Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Earn dollars while you search!

Don't forget to take advantage of Swagbucks!  What is Swagbucks?  Simply...?  It's just a search engine.. so instead of using yahoo or google or whatever you normally use..  use swagbucks.. and while you search you earn swagbuck (dollars) which you can trade in for prizes, gift cards..tons of cools stuff.  I finally signed up last month.. and was mad at myself for not signing up a year ago when I first heard of the site.  I am saving my swagbucks up for a Target gift card!  What an easy way to earn free things..doing what you already do a million times a day - SEARCH and SURF the net!! :)   

Search & Win

Wordless Wednesday

We went to Cesar's Palace in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago.. This hotel is so amazing and beautiful!

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Weigh In Wednesday

Oh my word I had a migraine yesterday!  Basically lost an entire day..trying to nurse my headache.  First it was a shower, then a hot bath, then meds, the
n eye mask, then ice packs on my brain lol.. finally around 4 pm it slowly faded.  Yesterday I managed to do the Wii Fit for 30 minutes.  I did the free walking.  Which is stepping on and off the balance board.  Kind of like walking mini steps.  Man my calves hurt today!!!!  I love this particular exercise on the Wii Fit because you can set it for 30 minutes or 20 whatever you want, and then turn back to watching TV all the while it keeps the tempo and counts your steps.  My eating has been So So.. :/   I have been eating 2 eggs for breakfast and a cup of coffee..  It really makes all the difference in the world when I start off my morning with protein.   Today I will do the 30 minutes free walking on the Wii Fit..and also do some "running" on the Wii Fit.  Not particularly my favorite exercise but...I do it.  Things are starting to return to normal..  No guests for a while, and perhaps we won't travel out of town for a few weeks..  So back to routine wooo hooo!! :)  

How do you do this week??

Works For Me Wednesdays - How Do I Add a Button?

Does anyone know how to put a button on your site with the code below it?  I have tried so many times to follow the "directions" found on a number of different sites but not one seems to work. Grrrr..  Perhaps someone knows a very SIMPLE set of directions to add a button.

Edit: lol  I think I must of made this confusing.  I know how to add a button to the sidebar.. what I am wanting.. is .. I have created a button for my own site..that I want to share..   And I have noticed that a lot of blogs have their button with the copy code right beneath it.. so that other's can "grab their button" and put it on their site.  So I know there is a specific way to do this..and every time I try..either the picture shows up ..and the code doesn't or the code shows up and the picture doesn't lol  Sorry to make this confusing!!! 

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Shutting Detroit Down

John Rich's new song "Shutting Detroit Down". Listen to the Lyrics.

Bargain Books, Music, & Gifts up to 95% off!!!

CBD.com is having an incredible 90% ">sale right now of up to 95% off books, music, movies, and gifts.  I couldn't believe some of the deals.  A ton of movies are only a quarter.  

I recently purchases a set of books for my kids for only $0.99.  The one shown below was one of the books.  They are so adorable..and teach children manners and what honors God. 

60794X: God, I Need to Talk to You about Whining (10 pack) God, I Need to Talk to You about Whining (10 pack)
By Susan K. Leigh / Concordia Publishing House

Child-friendly text and entertaining illustrations help children think about a behavior they encounter in daily life and pray about it. Scripture examples help children apply it to their lives.

These booklets are part of the God, I Need to Talk to You series that expresses how all sinful behaviors are forgiven through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross and encourages children to go to God in prayer any time they feel tempted or troubled. This pack is made of ten booklets on the same topic. Recommended for ages 2 to 7.

Weigh In Wednesday

We are back from vacation!!!  What a whirlwind the last two weeks have been.  We shot over to California to visit my husband's Aunt in the hospital.  Thankfully, that was a nice uneventful trip.  Last weekend my brother and some of his kids came for a visit.  We did the tourist thing all day Saturday.. which meant walking for four hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Let me just tell you, if you are going to walk for four hours don't wear imitation crocs lol  My feet hurt so bad by the end of the day I could hardly stand it.   Now I have a hurt foot because I was walking funny all weekend.. which made my foot hurt.. I guess from trying to compensate for walking weird lol  Now I have a cold LOL  So basically all this background nonsense to say that I haven't been able to do my Wii exercises or my treadmill.  I can hardly go down our stairs.   I am hoping my foot sprain whatever it is will heal quickly.  We have more company coming this weekend...and then the next weekend we are traveling out of state again!  I am sure all this running around doesn't help with my diet.  

