Friday, August 15, 2014

Only 123 Fashion Review

It's that time of year again... already! 

How on Earth can it be Back to School Shopping already????  I swear to you it feels like Summer just began. 

Back to School clothing shopping can sure put a drag on an already limited budget.  Kids want to be sent to school in all the latest, trendy, cool clothes.  Let's face it- clothing sure can be expensive, especially for kids who keep growing and growing out of everything!  I know many parents who shop the malls and spend hundreds on each child.  Add in shoes, school supplies and backpacks and dang there went your whole paycheck in one day! 

You should know that I can't afford shopping the malls for my kids.  It just isn't in the budget!  (In addition, my ex hasn't even bothered paying child support this last month.  I can't lie- that sure hurts when you are definitely counting on it.)  I always work on stretching a buck til it screams bloody murder.  Some days I am better at it than other days. 

For me- back to school shopping takes time and dedication.  I tend to shop a little at a time during the summer, so I don't have to pay it all at once.  In addition to Thrift Store Shopping  I have found a huge cost saving school shopping source this month!  If you have a preteen or teenage daughter to shop for, there is a really inexpensive place to shop at !

The store is called Only 123 Fashion.  Everything is either $1.00, $2.00, or $3.00!  Yes, you read that correctly.




That is it!  I know what you are thinking already.  It must be cheapo, crappy quality, right?  I won't lie- I thought that same exact thing.  However, I was very pleasantly surprised when I walked in to their store and started looking around.


Here is a look at my first shopping trip that I scored for my daughter.  All items are really nice and NOT cheapo at all.  It might not be easy to see based on the picture but I was very happy for everything we found for her.  Most of the items were $3.00.  She was so excited to try everything on and see that they fit. 

I did find my son 2 shirts on our second visit, however for the majority they don't carry boy items which is a bummer.  The place is sure packed to the brim with Juniors and Women's clothing.

I definitely suggest looking into this store as an alternative of stretching those clothing dollars for your kiddos. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Life Has a Funny Way of Working Out

Life sure has a funny way of working out!

Since being unemployed, going through a bad car accident resulting in potentially permanent injuries, numerous doctor visits, shortly having to turn to welfare for help and assistance programs, life sure has improved. 


I managed to find employment with a great company, have progressed in my role and have been awarded with a significant increase in pay.  On top of that, my owner has become very understanding of my time off required for doctor visits for all of this.  Last week I was surprised when my owner handed me an envelope out of the blue with a bonus check for all my hard work.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     


Someone with injuries like mine could easily roll over and stay home.  However, I honestly wanted to work.  I have taken complete control of our office and redone all of the files, managing to keep them updated and in order, on top of handling numerous tasks at hand.  Some days I get out of here on time at 4 p.m.  Other days can be a completely different story!  Some days 6 o'clock rolls around, and I am staggering out of the office.  With added duties, I have been able to gain better pay.

After receiving that bonus check, I decided to pay it forward.  I took my grandma grocery shopping and let her spend a certain amount on groceries to help her out.  She was so surprised. 

Through my paychecks and bonus, I have been able to start saving for Disneyland.  Yes, DISNEYLAND!!!

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I originally planned to take my kids to Disneyland in September of this year.  We have been so excited planning and looking forward to it.  However, I know at this point in time I can't physically handle it.  (Imagine explaining that to your kiddos after looking forward to it all year.) 

My back and ankle/foot haven't managed to get better.  I have had to go through numerous doctor visits and procedures.  I had to do injections in my back last month, which did not help my back.  As a result, next will be epidurals which are scheduled this month.  :(  On top of that, I have been going to weekly chiropractor appointments again, a new foot doctor and MRI's and pain management.  I would never wish this on my worst enemy. 

Even through this injured body, I am still managing to force myself to go to work and work hard doing so.  Some days I can barely move getting out of bed.  But I manage to push through the pain and come to work.  I hope my kiddos can see my example and follow in my footsteps being hard workers when they grow up. 

I honestly love my job!  It keeps me sooooooo busy, but it is very fulfilling and my pay definitely has increased even better than when I was Assistant Project Manager at a Mechanical Insulation company.  My boss appreciates all my hard work and I love working for such a great company!

Hopefully my health might improve in time....  Prayers please.