Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Getting a Saint Bernard tomorrow!!
Jon has wanted a St. Bernard for years now, but we've never really looked into them. We were just on and found the perfect little girl. She's about an hour and a half away and she's BEAUTIFUL. 

We called the lady and she said she's the last one. She was listed at $500, but she said she'll sell her for $400, knowing me and making good deals, I'm going to see if we can get her for even less because we have to drive so far!

So we may be coming home with a New Puppy tomorrow. She's 9 weeks old and just Gorgeous!

Isn't she PRETTY??? Oh I'm In Love!! I can't wait to check her out. Either tomorrow or Saturday, but I think we're for sure going! 

We're going to see how the parents act with Avery and see how the Pup acts with Avery and see how she does! I seriously CAN'T WAIT! I'm so excited!

Her name is Lil' Ginger (momma's name is Ginger) so I think that's what we'll call her!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Everyday Minerals Review

Everyday Minerals has all the mineral makeup you'll ever need! They have Eye shadows, Foundations, Blushes, Bronzers and Brushes! They really have it all!

I love mineral makeup. Ever since I tried Bare Escentuals I've been hooked. I Love trying out new eye shadows, and I love trying mineral makeup. So Everyday Minerals was kind enough to send me 3 eye shadows and 1 blush to try out!
 They sent me Eye shadows in Christmas Carol, Rock Anthem and First Love. They also Sent me the Come What May blush
When I first used these I put on my Bare Escentuals powder and then put the blush on. I don't normally use blush, but this was a PERFECT color for me and I really liked it. Just enough to give me some color. However, I have rosacea so this won't get used very often around here because my cheeks are red enough already!
I also put on all 3 eye shadows. I put the First love (silver) in the inside corner of my lid as well as underneath, the Christmas Carol (green) on the outside of my lids and the Rock Anthem (pink) in the crease! It was REALLY pretty! I never wear eye shadow like that, but I may start!
And then for Christmas I did the First Love and the Christmas Carol the same as before. I got a lot of compliments on it. There's not much of a difference between the First Love and Christmas Carol so it wasn't too dramatic. And it stayed put... 

Price: At Just $5 per eye shadow I think it's worth it. They are a powder and a little goes a long way so I think these will definitely last a while! Even if used every day!

Overall: I LOVE these products, they go on easily, they are pretty and they stay! I don't have crease lines like I normally do with regular eye shadows! And that makes these a winner product for me! **** star!!!

*Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!*

Sunday, December 27, 2009


So is everyone over the excitement of Christmas? Is your home all cleaned up yet? MINE ISN'T!!! My house is a disaster. And I think it will still wait a day or two. We have a Trans Siberian Orchestra concert tonight so I think I'll clean tomorrow! The laundry and dishes need to be done, but I think all the toys and vacuuming will wait!

Christmas was good. We woke up and had to wait a couple hours from Jon's family to get here and so we weren't tempting Avery with presents we Went out for breakfast. The only place open here is Denny's! So we went out to eat. Then stopped at Blockbuster for some movies and then came home. Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Sarah then joined us and we opened theirs and our presents at the same time. Then later on my mom showed up with our gifts. It was fun.

Grandma and Grandpa didn't stay for dinner, but other Grandma (my mom) did. All around it was a fun day! 
Here's some pictures
Avery with the Kitchen Grandpa (my dad) gave her on Christmas Eve

Horsey from Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Sarah

I won't bore you guys!
We went out to breakfast in the rain so her hair got all messed up! Oh well, we had fun!  

Winners for Thirsties and Kiss My Face

Thirsties Winner is....... 

Kristan said...
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ohiostate92 said...
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Friday, December 25, 2009


ENGAGED!! Jon said yes. It didn't go as well as planned, I was SO NERVOUS. But by the time I started the speech he pretty much knew it was coming. 

