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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Coffee Anyone? - Aloha Friday



My Question:
How often do you drink coffee? 
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I only drink it once on Sundays after worship because they have lots of it at the kitchen counter in the lobby. I've been craving coffee somewhat but don't really feel the need to start drinking it as yet and not only that I don't have a good machine to crank it out for me without the hassle. Maybe it will be a need when my son starts school?


HOW DARE THEY?!!!!!!---There's a site called Spokeo.com that's a new online phone book w/personal information: everything from pics you've posted on FB or web, your approx credit score, home value, income, age, etc. You can remove yourself by first searching for yourself on their site to find the URL of your page and going to the Privacy button on the bottom of their page to remove yourself

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!



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Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.

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Do you like my new kitchen?


Our kitchen is the heart of our home. We gather here and talk and eat and my  kids will play in the kitchen ALL DAY! They are always underfoot. But mingling in the kitchen is always fun, warm, tummy filling and frustrating :) 

So of course it's only natural to add another kitchen! :) It has all the amenities too.
The new kitchen boasts: 
  • A sink with removable sprayer-faucet
  • Storage shelves and 22 play accessories
  • Light up burners and a "tickling" timer with bell
  • Seven reinforced doors on the refrigerator, oven, microwave and several cupboards
  • Corrugated carton with full color litho label
  • Kitchen requires two AA batteries that are not included
  • Packaged in colorful corrugated carton with full color litho label
  • Assembly required
  • For ages 3 and up

I received the American Plastic Homestyle Kitchen from CSNStores a few days ago. It came in perfect time since we wont be here next month. I was hoping to surprise the kids but the huge box with the product photo on the outside gave it away and for all evening Saturday and most of Sunday, there were non-stop pleas for me to open the box and take the kitchen out! Oh how I wish it was that easy eh. 

You do have to assemble the thing. Don't try to sell that to toddlers. They don't care. 


I am so glad that my handy man husband was home to put it all together. He is good with putting stuff together and VERY meticulous too! We put the kids down to nap while we worked on assembling the kitchen. I'm surprised they even fell asleep, they were spastic!
I actually expected it would be a fast set up but it took longer. We started at 2:07pm and finished it all at 4:52pm. This includes his run to the store to get AA'' batteries, since I was still cutting and shaving the silverware (or should I say plasticware) and cookware that came with the kitchen. There is a lot of trimming to do because most of the smaller pieces comes spider-webbed together and you have to cut them out to get the pieces you want to match up. All the pieces have lettering and numbering so that you can easily find the matching pieces to fit together. 

The removable faucet does not have anything to attach it to the kitchen sink. We thought it would be a good idea if it could be attached so dh found (he is ubber smart) a 'washer' (I think he has everything in his garage spot for stuff like this) to fit it together so the piece would be just like a pull down faucet. Way cool huh?! 

At first we were kinda worried about screws because the packaged said we got 40 large screws and 16 small ones but we only saw 40 large and 12 small. It didn't matter much though since we only used 37 large and the 12 small ones.

It was only after the toy was assembled and ready for kids to wake up and delight over it, that I saw what tools we should have used printed on the sheet. 
We used this:
instead of that:
So if you happen to do what we did, try not to overscrew, because it's plastic, not wood. 

I veiled the toy in anticipation of the kids waking up. They couldn't contain themselves to get at this kitchen! They played all evening and at dinner time, pretty much inhaled their food so they could get back to the fun! 

I always try to choose toys that will stay with our family for a long time or that will teach my kids something while also being fun and holds their interests and if I do say so myself, this was a great pick! 

It comes with a phone and I can hear all my conversations being repeated from one fake phone to another with attitude and all! I guess I better be careful what I say even more!

Of course I'm officially their unpaid food taster. They make mommy everything under the sun! I eat like 12 - 15 cakes a day...no within 2hrs! So far no one has brought me apples....hmmm. 

I love their creativity. I'm sure when other kids visit my home, this will delight them too. 

I also noticed, there has not been any fighting over who should have what etc. They play very well together with this toy. 

One evening my son was in his room for time out and I could hear him telling his sister to bring him pie and juice and ice and on and on it went. I thought that was just too cute. 

They have everything at CSNStores! And if you are a new mom, check out their baby cribs!And you must stop by and check out their over 200 stores. 

