Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I received this award from my blogging pal, Kateedyd, author of the famous Kateedyd What?! I actually received this blog award almost a month ago and I finally just got around to picking it up! Lost track of time! I hope I am still worthy of this very honorable award! =)
My favorite blogs are those listed in my favorite blogs list! Everyone should check them out if you haven't already....<3 Hugs! <3
Until next time.........
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Okay, so it was a long, painful recovery from my blog make-over surgery and it just has taken me a while to get back on board. And getting a full-time work at home job hasn't helped matters much! I am always online.....but I'm working and my blog has suffered as a result of that. I am going to try to do a better job keeping up on it though! Thanks for missing me everyone! I have missed you too! More to come! I promise this time! =)
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Blog Surgical To-Do List
1. Full-Face Lift (for additional contouring not considered in mini-face-lift done today)
2. Blog Augmentation (for a more lifted and fuller look under the heading)
3. Edit abdominoplasty (for a thinner mid-section, trim off the excess)
4. Back-end Tuck (for improving the use of back-links)
So, despite what is to come in the near future.....
The blog is recovering well this evening....
She would be more than happy to receive any and all comments from her pals about how they feel she looks now compared to her old look. If she still needs improvement in other areas, please let her know! She is very happy to accept any and all comments. She desires to improve her look and she values the input of all you cosmetic experts out there! Thanks!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Life of Lele.lumz
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Well, you should go!
We had mixed reactions in our family about getting up close to the animals. We all love animals, especially my husband....ironically he was the must scared of the animals....his window was up nearly the entire time! "He was too busy driving..." Yah right! :) My oldest son liked to watch the animals and talk to them with his window only slightly cracked...being cautious like always. My youngest son wanted to be all up on the animals and he was talking to them and laughing the whole time...acting wild as usual. That frightened me a bit! Me...I liked them but I was busy handling 1,000 tasks at once as usual! Trying to pay attention to the animals, take pictures, feed carrots, carefully watch little man, trying to encourage oldest son to have fun, passing around the hand sanitizer every 10 seconds and teasing hubby for being scared of the animals!
Also, the kids got to each ride a pony and they got to ride a camel together which was really cute. Then they both held a huge Boa Constrictor together.................now that was scary to me! But we had a great time and best of all, we managed to get out of there alive (which is always a plus! lol)
To search for Wildlife Safari's in you area, check out these places!
Life of Lele.lumz
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Well anywho, I have the privilege of throwing her a baby shower! I am soooo excited! We are actually waiting until after the baby boy or girl gets here (Due: October 8th) and we are having the shower at the end of the month. She wanted the baby to be there with her! So sweet! :)
So I'm looking for baby shower ideas, themes, food ideas, etc. I actually have a nice recruitment of friends who are willing to help with everything.....so that is helpful considering this is going to be a rather large baby shower. I love games....but not the boring typical baby shower games. I like fun, unique ones. I have been searching like mad on-line looking for stuff to go along with the whole MOD Mom theme that I am planning to use. I came across a game that I thought was great! Itty Bitty Baby Parts Ultrasound Game. I know most people cannot read or interpret an ultrasound of a baby and it is always funny to me to hear what people think is a head or an arm or baby boy anatomy! lol Having a background in the medical field, ultrasounds are very interesting to me (I guess I'm just nerdy like that!) and I thought this game would be a lot of fun and create alot of confusion and conversation at the same time. But anyways, I am having soooo much fun and I am getting all into the planning for it! I want it to be special for her. She deserves a wonderful baby shower and I am hoping that it really gives her a nice boost. Her & hubby lost their 1st baby girl a few years ago because of some birth defects and sadly, she spent most of her life in the hospital. This time around the doctors are very positive about the outcome and she is planning a normal labor & delivery with the baby that she is currently pregnant with. My heart really goes out to them for all that they have been through and at the same time, I really admire them for all of the wonderful things that are to come for them very soon when their 2nd little bundle of joy arrives! :) I'll keep ya posted!
Life of Lele.lumz
Thursday, August 14, 2008
this is your first day of school too.
