Saturday, May 5, 2007
Get Real - Bloggers without makeup
Ok so everyone else is baring it all, why shouldn't I??? I guess I have to now that almost everyone else has.. Adventure's in Babywearing is really making us brave it out over this contest huh??? Even though the main pic on my page I have no make up on, I guess my hair is done and that isn't fair.. So here it is.. don't laugh... I can point out all my flaws if you'd like???
Here are two different images.. One from yesterday and one from this morning... LOL.. I wanted to post it last night but didn't cause I was too tired. Man what we will do in Bloggityville in contests.

For more contest information or to view more of these lovely bloggers without makeup visit Adventures in Babywearing.

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  posted at 5/05/2007 11:38:00 AM  

Friday, May 4, 2007
Family Fridays - Planning a Disney Trip????
In September 2005 We took a family trip to Walt Disney World. My husband the planner did everything for our trip. We had a group going, His sister, her husband at the time and son, and our neice. My husband found us a villa with our very own pool minutes from Disney, a van so we can go where we want, all of our tickets for discount price, and most importantly Tour Guide Mike!!!!!

I am not a big fan of following a schedule, My kids were never put on a schedule, they just kind of found their own schedule. My husband had found this guy Mike and he said he makes itiniaries.. Well at first i was mad and questioned it. I do not want to follow one of those.. How could you with two children at Disney World??? Well I should have trusted my husband.. This guy knows when you should hit what rides, where to sit at parades, when to book restaraunt reservations, and most importantly you do not have to follow any kind of schedule!!! He goes around what is best for YOU and YOUR FAMILY.
So if anyone ever plans on visiting Walt Disney World, You definately should go check out Tour Guide Mike.
P.S. I dont profit from this in anyway except an Amazing Disney trip without crowds and knowing what to do and where to go so that we dont miss anything we want to hit!!!!!

Add your Family Fridays to Mr. Linky for other's to see!!!


  posted at 5/04/2007 01:00:00 PM  

Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Win a Marc Jacobs bag - Lucky Loop!

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Up for grabs is buttery-leather cream hobo handbag from Marc by Marc Jacobs, which retails at $378. It is beautiful and chic - and just perfect for Spring and Summer.

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  posted at 5/02/2007 10:44:00 PM  

Laughter Because of A Child
The way a child can make you laugh is incredible. Of coarse there are the up's and down's of having children. On a daily basis they can make parenting feel like that part of your life is bi-polar. Your happy one second, then they are testing your boundaries the next and your ready to pull all of your hair out, But the parts of the day when they say or do those particular things that make you laugh... I mean really laugh... The laugh that comes straight from your belly and out into the world for everyone to hear... Those are the best times!!!!

My 3 1/2 year old Guy says the funniest things. We have never spoken to him in babytalk, we always thought he was able to understand us when we speak like adults, and for that he has an amazing vocabulary. There are days where he will pull big words out of the air and use them correctly in a sentence or phrase, and it amazes us! Usually it is something funny and we all wind up hysterically laughing.

There are those times where he will say something completely unexpected and right after It amazed me so much that i have to call my husband up while he is at work to tell him what he has said to share the enjoyment as much as I have. Of coarse he does not pronounce everything correctly as he is only 3 years old. He uses W for L. So when he says please mommy.. it is more like "pwease mommy". Or "Cory cant have that because he is wittle". It just makes those big words like when he says vocabulary that much more exciting and memorable because it is "vocabuwary".

I look foward to the daily funny events in which my son Guy makes me laugh. It is almost as if it takes all the times through out the day that he wouldn't listen, or he was mean to Cory, completely erase off the slate for a fresh start.

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  posted at 5/02/2007 12:25:00 PM  

Wordless Wednesday : The Many Faces

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  posted at 5/02/2007 12:06:00 PM  

WFMW : The Birthday Edition
I have to say I am quite new to the birthday party throwing scene, so i am going to try my best to help some of you out! I have thrown many bridal showers & baby showers, but my oldest son being 3 years old, and his birthday in November, I have mostly held his parties at other places.

Here are some idea's from all the parties I have thrown which all will hold true for birthdays!

* If you do not want to make your own birthday cake but don't want to spend a lot of money on a cake your local Sams Club, Costco or BJ's have Amazing cakes for Amazing prices & they have tons of themes, you can add the persons' photo onto the cake, or pick a round cake a regular sheet cake, or large sheet cake.. The large feeds about 80 if i remember correctly.

* If you need to have a party somewhere other than home try a buffet style place. They all have a "back room" and all the food is included including desert and drinks and table wear.

