Some people call me a hippy…

Life seems to have become very busy lately.  I feel like i have neglected my blog a bit.  I find that it is therapeutic and so i am going to try to write at least once a week now.

Over the past 6 months, Seth and I have started to make little changes in our lives.

Some of our little changes:

At the first sign of a sore throat/cold we take Black Elderberry Extract.  This stuff is AMAZING!!!

We cut out Hydrogenated Oils and High Fructose Corn Syrup from our diet.

I use Olive or Coconut Oil for cooking now.

We purchased  a juicer, which means every Sunday morning i have fresh squeezed orange juice.

With our dehydrator,  i  have all the dehydrated fruit, fruit roll ups and jerky i want.

Another change came about after i read a blog called Girl on Bike. Here is a little about her, in her own words:

Hi, I’m Kendra. I live in Oakland, California on my own little urban homestead.  I ride my bike everywhere, cook from scratch, grow my own produce, make as much myself as possible, swap for things I need, and urban forage. I like to blog about these things as well.

The first post that i read was about  how she no longer shampoos her hair, i was definitely intrigued and had to read on.  I thought i could never use Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar to wash my hair.  (I still haven’t tried it, i am so nervous)

Then I  saw her link for homemade deodorant.  I immediately went out and bought the supplies (coconut oil, corn starch, baking soda), but couldn’t bring myself to make it (again nervous).  I was afraid it wouldn’t work.  So i told myself I would make the homemade deodorant when I ran out of the store-bought kind. Well, that day was today!

I got out all my supplies and followed her directions.  It was very easy to make.  The true test will be when i use it tomorrow.   I will have to let you know how it goes…

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Posted by on March 13, 2011 in Moved


I am home…

I arrived in San Diego on Saturday morning, Dec 19th.
Its been a whirlwind ever since I got here. I have seen many friends, done a bunch of shopping, almost done reading my 2nd book, spent time with the family and got to take a nap!
I will post pictures when I get home, as I forgot to bring my plug.

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Posted by on December 31, 2009 in Moved


My obsession with coupons and freebies

I have become obsessed with coupons and freebies.  It all started when I was working as a nanny & working part time.   I  started clipping coupons to save money.  I found blogs about how to find great deals at stores and great places to get coupons.   These blogs also showed me how  to get stuff for free!

That obsession has turned into my mailbox being full almost everyday now.

What kind of free stuff have i received?

  • This week alone I received:
  • Shape Magazine
  • Muscle & Fitness Magazine
  • Metropolitan Home Magazine
  • Town & Country Magazine
  • Loreal Telescopic Explosion Mascara (full size)
  • GloMinerals eye shadow in Cheerful (full size)
  • Olay Total Effects Body Wash (2 oz size)
  • Engo Blister Prevention Patches
  • Clorix Disinfecting Wipe (single use)
  • Loreal Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Shampoo & Conditioner (single use)
  • Garnier Skin Renew Daily Eye Cream (2-3 uses)
  • Garnier Fructis Fortifying Shampoo & Conditioner (single use)

That was just this week!!! I have received calendars, tons of cereal samples, mini toothpaste, full size jar of Olay Professional Pro-X Night Cream (which is amazing!!), bunch of different shampoo and conditioner samples as well as lotions and body washes.

I have signed up with a couple companies where I try new products for them.  I try the product, then i tell them how i liked it, what i would change.  They give me samples and a bunch of coupons to pass out to my friends.

I also signed up with a survey company that pays me $3 for every survey!  With the economy the way it is, every $3 counts!

I will post the blogs that i read that have freebies, coupons and other giveaways!!!  Many of them are limited (ie the first 25,000 people to respond…), so you have to act fast.

I enjoy clipping coupons and find great deals to get the best use out of the coupons.  Its interesting to know that people spend their time researching which stores have certain items on sale price, which if you use a coupon when the item is on sale you get the item for really cheap!!

I miss my family and can’t wait to be there in 25 days!!!!!!


Posted by on November 24, 2009 in Moved



Greatest Surprise Ever!!! (part two)

Sunday morning, we went to the outlet mall to get some Bare Escentuals!! We had lunch at Craigo’s Pizza, then went to Cavenders to buy Cowboy Hats for Jill and Mom.


Then we went to meeting! My congregation finally got to meet my mom!  It was great!


After meeting, we drove up to Austin and went to OASIS for dinner.  Oasis is a restaurant overlooking Lake Travis.


It was crazy!!  We got there and there was NO parking.  The restaurant seats 2,500 people and we were there on a holiday weekend…We were nuts!   Once seated, we ordered.  YUMMY food!!


After we ate, we walked outside the restaurant and there was a guy taking pictures of people on the Longhorn.  We  decided to all jump in for the picture. 

longhorn pic 1

Seth got to sit on the Longhorn…It was fun and yet scary at the same time.

Monday we went to the Guadalupe river with Seth’s family.


My mom finally got to meet Aunt Pat, Cousin Bill, Jen, Ava, Bella and Wyatt!


Jilly is helping Wyatt over to “mermaid island”


We had a great time relaxing!!


Tuesday, Seth and I took mom and Jilly to the airport.

Greatest weekend ever!!!

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Posted by on September 9, 2009 in Moved


Greatest Surprise Ever!!! (part one)

Thursday night, Seth and I drove up to Austin Airport to pick up my mom. She was coming to stay for the long weekend.  We were leaving the airport and a stranger came up to me from behind….it was Jilly!!!  I say stranger because she was dressed incognito (big sunglasses, sundress with vest, boots, tons of silver/turquoise  jewelry and a hat).


We drove out to Lockhart to go to dinner at Black’s Barbecue.  Good food!!


Friday morning I had to go to work, but everyone was up early that morning… They picked me up for lunch and we went to Palmer’s.  Yummy food and beautiful atmosphere!!


Friday night we went to Landa Station for Karaoke!  It was so much fun! We started off the night by singing the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song!!!  Too much fun!!!  I sang More Than Words by Extreme, Seth sang Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd and Jill sang Against All Odds(take a look at me now) by Phil Collins.  We had a great time!


Saturday we went thrift shopping, found tons of good stuff!! Jill bought 3 hats (sailor, straw, train conductor’s hat).  I won a piece of art at an auction at Goodwill.  Mom  bought a book.

We went to  Allen’s Boot Shop on South Congress!!  It was so much fun trying on tons of different pairs.


It was so much fun, we decided to all get a pair!!


Mom’s have stars, Jill’s have flower and mine are motorcycle boots!!!

to be continued….

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Posted by on September 7, 2009 in Moved


I got a job!!

My work history has been pretty sketchy ever since I got laid off  from Plaza Home Mortgage in October 2007…

I nannied and worked for a temp agency in San Diego.

When we moved here in July, I started to work part-time watching Ava weekday mornings. Bella was born in November, so i got to watch both of them.

In November, I added some hours by working part time (evenings/weekends) for L’Occitane at the oulet mall.

I have been looking for a full time job ever since we moved here.  Today I got a call from Texas State University offering me a position!!!

I start July 13th and it will be full time with benefits!!!

The position is Data Entry-Prospects in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

I will find out more about the position when I start on Monday. Here is where I will be working, my office is in the “sunroom.”

white house

I will try to keep my blog updated regularly.

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Posted by on July 1, 2009 in Moved


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Canyon Lake…

Seems like June flew by…

Seth & I got to go to the cabin in Canyon Lake with the family.  It was so beautiful and relaxing!  Here are some pictures from our day…

Seth and Uncle Steve relaxing with a beer while the steaks cook!


Ava and Aunt Pat


Bella enjoying a bottle …Wyatt in the background


Aunt Pat, Cindy and Ava making the sides for dinner…


Cindy, Bella and me at the river…


Close up of Bella…


Steve & Pat in the paddle boat  and Wyatt in the water…


Brad in a kayak…


Seth in kayak…


Ava doing some fishing…


The boys…


Great picture of Uncle Steve and Aunt Pat …


A wonderfully relaxing day….

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Posted by on July 1, 2009 in Moved


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