I'm so with you, sister! I can't tell you how frustrating it is to see the same number on the scale I started with on June 1. I ran into my girlfriend Toni a month ago--we'd worked together in radio about 14 years ago--and the woman has turned into a shadow of her former self! Toni lost 45 pounds 4 years ago, but more importantly, kept it off. So, she sent me to her people who helped her lose the 45 pounds. I started Total Trans4m 20 days ago and have lost 7 pounds already! The main ingredient is Phaseolamin, which is an extract from the white kidney bean. It essentially acts as a fat and starch blocker, and an appetite suppressant. My first thought was that it wasn't working because I wasn't all buzzed out and jittery the way one usually is on diet stuff. It's drug and stimulant-free, and it's WORKING! Frankly, I'm still more interested in the fact that you can keep the weight off after stopping the stuff. If you want to join me, the girls over at Total Transf4m are offering a deal: 50% off if you mention "Erin" when you order. A month's supply is usually $80.00, but you can get it for only $40.00! That's just a little over a dollar a day! Any of the girls who answer the phone are using the product or already lost their weight on Total Transf4m, so they can answer all of your questions. You can check out the website at http://www.b987.com/ keyword "diet." Give 'em a call at 888.315.3779 to order and ask questions. They're very nice and won't torture you with a hard sell. If enough of us order, it would be fun to do this together, and I'll come up with some cool rewards for weight loss. Let me know what you think!
Forget the kids, when's the last time YOU had something new? We're giving out a $50.00 gift card to The Limited on September first, just drop your name into the "shoutbox" comment feature to your right. It's easier for everyone (notably, ME) if you add yourself as a Follower. It takes two minutes--I've timed it--and it makes it easier for me to contact you when you win. Good luck!
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These turbulent financial times mean that we, too, are staying close to home. We're doing a lot of cool things that we might have overlooked in years past. We've been to Red Butte Gardens concerts...the Museum of Natural History...more Farmer's Market visits, etc.
But, what is REALLY harshing my mellow this summer, is the fact that we are not going back to Maine. My family has a cottage on a lake there, that I've been going to since I was 12. The trips have always been more like a military exercise with the twins--the flights, the rental cars, and such. The cottage is small and the lack of privacy prevents most efforts at romance. But, it's the reality of standing on the dock--the familiar humidity, the smell of the sweet ferns and pines--that sets me at rest. Our sons love it so much because it's breakfast, followed by a full out run off the dock and into the lake. (It's the same after every meal.)
Then there's the simple joy I get from showing Erin my old stomping grounds, like a hidden light house on the coast, protruding from some barnacle-encrusted rocks in the stormy Atlantic. Or, introducing her to the descendants of the loons on the lake that I knew from my childhood. Maybe it's the taste of the winter green growing on the forest floor...it all makes me feel proud to share it with her. (Erin also likes the fact that the state is crawling with lobsters. And I mean that literally.)
On every trip, I will find myself alone at some point in a canoe...floating in a pond surrounded by pines and sugar maples. The air is still. The water, calm, and covered with lily pads in bloom. Dragonflies perch on the fragrant petals. The fishing rod in my hands is at rest, as I have one of those moments that tells you: I remember this. I understand this, and I could not be happier than being here--right now.
The boys and Erin will miss Maine, but we keep the family activities fun, so they're having a great summer, like I am.
So, on this year of "staycations" I have much enjoyed the task of walking my older brother Scott through the adventures of learning to fish those lily-covered ponds, via long-distance charges. Which is a little like telling somone how to make love while you're serving a life sentence at Point of the Mountain. Scott's joy gives me great satisfaction and his pictures bring me closer to him and my memories of Maine.
There will be more trips to Maine, and I look forward to them already. We all have those places, near or far. And we should never give up the passion of the thoughts and feelings that draw us there.
