Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Picked by a random number generator
is my giveaway winner!
Congrats Bren!! 
I am excited to shop for you!
If you could just email me your address then I will get it to you after I do a little Christmas Shopping!

I can't post without a pic so here is just a pic
I snapped in my rear view mirror today :)
Thanks to all who entered!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Funny Kids

 Three things I can think of that really made me smile lately & I hope they make you smile too!!!

Funny Kid 1

     A few weeks ago when Annie was praying, "...and Lord, thank you for helping me not to sin at all today." 

Funny Kid 2
     A few days ago when Bo was watching T.V., I said "Bo, you need to turn that off...too much T.V. is bad for your brain."
     He looked at me with totally empty "T.V." eyes, "I don't have a brain."

Funny Kid 3 
My sweet 3 years-old neice Zadie. 
     Her mom, my lil' sis, is expecting too!  When her dad tried to break the news to her she wasn't really understanding so he said, "Zadie...Mommy has a baby in her tummy." 
     She turned and looked right at my sister and asked, "Mom, why'd you eat a baby?"

Aren't we all so blessed by the children in our lives!!!

And if you haven't entered my Giveaway,
PLEASE DO!  Everyone's Welcome!!!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Treat

Today we will have my husband's
family over for our Thanksgiving feast.

One treat we will be serving up is Orange Julius,
the color is just perfect for Thanksgiving!
We used to make these when I was a kid but my friend Jenna just reminded me of them when she brought the recipe to our MOPS group.
She said her family calls them
Orange Julia after one of her best friends :)

Orange Julius
6 oz. FROZEN Orange Juice concentrate
1 Cup milk
1 Cup water
1/2 Cup sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
12 ice cubes

Blend until smooth

Let's see what the judges think:

They look like satisfied customers to me!!!
Hope you are still having a fun Thanksgiving Weekend!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


I am a tosser, McDonald's toys, broken toys or old kid art projects...into the garbage they go.  If I have to pick up little pieces of toys they usually end up in the garbage quickly.  Recently I discovered a stash of item "rescued" from the trash under the couch.  Let me tell you, it was NOT pretty.  I knew right away who the guilty one was:
We were all hanging out in the family room & Annie was cuddled up with her dad.  I was telling Kelly (hubby) about it, "It seems we have a dumpster diver in the family."  & I told him about the stash under the couch.  When he looked at her she just smiled big & let out a huge happy sigh, "Ahhhhhh!  I love a morning dive." 

So my chances of cutting her off are not good :)

But there is one thing that I have thrown away & thrown away & he keeps coming back:

Can you see why it is a little creepy? 
I can't even tell you how many times I have thrown him away!
But somehow he keeps popping up...

It is a bit like a bad horror movie :)

I am going to have to take drastic measures & stick him on the bottom of the trash & take him out to the garage...so if you don't hear from me for a few days....be afraid....be very afraid.  :)

True story...although the last few pics were rigged by me.

Monday, November 22, 2010


I wish I could buy you all Christmas presents! 
I can't buy them for all of you but I can for one of you!!! 

Since I don't know who will win
I haven't even bought it yet! 

When I pick a winner I will shop just for YOU! 
I know a lot of you & want to pick out something I think you would like.  If I don't know you I will be happy to look through your blog to try to figure out a special gift for you.  If the winner does not have a blog I will just get ya something good.
(You will just have to trust me about that one.)

Simple to Enter:

1) Just leave a comment on this post.
2) Second Entry for Followers.

That is it!

But I also want to leave you with some tips to a reuse, recycle, green, Christmas.  The tips are a few I picked up from my boys:

Gift wrap can double for the perfect sword.

Christmas ornaments can double for Fire Num-Chucks.

Who knew?

Gift bags that have been regifted 10 times by the time
they make it to you make fabulous hats:
All the rage in Paris.

...there is another giveaway over at:

So get over THERE!

And I promise you ...if you win my giveaway your package will NOT have a few kids pop out when it arrives (Unless of course you are Anne of Fiona & Twig...then expect a very large, very heavy, & probably very hungry by then, package.)

