The Life and Times of "Tanya"

Disclosure: Tanya is a pen-name for the author of this blog. I will try to focus on health and consumer-related issues, but rants about my personal life are bound to creep in as well.


Address Labels

Good morning,

Since I just bought a new house, I'm going to have to buy new return address labels, so I was looking all over the internet for a great site with lots of variety and different styles of return address labels. I stopped at, which had an amazing array of label types, and 16,000 different graphics!

The base price for a page of labels is only a dollar, and then you can customize from there. Shipping is very reasonable, too. In fact, they advertise the lowest prices on the internet, but at the same time have high quality labels--you can even purchase labels with genuine gold trim!

Enjoy your new labels, and thanks for reading this sponsored post.



Although I have already lost as much weight as I was hoping, I still get worried when I go out to eat with friends. Tomorrow, I'm heading out to Chili's with an old friend from college, and I'm already feeling anxious about things like whether she'll want to order a sugary, high calorie drink, and whether we'll get a high-fat appetizer, etc. I just feel like now, people think that I should be able to eat anything, because I've already lost the weight. But in reality, I have to be really careful, because it'll come right back on in a heartbeat.

Lowest Bid Wins!

I love Ebay, but sometimes I get burned on there, and I just wish there was an alternative. I think I've found a company that's going to give Ebay a run for their money. It's called bid4prizes, and it's auction-style just like Ebay, but its unique twist is that you bid on products and the *lowest* unique bidder wins. What a concept. What would you do if you won one of the prizes? I could just imagine winning something really amazing--like a cruise--for a penny--I think I would have to give it as a gift to someone less fortunate.

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I'm really excited because I just watched an episode of Flip this house on TLC, and the flippers did some beautiful backyard landscaping that I think I'll model in the house that Collette and I are going to flip. We've already submitted an offer to the seller, and I think it'll be accepted, because this seller just wants to get this property off his hands. For us, it'll be a big project, but I think we're up to the task.


I love look at artwork--it just puts my mind at ease when I'm stressed out. I also love finding out about new, talented artists, and my most recent find is glenn glasgow. I found out about him through his website.

You only need a few seconds on the website to see what Glenn Glasgow's handle is: "what we say is art." He uses art to comment on the recent quotes of public figures, and his talent brings them to life.

I urge you to check out his artwork, which is listed conveniently on his website. Some of it's deep political commentary, some of it's extremely insightful and clever, and some of it's just humorous. But all of it's impressive, and I think you'll like what you see.

Head on over to Glenn's site today.

Want even more information? His biography is below:

Glenn D. Glasgow was born in the British West Indies, his passion includes writing short stories, painting and writing poetry, he has been recognized by the international society of poets for outstanding achievement in poetry and has written two books the first, ‘Our Market,’ looks at the lives and situation facing America today, through the eyes of fruits, and insects. His second book, ‘Phzed,’ looks at the construction of Noah’s ark, the pyramids of Giza, and Stonehenge, through the eyes of the tools that built them. You can find his books on,,,, and, just to name a few.

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I just spoke with three realtors about flipping a home in the Maryland area. They are all very motivated to work with Collette and me, and why wouldn't they be? They would get to mediate two sales in rapid succession. I think I'm going to go with the second realtor I spoke with because she seemed most knowledgeable about the area. Even though the first realtor offered me a rebate on the sale, I don't think he'd be as good at defining the best selling price, and we definitely would want this place sold before we have to start paying on the mortgage.

Eclipse Broadband

For many of us with home offices or just the need for home broadband, it can be difficult to find a reliable company offering exactly what we need at a reasonable price. But I think I might have found one. The company is called Residential Broadband, and just by the name, it's clear that their specialty is broadband in the home. If you work from the home, or are thinking of starting a business out of your home, you've got to check out Residential Broadband.

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Picked a house?

