Sunday, February 28, 2010

Box Tops For Education!! Giveaway!!

Have you heard about the Box Tops for Education program? Do you participate in the program? Do you shop at Kroger for the products that give you the most Box Tops?

Box Tops for Education is such a wonderful program that takes the box tops and turns them into money for the schools. To date the program has raised over $300 million for the schools. I love that you can choose which school you want to support. It is such a simple concept and takes only a few moments from your day as you cut off the box tops and collect them until you get the chance to turn them in.

I don't know about your town, but in my hometown, right there on a wall in our mall, it is split up with all the local schools listed and all you have to do is put your box tops into the right slot and you are done. Easy Right? So what are you waiting for?

From now until March 18th the Kroger family is offering a Bonus Box Top Program. How great is that? Log on to, fill out the information and you too can take part in the Bonus Box Tops Program!

Giveaway Alert!!

One of my Great readers will win a $25 gift card to be used at your local Kroger.

Mandatory Entry: Go to and leave me a comment with how far away your local Kroger store is from your home. This must be done before any other entries will count.

Extra Entries:

1. Tell me how the Box Top for Education Program has helped your local school.

2. Let me know how long you have been participating in the program and why you choose to participate.

3. Share with me your favorite product that has a Box Top for Education on it.

Please make a new comment for each entry and leave your email address in your comment so I have a way to get in touch with you. This giveaway will end March 7th!!

The product, prize pack, information, and giveaway have all been provided to me by General Mills through MyBlogSpark. All the above opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree with me.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

My 10 mth old and a little update..

We have had sickies in our house for the past couple weeks or so. Just when one child started to feel better the next child would start not feeling well. The 2 year old started it by having a major allergy attack to Fabreeze which landed us in the emergency room. After him, it was the oldest 2 turn, and then it happened. The baby got sick.
Saturday the 20th I was at the ER with the baby who was having a hard time catching his breath after coughing. Turned out he had RSV. They didn't really do anything while we were there, sent me home saying just give him Tylenol or Motrin to control his temp. We got home at 3am Sunday morning.

Sunday morning was the Susan Koman for the Cure El Paso in which I was participating. Even though I was exhausted I went and actually finished. So proud of myself!! The baby spiked a temp and we just could not get it to come down, so once again, off I went to the ER with him again. This time they actually did a few things. They did chest x-rays and did 2 breathing treatments. After that they sent us on our way again.

That leads to today, Ben had a follow-up appt. Today we were ordered a nebulizer, which I will hopefully pick up later today and I had to stop at the pharmacy and pick up the meds.

I also talked with the ped about a bump on the baby's face which over time has gotten bigger. I thought we would just get a ref. to a specialist. To my shock we were given a ref straight to the big guns. A ped surgeon! As much as I keep telling myself that I knew this was coming there is just something that hits you when you see the words PED Surgeon in reference to your 10 mth old baby.

Later today I will be giving an update on my 2 year old who had an eval with the PED neurologist. I also have to write up some posts with the great info I have and offer a few giveaways!!

My goal is to get all of these posts posted today, wish me luck.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Another Winner to announce

Last night my Mixes From The Heartland giveaway ended.

I used to pick my winner.

The winner of the 3 products is #2 susan said...
i follow

Congrats Susan!! Thank You to everyone who entered.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Race For The Cure and Locks of Love!!

I have not been posting as much as I should and for that I am sorry. I have been conditioning and getting everything ready for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure El Paso which is this Sunday the 21st. I am very honored to be participating in this event.

This is my way to support so many women and a few special women who are survivors.

Here is a link to my Personal Page

I did something else today. I donated my hair to Locks of Love
I did not get a before picture but below is the after. When the women looked at my hair and looked at the picture of the type of hair cut I wanted, she measured, then said you are 2 inches off from being able to donate. So I said Go For It!!

Can you tell I was getting annoyed by the Hubby person?

I absolutely love the way the back looks.

I will continue to run as I will be running in the Race for Autism in May.

Have any of you participated in a Race for the Cure or donated hair to Locks of Love? If so let me know, I would love to hear your stories and reasons for doing so.

Monday, February 15, 2010

And the Winners are!!!

Three giveaways ended on 2/14 for a total of 5 winners. All winners were chosen by

Denise's Daily Dozen book 3 Copies!!

Comment #20 Wickdogg said...
I would like to win to try something new as maybe THAT will finally work magic!

Comment #7 Angela said...
I would love to lose 12 pounds! I will take any help I can I love to read.

