Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Updated blog layout...

Going with something simple until I can get a professional, personalized theme/background, etc.  Tell me what you think!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Aye...

I feel so crazy! I haven't forgotten my blog. Not at all. I actually, have a review and giveaway that I am going to do here soon for this really cool "green" and eco-friendly chap stick/lip balm.

Anyways. I just started a new job at home as an independent contractor. Its pretty cool. Pays decent. You can send me a message, and I'll help you out with getting hired and stared. Either jentyree08 @ gmail.com Or send me a message on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jennifertyree) ...  Its taking up some time, but its OK. I am going to start making a reminder for myself to post weekly, just in case I haven't!

I have started couponing more, I want to be like the people on Extreme Couponing. I want to be able to help my family and friends, send stuff to troops, and even help out shelters or churches nearby. So, if you get a Sunday paper, and you don't use all your coupons, let me know! I will totally send you my address and have you send me your extras :)

Also, some of you who read the post about me having a concert on Oct 30, and Nov 26 - They both went well. I think the Nov 26 was really really good. That was MY set, the Halloween one was my sisters. I loved it. I got a good response, and I'm gonna do it again in January! lol

Ok. I think I am off for now... I've gotta work a bit.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Smart Ones Review

I know, I've been gone for a while. I had a lot of thinking to do about which way I wanted to take my blog, where I wanted to go, and if I even wanted to continue. While being gone, I realized that without me posting, my voice doesn't get heard. My voice doesn't count. And I can't share what I know/learn with all of my readers who are currently subscribed, and the readers who will subscribe in the future. So, I am back. And I plan on revamping everything, including my review procedures for companies that contact me.

Anyways. I want to start of my "return" post, with a review.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Update:

Not many of my readers here know that I am a singer / songwriter. I've mentioned it before, but I never really went into details.

Well, Halloween is coming and right around the corner. For kids, that means candy. For adults, it means horror movies, parties, and lots of alcohol (OK, maybe not for all adults, but a lot that I know lol). Well, at a nightclub in a neighboring city there is this thing called Halloween Havoc. Its a bunch of local artists performing, and costume contests and probably more. My sister is in a group called POZEST - its her and her fiance. (You can actually find them on Youtube - just search Pozest set it off - and the first two vids are of them). Anyways, they are performing there, and we are going to perform my song that we collabed on. My first time singing in front of folks. Kinda nervous. But with my sis there I'll be OK.  And November 26th, is my very own set! I got like 15 mins of just me (like 3 songs or so)... Very nervous for that, but confident in what I am writing... :)

Oh, for Halloween I am gonna be Nicki Minaj. Def gonna post pics of that. And pics and any vids from the show, I'll post too.

What are you doing for Halloween? Any parties?

|Jennifer|

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I had to take a break...

If you haven't noticed, I have not written a new post in a while. I had to take a break. I had to step away from my blog, and figure out what I wanted to do.  I wasn't seeing the results that I wanted to see by now from my blog. The main thing being readership and participation.

So, I am going to start blogging here this week, and going to make it a goal to try to post at least 4 times a week. I really want to post every day, but I know that some days I get busy, or tired, or sick. So, that is my goal. I realized how much I miss speaking my voice about things, giving my opinions, and just speaking my mind. Yea, I can do that on Facebook all the time. But I want a blog to where I have thousands of fans on Facebook... Ahh, the dream!

Anyways. So watch out for posts from me, starting this week.
Thanks for sticking in there while I sorted out my head.

|Jennifer|

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Savings Angel

Have you watched any of those Extreme Couponing shows? Have you seen a lot more people use coupons in the stores? Probably. If you haven't, you must be under a rock!

Lately, the trend of coupons, is more than a trend. Its a lifestyle. Its a way for people to spend more of their money on other things for their family, like outings, or saving for a tip. Coupons really can save you money. I can attest to that. I saved over $161 in just one month. All by using coupons. Yea. I know, its sounds crazy! But its true.

Have you joined the Nielsen Consumer Panel

If you haven't, you should. The Nielsen Consumer Panel isn't actually work. Its actually, kinda fun.

All you do is record your purchases by scanning your items, recording how many you are getting, and if you used a store sale, store coupon, manufacturer coupon or other. They also want you to record your freebies.

You'r probably wondering why they would want this information? Well, because companies want to learn how you shop, when you shop, how often, and sales/coupons you use with products. This helps companies understand why we shop the way we do.

What do I get? Well, every time you transmit your shopping trip, you earn points. And those points can be used to redeem for some really great products. Also, sometimes they may send you things (some one received a reusable shopping bag, but I've heard of other things). They also send you surveys, via email, regular mail, and to the scanner. These surveys also earn you points. I've been a member about a week now and have just shy of 2000 points. Yea, if you shop as much as me, its that easy.

There is no right or wrong time to scan - you can choose to scan as you shop, or you can scan as you put the items away. It just depends on what your comfortable doing. (I scan as I put away).

So go apply. If they say they are not looking in your area, keep reapplying. That's how some people get in!

Let me know if you got in!

Here are some pics of the scanner I have.

      

Mine connects to my modem, and transmits whenever I select the menu option. Soon as I decide to cash out my points, I'll let you know what I get! 



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|Jennifer|

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Great cell accessory deal

Right now, Eversave has a deal for CellPig, You can get $14 worth of accessories for your phone/iPad for only $7. New members of Eversave get a $3 credit, making this deal only $4. Oh, You also get free shipping.
So what are you waiting for? Get it while it lasts!


So tell me, what did you get?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Wordless Wednesday


Free nail polish - a $15 value


New members on the website SaveMore, gets a $10 credit to use towards whatever deal you would like on their site. Right now, they have a deal with Fabulous Nails. Each one of their colors (Jewel, Fall collection, or Crackle) is $15.  Right now on SaveMore they are $7.50 each, or $14 for 3. Either way a great deal. BUT, if you are a new member, you get that $10 credit. You don’t have to pay shipping/tax when you order! So, if you are not a member, sign up, get your credit, and get that polish! If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and I’ll answer what I can.
I’ve gotten several deals from this site, its well worth it.
So tell me, what color did you get?
{Jennifer}

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Labor Day sale at Body Marinade


There is a sale going on for Body Marinade. Never heard of them? Well, they are pretty cool. You can design your own custom scents for body wash, candles, etc. You should check them out.

From now until 9/6/11, you can get 20% off bottled products, 30% off 2-step Microderm Abrasion, and 20% off candles and soy squares. Oh, and their candles, are made from plants, so they are so much better than the candles you buy from Wal-Mart and Target.

Go HERE and check them out! You can also check out their FAQs to learn a bit more about them, but they literally have every body product you need.

