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December 3, 2013

How to Take the Perfect Family Picture

How to Take the Perfect Family Picture

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I am going to share How to Take the Perfect Family Picture. The first thing you need is a great photographer insert Kelly Alison. Then you need a beautiful, well dressed, and well behaved family. They will need to smile. They will need to stay there and sit down in uncomfortable positions for hours. That is what it takes to get the perfect family picture. This is what Kelly had to work with. The day I chose turned out to be a day that my husband had a meeting smack dab in the middle of our session. We got out of our separate cars and he tells Kelly she has ten minutes to get a picture. Then my three children all decide to get out of the car. The oldest is carrying his shoes. I inquire as to why they are not on his feet. He replies, “They do not fit.” I responded, “Why, did you bring them.” He replied, “You said to grab these shoes.” That lead to Kelly having to try to figure out how not to show that my son wasn’t wearing shoes. All this in ten minutes before my husband had to go. Then I look at my daughter who managed to scratch her face on the ride to the photography location. The finally fun in our plan was my youngest who decided that he was interested in smiling and he was just plain tired since the photo session was scheduled during his nap time. I felt so bad for poor Kelly who had to deal with 5 crazy people in the attempt to capture our perfect holiday card.

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How to Take the Perfect Family Picture

I learned a long time ago to go with the flow. I am not interested in perfection because perfection is boring. I love my kids  and my husband for who they are. I will always have my memories of the day but more importantly I have a great artifact of how we were “back then”. I pretty sure this is the perfect family picture because I love everyone in that photo “to the moon and back”. I look forward to seeing the rest of our pictures but more importantly I look forward to enjoying every moment I have with my cherubs and my husband.. Mr. Madame Deals.

 

 

November 25, 2013

The $100 Story

$100 Story

$100 story
I believe with every good deed a life is changed. I started the $100 story to show people that the impact of $100 can actually change people’s lives for the better. The $100 story started a couple of years ago. You can read about it here in my Madame Deals $100 Story.

This is where we are for this year so far. I start with $100. I received this request in my email on facebook.

  • I was writing to ask you for your help. If you’re able to help, if not it’s okay. We’re trying to help a family with Christmas but we don’t even have much money ourselves. There is a family with 3 little girls, there ages ranges from 16 months, 2 years, and 6 years. Their mommy was tragically killed a few months ago by a drunk driver, she was pregnant at the time. The father of the girls is trying his best, he works construction so money is very tight. Her family is fighting him for custody and its a big mess. Anything would help. We’re trying to get them some toys together and we have a Santa lined up to help us deliver them. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

     

    and I responded… I sent three gifts one for each little girl amount spent $35   still left $65

    and this happened as a result of sharing my donation…

    • Hi I wanted to help with the Christmas gifts. Do you have any other information about the family other than their ages? Do they require toys to be new in box? Thank you. I know how hard it can be and when my family can help we really try to reach out.

      and this….

      • Hello,
        I am writing about the 3 little girls in need of Christmas gifts. I have a few things for them already (and plan to get a few more)…Where do I send them to? Do you have additional info such as their likes, sizes, names, etc? Thank you for all the wonderful things you do for all of us!!
        Staci
        PS If you would like to pass this message on to the fan who originally posted the request, that is fine by me!

      …. I would like to give one of you the opportunity to help someone as well…

      Recap amount of people helped
      3 little girls

      Helped by three people

      If you want to donate to the $100 let me know… [email protected] subject: $100 story
      I get many request to help people and I can’t do it on my own.

November 1, 2013

Video of the week

It is fun to imagine your life as something else. I have always been a huge fan of gymnastic. I frankly have limited ability to balance and an absolute fear of heights. The highest I will go is six inch heels. I guess you can say I am a klutz but I am at the age where watching is sport enough for me. I saw this awesome video of the Ukraine Gymnast from 2010 and thought I would share it with you.

 

I am going to call this the Value of team work!

What talent do you wish you had?

September 15, 2013

Learn to Wait

Learn to Wait

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   Welcome, 1070 WINA Listeners and thank you, Wendy Edwards for having me on your show this morning. Those of you that were not able to tune in I didn’t want to leave you out. The thing about saving money is it is a choice. It is really a choice you have to make. You have to decide that you want to save money. I say that I am a spender and I am. I just spend my money in a different way then you do. I empty my checking account each month and I spend every cent. I spend it on saving for something special or I pay more towards our children’s college fund. The point is I spend it on a future need. It is true I use a lot of coupons, coupon codes, and patience. I have learned to wait. I have learned to do research on big and sometimes small purchases to get the best deal.