...here's a perfect excuse to pick up some ice cream. You're making money! Get a $5 Target Gift Card when you buy 5 of the following products:Edy's Ice Cream (1.5 qt) $2.50Häagen-Dazs (14 oz) $2.50Nestlé Drumstick treats (4 ct) $2.50
More Borders printable coupons available only through TODAY. The one that really stood out to me was the $5 off 2 kids books. Remember, you must be a Rewards member to redeem these. If you're not, no worries. It's free and easy to join. Here are the coupons available: $10 off 1 harcover book $35 or more $10 off 1 computer book $5 off 1 biography or history book, 1 CD over $10, 1 DVD over $10, 1 backpack, messenger bag or tote (YES, this is ONE coupon. Geesh, guys, make up your minds!) $5 off 2 kids book $2 off 1 fiction book FREE buy a bag of coffee, get a small beverage
L.L. Bean is currently offering free shipping on all orders with code 3011901. Sneaky inside tip: take a look at their sales and clearance section. I found some beautiful boy's sweaters and shoes--two pair of shoes and three sweaters cost me $32.00!
...celebrating their 15th anniversary with an amusing promotion: a free entree for anyone named Dave TODAY ONLY, Aug. 30th. You can have any version of the name (Dave, David or Davey). Maximum value of $15 for entree, ID required. If your middle name is Dave, David or Davey then you can get an entree for 1/2 price (maximum value of $7.50). Good on dine in or to go orders. Go here for details. Other specials they are running to celebrate their 15 year anniversary are: Buck-A-Bone, in which guests can add St. Louis-style ribs for $1 per bone to any $5 purchase (with a limit of six bones per person).
Still have back to school shopping to do? Sign up to receive a FREE $10 Gift Card from ShopSmartLookFab to select shopping malls!
You will enter in your information and then you will receive a confirmation email from the company. You will then need to bring that email to the Shop Smart Zone in your mall to receive your $10 gift card. The catch is that you can only do this on a few dates - September 17 & 18th between 10am and closing and Sept 19th between 10am and 3pm.
I gotta be honest...I've seen some of the greatest budget blogger girls praise this magazine to the skies, but I didn't know what the fuss what about until I picked up a copy. It's chock-full of coupons--if you're the organized type, you'll have them neatly sorted in your alphabatized binder. I will be scrambling under my car seat trying to find the magazine to rip a couple out each time I hit the store. Whatever method you use, it's worth it! Amazon.com has an offer good through TOMORROW ONLY to buy a year's subscription for $15.00. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000W3MB5M?ie=UTF8&tag=thnwmo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B000W3MB5M
Sneaky inside tip: If you've been lusting after some of the magazine deals you've seen listed here from Amazon.com, be aware that they all expire on September first.
Sneaky inside tip: if you've already printed off the milk, cheese and yogurt coupons, they re-set BEFORE the end of the month, so you caould snag some more before they re-set again for September. Give it a shot!
It required moving out of Utah and working in radio elsewhere for a decade to realize that we in the Mountain West are a collective group of gropers.
Not in a really bad way--usually--but I still remember moving back from Virginia and getting trapped in a headlock of a hug almost immediately. And that was from a gas station attendant. I got back into the grope-ey kind of mode and was fine with it until I had the twins. Every mother will agree with me here. Your children paw at you. They hang on you. They head-butt you and split your lip with all the fond affection of a professional wrestler. And you let them.
But the continued mauling from my Zachie and MacLean has made me much less willing to let anyone else touch me. I realized this yesterday when I was filming a commercial for something called "Nutriflakes" (all I can tell you is that it has 53 essential vitamins and minerals, that's the only thing I can remember from the script.) The director took one look at me and hissed to the makeup artist, "trowel on the concealer!" He then jabbed at a couple of wrinkles around my eyes and said, "what about THESE?" with the same tone you'd use on a bag of chicken that went bad in the bottom drawer of the fridge. They discussed the distressing issue of my Sharpei-like countenance as she shoved me into the makeup chair and had at it.
I usually ignore this part...but there was something about the way she was jabbing the mascara wand that made me wonder I was going to keep the vision in my left eye. I finally seized it away and with a big, fake smile said, "I can do this and save you some time!" I got through wardrobe and onto the set where the sound guy promptly shoved his hand down my bra. "Hey, hey, HEY!" I slapped his hand, "back off! It's not your birthday!"
Exasperated sigh--"I'm TRYING to position your body mike."
"I know that!" I hissed, "I'll do it myself!"
