Saturday, November 10, 2007

Leaving Today

Leaving today for the convention. Have to get on the road around 6:30, off to get ready. Aly is SO excited, hope she has fun & learns a lot ...

Friday, November 9, 2007

Bagels

Today was my day to help out with the school bagel sales. They had a yummy looking chocolate chip bagel, but I knew they sold out first so didn't try it. Smelled good though. My 1st graders class always misses out on the chocolate chip ones, so this week I held one aside for her. She was super happy. Then I felt bad for the rest of her class because they were surrounding her looking at her chocolate chip one, lol. A few weeks ago someone took her bagel, so hopefully she gets to eat this one :)

My 5th grader is allowed to go buy her bagel before school even starts, maybe next week I will make her take my 1st grader. She isn't a big bagel eater & usually brings it home to me. If she likes the chocolate chip one then that would be great. I was surprised she didn't like eating the cinnamon sugar one.

Today I'm trying to get some ebay stuff taken care of & then packing for the Tremaine convention. Fun!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

1st Molar is gone

Aly lost her first molar the other day. Sometime in the middle of Monday night, she wakes me up screaming she lost her tooth & can't sleep. I was like, Ugh quit waking me up & I rolled over & went back to bed, lol. In the morning she was so excited. She told me she was wiggling it & it fell out. At first she thought it was a dream & then ran to the bathroom to check. Funny! She ended up taking the tooth to school so that she could get a treasure box. Told me she meant for it to fall out at school, lol. Of course she put her tooth out & the next morning woke me crying because the tooth fairy didn't come. Yes that dang tooth fairy! So while in the bathroom the wonderful Mom, yep that is me, goes & checks her bad & magically find $3 mixed in with her sheets. Silly girl, didn't she know that she tosses & turns so much the money got all mixed up in her sheets. It was a bit harder explaining why the tooth was still in her pillow. Hmm could it be because her room is so messy the tooth fairy had to just toss the cash? Then she wanted to take the tooth to school so the tooth fairy couldn't change her mind. I had to explain that the tooth fairy was on the other side of the world getting those kids teeth. How mean & I seriously am so totally against lying to my kids. UGH!!! The stresses of being a parent.

Countdown to Tremaine

We are getting excited, we leave early Saturday morning for the big Tremaine dance convention. Aly is SO excited. We have to leave super early, around 5:15 in the morning on Saturday & I believe it ends around 3:30 on Sunday. Jam packed 2 days, lol.

Still trying to figure out what she needs to bring. Not sure what classes will be taught, so have to bring all her dance shoes plus appropriate clothing for each type of dance, yikes.

Right now she has ballet, tap, jazz, hip/hop & lyrical shoes. I doubt hip hop will be taught & if musical theater is, jazz works for that.

Have to remember bathing suits too, the Hyatt should have a nice pool for us moms to relax in :)

Excited!!!

Weekend should be all fun because she isn't competing in this one. Her first competition will either be end of February or in March. Not sure yet, trying to work out the details.

We just got to see the girls Hip Hop costume & is too cute.

Excited!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Works For Me: BACKWARDS DAY!

Today is another BACKWARDS edition of Works-For-Me Wednesday. Instead of sharing one of my brilliant life tips with Bloggityville, I get to ask you, my kind readers for your suggestions in handling my problem.

Now I have to admit, I have not given many tips, my mind has been blank for awhile. Anyway, I'd love to hears some tips.

Ok right now my biggest problem is organizing toys. I have 2 girls, ages 6 & 10. My oldest is growing out of toys, she still likes playing house with dolls, playing store, etc.

My youngest plays everything: Barbie, Bratz, dolls, stuffed animals, Polly pockets, etc

What is a good way of storing all these things?

Wordless Wednesday

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The girls wore there costumes to school, but when they got home wanted something different. Aly went as a doll & Cam went as a witch. I like these costumes better anyway :)

See more WW here.

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Silver Jewelry for the Holidays



Silver Jewelry Club offers really nice, quality sterling silver pieces. They only charge $5.99 shipping. I have ordered several pieces from them. 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 2 - 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 real like Silver Jewelry Club. They also come in a little jewelry gift pouch.

Would make great stocking stuffers, something for teachers, etc.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Man angry with son-in-law fingers him as terrorist to FBI

STOCKHOLM (AFP) - A man in Sweden who was angry with his daughter's husband has been charged with libel for telling the FBI that the son-in-law had links to al-Qaeda, Swedish media reported on Friday.

The man, who admitted sending the email, said he did not think the US authorities would stupid enough to believe him.

The 40-year-old son-in-law and his wife were in the process of divorcing when the husband had to travel to the United States for business.

The wife didn't want him to travel since she was sick and wanted him to help care for their children, regional daily Sydsvenska Dagbladet said without disclosing the couple's names.

When the husband refused to stay home, his father-in-law wrote an email to the FBI saying the son-in-law had links to al-Qaeda in Sweden and that he was travelling to the US to meet his contacts.

He provided information on the flight number and date of arrival in the US.

The son-in-law was arrested upon landing in Florida. He was placed in handcuffs, interrogated and placed in a cell for 11 hours before being put on a flight back to Europe, the paper said.

This has been something my mom has been talking about for years. How easy it is to get people into trouble when angry, etc. I know there is a long history of this, think the Salem Witch Trials, but it still makes me angry. It gives me flashbacks to just over a year ago when we had problems with my husbands family. For reasons that nobody really knows, my MIL decided to get mad at us. She has a history of medical issues, so you never really know what goes on in her head. Well she got all riled up when she got low on her drug of choice Fioricet & decided to run to the police with accusations on hubby & I. We were being accused of felony charges & of course the cops wanted to believe the old sick mommy. If you have ever tried to prove your innocence then you know just how hard it is. It is easy to prove guilt with evidence, but to try & come up with evidence of telling the truth is very hard. I got a big taste of the way the legal system works & I had a new understanding for some of the people that are being held hostage, interrogated, etc. I do hope something comes of the charges brought on to the Father in law. I wasn't able to on my MIL, but if I could have I would. What she did was some of the most horrible things you could do to anther person.

If you ever get a feeling that you should lie to the cops or child welfare, etc against someone you don't like, please re-think it. It doesn't just effect the person that you are accusing. My kids are still having problems from what my MIL did to us. They are scared to death of the police now, my oldest has nightmares that the FBI are coming to take her parents away. Since my MIL is epileptic, my oldest is even afraid to be around people with seizures because she thinks they will turn mean like the way her grandma did. It is a huge shame!

To read the full article click here.

Book Sharing

NoBloPoMo - Day 6

I am an avid reader. I usually get my books from the library, but there are times when I like to own a book. I also will pick up books at garage sales, library sales, etc for a great price. I really enjoy all the book sites for sharing. You basically list what books you have that you are willing to send & then you get a credit to get a book you want. I am pretty picky about what I want, since it technically is costing a few dollars of shipping to get the credit. I tend to get books for my kids, since I usually keep children's books. Here are the three sites that I use:

Bookmooch is the newest site that i have started using. You get 1/10 of a point for every book that you list. Then points for when you send books, etc. I have just mailed my first book on there & I haven't requested any yet. Here is a glimpse at the point summary:

Points summary:

ActionPoints
Add a book to inventory+ 1/10th
Give away book (within your country)+ 1
Give away book (to another country)+ 3
Mooch a book (within your country)- 1
Mooch a book (from another country)- 2
Acknowledge receiving a book you mooched+ 1/10th

Titletrader, I have been using for awhile & I do enjoy it. I have had some problems on this one though. I had a couple books not arrive for me & then I received a couple bad feedbacks for people claiming they didn't receive the books/items I sent. This site kind of reminds me of yahoo auctions vs. ebay auctions. The one thing I do really like of Titletrader is you can actually post anything. They have categories for books, movies, games & then a misc that can have anything in it.


