Monday, March 14, 2016

My Dollar Store Favorites

I thought I would just share a few of my dollar store favorites.  Dollar stores have a lot of items that are unworthy of my hard earned money; yet there are some items that I purchase occasionally; and some I purchase quite regularly.  

Example:  An occasional purchase is makeup.... I have certain favorites; like my foundation, eyeliner, and mascara that I wouldn't trade for dollar store items to save my life.  Well ok, I might try something; but historically I always switch back to my favorites.  

Eye-shadow and blush are a different story.  These L.A. COLORS brand eye shadow trio and the blush are used regularly.  

Another favorite item from the dollar store are reading glasses.  As I've gotten older, I need reading glasses well .... for reading.  I keep several pair around the house and office.  Since these are only $1.00 replacing them is not a problem.

Thanks for reading, and have a blessed day.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016


I confess!  As an anniversary gift of choice for working with my company for 15 years; I picked and received a Kindle. There wasn’t really anything else that interested me. When the Kindle came out (as well as other ebook readers), I was not very excited about them.  I guess you could say I am old school.  I preferred the idea of seeing, touching, holding, and saving a physical book.  I still do in many instances.  But, after a friend told me that you can get ebooks for FREE, I thought what the heck? I’m going to check this out. 

The first couple of experiences weren’t very good.  It seemed the few FREE ebooks I selected were the first in a series of books.  Not wanting to get into that trap, I was pretty disappointed.  After all, you can buy physical books at garage sales, rummage sales, etc… for practically nothing.  Not to mention annual Friends of the Library sales as well as checking out books from the library. 

My friend, an experienced ebook reader, shared a website with me that emails daily recommendations to me based on my pre-selected interests.  That website is .  It automatically links me up with ebooks from various sources.  Some free, some not free.  Lots of bestsellers!  It has allowed me to download several that I can save and read later.  As any experienced ebook reader will attest… carrying one e-reader when traveling is so much more convenient than packing multiple books especially if you are going to be sitting idle for long periods of time.  And this my fine friends is what I’m excited about.  I’ll be going on an annual trip next week and only need to carry one book… my Kindle.  Of course, I will have to keep it charged as I’m sure anyone will tell you… so I confess – I now LOVE my e-reader aka Kindle.
For me it was FREE (best bargain ever), and most of the ebooks I've downloaded were FREE as well.  I only purchased one ebook and it was much less expensive than a hard copy. 
Next I'll have to check out how the public library ebook system works.
Thanks all, and have a beautiful blessed day!
Disclosure:  The above post is my own opinion.  I have not been compensated monetarily or with gifts of any kind by any company associated with the products mentioned in this post.


Monday, March 7, 2016

Mortgage Crisis Prediction for Discussion

I read this article on the mortgage crisis prediction.

What can this mean to people who are considering real estate investing (REI)? 
Does this mean property values may begin to drop again?

Review this article and provide your thoughts in the comment section.

Thank you,

The Gift of Gab

Well good morning All,

I can't believe its been almost two (2) years since I posted on this blog.  I was posting on my other blog; but lost interest in that as well.  I no longer have an online retail business; but I still love to find a good bargain. 

While in church over the past several months; the question continues to come up "what are the gifts God has given you?"  I have actually thought about this for years.  I'm not an expert at anything, my interests change constantly, I've been what I like to call a serial entrepreneur.  The one thing I know I do a lot is "TALK".  I can talk so much; that you can't get a word in edgewise.... and yes I have been told that.  I just can't help it.  Well yesterday I changed my opinion of my excessive talking; and decided just maybe it is a gift instead of a fault.  Just maybe God gave me this trait to bring glory to his kingdom. 

So... lets see where this takes me.  I am going to get back into this blog; and share my bargain hunts.  Not sure if it will help anyone; but it will be an outlet for my excessive talking... lol  that's so funny!

Anyway; be on the lookout for future blog posts.  Later today or tomorrow I will share one of the bargains I found over the weekend.  I might not have pictures.  I guess that will just have to do.

