Saturday, August 31, 2013

(Giveaway) Baby's Journey Changing Station

If you have little ones at home or are expecting a new baby, you'll want to check this out!
Rebecca from Southern Mess Moms has a giveaway going for this:
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You can read her review of it here and you can enter to win your own right here:

Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday Funnies

Every Friday we celebrate here with Friday Funnies.  This week's 3 funnies are ones I just found this week on pinterest.

First.  This cat would scare the boogers out of me.
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I'm sorry if you are more sophisticated than thinking "T-Rex had really short arm-jokes" are funny.  I'm not.  Trex will never cease to make me laugh and I have a tshirt from walmart to prove it.  So when this dinosaur comic showed up in the humor section of pinterest this was destined to go on my Funnies board.

hahahahahahahahahahaha so this is how the dinosaurs died!!! Trex.

Finally, how in the WORLD does this happen to a bus??
HAHA. Ms. Frizzle and the Magic Schoolbus.

Don't miss out on the funny stuff during the week.  Follow my funnies pinterest board here, or 'like' the blog's facebook page here.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to the Grind (teacher gift)

Here's a simple back to school gift for your child's teacher, principal, or school secretary.

I decorated this little card and attached it to a bag of coffee.

"Welcome back to the grind."  haha.  Get it?  :)

-linked at Serenity Now

Monday, August 26, 2013

37 "T" Snacks

Tasked with sending in snack during letter "T" week?  Here are 37 "T" snack ideas for your preschool, kindergarten, or homeschool fun!
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  1. Tomato
  2. Tangerine
  3. Turkey breast
  4. Tostinos pizza rolls
  5. Taffy
  6. Tamales
  7. Turtle Cheesecake
  8. Turtles brand chocolate/caramel clusters
  9. Toad in the Hole (toast with an egg in the middle)
  10. Taquitos
  11. Tombstone pizza
  12. Tri color rotini
  13. Tempeh
  14. Triscuits
  15. Taco salad
  16. Tortilla chips
  17. Twizzlers
  18. Twinkies
  19. Tuna Salad
  20. Tootsie Rolls
  21. Turnip greens
  22. Tater Tots
  23. Toffee
  24. Tarts
  25. Trix cereal
  26. Trifle
  27. Tea
  28. Tiramisu
  29. Tru Moo chocolate milk
  30. Tilapia
  31. Teddy Grahams
  32. Texas caviar (a bean dip)
  33. Tang drink mix
  34. Tic Tacs
  35. Toast
  36. Teriyaki chicken
  37. Tandoori chicken

Friday, August 23, 2013

Friday Funnies

It's Friday, time to get your laugh on!

Google doesn't hold grudges.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Who me? Another award!

Zucchini Summer Blog has been given the Liebster Award from The Paper Vine.  If you don't read The Paper Vine, you need to.  She's your go-to for all things paper crafty!


The rules are I have to answer her questions and then nominate a couple other bloggers for the award.

Questions 1. What’s your favorite meal of the day — breakfast, lunch or dinner? Dinner
2. What’s your favorite fruit? Watermelon or maybe Strawberries
3. When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Teacher, I'm working on the B.S. in Elementary Education right now.  Fulfilling that childhood dream!
4. What quality do you find most attractive in others? Honesty
5. What’s your favorite sport? Ice Hockey
6. Gold or silver?  Silver
7. What’s your favorite candy? Reeses
8. What’s your favorite online shopping website? Amazon because you can get ANYTHING from there.
9. What’s your pet peeve? Grumpy drivers.  Dude, we'll get there.  Chill out.
10. Winter, spring, summer or fall? Fall (bonfires!!) or Spring (flowers!!)
11. How many pairs of shoes do you have? 10 maybe?

Now here are the questions for MY nominees:
1-- What is the most recent book you read?
2-- If you had 3 dogs, what would you name them?
3-- Most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you?
4-- If you had $1,000 that you had to spend RIGHT NOW on yourself (not your kids, family, friends, just YOU), what would you get?
5-- If you had $1,000 that you had to give away within the next 24 hours...what would you do with it?

Finally, I'm giving an award to THESE bloggers:
Called to be a Mom
Crystal's Tiny Treasures

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

An Award

Thank you so much to From the Burbs to the Boonies for giving me this award!

