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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Using ordinary household in unexpected ways- Part 2

Here are some tips for using ordinary household items in unexpected ways.

Use Glass Jars
If you have a little one, you might have those little glass jars around your house, if you don’t, find a friend who does cause they make great storage space in your garages or workshop.  Nail or superglue the lids to the underside of a surface near where you store your tools, then twist the jars into place. Put like-size nuts and bolts in one jar, wood screws in another, nails in another. Also attach an empty jar so that when you’re working on a project, you can gather the necessary hardware and stow it there.

Use a Paper Towel Holder
Christmas is coming.. do you have a marathon gift wrapping session planned? Take a paper towel stand and stack ribbon from largest to smallest bottom to top, by sliding spools onto a paper towel stand’s post. When done, tape the ribbon ends to their spools to keep them neat.

Use Spice Containers
Spice containers, the clear topped ones, are great for keeping the odds and ends that accumulate on your desktop and in your drawers—stamps, paper clips, rubber bands, etc..

Use Velcro Tape
 This is an excellent tip for keeping cords bundled. You can also screw a small hook into the bottom of a desk and hung bundled wires up and out of the sight line. To keep track of which cord belongs to which machine, attach labels with the names of the cords’ owners (lamp, TV, DVD, phone) near the plugs.

Use a Coat Rack
Use an old coat rack to hang your necklaces and bracelets within easy reach. Another variation would be to use a bulletin board and push pins

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Happy Tuesday.

Tonight my son is preforming at Southern Oregon University. He is in the precussion ensemble and I am looking forward to a great evening of (loud) entertainment!

If you can go, would love to see you there!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

I love Christmas, I am super excited it’s on it’s way and with the holidays brings a super busy, stressful  season. I try to plan my meals so that it’s one less thing I have to worry about.

On the menu this week we have:

Monday:                       Turkey Fricasee w/ rolls

Tuesday:                       fend for yourself

Wednesday:                 chicken (or turkey) salad sandwichs

Thursday:                     fend for yourself

Friday:                          DATE NIGHT-- PIZZA!

Saturday:                      hamburgers!    

Sunday:                        not sure yet…

What’s on your table this week?
Thanks to Laura for hosting Meal Plan Monday

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Small Business Saturday!

Support Small business today!

Two of my favorite small business are Branson's Chocolates and Allysabeth's Hidden Treasures.

Branson's Chocolates
(not sure why my picture didn't come thru)
Located in Ashland, Oregon, Branson's Chocolates was founded on the love of fine chocolate and fudge.  Wanting to make chocolate and fudge the traditional hand made way; we use recipes that originated in 1887 on Mackinac Island, Michigan and fine chocolates from Peter’s Chocolate.  All items are hand made in small batches, to ensure quality. Owner Deena Branson is also my cousin and I highly recommend her and her chocolate!

Allyssabeth's Hidden Treasures  is an EBAY store owned and operated by my sister Tracy. Allyssabeth's Hidden Treasures offers collectibles and treasures of all kinds. Antique Jewelry and Vintage Jewelry, especially Victorian and turn-of-the-century, is an area she specializes in to bring you fantastic deals. She also offers skin care and cosmetic closeouts, informational products, and crochet patterns, both old and new. Crochet booklets, pattern books, magazines; vintage patterns are all available. Original patterns are her particular specialty. Tracy is an award winning crochet pattern designer and sells some of her own personal creations as well.

So Support Small Business Today!

Super Savings Saturday! No coupons required!

Today I was able to get all my groceries for only $68.68 and I was in and out of the store in 20 minutes!
I guess it helps when you go at 7am!

How did you do today?

Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy BLACK Friday!

Happy Black Friday!

As you are looking for the best online bargains, remember its MegaSwagbucks day. Do all your searches with Swagbucks to earn those digital dollars!  It’s easy to get at least 3 Swagbucks a day! Do the daily poll, see if you qualify for a survey, do the NOSO (no obligation, special offers). And today your chances of winning are increased, and you have increase chances of winning higher denominations! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holiday Shopping-

With the holidays right around the corner it seems that finding good deals and savings money is more important than ever.
That being said, one of the best ways to save a bit of money, get cash back and even a bonus is EBATES

When you sign up for Ebates you will get a $10 bonus after spending $25 at one of your favorite online retailers. Which means you could get paid to do your Black Friday/Cyber Monday holiday shopping this year! They have over 1200 stores to shop at, places like Barnes & Noble, JC Penny and Target.

