Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Gift Ideas for Dialysis Patients / those with renal and kidney disease


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UPDATED FOR 2019!

I know this is a narrow field, but I wanted to include gift ideas for those on dialysis and with kidney disease.  My mother was on dialysis and people often didn't know what to get her, and often bought her gifts that weren't really the best for her when a small change would have made a gift so much better and useful with the dietary restrictions on those with kidney failure.  Here are some ideas my mother would have liked.  These might vary from gifts that are GOOD for dialysis patients such as a water bottle that lets you know how much you have drunk, because my mother wouldn't have liked that.  But hopefully these ideas can give you ideas for gifts you may not have thought of but will be well loved.

Here are some ideas:

1.  Long sleeved sweatshirts, sweaters, dress shirts, and blouses.   Most dialysis patients have very bruised arms and they like to keep them covered.  Don't overlook shops that cater to Jewish and Muslim women.  They may have some very lightweight long sleeved shirts that are great for summer as the average American doesn't wear long sleeves in summer, finding something appropriate for hot weather can be difficult to find.

2.  A blanket with sleeves (such as a Snuggie)   I would suggest this in black because it could get blood stained during dialysis.  Or go with a fun design such as this Superman blanket with sleeves.

Monday, September 23, 2019

How to Find Your eBay Shipping Supplies Coupon

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Every three months, I have difficulty finding my coupon for the free eBay shipping supplies I get because I have a store on eBay.  I decided to write about how to find it.

First, you will need to have a store that is eligible for the coupon.  If you do, it's not that difficult to find.

First go to the SUBSCRIBER DISCOUNTS page

Then click here: 


Your coupon for use at the eBay Shipping Supplies Store will be there once you click on "see details"

I actually write in my calendar to use the coupon so I don't forget!

Friday, September 6, 2019

My First Two Months with PowerSheets


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I have wanted a PowerSheets Goal Setting book for a long time.  When I was able to find a brand new one for 2019 at a Goodwill Outlet, I didn't care that I was several months into the year.  After all, my birthday is in July, and I always feel like July is another good time to make changes in my life.  (I feel like I get three "new starts" a year -- January, of course, July, and September.  I haven't been in school for over 20 years and don't have kids, so I don't know why I still see September as a new start, but I do.

The first 67 pages of Cultivate what Matters is all about where you want to go in live.  It was a lot of FUN work to get it all written out so I could condense it into my goals for this year of my life.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

How to Get Free Bic Pens through September 2019

Right now there is a refund offer out for Bic Gel-o-city pens where you can get the purchase price back to $16.00.  It is limit two offers per household, so all you need to do is purchase a package of Bic Gelocity pens in TWO DIFFERENT TRANSACTIONS and mail the receipt, UPC and this completed form to the address stated on the refund form and you'll get your money back (minus tax and any coupons used.)

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You can also purchase Bic Gel-O-City pens at Amazon.

Again, the links you need are
The refund form:  https://bicgelocity2019.dja.com/assets/pdf/form.pdf
While you can purchase the pens anywhere, you can also purchase them at this link on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2yfijZu

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Help! I Think My Guinea Pig Has Mites!


Do you think your guinea pig has mites?  Well, I have news for you. . . the answer is YES!  All guinea pigs are carriers of mites.  However, most of the time they lay dormant, and don't cause any problems.  

My guinea pig started having seizures and I thought it was due to high blood pressure or something related to old age.  When I took Lucky to the vet, I commented about the seizures.  The vet tickled him on the back, and said, "Seizures like this?"  Sure enough, Lucky had a seizure.  Usually you don't want to let a guinea pig have a seizure, they can hurt themselves, or hurt a human.  (I will likely have a small scar where Lucky's jaw clamped onto my wrist while I was trying to support him and keep him safe during a seizure.).  So, you don't want to do anything to CAUSE a seizure.  (In the vet's case, he did it to see if it was mites.)

Another sign a guinea pig has a mite flare up is if they have scabs on them from biting at themselves or scratching.  Mite flare ups can be caused by being around other guinea pigs with active mites, a guinea pig who hasn't been feeling well, stress, or even old age.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Three Types Of Sweepstakes That Are Easiest To win

When I was growing up, I often hear, "Nobody ever wins those things" in regards to sweepstakes and contests.  I jokingly tell people these days I am "Nobody".  I am a consumer first, and I enter sweepstakes and contests second.  I tailor part of my shopping around promotions.  To me it only makes sense.  It started when I learned about coupons and refunding.  People often would say back then, "Buy generic, it saves money."  By combining coupons and refunds, I would often get products for pennies and I would think, "I don't have the money to spend on generics.  I have to buy name brands!"  It's funny, but it's true.

The same goes for sweepstakes.  I love ramen.  I don't eat it as often as I would like, because while it's inexpensive, it's not one of the more healthy meals.  I was recently in Weis, and I saw a cup of ramen with information about a sweepstakes on it.  I purchased that package because I was going to buy some ramen, and I wanted to learn more about this giveaway.

So what sweepstakes are easiest to win?  There are three that stand out to me:

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Doing Family Research on eBay

It might sound like it's crazy to go to eBay and expect to find anything that helps you with your genealogy research, but it happened to me.  I'm going to show you the tips and tricks that I use to keep an eye on items that get posted on eBay, receive alerts to new items that might have gotten out of our family, and how I was able to purchase my great-great-Grandfather's Civil War medal after it was posted for sale by a non-family member on eBay.

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I have been amateur genealogist since I was a child.  I was fascinated with one branch of my mother's side of the family, but as I aged and things like DNA testing became available, I realized I was more than just one branch of our family tree.  I started to want to learn everything about all eight of my great-grandparents and the generations their lives.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

The Best Books about Contests and Sweepstakes

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I love to read, and for the past twenty years I have enjoyed entering contests and sweepstakes.  Here is a list of some of my favorite books about contests and sweepstakes and why I have enjoyed them.


Some of these aren't exactly about contests and sweepstakes but also cover luck, positive thinking, and books written by winners themselves.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Book review: Life in Spite of Me Living After a Suicide Attempt

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In the book Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After a Fatal Choice, Kristen Anderson was depressed. Not really any one thing contributed to this depression, but she'd been fighting with her parents, three friends had died as well as her grandmother, she had been raped, and the previous night she'd been out until ten in the morning with friends. She was grounded until further notice. She sneaked out to be with friends, left a note saying she was going to take a walk, and later was in a park. She decided to sit on a train car and think. As she heard a train approach, she decided she would end her life. She planned for the train to hit her and she assumed death would come instantly. Instead, she survived, but her legs were cut from her body.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

How to Win Sweepstakes and Prizes!



I started entering sweepstakes as a hobby in 1998.  My very first prize was a trip for two to Arizona and $2,000 cash.  I was hooked, and since that time I have won a whole host of other things.  One of the questions I get asked most is "How do you do it?"  Today you are in luck, because I'm going to share my secrets with you!

By definition a sweepstakes is a giveaway where no purchase is required (in the USA) and the winner is picked randomly.  (A contest requires skill.  Watch for an upcoming blog post on that!)

Have an e-mail address different from your personal one.  You will get overwhelmed with "gray mail" after a while (e-mail receive from mailing lists).  It will be easier if you separate this from the beginning by having different accounts.  Also, I recommend keeping the words "Win" "Sweepstakes" "Contest", etc out of your e-mail address.