Archives for January 2011

Alice in Wonderland: 60th Anniversary Special Edition

I grew up watching Alice in Wonderland on VHS, I cannot tell you how many times, and my kids have had the joy to watch it many times already. This is a classic that is celebrating it’s 60th anniversary and I am excited to share with you the special edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo. Alice […]

Bye Bye Door! {UPDATE}

I have been SO pleased with the construction team that came in, took the wall down that once used to be a pantry! While they were here this morning finishing up, I had them go ahead and close in the door that is screwed shut in our kitchen. Why close it in? We don’t use […]

Are you making this your year? New Year – New You! {Calorie Story}

We are almost all the way through January in our new year. What have you been doing to make changes and to get a New You? I have been doing so much to help get myself fit for the New Year. Exercising Eating better, more fruits and vegetables Not eating past 6pm Drinking lots of […]

Kitchen Remodel {Update}

I haven’t been online too much lately. I have been working on my kitchen & making trips to Omaha twice this weekend to bring home some cabinets, a pantry & a countertop. I am super excited about the progress! I hired a contractor to come in and rip out the wall that was originally behind […]

New Year. New Savings! Rayovac can help!

With this being a whole new year, there are so many things that we are evaluating. While I may be getting fit for the New Year, we have also been looking at any aspect to cut back, save money, use more coupons, drive less to save on gas, using rechargeable batteries for all of our […]

It’s Demo Day!

I am sitting here waiting on my contractor dudes to show up to get started on ripping out a wall in my kitchen. My house is a complete mess, but it will be awesome in the end! Here’s what my pantry area looks like right now. Keep in mind, we live in a 1900  home, […]

Swing Set Deals at ‘Swing Sets & More’ and CSN Stores!

When we were house shopping, the selling point of our house was the backyard. I was so excited to have a big enough back yard to build it up for the kids, let them ride their bikes and save up for a swing set. With a yard like ours, we went for something mind blowing […]

F*ing Perfect! {P!nk’s best song… ever!}

I love P!nk. Always have. Always will. I have to say that her new song is my absolute favorite that she’s ever done. This is the explicit video from P!ink’s Official Website. Love it! Whoah… Just whoah! The explicit version has the F-bomb in it {below}, but if you don’t want to watch this one, […]

FiberChoice Chewable Fiber Supplements

New Year, New Challenges! I think it’s pretty common during the first of the year for most of us to be more aware of our bodies and work to lose weight and get fit & healthy. While I am working on my New Year’s resolutions, I am more aware of my eating, I practice moderation […]

What is your ‘ideal’ weight? {BMI Chart}

I have been working hard to lose weight & get fit. My PT had told me that with my 5 foot 7 inches, that I needed to get down to 115 – 120 pounds. That is entirely too small for my height and frame. It’s not only my opinion, but a fact. Do you ever […]

Goodbye pantry, Hello new kitchen!

We live in a 1900 home. We have no closet space, the storage is lacking in the house, so we have to use what we have and make the best of it. Well, I am about to make the best of it alright. Pardon the clutter 😆 but today is the last day my kitchen […]

Wordless Wednesday: Cat & Mouse


Crisco Mediterranean Inspirations Recipe & Essay Contest

The dream of being whisked away to the Mediterranean can become a reality for one of your readers when they enter the Crisco® Mediterranean Inspirations Recipe and Essay Contest. One grand prize winner will win a trip for two to Italy! From now until March 18, 2011, consumers can submit their Mediterranean-inspired recipes and essays […]

Phil and Teds unveils latest Explorer Stroller

Phil and Teds have been manufacturing baby strollers for a while now and the brand, from New-Zealand, is quite popular among retailers and parents. Its latest model, the Explorer is the upgraded model of one of its most popular strollers known as the Sport. Phil and Teds has decided to end the production of the […]

1800Baskets Home for the Holidays Extravaganza

At the end of November, I was lucky enough to attend an event in Chicago for & Celebrations. I am posting this a bit later than I usually would post about an event. December was a hard month on my family, so some things were a bit delayed. Anytime I give a gift, one […]

Wordless Wednesday: Ever Lasting Friendships

Have you ever met a person in your life that you know is a part of you? If you haven’t yet, trust me – you will. While this is supposed to be a ‘Wordless Wednesday‘, I have to say that I am utterly proud of this person, this girl, this student, this mother, this friend. […]

Birds Eye Virtuous Veggie Gift Basket + $100 AmEx Giveaway! {Closed}

When it comes to eating the fruits and vegetables that we need to have in our daily diets, I will admit that I don’t eat enough. I am fortunate enough to have kids that do a pretty good job at eating their veggies.I love to cook and I love to come up with fresh and […]

Midwest Moms Media: Brands & Bloggers Summit {I’m going!}

Living in the Midwest, we do have our advantages, like living in the middle of the country so that I am halfway to just about anywhere from California to New York. I just registered to attend a Brands & Bloggers Summit in Chicago in July! I am really excited about attending it! Want more info […]

Old Jeans are New Jeans!

How many of you go through your closets and dresser drawers and you have clothes that you aren’t quite able to fit in to because they are too small or too tight, but instead of tossing them out, you store them for ‘just in case you can fit in to them later‘? Before I got […]

Organize your pet’s area with the Bergan Wall-Mounted Dispenser

When it comes to Spring Cleaning & Organizing, we always think about our homes and offices, right? What about our pet’s areas where they eat? When I buy cat food for my two kitties {Milano & Oreo} I prefer to buy the larger size 16-20 pound bags because it saves us money. The only drawback […]

Goal Jeans {Do you have a weightloss goal outfit?}

Every day, I work out on my elliptical when Kambry naps. This is a good hour’s time for me to sweat it up and get myself fit for the New Year. While I was on the elliptical, the postman came & when I opened the package, I was excited to see a new pair of […]

Soup ‘Diet’ Body Detox Recipe

Just after Kambry was born, I had a friend that told me about this soup diet where she had lost quite a bit of weight, so I had to try it. I am very picky when it comes to fruits & vegetables, so I decided to try this, but give it my own twist. To […]

How are you doing with your New Years goals?

We are almost 2 full weeks in to the New Year. How are you doing with your New Years resolutions and fitness goals? I am holding steady at 35 pounds lost, that’s 3 in the New Year. I will admit that I have been slacking on my workouts, but I am proud to say that […]

Wordless Wednesday: Snowed In


Crock-Pot Designer Series

You know you are a wife or mother when you get giddy over a new kitchen appliance or gadget. When I received the new Crock-Pot® Designer Series, my husband had a laugh at me that I was so excited for it. Why would I have so much excitement over a Crock-Pot? If you work full […]

TABASCO Original Red Game Day Party Snacks

This post brought to you by TABASCO® Original Red. All opinions are 100% mine. There are so many things that you can put TABASCO® Original Red in. Hubby seems to put it on just about everything; in his chili, over his breakfast eggs, and even on top of his pizza. Pizza? That was a first for […]

Video Sharing, Storage & Viewing with KinKast {Free App!}

This post brought to you by Zooka Creative. All opinions are 100% mine. I cannot tell you how many videos I take in a day, let alone in a month. I am always sharing those videos with my friends and family via email, YouTube and even on Facebook. I wanted to share an app with […]

Save Big on Umi’s Clearance 40% off sale

We love Umi Shoes, so I wanted to pass on a Winter Clearance that you won’t want to miss out on! Be sure to visit Tweet

New Fitness Blog! PROJECT: Fit Mom! @ProjectFitMom

YAY! We are all set up with a new Fitness Blog from Mommy Goggles! With as much as I post about health, fitness and weightloss, I thought it was only logical to get a whole new website set up to include: Fitness Challenges Gear News Treats & eats Motivation Nutrition Fitness organization Fitness reviews […]

Crock-Pot Chicken Noodle Soup

We woke up to it snowing this morning, so I thought it was the best day to make homemade chicken noodle soup in the crock-pot. 3 to 4 lbs. chicken 5 cups water or chicken broth (I used water & added chicken cubes) Diced baby carrots minced garlic cloves 3 celery stalks, finely sliced 2 […]

You’ve heard of Tattoo Barbie….

