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New Adventures Await for me

New Adventures Await for me
New Adventures Await for me

Things have been changing for me!  Here’s a quick update!

Family front –

My daughter had her tonsils out in October and the healing process has been very slow with her.  She is very stubborn and we haven’t found where she gets it from.  She is finally doing better now.  My husband and I have made the decision to put the girls in daycare.

Why?

So I can go back to work.  Where am I going to work?  I’m going to be a freelancer! I know it sounds like I have jumped off the cliff, but I promise you, I am not crazy!

I already have two clients under my belt and I am looking for another one or two to hit my monthly target income.  But I am going to go slow with me scaling my business.

I will be working under the business name SW Freelancing.  So if you have a moment, check out my page and give it a like!

Things are changing so please be on the lookout! I will have more information for you guys and I will keep you guys posted on how everything is going!

I think that is all I am going to talk about in this post, but please take a moment and subscribe to updates over on the right and like my page!  It would mean so much to me as I slowly start building this business adventure!

NaNoWriMo Nebraska Elsewhere Write-in Schedule

NaNoWriMo Nebraska Elsewhere Write-in Schedule

NaNoWriMo time!

Hello all!  Thank you for the visit!  I have created a calendar that you can print out that has all the dates for the write-ins for the month.  I am so sorry I am late with this.  Things have been crazy but I really want you guys to win!

This is important, but I need you guys to tell me a few things.

  • One, what platform do you want our write-ins to happen on? facebook or youtube?
  • Two, do those times work for you guys for our regional write-ins?
  • Three, if you were interested in hosting a write-in, please contact me. Or message the facebook page.
  • Four, remember, we have forums you guys can use or our facebook page (which is linked down below!)
Important links

NaNoWriMo Write in schedule  You can download it!

Here are the links that will be having the write-ins on!

WordNerds Youtube channel

NaNoWriMo Youtube channel

Our facebook group

When Life Throws You Lemons Change the Recipe

When Life Throws You Lemons Change the Recipe
When Life Throws You Lemons Change the Recipe

You have two option (well maybe three); you either learn to make lemonade, or you cry.  (the third option, you make lemonade and add some vodka).  Either way you look at it, life changes and you need to learn how to deal.

Life comes at you fast, I mean really fast.  There is very little time to stop and smell the roses sometimes. Things that you really want to do get put on the back burner while things that aren’t as important to your soul are suddenly front in center.  It is difficult to find balance and often you feel like you have failed at life.  The one golden rule in life seems to be, it never stops moving. And now that I have to small children (who aren’t staying small for long) it is becoming more and more apparent that this rule is true.

It has been over a year ago that I promised to keep up with this blog and create amazing content that was going to blow your mind.  Then life got in the way.  And I mean in the way.  At the same time, I decided to go back to school (for accounting) while being a full-time parent.  This was not a good mix due to how much time school and children take of your day.  I got overwhelmed and I struggled to little to the little voice inside that begged to write.  I ignored her and pushed through with what the outside wanted me to do.

Life Changes:

Currently, I am still in school.  I have discovered that I really like accounting and taxes.  Both of them are like trying to put a puzzle together.  And due to the fact I have small children, I need to have a day job (ish).  That is until my writing starts to make us million (I can dream okay!)  The plan is to finish school in December 2018.  I still have a lot to do, but I am going to finish it. The main purpose of finishing school, I need to show my girls that with hard work, anything is possible and sometimes, giving up is not an option.

When it comes to my blog, my main goal is to have a new post once a week.  I am refocusing the topic of the blog about balancing life with writing. Or you can say, school and children; or blogging with sanity; children and writing; you know, the basics.

On top of the changes with college and the blog, I have also decided to take on the world of freelancing.  I’ve started with UpWorks.  If you need me, here is my profile.  If you need anything, hit me up there or email me at info@stephwenburg.com Presently, I am focusing on writing and basic bookkeeping.  Furthermore, during tax season, I will still be working as a tax associate and will be preparing taxes.

On the writing front, I have to start slow.  I am still active with NaNoWriMo (which I will be keeping you guys up to date on all the happening; so stay tuned for changes and updates.  Apart from NaNoWriMo, I am currently trying to get an ebook underway.  Since it’s in the very beginning stages, I won’t say much now, but once things have started to progress, I will be sharing tons of information about it!

