Saturday, June 30, 2012

A moving story: Part 5

I think my head is going to explode.

I've had a headache and stiff neck for a few days. It's all on the right side of my head. I thought maybe it was from how I've been sleeping - I have a body pillow crossways on my bed and sleep on my side with my ribs on that, and with my head on a regular pillow.

Anyway, now it's from a phone call.

The owner of the house called. She's upset because we aren't out today (or, to be honest, nearly ready to be out). But I thought she knew that. I've been trying to do all the packing mostly by myself. (Cayla would be upset with me for saying that, but really? she's done most of her work in her room and that isn't as ready as she thinks it is.)

So now I'm trying to kick it up into high gear, to get as much stuff in storage as possible. But I have to work today, so that limits how much time I can put into it today.

Amanda came out of her room and said she was up till 6 a.m., so she's going to take a nap. I'm pretty sure Cayla is on her laptop. So, although I told the girls I can't do this by myself, it looks like I'm going to have to do this by myself.

I went so far as to ask Kent to ask his dad to loan me money to be able to move in. I'm pretty sure what the answer will be, and I'm not even going to ask my dad, as he already told me he doesn't have money for himself.

So it looks like we'll be living in somebody's basement for awhile, and I'm going to have to call around to the vets in the area to see if anyone is willing to put our cats to sleep, as I won't put them out and the shelter is full. (There's even an article in today's paper about it.) But it's Saturday and most vets are closed and the one I called isn't willing to do that.

Is it any wonder my head feels like it's going to explode?

Also, I've got some giveaways starting soon (that I'm participating in) and I've got to schedule posts on Facebook for the current ones ... I'll work on that tonight after I get home from work.

I don't think this is what I meant when I prayed that the way would be smoothed for us to move where Heavenly Father wants us to move ... maybe I need to work on how I phrase things.

Update: We have to be out Monday.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Nintendo DSi XL giveaway

I am raising a couple of girl geeks - we all love computers and playing video games. My daughter Amanda (she's 18) can't go anywhere without her Nintendo DS. (She has a DS Lite.) Driving to the grocery store? The DS goes along. Going to the doctor's office? The DS goes along. Going to church? Gotta have the DS (in the car, not during church!). Now think how Amanda would love to have a Nintendo DSi XL. (Even better, think how much you would love to have it.)

The Nintendo DSi XL is a high-powered handheld video-game system with an extra large, wide viewing angle screen, and a full size, easy to hold stylus. It comes with features like touch-screen control for a unique gaming experience. Snap photos with the built-in camera, edit and send them to friends, play back your music with Nintendo DSi Sound, or browse the Internet with the Nintendo DSi Browser. From playing games to just playing around, the Nintendo DSi XL does it all.

Includes: Nintendo DSi XL System, 3 Pre-Installed Titles - Brain Age™ Express: Math, Brain Age™ Express: Arts & Letters and Photo Clock, two free applications: the Nintendo DSi Browser and Flipnote Studio™, Nintendo DSi AC Adapter, Rechargeable Battery, Nintendo DSi XL Stylus (2), Easy Start Guide, Manuals (Basic & Controls) and Support Booklet.

Nintendo DSi XL Features:
  • 93% larger screens
  • Built in Internet browser.
  • Full size, easy-to-hold stylus
  • 3 pre-installed titles: Brain Age™ Express: Math, Brain Age™ Express: Arts & Letters and Photo Clock
  • Plus, all the functions of the original Nintendo DSi system
BUY IT: Purchase the Nintendo DS XL from a variety of retailers online and in stores including for $129.99.

One lucky winner will receive a Nintendo DSi XL + 3 Games!

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Monday, June 25, 2012


Today is a great day to join The Superpoints Network if you haven't already. Today everybody gets extra clicks on the Superlucky button.

If you need an invitation, please join via my referral link:

You can earn points by clicking on the Superlucky button, by taking surveys, watching videos and completing offers. You can even - get this! - earn points by printing out coupons. Yes - you can earn points by saving money.

Points can be redeemed for many things. I'm looking at gift cards, but there are also gaming systems, electronics from iPods up to laptops and desktop computers, cash, and even brand-new cars!

Sodastream giveaway



My family drinks a lot of soda and soda is expensive. I find myself buying one to three 12-packs (currently $4.98 each) a week for the girls, and 2-liters (currently $1.28 each) for me and I'm kind of concerned about the effect this is having on our bodies as well as my budget.

Sodastream soda works out to about 25 cents per can of soda.

You want to know if the sodas taste good. Yes, it taste just like the soda you buy in the store. There are few differences though, There are fewer calories and less sugar in Sodastream sodas. Plus, the soda flavors don't have any high-fructose corn syrup in the regular flavors, and no aspartame in the diet flavors. Sparkling Naturals doesn't have artificial flavors, artificial colors, artificial sweeteners or any preservatives.

Each sodamix is enough to make 12 liters of drink, each sparkling naturals contains enough syrup to make 6 liters of drink, each bottle of MyWater Flavor Essence will flavor about 20 liters of water, you only need half a teaspoon for each liter you make of this! Mixer bottles start around $4.99 and go up to $9.99, depending on the size of the bottle and the flavoring.

With Sodastream is you don't need electricity or batteries to work. This makes it perfect to use anywhere you need it. You don't have to worry about plugging it in on the counter or kitchen table. You can use it where it's most convenient for you.

Because my family is really bad about clutter, I finally told my daughters that instead of trying to keep cans and bottles and redeem them, we should throw them away. That's like throwing nickels in the garbage, but I felt it was necessary as a temporary measure to keep clutter down. With Sodastream, you don't have to deal with redeeming containers - you just use and reuse the same containers. That also means it takes up less space in  your cupboard and you don't have to lug sodas from the store. You can make a fresh soda in seconds anytime you want.

And while you can order Sodastream soda makers and supplies from the company website, they encourage you to shop locally, to save shipping costs.

Here's a video to show how easy it is to use:

Thanks to the following blogs for taking the time to share this giveaway with their readers:

Mom Blog Society - Mommies with Cents - The Couportiera -Carol's Random Babble - Mommy's Memorandum - Juliana's Bits and Pieces - Health, Beauty, Children & Family - My Life in Utah - Capri's Coupons - Just Jennifer Talking - DIY Fashionistas - Ice Ferry's Treasure Chest - Kathy's Freebies & Savings - Clip This Not That - Bluegrass Bargain Bin - MS Stole My Brain

Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit ($99.95). Kit includes:
  • Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
  • 1 Carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
  • Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
  • Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
  • 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice
The winner of this giveaway will be notified by Free Hot Samples

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Disclosure: I have not received any financial compensation for being part of this giveaway.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

A moving story: Part 4

And part of the reason I haven't been posting much lately.

So, I looked at a couple of apartments on Friday. I prefer one for some reasons and the other for other reasons, but it boils down to the one apartment, although more expensive, is close to the high school and has a garage. In this town, they will tow you if you are parked on the street after a snowstorm.

The one apartment - I looked at a below-ground apartment, but the one coming available has the same floor plan but flipped. It has 2 bedrooms, tiny bathroom, large living room, and kitchen with dining area (and dishwasher!) but no windows (I like looking out the window while doing dishes, but there is a dishwasher). That's the one close to the high school. I think there are 6 or 8 apartments, so lots of close neighbors. And coin-op washer and dryer.

The other one is a two-story close to Fareway. (Kid, I'm out of (whatever), run over to Fareway, will you?) The 2-bedroom apartment is on the first floor, but there are steps up. The front steps are not even heights, and the first one is exceptionally tall. Mom would have to come in the side steps, but to do that, she would have to go up the driveway, around a barrier, and in the side door, then up about four (?) steps. There is original woodwork, a funky-shaped kitchen with separate cooktop and oven and with a window over the sink, a fireplace in the living room and a laundry in the basement that is not coin-op but is skeevy, as Cayla would say.

The rental agency didn't call me back about the rent on the second apartment, but someone had told me earlier they thought it was $495, which is $30 less than the one close to the high school. And many places charge $30 for a garage, so that kind of makes up for that.

There are other places for rent in the area around the high school, and I suppose I should investigate more. But I'm so tired of looking and packing and tossing away my old crap that I just want it to be over with. And Tonya (landlady) is here, wanting to work on the house but we are in the way.

On the bright side, Tonya helped me the other day, packing and purging, and due to a truck breaking down, the company I got the roll-off from told me I could keep it until Monday for no extra charge. So I got some more work done yesterday on packing and purging. I have a system now, but it really requires another person to do the packing while I sort and purge stuff, and I didn't have any helpers yesterday. So we'll see how it goes now that Cayla is back from camp.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blogger op: Kindle Fire & Diamond Candle

Diamond Candles are really hot these days and you can see the great reception they are getting from all the reviews and giveaways on the web. And why not? You can get a ring worth $10 to $5,000 with every candle! And of course, the Kindle Fire is still the leading Android tablet in the market. I have one and love it! I've got hundreds of books on it - I'm never without something to read. And dozens of apps if I get bored with reading (never gonna happen).

Since Bay Area Mommy will be celebrating its 1st year anniversary on July 27, they are having a Kindle Fire and Diamond Candles giveaway with 2 winners!!!

Giveaway Dates: July 25 – August 15

Signup Fee: FREE for 1st link, $3 for each additional link

Open worldwide. If the winner is not from the US, he/she will get the cash equivalent.

To sign up:
  1. Post about the signups on your blog (or send $5 via Paypal to if you don’t want to post about the signups)
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You can bid for a follow page in the signup form below to gain more pageviews from this giveaway. Bay Area Mommy get as many people for this as she would need (depends on how many bloggers sign up). The highest bidder will get the FIRST FACEBOOK FOLLOW PAGE. The second highest bidder will get the second FB follow page and so on. These top bidders will also have their links moved up to the first follow page. Please take note that this bid is on top of the $3/additional link fee.

Whoever refers the most number of other bloggers in the giveaway will get a $20 Amazon GC.

SIGN UP HERE Please say that Carol's Random Babble or referred you.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Hello Summer $1,000 giveaway

So this group of blogs has banded together to give away $1,000 cash. You can enter at Happy Home and Family.

