Mome reads Mommy, My daughter's way to spell it when she was younger... It stuck. My son calls me Mome... just like it looks. I now sign all my notes to them "Love, Mome". It's our inside secret and makes them smile. I always want them to smile.

Friday, January 29, 2010

No School, Wife Swap and More

Yay. Boog is out of school today and Monday. We are supposed to be getting some snow tonight. Cross your fingers. I say it over and over, which is probably why it doesn't happen, I want snow. Not for me, for the kids. I remember spending hours in the snow as a kid. Building forts, sledding, shovelling, lots of shovelling. There's something peaceful about snow. Maybe it's just me. I love watching snow fall too. Living in Virginia it's a treat. I'm sure most of you would love to send me all your snow.

I was just watching an episode of Wife Swap. A woman was working on a farm and claiming that she didn't think the smell was bad (cleaning up poo). It's a lifestyle I could never get used to. I think I'd rather have a colon cleansing than spend a day cleaning out stables, milking cows and all the other farm work. One more reason not to go out Wife Swap (note to self). They always have the funniest opposites. Makes me feel normal.

Off to plant some flowers and strawberry seeds in little pots to have them ready to transplant in spring. Then we're making brownies.

Enjoy your weekend!

More Ways to Support

Lots going on around here. Hubster is going to be out of a job come the end of March and relocating is NOT and option for him. I am willing to relocate to Omaha where he could continue his current job but he is an only child and feels strongly about staying in the area and being able to see and spend time with his parents. He's in the process of updating and sending out resumes and hopefully something will become available. Fingers crossed.

A friend of mine recently found out the love of her life has brain cancer. They can treat but not cure her husband. They are ready to give it their all and are fighting with everything they have. If you are on facebook, I encourage you to join Grey Ribbon Crusade. Joan is looking to set up walk-a-thons in each city. Maybe you or someone you know can help. Check it out. It's a few seconds of your time and I know Joan would appreciate the support. She is currently trying to keep it a secret from Jim, though, so Shhh.

The Bridge and Beyond Project which provides hats, scarves, and mittens for the homeless and women and children in need in Ohio is still in need of all the above. If you knit or know someone who does, encourage them to share a couple pieces with some folks who REALLY need them.

Fitness Friday Questions

Another installment of Fitness Friday. Join myself and the rest of the Wii Mommies and post your fitness goals, accomplishments, struggles and ideas. Whatever. No rules, just sharing.

Today I have questions. Lots and lots of questions.

I'm down to 3.3 miles to complete the Island View Course in the cycling. That only gets me 3 stars. What's your best? and what do I need to get 4 stars?

Why did my trainer, Mike, ditch me for a day? How does he get that right? How do I give him crap like he gives me when I miss a day?

Has anyone done an apidexin review? I try to stay away from pills but really need some help with my late night munching. Maybe I should just go to bed? It's American Idols fault.

Marching. Who else is doing this? LOVE it! I actually got a PERFECT march on the beginner and advanced levels. Too fun.

I'm trying to get a perfect score on kung fu, but it hasn't happened yet. I'm two steps away from a perfect score on step aerobics. See where I'm going here? I'm not telling you to brag (maybe just a little) but that having scores keeps me coming back. I also moved up to the 10 minute level on hula hooping. That messes with my head (and hips) after a while. I forget which way I'm supposed to swivel.

I had previously set a 3 month goal and was all over the place. Up and down. It was getting hard to keep track, and I was getting nowhere. I reset my goal to two weeks (and 20 less pounds) and will see if that makes a difference. At this point I think I just need to minimize my portions and increase my water intake.

What changes have you made to your routine?

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Gumdale Shiraz ~ Review

Why is wine so popular? Why do people enjoy wine of all sorts and in all fashions? Is it because of the price? You find it inexpensive enough to enjoy on a tight budget and you can spend a lot if you feel entitled to. So what is it? Maybe it's the variety. Maybe it's never the same drink twice. It's experimentation and the hunt for the perfect bottle. Maybe it's an easy conversation topic...maybe it's not. I know that I've been a fan for a while and enjoy finding the less expensive bottles that offer all the complexities of the higher priced varietal without the disappointment. I may need to do a wine sales job search and see if Barefoot or Tisdale are hiring. I could rock their sales.

Demographically my wine-loving friends are also budget conscious so they like the price tag of what I'm drinking and aren't afraid to try for themselves. That being said. I took a little trip to my local total wine for some new selections.

I found this Gumdale Shiraz with a $6.99 price tag and thought I'd give it a try. Another thing about wine is that even within a bottle, it's never the same glass to glass. This was very true of this Shiraz. I opened and poured. It was very dark in coloring, rich with red and purple. I'm not a big "looker" of wine, but that's what I got. It smelled of leather and black currant. Again, I'm not a big sniffer and in all honesty have never had black currants. It just seemed to be what they'd taste like and I didn't recognize the aroma so that's what I'm calling it. The original flavor was of leather and cherry. This wine is dry with a medium finish. As it breathed there was a definite licorice flavor and the cherry presented stronger. A delightful wine that I would purchase again.
Don't be afraid to try new things. Drink your wine your way, warm or cold, and enjoy all the flavors nature has provided us.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

What I Meant to Say ~ 1

I Came across this one today and couldn't pass it up. "What I Meant to Say" is hosted by Chief at Hiding from the Kids. I've seen some funny stuff on other's posts and just couldn't resist. I usually say what I mean but, sometimes, I hold back. Like if the kids are in the room. So here's what I would really like to say. Post yours and link up at Chief's place.

