Showing posts from April 27, 2008

Walgreens FREE 8 x 10 Print

Walgreens is offering a free 8 x 10 for Mother's day this upcoming week. Just order your picture anytime from May 5th - May 7th, enter 4MOM as the coupon code. That is it, easy peasy :)

A Post a day in May

I decided to play along with All sorts with a post a day in May.

Today was our last day of the 5 day field trip that started a few weeks ago at our Air base. It was a great experience for my 5th grader, and I really enjoyed myself. Everyone got a completion certificate with a Starbase bag & key ring, even us adults. Learned quite a bit & my daughter got to experience some great things.

After school, Aly was supposed to have competition practice but it was canceled. Cam still had her extra ballet class. Before that I did some shopping. I had a couple coupons for JC Penney plus a gift card. I picked up a pair of capri's, a yellow halter top, Skecher sandals & then flip flops for the girls & a top for Aly. I also had a $15gc for Target that I earned from Epoll. Went and picked up a few things there as well. I also found a cute pair of pj's for my oldest at TJ Maxx for $5 & then a cute blue top for $3. Plus a few toys for Cam on clearance. Bought a…

Sincerely 'Fro Me to You Carnival

With Mother's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd post a picture of me & my mom. I think I was about 3 in this picture. That was my favorite dress & I still have it :) I also got pics of both my girls in it. I have many memories of me & that dress. My mom always wanted to be a mom. She wanted a girl first & got me. She spoiled me rotten, seriously!

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World Asthma Day

Did you know that today is World Asthma day? Both my kids have Asthma. It took me years to get my 10 year old diagnosed. She normally doesn't have the standard wheezing, so the doctors wouldn't believe me that she had breathing problems. She does however have a year round cough. It wasn't until I learned about Exercise Induced Asthma & actually said the term to the doctor that they started to believe me. I just went with while she is at dance, this happens. That at least got her the meds she had been needing all this time.

My youngest never had symptoms of Asthma or even Allergies like my oldest always had. When she was 4, she went on a preschool field trip to a farm. That night she was struggling to breath. I wasn't sure what was going on. The next day we took her to the ER because it wasn't getting any better. Her pulse ox was extremely low, mid 80's. The nurse didn't even finish the paperwork, they were like pick her up right now & g…

Thursday Contest Round UP

Livin' with me is having a contest for Evenflo Sippy Cups from the The Soft Landing ~ Ends May6thSeven Dogs and a Baby is giving away a dalmatian hat from BlaBla Kids ~ Ends May 6thIsland Review is giving away a Doodlebops DVD ~ Ends May 6th
Did you see that is giving away a great Save the Ta Tas gift ~ Ends May 7th
Fashion Fling is giving a great prize package of MTV's fresh takes. You do have to join their forum to enter, but it looks like a great board! ~ Ends May 11th
An Ordinary Life is giving away Silverlake Leather Flap handbag in white. ~ Ends May 25th

May Holidays = Scrapbook Inspiration

If you pay attention to all the holidays each month, you can find some great scrapbook inspiration. Plan a Barbecue, give your kids crepe suzette & take pics, get pictures of your kids brown bagging it on the 25th, etc. Enjoy ~
National Barbecue Month National Chocolate Custard Month National Egg Month National Hamburger Month National Salad Month National Salsa Month National Strawberry Month
May 1 ~ RSS Awareness Day
May 1 ~ May DayMay 5 ~ Cinco de MayoMay 11 ~ Mother’s DayMay 19 ~ Victoria Day (Canada) May 24 ~ Bermuda DayMay 26 ~ Memorial DayMore Food Celebrations ~

May 1-7 National Raisin Week

A to Z Recap for April 2008


Wordless Wednesday

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WFMW: Saving Money on Zoo Memberships

We are lucky enough to live about half hour - 45 minutes from the Detroit Zoo. Since we are on a major budget, what I do is a buy a Zoo Membership around end of July - beginning of August the first year. Then we try to go a few time in August & maybe even September & October. Then we go again when it starts warming up in April, May & then June & July. Then I let the membership expire until the following August. That way my one year membership, lasts 2 years.

It has worked great for us & the kids get to enjoy the zoo each year. Now if you have the money to afford the membership year round, I say go for it. It helps the animals & they deserve it. If you struggle with money though, doing it this way works out wonderfully.

Bring a picnic lunch to save even more money!

400 Free Digital Photos at Arts Cow

Arts Cow is a brand new digital photo printing website. They are currently doing an aggressive ad campaign, giving all new sign ups 400 free prints + an 8 x 8 photo book. They are doing this until they get 20,000 members, I believe it said they were over 16,000 when I finished registration. Shipping is a bit high, just under $10 for 100 prints. This is still a really great. I'm not sure of print quality, but so far I have used several sites & been happy with all of them, even the cheaper ones like Winkflash & Clark Color.

