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Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Freebies

Don’t forget to check out my sidebar > for links to freebies and coupons like a Free 2009 Entertainment Book!
  • FREE LeapFrog Tag Junior Book, ABC Animal Orchestra Board book ($10.99 value)! All you need to do is go here and link your LeapFrog toy to the LeapFrog Learning Path. The Learning Path is a FREE online resource that lets you see and share in your child's play and learning with LeapFrog.

  • FREE Native American Stationary - Sign up for the Akta Lakota Museum & Cultural Center eClub and receive FREE Native American-themed note cards, writing pad, Native American-inspired address labels and email updates. After signing up you will receive a confirmation email which you must confirm. Allow 5-8 weeks for your FREE stationary kit to arrive.

  • FREE Arby’s product every Wednesday. Every Wednesday, all summer long, they will be offering up a new freebie! I recommend calling your local Arby's ahead to make sure they are participating.

  • FREE book for kids from Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryIf you have a child 5 years or under, then they may be eligible to get a FREE book in the mail every month! All you need to do is go on over here, type in your zip code and see if there is a sponsor in your area. If so, you'll be able to register your child and start receiving FREE books.

  • $1 Movie Wednesday! It’s a $1, not free, but considering the price of movie tickets, that's pretty close! This summer every Wednesday is Summer MovieCamp at AMC Theatres across the country! The 10 am show each week will feature a kid-friendly movie that will run you just $1 per person. Proceeds from admission and concession sales during MovieCamp will benefit Variety – The Children's Charity and the Will Rogers Institute. If you want to schedule a group outing, tickets can be purchased in bulk one week in advance at the box office or online (for some theaters). There's even a great concession deal: the AMC KidsPack is only $3 during MovieCamp and includes a kids’-size drink, kids’-size popcorn and kids’-size snack. Some AMC locations may not be participating, so be sure to check the list on their Web site for MovieCamp locations, but also call ahead to be sure the info online is correct for your location. The program runs through August 5. Happy $1-movie watching! Find Your Theater!

  • Free Chocolate FridaysMars is giving away a limited number of free full-size candy bars every Friday. Visit RealChocolate.com

  • Free Mocha Coffee from McDonaldsOn Monday from 7am until 7pm. Call your local McDonalds first to be sure they’re participating, then stop in for a FREE 8-ounce McCafe. Learn More

  • Schwan’s: $10 in Free Food to first 500,000!
    Starting August 1st, Schwan’s will be giving out up to $10 in FREE food to the first 500,000 people who register.
    Order anything for $10 or less and they will deliver it for FREE!
    Click here starting on 8/1/09 to get your free food!
    Note: you must be a new customer to qualify. Schwan’s defines a “new customer” as one who has not ordered from Schwan’s in the past 14 weeks

  • CVS: FREE Gift for ExtraCare Members- 8/1!
    In August, the first time you use your ExtraCare card at any CVS/pharmacy store, check the bottom of your store register receipt for a coupon redeemable for a FREE GIFT! Coupon for a FREE GIFT will be valid for one week after receiving the printout.

Birthday Freebies

  • Free Ice Cream: Sign up at Cold Stone’s Web site to sign up for their birthday club, which entitles you to a free Cold Stone Creation on your birthday. Sign Up!

  • More Free Ice Cream! Sign up for a free Blizzard from Dairy Queen? You'll receive a coupon entitling you to buy one delicious delight, and get another free. You'll also get a BOGO Blizzard coupon just for signing up. Sign Up!

  • Freebies From Toys"R"Us Sign up for the birthday club at Toys"R"Us and your kids will not only get a card and gift in the mail from the store's mascot Geoffrey the Giraffe, but also a phone call from him! (if you choose) Also receive a party planner and instore celebration. Make sure to enroll at least six to eight weeks before your kids' next birthday to be sure your card and call will be on time. Join!

  • Free Pizza on Your Birthday. Free pizza California Pizza Kitchen when your special day runs around for kids only. Sign Up!

  • Free Birthday Burger! Get a free birthday burger from Red Robin every year. The printable coupon comes via e-mail a couple weeks before your birthday, and you hand it in for the signature burger of your choice. Vegetarian burgers are also included. You have to use it at the location you signed up for. So make sure you choose the one you're most likely to want to visit, not just the location geographically closest to you, when you create your membership. Sign Up!

  • Free Meal at Denny's - Sign up for Denny’s Birthday Club. Membership entitles your child to a free entrée and sundae on their next birthday. The coupon arrives before the member’s birthday date and is usually valid for a couple weeks. Only open to children ten and under. Sign Up Now!

  • Baskin Robbins Birthday Freebie! Baskin Robbins’s birthday freebie includes a little something for you and a little something for the one planning your birthday party as well. Sign up now and you’ll get a free ice cream cone (or dish) for your birthday. Plus you’ll get a discount on a delicious Baskin’s birthday cake. An e-mail will arrive about five days before your birthday containing your printable coupon for the free ice cream. Learn More!

    Thanks To
    Moms Need To Know and It’s Hip To Save

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Buy (2) Large Pampers Boxes and receive a $15 Gift Card!

Friday 7/31/09 & Saturday 8/1/09 Buy (2) Large (92 ct or higher) Pampers Boxes and receive a $15 Gift Card to Babies R Us / Toys R Us!
*Giftcard available after purchase at checkout.
This would be a quick and easy gift to give to a new mom!
“When you are young, life is a runaway train you can’t wait to jump on. If you’ve missed the first one (or the first several ones) just catch the next one. Just remember to enjoy the ride.”
~ Julie

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July 30th is National Cheesecake Day and to celebrate, The Cheesecake Factory will have slices of their famous cheesecake for half-price. Click here to find a location near you!
Wow! 10X the calories for half the price! LOL!

This Week's Grocery & Drugstore Deals 7/26 - 7/31/09

Below are just some of the deals I’m going to get when I shop at CVS, Walgreens, Meier, Kroger, WalMart and Target.

Be sure to visit the Grocery Game and see what you can get for FREE or on the cheap! They do all the work for you – tell you when the item is at its cheapest and when the coupon you need came out. They are cheap to use and the cost of membership is saved with one trip to the store!

Just use imnotasupermom@yahoo.com for your referral and get a 4 week trial for FREE!

For free items, if you can’t use the item – give it away! Helping others is pure joy especially when you can give them items that didn’t break your budget!

Code: SS = Smart Source RP = Red Plum

Be sure to check for online printable coupons as well before you go!


Freebies! Cheap is good but FREE is better!

Caliber Composition Book 110 sheets orig. price $2.99 sale price $.99$.99 ECB with purchase of book limit 2 thru Tuesday only
Final price FREE!

Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste 4oz orig. price $3.89 sale price $2.88 Coupon $1 SS 7/12$2 ECB with purchase of featured Colegate OPC thru Tuesday only
Final Price FREE!

Swingline Stapler OR Caliber Sticky Notes 1 or 2 ct. orig. price $1.50 sale price $.99$.99 ECB with purchase of featured stapler or notes limit 2 thru Tuesday only
Final price FREE!