Well, it's final. My friend, Collette, and I are going to start a part time operation of flipping houses. We're just going to go through the process of one, and then we'll see how it goes. Who knows? I might end up doing this for a living, and leaving the box making job. It sounds like it could be a really fulfilling career. So, last night, we looked through and got a good idea of the prices of homes--because of course, to flip a house, you need to have a nest egg for investment--and anyway, I think we're going to flip a house that's a REAL fixer upper, priced at $95,000...

I'll keep you updated.



These days, it seems like everything is wireless. With Bluetooth our phones our wireless, wireless cable is possible in remote locates, and of course, wireless internet. Wireless capability is such a boon for people that want to work from wherever. If you're one of the many plugged into Wireless Networking , then you've got to check out Cognio. This company is especially cool because it offers a feature that searches for wireless interference and analyzes it. Did you know that your wireless can be disrupted by microwaves, cordless headsets, cordless phones, and even Bluetooth? This is something you should pay particular attention to if you're concerned with security. But you don't have to worry, because Cognio is here to take care of it for you. I know this personally, because my company recently purchased a Cognio package after suffering a security breach due to network jammers. Cognio was completely efficient and professional, and we haven't had a problem since. I hope things stay as smooth as they are now, because our wireless networking is better than ever before!

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Flipping Houses

I'm really excited because I just talked with a friend about possibly working together to flip a house in our spare time. And don't worry, I'm not one of those people that is completely enchanted by Flip This House that just wants to make quick money. I know that there are twists and turns and disappointments, but I think that the benefits would outweigh the problems, and I'd love to at least try it once. I'm really hoping that my friend and I will be able to see this project through. It would be such a cool part time job!

Rainbrooke's colorful laptop cases for women

I don't know what it is, but now that I've lost some weight, I've enjoyed fashion so much more. I guess it's because clothes just hang differently on me now. Anyway, I was out looking at spring clothing last night, and I found this great skirt that I could wear to the office. Then I started thinking--I don't really have a fashionable way to carry my laptop, so on a whim, I checked out the web, looking for Colorful laptop bags for women. Well, I found the gold mine. At Rainbrooke, I was able to search through TONS of bags, and ended up getting the cute little blue bag shown below. They had plenty of other colors, too, including pink, lavender, red, bronze, olive green, and lime green. If you are a fashionable woman, you've got to get to Rainbrooke to check out their laptop bags.


Kitchen Countertops

Hello There,

I'm so excited to get new countertops for my new house. I found what I think is a good deal at Home Depot--$37 per sqft--and I think I'm going to go for it. It's DuPont Corian solid surface--definitely a step up from the laminate that's there now. If any of you have purchased countertops recently, and can give me some tips, I would really appreciate it. My real estate agent gave me a hard time about not getting granite, but I think this will better fit the house as a whole. It's not very frou-frou.


Struggling Teens

I have a friend with a teenage daughter who has really gotten in with the wrong crowd. It all seemed to happen so fast--one day she was a little kid in a ponytail, and the next she was wearing all black with chains hanging everywhere. I think the tragedy at VA Tech really made my friend think, and she enrolled her daughter in the Struggling Teen Wilderness Program, by going to

I think things will improve now that my friend is taking a proactive approach to her daughter. I'll keep you updated on her progress.

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New TV

I am getting ready to purchase an HDTV, but don't worry, I promise to use it for exercise videos only! No, that's probably not going to happen, but I also don't think I'm going to become a total couch potato. Probably something in the middle. Either way, I'm really excited about my new TV, because I'll be able to have movie night with all my friends in my new house. It's going to be a great summer.


I am one of the many eczema sufferers out there, and I know that when the weather changes, my eczema flares up. I get it on the inside of my arms, and on my upper thighs, and sometimes it gets so red and inflamed that I have to coat it in hydrocortizone cream. It seems nothing else will work. But I don't feel right using so much of that cream, and I was hoping to find something organic, herbal, and more gentle. Luckily, I did. It's from, and it's called Champori anti-eczema cream and spray. It's 100% natural, steroid-free, and hypoallergenic. I have heard great things about it, and I'm checking it out today--I hope you will too. The company is offering a money back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose!

