Coupons for Pepsi, Planters, Pillsbury, and More!

Looking for some more coupons that will help you save a little money on name brand products? Coupons.com has them! These will be especially helpful for families who frequently buy the groceries that the coupons are for. Every little bit of savings helps! Each email I receive from Coupons.com is filled with links to some very useful coupons. It also has a nice photo with a cute saying attached to it. This time, the photo is of two children, all bundled up so they can play in the snow. Two smiling siblings look like they are trying to make snow … Continue reading

Layaway Goodwill

A lot of the news in a green blog can be negative – bad air, too much trash, animal abuse, and unfair trade. But, today, I am going to write about a positive trend happening this holiday season. With the current dire financial straits, many have been struggling to give presents to their family for the holidays. In fact, something has come back that I thought was gone forever – layaway. As a kid growing up in the ‘70s, all the moms I knew used layaway. That was the system where Kmart (we didn’t have access to a Wal-Mart at … Continue reading

Snow Day

I was born and raised in Southern California. My family is in Southern California. I had no plans to ever leave Southern California and my family. My husband is also a Southern California native. He has a much smaller family and his parents had retired to Nevada before he and I met. He didn’t have the Southern California ties that I did and he wanted to move. He looked at his options and had to choose a location where he thought I’d move. He decided on Texas. His company had offices there and the weather seemed to be fairly similar … Continue reading

Star Updates: Gisele Bundchen and Farrah Fawcett

It looks as though Gisele Bundchen may finally be getting her ultimate wish. Reports say that the supermodel is expecting her first child with husband Tom Brady. In other news, Bridget Moynahan is hoping that once Bundchen gives birth she will leave her 18-month-old son with Brady alone. I know a few people who’ll drink to that. You’ll recall that Brady dumped Moynahan right before she discovered she was pregnant with his child. The football star then hooked up with Bundchen, and the two recently got hitched twice-—once in California, and again, last month in Costa Rica. The Victoria’s Secret … Continue reading

Celebrities Who Had Baseball Dreams – Part 2

Another baseball season has kicked off and there are a least a few celebrities who, at one time, hoped to be on a diamond instead of on the big or small screen. Actor Kurt Russell’s father was a baseball player and Kurt had hoped to follow in his footsteps. Russell played second base for the Double-A minor league affiliate of the California Angels. He was leading the league in hitting with a .563 batting average before a collision with a player running to second base. Russell suffered a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and had to retire from … Continue reading

Octo-Mom Gains a New Home; Loses Publicist

Now that she’s pimped herself out to as many “entertainment” TV shows as possible, Octo-mom Nadya Suleman has enough money to purchase a new house. (Or at least enough for a sizable down payment.) More on the Suleman’s new residential daycare in a bit. Right now I’m more interested in the reason why Nadya’s publicist dumped her like a ton of bricks. According to reports, Victor Munoz quit Suleman three days ago claiming that the mother of 14 is “nuts” and “greedy.” “It just got to be too much,” Munoz told Us Weekly. “It’s pretty much a free for all … Continue reading

California Homeschool Groups and Resources Q-S

To succeed in homeschooling, it is in your best interest to get involved with other homeschoolers. You should join a homeschool network or group near you. For this reason, I have decided to give a full listing of homeschooling groups throughout each state. Yes, there are other sites that list homeschool networks and support groups but none of are comprehensive. Some of them only list Christian, others only list those affiliated with them. I will attempt to list all of them. In California, homeschoolers are required to register under and umbrella school or to start a private school to homeschool. … Continue reading

California Homeschool Groups and Resources M-P

To succeed in homeschooling, it is in your best interest to get involved with other homeschoolers. You should join a homeschool network or group near you. For this reason, I have decided to give a full listing of homeschooling groups throughout each state. Yes, there are other sites that list homeschool networks and support groups but none of are comprehensive. Some of them only list Christian, others only list those affiliated with them. I will attempt to list all of them. In California, homeschoolers are required to register under and umbrella school or to start a private school to homeschool. … Continue reading

This Week in History – 1998

Ah, 1998 – it seems just like yesterday, doesn’t it? Well, it was a decade ago – how time flies! Let’s see what was happening in the week of April 28th, 1998. In television news, Jerry Springer is forced to clean up his show. There had been controversy as to whether the shows guests were really brawling or just faking it for the small screen. The Chicago City Council said if the fighting was real, the guests should be arrested. At that point, Jerry pulled the plug on fighting. Maybe he realized people were just looking for entertainment that is … Continue reading

Fall Fun in San Francisco

Wrapping up my look at noteworthy events in the San Francisco area here’s a look at some regional celebrations that take place during the end of the year. Castro Street Fair This family-friendly event typically takes place during the first weekend in October. It is chock full of PG-rated fun and attracts thousands to Castro St. between Market and 19th streets. Along with the miles of craft booths there is a slew of food and clothing vendors displaying their wares. Yummy treats aside this neighborhood celebration is known for its showcase of dancers who strut their stuff at the dozens … Continue reading