Friday, August 1, 2014

My 30 day detox.......

I watch the today show in the mornings. They are doing a 30-day detox. I'm going to join the bandwagon for a few reasons. One - they keep talking about it so I'm a follower. Two-cigarettes are expensive. I spend about $100/month on them. Three- I quit smoking before. Four - I'm going to use an ecig to help me stop (yes, the warnings on the box say it is not a stop smoking aid) The ecig seems to cost less than traditional cigarettes. I have some smokes for today. August 2nd is going to be my first "smoke free day". Wish me luck & let's hope the ecig works!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Post "Extreme Coupon" coupon shopping.

I was an "extreme couponer" before there was such a thing. I had two freezers in the basement (and the one attached to the fridge in the kitchen) and 4 or 5 shelving units. People would come to my house and leave with TONS of stuff.

We're not broke, but this couple of weeks are tight because of school fees, clothes, supplies, haircuts, etc. SO I dedicated this morning to coupon match-ups and what not. I did no where close to where I used to, but for someone who only had internet coupons and sale ads, I did OK.
Total to start $115.46
After coupons $85.43
Saved $30.30. which is good, but not great.
To sweeten the deal though, I earned $0.97/gallon (up to 20 gallons) in fuel rewards $19.40
Total after all discounts/fuel rewards $66.03
Almost 50% off! Yay!

Pictures of "the good 'ol days"

I Love UPS.......

I live in the middle of no where. I have amazon prime, I order as much as I can online. If I could order fresh groceries like so many others can, I would. I recently ordered from for my kids school supplies. The way this stuff ships makes no sense. I had a box with 3 boxes of crayons (I paid $0.50 a box for the crayons) arrive via FedEx ground. Seems like a waste of free shipping. That's why so many people have to pay stupid high shipping. People like me place big orders then stores ship items in multiple packages. I know my UPS guy, his name is Marvin. He visits me at least 2-3 days a week. If I am expecting something good, I let him know. This man will be tipped well at Christmas!

I'm signed up for some ups program where I get email notifications of packages arriving. Sometimes I win stuff or get picked for free reviews and I don't know so I like to know if something is arriving.

Today I recieved an email that I would have a package delivered tomorrow. Before you look at the picture, take note, I live 20 minutes from Quincy, IL and yes, it says "destination scan".

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stupid Reporters - GAH!!

OK, I'm not the roller derby expert that knows everything, but I reffed for two seasons, played a little. A local reporter wrote up an article. I'm going to post bits, my parts are in red and corrections. :)

Unlike a regular game, or "bout," the scrimmage included six men and two girls. The men were either Iowa City clinicians or local men training to be referees.
A regulation game consists of two teams that each field 4 blockers and 1 jammer per jam. There are all womens, all mens, and co-ed teams. It depends on the rule set you are following. 

Prior to the actual scrimmage, the referee checked each player for foreign objects. He mostly disallowed ornamental pieces of metal that could accidentally injure someone if two players collided.
You left out, he was checking safety equipment.

 One player on each side, designated as the "jammer" and wearing a star on her helmet cover, is allowed to score by earning a point for each member of the opposing team that she passes on the rink.
It's called a track, and the jammer can also score on players that did not make it onto the track as well as players in the penalty box. 

The other players link up and form a "jam" to block the opposing jammer from passing them or to help their jammer advance. The teams play offense and defense simultaneously.
They form a pack, not a jam. 

Full article:

Friday, July 25, 2014

24 hour Fire Phone Review

Amazon Fire Phone Review
**I paid full price ($200 with 2 year contract) I am NOT being compensated in any way!!

I'm not usually a pre-order phone type of person but this phone peaked my interest and I had the upgrade available on AT&T (the only carrier that provides service for this phone).

My initial thoughts on the phone::
  • The phone works excellent! Call quality is great, ability to have service is great. I live in a dead zone, my Galaxy S4 frequently went off network for calls and texts. Never  mind attempting to get 4G data inside my house. 
  • The apps are OK but lacking big time. I use Bank of America and the app is not available, even the kindle fire app for BOA is not available. Nor is the powerschool app that my kids school uses. I can do everything on the browser except deposit checks. I have an ipad so I can still use that to make the mobile deposits (which is good because BOA closed the physical locations closest to me).
  • The picture/camera quality is great! The various settings for the camera are easy to find and use.
  • There's no back button. This was driving me nuts. Then I realized, if I swipe up, it works as a back button. :)
  • There's no notification light (or I haven't figured out how to turn it on). This is a pain trying to figure out if there's a reason to take the phone off sleep mode.
  • You can change the volume for a set period of time (3 hours). This would be nice for those times when you just need turn the ringer off for a short time (dinner, movies, class).
  • The mayday button is cool. I could not figure out how to delete unwanted text messages so I hit the mayday button. It's odd seeing the person you are talking to. Amazon claims they can't see you but I have a feeling they probably can. The man that I talked to was nice and helpful. He was "drawing"
    on my screen to walk me through everything. This is a nice feature to have.
Overall, I am happy with the phone for now. I figure I will either fall in love with it or hate it in a week. We'll see once the romance wears off. I'll post once I decide how I really feel about the phone. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Thank you Keurig!

Good morning it is, in the land of Lima.

So, a few days ago I received and email from Keurig. I've been an owner for years. This email was along the lines of "email us if you'd like to help kids get clean water & you get a free brewer". Well, mine is old and not as fast as it once was (probably needs cleaned). I decided I would email back, sure, I'd host a small party with some friends, help out a charity, and get a new brewer.

So what would a person do with two brewers you may be asking, well, as it turns out we wanted a small coffee maker for the camper. These are not small, but for free, I will gladly put the old brewer in the camper and the new one will go in the house kitchen.

Low-and-behold - I got selected to host a #brewviewgive party!!

Bright and early (8am) Fed Ex Dropped this wonderful package on my doorstep! (There's still another package on the way with 5 (5 count) sample boxes of beverages that I selected. I don't know too much about this party that I'm supposed to host just yet, but I'm excited and happy. :)

Thank you Keurig!

Friday, July 18, 2014

NEW ARM & HAMMER™ Truly Radiant™

I receive products to try from time to time, this is one I received from Smiley360. I will be trying out & reviewing the toothbrush and toothpaste over the next week. In the mean time, click below to download your $.50 off coupon!

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