Friday, November 30, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Thanksgiving this year came so fast! I had no time to decorate. I almost felt bad about it, but then I remembered that I am staying here for Christmas and I will get to decorate the crap out of my house!!
This year for Thanksgiving my parents,sister and niece came down for almost the whole week! It was so great having them here! I haven’t seen them since the beginning of October. I hate living so far away from them I really wish we lived closer, I really want my kids to be close to their grandparents and cousins.So I am always glad when anyone can come visit us. This year they also brought their dog. Dexter was terrified of it. I will share a picture of the ferocious beast later. Dexter was super excited to see his cousin though, he always loves playing with her and for weeks afterwards he will ask about her. I think it is so cute. She is 10 years older than him but he still loves her soooo much. And she is always so good about playing with him too. Makes me so happy!
This year my mom, niece and I went black Friday shopping too. I have to say that it is a waste of time if you are not planning on getting any big ticket items. The deals on everything else were about average and I don’t feel like I saved any more money by shopping from midnight till 3am. But I had fun and now I know! I think honestly the best part was when my niece looked at me and said “I don’t really like black Friday shopping, they don’t have out anything that you don’t normally see. This is all stuff we can always buy.” It made me think that she thought they were going to be selling spaceships or something and it made me laugh really hard. Oh the innocence of a child. I shouldn’t say child she is 12. That is another thing that bothered me though, there were so many babies out! I mean like 2 and 3 year old kids! And the parents were getting on to them about misbehaving! Umm you have your kid out shopping at 2am, of course they are acting up! What did you expect? I just didn’t get why they couldn’t find a sitter or only one parent go out. I felt so bad for those kids. I love a good deal but I love my kids not screaming at me the whole time I am shopping more. Do you take your young children black Friday shopping? Is it worth it, what is your reasoning?
We had a great time eating dinner and all, but I think the best part was the boat parade! Well I mean besides my family being here and spending time with my kids. If you have never seen a boat parade I suggest you go to one. Especially if you live near Jacksonville Florida. Its this amazing thing where about 50 boats get all decorated up in Christmas lights and boat up and down the river. It is then followed by the most spectacular fireworks I have ever seen. They light up two of the main bridges with a fireworks waterfall and they have 3 barges that are all have fireworks going off of them. Its amazing. I have been to it the 3 out of 4 Thanksgivings we have lived here. It is by far my favorite part of living in this area. In fact lately I think it is the only part of living in this area that I like. This year though Dexter decided it was to loud and him and dad went and hung out in the bathroom while it went off. If I had not been enjoying it so much I *might* have felt bad for Phillip. hehe.
That was our Thanksgiving. It was really good this year! I am so glad I got to see my family I really needed to see them. I hope next year we will get to see both sides and I will get to see my other sister.
Right before my family got there Dexter insisted on wearing this outfit. It is size 12-18 mo. He wears a 2t.

 Dexters new PJ’s from his Gamma Robin. Oh and that is the scary dog to his left

Max baby’s first thanksgiving! He got pears, apples. and sweet potatoes! Oh and milk. but he always gets milk.

My niece kissing he baby cousin Max.

Max being so stinking cute. The picture on the right is in the PJ’s his Gamma Robin gave him.

Dexter making a train out of the boxes for our decorations to go in.
So this is how wonderful my mom is. She taught my two year old to put his underwear on his head. hahahaha. He loved it.

My sister bundling up my Dexter. How many people does it take to load a stroller?

Me and my boys. I wish that I had worn make-up! This was at the boat parade. My family!

I did not get any good pictures of the boats! 

Our little family at the boat parade.  Phill, me and Emily and Max being crazy at the boat parade.

My sister pushing Dex she looked like a hobo. After we told her she went and hid in the bushes to scare my parents, but they saw her. But the couple who were walking behind them gave her the dirtiest look ever. It made me laugh so hard I almost peed my pants. I think you just had to be there..

Well that was our Thanksgiving! I hope everyone else had a good one! Do you have any exciting traditions?

Tech lovers Christmas giveaway

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Friday Chaos!

Hey everyone! That's right, it's Friday again! 
which means we're one step closer to the weekend!
that means it's time for... the "Friday Chaos Blog Hop!"

This is a link up for bloggers who want to increase traffic to their blogs and meet new friends! 

1. Follow both hosts (The first two links below on each link up) 
2. Follow all of the co-hosts (the next 6 link ups)
3. Grab the button and put it on your blog somewhere to be seen.
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4. Tweet about this hop Tweet
If you would like to co-host one of the weeks let us know.

