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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Driving to Maryland

I have been thinking about taking my children to visit my family in Maryland. It would be a little expensive to fly the five of us to BWI airport (the closest and most convenient location for getting to my parents' home) so I have thought about renting a car to get us there. has some great deals for people trying to rent a car for a trip. In fact, when I checked out the website I noticed a special rate that starts at $19.99 for a car rental. Of course it would probably be best if I rent a van to get us comfortably to Maryland (it's a 12-hour driving trip) and they have great deals for that as well.

If you're planning on leaving your car at home and renting one for your road trip or vacation, check out and reserve your car today.


Congratulate the winners!

Please forgive me for taking so long to post who won SanDisk Cruzer Gators, but here they are (finally!):

1. Frankie
2. Kaleesha
3. Mel
4. Crystal
5. Tanyetta
6. Kimberly
7. Lewis
8. Heidi
9. Christine

Congratulations to everyone and please forgive me (again) for not linking to you. I'm feeling a little under the weather and just wanted to make sure I got this done today.

Your USB will be in the mail very shortly! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Win Flower from Leslie's Life

I happened upon a cute blog with several great giveaways. Right now, Leslie's Life is giving away Cynthia Rowley's Flower perfume plus a very stylist umbrella. This contest runs until May 28th so head on over and enter to win.

Travel to Texas

My teenage daughter announced today that she plans on taking off a week from work in July to visit her dad and the other side of her family in Texas. It's an exciting time for her with starting her first job (she's a junior counselor at a neighboring town's YMCA), attending her first prom, beginning her senior year and all the other monumental occasions that mark the beginning of young adulthood.

She's even discussing with her best friend what they will do for Spring break of their senior year, but I figured since she was going to Texas she may want to visit the Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas. This museum explores the art of the American West and has different collections including Western Art, American Indian Art, decorative arts as well as rare books and manuscripts. There are paintings, sculptures and prints from the 19th and 20th centuries that highlight the land, people and wildlife of the region.

The museum is owned and operated by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation, which has the mission of the Stark Foundation is to improve the quality of life in Southeast Texas by encouraging, promoting and assisting education, the arts and health and human services.

Taking a trip to the Stark Museum of Art is a great educational and artsy adventure to explore with your family this summer. Visit their website and find out what you'll find at the museum during your trip to Orange, Texas. Maybe you'll see my teenager Amber there.


My name in Japanese

My new (and cute!) blogging friend Shireen did this meme so I had to do it too! Here is the key to figure out your name in Japanese:

A - ka G - ji M - rin S - ari Y - fu
B - tu H - ri N - to T - chi Z - zi
C - mi I - ki O - mo U - do
D - te J - zu P - no V - ru
E - ku K - me Q - ke W - mei
F - lu L - ta R - shi X - na

My name PETULA is Noku Chido Meka. I'm not sure that I have it broken up in the right way, but I think it's pretty cool.

Thanks Hip Mama's Place

I've only won about three things in my entire life and one of those times was last week when I won a contest at Hip Mama's Place from her mom and baby product reviews. Jocelyn always has cool stuff to giveaway and what I received is absolutely devine!

It's from Noodle & Boo, luxury for sensitive skin; the Sugar Mama Honey Scrub for baby-soft skin. It came today and I am so thrilled. It smells good enough to taste - LOL. I can't wait to try it out.

Since the digital camera died last week I searched out a photo for you.


I missed my blogoversary!

I didn't realize that my blogoversary was this week. I've been thinking about it lately and saying to myself that I needed to check the date when I started this blog. Well, it was started on May 15, 2007!

I guess we'll have to celebrate next year! LOL!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Don't steal your man's razor

I have to admit I'm a freebie addict. If I see a free sample opportunity you can almost guarantee that I'm gonna get it. When I saw I could get a sample of the Schick Quattro Titanium razor I ordered it right away under the premise that I would give it to my best friend. Yes, my best friend is a man.

