Phrase Origin: Beyond the/a shadow of a doubt

One of the things I wanted to do when I first started this blog was to do posts on phrase origins every once in a while. However, I never got around to doing it because I couldn’t ever pick out a phrase that I particularly wanted to look up. My opportunity to remedy this came this past Sunday.

In the Mormon world, there are a lot of stereotypical Mormon phrases that are tossed around. Every time someone uses one of these words or sayings Husband and I roll our eyes at each other and laugh at the highly over used jargon (so if any of you ever use one of them while we are out in the audience you have been warned, we will show no mercy). The phrase we will discuss today is SUCH an overused Mormon phrase that whenever I hear someone outside of church use this phrase I always have the “are they Mormon?” thought run through my head. Read the rest of this entry »


Summer Hiatus and

Yes, Hello. I’m back. I guess I took an unintentional summer hiatus from my blog. You see, what happened was that right after school got out, I took a trip back home to OKC. Then when I came back I started working at summer school. And then I kinda forgot. And then when I remembered I got down on my whole blog with the inevitable, “What’s the point? No one ever reads it anyway,” slump that all blog writers go through. However I had four or five different people ask me in a few weeks span ask me what happened and that they missed reading it and so here I am. Back for another go at it. Only this time I’ve decided that in order to keep myself from getting burnt out I’m only going to be posting once a week, just so ya know. And to try to revive the reading traffic of my blog I’m going to be doing something special and fun in a couple of weeks! So anyways, onward to the main post idea… is a free website that I first heard about a few years ago but I didn’t actually try it out until the beginning of this summer. Since I’ve started using it I’ve saved at least $40 on “new” video games for Hubby and probably that much on “new” books too. Read the rest of this entry »

Things I like: Free phone apps!


I read on another blog last week that you can go to the Amazon App Store and get a Free! (yes, absolutely no strings attached kind of free) android paid app every day. Sorry to any of you that have an iphone, this is only for android phones. However, I don’t feel that bad because iphones got all the love for a long time and now it’s the androids’ turn.

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White Vinegar: The best rinse aid ever

I really wish I could’ve made the word “ever” look like ever” because white vinegar really is that good at, basically everything. I’ve been reading a bunch of different articles online about how baking soda and vinegar are pretty much the answer to every cleaning question you will ever have for the rest of your life. Case in point:

Here are some pictures of what my dishes looked like before using vinegar in the dishwasher and after we started using it. I took pictures with the flash and without the flash to highlight the residue that used to be on our dishes after coming out of the wash.

Amazing no? I know I was impressed the first time I pulled the dishes out after using it. Now vinegar as become a staple to our dishwasher. I pour quite a bit into the rinse aid compartment and check on it every week or so to see if it needs to be refilled. The best part about this is how much cheaper it is than buying a rinse aid. It costs a lot more for 1 bottle of Jet Dry (which only lasts a few washes) than it does for a bottle of white vinegar that will last for months! Also, white vinegar is a lot greener (greener? more green?) earth friendly than any commercial rinse aid which is nothing but artificial chemicals. So if you’re looking for a cheap way to get your dishes truly clean and spot-free look no further than the white vinegar bottle that is already sitting on your shelf!

Pat on My Back: Almost FREE stuff!

This is why couponing is pretty much the best money saving thing ever. Do you know how much all this stuff would’ve cost without  coupons (minus the few birthday cards in the picture)? Almost $12 exactly. Want to know how much I paid for it? A whoopin’ .49 cents!! And really, the only thing I “paid” for is the .49 for the Miracle Whip. All the other stuff I got free with my coupons. That’s basically $11.50 in my pocket! Coupons = free money! Do it!

Casting the Net:

My absolute favorite website for finding new recipes is Remember my Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe? Got it off of that website. The Rigatoni Bolognese? as well. A slow cooker buffalo chicken sandwich that I have yet to post about, but which is delicious? Yup, same website. This site has everything you could ever want to cook and how to cook it in a million different variations. I’d like to point out a few of my favorite features that this site has to offer. Read the rest of this entry »

an unintentional lie.

Hey everyone!….how’s it goin’?………hey…….hi………oops.

Sorry that I haven’t posted anything today. I’ve been dealing with massive amounts of costly chaos today. I found out yesterday that I need to replace all four of the struts on my car and and a rear sway bar (whatever THAT is) and it’s gonna cost me over $1700. super… **WARNING** Commencing: Spending Shut Down Mode. One of the first things I did when I got home was listed something for sale on Amazon (got to get the flow to come back IN). Then the next thing I did was look in my pantry and refrigerator and tried to guesstimate how long I could go before I had to go to the store to buy groceries. I’m tellin ya, when something like that gets dropped in my lap, everything becomes a luxury. Even food becomes a luxury. WHAT? You want to eat something besides ramen noodles, cereal and rice-a-roni for the next week?? UNACCEPTABLE! Read the rest of this entry »