Monday, January 31, 2011

Guess What We Have To Look Forward To...Bet You're Jealous, HUH?

This is our weather forcast for this week:
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Anyone want to take bets on if there will be at least one, if not two "SNOW DAYS" this week? 

My kids think this is GREAT!  But you (parents) do realize that this means we will be loosing basically our whole SPRING BREAK week because of all the cancelled days of school.  FABULOUS! 

Just thought I'd share...I know my hometown is getting fog right now...and they have delays in the morning until it clears.  I would trade this snow for a fog delay right now for sure! 

P.S.  A note to my husband, I am not complaining, just sharing with my readers the reality of the weather here in Connecticut!  LOL!

Weight Watchers "SMART ONES" Makes Breakfast And Dessert An Easy And Low Point Option With Four New Additions!

I've never done Weight Watchers, but I have heard amazing things about how it's transformed people's eating habits and offered them the ability to loose weight (lots of it) and keep it off for good. They take what they do & the products they offer very seriously and they care about the people they are working for...you & me.
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I was so excited to learn that they just came out with four new Breakfast (Morning Express) & Dessert options in their SMART ONE frozen meals.  Why?

Not that I am trying to loose weight, but as my age goes up, my weight seems to be headed in that direction too.  So eating healthy and maintaining my current weight is important to me too!  Plus, I am really bad about eating breakfast and really bad about "DEFINITELY" eating dessert...two things which I know aren't good for my body or metabolism.  One I should be eating (but just don't take the time to make & eat) and the other I shouldn't be eating because I tend to eat it late ate night and the sugar & fat is just not good for me to sleep on at night.
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So, today, I got to purchase the (4) new Smart Ones (coupons sent to me free of charge for this review/feature) to try out.  I have no doubt that I am going to love these just as much as I've enjoyed the SMART ONES frozen meals in the past. 
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Have you tried them before?  I would love to hear your thoughts on them...and even the Weight Watcher's program as a whole.  Share your story with us!  Did you loose weight and keep it off with the Weight Watcher's Program?  We'd love to celebrate your victories with you!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated by the coupons sent to purchase four free products to sample!

WEEK #4 of GoGo Girlfriend Giveaways - Come See What You Can Win This Week!

It's our FOURTH & FINAL week of giveaways from:
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Do you remember?
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If you haven't already, you should consider checking out exactly what this company does (CLICK HERE)!
I get the pleasure of offering this giveaway to (1) of my lucky readers!  That reader could be you!  Here is what will be included in this week's PRIZE PACK:

A GoGo Girlfriend Gift Box

To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the MANDATORY entry):


MANDATORY ENTRY: Go to their their website (CLICK HERE), find the “girlfriend membership” page, then post back here how you can earn "reward points"!  It's that simple! 

This giveaway will end on February 7 , 2011 and is opened to US Residents only.  Be sure you leave your e-mail address with your entry, so I can reach you if you're chosen the winner.

This has been so much fun working with GoGo Girlfriend! 

I was not paid to feature this post/giveaway!  I was given a membership in exchange for the posts/features that are posted here!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Did You "LIVE" Your Childhood Dreams And Become A....???

We all have childhood dreams of becoming amazing things.  Doctor's, firefighters, professional dancers, an actor, Olympic gold medalist, or maybe even a MOMMY.  Isn't it great to ask your kids, "what do you want to be when you grow up?"  I've already gotten so many different answers from my kids, especially as the years change and they grow to find interests in other areas. We (my husband and I) often ponder what exactly the four of them will become!
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I was thinking about this today...because I took my oldest daughter & son to the ice skating center to skate at a party.  Luckily enough, I got to skate with them and I loved every minute of it!  Not only is it good exercise, but there is something almost relaxing about being "on the ice".  Our oldest daughter has been taking lessons for several months now and she loves it too. 

I remember, as a little girl...sitting with my sister and watching the figure skaters competing on t.v.  What a beautiful & graceful sport, right?  Some find it boring, but I find it breathtaking!  It takes talent and skill to do what those skaters so brilliantly do on the ice.  They make it look so easy too, right?  I always had a desire to skate.  Being of small stature (body wise), I always thought I was just the right size to be really good at this sport...and competition is my kind of thing too.  However, talking my parents into lessons and finding a place in Southern California heat (my hometown when I was little didn't have an ice skating rink) was just not feasible.

