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Friday, September 24, 2010

Success at washing a 3 year old’s hair

It has taken me three years to figure out a way to get Anna’s hair washed without a lot of drama. She’ll do good with her big sister or her daycare provider, Miss Kellie, but she likes to give me a hard time.

The other day I needed to wash her hair, but didn’t have time or energy to put her in the tub so I decided to wash her hair at the kitchen sink. I knew it wouldn’t work to have her stand at the sink on a stool so this is what I did…

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Needless to say, she thought it was the funniest thing to do. I’m so glad it went quickly and she enjoyed herself. It was even fun for me especially when I said I was going to take her picture and she started clowning around.


Moving cross country

There’s a lady I know who takes every opportunity she can get to improve her and her son’s situation. If that means moving cross country then, so be it, she’ll pack up quickly and be on her way. Even though that’s a lot of work she’s able to get it done and then are services available that can assist with something like that.

U-Pack Moving has an economical solution. Those needing to move pack their own things and the professionals at U-Pack do the driving. It’s an ideal alternative to renting a moving truck.

What about you? Have you ever had to make a major move in your life?


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Try Publix Deli Kid’s Meals #review

When I wrote this I was a mom with a toddler, two youngsters and a teenager and a lot of nights dinner was a rushed and last minute occasion. When I got the chance to review Publix Deli Kid’s Meals thanks to a BzzAgent campaign - #GotItFree - I put them to use one evening. 

The best thing about these little meals is they're great for after-school snacks, light dinners, and lunch bag choices. When I searched my favorite Publix I couldn't find them. When I told the cashier what I was looking for she had someone go behind the deli counter to get some. Seems as if they run out pretty quickly or don’t make that many at a time.

Tonight (September 23, 2010), after a long day, I looked in the fridge and suddenly didn’t feel like preparing dinner. I asked the kids while holding one of the Publix Deli Kid’s Meals in my hand if they wanted it for dinner. Luckily, the decision was unanimous. I had bought two with chicken tenders and one with oven-roasted turkey.

The chicken tenders (two) come on honey wheat rolls and came with Yo-Kids Yogurt, Publix Snack Carrots, and an Apple and Eve Berry-Berry Fruitable Juice. The oven-roasted turkey was also on a honey wheat roll and came with apple slices (Amareah – left - gobbled up her sandwich. Anna, pictured below, is really enjoying that apple.) and grape pack, Craisins, and Horizon Organic 2% Milk.

The best thing about the Publix kids meal is that it is healthy, balanced and affordable at just $3.99. It was the perfect size for my 3, 5 and 6-year-old children and they enjoyed it. (Publix also has other choices including peanut butter on wheat roll and a peanut butter and green apple wrap.)


I asked my children if they liked them and my son said, “Terrific.” (I think I caught him by surprise when I snapped this picture!) The girls nodded in agreement. Amareah, the 5-year-old, said she liked the turkey sandwich better than the tenders (she tasted both), Andre really enjoyed the Craisins, and the apple slices and grape pack (well, just two grapes. Ah-hem) were a hit as well. The kids' meals are made fresh and are preservative free, which is a definite plus when it comes to making healthy choices for my children.

Have you tried the Publix Deli Kids Meals? If so, what did you think? If not, do you plan on trying them?

Disclosure: I received coupons from, of which I am a member, to purchase the Publix Deli Kid’s Meals for the purpose of sharing information about them with my friends and family. The opinions expressed here are my own and are in no way influenced by BzzAgent or Publix. More information can be found in my complete disclosure policy.

Beautifying your home with tile

tile As I think about improvements I would like to make on my home, I consider some of the “fancy” things I would like to include like tiles. I’ve watched home improvement shows and seen how they’ve changed a drab bathroom into a work of art by installing bathroom tiles. Can you imagine having the threshold between your hallway or bedroom and bathroom be adorned with Mother of Pearl tiles? What about your shower stall? I’ve seen that done on a couple of home shows and I was so enthralled by the detail and beauty of it. There are some beautiful choices at and I am amazed at the different colors and textures available.

The Glass Tile Store has glass, glass and stone, and glass and metal tiles as well as marble mosaics, stone mosaic patters and Roman glass tiles. There’s metal, pearl shell and large glass tiles as well as cobblestone mosaics, borders, liners and deco’s. If you can imagine it, they probably have it.

