Monthly Archives: August 2012

Money Saving Tips

Interested in saving a little money? Keep reading for five proven ways to ease the strain on your budget.

1. Avoid multiple trips to the store. Plan to do everything at once. This involves planning ahead. For example I know I will be having lunch with a friend this week across town, so I have also planned to stop at the DMV and a few other nearby places at the same time. This cuts down on gas and time.

2. Buy used for items that makes sense. For example quality clothing in new condition, vehicles, exercise equipment. There are many other things out there that are a better buy when purchased used and will save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

3. Pay attention to the Sunday paper. There are coupons offered that often match up to items that are also on sale that same week. Often times with the coupon the item can be free or nearly free. See point #1, don’t make a special trip just for that item unless it’s close by, or your savings goes down the drain.

4. Empty your vehicle of all non-essentials and keep your tire pressure at optimum for your specific tire. This has been proven to save on gas millage. Along the same idea, keeping your oil change an car in optimal condition will also save you money in gas and repairs over time.

5. Reuse things that you might ordinarily toss. For example if I use a piece of tin foil in place of a pan for a loaf of bread in the oven I then wrap the left overs in that loaf.

Use good judgement when reusing items. I never reuse something that could cause cross contamination, and of course I always wash foil and gallon size plastic bags in hot soapy water before reusing.

I hope these tips help you save a little money. What tips do you have to offer? I’m always looking for ways to save money.


My Stubborn Heart

contemporary romance, My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade hooked me from page one.

Social worker, Kate Donovan and her grandmother drive from Dallas to Redbud, Pennsylvania to fix up the estate that has been in their family for more than  one hundred years. They hire a local man named Matt to do the restorations. Kate is in awe at the man’s good looks but at the same time she sees hurt and pain written all over him and is drawn to him.

Former NHL star Matt Jarreau’s wife died of brain cancer so he quit hockey and checked out on life. He then moved to his childhood home in Redbud and took up carpentry. He has a  reputation for quality work, but he also has a reputation for keeping to himself and not allowing anyone to get close.

Kate refuses to allow Matt to shut her out and gradually he begins to accept her presence.

To find out about the author you may visit her web site at

I truly enjoyed this book. My Stubborn Heart is more than a romance, it’s  a wonderful love story that touches the heart.

My Top 10 Favorite Movies

In the spirit of summer winding down I thought I’d do a fun post today. I hope you enjoy and share what your favorite movies are too.

  1. Sabrina—the one with Julia Ormond
  2. The Proposal
  3. The Italian Job
  4. Borrowed Hearts
  5. The Cutting Edge
  6. Cinderella—Disney’s original
  7. First Daughter—with Katie Holmes
  8. Music and Lyrics
  9. Confessions of a Shopaholic
  10. The Holiday

Yes, I like chick flicks, but please note the addition of The Italian Job. What about you? What’s your favorite movie or genre? I’m sure there are others out there that are worthy of this list, but they’ve escaped me. One honorable mention is A Walk to Remember. I didn’t include it above because I cried my eyes out and I hate crying, but wow, what a movie!

Love In Disguise

Love In Disguise, by Carol Cox is a historical romance set in a mining town in Arizona.

Ellie Moore is desperate for a job, but there are few jobs for a respectable woman in Chicago with her skill set. Her funds are running out and she estimates she only has enough money to live in the boarding house for one more week. She overhears two men talking about needing a woman for a job and follows them to the Pinkerton Detective Agency.

Ellie convinces the men that she is the woman for the job and heads off to Arizona to discover who keeps stealing the miner’s silver deliveries.

Stephen, one of the mine owners is desperate to catch the thieves and when Lavinia an older woman shows up in town claiming to want to invest in his mine he is convinced she is his answer to prayer. If he only knew what kind of answer she really is.:)

Love is Disguise is a fantastic mystery and romance set in the west. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and couldn’t wait to find out if I’d guessed correctly about who the bad guys were.

This has nothing at all to do with the book above, but a friend of mine asked me to spread the word about her book. Her message is below.

FREE on Kindle Aug 20-22, Monday-Wed., (possibly available as soon as midnight tonight, I’m not positive of the time zone or when it actually rolls over into ‘free’) The Other Daughter by Miralee Ferrell, contemporary women’s fiction (Christian). This is my debut novel, published in 2007. I’ve had 5 more books release since this one and have grown as a writer, but still love this story.

10 Things to do before Summer Ends

1. Visit a water park or swimming pool

2. Go to a zoo or museum

3. Picnic at your favorite park, lake, or river

4. Take a hike or go biking

5. Go camping

6. Visit an amusement park

7. See a movie

8. Go to an outdoor concert

9. Go to a play

10. Take a day trip to a local tourist attraction

Now it’s your turn. What ideas do you have to share? What is your best end of summer memory, besides school starting?:)


Accused, a suspense, by Janice Cantore had me hooked on page one. But before I tell you about it, the winner of last weeks drawing for Dying to Read, is  Cynthia Lovely. Congratulations!

Police officer Carly Edwards’ life takes a dramatic twist after her temporary partner kills an unarmed man. She’s stuck working a desk job and would do about anything to get back to her old job. On her birthday she gets the call she’s been waiting for. Her presence is requested at the scene of a murder. She believes this is her big break, but things aren’t always what they seem. Corruption within the police department  threatens to destroy Carly and everyone she cares about.

I don’t want to spoil the story for you, so I won’t share any more.

A retired police officer, Cantore, delivers a believable and enjoyable novel filled with well developed characters. I really liked Accused and highly recommend it.

Back to School Shopping Tips

I don’t know about any one else, but getting the kids ready to go back to school can be an expensive and hectic adventure. Here are a few tips to help make the experience a little more pleasant.

1. Shop right when the stores open. There won’t be as many people to deal with and the sales associates are more likely to be helpful. I’ve discovered if I can get out on the road before 10:30 the traffic is much better too.

2. Shop in stores you are familiar with. The experience will be more pleasant. There is nothing worse than wandering the aisles unable to locate what you want.

3. To save time and money choose a store that you know offers competitive prices, and don’t worry about missing out on the “deals”. By the time you pay for gas to get to those steals you may as well have just gone to one store that had fair prices to begin with and get all your supplies at once.

4. If you are a die-hard sale shopper, check out the Sunday circulars, but buyer beware some of the “deals” aren’t deals at all. I recently went to a store that doubled the price on backpacks then reduced them 50%. I know this because we found the same backpack at Target. Target’s regular price with this other stores sale price–Exact same item.

5. Make it a fun adventure for the kids. Include a trip to the park on the way home, or treat them to an ice cream cone once the shopping is complete. Shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. It can be fun, especially if there is something to look forward to at the end.

6. Finally, set a realistic budget and stick to it and don’t forget, almost every teacher sends an additional list home once school starts.

Back to school shopping can be a rewarding experience if approached with a plan.

If you haven’t entered to win a copy of Dying to Read be sure to check Monday’s post and leave a comment there.