Saturday, June 30, 2012

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Friday, June 29, 2012

When you jump, How will you land? #NabloPoMo

Today is the last day of the #NabloPoMo for June.

The final topic is "It's not the jump you have to worry about, it's the landing".

So many things run through my head, a physical jump, emotional, mental...
How do you land?
Is that jump a leap of faith, or are you certain of the outcome?

Photo Credit: Photobucket: Assasin's Creed

Many times in my life, I have jumped without thinking, that leap of faith taken.
Sometimes the landing was soft and comforting, others, not so much.
The landing hurt.

There are times in my blogging, where I jump, whether it's personal, or product related, where I am not sure about the outcome [how I will land]. But I am honest and true to myself, so the leap is not terribly difficult.

I know that there are times in everyone's life where the leap is not completely voluntary, and I have experienced those.
But if we chose to stay in one place, never to leap, how will we ever know if we are strong enough to survive the landing.

A beautiful day for the beach

Yesterday, we decided to enjoy an hour at the beach.
With the Tropical storm out of the way, the days are back to beautiful.

Before I put my cell phone away so no sand destoyed it, I took this picture of CJ to send to hubby.
When I got home, I realised just how precious it was..

He didn't seem close enough to cast an image in the water, but he did...

Thsese are the moments that I want to save forever.

Childhood innocence and fun for my boys

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Jumpin’ Outta June Amazon Gift Code Twitter Giveaway Win a $100 Amazon GC ends July 15th

Welcome to the Jumpin’ Outta June Amazon Gift Code Twitter Giveaway hosted by MamaNYC!

With more than 40 bloggers participating in this event to celebrate the end of JUNE, we would like to help kickstart one of YOUR summers with an awesome Amazon Gift Code giveaway! Just follow our Twitter accounts in order to gain entries in this giveaway! Sure, we also tossed in some other options, but this giveaway is all about Twitter.

One lucky winner is going to receive a $100.00 Amazon Gift Code! This giveaway will run from June 29-July 15th, which should give you more than enough time to hop down the Rafflecopter and follow all of our Twitter accounts.

Eclos Beauty skincare Giveaway hop ends 7/12

Plant extracts, vitamins and anti-oxidants work in synergy with the Plant Stem Cell technology to help minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and tired skin.
This method is the secret to success for the Eclos Beauty skincare product line.

While I personally have only had a few days with the Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Kit the system thus far refreshes my skin after use. Leaving me with a wonderfully clean feeling that carries me through the day till my next evening wash. Unlike many products of this time, Eclos contains natural plant based ingredients that are easy on the skin. It is always amazing to find beauty products that are stemmed directly from mother earth.

The Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Kit has everything you need to get you started in a daily natural anti-aging routine. You can find this product and more available in stores and online at retailers such as Target and Walgreens. The Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Kit six piece set is a great value at just $19.99.

Review written by Mom to Bed by 8
Eclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Kit
Restore, renew, and replenish your skin with this anti-aging skin care set from eclos. It includes a facial cleanser, clay mask, eye cream, face serum, facial scrub, and regenerative cream, all of which contain high-potency plant stem cells for cellular rejuvenation.
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  • Health Facts: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Free, Paraben-Free
  • Scent: Unscented
  • Travel Size: Yes

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Our Blog-cation is almost here !

When deciding on vacation this year, we chose to stay close to home.
Home being within the state we live in. Florida has so many things to do, places to see, and adventures to be had.

Knowing we wanted to go to Orlando, we came across the

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A tricky topic #NabloPoMo

How do you jump into starting a new blog post?

I try not to write just for the sake of writing.
Each post, I try to make meaning out of, so I don't necessarily "jump" into it.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Will you make a shirt with Vistaprint?

What's stylish, useful and only $6? Customized T-shirts from Vistaprint! Click Here

I purcahsed mine.. I made it to promote our local community outreach.

So much going on in my head #NabloPoMo

Sometimes there are so many things going on in my head, my thoughs can't help jumping around.

With so many things are jumping around,
I don't know where to begin or sometimes even how to begin.

With blogging, I have reviews, giveaways, posts, thoughts in my personal life and trying to maintain an interactive audience.

Of course, my 3 boys and my hubby and all that goes on at home, it's never a dull moment.

How do you organize your thoughts? Do you journal or jot things down? Go you make a spreadsheet or use a calendar?

Or, do you channel Scarlett O' Hara and think about it tomorrow?

Organa Happy Valley DVD [Review]

My youngest really enjoyed watching Happy Valley (volume 1) from Organa.

He loved watching the children visit different locations and while the DVD is an hour long, it is broken up into different segments (9, I think on this dvd).