Giveaway Ends November 30.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I am a little worried...I am only 20 weeks 
& my stomach is getting HUGE!!!  
I can't even see my feet!
My ankles? 
So swollen they look alot like hers:

(Life Image)

And all the magazines say my hair should
 be thick & lustrious, but really it is breaking off
all over & more white hairs are popping
up everyday! 

This is what I look like every morning:

(Bing Images)

But instead of being down about it I am trying to
 remain optimistic.
It really is perfect timing. 

By my calculations in about a month I
should look EXACTLY like this:

And then who will be the loved one? 
See so it is not all bad.

The only worry is...by April...
I think I will be more like this guy:
(Bing Images)

The only good thing I can think of about that is...
....it will save me $225 because I won't
need to spring for one of these :
(loaded shopper)

And just because I am feeling EXTRA nice today I will even link you to the coffee table right HERE so you can pick one up for that someone extra special on your list.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Things

I like new things...always have...always will! 

These are classics but they are packaged NEW for Christmas.
I am a sucker for the sweet packaging.  You might want to snatch some up for stocking stuffers, the Lilly Pulitzer ones went really fast!  I think they would be great to attatch gift cards to for teenagers so you have something to wrap.  Target.

I made a NEW Blog Button! 
I used Annie's silhoutte since I looked just like her as a kid.
I am not in real high demand that I actually
NEED a button but I just wanted one! 
And of course my sister has to take one right? :)  
Hi Kate.
Another NEW kid find:
I have seen these in designer baby boutiques for
8 bucks but these are from the Target Dollar bins. 
Next time I go I am going to grab a handful to
 throw onto baby boy presents. 
Wouldn't that be cute tucked under the bow?

The downfall is that every time Rocco
sees his he demands to eat! 
He loves flying it around.
Why are all the fun things so messy?

I saved the best for last:

I am talking one week old! 

Shelley, a friend I taught with,
has a new blog
& it would be fun if some of you could drop by & tell her WELCOME!  

Today she is treating us to her homeade granola recipe!  If it is even 1/2 as good as the carrot cake cupcakes she brought over for lunch last week...you are in for a treat!

Hope you all are having a great week!!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Snowy Day

I can't think of much I like more than:
waking up to the sounds of running footsteps &
shouts of, "Snow!  Snow!!!"

Since Rocco doesn't really remember
snow I had to bring some inside for him.
He loved it!
Until he touched it.
Then he hated it.
He liked it much more
when Bo would touch it for him.
But as you can see what this might lead up to...
And since I started it...
I got in trouble! 
(My husband thought I was a little nuts) 
But we sure had fun running & screaming!!!

I promise I cleaned it all up and then we all went 
outside before we got into anymore trouble.

Turns out Rocco still hated it
& screamed the whole time.
He liked it much better from here.
But my favorite part of snow?
Rosie cheeks!!!
Hope you are enjoying the weather where you are!

Saturday, November 6, 2010


I am one of those girls who pretends that she likes to keep November for Turkeys & December for Christmas.  But the truth is...I am weak...very weak.

Today Annie & I had the day to ourselves, No Boys allowed!  So after I took her out for lunch I said, "Let's quick run into Target to get some mittens for Bo...that's it though....nothing else." 

And then it happened...I rounded the corner & ran smack into the stocking stuffer isle...

Oh, how I LOVE all the little goodies I can buy to treat my kiddos!  They are so little and so sweet!  And that is all it took.  Annie and I hit every single Christamas isle and a few Christmas items ened up in my little basket.

They call this a Joyful Lolly..Okay...now who could pass by a JOYFUL LOLLY!  You know you would have bought one too!
And then this happy snowman was a little too cute to leave on the shelf...I mean just look at that face!

Before I knew it I was out of control getting Fun Foam reindeer & penguins!  I mean who buys Fun Foam anyway?!!
And that is how Annie spent her afternoon.  Making reindeer & penguins & sucking on her Joyfully Lolly (which is not so joyfully when you drop them taking them out of the package btw). 

So as much as I like to pretend we can wait & we have self-restaint...we have none.  I have a Joyful Lolly to prove it.