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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween! Today is going to be a busy day for me. My daughter has a costume parade at her school. I have to work after school. Trick or treating tonight. Then what has become our tradition, Wendy's for dinner. And maybe watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." Hope everyone has a great and SAFE Halloween!

making a jack-o-lantern

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On Sunday night, Bill and Rebecca decided to make a jack-o-lantern. They both had a blast making it!
And Rebecca even helped get the seeds out even though at first she didn't want to. 


Daddy did the cutting out of the eyes, nose and mouth!
We put the completed jack-o-lantern on a table facing our front door, as it was COLD and RAINY and I didn't want the kids outside. Rebecca and Jacob stood at the door for over an hour watching it and singing that it was the best jack-o-lantern ever! LOL  Boo! Do you make jack-o-lanterns? 

Hurricane Sandy is going to be here in Central Ohio

Hurricane Sandy is creating HAVOC all over the eastern USA and even though I am no where near the coast, she is creating havoc here in Central Ohio too....This is the latest weather update from this morning for my county....

...HIGH WIND WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 4 PM
EDT TUESDAY...
...
* WINDS...NORTH BECOMING NORTHWEST 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 70
MPH.

* TIMING...THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS...TREES AND UTILITY LINES WILL BE DOWNED. POWER AND
TRAVEL WILL BE INTERRUPTED IN SOME PLACES LATER TODAY INTO
TUESDAY. ROOF DAMAGE AND OTHER STRUCTURAL DAMAGE MAY OCCUR.
LOOSE OBJECTS WILL BE BLOWN AROUND. THE LONG DURATION OF THE
EVENT WILL LIKELY RESULT IN LOCALLY SIGNIFICANT DAMAGE. Just lovely..... I went to the store on Saturday and got bottled water, bread, peanut butter, batteries. I am currently finishing laundry so I don't have to worry about that. I know where our blankets are. I have flashlights. I filled the car with gas. H…

To Love and Cherish by Peterson and Miller

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From the back cover:

Melinda Colson has been waiting months for Evan, the assistant gamekeeper at the Bridal Veil Island resort, to propose. Without an offer of marriage, she must return to Cleveland with the family she works for as a lady's maid.

Evan isn't afraid of hard work, and he hopes to be promoted soon. He wants to marry Melinda--but not until he's sure he can support her and a family.

Letters strengthen their romance until a devastating storm strikes the island. With no word from Evan, Melinda knows she must journey back to Bridal Veil in search of her beloved.

But the hurricane isn't the last calamity to shake up Bridal Veil. Melinda finds a new job on the island, but still no offer of marriage comes her way. Has she given her heart to the wrong person? Will she ever find a man to love and cherish?

My thoughts:

I like the concept of To Love and Cherish by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller. However, I felt the plot moved at a snail's pace. I was frus…

Glade Expressions Collection

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I love Glade Products, so I was excited to be able to try out their 2 newest products on the market---Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist and Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser (as part of a Bzz Agent Campaign)! I love the unique look of the fragrance mist. It is artsy but not over the top at the same time. I put this in my upstairs bathroom for a refresher mist when I need it. I don't need a constant barrage of scent in that bathroom due to us taking showers, etc. in that bathroom. But it is nice to have a decorative bottle for when I do want to spray some air scent in the bathroom. I found that just 2 squeezes releases just enough scent for the bathroom without being overpowering. The oil diffuser was something I was so excited to try as it gives me a decorative air freshener for my small downstairs bathroom without making it feel cluttered. I have a TINY downstairs half bath and it is overpowered with a built in cabinet above the toilet and a wood panelled wall. The oil diffuser fit …

You Can't Make Me (But I Can be Persuaded)

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From the back cover:

Turn Conflict into Cooperation

Many parents suspect their strong-willed child is deliberately trying to drive them crazy. Difficult to discipline and seemingly impossible to motivate, these children present unique, exhausting, and often-frustrating challenges to the those who love them.

