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Friday, October 8, 2010

Complete picture day look

My youngest child has reached another first milestone: Her first genuine school picture day. Even though she has an excuse from the doctor to be out of school today because of a virus, we couldn’t miss picture day so I went with her and they allowed her to take her picture first then do the class photo. (Her head start is a small location with only three classrooms.)

Of course, since I shared her pretty hairstyle with you I had to give you a glimpse of how gorgeous she looked today. Introducing the baby of the family – turned big girl!

DSCF5284 DSCF5285 DSCF5286 All of these photos are beautiful,

but the next three are my definite favorites.

DSCF5287 DSCF5288 DSCF5289 DSCF5290 And, finally, the back view of this beautiful dress.

DSCF5292 I’m so proud of how she behaved today – both at home and in school while getting her pictures taken. Although she has thoroughly tired me out I’m happy to have this day of memories. Fun, playtime, giggles, games, cuddling and pictures. :-)


Funeral planning

When I was growing up my paternal grandmother was very open about things that were going on with her. For instance, I knew things about caring for someone with diabetes that most children didn’t know. She ensured that I knew how she gave herself insulin, where medical supplies and medicines were kept and, in the case of an emergency, what to do, how to get help and what to tell people.

As she got older she began telling me her final plans like where her will was located, how she wanted her personal items distributed and even what she wanted to wear. And, most importantly, my grandmother had done her funeral planning.

At the time I thought she was being “overly organized” and it wasn’t a subject I wanted to talk about. As her health began to fail and she started have more incidences, accidents and hospital stays it became obvious that it was a subject that had to be addressed.

When making funeral arrangements there are a lot of questions that loved ones need answered and, thankfully, my grandmother had already found the answers. She’d already informed us that she wanted to be buried instead of cremated, she knew what type of service she would have and where she would be buried. (These are details every family has to work out.) All of her wishes were met and the arrangements made easier by her advanced planning.


Thursday, October 7, 2010

Picture day hairstyle

It’s a little difficult for me to get up early in the morning and get everyone ready on time so I try to do the girls’ hair the night before. Tomorrow is picture day for Anna – her first school pictures ever and I’m really excited. She won’t be able to stay the entire day because she’s a little under the weather again with a virus so we’re going in for pictures and then leaving after that.

So, before bed tonight I styled Anna’s hair for tomorrow and hopefully will just have some light brushing to do after she’s dressed. I couldn’t wait to show you her complete look tomorrow so here’s a peek at her picture day hairstyle.

Isn’t she beautiful?! I love the first photo. It’s like it’s a glimpse of the young lady she’s becoming. Such a sweet and gorgeous girl. (Yes, I’m a little biased, but right. LOL)

Of course, she had to do a couple of silly shots too!


DSCF5282 I can’t believe how much her hair has grown in just a few short months. The picture below is from the summer time.

DSCF5012She looks the same, but has definitely changed. That’s my baby! :-) I can’t wait to share her entire picture day look tomorrow. 


Just a few questions…

Happy Thursday… I’m so glad you are here. The last couple of days I’ve been thinking about my blog traffic and comments, my Twitter and Facebook followers as well as those who re-Tweet for me or “like” and comment on my Facebook status.

image It appears that the majority of the visitors to my blog come by because I visited their blog. It seems like if I get busy and don’t get around the blogosphere then my traffic drops. So, that would tell me that most readers are coming because I visit them and not necessarily because they enjoy my content or want to read what I have to say.

So, BIG SIGH, I’m asking for everyone’s honest opinion. Please take the above poll and leave a comment here with more details or suggestions. I appreciate your time and your honesty.


It’s tee time

Fall is hitting us full-force and winter isn’t far behind, but there are some of us who are still trying to get in those last moments of vacation and/or tee time. You got it, those die-hard golfers need one more chance to take a swing before cooler weather drives them indoors. They can find the perfect place for that last relaxing moment at

Visitors to the site will find Myrtle Beach golf courses where they can set their tee times and their accommodations all at the same time. Now, that’s convenience and there are choices galore with more than 80 of the top courses listed. Before making a final decision the site allows the visitor to view a chart that annotates the type of online viewing each golf location has. Search, read and click for all the information – it’s that simple.

Myrtle Beach is a fun location with something for everyone. Now those interested in a convenient getaway to a fantastic beach location can assure their significant other that there are Myrtle Beach golf packages available. So, not only will dad have something to do that he loves, but mom and the kids will have convenient activities and fun available to them.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cold weather, hot flashes & hormones

Don’t be alarmed; this is not a rant. It’s a simple update on the old health and weight loss journal front. Yes, I know it’s been like a bazillion years since I’ve written one, but I have a good reason: Shame.

{poignant pause}

Petula 8-22-2010 057 I am ashamed to admit that I have gained back some of the 60 pounds that I’ve lost. In all the years I’ve decided to lose weight I’ve never gained it back unless I got pregnant. (Good reason, right?) So this sudden onslaught of unexpected emotional eating weight gain has caused a little blush to my cheeks.

Well, it’s time to face the music. Or, in this case, the blogosphere and get my butt back in gear. I’m eating a little better these days, but my butt hasn’t started to move any unless you count me standing up out of my office chair and walking to the bathroom or my van to carpool the children somewhere.

Maybe I need an intervention.

While you organize that let me give you my excuses reasons: 1) Everything makes me sweat. It was 50-some degrees yesterday morning with a definite chill in the air and my face was covered in a sheen of sweat. I finally cooled off, made it to my destination and walked from my van to an office building (all of a three-minute walked) and I was burning up. If I can’t even stroll through a parking lot or get dressed without sweating then why in the world would I want to exercise? 2) I’m too sore. Yup, I’m going to use the fibromyalgia excuse. I don’t care if every doctor I have tells me I have to exercise, I think being in pain 24/7 gets me out of gym class. 3) I just don’t feel like it. Geez. Get off of my case.

Okay, seriously, I don’t like the way I look or feel now so I have got to at least control the emotional eating. I’m happy to report it’s getting better. I’ll start my official weighing in next week (only because I’m stalling) and you can get on my case then. I think I’ve gained back about 10 pounds – each of which has decided to settle in my midsection and thighs. Oh the joy.

Until next week (or when I can’t procrastinate any longer)…


Buggin’ me out

When I first moved to Georgia I looked at an apartment where a lady was already living. She had it nicely decorated and I didn’t see any evidence of pests. When she moved out I went to the apartment again and looked around; when I looked in the corners of some of the rooms I thought I saw little bug carcasses, but I wasn’t sure.

A little bit after all of my things were moved in – “they” started to appear. Roaches. Yuck! Someone told me, “This is the south you’ll just have to deal with it.”

Heck no, I said, “Just ‘cause you live in the south doesn’t mean you have to have roaches.” I then proceeded to bug – no pun intended – the heck out of my landlord to get him to have an exterminator to come out. After several weeks he finally gave in and the problem was…  extinguished.

Regardless of where you live, you should not have to put up with critters invading your space just contact your local Pest Control Services to take care of it for you. Whether you’re in need of residential or Commercial Pest Control there’s always a solution.

That one experience taught me to 1) be more investigative when looking at apartments and 2) always know the phone number of an exterminator.



Wow! Prolific Blogger Award

One of the best things about blogging is the absolute wonderful fellow bloggers and readers that I meet. Sometimes when I get into the daily grind of life – being a blogger, mom, writer and woman – I forget there are actually people who think about me, care about me, pray for me and uplift me.

My friend Melissa, at Frugal Creativity, is one of those people. Quite awhile ago she honored me with the Prolific Blogger Award and I just came across it today.


Here is the meaning, in the words of Hazra at Advance Booking, who created the award:

This award is to all those prolific bloggers, who read voraciously, blog tirelessly and have made the blogging community such a vibrant place. This award is in recognition of their achievements and their enthusiasm.
Like all awards, this one comes with rules:
  1. Every winner of the Prolific Blogger Award has to pass on this award to at least seven other deserving prolific bloggers. Spread some love!
  2. Each Prolific Blogger must link to the blog from which he/she has received the award.
  3. Every Prolific Blogger must link back to This Post, which explains the origins and motivation for the award.
  4. Every Prolific Blogger must visit this post and add his/her name in the Mr. Linky, so that we all can get to know the other winners.

I’m very honored by this award especially after I read the meaning and why it was created. I really appreciate it. Now here’s the difficult part: choosing the bloggers to pass it on to – it’s so hard to choose… Here are my seven:

I could actually think of a couple more bloggers who are deserving of this award. Again, thanks to Melissa for passing this on to me. I had a pretty rough night last night, which is why this wasn’t posted then, and receiving this added a bunch of brightness to my day.


Monday, October 4, 2010

Buying bedroom furniture for children

There are a few things that are always on my mind and two of those things are:

  1. My children
  2. Furniture and decorating

It just so happens that those two things are intertwined right now because the children need new beds. Well, they actually need new bedroom furniture as well as complete bedroom makeovers. One of the things that each of my four children need are new beds. I’ve been thinking about getting my two youngest (5-year-old Amareah and Anna, 3) a twin bed with a trundle. While browsing I came across the Casey Twin Trundle Daybed and I love it!


It’s really nice in the white and this particular bed wouldn’t take up a lot of room, which is exactly what I need because three girls share one room. When my oldest is home, during holidays and the summer, I’d like her to have a comfortable young adult corner of the room. So when I saw the Frazer Daybed in Frost White, I was sold. It’s beautiful and I think it would look great in the room with the other pieces of furniture I have in mind. What do you think? image The other choice for the younger girls is the Vanilla Cream Twin-Size Mate’s Bed (pictured below). I think it’s really cute and would look good in the room with the first bed, but that wouldn’t work. There are so many to choose from and the prizes are pretty reasonable. I’d have to browse around the site some more to see if there are any other options that may be a good fit.