Anyway, funny enough...that dream of being a "figure skater" for me was a fleeting dream (though I have always admired those who do it) and my gears switched in high school to wanting to be a MOMMY (some might not think that's ambitious, but to me it was a great goal).  Lucky for me, I've been able to "LIVE MY DREAM"! 

What about you?  Did you become that "person" you always saw yourself as a child or teen?  If you didn't, how come your gears shifted in another direction?  What changed?  Listen to your kids...cause your encouragement might help their dreams & goals become a reality! 

JADE Felt Like "One Posh Puppy" With The Treats She Got From The POSH PUPPY BOUTIQUE!

I love pampering my puppies!  Of course, I never go over the top (though my husband my disagree)...mainly because we choose to big of a breed of dog to have as our family pet.  However, if I had a little Chihuahua puppy...you know I'd be carrying it around in the most sparkly bag I could find and it would be decked out in all sorts of adorable clothes!

But just because we have a larger breed dog, doesn't mean that my puppy can't feel POSH...right?
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That's exactly why I love the POSH PUPPY BOUTIQUE!  Seriously, you could spend hours on their website looking through all the amazing things they offer!  I'm not exaggerating...they have a ton of stuff to pamper your pooch with! 
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We received an awesome gift pack for JADE that not only pleased me...but tickled her fancy and satisfied her need to chew on everything in sight.  LOVE IT!
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Every single thing they sent (Brown Poopon Plush Squeak Toy , Rawhide Bagel & Fried Chicken Treats ,  & Cohibark Doggie Cigars Treats ) was something that not only did Jade enjoy...but they all made me smile & feel good about giving her. 
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I MEAN...look at her! 
Does she look satisfied to you?

Let me just tell you...if you have a dog (or puppy) you need to head over to The POSH PUPPY BOUTIQUE and have a look around!  I am not exaggerating when I tell you that you're going to find something that you will HAVE TO BUY your dog!  Seriously!  They have to much for you not to!

MAKE SURE YOU HEAD OVER AND ENTER THIS GETAWAY:
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Thank you POSH PUPPY BOUTIQUE for Jade's new toys!  She's getting lots of chewing out of them and you totally made my day with their uniqueness & cuteness of everything you sent (and offer)!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Should Mommy Bloggers Feel Like CELEBRITIES?

I seriously just laid down in bed and started thinking about how some mommy blogger's feel about meeting other "BIGGER" mommy bloggers at events like "BLOGHER" (one I hope to attend this year again).  I remember being there last year for the first time, going through the buffet line or sitting at a table and reading the other name tags around me and these types of questions running through my mind the whole time:
Did I recognize their names? 
Was their blog familiar to me? 
Did they know who I was?
Did I feel "NOT WORTHY" as a blogger to be eating lunch with them at my table?
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I remember hearing someone say, "oh my gosh...do you know who that is?" "It's so & so from such & such blog...they are HUGE"!  Then I remember thinking...SO WHAT!  I truthfully don't get to flustered over this type of MEETING...people are people (no matter what).  Celebrities are people too, just like us.  Bloggers are no exception.  Even if they have an amazingly popular blog...they are still everyday people (some mommies like me) that spend time on their computer doing exactly the same thing I do (at least what I hope I do).  Networking, socializing and using their talents to create a place where people want to come and read.

Do these qualifications make us CELEBRITIES of sorts?
We work for free (basically)!
We are promoting not only ourselves (so you'll read our blog) but the products we are talking about as well!
If we post personal pictures in our features...you see our faces, our families faces, have an insight into our daily lives (kind of like paparazzi following us around, right?)!  The fact is...we are our own paparazzi...

Remember...Mommy Bloggers...don't get  an inflated ego as your blog starts getting more attention (I am talking to myself here too). 

I had to talk myself down yesterday when my @oneboredmommy Twitter handle was blinked (for a few very brief seconds) on "The Talk" on CBS.  Did I feel special?  Of course I did!  Do I think it really made that huge of a difference to my blog?  Probably made more of a difference to the show's viewership that day, since I blogged about it, tweeted constantly about it and face booked everyone I knew to watch the show.  Even people who had never heard about it before. 

I GUESS THE ANSWER TO MY QUESTION IS...NO!
On rare occasion, I will meet someone who will recognize the name of my blog.  In reality, I am still a mommy of four, who has found an outlet to socialize and communicate with people on a more frequent basis than most mommies.  Does that make me UBER special, special enough to feel like I should be walking in a spotlight all day long...NOT AT ALL!  If we are doing what we do, with the right heart & mind, then we are doing it to make a difference for the companies we are blogging about...not ourselves, right?

I love what I do!  I am thankful for my readers!  I am always excited to meet a new client to blog for!  Do I feel like a celebrity?  Probably not so much!  If you could see how I look most days, when I am blogging in my pajamas with no make-up on...I think you'd probably agree with me!  But hey, I won't pass up the attention if I can get it too! 

My Daughter Is Slaving Away With Her New "Rosenberry Rooms" SURPRISE! Want To See What We Got? Of Course You Do...

No, she's not really slaving away!  And NO...it's not that fabulous playhouse I have been telling you guys that I would love to get for my kids from Rosenberry Rooms...so I can play in it! 
But to my daughter...the surprise arrival of this review product was almost as good!
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There is nothing like a little role play, to inspire a child to use their imagination and have fun pretending to do things that "BIG PEOPLE" (mainly mommies) do.  So, I was super excited to see my daughter in action with this amazing "Tiffany Ironing Board Set" by Kid Kraft that we received for this review/feature (sent free of charge).
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First off, I don't think she could have been more excited...and I'll admit that I was pretty excited myself.  The box arrived and we immediately opened it up to find...SOME ASSEMBLY required!  NO SWEAT!  Nothing a mommy can't handle with a screwdriver, a few minutes of UN-interrupted time and some really excited kids that are anxious to play with this new toy.
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We got it assembled...(and yes, after a few hours I realized that I put the handle on the iron the wrong way...but it didn't seem to bother the kids or stop the fun & play they were having...but it is fixed now).
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In fact, she got some dresses that needed a little pressing immediately out of her closet and went to work on them!  ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE!
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This is just touching the surface of the most adorable things you've ever seen for your child...room decor, toys, amazing playhouses, etc. that Rosenberry Rooms offers.  If you haven't been to their website and looked around...you're definitely missing out on falling in love with everything they offer! 
SERIOUSLY! 
Head over, check it out and let them know that the One Bored Mommy sent you when you check out!
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for this review/feature!

The Fighting Stops Today... It's A COMPUTER FREE SATURDAY!

Holy fighting Batman!  I can't stand it anymore!

My kids are constantly fighting over computer time.  They are almost as addicted to it as I am!  It's become quite an issue and this morning it came to a head!  Four of them, one computer and lots & lots of fighting! 

So, I've called it... TODAY IS COMPUTER FREE SATURDAY!
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Even for mommy...so this means I won't be on here, on Facebook or on Twitter all day long.  Yes, I am going to suffer from withdrawals, but we will all survive being a little less technology crutched today and hopefully the fighting will be minimal the next time they can play.  MAYBE?  A mommy can hope, right?

So, enjoy your Saturday!  Maybe you can call today a "COMPUTER FREE SATURDAY" for your family too and get out and play in the snow, the sun (if you live in Cali) and spend time with each other just being YOU!

~hugs

I Have A Weird Question...Does Your Dog Like ICE CUBES?

We have a puppy that will drop everything and come running when she hears someone filling up their glass with ice cubes.  It's the funniest thing!  She will sit, under neath it...and wait.  Hoping and wishing that one will magically drop out of the fridge, miss the cup and land on the floor for her to chase.

Here's a video clip of her in action: 
Cute, right?  My husband and I were just laughing about it...because we love watching her chase the ice when it falls and lands on the ground.  It's almost worth dropping an ice cube every time we fill up our glass...just for entertainment value! 

Does you dog like ice cubes?  Will your dog stop everything to run to the fridge when it hears you filling up your glass?  Regardless, enjoy a good giggle on us, while Jade the puppy enjoys a juicy cold ice cube!

Friday, January 28, 2011

THANK YOU "The Talk" For My #Follow Friday Mention Today On Your Show!

If you weren't watching today...
"The Talk" on CBS featured my @oneboredmommy Twitter account as a #Follow Friday recommendation! 
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I am elated to have been chosen to be featured! 
I think you ladies totally made my day!  YOU ROCK!

