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Ever visit Wildwood, NJ?

November 8th, 2008 · No Comments

If you love those “Wildwood Days,” check out the new video by the Clique Girlz filmed on the Wildwood boardwalk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtIZofMEFec

Makes me hungry for a slice of Mack’s Pizza and a Kohr Brothers cone!

And, don’t forget to WATCH THE TRAMCAR! 

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President-Elect Barack Obama

November 5th, 2008 · No Comments

November 4, 2008 – a truly historic day for the United States of America.  We hold these truths to be self-evident – that all men are created equal.

I am overwhelmed with emotion.  I can’t stop the tears that are still flowing for my children, as they now truly know anything is possible in this wonderful land of ours.  For my dear friends who never thought they’d see the day when an African American would be elected President.  For the phenomenal turnout of voters and volunteers that gave their hearts and souls to the campaign - for both sides.   For change,  hope and unity.

The unprecedented images of Americans of all ages, colors and backgrounds celebrating in the streets together will stay with me for a lifetime.  Now is the time to shed the labels of Blue or Red, Democrat or Republican, Black or White. We’re all Americans and, it is my sincere prayer that we will once again recognize that  under the administration of President Barack Obama. 

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ANOTHER record profit for Exxon?

October 30th, 2008 · No Comments

This morning, Exxon Mobil released its quarterly profit statement – a record $14.28 BILLION.    

Take a moment and read this article that appeared in US Today stating the presidential candidates’ take on this issue.

http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2008-10-14-candidates-oil-companies-taxes_N.htm

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Figure out your proposed tax cut here…

October 28th, 2008 · 1 Comment

You can use this very easy calculator to figure out how you would fare under tax plans for each of the presidential candidates.  Under an Obama tax plan, our family would pay a lot less in taxes – $1,688 vs. $200 under a McCain plan.   How does it work for you?

 http://taxcut.barackobama.com/?source=sem-pm-fts-tc-search-us&gclid=CNOnsfe_ypYCFQOIFQod1iRdyg

 ETA: As pointed out, yes this calculator is from Barack Obama’s website. 

I have searched and found an independent calculator at www.electiontaxes.com

This site estimates the total taxes you would probably pay under both plans. Click on the “Show Detail” button after you get to the first summary page to see how these figures compare to an estimate of what you’d be paying under current law. This model was created by Quantrix and Jeff Gramlich, a professor at the University of Southern Maine, using research from the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan project of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.

Using this non-partisan calculator, our family will still pay substantially less under the Obama plan.

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Kmart Trip 1 – Double Coupons Update

October 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments

After hearing the exciting news that KMart would be doubling manufacturer’s coupons up to a $2 value, I gathered my coupons and made my first trip during my daughter’s ballet class.  Not having a lot of time and questioning how smoothly the checkout process would go, I went with a limited number of coupons.   I quickly chose the products that I would get for free, or darn close to it, after doubling the matching coupon:

1 Oral-B toothbrush, 1 Sure deodorant, 1 Soft n Dry deodorant, 1 Palmolive liquid dish soap, 5 Crest and Colgate toothpastes and 3 shampoos (Dove, Herbal Essences and Gillette).

Price of the items before applying my coupons? $33.82

Final price? $4.90 (including .65 sales tax)

The checkout procedure was very smooth.  The cash register automatically doubled the coupons and matched them up with the product. 

Now that I know how fast and simple the checkout was, I am going back this afternoon for Round 2! 

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ATTN KMART SHOPPERS ~ Super Double Coupons!

October 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I’m a coupon addict from way back…I love to have my cup of coffee on Sunday morning and browse through my coupon inserts, scissors in hand.   But, I got really excited yesterday when I read the following promotion in the KMart circular in my PA newspaper: ”SUPER DOUBLE MANUFACTURER COUPONS Up to and including $2 value” 

What!?!?!?  Did I just read that correctly?  Get the smelling salts!  There must be a catch…let me read the fine print:

 ”Amount of credit from doubling a coupon cannot exceed the retail price of an item.”  OK, that’s normal. 

“No cash or in-store purchase credit will be awarded for any amount exceeding the retail price of the item.”  Fine with me.

“Limit 1 coupon for each item purchased.”  Sounds good.

“You may only purchase 4 of the same item using double coupons.”  Awww…but I can live with that.

“Only 1 coupon will be doubled per item.”  That’s fine.

