Pretty exciting news around here, Austin got his acceptance letter to one of the Charter Schools here for next year.

I am not sure if I mentioned it, but his elementary school does single-sex classrooms for 5th grade. I just love it, and I think it is one of the numerous reasons why he made HONOR ROLL!! for 2 semesters in a row. This is the second year that his school has done this and they are finding all their positive research they did is proving true about the benefits.

Well, I wanted to continue the single gender classes, but the middle school he was slated to go to did not do this. I also wanted him to go to a school that has more parental involvement, higher test scores, more discipline, and uniforms. Basically we wanted a free/public "private" school.

So he MADE it! I need to finish filling out the paperwork, get his records, and his birth certificate (which STILL has not been sent from Illinois), including two references of character from non-related adults.

Reef Sandals

I love sandals, they totally appeal to my love of going barefoot with the added protection of having soles on my feet. This is the main reason why I am a Flylady Flunkee; each time I get the email asking me where my shoes are, I yell back at the computer "in my closet, where they belong!" I own some nice tennis shoes, they are lovely, they look like they have never been worn (because they probably never have) and the rest of my shoes are slip ons. My favorite sandals were these super cute brown strappy sandals which have not been the same since I got them wet at the ocean, it time to look at reef sandals online for a replacement pair. The weather is starting to get warmer here... and to me, anything above 50 degrees is sandal weather!!


*This is a sponsored post.

Reef Sandals

I love sandals, they totally appeal to my love of going barefoot with the added protection of having soles on my feet. This is the main reason why I am a Flylady Flunkee; each time I get the email asking me where my shoes are, I yell back at the computer "in my closet, where they belong!" I own some nice tennis shoes, they are lovely, they look like they have never been worn (because they probably never have) and the rest of my shoes are slip ons. My favorite sandals were these super cute brown strappy sandals which have not been the same since I got them wet at the ocean, it time to look at reef sandals online for a replacement pair. The weather is starting to get warmer here... and to me, anything above 50 degrees is sandal weather!!


*This is a sponsored post.

Funny baby

Today when I was changing Matthew I was shocked at how bad the diaper smelled when I unsnapped it (I use cloth) and exclaimed "Holy Cow!!" Matthew did not even skip a beat when he responded back with "mooooooo". I was totally cracking up at how literal everything is to toddlers.

It reminded me of my niece, who was maybe 18 months at the time, probably closer to 12 months. She was climbing all over me while I was singing songs to her and in a sing-song voice I sang "Kendra* is a monkey!" and she replied back "ooh ooh ohh" (the monkey noise).

Kids crack me up, total comedic relief!



*Name changed, I don't blog names of other people's children without permission.

Funny baby

Today when I was changing Matthew I was shocked at how bad the diaper smelled when I unsnapped it (I use cloth) and exclaimed "Holy Cow!!" Matthew did not even skip a beat when he responded back with "mooooooo". I was totally cracking up at how literal everything is to toddlers.

It reminded me of my niece, who was maybe 18 months at the time, probably closer to 12 months. She was climbing all over me while I was singing songs to her and in a sing-song voice I sang "Kendra* is a monkey!" and she replied back "ooh ooh ohh" (the monkey noise).

Kids crack me up, total comedic relief!



*Name changed, I don't blog names of other people's children without permission.

Just Say "Hi!"

Online dating can be expensive, and without knowing what results you will get it is difficult to justify spending money on the possibility of making a love connection. With JustSayHi.com you can meet new friends in your area, meet local friends, or meet pen pals, all you have to do is click on someone's profile and just say hi.

I like that this website offers all the features of the pay for dating websites, like being able to search by gender, age, location, and then read their profile for physical description, picture, profession, interests, religion, if they have or want children and if they drink or smoke. So if you are looking for someone to share a chat with, a date with, or even a lifetime with... Just Say Hi!

*Sorry guys, I am not on the market, this is a sponsored post.

Just Say "Hi!"