Caliber or CVS Erasers, Binder clips or Push pins 7-15 ct, 12 ct or 100 ct orig. price $1.50 sale price $ .99$.99 ECB with purchase of featured products limit 2 thru Tuesday only
Final price FREE!

Caliber Pencil or Index Card Case orig. price $1.50 sale price $.99$.99 ECB with featured products limit 2 thru Tuesday only
Final Price FREE!

Pilot Easy Touch Pens 2 ct. orig. price $2.99 sale price $.99$.99 ECB with purchase of featured products limit 2 thru Tuesday only
Final price FREE!

CVS Tampons 10 ct. orig. price $1.99 sale price $1.89$1.89 ECB with purchase of featured product
Final price FREE!

Excedrin Pain Reliever 20-24 ct orig. price $4.99 sale price: $2.99$1 coupon SS 7/12
Final Price $1.99 save 60%

Huggies Pull Ups Mega Pack orig. price $16.99 sale price $13.00$2 coupon SS 7/19
Final Price $11.99 save 29%


Freebies! Cheap is good but FREE is better!

Snickers Candy Bars select varieties buy 2 orig. price $.89 $1/2 coupon RP 5/31 store coupon $.49 ea W 7/26 store coupon limit 6
Final price FREE!

Scotch Bubbler Mailer 4x7 in – 10.5-15 in buy 2 orig. Price $1.99 ea sale price $.39 ea limit 6$1/2 coupon RP 7/26 $.49 ea coupon W 7/26 limit 6
Final price FREE!

Special 15% off coupons available at the cosmetics and Photo counters on Friday 7/31 only. You have to ask for this special friends and family coupon. Quantities and Availability may vary by store.Get 15% off of brand name and 20% off store brand items for your whole cart Friday 7/31 only!!

Wrigley’s Gum orig. price $2.69 sale buy 1 get 1 free$1/1 coupon SS 7/12
Final price $.85 ea save 68%

Weight Watchers Bagged Candy buy 2 orig. price $2.99 sale price 2/$3Buy 1 get 1 free SS 4/5
Final price $.75 save 75%

Charmin Ultra bathroom tissue 6 big rolls orig. price $5.29$.50 coupon S 6/21 $3.49 coupon W 7/26
Final price $2.99 save 43%


Freebies! Cheap is good but FREE is better!

Hormel Sliced Pepperoni 4.5 oz in the deli dept. orig . price $2.49 sale price 10/$10 buy1$.75 coupon SS 6/21 $.91 (1) store sale with 11 item purchase (see store flyer)
Final price FREE!

Betty Crocker Mini Warm Delights orig. price $2.49 sale price 10/$10$.50 coupon SS 6/28 $.91 (1) store sale with 11 item purchase (see store flyer)
Final price FREE!

Totino’s Pizza Rolls 15 ct buy 2 orig. price $1.89 sale price 10/$10 buy 2$.40/2 coupon SS 7/12 $.91 (1) store sale with 11 item purchase (see store flyer)
Final price $.51 ea save 73%

Pillsbury Grands Biscuits 12-17.3 oz orig. price $1.50 sale price 10/$10 $.35 coupon SS 7/12 $.91 (1) store sale with 11 item purchase (see store flyer)
Final Price $.21 save 86%

Angel Soft Bathroom Tissue 4 rolls orig. price $1.49 sale price 10/$10$.91 (1) store sale with 11 item purchase (see store flyer)
Final price $.91 save 39%

Colgate Tartar Control toothpaste 4oz orig. price $1.97 sale price 10/$10$.91 (1) store sale with 11 item purchase (see store flyer)
Final price $.91 save 54%


Freebies! Cheap is good but FREE is better!

Crest Toothpaste 6.4oz Thurs-Fri only orig. price $2.39 sale price 10/$10$.75 coupon PG7/5
Final Price FREE!

Playtex Handsaver Gloves 1 ct orig. price $2.39 sale price $1$1 SS 6/28
Final Price FREE!

Lady Speed Stick or Speed Stick 1.8-2 oz buy 2 orig. price $3.29 ea sale price $.88 ea$1/2 SS 7/26
Final Price $.38 ea save 88%

Colgate Total Advanced toothpaste 4 oz. orig. price $2.99 sale price $2.50$1 coupon SS 7/26 $.75 CF
Final price $.75 save 75%

Here are some other deals going on at WalMart & Target

WalMart Deals

Capri Sun (10-pk.), $1.49$1/1 Capri Sun Sunrise Product, exp. 7-31-09 (SS 4/19/09) $0.49 after coupon!

Hunt’s Ketchup (24-oz.), $1$0.20/1 Hunt’s Ketchup, exp. 6-30-09 (SS 5/10/09)$0.80 after coupon!

Always Infinity Pads, $6.96$4/1 Always Infinity, exp. 7-31-09 (P&G 6/7/09)$2.96 after coupon!

Kotex Pantiliners (14, 16 and 18-ct.), $1.00$1.50/2 printable$0.25 ea. after coupon!K-Y Jelly (2-oz.), $2.59$2/1 K-Y Product, any except trial, exp. 12-31-09 (V 5/10/09)$0.59 after coupon!

Nexcare Bandages, $1.50$1/1 printable$0.50 after coupon!

Reach Dental Floss (Original), $0.97$1/1 printableFREE after coupon!

NEW! Angel Soft Toilet Paper (6-roll pack), $1$1/2 Angel Soft Toilet Paper, exp. 9-13-09 (V 6/21/09)$0.50 ea. after coupon!

NEW! Hefty Gallon (17-ct.) or Quart (22-ct.) Storage Bags, $1$1/1 Hefty Storage Bags, exp. 7-31-09 (V 5/17/09)FREE after coupon!

Cottonelle Toilet Paper (4-pk.), $1$1/1 printable (take the pledge)FREE after coupon!

Target Deals

Band-Aid (20 ct) or Nexcare (25 ct) Kids Bandages - $1.79/ea Use $1/1 Band-Aid in 6/28 Smart Source insert Use $1/2 Nexcare here Final Price = $0.79-1.29/ea
Kashi Cereal Cups - $1/ea Use $1/1 Target coupon here Final Price = FREE

Kotex Liners (48 ct) - $2.94/ea Use $2/1 Target coupon in 7/26 Smart Source insert PLUS Use $1/1 in 7/26 Red Plum Final Price = FREE

Rayovac Batteries (2-4 ct) - $1/ea (found in $1 spot)Use $1/1 in 6/21 Smart Source insert Final Price = FREE

Cottonelle Travel Size Wipes - $0.97/ea Use $1/1 in 6/7 Smart Source insert Final Price = FREE
Vaseline Aloe Fresh - $0.99/ea (travel size)Use $1/1 here or Use $1.25/1 in 5/17 Red Plum insert Final Price = FREE

Degree for Women Fine Fragrance Deodorant or Body Mist - $3.29/ea Use $2/1 Target coupon here PLUS Use $1.25/1 in 5/17 Red Plum insert Final Price = $0.04/ea

Bounty Basic Paper Towels - $0.99/ea Use $0.25/1 in 7/5 P&G insert PLUS Use $0.50/1 Target coupon in 6/21 Smart Source insert Final Price = $0.24/ea

Morningstar Farms products - $1.64-3.79/ea Use $2/2 Target coupon here PLUS Use 2 - $1/1 Morningstar coupons here, here, or here Final Price = FREE - $0.79/ea when you buy 2
Check you Flyer and store for details as stores vary depending on region.
Not responsible for errors.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Free Ice Cream Cone For Your Birthday From Graeter's

Did you know that you can get a free ice cream cone from Graeter's?
I didn't till I asked on my birthday!
Greater's tastes great, but free tastes even better!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Friday Freebies

Brown Recluse Spider Bite?

