Promise Rings

promise ring (free clip art)

promise ring (free clip art)

I can remember when I was about sixteen years old, my boyfriends decided to get one of the pretty joy jewelers promise rings and gave it to me for a Christmas present. He told me that it was a “pre-engagement ring.” It was white gold with a tiny diamond chip in it – the diamond was so small I could barely see it! But I was so happy to get the ring, and my parents were very upset that I got it! They made me break up with him a very short time afterwards, and that broke my heart.

I Love Scented Candles

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scented candles (free clip art)

Over the years I have shopping at many stores and never really paid much attention to the aisles with scented candles. But my brother gave me a Christmas gift with an assorted of scented candles, and I love them! Now I am a huge fan of scented candles, and every time I go to a store that has a candle aisle, I stop and sample all the different fragrances.

So far, my favorite candles scents have been the ones that have melon and cucumber scents. Strangely, I do not like the smell of vanilla when it is burning. I love vanilla when I cook with it, but for some reason the candle fragrance is not soothing or appealing to me.

There was a nice candle fragrance called “fresh linen” that I like, but then I tried one called “white cotton” and I didn’t like it. I think there is a lot of difference between the difference brands of candles. Part of the difference is in the cleanness of the burn, how long it lasts, etc., but there is also a difference in the fragrances, so you have to test them with a quick sniff test at the store and don’t just buy them because the label looks nice or the description sounds romantic.

Affordable Health Insurance Still an Issue for a lot of people

I am really glad that I have health insurance through the company that I work for, and that they pay 100% of the premiums! I have a lot of friends and family that are still complaining that they are having a really hard time finding health insurance that’s affordable for them. I can remember a couple of years ago I was looking online for some quotes on health insurance, and the premiums were more than half of my income! I think that is horrible!

Too Much Paperwork

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paperwork (free clip art)

The first month of the year I have to set up my personal files and paperwork for another year of storage and record keeping. Honestly, for being a single woman, I have too much paperwork! I have receipts, warranties, bank statements, tax forms, bank statements and all kinds of clippings that need to be organized and filed into some kind of reasonable system so I can find them again when I need them. I hate paperwork!

The last time I tried to re-organize, I bought about a dozen plastic tubs and sorted things by type. For example, I had all the tax forms in one tub, sorted inside the tub by year. But then my girlfriend April told me that I should sort them by year and just have a tub for one year with all the different kinds of forms and records inside. I had not thought of that, but it seems like my boss and other people that I asked all supported the idea of everything put into tubs by year.

Now I am using the one tub per year method, but I still have to set up the file folders. And I have started putting all my receipts into shoeboxes that fit inside the tubs. The shoeboxes are the perfect size for the different types of receipts. So that’s what I’m working on tonight – getting last year’s things put up and starting new ones for this year.

Don’t be jealous!

Christmas crafts (free clip art)

Christmas crafts (free clip art)

Guest post by Teresa Collins:

My husband was so funny! We were going through the Christmas cards, looking to see which ones had the prettiest fronts for us to keep and use later as a craft project (making gift tags and bags for next Christmas) and he saw a card that was signed “don allred.” He got very jealous and demanded that I tell him who that was! I had to bite my tongue to keep from laughing at him! When I explained that he was an insurance agent that we had done business with in the past, he felt pretty foolish!