This immediately showed the crew what a RUBE I am. Every cool, with-it tv person lets staff swarm over them like bees, picking, tucking, nipping and clipping. I then reared back like a startled horse when the director came at me to kiss me on the lips. Lip-kissing is another big tv thing. The Todd is pretty much the only person I like to kiss my mouth...which is also unfashionable because two of the girls on set tried to lip kiss me goodbye, too. The security guard went to hug me on the way out.
I was wiping off the worst of the foundation/blush/silly putty mixture when The Todd came home. "How did it go?" he asked, leaning in for a kiss. I'm pretty sure I looked like a King Cobra ready to go after a mongoose. "Don't TOUCH me!" I shrieked. "Back off, Mr. Roaming Hands and Rushing Fingers!" (Editor's note: that was a reflex shriek from something they made us practice in Young Ladies Club, where if a gentleman made an untorward advance, we were supposed to tartly reply, "You've got Russian Hands and Roman Fingers, and I don't like foreigners!" Miss Delores will be delighted to know that her efforts were not in vain, particularly since I spent most of my time in Young Ladies sniggering at words like "untorward.") The Todd went into a kind of a crouch and backpeddaled away from me like a hermit crab in the middle of a seizure.
It's not that I don't appreciate genuine affection...but all this kissy-gropey-huggy business is ruining me for the real thing--sweet kisses from my Zachie, the scream and neck-strangle-hug from my MacLean, and the long-armed all-enveloping embrace of my dear husband. You know, the same one who's now flinching back protectively every time I walk by.
...since your kids burned through all their new fall ensembles for the first week of school, this sale comes just in time. (It's times like these that make me grateful that I have kids in uniforms for school!) You can save 30% off everything* at Lucky Brand now through September 7th. Plus free shipping on all Lucky shoe orders! Shop online with code 9SEPFRND or in store with a copy of this COUPON.
These are amazing shoes for toddlers--especially when gravity is not quite your friend, it's nice to have some sturdy shoes. Cute, too! Umi shoes is offering a deal--now you can get 30% off plus free shipping on any order! Use code dailycandy30 at the checkout to get the savings. Valid thru September 3rd.
If you've got a Top Foods in your area, they've got a nice little offer this week: buy a back pack for $9.99 and it comes filled with school supplies (its a $21.00 deal!). Back packs come in Blue or Pink, and come filled with:
We've got a huge event coming up this week with our radio show, so I've not slept for like, three days. I passed out last night just before Old Navy Weekly.com updated, but there's still plenty of high-value coupons left.
$65 off $100 - Click on Wesley's picture in the bottom, to the left of where it says "Wesley's Winning Looks" - hearts will appear above the picture. Click on the first heart that appears (which is the biggest) - they will go fast! $45 off $100 - Top left - Click on the necklace that the girl w/brown sweater is wearing. Then quickly click on the open compact she is holding in her hand. $10 off $50 - On the bottom left, you will see a sign that says "Item of the week" - below that you will see a sign that changes and says "text updates" and "special offers". Click it when it says "special offers". A question will appear, asking what the item of the week was last week and click "cargo pants". Buy men's & women's item, get 20% - Click on Kelly's blue & white sweater twice (on left side w/blonde hair) 15% off when you buy a men's item - In the upper right hand corner, take the red cube of chalk in the background and put it on the end of the tall cue stick on the right. 5% off when you buy any yellow item- Go to top middle picture and take the ketchup bottle and move it to the hot dog sign. Put the ketchup bottle on the hot dog.
Candy, one of my favorite budget fiends, is taking pity on us all and offering one of her $45.00 off $100.00 purchase coupons to give away. Just add yourself as a follower (it takes 2 minutes, I've timed it!) We'll give it away on Monday. Happy hunting!
As always, the Queen of the Blogosphere for all things Old Navy is Thrifty Northwest Mom, one of my most-admired women ever!
Scroll through the restaurants and pick up a $25.00 gift certificate for only $2.00! Be sure to check the rules and restrictions for each place before you buy. The Todd and I purchased $100.00 worth of gift certificates f0r $8.00! Sneaky inside tip: There was an online survey at checkout, I filled it out for a $10.00 credit and came out $2.00 ahead! Enter the code "taste" at checkout.
