Monday, August 30, 2010

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Thanks to all who entered & tweeted, Donation announced!

Thank you to those who entered the Live Laugh Love Swarovski Crystal Bracelet Giveaway for Sandi's Fight Giveaway.
The winner drawn by will receive a beautiful bracelet from Belly Charms.

I had promised to make a $0.25 donation for each individual who entered the giveaway. However, I am sad to say, that the giveaway had less than 50 individual entries (this count does not include additional entries).

The original donation amount based on the number of entries should be $21.75 ($11.75 from entries and a $10.00 starting point from me). It has been decided by the powers that be, that we will donate the entire $100.00 that we had hoped to reach initially.

We hope that Sandi continues her fight and we will continue to support her cause in whatever way we can!

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Saturday's Ramblings

What an awesome 1st week for the boys. My normal chatterbox 1st born, had a fabulous first week. He loves his teacher, which really helps. Anthony loves VPK, of course. Both boys have several classmates from previous years, before which makes the days nicer.

Anthony got Boba Fett, he is so happy. He wants me to share with you.

CJ is getting better with his sinus infection, however, Anthony developed an ear infection..
So far, Luke is healthy, fingers crossed it will stay that way.

Saturday is a day of blah! I didn't sleep well (hubs snores) and after finally resting for about 30 mins on the couch, boys 1 and 2 woke up. I am pooped...

Sunday, we (Luke and I) are going to do a Causeway Clean-up with our Cub Scout Pack. It is the last "Summer" activity for us.

Luke received his Good Boy Roy shirt today !
This means what for you?
Well, a review from my 7 year old  next week and a Giveaway for one lucky person to receive a Good Boy Roy Shirt of your very own...

Keep Watch For It !

Hubs and Cj wanted to get in on the photo action...

Happy Saturday

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Leap Out of your Box Challenge!

I have decided to join Simply Stacie's "Leap Out Of You Box Challenge".

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Simply Stacie along with 2 other [bloggers] have decided to put out a challenge designed to bring you out of your comfort zone and make a huge change in your life.

My challenge, and it is such a challenge for me, if to get to the gym a minimum of 3x a week. We have a YMCA membership, the boys are in school, CJ can go to the kid's zone. I love Zumba! Why am I not going? Because I can come home and sit here, surf the web, enjoy peace & quiet.. Oh wait & Eat!

My weight is a little more than I'd like (yeah, like 20-30lbs more than I'd like).

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I am going to (try to) detail my month long journey into getting healthier!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Milkfish

I was pouring milk into Cj's bottle and a little spilled over.
When I went to clean it, I realized it had formed a familiar figure...

It's a Milk Fish

Just had to share ..

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Savor the Sweetness of Life Moment

This summer, my husband took myself and our 3 boys
(ages 7, 4, and 1) to Horseheads, NY where he grew up. He had such a good time showing our boys around all the places he went to as a child.
There was a moment at Harris Hill, where my husband had our youngest in his arms and each of the older boys by his side just gazing in awe of their surroundings.
This moment will be with me forever.
To watch the man I love and our beautiful boys savor the simplicity of life instead of the our usual go go go everyday life.
My boys now want to move from the hustle and bustle of Central Florida up to this small area. They want to do all of the things their Daddy did.
I feel so blessed to have these guys in my life and it made me stop to think of how "sweet" life is!

That's my moment... What's yours?

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Charm Factory Charm Bracelet Review and Giveaway

I recently was given the opportunity to review a Charm bracelet from Charm Factory.

I chose the Awareness Bracelet. Here is the description from the Charm Factory Website:
This delicate but durable inspirational sterling silver Awareness Bracelets are a wonderful way to encourage and remind your loved ones and friends to continually keep faith, hope and belief alive. The uniquely designed awareness charms are affixed on a beautiful .925 sterling silver foundational bracelet with a strong, secure lobster clasp.  Material: .925 Sterling Silver~ Bracelet Length: 7" + 2" extender~ One size fits most

I have worn the bracelet for several days now (minus sleeping) and I love it. It has passed the "pull test" from my 16 month old son as he finds the bracelet fascinating!

