Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. Cyril Connolly (1903 - 1974)


Lessons with grandpa

Whenever we visit with the paternal grandparents, the kids love to play the piano with them or just by themselves. I love these times and would love to have a piano to teach my kids to play. I hope I’ll be able to afford at least two form of music lessons for them. I’ve always wanted to learn to play the piano and guitar but didn’t have the opportunity and so I hope my children will get that. 
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Blog Hop - Favorite Kid Photo 7/28/2009



MckLinky Blog Hop

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Winner! - Suave Shower Yourself Beautiful bundle

Thank you all for entering this giveaway. I do appreciate it. The winner is:

#67 - Congratulations coriwestphal - I've sent you an email

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WW: Fun in the sun includes being air borne!

Some fun at our church baptism and picnic day.

D playing the ball pit. He did this for so long I thought he’d hurt himself or other kids! So ball pit hog is fitting? However the other kids were letting off energy on the same level.





Look. You spill on me! DSC09922

Come let’s go find mom….maybe she has another top for you….



Good throw baby girl!


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Monday BOGO Giveaway/Sale

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Bowls Of Hope - Let's Feed America Together!

Provide Nourishment for Yourself and Those in Need with Purchase of Post Shredded Wheat Cereal
PARSIPPANY, NJ (June 1, 2009) – Post Foods, LLC today launched a partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief charity, to help supply a balanced breakfast to struggling Americans. As part of this partnership, the Bowls of Hope program was conceived to present an approachable way for people to give back, while providing much needed sustenance to the hungry. For every purchase of Post Shredded Wheat, Post will donate one bowl of cereal to Feeding America, up to 15 million bowls.
The partnership commences at a time when unemployment rates have reached a record level. The number of persons unemployed in America is upwards of 12.5 million, according to the United States Department of Labor. Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of Feeding America notes, “We recently released a new survey detailing that the 200 food banks we serve have experienced an average increase in demand of more than 30 percent in the past year. Unemployment was cited as the primary factor for the increased demand.”
“With the growing need for hunger relief in this country, we are thrilled to kick off Bowls of Hope with Feeding America,” said Bonnie Lidz, Senior Brand Manager. “Every little bit helps, and we believe this program will remind people that even one bowl of cereal can make a difference. Multiply that by 15 million, and imagine the impact we can make together!”
The purchase of a Bowls of Hope specially-marked cereal will support Post’s efforts in donating a bowl of Post Shredded Wheat cereal to Feeding America. The entire Post Shredded Wheat line will be part of the program, including Shredded Wheat Original, Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Original, Shredded Wheat and Bran, Shredded Wheat Lightly Frosted and Shredded Wheat Honey Nut. Each variety is heart-healthy, offers the benefits of whole grains, is a good source of fiber, and provides a simple approach to feeling good while doing good.
“We are grateful to Post Foods for helping us address hunger relief with wholesome cereals that offer real nourishment, and for providing an opportunity that allows others to give back, despite these challenging times,” said Escarra.
The Post and Feeding America’s Bowls of Hope program will run until December 31, 2009. For more information, visit
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About Feeding America
Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive. As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our network members supply food to more than 25 million Americans each year, including 9 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks operate 63,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information on how you can fight hunger in your community and across the country, visit
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Aloha Friday#5: blog

Kailani says "In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response."

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link on Kailani's blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

So my question is:

Where can I find a tutorial for a 3 column blog that really really works?

I've tried a few but everything just comes out on the right and on the bottom and I can't move the page elements anywhere.

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Skin Free Review And Giveaway - Fall in love with taking care of your skin!


I apologize for the late posting of the winner. The winner for the $35 Gift Certificate to SkinFree is Emily B

Emily B said... 32 I'm a follower #5 July 30, 2009 10:14 AM

Congratulations Emily B and thanks for visiting with me and I've sent you an email.


In my country someone might say to you. "Gal you foot dem white eeh, go put sum lotion pon ih quick!"
They are basically telling you that you skin needs moisturizer because it looks ashy and I've been on the receiving end of such an admonishment. I have very dry skin and often my feet, knees and elbows will look very ashy, so I ensure to get some moisture on.
However I don't want skin care that stop working in the next ten minutes. I want something that is good for my whole body and that really works in making my skin better.

This is where Skin Free comes in.

Skin Free sent me the Whipped Tamanu Body Butter, LiteMoisture for Blemish Prone Skin and their Extra moisturizing Soap bar to review and I must say that I hope to get some more of these products for myself and my family. These are really good products and I believe they are so much better for not having all the toxins in them that all the other brands on the market use in their skin care products.

I've been using them for awhile now and I can see a few differences in my skin. Especially my face. I used to hate feeling how tight my face get after washing (and with baby wash at that), and wanted to buy a face moisturizer but wasn't sure which would be right for me so I just used regular lotion. The LiteMoisture for Blemish Prone Skin is a perfect starting off product for me!
I want to continue using these products to see the long term results, which I think can only be very good.

