Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Week: May 2 - 8, 2016
PONDERIZE. (Ponder and Memorize) Feast upon his words.
Don't forget to save a little money each week too!!
These 2 principles will lead to a better life.
Doctrine and Covenants 76:
23 For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father—
24 That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
April 2016 Financial Wins!
Blog Advertisement Check was: $135.48
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Started April 2794 or $27.04
Earned in April: 7473 or $74.73
Cashed in: $55.00
April 11: 2200 for discounted $25
April 12: 2500 for $25
April 25 for $5
Ending April with 2273 points or $22.73.
I planned not to do anything on Swagbucks in April to earn points because of this:
This just makes me so angry!
I already had to up my plan to $80 per month for internet service only.
I hate that this area only has 2 options for internet service. CableOne who is currently scamming customers who do not subscribe to Cable TV by penalizing them for the amount of data they use to download movies from Netflix and Hulu. They are trying to earn customers back to TV cable service.
The other option for this area is CenturyLink. Unfortunately they only offer 12mb Internet speed. I tried it and it just doesn't work for me - it's too slow.
So, for now I have to be over charged by CableOne and I am NOT going to pay more for internet service.
I really don't watch TV - I read all the time. I know a lot of the usage comes from Jason living here and from me doing Swagbucks.
I quit watching anything video related on Swagbucks. I am not going to pay more money to earn pennies with Swagbucks.
I did try to earn money from completing surveys - and surprisingly enough I was able to make money from surveys last month.
I didn't get 3rd notice from CableOne, which means that playing on Swagbucks is using data.
It looks like the Swagbuck earning potential is going to stop soon. Like I said, I won't pay more money to CableOne to earn pennies from Swagbucks. I'll do what I can and try to complete surveys because I do like to earn free money, but I don't see this being a huge money earner anymore.
Extra Money earned from my Cleaning Business:
I earned an extra $330 this month!
I did a new clean for one of my customers who purchased a new house and did the move out clean on the house rental they moved out of. Earning me $250 more than their regular cleaning price.
Also my 90 year old customer came back to a bi-weekly cleaning $80. I was able to clean him one time in April - which was extra money I didn't count on in my budget!!
Random Earning $20
KBOI Channel 2 and the Idaho Lottery had a Wheel of Fortune daily game to earn some scratch off tickets on facebook. I solved the puzzle a couple of times and submitted it on facebook.
On Friday I when I returned home from work I had a phone call from KBOI telling me I won $25 worth of Wheel of Fortune scratch tickets. Quantity 5 - $5 tickets.
Two scratch tickets won me $10 each and so I ended up winning $20.
Unexpected but completely fun!
April was a great extra earning month!
This week I lost 3. 6 pounds!
Here are the steps I walked this past week:
Sun, April 24: 7320 steps
Mon, April 25: 9867 steps
Tues, April 26: 14054 steps
Wed, April 27: 9280 steps
Thurs, April 28: 10734 steps
Fri, April 29: 9461 steps
Sat, April 30: 7166 steps
I had to do a mental shake down this week. I've been pretty discouraged about my team. The challenge has been going on for 4 weeks and we are half way through the challenge - 4 more weeks. Unfortunately the members of the team are not participating in the challenge anymore. I am so gung ho on meeting every aspect of the challenge and it's sad to be one of the few of our 22 team members who are active. In fact on the optional point earning challenge this week, it's only me and 1 other team member participating. Very discouraging.
When we signed up for the challenge - these were to rules:
All members are expected to be ACTIVE -
1) post points to the Weekly Challenges
2) post exercise minutes
3) do Weekly Weigh Ins.
Please consider this before choosing to join the X-WEIGHTED Challenge and be ready to commit to this Challenge for 8 weeks.
I had to reevaluate why I'm doing this. I decided that I'm not doing this for my team anymore - but really I'm doing this for me.
Even though I lost 3.6 pounds last week, I haven't been doing too well on my goals this week.
I think a little discouragement about the team made me mad and I just didn't care anymore.
Also, my work week was a lot harder and I became exhausted and stressed. These 2 things combined made me want to reach for comfort food. Also stress shuts my body down.
Wednesday was a long work day with one of my largest house - who had guests staying with them and they had a huge party - so every inch of the house was very dirty and it took extra time to get it all clean.
Thursday was and extremely hard work day. Here is the rant I had on facebook. I usually try to only post positive stuff and remain positive, but I had to rant. It was a very bad day for me. My rant:
***(I wish I could shake this feeling of annoyance. It's been an extremely difficult week. First a customer needed to change days - which isn't that big of a deal - but did require me to move 3 customers to grant her a change.
