Tuesday, January 25, 2011

It's Tuesday

This morning I woke up early again and GOT UP!  :)  I decided to finish mopping our tile in the Scrapbook Nook and the Living Room.  Normally I wouldn't have been too satisfied and excited to touch it.  This morning, however, was rather refreshing and serene.  As I mopped and thought, it felt invigorating.  I completely detest, with a passion I might add, cleaning.  I can't stand it.  But it has felt good to have tackled it head on. 

Last night I ventured to a new dollar store on my way home from work.  I must admit that I was in love!!!  I don't typically go into dollar stores anymore.  When the first came out, I was a fanatic.  I would want to go to the dollar store to see what they had.  It was exciting.  You could get so many things for a dollar.  How much better could life be?  Then I came to the realization that a lot of the stuff was junk and cheapo.  Some things, however, were worth going there to shop for.  Unless I go for a specific item, I don't really go there just to browse. 

I found myself excitedly walking through the aisles of this dollar store with eager anticipation.  I found some awesome finds.  However, I soon realized it wasn't a "dollar store" as you would think.  It was soon discovered that this store was a "dollar AND UP" store.  Instead of things being a dollar, they were about $1.39 plus tax for the cheaper items. 

Still I was soon consumed with such excitement in finding some gorgeous flower, beaded and feathered hair things for my daughter in all different colors.  I couldn't resist buying a few.  They were so cute.  I am so excited to put them in her hair on Sundays for church.  When I showed them to her at home, her face completely lit up and she was smiling from ear to ear.  I also decided, on a complete whim, to buy me a ring.  It might seem to be some cheapo piece of crap to someone else, but I love it.  It is silver.  It was $1.29 plus tax.  That $1.29 is worth the happiness I feel today.  :) 

What do you think?  What are your favorite dollar stores?  What are your favorite finds at dollar stores?

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Refreshing Morning

This morning I actually woke up and GOT UP on time.  Actually earlier than usual.  Most mornings are spent rushing to get ready because I just couldn't manage to get up.  Getting myself and two young ones ready when I didn't want to get out of bed, just doesn't make for a great morning.  Trying to urge them to get up and get ready when they just want to stay in bed results in me raising my voice.  I bang things.  I yell.  I scream.  I turn lights on.  I turn music or tv on really loudly.  I do anything to get them up.  Needless to say, not such a great way to start the day.

Today was different.  I got up and got ready right away.  I urged the kids to get up without yelling.    No, they didn't want to get up right away, but they did get up.  I ended up having half an hour left til we had to leave and we were all ready to go.  I decided to do something I would NEVER choose to do.  I chose to do dishes.  Remember if you will, our dishwasher is broken.  As a result, dishes are washed by hand.  A cleaned the sink and got it ready for a load.  I usually cringe at the thought of dishes.  I actually enjoyed it, believe it or not.  Don't ask me why, but it was a great feeling.  All the dishes are out air drying. 

As I drove away, I feeled so happy and calm.  I am sure some of you are thinking I must be crazy today.  hahaha  But it really felt so incredible.  I have three cookie sheets soaking and will tackle them when I am home.  I also have a box of dishes in the garage that I am going to wash and most likely give away.  We shall see what the evening brings.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Movie Giveaway

One Momma Saving Money is having a giveaway!  As most of you know, we love watching movies together.  My kids and I curl up together with a thick, warm blanket and enjoy watching a good movie on the couch.  I would love to win this.  Check out her blog.  http://onemommasavingmoney.blogspot.com/2011/01/family-movie-night-is-back-giveaway.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FxcZwO+%28One+Momma+Saving+Money%29 

I personally follow her blog and am always excited when she posts.  Check her out.  Good luck.