Minted.com + You = Holidays

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a gift card/money/coupon and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions expressed are those of the reviewer and honest in nature. I've always wanted to send out Christmas cards. I always thought it was cool to get them in the mail when I was younger. Jake's almost 18 and we've sent out cards a grand total of...zero times!  I take most of the blame, I'm lazy and tend to procrastinate and then it's just too late to even consider sending out cards. To my defense, they used to be a lot harder to make and send out. The other reason I haven't is that I've always liked the cards that have a family photo on them and both Richard and Jake breathe fire at me when I try to take their pictures. Jake's perfectly fine with taking a million selfies, but a family photo? Nope, he wants nothing to do with it. Of course, you can do non-photo cards, but I never got around to those either. What can I say? We're just … [Read more...]

OCD Awareness Week October 13-19

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I've mentioned that I suffer from OCD which causes anxiety as well as agoraphobia. This week October 13-19 is OCD Awareness week. I wanted to post because this is something that I deal with every minute of every day. OCD isn't something that you turn off or on. It isn't cute, it isn't fun. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. OCD affects as many as 1 in 100 people. And no just because you like to keep things clean doesn't mean you have OCD. Honestly, I don't even clean that often - mostly because I'm lazy - and I certainly don't enjoy cleaning. Richard has joked that he wishes I had "the cleaning kind" of OCD. Everybody has thoughts, people with OCD have an illness that places undue importance on those thoughts. My OCD seemingly came out of nowhere when I was 21 years old. I had an overwhelming fear of being drugged. I couldn't eat or drink anything that wasn't opened or made in front of me or that I hadn't made myself. If it looked tampered with or if somebody that I thought … [Read more...]

The Chronicles of the Cheysuli

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When I was younger and I'd get in trouble - yes, I know you thought I was the picture perfect child, but I got in trouble occasionally - my parents knew better than to send me to my room. That's exactly where I wanted to be. Alone. In my room. With a book. I used to read a ton, like all the time. I burned through Sweet Valley High, VC Andrews, Stephen King, hell I even read Zebra romance novels. I read everything from The Babysitters Club to Anne Rice. It's just what I did. I think it was around 19-21 that I found and fell in love with the The Chronicles of the Cheysuli by Jennifer Roberson. Other than Anne Rice's wonderful world of vampires, this was the first time I got completely wrapped up in a fantasy world. The books are about a magical race of people - The Cheysuli - that have the ability to shapechange into animals. There's an epic battle between them, the humans that they used to live side by side with that are now trying to irradicate them, and the evil … [Read more...]

Bru & Crew – The Escape

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All of my cats are indoors only and I keep them that way intentionally. If I lived in the country on a good amount of land, I might consider letting them outdoors, but even then I'd be worried. There are so many things that can happen to cats outside. I live on a corner lot and people zip down my street much faster than they should. Roman and Brutus have both managed to sneak outside several times over the years, but thankfully I've either found them or they came back. Since we bought this house though, they haven't gotten out more than to the front yard. Most recently, they pushed the screen through a window and were escaping that way. Richard changed the screen to nip that in the bud. Lately though Roman has been running straight out the front door! We have to hold the dogs back while somebody is walking in or out and he's been using this opportunity to run out! He runs as fast as he can to hide under the porch steps. He stays there until he's ready to come out too. … [Read more...]

Action Cameras #GoProatBestBuy @BestBuy

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The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Sometimes I struggle with giving people suggestions on what I'd like for Christmas. This year, I told Richard and Jake months ago. I want a "big girl" camera! I've always had a mild interest in photography and since my goal is to eventually blog full time, I need quality photos! In order to achieve that, I need the right equipment. I don't know much when it comes to cameras so Richard will have to trust the folks at Best Buy.   I want a digital DSLR preferably a Nikon or Canon, but I wanted to share with you that Best Buy is unveiling a new line of action cameras soon that look pretty cool! Best Buy has all the top brands with the broadest selection of action cameras including new GoPro cameras. The entire line of GoPro cameras allows you to capture special moments with ease. They make perfect gifts for anybody wanting to … [Read more...]