Comment if you got in on the sale! I would love to know!
|Jennifer|

Monday, August 29, 2011

Warning: Extreme Heat Alert

Really National Weather Service? That is all that seems to come on my Weatherbug/TWC apps anymore. I live in Arizona, and August is generally the hottest month, and OMG, its been so hot! Right now, at 7pm, its 108 outside. I cannot stand it! I want to move somewhere where it rains, and the seasons change. Gets cold, and snows on/near Christmas... Is that too much to ask for? By the way, if you know where that lovely locale is, please comment and let me know!!!

So, this past Saturday was my birthday. Yupp, I am now 25 years old. Isn't that the age where you start to feel like an adult, your out of that 18-24 category, and into the 25-39 category. Wow. I bet my mom feels old LOL. I don't feel old. Or much like an adult. Maybe its because I don't work right now. Maybe its because I choose to be young/act young. Who knows.  All I know, is I went out with my sis, her bf and a friend (hubby was great and stayed home with our son) to a karaoke bar. OMG, it was the best time. Unfortunately, we were too drunk to think of taking pics/videos. And when we got back to her house drank some more. So yea, I probably should do an extra workout to compensate for that. But you know what, it was my birthday. You gotta be able to get down with ya bad self on your bday! Its only once a year!

So, my working out last week, not as often as I hoped (like, 2ce). But, better than not at all.

So, my Mamavation post isn't really much of one. Its more like, I am recuperating and will hopefully have a better post next week! But, I at least wanted to get one in. I missed last week (I was really busy).

|Jennifer|

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Birthday: Relaxation time

So, my birthday is tomorrow (August 27). And I’ll be 25 this year. A whole quarter of a century. How crazy when you put it in perspective. About 1/4 of my life, gone. Interesting though, to think of how much has happened, and what is yet to happen.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Lysol: Review + Giveaway

About a month ago, I received 2 really great products from Lysol. The new Lysol Disinfecting Dual Action Wipes, and the Lysol Healthy Touch No-Touch Hand Soap System. Let me say, both are really great! I’ve wanted the No-Touch system since it came out, but personally, I don’t buy much of anything these days without a coupon. I am so happy I got one to review! So, here is some info, and my review, and at the end, enter the giveaway!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

48 hr flash back to school sale!

Sometimes its hard to go shopping for school clothes for your kids. Times are tough, and its just difficult when you don't have the extra cash. 

Have you heard of ThredUp.com ? thredUP.com is where busy moms swap children’s clothes, toys and books online.  This back-to-school season, thousands of moms are saving money and giving back by trading outgrown kids’ clothes for gently used school clothes that fit. 



Sale Starts: August 24, 12:01 am EST
Sale Ends: August 25, 11:59 pm PST

Today (Aug. 24th) and tomorrow (Aug. 25th) only, get 30% off boxes of pre-loved kids & baby gear listed by other moms across the country.



So go check it out, and let me know if you purchase anything! 


|Jennifer|




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Monday, August 22, 2011

My first experience at Carrabba’s Italian Grill

I received a gift card for Carrabba’s restaurant for a post I did a while back (it was my form of payment).  I must admit. When it comes to Italian restaurants, I am more of an Olive Garden kind of girl. So when I got the gift card for Carrabba’s, I was happy, but kind of Leary. I know they are pricey, and honestly, if I didn’t have the gift card, we probably would not have gone.

I was pleasantly surprised when I walked into the restaurant. It had dim lighting and soft music. The deco was very Italian, very old town Sicily. I felt like I was in a traditional Italian restaurant. I also felt a little under dressed (I was wearing a purple dress and nice flip flops), but then I saw other patrons wearing jeans and t-shirts.

We were greeted immediately, and were asked if we wanted a booth or a table. I love sitting in a booth, it’s more personal, and so we was seated at a booth. It was not ground level; it was up on a platform that was about 6 inches off the ground. The waiter came over right away, and introduced himself. He was very friendly, and very knowledgeable about their drinks and menu. He asked to start us off with drinks and an appetizer, and so we ordered a berry Sangria, as well as fried mozzarella. The waiter informed us that everything was made from scratch, nothing was frozen. Even the marinara was fresh made. He went to put the order in, and he brought out complimentary fresh bread, and brought a plate with a variety of crushed Italian herbs. He poured extra virgin olive oil over the herbs, and said that even though it looks a little weird, it is dipping oil for the bread. I just want to say, it was fabulous. It was so delicious. The drink was brought out first. The fruit was in the glass with ice, and the wine was separate. The waiter poured the wine into the glass, and boy did I feel fancy. The fried mozzarella was brought out promptly, within minutes of the drink being brought out to us.

                                                                      

The menu has many options, but I am a very picky eater. The waiter told me that I could order anything I wanted, and any variation of anything. He said they are a “scratch kitchen” which means they make everything fresh. And so if I wanted to change anything, I can, without a problem. I was impressed.

The waiter was very friendly, and despite having other customers, was still able to come around often to see if we were doing OK, or if we needed anything. We were taking a while to order, not sure of what to get. I ended up ordering Chicken Parmesan with broccoli and a side Cesar salad. My husband ordered Steak Marsala with pasta. The waiter brought my salad first, but the food came shortly after. It smelled delicious. And tasted even better then it smelled.

My husbands:          My plate:         

While we were eating, the waiter came by several times, ensuring that everything was to our liking, and that everything was OK. My husband asked for sour cream to go with his steak. The waiter said there was none in the restaurant (as the steak has the marsala sauce on it), but he was aiming to please. He went to the steakhouse next door and got some for my husband.

When we were done eating, the waiter asked if we wanted desert. I ordered Tiramisu to go. When I tasted it at home, it was absolutely perfect. The wait staff is very friendly, and definitely memorable. I cannot wait to go back.

This is a recommendation to anyone who wants to try something new, and delicious. The food is absolutely wonderful, and to be honest, perfect. I cannot wait to dine there again. It will be a splurge for us, but totally worth it.

{Jennifer}

|I was not paid, nor asked, to write this post. I felt the need to share with you my experience at a new restaurant.|

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A letter from my Autistic child to you.


I stumbled across this on the internet. It was originally written to help someones family and friends coming over during the holidays understand their autistic child better....  I think this is a great way to tell you parents of "normal" children how our children differ... They look the same on the outside, but inside, its a whole different ball park. Please read this and get a better understanding how children like mine work... Keep this letter in mind when you see screaming children in Wal-Mart or Target or any other store you go to.  Thank you for reading. If you like it, please share with your friends (and link back to me). I really appreciate it. 
Thank you. 



 
Dear Family and Friends:

I understand that we will be visiting each other for the holidays this year! Sometimes these visits can be very hard for me, but here is some information that might help our visit to be more successful. As you probably know, I am challenged by a hidden disability called Autism, or what some people refer to as a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). Autism/PDD is a neurodevelopmental disorder which makes it hard for me to understand the environment around me. I have barriers in my brain that you can't see, but which make it difficult for me to adapt to my surroundings. Sometimes I may seem rude and abrupt, but it is only because I have to try so hard to understand people and at the same time, make myself understood.