Comment #11 winterbabe98 said...
I'm following Denise on Twitter

Cocolate A Love Story

Comment #22 Leann said...
I am a follower

Yes! To Cookies

Comment #9 Tracy DeLuca said...
I follow this blog!

Congrats to the Winners!! Thank You everyone for your entries.

I will be emailing the winners shortly and they will have 48 to reply with their shipping information.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A few giveaways ending SOON!!

I have 5 Giveaways going right now. 3 end tomorrow and a couple end in a week or so.

Here is the list:

Denise's Daily Dozen Book~ 3 Copies~ Ends 2/14~ Denise's Daily Dozen

Chocolate A Love Story~ Ends 2/14~ Chocolate A Love Story

Yes! To Cookies~ Ends 2/14~ Yes! To Cookies

3 Gluten Free Mixes from Mixes from the Heartland~ 1 Strawberry Angel Food Cake Mix, 1Microwave Brownie Mix, and 1 Tex Mex Spaghetti Meal~ Ends 2/19 3 Gluten Free Mixes

A Product of choice from CSN Stores $50 or under~ Ends 2/22 CSN Stores

Go check them out and enter to win!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

An Exciting Contest at 1SmartNoodle!!

Who doesn't LOVE the chance to win something? When I found this contest I knew I had to let you all know about, so you too can have a chance to win.

What can you win? Your choice of 2 different prize packages!!

Go over to 1SmartNoodle and check out the prizes and enter for your chance to win!!

What's Cookin' at Callie's Cabin? Something Yummy, Of Coarse!!

Cal Orey is the Author of The Healing Powers of Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Chocolate. Three separate books. She also writes articles for the Tahoe Daily Tribune. I have had the pleasure of getting to know Cal Orey a little better. She has a blog named The Writing Gourmet and it is there that I have entered a few contests and won copies of her books. Her books are amazing and filled with such wonderful tips and ideas, not to leave out all the information contained in them. Her blog has such wonderful recipes and I love to visit her blog just to see what the picture is on the top, it is everchanging and usually makes me hungry. Ha Ha

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, everyone is searching for a nice meal. Cal Orey gives you the recipe for a great Veggie Lasagna. I won't be able to make this on Valentine's Day, but it is one on my list to make in the next couple weeks.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Vacation and Traveling Tips!!

As many of you know we are actually on a vacation of sorts right now. Alamo and Twittermoms have teamed up and want to know your top ten tips for a distraction free family vacation check it out!!

Do you think it is possible? I am here to tell you that it is. Being a military family and living away from family and friends we have become a traveling family. We have made trips altogether and I have made trips alone with just the kids. Crazy, I know.

Here are my top ten tips:

1. Put some planning into your trip. Our trips work best if there is a mix of planned activities with a few surprises slipped in there. I usually make sure there is at least one activity per person. You know that one that will be their special place, I also make sure that each planned activity is family friendly.

2. If you are staying in a hotel, do your research and pick the best fit for your family. For my family we do not get up and make it to the lobby area, so I like to have a fully equipped kitchen. Depending on the time of year and location of our vacation, the hotel having an indoor or outdoor pool can make a difference.

3. No matter what your drive time is to your location, a drive with kids can make for a crazy mommy. While we do bring a portable DVD player, we also bring a few CDs and books. I also hand each of the kids their own special traveling bag with a few of their favorite items inside. For one of my 4, this bag contains a few trains and a new thomas book. For another this bag has paper, crayons, and a new coloring book. It all depends on what child it is.

4. I also make up a bag for each child and give it to them in the hotel. This bag contains a new small toy, maybe some bath toys, and their fav snack. This bag comes in very handy if there happens to be rain.

5. You don't have to leave the lap tops behind, but you really should limit your time on them. We usually wait for down time before logging on. I bring a new deck of cards, some uno cards, and a few board games with us. You can even use these items when you are camping and not in a hotel.

6. Everyone needs food, this is where your hotel choice can make or break your trip. I like to have cold cereals or packets of instant oatmeal on hand for quick breakfasts. I also like to have a full kitchen so I can whip up some pancakes or an omelet. I like to prepare most of our food and leave eating out for a special time. In most places there are those go to restaurants, such as Hard Rock or Rain Forest Cafe. Make sure you look around the area you are staying at, you never what type of special treat you can find.

7. Don't become permanently attached to your camera. I try to take 5 pictures of each activity or event and then put my camera away. This will help the photographer (usually mom) enjoy the fun to be had also.

