Surviving the IRS

But in this one instance you get to stick it to The Man. There’s a Federal Tax Credit to make energy efficient updates to your home. The Federal Tax Credit ends on December 31, so there’s still a little time. In Utah, we can get a free audit, with the funny commercials ThermWise program. From their website: Step 1: CONTACT E-mail Questar Gas today at In-HomeAudit@ThermWise.com or call 800-695-7375(Monday through Friday from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm) to schedule a home energy audit appointment with one of our experienced Questar Gas technicians. Step 2: DISCOVER Get ready to learn about your home as our technician completes a thorough assessment that usually takes about 90 minutes. He will check your windows, doors, water flow and attic insulation. He’ll also check the efficiency of your furnace, boiler and water heater. If it has the potential to use energy, he’ll check it out. Step 3: RESULTS Receive your comprehensive report and start making changes. The audit is a roadmap; you decide what changes to make and when. Some fixes are simple but effective. Turn your water heater down to 120° and you could start saving today! As usual, here’s a great article at the Christian Science Monitor about people who are doing it and saving money, and energy, and *gasp* being a little green. We did have attic insulation installed last year and used our credit, but I’m scheduling (right now) to have this audit completed. Might as well let an expert tell me what I need to add to the To Do List. Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’...

Mama Fierceness

I’m so sad The Women’s Conference is over. Only 363 days until next year’s. With Maria Shriver stepping down from her post as First Lady of California, (Oh, Wait, it’s the Governator stepping down) it will be interesting to see what becomes of this amazing event. It’s been going on for 20 something years, started by a First Lady of California long ago, and became a part of the lives of each incoming Governor’s Wife. With the grace and style of everything she does, Maria turned this into the largest Women’s Conference in the world. I’ve loved every moment of the last two days, but the one that stuck with me, and will forever be a new divining rod for me, came from a discussion between Elizabeth Lesser (co-founder of The Omega Institute) and Sally Field. Elizabeth said:The moment we become Mamas, we become fierce protectors. It’s time to take that same Mama fierceness and apply it to our workplaces and the world. Indeed. May you approach everything you do today with the same mama fierceness you defend your babies. Namaste. Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

Thankful Thoughtful Tuesday

The Women’s Conference is taking place again today. Check out yesterday’s post for a live webcast.One of yesterday’s speakers was Martha Beck, a funny, engaging life coach. I dug up a few of her gems for today’s Thankful, Thoughtful Tuesday. The position that I take partly as a result of living in Asia is where you stop living according to your expectations and you become available to experience things as they are.  Martha Beck  Use anything you can think of to understand and be understood, and you’ll discover the creativity that connects you with others.  Martha Beck  Whoever said love is blind is dead wrong. Love is the only thing that lets us see each other with the remotest accuracy.  Martha Beck  Follow Me Back Tuesday Blog Hop: Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...

Why Recharging Our Woman Batteries is Survival at its Best.

The Women’s Conference twc2010 on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free Today and tomorrow are my favorite days of the year as a woman.I have other amazing days as a mom, and a wife, and a football fan, and a gardener, and a party girl. But today, I get to recharge my woman batteries. The core of me – the power of my soul, the depth of my spirit.Today is the first day of The Women’s Conference. An amazing gathering of women in California, and sometimes they allow a few worthy men to speak :)I love this conference because it speaks to my spirit, and how to be a better me. Back to that list above, not a better wife, mom, football fan…because all of those come as a result, but this is about me at my most cellular level. Past conferences included topics about measuring my life with the “right” yardstick, and finding my own power instead of stealing borrowing it from others through thoughtless words, or demeaning tactics. Learning new ways to recharge and what power means. To say I have come away from these two days with some of the greatest nuggets of my life, is not an exaggeration. Sometimes, as women, we forget how beautiful and powerful we are. We lose our sense of community in our quest for sense of self. It is through lifting each other we become greater.If you have a moment over the next two days, pop over to The Women’s Conference and watch the webcast. The lineup is amazing, and I can promise — based on previous events — any moment you watch will be perfect,...

Disney on Ice – Winner

I have no idea how I keep breaking these posts….so even though I can’t edit it, keep the comments coming for next week’s Disney on Ice giveaway at this post: Survival…A Mama’s Point of View: Let’s Do This Thing – WINNER WINNER Now, For the IMPORTANT STUFF: THIS WEEK’S WINNER! Jasmine said… I like survival mama on facebook. CONGRATS Jasmine! Shoot me a response to your winning email, or send me one at TheSurvivalMama@gmail.com within 36 hours to claim your prize. TWO more Four Packs of tickets to be given away! One set on October 30 and One set November 6. Remember to keep entering at: Survival…A Mama’s Point of View: Let’s Do This Thing – WINNER WINNER ALL your entries ON THAT POST will count toward the next two drawings. AND you can enter for other giveaways on the other Survival Mama’s sites listed in that post Still Lots of chances to win. Good Luck Survival! Wickers Thermal Underwear – as seen on the History Channel’s ‘Modern Marvels’ Share...