So he was sitting on the couch and I was on the ottoman, and basically just said "Will you spend a new year and new beginning with me? Will you Marry me?" and He said "Yes, Of Course. I Love You and Always will"

It was so perfect, but the Ring doesn't fit!!! We are taking him to Kay's to have them tell us what size he is exactly and then I'm sending this one back for a bigger one!! I'm so excited and he's so excited.

Also It was PERFECT because he said "I always told myself my next wife would ask me to marry her, because I don't want another failed marriage and I knew that if the woman asked me I would KNOW she was in love with me" 
It was BEAUTIFUL and so I know that he was By No Means upset!!!! 

Please be excited with me!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Virginia Soaps and Scents Review

Virgina Soaps and Scents makes their own soap by hand. They use their own soap recipes and pour it into a mold!

About their soaps-from the website
About our soap…

Most of us have grown up calling the rectangular thing in the shower stall soap, when most likely it's not - it's probably detergent. You see, during World War II the glycerin in fats was needed to make armaments. Women turned in their scrap cooking fats to support the war effort and they learned to use oleo margarine and detergent instead of butter and soap. Their patriotism was truly remarkable and inspiring, but after the war, butter and soap had to contend with those new, yet firmly entrenched products developed during wartime. Many of these products could be mass produced for much lower prices. But sometimes we do get what we pay for - like acne, dry stripped hair, suds that won't rinse out of clothes, and phosphates polluting the water - and oh, yeah - TRANS FATS!!

So what's in real soap? Oil and water bound together with sodium hydroxide. That's it. Basically, a fatty acid (the oil) combined with an alkali (the sodium hydroxide) creates a salt (the soap.) The alkali is neutralized in the reaction, leaving a cleansing, moisturizing compound we call "soap."

We've experienced unbelievable results since we began using our own soaps, which, by the way, we wouldn't ask you to pay money for if we weren't willing to use it ourselves. Two of our teenagers are off oral medications for acne. We've heard several similar testimonials from others, too. One customer canceled a dermatology appointment for acne after just three days of using our soap. The more "senior" members of the family have experienced a decrease of lines and dryness. Plus - we try to make it look and smell good.

We won't claim it's a cure-all for everything that ails you, but it's a great shower companion.

Pretty awesome right?
Well they were kind enough to send us one of their samplers which has 3 soaps, a shampoo bar, and a laundry detergent making kit! 

Then I made up the Laundry detergent! It's super easy to make and I will be making my own from now on! I will be buying the products from the store and making it myself. 
This is right after I mixed it

 and this is right after it gelled up a bit

Shampoo Bar- Is a nice smell of Ginger and Lime. But we don't like it. It gets your Hair clean, no doubt about that. But it gets your hair too clean. It's ok for men, but for me I couldn't get my hands through my hair therefore couldn't rinse it out well enough. On both Jon and myself it left a residue and we both had dandruff. We have since thrown away what's left of the shampoo bar. 

Soap- the 3 scents are Bay Rum (yummy), Lavender and fresh orange. Currently we're using the fresh orange one, and we Both LOVE it! It's amazing. It really gets you clean. I have eczema and haven't had a breakout since starting to use this soap. 
Detergent- Is great. It really cleans your clothes. The only thing missing from the package should be a couple drops of Essential oil, because the detergent doesn't smell very good and I like my clothes to smell like something. I took them out of the dryer and they're just blah! But it does clean very well!

Price- a 4.5 oz bar of soap is just $4.50. They sent me1.75 oz bars and they're lasting a long time. We've both been using our 1 bar for almost 2 weeks now and it's not even half gone yet!

Overall- I give a *** 1/2. If you're just buying soap I would say a 5. But the shampoo bar really didn't do good for us!

*Disclaimer* I received these products directly from the Company for Review. I was not paid to try out these products!* 

Monday, December 21, 2009

Carrie Underwood!

By now I think it's time to come out and say I'm Totally and 100% in love with Carrie Underwood! I love everything about her. She's gorgeous, amazingly talented, and so sweet!

I don't know what the country music world would do without her, I truly think she's the next Reba. She's that great! Flawless voice!