Last night we had to take my 17 month old son to the doctor on a late night emergency appointment. Earlier that morning I had noticed two bites on his thigh, which looked at first like mosquito bites. As the day progressed however the swelling and redness continued to get bigger till it was the size of a silver dollar. There was also a blister in the center the size of my thumbnail. I called the doctor and we took him in. The theory they told us is they think the bite is from a brown recluse spider. I pray not. I was up most of the night keeping an eye on him and looking for worsening symptoms. He is on antibiotics and prescription topical cream and this morning the wound does not look any worse. It just looks the same.

The reason I am telling you all this is to let you know to be careful when you are both inside and out. Wood piles, playground equipment, bushes, rocks, storage sheds, just about anywhere you can find brown recluse and black widow spiders, the two venomous spiders in this part of the country. They also like to live indoors in dark places like closets, boxes, just about anywhere that is dark and out of the way.

Barns are also the perfect place for brown recluse and black widow spiders. Shavings bins are one place of choice for the brown recluse and corners and dark spaces are another place of choice for both spiders. So please be careful. Be watchful when handling shavings and look carefully before grabbing that piece of wood to toss out of them. Shake out boots/shoes before putting them on and squish gloves before putting them on. Watch when picking up your saddles and saddle blankets as they like to nest in dark spaces. Generally just be careful wherever you are when pulling things out especially if they haven’t been pulled out in a while. They are not aggressive spiders and usually only bite when pressed against the skin.

I don’t want to scare anyone, just inform you. I am guilty myself for not being careful when it comes to checking for venomous spiders. I will be more now. Some people don’t have much a reaction to brown recluse spider bites other than a little soreness and redness, others require extensive hospital stays due to large wounds coming from the dying tissue. Death has been reported very rarely. They aren’t sure if the severe loss of tissue is from the bite itself or an infection that set in.

The Internet is full of information and I spent most of the night last night trying to educate myself. Not sure if all the info made me feel better or worse! Just please be aware and listen to your gut feelings if you are bit and seek medical attention as soon as symptoms appear if they are unusual.
I am so glad I listened to my mom voice and took him in when I did. We feel early treatment is why his symptoms haven't become worse. But I am still very worried.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Beat The Heat Charity

Here is a charity I recommend looking into. Since we are involved in drag racing I have been looking into this for our area. If you are in the Cincinnati, Tri-State area and are interested in starting a local Beat The Heat program with this area’s police departments, contact me and see if we can combine our efforts. If you are interested in joining a program in your area or starting one up, contact the Beat The Heat listed on their home page or talk with your local police departments. We need to get these kids to stop racing on the streets!

Beat The Heat

Goals: To help EDUCATE the young people of our communities about the real problems of illegal drug and alcohol use, To EDUCATE everyone to the horrors of alcohol or drug impaired driving, To promote a better understanding between the Police and the communities they serve and, To EDUCATE the general public about DRAG RACING, and encourage everyone to not race in the street.

BEAT THE HEAT, INC. is a "Cops and Kids" oriented program which brings the young people together with the Police Officers who are there to help them. It gives both groups an opportunity to closely interact with each other so that each group can learn from the other things that will really make a difference for both groups in the community.

The theme of our program is "RACING FOR EDUCATION". Three of our four goals state specifically a goal of some kind of education. Many of the problems of our society today stem from the fact that many people are lacking in education. We can only make an attempt with the adults to get them to use their heads and think before they do something. However, we CAN get the attention of the young people and they are very capable of learning. We try to encourage those young people to STAY IN SCHOOL AND OFF DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.

BEAT THE HEAT INC. also offers alternative extra-curricular activity for those youngsters who may not be able to make the sports teams in high school. Handicap Drag Racing is a sport in which ANYONE who can drive can participate on a fair and equal basis with everyone else. Your only limitation is your own ability to learn the technique and DO IT!

This sport is also one in which WOMEN can participate and, indeed, excel in direct competition with men. There are many, many women who Drag Race and several of them have advanced even into the VERY elite group of persons who drive the ultimate machine, the Top Fuel Dragster, at 300 Miles Per Hour.

With the advent of NHRA's new JR. DRAG RACING LEAGUE younger fans are now able to participate in Drag Racing at a very early age (8 years old).

There are many very good racers who are physically impaired and they are able to participate in this sport using their ability to drive and their competitive nature. They don't have to race in their own special class. They race and beat anyone who shows up in the other lane.

Participation in this program is a great deal of FUN. We invite everyone to participate and enjoy the good fun and fellowship. Check out the schedule of upcoming events and try to be there. You'll be glad you attended.

BEAT THE HEAT, INC. is a non-profit corporation recognized as tax exempt by the State of Texas and the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. ALL donations are tax-deductible.
This information came from the Beat The Heat's homepage. Check out http://www.beattheheatinc.org/ for more information.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Baby/Child Product Recalls

This is not a complete list of recalls, to view a complete recall list visit CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

Evenflo Recalls Telephone Toys Due to Choking Hazard
American Greetings Corp. Recalls Sport Balls Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
Kolcraft Recalls 1 Million Play Yards Due to Fall Hazard
Pacifiers Recalled by Gromex Due to Choking Hazard

Walgreens & CVS 7/19 - 7/25/09

Hit the drugstores CVS and Walgreens today if you can to get some awesome deals on school supplies. Some deals are FREE today when you figure in register rewards or ecb's. (See store flyer for details). With the lists getting longer for school supplies, free or really cheap can come in real handy.

Don't forget, The Grocery Game can do all the work for you. Try it FREE for 4 weeks to help you save 60% or more off of your groceries. They tell you when is the best time to buy the item on sale, what coupon to use and when it came out. Just use imnotasupermom@yahoo.com as your referal.

