Friday, May 29, 2009

Friend's Friday





My Friday Friend for the week is Jessica over at Tree Top Confessions. She might actually be crazy, said with much envy. She is really naughty and of course, its something that reaffirms all of my morals. Sad but true! So run over there and say Hi! Have a great weekend!
Much love,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Homemade Air Freshener





This is just a quick tip. After making something with limes and/or lemons save the rinds and put them in a baggie. They help a lot in say a stinky kids shoes. I just poke them in there and pray for some help. You could also put them in your undies drawer and have lemonade scented crotch. The possibilities are endless!
Thanks for Reading,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wicked Wednesday!!


This is super funny! So enjoy the clip and enjoy your wicked Wednesday. Don't forget to feed you naughty side.
Thanks for stopping over,
SonyaAnn

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Cheap Pizza Puffs



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This turned out really well and it was super cheap! All I did was use the $.55(ish) roll recipe, roll them flat and then spoon some leftover taco meat and cheese or spaghetti sauce and cheese into the middle and fold it up into a little puff. And since the "stuffing" was already cooked, I was able to bake them the same as I would the rolls. It was a big hit with the kids and the puffs that we didn't eat at dinner became an after school snack. Yeah, cheap!
Thanks For Reading,
SonyaAnn

Monday, May 25, 2009

I won something!!




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I won something! I very rarely win anything and usually it comes back to bite me in the butt. I'm just not a lucky person except for today! I won $10 from N.Y.C. makeup. And I did something I very rarely do, I spent it all on myself. They even paid me $.25 to take it. WOW, now I see why all the people get such a rush from shopping. I know I sound like a complainer but I live in the land of scrooge run businesses. Walmart will only price match Menards, what is that? But today they took the coupons and didn't even call the manager over. One time I had manufactures coupons and they wouldn't take them. And that was the manager that vetoed them. One cashier went so far as to pull ever item that had been bagged out just to make sure that I wasn't "stealing." I swear I'm an ass magnet. And yes, I complained to everyone and it got me no where. So if you ever are having a bad day and need some where to vent, call the Antioch, IL Walmart (847) 838-2148. Just kidding, sort of. Anyways, they rocked today! I'm a happy camper covered in makeup.
This is the story as to why I'm always a little leery of winning anything. And on with another SonyaAnn disaster..........
I entered a poster contest at Abbott lab. when I was 8. My dad and grandmother worked there so they talked me into coming up with their new safety slogan. I made a poster and put a boat on it. Then I had the idea that it needed a fishing hook to go with the boat. And yes, I ran the hook threw the tip of my finger. And I was lucky enough not to bleed on the poster. Needless to say, I won. WOW I won a brand new Schwinn bike. It was the best day of my 8 year old life. We got it home and then I realized that I couldn’t ride it. But being the determined little person that I was I set out to learn right then. My parents and grandparents went in the house to celebrate my victory with a cup of coffee and left me to “learn”. I decided that my best plan of action was to try and learn to ride on the gravel road because it looked softer than the hard driveway(here is where you want to groan). So I walked it onto the road, jumped on and pedaled like there no tomorrow. How hard could it be just push the pedals down with your feet? And that's where the problems began. Just when I got some momentum going I was promptly attacked by a swarm of bees. The good news is I had some momentum going and the bad news is I had some momentum going. I some how managed to fly over the handle bars and came to a sliding halt on my face. I learned a valuable lesson that day. Gravel was not soft. And just to add insult to injury the extremely heavy and well built 70's metal bike came crashing down on top of me. So I ended up in the Dr.’s office. Who would of guessed it? The Dr. and 3 nurses were desperately trying to hold me down so they could pick gravel out of my lip with tweezers and what I thought was a tooth pick. Ahh yes modern medicine in the 70’s. It really didn’t look like a lip at that point, it was more like hamburger. Who knew that an 8 year old could so fiercely defend herself against so many adults? I was one of the toughest scrappers they had ever come across. Ultimate fighters could have learned a trick or two from me that day. I pushed, shoved and mercilessly pinched any and I mean any skin that I can in contact with. Many a tit was twisted that day.They eventual got tired of the brutal beating that I was handing out and said there was no more they could do for me. And for all of my 8 year old efforts, I still have the tiniest piece of gravel in my lip. I have to say they really did a very good job and I don’ have a scar just if I push on my lip I can feel it. And if I smile real wide without lipstick on you can see a tiny white bump. Thank goodness for N.Y.C. cuz I now have lip gloss to cover my rock.
I did eventually learn to ride a bike but it took a few months for me to work up the courage to get back on. And needless to say, my family wasn’t real jazzed on having me learn. The first day with my grand prize and I about killed myself. That's pretty much the theme song of my life.
And the moral of my story is sometimes I can’t tell the good news from the bad. But I did learn that kids need training wheels and both of my kids first bikes had them.
So to me winning stuff is a little scary!
Thanks for Reading,
SonyaAnn

