Friday, September 11, 2009

Sharpen Your Scissors

There are going to be 5 inserts in the paper this Sunday! I recommend grabbing at least 3 papers.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wednesday Wisdom

"A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous."
Alexander Hamilton
I came across this quote on a cobblestone when I was walking in downtown Hamilton. It made me think of how I've been feeling down from having trouble getting my business moving forward. I feel like everything I do ends up yielding nothing but more expense. I know that logically, all of the things I'm doing will add up to a total package that creates my marketing campaign. But I have a lot of emotions wrapped up in my business. On one hand that's good. It makes me passionate about what I do. But on the other hand, it puts a lot of personal stress into it when things don't work out the way I want them to. I need to not fear making mistakes. Mistakes are tools for learning. They are just as important as doing things correctly. I must not be very well adjusted, because they do make me nervous. But this quote reminds me that I'm allowed to make mistakes and it says much more for me if I keep on going rather than shutting down and feeling sorry for myself.
On the topic of Alexander Hamilton, I LOVE this commercial!

Business Marketing

Ok, just a warning, I'm going to plug Vista Print again. LOL. I swear I don't work for them. It's more like they work for me.

First, a review of some items I recently ordered. I got some flyers. I customized these with a couple pictures of my candles and created tear tabs on the bottom. I intend to hang them on bulletin boards wherever they'll let me, and hopefully people will tear off my little tabs and take them home and visit my website. The flyers are beautiful. A slight gloss finish and brilliant colors. Much nicer than I could have printed myself. I got a set of 25 free. I also got a box of business cards with the glossy finish. They are stunning. I will only order glossy from now on for my business cards. It was a free upgrade this time around, and hopefully I'll be able to continue finding those deals so that I only have to pay shipping. A third item that I got was the two tone bag. I like it. It will suit my purposes. But it isn't as high of quality as I've come to expect from Vista Print. The material is thinner than I expected and the printing is less than amazing. Still good mind you. And still priced fairly for a custom print job on a nice bag. Just not quite as nice as I would have liked.

Another point I want to talk about here is how you can be original with the different products. This picture shows a tag that I made for my incense bottles. It includes instructions about how to use it, along with the ever important disclaimer that says not to leave incense burning unattended. I'm having this printed on note cards. It is normally something I would print myself, but this way I will have a nicer tag, professionally printed, and almost the most important thing . . . it coordinates with my logo and the design that I have on my other marketing materials. Since I consider my incense bottles to be works of art, I also included spaces on the back of the card to write in the title of the bottle and the artist. The artist is usually going to be me or my mom, but it adds to the idea of the hand painted bottle being thought of as art.
So get creative with your Vista Print products. A note card doesn't just have to be a note card. A business card doesn't just have to be a business card. I've used their free business card deal to make coupons. I intend to put coupons for 25% off of an order in every order that I ship. And maybe I'll hand them out when I go to certain events too. I've had post cards printed to use as flyers. Because I won't be mailing them in the near future, but I want to walk around and hand them out to neighbors. So the post cards are a better size for my purpose and I get a larger quantity in the free deal than what I would get with the flyer product. I think I'm going to use the flyer product to create letterhead since their letterhead is expensive. It might not print correctly since it's a slightly glossy paper, but I'm willing to try, and of course I'll report back here. The flyers will also be good to create order forms that would be filled out by hand.

Product Review - Dove Visibly Smooth Deodorant

Product review on Dove Visibly Smooth deodorant. I received a free sample of this in the mail along with a bunch of coupons. They had included a letter asking me to do a review, and I have been putting it off for a while because it didn't seem to be working. It works fine as a deodorant. Not my favorite in that regard, but certainly effective. However, it took a loooooong time for it to reduce the appearance of my armpit hair. I am a brunette, so it doesn't so much stretch out the time I can go between shaving. But it has made the hair much finer. So it's easier to shave and less likely that I'll miss anything when I'm in a hurry. The scent is nice, but not overpowering. All in all, I like it. It is probably my new favorite. Although I'll still use Degree if I'm working out in the yard or doing something more intense. Note that it takes several months for a noticeable change in the armpit hair category.

Monday, September 7, 2009

I'm Back!

