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.

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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.

3/23/2018 Journal Update

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T-Ball

Joey starts T-ball practice on Tuesday and I am super excited.  It will be his first time in a sport.  Looking forward to going to games and cheering him on!  Even thinking that I need to make T-Ball shirts for David and I!

Finances

Because my dad wanted me to co sign on a loan for him, I had to set up a Navy Federal Credit Union account.  Best banking choice I ever made.  Today I was able to lower by car loan by almost 8 percent.  If you are wanting to change banks for to have a second bank, I highly recommend this bank.  When you talk to the customers service they are extremely helpful and always nice.  Everything I have applied for I have been approved for and it makes me feel more at ease when the time comes to try for a house, I wont have any issues!

House Ups and Downs:

I found the perfect house for sale right next to the school, been on the market for awhile.  Once I told my husband we needed to work on buying it, boom it sold.  I told my husband we need to stop and get our ducks in a row before we tried to buy again.  (Which means I have to stop looking but it is hard!)

Easter:

Joey’s party is on Friday March 30 and I still have a ton of work to do.  Here is the break down of what I have planned and the teacher approved.

  1. Pin the tail on the bunny : Black poster board with a bunny drawn on.  The tail is cotton balls with tape attached.
    1. I draw bunny onto poster board.
  2. Bunny on a stick photo prop: Paper plate with holes to look like a bunny.
    1. Cut paper plates in half.
    2. Cut eye holes in each plate.
    3. Glue the stick to the plate (It is prek so need to do half a majority of the work done)
    4. Cut out whiskers.
    5. Cut out bunny ears
  3. Baby Chicken puppets.
    1. Cut big circles out of card stock.
    2. Purchase yellow feather
    3. cut feet out of orange paper.
    4. cut nose out of orange paper.
  4. Easter Coloring pages
    1. print out 17 pages.
  5. Easter Bowling
    1. Rinse out the 2 liter coke bottles.
    2. Spray paint half the bottles white/ other half yellow.
    3. Decorate the bottles to look like Bunny’s and Chickens
  6. Egg toss
    1. Get a box to fit the Red Solo cups in.
    2. Get Red Solo cups
    3. Decorate the box to look like grass and eggs
  7. Feed the Bunny
    1. Get a big box
    2. Decorate box to look like bunny with mouth cut out
    3. Blow up balloons
  8. Egg balancing walk – walk and try to keep the plastic egg on the spoon.
    1. Get wood spoons
  9. Easter Lunch:
    1. Bunny Shaped PB&J sandwiches
    2. Tye Dyed Deviled eggs (another mom is doing it)
    3. Easter shaped fruit
    4. Bunny pudding cups
  10. Easter Snack
    1. Rice Krispy multi colored eggs

 

Unilever Sampling 16

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I was approved and received the Unilever Sampling 16 from Crowdtap.   It is my first samples of 2018! These bottles were all full size samples.

  1. Suave Professionals Dry Scalp Care $3.48
  2. Suave Professionals Intense Moisture $3.99
  3. Suave Professionals Itchy Scalp Relief $Unknown

Suave Professionals Dry Scalp Care

Suave Professionals Anti-Dandruff +Pyrithione Zinc Dry Scalp Care 2 in 1 Infused with Eucalyptius Extract

This shampoo had an ok smell and it worked pretty good.  It was my least favorite product of the three that was sent to me.

Suave Professionals Intense Moisture

Suave Professionals 2 Minute Super Conditioner Intense Moisture

This one my favorite product. It has a good smell to it and it left my hair feeling really soft.  I have really coarse curly hair and this is not an easy thing to achieve with most conditioners.  If you haven’t tried this one before I would recommend you give it a try!

Suave Professionals ItchyScalp Relief

Suave Professionals Anti-Dandruff +Pyrithione Zinc Itchy Scalp Relief 2 in 1 Infused with Invigorating Mint

The was another favorite product for me.  This product smelled great and worked really well.  Winter has left my scalp feeling really itchy and the build up on my scalp was pretty bad.  I worked this into my scalp and it left it feeling clean and itch free.  If you are looking for a new product to try, this is highly recommended!

All products were provided for free for me to test and provide my honest opinion.

