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Friday, August 14, 2009

Oh what a day!

Everyone has started school for the fall. I took the teenager back to college yesterday morning, but it didn't go as smoothly as I thought it would. About 30 minutes into the drive there was a weird, loud noise (especially disruptive when you're sitting in the second row of a minivan) and my daughter, who was driving, eased off the road.

We had a flat. Not just any flat, but a totally flat tire.

Luckily, her boyfriend Chris was with us so we had minimal problems. It would have gotten done with just the two of us, but it would have been a comedy of errors with a lot of giggling, antics and whatnot. Chris doesn't know that I snapped him in action so we'll just keep that to ourselves.

You can see Amber was designated the traffic watcher (You never know when an idiot will veer off the road and sideswipe you... yes, I know she wasn't really watching here, but we were giggling that he didn't know about the camera), and I stood around talking on the phone, answering Chris' questions and saying what a hard job it was to change a tire. Of course, I didn't do nearly as much - okay, nearly 1/4... okay, 1/8 - of the work that Chris did.

That entire incident sent my day into an unscheduled, behind schedule, off schedule mess that included slow driving, exhaustion, rearrangement of carpools and the in-completion of work.

I'm not going to even get into the additional financial stress that hoovers and lingers around me like misty clouds clinging to the exterior of iron birds. I really hope that I can get some rest this weekend, but right now I have to run out and pick up the toddler. (There's no excitement in my voice.)

My head is hurting from the stress of thinking, my pocket is hurting from being empty and I just ruined the last few moments of my "I'm going to think positive" time. Oh well... 'til next time.
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Care for your eyes

With my daughter going off to college there were a lot of things to be done that didn't necessarily have to do with paying tuition, buying books and getting accessories for her room. She had to make sure she had all of her medical appointments taken care of including getting her eyes checked, ordering new contact lenses and picking out a new pair of glasses.

Besides all of the other medical necessities, it's important that we take care of our eyes. Especially those of us who wear any type of corrective lenses. That's why it's good to choose High-indexed Prescription Eyeglasses——CARE your eyes.

Amber started wearing glasses when she was in elementary school and had a brief moment when her eyes seemed to have corrected themselves. Then about a year or so after that she said that she was having a hard time seeing the board in her classroom and always had to move to the front of the class. She's been wearing prescription glasses ever since and got her first pair of contacts last year.

So far she has done an excellent job of taking care of her eyes... now that's CARE.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

More than just the fruit

I have a confession: I'm addicted to strawberries. Fresh fruit. None of that fake or dry stuff for me. No sirree.

"Hello, my name is Petula, and I'm a fruitaholic." (I never get tired of using, reading or hearing the -aholic joke.)

An-t-way, one of my favorite fruits is the strawberry. Well, technically it's not a fruit - at least the red part isn't. Did you know:
"What we think of as the berry is actually the strawberry's fleshy receptacle. The 200 or so tiny golden seeds that dot the outside of each strawberry are the actual fruits, called achenes. Although the achenes only account for 1 percent of a strawberry's weight, they're responsible for 14 percent of its antioxidant power." - as reported by WholeLiving Body + Soul, July/August 2009

It used to be just the taste of the strawberry that got me all excited, but now it's the aroma that entices me just as much. When I went shopping with a very good friend of mine he told me the best way to choose strawberries is to smell them (and to think I was just making sure there weren't any nasty, rotten parts.) When you get a nice strong strawberry whiff then you probably have some oh-so-sweet berries.

And he was right!

Now every time I go to the grocery store and enter the produce department; the strawberries call my name for more than one reason. I lift the container of strawberries to my nose (careful not to touch the plastic 'cause that's just icky) and I inhale. Sometimes it takes a couple of whiffs before I find the right one, and just the action and the smell relaxes me and brings memories of my friend who I relish spending time with.

I said all of that to get to this (remember my thoughts & reflections from Monday?):

In a moment when my thoughts are jumbled and my body tense, I can't relax or even rest. I pause to catch the sweet smell of berries that don't replace what serves me best, but gives me pleasure nonetheless. I'll take every bit of relief that I can get to get me through 'til next we meet.
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Wordless Wednesday: Kindergarten homework

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From nap mat to no nap

Today is the third day of our school/fall schedule. I'm still honing the morning departure time, but other than that, things have been going smoothly. (Well, if you don't count my morning grumpiness.) As I was getting dressed this morning I noticed my kids nap mats on a shelf in my closet. I purchased those when they first started going to daycare about three years ago. Now, my kindergartner doesn't even take naps and the one who attends headstart sleeps on a cot.

Now they're more likely to want a stephen joseph quilted backpack, which comes in a wide variety of designs and colors for you child to choose from. They have a few that I think fit my children's tastes and personalities perfectly. The stephen joseph backpack even comes in a ladybug design, which I think is perfect for my toddler.
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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Hooooo hummmm

My health and weight loss journal

"If you don't have something nice to say then don't say anything at all." We're all familiar with that saying, but did you know it can apply when saying something about yourself. Before I continue let me say that ALL, FB and PJ & Honey are not allowed to comment on what I just said. :P

That being said, the only thing I'm going to say about my health and weight loss is:
  1. I gained the four pounds back and my stomach is swollen, but I haven't went up a size in my clothes so that's good. And I'll avoid saying how I think I look with the swollen stomach.
  2. The way I feel is yuck (physically and mentally). I'm not going to go into what is making me feel worse because I think I have talked about it, meditated on it and mulled it over enough for today.
Oh, by the way, the test I mentioned to you in a past health and weight loss journal is scheduled for August 19th. Once I get the results I'll give you more details. I think I told you before that I go back to the rheumatologist in July, but that appointment had to be rescheduled. Wish me luck, pray for me... all that good stuff.

