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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Music Review: Mary Lambert "Heart on My Sleeve"

I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own

I will admit prior to receiving this album, I had not heard of Mary Lambert but I also don't listen to too much over the air radio.  I read her bio and learned she had worked with Macklemore as not only a writer but providing vocals for "Same Love". Mary Lambert is a supporter of gay rights and performed on the Grammy telecast while Queen Latifah married 33 couples.  She released a previous EP "Welcome to the Age of My Body"which got scored her two Grammy nominations.

When I heard the opening track, "Secrets" I sat up and listened a little more closely.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween Snacks: Mad Scientist Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Halloween Snacks: Mad Scientist Spinach Artichoke Dip #SpookySnacks #Shop

The mad scientist has been spending many hours toiling and brewing up many concoctions and conducting experiments with Halloween coming very soon.  However, the one thing that this mad scientist loves to create are Halloween snacks - namely a special dip for Wheat Thins.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Silent Sunday: October

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Recipe: Smoked Sausage Penne Pasta

This post has been compensation by Hillshire Brands via Mom It Forward.  However, all opinions are mine.

Emma is crazy excited for Halloween.  She is going to be Alice in Wonderland and she keeps peeking at her costume every day.  It makes me giggle how she keeps holding it up to herself and seeing how she looks.  Do you remember doing that as a kid? I do.  Since I'm not supermom, she has a store bought costume but it's all good.  This is the first time in awhile that she is getting to dress up for Halloween and her excitement makes me smile.  She's earned it.

I found an awesome recipe using smoked sausage that was an absolutely winner! I purchased Hillshire Farm Beef Smoked Sausage from Safeway (dude, there's a sweet ecoupon available at Safeway.  Just go here and find the valuable coupons for Hillshire products in J4U.) and made this amazing one pot Smoked Sausage Penne Pasta adapted via America's Test Kitchen The Best Simple Recipes cookbook which I found out about thanks to Kevin & Amanda's blog.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Operation Declutter has commenced

It has been said that clutter is the sign of a cluttered mind.  I think there is definitely some truth to that.

When I have a million things going on in my head- ideas, dreams, deep thoughts, etc. - nothing gets done and I tend to put things in all kinds of odd places and it builds up.

I have not had a calm mind in quite some time but my mind has started to calm and the clarity and focus has started to return.  I don't know about you but when I am overwhelmed by clutter, I don't want to do a single thing.  I don't want to go to the park, the zoo, or anywhere.  I'd rather just sit and watch something on Netflix, go online or read a book.  In other words, I want to ignore it.

I have decided to begin "Operation Declutter".

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We are Falling for the Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans

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Falling for the Lowest Priced Unlimited Plans #Fall4Phones #Shop

I have been working extremely hard to achieve very specific goals in my life and there's nothing more exciting than starting to see some of the payoff.  One of my goals was to bring down some of my month-to-month expenses and one of the biggest money drains has been my cell phone bill.  I paid a lot of money for good cell phone service but it's ridiculous to spend $100 a month (that's WITH a corporate discount of 23%) for the same quality of services that I can get with Walmart's lowest priced unlimited plan for $34.88 a month.   So needless to say- I am so excited to be a Walmart Family Mobile ambassador and finally cut my ties with my contract plan (I was up for renewal this month and opted to discontinue my six year relationship with my old plan). I am saving $60 a month just by this change.  One little change that will get me closer to my goals of being rid of debt.