Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Compass Kids: A Review and Giveaway!

UPDATE: Winner is #20: Piseco...Congratulations!!

I remember when I was younger, and we had trading cards to share and exchange with friends. I know that I had New Kid's on the Block trading cards and Garbage Pail kids. I know I am dating myself a bit here, but I remember it was fun to collect them. It was a great way to connect with other kids. I wouldn't call it "educational" just a great way to socialize and be apart of a "groupie."

I have found a great new product out there called, Compass KidZ, that promotes the collecting of cards. It is so much more than that, though, and it is educational....hey, it is outright fun! Compass KidZ is a way for there to be Kid-to-Kid connections around the globe. The Compass KidZ is a Medallion set that includes:
**2 gold line, limited edition, collectible Medallions. These Medallions highlight a world treasure and is based on an important landmark, world contribution, or cultural custom for that country. They are 1.5" and the size and weight of a silver dollar! The first Medallion is from the Ambassador featured on the Passport from the set. The second Medallion is a "Mystery Medallion": which is from another Ambassador. With this Medallion, kids are encouraged to explore another country besides the one included in the set. There are currently six Medallion sets from three different countries:

  • Egypt's Sphinx and Pyramids, and Pharaoh Ramses II
  • Italy's Roman Colosseum, and tradition of eating pasta
  • Mexico's Aztec Sun Calendar Stone, and Day of the Dead

There are nine Medallions in the collection (sold separately for $6.99). Three of these Medallions can only be found in sets as a Mystery coin: The Great Wall of China, India's Taj Mahal, and Egypt's Nile River.

**1 24 page photographic Passport (same size as a real passport). This introduces the Ambassadors. Inside you will find facts and information about the home country, language, culture, and what it is like to live there. The pictures are real and the information is from a kid's point of view.

**2 FactZ cards with special codes (trading card size). Kids can join the Compass KidZ PenPalZ free, and the special codes get submitted so they can display their limited edition Medallions online. With this they can begin trading and treasure hunting right away. The Compass KidZ PenPalZ zone has so much to offer from exploring and meeting Ambassadors from around the world to earning SouvenirZ points for each activity, which they can collect and send via PostcardZ to their new friends.

One of the things I really like about the Compass KidZ is that kids can learn about history of different locations in a fun and educational way. This product is geared toward the "tween" years, ages 8-12. The kids can learn about the world and collect Passports and Medallions. The Medallions are like a treasure! My son, Nathaniel, loved the coins. He thought they were real gold. The Compass KidZ website offers a way to communicate with kids from different parts of the world, earn and share SouvenirZ, trade with PenPalZ, and share experiences and express opinions with other kids from around the world. I like that different features of one country is highlighted in these sets, so kids can pick up tidbits that are very important and interesting.

Two moms, Jennifer Apy and Nancy Daniels, wanted to make a difference. They wanted to bring quality products into this world for our children and others.

Jennifer Apy started her career as Brand Manager for the children's product line, "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiago?" Nancy Daniels is an award-winning designer and creative director. She has a passion for travel and creating meaningful learning experiences which inspired the development of Compass KidZ.

Sometimes it is hard to know what to buy a 'tween' kid. I think Compass KidZ is a great educational and fun product to introduce to them. The Compass KidZ Medallion Set is retailed at $14.99!The company has given my readers a special code which will give you a free Medallion for each Medallion Set purchased at www.learningtreegames.com. All you have to do is type in SASSY-CKFREE in the coupon code box at checkout. No limit, no expiration. It's their way of saying thank you!

Want a chance to win your first Compass KidZ Medallion set? Just leave a comment letting me know who you would give this to! This contest is open to bloggers and non-bloggers, but I can only ship to addresses in the United States. If you would like to earn a second entry, just subscribe to my feed. Then, put in a second comment letting me know you are signed up. You will be rewarded with a third entry for blogging this contest! I love linky love! This contest will run until Febuary 2nd at 11:59 P.M. CST. I will announce the winner on Saturday, February 3rd. Thanks for stopping and good luck! Thanks for sponsoring this contest Compass KidZ!

Don't forget to sign up for my other contests: Valentine's Day giveaway, Kaboost, and Twisted Silver. Thanks and good luck! These contests are are apart of Bloggy Giveaways Carnival: Winter '08 Edition!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

I am not my Breast Cancer: A Book Review

I Am Not My Breast Cancer is a book that has a compilation of more than 800 women discussing their fears, trade advice, experiences, and their deep and intimate concerns. These women come from every state in the nation and from continents as far away as Australia and Africa. There is no other book like this out there. I Am Not My Breast Cancer offers women the companionship of other women dealing with this disease. Ruth Peltason has undergone treatment for breast cancer two times! In the book she reveals the stages of the cancer journey...from diagnosis, treatment, recovery and self-discovery. The people in the book are very honest and share their deepest emotions. I think it is amazing that the women in this book range in ages from their early twenties to late seventies! I am 31, and I don't often think of Breast Cancer. I know it is out there, I just think "It wouldn't happen to me." I like how this book really helps the reader to come to a greater understanding of what women go through when they have Breast Cancer. It really opens the reader's eyes. The women who voiced there mind in the book talk about so many topics, including: losing their hair, being a patient/Mom/wife/co-worker, lovemaking and intimacy, weight gain and more. I like how this book makes it very clear that Breast Cancer doesn't have a hold on these women, and that the cancer does not define who they are. "I am not my breast, and I am not cancer; they are only pieces of who I am. What is my heart like, am I kind, strong, loving, compassionate. . . . Those are the things that count." Some women really hate the pink ribbons...they would prefer black ones. I think they see pink as pretty and Breast Cancer is not pretty. Another thought is on the body image. One woman wrote, "It disturbs me to see magazines, TV, and other types of ads using women with large breasts in revealing clothing as the way to enhance sales of their products." I think that is a good point regardless of Breast Cancer, but she makes a good point. It is kind of like throwing it in their face. I love how this book just really peeks into the minds of those who have gone through it. I think one of the toughest things (for me) would be going through it while our kids are young. That part of the book just really hit home for me.