Those considering improving upon their homes will find fabulous choices and comparable prices to make their kitchen or bathroom eye catching and beautiful. If you’re not into the small tiles, like the Mother of Pearl pictured here, you can always try the spa glass or subway tiles, which lend a unique and stylish appearance to any area in your home.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The sweetest ‘Cherry on Top’

This is my second award within seven days! Now you know I’m feeling pretty darn special. :-) My friend Melissa, the lovely blogger of Frugal Creativity, gave me this Cherry on Top award.


Isn’t it just darling? I’m especially in love with this award because I’ve never seen it before and it’s such a beautiful and sweet sentiment. Thanks Melissa for thinking of me and for giving me such a wonderful compliment.

Okay, so here are the "Cherry on Top" Award rules:

  1. Answer this question: If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?
  2. Pick 6 people and give them this award. You then have to inform the person that they have gotten this award.

That’s a tough question especially since I try to live my life with a no regrets type of attitude. There are several things that come to mind, but I think my true answer is a version of something that I normally say. Instead of saying I wish I had never met my ex-husband; here’s the truth: If I could go back and change one thing in my life it would be not to lose myself in my marriage. I would not sign my name to any business ideas that needed financing, loan applications, new checking accounts, credit cards or give up my retirement money, savings or jeopardize my credit. I would say no, ignore the nagging and remain true to myself regardless of the consequences.

Yup, that’s it!

The people I choose for this award are:

Jo at Life’s Perfect Pictures.

Jacqueline at Blessings Abound Mommy

Carrie at Little Miss Hannah

Chocolate Covered Daydreams

Christi at The Williams Family

Colleen at Shibley Smiles


Give yourself a Boost

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Boost Mobile. All opinions are 100% mine.

My oldest daughter, 19-year-old Amber, has had about six cell phones since she’s been old enough to have one at about the age of 14. For varying reasons she’s changed services or phone. Most recently, she and her godfather were looking for a provider that offers reliable, affordable coverage and service from her college campus.

The decided on Boost Mobile, which is popular for their no contract, prepaid unlimited, pay as you go phone plans. From what I’ve heard from them it seems like a convenient and reasonable service to have. Boost Mobile also has an easy way to add funds to customers’ accounts through what they call Re-Boost. Customers can “re-boost” their phones online, in person at a local store or over the phone using a debit or credit card. It’s that simple.

Boost is not only convenient, but it’s up to date as well. Boost Mobile has Blackberry with unlimited nationwide text, talk, web and email. These do-it-all phones are really popular especially with the ability to link you directly to your Twitter or Facebook accounts. Nowadays it’s important for a lot of people  to be able to connect to social media from their phones because they’re able to keep in immediate contact with friends and family. I know I haven’t gotten that advanced yet and I’m not sure if my daughter updates her Facebook account from her Boost Mobile, but just knowing it’s possible is cool for me. To make it even sweeter, Boost devices offer unlimited connectivity to Facebook for one price per month.

What about you, are you updating your social media from your phone?


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Random Tuesday: wishes, tubes & stuff

Although it was difficult, I had a successful “Take the day off Birthday.” I watched a movie on Crackle (Haven’t heard of it? You can watch free television shows and movies – similar to Hula) and I laid down. Then I laid down and laid down. LOL… that about sums up my day. RP and the children gave me cards and even though Amareah (my middle daughter) spent the weekend with her day – along with her two siblings – she still remembered it was my birthday when I picked her up from school yesterday. So sweet.

DSCF5019 She says, “Mommy, Ms. Taylor said happy birthday.”

“She did?” Of course I sounded puzzled. “How did she know it’s my birthday?”

“I told her,” Amareah said. Such a sweet 5-year-old girl. The other two ages 6 and 3 forgot and, of course, my sweet baby girl (19-year-old Amber) called to wish her mother a happy birthday. She gave me my gift (LOTION/skin stuff! Woohooo!) when we visited her last weekend.

And I received so many well wishes via my comments here and on Facebook; that really made me feel good. Thank you to everyone who took the time to tell me Happy Birthday… I really appreciate it.

DSCF5201 On the bad side? 1)  It’s not my birthday today so back to work! LOL… not necessarily bad, I guess. 2) I took Anna to the ENT today and she has to get tubes in her ears. She’s had about eight ear infections this year alone so given her history and her hearing is mildly effected, the doctor recommends the tubes, which he let me put off last time to see if anything changed with her.

