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Hi, I am from Oregon, OH also known as Oregon on the Bay, I work full time as an RN with hope to semi retire and write books on saving money. I am married to Jeff for 25 years and have 3 beautiful daughters, Jessica 25, Kara 23 and Kristie 16. My main goal is to be debt free!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

House of Meats Free 3lb Chicken Drumsticks W/$25 Purchase

Go Here to get your coupon for free 3lb. fresh chicken drumsticks with a $25 purchase from the House of meats.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

A Random Blurb With Beer

Surprise, I'm back with a random blurb with beer. Yes, as you guessed it, this is my favorite series! Another Saturday shall I say afternoon with beer? Yes, I'm saying it so don't tell. Today's blurb? Secrets. Really what family doesn't have family secrets. Things everyone in the family knows but would never tell anyone, or would they? Sometimes I wonder how things get around when only your family knows. True family secrets are they a thing of the past? Can the skeletons lie back in the closets or must they be aired for everyone? Personally, I'm locking the doors on those closets in this house!Shhhh..... no skeletons here!

The Weight Saga Continues

Yes, its been a few weeks since I've done a weight report and am proud to announce I'm down 30 pounds from summer! Its been a long and hard battle (and it still is!) but I'm slowly losing the weight. Why does it have to be so hard? And I still don't understand why I love chips so much.

Can I Find Your Business?

Looking for custom business signs? I know it can really be a challenge for a new business to get great signs at a reasonable price. The economy is tough enough for an established business, but with starting a new one what company has money to waste? What proud new business owner wouldn't love to have a bronze plaque proudly displaying their name? Sometimes these extras may seem out of the question, however there are many places on line where this is affordable. Even if you can't design your own there are places that will teach you more about graphic design. There are simple tricks and software that is available even if you're not a computer geek . Chances are you can probably design your own sign on line.

Custom signs can be a great assest for any new business. How will anyone know your business exists if they can't find it? I know I've given up on a business if I can't find it. Nothing is more frustrating to me than to not have clear signage. My biggest problem? Not knowing where I can park. I'm always worried I'll get a ticket by not parking in the proper area. Hopefully having a few great signs will lead me to your business.

Free Jiffy Mix Recipe Book

Free JIFFY Recipe Book
Head on over to Here to get your free "Jiffy" Mix recipe book. It always comes and has great simple recipes.

Time for Home Maintenance

Winters can be awful, I know I live in Northwest Ohio. Nothing can be worse than the long cold winters. Not only can fuel bills be high, but home maintenance can take a toll. This autumn I'm trying a little fall protection and starting early on home maintenance. I'm finding that even I can do a small home project if I have the right tools. I admit it, I've never changed a light bulb that was inside a bathroom fixture until recently. Of course I had no ladder so I had to stand on a kitchen chair to do it. Fortunately I had a good screwdriver and was able to remove the rusty screws without a problem. The bulb screwed in easily with a hitch. Not a big task, but still there was success.

A bigger task was stabilizing a rusty fence. I knew there wasn't money to replace it, but what was I going to do? The gate was off it's hinges and rusty, yet I still needed a gate. I used zip ties to help stabilize my old rusty gate. The cost was under five dollars and I know it will hold up another winter. I'm learning a little handy work now can go a long way with little cost.

Even I Want a New Gadget

Through no fault of my own I don't have my computer anymore. Let me tell you what a drag it is to go to the library and use one. I never knew how convenient it was to have my own. I love a desk top computer, but I'm realizing how great the new tablets can be. I could use it any where there is WiFi hook up. I really wouldn't have to have my own Internet service if I can find free WiFi. Even I can't wait to try out a few of the new apps. Most tablets would fit easily into my purse so I wouldn't be weighed down with a lap top. I think they can be heavy and inconvenient to carry and who wants to carry a lap top with them all of the time? My purse is big, but really!

With Christmas right around the corner, I think I'm going to drop a few hints on this one. There are so many many brands to choose from, I think it could be in the budget. I've never owned a lap top or even any type of mobile device so this will be a bold move for me. Finally, I'll be moving with the lastest technology. Look out Marilyn's Money will be on the move and that could be scary! Hopefully Santa will be reading this.

