Don't forget that the stairs in your home are an excellent way to exercise. You walk up and down them everyday, but you can also set aside 10-15 minutes of exercise on the stairs to make it more of an exercise routine. If you live in an apartment especially on the 2nd or 3rd floors, you get plenty of exercise by walking up and down the stairs daily. I remember those days! Just think how shapely your legs and butt will be when the spring & summer seasons roll around and shorts become part of your wardrobe picks. Get Ready!
The month of February is celebrated as Black History Month. I always look forward to learning about notable people and events from the past and present who helped shape the world we know today. I have been visiting many websites around the internet that have feature stories, music, fashion, and more during this month's celebration.
One such website is TheBlackTechReport which has been featuring "28 Days of Black History in Technology." I have learned a great deal about important African Americans and their higher education goals, inventions and patents that are in use today. Take a look at the website and I think you will find the features fascinating.
Also, GQ Magazine has a slide show called "Birth of Cool: 20 Black Style Pioneers" which features some very stylish African Americans. Over at Essence Magazine, click on their Black History Month button and find many great reads, galleries, and more. Plus, there is an exciting feature on "The 25 Most Influential Black American Leaders of All Time" on theGrio.
The month of February does not have to be the only time we celebrate black history. We can learn about it everyday!
If you have artificial greenery and flowers around the house, keep in mind that dust settles on the leaves especially during the winter time when the heat is on and the windows stay shut. A good weekend chore would be to wipe down the leaves with soapy water to help the air inside the home stay clean and fresh. Plus, the greenery will look brighter.
Just a quick hello on this gorgeous Saturday. What's your plans for today? A day of fun with family and friends sure sounds outta sight. If the weather is pleasant, pack a lunch and head to the nearest park. Don't forget the frisbee!
Happy Friday! The clouds are moving out and sunshine is moving in, I dig! The aroma from the coffee container when I popped off the lid was so refreshing. I am enjoying my two cups this morning. When I went to the grocery store the other day, I really got a dose of sticker shock at the food prices on just about everything. I have been reading and watching the news about how food and energy prices have gone up. The price of tomatoes which are a huge favorite were $2.98/lb, Yikes! Don't get me started on the prices for fruits and vegetables. I enjoy eating healthy and plan to continue, but my fave salad and sandwich toppings will be cut a bit smaller to make them go a longer way.
I can only imagine that families are having a tough time with their food budgets given the higher prices at the grocery stores. We all want our families to eat healthy and hopefully the healthier choices can still be put into the shopping cart. As I have mentioned before, if you are able to buy more non-perishable items during your grocery shopping, take them to your nearest food bank so that they can continue to provide food boxes for the needy. I wanted to post this blog topic today since many people grocery shop on the weekend.
If you are expecting a tax refund, start thinking about what you will do with the money. The best plan for the refund is to save it. But, there may be some much-needed things that the refund can take care of that you have been putting off due to low cash flow. Here are a few uses for your refund:
--->Home repairs: gutters, painting, new appliances --->New set of tires or any upkeep for the car --->Family vacation: spring break, summer vacation, camp
Now is the time to give some thought to just how you will use the refund before it arrives in the mail or checking account. Keep in mind that the 'rainy day' fund comes in mighty handy in a pinch. Save for It!
I read in the news yesterday that clothing prices will probably rise due to the higher cost of cotton. As you know, many clothes are made with cotton fabric. This brings me to my Frugal Tip of the Day:
Make consignment shops, thrift stores, and the Goodwill your shopping spots for buying clothes. I bet many of you already shop at these stores not only for yourself, but the entire family. I can't tell you how many nice items I have found especially at my favorite neighborhood consignment shops. Be frugal and save money by shopping at some of these stores. Your friends and co-workers might just say "I like that outfit you're wearing today."
What a lovely way to start the week off on Valentine's Day! I bet a lot of people were out and about over the weekend celebrating with loved ones, family and friends. I know the floral shops will be busy delivering bouquets of flowers all around town. If your budget could not swing having flowers delivered to your sweetie's workplace, there are plenty of other places to pick up a dozen roses before heading home or meeting for dinner like Walmart or Walgreens. I think it would be extra sweet to open the door and your date is holding a dozen roses. Before I forget ->Just order one dessert and share it, Very Romantic!
For some reason, I have one of my favorite songs by the group The Commodores in my mind called 'Easy.' The main line sings "it's Easy like Sunday morning." The coffee is warm to go along with this day of ease and reflection. I have the radio tuned to a local station that spins a program every Sunday morning called 'Good News Gospel' and the songs are just that... Good. The lyrics in the songs are inspirational and uplifting. I sing along and praise all the blessings that the Lord has given me never forgetting that the Glory of his love sustains me everyday. Yes Indeed!
One of my Facebook friends likes to post inspirational updates mainly about relationships, but on occasion will provide other inspiring updates on other topics. He uses a lot of texting shortcuts for his updates and I believe he uses a mobile device so that may the reason. I will admit to being a bit "old school" and it really shows when it comes to reading text messages. I sometimes wish I could rewrite the messages and spell the words out in their entirety. It would sure make those inspiring words flow more easily.
I admit that I did not know for quite awhile what 'LOL' stood for...really. I know text messaging is the new way of communicating with others, but I find myself wanting to correct the message and spell the words out fully instead of all those abbreviations. I have gotten with the times and know the language of texting much more now. I simply prefer to read messages where the words are spelled out and do not contain numbers and other shortcuts when reading them. Just Me!
Begin your day with a glass of water to start replenishing your body from overnight. Keep drinking water throughout the day to stay hydrated and energized. The mid-afternoon slump you may feel is your body telling you it needs refreshing and water will do it every time. Drink Up!
I can't believe my blog is celebrating it's first year anniversary today. It was on this date that I finally pressed 'publish post' and it's been full steam ahead. Congratulations!
Let me start out by saying this blog has been the most exciting writing experience. I began with one follower, my brother. You have to love your family for their support and encouragement. I now have 15 followers on my blog and I appreciate all of you especially your comments to my posts. The main themes around my blog have been budgeting, organizing, and healthy topics. Along the way, I started to post interesting stories from around the internet, photo galleries, music, food, and many other topics that I found to be good reads. I hope you have enjoyed them as well.
I have met so many other bloggers on this first year journey and their friendships have been very nice. I look forward to continuing to write and post content that my readers will find informative, useful, and most of all fun. My blog audience spans many countries not only in the United States, but Denmark, UK, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Germany, Slovenia, and Italy to name a few.
Thanks everyone for making my first year a sweet success!
The Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl last night and the team played very well. I was cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers to win, Oh well! The game was just what I was hoping for with good competitiveness. I was a bit disappointed in the halftime show performance by the Black Eyed Peas mainly due to the poor sound quality. I was checking in on Twitter during the show and lots of people commented about the same thing. The Super Bowl commercials are still generating lots of buzz. I got the chance to see the little boy dressed as Darth Vader in the commercial for Volkswagen on the Today show this morning. He's just too cute and I know we will see him in plenty more ads.
Have a Super Week in all that you do with work, family, and other commitments. Keep smiling and others will smile back, like me :-)
It's Super Bowl Sunday with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers playing for the title today. The weather in Atlanta is pretty Super with lots of sunshine and expected temps near 60. I hope you have big plans for watching the game with family & friends on a big screen tv. Is anyone hosting the game at their home? I bet the food, munchies and sweets will be delightful and yummy!
I am hoping for a competitive game and not a blow out. I can't wait for the commercials and have already watched a few on the internet. My fave is the little kid in the Darth Vader costume going around the house trying to get stuff to move or do something fantastic. I probably gave too much away, but look out for this one.
Have Super fun cheering on your team. Always remember to celebrate responsibly and plan to have a designated driver. Cheers!
A good way to add more fruits and veggies into your daily life and that of your family is to make them easier to eat. Here's what I mean:
Take time to slice up fruits such as apples and pears. Also, peel and/or quarter oranges. Place them in a bowl or baggie inside the refrigerator to make it easier to grab and go. For veggies like carrots and celery, spend time making thinner slices of them instead of the huge piece that is a bit more harder to eat and not very attractive if you snack at your work station.
I am not a huge fan of paying more at the grocery store for the fruits and veggies that are already cut up and ready to go. Yeah I know it's so convenient, but it really does not take that much time to slice and place in containers yourself. Here's an idea ->Use the weekend to get your fruits and veggies ready to eat over several days. Ask the family to help, but be careful of the slicing part for safety reasons. Assign them the task of washing the fruits and veggies or placing them inside the baggies or bowl. It's wise to stick to the fruits and veggies your family really likes. If they are not eating certain ones, they will only go to waste and that's throwing money down the drain.
