What Works for Me- Accountability

Last night I blogged about how very busy life has been managing being a working single mom of one very special young lady who is going through a really rough time. One of the things that has helped me deal with all of this is accountability. I have taken on some very serious goals for us as a family and for me personally. Right now the goals are:

1. Prepare to move back to Ontario August 1st

2. Weigh no more then 220 on August 1st

3. Save $3,000 by August 1st

4. Lose my Diet Coke habit

5. Have regular devotion time with Roo, concentrate on her self esteem and how we are seen before God.

6. Help Roo deal with the bullying that is a constant at school.

I have put these goals out there! They are public! For me accountability and having regular people I check in with about how I am doing help me to stay on track. Last year I was able to achieve most of my goals because I kept myself accountable. How do you keep yourself accountable?

For me having good friends who challenge me as well as writing out my goals does the job.

Now I am off to my friends at Rocks in My Dryer to see what is working for everyone else this rocks in my dryer


Winner and What Has Been Up

Well I haven’t blogged in more then forever and there has been a good reason for it. My 11 year old daughter has needed plenty of mom time lately. She has been having an extremely hard year. My daughter is the new weird kid in class according to her, and this has led to lots and lots of bullying with dear daughter even coming home with bruises! Most of my evenings have been one on one with her. Last week she told me she would rather be dead then at school. ER!

Now on for some good news that someone is going to like I recently hosted a blog contest and the winner was Jenn Ryan and her blog is here. Hope Jenn can use the $11.11!

I have still been menu planning, this week we are having

  • baked pasta and salad (last night)
  • chicken stir fry(tonight)
  • Breakfast for dinner: scrambled eggs, toast and tomato
  • pulled roast beef sandwiches, mixed veggies
  • pizza
  • grilled cheese sandwiches and veggie soup

I am working on losing weight as well and have been walking as I watch tv in the evening. I really would love to of lost 40 -50 pounds by August 1, as I am headed to Toronto then. I am trying every frugal trick I know to lose pounds and save cents at the same time! Thank goodness for Sparkpeople! Gotta love that website!

I am also working lots( I am very thankful I have work in a recession)! I am also trying to save $3,000 by August 1 st to help with my MOVE back to Ontario. Yes this common cents mom really wants to go back to the big city.

I am planning on using the blog here to track my progress both on saving and losing..so watch me save cents and lose inches at the same time. I will hold myself accountable and update the tally on the side once every 2 weeks! 

Well American Idol and Biggest Loser are both on tonight and I am fans of both, so my dvr will be on the go and I will walk while I watch..

Friday Freebie : Watch Movies, Shorts and Trailers

Okay one of my favorite things to do is watch movies, but in today’s economy getting to the movie theatre is a real treat around this house, so where do I watch FREE movies, that aren’t ripoffs from the the theatre. For us Canucks we have a great resource it is called the National Film Board. You can go to their website, explore, watch full length movies,  and shorts for FREE. It is a great way to support Canadian talent too and we really do have alot of it up here. One of my girlfriends owns her own production company and she was the first to share this wonderful free resource with me! So why not go watch something online that will make you laugh today for free. Now if you are not Canadian, welcome to some of the best that is Canadian.

Another Snow Day!

winter-08-09-022 Guess what my daughter Roo has? Another snow day! So far here this school year school has been cancelled 7 times and we are only at the end of January. But this has been a brutal winter here. Cold and Icy! I love winter normally but I am so ready for this one to be over.

So what do you do on stormy days when you can’t get outside?

Here is our list:

  • read, we have our pile from the library
  • Roo got a jewelery making kit from Christmas and I got her some pink and red beads so she is making earrings
  • bake muffins
  • enter contests
  • look for freebies
  • watch a dvd
  • watch the tv shows on my dvr
  • do laundry
  • clean the bathroom
  • write emails
  • play a board game
  • play guitar with Roo
  • write a song
  • get ahead on a project
  • call a friend
  • organize the closet

The muffins are done. I am doing some online stuff, and Roo is in making jewelery. I am not sure we will get to all the list but it was done to remind me there is lots you can do when stuck inside!

What Works for Me: Lists

6a00d83451c5ac69e2010535bfa96b970b-800wi2I am addicted to lists! They work for me. I think I am a bit Aspie’s like my daughter Roo. They really do help me to stay organizing. On my fridge there is a running grocery list, when I do my grocery shopping this list comes with me, it also comes off the fridge when I am menu planning. Then there is my list of recipes I want to try, and then is the list of books I want to read, and then there is the gift list, as friends or family mention things they like through the year it is added to the list so I don’t forget. I guess I am a listaholic! For me I have so much in my head that I have to use lists to keep me organized. I even made a list today of everything I wanted done today..

Okay I like lists! Do you use lists besides a grocery one?

Now I am off to read a LIST, you can find that same LIST at Shannon’s where we all List what works for us..

