20 Years Later…I can FINALLY Leave the House!
I know this is kind of a Taboo Topic, but I had to share this with all of you! I have literally suffered for 20 plus years when it is “That time of the Month” for me. Once I turned about 16, my menstrual cycle got so heavy, when it was that time, I could barely leave the house the 2nd and 3rd day of my cycle. No matter which SUPER PLUS Tampon I used (and yes I tried them all) I would flow through within a matter of a half hour, Even after my doctor put me on Birth Control to try and help manage it.
For 20 years, the only Tampon that would make it even bare able with a Maxi Pad on at the same time was Tampax Super Plus. (With these I could at least last an hour, sometimes two until I flowed through)
Recently (and yes, it was because I had a coupon for them and found a really good sale) I decided to try U Kotex. WHAT A DIFFERENCE. I keep asking myself, “WHY DID I NOT TRY THESE SOONER?” I have been using U Kotex Super Plus now for the last three months, and it is the first time in my life I can go and do what I want when I want during my Menstrual Cycle! YES, EVEN on my heaviest Days!
If you have suffered like I have, Please, Give U Kotex a try, You will be happy you did, I guarantee it! I have not been endorsed in anyway from U Kotex for this blog post, I wanted to write this post because their Tampons have truly made a HUGE difference in my lifestyle and wanted to share this with you all!
You can get a $1/1 Coupon HERE right now!
Cutting the Apron Strings
Above is my baby, my only baby… Alex. In one month Alex will be graduating High School and will be starting college in Fall. I honestly can not tell you were the time has gone, It seems like just yesterday his Father and I were taking him to his first day of Kindergarten.
Well, the time has come to let him spread his wings and fly and start a whole new chapter in his life, Time for Mom to “Cut those Apron Strings.” Am I ready for this? NO, If it was up to me, I would be tucking him in my Apron Pocket and keeping him there FOREVER!
I have gradually been trying to prepare myself for this for the last few years. But guess what? IT HAS NOT WORKED! As the months have been passing, it is not getting any easier, and now that it is ONLY A FEW MONTHS AWAY, it is getting really hard!
Now…You would think he is going hours, or even a state away…he is not, he will only be about 25 minutes from home, which is STILL NOT MAKING IT ANY EASIER.
His father and him like to joke with me about it, seeing as I have informed them talking about it is “Against the Household Rules,” Which actually charges them all the more to see my reaction. Just little things through out the weeks, like “Alex you should take that for your dorm room” from his Dad, or “Mom I will miss your cooking every night.” from Alex. (Now this would be sweet in most cases, but this is him being a little pain in the butt because when it comes to cooking, I am no Rachel Ray.)
I have ALWAYS been very involved in Alex’s life, and I will be the first to admit, sometimes to involved. I am one of those Mama Bear’s who is VERY PROTECTIVE of my cub, I always have been and ALWAYS will be! I always know where he is, who he is with, and what he is up to. I was one of those Mom’s who would have wrapped him in bubble wrap if I could have. He did not learn to ride his bike until he was almost eight because I was afraid he would hurt himself, YUP that is me!
When we went for his orientation we were told “DO NOT call them, let them call you!” The moment they said this, My husband and Alex both looked at me. I am pretty sure I even laughed out a little giggle at this thought, I can GUARANTEE YOU that will not be the case! lol.
How am I going to handle this? I am not sure yet…But I do not really have a choice do I? I am sure there will be A LOT of tears, A LOT of phone calls, and A LOT of Dinner Visits up in Oshkosh!
What do I know? I know I have one AMAZING teenager, who if still attached to my “Apron Strings” or Not is going to turn out to be one AMAZING Man someday. The string on the Apron may be getting much longer, but it will always be there, because he will ALWAYS be my baby!
“Well, today I didn’t do it…”
A man came home from work and found his 3 children outside, still in their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn around garden, The door of his wife’s car was open, as was the front door to the house and no sign of the dog, walking in the door, he found …an even bigger mess.
A lamp had been knocked over, the throw rug was against one wall, In the front room the TV was on loudly with the cartoon channel, the family room was strewn with toys and various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, breakfast food was spilled on the counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a small pile of sand was spread by the back door.