Online dating can be expensive, and without knowing what results you will get it is difficult to justify spending money on the possibility of making a love connection. With JustSayHi.com you can meet new friends in your area, meet local friends, or meet pen pals, all you have to do is click on someone's profile and just say hi.

I like that this website offers all the features of the pay for dating websites, like being able to search by gender, age, location, and then read their profile for physical description, picture, profession, interests, religion, if they have or want children and if they drink or smoke. So if you are looking for someone to share a chat with, a date with, or even a lifetime with... Just Say Hi!

*Sorry guys, I am not on the market, this is a sponsored post.

Sick (again or still)

After strep, then a stomach virus, we now all have had colds for about a week. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Last night I could not fall asleep because I was coughing and then I woke up around 3 and could not fall back asleep.

Anyways, I forgot to mention a cute story about Matthew when he was sick with the stomach bug last month. When he woke up he was pale and had small amounts of puke in his crib from the night, and he started getting "the look" all you moms know that look... the "I am going to blow chunks any second so take cover or give me a bucket" so I ask him if he is getting sick and he nods yes so we run across the hall to the bathroom and I set him in front of the toilet and tell him "pukey goes in the toilet" and he leans over it and spews, he then claps, flushes it and runs off to play.

I go back to stripping his bed and he is playing at my feet when I hear him say "uh-oh". That word is every moms least favorite word, know what I mean? So I turn around just in time to see him jump up, run to the bathroom and throw up in the toilet. Wahoo! Now I am hoping toilet training is that easy! After one more time tossing his cookies in the toilet and a nice bath, he was fine.

Sick (again or still)

After strep, then a stomach virus, we now all have had colds for about a week. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Last night I could not fall asleep because I was coughing and then I woke up around 3 and could not fall back asleep.

Anyways, I forgot to mention a cute story about Matthew when he was sick with the stomach bug last month. When he woke up he was pale and had small amounts of puke in his crib from the night, and he started getting "the look" all you moms know that look... the "I am going to blow chunks any second so take cover or give me a bucket" so I ask him if he is getting sick and he nods yes so we run across the hall to the bathroom and I set him in front of the toilet and tell him "pukey goes in the toilet" and he leans over it and spews, he then claps, flushes it and runs off to play.

I go back to stripping his bed and he is playing at my feet when I hear him say "uh-oh". That word is every moms least favorite word, know what I mean? So I turn around just in time to see him jump up, run to the bathroom and throw up in the toilet. Wahoo! Now I am hoping toilet training is that easy! After one more time tossing his cookies in the toilet and a nice bath, he was fine.

Come on guys!

Has this day not been bad enough?? I am PMSing, A.'s dad was late again, I injured my toddler (who has been WAAAAAY more precocious than usual), and I spent the better part of the afternoon trying to get a video to embed in my blog. I am tired, and crabby and I still don't know if Austin will have to cut his hair before school starts to meet dress code. I just want to curl up in my warm bed, have myself a good cry and a long nap.

On a side note, the older two boys have a sleepover this weekend, and tomorrow we are invited to go bowling with our couples friends, but the here and now remains the same... I need my husband to rub my back and hold me and I need a nap.

Mommy is crabby, she needs a time out.

Video Worth Watching

If you are looking for a neat place to learn how a startup dot com business is built from the ground up, visit the reality show style videos at RockStartup.com where you can watch funny, fascinating videos about the company Pay Per Post, it's founder, Ted Murphy, and his amazing staff.

My favorite videos are probably the Vegas Episodes; specifically Julie's Wedding, just because I love Julie & Michael. In episode four you see Veronique & Britt scheming about the idea of a Postie Wedding, and then you get to fast forward to them in Vegas and you get to see Julie trying on dresses. I absolutely LOVE the woman who fits them; she turns to Michael and tells him "I am going to have you out of those pants so fast!" LOL

The actual wedding takes place in Episode five (don't get confused by the Holiday Special slipped in between the two), and I always cry at weddings, even videos of weddings.



