Can Cozies

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My daughter wanted a Camo theme for her baby shower so as party favors I made some can cozies.  They turned out really cute, but she changed her mind on the theme.  So I will add these to my collection so I can do a craft show someday!

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Prekindergarten Injustice

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Back history:

We lived in Winnie, TX during Hurricane Harvey and we weathered the storm in Beaumont, TX.  It was very stressful because my daughter was in Winnie during the storm and it was a really bad one!  We lost our home in Winnie and we had to move to Electra, TX.  Because of the hurricane I was able to enroll my son into the PreK program in Electra (because they could not turn us down because of my income).

Understanding:

I completely understand that Prek is not mandatory in the state of Texas.  I also understand that you have to meet certain guidelines in order to enroll your child.

Last Year:

When I enrolled my son into school last year the principal told me that he always had ways around getting a child enrolled into school.  He told me since we evacuated from Hurricane Harvey he could not turn me away from the school.  He also said since my electricity had not been turned on in my new house that we also qualified because we were technically “homeless”.  Not once did he tell me that I would have to reenroll him the next year or that he may not qualify to be in school the next year.

His teacher also seen some actions and behaviors that worried her and she asked for him to be tested.  The testing showed he did not have Autism or anything severe enough for him to be in special education.  They did find that he had emotional trauma from the hurricane (losing his home and moving away from his sister and other family).  They also said he had some issues with speech that would work itself out with him being in school.

At the end of last year the teacher informed us that he would not need to fill out the paper work to be enrolled for the next year.  A week later we were told that although he was enrolled for next year he would need to fill out some forms.

This week:

Earlier this week I received a call from the admin stating I forgot to answer some questions in the paperwork and asked me about my income.  She said that they were reviewing our application for the upcoming year and in a couple days would let me know if my son qualified.  She hung up the phone before I could ask her any questions, but I had hope he would be ok.

Then yesterday she called me back and informed me my income was to high for my son to be accepted back into school.  I was not happy and the principal got on the phone and said that the teacher misspoke to me and the principal would never had led me on to think my son would be allowed back into school next year.  He told me since he did not know my financial situation he could not have anticipated my son not being accepted.  I told him yes he did because I made it clear when I enrolled him last year.

After I hung up the phone the admin called back and talked to my husband.  At that time she said she needed copies of my paycheck stubs to ensure they had not made a mistake.  She told my husband that if we had enrolled him into head start that he would have been accepted back this coming year.  He told her that the principal never told us that was an option!

I called the Texas Board of Education to see if they could lead me into the right direction of someone who could change the principals decision since he said there was no one else I could talk to.  Now I have to wait for a phone call back on Monday.

My Concern:

How can you enroll a child into public school and then kick them out because there parents are barely over the income threshold.  I feel once a child starts public school they should always be accepted and should not be turned down for any reason.  What happened to No Child Left Behind.  It would be a huge injustice for my son to have to be out of school for the year.    I think PreK should be available to all children equally and not just to those who are on government assistance (they have head start for that).  If no child should be left behind then why are middle class children being deprived of an education because their parents are working hard not to be on government assistance.

Have you had to deal with anything like this?

Crochet Gift Bag

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My sister had a friend that was giving away a ton of crochet books.  I found one for a crochet gift bag.  Here is how my sample turned out.  I am thinking about making them in the school colors and sell them for $5 each or 5 for $20.

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Moving Checklist

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Here is my moving checklist (it will be a growing living document!

Financial

  1. Pay of work loan 1
  2. Pay of work loan 2
  3. Pay of Credit Card
  4. Put money in savings to pay off car
  5. Save up enough money for Moving Expenses
  6. Save up enough for any appliance purchase we may need
  7. Save up money or deposits
  8. Save as much to assist with Down Payment (will be taking a work loan for the remaining)

Getting Rid of Located Clutter

  1. Make sure to list all for sale items on my personal Facebook group
  2. Make sure to actively list items in all the surrounding Facebook groups
  3. Look for places that will allow me to sell items on the weekend (flea markets etc)
  4. Starting 4/28, start donating items to Faith Missions and the Special Olympics that haven’t sold.
  5. Post things to bidders during trips back to Beaumont
  6. Have lots of garage sales!

Declutter

  1. Move all unwanted items immediately to the garage
  2. Go through closets once a month to get rid of unwanted or needed items
  3. Determine furniture that will be moved and the ones that wont start making arrangements to sell/donate

Packing

  1. After each Holiday pack neatly and well label all decorations.
  2. After Winter next year start packing all clothes no longer needed.
  3. Joey’s clothes, pack and label all clothes he is still to big for.
  4. Start packing dishes that are not needed on a daily basis.
  5. Start packing craft items and clearly labeling (so I can still use but quickly pack)

 

4/21/2018 Journal Update

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Do you ever get where your mind is so full and disorganized.  That is where my mind is right now and I am slowly working to get it organized and cleaned out!  I big hurdle for my husband and I, was our living arrangement.  We moved to Electra due to Hurricane Harvey and we have been trying to determine if we wanted to stay or move back down south.

We had a lot of pros and cons for staying and moving back.  The ultimate decision maker was my son.  He misses his sister way to much for us to even consider staying.  We want to make it the best move back that we can and we want it to be permanent.  So I am trying hard to take the right steps to get us there.

I will be making a very extensive moving plan and trying my very best to stay on schedule.  I want to be able to purchase a house June 2019.  An be moved in and ready for Joey’s Kindergarten year!

Having moving suggestions or a blog that helps with moving, buying a house, etc. Please drop a link or a comment below!

Journal Update 4-14-2018

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TBall Photo Shoot

I finally did my first big photo shoot with Joey.  It was definitely a love/hate relationship!!  He is not an easy person to do a photo shoot and I had to work extra hard, I threw fits like a 4 year old, I threatened to eat his candy, but I got it done!

Joey In front of truckJoey on Tractor

 

Dirt Cheap/Donations

As you know my goal for the year was 200 dirt cheap baskets.  To date I have bought 39 baskets.  As of today I have made all my money back, kept lots of items for myself including enough toys for Joey to have an awesome birthday and Christmas!  I have donated items to people in Electra that were new but just didn’t feel right selling (underclothes and food).  Then my husband picked up several baskets full of folders and notebooks.  I donated 200 paper folders to Electra Food Bank (they give out school supplies to the needy).  Now tonight until 11am tomorrow I am gathering up items to donate to the Wichita Summer Olympics.  I think it is important to donate when you can.  I am also putting some of the items aside for next school years Holiday Party Crafts.

Birthday!

Today was my birthday, hello 39!  It was a good day for the most part.  Went to breakfast, dinner and did cake at my sister’s house.  Delivered some items that were purchased and took my son to the Texoma Fun House to jump.

Happy Easter – 4/1/2018

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Happy Easter!!

I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter!  I hope everyone had an awesome day!

We went to my sisters where Joey was able to get his Easter basket/gifts.  Easter bunny brought him a Ninja Turtle themed basket and t-ball items (a bat, 2 balls and a ball holder).  Then we had sandwiches for lunch.  Unfortunately it was to cold to go outside and play :(.

Yard Sale

Next weekend I am having my 3 day garage sale and I am hoping for a really huge turn out!  I don’t want to mess with pricing so everything is going to be $.25 each or 10 for $1.  That is for both new and used items.  (Over 2,000 items gathered up!)  If I sold 1/4 I would be happy! This includes phone and tablet cases, fitbit and apple watch bands, clothes, toys and so much more!

Samples

I just received another $5 Amazon Gift card from Crowdtap.  I plan to save it up for awhile and see if I can’t buy something big at the end of the year.  I also applied to three more samples from Crowdtap and hoping I get in at least one of them!

3/31/2018 Journal Update

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Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning has not been easy for me, and I think it may take all Spring to accomplish it.  My husband has brought home 34 Dirt Cheap Baskets and from it we have enough items for my son’s birthday and Christmas.  We have lots of underwear and socks for my son and lots of socks for me (which is awesome because I never buy myself socks!).  I have given a ton of items away  and even sold a ton.  I started counting what I have left to sell and I still have over 2,000 items!!  We have made all our money back and now everything else I sell is pure profit.  My goal is $170 profit for the 34 baskets (I still have $154 to go).  I told my sister if someone came up to me and offered me $154 dollars for everything I would tell them to load it up!  I am having a 3 day Garage Sale next weekend and hopefully will sell a lot!

Easter Party

The Easter Party went pretty good.  It started out with making the chicken puppets (the kids made fun of it), but still enjoyed making them.  Then we went to the teacher’s house and did an Easter Egg hunt and games.  The games included Feed the bunny, bowl down the bunny, Easter Egg toss, pin the tail on the bunny and the Easter Egg balance walk.  The kids really took to the Easter Egg balance walk and some were really good at it! I was supposed to make these really cool bunny shaped PB&J sandwiches, but that was a huge fail!  I guess my cookie cutters were not sharp enough for this project.  In frustration I just made regular sandwiches and sliced the fruit without doing anything fancy.  I did draw bunny faces on the cakes.

Joey’s School Testing

Joey was tested because his teacher thought he might have Autism.  I didn’t feel he did, and since she said she wanted him tested for ADHD I agreed to the testing.  (Wasn’t till after I agreed they said it was for Autism.)  The results came back that he showed no sign of Autism and that he did show some signs of ADHD.  The examiner said this could just be the fact that we had to move due to Hurricane Harvey and moving away from his sister.  We will see how the rest of the school year and next year go.  Hopefully he starts calming down some!

David’s Surgery

David had surgery on his hernia on Thursday, so far so good.  He is still in a lot of pain but hopefully it starts hurting less pretty quickly.  He goes back to the doctor April 11 to get it checked out.