People with autism have different abilities: Some may not speak, some write beautiful poetry, others are whizzes in math (Albert Einstein was thought to be autistic), or may have difficulty making friends. We are all different and need various degrees of support. Sometimes when I am touched unexpectedly, it might feel painful and make me want to run away. I get easily frustrated, too. Being with lots of other people is like standing next to a moving freight train and trying to decide how and when to jump aboard. I feel frightened and confused a lot of the time. This is why I need to have things the same as much as possible. Once I learn how things happen, I can get by OK. But if something, anything, changes, then I have to re-learn the situation all over again! It is very hard.

When you try to talk to me, I often can't understand what you say because there is a lot of distraction around. I have to concentrate very hard to hear and understand one thing at a time. You might think I am ignoring you--I am not. Rather, I am hearing everything and not knowing what is most important to respond to. Holidays are exceptionally hard because there are so many different people, places, and things going on that are out of my ordinary realm. This may be fun and adventurous for most people, but for me, it's very hard work and can be extremely stressful. I often have to get away from all the commotion to calm down. It would be great if you had a private place set up to where I could retreat.

If I can not sit at the meal table, do not think I am misbehaved or that my parents have no control over me. Sitting in one place for even five minutes is often impossible for me. I feel so antsy and overwhelmed by all the smells, sounds, and people--I just have to get up and move about. Please don't hold up your meal for me--go on without me, and my parents will handle the situation the best way they know how. Eating in general is hard for me. If you understand that autism is a sensory processing disorder, it's no wonder eating is a problem! Think of all the senses involved with eating. Sight, smell, taste, touch, AND all the complicated mechanics that are involved. Chewing and swallowing is something that a lot of people with autism have trouble with. I am not being picky--I literally cannot eat certain foods as my sensory system and/or oral motor coordination are impaired.

Don't be disappointed If Mom hasn't dressed me in starch and bows. It's because she knows how much stiff and frilly clothes can drive me buggy! I have to feel comfortable in my clothes or I will just be miserable. When I go to someone else's house, I may appear bossy and controlling. In a sense, I am being controlling, because that is how I try to fit into the world around me (which is so hard to figure out!) Things have to be done in a wayI am familiar with or else I might get confused and frustrated. It doesn't mean you have to change the way you are doing things--just please be patient with me, and understanding of how I have to cope. Mom and Dad have no control over how my autism makes me feel inside.

People with autism often have little things that they do to help themselves feel more comfortable.The grown ups call it "self regulation," or "stimming'. I might rock, hum, flick my fingers, or any number of different things. I am not trying to be disruptive or weird. Again, I am doing what I have to do for my brain to adapt to your world. Sometimes I cannot stop myself from talking, singing, or doing an activity I enjoy. The grown-ups call this "perseverating" which is kinda like self regulation or stimming. I do this only because I have found something to occupy myself that makes me feel comfortable. Perseverative behaviors are good to a certain degree because they help me calm down. Please be respectful to my Mom and Dad if they let me "stim" for awhile as they know me best and what helps to calm me.

Remember that my Mom and Dad have to watch me much more closely than the average child. This is for my own safety, and preservation of your possessions. It hurts my parents' feelings to be criticized for being over protective, or condemned for not watching me close enough. They are human and have been given an assignment intended for saints. My parents are good people and need your support. Holidays are filled with sights, sounds, and smells. The average household is turned into a busy, frantic, festive place. Remember that this may be fun for you, but it's very hard work for me to conform. If I fall apart or act out in a way that you consider socially inappropriate, please remember that I don't possess the neurological system that is required to follow some social rules. I am a unique person--an interesting person. I will find my place at this celebration that is comfortable for us all, as long as you'll try to view the world through my eyes!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Working out again

Alright. So, I had to stop working out because I sprained my foot really bad, and was stuck in a walking boot.  Well now, its feeling better, not 100%, but better enough for me to try again. 

So I am back on my PS3 EA Sports Active 2, and am starting with the 3 week plan. I did 2 out of 4 workouts for the week, and burned 300 cals so far. I feel good about this. Some of the stretches I just cannot do right now. Partly because of my back, and the other part is because I have all tile floors in my apartment. No carpet. So laying on the floor trying to do reverse crunches hurts my back like hell. So, I lay on the couch. LOL. I’m still doing it, but not as they like…  I plan on buying small weights instead of using that resistance band thing. They don’t really tell you how to tie it so it will not come off, but I try and I knot it, and it still every once in a while pops off.

Anyways. On to the Mamavation question of the week.

This weeks blogging carnival is sponsored by Omron Fitness.

What are your currently technology tactics in your healthy living journey?

Well, my PS3 is my technology. I don’t have anything else to use, what else would there be? It would be cool to have that Nike+, but all I have is an iPad, not an iPod. Maybe in the future I will get one. That would be cool – it tracks your steps/walks/runs. Its pretty cool.  A treadmill would be nice. That counts as technology right? IDK.  Either way. Right now, all I have is my PS3. It helps me a lot.

I try to tweet, every once in a while I will tweet and mention #mamavation, but no one replies anymore… Oh well. I kinda feel like its HS… Only the popular Mamavation folks gets replies. Oh well tho, right? Just my opinion though. In the beginning it was great, but then I had to stop trying because of my foot, and it just seemed that everyone else stopped replying back… its OK though. I have my husband to motivate me… Ok, enough of that.

Alright, with that said. I think I am on my journey of losing weight. And I think its looking good. I just need to get a scale so I can keep track of my weight.

{Jennifer}

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Superpoints

Superpoints is a new rewards site I’m checking out. So far, pretty cool. Been on it for only a few hours and I already have 200 points!
 It’s an invitation only site and you earn points which can be redeemed for rewards.
~500 points=$5 Amazon Gift Card
~1000 points= $10 PayPal Cash
~2500 points= $25 Walmart Gift Card
~and many other great prizes.
Earning points seems pretty easy. You can also earn points by watching videos, completing ”special” offers and using the Super Lucky Button (you get a certain number of clicks on it daily, depending on your level, you will get more).
All I've done today is click the Lucky Button, and watch videos and signed up for 2 prepaid debit cards. And now I have 200 points. 
From what I gather, the more friends you have (and they have) you will earn more points, but this is true for a lot of sites. So even if you don't have anyone signed up under you, you will still earn points and be able to cash out. 
Here are some invites if you are interested in checking it out. These are one time use URLs, first come first serve. If you are not the first to use the URL, you will not be able to sign up using the link. I’ll post invites periodically as I get more. I can send you an email invite, just leave me your email as a comment (or email me at jentyree08@gmail.com).
Here is 3 to start with. 
http://superpoints.com/wrpgs/hsngp1
http://superpoints.com/wrpgs/uzxjob
http://superpoints.com/wrpgs/6ztnrr

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Google +

Are you on Google Plus? Find and add me! :) I would love that. jentyree08@gmail.com is what you can use to search me by.
If you need an invite, send me your email address, and I will be happy to send you an invite :)

If you don't know. Google+ is Google's version of a social network. I like it. Its clean, simple, and there aren't ads everywhere or spammers... I like that when your on it on your phone, you can see whos posting locally. Its a great way to find people who is local to you, I've added a few friends to my stream that way. So, if your not already in it, come get in! And join me. If you would like an invite, ask!