Meier 7/19 - 7/25/09

Here’s the match ups at Meijers this week:

Sargento cheese 1/2 off- $1/2 cpn(6/21 SS)

Hillshire Farm smoked sausage 2/$4- $1/2 cpn (6/21 SS)= 2/$3

Ball Park franks 4/$5- $1/2 cpn (6/28 RP)= 2/$1.50

Kraft mayo or Miracle Whip 2/$4- $.75 cpn (6/21 SS) on the mayo- $1 cpn (6/14 SS) on the Miracle Whip= $1 each

Fiber One bars 3/$8- $.40 cpn (7/19 SS)= 1.66

Ritz crackerfuls 2/$5- $1 cpn (7/12 SS)= $1.50

Aunt Millie bread/buns 4/$5- $.35 cpn (6/21 RP)= $.55

Buy 10 items for $20 & Get a $5 cpn:

Betty Crocker Supreme brownie mix- $.75/2 cpn (7/19 SS)

Bisquick- $.60 cpn (5/31 SS)

Chex cereal

Gold Medal flour

Pillsbury cookie dough- $1/2 cpn (7/12 SS)

Progresso soup

Betty Crocker Warm Delights- $1/2 cpn (6/28 SS)

Betty Crocker Angel food cake mix

Bisquick/Fiber One Pancake mix- $.60 cpn (7/19 SS)

Fiber One mixYoplait/Fiber One yogurt- $1 cpn (7/12 SS)

Fiber OneChex Mix/Bugles- $.55 cpn (7/19 SS)

Green Giant Steamer

Toaster StruedelSuddenly Salad- $1/2 cpn (6/28 SS)

Ortega dinner kits or salsa- $1/2 cpn (4/19 SS)

Don't forget, The Grocery Game can do all the work for you. Try it FREE for 4 weeks to help you save 60% or more off of your groceries. They tell you when is the best time to buy the item on sale, what coupon to use and when it came out. Just use imnotasupermom@yahoo.com as your referal.

Thanks to littlemissknowitall for the info.

Kroger 7/20-7/26/09

Kroger’s is again running the MEGA Sale. Go here to see the breakdown from last week.

Some other good deals are:

Kroger 1/2 gallon milk $.88

Northwest red cherries $.99/lb

Gatorade $.79

Speed stick deodorant $.88

grapes $.97/lb

Crest toothpaste $1- $.75 cpn (7/5 P&G)= $.25

Don't forget, The Grocery Game can do all the work for you. Try it FREE for 4 weeks to help you save 60% or more off of your groceries. They tell you when is the best time to buy the item on sale, what coupon to use and when it came out. Just use imnotasupermom@yahoo.com as your referal.

Thanks to littlemissknowitall for the info.

Monday, July 20, 2009

McDonald’s: Free Iced or Hot Mocha on Monday

McDonald’s will be giving away a free Iced Mocha (7 oz) or Hot Mocha (8 oz) each Monday from 7:00am to 7:00pm
This promotion runs through August 3rd
More details can be found

The Day Charlie Went To Church

This collection of stories called, “What Will The Neighbors Think?” is a collection of true stories from my childhood and from my brothers’. I am the youngest of seven children and the only girl. Having six older brothers and growing up Catholic has produced quite a few interesting stories. I hope you enjoy them.

When I was a little girl I was allowed to get a puppy. Talk about pure joy. We went to the pound and I picked out a scruffy little guy who had a lot of personality. I named him Charlie. He grew up to be quite a dog. Fiercely protective over me and my brothers, but he also liked our friends and he became the neighborhood dog, much like Snoopy, but not quite as cute. He played with us, loved to go on car rides and was a great companion. We would use him to pull us up the hill in our wagon, then he would jump in and ride down with us. When he got tired of pulling us, he wouldn’t just sit down like most dogs, he would take off and deliberately run us into a tree. He had an ornery side to him and I swear he would laugh at us. He also hated to be left out of any family activity.

On one particular Sunday he decided to follow us all to church. Our church was only a few miles away. My mom was the organist there and she sang too. She was always in demand as she was very talented and had a beautiful voice. We also attended school at this parish so everyone knew us. The organist sat up and off to the side of the altar with her back to the altar and the congregation.

This particular Sunday was warm so the church left the main doors open. Part way through mass I could hear a slight commotion behind us. As I turned to see what it was, I saw to my surprise Charlie walking right up the middle of the main aisle. Since all the neighborhood kids knew Charlie they were all trying to call to him. He ignored them all completely. When he passed our pew I saw my father take a double take when he saw Charlie. He angrily in a hushed voice called to him. Charlie stopped, gave my father a look with a slight grin and trotted off straight to the altar. I saw my father put his hands over his face and peer out between his fingers like he watching a horror movie. Remember, my mom’s back was to the altar.

Charlie proceeded to trot straight up to the altar and stare right at the priest. The priest stared back, but continued on with the mass without missing a beat. After a few moments of listening to the priest, Charlie walked around the altar and started to investigate. The priest motioned to the altar boys to “get” Charlie. This became quite an amusement to Charlie as he began to run from them. He loved for you to chase him. He would wait till they got close and at the last moment dash away.

Now Charlie was running circles around the altar with two altar boys chasing after him. All the while the priest kept right on saying mass. The laughter from the congregation though kept getting louder. My mother, hearing the laughter tried to ignore it at first as she played and listened for her cues, but you could see her looking out of the corner of her eye at us, like what is wrong? When she finally did turn around and saw what was going on, my father at the same time slumped in his pew like he was diving into a foxhole during war. He knew she was going to blow.

I’ll never forget the horror on my mom’s face when she saw Charlie and the altar boys running around the altar like a racetrack. I’ll also never forget how her voice sounded like the Exorcist when she screamed at Charlie and pointed sharply at the door to go home! Charlie knew she meant it as he stopped, looked at her and then without any further ado trotted down the aisle and out to home. Mom looked at all of us with a look that makes you wonder if you should say goodbye to your friends now and ask them to pray for you.

We all knew that Charlie would not live to see tomorrow when we got home. I was praying that he would not be there, that he would be smart enough to hide out in the woods till mom’s wrath at being embarrassed would blow over. You did not embarrass my mother! Charlie was waiting there on the front porch for us when we got home. He did survive. He got off with a lecture, no supper and dragged to the log chain where he was to spend eternity according to my mother. He was pardoned the next day though. Luckily he lived to go on being the neighborhood dog and was the talk around school and the neighborhood. Charlie never did again visit church.

We never were allowed to get another dog after Charlie. I wonder why?

No part of this story may be reproduced without permission. Copyright 2009

Saturday, July 18, 2009

How Do You Keep It All Together?

This was a question posed by a mother on a message board I frequent. She is a stay at home mom with a one year old. She says she seems to be the only mom who doesn’t look her best and other moms seem to be mothering effortlessly.

There were very many great answers full of encouragement. We all were trying to tell her that just do the best you can and not to compare yourself to others. It is just an illusion that others have it more together than you do. Typical to my fashion, I tried to help answer her question with humor. Below was my comment back to her:

“No mom has it all together ALL the time. We all have our good days and bad.

Me? I don't always do my hair. I do put on a little makeup before leaving the house so I don't scare small children. My 17 month old is used to mommy looking scary without her "face on". I do shower everyday and try and put a clean shirt on, but that's about it. My house isn't filthy, but I would be very embarrassed if someone dropped by.

