Go for No?

Last night I went to a Premier Designs training in Lincoln, NE. We recognized those who were promoted and doing great in their businesses and played with some of the new jewelry, coming up with new fun ways to wear the pieces in order to make better CPW (cost per wear). It was fun reconnecting with other jewelers.

We were also told of a good book to read for our business.
“Go For No” by Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz.

I actually have this book and have not read it yet, lol. Our leader, Kate, told us a little more about the book and I am now going to find it and read it. This sounds like something I need to figure out.

I have always been afraid of failure and when I get close to failure, tend to drop the reins and run. Well, I have just been told that Success is on the other side of failure, not the opposite side. DANG! So apparently I need to get through failure to find success. I am super scared right now to do this, but I will be gathering ‘NO’s’ until I get on the other side to success. Wish me luck and pray for me please! This is s journey I am on, and I will share my progress…this journey starts tonight….I plan on gathering 5 No’s a day…yikes!

How we started to Homeschool …

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Our homeschool journey has been interesting to say the least. I was first introduced to the idea when we lived in England. Hubby was stationed there with the air force.I read a few books about it and was intrigued. Our son was 1.5 years old then.

I honestly did not realize that I was homeschooling him already. By the time we moved back to the good old USA he was 3 years old. That is when he was reading and we did a lot of simple math together. We joined a MOPS ( Mothers of Preschoolers) group and had fun there, however my MOPS friends did not embrace the thought of homeschooling and by the time he was ready to start kindergarten, I chickened out.


He started school and slowly lost interest in reading, his favorite books to read at that time were the Harry Potter series. He also lost interest in helping me do math when we were shopping together. That was one of his favorite things to do! He would challenge himself to add it in his head, then double check his math on the calculator.

Our first parent teacher chit chat did not ease my mind at all. I had asked his teacher why he did not seem to be interested in reading at home anymore. She told my husband and I that his comprehension was not where it should be so they were discouraging his reading right now.

I was speechless. As we walked home, I remember asking my husband a question. “Doesn’t comprehension come with reading?” He agreed. At this point, I was unsure how to pull him out of the school system.

My husband had just retired from the air force and was not finding employment right away. He got a job offer in DC. We needed the income to pay the bills plus this was our way to start homeschooling.

We were in DC for 1 year. The choices of curriculum was extremely overwhelming that first year. I joined a co-op on base in DC. They helped me to simplify a lot.

We then moved to Upstate NY. We found a great co-op there as well as a community that called themselves Classical Christian Academy abbreviated to CCA. We enjoyed this classical method of Teaching! It makes a lot of sense to me.

After 2 years in NY, hubby was laid off. He found a job back in NE. We had rented out our home in NE and were able to move back into our home. I also found a community, Classical Conversations, that our former community mirrored their curriculum after.

We have found our style of homeschooling and plan on doing it right through high school. I love finding free resources that I can use to supplement our CC curriculum. We love the freedom that homeschooling gives us. We encourage our son to follow his dreams. We tend to figure out learning paths through the daily life and we all seem to enjoy it together.

It is not all sunshine and roses, but I am feeling good about it right now. I am positive that I will have some posts about the darker side of homeschooling. But, not right now 😉

What is Athleisure?

Good question. I am a mom who works out of my home and I embrace this look a lot. Yoga pants, sweat pants, workout wear. I always intend to get to the gym, so I dress accordingly. I also accessorize accordingly. 

You do not want to SWEAT while wearing high fashion jewelry. However, until it is time to sweat, what should you accessorize With? 

I say, keep it simple. Have 1 focus, like big fun earrings. Keep any other accessories simple.  

Make sure you have a small bag you can stow your accessories away if you ever do make it to the gym….I certainly don’t always make it. Good intentions and all that.

Now to add some bracelets,maybe something to camouflage your fit bit.

That would be plenty, but if you love accessorizing your wrists like I do. I would add one of these to my other wrist.

Those are a few choices, remember to keep it simple though. I,myself, tend to over accessorize my wrists a lot, I usually put extras in my purse when I realize my mistake :). 

You can stop here with Athleisure, or add a simple necklace…here are a few ideas from Premier Designs.

This is a great necklace that sits in the delcolet area. This is the area of the chest under your neck,between your collarbone’s and above the breasts. Mixed metals are fun to Wear!

