Monday, November 29, 2010

48 Hour Cyber Monday Fun Auction!!


So the past few days I have been playing with ribbon. Who knew it could be so relaxing?! I put all of the bows that i have made into an album labeled Cyber Monday Fun Auction on my Facebook page.  So Click HERE and take a look. Also if I can get up to 200 friends before the Auction Ends then I will have a few giveaways on my Facebook page, some will be for everyone and some will be for only those who bid on an item.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Yo Gabba Gabba, Live! There's A Party In My City!




The two babies of this family LOVE Yo Gabba Gabba!! To be honest I find it to be a very cute show, a little weird at times, but the meanings involved with the little songs are so right on. I think we all have a favorite and mine is "Don't Bite Your Friends".  Have you ever thought about taking the kiddos to a LIVE show that includes all their favorite characters from Yo Gabba Gabba? Well now is your chance!

Yo Gabba Gabba LIVE! There's A Party In My City! is making its way to many cities across the country. Just go to http://www.yogabbagabbalive.com/ to check on the tour dates and purchase your tickets.

There is one tour date that I need to tell you a little more about. On December 7th, Right here in El Paso, TX my family will be watching the show thanks to some wonderful people and I can not wait. I know the boys will LOVE it!!  If you are in the El Paso, TX area and want to take your kiddos to the December 7th show make sure you click the link above to check on tickets and put in your order.

Here is a local release that went out and gives everyone information on this show.

KIA MOTORS PRESENTS YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! NORTH AMERICAN TOUR WILL STOP IN EL PASO ON DECEMBER 7 FOR SINGING & DANCING AND TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL HABITAT FOR HUMANITY AFFILIATE

$1 From Every Ticket Sold To Benefit Habitat for Humanity Affiliate In El Paso

(El Paso, Texas) -- Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour debut, a headlining performance at The White House, a critically-acclaimed, chart-topping album, and an appearance at Coachella that garnered rave reviews from spectators and media alike, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of YO GABBA GABBA! are back on the road with Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to play to enthusiastic fans in El Paso. Today’s hottest live show for families will be at the Abraham Chavez Theatre on Tuesday, December 7, 2010. Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! is produced by S2BN Entertainment in association with Wildbrain Entertainment and The Magic Store and promoted by C3 Presents.

Champions on the stage and in the community, the Gabba Gang will partner with Habitat for Humanity to further their homebuilding efforts in El Paso. In addition, $1 from every ticket sold for Kia Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! in El Paso will be donated to the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

For complete tour, ticket information and VIP packages, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com. Children under one year of age will be admitted free to sit on a parent’s lap.

I love that $1 from every ticket is being donated to Habitat For Humanity!

Who would LOVE to have a Yo Gabba Gabba Prize Pack and make a child in their life smile? You are in the right place as I have one to give away!!

Here is what is included in the prize pack:

BOOK: Yo Gabba Gabba!, Party in My Tummy" - Based on the popular song from Yo Gabba Gabba!, Party in My Tummy makes healthy eating fun for little ones! Lift the flaps, sing along, and find out what everyone in Gabba Land is bringing to the party!


DVD: “Yo Gabba Gabba! Clubhouse” - The Nickelodeon DVD “Yo Gabba Gabba!: Clubhouse” released on June 15 and features performances by musical guests Erykah Badu, The Killers, Jimmy Eat World and more.

CD: “Yo Gabba Gabba!: Music is Awesome Volume 2.” Fans can enjoy a new, super radical compilation of music featured from Seasons I, II & III, YO GABBA GABBA! MUSIC IS AWESOME! VOLUME 2 hit shelves nationwide on August 31, 2010, timed with the launch of the live tour, KIA Motors Presents YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY. Jam-packed with Super Music Friends & all of the songs you’ve grown to love including those from Weezer, MGMT & Jimmy Eat World.
A deluxe edition featuring bonus songs from the hit series will also be available on iTunes. Fans can get a sampling of the record with a free download of our favorite Super Music Friends – Weezer’s track “All My Friends Are Insects” at http://www.yogabbagabba.com/freedownload/

MUSIC IS AWESOME! VOLUME 2 is available on CD at Target, Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, Borders, and independent music retailers nationwide.
 