Next week, Lord Willing, I will be back to exercising and losing weight.  Then I can also, write about my Wii Fit (That I love)!!!  

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Works for me Wednesday - Your Baby Can Read

My son from a young age, has shown such a interest in words and numbers.  Always trying to read things..  studying my keyboard letters.  I was sooo thrilled to come across the program "Your Baby Can Read".  At first I was a sceptic.. let me tell you! lol  But after receiving the entire reading packet, and having my kids use the DVDs, books, and flashcards for 3 weeks now.. I am utterly sold on this foundational way of teaching your children to really read, and comprehend what they read. 

My daughter is 16 months old and my son is 4 1/2.   I started them both off on the first set DVD, flashcards, and word books.  This first set last 1 month.  However, my son past this part up very quickly and became increasingly bored lol  So I went ahead and started him on the next DVD set.  Which will also last one month.  

Dr. Robert Titzer, the creator of "Your Baby Can Read" recommends that you limit your children's TV/Movie watch or eliminate it completely while they are learning to read.  Which makes sense to me.. because how can "school work" compete with Sponge Bob lol    

Things I have observed:  

My son (4 1/2) is reading everything he can.  I have noticed him trying to read books more by himself.  Correcting me if I read a word wrong lol  Types words on the computer.  Tells me type a word by spelling it to me.  

My Daughter (16 months):  Her communication skills in the last few weeks have exploded since starting "Your Baby Can Read".  She incorporates the words she has learned during the day.  She now says "UP" when she wants me to pick her up.  (which was one of the words on her flashcards).  When she sees the word DOG (not hears but sees) she says "ruff ruff".   When the word CLAP flashes on the screen...she claps.  She follows directions.  She also starting walking in the last few weeks like a crazy woman.  Now I am not saying that walking is attributed to the reading program lol but it's funny how she has just exploded with all these skills.  

All in all, after merely three weeks I am more than pleased with the progress my kids are making with this program.  I really urge you to check this program out.  I found a million different places you can purchase the program from, however the main site has little videos that explain a little more about the program..and give adorable examples of babies 9 months reading.  It really is amazing.  Check out "Your Baby Can Read" HERE!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

On Vacation!!!!

I will be on vacation for a week or so..   So probably no posts for me unless I get a minute here or there.. :)  Today will be spent packing and packing and making sure lists are checked and rechecked.. UGH Don't you just "hate" packing??? lol 

 Next week I hope to write about the success my children are having with  "Your Baby Can (Read)" and about how much I love the "Wii Fit"!  I will return next week Lord willing! :) 

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Focus Friday

Focus Friday

ThriftyandChicMom is hosting a Friday Meme called Focus Friday! Basically each Friday we post about what our goals are for the next coming days and then link back to her blog. Easy!!

I am caught up with Laundry again this week!!! Woo hoo
I was able to dabble in the kids clothes, sorting a bit.. but still not finished.
I did exercise a bit.. with my Wii Fit.  

New Goals:

Finish Kids Clothes (sorting)
Pack for Vacation Trip next week (That's a big one ugh)
Clean house

Aloha Friday

An Island Life is hosting Aloha Friday.. I thought it would be fun to participate. All you have to do is answer the question I ask by leaving a comment. Then click over to An Island Life and link up to Aloha Friday with your own question!

My Question:

Do you have family serving in the Military?  

My Answer:  

I have an Uncle, Cousin, and a Brother in Law.  My brother in law is actually being deployed.  I hate that he has to go but I realize everyone is related to someone...every soldier is someones brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter.....  I am just thankful we have willing hearts who serve and protect our country..our freedom.  

MidWeek MarkDowns at CBD!

MidWeek Books, Music, and Gifts MarkDowns at CBD.COM. 


93615: The Restitution, Legacy of the King"s Pirates Series #3 The Restitution, Legacy of the King's Pirates Series #3
By Mary Lu Tyndall / Barbour Publishing

Lady Isabel Ashton, scorned by society after the birth of her illegitimate child, longs to regain wealth and position, despite Christ's call on her heart. But when her son is kidnapped, she's forced to seek the aid of the man who pirated her purity. How far will Isabella go to save her child and redeem her honor?
2966X: The White Hunter, House of Winslow Series (1912) The White Hunter, House of Winslow Series (1912)
By Gilbert Morris / Bethany

Annie Rogers signs on for a whirlwind trip to England, in The White Hunter, then books passage to America on the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic!