Or, you can keep it personal with a charm necklace. 

Or, a fun colorful piece. You can wear them individually and flip them over to be gold  as well. This is a very versatile piece that can easily be dressed up or down.

Theses are but a few of the choices available in our catalog. If Athleisure is one of your personal style choices I would love to help you out with that. Message me, email me or call/text me.Lets get together to discuss the possibilities!

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Diabetes sucks!

I know it’s not a very nice title but it is true. This past year I have been very ill and a lot of that has to do with my autoimmune disease type 1 diabetes. First I was under undue amounts of stress which caused my body to react in a negative way. I found out I had what is called pancreatitis. I had never really heard of this before, it is really really really really painful. Since I am type 1 diabetic and my pancreas no longer secretes insulin I had assumed the my pancreas was just an ornament in my body apparently not.

I managed to get through pancreatitis without having to stay in the hospital. I have been taking a product called Plexus and I believe that this product has helped my body to fight things better.

Once the pancreatitis cleared up then I found out I also had an infection in my uterus. The good Lord only knows how that happened because the doctors couldn’t figure it out and neither could I. So I went on antibiotics and that cleared it up and I started feeling better. By now we were into November,this all started in October.

We managed to have a good Thanksgiving and get ready for Christmas. We traveled to Il for Christmas this year. Christmas Eve my poor son has the flu. I looked after him as a mom should, while trying to avoid getting too close, autoimmune diseases really suck at this point. How could you not be there for your baby when he’s ill. We were at my sister-in-law’s house and I spent the entire day Christmas Eve checking up on James making sure he was okay cleaning him up you know all that fun stuff that moms do.

Christmas morning we got up, James was almost 100% well.We opened  gifts and everything was fine. We had some breakfast and just before we left to go to someone else’s house I started feeling just not right. I mentioned it to my husband on the way. Once we arrived I just kept feeling worse and worse and worse. I ended up sleeping in the spare bedroom our niece’s house for most of Christmas Day.


So the next day boxing day December 26th we were going to head home from Illinois to Omaha, Nebraska. By this time I thought I was done with the throwing up.Most of the way home I  ate ice cubes and sleet off and on. My poor husband had to deal with children and the dog and a sick wife. So we get home and I had this flu for 2 weeks before I started feeling better.Finally I’m thinking that I’m done with all these illnesses and I get a head cold. My poor body’s immunity was not good.

By the way I forgot to mention we were also getting our floors renovated which started in October and ended in November sometime so my house was torn apart throughout my illness, not fun. So the head cold lasted me about a week and a half and recently I’ve been feeling better so I’d say late January into most of February I was feeling healthy again which is fantastic. So I have been working on getting the house organized finding all the things that need to be put where they need to be put.This house is just a disaster area. There is still a lot of work that needs to be done but it’s getting there it’s doing much better than it was so I’m quite happy about that.Then February 27th head cold again it is now March 1st and I am stinking cranky with being sick.

I feel undependable. I volunteer to do things like supervising the youth at church on Wednesday nights and then I get sick and I can’t.  I try to get my house organized, get it like I don’t know, I’m probably at about 60% of the way right now still have a lot more to do. But I’m stuck again because of my autoimmune disease and my lack of good immunity.
I want you all to know, if you know a diabetic who is insulin-dependent type 1. Please be kind and considerate and if you have a cold or the flu don’t hug them, don’t touch them stay away from them.Sharing your illnesses with regular people who have a good immunity isn’t as bad but sharing it with those of us who have an autoimmune disease it’s downright scary. Once you spiral into this illness tunnel/funnel whatever you want to call it, it’s scary and it’s hard to get out.
I bet this is something that a lot of people who are not diabetic don’t hear about as the struggle to stay healthy when you’re diabetic. Thankfully most of my diabetes life since 1984 has been fairly healthy for a diabetic. But this last little bout of illnesses has really really scared me. It makes me realize that life is fragile.

Well that’s my rant for now sorry to spill it all out on you there but like I said this really freaked me out this past year and I don’t want to have to continue to deal with illnesses every month/every week. I went for years without any of these illnesses and I don’t like it so please just think about that when you’re around other people with autoimmune diseases. I’d say most importantly don’t let your children go to school sick don’t you go to work sick please please please please. Think of those whose health could suffer terribly!