Hello everyone. I'm back from my little vacation. I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend. I'm starting to get more happy little pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness. Baby D is the size of a pea now. And my little guy Dawson was such a perfect little angel all weekend! He handled the car trip wonderfully. He was a little bit shy with his cousing Logan, but got along great with his cousin Lauren and Aunt Linda. He's a ladies man, what can I say? He ate and slept very little over the weekend too, he couldn't be bothered with it, he was too busy. So I'm expecting a grouchy baby tomorrow. Last night he went to sleep at a decent hour, but woke up in the middle of the night and wanted off the bed. We let him get down and we expected him to run around playing. Nope. Like two seconds later, we didn't hear any noise so we peeked to see what he was up to. He was fast asleep on the floor! I'm so proud of what a good boy he was/is though. Everyone kept asking us if he ever cries. Nope. Only when he doesn't feel good. Well, and I got in the pool with him a bit too fast one day and he was scared.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Happy Weekend!

First off I need to point out that there are no coupon inserts this Sunday. So we all get a break.

Second of all, I will be on vacation until Wednesday, so I probably won't be posting anything until then. There's a chance I might find myself in front of a computer and something to say. I'm just not planning on it. So everyone have a happy weekend and be safe!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Explainer - When Pills Aren't Enough

The post below is a guest post from a fellow blogger. There are several of us who have traded rants, and so my step kid drama is posted somewhere else out in blog land.

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When Pills Aren't Enough - Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics

IS THIS SHIT REALLY HAPPENING??or...How to win friends and influence people in the office.... Unbelievable. Un-fucking-believable. I swear, the only reason I stay is because I need the job. If I wouldn't lose my house, I'd quit tomorrow. This place is a fucking zoo. I should have known that going to work in a political office was going to be a fucking nightmare. I'm just lucky (or maybe THEY are) that I haven't beat the shit out of someone yet.
So, get this: I've been here for 16 months. I work, ahem, worked for a presidential appointee. When January 21st rolled around, she was unemployed. So, three months later two new appointees come in. The Big Giant Head and his third in charge. The Big Giant Head (heretofore called BGH) brought in his own assistant, so the assistant that had been at that desk for 16 years comes to my desk. I was assisting the third in charge (heretofore called Sneaky Bitch or SB). They moved me to assist the second in charge, who is not here and won't be here until the winter time. I hope you can follow this better than I can....So, for the last eight fucking months, your taxpayer dollars have been hard at work paying me big $$$ to sit at a desk, write a blog, facebook, email, do online courses and basically spin my blonde ass around in a chair until I got dizzy. SB moved me to assist the BGH's assistant Queen Bee (are you following this?) so she could get to know the Who's Who of The Agency. While I sat at a NEW desk, listening to her make phone calls to the wrong people, calling people by the wrong name, telling people the wrong name of the person in the meeting with the BGH I would try to tell her Who's Who during our moments alone. The last time I tried, she put her hand up (think, "talk to the hand") and told me she didn't care. So, I basically told her to fuck herself (but much more politely). I lasted a whole week with her. They moved me back to my old desk from April to July, EXTENDING my working hours to do nothing all day. Well, not nothing. I put the newspapers on our cute table and made copies from 7-8 in the morning. So from 8-4:30, I did nada. Zilch. Nothing. At $30 an hour. Taxpayers' expense.
So, I took a day of leave in July. The next day, I come to work and they tell me in no uncertain terms to "pack your shit, you're moving. You probably shouldn't count on coming back to the Office of the BGH." OK, cool! I've got a new job! One that will keep me busy!! Alright!! So, I moved across the hall to work for, let's see, we'll call her Face with Two-Sides. Seems everything was going great! I was busy, I was keeping her happy, I was planning The Agency stuff, everything. Now, here's where the politics step in. In this particular office, there is a 25 year old boy. Sorry--man. He works here because he was little fetch and tote in the big Capitol building up the street. He's a favor. First job out of college. He's been here two months. He's a fucking little pussy, ass-kissing, brown nosing, power-tripping piece of guano. He is actually junior to me. He wasn't my boss. He isn't ANYBODY'S boss, but he really thinks he is. He and I were working on a couple of projects together. Needless to say, if you can't tell by my description, we didn't get along so well. So, I walk into his office to let him know of a conference call. You know, "Hey Guano, there's a conference call on the mating habits of squirrels in 15 minutes." He gets in my face about "withholding" information from him because I didn't tell him the subject??? WTF???? So, in my best retired Navy drill instructor, Marine Corps wife, aircraft carrier flight deck-running jet mechanic bitch voice, I tell him not to use that tone. Period. Don't EVER talk to me like that again. End of conversation.
But, it wasn't. If only it were that easy. I send him a very detailed email about the project. Now, think "Office Space"...."Ummmm, yeah. I don't get your email" he says as he walks into my cube. "What don't you get, Guano? It's very easy. It has all the required information. Don't you read English?"
His response? "Baby, you need to calm down." That didn't calm me down. I freaked. I flipped the fuck out. Could have probably handled it better, yes. But I freaked. I was completely in his face. It wasn't pretty. "Did you just call me 'baby'? 'Baby???' Are you fucking serious??? I'm a forty something woman, you don't call me 'baby'. Not in the office, not in the hallway, nowhere." Again, I thought that was the end of the conversation. As you guessed, it wasn't.
He went to Mouth with Two-Sides who went to Sneaky Bitch who went to the Big Giant Head. FIVE DAYS LATER, I get called in to THE office (put in soap opera suspense music here). "Do you get along with Guano?" "No sir, I don't." "Have you had a bad week?" "No sir, I haven't." A few questions later, this one is my fave, "Do we need to get you some help?" They didn't even ask my side. What they did was tell me pack my shit and they were transferring me to another division. OH, and if I can find a new job outside The Agency in three weeks? I won't get a letter of reprimand in my personnel file.

