Tuesday, July 31, 2012

He's FEARLESS!! He Wrestles The Crocodiles!!

Watch the video...
Hope it made you smile & giggle a little!

Our youngest is just a "FUNNY" little guy!

"Back To School" - Have A "LICE FREE" School Year!

Head lice!  Just the mention of those two little words together honestly makes me cringe, makes my head itch and makes me relive a school year, a few years back...when we were invaded with these awful little pests!  


I had nightmares!  They were horrible to get rid of and then I was totally paranoid (still am) that we would get them again!

So what's a mommy to do...so she can sleep at night and not make her kids to nervous about possibly "hosting" one of these nasty bugs during the school year?  She is PROACTIVE!  She keeps products in the house to fight and DEFEND AGAINST...so it doesn't become a huge, ongoing issue throughout the school year!

Products like this one:

I am delighted to have this product to use to start out the school year this year!  And trust me...I'll be buying more, just for my personal peace of mind that we are DEFENDED against a head lice attack that might break out in the schools!  

I NEVER want to go through, what we went through, EVER AGAIN!  Trust me...neither do you!  So stock up and be proactive!!  You'll thank me in the end!

CLICK HERE to learn about their entire product line!

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Burt's Bees Baby Fall 2012 Collection = Soft, Organic and Adorable!

I love baby things!  I could truly, just keep having babies...because they are the sweetest GIFT GOD can give us!  But because I can't...I can enjoy shopping for my friends and family who are continuing to add to the earth's population!  
I got a sneak peek of "Burt's Bees Baby" 
Oh my goodness this set "Bee Mine", which includes a onesie, a bib and a hive hat will only be $9.99 and is totally worth every cent!  

The best part for you...this onesie set (it's adorable...admit it) is available already by CLICKING HERE and shopping at Target.com!  Order a few of these "Bee Mine" sets as gifts...the mommies to be will love this set for their new bundle of joy!

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Just To Be REAL...It Really Was "ONE OF THOSE DAYS!"

Maybe it's because it's Monday?
Maybe it's because it's almost a full moon?
Maybe it's just because life sometimes happens like this...

But today was just ONE OF THOSE DAYS!!

See, we were very anxiously awaiting our new puppy to be delivered today.  I vacuumed through the house, got the extra dog crate ready & a blanket inside, got the toys set out, his food & water bowl ready and anticipated our "PUPPY INSPECTION"...in hopes that they would leave the puppy with us.

Sure enough...she calls as I am trying to get the little guy down for his nap.  She asks if she can bring "Muttley" (what they called him) over now.  Of course, how could I say no?  The kids would be so excited!  So much so, that the little guy decides he can't nap today!  GREAT!!  ;)
Already off to a fantastic start!

She comes to deliver our new family member and then proceeds to drag her feet about leaving (I think he was one of her favorites from the rescued litter) and finally says her final nose licking goodbye to our new "TROOPER HUTSON".
He's adorable, right?

I decide that the best bet will be to put the puppy outside (until it goes pee...so I have a starting off point for potty training) and put our older dog JADE in the house until he does.  It seemed to be working out great...until I realize that because Jade was jumping at the slider, she had knocked the lock down...LOCKING US (all four kids, me and the new puppy) out of the house.  If I didn't keep the house sealed up "TIGHTER THAN A JAIL", we probably would have been able to find another way in...but unfortunately, we had no phone, no keys and no way of getting back inside...until my husband could get home from work.

We headed next door to the neighbors house (who I had yet to meet the actual adults of the household), to ask if we could use the phone.  Great...they must think I'm QUITE the "MOTHER OF THE YEAR", with our first impression, right?  Meanwhile, the kids think it's great and play with the puppy and their kids as we wait for my husband to arrive home to let us back in.

Meanwhile, our oldest son (for some strange and unknown reason), decides to open the one door of our "Ol' Bessie" mini van that is broke (and therefore does not lock)...and proceeds to set off the ALARM. I thought...oh great...but it should stop in a few minutes, right?  NOPE!!  It just kept going...and after ten minutes, I finally got the guts up to ask if the husband next door could disconnect a battery cable for me...so we could stop the horrible alarm and the now ringing in our ears.

Finally, my husband gets home and we are able to get into the house, I take the kids & the neighbor kids swimming...while the puppy takes his first nap in our home...and the rest of the afternoon & evening was much calmer.  