Today I was going to do a move out clean 1/2 way and finish it over the weekend before Sunday May 1st. I'm cleaning away and my customer calls and informs me that the landlord wants to finish the walk through today. I move my afternoon customer to tomorrow (2nd time move - as her cleaning day was Wednesday). I work my butt off for 9 hours straight from 8 am - 5 pm. No breaks. Cleaning every drawer, cabinet, closet, baseboard, fridge, stove, windows where their dogs smugged, floors, light fixtures - every thing to make the house look brand new. I'm sure the house wasn't that clean when they moved in.
At 4 pm the landlord arrives with some staging people and I still have to vacuum the great room and need to clean the laundry room, bonus room and 1 more bathroom. They want me to leave the floors un-vacuumed and leave. I couldn't do that and leave my customers the tenants at risk of not getting their deposit back and not doing the job they paid me for.
The first thing the landlord and staging people do is go to the areas that I haven't cleaned and plan out what they are going to stage in 1/4 of the house that isn't finished. They leave the 3/4 of the house that IS clean and bug me and get in my way. Pushing me to not do my job - even though they moved the walk through up 3 days - pushing me to work my butt off to meet this unrealistic time line with no notice.
Then as I'm leaving she is in that last bathroom checking it out (by the garage door). Seeing that the grout is still wet from mopping and she is on her knees looking at the floor as they rush me to finish and leave. Like I did something to ruin the floor because some of the grout looks darker because it's a little wet.
I did a fantastic job cleaning the house and it just makes me crazy that she was acting like such a witch with a capital B! It also brought back flashbacks of being a renter. I'm so thankful that I own my own home.
I wish I could get over this anxiety annoyance. I'm sure I'll have to take a sleeping pill tonight because I am just not settling down. I shouldn't take this stuff so personally - to get my customer their deposit back - which I'm sure they didn't because I believe these people are the kind that pick everything apart so they don't have to pay out the deposit. Oh, the scam and injustice of landlords. ARGH! I really need to settle down. *****
When I got home Thursday my adrenalin was just pumping. I went on my walk and did my exercise bike ride trying to settle down and get tired. It didn't work - but it was a great work out. I also was dehydrated because I didn't stop to go get my cooler from the car and get extra bottles of water.
Friday I was over hungry, exhausted and needed comfort food - although I did stay in my calorie range barely. Saturday I completely went off the wagon. I decided to just have a day off from a diet and just ate what ever I wanted. I paid for it all night Saturday night - with acid reflux from over eating. Serves me right.
I'm back on track today. This is for me, not my team - but for me. I'm pretty sure I'll have a weight gain this next week. Oh well, it's going to be a long journey to get the weight off and I'm sure there will be hick-ups along the way. The ultimate way to meet my goal is to pick myself up, dust off the guilt and press forward on the journey.
Here is my nutrition for the week:
Friday - went to Burger King between houses and got a cheese burger. It could have been much worse, and I was proud of myself for just having a cheese burger.
Also for dinner I had 2 bean burritos. At least I had pre-planned and had low calorie tortillas. I was at the top of my range but at least I was still in range.
Oh, and Jason had a package of Chips Ahoy cookies and I had 9 cookies. So bad, but so yummy.
Saturday I just went wild. This is not all that I ate, but enough to know that the day was totally out of control. Jason and I decided to have some Papa Murphy pizza's I hate 1/2 a pizza - part for lunch and part for dinner. Yup, it was just one bad diet day. Oh well. I'm not going to worry about it.
Today is a new day. I'm back on track and determined to get the weight off.
I'm still on track for my 100 day goal of riding my exercise bike daily. I'm on day 50 of riding it for 30 minutes or more!! Woo Hoo!
In April, I was one of the top leaders for SparkPoints and was the Top leader for Fitness Minutes! Woo Hoo!
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Primary 4 Manual
Ammon, a Great Servant
Suggested Home Reading
Suggest that the children study Alma 17:19–25, 18:8–40 at home as a review of this lesson.
My favorite thing to do is make Missionary Badges for each child. You can access the print out for the here:
I print out the badges on white card stock, cover each badge with "lament" clear contact paper because I don't own a lamentor. Then I hot glue a pin on the back of each badge (I find them at Micheal's or Craft Warehouse in the jewelry making section).
Activity Ideas from the Friend:
The Field is White and Ready to Be Harvested, "Hidden Items" from The Friend, September 2002 page 28 and 29 here: