Saturday, January 31, 2009
Lori @ The Downs Gang has gifted me with a wonderful "LEMONADE" award!! Thank you so much Lori my queen bee blabbermouth!!
This award is a "thank you" award and I'm supposed to pass it on to blogs that are worthy. Though I love so many blogs, I'll be passing this one on to.....
Amanda- aka- Mommy Mandy
Jennifer @ Rundpinne
Sky- aka- Seeryus Mama
Stacy @ Tree, Root & Twig
Jen @ Cheaper Than Therapy
Friday, January 30, 2009
Some people just don't know when to shut up.
We went across the river last night to get our taxes done. We had the most wonderful tax preparer, I swear he could have been Joe Biden's brother, big friendly smile and very nice. We laughed with him and as odd as it sounds, had a pretty good time getting our taxes done. Boug was well behaved, Lil' Buddy didn't cry.... all in all I couldn't have been happier.
A young couple with a baby came in and they wound up with the tax preparer next to us. We didn't initiate conversation, not to sound cold, but we don't know these people and we couldn't have cared less about them at that time. We just wanted to get our taxes done and go home, I mean c'mon, Hell's Kitchen started back up last night. We wanted to get home!!! Lil' Buddy was sitting up on Hubby's lap and bouncing and smiling. The father at the next spot over looked at him and said to us "WOW, he's so big!!" We did the whole, yeah... smile and nod, and didn't continue the conversation. Please remember, I get the whole "big baby" bit constantly, Hubby's 6'6" so of course I have big kids. The guy's next line is now... "He's like ABNORMAL big!" Seriously, who says that? I wanted to look over and say (whether it was true or not) "YEAH? Well your baby's ugly!!" But I couldn't do that. I said what I usually say... "Well, his dad is 6'6" so of course he's a big guy" looked away and continued to talk to my husband, daughter and tax preparer.
Hub had to use the bathroom so Lil' Buddy got handed off to me, and being the one closer to this P.I.T.A. guy, he now says to me "His hands are HUGE! They're almost as big as mine!!" At this point, I'm done. I'm done responding. I'm done acknowedging that this guy is even talking. I'm DONE. Cause if I continued to pay attention, I was going to end up in JAIL. I wanted to pummel this guy. And his wife/girlfriend/baby mama whatever, had absolutely nothing to say about anything. We finish up our taxes, praise our preparer, pack up all the baby stuff, get jackets on and go....
When does one realize that they need to shut up?? When do you start to actually listen to yourself talk and say "hey, I sound pretty dumb".... ? When do you know that you have sucessfully inserted your foot right into your mouth?
I know enough not to care what other people say, I know not to let it get to me, but son of a b*tch ... it gets to me.... My kids are my life, my family is my life. Keep your freakin' mouth shut. Its that whole line I learned many many moons ago... "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all!!"
This is going to be my very first say it forward Friday post.
Over at 5 minutes for mom they hold a "Say it Forward Friday" where we pay homage to our wonderful bloggy friends who comment comment comment on our blogs!!
This week, being that its my first, I'm going to let you know about Christine at Live Laugh Love and Bloggings. She's such a dear and one of my biggest cheerleaders!! Head on over to Christine's blog and leave her some lovins!! She's a mom, knitter, friend, crafty lady, chef or in her own words- "Jill of all trades, master of none!" I'm definitely lucky to have Christine as one of my very loyal commenters as well as a friend! Head over there, check her out and let her know that she is awesome!! Go and grab your new badge here Christine!!
Robyn over at Robyn's Online World is having a dirty desk challenge!!
No cleaning up, no putting anything away, no nothing!! Quick! Snap a picture of your desk and post it! Then link over to Robyn's!!
Gotta love post-its!!
And thank goodness my darling hubby decided to clean some of this up for me last week!! It most definitely didn't look this clean before that!!
Its Aloha Friday time again!!
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.
This weeks question to you...
Is there one thing that you have the hardest time keeping up with?
For me, its DISHES!!! I'm aweful with it and there are almost always an overrun of dishes on the counter next to the sink. I wish I had a dishwasher instead of being the dishwasher!!
