Amazon Prime Oh My!!!

I just wanted to post a quick not that now you can get Amazon Prime in three ways:

Prime monthly- so for $10.99 a month you can get prime

Prime video- get videos only like Netflix or Hulu or $8.99

Prime annual- Pay the $99 upfront

You can cancel any of these at anytime.

 

Sign up now for 30 days for free!!! Please note that the link I provided is a referral link.

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Ranting

I have to rant for a minute.  My daughter struggles to get play dates and get togethers with friends,  I try so hard to arrange them but then there is no follow through.  I know she’s difficult sometimes, but the play dates we have hosted…those kids weren’t angels. So what is going on?

Suggestions?

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Weekly update plus movie review

So I know I haven’t made many posts lately.  It has been Spring Break for M, who has a cold,  and A has been sick for over a week  (going into two weeks).

All the plans I had for this week went down the drain, but we did manage to go see a few movies this week and will be seeing one tomorrow and probably Saturday. We have a Fandango VIP account plus an AMC stub account and we get discounted tickets through my employer.  So we find the best possible deal in seeing movies and go.

Starting next week A is not going to be in preschool anymore for a variety of reasons, so I will be tackling homeschooling him till September.  I am kind of sad that he isn’t at his Preschool anymore but it was a choice I had to make.

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First we saw the new Beauty and the Beast.  While I thought it was absolutely amazing and depicted how I thought a “real life” version would be….my husband completely disagreed.  He, like many people, didn’t think that LeFou should have been portrayed as gay. But not because my husband is a homophobic, but because it took away the idea of a man being able to “adore” another man without being gay.  While I agree to some extent I do think that Disney had some inclination when the animated version came out that LeFou was slightly obsessed with Gaston.  However, I think by making LeFou “gay” it removed that creepy obsession.  That is just my two cents.  Then there is the idea of Gaston.  Gaston IS an antagonist…..he IS the bad guy in the movie.  He does everything for the sole benefit of himself, both in the life action and the animated.  My husband and I differ on this as well.  He believes that Gaston is an antagonist but NOT a bad guy.  We got into a huge argument over this.  He is a huge Gaston fan! He thinks Gaston was trying to help and give Belle options to help herself.  Really? Do I need to even talk about how crazy that sounds?  He only thought of himself.  He locked Belle’s dad up even after Belle said no….he shot the Beast…again after Belle said no.  I mean seriously, if he cared about Belle wouldn’t be listen to her? No, he KNOWS what is best for her….and for him.  But other than those two differences, we were both pretty much on board with the animated vs real life.

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Then the kids and I went and saw the new Power Rangers movie.  I won’t even say much about it because I think you NEED to go see this if you have ever liked the Power Rangers….and even if you haven’t.  Be prepared though, there is some bad language and a adult humor with a little sexual innuendo on the side.  I mean it is PG-13…not because of the fight scenes.  The movie has a great story line.  If you have seen some of the Power Ranger shows, there isn’t much of a beginning. It tends to go just straight into the kids gaining the Power Ranger status.  My kids followed the story line but it was a little slow for them, but once the action started they were all in!  I really loved this movie.

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Tomorrow we are going to go see The Boss Baby. I hear it is really good.  I am sort of excited, which is a little odd for me since I don’t typically see these movies in theater.  But I will let you know later what I thought about it.

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Saturday, we may go see Ghost in the Shell.  I am not sure about taking the kids to see this.  I am not sure they would be interested.  They have watched a few of the anime episodes, but that is animation.  We will see though.

What movies have you seen lately?

 

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Budget Shopping…my Version Part 1

How many of us are on a budget? Day in and day out we want things but it is just not in the books, right? I use several different websites to do my shopping and to try and make it  hurt my pocket book as much as I can.  You have probably heard of many of these if not all of these.  If you haven’t you should look into using them especially if you shop online and if you live on a budget.  Some of the links I have shared do lead to affiliated sites or referrals.

Hollar is one of my recent faves.  It is lower cost priced items.  Some items are cheaper not purchasing them there (always check ALWAYS) but many are about the same if not less.  Sometimes I find things on here that I never even knew about.  I have gotten really good deals on Shopkins, Pokemon, Five Nights of Freddy, home organization, beauty products, and so many other things.  They also have Disney digital dvd movies starting at $1 as well as As Seen on TV items.  And even better yet, if you spend like $25 you get free shipping. Plus they almost ALWAYS have codes you can use for something, currently if you use FREEGIFT…well you get a free gift!.  It does tend to take a little more time to get to you. So if  you are trying to get something super fast this may not be for  you.  However, they always have new items.  They even have an app for easy mobile viewing.

Ebates is my go to for everything.  I always check here to see if they have a store listed.  What is Ebates? It is a cash back website.  You shop online at various places and they give you anywhere from 1%-50% cash back depending on the store.  I have earned anywhere from $20-$300 depending on the quarter.  Yes, I said quarter.  The cash back isn’t automatic and they only do it every so often.  You also have to have a minimum of $10 for them to give you the cash back.  You can get the cash back in the form of a check or through Paypal.  I love it with Paypal cause it always comes a little earlier for me then what they say.  Almost every store I shop online with is apart of Ebates cash back program.  They even have an app that you can use to earn the cash back.  I do have to say sometimes I do forget to use it…and it always hurts. That is money I am losing that I could have gotten back.  But I mean seriously, why not get money back on purchases you are already making??

