Moving along... Let's see what has happened over the course of the past two months:
"HELP-PORTRAIT was founded by celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart and Kyle Chowing in 2008. Our mission is to empower photographers, hair stylists, and makeup artists to use their skills, tools, and expertise to give back to their local community.
Each December, photographers, hair stylists, and makeup artists all around the world will find people in need, take their picture, print their picture and then deliver it---free of charge.
HELP-PORTRAIT is about GIVING the pictures, not taking them. These portraits aren't for a portfolio, website, or sale. It's about giving people who otherwise couldn't afford photography, a chance to capture the moment, a memory... and a whole lot more."
2. One our cars broke down, and we had to get a tow. It happened almost at one of the worst times. It was happening, while my husband was on his way to work. I was at home, so I drove to where he was broke down out. We switched out vehicles, while I waited for a tow back to the house. They said it could be at least hour, so he couldn't wait around with me. Luckily, the tow was there in about 20 minutes. It turned out something to do with the fuel pump. The husband was able to fix it all on his own and saved us about $600+ (which is around what a mechanic would charge). Thank goodness, we didn't have to spend that!! Unexpected expenses aren't fun and are stressful, especially around the holidays. Thank goodness for the husband being so handy with cars!!
3. We are avid Sam's Club shoppers (and also members of Costco too). We have saved so much money!! We've only had to buy paper towels and toilet paper twice in one year.
Before we shopped, we ate at the "restaurant inside" If you haven't, you should and you are missing out terribly!! One large slice of pizza and huge drink for $1.50 or they have hotdogs for the same price. Um... yes. You cannot beat that price (and it is great pizza and hot dogs too!). I wanted another slice of pizza after I finished mine, and they let me have it for free. I don't know why, but I wasn't complaining. (Something like that happened back in October when we were at Sonic. We were there around 3am or 4am and the machines reset right after we ordered, so they couldn't access them. They ended up just giving us our food for free).
We then went onto do our shopping and was about an hour away from closing, if that. Well, by the time that we were checking out, it was closing time. I saw all the rotisserie chickens and felt sad. I told him that there was so many of them left and no time for anyone to buy them... What were they going to do with them? Just throw them away? Give them to employees? The birds died in vain and for no reason :-( Well, as we were leaving, one of the employees had a cart with the ones left and were giving them to each customer that left. That made me feel so much better.
5. We went to St. Barb's military ball and it was a blast!! We even got to be a part of the ceremony pouring some alcohol into the grog.
6. After the ball, we all changed into our onesies and hung out until the early morning.
7. We attended our first "ugly Christmas sweater" party.
8. Now, I can't forget about our yearly Christmas family portraits (even the dogs are included).
2. I've become obsessed with Apartment Therapy (it isn't just for apartments! It has tips, diy, and more for houses, rentals, dorms, and just about any type of living situation out there). I've in the process of decorating our house (been in current rental for three years). It will probably take a good part of the year to get it the way that I want. I plan on buying furniture (new and thrifted) and doing lots of DIY to make each room like I want. It will take that long, because I'm frugal with good spending habits now (concentrating on paying off credit card debt once in for all and those things that I want would be nice, but aren't necessities).
Anything exciting happening in your life lately?