Are you sick of winter yet? I know I am! Even though I was born in January, I am NOT a fan of winter. I try to stay active, but mostly indoors. We just got 28 centimeters of snow, and to top it off, my car died. So, I’m stuck at home and will have to bring it to the shop to get new battery. In the meantime, I am working on February being declutter month, when I found a month old email from my Man showing me a trip to Cozumel for $233. Say whaaaaat?
We have already booked our vacation for end of February, but if you haven’t and need to get away, there are great deals going on. The one I mentioned above is from Yowdeals, but I have listed all the trip suppliers I have used and would recommend.
Here are my top 5 preferred booking places:
- Tripcentral (I like this one because they include the taxes, but I believe they all do now)
- Voyagearabais (They offer extra gifts like gift cards to St-Hubert or points to get things from their website)
- Yowdeals (haven’t tried it, but will be for sure when we book our cruise for next Decemer)
What other ones do you use that works to save on travel expenses? Please share because I know we all love to save money.
As part of my new years resolution, I have decided to go back to working out, which is what I like. I like to lift weights. I am not a big fan of fitness classes because I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing, but I am now starting to do hot yoga and OMG, it’s frigging hot:) So for January , I tried an exercise program that I put together and, well, it didn’t work. For many reasons, mostly because I didn’t commit to it. consistently. I also didn’t do more than 1 set of 12, which is what I was testing to see if there would be a difference. So, this month for February, I am going to try using a stability ball exercise program. I am going to do 3 days a week no matter what. If that means I go later or a different day and it messes with my routine, too bad. I have to do it, or rather I want to do. I found a program with actual images from Runpretty.com. So, for the next 28 days because February is shorter, I will do this circuit program and track my results on my workout log and will report the results on Feb 28.
My glasses were starting to fall apart because I manage to hit my face somehow. I know when I’m tired I smack into doors, but not always. And, they are over a year old, so it’s time to get a new pair.
I was talking with a few wonderful ladies after volleyball about glasses and they were mentioning how much theirs cost. Sandra said she had progressives and they cost I think she said $300 just for 1 pair of glasses. Tula said something like she gets 2 pairs for $300, and then I said I just ordered 2 pairs for $33, and that includes shipping and anti-reflective coating. They were shocked, so was I when I found this place. I didn’t believe I would get a good stylish pair of glasses for anything less $100, but I did. In fact, I have bought over 10 pairs from them.
The place I buy from is Zenni Optical. They have frames that are $6.95!!! Just look at the new purple ones I bought for $6.95.
Oh and the fun part about them is I get to customize what I want written on the inside of the arm. I wrote in this pair “You go girl!” Talk about designing my own stile. Did I mention they also come with a case and a clothe.
If you’re looking to save money on glasses, this is the place to do it. I love my glasses and have never been happier with the service too. They arrive in less then 2 weeks as promised.
I don’t know about you, but when I see ice on the road or a walking path my legs get all wobbly . Maybe because a few years back, I slid down 30 stairs and injured my back and butt. I still have a bump on my butt, but that’s a story for another day.
Man man is usually the one who goes to by the road salt at Canadian Tire or Costco, but while driving in the car a few weeks back, I heard an add that said you can use your Petro points now to buy anything in the store and it doesn’t have to be a minimum amount. FINALLY! After my volleyball game I needed gas because I was at ¼ left and well, I promised the man I would not let it go past that in the winter anymore! So, I filled up at $1.04 yikes! Gas is sooo expensive. When I went in to pay, I saw the road salt was on sale for I think $5.97 and I asked the cashier if I could use my Petro Points to buy it and he said yes. My bill for the 35 liters of gas and a big 10 kg bag of road salt was…$33.20
To learn more about the points or sign up, click here.
On a different note, if you’re looking for a way to De-ice your windshield too, my man came up with a great way. He re-used a bug spray bottle and filled it with antifreeze. In the morning if there is still ice on the windshield, which there is always, he squirts it on the window and voila!!! No more ice. It’s amazing.
What other ways do you know to help save money? Please share in comments below.
Goal #3 – Make $1,000 a month with my business
So you might be asking, “Tina, how are you going to make $1,000 a month with a blog”? That’s a very good question. The truth is I don’t know if I will make $1k a month with my blog, but I am sure going to try because I love writing my stories about my experiments or experiences. Speaking of which, some of you know but for those who don’t I wrote a book in 2014 about renting your cottage out and making a profit. It was a self published and I am super proud of it, thanks to my old friend Katrina Moy who helped me rewrite it over 90 TIMES! Well, it finally paid off. I received a check from Amazon for……$107.00! I couldn’t believe it. I finally got paid for all that effort.
If you could only see my house right now. It’s a mess! I have clothes sitting on the floor, laundry piled up, dishes that need to get done, and there are files all over my desk, receipts everywhere. I have a Service Ontario bill to pay for my sticker for the car, which I’ve been trying to do all day, but for some reason I can’t get through the website. I think it might be because of Mozilla. Most government departments use Internet Explorer when they create they sites and they don’t test it with other search engines. My goal this year BEFORE August as advised by my friend and Intuitive Numerologist Laura Young said that I need to de-clutter everything in my life from my space, clothes, and relationships. She never mentioned anything about Ma Man…so I think I’ll keep him.lol
OK, so Goal #7 is to de-clutter my house, but that’s a big order. I have sooo MANY things to do. In order for me to not freak out, I am going to start with one pile at at a time, but before I do that I need to write down which rooms I need to work on and what do I need to do.