This book was mainly inspired from the author, Ruth Peltason and 800 women who participated in First Person Plural. First Person Plural is a discussion forum online where these women joined together to create a powerful community where they could share and understand what they were fighting. Ruth had wished that a book of this caliber was around when she was going through Breast Cancer.
I think this book is a great tool to use for anyone going through Cancer, or knows someone who is going through it. It is inspiring, heart wrenching, comical, sad, bold, courageous, and very real. It is a great self-help book, but not a medical guide. I think this book really helps a person better understand how to just be a friend to someone struggling with the disease. It really is hard to know what to say or what to do when you haven't been there yourself. I really like how this book gives you a sense of what it is and what it does to the person going through Breast Cancer.
Do you want a copy of I AM NOT MY BREAST CANCER? You can purchase your copy at Amazon: here plus s&h.

Twisted Silver giveaway for bloggy giveaways

PhotobucketShannon, from Rocks in my Dryer, is hosting the Bloggy Giveaways Carnival: Winter '08 Edition!! This is a fun carnival to participate in for some great contests, and to meet many bloggers! For this contest giveaway I am going to be offering a pair of Twisted Silver earrings! These earrings are the Hepburn style and they value at $50.00!! To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment with an email address. This contest is open to bloggers and non-bloggers with United States addresses.
I will draw ONE winner at random and the person will receive these great earrings!
Contest Ends February 1st at 11:59 pm CST.
Be sure to check out all the other great giveaways going in the Bloggy Giveaways. Plus. I have two other giveaways listed: Kaboost and a Valentine's Day giveaway!
Thanks for stopping by, and GOOD LUCK!!
I will be adding a few more contests throughout the week, so be sure to check back!

Contest is now closed! I will announce the winner the afternoon of Saturday (2/2).

The winner is lisalmg...Congrats! I will contact you shortly for your information!

Thanks everyone who participated.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Valentine's Day Giveaway~

Valentine's Day Glitter Comment Graphics from Dollielove.com
Valentine's Day is a great day to share love with those who are special to you. This holiday brings me back to my elementary days when I filled out the cards (that took forever to sign every one) and brought them to school to hand out. Remember making the special boxes with the pretty decorations? These boxes were filled with cards and candies from everyone in class. Now that I have a son who is in elementary school, I get to help him with his Valentine's for his classmates. I have come across a fun and creative gift that he can include with his Valentine's. I think it will be a big hit...and tasty, too! Fruit Roll-ups have come up with a super product for Valentines. My Fruit Roll-ups fruit flavored snacks have made it possible to make your own Valentines. You can go to their site: here, and create a fruit roll-up of your very own. You can pick a picture, a saying, and then just order. They have so many pictures to choose from! I made one with a groovy monkey and typed up Happy Valentine's Day 2U on it. I am excited to see it, and I know Nathaniel will love to give them out. There are 30 in a box, so it works out perfect for his class. Each box costs $29.99 (plus tax, where applicable). So it's only $1 for each roll! If you order before February 3, you can have them by February 13th! Just in time to give them out. Would you like a chance to win a box of personalized Valentine's from My Fruit Roll-Ups? Just leave me a comment about the sweetest Valentine’s message you have sent, or received, and I will pick three winners! That's it! This contest is open to bloggers and non-bloggers...and USA residents. This contest is open until February 1st at midnight. I will announce the winner February 2nd during the day, so you can get your orders in time for Valentine's Day.

CONTEST is NOW CLOSED~~winner will be announced Saturday afternoon (2/2)
Here are the three winners:
#8 Stephanie
#34 topaztook
#83 Michelle
I will contact these three, but if you are on the list and see your name, feel free to e-mail me. :)

Weekend trip

I have been gone since Friday evening. Terry, the kids, Lena and I went to my husband's side of the family for our (belated) Christmas gathering. It was a full house. Friday night, on our way up, Terry, the kids and I stopped for supper. We went to Perkins. We had some coupons, and thought it sounded yummy. Caleb really wanted to have the rainbow pancakes. When we ordered, we specified that Caleb is extremely allergic to eggs. We asked that the pancakes be made specially (away from the eggs) on the griddle. Our waitress assured us she would let the chef know, and that he is a great chef, so there should not be an issue. Well, 10 minutes later, the waitress brought us our food. She informed us that as she was grabbing the pancakes, the chef told her that the batter has eggs in it. With all our food sitting in front of us Caleb nearly starving to death she asked if he would like to have something different. I am thinking I would like to give her a swift kick in the booty for waiting until our food was done to tell us there is eggs in the batter I politely told her that he will have a cheeseburger instead. So, Caleb had to sit there watching us eat as he waited. Terry and I gave him bacon and potato wedges. I wasn't all too happy with our waitress or that "great" chef. You would think he would know about the eggs and tell her when she put the order in....HELLO??!!
We got to Terry's Mom and Grandma's around 9. We just settled in for the evening. Saturday, we opened gifts and our stockings. It was a fun morning. We snacked on food all day and I really wasn't super careful with my points allowed each day with Weight Watchers. I will have to do some extra exercising this week and really watch the food choices. We opened gifts with Terry's Grandma and the rest of the clan in the afternoon. Caleb was opening one gift that someone wrapped in a Velveeta box. When Caleb saw the box he said, "I got Macaroni and Cheese!"
We took the kids sledding at a nearby hill Saturday afternoon. Caleb had just woke up from a nap, and he really wasn't ready to go sledding. As we were getting out of the van (at the sledding hill) Caleb said, "Dad, I am not really excited about sledding!" It was so funny. Nathaniel and Terry had a blast. I didn't go sledding down the ice hill, because I prefer the snowy hills. It was fun to watch, though....except this stray dog was there doing as Terry calls, "the Humpty Dumpty." It was nasty....yes, it all started with Nathaniel. He was sliding down on his jacket (laying on his stomach) when the dog went over to him and hopped on to ...ahem....ride him. It was so gross!! Then the stupid dog went over to Terry's little cousin and got on her head!! It was so nasty! We got after that dog, but it just didn't get it!
Saturday night, Terry's brother and his wife, Terry's cousin and his girlfriend, and Terry and I went out for a few hours. It was fun to go out on a date, and be kid-free for awhile. We had a fun time. Sunday morning, we all got up and got ready for church. After church we relaxed for awhile. Then, we had lunch and posed for a few pictures. By 3:00 we were all loaded up and on our way back home. It was a fun weekend, but it is so wonderful to be back home.