Mike (my wii fit trainer) says: "You have gained a little since last time. Any idea why that might be?

Me: I don't know.

What I meant to say... Look Butthead. Just be happy I'm here everyday. I know exactly what it is. It's late night munchies. The kids go to bed. Hubster is sleeping. I have a couple glasses of wine and then I want to eat and it's, like, 10 o'clock at night. You can either write me a script for some adipex diet pills to supress my late night appetitie, and then I can stay up all night harassing your a$$, or you can get off my back. Deal?

Now I feel so much better.

Funny Google Queries and More

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Wordless Wednesday~ The Climb

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Resolutions Update and Random Kid Stuff


It's Tuesday. That means it's time to clear all the mumbo-jumbo out of my head so I can be clear for the rest of the week. If you have Random Thoughts this Tuesday that you need to get out. Post it. Then head on over to The Un Mom and link up. I'd love to hear what's swimming around in your head.

The weather has been warm. In the 60's the past few days. Boog used to love to ride his bike. We were so proud when he took off down the street, alone, on his two-wheeler (with training wheels) a week after he turned 2. Now he's 6.5 and the training wheels have been removed. He refuses to get on. I tried to help him. Balanced him and walked/jogged along side. He made it most of the way down the cul de sac without any help from me, but still insists he wants the training wheels back on. I just don't get it. He also loves to play catch and practice batting in the yard and at the park but when we mentioned signing him up for baseball, he fell to pieces and begged me not to make him. Hubster was pretty insistent that he needed to play but I just can't see dragging him out of the car several times a week and forcing him to do something he doesn't want to. He has this fear of people watching him. We're at a loss. We'll wait a year and try again. He said he wanted to try Karate. I explained the discipline aspects and told him he would have to play close attention or he'd get asked to leave. He decided he didn't want to do that. I should've kept my mouth shut!

My New Year Resolutions are working out so far. Most of them. The laundry goal is on track. My commitment to 3 hours of exercise (via Wii Fit/Plus) has been achieved or exceeded each week since the start of the year. Now I just need to work on my abs. I didn't see a "how to reduce stomach fat" section, nor has Mike (my Wii Fit Trainer. What? You didn't name yours?) even brought it up. Maybe he doesn't see what I see?

I'm falling short on the 4 family meals. I'm making them, our timing is just off. Kids are still hungry before Hubster gets home but I'm slowly pushing their eating time back so we'll all be able to eat together.

My goal of cleaning and organizing is going a little slower than planned. I did manage to go through Puddin Pop's room and clean out all the unused toys and clothes. We rearranged the furniture and put a night stand/bookshelf/storage cube next to her bed with a lamp. She claims she's (almost) ready to sleep in her room instead of ours. We tried it the first night and she woke up dazed and confused and didn't know where she was. We'll keep trying.

That's all I've got. Heading over to The Un Mom to see what the rest of you have to say!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

About Me~Wine Reviews

I feel a need to justify or at least speak a little more on my previous post and my "needing a break" from talking about wine. Wine at Five? was never meant to be about reviewing wine, it was more a statement about me, a motto of sorts. I enjoy my "winethirty" and through meeting other wine enthusiasts, decided to give reviewing a try. I don't claim to be knowledgeable. I've made it clear that I'm all about the "inexpensive" bottles. I don't tend to "review" as in give the positives and negatives, I'm more likely to tell you about wines I've found to be enjoyable, at a reasonable price, that I think others, like me, will enjoy.

There is way too much criticism amongst wine reviewers on how to properly do it. I have no need to tell you which wines suck, it's just not who I am. I don't care that you don't think I can find a good bottle at Trader Joes, for under $5, because I can. If you don't think it's possible, then you definitely don't want to stop by to see what I'm drinking. We obviously don't have the same taste...and that's fine. If you do like to hear about bottles that will fit nicely into your budget and you've agreed with me on wines we've both tasted, then you may want to stop by from time to time to see what new finds I've come across. It's as simple as that. I don't read anything by Wine-Snobs. Truth is, we have nothing in common. I'm sure they are all nice people, just not ones I would enjoy drinking with...and it is about enjoyment, isn't it? Spending $50 or $100 on a bottle of wine would make me feel too guilty to enjoy drinking it. I know it's not how others feel, but it's how I feel. If you agree with me, let's talk about less expensive bottles.

I'll make you a deal. I won't tell you what you should like and you don't tell me what I should like, deal? I'll just continue to tell you what I like and if you think we have similar tastes, give it a try. It may be the best $5-$10 you ever spent.

Okay. I'm off my soapbox now.

On a lighter note. A tip for the women (although I guess men could use it too). For the life of me I can't remember where I read it. I went to where I thought it was...and it wasn't there. I would love to give credit, so if I read it from you (and I commented on it being a fabulous idea, 'cuz it is) then just drop me a line and I'll give you the credit, straight up.

Tip of the Day:

wrinkle filler = hot glue gun

don't you just love that?

Oh Wait...I Forgot

It's Sunday and I had had hopes of a cycling (wii) marathon. I was hoping to make a (virtual) trek to panama city. Why not? I can decide where I'm going. The Island is beautiful and I'm so directionally challenged I'll see the whole thing several times, and it will look different, because I'll be coming from a different direction...just saying. None of that is going to happen anyway. Normally Hubster takes the kids to church, oh wait, that was just while I was working on Sundays, now that I'm not, no one goes. It's fine for me. I'm not going either way.

