Wednesday, May 19, 2010

root canal

I got my first root canal yesterday!!
I didn't get much sleep the night before. When we went to bed I couldn't stop talking even though I was SO tired! I must have tossed and turned alot because I was still pretty tired when I woke up!

Jeremy had stuff going on at work today so Shannon took me to my appointment. I didn't know if I was going to be put to sleep or not. I wasn't put to sleep but I was falling asleep! The only thing that was uncomfortable was when he gave me the shot to make me even more numb. Even that didn't hurt. I didn't feel the shot, I felt him turning the syringe in my gum.

I'm not sure if anyone has ever fell asleep while getting a root canal, but that says A LOT about my dentist!! He constantly asks me if I'm in pain. While that could get annoying, it doesn't because I don't want to be in pain either!

Dr. Kenneth Spanel is absolutely AWESOME!! I wasn't even in pain after the numbness wore off! The only time I feel anything is when I yawn! I just can't stop saying enough great things about him!!

I will need a $crown$ next and those usually come 2 weeks after the root canal but that's when we'll be in Kansas so it'll have to wait.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CSN Store giveaways!!

There are lots of CSN Store giveaways...

A GLIMPSE OF THE GIRL NEXT DOOR's giveaway ends 5/20


CANDACE ROSE's giveaway ends 5/24


FEED ME I'M HUNGRY's giveaway ends 5/26


VEG INSPIRATIONS' giveaway ends 5/27)


MY FRUGAL LIFESTYLE's giveaway ends 5//27


CUTE STUFF's giveaway ends 5/31

RANTS N' RASCALS' giveaway ends 6/5


MUSTARD SEED COLLECTIVE's giveaway ends 6/6


LITTLE MISS JULIA's giveaway ends 6/6


3 LITTLE ONES' giveaway ends 6/6


AT THE FENCE's giveaway ends 6/9


MARY POPPINS' giveaway ends 6/10  (60 Euros)


DESIGN NOMAD's giveaway ends 6/10 ($60)


DISGUISED AS A GROWN UP's giveaway ends 6/11   ($60)


SAVVY VERSE & WIT's giveaway ends 6/11 ($80)


PEACE LOVE & REVIEWS' giveaway ends 6/11 ($70)


STEREOS AND SOUFFLES' giveaway ends 6/11 ($50)


ALEXANDER'S PLAYROOM's giveaway ends 6/11 ($50)
Check out their website too! I'm TOTALLY going here when I have kids! 


A SELF-CONFESSED FOODIE's giveaway ends 6/13


MY DREAM CANVAS' giveaway ends 6/13


2 MONSTERS AND A PRINCESS' giveaway ends 6/14


ENJOY LIFE, ENJOY NOW!!'s giveaway ends 6/15

TABLE FOR V's giveaway ends 6/19

HOLES IN MY BRAIN's giveaway ends 6/20

Saturday, May 15, 2010

I was mortified!!

Well, one thing I do as a cashier is observe! I see so much stuff! Let me share what I saw the other day..

This lady has 3 boys. While I was ringing them out, she didn't seem to have much control over them. They were throwing stuff and running around.
There wasn't anybody behind her in line so I watched them walk outside to their van. She gets the two younger ones into their car seats (neither of them were rear-facing) and the older one (MAYBE 4) gets into the front seat (he didn't just jump up there from the back, he opened the door and got in). This wasn't the most shocking part. What did I see next? He was standing up in the seat and looking at the other two boys as his mom put the car in reverse to drive away!!! This child has NO seat belt on AND he's standing up while she's driving!!!

Let me get this out of the way- I don't have kids. So let me save you some time... "easier said than done", "each child is different" and "you don't know the circumstances". GIVE ME A BREAK!! It takes 10 seconds to pull a seatbelt across your child.

Jeremy has NO idea about kids. He doesn't know that they are supposed to sit rear-facing until they are at least two. He doesn't know the technical stuff. So I inform him when I'm ranting and raving. I told him that our kids will be rear-facing for a LONG time. Normally when I talk about kids, he tells me to "ssshhhh" because that's not what he is thinking about right now in life. But when I talk about how crappy this parenting was or when I talk about rear-facing he just listens and nods. I think he can tell how important this is to me.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not perfect. When Jeremy was at basic, I took Alec (eight at the time) to Pizza Hut and I let him sit in the front seat (they need to be 12 before they are sitting up front so the seat belt fits properly) but he had a seat belt on. I wasn't totally ignorant! And Jeremy has done the same thing, he has let Alec sit up front... WITH a seat belt!

I just can't believe that this lady let that happen! Sure, maybe they were going to another store at the mall, so she just let him sit up front, but put him in a seat belt! The intersection in front of work is very busy and hard to get out of. I feel sorry for this poor boy, not getting the proper parental guidance.

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At STRICTLY SIMPLE STYLE I entered to win a $60 CSN Stores gift certificate!! (ends 6/7)


At GROSCHEN GOBLINS I entered to win a pair of Sanuk Yoga Mat Sandals!! (ends 6/8)


At LESLIE LOVES VEGGIES I entered to win a package of Caveman Cookies! (ends 6/8)


At LESLIE LOVES VEGGIES I entered to win a Batard Folding Bread and Picnic Knife! (ends 6/9)


At SOUTHERN BELLA'S WAYS TO SAVE I entered to win a 3 night stay in a Global Resort Vacation Home in Orlando!!! (ends 6/10)
At J. LEIGH DESIGNZ I entered to win a Brother Free-Arm Sewing Machine with 26 Stitches - XL2600I from CSN Stores!!!!!! WHOA!!! (ends 6/11)




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At SAVVY VERSE & WIT I entered to win an $80 gift certificate to CSN Stores!!! (ends 6/11)


At PEACE LOVE AND REVIEWS I entered to win a $70 CSN Stores gift certificate!!! (ends 6/12)


At CHERRY BLOSSOMS I entered to win any Arbonne item under $50 thanks to Beauty Bambina!! (ends 6/12)

At LESLIE LOVES VEGGIES I entered to win a set of Slant margarita glasses!!! (ends 6/14)

At THE MOMMY FILES I entered to win a Hungry Jack Prize Pack!! (hey that rhymes!) (ends 6/14)

At THE MOMMY FILES I entered to win a $20 coupon for P&G's online store!! (ends 6/14)

At LESLIE LOVES VEGGIES I entered to win a Do-Goodie 6-piece collection!! (ends 6/15)

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At LESLIE LOVES VEGGIES I entered to win a $20 gift certificate to Oh! Nuts!!!!!! (ends 6/15)

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At THE ONE INCOME DOLLAR I entered to win a Sprout Watch! (ends 6/16)

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At SIMPLY STACIE I entered to win a Spread Head!! (ends 6/18)

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Let me explain my eating habits... #1 I don't like very many vegetables. Okay, I only like Corn, potatos and pickles/cucumbers. #2 I don't like soup either. Mainly because I don't like hot liquids.. that mean hot cocoa is only in my hands when they're cold. #3 I eat ranch with almost everything! Even if it's good. I know that it's going to be even better with ranch!

When I worked at Biederman's Bistro & Catering I surprised myself and my best friend, that worked there also; I actually enjoyed their Chicken Tortilla Soup!! And I mean really enjoyed it! I ate it like a dip, with some tortilla chips. So when my food was limited to practically nothing (I couldn't chew) I asked for the recipe and she gladly gave it to me!! I was so surprised and SO happy!! I haven't made it yet, because she gave it to me after I got my teeth fixed, but it's on the list!!
Here's the recipe.  I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do!
(Bear with her, she isn't computer literate so she just put all the ingredients down)


6 c. Chicken broth (water and some base if you make your own) or cook a whole chicken and save the broth.. De-bone your chicken and add the meat
2 small cans of rotel tomatoes
1 can of green chiles
1 small onion diced
1 tsp. chopped  garlic
1 tsp.
worcestershire sauce
chili powder
1or 2Tbsp. of steak seasoning,
A-1 or heinz 57 (she didn't say how much, I would just add a tsp. or two)
1tsp. cumin
salt and pepper to taste.
Let it simmer awhile and cut up flour tortillas and add to it. We serve it with shredded jack and monterey cheese and diced green onion and crispy tortilla chips if you want.