Why is it that no one ever comes by unexpectedly right after your house is clean? I only seem to get people who knock on my door when the munchkin just poured juice all over the floor; he and the dog are spreading it throughout the house; the garbage can is overflowing with dirty diapers; dishes overflowing the sink; dust on the furniture is deep enough to transplant a philodendron in; and I haven't had time to put on my face let alone put a clean shirt on with a bra on.

What my rambling is trying to say is, try and enjoy life. Look at yourself and your life with lots of humor and appreciate all you do have and all you can do. And those other moms you are unfairly comparing yourself to? I bet if you went up to them and asked them how do they look so put together, they would gasp at you in horror and disbelief.

Cut yourself some slack. You've only been on the job for a year. The hardest job in the world takes a lifetime to get it right.”

Have you ever compared yourself to someone who seems to be doing better than you? We all do I think from time to time, especially us moms. We need to stop comparing ourselves to each other. It only makes us feel inferior, like we can’t be as good as they are. That’s unfair to ourselves and can cause a cycle of depression that can be hard to break free from.

So the next time you see a mom with kids who seems to have it all together, go up and ask her how she does it. You will probably get one of two answers. Either she will be eager to share with you some great tips or she’ll break down into tears and exclaim she thought you looked like the mom who had it all together.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Walgreens Coupon Update


Apparently the Huggies online coupons are gone. They do go fast.
See previous post on the Walgreens coupon.
However, there were some coupons that came out in Sunday's paper in this area on 6/14.
To check to see if some came out in your area and if you are keeping your coupons in a file folder like I taught you in the post More Couponing Tricks, go to the Coupon Mom's Coupon Database, put in your state or region and hit GO. A page will come up with a search box. Just type in Huggies and see when the coupons may have been issued. It will show the date of issue and if it was in RedPlum (RP) or SmartSource(S). It will also tell you when they expire.

I still recommend the Grocery Game and you can get a FREE 4 week trial! Just please use imnotasupermom@yahoo.com as your referral. I get free membership weeks for every referral. It is really cheap and can save you up to 60% off of your grocery bill by telling you when the products are at their cheapest and where to find the coupons for those items thereby generating the best deal you can get.

Walgreens $5/$25 Coupon

Here is a fantastic way to get name brand products at a fraction of the cost.

Walgreens has released a $5/$25 coupon here valid for Thursday, July 16th and Friday, July 17th. The coupon states that your total must be $25 before taxes and after all other Walgreens and manufacturer's coupons.

In addition, there is a limit of one coupon per customer.

If you can't make it into your local Walgreens this week, you can use this coupon online by entering the code DELIGHT at checkout through Friday, July 17th.

Here's the best scenario for using this coupon:
Buy (2) Coppertone NutraShield sunscreen = $21.98
Buy (2) Huggies Pull-Ups = $20
- Use (2) $5/1 Coppertone NutraShield printable coupons
- Use (2) $3/1 Huggies Pull-Ups printable coupons here
- Use $5/$25 Walgreens coupon here
- Total out of pocket - $20.98 (plus tax)
- Receive $15 in Register Rewards
- Final price - $5.98 after coupons and Register Rewards!

Hurry though as online printable coupons go fast!

You can find all of this week's Walgreens bargains and sales here.

Thanks to Cincinnati Cents for coming up with this scenario.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

My Savings From Kroger

Well, I hit it Mega Event sale that our local Kroger’s is offering this week.

Check out my post on Kroger's sale for this week: Click Here

I didn’t do too bad. I stocked up on some things, but didn’t go overboard. Some people really stock up. For example, certain varieties of Kellog’s cereal was on sale and was also part of the mega event. Combine that with $1.00 off coupons and cereal that normally costs over $3.00 a box costs only a $1.49 – about half. So many people will buy 10 boxes or more. I only got a few and left the rest of the coupons there on the shelf for some other lucky shopper. We don’t eat that much cereal and the varieties that were on sale weren’t the kind we normally like. We don’t have a separate freezer or endless shelves for large stock piling like some Coupon Queens do, but we do pretty good.

Most of the items I bought were from the Mega Event list, though I did buy a few other things that were on sale and I had some good coupons for. My savings were - Coupons of $20.03 & Mega Event Rebate of $15.00. According to my receipt when combined with the sale prices and Kroger Plus savings I saved $60.17. All in all not too bad. I filled to the rim all seven of my large reusable shopping bags with mostly name brand items and saved around 40% off of my grocery bill.

I am so thankful to God that we are blessed to have so much food in our house. We try and get a few items to put in the food pantry bin on the way out of the store. I hope you all take advantage of the sales going around at the different stores this week so you can save money too.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Kroger July 14, 2009 -- July 19, 2009

This week at Kroger is a whopper of a sale. They are having their mega sale where if you purchase 10 participating items, and receive $5 off your order instantly at checkout. All 10 items must be purchased in the same transaction, and there is no limit on the number of rewards per transaction. You can mix and match the items you purchase.

The final prices assume that you've purchased 10 participating items, thereby deducting $5 off your total order, or $0.50 off per item. The best bargains are listed below (check your local ad for the complete listing)*

Coupon Code - R = Red Plum / S = Smart Source - both from the Sunday paper with the date they were released.

Be sure to keep all your Sunday Paper's coupons in a file folder with the date written at the top. That way you can just go to the date and cut out the coupons you need.

Tylenol PM 24 ct
Sale Price - 3.00
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(R 6/7)
Store Coupon - 2.50 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.50

Clear Care Contact Solution 12 oz
Sale Price - 7.03
Manuf. Coupon - 3.00(S 5/10)
Final Price - 4.03

L'Oreal Vive Pro Shampoo or Conditioner 13 oz - Buy 2
Sale Price -Buy 1Get 1Free
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00/1(S 5/17)
Final Price - 1.40 ea(.90 ea w/2 coupons*)

L'Oreal Ice Age Kids Shampoo 9 oz - Buy 2
Sale Price - Buy 1Get 1Free
Manuf. Coupon - .75/1(R 6/28)
Final Price - 1.00 ea(.50 ea w/2 coupons*)

Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad 7.75 oz - Buy 2
Sale Price - 3/$5Buy 2**
Manuf. Coupon - .50/2(S 6/28)
Final Price - 1.17 ea

Kraft Macaroni & Cheese 5.5 oz - Buy 4
Sale Price - 10/$10Buy 4**
Manuf. Coupon - Buy 3 Get 1Free(-1.00)(S 6/28)
Final Price - .75 ea

Pam Spray 5 oz
Sale Price - 2.49
Manuf. Coupon - .35(S 6/21)
Final Price - 1.79

Quaker True Delights Granola Bars 5 ct
Sale Price - 2/$5Buy 1**
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(R 6/28)
Final Price - 1.50

Quaker Fiber & Omega-3 Chewy Granola Bars 5 ct - Buy 2
Sale Price - 2/$5
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00/2(R 6/21)
Final Price - 2.00 ea

General Mills Lucky Charms, Honey Nut Cheerios, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal 24 oz - Buy 3
Sale Price - 2.99 ea
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00/3(S 6/28)
Final Price - 2.66 ea

