Thursday, June 30, 2011

Curious Why We Owe Our Landlord a New APPLE TREE?

One word can describe our true reason:

JADE (the puppy)

Tonight, while the kids and I were outside, I had her on her tether, so she could play.  Suddenly, our seven year old makes a LOUD AND CLEAR announcement, "MOM...Jade pulled out the tree!"

What?  What the heck was she talking about?
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I turn around to find the dog tangled in the tree & stakes.  Her tether wrapped all around it and the poor broken off tree was snapped like a twig.  OH GREAT!  My oldest son was about in tears, "Oh no...the poor apple tree!  It's DEAD!  Can we save it?" 
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"Umm...sorry honey", I said, "but she snapped it off and the roots are still in the ground!  It's not saveable!"
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Not only is our dog digging holes in the grass...but now she's breaking the trees off at the base and dragging them around the yard like it's nothing. 
Oh the joys of having such a large and in charge dog!

NEWS FLASH: GoldToe Brand Makes Socks For The WHOLE FAMILY!!

When I hear of GOLDTOE Socks, I immediately think of Men's socks.  In fact, until this package arrived today...I thought that was the only type of socks they made. 
Boy did they prove me wrong!
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GoldToe brand socks aren't just for men.  They have socks for the entire family and I was super excited (and so were my girls) to put their socks to a test drive.
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Funny thing...we received 3 different sizes of the same type of socks from their "girl's" line and funny enough, I fit into the largest ones.  So it was PERFECT!  All three of the ladies in our family had a 3 pack of matching, adorable and made to last socks.  I loved them & the girls loved the fact that we all had matching socks!
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I also got to try a few pairs from their "women's" line and I loved them too! 
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They were soft, comfortable, stretchy and QUALITY socks that I, despite my need to be bare foot, look forward to wearing next winter!

So, now that you learned something new...unless you already knew that GOLDTOE socks made socks for the whole family...you should head over and check out their entire line!

I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the products sent for review/feature!  This feature will also appear on the Chic Mom Magazine website!

Four "CUTE" Reasons I Do What I Do! Sometimes (But Not That Often) I Have To Remind Myself Too...

Why do I choose to stay at home with my kids? 

First...I want you to stop and take a look at their little faces:
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Now...how could I live with myself if I missed a second of their lives? 

I mean, if we financially needed for me to work (which we are super blessed to not be in that position), then I wouldn't have a choice & would have to work.  However, because I have a choice...I am so glad & thankful that I choose to be here with them.  Being a mommy is the best job I could have ever dreamed of having!

Even if that means that I have to witness "far to often" fights & spats, attitudes & disobedience, or even boo boos & injuries. 

Because all the smiles, the giggles, the funny things they say, the hugs, the "I love you mommy", the moments of success I get to witness first hand...MAKES EVERY MOMENT WORTHWHILE!

I love my job! 
I wouldn't change it if I could!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ideal Products To Prepare For the 4th...We've Got "Red" Eye Relief, "White" Teeth and A New "Blue" Way To Brush!

Can you believe that the 4th of July is next week? 
INDEPENDENCE DAY already? 
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Typically, people have "quite" the gatherings for this fun celebration and I get to tell you about a few products that want to make sure you  are RED, WHITE AND BLUE READY!
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These ones you might want to run out, buy and either start using or have on hand for your festivities!
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The first product will take the RED OUT and keep it out!  You know...those sore red eyes that develop from a day full of swimming pool fun?  Visine Maximum Redness Relief Formula of course!  I think of Visine anytime I think of a way of relieving red eyes and now this formula offers:
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The second product will help keep your teeth amazingly white...  Any guesses what it could be?  It's Rembrandt Deeply White + Peroxide "Winter Mint" Toothpaste!  It's specially formulated with a rapid-release peroxide that starts working immediately on contact for visibly whiter teeth. I love using Rembrandt products because I love drinking coffee, and the stains are so hard to control, unless I am daily using their toothpaste!
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The third product is brand new to me & it's BLUE!  Not the type of product, because we all use it (at least we should), but the way it works amazes me.  It's a blue toothbrush you're going to be buying more than just for the 4th.  It's going to become your favorite!  Why?  If you're like me and need extra help keeping your teeth white...then this toothbrush is ideal for you as well!  It's the REACH Total Care + Whitening toothbrush.  This brush has Calcium Carbonate Micrawhitening technology that not only whitens, but cleans away stains as you brush. 
How cool is that?

