Top Five Favorite Apps

I love apps that help me save money.  I found these and I’m saving all the money for my Christmas fund this year.

Walmart App

Walmart App

Walmart is a great app for making grocery lists, finding great prices and you can even submit your receipt for their price match guarantee.  I’ve already saved close to five dollars this year and I only started using it in the last month.

MobiSave

MobiSave

This app is great for saving money on buying things that you literally buy all the time at the grocery store.  They almost always have rebates for things like bananas and the such.  I’ve already made a couple of dollars from this app.

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Flipp is great for making shopping lists, finding the best deals (it uses keywords to find items in local ads) and coupons!

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Also a great app for collecting rebates and always has something where you enter a contest with every grocery receipt totaling $60 or more.

ibotta

ibotta

Similar to MobiSave, this app offers rebates on basic items such as milk, bananas, etc.

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My Wish Garden

List the things you would add to your garden if you had a garden.

1. Money Tree – I mean, who wouldn’t want to grow their own money.

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2. Sunflowers – Pretty. Van Gogh had a brilliant idea here.

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3. Dr. Pepper Tree – Because I’m obsessed.

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4. Grapes for Wine – Alcohol, duh….

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5. Catnip – The kitties need something to make them forget about the three puppies that invaded their house.

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Book Review: Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman

Baltimore Blues

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This begins off with the main character, Tess, being unemployed after losing her job at a newspaper. I give Tess props for taking any job that came her way to pay the bills.  Since this was published in 1997, I won’t fault her for not attempting to write a blog to make a living since blogging didn’t become a thing until the late 1990s.

I want to point out I listened to this book on audio and liked the voice of the narrator, Deborah Hazlett.

As for the story, it goes downhill from there. I didn’t care about the characters. Tess, while spunky, was a bumbling novice and made a mess out of everything by jumping to conclusions. I care nothing about rowing and this is where a good majority of the description went in.  I became bored and found my mind wandering.

The breakdown at the end made scant sense. She would have never discovered the killer if he hadn’t had tried to kill her.  It didn’t add up that he did so because she was not anywhere near finding out it was him.

The fact she thought she wouldn’t be able to prove the other characters involvement in the death of an 11-year-old boy doesn’t wash.  You can’t deny a tape recording with your voice on it confessing to the crimes. She was in love with Jonathan, but after he was murdered she’s ready to hook up with someone else days afterward? Please, real life doesn’t work that way.

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7 Things I Would Love to Eat Guilt-Free

Mama Kat challenges us to write a blog about 7 things we would love to eat guilt-free.  I love Mama Kat’s blogs/vlogs.  She is a great inspiration for me, however, I am altering this to include drinks.

    1. Steak – I love steak in all forms.  Unfortunately, I am poor and very rarely get to eat steak.  Sure I get steak tacos every now and then, but it’s not the same as slicing into a big, juicy steak with a loaded baked potato and some form of vegetables for a side dish.

    2. Bacon – I absolutely LOVE bacon.  I could willing eat a whole pound of the stuff by myself.  I even love things wrapped in bacon.  Bacon-wrapped bacon is even better in my book.
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    3. Eclairs – These yummy little treats never last long in my house.  It’s an obsession with us.

    4. Wine – I love red wine.  Not sweet though.  Sweet wine is nasty.  I like Burgundy and Merlot.  Give me wine and I’m a happy camper.w-wine-bottle-glass23876
    5. Margaritas – I love Margaritas as well, but not frozen.  It must be on the rocks with salt.  And I better taste that tequila or it isn’t even worth my time.large-margarita-glass
    6. Mexican food – I love Mexican food.  I’m trying to learn to cook it so I don’t have to wait to be able to afford to go out to eat (Taco Bell doesn’t count), but I’m not the best at it yet.maxresdefault
    7. And, finally, we have Dr. Pepper – I’m absolutely obsessed with this stuff.  I know I could lose a ton of weight if I just stopped drinking this, but I love it.  I have absolutely no willpower whatsoever.
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So, there you have it.  The 7 things I would love to eat/drink guilt-free.  I hope you enjoyed!

 

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Dressing Up for Sad Occasion

The last time I dressed up was this past Sunday (January 15th) for my mother’s visitation.

She passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.  She had stage 4 small cell carcinoma which had been diagnosed back in September.  We knew it was coming, but still I managed to procrastinate on buying something suitable for the visitation until the very last minute.  Thankfully we have Amazon Prime and the clothes arrived in time and actually fit.

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Robert O’Neal, Kermit O’Neal & Angela O’Neal
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Visitation for Catherine O’Neal

Mama’s Losin’ ItThe Prompts:
1. The last time my heart melted was because…
2. A list of 20 ideas to make this your best year yet.
3. Write about how you would spend the perfect Snow Day.
4. Write a blog post inspired by the word: workout.
5. Tell us about the last time you dressed up. 

When I Was Younger

When I was younger, my parents would take me on vacation to Florida over Christmas break. My mother would sit on the balcony with a wine glass in her hand while my dad and I would go bird watching at the beach. I used to love going to Florida until I realized that other kids didn’t do this on Christmas break. For them, it was all about spending time with their families, gathered around a tree, opening presents and eating lots of food.

