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Saturday, October 30, 2010

I Don't Do Costumes - But We Do Candy!

Tomorrow is halloween and it will be quite interesting for all involved and even those not involved. This little celebration has never interest me before and I think most of that has to do with the fact that in my country, we do not celebrate halloween. It's not one of our holidays. 

Since being here in America, I've watched the years passed with little interest on my part, but growing interest from the kids. My son is five and my daughter is three and last year someone gave the boy a second hand costume as spiderman and he has loved it ever since and wants urgently to wear it tomorrow. It's all torn and raggly and I rather he wore the pilot costume that I reviewed sometime ago. It fits him so well, but alas, he can choose the spidey if he wishes. 


They both loved it and they stayed inside and handed out candy to the neighborhood kids who came a-knocking. We had so many people /kids come that we ran out of candy!!

You will not find me making costumes or chasing down a deal to buy one. I'm just not that type of mother and this holiday just does not interest me. However I think it's a great time to meet the neighbors and give out candy. I'm thinking it will do the kids good to learn how exciting it is to give and share. I mean which kid actually wants to share candy right? Just wait until they reach 7 or so and really catch on!!! :) 

Today I felt so bad that I bought a pumpkin that lights up, so we'd at least look neighbor-friendly  tomorrow :) 
It is all I can afford. I honestly cannot justify halloween decor when I need that money for groceries and other family needs. 

So come tomorrow, we'll be giving away candy and good candy too. There is also the matter of seeing the little ones in their adorable costumes. I can't get enough of the cat in the hat costume!!! I seriously love it! 

If I was to wear a costume, I'd love to be an Egyptian goddess. Maybe I will sometime. I can already picture myself dancing :)

As the years roll by, we'll see how this halloween thing grows into our family.....or not.


Happy halloween, candy eating, tricking, treating, etc etc etc
Ciao


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Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's All About The O - Aloha Friday / Friday Follow

Yes it is all about the O for orange. Everywhere I look it's orange, leaves and trees and pumpkins and decor! Whoo! Let's enjoy this bright season of food and fun and beauty.

 
Millions of pounds of pumpkin pulp is scraped from pumpkins throughout the Halloween season, resulting in yummy pies, creative jack-o'-lanterns... and plumbing nightmares.

Every year, plumbers get lots of calls to repair garbage disposers and kitchen sink drains that have been clogged with slimy, stringy pumpkin pulp and seeds.

 
Follow these tips to guard against Halloween drain disasters

  • Never put pumpkin pulp or seeds down the toilet, sink drain or in the garbage disposer. The stringy, sticky gunk hardens and clogs drains and disposers.

  • Carve pumpkins on a thick bed of newspaper. Wrap up pumpkin-related materials and throw away in the garbage can or compost pile.

  • Separate the seeds, then roast for a tasty treat. Or grow your own pumpkins by planting this year's seeds early next spring.
 
     Did you know... In 1979, Roto-Rooter created a popular
     TV commercial called "The Raving," which was inspired by
     Edgar Allan Poe's famous poem "The Raven."
     It's still popular today.

Fun Facts, according to Guinness World Records

The world's largest jack-o'-lantern was carved from a 1,469 lb pumpkin on October 31, 2005.

The fastest time carving a face into a pumpkin is 24.03 seconds, recorded July 23, 2006.
 
 
QUESTION: 

Do you carve your own pumpkin?
 
2. Do you make your own pumpkin pies? And do you plant the seeds?
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1. I've never carved a pumpkin before. Dh bought this one and says he will carve it but based on his schedule,, I doubt it so I might cook it or try carving it or something...not sure but it can't remain in our pantry. 
 


2. I've not made pumpkin pies before, but would love to try. I love learning and trying new things. I might plant the seeds this time around since the kids are older and do want to get it done.


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!

 
 

I am also joining in with Friday Follow. So if you happen to visit and follow me, I will definitely be returning the love.


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Bing "Our School Needs" Voting Phase Blog Tour - You Can Win


I am almost thirty years old and one of my deepest desires is to get my bachelors degree. 
I know I would have long achieved this if I had the support I needed as a child while attending school and then choosing a career path.

I feel strongly about children getting a good education so they can have a choice when opportunities come their way in their adult lives. 

I'm so happy that Bing cares so much about education and the needs of our schools.  Bing is doing a campaign to help teachers and students reach their fullest potential.

I've seen a few of the entries and I'd love James Singleton Chtr Sch to win. Will you give just a bit of your time and help out a school?

Read below to learn more about this very important blog tour and also how to vote at this linkwww.bing.com/ourschoolneeds  http://discoverbing.com/education/ourschoolneeds?form=MFEHPG&publ=COMMS&crea=EML_MFEHPG_OSN_EnterToWin_MomCentralPR_1x1

Bing is showing its commitment to education by helping teachers and students through providing them with the financial support needed to ensure a successful learning experience. Bing will give away up to $1.1 million dollars through its Our School Needs contest. 

