Like many people I am price conscious and try my best to be a wise steward of my money. I have not had cable in around 10 years, and I only started using Netflix a few years ago. I have been a fan of Redbox over the years, and I especially enjoy Redbox for renting new movies once they come out on video. Often I receive promo codes that enable me to rent a movie for free. I received an e-mail promo code from Redbox recently, and I rented two movies tonight which was sort of a splurge for me. I was surprised when my DVD’s both came up as $1.75 each to rent. I am not like many people that own a Blu-ray player so I was renting a regular priced DVD. Also, I noticed that it did not seem like Blu-ray prices (nor video game prices) were recently raised, but for some reason the price of regular DVD’s was raised and they now cost $1.75.
I decided to do some “detective work” because I had not heard anything about the Redbox DVD price hike. When you do a google search using “redbox price increase”, you find lots of old information about their previous price hike from 2014 (or a bit of information about their price hike in 2011). The price hike in 2014 by Redbox was anywhere from a 25%-50% raise depending on what you were renting (DVD, Blu-ray DVD, or game).
$1.75 a day for DVDs, $2 a day Blu-ray™ Discs and $3 a day for video games”
While a price hike is not fun for consumers and while this price raise seems to be flying under the radar in terms of news press so far, I still maintain that Redbox is a very convenient and affordable way to rent movies. Their kiosks seem to be everywhere so it is not hard to find one while you are out shopping or on your way home from work or school. Redbox is something that I hope lasts for many more years to come, but hopefully they will lay off the price hikes for awhile.
Starbucks Zombie Frappuccino for Halloween (Photo by Julie A. Smith)
Today my co-worker Kate told me about Starbucks new Zombie Frappuccino blended beverage. She found out that it has caramel and apple flavors and is for a limited time with Halloween. That is the first that I had heard of it and it sounded interesting. Kate ended up getting one for each of us to try. I can’t say that it was my favorite drink on the Starbucks menu, but I enjoyed trying it once, esspecially with fall and since it is a limited time drink. Check it out if you feel so inclined and if you like new things.
“Sometimes, even when we do the scary thing, the brave thing, it still doesn’t work out.” That excerpt from Lynn Cowell’s Proverbs 31 ministries devotion today stood out to me and hit home. She was talking about courage and bravery and learning not to quit.
In moments in my life lately, I have really been tempted to quit and give up. I have gone through significant disappointments and hard times and people hurting me and letting me down. Lynn goes on to say in her devotion, “difficult times in our lives can be the exact opportunities we need to learn not to quit. Here, we learn to be brave and to do the hard things again and again and again. In the tough places, we can learn that our God is faithful to help us; He will never leave or forsake us.” I agree, and that was a much needed word of encouragement today.
If you haven’t gotten to try the newer Midnight Mint Mocha Blended Creme Frappuccino at Starbucks yet, I would highly recommend it. It was one of my favorite frappuccinos awhile back when Starbucks had their 1/2 off Frappuccino Happy Hour. I definitely give it a gold star, and it is one of my new favorites. I also am a big fan of the new Smores creme Frappuccino.
If you are looking for a description to make your mouth water, here it is: “We’ve paired the dynamic duo of dark cocoa and refreshing mint with milk and ice. Next we infuse the blended chocolatey beverage with cooling mint sugar crystals, cut in a layer of whipped cream, then top it with more whipped cream and a dusting of dark cocoa” (description courtesy of https://www.starbucks.com).
Since it is only at Starbucks for a limited time, if you want to try it, it may be good to get it before it is gone!!!
I feel so stuck in the mud.
It is disheartening.
I tell myself
to move on
to let go
to have hope
and to love again
but those things
are easier said then done.
Rejection takes such an ugly toll.
Fiery darts to your soul.
Part of your heart feels forever wounded
and the healing is so painfully slow.
So tired of this world.
Guys want a girl’s body
but that can destroy her heart.
I wish more guys
were walking in honor and seeking
a woman worth waiting for
rather than pleasure for the moment.
But some things should be sacred
and in a lifetime commitment.
Marriage is a sacrament,
but society mocks the holy
and people of faith
and that makes me
want a revival of passion
Maybe my guy is out there
amidst the billions of people
in this world.
But he keeps passing me by
and thus the longing in my heart
makes me cry.
The girl has a
Tired and forlorn
but still beating,
and still seeking lasting love.
Love is the hope
and seasons come and go
for the girl
but she sees a future
in the distance
brighter than her current moments
and glistening with a golden sheen
like the sun and a thousand brilliant lights.
Love is the hope
of beautiful moments.
She is not backing down
She is not giving up
having trust in her God
and His good hand
of provision for her.
Love is the hope
of God’s faithfulness.
Love beckons in the distance
still to be found and embraced
and toward that distance
she will go.