Hubster has decided there is a Lego kit he MUST have and it's at the Lego store in Raleigh...or at least it was. He convinced my brother to pick it up for him yesterday. Actually, he had my brother pick up the last 3 they had. The thought is that if he sells two of these "hard-to-find" kits, he can make enough money to pay for the third and keep it, plus pay my brother back. We'll see how this works out. If you're looking for "hard-to-find" Lego kits, let me know. I may know where you can find them.

NOW I'm going to play outside.

Sunday Thoughts~ A Little of Everything

I was recently researching some common treatments for acne breakouts as I am still having issues. I came across an article on Phisoderm Reviews and saw nothing about phisoderm in the specific articles I read but instead discussed other "remedies" like tanning beds, drinking more water, using antibacterial cleansers and "if you're older" using moisturizer. As I stand over a pan of bacon cooking, I'm thinking less grease in my face might be a good idea too.

I haven't been doing any wine reviews lately. I've had some delightful bottles from Trader Joes but haven't been inclined to write about them. I'm noticing more and more the criticisms other wine reviewers are getting and it just doesn't seem like a game I want to play. Don't get me wrong, I'm not so concerned about what others have to say. I think some people take it way too seriously. I am also not trying to make myself out to be a leader in the wine review arena. I just enjoy wine, love to find good bottles under $5 (which the snobs say isn't possible) and share my good finds with others. If you are like me, enjoy wine and enjoy finding tasty inexpensive bottles, don't worry, I'll start posting my thoughts again soon. I just need a little break.

Off to enjoy this beautiful Sunday. It's supposed to be 60 today and I want to play outside.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Saving Money on Trips to Disney

The last time we were at Disney was Hubster's 33rd Birthday, more than 8 years ago and before we had kids. We had a great time at the parks (Epcot is my favorite) but had the most fun drinking and playing pool in our hotel lobby and sitting outside Downtown Disney and watching all the kids (young and old) play in the water fountain. We must have sat there for more than an hour as we imagined coming back with children of our own some day. It's not going to happen for us this year but it is definitely something we want to do in the next two years.

Disney has some pretty good deals going on right now and with Spring Break right around the corner, it's time to use your free personal budget software and see if any of these deals work for your family.

Give a Day, Get a Disney Day

I'm sure you're familiar with this program. Right now you can sign up to volunteer for one day in your community and Disney will reward you with a one day admission ticket to either Disneyland Resort of Walt Disney World Resort. They are trying to get 1 million people to volunteer. You can only get one voucher (no matter how many times you volunteer) and everyone age 6 and up are eligible. You must pre-register on their site, and pick one of the volunteer programs listed. Promotion ends with the 1 millionth voucher printed or on December 15, 2010. What a great way to teach children about volunteering and get something back as well.

Disney Moms Discount from Destinations in Florida

Here's one you may not be familiar with (it's what I'm here for). is a group of Mom's who have put together some of the best Disney packages available and are offering them to other Moms. Check out their great packages and then put "Mommy" in your quote and you'll get even more savings plus a free Mommy pack of Disney Goodies. It doesn't get any easier than that. Make sure to check out the fantastic packages where you'll actually get Disney Gift Cards as part of your package. Cool, right?

Wii Fit Plus, Just Dance, and a Free Copy of EA Active

Another installment of Fitness Friday. This is my year. I'm done procrastinating and want to see if using the Wii to lose weight and firm up is actually possible. Others have made it happen so why not me?

I've lost 3 pounds. I lose and gain 3 pounds each day so I'm not convinced yet. I do know that muscle weighs more than fat and right now my thigh muscles are rockin' due to all the cycling and lunges I'm doing. I'd like to believe that's my issue for not losing more in 2.5 weeks. If I'm honest, though, it's more likely to be the pound of chocolate covered peanuts my In-Laws delivered that seem to have disappeared. They then brought Whoppers and Peanut Butter Whoppers. We still have some of those...but not much. February is when I'm going to add in a maximum calorie diet. I want to have a workout routine in place before I start using extra time to count and track calories and keeping a food journal. I'm also hesitating because the thought of giving up my (almost) nightly wine has crossed my mind and I'm just not ready yet.

New finds for the Wii this week were the Marching "game" on Wii Fit Plus and the addition of Just Dance. We play Just Dance for fun but I'm sure the extra activity will help, I just tend to move my arms and haven't quite got the hang of all the "bottom half" moves yet. Practice. Practice. Practice.

I'd also like to add the EA Active to my workout routine as I've heard from others that this really helps. The Wii Mommies are giving away a copy which you can register to win here. You must be a member of Wii Mommies, though, so if your using your Wii to get fit...join us.

Did I tell you about the crazy workout I set up for myself? I just linked some activities together without really thinking about it. I may be in need of some arthritis treatments on my knees if I keep this up. It's six activities, in this order: The Warrior pose, Leg extensions, knee bend (to chest thingy. Not sure what it's called), side lunges, forward lunges, and ends with the chair pose. Yeah, maybe I should put the chair at the beginning and the Warrior at the end. Mike keeps telling me I'm "shaky".

Whats your favorite combination?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wii Fit Plus Makes Me Sleep Better

So I'm a little over 2 weeks into my commitment to get healthier and leaner. No quick-loss, diet pills or fat burner shakes for me. I'm doing it the old fashioned way. Exercise. Another shameless (un-sponsored) plug for Wii Fit Plus. I'm competitive by nature so the fact that I can try to achieve higher scores and faster times is enough to keep me motivated. I'm really digging the Marching and have aced the beginner march...who knew? Now I'm trying to get perfect scores on the advanced march and beginning Kung Fu. It doesn't sound like much, and I've only lost 3 pounds, but I've been eating like normal so I wasn't expecting drastic changes. I figure I'll start calorie counting in the next couple weeks once my workout routine is set. I have found that I am sleeping a lot harder than usual. I'm usually a super light sleeper and any noise or movement wakes me. Now I awake to my son touching my cheek or whispering in my face about having a bad dream. Normally I hear his feet hit the floor as he's getting out of bed.

