Saturday, January 01, 2011

Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Grocery Store - Check Out Their Clearance Section


While Marcus, Charles and I were in Spring Valley last week we decided to stop by Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Grocery Store. This grocery is known for their no preservatives and additives in their amazing food products.

Their Clearance Section features foods that are quickly approaching expiration at 50% discount. One is able to purchase steaks, seafood and chicken which you will need to cook that day.

For lunch today I enjoyed a delicious Sirloin Tip Steak with vegetables. We actually purchase 3 steaks for only $5!

Its also fun to look through the Clearance Section to see what's available that day. You never know what great finds you'll discover!

Happy New Year! Our Health Reimbursement Card Has Been Reloaded!

January 1, 2011 may be New Year's Day but it's also the day our Health Reimbursement MasterCard is reloaded with our annual funds!

So, I can purchase a new pair of eyeglasses, pay for some medical procedures and get Marcus' wisdom teeth removed!

May 2011 bring you and your family many blessed days!

Friday, December 31, 2010

20 New Year Reflections - My Responses!


1. What was the single best thing that happened this past year? Being committed to a mental hospital after a suicide attempt. It truly was a humbling experience. The doctors were able to find the right combination of anti-depression medication. I also discovered the pleasures of sleep! The first night home I sleep for 13 hours!

2. What was the single most challenging thing that happened? Learning to like the new calm, not depressed, not anxious Rona. It was difficult as I had to relearn how to carry daily duties, relationships and work as a mellow person. I now embrace this new me.

3. What was an unexpected joy this past year? Kiana, our "adopted" teen daughter, coming into our lives! Her mother kicked her out, she's a friend of our son and needed a place to live. Charles and I gave her a room, bought a bed, bedding, clothes, ect. We also gave her displine and love. Everyday is truly a blessing. Thank you Heavenly Father.

4. What was an unexpected obstacle? My husband's second lay off after just 4 months of working. The money was fantastic and for the first time we were really able to have breathing room.

5. Pick three words to describe 2010. hectic, surprising, fun

6. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe your 2010 (don’t ask them; guess based on how you think your spouse sees you). loving, tired, nurturing

7. Pick three words your spouse would use to describe their 2010 (again, without asking). disappointing, challenging, exhausting8. What were the best books you read this year? A Short Guide to a Happy Life by Anna Quindlen is a terrific read. Our son received as a high school graduation gift. One day I wasn't feeling well and thought I would give it a try. "Living your life deeply is the best gift God has given us". I loved it!

9. With whom were your most valuable relationships? Kiana, Marcus, Charles and the Heavenly Father

10. What was your biggest personal change from January to December of this past year? Dealing with my husband's second layoff after just 4 months of working a full time living wage job. Then our teenage son was laid off from his part time job. That left just my income which isn't much. I found myself angry, confused and drained. I really need to focus on my relationship with the Heavenly Father to resolve my feelings.

11. In what way(s) did you grow emotionally? After finding the right anti-depression medication I found I wasn't so hard on myself and my family. I learned to really appreciate the day and whatever it brought me.

12. In what way(s) did you grow spiritually? I was truly humbled while I was in the mental hospital. I was surrounded by dangerous people, drug addicts and realized this was my moment on my knees, wearing a hospital gown with no pants and unkept hair. I gave up control and let the Heavenly Father take over. It was truly a growing spirtual experience.

13. In what way(s) did you grow physically? I started challenging myself when we moved to an apartment complex that had a gym. I do cardio and work on various weight machines. Recently I started doing situps. This is something I never thought I would do as a chronic pain sufferer.

14. In what way(s) did you grow in your relationships with others? In my professional life, I find that I don't let customer frustration affect me in a negative way. I also made an extra effort to speak with people that I deal with in my day, like cashiers, receptionist, customer service reps and let them know that their efforts are appreciated.

15. What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)? Being surprised with a Christmas bonus! I was able to treat Kiana to a hair color and trim before she left for her Christmas vacation.

16. What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)? My pain level became unmanageable which made it difficult to focus and multi-task effectively. I found I needed to take time off from work. My husband, pain management doctor and I came to the conclusion to change my pain medication.

17. What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year? Worry, it's constructive. Turning my worries over to the Heavenly Father is always the best answer.

18. What was the best way you used your time this past year? Stopping what I was doing and joining my hubby for relaxation. In the past, I just physically 'turn myself off'.19. What was biggest thing you learned this past year?
Even in the most difficult times one does find rewards from their family. We're broke but happy!

