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Published on October 27, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

We are a household of man, wife, one bulldog, two maine coon cats, and two bonus daughters (14 and 8) every other weekend and once a week.  This, in itself, keeps one’s stress level at an even 7 with work, dinner, laundry, cleaning, miscellaneous chores, sports, vets, keeping a smile on my face, etc.   Throw a pool / fence / deck install into the mix and that stress level skyrockets to an 11.  Budgeting has taken on an entirely new meaning.  Time management is a thing of the past.  Now we just do what we can in the hours that we’re awake and leave whatever is left to the list for the next day (or week…don’t judge).

I miss the UPS truck stopping at our house.  I miss seeing ten o’clock.  I miss attitude-less conversations with my bonus daughters.  I miss the times when there wasn’t a dog snoring between me and my husband in bed.  I miss my normal resting heart rate.

While I miss all of these things, I can’t begin to explain how excited I am knowing that a few months of this level of stress will be worth it when we can open our brand new pool in the late Spring next year and RELAX while floating on a raft or sunbathing on a chaise lounge or entertain in a rocker by the fire pit.  None of these things would have been possible without a little extra stress.

So I say, bring on the stress!!  If all payouts are like this, then bring-it-on!!

 
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Published on May 15, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

So yeah, I’m a BzzAgent.  If you don’t know what that is, you should totally look into becoming one yourself.  You get to try out new things before or just as they hit the market.  Share products and coupons with your friends.  Give your opinion to people who are purposefully asking for it.  And it’s all FREE!!  Seriously.

I’ve tested everything from a sonic toothbrush, to coffee, to an automatic tape measure, to my newest arrival…sunscreen!IMG_1877

When I got the package yesterday, I opened one of the bottles and rubbed a little in like lotion.  It is super sheer, nothing oily about it, and it smells like SUMMER!!!  Who doesn’t love that?

Try out BzzAgent.com now and tell them wleavitt sent you!

 
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Published on April 22, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

…aka scrambled eggs in a pie dish.

Ham Quiche

6 eggs
1/4 c Whipping Cream
1 c Sliced Ham
1/4 c Red Onion
1 1/2 c Shredded Cheese
5-6 dashes Tabasco
1 t garlic salt
Salt/Pepper to taste
Cooking Spray

Preheat oven to 350°.  Dice onion and ham and scatter into greased glass pie dish.
Add Cheese.  In small mixing bowl, combine eggs, whipping cream, garlic salt, Tabasco,
salt and pepper.  Whisk until frothy.  Pour into pie dish, covering all ingredients.
Bake 25 minutes until eggs are set.  Cool for 5 minutes before cutting.
 
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Published on January 19, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

Some people are bullies by nature.  Some are hidden in plain site.  Some bullies are so subtle that you have to think about what happened before you realize you were bullied.  Of course, I doubt that any of these types of bullies are even aware that their words and actions hurt.  Heck…it’s likely that we’ve all been on the giving end of the bully stick.

Think twice next time you throw that dagger under your breath, but loud enough for others to hear.  Second guess yourself before calling that person a name or judging them by what you perceive.  Some people think that perception is reality…but that’s not always the case.  Take 30-seconds to ask a question and err on the side of kindness.

There’s a reason for the saying “you catch more bees with sugar and honey than you do with vinegar.”

 

 
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Published on January 18, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

In my head, clipping coupon takes 10 minutes and they will all be used during my next visit to the grocery store.  In reality, coupon clipping takes 10 HOURS and the likelihood of them seeing daylight is slim.

What is the secret?

I wake up, grab the Saturday paper from the driveway, make coffee, get the coupon binder from my car trunk, get the coupon caddy (with scissors, pen, pencil, and tabbies), and set up shop at the kitchen table.  Discard all black and white printed materials…who really reads the paper anymore anyway?  Pet the dog…aww…you’re such a pretty doggie…aren’t you…aren’t you?  Oh look, Kohl’s is having a sale.  Flip..flip…flip…wait, what was on the first page again?  Okay, a coupon ad.  I need that, and that, and don’t need that, but maybe there will be some crazy deal at the store and I’ll get it for free, that, that, not that.  Awwww – I know puppers…you are so cute with your chin on my leg…awwwww…mommy loves you too.  Best Buy ad…hmm…wonder if they have anything cool…nope…dumb…how are they still in business?

