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I want to get this out there to hopefully keep some other unsuspecting person from going thru this. There is a business out there called Magazines Inc. out of Virginia Beach, Virginia.

BEWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They call you and tell you  that you have won something and then tell you that you have to give them your credit card number so they can confirm your identity. They told her that she had won a free magazine subscription and there would be a one time charge of $20.00 for shipping and handling. Well that onetime charge has now turned into 3 charges. The first one was for $68.28 and put her checking account overdrawn which in turn ended up costing her additional charges of over $100.00. She has since been charged another $68.28 and $19.99.

We are now in the process of trying to figure out how to stop all this and get her money back. unfortunately she is not the only one to be scammed by these people. You can google them at complaints.com and several other sites. Some of these people have been trying to get this fixed for years. Please lets tell our children about scams like this. If I had warned my daughter maybe I wouldn’t be blogging about it now.

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O.K. real quick. I love to save money and I am just learning how to really use coupons. A great place to get started is by visiting Michele @moneysavingdealz.com . She not only shows you where to find coupons but explains how to use them. Just remember to print your coupons from her website which helps her in return. She is also the reason I am now a blogger. Thank you Michele for helping those of us who really need help.

O.K. lets us take a break from the youngest child and move up a few years to my middle child.

I had intended to post on here everyday from inception but, as you know things don’t work out as planned. I am happy to announce that I have a beautiful new grand-daughter. Emily was born at 10:18 on 6-7-11. She weighed in at 6 lbs & 9 oz., 18.5 inches long, equipped with 10 fingers, 10 toes and a full head of hair. I got to do something I’ve never been able to do before. I GOT TO CUT THE CORD!!!!! To some I realize that this is no big deal but, to me it was like helping her to take that final step. So just let me bask in my on glory.

Luckily for all involved, mom dozed thru most of the labor, once the epidural kicked in. Let’s just say she doesn’t deal well with pain. Luckily for her, it was a couple of quick pushes and the hard stuff was over.

My grandson, who is 7, wanted a brother but, once he got to see her, when asked if he wanted to trade her for a boy he said   “NO! “. Now he is really out numbered you see he already has a 2 yr. old sister.  The poor guy. speaking of my grandson he is staying with me till his mom gets out of the hospital.  His papa wont admit it but, he loves having him over here, and I think my grandson likes spending time with his papa too.

Well that is all the news I have for now. Gotta get pictures of the baby posted so the grandmas can see her. 3 kids and now 4 grand kids. At times like this I’m glad that I’m not 18

And so it begins!!!

How many times have  I said that I wish I were 18 again? And now I have an 18 year old who wishes she wasn’t.

I get it. Being 18 is scary to say the least. But, 18 is also the greatest time of your life. You have the whole world out there ahead of you. It’s a time of old things coming to an end and new and wonderful things beginning.

I told myself that I would not allow my children to be slapped in the face with reality. Problem being that reality has changed a bunch since I was 18.  But, I believe I have the basics covered.

#1- She has a job               #2- She has a Car                     #3- She has a phone                      #4- She pays for #2 & #3 with #1

Hard part is now she has to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. And those things that magically got done for her will now have to be done by her.  No more finding the clothes that once occupied the hamper now folded neatly in the drawer. And when the wallet all of a sudden had money in it when you knew it was empty the last time you looked in it.

Having to make decisions on your own and knowing that you have to live with those decisions is hard enough. But, knowing that mom and dad aren’t going to fix the bad decisions you make is really  hard.  It should be a fun time of knowing that you don’t have your parents telling you what you should and should not do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad my daughter stills wants and respects my opinion.

And so it begins!!! The simple steps from childhood to adulthood,(ok, maybe not so simple), the coming of an age as they say. But, I still would give anything 2B18again!!!!!!!

Till next time, repeat after me, “You are only as old as your body allows you to be.” ( I learned a long time ago your mind has nothing to do with it.

AUNTIBEE

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