The Hills of San Francisco

Thinking about taking a vacation, or are you just looking for a great get-a-away? I know I always am looking for a great new vacation spot. I'm thinking San Francisco would be a great place to visit. I've actually been there years ago with my mom when I was a teenager. Now I'm looking at it as a grown up vacation with great restaurants and entertainment. Hotels can be expensive so I'm looking at some great bargain san francisco vacation rentals. I know if I can get a great deal on where I'm staying I'll have a lot more money to spend on good times. I don't need to stay at a really fancy place, just a clean and safe place. I'm sure I'll find something in my budget, I always do!

Speaking of cheap places to stay, airbnb is a great starting place for your search. Whether you're looking to rent out your own vacation place or rent one to stay in, this is a great beginning point. I haven't decided where my next vacation will be, but I know I'll be looking for a great deal on where to stay. San Francisco is a great and unique vacation spot, it will definitely be a consideration for me. After all, I'm still looking for that great retirement spot.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Smokey Bones $10 Off $20

There's a new Smokey Bones coupon out for $10 off a $20 purchase. Hurry coupon expires 10/30. Go Here to print off your coupon.

The Freschetta Prize Pack Give-away Winner Is....

Thanks to everyone who entered my Freschetta Prize pack give-away. There were 204 valid entries. The winner is sueparks2003. I have emailed you and you have 48 hours to respond back. Thanks to all who entered. Don't forget to enter my Tropical Traditions Liquid Dishsoap give-away Here. As of right now it is very low entry!

Energy Bills on the Rise

Who isn't looking into lowering their home energy costs? I know I am. Living in Northwest Ohio can be brutal especially in the winter time. Not only are fuel costs up but so are electrical costs. I can't imagine getting two large bills every month. To help fray the electric bill, now may be the time to check out Residential Solar Power Systems. Solar power can be so cost effective that you will no longer have to rely on your power company for electricity. Energy costs continue to rise every year and a great investment like solar power may be the answer.

When it comes to saving energy every little task helps. I know I always shut off the lights when I leave a room. No longer do I keep the television on when doing household chores just to hear a little noise. I know I can't be the only one who does this. As far as heating, I've turned my heat down. No more are the days of the thermostat being set at seventy degrees. We now wear sweaters during the day to keep warm and enjoy heartier home cooked meals to save some cash. We also let the sun in. My curtains are always open on a nice sunny day. In other words, I'm hoping high energy bills are a thing of the past.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Last Chance to Enter My Freschetta Give-away!

Tonight is the last night to enter my Freschetta give-away. You will win a free product coupon for Freschetta a 2 pink earbuds, one for you and one to give-away! Go Here to enter. Grab another entry today just by writing in "Bonus Entry" in the comments. Give-away ends tonight at 11:59pm EST, good luck!

Vicks Nature Fusion $4 Off Coupon

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flavored with natural honey instead of artificial flavors.**

•Free of alcohol, artificial dyes*** and gluten

•Powerful cold symptom relief medicine

•Delicious goodness of real honey

•From the trusted Vicks® brand
Go Here to snag your $4 off coupon!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Farm Rich Coupon Winners!

Congrats to the 3 winners of my Farm Rich coupon give-away. There were 124 valid entries and I can't wait for you to try these yummy products. The 3 winners are: Missy L., Emily Reviews and mtmom009 (your email did not go through so please contact me!) All 3 have 48 hours to respond back or new winners will be chosen.

Great Sheets Can be Easy to Find

Okay, now's the time to fess up, when was the last time you bought luxury sheets for your bed? No, I'm not talking about the sheets you found this summer at the garage sale. I'm talking about great high quality sheets that look great and didn't cost a fortune. Not long ago I got a great mattress but really didn't have any nice sheets since it was an upgrade from a Full to a King size mattress. Funny how it doesn't take long to learn about thread count. The rule of thumb? The higher the thread count the higher the quality of sheets. Let me tell you there's nothing like a quality sheet on your bed.

I have to admit I love all the neat patterns and colors that are available for bedroom sheets. I'm realizing that nothing looks nicer and more welcoming than a bedroom that's nicely decorated. Bedding can be that little spark that adds so much to the decor when new bedroom furniture is way out of the question. Once you slip into a high quality sheet, you'll never want to get out of bed again!

I Love Daily Deal Sites

Wow, I can hardly keep up with all of the new deal sites. There seems to be so many new ones and who doesn't love to snag a great deal? Now you're in luck, I've just discovered a new one called Yipit. I know I love getting a great deal delivered to my email. My Christmas list is getting a little shorter thanks to all of the great deals lately.

