Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy 2010!!!


It's still a couple hours away, but I'm planning away. I'll be saying good riddance to 2009. It was a tough year in very many ways. I'm super excited about 2010 though! I'm starting it on a good note. From beginning to get my house in order, to getting my finances in order, with baby number 2 on the way, and my optimistic attitude about life refreshed. It's gotta be better than the last year afterall!


For the next few weeks I'm going to be working very hard on this blog, and on following my own advice. Sometimes that's the hardest part. Easy to say what you should be doing. Harder to actually do it. I intend to dust off some old posts and review the information. Sure, we could always just go back and read my old posts. But if I do the work and repost, then I can also add some details that I might not have known or thought about back then.


I'm also going to get back to work on my candle business. The economy made for a tough year last year. I had a couple advertising experiments that didn't work out, and my craft shows didn't go as well as anticipated, so I stepped back from it all for a bit. Now I'm back on track. Maybe not in the same way, but with renewed energy and ideas, and with the small let downs far behind me.


Something I haven't really advertised on this site, but another thing that wasn't working for me so much . . . I'm a Southern Living at Home consultant. My contract comes up for renewal at the end of March, so I'm trying to figure out if it's worth it to try for another year. If anyone is interested in having a party or coming to a party, or anything at all, let me know. I absolutely love their products. I've got to sell the stuff just to support my habit! But we'll see. 1 year old and a baby on the way kind of has me scared about filling out my schedule too much.


I'm also going to start tracking some very specific goals that I will document on here. To keep myself honest and in hopes of getting others to try similar things. I will post details on those specific goals in posts as soon as I have them better defined.


Have fun tonight, and be safe. And let's look forward to a prosperous new year together!

Coupon Sunday 1/3/10

There will be 5 inserts in this Sunday's paper. Sharpen those scissors, and buy several papers! I'll be buying five papers. The winter months are when I'm able to be the best organized and work on my stockpile most effectively.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Charitible Contributions



With the end of 2009 fast approaching, now is the time to start getting your tax documents in order. I like to do some year end cleaning and get everything I don't need to Goodwill. This way I'm not as likely to lose my receipts.

The program that I like to use to keep track of my donations is http://www.itsdeductible.com/. This website is done by the makers of Turbo Tax. If you use Turbo Tax, you can even have it import the information straight into the program. Even if you don't use Turbo Tax, it's still a very valuable program.

Most people have a hard time valuing the items that we are donating. Since they are no longer of any use to us, it's tough to imagine that they are worth anything. Most people end up using a garage sale value. The price you would stick to it if you were having a garage sale. Nope. That is waaaaaaaaay low. It's Deductible will let you search for an item, and it has the accepted IRS value automatically assigned to it.

For example, I bundled up all of my magazines. Most of them are even still in the wrapper because I just didn't have time to read them. If I took them to the half price book store to sell them, I would be lucky to get a penny a piece. It's Deductible tells me that if I donate them, the value is 50 cents a piece for new condition, and 25 cents a piece for decent condition. With 120 magazines, that amounts to quite a bit! And it's paper that won't be sitting in the landfill, or even needing to go through the recycling process yet. Clothing has much higher values than you would expect too.

Sign up at http://www.itsdeductible.com/ and start entering your information. It's a free account, and you can track monetary donations too. It's a quick and easy way to keep track of things, and you'll be very happy when you sit down to prepare your taxes because this will be a piece that is already done!

Personal Update

Well, I've let it slide again. Let me just say that during pregnancy, I'm useless. I don't know how other women keep things together so well. However, I'm now 21 weeks along. All the morning sickness is gone. And I'm just starting to get big. So I'm feeling wonderful right now! I'm sure it will be about two weeks before I start getting the aches and pains from the big belly, but until then, I'm happy! I even have a decent amount of energy.

The other news I have is that from an ultrasound we had on Christmas Eve, IT'S A GIRL!!! The pictures weren't 100% conclusive, but from what we seen, and what I know, we're pretty confident that pink is the color to buy.

That's really about all that's going on in my life. I'm working hard making a baby, and trying to keep up with the other one. Dawson is such a good boy. He had a great Christmas. I tell you, the holidays are so much more fun with a little one. I couldn't sleep on Christmas Eve because I was so excited about Dawson waking up and getting his presents.