I have a few reviews and a few contests this week! I am so excited about so many products out there! Stay tuned! Don't forget to sign up for my Kaboost giveaway! It ends this Thursday!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Don't forget to sign up for my KABOOST contest! Contest ends on Thursday, January 31st!

Make me Proud

I am constantly amazed at how observant Caleb is! We were driving to the cities, and we just entered Saint Paul, when Caleb says, "Dad, are we in Saint Paul now?"

I know I am his mom, and I am a bit biased, but really, THAT IS AMAZING!
So, now, Terry and I tell him every city we drive through. Maybe he will be able to list them all on our bi-weekly drives to the cities.

Madelyn said, "baby" yesterday. When she sits at the computer with me, she looks and giggles at people on the screen. So, yesterday I was showing her pictures of babies. I said baby a few times when *blurt* she said, "baby!"

Tonight, I was looking at some clothes a friend of mine gave to Madelyn, (THANKS Christina!) and there was a onesie in there with a kitty on it. I held up the onesie and said, "look at the kitty...meow!" Well, Madelyn thought this was funny and sputtered a few courtesy laughs. So, I said it a few more times to raise the courtesy laughs to a greater laugh. Then, after I laughed with her a few times, she said, "meow, meow...hee hee." OH my Goodness....she is such a little dolly! She'll be talking in no time! Gotta keep up with her brothers!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

13 Things to look forward to~

  1. January is almost over: which means, the longest month of winter is almost over. This means super, butt-nipping cold is almost gone.
  2. The days are starting to get longer: which means, the daylight hours will be longer=happier people.
  3. My babysitting/nanny job is going to be starting into full swing by next week. This will mean my life will get a lot more busy, but I think all in all this will be so good in so many ways.
  4. Nathaniel does NOT have school on Friday: which means some great time with my oldest son! I like when he doesn't have to go to school. (I miss having him home during the days).
  5. We are going to my husband's side of the family for a Christmas (belated) gathering. It has been awhile since we have been up to Grandma's and I know it will be fun for visiting. Terry's brother's family moved up there recently, so we will get to see their new home, too. Grandma's house is remodeled, too, so it will be fun to see the (much needed) update.
  6. I have some super products coming my way to review, and I think you all are in for some treats...HINT, HINT....yes, that means some SUPER contests will be coming your way very soon!
  7. I am planning a girl's night sleep-over to happen in February. I loved hosting it last year, and I am SO looking forward to a night with my special girly friends...for laughing, munching, giggling (yes, laughing and giggling are different)...yakking, and maybe sleeping. OK, I know I can't handle staying up all night anymore, so I will be sleeping.
  8. Madelyn is starting to say more things, and I am really looking forward to when she is talking. I love this stage she is in, and it just amazes me how much they really know.
  9. Speaking of Maddie, she has her first birthday coming up in a month and a half! WOW! I can't believe she was born almost a year ago! Time goes so quickly!
  10. In March, my parent's will celebrate 50 years of marriage! That is so wonderful and inspiring! I am so happy for them! It truly is a blessing! Congratulations to my parents!
  11. LADIES NIGHT OUT in February. This is such a great night with my girlfriends at our home church. Game night, laughing, yakking, giggling to the point of: (1) tears, (2) rolling on the floor, (3) walking funny all the way to the bathroom before an accident, or (4) spitting a beverage out of your mouth. It is so much fun, and I hope we all can make it!
  12. SNOW MELTING!! Need I say more?
  13. Spring! Ditto...need I say more?

Time to get more organized!

I would like to send out a BIG Thank You to Angela from Seven Dogs and a Baby for picking me as a winner for the beautiful MomAgenda desktop! I love it, and I really love how it is pink! I have been on such a pink kick lately...(I think it is because I have a girl now)! I am excited to start keeping track of everything I plan. I never needed to write things down before I had kids, but now I must write everything down. Example: 10:00 P.M. Go to bed...
Opps...missed that appointment!
Thanks again, Angela! I am super excited and so appreciative!! You rock!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Kaboost: Review and Giveaway!

I love the new and improved "booster seat" for kids! I get a little nervous with putting a booster seat on chairs. I think of my child falling off, or the booster falling off the chair with my child still in the booster. I love how the KABOOST lifts the chair up to meet the table. This way, my child can sit in the "big person chair" and be able to see their plate. Caleb did not want to sit in the booster seat, and he doesn't fit in the high chair anymore. So, instead of having him stand on his chair or on his knees, the KABOOST was a perfect fit all around. I like that the KABOOST lifts the chair up, and how it saves the seat from the wrath of food. You know, when you lift up the booster seat and find left-overs? EWWW...well, the KABOOST is a better answer to the transition to the "big table". I love how the KABOOST fits most every chair! Using its adjustable spring system, KABOOST easily adjusts to fit most 4-legged chairs (round or square legs). I really like that the KABOOST is portable, too! Here are some great features:
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Easy to fold and carry
  • Perfect for taking to grandparents, friends and restaurants
  • Quick & Easy
  • Snaps-on chair in seconds
  • Engineered to improve chair stability
  • Holds up to 300 lbs (Ages 20 mo. to 6 yrs)
  • Stays attached even when chair is moved
  • Snaps-on chair in seconds
  • No assembly required
  • Non-slip, won’t scratch floors
  • Grips chair legs firmly into place

I completely promote the Kaboost and I think it is a superb product!! Really, I think everyone with kids should have one!


Guess what? You can buy a Kaboost for $39.95 from a location listed, or you can try to win one from my blog! Kaboost has offered to give a Kaboost to one of my readers! Here are the rules:

1. Go to the Kaboost website : here, and check out this great product.

2. Come back here and tell me (in the comments) how you could benefit from owning a Kaboost.

3. Sign up for my feed for a second entry.

4. Post about this contest on your blog for another entry! Please comment with each try!That is it! Contest will be open until January 31st at 7:00 PM (CST). I will announce the winner sometime on the first of February! This contest is open to addresses in the United States of America. I am sorry that I can't afford shipping everywhere. If you want to pick up the postage, I will mail outside the USA. Thanks for stopping by! Thanks Kaboost for the opportunity to review this great product and for sponsoring the giveaway!


