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A Few Changes

12 Mar

I just updated the “About MochaMom04” section.  I thought I would share.

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I truly am honored by your presence, especially since there are SO many blogs in cyberspace.

A little about me… My name is Tonya and when I started my blog I was a stay at home wife and mother of four wonderful children, three daughters and a son.  I absolutely love being a mommy and wife to Sam.

Well…I am still a wife and mother, however I am no longer at home!  I went back to work in the summer of 2010.    I am now very busy with work  (I teach high school), my family, my church (my hubby is the Pastor) and somewhere in there I attempt to get some “me time”, which generally means…shopping!

So for anyone browsing my page, you will notice the DRASTIC change in my posts.  I went from posting weekly…to every now and then!  The focus of my blog was saving money and how to get things free…how to cut your grocery bill…The name of my blog was “A Sip of Savings with MochaMom04.”   This used to be a part of the About MochaMom04 blurb “I have always been frugal and shopped a sale, but after giving birth to three children in two years and going from two incomes to one…I have become a bargain obsessed woman on a mission to save money!  My husband says that I have an addiction:-)  I attempt to save money everywhere that I go!  I am here to share my secrets and successes of saving with you!  If I come across it, I will share it.”

I am still crazy about sales and shopping…but when I went back to work, my extra time to write and research savings diminished.  My focus has changed somewhat now.  I still want to share my savings and tips on how to be a better “steward” of your finances, but I want to also just write about things that are on my mind…things I go through…and just random STUFF!  I will not be writing everyday, but hopefully I will post something weekly.  I truly miss writing and interacting with the world!

So…welcome to the new blog!  I can’t wait to share all kinds of stuff with you!  I will add a few new posts about my JCP finds.

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Time for a Break

1 Jul

I recently started reading a great blog, The Diaper Diaries-“Always loaded, sometimes full of crap”.  I love the posts that the author writes.  She uses her blog as a diary, a place to share almost anything.  Sometimes there are product reviews, other times she writes about her children or an event that she attended.  As much as I enjoy writing about saving money, I think I would enjoy writing more “random” stuff.  So, this is a random post, and I plan to write more “randomness” from time to time.  Hopefully you won’t mind:-)

Time for a break… This summer makes two years of being a SAHM (stay at home mom).  My mother was a SAHM for most of my childhood.  I don’t think she returned to the work force until I was in middle school.  It was a wonderful thing to have her home.  She dedicated her life to us, our family.  At an early age, I knew I wanted to be a sahm.  I prayed that when the time came for me to have children, I would be able to stay at home and be like my mother. 

Well, in 2008, I gave birth to twin girls…following the birth of my son in 2007.  So, that makes 3 babies in 1 year…1 year and 10 days to be exact.  My DH and I sat down and had a very important conversation about our family and we decided that I would stay home, and stop working as a teacher for a while.  Needless to say I was over joyed that my prayers were being answered.  It has been such a blessing being at home caring for my children and home.  The children are only young once and I cherish my time with my family. 

With that being said, I am ready for and in need of a break!  Being a SAHM is a 24/7 job.  There probably isn’t any other job in the world that requires its employees to work, eat, sleep, shower and live on site.  There is no calling in sick or requesting a transfer…if you are committed that is.  Well, recently I realized I needed a break.  My DH clearly realized it too.  Last week he surprised me with a “me trip”.  A getaway just for me.  I am truly looking forward to spending time with myself.  To waking up when I want and possibly taking a nap.  Taking a shower without rushing and using the bathroom without interruption.  Going to a restaurant and not requesting 3 high chairs and feeling bad when we leave because there is more food on the floor than on the table.  I am looking forward to walking through another city and being seen as a woman and not as all of the many hats I wear.  I am going to let my hair down and in the words of one of my favorite quotes from A Different World, “relax, relate, release”!

I had to laugh as I wrote the last paragraph because I will more than likely enjoy the first 5 minutes of being alone and then I will be so lost without my family.  I absolutely love being Sam’s wife and mom to Maggie, Cole, Maddie and Macy and can’t imagine anything else, but I know I need this time away. 