The past 2 days I have worn it during our "Boo Hoo Breakfast" at the Pre-school and it has received many compliments.

Charm Factory has an assortment of Sterling Silver Charm Bracelets and Crystal Bracelets, as well as Individual charms, Message beads, and Affirmations Rings. They have an extensive collection of products on their website, you must check them out!

Charm Factory has graciously extended me the opportunity to offer one lucky person a bracelet of their choice from the Sterling Silver Charm Bracelets and Crystal Bracelets Collection

Do You Want to Win a Charm Bracelet of your very own?One lucky person will win (1) Charm Bracelet from Charm Factory's Charm Bracelet Collection
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Your Mandatory Entry is:
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☼ Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 12, 2010! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
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☼The winner will be chosen at random and announced the following day, and the winner has 48 hours to claim their prizes.
☼ I reserve the right to choose a new winner after that.

Disclosure: I received an Awareness Braelet to review from Charm Factory. The review was written from my perspective an opinions only. No monetary compensation was received for my review.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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This would have never happened

Anytime over the past 2.5 months, this is something
that would have never happened due to the noise and 2 big brothers in the house.

Googly Bands Received ;)

Yesterday we received the Googly Bands won from a special Retirement Party that happened on 8/18/10.
(Click here for the link in case you missed the post).

Well, Luke & Anthony were mighty happy to receive the bands that their "Super Cool Mommy" had won..

Here's what we received:

Here's Luke with his full array of Silly & Googly Bands:

So very exciting! Now, we cannot and would not wear them to school. The boys wear them when we go to the store or anywhere out as if they see another child wearing them, sometimes they ask if they want to trade.
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Monday, August 23, 2010

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This is it !

My boys start school tomorrow (Tuesday 8/24) or today depending on when you read this ;)

My 7 year old has been dreading the 1st day but after meeting his teacher today and seeing how many friends from 1st grade are in his class, he is ready to go!
My 4 year old who has been excited for VPK tried to walk slowly and dramatically on his knees to bed and now has no desire to go to school. Oh, how the tides turn.

All our paperwork is filled out, backpacks are ready, clothes laid out and lunches as ready as they can be the night before.

I am so excited for my boys to get back to school. They need their friends and their time away from each other. Mom needs a break from "I want, Can I have?, I'm bored, and He hit me"!

Hubby so graciously adopted Anthony's VPK class this morning. We will contemplate adopting the 2nd grade class later in the year.

I will now be able to get more accomplished at home, grocery shop in the mornings without having to stop at the toy aisle (CJ doesn't realize how important the toy aisle is yet), and maybe, every once in a while, have little man go to Kids Morning out so I can get a hair cut without a baby on my lap. Oh the little things!

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“Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror.”

― Byrd Baggett

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Winners for the SUBZERO Stainless Steel Water Bottle Giveaway

Random. org seletected the following 2 winners

Lesley who posted: following on twitter (moreorlesley)

and then

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Thanks to All (regarding Sick Baby)

Thanks to all who read and commented on my little sick CJ.
He ended up with a nasty sinus infection and placed on Augmenten.
While he is still cranky and coughing, it is nowhere near the severity of what it was on Friday. The humidifier and Vicks are really helpful.

Dinner was a success Friday night! The ribs turned out perfect! and my FIL was very surprised when he walked in the door to a dinner party just for him. The boys love having Papa and Nana over.
It was a lovely evening and everyone behaved themselves (YAY)

Monday is Open House for the 2 boys and we get to meet Luke's 2nd grade teacher, who I am told, is fabulous! Luke is a big talker and is easily distracted (what 7 1/2 little boys isn't) but he is a good student and when he actually applies himself, he totally ROCKS...
Anthony's teachers (VPK) are complete opposites. Nan is very quiet and Vicky, is well, not at all quiet.
I love Vicky, Luke had her for VPK. She will get my little man ready for Kindergarten.
Being that I basically live at the pre-school during the school year , I know everyone. Sometimes I joke that they have a cot for me there. I will be lost after this year as it will be at least a year before CJ enters a classroom environment, even though he will go to Kid's Morning Out occasionally.

