Saturday, August 11, 2007

Hair styles for girls

Here are the hair styles we were playing with last week that I mentioned. I finally got them uploaded to the computer. We are going to the zoo on Monday, so had to clear out my card :)

Friday, August 10, 2007

New Haircut

I took Aly for her school hair cut. She has been driving me crazy to get her bang cut to the side since before her dance recital. I was hoping to put it off till right before school started. I would have liked to have waited another week or two, but she drove me crazy, lol. It looks really cute though, better then I thought. Her hair is on the thin side, so I wasn't sure if she could pull it off. This pic was after a full day of playing, I forgot to get it right after. The girl styled it & it looked SO cute. Will have to try to do that for the first day of school.

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Does your child need a tutor? Back to school

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Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Use plants to absorb toxins in your home

I found this really interesting and wanted to share. If you are trying to make your indoor air cleaner and reduce toxings, USE PLANTS!

  • If you want to offset the benzene from your gas stove, keep an English Ivy plant in your kitchen.
  • To capture a wide variety of chemicals, including TCE from new paint, benzene from new plastics, and formaldehyde from new cabinets & shelves, buy 2 - 3 chrysanthemum flowers.
  • Absorb formaldehyde outgassing from your pressboard office or computer furniture, keep a spider plant on or near your desk. Get a large easy to care for corn plant for the office, too. It will absorb formaldehyde from new paper, books, cardboard, and pressboard bookshelves.
  • If you have foam insulation or foam carpet pad or furniture, use a few azaleas.
  • Eliminate fumes from products, oils, gasoline and carbon monoxide in your garage by bringing several spider plants, English ivies and dracaenas on window sills, shelves or corners. Try to give a little sunshine. Another tip, try to keep garage door and/or windows open to ventilate whenever possible.
  • Indoor air pollution experts recommend one plant for every 100 feet.
  • Other powerful air-filtering plants are Chinese evergreens, golden pothos, Gerbera daisies, bamboo plants, dieffenbachias and peace lillies.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Tackle it Tuesday

This Tackle it Tuesday, I'm tackling my finances. Going along with my Smart Habit Saturday to get a budget going & working on my debt. I want to get all my bills together in one spot, figure out what I owe. I also want to figure out interest rates, etc so I can figure out what to start paying off first. I have been meaning to do this for a few months now & I just can't seem to finish it. I get started, just never finish. That is my biggest tackle this week. I'm also working on just better organizing my house. School is starting soon & I really want a freshly organizing living space. I have major problems getting my oldest to do homework. It is always a struggle and fight. I want to get a better homework area set up in the next couple weeks. Since my bills are in the same general area, this all goes to together for me. Well off to tackle! Click on the banner to see more moms tackling their homes!

Rob Zombie's Halloween

Rob Zombie wrote and directed the latest Halloween movie to be released August 31st. Aren't you excited and terrified? You have to check out the website for Halloween the movie, it is AMAZING! I have to be honest, I was a bit scared just watching the trailer. I'm not really into scary movies, however I am totally into true crime. If you read one of my recent posts, I mentioned that I wanted to be a Criminal Profiler or some type of psychologist that works with Serial killers. As soon as the trailer mentioned "Manson like murder", I was hooked. My husband is a huge fan of the Halloween movies and Michael Myers. We have seen all the movies. Can you believe the first Halloween movie was in 1978. I was born in '78, so I obviously had to play catch up with this Thriller when I got a bit older. Since it was the first, it is a classic and one of my favorite all time scary movies. There have been several different takes on the Halloween line of Movies. I am very excited at what Rob Zombie will bring to the newest movie. It looks like Zombie is going to turn back time and uncover the makings of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed Michael Myers. Zombie took nothing lightly when coming up with his take on Halloween. He didn't want just a stunt man behind the mask. He wanted a talented actor that would bring something to the character of Myers. He chose Tyler Mane, an actor that has been praised for his naturalism that he brings to characters. Being 6'8" alone, I think he will do an excellent job of bringing fear into everyone, don't you? This is sure to be one of the scariest films of all time. Rob Zombie was quoted as saying he would not have taken on this film if he didn't have a vision for it. This film will begin back in 1978, and Zombie is keeping the mask original. This is sure to bring new life to a favorite character Michael Myers! Remember it comes out August 31st of THIS year.

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Big Brother After Dark

I'm getting addicted to Big Brother after dark, lol. I won't pay to see the feeds, so this is fun to see. I cannot believe the amount of fighting on this season. I'm bummed about Eric getting put up. Too be honest, when I first saw him I didn't think I'd like him. I've seen some of the BB8 blogs mention his eyebrows & I think that was my initial dislike. I really feel for him though being America's player. I don't like this twist at all, I think it is very unfair to put a player in that position. I know watchers don't care much for it & are making really stupid votes in my opinion. Oh well, it is a game. I really can't figure out who will get to the final two. I don't really have a favorite either. I do really hope that Dick goes home soon, I'm so over him. He should have been put on the block just for what he has done to Jen.

Aly's Toe

Did I blog about what happened to my oldest daughters toe? Some boys were threatening to shoot her with a BB gun & she was riding her bike for her life. Two of them tried blocking her & the other girls & somehow she scraped up her toe really bad. It was bleeding all over & the entire thing is all tore up. It happened last Monday, I took her to the dr on Friday. They gave her antibiotic to take by mouth & cream. Our insurance wouldn't cover the cream & it was super expansive. So we just did the soaking like dr said & the oral meds. I had to take her back today to see if she needed x-rays. The dr was trying to avoid it, but she decided today to do them. I will find out tomorrow if it is broken. I saw the x-rays & to me it looked the same as her good foot. Hopefully I was looking at them correctly. I took a pic a few days ago, I will have to upload it when i get a chance tomorrow. It is NASTY!!! It is looking better though. Oh & today the dr rewrote the script & told me to try again. She said the pharmacy should be able to figure something covered. Well she must have wrote it for ointment today vs. cream because it was covered no problem. Isn't that silly?!?!

Going back to school

My kids go back Sept 4th which I thought was on the early side. I see a lot of bloggers mentioning kids going back this week & next. I know a lot are home schoolers & I do understand why they would start early, I would too. I am surprised at how much states vary. At some points I can't wait for them to go back, but I'm also enjoying the summer so much. I love fall but I HATE winter!!! Which comes way to soon in Michigan. I also love sleeping in & I dread the homework fight. Oh the joys of school.

Normally I go on a spending spree for the kids before school starts. Spending hundreds especially at JC Penney. My oldest needs slim & penney's is about the only store that I can find jeans to fit her. Plus I have a charge there, lol (one of the few I do have). I'm really trying to pay off our debt though, so I'm fighting my urge to spend on school clothes. Last week I was fixing my daughters closet & realized she has quite a bit of nice shirts that will work great for beginning of school. I've been talking to the kids about going clothes shopping AFTER school starts. At first they were a bit bummed, but I think they are coming around. My grandma has already offered to take them back to school shopping. I told them we will make sure to get the first day of school outfit then. I've already hit some back to school sales for supplies & I think I'm ok. The biggest thing we need right now is back packs. We have tons of lunch boxes & the kids usually eat at school anyway. I think last year my youngest used her lunch bag about 10 times at the most. I'm so over spending money on things that we think we need. I really need to get out of that mind set.

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Memory Lane Monday

This week’s theme:

Share your feelings and story of when you discovered you were pregnant for the first time.

This really isn't something I talk much about out. My pregnancy I have discussed quite often, but the discovery usually doesn't seem to come up. It is kind of complicated & goes to show how immature you are at 18. I was dating my husband for about 10 months when he started saying he wanted a baby. I have always said that I would never have kids. I had no desire to have children. I wanted to become a psychologist & I actually always dreamed of being a profiler (like Criminal minds). Whatever I went into it, i wanted my field to deal with understanding the criminal mind. Not a job for a family woman, lol. Somehow though my husband then boyfriend got the idea of having a baby in my head. I started thinking about it & really wanted a daughter. Yes I only wanted a daughter, I did not want a son. So I started planning it all out, when I would like to get pregnant, etc. I can't remember all the details of it, but it had something to do with the timing of my dads health insurance. I think I was about to get taken off it or something. I decided that April would be a good month to become pregnant & being the all knowing 18 year old decided to start trying in February. I actually figured out my fertility by using the 28 day method. My periods were always exactly 28 days apart, so it was easy to figure out. Then we started trying for a 3 day period. This was like 4 or 5 days before I turned 19. Funny side story. On my 19th birthday (this is a few days after we started trying) my Aunt wrote in my birthday card "At your age I was pregnant". My mom totally flipped out at her saying she shouldn't even put that thought in my head, LOL. Of course a couple weeks later, no period! I went out & bought fact plus & took the test. It came up positive very quickly. I was a bit shocked to be honest. I never thought it would happen that quick. That was fun telling my mom, she actually handled it quite well. We had discussed waiting to get married a few years later. When my husband went to the first ultrasound though, he wanted to get married before she came along. We had 2 months to plan the wedding so that I wasn't totally huge. We had planned on getting married when I was 5 months pregnant. I ended up getting very sick though & spent my should have been wedding day in a coma on the ICU floor. We manged to get married in August. I was 6 months pregnant but barely showing. You can see my wedding pic a few posts down. Alyssa ended up coming 6 weeks early at the end of September. That is my crazy story. My 2nd daughter was a total surprise for us. I actually knew though right away. I swear that 28 day method of tracking your fertility really works, LOL.

