Monday, May 24, 2010

Positive Spin on Mondays

As Mondays go, this day can be a drag. The fun weekend is over and it's time to gear up for the work week. I find myself not dreading Mondays like I used to, but now putting more of a positive spin on the day. I look forward to making my to-do list of projects for the week and seeing the many check marks as I complete them. Here's a positive spin ->Add a smile to your face and I just know others will do the same, it's a bet! Have a great week :-)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Gallery | Maya Angelou's garden party | accessatlanta.com

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Sending a Card or Letter

I enjoy the easy way we communicate with family and friends by email, social media, and e-cards. These are truly quicker ways to say hello and update what's happening in our lives.

On occasion, I like to surprise my family and friends by sending a card or hand-written letter by mail. Maybe someone has gotten a new job, needs cheering up, or just to simply say you are thinking of them. We all take that daily trek to our mailbox and most of the time we pretty much know what's in there ->bills or junk mail.

The price of cards and stamps have gone up, but most of us pay bills and such online so you probably don't use many stamps anymore. Plus, you can buy 2 for $1 cards at your local dollar stores or even Wal-Mart who has them priced pretty cheap too. The selections offer lots of themes to choose from as well. I just know you will find one that fits the right occasion.

When I have sent out cards or letters to family and friends, I get a call telling me how nice it was to receive it. Granted e-cards are just a click away, but receiving a card or letter by mail adds just that special touch you are trying to convey. Put a smile on their face soon!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Enjoy a girls' night out at the Ritz Carlton  | ajc.com

Enjoy a girls' night out at the Ritz Carlton  | ajc.com

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Black Actors Lose Work as Networks Cancel TV Shows - Essence.com

Black Actors Lose Work as Networks Cancel TV Shows - Essence.com

Afternoon Energy Booster

The 3 o'clock drag has set in and you have a couple more hours before getting off work. Here is an afternoon energy booster to keep you focused and alert until the end of the work day.

Munch on some peanut butter crackers that you can prepare at home and bring to work. Simply spread peanut butter on two saltine crackers and put them in a sealed plastic bag to keep in your desk drawer. The peanut butter is protein-rich and a much better choice than a candy bar. Skip the vending machine crackers which have a lot more processed ingredients that are no benefit to your health. Also, make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Now back to work!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Time Saving Tip for Work Week

Did you have to pull out the iron this morning and press over the blouse, shirt, skirt, or slacks you are wearing today? Here is a tip that will save you some time in the morning.

Set aside an hour or so on Saturday or Sunday to iron your favorite pieces that you wear during the week. This will save so much time in the morning as you prepare for work. If you are running late, you may not give those khaki slacks or dress shirt the attention needed for a fresh look. By ironing on the weekend especially after you have laundered, will allow you to take your time and ensure your clothes are neatly pressed.

So break out the iron while you watch television or listen to music. This time saving tip will let you enjoy another cup of coffee before heading out the door. Happy Monday!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Right at Home: welcoming the new neighbors  | ajchomefinder.com

Right at Home: welcoming the new neighbors  | ajchomefinder.com

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Gallery | Funeral of entertainer/activist Lena Horne | accessatlanta.com

Gallery | Funeral of entertainer/activist Lena Horne | accessatlanta.com

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TGIF Thoughts

I don't have to tell you how much I love Fridays. Here are some of my TGIF Thoughts:

  • I spent no money on Monday
  • The chirping birds I hear every morning make my day
  • My daily to-lists had some unchecked items. No sweat!
  • Back to my morning walks now that pollen has subsided
  • My front door is inviting ->petunias and day lillies in bloom
  • Coffee pot shuts off at Noon :-)
  • Everyday I try to reduce, reuse, and recycle
  • Thinking of wearing a sign that reads Hire Me Please!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Power of Coupons

Clip, Clip, Clip! I like the sound of the scissors clipping away at coupons for my favorite brands. I just love the savings I get from coupons especially at stores that offer double coupons. The price of groceries seems to be going nowhere but up, and coupons are such an easy way to save money when shopping.

The power of coupons not only benefit families, but even singles. I think a lot of single people may think it's just not worth the time when they are only shopping for one person. Not so, especially if you can save on your favorite buys.