Not so changed:

A few things haven’t changed.  One big non-change is that I am still a redhead.  Another non-change, I’m still married and I still have two children.  The children have changed due to the fact they are getting older.  Now I have a three-year-old and a one-year-old.  I’ve also gotten older but I don’t want to talk about it!

The main take away from this is, even if its slow, progress is still progress, life changes, so learn a new recipe and when there is a will, there is a way.   Oh, and I’m back, so enjoy!

Until next time…

Fall is here…

Fall is here…
Fall is here…

Fall is here. It is one of my favorite time of year. Things get back to a normal routine and normal patterns return. The leaves start to turn colors and it shows that there can be beauty in death. Anyway….

Fall has come back around and for some reason, this year it feels much more amazing. Why might you ask? Well, let’s write a list. (I just love lists!)

  • First off, it’s not ungodly hot and I do not feel like I am going to melt. Even in my air conditioned house, it still was hot as hell out there this summer!  Also, bugs go back to hell, where they belong!
  • Second, my baby is going to be two years old this Sunday! Where the hell did the time go?
  • Third, my other baby (I had another one in June) is three months old and nursing is going very well with her!
  • Fourth, postpartum depression hasn’t hit me yet with my second one like it did with my first one!
  • Fifth, I enrolled back into school. I’m going for my associate’s degree in business with a focus in accounting. So far in both my classes I have an average of 97%! So school is going well.
  • Sixth, I start a tax preparer class on Tuesday. I’m nervous and excited at the same time!  It’s going to be a challenge but I am up for it.
  • Seventh, NaNoWriMo starts in almost seven weeks from now! I am so excited for this! I’m the ML again this year!

So overall, things are looking up. I look forward to the future at the moment. I hope you guys follow along and enjoy the future with me!

So, tell me, do you guys enjoy the fall season? Please, tell me!  Sound off in the comments!

Welcome to the jungle!

Welcome to the jungle!
Welcome to the jungle!

This will be brief. If you followed me on my other site, you will realize that I have moved and things have changed.

Please don’t panic. Change is good. But change takes time.

As I am working out all the details, things are going to move, things are going to look different and somethings might disappear.

Please let me know what you are thinking! Tell me what you like (or dislike). Tell me what you would like to see here! During this time, I am open to some suggestions!

I hope to see you around!

Until next time…

Science Fiction Giveaway

Science Fiction Giveaway

Hello, everyone! I thought I would share this lovely giveaway! Since I am a lover of sci-fi, I thought I would share it!

Time for another big book giveaway folks! The books are all free on Amazon (some with KU), and everyone can also enter to win a Kindle Fire or an Amazon Gift Card (paid for by the authors). Click the photo or link to go to the booklist/giveaway.

This picture is from Sara C Roethle ‘s post http://saracroethle.com/2016/08/24/sci-fi-fantasy-horror-giveaway/

Source: Sci-fi, Fantasy, & Horror Giveaway!

Week of 8/14 Deals

Week of 8/14 Deals
Week of 8/14 Deals

Welcome! This is the deals for this week (until next Wednesday!) I am going to break down this list into three different sections. A Target section, a HyVee section, and a Walmart Price Matcher section. These are the three main stores I go to save money. I go to these three stores for different reasons. Target, for example, I can use a store coupon, a manufacturer coupon, and a cartwheel offer on top of sale prices per one item! (Have no clue what I am talking about? Check out here). I’ll explain the others as I go along!

Well, let’s start.

Target

As this progresses, I won’t be as wordy but for now, I aim to educate as much as possible!

Like I had mentioned before, I like to stack as much to get the best deal. On top of just stacking coupons and cartwheel, if you have a Red Card (either debit or credit) you save 5% off your total! I don’t factor in that 5% when I do the math for my bottom line. I will post what the item is, any coupons to go with it, any cartwheel offers and if there is any special instructions (like buying a certain amount of something.) So here we go!

Windex 23oz – on sale for $2.99
SAVE $1.50 on any TWO (2) Windex® products (excludes travel and trial sizes)

$2.24 per bottle when you buy two!