What's funny is the fact that kids usually adjust better than adults in most cases! So while back-to-school may be tough on the parents sometimes....usually the kids get right through it with ease! I always feel better after the first few days of school and I'm sure you will too! For the parents that welcome this time of year with open arms......what's your secret? lol
Take Care! Until next time,
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sometimes it is just too hard to resist! I sometimes get a real "feel good" type of sensation when I buy new stuff. Makes me feel renewed, rejuvenated and full of good feelings! Shopping is one of my favorite things and I must say, I have done really well keeping my spending & love for shopping under tight control, until this weekend I guess I just broke loose! Oh....yeah, I guess I should let you know what I bought. Well I didn't buy myself any new shoes, or shirts, or skirts.....I didn't buy myself any new make-up, jewelry, or perfume......nope, none of that. This weekend was strictly for the little guy....Yep! You guessed it. You know what time it is!....Back-To-School-Time! Of course this time of year is always bittersweet for me. I like when little guy goes back to school because so far he really likes it. Of course I miss him but there is someone who misses him much more....the littlest guy. He hates to see his big brother go back to school. He misses him soooo much. So, even as much as I love to shop.......it is still bittersweet each year when I load that shopping cart up with school supplies and that shopping bag up with back-to-school clothes. How do feel about the kids heading back to school? :)
Because I've been tagged.......So I'm It!
Kateedyd over at http://kateedydwhat.blogspot.com/ just tagged me and now it's my turn to tag you! LOL This newbie blogging stuff is filled with all sorts of fun & games!!! LOL
Here's whatcha do if I tagged you!
1) Link to the person who tagged you.
2) Post the rules on your blog (copy and paste 1-6).
3) Write 6 random things about yourself (see below).
4) Tag 6 people at the end of your post and link to them.
5) Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6) Let the tagger (who tagged you) know when your post is up.
2.) I am a Listener........I'm hear for ya, I'm all ears! :)
3.) I am Sarcastic..........I like to add a little fun-loving sarcasim to my blog just to get your attention!
4.) I am Tired...............I don't get much sleep between 2 kids, a hubby, a few work-from-home jobs/gigs......I'm always busy doing something.
5.) I like People............All my brick-n-mortar jobs revolved around people (medical assisting, domestic violence shelter crisis call advocacy, nursing home assistant, etc) Working from home looking at my computer all day can be a little on the boring-side....of course I've got the kids to keep me company...(I'm not sure if they allow me to be sane though! LOL)
6.) I am New at Blogging....very, very new....and I don't think I even know 6 other bloggers to send this too......ummmmm...nope! I think I actually only have a few. Oh-well...The tagging must go on! LOL
I will send it to-
Spoonful of Chocolate Sistah (Nicoyle)
That's What I'm Talking About! (Charlala)
The Confessions of Miss Melinda (Melinda)
Rachel's Place (Rachel)
The 40's Life (Rita)
When In Doubt Look Up (Oooops Rita again! Sorry Rita!)
These blogs are all wonderful blogs and I hope everyone will check them out! :)
I will add them all to MY Favorite Blogs List so you can check out their blogs too!
Life of Lele.lumz
(The real-life expressions of a 20-something work-at-home-mom of 2 who just got tagged!)
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Okay.....you wanna hear something really crazy? Sure ya do! Well here goes! I'm sure many of you know how expensive oral contraceptives (birth control) can be. Many of you probably also know how insurance companies generally do not pay (or pay very little) of the cost of birth control, leaving the person who takes the pill with an expensive bill at the pharmacy each month. To me it is ironic to think that the insurance company will help assume financial responsibility for the care of a pregnant woman including an expensive labor & delivery bill, but not help cover the costs of birth control pills for the woman who says...."I do not wish to get pregnant at this time...." It's all mind boggling to me! When I worked at the Family Practice that I used to work at, I was fortunate enough to have all the birth control samples I ever wanted & needed....but today that is not the case. I'm on my own like soooo many other woman who have made the decision to take the pill. Are you ready for the crazy stuff I wanted to tell you?! Okay!
The current birth control pills that I take (and have taken for many years) costs me a whopping $67.00 a month. My insurance is so kind to cover a few dollars for me and $67.00 is what I am responsible for. Let's do some math, my friends................................
$67.oo a month, divided by 30 days in a month = $2.23 a day. (for that little tiny pill!)
So is it worth it? Let's break it down....
If you do the do (you know what I'm saying) x amount of times per month, this is the cost-
Once a day (or 30 times a month) = $2.23 each time.
Four times a week (or 16 x a month) = $4.18 each time.
