I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 13 nieces and nephews (it's about to be 14 because yet another one is due in October!). 5 great-nephews & 5 great-nieces (which is about to be 11 because, yes, there a baby girl due in October "Brooklyn Grace"). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 10 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens, Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
If you're like most people and know next to nothing about cars, listen up. The website CarMD.com surveyed a bunch of mechanics to find out what the most costly maintenance mistakes are. In other words, they're all things you definitely should not do, because you'll end up damaging your car, and spending even more money!
Putting Off Recommended Maintenance. Meaning things like your 30,000 and 60,000 mile check-ups.
Not Changing Your Oil. Most people think you have to do it every three thousand miles. But even Jiffy Lube has admitted that's probably overkill. Especially if it's a relatively new model car. If that's the case, a lot of experts say once every five to ten thousand miles is fine.
Not Changing Your Air Filter. It only costs about $20 to replace it. But NOT replacing it can end up breaking your car's oxygen sensor, which can cost up to $250 to replace. Then if that breaks, you might end up having to replace your catalytic converter too, which can coast around $1,000.
Not Checking Your Tire Pressure. Not having enough air in your tires also causes your tires to get hotter while you're driving, which can wear them out faster. And it also increases your chances of getting a flat, which can potentially cause an accident. Plus, low tire pressure makes a car harder to handle in general.
Take a look at other things not to do to your vehicle here.
Do you ever find yourself trying to figure out when you can pay your bills? When the money is coming in so you can just send it out again? Make sure you're on time with these payments to avoid the crushing consequences.
Mortgage or Rent
Paying your mortgage late could result in something as small as a late fee to something as serious as foreclosure. If you can’t make it on time, call your financial institution and come to an arrangement before it tarnishes your credit. If you’re renting, avoid paying your rent late because it eventually could lead to getting kicked out of your house or apartment.
Falling behind on a car payment can get your car repossessed, says Burgoon. Fortunately, if you have good credit history but can’t make a couple of payments, there are some major auto financing institutions that will allow you to refinance your vehicle. Call your lender to find out what options are available to you.
Your credit card bill is another one you should always pay on time. A common misconception is that all you have to do is cover the monthly minimum payment due and then you can delay the balance for as long as you want. Don’t live by that philosophy! If you pay them late or delay paying off the full balance, you accrue interest charges which can add up fast. Aside from the obvious damage you'll do to your credit score, a single late credit card payment could start an avalanche of negative consequences. Many banks not only charge a late fee but also impose a permanent and high penalty rate on your account and some banks will even mpose that penalty interest rate on all of the accounts you hold with that bank—even the ones you've paid on time.
Look into other bills you should remember to pay on time HERE.
It's almost Father's Day and I bet you want to show the fathers in your life how much you love them. Yes, they want power tools and stuff for their car. But guys don't just want material things. They want things that matter. And even though they like to hear "I love you" as much as the next person, here are gestures that mean even more to them.
Your Undivided Attention
Men’s brains have evolved to do one thing at a time while filtering out all other stimuli. Even though women function differently (you know firsthand how well you multitask), your man will appreciate you focusing solely on him. It says, ‘You are my priority, and I love you.' So make eye contact while he’s talking and limit interruptions. This is something I had to learn. When my husband calls, I'm usually in the middle of something (or many things). I used to multi-task while listening to him talk, but I realized it was rude, that I was only half listening. So I've learned to just sit and listen instead of working on other things. It's not much of a sacrifice on my part and my husband needs to know that I put him first.
Wearing That Dress He Loves You In
Dolling up sends the message that you still want to look good for him, no matter how long you’ve been together. “Men’s brains are wired to respond to visual cues more than women’s brains,”
Throughout time, men have had to fight and provide to attract and keep women—and they aren’t afraid to pull out the masculinity measuring sticks when potential competitors come around. Let your husband know you think of him the way he’d love to be seen: as a provider, problem-solver, handyman, sex stud and knight in shining armor. When he pops the lid on the jam jar with ease, mention that you enjoy having such a strong man around. He’ll beam—and chalk it up as a reason you chose him over all those other guys.
Discover other ways to show how much you love him HERE.
Twin reticulated giraffes were born May 10th of this year at the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch. Wasswa, a female, was born first weighing 95 pounds and was 4.5 feet tall. Nakato, a male, was born shortly after, weighing 125 pounds and was 5.5 feet tall.
They are the only living set of twins and the second reported set of living twins born in the United States!