But strong will is not a negative trait. These same children have firm convictions, high spirits, a sense of adventure—all the makings of a great adult. In this book you’ll discover how to channel that passion and determination in positive ways as you build a healthy relationship. Through insights gained from strong-willed people of all ages, you’ll…
· better understand how their minds really work.
· discover positive ways to motivate your strong-willed child.
· learn how to share control without compromising parental authority.
· apply key tactics to survive a meltdown.
· get practical tips for parents who disagree, blended families, a…

Happy Homemaker Monday!

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It is Monday again, which means that it’s "Happy Homemaker Monday," a project which is hosted by Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Each week, she hosts "Happy Homemaker Monday" as a way to highlight what is going on in her world. This week I have decided to join in....So here is a little glimpse into my world on this Monday! 

The Weather:::
It is definitely Indian Summer here. Temperatures are supposed to be in the mid 70s all week. I will take it!

Right Now I am:
Sitting here at the computer typing this up, thinking about what I need to do. I have been sick for over a week with a flu bug and today I still have a cough and a runny nose but my energy level is higher than it has been in a week.   

Thinking: That I need to make the boys' lunch. That I hope work isn't too bad today. That the traffic in front of my house is crazy bad. They are repaving the road in front of my house and since we live on a major road in our town it is a MESS!
On my reading pile::: Impact …

Shutterfly Christmas Cards (and a GIVEAWAY!)

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It is that time of year again...the kids' birthdays have started, the leaves are falling, the stores are putting out their Christmas decorations even though Halloween hasn't even occurred. That's right....it's time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS!!!

We have several Christmas traditions that we as a family hold true to. One of those is sending out photo Christmas cards to our extended family and friends. I love receiving photo cards and everyone I have talked too love seeing our kids on our cards.

The last couple of years I have used Shutterfly Christmas Cards and I have LOVED them! Shutterfly offers HUNDREDS of different styles of holiday cards...they offer traditional, contemporary, religious, etc. And this year Shutterfly has a wonderful new collection this year from traditional colors and embellishments to merry and bright colors that are more modern.  They also feature religious cards (including Hanukkah) and cards that you can showcase your pets photos on.   T…

Wordless Wednesday: Jacob's 3rd birthday party

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Down and out....

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That has been me the last couple of days....sore throat, fever, aches and pain all over, tired beyond belief.....it STINKS!!!! I am now on day 2 of not going to work. Wasn't able to help do anything for Jacob's birthday party. Been sick since Saturday afternoon. Ready to just feel better!

Jacob is 3!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACOB! JACOB: THEN AND NOW!
On October 11, 2009 I gave birth via c-section to an amazing little boy. I went into labor 3 weeks early and had to have an emergency c-section. My recovery was long and hard. But I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Why?

Because the outcome was a bright, funny, creative, wonderful little boy whom I am proud to call my son! He is a wonderful little brother to Rebecca and a great BIG brother to Benjamin!

Today Jacob turns 3 years old!

Man, Time is flying by!

Here is to another great year with a wonderful son!

Sunday Night/ Monday Morning 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 and paste the starters and link up to Carla so she and others can visit you and see what you've been up to!

SO HERE GOES:


What are you.....
Reading?


I am STILL reading this. I also have 4 books to read or finish reading for reviews.
Watching? I recorded "Mythbusters: Titanic Special" last night on the DVR. I started watching it this morning but was interruppted with phone calls. Will hopefully get to watch it uninteruppted tonight.
Listening to?

Benjamin moving around, waking up from his nap. Jacob is watching tv. The dryer is going.  
Cooking/Baking?

I have a pork roast in the crockpot right now for pulled pork for dinner. It smells AMAZING! I will also be making a birthday cake this week and hopefully pumpkin bread.

Happy you accomplished this week?

I was given a TON of peppers this week. I got them diced and chopped and into the fr…

Five Question Friday

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It has been a while since I have participated in 5 Question Friday hosted by "My Little Life"...I thought it would be fun to join in again today. So here goes....




