Easy Baking

I grew up in a large family with a stay at home mom, so money was often at a premium.  As the only girl, I coveted things like an Easy-Bake Oven, but I never got one.

Eight years ago I decided to purchase an Easy-Bake Oven for myself.  I was in my 30s and well able to afford one, so I did.  Then it languished in a storage facility, and I never even opened the box.

We were trying to conceive at the time, and it didn’t work out.  I forgot about the box in storage.  Then we had a baby and moved a lot.

My daughter is 2.5 now and kept bothering me about that crazy pink box in the garage with all of the cookies on it.  I finally dragged it out and opened it up in all its glory.

The original mixes were still in the box but I was scared of them, so I made a batch of chocolate chip cookie dough and put some on the regular oven and a few in the Easy Bake Oven.

I don’t really think this is so “easy bake”.  Figuring out how to get the little pans all the way in there so the doors will shut is tough.  Then you have to figure out how to get them out!  And keeping a 2.5 year old from touching the oven is tough, too.

So weird that you can back with a 100 watt bulb!  Then I realized that 100 watt bulbs are soon going to be illegal, so what does that mean for Easy Bake Ovens?

As it turns out the new ones (like this one: Easy-Bake Ultimate Oven) no longer require bulbs to cook.  Maybe I’ll get her a brand new one when she’s older.


I thought this was really cool, and then I saw the MSRP. Wow!

LIX – The Smallest 3D Printing Pen in the World
This Smart & Awesome 3D pen enables you to doodle in the air. You can make anything out of it within just a few seconds.

No Black Friday for Me, Thanks

Two years ago on Black Friday I was out in the madness of early morning shopping with the female members of my family.  It was fun, but I didn’t get much sleep and had to be up with an infant hours later.  Not easy.

Last year my infant was a toddler and she didn’t sleep most of the night.  She was in a crib in our room at my grandmother’s house, so guess who else didn’t get any sleep?  Female family members went without me.

This year we’re not going anywhere and I just can’t seem to summon the excitement for Black Friday I once had.  Most of the items my family has picked out for Christmas can be purchased online at the same or better prices than I would get waiting in line in the middle of the night.

Maybe I’m just getting older.  Maybe it’s having a toddler who needs me there for her.  I don’t know.  I just know you won’t catch me out in that madness this year.

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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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 Walmart.com: $7.92]
  • Olay Regenerist Micro Sculpting Cream Moisturizer 0.5 oz [couldn't find this size at Walmart.com but on Target.com 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 Walmart.com: $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.

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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.