Shop Around to Save Money

I read an article the other day that talked about a dirty little secret that insurance companies don’t want you to know.  Apparently when they calculate your insurance premium they try to determine how much they can charge before you will go looking for a better premium elsewhere.

I’ve been with my insurance company for insurance for many years.  The premium continues to creep up a few dollars every six months or so, despite the fact that we are older drivers, married, no tickets, no accidents, and our we never file claims on any of our insurance.

If you live in North Carolina you should go to this website – auto insurance and homeowners insurance best rates may be just a click away. Don’t assume your current insurance is giving you a discount for loyalty.

Scammers: Now on Facebook!

Woke up early this morning, no idea why. I was perusing Facebook on my phone and noticed a post in one of my local resale groups that set off alarm bells.  Someone with a very weird looking name had posted an ad selling a pug dog.  The warning bells went off for me because:

1.  The cadence of the words in the post seemed off.

2.  The name of the person was odd – not in any discernible way, it just seemed like a scammer name.

3.  There was no sob story about why the dog needed to be sold or rehomed.

Several people had commented on the post because the dog was a-fricki-dorable.  I posted a warning that I thought it might be a scam. By the time I got to my laptop to search the pictures the post was gone.  I decided to send an email to the original poster (it was easy to remember) and then do a little more research.  Here’s what I found:

4.  The email address (the portion before the @) was linked via Google search to a Facebook profile that is someone very obviously not in the same country as me, much less the same city.

5.  The Facebook profile of the person who posted was linked to 89 Facebook groups, all of them resale groups of one type or another in various cities around the country.

6.  While I was researching the person on Facebook the profile just POOF – disappeared.

The person who posted the listing has been in touch with me via email and informed me that her sick husband is in the hospital in someplace called Kirk wall?  No idea what that is.  BUT she is willing to send the dog to me via pet transport, at my expense, of course.  Apparently the cost to transport will be $120 and she wants my home address, etc. to arrange the transport.  Good way to get someone to come to my house and rob me, right?

In any case, these are the names and emails associated with the scam post:

Paulson Nuel (the Facebook profile that disappeared)

Chia Valdano (Messi Valdano) (the Facebook profile associated with the email address)

[email protected]  – please do not email this person. This person is a scammer.

And here is a picture of the dog in question, just in case someone does an image search instead.


Don’t get scammed!

UPDATED (10:47 am): I had several lively exchanges with Chia Valdano about the dog.  She insisted that she needed my name, address, phone number and email address and she would “take care of registration” and then make arrangements for payment of the transport.

I came back once asking her to give me the location of the dog and that I would arrange for transport since she was caring for her sick husband.  No response.  I then sent another email asking her if we could just come see and pick up the dog, and I would pay her $120 cash as long as the dog and my daughter got along well.  No response.  She had been responding right away but it has been about 3 hours and I sent her an email asking if she still plans to sell me the dog, but no response yet.  I also sent another query to her from another email address and there has been no response to this one either.  I guess she got tired of me making it difficult for her.  Either that or it was past her bedtime in Nigeria.

Christmas is WHEN???

Did you know that there are currently only 69 days until Christmas?  I just looked it up and it struck fear into my heart.  I don’t have a Christmas list!  I’ve got to get cracking!

My husband is easy to buy for.  He is a musician and loves music related items so I can just follow this link and buy him pretty much anything from it and he will be thrilled.

I love that he is so easy to shop for. The toddler? Not so much.

Free Mio!

I am addicted to the Mio water enhancers.  I always thought the commercials were stupid but I got a good deal on some a few months back and bought one of each flavor.

I ran out a few days ago but never fear, there is a GREAT deal on the Mio water enhancers at Publix IF your Publix accepts Family Dollar competitor coupons.

Here’s the deal:

Mio Water Enhancers BOGO (through 10/22/14): $3.79 each

Coupon: Family Dollar coupon for Mio Water Enhancers BOGO (change the category to “Beverages” to find it)

Final Cost: 2 for FREE!