A little about CSNStores: 
CSN Stores, a $200 million company, is comprised of more than 200 different shopping sites under the overall csnstores.com umbrella.
CSN's product categories cover everything from cookware, ultra modern furniture, bunk bed-office combinations and fitness equipment to gaming chairs, grills, greenhouses and much more. If it's a piece of furniture or an appliance that you need for your home or office, you should check for it at CSN (www.csnstores.com) first, as there's a good chance we carry it and at a competitive price.  





I did receive this product for my review. The product is easy to talk about since it is something my children love and that's what's important to me. I have not used it long term as yet to see how the pieces hold up but so far with all the banging and kids-use, it's going good so far. 
Thank you CSNStores for this review opportunity.



About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

We went to the park - WW

Tricia, I couldn't get one with them going at it so I nicked one from last year at the park that my SIL dubbed: "Left ...you were supposed to turn left ..I told you to turn left and now we're lost...Uuggh woman you give me headache..."

P.s Did you see the new digs that blogger added? Neat. I like.



 For more Wordless Wednesdays check out 5 minutes for moms , Wordless Wednesday and 7 Clown Circus and Go Graham Go!    


About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Monday, April 26, 2010

How Do You Pamper Yourself, Doing Taxes, Singing In The Shower - Monday Mingle



If you'd like to join in the fun, do a short vlog on your blog answering the week's questions (however many you choose), post the above button on your site and link up at Eighty MPH Mom. Visit the other participants, learn about them and have fun! Trust me, if I can do it, then you can.  Plus you can send in your questions to Jennifer for the next mingle via the form on her site. Come on jump in!

 
THIS WEEK'S QUESTIONS (submitted by Java with Jacki!):

1. How do you pamper yourself?
 
I don't pamper myself at all. My days are just day in and out with kids and chores. This is sad. I really need to find time to do something just for me that does not include blogging , being online. 
Actually there is no point in my life that I remember me pampering me or being pampered.  Should it count that when I was pregnant with #1, my SIL and I went to have our pedicures? It was the only time I had a pedi too! I'm in serious need of pampering here. 


2. Do you prepare your own taxes or have someone else do them for you?
 
Yes we do prepare our own taxes. We used to use Jackson Hewitt but they would charge an arm , leg, back etc so we made the decision to do our own taxes and have been for a few years now. The husband is the tax expert. He is VERY GOOD with math and numbers (yay for school homework! :) ) and also very meticulous and does get our taxes down on time. I lovers him :)
3. Do you sing in the shower? Car? If so, what do you sing? Favorite sing-a-long songs?
 
I love belting out in the shower. Something about the echo or whateever makes you think you actually can sing :) Plus in my mind I picture doing this in front of a mic with crowds etc. (YES OF course with clothes on!!) 
It's where I feel comfortable to sing and no one will really hear it. And yes I also sing along in the car when it's just me and the kids.

I also want to join the choir. I've sung on choirs before but felt so conscious with that mic. What if I hit a sour note etc. but I loved it. 

What about you? :) 

Have a fabulous week bloggy friends.



NEXT WEEK'S QUESTIONS (submitted by Mrs. Cox's Slice o' Heaven):

1. If you had the financial ability to donate $100,000 to a charity, which would it be and why?
2. Have you given money to a panhandler before?
3. Have you ever given your time at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, etc. ?


About the author: Owner of JamericanSpice. Sharing my journey in the present, from the past or thoughts for my future. Mom of two who loves to travel and read and decipher people.
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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Paper, Plastic or Re-Usable


I am all for going green and I'm doing little things at a time to help my family while helping the environment. All pros points to living responsibly and healthily. 
However one of the challenges that seems so easy, yet so hard to incorporate, is using those re-usable bags at the grocery store!

I have these bags at home (quite a few I might add) and even use them to transport books to and from the library, lunches , toys etc to the park and other places and yet I can't remember to take these to the store for my regular grocery shopping! What's up with that?

I can't help but wonder why the stores can't just ditch the plastic and say, hey we are now using these, bring your own or use ours etc. Is it really that hard for them to do this? 

I guess the next phase is getting them in the trunk (even more place to forget them) of my truck and see if I remember to take them in the store with me. 
Maybe it's just harder to do since it's not yet the norm in the grocery stores. 

Do you take your re-usable bags to the store? Is it awkward for you to take your own bag and load your groceries?

I guess this would affect other areas of my life too, such as using those wally bags for the diaper pail. But hey, that's a whole other post! 

Ciao



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