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Cancer stinks

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Okay so we all know that cancer stinks. We also may think that we will never be affected by it. Or at least we hope we will never be affected by it.

Well this year cancer has caught up to me. Let me tell you it does not discriminate based on race, religion, ethnicity, social class, or anything else. It does not care if it's victim is one of the warmest, friendliest people that you know. It doesn't care if it's victim is a wonderful Mother, Friend, Wife, Husband, Father, etc.

I know this because Cancer has come into the lives of 3 wonderful women that I know uninvited.



At the beginning of the school year one of the mothers at the school that I work at was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She ended up having surgery and basically having everything in that region removed from her body. She has 2 young children (Kindergarten and 2nd grade). She is a wonderful person whom I count as a friend. Thankfully, she came through her surgery and is doing well with her treatment plan.



High Temps, Parades and The Avengers

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This weekend was a busy, busy weekend for us. We had several things going on, not to mention the regular weekend errands and laundry.

On Saturday, Bill had to go to Cincinnati to cover a state tournament for boys volleyball. One of our local teams made it to the State Final 4 (which they lost). The night before we were still unsure if we were taking the whole family down or not. Rebecca went to bed not feeling well, so we decided NOT to go. I am glad that I decided to stay at home with the kids. It was a 3 hour drive down for the game and since they lost Bill turned around and came back home so he could be at work the next day. If they would have won, the paper would have paid for him to get a hotel, since the championship game was the next day. I am thankful that I didn't have to spend 6 hours  in the car with 3 kids. Also the weather this weekend was VERY HOT! That would have made it even worse! Saturday night, my dad and brother stopped by and we got pizza and had a good time.…

Sunday Night Chit Chat

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Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!
To play along simply start your post with a photo or quote... Copy & paste the starters & link up to Carla so she and others can visit you & see what you've been up to!

SO HERE GOES:


My little man, getting bigger and older. Can't believe he will be 8 weeks old tomorrow! Here he is relaxing while Mommy does dishes. What are you.....
Reading?
Right now I am not reading anything. I really need to start reading one of the books I need to review. I am backed up on review books. I have 4 waiting to be read. Hoping since this is my last week of work before summer break I will get caught up soon! Watching?
Right this very second, I am watching "Dora the Explorer Saves the Snow Princess" with Jacob.

Listening to?
The hum of the air conditioner---it is HOT here today!
Cooking/Baking?

Made a chocolate bundt cake today for Hubby's belated birthday cake.
Added a chocolate glaze on top!
Hope it t…

Rebecca lost her first tooth!

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Yesterday was a very busy day around our household....It was Rebecca's last day of Pre-K before Summer breakI had an emergency dentist appt.Bill is in the midst of tournament time for local teams and a TON of them have made it far in the tournament meaning he has been working 70+ hours this week including working almost all day yesterday from 8am- 1am this morning with only a 2 hour break in the middle.It was Bill's 40th birthdayBill was not feeling wellIt is always busy with a 7 week old who eats all the time and a 2 year old who is very active Then to top it all off....REBECCA LOST HER FIRST TOOTH!!!!


She has had this loose tooth for a while now. Her adult tooth was growing in behind it. We kept telling her to wiggle it with her tongue. Last night she was sitting in the recliner and said "Mom my tooth is even more wiggly." I told her to keep wiggling it. About 5 minutes later she said, "Mom my tooth moved even more". Then about a minute later she said &q…

Happy birthday to my hubby!

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HAPPY 40th BIRTHDAY to my DEAR HUSBAND!!!!
He is an amazing man, father, husband, friend, son, lover, and everything else in between! He is an amazing man who I am fortunate to spend my life with! I love you Babe! 

Apparently Murphy is visiting this week...

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Apparently, this is the week that Murphy has decided to come pay me a visit and it is NOT a welcome one!

He showed up Sunday night/ Monday morning. At 1 AM I went downstairs to flip laundry and what I found was a washer that was off but full of water. No matter what I did I could not get it to drain. So there I am at 1 AM trying to wring out towels and jeans enough to where they wouldn't break the dryer when I put them in to dry. UGGGGHHH!!!! I was able to get a hold of an appliance person that was able to come out that day and $127 later the washer is fixed. The door lock was broken...a piece that according to the appliance guy is a cheaply made piece of c**p plastic and which is expensive to replace. Hopefully we won't have to put any more money into the washer. It is an older washer; Bill had it when we met, but we don't have it in the budget to replace a washer right now.

Tuesday morning, I realized while I was trying to get some work done from home that I lost 2 si…

Swagbucks Carnival Collector's Bills

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The Swagbucks Carnival is still going strong, and Swagbucks is releasing a new set of Collector's Bills - five special, carnival themed Swag Buck denominations that you can only win through search! Collect all five before 11:59pm PT on May 31st and you'll get a 10 Swag Bucks bonus!

Also, you can share the special bills you win by going to the My Swag Bucks area of your account - if you share on Pinterest and include your SB Username in your pin, you could be randomly chosen to win 100 Swag Bucks.

Step right up and join the fun! I will be!

Weekly Goals

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Taking a clue from Money Saving Mom, I have decided to make up a list of 10 weekly goals that I would like to accomplish this week. Not only will this give me some guidance as to what I find important to do, it will also make me accountable to getting them done. I have found since Benjamin was born that if I set weekly goals instead of daily goals then I am more apt to get them done.

So before I set new goals for this week, let's see how I did last week with my goals:


FAMILY/ MOTHERING GOALS
Continue bed time one on one routine with Rebecca and Jacob--DONECompliment Bill at least 1 time a day--DONE 4 out of 7 days.
PERSONAL GOALS
Call and set up eye doctor appointment for me---Ummm...NOResearch and start exercise program...Ummm...NODrink 4 glasses of water and 1 smoothie a day....Ummmm...NO
HOME MANAGEMENT GOALS
Mop kitchen, pantry and dining room floors--DONE (but only because I spilled formula all over the kitchen floor!)Catch up on laundry and keep it caught up--DONE
BLOGGING GOALS
C…

Sunday Night Chit Chat

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Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!

 What are you.....
Reading?
Right now I am not reading anything. I really need to start reading one of the books I need to review. I am backed up on review books. I have 3 waiting to be read. Watching?
Not watching anything right now. I have been watching LOTS of reruns of "Everybody Loves Raymond" recently! There are so many similarities between his life and mine.


Listening to?

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Cooking/Baking? Made a strawberry bundt cake this week. It was super yummy!

Happy you accomplished this week?
Got my Secret Sister swap gifts mailed off. Got the KCJFS interview done. Got lots of work hours done. Got laundry caught up. Got the car cleaned out!  
Looking forward to next week?
Hubby's birthday is Friday. It is going to be a CRAZY scheduled week with a TON going on. So I am looking forward to it being over.
Thankful for today?
For a wonderful hubby who came to the stores today to help me with the shopping t…

Luke Bryan songs in my head

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The last few weeks I have had 2 songs in my head....LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them! They are both by Luke Bryan. For those that don't know he is a country singer. Here are the songs that I have had in my head....(For those that don't know...the first song video is part 1 in the story, and the second song video is part 2).




Do you have a song in your head? What songs do you like to listen to?

Swagbucks

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Have you heard of Swagbucks?

Swagbucks.com is search engine dedicated to helping you earn digital dollars called "Swag Bucks", which can be redeemed for exclusive Swagbucks.com merchandise. Personally I have earned over $80 in Amazon.com gift card codes just by searching the web using Swagbucks. Now is an exciting time on Swagbucks.com because it is CARNIVAL TIME!!!!


The Swagbucks Carnival has started, and it gives you an opportunity to earn bonus Swag Bucks each day just for earning the way you normally would.

Check the meter on your homepage and you'll see you daily goal and how close you are to hitting it. Every day you hit the goal, you add to your bonus!

As if that wasn't enough, you'll get additional bonuses based on how many days of the Carnival you're able to hit your goal!

To top it all, Swagbucks is having a Swag Code extravaganza on Monday - that means lots of codes, lots of Swag Bucks and lots of fun! Don't miss it!

I don't feel good

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Not feeling too well today. Started having a scratchy throat yesterday. Today I have no energy and still have a scratchy throat and going through being hot, then cold, then hot. :( It stinks not feeling well especially when I have a to-do list a mile long. Oh well, some things will have to wait.

My Mother's Day recap

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I had a great Mother's Day weekend!

It started on Friday when Rebecca gave me the placemat and "kisses" cup she made at school.


Bill and the kids took me to the zoo on Saturday. We were supposed to go on Sunday, but the weather was supposed to be rainy so we went on Saturday instead.


 It was a GORGEOUS day outside and the kids had a blast.


