Getting New Neighbors

Things are changing in my neighborhood, one of my next door neighbors has recently sold their house and will be moving out in a couple weeks and then I’ll be getting new neighbors soon afterwards. I have no idea who it is yet that will be moving in, I’d much rather prefer if it was a family with a child or two around my son’s age for him to play with, but there is a good chance in my area that the house will be turned into a rental and rented out to college students. Ugh, if that’s the case can it please be college students who don’t like to throw parties in their backyard?! Hah.. Or maybe at least college students who have quiet parties?!

I really like the area that we live in… it’s close to the downtown area and easy access to a lot of different bus routes, I just wish that we lived in a more updated home. We’re not ready to sell our home and look for a new one just yet, but when the time comes I’ll be sure to keep a good real estate agent like Gaby Léveillé at in mind.

Five Confessions #7

Greetings blog readers! What better way to come back from a long blogging break than with a confessions post, eh? Here we go!

Contrary to how things may have appeared, I actually have not fallen off the face of the planet! This is great news, right?! I did, however, take a really long break from blogs in general which has been quite nice to be honest with you. Not only have I not been writing blogs, I haven’t been reading them either.. so forgive me for not being up to date with yours, k?

I’m still spending a lot of time on traffic exchanges, if you’re looking for a great free way to get some extra views on your website try checking out the following traffic exchanges: Legacy Hits or Top Hits 4 U.

I’m currently watching season 2 of Gossip Girl on Netflix……

Maybe I didn’t completely take a break from blogs, since I did sign up with Global Domains International… I’m sure I’ll write more about GDI in the future, but it’s a great opportunity to earn some extra money.. and it comes with a wordpress blog, so look into it! You may be interested!

Hubby and I bought a pretty sweet new camera the other week, it takes video sooooooo I may be trying out that feature soon ;) I still don’t know how to edit videos, but there’s always time to learn!

Leave me a comment and let me know what you’ve been up to lately!

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My Goals for March

I’ve decided to switch things up a little bit and do a monthly goals post instead of the usual weekly ones since I’m going to be on vacation for two weeks towards the end of the month :) I’ll still have internet while on vacation but I’d rather spend my vacation doing things other than blogging, you know?

Here are my goals for the month:

  • Be more active on social media (especially my facebook page and google+) and continue to increase my followers.
  • Work on adding a couple of new pages to the site: I’m thinking a ‘favorite shops’ page and perhaps a ‘resources’ page, these don’t have to be fully completed this month but I at least need to put in some effort and work on them!
  • Start going through old posts; delete if needed, revamp — add photos and/or affililate links if possible, clean-up post tags and categories.
  • And most importantly: ENJOY VACATION and make it back home safely ;)

What is your favorite social media to use?? Which one do you get the most interaction from?

Five Confessions #6

Another week, another confessions post going up a day too late to participate in the Humpday Confessions Link-Up. Ugh.

I’d like to confess that lately Old Navy has been taking all my money… I haven’t minded that too much, I only wish that I had more of it to spend!

Just before I turned 19 years old I was a passenger involved in a car accident, the car I was in with my mother was rear-ended while we were slowing down to make a turn. Nobody was seriously injured but I did hurt my neck pretty badly and decided at the time to not bother with going to a hospital or to see a doctor to get it checked out. My neck still bothers me to this day, nearly 12 years later. I should have went to a doctor and maybe even gotten myself a personal injury lawyer like the ones that can be found at

I’ve been increasing my blog page views by participating in free traffic exchanges, such as the one at

I focus a lot of my energy lately on doing things that can potentially earn me money online; the problem is that it’s too many different things going on at once. I’d like to really figure out what works and just stick with that, you know? It’s just a huge trial and error process right now!

It’s 1:30 and I’m hungry… I haven’t had lunch yet! I might have blueberry bagel with strawberry cream cheese again, LOL.

On a Cold Day

It’s a record breaking cold day where I live, and here’s how I’m spending my day:

WATCHING: The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (recorded on my DVR)

Check this post for The Top 10 Musical Moments From SNL 40

And here are SNL 40 Sketches, Bits, and Moments, Ranked

If you missed the 3 and a half hour long live special that aired a little over a week ago, those two links above will cover the main parts.. and both have videos if there are certain parts you’d like to watch!

DRINKING: I had some hot tea (Tetley – Honey Lemon Ginsing Green Tea) earlier, and now I’m currently drinking a Pepsi.

EATING: I just finished eating some blueberry bagels with strawberry cream cheese, YUM! It’s one of my favorite food combinations if you were curious!

PLAYING: I take breaks every once in a while to try and beat another level on Candy Crush Soda Saga (on my ipad!).. and I make sure I’m logging in regularly to Heart of Vegas to collect more coins, so I can play more #ProductMadness Vegas style slot machines! I’m beginning to think I’ve developed a bit of a gambling problem lately, but at least this game is free to play!

If you need me I’ll just be vegging out on the couch in my living room, wrapped up in a blanket and wearing extra layers of comfy clothing just trying to keep warm!

