7 x 7 Link Award

There are few people who you know in the wonderful world of blogging…yet, you feel as if you know them in real life…like a good friend. Recently I was nominated for this award by one of those people…Life is a … Continue reading

Help! I’m drowning in a sea of unread e-mail!

Have you ever really thought about what it takes to be an extreme couponer? Yeah, me neither, but I did see a few of those shows. I was drawn like a moth to the flame of getting $700 worth of groceries for around $25. Now, if you do see the show, you realize that these “couponers” are a little crazy…well, maybe not crazy, more like addicts to saving a buck and dedicating an entire room in their house to paper-towels and barbecue sauce.

Needless to say, I don’t think I want to go that far with it, but I did see a few candy bars on their “organized hoard” shelves, so I thought, why not…if I could get a few free Mountain Dews and some spaghetti-o’s, it sure couldn’t hurt. I figured I would be much smarter though by not wasting time and money buying newspapers and clipping coupons…I would just get on all my favorite brand’s websites and sign up for some of those coupon websites while I’m at it. While I was at it I thought I might as well score some free samples (there is a website for that) and maybe enter some contests too.

It really seemed easy at first. I just would register at site after site, give them my address to send all my samples and winnings to, print of some coupons for things I would actually use, and get a bunch of free stuff. (The samples are going to be some stocking stuffers too). After a few hours, my fingers were getting a little tired, so I decided to call it quits for the day.

Today I have 2,036 unread emails. No joke. I must admit that some of these were from earlier emails. When I started on WordPress I got the email notifications of everything, like whenever the people I followed scratched themselves. I figured out how to stop all that about a month into it, but I never read/deleted those emails, plus I used to get Facebook notifications of stupid stuff that I never opened, so that is part of the problem.

The rest of the problem is from signing up for coupons, store specials, paid surveys, contests, samples, etc. In all fairness, there are some really great things that you can get (p&g, Lysol, Hershey, Kraft, hp, etc. and samples from too many unknown brands to count) each time you give your email address to someone to save a dollar, just plan on getting at least a few emails each week from them.

I could “unsubcribe” from their mailing lists, but you really can get some awesome coupons/deals/free stuff by receiving and weeding through their email, so I am torn.

The plan is to create an email address just for necessary junk, and have a new one for legitimate news. Anyway, if I do get a new address, I will update WP, since I know how to block word press junk, but until then if you send me an email and I don’t respond, please don’t take it personally. Wish me luck, and if you find me buried in heaps of emails, call the extreme coupon people and not hoarders to complain. 😉

Don’t cry over spilt milk…now a tv dinner…

We don’t have tv dinners too often. Well, okay probably more than Martha Stewart’s family, but the meals are a semi-special occasion for my little ones. Not only is it packaged in a divided container, I actually let my kids … Continue reading

I never believed in ghosts…but now that my cake is disappearing…

It started like any other Friday, I was working diligently, sweat pouring from my brow, on all the daily housework (see that honey); when I realized that it was time for my littlest one to go to school. Since I … Continue reading

Halloween Tips for Vampires: Top Ten

10. Choose and suck blood from people before they go trick-or-treating so your blood sugar levels don’t spike.

9. Remember, vampires have become quite popular these past few years, so before you make some new vampire buddies, make sure they aren’t just faking it…if they are, feel free to feed.

8. Try something new for Halloween. Being a real vampire can really suck the life out of you. 😉 Why not dress like a princess or maybe a dinosaur to shake things up a bit?

7. Beware of strangers. Just because you have a couple of fangs and a few other diversified talents doesn’t mean you can’t fall victim to predators. Carry a small can of mace while trick or treating, just in case the predator doesn’t look to appetizing.

6. Oral hygiene is very important. Your entire existence depends on the condition of those teeth, so be sure to brush regularly.

5. Animals have blood too.  I know that you prefer to suck on human blood, but if you happen to get lost in the woods or locked in a basement surrounded by crosses; rats, crows, even spiders can help your survive.

4. Don’t forget to wash behind your ears. Although most of the times you eat, it shouldn’t be too messy, you might get a squirter now and then, so be sure to clean those “hard to reach” areas.

3. If all else fails, turn into a bat…Oh, that is just in the cheesy vampire movies? I guess if all else fails, feed on a bat.

2. Don’t forget Hollywood. As previously mentioned, vampires have become quite popular and a real vampire could probably get a lead role in a movie quite easily. If the producers say “no thanks”, they probably wont be missed much and can be quite a tasty snack.

1. Have a happy Halloween and don’t forget to floss.

*Tip for dressing up like a vampire – those plastic teeth look goofy and obviously fake. For a great way to make realistic “fangs” buy a pack of Nik-l-Nips from your local dollar store, and use a portion of the wax to mold your own fangs custom-made for your teeth. They are really cheap and have great results.

Why even bother?

I thought about doing some potential early Christmas shopping today, but as I asked my little ones which presents they “in theory” (if Mom happened to be Santa) would want, they were as indecisive as I typically am. Actually my … Continue reading

You don’t own me…but for 3 easy payments of $19.95…

When I was a child, my mother taught piano lessons. One of the songs we were naturally forced to learn was called “Money Can’t Buy Everything“. The lyrics were: Money can’t buy everything. Money can’t make you a king. Money … Continue reading

Why am I awake?

(For a guaranteed insomnia cure see: http://wp.me/p1Cvgh-4b )

Although the link above shows how to stop insomnia, it does not address the cause of the sleep disorder. After thoroughly analyzing the problem, I have discovered several reasons why people like me can not fall or stay asleep.

10. We subconsciously enjoy being grouchy all day due to sleep deprivation.

9. The infomercials on t.v. are worth waking up in the middle of the night for.

8. We can’t stop thinking of who will win America’s Got Talent.

7. Our moms read us bedtime stories when we were kids and we can not function as sleepy adults without someone reading to us. (Parents, take note)

6. Taco Bell and its “fourth meal” campaign. *For their true intentions see: http://wp.me/p1Cvgh-18

5. We gave up on “beauty sleep” after going to prom with no date.

4. There is too much to think about to waste time on sleep.

3. We are secretly scared that Freddy Krueger awaits us in our dreams. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freddy_Krueger)

2. We are trying to gain weight and everyone knows food tastes best at 2:00 in the morning.

1. We are way too creative for our own good. (“Creativity is rebellion in disguise” – R. Franklin). To sleep through the night would be too “normal”.

Good luck fellow insomniacs, and don’t forget to check out the cure at the top of this post.