ThAt TimE oF ThE YeaR

I love this part of the year.  October through January…it’s decorate, decorate, decorate!!  I am planning a few little things for the holiday’s but no final plans as of yet.

What do you think of a Silver and Red Christmas?? Doesn’t that sound so spectacular??

Well, not to worry too much about that now. I will love having my Halloween items out and this year we took over mom’s baby grand piano!

Whatcha think??

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

SpOOn GeEks

This months update is not an update at all….instead it is an introduction to a collaboration I am doing with my best friend and her husband.  It is called Spoon Geeks! Each week we bring a YouTube (see our Channel below) videos reviewing chronic illness, geeky fun and as much information we can find. The first and third Monday’s (Motivational Monday’s) are from SGN – it is a male perspective on all thing male related with dealing with a chronic illness.  The first & third Thursday are Thyroid Thursday with SGS – a journey through hyperthyroidism. Then on the second and fourth Friday it’s me {SGL} with Frainbogged Friday’s where I will share my journey with Fibromyalgia.  Please do visit our sites and gives us a like or two!!

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SpoonGeeks

YouTube – SpoonGeeks

Website – www.spoongeeks.wordpress.com

 

LAp DeSk RePurPOse

I’ve been needing a nice lab desk for some while. I have had a tiny one for what an eternity but due to its small size, letter writing and blogging wasn’t working for me.  I found a really cool one at Barnes & Noble but for $16.99, I left it alone and kept looking.

Barnes & Noble Johnathan Adler Meadow Mosaic

 

Low and behold the purple lap desk! It was barely used and $2.99 at GW. (plus the usual 20% discount because even I use coupons at Thrift Stores!)  The B&N one was decorative…and I had leftover decals….so it was to boring to awesome for less that five bucks!!

PicMonkey Collage

Go me!

BaRKtoBer FeSt

This month, my sister and I took our furry kids out to Barktober Fest held by the Friends for Life Animal Rescue group. It was a beautiful day out and OMG they had a great time being adorable and sniffin butts (well, they are dogs, that’s what they do!) Sadly, there where less vendors than the previous year so it didn’t take long to walk through the park.  That was ok though because we had plans! Here in the Tuke’s there is a new restaurant named Uncle Bears.  And you know what, Uncle Bears allows pets in the patio and have a menu just for them!!! (psst, furry kids eat free on Saturday).  If was a great day out with my sister and it our babes into a deep slumber!

PicMonkey Collage

 

EpHemEra

Love that word! Such a lovely way to label paper that was meant to be thrown away. Well, as a collector of said word, I had to find a way to store it all. But how?

It’s no secret that I frequent the thrift shops on a regular basis, and by regular I mean two to three times a week. I made a two promises to myself when I began thrifting. One was it had to have a purpose (or could be re-purposed) and  two, I had to get rid of something (donate what I was not using).  So far, this is a workable plan!

Anyway, in my search I came across this really cool Steelmaster lidded file box. ($2.99 and purchased with a 20% discount). It was small enough to throw in bits and pieces of paper, stickers, postcards that I come across.  Then, like magic, a week later I came across the index cards! Never opened index cards that fit perfectly in my file box! It was meant to be! (99 cents purchased with 30% member discount!). So this match made in heaven now sits on my storage cart and is stuffed full of ephemera ready to be used!

Oh yeah, I love my junk!

All the goodie in one place!

All the goodies in one place!

 

StiCky NoTeS

I honestly can not remember how I came upon this blog. It is a great blog with a very simple message. It’s called Things We Forget.  As the banner reads “Sticky notes left to their fate in public places”. Give it a look and Enjoy!

Things We Forget

Back on Track

A few months ago I wrote about how I was utterly failing with my cash envelopes budgeting.  I was spending my “envelopes” willy-nilly all over town and not for what they were intended. So I had to stop, collaborate and listen…(gotcha)

What I had to do was trick myself. Why? Because, I spend money like a drunken virgin sailor on his first shore leave (there’s an image for ya!).  I went back to basics (again) with a bit of a twist.  The categories remain the same but a couple of the accounts I had to treat as mini-savings.

Here is my quirky plan of attack!

Let’s start with Car Maintenance. I estimate that it will take about $600 per year to maintain my car (that includes a new battery, tire repair, & oil changes).  On the envelope, I wrote down $600. Each time I deposit a contribution to the envelope it is marked as a negative and when something is spent, it is marked as a positive. Make sense? The goal is always maintain at least $600, so if I am building it as a mini-savings any contribution will mean I am that much closer to the goal of $600. (I said it was quirky!)

Another strategy was applied to the gift giving envelope. My yearly goal is $480 for birthdays and some Christmas pre-purchasing. Each month, I set aside $40 dollars which is then automatically withdrawn to an American Express pre-paid card. This allows me to make secured purchases on-line and the money is not in my hands so-to-speak.

The remaining envelopes are for items that I budgeted out for each month like for Pets, Nails, etc. I keep the cash amount in the envelope and any receipts for purchases. If there is any remaining money, it will roll into the next month.  I will, however, make concessions. Such as, if I didn’t spend my money from the craft envelope, I will then pass that money onto another envelope like Thrifting. If it’s not spent, it will roll over to the next month. (yea, I go through the thrifting envelope pretty quickly).

It’s a crazy convoluted plan but it is working for me thus far and money is being saved which is the ultimate goal!

What would you suggest for my quirky plan of attack?

Oh and I had to share!!  I recently made cash envelopes to fit a pocket sized filofax…see the tut below!

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