I’m a little bothered by it, but I think it’s the best thing for her at this point. And Amber hasn’t been feeling that great so I feel bad about that as well. I don’t like when my babies are sick and I can’t fix it. It’s natural, I know, but it’s still a little worrisome.

DSCF5230 In other news: I’m back on the get-organized track in the office. It was stalled a little when I won the fabulous storage bins from StacksAndStacks. Now, I have a desk I’d like to get rid of. The office contained three desks and now with the organizational system I don’t need/want it. I have it listed on the Atlanta Craigslist for $20. If you know of anyone in the area that can use it for something just tell them to get in touch with me. I’ll even taken $5 for it (that’s the special deep discount blog deal!). image

image A lot of stuff: I need to get back on the health and weight loss journal bandwagon ‘cause I’ve gained a little weight back (of the 60 pounds that I’ve lost). I’m a bit disappointed, but I have no one to blame but myself. Well, I can blame RP ‘cause he likes to eat whatever whenever so… okay, no, I can’t blame anyone. LOL… I’ve been lazy and undisciplined and now my clothes are tight – or not fitting! – and that’s so unacceptable. Also, on the health front, I haven’t been feeling that great as of late so I’d really like to get to the doctor sometime soon and discuss what’s going on.

Well, I think you’re all caught up. I’m sure I’ve forgotten something, but I have to go and clean up in the office some more (I can’t wait to do the final reveal to you), put a load of laundry in and wash some dishes. Then I’m sure by the time I get all of that finished it’ll be time for the kids to get ready for bed.

I hope your week is going well so far. Leave me a comment and let me know what you have going on.


Check the mail

If you own a business, apartment complex or a multi-family housing unit then you may be in the market for Commercial Mailboxes or Apartment Mailboxes. is the one-stop shop for mailboxes of this type. They carry cluster boxes, horizontal mailboxes, freestanding mail centers, vertical mailboxes, drop and multi-unit boxes, mail stations, kits, accessories and replacement parts. In all honesty, I never knew so many options existed for commercial mailboxes. For instance, the cluster mailboxes can be ordered as standard or high security and that there are eight categories under collection and drop boxes.

The online retailer guarantees that they have the lowest prices (the slim vertical collection box is just $139.33) and are touted as having the largest selection on the market as well as an expert customer service team that readily and professionally handles all customer-related matters. They’ll ship your customer commercial mailbox directly to your job site. Also available are amenities such as commercial ash urn, backless bench, bike rack, bench, planter, litter receptacle and lighting. All the things that a business or housing owner may need.

And if commercial mailboxes and items are not what you’re looking for then Just Commercial Mailboxes also provides a link to residential mailboxes.


Monday, September 20, 2010

My birthday gift to myself: Take the day off!

image Yes, today is my birthday. I know I normally tell everyone at least a month or so in advance and look out for well wishes, but I guess I’m maturing (LOL) – so to speak – it just didn’t seem to be a big deal this year. Not making it a big deal made me realize that I need to make it a big deal at least for myself. So today, on my 42ND BIRTHDAY!!! (OMG), I’m going to relax.

I’ll have to use everything in my power not to blog, tweet or check email or anything, but I think I’m going to go low tech with a cell phone only day. And enjoy a movie, maybe a nap, read a book or do whatever I want that makes me happy. I don’t even have to get up today to take the kids to school because this was their weekend with their father.

And, in case you’re wondering, I didn’t write this post today. It’s Tuesday the 14th and I have my feet propped up on a kitchen chair while I work. I’m behind, overwhelmed, tired and stressed out so thinking about a day off is making me feel pretty darn good.

I’ll be back tomorrow (if I don’t decide to pack my kerchief and be a hobo!). Have a great day and a fabulous week.

Petula for September 20 post


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Glimmer, Shimmer & Shine with Barbie #product

My memories of Barbie go back a long way – to the early 1970s when I enjoyed my own Barbies who had furniture, cars, dresses, shoes and a plethora of other accessories that I was spoiled to have. My Barbie even had some handmade clothes, which my grandmother made. Years later when my first daughter was old enough (she’s now 19) I passed some of those Barbie things on to her, and it wasn’t long before she caught the Barbie bug. There came more shoes, clothes, furniture, houses and accessories. Now my middle daughter, who’s 5, has her eyes set on all things Barbie. Especially since we watched the new DVD “Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale.”