Everyone have a beautiful blessed day!
Warm Wishes!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A Not So Good Bargain... Hard Rock Cafe City Bears

When I picked up a tote full of Hard Rock Cafe Bears back in early April at a garage sale, I thought "what a great bargain".  I've posted pretty much all 35ish bears on eBay over the past several weeks.  Not one bid, offer, or purchase.  So I may be out some money for these cuties.  I took 5 over to Blondie's Boutique booth inside Fabulous Finds Thrift Store; but still no movement.  I may end up having to mark all of them down (at the thrift store only) to barely cover cost.  So maybe this is a good lesson learned.  What would you do?

Monday, March 3, 2014

It was a Trashy Day - Furniture Rescue

I hope everyone had a splendid weekend.  I put in my first "Volunteer Day" at the thrift store where I have my booth on Saturday.  Not accustomed to being on my feet all day presented quite a challenge. But I held out and made it through the day.

On Sunday; although it was misty and raining off and on, I had a good trashy day.

Its hard to tell; but the items I rescued from going to the landfill are the desk (actually a vanity), and the twin bed (headboard, footboard, and rails).  I had to make two separate runs to pick up both items; but I managed to get them into my Tribute and back home into the garage.  You can tell by looking at the desk/vanity; that someone attempted a repaint job; but it didn't stick very well.  It is peeling and there is no paint left on the top.  The mirror was missing from the vanity (not pictured); but I'm hoping honey will be able to help me replace it.  It will be a while before I get to either of these projects.

Also pictured are some frames I picked up at the New 2 U resale store and one I pulled out of a dumpster a few weeks ago.  I don't really do much actual dumpster diving.  I just drive around a couple of spots toward the end of the month and see what's sitting next to the dumpsters.  Then if I can manage; I rescue them and take them home.

Have a blessed day and week!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

How to Treat a Boil - Home Remedy

Well friends; I don't have any pictures to share.  You would probably be grossed out by them anyway.  But here is the my story about treating a boil.

My daughter (bless her heart) had what appeared to be a seriously irritated and possibly infected boil on the back of her left calf.  After a couple of weeks with no improvement by leaving it on its own; and the persistent pain it caused her I decided to make a doctor appointment.  Well let me tell you, I was not happy with the doctor's office response.  My daughter rarely gets sick; so the few times she has in the past I've taken her to the Texas Med Clinic; where she gets treated for whatever ails her.  My son and I go to this particular doctor annually for disorders we both have.  Naturally I wanted to take her to the family doctor although she had never seen.  This was a PITA (pain in the a&&).  The receptionist responded by indicating it is their policy to:

1st - have a physical; then make a
2nd - appointment to "LOOK" at the boil; then a
3rd - appointment to "LANCE" the boil (if required)

That's 3 appointments at no telling what expense, not to mention time off work; driving to the doctor, the pain and discomfort continuing for potentially weeks.  So guess what I did?  I "googled" it and came up with a remedy that sounded promising.  The information indicated an ointment called Ichthammol would draw the boil poison out; and I could get it behind the pharmacy counter.

So I went to my local Walgreens, and the pharmacist told me the ointment is no longer available.  The manufacturer is no longer making it.  She even explained (without recommending) that it really does work. So, I researched on-line and realized it can be located at pet or feed stores.  I called the local feed store and YES they had some.  It is used on horses for various ailments.

This is what I used, with tax it only cost around $13.00.  That's a whole lot less than 3 doctor appointments

  (Stock Picture)

Next thing I know; after just one treatment that night; the poison (puss) was drawn to the surface and leaked out mostly on its own.  After just 3 days her leg looks so much better, with only some light bruising.

Disclaimer:  The opinions in this post are my own.  Neither the manufacturer, nor the pharmacy recommended use of this product for treatment for boils.  I do not endorse this product as a replacement for quality health care, so if you use this product - do so at your own risk.