 Now the rules are I need to:
1) Display the logo (done),
2) Link back to the person who nominated me (done),
3) Share 10 things about myself (done), and
4) Nominate up to 10 bloggers (done)

Ten things about myself: 
  1. My hair was crazy crazy light blonde as a child.  Now, if I want to be blonde I have to make an appointment and pay money for it.
  2. My first job was at a restaurant.  I loved it. 
  3. My next job was working for a private racing company. I loved it.
  4. My 3rd job was at the YMCA.  I hated it.
  5. This year my husband and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.
  6. He makes a mean blackberry cobbler.  I would've married him sooner if I'd have known it back then.
  7. You know how you win goldfish at the fair and they die really fast?  I had one that lived over  a year in a recycled pickle bologna jar.
  8. If you don't know what pickle bologna is, I feel sorry for you.
  9. Thursday nights I watch Grey's Anatomy.  People know not to call me from 9-10pm. 
  10. My parents and I would call each other during the Presidential Debates.  "Hello?"  "Did you hear/see that?"  "Yes! hahaha"  "okay bye."  This continued off and on during all of the debates.  We also do it during State of the Union addresses.  "Hello?"  "What did he just put in his mouth?"  "Was that a pill?"  "I think it was a mint."   
And here are my nominees. They each offer something unique, fun and interesting:
Walking in Memphis in High Heels
I Can Teach My Child
Thanks, Mail Carrier (tons of giveaways, I won an awesome skateboard for my son last year!)
Keeping Up With the McCaslands (she's one of my followers and the link goes to a funny post of hers)
Life Inside the Box (an Operation Christmas Child coordinator's blog)
Royal Little Lambs


Monday, August 19, 2013

24 Letter "N" Snacks

This week's letter for our snack list is "N."  If you're teaching preschool, homeschooling, or just looking to add some variety and fun to your children's routine, here are some N foods to help you out!
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  1. Nuts
  2. Naval oranges
  3. Nutter butter cookies
  4. Navy Bean Soup
  5. Nips (the caramel hard candies. Menards often sells them for $1/box)
  6. Nutter Butters
  7. Napa cabbage
  8. Nabisco products
  9. New England Clam Chowder
  10. Naan
  11. Nachos
  12. Nectarines
  13. Nilla wafers
  14. Nutella
  15. Nestea
  16. Necco wafers
  17. Neopolitan ice cream
  18. No bake cookies
  19. Nerds candy
  20. Nestle chocolate (for making hot chocolate)
  21. Nutrigrain bars
  22. New potatoes
  23. Nuggets-Chicken
  24. Nuggets-the Hershey's chocolates
Need a different letter-of-the-week snack idea?  The entire index is right here!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday Funnies (Candy Crush Saga)

This week's funnies are Candy Crush Saga themed.  And if you want to brag about what level you're on, come talk to us on facebook.

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There are always a few haters:
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Thursday, August 15, 2013

3 things I love about Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a website that you can join for free.  You go to their site, answer a daily poll, do a couple web searches, etc.
In doing so, you earn what are called "Swagbucks" that can then be redeemed for things.  I save my swagbucks and always get Amazon gift cards.  

Do you hear me?  A free gift card to Amazon! 

This week I'm cashing in my swagbucks for another $5 gift card to Amazon.  FREE IS GOOD.

Why do I love swagbucks?  Here are the top 3 reasons:

1. Swagbucks is easy to use.  I've joined other things before that required you spend $ before getting a percent back (ebates), or that had horribly hard to use sites.  If *I*, who has ran into other people's mailboxes and spent months thinking captcha was turned off for commenting, can master the swagbucks website, anyone can. 
what swagbucks look like on your screen

2. They have games.  I know, I know, your all still obsessed with Farmville or Candy Crush.  BUT, playing games on the swagbucks site has actually earned me swagbucks, so its like getting PAID to sit there and play a game.  That's how I justify "just 2 more minutes" in my mind. 

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one of my favorite Swagbucks Games
3. Free. Stuff.  I mean, being easy to use and having games is one thing, but I wouldn't do it if there wasn't something in it for me.  I've heard of some people (Money Saving Mom maybe?) that bank their amazon gift cards and use it towards purchasing Christmas presents for their family members.  
  Use the $5 to splurge on a book for yourself, save up a few of the gift cards and buy something for a charity, there are lots of ways to use your free amazon gift cards from swagbucks!

*amazon is not the only gift card option. There are lots of other stores that you can get gift cards from, or you can choose the PayPal option.

If you want to go to swagbucks, you can join through my referral link right here. I get no cash for you joining, but I do earn some swagbucks.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wishlist Wednesday (fabric!)

I've been sewing more lately, and therefore growing my fabric wishlist.  I thought today I'd share some of my favorite current prints with you!

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Fat Quarter Shop (image from their too) has this great gray and yellow.

For the kids, they also have this ADORABLE fabric
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It has a panel option too if you want to go that route.  My 3 year old saw me looking at it and said "Hey! Firetruck!"  

Julie from The Intrepid Thread has the new Woodland Pals stuff:
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Isn't that the cutest thing?  The little racoons crack me up.

One more, also from The Intrepid Thread.  World Tour.  Not little kidsy like Ruff n' Tuff or Woodland Pals, this fabric collection is ornate and for grown ups:

Isn't it just GORGEOUS!?

There you have it, my current fabric wishlist.  What about you?  Is there a fabric or project you've had on your wishlist for awhile?  Leave a link to it in the comments (as if I need MORE fabric to covet! ha!).

By the way, NONE of the links are affiliate links. I get jack-diddly-squat if you go there and buy something, but by all means, if you love the fabric, knock yourself out!  

Friday, August 9, 2013

Friday Funnies (Shark Week)

Confession: I don't watch Shark Week.

Fact: Everyone else does.

Today's funnies are for you Shark Week fans!

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Uh, Sorry About That

A blogger's apology.

You know how when you go to a blog and you want to leave a comment, sometimes one of these dastardly things pops up:
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Don't you hate those?  Half the time I can't even tell what it says and I'm squinting and thinking "is that an l or an r???!", and heaven forbid you guess wrong and have to start over.  Or try to guess at the letters from your phone.

Those little word thingys are called captchas, they allegedly help prevent spam although I'm thinking they are maybe just to annoy the heck out of us.

I decided not to use it on my blog.  Just leave a comment, I'll deal with the spam, whatevs man.

Mmmhmm.  For MONTHS I thought captcha was gone and it wasn't!  And you kind souls left comments anyway.  Sorry about that.

It really is truly gone now.  I found the box to uncheck.  Promise.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wordless Wednesday (Creative)

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Hope your Wednesday is full of creativity and very little tidiness!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

mom memories

Everyone tells mothers to "cherish these days". "They go fast." "You'll miss the little things."

When my kids are grown and out of the house, I will miss little handprint smudges on the walls, windows, every counter surface.

When my kids are grown and out of the house, I will miss the sometimes-complex bedtime routines.

When my kids are grown and out of the house, I will miss hearing about the school day.

I will miss cheering at soccer games and belt graduations at karate.
I will miss helping a little one wash his little hands.
I will miss seeing the older one's Lego projects and skateboard tricks.

I will NOT miss getting them {up}, {dressed}, {fed}, and {out} the door for church on Sunday mornings. Not. One. Bit..
^Not a real photo of me and my kids. In case you were wondering.
Let's hear it moms: What will you NOT miss 5, 10, 15 years from now?  Sound off in the comments!

Monday, August 5, 2013

"B" Themed Snacks and Foods

Looking for alphabet themed snacks for a preschool group?  Look no further!
We recently did a list of "p" snacks/foods and now we will work through the rest of the alphabet!

Today I have 24 "B" snacks to share with you. Print the list or pin it for future reference!  Some of the ideas are common preschool favorites (bananas!), some may stretch their little taste buds (butternut squash!).

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B snacks

  1. Banana
  2. Blueberries
  3. Blackberry cobbler
  4. Banana pudding
  5. Beef stew
  6. Broccoli salad
  7. Bok Choy
  8. Bacon
  9. Buffalo wings
  10. Bagels
  11. Brownies
  12. Brussel sprouts
  13. Baklava
  14. Baby Ruth
  15. Bologna
  16. Butternut squash
  17. Babybel cheeses
  18. Biscuit
  19. Bbq
  20. Bratwurst
  21. Brown rice
  22. Bugles chips
  23. Baked beans
  24. Bruschetta

Friday, August 2, 2013

Friday Funnies

It's Friday!  YAY!  See if you can guess the theme of today's funnies.... ;)

Watch your back, Miranda Lambert!
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