Family Size Oreo or Chips Ahoy – On Sale for $3.33
Save 75¢ when you buy two (SmartSource 8/14) [this means it is in the Sunday paper]
$2.95 per box when you buy two!

Yoplait Single serve yogurt – on sale 10/$5
SAVE $1.00 ON FIVE when you buy FIVE CUPS any flavor/variety Yoplait® Yogurt (Includes Greek, Greek 100, Greek 100 Whips! ®…
30¢ each cup when you buy five!

The next few ones do not have any coupons to go with them, but they are awesome prices that you can Price Match at Walmart or just go to Target to get them!

PopTarts 12ct – $2.50
PopTarts 8ct – $1.66
Kraft Mac & Cheese Original (7.25oz box) – 70¢ (GREAT PRICE STOCK UP!)
Chobani Greek Yogurt 5.3oz Cups – 10/$9 or 90¢ each!

And now comes to a uniquely Target deal.

This gets a little complicated so I will try my best to break it down for you.
If you text SAVE to 827438, you will receive a coupon for a $25 Target gift card when you spend $100 on select baby items (diapers, training pants, baby wipes, and infant formula). Now if you have an infant, you know it will no take long to get to $100 worth of stuff. Now there isn’t anyone way of doing this but keep in mind, both with Cartwheel offers and with coupons (both store and manufacturer coupons) there is a limit of four per transaction. So I will list the coupons and Cartwheel offers for you bellow. I’ll let you decide which way you want to add to get to $100 (and on the plus side, that $100 total before CartWheel and coupons!

GET $2.00 OFF any ONE (1) package of HUGGIES® Diapers (Not valid on 9 ct. or less)

$2.00 OFF ONE Pampers® Easy Ups Training Pants (excludes trial/travel size)

$2.00 OFF ONE Pampers® Cruisers Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

$2.00 OFF ONE Pampers® Baby Dry Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

$2.00 OFF ONE Pampers® Swaddlers Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

$1.00 OFF TWO Pampers® Wipes 56 ct or higher (excludes trial/travel size)

$2.00 OFF ONE Luvs® Diapers (excludes trial/travel size)

And CartWheel can be found here.

HyVee

Okay, I always separate HyVee due to the fact that they have a wonderful Fuel saver program! On average, the prices might be a little (or a lot) more than Walmart.  If you can get things on sale and on fuel saver, you are double winning! So I will list things on sale and then list if they have fuel saver (or a coupon). Here we go!

Peaches – 99¢lb
Bounty Basic Paper Towels 6ct – $3.99
Charmin Bath Tissue 12ct – $3.99
General Mills (11.6 to 18oz) – $1.99 SAVE $1.00 ON TWO when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor General Mills Big G cereals:Cheerios™ • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ • Chex™ • Lucky Charms™…

whole chicken per lb .77
Pepsi 12pk 12oz Cans 2.96 (must buy 3)
Little Sizzlers 12oz 1.00
Maxwell House Coffee or Yuban 29-31oz 5.99
Prego Pasta Sauce 13-24oz 1.79
Hunts Ketchup 24oz .99
Dannon Oikos, Light & Fit Greek Yogurt 4-5.3oz or Drink 7oz .90
Pillsbury Toaster Strudel 11.7oz 1.67
Ball Park Franks – $1.99 – Coupon Save 55¢ off one
Oscar Mayer Bologna or Cotto salami 16oz – Buy one, get one free at $2 (makes it a dollar each!)
HyVee Pasta 10/$10 (And fuel saver 20¢)
Boneless Pork Loin butterfly or America’s cut chop – 5/$0 (and fuel saver 20¢)
Smithfield marinated pork loin filet or tenderloin – $7.99 (and fuel saver 20¢)
English Muffin Bread – $2.99 (and fuel saver 15¢)
I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter – 2/$5

Walmart

Here is the price match list from a few stores in the area. As this go along, I will slowly add more stores to this list! These are actual usable price matches. I actually check and see if the prices are worth it!

