Tuesday, October 4, 2011

If the World Were A 100 Person Village


If we could reduce the world's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:

The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the USA and Canada, and 1 from the South Pacific
51 would be male, 49 would be female
82 would be non-white; 18 white
67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian
80 would live in substandard housing
67 would be unable to read
50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation
33 would be without access to a safe water supply
39 would lack access to improved sanitation
24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 that do
have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)
7 people would have access to the Internet
1 would have a college education
1 would have HIV
2 would be near birth; 1 near death
5 would control 32% of the entire world's wealth; all 5 would be US citizens
33 would be receiving --and attempting to live on-- only 3% of the income of "the village"


Source: Family Care Foundation

Keep Smiling,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Broken

Another great song which rings so poetic. The relationship between God and man. In His name, we find meaning.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Eye Witness from the window of my plane 9-11

Back when I was an undergraduate student in college, I had a dear friend who used to work with me at a restaurant across the street from our campus.  Since neither one of us had a vehicle and so that I would not have to walk alone, he used to walk back with me sometimes after our shift ended.  There were many a time his words of encouragement kept me motivated in my faith, and his unwavering commitment to pray every morning before dawn, was a model for all who knew him to pattern their our own lives after.



Here is his story in his own words of his experience on 9-11 from the air:


Sep 11, 2001 a day to remember! On that day, I was dropped off by my brother at Newark International airport around 7 am in the morning. I checked my baggage and headed towards the Continental airlines gate to board a flight bound for Los Angeles. As usual I got a cup of coffee from Starbucks and then boarded my flight at 8am in the morning on a rather busy morning at Newark. We were on the runway for at least 45 minutes due to Air Traffic congestion at Newark. As we were taxing towards take off I had a clear view of the twin towers of the World trade centre; but to my surprise the North tower was on fire.

The captain came on the intercom and apologised for the delay and we took off at around 8.55 am in the morning westbound enroute to Los Angeles. From the window of my flight I was able to see the North Tower on fire had no clue what was happening at that time.
About one hour into our flight that morning the Pilot came on the intercom announcing that we had to make a emerency landing in Louisville Kentucky. The lady seated next to me a Television reporter seemed very tensed, the passengers on board too seemed extremely anxious. After landing in Lousville, I disembarked our flight and headed towards the baggage carousal not knowing what to do. The entire place was chaotic, people running all over the place many trying to get a rental car to drive back home. The televsions screens showed a minature rapture taking place as we saw planes crashing all over the United states, buildings on fire etc. As I was waiting for my baggage to arrive a guest relations officer from the Residence Inn Marriot came to my rescue and offered me a Crisis rate at the Hotel. I managed to take at least ten other passeners on my flight to the Hotel. At the Hotel we heard the news of what happened that day in New York, Washington D C , and shanksville Pennsylvania.

I then realised that I had a ticket on United flight 93 one of the flights the terrorist hijacked that day which crashed in shanksville Pennsylavania. About three weeks prior to Sep 11, I took the flight 93 ticket and rerouted it for another flight to Oregon payin a 100 dollar change fee. Today on the 10th Anniversary I am writing this article to remember and pray for all those who are grieving for theirs loved ones whom they lost on this tragic day. May the Lord fill their lives with his Presence and Peace on this day. 

Thanking you ~ Pradeep and Jeevani

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Moroccan Beef with Jasmine Rice

Everybody needs a little spice in their life right? For me, this also means to turn up the heat in my own kitchen.

I, for one, do not shy away from preparing exotic dishes and tonight's meal was a toe-curling combination of aromatic spices punctuated with the sweet flavors of apricots, honey, and a hint of ginger.

Like a slow evolving romance, its simmering flavors only hint at what is about to unfold.

Once you make this dish, get ready to feast your eyes and your flesh...

Moroccan Beef with Jasmine Rice
2 Tbs Olive Oil and/or Coconut Oil
1 1/2 lbs of cubed stew beef
1 diced medium sized onion
1 inch of ginger minced
2 minced cloves of garlic
1/2 Tbs of Cinnamon
1/2 Tbs of All Spice (Feel free to substitute equal parts nutmeg, cloves, and cinnamon if you don't have this)
Pinch of red pepper flakes
1 cup of red wine (optional)
1 cup of water
3 of Tomato Sauce
2 Tbs Honey
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup of dried diced apricots

Preparation:

In a heavy bottom dutch oven or skillet, brown cubed beef in oil.  I like mine to be aromatic, so I prefer to cook it in virgin coconut oil.  Brown for 15 minutes until moisture has evaporated out of the skillet.

Add in diced onions, garlic and ginger.  Saute until onions are transluscent.

Stir in cinnamon, all-spice, salt, and red pepper flakes.  Let flavors meld together for 1-2 minutes.

Add wine, water, tomato sauce, and honey.  Simmer for 1 hour.

Flavors and liquids should begin to thicken up at this point.

Dish will look like this after an hour:



Finalize dish by adding in apricots and simmer for 15 more minutes.

Serve with fresh jasmine rice.

Garnish with whatever floats your boat.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Coping Strategy for A Long Day

Keith Urban is one of my favorite singers. I am not ashamed to admit that listening to his music is a fantastic way to unwind after a long day of studying, etc.



Cup a mug of hot tea, close your eyes, and just enjoy. After all, doesn't every good day deserve a little respite?

Music...food for the soul.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Most Desperate Place on Earth.


To think we are richer than 85% of the world. Yet we complain when we are down to our last $20 and payday isn't for a few more days.  Before you read this and have pity, read and be motivated.  There are organizations out there like Compassion International and  World Vision who are making a phenomenal difference in the lives of children around the world.

Pray about it.  Then walk that prayer out.  Do something. Sponsor a child. Sponsor a family.  Or just donate.

Kansas boy wants the world to remember dad

Please take a moment and read the following news link....Kansas boy wants the world to remember dad. It is the story of one little ten year old boy's desire to have his father honored for dying in Afghanistan.  He was the pilot of the Chinook that was shot down this weekend.  It is heartbreaking, and a constant reminder that HEROES take on multiple roles within our armed services.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

US Troops Killed Were On Rescue Mission

On the deadliest day for US Troops in Afghanistan, 22 US Navy Seals were amongst 25 people killed when a rocket propelled launcher took down their Chinook.  These troops, part of a quick reaction team, were on a rescue mission to relieve other troops pinned down in fighting.

 More information can be found on CNN.

Please pray for their families and loved ones.