If you live in the windy city check out chicago daily offers. I know how I look forward to all the great deal sites coming to Toledo. I never would of guessed a few years ago that there would be so many deals coming over the Internet. I'm always happy to purchase a great deal for half price. Now don't let on to my daughters or they'll think they should be getting more! I don't want them to catch on that if I really love the deal, I purchase one for them and one for me. Why shouldn't I cash in too? I'm only human, I love a cheap gift card too. These daily sites are great, however always read the fine print and remember some of these deals expire quickly,so be sure to snag them when they first come out. Happy shopping and don't forget to grab a deal for yourself.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Last Day to Enter Farm Rich Coupon Give-away 3 Winners: Low Entry!

Farm Rich Coupons 3 Winners!

Don't forget to enter my Farm Rich coupon give-away! There will be 3 winners and its low entry! To my readers who visit all of the time take an extra entry today just write bonus as your entry! Need to enter? Go Here, give-away ends tonight at 11:59pm EST, Good luck!

Free Sample Aveeno Shampoo and Conditioner

Free Sample of Aveeno Shampoo and Conditioner
Head on over to Here to get your free sample of Aveeno shampoo and conditioner. Its from Walmart so of course it will come.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Its Never Too Late to Quit

Do you still smoke? I hate to admit it but my husband and my middle daughter both smoke, therefore you won't hear alot of hate here. Personally I think it's a filthy habit that costs too much money if you're on a budget. Just think a pack a day habit costs around one hundred and fifty dollars per month. Ouch! My husband has been smoking for nearly forty years, I know that will be a difficult habit to break. He says he doesn't want to quit, but I think he really knows just how hard it will be for him.

It's not that he hasn't tried, its just having the will power. He's tried many products in the past, but they just haven't worked for him. I told him to look at cigarrest reviews, its a whole new and unique program for him to try. I've never been a smoker, however being a nurse I realize cigarette smoking is a serious addiction that causes numerous health problems. Forty years may be a long time to smoke, but many symptoms such as shortness of breath can be eased just weeks after quitting. Its never too late!

Westfield Mall Toledo Area Halloween Event 10/26

Toledo and vicinty, Westfield mall is having a Trick or Treat event! From their site:Happy Halloween!

Join Westfield Franklin Park on Wednesday, October 26th from 5pm-7pm for our annual Trick or Treat Event.

Enjoy dozens of treat stops, special guests and more in a warm, safe environment.

Activities start at 5pm and trick-or-treating starts at 6pm.

Kids 12 and under welcome, please no mks or weapons.

Visit Center Court for bags and Tret Stop Locations


Free 8X10 Collage at Walgreen's

Walgreen's 3 days only get a FREE 8x10 Collage print, just enter CLG8X10 at the checkout. Be sure to order pick up in store! Even I can do this one!

Free Sample Garnier Color Shield Shampoo and Conditioner

Copy and paste: http://www.startsampling.com/sm/shieldcolor102000/ to get a free sample of Garnier Fructis Color Shield conditioner and shampoo.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Smokey Bones $10 Off $20 Coupon

Hurry over to Here to get your new Smokey Bones coupon for $10 off a $20 purchase. Hurry coupon expires Oct 23rd.

Lane Bryant 30% Off Coupon

Hurry ove to the Lane Bryant FB page Here to print off your 30% off coupon. Hurry coupon expires 10/23.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Tropical Traditions Dish Liquid Review and Give-away

Once again thanks to Tropical Traditions for this great give-away! I chose to review the liquid dish soap. I'm practical and knew I'd use it right away. This dish soap is free of fragrance, however I found it does have a nice clean scent. My dishes came out clean with no residue. I'm fussy about the amount of suds in the sink and I found Tropical Traditions Dish Liquid had just the right amount. I do have one suggestion though, I'd love to have a spout at the top so I don't have to keep taking the cap off.

