Archives for December 2009

Happy New Year!

I wish you all the very best best New Year! If you are going out, please be safe! Cheers to 2010, where life can start out as a clean slate. It is up to you to write what you want to happen. Tweet

New Years’ Resolutions

Every year, at this exact time, what do we all do? We sit here making our ‘New Years’ Resolutions’. Why do we do this to ourselves? You know what I am talking about. I can hear you, sitting behind that monitor, nodding your head and saying ‘Uh huh’. Here are a few of my ‘resolutions’. […]

Nikon D5000 *Review* I love it! I use it!

I grew up in a home where my dad was deeply in to photography. He had an eye that truly made anyone’s heart skip a beat. With that said, I do feel that I caught that photography bug. I think I have always had the same eye as he had. It was in 2005, after […]

Colgate Kids’ Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

While a lot of people give toys and treats in their kids’ stockings, I have carried on a tradition that my parents used to do with us kids when we were growing up; I put toothbrushes and toothpaste in the kids stockings. I have always done this, and even given fun toothbrushes as treats to […]

Wilton UltraGold Bakeware *Review & GIveaway* (Closed)

Who loves to do some holiday baking? *raises hand* I was so excited this year because I was actually prepared! Wilton helped with that with the new upcoming release of UltraGold Bakeware. Coming up in January, Wilton is releasing UltraGold Bakeware, a new line of premium quality bakeware — without the premium price. Wilton knows […]

Evenflo Symphony 65 Convertible Car Seat – Liberty *Giveaway* (Closed)

This month, Evenflo introduced Symphony 65, an innovative new all-in-one car seat that includes groundbreaking (seriously) technology to help ensure that kids stay safe on the road. Evenflo Symphony 65 Convertible Car Seat in Circles with SureLatch has NEW technology providing safety & comfort for baby. Symphony is Side Impact Tested & is an All-In-One […]

Tylenol Recall

I had to pass this on to you all. Please read and pass on! TYLENOL Recall Confirms Congress, FDA Must Regulate Wood Pallets to Prevent Threats to U.S. Food, Drug Supply Recall Adds to Mounting Evidence Against Wood Pallets ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ — The expanded recall of TYLENOL Arthritis pain reliever is fresh […]

Fun & Helpful BlackBerry Apps

Do you have a BlackBerry? Are you addicted to your BlackBerry? Mine is a 3rd arm, is what hubby calls it. I love my BlackBerry and seem to find myself using it more and more daily on things that I never thought I would love and be addicted to; things from GPS, email and simple […]

Pardon the dust on Mommy Goggles!

  Pardon the dust! I am making a few changes. Thank you for bearing with us! All should be finalized by weekend’s end. Tweet

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Holidays & Goofy Faces

Not so Wordless, really. 😆 We are SO glad to be home! The drive to TX was great, the visit was amazing, but there’s something about being home and in your own bed to make everything come to a good end. I will have more information coming about this picture, and so much more, but […]

New Years Snacks with Hilshire Farm & Sara Lee!

I said in a previous post that I grew up with Hilshire Farm and I am bringing my kids up with the same tasty traditions. This New Years’, we are going to stay home. I will be making some snacks for the four of us and one will include Hilshire Farms Pigs in a Blanket […]

Greetings from Texas!!

Greetings from Texas! We are in route to the Dallas area to see some more family & hoping to make it to see some friends as well, then heading to even more North Texas, then heading back home to Iowa mid-this week. It’s been an exhausting adventure, but oh-so-much fun!! I have contests to end […]

Multiple uses for Expo Markers (Home, work & on the go!)

According to a recent survey done by the NRF & BIGResearch, 36% of consumers say they will be shopping for more practical gifts this holiday season. I can completely relate to this and EXPO is here to help! In our playroom, the walls are a dry erase material so the kids can write on the […]

Tasty & Quick Holiday Ideas from Sara Lee & Hillshire Farm

While some people crave those holiday sweets, some of my favorite things to have during the holidays are easy treats such as Pigs in a Blanket and even Hillshire Farm’s Cocktail Links in Sauce. Two very easy snacks to make your guests that keep you out of slaving in the kitchen. It doesn’t have to […]

Sam’s Deal of the day! HP Laptop! *$25.00 Gift Card Giveaway!* (Closed)

I have had a great time letting you all in on the Special Buys of the Day from Sam’s Club! I have had some great gift ideas for you, as well as for ourselves. Here is a deal that definitely caught my eye! HP Pavilion Entertainment 1.30GHz, 500G, 13.3″ LED Product Details: Model: dm3-1047cl Get […]

Wordless Wednesday: Holiday Hugs from our family to yours!

