The Part Time Crunch

The crunch starts here. A little place for a partly crunchy mom to post some nonsense as well as making some sense.

Small Business and Consultant Spotlight

I’ve got a lovely list of small businesses and consultants for you~. I love to help support friends and their endeavors to grow a business, so here is a list of a few friends that are looking for business. Hopefully there is something to your liking!  If you’d like to have your small business or consultant information placed here, please let me know! This is 100% free advertising, no strings attached!!

Rebecca Cameron
“My name is Rebecca Cameron and I sell Close to my heart products as an independent consultant. I am also an executive director with a great team under me. I do paper crafting products as well as my own special orders of party supplies like banners, cupcake toppers, invites and Thank you cards. I also make kits for you to put together your own things! Let me know the theme and see what we can create together!”
Direct Sales Website:

Katherayne Stansbery
“I’m an independent consultant for Scentsy! Scentsy is a wickless and flameless alternative to candles. The wax is also made of a parafin wax, a food grade wax that is non toxic. Scentsy now has an even wider selection of products now, from warmers to even body products.”
Direct Sales Website:

Lynne Gomez
“These are amazing purses (four sizes) that you take the “bag” out of the “shell” and replace the shell instead of transferring ALL your crap from one purse to another. You keep everything right where you know where it is and change the outside cover to match your mood, day, wardrobe, etc ”
Website: In process.

Please note for Lynne Gomez: ” Orders must be placed through me. I do half off shipping when ordered through me..And I can do other specials through me that can’t be done on the site.”

Theresa Veldez Werner
“Keepsakes On Stone – these are 12 x 12 porcelain tiles and I put your loved ones photo on them – they come with a metal easel. your photo, your words (or mine) and a beautiful keepsake. These are great for funerals, remembering a lost loved one, weddings, baby, anniversary, quinces and more….”

Heather Walter
“I am a consultant for Close to My Heart. It’s a company that sells scrapbooking and papercrafting supplies. I also do home parties where customers can earn product, sort of like a Pampered Chef lady does! I can also do online parties for those who live far away. It’s a win win!”


Kayla Boutilier

“I recently became an independant consultant through Steeped Tea! I sell loose leaf teas, as well as tea-ware, and we can Par-Tea if you’re within driving distance! I’m located in North-East Alberta, Canada. We do online orders, and we ship directly to you.”



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A Wish, A Hope, and a Dream

When I started my blog, I didn’t except to share things besides

maybe some reviews or giveaways. How wrong I was. I have been

blessed twice now to recieve stories of people who are

genuinely needing help from myself and my readers for problems

that we can help fix.

This post is for my dear friend Heather Walter.  She is a

wonderful woman, of which I did meet online, who has struggled

for many years to have a child of her own.  Unfortunately, its

not always so easy to just “go have sex” and in a month you’ll

get a positive pregnancy test. For some its, wait years for

someone to help properly because something just isn’t right.

Heather has watched for years as friends (myself included) and

family get pregnant as she continued to miscarry precious

babies that she wanted to hold dearly. She has endured

countless, hurtful words horribly disguised as encouragement

from some.  Others have been downright cruel to her.

I want Heather and her husband to become parents.  To have

their own flesh and blood child in their arms as soon as

possible.  The only way to do that is for her and her husband

to get some DNA tests done, which would cost them over 3,000

dollars…and their insurance won’t cover it.

Even just one dollar would help Heather get closer to finding

out what is going on, so if you could donate just one dollar,

they would be very grateful.

If you’d like to read the full story and donate, please follow

the provided link to where you need to be to help:

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So, here’s something I didn’t tell you guys: My husband and I ordered that Insanity Workout that you’ve probably heard about.

We recieved our package Saturday and later in the day I was looking through it, the meal plans and calender..all that.  Our reason for buying: we’re both out of shape, and not as healthy as we should be.  My husband himself is a good 100 pounds or so overweight.  I found out I’m about 40 or so overweight just Saturday evening when I weighed myself. My husband is 24 (25 soon!) and I’m 22.

We decided one night while watching late-night infomercials (yes, how exciting for a married couple).  The Insanity commercial came on and my husband suddenly was interested.  We’d been talking for a while about joining a gym and whatnot, but haven’t done it.  I haven’t seen my husband take an interest in Insanity before until he watched the video on it.  He flat out said, “Its Marine Corps. boot camp without the yelling and abuse.” My husband is a former Marine (or is a Marine, since they say once a Marine, always a Marine).

After a week or so of discussion, we ordered it.  My husband is eager to start, but I told him let’s eat up the food in the house before we go start buying more food that will end up not getting eaten.  His younger brother and two of our friends want to join us as well. So, group effort! Collectively, we decided to start on November 12th…a week before Thanksgiving. Smart. Haha.

I worked Sunday to make a meal plan for the first week so I could start a shopping list.  My husband isn’t going to be thrilled, but its going to involve a lot of fish.  Because of my own health problems, I will be substituting a lot of the red meat for other meats like chicken. My husband just doesn’t like fish, but he’ll deal. 😉  It also involves a loooot of whole grains, something else he isn’t a fan of.  Its going to be fun getting him to eat a few of these things, but eventually he’ll get used to it.

Insanity’s meal plan is how you’re supposed to eat. Five small meals a day that meet your caloritic intake requirements (my husband and I need to eat 700 and 500 calories per meal, respectively).  The meal plan in the book is great, the majority of the meals sound like they’re delicious, too.  There is also a ‘Food Ladder’ you can use to make your own meals, too. It highslight the two tiers you WANT to eat from, plus the three you want to avoid as much as possible.