Until next week's update, I hope you are feeling well.
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M.I.A. @ T2T

Did my code attract your attention? Well, I hope so 'cause I'm trying to get you to visit me at From Toddlers2Teens. Remember that? My other blog.

It's been so long since I've posted there and I've been feeling a little guilty about it. So, head on over and see what's going on. Uh... please?
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Hip Hop Jewelry

I don't know if there is anything that you don't know about it (since I talk so much. LOL), but if you haven't been reading for too long then you may not know that I love jewelry. Before I had children I would purchase items for the jewelers that were sparkly - diamonds, of course - and gold. When I heard about Hip Hop Jewelry I had to admit that I didn't know what to expect, but as soon as I checked them out I saw quite a few things that I would like.

Styles have changed quite a bit since I was in my teens and 20s... and I don't know if I'd have the nerve to wear jewelry that's a little flashy, but I saw a 12 Row Totally Iced Out Bracelet in Silver that was sort of calling my name.

HipHopBling offers fine products to consumers and hip hop related retailers everywhere. Their goal is to bring the latest trends and hottest items to you. Are you ready to get totally iced out? Then HipHopBling is the spot to check out.
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Monday, August 10, 2009

Monday's Muse: Thoughts & reflections

A few of my blogging friends are participating in PR Blackout week, which began today. The purpose, in a nutshell, is to connect to your readers without posting reviews or giveaways. (I'm not sure if that includes paid posts.)

I'm not officially participating, but I am a huge supporter of some of the blogs that are and I think it's a great opportunity to get to know them better, to read some personal posts and just to do something a little different.

Along that vane, I'm "hanging out" with Maternal Spark to consider what I want to do around here. And, you know, I think I want to do exactly what I've been doing. Let me explain:

I think over the years (about two and more than 1,000 posts) you've gotten to know a lot about me. I write about my children, my health and weight loss as well as the ups and downs of everyday life. Mixed in with that are reviews, paid posts and some PR-inspired posts. Oh, and I've done a couple of giveaways. The reason I do the reviews and PR stuff is because some of my background is in magazine article writing. When I was an editor at a business magazine, here in the Atlanta area, writing book reviews was one of my absolute favorite things to do.

I also had the chance to write travel and car reviews, a lot of features as well as some serious stuff. As a trained journalist, the "news" often comes from PR professionals - that's their job - and I normally don't write or talk about anything that I don't like. I always tell authors, agents and publishers that I'm considering the book for review - it's not a done deal. I ask PR folks to send me products I'm interested in and so forth. And, of course, I write paid posts 'cause I need the money.

Why am I telling you all of this? Because that's what it is like in this woman's world. Now, I have to hurry up and hit publish before midnight because this is supposed to be Monday's Muse. (I know I'm running late, you don't have to tell me. :P)

Almost forgot one of my standard lines: What's fueling me this week are thoughts about my life and taking care of my children. And I may take the Maternal Spark challenge and get in touch with my creative side a little. It's been awhile since I've written a poem, posted a creative photo or told a silly story. Maybe that's in order this week too.

I hope you have an extremely creative, inspiring and joyful week. Wish me luck with that (things haven't been easy around here) and I'll see ya soon.
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Savvy Woman

I would not feel right if I didn't mention Savvy Woman: Online Women's Publication since they recently added me to their resource list. The recognition/inclusion is really an honor and a delight. Thank you from the bottom of my blogging heart.

Be sure to check them out when you get the chance.
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Still time to enjoy Wildwood vacation, free concert

Although my children started school today, a lot of schools don't begin for another two weeks so you still have time for a last minute vacation to Wildwood, New Jersey. Your kids will love this trip because the Radio Disney Summer Concert Series will be there until the end of August at Wildwood's Morey’s Piers. The concerts are free and many of the Top Radio Disney artists will be there.

It's a great place to vacation and getting the chance to attend free concerts is icing on the cake. Interested in booking right away? You can find Wildwood new jersey motels on Morey's Piers site. Located on the boardwalk, Morey’s Piers is a seaside amusement park that's family owned and operated.

This is a fantastic way to enjoy the last days of summer. Have fun.
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Tired mommy, talkative toddler

Today was the first day of school for my two middle children. One headed off to kindergarten (how exciting!) and one grumpily went to kindergarten readiness at the headstart program.

The teenager went to a doctor's appointment this morning and I'm left here with the toddler. (Her daycare provider had a few things to take care of for her children who also started school today.) Not only was I tired by 8:30 this morning, but the toddler will not leave me alone.

(Don't let that sweet look fool you, she was whining seconds before I took this picture and as soon as she saw the camera she says, "Cheese..." all pretty like! {AARGH!})---->

She won't watch a Disney movie, she won't stop talking to me or touching and she just won't leave me alone. She drew a picture for all of three minutes then started throwing the crayons around the room. She rarely does anything for longer than a few minutes so it's tough getting anything accomplished while she's around. Hence the reason she goes to daycare.

I guess I'll have to go ahead and fix lunch a little early to see if she will go ahead and take a nap. I need a nap too, but I also need to try and get some work done. It's not even noon and I'm irritated and worn out already.
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Shop and save money

Have you signed up for Ebates yet? I signed up recently and the program sounds good to me. I'm all for saving money and was thinking you may like another way to save yourself a little moolah as well. Smart shopping doesn't get easier than this: You don't have to fill out any forms or mail any rebate slips. All you have to do is start shopping at Ebates, use the links to make purchases at your favorite stores and they'll put cash back in your account. It's that simple.

By clicking my Ebates link you also help me to earn a little money when you sign up. If you sign up and refer people then you can earn some cash too. Sound good to you? Okay, so get started to clicking, shopping, referring and saving money. :)
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