Don't forget to sign up for my other contests: Valentine's Day giveaway, Compass KidZ, and Twisted Silver. Thanks and good luck! These contests are are apart of Bloggy Giveaways Carnival: Winter '08 Edition!!!

Comments are now closed!
Winner is:
Anonymous who said...
"I think this would be great for any of my last 4 kids! It doesn't take up any extra space, either, so it is perfect!"J.L.B Congratulations!

Contest to check out~

5 Minutes for mom is offering their readers a Red ‘65 Mustang Pedal Car from their store http://www.pedalcarsandretro.com/! I think this is a totally rad car, and I know Caleb would look styling driving this around!! 5 Minutes for Mom has another store, too, called http://www.a-rocking-horse-to-love.com/. I would love to win this car! Unknown of the contest dates.
They are also giving away a Insignia Bluetooth MP3 Player and a pair of Insignia® - Bluetooth Wireless Behind-the-Head Headphones from Best Buy! Contest ends Tuesday, February 5th.

Seven Dogs & a Baby is giving away the devotional book: The Busy Mom's Devotional. This contest will be open until Jan 23rd at midnight! She is also giving away a Glo-e Baby (12") Dog for one lucky reader! I want the very cute monkey! The contest will end Jan 25th at midnight. They are also giving away a (This is me) T.I.M dolls! These dolls are super cute and fun! You have until Jan 28th at midnight to enter!

Momviews is giving away an Lover's Spa kit to bring in the romance! This sounds like a great set including : Edible Massage Oil (175ml), Hand Held Massager Bubble Bath (175ml), Sensual Sea-like Sponge, Coconut Water Scoop, Pleasure Balm, 4 tealight candles, Special Invitation Card, and a Black Satin carry bag. This sounds super! Hurry, contest ends on January 27th.

Our Seven Qtpies is hosting a giveaway for a Groovy Interlocking Plate and Bowl set from Boon!
I would really love to have this plate for my little eater who loves dipping everything! Contest is open until January 31!

*I will add more contests as I find them...

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Happy to say

I am so thankful that my children are feeling better! Finally, after a few weeks, we are doing pretty good. Thank you for those prayers that were lifted up for Caleb and Maddie! We all appreciate it! I hope that they can make it until summer without anymore sicknesses, but that is wishful thinking I think. I started babysitting yesterday and it was fun. Their little girl is just precious. I think it will be a fun (and busy) time. Her little daughter was sick the same time as Caleb and Maddie were, and so we needed to wait to start the "nanny" position. I think it will be a good opportunity for Caleb and Madelyn to make a friend, and I hope to become friends with little girlie's mom. It is fun, because we found out that we are in MOPS together. I think all around this job will be rewarding.

Friday, January 18, 2008

And the winner is....

Well, I know there is anticipation as to who the winner is of the Groovy – Interlocking Plate and Bowl Set from Boon! Thank you to everyone who signed up! I had 86 comments! WOW~ I went to Random.org to find out who won, so here are the results:

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:26
Timestamp: 2008-01-18 22:01:15 UTC

I would like to congratulate: Lace! I have contacted her with the great news! She got a second entry to this contest by blogging it, and that comment gave her the win! She is Lucky #26! Head over to congratulate her! Thank you, Lace!

Thank You to Boon for sponsoring this giveaway!

Come back next week, I will be doing another review and giveaway!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

The hits just keep coming~

We had another long night. I gave Madelyn banana slices for supper, and 10 minutes later she puked them up. Terry gave her baby oatmeal about 30 minutes later. She kept all that down until 2:00 AM. I woke up to her puking all over the two of us, and the bed. I am so ready to be done with this! I really don't want to wake up to her doing that anymore. Spit up is one thing...my milk leaking is one thing...but this is horrendous! So, after her and I took a shower together, she was NOT ready to sleep. I wasn't sure if I should nurse her or not. Terry said I really shouldn't in bed anymore. OH BUT I NEED MY SLEEP~ I do understand, though...I really don't like changing all the bedding in the wee hours of the morning, either. I tried to get her to go back to sleep by nursing and rocking. Every time I laid her in the crib (while she was sleeping) she woke up crying. She was suffering with really bad gas, and I think her little tummy was so bloated and uncomfortable. Finally, I was so tired that I told Terry it was his turn to try getting her to sleep. I feel bad doing that when he has to get up at 4:30 AM for work, but I knew that I needed to get some sleep at this point.
He did get her to sleep, and we both got a little more sleep. Madelyn woke up at 5:00 AM and she did not want to sleep anymore. This is the second day, in a row, with waking up that early! I am not a morning person, so this is not that great for me. Caleb was up at 6:15. I long for a time when I can go to bed...sleep THROUGH the night, and get up when I am ready! OK, I know you are laughing, because it is wishful thinking, right?
Caleb ate breakfast~Oatmeal, and Maddie ate oatmeal, too. She kept her breakfast down, and he had some come back up. ARRRGH...just when I thought he was over it. Both had nasty diapers today, but at least Caleb's is getting some form to it. I know that sounds gross, but I just want them both to super heal, so we can get back to normal. At least both kids are in pretty good spirits (minus the whining). Lately I have thought, 'Really, do I want more kids?'

"Joe Cool"

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Next up to bat....

OK, so the kids are still sick. Maddie had a nasty diaper early this morning, and then by 9 she had a humongous blow-out! I learned when you do the "sniff-test" to their little bottoms, to NOT touch your nose to their clothes. Can I get a, "NASTY!!"? Oh, yes, it was quite gross. So, Maddie was on her way to the tub for a bath. After her bath, I was drying her off, when Caleb decided he was to throw up. It was a challenge to hold on to Maddie while getting Caleb to the toilet....then, to proceed to hold his head down with every cough. Oh, the joys of mommy hood. I was just glad that I had Madelyn out of the tub. I think Caleb had a reaction to what I gave him for breakfast (Coco Pebbles). I would like to think the stomach bug is out of him...but, I can't say for sure. His lips are tinted a bit blue today and his breathing is a little staggered...so, I have to nebulize him, too. Terry and I believe he has asthma, unfortunately. It is a busy household this morning. I was supposed to start babysitting yesterday, but between her daughter and my kids being sick...we need to wait it out. Hmm...I wonder when we can start calculating the 24 hour safe mark? Will we ever get well?