It must have been a rough night out. Introducing Tattoo dolly…. Does Mister Clean Eraser work on things like this? I am almost scared to think about trying. Gotta love having little girls. 😆 Tweet

DIY Wall Art for the Frugal, Busy & Chic Mom

If you’re a stay-at-home mom, your full-time job means that you spend a lot of time in your house. And that can get old pretty quickly. To prevent this from happening and to give everyone in your family a fresh perspective on old rooms, try getting creative with DIY wall art. Don’t worry – you […]

House Party is giving away prizes galore! {iPad, iPod, camera, gift card, jewelry, trips & cash!}

Over the past couple of years, I have worked with House Party to have in-home parties to share products with our friends and family. What is House Party? A House Party™ is thousands of parties across the country, hosted by people like you. Each event is sponsored by a leading brand and focuses on something […]

Epson Stylus NX625 All-in-One Printer *Love It!*

I have been fighting with our ‘wireless’ printer for well over a year. How ironic is it that it is supposed to be wireless, but in order for it to work, we had to plug in the USB cable, then print? Doesn’t sound too wireless, does it? For a month now, I have been the […]

New Year. New Brighter Smile.

This is a whole new year and a whole new chance for a whole new us. Some of you are working to lose weight, get fit, get healthy while others are doing changes like keeping your home more organized or keeping your family’s schedule up to date and organized. While we are working on ourselves […]

Make over your office with Modern Office Furniture!

When I go in to an office building, the one thing that catches my eye right off the bat is their layout and how the office looks. I am a huge fan of modern office furniture! If I could, I would create a room in my home just to design it the way I would […]

Hilton Promenade at Branson Family Getaway

This post brought to you by Hiltons of Branson. All opinions are 100% mine. One good thing about living in the Midwest is that we are halfway to just about anywhere. Sounds funny, doesn’t it, but it’s true. It’s a win-win deal for us, really, when it comes to family traveling since we are on […]

Savings & Specials ~ Become a Rayovac VIP!

The craze these days seems to be Facebook, doesn’t it? I can say that I have had a Facebook account for quite some time, and even before it was the popular college fad. I never used it, never really had much care for it, until I got in to social media with my blog, as […]

Ralph Lauren Baby Layette Products

Babies! Babies everywhere in our family! Last month, I had the chance to check out some Ralph Lauren Layette products and I was very excited to have been able to give those to my new baby niece. I am in awe at the baby products that Ralph Lauren has to offer. They are not only […]

Wordless Wednesday: Sunny skies. Warm Inside but cold outside.


Calorie Story: The New Year, New Me Challenge

As you may have seen, the last 6 months I have been working pretty darn hard to get fit and stay that way. I managed to lose 33 pounds in just a short time; about 3 ½ months. I am steadily maintaining that loss, but I am ready to get back on the wagon to […]

It’s what’s inside that counts, right?

I have to share this video of Oreo. She was hilarious!   Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2011 Tweet

Game Review: Silly Bandz for Nintendo DS

I cannot even begin to tell you the craze that Silly Bandz is. If you have a toddler, you know what they are. If you have a tween, you know what they are. If you are an adult, you know what they are and even admit to wearing them. Silly Bandz are so much fun! […]

Dear companies, Random Deliveries – Please ask first

While I love getting packages in the mail and surprises are even fun, my only wish for 2011 is for companies to please ask before randomly shipping items to a bloggers’ home. Sure, the deliveries a fun,  but it tends to get a bit hectic and stressful when there is an email a week later […]

Recharge your batteries with the Rayovac Platinum Universal Charger

We go through SO many batteries in our house. I looked around to see where all we put them and .. holy moly! Toys Wii remotes xBox controller Remote controls for the TV, DVD player, Cable Box Clocks Night lights Flashlights Digital picture frame Kitchen timer Kids’ time out pad Remote control cars Light on […]

Nintendo Wii & DS Games: Fancy Nancy, Super Hero Squad, Barbie & Are you smarter

For the holidays, we usually travel to the inlaws, 5 hours away from where we live. Every time we travel, we always take games for the Wii & for the Nintendo DS that we can play in route (DS) and while at the family’s holiday parties. This holiday, I am excited to bring some new […]