Commom Cents Mom Gives Away Cents


Okay okay it is one of my favorite times of the year– there are giveaways on so many blogs this week, and really who can visit all 1,000 or so blogs that will participate? Not me..I average about 200. Well this time I am participating, last time I did my OLD blog saw over 900 hits in 2 days…Yikes! So hopefully you will come for the giveaway, but then just maybe some of you will come back to visit again..

Since most of you are here for your very first visit, Im Hollie, a common mom who like to find ways to save and still have lots of fun. Some of you may recognize me from one of my older blogs. I was really cheap at one time, but in these tough times Iam finding it more common that moms especially are looking for ways to save, so that is where the title common cents Mom comes from.

What am I giving away?  1,111 American cents, to be delivered via paypal. So that makes it $11.11.

To enter the  giveaway it is easy all you have to have is a paypal acct if you don’t please get one at Paypal. As well please in your comment tell me your best money saving tip..I will feature some of them in the weeks ahead and if I do I will be linking back to your blog. So how do you save and have fun? Now I know that lots of you will be on the run this week as you try to visit lots of blogs so thanks for stopping by.

For more great giveaways go to Bloggy giveaways……

By the way this giveaway ends Feb 1 st, at 12:01 am EST. I will post on Feb 2nd the winner who will be picked by random number generator.

Menu Monday



One for the  things I love with menu planning is all the great sites out there for good recipes and then when we come together and share our favorite menus it only generates more ideas.. I love Menu Mondays.

On the Menu this week are all recipes from Kraft…

Monday- Barbeque Pork Slow Cooker Sandwichs, carrot sticks

Tuesday-Lasgna Toss, and salad

Wednesday-Breakfast for Dinner- Pancakes, and fruit

Thursday-Left over Night

Friday-Chicken and Vegetable Parmesan ( chicken breasts were on sale last week)

Saturday-Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Sunday-Mexican Chicken Casserole ( taking this to a potluck)

Well I am off to Laura’s to see what everyone else has arranged for the week.

The Start of Something New: Friday Freebie

I have decided that on Fridays I will post about something that can add value to your life. It might be a coupon offer, product offer, or some other kind of freebie that will bring you joy and it may just help you keep cents in your pocket book.

For today I want to encourage all my Canadian friends who are looking for ways to save to start couponing and asking for samples.  Last year I was able to receive about $300 in freebies. I received everything from magazines, to cereal, to music downloads. Today one of my favorite sites for this has NEW offers up.


Brandsaver  has great coupons for those products we all use, but they also send out samples! So why not try out a new product? You can register for samples and coupons with this link.

Now dont forget to check back each Friday for my newest link to a great find!

The Art of the Journal

561639_51163248One of the things that work for me is journaling. I have kept a journal since I was in high school. So for me that means I have more then 20 years of journals. Now I haven’t been perfect. I haven’t written every day, not even every month, but they are there and record much of my life.

I can look back and see where and how  I made some of the major choices in my life. I can see how I felt about people in my life in very uncensored ways that bring joy and reflection. I can see how I felt about the birth of my child, that very first night at home. I can see my anguish as I went through divorce. I can see so much that is inside me by simply picking up one of my journals.

Want to get into journaling? This is all you need

  • a good hard book that will last
  • a good pen
  • time

Journalling helps you to deal and learn what is really going on in your own lives. For me I also am able to track major life events. For me when I journal I date my entries. I also take the time to let the words flow. For me I write about the details and about non details as well. For me as I reflect on what I have often just put to paper it allows me a better glance at what lies at the core. My journal is my place of utter honesty. It also is a real legacy of who I am at the core.

So my challenge to you is why not journal? Now after writing this I am off to my friend at Rocks in My Dryer to see what works for everyone else!

Menu Monday

This week when doing my menu I am trying to make it a healthy and frugal while I work on healing an ulcer. Can you say that is alot!

Monday- Leftover Roast Beef with Barbq sauce, rice, carrots

Tuesday- my once a week breakfast for dinner- Omelettes, with veggies and no cheese

Wednesday- Fish Cakes, mashed potatoes, peas

Thursday-Roast Chicken (whole)(got 2 for $10), potatoes, and carrots

Friday- Homemade Chicken Soup, crackers, celery sticks

Saturday- we are eating out

Sunday-Glazed Ham( got 3 for $15 this week) , baked potatoes and corn

For breakfast I have oatmeal, corn flakes, Rice Krispies and yogurt on hand.

For lunch we soup ( chicken noodle, calm chowder, mushroom), or pb and j sandwiches, or grilled cheese

Snacks: fruit( apples 3 bags for $4), clemtines, bananas, popcorn or pretzels

While shopping and menu planning I shop flyer’s much of the time and then do my planning from there. This week I got great buys on pork, and chicken in the meat aisle. In produce the buys were apples and potatoes. I also got great prices on cereal, crackers, and soup. Here in Atlantic Canada prices are higher then further west here in Canada.

I am now off to see what everyone else is cooking this week. Why don’t you check out Organizing Junkie’s blog to see what is cooking elsewhere.