I feel better. I'm not sure if it's the exercise, the harder sleep, or just the fact that I'm taking time for myself. Maybe a combination of all those things? I'll keep at it and suggest to anyone who already has Wi Fit that you MUST spend the $20 for Wii Fit Plus. Way better games and activities as well as features to keep you interested and on track.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Personalized Books for Valentine's Day

Just released yesterday, you are now able to order a NEW personalized book for your favorite (under 5 ) child that will arrive just in time for Valentine's Day. I ordered one of these a couple years back for Boog and now it's time for Puddin' Pop to have one of her own. I'm telling you, I had one of these as a kid and LOVED it. Mine was all about a birthday party (mine) and named all my friends and told me what famous people shared the same birthday. I wish I still had it now.

I See Me! inc. is publishing a brand new book Who Loves Me? All orders placed by February 5th will arrive in time for Valentines Day. The books made by I See Me! inc. are of the highest quality and made to last. What kid wouldn't love to read, or be read, a book all about them. Go check them out.

I See Me! Personalized Children's Books

You're sure to find one for that special kid (or kids) in your life. I'm debating between the new book and the Fairy Book. Hmmm. Such a hard decision.

UPDATE: Get Free Shipping on orders when you purchase the new Who Loves Me? storybook at with Coupon Code FSW745.

Date Night, Pink Punk Cosmo and Mike the Trainer

Joining the girls over at Blue Monkey Butt for another installment of What the Hell Wednesday. Jump on over, read some funny stuff and link up...if you're playing.

Date Night happened. What the Hell? I know, it looked to be doomed, but it all worked out. We went to Friday's for Dinner and I had a Pink Punk Cosmo. You really need to try this one. It's a cosmo poured over cotton candy. It's yummy. I had two just to be sure. My ass thanks me and my Wii Fit trainer (Mike) wasn't impressed. Girls gotta live. We also ate...a lot. Thought for sure Mike was gonna toss me some fat burners that work, or at least suggest some, instead he made some comment about late night snacking...What the Hell? He's lucky he's not fired.

After dinner we went to Target and did a little shopping. Ended up getting Valentine's gifts for the kids. Yep. We were living it up. What the hell?

Some old school friends want to take a girl's trip to Nashville at the end of February. I REALLY want to go but Hubster thinks we should save any extra money since his job is going to end in March. Then yesterday he calls to say that he received a credit for some purchases he made at Christmas and had managed to come up with an extra $150. He's thinking about driving to the Lego Store in Raleigh (3.5 hours away) to pick up a Lego kit he really wants...What the Hell? Shouldn't THAT extra money be saved too? Just doesn't seem right to me.

Okay. Gotta run. Have a cute little boy staying with us today and have to get some small stuff up and out of the way so it doesn't make it into his little mouth. Have a great Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Random Tuesday~ Wii Fit, Just Dance, and Pants on the Ground

It's time for Random Tuesday Thoughts. Sit back, relax, and get it all out. Then head to The Un Mom to link up and get a list of other's random thoughts.

My Wii Fit Plus exercising is going well. I achieved over four hours and burned more than 1200 calories last week. I mastered (perfect march) the beginner march (I love that game) and can now get through the beginner obstacle course (almost) every time. I tried doing my balance test at the end of my workout yesterday and guess what? Perfect Balance! That's a first for me as well. I'm usually not far off but have never had it perfect. Maybe I can get a pair of mbt shoes after all.

American Idol is off to it's start. How about all the publicity Larry "Pants on the Ground" Platt is getting? He's so cute. I saw him on The View yesterday all dressed up for the ladies. He has a fan club on FaceBook and Yes, I am a member. I can't wait until the actual season starts. I'm excited to see where Ellen fits in the mix.

I got Just Dance for the Wii over the weekend. It's a lot of fun trying to figure out the "stick people" moves. By Sunday night I had the whole family playing. Hubster thought it was a lot of fun...who knew? We took video of the kids and they thought that was super fun.

Finally, I posted here about a free e-book, Ripples of Difference, that you can download. It's about making a difference in the world and a great read for all. Go check it out.

Friday, January 15, 2010

What are the Chances?

A friend called me yesterday to see if I wanted to go shopping. With "date night" fast approaching (it's tonight) I figured that buying something new to wear sounded like just the right thing. We headed to a couple consignment shops (one for us, and one for the kids) that are about a block apart. We hit the "mommy" shop first and I found the perfect pair of slacks and sweater for my big-night-out...$14...I'm worth it. My friend was still looking around but Puddin Pop needed to pee. We headed to the second shop and I told my friend to meet us there.

I was looking for some leotards for Puddin Pop. Why is it so hard to find long sleeve leotards. It's 30 degrees outside. I'm not taking her to dance class in a sleeveless leo. I'm having problems even finding short sleeves. So I'm looking through their collection and talking to the older (70's) lady behind the counter. She was telling me how the light "just fell out of the ceiling" the week before. She was also complaining about the uncomfortable office furniture and showed me a chair that the back had fallen off of. Poor thing.

I'm getting off track.

