Monday, July 21, 2014

Back to School with Walgreens (I'm Not Ready for This) Get A Shot, Give A Shot

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

I can not believe that my boys are about to head off to PreSchool. I tease that I can't wait for the break, but really... I'm not ready for this. They are growing up so fast. Sam and Jay are so smart and they are going to have a blast in school. They had some health issues as infants but they have been healthy ever since. My boys aren't yet enough for required vaccines but kids 7 and older can take advantage of the Get A Shot, Give A Shot program at Walgreens. 

The United Nation Foundation's Shot@Life will provide a life saving vaccine to a child in a developing country when your child gets their school immunizations at Walgreens. My boys recently got a round of shots. I took the easy way out and didn't tell them prior to the appointment. I knew they would be scared. What do you do to handle your child's fears of getting shots? As a single mom, I used bribery. I explained that since they were so good, they could pick out a new toy and a treat. How could you talk to your kids about the Shot@Life campaign? Isn't it amazing to give back to a child in need?

When you get that supply list from the teacher you can check two things off the list by stopping at your nearest Walgreens store. Use your Balance Rewards to save even more money on items you might need for home. You don't even need to clip coupons anymore with the new paperless coupons. 

My boys were able to find items from their supply list while we shopped today. They also found a lot of additional items not on the list. Any other moms out there buy candy to keep their kids quiet while shopping? Be honest! I can not be the only one. 

I am glad to be part of #CollectiveBias and the #GiveAShot #shop campaign.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


THEM: This is an attempt to collect a debt.  Hi, is this Courtney?

Me: Yes

THEM: You owe $xxxx.xx for ~~~~~~~. Would you like to make a payment?

ME: No. I don't have any money.

THEM: Are you still unemployed?

ME: Yes, and about to apply for disability again. Nothing has changed since you called me 2 weeks ago.

THEM: Well, let's set up payment arrangements. Even $25 would be good. Can I have your payment info?

ME: Are you listening to me? I have told you before, I have multiple mental heath issues. I am SMI. I don't work. I receive welfare. I have an appointment with Housing tomorrow. I don't have any extra money to send you. I wish I could take care of this but I don't see anything changing in the near future. If anything, things are getting worse.

THEM: Well, with that bad attitude, you are right, nothing is going to change.

ME: Excuse me? It is not a bad attitude. It is a mental illness. It keeps me from working. 

THEM: Well, okay then. Good.....

ME: Get me a supervisor!!!

THEM: No need to get loud.

ME: There is no need to be rude. I want to talk to a supervisor NOW!

The supervisor finally came on the line after being on hold 4 minutes. She told me emphasized (wrong word choice) and hopefully things would get better. And that even a small payment would help. She said they would be calling back regularly but she could push it out to every 2 weeks. 

2 weeks ??? Like my mental illness will be BETTER in two weeks. I am crazy, not stupid, lazy or having a bad attitude. I would love to be a more functioning adult. Sadly, phone calls like this send me into a downward spiral. I am trying to calm down now but the kids are stealing peanut butter cups from my chocolate stash and the xanax hasn't kicked in. I know it is hard to understand what it is like to be me, and I know these people have a job to do - BUT - I hate this!

Monday, July 7, 2014

CoCo Pretties GIVEAWAY - July 2014

I am hosting a Rafflecopter Giveaway on my facebook page. The winner will receive a $15 gift certificate to be used on any tutu custom order. Shipping is not included. Winner will be chosen from all entries received. 

Friday July 11 - Monday July 14

a Rafflecopter giveaway