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After finally closing on my house, the new stressor is getting everything moved in, and buying new furniture and appliances. It's driving me crazy. I want to make sure I get the best deal on everything, but at the same time, I don't want to purchase the cheapest possible items, because I don't want to hate them and need to buy up in a year. So, I just need to write out a budget, and make sure it stick to it. Easier said than done.


Backup Day?

Hello There,

We should all observe a "backup day" at least one day a month. I'm serious! I can't stress enough how frustrating, and even heartbreaking, it can be if you lose all your files because you didn't back them up.

So what can you do? Well, if you own a small business, I recommend Online Backup with Check them out today if you want to protect your files. For many businesses these days, the lifeblood of the entire company is in the computer, so why not make sure that yours is protected? IBackup is the best, and that's easily evidenced by the awards they've received, including PCWorld and PCMag, among others.

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Plastic Surgery

I'm watching Dr. Phil right now, and there is a woman on who is really obsessed with plastic surgery. I've never had any work done, and I really cannot imagine changing my face. For instance, shows like extreme makeover, where people end up looking really different, just scares me. What do you guys think?

Fantasy Sports

I get so excited for fantasy sports, particularly fantasy baseball. But last season, some of my friends did a fantasy football league, and I felt really left out, because I didn't know much about football.

Well, that has all changed, and now I'm getting really excited to start a fantasy football team. The site I found to make my team is It's a great site where you can get huge pay-outs and really showcase your skills in the player-picking arena. Good luck, and I'll see you next season!

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Play Tonight

I'm going to see a play tonight with my friend Tina, and I'm really looking forward to it. The play is called Once on this Island, and my little sister is in it. I don't know too much about the play, because I want to be surprised. I'll let you know how it goes!


Small Businesses

Good Evening,

As a member of a small box making business, I love to tell my readers about small business solutions that I find online. At the Successful Office Group, the goal is to promote small businesses so that they appear like bigger, stronger, and more established companies. This helps boost revenue early on, which allows the business to more easily find its niche without the start up competition and frustration that many small businesses face early on.

As a client, you will have access to a database of real people that you can add to your site. You can also add real addresses to make your reach appear broader. You can also add toll-free numbers, local numbers, voicemail, answering services, and other mail services to your site.

Lots of the problems that small businesses face are related to their image of a weak, unknown place. With Successful Office Group, however, you can look like a big, established business, and you can quickly prove to your clients that you are ready for any task.

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Hello There,

I just got back from a baseball game that was really fun despite the extremely cold weather. It was actually snowing at one point. That's not really normal for Philadelphia in the spring...oh well.

Hope you had a good night.

Pay Day Loans

I want to take a minute to tell you about payday and personal loans from Check out the blog-esque site for this loan company today. You can read feature articles that run the gamut from financial self help to self empowering!

It's a fun site to check out, but it's also very informative. Their mission to to give everyone a better state of financial independence, and they work toward their goals with a friendly, accessible format. I was very pleased with the content and navigate-ability of their site, and I think you will be too.

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Home Loan

Hello There,

I hope everyone is doing well. I just wanted to talk a little bit about my townhouse-buying procedure today.

I just learned that the person I'm currently renting from has to fax in a notification to the lending company that I have paid my rent for the 1 MONTH that I have been here! It's amazing how many people the lending company needs information from just to file the loan. I mean, I know it's for a lot of money, but it just seems a little excessive!

Advance Restaurant Finance

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I think it's important to tell you all about business loans with, also known as ARF. If you are a small/medium-sized business owner or merchant, then check out for a short-term, working capital loan. This might be the break you need for your business to take off!

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I just found out that my next door neighbor has animals in her soffit, the region where her roof and exterior wall siding meet. Apparently, she thought she just had a little cosmetic opening there, but then insulation started flying all over the place, and she realized it was a bigger problem. It looks horrible; I hope she gets it taken care of soon, or else she's going to have some real structural damage.


