Archive | January, 2011

Attention Canadian Couponers

30 Jan

Just a reminder, if you didn’t get your SmartSource coupon insert inside of your local newspaper yesterday, today is your last chance! For those of you that don’t know, SmartSource and RedPlum issue FREE coupon inserts several times a year. These will arrive in the mail (if you are a subscriber) or in your community newspaper as an insert. Click the link below for a complete schedule of the 2011 SmartSource/RedPlum Coupon Inserts. Circle these pages on your calender so you don’t miss out!!

2011 Coupon Insert Schedule:   http://forum.smartcanucks.ca/147615-schedule-smart-source-red-plum-coupon-inserts-posted-below-canada/

You can also go directly to the websites for FREE printable coupons and more  info:                         www.smartsource.com  or www.redplum.com

More FREE printables:

www.coupons.com

**Be sure to read the instructions before printing CLOSELY as some coupons must be printed in colour, along with other requirements. Also, don’t forget to change your printer settings the proper page size/setting or you will end up with coupons the size of the full page..

If you don’t have a printer to print coupons here are some of my favourite sites that allow you to select the coupons that you want and then mail them directly to you for FREE:

www.save.ca

www.websaver.ca

www.brandsaver.ca

www.gocoupons.ca

P.S- As you know, I am just an amateur couponer and I am learning all I can about the art of couponing. Any advice, tips or anything else coupon related that you wish to share with me would be greatly appreciated. Remember, everyone was a beginner at some point, so if you help me out, one day I will pay it forward by helping out a newbie too! So please email me if you have ANYTHING at all that you can share with me:) Thanks!

HAPPY COUPONING!

 

Join The Movement

30 Jan

    

Each and every one of us has their own story of pain. We live in a world full of struggles and it is while we are facing these struggles that we feel most alone.  It is during these times when we feel that no one else on earth can possibly understand our despair. But you are not alone. Millions of people fight to overcome the same obstacles that you do every single day. Whether is be addiction, suicidal thoughts, depression or self-injury. These conditions do not discriminate; They affect the rich and the poor, the weak and the strong, the black and the white. But it is important to know that there is HOPE. There is someone there who understands. You are not alone.

     To Write Love On Her Arms is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing hope and guiding people struggling with these types of problems towards the help that they need. TWLOHA is devoted to helping people take that first, and often very difficult, step towards change. They are not a 24hr hotline; They are not trained professionals. TWLOHA  strives to serve as a bridge to help.  To say that it is worth it, that your life is worth fighting for and that a new beginning is possible. To realize that there can be a brand new tomorrow and there is a better way. TWLOHA also believes that community is essential, and that we were not meant to go through life alone.

“We at TWLOHA believe that rescue is possible, and are committed to communicating hope to others who know the daily struggle of living in a broken world.”

On the side of this page you will notice a widget by SocialVibe. This is me, moonstruck mama, asking you, the reader, to help me bring forth change. I myself have personally struggled with and eventually overcame addiction. Most of us know someone who is suffering from depression or addiction. It may even be you. I am asking you to help me support this cause, along with any other cause that is near and dear to your heart . It is as simple as the click of a mouse.  SocialVibe gives social media users the power to do extraordinary things with simple actions. It is a social media utility that connects people to brands, and empowers them to share engage with sponsors and share branded content with their social graph to benefit a cause of their choice. SocialVibe allows you to make a measurable impact for the charity of your choice by completing branded activites. And by integrating SocialVibe with all the social networking sites you already use, such as Twitter, Myspace, Facebook, Bebo and more, you can make an even bigger impact. To join the SocialVibe movement click on the widget to the right or visit www.socialvibe.com and sign up today to start making  a difference. For more information on To Write Love On Her Arms for yourself or someone you know please visit www.twloha.com. You can also find both on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace or Tumblr. You can support TWLOHA through SocialVibe by visiting http://www.socialvibe.com/towriteloveonherarms.  JOIN THE MOVEMENT! 

Ten years ago today…

26 Jan

Billboard Top 100’s Number One Song for the week of 1/27/2001:

INDEPENDANT WOMEN-DESTINY’S CHILD

Craziness!! I was thirteen when the Charlie’s Angels movie came out…The REMAKE, I am a Generation Y’er, remember? My friends and I would take turns striking the Destiny’s Child/Charlie’s Angels pose, you know the one…The sexy kung fu one…All the while bickering over who got to be which angel. It was mildly pathetic, looking back on it. No doubt, we thought we were the epitome of all things cool at the time. Ahhh, grade eight, I remember that was the year my mom talked me into getting a pixie cut. That was also the year I got together with my now fiancée. They say love is BLIND, and the fact that he stayed with me thoughout the length of that year proves it. I cringe just thinking about my eight grade wardrobe. *Shudder*. Anyways, that’s enough of my pre-pubescent insecurities. Back to the topic at hand…