After going through this same exercise for three hours, my butt is numb, my coffee is empty, and it’s time for lunch.  Maybe I’ll turn on the TV while I eat.  Oooo – the Food Network Channel.  Two hours later, I’m back at my kitchen table resuming the coupon cutting chore that I started.  Crap…I forgot to switch out the laundry.  Be right back…yawn…maybe a little nap first.

It’s now 2 and I need to get things wrapped up here, so I take all of my coupons and get them into my binder.  But first I have to go through and toss those that have expired.  Okay…that’s done.  Crap…it’s too big so do I trim it or fold it?  Ehhh – folding is faster.  Just forget it.  Maybe I’ll just shove them all into the front fold and finish this tomorrow.

See?  How do you coupon people do this??  I have given couponing a college effort, but I seem to be getting worse and worse at it!

#coupons  #couponing  #extremecoupons  #wastingtime

 
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Published on July 15, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

Let me start by saying that I love the Oreck products we own.  Our vacuum, steam cleaner, and iron are all top of the line and have never given us issues.  We will continue to purchase these products and their accessories.

What I won’t do, however, is make another visit to my local store on Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville, MO.  This is the closest location our home now and we have taken our vacuum in twice for its annual service (part of the warranty / to be free of charge).

The manager of this store is downright RUDE.  I’m a VP of Customer Service, so I definitely know how a client should be treated and if I were the owner, I would want to know how my employees were performing.  She is abrasive, has no idea how to discuss an issue with a customer, and is brutally condescending.  When confronted with her obvious rude behavior, there were no apologies, just more inexcusable body language and attitude.  What a shame.  This store has lost me as a repeat customer – I will take my business to another store that is less convenient but hopefully more customer-centric.

@oreck

 
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Published on July 2, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

Everywhere I turn, there is a new study about why soda is bad for you…especially women.  In college, I made the switch to diet…then I gave it up altogether.  Somewhere between there and here, I took it up again and learned to love the fountain variety.  It is a treat when a restaurant offers Diet Dr Pepper on their menu.  I crave it.  I also know that now, more than ever, I need to stop drinking it.

Today I pledge to discontinue drinking soda regularly and will replace it with water and coffee.

On Tuesday, I begin a water aerobics course.  I purchased a fitbit last week and now I’ve committed to no sodie.  Something has to give in these hips!

 
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Published on June 5, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

I’ve been known to have some crazy dreams.  Mostly they revolve around cheating spouses, airplane crashes, and spiders.  However, last night’s dream was movie material.  Zombie movie material.

Here are the highlights:

  • Zombie King and his dark army taking over the world
  • Turning everyone into Zombies
  • Can’t turn me because my internal body temperature is too hot
  • At the end of the day, I become the Zombie Queen, killing off the Zombie King and his evil, dark army

Yes, the princess wins again.  As usual.  :)

 
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Published on May 31, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

I was trying to think of something different to go with our Pork Steak dinner tonight.  Originally, I had planned a simple salad and some sort of potato.  But the more I thought about it, the more creative I got.  So into the kitchen I went and about 30 minutes later, voila…a first-time macaroni salad maker emerged!

Tomorrow is trash day, so I went through the fridge and decided what needed to be used up or thrown out.  Instead of ham, I used pepperoni from the flatbread pizzas we made earlier in the week.  We didn’t have any block cheese, so I diced up a few sticks of string cheese.  No celery, so I substituted the crunch with a red bell pepper and a yellow onion.  Then I added a boiled egg, some sour cream, mayo, mustard, sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, a splash of vinegar, and of course, the elbow macaroni.

Macaroni_Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Tis Tasty!!

 
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Published on May 6, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

We finally took the plunge and got married last week!  Yay!  As I grow older, I learn that it is not possible to make everyone happy all of the time, so on our wedding day, ESPECIALLY on our wedding day, we decided to make US happy.  Neither of us wanted a big ‘to do’.  We would have signed a piece of paper if that would have done the trick.  So we opted for the next best thing – a simple courthouse wedding.  His sister and my brother were our witnesses.  We dressed nice but casual.  The ceremony lasted all of five minutes.  Done.  Now I’m a Mrs., which is just about the only thing different than the day before…other than him wearing a ring and me officially now having two beautiful bonus daughters that I absolutely adore.