How does it work? First,  join Ebates.com. Then you start your shopping trip on the site. Easy, just go to EBATES, search for the store you want and click, that's it!  There are no points to redeem, no forms to mail in, and no fees. How is it possible? Stores pay Ebates a commission for sending shoppers their way, and Ebates uses the commission to pay you cash back. Of course, the $10 bonus doesn’t hurt, either!

Decorating for Thanksgiving

Tips for Decorating your Thanksgiving table:

When decorating for your Thanksgiving table, it works best to have a plan.
First, you need to decide on a color scheme. Pick out your tablecloth and napkins. If you don’t have a tablecloth, try a table runner or just placemats.  I usually use just the table runner because I don’t have a tablecloth to fit my table.

Look around your room, your yard and your home. Is there some special piece you want to have shine? Are your candles hiding in a closet somewhere? Pull them out; there are lots of ways to use  your special objects.

Do you want a centerpiece? The best one would be one that doesn’t obstruct the view across the table. You want to be able to see all your guests! Also, it would be great if your centerpiece could be left on the table even with all your serving dishes.

Some of the things you have around your house can make great centerpieces. Try silk leaves scattered up and down the center with a few votive candles among them.

A tall glass jar or hurricane lamp makes a great centerpiece. Just add fall leaves either real or silk, it’s all good!

A simple, low glass bowl will do great with leaves, fall flowers or even some small gourds! Let your imagination run wild!

If you don’t want or don’t have the room to do a centerpiece, try a small flower on or above each plate.

Don’t forget the napkins, the nice glasses and silverware!

If you have little ones, set up the kids table with a paper tablecloth (white preferably) and give them some crayons to color on the table while they are waiting for the food to be ready.

But above all have fun!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Baking day...

So this weekend, I did all my baking for the holidays.  I only bake pumpkin bread but I bake A LOT OF IT!

Here's what I ended up with:

37 small loaves

4 big loaves

24 mini loaves

18 muffins

And that doesn't even count the 10 loaves that didn't turn out and are sitting on the table for the family to snack on!

Do you bake for the holidays?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Meal Plan Monday!


On the menu this week we have:

Monday:                       Soup and Sandwiches

Tuesday:                       fend for yourself

Wednesday:                 Tuna Casserole

Thursday:                     THANKSGIVING DAY! Traditional menu, turkey, stuffing,                                         veggies, potatoes, pie, ice cream etc!

Friday:                          LEFTOVERS!

Saturday:                      Date night pizza!          

Sunday:                        Mac and cheese

What’s on your table this week?
Thanks to Laura for hosting Meal Plan Monday

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Super Savings Saturday

Well my mom and I went out yesterday and did A LOT OF SHOPPING.

One of the best deals I got was all of the above from Bath and Body Works.
They were having a buy 3 get 3 free of the Signature Collection, and when you bought one Signature Collection Item you got the socks and a small size lotion.
The anti bacterial purse size were 5/$5.  And I had a coupon for a free mini candle, (which they were out of so they subsituted another small size lotion.

My Grand Total was $77.25. After BOGO, and coupons, (I had one for $10/$30 purchase), my total was $26.50. I also had a $20 gift card from work so I paid out of pocket $6.50!

Mom and I found some other great deals. We both had a $10/$10 purchase at JCPenny's and another one for $10/$25 purchase. I can't tell you what we got.. (Christmas presents :) ) but sufice it to say we walked out paying a total of $16 between the two of us for 6 presents and I have another $10 "cash back" that needs to be used before Thursday.

How was your Saturday?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Super Savings Saturday..

Will have to wait until tomorrow :), I am tired, it's late and my pillow is calling. Sorry... But tomorrow I will tell you about the fabulous deals I got!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday = Mega Swagbucks day!!

Just a reminder.. Today is Mega Swagbucks day, where your chance of winning higher value Swagbucks has increased!
Don’t forget to do all your searches with Swagbucks to earn those digital dollars! It’s easy to get at least 3 Swagbucks a day! Do the daily poll, and the NOSO (no obligation, special offers) quick, easy and 3 more bucks in your pocket :)
And thanks for signing up under my referral link.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Today's Tidbits!

If you have a Bath and Body close to where you live, they are having their first ever holiday party this Saturday. Looks like they will have a bunch of great deals, and some prizes to give away!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Using ordinary items in unexpected ways part 1

Here are some tips for using ordinary household items in unexpected ways.

Use Shower Curtain Hooks
If you have some extra closet space, use shower curtain hooks to hang purses from. This will free up space on the floor or shelf. And you can see at a glance where you handbags are!

