Latest Column – Journey with Weight Watchers

My latest column on Pandora Box Gazette is on my experience with Weight Watchers!!!  I don’t like the word journey but it really is!

PB Column Weight Loss


Today’s forecast is Sunny – even though it’s cloudy out

Today is Sunny even though there are clouds outside. Thanks, everyone for the thoughtful words and verses!

I know I need to keep moving and doing things – and not give up on this life!  Jasmine is such a great reminder of that since she will play will her ball anytime I want to.  She’s a little obsessive about it!

Weeping may tarry for the night,
    but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5b

#huntington’s #hopeful #thanksjesus #hd #jesuslovesmelodiehotmess

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Huntington’s Disease

I was told a couple of weeks ago that Huntington’s symptoms have started. I have a CAG of 43 and really never thought I would start having symptoms.  I have such a severe case of fibromyalgia I thought Jesus would spare me from the symptoms of Huntington’s. I also have severe sinus infections that last for months. I can’t take any antibiotics so I just suffer.

Huntington’s is a mix of Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons and schizophrenia.  Symptoms show up differently with each person.  The person could have live 12 or more years after the symptoms start.

I decided to keep going to school and use the rest of my GI Bill when I got a professor who gave me a 38 out of 200 points on an assignment. I couldn’t believe it!  I mean I know my writing is not the best which is why I hesitated writing a blog. I dropped the class which was a cost to me.  I’m not even sure I want to take another class.  I feel the classes stress me out so much because I never know how the professor is going to grade.

I’m feeling lost.  I don’t ever want to blog or do anything.

I know Jesus has a plan I’m just not sure what it is.

#huntingtondisease #huntington #lost #helpmejesus

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Newest Column at Pandora Box Gazette – should you cut the cord????

A new year brings the hope for change – should that change be cutting the cord? I write about my experience in my latest column.

#cutthecord #downsize #savemoney


Big Y app – FREE M&M Tablet bar

Big Y has an app that is great and easy to use! The easiest to get the app is to download the Big Y app on your phone. Then create a digital account using your last name and Big Y card number. If you do not have a Big Y card then you can sign up for the account on the app too.

You can also sign up using their website right below.

The M&M Tablet bar is free without any other coupons needed. Just put the digital coupon on the card.

I just wanted to try and see if the overages would go to the other my final bill and it did!  Today I bought 5 items for 1.03 at Big Y!

I am able to use clipped coupons that I found online at and coupons on the app! Any overages are used toward the rest of the bill.

Hint before they start ringing hand them the card on the app.



Thanks to ppp at  and

#freeM&M #bigy #coupons #discount #free #save #bigyapp

Dunkin Donuts Black Friday

I can not believe this week is Thanksgiving and Black Friday! This year has gone by so fast!  I am so Thankful that God has never left my side and continues to bless my life each and every day!  I wanted to do 30 days of thankfulness but only made it to 17. It does not mean I don’t have more than 17 things to be thankful for but it does mean some other things took over – which is ok!

Be careful when shopping Black Friday – they can put items out that seems like an amazing deal but then the product does not work! Which defeats the purpose of a good deal!!  I have this problem because I love saving money! It is a great time of year to try an item that is on sale then return if it does not work like you thought.

Kohls is live which most of their Black Friday sales. I just bought a vacuum I needed since my other one broke! Be careful using their Kohls cash that you “earn” by spending money. If you return any item after using Kohls cash that will be subtracted from the refund. That’s why I don’t use the Kohls cash anymore. I have a year to return an item if it was purchased on the Kohls card.

Dunkin Donuts – dd (which is changing their name to Dunkin – why?  That’s for another blog), has a .50 espresso deal for Black Friday only!  Since each Dunkin donuts is a franchised ask if your Dunkin Donuts is having the same deal!  Then get your energy on!

I hope everyone has an amazing Thanksgiving and an amazing Black Friday!  Be kind to everyone around you since you have no idea what is going on in their life! A nice smile when someone is mean goes a long way when dealing long days!

#blackfriday #dunkindonuts #dunkin #dd #thanksgiving #neverknowwhatthepersonisgoingthrough #smile #kindness #onlineshopping #becareful

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Updated – this deal from Cashstar ends today – 10/24/2018.  This is an easy way to get a $5 Starbucks gift card when you purchase a $10 or more gift card using Masterpass.  I did it yesterday using the link below.

This is an easy way to get free Starbucks – which we all know I love!


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#hip2save #starbucks #free #giftcard #discounts #savings #masterpass


Today only – Starbucks BOGO Drinks!

According to, Starbucks is having buy one get one free drink size must be grande and larger!  Starts at 3 and ends when they close today.  So go get your warm drink on this cold day!

This pic is not starbucks!!

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#bogo #starbucks #buyonegetonefree #coffee #hip2save



Free Hotel Rooms

Free Hotel rooms – YES PLEASE!

I love staying at Hampton Inn because the beds are so comfortable plus you get a free breakfast in the morning. The breakfast bar is large with eggs, toast, bagels and make your own waffles.  Plus an assortment of other food. If you don’t have time for breakfast they have to go bags that you can take.

If you are going to try and use credit cards to get free hotel rooms, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.  The most important is the credit needs to be paid off every month. It does not make any sense getting a credit card for free hotel rooms and then pay interest.

Hilton Honor is my favorite credit card for free hotel rooms. Hilton Honor has four different credit cards through American Express that you can use to stay free! I love free!  There are only two I would actually use because the other two are too much money a year.  I try to stay away from any credit card that will have an annual fee unless it is a Hilton Honors. I signed up for the Hilton Honor Ascent card.  You pay $95 but get 125000 free after spending $2000 on the card.

Breaking that down – there are times I can get a hotel room for 25000-35000 points. So that could be five days or less. Also, this summer I had planned a trip to Nashville and the hotel was stay 5 with Hilton Honor points and get the six night free. That is a great deal!   I do not pay anything, but it does depend on the town you are staying. Different town and hotels have different rules.  Make sure you pay attention to the fine print.  I cannot tell you how many lessons I have learned when I do not and by lessons, I mean paying money.

Once you have paid off the $2000 cancel that card and then get the next Hilton Honors card that has no annual fee.   Now you get another 75000 bonus points and no annual fee. I would wait for the sixth month to do this. Also, I was given a refund for part of the annual fee when I canceled my American Express ascend card.  I did not expect that, so that was a nice bonus.

What is your favorite hotel?  Where do you like to travel?

#free #freehotelroom #creditcard #hack #saving #hiltonhonor #hamptoninn #travel

This pic is not of Hampton Inn

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