The razor, which is really kind of classy looking, sat on my desk for more than a week. Suddenly (well, maybe not so suddenly) I realized that I didn't have a razor, my legs were getting pretty hairy and it was getting too hot to keep wearing jeans. Since I hadn't told him about it anyway I figured I would use it. Good idea, right?

Well, not really. When I used the razor it ran over my legs so smoothly that I just knew I was getting the best shave of my life. It seemed like the four titanium blades and the soft edging blade were doing an excellent job. Until I stepped out of the shower, began to dry my legs and saw all the hair left.

Now it's possible that I just didn't do a good job shaving. It's also possible that I could have missed ALOT of spots. And, it's even more possible that I should have just bought a razor made for girls.

This is probably an excellent choice for a guy; however, I may never know since now I can't give it to him. How does your guy's razor work?

Someone is giving away chocolate

Sara, at One is Too Many, is giving away some Hershey Bliss. It's funny because I just saw the commercial for that and thought, "I have to have some!" Sara's giveaway is all apart of MommyFest, which is in its 5th year, too.

There are so many mom bloggers participating; it's a great way to get to know other bloggers and maybe score some goodies at the same time.

Have fun!

There's a party going on!

Congratulations to all the winners of my easy giveaway. I'll post their names a little bit later because right now I wanted to tell you about a party. I forgot to mention yesterday that this week is MommyFest. (Remember I told you about that awhile ago?) Well, at MommyFest there are a bunch of mom bloggers partying and giving out goodies (which is one of the reasons I did my easy giveaway) so head on over and join in the fun.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

You can still win!

I recently ran a Mother's Day Contest that received absolutely ZERO entries. Therefore, in an effort to still promote the SanDisk Cruzer Gator I'm hosting a very easy giveaway.

The SanDisk Cruzer Gator is a USB 2.0 flash drive with 4GB of space, which is perfect to store and transport thousands of family photos, videos, kids' drawings and even kids' songs. Whether you're at work or on the road, you can access and enjoy these keepsakes anywhere. The drive is lighter than a lipstick and it definitely doesn't look like your standard corporate flash drive.

The first 10 people who reside in the U.S. and respond to this post will receive the SanDisk Cruzer Gator. You do not have to have a blog to enter. In your comment let me know whether you prefer black, pink or red and I will try to accommodate.

It'll be easy enough to see if you're one of the 10 then all you have to do is forward your mailing address to petulawrites at yahoo dot com.

Favorite Mom Quote

I had to move this post so you'll see the original comments at the bottom of the post. Sorry for any confusion.

I was tagged by HotMomma to do this and I didn't want to disappoint her because it is her first tag! :-)

I didn't recall a quote about mothers on my own so I did a little searching at my favorite quotations site... And found one I think you all will love and agree with:

"The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and torturous." This was said by Anna Quindlen in the May 2003 issue of O Magazine.

I haven't much felt like tagging so I'm gonna leave this up to you. However, INSERT BIG GRIN HERE, I would love to see what Carrie, Farah, Tammy and Tina have to say.

Tammy said...
Thanks for the tag! I'll try to do it tonight or tomorrow. ;o)
May 11, 2008 6:06 PM

Farah Deen said...
i was like so relieved to see the line'haven't much felt like tagging' but at the same time, i saw my name in green!!! you evil evil Petula!!! LOLwill get it done and let u know OK? :)
May 12, 2008 3:30 AM

Pinay Jade said...
Happy Mother's Day to you Petula!Hope u had a wonderful day.btw I have a tag for you here - Tag #2 Tag and be taggedCheers from Singapore!
May 12, 2008 6:26 AM

Views on customer service


Feeling defeated

Have you ever had someone in your life that you couldn't get rid of and 90 percent of your conversations with them bring you down? I am so tired of the roller coaster of emotions that I experience when dealing with this person.

Okay, I'll just stop being cryptic: The almost ex-husband.