A life in the day as "MOM"

A man came home from work and found his three children outside, still In their pajamas, playing in the mud, with empty food boxes and wrappers strewn all around the front yard. The door of his wife's car was open, as was The front door to the house and there was no sign of the dog. Proceeding Into the entry , he found An even bigger mess. A lamp had been knocked Over, and the throw rug was Wadded against one wall. In the front room the TV was loudly blaring a Cartoon channel, and the family room was strewn with toys and Various items of clothing. In the kitchen, dishes filled the sink, Breakfast food was spilled on the Counter, the fridge door was open wide, dog Food was spilled on the floor, a broken glass lay under the table, and a Small pile of sand was spread By the back door. He quickly headed up the stairs, stepping over Toys and more piles of clothes, looking for his wife. He was worried She might be ill, or that Something serious had happened. He was met with a small trickle of water as it made its way out the bathroom door. As he peered inside he found wet towels, Scummy soap and more toys Strewn over the floor. Miles of toilet paper lay in a Heap and toothpaste had been Smeared over the mirror and walls. As he rushed to the bedroom, he found his wife still curled up in the bed In her pajamas, reading a novel. She looked up at him, smiled, and asked how his day went. He looked at her bewildered and asked, "What Happened here today?" She again smiled and answered, "You know every Day when you come home from work and you ask me what in the world I do all Day?" "Yes," was his incredulous reply She answered, "Well, today I didn't do it.."

Monday, January 14, 2008

Poor Baby~

I had a horrible night. Madelyn was sick with more throwing up. Terry, Nathaniel and I just finished up playing some MarioKart, and Madelyn puked all over me. It amazes me how much can come out of such a little body! It was very sad. So, I hopped in the shower, and we headed to bed. Maddie woke up at about 2:45 AM. I brought her in bed to nurse, and I woke up to her puking on me (again). It was awful! After Terry changed the sheets, Madelyn and I took a shower. She was so out of it. Terry and I were getting pretty concerned about her because she was just kind of limpy and we did not want her to dehydrate. So, Terry tried water in a bottle, and he had to squirt it in her mouth. About 15 minutes later, I tried to nurse, and she wasn't interested...but she puked all over me again! Yuck, yuck. Ok, back in the shower for me, and Terry gave Maddie a bath.

After all this, Terry gave Maddie some pedialite in a bottle. She did manage to get down 2 1/2-3 oz. By this time it was 3:30, and Terry had to get up in an hour to go to work. He decided to just sit in the recliner with her so she would be upright. An hour later (after he didn't get any sleep) he put her back in bed with me. I feel so bad that his sleep was interrupted like that.

She wanted to nurse, and I was a bit apprehensive to do so...but, I did. I sat up, though...and prepared for the next explosion. She kept it down though, and for that I was so happy. I gave her a small amount of oatmeal cereal for breakfast and Caleb had toast and apples. Both kids kept their food down. At 9:30 AM Caleb was asking for Mac-n-cheese, so that's what he ate (2 bowls!!) I think Caleb is good, but I am still going to be a bit cautious with food choices. Madelyn is a little fussy, but she is better, too. I am so happy that they are on the mend. However, Caleb had a nasty (BM) diaper, and after I cleaned him up, I noticed lots of red dots all over. I am not sure what that is, but I am sure it is itchy.

Thanks for the prayers...we ALL appreciated it!


Look at the amazing contests over at Momsational
» Win a Nikon CoolPix P5100 12.1 MP Camera courtesy of MyPicTales.com : ends January 21.
» Win a Designer BLVD Ivy Backpack Diaper Bag : ends tonight at midnight! (January 14)
» Win an Evenflo Triumph Advance Deluxe Convertible Car Seat : ends January 22.
» Win a boatload of fabulous products for parents and children : ends January 17.
» Win a complete organizational system from Day Runner to help you get your New Year started on the right foot :ends January 23.

I would be happy to win any of those!
Classy Mommy is giving away a DVD: "My baby can talk"~ a signing video! I would love this! Contest ends: January 19.

Mama K NJ is giving away one pair of organic cotton Babylegs to one lucky winner! I love
Baby Legs, so I hope to win! She will close the contest at 10pm on January 25.

Teresa is running her first contest of the year over at her personal blog. You have a chance to win a beautiful turquoise bracelet created by Lori Jaclyn. She’s willing to ship anywhere and that means anyone is eligible to participate and win.

**Don't forget to sign up to win a Boon Groovy – Interlocking Plate and Bowl Set: GO HERE! Contest ends on January 17!**

Sunday, January 13, 2008

We have been hit with another virus....

Yesterday, we decided to get a desk. We had to go about 45 minutes away to get it. We were going to go out for supper after we got the desk. I don't know what prompted me to bring an extra outfit for Caleb (I rarely do that anymore), but I am so thankful I had it with. It must have been the Holy Spirit who prodded me. ANYWAY...we were driving down the road, when I heard a terrible sound....Yep, Caleb had started throwing up. OH, IT WAS NASTY! I couldn't just pull over there, so we drove just a little bit more and headed up the ramp. There was an Applebee's there, so that is the parking lot we went to. We had the truck, and all 3 kids in the back, so it was a bit tight back there. Caleb was in the middle (fortunately). Terry took Maddie out and handed her to me, then Nathaniel, Maddie and I went in to get paper towels. Terry stripped Caleb's clothes off and put the car seat and clothes in the back of the truck. He had a towel (thankfully) in the truck and he started the clean up process. A few trips from the bathroom with dry and wet paper towels, it was managed to get cleaned up...mostly. Then, we got Caleb re-dressed, and had to buckle him in the seat belt. I know that is against the law, but what were we suppose to do? We couldn't put him back in the puke!
We were only about 10 minutes from getting the desk, so we headed over there. Terry loaded up the desk while I sat in the (puke smelling) truck with the kids. Caleb had the dry heaves and still had more to get out of his little body. I just kept that towel in his lap. It was so nasty. I was happy that I wasn't pregnant, because I have a weak stomach anyway...but pregnancy magnifies it.
When we got home, Caleb got a bath, and some snuggle time. We gave him a Mr. Freezy...and that didn't last real long. Then, he just had some water. After awhile, we got him down to sleep for the night. He was very tired. We only had to change the bedding once that night. I am glad it was mainly water. He had about 4 glasses of water during the night after that.
This morning, I was nursing Maddie in bed. I was startled when I heard the terrible sound come from her, too. Yep, she has the virus now, too. Oh Joy! So, her and I got cleaned up and changed our clothes. We changed the bedding, and laid down a towel in our bed (for precaution). I did get another hour and half of sleep, then she puked again. Poor little girl. I have never seen a baby puke like that...it was NOT baby spit up.
NOW, the kids are dealing with it on the other end. This is so not fun. I gave them both toast for breakfast. Caleb had apples, and Terry gave Maddie mixed cereal and applesauce. I really didn't think she should have the cereal, but Terry thought she would be ok. Well, she ate all her food, and Caleb just nibbled at his. I wasn't going to make either of them eat much...just what they wanted.
I went to change Maddie (because of the horrible smell). I laid her down on the changing table, when she threw up again. Poor baby!! Ok, now to the tub she goes. I gave both kids baths this morning. I hope the day goes better. I don't like when they are sick. I feel so bad for them. I think we are just going to stick with toast and broth today. I am sure I will have to pick up bananas, too. Oh, yeah...Terry is thinking he may be coming down with this two. Well, if he does...that just leaves me and Nathaniel to run through it.