Want to participate in Aloha Friday?? Head over to An Island Life and link up!!
Lori over at The Downs Gang got me... Here's how this one goes, post the 6th picture in your 6th folder!!
An oldie but a goodie!! Boug and her daddy playing around! She was just barely over a year here!
So now I'm supposed to tag 6 people to do the same... This is tough!!
Collyn23 @ MommiesAngels
JenReg @ EightyMPHMom
Sarah @ SassyFrazz
BlueViolet @ Nut in a Nutshell
Cadance @ The Rowland Family
Dee @ 2 Of A Kind, Working On A Full House
Hop to it!!
Share Our Strength has launched a brand new campaign to raise funds to help end childhood hunger. "Operation No Kid Hungry" responds to President Obama's call to action to end
childhood hunger by 2015.
Share Our Strength has partnered with AT&T to offer two great ways that you can support and participate in "Operation No Kid Hungry":
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For more information about "Operation No Kid Hungry" and how you can help end childhood hunger, visit Share Our Strength's website:
There are also more ways you can help get the word out, including banners for your blog and pages here:
Thursday, January 29, 2009
You know what they say, "A picture is worth a thousand words." So every Thursday over at Cheaper than Therapy, Thousand Words Thursday is hosted. Post your picture of 1000 words!
Read the story behind A Thousand Words Thursday here.
2D- Dishes, I hate hate hate washing dishes!! I want a dishwasher!!
3D- Dunkin' Donuts, gimme their coffee and gimme it now. I live for it!!
4D- Demanding, I try not to be too demanding but sometimes I cant help it!
5D- Down, I'm looking to move just barely south to get into a different school district before Sept.
6D- Damnnit, I say that probably 3897234 times a day.
7D- Dont Do That, the continuation after damnnit half the time.
8D- Dorky, I act very very dorky on almost a daily basis.
9D- Desperate, for a KitchenAid stand mixer and all sorts of other kitchen gadgets!
10D- Dancing, I was dancing this morning with my daughter to Beyonce "Single Ladies"
11D- Daddy, my husband is a wonderful, amazing, super Daddy!
12D- Dove, their chocolate kicks heiney!!
13D- Dandelions, there's usually 12938 around my house when its their season, Boug is always picking them for me!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Check it out!! Christy over at Shake the Salt has a "forgotten prizes" type giveaway going on!! All these fab prizes going to one winner because they dont have a loving home!! Please, will you head over there, enter to win them and adopt these dear sweet prizes??
I received the Journal Buddies book by Jill Schoenberg to review and I'm so pleased!! This is one of the most constructive books that I've seen for young girls in a long time!! With 2 nieces under 14 and a 4 year old daughter, I love finding things that are confidence building for them, not just novelty items.
I love this book and with my 11 year old neices birthday coming up soon, this is the perfect gift. She lives in a very busy house with little time to herself, it definitely gives a girl a chance to reflect on her awesomeness and magnificence!
There is a great section to guide girlies in the right direction to begin journaling, since a lot of girls don't even do things like that anymore. One of the main focuses are NO PUT DOWNS!! Which I think is so important! So many times girls think that they aren't measuring up, putting themselves down and just aren't all that special. Next up is a whopping 30 days of journaling, each day with a different "build-you-up" focus word! On day 14, its laugh, on day 7 its magical and on day 20 its unique. Each day a different word so that girls can focus on another aspect of their wonderfulness!! After 30 days of journaling there's a section for reflection, so that girls can see exactly the progress that they have made during the journaling process.
Journal Buddies has been been given the Dove Family-Approved Seal and was a finalist for the Mom's Choice Awards!! Quality my dear friends, quality. The author says "these books give kids a core self-esteem experience that lives inside them forever." I think that is one of the most important things that we can do for our kiddos!!
Journal Buddies is available for purchase from the Journal Buddies website and when you purchase you'll receive an author signed copy, over $83 in bonus gifts, a 45 day money-back guarantee and a free pack of journaling supplies! And for $16.95, Journal Buddies is cheaper and more constructive than a video game!! You are also able to get an unsigned copy at Amazon.com.