Here are some information on the products I received from the skinfree website.

The Polynesians discovered the healing and protective properties of Tamanu oil centuries ago. When the French arrived in Polynesia, they were fascinated by the islanders use of this oil for everything from minor skin abrasions to severe sunburn, and major skin infections.

French scientists discovered the oil contains a unique fatty acid that stimulates skin growth. Tamanu also possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

We have combined the delicious Tamanu oil with Organic Extra Virgin Olive and rich Shea to make a remarkable whipped body butter to help sun-damaged skin, eczema, psoriasis, and reduce scarring.

We stress the need to keep all skin moisturized in order to keep it healthy. This also applies to blemish prone skin.

We created the Skin Free Lite Moisture for Blemish Prone Skin formulation specifically for this purpose.

Drying out blemish prone skin can overstimulate the natural oil producing cycle, contributing to breakouts. You want skin not too dry and not too oily. We added healing Organic Niaouli essential oil to our favorite combination of Soothing Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and hypoallergenic Macadamia Nut Oil to replenish the much needed moisture balance for blemish prone skin.

Use just a small amount after cleansing skin to keep the oil cycle balanced.

Extra moisturizing Soap bar:

Our soap is like no others. It’s rich, creamy lather makes your skin feel rejuvenated and fresh. Most commercially available “soaps” are actually detergents. They remove skin oils and break down the protective barrier that helps skin healthy. Removing skin oils causes itching and can contribute to cracking and infection of delicate skin.

We “superfat” our soap with extra virgin olive oil, which contains natural anti-inflammatory agents, anti-oxidants, and natural vitamins that aid in healing and soothing your skin. Naturally moisturizing shea and cocoa butters are added to reduce the tight, dry feeling normally experienced when using typical commercial soaps. The lack of chemical preservatives, fragrance, or colorants in this soap makes it ideal for individuals of any age, especially the very old and the very young, those with allergies, dermatitis, sensitive, or very dry skin.

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Huge giveaway of Photo Editing Software Aurora + July photo challenge

I’m excited to give you a heads up on two fun photography announcements Aurora is making this morning.

For 24 hours, from 9:15am Eastern on 7/15 to 9:15am on 7/16, Aurora is F-R-E-E!

Aurora, the powerfully simple photo editing, organizing and sharing software (now available for Mac and PC!) is FREE for 24 hours.

Yes, anyone can download Aurora to own it forever – for free – between 9:15 am Eastern on 7/15 and 9:15 am Eastern on 7/16. Simply visit, select “Buy Now,” and enter FREE24 at checkout. That’s it!

Why is it free? Aurora is offering this 24-hour summer giveaway to celebrate its launch of Aurora for Mac and several new features now available in Aurora. See the attached press release for more information about the new features, including a Retouch editing tool! (The updated version of Aurora is a free download for existing customers, so you’re covered – when you open the software starting tomorrow, you’ll be prompted to download the latest version.)

We’ve got something else in store for July that will enable you to put Aurora to good use.
Share your best edited shots to win big throughout July

To celebrate great photos and great photo editing made simple with Aurora, we’re holding an Aurora Friday Photo Editing Challenge this month…and everyone is invited to participate for a shot at winning some big prizes.

We’ve got three incredible guest judges lined up – Tracey Clark from, Amy Locurto from I Heart Faces, and Julie May from UnScene Photography Tour.
You can enter the challenge, and read more details about it, on the Aurora Facebook page: (details will be posted overnight tonight, but we wanted to make sure you had this news in advance, as well).

I got the download and I can't wait to start editing my thousands of photos!

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WW: Remember I told you she's been posing since birth?

That's her 'diva pose'

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Charlotte Cowan MD Honored By Obama Administration For Innovative “DR HIPPO” Series Of Children's Books!

