Saturday, September 6, 2008

Cabbage Patch Kids 25th Anniversary

Cabbage Patch Kids bring back so many memories for me. Think back to 1983, it was my birthday and all I wanted was a Cabbage patch kid. My mom searched all over trying to find one with no luck. My grandma's friends ended up telling my grandma she could get one. My grandma thought great, that is what I will give Ginny for her present. She tells my mom not to worry, it is all taken care of. When I open my present, it is one of those FAKE cabbage patch kids that wonderful little old ladies used
to make. To say I wasn't devastated at the moment would be a lie, my mom as well. My mom promised me a real one as soon as she could find one, so the hunt continued. I did end up naming my little blond fake Cabbage Patch Kid Billie Jean though after the Michael Jackson song, isn't that funny?

We continued looking and eventually found my very first Cabbage Patch Kid. She had that brownish yellow hair with blue eyes. I can't for the life of me remember her given name, but I did change her name to Nicole. Soon after I got a baby boy to add to my collection, his given name was Garrett, can't remember what I changed it to. I believe it was Michael after my dad though. Being the spoiled brat that I was, I had tons of Cabbage Patch kids. My favorites were the cornsilk hair versions and then the adorable little newborns that bodies were filled with beans. I loved those things! I played with them so much, that the string making there fingers & toes always came undone.

Can you believe that it is Cabbage Patch Kids 25th Anniversary? To celebrate there will be Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Cabbage Patch kids hitting the store shelves this fall. These are the original Cabbage Patch Kids, first time being sold since the early 80's.

Each kid will be a one-of-a-kind commemorative exact reproduction of an original. They are actually using the original molds and the exact materials of the classics. This means same faces, clothing and names. Each kid is packaged in a beautiful keepsake package, have a special 25th Anniversary Xavier Roberts signature, a silver anniversary baby spoon, commemorative silver-stamped 25th Anniversary birth certificates and adoption papers. Suggested Retails is 29.99.

Team Mom sent me a pretty little red headed cabbage patch. Isn't she cute, I never had a red head before. I am a doll collector, so I just couldn't bare to open up this box. I have her sitting on my shelf. I'm keeping my eyes out for my first CPK, I am dying to get a brand new one!

You can purchase these dolls this fall in many retailers including Amazon.

Just had to include a picture of my youngest with her newest Cabbage Patch Kid :)

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Friday, September 5, 2008

Exploring in Michigan ~ Blog Trip Day 5

There really isn't anything within walking distance of me, but we have tons of great places to go that are within a half hour drive.

My favorite place that is closest to me would be the New Baltimore Beach. It is a nice little area (and I do mean little) with a nice park, eating area, etc. Plus it is totally free unlike Metro Beach & Stoney Creek. They are a lot nicer, but a long drive & you have to pay parking, so the little beach is working for us during this crappy Michigan Economy!

Another place I love is downtown Mt. Clemens. It is one of the only downtown areas in our county. I love it because it is like a mini city. I used to go there all the time for my photography classes.

I've been trying to get down there with my camera to walk around to get some more pictures. They have tons of unique buildings, a beautiful gazebo, shops, restaurants and bars.

I was going to do my Wedding pictures at this gazebo, but I ended up getting sick & I was actually in a coma on my wedding day. We pushed the wedding 2 or 3 weeks & the new day didn't have enough time for the Gazebo pictures. Isn't it pretty.

If you want to head down a bit farther from me, there are tons of great places to go to in Detroit. One of my favorites is the Detroit Institute of Art. It is one of my favorite places, I always used to ask to visit there. I haven't been in awhile. Currently our library offers free passes that is about to expire soon. Now that my hubby is back to a steady job, maybe there is a chance I can go. I really miss seeing that beautiful artwork.

Another place my girls love is the Detroit Science Center.

Of course for us adults, we have a lot of nice casinos. I'm not a gambler, but we did check out Greektown the last time we went to an Eminem concert at Comerica Park. Parking was costing $30 - 50 at the concert, so we parked for free at the casino & did a tiny bit of gambling. My grandma loves Motor City, I've wanted to check it out but haven't made it down yet. If you are planning a visit to the Detroit area you can find out about other attractions to visit here.

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Weight Loss struggles

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HughesNet Broadband Internet

If you have a clear view of the Southern sky and you live in the contiguous US you can get Satellite Internet. Never heard of satellite internet? Well it is pretty cool, and it is very similar to satellite tv. Basically your computer is hooked up to a satellite modem and that is linked to a satellite dish (antenna) that typically sits on your roof. The satellite sends and receives information, this process is almost instant. You are always online, no waiting for connections. Downloads take minutes vs. hours. Plus your phone line has nothing to do with it. This is a great option if you are a family that mainly uses cel phones, like we are. The Hughesnet service even works in areas that do not get cable or dsl.

