Mommy's Favorite Things: December 2009

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!*

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!

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!

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!

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!! 

Kiss My Face Review

I don't like to put a lot of chemicals on my body OR on my daughter's. I like my stuff to be as natural as possible! I have a lot of skin problems as does my daughter and I find the more natural things are the less they irritate our conditions.

Kiss My Face is a store with Natural Bath and Body products! They have helped us tremedously. I won some products a while back for myself and they did great. It was face products as well as some lip gloss and It helped my Acne as well as helped my Eczema. 

Well Kiss My Face was generous enough to send some stuff for my daughter this time! Kiss My Face also has a line of Kids Products and I like that! I can buy stuff for myself as well as my daughter at ONE store!
Avery wanted to pose
And a close up
Kiss My Face sent along the Kids Shampoo/Conditioner in Orange, Lip Balm, Flouride Free Toothpaste in Berry, and Whale Of a Soap in Orange.

Shampoo/Conditioner: While lathering it in Avery's hair it was kind of ratty. Didn't feel smooth and was kind of hard to get it in there. I needed to use a detangler when she got out of the tub, because her hair was ratted. Now her hair is thin and this may be why. 

Whale of a soap: Good Smell and it lathered nicely, I really feel that it got her clean!
Lip Balm: Avery FINALLY has her own!!! She's always grabbing and stealing mine and ruining them. Now I told her she has her own. She has one of them in her little purse and the other on the counter for whenever she wants it! I even tried it, It is Delicious and doesn't wear off very easy, so it is doing it's job which is healing!

Toothpaste: Is YUMMY smelling. I like the Berry smell! Avery LOVES it and She's learning to spit with it!

OVERALL: I'm pleased. I do suggest that if you buy the Shampoo ALSO buy the Detangler. That's the only issue I had with these products!

I give it a *** 1/2 rating!

Saturday 9: Don't Talk To Strangers

1. Tell us about a night that you spent with someone who was a stranger, yet by the end of the night you were very close. NEVER

2. When is the last time you rode the bus? In High School

3. Describe the last time you stood up for a cause. Haven't yet.

4. What is something you would like to do, but you're afraid of the risk(s)? Sky Dive

5. What would you most like to accomplish before the year is over? Year is over, so not much!

6. Name something you'll miss about 2009. Everything! I don't even know where it went, it went so fast

7. If you could invent something, what would it be?  automatic diaper changer

8. What first got you started blogging? I first did it to get extra entries into giveaways!!

9. How did you find this meme? Through another blog, but not sure which one!

Went Out With the Girls!

I had Avery at 16, so I never had girl's nights before having her. I never had them after her either. Here I am at 19 and had my first Girl's night Last night!

My best friend's Birthday is tomorrow (13th) and we went out to Olive Garden for dessert. It was the two of us and another friend. So 3 of us.

We get there and they say 45 minute wait. It was Friday night at 7PM after all. At 40 minutes we went up and asked and they didn't even see our name on the list, so she bumped us up to the top and we got took back in 2 minutes after that. Well shortly after being seated the Manager comes to our table and says "I understand you had a problem with your pager and it didn't go off, then your name wasn't up there?" We said "yes" he said "Well we don't like for that to happen and nobody has a bad experience at Olive Garden, You saw what it was like up there. I'm not making excuses there shouldn't be any. Here's a $20 Gift card for you ladies because we want to make it right" us,"It's alright" I said "Olive Garden's Never done me wrong" and he said "And We don't want it to start today, so please take this and I know the service will be great for you"

We weren't at all upset since we were told 45 minutes and it was 40 when we were taken! So it was no big deal, but that was AWESOME of him!!

Each lady got a drink and we each got a dessert. Total was $29.xx Minus the $20 Gift card. I put in a $5 and the other lady put the rest in... So $5 (my dessert was $5.50) for my meal I was pleasantly HAPPY, and the Birthday girl didn't have to pay anything for her meal!! 

All around it was a good time and I really needed it. We were there about 2 hours (45 was waiting) I can't wait for another girl's night soon. The other lady's birthday is February 29th, so it's coming up!! and then Mine is in May! 

Friday, December 11, 2009

Duggars Welcome 19th Child

Michelle Duggar wasn't due until March, but had her baby last night!
The Story
My heart Goes out to their family. I can't believe. This is her first Pre-Term labor like this, and I hope little Josie Brooklyn (LOVE that name) Makes it through!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

How the Air Force Treats Civilian Workers...SUPER LONG

So as most of you know Jon was SO EXCITED to get this Civilian Job working as the Administrative Assistant working DIRECTLY under the Colonel and General in the USAF...

The second week of work the Colonel called Jon into his office and said "Jon you have a wife and kids right?" Jon said "Girlfriend and a daughter, yeah" Colonel "So you need this job to support them right?", "Yes", "So you wouldn't do anything to mess this up then? Why would you want to mess this up?"

He seriously THREATENED Jon!!!! How stupid!