You know how I've been struggling to work from home with the baby here? Well, the two middle children are home now too. I feel like giving up. My three youngest are 4, 3 and almost 1. The only way to put in the number of hours I need to work is to plop them in front of the tv and let them randomly play all day.

Then I would have mom guilt.

My 4-year-old needs to be prepared for pre-K and the 3 year old is so close behind that she should be getting ready for headstart/preschool. So, that's teaching, preparing meals, caring for little people, changing diapers, making bottles, taking care of the house and working to make money in order to keep the house, buy the diapers and care for all the people. And that's the short list.


How can someone who doesn't have a job self righteously tell someone they should get a job? (Yes, I'm talking about the same person.) If only he knew that in the past year I've applied for about 17 jobs and had two recruiters contact me (that didn't work out either... someone else got those positions). I've been looking for a job since the baby was four weeks old when he called and asked, "Did you get a job yet?" I've tried to obtain about 20 freelance gigs. And I've been trying (with a little success) to monetize this blog since nothing else has come through.

Is anyone out there making enough money to take care of responsibilities while working from home with their young children at home? If so, please tell me how you're doing it and what you're doing.

How creative are you?

You Are 68% Creative

You are beyond creative. You are a true artist - even if it's not in the conventional sense of the word.

You love creating for its own sake, and you find yourself quite inspired at times.


Monday, May 12, 2008

To tag and be tagged

Life and me by Pinayjade tagged me with this so I decided to get it done quickly before I forgot.

~~Begin Copy~~

This is the easy way and the fastest way to:

1. Make your Authority Technorati explode.
2. Increase your Google Page Rank.
3. Get more traffic to your blog.
4. Makes more new friends.

Rules: 1. Start copy from “Begin Copy” until “End Copy” to your blog (for bloggers paste on the “compose” not the “edit html” part in posting blogs so it will be linked automatically). 2. Put your own blog name and link. 3. Tag your friends as much as you can, the more the better!

1. Picturing of Life
2. Juliana’s Site
3.Hazel-My Life, My Hope, My Future.
4.Jeanne-The Callalily Space
5.Starz in De Sky
6. My Charmed Life
7.Denz Techtronics
8.Denz Recreational
9.Life’s Simple Pleasures
10. My Blog
11. Because Life is Fun
12. In This Game of Life
13.Scribbles of my Life
14.Changing Lanes
15. anna
16. joytoy
17.Surviving deployment
18. The Deviant
19. All I want is Everything
20. Shadows of love, fate and destiny
21.Tasteful Voyage
22.A mom’s note
23. Bittersweet Collide
24.Jackie Simplypinay
25.Jackie’s Everyday Life
26. Parisukat
27. Ang Sponge ni Bub
29. Life is too short to be ordinary
30. Life and me by Pinayjade
31. It's a woman's world!

I am gonna tag:


Have fun!


Missing posts

I am getting all of the terms and conditions of the different paid sites mixed up. I know most say that paid posts should be separated by non-paid and non-sponsored posts of at least 50 words. Well, what I missed is that one said that the posts had to be separated by another post that had original content. That seems to mean that any post that is a quiz, tag or meme does not qualify.

Oh well. I'll have to figure out a way to remember all of this so I don't have to go back and try to fix what I inadvertently messed up. So if you're reading my blog and it seems like stuff is missing or moved around then you know why. I'll try to edit the posts so that you know... I'm still trying to figure out what to do about the ones that have comments.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

I signed up for SocialSpark!

One of the ways I've been trying to make ends meet is by monetizing my blog, and that's why I signed up for SocialSpark. Oh, don't get me wrong. I created my blog because I love to write and thought it was a good idea, but -- for me -- getting paid is just icing on the cake. SocialSpark is here and it can help you monetize your blog too, build community and drive traffic to your blog.