1. What album/cd/download are you embarrassed to admit you have?
I don't really have a bunch of music anymore. I probably wouldn't admit it to anyone near my age that I have a few Barry Manilow cds that I still listen to. He is a pretty darn good entertainer. I saw him in concert a few years ago when I took my mom and my grandma to see him as part of their Christmas present from me. I was shocked that I LOVED his show and his music.

2. What's the one thing your spouse does better than you?
He does a TON of things better than me. He gives better back rubs. Makes phone calls better than me. He is more of a social person when it comes to talking to strangers among MANY other things.

3. When do you start buying Halloween Candy?
I try NOT to as we don't hand out candy since we are out trick or treating wit…

What a night...

Yesterday started out as an okay day.....then the evening hit....

After I got home from work, I sent my daughter upstairs to get out of her school uniform, then I went into the kitchen to talk to my hubby. Next thing we know we are hearing LOUD THUMP THUMP THUMPS coming down the stairs. Rebecca fell down the 5 stairs leading up to the 2nd floor. She landed on the landing where the steps turn from the first floor up to the second. She immediately developed a HUGE goose egg on her head. I took her the ER for precautionary reasons. They told me to keep an eye on her and that since she wasn't showing any serious signs other than the bruising and goose egg that I could take her home.

Needless to say I didn't get much sleep last night and am feeling the stress and anxiety of everything today. And my poor husband isn't much better than me. I am totally stressed and anxious, to the point of developing itches and chest pains (this is a common symptom for me when I am ove…

Benjamin is 6 months old!

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Is my baby boy really 6 months old today??!?!? Really??? Wasn't he just born yesterday? LOL

Benjamin IS 6 months old today. I can't believe it. Time is flying by!

At 6 months old he:
is eating 8 ounces of formula at each feeding (every 3-4 hours) along with oatmeal and baby food 2 times a day.loves baby food peas! He cannot eat baby food bananas (gives him an upset stomach).is currently wearing 18-24 months clothesweighs 25.5 poundshas 2 teeth on the bottomtakes 2 small, short naps at a daysmiles ALL the timeloves to play with toys and the hands of whomever is holding himloves to be held and talked to and he loves to cuddlelikes to sleep on his belly


We are truly blessed with a wonderful little boy! He continues to be a delight to all who know him and he is a perfect little brother to Rebecca and Jacob. I am looking forward to seeing what the next 6  months bring!

UNREAL(TM) Candy Unjunked

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A candy that is healthier for you? Is there such a thing?

You bet there is!

It is called "UNREAL(TM)" Candy and it is certainly unreal. I recently got the chance to join  a bzz campaign to try the new line of candy. I received a coupon for a free package of candy and some BOGO coupons. According to getunreal.com the candies are sold at CVS, Kroger, and Walgreens among other stores. I thought I would not have a problem finding them....WRONG!!!! I could find them NO WHERE! I looked here in my hometown, also in Columbus and COULD NOT FIND THEM. Thinking that I was just going to have my coupons go to waste, I thought well it was too good to be true.

That was until last night....

I had to go get some printer ink at Staples and there as I walked in the door was a display set up of the UNREAL candy. They had chocolate peanut butter cups, chocolate candy shell peanuts, and chocolate caramel nouget.  I picked up a pack of the chocolate peanut butter cups and decided to use my free…

Happy Homemaker Monday!

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It is Monday again, which means that it’s "Happy Homemaker Monday," a project which is hosted by Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. Each week, she hosts "Happy Homemaker Monday" as a way to highlight what is going on in her world. This week I have decided to join in....So here is a little glimpse into my world on this Monday! 

The Weather:::
It has been PERFECT! This weekend it was sunny and not too warm, not too cold. Today it is supposed to be 66 degrees and mostly sunny!

Right Now I am:
Sitting here at the computer looking at the piles of messes on the desk. I have on a pair of jean capris, green tank top, black sweater and no shoes!

Thinking: That I need to plan for Jacob's birthday party in a couple weeks. I need to do some work on the computer later. I need to make out my list for the store after work---going to get baby food and formula for Benjamin.
On my reading pile::: The Me Project by Kathi Lipp
On my tv::: Cartoons (for the kids)
Monday Night Football tonigh…