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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve... a random review of the day

My children and I began our Christmas celebration today. I keep getting a little confused thinking it's Christmas Day, but it's my Christmas Day with the smaller children who will be spending this Christmas Day (and the next week or so) with their dad. I think it's wonderful that they have two Christmases and I don't see it as an inconvenience or anything. The children are blessed and I hope they realize it. They happily thanked their big sister and I, and each other, for the gifts they received.

Andre and Anna had a couple (well, quite a few fits), but besides that it's been enjoyable. I'm really tired because I didn't sleep well, I'm on my second cup of coffee and I've snuck some sugar cookies the kids made with their big sister, her boyfriend and his twin sisters last night.

Sometime over the weekend I'll share pictures of everything with you. Tomorrow Amber and I will celebrate Christmas Day together by opening the gifts from each other, spending time together and just enjoying the day. Well, it looks like we all are having to Christmases, huh? How cool is that!?

Before I conclude, let me express something to you - my wonderful friends: My intention was to send those whose addresses I have thoughtful cards and expressions of my love, it was to mail closer friends their gifts, write letters and mail everything in a timely manner. That SO didn't happen. Please know that it wasn't intentional. I didn't forget; I just didn't plan well. If you get a gift, card or letter late - or not at all - I still thought of you, I still love you and I still wish you the happiest of Christmas and an extremely joyous New Year.

Take care, my friends, and have a Merry Christmas Eve.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Not just me...

I was over at Velveteen Mind and she was saying how it's a little chaotic around her place. Laundry needing to be done, housecleaning getting backed up. You know, that kind of thing.

And I thought it was just me.

About 30 minutes ago I sat here staring at the television while guzzling a cup of coffee... (Now I have to have another one 'cause I didn't get to savor that one! LOL) ... and I was feeling a bit overwhelmed because I don't know what to do first. There is so much to do.


Since my oldest and I are celebrating Christmas with the children in the morning (yup, Christmas eve morning!), I have to get the gifts wrapped. Said gifts are in my closet. Said closet is in my room. Said room is extremely messy. So once I do a few more things on the computer I'll commence to straightening and cleaning my room, wrapping presents and moving on to the next part of the house.

Sounds like a plan, right?

After that here's a list of the other things I need to get accomplished:
  • Clean bathroom
  • Vacuum house
  • Sweep and mop bare floors
  • Clean out kids' closet
  • Wash and put away dishes
  • Put away laundry
  • Remove boxes, etc. from office
  • Start another box for friend's baby

I'd like to get everything accomplished by tomorrow night. Of course, I probably won't do anything on that list before the children leave for their dad's tomorrow so I hope I get finished with the majority tonight. Then I can goof off all day Christmas Day.

There are a few things I need for around the house - some grocery and household items, but I refuse to go to the store between now and Friday. I'm hoping I can hold out. Luckily, I have toilet paper.

Once the holidays are over I hope that things get back to the way they were. You know, mildly chaotic.

How are you making out these last couple of days before Christmas morning? Finished shopping? Wrapping?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Undermount kitchen sinks

MR Direct Sinks and Faucets sells stainless steel undermount kitchen sinks that are made of heavy 16-gauge stainless steel, which is 25 percent thicker than name brand sinks. A lot of customers who are considering home improvement projects are choosing a stainless steel sink or a smart divide sink to update the look of their kitchen. also stocks decorative bowl sinks and a variety of faucets and accessories. The online retailer is accredited by the Better Business Bureau, offers same day shipping and wholesale prices.

What will the new year bring?

This is a plaque that hangs in my kitchen.

"One day at a time..." That's been my motto for the last two years. Not too long ago, a woman I have high respect for asked me about my goal(?), plan(?) or expectations(?) for the next year. I can't think of the exact word she used and I was stumped for an answer. I just take one day at a time.
I guess my life-long goal has been to create a comfortable living with my writing and skills for myself and my children. And, to be happy, of course.                                                                                                

After 15 years of being a writer, I can't give up now. I've worked as a reporter for a daily newspaper and as an editor and writer for monthly magazines. I've written web content and, of course, this blog.

Writing is my passion and I hope in the process I will not only succeed, but bring enlightenment, education, joy and entertainment to those who read my words.

Buy any It Cosmetics get FREE Lash Primer

There are a lot of hot deals rolling around this holiday season to not only purchase for those on our list, but to stock up on some things we may need (or want!) for ourselves. Even in these frugal times we sometimes use products that are a little costly, but saving money on those splurges can make it all worth it. Here's a deal from that I thought would interest you:

Buy any It Cosmetics product and receive a free Lash Primer ($19.50 value)! Offer good while supplies last.

I've reviewed "eyelash technology" before and I wonder if's Lash Primer works like the neuLash. If you get one then let me know, okay?

Lots of random lately

Health and weight loss journal?
Random musings?
All of the above, except maybe the venting, and more!

