Friday, January 27, 2012

Loss of a Friend

Early this morning we learned that one of my husband's childhood friends was lost in a senseless act of violence. I had the pleasure of meeting his friend a few years ago, a month or so before giving birth to our daughter. A beautiful person.

Situations such as this brings out the hurt (and sometimes, ignorance) in everyone. Just reading the Facebook posts from the friends of the victim and the friends of the alleged killer, it's hard to refrain from posting myself. Now is not a time for ignorance, it's a time of grieving. I'm grieving most for the small child in this situation, that no longer has their mother or father. One parent will be buried while the other most likely in prison. I also grieve for the families who have both lost their child. Most people tend to forget that the alleged's family also loses when their loved one is sentenced to life in prison or the death penalty. Though it does not compare to the degree of loss in the victim's family, it's a loss nonetheless.

I have a background in criminal justice which helps me to be objective. I though about keeping these to myself or writing a status on Facebook myself. That's where this blog is such a blessing. Thanks for understanding my need to post this here. Take care and hug your loved ones a little more today for me.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Home Decor Deals at Rite Aid!

I am so excited to announce that my family and I are moving to Houston, Texas!! My husband recently graduated and received a job offer there. I am so proud of him and where God has brought us in our marriage and individually. I tell you, God is good!!

Moving from our small, 1 bedroom family dorm (yes, they do exist LOL) to a large two bedroom, two bathroom traditional apartment, we are desperately in need of classier decor. Hubby says I can't have a decorating budget, so you know I have to get my decor another way. While browsing at Rite-Aid yesterday, I found that their Christmas items are marked down to 75% off. This includes gift items!!

I was able to score a small tabletop water fountain for $1.99 and a 3 flameless candle set w/rocks & tray for $3.74. Together, these retailed for $22.98 and we only spent $5.73!! At this rate, we'll have a lovely decorated house in no time, for a fraction of the cost. Love my deals!

Makeup Steals at Walgreens!!

Yesterday I decided to browse a few stores while hubby went to play basketball with the guys. It has been a while since I went to a Walgreens store, so on a whim, I stopped by. Here is what I found:
CLEARANCED MAKEUP!! Sally Hansen, Rimmel, Loreal, Maybelline, etc for under $2 each!! To make the deals even sweeter, I found "$1 off Sally Hansen nail polish" coupons at the beauty counter and many beauty items advertised BOGO 50% off. I ended up purchasing 3 items for under $3 (not including tax.)

Sally Hansen Nail Polish, Clearanced at $1.29, Used (1) $1.00 off coupon = $0.29!!
Rimmel Eye Shadow, Clearanced at $1.79
Rimmel Lip Gloss, Clearanced at $1.69 - $0.85 BOGO Discount = $0.84
Total paid = $2.92!!
A savings of 85%!!

This total could have been less with a Rimmel coupons that are found in most AllYou magazines. Considering I was totally unprepared for this, I didn't do too bad, I must say.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Inspiring Kindle Ebooks!

Ever since I discovered that Amazon has free ebooks, I hardly ever pay for the majority of my book collection. You don't need an e-reader to get these. Whether you have a personal computer, laptop, smart phone or e-reader these books are available to you! Just head over here to get the program/application for your device.

With the new year {and resolutions} just having begun, I thought that I would share these inspiring books with you!

Near to the Heart of God by Robert J. Morgan
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories Sampler Edition  
Stress Less Every Day - Simple Tips to Beat Stress! by A. Bothwell Peter A.
Organize for a Fresh Start: Embrace Your Next Chapter in Life

Before ordering your ebook(s), be sure to double check that the price has not changed {Amazon prices can change at any moment, especially on popular items.} If the book is still free, it should look something like this:

What were your resolutions this year?

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