So now...you're set to be LOOKING fantastic for your 4th of July festivities!  Your eyes will be far less red and irritated, your teeth with be bright white and also stain free thanks to your new blue toothbrush

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

Yo Gabba Gabba: Party In A Box Arrives July 12th! See What We Think About It Before You Can Buy It!

My little guy is a HUGE Yo Gabba Gabba fan!  In fact, I need to find a way to get him on that show!  He'd love that! 

Anyway, he was delighted when a packaged arrived from Nickelodeon...because the contents inside brought an immediate smile to his face!
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Why?
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We received one of the newest releases from Nickelodeon... "Yo Gabba Gabba: Party In A Box".  This 3 DVD collection includes, "Birthday Boogie", "Clubhouse", and "Dancey Dance Bunch".  These DVDs will let you explore everything from animals, to new foods, to birthdays and even dress-up. 
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We loved this collection of our favorite episodes of Yo Gabba Gabba...plus, they guest star "SPECIAL" guests like Erykah Badu, The Ting Tings & Elijah Wood.

If you CLICK HERE and pre-order (being released July 12th) this "Yo Gabba Gabba: Party In A Box" on Amazon, you can save $7.00! 
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Cute Conversations With A Three Year Old...Oh The Things They Come Up With!

So, tonight...I gave the kids a bath (like normal) and had them go get their pajamas, before they got the in bathtub.  The girls came in with normal PJ's and my little guy came in with his pajama bottoms and a t-shirt that reads "Elf In Training" that I bought for him at Christmas time.
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As I was getting him dressed tonight...I asked him, "What does your shirt say?" Just because I was curious what exactly his response would be...since he selected a Christmas shirt to wear to bed.

He smiled and said, "I Love MOMMY Very Much!" 

I giggled and said, "Ummm...no, that's not what is says!  What does it say?"

He smiles again and says, "There's popsicles in the freezer and we can have one?"

Oooh!  He's a smart one...and how his little brain works already!  He's so gosh darn cute, I had to laugh and then I proceeded to explain to him what the shirt "REALLY" said!  He cracks me up!

The Art Of Writing A Hand Written Letter...A Lost Art? Not In This House!!

It all started in fourth grade when I was sitting in the back of my parents car, waving goodbye to my best friend as we moved from Spokane, WA. to Lancaster, CA.  The move was devastating to me...because I was leaving my friend behind...never to be seen again.  But that didn't mean we couldn't stay in touch. 
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In fact, we have continued being pen pals since fourth grade. 
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Writing letters, sending pictures, celebrating birthdays with presents, etc.  If you think about it...it's been 24 years (TWENTY FOUR YEARS) of writing back and forth.  We've lost touch a couple times, been able to reconnect, shared boy friend woes, our excitements of getting married, starting our families, etc. 
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She just gave birth to her second son, and though we have never seen each other since four grade...I feel like I know her and her family!  I love that!  We laugh...because we will probably be two very OLD women by the time we get to see each other, in person, again!  But I can't wait to give her a hug...I've had one stored up for her all these years!

So it's important to me that my kids keep close relationships with their friends...even if there are miles in between them.  Even if those miles are only a few (over the summer). 
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My son Clayton made a "BEST FRIEND" at the end of his 3rd grade year (this last year).  Even though the summer just started last week for the boys...he already sent his friend a "MESSAGE" (as he calls it) in the mail and today he received his first one back from his buddy! 
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I can't tell you how this delights me!  Not only because this will be awesome for him to continue, even when school is in session, but it also helps him with his spelling, writing, drawing and creativity.  It also helps him build relationships, even if he's not seeing his friend "IN REAL LIFE".    I am so proud of him!  I hope this isn't a fleeting thing.  I'll continue buying postage, envelopes and unlimited amounts of paper...as long as he continues writing to his friends.  :) 

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH!