I am listed in 5 Minutes around the Blogosphere!

I am so excited that I was picked as one of the blogs mentioned in the weekly column "5 Minutes Around the Blogosphere!" This column is a part of the blog, 5 Minutes for Mom. Click here to check it out. If you haven't been to 5 Minutes for Mom, you'll definitely want to
visit their site! This blog is ran by 2 moms (who are sisters) Janice and Susan. They are work-at-home moms. They both just had babies, too...and they are so cute! They run two toy stores: A Rocking Horse to Love and Pedal Cars and Retro Collectibles. You should see the amazing and adorable products they have! Janice and Susan have a section of Readers Blogs to find other great blogs to read, too.

**Don't forget to enter my contest giveaway for a Groovy Plate from Boon Products!

Friday, January 11, 2008

Caleb is a riot!

Last week we were getting ready to leave and I asked Caleb for a kiss. After he kissed me, I wiped off my mouth. He said, "I got my snot all over you!" I said, "Yeah, I know that was gross." He said, "NO, that was funny!"

Caleb was putting on his clip-on tie yesterday, and after he had it on he said, "When I am bigger I will be Pastor Al!" (He is the Senior Pastor at our church~ and the only Pastor who wears a tie) It was really funny.

Last night, Caleb got in trouble. Daddy caught him picking a booger and putting it on the table. Here is the conversation:

Dad: Caleb, don't pick your nose and wipe it on the table!
Caleb: Can I wipe it on my shirt?
Dad: No.
Mom: NO, You can wipe it in a Kleenex.
Caleb: No, I can wipe it on you.

Terry found this rather funny and started to giggle. I, on the other hand, NOT SO MUCH~

Two Ladies Nights in a Row~

Last night my friends, Lisa, Jody, and "The Token 'ol Lady" got together at Lisa's house. We did our Christmas gift exchange and had a great time. It is so wonderful getting together with those ladies. We have a hoot, and mostly get out of hand with our laughter. Tonight, we have Ladies Night at church, but Lisa will be M.I.A. She gets to go away for the weekend (with out the kids) with her hubby~Lucky gal! I am looking forward to getting together with friends tonight to laugh, play games, snack...and be silly!

Have a super weekend!! Don't forget to sign up for the Boon Groovy Plate set contest! I will have another review and giveaway next week~ Stay tuned!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Boon: A Review and Giveaway!

boon n. A benefit bestowed, especially one bestowed in response to a request.

I was so excited when I received the opportunity to review the Boon products. I really like the modern style of these products. My kids have a lot of fun with the bath toys. They are foam toys, and chewable (for little ones). I really like that the balls have no holes in them. This helps greatly with keeping the mold out. There are 3 balls, 2 bath scrubbers, and many colorful shapes. My oldest son likes to make "pictures" with the shapes on the wall of the tub.

Madelyn just likes to chew on the shapes, and they probably feel great on her little gums. She is getting into throwing the balls, too, and she thinks that is funny.
As you can see in the picture, we have a Flo, too, and I love it! It has a soft, rubbery material so it helps prevent injury. Maddie loves to hit her head against it. I don't have to freak out, because it is soft on her little head. The Flo has an Easy-fill bubble bath reservoir, a one-touch bubble bath dispenser, and attaches easily and grips firmly to most bathtub faucets. I like that I can still turn on the shower head with the Flo attached. I really like this product because it makes rinsing the kids hair easier. I think Maddie really likes how it feels more like a shower. It creates a nice flow of water.

I like how you can fill the bubble bath dispenser before you turn the water on, then the kids can "help" put the bubbles in without making a mess. This is a super product for bath time, and I place it high on the list of "must-have" for homes with kids!

Our family likes to go places and it can be a challenge with everything we have to bring for the kids. I love that Boon has a super product line for feeding. The Squirt baby food dispensing spoon makes feeding on the go so convenient!

Here is what it does: allows for convenient feeding, one bite at a time. The easy-to-fill bulb holds up to 3 ounces of baby food and attaches firmly to the spoon end. Simply squeeze the bulb to dispense just the right amount of food. Squirt comes with a protective cover to seal food in and keep the spoon clean between feedings. By combining the spoon and food container into one product, Squirt makes one-handed feeding a snap.
The only thing I would do to make this product different, would be to make the spoon part a little smaller, and made of rubber. I think making these two changes would make the product more "baby friendly". Other than that, I completely love this product! It was a big hit at our family Christmas get together. My nieces (who are teenagers) wanted one. I would highly recommend this product for all parents of babies.

Another great feeding product that Boon has is a Groovy – Interlocking Plate and Bowl Set.