{Jennifer}

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Kids Eating Veggies

Its hard to get our kids to eat veggies. Here are some ways that I am using to get my son to eat more veggies.

1. Party trays! My son will eat the veggies and dip them into the veggie dip. He loves it! And has no ideas that they are good for him .

2. Salad. My son, as weird as he is, likes salad. BUT, doesn’t eat it right. He will put the lettuce in one area, and the egg in another area, and the cheese here, and whatever else he wants. They are never mixed. And the dressing goes in the middle of the plate to allow for dipping. He is weird, yes, but at least he eats it. Whatever floats his boat!

3. Say Broccoli are mini trees! I am trying to get my son to eat broccoli cooked. I tell him, “Tthe broccoli are mini trees. They help you grow big and strong!” He is starting to, but not very often.

4. I don’t expect him to eat anything that I don’t like. Such as Brussels sprouts. Yuck. If I don’t eat it, why do I expect him to eat it?

5. I let him watch his cousins eat them. If he sees other kids eating something, he is more inclined to eat it. Its worked so far with peaches and pineapple. I plan on using it to combat veggies next.

6. I tell him he cannot say he does not like it if he has not tried it. And eventually he gives in and tries it. He found out he likes carrots this way. But only small carrots. Not big ones LOL. His teacher even taught him “You have to try it, to see if you like it”. So I use that against him often.

7. Show their favorite cartoon eating it. If they like Spongebob, try to find a video, whether online or in a show, of him eating a certain food. You can also say that Sea Kelp is Lettuce, and that Spongebob likes it, so they should at least try it.

8. I let my son help me cook the foods that I don’t think he will want. For example, he hated chicken for the longest time. And I had him help me boil it. This way it would not be burned, would be the right texture for him (he has a form of autism, and certain textures he does not like). He helped me add the seasonings, and the herbs. He tried it, and he liked it! I plan on using this method for a few veggies. Like corn (helping me add butter and salt and pepper), and even broccoli (cooked in EVOO and salt, pepper and red and green bell peppers).

9. Offer something to dip it in. My son is weird. And I really mean weird. He believes that everything has a dippy (what he calls dipping sauces). So, most cold veggies can be dipped in either ranch, or a veggie dip. Cooked veggies can be dipped in sauce too – we have not found a dippy for cooked veggies. But some butter mixed in seems to be doing Ok for now.

10. Introduce veggies slowly. I will only do a veggie every once in a while. I don’t try to make him try a new one every day. That’s too much for him. Every other week or so, I bring him to try a new kind of food. Whether it’s a veggie or not. Pork chops was our most recent tryout. He did not like them. But dipped in sour cream, he loved it. There is usually a win. Its just a matter of finding it.

 

I want to mention that I never bribe my son. Because they they will expect it every time they eat. And I don’t even want to begin that. Most psychologists even warn against it, because then the child will start using you for that. I will however tell him if he doesn’t eat, he will be in his room the rest of the night, and that he needs to eat at least half of what's there. That usually works for him.

So tell me – what do you do to help your kids try and like veggies? Any recipe ideas you can share?

 

{Jennifer}

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A childs sense of style

Have you ever noticed that your kids develop their own sense of style pretty early on? While my son still loves his character outfits (Phineas and Ferb, Spongebob, etc), he also really likes stylish clothes. He has this outfit he got for his birthday, and it looks great on him, and he knows which shorts/jeans to match it up with. It’s a green plaid type button up shirt, some blue and light green and white in it. He looks so much older with it. Its my personal Fave.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Mamavation Monday -- a tad late

So this week, the topic is Grunt Style... I've never heard of it - well, OK, I've heard of it briefly but never done anything to look into it. So unfortunately, I am not doing any kind of Grunt Style, nor do I have a favorite from them.... And on that note, I don't have a strength training routine... yet.

Eh

OK. So my ankle, while still not healed, is not going to hold me back. I plan on trying to work out at least once before this coming Sunday. I have EAS Active2. And I haven't used it but a few times (eep, I know!).

I need to get my butt back in gear. Get back on track. I want to loose weight. I need to, in order to get pregnant. I worry though. I don't want to loose weight, and then have saggy skin and need to have cosmetic surgery to get it off, and be in more debt than I need to be.. Yikes! But, I don't suppose that's good enough of a reason to just not do anything. So. I am going to suck it up. I know I've said it before. But I need to.

I am doing well in school. I passed Business Communications I and passed with a B! Excited. My next class is College Math. My books should be here Wed or Thurs. I loved math in school, hopefully that love for numbers carries along to now. Ha, I'll let you know as soon as I get started.

Oh, if your personal goal is to go back to school, but you don't have time to make it to a university or a community college. Try online college. I go to Ashworth. If you decide you want to enroll and take your life further, tell them I sent you :) Jennifer Tyree. Yup, thats me. I'll get $50 off my tuition, and so will you. Which helps. They do not accept grants, scholarships, etc. But its $50 a month. Pretty affordable. And when you graduate, you get a class ring and can even go to Georgia to participate in the ceremony!  They are accredited, and so far, works for me. You get 4 years to complete a 2 year degree. So, you can work in your own time. I love it. There is an online community, kinda like a Facebook just for students. Anyways. I thought I would share as its a big part of who I am.


{Jennifer}

Review - TrueCare

Today, its more important than ever to monitor our kids online. There are many threats, from cyber bullying, sending/receiving inappropriate pictures, online predators, and the list goes on. We as parents always want the best for our kids, and its our duty to protect them from the dangers of the world.


Saturday, July 16, 2011

My Birthday Wishlist

My birthday is right around the corner, August 27. I will be 25 years old. A whole quarter of my life will be past me. I am finally decided on a career/degree, and am going for it. I have a 7 year old son, been in a good relationship for 7 years, and married for 3.  I think that's pretty cool, huh? Not bad for a 25 year old.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

On the go!

People today are very busy... Regardless if your a mom, dad, grandparent, or not. Nowadays, everyone is busy juggling school, home, work, family, appointments, the list goes on and on. Some people really have no idea of time management, or even how to organize their day to make it work for them, rather than them working for the time.

Here are some tips to make busy life, just a tad bit easier. I know what I do may not work for everyone. But you can adjust what I do to work for you.

-If you have a Gmail account, use the Calendar to remind yourself of appointments, schedules, to-dos, etc. And sync with your devise like your iPhone, Android phone, Blackberry, or other smart phone. It’s really helpful. You only have to put the event in once, and it will be synced onto every devise you have. 