Ok so he started on September 1 and Had a 90 day Probation period. That would've ended on December 1st. Jon had Thanksgiving day and the day after off work. that following Tuesday (he had Monday's off) would've been December 1st. Well the Wednesday (DAY BEFORE) thanksgiving they Give Jon Termination papers. In these papers stated all that he's done wrong.
Not addressing the workers as Sir Or Mam, Came into work 1 hour late TWICE in 90 days, also most of you know he's a disabled veteran. He takes Vicodin and a muscle relaxer every night before bed, this could prevent him from waking up at 5 AM right? Well they don't believe him... he was late twice and they bitched.
His work performance as of the week before was STELLAR.

He came into work the first 2 weeks in a suit and tie , they told him to dress down because he was overdressed. He DOESN'T HAVE A DRESS CODE, He started wearing Sweaters and they complained that he was under dressed. Whenever he would wear a dress shirt with a tie he was overdressed. So what's in between a Dress shirt and a Sweater? NOTHING!

He has joined the union and tried to have him represent him, well they wouldn't allow him that because he was still in his probationary period.

He went in a had a discussion with the General (Colonel is who served him the papers) and Said "Are you really going to fire a Disabled Veteran the Day before Thanksgiving" General said "NO" So he overturned the Papers and Jon was no longer terminated. WELL he had to sign a last chance agreement, in this agreement it stated that Jon was NOT to file an EEO (Equal Employment Opportunity) Claim, He could NOT sue them, and He was to sign away HIS CIVIL RIGHTS. YES you read that!!

Now when the Colonel tried to Fire him the General was out of town.
He spoke to the General and this got straightened out, The General told him he had to sign a LCA and Jon agreed. General is now out of the office for who knows how long (His wife has cancer) and This situation was put in the Lieutenant (sp?) hands. Well he has NOT been trained to be a Supervisor and therefore it's ILLEGAL.

It's ILLEGAL to have him sign his rights away. Jon took a couple days off, Saw a psychologist who put him on ZANTAX, and told him NOT to sign those papers, and if he does do it under Duress and told him he wasn't in the right state of mind, so even if he signed them it wouldn't hold up in court.
He signed them under duress and the Lt. said that they NEEDED to know which drug he was on that impaired his thinking. that's ILLEGAL!!
I mean do you see a pattern here? It's All ILLEGAL! Well Jon has talked to Geoffrey Fieger's Office (Some may know him) And he's picking up the case. If he picks this up we will definitely WIN!

Jon signed the papers under duress and as of yet, he's not fired, But since these papers stated that he couldn't do anything about anything we're assuming they'll fire him within a week here. ALSO Jon may get transferred and may not actually lose his job, But even if he does. He has his Master's Degree now and Should have NO problem getting another job!

This just came at a really shitty time, like JUST when all the bills were caught up and paid! HERE WE GO AGAIN!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Creativity For Kids Review

Even though Shrinky Dinks were SUPER popular when I was a kid, I never got to experience them. I had heard of them and thought they were awesome and Even asked for one for Christmas one year. But Never got one and never played with one.
Until NOW!!!!
Creativity For Kids was very generous and sent Avery and I the Shrinky Dinks Holiday for review. This thing was AWESOME! It came with Absolutely Everything we needed except scissors
  It was very time consuming coloring them all in well enough to see and cutting them out. It did take a while! Avery got bored and wasn't coloring very well anyway, so Jon and I did the project instead. I'm 19 and he's 25, we Both had a BLAST doing this!! It really is for age 7-97, like they say! I would say a 4-5 yr old may be able to do it, but 2 1/2 Avery was too young!
From Start to finish I would say it took us about an hour. 
Avery loved watching them shrink down though, as did we.
 Pre Shrink
Post Shrink
Closer up
Seriously This project was super awesome! I will buy one of each Shrinky Dinks set and Do them so we have Decorations around the house year round!!
Here's the Finished product
Closer up

We lost 2 ornaments due to me punching the holes too close to the edge, so when I went to put the rings on them the plastic just snapped!

Price: These kits run at $16.99, which I think is amazing! You will get years of life out of this, and even if you just have it up for a year it is worth it in my opinion. I think this would be an awesome gift for the "Child Who Has Everything" Because it's fun for them to do, but also is a household decoration!

Overall: Product is AWESOME!! 5 Out Of 5! There was Really nothing I found wrong with this product!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Pinky Scout Review

Pinky Scout is a store that has everything from 0-16 girl's clothing and 0-8 boy's clothing, they also have Furniture as well as toys. They really are an everything boutique!

Here's some items I'd love for Avery 
Let It Snow Skirt Set $99.95 
It's My Birthday Tee $28.50
Chatti Patti Hippie Chick Cord Coat $42.99 ON SALE
My Very Own Playhouse $50 
Here's some things for the boys in your life!!!
One Good Boy $99.95

Micro Me Red Tie Shirt $19.99 

Yoga Hyde Review

Yoga Hyde has all of your Yoga and Exercise needs! I really like Yoga Hyde, they have Pants, Shirts, Yoga Mats and even nice warm and comfy sweaters for the cold months. 