Now my favorite & the one I have been using the longest is Paperbackswap. You get credits for posting your first books, plus earn credits after sending out a book. They have a huge selection of books to choose from & tons of member features. The basic features are free & then they do have subscription available. You also get points if you refer someone & they post 10 books.

Hope to see you around & if you join or already a member feel free to add me to your buddy list!

All 3 sites have free plans. I haven't paid for any of the book trading sites.

Monday, November 5, 2007

win a new IPOD Touch blog contest

Over at Mixed Drink World they have the sweetest mixed drink recipe site on the planet. These guys are having a great promotion, win a new IPOD Touch blog contest . Here’s your chance to win a new IPOD Touch 16 GIG ($400 Value). Their just giving the stuff away. Don’t miss out and check out this killer contest. Or just check out how to make cocktail recipes.

pro360 Online Casino Reviews

Pro360 is a review site to online casinos, they have been doing reviews since 1997. There are almost 3,000 online casinos over the internet, Pro360 helps wade through them and find the best of the best. They give you detailed reviews on many online casinos based on things like trust score, game experience and bonuses offered by each casino. Now I know that a lot of gambling deals with luck. It is also important to have some strategy, and it doesn't hurt being prepared. By using a review site, they take the guess work out of which casino is right for you. It also helps to know which casinos offer a bonus and how much.

Everything is broken down in an easy to navigate format at Pro360. If I want to play craps, I just look through their reviews. There are tons of reviews, they even have Bingo & Keno! With all the categories, including US Approved Casinos, you are sure to find the right site for you.

Each casino has a full review option. By clicking on this, you can find the complete worth of the site by stating the certification, customer support, deposit options, withdrawal options, payout speed, game audio and video quality plus a lot more. There are editor reviews and customer reviews, even screen shots.

If you are or are considering to try gambling online as an extra income source or just a fun way to pass the time. Be sure to check out pro360 first!

Proud owners of a Helium Tank :)


NoBloPoMo - Day 5


Last Thursday, Aly's class was picked to sing 2 songs at a Township Award Ceremony. After they offered food & then a raffle drawing. I really wanted to leave because it was SO boring, but she insisted on staying. At the very end, she ended up winning a Balloon machine, lol. I swear she couldn't stop smiling. All her friends went running up to her, it was really funny. Now she is the proud owner of a helium tank, lol.

They had some awesome prizes too, like Best Buy Gc's, Restaurants, etc. All the kids were jealous of this one though :)

Beat the Heat, Wash in Cold, and Win an Eco-Friendly Home Office

NoBloPoMo - Day 5

Ready for the fifth C3 action? Pledge today to "Beat the Heat, Wash in Cold" and pass the word along. Do so and you could win a $1500 eco-friendly home office or one of 27 other great prizes.

Take the pledge at http://c3.newdream.org

(yes, even if you took other C3 pledges, you need to take this pledge to be eligible for November's prizes)

Did you know that simply by pushing the "cold/cold" button for four out of every five loads of laundry you can cut 72 pounds of CO2 emissions this month alone? Keep it up for a year and you’ll save more than $60 in energy costs too!


We have been washing in the cold water cycle for at least a year now. The clothes still come out fine, so I do everything but towels & linens in cold now. Really has saved on the energy bills. I also hang dry a lot of clothes, so I try to full loads of hang dry to avoid using the dryer.

Hope you take the pledge :)

On a parting note, a quote:

Of course, like every other man of intelligence and education I do believe in organic evolution. It surprises me that at this late date such questions should be raised.