Big thank you to Jill and the Family Review Network for making this review possible!! Check out the Family Review Network for more opinions on this fab book and other wonderful products!!
I just got my new blog design tonight!! Vanessa at Paperback Designs really hooked me up!! I cant say more nice things about her!! She did exactly what I wanted and the turnaround time was so quick! Please go on and visit her blog, check out her work and take a look at all the fabulousness! The girl can do it all!! You need a banner? She's got it under control. Full blog redesign? Yup, thats totally covered. Just need a button? Let her know!! And there's more that she can do, Go on! Go look!! Paperback Designs!! Tell Vanessa that CaseyDeuce sent ya!!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Congrats to Erica C. who said that she was going to put pictures of the dogs on her customizable fruit roll ups! Random.org drew her number!! But dont worry, MyFruitRollUps.com has free shipping going on right now if you weren't a winner and orders placed TODAY should arrive by February 9th! Just in time for Valentines!!
Dont forget, we've got an Amazon.com $10 gift code giveaway, free product coupons and a shutterfly giveaway going on!!
And as always, theres more in the works! Keep checkin' back!!
I'm a shopper, yes, but I LOVE a great price and I LOVE a great handmade item. I was searching before Christmas for a Campbells Soup Print bib and they only person who had one for me was Michelle at 1GreatPlaceToShop on ebay.
Michelle has over 500 fabrics to customize your sweeties bibs with! This last time around, I got an Incredibles bib (Boug's choice for her brother), a few golf themed bibs (Daddy's choice for his son), a buggy print and music notes. These are some great bibs because they have not just 1 set of snaps in the back. There are THREE sets in the back!! They are backed with terry cloth so they are super absorbant and there's no scratchy velcro to worry about!
And these bibs are BIG, they aren't rinky dinky! They cover a nice large area so you really dont have to worry about ruining the little ones clothes! And don't forget, Michelle has some great specials- buy 5 bibs and get a 6th free or buy 12 bibs and get 3 free!! At $4.77 a bib and shipping only $2.55, its worth it. But if you purchase more than one, there's no way that shipping is going over $6.50!!! Like she says- "it pays to shop in multiples!"
Please go on and check out 1GreatPlaceToShop and let her know that Casey sent you!! Pick up a few for your messy baby, your friends baby shower or whomever else needs one of these adorable and practical bibbers!!
For me, blogging wasn't something that I had pictured myself doing. I would occasionally read blogs, and I was a lurker for a while. I read and never commented, I laughed along, and had heartfelt feelings for people, but they never knew it. I was shy at the beginning. (Though anyone who actually knows me, knows I am not at all shy!)
I started commenting. People were so friendly! They actually noticed my comments!! That opened up a whole can of worms!! I started commenting all over, I started entering the giveaways and I snagged up some wonderful things in the process. But more importantly, I had a "network."
Being a stay at home mom, home all week without a car is tough. The only friend that I have in real life who is still in the area is about an hour away. My friends aren't stay at home moms like me, they have busy jobs, careers even. They have no kids, most of them barely relate to me anymore. Being involved with blogging made me see that I can still have friends, even if we don't talk on the phone, take shopping trips or anything else that friends do together in life. We do these things differently around the blog-o-sphere.
The little bit of acceptance started the ball rolling, I got my own blog and I wound up making more friends! More people came to see what I had to say! I couldn't believe it at first- people care about what I have to say!?!? People want to give me advice about topics that I needed help with?!?! People thought that items that I used could help them out?!?! Little ol' me? CaseyDeuce who lost her self confidence years ago because of all the grown apart friendships? I was dumbfounded.
Since then I have met so many amazing women, mothers, aunts, grandmothers, sisters, brothers, fathers, and the list goes on. Each person has something so special to bring to a friendship and that has been the greatest reward of my blogging experiences. I finally feel like I fit in somewhere, like what I've been doing makes sense. Its a tension reliever to be able to chat with these people and I feel truly lucky to know them.
Head on over to DR. PEPPER to register for your free 20 oz. bottle or 2 liter bottle of Diet Dr. Pepper!! Limited to the first 2,000,000, promotion through 3/31/09. Allow 4-6 weeks for coupon to arrive!!
