Thursday, January 17, 2013

Girl Scouts

I am so excited for Hannah being a first year daisy scout! She is having so much fun with her cookie sales!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Denture Cleanser Giveaway

This Review/Giveaway is done by Kathy's Freebies & Savings Did you know that Effervescent denture tablets are used for more then just cleaning dentures? I would have never thought to use them for anything else. I was provided with some tablets to use for cleaning to review. The tablets are very simple to use. All you have to do is drop the tablets in hot/warm water with whatever needs to be cleaned. Let them fizz up and wait while they do the work. You will need to adjust the number of tablets according to the amount of water, size of the items, and how dirty the items are. I used the tablets on some of my kids bath toys, and also on my hairbrushes. I put about six tablets in a bathtub with some water. I let the bath toys soak for about an hour and then rinsed them off. They turned out to be really clean. I feel great now that I know what I can use to clean my kids bath toys. I've always wondered what I could use to keep there bath toys clean, and now I know just what to use! In the picture above you can see that I used the tablets to clean my brushes. On my conair brush you can see in the before picture that it was very dirty. After using the tablets on all my brushes, they came out very clean as well. Now I don't have to worry about all the grim and dirt that can be stuck in my hairbrushes after using them for so long. Here are some of the uses for these tablets, but I bet you can find even more!
  • Coffee Makers
  • Cruets/Decanters
  • Kids Bath Toys
  • Enamel/Glass/Stainless Cookware
  • Porcelain Sinks
  • Little Stuff-hairbrushes, hair clips, makeup brushes, and more.
If your looking for a product that can clean more then one item, this would be perfect for you. They have also offered a giveaway, so enter below in the rafflecopter for your chance to win! The giveaway is for a box of tablets, which contains 84 tablets!
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Just Jennifer is giving away 2 tubes of Noxicare

Just Jennifer is giving away 2 tubes of Noxicare Natural Pain Relief Cream. If you haven't heard of Noxicare check out Just Jennifer's review. This giveaway will end at 12:01 am on 9/26. Open to US only. Please follow the directions on the Rafflecopter. I will be verifying entries. Thank you for looking and Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclaimer: *******YOUR BLOG HERE********* is not responsible for prize delivery.

New things

Hannah started Kindy and she loves it. She finds the lunch part to be a little overwhelming, but when you are 5 you shouldn't have to have that many decisions :) Izzi starts preschool tomorrow and she is a little nervous, but I think once she gets in the swing of things she will love it. I started my new job last Thursday and absolutely adore it so far! The people I take care of are just so sweet and loving. Also will be signing up for fall courses and so will Larry!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

First day of K

Mrs Riley
Mrs Brickman

Monday, August 27, 2012

2 days until Kindergarten

The reality that my little is no longer a little is setting in... I want her to stay my baby girl forever.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Blogger App

I want to say thank you baby gzus for there being a blogger app! Because trying to type blog posts on mobile web is very very frustrating and makes you just not want to blog-now I can blog more, which was my goal:)

Starting School

Well the time has come for my 5 year old daughter to start kindergarten, so in a sense we cannot say back to school. This is going to be a very exciting time in her life and I know she is going to thrive and love every minute of it. she has always been like a little sponge trying to absorb as much information as possible. She watches movies over & over until she has them memorized & has since she was about 2 (just keep swimming swimming)
But strangely I am not sad about her starting school? A lot of my friends have children starting school or entering the next stage (being a teen, high school) and they have a lot of emotions but I am not sad. Maybe it has not set in yet? But I think I made the realization that life happens and we just follow on the path.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


I hate being sick. 100% hate it. It started with a cough and just got worse. I am used to getting a cough because of having chronic bronchitis, BUT jeez please let me get better. We have a Halloween photo shoot Monday with ECI Photography for Little H.

Go Picnic! Giveaway

This Giveaway is done by SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways
Whether you’re road-tripping down Route 66, flying off to faraway places, playing in the park, or working the day away, GoPicnic offers a wide variety of nutritious ready-to-eat meals to help keep you going. Small enough to fit in a briefcase, backpack, or purse, a quick and tasty GoPicnic meal on the go will refuel you, anytime, anywhere!
 I had the chance to review 2 of the GoPicnic ready to eat meals. The first meal I tried was Hummus + Crackers: All-Natural Meal. The kit included Wild Garden Hummus Dip, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Seapoint Farms Dry Roasted Edamame, Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Fruit & Nut Mix and an Endangered Species Dark Chocolate Square. At first I was leery about trying the Hummus dip but to my family it tasted like a Mexican dip. I really liked the taste of the Hummus and my son liked the dry roasted Edamame. 
The second kit we had to try was Turkey Stick + Crunch: Classic Deli Meal. The kit included Old Wisconsin Turkey Snack Stick, Popchips Barbecue Potato Chips, Niagara Natural Tropical Fruit Bites, Sweet Perry Orchards Baja Blend Fruit & Nut Mix and an Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Cookie. My husband claimed this kit for his lunch at work and he said he liked it and had a lot of coworkers asking about the kit.  The GoPicnic ready to eat meals are a great item to have on hand for those spur of the moment car trips or when life calls and you just need to go. I was please with the kits.
Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win 2 of the GoPicnic ready to eat meals. This is open to US and ends 8/30/12 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, simply do the tasks on the Rafflecopter widget below and you're set to have a chance to win! 
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John Paul Pet Wipes

