Sunday, May 3, 2009
So for all my friends, here's the link!
And here's another great surprise! Under the offer code on the bottom of the order page, type in bonus and you will get three trial size lipsticks free too!
Woohoo! Heck, this offer deserves two so....Woohoo!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Check out the cool prize in this giveaway!
Thanks again Kids Creations! Be sure and check out their awesome playsets at their link listed below!
Here's to a happy spring!
Saturday, April 18, 2009
My father in law had hip replacement surgery on Thursday morning and I am thankful to say that it went well. He got home today, so we have been trying to make ourselves available in case my mother in law needs any help.
I have been trying to catch up on reading and commenting on the blogs that I follow but man! Some people are sooo good about posting everyday. Me, I have been getting kinda hit or miss with all the things going on. I need to hit more!
I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Easter! I will post pictures from our trip to Gatlinburg soon!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
We booked our chalet through American Patriot Getaways. We have used them lots of times over the years and have always been very satisfied with our lodging. Plus they always have a deal of some kind going on. We got our chalet for 50% off because I booked our reservation on Christmas day, (Merry Christmas to MEEEE!!) With three families sharing, this came down to about $60 bucks a night. And it was GORGEOUS!! We stayed at Black Bear Hide-Out, a great three bedroom chalet which was WAAAYYYY up on a mountain. The driveway was killer!
They still have a 50% off offer on their website for selected properties so here is the link:
Ty actually cried when we packed up and left. I didn't cry, only because I know we will be back next year.
Monday, April 6, 2009
I think I am more excited than my kiddos! This is perfect for our family, Mak being 10 and Ty being 5, they are still close enough in age to ride the same rides plus still willing to be seen in public with their parents (even though we are cool!)
We have been watching the Shamu cam and the penquin cams on the Seaworld website, getting it into our heads that we will be giong there in a few months. Tyus has been drawing pictures of Seaworld and hanging them on his door and Mak is mad that it is not summer and why can't we go NOW??
Did I mention I love blogging even more now?
Check it out!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
After the movie was over (and I had told the hubby that he had lost all rights to ever pick another movie again), we went to Applebee's for dinner. At least that was very pleasant. I got the Lime Chicken and YUM! It was so good and melted in my mouth. Hubby got his favorite Oriental Chicken salad. The couple at the tabel next to us had their two small children with them, one looked about three and the other about 9 months. The nine month old did the typical "Hey, we're out in public, let's do projectile vomiting all over Mommy" routine. The hubby and I just looked at each other and started to laugh because we have been there, done that and got the Tshirt!
All in all, it was a nice break for us. And what was really bad is that we were home by 9pm. Sheesh, we ARE getting old!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
We also got the dryer fixed at the cost of about 100 bucks. So there is $301.00 out of my vacation budget. I am just glad that I didn't have to pay for the alternator and the labor involved in replacing it. That would have set me back ALL of my vacation budget.
There is a bright side to everything and in this case, it is that we still have money for Pigeon Forge!
Thanks to everyone who dropped by and offered sympathy for my plight!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Such a mature way to handle things, isn't it?
Of course, when I became a teenager, I went through the rebellious stage, listening only to pop and rock, the harder the better. Motley Crue and Jon Bon Jovi was my poison of choice.
Now that I am just SLIGHTLY older, I have gone back to the appreciation of beautiful piano and classical music. I wanted to share a really talented pianist from Ohio with you. His name is Roy Webb and not only can he play, but he will crack you up to! He has a MEAN sense of humor!
Check out his website and let me know what you think!
True Random Number Generator
Hey, I am participating in the BOP at 5 Minutes for Moms. Happy TGIF!
Come sit for a spat!
Pink for my daughter! :)
Congrats to gahome2mom! I will be sending you an email on how to claim your prize!
Thanks to all who participated in my first bloggy giveaway!! There is still one pair to be given away on the UBP drawings!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I love my sister.....she reads my blog about my wanting to read the next book in the Twilight series and then delivers. She brought me her copy of "New Moon"!
Sara, I just want to say I love you and you are one of the bestest friends I could ever hope for!
PS>>>> I just wanted to see if I could make you cry at work! Huggs!!
Your wonderful older sister!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
What a great surprise for my weekend!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
*****GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED! CONGRATS TO GAHOME2MOM!!!*****
******ONE PAIR GIVEN AWAY VIA THE ULTIMATE BLOG PARTY AND THE OTHER PAIR GIVEN AWAY VIA THIS POST!!****
This is my first time participating in a Bloggy Giveaway and I am SOOO excited! I have had the chance to win some really cool stuff on other mommy blogs and wanted to join in the fun. So without further ado......