So when I just found out that she is IN FACT Engaged to Ottawa hockey player Mike Fisher I was ecstatic! To find out more you can find info here

I couldn't be more happier for the couple! They're perfect for each other!

Permanent Marker... Photo Of The Day!

So today, I was in the shower and Avery was in her room with the door closed playing! Well Miss Houdini figured out how to get out of her room. So this is what I came out to

My computer was CLOSED when I got in the shower.
Thankfully I discovered that Windex Removes Permanent marker and it's now GONE!! YAY!


Here's Jon's Engagement ring! It's so perfect, I just hope it fits!

Excuse the Dog Hair, And no that's not a scratch on the inside, it's just a glare!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Winner for Yoga Hyde Pants!

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 Winner for Creativity For Kids
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The Shrinky dinks fairy world for my daughter. Thanks for the chance.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Dot's Brittle Kitchen Review

Do you like sweets as much as I do? Do you like nuts? Do you like brittle? Then you will LOVE Dot's Brittle Kitchen. 

Dot's Brittle Kitchen makes all the brittle in her own kitchen. It's all homemade. Using no preservatives and only the freshest ingredients. 

Dorothy (Dot) was very kind to send me a sampler of brittle. It had...

hazelnut brittle- This brittle has hazelnuts in every bite. They are coarsely chopped and jammed into this brittle. If you love the flavor of hazelnuts there is no other for you. 
macadamia nut brittle- Loaded with whole macadamia nuts,this brittle is beautiffy balanced with salty and sweet tastes to excite your taste buds. 
pecan brittle- This brittle is packed with the the best pecans around. They are coursely chopped and jammed into this brittle.
and supreme brittle- This brittle includes everything from almonds to walnuts, topped with coconut. 

Now I'm not much of a brittle person. I'm always afraid of breaking my teeth. But this brittle is good. It's not too hard either, which is good. I don't want to break my teeth. I love sweets and so this is perfect for me!
Better yet, she lives less than 15 miles from me, so I can bug her anytime I want!!! HeHe!

Price: Is AWESOME! You can get a 2 oz sample bag (which Dot sent me) for $2.50 to a 1 lb which comes in a decorative tin for $15. I think this is the perfect gift for someone! And it's yummy. 
Overall: ***** that's right. 5 stars! Love this company, love that it's all fresh, love that it's homemade, love that it's yummy and mostly Love that she's nearby!!

BedHead Pajamas Review

Do you ever want to just sit at home all day in your pajamas, drinking hot cocoa and reading a good book? Well now you can with BedHead Pajamas.

BedHead has Men's, Women's, and Children's. 

About BedHead From the Website:

BedHead begins a journey for a cause
Like all great collaborations at Esperanza our connection with BedHead Pajamas started with a personal relationship. Both companies are creatively driven by progressive intent and are women-powered organizations. Aside from that, what does the production of luxury sleepware for an elite market have to do with our community-based organization?
Renee Claire Bertrand, owner of BedHead Pajamas is a clothing designer who was working as a waitress for many years to support her art of dress and coat design. Manufacturing custom pieces from her own apartment, in 1999 she began to create a line of well-designed pajamas with specially screened cotton prints. Through ingenious marketing and excellent utilization of television product placement and internet sales, BedHead Pajamas has, over the years, become a highly successful Los Angeles-based production house. With a clothing label that boasts “Made in Glamorous Los Angeles,” BedHead Pajamas has developed into a model garment manufacturing company, sharing the good fortune with its factory and marketing employees.

Working together with Esperanza, a community program
A grassroots organization born in the heart of Figueroa Corridor, Esperanza has been developing programs that address this community’s well-being for more than eighteen years. Many of our community members are hard working folks who toil in one or more jobs in the notoriously exploitative garment industry. Ours is a neighborhood where garment sweatshops are more familiar operations than shops selling healthy foods. Although not a natural market for high-end pajamas, through the social relationship between two women, BedHead’s Renee and Esperanza’s Nancy Ibrahim, a unique type of partnering was created.
One of Renee’s most remarkable virtues is her commitment to quality wages for quality work. She also invests in full health benefits for her staff, as a natural part of running a business. Whenever BedHead has a job opening, the position is posted with Esperanza, offering our folks an excellent employment opportunity—superb working conditions, great wages and benefits. But BedHead also shares the wealth in other ways. Starting with a fundraising garden party in 2006 BedHead Pajamas has been donating a percentage of its proceeds to Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.

