Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Retail Madness

I got a part-time job at a national clothing retail for the holidays. I know...I know... I'm crazy! But I had no other choice. I needed to take advantage of the money that I will be able to make.

But clothing stores are nuts this time of the year. The store gets a shipment nearly everyday and the clothes are flying off the shelves just as fast as we are placing them on there. Outrageous sales are beginning and antsy shoppers are coming out. When my friend asked how it was going, my first response was "It's nuts!". But now I just say "I hate this!"

The biggest benefit for working retail this holiday season is the $1000 I should be able to save and the $600 I'll use to pay off a credit card. Oh, let me not forget the 15% discount I can stack on top the sales and clearance prices for everyone's gifts.

To make matters better, my sweet hubby noticed how stressed I've been with the retail job so he applied for one too. He said if I'm going to suffer in the evening than he will too! How sweet! So together we will plow through this holiday season like crazy folks because of all the retail madness!

Monday, November 3, 2014

One step forward and one back

Two weeks ago Mr. Mind and I attended a doc appointment to learn all about working with a known donor.
"We walked away in tears."
We can't do much until we have $4,000. Where are we going to get that kind of money?! That's the same cost to begin adoption too. Once we get the money, it will also take 6 months to just get started.

My parents were excited that using a known donor will help get a baby in the family by Christmas 2015. That's not going to happen....

So we can't chose based off the cheapest and quickest route because neither fit that role.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Coffee! My Friend

In high school I couldn't stand the taste of coffee. My crazy college roommate was addicted and even ate chocolate covered coffee beans. I ate a few, but it just wasn't my thing. I would drink the seasonal flavored drinks at the 'Bucks and Dunkin, but only when I had money.

Fast forward six years, and we received a coffee maker as a wedding gift. It was hardly pulled out during the next year. But once I found the York Peppermint Patty creamer, I had to buy the larger size. Sadly, I have yet to put the coffee maker away. I am possibly addicted to coffee! I can't go a week without coffee! If we run out, I will run to the grocer to buy more. I have gone as far as to have a favorite roast- Medium if you were interested.

Mr. Mind noticed that its not the coffee, its the creamer that has a hold on me. I believe I am mostly in love with the flavored creamers.

Dear Coffee Mate,
Thank you for creating so many flavorful creamers this year. You have increased my desire to drink more coffee than need be. I ended the summer with two bottles of the Dulce de Leche creamer. It is wonderful to say the least. The taste of caramel and coffee just screams late summer. I topped it with whipped cream and a dash of nutmeg. Yum!

Coffee Mate, I would love to taste your #TollHouse coffee creamers. Feel free to send some for me to review. But don't wait too long because I'm nearly finished with the Pumpkin Spice.

Until my next cup (tomorrow),
Maruki

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