Saturday, June 14, 2008

Wardrobe Refashion...and cleaning out the storage room!!

Well, I've signed up for a two month stint on Wardrobe Refashion starting the beginning of July. The pledge for this is as follows...

I, Julie, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, and recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn, or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted, or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that my thriftiness brings!!

Now if I can only figure out how to add the button to my sidebar...my compy's being stubborn!!

I'm a wee bit sad, cause after spending a good bit of time posting freebie links on my Essential Simplicity blog the other day, I didn't even get one single comment!! I sure hope that somebody at least got some freebies out of the deal...but I sure do love me some comments...especially over there, since I really work on posting more relevant stuff there...whereas here I just post my rambling!!

Today Brack and I tackled clearing out and sorting thru all the junk that we'd managed to accumulate in our storage room since moving into this apartment 14 months ago. We've already had a lady come pick up a load of stuff we posted on Freecycle, and we've got easily three times that again still to give away...plus a bag for the homeless shelter, a bag for Brack's mom, and three bags for my family!! It's amazing that we had that much JUNK piled up in there...and we still aren't done yet!! I had a bit of fun trying out my label machine that I bought for my organizing business on labeling the containers that have made it back into the storage room...stacked nicely on sturdy new shelves. I will post pics of the storage room on my Essential Simplicity blog once it's all done.

Well, gotta eat dinner and try to at least finish sorting the stuff still on the balcony, since I doubt we'll get any more of the stuff inside sorted by the time Saturday Night Live and bedtime roll around. We'll finish most of it tomorrow after church, though!!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Who Loves Freebies?

Okay...I don't think there are many people out there who DON'T like to get something for free, no matter how much money they have. I also don't think there are many people who don't like getting a fun surprise in the mail. This then, is for everyone pretty much!!

Since it usually takes a while after requesting something and since that time varies, I never know what is gonna be in my mailbox each day...but at least half the time there is at least one fun thing...and some are really great surprises, cause I'd forgotten I'd signed up for them!!

Here's some cool stuff I've gotten in the past couple weeks in the mail!!

Project1 Project2 Project3 Project4 Project5 Project6

There were a few more, but this is most of it. The magazines are free subscriptions...some for less than a year, but most for a full year!! Pretty cool, right?

Well, I wouldn't be getting such awesome freebies if it weren't for the people that pass these along on their blogs...cause I would only ever be running across such freebies on my own only rarely!! I'd encourage you to check out their blogs in case I miss anything good (they are in my fave links area..the biggest ones for freebies are The Motherload, Freebies4Mom, & MoneySavingMom), but I'm gonna attempt to post a decently comprehensive freebie list at least once or twice a week...so here we go!!

Babies/Children:

Free BeechNut baby cereal

Fifi and the Flowertots DVD

TONS of awesome more freebies can be found here on Freebies4Mom

Foodstuffs:

Attune Probiotic bar

Folgers coffee sample

On the Go drink mix samples

Fiber One Caramel Delight cereal sample

Free Bourbon Street Blends spice sample every month

Toiletries/Vitamins/Meds:

Benefiber sample

Kotex sample pack

Lancaster 360 sample

Vaseline Men lotion sample

Playtex Gentle Glide sample

John Frieda Lustrous Touch samples

Escada Moon Sparkle perfume sample

Pantene Pro-V Color Expressions sample

John Frieda Weatherworks/Night Serum samples

Body Eclipse Aromatherapy Moisturizing Shampoo

Home/Auto:

Car air freshener

Sample bottle of Clorox 2

Healthy Recipes booklet when you play a quick game

Fun Stuff:

Father's Day music sampler

Cartier Love music sampler

Free music download from Walmart

RCRDLBL site for free music downloads

Sterling Silver jewelry for free from silverjewelryclub.com, only pay S&H

Out and About:

Starbucks is offering free wi-fi, free refills on brewed coffee, free beverage customization, etc. to those people who register their Starbucks gift card and either use it to buy something or reload it at least once every 30-day period. If you haven't registered it yet, then you'll also get a coupon for a free drink in the mail if you register before July 14th.