I am ready for school to begin, but I will miss having my boys home. With that said, I will also enjoy 3 hours of not having someone ask me for things, whine that they are bored, or that they are hungry every 10 minutes. At least until CJ can talk ;)
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Friday, August 20, 2010

My poor sick boy and the night ahead

My littlest, CJ, is having a hard day. He's had a little cough and a runny nose for a couple days. I've been treating it as I have with any other small cold the boys have had. But late this morning, it escalated. He couldn't stop, every 3 seconds of free breathing was interrupted by more coughing until be finally got sick form coughing so much. He was so sweaty just from the coughing.
He finally went down for a nap with his humidifier by his side and I have not heard one peep from him in the time he's been in his crib.

The Dr can't see him until 4:15p.

A view from the baby monitor

After nap time and cupcake sampling

In the meantime...

We have been planning a belated Birthday dinner for my FIL as they were out of town for his birthday (just over 2 weeks ago). So I have 2 racks of ribs marinating in sauce and spices and a cake and cupcakes just out of the oven. Baked Beans, Salad, and breadsticks to come later. Yum!

The boys are making a banner for Papa and we'll blow up balloons with the little bit of helium I have left in the disposable helium tank.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Big Thank you !

A big Thank you to Frugal Fabulous Finds for posting the Googly Bands Retirement Party that took place today on Facebook and the Googly Band Website.

I (my boys reallly) will be receiving 5 packs of Googly bands as we were chosen as one of the winners to their contest today! Yes, according to my 4 and 7 year old boys, I am "The Coolest Mom"

Thank You Pictures, Images and Photos

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Yo Gabba Gabba Launches Cool Tricks Contest






Miami, FL -- (August 18, 2010) Hello friends! YO GABBA GABBA! announces the launch of the Cool Tricks contest which provides an opportunity for fans across North America to show-off their unique talents. Gabba fans are invited to upload a :30-:60 second video demonstrating their Cool Trick to win the opportunity to receive a VIP Family 4 Pack and have their winning video played during intermission at the KIA Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! show closest to their hometown. All participants are also automatically entered into a sweepstakes where one lucky fan will receive a five night trip for four to the Caribbean or Mexico.

In addition, each winner will also receive $100 worth of organic baby food, toddler, and lunchbox snacks and two “Party In My Lunchbox” Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! concert t-shirts from Revolution Foods and Plum Organics. Grand prize includes roundtrip air, Junior Suite accommodations, and all meals to a choice of Palladium Hotels & Resorts.

To enter the contest, participants must upload their video to Facebook at Winners are determined by public vote in each tour market. So be sure to get all your friends and family to vote for you!

Cool Tricks begins on Wednesday, August 18 at 10AM EST and winners will be notified and announced prior to the show date in each local market. The entry period for the grand prize sweepstakes will end on Sunday, Dec 12. See official rules at

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Heading back on the road, KIA Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! will make stops in 60 cities at top theaters, arenas and amphitheaters across North America starting on August 27 in Bethel, NY and ending in Dallas, TX on December 12. Featuring music, singing, dancing and animation, KIA Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! is an interactive experience that offers audience members of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life. Joining the characters on stage will be hip-hop legend Biz Markie to teach kids how to beat box with “Biz’s Beat of the Day.” Special guests will join the party on stage for the Super Music Friends Show and Dancey Dance segments.

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Attempting a Major Shopping Trip

What am I thinking ! Super Walmart with my 3. I have already had to separate them and that was just in the van. Not only do I need basics, back to school stuff, but items for school lunches and a belated birthday dinner for FIL Friday night. I hope I do not lose my mind
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