They are doing well and living with the other 6 giraffes, including their dad, Marshall.
They're absolutely adorable and you can read more about them and see video and pictures of them HERE.
Ok, I'm a huge fan of Pinterest. I can't help it. I love crafts and sparkly things and, well, that's what Pinterest is. So I've been seeing a lot of ombre clothing (which has become so popular that it's now featured in jewelry and even hair!). I decided I wanted to try it. Especially since, for some reason, I have THREE pairs of white capris. Yes, I realize white pants are in again, but who needs three pairs of white capris? (I have no idea how they got there in the first place--or multiplied--as I have never bought white capris in my life!) I also have a pair of celery capris. Sure in the picture they look mint, but they're more yellow and, well, I don't like them.
First thing is to pick your dye. I bought Tulip. This, of course, was before my friend Abby told me she had a horrible experience with Tulip. Thankfully though, I will say that I did not have a bad experience with Tulip.
Secondly, WEAR GLOVES! You will dye your hands if you don't! If you get your nails done, your nail lady will be very upset with you! LOL (true, though).
Get your fabric wet before you place it in the dye.
Make sure your water is hot. Not boiling but steaming. This is also hot work. You'll want to put your hair up.
So here's me in my gloves adding the salt in the first pic and the dye in the second. The Tulip I picked was Mint, but as you will see, dye does what it wants regardless of what it says on the label.
I used a great website (that I found on Pinterest) to walk me through ombre dying, with even a neat dye clock.
The blog is Urban Threads, and although she is showing you how to make and dye a vest, I love how she dyes it "backwards." This is just as easy and prevents dripping on things you don't want dyed. Find her blog and directions here.
Here you can see I'm putting those sickly celery pants in (top left) then placing just the bottom part of the white pants to start the dying process. 10 minutes on the clock.
Once done, you have to rinse out the clothes. And you need to rinse them until the water runs clear. This is going to take a long time. If you look at the bottom left picture, you can still see green tint in the water. That's the finished project on the right. Remember how I said the label said mint? Not so much! But still better than that yucky yellowish green the pants on the right were before.
I had so much fun and it was so easy that I decided to go to the store and get more dye. This time I decided to try Rit and got blue. Here's what I learned about Rit: 1) if you get the powder, put on gloves even before you open the box! Rit powder will be on the outside of the pouch inside (how!?) and it will dye your hands. 2) Rit is much more "powerful" than Tulip. It took FOREVER to rinse the blue out and even after 20 minutes there was still a lot of dye. But by then I was tired and frustrated and didn't care anymore.
The thing I was most worried about was washing the pants after I'd dyed them. It's recommended that you wash them with like colors at least a few times before you mix them with other clothes. So I washed the green pants with green towels and the blue pants with blue towels. And I have to say I'm super pleased with how they came out. I mean, I thought for sure the dye would go onto the white parts and you wouldn't be able to tell that they were ombre, but I was wrong!
Ta-dah! If you have tried (or will try) to ombre dye, let me know how it works out. I would love to see your finished projects!
Boost your savings account with these surprisingly simple ideas.
Tax Tip Adjust your withholding so you get more back. Then put that money into your IRA.
Pay Yourself to do Chores Whenever you have to do a chore you particularly don’t like, pay yourself. Give yourself $2 for each load of laundry…$5 every time you dust…50¢ for all the poo you have to pick up in the back yard. Not only will you begin to kind of look forward to your chores, but you’ll have hundreds of dollars extra by the end of the year!
Side Savings If you have a second job, a hobby that makes you money, or even something simple as making an extra couple of bucks on research websites, set that money aside. You’d be surprised how quickly it adds up.
Find out more ways to save here.
We had such a great time at the Fiesta Hat Contest and Style Show Luncheon put on by The Woman's Club of San Antonio! If you've never gone, I would recommend it. It was fun!
Jeannie and me with Jeff Melleky, CEO of the Fiesta Commission.
I wore the hat you voted on to win, while Jeannie wore the white hat. We got many compliments and came in second in the small group competition! We got a ribbon!
We had so much fun with our listeners! We're so glad you could come!
We took a zillion pictures because there was just so much to see! You can see them all here.
I don't know if it's the colors, or the skyline used as a crown (I'm a little partial to crowns) or the fact that it hangs around my neck instead of as a pin, but this medal is my favorite. It's also the favorite medal of everybody around the station. Go Chamber!