20. Create a phrase or statement that describes 2010 for you. What an interesting rollercoaster ride!

20 New Year's Eve Reflection - inCourage


New Year's Eve Vegas Strip fireworks

Simple Mom has her 20 New Year's Eve Reflection Questions posted for you!

She even has a free PDF download of the questions.

Here's just a few of the questions:

What was the most enjoyable part of your work (both professionally and at home)?

What was the most challenging part of your work (both professionally and at home)?

What was your single biggest time waster in your life this past year?

Snapfish Clearance Sale! Facebook Followers

I just read this on my FB page and thought I would share it with you!

‎99 prints for 99 cents! All your holiday photos printed! Want more than prints? End of the Year Clearance Sale! 40% off some of your favorites like mugs, calendars and books. Use coupon code 2011PENNY for prints and 2011SALE40 for Clearance. One coupon per order but sale last till January 9th! Full details of offers in our Discussions tab.

Things That I Learned Thursday - December 31, 2010


Red Rock Park in Las Vegas

It's very important to listen to your body. It's really trying to tell you something. This is in response to finally changing my pain medication after 10 years.

It's great to have Kiana and Marcus home. Charles and I enjoyed our alone time but we truly missed our rugrats. Besides, I had no one to do my fist pump with!

Charles and I realized that we're part of the working poor. When you look at your pay stub and see that you didn't even break $25,000 take home it's a sobering moment.

I'm glad that the Heavenly Father saved me in April. I tried to kill myself but the Lord had a different plan for me. After a stay in a mental hospital, the right medication I'm feeling so much better! He also brought Kiana into our lives! What an awesome God!

Love your life no matter what! Yes, 2010 has been an interesting year for us. Many struggles but lots of love and faith. Happy New Year!

They're Home! Kiana and Marcus Have Returned!



My husband and I were so thrilled when we got the call that they were only 15 minutes from The Strip. And even more excited when we saw them getting out of the car!

I must have hugged Marcus 5 times outside! Kiana was torn. She was happy to be home but very sad that she was leaving her dad in Salt Lake City.

Marcus got some great news. He had to work the following day at the local recreation center.

It's great to have our kidlets back home!

Outgrowing Your Pain Medication


TENS Unit - a device that can help control severe pain.

After 10 years of taking Loritab my body has informed it no longer is enough to control my pain.

Increasing migraines, severe muscle spasms,various stress disorders and days off from work helped me make the decision to change my pain medication.

With my husband by my side, my pain management doctor gave me the options of Mophine, Methadone or Percocet. We discuss the side effects and the fact that I could only get a monthly prescription due to the DEA guidelines.

I then called my prescription plan to verify coverage and co-pays. I highly recommend that you do this before having your doctor write you a prescription!

And my decision...Percocet.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

And The Winner Is! $30 IHOP Gift Card Giveaway


Marcus and I love Dutch Babies
I've noticed that many blog giveaways use Random.com so I thought I would give it a try. Thank you to all of you that entered.

#39 Emily @JaeDee Crafts! Her favorite breakfast is a hearty breakfast burrito!

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy spending your IHOP gift card!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Last Call to Enter The $30 IHOP Gift Card Giveaway!



Last call to enter for a chance to win the $30 IHOP gift card. Just click here for the opportunity!

Good luck!

Great Salads at Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant

Since the hubby works right next door to Buffalo Wild Wings he likes to surprise me with a delicious salad for lunch.

So far I've tried the Grilled Chicken Salad and Chicken Caesar Salad. Each was filling as well as delicious.

It's one of my favorite restaurants for salads.

Octomom: Octomom, Nadya Suleman, and 14 Children Face Eviction - ktla.com

Octomom: Octomom, Nadya Suleman, and 14 Children Face Eviction - ktla.com

I hope someone steps up and helps her out. I certainly don't want to see these kids become homeless.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Deadline for End of the Year $30 IHOP Gift Card Ends On December 28!


The deadline for my End of the Year $30 IHOP gift card is coming to an end on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 7pm PST.

Click here to enter!

They'll Be Back on Wednesday!


Kiana, our "adopted" teen


Marcus, our teen

Charles and I missed them so much the last 2 weeks. We're looking forward to see them again.

What is Boxing Day - December 26


Boxing Day is a holiday that is celebrated in England, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, on the following Monday after Christmas.

The traditional celebration is giving money and/or donations to charities, the needy and people in service positions.