As you plan the family vacation or solo trip by car this summer, keep in mind how much money can be saved by packing your own munchies, water, and more instead of buying them on the road. Plan to invest in a cooler that will hold enough ice to keep items cool. Always check to make sure the ice hasn't melted in the cooler when you make stops. If needed, refill the cooler with ice and replenish the bottled waters from your supply so they can be cooling and ready to grab when needed. If you catch a sale on bottled water, buy extras to have ready to take along on the trip. The gas prices have gone back up, but the vacation travel season is still in full swing. Happy travels & savings!
I got an early start this morning on errands and feel pleased to have the grocery store run out of the way. I probably have mentioned before that getting an early start on weekend errands is a good idea. For one, the stores have restocked the shelves and produce sections. I bought a fresh head of romaine lettuce today. Also, it's nice not having to wait in long checkout lines or dodge the shopping carts down the aisles. While out and about this weekend, take a load off and stop for ice cream. This photo makes you want to step right up and place an order...will that be one or two scoops :) Have a wonderful weekend!
TGIF is super as the final mission of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from the Kennedy Space Center lifted off! The space program ends after 30 years with this launch and it's been some kind of wonderful. We will never forget the astronauts who lost their lives on some space missions. Boldly Go!
If you're planning to spend the day inside the house working on various things, take a few minutes to step outside on the porch or deck and sit a few minutes in the sun. It's a good way to get a dose of vitamin D which our bodies need. I'm not advocating staying out in the sun for a long period of time given the skin cancer risks and let's not forget the hot temps, but just long enough to soak up bits of sunshine. Drink a cool glass of ice water while you're out there and then head back inside. The fresh air will do you good and you just might see one of these beautiful butterflies on the flowers. Now that would be delightful!
Gallery | Laundry rooms go glam | ajchomefinder.com Take a Look! You might just get the family to load & unload the laundry in these glam rooms. Hey, they just might fold too :-) I especially like the photos with the workstation incorporated into the laundry room. You can work on your blog while you're at it.
Extreme couponing backlash | MNN - Mother Nature Network I have read that some stores have changed their coupon policies and I hope the TLC show Extreme Couponing isn't the only reason. I enjoy using coupons and the savings can really add up. I like that stores are limiting how many items can be purchased so that others have a chance to buy it too. Keep Clipping!
Hope everyone had a nice holiday and it's terrific when the workweek starts on a Tuesday. Many of us may not have completely unplugged from our emails, blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. while vacationing this 4th of July. I will admit that I didn't, but still tried to limit how often I jumped online. It may take a day to really get back into the groove of your routine and that's not so bad. We all probably needed the break and the chance to refresh. Use today to organize your work and start on some easy projects and work your way up each day to the bigger ones. Have a great week!
Just a short blog post to wish my readers a Happy 4th of July! I bet many of you have the grill fired up already and lots of good food cooking. In this heat, it's a good idea to get started early. Remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated. Enjoy the day with family, friends and neighbors. I know some areas are experiencing drought conditions and are discouraging fireworks or may have banned them altogether. If sparklers are OK, the kiddies would probably like to see them light up. Be Safe & Have Fun!
Gallery | AJC Peachtree Road Race by the numbers | ajc.com Here are some fun facts about this Race that's held on the 4th of July every year. I have to give it to the runners who train hard for the chance at winning. It's usually scorching hot and humid by race time so I know grabs for water will be important. Good Luck!
Blonde Ice (1948) Five great picks on Classic Cinema Online. I chose this one, it's right up my alley of intrigue. Your out-of-town guests might like to watch a classic flick this holiday weekend. If you pick a spooky one, dim the lights!
Just maybe you took today off from work to make this an even longer holiday weekend. If not, I'm sure the office staff will thin out probably by lunch as some work only a half day. For those folks who work from home, freelance, or simply don't hold the traditional 9-5 job, you may have decided to finish projects early so that your Friday can be light. If you are expecting out-of-town guests this weekend, today is probably going to be busy around the house, yard, and shopping. There's always lots to do, but don't forget to delegate chores with other family members so you're not overwhelmed. I got an early start on projects & paying some bills, can't forget them on the 1st of the month. It's TGIF, You Betcha!