350789: Thank You Floral, NKJV Thank You Floral, NKJV
By Marian Heath

These beautiful Thank You cards feature a friendly sentiment and NKJV Scripture. Twelve cards; 3 each of 4 designs; includes 13 envelopes. Bonus: 2 free postcards.

06620: Bodge Plants a Seed Bodge Plants a Seed
By Simon Smith / Zondervan

Young children will love this cute story about four lovable mice--Bodge, Stumpy, Jimmy, and Big Al. Each mouse has a sunflower seed to plant, but where will they plant them? Find out in this wonderful retelling of Jesus' parable of the sower whose seed grew into a big, beautiful sunflower and why the other sowers' seeds didn't.

45570X: Pandas: Read, Paint, and Play--Book and Activity Kit Pandas: Read, Paint, and Play--Book and Activity Kit
By Vince Douglas / American Book Company

Help your children learn about Pandas the way they learn best--through reading, playing, and hands-on painting activities! Kids will love painting their own panda on a recycled material, 3-D, canvas that even comes with an attached easel, while color reference and practice sheets allow for burgeoning painting skills to be honed before working on the final project. The 64-page book features many activities and fact-filled passages on Pandas and other Asian animals, including their habitats and environments. Paintbrushes and six non-toxic paints are included.

500155: Epic Study Guide Epic Study Guide
By John Eldredge / Nelson Impact

Discover how to view your life as an exciting story---in which God is not only the author, but the main character! This companion volume to Eldredge's bestseller will help you learn why we all love movies and fairy tales from childhood---and how the universal longing for a "plot" testifies to God's existence. Use with the DVD Curriculum for seven weeks of group study. 96 pages, softcover from Nelson.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Australia DVD Giveaway!

The Dirty Shirt is giving away 5 copies of the movie Australia!!!  I loved this movie!!  Head on over to the Dirty ShirtBlog by March 18th to enter for your chance to win!!

The Bachelor Blunder

I am such an idiot lol  

Last night I watched the Bachelor from Monday night.  I always record things and watch them later.  Anyway.. I failed to watch the after the Rose Show... uh.... lol  

So I call my sister telling her how happy I am that he chose the girl I
 had been rooting for ..ec.t. and 
she says "oh you really liked Molly?" 
and I say "No not Molly.. Melissa" 
and she says.. "UM.. did you watch the After the Rose Show?" 
and I said "NO!!!! WHY???
" and she says "Go watch it!!!!!" 

LOL  Oh my word.. I could not believe it.  I mean what in the world.. is this world coming too??? lol Did he really have to break up with her on Live TV?  It was so weird.. I was thinking if he truly cared for her..and wanted to 
protect her feelings..and try to diminish some of the hurt.. don't you think he
 would of kinda ...broke the engagement off before the LIVE SHOW????  I am not blaming him for having a change of heart.. as twisted as it maybe.. but how he did it..was inexcusable!!  

I am starting to think he knew he wanted to break up with her.. and
 got together with the network..and they either talked him into it or dangled some Mula in front of him.. Otherwise.. why would you do that?  Then in the same show 
ask the original girl that you claimed to not love at the finale, if she would give you a second "SHOT"???  ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!  

I really wonder what they are going to do with this next season of the Bachlorette to top the Drama and Twisted "LOVE" from this season.


I am really confused about an issue right now...    

The last year or two have brought so much confusion, and many many questions about the politicians we "had" running for office and the ones we have now positioned in Government.  It seems like rumors, lies, confusion can be felt from all sides of the aisles.. Whether its a politician trying to cover up for his past, or the opposing side trying to sabotage any chances the other might have.  

Lately, I have heard more "whispers" and have read more articles about our current 
President's birthplace.  This is where my confusion comes into play...   How can it be that he is listed to be born at two different hospitals in Hawaii.. but his Grandmother says she was present a
t his birth in Kenya?  Then suddenly not too long ago a birth certificate was posted on the Internet supposedly saying he was born in Hawaii.  However, many believe it to be forged.  To me it should be simple.. You were either born there or you weren't lol  How can there be three choices?  And one is in a totally different continent.  Well, the reason it does matter is because obviously we all know in order to be President you must be born in the United States.  

And what do you think about the "new health plan" the current
 administration is wanting to enforce.  Where you have the option to carry a card or have a chip implanted. hmmm.  Or the health records being made available across the board.  