Hughesnet currently has a great deal on satellite internet. There is an option to get $0 upfront, as soon as an authorized Hughes net installer connects your computer, you are instantly online. There are offers as well, including a $100 mail in rebate, $100 nationwide referral dollars and a 30 day satisfaction guarantee. You can actually earn $100 for every person you refer. To get this deal, you have to already be a customer.

Hughes Net offers 5 plans that range from home use through business use. There are several options to pick from including paying for equipment and having a lower monthly fee to the $0 upfront deal and paying a little bit higher monthly fee.

The service is compatible with both windows and mac computers. So, what do the speeds look like? Well I found this information ~

With the Home service plan, you may enjoy download speeds up to 1.0 Mbps, with typical speeds of about 550 Kbps to 650 Kbps during peak times. Upload speeds, which are capable of reaching 128 Kbps, are typically 70 Kbps to 80 Kbps during peak hours.

With the Pro plan, connect to the Internet with maximum download speeds of up to 1.2 Mbps, with typical speeds about 700 Kbps to 800 Kbps during peak times. Upload speeds, which are capable of reaching 200 Kbps, are typically 100 Kbps to 120 Kbps during peak hours.

With the ProPlus plan, connect to the Internet with maximum download speeds of up to 1.6 Mbps, with typical speeds about 800 Kbps to 1.0 Mbps during peak times. Upload speeds, which are capable of reaching 250 Kbps, are typically 130 Kbps to 150 Kbps during peak hours.

With the Elite plan, connect to the Internet with maximum download speeds of up to 2.0 Mbps, with typical speeds about 1.0 Mbps to 1.2 Mbps during peak times. Upload speeds, which are capable of reaching 300 Kbps, are typically 165 Kbps to 180 Kbps during peak hours.

With the ElitePlus plan, connect to the Internet with maximum download speeds of up to 3.0 Mbps, with typical speeds about 1.6 Mbps to 1.8 Mbps during peak times. Upload speeds, which are capable of reaching 300 Kbps, are typically 165 Kbps to 180 Kbps during peak hours.

With the ElitePremium plan, connect to the Internet with maximum download speeds of up to 5.0 Mbps, with typical speeds about 2.7 Mbps to 3.0 Mbps during peak times. Upload speeds, which are capable of reaching 300 Kbps, are typically 165 Kbps to 180 Kbps during peak hours.

Looks pretty good, especially if you are still using dial up! What are you waiting for? Get Hughes Net now.

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Liberty Mutual Responsibility Project blog tour

Raising kids can be hard. We want to teach them respect, responsibility, manner, etc. You have to try and teach that while fighting against tv, advertising, peer pressure, etc.

Liberty Mutual has stepped up to this challenge by creating The Responsibility Project - a resource that can help parents talk with their kids about personal responsibility in a meaningful way. You may remember Liberty Mutual's recent commercials based on the concept of "pay-it-forward" - someone who sees another person participating in an act of kindness and is inspired to do the same for a stranger. Liberty Mutual received an overwhelming reaction from viewers moved by this simple idea, and in response created an entire website devoted to the idea of defining and discussing this elusive but important quality. The site includes resources such as short films, discussion guides, and a blog to help families teach and talk about personal responsibility.

Growing up is one of my favorite films. What is your favorite film? Is this something you would watch with your child? While visiting the site, be sure to check out the blog. It is very good!

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Blog Trip ~ Lets go Shopping

Shopping has to be one of my favorite past times. Since having kids, I can't do it as much. Ok barely at all, but I still do love it! Pre-kids I was really big into name brands, having lots of clothes/shoes/purses. Oh how I love shopping for purses. Post-kids I'm lucky to get some clearance crap at JC Penney, good times, lol.

The places I mostly shop at would be JC Penney, Meijer, Target, Kohl's, TJ Maxx and of course CVS/Walgreens. I also love Aeropostle, Old Navy, Forever 21, American Eagle, Guess, Hollister, Gymboree, Victoria Secret & can't forget Hallmark :)

We have tons of strip malls, a really nice one was just built this past year right by my house. It has JC Penney, Old Navy, Ulta, Justice, Sports Authority, Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Claires & a ton more shops.

There are also a ton of malls. I go to Lakeside & Macomb mall the most. Macomb is rather dumpy, but they have some nice stores. Some of my favorite malls are a bit farther like Oakland mall, Great Lakes Crossing & the best one is Somerset in Troy, MI. Pictured above, it is beautiful!