Breast Pumps

Recently my aunt and uncle gave birth to triplets. Wow, talk about instant family! Plus the demand of three babies is surely taking a toll on them. One thing that I know my aunt had to look in was a high quality breast pump, like the ones they sell at Ameda Purely Yours. Before the babies were even born she was preparing milk for them, getting a supply ready. Before she had this, I had heard that breast pumps hurt a lot. She said it's only a little pinch though. Later on she admitted that it wasn't even as bad as she made it sound earlier...just imagine if the babie had a slightly stronger bite. She said she would recommend using them to all expectant mothers, not just triplets, as it saved her a lot of time and energy!

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Hello All,

Well I'm so excited because I'm finally feeling better today, and I was able to go out for a nice salad this afternoon at lunch, and I took a long walk around the lake before dinner. I think I'm going to make some turkey burgers on the grill. So all in all, it's been one of my most healthy days to date!



Laser Shield

Hello There,

I like to tell consumers about great deals, because as a penny-pinching consumer myself, I am always on the lookout for them. If you've found yourself in need of an alarm system--and these days, they are really a good idea--then you need to check out Laser Shield. I was unable to find a better package on the internet, their website is comprehensive, and their customer service is unbeatable. I would highly recommend them if you are planning to upgrade your current security system or purchase an entirely new system. They are experts in the business and they are very consumer-focused.

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Hello There,

It's such a rough day with the nor-easter coming in and rain all day long. My basement actually flooded this morning, and I had to drag all my stored things to the middle of the room. I have french drains, and they really aren't very efficient. Maybe I'll look into improving my drainage system, because water damage is never a good thing.


To Do

I love making lists. Lists help structure my days and make me more efficient. Admittedly, I don't know too much about making web sites (Blogger does all the hard stuff for me). Well, now there is a website called Website To Dos. This site provides you with a nice printable list of things you SHOULD be doing to make sure your web site is as good as it can be. I won't even tell you how many of them I haven't done myself, but I will tell you that I understand what most of them mean! I don't think that that would have been true before I started this blog. So I guess I have learned more than I thought. Now I need to learn how to accomplish all these To Do's so that this web site becomes even greater for my reader. Thanks to whoever made this site and made my list for me... it's just what I needed.

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Over the plateau!

Hello there,

I am really excited to be losing more and more weight every day. I recently weighed myself, and I have overcome my recent plateau and gotten to a great new low--I've now lost 35 pounds. I'm so excited because I'm also able to handle walking up the stairs without getting winded, and it's been years since I've accomplished that. That's a big deal for me, and I hope to just get thinner and thinner.



No, that's not a really poor spelling attempt of Mississippi in the title there. Mississauga is a city in Ontario. It's beautiful in Ontario, I went on vacation with my family there twice when I was younger. If I wasn't so in love with the US, I might consider moving up to that region. In that case I'd need to check me out some mississauga homes...this is a very useful web site compiling all the available housing for sale in the area. It's like one stop shopping for the house of your dreams. I hope sites like these are a trend in the internet world, because they benefit everyone involved (selllers and buyers).

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Error messages

Tanya here--is anyone having trouble with publishing their blogs? I'm having a horrible time here, and I think it's due to increased traffic. Every time I try to publish my blog, I get an error message, and it's driving me crazy! Does anyone have any advice about this???


I used to only have a checking account. When you are semi deep in credit card debt, there's no reason for savings accounts. Now that I'm back on my feet and paying off all my bills on time, I actually have some extra left over at times. Now it's my turn to earn some interest, just like those credit card companies were earning interest off of me for all those years. I need a savings account without a minimum amount, because there is a chance that in any given month I may need to dip into all or most that I have saved up. But that's ok, being in the positive at all is much better than being in the negative.

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Training the Boss

Hello there,

It's been the busiest day for me in a long time. Like I've mentioned before, my boss was recently changed, and it is a little weird, because I actually had to train HIM on a few things, so the hierarchy was shifted. But he was nice about it, and it went fine. I'm sure he'll fit right in, and I was glad to help.