What about the nationalized drivers License by 2016?  No more individual state licenses.  

What about the 7.7 billion dollars of ear marks tucked in nicely with the massive "stimulus" plan just signed off by the current administration?  Did you know that one of the earmarks is 1
 million dollars towards the study of Pig Odor?  

What about the talk of the One World Bank.. in which I just heard talked about with the PM of Great Britain!?   

There will be more "What Abouts..." everyday.. I am sure..

Do you think it matters what the truth "really" is?  If it doesn't then does it change our standard for America?  Does covering up something.. speak guilt?  Is there something significant to why someone would not be forthright about a pretty easy question?  I am just wondering..not accusing..  Just asking questions.. That is what we should do right? Americans should never stop asking questions..should never stop asking our government to be accountable.  If people aren't accountable for anything, then they get away with everything, if they get away with everything, then our country loses its foundation and values, if that happens.. then we rot from the inside out.  
  Again, don't get Angry at me.. I am just posing the current event questions.. just curious of "your" opinion.. 

Wordless Wednesday!

Our TV Screen on the floor... why????  Look at the next picture below!
Look closely at our TV screen.. at the bottom.  There is a dark like wave.  That would be grape juice gifted to us by our 4 year old.  I think it was a science experiment.  (did you know that you can clean between the 2 layer screens? lol)

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Works For Me Wednesday!

See the picture to the right?  The Blue Bottle saying 'Monster Screen Clean"?  My husband uses this for our computer screens, TVS, flat screens, anything electronic with a screen.  Often times I am laughing quietly..as he walks around with his cloth and little blue bottle cleaning all the screens in the house..thinking him over the top lol  Well, I must tell you a story that changed my thinking...

There was this little boy, who was four, and he thought it funny (early tonight) to dump his sister's juice down the front of the Television.  And of course Mom and Dad did not notice until a little while later.. when they saw this Alien like dark goo growing inside of the TV up the screen.  Through many
 questions, excuses, and blaming it on little sister the truth was found.  So Mom and Dad spent the next 2 hours taking apart the monster TV..peeling back the two later flat screen and mopping up GRAPE JUICE!!!!  The little blue bottle saved the day.  Took away all the stain inside and made it as good as new if not better. .. lol 

Ok so I am really not kidding.. our TV looks actually cleaner than it did before the grape juice!!  This stuff is amazing!!!  

Weigh In Wednesday!

Something is messed up with my scales and numbers! grrr  My calculations are off..and now I am wanting to "pound" my scales!!  Or perhaps I need to change the batteries out? lol  It has been 5 years..  Anyway, I have done really well this last week.. have not cheated one time! Woo hooo.. The exercising is coming slowly.  I feel sooo much better this week..since getting my eating back under control.  My energy level is climbing.  So I must be doing something right :)

Please feel free to link up below with your Weight Loss Progress this week.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Rabbit? or Resurrection?

297220: Resurrection EggsResurrection Eggs
By Familylife

Lead your kids on a fun, faith-filled Easter egg hunt this year--one that teaches them about Jesus' death and resurrection! Each egg carton is filled with a dozen colorful plastic eggs. Pop them open and find miniature symbols of the Easter story inside. An easy-to-understand booklet in both English and Spanish features Bible stories explaining the significance of each object. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

I never really know which direction to go with Easter Eggs.  And I love this idea of incorporating the true meaning of Easter into the eggs.  So my kids still come away with the essence of Easter not just the Bunny holding a basket of eggs.  I think it's really about instilling values in our children, even in the small things.  

CBD has the Resurrection Eggs for 33% off right now at $9.99.

A little about me...

It is that time again!!!! I am thinking of attempting to lose weight for the 100 millionth time. haha. This time I know it will work :)

In November of 2007, I gave birth to my second child, a C-Section. Not only did that put me back physically, but I also developed high blood pressure. I am only 29. Talk about discouraging.

I started gaining weight in highschool. Seems to have followed me everywhere. My ultimate goal is to lose 120 lbs but I'll settle for 10 right now. haha.

There is absolutely no reason why I cannot succeed in this weight loss endeavor. I have exercise equipment. I guess that means I have to use it. Also, I am going to attempt the Carbohydrates Addict Diet. I have had some success with this in the past.

So I am thinking, with putting my progress out for the world to see.. it will force me to make the right choices. Let's hope!! Feel free to comment on anything or tell your story. It's always encouraging to hear about others successes. Join me on this weight loss journey...

My Weight Progress: