Just thought of a neat thing for today ->Do you have a family member, BFF, significant other, or neighbor who is feeling a bit blue these days or going through a tough time? How about sending them an e-cardto lift their spirits? Check out 123greetings.com for some nice e-cards or any website of your choice. Choose a category and add an uplifting message if you like, then hit the send button. Let someone know you are thinking of them today!
I got this blog post inspiration after watching the Rachel Ray Show today. For starters, I really like the set design on her show. Not only is the refrigerator vintage powder blue, but there are lots of colorful items on the counter top and shelving in the kitchen area. Here's my colorful idea:
If you have plates, bowls, or any other items in bright colors and designs that are kept inside the kitchen cabinets, bring them out in the open and stack on the counter top, baker's rack, or table. Let them add pops of delightful color around the kitchen.
Have the price of tomatoes at the grocery store got you scaling back? Pick up cans of diced tomatoes instead. Use them on your salads and add them in cooking recipes. Look out for buy-one-get-one-free deals at the grocery store and stock up. Happy Savings!
These gas prices are out of sight and I'm sure the high prices are hitting wallets and budgets pretty hard. I noticed over the past weekend that many of my neighbors were home which may not be any coincidence with the high gas prices, but I imagine that's one reason. We all have to drive to jobs, school, errands, and sporting practices as we move along in our lives. Here are some frugal ways to help save money on gas now:
--->Check with co-workers for carpooling, see who lives nearby --->Use public transportation if it's convenient in your area --->Coordinate errands to avoid driving too far out of the way --->Fill the gas tank up or halfway when you spot a good price
Hang in there and hopefully the gas prices will start to go down soon. In the meantime, brown bag lunch even more :-)
Hello to the 1st of March and I'm feeling springy. The sky is full of sunshine which sure helps get this day off to the best start ever. Of course, the usual bills have to be paid and they were waving from their kept spot saying "time to pay us." I'm just kidding, but it's a task we all will be doing in the coming days.
There were some unseasonable temperatures in Atlanta last month and truly got many of us thinking springtime. Now that March is here, I look forward to stepping up my walking exercise in the neighborhood. I think a new pair of sneaks might be in order so I will need to check for sales. I bet some of you are excited about playing in the dirt again with gardening. It won't be long before those beautiful ceramic and clay pots can be filled with flowering blooms. Oh, don't let me forget about grilling out on the patio. It still might be a bit cool, but soon the grill cover can come off and the sizzle and aroma of chicken, burgers, and veggies will be what's up for dinner.
Here's to the beginning of a new month and all things springy!
If most of the clothes in the dryer have dried, place the ones that are only slightly damp across chairs or other furniture to air dry the rest of the way. This helps save on your electric bill and keeps the house cool especially in the summertime.
Got leftovers from the last few days, raid the refrigerator and prepare a delicious dinner tonight. No need to let food go to waste given the price of groceries these days. Jazz up the meal by stir frying and adding more veggies to kick it up a notch. Make an all-the-way omelette, Yummy!
It's a Fab Friday in Atlanta! The sun finally gave the clouds a boot and the skies are bright. I will definitely need my stunning sunglasses today. I plan to open the car sunroof because the temps are just that warm and pleasant. It's not quite 5 o'clock yet, but start thinking about the after work meet ups with your pals, Enjoy!
Keep favorite collectibles to a minimum around the house. As most home designers suggest, it's best to group your favorites in 3's. It will make for a neater and clutter free look on the tabletop or bookshelf where they are displayed. Plus, it will be a breeze to remove and replace them when it's time to dust.
I started thinking about the family night dinners that my family would have where we all sat down at the table for dinner. Both my parents worked, but I remember us having many nights of dinners together. I always enjoyed setting the table which was my favorite thing to do and making sure the napkins were folded just right. My Dad, Mom, Brother, and Me would sit down for family dinners together and have conversations about our day, current events, or any topic. I know that families are busier with long work hours, athletic activities, and other events that have taken the place of families being able to all sit down for dinner together.
I may be feeling a bit nostalgic, but wanted to share the importance of slowing down and planning at least one night of the week where the entire family prepares dinner or orders takeout for a sit down dinner together. I know we're all wired into the internet in our rooms and offices at home which is sometimes where our dinners are eaten as we continue to check tweets, texts, emails, and Facebook status updates. Let's turn the many electronic devices off and come to the table to reconnect with family members. You may be surprised at just what's happening in their lives.
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!