-If you don't have a Gmail account, get yourself an agenda/planner/organizer. If your always on the go, get one that you can carry around with you in your purse. If you are a stay at home/work at home mom/dad/person, then get one that you can leave out on your desk, and easily scribble your appointments, events, etc. into it. Use a pencil to allow for easy re-scheduling/canceling. 


-Schedule the whole entire day if you have to. But don't be afraid to stray away if something comes up. Don't be specific in your times. For example, you can say between 2pm and 4pm, I want to have at least 30 minutes of workout, nonstop.  Just as long as you get it done, your are good! Things change at the last minute, and giving yourself time to make those adjustments is sometimes easier said than done. But making blocks of time to do smaller things, just may be the trick, I know it helps me. I schedule 2 hours of time, just to study for 1. 

-If you have a smart phone (Blackberry, Android, iPhone, etc.) find apps that make your life easier. If you often shop at Target, look for a Target app. Or Wal-Mart, or whichever store you use. There are tons of apps, and you can even use it to check a price on the go. 

-I use an app to make my grocery lists. This way I can check off the item as I go, and I don't have to worry about losing the paper in my purse that I wrote it on!

-If you use a smart phone, get an app like Scratch Pad. It syncs to Google Chrome, or anywhere else you have the app installed. For example- I can create a list of things to get while I am out shopping (laundry detergent, dish soap, pencils, pens, etc.) on my Google Chrome browser. After I am done with my list, I can save it, and then that same list will be available for me to view in my iPad and my Android phone. This way, I am never lost. No matter which device I have on me, I can see my list.


-If you know you’re going to be busy a few days this week. Instead of thinking you will just order takeout for your family, why not cook the meal ahead of time and freeze it. It’s a shorter cooking time when all you have to do is reheat, and its healthier.

-When going out, make sure you have everything you need. If you are going to take your kid(s) with you, make sure you have snacks, drinks, and whatever toys or activity books that will keep them occupied.

-If I know the morning is going to be crazy before school, the night before, I pull out the cereal bowls, and the cereal, and the spoons, and whatever else I can leave out for breakfast and put it on the table. That way everything is out, and all you have to do is get the milk. It cuts down maybe a minute, depending on how awake you are. Also, setting the coffee pot the night before to start when you get up helps make life a bit easier too.

-On mornings when it’s crazy busy, and you plan on just eating a pop tart, or stopping at McDonalds for a $1 sausage McMuffin, take with you a coffee drink instead of buying one. Like Seattle’s Best Coffee, it’s in a convenient grab and go can, and is cold and refreshing.  And if you didn’t already know, Seattle’s Best is introducing this summer a drink that is “the Official Latte of Pretty Much Everything”.

I actually love Seattle’s Best Iced Latte, it's delicious, smooth, and tasty. Its perfect for those mornings when you need a pick me up, but just don't have the time. It hits the spot, perfectly. Its the Official Latte of Pretty Much Everything, so no matter what your doing, its the right time, right place. 

Here is a coupon you can print to save today Click to save $1.50 on a 4 pack today! 


Here is some info on Seattle's Best, for those of you who are not familiar with them .... 
Low calorie - only 130 a can.
Affordable - A 4pack is only $4.99 ( and don't forget the coupon!)
They are everywhere, available in major grocery, convenience and other retail stores.

About the company:
As coffee blenders and roasters since 1970, we’ve seen a lot come and go. We went from a tiny shop on the Seattle waterfront to being declared Seattle’s Best Coffee in a local competition. In 2003, we joined the Starbucks family which has allowed us to place more resources into further honing our special way of crafting delicious, impossibly smooth coffee. Every step of the process, from coffee cherry to your cup, is managed to fit our exacting standards and our premium approach to coffee. Now, we’re making it easier to find your perfect coffee with our new Level System.

More info on Seattle’s Best Coffee: http://www.seattlesbest.com
Seattle’s Best Coffee on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SeattlesBestCoffee  
Follow @SeattlesBest on Twitter


{Jennifer}

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seattle’s Best Coffee blogging program for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Summers here… I wanna go…..

To Virginia Beach. Really. I do.  Let me tell you why!

1. It’s a beach! Who doesn’t want to go to the beach in the summer time. I know I do. I used to live in Ohio, and we had Lake Erie to go to. But now I live south east of Phoenix Arizona (Mesa), and there is no beach here…. How sad. I wanna go!

2. Its on the east coast. I miss that side of the country. Being in Arizona for the past 7 years has been insane. I want to go back East and see my friends and family. We could all meet in Virginia Beach… That would be a great family vacation/get together. We need a reunion.

3. I really want to move to North Carolina. Yea, I know Virginia Beach isn’t in NC, but its close! And I could easily go up to Virginia Beach if I were to live in NC.

4. I really love the rain. And that side of the country gets more rain than we do here in the Valley/central Arizona. I miss seeing flowers, trees, real grass! Ahh, memories.

5. My son needs to learn about other locations. And he really wants to go to the beach. He was born in Ohio, but we moved here to Arizona right afterward. So he doesn’t know anything other than hot desert. 



6. I want to Live the Life. Virginia Beach promotes you Living the Life year round. Yea, we can do that here in Arizona.. But still. The ocean sounds much better. Don’t you think? I want to see the dolphins, the King Neptune statue, the historic First Landing Cross!


7. I want to visit D.C. And its only a 4 hour drive from Virginia Beach! I have always wanted to go and see that stuff. I never got to as a kid, and I would love to take my son to see it too. Get him some education. I think all kids should go and see the place that makes the decisions. To see our nations history.

8. Busch Gardens!!!! Now, I am loyal to my home park – Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio. But you always see commercials for Busch Gardens. I would love love love to go. I really love roller coasters,and my son is starting to have an interest. But there's no amusement parks here.  Ok.. I think I need to start saving. I think I made up my mind about next summer already!

9. Coastal food. Now… I am not a seafood eater. But, my husband likes it a lot. And since I don’t cook seafood, I know that he would just love to go somewhere where the seafood is fresh, and made to his perfection.  Personally, I would much rather check out the local farmers markets and see what they have that ours doesn’t have.

10. My sons favorite. Building sandcastles, and seeing starfish live! He really wants to make a sand castle, and doesn’t quite understand why we can’t do that here in Arizona. I try to tell him there isn't a beach nearby, but he's only 7, and doesn’t understand. One day we will get to a beach. And Virginia, I have my eye on you!


So, I told you where I want to go. Tell me, where do you want to go for summer?



{Jennifer}
I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Virginia Beach Tourism blogging program, for a gift card worth $40. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

... Been MIA ... Have you missed me?