Friday, May 22, 2009

Friend's Friday





My Friday friend is A.Marie over at My Money Mission! I don't think that there is a sweeter person and you have to check out her Mom Minutes. She is a kind soul and it shows in her writing. So everyone stop ever and give her a sticky sweet kiss!
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Frugal Failure

I'm never going to finalize our budget. After all the problems we had with the transmission, sort of being forced to refinance the house, and everything else that is going on, this is the last thing I want to do. But here we are again! I took Donna Freedman's advice and looked for the "sweet spot" with our budget. I went past the recommended spot and cut it to the quick. OUCH! I really wanted to have the house paid for in 7 years but I don't have enough wiggle room. Den took us all to the movies for Mother's day and we realized we hadn't gone to the theater in five years. Everything is so tight we aren't able to do to much. I'm not saying that I'm going to blow all of our money but we need to be able to do something once in a while. So I refigured everything and I'm going to keep $25 a week for fun money. I don't feel comfortable telling what Den makes but he covers our bills and that's about it. What I make from cleaning covers the extras. So I'm a little disappointed that I couldn't find a way to stick to the budget but it's also nice to know that we will be able to take the kids for ice cream every once in a while. We are going to scale back from paying almost four extra payments a year on the house to almost three extra payments. And the really sad thing is even if we pay the house off in 8-9 years we will only be paying off the house a few years early. I wish I knew then what I know now and started paying extra the minute we moved in. Hindsight is so ego bruising.
So here is the new budget......
1300.00 House payment(bi-weekly) so we save $325 a week
122.00 Car Insurance
183.00 Nicor and Comed
25.00 Home phone
280.00 gas for all three cars
40.00 satelite
480.00 groceries for the month 120.00 a week
114.00 Den smokes
70.00 garbage and water
20.00 synthroid and iron pills for me
2634.00 total
And the break down is.....
Week 1 -$325 house, $219 food,gas & cig, $70 garbage & water, $20 pills
Week 2- $325 house, $219 food, gas &cig, $122 car insurance
Week 3- $325 house, $219 food, gas & cig, $105 Nicor, $25 phone
Week 4- $325 house, $219 food, gas & cig, $78 Com Ed, $40 Satellite
We are kind of thinking about dropping the home phone. That would put an end to the threatening phone calls. But it would force them to show up here so I'm not sure if this is a good plan. I can't wait to tell you that whole story!
Thank you all so much for sticking by me. I know I've been a bad friend by not stopping by to visit each of you but I'm doing the bare minimum just trying to get caught up. Don't give up on me yet.
Thanks for Reading,
SonyaAnn
I'm off to clean so if I don't get back to you for a while, that's why!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wicked Wednesday!!

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This is just too funny! And don't forget to put a little wicked in your Wednesday!
Thanks for coming to see me,
SonyaAnn

