Saturday, January 10, 2015

What Women Want In 2015--Results of the SheSpeaks Poll

Disclaimer:  This information was sent to me by LIPPE < TAYLOR  -  ShopPR
for the purpose of sharing the information with my readers.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Frugal Friday with Marsha--The Stash

 Most couponers call their stash a stock pile, I call it my stash.  Over the years of using coupons I have always stashed away health and beauty items throughout the year.  Getting razors, shave gel, toothbrushes, floss, body wash, deoderant, and make-up free, or extremely cheap with sales and coupons.

In 2014 I let my couponing go by the way side.  In August 2014 our grocery store stopped doubling coupons.  About that same time I lost my free source of getting multiple coupon inserts free each week.

My grown children have grown accustomed to expecting these things from me each year.   I had thought all I had in my stash was men's shave gel.   I made a mad dash earning Target gift cards through swagbucks and the PerkTV app.  Target was having some good deals such as buy 4 items and get a $5 Target card back.  Plus, I had coupons as well for most all of them. Plus additional savings through the Target Cartwheel and Target coupons as well.   I was making lots of trips to Target, but my boxes just weren't going to be as full of as many things as usual.

Or, so I thought......
It came time for me to go get in to my stash for the shave gel.

Look what I found:

Because I hadn't been using many coupons anymore, I hadn't added anything to my stash.  I had NO idea that I still had so much in there. (I keep my stash by category in strawberry crates stacked in the corner of my bedroom)
I was able to put together nice, and pretty complete boxes for all of the adult children after all.

Now, I am working my way back to using lots of coupons again.  I have found a source to buy inserts through a local friend for much cheaper than buying multiple Sunday papers.  I am working to keep my coupons cut and in my binder, and carrying my binder with me at all times.
I hang out in the #couponcommunity, #target, #walmart, and #walgreens hashtags over on TSU.  So many members there posts deals.  It's phenomenal! 

I originally wrote about my stash on bubblews.  You can find my post here:

My Stash Was Larger Than I Thought 



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Writer's Unite 1/8/15

Good Thursday morning!  I hope you all are staying warm.  I was hearing on the radio that it's as much as 30 and 40 below 0 in some places!  We are just below 0 with the wind chill here. 
Are you staying inside where it's warm and writing your heart out?

I've been good so far to write daily here on my blog.  I hope to continue that.
I'm still writing on bubblews...actually writing a bit more since average per post is so low.  I'm under $3 to go before I hit $50 to hit redeem.
I can't help but to be curious as to what these changes are that will come about in February and March.

I know that there are lots of other places where I can write, but bubblews is habit right now.  Plus, I already have so many things that I am trying to do....I already spread myself out too thin.
I want to concentrate more on my blog than writing somewhere else right now too.

I look forward to anything you share this week  :)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2014 Quilting and Sewing Finishes!

I didn't do a stitch of sewing over this past week, so I can't put up a WIP Wednesday post.  Of course I have tons of WIP's, but no progress to take photos.

This week, instead, I am going to see if I can look through my computer and find pictures of all of my finishes for 2014.  I found the pictures, plus some things that I had forgotten about!  Pictures are in no particular order.
(Some items have sold in my etsy shop, some are for sale, and some were used for gifts)

Here is the list of what I finished:
Log Cabin quilt
Log Cabin wall hanging
Log cabin table runner
2 rectangle table runners
Quilt for sewing club at church
Applique Bunnies quilt
Penny Patch Quilt
Spoolin' Around
Hexagon table topper
Sunflower table runner and matching placemats
9 Trick-or-Treat bags
40 Hot Pads
25 Christmas bags
42 coasters
Elvis quilt
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer quilt
Doll Bedding Set
Orange yo-yo table topper
Halloween Hexagon Mat
Pillow Cover

I am going to go ahead and link up with the 2 blogs that I normally do.   Maybe just this list of my current UFO's will count to make this a WIP post!!


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Yo-Yo Table runner
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Fractured Pineapple quilt
Charming Stars quilt
Brown half square triangle quilt
? sets of doll blanket, pillows and rug
Hexagon flower table runner
re-do binding on blue and peach patchwork

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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Monday, January 5, 2015

All Business Monday---Reading

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Reading and business---how do these go together for me?

I often get books in to read and review.  I used to get right to reading them to get the reviews done.   2014 I really slacked off on reading.  In fact, I can turn around right now and see 5 books on my shelf that came in for review months ago, that I've not even looked at yet.   Shame on me!!  That is not being responsible to the authors, publishers, or PR firms that send them to me to review.   A couple of them are ones that all I have to do is look through them and talk about them for the review.

Even though I am not compensated in any other way from the source that sends the book, when I post about it, I have the ability to add in affiliate links.  Those are another part of the business side of it to give me a chance to earn more.  In other words, it's fully to my benefit to keep up on my reading and book reviews. 

I'm on a good start for 2015 so far.  I finished and reviewed Go For It!  yesterday.   My Super Sunday Reviews posts will consist of the books I am behind on until I get caught up  :)

You might also keep in mind that each Sunday those posts include a linky for you to link up any reviews you have written the past week---and there isn't a limit on how many you can link up.
And don't forget to link up any business related posts you have written each week in this linky.

Here are some nice bookshelf choices:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Super Sunday Reviews--Go For It!

With the new year upon us, this book that I just finished is perfect to start the new year.

It's Go For It! A Practical Guide to Success for Everyone by John J. Tassone.

I was sent this book some time ago to read and review.  Once I started reading it I sure wished I had read it right away over letting it sit on my shelf so long.

I have read many motivational type books over the years...I've taken something from each of them.
What I took away from this book is that when I make goals to not tell myself that I hope I will do this, or that I will try to do this, but instead always tell myself that I WILL do it.

Along with the motivational chapters of the book are chapters that give practical advice on actually starting your own business.  It's to the point.

The entire book is only 161 pages.  I felt pumped while reading this book.

From information sent me for the purpose of my review:

John J. Tassone's stories and insights are very timely.  Some of these little nuggets may hold the key to solving problems both small and large all across the nation.   Here are just some of what he offers up in the book, Go For It! :
Believe in yourself since if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will either.
Yes you must have goals, but take the accidental goals that fall in your lap along the way.
Decide what you are going to do and do it, do it do it.

Stories are included in the book for each of these, and more.

John started working as a child with a paper route and then shining shoes.  Through high school he worked at his father's hardware store.   He was introduced to the world of selling insurance while working for a steel mill.  He started selling insurance part time, but soon quit his job and went full time.  In 1976 he opened his own insurance company.

John says that "Today's world is characterized by negativity.  Too many people have lost sight of the positive."   The focus of his book is to teach people how to refocus, stay positive, and to reach out for a better life.  He wants everyone who reads his book to feel better about themselves and the world around them.

I know that reading it made me feel better about myself right from the start.  I can honestly recommend reading this book.

Disclaimer:  I was sent a copy of Go For It!  for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Author's mugshot (as he calls it) as well as additional information is used with permission for the purpose of my review. Post does include affiliate links.

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