So my friend shows up and says we have to go in a few because her daughter called her and isn't feeling well and needs to be picked up from school. I swear, just as she finishes telling me this my phone rings. It's a number I don't recognize and when I answer I realize it's the nurse at Boog's school. I just start laughing. She says Boog is complaining of a stomach ache and has a slight fever and would like me to come get him? Really? What are the chances of that?. I bought the things I had in my hand and we left to go get our kids.

I should also mention that while I now have something to wear for date night, my friends daughter (who had to be picked up ) is our babysitter for this evening. I'm hoping she's feeling better and will know soon if she made it to school today (fingers crossed). If not, I thought I could borrow my In-laws electric fireplace and set up a romantic Dinner for Two after the kids go to bed. Wouldn't dinner in front of the fire be nice? I already have steaks thawing...just in case.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rock the Roll Poll

Seriously! There is no other way. If you have me over to your house and your an "under" person, you no longer have to wonder why your TP is now coming over the top. I did it. It's one of my "things". I don't have many but TP under is a big no no. Just saying...

Are you on Team Over or that other team?

Leave a comment and let me know and you could be one of ten winners (contest wide) to receive a gift basket from cottonelle. Winners will be drawn randomly on January 29, 2010. You can also have your voice heard at

So go rock the poll and tell me why I should change my ways...or that you agree with me. I'm pretty sure you agree with me...don't you?

*This post is an attempt to win a months supply of cottonelle as a member of MBC.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Where the Hell is the Last Flag?...Nevermind. Got it!

I was thoroughly enjoying my (beginner level) cycling on my new Wii Fit Plus. Then, while Hubster and the kids were gone on Sunday, I decided to try the advanced level.

Let me just say that I had set my daily workout goal to 30 minutes and I wanted to burn 200 calories. I had completed 26 minutes and only needed to burn 38 more calories to hit my goal.

I started on my bike in search of the 22 flags. I found the first 21 in about 6 minutes. The 22nd flag was no where in site as I continued to circle the island. I looked everywhere. It wasn't even on my map (because I never got close enough to see it). You may know which flag I'm referring to, if you don't, and haven't tried it yet, I don't want to spoil a great workout...or maybe it's just me. Anyway, I continued to look. I knew if I stopped without completing the course, I would not get credit for my time or my calories burned so I kept on. I'm also not one to give up easily.

I finally found it.

It took me a couple tries to get back to the starting line. I was tired, disoriented, and I kept falling off the damn cliffs. (Laugh amongst yourselves). My only disappointment is that now I have to do the challenge 2x to get in half the distance I did in that first ride.

Remember those earlier stats? I was already at 26 minutes and at 162 calories burned. I finished my cycling and my daily totals had gone up...Way up. During that 10 mile+ search for the final flag, I logged 46 minutes and burned 132 calories. Totals for the day were 1hour 12 minutes and I burned 294 calories. That's as good as an elliptical workout...and way more fun. There's something to be said about not giving up.

Next challenge...Expert Course.

Ripples of Difference ~ Get It Free

I'm a huge fan of charities and those who spend their time giving back and helping others. Some of us are fortunate enough to make it our life's work, others of us do what we can, when we can, through volunteering, personal financial support, organized walks, run or rides, or just by creating awareness to all less fortunate than ourselves.

We are always seeing news stories of different celebrities in their plights to make a difference. We applaud and commend them for their dedication to a cause. But what about the everyday people like you and me? When do we get to recognize them for their selfless acts and hard work to make the world a better place?


Ripples of Difference is an e-book collection of stories written by volunteers around the globe. It's what they've seen, what they've done to make a difference, and what they've learned along the way.

This book was first brought to my attention over a week ago and I've been so enthralled with the stories that I almost forgot to tell you about it. It's that good. Due to come out in hard copy in the next couple months, you can download the e-book FREE just by clicking here, or on the widget on my sidebar.

It's a challenge to all of us to continue to help people and strive to be better in doing so. It's riveting, emotional, and encouraging.

What are you waiting for? Go get your copy NOW!

What the Hell Wednessday ~Kids, Boobs, Butts, and Wii Fit

If you'd like to rant and rave about all the "What the Hell" moments of the last week, head on over to Blue Monkey Butt, say Hi to Elle and Stacy, grab a badge and link up.
My 6 year old son came home with a note from the teacher. He has spent the last two days having difficulties staying on task and has instead been talking and goofing around. The teacher specifically said she was concerned "with the talking." My, that brought back memories. No matter how well I did in school, I always got notes on my progress reports and report cards that I talked too much. What the Hell? My MIL says Hubster had the same problem. Poor kid doesn't stand a chance.

My daughter was playing yesterday with some Barbies. I happened to look over and, What the Hell? I noticed that she had two of the exact same Barbie. I asked her how she came to have two of the same, and also wondered how I hadn't noticed this before now. She looked them over closely and said "They're not the same Mommy. Look, this one has her boob showing." What the Hell? I quickly refastened her top and handed her back. Puddin Pop then says "Yep. You're right Mommy, they are the same."

And Lastly, we're playing "Retro" on Facebook. You must post an old picture of yourself. I came up with this one...

It was 1979 (or 80). That's my brand new bike. The Shorts? What the Hell? I have no choice but to blame it on bad parenting. I'm also pretty sure that I'm going to make sure that all the too small clothes get removed from my children's drawers so to avoid this happening to them.

I'm also thinking pictures like this are more likely to keep me using my Wii Fit Plus as my weight loss product, along with healthier meals. I'll also put a copy on the fridge and cupboard to "remind me" to stop snacking late at night. My Wii Fit trainer says that's what's keeping me from reaching my goals...What the Hell? He doesn't even know me.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Very Imaginative...NOT: Random Tuesday

I'm playing along, again, with Keely and friends over at The Un-Mom. If you have Random thoughts that you just must get out of your head, grab a badge and head over to her place and link up.