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Pool Story



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I always seem to have problems, I don't know why these things happen to me, they just do. Anna said once that I have an odd spin on life and that I don't see it like everyone else. I see it as most of the crazy crap happens to me. Anyways, this happened quite a few years ago but as I was working on the pool it ran threw my head. So here is just another crazy story......
My daughter had a couple of friends over to swim which is pretty normal for a hot summer day. And one of the girls moms came over to chit chat. See nothing out of the ordinary yet but wait. So Patty(the mom) ran home to change over her laundry and I messed with the pool. We inherited the pool when we bought the house and I have to say that it had been a nice treat in the summer until this day. And if you do it right, it's really not that expensive unless you have to pay for a funeral or a boob job. You just have to keep up with it. So the kids continued to swim and I goobered on a massive glob of joint compound on a leaky pipe. And then I heard this very odd sound coming from the garage, it sounded like Niagara Falls. That's odd I thought and then it hit me! Holy crap, the pump for the pool is in the garage! Shit, shit, shit, I said (I know don't talk like that in front of the kids and I was punished for it by Karma). I took off sprinting into the side door of the garage. There are a few things that I should explain before I go any farther. A pool pump is exactly that, a pump. And you have no idea how much water it is pumping until the lid blows off. And the electrical box is metal. And would you like to guess where all the wiring and switches for the geyser are..... yes right next to the pump. Not only is the damn thing moving a butt load of water, it is sucking in a major amount of electrical current. And on with the story.....
So I fling open the door only to realize it is pumping all of the water in my face and up my nose. I cleaned out my sinus cavity the moment I stepped into the garage. My glasses were forced up and water went under my eyelids. It was like a massive douche for my face.I wanted to cuss but I was drowning. So right here a smart person would have backed out of the garage and killed the power to the pump by throwing the breaker. I'm going with all the water in my head clouded my judgment! So being the rocket scientist that I am. I reached out and grabbed the metal switch to turn off the pump. (side note-I have a heart murmur) Now I know that this entire thing played out in a few seconds but it felt like a life time. The current ran threw me like nothing I could ever have imagined. They say that drowning would be a peaceful way to pass. Having water forced up your nose and being shocked to death is not the way I want to cross over. The first thing I realized was that it was very, very hard to move. The second thing was this was a very good way to piss your heart off. It was jumping around and spasming. Please don't forget that water is being forced up my nose at 3450 RPM. And last but not least, I was pretty sure that my nipple was on fire. I'm not sure how it happened but it felt like it had burst into flames. I even questioned how I could be drowning and on fire at the same time. But alas, it is me we are talking about. I heard the kids screaming that all the water was running out of the pool. And then I realized that an electrical current could travel through the water and shock all the kids in the pool. I mustered all the strength that I had, broke free and shut off the pump. It was like God reached out and saved me except my nipple. The water stopped being forced up my nose and the electrocution stopped. But I was sure that my nipple exploded. I managed to find the top for the pump and screw it back on all the while holding my boob. I flopped down on the little step outside the door and Patty jogged up to me. "What the Hell happened?" she said. "I thought your pool sprung a leak, most of your water is in the road, you know?" And then she actually looked at me, there I sat in all of my glory. My heart jumping around so much that it was taking my breath away, soaking wet from head to toe, water pouring out of my nose and me not even trying to stop it and I was clutching my spasming nipple in my hand. I live a glorious life.
Guess what I learned that day, I need to be more careful around water and electricity. Just an FYI for all my friends.
Thanks for Reading,
SonyaAnn

Monday, May 18, 2009

DJ's Milkshakes



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This is amazing! The boy has his moments. He wanted to make us dessert and this is what he came up with, God bless the child.
In the blender add
4 mini Hershey bars or any equivalent amount of chocolate
12-13 ice cubes
4 cups chocolate ice cream
2 cups 2% milk
1 T. chocolate syrup
Blend well and enjoy! Now we can all blame DJ for any weight we gain.
Thanks for Reading,
SonyaAnn

Saturday, May 16, 2009

A Quicky

This is my nephew, Justin. He is here for the weekend so I'm trying to get as much cuddle time as possible.


