Archive for March, 2010

Birthday Buddy

Tired of getting candles / scented lotions for your own birthday or sick of more plastic toys for your kids?  Take a look at this phenomenal program I discovered last year called Birthday Buddy. This is currently through the St. Louis Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition but anyone from anywhere can participate or see if your own local agency has a similar program.

You can make a foster child’s birthday wishes come true by registering to be a Birthday Buddy!  As a Birthday Buddy, you ask your guests to bring birthday presents to donate to a foster child in lieu of gifts for you or your own child. There are currently over 4000 children in foster care in St. Louis and most children spend at least 2 birthdays in foster care.

It couldn’t be easier to become a birthday buddy: Read the rest of this entry

4/14/83

Today at school we got to see Ghandi. Stacey got to sit by Jerry and she doesn’t even like him. Everyone sort of got in a fight. During the movie, Kerry and Jerry traded places because Kerry has always liked Stacey. Stacey got mad and yelled at him. I got real mad at Connie and still am but know one knows it. Connie invited me to the Journey concert but her parents aren’t going so neither can I. My mom is getting me so mad!

Do you know how hard it is to find a mint quote? This one if from Evan Esar and it sort of fits for the article but I got tired of looking for the perfect one.  I could really call it, “Want help mananging your money” but that’s not very creative. Anyway, my friend Lisa turned me onto this wonderful site called mint.com and for the first time in my life I am working with an actual budget.

As it states on mint.com, they download and categorize your balances and transactions automatically every day— making it effortless to see graphs of your spending, income, balances, and net worth. I already use online banking for everything from my checking, debit, credit cards, and paying most of my utilities but Mint.com puts all my accounting in one place so I constantly have a quick overview of everything.  Money and Kiplinger’s magazines both rave about this site and it is safe & secure. Read the rest of this entry

Story People

Almost New Age

Is willing to accept that she creates her own reality except for some of the parts where she can’t help but wonder what the hell she was thinking

Before Dawn

I’ve always liked the time before dawn because there’s no one around to remind me who I’m supposed to be, so it’s easier to remember who I am

Believing My Father

I used to believe my father about everything but then I had children myself & now I see how much stuff you make up just to keep yourself from going crazy.

Kindered Spirits

You’re the strangest person I ever met, she said & I said you too & we decided we’d know each other a long time.

These are just a few of my favorite quotes from storypeople.com but I could go on and on. They’ve created prints, books, frames, cards, etc that somehow capture a feeling that I can never put into words. I’ve gifted these for graduation, birthday, new babes, marriages, & father’s day … I can always find one to match any occasion. What I can’t do justice (on my site) is show you the great illustrations that come with the quotes as I typically buy mine as prints. They are black and white drawings, almost stick figures with amazing colors.

The folks at storypeople.com have this to say about themselves … Read the rest of this entry

Get your GROUPON!

I’ve never heard one word used so much over the last 3 months. Every time I turn around people are asking me if I’ve heard of groupon or telling me about the fabulous “steal” they got on groupon. Needless to say, I had to check it out and I am so glad I did.

How It Works

  1. Each day groupon features something cool to do at an unbeatable price.
  2. Once you register, you can purchase the daily groupon.
  3. However, you only get it if enough people purchase the same groupon but I’ve never NOT gotten one due to lack of other purchasers.
  4. If that day’s groupon isn’t something you’re interested in, they’ll send you an email the next day with another great offer!

A recent example of deals I’ve gotten are:

*$18 for $40 Worth of Wines and Gourmet Small Plates at Robust Wine Bar and Café … one of my favorite local wine bars … I bought 3! Read the rest of this entry

When to Buy Organic

I know that it’s not quite Sophie’s Choice but if you are like me and struggle making the most basic food & health decisions sometimes, the following information will hopefully help.  The very nice people at www.foodnews.org  provides this great overall list to help you make the tough decision of what to buy organic or not. However,  if you click on the link above, they actually have a handy card (that is easy to download) called the “Dirty Dozen” & “Clean 15”. Keep this with your grocery list to make the best choice when purchasing your potatoes or tomatoes. Speaking of which, did you know that the U.S. Supreme Court settled the tomato fruit/vegetable controversy on May 10, 1893 by declaring a tomato a vegetable… but I find that the debate rages on. Read the rest of this entry

The Gift That Keeps on Giving

A few years ago a friend of mine gifted me $25 on Kiva.org.  If you’ve never heard of Kiva, I strongly encourage you to take a look when you have a chance. Their tag line is “loans that change lives” and that quite accurately is what they do.

For as little as $25, you are able to loan someone in another country a portion of a loan they are requesting in order to start, expand or continue a business. You are able to sort through close to 1000 people and your search can be broken down into gender, sector (education, health, fool, etc.) and region. There is typically a photo and a paragraph outlining how much the person needs, what is will be used for, re-payment terms/schedule and any previous loans they have requested/repaid. Read the rest of this entry

4/13/83

Right now I am in love with Jerry. I have been ever since we broke up. Felicia is having a party on Friday and I’m spending the night with her. Jerry asked her what time her party was. Gotta go

A Novel Idea

Okay, I’m a huge fan of all things books but I’m not a hug fan of paying full price for them.  I’m known at my local library by the ridiculous amount of books I ask them to special request for me. I like to scan, skim or read a book from the library and then, only then, will I decide whether or not to make a purchase.  But of course it’s still hard for me to pay full price for any book.

My most recent discovery in regards to building my book collection is bookmooch.com or paperbackswap.com. Either of these sites allows you to list books and/or audio books that you are finished with and then trade within their sites. 

As part of bookmooch.com, you earn points when you: Read the rest of this entry

I’m ThirsTEA!

Speaking from experience as a current Starbucks addict, I have slowly forced myself to delve into the other warm beverage of choice – tea.  There continues to be claims of the power of tea over my beloved java so I decided I needed to see what all the fuss was about. My sister married an Englishman, and I always found amusement in her slow but inevitable slide from one team to the other (as it is really hard to play on both sides).  I’ve bought boxes, bags, a proper tea kettle and my results have been more than mixed.

I tried yerba mate for its wellness benefits (tasted like bark), orange ginger mint (too many competing tastes), the quintessential chamomile (blah) a “smooth move” one which should never be ingested if you plan on leaving you house and multiple others.  I even tried to like the “cure all” green tea, but read that you had to drink at least 5 cups (or something like that) to get any real health benefits and who has that kind of time…or bladder. Read the rest of this entry