 

 

 

 

1-24-2018 Journal Update

Selling 2017/New Items

I have bought 10 baskets so far.  Between what I have sold and what is pending pick up, my profit will be $8.25.

To assist with selling items I created a Facebook group Meggan Moore’s Treasure Box.  This way I can share albums to different Facebook groups to sell and have people join the group so they can buy.  It has 30 members so far!

In March I will be doing bidders.  Going to visit my daughter so it is a good time to do it and hopefully sell a bunch of items.

I also plan on doing the Frontier Days.  It is a Wild West theme and I talked to the lady who is running it and she said I could sell my items there.  It is $50 for the booth (no size limit) and the money from the booth goes to paying for Veterans housing.  I think it will be fun but not really looking forward to the dressing up!

In the future, I plan to do the city wide garage sale (the money supports a local mission) and the city Halloween Carnival.

Weight Loss

I am 19 days NO SODA!  I am hoping this is helping me lose weight, but still haven’t come up with a good solution to weighing myself.  Since our house is extremely uneven, every time I weigh myself it is 10-15 pounds difference!

100 Day Party

I might have been overzealous in wanting to choose 10 projects for it.  The teacher and I had a sit down conversation and she gave me her ideas (which is very little activities).

  1. 100 Cup Stack – We are going to divide the kids into 4 groups and have each group stack 100 cups.  It is clean and easy fun!
  2. 100 Bead Necklace: I bagged up 100 beads per student.  Each student will take a  plastic lacing and put 100 beads on them.
  3. 100 Crayon Wreath: I plan to make 100 Crayon Wreath for the teacher to have to display for the party this year and if she wants to reuse it for future years to come.
  4. Cupcakes topped with 100 symbol: I am going to cheat and just have them made at Walmart!
  5. Dress like an old person!  Each kid is going to be invited to dress like they are 100 years old!
  6. What 100 looks like: I want to create jars or something to show what 100 looks like.

Not sure If I will come up with another 4 ideas before the party!

Currently Watching:

I started iZombie (rewatching it but really like it and it isn’t on my list of watched shows for last year or this year.  I finished Dare Devil this morning, took me awhile to really get into it, but now I am hooked!

Here is the list of shows I have watched, I recommend them all!

1/14/2018 Journal Update

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Good Bye Dear Friend!

Friday I traveled to Kempner to say good bye to a dear friend Ann.  In 1983 her doctors gave her 5 years to live.  She had 2 boys and was a single mom and she fought for life!  She lived 35 years and proved that fighting to live is a choice you can make.  She was so full of love and laughter and I always loved to spend time with her.  She will be greatly missed!

Goal Updates:

  1. I am having an issue with extremely uneven floors and having a husband and son who wont leave my scale alone.  So I am going to wait a bit longer to find a good safe spot for the scale.  I am on Day 9 of no soda!
  2. Write 200 blog post: I am working on the 5th post of the year.  195 left to go!
  3. Pay off 1 work loan: Aug 5 is official end, but thinking about using income tax to pay off sooner.
  4. Raise Credit Score to 700: credit karma trans union 631, Equifax 636, credit card 608.  I have a long way to go still!

T.V. Shows

Flash   – Currently watching

Arrow      Seasons 1-5     1-11-2018

If you want to see what I have been watching check out the page here.

 

 

1/4/2018 Goal Update

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These are the goals with the most impact so far.  It is a slow start but I will take any progress I can get.  How are your goals for 2018 looking?  I hope you have not abandoned them yet!!

To raise Influenster score to 2000!

I am at 1600 and only need 400 points to go.  If you want you can follow me on my social media accounts found here.  I appreciate the follow!

To receive 10 free samples

I received the email today from crowdtap.  I am approved for the Unilever sampling (16).  I am super excited and can’t wait to reveal what is in it.  9 more samples to go!

Buy 200 dirt cheap baskets and make $5 profit per basket.

We received one today and I made a $9 profit and haven’t finished selling yet.  I did get almost 50 blank shirts that if those don’t sell will use to make shirt transfers once I figure out that part of my cameo 3 machine! 199 baskets to go!

Write 200 blog post.

This will be my 4th one.  Only 196 left to go!

Reach 200 pounds!

Jan. 1, 2018 I weighed in at 239.8 pounds.  I will weigh in again on the 7th! 39.8 pounds to go!