I bet you are all wondering how to enter this AMAZING giveaway, Right?!
Please leave your email address in your comment, as I would love to be able to get ahold of you should you be the winner. This giveaway will close on December 7th and the winner will be posted in the post I will write up on December 8th about my family's experience.
 
Mandatory Entry: Tell me in a comment yours or your child's favorite character! 
 
Extra Entries:
1. Tell me a favorite song from the show.
2. Tell me which individual or group were your favorite guests on the show. 
3. Share this giveaway on your blog, facebook, or twitter, coming back here and sharing a direct link to your message. (1 entry for each) please leave separate comments for each that you do!
 
I can not wait to hear every ones favorite things about the show!!
 
Thank You to El Paso's ABRAHAM CHAVEZ THEATRE for allowing my family the chance to come and watch the show on December 7th. Thank You to Michelle for offering up the prize pack for my readers.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Road Trip Time!!!

Okay, It is not really time for a Road Trip, but I will tell you about one of our Family road trips.

Being an Army Family we have taken a lot of road trips, but there are a few that always come up in conversations. I will tell you about one of those trips.

It was during Hubbyman's second deployment. Leave time was coming up, also called R & R and when I had talked to him last he thought everything was set, where he would be flying into Georgia and I would drive down from Virginia first dropping the kids off in North Carolina. That was "The Plan". At least until 2:30 AM on the morning I was to leave. I had everyone packed for a weekend trip.

That phone call changed "The Plan" dramatically. Now I had to drive all the way to Michigan, pack everyone up including the Hubbyman for at least 2 weeks, and I have about 36 hours to get there. I think I went back to sleep for about 2 hours and woke up at around 4:30 AM. While the kids continued to sleep I went ahead and emptied the packs that were already packed. The weather is different so everyone needed clothing for cooler weather. It took about 2 hours but I got everyone packed up. By this time the 2 kids were starting to wake up and were told of the change in plans. They were excited because the change in plans meant that we were once again headed back to Grandma and Grandpa's house!

By 9:00 AM Everyone had everything needed to make the trip in a pile by the front door. Just as I started to open the door to go out and load up I heard something and was not happy. Yup, It had started to rain! As quickly as I could I loaded everything and came back in to make sure that we were indeed ready to leave. Of coarse nothing could be that simple, as one child made a mess with a cup of juice, the other was filling their diaper. This went on with me cleaning up the house because of all the messes for about two hours. I decided not to waste the money and go ahead and have some lunch and had cleaned up from that. Finally I saw a break in the weather so I choose right then and there to leave. One at a time I loaded the kids up because this was the easiest way to make sure each was comfy and had their bag of fun for the trip. Just as we were ready to back out I had realized that I did not have my trusted CD of traveling songs, so back into the house I ran to grab it. We finally pulled out and started on our way to what was suppose to be a 12 hour trip at 1:00 PM. Thinking I had plenty of time because at most this trip should take 14 hours.

Everything was going great despite the rain which was on again off again for the first 3 hours of our trip. The kids and I were singing along to our CD just about ready to make our first stop when the thunder started and then the lightning came. Boy this was just not my travel day, but we made the first stop and got lucky with a close parking spot. Went in had a snack, did the whole bathroom thing, and about an hour later we were back in the vehicle with 2 cute stuffed animals from the gift shop.

We always stopped at the same places and I always let the kids pick out a new little friend to keep them company for the rest of the trip. It became our special thing when they were traveling with just Mommy.  Fast forward 10 hours and at the time we should have been pulling into my Parent's house we were still in Ohio at our 5th stop. It was very cold and the white stuff had started falling from the sky. Now 3:00 AM and ready to get back on the road, the brake lights had come on in my vehicle. All I could think about is why this stuff (but I am sure I used a not so great word) had to happen now.