31 Americans, 7 Afghans killed in Chinook Crash

For the first time since the war was launched in 2001, over 31 Americans and 7 Afghans died in the single largest attack. Most were made up of members of Elite Seal Team 6, the Special Operations Unit and 160th Special Operations Unit.

Please pray for peace. No matter what religious preference you express, people died today and that is not something to celebrate. As family members are being notified, please pray for their peace as well. This hits all of us who have family members that serve dutifully and out of respect for them, please take a moment out of your day to pray for them.

You can check out more information and the official news story here.

How He Loves

One of my favorite songs....



Friday, August 5, 2011

Army Announces Nine Month Deployment Cycles


I know I am not the only Army wife who is cheering at the news release from the DOD about the newly shortened deployment cycles.  Nine months is nothing to sneeze about, but when you are used to a 13, 15, or even 18 month cycle, this news rocks!  Check it out.  Basically as our operations slow down, the length of time our soldiers will be deployed will also shorten.  

Read all about it here.  

I am doing the happy dance!

Design for the home.

I am obsessed with discovering new ideas from pinterest.  Matter of fact, I have decided to publish a few of my favorite things I am planning on doing over the next few months for my house.  If you recall, I live on an army post, and so the outside of my house is a boring and bleak brown.  My belief is that the best way to dress up a beige lifestyle is with a little color....

Here is a GREAT idea for framing a little romance:




I love the clever functionality of the curtain rod in the following picture.




For me, the beauty in expressing yourself, is finding creative ways to express individuality without becoming a copycat of somebody else.  These are all ideas I can springboard from and leverage my own design...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

{HIS Umbrella (banner) over me is Love}


Protecting us from the storm's of life, God's umbrella performs an inverse in our experiences by exchanging biting rain for showers of love.  Enamored by His goodness, it invites, envelopes, and sustains us from all that dares to dissuade us from true happiness and joy.


Friday, July 22, 2011

Nothing Further Needs To Be Said

Angry Bird Cupcakes

In my madness to peruse all things crafty on various blogs, I stumbled across the following today and am going bananas over it....

Angry Bird Cupcakes

Can you say happy husband?  Now I can feed his Angry Bird obsession another way......Dabbled has created step by step instructions on how to create these beauties...

Giddyup! 

Now who's hungry?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

My Chicken Curry



I made enough of this to serve 20 people on Monday Night.  People LOVED it and a few have asked for the recipe.  My husband requests it for dinner all of the time, and I have to restrain him from eating all of it.  
Laura’s Chicken Curry

serves 4 people

3 tablespoons olive oil or more to taste
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
7 tablespoons curry powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon paprika
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
salt to taste
8 chicken thighs - cut into bite-size pieces
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup plain yogurt
1 can coconut milk
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste

   How to Make:
      1.     Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. 
      2.  Saute’ onion until lightly browned and 
      3.  Then stir in garlic, curry powder, cinnamon, paprika, bay leaf, ginger, sugar and salt. 
      4.  Continue stirring for 2 minutes. 
      5.  Add chicken, tomato paste, yogurt, and coconut milk. 
      6.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
      7.     Remove bay leaf.
      8.  Stir in lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Simmer 5 more minutes. 

     The result should be thicker in texture and extremely aromatic. 

     Vegetarian Alternative:  Another alternative is to substitute extra firm tofu for the chicken.  I saute it in the pan with the olive oil after I cook down the onions, that way all of the onion flavor is infused.  Then once they have browned, I start with step number three in the directions.

  Final Step: Serve over jasmine rice.
 

If you are an athlete, the garlic, ginger, and turmeric are natural anti-inflammatories for the  body. 

Happy Eating!


The Third Jihad


In order to understand fully the ideology behind why our soldiers and freedom are constantly being attacked by Radical Islamists, I have been watching an entire series of documentaries to try and foster some level of awareness.  My husband and I just finished a documentary called The Third Jihad and we are reeling from what we have discovered.

This is NOT the America I believe in......

Wake up America.  We are not in a war of weapons, but of ideologies.  The goal of Islam in the United States is to convert as many people as possible and to turn our nation into an Islamic State.  Don't believe me?  I challenge you to watch the movie.

My opinion still stands that the majority of Muslims are peaceful people, but it is the Radical Ones who scare me the most.  They are no different than extreme so called Christian groups (ie. Westboro Baptist), who vehemently defend their belief systems.


As calloused and relaxed as most Americans have gotten towards our service members fighting a war, as well as our personal freedoms, do you really want to live in a system where your rights are taken away from you?

So many people are experiencing new rights because of changes in what is acceptable for a value system.  I would caution you though, have we become so relaxed that we are numb to the silent changes which are about to have a tsunami affect on our culture?  I am not trying to make everybody panic or mock what I am really trying to say, but consider what is happening right underneath our noses.  Tolerance becomes tyranny when subtle behaviors shift the way things have always been in this country.  Wake up...we have been asleep far too long.


TTJ regular trailer from Clarion Fund on Vimeo.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Why I like Netflix over Redbox

I have a confession.  I am horrible about returning Redbox videos to the kiosk.  With as much as I work, and as blonde as I am, my husband and I have been buying more Redbox DVD's than we have cared to over the past six months.  Why?  Why spend the money renting something that is ultimately going to end up costing you more than retail in about 21 days?  So, I stumbled across Netflix and streaming their videos by accident because of a class I am taking for school.  You see, I have to watch the movie "Big" for my Counseling Adolescents class and did not feel like "renting" it from Itunes for 24 hours at $2.99.  I had to come up with a different solution and fast.

This brings me to Netflix.  I used to hate having to mail their DVD's back and wait for another one to arrive.  If I was watching a marathon tv series, I would end up getting frustrated by the lapse between one season to the next or one dvd to the next. It did not matter if I timed things out to have a DVD constantly in rotation.  One would always get lost in the mail, or the weekend would impact my ability to receive it.  So, I signed up for streaming my movies.  Even though I am not much of a "woohooer" can we scream "WOOHOOOOOO"!  For $7.99 a month, I can stream all the documentaries, foreign films, tv shows, etc that I want and I don't have to worry about spending $2 on gas just to drive to a Redbox location to return a darn movie.  Since your average movie now costs about $9 per ticket, I think it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that this is a good deal.

In the past 18 hours, I have discovered all the National Geographic documentaries on Afghanistan, the war, our troops, mental health, foreign films, and a bunch of tv shows, and my queue is LOADED with all sorts of new stuff. As a Licensed Professional Counseling student, I am always looking for insight into how this war impacts our troops and their families, and now I have discovered a means to do so.