It is so important for us as women to keep a part of who we are.  It is so easy to become totally wrapped up in our role as mother and wife, but if we lose ourselves, what can we really offer to those that we love?  Not much!  Do things for yourself, keep looking pretty, shop for yourself every now and then…even if it is at the thrift store or a consignment shop.  Get a massage, take yourself to lunch.  Oh, and continue to date your spouse!  Day to day life can get to be so monotonous so we have to work daily at keeping the “fire” in our relationship.  I am SO looking forward to upcoming time away with my hubby!  But that’s another post… That’s all I will say about that! 

I will write all about my 4 night getaway to Atlanta, Georgia.

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Shopping, Shopping, Shopping!

28 May

Good Morning All!  I am clearing out messages in my email box and I have quite a few coupon codes for online shopping.  I thought I would pass them along, just in case you feel like shopping this weekend:-)

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EXPRESS – $15 Off every $60 you spend – Coupon Code 7273 – Plus, BOGO Ladies Knit Tees & Tanks, BOGO Ladies Sandals

Free Massage for Mom

7 May

In honor of Mother’s Day, HydroMassage is inviting moms everywhere
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Unfortunately ladies, I will not be able to take advantage of this freebie because the closest location is more than 100 miles from me.  I need the Hampton Roads area of Virginia to bring some of these businesses down here.  Oh well, hopefully you will be able to enjoy this relaxing freebie.  If you go, post so that I may relax through your experience:-)

Save your…

21 Jan

Sanity!  I know that this blog is dedicated to saving money, but, I was thinking today of all of the other things in our life that need to be saved.  Tomorrow I have a massage date with a girl friend from my church and I am really looking forward to it.  Life has a way of weighing on us, and every now and then it is a great idea for us to take a break and do something nice for ourselves.

When was the last time you pampered yourself?  Treated yourself?  If you cannot remember the last time, then maybe it is time that you did something for YOU!  I realize that not all of my readers are women or mothers, but I am going to focus on us for a minute.  How many times do we do for our husband, children, co-workers, family members, friends, neighbors, the church, the PTA, community organizations and everyone else until we feel as though there is nothing else to give?  How many days do you pass out like a limp noodle after a long day of work “things to do lists”?  Again, maybe it is time that you do something nice for YOU!

As women, we have so much to juggle and wear so many hats that we frequently forget that we need to be re-energized and rejuvenated.  So start by doing something for you.  On Monday, my mother and I enjoyed a relaxing pedicure at a local day spa.  While cleaning last week, I came across a brochure for a spa and wondered where did it come from.  I was about to throw it in the trash, when something said to look through it.  I found an envelope with a gift certificate.  I had completely forgotten about this gift certificate that had been given to me way back in 2008 as a baby shower gift from two ladies at the school where I used to teach.  The certificate had an expiration date of 12-2008, which was clearly over a year ago!  I called the spa and asked would they honor the expired certificate and they said “yes”!  I was so excited!  My mother visited over the weekend and accompanied me to the spa.  We had a great time!  Just what the doctor ordered.  I had someone pampering me for 45 minutes, while enjoying a soothing massage chair in a serene environment.  We walked back into the house to find NickJr blasting, toys all over the floor and the kids running around…but my feet sure felt good!

So, back to the massage… I started feeling guilty that I was doing something else for myself again this week, but after scrubbing the kitchen floor twice in the same day, taking my 3 toddlers out of the house to run errands, cooking breakfast and dinner, washing dishes, doing the laundry, taking my DH lunch, cleaning up after the twins decided to throw their plates on the floor and enjoying Cole’s “terrific 2’s” tantrums…and that was just today… I decided I have earned an hour full body massage!  While I am saving my sanity, I will be saving money too!  How?  There are frugal ways to pamper yourself.  My friend and I will be heading to a local massage therapy school.  Our massage therapists are in various stages of their program and must have a certain number of “hands on” hours.  I am more than happy to help the students get their hours, while I get a quality massage, at a fraction of the price I would pay at a spa.  Hour massages at this particular school run from $15-$30, compared to $60-$100.

So ladies, and gentlemen…save your sanity and do something for yourself.  It may be a massage, a pedicure, a dinner date with a friend.  Whatever it is, do something for yourself!  You deserve it!!

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6 Oct

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