Archive for March, 2012

Track Season 2012

Josh starts track on Monday and I’m looking forward to it. He did it last year for the first time as a middle schooler and was getting his feet wet. He did a number of different field events, but his best event had to do with running.

Josh is tall and skinny and he’s built to run. Years ago when both the boys were in elementary school they would race to do the door and the majority of the time Josh would beat his brother. Now if you asked Chris he would say he let Josh win and sometimes I think that may have been true, but I also think because of Josh’s long legs he would have won anyway.

Josh does better with the longer races because he has a chance to get his thoughts together before it’s time to get started. He can do the shorter races like the 50 meter dash and the 100 meter dash, but the 400 meter dash and the 800 meter run are better. Last year he had a number of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places to his name and the majority of those were from the longer races.

I’m looking forward to watching Josh run in the races and to see how much he’s learned and improved since last season. I know he’ll do better this year and I’m confident he’ll bring home more 1st place ribbons.

Go Josh!!

Tips for Saving Money Online

With the cost of merchandise like food and personal care items going up due to gasoline prices rising, we must do what we can to save money. We’ve talked about saving money with price matching and coupons, but what if that’s not enough?

Shopping online can sometimes save you even more money due to quantities ordered by the company to accommodate shoppers all over the United States. There are sites like eBay and Amazon that are full of great deals, but there is one that’s even better. offers online shopping at its best! They have housewares, clothing for the entire family, accessories, and so much more. They have a fixed price for everything they offer, but that’s not necessarily the price you will pay for the item you want to purchase. is almost like a game. The more you visit the site and surf the categories the more discounts you’ll receive. Now we all surf the internet window shopping for items we think are cool and things we dream of having so why not do it on a site that has almost everything you could imagine and rewards its members for doing so?

You’ll never be bored window shopping and saving on because they put up new deals every day. The more you visit the more savings you’ll receive, so why not play today?

Change is not a bad thing!

Change can be hard at times, but if you think about it we go through changes every day. If you work a job or own a business things may change day to day or month to month depending on the season or type you have. You also may see changes around your home such as a new vehicle, a paint color, or a new appliance. While we may think change is difficult, we must remember it’s the way it needs to be. If things were always the same it would be boring and we wouldn’t like life.

I have found that change can be very refreshing and it’s something to look forward to and enjoy. One of the biggest changes I’ve made recently comes with my hair. I went from being brown to copper. I cut about 5 inches off the back and 1 inch off the front to get an extreme A line. I love my new style, but it’s hard to adjust to it because I’m not familiar with styling it that way. It takes time, but I’ll get it and once that happens I’ll love my hair style even more. Here are some before and after pictures.

When change happens in your life, don’t be scared. Let it happen and learn from the changes. You’ll find over time you’ll adapt to the changes and it won’t be that bad.

Spring is Finally Here

I believe spring is finally here. I just looked at the weather for the next 10 days and the highs are supposed to be in the 60’s and 70’s the entire time. Yay! I’m so glad. I hate winter because it’s cold, the roads are terrible to drive in, and there are days when the sun doesn’t come out.

Spring time means it’s closer to summer and that means we can go camping again. We had such a great time camping last summer and we just can’t wait to do it again. We’re planning to go to the lake and the mountain and it’s going to be so much fun.

We bought a new generator and it’s so much quieter. It won’t be embarrassing to run it early in the morning when we want to use the microwave or if we need to plug in the cell phones. It won’t be terrible if we run it in the morning if we need to turn the heat on for a bit. It’s perfect!

I’m also looking forward to the green grass, the leaves on the trees, and the flowers blooming. Last summer we planted a lilac bush because they’re my favorite and I’m praying it comes back this year. In our old house we had a huge lilac bush that lined the driveway and I truly miss that. The smell is wonderful and the flowers were just beautiful. I just hope we’ll have that again with this new one.

Well, with all of that said, I welcome spring and I’m looking forward to each day because it brings warmer temperatures and the beauty’s it has to offer. Yay spring!!

Have you Checked your Credit Report Lately?

When you’re trying to pay off debt, save money, and have the ability to do more, it’s important to know what you have out there or it won’t work. It’s important to make sure you have all of the bills in front of you that you owe and what the payments are so you make sure you get them all done.

Once you start paying off your bills, you need to know that it’s working and that your hard work is paying off. One way to do that is to continually check your credit report. That way you won’t have to worry about paying off the right bills and you’ll know the hard work you’re doing is getting you somewhere.

While you can save money when you use coupons, price matching, and watching what you buy, you don’t have control over what people try to put on your credit. When you do a free credit score check to make sure all is good, you won’t have any surprises and you’ll find what you’re doing is working and before long you’ll be able to start saving for the things you want for your family.

When you watch your credit report often and you pay your debt off and keep it that way, you’ll find the money you strive to have will be there and you’ll be able to do the things you want and you won’t have to put it off or stress over how you’re going to come up with it when you need it the most.

3 Important Tips to Keeping your Children Safe

Parenting can be very rewarding, but at times the things our children do can scare us. One of the scariest things a small child could do would have to be to get lost. They can be in a store with you looking at something and before you know it they’ve wondered off and are no longer in the same area as you. Another thing they can do is think they know how to get home by themselves only to find out it’s not possible and they’ve gotten themselves into a neighborhood that’s not familiar.

This can happen in any community and at any time and it can scare not only the child, but the parents as well. Training your children to know what to do in any situation like this is a good thing to do, but it’s not always done and the main reason is because some parents are blind to these situations or we just think it will never happen to you. If you think this way you’ll regret it sooner or later if it were to happen to you.

While it’s scary to think it could happen to you, it’s very important to make sure you’re children are safe and educated. Here are a few tips to help you to protect your children.

1. If you go to the store with your children regularly it’s important to talk to them about what to do if they get separated from you. Teach them who to talk to and who not to talk to so you know they’re safe. If you visit a store regularly you could set a place to meet if you get separated from each other. Read the rest of this entry »

Six Kids

Written by Sherri Hicks

The sweet family down the street just had their sixth, yes sixth, child. I am utterly and completely amazed. I feel like I’m drowning sometimes with the three kids I have. Double that? Impossible. The mom stays home with them, and even home schools the older ones. I literally do not know how she does it. The laundry alone is unimaginable to me. That is a total of 7 people’s worth of laundry! I just recently saw that they bought a new vehicle to accommodate the growing family. Guess what it is? One of those vans like you see the guys driving around! Of course, they don’t have writing on the side of theirs, but it is totally the same. What’s more is, she is a nice mom! I always see her outside with the kids, laughing and enjoying them. It looks like a little preschool/school class when they are all outside together. She truly is an inspiration to me, and I think of her when I feel overwhelmed with my small(er) amount of kids.

Tips for Saving Money by Living Frugally

January can be a difficult time of year for some. If you over spent during the Christmas season or you used credit cards to pay for your Christmas gifts, you may find yourself stressed about how you’re going to pay for everything. When this happens, it’s important to find a way to eliminate the stress and pay for the bills as they come in.

The best way to do this is to live frugally for a time. Depending on how much you need to save, you may need to do this for a few months or you may need to adopt the frugal living lifestyle. There are a number of ways to make to do this and a few of them are listed below.

1. Going out to eat is a habit we’ve all become a custom to and it can cost a lot more money than it would if you were to make your meals at home. Depending on where you live and the place you go, you could spend $30 to $60 or more on your meal. When you go to the store to make your purchases you will spend $5 to $15 on a meal depending on what you prepare. That’s a huge savings each time and that savings could go to pay the bills.

2. Another way to save money and live more frugally is to use price matching and couponing. Depending on the store you go to and the coupons you use, you could save as little as $5, but you could save a substantial amount which could total $50 or more each time you go. $50 could buy a tank of gas or pay your electric bill, so the savings with this option could be tremendous. Read the rest of this entry »

Tips for Protecting yourself from Identity Theft

When you’re trying to save money and get your bills paid off, the worst thing that can happen is to have someone still your identity. With the Internet and computers, it’s easier for hackers to make this happen and they do it without you even knowing it’s been done.

There are so many ways people can steal your identity, that it’s almost impossible to handle it on your own. That’s why you need to consider using an outside source to help you. There is nothing worse than working hard to get out of debt only to find out someone made a bunch of charges in your name. These can amount to thousands of dollars very quickly.

There are a number of companies you can pay to help you protect your identity. One company you need to consider would be IdentityHawk. They offer comprehensive identity theft solution or for those looking for identity theft protection.

It’s important for families to keep their identity safe at all times. You must find a company that fits into your budget and will cover your family in every way you see fit. When you find this company you’ll feel protected and you know you’ll be able to continue with your debt reduction and saving money just like you’d planned.

Save Money with Bountiful Baskets

In the winter time it’s hard to find fresh fruits and vegetables. Our family loves fruits and vegetables so it’s terrible when we can’t find them. Sometimes you can find fruits like bananas, strawberries, and oranges, but they don’t taste the same because they’re not really in season.

Another problem that comes with buying fruits and vegetables is the cost. They can be so expensive to purchase and the bad thing is the better quality they are, the more expensive they will be, which makes it hard to buy them. It’s important to have these in your daily diet, so we do our best to keep them in the house as often as possible.

A number of months ago we were told about a way to get fruits and vegetables a reasonable price. After a few days of consideration we decided to give it a try. We figured the worst that could happen is we wouldn’t like it and that would be the end of it. Needless to say seven months later we’re still ordering these baskets and referring our friends and family as well.

The program we purchase our fruits and vegetables through is called Bountiful Baskets and it’s an awesome co-op that’s completely volunteer based. There are not contracts to sign, no catch, and no obligation. That’s what makes it perfect!

The first time you order your total for one basket will cost $19.50 and that covers the cost of the fruits and vegetables and then the cost to purchase new baskets for the location to use for your items. Once that first order is done, you’ll pay $16.50 for each basket.

They also offer organic baskets, breads, and then other items depending on the time of the month and the season. The items you can purchase are all reasonable in price and the quality is great.

Here are some pictures of the basket we got last week. This week we’re going to volunteer to help get the baskets ready. I’m pretty excited to do that as I’ve met a number of people that attend the location we’re going to. They seem very nice and eager to help.


If you find you’re spending too much on fruits and vegetables or you can’t get good quality fruits and vegetables in your location, you should consider checking into Bountiful Baskets to see if they’re offered in your location. You won’t be sorry you did when you get enjoy the fruits and vegetables we have in our home.

About Corrie


My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

I hope you enjoy these posts.
Networked Blogs