Purchase a PJ and 20% of the purchase is donated to Esperanza
As the launching of this website, BedHead Pajamas is dedicating a portion of their internet sales on three different pajama designs to support the community-based work of Esperanza.  For every pair of pajamas sold in each of three different designs, a donation representing 20% of the purchase price will be sent to Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. Thank you, Renee and BedHead Pajamas for your generous partnering with Esperanza in support of our Figueroa Corridor community and for your sterling example as a garment manufacturer.

I like that BedHead donates 20% of heir purchases to a good cause. What more can you ask for? Their products are a little more expensive, but for them to donate 20% I think is worth it!

BedHead was kind enough to send Avery the Hot Pink Wild At Heart W/Lace 

She's so cute!!!

Avery loves her new Pajamas. I like that they're thick enough to keep her warm in the winter but thin enough to keep her cool in the summer. Around here with the air conditioning on she still wears pants to sleep. 

Price: I think the price is a little bit high, but again with 20% going to a good cause, I think it is worth it!

Overall: I rate it them a ****! They wear well, wash well, and keep up with my toddler. They haven't faded yet either!!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Ahhh It Came!

Jon's Christmas gift... A.K.A. his Ring came today!!
I'll probably take a picture of it on Monday since he'll be at work!

It's perfect, I'm so nervous and can't wait to give it to him!!!!

Finally Some Good News!!!

Well Jon was rated at 50% disabled.... He rebuttled it again in June and they just came back with...

100% disability!! Not really good news, but It's good that he's finally getting paid for what's deserved. BUT they didn't deem him Non employable, WHICH means he can still work!!

On the first of every month his paycheck is now MORE THAN DOUBLE what it was before. But he's still going to keep his job so he can make sure to provide for us! This is awesome!

And this is INSTANT, so sometime Next week he'll have a direct deposit of the backpay in his bank. Then we can get all these bills paid up and never have to worry again! I'm so excited!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Wish this would've came yesterday so I could've bought Jon a BIT of a better ring. However, it came today and I can't be MORE excited!

As most of you know I Enter giveaways, A LOT of giveaways!! Well today I'm waking up in bed and Hear a truck pull away, What I can only assume to be UPS Or Fed-Ex. I open the Door and there's a Next Day Air UPS Envelope between my doors. 

I open it and find a.............................$250 American Express Gift Card in there!!!! OMG! This came at a PERFECT TIME!! We can buy some food and get some bills caught up, and then maybe something NICE for me, Or I can give it to Jon so he can buy me something for Christmas, Hint Hint!!

I'm so happy!!!!!! 

Isn't she Pretty???

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Ring!

Well the original ring I wanted from Walmart can't be special ordered. All of their rings come in a standard 7 and the titanium can't be sized. So I was on the hunt today for the Perfect online ring! FOUND IT!

$65 on, but I have a $20 code. My TOTAL with shipping is $49.94!! I like the Titanium and know it can't be sized, which is why I wanted something under $100 Jon is planning on losing some weight soon! And then maybe before the wedding we can get him a White Gold band (or something of the sort) that CAN be sized. 

So here it is!! Are you ready??

And it says it will be here in 3-5 days! JcPenney said 2 weeks!! Cutting it close right? So I hope this is here by next week sometime!
I can't wait to propose, I'm so nervous, I haven't even prepared my speech yet, but It's not like I can write it down you know! I'm hoping it goes PERFECT. I want it to be perfect and I want him to say yes!!

Another thing is if this ring ends up not fitting him in the long run I can put it on a chain and wear it! 