I am giving away a really cute pair of fuzzy monkey headphones from Justice for Girls. This would be a perfect surprise for any little one or even a fun loving mommy! I actually own a pair of these myself after my daughter told me to stop borrowing hers...lol. I have the hot pink monkey ones and LOVE them!
The winner of my giveaway will receive their choice of either hot pink or lime green fuzzy headphones. These headphones work with any mp3 player, computer or portable dvd player. These are excellent for grade school and preschool age kids who have a hard time with earbud type earphones.
To enter, please leave a post on my blog with who you would like these for and what color you would choose.
For an additional entry, follow my blog.
2 entries max per person. Open to all US bloggers and nonbloggers, however, if you do not have a blog, please leave your email address in your entry so I can contact you!
Please leave a separate post for each of the above.
Entries accepted through Friday, March 27th at midnite and winner will be drawn by Random.org on Saturday.
Good luck in the Ultimate Blog Party 2009! Have Fun!!
Here are my TOP THREE prize choices (and boy, that was hard!!!!):
USC 26- http://www.hatleystore.com/default.aspx?STID=US
US42- 5 kajeet phones with $5 of airtime
After those I would be happy with any of these!!:
US Only: 2, 10, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 41, 70, 71, 81, 87, 89, 91, 97, 113, 118, 122,
INTL: 8, 23, 28, 33, 35, 36, 45, 54,
USC: 9, 11, 22, 28, 32, 40, 41, 45, 47, 56,
Oh heck,,,I WANT IT ALL!
I'm so blessed!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
I just finished reading Twilight by Stephanie Meyer and boy oh boy....now I can't wait to see the movie! My Etsy friend Asher warned me that once i got started on the book, I wouldn't put it down and would want to read the whole series. Well Ash, you were completely right! There is a teaser of the first chapter from the next book New Moon at the end of Twilight and I am ready to go to Meijer's right now, pajamas and all to find out what happens!
If you like SciFi-Suspense-Romance, I promise you will enjoy this book!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The current kick is Star Wars. I used some of my Amazon gift cards that I got from Swagbucks to get them a Clone Troopers Dress up chest and two new lightsabers. So last night the two of them are playing Star Wars. Makayla has taken a cape that she had from a Batman costume past and is pretending to be the Emperor. She has assigned Tyus to be Annakin Skywalker and defend her against the Rebel Troopers. They are running through the house, blasters and lightsabers in hand, fending off imaginary opponents. It was really cute to watch! The funny part is after I told them it was bedtime and to go brush their teeth, I can still hear Makayla playing the Emperor role in the bathroom. She is explaining to Tyus that only the Emperor can have the special Sonic care toothbrush but after he gets better trained, he can have one too. Tyus was asking her if he was currently Annakin Skywalker or Obi Wan Kenobi. Mak responds "You are Annakin but after you are trained you can be Ken Kenobi." Tyus was like " Huh? What? Who is Ken Kenobi?" and Makayla just started laughing.
I'm right there with Tyus. Is there really a Ken Kenobi who is Ben Kenobi's long lost twin brother and I just missed that episode?? I really need to pay better attention!
Sunday, March 8, 2009
With all due respect, I am glad it is not me on the TV every week. I don't think I could ever play out my inner most feelings and fears on TV, no matter how big the check was for at the end of the episode. I have learned my lessons in the past about keeping my true feelings and thoughts close to my chest, for my sake and for my families sake. To me, having all of my life shared for general consumption would make it less precious to me. At least with blogging, I get to choose what I share, when I share and how much I share. I can control whether I post my mommy mugshot or not. I don't have to question whether or not I am selling out just to make "good TV".
Maybe I should question why I enjoy these shows so much when I can't even watch them with my children in the same room.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Goal #1- Be more organized. I understand this seems like a very general goal but I figure if i set minigoals for myself in this category andwork towards those everyfew weeks, I have a much better chance of succeeding! So mini goal one is to go through my closet and clear out my shoes! That should take me awhile! Then I will follow through with my Goal #4 with what I am getting rid of!
Goal #2- Take better care of myself. This is something I need to do for myself, not for anyone else. My BFF just called me to remind me that we had made a deal to buy bikes and ride together this year. She just picked her new bike up today and was all excited about it. This is a great idea but the bike riding will have to be put off for a few months until my wrist is back to normal....