I LOVED spending the day with my family. It was so nice to have Bill for the day and for him not to have to work.





We had a lovely day seeing the different animals and just being a family.

On Sunday, Bill gave me the best Mother's Day gift that you can give a mom of a 6 week old---sleep! He took all the kids downstairs for the morning and I got uninterrupted sleep. In the afternoon, we went to my mom's house and had a cookout with my parents and my brother and his family. Some family friends also stopped by and they got to see Benjamin for the first time! It was a day of laughing and joking and great times!

Overall it was a …

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner Review

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If you are like me, there are days where you wish that it was acceptable to have a bald head and NOT have to worry about your hair. But alas, we live in a society where the way a woman's hair looks speaks volumes to how she takes care of herself. I have at times frizzy, crazy, wacky hair that has a mind of it's own at times. I have tried MANY different shampoos and conditioners over the course of my life. I will say that there are several brands that I trust with my hair. One of those brands is Garnier Fructis! I was excited that as a BzzAgent I was sent Garnier's new Sleek and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner to try out!
The all-new Sleek & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner: Work best on dry, frizzy and unmanageable hairFight frizz and keep hair sleek for three days straight, even in 97% humidityInfused with Fortified Fruit Science and ultra-smoothing Argan oil from Morocco to deliver long-lasting shine and hair that's 10x smootherPacked with ultra-rich and smoothing …

Weekly Goals

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Taking a clue from Money Saving Mom, I have decided to make up a list of 10 weekly goals that I would like to accomplish this week. Not only will this give me some guidance as to what I find important to do, it will also make me accountable to getting them done. I have found since Benjamin was born that if I set weekly goals instead of daily goals then I am more apt to get them done.


So my goals for this week are:

FAMILY/ MOTHERING GOALS
Continue bed time one on one routine with Rebecca and JacobCompliment Bill at least 1 time a day
PERSONAL GOALS
Call and set up eye doctor appointment for meResearch and start exercise programDrink 4 glasses of water and 1 smoothie a day
HOME MANAGEMENT GOALS
Mop kitchen, pantry and dining room floorsCatch up on laundry and keep it caught up
BLOGGING GOALS
Catch up on bzzagent reviewsMomumental: Adventures in the Messy Art of Raising a Family reviewCome up with blogging schedule
Hope everyone has a great week! What are your goals for the week?

Sportuality: Finding Joy in the Games by Jeanne Hess

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Book description:

Sportuality is an examination of sports at all levels from a Western perspective, focusing on how it reflects our cultural belief in separation and dualistic thinking, as well as how sports can grow peace, understanding, and joy. Sportuality crosses disciplines of sports and spirituality to help readers-athletes, coaches, parents, and fans-evolve a higher consciousness within sports and competition. Using a journal and questions for self-reflection-called a "box score" and "time-out" -readers can reflect upon and create their own sportual stories. By examining words traditionally used within sports, Sportuality helps the reader think critically about competition, community, communication, spirit, humor, enthusiasm, education, religion, holiness, sanctuary, sacrifice, and victory. Sportuality can also expose our learned beliefs in war and violence so we might be willing to choose the alternatives of joy and peace. My thoughts: I was excited to re…

One Tired Mommy

That is my new name.

I am "One Tired Mommy."

The transition back to work has been kicking my butt....or is it the fact that Benjamin has decided that he is just going to be awake and grumpy from 3am -630 am, which means Mommy has to be awake then as well? I haven't decided yet.

All I know is that I am tired.

Sunday Night Chit Chat

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Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla!

What are you.....
Reading?
Right now I am not reading anything. I received 2 books this week to read for reviews though...
Watching?
Not watching anything right now. I have been watching LOTS of reruns of "Everybody Loves Raymond" recently! There are so many similarities between his life and mine.


Listening to?
Mickey Mouse on the tv. Benjamin cooing in his swing next to me.
Cooking/Baking?
Made no bake choc peanut butter bars this week. They were sooo good!!!! Am starting eating better today and trying to lose weight. Been eating too much easy junk food instead of good food. 


Happy you accomplished this week?
Got my Secret Sister swap gifts bought. Got both Rebecca and Jacob sandals for summer to play in.  
Looking forward to next week?
Going back to work. I will miss Benjamin, but I need to go back for me. A less stressed out hubby (hopefully!)....
Thankful for today?
That the sun was out today! That…