One of the good things about SocialSpark is its Code of Ethics.
-100% Audit-able In-Post Disclosure, which means SocialSpark insists on a strict policy of full in-post disclosure for all sponsored posts.
-100% Transparency. That means every participant in SocialSpark is made viewable to the public and are able to see which bloggers are working with which advertisers on which opportunities.
-100% Real Opinions, which means that bloggers can feel free to write or say whatever they want and take the opportunities that fit or that they believe in.
-100% Search Engine Friendly... This is great because each sponsored link in SocialSpark automatically carries the "no-follow" attribute so it won't affect search engine rankings, which protects bloggers and advertisers from search engine penalties based on paid linking.

Sponsored by SocialSpark

Where's my sister?

Here are the "twins" a couple of years ago.

My three youngest children share a room and sometimes, of course, they awaken at different times. My 4-year-old son and my 3-year-old daughter are extremely close (sometimes like twins), but I think my son is either lost without his cohort in crime or he's really protective.

A couple of times during the past week or so, the 3 year old has gotten up before him. And he'll eventually wake up and rush up to me. Not to give me a hug or say good morning. The first sleepy words out of his mouth every single time are: "Where's 'Mareah?"

Her name is Amareah.

Well, good morning to you too! I sometimes say.

"Oh, mornin' mommy."


Saving for the future

As most of us know, it's important to keep up with our day-to-day living expenses and save for the future. Whether you want to save for a college education, a new car, a down payment on a house or retirement, WaMu has several different savings accounts options to choose from.

The choices include Online Savings, Statement Savings, Traditional CD, Online CD and Liquid CD. You can start your Online Savings with WaMu with just a $1 and seven minutes of your time to fill out the online application. With this account you have easy access to the funds through an ATM and convenient online management with electronic statements and Personal Online Banking. I know I like the convenience of online banking -- when I'm busy with the kids it's a snap just to log into my account and check my balances or manage my money.

With the Online CD you can start with as little as $1,000 and the same amount of application time: seven minutes. The Online CD has competitive rates on terms from 6 months to 60 months and convenient online management.

If you aren't a savvy saver yet then WaMu's Statement Savings is a great way to get started. With as little as $4 you'll be on your way to saving for your future. This account gives you easy access to your account at an ATM or WaMu branch and it helps you to save regularly and easily!

Heart-shaped pancakes

My adorable and thoughtful teenager made me heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast today. She also had the two middle children draw pictures for me. It was so cute hearing them explain their pictures. My 4-year-old had an entire theme for his picture: Apparently I'm standing near a tree and trying to catch a butterfly. He pointed the tree out to me (it had a red trunk and purple leaves) and I think the butterfly is a blue scribble. LOL! It's wonderful nonetheless and I'm gonna write the days on them to keep. Amber is so sweet to have made the pancakes and orchestrated the artwork; I really appreciate her making an effort to do something for me today.

Happy Mother's Day!

What's your favorite way to be scared?

One of my favorite ways to be scared is watching scary movies. Now, I know what you're thinking: 'Oh, she's just saying that because she's writing a post about Frontier(s).' I'm talking about it because of the unrated movie, but I'm telling the truth. One of my favorite ways to be scared is watching scary movies.

I watched the Trailer of Frontier(s), which was released in select theaters on May 9, and from what I can tell it looks like a pretty scary movie. In fact, there were a couple of times when I gasped a little, which surprised me because I consider myself someone who isn't scared by scary movies.

The trailer doesn't give much information about the story line, but it does show a lot of people covered in blood, running, screaming and being attacked. But when I read the synopsis the premise and how everything came about seemed interesting... oh, and of course, gory.

The fact that this unrated movie even made it to theater is a feat in and of itself because most unrated movies do not make it to theaters. Not only has this stirred a lot of talk, but the movie is considered controversial because of the extreme amount of violence and the fact that it's not being rated.

Even if you missed the theater release then you still have the opportunity to get the DVD in a couple of days because it will be released on May 13th. Don't take my word for it, check out Frontier(s) for yourself and let me know if you plan on seeing it.

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