I am not someone who goes without in fact I was featured in All You Magazine for being their strategic splurge. I bought Deborah Frye  boots that were over $600 but I got the 25% and I paid cash after saving for them. I believe that sometime you have to wait to get what you want. That will help you determine if you really need something and it will help you get the best deal. I am not an extreme coupon shopper. I am in fact an extremely normal coupon shopper. You can read our whole series about how to be an extremely normal coupon shopper. I only buy things I need if they have a coupon awesome if not I follow the sales cycle. I just know what a good price is.

These are my top tips for saving

1) Set up an email account for offers

2) Sign up for my Madame Deals Newsletters <—

3)  Sign up for outright.com it is free and you will now have an accounting system for your spending that sends you weekly reports

4)  Look for coupon codes in your emails before your go shopping or even while you are at the restaurant, beauty salon, grocery store. I am telling you everyone has a coupon and if they do not see if they match their competitors be informed.

5) Set a goal. I mean it pick out something you want to buy or pay off. Then ask yourself every time you buy something is this something I need or is it a want? Is it getting me closer to getting the item I am saving for or paying off sooner.

6) Learn to wait. You need time to decide if you really need the item. Is this the cheapest you can get it for? Can you do without it? Is there a better option? We are waiting to buy a new grill because when season is done they are between 55%- 70% off.

7) Reward yourself by saving for a rainy day. It can be $10 or $100 a month but put something away.

8) Keep a list of what you want to buy and one of what you need to buy. You can do this on your smart phone.

9) Be brave and do not fall for advertising … if you didn’t have it before do you need it now. You need to learn to ask the questions that do not always allow you to make purchasing decisions.

10) Do something nice for someone else it will make you feel better than buying that item you do not need. I have a list of 100 things you can do for free to help someone else.

You can see real deals all the time from our readers at Real Deals

This is what I consider financial success.

August 9, 2013

Beauty Products Am I really That Ugly

Beauty Products

It is 8:00 pm on Sunday night and I am cleaning out my bathroom cabinet. The reason is simple if another item comes out and hits my toe I do not think I will remember the words ” Oh Sugar”. I have creams that will fix everything from sagging bottoms to plumping my lips. I have a nip and a tuck and things to fill in bumps. I have lipsticks of red and eye liners of purple and I even have a bad breathe fighter for after normal mouth wash. I wonder is this the modern day chaser or the answer to the college day bars events that no longer occur. I have hair colors for spots and those for grey. I have hair spray and hair scrunch, and mouse, and oil, and stuff I do not want to touch. I have a bump it because I saw it on TV. I have deodorants that smell of the sea. I have make up in every shade and texture and powder and brushes galore. I have some many beauty items but I am constantly buying more.

I wonder if all the stuff makes me pretty or pretty pathetic? Who said I need all this and why do I listen. I am remind of days gone by when a smile was all that mattered. A time when freckles connected and an uneven tan was not reprimanded. I am remind of days when it was more important what you said and what you didn’t say instead of what you wore or covered up your real beauty with all these products. I am a product girl but I am giving myself permission to be released from why I use the products. I am going to remind all woman that we are beautiful!

You are beautiful

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August 7, 2013

How to make money blogging

How to make money blogging

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The five biggest mistakes a blogger make are easy to spot if you actually make money blogging. I was surprised to find out that most bloggers do not get paid. I know shocking considering how hard it actually is.I decided to help people make money blogging by writing about how to make money blogging. I know people think you just write something and boom your email box fills with offers and money. The truth is it doesn’t you have to fill your email box through intelligence, hard work, and strategies. I would also like to add that 75% of the blogs I visit daily are full of crap. I wrote it crap. That means offers, giveaways, and spam. Do you have real content on your site? Are you speaking to your readers? If I came to your site today on the first page of your site is there evergreen content. If the answer is no then you need to write some. You can’t make money blogging if you do not have a point a view a purpose and something interesting to share. That means if you aren’t grabbing the attention of readers than you aren’t going to attract income.

How do you increase your income in 30 days? You need to get real about what you are doing and hold yourself accountable. Do you have measurable goals?

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