*Favors.... I have came up with many great favors... Some baby showers (can also be used for birthday's) I made my own gel candles and had sticker labels made, A tiny bamboo plant in a tin can, There are many many many great gifts you can use as favors at Oriental Trading. If you have not yet dabbled into their online store or free catalog, you have to!!! They have things from birthday themes, to favors, to every kind of party, beads, crafts, games, pool fun, & scrap booking!

*I have not been able to make my own cards since i lost the program i had on my computer, so what i have been doing is buying those boxes filled with cards for every occasion, sorting them, and now i always have a card for a special occasion! It is not always easy to run out to the store every time an occasion or event comes up with 2 small children. This has been a life savor!

*Pot Luck!!! If you are having a big party, and people offer to make something, let them!! It is so much work hosting a large party that you should take the help people offer!~

I know this may not be very creative, but these are the things that have helped me big time while throwing parties. I have gathered so much from everyone who has participated that I now have soooo many things to make my boys birthdays so much more special, and i can not wait to dabble into all of the ideas!!!

If you haven't yet checked out all these great ideas please head over to Rocks In My Dryer to check them out~!!

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  posted at 5/02/2007 11:43:00 AM  

Tuesday, May 1, 2007
May Day Weight Loss Challenge
I have been doing WW for some time now, and I am kind of stuck, stuck with a weight on the scale.. You dont know how much I was in need of some true and new motivation to get my butt back in full force gear!

I heard about this Awesome challenge from Trista at The Pumkin Patch, who heard it from Beth at I should be folding laundry. Fun how those things work huh???

Anyway Here is the challenge from Tales from the Scales..

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Are you tired of hating the way you look? Sick of trying on clothes, looking in the mirror and wishing for a thinner you? Feeling like you are stuck in a weight loss rut and need a push to lose those pounds?

I am pleased to introduce you to the May Day Weight Loss Challenge! The May Day Weight Loss Challenge was created with the blogosphere in mind. You are invited to take part in the challenge, to share your goals, your frustrations and your motivation. All right here.

Want details? Here you go:

What is the The May Day Weight Loss Challenge? The May Day Weight Loss Challenge is an internet wide blog challenge available to anyone wanting to lose weight. Whether it's five pounds or 125 pounds, this challenge is for you. Don't have a blog? You can still participate!

When will the challenge begin?
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
When will the challenge end? Tuesday September 18, 2007. If you lose just two pounds per week (a healthy rate to lose weight) for the duration of the challenge, you would lose THIRTY-SIX pounds. Imagine yourself thirty-six pounds lighter.

How does it work? On Tuesday, May 8th, you post on your blog how much weight you want to lose, and your weight history, what other goals you may have for this challenge (creating activity, cutting out soda, etc.) and any weaknesses you have. Come back to this site and sign Mr. Linky. Begin your diet. You have one week from today to plan your diet and prepare yourself for finding the skinny girl inside of you. She's in there and she wants out.

Weigh-ins will be held once a week, every Tuesday on this site. This does not mean you must weigh-in on Tuesdays, just report your loss/gain for that week on Tuesday. Again, you will sign Mr. Linky and talk about it on your blog. You do not need to make your weight public! Just your goals, losses and gains.

5_pound_reward_button_copy To celebrate your success, buttons have been created to show off your success for your blog! At every five pound weight loss you have, you will be given a button, like the blue and black one on the right side panel, which will state how much weight you have lost. (5 pound increments are available.) To receive your button, send an e-mail to scaletales(at)gmail(dot)com. That's not all! For every five pounds you lose, you will also be recognized on this blog with a gold star linking to your blog!

What if I don't have a blog? Start one! I do recommend starting a blog to help journal your weight loss, you can start a free blog at However, if blogging is just not your thing, you can still easily participate. When it comes to signing Mr. Linky, just sign your name and your loss or gain in the name line, like this: "Beth -2 lbs" or "Beth +.9 lbs" You will receive the same recognition on this blog for every five pounds you lose!

Can I have the May Day Weight Loss button on my blog? Absolutely, we encourage you to involve as many people as possible. Spread the word, this is a good thing! Here's the code to add the button:

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Be sure to check back often before the challenge begins. Lots of information will be posted to help ensure that this weight loss journey is the one that changes your life.

So, one question: Are you in?


  posted at 5/01/2007 11:45:00 AM  

Monday, April 30, 2007
Spring Cleaning Your BBQ Grill
This is an article found at How To Clean Anything.


It is the first really warm spring weekend, the flowers are blooming, the grass is green, the bugs are biting, what a perfect day for a barbeque! Only after dragging out the patio furniture, grabbing a cool drink and pulling a couple steaks out of the freezer do you open the cover on the barbeque. The thoughts race through your mind..... we actually ATE food cooked on this thing? Did winter begin before we cleaned up after our last barbeque? Can we afford a new barbeque?

