Inspiration for today...
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Milkshake Music is family friendly rock and roll that the kids and parents will enjoy - fun fun fun! Yes, it is aimed at kids, but is a lot of fun for all. They have been seen on tv on Discovery kids and PBS kids and do regular live performances that have everyone dancing and joining in. If you are on the east coast, there is a list of upcoming concerts on their website. I'm hoping that they'll be heading west soon.
I popped in the dvd and my boys loved them...they were up be-bopping. I even enjoyed the songs.
I've been given a great prize pack to pass along to one of my readers.
* Milkshake Screen Play DVD
* Milkshake Play CD
* Milkshake Comic Book
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Monday, January 26, 2009
Yummy Tastefully Simple product in one package ready for Valentine's Day. A retail value of over $55.00 - includes shipping. For the Love of Chocolate includes: Truffle Fudge Brownie Mix(dark, velvety brownie mix loaded with chunks of chocolate), Chocolatini Drink Mix(Chocolate Almond Frozen Martini that's always ready when you are - can be made either with or without alcohol), AND a gorgeous wooden serving tray(Italian-inspired design). How cool and yummy is that!
Here is what you need to do: Go to my Tastefully Simple website - or on the side of my blog and check out their products...come back here and leave a comment on what you would purchase. For extra chances...you can place an order (five more chances to win), blog about it (be sure to link my to your blog in the comment), or email two or more of your friends (copy me on the email). Contest will end on February 3rd so that I will have time to get it sent to you for Valentine's Day! Good Luck!!!
PS You need not be a blogger just make sure I know where/how to reach you if you win!
I thought about joining him in Miami - and as I write this it is below zero again! But there is too much stuff to do around the house and we have bills to pay. Besides, if you know my kiddos - would you want to be in an airport/plane with them for that long? Or in a car for three days driving down? I didn't think so! Besides who will take care of the killer dog when it is freezing outside?
He will be home again in a little while and then I think it will be for a while - so in a way it is good he is gone again for awhile...
It was lots of fun - Thanks again Jean and Ray for hosting!!!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
I finally get them in the car and we are heading down the road back to our house and D starts telling me (again) how I am a mean mom because I make them leave when they are having fun(C joins with "Yeah, mom, your mean!). And, how I am so boring because I don't let them do anything (C again "Yeah, mom, your boring!). AND, how I am just NO FUN AT ALL!! (C, "Yeah, No fun at all!"). I told them that since I am so mean, boring and just no fun that I will put them up for adoption so that they can find someone who is better BUT that they might get someone who is meaner, more boring and less fun than I am so they better watch out.
D says to that, "Oh yeah, mom, you are just so mean and boring and no fun you shouldn't be a mom at all - you should just be a...be a....be an AUNT or something." (C - "Yeah, an aunt or something.").
They love their aunties and think that their aunties are the most funnest ever and so I should be fun and spoil them like their aunties...
Monday, January 19, 2009
Peek-a-Boo, I Love You!
written and illustrated by Sandra Magsamen
Babies will love playing peek-a-boo with this interactive, lift-the-flap board book, featuring favorite animals on each spread. This adorable hide-and-seek book invites little ones to discover messages of love, with soothing rhymes and engaging illustrations as only Sandra Magsamen can deliver. The anticipation of what's hiding on the next page will keep kids guessing and giggling all the way to the surprise ending - when a heart-shaped mirror reveals who's loved most of all!
K loves to play peek-a-boo so this was a great book for her. She loved the mirror at the end and making faces in it. The boys love to read it to her...of course they couldn't remember it word for word but got pretty close. It has wonderful pictures of animals and great rhyming on each page.
Bippity Bop Barbershop
by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley
illustrated by E. B. Lewis
In this companion book to the bestselling I Love My Hair, a young boy, Miles, makes his first trip to the barbershop with his father. Like most little boys, he is afraid of the sharp scissors, the buzzing razor, and the prospect of picking a new hairstyle. But with the support of his dad, the barber, and the other men in the barbershop, Miles bravely sits through his first haircut. Written in a reassuring tone with a jazzy beat and illustrated with graceful, realistic watercolors, this book captures an important rite of passage for boys and celebrates African-American identity.
D loved this book...He asked if he was brave at his first haircut too. I loved the colorful pictures and the fact that the little boy wanted to be like his Dad. Dad's are great heros and I think we need more books like this. In fact, both the boys are now wanting to get their haircut again - which is good because they both need it.
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This was a great book...easy to read and hard to put down...I finished it in one day and am looking forward to getting the next one in the series. I was a little apprehensive about this one thinking it was more my husband's sci-fi style, but I really enjoyed it. This would be a great one for teenagers as well. I think that maybe my nephews would like this series, which is good because I have a hard time finding gifts for them. James Petterson is a great author - keeps things going so you can't put the books down.
Friday, January 16, 2009
A couple of Sundays ago we were dropping my husband off at the airport - on the way home we stopped at McDonalds because the boys were starving and I figured it would keep them quiet in the truck. It covered both issues for the most part until we were almost home. Then the boys were antagonizing each other - trying (and succeeding) to make the other scream. I did my usual threat of making them walk up the driveway when we got home. I thought that worked until I heard D scream again - this time it was different - it sounded more like the M&M nose incident (click here), but I knew they did not have M&M's. I look back and sure enough he had that panicked look on his face. I asked him what was wrong and he said "This was up my nose." I asked what he was talking about, he said, "This." I asked what "this" was supposed to be.
Apparently, he pulled darker, crusty part off of his bun and rolled it up then stuck it up his nose. Then, he informs me, "There is still some up there, Mom!" Now, mind you I am still driving....I asked if he could blow it out....luckily it all came out. I asked him why he thought he should do that again - didn't he learn not to stick things up his nose from the M&M incident. He said, "Mom, I only HALF learned that."
I said, "Well, I certainly hope you learned the other half now!"
If I had my way, we would be snuggled up in bed under the covers to hibernate the cold weather away. My two boys on the other hand see the sun outside and think it is a beautiful day - they want to go outside and play. So, I just brought the blankets out to the couch and we are going to pretend that is bed and watch movies, eat popcorn and snuggle to stay warm. It is going to be the perfect day for my Mom's YUMMY Chili. Maybe I can get them to take naps!!!
There is supposed to be a warm-up next week - it will be in the 30's. WHOOHOO! Break out the shorts. I am praying for an early spring and temps in the 60's and 70's (my ideal temperatures!). Dan will be flying to Miami soon...maybe I will be crazy enough to pack up the kiddos and meet him down there for awhile. If I don't blog for awhile - I'm either frozen or left this freezer...
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
This is an awesome group site...I loved the fact that you can put your group's calendar on it and everyone in the group can check it out. This saves time because you don't have to be calling or emailing everyone - they can just look on this site. You can also send out invites through the Qlubb site to invite those people who need to attend certain meetings.
Very easy to use and user-friendly. Check it out today!!!
Monday, January 12, 2009
Summary: After years of failed diet attempts, Chantel Hobbs discovered the missing ingredient to permanent weight loss: to change your life, you first have to change the way you think.
She developed a balanced plan for exercise and nutrition and lost two hundred pounds. Now, through writing, speaking, and her work as a personal trainer, she inspires others to achieve far more than they thought possible.
In Never Say Diet, now available in trade paperback, Chantel provides everything readers need to lose weight for good, including:
- Simple, step-by-step workout routines that fit into a normal weekday schedule
- A realistic approach to nutrition that helps people break their bondage to food
- Strategies for staying motivated when life takes unexpected turns
- Keys to dealing with discouragement by relying on God’s strength
- The secret to moving beyond past failures and getting over old excuses
Chantel helps readers make the five commitments that are necessary for changing their lives. Her high-energy, no-nonsense approach inspires readers to achieve results that last in body, mind, and spirit.
Personal Trainer: Her newest book, The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Coach, now allows readers to have Chantel show up each week to inspire, encourage, and energize them on the journey to a healthy life that centers on body, mind, and spirit.
This fitness guide helps readers set new weight-loss goals and create an exercise schedule that works in the midst of life’s constant demands. Readers will be inspired with Scripture, and they will welcome Chantel’s healthy eating plan with simple, energy-and-nutrition-packed recipes. Weekly checklists and personal evaluations direct readers in reaching their goals. Plus, Chantel’s personal and entertaining stories provide the motivation needed to get through even the most frustrating days.
With Never Say Diet and The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Coach readers will establish new fitness habits that burn off excess weight, increase strength, and establish a new, healthy way of living.
Author Bio: Chantel Hobbs is a personal trainer, certified spinning instructor, and motivational speaker whose no-excuses approach to fitness has won her a grateful following across the country. The author of Never Say Diet, Chantel hosts a weekly fitness program on Reach FM radio and is a regular guest on Way FM. Her “Ditch the Diet, Do the Weekend” bootcamp takes place several times a year in a variety of locations. She has presented her unique approach to lasting fitness in People magazine and on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, The 700 Club, Living the Life, and Paula White Today. Chantel enjoys life with her husband and their four children in South Florida.
Friday, January 9, 2009
In Florida , an atheist became incensed over the preparation of Easter and Passover holidays. He decided to contact his lawyer about the discrimination inflicted on atheists by the constant celebrations afforded to Christians and Jews with all their holidays while atheists had no holiday to celebrate. The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the long passionate presentation by the lawyer, the Judge banged his gavel and declared, 'Case dismissed!'
The lawyer immediately stood and objected to the ruling and said, 'Your honor, how can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and many other observances. Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah...yet my client and all other atheists have no such holiday!'
The judge leaned forward in his chair and simply said, 'Obviously your client is too confused to even know about, much less celebrate his own atheists' holiday!'
The lawyer pompously said, 'Your Honor, we are unaware of any such holiday for atheists. Just when might that holiday be, your Honor?'
The judge said, 'Well it comes every year on exactly the same date---April 1st! Since our calendar sets April 1st as 'April Fools Day,'consider that Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, in my opinion, if your client says there is no God, then by scripture, he is a fool, and April 1st is his holiday! Now have a good day and get out of my courtroom!!'
Well said - don't you think!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
- Quality of time spent with my children (not quantity).
- Quality of time spent in the Word of God.
- Time spent exercising...MORE NEEDED!!
- Quality of relationships with my friends.
- Good deeds done in secret!
- Glass half-full mentality.
- Being a "Ray-of -Sunshine" by spreading warmth.
- Improving my knowledge by reading more.
- Reading more books to my children.
- Less busyness and more relaxing.
- Taking time to enjoy the stages of life that my kids are at now.
- Stressing less about EVERYTHING!
- Trying to be less Super-human and just more human!
Good luck to me!!!
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I love you, little man!!!
K has actually been on a neb since before Christmas. The Dr wanted to make sure that we didn't have to make an ER run over the Holidays. Her cough has not gotten any better and she has a little bit of a wheeze yet. I think it was better for a little while but now has gone backwards :(. They did a chest X-ray - I think that is the most heartwrenching thing that I have ever had to experience as a Mom. Watching them be held in place with their arms raised and listening to your baby scream bloody murder but knowing that it is for their best interest. I have had to go through that twice with C too. (Still waiting for Dan to take his turn doing that!!!) The X-ray was clear so that was good. The Doc even printed out one of the pictures for the boys because they wanted to see her skeleton. He is the coolest Doc - so glad I switched to our town clinic! That is another whole blog all together...