I looked on the map and decided that I had about 3 and 1/2 hours left of the trip, called a couple people who both said that it was most likely a sensor or something and as long as the brakes were working I should be OK, and went ahead and got back on the road. After a little while the lights shut off and I felt much better about making the decision to keep going. The kids were fast asleep and I was finally able to listen to my own music. I was singing along and for once during this trip even though it was snowing and that I have been driving for now 15 hours or so, I was happy.

Just as I crossed the border from Ohio to Michigan it was snowing really hard and the road that I was traveling on was completely covered. A road that you usually could go 70mph on, I had to go 25mph. The road was horrible as everyone was just like me and we ended up making our own lanes until a semi would pass one of us and we would sneak behind them, just to follow the lights. This is about the time that the kids started to wake up because really we should have already been there.

To my amazement the kids stayed quiet and let me concentrate which I thanked them both for numerous times. Finally after driving 19 hours, driving through rain, driving through a thunderstorm, driving through snow, and driving on a road that was so covered with slush, ice, and snow that no one could see it, we pulled into my Parent's driveway. The kids ran in and were telling my Parents all about the fun but long trip. I was exhausted after being awake for over 24 hours and driving straight for 19 hours. Not only that but I had to be at the airport in 5 hours to pick up the Hubbyman, so I went to lay down.

My Mom woke me up about 3 and 1/2 hours later so I had time to get all of us ready to head to the airport. We made it there just in time to pick him up and were able to enjoy a very nice and relaxing 2 weeks. This was one trip that I will never forget. The kids and I had a lot of fun and I learned never to underestimate myself. Until this trip I didn't think I could ever drive more than 14 hours straight. I would have never known that I can make the kids laugh just by changing the words to the songs on our traveling CD. Even though this trip was a rough one it will never be forgotten.


I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Discount Tire blogging program, making me eligible to receive a $50 gift card and be entered for a chance to win a prize valued at $1,000. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New reviews coming!!

This week I have been trying to get my house in order for the Company coming in Tomorrow!! Tonight I will try to get a few posts up and then again Monday - Wednesday. Some will be only a review and some will be a review along with a giveaway!!

As much as I try not to procrastinate, something always comes up. LOL Are you like that? Does everything else lure you to it when you have things that just have to get done?

I will be back in a few hours..

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Club No One Wanted To Join.... Review and Giveaway!!

This is the what the White Board that hangs in our Dining room now says. There are quite a few items on this basic list that Bernie Madoff should have listened to and put into action. Who is Bernie Madoff you ask?

Bernie Madoff is the one who had started one of the biggest Ponzi schemes to date to the tune of Sixty-Five Billion Dollars. You can google his name to find out more. I won't go into major details about him because that is not what this review is about.

This review is about a book. A book that takes you into the lives and back to the times when the Victims or Survivors whichever way you want to view them as, first got involved with Bernie Madoff or with a feeder company, in which they had never heard of Bernie Madoff. When they first found out that all the money was gone, sometimes 10 years later. As you read this book you are put right there with each  of them. Seriously! I felt like I was right there, right there in that time, standing right next to them.

This book makes you think of things like what if I woke up tomorrow and all my money was gone. What would I do, where would I go, who would I talk to? Each of the 29 stories compiled in this book tells of how they got where they are, tells about finding out the news, and tells what they have done since that time. Now there are only 29 stories within this book, many have stories but are not telling them, and even some will never get the chance to tell their story because they took their own lives when the news came in that day.

The Club No One Wanted To Join MADOFF VICTIMS IN THEIR OWN WORDS  was edited by Erin Arvedlund and Compiled by Alexandra Roth.

The book is available on Amazon but here is your chance to win your very own copy.

Please remember to include your email address in the your entries so i have a way to get ahold of you should you be the winner. Also make sure to do the Mandatory entry so any extra entries will count.

This giveaway will go until November 30th, at that time I will use random.org to choose the winner.

Mandatory Entry- Please tell if you or someone close to you have ever been scammed.

Extra Entries-
1. "Like" the Madoff Survivors on facebook
                              2.  Follow my blog or let me know you already do.

That is it, Easy Peasy!! I feel that everyone should read this book, it really helps to know that the victims really had no clue what would happen in the end after placing their trust out in the open.

I was contacted by Alexandra to run the review and giveaway. I was sent a copy of the book free of charge and offered a copy to run the giveaway. The opinions are my own and i know not everyone will agree.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

What a Week this has been!!

This is the never ending week!!  Some good times and some bad. Some happy while others were kind of sad.

First off on Monday after our amazing weekend of camping it is now official that 4 kids is our limit. Tuesday was Cub Scouts. Wednesday was quite a normal day. Thursday was a day off for everyone. I really can not thank all of those who have served in the the past, serve now, or will serve in the future. Friday was back to school for the kids and boy was it hard to get them to wake up. Saturday was a wonderful day of Welcoming home the last of the Hubbyman's past Soldiers from a year gone. After that Natalee had a Fun Day for Brownies. She had a bunch of fun and good thing too because last night she came down with the flu at 3AM. She is doing a little better today but still can not keep anything down. Tomorrow she will not be going to school.

On a happy note I made my 2 week list and went to Albertson's. If you spend $100 or more you can get a free turkey up to 15lbs. They also give military discounts, but because I was just over my $100 limit to get my 13 and 1/2 pound turkey for free I did not accept the discount today. If I would have my turkey would not have been free. Yup!! 2 weeks worth of groceries for $103.71. I am pretty proud of that.

Hopefully with one more day of rest Natalee can kick this stomach bug and she can return to school on Tuesday. We have all had a cold, but was really hoping no one would get any sicker than that. We have company coming from out of town next weekend so please pray that we get all healthy by then.

So that is the update. Tomorrow I will be posting a few reviews and giveaways. So keep on the look out!!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Making Your Life Easy!!

With having such a big family or maybe a family size that is right in the middle, I have had to come up with different ideas to make my life easier. When our day is not going as planned it can cause chaos within the house.

Here are a few things that I do that help make our days easier:

1. Schedule- Sometimes I think I have a schedule for everything, but really I have 3. We have a house schedule which covers all the chores and all household items. We have a schedule for medicines which covers all the meds that each of us takes daily. The last schedule is the Doctor schedule which covers all appts.

2. Lists- I keep several lists through out the day/week/month these help me to get everything done. Every morning I look at the House schedule and write down the items that need to be completed that day, such as what laundry is to be done and what I am doing in each room.

3. Chore chart- This is not only for the kids as I have my own area on this chart. I write done what chores need to be done everyday like what family member's laundry gets done on what day and what rooms get vacuumed and on what day.

4. Meal Planning- We do not eat out very often, so this is very important to me. Some do Weekly plans or Monthly plans. I do bi weekly plans because we get paid every 2 weeks. I plan out breakfast, lunch, and dinner for each day. I also try to include something yummy with every dinner.

5. Freezer Meals- Along with my meal planning I also have 2 days every month in which I cook meals to freeze. This makes it so easy to give my family great meals without making a huge mess of my Kitchen every day.

6. Organized Rooms- If you can keep certain areas of your home organized then it can make things very easy. Take for instance your kitchen. If you keep all your baking products together, your cooking products together, and your cleaning products together then you will always know when you are about to run out of something or what you have on hand when doing your meal planning.

7. Notebook with important paperwork- We are a Military family and we move around quite a bit so having all of the important items together is quite necessary. This can also help you. When it comes time to enroll your kids in school it makes things a lot more easier if all the paperwork is together in a folder. All you have to do is grab the folder the day of registration.