This is a great plate/bowl set for any toddler. I like how there are separate bowls to put the "dips." Every kid likes to dip everything...and this helps keep things a bit neater. Here are some facts: Groovy offers a fun way to serve meals in a customizable configuration. This interlocking plate and bowl set includes a toddler-sized plate with two separate compartments plus two small bowls that attach to the edge of the plate in a variety of positions. The small bowls are perfect for dipping—always an engaging activity at mealtime—or for serving small portions. The feeding line is made with non-toxic materials, so they are safe, too!
Facts about Boon
Their Style
We understand that modern parents crave clean, contemporary designs. Our products reflect this desire, with a unique style that appeals to parents and children alike.
Their Passion
We create innovative products that respond to the needs and desires of modern parents. Our products provide a modern look at an affordable price.
Their Commitment
We realize good looks only go so far. We are committed to creating products that are not only stylish, but embody the highest standards of quality and safety.
Year Founded

Want to win a product of Boon's? They have sponsored a giveaway for a Groovy – Interlocking Plate and Bowl Set! Want to know how to win? Go to the Boon website and look around. Then, come back here and let me know what your favorite product is. Please let me know your e-mail address in the comments, so I can contact you when you win. This contest is open to addresses in the United States. I will leave this contest open until January 17 at midnight (CST). I will announce the winner sometime on the 18th. If you want to have 2 entries for a chance to win, post this contest on your blog with a link back to me. Then, post a separate comment with the url to your post. Please enter only once. Repeat comments will be disqualified. Thank you for stopping, and Good Luck!!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Joys (and pains) of being a girl!

Madelyn looks so cute in dresses, and I love putting her in the dresses...but I know she gets frustrated in them! Whenever she is crawling with a dress on she gets mad enough makes changes to her crawling technique by walking with her feet, and using her hands. Some would call this the monkey crawl, but Maddie has used it as a way to get somewhere the quick route. I think it is so incredibly cute, that I had to get it on pictures. The picture of her holding her dress is really funny, because she sat up to grab it and look at it. I bet she was thinking, "WHY DO YOU HAVE TO GET IN MY WAY ALL THE TIME!"

She is so cute! I think her little "Monkey Crawling" is funny and adorable! Thanks for our children, Lord, because they make life more fun!

Pebootles for Maddie

I just found out I won some adorable little boots for Madelyn! Our Blessed Arrows had a contest for Pebootles from Pedoodles, and I won! I am so excited! These look so soft and warm! Thanks so much!

Here are the stats:

*Soft, top-grade, sueded leather bootieconstruction
*Cuddly faux lambs wool lining to cradle theirtender young feet
*Exclusive PedFlex™ flat rubber soles providedurability and traction
*Velcro side entry system -- once they're on theystay on
*Flexible, breathable design promotes healthyconditions around developing feet
*Fun colors & embroidery to help stimulatechildren's imaginations


Sunday, January 6, 2008

Weekend happenings and a few thoughts

Madelyn has been sick this weekend. Her moods have been pretty good, considering, but she is a little sick kiddo. Her breathing and coughing got really bad late last night. Her coughing really scared me. She did end up throwing up from it. Terry is an EMT so he has a stethoscope, and he listened to her lungs. He said they don't sound like there is liquid in there, but that it is more in her upper chest/throat area. I think we will just keep an eye on her today to see how things go.

My mom just got out of the hospital (Saturday). She had surgery and it will take awhile to recover. Terry, Maddie and I went over there last night to visit. I brought them a meal, and Terry was going to help Dad with burning brush. (Terry is also a firefighter) I didn't know that 2 of my brothers were going to come, 2 of my nieces, one of my nephews, and my brother's girlfriend. I only made one pan of Tator Tot hotdish, so I was a bit concerned about it feeding everyone. It did feed enough, so all is well. I think the guys had fun burning the brush. The wind was a bit strong, though, so it was a bit risky. It was great to see my family.

Today, I think Terry and I will stay home with Maddie. Her cough is terrible, and I really don't want to bring her to church to spread the love around. Tonight, we will pick up Nathaniel. He was visiting his dad for the weekend. He doesn't know we got the Wii, yet, so he will be really excited about that! I didn't want to tell him on Friday (when it came) because he wouldn't have been able to play it.

I really miss the boys, and I will be happy when they get home. Terry will be picking up Caleb tomorrow night. He is with Grandma right now. I bet he is having a great time.

I really didn't get much done on my Thursday's Thirteen, but I will still make progress on that list. I need to get it all done this week. I will be starting a job next week. I get to "nanny" a little girl who is 5 days older than Madelyn. I will drive to their home daily. The hours will be 5-6 hours a day. I think it will be a good thing. I will make extra income, and still be an at home mom (just not my home). I love children, so it will be fun to play with the kids. I am looking forward to this opportunity.

Perfect for on-the-go

Seven Dogs and a Baby is having a contest for Boon products. They have the Boon Squirt, and the Boon snack ball. I think the Boon products are super! I would love to win these 2 items! The contest ends January 13th.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Diaper Bag

Flip Flop Mamma is giving away 2 diaper bags from Lands End : A boy one and a girl one.
The girl bag: Canvas with floral print, pink canvas straps.
The boy bag: blue canvas with green frog print, green canvas straps.
Contest ends: Wednesday, January 9th! I hope I can win a girl one for Maddie. The diaper bag I have now is a blue one. :)

Friday, January 4, 2008


Ok, I may not get much done on the list I made yesterday, because:

MY Wii came in the mail today!! I am so excited, and I know it will be a late night!

Thank you Contestbeat and Cellforcash for making this a great start to the new year! :) Our family really appreciates it! :)

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Things I want to get done while my toddler is on vacation

  1. I would like to organize the "old school area" in our basement. That means clean off the filing cabinet, go through books and put away, take down posters (and save) and get rid of stuff we don't use/need.
  2. I would like to make the "play area" more fun and kid friendly. I want to find some kind of shelves or bins to put toys in. I need some organization here, too, just need to know how I am going to do it.
  3. I would like to clean off and organize the desk area. This is a sore to the eyes for my husband and I, and it really needs to be done.
  4. I would like to de-clutter the kitchen, and re-organize. This is a big job, so I may just focus on a few areas.
  5. I would like to get through the kid's clothes. This is in our very basement, and it is a huge job. I would like to put the sizes in the proper boxes/bins, so I can know what I have with just a glance. Any suggestions on the best way to do this without pulling out my hair? :)
  6. I would like to clean...vacuum, dust, sweep, mop, clean bathrooms...without any interruptions.
  7. I want to dust off my stamps and make some cards! This is a little easier to do with out our tornado-toddler.
  8. I want to get ALL the Christmas decorations put away, and actually put up the few Valentine's Day things I have. That would be fun. Seriously, I do not have a whole lot, so don't think that I am a fanatic. LOL
  9. READ
  10. RELAX
  11. Exercise
  12. Bubble bath with my daughter...ok, well, maybe.
  13. Play my new Wii...if it comes...still waiting! :)

Mix it up!