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All of our dog Wipes are gentle, biodegradable products that can work wonders when it comes to promoting good dog hygiene and overall health in your companion pet. Having the right John Paul Pet Wipes are essential in keeping your dog clean, fresh and healthy.
 ~ You can see my full review here
Now for the giveaway: Tow lucky people will win John Paul Pet Wipes of their choice. This is open to US and ends 8/31/12 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, simply do the tasks on the Rafflecopter widget below and you're set to have a chance to win!
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Arctic Zero Giveaway

This Giveaway is done by SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways
 At Arctic Zero, we love ice cream. We’ve always loved ice cream. But we hated the fact that everyone who loves it pays for it in the worst possible way: compromising their health. Nothing else on the market came close to offering both great taste and demonstrated health benefits, so we decided to invent a great tasting dessert that did.
 I shared my ice cream with my friend and her daughter. Marissa liked the vanilla & chocolate bar while Shelly liked the all chocolate bar. I liked the Orange Cream & Strawberry bars. 
My son loves the pints and he is my ice cream eater in my house. With all the flavors that are offered you will never go board with eating Arctic Zero. The flavors offered are Chocolate, Vanilla Maple ,Chocolate Peanut Butter, Strawberry, Mint Chocolate Cookie, Cookies & Cream and Coffee with the seasonal flavor Pumpkin Spice. I got a bunch of Arctic Zero to try and we are still working thought it. With the hot weather we have been having this is a great way to cool down by eating some Arctic Zero.
 My ice cream came packed well and still very cold.

Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win an Arctic Zero prize pack. This is open to US & ends 8/31/12 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, simply do the tasks on the Rafflecopter widget below and you're set to have a chance to win!
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I want CANDY!!! 80s candy box giveaway

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We have been in business since 1992.

My name is Bridget, and I am a baby boomer.

I remember back when I was a kid, we would ride our bikes to Folk Art of Woodstock to buy penny candy with our allowance. We could choose between Mary Janes, Bit-O-Honey, Kits, Wax Bottles, Candy Buttons on Paper, Jawbreakers, BB Bats, Pixy Stix, Fireballs and other candies that were in the glass jars. Thinking back, I realize how much patience Nina, the proprietor, had with us kids.

We started selling candy in 1992 and realized people loved seeing the nostalgic candy they grew up with. There was an actual demand for it! Selling candy online is not the same as being face to face with children counting out their pennies, but it's still rewarding to sell the very same candies that I grew up with. The nostalgia of this retro candy reminds me of being a kid, and I hope that when you see a collection of this candy, you'll go back in time as well.
 I was born in 1980 and my husband in 81 so this review of Nostalgia Candy Memories From the '80s was a great way to bring back childhood memories. I waited until my family was together to open the box up and it was funny the look my son gave over candy cigarets. Man do I miss being a kid and taking my allowance up to the store and getting a big bag of candy and meeting up with my friends going to the park and eating all the candy. Those were the care free days where we played outside all day and didn't have to come home until the street lights came on. I loved sharing the candy with my family & friend and the box didn't last long. This would make a great gift for anyone.   
Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a Nostalgia Candy - Memories From the '80s box. This is open to the US only and ends 8/29 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, simply do the tasks on the Rafflecopter widget below and you're set to have a chance to win!
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Spring Cleaning Bundle

This Giveaway is done by SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways
Natural has become an overused marketing term and lost some of its resonance with consumers. It's important, but not as impactful as ORGANIC. There is no mistaking what ORGANIC means. "Natural" is not equated with any government standards like ORGANIC is on food, crops & food processing products with the USDA.

We make "Kill Claims" (i.e. Odor Causing Bacteria and Mold). There is no ORGANIC cleaner that we are aware of in the marketplace that is making kill claims.

Many of the "safe" cleaners work "decently," but they do NOT kill or remove microorganisms.

USDA Certified Organic Laundry Detergent penetrates stains and protects colors and is free and clear of dyes. It is formulated for both High Efficiency and regular washing machines. Best of all, our ingredients come from sustainable resources. Phosphate and petrochemical free.

I was able to review the Lavender laundry detergent and I can say I couldn't tell a difference from what I normally use. I felt the laundry detergent cleaned my clothes and got out my husbands work stains really good. I also like that its organic and a is another way I can step forward in going green. I can't wait to try some other Green Shield cleaning products.
 You can win a “Summer Cleaning Bundle”:
  • Elite Care Laundry Detergent in winner’s choice of Lavender or Free & Clear
  • All Purpose Cleaner
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Greenology Tee Shirt – Choice of Small, Medium or Extra
  • $1 off coupons for your next purchase
Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a “Summer Cleaning Bundle”. This is open to US and ends 8/28/12 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, simply do the tasks on the Rafflecopter widget below and you're set to have a chance to win!
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Char Crust Giveaway

This Giveaway is done by SaraLee's Deals Steals & Giveaways
We are real people that took a single product and grew it into a small family business. We love making our dry rub products for our devoted customers, and we love that our little business has grown to the point that it not only supports us, but also our employees.