- Woodrow Wilson, 1922

Christmas Tree Raffle



Our dance studio is raffling off two great Christmas Trees filled to the brim with $25 gift cards on them. Each tree has approx. $500 worth of gift cards, that is over $1,000 total, wow! The Raffle tickets are each $5 if you are interested. The Raffle will take place on December 8th & the gift cards will be shipped out on the following business day if the winner is out of MI. If you are interested, just click the paypal button below or contact me for details on how to send in your payment. This will make a great Christmas present or help you in your Christmas shopping! The money goes to our girls dance competition team. The competitions are lots of fun, hard work & lots of money, lol. The first comp is in February!!!



Aly's first Convention is in 1 week, yeah! She isn't competing, but she will get to take classes provided by Tremaine! She is super excited.

Just to give an idea of cost, this 2 day event is costing $185 fee + 137 overnight hotel stay & she isn't competing, that is extra. Plus we got a discount on the room, normally $199 & the event is one of the ones known for not being a money maker & actually being worth the cost. Yikes :)

There is still time to buy raffle tickets for the American Girl doll & the Nintendo DS Lite. They will also be raffled off on the same day.






Sunday, November 4, 2007

Great Boys size 2t & 3t coats on Ebay

I have some really nice toddler boys coats for sale on ebay right now, starting at only .99. We were given these when we picked up the rest of our items in storage & since I have girls I don't need them. Like I said they are really nice. If my kids fit in the Old Navy ones I probably would have kept them just for playing out in the snow, lol.

There is a 2t Baby Gap Plaid coat, 3t Yellow Old Navy coat & a 3t Navy Blue Old Navy coat.

You can visit my store here.

Contest Roundup November 4th

NoBloPoMo - Day 4

Angela at mommy bytes is giving away six HP Photo Books. Head on over by November 15th at midnight to enter. I'd love to make a photo book with pictures from the girls dance recitals.

Over at 5 Minutes For Mom, you could Kids Pedal Car or Record Player!, a Coke cooler, or a gift certificate for $179 from Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles (enter by November 30th)

Right now at Blessed Nest, they are holding three different giveaways in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. All of the products involved have been donated by The Spoon Sisters and include Pink Ribbon Awareness Rubber Duckie in Soap, Pink Ribbon Hankicards, Pink Ice Cream Spoons- Set of 4 and much more! You have until midnight on November 7th to enter.

Check out Write From Karen on November 5th for your chance to win the 2008 Baby Blues desk calendar:
"If you would like a chance to win the 2008 Baby Blues desk calendar, come back Monday, November 5th (mark it - mark it now or you’ll forget!) and tell me what makes you laugh. Leave one comment, leave twenty comments - it doesn’t matter how often you enter, just tell me something different that makes you laugh each and every time. The more times you enter, the better chance you have of winning."


It's time for the November Write-Away contest from Scribbit! This month's topic is "My life is different because of . . ." and you have until November 21st to enter. You could win a genuine, custom-made handbag by Michelle herself!

If you’re looking for new books to add to your library, Cool Zebras is giving one away every week until the end of November. To enter, place her “Celebrate at the Zebras” button on your blog sidebar for whatever week you want to be considered for or you may write a post telling your readers about the contest. Then let her know in comments that you’re participating and which book(s) you’re interested in.

At Random acts of bling, you can win a Citrine ring this week!

This three-layer puzzle offers a wonderful, pictorial narrative about the creation of a rainbow. In the first layer we see a young boy and girl enjoying the gentle rain under the protection of an umbrella. The girl holds out her hand to feel the rain. Assemble the second layer and we see the sun peeking out from behind big, fluffy clouds. The blue sky appears and a cute, purple bird stands near the little boy. Finally, in the last, and top most layer, the umbrella is put away. The sun is out, the clouds are almost gone and a beautiful rainbow appears above the two children.

This is a wonderful, three-layer puzzle that will delight and challenge young minds. The images are lovingly rendered & finished directly onto the wood surface. This ensures the images will stay bright for years to come. Crafted for years, even generations, of childhood adoration and play. 12 pieces total. Wipe with dry cloth to clean.

My Two Boys as well as Lala Natural

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