Thursday, February 28, 2008


We have been in Arizona all week on vacation, and it has been awesome here. Even with some of the crappy weather we have had, it has been awesome. Honestly, I'd love to stay here, but our kids need us to come home. Chicago snow . . . here we come!

Thursday, February 21, 2008


Having been a salesperson myself in the past, I hate it when people come into my home to give me estimates and they have obviously not had any Sales Training. I can tell a rehearsed speal when I hear one. It is how well they can make it sound natural that impresses me since everyone is usually work of some sort. Even when I sold lia sophia, you had some basically talking points you tried to work into your presentation. You can get Sales Training to make you a better salesman and more people really need take advantage of it. I have had so many companies in my house the last couple of weeks to give me estimates and most of sales people were only okay. They were not great. However, if you want to earn my business, you need to give me a good price and be a good salesman. Actually, the less you act like a "typical used car salesman", the better it is for you. Lastly, do not get an attitude with me when I tell you no and that we need to think about it. That attitude does not make me want to do business with you. Instead, it makes me want to run far far away and not use your service.

Arizona, here we come!

After all the excitement this week (Will's got impetigo and Madison had influenza), we weren't sure if we were going to be able to go on our vacation. However, Madison seems to be doing fine. We have no fever anymore. Will's impetigo looks good, so we are going!!! Yeah!! I am excited and feeling guilty that we are leaving at the same time, but I will have fun. :)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Diner Dash

I absolutely love Diner Dash. I don't normally ever buy a game after trying a trial version. However, I bought the first version of this game. That is how awesome Diner Dash is. The story is that Flo needs to run a restaurant and make a certain amount in tips to make it to each level. Of course, there are things that stand in your way to make it harder. The first version of the game was so awesome that Bill even played it. I have tried a few of the newer versions of Diner Dash. However, I was extremely excited to find out about the newest version. It is called Diner Dash: Hometown Hero – Gourmet Edition. Why is the gourmet version so special?

There are so many reasons why you need to get this game. First, it is fun to play. You can easily play it for hours and hours. The levels are very engaging yet they aren't so hard that you can't get paste them. You get to create your own avatars and create your own diners. How cool is that? However, my most favorite new option is that you can now make Diner Dash multiplayer! I have a very competitive streak in me, and I would love to kick Bill's butt playing this game.

If you have never downloaded this game yet, what you are waiting for? It is one of the best games out there. It is fun and competitive, and I need the competition. :)

Mother's Day Present

My mom keeps telling me she wants ceiling fans in the bedrooms in her house. I keep telling her to buy them so Bill can put them up, and she keeps on not doing it. I think this year I might just buy them myself. I think most of the modern ceiling fans are a little too modern for her. However, I do know that she would definitely like the Hunter ceiling fans. I have one in my bedroom, so I know it is just her style. I wonder how much 3 ceilings fans are going to set me back for Mother's Day. Actually, it doesn't matter since she's worth it.

Get Down With The Sickness

I have pretty healthy kids overall. However, since we leave for vacation Friday (maybe), both my kids got sick this week. Will has impetigo and Madison is running a high fever for no reason. I swear -- this is how things always go for me. Maybe I will be lucky, and Madison will wake up all better tomorrow.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Got Lawyer?

I am glad that I have never ever needed a lawyer (knocking on wood right now). However, a pretty cool place to check is Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney Blog | California Criminal Law Forum. It is written by a lawyer by the name of Dmitry Gorin. He is a partner in criminal defense law firm Kestenabum Eisner & Gorin LLP and is also a professor at UCLA and Pepperdine Law School. Basically, this guy knows his stuff. His blog is definitely an interesting read, and I recommend that you go check it out.

The blogs

I now have quite a list of blogs that I am working on besides the consulting work I do. Here is the short list if you would like to check them out. My Thoughts, Ideas, and Ramblings is my mommy blog. It is about my life and kids and pretty much whatever is on my mind. Lisa Reviews is reviews on products. My Road Less Traveled By is my travel blog. Lisa Cooking is my cooking blog that I just started. I hope you enjoy them.

Baby Slings

Having two kids, I definitely know the benefits of being able to have your hands free. That is where baby slings come in extremely handy. I am able to deal with my daughter and yet be able to carry my son in the sling while we are out in public. Baby slings, like those made by Slinglings, distribute the baby's weight, so you don't have to worry about your back. As my children liked, the baby sling kept them close, and they knew I was there. I would definitely look into getting baby sling if you are having a baby. They can be a lifesaver.

Sedona, here we come

We will be going to Sedona in less than a week! It is hard to believe that this trip came up so fast! This time next week we will be in Sedona probably sightseeing. Since it is noon right now, I know we won't be sleeping. lol Well, I think we won't be. We still need to go through the books and decide what we want to do, so wish me luck this week in finding the books and deciding.

Las Vegas

My mom loves Las Vegas. She has gone there every year for at least the last ten years. I can definitely see her one day buying some Las Vegas condos after she retires. She has a bad back, so not having to maintenance and yard work would be heaven sent for her. Plus, she loves gambling there. I am not sure if she would enjoy the heat of the summer though. However, she would love that the temperatures stay above zero there in the winter (unlike here in the Midwest!) Either way, I wouldn't mind a condo there either. Look at that picture. I could definitely imagine myself there.

Pedometer Woes

Ok, there is definitely something wrong with it. We went to see my niece the other night at the hospital (she was just born) and ended up having to park like a block away. I only got 1,000 steps that day!!!! Umm, I get more steps doing laundry at home. I cannot wait to see my sister, so she can fix this thing!!!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Coupons, Coupons, Everywhere

As you may know from reading my other blogs, I love to save money. I even tell my husband all the time that I am saving us money by shopping. When I come across coupons that allow me to save at online discount stores like Target, Walmart, and Smart Bargains I get extremely excited. I spend a ton of time at Target, so every time I can a couple of bucks, it definitely helps! I know I need some things like a headset for my phone at Best Buy, so there is another place I can save. I always need office supplies from Office Depot. Those little savings can easily add up quickly. Coupons like these are especially helpful around holidays like Valentine's Day where you have to be out looking for a gift. Happy shopping!