So, what's the lesson here? NEVER, EVER, EVER work in a political office. Not office politics, political office. Because if you're just a permanent person with a career here, you don't even match up to the people that are here on a term basis and you certainly won't win against their friends.
How did I handle it??? I got drunk. ALL WEEKEND LONG. A bottle of tequila and a case of beer, all weekend. I was doing shots at some BBQ we were at and I have no idea what they helped. I came back to work with a whole new fuck you attitude...But, I'm keeping it to myself.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Time Out Tuesday - Now Everyone Knows!

Ok. I'm not the kind of person who is good at waiting. I hate waiting. So it shouldn't surprise you to know that I only found out yesterday, and now I've told everyone and their brother that I'M PREGNANT!!! 4 weeks along. Due date is May 7th, just three days before Dawson's birthday. My hubby, Dave, is hoping that this one will come a bit early too and arrive on his birthday which is April 16th. We'll see. I just hope that this one will wait a little longer than Dawson did so that there are no health concerns or hospital drama.

I've already been going through all of my baby stuff and taking note of what I need. Of course, if it's a girl, I'll need oodles of things. But if I have another boy, then I won't need as much. Which just means that I'll get to spend the money on things that are more fun. The really fun thing is that I can be super prepared this time now that I know how to do the stockpiling thing.

I'm SOOO excited! I'm going to try very hard to eat right this time. My doctor had wanted me to lose weight last time, so I'm going to try really hard to do that this time. Ideally I'll lose five pounds throughout the pregnancy, then have the baby and lose another thirty automagically. But this time I also know what to expect. If I don't follow my doctor's advice and eat properly to lose some weight, then everything aches much more than it needs to once I start getting big. Plus my blood pressure was high last time and I'm hoping that won't be as big of a problem.

Sorry I've Been Away

Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. There have been a few things going on. Partially due to the last Time Out Tuesday rant, and other things too. More info to come late tonight in my next Time Out Tuesday post. My computer has also been acting up. Blech. No fun.

So then. It's the first day of the month and there is a little housekeeping to do:

Be sure to go to to print your coupons. If you're new to it . . . when you sign up, there will be a small coupon printer application that wants to install on your computer. Then you can go through a list and select coupons to print and use just like any other coupon.

PG esaver, be sure to go through their list and select the coupons you want to add to your Kroger card. These automatically come off your order if you buy the product and can be combined with a paper coupon.

UPromise, login and select the coupons to be added to your card. These are different, instead of giving you money off, they put money into your UPromise account.

Lastly, I suggest going through your coupon stash and get rid of your expireds. Don't forget, these can be sent to military families overseas. They can use them for up to three months past the expired date. If you know someone overseas, share the love and send them your useless coupons.