Wish is a good site for minimal money.  However, everything  (at least I think everything) comes from China.  So not only will it take forever to get to you it may or may not be authentic.  However, to me this doesn’t matter for the most part.  I tend to order things from here that I don’t really care if it is REAL or if it is HIGH QUALITY.  I have only had 2 bad experiences out of probably 20-30 purchases.  Both were refunded quickly and there were no issues getting the refunds. One of the refunds was from an item I didn’t get and the other one was a product that didn’t look ANYTHING like what I thought I was buying and I had no use for it.  I did not have to return either item (obviously the one I didn’t get I couldn’t return) and I have bought more sense.  I like this website because you can find just about anything and everything…including things you didn’t know existed.

Where are some places you like to shop that save you money?

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LuLaRoe..my story…my review

I have been avoiding this new craze like the plague.  I mean, seriously, $25 for leggings and $65 for a dress or a duster? Man this stuff better do my laundry too. But…I finally caved…and boy was it the worst thing I did.

I am not made of money.  I buy frugal and tight.  I rarely by myself new clothes…not even the bare necessities unless they are holey and unusable.  However, I decided to treat myself and purchased a pair.  That is when it all went down hill.

Don’t get me wrong….my consultant was great.  She handled this much better than all the horror stories I have read.  Of course I ordered these leggings and then went and looked at the internet to find so many horror stories in regards to the leggings coming from Vietnam compared to the ones coming from China.

You have to know me, to know my luck  is horrible.  I already expected the worst, and I wasn’t disappointed.  I got the leggings in the mail, opened them, caressed them (OH THEY WERE SO SOFT), and then looked them over.  Bad mistake.  They had a thread pull.  What was even worse, it wasn’t a matching thread…see photo.

So I let my consultant know.  I of course fear as soon as I wear these that is it and at $25 for a pair….no thank you.

So she brings me a second pair.  I was in love.  They were the most beautiful pair.  I again caressed  them and looked them over.  I almost died.  These didn’t have just a thread pull…these had straight up holes.  THREE of them in various places.  I was done.  I emailed the consultant and told her I was returning them and not even asking for a refund.  She offered to replace them again and I was like “No thank you, I am not a third times a charm girl”.  See photos….

 

So I returned both pairs and was done.  She refunded my money as she said she would.  I have had so many people tell me that these are the best leggings in the world.  Well not for me.  I think I have had my share of LulaRoe.

What has been your experience in regards to LuLaRoe? Have you taken the plunge? Why not? Speak your mind.

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Play, Birch Box, Ipsy…Other Beauty Subscriptions???

So have you tried any of these? What do you think?  I have done Birch Box for 1 month and had an Ipsy subscription for myself and my daughter for almost a year.  My daughter loved Ipsy but I wasn’t sure.  I also tried Julep, though I am not a huge nail polish person. recently I heard about Play and thought I would give it a try.  It is from Sephora which I like.

I know there are several others out there.  Which ones have you used and which would you recommend?  We all need to pamper ourselves sometimes and these sometimes work.

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Happy Birthday Bug!!!

Today is A’s birthday.  He is turning a BIG 5 years old.  He is my baby, my last kid.  This is a bitter sweet time for me.  He starts school in the Fall.  6 months ago I wouldn’t think that it was possible for him to start school next Fall but with Speech Therapy and his current Preschool he has grown so much.

Happy Birthday A!

 

 

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ADHD or Bipolar or Autism

SO I have been told that M may have Bipolar disorder and not ADHD or combined with ADHD.  Or that she might be on the spectrum leaning towards Asperger’s. She is already dual diagnosed at the moment with ADHD and OCD.  So this new thing isn’t really shocking to me.  They want further testing….but she is at an age that will produce inaccurate results.

Why do they feel this way? Well, let’s go through the so many things…

  1. She is over energetic
  2. She can start crying at the drop of a hat
  3. She constantly worries about how she is doing
  4. She DOESN’T worry about how people look at her because she thinks everyone LOVES her
  5. She gets her feelings her very easily
  6. If she can’t do something, no matter how big or small it is, she cries
  7. She gets distracted easily
  8. She loves to do homework but doesn’t like to actually do it (I know makes no sense)
  9. She believes that everything is in relation to something she likes and if it isn’t she gets upset or bothered
  10. She has no filter, and says what she thinks
  11. She remembers random things but not important things…mainly things of interest to her
  12. She can recall things from years ago (she is only 7 but remembers things from when she was 2 and 3)

The list does keep going but that gives you an idea.  Some people say she is typical, but then they see one of her episodes and then tell me I need to have her looked at.

She is mostly a very happy child, but the mood swings are a little worrying.  I think that eventually it will show itself for what it is but for now I think that it is just to confusing at the moment to try to pinpoint.

So do you have a child diagnosed with any of these? What has the doctors told you? How old was your child when they were diagnosed??

 

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Have you ever…..

Have you ever been so busy that you’re busy feels busy?
I have been. It’s Girl Scout cookie session and between everything I’m already doing…..i have to add that to the list too. M decided her goal was 600 boxes. While we haven’t reached that…. She’s trying. She’s doing a total of 8 hours of booth sales. That’s quite a bit lol. Plus in between all this… There are birthday parties.
We will be back to normal soon… Maybe?

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Been super busy 

I’m still here you guys. Just been really busy with Girl Scouts and work. I’ll have a few posts coming next week and some new things I’ve been looking into. 

If you have any suggestions please feel free to let me know.

As soon as I get a chance I’ll make a new posting.

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