The recent news stories of the austerity plans Greece will implement with tax hikes and spending cuts aren't going over so well with the country's citizens. I read that it's a must for Greece to develop this plan in order to receive financial assistance by the International Monetary Fund. The U.S. economy is still bouncing back from the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression so belt-tightening is happening all around the world. I know cutbacks to family budgets are probably still going on. My frugal lifestyle helps me maintain a comfortable living, but it's not easy at times especially with high gas and food prices. I am always encouraging people to save and budget their money. If you got a raise or bonus on your job, put it in your savings account. The vacation season is here and families may be finally giving the staycation the boot. Be frugal and live an austerity life so you can head to a beach getaway for summer enjoyment. Don't forget to take along your favorite read!
Next time you finish a snack such as Pringles or Fritos, save the canister. These canisters are handy to reuse especially for car or camping trips with the kids. They help keep snacks fresh and break-free while traveling. Give it a try!
Few remaining door-to-door sales people | PRI.ORG I just had to post this story because I was intrigued to know there are still sales people going door-to-door. The salesman being interviewed in the story has a great attitude for a job he's been doing for years. I remember seeing sales people ringing doorbells while visiting at my grandmother's house many years ago. They even rang our doorbell :)
Yep, Monday is here and the beginning of a new week. I recall wearing all black to work on Mondays. I look back now and think was that dark color describing my mood or an easy outfit decision. I say perk up your back-to-work outfit with a pop of color. I bet the compliments will be flying from your co-workers when they pass your desk on how nice the color looks on you. Try wearing some of the bright colors that are all the rave this season like yellow, lime green, orange, and fuschia. If you need a mood buster, these bright colors might help get you ready to take on the day. Don't stop at Monday, keep mixing it up all week long!
Hello, it's a Sweet Sunday with sunshine galore. I hope everyone is enjoying a nice weekend and dinner with family and friends is always a nice way to spend the day. Don't forget dessert and apple pie is a yummy choice. A dollop of ice cream or Cool Whip on top makes this dessert even more perfect. Here's to a Sweet Sunday in all you do!
Gallery | Baseball mascots | ajc.com Check out these baseball mascots who help make the day at the park a fun event. I know kids enjoy seeing them and they help get fans into the spirit of the game too. My fave is the Atlanta Braves mascot, of course!
Remembering Michael Jackson on the 2nd anniversary of his death. The video is hip with dance, beat & red jacket. One of our local radio stations plans to spin MJ and Jackson 5 hits all weekend. My house & car radio will be tuned in to hear them. His music lives on!
It seems like Friday came around fast. I'm not complaining, it's surely the fave day of the week. So what's on your to-do list to finish up today? For me, a few things to wrap-up. I visited my neighbor who has one of the greenest thumbs I've ever seen. The front entrance is welcoming as you approach to ring the doorbell. We snapped this picture of me admiring the many flowers and lovely scents coming from them. I believe you have to stop and smell the roses and I did just that in this photo ;-) Thanks to all my blog readers who continue to support me with your visits and nice comments. The success of my blog would not be complete without all of you. It's a Gorgeous Friday, Enjoy!
I saw one of my neighbors out walking this morning and my thoughts were that she's getting her walking exercise in early. The heat in Atlanta has been brutal and pretty much all around the country. I have read other bloggers mention the heat in their cities too. I am an avid walker and this heatwave makes it hard to keep up. The early morning walks can clear your mind before the day's activities begin and listening to the birds chirping is really nice. Take Fido along with you to give them their daily dose of exercise too. I purposely park a safe distance when I'm out & about so that I can sneak in some walking to and from my car. It's hot, but keep on walking by heading out early or later in the evening to beat the heat. Remember to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day!
OK, it's officially the start to summer! The temps around the country have felt summery for awhile and springtime almost got the boot early. Let the summer vacations kick into high gear as families plan their getaways. I bet it's a fun time around the households as parents and kids decide where to go. I remember our family vacations were spent on the lakes in Michigan. One of my uncles had a cabin on the lake and we would spend time there. One year we drove to Minnesota and the memories of that vacation live on. The fresh catch of the day made for a delicious meal. It's a beautiful day on the first day of summer!
Hello everyone and hope your Monday is off to a fine start. It's going to be a hot week of temps for Atlanta, but I think we're getting used to it...well maybe. One of my Twitter followers tweeted this yesterday ->do everything in moderation, even moderation. I thought it was clever and retweeted it. It made me think about all the different things that are a part our daily lives. We may deny ourselves a favorite food because it's not part of the diet craze we might be trying out. A former boss replied with the same type of response as the tweet when I asked him one day about only drinking one cup of coffee while the rest of us clearly were having 2-3 cups. He simply responded that he believed everything in moderation. We have so much happening in our lives including work, family, outings, and more that it's hard to moderate it all to help avoid becoming overwhelmed. Just like trying to set up a budget plan. It can be done in moderation by deciding on a savings amount that fits comfortably with your income. You don't have to feel guilty by not being able to save a HUGE amount each month. Just the fact that you are saving is most important and doing so in moderation is key.
THE LOOK: Mariah Carey’s New Fragrance Promo The fragrance bottles are pretty and the names for the three scents are fresh. I think my fave just might be 'Inseparable' given the ingredients used for it. Be on the lookout for them at department stores next month.
Wishing my Dad, Brother, Uncles, Cousins and Friends a wonderful Father's Day! I hope it's a day full of joy, fellowship and R&R. I truly appreciate all that my Dad has done for me with advice, support, and love. It's your special day and the remote control is all yours :-) So kick back and enjoy slices of cool watermelon while you're at it, Sweet!
I found this dress at a yard sale recently. It's perfect for many occasions like an afternoon wedding or evening outing. It has splits on each side that adds a pop to the look and show a little bit of leg:) I love the color and length!
Hello everyone! It's lunchtime and hope you are able to head outside with co-workers to enjoy lunch and chat. As I glance over at my to-do list, I have a couple of items still need finishing up and hope to put a BIG check mark by them today. Here are a few tidbits I want to share:
--->Check out the redesigned website for Essence magazine. I like their new motto: fierce, fun and fabulous! They have lots of new features, see it. --->Dash into your fave consignment shop to see if they have any "new arrivals." You may just snag a good buy for an upcoming getaway or event. --->Order take-out tonight with the family, sweetie, or pals. You've been good all week by taking your lunch and eating dinner at home. Don't forget to check under the refrigerator magnets for coupons. Enjoy!
Be Straw Free, says 9-year-old boy | PRI.ORG A neat idea and positive for the environment. After reading and listening to this story, I started thinking about condiments like ketchup and mustard that are placed in your to-go bag. I will save them to use at home, but wonder how many simply get thrown away after eating the meal.
As I'm beginning to write this blog post, the rock tune with the catchy lyrics "school's out for the summer" plays in my head. I can't recall the group, but their song was a hit and I remember lots of us singing it when the school year ended. Many teens and college students are hoping to land a full- or part-time job over the summer break. Given the tough job market and plenty of unemployed people looking for work, the competition will be fierce. I know there will be lots of activities over the summer that kids will want to participate in and having a summer job will surely help pay for many of these events. However, it's a good idea to save some of the money earned on the summer job. I suggest saving $5 per paycheck in order to help pay for things you will need when school starts such as clothes, footwear, supplies and more. If you are able to save more, that's even better. I think you will be surprised at how much you've saved by the time the summer job ends. Don't forget that taking your lunch to work is a good way to save money by not eating out. If it's feasible, check with a co-worker who may be working the same hours to see if you can carpool.
I have heard that young adults and college graduates will be the first hires by companies when they truly start to ramp up their hiring. I like this news and they deserve a chance to get their foot in the door to start on a career path. Be frugal with your summer job earnings and you will be ready to head back to school with all the things you need. Frugal Rocks!
Get some mileage from a simple can of tuna by adding spaghetti or any type of pasta to it. Stir together and add a little mayo and spicy brown mustard to jazz it up. A few sliced red or vidalia onions will give it more kick, season to taste. Enjoy for lunch at work with saltines or Ritz crackers. It makes for a nice dinner meal with salad and crusty bread. Stretch------->your dollars a few days with this yummy idea.
Just a short Sunday post to say hello everyone! I had the most fun yesterday hanging out with one of my gal pals. We went to our favorite flea market to look around and find bargains. There is a booth that carries really fresh veggies and fruits. Unfortunately, they weren't there so we were a bit bummed out. They are always in the same spot and we thought somehow we just missed them. It's an elderly couple who are the friendliest and make you feel welcome at their booth. I did find a cute picture frame for only $.50 cents. It's sitting on my coffee table without a picture in it for now :-) I bought some peaches that are so fresh. I love the aroma when they are sitting on the kitchen counter and had one for brunch today. This was supposed to be a short post right, I'd better close now. Have a lovely day!