Posted by : Becca | On : August 9, 2008

Yep. The kids are leaving for a vacation with the grandparents tomorrow. It was a very last-minute plan but it’s happening. A week. A whole entire kid-free week. I can barely comprehend the idea. We’ve never had that long without the kids here. So I’ve been mulling over ideas of what to do with all this time. I’ll be working half-days during the week, but this leaves me a LOT of “extra” time on my hands. My husband will likely be working mega-overtime so I get to live that dream that I see so many women talk about on message boards…time just for me!

There will be Starbucks involved, no doubt. Catching up on my reading a little. Here’s the thing, though…I just came up from the basement. Oy. It hit me like a ton of bricks down there. You see, I come from a long line of pack-rats. This is NOT a good thing. Combine pack-rat with procrastination and I tell you what…that adds up to, oh, about four years worth of “I’ll get to that next week” sitting in my basement. I’ll confess my dirty little secret. At work I manage to be organized and get everything done. At home…well, that’s a different story. Paperwork is the bane of my existence. I let it pile up and then ohmygoshsomeonescomingoverandmyhouseisamess. ::::whoosh:::: the papers get piled in a box and stuck in the basement. I’ll get to it next week. HA. I can guarantee you that there are random papers from the kids’ Wednesday folders from second grade down there. They’re starting sixth and seventh grade in just over a week. This is a problem.

So I decided that “next week” really IS next week. With no kids to distract me I can and WILL finally start to tackle some of these tasks that have been piling up for all too long. I’m going to need trash bags. LOTS of trash bags. I swear, I’m the poster child for the reason places like The Container Store exist. Now I just need to write down a plan for the week and stick to it. If I don’t, it won’t get done. If I don’t I’ll just go down to the basement, look around, get completely overwhelmed and decide that ice cream and Oprah sounds better. I’m gonna put on my iPod and get to work. Maybe I’ll even tackle the kids’ rooms while they’re gone!

What would YOU do with an entire kidless week?



Posted by : Becca | On : July 30, 2008

Have you had your summer vacation yet? Just a few more weeks left before the kids go back to school and the fall routines begin. One of my favorite vacation spots is San Francisco. There is so much to do there! When we were there, we had a ball!

For a quiet, beautiful experience, visit the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Gorgeous and peaceful, it’s a nice little refuge from the big city buzz. Check out Fisherman’s Wharf too. There’s activities for all ages – visit the sea lions hanging out at Pier 30, or check out the Aquarium of the Bay, USS Pampanito Submarine, The Maritime Museum, Museum Mechanique, and and Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum among other things. Chinatown is another fun place to visit in San Francisco.

San Francisco has all kinds of great food, night life and entertainment and of course you can’t miss riding the trolleys! Don’t miss Ghiradelli Square either if you’re a chocolate lover! “The City by the Bay” has everything a family needs to have a great time whether it’s a short weekend jaunt or a longer trip.

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Whatever you do, don’t wait because the summer is slipping away!!



Posted by : Becca | On : March 29, 2007

…when it comes to making money online. Whether you’re looking for full-time work, just pocket cash or anywhere in between, it helps to have a goal or several goals in mind. Right now, I’m just spending some of my spare time doing surveys and focus groups to make some pocket cash and earn some prizes. I remember how quickly I managed to save up enough in gift certificates to get a nice digital camera!

Did a Lightspeed survey, not enough to cash out yet.

Logged into Greenfield Get Paid Cash or Sweepstake Opportunities for each survey you complete about movies, sports and products!. Didn’t qualify for any paid surveys today.

Ordered a free sample from Dove.

Logged into Survey Savvy. This is a great one that you earn cash off surveys and referrals.
Have a couple bucks in there. I don’t request a check until it’s over $10. No surveys today.

That’s all I have time for today. More updates soon!