We are going to be traveling though the 30th. I will be online in route to moderate comments, reply to emails & get contest winners drawn & contacted.  May you all have a blessed holiday with your loved ones. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year from our home to yours! Tweet

Currently looking for a Dining Table! *Need suggestions!*

We have a dining table, not that we really eat at it since we have the bar area in the kitchen, but I am really looking at getting one and hopefully around the 1st of the year. I have had my eye on the taller tables like this one from Sam’s Club. It’s less than […]

Mommy Mandy Giveaway: Sealy Posturepedic Innerspring Signature 11 Series

I am not going to tell you how OLD our bed is, because to be honest, I have no idea. I am scared at the thought. I believe hubby has had it for over 10 years, it was bought at a garage sale by his mother, and Lord knows how old it is and how […]

Sugar high from Holiday Baking

  Winners are drawn for ended contests. Be sure to email me ASAP so I can get your information sent off. I am taking the day off to get some holiday baking started, then off to start packing. We leave for Texas on Wednesday afternoon. So much to do, so little time. Argh! If you […]

Winners! Sam’s, Hellman’s, Clarisonic, Kohl’s, Smucker’s!

Congratulations to the following winners! Winners have been emailed, so please reply back ASAP so I can get your prizes submitted for shipping to you so soon as possible! Kohl’s $50 Gift Card 513 Entries 1 winner #188: Tessa J Smucker’s Gift Basket 187 entries 2 winners #33: Annette D & #174: Maja I emailed […]

My Christmas Gift from Hubby!

This morning, we had our Christmas with the kids and Santa came a little early since we will be traveling later this week. After we were done, we loaded up the van and headed out for some family time and some shopping. We went to Hallmark and Hubby told me to ‘go play’ elsewhere. Men. […]

Gift Idea for Her! The Sak Iris Hobo in Curry Handbag

A couple of years ago, I was turned on to a company that, to this day, I still love. The Sak Not only does The Sak have gorgeous handbags, but the prices are very affordable, the sales are awesome and The Sak gives back to our community. This means so much to me, as well […]

Fun Learning Gaming Systems from V-Tech Kids

Tucker is 4 ½ and is really starting to express even more interest in gaming. He is kind of at an in between stage from one gaming system to the one that I have that we play together, so when we had the chance to check out some of V-Tech’s new learning gaming toys, we […]

Don’t slave over baking! Get Marie Callender’s Pies.

We all have baking and holiday cooking on our minds and who wouldn’t, with Christmas just around the corner? While I love Pecan Pie, I don’t really care for making them. I know how, I just don’t have the patience for pies. This is where Marie Callender’s Pies come in handy and with that perfect […]

Dark Circles

I have always had dark circles. I don’t know if it’s my skin tone, or if I need to increase my vitamin intake, but I am open to any suggestions. Using Concealer is just that.. it conceals, but I would love to get to the root of the issue. Does anyone have any hints, tips […]

Can you take too many pictures of you kids? *Video*

I am a parent. I do not believe in ‘taking too many pictures of my kids’. My kids, on the other hand, have other thoughts. Watch this video, to the end… [flashvideo filename=”videos/cheese.flv” width=”420″ height=”320″ /] Are they used to being in the spotlight? I can hold up a can of Ravioli and they say […]

Gifts for under $50 from Williams-Sonoma!

Raise your hands if you are a fan of peppermint anything. *raises and waves hands* We are about to start holiday baking on Monday, but there is one thing that I am no expert on making and that is Peppermint Bark. Did you know that Williams-Sonoma has Peppermint Bark? When I saw this, I drooled […]

Let the kids decorate some holiday gifts

Are you wrapping those last gifts? Are you looking for a fun craft project for the kids? Why not wrap some gifts to loved ones in plain paper, or turn your holiday paper around to the white for the outside, give the kids some markers, crayons, stickers and stamps and let them go to town? […]

Picture Perfect Hair Salon for Nintendo DSi

In October, a game for the Nintendo DSi was released and I have had so much fun with this! As an adult, I think you need to open yourself up to anything and everything from playing with your kids’ toys when they aren’t looking to playing kids games, by yourself or with your kids. I […]

Where have the nice people gone? (McDonald’s Incident today)

This morning, I decided to get out with the kids. We had a fun time, then stopped by McDonald’s on the way home to grab some breakfast. I do not, nor have I ever posted about a negative experience on my blog before, but this morning really irked me. They were out of McGriddle’s at […]

Gifts Galore: Last Minute gift ideas from Sam’s! *$25.00 Gift Card Giveaway!* (Closed)