Wordless Wednesday

Special 1-on-1 time with Mom

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I am so ready for MY Summer vacation!!! #NabloPoMo

While my children are having their summer vacation full of friends, swimming, camps, and sleeping in, I am still Mom...

I am looking forward to MY vacation!!

We are spending 3 nights and 4 days in beautiful Orlando Florida!

We are taking the boys to Sea World (thank you Sea World for helping us with the adult tickets) and Probably Universal Studios (since they also graciously are helping us with tickets).

My heart aches for Disney but alas.. It may not be this year...

I can't wait to JUMP into the pool at Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa !!
And by pool I not only mean the outdoor pool, but the lovely jetted whirlpool bathtub as well!

                                                                                 Source: Uploaded by user via Tara F on Pinterest

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$22 for four kid-friendly Doodle Roll activity kits and replacement rolls + free shipping

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Many Moms, whether you work out of the house, in the house, or you are a stay at home mom, spend our time stretched as far as we can go. offers you the opportunity to shop online and the ability to pick up your order curbside or in the store.

I have done it and with a gift code, I had my friend take part in the experience as well.
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Potty Time DVD review

CJ began watching the Potty Time DVD before he began training.
I wanted to introduce him in a fun way. Something entertaining that he could identify with, sing along to, and enjoy.

He begged his oldest brother to watch it with him. Really, my 9yo was none to happy but it was better than the screaming.

He also related to Rachel Coleman, who he sees on Nick Jr.

The video is entertaining and the songs are now in the car, but they haven't made it to the itouch yet ;)

He is doing well with his potty training and we are happily taking the leap out of pull-ups.

The dvd was very helpful in getting him ready for such a big leap !

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Being scared of heights, I would never .... #NabloPoMo

go bungee jumping!

Source: via Lily on Pinterest

Are you kidding me???

I sometimes try new things .. maybe less than 5% of the time, I guess that's rarely..
But with motion sickness and fear of heights, there is not way I am voluntarily jumping off a bridge or platform with an elastic cord attached to my ankles for my safety..

I would seriously need to be sedated because no way, no how, no thank you !!!

Would you???

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$15 for $30 worth of novelty T-shirts and hoodies from BustedTees

Bloggers wanted for a Free Event - The Dyson DC24 Cleaner Home Giveaway Eventt

The Dyson DC24 Cleaner Home Giveaway Event hosted by Mom Powered Media: Iowa-Mom, Powered by Mom and Real Mom Reviews is now open to bloggers!

The event is free if you do a blog post write up on the event.
One link free, and there is an option to purchase additional links

If you happen to sign up, please let them know that I sent you!

Literary Addicts Kindle Fire Event June 25th to July 13

Welcome to the Literary Addicts Kindle Fire Event where we have teamed up with 10 Amazing Authors and several awesome bloggers to celebrate the
Grand Opening of Literary Addicts a Community for Book Lovers!
Please check out the Fantastic authors bringing the Kindle Fire Giveaway to you! Don't miss out on these great reads even if you don't have a kindle yet. You can download the kindle app for you phone, desktop, or ipad HERE. All of these books are less than a Starbucks Coffee!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Viviscal Wrap Up

So I have been using the Viviscal for almost 3 full months.
Viviscal claims that it can help stop hair loss and promote hair growth.

Many bloggers have been using the product and you should be seeing every one's updates soon.

I have not seen a ton of hair growth. Of course, I do not get my hair trimmed regularly. I should..
I have however seen a decrease int he hair loss. You know, the strands that you find EVERYWHERE! That's me.

While taking this product, my husband even commented on the decrease.

I suppose my hair is thicker since I am not losing it all the time.

Everyone will have different results, as to be expected.

Friday, June 22, 2012

I'm married to a Scary Movie lover #NabloPoMo

I am not a horror movie fan. I don't like the gore that goes along with it and would rather watch Spaghetti Western's in a loop than suffer one Michael Myers, Jason, or Freddy Krueger movie.
(We won't even touch the zombie genre)

Scary monies make me more than jump! I get nightmares, I *hear* things. I just can't do it.
Hubby is a FANATIC !

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Klooff Mobile App + Pet Bed giveaway

Klooff is an app for your iPhone that allows you to share your pet love !

Upload photos and share them with other pet lovers, on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Connect with other pet lovers and check in at different places. Maybe you'll meet a pet lover in your area so there can be "doggy play dates"

Update on my Home Depot Rant ...

I recently blogged vented about an issue with my local Home Depot and their Customer Service.

I emailed the Corporate Headquarters with my experience. I had planned on sending it to the store manager as well as to Ryobi. Thursday morning, I received and email from the Corporate office apologizing for the behavior and actions of the store and the employees.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Have you "jumped out of your skin?", Let me share my tale #NabloPoMo

Several Years ago, we ventured to Orlando to go to Church Street Station.