I enjoy the website cheapcheapcheap.com because it is chocked full of deals and savings. The site also has a variety of weekly ads that you can browse to see what's on sale before heading to that store. Also, some stores have online coupons that you can print out for added savings.

Don't knock the power of coupons when it comes to saving money. I love to see the total of my purchases after I hand the cashier my coupons. Chaching!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Gallery | Legendary singer and actress Lena Horne dies | accessatlanta.com

Gallery | Legendary singer and actress Lena Horne dies | accessatlanta.com

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Workout Tip

No time to get in your long workout, try to do at least 15-20 minutes of squats, push ups, sit ups, and obliques for 2-3 sets instead. You will feel good knowing you were able to give your body a workout if only for a few minutes. Try It!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

On this beautiful Sunday, I would like to wish Happy Mother's Day to my family and friends. Our Mom's hold a special place in our hearts and lives. We cherish our Mother's for their love, kindness, and support. On this day, go the extra mile to show them how much they are loved. A loving thought to those whose Mother's are resting peacefully in heaven.

Here are some thoughts of my Mom that I cherish:

-->Buying that beautiful yellow dress for my violin recital
-->Purchasing Barbie outfits and accessories for my collection
-->Teaching me how to drive a car
-->Providing sound advice every step along the way

Have a great day Mom!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Kid-Friendly Ideas for Mother's Day

I remember as a kid trying to think of something special to buy my Mom for Mother's Day. It just seemed like she had everything. As the week went along, I would try to pick up clues to help with my gift ideas. I would end up with a gift, but I would also do tasks around the house for her.

Here are some kid-friendly ideas for Mother's Day that will convey how much you love and appreciate all that she does for the family.

A. Brunch Treat: I choose brunch because Mom will be sleeping in on her special day and it might be close to lunch before she gets up. Plan to serve pieces of toast or bagel, favorite fruits, coffee, juice and water. I know a cooked meal might be yummier, but you want to keep the clean up to a minimum. Who wants to bother with a sink full of dishes, not Mom.
B. Make her Bed: Over the years, I bet you can recall the many times you came home and found your bed all made up and ready for night's slumber. On this day, make Mom's bed for a change. The sheets may hang out a bit, but she will be tickled pink when she sees what the kids have done.
C. Wash her Car: Break out the hose, sponges, and cleaner to wash her car. I bet Mom has driven you to school when you missed the bus, taken you to sport practices, dropped you off to visit your friends. Go a step further and clean the inside of the car. Grab a trash bag and pick up the snack wrappers and empty water bottles from your travels.

Mom's hold a special place in our hearts not only on Mother's Day, but everyday! Show her how much with these ideas and some of your very own. Have Fun!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Five Ways to Get Bed & Bath Ready for Guests

As the holiday and vacation travel season begins, now is the time to start getting your guest bedroom and bathroom ready for family and friends. Here are five simple ways to get these rooms ready before they arrive.

1. De-Clutter Room: A lot of extra rooms become a catch-all for other things. Take some time to clear the room of these items and make sure the room does not have furnishings that anyone could trip over. Equip the nightstand with lamp, clock radio, and tissue box. I also like to have an unbreakable cup on the nightstand in case your guests need a drink of water during the night.
2. Check Bedding: Take a look at the bedding to see if a new comforter or sheets are needed. You may want to update the bedding from last season anyway. Check to make sure the sleeping pillows have not gone flat. If so, get some new ones. Add some colorful throw pillows for a pop to the bedroom.
3. Fresh Towels/Soap: Invest in new towel sets for the guest bathroom. Place unopened and unscented bars of soap on the sink. Keep paper towels nearby for easy hand drying. Look for the ones with design prints for added pleasure.
4. Room Freshners: Use these in both bed and bath for a fresh scent. They come in various design covers for a bright decor.
5. Nightlights: Place them in both rooms in case your guests have to get up in the middle of the night. These add just enough light to see where they are going.