I went to Kay and J.B.Robinson WHOM both told me that his current ring is a 12.5. It fits him, but he can hardly get it off, so I'm ordering a 13 I hope it fits! I'm scared. What if it doesn't?? Does Amazon do returns? this ring goes up to a 14. so I'm not too worried there. He either needs a 13 or 13.5! I'm hoping it fits though! I want to get this right the first time! 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Avery's getting sick!

My poor baby. Shes never been sick in her life, EVER. She's 2 1/2 and today she's been acting funny. 

She normally wakes up at 10:30-11. This morning it was 12:20 PM. She was watching Nemo in our bed and At 3 O Clock I cheked on her (can see her from my laptop) and She was sleeping in our bed. I went to take a picture and she woke up. 

She ate some lunch and Was asleep in her bed at 3:20. She's been Skipping naps altogther lately so this is out of the norm for her. She just woke up at 5:20. She will probably have no problem going to sleeep at 9 tonight, where as some nights she doesn't fall asleep until close to 11. 

Her nose has been runny and She's been sneezing today. She's been real clingy, drinking more than usual and her appetite has been normal. I gave her a half dose of Tylenol before her nap to kind of put her at ease.

Hopefully the night goes okay and she's not waking up in the middle of the night. 

I just want her to feel better soon! I'm guessing it's just a cold!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Winners for Crayola and U*Neaks GET BACK TO ME!!!!

You have until Midnight tonight to get back to me, or I WILL choose different winners! Thanks for participating!
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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Winners for Funky Monkey Snacks, Nelliebugs Tutu, U*Neaks, and Crayola

Congrats to all the winners! I will contact you tomorrow morning and I want you to get back within 48 hours or I will choose another winner! Congrats on winning and keep entering my giveaways so you can have your chance to win again... Thanks to all the participants!

Funky Monkey Winner!!

Missybeez said...
I would love to try the Bananamon.
Crayola Winner!

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 Nelliebugs Tutu Winner!!!

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 U*Neaks Winner

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thirsties Review

When I wanted to help save the Planet and Save us a little money I decided the best option was to switch to Cloth diapers! It was a hard process. We had to decide what would work for us, and how the fit was. It was a lot of trial and error and We had settled on Mostly Pocket Diapers, they were a bit more pricey, but most were one size so they would last us a while. We started Cloth Diapering Avery at 24 months old. She was potty trained at 28, BUT we kept all her cloth diapers and are saving them for the next child!

Thirsties is a GREAT cloth Diapering Company! They have Pockets, AIO (All In Ones), and Fitteds with Covers. They also carry accessories like Doubler and Detergent. 

Thirsties was Kind enough to let us try out the New Duo Diaper! It's their first Size Adjustable cloth Diaper! Avery is trained, but still wears diapers at Nap and at Bed!
Comes in a Size 1 for 6-18 pounds and a size 2 for 18-40 pounds! We chose the Size 2 in Meadow 

From the Website
·         A two-piece diapering system combining an absorbent insert and a waterproof sleeve diaper
·         An adjustable rise for extended use to suit your growing baby
·         Two sizes will fit from birth-to-potty
·         Leg gussets provide superior protection against leaks
·         Pliable and breathable in 8 fun colors!
·         Sleeve design for easy stuffing & easy cleaning
·         Microfiber terry & hemp combo insert for optimal absorption; 7 layers in all!
·         Use from birth-to-potty and save $1400 over disposables! 

You can check out the Catalog online for some more info! Or you can request a free copy sent to your house! 

Those Snaps there Adjust the Rise (Height) and As you can see the Highest one is too tall for Avery It comes up to the Middle of her back!! So then we tried it on the middle setting and it was MUCH better
Those are leg Gussets. They better hold in Messes!

So we played around with it for a little bit and discovered that Middle setting is best for Naptime, but the Highest is best for bed since she's a belly sleeper and this helps protect her belly a little bit more! 

Price: At just $18.50 each I think that's a Fantastic price!!

Overall: Love the Absorbency of this diaper, love the Fit and I love the EASINESS!!