Ok.. So the past few weeks has been a bit crazy. My son is on a new medication. One that is supposed to help keep him calm, take away some aggression he has, and what not... I've seen some improvements. But still having issues with him and sleep.  Ugh. I just want something to work. Completely. I feel at this point it never will...

Anyways. I haven't studied for school in about 2 weeks.  I need to get my butt back in gear. I'm slipping on everything.. Part of me just doesn't wanna do anything. Part of me wants to kick myself back in gear. What to do? I set myself on a schedule too. Thats the sad part.

Ugh .  As far as working out... I haven't really been able to. My foot is still sprained real bad, and I am supposed to be in a walking boot. But you probably guessed it, I hate wearing it.  So I've been keeping my foot elevated as much as I could.  I do want to get back at it. The foot doc wants me to go to physical therapy, but at $20 a visit, 3x a week for 3 weeks - I cannot afford that. Not right now.  So, I keep stretching it, keep it elevated, and hopefully soon I will be back to normal.

I need to keep myself motivated. Lately all Ive wanted to do is kick back and relax. But I know that I cannot keep on that path.

So for now, I am going to slowly get myself back in gear.

Good luck to all the Mamavation Finalists, you are all winners in my eyes. Congrats Mamavation for being 2 years old.  The amount of lives changed in those 2 short years are plenty, and many more will be in the upcoming years! Congrats to you!

{Jennifer}

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Find Energy - Guest Post + giveaway

Below is a guest post. My first one ever! I am a stop on the Summer Blog Tour. This post is from Val Selby from MomChats.




Find Balance for More Energy, Mom

More energy is something all of us moms want as much as we want extra hours in the day. There are quite a few ways to increase your energy, but creating some balance in your life is one of the quickest.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Subscribe...

I had like 80 some subscribers... Now I am down to 2. Literally overnight. Now, I am not sure if it is because of an error with FeedBurner... Or if yall decided, at the same time, that I am not worth subscribing to!? LOL. Probably an error.  I would love it if you would subscribe to me, there is a heart on the top right area for subscriptions.  Thanks so much! :)

I love you all.
Jennifer

What the hell……

How do you bloggers have enough content to put something up every day?! Even more than once a day?! I find myself wanting to write, but I have no clue what to write about! How do you come up with topics to write about? Where do you find your inspiration? PLEASE share! I need you to!

Ugh.

That is all for now.

Fathers Day

I'm sitting here watching Storm Chasers. And realizing its after 1am. That means its Fathers Day. I am sitting here reflecting. On everything.  I hate that my husband has to work on Fathers Day. I wish we could have holidays like this off together.  We don't seem to get much time together. Even though I don't work and I stay home, its as if we don't see each other enough.  But there's nothing we can really do.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Tymoot

No, that’s not a typo. Its pronounced Time Out. It’s a nifty little App for Apple users (iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad can use it too). Its “The ultimate discipline tool with full Facebook integration to contribute, vote and share ideas”. 

Some of the features are:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Parents of children in diapers... Check this out...

I came across this site that links to all kinds of diaper coupons. Even formula, such as Similac and Enfamil coupons too. If you have a child that wears diapers and drinks formula, you want to check out this site. I think its well worth it.

The site lets you know where you can find printable coupons for different stores, as well as manufacturer coupons too. Share it with everyone you know who has a small child. 

Go to take a look:
Diaper Coupons


{Jennifer}

Mamavation: Food is Fuel.

I know its late, but better late than never, right?!

So. Let me start by saying how this week went.

Finally it seems things are looking up for us. We have been struggling for a little bit here, and it seems like the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t an oncoming train after all. Its an exit. And we’re actually at it. We were able to get caught up on rent, get rid of a payment, and catch up on bills all around. It’s a blessing. And it came at the right moment, at the right time. Literally. So much weight has been lifted off of me. Oh, I also paid off all that I owe to my school for tuition, and am finally back on track.

As far as my workouts go, I’m still in the walking boot, and not able to do much. What can I do? I want to try to work out, yes, with the boot on, and see how it goes. Some things Ill be able to do. But, I don’t know if the EA active will be able to let me do that. Ugh. Trying is trying, right?

 

Alright, so for this weeks question:  What gaps in your nutrition knowledge do you want to fill? Well, honestly, I want to know how to shop healthy on a budget. Most of the healthy stuff costs more than my budget allows. How can I make things like Hamburger helper healthy? Quick, easy, and filling. Also something that my kid will eat. He is very picky. Its just so hard. That’s what I want to know. How to eat what we already eat, but make small changes to make it healthier. That’s why I really wanted to get in on the George Forman thing, but I wasn’t selected. I could have really used that. Maybe next time, if theres one. I do want to try to buy one… But kinda outta budget. 

 

Anyways. So that was my week, in a nutshell. : )

 

{Jennifer}

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Free Amazon, Starbucks, and iTunes gift cards.

Yup, those are up for grabs right now. Its pretty easy to win too. Simply doing things like visiting the blog, commenting and Liking my blog. Pretty simple, right? I think so.

So, heres how you can win it:

Saturday, May 28, 2011

SEO?

So, I have no idea what it really is. Yea, I know it stands for Search Engine Optimization... But... what do I have to do to do it right? Is it knowing the right words to put in my post in order to have Google find me? Is it getting my blog at the top of the search engines?


Thursday, May 26, 2011

TigTagz

When you go to an amusement park or a large area where lots of people are. Are you the one who color coordinates your kids shirts to your own? Thinking that you can be easily spotted. Well, chances are, other families think the same thing. Theres not enough colors in the color spectrum to do this for everyone. And little kids don't know a number to call you if they are lost.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Just thought I'd share...

Found a fun site that lets you watch ads for points, with those points you can redeem for things like: Walmart and iTunes gift cards, mp3 players, dvd players, and even an iPad. Figured some of you would like to. Seems to be a lot to do...

http://www.varolo.com/village/barbie

Monday, May 23, 2011

Summer getaways

Summer is really close. For Arizona, summer starts this Friday! yikes! I am not ready!!! But for those of you who are wondering what to do this summer. I have some ideas that I think you may enjoy.

1. Niagra Falls, Canada. I remember this trip when I was younger. It was so much fun. Granted, nowadays it’s a bit harder to get across the border to Canada, and back, its really worth it. To ride the boat that takes you up to the falls, and walk in the caves behind the falls. Its so amazing. I am sure it has changed a bit over the years, but at the same time, I am sure the old goodies are still there too. I remember there was this simulator ride that made you feel like you were going over the falls. It was so realistic, and so crazy. It was insane.  But crazy fun. Niagra falls at night, wow. The Falls have lights in different colors that are projected onto the water itself. Its so pretty, and so breathtaking. During the day, if you are in the right angle when it comes to sun and water mist, you can see the rainbows they make. Little kids would love that.
If I remember correctly, there was this cool tower building, that you get inside, and it takes you up to the top, and spins – slowly – so you can view the entire area. Its really wonderful, and I think kids would really love it. I did when I was younger. I still have memories today.