I love this video so much because it shows raw human emotion and I love how well Pay Per Post takes care of Julie, making sure she has a beautiful ceremony and is well taken care of. And what is a Vegas wedding without Elvis?? When Julie kisses her sons before joining Michael at the front, I started tearing up. I love a good love story.

After they are wed, Ted makes sure they have a little startup money of their own and he gives the newlyweds $1,000 in cash. I sure with *I* had gotten cash at my wedding; but I got Bobby, my husband of almost 10 years, who is priceless and the best gift of all, so I cannot complain.Anyways, I have gone off on a tangent, make sure you check out all 12 episodes at RockStartup.com!

How much is that potty in the window?

Today has been a day... I guess if I could describe it in one word it would be catalyst, because one event keeps leading to another. I don't know how it began, but I will start with the event that inspired the title.


Matthew woke up this morning with a little bit of a red bum, and I decided I would allow him to "air out" so to speak and let him have his much loved "diaper free" time. Accidents don't bother me because baby pee is easy to clean and it is a great lesson that will hopefully aid eventually in potty learning. Well, he was playing in the front room and came asking for a diaper, so I put a diaper on him and all was fine.


Well, baby A. had just woken up from a nap, finished her milk, and the new milk caused the expulsion of the old milk so I went into the front room to her diaper bag to get her a clean diaper. While in the front room I noticed a strange puddle on the window sill and the table runner of the window seat. I look around and see a wipe (I use cloth wipes, this one was an old diaper and super absorbent) that had fallen out of the laundry basket when I was folding and putting away Matthew's diapers and wipes. I clean up the pee (light bulb comes on to explain WHY he wanted a diaper) and then head upstairs to put it in the pail. Baby A. is crying, because who wants to lay in poop, but I have to get this wet cloth into the pail before I change her.


While in Matthew's room, I find that he has climbed up onto his dresser and is finger painting with a tube of Desitin that I keep on the changing table/dresser for bad rashes. I remove him from the dresser and he promptly starts messing with something else he shouldn't, so I go to my bedroom and grab a doorknob cover so he will stay out of his room while I am busy with A.'s diaper. In the time it takes to do that he is back in his room holding onto a toy for dear life; I pull him out, put the cover on while he throws a tantrum at my feet.


I calm down A. and get her cleaned up and in a fresh diaper. While I am doing that, Matthew finds a step-stool and has started to help himself to a glass of ice water from the fridge and manages to spill it all over the floor. I get a paper towel and clean that up, and by the time I manage to get back to A. who is wanting held, Matthew has now found my Mr. Clean Magic Erasers and is "cleaning" his mess. I get that and the stool away from him and he is already rummaging through the cupboards for something to eat. A.'s dad is supposed to pick her up shortly, so I have no time to put her down to scream so I can feed him. So he gets into the Cheerios and starts squirreling them away in one of his toys.


A. starts to get upset because she is gassy or something and so I have to turn my attention back to her and he is back in the cereal that now decorates my kitchen floor. I grab a broom to try to clean it up and he grabs a dish rag and his it on her face and is pushing it down trying to "help clean" her, not cool so I drop the broom and go back to her and put on Sesame Street trying to distract him long enough to get her out the door. Writing all this makes me realize HOW I can be so tired at the end of the day and get nothing done whatsoever. I remember now how the house managed to stay so clean when I was working out of the home before Matthew was born and Austin and Christopher were in school and daycare.


No wonder I have not had a chance to eat!

Mar 1, 2007

Don’t shop without them!

I love using coupon codes for snagging great deals at places I normally shop, or even using it to find new places to shop. When I first ordered from Buy.com it was because of an amazing deal I got on speakers for Bobby's MP3 player. Same with Amazon.com; I found a great deal on nearly free sheets and I was addicted... in fact, most of my online shopping is at Amazon.com. Bobby just ordered a new Nintendo DS Lite from them after Matthew tossed his last new one on the sink and broke the on switch.