Use a Dish-Drying Rack
Keep coloring books and art supplies organized in a dish-drying rack. Stack the books, like plates, between the prongs. Store markers, crayons, and pencils in the utensil caddy.
Use Colored Bins/Basket
Assign a colored bin or basket to each family member for the bathroom. A simple place to store make-up, shaving stuff, combs, brushes etc. 

Use a Tissue Box
When your tissue box is empty you can use it to store and dispense plastic grocery bags with ease. Stuff the empty bags into an old tissue box. When you need one, simply pull out one. For a slimmer solution, try a cardboard paper-towel tube.

Use Votive-Candle Holders
Votive candle holders are great for organizing a desk drawer with paper clips, stamps or rubber bands. They can also be used when serving hor-derves. Fill them with toothpicks and offer along with appetizers.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Christmas Ideas--

I talked the other day about shopping this holiday season locally. (Not that I can't and won't online shop either, but as much as I can, I want to support Local Businesses.)

So in that vein, here is an idea for shopping locally in the Southern Oregon area:

Ladies, your chance to dress-up and show-off: Try on hats, furs, heels, purses, rings, dresses, shawls, coats, belts...

Enter to win gift certificates and store merchandise. Sip bubblies, enjoy scrumptious chocolate treats.

Ladies' Night Out - Shopping & SALE (some booths up to 50% off!)

When: This Thursday, November 17th, 6-8 pm

Dress: Holiday & New Years Eve wear

Featured: Decor for the Holidays, stocking stuffers and gifts, fashion

Where: Ashland Artisan Emporium
1670 Ashland Street
I know for a fact that my cousin will be there.. and she makes the BEST chocolate! So if you are local, stop by, say hi to Deena at Branson's Chocolate and tell her Ronni sent you!
I hope to see you there!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

Wow! I can’t believe that November is half over! Time to start thinking about Thanksgiving!

On the menu this week we have:

Monday:                       meaty Macaroni casserole (This is one of the freezer meals I did a                                             while back.)

Tuesday:                       fend for yourself

Wednesday:                 marinated chicken with rice

Thursday:                     Fend for yourself!

Friday:                          No Date night this week.. I am going to see Twilight/Breaking                                        Dawn with the girls.. Joe and the boys will have sandwiches!)

Saturday:                      corn dogs and chips (My annual BAKING DAY so it’s gonna be                                              busy!

Sunday:                        chicken salad sandwiches

I know we do a lot of easy meals, but my husband, bless his heart does all the cooking and he is disabled. So lots of times we just have something simple.

What’s on your table this week?
Thanks to Laura for hosting Meal Plan Monday

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Today's Tidbits- Fred Meyer Edition

Looks like Fred Meyer has some good deals this next week:
  • Basic Tees for Men & Women $8.99 each
  • Depending on how much you spend on groceries, you may be able to get your turkey for free: If You Spend $150* -OR- 49¢ lb If You Spend $100* -OR- 69¢ lb If You Spend $50* Limit 1 * With This Coupon Additional at Everyday Low Price Limit one coupon per purchase. Valid for in-store purchases only. Valid Sunday, November 13 through Saturday, November 19, 2011.
  • Kroger cheese is 3/$5 with in ad coupon.
  • General Mills cereal is on sale with in ad coupon.
  • Cream of Mushroom or Chicken soup is 10/$10.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

50% savings!

Super Savings Saturday!

Today I saved 50%! I don’t know that I have saved that much in a long time!

I got everything pictured for $68.46 before coupons

I had free coupons for the pizza and BOGO for the AXE. The cereal was "Halloween" themed and therefore marked down. The chocolate chips are for my annual baking day next week and the soups for an easy dinner.
Total after coupons $34.23!! Exactly 50% I couldn’t have planned better if I tried!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Mega Swag Day!!!

Today is MEGA Swagbucks day..where your chances of winning are increased!

In case you didn't know...Swag Bucks are the web's premier digital dollar. Win Swag Bucks periodically as you search the web, then redeem them for great prizes in the Swag Store, including electronics, gift cards and more.