My hubby's younger sis and I share the same birthday, so she drove from Miami and we from Tampa, and we met in Orlando for the evening.

My hubby and his brother LOVE Haunted Houses, and since we were there for Nellie and me, I'm not sure how we got roped into the Haunted House on Church Street.

The Haunted House has since closed down, but I'm going to tell you, I didn't like them before, during or after this experience.
Photo Credit: Horror Fan Zine

This Haunted House was one of the creepiest I have ever been in. The rooms we frightening of course, but what scared you the most were the actors who would chase you through the room you were in. HOLY COW!

I was between my BIL and my hubby. Hubby being the caboose of the family train got the brunt of the horror. The actors could not touch you of course, but they'd get within inches and just torment you. I kept pushing the line in front of me as we exited each room. I was scared out of my mind!

The lines would stretch around the corners and I can't imagine this place to be "fun" for any paying person.

PBS KIDS® Series Martha Speaks Partners with First Book

I wanted to share this information with you because we LOVE Martha Speaks! and feelt hat giving back to the community is awesome!!

PBS KIDS® Series Martha Speaks Partners with
First Book to Help Bring Books to
Underserved Communities

WGBH Administers 25 Grants to Public Television Stations to Bring Reading Buddies Programs to Local Communities

The WGBH and PBS KIDS series Martha Speaks is partnering with literary non-profit First Book, an innovative leader in social enterprise, to help 25 public television stations bring books to underserved communities around the country through the Martha Speaks Reading Buddies program. As part of the Martha Speaks outreach initiative, WGBH is administering 25 $4,000 grants to public television stations to bring Martha Speaks Reading Buddies to their local communities.

PBS KIDS, the number one educational media brand for kids, offers all children the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television, online and community-based programs. For more information on specific PBS KIDS programs supporting literacy, science, math and more, visit , or follow PBS KIDS on Twitter and Facebook.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Coping when nervous can be good or bad. How do you do it? #NabloPoMo

When your nervous, how do you cope?
Some people clean, maybe bite their nails, or eat..
I would be that last one.
The eater..

When I'm nervous, sad, anxious..  i eat.
It explains my weight of course.

I need to change my course of action, to be healthier, thinner.

Of course, I hide this from my kids, I know better than to let them see me do this.
I want them to be healthier than I.

I saw my mom do it, the vicious cycle needs to stop.

I am just so angry with Home Depot !

I am going to preface this vent by saying that I did send this to corporate and am sending this to several other outlets. I am appalled by the lack in intelligence exhibited today. I generally do not vent my frustrations but this just really really got me today !

I apologize in advance if my rant offends any one, any employee of Home Depot or otherwise

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's difficult to nail down just one time I have been jumpy and nervous #NabloPoMo

I have to say there have been many times in my life when I have been jumpy and nervous, and I had a difficult time choosing so I asked my husband, which time in our lives had I been the most irritating to him (that was my indication).

He reminded me of my emotions during out 4 year journey to become pregnant.

After losing our 1st Invitro attempt to a blighted ovum (sac but no baby), Our 2nd attempt I was way more cautious. I remember being nervous, especially waiting to find out if our embryos made it.

I can assure you, if you have not had Infertility issues, it's quite unnerving waiting see if you can create life..

After we transferred just one embryo, then the nerves while getting 6 weeks of shots and waiting for a heartbeat.

So I guess there is no better example of being nervous than waiting to find out whether you are going to be parents.

This is my hubby, right after our 1st born son was born.
4 years of infertility, 5 IUI's, and 2 invitros later..

There are so many people who still suffer, who wait so long for this miracle.

Monday, June 18, 2012

My @neocellhealth experience

So I've been using the NeoCell Super Collagen Powder  for a month, every other day.
Now, If you watch the video, I make mention that I was going to shake my OJ and the powder.. Not a good idea !!!

Unless you are using a paint shaker, I would strongly recommend a blender of some kind.
We bought a single cup  personal blender so that I can put the everything in and mix it up perfectly.

Spiders make me jumpy ! #NabloPoMo

Are you kidding me?

Spiders are the creepiest crawlers around...

The make me jump, squirm, scream, and give me goosebumps..

If I see one, I scream for my husband. If he is not home I'll spray it or drop something on it .. I can't stand even writing about them..

Okay, enough about creepy crawlies

Herbal Destinatio​n Giveaway

Here's a great chance to win your choice of $30 in products from Herbal Destination, hosted by Why We Love Green!

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#SummerSolstice Giveaway Hop -1 US Winner $135.00 in Prizes!

