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March 31, 2012

Lottery Winner

Wow! I didn’t win the lottery. You know the millions of dollars. I did win the lottery in life. There are several reasons why I am glad I did not win the lottery. I thought I would list them.
1) My husband would quit his job. This sound wonderful but he said he would spend 24/7 hanging out with me. I told him I can’t miss him if he didn’t go away.
2) We would have relatives coming out of the woodwork for handouts. You all know you have relatives that are best left outside of the family tree.
3) We would have to hire a team to manage the money. My husbands current strategy on money management is lets not spend money then we do not have to balance a checkbook. Yes, I handle the bills… I mean who doesn’t balance a checkbook.
4) I have never owned a car that I haven’t dinged I would feel really bad if I hit something in my new red rolls convertible.
5) I would be forced to move to another house. I would have to justify all of the things under the house I needed but do not use.
6) I would have to find a new house in a different state. The house would most likely have larger closets and I would be forced to shop until they were filled.
7) I would be overdressed for every event because I would feel the need to wear amazing clothes everywhere including the grocery store where I would pull out my coupons from my Louis Vuitton holder.
8) I would have a difficult time writing a frugal blog when I had millions. I mean who would read my blog? what would I write about I save $1,000,000 off my newest house because I brokered the deal on the last day of the month after taking them out for drinks.
9) I know I  would want to travel and I would feel the need to bring people to help me with the kids. I really do not want other people raising my kids but with nap schedules and time change we would never leave the hotel otherwise.
10) I would have to figure out who my real friends are all the time. We would be the Jones and I actually like not being a Jones.

Why it would have been nice to win the lottery.
1) I could actually be able to tell them people who send me spam email that I have more money than they do so bug off
2) I could afford to pay off our kid’s college funds
3) I would pay off everyone’s in my family and husband’s family mortgages
4) I would put trust funds aside for our parents so they could quit working
5) We could help the causes we care about
6) I could open up a school for children with disabilities and teach there.
7) I could have thousands of $100 stories. I would be able to do one everyday!! That would be the best!
8) I would never have to think about what we could afford. I could up my all about me budget to more than $20 a week.
9) I could do as many envelop drops as I wanted. In fact I could have a team to help me drop envelops.
10) I would not every have to do the laundry or empty the dishwasher again.

 

Why are you glad you didn’t win the big prize… Lets have some fun 🙂

 

 

 

Ask a Nurse: The Top 10 Ways to Manage Spring Allergies

The Top 10 Ways to Manage Spring Allergies

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The Top 10 Ways to Manage Spring Allergies

Spring has sprung! This warm and early spring has resulted in possibly the worst allergy season on record! I heard on the news the other day that the pollen count in Atlanta was already 51% higher than any year on record!  I have collected my top 10 ways to help manage spring allergies; I hope you find some of them relevant to you! If you or a family member are experiencing sneezing, runny itchy nose, itchy watery eyes, or other symptoms of outdoor allergies, try these tips:

1. Close the windows in your car and house. Use an air conditioner if you want to cool off. If you just can’t live without that fresh (and pollen filled) air, try taking an antihistamine and see if it helps enough with the windows open.

2. Don’t hang your clothes outside to dry. While sun-warmed laundry, fresh from the line smells and feels so good; the laundry will be covered in pollen that you can’t see. Dry your clothes in a clothes dryer and see if it helps.

3. Let someone else mow the lawn. If you have outdoor allergies, don’t torture yourself by doing this. If your prescription or over the counter allergy medication controls your symptoms enough to not be bothered by mowing the lawn, go ahead…and come do mine, too! You could also wear a filter mask.

4. Shower and wash your hair before you go to bed. If you have spent time outdoors, don’t make your symptoms worse by transferring pollen to your pillow and sheets!

5. Keep your pets clean. Wash your pets often if they spend time outdoors. Petting and snuggling a pollen covered pet is sure to flare up your allergies!

6. Keep pets that spend time outdoors off of furniture and beds. As much as we all love our furry friends, if pollen bothers you, keep them off these areas.

7. Vacuum frequently with a vacuum that filters out allergens, like a HEPA filter. Don’t forget to vacuum the upholstered furniture.

8. Limit your time outside on days with high pollen counts. Pollen counts are highest between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm. If you live in the U.S.A. you can check pollen counts here:  www.aaaai.org/nab.

9. Take your allergy medicine at least 30 minutes before going outside. Let your Doctor know if you are not getting relief.

10. Change your clothes when you come inside. If you can’t take a shower, at least put on clean clothes when you come inside. That way, you will keep most of the pollen in the laundry basket instead of on you. If pollen is not on you, you will not be transferring pollen to your furniture and carpet.

Well, did you find any helpful tips? I hope you learned some new ways to manage your spring allergies! Have a great week and feel free to write me at asknursepam@gmail.com, I would love to answer your questions in a future column.

Be Well,

Pam

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Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.

March 30, 2012

Frugal Kid: Fun Easter Basket

Easter is quickly approaching so the next couple of weeks will be Easter Crafts.

Homemade Easter Basket

Materials:
Cardboard box
Construction paper
Paint
Decor of your choice (depends on theme of your basket)
Markers
Glue or Mod Podge
Googly eyes

Directions:
1. Cut the lid of your box off.

2. Paint the box in the color you desire. You can also cover it in construction paper if you don’t have paint (this would work better at covering any letters on the box).

3. Next we added the red lines of Thomas because I knew the face would be pasted over them.

4. Create the “face” of your Easter basket. My son chose Thomas so I cut and drew it, and he was able to color it and add the googly eyes.


5. Add the remaining features or characteristics of your character. We made wheels and the number 1 for Thomas and added those.

6. Create a handle. I originally had Will paint the lid of the box but the color red was off so we decided to just fold a piece of cardstock several times and this made it pretty stable. I suggest using cardboard for best results, we just ruined ours by painting it the wrong red.
7. Fill with grass and eggs or gifts/candy.

Some ideas to fill the basket:

Educational Activities:

  • Math: Discuss the shapes used in this craft (rectangle box, circle wheels and face, etc. You can put math shapes inside of plastic Easter eggs and have your child open them and identify the shapes found.
  • Language Arts: Create your Easter Basket based on your child’s favorite book character. Talk about how the character is described in the book to help bring him or her to life for your child.
  • Science: Grow your own Easter grass by getting some grass seed and putting it in a recycled yogurt or butter container. Discuss with your child the needs of the grass (sun, water) and how all plants need these things to survive.

Each week I bring you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal.  If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page. If you enjoy my crafts, please be sure to share them on Pinterest

March 30, 2012

Fashion Friday: Sports Bras

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I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!

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 I tried the three bras below. I took them to the gym. I dragged them through the laundry. Which one prevailed and which one didn’t pass the test. The good news is they all passed. I however required a Zumba intervention and didn’t pass the test.

Champion Double Dry Seamless Reversible Sports Bra

o    Ultra-soft two-ply fabric stretches for sleek compression and wicks moisture for constant cool

o    Main side has knit-in textural accents, designed to flatter your figure.

o    Reverse (contrasting) side provides knit-in strategic support.

o    Wide knit-in comfort band stays put without digging or rolling.

I took this one to Zumba. It was great I was able to shake and try to keep up with no problem. I would suggest buying this one in one size larger than your normal size.

 

 

Champion Double Dry Absolute Workout Sports Bra

o    Silky high-tech fabric wicks moisture to keep you dry.

o    Extra stretch provides sleek compression for Medium Motion Control

o    Double-layer design helps block embarrassing show-through.

o    Mesh panel at back adds cooling ventilation.

I took this one on a walk and then to yoga. It survived both. I wore it under a tank top but I didn’t make sure there wasn’t anything showing through. I hate that. It was great and I didn’t have to worry about anyone seeing my girl parts while in down dog.

 

Champion SHAPE T-Back Sports Bra

o   Fully constructed inner bra subtly enhances your curves, for a shapely natural look.

o   Full lining and bottom band wick moisture for cooling comfort.

o   Soft, durable fabric stretches for flawless fit.

o   Stay-put racer-back straps add support and allow free movement.

 

The last sports bra attended pump class. I liked this design most. I like the bra cups. I also liked the cut. I felt like a fitness queen which was not a good thing since I grabbed an extra five pounds on all my reps. It inspired me to lift more. It was wonderful until the next day because I was sore. I then put back on sports bra #1 and went to yoga.

I love the Champion bras if you if you need a sports bra recommendation, we also have a sports bra guru standing by to answer your questions on the Champion Facebook Fan Page (LaJean Lawson, the originator of the sports bra)!

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March 30, 2012

Pay It Forward Friday: Lottery ticket drops

Inspired by my $100 Story, I decided that this year Madame Deals’ mission is to unite people through good deeds and giveaways.

Please read all of my Pay It Forward Friday posts! Plus, check out this article written by my fans 100 things you can do to help others for FREE!

I think in our life we have the power to make dreams come true. We can do it by doing something good for someone else. You never know how a good deed can change a course in someone’s life. I am going to place envelops on cars with a lottery ticket in each. I hope they win money or at the very least take a moment to dream and imagine and understand that someone who doesn’t even know them wishes them happiness.

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March 29, 2012

No Stove, No Oven … What’s a Girl to Do?

Our electric range died this week.  Well, it didn’t exactly die, it just decided it wasn’t going to work any more.  The appliance repair guy came out and determined we needed a $37 control board, which would ultimately cost $200 to install.  Well, he came by with the control board today and decided it was the wrong board.  Now we need a control board for $400 which might fix the problem.  It doesn’t look like we’ll be repairing this appliance.  Time for a new one.  The bad news is the owner of the used appliance shop I met a few months ago has gone out of business.  So until we come up with the $$$ for a new stove or find another used appliance shop, we’re resorting to the microwave, crockpot, electric griddle, outside grill and George Foreman grill to prepare our meals.

My quandry is this:  Aside from eating out, we need to come up with meals which can be made without the use of the range for the immediate future.  So far, we’ve grilled steaks, hot dogs and sausage.  We’ve nuked potatoes.  We’ve had crockpot chicken with microwaved instant rice.  We’re using the hot water from our water dispenser to make sweet tea.  As long as the weather cooperates (and we have propane), hubby can grill an infinite number of main dishes.

Help us out here … any suggestions for stoveless/ovenless meals would be greatly appreciated.  I refuse to eat out more often in the interim.

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