Now, here’s the kicker: I might be pregnant.  We’ve been trying for another baby for a while.  I’d feel bad that I couldn’t do this with my husband because I was pregnant, but at the same time I’d be so happy that I finally got pregnant.

Stay tuned for a pregnancy result and the beginning of a weight loss journey. 🙂


Red Heart Project

Starting on January 1, 2013, I will be participating in the Red Heart Project. I was invited to join by my friend over at Southern Stay-At-Home-Momma, and gladly accepted.  The point of the Red Heart Project is to spread love, kindness, and generosity throughout the whole year, not only during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The goal? To be kind, loving, and generous to at least one person a day in 2013, whether it be family or friend, or complete strangers.  I have proudly displayed the Red Heart badge on my blog to show my willingness to participate, and I encourage my readers to do so, too!
If you’d like to read more about the Red Heart Project, please follow the link provided:

(You’re totally going to have to forgive me for not making them cool coded and stuff, I’m still learning WordPress ways. )

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DnD101: d20 System

Ah, here we are, Saturday (okay, Sunday because its late).  I just joined my husband’s DnD game so I’m fresh off the chopping block of being awesome.  I decided to play a halfing bard who is chaotic neutral, but we’ll get into what all that means on another day.

I think the place place to start in learning Dungeons and Dragons is probably understanding the d20 system.  I’ll make it as simple as I can, but if you don’t understand please feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll answer. I’m trying to keep these posts short, sweet and too the point to make it as simple as possible which is why DnD101 will be a long standing series.

First off, a d20 system means its based off a 20 sided die. A 20 sided die (hence force known as d20) is number from 1-20 in each side. The d20 system means that all your actions are decided by that d20. Generally, rolling a 1 means you fail and rolling a 20 means you succeed in your action. All rolls aside, the dungeon master (game keeper, head honcho, etc) decides the difficulty of what you are rolling for.  Depending on what you’re rolling for, you’ll add something to your roll (but this will be on another day).

Okay, so pretty simple right? To decided what’s going to happen, you roll a d20. YOur number will tell the DM what you do, or don’t do.

The rest of the dice, d12, d10, d8, d6, d4, and the percentage die all are generally used for attack damage when used in a d20 system.

Now, you might be thinking, “Well, if the DM decides if I hit or miss, what’s the point in rolling?” What’s the point in playing if the DM deciding every tiny thing, he might as well play by himself then. This way, you have input in the story line as well and its more fun to mess up the plans the DM has made. 😉 So, yes, the DM has final say in everything but even his rules come from the Dungeon Master’s Guide from Wizards of the Coast.

Next post: Character Creation

Understand? Make any sense? Any questions class?!


Someone needs your help!

Okay, to a totally serious topic for a moment.

I was approached by a friend of mine to do her a favor.  I wasn’t sure what she was going to ask me, but in general I usually say yes when my friends ask me for help.  I wasn’t expecting what she was going to ask me at all.  She said, “Spread the word” and gave me a link to a website.  At first I thought it was just some petition until I read the link.  It was the link for the Be the Match registry. Huh. Join, and share the word.

Of course, I said yes. And informed her I’d share the story of why on my blog.  But not before I signed up for the Be The Match registry, which was free and painless..just like advertised. It took me less than 15 minutes to do it and done.  I’d like to share the story as to why I joined, and leave the option up to to join as well.

This is the story of Samantha Payne:

I’ve never been one who cared much for Birthdays. Then two years ago I was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer and suddenly the question of how many more birthdays I’d be around for came into serious question. Statistics show the average survival time of people with this diagnosis is 18 months. So turning 28 this month, nearly two years after my diagnosis, with no signs I’ll be on my way out anytime soon is definitely a reason to celebrate.

When you’re sick people often ask if there is anything they can do to help but in reality there often isn’t. But for some people there is. Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and the only chance of a cure is a bone marrow transplant. At any given time there are around 6000 people a day waiting on a bone marrow donor. 70% of people in need of a bone marrow transplant have no available family donor and wait and hope for a match from a stranger, yet only 2% of Americans are registered on the bone marrow donor registry. That leaves thousands suffering, waiting in limbo and dying. Thousands of broken hearts, grief stricken parents and grieving families. Every 4 minutes it could be your friend, your spouse, your child or you.

This year I’m asking that in honor of my birthday you help me celebrate my latest trip around the sun by signing up on the Be the Match registry. It takes less then 15 minutes, it’s free and no blood required! After you sign up they’ll send you a kit to swab your cheek, you mail it back and you’re done. If you get called to donate you incur NO costs at all and the procedure is painless despite popular beliefs.

To sign up for the registry you must be between the ages of 18-44 and be in overall general good health (even if you have a chronic illness you may still be eligible to register, you can contact Be the Match for more information).

I’m asking that you not only sign up, but you encourage your friends and family to sign up as well. I’m hoping between now and November 30th we can get 100 people signed up. That’s 100 potentials to save a life!

Just use the link below  ”

There are a few people in my lives that have been diagnosed with cancer, breast specifically, and have beaten it.  There is no known 100% cure, but if you can give someone a chance..will you do it?

So, what do you think? Will you join? Donate marrow, or even some money?  Whatever you do, let’s help Stephanie meet her goal and surpass it.  If you join, leave a comment here so we can let her know!

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