BUT PHEW...what a day!  A napless, new puppy, locked out of the house, car alarming sort of day!  Glad to be heading to bed shortly to start ANEW tomorrow morning!

"Back To School" - The BACKPACK Guide!

Backpacks!  A necessity to carry all the school essentials everyday!  
But where do you go to get just the right one?
Are your kids picky about their bags?
(the first day of school last year...2011-2012 school year)
Honestly, MINE ARE!  There are certain things that each one wants or needs out of their "SCHOOL BAG" or "BACKPACK".  

I've done the best I can to LINK YOU to "all things BACKPACK"!!  
If you can't find your kid's school bags from at least one of these links...I would love to hear from you and what you're seeking!  I love finding EXACTLY what my readers are looking for!

Walmart always has a huge "cost effective" collection of backpacks - CLICK HERE
My favorite "TARGET" never fails to come through - CLICK HERE
Jansport was always a winner & always will be - CLICK HERE
Amazon.com has great prices, sometimes free shipping and a huge selection - CLICK HERE
If personalized (names) is what you're seeking, Etsy should have something cute - CLICK HERE

I honestly hope I have saved you some time by putting together these "quick links", so you can get your "Back to School" shopping done quickly and painlessly!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

An Awesome "BACK TO SCHOOL" Resource - RetailMeNot.com

I use RetailMeNot.com a lot, when I am searching for online coupons to my favorite shops!

What about you?  

It seem that  they are one of the most reliable "ONLINE" sources for current & active discount codes and promo offers for all my favorites!!
Did you know that they are also a great resource for "BACK TO SCHOOL" Deals too?

CLICK HERE and check it all out!  
You can thank me later!!

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Are Your Kids Going "BACK TO SCHOOL"?

It's coming!  
That day that some mom's start counting down for...the moment SUMMER BREAK begins!  
Yes, I am talking about the day your kids get dropped off at school, ride the bus or start their 2012-2013 school year!  WOOHOO!!

Mine start in the middle of August...and I'll be honest, I am a little jazzed about that!  It will just be me and my little shopping buddy (our almost 4 year old) at home all day long!  We will be doing "at home" preschool here...but it will be an awfully quiet house in comparison!

So, I thought that I would do some posts...coming this week...for "BACK TO SCHOOL"!

Make sure to check in everyday for products, ideas, etc. for your family!

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Someone New Is Joining Our Family...

And we are so excited about it!
(this is Rico)
Four years ago, when we left California...to move to Connecticut, we had to give away our son's birthday present "RICO".  I promised to find him a good home (mission accomplished...he's super spoiled and well loved by his new family) and that when we had a fenced in backyard and owned our own house again...we would get him another puppy he could call HIS OWN.
Today we went to meet an adorable bundle of energy and sweetness!
Our son wants to name him ROGER...though I am earnestly trying to suggest other names.  
However, that's probably what his name will be.
He's a German Shepherd mix and we are adopting him through a place that saves puppies from shelters that put dogs down.    
Who could put such a sweet puppy down??
I was super duper pleased with how well our dog Jade took to him.  They were nose to nose and she didn't bark at him once.  That's a rarity with her.  SERIOUSLY!  She's really vocal!  Pretty sure that means she sort of liked him too!  She better...he's going to be her little brother!  They are going to be the best of friends!  I can tell already!

So happy to be providing him with a happy, loving & safe home!

So be on the lookout for more SUPER CUTE puppy posts coming...

He will be joining our family early next week and we can't wait to call him our own!

She Got In The Saddle Today...

Our youngest daughter has a passion for horses!  Always has, always will...I think!  Pretty sure that it's helped to have a Grandma and Aunt who have a love of horses (and own their own) too.  That's something that we've all looked forward to, about our visits to Grandma's house.
So today, she got her first RIDING LESSON!  
(Learning to lead the horse all by herself!)
I honestly have a feeling this will be one of many!  From the sound of it...once people get the itch for it...it's a life long LOVE!!
(In the saddle...what a big girl!  So proud of her!)
So proud of her!  She had a few jitters this morning before leaving...and she wanted only her DADDY to take her (it's rare when we get one on one time with the kids)...so I am anxious for her to get home, so I can hug her and hear all about it.  Thankful her daddy snapped a few pictures, so I could be excited...from home...for her!

GO GIRL!!  Giddy Up horse!  
She's our little COWGIRL!

Could "DOG SITTING" Help You Get Physically Fit?

