Friday, September 25, 2015

Beeing Frugal - September 25, 2015

We have been using Walmart Savings Catcher for a little over a year now and in that time we have saved $125.97.  While that really isn't a huge savings, every little bit helps.  It's super easy to do.  Once you sign up at Savings Catcher you simply enter the TC# and date of purchase found at the bottom of your Walmart receipt within 7 days and wait while they look for lower prices. Or if you aren't in the technology dark ages like we are, there is an app for smartphones that probably makes the whole process even easier!  It usually takes anywhere from 2-3 days for them to compare prices on eligible items with those of competitors (and at this point it's really only most grocery items, but not like meat or produce).  Once they finish, you receive an email letting you know how much money you get back.  I usually let the savings accumulate for a while and then redeem it to an e-gift card (which you can print out) when it reaches close to $20 and then use it towards my next purchase (which of course you can still enter that receipt as well).    There is also a Bluebird card option, that apparently doubles whatever amount you save and I looked into that, back when we first started, which apparently  works more like a debit card, but it seemed like more hassle than I wanted to deal with at the time.  I'd like to know how others who have used this option feel about it.

I'd like to also check out Amazon Prime Pantry a little more, and see if any of the things that we buy regularly are any cheaper that way...maybe someday when I have some "spare" time!  

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Queen Bee - September 23, 2015

One Of My Favorite Things

I love scented candles.  I don't really care for all the flowery scents or the weird ones, like Fresh Linen, or November Rain...I mean really, how can you capture those kinds of scents.  What I really love are the fruity or food related scents, especially fall scents like Pumpkin Spice, or Macintosh  Apple.  

My all time favorite candle scent is a discontinued Yankee Candle scent - Banana Nut Bread!  

However, a couple weeks ago, I found an American Home by Yankee Candle, Banana Walnut Bread candle at WALMART!  I can't even tell you how excited I was! 

Then the other day, I found one of Walmart's "mainstays" brand candle in the scent of FRENCH TOAST!  I HAD to get it!  I love French toast, and it's pretty much one of the things I don't ever eat anymore because of the carbs.  I don't know if smelling it will be a wonderful gift or horrible torture! 

Either way, this is the time of year (fall & winter) when burning scented candles is one of my favorite makes home feel all cozy and pleasantly inviting!

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Buzz About My Leapling - September 21, 2015

At the drafting of this post, I am once again hanging out at the theatre while Bridgette is helping out with Out of the Box.  Normally I wouldn't be here, but we have rehearsal for Ivy & Bean afterwards here I am with my laptop planning to possibly get some posts drafted ahead of time.

Since it's Out of the Box day, I thought I would take the opportunity to tell you a little more about this fantastic program!  It was three years ago that Bridgette was asked if she would like to be a volunteer.  Not really having any idea what it was all about, she decided to check it out anyway.  I can't say enough about this program.  I have seen so much improvement in these actors with special needs...especially for the ones who have been involved from the beginning.  Some have really come out of their shells and truly love being on stage performing for an audience!

Bridgette is one of a bunch of TK's (or Typical Kids...what they call the young volunteers).  All the Out of the Box participants (ranging in age from about 8 up to perhaps 40+) are broken into smaller groups, and several TK's will stay with a particular group through-out the duration.   Each semester (Fall & Spring) the group will put together a show.  The first part of the semester they work on music,  dance and improv type games all to help them prepare for when they start working on whatever show they are going to perform.  Then the leaders will once again break them up into new groups (casting them into roles for the show)...sometimes the show will be a collection of little skits requiring narrators (usually done by TK's) in which each group will act out a short story, or sometimes they have done a couple of musicals where the whole group acted out a single story, with little groups portraying different parts. For example, last Fall they did a musical called "Did You Say Dinosaur?" where each group was a different kind of dinosaur, and one group was a family of cavemen.  Bridgette's group were the T-Rexes...and everyone was afraid of them, but they just wanted to have friends to play with!

Even though I'm not the volunteer, over the years I've gotten to know some of them, and while I probably shouldn't pick out favorites, there are some that just make me smile a whole lot! 

Like Karen...she is probably the happiest person I have ever met.  I don't think she could keep from smiling if she tried!  Every time I see her, her face just radiates pure can't help but feel better whenever you see her!

Or Brittany, who loves to give hugs and once you are her friend, she considers you her sister!  She loves to sing and dance!

Then there are Jessica & Jimmy...they met here and became friends.  Then last year they started dating and now a year later are still together and it's so sweet!

This troup with unique abilities is so amazing and inspiring.  Sure there are things that they can't do, but they show us every week that they just like everyone else and just want to be happy and loved!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Looking Through Honey Bee's Lens - September 18, 2015

While I obviously did not take, I am sharing some of our wedding photos, in HONOR of our 23rd wedding anniversary tomorrow!  TWENTY-THREE YEARS...Yay US!!!

And of all the things we could possibly do on our anniversary, what do we decide to do...have a dreaded yard sale!  