What do you think?  Are you a netflix fan or foe?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mastering the Art of Counseling

I have been working towards a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling for the past two years and am 2/3 of the way finished.  Since I am doing my entire Master's online, I am required to travel up to school and complete three one week intensives.  Last week was one such week. It changed my life and brought me into a deeper understanding of myself and how I see my world.  For one thing, I have an opinion, we all have opinions, but one of the things I hide behind is that judgement of the world around me.  For example, if I see somebody doing something wrong I pass judgement quickly on their behavior or their actions.  At least I used to do it a lot more, because even though I have improved dramatically in this area, I still suffer from the occasional exclamation about how ridiculous I find something to be.  Quite frankly, it is starting to bother me that I used to look at life from this perspective.  Without sounding too judgmental, I am also aware of when others around me are starting to express negativity and rather than feed into theirs, I have been really working hard at not responding to it.  I cannot avoid it, but I sure as heck do not have to feed into it.

Self awareness is a huge part of a counselor's toolbox.  It is the vehicle by which we gauge our biases towards life, and helps foster our understanding of self in light of the world around us.  It is part of the construct of our worldview and shapes how we interact within that dynamic.  For example, if I had the worldview that people are nothing but drama, then I am going to look for drama to verify that supposition.  On the other hand, if I believe that people are made in the eyes of God, then no matter how they behave, I try and view them through the lens of Christ.  When you stop and consider, it is a pretty serious matter to align your principles and your life according to that train of thought. 

So stop and consider.   In light of what you experience and see going on in the world around you, what is your worldview?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Could America be Headed to Another Great Depression?

A CNN poll recently given found that just under half of all Americans feared that America is headed towards another Great Depression within the next 12 months. The article linked here basically says that the debate surrounding the next election will focus on bread and butter issues for US households rather than other regularly debated issues such as abortion.  What do you think?  Are we headed to a Great Depression or can America be saved?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Bristol Myer's Pushing New Cancer Drug Remedies.

I think it is fantastic that new drugs are being created to counter cancer. My only point I wish to say is more cancers could be prevented through proper diet, avoiding processed foods, and doing things to protect the body rather than expose it to undue risk.

Bristol-Myers pitches its cancer medicine pipeline - USATODAY.com
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

People, foe or facebook friend?

People are fickle on facebook. I have friends from high school, college, and jobs that I keep in touch with and facebook is a great tool to do that. On the flipside of this, I have noticed a group of people that will delete you if you don't hang out with them regularly or talk to them all the time. One person, a well known drama queen around here, actually had the gumption to message me and tell me she was only keeping friends on her page that she actually talked to/hung out with, and that she did not want it to be awkward if we saw each other at church or out in public. My response....Your loss. She LOST it when I told her that. She blasted me for being rude and not paying her enough attention? Huh?

I have friends I am close to and we can go days, weeks, and months without talking. My best friend and I have known each other for 15 years. We can chew each other out and still love each other too. The others I just don't get. Quite frankly, I don't care either. I guess my point is the more I get upset about whether people decide to "keep" me as a friend on facebook, the less time I have to devote to other important things in my life like my marriage and school.

My job takes up 25 hours a week of my time. My school takes up 40 hours. My marriage takes up the rest. My time with God is 24 hours a day. Just because I don't talk to you all the time does not mean I don't care or I am not praying for you.

On the other hand, if somebody chooses to defriend me it is their loss. We all have the gift of choice. I cannot be all things to all people, all of the time. I just don't have the energy now. I also have the choice not to accept a friends request from somebody who has hurt me in the past. I can forgive them for being so rude, but it doesn't mean I have to put up with them or their behaviors.

I guess my point in all of this is that I have been challenged to look past a person's fickle behavior and love them despite the fact they are being hurtful. I have also come to realize that when you bend over backwards to help friends in need, that often the most critically wounded people can be the most devastating in their volley of attacks. Hurt people, hurt people.

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Medal of Honor Ranger is a Prankster

Prank Loving Medal of Honor Recipient Takes It All In Hand. If you click on the link and read the story, it kind of puts things into perspective.  This is the type of recovery I like to see.  Not everybody responds in the same way and that is ok.  What gets me is how he has been able to come to terms with his life and his experiences.  Now he has a new mission.  How much more do we react when we get thrown a curveball and fall apart.  I know I did when my husband first deployed.  Then I put on my big girl panties, sucked it up, and overcame it the best way that I knew how.

What are some of the ways you cope with loss?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Traveling for Tricare

Military families can appreciate the humor in this little nugget of useless information I am about to share.  I have to get fitted for orthotics to put in my shoes.  Tens years of waitressing and bartending, and years of running have left me with two very arthritic feet and ankles.  Popping ibuprofen like candy, I finally had to go in and get a cortisone injection into my left foot just to reduce the inflammation and swelling. It worked, but it has been strongly suggested that I get my feet cast for orthotics to help me when I am walking around. 

Here is the problem.  I have Tricare Standard...I LOVE LOVE LOVE being able to self refer, but in this case, the only way I can get Tricare to pay for them is to drive up to Fort Gordon and see the orthopoedist up there.  Yeah..you heard me Fort Gordon, which is 2.5 hours away from Savannah where I live. 

Good thing I can request a day off from work if I need to take care of something medicallly.  And the government wants to implement universal healthcare into the picture?  Baby, hobble a mile or several hundred in my shoes and see if government healthcare works efficiently.  Gotta go.  Time to fill up the gas tank and drive to my next appointment!

Monday, May 30, 2011

The American Widow Project

Connecting a New Generation of War Widows  is part of a new effort to reach out to this generation's widows of war.  Nearly 3,000 military spouses have been widowed during the global war on terror, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The American Widow Project is open to widows of any service member as well as women who were engaged to a service member. If you know of a wife or fiance who lost a servicemember to this war, help connect them to other widows so they don't feel alone. Want to get involved? Check out the American Widow Project website at www.americanwidowproject.org and see how to help.

Military Report - Gates Suggests Pay Cuts

To our Government:

I have an idea....live off our salary for a week and see if military cuts stay on the table. I am blessed, but we are far from rich!

Military Report - Gates Suggests Pay Cuts

MEMORIAL day means honor our fallen....it is NOT Veteran's day.