8. A Rainy Day Box- We all have those days and it doesn't have to be raining for us to want to have a little pick me up. Our rainy day box has items for the whole family including match box cars, trains, crayons, and coloring books. I also add books and new movies that i know the kids will love.

9. A craft box- This is a box that has everything to do any craft. We have paper, markers, beads, glue, feathers, and a ton of other things in our box. Every week the kids pick one day and together with as many of us that happen to be home that day sit down and craft up a storm. This brings us all together and makes it easier to know what is going on with everyone else.

10. Time for yourself- We often put ourselves last on the list. At least I know I do. To help me make my day a little easier I schedule time even if it is just 20 minutes as my mommy time. I usually blog during this time or listen to some music and just reflect on our day. It clears my head and makes it easier for me to want to wake up and do it all over again the following day.

What are some ways that you make your life easier? Let me know!! Hopefully my list will help give you some ideas that you don't already use.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Oral-B blogging contest, making me eligible to get full-sized Oral-B Glide products and a $30 Target gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Change Your Clock Change Your Battery!!



Over this past weekend we all changed our clocks. Did you change anything else? I did! After we got home from our camping trip and after I went around the house to change all the clocks, I grabbed my package of batteries and went to each of our smoke detectors. With the major decorating Holidays approaching making sure that the batteries in all the smoke detectors are new is a very good idea.

For twenty-three years, Energizer, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and thousands of fire departments nationwide have worked together to encourage everyone to adopt the life-saving Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® habit of changing and testing smoke alarm batteries with each fall time change. This is so important because having a working smoke alarm can cut the risk of dying in reported home structure fires in half as they can often provide critical extra seconds needed to get out of your home safely. And even though 96% of American homes have smoke alarms, many do not have one that works because of missing or worn-out batteries.

I have seen what fire can do and it is not pretty, so I ask that each and every one of my readers check the smoke detectors in their houses. If one needs new batteries then replace them, if one is broke, then replace it with a working one, if you have none, then please put some up. 
Each year, Energizer donates 200,000 batteries to help local fire departments nationwide. This year everyone has the chance to help double the donations, up to 400,000 batteries. Participation is easy. Visit the CYCCYB tab on the Energizer Bunny® Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/EnergizerBunny, and pledge to change your smoke alarm batteries, share the life-saving Change Your Clock Change Your Battery message with others and create your family’s home escape plan so you have an exit plan in place. Each action will trigger a donation of batteries.


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Camping Season Is Officially Over..

 Over this past weekend our family went on our Final camping trip of the season. We packed up the bags and the kids backpacks then we made our way to Ruidoso, NM. I won't lie, it was quite cold during the evenings but the days were pleasant. The kids were able to get in some fishing time and Dustin (3 years old) caught his first fish.
We didn't keep his because it was small, but he was so happy that he caught one!
 Out of the 8 or so caught we kept 5 and Blake and Natalee totally loved gutting them. No surprise there, I always knew that Natalee was a tomboy. LOL

 We fished at Grindstone Lake. It is a wonderful place and so peaceful, which was a big plus for me.

On the way home I was able to snap a few pictures of the trees. No reds or oranges but this beautiful yellow was covering all the trees.

All in all our last camping trip was a wonderful experience and we can not wait until next season!
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Michael Chiarello's Bottega Cook Book and Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko - Review & Giveaway!


I will be completely honest here and tell you that I LOVE TO COOK, yup it is true. I love to be in the kitchen creating wonderful meals for my family. So when my blog spark let me know of an opportunity to work with both them and  Progresso I quickly said Yes!! Soon I received a prize pack which included a package of Lemon Pepper Panko and a signed copy of  Michael Chiarello’s Bottega Cookbook.

Cookbooks are my weakness, I love to look through cookbooks and I love the ones with a story to tell.
Michael Chiarello's does just that, there are little tidbits of info and beautiful pictures of not only food but also of his family and friends. For some this cookbook may be a little too fancy with one of the recipes being Wood-Grilled Octopus "Under a Brick" with Olive Oil- Braised Potatoes.  There are a few that look so wonderful that you just have to take a chance and prepare them. One that I will be trying very soon is the Strawberry Tiramisu Semifreddo. It looks so yummy.

