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I’m Pregnant!!!

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We did it!  We got me impregnated with our very own alien baby!  Here’s a pic so you understand my description… Yeppers, I’m a bit more than 11 weeks pregnant today!  Feels like 4th time’s the charm. I’ve been wanting to share every puke-ridden step of the way, and especially during the scary days where it seemed I wasn’t having symptoms at all, but we didn’t want to deal with the drama we had the first time we announced early.  We decided to wait to go public until we had photo proof of life.  This little Peanut is definitely in there.  He or she was moving around like a sea monkey on crack during the whole ultrasound. Frequently Asked Questions Just to get the big stuff out of the way, let’s see if I can cover the most frequently asked questions right here.  1. I’m due in mid-June 2018.  Anything between June 2-29 would be considered full term. 2.  We don’t know if it’s a boy or girl yet, but when they can tell us, we’ll want to know.  I’m pretty sure that won’t be until at least January. 3.  We don’t have any preference when it comes to its … Read more

Great to See My Peeps at #Fincon17!!!

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I’ve been to every Fincon since they started in 2011.  Fincon17 was a big success overall, emphasis on BIG.  1700 people or some crazy number like that.  My personal take was that it was simply too big.  I still truly appreciated my week, but you definitely have to take charge and form your own small groups or you’d get swallowed in the crowds.  Oh, and I learned that a bunch of people only recognize me when I have brightly colored hair – note to self. My Peeps Revanche from a Gai Shan Life, Maria Nedeva from The Money Principle, and Valerie Rind were my pillar peeps this year.  Joe Taxpayer couldn’t make it for the first time and was deeply missed.  It was also great to touch base with long term online friends like Ashley, Sherrian Crumbley, and Khaleef Crumbley.  I also enjoyed getting to know several new people like Elisa, Makenzie, Felicity, and Michael. Connections As Fincon grows, so do the number of vendor booths.  I was able to touch base with several new companies who interest me enough that I’ll be looking into affiliate relationships soon.  I restocked myself with sturdy pens, a couple of bags, and various … Read more

We Cruised Through Hurricane Harvey…Others Weren’t as Lucky

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You may have noticed that I’m from Houston, Texas and haven’t posted for more than 2 weeks.  We are safe.  Heck, we were more than safe during Hurricane Harvey’s flooding because we were on a 7 day cruise that lasted 13 days. We Were Extremely Spoiled Hurricane Harvey Refugees Hurricane Harvey closed the port of Galveston, so the Carnival Freedom sailed around the Gulf of Mexico and up the Mississippi River to New Orleans a couple of times while we waited for it to be safe to go home.  The first time on Saturday, August 26, was a quick day trip.  The second time, August 29-30, was an overnight stay in that port.  So our Western Caribbean cruise turned into a Mississippi River Boat cruise to New Orleans for the second half.  😉   We had tons of food, lots of fun with Dive-In movies like La La Land and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, enjoyed a couple of hilarious comedians, and had all the regular cruise fun. Our Total Cruise Cost The total cost for our 13 day cruise ended up being less than $2000. $1500 for the 7 day cruise tickets, taxes, fees, and insurance (more than usual … Read more

Registered Republicans, Please Help!

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Today I will probably tick some people off.  Please understand that I am just posting my own personal opinions and am sincerely worried about our presidential options.  This is not intended to offend.  I am honestly and truly scared. First of all, I’ll describe me politically so you have that context. I am not a registered anything. I live in Texas. I’m not a Republican. I am not a Democrat. I seem to lean towards Libertarianism ideals, but their candidates are sometimes nut balls that I can’t vote for. I’ve never found a candidate that I really, truly believed in. I’d love it if that ever happens. I generally do not expect much out of politicians and am rarely surprised in a good way, which I think sucks since my bar is low. As for the Big Issues… I would love a government that takes just as much as necessary from all of us to run the country well. I wish our tax system was more efficient and way less bully-ish. I don’t mind paying my fair share but I hate the process if they ever question it. I’d rather not be sending our own people to other countries for war … Read more

Cheap Costume Ideas for Procrastinators!

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Halloween is my favorite holiday.  I also attend Comicpalooza every year and dress up for some board gaming conventions too.  That said, here are some cheap costume ideas for procrastinators just like you! Quick Summary: Blind Ref – sunglasses ($1), referee shirt ($4-$6), and black slacks ($8) Post-Apocalyptic Light – goggles ($4), ripped leggings with the edges finished off with clear nail polish ($7), tank top ($2), and black boots or shoes. Full Post-Apocalypse – goggles ($4), corset with buckles ($21), fingerless fake leather gloves ($2), utility belt ($8), airsoft gun ($5), knife ($10), purple hair color ($8), neon purple tights ($4), ripped leggings with the edges finished off with clear nail polish ($7), tank top ($2), and black boots or shoes. Comfy Pirate – flowing shirt ($3), vest corset ($15), and pirate hat ($10) to go along with jeans and comfortable shoes

Achieving Debt Freedom – A True Story

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This is guest post by Jeff. Jeff is the writer at Sustainable Life Blog, a blog about going green and saving money. When I was in college, I used to think just having a budget was enough. It didn’t matter if I kept to it or not (I frequently didn’t) but I could pat myself on the back and say that I had one, so I was ahead of the game. Unfortunately, for the longest time I ignored it and just assumed that if I kept doing the same things, and had a budget, that automagically, I’d start following it. Following My Budget It took me far longer than I’d like to admit that it doesn’t work that way. After far too long of telling myself I was trying, I looked at my financial situation and realized that it was actually time to start trying to follow my budget. Since I was in debt almost 2x my annual pre-tax salary, my budget was basically “don’t spend money on anything except food, gas and rent”. I got serious in 2009, and I paid off all of my debt in 2014, almost 5 years to the day (I averaged paying off about … Read more

Our Sony Blu-Ray Player Crapped Out, Welcome Samsung!

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In December 2012, we bought a “Sony BDP-S590 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi”.  It sucks.  We want to bash it into a million pieces. We’ve had problems with it for about 6 months but now it is just useless. Quick Death It started with issues with its remote. So we replaced the batteries, and nope. We then thought it was the remote, so we bought a new one (exact same remote, brand, etc) and yet, still issues. Replaced the batteries, and again, no love. You have to be 3-4 feet away for it to work at all. Then it refused to load Netflix unless it was rebooted. Now it can’t connect to anything like Netflix, YouTube, etc. That makes it nearly useless to us. New Blu-Ray On the Way We finally have called the death of the $100 piece of poop.  I started looking for other options yesterday and pulled the trigger on a $60 refurbished “Samsung BD-F5700 Wi-Fi Blu-Ray Player”.  I passed up 7 different Sony brands to find it.  It has 4 out of 5 stars from user reviews, has wireless capabilities, and has the features we need: Accesses Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, etc. Has an HDMI output Plays … Read more