When I hear somebody tell me "happy memorial day" my blood boils. I hope my friends Deborah or Jenni never have to hear it. Both lost their husbands in this war and Jenni also lost her best friend Ben to an IED attack a couple of years before that.
I am not trying to be cranky, but in reality when somebody carelessly tosses out that phrase, I often wonder if they have truly thought about the sacrifices made by these military families. I betcha if they did they would say "thank you" rather than "happy"...yes we celebrate their lives, but for crying out loud this is MEMORIAL day not VETERANS day.  When you think about it, please take a couple of minutes out and think about those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.  Memorial day may kick off the summer, but some people need a good kick in the pants. 

Ok, I am off my soapbox.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Coffee Prices Set to Rise Again?

The price of coffe is set to increase worldwide, but that does not mean I plan on drinking less.  I am an admitted coffee snob, and if I could find a job where I do nothing but sell the benefits of coffee to other people, I would be a happy camper.  Cupping and slurping, coffee is my indulgence.

 

While others drown their misery away in gallons and gallons of beer and liquor, I choose to pause and indulge in it's aromatic bouquet of bright florals or earthy flavors.  When paired with a quiet time and a journal, my day begins to go from dull to full.  As the coffee beans grind, I smile and think about what lies ahead of me and I plan my day.  Coffee invigorates my senses and awakens my spirit.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Sweet Dreams are Made of These....

My husband surprised me last night with the news that he had bought something for me that I have had my heart set on having for 20 years.  It is a Kitchen Aid Artisan 5 speed mixer and perfect for mixing dough, grinding meats to make sausage, and for mixing the ingredients for a delectable desert.  I could not be happier, especially since it comes in a screaming tangerine orange which reflects my love for all things from the University of Tennessee. 



Now when people walk into my kitchen, I expect them to be completely grossed out by the orange color scheme and blinding sheen reflecting off of my growing collection of kitchen aid appliances and cutlery.  This should also add some color to the putrid brown, tan, and green color which permeates the typical army housing block.  Tan, tan, tan, er, I mean sand, sand, sand is the color adorning the typical exterior and it is not pretty.  But before I launch into a speech about the woes of living in concrete army housing, let's go back to my mixer and how excited I am. 

Some of my earliest memories of baking were from shared moments I had with my mother helping her make brownies for school.  I grew up using a Kitchen Aid Mixer and everything else pales in comparison to its power and ability.  Using one is where I learned the proper steps for slowly incorporating dry ingredients into wet ones, and where I discovered that creativity in the kitchen is one of life's greatest and simplest pleasures. 

One day it is my goal to teach my own children how to bake.  When my fingers and eyes are too old to continue, I want to pass on my mixer to them so they can experience the rhapsody of beating butter and the splish splash of whipping cream churning into puffy clouds.  The experience and memories are enough to make me wanna stay up all night and bake, just for the heck of it.  After all Sweet Dreams are made of these....

Monday, May 9, 2011

Biopsy

I went in Friday to have my biopsy performed. Basically they brought in another Radiologist, who looked at my mammograms and the ultrasound and talked with my Radiologist about the concerns they had over my breast tissue. They pulled up the ultrasound machine so they could mark where they needed to go in on the breast to perform the biopsy, decided they did not like the machine they were using, and sent the tech out the door to grab a higher powered machine.

Here is where it gets funny. The room they had me in was at the end of a long hallway, which basically intersected another hallway in the middle. When the tech left the room, she left the door wide open so I was in full view of anybody coming down the hall. This was NOT the experience I wanted to have since my arm was extended above my head, I was turned out at a 45 degree angle, and my breast was exposed to the world. My radiologist about lost it and yelled at the tech to shut the door. AWKWARD!

They marked the spot on my breast for where they needed to make an incision, numbed me with local anesthesia, and then made an incision. I barely felt the cut, but I could feel the biopsy needle going in and it was uncomfortable. They took a bunch of samples, stitched me up, talked to me about next steps, and then told me I would know Wednesday. Not good enough. My mother made a call to her breast center in Knoxville, and set up an appointment for me for Monday morning. So here I am in Knoxville waiting for my appointment tomorrow morning. Early results point towards a form of breast cancer called DCIS with a mass of unknown makeup. They are running tests tomorrow and will determine what my next steps are in the process. If need be, I will undergo a lumpectomy this week to remove any of the bad tissue, and will also start radiation treatment. Til we know for sure, I am keeping my fingers crossed and my prayers lifted.
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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mammograms

I went in for a baseline mammogram last week and within a couple of hours was called back in for additional views. Yesterday I went in and for the next 1.5 hours had to endure the vice like grip on my right breast, the agony of waiting for 45 minutes for some sort of answers, and the additional misery of sitting through an ultrasound for another 45 minutes while they looked at my breast tissue.

They found a mass and a bunch of other triggers that concern them. Basically I have a bunch of calcification next to my areola which is also encompassing a mass. I knew something was wrong when the radiology tech took 45 minutes to come back and tell me they were doing an ultrasound, and especially when the Radiologist came in and scrutinized the ultrasound live.

My suspicions were confirmed when he pulled up a chair, and in a voice which reminded me of a Funeral Director coordinating a funeral, told me what they believed was going on. All I heard was a four letter acronym called DCIS, calcification, blah blah, tissue, blah blah, biopsy, blah blah...wait!? BIOPSY? Huh?

So, they scheduled it for today. The sooner the better. Having just been blindsided with the news, I sat there stunned and then burst into tears. My mother is a breast cancer survivor. All I could think of was her and what I went through 20 years ago. The painful memories flooded me and I cried for the unknown. What was happening? Was i dying? Is it treatable? What am I going to do? I hope it isn't cancer. Will I have children? What about my husband....what will he do?

I am numb. My mind is vacant. I don't know what to do....I am 38 years old. I am not supposed to be battling something like this, but I trust God and this is HIS war to wage.
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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Housing Waitlists

I confess I am a little neurotic about waiting to get a house a post.  After crunching a few numbers, Ben and I decided that the most feasible option for us is to put in for housing on post and cut costs wherever we can.  Sure we get a decent BAH, but when you factor in the water, trash, electricity, fuel costs to drive back and forth, internet, ADT, pest control, and grocery bills, it just doesn't make sense to either one of us to continue in the same path we have been on for the past couple of years. 

The waitlist for housing used to drive me bananas.  Like any normal person would check their facebook account, I have been checking our position on it no less than ten times a day to see if it has budged at all.  When we initially put in our application, the lady at Balfour Beatty said it would be 2 to 3 months before a house would open up.  Sweet!  Well, it has been three weeks and for a while there I thought it was going to take 6 months based on how little the waitlist moved. 