Soon after I received my prize pack I snatched the Lemon Pepper Panko and started figuring out what I wanted to do with it. I decided to make breaded pork chops and oh my goodness were they ever a hit.

Make sure to check out the Progresso’s Wine & Dine with Chef Michael Chiarello Sweepstakes. Now through December 31st, participants can enter for the chance to win a trip for two to Napa Valley to attend the Spring Bud Break Party, an annual dinner and wine tasting event taking place on May 7, 2011. In addition to two tickets to the party, the grand prize also includes round trip airfare and hotel accommodations. Visit http://www.progressobroth.com/ for the sweepstakes rules and entry form.

While your there don't forget to grab a coupon to save $1 off of Progresso Broth!

My Blog Spark has offered one of my readers a gift pack including one package of Progresso Lemon Pepper Panko and an autographed copy of chef Chiarello’s new cookbook: Michael Chiarello’s Bottega!

The Giveaway!!
Please make sure that you include an email address so I have a way to get in touch with you should you be the winner!

Mandatory Entry:
Let me know in a comment what you would make with the Lemon Pepper Panko.

Additional Entries:
1. Follow this Blog!
2. Blog about this giveaway linking back to this post (include a link to your post)
3. Please tell me one of your favorite recipes to prepare!
4. Become a Fan of Progresso on Facebook!
5. Follow Just An Army Wife on Facebook and leave a comment on my wall!

This giveaway will end on November 30th 2010




Progresso and My Blog Spark provided me with the Progresso Panko and Cookbook prize pack for free in order to do the review. All opinions are my own and I know not everyone will agree with me.






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Monday, November 8, 2010

And The Winner Is!!

The Winner of the RediShade Giveaway which ended last night is.....
Comment #10
Alexis AKA MOM said...
Tweeted :)
http://twitter.com/AlexisAKAMOM/status/27977645460
October 20, 2010 6:05 PM

Congrats to the Winner and Thank You to everyone who entered.
The winner has been sent an email!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

How was your Halloween?

We had a really exciting Halloween around here. This year was the first year that we all dressed up, that Dustin actually knew what Trick or Treating was, and Benjamin's second time going out with us.

At first I had a Karate Kid, a Rocker Chic, a Super Hero (super D), and a cute little Bam Bam.


The night before Halloween I was busy sewing. On Halloween we ended up with 2 Cowboys, a Cowgirl, a Karate Kid, a Rocker Chic, and a cute little Bam Bam.
Dustin switched from a Super Hero to a Cow Boy. He had gotten a real Cowboy Hat a few days earlier and was really into being a Cowboy, so we went with it.
Natalee wanted to be a Rock Star, I won this costume in an Auction (it came with a different shirt) and it fit perfect. Natalee was excited!
Blake had originally wanted to be something with a cape, we even purchased everything to make it, but he changed his mind and decided to be The Karate Kid.
Benjamin loves to drag around the bats, so The Hubbyman decided to dress him as Bam Bam. I actually made two Bam Bam costumes, as the first one didn't fit very well over clothes. lol
The Hubbyman! I made the vest the day before. lol
The 3 Cow People (as Dustin said) I think the costumes turned out Great!!

I had made all the Chaps and Vests and it was a lot of fun with all of us dressed up.
Today the older kids took about 5 lbs of candy total to school to donate to the troops. The school  together with the Dental Association is collecting candy to send to the Troops overseas. I think it is a wonderful program and being an Army Family the kids were excited to take some in.

Blake and Natalee's school is having a competition to go along with a big assembly coming up. The kids that bring in the most candy will be VIPs for the assembly, get a cool t-shirt, and be the only ones who are called upon to participate in the assembly. What an amazing opportunity for the kids!

So How did your Halloween go? Did everyone have fun? Did everyone stay safe?
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