He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried she might be ill, or that something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, scummy soap and more toys strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a heap and toothpaste had been smeared over the mirror and walls.
As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed in her pajamas, reading a novel… She looked up at him, smiled and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, ‘What happened here today?’
She again smiled and answered, ‘You know every day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world do I do all day?…
”Yes,” was his incredulous reply..
She answered, ‘Well, today I didn’t do it.’
Source: Unknown. This photo and writing is circulating Facebook. To funny not to share!
Do you buy your groceries as you need them? Or do you shop your stores Sale Cycle? Have you noticed in your couponing efforts, certain coupons come out at certain times of the year? This is a GREAT example of how the stores sales run also. Certain sales, at certain times of year!
If you understand how the Stores Sales Cycles work which usually pair up pretty good to the Coupons that are released, you will be able to build a nice stockpile in no time!
Currently as I type this, It is almost Summertime, Which means Coupons for Condiments are coming out soon, (Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, Mustard, etc.) which is good for my family, because we only have three bottles of BBQ Sauce left from last Summer. Did I mention all the BBQ Sauce I bought through out last summer I did not pay ANYTHING for, and in fact many were $$MoneyMakers$$ when I paired a good sale with a Doubled Coupon.
YOU CAN DO THIS ALSO! Start shopping the Sales/Coupon Cycles and you will save a GOOD AMOUNT on your Groceries each year!
January: January is usually the Month for Diet and Health and Wellness! You will see a lot of Diet Foods, Granola, Vitamins, etc. January is also Super Bowl, Which means you will find Coupons for Dips, Chips, Crackers, etc. With it being the Winter Months, you will also still see Hot Beverage Coupons, like coffee, tea, hot cocoas, and so on.
February: February is a HOT MONTH! Valentines Day, National HOT Breakfast Month, and National Canned Food Month! Expect to find Chocolate Coupons, Waffle, Breakfast Sausages, Aspirin, and lots and lots of Canned products, Fruits and Veggies especially.
March: March is National Frozen Food Month and time for SPRING Cleaning! You will find a large variety of Frozen Meal Coupons, Pizza, Frozen Veggies, Popsicle and More. You will also find many Cleaning Supply Coupons and sales to match. GREAT time to stock up on these if you have the room! Watch your sales, and you can get them for next to NOTHING!
April: April is a little slower when it comes to coupons! You will see some Egg Coupons, Candy Coupons, Organic Foods and Kosher product coupons, but when it comes to April, it is a slower month for Coupons.
May: MAY IS HOT! You will start to see the Condiment Coupons, Sun lotion Coupons, Bug Spray Coupons, Soda and bottle water coupons, WAIT THERE IS MORE… Hamburger and Brat Coupons (Grilling time) baked beans, hot dogs, paper and plastic plate coupons! You get what I am saying! It is also Cinco De Mayo, so watch for Tortilla and Salsa Coupons. I LOVE MAY COUPONS!
June: June is National Dairy Month. It is time for Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream, cottage cheese, and many, many more. These items are a little harder to stockpile…but REMEMBER you can freeze Milk and Cheese!
July: July is a continuation of June. A LOT of meat coupons, condiment, items like that. GREAT time to have a FoodSaver on hand!
August: August means BACK TO SCHOOL, which means you will find GREAT Sales on School Supplies and even Coupons to use on them! At these prices it is the perfect time to stock up for the year! Let’s face it, those pencils the kids go through FAST! Back to school also means “Lunch box” items go on sale! Juice boxes, Snack Packs, Peanut Butter, Fruit Snacks, and so on.
September: September is a continuation of Augusts Back to School sales, AND lets add Tomato Items. Spaghetti Sauces, Soups, Canned Tomatoes. Time to stock up for those colder days and be ready to make Spaghetti and Chili!
October: October means it is time to get ready for the baking season! During October you will see lots of Sugar, Flour, baking powder, baking soda, etc. Coupons. You will also start to see Gravy Coupons, Stuffing Coupons, more of these starting to pop up.