Today I got a nice surprise.  I checked our position and we had moved 8 spots.  That may have been a small step for somebody trying to find housing immediately, but for us it was as if the moon moved closer to us and we didn't have to shoot so far.  So yay for moving and DEAR LORD I have so much packing ahead of me.  All whining aside, I am blessed that I can move on post, that I won't have but a five minute commute to work, and I will be much safer when Ben deploys again.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Mourning....9-11

I remember the morning well. Sitting in my office at ABVI-Goodwill, I heard the distinctive gait of my CEO's footsteps running erratically down the hall. Soon, the outer door to our office blew open, as one of our counselor's from the Low Vision Center burst in to tell us that a plane had flown into the World Trade Center. Horrified, we ran down to the conference room to turn on the news and see what was going on. A few minutes later, our lives were forever changed when the second plane struck. Watching the screen, we all began to weep as we realized this was no accident unfolding before our eyes.

Stepping out into the hallway, I was greeted by Joanie, one of our employees in our manufacturing division, who had stepped out into the hallway for a break. She told me that a plane had struck the Pentagon and I responded to her by saying that it was not the Pentagon, but the two main towers of the Trade Center. She said no, they were listening on the radio, and heard them report on the Pentagon being hit. I crumpled to the ground and began to sob.

Very shortly thereafter, I frantically tried to get ahold of my best friend George in NYC. He was working with MTV at the time, and they had a shoot scheduled that morning in one of the towers. I called and called, and could not get ahold of him. Worried sick and frantic, I went back to watching the Today show and the coverage of the event. At that moment, the images of the towers were forever burned into my head as people started to jump from the towers in an effort to save themselves.

Joanie and a few others asked me to describe what I was seeing on the screen. How do you describe the horrors of people jumping, the images of both towers burning, and the chaos of people running away from the scene to people who were born without sight and have no point of reference to gauge its magnitude? As I described what was happening, the finality of the situation became even more profound as one of the towers collapsed and imploded on itself.

In absolute rage, I sobbed and wailed as I realized that I was watching people die before my eyes and somebody was behind this massive attack. Fear shook me as instantly our world had changed, and resolve gripped me as I, like thousands of others, rallied together to proclaim our love for this Country and our undying patriotism.

It took me two days to get ahold of my best friend. He was fast asleep when the towers were struck, and unaware of what was unfolding below him in lower Manhattan. The shoot had been cancelled and his life spared. Had the shoot gone on as planned, I would be mourning his loss alongside so many other precious families who lost loved ones.

So many people lost loved ones on that fateful day. Maybe the death of Osama Bin Laden may not measure up to your personal beliefs about life and death, but to me the endless pursuit to hunt and take him down means justice is finally served.

To those who engaged him in the final moments of his life, thank you for sticking to the mission at hand. For those who criticize the Pursuit of terrorists, remember that freedom is not free and it is for that freedom that our Service Members put themselves in harms way day after day, week after week.



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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Osama Bin Laden...Dead!

DNA confirms....Osama Bin Laden's body has been identified.  He was killed due to a military action by the US Military.  Stay tuned...President Obama is about to speak on the situation.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Creamed Corn and Rice. My twist.....

I took a Southen Living recipe and made it my own. The reviews are in and the people have spoken....it was a hit. So for those of you who love TRUE Southern cooking and none of that fancy stuff, here it is...

Ingredients:

4 cans Creamed Corn
2- 8 oz packages of cream cheese
4 TBS water
2 TBS sugar
1 8 oz package shredded cheddar cheese...I used sharp
1 cup of Parmesan cheese
2 cups Uncle Ben's Rice
1/4 c salted butter

Prepare:

Throw all ingredients into a crockpot and cook for four hours until ready. I gave it a stir every hour just to make sure the cheese was melted through.

Enjoy!
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

No Coupon Inserts Tomorrow

Due to Easter, there will be no coupon inserts in any of the papers this week. Have a great holiday ya'll!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Publix Shopping Trip 04-17 savings of 67%

Before you judge, keep in mind I buy most of my meats and produce at the base commissary so this is the rest of it. With rising food prices, I get my savings however I can.

2 BREYERS HALF GALLON ICE CREAM…bogo plus a Target $1.50 off web coupon knocked it down to $2 per half gallon. Normal price: $5.98 each!!!

Birdseye Steamfresh Veggies were 50% off. Using a $1 off of 3 brought it down to under $.60 a bag. Normal price: $1.90 each.

Kellog's Pop Tarts: BOGO. Using a $1 off of 3 brought it down to $.66 a box. Normal price: $1.98 each.

Pedigree Dogfood (4.4lbs) Normally $4.99. Store savings of $1 off plus $3 off coupon made them $.99 each.

Pedigree WetDog food: Normally $.77 a can. Coupon for BOGO knocked it down to $.38 a can.

Lipton 100ct Ice Tea Bags: Normally $3.39 a box. Bogo and with $1 off of each box made it $.70 a box.

Wesson Oil: Normally$4.29 a bottle. BOGO and wih a $.60 off coupon for each bottle made it $1.50 a bottle.

Jimmy Dean Sausage: Normally $3.50 each. Store sale was 2/$6 and with $1 off of 2 made it $2.50 per roll. Not much of a savings, but we make a lot of sausage and eggs for breakfast, so I needed to restock it back up.

Ritz Munchables: Normally $2.99 a box. BOGO this week. Used a $1 off coupon for each box, paid $.50 a box.

Idahoan Mashed Potatoes: Normally $1.25 each. BOGO this week. Had a $1 off of three and paid $.29 a bag.

Land o'Lakes. Not on sale, but paid $1.09 with a $1 off coupon.

Smart Balance Spread: Normally $2.99 per container. BOGO this week, had a $1 off of two making it $1 per container.

Coffee Mate Creamer: Normally $1.62 each. This week was 4 for $6. Using 2 x $1 off coupons for two, knocked it down to $1 each.

Dole Canned Pineapple: Normally $1.55 each. BOGO this week. Had $.50 off of two. Doubles up to $1 off. Makes it $.27 a can.

Yesterday, I used an in ad coupon for $10 off of a $50 American Express giftcard. With a $4.95 activation fee, I am getting $50 worth of gift card for $45.05 and making back $5.05 per card.

My total purchases today were $174.92 with tax. Using store sales, manufacturer's q's (coupons) and the savings off of the gift card, I saved $114.90 and only paid $62.70.