Okay, Lets get this chaos started!
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Memories version 4 Review

Recently I received a copy of the software MyMemories it is a digital scrap booking  software. When I first got contacted about doing this review I was so intrigued. I had never heard of a digital scrap booking software before! It seemed like a genius idea to me. I want to scrap book but I don’t have time. Plus with a two year old if I leave any paper out it is immediately destroyed and made into some sort of flying object. Any pictures left within reach are turned into rolled up megaphones. Plus all my pictures are on my computer anyways! It seems like a no brainier for busy moms like me.
I was able to download the soft ware and start using it right away. I loved that. I hate waiting for stuff in the mail. I know I am impatient! Right away I started clicking on everything. I wanted to make so much stuff! I found the software difficult at first because I was closing out of all the hints that popped up before I read them. Once I decided to read them and actually learn how to use this software it was much easier! I really loved it too. There are lots of different ways to use it. My favorite way is to pick a template then click the button that says quick add photos, and then you select all the pictures you want for that album. After you have selected them you click next and it does everything for you! In about 5 minutes you have an amazing looking few pages of a scrapbook, without any of the mess to clean up!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My Memories software giveaway blogger opp

Calling all bloggers! Here is a great opportunity to increase fans to your Facebook page or Twitter page. Use the sign up form below to agree to help me promote a giveaway I am hosting for the My Memories software. You will receive one free link just for agreeing to post the giveaway on your blog, you will get two free links if you make an announcement post for the giveaway. Fill out the form below to sign up! If you would like to post the announcement post click here for the html code.

Monday, November 26, 2012

My memories Software giveaway announcment



Blogger Sign up 11/27/12- 12/02/12
Event Dates- 12/03/12- 12/31/12

Prize: My memories software version 4.0
Hosted by: Our5Cents

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker Giveaway!

Mom Powered Media brings you a Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker Giveaway! {$179 RV}

US Only

A BIG thank you to our lovely co-hosts: Mom to Bed by 8| Powered by Mom| Real Mom Reviews| Baby Costcutters| Capris Coupons The pressure is on with a Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker that is! It's the perfect time of year to start cooking with a pressure cooker. Oh the wonderful things you can make that are healthy and tasty with a Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker!

About the Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker

The Fagor Chef Pressure Cooker line is Fagor’s premiere pressure cooker made of elegant made in Spain 18/10 Stainless Steel and designed with a larger diffuser bottom for higher cooking efficiency. It includes easy to use pressure indicator with distinct positions – the 1st – indicates LOW pressure (8 psi) and the 2nd indicates HIGH pressure (15 psi).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ipad mini giveaway

Ready for another great giveaway?? Here is your chance to win an ipad mini!! Just in time for the holidays! Good luck to everyone who enters! 

iPad Mini Giveaway Event

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Easy little boy, infant, and adult bow tie tutorial.

I love making my little guys bow ties. They are a quick and easy way to dress up their outfits, or cute photo props and make them look like I put them in different suits every Sunday. You can choose any fabric you like to give you lots of options!

Tutorial after the cut.

Diva Fabulosa Koret Handbag Giveaway

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One lucky winner will win a Koret Pure Ostrich East/West Satchel pictured above!
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

A month of unwanted visitors.

As any good horror story it all started about a month ago while my friend and I were alone at her house baking with our kids. Katie and Dexter were playing with their spare dishwasher, yes I have a friend with an extra dishwasher I am jealous, when a spider that about as big as I have seen in  a long time crawled across their fingers. I threw the kids against the wall and started screaming. I think my friend thought someone had died. It was horrible.Her four year old came running in to kill it. I felt foolish that a four year old was less scared of spiders than I but hey what can I spay spiders are EW. The spider ended up crawling back into its safe haven and was never to be seen again.
More spider grossness after the cut

Friday, November 16, 2012

A Keurig A Week

Its week 3 of the Keurig week giveaways! This is an awesome chance to win a Keurig. Good luck everyone!

Have A Keurig Holiday Event

Special thank you to our lovely co-hosts: Spend With Pennies and My Vegan Gluten-Free Life
The Keurig Platinum Brewing System brews a perfect cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or iced beverage at the touch of a button. With an award-winning design, this brewer features a blue, backlit LCD display that allows you to program water temperature, set the digital clock, Auto On/Off and your favorite cup size. With the choice of five cup sizes, the Platinum brewer offers a removable drip tray to accommodate travel mugs.
  • Keurig Platinum B70 brewer
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  • Water filter kit
  • Five brew sizes: 4 oz, 6 oz, 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz
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  • Measures 13-1/2"L x 9-3/4"W x 12-1/2"H
  • 48 K-Cups to get you started

One lucky reader will receive a Keurig Platinum B70 Brewer with 48 K-Cups!

Giveaway ends November 23rd at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Juppy baby giveaway!!

Enter now for your chance to win a Juppy baby walker!! There are four up for grabs!! Good luck everyone!

The Juppy Baby Walker Giveaway hosted by: Coupon Crazy Sisters, Our 5 Cents, Mom Are We There Yet, and This Girl's No Expert.

The Juppy Baby Walker is a lifesaver for your back! When baby starts trying to walk it can be a huge strain on you to hold their hands and bend over while trying to help them but the Juppy takes ALL that strain away! This truly is a revolutionary product! 

You can read our reviews herehere, and here to see what real moms have to say about this amazing baby walker!

4 of us have teamed up and created this incredible giveaway! You have 4 chances to win a personalized Juppy for your little one! Yes I said we are giving away 4 Juppies!!!

Disclosure: Our5cents received this product free in exchange for my review but the opinions expressed are solely my own. Juppy Baby Walkers is responsible for prize shipment.

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