These are just a few added touches to make your guests feel welcome. A candy dish with mints or chocolates in the bedroom is always a treat. Your guests may not want to leave!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Ways to Earn Extra Money

If you are in-between jobs right now or just in need of more cash flow, here are some ways to earn extra money:

  • Pet Sitting/Walking: Dog owners know the importance of taking their furry friend for their daily walk. But, there are times when owners may have to stay late after work, stop by the fitness center, or meet friends for cocktails. Here is where you can earn some extra money by providing your services to walk their dog or feed the cat. You can schedule specific days so that the owner will know their dog will be taken for their walk. Lots of people are making vacation plans and may not want to board their dog or cat for long periods of time and would prefer to use a pet sitter instead.
  • House Sitting: This is another way to provide a service for someone who will be away from their home for a week-long business trip or vacation. You can either offer to stay at their home or come by at various times of the day to check on their home. Pick up the newspapers in the driveway, retrieve their mail, mow the lawn, water their plants, or write down their messages from the answering machine so that it does not get full.
  • Run Errands/Meet Repair Service: Check with your neighbors or friends who may have very busy lives to see if they have household or personal errands that you can help them with to take the load off. Also, offer to meet the maintenance service if the homeowner cannot sit at home during that 4-hour block usually given when you schedule an appointment.
These are just a few ideas and please feel free to share your own. Every bit of extra money helps in these tough economic times. Take some time to map out the areas you will cover so that you can offer reasonable prices. You don't want all your extra money going for gas to get to these gigs. The referrals from your good service will put you in high demand. Good Luck!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Cool Ways to Shop Frugal

I think you will agree that weekend plans involve some form of shopping probably more for groceries as you plan for the week ahead. Here are some cool ways to shop frugal that don't involve pushing a shopping cart.

1. Garage/Yard Sales: These have become my favorite thing to do on Saturdays. I have stumbled upon signs out on Fridays as people get a jump start on the bargain hunters. I find some interesting items at these sales and the prices are really good. You may find that piece of furnishing that will fit nicely in your decor. If you are handy, this will be the best find and a future weekend project for you.

2. Consignment Shops: There are several consignment shops in my city that I stop by frequently to see what's new. As the fall/winter items have moved out and spring/summer is in, you can find some great bargains at these stores. Start thinking about upcoming travel for Memorial Day, July 4th, or week-long summer vacations and clothing you will need for your trips. I find lots of shorts, t-shirts, capri pants, etc. that are in very good shape and the prices can't be beat. Why spend lots of money on fancy new clothes when everyone will be enjoying bumming out on the sandy beaches.

3. In-Store Sale Fliers: Don't forget to check your favorite store fliers before their weekly sales end which is usually on Saturday. I find lots of coupons and deals in these weekly fliers and always make sure I don't miss out on the sales.

Hope you find great bargains while shopping. And remember, Frugal is Cool!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Help Wanted, Must Live in the Area

I have noticed an interesting trend in the job posting ads in the Atlanta area and in neighboring counties. As I read the job descriptions and qualifications, the posting also requests that applicants must live within the area of the job. I am sure this trend is happening because of the heavy commute times Atlantans face especially in the morning. The local news channels do a great job of keeping commuters up-to-date on traffic conditions on the major interstates. Once you hear of a tie-up, it's a good idea to try and leave the house an extra 10-15 minutes early.

I guess this is why the job postings are being more blunt in wanting their potential employees to live in the area or at least only a few miles away from the company. The cost of living in the city or even north of the city is not cheap and many workers just can't afford it. Thus, they reside in the areas where they have no choice but make the long commute to work.

In this tough job market, I believe job seekers are willing to commute to wherever they can land a job. I also believe that applicants do give serious thought to the cost of the commute in gas, wear and tear on their car when they consider applying for a job. However, if you have no paycheck coming in, a long commute is the least of your worries.

I think employers may be missing out on potential talent when their job postings read that the person must live in the area. I can see applicants not bothering to apply because they probably won't be considered. Just think, the most dependable, reliable, and punctual person is just waiting to get hired, but they live don't live in the area.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Gallery | New Orleans Jazz

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Frugal Tip of the Day

I am a true coffee lover and look forward to enjoying a few cups to start my morning and day. Being a frugal person, I brew a pot of coffee at home instead of stopping each morning to buy it. If you have a digital coffeemaker, set it to start brewing as you get ready for work. The aroma will smell so nice and put some pep in your morning step. More importantly, think of the money you will save!