I mentioned the other day here that I recently started getting volume. I'd get hit with 4-5 comments each from 3-4 different sources. I mentioned, also, that I was deleting them. I woke this morning and was going through my e-mails (where all my comments go) and thought something had gone haywire as I was reading comments that I had already seen. Then I realized they were from someone else. promotional items (I won't give them a link) is the commenter and they just copied part of other's comments, on the same post, and left them as their own. They accidentally left the original poster's name on one, though. How tacky! I've left them up for the time being. Check the last 5 posts and you'll see it. I'll be deleting the comments later.

Even before the kids were born we had moved our home office into the dining room. It's a large room and all the office furniture and computer components fit nicely. I read early on to keep family computers in common areas to be able to monitor what the kids are doing, so I've kept it there, but now the computer no longer works and the desk it somewhere else for everyone to lay random objects they pick up off the floor on their way to the kitchen. The only saving grace is the chair that lowers and raises. We use that for Puddin Pop at the dinner table as it brings her up to table level...and is a lot easier to clean than than the booster seat we used to have for her.

Had a fashion show with a neighbor yesterday. She's trying to figure out what to wear to a wedding next month and wanted some input. She tried on several outfits and we all agreed on the second one as our favorite until...we looked at the pictures I had taken during the "show". #2 was a beautiful dress but only #3 gave her a slim waistline. Note to self, always take pictures to see what really looks best.

Tuesday is Deal Day

I often look for less expensive options when puchasing stuff for myself or the kids. I thought it was time to share these deals with you. Each week, on Tuesday, I will post a list of "specials" and coupons that I have found across the net, as well as intersting sites I found with resources for kids and families.

Valentine's Day Postcards from Susan Winget

Super cute Valentine's day postcards. $4.49 for a set of 30. Get in on the action with your kids by sending a postcard to all your special friends this V-day...Just Because.

Who doesn't love the Discovery 60% off? I like to do my shopping for Birthday Presents here. Always a crowd pleaser by parents and children alike.

I See Me! Personalized Children's Books

I had a Personalized book as a kid and it was my favorite. This is definitely going on both kids Birthday gift lists.

Now that it's cold outside we have definitely been spending more time inside. Get the kids away from the screens (tv, video games, computers) and have some fun creating masterpieces using paint, crayons, glue and more. 20% off good until 2/28/10.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

Girls Night In~ Margs, Salad and Chicken Enchiladas

Friday was another Girls Night In. Together time with the neighborhood Mommies. We drink, we cook, we drink some more, we eat, we walk home.

This is where we started...sort of. Our drink bringing member was running a little behind. We decided to each have a couple shots of Patron and a beer while we waited. Note to others: Always make sure your drink person is the FIRST to arrive.

These margs were wonderful. Very flavorful without being overly sour. Orange juice is the key to that.
We eventually moved on to the salad. It's the same recipe we had here.

So good we had to do it again. I think we each had 2 large helpings of salad before we moved onto the entree...

No. That's not it. Just part of it. We had Chicken Enchiladas. This is the cooked chicken mixed with onion, green chiles, cream of chicken soup, sour cream and chipotle pepper spice. You then take more of the soup/sour cream mixture and line the bottom of a pan and fill 8inch flour tortillas with about 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture. Roll and set in pan seam side down.

This yields 8 enchiladas and they are BIG. I at 1/2 of one. Top the enchiladas with remaining soup/sour cream mix and top that with cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until top is bubbly and edges start to brown.

Top with any of your favorite toppings. We used Sour cream and Chipotle hot sauce. Yum!
We also had mud pie for dessert, but I guess we forgot to take pictures of that one. It didn't look all that pretty, but it made up for that in flavor!

Friday, January 8, 2010

What Does He Want?

Tonight we had our monthly Girls Night In. Four of us Moms in the cul de sac get together for drinks, cooking, and food. It's VERY casual. We like to sear sweats to make room for all the food and drinks. As I was getting ready I happened to come downstairs and my darling 6 year old son says: "You look really nice Mom."
Me: "Oh, you mean because I curled my hair?"
Son: " Yes, and I like your clothes too."
Me: " These sweat pants and T-shirt?"
Son: (coming over and whispering in my ear) "If you were 19, I'd say you were HOT."
Me: "Hmm. Only 19 year olds can be hot?"
Son: "Oh. If you were 19, I wouldn't even be born yet...nevermind."

I just chuckled and went back upstairs to finish getting ready. When I came back down with my hair now pulled back in a pony tail, same sweat pants and T-shirt with an over sized sweatshirt over it...and a little make-up, my darling son comes up and whispers in my ear,"I don;t care how old you are, Mom, you're hot."


What does he want?

No matter. I'm pretty sure he'll be sitting pretty for the next week or so. How sweet was that?

Time for Me and My Fun with Wii Fit Plus

One of my NY Resolutions is to get more exercise. Not just "get more" but I am committing to a minimum of 3 hours. I'm using Wii Fit and Wii Fit Plus and with this being my first week (ending tomorrow) I only have 30 minutes left to complete my goal. The first day I set a goal of 30 minutes and actually lasted for an hour. I think the reason Wii Fit keeps me coming back is because it "grades" or "scores" each activity. I'm totally a competitive person so it keeps my trying to beat my high scores.