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Here's Anna and Chris before prom. I borrowed my MIL, Donna's camera and it deleted every picture so the only one I have is from my phone!
And please if you are new to my blog be a dear and join the followers. It really does it for me and makes it easier for me to visit you or stalk you, which ever way you want to look at it!
Thanks for Reading,
SonyaAnn

Friday, May 15, 2009

Friend's Friday



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My Friday Friend is Dan River Mama. She has a wicked wit that I love and her strength through all of her trials is something to be marveled at. And if there is one person that needs some love and support, its her. Please visit her and let her know how impressive she is, she needs it. It's not my place to divulge medical and/or family issues but I will say that she is one strong woman. God bless you, sweetie!
Thanks for reading,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Cleaning the Carpets

I'm just going to start this post by saying, "We are all responsible for our own actions. If you try one of the things that I have suggested, it's at your own risk. I'm not qualified to instruct a fart!" And you have been warned!
I found a really good way to clean the carpets. I got out a really old stain this way and it didn't discolor the carpets. If I were you and you wanted to try this tip (*refer back to the opening statement), I would test it in the corner or under the couch and see if it discolors it. Anyways, I got an old white wash cloth (colored towels seem to bleed) and scrubbed it with hydrogen peroxide. That's it! It was gone when it dried. And our lovely cat, that I like to refer to as Vomit VonShits, got sick all over the carpet. It was a lovely orange stain that was in the shape of a crooked penis at the foot of the stairs. Some might have seen it as art and others of us saw it as a disgusting bright orange stain on the light tan carpet. Den wants to only buy cat food that matches the carpet so when he pukes it will match but he has had no luck. The good news is I did get the penis stain out completely with the hydrogen peroxide. I'm thinking about mixing it with water and dish soap and trying it out in the carpet cleaner. If I do I'll let you know. Who knew vomit stains could be sexual? Only I would see that!
Thanks for stopping by,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wicked Wednesday!!


Thought you might like this one! Still crazy here but I miss you and couldn't let Wicked Wednesday slip by without a smidgen of naughtiness!
Thanks for Reading,
SonyaAnn

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Witch Dr

I would just like to let you know that I was probably a witch in my last life. First read this post, unfortunately it is completely true. So anyways when I heard that the flu was on its way, I made everyone start taking vinegar pills. It's supposed to change your PH and help your body fight. This made sense to me because it is the only thing that you can clean with and ingest. (I can think of a few people that I'm more than willing to see if they can ingest say bleach and see if they live). I know its a stretch but like I said I'm more than will to experiment on us. So I think that it did kind of work. Anna didn't get sick at all, Den was sick for about a day and not too bad, DJ had all the symptoms of the flu but it left fast and he just ended up feeling fine but with a cough, I got it the worst and was sick for two days. But we have had the flu come threw here before and we were sick for five or more days so I think we will do this again. If you know of any other home remedies that work please tell me. And one more tip, if your hair ever goes green from a pool don't buy the expensive shampoo just comb ketchup threw your hair, cover it with a plastic bag and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Then just wash it out. It worked wonders on Anna's hair. Thank you Donna C. for that tip.
Thanks for Reading,
SonyaAnn

Monday, May 11, 2009

Less Chipped Window


Just in case you missed it Den chipped the window in the Focus! So he sort of fixed it. He went to Napa and he knows a few of the guys so he gets a dealer discount! Ya, Napa! Anyways, he asked Den if he wanted the chip filler that doesn't work or the one that really doesn't work. So Den asked for one that works and he just started laughing. Anyways, filling it doesn't work real well. The roads here are always such a mess because of the extreme weather, all the cars take a beating when they hit the pot holes. So the filler will help for a while but will eventually get weak from the jiggling and will start cracking. So our problem is we are broke. I know that its hard to believe and that you would never have guessed it but YES it's true. So Den bought the chip filler that doesn't work for $12.83. So this is just a temporary fix but we will see how long we get out of it. But the guy at Napa knows a guy that does windows and thinks he can get one for about $100. I love the "fell off the back of the truck" specials. Nothing like a hot window to make everything better. So we will see how long the filler will hold and when it cracks again, I'll be back complaining like hell! (Who knew)
Thanks for Reading,
SonyaAnn
PS-It wouldn't hurt if you would visit one of my sponsors and help pay for the soon to be purchased "newly acquired window"!


