Chronicle Bill Pay {App}


It’s bill-pay day here at ThatGirlBlogs, and I’m reminded that I’ve been meaning to tell you about my new system.  I am *not* an affiliate for this company, it’s just so darn useful I have to share.  I should also tell you that the screenshot above is NOT reflective of my own income/bill situation, it’s downloaded from the app site.

You see, Bloggies, I’m a forgetful girl.  ThatGuy has entrusted the bills/taxes/budget to me for 22 years and it’s definitely had its ups and downs.  When we’re in a down?  It’s usually because I’ve either:

  • forgotten to pay a bill
  • overpaid a bill

Overpaid?  Yes, usually by paying twice in a month (forgetful), or by panicking and making a decision to pay something in full without regard to what’s coming up in the que.

This app totally saved me, and I’m not being overly dramatic when I say that.

Chronicle Bill Pay is something I found while searching the app store on my iPhone.  I think I searched on something like, “finance,” or “bill reminder,” or, “broke and desperate,” I don’t remember.  I chose it based on its endorsements (and a free trial, let’s face it).


I realize this graphic is hard to read, but I wanted to show the benefits listed on their site.  I’m really only concerned with two things:

  • I get bill reminder alerts whenever I want them
  • It’s sync’d on the Cloud, so I can use the iPad, iPhone etc to check/pay/review bills

Here’s what the App will NOT do:  create a budget or run a lot of fancy reports.

It’s strictly a bill paying app, but so far that’s all I’ve needed.  You can print from it, but it’s not going to do any kind of in-depth budgeting.

How do YOU handle your bill paying/budgeting?  Do you have any killer apps to share in the comments?  I hate to download anything in the App Store that wasn’t endorsed by a friend, because I have so many apps I never even use.  Your tips are always appreciated!

Shoot the Moon {photography}

moon (c) shelly shuey

Do you like my picture of this month’s SuperMoon?

Well, I hope you like it plenty, because I’ve since learned this is the last super moon until 2017.  I’m happy with it — mainly because I’d never had a picture of the moon come out very well before that night.

Before you ooh and ahhh at my photographs, you should know that I called my good friend, Google for advice.  (S)he told me to use these settings.  I tried that, but found I had to make a few adjustments before I was happy with the pics.

In the end, I used a 70-200mm lens to shoot in Manual mode with an Aperture of F/16, ISO 200, and Shutter Speed of 1/200 – the Sunny 16 rule.

I later came to know of something called the Loony 11 rule, but my settings worked because the moon was just so darn… super.  In fact, it was so bright it woke us up in the middle of the night, like a giant lightbulb in the window.

Which it was.


(c) Shelly Shuey ThatGirlBlogs 2014


{Welcome} Swoozies & Bou-coup!


No, that wan’t a sneeze & a hiccup, I said Swoozies & Bou-coup, and they’re the newest affiliates here at ThatGirlBlogs!

Party Time!

What do I mean?  Only that between Swoozies & Bou-coup, you can get all of your party invites, favors, decorations, plates, napkins, you name it — at deep, deep discounts.

Don’t take MY word for it, check it out — we’re talking big-cute for small-dollars:

Thanks for joining forces, Swoozies/Bou-coup!



Jesus Calling {true story}


I never answer my phone, in fact I’m sort of hated known for it. I mean, I’d answer for John Cusack for sure… Rick Springfield… Adam Levine…   It’s a short list.

So imagine my surprise when I was ignoring screening a call yesterday, and my Caller ID’s robotic voice said,  ”Je-sus Chr-ist.”  I looked around at no one there and said, “Did that phone just say Jesus Christ?”  I was curious.

Not curious enough to answer, mind you, but curious.

I forgot about it until later that day when I saw the message light flashing.  There it was:  Jesus Christ (cue angels singing).

Wanting a logical explanation, I did what anyone would do in this situation, and consulted the experts:   Facebook.  Turns out?

I wasn’t the only one who got “the call.”

A BUNCH of people got the call, and one friend?  Called him back.  No way I was doing that.  Jesus and I go way back, and I don’t do confrontation, just ask… anyone, really.

When my friend called, there was a recording that said she’d reached The True Church of  Jesus Christ.

OK, I don’t think he’d choose the 916 area code if he was building the (true) church.  Wouldn’t he go to Hawaii or somewhere a little more temperate?  I feel like he has options.

He’s certainly not calling me from a phonebooth in the rain, I’ll tell you that much.

Or is he?

20th Century Fox

20th Century Fox

Printables via {Pinterest}


Did you know you can find free Printables on Pinterest???  When you find one you like, open the file and print!  Instant decorating for any season.  The “Leaves” artwork above is just a printable on heavy cardstock, and the frame was something I found jammed in a drawer somewhere.  Free + Free!

I gotta tell you, right about now?  My favorite word is, “Free.”

Here are a few sites with printables to get you started — or visit my Pinterest board for more (link at the end of this post).

 More on the Pinterest Board, Updated Daily:

Follow Shelly Shuey’s board Free + Printables on Pinterest.

{P} for Playdate. Followed by {T} for Tequila.


When we were kids, there was no such thing as a “Playdate.”

We did not jump around the house, chanting,


like a human pogo stick.

Having a friend over wasn’t enticing at all.  Better to be outside, playing with matches or climbing trees without a net.  Forget the Wii — about as techie as we got was that game, Simon.

You wanna have a playdate?  Here’s what has to happen first:

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{Rick Springfield}. Because the 80s were just a little less complicated, yo.


Rick Springfield is 65 years old.

As in, sixty.  Plus five.  Look at him!  He looks better than I do, and I’m not sixty-anything!

I know a lot more about Rick now than I ever did back in the 80s.  Why, you don’t ask?

Clips of Rick on General Hospital, memories of Rick on my record player, Rick on MTV, Rick singing, “Jessie’s Girl,”… talk about a flashback.  I’m not saying I’d fly cross-country to see him in concert, but if he shows up at my door selling Girl Scout cookies?

I’m buying.

And buying, and buying.  Since watching the documentary and buying his book, I’ve gone on to buy every Rick-hit and souvenir I can get my hands on.  Ka-Ching.

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