Wednesday night I got on to just have a little fun with the balance games and it said I had lost 15.4 pounds from my previous weigh in, the day before, obviously an error. I then had to get on yesterday and answer why I had gained 15 pounds. I answered "I don't know" because I knew it was just a glitch, and there wasn't a response for that, and my trainer gave me several tips. So sweet of him.

I finally made it through the beginner level of the obstacle course. The kids love to watch this one and crack up every time a ball smacks me in the head and launches me into the water. It's fun to listen to them giggle and motivation to get all the way through. I pretend I'm Super Man leaping over steel buildings, sometimes I make it, sometimes I end up going for a swim. Speaking of Super Man, is anyone good at the flying one? I gave up after miserably missing the very first target. I did make it through the beginner level of the cycling without my Mii stopping in the grass... after several tries, though. It took some time to get the footing just right, but I did it. I suck at Kung Fu, but I want to be good. This girl has no rhythm and that makes it hard. I'll keep trying though. Hula Hooping is fun, though I must admit, after 3 minutes my hips no longer remember how to keep turning. Haven't dropped any, but this is another case of getting hit in the head while trying to catch them. Seriously. You try leaning forward while still swiveling your hips. Not as easy as it sounds.

While I'm pretty sure I have not lost any weight yet (other than the magical 15 in one day) I know I'm doing my body good in getting it moving, stretching and just taking some time for me (mental health, right?). I look forward to continuing and working to consistently beating my high scores and trying new exercises as well. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

They Found Me

Let's talk comment moderation. Honestly, when I post a comment I like to see it posted. If the blogger is moderating, I'm still going to comment, I just have had my blogs set up to auto post comments...until recently. One of my blogs started getting hit by different spammers and while they actually post comments and not just a link, the comments have me going "huh?" So I set that blog to moderate. This morning I found 8 comments here from 2 different sources and again I was "huh?" For instance, On the post discouraging people to drink and drive over the Holidays I got comments similar to this, "If one purchases a good motorhome warranty then problem should be fixed." Really? I don't own a motorhome. Having a warranty or not has nothing to do with driving under the influence. If I'm wrong, dear reader, please be more specific on how this would work?

I also got several comments about "getting ready for Christmas". Now, either these folks are way more organized than I am or...they need to update what the are pasting in the comments. If that's even how it works. Can anyone shed some light?

I'm curious to know how many comments you delete each day? Is this going to get worse? Will moderation slow them down or just make it easier to delete them? Help Please.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

What the Hell Wednesday ~ Popsicles, Wii Fit and Date Night

Yep. It's Wednesday. While some people post all their phenomenal photos, I've decided to join the lovely ladies at Blue Monkey Butt and post my "What the Hell" moment from the last week. Stop on over and join in. It's a ton of fun.

Here we go...

My darling 3 year old was bugging the Hell out of me the other day for Popsicles. What the Hell? Who wants Popsicles when it's 30 degrees out? (I know 30 isn't that cold compared to where some of you live, but don't hate me because I was smart enough to move South before settling down)Anywho. I tried to explain this to her and she was insistent that she had to have a Popsicle. I really wanted to put the little bugger out on the porch with a cup of juice with a stick in it and let her wait it out. I even tweeted that, (and since no one responded, I thought it was safe to post that here.) I ended up filling a cup with juice, putting a stick in it and sticking it in the freezer. All I heard for 3 hours was "Is it done?" "Can we check on my Popsicle?". When it was finally finished I gave it to her. She licked it once. I repeat. Once. Then she set it down and said "I think I would like chocolate pudding instead" What the Hell? She is so taking her juice-with-a-stick-in-it to the porch next time.

I started working out this week. For the first time in ...FOREVER. It's just Wii Fit Plus. It's just kicking my butt. What the Hell? Is it good? Or am I really that out of shape? I'll let you know in a month or so.

I believe it's been over a year since Hubster and I have been out alone. What the Hell? It's a resolution of mine to implement date night. Next Friday we will venture out, without the kids. The babysitter is already lined up. I made sure it was on a pay case we wanted to get crazy. I asked Hubster, "What do you want to do on our date night?" He says. "I've been thinking about that. I don't know." I say, "How 'bout a movie and maybe some dinner?" He says, "I'm not sure we can afford it?" What the Hell? We usually get pizza and a movie every Friday and if I have to work, at least two of the weekend meals are purchased for him and the kids. I think he's scared to be alone with me.

What are your WTH moments?

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Random Tuesday~ Pajamas and Slippers and a New Job


It's that time. Time to write all the thoughts, senseless or not, that have been trapped in my mind for the last week. Here we go...

On Christmas Eve, Hubster decided to take the kids to pick out a new pair of PJ's. Three and a half hours later he called complaining that they were both grumpy and needed naps. After further investigation, it turns out he wasn't sure what size they each wore and had been to 3 different stores and insisted they try each pair on to find a pair to fit each. Yeah...I'd be grumpy too.

My feet are my thermostat. If I'm hot in the middle of the night I just kick out a leg and instantly I'm cooled off. My In-Laws are slipper fanatics. We went over for lunch yesterday and my MIL immediately ran upstairs to get a pair of slippers (bedroom shoes, as they call them) for both Puddin Pop and I. I had socks on. I don't even own slippers. They also keep their thermostat at 78 in the winter. Yep. I was roastin'.

Hubster just found out that his job is going to be eliminated where we live. They are offering him continued employment. In this economy that would be pretty cool...if it didn't mean we have to relocate to Omaha. We'll see what happens. Anyone need an At-Home Operations Manager?