I'm sitting on the couch enjoying the last minutes or so of quiet. None of the children are home and I'm trying to maximize on my quiet computer time in order to complete some work. But, you know how it is when you're trying to finish something and you begin to feel anxious? It's like there's something lurking around the corner.

Well, this time it's lurking around the corner of my brain.

I mean really, can I get a little focus here?

Deep ooohmmm-ing breath. Closing of the eyes. Breathing from the stomach...

Okay. Let's get to it.

Today is Tuesday and here at It's a woman's world that usually means it's time to talk about health and weight loss. Problem is I don't really feel like talking about that. I will tell you, however, that I had a really bad "attack" over the weekend and I'm feeling much better. Sore. But I feel somewhat human again. The regular aches and pains are hanging around (like old smelly friends) and the tiredness is keeping me company (like a blanket that smells like mothballs...). Other than that: It's all peaches and roses. No, strawberries and chocolate. Wait! I've got it: It's all strawberries, rose petals & chocolate. Deep dark chocolate.

Oops... more digression.

I've been busy clicking away trying to keep the dollars rolling in to replace the mullah I spent on Christmas gifts. It's great to be able to get my children some of the things they want, but it's almost like I can hear the money falling from my pockets. No complaints. I actually feel only a smidgen of anxiety compared to the overwhelming suffocation I felt last year. I can't find the anxiety post, but I thought you would like a peek at the children from this time last year. It's amazing how much they've changed in just a year.

Finally, please forgive me if I've been MIA at your blog or site. Everything should get back in order when I get more organized with my own laptop. A laptop I'm being forced to buy because mine died. SIGH... Okay, I'm not going to get anxious about that 'cause if I don't have one (Amber's taking hers back to school with her) then I can't work. If I can't work then I die.

Too dramatic?

If I can't work then I don't make money. So, let me get back to it. Wish me luck and if you're feeling in the Christmas spirit and want to express your love by purchasing me a laptop (a Toshiba or an HP... ooohhhh, a Dell!) then feel free to do so. I don't want to hold you back from the true meaning of Christmas. ;)

Attention: Parents of December 09 Babies

Did you know the typical family spends more than $221,000 raising a child through age 17? I would open my mouth in shock, but I'm too shocked to move. Guess that means I've spent that much and more for my 18 year old and still have $663,000 to go.

Sorry. I digress.

Thanks to TurboTax®, one "last-minute" baby will help his or her parents save a bundle. TurboTax®, tax preparation software from Intuit Inc., is conducting its third annual nationwide search for America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction. The parents of one lucky baby, born in December 2009, will win $5,000.

To enter parents or legal guardians should submit a photo of their baby - born between December 1 and December 31 - to The deadline for submissions is January 7, 2010. Judges will select 10 finalists, and America will determine America's Cutest Last-Minute Tax Deduction and the $5,000 grand prize winner!

Further details, rules and eligibility information is available at You can follow @TurboTax on Twitter (#TTbaby) or visit TaxBreak, the new TurboTax blog for updates.

This post is provided on a purely informational basis. No compensation was exchanged for the writing of this post; however, my including this post is an entry in a contest. Information is provided on behalf of MomSelect and TurboTax.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Weekend whatchamacallits...

This has been one of those random weekends where a lot was done - not by me - and a lot wasn't done - by me. But the good part (and you'll be happy to hear this) is that I took a lot of naps. I'm hoping it's just one of the meds that I'm taking that's wiping me out, stealing my energy and strength. I think I have about three more days of taking it then I will know for sure.

My daughter, Amber, her boyfriend and the younger children have been in and out, 'round about while I fall asleep in my bed, on the couch, eat, stumble around, get on the computer and do some work or just click randomly around... Another thing (which should also make you happy) is that I got out of the house for about an hour or two yesterday. It was a chore showering and dressing, but I briefly enjoyed some good conversation and salad. So, see, I do relax. Ahem.

Oh, the real reason for this post was to tell you about forgetting to give my children dinner tonight. It's almost 8 p.m. and their big sister is giving them a bath. I am trying to finish up some work and be finished with my daugher's laptop by the time she's ready to use it. I went to the bathroom and was thinking, "Why am I so hungry?" Then it dawned on me that we had eaten a late lunch. I fed the children at about 4 p.m. Well, the two middle children ate around 2 originally then they came in from outside and ate again with Anna would had been taking a nap. That was at 4.

So I'm wracking my brain to some up with something for them to eat. You should see the look my oldest daughter gave me when she realized we didn't eat dinner. She, of course, was out. I, of course, was in the bed.

Hmmm?? Maybe I should nap some more. Think that'll work?

How's your weekend going? Did you get any rest? Are you getting busier as the holiday gets closer or not?

DISCLAIMER: Yes, I know this post is random and I also realize there may be misspellings or inaccurate word usage. I hope this isn't the moment someone considering me for an assignment is reading and decides against hiring me 'cause I sound like a lazy, clueless, neglectful nut. I assure you (I'm saying in my best, most professional voice), I am only like that off duty. LOL... Okay, that didn't help my case any. An-t-ways, have a good night.