Selected as one of the Nation’s Leading “Social Innovators” for Healthcare Education; Receives Prestigious Recognition by President Obama at the White House
CONCORD, Mass. – July 01, 2009 – Dr. Charlotte Cowan, creator and author of the Dr. Hippo Series of Children’s Books, has been selected by the Obama Administration as one of the leading social innovators in the country. In an exclusive reception at the White House this week, Dr. Cowan was recognized by President Obama and members of his recently-formed White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.
Dr. Cowan was chosen by the Obama administration for her five award-winning, creative children’s books aimed at educating parents and children about ubiquitous illnesses, decreasing family anxiety and reducing unnecessary and expensive reliance on doctor offices and emergency rooms.
After training and practicing pediatrics for many years at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Dr. Cowan formed the Hippocratic Press in 2004 to focus creatively on those illnesses that affect tens of millions of American families and cost billions of healthcare dollars.
During the reception, President Obama commented:
“There’s only so much that Washington can do. Government can reform our health care system, but we need innovative approaches to help people manage their illnesses and lead healthier lives. Ultimately, the best solutions don't come from the top-down, not from Washington; they come from the bottom-up in each and everyone one of our communities. Today, I want to recognize that pioneering spirit and thank you for the contributions that you're making to our communities.”
Dr. Cowan’s books turn time-honored Hippocrates into a kindly pediatrician and protagonist in her Dr. Hippo Series of children’s picture books. Each of Dr. Cowan’s books, The Little Elephant with the Big Earache, Peeper Has a Fever, Katie Caught a Cold, Sadie’s Sore Throat, and The Moose with Loose Poops, contains its own, separate Parent Guide. The Parent Guide answers common questions such as: “How can I help my child to feel better at home?” “When should I call the doctor?” and “When may my child go back to school?” Inherently entertaining and comforting, Dr. Cowan’s picture books educate both parent and child through repeated readings thereby empowering families to stay at home, to give their children excellent care, and to call appropriately for medical advice or visits.
“I am greatly honored to be recognized by the Obama Administration’s Office of Social Innovation. I hope that today’s recognition accelerates my goal of using children’s stories, the Dr. Hippo Series, to get health education out of the pediatric office and into the hands of American families, thereby increasing the accessibility and affordability of excellent health care across America,” said Charlotte Cowan, M.D.
The illnesses Dr. Cowan has chosen for her first series of stories are those that affect and infect children everywhere. Facts about these illnesses—responsible for the vast majority of pediatric sick visits nationally—are below. (Their references are at Dr. Cowan’s website: .)
  • Ear infections are responsible for 30 million office visits and more than 10 million antibiotic prescriptions annually.
  • American children have 6-10 colds each year. These cause over 22 million lost days of school annually. Antibiotics are prescribed for 47% of upper respiratory infections -- i.e. the common cold, despite their lack of effectiveness treating cold-related viral infections.
  • Fever is the most common complaint of children seen in the Pediatric Emergency Department.
  • Approximately 7.3 million outpatient visits attributable to sore throat occur yearly among children in the US, and group A streptococcus is responsible for 15%-36% of cases.
  • Sore throats, caused by both virus and bacteria, have significant infectious and noninfectious complications. Group A streptococci, the most common cause of bacterial pharyngitis among children and adults, are the leading cause of acquired heart disease among children throughout the world.
  • Acute gastroenteritis continues to be a common illness among infants and children worldwide. In the US, diarrhea accounts for more than 1.5 million outpatient visits, 200,000 hospitalizations and 300 deaths per year.
Dr. Cowan’s full color picture books feature child-friendly animal characters that entertain the reader, and combine empathy with education. In addition to making both children and their parents feel comforted and cared for as they face the inevitable illnesses of childhood, Dr. Cowan’s books also have an impact on child literacy.
“I hope that I am writing books that educate parents and children, reduce unnecessary healthcare costs, and encourage children to read. This is a tall order for a short story!” offers Cowan. “As parents read these books to children, they will begin to feel better. The creation of such warm associations with reading is the beginning of literacy. A child who is read to by a concerned parent, and who is reassured by that reading, will develop into someone who loves to read.”
Already found in the Departments of Public Health of ten states where The Little Elephant with the Big Earache has been used for Antibiotic Awareness Outreach Programs, Dr. Cowan’s books are available nationally in bookstores and on More information about the Dr. Hippo Series can be found at

Media contact:
Sara Buda

This is a release from Dr. Cowan herself.
Congratulations Charlotte. These books are indeed spot on and very helpful!

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3 Things You Didn't Know About Me - MkLinky Blog Hop for July 14, 2009


Even though I grew up on an island, I still have not yet learn to swim and so hopefully I'll get a membership to our local pool if our budget can handle it because I've always wanted to learn and will.

I've never met my father. I would like to meet him, just to know who he is. My mother said that he found out she was pregnant and went to the house they were sharing and packed his things and disappeared. She only saw him once after that and they didn't speak.

I love to dance and if I had the opportunity, would have done it and would do it professionally. I've won a couple dances and it was such a great experience! We'll see how life journeys.

MckLinky Blog Hop

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1000 Bonus Entries & $50 Gift Card Giveaway!


1000 Bonus Entries & $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Wow you read that right! One Winner gets 1000 Bonus Entries and a $50 Gift Card from Sophies Chic Boutique!


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Blog about this contest linking to Sophies Chic Boutique & Mommy PR


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The winner can use all 1000 bonus entries on any of the blogger sites listed. The number for each giveaway may be stipulated by each blogger. Those rules will come when the giveaway ends. The entries will be good for 90 days . The $50 gift card will be electronically delivered to the winner by Sophies Chic Boutique with in 48 hours of the winners response. Winner will be choosen by Random.Org by a 3 rd party not associated with any blogger or sorce involed in this contest. Contest Rules located on MommyPR giveaways DO NOT pertain to this giveaway. NO BONUS ENTRIES from any other offer applies. Anyone abusing there right to enter will be deleted after one warning.

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