Your little ones can build this cute drum for free at Lowe's on Saturday, Sept. 12th--do sign up right away, the clinics fill up pretty fast. And print off your registration sheet and bring it with you to the clinic: https://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/
Crocs.com has a lot of models on sale, with buy one get one free. BUT you can get an additional 25% off with the code slx8797 and the shipping is free!! (If that code doesn’t work, try customerloyalty09 for 10% off) . You will never see these things on my feet--I think they make adults look like they're clopping around in clown shoes. But my twins live in them during summer, so you may as well save some money! http://www.crocs.com
I'm a huge fan of supporting my local bookstore--"The King's English" here in Salt Lake City has an AMAZING kid's section! However, it's hard to argue with a book sale where your kid's favorite books are selling as low a $1.77. Books a Million has a great sale right now, FREE shipping if you spend $50 BKLVFREE. And for $10 off use code: BPAUG99UP. http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-3462921-32499
...you need to be prompt about returning surveys and reviews, but this is another one of the most reputable research companies to pay for your research work. Sneaky inside tip: Inbox Dollars sends a lot of emails, open another free email account, like I've suggested before to use for your online saving adventures: http://lm.logicalmedia.com/z/11933/CD5868/
Sneaky inside tip: I set up a free gmail account a long time ago for all the site registrations, newsletters, etc. That way, if you get a "bad egg," your regular accounts won't be buried in spam. The Todd set up one, too, but as "Servando Bulouski." It's highly entertaining to see the stream of mail and oddities that arrive for "Servando."
Sneaky inside tip: A couple of girlfriends printed these off last night, and found out they can be scanned multiple times. Susan, who has 6 kids (Utah? Remember?) split up all her purchases into $50 chunks and ended up saving $100.00!
...I used to have either money or time: so, with one or the other, things got done. With our current economy, I'm pretty sure that none of us have money OR time. You'll find piles of goodies, giveaways, expert advice (not mine, real experts) and family activities here. Look for the "Sneaky Inside Tips" in red to get the most out of the post! I try to update free-bees and coupons every day. Check back. PS: Comments and feedback very much appreciated. I like to know what's useful and what's making your finger blur on the scroll button.
Giveaways from That Went Well...
Lowe's apparently likes us for all the Kid's Workshop mentions--they've graciously agreed to be our donor this week for a $50.00 gift card. You could get rid of that vile lime green bathroom sink...dress up the living room with some big fancy plants...buy a cute rug and nightstand for your kid's room...
The choice is yours! Please add your name in the "shoutbox" option below. I'll draw a winner next Tuesday, 9.15.09 Good luck!
I tricked the world's most amazing man into marrying me. We have glorious twin boys who are long and gangly, just like their daddy.
I've never eaten a birthday cake I didn't like. I spend most of my waking hours trying to be ingratiating enough to keep people listening to our radio show--we're "Todd and Erin" on B98.7 in Salt Lake City. We stay employed only by making our Evil Corporate Entity enough money to keep us.
You can also check out toddanderin on Facebook and ToddandErin on Twitter. Same great taste, less filling.
Leeann Whiffen: she looks like a sweet little Idaho buttercup, but she's got a backbone of steel. When her son Clay started disappearing into the black tunnel of autism, she dug in and dragged him back out. Now, she spends her time helping all the other autism moms do the same. (Editor's note: if you haven't read her incredible book "A Child's Journey Out Of Autism," get it NOW. It's incredibly inspiring for every parent.)
Shantel the Angel Lady: you meet a lot of 'psychics' in radio. They're eager to get on the air with you and read a few auras, make a little cash... It soured me on the whole thing until I met Shantel. We took a call on our radio show from a grandma who wanted to know if her little grandson with autism--who couldn't speak--was happy. Shantel's face lit up like a thousand candles, and tears poured down her face as she talked about the little man's love for his dog (Editor's note: Shantel accurately described the dog, the boy's room, even what kind of cheese he liked on his sandwiches) and the little pleasures of his life. A Nana hung up, weeping with joy in her relief. We wept with joy for the happiness of a child who couldn't speak but could still share.
Allison Rogers: it took me a while to realize what animal Allison is--a hummingbird. She darts about in her brilliant plumage and dips her clever beak into one life and then another, spreading joy like nectar. She is my Zachie's and he is hers.
Mandy Johnson: while Mandy is sleek and deliciously feline, she is no cat. Cats are selfish. Mandy's quiet care and iron-clad consistency show the strong core of an incredible woman. Ballads will be sung around the campfire about Mandy.