8. You do not need a t-shirt, a coffee cup, or anything else from each of the places you visit. The one thing I do make sure I grab is a free pamphlet. This along with the pictures I take make for great memories and no wasted money. Of Coarse I do break this tip once in awhile, like I did buy a T-shirt for myself from one place during are most recent trip. A t-shirt for me will be worn for years to come, as a t-shirt for a child will be out grown within a few months. Make your purchases wisely and you can save a lot of money.

9. Plan your outings for after or in between a younger child's nap time. An outing with a tired child can quickly become no fun for the entire family. You can do things during nap time if your child is one of those that can nap anywhere (stroller, car, ect.)

10. Within the first few days of being back home ask each family member what one of their favorite things was and write down their response. Take a day and make a scrapbook with the pictures and pamphlets from all your adventures.

Best of all allow yourself to Have Fun!!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

CSNstores Giveaway!!

With spring time approaching, now is the time I start to get the urge to organize or find products to simplify my life. I also get a need to clean up and slim down what I own. Along with that comes an urge to shop. I actually get a lot of my Christmas shopping, birthday shopping, and just fun shopping done in the Spring season. One of the things I am looking forward to most this year is working with the kidlets to plan out our container garden.

At CSN stores you can find anything from bar stools to cookware to children's toys and anything in between. How Fun is that?

At CSN stores you will find a list of 200+ stores ready to be searched through, which is easily done as they are all listed in categories. I love that I can go to one place and find many products for all my shopping needs.

Here are just a few things that are now on my list:

I have loved these since my mom purchased them a few years ago. She does all kinds of things with them. You can buy them at right now for $28.99

I found these on They will be perfect for my daughter's room which we are redoing because she has decided she wants a Theme. You can buy them for $34.55.

I found these on These are on my list for my youngest kidlets. I can just see them now having so much fun. You can buy them for $39.29.

When CSN Stores contacted me to do a review or giveaway, I looked over a few of the sites and thought that a giveaway would be so much fun for my readers. So here we go!!

The Giveaway!! CSN Stores is offering one of my readers their choice of a product that is $50 or under. I know that I have my ever growing list of items that I want, so I have chosen 3 sites for you to help narrow down the choices. This giveaway will end on 2/22. Please leave your email address in your comment so I have a way to get in touch with you should you be the winner.

Mandatory Entry ~ Go to,, and Have a look around and come back here, leaving a comment with a product you would choose if you won.
Pick carefully, as this will be the product you will receive if you win!!

Extra Entries, these can only be completed after the Mandatory entry.

1. Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment telling me you are a new follower or already a follower.

2. Follow csnstores on twitter!

3. Become a fan of csnstores on FaceBook

4. Leave me a comment letting me one thing you are looking forward to this coming spring.

I was given the information from CSN stores as well as the offer to run the giveaway for my readers. No compensation was offered or accepted. All opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree.

Menu Plan Monday!!!

Once again this week is sort of messed up being that we are in the hotel for another week. I did however assign a couple days to actually eat right here.

Monday-Beef Stroganoff and green beans
~1 lb ground beef
~1 can cream of mushroom soup
~egg noodles
~Brown the ground beef while cooking the noodles
~When the meat is done, drain fat, and add the soup. Mix well
~When noodles are done, drain, and add to meat mixture
~That is it, Quick and Easy

This is one meal that you can switch up to fit your family, Someone has allergies? Choose different noodles and a different soup. On a diet? Choose ground turkey or even shred a chicken breast and choose low fat soup. Not only that but the green beans can be fresh, frozen, or from a can.

Tuesday-Chicken Alfredo, salad, and rolls
~2-3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
~pasta of your choice
~Jar of Alfredo Sauce
~I am weird and tend to overcook a lot of meats, I have a fear of something not being cooked all the way, but even though I bake my chicken for 45 minutes, it is still juicy.
~Anywho, Bake the chicken in a little bit of butter and oil at 325* for 30-45 minutes until done. Once done cut up in strips or bite sized pieces.
~While the chicken is baking, cook noodles as directed
~Mix chicken, noodles, and sauce together

This is another one that you can change up to suit your family's needs. If anyone has a great sauce recipe, please share?!

~1lb Ground Beef
~Bag of nacho chips
~Taco Seasoning
~All the fun toppings

This is one that you can prepare anyway that you want.

Thursday-I don't really know yet, maybe spaghetti. I will have to let you know.

Friday- This will be a nice dinner out as it is our last night in San Antonio.

Saturday- Will be dinner on the road as we will be traveling back to El Paso.