Welcome to the 2012 Summer Solstice Giveaway Hop hosted by MamaNYC! Over 100 bloggers have teamed up to bring you some amazing prizes to start your summer!
This event will run from June 18-24, 2012 and hopefully you’ll be able to find (and win!) some great summer prizes, which will help you at the beach, BBQ, or backyard fun in the sun! Each of our giveaways features a prize value minimum of $25.00 and there is plenty of time to hop down the entire list!

I have $135.00 in prizes for 1 US Winner will receive.
Click the link to read my review on each product

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A visit from the Fairy Hobmother - I feel blessed

Just when I thought my week couldn't get any better,
I received a visit from the Fairy Hobmother.

Now, I had to google the Fairy Hobmother because like many, I was scratching my head wondering who or what the Fairy Hobmother is!


The message I received was:
"I'm the Fairy Hobmother, spreading light and joy throughout the blogosphere with the help of talented bloggers like you! I stumbled across your blog today and felt that you deserved a little recognition for your blogging efforts, so I decided that I would send you a gift"

Now, I have no idea what the fairy HobMother looks like. I have been told that there are
fairy overlords that help so that the Fairy Hobmother can carry on,
spreading Bloggy Tidings.

I am spreading the word about the Fairy Hobmother so that the good work can continue.

The Fairy Hobmother has given me a gift and I'm not sure yet what to do with it.
I generally save these types of gifts for birthdays and Holidays, but Momma may need a new case for her new Ipod iTouch hubby gave her ☺

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Sponsor Spotlight: Certain Dri (vlog)

I have been using the Dri® Anti-Perspirant solid for over a month.

Now, I read that Certain Dri Anti-Perspirant is the strongest available formula without a prescription and they truly mean it!

I follow the directions and applied the Anti-Perspirant solid before bed. There were a couple of mornings where we were rushing around at the end of the school year and yes, I neglected deodorant. However, I had applied the Certain Dri previously and I will tell you, it really kept my underarms dry!

I am typically not a huge "sweater" but living here in Central Fl, we end up sweating whether we like it or not. I was happy not to have any embarrassing wet shirt incidents. I felt truly confident!

Here's what Certain Dri says:
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Thanks to Certain Dri and their PR firm who will be adding this fantastic Product to the upcoming Summer Event!

Summertime Fun

There are times I wish we had an inground pool.
I'm grateful that we at least have the small above ground pool. The boys can enjoy the water without us having to leave the house.
With living in in Central Florida, we get to use the pool from April to September.
And I love sitting in the shade while nursing a sunburn :)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Can I have a Half full and a half empty glass? #NabloPoMo

Is the proverbial glass half empty or half full?

                 Source: Uploaded by user via Noir Et Blanc on Pinterest

ShopBop Giveaway Event 6/15 through 6/25

"Shopbop" has provided us with a $100.00 Gift Card
And we are having a Giveaway Event
ShopBop is all about fashion, offering the latest in denim designs that are hard to 
find and with the modern woman in mind.
Shopbop offers a comprehensive collection clothing, accessories, 
in all of designs for every style and occasion.
They carry shoes, apparel, accessories, bags and boutique items
They provide you with online shopping and pride themselves in personalized shopping experience.
They are frequently mentioned in Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle.
Quote; Shopbop sells only quality, authentic designer merchandise. Shopbop is part of the Inc. group of companies
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You can view a Look Book For Summer With ShopBop
The Prize from "Shopbop" is a $100.00 Gift Card as prize to one lucky winner.
The giveaway will run for 10 days and will begin at 12:01 AM on 
June 15th and end at 12:01 June 25th
All you need to do to enter is follow directions in 
Rafflecopter for a chance to win, that's it and Good Luck!!
Other information: The Gift Card will be sent from ShopBop to the winner when chosen
and announced on Facebook Group, 48 hours after event closes.  In the event that the person notified, 
does not respond to email notification, we have the right to choose a different winner.
Disclosure: From Sponsor this opportunity is not open to Pennsylvania bloggers 
to host the event, however, they can participate in the event. 
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Shopbop features these companies on their website:
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Thursday, June 14, 2012

What food brings you immense joy?

How do you narrow your favorite foods down to just one?
Someone mentioned when this topic was presented, that she thought of the restaurant scene from "When Harry Met Sally"..
I cannot ever say I have had any food *that good*!!!
If there is any food item I love more than anything, it would be....

Chocolate !!!
Are you surprised? Me either....

I do absolutely love this delectable sweet.

I would absolutely make a dinner with chocolate if I could.

It is completely and totally my go-to comfort necessity!

Children and the dentist

My 3 boys went to the dentist today.

 I was quietly dreading the appointment because last year my youngest melted down.

What a difference for December to now.

He was the first one into the cleaning area.

All went well, thankfully.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What makes your heart leap? #NabloPoMo

What makes your heart leap?

These 4 gentlemen... They make my heart skip a beat all the time!!!