Lipton Iced Tea Mix2 8.5 oz
Sale Price - 2.89
Manuf. Coupon - .60(R 6/28)(R 5/17)
Final Price - 1.89

Bob Evans Bratwurst or Italian Sausage 19 oz
Sale Price - 2/$7Buy 1**
Manuf. Coupon - .50(S 6/21)
Final Price - 2.50

M&M's Ice Cream Sandwiches 6 ct
Sale Price - 3.00
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(R 6/7)
Final Price - 2.00

Pringles 6.38 oz - Buy 2
Sale Price - 1.39 ea
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00/2(R 6/28)
Store Coupon - .50/2(Pe)
Final Price - .64 ea

Wholly Guacamole 7 oz
Sale Price - 1.99
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(S 6/28)
Final Price - .99

Blueberries 1 pint
Sale Price - 10/$10
Final Price - 1.00

Aquafresh Premium Toothpaste 5.6 oz
Sale Price - 2.50
Manuf. Coupon - .75(S 6/21)
Store Coupon - 2.00 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.00

Aquafresh Premium Toothbrush 1 ct
Sale Price - 2.50
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(S 6/21)
Store Coupon - 2.00 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.00

Listerine Mouthwash 500 ml
Sale Price - 3.00
Manuf. Coupon - .50(R 4/26)
Final Price - 2.00

Chapstick. 15 oz
Sale Price - 1.00
Store Coupon - .50 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .50

Gillette Clinical Strength Deodorant 1.7 oz
Sale Price - 7.99
Manuf. Coupon - 2.00(PG 6/7)
Store Coupon - 1.00(Pe)
Final Price - 4.99

Lady Speed Stick Deodorant 2.3 oz
Sale Price - 1.50
Store Coupon - 1.00 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.00

Speed Stick Deodorant 3 oz
Sale Price - 1.00
Store Coupon - 1.00 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.00

Carefree Pantiliners 34-72 ct
Sale Price - 2.50
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(S 6/28)
Store Coupon - 2.00 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.00

Kotex Maxi Pads 20-24 ct
Sale Price - 3.00
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(S 6/14)
Store Coupon -2.50 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.50

Kotex Lightdays 34-64 ct
Sale Price - 3.00
Manuf. Coupon - .75(S 6/14)
Store Coupon - 2.50 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.50

Kotex Tampons 18 ct
Sale Price - 3.00
Manuf. Coupon - .75(S 6/14)
Store Coupon - 2.50 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.50

Pampers Extra Protection Diapers Jumbo pk
Sale Price - 8.99
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(PG 7/5)
Store Coupon - 1.00(Pe)
Final Price - 6.99

Pampers Diapers Jumbo pk
Sale Price - 8.99
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(PG 7/5)
Store Coupon - 1.00(Pe)
Final Price - 6.99

Pull Ups Training Pants Jumbo pk
Sale Price - 8.99
Manuf. Coupon - 2.00(S 6/14)
Final Price - 6.99

Brawny Paper Towels 8 ct
Sale Price - 6.49
Manuf. Coupon - .50(R 6/21)
Store Coupon - 5.99 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 4.99

Kleenex Tissues 75-100 ct - Buy 3
Sale Price - 1.79 ea
Manuf. Coupon - .50/3(S 7/12)
Store Coupon - 1.29 ea w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .96 ea

Scotch Brite Dishwand Sponge Refill 2 ct - Buy 2
Sale Price - 1.50 ea
Manuf. Coupon - .75/2(R 6/7)
Store Coupon - 1.00 ea w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .50 ea

Temptations Cat Treats3 oz
Sale Price - 1.69
Manuf. Coupon - .50(R 6/7)
Store Coupon - 1.19 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .19

Temptations Tempting Tuna Flavor Cat Treats 3 oz
Sale Price - 1.69
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(R 4/26)
Store Coupon - 1.19 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .19

Duracell Batteries 2-8 ct (select varieties)
Sale Price - 3.00
Manuf. Coupon - .75(R 7/12)(R 6/28)
Store Coupon - 2.50 w/10 item purchase
Final Price -1.50

Scotch Tape Roll 3pk
Sale Price - 3.00
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(R 7/12)
Store Coupon - 2.50 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.50

Scotch Tape Roll 1ct - Buy 3
Sale Price - 3.00 ea
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00/3(R 7/12)
Store Coupon - 2.50 ea w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 2.17 ea

Kraft Salad Dressing16 oz
Sale Price - 1.39

Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(S 6/21)
Store Coupon - 1.19 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .19

Dole Fruit Bowls in Gel4 pk - Buy 2
Sale Price - 1.99 ea
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00/2(S 4/26)
Store - Coupon - 1.49 ea w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .99 ea

Dole Fruit Parfaits 4 pk - Buy 2
Sale Price - 1.99 ea
Manuf. Coupon - .75/2(S 4/26)
Store - Coupon - 1.49 ea w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .99 ea

Zatarain's Rice 7.4 oz - Buy 2
Sale Price - 1.79 ea
Manuf. Coupon - .75/2(R 6/7)
Store - Coupon - 1.29 ea w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .79 ea

Betty Crocker Warm Delights 3.3 oz
Sale Price - 1.85
Manuf. Coupon - .50(S 6/28)(S 5/31)
Final Price - .85

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix 18.3 oz(select varieties)
Sale Price - 1.38
Store - Coupon - .88 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .88

Kellogs Special K or Bliss Bars 6 ct - Buy 2
Sale Price - 2.99 ea
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00/2(R 7/12)
Store - Coupon - 2.49 ea w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.99 ea

Quaker Chewy Granola Bars 10 ct - Buy 2
Sale Price - 1.98 ea
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00/2(R 6/21)
Store - Coupon - 1.48 ea w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .98 ea

Chex Mix 8.75 oz - Buy 2
Sale Price - 1.99 ea
Manuf. Coupon - .50/2(S 6/7)
Store Coupon - 1.49 ea w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .99 ea

Pop Secret Popcorn 6 ct - Buy 2
Sale Price - 3.49 ea
Manuf. Coupon - .50/2(S 6/14)
Final Price - 2.99 ea

Sunny Delight Juice or Smoothies 48-64 oz
Sale Price - 1.49
Store Coupon - .99 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .99

Propel Fit Water 24 oz
Sale Price - 1.00
Store Coupon - .50 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .50

SoBe Life Water 20 oz
Sale Price - .99
Store Coupon - .49 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .49

Kozy Shack Ready Grains 14 oz
Sale Price - 2.49
Manuf. Coupon - .35(S 3/29)
Store - Coupon - 1.99 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.29

Sargento Natural Deli Style Sliced Cheese 7.5 oz
Sale Price - 1.99
Manuf. Coupon - .40 exp 7/16(S 4/19)
Store Coupon - 1.49 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .69(Tues-Thurs only)

Sargento Shredded Cheese 5-8 oz
Sale Price - 1.99
Store Coupon - 1.49 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.49

Weight Watchers Shredded Cheese8 oz
Sale Price - 1.99
Store Coupon - 1.49 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.49