Sunday- I am hoping to make a nice baked roast with potatoes and carrots

To view more menus go to Here you can get ideas and link up your own menu plan.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Restaurants and Manners

Okay it is pet peeve time. Ha Ha

Have you ever wished that you could walk into any food establishment with your family and go straight in and bloop every ones rear on a bar stool instead of waiting 10-50 minutes for a table? To me as long as the kidlets were old enough it would be so much easier.

As you all know we are in San Antonio for 2 weeks. Today we had quite the adventure since the weather was wonderful. Dinnertime came around and we walked into a few places. At one place there was a 45 minute wait, yup we turned around quicker than anything. Even though it would have been a neat experience to eat there, I just could not fathom waiting THAT long.

Now I try everything in my power to keep my kidlets under control while we are out and about. I can not stand when I am sitting and all the sudden a child behind me is kicking their feet and hitting the bench and the parents do not even try to get them to stop it. Sometimes my 2 year old will start to do that and I will move him or tell him to stop.

Tonight we sat by a set of blinds. The blinds were wide enough to span 2 booths and this child seated behind us kept on messing with them. I finally said something because it was that annoying. If it were my kidlets I would have made them apologize for interrupting, Do you think the parents of the kid messing with the blinds even cared, Nope!

OR here is another pet peeve. Kids standing up on the bench turned around and staring at you or better yet talking to you or hitting your head. Seriously people!! That is just not acceptable and really should not be a tolerated behaviour.

Now on to my last pet peeve of today. Ha Ha I really wish the waitstaff would think before setting anything down in front of the baby. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to know that anything hot should not be set down right in front of a child. They are just lucky that Mom and Dad are on the ball and we don't even let it hit the table, but I do love the look we get while they are trying to set the food down and we are literally pulling it out of their hands saying "That is not a smart placement of the sizzling skillet with the fajita stuff in it."

Whew!! Now I feel batter getting that out. LOL What are some of your pet peeves? Yes, I really want to know. Look out for an awesome giveaway coming in the next couple days from CSN Stores, the winner will get their choice of something $50 or under. Be on the look out for the details.

I hope everyone who is getting the snow is staying safe and everyone else is having a good weekend.

I was not compensated in anyway for anything written in this post.

Monday, February 1, 2010

San Antonio, TX

That is where I am at. The drive here was def. a boring one, but when we walked into our room at the Marriot Residence Inn that boring feeling disappeared quickly. I had gone back and forth when choosing our hotel room.

One hotel had a made to order hot breakfast and an indoor pool, but did not have the full kitchen that I wanted. With my 2 year old on a special diet, I wanted to be able to prepare most of our food. I sacrificed the made to order hot breakfast for a daily breakfast buffet, the indoor pool for an outdoor pool and hot tub, I did those things so I could have a full kitchen to include a full size fridge and freezer (the other hotel had a mini fridge), dishwasher, stove, microwave (the other hotel had this also), and an oven. Now for the next 12 days I can prepare 90% of the food for my family.

With the full kitchen I also receive a ton more space. The room is 840 sq ft. I could not beleive the size, as we lived in a place a few years ago that was 3 bedrooms and 2 baths that was only 950 sq ft. Here we are staying in a hotel room that is almost as big as one of our houses. LOL

We had gotten in late last night and when we walked in there was a common beeping from the smoke detector. Sometime between us walking in and them getting the room ready to be occupied, the battery became low. This was no problem and fixed with a quick trip to the front desk where we also had to ask for a crib/pack and play for the baby. So we took care of two things with one trip. They were friendly and came right away to change the battery and even offered to put up the pack and play for us. We of coarse put it up ourselves but what a nice gesture.

I love the way this room is set up. We have one room which is called a loft room. There is a queen size bed a night stand, and a big desk with chair in the room as well as a chair to sit on and a TV. One of the bathroom is also up in the loft area. The second bedroom is behind a set of doors and also has a queen sized bed, a chair with a foot rest, a big desk, and a TV. In there is also the second bathroom. We have a living area with a sofa bed, a chair, a fire place, a coffee table, and you guessed it, another TV. The TV in the living area is all set up to play games on it. Between the living area and the kitchen is a table that seats 4. The kitchen is my favorite spot. Stainless steal appliances and everything I need to prepare food is right there. They have even provided serving pieces and flatware for us to use while staying here.

So far I am very pleased with my decision to choose The Marriot Residence Inn. I love that the kids can do their school work at the desks and be separated. LOL

I will be posting about our adventures here each day starting tonight. I will also be posting up a few posts about my 2 year old and how he is doing. I will also take some pictures of the room and of the things we do to share with all of you.

Also don't forget about the 4 giveaways going on right now.