Fill Up Your Tank!!

Not sure about you but gas here in Raleigh, NC is anywhere from $3.42 to $3.79 depending on the day of the week, time of day, and location. Over the past week I’ve paid $3.42 to $3.55 near my house.  If you’re looking for the cheapest gas prices, check out Gas Buddy for your local city. The link here shows the current prices for Raleigh.

Gas Buddy currently lists the following 10 tips for conserving gas:

1 Avoid High Speeds As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases in an exponential fashion. Driving 62 mph (100 km/h) vs 75 mph (120 km/h) will reduce fuel consumption by about 15%.
2 Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.
3 Keep Tires Properly Inflated Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.
4 Use A/C Sparingly When the air conditioner is on it puts extra load on the engine forcing more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner.
5 Keep Windows Closed Windows open, especially at highway speeds, increase drag and result in decreased fuel economy of up to 10%.
6 Service Vehicle Regularly Proper maintenance avoids poor fuel economy related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels.
7 Use Cruise Control Maintaining a constant speed over long distances often saves gas.
8 Avoid Heavy Loads Remove the sand bags from your trunk in the spring and pack lightly for long trips.
9 Avoid Long Idles If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle for this time.
10 Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle’s rated fuel efficiency. Usually choosing a small vehicle with a manual transmission will provide you with great fuel economy.

You can find other gas saving tips at Opentravelinfo here: http://www.opentravelinfo.com/travel-guide/uncategorized/how-to-save-money-on-gas-29-tips.html.

Unfortunately hubby and I have gas guzzlers (’04 AWD Ford Explorer and ’96 4×4 GMC Sierra Extended Cab) and try our best to conserve as much as possible.  Thank goodness I live in a subdivision with plenty of kids (although we ARE hoping for a little girl soon for my oldest to play with) as well as local girlfriends for me to hang out with as we end our evenings and the kids play.  We live in an area that is growing like crazy with different stores and such nearby.  I believe the nearest grocery store as well as the Super Wal-mart is about a mile up the street so if I REALLY wanted to (and ONLY if I buy a small thing…)  I COULD walk.  There is a public bustop a block from my house BUT I’m thinking it might not be as safe for the kids (don’t believe there are restraints and you can’t always gaurantee a seat) so I’ve never ridden it with them.  My neighbor and I do occassionally go to the grocery store together to save gas.  And there even this one particular discount grocery store (Aldi) we bring our own bags as they do not supply any which helps us be more green!

Since I am a SAHM and the older kids are back in school, I’m home more with the little one.  Mainly I think because there isn’t as much demand for outside stimulation away from home (gee…I make my kids sound like demanding brats! LOL).  The little one and I can find stimulation playing in our flower garden (we’re trying to save from our previous heat waves), dancing to music, coloring, and dress up so it’s fairly easy to entertain her without having to leave our driveway. 

So how are gas prices in your area compared to us?

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I’m going on a Blog Trip

Well this mom here is going on a blog trip this week of September 1-5. It will be interesting to get to know other mom bloggers out there and why they blog. Do they blog because they like the creative outlet when life seems to be chaotic? Do they blog to promote their business or passion? OR do they blog to share their life with their family and friends? It seems we all have our reasons for blogging. I personally enjoy blogging about me, my family, random things (which all can be found at my mom blog site: Wife and Mom of 3) AND I enjoy blogging about the books I’ve come across (which can be found in The Book Faery Reviews).  

So who wants to know about this mom blogger who loves being me, a wife, a mother, and a reader?! You obviously if you’re reading this post and I do hope you continue to read this one and any others on my site (don’t forget to leave a comment or two with your own blog/website and I’ll return the favor and stop by…who knows…we may end up enjoying each other’s company enough to exchange links or add to our RSS readers…).

Well… I am married to my high school heart who I have known half of my life. We’ve been married for 8 years and together are raising 3 beautiful children (2 girls and 1 boy).

I am currently a SAHM (stay at home mom…for anyone not familiar with the acronym). My older two are in 1st and 3rd grade while the youngest is at home with me during the day. I am in hopes of finding a job though as I DO feel like my brain is going to mush and I need more intelligent conversations throughout the day. Not that there is ANYTHING wrong with being a SAHM but playgroups and such just didn’t give me what I needed. I want to be able to converse with my hubby and friends about more topics aside from what Jr. did today…I just need my own personal stimulation.