Yoplait 6 ct
Sale Price - 2.49
Manuf. Coupon - .35(S 7/12)(S 6/7)
Store Coupon - 1.99 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.29

Yoplait Trix Yogurt Or Go Gurt 18-24 oz - Buy 2
Sale Price - 2.49 ea
Manuf. Coupon - .75/2(S 7/12)
Store Coupon - .80/2(CF)1) 1.99 ea w/10 iterm purchase
Final Price - 1.09 ea

Turkey Hill Ice Cream 1.5 qt
Sale Price - 3/$10Buy 1**
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(R 7/12)
Final Price - 2.33

Popsicle Brand Popsicles 12-24 ct
Sale Price - 2.49
Store Coupon - 1.99 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - 1.99

Edwards Pie Singles 7.4-9.1 oz
Sale Price - 2.29
Manuf. Coupon - .75(S 5/10)
Store Coupon - 1.79 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .79

Kroger Microwave Pizza 8 oz
Sale Price - .99
Store Coupon - .49 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .49

Marie Callender's Pasta Al Dente 10-11 oz
Sale Price - 2.29
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(S 5/17)
Store Coupon - 1.79 w/10 item purchase
Final Price - .79

Superpretzel Frozen Pretzels 6 ct
Sale Price - 2.09
Manuf. Coupon - .75(R 5/10)
Final Price - 1.09

Fresh Gourmet Salad Toppings 5 oz - Buy 2
Sale Price - Buy 1Get 1Free
Final Price - 1.25 ea

Sargento Salad or Potato Finishers 4-5 oz
Sale Price - 2/$4Buy 1

Manuf. Coupon - .75(R 5/3)
Final Price - 1.00

Del Monte Orchard Select Or Sun Fresh Fruit 24 oz
Sale Price - 2.49
Manuf. Coupon - 1.00(R 7/12)
Final Price - 1.49

*Not responsible for errors or omissions.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Friday Freebies

It's been awhile since Arby's has released a roastburger coupon. Now you can get a free Arby's BBQ Bacon Cheddar Roastburger when you purchase a soft drink with coupon here. This coupon expires July 12th.

More Freebies:
Free sample of Head & Shoulders
Free sample of Ideal Sweetener here
Free fitness plan from Curves here
Free sample of GoodNites here
Free Gardein Veggie entree coupon here
Free sample of Nutrish premium dog food here
Free sample of Enfamil baby formula here
Free sample of TENA Serenity here
Free Potato Oles from Taco John's here
Free travel guides here
Free sample of Murad Acne Complex sample here
Free Charmin roll extender here

20 iTunes songs
$10 rebate on Kellogg's items
Fiber One and $5 in coupons
Makeup Bag when you sign up for a VIP membership to Slimming Solution
Start Right water treatment for fish tanks (when you join the e-club)
PUREity hair care from Heavenly Essence
Lights stickers (to promote the new album)
Nivea for Men Active 3 (body wash, shave gel, and shampoo)
Viva paper towels
Nivea Touch of Sparkle body wash
Starbucks pint (800 every hour)
Murad Acne Complex
Treximet trial (migraine drug - this only works if you have been prescribed Treximet)
Proctor & Gamble samples from P&G Brand Sampler have new ones added
Boss Orange Fragrance
Ice Cream Parlor Truffles (in store samples at Godiva stores)
True Lemon (for offices)
Shimmer Mist at Aerie (for A-list subscribers)

Thanks to Cincinnati Cents & Money Saving Methods

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Can A Supplement Really Fight The Aging Process?

Shaklee seems to think so.
I have not tried this product, but I do like most all of the Shaklee products I have tried.
There have been many, many great testimonials on Vivix though.

With their new product Vivix - Developed after years of research by Shaklee Corporation, the number one natural nutrition company in the U.S., Vivix Cellular Anti-Aging Tonic is a breakthrough dietary supplement in the fight against cellular aging. In laboratory studies, Vivix ingredients have been shown to impact the four key mechanisms of cellular aging.*

Click Here to read more on Vivix

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Today's Freebies

Here are some Freebies.
Thanks to
Cincinnati Cents for these.

Free Chicken at Chick-Fil-A

Friday, July 10th is Cow Appreciation Day! Chick-fil-A will be giving out a FREE combo meal (breakfast, lunch, or dinner) to any customer who comes to one of their 1,300 restaurants dressed from head to toe as a cow. Customers who are partially "cow-dressed" will receive a free entree.

Chick-fil-A has a downloadable costume kit
here, as well as costume tips and ideas here. Plus, for more fun, you can enter the Kids' Photo Contest and the Facebook Photo Contest. You can find more information as well as a location near you here.

I like a free meal as well as anybody, but I guess I’m not into dressing up like a cow to get it. If you are then I say go for it! The pictures of kids dressing up would be awfully cute!

New Samples from WalMart

Walmart has released three new samples:

Free sample of Viva paper towels

Free sample of Nivea Touch of Sparkle body wash

Free sample of Nivea 3-in-1 Men's Active body wash

Plus, the following samples are still available compliments of Walmart:

Free sample of Carefree Ultra Protection liners

Free sample of Stayfree

Free sample of TripleFlex Liquid Softgels

Free sample of Playtex Gentle Glide

FREE Fiber One Samples Plus $5 in Coupons

Sign up here to receive a free sample of Fiber One Honey Clusters cereal and a free sample of Fiber One Oats & Chocolate bar. Plus, you'll receive the following coupons, worth a total of $5:

$1/1 Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt multi-pack
$1/2 Fiber One boxed muffin mixes
$1/1 Fiber One Complete pancake mix
$0.75/1 select Fiber One cereals
$0.75/1 Fiber One toaster pastries
$0.50/1 Fiber One chewy bars

Free Box of Lipton Tea

Summer is the perfect time for a tall glass of iced tea. Here's your chance to get a box of Lipton Tea free!Call 1-888-435-3639. You'll need to enter your birth date, and give your name, complete mailing address, and phone number. The call is completely automated, and there is a limit of one per household. You coupon for a free box of tea will arrive in 6-8 weeks. Enjoy!

"Teach by Example"

From Winner's Circle Network with Lou Tice - 7/7/09

What is the best way to teach children? There are many theories about the most effective way to teach children. Some say repetition is important, while others say hands-on experiences are better. Some say kids learn best in a highly structure environment, while others think the freedom to experiment works best.

Here is what I think. The best way to teach children - is by loving example. This means that if you want your children to enjoy reading, cuddle them while you read to them, from a very early age. If you want them to be respectful, give them your respect. If you want them to be honest, tell them the truth. And, if you want them to be affectionate, treat them that way.

If you want your kids to be good communicators, give them plenty of interest and attention. And, if you would like them to eventually be capable of a good, solid relationship with a spouse, work on your own marriage until it shines. You see, it won't matter what you tell them, if what you do doesn't match up with what you say.

You can tell them to be honest, but if they know you cheat on your taxes, lie about being sick to your employer, or say one thing in public and another at home, they will learn from your behavior - not from your words.