I recognize some of these stores from shopping online, or even spotting them locally in town, like Kohl's, where I found these online Kohl's coupon codes. Saving money always makes me happy, but only if it is on something I already need.
Happy shopping!


*This is a sponsored post.

Don't shop without them!

I love using coupon codes for snagging great deals at places I normally shop, or even using it to find new places to shop. When I first ordered from Buy.com it was because of an amazing deal I got on speakers for Bobby's MP3 player. Same with Amazon.com; I found a great deal on nearly free sheets and I was addicted... in fact, most of my online shopping is at Amazon.com. Bobby just ordered a new Nintendo DS Lite from them after Matthew tossed his last new one on the sink and broke the on switch.

I recognize some of these stores from shopping online, or even spotting them locally in town, like Kohl's, where I found these online Kohl's coupon codes. Saving money always makes me happy, but only if it is on something I already need.
Happy shopping!


*This is a sponsored post.

Camera in cars?

DriveCam and a number of auto insurance companies say YES! DriveCam (www.drivecam.com) boasts that it can improve risky driving behavior by predicting and preventing accidents. The video I watched this morning of a teenagers with the system installed in their vehicles, it was astounding how careless some of the drivers were. I also see potential benefits to the first responders at the scene of accidents and people affected by insurance fraud, much like the dash cams of a police vehicle has proved essential in the past.

Camera in cars?

DriveCam and a number of auto insurance companies say YES! DriveCam (www.drivecam.com) boasts that it can improve risky driving behavior by predicting and preventing accidents. The video I watched this morning of a teenagers with the system installed in their vehicles, it was astounding how careless some of the drivers were. I also see potential benefits to the first responders at the scene of accidents and people affected by insurance fraud, much like the dash cams of a police vehicle has proved essential in the past.

Segmentation

Until I learned about Pay Per Post, I was clueless about the blog ad network, now I am beginning to see it is a viable media for advertisers who often rely on word of mouth advertising. Recently, Pay Per Post has introduced "Segmentation" which is a new program for advertisers to find that perfect blog for their advertisement to be seen on. Some of these new segmented opportunities pay out as much as $1,000 to the blogger, and it ensures that the advertiser is matched with a high quality, high traffic blog.

For the most part, segmentation has worked fine for me. I spend less time searching for stuff to blog about, and I can accept higher paying opportunities on my other blog, to increase my earnings. On this blog, I have had a more difficult time finding qualified opps, but that is no change from pre-segmentation. I can see how segmentation can benefit both high traffic and low traffic bloggers.

Also, Pay Per Post is a great place for advertisers. They only charge a 35% markup, which is much less than other blog advertising company which can charge as much as a 100% markup! That is bad for advertisers and bloggers alike; bloggers would see less of a payout, advertisers would pay more for the same services.

I also appreciate truth in advertising, that is why I appreciate Pay Per Post requires disclosure of all advertisements, which I cannot say for all pay-for-blogging companies, where advertisers will often ask you to not disclose your ad is sponsored.


Segmentation

Until I learned about Pay Per Post, I was clueless about the blog ad network, now I am beginning to see it is a viable media for advertisers who often rely on word of mouth advertising. Recently, Pay Per Post has introduced "Segmentation" which is a new program for advertisers to find that perfect blog for their advertisement to be seen on. Some of these new segmented opportunities pay out as much as $1,000 to the blogger, and it ensures that the advertiser is matched with a high quality, high traffic blog.

For the most part, segmentation has worked fine for me. I spend less time searching for stuff to blog about, and I can accept higher paying opportunities on my other blog, to increase my earnings. On this blog, I have had a more difficult time finding qualified opps, but that is no change from pre-segmentation. I can see how segmentation can benefit both high traffic and low traffic bloggers.

Also, Pay Per Post is a great place for advertisers. They only charge a 35% markup, which is much less than other blog advertising company which can charge as much as a 100% markup! That is bad for advertisers and bloggers alike; bloggers would see less of a payout, advertisers would pay more for the same services.