While we have tough days at work like everyone else, we are truly grateful for all of our blessings. As it says on every one of our packages, we hope that every time you use Char Crust® dry rub seasonings, you too will "enjoy and eat well!"
Now this was a review for my family as we are always grilling. We are a family that loves spice and seasoning. Now I loved the All American Barbecue dry rub and my husband & son liked the Original Hickory Grilled dry rub. The flavors really were flavored packed and we are now fans of the Char Crust dry rub. I can't wait to try this on other meats and I found that a store only 2 miles away from me sells this. I want to do a roast next.
This was the meat right before we grilled it and I can say that as soon as the meat was done everyone was wanting a piece and it didn't last long.

Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a kit of 3 packages (Original Hickory Grilled, Roasted Garlic Peppercorn, Ginger Teriyaki). Open to US in the 48 contiguous states & no PO Boxes. Ends 8/25/12. To enter, simply do the tasks on the Rafflecopter widget below and you're set to have a chance to win! 
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OOfos Sandals Giveaway

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OOFOS Sandals were created by a passionate & dedicated team of footwear professionals with the goal of challenging the status quo to continually make a positive difference in consumer's lives.

The OOFOS Family Mission is to "Make YOO Feel Better!"

The OOFOS Technology is based around a proprietary technology of OOFOAM that absorbs 37% of impact and shock. The OOFOS Sandals are like no other Sandal on the market. A premier recovery sandal that is the softest and and most supportive sandal out there.
 I got a pair of black slide OOFOS for my husband who does not like sandals. My husband works 12hr days and is on his feet all day. Well I am happy to say that he loves coming home and taking his shoes off to put the OOFOS slide on. He said that its like walking on clouds and he loves the grip on them. I love when I get an item to review that will be used and was needed. Now if our friends can get use to seeing my hubby in sandals lol
Now I tried to get a picture of hubby's feet in these but it was a no go.

Now for the giveaway: One lucky person will win a pair OOFOS. Winner can choose from color (fuschia, tangerine, mocha or black), size (whole size) 4-11 womens and 7-14 mens,and style OOriginal thong or OOahh slide. The OOahh slide is currently available in mocha and black This is open to US and ends 8/26/12 @ 11:59 pm est. To enter, simply do the tasks on the Rafflecopter widget below and you're set to have a chance to win! 

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Thursday, August 9, 2012


Another beautiful and unique creation by Mimi

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Little H

About two years ago my mom started teaching herself how to create things for the girls. Prices on Etsy and Ebay were outrageous and she knew she could do the same job and it would just cost the price of some ribbon, glue, thread, fabric, etc. She started with bows and they were adorable. But she was always skeptical about selling to other people because she was still learning. She has since then taught herself to embroider and applique shirts, make embroidered bow holders, and sew beautiful creations
This Thing 1/Thing 2 dress was created by her own design (fabric wise). Well the other day she told me she was ready to create and sell the the public. I am so very proud of her. I will be handling the actual selling of the items because she is the creative genius behind it all. And I recently talked to a photographer friend who is going to set up a model shoot to get professional pictures of our items, I am so excited for everything that is happening. I love you mom. Little H & I are truly grateful for everything you do for us.

Monday, August 6, 2012


Today I got a call (well several calls) from people I have known all my life. People I have not spoken to in a while, but when you grew up in my town it was like you are some part of a secret society. We all know each other and in times of sadness we find each other once again. This is especially true for my middle school class (7th/8th grade). Our school had 2 honors class, the kids that were in band were in one class and those in choir in the other because during that period we went to our respective class. So for 2 years (almost 3 because most of us were in sixth grade together to) we all were together, we grew up together, we had first experiences with each other, we spent our weekends, birthdays, etc with each other. Of course when we went to high school some of us stayed friends, some of us went separate ways or moved away (in my case I went to a different school) but in our hearts we were all a part of one another. My best friend during these years went on to marry someone from the class we had been. ...BACK to my calls... A friend, one of the 25 or so of us that experienced all this together, was found dead. Now I have had my share of early loss and have lost a lot, A LOT, of friends and people I care about to unfortunate life choices, but I was just (am just) shell shocked by this whole thing. I ran in to this individual about a year ago, I think it was about the time he got out of the military, and it was like the years had not passed, we spent nearly 2 hours talking, remembering, and catching up. (Again this is just how we are, and if you are a part of this you understand what I am talking about, others have no clue and think we're insane). I am so happy I got this time with that person, but I never thought the call I got today would have his name attached to it, I was for certain I would be seeing him next year at our 10 year high school reunion. But like so many that have come before him it will be until we meet again. Rest in paradise my dear friend, you will ALWAYS hold a special place within my heart.