Yoga Hyde was kind enough to send me their Divine Drawstring Pant in Periwinkle and the V-Top in Navy! I really like these items. They are soft and ORGANIC!!!!

Price: The pants run for $69 with Select colors on sale for $44 right now and the top is $41 with select colors being $24 right now!I think this is a good price for good quality Organic work out clothes!!

Here's a Ribbed Sweater that I like!! This goes for $165, BUT It's 100% merino Wool!!

Fit: The fit is fantastic, the pants are a little tight, but they are supposed to be, who wants pants that are flapping in the wind while they're trying to run? I don't!!
The shirt is a little short, but I only exercise in the comfort of my own home, so this doesn't really bother me!

Overall: I LOVE these items. I've already exercised twice since receiving them and I just adore them!! It also lets me see how much further I have to work on my butt!!!!! 

Can't Believe it...

I started this blog in February of this year and I didn't really start blogging until June! I can't believe it but I've hit 100 Posts!! In fact this is post #107!!

I can't believe I've made it this far. And I know that's not too much to be excited about, but it's just the beginning for me, and I like to think I'll be here for MANY, Many, Many more 100s! Hopefully even 1000s. I love the friends I've met while Blogging and I hope to continue my relationship with them as I venture out into this blogging world!

Please stick with me!! I will be here to blog for you!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Saturday 9: Joy To The World

1. What to you is the most joyous aspect of the holidays? Seeing My Daughter's Face when the Christmas tree goes up!

2. Do you get much snow where you live? If yes, do you enjoy winter sports like skiing or would you rather stay in by the cozy fire? I do. But I don't like the Cold, so I stay inside and read!!

3. Have you ever been on a sleigh ride or a carriage ride? Do you even like horses? No, I would LOVE to though! I miss horseback riding!

4. During the busy week, what do you do to relax? I read at night before bed, Every night. It helps me calm down. I also exercise 3 days a week!

5. Do you get stressed during the holidays? Not really

6. What holiday song could you happily never hear again? Joy To The World

7. How do you decide on what present you pick for a person? I just do it! I buy stuff all year long, then at the end of the year I just decide, this is for this person, this is for that person. And so on!

8. What does this holiday season mean to you and why? It's not religious that's for sure! It means love and getting together with loved ones whom you may not have seen for a while! It's getting everyone together and being thankful for their presence!

9. What holiday movies best describe the season for you and why? Christmas with the Kranks! We don't celebrate a lot, we usually have our own dinner just the 3 of us and possibly my mom. It's easier that way and we don't get to into Christmas!

Friday, December 4, 2009


Thank you to Lori from Moms by Heart for sharing her Big Fat Freebies List with us! For the full list, please make sure to visit Moms by Heart and tune in every Friday for a new list of FREEbies!

-Free 2010 calendar from Eat Better America HERE
-Two free audiobooks of your choice HERE
-Free winter samples from Quality Health HERE
-Free samples of Tasters Choice HERE
-Free personalized video message from Santa HERE
-Sign up to win a years supply of Pampers HERE
-Rebate form for free Alouette cheese HERE
-Free subscription to Golf Digest HERE
-Free sample Prilosec heartburn relief HERE
-Vocalpoint members who sign up to be a fan on Facebook will qualify for a soon-to-be-released freebie by Tide Swash!
-Free Holiday At Home gift basket from SC Johnson to the first 2,000 per week who sign up HERE (now thru 12/21)
-Free Disney Reward code each day this month when you enter the code word shown HERE
-Free copy of Let's Go Flying magazine HERE
-Free 2010 Bone Health Pocket Planner HERE

-Free 25 days of Christmas songs from Amazon HERE
-Free holiday music downloads from The Oprah HERE
-Free download of Christmas Tree by Lady Gaga HERE
-Free Christmas song by Barlowgirl (my fave!) HERE
-Free Christmas song by Annie Moses Band HERE
-25 free music downloads of your choice when you sign up HERE
-More free song downloads HERE
-Free eBook: Favorite Christmas Crafts HERE
-Free downloadable to/from gift tags HERE

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Boxes Are Fun...

For a toddler!!
We had to buy a new toilet a couple days ago and Avery decided to climb in the box today, so we got creative! Here's our fun for the day!
Before it got real creative. I just cut out some window holes and made a door

Here's where we got creative!! I let her go to town on coloring it!!

FINISHED!! Front of it, with a cut out door

Inside, I drew her a T.V

Back of it

At least we had fun, Kept her busy for WELL over an hour, and It was creative and got her mind working. Couldn't have asked for a better project to do with her!!
So now she has her "House" in the Living room and I think I can see weeks and MAYBE even months of play with this Box... ahem sorry "House"