Five Confessions #5

This week’s confessions post is going up a day late.. It’s been a weird week with Monday being a holiday and my son being off school, and my husband’s work has been slow so he’s been home a couple extra days this week and I’m just not productive enough to get blog posts scheduled in advance, unfortunately! Anyway, since this is getting posted a day late I won’t be able to link-up for Humpday Confessions like I usually do!

One of the things I like to do is browse real estate listings, I like to see what homes are for sale and at what prices, and I especially enjoy looking at photos of the inside of the homes. Perhaps I should become a real estate agent just so I have a reason to look at houses?! I think I’d rather be an assistant to an agent, I’ll go and take the pictures and post the listings online or something, I think I’d enjoy that more. If you’re in need of a real estate agent you should try

I didn’t think I would enjoy the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie at all, I thought that because the turtles looked different that the whole concept would have changed somehow and I’m glad to say that I watched the movie last night and it’s very good. It’s still April, and Splinter, and Shredder and the foot clan and the turtles look different but still have the same personalities and humor as always. I kinda loved it, I hope they make more TMNT movies!

I had an ingrown toenail back when I was pregnant with my son (he’s almost 7 now, so this was years ago!) and I should have seeked medical help for it, but for whatever reason I just dealt with it. I don’t know why, that was kinda dumb looking back on it now. I could have visited and gotten help; if you’re having foot problems of any kind I recommend that you get treatment!

Sometimes it’s really tough to come up with 5 confessions, especially since this post is written on a weekly basis!



Weekly Wishes #6

The Nectar Collective


  • Exercise every day, even just for 10 minutes. MEH! I’m a failure at liiiiiiiifeeee.
  • Declutter: throw out or donate 15 items. SUCCESS!
  • Finish “The Night Circus”. MEH! I just put this because I couldn’t think of anything better last week, LOL. I’m getting close to finishing it!


  • Finish “The Night Circus” via audiobook.
  • Declutter some more; throw out another 15 items.

Just two goals for this week, and they are both repeats. Boring, but whatever!

Currently Loving #3

The Happy Type

I signed up for and have really been enjoying looking through the current products on sale with their app on my ipad… I don’t know, I guess I just really like window shopping! LOL! I love the different varieties of clothing they offer and the prices are pretty sweet as well; I have yet to actually order anything yet but I certainly have fun looking!

Do you have a Fitbit Flex? Did you know that Amazon has lots of bands available for it, and they are super cheap?!? Seriously!

I got out my yoga mat yesterday morning and spent some time doing very basic beginner yoga, and I felt amazing afterwards! In fact, I’m really looking forward to doing some more yoga this afternoon! My body has been feeling tense, so all I’m really doing is stretches and basic ones at that; there are no advance yoga moves going on over here!

I’ve had this post saved in my drafts for weeks now, so I’m loving that I’m finally getting it finished! Whew!

I win!
I won big this morning on this game, and I dare you to try and beat it! Mwhahahaha! #ProductMadness Leave me a comment with your biggest win, and it better not be bigger than mine! >_<

Five Confessions #4

I might be starting to enjoy working out.. even though I still have a tough time getting myself to do it at all.

I’m very glad that I have absolutely no use for a lawyer, such as one that could be found at, and *knocks on wood* I hope it stays that way!

I’m really beginning to develop a love for audiobooks and podcasts, it’s so nice to be able to listen and still have your hands free to do other things at the same time!

I’m originally from small town, USA and up until about 4 years ago I had been use to seeing big transport trucks, such as the ones available through, on roads and highways everywhere.. but now I live in a big city and very rarely even see one, I kinda miss them!

My son busted his chin open at a local kids play area last week and had to get 3 stitches.. when I was a kid I busted open my chin in a bicycle accident and had to get stitches… We are now scar twins!

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Drowning Under the Effort

I’m putting a lot of effort into trying to make money online this year, and I’ve managed to get myself sucked into the world of affiliate marketing at the moment. Sorting through and applying to different affiliate programs can really be such a blackhole at times.

For instance, last night I was reading some articles online about you guessed it, affiliate marketing. There was an affiliate program mentioned in an article that I really wanted to sign up with, so I go to the affiliate network mentioned and sign up, and then look for the specific program and it’s not there (mind you, this article I was reading was posted a couple of years ago so things can change!); well I already signed up for the network so I’ll go ahead and see what other affiliate programs they offer and then Google how to sign up to be an affiliate with the specific merchant I wanted in the first place.

So then I’m opening a new browser tab and signing up for another affiliate network to apply to that specific program, and of course this network offers affiliate programs through other merchants as well so I may as well look through those too and see if there are any other ones I’m interested in!

Before I know what’s happened it’s 2am, way past my normal bedtime, and I’ve applied for many, many new affiliate programs… I can’t be the only person that has ever had this happen to them!

I’ve spent some time this morning writing down all the affiliate programs I’m currently approved for (my goodness, there is a lot!) and now I’ll have to work on slowly cutting them down to a more manageable number. By the way, most of those programs I applied for last night have yet to actually accept or decline me so my already long list will still be growing! With any luck I’ll actually earn some decent money online this year and have to get in touch with the accountants at to help me out with filing next year’s taxes!