Traffic Jam

BEEP BEEP! HONK HONK! Do you know what that sound is? No, you didn't just cut off some road raged driver. That's the sound of the traffic coming in to your web site. That is what the web site hopes to do with their services. They are in the business of being a search engine optimization company. What this means is you tell them what search engine keywords you think would be good to drive people to your web site. For example, if you ran a small business where you sold jewelry you made at home, you might want the keyword "homemade jewelry." Like it or not, search engines are the main way consumers find the web sites they are going to buy their products from. So, you pick the key word and then they make it so your site appears in the top 10 for that key word on Google, Yahoo, and MSN...the big 3 of search engines. And you only pay for results! If they can't get you in the top 10 (for whatever reason), you don't pay for it. Very nice! I wonder what kind of key words I might pick for this blog. Perhaps "weight loss", "fitness", "weight loss blog", "fitness blog", and stuff like that. I don't think I'm ready for a traffic jam here yet though.

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CNN Study

I just saw a report on CNN about the fundamental differences between men and women. I'm not talking about like emotional stuff or anything, I'm talking about physiological differences. For example, stuff like the way our bodies break down and store fat. It's pretty fascinating and a lot of the stuff they said was immediately applicable to my body. I am going to try and find the video and post it on here so you can see the whole thing.


Beef Jerky

This is a sponsored post. I am being paid to write about Homemade Beef Jerky, a delicious treat and an endless temptation. I can't go into a convenient store without gawking at the beef jerky on the counter. At least writing this ad doesn't come with a free sample, I DON'T NEED IT! Hahaha. The most appealing product on their website looks like Beef Jerky Sample Snack Pack. I would find it very hard to decide on just one flavor. My brother Gary makes really good homemade jerky too, but he won't tell me what spices he uses. He calls his creation "gary jerky," he's not very creative, but he is a great chef. I wonder if it's anything like Wilson Beef Farms' black pepper jerky, I do seem to remember seeing the pepper out last time he made it for me and my family. Maybe I can buy some jerky and then claim to Gary to have figured out his secret recipe. That'd show him! Or maybe I can just buy the jerky and enjoy it. Both sound like fun! Revenge or gluttony...both are one of the 7 deadly sins, but hey that never stopped me before. I'm a good person though, I swear!

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More Easter Candy

I just looked at the label on my Easter Candy. Gosh, this is worse than the Surgeon General's warning on cigarettes. 4 pieces of this candy (and they're small, I pop a whole one in my mouth usually), well 4 pieces equal 16g of fat. That's 25% of the daily value. That sure puts a damper on enjoying their chocolately, peanut buttery goodness.

Data Hosting

I swear, the IT people at my company are a bunch of buffoons. I log in to my company email through a link on the company web site. Well, when the company web site goes down, how the heck am I supposed to check my email? So I call up the IT guys and tell them the web site is down. I'm just trying to be helpful, but he snaps back at me with an "of course, don't you think we know that?" So I ask him if there's an easy way to check my company email. He says that if I have Microsoft Outlook installed I can simply go in and either set up my SMTP or POP3 settings and enter my user name and password. I ask him for help with that, and he tells me that he needs to get the web site up and running and that he can help me with it later. GRRRR! If the web site is up, I don't need this fix. He is trying to get his work done, but I am trying to get mine done too!

Unfortunately, the company web site crashes about once every week. The server that it is hosted on must be a big pile of crap. Perhaps they should look in to They offer a wide variety of hosting solutions for different company sizes and different company needs and different company locations, for example maybe you'd like to check out their Managed Dedicated Servers Raleigh. This site has a lot of a lot going on. They have a lot of specialties, including Colocation, Managed Servers, Dedicated Servers and Managed Colocation. Just because they are based out of Raleigh doesn't mean that they won't give you an exceptional product and top notch customer service and assistance if you own a small company in Alaska!

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Easter Candy

Is there anything better in the world than delicious chocolate? The simple answer: YES! Delicious chocolate which is surrounding a creamy, delicious peanut butter center. I love my mom, but it's times like these when I wonder if she really wants me to get skinny. Oh well, I guess that's what moms are for!