Saturday, November 28, 2009

40-40-40 Wedding: I Had To See It To Believe It!

David's Bridal

40-40-40 Wedding: I Had To See It To Believe It!

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When I read this news story I thought about a full circle being drawn.

As we began drawing the circle we see the wedding planner who decided to put on this event to help couples have a beautiful wedding.

Then the the many volunteers and donors that are being blessed by participating.

As we continue creating the circle, the couple fees being donated to a local kids charity that provides daycare for parents looking for work.

And as we finish the circle, we see many smiling faces and warmed hearts.

There's just so much love, good feelings and blessings by one person deciding to take their talents to benefit others.

Save Your Home - Rent a Room

Red Rock Park, Las Vegas

I was dropping Marcus off at the recreation center and hung around chatting with the staff. One of the recreation center staff stated that after they moved into their new home, her husband's hours were drastically reduced. They really needed her husband's income to pay the mortgage. So, they asked a friend, who needed a place, if he would be interested in renting a room in their home. He replied yes and they are able to pay their mortgage.

Now, she did admit the living arrangement has been difficult but everyone has a common keep a roof over their heads and they are adjusting. Their renter helps around the house and even volunteers to care for her twins. She recently purchased him a small refrigerator which he keeps in his room. It gives him a little more privacy.

I liked this story of how they're able to keep their home and also help someone else.

Would you rent out a room in your home to keep it? Do you know someone who is house sharing?

How to Save On Energy Costs With Your Apartment |

Red Rock Park, Las Vegas

How to Save On Energy Costs With Your Apartment |

We were lucky to find an apartment that included electric. Which is very important in hot Las Vegas. But for those of you are paying rent and utilities you may want to consider downsizing or looking for the great rental discounts and incentives to help lower your out-of-pocket expenses.

In Las Vegas, the recession has caused the apartment rental business to lower their rental incomes, include amenities and other discounts to stay alive. It's also put people into a position to negotiate incentives into their lease.

How to Use Your Public Library for Free Family Entertainment |

How to Use Your Public Library for Free Family Entertainment |

Instead of paying for magazine and newspaper subscriptions I'll head over to our local library. Many of the magazines can be checked out. Also, our library has a variety of popular and specialized magazines. Besides saving money it's "green".

I also do not buy books or DVDs. I just check the library online catalog and request the book. For newer books you can even email your request to the library, if they're not currently carrying it.

We also recently cancelled our Netflix since we can borrow DVDs or watch online full episodes.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Blessfest 2009 - Las Vegas

Here's some photos from Blessfest.

Marcus said that he truly appreciated the new experience, of volunteering at Blessfest. I was truly touched by every person I met. There were so many stories. Marcus and I were mistaken as guests several times but I was okay with that. The event was for the homeless and low income. And you know what catogory we fall in.

I had to use medical services because the injury to my right finger was really bothering me. They ended up cleaning it out and putting a bandage on it. After the event ended we brought home food, a pumpkin pie and some clothes for the neighbors.

It was good to help those who didn't have the means to travel to the event.

We hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving too.

The Good Wife

The Good Wife

The ending...all I could say was "Wow!"

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Hubby at Driver's Edge - Wordless Wednesday

Marcus, our teen, taking his turn at using ABS properly and avoiding an obstacle in the road, at Driver's Edge

My husband at Driver's Edge event held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Eppi Card User Suggestions - My Personal Experience

As I mention in the header, of my blog, you will get no complaints here. Let's call this a suggestion regarding the infamous Eppi Card. Eppi Visa/MasterCard debit cards are being used by many states to pay unemployment benefits and child support payments. And yes, there's problems with the cards.

Yesterday, I went to my local Smith's grocery store to pick up a few items. I swiped the card and the display screen showed "unaccepted", ran it a second time "unaccepted" and than the third time it showed "approved".

This morning, I checked the online balance and it showed that the transaction was approved twice. When I called Eppi's customer service I was informed that it was Smith's fault, they needed to fix their error or I could wait 3-5 working days for them to fix it!

My suggestion to is to not use it as a debit card. When your funds hit, remove them and make a deposit into your regular checking account to avoid delays!

Maxwell House Coffee On Sale at Albertsons - Las Vegas Area

My husband and I are coffee drinkers. We just love the stuff! So, when I checked the weekly specials on Sunday and saw that Albertson's had Maxwell House coffee 33.5 size, on sale for $4.99 with your Albertson's Preferred Card we just had to head over there.

Also, if you use the $1 coupon, on the last page of the flyer you'll get your coffee for $3.99!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

The History of Thanksgiving - History Channel

Thanksgiving photo courtesy of Martha Stewart

Don't you just love The History Channel? Well, we do in our house. I also love the website because you can watch video clips on various subjects, including Thanksgiving.

Stop by the website in between basting the turkey, for an entertaining history lesson. Happy Thanksgiving!

Southern Nevada H1N1 Flu Shots Available

If you live in Las Vegas area and want the H1N1 Flu shot it's available through the Southern Nevada Health District, at no charge.

You can also get the flu shot for $30 but I've seen it offered for less through Take Care Clinics.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ways to Get Cheap and Affordable Dental Work Done

Ways to Get Cheap and Affordable Dental Work Done

This is a great resource for those without dental insurance. One suggestion, that we currently use is a sliding scale fee dental office.

Angel Food Gift Cards Make Terrific Gifts!

Angel Food gift cards can be purchased for $30 for the Signature Box, $28 for the Senior/Convenience Box and $22 for the Produce Box! Gift cards can be used for online orders or through their local host site.

This gift cards make a terrific gift for family and friends.

To purchase gift cards email

Menu Plan Monday - November 23, 2009

Marcus driving at Driver's Edge

Our refrigerator is full thanks to Angel Food Ministries and our neighbors! One of neighbors receives a trunkload of various bread items once a week. She was very generous and shared some with us.

Charles and I also picked up our Angel Food boxes on early Saturday morning. If you order online, don't forget to use this month's coupons.

Oh, I almost forgot that our church gave us a 15 pound turkey! All I need to purchase this week is butter, oil, milk, coffee, coffee creamer and some toiletries! Thank you Heavenly Father!

On Sunday, our family attended the Driver's Edge event at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This is a free driving course, with professional racecar drivers, for teenagers. They learn to pull out of a spin, how to properly break and stop. Each teen left with a T-shirt, hat, and a certificate. As a family we left more informed. If this event ever comes to your area sign your teens up!

Question: Do you use shelf milk? If so, can it be used in baking recipes?

Now onto this week's menu plan. Thanks to Organizing Junkie for hosting Menu Plan Mondays!

Pinto Beans and Ham

Roasted Turkey, Potato Salad, Green Beans and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Cheesesteaks, Potato Salad

Pork Stir Fry, Brown Rice, Zucchini


Take Care Clinics - Free health care for the unemployed through the end of 2009 on

Free health care for the unemployed through the end of 2009 on

Oh my gosh! Please spread the word bloggers! This program ends on December 31, 2009 but if you have the flu, no health insurance and limited funds you'll still be able to get health care at Take Care Clinics!

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