Unmotivated

Motivation is a powerful thing. It gives you purpose and a reason for doing… anything, really. To be unmotivated means, to me, death (metaphorically speaking). I absolutely hate being unmotivated. It makes me feel useless and uncreative.

Unmotivated describes how I’ve been feeling about blogging – and writing in general. I just haven’t been able to muster up the whatever I need to draft blog posts, write short stories, nada. For weeks, I’ve been baffled and unable to figure out how to get my writing mojo back, where it went on the first place, or why it left. It took a while, but I finally figured it out… I’m burnt out. I need a break from writing. Just a little one.

I’ll be taking a mini blogging sabatical. Just for the rest of July. I need this. My soul needs this.

See you in August. Try not to miss me too much. :)

Having a fun and SAFE 4th of July: #Fireworks Safety

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The 4th of July is only a couple of days away, and with it comes fireworks, BBQs, picnics, etc. While I haven’t personally used fireworks in a long time, I enjoy watching them. When I was a kid, my sister, cousins and I used to use to light sparklers. While I would be super nervous to let the kid light sparklers, it’s not because any of us got hurt doing so, when we were younger. We were always safe.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 16% of all fireworks injuries are caused by sparklers burning hands and legs, with the majority of sparkler injuries occurring to young children.

Using sparklers on Independence Day is as traditional as going to cookouts and parades.  Normally, using sparklers are safe – you just need to use some common sense.

In an attempt to reduce the amount children receiving sparkler injuries, the National Council on Fireworks Safety offers some safety tips:

  • Children under the age of 12 should not use sparklers without very close adult supervision.
  • Always remain standing while using sparklers.

Read the rest of the tips  on the Children Hospital of Michigan blog.

 Disclaimer: I work for a hospital in the same system as Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

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I’ve Been a Busy Bree

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Hello, friends. Long time, no blog. :)

It’s been a super-busy few weeks, in the Glenn household: I started a new job, my lovely mother in law came for a visit, and the kid and I attended a weekend-long family reunion. Needless to say, blogging kind of fell by the wayside. Luckily, things are slowing down a bit, so I’m hopeful that I’ll be back to blogging on a regular basis, soon.

In the meantime, here’s what’s been going on:

New Job: Getting acclimated to a new job is tough, time consuming and very rewarding. As I said, few weeks ago I started a new job as PR and marketing manager at an area hospital. For me, it was a bit like coming home, as I worked for a sister hospital several years ago. The saying, “you can’t go home again,” is for me, thankfully, a not true. I’m so glad to be here, and am having a wonderful time learning the ropes again.

Relatives Visiting: The hubster‘s mom came to visit for a couple of weeks. It was so good to see her, and even better to see how happy it made my husband to have her staying with us during her visit. Unfortunately, because of aforementioned new job, I didn’t get to spend a lot of time with her (or take any pictures).

Family Reunion: Every year, my extended family (on my mother’s side) has a three-day family reunion. This year was the 67th occurrence. Most years, the location varies, and this year it was here. I always love this time of year, because it means I get to see family I haven’t seen in a while, meet new family members, and spend time with my local family as well. And while being the host city means more work for us, it’s so worth it.

Now that things are getting back to normal, I excited to get back to posting here on The Mom with Moxie, as well as catching up on my blog reading.

I have a ton of post ideas and research done, and I can’t wait to share it with you. See you all real soon!

Effortless Savings: a Book Review

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As a working mom, on a budget, I’m always on the lookout for books and articles to help my family save money, without sacrificing our quality of life.

Recently,I can’t across a Book called Effortless Savings, by Richard Syrop. What I like most about Effortless Savings is the layout, flow and simplicity of it. It’s a very easy read and full of tons of useful money-saving information.

Effortless Savings is broken down into 11 savings-filled chapters:

  • TeleCom Services
  • Insurance
  • Home Energy
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Health and Beauty Products
  • Clothing and Household Items
  • Automotive Expenses
  • Additional Shopping Strategies
  • Restaurants and Entertainment
  • Vacations and Travel Expenses
  • Credit Cards and Banking

Each chapter provides you tips on how to save money, effortlessly. And, as a bonus, Syrop has a table at the end of each chapter that gives you an average amount you can save, using the methods he recommends.

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It’s this kind of content and attention to detail that puts Effortless Savings at the top of my list of budgeting/money saving books.

DISCLAIMER: I was provided a copy of Effortless Savings, free of charge, for the purposes of review. As always, ask opinions are my own.