How many New Spring Trends will you try? 3 more

I love fashion! I get so excited about what will be new in the spring! One of my favorite times of the year. I like to gleen my fashion trend info from Glamour I think that they are very realistic with their predictions of what will come off the runways and into our normal lives. I find a lot of the runway fashion is unrealistic to wear as a homeschooling mom in Nebraska.
This is the second and final in my Spring 2017 Fashion trends. I hope you enjoy my ideas.

Pink Passion

I think that these hues of pink are going to be all over this spring! I would accessorize with silver or pearls or both.

One Shoulder

I do remember this look in the past. Gone are the little frilly ruffles. It looks like they are much bigger now. I will accessorize this one with Big Bold earrings, possibly a fine necklace, depending on how much of the delcolet is showing. If there is one long and one short sleeve, I would be having an arm party on the short sleeve wrist.

Iridescence

This is not a look I see myself wearing. I do see the younger generation embracing this though. I would lean toward some bold chunky pieces with the iridescence.

Well that is it for Spring Fashion of 2017, please let me know what you think. Do you have any other trend predictions? Fashion is so personal! If your ideas are different than mine, that is OK. We all have our own and can borrow ideas from others, or not. The jewelry that is pictured is Premier Designs Jewelry. I am a jeweler with Premier and you can view my catalog here, there is also a Style Quiz that you can fill out and I will send you the results which can help you to see where your personal style fits in the real world. I look forward to connecting with you!
God Bless
Tami Grgas

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My Couponing Journey 2/26-3/4

This is the last week of February, and I may have spent all of my grocery money.

Our grocery needs this week was deoderant for the hubby. So with this in focus, I went to Walgreens and got these items. I will be grabbing more of this week’s paper later in the week for some of these great coupons!

My Walgreens Shopping Scenario for 2/26 – 3/4

To get the biggest savings at Walgreens, you’ll need to take advantage of their Balance Reward Deals (BRs) AND Register Reward Deals (RRs) PLUS use coupons!
The Best way to save the MOST is to alternate between Earning BRs and then using those BRs to buy items that generate RRs.

Buy: (2) Speedstick Overtime Deodorants, 2.7-3oz @ psa $3.99 BOGO 50% = $5.99 {earn 3,000 BR wyb (2)}
Use: B1G1 Speed Stick Overtime or Irish Spring, exp. 3/18/17 (SS 02/26/17) [Excludes 1.8-oz. and 0.5-oz.; Up to $3.49] (If Included) {minus $2}
Buy: (3) Pantene Shampoos or Conditioners, 12 or 12.6oz @ 3/$12 = $12 {earn 3,000 BR wyb (2)}
Use: (1) $5/3 Pantene Products, exp. 3/11/17 (P&G 02/26/17) [Must include shampoo and conditioner or styler; Excludes 6.7-oz. and trial] {minus $5}
Pay: $17.99 (product total) – $7 (coupon total) = $10.99 OOP
EARN: 6,000 BRs + 180 Every Day Points (= $6.18 in Rewards) Plus, earn $17.99 toward your next 5k Beauty Enthusiast reward!
Final Price: $4.81 for all (5) products or 96¢ each after coupons & BRs!

Next transaction: USE BRs (earned in Transaction #1) and EARN Register Rewards:
Buy: (2) Colgate 360 Toothbrush or Total Toothpaste 4.6-6oz @ 2/$5 {earn $3 RR wyb (2)}
Use: (2) $0.75/1 Colgate 360 Adult Manual Toothbrush printable [Excludes colgate plus, extra clean & classic]
OR $0.75/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste printable [3-oz.+] {minus $1.50}
Buy: (2) Stride or Trident Gum, 14-18pc @ $0.79 = $1.58
Subtotal: $6.58 (product total) – $1.50 (coupon total) = $5.08 Subtotal
REDEEM: 5,000 BRs (minus $5)
Pay: $0.08 OOP
GET BACK: $3 RRs + 60 Every Day Points (= $3.06 in Rewards)
WHAT DID IT ALL REALLY COST?
The Total of All Products Before Coupons or RRs would have been $24.57!
Transaction #1 = $10.99
Transaction #2 = $0.08
Price OOP is $11.07, BUT you still have the $3 RR PLUS the $1.24 in BR Points to use later!
Final Price: That’s just $6.83 Total! For all (9) items! Only 76¢ each item!
This Deal ends when the sale ends on Saturday 3/4/17!