Voting Phase Blog Tour:
In a bid to win $100,000 for their school, parents, students, and teachers around the country have been telling Bing what their school needs through essays, photos and videos.  You can read some of their amazing stories here.   
A panel of judges, including critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning director and producer, Davis Guggenheim, of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth fame, and DonorsChoose.org founder, Charles Best, will narrow down the entries to 15 finalists.  

Starting October 29th, it's up to the public to determine the winner.   
More details about the contest: 
  • Bing is awarding a quarter-million dollars in prize money divided among four schools in need, and your vote can make all the difference.
  • The entry with the most votes wins $100k, and 3 others will each win $50k.
  • Bing is giving away up to $900,000 to schools in need through DonorsChoose.org, a non-profit website where public school teachers can post classroom projects that need funding.  Be one of the first 30,000 to vote for your favorite finalists each day and receive a $3 donation code to redeem for the classroom project of your choice!
  • The voting phase starts Friday, October 29 and runs through Sunday, November 7. America will be asked to vote on the 15 Our School Needs finalists as determined by the panel of judges. The winners will be announced Tuesday, November 9.

Imagine how your community could help benefit local schools by participating! We have stars taking part in this wonderful venture along with you. Check out singer Josh Groban who visited a local middle school in Queens, NY to drop off brand new musical instruments and participate in chorus class as part of the “Our School Needs” campaign kick-off.

So what are you waiting for! Go enjoy being charitable and help a school on the road to great success! 



I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Bing and (will) received a gift card and DonorsChoose.org giving code to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fall Fun With Family Mommy & Me Monday - Music Monday - Meet Me Monday


This is our second year going to the Pumpkin Patch. First I went with my son's class as chaperone and then I took them another day just to relax and enjoy without school rules and too many kids. The place was packed! The kids loved the animals and rides and fun. I was there too :) 

Yay I'm in a photo and that's because dh got home in time to come to the patch with us and I asked him to take a photo of us.
This was our first time purchasing a pumpkin. Maybe dh will carve it as he promised...maybe I'll try my hand at making pie...maybe we'll sew the seeds next spring. We should.
I would have put them in but it was dirty. 
I got them water and they wanted my gatorade. But they loved their water. 

It was a nice little outing. This should be one of our traditions.


Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?
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Pop out from behind that camera and capture yourself in action with your kids.  Check out the inaugural Mommy and Me Monday for more information.
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Our hosts: 
The Shewbridges of Celebration, Florida - Lori
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So, here's the steps to this party.
First step Run over to You Tube, (or wherever), and lock & load!  Get your pick for the theme of the week.  Upcoming themes are over to you left.


Second Step:  Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (over to our right, right under mine)


Third step:  SIGN THE LINKY - Dance (follow) your host/hostesses, and grab their buttons.


Final step:  Start lookin' for a partner and boogie on down to her blog, and say hello, and tag (follow) her/him, and leave a nice comment.  If you've been tagged (followed) be hip, and get on over there, and tag (follow) her back and  leave a comment.


HERE'S OUR  "SPOTLIGHT DANCE" COUPLE FOR THIS WEEK!  Those bloggers are:  DRUM ROLL PLEASE:


1. Our Pumpkin Patch and  Silent Chatter (Ten)


Welcome to Meet Me Monday!  Meet Me Monday is a weekly link-up hosted by Inspiring You To Save! created for socializing and to get new followers, subscribers, and readers.  Every Monday a new linky will be posted. 
 



 
 
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It's Time To Play! Shout Fall Play Initiative


When I was a child, I didn't get much time to play. I'm not sure the adults who ran the orphanage new how important this play time was for children. As a mom, I know the value of play and always allow time for my kids to play whether indoors or outdoors. We are very blessed to have a home that they can run around in if outside is not kids friendly at certain times. 

In my house you'll rarely find my kids in front of the tv and we do not own any video games. Not on purpose, but it's just never something that was needed in our lives and so far it's working out really well. There were days in the middle of summer when the kids couldn't go outside for too long but now it's fall, the weather is lovely and they can't get enough of outside! 


Most of our fall activities are centered around going to the Pumpkin Patch and the zoo and parks and picnics! The kids can't get enough of the hayrides and animals and just running about making friends and playing in the nice atmosphere. 
 Nothing beats a hayride. And all these pumpkins!


Shout has developed the Go Play initiative to educate parents on the benefits of unstructured play and to inspire families to get up and out and enjoy the fun that playing brings to each family. Play time is how our kids become happy, healthy adults, so open your doors and give them a ball or frisbee or a shovel and let them go explore! 

I received the 52 Nature Activities card pack to enjoy with my family and I ...we love it! The kids pick a card and for that day we try to do what it says on the card. Of course sometimes it get's messed up but that's part of the fun too! 


For more fun ideas and to learn more about the Shout Go Play Initiative. Visit the Go Play tab on their facebook page! 

