I’m not at all an expert and I’m not rich, but I do manage to save a decent amount of money in every part of our budget. I’m constantly looking for ways to save money and to make a few extra bucks. I’ve done my fair share of research, testing, and experiencing things of this nature and wanted to start sharing with others.
I also like to write about random things, my family, pets, every day shenanigans, some coins, my mental battles, and more.
*** Jessie ***
Just a few things about me. I was named after Jesse James, but my gram said it was a boy’s name. So, Jessica Anne it was. Although, she never liked the silent ‘e’ at the end of Anne. Every card she ever sent me had no ‘e’. Most people called me Jessie. Now everyone knows me as Sparkles and LadySkullshine. I’ve also been called Jilly from Famly Guy due to my ditziness. Oh, & I also used the name Rhiana Ruby briefly while writing for a metaphysical newsletter. That’s another story.
I never found myself very interesting. I’m a nobody, but I’ve had a lot of very interesting experiences. I literally feel like I’ve lived so many different lives. It’s been a major roller coaster for most of the time. Some perfectly wonderful moments, mixed with a lot of pain and torment. Mentally and physically. But we won’t get into that now, or here.
Family Is My Everything
I’m Mama Bear to my two baby girls, Haley 20 & Scarlet 13. They are my everything, my heart & soul. My mini-me’s. Both girls are highly intelligent, loving, and strong-willed, but Scarlet struggles a bit more with things. She has Autism, Tourette’s, Depression, Anxiety, and DMDD. She is incredibly strong & loves to help others. I’m so very proud of her. Haley went to college to be a vet, eventually moved to Florida to work at Disney, then ended up in Canada. I’m so very proud of her. She actually just came back home recently.
I have a very protective & loving fiance. We dated back in school and always kept a close connection. He puts up with a lot from me, and supports whatever crazy ideas I get in my head. After he makes fun of me and educates me on a few things. He was the inspiration for my coins page.
We have a pit bull/ black lab mixed dog, named Bastian. He is going to be 8 years old in November 2020. We rescued him when he was only a few weeks old. He already had several homes, was sold online at some point, and was very sickly when when we adopted him. He was originally my puppy, but he quickly became Scarlet’s Emotional Support Animal. He’s extremely protective of us both.
Some More Tidbits:
It’s sometimes hard to discuss. If I do say anything, I feel extremely vulnerable. But, I do have several mental and physical issues that tend to take over at times. I’m always busy multitasking too many projects that I forget I even started. Literally. I have ADHD, OCD, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, chronic pain, pelvic myalgia, Crohn’s Disease, among too many other things to list. Just writing this alone causes massive anxiety for me on so many levels.
I’m obsessed with taking pictures of everything possible. I love Alice in Wonderland, Guardians of the Galaxy and Iron Man, Ancient Aliens, sparkles, crystals, spreadsheets, and technology, animals, music, fairies, and collecting glass.
As far as my financial experience goes, I’m not an expert. I started working at thirteen, at our neighborhood farm market. Since then, I’ve been in sales, retail, hospitality, management, technical support, customer service, financial services, lab tech, & so on. I also worked with charitable events, non profits, and volunteered my services. Somewhere in there, I’ve had a few of my own business endeavors. I’ve managed my own money since early on, with little guidance. I made tons of mistakes & developed bad habits, but I also learned a lot along the way.
So, that’s really it, that’s me.
*** aka LadySkullshine ***
LadySkullshine originated in 2011. The name was created from brainstorming with a few others. We threw around a combination of lilmisunshine, skulls, and I forget the rest. We joked about it, but it stuck and people started to know who I was by that name.
At the time, I was in between jobs. I had just started managing the band Apocryfiend, and was also diving into a ton of promoting and photography. I wanted to help the local metal music community in the Lehigh Valley, PA. I became friends with a lot of them and saw their struggles. I then created this site to house their info. I also helped to make and sell their merchandise, did some modelling, and anything else I could do to help out. This quickly spread to other music genres beyond PA, as well as to local businesses.
After returning to work, things tapered off a bit over time, until I was no longer actively involved. The last thing I really did was a few years ago when I starred in my close friend Skip’s horror movie with my oldest daughter Haley. You can actually find us on IMDb, which is pretty cool.
All of these experiences have been a lot of fun, emotional, and educational. I also got to meet a ton of people over the years. Even though those days are over, it’s still pretty cool that you can now Google LadySkullshine and you’ll find a whole lot of my work.
Over time, I no longer needed my site, but I couldn’t bear to let it go. I’m a packrat. I left it up and continued to support everyone by keeping their info displayed. I recently decided to use my site again and completely revamped it. I thought about changing the name, but didn’t get very far.
My new focus has been more about saving money and making a few extra bucks. I have been doing this for a while now and wanted to share some tips with others. I’m not at all an expert and I’m not rich. But I do manage to save a decent amount of money in every part of our budget.
A Few Pics By LadySkullshine Photography
These were taken several years ago. There’s entirely too many to share, but I do plan to add more as I go through old pics.
Photos taken by LadySkullshine Photography. Photoshoots & live shows.
I’ve Been Mentioned In The Following:
717 Music Awards Promotional Material
BizR Ent Radio
Damsels of Darkness Tour 2012, 2013, 2014 promotional materials
Decaysia’s CD released 12/21/12, Inside Cover
Fyre & Ice Show
IMDb: Actress in Camp Hideaway Massacre (2018) by BizR Ent
Infernal Opera’s Road Trip to California as Sponsor
Featured in Lead Farmer Girls Worldwide interview in List Magazine, CA
The Sayjin Tyler Show
Past Experience Working With:
717 Music Awards (2 yrs) – Apocryfiend – Behind The Grey – BizR Babes/BizR Entertainment/BizR Films – Black Fate – Born Of Chaos Records – Chinga – Damsels Of Darkness Tour (3 yrs) – Decaysia – Garfield Hotel & Grille – G Child – Gutrot – Indefinite Dyad – Infernal Opera – Jabber Jaws – Jimmy’s Place – Lead Farmer Girls Worldwide – March To Victory – Metal Thunder Radio – Mindmaze – Mistress – No Remorse For The Fallen – Ominous – Our Ashes Remain – OVLO – Pennsylvania Metal – Pool Of Thorns – Plug’d In Magazine – Rearview Destroyer – Sandraudiga – Save The Zombies – Skulleroc – Sorrowseed – Suffocation – The Sterling – Threadz Clothing
A Few Recommendations:
“…she is a hard working and very thorough worker at all that she does….” – Joseph Covell, Cromaidz Productions
“Jessica is a very dedicated and passionate person who loves what she does and is wonderful at it….” – Rev. MoonChild, Metaphysion
“… Her passion for what she does as well as her meticulous attention to detail are what make her great at what she does….” Andrew Wagner, AMCORP
More recommendations, found here.