November: November is the time for Seasonal Sales and Coupons. Baking items, Holiday Foods, Crackers and Snacks, Turkey, and more. (IF you are going to stock up on Flour, FREEZE or Refrig. it to keep away the pantry moths)
December: In December you are still going to see the “Holiday” sales, but you are also going to start to see cold cuts, soda coupons, and “celebration” type sales and coupons start to come out. I always stock up on my chips and jars of dip during this time.
I know there are several times when I shop that I forget to take one of my re-useable shopping bags so I end up getting another plastic bag. I now have a plastic bag collection, so I decided to search if there were things around the house that I could use the bags for(besides recycling them at the store) and here are some of the uses I found.
1. If you know how to crochet you can use the plastic bags same as you would yarn to create a rug (which would be great for a mud room), purse, tote bag, etc. Pretty much anything you can make using yarn you can use plastic bags as a replacement. Click here to go to eHow
2. You can use them as packing filler in packages rather than newspaper or packing peanuts.
3. Keep some in your car to cover muddy shoes.
4. Great to keep in a diaper bag to wrap used diapers before throwing away.
5. Use them to line a kitty litter box to speed up cleaning.
6. You can use them to stuff both shoes and purses to help them hold their shape while being stored.
7. Use them to cover outdoor plants.
8. Use them to cover your hands to pick up dirty or sticky items.
9. Use them to cover the table for kids arts projects.
10. Put ice in bag for a quick ice pack.
Want some BEAUTIFUL ROSES?
(Works for Tea Cup roses also) Add these three foods in the soil on a regular basis.
Crushed Egg Shells
Egg Shells supply nutrients to the plant, helps deter snails, and the decomposition helps support the bloom.
Cut Up Banana Peels
Banana Peels gives your Roses the BOOST of Potassium they need!
Used Coffee Grounds
Coffee Grounds give your Roses Nitrogen!
There are two VERY IMPORTANT things to follow when starting a Garden!
1) Size. ALWAYS start smaller…You can add on! Never make it bigger then you are able to maintain and keep weed free.
2) Find the right location. You need an area that gets a good amount of sunshine through out the day! The More Sunshine the better!
Your first step will be to lay your garden out. I prefer to use Cardboard, (Pizza boxes actually), but you can use newspaper also. Then take a shovel and put a trench around the square you have laid out. Pick up the boxes or newspaper, and dig up the sod within the square. Just enough to bring up the roots of the grass, then lay the boxes back down.
Now it is time to build your box! Make sure you use rot resistant lumbers. I prefer cedar two by six boards and galvanized screws. (Will not rust) Use a level and make sure your box is level or else you will have problems with water pooling.
TIME TO ADD THE DIRT!
Use quality top soil, rotted manure, and compost. Mix it up, level it off, and your garden is ready to go! The GREAT thing about Raised Gardens is that each year you just add a little manure and compost and you are ready to go! I also like to add some used coffee grounds and crushed up eggs shells to my soil, and my plants LOVE IT!
DO NOT FEED THESE TO YOUR DOG!
(A Great Option would be Ginger Snaps. Learn more HERE)
THESE are among the chicken treats responsible for killing dogs or making them seriously ill. Vets everywhere are now warning everyone to stop giving your dogs these treats. They are slowly shutting down dog’s kidneys and it is because of something they have in them, still as yet UNKNOWN. The fact that they don’t know what the contaminant is, is why the FDA has not pulled these treats from stores. Do not buy ANY treats made in China, as that is where these contaminated, poisonous products are coming from.
The FDA has received over 600 complaints on these….other brands are Canyon Creek Ranch and DOGSWELL…anyone feeding their dog chicken treats needs to look at the package carefully as the words “Made in China” can be very small…do not be fooled by the phrase “An American Company” they are using in large print!
Update: Now added to the list on Dog Food Advisor.com
- Waggin’ Train Jerky Treats or Tenders (Nestle Purina)
- Canyon Creek Ranch Jerky Treats or Tenders (Nestle Purina)
- Milo’s Kitchen Home-Style Dog Treats (Del Monte Corp)