I usually redeem them for Amazon gift cards, which I then use for gift giving!
Thanks for signing up under my referrall link!
Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A new Christmas Tradition

Start a New Christmas Tradition:
Buy Local.
Here are a few super ideas for gift giving this year, and great ways to support your local economy.
It's time to think outside the box. Here are a few ideas:
Everyone -- yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local hair salon or barber?
How many people couldn't use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the local working guy?
Maybe you know someone whose computer could use a tune-up, I am sure you can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.
How about a gym membership? It's appropriate for all ages.
Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.
How about a date night gift? Offer to watch your friends children and give them a gift certificates to a local eatery?
Maybe you know an eldery person who would love someone to come in and clean for a day/week?  
Maybe something a bit more personal, hit your local craft fairs/bazaars and find something handmade.
Just a few ideas to get you started. Enjoy the season!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Works for me Wednesday

I am trying to be more grateful for the things that I have in my life. One of the ways I am doing this is, EVERYDAY this month, I am writing as my status on Facebook something I am grateful for. This makes me accountable to do it everyday, and those that I am grateful for get to see it also!

I have written about each member of my family, my house, my washer/dryer. Other times I am grateful for silly things like that it’s raining or not... But everyday I have to stop and think about something and express it to the world, sometimes this is hard, but it makes me more aware of the goodness and mercies I have in my life.

That’s what works for me!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


That's right, this morning I got an email from EBATES telling me I got my BIG FAT PAYMENT today.

Learn more about EBATES HERE. Basically, you get paid for shopping online. And for the last 3 months, I made $7.80. Not too shabby for doing something I already do! Shop online!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Meal Plan Monday

Happy November!

It’s been a busy week and this next week looks the same!

On the menu this week we have:

Monday:                       lasagna (didn’t get to it last week)

Tuesday:                       fend for yourself

Wednesday:                 hot dogs and chips

Thursday:                     Fend for yourself!

Friday:                          DATE NIGHT PIZZA!

Saturday:                      sweet and sour meatballs w/ rice

Sunday:                        manwich/sloppy joes

What’s on your table this week?
Thanks to Laura for hosting Meal Plan Monday

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Super Savings Saturday-- no coupons used!

Don't have a lot to say today except I got ALL of the following for $77.49!!!

There was so much I couldn't fit it all into one picture! I am stoked! OH and NO COUPONS WERE USED!!!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Happy Swag Bucks Day!!

Just a reminder.. Today is Mega Swagbucks day, where your chance of winning higher value Swagbucks has increased!
Don’t forget to do all your searches with Swagbucks to earn those digital dollars! It’s easy to get at least 3 Swagbucks a day! Do the daily poll, and the NOSO (no obligation, special offers) quick, easy and 3 more bucks in your pocket :)
And thanks for signing up under my referral link.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Today's Tidbit

Want some great FREE products? Vistaprint is offering 7 different products for FREE!   For a limited time only. Shipping and processing, product upgrades and photo/logo uploads not included unless otherwise specified. Each product ordered is subject to full shipping and processing charges for such product. 
Here's a list of the products included in this promotion:

1 T-Shirt (fun to give to people with cute sayings on them)
10 invitations
140 Return address labels (for mailing Christmas cards, I also use them as a tag for my books: This book belongs to .. )
250 business cards and 1 business cardholder
1 rubber stamp ( I have used this to say "thank you" and "Merry Christmas" before.)
25 business card magnets ( I put inspirational quotes on these and tuck in gift baskets)
100 postcards ( I have used these as "Happy Anniversary or Happy Birthday" cards)

You will only owe shipping & handling for these products, which still makes for a great deal.  I always choose the "Slow" shipping option (that says it will take 21 days), but it's always been faster than that for me).
And to make this an even better deal... shop thru Ebates


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Swag Bucks Extravaganza!!!

Don't forget!
Swag Bucks will be hosting a SWAG CODE EXTRAVAGANZA,  STARTING at 7:00 AM PDT TOMORROW!!!!

Good luck, and happy searching!

Works For Me Wednesday.. After Halloween!

 What to do with Halloween leftovers:

Halloween candy:
I usually freeze it and at Christmas time I put it in snack bags and place in the stockings. I also use it to make gift baskets.. A few pieces of chocolate go a long way when you are giving some one a sweet gift!

I also save Halloween costumes. We have a dress up box and all costumes go into it. We then recyle costumes over the years or bits and pieces of costumes!

If you are like me, you like to decorate for the holidays, well now that Halloween is over, now is a great time to pick up a few decorations for next year!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


For those of you who don't know, November is National Blog Posting Month. Basically, you write on your blog everyday.

This is good for multiple reasons.
1) to improve your writing skills,
2) to impart knowledge, skills or opinions to others
3) just to have fun!

So, I am participating, I will post something everyday.. Stay tuned for the fun stuff!