The song Independent Women by Destiny’s Child was written and produced by Beyonce Knowles for the group’s third album, Survivor, although it made its first appearance on the Charlie’s Angels Soundtrack. It was released as both the album and the soundtrack’s debut single in fall of 2000. It shot to the top of the charts and stayed there for 11 consecutive weeks, at which time Charlie’s Angels filled movie theatres around the nation.It was also dubbed the 18th Most Successful Song of the Decade for Billboard’s Top 100 Songs of the 2000’s and received a Grammy nomination for “Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television, or other Media.” Not too shabby, eh? Rumor has it that they named the album Survivor because of a joke that was made about them already losing three members. I now refer to them as “Beyonce and The Other Two.”

The Birdie’s and The Bees!

26 Jan

So I am sitting on the floor pinning my 16 month old daughter, Chanel’s, arms to the floor with my feet (it’s not as bad as it sounds, I swear!) in an attempt to change her diaper before she can smear feces all over the house and me. Out of the corner of my eye, I notice Cody, my four year old, staring down at her from over my shoulder looking rather perplexed…”Mommy?” he says, “Yes, buddy?”..”Is that sissy’s birdie”? *”Ummm…Well, yes it is, sweetheart”…He stare blankly at me then confusion flickers across his cherubic little face.”But, Mommy?”… “Yes?”Then with all the seriousness that a four year old can muster he asks me. “How come she is missing a piece?” That was it for me…I

My crazy little fella!

 laughed so hard I dripped in my panties. Seriously. That made my day; No my week! Priceless! Cody got pretty PO’d at mommy, who by now is keeled over hugging my aching ribs, with tears streaming down my face, giggling

uncontrollably. All he wanted was a damn answer to his question. Friggin grownups, they make no damn sense. So after I slip on some dry skivvies, I find my son, who is now fully engaged in the latest shenanigans of Toopy and Binou (his all time favorite). I plop down beside him on the couch, gnawing on the inside of my cheek in an attempt to fully suppress any further hysterics. “Sweetie, I am sorry that I laughed when you asked me your question, I wasn’t laughing at you, I promise.”…”It’s OK Mommy”…”The reason sissy is ‘missing a piece’ is because boys and girls are different, and they don’t have the same parts, girls don’t need that piece, that’s all.” “But, why?”…*Shifts uncomfortably*. “Why don’t you ask daddy! I bet he would know!” He gets up and pitter-patters out of the room. “DADDDYYYYYYYY?” *Phew* Crisis averted…Hopefully, he won’t ask me anymore birdie’s and bee’s questions for a few more years…

Baby, this is me!

25 Jan

Well, this is it! The official first page of my mommy blog! I guess I should start out by introducing myself. My name is Jennifer Rawlines and I am a stay-at-home mom to two great children. But more about them later! In order for you to get to know me a little better I have composed a list of things I feel you should know about me.
-I am 23 years old; I had my son at 19 and my daughter at 22. Don’t judge me! Ok, fine, go ahead, but only a little.
-I have a four year old son and a 16 month old daughter, whom you will meet in due time.
-My fiancée is my middle school sweetheart! We got together when I was in eighth grade (at which time he was in high school)…Thought I was so cool dating a “high school boy”…If I had only known then what I know…
-I am ADDICTED to Smartie McFlurry’s from McDonalds…No really, I consume about 3 of them a day, give or take…and that’s on a bad day.
-I am a couponing virgin.I am in the beginning stages of what I can only hope will be a lifetime of couponing contentment, “Start-the-car!” bargains, and stockpiling glory..Please, please, PLEASE all you couponing CRAZIES, any tips and advice is not only welcome, but encouraged. (Make that NECESSARY!)
-I suffer from sporadic fits of OCD-ishness where I will decide that it is necessary (usually during the dead of night) to arrange my canned goods by brand/expiration date/calorie count…or revamp my living room…or install a lightening rod…all of these usually result in my being found by hubby splayed out on the floor (or roof..), snoring like a bear with a nasal impediment. Moving on…
-I cannot eat any meal without reading a novel or magazine simultaneously.
-I am NOT rich…not even close…but I am working on it.
-Being a mom is the hardest, most maddening, emotionally and physically draining, hair-pulling job of LIFE. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything- not even for a second- because even through all those hours of chaos and disorder and anxiety all it takes is that one little smile, or “I LOVE YOU” and it is all suddenly worth it. And those times of stress seem like a distant memory.”MOMMMMMMMMMMYYYYYYY!!! WAAAAAAAAAA” *Snaps out of blissful parental oblivion* What was I saying?

So to wrap this up, this blog is meant to be a memoir, or better yet, an anecdote of life with two crazy amazing little tots in a far-from-perfect family.Who is refreshingly R.E.A.L. Take my hand and partake in this odyssey I call: