Saturday, August 25, 2007

Smart Habit Saturday

I haven't had a chance to post the last few Saturdays. I have been working on drinking more water lately, especially after reading the book Sugar Shock!. This week, I just really want to work on staying on top of filing paperwork (bills, etc) Especially with school starting up on the 4th!








My previous "habits"

Walking ~ Doing well
Keeping kitchen table clutter free ~ not doing well :)
Playing games with kids ~ doing good
Drinking water ~ doing really good

Check out more Smart Habits Saturday with Lara!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Finding out teachers

Today all the kids got their letters from school with teachers & bus stops. Well everyone accept my oldest. She was so bummed out! My youngest has a teacher none of the kids have heard of. Hopefully she will be ok. Can't even figure out how to pronounce her name, lol. I wonder if she is new or newly married, hmmm. I am unhappy with the bus stop. It is a bit farther down then usual & I cannot stand the boy or the parents at the house. Hopefully things go ok. We had major bus stop problems last year & a big part of it was this boy. I ended up getting transportation to let me keep the kids in our driveway & cross over after the bus stops. This year will be tougher since it is down farther as well. It is so cold here in the winter, this will be a big pain! Oh well, at least it isn't at my house & I have to deal with all the kids fighting. Hopefully Aly's teacher announcement will come tomorrow. She had a tough year last year & we are really hoping for a certain teacher.

Back to school Cool mom picks

As Seen at Cool Mom Picks
Cool mom picks is giving away A $200 goodie bag courtesy of one of our favorite shops, The Silly Wagon, which sells much coveted stuff from brands like OIlily, Baby Nay and Appaman. $200 - That's a whole lot of goodies! Check it out!

Booking through Thursday


When growing up did your family share your love of books? If so, did one person get you into reading? And, do you have any family-oriented memories with books and reading? (Family trips to bookstore, reading the same book as a sibling or parent, etc.)

My mom shared my love of books. I'm not sure if that is one got me into reading, I think you either love it or don't. My kids see me read ALL the time & my oldest has no interest in it. I have bought tons of different types of books for her over the years & nothing I do makes her interested. Anyway, my mom is an avid reader & even my brother reads quite a bit. We usually don't share the same interests. My mom interested me to Terry Brooks series about the Magic Kingdom (Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! (Magic Kingdom of Landover)) which is my all time favorite series. She also introduced me to Douglas Adams (The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) who I love!

Fun question, to see more answers, check out Booking through Thursday.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Big Birthday giveaway ~ Giving away her twenties!


Another blog is having another birthday celebration. She is giving away her twenties for her 30th birthday. I love her thinking & will have to remember that for my 30th that is quickly approaching, ugh!

Anyways, check out her contest here.

Giveaways! Growing and Giving


Growing and giving is having some great contests the week her baby turns one. Head on over there & enter!

What a fun idea, good luck & happy birthday to flybaby!!!

If you scrapbook, check out the great contest at Scrapmonkeys!

Throwback Thursday



This is my mom after a dance performance. Not sure the year, had to be mid 60's.

For more throwback thursdays, visit Pink & Blues girl blog.

Next week I plan on digging up the school photos since my kiddos go back in less then 2 weeks :)

Healthy Habits from Colgate

Colgate has a really great program for kids to encourage healthy habits. You can earn a free toothbrush with the offer & it is really easy. Check out the site here.

They have activities for kids. You can earn a free toothbrush by updating a log that they have online. All your kids have to do is brush daily, read a book & wash hands.

They also have parent resources! Check it out it is a fun site. I earned toothbrushes in less then 3 weeks & it made brushing teeth & reading fun for the kids!

Home Organizer ~ Getting Organized

I'm trying to get organized for the new school year. I want to make a household binder to store all my important papers, etc. I have started these before & just never finished. I'm determined to get mine together this month! I have been scouring the web for ideas, printables, etc.

In my binder, I am including page protectors, dividers, loose leaf paper & those 9 pocket baseball card holders. I have tons of those from our days of selling non-sport cards on eBay. I use those for business cards, coupons or anything small enough to fit that I need to keep.

I have also been looking for printables. I will have more links later on, but I wanted to share this great tool for chores.

Motivated moms has this great chore organizer for only $4. I normally don't buy things like this, but this one is really well organized. Check out her site here.

You can directly purchase one using paypal by clicking here.

I will try & get photos up when I have it finished. I also will be updating this with some of the freebies that I have found & will be using!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Works for me Wednesday

We have a small area, so storage space is hard to come by. My daughter has a daybed, so it has tons of storage space under it. I used milk crates to sort toys & I can fit at least 8 under there. My bed on the other hand barely fit anything. I went & bought bed risers. Now I can fit regular sized boxes under my bed, milk crates or I can stack 2 under bed boxes! Really makes a difference in space.

Not alone

Wow there is a poll on Larry King & I am amazed at the results. It shows I am not alone in my religious feelings :)

Which religion do you associate with?
Christianity 14% 2484
Judaism 4% 733
Islam 1% 256
Buddhism 1% 89
Hinduism 0% 54
Jehovah�s Witnesses 1% 159
Atheism 71% 12215
Agnostic 3% 470
I am spiritual, but of no religion 3% 487
Mine's not listed 1% 189
Total Votes: 17136

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Summer


Over at the Pumpkin Patch, she is hosting an end of summer party! Click the banner to see everyone participating. Some of the ladies will be doing giveaways, so be sure to check them all out.

Our summer doesn't end for 1 week & 6 days still. The girls start school 2 weeks from today. We honestly didn't do much this summer, but we had a wonderful summer. We mainly stayed home, swam in the pool, rode bikes, went for walks, etc. Normally we spend a lot of time at Metro Beach & Stony Creek beach, but this year I opted out of getting the annual pass because of the high gas prices. We do have a pool though, so I didn't feel too bad. We went to the park a few times, another thing we did less because of gas prices. The kids have a lot of friends around here though, so they had plenty of opportunities to get out of the house. We were able to do our annual zoo trip, so I was excited about that! We still have almost 2 weeks, so I'm hoping it will warm up a bit, so we can still go in the pool a few more times!

Aly riding her lowrider bike :)
Cam finding frogs after the grass is freshly cut & just enjoying nature in general!

Cammie finally losing her fear of the water & starts going underwater!

Dance recitals, the girls work so hard for this week. We had rehearsals Monday & Tuesday & recital Wednesday & Thursday. Fun after party with pizza & pop late Thursday night. We got home at 1am!!! Summer officially starts for us after dance recitals are over each year :)

Cam's 6th birthday party at Chuck E Cheese. She had a fun butterfly cupcake cake.

Working on the new roof



New Tree swing

Air show at Selfridge Air Base

Playing at the Park

Tackle it Tuesday


Tackle It Tuesday Meme

Today my biggest tackle is getting eBay orders packaged up & outta here! Then I need to go through the clothes I have left to sell & get ready to put them up. I also want to work on the kids clothes, getting ready for school in 2 weeks.

Today I ordered a new thing for my youngest clothes. I have one & I love it (I have black, she is getting the pink). Right now she is using a dresser that has 3 drawers, an open space & then a 5 small shelves. It is falling apart, been moved many times & she just needs something new. I want her clothes hanging. It only costs $99.95 from Seventh Avenue & if you go through ebates you get 4% back. Hopefully it comes quick so I can get it up & going before school starts!

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Monday, August 20, 2007

Great {cheap} Gift Idea



Silver Jewelry Club offers really nice, quality sterling silver pieces. They only charge $5.99 shipping. I have ordered several pieces from them ( I will try & take some pics of what I have bought ). I have bought a lot of the charms, a few rings & a few bracelets. I also bought some of the sterling silver chain add ons that you can buy for the charms. These make really nice (and cheap) gifts for girls. I like to buy them & have on hand for my 5th graders birthday parties. What girl wouldn't like a nice piece of real jewelry & they will never know you only spent $5.99. They even make nice gifts for Woman & sometimes even Men. They offer men & teen pieces occasionally. The shipping can be a bit slow, I think they say 6 - 8 weeks on the site, but it usually takes 3 weeks. That is why I like to prepare in advance & have pieces on hand. Most of the pieces have real gemstones on them, I like to catch my families birthstones. I actually let my daughter wear this jewelry, unlike her expansive gold pieces. You just can't beat $5.99 & there is no Lead in it like all the fun jewelry kids wear from China!!!

They also come in a pretty teal jewelry pouch. Side note to my scrappers, these go nicely on scrapbook pages!


Another site that offers Silver Jewelry for free is Silver Jewelry. They have the same concept basically. They show 6 items at a time. The shipping is a bit higher at $6.95. Still a great deal! Watch the descriptions though, not all the gemstones are really like Silver Jewelry Club.