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Moog! Minimoog!

Some day when I win the lottery or make a ton of money I plan on building a huge house.  Besides a walk-in shoe closet the size of a two-car garage, I also plan on including a fully decked out recording studio.

So the question is, do I get the Moog or the Minimoog?  There are advantages to each.  If you are looking for either one you should see MF about them. That’s where I plan to buy from for my recording studio.

Walmart Beauty Box: Mini Review

It’s here! My Walmart Beauty Box arrived today!

Let’s peek inside, shall we?

Ooh!  Let’s take a closer look:

Included in this box:

  • Sample of Juicy Couture perfume (love the cute little spray bottle but not the scent)
  • Sample of Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Damage and Color Repair Shampoo and Conditioner (need this for my color treated hair!)
  • Secret Clinical Strength Invisible Solid in Completely Clean 1.6 oz (my favorite scent) [Retail value at $7.92]
  • Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream Moisturizer 0.5 oz [couldn't find this size at but on it is $9.99]
  • L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Deep-Acting Moisturizer 0.5 oz [couldn't find online but 1.7 oz is $16.29]
  • Covergirl Continuous Color Lipstick in It’s your mauve .13 oz full size (looked like a very wearable color, but alas, seems more pinky orange than mauve when applied) [Retail value at $4.94]

Based on the deodorant and the Olay moisturizer alone this box is a great value. Looking forward to seeing what the next one brings.

Sign up here: Walmart Beauty Box


DJ = Party Time!

I love weddings. I really do. What do I love more? RECEPTIONS. I love the food and the decorations and socializing and I love the music and dancing.

A friend of mine is having a commitment ceremony in March of next year, which we hope will be a legal wedding by then!  I am so excited and cannot wait for it.

I plan to be at her son’s football game this weekend. I should ask if they have found a wedding dj. I plan to have a great time dancing late into the night at their reception. It will most likely be our first outing without the baby. I want to really enjoy myself.

Made time for some self-care today with my best girl

In album 2014-08-12

Birthday girl!

Little baby honey turns two in a couple of weeks.  It boggles my mind that I have a kid in general, and that she’s going to be two soon!  It seems like just yesterday she was brand new and I was terrified of doing anything wrong.

Now, I make mistakes all the time!  And she survives!  But seriously, she’s a great kid: smart, funny, kind, loving and gorgeous.  I’m a lucky momma.

So what will we be getting her for her birthday?  We’ve been looking at swing sets at She loves to play outside and right now there is just no place to play in our backyard. I’d like one with lots of options for her, like a slide and a playhouse. I want to spoil my little girl.


Thank heavens for backups!

While cleaning up after my daughter today I spilled a very small amount of water on the keyboard of my laptop.  I wiped it up right away and all seemed fine until after dinner when I tried to type.  That’s when things got weird.

I ran some paper towels under the key, used the blow dryer and even turned off the laptop and let it sit in front of a running box fan.  Two hours later and it still won’t work correctly.

Thankfully I remembered that when I bought my trusty Logitech Wireless Mouse M315 Nano Blades of Grass, I also purchased the matching Logitech K360 Wireless Keyboard with Unifying Receiver (Blades of Grass Version). I haven’t used the keyboard much, and in fact, I didn’t even know where it was.

My faithful and trusty manservant husband dug it out of a box in the garage and ta-da! I can type again. I love that the dongle for the keyboard is so small and will work for both the mouse and the keyboard.

My only issues with this keyboard are that it can’t quite keep up with my typing (I type really, really fast) and that the keyboard layout is totally different that my laptop keyboard: a little smaller and the home, pgup, etc. are not in the same place.

Upsides?  It works! And it has a number keypad on the left-hand side.  I miss that when I don’t have it.

I highly recommend the mouse and the keyboard, especially if you accidentally mess up your laptop keyboard.