Mead Johnson, Maker of Enfamil, Loses Multi-Million Dollar False Advertising Case Against Store-Bran

This is a sponsored guest post written by a Press Release on behalf of PBM Products. Post powered by Sponzai.

GORDONSVILLE, VA., December  2 , 2009PBM Products, LLC, a leading infant formula company that supplies store-brand infant formulas to Walmart, Sam's Club, Target, Kroger, Walgreens, and other retailers, has received a favorable jury verdict and a $13.5 million damages award in its false advertising lawsuit against Mead Johnson & Co., the operating subsidiary of   Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) (“Mead Johnson”), the makers of the national-brand Enfamil® LIPIL® Infant Formula.  Mead Johnson is 83 percent-owned by Bristol-Myers Squibb.


PBM’s lawsuit claimed that Mead Johnson engaged in false and misleading campaigns against PBM’s competing store-brand of infant formulas, suggesting they do not provide the same nutrition as Mead Johnson’s brands.  PBM’s store-brand infant formulas cost up to 50 percent less than Enfamil® LIPIL®.  The $13.5 million in damages awarded by the jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is one of the largest damages awards ever for a false advertising case.


“This decision by a jury of the people confirms that Mead Johnson’s ads have been false in suggesting that there is a nutritional difference between our store-brand formula products and their products, when in fact the only major difference is price,” said PBM CEO Paul B. Manning.  “Despite Mead Johnson’s scare tactics, parents are assured that PBM’s formula products are as high quality and nutritious as Mead Johnson’s.”


U.S. District Court Judge James R. Spencer issued his written rulings yesterday following the November 10th jury verdict. Judge Spencer’s written rulings permanently enjoined Mead Johnson from making any false statements concerning PBM's infant formula, including the claims Mead Johnson previously made in Enfamil advertising that "It may be tempting to try a less expensive store brand, but only Enfamil LIPIL is clinically proven to improve brain and eye development," and "there are plenty of other ways to save on baby expenses without cutting back on nutrition."  The Court also ordered Mead Johnson to retrieve from the public domain all advertising or promotional materials containing these or any other false claims about PBM's store brand infant formula.  

The details of the decision and the complaint are posted online in full at:





The nutritional supplements under examination in the case are two fats, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachidonic acid), which Mead Johnson calls “LIPIL®” solely for marketing purposes and touts as promoting infant brain and eye development. PBM’s claim focused on Mead Johnson’s direct mailing to more than 1.6 million parents of an alarming blurry picture of a child’s cartoon duck next to a clear picture of the same image which suggested that anything other than the Enfamil LIPIL® blend of ingredients is inferior and will result in poor eye and brain development.  Other parts of the false advertising campaign consist of statements that only Enfamil LIPIL has been proven to confer visual and mental benefits on infants, and store-brand formulas are a “cut-back in nutrition” compared to Enfamil. 


PBM successfully argued that these advertisements were false and misleading especially since PBM store- brand infant formulas have the same nutrients at the same levels as Enfamil.  PBM infant formulas are formulated to contain DHA and ARA, and are sourced from the same supplier in amounts which equal or exceed the DHA and ARA in Mead Johnson’s Enfamil LIPIL®. 


This decision marks the third time PBM Products has sued Mead Johnson for false advertising claims. On the prior occasions Mead Johnson admitted that it made false claims about PBM’s products.  It is also the first false advertising case to focus on the issue of DHA and ARA nutritional ingredients in formula, which were introduced into the market in 2003 and have become a staple in recent years by many brands as key components for infant development.


“This jury verdict should send a significant and clear message to Mead Johnson about the way it conducts marketing and advertising for its brands,” said Manning.  “This lawsuit also demonstrates our complete commitment to defending our products and the valuable brands of our retail partners.”


“As a parent and supporter of children’s medical research, I take a personal responsibility in assuring our customers that the products we produce are healthy and nutritionally equivalent to brand names like Enfamil® LIPIL®.  It is important, especially now, for parents to know that there are lower priced yet highly nutritious store-brand formulas that will provide the same benefit to their children as any national brand name formula product,” Manning added.   


The U.S. infant formula market is estimated at $3.4 billion and the global market is estimated at $7.9 billion.


All of PBM’s formulas, and for that matter all of U.S. infant formulas, are subject to the exacting standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pursuant to the Infant Formula Act of 1980.  This legislation vested FDA with the authority to ensure that all infant formula products sold in the United States provide the necessary levels of identified nutrients required for the growth of healthy babies. For more information, visit this FDA link.


PBM Products was represented by the law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.  Partners from the firm’s advertising practice, Harold P. Weinberger and Jonathan M. Wagner in New York, led the team.  


About PBM

PBM is privately owned and based in Gordonsville, VA.  PBM companies specialize in manufacturing, distributing, and marketing consumer food, nutritional, and pharmaceutical products. For more information, visit


Enfamil® LIPIL® are registered trademarks of Mead Johnson & Co.


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