Of course the purchase of new beds would mean that everyone would need new sheets. Although it can be a little intimidating it is also exciting to get the types of things I think my children deserve and need.

They could also use an armoire to increase the storage space. The two youngest girls have taken over the closet so it would be feasible to have an Armoire for them or for Amber so she has somewhere to put her belongings when she’s at home. Some of the pieces I choose I would love them to be nice enough that she can take them with her when she gets her first apartment.

And that’s just the beginning. My son, Andre who’s 6, needs a twin bed and other furniture as well because he (like his sisters) has grown out of his toddler bed.

In the meantime, while I’m getting my funds together to furnish the rooms, I’ll be working on the walls and other little decorations. I’ll just take my time so the end result will be exactly what I and the children will love.

Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post; however, I was provided with a discount code. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete policy.


I’ll work for chocolate!


A few weeks ago I saw this advertisement in a magazine:

As soon as I saw it I knew I had to share it with you here. First of all, it made me laugh and think, ‘Yea, I’d work for chocolate!’ Then as I looked at the fine print I saw that it was an actual opportunity. Under “Turn your passion for chocolate into a business!” It says that you can sell an exclusive line of premium chocolate products at in-home tasting parties. As a Dove Chocolate Discoveries Chocolatier you’ll earn 25 percent to 40 percent on all the products you sell plus more as you build and mentor a team. Of course there is a financial commitment, but it’s relatively inexpensive. I’m even thinking about doing it. To make it “make sense” I’ll probably look into it once a contract has been paid and use a portion to invest in this business.

I mean, why not? I absolutely love chocolate and I know many people who do as well. If they’re going to buy it anyway… Well, what do you think? If you’re interested just call 888-394-5044 or go to

Disclosure: I saw this, thought it would interest you and didn’t make a dime. For more information review my complete policy.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Enjoying java at Vancouver Cafe

There are a couple of addictions that I’ll admit that I have: Chocolate and coffee. It really doesn’t matter where I am or what I’m doing, if I haven’t had a cup of coffee then I really don’t want to be bothered. The same goes for a sudden chocolate craving; I will drive a person crazy trying to get a fix.

It’s a good thing that regardless of where I am – even a Vancouver Cafe can get tasty coffee and a spot of chocolate. Take 5 Café™ is a Vancouver Cafe that provides European coffee, healthy breakfast, gourmet Panini and wraps, salads, pasta and dessert for catering needs. They can provide their quality goods for breakfast, lunch and after-hours meeting.

That works for me … as long as I can have that coffee.


Simple Sunday Twitter Hop

It’s the weekend so it's time for the Simple Sunday Twitter Hop, and I’m hoping along. Won’t you join in too?

It’s hosted by Survey Junkie, Between the Lines, Its Me Melbie  & Crazy Daisy. This weeks Guest Host Budget Savvy Diva.


Hop over and join in on the hop. Check out Budget Savvy Diva to get started. See you there.


Better bookmark {product review}

image Sometimes I receive information about new products and before I even have the product in my hand I doubt that it will work. Sometimes I’m right, but there are a lot of times that I’m not. Honestly, I thought that when I received a press release about the PageKeeper® the automatic bookmark. The title of the email grabbed me first: “Innovative Anti E-reader Technology for the Avid Bookworm.”

I’m an avid bookworm, as are a lot of the people I know. That made the PageKeeper, which was originally developed by Scott Capamaggio*, a product I had to review. When it arrived it stayed in the package for a few days. I read the instructions, looked at the pictures and it seemed easy to use. Finally a few days ago I cut open the plastic and slid the device out. It was a small little thing with big promises: “never lose your place again” and “Every reader’s best friend.”

I attached it to On Writing, which is Stephen King’s memoir of the craft that I borrowed from a friend. I tossed the book in my bag, randomly grabbed it to read in bed, threw it on the couch and generally toted the book around like I normally would.

Normally my paper or plastic bookmarks would fall out. They’d end up at the bottom of my purse or bag, under the covers, on the floor and before I knew it they were scattered around the house because I never take the time to find it and just grab another one from the bookmark basket. (Yes, I have a bookmark basket.)

In addition to its ability to stay in place, the PageKeeper expertly keeps your place. It slides onto the bottom of the book and a little metal arms stays in place as you turn the pages from the top right corner. It takes minimal concentration and it isn’t in the way at all.

I’d say that the PageKeeper is exactly what the bookworm ordered. It gets an A+ in my book. The PageKeeper retails for $7.99 or a package of three for $23.25.

*”Capamaggio first invented an automatic bookmark a couple decades ago. He teamed up with Ross Amyot for Canadian distribution, and in 1995 Amyot bought the rights to produce the PageKeeper for worldwide distribution. In 2009 Amyot and Capamaggio improved the PageKeeper and received a patent for the new technology. Today the PageKeeper is available throughout the United States and Canada.”

Disclosure: I received the PageKeeper® free of charge to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete policy.

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