It's Time For Summer Hair Cuts...And A Little Feather Flair Too! SEE OUR NEW LOOKS!

I hit my breaking point with my current hair style last week.  After seeing my ponytail thin down to almost nothing...I had to do something.  My hair needed a healthy, cute SUMMER cut...and that's what I did!  I went to the mall & got my hair cut into a "Heidi Klum" inspired style. 
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What do you think?  I PERSONALLY LOVE IT!
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It seems that whenever MOMMY gets her hair cut, the girls are also inspired to cut their hair...so they begged and pleaded.  My oldest daughter wanted her hair cut just like mommies...and the youngest daughter wanted her hair cut just like her big sisters.  SO CUTE!  So I obliged and they have adorable new SUMMER hairstyles too...that are similar in length to mommies.  (yes...in case you're wondering...I cut them myself).
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We also ordered hair feathers extensions from HipChicks3.com.  My oldest daughter got purple, my youngest daughter got pink and mommy got teal.  They were super easy to put in and despite the fact that they were a little pricey (you pay per feather & bead), they will last up to 6 weeks and can be styled just like our normal hair.  So far...we love them!
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So there you go...the One Bored Mommy ladies got a new look for summer! 
Thoughts?  Comments? 
Did we inspire you to get your hair cut this summer? 
Do you want Feather Extensions now?

Don't Forget: SEE ME AGAIN On" The Nate Berkus Show" Today With Dr. Oz!

Another friendly reminder that my "Nate Berkus Show" segment is being re-runned today.
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Make sure you tune it and watch, especially if you missed it during it's original airing in February.  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to share the stage with both Nate Berkus and Dr. Oz. 

I Took My Three Older Kids To The Movies Last Night...Can You Guess What We Saw?

Our friend's daughter is leaving for the summer to be with her daddy, so her mom invited a bunch of her little friends together to say goodbye and see a cute movie too.
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We saw...Mr. Popper's Penguins! 
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Now, I can tell you truthfully...I am not a huge Jim Carey fan.  In fact, I will avoid watching any of his movies at all cost.  I do not appreciate his humor...but I was pleasantly surprised by this new movie.  Not only was the story a little bit heart warming, but you can't help but walk away from the movie wanting a PET PENGUIN.  They are so adorable & super sweet.  I loved how each penguin had it's own personality!  My kids loved that too!
My seven year old loved the part when the baby penguins hatched...SO SWEET!

My nine year old loved it when Jim Carey's character hooked the Zoo Keeper in the pet lasso and was asking him, "Why are you hitting yourself?"  He was cracking up!

My five year old loved the choreographed dance with Jim Carey and the penguins.

This is definitely a cute movie!  If you can't make it to the theater before it's done...definitely rent this for your family!  You will giggle, you will say, " aw" and you will leave the theater wanting a penguin of your own.
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was not compensated in anyway!  We paid for our own tickets to this movie!  I just wanted to share with my readers my thoughts on it!

Would You MURDER Your Child?

I truthfully have not been closely following the Casey Anthony Trial, but I am disturbed and absolutely disgusted at just the thought of a mother killing her own child.  I cannot fathom how a parent can get that far away from being the loving, caring and providing parent that GOD has intended for us to be when He gifts us with those innocent lives.

Have you ever thought about it?  I mean...you would really have to be "off your rocker" or on some mind altering medication to do damage to your family like that, right?  It just really makes me SICK! 
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Have you been following the Casey Anthony trial?  Do you think she murdered her daughter?  Do you think she's innocent and being framed? 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!

Monday, June 27, 2011

THIS T-Shirt Says It All...DO YOU AGREE?

My little sister sent me a package in the mail and inside was a shirt that I couldn't wait to wear! 
It's totally ME!!  LOL! 
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Would you watch it...if I really did have my own show? 