This company seems to think so...or hope so at least!  Plus, you can earn a little extra money in the process too!  Plus, using this company could actually save the DOG OWNER some money (dog boarding is so expensive) in letting an individual take care of your animal instead of taking them to an actual BOARDING place or Kennel.

So, what's the deal??

DogVacay that will literally pay you to take in a dog for the weekend. Research shows that dog owners are significantly more active than those who don’t have dogs: they spend at least 30 more minutes exercising per week and scientists have found dogs to be superior walking partners to humans as they can’t complain or talk you out of exercising. 

But what if you can't afford a full-time pet or don’t have the time for one? Better than going to the gym, you can take your weekend puppy on walks, hikes, jogs, and maybe even mingle at the dog park. If you already have a dog, it's a fun way to socialize him and make a few extra dollars on the side.
The site is simple: you post a photo of yourself, your place, your nightly rate, and a few sentences about why you're a great candidate to watch dogs in your neighborhood. Then, dog owners nearby who need a home for their pup while they're out of town can search for free through all the nearby hosts and find the perfect match for their dog. It's cheaper than the kennel, and dog owners feel good knowing their pet is in a real, loving home. The focus of DogVacay is on dog boarding, but people can also sign up to be dog walkers exclusively.

DogVacay was started less than a year ago by an adorable young couple who took a big hit during the recession, and then boarded over 100 dogs in their home as a way to help pay for their wedding. Aaron and Karine are expecting their first child in August - and Karine plans to get the most out of her dogs Rocky and Rambo to take off the baby weight! 

Here is a $10 coupon code off their first boarding, feel free to add it to the post! The code is: SUMMERVACAY

PRETTY COOL, right? CLICK HERE to head over, watch a video about it and possibly sign up to be a part of this awesome company!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Recurrent UTI's Bringing You Down? FIGHT BACK with Cystex!

I don't get a lot of them as an adult, but when I was a little girl, I remember getting recurring UTI's.  OUCHIE!  I also remember my mom making me drink lots of cranberry juice...in order to keep my system working correctly!  Seriously...UTI's HURT BAD!!
I was super excited to learn about Cystex and to now have some on hand, should I have a flair up.  
In fact, I received an awesome "GIFT PACK" that included:
A compact mirror
A travel brush
A makeup kit
and an emergency PMS kit (which is super cute & perfect to have if you're ever "IN A PINCH").

A few things I really like about Cystex...it not only provides pain relief (which heaven knows...if you have a UTI...this is crucial), but also offers antibacterial protection!  It is the only brand that helps inhibit the progression of an infection until you see the doctor...so things don't get worse!

I also remember, as a little girl...that drinking lots of water is SUPER important too.  So if you're a person with recurring UTI's, take that to heart as well!
They are also having a GIVEAWAY on their facebook fan page (CLICK HERE) that you won't want to miss out on entering!!  

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Vitamins For The Whole Family...THE EASY & TASTY WAY!

Being a healthy family is important to us!  I hope & believe it should be a priority for most American families as well!  Making sure that our kids are getting the vitamins & minerals their growing bodies need to stay healthy is "TOP" on our list of high importance!  

But some kids & even parents don't like taking vitamins!
However, not many kids I know...will turn down a sweet adorable gummy bear.  If they do, they are quite the exception!
The kids were super excited when this gift basket arrived...since we were needing to replenish their vitamin supply!  
Mama was just about to head to Target to stock up!
I have always been a fan of GUMMY vitamins.  These adorably shaped "Lil Critters" vitamins not only make my kids smile, but satisfy their sweet tooth and provide their growing bodies with "ALL THE GOODS" too!  AWESOME!  I never have to fight my kids to take these.  They taste delicious...
And yes...they (Vitafusion) have amazing adult gummies too!  I am in LOVE with their Calcium for adults.  I love the texture (they are meaty) and the taste (like a creamsicle).  THEY are delicious and also providing my body with plenty of extra calcium that I'm probably not getting in my diet.  
Especially since I don't like drinking milk.

My only warning about these vitamins...is to make sure you brush your kids teeth and your teeth own too, after taking them...because the reason they taste so good, also can cause QUITE the cavities in your mouth.  Our dentist warned that if we decide to give GUMMY vitamins...to just make sure to brush well after they take them!

We are huge fans of the entire Lil Critters and Vitafusion LINE!  

If our family loves them...yours will probably love them too!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

What The HECK Is A "Haboob"?