One day I asked my mother why we didn’t do those things. When I did, this sad look came over her face. She walked over to the fireplace and laid one hand gently on the clock that sat on the mantle. It was an antique, she had told me, given to her by her mother, who was given it by her mother, and so on for generations. It didn’t work, and I often wondered why we never got it fixed.

“Christmas makes me sad, Ginny,” my mother replied. “My parents died in an automobile accident right before you were born on Christmas day.” Her eyes were so full of sorrow and unshed tears. “Going to Florida makes me forget about that. It makes me happy to see you running around on the beach with your father.”

“It’s okay, Mom,” I told her, as I wrapped my arms around her. “I understand.”

Now, I am grown with a family of my own. Every Christmas vacation we pack everyone in the car and drive down to Florida. I sit on the balcony with a wine glass in my hand while my husband goes bird watching at the beach, just like when I was younger.

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Received Honorable Mention in the Daily Flash Fiction Challenge

10 Things That Make Me Happy

It doesn’t really take much to make me happy.  It’s the little things that make the biggest difference in my life.

The number one thing to make me happy is knowing that my kids are happy.  They are my world and when they hurt, I hurt.  So, when they are happy, so to am I.

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The other things that make me happy would be listed as follows:

2.  A good book.  I love reading and it takes an excellent book to hold my attention long enough.  I currently have two books on my shelf that I am trying to find the time to read.  The first one is “The Classic Illustrated Sherlock Holmes“.

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And the second one is “Prince Lestat” by Anne Rice.

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Both of these books were given to me by my son, so they are at the top of my reading list.  Unfortunately, between working as server at a restaurant, selling AVON, blogging, and being a mother, I never seem to have any time left over to just relax and read.

3.  A good wine.  Okay, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be good.  I just really like Merlot.  I tend to buy the cheap stuff because, well, I’m poor.

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4.  My friends.  I don’t have many people that I would call a true friend, but those I have I cherish with every ounce of my heart and soul.

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5.  Doctor Who.  I’m sure all of you know I am a completely obsessed nerd fan-girl.  Doctor Who is my end all and be all.

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6.  The smell of rain at the end of winter.

7.  Candles.  I love candles and the way they cast different shadows across the room.

8.  A really good steak.  I know all the vegetarians will probably hate me for this, but I truly love a really good steak.  I can’t help it.  It just tastes so good!

9.  A good movie.  I know I have probably beaten to death the fact that everyone should see “Remember Me“, so I will not mention that movie here.  Another good movie is “Labyrinth“.  My kids and I actually wore out our VHS version of this movie and it took forever to finally find it on DVD.  I love this movie so much that I could probably recite every line of it.

And last, but not least, 10.  Weird as this may sound, but new office supplies make me happy.  I absolutely love a fresh notebook or new pens or a full box of file folders.  It’s silly, but I think a lot of writers out there agree with me that this can be the best thing in the world.  I can spend hours in an office supply store and be perfectly content.

So, that’s it.  That is ten things that make me happy.  How about you?  What makes you happy?  Please leave a comment below.

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Twisted Mix Tape #MiddleSchoolAwkward – Jr High in the 80s

I was in Middle School in 1986, 1987 and 1988, so I am going to focus on those years for this MixTape, but I’m also going to incorporate this with a Summer Playlist inspired by Mama Kat, so they are going to be songs specifically released in the summers of those years.

The first song is going to be from the “Slippery When Wet” album by Bon Jovi which was released on August 18, 1986.  I absolutely adore the entire album, but “Never Say Goodbye” always reminded me of my friends:

“True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper was released on September 15, 1986.  This song always seems to make me cry.  It’s so emotional.

On July 21, 1987 Guns N’ Roses released their album, “Appetite for Destruction”.  I am in love with this album, but I specifically love “Sweet Child O’ Mine”:

And who can forget Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me” from their “Hysteria” album which was released on August 3, 1987.

Released in August of 1988 was Proclaimers “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” from their “Sunshine on Leith” album.  I always loved this song.

And just for pure fun (I love the current commercial with this song in it), here is “Push It” by Salt-N-Pepa which was released on their “A Salt with a Deadly Pepa” album on August 2, 1988:

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Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop – Share a Quote You Love

I think my ultimate favorite quote is:

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I first heard this quote in a movie called “Remember Me” starring Robert Pattinson.  I remember my friend wanted to see it really bad, but I was kind of on the fence about it.  It looked like a romance, and I’m not your typical girl when it comes to liking romantic movies.  If something doesn’t blow up, I get really bored.  But we went to see it anyway.

I fell in love with that movie.  I won’t tell you anything about it other than you should most definitely go watch it.  It’s actually on Netflix now, so go check it out!  You won’t regret it.  It starts off slow, but stick with it.  In the end, you will most definitely thank me for the recommendation.

This quote reminds me of all the people we can touch without ever even knowing we are doing so:

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It reminds me that we can make a difference in so many lives:

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It reminds me that every person we speak to, every person we make eye contact with, every person we hold, will make a difference in our lives and we will make a difference in their’s… no matter how small or insignificant that difference may be:

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So go out there and remember that “Our fingerprints do not fade from the lives we touch.”

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