We plan on donating the Pantene to the pantry at church. The rest we will use in our family. I may or may not get some more deals once my grocery budget re-stocks on the 1st.

How many New Spring Trends will you try?

First Spring Trend Accessorize with Rose Gold

Fashion is so personal and so fun! I don’t know about you, but I am loving this rose gold spring trend!

Another word for it, Blush! This is such a soft feminine look!

Stripes

Another spring trend in fashion is vivid stripes. When you wear stripes your jewelry should not be to bold, as the stripes are suposed to be the bold look. I would not recommend delicate jewelry, nor chunky. I would go with something in the medium range, like this….

Tees!

I love this next spring trend! Slogan Tees! As an 80’s girl, I grew up in jeans and slogan Tees. I feel most comfortable in them. Most like me.

Now, with these tees, you might not want to wear a necklace. Statement earrings and some FUN arm parties might be the way to go!

Athleisure

They are calling this spring trend New Sport, but I prefer Athleisure myself. As a mom, I wear this look a lot! I try to keep my jewelry simple with this.

These are a few fun options for that athleisure look!

Romantic Patchwork

Spring just makes me feel romantic!I love romantic looks and this calls for fun frilly type romantic jewelry for sure! Here are a few options for this look!

Robes

Now, this spring trend just seems wrong to me. I do not see myself embracing this look. If you do see yourself wearing robes in public and as a fashion statement, what kind of jewelry would you wear? I am thinking statement earrings and a simple necklace with a great arm party.

I will have 3 more spring trends for you tomorrow! I hope you enjoyed this fashion trend forecast of mine. I gleen my trend information from Glamour. The jewelry is Premier Designs Jewelry and you can view a catalog here. I am a jeweler with Premier and you can go to my site and fill out the fashion quiz! I will send you some information about your fashion style. Please tell me what you think of my ideas, I would appreciate it a lot!
God Bless,
Tami Grgas

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Keep homeschooling interesting & fun!

Hello!
Homeschooling Find
Today I was searching the internet for some new homeschooling resources. Our current budget is quite limited right now. I found a great site with some super de duper free history, geography, language arts and math printables. This lady makes beautiful learning material! I was super impressed by the history and timeline resources.
I am planning to laminate these and use them with both kids. Our youngest who is 10, has been in public school and has ADHD and issues with learning and retaining information. I can not legally homeschool her, but I certainly supplement her life with my homeschooling resources.
At the end of the last school year last year, they passed her through grade 3. I disagree with this, but had no say. She was at a first and second grade level with most of her schooling. I pulled my resources and homeschooled her during the summer.
We also took a break from her aderol, as I thought she was over medicated and wanted to truly see what we were dealing with.By the end of the summer, she was back on aderol, but at less than half what she was on previously. She obviously needed something, but not so much. I also had her reading level improved drastically and all we really did was read daily devotionals out loud. She has started to like reading, my goal is for her to love it, but baby steps. Her math is still hard for her, but she definitely improved. I say we were much closer to early or mid third grade level by the time she started fourth grade that September (2016).
Here are the Resources
I will use these resources I found at Research Parent (http://www.researchparent.com) with both kiddos.
My son is 12 years old and does have a pretty good understanding of history, mostly because of Jim Weiss and his CDs (http://www.jimweiss.com/) and our Classical Conversations curriculum. I think the cards she has developed will be a FUN resource for him and help lock in a few more facts and pieces of the time line.

