Saturday, January 19, 2008

Nothing to write about really ...

Why oh why did I challenge myself to write every day??? Nothing much going on, I'm tired & Cam is waiting for me to read her a good night book {yes it is after 11pm, oops}

Aly lost another molar this week. The tooth fairy brought her $30 Hip Hop shoes, she wasn't too happy since she had to have them, but the tooth fairy thought it was fair, lol. Especially since she also needs $40+ jazz shoes within the month & then $20 lyrical shoes by May, not to mention tons of tights.

We just found out that competition costumes will cost between $100 - 150 each, yikes! Thankfully she is only in 2, some girls are in 5+ crazy! The regular costumes are between $60 & 70 as it is.

My mind is filled with $$$ for dance, hopefully will be able to sleep :)

Friday, January 18, 2008

365 Day journey ~ Day 18

"We all need time to be alone; to think, to dream, to wonder."

Billie Roark

Whats on your mind today?

I'm glad it is finally friday. I don't have to go anywhere, no dance, nothing! I caught up on my sleep while the girls were at school :)

Picture taken, will post after I upload

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Booking through Thursday ~ Reviews

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How much do reviews (good and bad) affect your choice of reading? If you see a bad review of a book you wanted to read, do you still read it? If you see a good review of a book you’re sure you won’t like, do you change your mind and give the book a try?

What a good question. Bad reviews depend, if it is an author I love I will read anyways. If it is one I'm thinking about, it depends on if it is all bad reviews or a mix. If there is a mix, I'll give it a try usually.

Good reviews, usually make me want to read a book, especially if it is in my favorite genres.

365 Day Journey ~ Day 17

Day 17

Prompt 17

Imagination is the highest kite you can fly.

Lauren Bacall

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

365 Day Journey ~ Day 16

Day 16

Prompt 16

"You, whose day it is, get out your rainbow colors and make it beautiful."

Traditional Nootka song

Show me colour in your life today

New Car ~ for your pre-schooler!

Red 65 Mustang Pedal Car

5 Minutes for Mom is giving away a new car {for your preschooler} from their store, Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles. It's one of their favorite pedal cars. This AMF '65 Mustang Pedal Car is completely authentic and has been re-manufactured in 2005 using the original AMF tooling. All you have to do to sign up is visit their blog and leave a comment on the post. Good luck!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

365 Day Journey ~ Day 15

Day 15

Prompt 15

"Make rest and refreshment a necessity, not a luxury."

Dan Zadra

Photography prompt 1

We have already taken 14 brilliant photos documenting your last 14 days. This week look at taking photos from a different angle/perspective. Try taking photos from above, from below. Take a closer look and start to zoom in on your subject.

If you are working with a digital camera try playing with depth of field. Here's a pratical for you to try.

Go grab a vase of flowers, a plant, coffee cup and place on a table. Grab your manul if you have never moved from auto!!

1. Place your camera onto apperture priority "A" or "TV". This allows you to change the F/stop apperture setting and your camera will sort the shutter speed for you

2. Pop your ISO onto 100 - 250 depending on your light situation.100 being outside and good lighting, 250 for inside with some natural light

3. Now move your fstop to the lowest number on your camera, this could be anything between 1.4 - 3.5. Focus on your subject, take your photo

4. Now move the fstop to 5.6 , snap. Next move to fstop 11, snap

5. Can you see a difference? Your first photo shows the subject in clear focus with a blurry background. The last photo shows all the area in clear focus!

ING Referrals, Open an Account, Make $25!

I logged into my account today & ING has reset referrals.

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If you have considered opening an account, ING is awesome. I have been with them since 2001 and could not be happier. We have a savings & the electric orange checking. Both my daughters also have savings account. We have also used there CD's before. The customer service is awesome and the website is very user friendly. If you want a referral, please contact me!

If you are getting a tax refund, that would be a great time to open the account with the $250 opening deposit to get the $25 bonus.

They normally do not have any minimums either, so that is just to receive the bonus.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Long Day & Contest Alert

I had to get up 6 am today to go somewhere with hubby. I normally struggle getting up at 8am. We had to go take care of something, remember the bad news from the other day. I don't want to talk about it really. It went better then expected, but it is still something extremely crappy. We have to go to something else next Tuesday, so anther early day.

My mom was supposed to get my kids up & ready for school. My youngest was an angel according to my mom. My 5th grader on the other hand, refused to go to school. Cried all morning saying she was sick. My mom didn't know what to do, so let her stay home. She didn't want to get my youngest upset, etc. Funny because we both worried about my youngest getting up for my mom. Should have figured. My oldest almost always has a cough, runny nose, etc during the fall & winter. I struggle almost every day getting her to get up for school. She is one of those that feels crappy in the mornings & then again at night. Once she gets to school she is fine. She also knows how to play my moms weakness, by crying, etc. I'm not sure what she was thinking because my mom has tons of health problems, so she just went back to bed. It wasn't like she was going to have a fun day with grandma, plus when I got home she got in trouble.

After school, my youngest had dance. I was so tired, wasn't sure how I was going to stay awake. I finally have everything finished, going to go & lay in bed. I am reading Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris & it is so good!

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365 Day Journey ~ Day 14

Day 14

Prompt 14

"Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.”

Bette Davis

I want you to really think about this quote today . What did you attempt today that improved your day?

Layout prompt 2

Go back to day 12, read the prompt and look back at your notes from that day. Either use the photo from your day 12 or take a new one or two if you wish, and scrap this photo telling the story behind it.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

500th Post

I can't believe that I have 500 posts, oh my!

Today I actually made something, check it out here.

I also started finally uploading pics from my camera, now to edit them

365 Day Journey ~ Day 13

Day 13

Prompt 13

I am so not a bath person, but Cam's still is :)

"When in doubt, take a bath."

Mae West

TV Store Online Halloween Costume Giveaway

I didn't realize that the sold a huge line of Halloween costumes until recently. They are the place to go if yo...