Aside from my blogging, I enjoy spending time with my hubby and kids, hanging out with MY mommy (LOL…hey if the kids can do it, why can’t I?!), go-karting with the kids, 4-wheeling with my hubby, dancing with my kids, reading all kinds of books, cooking, hanging out on the deck with my girls with a “drink” and having one of our “board meetings”, and singing to my MP3 player (OMG…”there was this ONE time” I wasn’t expecting my husband’s best friend so soon for dinner and my son taps me on the hip with HIM behind me with a grin on his face as I’m jamming to a song while I cook dinner!! Talk about embarrassing!! I may have known him half my life too but STILL!! That’s the side he’s NEVER seen! LOL)

I love to sing (but just for my mom, sister, kids, and self…I know…), instead of shoes, I am a purse addict (in fact I just got my third Dooney and Burke purse and LOVE it!! Thank you Mom! A bit too conservative/business like for my girlfriends but SOOO me). I’m STILL on the search for a great Coach purse to add to my collection!! I’ve got a girlfriend who SWEARS her Coach hook up sells the REAL THING at a HUGE discount…so we’ll just have to check her out soon!

Some other tidbits about me…

  • Though I am no longer a Catholic, I was baptized by the Pope in the Philippines where I was born in 1978.
  • I am my son’s football “Team Mom”.
  • I’m fascinated with faeries, dragons, and ghosts.
  • I love the colors purple and dark red. (My wedding was in a smoky purple and I wear some sort of red piece of clothing to a job interview if I want it bad enough for the added confidence.)
  • I was 2nd runner up to Miss Jr. Raleigh in 1994 and Miss Congeniality in that same pageant. My oldest daughter was 2nd runner up for a local pageant here and got Miss Smiley when she was 2 (she’s almost 9 now)!! How ironic…
  • One of these days I WILL (power of determination!) to open up a café/bookstore.
  • Before I turn 31 this December I want to get a tattoo…just debating on my faery facing the dragon or a faery sitting on books for my shoulder. It’s on my “to do before I die” list!

 

I live in Raleigh, NC where the seasons have typically changed over the years…meaning, the colors change in the fall, the weather is quite chilly in the winter, the flowers are all in bloom in the spring, and the air is perfect for a swim without burning your nostril hairs. However, I have to admit the past two years have been a bit odd and off in terms of weather pattern but I still love my North Carolina and YEP…I am a Southern Gal and enjoy the perfect pace of the south.

So there you go…a bit about me…what else do you want to know? Just leave me a comment and I’ll let you know! I’m a fairly open book as I am who I am and not ashamed of who I am (without the use of real names of course to protect my family the best I can online…course you know there’s always a risk to blogging freely online when it comes to your family)…

 

If you’re interested in joining this blog trip, then check out my earlier blog at: https://wifeandmomof3.wordpress.com/2008/08/23/im-going-on-a-blog-trip-sept-1-5/.

I’m going on a “Blog Trip” Sept 1-5!!

Mommy Community turned 5 years old in July 2008! To wrap up the summer, the Mommy Community will be hosting its very own “Road Trip” with a twist…it’s called the “Blog Trip”. Won’t you come and join me on the “Blog Trip”?

HOW IT WORKS…
The Mommy Community Blog Trip will be on Sept. 1-5, 2008 and moms all over the net will be blog hopping through other participating mom blogs. There will be a list of participants in a special post in the Mommy Community blog with Mr. Linky. Moms will have an opportunity to meet, learn a bit more, share and chat with other moms in cyberspace.

Let’s try to make the Blog Trip exciting and with lots of stops and blogs to visit. Along the way, there will be some prizes to giveaway so make sure to join us for all the fun. A list of prizes will be listed in a special post in the Mommy Community blog. Prize drawing will be open to all participants of The Mommy Community Blog Trip.

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO…
Spread the word, invite others to join our Blog Trip by placing the Mommy Community Blog Trip 2008 graphic on the sidebar of your blog or website. There are a few to choose from to help you find the right one to fit your blog.