Hy-Vee coupon Matchups for Feb 19

I am working on figuring out couponing at our local Hy-Vee…most of these sale prices are only good until 21 Feb (tomorrow) I hope to be more on the ball and get this done earlier so I can share my finds every week, as I have not been able to locate a blogger who posts Hy-Vee coupon match ups each week. Hy-Vee Feb 19-25 2017
*Tropicana or Probiotics select varieties, limit 1 total per card, per ad week, restrictions apply, 59 or 32 fl. oz.2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017 2.99 W CARD
$1/1 TROPICANA ESSENTIALS PROBIOTICS 100% JUICE EXP 4/2/17 (SS02/05/17 R)
AFTER COUPON = 1.99 EACH
*Annie’s Macaroni & Cheese select varieties, limit 1 total per card, per ad week, restrictions apply, 5.25 or 6 oz.2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017 .88 EACH W CARD
http://www.annies.com/savings-fun/coupons#
.50 OFF COUPON
AFTER COUPON = .38
*C&H Pure Cane Sugar limit 1 total per card, per ad week, restrictions apply, 4 lb.2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017 1.78 WITH CARD
*Gorton’s Seafood select varieties, limit 1 total per card, per ad week, restrictions apply, 14 to 24.5 oz.2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017 2.99 WITH CARD
IBOTTA COUPON .50
*Tombstone Pizza select varieties, 14.8 to 28.4 oz.2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017 3 FOR $9
$1 OFF 2 PRINTABLE COUPONS.COM
https://www.coupons.com/coupons/food-coupons-107/
BUY 6 FOR $18.00 – $3.OO (3 COUPONS)= $15.00 = 2.50 EACH PIZZA
* Doritos or Lay’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips select varieties, 6.5 to 10.5 oz.2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017 1.99 EACH
IBOTTA $1/2 LAY’S KETTLE COOKED CHIPS
BUY 2 PAY 3.98 SUBMIT FOR IBOTTA REBATE OF $1 ACTUAL COST OF CHIPS = $1.49 EACH
* Charmin Bath Tissue or Bounty Paper Towels mega rolls tissue, giant rolls towels, select varieties, 9 or 8 rollsearn 10¢ off per gallon w/purchase2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017 $9.99
$1/1 PRINTABLE
https://www.pgeveryday.com/tag/printable-coupons
* 79¢
Van Camp’s Pork and Beans for every purchase, you are entered to win up to a $500 Hy-Vee gift ca
* 2 for $5.00
Kellogg’s Special K Cereal or Granola select varieties, 10.6 to 13.1 oz.2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017 rd, see page 15, 15 oz.2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017
PRINTABLE COUPONS BUY 2 GET 1 FREE @ www.coupons.com
* 3 for $5.00
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts select varieties, 8 ct., 13.5 to 14.7 oz.2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017
IBOTTA $2/1 REBATE USE 3 X .40 COUPONS FROM www.kelloggsfamilyrewards.com

* 49¢
Hy-Vee Macaroni & Cheese Dinner original, 7.25 oz.2/15/2017 – 2/21/2017

A little about me…


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Hello there!

Thank-you so much for reading my blog! My goal is to create a community in which we can truly get to know each other and share life experiences and ideas.

First off I will start by telling you about me and why I want to have a blog. My name is Tami I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I have a 12 year old son whom I homeschool and a 10 year old foster daughter who attends public school. I turned 40 while I was pregnant with our son, so I do not feel like I fit in with other mum’s with kids the same age. I was born in Vancouver,BC,Canada. We moved to Sherwood Park,AB,Canada when I was 13 years old. I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes (Type 1)in 1984. I married my highschool sweetheart and we were married for 9 years.He had a drug addiction and did not really love me, so we divorced in 2000. I lost my house and business in the divorce. I was in a study at the time, The Edmonton Protocol Study. I had islet cells transplanted into my liver twice and my liver started to produce insulin for me. I was off of insulin for close to 1 month before my body rejected the transplant. At this time, I met a man in an internet chat room. We were great friends for quite a while. When my life imploded with the divorce etc, that is when our friendship started to blossom. We met December 26,2000. We got married in Las Vegas July 6, 2002. Then we had our son Jan 30,2005 and moved many times (he was in the Air Force).

So, we have lived in Tucson,AZ, Monterey,CA, Risby,England, Papillion,NE, Alexandria,VA, Liverpool,NY and now back in Papillion,NE. Right now we homeschool and foster. I am a jeweler with Premier Designs Jewelry, a cosmetologist who does hair out of her home, a secret shopper, a couponer, a homemaker, a seller on Ebay and Amazon and now I want to blog about all the things I do and all the stuff I have learned about business, diabetes, parenting, saving money, loving my husband, organizing the house…and who knows what else ;).

I think that is it in a nutshell…

God Bless,

Tami