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fall into Reading 2008 Challenge

Find details out on September 8th

Let's Eat Blog Trip

It is day 3 of the Blog Trip & we are talking about food today. I have to be honest I do not eat out much, not in our budget. Plus my favorite food is Pizza, so I'd prefer ordering a pizza to eating out.

I also do not eat meat, so my favorite place to eat is good ol Olive Garden :) I love the Fettuccine Alfredo there + the breadsticks & salad, yum!

One restaurant my Grandma always takes us to that my oldest daughter just loves is Buca de Beppo. They have an amazing pizza by the way! One thing that is really cool about Buca's is that they have vintage pictures all over the walls. The ladies bathroom is covered in fun ads for women, they are hilarious to read!

Honestly around where I am at in Michigan, you can find any type of food. We have tons of fast food and restaurants. Especially being so close to Detroit, there are tons of cool places to eat by the casinos.

Sorry food is so not my thing. Click the banner above to find a lot better posts on FOOD!

Thanks for stopping by.

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TBR (To Be Read) Challenge


For this challenge you should....

** Pick 12 books - one for each month of 2008 - that you've been wanting to read (that have been on your "To Be Read" list) for 6 months or longer, but haven't gotten around to.

** OPTIONAL: Create a list of 12 "Alternates" (books you could substitute for your challenge books, given that a particular one doesn't grab you at the time)

** Then, starting January 1, 2008, read one of these books from your list each month, ending December 31, 2008. :o)

(for more information, please read the challenge FAQs)

By the end of the year you should've knocked 12 books off of your TBR list! (of course, if you're anything like me, you'll have added *at LEAST* 12 more to the ever-growing pile by then! LOL).

The good news is, though, that you'll be making some progress! ;o)

Are you up for the challenge? Click banner if you are!

My TBR List ~

1. Amber Spyglass ~ finished
2. Black Friday by James Patterson ~ finished
3. Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison ~ finished
4. The Good, The Bad, and the Undead by Kim Harrison ~ finished
5. Every which way but dead by Kim Harrison ~ finished
6. T is for Trespass by Sue Grafton ~ finished
7. Sisters Grimm
8. Along came a Spider by James Patterson ~ finished
9. An Ice Cold Grave by Charlaine Harris ~ finished
10. A Fistful of Charms by Kim Harrison ~ finished
11. --- by Jd Robb <-- have to look up where I left off FINISHED, actually have read 2 from this series, have to look up names :)
12. Lick of Frost

Alternates ~

For a few demons more by Kim Harrison ~ finished
The Outlaw Demon Wails by Kim Harrison ~ finished
The Hobbit

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Back to School ~ Not so Wordless Wednesday

My girls went back to school yesterday. My oldest is now in Middle School so she leaves an hour before my youngest. I got up at 6:45 {which was next to impossible for me, ugh} & woke up Ali. She got up right away. She got ready in about 15 minutes which was impressive. Got dressed, did her hair, put on some makeup, etc. Yes, I decided she could wear some make up. I only let her put on some eye shadow & mascara. Then she was all set. The only bad thing was with having the extra time was she started to get nervous about school. When the bus finally came, she told me I could go ahead & shut the door, lol.

Then I had about 20 minutes to wait till I could wake up Cami. The school didn't send out our bus information, so I wasn't sure when to take her outside, so I gave us an extra 10 minutes then what I normally do. Cami got up really easy is well, which probably won't happen to often.

Got her ready & went outside to wait & wait & wait. Bus ended up coming same time as usual. Isn't that crazy that they sent home the bus info on the first day of school, we were the only school in the entire district that it happened to. Even my oldest got her bus info.

Alli ended up getting home a half hour late. Some kindergartner got lost and somehow the mom stopped our bus to find her kid. Still don't quite understand that story but whatever. She was so excited, said she had a great day. Ran inside, changed & immediately took off to friends house, lol.

Then Cami came home & she also had a good day. That bus took them to the wrong elementary school, so she said she was late to school. They really had the bus system messed up. In the morning, before her bus came another bus drove by but left when she found out we weren't the correct route. She said her teacher also took them down to art class when it wasn't their turn, so the day was full of mistakes for her. She is my quite one, luckily she handed it all well.

Cami wore this really cute Gymboree dress that I bought with that gift card I won last September. She looked so pretty. The hair pony was also from there. It is about the only thing she could 100% decide on. She loves big things like that, calls them her bling, lol. I did her hair with three braids around her head & then pulled them all up into a pony tail. It looked so pretty!

Day two of school, I had the hardest time getting up today. I got Alli up a few minutes later then I wanted to, but she did ok getting ready. Cami did not want to get up, so she barely made it out the door. The fun starts!

