Wednesday, October 29, 2014


I am sooo excited! Starting now and running until Oct 31st at midnight, I am offering a $5 rebate on any L'BRI order over $50 or a $10 rebate on every order over $100!! The rebate will be mailed right to you, OR just tell me you want to donate your rebate to the special One Child Matters Christmas Fund and make a difference in the life of a needy child this Christmas! Orders can be placed at

Our family has sponsored a child with One Child Matters for several years and we are so happy to be a part of this ministry. You can learn more about the One Child Matters Christmas fund here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

My Tax-time Secret!

The most wonderful time of the year is almost here. You know, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Taxes. Bah, humbug, on the last one.

Taxes = Sorting receipts. Scouring for data. Unfolding crumpled slips of slippery paper. Scribble. Enter data. Hours. Of. Time. I. Could. Do. Something. Else.

I don't look forward to it. Does anyone look forward to tax time? Maybe accountants get excited about sorting receipts?

But I now have an exciting solution. I found a way out. Of doing taxes?!!? Um, no, but a way out of the laborious task of receipt handling. Still have to file, but I am relieved to be able to relay on Shoeboxed for the bulk of the time gobbling tasks that messing with trying to get my receipts in order requires. - Scan Receipts and Business Cards

What is Shoeboxed?
Your tax time and accounting miracle. Seriously.

Shoeboxed is the best online platform for organizing receipts and business cards. Customers mail receipts and business cards, which they scan and upload into a secure online account on Users may also submit receipts and business cards to their accounts via mobile phone including their iPhone, iPad and Android apps. Very sweet. My wireless HP printer has a Shoeboxed app installed so I can scan receipts and send them straight to my account from my scanner.

Shoeboxed is integrated with all the major accounting platforms, so it works with Quicken, Quickbooks, Wave, Evernote, and more. Oh, and did I mention email integration? Yeah, it does that too. Say goodbye to inbox clutter from online orders.

Shoeboxed also handles business cards and other non-receipt documents.

And then Shoeboxed has these little things called, "Magic Envelopes." And they definitely feel like that. You stuff your receipts in the envelopes, seal it and drop it in the mail, postage paid. These are... amazing. The whole drawer, box, or desk full of receipts disappear into the mailbox. I must confess, I got rather giddy stuffing my envelopes.

When Shoeboxed gets your envelope, they carefully scan everything in, make sure all the data is correct and upload IRS approved pdf images of your receipts into your Shoeboxed account. They will even automatically categorize your expenses into the proper categories.

Then comes the fun part. All you have to do is log into your account and pull the data into your favorite accounting software, or just use Shoeboxed to find all the data you need for all the lines on your tax return. Or give it to your accountant. Done.

As you can see, there are not many reasons to not like Shoeboxed and tons of reasons to get as close to being in love with an service as is humanly possible. I can not describe the immense sense of relief and elation I felt as I loaded my blue envelopes and dropped them in the mail. And seeing everything show up in my account, with no errors, was.... breathtakingly awesome. And getting the data I needed was a cinch.

So, how do you get started? Just go to and create a forever free account in seconds. Take the Premium features for a test drive, which includes the use of the Magic Blue Envelopes, for free for 30 days.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Saving Money On Surgery

Medical bills are hard to save on. Discount medical care, coupons, etc are not really much of an option.

But we learned this week that there is one simple way to save, esp on big stuff, like surgery.

#1 Money Saving Tip on Medical Bills: 

Get a second opinion. 

This week David was scheduled to have surgery under general anesthesia.  A visit to the dr about some growths that looked a bit concerning led to the diagnosis that he needed them removed, one was possibly life-threatening and the other was too painful to remove in the office and would require general anesthesia to correct.

After my bought with cancer and the experience of a second opinion saving my life, we learned that those second opinions are sometimes very important. Esp on the big stuff, like, chemo, surgery, etc.

This second opinion saved us a big junk of change, at least $2000+ if not more. The dermatologist took care of the concerning growth in the office and let us know the other one was not an issue. $156 for the visit.

Even if it is not comfortable, you feel like you might be being disloyal or rude to your doctor, get a second opinion. Once it saved my life, as I was about to receive the wrong chemo agents and didn't know it until I went to another doctor. This time, David was spared a financial strain that we seriously could not afford and the time spent recovering from surgery, etc.

Thankfully, sometimes you can save money just by asking.