Write a post on your blog or site about our Blog Trip. It doesn’t have to be long or complicated – simply invite others to join the fun just as you would invite your best friend to join you in this journey.

Start your engine in your own Blog. The point of throwing this blog trip is so that we can travel in cyberspace, make a stop at another mom’s blog and visit and see what her life is like. For other mom bloggers to learn more about you and where you are from, you will need to post a short “Intro” about you. It’s like a “Round Robin” – every participating mom blogger gets a chance to introduce themselves and share who they are, where they live and show off their city.

You can be as creative as you want – you can make your blog post as simple or as detailed as you wish – it’s all up to you. Share what you want. Post pictures, use audio and even video – we want to enjoy this blog trip so let’s try to make it really visual.

During the entire event, there will be a Linky available where you can add your name and Intro Post Link. All you have to do is post about our Blog trip once during our celebration (Sept. 1-5, 2008). The key here is to make sure that you leave your blog trip post link url on our Mr. Linky so other moms can find your “Introduction” – that way they do not have to search through your blog – makes it easy for everyone.

The Mr. Linky thingie will be listed on the Blog Aug.31, 2008 so we can jump start the Blog Trip. Make sure to add your link then and note that the sooner you add your link, then the chances of others visiting your blog is greater. If you are a newbie with Mr. Linky, don’t be confused. All it is – is an easy way for you to leave your link back to your blog.

Start your journey, visit participating bloggers. Alright, so you have posted about our Blog Trip on your blog. You have posted an “intro” in your blog and left your link in the Mr. Linky in our Site. Now, it’s time to start your cyber-trip – visit other blogs that you can find in the Mr. Linky thingie in our blog. Just start clicking on the links to learn more about other moms. Make sure to leave them a comment to let them know you found them through our Mommy Community Blog Trip. You may find some new blogs to follow and make new friends.

HERE’S A THOUGHT…
Have a fun giveaway in your blog (Optional) Since you are already getting all this traffic from other moms, why not have your own mini-party? If you have something fun to giveaway, why not have a fun prize drawing too? Make sure to let me know in advance if you are hosting a giveaway on your blog on the days of our Blog Trip (Sept. 1-5, 2008) and I will post about it on the Mommy Community blog. You can make participants leave you a comment on your giveaway blog post and choose a random winner that way. Just make sure that you are clear with your instructions on how others can enter your giveaway.

Want more link love from Mommy Community? Purchase a sponsorship or Donate a prize (Optional) The Mommy Community is offering sponsorship spots for a very low $10.

Sponsorship includes the following perks: Your blog url will be listed as a “Recommended Stop” or “Point of Interest” during our Blog Trip. All recommended stops or points of interests will be mentioned in our BLOG TRIP mailing sent out to the Mommy Community list which has over 1000 subscribers. Also, all recommended stops and points of interests will be mentioned in the Mommy Community podcast episode during the week of the Blog Trip (Week of Sept. 1, 2008). All of the episodes get about 500+ downloads. To purchase sponsorship, send Maria at Mommy Community an email so she can send you an invoice. She will continue to accept sponsors until Aug. 27, 2008.

Maria from the Mommy Community is hoping to giveaway lots of fun stuff to moms during the Mommy Community BLOG Trip so she is looking for prize donations. All prize donations will be listed in the Contest/Prize page and prizes will be drawn from comments left on our Blog Trip 2008 post when she will do a random drawing. If you want to donate a prize, simply send her an email.

Make sure to stop by the Mommy Community Site everyday from Sept 1-5, 2008
Maria from the Mommy Community will be hosting different contests during those days. There will be a bunch of them and she will post about the contests in the Contest/Prize Page. To learn more, visit the Contests Page.

WRAP UP THE EVENT…
After the blog trip, simply post a wrap-up on your blog. Let the Mommy Community know how you liked it. If you made new friends or even won a prize, post about it. If you want, you can even give your new friends some link love by sharing their blogs with others.

I hope you can come join me and all the other moms from the Mommy community. Winners for the contests will be announced in the Mommy Community blog on Sept 8, 2008.

 

Check back and find out more about my home state of North Carolina and a bit about me and my family!

(I owe credits to Maria from Mommy Community for this post…without her I wouldn’t have been able to explain this fun new “Blog Trip”!!)