Quite frankly this baffles me. This is the very thing I've been trying to avoid from the start.  So now,  not only are we doing something I despise, but we're doing it on OUR ANNIVERSARY FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!   

This is what happens when your neighbor knows that you have stuff to get rid of and decides that Saturday would be a good day to have a yard sale...and thinks you should do one too! I mean, I suppose we could have said, "No, it's our anniversary"...but knowing what our schedule is like the next few weekends with theatre things, and the fact that we just want it gone, we sort of felt like we needed to take the opportunity while we had it, and take advantage of the traffic he would generate!

So...this is how we celebrate after 23 years having a yard sale? 
It's completely whacko, I tell you! 
I think we may be doing it wrong... 

But if you look at it from a different often do you have people GIVE YOU money to help you clean up years worth of clutter & junk.  As much as I hate yard sales, in a way it's a pretty cool thing -  getting strangers to essentially come take away your unwanted stuff AND give you money to do it - sounds like a good deal to me...So in that case, Happy Anniversary to us!

Ah...look at how young we were!

I remember that day (ha, that's a stupid thing to say, cause unless you have one  of those quickie drunk Vegas weddings, most people are gonna remember their wedding day!) started out cool & rainy...but when ceremony time rolled around, it had cleared up beautifully and was seasonably mild for New England in late September, there was also a refreshing breeze...a lovely day, to be young and in love!  

Your kisses blow me away! 
(ha ha get it...can you see our windblown hair?!  LOL)

By the end of the day tomorrow however, we will probably look older than mud...I was going to say dirt, but we are after all still very much in the depths of SUMMER in Florida and when you combine dirt with high heat & humidity, well, lets just say we are gonna be one hot sweaty mud pie of wedded bliss! When all is said and done, I will still love this man, despite the potentially epic levels of old nasty stank that we are sure to generate!

Pray for us though, as I may not be in the best of moods, especially since our next door neighbor said he was planning to start 7 am early...which means we have to get up SUPER early to get set up.  This may just be one of those "worse" days from our vows!   Eh, I don't know that it will be that bad, but at any rate, I will certainly need to send Brian out for a LARGE ice coffee to keep me going for the morning!  It's the least I can ask for, considering the sacrifice I am making :D

Seriously though, the reason we are doing all of this in the first place...Brian's parents. We still really don't know what the plan is, any more than we did a couple of months ago, when this whole thing started. All we know is that more likely than not, they will be coming, it's just a matter of when.  We just know that we love them and would rather be ready to go when that time comes, than to have it be a rush to get everything done.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Busy Bee - September 16, 2015

So because we are getting ready for our big yard sale this weekend, I am holding off until next month to publish another Busy Bee post.  Next month at this time, all of this phase of the "project" should be finished and I will update on how it all went!

Monday, September 14, 2015

What's Buzzing in My Brain - September 14, 2015

I don't get why so many people LOVE Breakfast at Tiffany's.  

Don't get me wrong, I love Audrey Hepburn, and generally like just about everything else she has done, but Breakfast at Tiffany's does absolutely nothing for me.  

I wondered if anyone else felt the same way.  So of course I googled it.  There were a few sites that came up, and I won't list them here, cause you can go google things for yourself if you really wanted to.  

But for the sake of making a somewhat interesting blog post, I'll include one for you to click on and read (and I apologize in advance if there is anything offensive or whatever on this site...I just skimmed through it quickly).

Breakfast at Tiffany's is Stupid

Friday, September 11, 2015

The Honey Pot - September 11, 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins...the fall treat that is ALL mine, as nobody else in the house likes them (at least for now anyway...I have a feeling that my father-in-law might like them, he is a big muffin fan!  So whenever they end up moving here, I will probably have to share...but that's okay, I don't mind!)

This was originally a recipe I got from one of the first blog friends I made, way back in 2007 or 2008 when I first started blogging over on Homeschool Blogger.  I  lost touch with her when I left Homeschool Blogger, but every fall I have made a batch of these muffins and popped them in the freezer so that I can spread the yumminess out for at least a couple months!

Last year, after being diagnosed with diabetes, I made it a point to modify the recipe to make it a little more carb friendly...I tweaked it a little more this year when I made them.  Here's  my current recipe…they are approximately 12 g carbs per muffin, as compared to about 27 g of carbs for the original recipe.  Now don't hold me to these numbers, I'm not a nutritionist by any stretch of the imagination, I just did rough calculations and divided the total carbs by 24 (the amount of muffins made).

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

4 eggs
1 cup Truvia baking blend
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
1 cup oil
2 1/2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 pkg dark chocolate chips (I used Toll House)

Beat eggs, Truvia, pumpkin and oil until smooth.  Add combined dry ingredients and mix well.  Fold in chocolate chips.  Prepare muffin pans (with papers or non stick spray). Fill each well, until all batter is used.   Bake at 400 for 16-20 min.  Makes 24 muffins.