I am not looking to buy $1000 worth of groceries for $150, but 8 am looking to save at least half when I grocery shop. Considering the cot of rising food prices, I will take the savings any way I can get them.

How do you save money?
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Sunday Coupon Preview 4-17

Apparently there are three coupon inserts in this week's paper.  Last week there were three, so we shall see....

2 Smartsource and 1 Redplum

Source:  Sunday Coupon Preview

4-17 Redplum

Bertolli Pasta Sauces Save $1.50/2 (5/15)
Cap’n Crunch Cereal Save $1.00/2 (8/31)
Cheer Detergent any Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Degree Men Adrenaline Series Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Save $1.00/1 (5/15)
Degree Men or Women Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Save $1.00/1 (5/15)
Degree for Women Premium Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant or Body Mist Save $1.00/1 (5/15)
Era Detergent any Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Febreze product with Gain Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Gain Detergent any Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Gain fabric softener or sheets Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Head & Shoulders Shampoo buy One Get One Head & Shoulder 13.5oz Conditioner FREE to Save $4.74 ( 5/31)
Hellman;s product 16.5oz or larger .75/1 (5/15)
Iams canned dog or cat food Buy 3 Get 1 FREE to Save $1.00 (5/31)
Iams Healthy Naturals dry dog or cat food Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Iams Premium Protection dry dog or cat food Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Iams ProActive Health dry dog or cat food Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter product .75/2 (5/15)
Knorr’s Recipe/Sauce/Gravy Mix Product .50/2 (5/14)
Lipton Recipe Secrets product .60/2 (5/14)
Natural Instincts Hair color Save $3.00/1 (5/31)
Nivea body lotion 8.4oz- 13.5 oz Save $1.00/1 (5/15)
Nivea Express Hydration Lotion or gel 8.4oz – 13.5oz Save $2.00/1 (5/15)
Nivea for Men body wash 8.4fl oz- 16.9 fl oz Save $3.00/1 (5/14)
Nivea for Men face care product or TWO shave gels 0.5 floz- 7oz Save $2.00/1 (5/141)
Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizer or cleanser no trial Save $3.00/1 (5/31)
Osteo Bi-Flex caplets, softgels or powder no liquids Save $6.00/1 (5/29)
Pedigree Jumbone treats for dogs Save $1.00/1 (5/29)
Pedigree Marrobone treats for dogs Save $1.00/1 (5/29)
Pop Secrets products Save $1.00/2 (5/29)
Rimmel product Save $1.00/1 (6/30)
Scope Mouthwash 710 ml or larger Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Scotties facial tissues 5 boxes or 2 multipacks Save $1.00 (5/14)
Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread .60/1 (5/15)
Sundown vitamin or supplements product Save $1.00/1 (5/31)
Waverly paper plates, plastic cups or napkins by Hefty Save $1.25/2 (8/15)
Zyrtec 24ct or larger Save $4.00/1 (5/30)
Zyrtec 24ct or larger Save $7.00/1 (4/24)


4-17 Smartsource 


Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra Starter Kit $4 (5/29)
Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra Refills B2G1F to $5.50 (5/29)
Air Wick Freshmatic Starter Kit $4 (5/29)
Air Wick Freshmatic Compact Refill $1.50 (5/29)
Air Wick 100% Natural Propellant Spray B1G1F to $1.39 (5/29)
Aveeno Active Naturals $3/2 (5/31)
Aveeno Active Naturals $1 (5/31)
Ban Solid .75 (6/4)
Band any .40 (6/4)
Bausch & Lomb Alaway eye drops $5 (6/30)
Bausch & Lomb Opcon-A eye drops $1 (6/30)
Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers or Roll-Ups .50/2 (6/11)
Biz $1 (5/29)
Biz $1.50 (5/1)
Brita Pour-Through or Faucet Mount System $4 (6/26)
Brita Multipack filters $1 (6/26)
Brita Bottle $1 (6/26)
Cheerios Cinnamon Burst .75 (5/28)
Desitin no trial size .75 (6/26)
EarthWise Entirely Natural Premium products $1/2 (5/31)
Enfamil or Enfagrow large size powder 22.2 oz+ $2 (5/31)
Farmland Breakfast Sausage Links $1/2 (5/31)
Farmland Sausage Rolls $1/2 (5/31)
Farmland Hickory Smoked Bacon 12 oz or 16 oz $1 (5/21)
Farmland Diced, Cubed or Julienne Ham or Turkey, Deli Style Lunch Meats, Special Select Sliced Meats or Ham Steaks .75 (5/21)
Fiber One cereal .50 (5/28)
Finish Jet-Dry Rinse Agent or Turbo Dry .55 (6/12)
Finish Dishwasher Cleaner .40 (6/12)
Finish quantum $1 (5/22)
Finish Powerball or Gelpac .75 (5/22)
Godiva Chocolate Bar or Godiva Gems 1.4 oz+ .50 (5/31)
Green Giant Frozen Bagged Vegetables 19oz-240z .40 (6/11)
Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper or Chicken Helper .75/3 (6/11)
Johnson baby or Natural product .50 (6/26)
Johnny Cat Liner Bags or Johnny Cat Litter .40 (12/31)
Jose Ole 16 oz+ $1 (6/30)
Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese Dinner $1 (5/17)
Kraft Big Slice, Kraft or Cracker Barrel Natural Slices $1 (6/12)
LightHouse products $1/2 (7/31)
Listerine Total Care Mouthwash 1L+ or Reach Toothbrush or 1 Reach Floss or 1 Reach Access Flosser $1 (12/31)
Listerine Total Care Mouthwash 1L+ and/or Reach Toothbrush and/or Reach Floss, or Reach Access Flosser $2.50/2 (12/31)
Listerine Mouthwash 1L+ .50 (12/31)
Listerine Total Care Plus Whitening Mouthwash 32 fl oz or 1 Restoring Listerine Anticavity Mouthwash 1L $1 (12/31)
Listerine Agent Cool Blue 500 ml or Reach Kids Toothbrush $1 (12/31)
Listerine Zero Mouthwash 1L+ $1 (12/31)
Listerine Pocketpaks 24ct+ or Listerine Pocketmist or Plax Rinse or Listerine Essential Care toothpaste .50 (12/31)
Lysol No-Touch Hand Soap System Starter Kit $3 (5/17)
Maxwell House .55 (5/31)
Nature Valley Granola Thins .75 (6/11)
NatureSweet SunBursts tomatoes 10.5 oz .55 (6/11)
Neosporin or one Band-Aid product .50 (6/30)
Neosporin AND one Band-Aid product $1.50 (6/30)
Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquer $1 (6/30)
Oreo Fudge Cremes 11.3 oz $1 (5/16)
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls or Grands Sweet Rolls .50/2 (7/9)
Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls .40/2 (7/9)
Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads .40/2 (7/9)
Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands Biscuits .30/2 (7/9)
Reach by design Toothbrush 1ct or 2 ct $1 (12/31)
Reynolds Wrap Foil except 20, 25, 30 sq ft .75 (5/31)
Ritz Crackerfuls Filled Crackers 6 oz $1 (7/10)
Schick Hydro 5 refill $2 (5/28)
Schick Hydro 3 refill $2 (5/28)
Schick Hydro Shave Gel .75 (5/28)
Schick Quattro for Women Razor or Refill $2 (5/29)
Schick Intuition Razor or Refill $2 (5/29)
Scotch Brite Greener Clean $1/2 (5/31)
Tena Serenity Pads & Tena Men and Women Underwear $1 (7/31)
Totinos Crisp Crust Party Pizza $1/5 (7/9)
Totinos Rolls Snacks .40/2 (7/9)
VTech Toy priced $19.99 $5 (7/31)
Wheat Thins Crunch Stix $1 (6/26)
WhiteCastle Microwaveable Hamburgers or Cheeseburgers .50 (7/16)
Woolite Carpet and Upholstery $1 (5/31)
Yoplait Fiber One Multipacks .50 (6/11)
Yoplait Yogurt 32 oz .50 (6/11)
Yoplait Greek yogurt .60/2 (6/11)
Yoplait Greek Yogurt 4 pack $1 (6/11)
Yoplait Go Gurt or Trix Multipack .75/2 (6/11)
Yuban $1/2 (5/31)