Goal #3- Learn to cook. Currently the hubby is the chef du jour at my home. That's really not fair. Cooking is something I have never considred myself good at and therefore I do not enjoy it. I want to make a goal to pull my slow cooker out and try a new recipe once a week. It can't be that hard, can it?
Goal #4- Donate, donate, donate! I have a houseful of stuff that I do not use that I am sure someone else would love to have. I plan on heavily utilizing Freecycle and my favorite organization, Vietnam Vets, to get this stuff to people who need it!
Goal #5- This one is simple and fun for me! Commit to blogging at least three times a week. I am enjoying sharing and learning from the bloggy community!
So, tell me. What are YOUR goals for 2009?
Friday, March 6, 2009
I have the chevette version of a blog layout currently and I WANT A CADILLAC!!!
This is where I post about one of these giveaways and pray to the Random.org gods that my number will be pulled!
A Daily Dose of Toni is giving away a blog makeover as part of getting people to check out Sara at Subjective Beauty-She doesmake some kickin' desings!
The giveaway post is here:
Check out Sara here:
I wonder if she can do a sock monkey theme?
This really isn't a new issue with him. He loves to be close to someone when he sleeps. Preferably to him, that someone is me. My hubby and I have gotten used to him crawling in our bed in the middle of the night so most of the time it doesn't wake us up. the trouble is, with my hand being in a splint, I need some extra space. The queen size bed is ok for the hubby and I but throw in the boy and it gets tight quick. Last night, I couldn't even roll over because ty was plastered up against me. So I went to his bed to sleep. A little while later I wake up and realize he is back in his bed with me. When Travis gets up to go to the gym in the morning , he wakes me up and I go back to my bed.
Now this is pretty much routine. The problem is, I need to figure out how to break Ty of this habit. I need sleep and he needs sleep, with each of us in our own beds. This is where I turn to my fellow mommy bloggers to beg for help, ideas, suggestions and mommy wisdom!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Johnson's Soothing Naturals Soothe & Protect Balm
It really takes something special in a product for me to go out of my way to recommend it and these cold windy winter months have helped me find one such product.
Ohio winter's are notoriously cold and snowy one day, then warm and windy the next. The joke in Ohio is if you don't like the weather, stick around fifteen minutes, it will change! My poor kids get windburn on their faces if they just look out the window when it is cold outside. The other day at preschool, Tyus' teacher commented on how nice and rosy his cheeks were. I look at his cheeks and just cringe. I absolutely hate smearing vaseline all over his cheeks because it is so messy and within ten minutes, there is more of it on his legos than on his face! And for some reason, I don't always think that is an accident....hmmm.
Well, when I was at Kmart the other week haunting the clearance aisle, I found this little tube of balm from Johnson's and thought I would give it a try. Well, that little balm now has a huge mommy fan.
First off, it smells great! I'm a big stickler for overdone smells but this scent is very light and pleasing. Second, what a great little package! The tube screws up, like a lip balm or a deodorant, so you don't have to stick your fingers in after the balm. Third, and best of all, it's not greasy! We have been using it all week as needed and it has worked wonders on his sensitive skin. No more greased up toys, so here's a big momma Woohoo from me!
I love my new find! Try it, you won't be disappointed!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Makayla: Thanks Mom, I love you. You're the best mom ever! (Said twice this week and not in direct conjunction with "Can I have a raise on my allowance?") I can't even recall what was happening at the moment but those words make me feel so good!
Conversation overheard from Tyus to his Grandma Marilyn:
I have a really comfortable mom! (The background on this is that he had crawled into our bed and I ended up going to sleep in his bed because I need more space for my hand. He wandered back into his room, crawled back into his bed where I had moved to and proceeded to drape his legs over my one leg while tucking his toes under my other leg.) Coming from a five year old, I take this as the ultimate compliment!
I love the little things that pop out of their mouths, well, most of the time...lol.
Happy Hump Day!
Monday, March 2, 2009
THE moment came when I was emptying out the bags and tried the dress pants on. First pair, no problems. Second pair, Uh oh. Button is tight. Third pair, UH OH! This is not good. Now, these pants are the same size I have been in for a while. I truly doubt that the Limited has decided to recessionize their sizing by cutting back on the amount of fabric they put in these pants. Even though I think that sounds like a pretty darn good explanation!
As for me, this means the D word:
Daggone I've Eaten Toomuch!!!