So, please hop on over and enter this giveaway. But don't cry when you don't win. Because I'm going to win. Why am I going to win and you aren't? Because I need the money so bad.

Yeah, I know, you need the money, too. We all need the money but there can only be one winner.

  • Giveaway ends on July 20 at 12:01 EDT. (I know it says EST, but we're on Daylight Saving Time now ... )
  • Giveaway is open worldwide.
  • You must be 18 to enter.
  • Entries will be verified.
  • I am going to win. (Kidding about that one - the winner will be random, but I can hope, can't I?)

Good luck!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Disney Cruise winner

Nacole Jackson is the winner of the $3,000 Disney Cruise!!!

Congratulations to Nacole and best of luck to those who didn't win. I'm working on getting into a couple more giveaways coming up soon.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Blogger op: $200 Amazon Blast

Another opportunity to grow your blog is here! This giveaway offers a free Facebook link and paid links to other social media sites. So you have a chance to build your fan base for free or very little money.

Signup is here.

Event Details:

- The giveaway will go live on July 15, 2012
- Open Worldwide
- Prize: $200 Amazon Gift Card *1 winner*

Sign Up Fee & Info:

  • NO COST for the first link (Facebook Page only)
  • To participate, please share this free event on your site and complete the form below.
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Don’t forget to create your post (free form) announcing this free event on your site. Simply link bank to the post with the entry form in order to notify other bloggers.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rollin', rollin', rollin'

Does anybody remember the theme music to the show "Rawhide?" I don't remember watching it, but I do remember the music.

The reason for this post title is that my car rolled over to 240,000 miles today. I think it had about 228k when I bought it, and I'm going to need it to run until at least next March, when I get my next tax refund. Here's hoping'.

It was an errand-running day. Mom had called me at work last night to ask me to get her groceries - as it ended up she only wanted a prescription picked up, a salad from Fazoli's and some ice cream.

Both of my girls needed prescriptions picked up (Amanda's is on order and should be in on Monday). We needed to redeem cans for cash (we got almost $18, yay!), stop at the post office and apparently drive all over town a couple of times.

Unplanned: We stopped at The Key on Central to get Cayla a pair of jeans - she's got camp next week; we also stopped at a yard sale/grill out at Beacon of Hope, where I paid $3 for a pork burger with bacon, beans with more bacon, chips and a soda; turned back when I realized I forgot to look for a mini-snake thing for the kitchen sink that isn't draining and also briefly stopped at Racing Unlimited because Cayla has been bugging about her getting a moped. (I'm not in favor - I'd rather she (or more likely I) spend the money on a used car that can be driven in all kinds of weather, all year round. They are currently out of mopeds, so no hurry.

When we finally got home, I played a little Kingdom of Loathing and applied for the blogger opportunity that I'm so not going to get ... but if the people at Kia see this, I really would like to try one out (HINT!).

I tried using the mini-snake thing, but it's not long enough unless we bail more water out of the sink, so I'll try when I get home from work, if Amanda will empty the sinks out for me. And now it's time to go to work, when a nap would be the nicest thing ever. Yawn!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A moving story: Part 3 - where? what? how? when?

Not to make this sound like a complain-fest, but we're so behind.

I haven't found a place to live.
Amanda's birth certificate hasn't arrived.
After the birth certificate arrives, we need to get her a state-issued photo ID.
One she has a birth certificate and ID, we can apply for housing assistance and also apply at the rental agency (or other rental agencies).
And I still have to scrounge up the money for the first month's rent and deposit.

In addition, we have to find a solution for the cat situation, as it appears nobody will rent to cat owners. And I rented a roll-off trash bin, which arrived yesterday but has one lonely bag of trash in it.

The plan is to do a major purging and only take what we really want to keep.

I have boxes - about 4 feet wide, 6 feet long and 3 feet high stacked - that have basically been there since we moved in this house. I've gone through some of them and restacked them a couple of times in the last (nearly) four years. But I'm pretty sure we can get rid of most of the stuff.

And I've got to keep working. I can't afford to take much time off, especially since I can't arrange a move-in date when I don't have a place yet.

Cayla has Diva Tech next Monday-Wednesday and girls camp the following Monday through Saturday. Amanda is supposed to start summer school next Friday, which runs nearly to the end of the month. I have Tuesday and Wednesday off, but I don't know how much we'll get done.

My landlady is supposed to be coming today sometime, but I'll be at work. It's a 13 1/2 hour drive from where she lives, so I'm hoping she won't be at the house tonight - or maybe not until I get home (1045-ish).

Is it time to panic yet?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Flash giveaway: iTunes gift card

Thanks to blogger Michelle Cheronecook of we have a flash giveaway of a $15 iTunes gift card. The giveaway is a one-day event.

You can get entries by leaving a comment, liking this post and entering to win $100 on

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Giveaway: $100 Amazon - 3 winners

I love being able to have giveaways here and this one is no exception. You can enter to win one of three Amazon gift codes for $100 each.

The giveaway is open to U.S. residents. It will end on June 18.

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