From their site: Household Traditions Dish Liquid is an effective and concentrated dish soap developed by and for people with allergies, asthma and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.* Household Traditions Dish Liquid is a coconut-based product—it contains nature’s versatile, renewable harvest. With coconut’s natural moisturizing qualities, washing dishes is even soothing to your hands. Household Traditions Dish Liquid is safe for you but tough on dirty, greasy dishes. It breaks down safely and rapidly making it safer for the environment. It is also low sudsing, making it ideal for camping or other outdoor uses. Household Traditions Dish Liquid is free of fragrances, phosphates, petroleum solvents, chlorine, dyes and other common triggers for respiratory or skin irritations.

Want to try this great product for yourself? To purchase it go Here

WIN IT! The winner will one one 32oz bottle of Tropical Traditions liquid dishsoap, US only please
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Give-away ends November 3rd at 11:59pm EST
Disclaimer: I was provided the Dish Liquid for this review, all opinions are my own. Tropical Traditions will supply the winner with the Dish Liquid.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A Random Blurb With Beer

Enough said today for this random blurb with beer! Thanks to Melissa Barabasz from Real Free Stuff for All for this one. Don't worry my loving picture of me will return on the next Random Blurb With Beer!

Cute Costumes at EdenFantasys

Eden Cafe

This post is intended for readers 18 and up. All links go directly to the site. Please skip this post if you are offended, thanks, Marilyn

Darque french maid - Costume
Isn't this a cute costume that I can wear for Halloween? This great Darque French Maid costume is available at EdenFantasys! I think its so cute and it comes in a size that I can wear a 1x/2x! I hope I have the nerve to wear it, but hey even if I chicken out it would be great  for a night of romantic trick or treat. This sexy outfit is trimmed in lace, so who couldn't find this cutey romantic. Halloween is such a great time for dress up, I just can't resist in taking full advantage of the season. Who wouldn't feel just a bit naughty in this French Maid costume? I love everything except the duster, because I'm really not thinking of doing house work in this costume. This cute little outfit is currently on sale this week. Now everyone knows I love a sale and twenty percent off makes for a great price.

Now fess up, who wouldn't want to wear this great costume? I love it. Finally something cute that will fit me. As a bonus there isn't much more that I would have to buy. The matching head piece is including with this outfit. My concern is the heels, I haven't worn them in years, however now may be the time to slip on a pair and do a few practice steps. Notice I said a few steps and not a walk? How about a great pair of Ruffled stockings in black of course to go with this? These stockings would make this outfit complete, its just too bad this wouldn't look great with my tennis shoes! Halloween will be here before you know it, don't hesitate on this cute costume, hurry up and head to EdenFantasys now.

Why Did I Eat Those Chips?

Why oh why do I love chips? How can I be so out of control sometimes with my eatting? Can anyone tell me in their right mind why I would buy a large bag of chips in flavor that I like and promptly eat almost the entire bag? Well, not much success on the diet this week , next week I'll start fresh again!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Real Moms Love to Eat!

Are you like me? Do you crave certain foods and wonder why? The book Real Moms Love to Eat by Beth Aldrich helps us to understand why we have emotional connections to food. Ask me, I've struggled with weight all of my life and wouldn't it be great to know healthy alternatives for emotional eating? Diets really never work and the "D" word always turns me off. A diet ends, but healthy eating is a life style that I hope to continue forever.

The book is broken down into three sections for reading ease. First is a 10 part plan for moms to implement to make gradual changes. Hey Rome wasn't built in a day and we need a little time to make our changes. Also included is 21 days of meal suggestions and lifestyle changes. Next who doesn't love recipes? I know I do. I'm always looking for something new and different to try. Finally the food love affair is addressed. Beth's approach to healthy eating is simple and realistic for any mom to follow (even me!)

Eating can be complex especially when weight issues are involved. I find the simpler the better. I love wholesome foods that are quick and simple to prepare. Who doesn't want that? For info on pre-ordering Beth's book be sure to visit Here.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Beth Aldrich - Real Moms Love to Eat blogging program, for a chance to get 3,000 My SocialMoms Rewards points. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Free Can of Purina Pro Plan Cat Food

Head over to Here and "Like" the Purina Pro Plan page. Fill out the sinple form and your coupon for a free can will arrive via snail mail!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Give-Away: Freschetta Proud to be Pink

Freschetta is proud to be a part of the October National Breast Cancer Awareness month by presenting The Proud To Support Pink program. Through October 31st you can enter codes from specially marked boxes Here and $1 will be donated to to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center up to $50,000. Each week, Freshetta be giving away an iPod shuffle®* to 50 lucky winners. You can earn extra entries in the sweepstakes by sharing PROUD TO SUPPORT PINK® with your friends and family. To help you get started on this mission, go Here to get a $1 off coupon.