Anyway, I just had to share, cause I thought it was to funny not to! 
Thanks Sissy Pooh! You made my day!

"TEAM UMIZOOMI" Is Helping My Preschoolers With Their "MIGHTY MATH POWERS"! You Can #WIN One Too!

Summer is in full effect in our house, which means my kids are in as much "VACATION" mode as I am.  Not having to wake up early to get them out the door, not being challenged or stimulated by their teachers during the school day, etc.  Even my preschoolers (my 5 and 2 year old) like to take a "SUMMER VACATION" from learning...which is why I need ways to camouflage their learning.  Making it fun, interesting and fully interactive! 
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I was super excited to be picked (by MomSelect) as one to receive this new "Team Umizoomi Preschool Math Kit" (that will be exclusively at ToysRUs in July).  This kit will not only keep my kids (not only the preschoolers) thinking about their numbers and all that jazz, but they will be having so much fun doing it...they won't even realizing I am still stimulating their brain! SCORE!
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My kids were excited to dive into this interactive Math Preschool learning kit. 
This kit includes:
A 48 page workbook
A 24 page storybook
24 Mighty Math Mission Cards (that offer the kids hands on ways of learning math)
48 page activity book
Team Umizoomi episode DVD
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If you can't tell from the pictures, they loved this kit.  My five year old started a workbook right away.  My oldest daughter got to work on MISSIONS for the younger two to complete from the Mighty Math Mission Cards. My youngest son was very interested in looking at the story book and watching the DVD.

Do you have a child or children you would like to stay focused this summer...but who are ready to take a "BREAK" from learning?  Would this kit come in handy for you as well? 
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I get the opportunity to offer (1) lucky reader their chance to win one of these kits, before they hit store the ToysRUs store shelves in July.

To Enter This Giveaway (you must do the first and then one or all of the following):
1st - Tell me how you're currently keeping your kids motivated during the summer to continue learning
2nd - Tell me if they are fans of Team Umizoomi
3rd - Tell me if you think they would be excited to try out this fun & interactive kit
4th - "LIKE" us on Facebook (CLICK HERE) & comment that you do
5th - "FOLLOW" us on Twitter (CLICK HERE) & comment that you do
6th - Follow our blogspot directly & comment that you do
7th - Tweet about this giveaway & comment that you did (you may do this twice daily)
8th - Blog about this giveaway & comment that you did, with a link, so we can read about it
9th - Enter one of the other giveaways & comment that you did (you may do this once per giveaway entered)

This giveaway will end on July 11, 2011 and is opened to US Residents only!  Be sure to leave your e-mail address with each entry and leave separate comments for each entry!

Thanks Team UmiZoomi (and Nickelodeon)!  We love this kit and are thrilled that our kids will be excited to use their "Mighty Math Powers" all summer long.
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for the review/feature!

"The Familiars #2 - Secrets Of The Crown" Is High On Our Son's Summer Reading List!

Remember how I just blogged last week about my son's big accomplishment with reading?  Well, I hope to see that reading passion continue throughout the entire summer.  I would love for him to start back to school next year, far ahead of where he was when he ended school this year. 
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So, I was thrilled that I just received a copy of the newest "The Familiars" book
Do you remember how we reviewed the first one?
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This new book, "The FAMILIARS #2 - Secrets Of The Crown" should be another awesome way to keep him inspired to read all summer long.  It, in fact, it just jumped to #1 on his list of books to read this summer, but he's excited to follow this story further and dive into this magical adventure.  These adorable & intriguing characters will undoubtedly encounter lots of new adventures, dangers and hopefully uncover the mysteries of the past.
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Do you have a child that loves to read?  How about a child you're encouraging to continue reading.  Especially books that will spark their interest and keep them truly entertained?

Please...pre-order a copy (CLICK HERE) of this book (set to be released September 6th) and prepare them to enjoy a magical journey & adventurous time with a telekinetic cat, a know-it-all blue jay and a gullible tree frog.
I was not paid to feature this post!  I was compensated only by the product sent for review/feature!