BFL Segment on Channel 17 “Better Philly”! Tuesday, Apr 27 2010 

Hey gang! Just found out that the Brilliant Frugal Living segment on Channel 17’s “Better Philly” is going to air on Friday, May 7th! So excited! Thanks again to Renai Ellison for making this great experience so much fun!

This was actually an amazing learning experience above & beyond some past tapings, as I got to learn first hand how Executive Producer Bob Seiderlich made one camera work like 5 as we took take after take (after take) from various angles. No doubt he’ll make the beautiful finished product look effortless. Thanks again to the entire crew for this great experience!

Welcome to the Toddler Imagination Station… Tuesday, Apr 27 2010 

Had to share…I’m just so delighted that a sophisticated learning toy (which probably took years to develop, test & bring to market) bores my 2-year old son within 90 seconds, but he’ll spend 20 minutes painstakingly removing the (dollar store) clothespins from a cracked tupperware container and line them up on the floor…perfectly, perfectly, perfectly…before painstakingly putting them back in the container one by one, then jumping up and down in pure glee at the accomplishment. Fisher Price, Schmisher Price… Have a great day!

Erma Bombeck: Frugal Genius! Thursday, Apr 22 2010 

“Before you try to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they’re not trying to keep up with you.” — Erma Bombeck
As I continue to receive amazing follow-up emails, questions & personal stories from last week’s BFL workshop attendees, I have found myself using this quote once or twice. Erma Bombeck was, amongst many other great things, a frugal genius!

Next time you’re at the library, check out one of her books – hysterical!

Goodwill Gold Struck Again! Thursday, Apr 22 2010 

Okay, yes, I’m over-compensating for being without a car for a MONTH (stupid freakin’ head gasket…), but I was out AGAIN today, and somehow (heh-heh) swung back to Goodwill, where upon entering I was promptly greeted like Norm on Cheers, bee-lined it to the outlet, and found myself a pair of Lee Riders (ADORE them), … a gorgeous Croft & Barrow blouse, three pairs of beautifully-fitted slacks, and SO dang cute, a red Talbots-Kids dress for Katie (she really needed a new good outfit for church, she’s growing like a weed!). I think she’ll wear it for Mother’s Day coming up – can’t wait to see her together with Robbie when I get him into his new little sportscoat! AAAHHH!!
Total spent: $4.50. Unlike yesterday, no stiletto heels in today’s purchase, but tomorrow IS another day!

ps – also shopped in the “regular” store, and found some FANTASTIC gifts for all the Moms in my life for upcoming Mother’s Day! Got a large Vera Wang handbag (perfect for my Mom), and a Kate Spade clutch perfect for my sister (Godmother to my Katie). ALMOST found an Ann Taylor bag for my sister Libby, but it had a smudge on it, so I put it back. Total spent on handbags: $19. The search continues for the PERFECT gift for Lib, as well as Mother-in-Law Doris!

“If you’re afraid to cook with butter, just use cream…” – Julia Child Thursday, Apr 22 2010 

“Julie & Julia Mother’s Day” segment for Channel 69 is two weeks away, & it’s time to start (1) practicing recipes & (2) making sure I can get them to fit into two 5-minute segments! First segment is “J&J” themed gifts. We’re going with a Julie & Julia movie night, courtesy of the local library, along with a HYSTERICAL DVD of the real Julia Child doing dozens of her “French Chef” shows. Have you ever seen these? They are fantastic! In addition to the movie night, we’ve got a copy of the book that I got from Goodwill for $1.97, AND a copy of Julia Child’s “Mastering The Art of French Cooking”, which looks EXACTLY like the one in the movie, except I got this one at a garage sale for $1. And then, of course, no Julia Child-related gift is complete without the requisite strand of pearls. This strand isn’t real, but it IS beautiful, and purchased from Goodwill in Exton for $2. FAB.

Second segment is a cooking bit with a Julie & Julia dinner. I’m leaning towards Boeuf Bourguignon (heavily mentioned in the movie), with Bavarois aux Fruits (Raspberry Bavarian Cream) for dessert. I’ve been e-mailed by more than one person recommending that we go with lobster for dinner (also heavily mentioned in the movie). To that I say “NO WAY, JOSE!” 🙂

As soon as I have total costs for the dinner & gifts, I’ll post it here, probably closer to the May 5th air date on Channel 69. Until then, Bon Appetit!

Struck gold at the Goodwill! Thursday, Apr 22 2010 

Just ran errands – the REAL fun was at Goodwill in Morgantown, where we got a “Finding Nemo” costume for Katie’s Halloween, an adorable sportsjacket for Robbie, and WAY too much fun, a pair of 4 1/2″ black patent leather Sarah-Jayne platforms for moi…for ah, church. Yes, that’s it.

Total cost for Nemo/Robbie Jacket/church shoes……$3! Woo hoo! I ADORE this outlet! Cannot WAIT for them to open their new location in Reading, PA! It’s supposed to be HUGE! (drool….)

Brilliant Frugal Living Radio show?!?! Thursday, Apr 22 2010 

Had an interesting chat a couple of days ago – I spoke with a radio host who thinks Brilliant Frugal Living would be a fun topic for radio and astonishingly, thinks I might be chatty enough to host a weekly one hour show on BlogTalkRadio (internet-access radio). Your thoughts?

Check out their website & all of the great shows they have to offer when you get the chance – pretty impressive!

FANTASTIC workshop for Main Line School Night! Thursday, Apr 22 2010 

had a fantastic time at the BFL workshop this past Saturday morning! Perfect size crowd, the demographic spread was fantastic (all ages, all backgrounds, all kinds of wonderful stories) and the Creutzburg Center was gorgeous. Thanks to Hilary & Rachel for setting it up!

The COOL part is that I now get to take a class there for free…what to pick? The catalog of offerings is fab, I’m leaning towards “French Bistro Cooking”. … Bon Appetit!

“There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems.” — Henry Ford Thursday, Apr 22 2010 

Amazing insight from Mr. Ford, considering it’s EXACTLY what my mechanic said…HOWEVER, after a brief – barely noticeable, really – THREE WEEKS in the shop (more like a MONTH), broken head gasket is fixed, and my car is *sob* finally finished! So happy!

Once I come down from the mega-high-rush of having my car back, I might (emphasize *MIGHT*) go into the virtues of having only ONE car in the household for the month (which Victor took to work every day), and all of the money that saved, but NOT TODAY, baby! WOO HOO!

Another “Mary Talks Money” episode wrapped up! Thursday, Apr 22 2010 

Had SO much fun with the Live Well HD crew back on the 15th – fabulous time! I think they got some great sound clips for their “Saving On Baby” segment. Many thanks to Executive Producer Susan Barclay for this opportunity, and THANKS to cameraman extraordinaire Sean Bernard for working with not only a cluttered playroom but also two little ones who “just want to see the cool camera ONE more time…”.

Not sure when this episode will air; if it’s anything like the last one, we should have about 18 nationwide airings over the course of June. SO excited!

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