Snacking Healthy?

Question: What keeps you from having healthy snacks on
hand when you are out of the house?

Well, for starters, generally there isn’t anything healthy out there for on the go. In order to snack healthy, I would have to load them in my purse. The chances of me carrying a big purse – well, ok, I’ll admit, it’s a 50/50 chance. But I also have smaller purses, in which nothing extra would fit. Healthy snacks, for me, are pretty much veggies and fruits. I don’t want to count calories, or anything, so I don’t bother with those 100 calorie packs, because quite frankly, I don’t think limiting your calories matters too much. Honestly. If you eat smaller, proportionate meals, that are healthier, you will have a better chance of loosing weight. Also gotta pair that with exercise.  Counting calories and carbs I think is a waste of time. No offense to those of you who do that/swear by that/have lost weight by doing that. Congrats to you. But me – no. I have had lots of doctors, people, and even health shows say that counting carbs and cals is not going to help everyone. Denying your body what it wants/needs is not good. And some people need more carbs/cals than others. So… yea.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Test.

This is to confirm my blog is mine....


Ginger anodyne clears the palate



I know its weird. Dear readers, do not worry. I have not lost all my marbles. LOL

Freebies

So, I know we all like freebies. What sites do you go to in order to find freebies? Do you follow blogs, subscribe to newsletters, get daily emails? What?! Share.

I am going to start sharing what I get in the mail. I get lots. Between trial size, full size, and things with actual monetary value. For example, I was lucky enough to be one of 10,000 people chosen to get a Google Chrome Notebook before its released to the public. Its really awesome, and you should get it when it does come out on the market.

Ive gotten Amazon.com gift cards, PayPal payments, gift cards, jacket, cooler, coupons for free stuff... lots. I love free things, and I am going to slowly but surely share my secrets with you all. I would love it if you share your resources with me :)

I'll be back later with some of what I do.

{Jennifer}

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Signature pasta recipe :)

Although I am not Italian, I love pasta. I love, love, love it. Creating one that my family will love, is a great way for me to keep pasta in the house, and it will never get old.

I have a recipe. It started with my mother in law, but I changed it, and made it my own.

You need Ziti noodles, 1 boneless skinless chicken breast per person (at a minimum). 2 cans (or more as needed) of Ragu Cheesy Alfredo sauce. And herbs such as: thyme, oregano, bay leaf, basil, kosher salt, and pepper.

Boil the chicken breasts in a pan of hot water. You want at least enough water to cover the chicken. Boil over medium heat. Slow and steady wins the race. If you put it on high, my experience is that it will boil and start to over boil the edges of the pan, and the inside will not be cooked. So cook it on medium heat, and it will cook right.  Add in 1 bayleaf, and a few pinches of the other herbs/spices, thyme, oregano, basil, etc. I find its better to crush the herb in your fingers before sprinkling in the pan. Put a few shakes of kosher salt ( I love to cook with this ), and a shake or two of pepper.

While the chicken is cooking. Start to boil your noodles. cook all the way through. Strain, do not rinse. Place back in pot, and do not put back on the hot burner. Put on a burner that has not been in use. 

While the chicken is cooking, you will see white stuff floating around. That is the fat coming off the chicken. Its awesome to see that. Personally, I hate the fat on chicken, so when I realized that the fat boils off, I was so happy. What I do to check the chicken to make sure its done, is to take the chicken breast out of the pan. Place on a plate, and cut lengthwise into strips. If it is done, you do not have to put back into the pan. If it is not all the way done, than put the strips back into the pan and let cook until done. Usually for me, about 20-30 min cooks the chicken all the way. Once the slices are done, cut into smaller bite size pieces. Mix the pieces into the cooked noodles. Then add the jars of Ragu Cheesy Alfredo sauce. Mix well to incorporate. If you need to put back on burner to heat it up, do it, but be careful. You don’t want it to over cook or burn.

Serve it up on a plate, with either garlic bread or french bread (my fav). Simple salad on the side with Italian dressing makes it much better. 

That is my Favorite pasta dish.

 

Ok, so on Facebook, Carrabba’s has a Personality Quiz on Facebook. I took it, and my results are: “Carrabba’s Tag Pic Pac is a classic with a tasty twist, perfect for someone who likes to put their own twist on things! You’re vivacious with zest for life. And since you like everything in life to be full-flavored, you wont be let down when you taste this tagliarini pasta with Picchi Pacchiu sauce. "  Hmm. They think I would like this? I don’t know. I am not too fond of spaghetti/angel hair noodles…  And I don’t like chunks of tomatoes.

 

Heres some info for you!

Carrabba’s Signature Pasta Meals and New Limited Time Offers
Signature Pasta Meals, featuring seven distinctive dishes served with choice of soup or fresh salad starting at $10. There’s no better place than Carrabba’s to enjoy a complete Italian meal – any day of the week.
CARRABBA’S PASTA: Carrabba’s makes every pasta dish by hand with the freshest ingredients.  Pasta is cooked perfectly every time and signature sauces are made from scratch daily. Creative flavors and combinations of ingredients are part of Carrabba’s authentic family recipes as well as new creations.
LIMITED TIME OFFERS: Now through July 2011.
Featured Signature Pasta Meal:
Pasto Rambo – Named for the chef who created it, it’s made with shrimp tossed with imported Italian linguine, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes sautéed in our basil lemon butter sauce. Lobster is available instead of shrimp for an additional cost.
Other Limited Time Offers:
Parmesan-crusted Chicken – Topped with fresh arugula and grape tomatoes tossed in a hand-prepared lemon vinaigrette, served with choice of side. Substitution of wood-grilled chicken also available. Pairs well with Estancia Pinot Grigio.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin – Three pork tenderloin medallions wrapped with prosciutto, wood-grilled and topped with an apple and fig infused port wine sauce, served with the vegetable of the day. Pairs well with Coppola Pinot Noir.
Limoncello Bread Pudding – Back by popular demand! Brioche bread pudding made with fresh Madagascar vanilla beans and a rich custard, served hot out of the oven. Topped with Blue Bell vanilla ice cream and drizzled with Carrabba’s homemade Caravella Limoncello liqueur sauce.
Now Introducing:
Peach SangriaCarrabba’s new light and fruity Peach Sangria blends Copper Ridge White Zinfandel, Absolut Apeach vodka and Patrón Citrónge with a splash of citrus. Topped with a fresh lemon wedge and strawberry, it’s a taste of the Amalfi Coast in spring.
Locations: Visit
www.carrabbas.com for the closest Carrabba’s location. There are more than 230 locations nationwide.
About Carrabba’s:
Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola founded the first Carrabba’s Italian Grill in 1986 in Houston, Texas. Today, there are 232 Carrabba’s Italian Grill locations around the country, run by passionate local proprietors focused on delighting guests with fresh, made-to-order Italian cuisine and the ultimate dining experience. Carrabba’s serves dinner seven nights a week in a casual environment that pairs innovative dishes and a complementary wine list with abundant hospitality. For on-the-go guests, Carrabba’s also offers convenient Carside Carry-Out. To learn more about Carrabba’s, please visit
www.carrabbas.com.
Carrabba’s Pasta Personality Quiz on Facebook - Take the quiz to see how your personality compares to some of Carrabba’s signature pasta dishes! http://www.facebook.com/Carrabbas?sk=app_142632109083371

Follow Carrabba’s on Twitter: @Carrabba’s

Carrabba’s on Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/Carrabbas

{Jennifer}

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Carrabba’s blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Monday, May 9, 2011

I am totally over the moon right now....