Twice a week (or 8 times a month) = $8.37 each time.
Once a week (or 4 times a month) = $16.75 each time.
Bi-weekly (or twice a month) = $33.50 each time.
Once a month (Just one time!) = $67.00
I won't say which category I personally fall within...lol :) But I will say that birth control is not very cost-effective especially if you are not making great use of the benefits of it in your personal life! lol :)
In conclusion, I recently found out that Wal-Mart offers $4-$9 generic prescriptions......one of them is a birth control pill that only costs $9. That is $58 cheaper than what I currently pay! Is it really any different than the pill that costs so much? Probably not.....I guess birth control all pretty much serves the same general purpose, right? I, for one, am willing to give it a shot because I am thrilled about the price difference! Hopefully, I will only have great things to report back to you once I get started...and hopefully I won't be announcing a pregnancy or anything! lol
Monday, August 4, 2008
So, that's my dilemma/confession for today! It's a tough one! But I might add that I'm pretty sure that if I ever did have a little girl that she would probably be a tom-boy and not even care about the girly goods that I've saved for her for many moons! (Okay now, I'm not that old!)
By the way, did I mention that nearly Everyone that I know is pregnant right now.....all pregnant with little girls I might add! Yep! 8 of my pals/relatives are all pregnant right now....all having baby girls! So when I'm shopping for little girls stuff for their baby showers I might just go pink crazy and buy a pink and brown polka-dot nursery ensemble for my own little girl.....that I might decide to have one day.....OR NOT!!!!! Who knows! :) Either way, I'm super content with my family of 2 great little boys and 1 great hubby for now.....but I think a little girl added to the mix would be a whole lot of fun! lol
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I saw a product introduced on a home-shopping channel yesterday (yes I am a home shopping junkie!) and it is called~ Big Happie Hair Bump-its. It is an actual hair tool/accessory that allows you to lock-in that lift to create a cute bump. The bump is a great way to add lift to your hair and make it appear to be more thicker on top. It is common to see Hollywood's hotlist with hairstyle bumps this season. The accessories come in sets of 5 that vary in size and color (match your haircolor). You can create little bumps, medium bumps, and very large bumps (this size is called "Rock Star!") This accessory sounds much easier to use than tons of teasing, tons of hairspray and tons of bobbie pins.......wonder if it really works? I'll let you know after I get it because you know I had to order it and see for myself! lol :)
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Of course, no two days in the Medical Field are ever quite the same.....some days can be terribly heart-wrenching for physicians and nurses. It is difficult to see someone struggling with pain or dealing with the loss of someone close to them. I consider myself very empathetic and compassionate so it is common for me to find myself visualizing my own self in that person's shoes. It makes it easier to find the right words to say to them to provide them comfort and to let them know that you care.
One thing that I did share with all of the patients that we saw each day was a nice, comforting smile. Many times, I was thanked for my smile. I know how much a smile means to me, so it was wonderful to find out that it had the same importance to others around me. It's amazing how much something so small can mean to someone.
Have you made it a point to smile at others today? If not, go out and express yourself like I just did........
Friday, July 25, 2008
this is by the way, ....................................
I Need Help In The Kitchen!!!
My problem is that I am not one who enjoys meal preparation or meal clean-up. The only thing I like about the whole food creation process is the actually eating of the meal! Since I dislike all the work that goes into creating a wonderful and tasty meal, I take a lot of shortcuts....with the end result being much less desirable than the anticipated one!!! (i.e. My food never turns out picture-perfect like the clip in the recipe book...and the reviews are never quite so satisfactory in my family!)
What's wrong, people...am I forgetting to add-in an ingredient or two (or three!)? Am I leaving the food in the oven too long? What's wrong? That food is NOT burnt..Why, you don't love the natural flavoring that Cajun-style cooking offers, huh? :)
Okay, now! Enough laughing! My cooking is not that bad! I don't turn a recipe into a crime lab or anything....I just have problems with food creativity. My real issue is not entirely the fact that cooking is not my favorite thing to do....instead the real issue is that I run out of meal ideas quickly. I have the tendency to try to make something new....and it ends up being a huge hit in my house with the boys and hubby. I get excited! Yeah!!! They loved that! Better go to the store and buy all the ingredients to make it again in a few days!!! Well, the second time around wasn't such a huge hit, it ends up being more of a "Thanks, hon. That was good again." Hmmmm....did I leave anything out? No, I don't think so. They seemed to like it but were less enthusiastic. I was expecting fireworks for dessert! Wait a minute.....rewind back to hubby's response..."Thanks, hon. That was good ***." Wait, rewind that, what did he say after "good"? "Again"......did he have the nerve to say...AGAIN!?