New School Clothes

I only ended up getting 2 pics each of the girls new school clothes. They wanted to go back out & play. We went on Friday with my grandma. She took them to Macy's & JC Penney's. Macy's they were only allowed 1 outfit & Aly needs slim so she just got a top. Cam picked this cute outfit out at Macy's. It has the pink tank top & the gray & pink sweater over it with matching gray gouchos. If you didn't know Gray is supposed to be a big color this season :)
This top for Aly is from Penney's. It is her favorite. She loves the layered look. I had found the brown shorts at penney's the week before for only 5 bucks! She loves clothes like that & they work for the fall months of school, yeah!
This is Cam's favorite outfit from Penney's. This is so not her either, so I'm happy she is expanding her wardrobe. Before me & Aly were the fans of brown & we are FINALLY rubbing off on her. She fell in love with the top first. It is typical Cam pink but with brown polka dots. It was so cute watching her try & find a match. First she found some light pink jeans, that didn't look right. Then some denim jeans & she didn't like that either. I finally saw these & she fell in love. Cute!
Here is the last pic I got. The top is her 1 thing from Macy's. It is a cream tank with a really nice brown sweater over it. In the pic she paired it with a khaki skirt from penney's.

They got some other outfits & they each got a pair of tennis shoes. Cam got the cutest pair of sketchers & Aly got a really nice pair of Echo tennis shoes.

Against my better judgment, I went back the next day & bought more clothes. My grandma didn't buy as much as we thought. I needed to pick up some sweats for Aly & some missing pieces to a dance outfit. I only ended up buying Cam an extra pair of brown leggings that we got for $3.99 which was way clearanced down. I'm saving some of the stuff for Aly's birthday next month though. Plus I won a $250 Gymboree gift card, so when that comes in I'm gonna spend it on Cam. Aly never has been a Gymboree girl, she prefers the Bratz look, LOL.

RIP II Reading Challenge for Fall

Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings is hosting the RIP II challenge. (Readers Imbibing Peril)

R.I.P. II is a September 1st through October 31st celebration of all tales gothic, eerie, creepy, and dark. Tales that one reads in the dark of night, experiencing delicious shivers of terror and suspense at each creak of the floorboards or each gust of wind. As in previous challenges the definition for what type of books fit into this category will be very broad. I would venture to say that there is something for everyone that could count as a R.I.P. book.

Peril the First:

Read Four books of any length, from any subgenre of scary stories that you choose.

Peril the Second (Otherwise known as the Obese Book Peril):

As you may know, some books are scary not just because of their subject matter but because of their size. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke is 737 pages of small type, for example, and Gordon Dahlquist’s Glass Books of the Dream Eaters is 637 pages long with type so miniscule it makes Strange’s look like large print!

For this peril simply read two weighty tomes during the challenge period.

Peril the Third:

If you think you have it in you, this third choice of perils is the Scary Sandwich Peril…choose two large books like those described in Peril the Second and read a smaller qualifying tale in between.

Peril the Fourth (Otherwise known as Just a Bit of Peril):

Some of you wonderful readers, or would-be readers, may have a tendency to shy away from this genre, thinking it is just not your cup of poisoned tea. However, it wouldn’t be a challenge if I wasn’t challenging you.

This peril is for those of you who want to take a chance. Simply choose one book that you feel meets the criteria for Readers Imbibing Peril II and, well, imbibe it!

Additional Perils:

For those of you who have never done so, or want those who want to do so again, choose one or more of the following books to read after you have completed your other peril of choice:

1.Dracula by Bram Stoker 2. A collection of tales by Edgar Allan Poe 3. The Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker 4. Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

For those that are curious, I'm probably doing Peril 4. I plan to read Frankenstein. I plan to read Dracula. I may be adventuresome and seek out one or two more. But I'm only committing to those two at the moment. I may read Blood and Chocolate. The Island of Dr. Moreau I happen to have checked out at the moment. (I have the seven novels-in-one book of H.G. Wells.) May being the key word. I've already read and blogged about Coraline....and Twilight...and New Moon...and Eclipse...and Blue Bloods....and Masquerade....and a few others that would qualify.

I normally read more books from the mystery section, but I am going to give this a try. I have read a few Vampire books & I Love Laurell K. Hamilton's series about Merry Gentry. If you haven't read it, the first book is A Kiss of Shadows (Meredith Gentry Novels). I'm going to work on my list & will update!