 

Influenster Score

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One of my goals this year is to increase my Influenster score.  The score is basically the amount of followers you have for different social network sites.  I am going to list my sites and links, if you have these I hope you will follow me and I will follow you back!

Influenster – www.influenster.com/r/3754574

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/created.by.meggan/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/meggan.dunn.73

Twitter – https://twitter.com/createdbymeggan

YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH54UH0U8IDQ398dhbbdb0w?view_as=subscriber

Tumblr – https://www.tumblr.com/blog/created-by-meggan

Foursquare

Google Plus – created.by.meggan@gmail.com

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/createdbymeggan/

Blogger

WordPress – createdbymeggan.wordpress.com

 

2018 Goals

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I think it is very important to start the year with GOALS, because we all need to have an idea of what we want to accomplish for the year.  Here is my 30 goals to start the year with.  I hope you have your goals written down to!

  1. Reach 200 pounds by Dec. 31, 2018
  2. Write 200 blog post for 2018 (I am on my 2nd post of the year!)
  3. Pay off 1 work loan (This is a little bit of a cheater because I will have 1 paid off no matter what, but listed it so I can try to pay it off sooner!)
  4. Raise credit score to 700 points per Credit Karma (which is completely free).  I did have it at 600 points but when I logged in to verify I was amazed it had already reached 648/654.  We are wanting to purchase a house in a couple of years, so this is important to raise!
  5. To read 200 different books to Joey.  I love to read and want to encourage my son to love to read too.
  6. To visit the library at least 12 times.  Sadly last year we only went one time for the Christmas party.  I want to go more often because I really don’t want to buy 200 different books if I can help it ;).
  7. To sell all unwanted items of 2017.  It goes with the wanting to buy a house in a couple of years, don’t want to hold onto unwanted items! I want to use the extra cash to pay off my work loan.
  8. Buy 200 dirt cheap baskets, because I almost always make my money back and some extra.
  9. To make an extra $5 per basket, I can put $1,000 towards my loan and that would be awesome!
  10. To learn all functions and uses for my new Silhouette Cameo 3! It is very slow starting for me.
  11. To earn $250 on the Cameo 3 (really want to get the loan paid off faster 😉 )
  12. To pick 10 projects for the 100 day party. (My son’s teacher asked me to help with the party)
  13. To complete 10 projects for the 100 day party.
  14. To pick 10 projects for the Easter party (My son’s teacher asked me to help with this party too!)
  15. To complete 10 projects for the Easter party!
  16. To make 3 large crochet t-shirt beds for the Electra Animal Shelter.
  17. To receive 10 free samples this year! (I love getting packages in the mail and free samples is awesome!)
  18. To do 2 large photo shoots with Joey, I have been scared to tackle this one!
  19. To go to 2 movies with Joey.  He has not been the most well behaved kid in movie theaters, but think it is important to see the big screen every now and then!
  20. To go to 2 movies for adults only without Joey! I really miss going to the movies!
  21. To complete 5 generation Family Tree for Dominique.  I really did let this one slip out of my hands last year!
  22. To Complete 5 generation Family Tree for Joey.
  23. To complete 10 wreaths.  I keep seeing everyone’s wreaths on the Dollar Tree Facebook group and they are so pretty!  I have been watching a ton of video’s and really want to create some.
  24. To sell 5 wreaths because I don’t want my house to be overwhelmed with wreaths!
  25. To increase my influenster score to 2000. The higher the score the more free samples you get! Currently I am at 1598. I will do a post on this one and show you how the score is calculated.
  26. To be able to put my hair into a pony tail.  I am still struggling with frozen shoulder so I am unable to put my hair into a pony tail.  I am supposed to be doing 15 minutes of exercise a day to get it back to normal and I have not been doing it properly.  I want to change that for 2018!
  27. To walk 20 miles.  I need to work on getting more active and think this is the best way.  Hopefully I can do a mile or more a week until I reach my goal!
  28. To clean and organize the garage.  It really does look like a tornado hit this place.  Hopefully I can sell most of the items in here!
  29. To clean and organize the shed (this mostly has my decorations for the holidays.  I really need to repack and mark tubs with what Holiday they are for!)
  30. To crochet 20 projects other than the dog beds!