I must admit I am as enthralled with the new Barbie DVD as Amareah is. This DVD takes you on a journey of fashion, friendship, family and fun. With the suspense of mystery, the beauty of fashion and a beautiful ending.
“Join Barbie in a colorful, modern-day fairytale filled with fashion, friends and fun. Barbie and her dog, Sequin, jet off to visit her aunt’s amazing fashion house in Paris, and much to her surprise it’s about to be shut down forever.  After she discovers three enchanting Flairies with sparkle-magic powers, Barbie comes up with a brilliant idea to save the business. She even inspires, Alice, a shy fashion designer, and together they create a dazzling runway fashion show. Barbie shows that magic happens when you believe in yourself.”
The DVD has been available in stores since September 14th and has an accompanying toy line that definitely brings the movie to life. I, thank goodness, have not told Amareah about the toys yet. I think maybe I’ll surprise her with them for Christmas, but don’t tell her.

I definitely recommend picking up a copy of the DVD for the little girl (or the big girl!) in your life… I promise, you’ll enjoy it. Check out for more information.

Disclosure: Thanks to Barbie and MomSelect I received the “Barbie, A Fashion Fairytale” free of charge to facilitate my review and that in no way influenced my opinions – those are my own. More information can be found in my complete disclosure policy.

Honored with a little loveliness

I was surprised to receive an award today from a new friend, Laurel-Rain Snow of Rainy Days and Mondays. Thank you so much for honoring me today (it’s especially wonderful since I’ve been sick this weekend).

lovely blog award

Here are the rules for this one:
1)  Post the award on your blog with the name of the person and the link;
2)  Pay it forward to 15 bloggers;
3)  Contact the blog recipients to tell them the news!

I’m always a little lazy when it comes to passing along the awards. It’s not because I don’t want to honor other bloggers it’s because I can be lazy. (Hey, you gotta appreciate my honesty.) However, here’s my list, but I can’t promise I’ll remember to tell everyone. The “One Lovely Blog Award” goes to…

  1. Duck and Wheel with String ‘cause Lin is my best bud and cracks me up. (Plus I just like to torture her with stuff like this.)
  2. Frugal Creativity because Melissa is loving, caring and attentive regardless of what’s going on with her.
  3. Crazy Adventures in Parenting… You gotta appreciate Lisa and her chaotic, funny life.
  4. Tammy at Mom Know Everything because regardless of how much time passes between when we talk we still remain friends.
  5. Tina at Mummy Diaries ‘cause she’s a hot UK momma-bloggy friend with style and sassiness.
  6. Frugal Family Fun Blog because Valerie is the most patient, creative, fun blogger I know.
  7. For her modesty and creativity, Diane Estrella is as sweet as chocolate.
  8. For her creative and sophisticated eye that highlights and shares the things she loves/finds: IndieSpotting.
  9. Vicki at Frugal Mom Knows Best for taking the time to post great info.
  10. Jennifer of Mom Bloggers Club because she is knowledgeable, smart and helpful.
  11. Freebies 4 Mom …for sharing all the freebies and ‘cause free is always good, right!?
  12. To Henrietta at A Hen’s Nest because she’s always helpful and visiting her is always a delight.
  13. Don (Yup, a guy!) at Minus the Bars because he’ll be delighted and miffed that I called his blog lovely, and for the creative and thoughtful posts.
  14. The lovelies at 5 Minutes for Books because they keep me up to date on great reads for parents and children.
  15. To the busy and blogilicious Jocelyn at Hip Mama’s Place for everything bloggy and to congratulate her on her upcoming wedding.

Now, here comes the truly lazy part, if you happen upon these blogs can you tell them I gave them an award. Thanks… I’m gonna take a nap now.


Peace of mind with TotalProtect Home Warranty

There are so many expenses when it comes to homeownership. In addition to the regular mortgage and utility payments, there are the expenses of keeping up the yard and outside of the home as well as maintaining the inside of the home. Even keeping the house clean can be a regular expense. So what do homeowners do when appliances, plumbing or heating/air systems need to be replaced?

Not many homeowners have a couple of hundred to a few thousand dollars laying around to replace much-needed systems. That’s why it’s a good idea to be prepared with the Total Protect Home Warranty, which will cover those unexpected repairs and expenses.

Homeowners can get a little peace of mind with the Total Protect Home Warranty.

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