Thank you so much Jane, at Biederman's Bistro & Catering in Winfield, KS!!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Etsy Shops

Through my journey of entering giveaways I have come across a lot of Etsy Shops. I am so amazed by many of them! I wish I was that creative!! Here are a few of them that I love

Spikes Stoneworks  (That's my dad!!)

Christabelle Glimmers (That's my Sister-In-Law!!)

Cotton Candi Designs

Earth Girl Jewelry

Monday, May 3, 2010

Retail advice again

I've posted a blog before with some retail advice but mostly talked about bringing your kids to the store with you.. Most of this is going to be about when you are checking out because I'm mostly a cashier.  But here is a list..

  • If the store offers a rewards card (not a credit card) just sign up. Even if you don't shop there that often. More times than not the store associate is being "graded" on how many sign ups they get. They don't cost money, they save you money by sending you coupons! Plus you never know when they are going to send a coupon that you need at the time!
  • If a cashier doesn't have their "open" sign on, don't go to their line. If it's not on they are probably trying to go take their break or use the restroom or get off work. Now if they are just standing there not doing anything and the sign is off, ask if they are open. 
  • Before you go complaining to the cashier about something (needing help, being mad because they don't accept a certain coupon, you think something needs to change at the store) think about it... you are about to complain to someone who gets paid minimum wage (or so). Do you really think they are going to care that you can't use your coupon that you printed off the internet?
  • If you have internet-printed coupons, check with the store to make sure they accept them before you go walking around the store and get a bunch of stuff just to find out they don't accept them!
  • If a cashier is doing something at their register (pricing merchandise, folding shirts) don't just walk up and put your stuff down on top of what they are doing. When they get that shirt folded and set to the side they will assist you.
  • Yes, customers should be associates #1 priority but just because you can't find someone to help you, doesn't mean you need to get ugly with the cashier. Maybe you should get ugly with the corporate office and tell them to allow more payroll so associates can be on the floor assisting customers. What I mean by this is, when a store gets a "truck"/shipment the associates are unloading the truck and then unloading the merchandise. Therefore they can't be on the floor. If corporate allowed for more payroll they could have certain people working on getting more merchandise on the floor, and certain people helping you!
  • More times than not, the customers that complain because they can't find anyone to help them, are the customers that are making the messes that the associates are busy cleaning up after. When you want to look at a pair of shorts and you take them off the hanger, don't just throw the shorts and hanger somewhere. Yes they get paid to do it but after 20 shorts (not exaggerating!!) it gets old and very irritating! 
  • When fitting rooms say 'limit 3 items' they mean it! Don't bring your over-flowing shopping cart in there and hog the fitting room for an hour. Even if the fitting room is unlocked, someone still has to clean it up!
  • If a tag accidentally gets pulled off while you are trying clothes on, just set it on top of the item. Don't throw it on the floor. 
  • If your kids are playing with balls or other merchandise, make sure they get it put back in the same place. When they put it back in the wrong place, beside the wrong price tag, another customer will assume that's the price for it and throw a fit when it's not. You've been there! And you've probably rushed your kid and made them just set something on the wrong shelf!
  • Don't leave your children in a store by themselves until they are 18. You never know if they are stealing or causing trouble. 
  • Don't shove your money in the cashiers face. On the other hand don't lay it down on the counter when they are standing there waiting for it or when they have their hand out waiting (yes, it happens. all the time.). Be courteous
  • Lastly, don't be rude to the cashier. They average about 100 customers each, if every customer was rude.. they are going to get rude back. Cashiers take a lot of belittling, so it's a nice change when someone takes two seconds to smile and be nice!
Just remember this advice when you go shopping again. It will make your life easier and the employees happier to do their job which will make you happier!!