I also appreciate truth in advertising, that is why I appreciate Pay Per Post requires disclosure of all advertisements, which I cannot say for all pay-for-blogging companies, where advertisers will often ask you to not disclose your ad is sponsored.


"The Strong Arm"

A Denver area attorney, who is known for his television ad campaign here in town, has joined Virgie Arthur's legal team. Frank Azar, who's commercial goes something like: "Got hurt in an accident? You need the strong arm!"

Azar, along with a few other television attorneys are sort of a punchline for Bobby and I for their aggressive commercials for personal injury.

Azar is known for multiple lawsuits against Wal-Mart and will join the legal team in Arthur's attempt to gain custody of Anna's 5 month old daughter, Danielynn. You can read the full article HERE.

"The Strong Arm"

A Denver area attorney, who is known for his television ad campaign here in town, has joined Virgie Arthur's legal team. Frank Azar, who's commercial goes something like: "Got hurt in an accident? You need the strong arm!"

Azar, along with a few other television attorneys are sort of a punchline for Bobby and I for their aggressive commercials for personal injury.

Azar is known for multiple lawsuits against Wal-Mart and will join the legal team in Arthur's attempt to gain custody of Anna's 5 month old daughter, Danielynn. You can read the full article HERE.

The Internet & Bands

The internet is a great way for anything or anyone to be discovered, if you don't believe me, take a browse through Myspace. However, I have found a better way to discover new bands and new music; www.unsigned.com.

This website makes it easier to browse for Country Artists, rock, hip hop, jazz, metal, grunge, etc. 2,000 bands have already signed up and is easy to browse for genre of music or search for a band, and listen just by clicking on their profile. This website is a lot more user friendly than the music section of myspace, and great for producers to find hot new talent for these people to break into the recording business.

I honestly expected to click on these profiles and find bad karaoke, or American Idol rejects, but so far all the bands/artists I have listened to sound really good, professional and I really hope they get their big break!

*This is a sponsored post.

The Internet & Bands

The internet is a great way for anything or anyone to be discovered, if you don't believe me, take a browse through Myspace. However, I have found a better way to discover new bands and new music; www.unsigned.com.

This website makes it easier to browse for Country Artists, rock, hip hop, jazz, metal, grunge, etc. 2,000 bands have already signed up and is easy to browse for genre of music or search for a band, and listen just by clicking on their profile. This website is a lot more user friendly than the music section of myspace, and great for producers to find hot new talent for these people to break into the recording business.

I honestly expected to click on these profiles and find bad karaoke, or American Idol rejects, but so far all the bands/artists I have listened to sound really good, professional and I really hope they get their big break!

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Isn’t it Ironic?

Dontcha you think?

So, I get up at 5:40 and shower, just like I always do when I have baby A. coming over. At 6:00am I wake up the boys to get ready for school. At 6:10 I learn that their school is on 2 hour delay, which means we ALL could have slept in two hours later :sigh:. Baby A. will not be here until 8:15-8:30ish, the boys will leave an hour later. The funny thing is, the boys' school RARELY closes/late starts, I was honestly only expecting to see Ft Carson closed, however Bobby has to go in at the normal time, and we get to stay in late... of course HE is still sleeping, and WE are all awake.

Who would've thought...it figures.

Isn't it Ironic?

Dontcha you think?

So, I get up at 5:40 and shower, just like I always do when I have baby A. coming over. At 6:00am I wake up the boys to get ready for school. At 6:10 I learn that their school is on 2 hour delay, which means we ALL could have slept in two hours later :sigh:. Baby A. will not be here until 8:15-8:30ish, the boys will leave an hour later. The funny thing is, the boys' school RARELY closes/late starts, I was honestly only expecting to see Ft Carson closed, however Bobby has to go in at the normal time, and we get to stay in late... of course HE is still sleeping, and WE are all awake.

Who would've thought...it figures.