THANK YOU!

What The Heck's A "BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT" And Why The HECK Do I Want One?

Growing up with semi-wavy (constantly frizzy if I don't blow it dry straight) hair, I am always looking for ways to keep my hair smooth, silky and free of frizz.  Sometimes this is quite a chore, especially if the weather is even the slightest bit humid.  Anyone else have this problem?

So, I have been hearing all about a "BRAZILIAN BLOWOUT" and I've been wondering...what the heck is that?  I mean, is it a way of cutting hair (which is what I really thought it was), a certain "brand" of product, etc.??
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I googled it today to find that it's actually a product & technique that semi-permanently straightens and DE-frizzes hair with the use of a product line called "Brazilian Blowout".  The process takes 90 minutes and it lasts up to 12 weeks after it's done. 
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Now, I'm wondering...is there other products out there like this?  Have you had a "Brazilian Blowout" done on your hair?  Did you love it?  Did it really last that long?  How expensive is this process? 

It would save me from the hour I have to spend blowing my hair dry and then flat ironing away the frizzy spots.  I'd love to hear your thoughts!
I was not paid to post this feature!  I was not compensated in any way!

Fabulous Fashionable Friday Highlights ~ The Trendy Tag Boutique...

I love little boutiques that are actual "brick and mortar" stores, but also have online shopping availability.  This makes it easy for me, when I don't live close by, to be able to purchase some adorable brand name clothes from a place that takes pride in the selection that they offer.
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Trendy TAG Boutique was established to allow fashion-forward women the ability to capture their personality and individual style with the latest trends and fabulous one of a kind items. The store serves as a fashion hub for celebrity style and favorite high-end designers.
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Trendy TAG Boutique is for the woman who loves a chic yet trendy style. The textured and fine detailed fabrics offer a fashionable clothing option for any occasion, large or small.
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They also carry brands that I love...like "Juicy Couture", "Seven 4 All Mankind", "Joes Jeans", etc.


I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in anyway!

Who's Got Their DVR Set For TODAY? I DO! I DO!!

Mine is set, ready to record, but not near as excited as I am about the fact that our blogspot is going to be a part of their "FOLLOW FRIDAY" segment today!  YAY! 
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I am still blown away that we were chosen...but I am ready for my first "TV debut", even though only my face (perhaps) and my blogspot/twitter information will be featured!  

This is a FABULOUS way to kick off our 2nd Anniversary Celebration next week! 

So check your t.v. guide or local listings.  "THE TALK" airs on CBS at 2:00 pm here...

Then come and comment right here, if you see them talk about us! 
That will make my FRIDAY EXTRA SPECIAL!

HURRAY! Our 4th Red Wagon Game Winner Is...


Tracey said... 60
I like Red Wagon Games on FB-tracey byram.

Congrats!  You now have 48 hours to claim your prize!  Thank you to Red Wagon Games for sponsoring this giveaway!  Thank you to everyone who entered to win!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Just Finished Playing "Catch That Puppy" ~ What Happens When The Puppy Gets A Chicken Bone!

Everything I've ever been told about dogs is..., "You don't ever give them chicken bones...because they splinter and can choke & kill a dog!"  Being a bit paranoid about it, I am always cautious with our dogs, making sure they never get their mouth's on one...

Except tonight...thanks to my oldest son's dinner plate, she managed to snag herself a chicken leg that hadn't been cleaned yet and it was ON...
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The race, that is...we were running and fussing, while she was in and out and all around.  Carrying that silly bone in her mouth the whole time.  When I finally caught her, the bone was gone and it's nowhere to be found.  There is no way possible she was able to eat it in the amount of time we were chasing her...in fact, it was probably more dangerous for us to chase her, rather than just let her be.  But we can't find it anywhere...and she hasn't revisited any place she ran around to...it's just gone!
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She was not happy, regardless!  In fact, she was down right mad that we made her surrender her bone!  So, she is having a few moments of "time out" in her bed and I am recuperating from the traumatic episode that my daughter announced, after watching us run around like fools after her, was so funny!  I am sure it was quite a sight to see. 

At least she's safe, chicken bone free and not killed from a neglectful mommy not paying attention or giving her something she shouldn't have.   