Be ready to get your dose of Vitamin C, fiber, beta carotene, and more by eating more fruits and veggies that are ready to eat all done by you. Good Luck to an even more healthier You!
Hello Monday and the start of a new week. I hope everyone enjoyed a nice weekend filled with fun and relaxation. The weather in Atlanta over the weekend was gorgeous with temperatures near 70 degrees on both days. Today there is light rain, but the sun keeps wanting to peek out from the clouds. I have become fascinated with the weather and wonder if I should have studied Meteorology instead of Psychology in college. I can always be mindful of the proper way to dress before heading out the door for the day.
I want to pass along a great website that has lots of weekly ads and other deals from various stores. It's ->cheapcheapcheap.com. You can flip through the fliers online to see what's on sale to help plan your weekly shopping and scout out deals.
Always remember my fave frugal advice ->Go one day out of the week without spending any money. I live by it and save by it as well. You will too!
Some years ago, I truly can say my being a creature of habit as the term is commonly used came into play at my home. My car was stolen while warming up inside the garage on a cold January morning. I must have thought it was a Twilight Zone moment because I closed the garage door and reopened it as if the car was going to reappear. Nope, my car was really gone! Luckily, I never put my purse inside the car while it was warming. This would have really been a more tragic event given the information the car thieves now possessed. I do believe as did the police, that someone had been watching this morning habit of mine and swooped in.
I know we are all probably creatures of habit in our everyday routines doing a lot of things pretty much at the same time. If you do warm your car in the morning, please be careful leaving it running while you are not inside. When I told my neighbors about the incident, many of them said they did the same thing every morning especially those with children who wanted to warm the car before bringing the kids out. Just be careful because you never know who's watching you. A lesson I learned the hard way!
Greetings from the sunny skies of Atlanta, GA! Hope it's just as nice in your city. I know there is plenty of snow blanketing lots of states so hang in there. I wanted to extend my thanks to all the readers who stop by and follow my blog. Your continued interest in the content is delightful and I appreciate your comments too. I have discovered many blogs along the way and I like to visit them to say hello and comment on their content. I believe all bloggers need encouragement from their visitors and followers. It truly keeps us going!
I hope you can get outside and enjoy the day with co-workers, friends and family. How about treating the family to pizza and a DVD movie tonight? Oh what fun!
How is that new year's resolution to exercise more working out for you? I hope pretty good and you have settled into a workout regimen that has you sticking to it. I wanted to give everyone a pep talk to stay motivated with exercising. If you happen to skip a couple of days in a row, try to get back on track with your routine soon. Our busy lives and family commitments can get in the way, but keep exercising as much as you can. Here's an idea: If you take your kids to sports or musical practices, instead of sitting during the wait, take a walk around the grounds or hallways of the building. As long as you are not disturbing anyone, this would be a great way to work in plenty of exercise. You can do it, Keep Going!
I read a story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution today about a lady who met her online acquaintance and was robbed of cash. Apparently, she stopped by her credit union to cash a check and the person then stole the money and jumped out of the car. I was puzzled because the story mentioned that the two of them were driving around in her car. This is clearly a no-no when meeting someone for the first time. It's always best to let them drive their own car to the meeting place. Never agree to pick them up in your own vehicle. If they can't get to and from the meeting location, this is clearly a red flag no matter what excuse they give for not having a car. Always meet during daylight hours and never in any secluded location. The excitement of finally meeting the person you have been communicating with online might make you let down your guard a bit on safety. The fact is, you don't know this person aside from your online chatting which is the way that a lot of people are meeting up these days. The many social media and matchmaking sites have probably increased the way people are meeting new friends too. I am not knocking these ways because you can meet some very nice and interesting people.
The bottom line is that we all have to be extra careful and safe when deciding to finally meet that person you have been chatting with online. When you decide to set up meeting, never let them pick you up at your residence. Be prepared to drive yourself to wherever you plan to meet. I would suggest meeting for coffee or lunch in places where there are plenty of people and daylight hours left in the day. A dinner date might seem romantic, but it's usually dark by that time unless you make it a super early dinner.
Please be safe when you finally set up that meeting offline. He or she may be charming and trusting, but you just never know their intentions.