Are you still on the search for that perfect gift for that perfect someone? Sam’s has it! Sam’s Club has so many Last Minute Gift Ideas. I cannot tell you how long I looked for a Buzz Lightear for Tucker. Even though the movie is how many years old, you would think with it’s popularity […]

Holiday delights from Nancy’s Appetizers

It has been a few months that I tasted Nancy’s Appetizers, but that taste still sticks in the back of my mind like it happened yesterday. I was at a family gathering where these were served on a gorgeous serving platter. My favorite holiday treat is pecan pie. Maybe that’s the ‘south’ coming out in […]

Connect with friends & family with the Logitech Webcam Pro 9000

Who has a webcam? I think just about all of us do or want a webcam. I think I have gone through about 3 webcams in the last few years. They were … well, webcams. They showed someone, well, on the other side. What else is a webcam supposed to do? What? Be fun? Nah. […]

Fill their stocking with an Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Kids toothbrush

When you were a kid, what do you truly remember getting for Christmas that, as a kid, you didn’t want but you look back and you appreciate it now, as an adult? I have a few that I clearly remember: Socks Underwear Toothbrush Sounds like weird gifts? Not really because as an adult, I truly […]

Cast your vote & win a Smucker’s Gift Basket! TWO winners! (Closed)

One of my favorite companies to enjoy in my house, as well as that has taken me by the hand and the heart is Smuckers. I am sitting on the edge of my seat waiting on the results for the current contest winners to be announced for the second annual “Spreading Smucker’s Traditions Recipe and […]

Personalize their gifts with Hallmark

Are you still looking for the perfect gift? Why not head over to Hallmark and pick up something that means so much and costs so less; oh – and that you can customize? Here are some of my ultimate favorite things that Hallmark has this holiday season. Of all the gifts to give, give a […]

My Baby First Steps for Nintendo DS

The kids and I play our Nintendo DS every chance that we get. We are in to just about every game that you can think of, so when we had the change to check out My Baby First Steps for Nintendo DS, I was really excited! Product Description Your baby has grown so fast! Can […]

New Super Mario Bros on Wii *Fun for the whole family!*

Growing up, my ultimate favorite game was Super Mario Brothers. Who isnt aware of this game? I think everyone knows who these fun characters are and if you don’t, you will because this holiday season, this is the hottest game in our home! Product Details Developers at Nintendo have dreamed of creating a simultaneous multiplayer […]

MomDot Secret Santa Gift Exchange: Thank you Kate!

Oh my gosh! Thank you Kate for my Secret Santa Gift(s)!! I was so excited when I opened the box this morning to find this from Kate at The Shopping Mama! Thank you! Thank you! Gorgeous ornament with all of our names on it, including Milano! Thank you! Also, with the traveling I do, I […]

Twitter Peek ~ Great stocking stuffer!

I first learned about Peek this past year. I am still a huge fan of Peek! For those that don’t want or need a smart phone, you can still keep your regular phone or cell phone but be able to take your email with you, and now it is even better! If you are a Twitter’aholic, […]

Fisher-Price Mickey Mouse’s Magic Choo Choo Train Set

If there was a toy set that is a must, it is this one. I am not a huge fan for toys that have a lot pieces, but when this Choo Choo train set arrived, I was really excited to check it out. As a parent, I think a child needs to have a train […]

Tips on Getting Kids to Sleep

As a part of the St. Eve Kids’ TwitterMom Giveaway, I wanted to share my tips on how to get your little ones to sleep, especially during the holiday season. I was asked the following: “What are your five tips & tricks for getting your kids to bed on time and getting them to stay […]

Wordless Wednesday: Moment of Silence for Bryson

We are taking a moment of silence for Shellie, Bryson Drago Ross, 2 years old, went to heaven on 12/14/09 in a drowning accident. As a mother, I cannot imagine losing one of my babies. Ross Family, your family is in our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers. Tweet

Winners! Walmart, Build-A-Bear, Sam’s, Sony

Congratulation to the following winners! All have been emailed and have 48 hours to reply to claim prizes. Be sure to reply ASAP so we can get your prizes sent out to you to arrive for the holiday! Frosty the Snowman at Build-A-Bear Workshop 148 entries #123: Mary Ward Words move me! Sony Reader 260 […]

Holidays at Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hiltons of Branson. All opinions are 100% mine. This Holiday Season wouldn’t it be great to experience a true Ozark Mountain Christmas with a little help from the Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing? Branson has always been known well for a wide variety of […]

Winner! Just Jen Christmas Tee!

I apologize for the delay in drawing winners. I have more winners being drawn this evening. Congratulations to the winner for the Christmas shirts from Just Jen! 78 entries & #66 was drawn at random: Carolsue Carolsue has been emailed and has 48 hours to reply to claim prize. Tweet