That's all I got. Wii Fit Plus kicked my butt yesterday and I' a little sore. Need to go take some aspirin so I can raise my arms to make lunch. Don't forget to head over to the Un-Mom to read more Random Tuesday Thoughts.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Hubsterisms~ Part 1

Maybe it's just mine. For some reason my Hubster says things that I know straight up need to be translated. He swears he means what he says but...nope. Here are a few of the things he frequently says...and what they really mean.

I need to run to the office (on a weekend). I should be back in an hour. Hour and a half tops.
what he really means
Don't expect to see me for a minimum of 3 hours. It will really be more like 4.

Do you really think that looks good? (talking about daughter's hair)
what he really means
I think that looks like crap and really wish you'd do something else to her hair. I'd do it but I have no idea how.

I'll get up with the kids if you want to sleep in tomorrow.
what he really means
I don't mind moving my sleeping down to the couch. The kids may still come get you for juice or breakfast (since I'll be sleeping) but you can stay in bed.

This is all meant to be in fun. Hubster knows all these translations to be true, though he'll deny it. He's very concerned with image and always looking his best. I don't have that problem. I can go to the grocery store in my yoga pants, no make-up, with my hair messily pulled back. I like to have fun with Puddin' Pops hair. We're growing out her bangs and I often put a scrunchy right on the top of her head. Hubster hates it. I admit, I do get pleasure doing this. He's the worrier who would obtain mechanical breakdown insurance on everything we owned. I'm a go-with-flow kind of girl. Sometimes quite opposites, we make it work.

What are some of your other halfs 'isms? You know you've (they've) got some.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year's Award

It's been a while since I've received an award. I'm usually bad at following along. The new and improved 2010 model of me figures if someone thinks enough about my blog to give it an award, than I should treasure the award, the person it's from, and play along...dammit.
Thank You to my dear friend Sandy @ The Traveling Suitcase. Not only do I love traveling with you through your site, I enjoy our talks about wine and your great insight on family as well. 2009 brought many great things and I include our friendship on that list. Thank You!
Now, as you all know, awards come with rules and here's the list for this award...

(1) Thank the person giving the awards
(2) Copy awards to your blog
(3) Place a link to their blog
(4) Name 7 things people don’t know about you
(5) Nominate 7 bloggers
(6) Place a link to those bloggers
(7) Leave a comment on their blogs letting them know of their awards

Here we go...

7 things you may not know about me

1) I was 35 when I had my first child and 38 when I had my second. While I thought I'd be married with kids a lot sooner, I wouldn't change the timing of events in any way.

2) Everyone in my family has Life Insurance except me (The kids have had the Gerber Grow-Up plan since they were born). It's on my list of things to get in 2010. If you're in the business and can get me a good term life insurance rate , now is the time to speak up.

3) I used to play a pretty good game of tennis. Started when I was five and qualified for the Western Closed tournament when I was 16. I refused to go because it was the same week I was supposed to take my Driver's Ed test. Some things are just more important at that age.

4) I passed the 100 question Driver's Ed written test with flying colors...and then miserably failed my first road test.

5) I've loved to write since I was little and at 7 was producing a monthly newspaper (several pages) documenting all the events that had happened in our family (circulation of 4)

6) I want desperately to be crafty. I try a lot of things but haven't found any one thing that I'm really good at.

7) I'm in awe of people with more than 2 kids. I can't imagine having more and admire their organization and patience.

Now for the hard part. While I can definitely come up with more than 7 blogs to pass this along to, trying to pick seven that will play along and that haven't already received may be tough. Here's my list of nominees. Take your award, I think your pretty Kreativ

1) Grampy @ Grampy and You

2) Mama_Yarbro @ Now Seating: Yarbrough- Party of 4

3) Elle and Stacy @ Blue Monkey Butt

4) Anna @ Anna's Adornments

5) Stephanie @ The Blue Zoo

6) Ogladi @ MargaritaOn the RocksLots of Salt

7) Katie @ Katherine's Corner

Okay. There's my list. Check them out. As a final token of my appreciation to all my blogging friends...If I didn't mention you and you would like the award for your own blog...I'm sure you deserve it, so TAKE IT!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year's Resolutions...Yep, I Made Some

While I've never been really goo at keeping resolutions, I decided that in 2010 I would try again. My goal is to take better care of ME. Do things that are (or should be) important to my health and the well being of my family. I even made weekly charts to keep me on track.

I want our family to eat at least 4 meals together each week. This is tough because Hubster often works late and then isn't hungry when he gets home. He also usually sleeps late on weekends and the kids eat breakfast before he gets up. I will prepare 4 meals that we can all sit down and eat together, even if it means the kids eat later than normal.

I want to work on getting organized. I'm committing to organizing all the rooms in the house. De-cluttering and putting everything in a specific place or in the garbage. I've already started on the dining area. Tossing out art projects from Boog's Kindergarten works (keeping a select few). I'm collecting all the office supplies (tape, pens, pencils, scissors, staplers, staples, glue etc.) from all the drawers and buckets and putting them all in one place. I'm sorting through piles of catalogs and magazines, cutting out recipes and crafts I want to make and tossing the rest. You get the idea, right?

I'm going to exercise. Yep, I said it. I'm going to exercise at least 3 hours a week. In minimum half hour increments. Still need to get Wii Fit Plus, will hopefully pick that up this weekend. I need to get healthier and back to a manageable weight. I'm also going to get to my yearly Dr.'s appointments...on time.

I'll do more laundry and hopefully, finally get caught up...and stay caught up...if that's even possible.

So, you see, nothing super tough. Just things for me. I'm pretty sure I can get it all done. A little focus and time and all will be good.

Anyone else make resolutions this year?