You get ~

* 400 Free Prints (50 4x6 and 50 5x7 each month for the next 4 months)

* 8x8 Photo Book (20 pages) available starting May 31 and expiring Dec. 31

Just for registering. If you refer friends, you can get 200 prints per friend until May 13th. I just looked & they print on Fuji Paper which is very good. If you blog, you can right up this offer to get referrals, you can also email your friends. LMK if you sign up, if you click here I will ge…

Some Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Mother's day is right around the corner, this year it falls on May 11th. We will most likely be at a dance competition that weekend, so I'm not making any plans. My 6 year old is pretty mad about that, she was like there won't be a competition that day because it's Mother's day, they can't do that. I was like, sorry, most likely there will be one, but it is ok because I know you really wanted to spend the day with me. This one is actually pretty close by to us, so maybe I'll bring her. Hopefully she won't get the comp bug though, too expensive. Ok on with the gifts ~

This is something on my wish list {hint hint}
Mom's Ultimate Family Organizer: A One-Stop Planner for Busy Moms

What mom doesn't feel like Wonder Woman at times, wouldn't it be fun to dress the part ~ Wonder Woman cami & panty set for women

What mom doesn't love receiving Roses as a gift. It is classy, elegant and well loved by most moms. If your mom isn't into R…

Miley Cyrus Vanity Fair Photo Shoot

I was not going to talk about this on my blog since it is everywhere right now. However something kind of funny happened last night, so thought I'd blog about it.

First if you haven't heard and btw where have you been? Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana did a questionable photo shoot with Vanity Fair recently. I first saw the pictures on the View, then turned on the computer and was bombarded with it. I personally thought the picture was totally inappropriate. My first thought was why would these adults in her life ok this? And why did Annie Leibovitz ever think it was artful to have a child naked with only a cloth covering her? If I took a photo like that and published it of my children, I'd be arrested for child porn. I find it interesting that in her interview with the magazine that accompanies the spread, she called the back-baring shot "really artsy" but not "in a skanky way" and said "You can't say no to Annie."

Miley did issue a state…

Yahoo Messenger

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Review ~ Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner

I just finished up reading Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner. This is a really fun, cute book. It is about a retired demon hunter, who is know a stay at home mom. She has a teenager and a toddler, plus a husband running in politics. We all know how busy it is to be a mom, know the heroine Kate has to hunt Demons as well. Book is written well, with funny pieces thrown in to make you laugh. Has a unique perspective on how demons walk the earth, which I loved. Carpe Demon reminds me of a cozy mystery, but it is about demons instead of crime.

Back of book ~

Carpools. Crabgrass. Creatures from the depths of hell. Suburbia has its problems too...

Lots of women put their careers aside once the kids come along. Kate Connor, for instance, hasn't hunted a demon in ages...

That must be why she missed the one wandering through the pet food aisle of the San Diablo Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, he managed to catch her attention an hour later—when he crashed into the Connor house, intent on killing her.

Monday Contest Roundup


Xtra Xtra Weight Off & Exercise Links {abs}

I have been bad & forgetting to post my results. I've been keeping up on the fitness though. I've lost about a pound and a half since starting this. I honestly didn't think I'd lose anything since it has been so long since I lost weight, so I'm excited. I've been thinking about what I have been eating & thinking about my health & fitness. This is the reason I joined this challenge, so I'm feeling good.

I always go & buy a Sunday paper. Yesterday was a very nice day & I realized that was a perfect reason to walk to the gas station & buy the paper that way. Give me a reason to walk & give my car a break. I can't believe I haven't thought of it before, lol. I plan on doing this more often now that the weather is getting nicer. Except we are supposed to have snow this week, what?

I found some good exercise resources on the web & thought I'd share ~

20 Minute Park Workout for Moms
Abdominal Reconditioning

Mother's Day Give-Away

A great blog called From Melissa's Desk is giving away a $25 gc to Barnes & Nobles for Mother's Day this year. Click on the banner to enter the giveaway.

All you have to do is write up a post about her great giveaway by May 3rd & then post the link to her blog.

Webkinz Day Extravaganza ~ May & June POTM

Don't forget that the Webkinz Extravaganza is going on from Friday April 25th - Sunday April 27th. Check the Webkinz Website for stores near you. All the Hallmarks around me are giving away a free Webkinz with every $10 purchase up to $20. I bought my daughters the Lil Kinz Mouse & they each the Cocker Spaniel for free! There are also coloring contests, Wheel of Wow, Gem Hunt, Jellybean challenge & more going on!

If your kids don't have these yet, now is a great time to try them out! They are a lot of fun & actually a bit educational. The kids can do a job every 8 hours, grow a garden & sell the fruit/vegetables. They use the money to buy items for their houses. If you don't take care of your pet by feeding, putting to bed & giving baths; they get sick & have to go to the doctor. I was surprised that it does teach them some things! My kids aren't allowed to have any pets other then the 1 cat that we have had for 13 years. This is there…