Dollar General –

General Mills Cereal ( Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Honey Nut Cheerios) 20-21oz – $3.50 SAVE $1.00 ON TWO when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor General Mills Big G cereals:Cheerios™ • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ • Chex™ • Lucky Charms™…

Malt-o-Meal 20-27.5 – $3.50
Gain/ Tide Pods 12-16ct – $2.95
Dr. Pepper/ 7up/ Sunkist/ A&W/ Sun Drop 12pk cans – 3/$8 – $2.66
Maxwell House 30.6oz or Folgers 30.5oz – $6.75 Coupon – Save 25¢ off one (redplum 8/14)
Purina Dog Chow 4lb bag – $5
Iams dog food 3lb bag – $3.95 $1.00 OFF any one (1) bag of IAMS™ Dry Dog food (any size)

Dawn Ultra Dishsoap 18oz – $1.75 25¢ OFF ONE Dawn® Product (excludes trial/travel size)

Mountain Dew 2lt $1.25

Apple Market

Peaches – 99¢ per pound (STOCK UP)
Red or Black Grapes – $1.29lb
beef ground chucks 80% lean 2.99/lb
Kraft natural cheese 5-8 oz. 1.39
Kraft American singles 12 oz. 1.79
Jell-o ready to eat desserts pudding 4 pk .69
Kraft Philadelphia cream cheese bar or tub 8 oz. 1.29
Maxwell House Wake Up Roast coffee 30.65 oz. 4.99 Coupon – Save 25¢ (redplum 8/14)
Hershey’s pudding 4 pk .99
Kraft string cheese or Cracker Barrel cheese sticks 7.5-12 oz. 2.29
Velveeta loaf 2 lb. 5.49
Kraft natural cheese or Cracker Barrel slices 7-8 oz. 1.39
Kraft original 100% grated parmesan cheese 8 oz. 1.99

Family Fresh

Peaches – 99¢
Red & Black Plums – 99¢
green cabbage .49/lb
cucumbers .50 each

Extra

Once in a while, there is a sale on stuff off the beaten path. For example, Menards or Office Depot/ Office Max or others have a wonderful sale price that is too good to pass up! This week is it Menards. They are as follows.

Finish Dishwasher Tabs – on sale for $1.49 for a ten pack
$0.55 OFF any ONE (1) FINISH® QUANTUM MAX™ or FINISH® MAX IN 1® Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

94¢ per box! (And they are having their 11% rebate sale so the price could even go now to 78¢ a box!

Xtra Laundry Detergent – on sale for $4.99 for an 116 (175oz) load bottle.
Save $1.00 on ONE (1) 144oz or larger XTRA™ or TWO (2) 75oz or smaller XTRA™, XTRA™ Nice ‘n Fluffy Softeners, or XTRA™ Sure Shot™ Paks

$3.99 per bottle (or $3.44 a bottle with the 11% rebate)

Five Signs You Are A Creative Person

Five Signs You Are A Creative Person

You dream in vivid color.

You often are caught staring out the window.

You struggle with knowing who you are.

If you nodded your head to any of these statements above, there is a chance you might be creative. But how do you really know if you are creative? Is there a test? Do you have to take a class? Can you read a book?  Well, no. It’s not that easy. To paraphrase Bob Marley, nothing worth doing is easy and if it’s easy, it’s not worth doing.

So take a moment, take a deep breath and read. If any of these traits click with you, there is a strong chance you are a creative person.

1. You have high energy but you are often quiet or at rest.

This seems like a contradiction (but just wait ’till you get further down). I can assure this in not the case. Creative people are often able to long hours on projects and not feel tired but full of energy. Their passion is what keeps them going (and a little bit of caffeine). Novelists work months on one project. Painters can work 48 hours straight on making sure the hair comes out just right. These are quiet actives but use lots of energy.

2. You often battle between two extremes.

Real vs fantasy
Extroverted vs introverted
Humble vs proud
Passionate vs objective
Rebellious vs conservative
Creative people are not simple people. Labels are not easily placed on them. People with a creative flair are often daydreaming but often it’s for a purpose. They need to dream up an upcoming scene in their masterpiece or they are trying to figure out how warp drive would work. They are out going about their art but often are hard to speak to in the grocery store. They humble to learn new information about their craft but (once in a while) too proud to see a fatal flaw in their painting. Living with two extremes is just a way of life for a creative person.

3. You risk having a higher chance of getting depression.

Regrettable, creativity often requires alone time. Lots of it. Being so isolated for long periods of time often increases the risk of depression. Not interacting with others (being human or animal) reduces interactions and reduces your emotional well-being. Humans evolved to interact with each other and when that is cut off, depression can creep in. So a word to the wise, remember to schedule in time to interact with others.

