Saturday 9: Last Stand of 2009

1. What did you think of 2009?
+ It was fabulous during the first months and turned out to be full of problems. I just wished everything will fall into places..I’m hopeful for 2010!

2. What do you think was the news story of the year?
+ When my Grandma died 5 days before Christmas. And a lot more saddest stories of my life!

3. What happened this year that you never want to hear another word about?
+ I don’t want to talk about it anymore.

4. What was your favorite song of 2009?
+ You belong with me by Tylor Swift. It’s very cute!

5. What did you accomplish this year?
+ I started going back to school for a second course.

6. Did you learn anything new this year?
+ Tons actually.

7. What are you looking forward to in the new year?
+ A lot. I’m very hopeful!

8. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?
+ Dinner with the family.

9. What’s the best thing you ever did on a New Year’s Eve?
+ Being with my family.

Happy New Year 2010!



Saturday 9: Joy to the World

1. What to you is the most joyous aspect of the holidays?
+ Be with your love ones. Spending more time with them. Plus it is the time to share and give more specially to the needy..

2. Do you get much snow where you live? If yes, do you enjoy winter sports like skiing or would you rather stay in by the cozy fire?
+ For the first time in many years, we get to spent it in the tropical country! My home country! Gotta love it:)

3. Have you ever been on a sleigh ride or a carriage ride? Do you even like horses?
+ I did when I was a little girl with grandpa. Yup, I do like horses! I’m born under year of the horse!

4. During the busy week, what do you do to relax?
+ I read and listen to music. Play with the boys too.

5. Do you get stressed during the holidays?
+ Nope. It’s fun still after all the busy parties with family and friends!

6. What holiday song could you happily never hear again?
+ I’m not sure of the title.

7. How do you decide on what present you pick for a person?
+ Based on their likes. Sometimes if I run out of time, it’s would be just random! :D

8. What does this holiday season mean to you and why?
+ Spending more time with my 3 boys. The husband work far from us. And we don’t get to see him always. I’m excited of his homecoming next weekend! Yay!

9. What holiday movies best describe the season for you and why?
+ Love is all Around and Family Stone. Nice movies!

Happy Holidays everyone!!!



How to Stop Being Shopaholic

Well, this goes totally for me! LOL Saw this over eHow and have to post it here. After all, this is a VERY helpful tips! Ladies, listen up!

1. Consider the Economy a Sign to Slow Down

When the national economy reports are optimistic, it is easy to feel like you are serving your country by contributing to it. And you may feel like the economy needs you to help it thrive during the recession. Either way, shopping is not worth putting yourself into overwhelming debt, and there are ways to get what you need without going overboard.

If you tend to overspend, remind yourself about the economy and the need to be conservative. After all, you never know when a source of income could be cut off–and if it is, you want to make sure that you have enough money for the basics.

2. Identify Your Emotions

Whether you are mad, excited, happy, or just plain bored–these are all emotions that can trigger you to overspend. Before you set out to shop, think about how you are feeling. Often times, you may still be able to enjoy shopping if you set a limit for yourself. You can also go without your wallet and make the drive back if you feel you really want something. Overshopping cannot fill an emotional hole, even though it may seem like it does at the time.

Otherwise, avoid shopping due to these emotions, or you could be buying things you do not want, need–or even like!

3. Think About Your Underlying Needs

If you are lonely, you may go shopping just to be around other people–maybe even talking to the cashier helps. This is the type of underlying need, that if you can identify, you can satisfy in another way. Once you think about the reasons why you shop, you can likely find other ways to satisfy those needs. Or maybe you can real lot money and spend it more smartly; if you get frustrated at work, hit the gym afterward instead of the mall. It’s much more beneficial!

4. Utilize Alternatives

Once you identify the reasons for your shopaholicism and recognize the underlying needs, it’s time to start meeting those needs without a credit card. If you’re angry, work off your anger or resolve the issue instead of hitting Macy’s. If you are anxious, try taking a walk to calm down or do some journaling. These are wonderful alternatives that can help you break the overspending habit. You will be able to shop and regain your love of shopping–in a more healthy way–once you stop buying mindlessly.

5. Connect With Others

Plenty of people overshop–there are about 17 million Americans that cannot resist the urge, according to studies. Similarly, there are tons of resources to help you connect with others to find support and identify ways to curb your spending. Visit a site like stoppingovershopping.com to help resist the urge