Win It! The lucky winner will win a coupon for a FREE Freschetta product and 2 pairs of Freschetta Proud To Support Pink Earphones, one to keep and one to give away!
To enter go Here and tell me which pizza you would use your coupon on.
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This Give-away ends on October 25th at 11:59pm EST
Disclaimer: I received a Freshetta Proud to Support pink kit and the same prize for the give-away will be fulfilled by the sponsor.

A Bedroom That Matches

My daughter is moving into a new home and I never realized what it takes to get a new household started. She's moving from an apartment so the transition is easy, however she never had so many rooms to fill. Her new home is in the country so she's looking at a country or woodsy theme. She really can't afford new bedroom furniture, but she decided to spice up her room a bit with new bedding. She never knew there were so many different bedspreads out there. This time its important for her to have everything matching. I really didn't know the master bath and the bedroom could coordinate in colors. You can tell how long I've been out of decorating! How cute to have the waste basket, tooth brush holder and shower curtain all match the bedding. Pretty impressive if you ask me.

Decorating a new home on a budget can be difficult, but we found many styles and colors on sale for reasonable prices. My advice to her? Buy a few items at a time and add the accessories as you can afford them.

Free Sample Gary's Salt Free Seasoning

Hurry over to Here to get your free sample of Gary's Salt Free seasoning. I chose the original salt free, I'm too chicken to try the Too Hot for Mama Salt Free! Thanks Freebies For U

Sunday, October 9, 2011

House of Meats Free 1lb Boneless Chicken Breasts W/$25 Purchase

Hurry over to Here to get your coupon for free 1lb of boneless chicken breasts with a $25 purchase.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Free Sample of Breathe Right Strips

Free Sample of Breathe Right Advanced
Hurry over to Here  to get your free sample of Breathe right strips.

Swagcode Out Till 8pm EST

Hurry there's a Swagcode out till 8pm EST. Its worth 8 bucks and its in the blog!Still not a Swagbuck member? Click my link!
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Yes, I'm a Fashion Diva

Even though I'm been losing weight, I still wear plus size womens clothing. Honestly, when I was younger I just hated shopping in the plus size department because the styles were so out of date. Now, happily the styles are exactly the same as what I can buy in any women's department store. My jeans and tops are just as fashionable as everyone else. I love all of the new styles and even had a friend or two have asked if they can borrow a shirt. I never knew I was that fashionable!

My new favorite item is boots. I love all of the new styles. A few years ago I never could wear the stylish ones because my calves were too big to get them zipped. Really, I can't be the only one who has this problem. Now I'm able to wear great boots and be just as hip as the other moms. Yes, I've even had my friends ask where I got my boots. Who knew I'd be a fashion diva? There is one problem I'd like to mention. Why do all of the cool looking boots have such high heels? As usual a cool fashion diva like me wears boots with one inch heels. I guess I'm not a true diva afterall.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Farm Rich Snacks Review and Give-Away 3 Winners!


Thanks to Farm Rich Snacks for providing me with this great review and give-away. Personally I believe nothing could be better than a hot gooey cheese stick straight from the oven. Sorry its the kid in me that just can't resistant that hot stringy cheese. Another favorite of mine is the Mini Quesadillas. They are made with all white meat chicken and a Southwestern blend of Cheddar and Jack. Yummy! Farm Rich products are available at your local grocer and you can even find a 75 cent off coupon Here.

Win it: 3 lucky readers will be provided a coupon for a FREE product from Farm Rich
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Give-away ends October 21st at 11:59pm EST
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Looking Into a Disney Christmas

What could be better than a great Disney vacation? During the holidays why not pack up your kids and take them to Disney hotel Orlando. I've often wondered how great that would have been if I had Christmas at Disney. Instead of buying lots of unused gifts a holiday vacation could be the memory of a lifetime. I live in Northwest Ohio and what a treat it would be to have sunshine and not snow during the holiday season. Winter without snow, perhaps you think that would lose some of the magic? I doubt it, what could be better than having breakfast with all of the Disney characters? What a special holiday it would be. We can always sled when we get home!