I actually had a lengthy conversation with a friend on the merits of buying a high end barbeque. His thoughts were, that no matter how nice the barbeque, it still needed to be cleaned. He figured that instead of buying an expensive stainless steel unit, he would just buy a cheap barbeque every other year, and then give it away to charity at the end of the second summer instead of having to ever do a thorough cleaning. This works for him, partially because he has more money than brains, but for the rest of us, we usually have to get that old barbeque to be semi-sanitary again.

Usually the most disgusting part is the grill and the bottom of the barbeque. Remove the grill, and place it on a newspaper outside. Spray it with oven cleaner, and cover it with a plastic garbage bag. Let it sit overnight, and the next day remove the grill and flip the bag inside out to contain the grease and oven cleaner saturated newspaper. Be certain to wear gloves, as oven cleaner is VERY caustic, and it can burn the skin very easily. Rinse the grill off with your garden hose, but try not to wash the chemical into your lawn, as it has a tendency to kill it.

The grill may not be perfect, however the bulk of the burnt on grease should come off with the oven cleaner. As a bachelor, I used the argument that the burnt on residue added to the flavor of subsequent meals. That argument went out the window with my old rugby shirt the day I got married, mind you it is probably for the better. There have been studies finding that the carbon deposits from burnt animal fat can be carcinogenic, so there certainly is reason to keep your grill clean.

If you have lava rocks in your barbeque, remove them (Bang them off, but don't wash them) to get at the burner and all the gunk at the very bottom. If possible, remove the burner from the barbeque. Spiders love to set up house inside of the venturi tubes (the one or two tubes leading from the temperature dial, to the burner). You can clean the tube up to the burner using a pipe cleaner, and it doesn't have to be perfect, but the less debris there is to clog up all of the tiny element holes the more even you will find the heating. You can actually go around the element, poking each of the holes with a pin to be certain the gas can get through each opening.

Scrape as much of the grease, rust, lava rock chips, carbon residue, from the bottom of the barbeque. There is likely even a little hole where excess grease will drain down into an old soup can. Be sure it is not clogged, and it is helpful if the collection can is present.

While the whole barbeque is disassembled, you can rinse it down with your garden hose. Keep in mind that you will likely need to clean your patio or deck when you are done, so do your barbeque first! The outside of the cast aluminum or cast iron lid can be cleaned with a mild detergent, and rinsed well. Failure to rinse thoroughly, may leave a white soap residue, however even with thorough rinsing, the barbeque may still look rough after wintering the elements for a few seasons. Most home center's carry barbeque paint, this time of year, which is a high temperature flat black paint. It will make your barbeque look almost new, however there is no better idea than to protect the original finish with a $20 barbeque cover.

There are several different types of grills, including stainless steel, chrome, ceramic coated metal, and plain old iron. Use caution when cleaning a ceramic grill, as abrasive metal brushes can scratch the finish and cause premature failure. With iron grills, season them before using. After the grill has been cleaned with soap, brush with a light coat of cooking oil, and put the barbeque on high heat for 15 to 30 minutes. Some people recommend brushing your grill with oil each time you cook, as it will prevent food from sticking, however a chef I know told me when cooking a steak, you only flip it over when it lets go of the grill itself. If it holds on, let it cook longer, until it looses its grip. And then you flip it ONLY once. I think the best advice is do what works for your style of cooking and your barbeque.

Re-assemble your barbeque, placing the lava rocks DIRTY side down (to burn off the excess grease) and take it for a test run. Once you hook up your propane tank, get a cup of soapy water, and rub it over the connections and hoses. If there is any bubbling, shut of the gas and do not use the until a professional has checked out the entire assembly (tank and barbeque). When turing on the propane tank, open the knob only half a turn. The barbeque will still get enough gas, and if there is an emergency, it can be turned off with one quick turn, in a matter of seconds. For the first use of the season, it is wise to let the barbeque run on high for 45 minutes or an hour, to burn off all the soap, mildew, bacteria, mold, bugs, moisture, oven cleaner, excess grease, and all of the other things that make barbequing outside the best part of summer!!

Happy grilling!

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  posted at 4/30/2007 09:27:00 AM  

Sunday, April 29, 2007
3-Day Breast Cancer Benefit Walk

Please support Ann Miller in the fight against breast cancer! She is going to walk 60 Miles over a 3 day time period. The proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Philanthropic Trust, funding important breast cancer research, education, screening, and treatment. Please go support our fellow blogger from Yer doing it wrong!

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  posted at 4/29/2007 10:23:00 PM  

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