4-17 Smartsource Second Insert


Act Dry Mouth bottle $2 (5/31)
Act bottle 16.9oz+ $1 (5/31)
Allegra, Allegra-D or any Children’s Allegra $5 (5/7)
Ascriptin $1.50 (7/31)
Benefiber $1 (7/16)
Benefiber Plus Heart Health product $2 (7/16)
Bufferin 130 ct $1 (7/31)
Dannon Greek 5.3 oz cups .50/2 (5/31)
Doans Extra Strength Caplets $1 (7/31)
Excedrin 20 ct+ .75 (6/4)
Excedrin 80 ct+ $1.50 (6/4)
Gas-X $1 (7/16)
Gas-X Prevention $1 (7/16)
Good Nites Jumbo Pack+ $2 (5/14)
Huggies Little Swimmers $2 (5/14)
Huggies Little Swimmers Sun Care product $1 (5/14)
Huggies Pull Ups Jumbo pack+ $1.50 (5/14)
Huggies Diapers $1.50 (5/14)
Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers $2 (5/14)
Huggies Baby Wipes 64 ct+ .50 (5/14)
Keri Lotion $2 (7/31)
Maalox $1 (7/16)
Maalox $2.50/2 (7/16)
Mineral Ice Pain Relieving Gel $1.50 (7/31)
Myoflex Pain Relieving Cream $1.50 (7/31)
OxiClean Original In-Wash Booster or Pre-Treater $1 (6/30)
OxiClean $2/3 (6/30)
Ortega .50/2 (6/30)
Physicains Formula $1 (7/31)
Prevacid 24HR $3 (5/15)
Purina Beneful Snackin Slices any size $1 (7/17)
Purina ONE brand beyOnd Dog food any $2 (5/16)
Purina ONE brand beyOnd cat food any size $2 (5/16)
Scott Naturals Paper Towels $1/6 (5/29)
Scott Naturals Bath Tissue 4 rolls+ $1 (5/29)
Scott Naturals Flushable Wipes .50 (5/29)
Spice Island $1/2 (6/19)
Starbucks Coffee 11, 12, 20 oz bag $1.50 (6/30)
U by Kotex Pads $1 (5/28)
U by Kotex Liners $1 (5/28)
U by Kotex Tampons $1 (5/28)
Zaditor $3 (7/31)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Official Release from Department of Defense

Government Shutdown has been avoided. Business as usual for all personnel,

http://touch.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114648515718
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Commissaries to Remain Open

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63502
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Lawmakers Ready Emergency Troop Funding Bill

If they continue to reach an impasse, GOP Congressional heads are prepared to push through an Emergency Troop Funding Bill.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/04/08/6434904-lawmakers-ready-emergency-troop-pay-bill-?GT1=43001
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No Death Benefits For Those KIA If Gov't Shuts Down.

This makes me angrier than having to wait for our family's midmonth pay and beyond. These families make the Ultimate Sacrifice and our Elected officials cannot agree on a budget 6 months into a fiscal year. Sickening!

http://bit.ly/hcXRM2
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Gov't Shutdown: What's going to be closed or open?

Gov't Shutdown: What's closed, what's open?

Here is the list in case anybody is interested. 

Navy Federal to Advance Military Pay to Members

Navy Federal to Advance Military Pay to Members

Now if somebody could redirect me to a word from USAA about how they are planning on responding to members, it would be much appreciated!

Message from Department of Defense on Government Shutdown

From Army.mil:

Army.mil Press Release

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Military Family State by State Laws on Renter's Rights.

In case any Military Families are worried about getting evicted for non payment of rent should this Government Shutdown continue...

Here is a link with each State's laws on evictions:

http://www.chiff.com/legal/eviction-laws.htm
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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Military Families Emergency Plan

Awesome information on how a military shutdown affects families and where to get EMERGENCY help.

http://www.militaryfamily.org/feature-articles/government-shutdown-what.html
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Monday, April 4, 2011

Military Report - Bill Would Protect Military Pay

Military Report - Bill Would Protect Military Pay

The Commissary Prices

I get a kick out of going to the commissary sometimes.  It seems like every single time I go, I inevitably run into the same people week after week and without fail, it always seems to be the same crew of retired Veterans and their wives.  I love hearing their stories of the days when they served and especially love seeing their chests puff out in pride about how they served. 

I love their meat prices.  Seriously, I went in there a few days ago and chicken breasts were $1.39 a pound.  I can't even get that at Publix on a day when they are on sale.  The closet they get is $1.99 a pound and even then I refuse to buy them.  Today the hubby and I grilled up some steaks we picked up there for less than $3 a pound and they were delicious paired alongside a heaping pile of onions and mushrooms sauteed in my cast iron skillet. We are eating like kings and I haven't even used a coupon in there yet.  For those who know me on a daily basis, I am always looking for a deal and am not afraid to stock up on things if it is super inexpensive. 