I tried to add the image, but it wouldn’t work, so I have attached a link to it here.
If you want to learn more about what Laura does, she sends out a monthly newsletter with really great information to help you move forward. If you want to be added to her email, simply email her at Laura Young firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you ready for a reading, email her and if you wouldn’t mind letting her know that you heard about her from me, that would be great. Thanks.
I wrote an article last month called “Dates, I don’t have time for that“. I made a list of date ideas that I wanted to do and well, I haven’t done a lot of them. Mostly because I forgot about them and, some of them are not really what I want to do anymore. Oh and some are summer…God I miss summer. I am so not a winter person. I am trying to do things this winter, but it’s not my favorite time of year. However, this week I am planning to create a new list of date ideas that are geared towards things I know we would both enjoy, or at least be willing to try. I am going to make them into to cute cut outs and add to my Date night box. I also left blank ones as HE likes to be spontaneous. Ya, we’ll see.
If you’re looking for places to find ideas, here’s a few I found that might help.
I have been getting buzzing in the right side of my back. It’s like when your hand goes numb when you sleep on it. I would get this buzzing in my back when I played volleyball and dove on the ground because I would push my bones in a way they weren’t supposed to go, but I haven’t played volleyball in 2 months. So, why am I getting the buzzing? Maybe it’s my new workout routine. I started running again, indoors of course. Sorry, but it’s too cold and slippery to run outside. I haven’t ran in over a year because it hurt my knees, but with the new workouts, I’m hoping to rectify that. So, in the meantime, I am running on my “Tonka truck” treadmill as I like to call it at my gym Movati. I go to the one at the trainyards in Ottawa. I’ve heard bad press about them, but I like them. It’s got great yoga classes. I have tried a few and the ones I like are the Hot Yoga, and the Yin Yang.
I wrote one of my goals for 2017 was decorating our house for under $500. I bought a beautiful duvet comforter from Jysk and was trying to find a picture to go nice with it that was not too pricey, but I wasn’t having much luck. Then, someone suggested I tried painting one myself. I had been wanting to do that for a while. Ever since I went to the Paint night with my friend Patty. It was fun and not too complicated. The painting I drew that night turned out good for my first time. So, I did a search online for something that wasn’t too hard, when I came across Marbling with Nail Polish Tutorial
by Carla Sonheim. It looked so easy and fun that I decided to I try it.
I spent $20 worth on supplies and was hoping it was going to look like her wonderful video. I bought a canvas in a frame, 4 new nail polish colors to represent the ones to match my duvet cover. I also bought paint brushes and water colours as I wanted to do another painting after. Well, it didn’t turn out even close to what Carla had on her video:(
The polish bubbled up on the canvas and when I tried to pop it, it made it worse. I tried to fix it by using water colour paint and made an even bigger mess.
What went wrong?
– did I use the wrong material? should it only be paper and not a canvas
– was it a specific nail polish? I bought what ever I saw that was under $2
– maybe it was because I did it the bathtub. You read that right. I didn’t have a big enough flat container to put the water in for my canvas that was 16×20, so I used the bathtub and it fit perfect. I think it was because the tub was too big that the paint couldn’t stick.
I don’t like it and was going to throw it out. Maybe I could get white paint and try again?
What do you suggest I do?
2017 is fast approaching and I plan to write WAYYYYY more often, but…not post them all. After all, I have to keep you entertained and don’t want you to get sick of me. I have been reading up on how to become a better writer and one of the ways is to…just write. So, that’s what I’m doing, but I want to write about things that interest me like setting goals. Every year I try to set goals that are realistic, but sometimes I mess up, like the one I just tried to do. I set out to not drink alcohol for 7 days. Well, I tried and…lasted 2 days. I like the taste of a good beer. However, I have stopped drinking red wine, which my Man doesn’t believe. He thinks it’s a phase, but I don’t think it is. I actually don’t crave it like I use to when I would start to cook. It’s only been 2 weeks, but still. that’s huge because I would drink a glass or 2 with dinner every other night. So, my new year is off to a good start.
So, this is the time to start setting new goals, but also remembering and celebrating the ones I reached from last year. Here’s a link to my bucket list of what I said I would do before I die, so in 2016 this is what I actually accomplished.
I decided to set small goals for 2017 and here they are.
1) Convince the man to take another trip south in February
2) Organize more fun with friends
3) have my business make $1,000+ a month
4) go on 1 date a week with my man = 52 dates
5) exercise a minimum of 3 days a week
6) read 1 new book every 2 months (that one might be tough)
6) volunteer for a fun charity that supports local women business or the Boys and Girls Club
7) De-clutter my space i.e. clean up my office files, get rid of clothes and shoes I no longer wear (so, if you want some stuff, text me)
8) decorate my home for under $500, includes a new couch:)
9) Do at least 3 things on my bucket list http://lafemmeottawa.com/i-have-120-things-on-my-bucket-li…/
10) and…love myself no matter what happens this year.
What are your goals for 2017?
Here’s to a wonderful 2017!