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Blah to the list

April 26th, 2007 at 05:16 am

So the other day when I could'nt get motivated, I never did make a list, but I did kick booty and get a lot done.
Tomorrow I have to clean the house and finish packing for the trip. Mickey Mouse - here we come.
I have to stay motivated tomorrow - I've run out of time!!
Then when I get home I have to set a goal and keep it. I am so bad about that and following through with things- that I have to change! Will have to set money goals and try to eat from home!

Putting things off

April 24th, 2007 at 05:31 pm

I am so pooped out from the cleaning, painting and the garage sale and scouts, that I keep dragging my feet on cleaning the house and packing for the trip. I need to light a fire under my, uh, rear, but I just can't get motivated. Snuggling with the dogs is so much easier! At least I am not spending! So, I am going to get off the computer and list 5 things on a piece of paper and GET THEM DONE!
bye!

43.70

April 23rd, 2007 at 04:23 am

Wow! More misc. money to add to the pot. I got a 33.70 from an overpayment to State Farm and 10.00 for a rebate that FINALLY showed up!
The garage sale yielded about $125.00. Not too shabby! We are keeping it up in the garage so we can put it out for the subdivision sale on May 5 when we get back from our trip. I hope to add more to it over this week. We split the money between the 5 of us! DD2 spent some already on magazines for the trip, but otherwise, they are keeping it for souveniers on the trip!

$93.25

April 20th, 2007 at 06:35 pm

Some of the money came rolling in!
We received a $30 rebate from Circuit City for something DH got.
We received $40 for some surveys I did.
We received $23.25 back from State Farm AND they lowered our auto insurance. Said they had a better year than expected!! Yeah!
I plan on sticking this in the savings account!
I'm going to try to post the pics of the bathroom. Wish me luck!
The shower curtain was'nt exactly what I wanted, but the price was right! The little fish on the shelf was from the Bahamas!

You can see the rainbow fish pictures on the left. I bought them for a great deal on ebay!

This is a windchime I bought on the ship. I just thought it was cute!

We also switched from brass to a chrome finish. Will sell the old fixtures in the garage sale tomorrow.

Been lurking

April 19th, 2007 at 06:32 pm

I have been in the lurking mode, cheering you all on from the sidelines. Been crazy busy with Scouts, etc. Finally took pics of the newly redecorated bath, so I will try to post those tomorrow.
Had DD1 be a "head model" for a friend of mine who works at a fancy salon. It's a free haircut for DD1, as long as my friend can use her as a "learning head". DD1 likes her new look and it was FREE! (Did tip friend $5, could'nt help it!)
Getting ready for a garage sale this weekend. Finding it hard to keep motivated, so I put an ad in the paper. AHHH! Now I'm accountable. Better go WORK!

Productive week

April 16th, 2007 at 01:18 am

I did finally beat the birdhouses into submission and get the girls Rainbow Fish bathroom painted and accessorized! I just have to put up the border.
I also got our bedroom done and accessorized! Looks nice, plain, but nice! I am really shooting for a decluttered look.
Friday was crazy, with doctors appts and xrays for DD3 (shes fine!) Then Friday night I snoozed at the zoo with DD1 and her Girl Scout troop. It was rainy and cold though!
Saturday morning I took them out to breakfast (on their troops money!) and then we handed out April Showers bags again in the cold and rain! Saturday afternoon we had a family time at the movies and Saturday night I took the oldest DD's to the mall with some friends. I guess the best thing to come from that were clearanced Disney T-shirts (for the trip) and clearanced sweaters (4.97 each) from JCP! What bargains to be had!
Today I worked all day and then we went to mom and dads for Sunday dinner. Since I have'nt been home for days, I must go clean and do laundry! Off to work again tomorrow!

Fighting the birdhouses

April 12th, 2007 at 04:41 am

Okay, not actual birdhouses! I went to tackle the girls bathroom and make it beautiful. Unfortunatley it was painted in builders grade paint (ie, like dust!) and they wallpapered right onto it without putting any primer on first. Needless to say when I went to pull down the lovely birdhouse border, chunks of drywall came off too! *sigh* So I scraped and patched and THEN painted. Lots of extra time spent, but not necessarily money, so that is good. On the brighter side, the blue is very cute and "oceany" and the rainbow fish will be really cute in there.
Next..... the bedroom.

Food numbers

April 11th, 2007 at 03:14 am

I got this website from someone else on this blog:

http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/USDAFoodPlansCostofFood-CostOfFoodAtHome.htm

It lists current USDA food plans for different sized families. Every once in a while and I go check the numbers. I am pleased to say we are still way under the "thrifty" plan amount for a family of 5! Makes me wonder what everyone is buying!!

Bought new toilet seats!

April 10th, 2007 at 01:57 am

Since I want to stay home the rest of the week and feather my nest, I went out today and picked up some stuff to last me the rest of the week.
DH has said his back hurts from our bed. Since I will be moving our bed when I redo our room I will flip the mattress and then I purchased a mattress cover I hope will make him more comfortable and a couple of king size pillows for the bed.
Julie will be proud, I splurged and bought my self TWO new toilet seats! The one in our bathroom has a crack in it that, well - you know, a little uncomfortable, and I got one for the girls bathroom to, for when I redo it. They are padded (woowoo) and were only $9 each!
I also did my grocery shopping so I can stay on track as far as not eating out.

Ha ha to a week off

April 9th, 2007 at 01:49 am

After I work tomorrow, I am free till next Sunday leaving a week to catch up with 50 million things!Action Smiley 061 Goals for this week:

1) I have paint and such for the girls bathroom, so I will paint it and make it all "Rainbow Fishie". Maybe I will take some before and after pics. DH put in the new light fixture. When I tried to start peeling the border off, it pulled off the drywall!Angry Smiley 054 Doggone it!! So some patching to do.

2) I now have everything to redecorate our bedroom including the lamps that mom bought for us. I am ready to work on that too, but DH says "Are we going to do crown moulding?" Yikes! MORE work!

3) Try to eat at home every night. DH will be going out of town for a couple of days and that always makes it harder to cook when it is just me and the girls!

4) Get everything ready for a garage sale. I had decided NOT to have a sale and just give it all to charity, but DH wants to have one just to earn some spending money for our trip to Orlando. I told him I would get it together, if he would run it as I just don't have a weekend to do it! He agreed! I am tempted to put everything in the house out!! Maybe I will even find some goodies to put on ebay!

Sounds like a busy week! Wish me luck on my endeavors!

Glad the creepy guy is gone!

April 7th, 2007 at 04:55 pm

I love the change to the blogs! Hope no one has trouble with my colors, but I do come from the girlie girlie house, so pink is IT!
Glad they chose not include the creepy dude who wanted to shake my hand in the new style of the blogs! Yuck!
Enjoy playing with the new format everybody!

Building the EF fund

April 6th, 2007 at 02:03 am

So I'm luck to have $5 in our EF savings account. I decided to make it a priority to put SOMETHING in it! I took a $10 check someone owed me, $100 from my second job and $87.12 from someone reimbursing me for something. So as of tomorrow we will have $202.12! Yeah! My goal is $1000, so I think I will take 47.88 out of our bill pay money and put it in for an even $250. So only $750.00 to go! :-) I am waiting on a survey check for $30 too that is slated for the fund!

Pretty colors!

April 1st, 2007 at 06:32 pm

Okay, I LIKE some of the colors on the blogs! They make me happy! But the guy on top wanting to shake my hand kinda creeps me out!
Way to shake up April Fools Day guys! Like it lots better than selling us out!!