Ahhhhhh.....now I get the HINT. Great-taste, but not so great taste two times in the same week! I get it. Hmmmm.....picky eaters, eh? I know some people who eat left-overs all week long....I guess that's not for everyone, but it must work for some. Wish hubs & little guys would get hip to this low maintenance lifestyle! lol :)
It's actually pretty funny in our house since I came to the revelation that some food actually tastes better when only served *every*now*and*then....instead of every*other*day! lol
So now, everytime I make something new.....After dinner when hubby and the kids are helping cleanup and say how much they liked the meal, I ask them......how much do you like this meal? Is it a once a week, once a month, once a year, or a once a lifetime meal! Then I know how often they would like to eat it!!!! Honesty is always the best policy and I think my kids are learning this well!!!
I guess the only other alternative would be to let hubby & the kids cook.........Hmmmm. After careful consideration of this, I have come to the conclusion that it's safer that I do. I do not want to have my house burn down and I also do not want any surprise ingredients in my food. (i.e. My oldest son owns a little pet snake....enough said!) :)
Hope you have enjoyed this Confession of mine....Hope I didn't scare ya away with the snake info! Please come back and check me out again soon.....
Until next time (Probably tomorrow!).............................
(The confession of a 20-something work-at-home mom of 2 who has real issues with cooking!)
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Working from home allows me the ability to help compliment and supplement the income my husband brings in. I have the opportunity to work full-time from home.....but with my kids being the focus here, Why spend all my time working when I can be playing Lego's, watching Sesame Street and singing the Alphabet Song all day, everyday with the little people in the world that I love the most? Three years ago when I started working from home, I made a commitment to myself and my family that I would only do what I needed to do to help out with our income. Never did I expect to make a full-time salary like I did working full-time at my brick-and-mortar health care job. I knew I didn't want to spend all day working anymore! If we could cut back on a few things and live within our means and still be happy....I knew it was worth giving it a shot! Making money to pay for groceries, gasoline, basic needs, school supplies and fees, utility bills, and an occasional car or house payment was enough to make myself beam with pride! Also, the satisfaction of knowing I have something to fall back on in case hubby's job is ever in jeopardy is very comforting! And to top it all off, the kids seem rather pleased to still have me home with them.....I guess they haven't got tired of me yet, so I guess I'll keep doing this work-at-home stuff. It really seems to work out well for us! lol :)
My question for you is.....
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually make money working from home? To quit your 9-5 job and put an end to the rush-hour commute to and from work? To save money on the expense of gasoline and the expense of eating out for lunch? Do you ever wish you could spend more time with your kids but work is a constant barrier? Are Day-care expenses hurting your pocket?
Well, consider finding a position that you can do from home. Many companies are allowing employees to start working from home because they are beginning to realize that this actually allows them to save thousands of dollars a year per employee. Also, the rising costs of fuel is a huge reason why companies are looking into the advantages of allowing employees to telecommute.
Not sure where to look for a work-at-home position? I've got a great place for you to check out. Work at Home Mafia. http://workathomemafia.com/index.htm
Work at Home Mafia is a great online community to help introduce you to the world of work-at-home. They offer sections on companies that hire individuals to work from home. There are also a lot of wonderful and supportive members on the site that are friendly and helpful, including myself! :) I strongly encourage you to check out the site and start imagining yourself as a work-at-homer! The wealth of information there is unbelievable! The job leads are fresh and hot on the market! You might just land yourself a position you've only dreamed of! And of course, you will be well on your way to helping others find a work-at-home job for themselves too in no time! :)
IMPORTANT: And most of all, Remember this......Never pay anyone to work from home! A legit company will not ask you to pay them upfront to get started. You collect money from them, not the other way around! There are a lot of scams out there. Do not fall victim to fake work-at-home scams! :)
And that's all for now folks! Make sure to check back with me soon! And don't forget to check out the Mafia site if you're interested in working from home! :)