Starbucks is also offering iced coffee samples from June 9-13, and June 16-20 between 4-6pm at participating locations. Sample as many as you like!! Call your local store to see if they're offering this deal.

Friday, June 6, 2008

I'm Back!!

Yeesh!! I sure am bad about blogging...especially on my personal blog!! At least I've blogged SOME on my other two blogs in the last three months, even if rarely!!

So, I am taking a bit of a break from Crossings...we'll see how that goes. It may last a couple weeks or a month, but I just needed to quit spending so much of my time there and concentrate on the real world. I might not even miss it, who knows? It was a big part of my life the last couple of years and I'll definately always like it simply for the fact that it's where Brack and I met, but I don't know. Lately it seems I'm just growing away from the whole forum thing. I haven't posted on tehbean in a couple months (nobody has, really). I've been once on the curlygirl forum to look up something specific and been a couple times on the renaissancefestival forum to look at pics and ask a couple questions. The other 3-4 forums I used to frequent, I haven't even been on in months!! Anywho...the few ladies I'd most miss from the MWF are Facebook friends anyway (and some are Xanga bloggers too) and there's always chat if I can get on the compy those days...so it's still all good!!

Speaking of compy stuff, though...I just found out that Ringo is shutting down at the end of the month!! Yikes!! Where will I post all my pictures now...and more importantly, where do I move all the existing pictures to? I could use Flickr cause I already have an account on there, but I'd have to go pro. I've also heard different people liking Picasa and Photobucket. Then there is always the option of just creating albums on Facebook (which would definately streamline things and fit in with the whole "simplicity" thing, but eh!). What do ya'll recommend? The thing I guess I hate the most about it is that most of my contact with Romanian friends is strictly thru Ringo and Hi5...and I don't really wanna lose that contact...you know?

As far as other stuff goes...eesh, it has been a while, hasn't it? Well, since I last blogged a LOT has happened. The biggest thing that's happened is very sad. My FIL passed away in his sleep in early April. Though he'd prepared my MIL and his youngest son for the eventuality of his passing, it came as somewhat of a shock to Brack and I. It's very hard to stand there and watch your husband suffer and know that you can't just make it all better!! I just wish I'd had more of a chance to get to know my FIL, as I still felt like I needed to prove myself to him as a good DIL. It's only been since he passed that I've even really felt like I'd passed the DIL test with my MIL...but she seems to like me pretty well now...and it's always a good thing to get along with MIL's, right?!!

After the death of my FIL, Brack decided that we needed to make an effort to spend more time with both sides of the family...so it seems we've been running around almost every weekend since!! Another trip out to Lubbock, one to East Texas, one up to Oklahoma, a weekend in the metroplex with my bro and his wife, and this weekend is a family reunion for my dad's side of the family!! It does settle down though...thank goodness!! After this weekend I think the next thing planned is 4th of July in Lubbock...so we get a few weeks reprieve anyway!!

I actually started a weekend job at Scarborough Rennaissance Faire just before my FIL passed, but only ended up working a pre-faire event and the second weekend. After that, we decided that I needed to at least have my weekends free cause I had also started a nanny job in March, taking care of three little children who (to put it nicely) were challenging!! It was a struggle some days to not let it get to me, and I learned a lot of what parents should not let their kids get away with!! That job ended the Friday before Memorial Day.

The day after Memorial Day I started at my current nanny position and I LOVE it!! The little guy is seven and we spent the last two weeks just hanging out...marathon Monopoly games, lots of craft projects (we built a cardboard castle, two boats out of drinking straws, and a sword and helmet just last week), trips to the library and park, and afternoons at the pool at the country club!! Yes, I did say country club!! I've started getting a nice tan from all that poolside sitting, and am even starting to make some contacts for my future business as a professional organizer!!

Speaking of that, I have set myself a goal that by the end of June I will have things in place to unofficially officially start my organizing business. I've even ordered business cards!! WHEE!! So far I've only organized for family, but I've got a pantry organizing job lined up for Monday morning for a lady that I babysit for...we'll see how that goes and hope that if she's pleased that she'll put the word out!! Anyway, fingers crossed and prayers appreciated!!

And on that more upbeat note, I'll sign out!!Take care, God bless, and have a wondrous weekend!!

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