Mary Helen Parsons, my mom. The woman rocks. MH is in her early 70's, looks 20 years younger, has traveled to Russia, Fiji, China, Israel (DURING the recent shelling) and most recently Peru. The Peru trip was especially entertaining to me because I caught her packing bribes for the border guards so that she could get medicines into the orphanges. My MOM is bribing border guards! Mary Helen=rocks. Sorry, have to say it.
Karen Streeter, she was Z&M's first grade teacher. She believes in my boys. She would race out when I picked them up after school to tell me of their latest triumph. If your heart is not tearing apart with appreciation for the sheer amazingness of Karen right now, then I SHUN you.
Karen Paulsen, ever met one of those people who were exactly as they seemed to be? Neither have I, until Karen. She is honest, sincere, courageous, and ALWAYS Karen in good times or bad.
Barbara Zocco. My best girl. Period. She knows the dark recesses of my human heart and I know hers. And we still love each other.
Lori Cain, who is fierce! Not like, Tyra Banks fierce which is really creepy and seems to involve wigs and a lot of makeup, but fierce like "I will do anything to save this kid with special needs no matter what it takes" fierce.
Jacey Walker, still the pushiest broad I know. But, you should really read bossymommy.blogspot.com if you know what's good for you. Plus, she's pretty.
Jen Collard, my school teachin', Rekii doin', tractor drivin' sister-in-law who is one of the tiniest, toughest, tenderest broads alive. Plus, she has two new titanium hips! She could crush you with one snap of her thigh...
Sharee Gallivan, whom we call "Martha" behind her back because her taste is so perfectly perfect in it's perfection. She manages to be graceful, charming and kind without making me feel like an utter buffoon by comparison.
Ysa Pitman, my horrifyingly clever niece who lectured me on prosbiscus monkeys at the age of 3. Talk about feeling inadequate...
Jenne Parsons, exquisitely beautiful, exquisitely talented, and mean enough to tear your head clean off on a bad day. I ADORE her.
Eliza McKay, who has a howling laugh that you can hear clear back in Chicago. She is effortlessly cool and has merry brown eyes.
Kristy Custer, who can burp like a man. She is the Dark Mistress of Nutrition and bends stubborn children to her will.
"Miss" Virginia, my mother-in-law. I was too scared of her at first to call her anything else. She's got a queenly elegance and an almost terrifying sense of cool. Case in point: you do not start her fires in her massive Colonial-era fireplace with wadded-up newspaper. You start them with dried lavender twigs from her garden, wrapped neatly in raffia. See what I mean?
Kim and Katie Tucker, Katie is a tiny buttercup of a thing who will one day rule Hollywood with an iron fist, Kim is the woman who, like the multi-armed Shiva, raises Katie, dispenses pharmaceuticals, participates in every charity known to man, and still attends hockey games to throw things.
Jenny Ulvestad, who does not know yet that she is exquisitely beautiful and brilliant. WHY can't you force a teenage to see themselves the way you do? Shouldn't there be a magic mirror that shows the painfully unsure how beautiful they truly are?
Jen Burnazos, since the first day she walked into my living room and pretended to be a frog, she has been the sister of my heart, if not my blood. Everything MacLean is, is half her. She is blindingly beautiful with blue, blue eyes and almost spitefully unlined skin.
Karen Hansen, a sweet Scandinavian type gal with big blue eyes. She's an accountant, for heaven's sake! But everytime she pops up with a massive tub of hash browns, she has some bizarre adventure involving gothic vampire writers...Hawaii...jewelry...she's like some sort of insane secret agent. In fact, the chances are excellent that she IS.
Stephanie Rawson, who turned out to be even better than we all planned--and believe me, we had some REALLY high expectations. Unfailingly generous, unrelentingly kind, and startlingly clever.
Patti Stith, you want tickets to the Fray on Saturday? She's got 'em. You want a distributor who can give you 300 guavas by Monday? She's got 'em. You want a shoulder to cry on when your heart is breaking? You got her.
Mary Helen Pitman, with her clever smile and secretive little face, she always looks like she's thinking, "I could get away with that..." And dangit, she's so cute that she HAS.