Disney even offers great golfing packages for dad. I couldn't forget him on the holiday. I know there are several spa packages for me that I'm looking into. A gift to myself can't be all that bad. Now is the time to look into special rates and packages for Walt Disney World hotels. Who wouldn't want to wake up to a lifetime full of memories?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Entrecard September Top Droppers

Thanks to all of my Top Entrecard Droppers for September. I appreciate each and every one of your visits. Feel free to stop by and say hello. Don't forget to enter my great give-aways!

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Free Sample Aquafresh Toothpaste

aquafres Free Sample Aquafresh Extreme Clean
Hurry head on over to Here to get your free sample of Aquafresh toothpaste. Its from Walmart so of course of will come!

The Tropical Traditions Winner Is....

Thanks to everyone who entered my Tropical Traditions Glass and Surface Cleaner give-away. There were 67 valid entries and now drumroll, the winner is....Roxanne. You have been emailed and have 48 hours to reply. Look forward to another give-away soon.

The Mile High City, Well Maybe

In my quest to seek out new places for retirement I've recently looked into Real Estate in Colorado. Yes I know, I really like the southern life and warmth of Florida, but I'm open to other areas. There seems to be a flare about Colorado with it's great view of the mountains. I can imagine sitting out each morning with my cup of coffee and enjoying the fresh clean mountain air. What could be more picturesque than a morning view of the mountains with the sun rising? Now that's a great way to wake up with during retirement. Hey who says I have to wait till then? Besides the views there are many other activities to enjoy. It seems like no matter where you live shopping is always a big issue. Colorado offers many unique market places, whether its huge brand names or local business, Colorado has it all.

I'm also willing to live in a big city like Denver. I never said city life wouldn't be convenient. Real Estate in Denver CO is back on the hot list. The Mile High City offers big city convenience, which will be important if I'm trying to downsize. I don't even know how much I'll drive. I'm hoping to be able to walk to most places, which makes close shopping a must. Now I can't forget a little fun. I'm also hoping to be close to restaurants and the night life. What fun would an early retirement be if I had to sit home all of the time? You'll also be surprised that Denver is one of the flattest cities so I won't have to worry about walking in steep areas.

In the next few years I'm hoping to make a decision on where I want to live. I never realized how many great cities were out there. Mostly I plan on keeping an open mind on where I want to live after retirement. I'm well aware cost will be a major factor in my decision.

Read Any Good Books Lately?

Many of my readers know I am an avid reader. My favorite books are murder mysteries. There's nothing I like more than a real page turner. I find that I can read a James Patterson book in less than a day if I have the time. Since I can read them so quickly I get many of my books from the library. This way I spend no money and add little clutter to my house. My problem is that I have no one to discuss them with. I don't have alot of time to attend a formal book discussion session with working my twelve hour shifts, and I do like to hear other readers' opinions.

Books Read Online is a great new community I've found to join in all types of book reviews. You can even start your own book club. I know I can't be the only warped person out there who loves murder mysteries. I love to hear what other people have to say about a book. I've also gotten many new book titles and suggested reads from the site. If you're a person like me, who has little time to attend a book discussion in person, maybe on online site will be your answer.

Monday, October 3, 2011

What, No New Recipes?

I think I'm getting stale in my old age, I haven't tried any new recipes lately. I used to be excited in the fall. The weather is cooler and I felt like cooking a little bit more, however I've lost my touch, I really don't feel like cooking much anymore. Maybe its the empty nest syndrome, there's really no one left here to eat my new creations. Lord knows, if I make something I really like I'll eat the whole thing, and that won't go well with my new weight loss program. I think I just haven't found any new recipes that really interest me.

Free Recipes is a neat new site that I've found to give me that new creativity. I'm always looking for new healthy recipes and have found some there that I can't wait to try. Since I have most of my cooking and baking items already on hand, I'm sure I can whip up something new and stay on budget. My biggest problem is portion control, but I have a new trick, freezing items in proper serving sizes. I'd rather have one piece of that great apple bread and not the whole loaf. Hopefully my freezer will be my new friend with portion control.

Hurry Free 2 year Subscription to Shape Magazine

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Low Entry Give-Away Tropical Traditions Ends Tonight

Hurry and head over to Here to enter my Tropical Traditions Glass and Surface Cleaner give-away. Very LOW entry! Give-away ends tonight 10/3 at 11:59 pm EST.