So, in an effort to save a little time and money, I decided that from now on I am using Publix for their BOGO (Buy One Get One) Deals and the commissary (with my coupons) for everything else.  The only thing that stinks is that I wish they were open on Mondays like the rest of the freaking world, but once again, I digress.

What kinds of deals do you find at your Commissary?

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Silence is Golden

One of my favorite things to do at night is lay in bed and read a book. Since my hubby has gotten back, it has been a lot harder to do. He likes to get to sleep much earlier than I do, but also likes to spend as much time with me as possible. To effectively problem solve this issue, I downloaded the Kindle application to my Droid phone and turned the reader to black with white lettering so as not to disturb his rest. So far it has been working out great. I get to read well into the night and he sleeps soundly beside me.

One of my favorite things about this experience is feeling his breath lightly dancing across my bare shoulder in an air kiss. As his sleep deepens, his breath starts to slow and I find myself relaxing in its rhythm. I treasure these moments because I know that he will deploy again one day and I will be left with memories and the scent of his cologne as gentle reminders. The silence is golden and the experience is priceless.
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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday Coupon Preview March 27, 2011

There are three inserts in this weekend's paper:  two Smartsource and one Redplum.  

Sunday Coupon Preview

Next post will show how I have been able to save tons of time cutting my coupons and it does NOT involve scissors!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Coupons 03.20.11

Smartsource

Source:  Sunday Coupon Preview

Air Wick get any warmer unit FREE wyb your favorite air wick scented oil refill fragrance up to $2.19 (5/1)
Air Wick any Scented Oil refill pack or (2) single refills Save $1/1 (5/1)
Air Wick any Freshmatic Starter Kit Save $4/1 (5/1)
Air Wick B1G1 FREE any Freshmatic Ultra Refill up to $5.29 (5/1)
Cheerios Cereal any boxes origina or honey nut Save $1/2 (4/30)
Disposer Care any Save $0.55/1 (6/30)
Dishwasher Magic any size Save $0.55/1 (6/30)
Edge any shave gel – not valid on 2.75oz cans Save $0.55/1 (5/1)
Fiber One Cereal any box of original, honey clusters, raisin bran clusters, caramel delight, frosted shredded wheat Save $0.50/1 (4/30)
General Mills Cereals any boxes of Basic 4, Chex, Fiber One, Honey Nut Cheerios, Oatmeal Crisp, Raisin Nut Bran, Total, Wheaties Save $1/2 (4/30)
Hamburger Helper any flavor Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper or Chicken Helper home cooked skillet meals Save $0.75/3 (5/14)
Huggies any packages of diapers Save $1.50/2 (4/16)
Huggies any packages of little movers or little snugglers diapers Save $2/2 (4/16)
Huggies any package of baby wipes 64ct or larger Save $0.50/1 (4/16)
Hydroxycut all Pro Clinical Advanced pills and drink mix Save $5/1 (6/30)
Joint Juice any supplement drink Save $1/1 (5/20)
Ken’s Dressings any 16 oz Save $1/2 (4/30)
Ken’s Marinades any Save $1/1 (4/30)
Ken’s Dressings any 8oz or 9oz Save $1/2 (4/30)
Kix any box of Kix, Berry Berry Kix or Honey Kix cereals Save $0.50/1 (4/30)
Lysol any Neutra air fabric mist Save $1/1 (4/19)
Lysol any Neutra Air aerosol can Save $1.50/1 (4/19)
Mentos any 15 piece or larger gum Save $0.35/1 (5/15)
Playtex any boxes of Gentle Glide Tampons 18ct or larger Save $2.50/2 (5/22)
Playtex Sport any boxes plastic applicator tampons Save $2.50/2 (5/22)
Playtex any personal cleaning cloths product Save $1/1 (5/22)
Schick Intuition any razor or refill Save $2/1 (5/1)
Schick Quattro any Titanium disposable razor package Save $1/1 (5/1)
Schick Quattro any Titanium razor, trimmer or refill 4ct or 8ct Save $3/1 (5/1)
Super Iron Out any size Save $0.55/1 (6/30)
Super Iron Out any size 16 or 24 fl oz. Save $0.55/1 (6/30)
Super Iron Out any size 3.2 or 6.4 oz. Save $0.55/1 (6/30)
Totino’s any flavor/variety crisp crust party pizza products Save $0.50/3 (6/11)
Washer Magic Save $0.55/1 any size (6/30)
Welch’s any boxes of fruit snacks or fruit ‘n yogurt snacks 8ct, 10ct, 24ct or 40ct boxes Save $1/1 (5/15)
Welch’s any 40ct box of fruit snacks Save $1/1 (5/15)
Woolite any detergent 50oz or larger Save $1/1 (4/3)
Zest any 18oz body wash Save $1/1 (5/15)
Zest any 3-bar multi-pack or larger Save $1/1 (5/15)


Redplum


Always maxi (36ct+) or ultra jumbo pack (38ct+) Save $1/1 (4/30)
Cesar any treats Save $1/1 (4/30)
Endust any product Save $1/1 (5/1)
Gillette Fusion Proglide any cartridge manual or power Save $4/1 (4/30)
Mars any Easter Products Save $1/2 (4/24)
Pedigree any Dentastix for dogs Save $1/1 (4/30)
Pedigree any Breathbuster treats for dogs Save $1/1 (4/30)
Purina any cat chow or kitten chow excl. 16 oz., any variety Save $2/2 (5/15)
Rhodes any package of Cinnamon Rolls Save $1/1 (6/30)
Rhodes any package of Warm-n-Serv rolls Save $1/1 (6/30)
Sara Lee any pre-sliced meat Save $0.75/1 (4/30)
Smuckers any Snack ‘n Waffles brand waffles Save $1/1 (6/30)
Suave any body lotion products 18oz or larger Save $1/2 (4/17)
Suave B2G1 FREE body wash products up to Save $2.00 (4/17)
Suave any deodorant product  Save $0.50/1 (4/17)
Suave Professionals any styling products Save $0.50/2 (4/17)
Suave Professionals any shampoo or conditioner Save $0.50/2 (4/17)
Suave Kids any shampoo or conditioner products Save $0.50/2 (4/17)
Temptations any indoor, kitten, skin & coat, dent abites or hairball treats for cats Save $1/2 (5/1)
Uncle Ben’s any whole grain white rice product Save $0.75/1 (5/15)

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