(This is hilarious!)
Upload a picture of your smile and receive a free pack of Trident gum!
Joe Biden's Inaugural Teeth- Love your teeth as much as your country!
You should receive your gum in 6-8 weeks, 1 per household!
Wal-Mart: Start Making Choices
U.S. Residents only. Welcome kit includes--
Orville Reddenbacher Salt and Lime popcorn
Hunts tomotoes coupons
Healthy Choice fresh mixers coupons
Healthy Choice cafe steamers coupons
Orville Reddenbacher Popcorn coupons
Hoping some of these come in handy for you!! Enjoy!!
There's a wonderful lil' meme going around with 100 things on it. Out of the 100 things, you're supposed to mark off what you've done in your life so far. Here's mine!! The things that I've done are in bold!
1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland [okay, Disney World]
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day
Now its your turn!! Have at it!!
I'm ready to put up the next giveaway here for the Bloggy Carnival!!
I'm forever taking pictures, I'm not the best at it, my lighting is always off, my children are always a mess and I love every minute of it!!
I've always wanted to take photography courses and learn how to balance light and take amazing pictures. I've wanted to own a fabulous, expensive camera and go crazy.... but not now, its not in the budget. I've got my little Sony Cybershot and its perfect for my needs right now.
For this giveaway I've got 30 Shutterfly.com 4 x 6 prints to give away with a free shipping code!!
All you need to do is let me know your favorite thing to take pictures of or a tip or trick for taking better pictures!
As always, blog it, subscribe or follow and leave me another comment for an extra entry!
Just a heads up, the codes expire April 30th, 2009. All photos must be ordered in one purchase in order to use the codes. I'm saying US only on this one because I cant find any information saying whether they ship to Canada or not. Sorry neighbors to the north!!
Entries for this close at noon, Feb. 1st (eastern) and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter!!! Winner will be drawn with random.org.
Gotta love bloggy carnival time!!
Monday, January 26, 2009
I love bloggy carnival!! I love all the different people who participate, some have so much in common, some are so different. You're able to see so many different types of people, be exposed to so many different types of things and maybe may a new friend along the way.
This is my 2nd time participating and I couldn't be more excited! This time around I've got a few tricks up my sleeve. I've got a couple of things to give away, and part of this is going to be a LIVE giveaway!!
Our main prize is a $10 Amazon.com gift code. This one will be drawn at the end of bloggy carnival. Entries will be accepted til Feb. 1st, 12:00 noon eastern. The $10 Amazon.com winner will be drawn with random.org and notified via email. I need a way to contact you if you're drawn the winner, so please make sure your email is accessible from your blogger account or leave it in the body of the comment if you'd like. (like this- num1twinkie at yahoo for example)
I have a couple free product coupons that are going to be part of the LIVE giveaway! Comments #108 and #197 will each get a coupon for a free product! This will have to be verified, as any "garbage" comments/entries will be tossed out before validating who is comment #108 and #197.
Here's the rules- your first entry must follow this rule!!
Head over to Amazon.com and tell me what you'd like to spend your gift code on! I know on my wish list is the larger water tank for the Senseo coffee maker!!
For the live entry portion, YOU MAY ENTER MULTIPLE TIMES! You just cannot comment more than twice in a row.
You can gain extra entries for following, subscribing or blogging about this giveaway and leaving me the link! Please just post an additional comment with this information!
The Amazon.com part of this giveaway is open to all, US & Canada, though the live part is only open to US residents, as the coupons may not be valid outside of the US, I dont know how that really works.
So go on, hit up the Bloggy Carnival and check out places that you never even knew existed, learn about people you would have not other wise know and attempt to snag up some cool swag in the process!!
Dont forget to enter my #2 Bloggy Carnival giveaway here!!
I love where I live. We're basically in the middle of a field. Quiet, though not quiet enough for my neighbors downstairs, they hate how much my daughter runs around. Beautiful view of the mountains and lots of room for running around outside. The field is a wonderful thing... Though it creates crazy crazy snow drifts.
What do you think??
Oh and hub thinks he saw a UFO tonight.
I think we're neurotic.