So, if you want your children to be happy and competent, don't worry so much about exactly how or what to teach them. If you put your energy into living the best life you can, and make sure your kids know that they are well-loved, you will be teaching them a lesson that will stay with them throughout their lives.

Lou Tice
The Pacific Institute

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Does Not Bringing In A Steady Paycheck Eat At You?

This is a question I posed in desperation to a local message board I frequent. I was desperate as I have been feeling so low about not bringing the income in like I once was. Here is what I wrote:

“Even as my toddler is whining at me as I type this, (he hates it when I get on the computer) I know being home with him is the best thing, but not making consistent money is making me feel worthless. Has anyone else ever felt this way?

I have always worked. I worked all through my pregnancy right up till I went into labor. I worked after he was born because I knew we needed the income, but I would have rather stayed home to take care of him. Then I got laid off which was a shock and I miss working to a point. I enjoy being home with him and feel it's the best thing for him, I just am so hard on myself because I don't bring in much money and we are barely making it.

I made the mistake of basing my self worth on always being able to take care of myself, working and making not a lot of money, but enough to make a living. Now that I'm not I feel worthless.

I would work in the evenings, but my husband doesn't want to have to watch our son every night. I can understand that since he works very hard during the day and I have another responsibility for caring for someone a short time in the evening as well. I have been trying to find things to make money at home with son, but I'm not very good at it. Selling just isn't my strong point. I have a blog and trying affiliate marketing, but again, I'm not very good at it though I will keep trying. I do the couponing, but not to the extent that some do as we don't have a freezer or the room for extensive stockpiling. I have managed to cut our grocery bill down quite considerably. I know that money saved is like money earned.

I have a supportive husband who works hard. I just feel bad that he is out there busting his b%@# and I am playing homemaker. He says I trivialize what I do too much, but I can't help it. I feel bad when things aren't perfect and not done to the extent I think they should be. But he never criticizes me on it which is nice.

Now don't get me wrong, I understand how hard being a stay at home mom (SAHM) is now. I was a working mom and when I got laid off I naively thought I was going to have all this time to get stuff done! Duh, I forgot about the full time position I paid someone else to do - take care of my son! He is the most demanding boss I have ever worked for. Right now he's going to "write me up" for spending too much time on the computer and not playing with him. He keeps whining and shoving this toy in my lap so I better wrap this up.

Thanks for letting me vent for so long.”

And now here are some of the few wonderful response I got from other stay at home moms:

“I feel for you and understand EXACTLY what you are saying. I will probably be writing the same post in the matter of months, when I get laid off. It is hard to SAH. You said that you used to pay someone to do the job before. Think of all the money that you are saving by not paying that person. I think that it is one of those, it can go both ways--feel guilty working, feel guilty staying home. You are sharing something with your DS who will grow up quickly--time. As long as you are making ends meet, I would not worry about it. When the economy improves, you can probably find a job quickly, so you can do what you want in your heart. Remember he is only little once.”

“This has always been my philosophy...you can NEVER get back your children's childhoods, those memories are a one time shot. The work force, however, will ALWAYS be there!

I'm telling you, as a mom of a 12 and 8 year old, slow down and enjoy these moments. They're going to go by so fast and you don't want to have any regrets.
Money cannot create memories and the love that your kids will have for you!”

“I remember once, a small bit in a magazine, totally up all the services a SAHM does and what you'd have to pay outside sources for that. It was well over $100,000. Not sure I could do anything legal that would pay that much.

So no, not having a paycheck never bothers me in the least.”

Yes, I understand he is only little once and I feel so blessed to have this time. You are right I should enjoy it more and not worry so much about money. It is just so hard. I feel guilty at spending any money.
He is such a joy to me especially since he is my miracle baby. I didn't know you could love someone so little so much!

So I say thank you to all those women for their words of encouragement. I hope this brings some encouragement to other moms (or dads) who feel the same way I do at times.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Falling Back On To The Wagon

Weight, or the excess of, has been a battle I have waged for years.

Growing up from childhood through my twenties I was considered skinny and very much in shape. Always being active and working with horses made sure of that. I was thin, but very strong. I didn’t start to have issues with weight and health problems till I started taking jobs in offices working in front of computers. Sitting at a desk all day caused my health to fall apart and the pounds to pack on. Medications to help with the health problems helped to add weight to the issues literally. I was on a downward spiral when I finally had had enough.

I took back my health when I was introduced to
Shaklee. I was able to get off of all the medications and my healthy slowly improved as my strength came back. I still have issues I’m working on overcoming, but the weight has stayed with me. I believe that my body thinks this is the weight I want to be at and therefore battles me when I try to convince it to shed more pounds.

I know there is no magic pill, no magic drink that will make it melt off fast. Though I did believe chasing after a toddler would help, all this toddler has showed me is I better get my rear in gear when it comes to fitness if I ever hope to be able to keep up! We all know that deep down in our hearts the best way to lose unwanted weight and keep it off is to eat right and to exercise. No one needs to teach us how to eat right, it is pretty much common sense and there are literally tons of information out there if you want a reminder on how to eat right. Same goes for exercising – there are so many different ways to exercise it boggles the mind.

I’m not obese, but I could stand to lose about 30 pounds. Not a lot by some people’s standards, but to me it seems like a mountain of weight. I’m not concerned so much about the number on the scale, heck, I don’t even own a scale! I just want to look goooood! I want to like what I see in the mirror; I want my husband to be proud of his “trophy wife”; and I must admit I would like to see him get just a teenie bit jealous of the way other men may look at me. Childish I know, but you have to admit getting a compliment on the way you look can do wonders for your morale.

So what am I doing to get me back on the wagon? Well, not a lot. See, that “weight/fitness wagon” that we talk about is moving pretty fast and I need to lose a lot of weight in order for me to be able to haul my fat butt up on to it. Though people generally will morally support you, the only one who can truly help you is yourself. So when the wagon goes whizzing by you need to have the strength to pull yourself up on it by yourself with no one’s help. The only way I can do that is to love myself enough to want to take care of myself. So basically, I’m just going to exercise more, drink less pop and try and eat better. Nothing that is all that spectacular. Sorry, if this is a letdown for you in case you were looking for that magic bullet you wanted me to share with you.

My husband has always been telling me to take care of myself because he and “Little Man” needs me. I was so busy taking care of them I just never made the connection. As moms, we take on the role as the caregivers for EVERYONE ELSE, but us! That is really dumb on our part. If we fall apart mentally and physically then who will take care of the people we love? We have to take care of ourselves and we have to love ourselves enough to do that. Therein has been my problem. Loving others has never been a problem for me, but loving myself has. Do you suffer with that issue as well? I think a lot of people do. I know I’m not the only one who feels this way. God said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” I need to learn to love myself as well as my neighbor. I have to learn to love myself enough to be as healthy as I can be. I want to be a good role model for my son and I want to have the energy and strength to do whatever I want to do in life. Don’t you?

Well, now that I’ve thrown this out there, I guess better stick with it. Oh the pressure! Ha, ha, ha.


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