About the 52 Activities in Nature cards set: 
This charmingly illustrated deck of cards describes 52 games, activites and art projects for children to do in nature. From educational to just plain fun, these cards are a convenient size to carry in a backpack.
These activites are just right for anywhere!
And when all that fun is done and hands and shoes and clothes are abit messy. We can depend on shout to help with cleaning up!
This is my first time using Shout products. I was very curious to see if they really work, especially the Shout Color Catcher! 
 
In many ways I'm a skeptic, especially when it comes to new products promising to do something that was never done before. For instance, the Shout Color Catcher. I can put my whites in with reds or blues or greens and there wont be any mess on my whites.. I tried it with my sheets first :) It worked out fine and then I ventured to try the Color Catcher on regular clothes. I always separate all my laundry into like colors before washing, so this was very new for me. 
The color catcher is working for me so far. It will definitely help not having to always sort loads and not have enough for a full wash. I'll be using this a few more times on regular wear before using it on our going out clothes! I know, baby steps right? :).


The Ultra concentrated gel Shout Advance for Heavy-duty stains worked much better on my dish towels than the Shout triple-acting laundry stain remover.  The stains in the towels were there for months and I just didn't get around to soaking them in bleach so it was perfect timing to use the Shout Advanced stain remover. 
The towels didn't come right back to their stain-free state but the stains were definitely diminished. 
However using it on stains that weren't embedded for such a long time worked much easier! Like peeling apples on cloth and getting those stains quickly before  it's dried. 
I love the little brush action to scrub and help the stain lifting process.


The Shout Triple-acting laundry stain remover helped me out of one of those monthly accidents that you dread having. The red sister showed up out of the blue and I of course was wearing white. I immediately grabbed the shout spray and went to work. I was so excited to see my white come back from it's red attack!  Come on gals, you know what I'm referring to. 

I spot treat quite a few of my kids clothes that I wouldn't normally look at simply because I had the convenient dispenser for quick and easy use.
These products are perfect for my home. I can smile now because I have a son who goes to school where part of his uniform is white!! And a daughter who is into all the puddle jumping and fun she can fit into her day whenever possible!


I'm already thinking to get her some rain boots. Whatever I buy I'll definitely be checking out the wonderful variety of learning toys on Growing Tree Toys.


This was not a paid post and these opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to SHOUT who supplied the products for the review and also to Growing Tree Toys for this fun opportunity. See my disclosure





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Perricone Cosmetics Cold Plasma Body Anti-aging Skin Product Review & Giveaway! - CLOSED/WINNER

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The Winner is: Leanne Mac

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Cold Plasma Body
A superb body treatment that visibly sculpts and tones
With proprietary Cold Plasma delivery system.
 
Cold Plasma Body is an all-over body treatment formulated to help firm, tighten and tone the appearance of skin, while smoothing imperfections and hydrating for a gorgeous, radiant glow.
It minimizes the appearance of cellulite and dimpled skin on thighs and buttocks and revitalizes the look of dehydrated, crepey and sagging skin.
Part of the award-winning Cold Plasma family, it’s an essential treatment for a beautifully sculpted body.
Cold Plasma Body is free of paraben, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic dyes and synthetic fragrances. 

At Perricone, you can find the  neck firming and anti aging skin product you are looking for.  Go splurge on your skin!
 

My Thoughts: 
This is a good lotion to slather all over my body. I love how it makes my skin feel so soft and it absorb so quickly.
I'm a washer woman. Most of my life I used to wash all my clothes by hand and don't mention regular cleaning and doing dishes in the sink.. My hands have lived a lifetime and it shows with every wrinkle and line.

Using the Cold Plasma Body on my hands showed quite a difference and I like what I see now when I look at my hands. I rarely admire my hands because I'm never liking what I see, but using this lotion makes me want to look as often as possible and smile because of the little changes I see happening.

I'll have to see how it works out with my feet. I do want to wear those slinky sandals when summer rolls around again.

The coming winter will be good to me..or at least the parts of me that will peek out of bundles of clothing :) That's if the lotion last that long.

I have not used it long enough to find out if it will truly improve the appearance of my stretchmarks, but I will continue to use it to see how this works out. If it does change the look of my belly stripes, I'll have to keep this on my list for future pregnancies. 


I didn't like the consistency and the scent of the lotion, but it's a very good moisturizer. 
 
Now if only it wasn't so expensive! 

Giveaway:
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CSNStores $65 Gift Certificate Giveaway - CLOSED/WINNER


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The winner is: Noelle.


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I want to decorate my daughter's bedroom. She is now a big girl and need a bed. I'm thinking something like this one below, but of course my mind tends to wonder to bunk beds, just in case she has a sister :) Do I plan ahead too much you think? 


And of course any girl needs a dresser and study desk.


There are so much to choose from but one thing we'd definitely have in her room would be a book case for all the hundreds of books she owns! 


You have heard of CSNStores. They seems to have all you need for your home and office! Go check them out. 


Giveaway: 
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Visit CSNStores and tell me something you you'd love to have for your home. 

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