I can't even bring myself to say it. Time to take the hangers down off the Norditrack clothes rack (aka treadmill) I have in my bedroom. Time to reclaim the fitness ball from the kids. Time to pull my walking shoes out from behind the fuzzy winter boots where they have been hiding. I am not even going to give the scale any satisfaction by stepping on it. I don't want to know. I don't need to know. I know enough and I refuse to go into the next size.
I'll let you know how it goes. And oh yeah, tell Ben and Jerry I changed my address. The next bulk delivery of cake batter ice cream will just have to go somewhere else!
Sunday, March 1, 2009
I have been drooling over these cute little video recorders but couldn't justify spending hte extra money on what I consider " a new toy". Then I saw that SmarterWealth is giving one away. The catch is you have to sign up for the newsletter and then post on your blog with a link back to the contest. I thought Wow, even as a new blogger who can't even figure out how to do a header on my site, I think I can manage that much. He even has a section to copy and paste for silly girls like me!
Here ya go!
Ryan McLean from Smarter Wealth is giving away a brand new Flip Mino HD to one lucky reader. This will be the easiest Flip Mino HD to win because barely anyone is going to enter meaning more chances that you can win.
The Flip Mino HD is the coolest gadget around. You can shoot one hour of video in HD (so you can play it on your plasma) and you can even edit your footage right on your device. This device is so small that it will fit in your pocket so you will never miss capturing a moment ever again.
To enter all you have to do is sign up for Ryan’s newsletter and post about the competition.
Check out all the details of how you can enter the Win a Flip Mino HD competition now.
So, I have been following a nice little blog called A Giveaway Addicted Mommy (http://nateandjakeandme.blogspot.com/) and made my first comment on one of her bloggy giveaways. Kari sent me a welcoming email almost immediately since she noted that I was a newbie to her blog. When I responded back to tell her that indeed I was new and was really enjoying blogging/entering all the fun giveaways, she introduced me to a blog that she contributes to called PRIZE-A-TRON. Now I know I have died and gone to bloggy giveaway heaven!!
I posted the link on my sidebar. You have GOT to go take a look!! And don't forget who sent you there if you should happen to win one of those cookie, toffee or fudge giveaways! I am totally bribeable with chocolate!
Happy weekend to you all!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
When the nurse cut off the wrappings and left the room, the first thing I did was whip out my cell phone, take pictures of my wrist and send said pictures off to all my friends and family. Doing that was so much easier than calling each person individually to let them know how my hand was doing. Plus I figured I could get some major sympathy brownie points from my hubby who had just gotten home after a two week business trip!! Isn't technology a great thing? What I really found amusing (and what I had forgotten) is that in purple permanent marker on that wrist is the word "yes". In other words ,"Hey doc, this hand, not the other one!"
Dr. Danis came in, checked the wrist, pronounced that the incision looked good and changed me out to a new splint that I can actually take off to shower. No more wrapping my arm up to my elbow in the lovely blue newspaper holder plastic bags! Woohoo! I have to wear this splint 24/7 for a minimum of two weeks and then we will see how my wrist is doing. I did question him about the continued pain I was having and he informed me that because the base of my cyst was extremely wide, he had to do more than what is usually done for a normal ganglione cyst removal. (Of course, why would I ever think that anything pertaining to me would be normal??) He actually had to rough up the bone and stick the ligament against it to try to seal off the cyst capsule in addition to a bunch of stiches on the inside of the incision. As nasty as that sounds, I felt better hearing that there was a real reason for the pain and I am not just a wimp.
Thank you to everyone who kept me in their thoughts and my family/friends who helped me out during these last few weeks!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So I guess the tally is eight years, one day, two kids ,two houses and counting. I wonder what he would say if he was asked about it.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Ah, the little things in life that make me happy.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyworld
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Visited Ground Zero in New York City
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Let me introduce myself-
Hi! My name is Cat! Nice to meet ya! I am married seccymama with two beautiful kiddos:
Mak-who is ten going on twenty two
Ty- who is five and loves driving his sissy crazy!
I work full time in a large medical practice so time management is always an issue around my house. I love to travel and do it mostly with my younger sister. I have a huge "want to have to need to see" list and I cannot wait until my kids are old enough to travel with me and enjoy it!
My everyday life is hectic to say the least. I am always looking to meet new people and learn new ideas on how to be the best seccymama I can possibly be!
So please, introduce yourself, send me a blog link, share your thoughts with me and I will gladly share mine with you!