“Limit 75 coupons per customer per day”  I think I can do this.

“Internet coupons or copies of manufacturer instant coupons are not valid.”  No one around me takes them anyhow!

“Offer excludes products prohibited by law, including but not limited to alcohol, tobacco, and prescription medication.  Not valid on non-merchandise, federal or state regulated items, Lands’ End, Sears Merchandise, prior purchases, merchandise rung on Sears registers within KMart and kmart.com.”  WHEW! 

So….that’s it?  I can certainly live with those rules! 

I have flipped through my coupon box and have pulled my coupons up to and including $2 value for my trip to KMart later today.  I am so excited to score lots of FREE shampoo, candy, deodorant, shaving items, cleaning supplies and food.  Check back later to see how I did!

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Update on School Dilemma

September 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

First thanks to those who posted some advice/insight, I wish I would have posted this a couple of months ago!  Well I decided on retaining him in 1st grade.  I did not want to spoil his summer, as I knew he was excited about moving on to 2nd, I told him about 2 weeks before school started.  I did not want him to think it was his fault, the schools or mine, I told him it was because he was too young, that he had just turned 7 while all the 2nd graders will be turning 8.  I also let him know that his current classmates are all turning 7, so he is slightly older than the others in his class but not by much.

He was a little upset about it, but then accepted the idea, it also helped that there was a fellow classmate from his previous class that was also retained due to similar issues, it was also the parents’ choice.  He has a new teacher in a new classroom and building, their elementary school consists of several small buildings.  Unfortunately, the 2nd graders are also in this building so he sees his old classmates but while they go up to the 2nd grade classrooms he is on the 1st floor.

We are about 1 month into the new school year, when he is asked what grade he is in, he says “1st grade second time”.

I really hope we made the right decision and I guess only time will tell, I will post updates as he goes through 1st grade a second time.

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Jacks are Back!

September 26th, 2008 · No Comments

OK, I’m a big fan of 24 and was pretty disappointed that it didn’t run last Winter because of the writer’s strike in Hollywood.  But I’m happy to report that Jack Bauer will be back and sooner than I hoped.  On Sunday, November 23rd, a special 2 hour event will air on Fox.  From the description of 24: Redemption that appears on the Fox website, this special event will be a prequel to Season 7 that will start in early 2009.  

Now, as if one Jack isn’t enough, how about this news recently published by Variety magazine?  Johnny Depp is on board to reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in a 2011 release of Pirates of the Caribbean 4!  http://www.variety.com/VR1117992798.html

 I feel like I’ve hit the JACKpot!!!

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Clay is gay – so what?

September 23rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Just a few hours ago, online sites leaked the upcoming People magazine cover that shows Clay Aiken with his new baby boy and the caption “Yes, I’m Gay.” 

Let me get this straight (no pun intended):

There is a presidential election in 42 days, a $700B bailout is on the table for our financial market, we are at war, people are trying to figure out how to afford gasoline, heating oil and prescription medicines, foreclosures are at sky-high levels – dare I go on?

Yet, I predict the media will be all over this “news” for days, like white on rice, even thought it probably comes as little of a surprise to anyone.  Like it matters to me what the American Idol shoulda-been does behind closed doors.

C’mon reporters – enough already!  Give us news we can use.  There are much bigger fish to fry. 

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Goodbye Summer!

September 21st, 2008 · 1 Comment

The classic r&b band, Earth Wind and Fire sang “Do you remember the 21st night of September?”

September 21, 2008 – the last full day of September.   This day always seems to make me sad.   Sad that I didn’t read enough books in a beach chair, I didn’t drink enough frozen margaritas on our deck, try that bright OPI color on my toes, or take enough bike rides with the kids.  Always sad that I wasn’t lazy enough. 

But, this year, as summer fades to fall, I’m going to focus on the great things that happened this summer.  The fabulous trip to Arizona, the delicious BLTs made with tomatoes that I picked from our vines in the yard, the great day spent at Hersheypark with my sister’s family, the fragrant, pink daylilies that amazingly reappeared this summer after written off as dead last year. 

Until my embroidery floss ankle bracelet, lovingly created by my daughter, falls off, summer is very close in my heart.  There are only 35 weeks until Memorial Day, 2009 – and that’s cause to be happy!

“Bah, dee ah – say do you remember?  Dancin’ in September!”

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