On A Cold SNOW DAY Like Today...Soup Is On My Mind!

Is it on yours too? 
What's better on a cold winter's day than a big bowl of steaming HOT soup?

But what's your favorite kind?
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Maybe it's classic Chicken Noodle?
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Or perhaps Vegetable?
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Maybe it's my favorite...Butternut Squash?
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Or even a hearty and heavy Beef Stew?

HUNGRY YET?

I'd love to hear your favorite soup to fix and, if it's not soup you like to eat on a COLD WINTER'S DAY, then what do you fix you family to keep them all warm and toasty inside? 
 The ideas just might inspire me in the kitchen tonight! 
Maybe soup won't be on the menu after all! 

Let's hear some ideas!

Snap Shots Of Snow...

For those of you longing for some of the white fluffy stuff...

Heaven knows we have plenty to share with you, even if it is virtually!
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At first look this morning...off the back porch...
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I swear there is a fence under there somewhere...
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Jade the Puppy doesn't know what to think of it all...
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My faithful hubby, pushing the snowblower to clear our LONG driveway...
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The beautiful blue sky behind all the snow...

AND WE BREAK NOW...until it starts snowing again tomorrow night! 

Jade's Obsession With The Step2 Slide...CUTE PUPPY ALERT!!

Since we brought Jade home...she has had a strange attraction to our 2 year old's Step2 Slide he got from Santa.  At first, I thought it was just because she was trying to figure out what the kids were doing on it (cause all four of my kids love to play on it)...

Then, I realized...she wants to try it too... 
Sure enough, I put her up on top, she immediately went down and barked at me to go again.
I know it's hard to believe (because my daughter doesn't normally put her up there (she's getting kind of big now), but she really does love it! 

CUTE, right?  I LOVE IT!  Jade is definitely the perfect puppy for our family!  Crazy tricks and all...

Let's Hear It For Another Red Wagon Games Winner...


Steph said... 18
Another game I like is Kid Fit Island Resort for Wii

Congrats!  You now have 48 hours to claim your prize!  Thanks again to Red Wagon Games for sponsoring this giveaway!  Thank you to everyone who entered to win!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Watch "The TALK" On CBS On Friday - We Will Be Featured In Their "Follow Friday" Segment!

I am so excited...elated...thrilled...honored...and so on!  You get the idea, right?
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I was just notified that on Friday's episode of "The Talk" on CBS (check your local listings so you can DVR it)...during their "Follow Friday" segment (people they recommend following on Twitter), they will be showing my name (and face), my website (http://oneboredmommy.blogspot.com/) and my twitter handle @oneboredmommy. 

HOLY COW!  Talk about great publicity, right?  I am thru the roof excited! 

Thank you "The Talk" for making me feel so special!  This has helped snap me out of the "blues" I was feeling because of the weather today! 
You guys are awesome!
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in any way!

Two More ShopRite "POTLUCK" Posts To Make You Hungry...CHECK IT OUT!

I love being on this ShopRite "POTLUCK" blogger panel.  I have had to try new recipes, taste new products and grow in the kitchen!  Not only does that make me happy, but my husband and kids aren't complaining to loud either!
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Here are two more features I just had posted to the ShopRite "POTLUCK" Blog: 
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Are you hungry yet?  Check out all the other great posts and I am sure you'll hear your tummy start rumbling with hunger and your mouth will start watering too!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I am a ShopRite blogger and provided products to use in recipes and posts!

Just A Teaser...Just One Of The FABULOUS Companies Involved In Our 2nd Anniversary Celebration!

In efforts to get you guys as excited about our 2nd Anniversary Celebration, as I am about it...I am going to post a little teaser about one of our fabulous giveaways coming next month!
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It's from a company called...
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It will be worth over $70...
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and every mommy that reads my blog is going to want to enter to win it! 
Take my word for it.  It's going to be awesome!!

Tell your friends...have them follow us...cause next month, you're going to want to enter each and every awesome GIVEAWAY! 

Don't you love having a reason to celebrate?  I know I do! 

Personalized t-shirts, customizable hoodies and all sorts of unique gifts can be found at CafePress!


I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated for posting this!  Cafepress is sponsoring a giveaway for the 2nd Anniversary Celebration in February!