Monthly Archives: August 2009

God willing..

So the “real” job hunt may be over beginning tomorrow. God-willing. 

The Animal Hospital job has been a real blessing, but I just feel like I need a job that applies more to my passion(s) and this would deffinitely be it. Its an interview tomorrow at 2pm with the May Institute- pretty much they help children and adults with autism and other mental disabilities. They teach them in school and they also help them with “real-world” stuff.

So I’m praying that God would direct me, it would give Justin and I some money, and the hours would work out so I can be involved with all of the church stuff:)

So  please pray for that if you could remember!!


Shabby Chic = Shabby Cheap?

So…going along with the whole cheap frugal theme that my hubby and I seem to be on, does anyone have any wonderful ideas on how I can pull off a room with the feel of this picture for like…$150? Any suggestions?…ANYONE?!


One is a great number..

So lately Justin and I have been working a lot on our budget. Its just one of those things you don’t really think about too much until AFTER the wedding and so it takes a while to get everything in order…for’s taken about 4 months haha.

So anyways, with that said, I have been trying to find little ways that I can help us save money whils still being able to get everything we need and not make too many sacrifices.

So yesterday, I met up with my friend Rachael to talk and she had to do some grocery shopping…and I realized Sam’s Club can get pretty expensive!! Just walking around with her, I saw how easily I could get wrapped up in the world of super-sized packs of everything and walk out of there spending $1,000! 800 ouncez of shampoo? why not!  A 90 pack of power bars? Gotta have it!!

No, I didn’t even spend a dime while I was in the store…but it is so enticing when you see huge packages of your favorite items for 8 or 12 dollars.

So back to my point. After I left Sams’s Club, I passed by a Dollar Value. And, not to sound snotty (because I’m not at all), but I have just never been the person to do shop at the dollar store. Just hasn’t appealed to me. In hind-sight, I have no clue why a store where everything is ONE DOLLAR never appealed to me!

So I drove into the Dollar Value parking lot, walked through the parking lot, and entered the store. After I got over the overwhelming aroma of cigarette smoke, I began to walk around and browse. While some of their merch was a little…uhh…trashy looking..I found some awesome deals!!

Did you know they sell kitchen supplies? Lemon zesters, apple slicers, ladels, potato mashers…you name it!! Needless to say, I had to buy a few of those.  I also found velcro hair curlers (a 5 pack at Target is like $3…this was $1!), snacks for Justin at work, kitchen sponges, laundry detergent, and a few other things.

I only spend about $9 on everything…..I priced it out and at Target or Publix, these things would have cost me about $20!

So at the end of the day, I found a new budget-friendly store, I am saving money for our family, and I’m not ashamed to say I bought my potato masher from the dollar store.

I’m really starting to get into the whole coupon/ deal-finding world. Probably because I’m financially “on my own” (with Justin, of course). My friend Jen is a pro!! She buys coupons off of e-bay and saves soo much money. I really admire her.

Anyone know of any other great budget-friendly stores/ websites?

I’m not dead, I swear.

So my password decided to go on bit of a hiatus…meaning, I lost my password and for the life of me couldn’t remember what it was or for that matter, remember which of my five e-mail addresses I set up my blog account on. HA!  So now I’ve consolidated my e-mails and I’m down to two.

Anyways, I guess I should give a little update of what’s been going on with me lately.

I am (sadly) no longer a Barista  at Starbucks and am working as a Receptionist at an Animal Hospital. Not exactly what I want to be doing the rest of my life, but its good money for Justin and I and its a good growing experience for me. Alot of the people who I work with remind me of the way I used to be before I knew Christ.  I just wish I had an opportunity to share with some of them how having God in my life had changed me.

Here’s what I just don’t understand. Why people are so opposed to God. Why is God to offensive to people? I feel like this world has become so selfish that we aren’t willin to accept that there is someone with control over our lives. Maybe that’s it, I’m not sure. But I feel like everyone looks at me differently when they find out I am a Christian. Not that I really care…its a good thing. But I wish people were more accepting of it. If someone says they are a Universalist or a Buddist or anything else, its totally acceptable. But when someone says they are a Christian, I feel that most of the time, people are automatically offended. I dunno….just some things I’m thinking through.