And I am sure you want to know why, right? Well. Let me tell you...

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world right now. I didn't think I could win something this big, ever. This, to me, is like winning the lottery.  I just found out I won an iPad 2!!!! Yes, an iPad 2. I am on like cloud 9 right now. Forreal. I never thought I could be so lucky!

Heres an image straight from the site. Amazing right!? Thats me!!!!

So, I am sure you are wondering, well what the heck, how can I get one? I am about to show you :)

Its pretty simple. Just go to MyLikes and create an account. Its really simple. Just "Like" links, they will post to your Twitter, and/or Facebook and everytime someone clicks, you will get whatever the amount for that link is, multiplied by everyone who clicks it. You can also click it after you "like" it. Simple right? Oh yea, you get paid too. Ive made a little on it, Ive cashed out over $5. But I haven't worked too hard at it. Thats why I was surprised as hell to see that I won this iPad!

So, sign up, tell me what you think :)

{Jennifer}

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Graduation…

Graduation is right around the corner for most folks… Closer to most here in Arizona, as they graduate at the end of May, rather than a week into June…
I remember my graduation. How could I forget? I was like 8 months pregnant with my son. Insane. I was so emotional. I cried at the speeches, and I blame it on being pregnant. Hormones and all. Thankfully, I was sitting next to people who knew that I was pregnant, and had tissues on hand LOL . I was such a mess. Partly, because I was pregnant, yes. But really, at graduation you realize your no longer a kid. You are responsible for yourself now. You are going onto college, or whatever your plans may be… You realize that all your hard work has paid off. You finally did it!  Its like a weight lifted. Now you know you can go to college and get a great job making good money (hopefully). 
I remember in the audience was my mom, dad, and sister. And of course my circle of friends parents were there cheering us all on… It was great. I still have pictures (somewhere).

Everyone has a graduation coming – whether it is a pre-school, kindergarten, high school or college graduation. I am sure you know someone that’s going to graduate from something. Why not make sure you can remember this moment forever! This is not something you want to ever forget..

Stylish-graduation-announcements
You should definitely check them out, no matter what the occasion.
Send me pics of the graduation! I would love to see!

{Jennifer}

Friday, May 6, 2011

Working from home is so fun to do!

Because I can do what no one else can. I can dye my hair pink. I can dye it purple if I felt like it. But I did do my hair pink.. Well, just my bangs, and some of my longer layers. :) I like it.. I should post a picture here. At the very least, its on my Facebook.

With this new venture, I am working with Pierce-Eilsen, and basically doing Market Research -thats really the easiest way to say it. And I love it. I am calling some cool, interesting places, and finding that North Carolina really is not expensive. Carrboro is becoming my favorite. Decent prices, I actually looked at a few of the apartments websites, and the properties are beautiful. 2 hours from the ocean. Oh, Eric would really love that. My husband, Chris, used to live in Wakeforest, about an hour and a half or so away, and he said it was really pretty. It doesn't snow there like it does in Ohio, and its not as hot there as it is here. Oh I am so excited. I think he is up for it, and I know Eric would love to.  Now, its just a matter of saving money, or hitting the lottery LOL.

Ok. Now the AC guy is here. Hopefully to fix it :) Yay!


{Jennifer}

Sunday, May 1, 2011

How do you reward yourself?

How do you reward yourself after you have worked hard towards a goal?  Do you have any pampering rewards thought out for future goals?

 

Well, if I reach a goal, I usually get rewarded with iTunes, or shopping for a new favorite dress at Target (they have some really cute dresses!), or I get to order from one, or sometimes more than one, of my favorite sites (EdenFantasys, EyesLipsFace, ShopTheLook).I love those rewards. Nothing there is harmful to my health, nothing requires calorie counting, I don’t need to watch how much I use of them, I can have as much as I want. Its much better filling my online cart up, than filling myself with fattening foods at my favorite restaurants (I swear, is AppleBees, the Keg steakhouse, or IHOP). I think its much more rewarding, and it lasts much longer than food. 

I would love to hear how you reward yourself.

Alright. So with that said…

This week has been interesting. I had to resign my position at Uhaul, because my internet is not what it needs to be to work from home. So – long story short, the other ISP in my area actually doesn’t provide service to my zip code. Not like were in the middle of the desert. We are in the middle of the city. and actually, my neighbor is in the other zip code, that does get serviced. I was pissed, and posted it on their Facebook wall, saying how can someone 10feet away get service, but I cannot!?  So because of that, they are doing what usually takes a year, in only 4-6 weeks! So my manager told me that it would be best to resign, and he would put in the paperwork what is going on, that way when it is fixed, I can get my position back. Woo! So about June or so, I will have it back… BUT, I have gotten a job that is part time. Its with a company that does market research. Pay is hourly, and decent. I like it, I start Monday. I am excited. Its also at home. So I got rewarded with a $30 haul from EyesLipsFace – Ooh how I love makeup!

I went to my doctor to do a pregnancy test. I am not pregnant. That sucks. But since I am not, I am back on depo for birth control. This will allow me to focus on loosing weight. I plan 3 years. Then I should be down by 100 pounds – or close – and then I can try again for having a baby. I am putting my ass in gear. He is referring me to a bariatric doctor to get me with a nutritionist and whatever else he can do. 

I told my doctor that I am excessively thirsty. I asked what can cause that. I mean literally, a 2ltr of pop a day – or more if I allow myself. But I am drinking water by the gallon. Daily. Sometimes more than a gallon… What is wrong? He said it could be a pre signifier for diabetes!!!! Omg, are you kidding me?! so I think they are gonna have me do blood work to be sure. But jeez, I hope I do not have that. It would mess me up bad!!! Another reason to get my butt in gear.

 

In other news. I plan on turning into the crazy coupon lady! I want to save money like those people on extreme couponing in TLC do. Its amazing what they can do.  I cannot wait. Ill let you know how that goes.

 

Alright. Im off for now.. Im tired, and I gotta work tomorrow…

 

----Jennifer.

 

I wrote this blog post while participating in the Mamavation Blogging Carnival for a chance to win a Eco Ethical Skincare Basket from Tilvee

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