Play Find Your Fortune: a chance to win up to $500!

If you are purchasing airtime or gift card during the month of September, stop by Albertsons and purchase them! With select airtime and gift card purchases you can get a chance to earn 5x’s the amount (up to $500) at Albertsons. This is great if you tend to purchase these items. I like to get gift cards as gifts for friends and family.

If I won the $500, I would treat myself to something new. I do not love going to the mall. Yet, last week I went to the department store looking for a cocktail dress and forgot how much I loved this particular store. All the new clothes for the season were being stocked. Aisles and aisles of autumn colors. Sigh. I would head back and get a few items that I had to ignore. Like a cute, over sized, cozy sweater. Parachute pants and boots. Just kidding about the pants. After my shopping spree, I would pick up some tasty coffee drink and relax the rest of the afternoon. Sadly, I have the money already spent that quick in my head. I cannot resist.

Anyhow as you can see, I know how I would use an extra $500 and then some. How would you spend the $500?


Get more details below on how to get a chance to win:

This month, you can win 5x the value of your airtime or select gift card you buy, up to $500 by playing Find Your Fortune at any participating Southern California Albertsons.Through the end of September, you will receive a print at checkout with a code for each airtime or select gift card you purchase. To see if you’re a winner, enter your codes at You’ll know instantly if you’ve Found Your Fortune, and will receive your prize direct via email. You can play up to 5 times every day, and with 10 winners a day, you’ll want to stock up on airtime and gift cards for yourself, and everyone you know! The Find Your Fortune program ends September 30th. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win. There is a limit 5 codes per transaction. Visit for official rules and participating stores.

This program is sponsored by Blackhawk Network.

Disclosure: All opinions in this post are my own. The information in this post is a part of a campaign in which I received payment or product to share the information on my blog.

Understand that friends come and go.

If you asked him, he would agree. A week after High School graduation and he was ready to move on. Just skip over all the sentimental bull crap that all of us parents need to work through. Catharsis. All of our lamenting about what to watch out for, how to stay out of trouble and keep focused. You know the moments where you remember your parents telling you the same thing. But we still give the advice. As if it was new.

“I’ll be fine and just cause you think I’ll make the same mistakes as you, doesn’t mean I will.”

No truer words have been said by an eighteen year old.

No truer panic has been felt by every parent hearing those words.

I will continue to sit and wait until the time is up with an ashtray full of butts. Plus, several solitary hikes later to calm my nerves. I have heard other parents talk about this process, even took in some advice. I tried to find a survival kit but it seems they do not sell them in stores. Instead, I remembered this song.

The eldest sets his sails for college this week. So, I will queue it to be heard at least once before he embarks on the 4-year long journey of discovering oneself.

I smiled as the College Admissions Clerk laughed and offered me this bit of her knowledge and experience: “their attitude and antics, I think is God’s way of making it easier for us parents to help them move out.”

Baz Luhrman’s Sunscreen advice is much easier to digest.


Memorable Vacations

Those moments where things do not go as planned while on vacation. Yes, those. Yet, they turn out to be ahhh-mazing and the most memorable of the trip.

This happened for me at Yosemite National Park years back. Some call those a happy accident. Sometimes you just cannot plan these things. And that is what makes them so special.

We were coming back from a star gazing event on the Valley Floor that we seemed to miss or could not find. We were bummed and everyone was feeling hungry and grumpy. No campfire smores or shooting stars. Sad face.

Remembering back, the moment was not heart racing, like jumping out of an airplane type of excitement. It was more subtle and took me by surprise. While we waited for the shuttle bus to arrive, we all had a chance to get quiet and gaze up at El Capitan. Realistically, I think we were all slightly annoyed. But then something changed while sitting there.

What appears to be a phenomenal wall of granite during the day has an enchanting transformation as the sun sets. The colors from the dimming fiery orange ball in the sky blazed. Until slowly it faded and a reddish-purplish glow cast like a thin veil covering the textured surface.

Minute-by-minute the brilliant rock giant grew slightly darker. Fading and its rough edges smoothing out, like a shadow against the deep purple heaven. The forest trees appeared to draw themselves closer as if they had come to take El Capitan and store it away until tomorrow.

I began to struggle to make out its shape. I held on for as long as I could, I was absorbed and felt like a friend was departing after a sweet and memorable visit. A rush of emotions filled up on chest and I did not want to leave, my mind rebelled. My gaze fixated on the place where it was as I boarded the bus.

I would like to think it was serendipity that placed us in the path to witness the the beauty I saw. Something  that can never be experienced in our pictures. The moment was ours and it plays over and over in my mind’s eye when I travel back to that bus bench. The moment I sat among and shared space with the rock gods of the Yosemite Valley. I must go back.

What is your favorite memorable moment from a vacation?

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