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Friday, May 8, 2009

Friend's Friday





Time to pick a new friend for Friends Friday. And this week it's Donna Freedman from MSN. Donna, you're my booger for the day. Thank you for all of your kind works and your encouragement. You have personally helped me more than you will ever know. Thank you for your dedication to all of us frugal fighters! See isn't it better to be my booger than the green goddess!
Thanks for visiting me,
SonyaAnn

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Just when I thought





UGH! Just when I thought we were getting caught up! I know its kind of hard to make out but that's a serious chip in Den's car window. I'm just hoping that this is our #3. All problems seem to come in three's and this would be 3. So first was Anna's transmission. Then Den got an extra $70 for working over on Easter. Yeah, I'm all excited. Ahh but wait, in the mail came the notice to have his car tested for emissions. And of course, the check engine was on. Guess how much it was for Dennis to replace the O2 sensor. No really guess, and you're right, it was $70. I know I shouldn't complain because he was able to do it himself and we didn't have to pay anyone but still just a few extra dollars would have been nice. And now the car window. It will cost $300(ish) to replace the window or $100 to have it filled. But the Flabby and Frugal one has a plan, for $15 you can buy a kit to fill it yourself. And once again Den's said, "I have no idea how to do this!" He gets a little nervous when I push him into uncharted waters. And my response is always the same, "Honey, I have faith in you!" He just rolls his eyes and mumbles something about me forcing him into doing things he's not qualified for. And then he says as he's leaving, "One of these days this house is going to blow up and it will be your fault!" Then once he starts the project I become his cheerleader. Well at first I'm his cheerleader and then I some how start finding mistakes and feel the need to point them out. You can see where this is going. So I'll let you know how our forte into car window repair works out!
Thanks for Reading,
SonyaAnn

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wicked Wednesday!!


As you have figured out, I'm a little naughty! So for our amusement I thought I'd post this, that is if your feeling naughty!

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SonyaAnn


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Swine Flu

See what I get for making a joke about the Swine Flu. We just got a letter and a call from the school, saying that there probable case of ‘Swine Flu’ (Influenza H1N1) at the school next door to DJ's. I bet we had it when we were sick last weekend. We had all of the symptoms.
This is the letter just in case you are wondering what your district will do.



ANTIOCH COMM CONS S D 34
Message sent -
5/6/2009
SWINE FLU


May 6, 2009

Dear Parent or Guardian,

We have a probable case of ‘Swine Flu’ (Influenza H1N1) reported at
Petty School. We are following directions from the Centers for Disease Control, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Lake County Health Department. The recommendations do not include closing a school.

The classrooms and bus where the infected child was present have been given an extra cleaning (beyond the normal sanitizing that is being completed under the current circumstances.)

District 34 staff members continue to follow the local, state, and national guidelines for the flu. The district is also taking additional safeguards (e.g. requiring students’ frequent hand washing during the day, additional cleaning of the school buildings and other precautionary measures.) Below are the recommendations from the CDC:
· Students, faculty or staff with influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore throat) should stay home and not attend school or go into the community except to seek medical care for at least 7 days even if symptoms resolve sooner. WHEN CALLING A CHILD IN FOR ABSENCE, PLEASE INDICATE THE REASON.
· Students, faculty and staff who are still sick 7 days after they become ill should continue to stay home from school until at least 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.
· Students, faculty and staff who appear to have an influenza-like illness at arrival or become ill during the school day should be isolated promptly in a room separate from other students and sent home.
· Parents and guardians should monitor their school-aged children, and faculty and staff should self-monitor every morning for symptoms of influenza-like illness.
· Ill students should not attend alternative child care or congregate in settings outside of school.
· Students, faculty and staff should stringently follow sanitary measures to reduce the spread of influenza, including covering their nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing (or coughing or sneezing into their sleeve if a tissue isn't available), frequently washing hands with soap and water, or using hand sanitizer if hand washing with soap and water is not possible.
As noted in the aforementioned recommendations, CDC guidance now focuses upon ways to identify ill students and to keep those students away from the general school population until they are no longer infectious. Clearly, basic sanitary measures are also an important part of limiting the spread of the disease. For additional information regarding the H1N1 influenza outbreak, please visit http://www.isbe.net/htmls/swine_flu.htm .

We are hopeful this flu will not be a significant issue in our area, but the District is prepared to act quickly if the CDC and the local departments of health direct us to specific actions.

Thanks for stopping by and learning about my infected life! At least you can't catch this virus from the computer.
Thanks for
Reading,
SonyaAnn


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