Sample Update

Just finished reviewing the Steagle Webcam Cover on 0.8L and updated the listing on my latest samples from pinch me.  I have received 8 of the 10 samples on my goal list!  If you want to see a complete listing of my samples please click here.

3/25 Journal Update

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Spring Cleaning

I love spring cleaning because it helps start your home nice and clean before the nice weather activities, but this year it is a real chore.  There is so much spring cleaning that needs to be done, and I get side tracked so easily!  I feel this year I may be done with Spring Cleaning about the time the cold weather comes knocking on the door!  (yes I still have Christmas pictures taped to my front door I keep forgetting to take down!)

How is your Spring Cleaning going?  (Time for me to make and extremely detailed list and start checking it off!)

Dirt Cheap

This year we have purchased 33 baskets and as of today I broke even on them!  Everything else I sell at this moment is pure profit, but have a ways to go to reach the profit amount I wanted.  Since starting this in Sept of last year I have only had a couple issues (nothing major).  I have had a ton of people happy I am selling the items and amazed that I sell it for so cheap.  (I am happy I get a ton of free items and a little extra cash).

 

I didn’t have much to write about, but wanted to get in the habit of writing again.  Hope everyone has a great week!

3/23 Goal Updates

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2018 Goals

  1. 200 pounds: I have not weighed myself so I don’t know where I am with it, but I am ok with that!  I am working on steps to make this happen.
    1. I am 2 months, 2 weeks, and 3 days “Soda, Coke, Pop” free!
    2. We are now working to give up going out to eat except for special occasions.  This one is proving to be extremely difficult, but will keep working on it.
  2. 200 blog post: This post makes #9 for the year.  I have fallen way behind on it.  I have rearranged my living room for the hundredth time and bought another desk.  Now I have half the room for just my office craft items.  Since I now have room to keep my computer up and running without having to constantly move it, this should assist me in blogging more often!
  3. Pay off work loan: I was hoping to have this done already, but we didn’t use the income tax for it like I thought.  I misread thinking I could make additional payments, but unfortunately I cant.  So saving the money so I can pay it off at one time once I have enough.
  4. 700 credit score: This one lowered because we had unexpected usage on the credit card, but once I get it paid off, I am hoping it shoots up again!
  5. 200 books to Joey: This one I feel extremely guilty about falling so behind on, but I am going to catch up!!  Still need 194 to go!
  6. 12 visits to the library.  I have yet to start this one.  I plan to get it started soon!
  7. Sell 2017 unwanted items:  I just mixed these items with the additional dirt cheap baskets and been selling like crazy!  I made $112 at bidders in early March and plan to do it again in a few months!
  8. 200 dirt cheap baskets: Bought 33 so far 167 to go!  A week of vacation has put us a bit behind, but hopefully we will catch up!
  9. $5 profit per basket.  I am $33 dollars short of breaking even, $43 dollars pending pick up, which will leave me $155 to profit goal!
  10. Learn my Silhouette Cameo 3! Another failed attempt, but I did get it out of the box today and gave it a permanent home which I read was the first step in the process!
  11. $250 off Cameo: probably not going to happen since I am slacking like crazy!
  12. Complete!
  13. Complete!
  14. Complete!
  15. To complete 10 projects for the Easter party! Will be complete on Friday 🙂
  16. To make 3 large crochet t-shirt beds for the Electra Animal Shelter. Another failure, but now I have plenty of time to get them made for next winter!
  17. To receive 10 free samples: Only 6 more needed!
  18. To do 2 large photo shoots with Joey. Not done yet, but plan to do one next weekend!
  19. To go to 2 movies with Joey.  Think I am going to save this one for the summer time!
  20. To go to 2 movies for adults only without Joey! Have trouble getting anyone to watch Joey so we can do this one 😦
  21. To complete 5 generation Family Tree for Dominique.  I have the bones of how I want to do the book for her and once I finish spring cleaning it will get started on.
  22. To Complete 5 generation Family Tree for Joey. Same as above
  23. To complete 10 wreaths.  I have some of the supplies and just waiting to get some more, don’t think I have enough mesh to tackle these yet!
  24. To sell 5 wreaths: Waiting for step 23 to be completed first!
  25. 2000 Influenster score.  My score dropped because I have not been active on social media, so definitely need to increase that
  26. To be able to put my hair into a pony tail.  Why am I such a procrastinator?? Hate putting in writing that I am slacking on my shoulder exercises!
  27. To walk 20 miles. Weather has not been good enough to get started on this one! Now that it has, I will start on Monday walking at least one lap around track every other day!
  28. To clean and organize the garage.  My husband started on it because when I looked at it I wanted to cry….yep long ways to go, but hopefully can start having garage sales!
  29. Complete!
  30. To crochet 20 projects other than the dog beds! 😦 Not yet started on this one either! ugg.