I'm still tired from all the paperwork yesterday. This was with already doing most of the middle schools the week before school even got started. I had tons of papers to sign from every teacher stating I read the rules. Then Cam came home with a huge packet of info. Most of it was a repeat of the other, how many times do they need to know who she lives with, what language she speaks & what color she is. Unbelievable!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Blog Trip Day 2 ~ GAS

Gas right now is at $3.699 for Regular by me in Michigan. It was supposed to go up for Labor Day but I didn't really see an increase.

It was over $4 about a month ago, so I'm glad to see the prices going down. I can't believe I am excited about under $3.70, lol. Does anyone else have gas stations that charge less for Cash sales? We have several around where I am at, it is up to .10 cheaper to pay by cash. I didn't think you were allowed to charge for using debit/credit cards, but maybe the Gas companies made some kind of deal? A lot of the time the cheaper cash price, is similar to the gas stations that just charge one flat rate, so it isn't really like they are giving cash customers a deal.

Tips on saving gas, don't speed up & then break. Learn your area so you can coast to a stop, etc. My car gets terrible gas mileage, so I try to drive as little as possible. I try to combine my errands. Check your tire pressure, don't keep a ton of stuff in your trunk.

What are your gas trips?

Sorry for all the posts today, I still want to blog about my girls first day of school. I will try to keep it down tomorrow :)

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Cheap Halloween Find ~ Wilton Halloween Pre- Baked Cookie House Kit

  • Easy and fun for the whole family! Everything is included!
  • Contains: 10 pre-baked cookie house pieces, orange and black decorating icing mixes, 2 decorating bags & 2 tips, 1- handmade ghost icing decoration, jelly beans, orange & purple candies, complete instructions for assembling and decorating.
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Wilton Halloween Pre- Baked Cookie House Kit only $4.46 + eligible for free shipping with orders over $25!

Other fun Halloween finds to help you reach $25 ~

The Original Duct Tape Halloween Book $8.95

Halloween Barbie $9

Go Diego Go! Diego's Halloween $12.99

Mark Feldstein & Associate Halloween Pillar Flameless Candle $8.88

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Getting Freedom from debt

As you probably know, I am trying to get out of debt. Credit card debt specifically. I would love to have no high interest accounts, to pay cash for everything. That is my goal that I am working towards anyways. We have been working on paying off credit cards for several years now. With the economy, it is hard to make all the minimums, let alone pay over the minimums!

Freedom Debt Relief is one site out there that is trying to help families get out of debt. Did you know that bankruptcy can stay on your credit for 10 years? Freedom debt relief helps you prevent bankruptcy by working out deals with your credit cards. Best of all, once your creditor accepts the settlement from Freedom debt relief, you are marked paid in full. This protects you from bankruptcy and helps you become debt free.

They help lower your monthly payments, making it manageable to pay off your debt. Freedom from debt also offers a debt reduction guarantee. You could be debt free in 12 - 30 months. Best of all, they charge no service fees unless they save your money. There is a great calculator on the website that will tell you how quickly you can become debt free. They are even a BBB accredited company!

Are you debt free? What are your tips?

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Laborious Labor Meme ~ Happy Labor Day

In honor of Labor Day, Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer posted a meme about - what else? - labor, of course! Here are my answers.

How long were your labors?

Alli ~ 45 hours

Cami ~ 25 - 30 hours can't remember exactly

How did you know you were in labor?

Alli ~ I went into early labor at 32 weeks. We were able to stop it with major drugs that I still have nightmares about the effects. After 3 or 4 days, I begged the dr to please send me home (I hate hospitals). They agreed & gave me a pill to take to stop the labor. After 1 week on the pills, my heart was beating to quick to stay on them. The night I stopped taking them, the contractions started up almost immediately. This was a Sunday night, the waited till Tuesday early afternoon to finally break my water & I delivered 45 minutes later.

Cami ~ I started having painful contractions at 5 months. With my history with my first, they watched me closely. Once I made it to 34 weeks, they told me every day after that was a bonus & they wouldn't prevent delivery. My contractions became 10 minutes apart right around 35 weeks, so I had to go in. She was another one, they waited on the water breaking, when they finally did it, I had her about 45 minutes later.

Where did you deliver?

At the same hospital with both.


I was given some mild ones in my IV with both because they were making me wait to actually deliver, trying to give both girls more time to develop lungs, etc.


Nope, I didn't want it & thankfully did need. Now that I know you can get a tummy tuck at the same time, I want that, lol.

Who delivered?

I honestly cannot remember either doctor that delivered that my girls. Both times was some different & not my main doctor.

Happy Labor day to everyone!

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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...