Another issue that increases depression is an extreme need for perfection. Artist, writers, musicians and other people in the creative world often hold themselves to high standards. Always having high standards and not always meeting those standard sometimes leave to the feeling of not being good enough or being a truly creative person.

4. You work hours that not everyone else works.

Creative people often work when it works for them verse working nine to five. This means they work early in the morning before everyone else is awake or long night hours after everyone is asleep. They often loose track of time and get lost in their work. This means they might start Monday and end Tuesday morning when their muse is truly singing to them. Other times they might only work for five minutes and call it a day. They often find a pattern that works best for them.

5. You step into the unknown.

Yes you! You took the time to look up creative people and their traits. This is just the first step to following your passion. Sometimes just acknowledging that you aren’t quite like the rest of people is following your passion. Once you acknowledge that, you can break away from the path and create your path. Stepping out into the unknown is a very common trait of the creative person and one that is crucial to creativity.

Consequently, do you feel like you are a creative person? Not all these traits apply to everyone. Hopefully, you might have felt a connection to one of these traits. Maybe know you know a little bit more about whether you are a creative person or not!

References –

http://expanded–consciousness.blogspot.nl/2013/12/10-paradoxical-traits-of-creative-people.html
https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199607/the-creative-personality
http://www.medicaldaily.com/what-genius-looks-common-traits-worlds-smartest-and-most-creative-284698
http://www.womenonbusiness.com/5-signs-you-are-a-creative-person/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/creativity-habits_n_4859769.html

In like a lion, out like a lamb…

In like a lion, out like a lamb…

That’s how March is often described as; it’s how I grew up remembering it. I lived on the East coast and I would hear it a lot. Every March first, the teacher would change the hearts and set up the lions and lambs.

Either way, March is almost always known to be a transitional month. Let’s just say that it is true for me this month!

Last month was pretty busy for me. A lot of things had been going on. Doctor appointments, babysitting a little more, so many school events and birthdays. Somewhere I once I read that February was the least popular month for birthdays. I don’t think that person ever met my family. My older cousin’s two oldest kids have birthday’s in February, my sister in law, myself and my mother in law all have birthdays. My sister in law’s, mine and my mother in law’s are all within a week – 20th, 23rd, and the 26th respectively. That is why we are always broke in February. Also, at the end of the month, my tiny terror came down with hand, foot and mouth disease. She’s been a little whiny but for the most part, she is doing well and seems to be healing well.

Anyway, on the writing front, I got close to nothing was done. It’s a bummer but it happens. But we have a new month and it means a new chance to get things done. So I am working on writing up some goals for me and for me to stick to. But overall, there are a few things that I am going to be working on!

The few things I am working on are:

  • working on creating content for this blog. I have done a few guest blogging but I haven’t done much for my baby. So that is my current goal. I got ideas, outlines and first drafts in the works
  • Short stories – I have a few short stories cooking on the stove at the moment. One is for the anthology I am partaking in. A few others one I am working on are for contests that I am hoping into entering into. (One of them is the Writer’s Digest annual contest). I will be writing, plotting and editing those bad boys within the month. (But not in that order. : -P )
  • I am also going to be working on replotting my sci-fi project that I had started last year and had worked on through two Camp NaNoWriMos and NaNoWriMo! I have the skeleton of the plot but I still need to work on it. My goal is to write the second draft during April’s Camp NaNoWriMo! (I’ll update you more on that fun challenge!)

Well, for the moment I think that is all. I have a lot of behind the scenes stuff to work on and I will try my best to keep you guys updated. I also have some interesting stuff to talk to you guys about as well! I promise, please keep your eyes open, it will be worth it!

Until next time…

Happy Birthday – TO ME!

Happy Birthday – TO ME!
Happy Birthday – TO ME!

Today is my birthday!  I just thought I would share! I’m a big 26! 🙂

So if you want to do something nice for me on my birthday, share my blog and tell your freidns to check me out!  It would make my day!

I’ll be back soon with lots of new stuff so please keep your eyes open!  (I know I have said this before but I promise I have lots of good stuff!)  🙂

So, happy birthday to me!

Until next time!