I learned a new word while I was in AZ for my Grandma's funeral:

A haboob (Arabicهَبوب‎ "strong wind") is a type of intense duststorm carried on an atmospheric gravity current. Haboobs occur regularly in arid regions throughout the world.

Can I just say...WOW!  Witnessing this Haboob blow into town and witnessing the intensity was INSANE!  I have honestly never seen anything like it before...EVER!  
It was actually, almost frightening (end times-ish)!
As we were driving, it almost appeared as a cloud of SMOKE...so I asked my cousin (who was driving) what that was.  She said, "Oh...it's a Haboob!"
But then it got closer and closer...and BIGGER & BIGGER!
Finally, it blew through my cousin's neighborhood!  
Yes...that's my cousin, outside, smoking a cigarette during the Haboob.  
Not real smart, right?  
Of course, I was honestly just as foolish to run out and snap a picture of her...
I had dust in my teeth, my hair, my eyes (I had to throw my contacts out after this Haboob), etc.  

Have you ever heard of a Haboob?  Have you ever witnessed one blowing through?  Your thoughts??

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chicken Soup For The Soul - Messages From Heaven

There couldn't be a more fitting time for me to receive this book in the mail:

My Grandmother (my mom's mom) just passed away this last Thursday night...and as you're reading this, I am getting ready to attend her funeral in Arizona.  I have been dealing with a little bit of sadness, about not getting to tell her goodbye.

This sweet book, "Chicken Soup For the Soul - Messages From Heaven" offers 101 Miraculous stories of "SIGNS FROM BEYOND", Amazing Connections, and Love that Doesn't Die.

Now, I'll admit that I don't believe all that is in this book, religiously speaking, but it's a heartwarming book filled with stories that will offer you encouragement, help renew your faith in the LOVE you shared with loved ones who have left this world, etc.  It shares stories about miracles (which I definitely do believe in), answered prayers (AMEN TO THAT) and more...

CLICK HERE to look inside the book and to order a copy for you or a loved one today!

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Monday, July 23, 2012

All Natural Sunscreen For My Kids - YES PLEASE!

We've reviewed already, some of the fabulous 100% natural products from:
...and we were thrilled with them!  
So I was delighted to learn they have a sun care line for my kids as well!  
Not only are these 100% natural, have no chemical suncreens, no nanoparticles and are a lovely orange scent...but they are super fun to apply (sort of like INDIAN PAINT).  My daughter said they remind her of a glue stick for her skin.  The colored ones stay COLORFUL and the clear rubs in CLEAR...and my kids love them!  They are also "water resistant, made with beeswax (that softens and protects the skin) and can be used on the lips, nose, cheeks and even ears.
I love that they are not harmful to their skin or bodies, but yet will protect them from the suns harmful rays while we play in the sun...cause heaven knows we've been doing a lot of that this summer.

CLICK HERE to check out the entire line of "KISS MY FACE" products and perhaps you'll be "FACE PAINTING" your kids faces before they go play in the sun with these fun "SUN STICKS" too!

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

All For You...

Do you ever stop & feel "OVERCOME" by what Christ did for you?  
Seriously...and our lives "SHOULD BE" all for HIM and reflect that overcoming reality too!!
I love this song and wanted to share it with you guys on this Beautiful Sunday!

Be blessed today!

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Want To Make The SIMPLEST "GLUTEN FREE" Peanut Butter Cookies Ever?

My Mom had a secret PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE recipe that she always used when my sister and I were growing up to give us a quick & easy sweet treat!  They are even better when you add a cup of chocolate chips to the mix too!  

But really, they have the shortest and easiest ingredient list ever...are you ready for this?

1 Cup Peanut Butter
1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 Cup chocolate chips

That's it...believe it or not!

Mix it all together well, ball up and then flatten with a fork and bake at 350 degrees until set in the middle.  

They are rich, delicious and GLUTEN FREE!  
Doesn't get much better than that...right?

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fabulous Fashionable Friday - I Love FUN Hairstyles...

I am a big fan of "STYLING" hair in new and cute ways.  Having a mom that always did my sister & my hair cute, when we were little...I not only make a huge effort (personally) to have my hair fixed cutely before I leave the house...but especially with my girls!  

And this desire intensifies even more so over the school year!

Since PINTEREST is such an amazing place to "COLLECT IDEAS", I thought I'd share some great ones I found to either try, or have tried!

Some of these look a tad bit difficult and others look pretty simple!  
I'd love to hear how it goes if you try any out on yourself or your girls!

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