100 Things about me

1. I've lived in Michigan all my life
2. I've lived basically in the same area of Michigan all my life
3. I got married when I was 19
4. I've been married for 10 years
5. I have 2 absolutely beautiful daughters!
6. I work very hard at home business to keep my daughters in dance
7. I'm an Atheist & proud of it
8. Crazy, I have very high morals! ( I know totally shocking isn't it? )
9. I almost died with my first pregnancy
10. Both my babies were preemies, my body was not meant to have kids!
11. I am a scrapbooker
12. I'm an avid reader
13. I love photography & have since I was young
14. I'm not that creative
15. I love looking at art
16. I'm an animal activist
17. I've been a vegetarian since I was in 7th grade
18. I was a member of PETA in high school
19. I'm not any more because all my money goes to my kids, lol
20. I've been going online for 12 years (since I was 17)
21. When I was 17 I thought it was SO boring
22. I love doing surveys & love even more when you can get paid for them
23. I'm a tv junkie
24. I've always been under weight
25. I have a fear of aging thanks to my mom
29. I'm shy
30. My kids have helped me deal with a lot of shyness
31. I love entering contests
32. I can roll my tongue
33. I usually sleep on my stomach & wake up with a sore neck
34. I walk fast & have to watch that I am not walking away from my group
35. My shoe size was 7.5 in high school & shrunk to size 7 after I had my first daughter
36. If a song I like is on the radio I have to watch that I'm not speeding
37. I had the Chicken pox in 1st grade but only got 16 spots
38. I also had Scarlet fever at the same time
39. I've had allergies all my life, my seasonal are year round, lol
40. I have some kind of headache every day & have been like that for as long as I can remember
41. My mom lied to my high school about a heart condition that I have to get me out of gym (I do have the condition, it just wasn't as bad as we made it)
42. I played the flute in middle school to get out of gym
43. I love the beach
44. I hate cooking & sometimes go without eating meals just to avoid it
45. I wanted to be a Criminal Profiler
46. Or a Psychiatrist/Psychologist
47. Instead I went to manicuring school, LOL
48. I still pay for my license every other year & have never gotten a job doing nails (so not me)
49. My favorite video game is Herzog Zwei for Genesis
50. Me & my dad would play it for hours at a time fighting wars with each other when I was younger
51. My middle name is after my grandma
52. I have one brother, 5 years younger then me
53. I remember my dad reading & singing to me when I was little but not my mom
54. She gets quite upset over that since she feels she totally devoted her life to me when I was little
55. I can't whistle
56. I'm a Pisces Aquarius Cusp (nothing can ever be simple for me I swear)
57. I live in jeans
58. My favorite color is yellow
59. I used to despise pink until I had Aly, know it is a very close 2nd to yellow
60. I have only been on a plane once when I was 5
61. I collect Vogue Ginny Dolls
62. I also collect Barbies which I'm really trying to break
63. I went to a Brownie meeting once & couldn't stand that they all held hands to sing & refused to go back
64. Ginny is my nickname, I hate my real name (no, it's not Virginia)
65. I love Chocolate!
66. I used to work as a pharmacy technician at CVS
67. I was the youngest promoted into management at my 1st job at the mall (I was 17 when promoted)
68. I got my first credit card at Sears when I was 17
69. At one point I worked 3 jobs in high school because I loved shopping
70. I was supposed to go to Central Michigan University but chickened out
71. I've had the same stupid car for 10 years
72. I don't wear lipstick
73. I hate leaving the house with no makeup
74. Love mascara, couldn't live without it
75. My biggest splurge is my facial cleanser & moisturizer
76. I love purses
77. My favorite tv show is Charmed & I miss it!
78. I love roller coasters especially in the front seat
79. My favorite number is 2
80. I hate coffee
81. I love tea (my English roots)
82. I don't care for kids
83. I once worked in a day care, but quit after I got pregnant, lol
84. My favorite age is 3 & 4 in kids
85. I'm a cat person
86. My favorite drink is Coke with Sweet tea coming in a very close 2nd
87. I'm not a big alcohol drinker
88. If I do drink I like Sea Breeze or almost any frozen drink
89. My favorite food is pizz
90. I love cheese, salt & cinnamon bagels
91. My favorite thing from Coney Island is grilled bagel & hash browns
92. I got my drivers license on my 16th bday
93. My first car was a 89 Daytona Turbo & I loved it till some idiot ran a red light & totaled it
94. I got my first cel phone when I was 16, my plan was for 15 minutes & cost over $35
95. It wasn't a big deal though cuz non of my friends had them yet (remember this was 13 years ago)
96. I listen to Rap music & have since 4th grade
97. My favorite season is fall (except MI has been having some crappy ones lately)
98. I want to move to a warmer state
99. I love Aly with all my heart
100. I love Cam with all my heart

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Grocery shopping, Target, etc

I honestly have nothing to blog about, but I am doing that 30 day challenge, so had to post, LOL. I slept in late, so it was a good thing that wasn't my new habit, he he. About the only thing I did was go grocery shopping. I also got a free $5 gift card from Target. They sent some catalog about decorating dorm rooms. I almost didn't look at it. I finally opened it about a week after receiving & there was a free $5 gift card inside. The concept is actually pretty cool. There is the gift card & then a matching key chain card. The parents give the key chain to the college kid & then can reload the card for their kids away at college. Very neat idea!

I'm watching that new show Two Corey's on A & E. How funny. I absolutely LOVED Corey Haim when I was younger, seriously I was obsessed with him. I even still buy the movies when they come on DVD. I recently bought Dream a Little Dream from Amazon that is my all time favorite movie. I could go on & on. The show is pretty depressing though. Haim is living at Feldman's house with his new wife. His house is actually beautiful & he seems to be doing pretty well. They both went through quite a lot after falling out of the movie scene. Haim didn't fair as well which makes me sad. Looks like he is trying to get his life back together though, he lost all that weight he gained which makes him look closer to his old adorable self. I do feel bad though. Being a celebrity is something I would never want to be. I'm happy with my low profile life, being a mom!!! Next episode he does speed dating, oh geez :)

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