A Cowboy’s Wife is having a contest on her food blog! You can win a Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer and she’ll ship anywhere so everyone is eligible!
The Prize: The winner will receive a brand new Hamilton Beach 4.5-qt. Eclectrics Stand Mixer, Pineapple Yellow!!
About the mixer: From Hamilton Beach’s “Eclectrics” line, this all-metal stand mixer comes with a host of accessories - a Flat Beater for cakes and cookies, a Dough Hook for bread and a Wire Whisk for whipped cream or pudding. The 4.5-qt. stainless steel bowl comes with a Pouring Shield that helps prevent splattering while in operation. The pouring shield has a built-in chute for adding ingredients. Powered by 400 watts, the stand mixer has a two-way mixing action to ensure all ingredients are incorporated into the mix. The quick-release, tilt-up head assists when removing the bowl. 9 x 14 x 14-in. When you’re ready for a kitchen re-do, don’t call in the carpenters! Instead, “counterscape” your kitchen with Hamilton Beach’s retro-designed, affordably priced electrics in happy, sun-saturated colors. Their “Eclectrics” line includes updates to those classic appliances from the 1950s. All of their “Eclectrics” are available in six colors: Apple Green, Moroccan Red, Pineapple Yellow, Intrigue Blue, Sugar White and Licorice Black.

Twisted Silver giveaway

Lisa, from Our Seven Qtpies, is having a contest for Twisted Silver's Tattoo Ring! I would love to win this ring and give it to my sister-in-law. Here are the rules: comment about which piece of Twisted Silver jewelry you like from their site by January 13Th. She will announce a winner on Monday, January 7th.

Gift card & Diper Bag

Kim, from Mommy knows, is giving away TWO $100 Gift Cards to the Baby Marketplace! The 1st Winner will be choosen randomly from all new comments posted on all posts between January 2nd, 2007 and January 15 th, 2008 and the 2nd Winner will be choosen randomly from all the bloggers that post about this contest on their websites.

Erica, from Momsensational, is hosting a contest for a chance to win a designer BLVD Ivy Backpack! Ivy retails for $360! You have until January 15th to enter!

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

On to kid #2

Now that the virus has been through Caleb (and is still trying to get out), Maddie is hit with the nasty cold. This is so not fun. They are constantly coughing, runny noses, WHINEY>>>CLINGY>>>and just plain miserable. Caleb is still throwing up from coughing spells. I wish sometimes we could take a time-out from parenting. OH, the joys of parenting in times of turmoil. This is a true test of our sanity. Lord, can I be done now? I want my healthy kids back. I would love to be able to get my sleep back, too...oh yeah, and one more request...have you seen my husband? We don't remember each other too well anymore...he is sleeping with Caleb. :)

Money, Money, money, MON_AY!

I would love to have an extra $100 to spend on something, wouldn't you? The Big bald blog is sponsoring a contest to win some cold, hard cash! You have until 12:00 AM February 1, 2008 to enter for a chance to win! Here are the co-sponsors for this money win contest: 1. Mixed Market Arts2. JoeTech.com3. Link Bait4. Gorilla Sushi5. CK Marketing6. The Big Bald Blog7. How 2 Blogger

Tastefully Simple package

Barefoot in the kitchen is having an amazing contest to win some "tasty food"! I love Tastefully Simple (yes, Jody, I need to book a party)...and this contest is to win~ Tastefully Simple Cozy Comfort Gift Box! This package has one Chocolate Ugly Cake Mix, one Creamy Wild Rice Soup Mix, and one Bountiful Beer Bread Mix! Doesn't it just make your mouth water?? I would be super happy to win this! Contest runs through 5PM EST, Monday, January 7th. Thanks for the contest MomLady a.k.a Wendy!

Growing up too fast~ WW

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

I WON a Wii!

I have been waiting to post this announcement until I got it in the mail, but I cannot contain my excitement any longer! I won the Wii from Contest Beat's contest sponsored by Cellforcash! Thank you Matt for hosting the contest, and picking me!! My family loves to play games together, and this one promotes using your body to play...good excercise for after the holidays! I just want to say Thanks again! I look for the mailman everyday....PaTiEnTlY waiting....tap, tap, tap...drum, drum, drum...is it here yet???

I have been tagged!

Hipmommy tagged me to list 8 Random Facts About Me!
Instructions: When tagged, you have to link to the person who tagged you. Post the rules just before your list, then list eight random facts about yourself. At the end of your post, you must tag and link to eight other people.

  1. The Doctor had to break my collar bone when I was born...to get me to fit out the birth canal! OUCH!
  2. I put my arm in a ringer washer when I was 5 years old. I really don't have a terrible scar from it...not too noticeable anyway.
  3. I have 4 brothers and 2 sisters.
  4. The first time I had alcohol was in my parent's basement...Pink Lemonade and Vodka. (I was 16). Then, I didn't touch it again until I was 21...HONEST!
  5. My sister and I set our backyard on fire with sparklers one hot summer day.
  6. I was raised Baptist.
  7. I used to draw cartoon characters...I really miss it!
  8. I play piano and flute...need to clear off the dust bunnies and start up again!
  9. I lived in Tennessee for 4 months.
  10. I love to go camping, but don't get to do it enough.
  11. I have been married for 3 years, have had 3 babies (in those years), and lived in 3 houses.
  12. I love cats! We don't have one, but I love them!
  13. I asked Jesus into my heart at a young age. I even drank communion (left over in the cups) after service.

Thanks HIPMOMMY! That was a fun random list! I hope you all enjoyed it! Happy New Year's Day! Here is who I am tagging:

Our Seven Qtpies

Miss Sniz




I hope you all will play~ It is fun, and more to learn about each other!