Goodbye 2009

I for one can't say I'm sorry to be seeing the end of the year.  Like everyone we've had our ups and downs this year, but overall there were a lot more downs than we usually face in a 365 day time period.




Here's to a better, brighter year in 2010 with more of the good for all of us.
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Wordless Wednesday - The Proposal

Casey aka the mini-diva aka little me is engaged. Derek proposed on Christmas night and she said yes. :D


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Merry Christmas! Tracking Santa





Happy Holidays from our family to yours-  Merry Christmas everyone!



 If your kids are as antsy as mine always were-  Norad tracks the Jolly Old Elf so you can see where Santa is and how much longer it will be til he gets to your town. 



And, our favorite Christmas Carol- yeah, we're a little bit loony. ;-)
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Yummy Dough review


We were recently allowed to review Yummy Dough which we also received from Plasmart and it was fun! First, let me just say... play dough Ian can eat? Yes! Less messy then letting him yogurt-paint, and while you can make your own, this was easier and a much smoother consistency then anything I've made. And tastier. I have to admit, we can't say how it bakes... Ian played to the point no one else wanted to eat it, smashing and munching... then he ate most of it. And fed the rest to his "best friend" Dude. Who happily gobbled... boy am I glad its non-toxic! It was easy to make up, fun, and surprisingly non messy... it definitely gets my mom seal of approval. I would have liked if there was a white one to color ourselves, but that's probably just because I have a few pounds worth of funky food colors.

We received the product to review but no additional compensation.  In no way was our review influenced, it is our true and honest opinion(s).


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Plasma car review


We received  a Plasma Car from Plasmart for review, and it is the best "airplane" ever! We gave it to Ian for his birthday and it was a huuuge hit! It takes a little bit to get used to it, Devii is the best at driving it, and Ian mostly scoots or sits in our laps for it. He also likes to push us from behind, we glide like its nothing so that's fun. It is sturdy, and can hold up to 220 pounds on a smooth, flat surface (120 on a rough surface).

The web site is useful, and they have tutorial videos and such to help you figure it out.

Things I love as a mom; It is completely boy-powered. No batteries, no pushing, no plugs... he makes it go. This is exercise and energy expending, and I love that! I hate refilling batteries, Ian hates waiting for things to charge... and frankly, its just better to let him go on his own once in a while. Its not as fast or, well, wobbly as a bike, so I don't have to worry about him getting hurt so much, either. As of yet we have not had a plasma car incident, knock on wood. I would like to point out-- I have no doubt someone will get hurt on it, if only to trip on it, eventually. That's just us. The fact that we haven't is proof that this is a rather safe toy.

I think the only "complaint" I could see, this could be frustrating to figure out if he was a little older and cared about doing it right. If your kid is easily frustrated, perhaps show them the video first. Once you "get" it, its fairly easy, but, well... I still go backwards.
It's fun anyways...
Seeing where I've been and all...
Yeah, I'm not coordinated. But that's, eh... user error.

We received a product to review but no additional compensation for our true and honest opinion(s) which were in no way influenced but are our actual thoughts.
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Twitter's been hacked! by the IRANIAN CYBER ARMY

Eek! Twitters been hacked by "IRANIAN CYBER ARMY"


Oh no!

When the Twitter Homepage finally loaded here's what comes up
IRANIAN CYBER ARMY THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY THE IRANIAN CYBER ARMY
 iRANiAN.CYBER.ARMY@GMAiL.COM


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Craptacular week- sorry, we'll catch up soon.

I owe my sponsors and readers a very large apology- this week has been craptacular any way you look at it and we are just not in a place to do justice to the reviews we have planned or the giveaways. I promise we'll get things back to normal around here, we had so much planned but life knocked us upside the head and we have to deal with some things before we can get back to our scheduled posts and dropping entrecards and visiting other blogs or anything.For now I apologize- we will get the winners drawn within a day or two and the rest up when we can. Although things including my mom's car wreck and some sneaky underhandedness regarding custody have been going on they are absolutely nothing compared to fellow blogger Shellie's (Military_Mom on Twitter) terrible loss when her 2 year old son Bryson Ross fell in the pool and could not be saved. They need your prayers, we just need a little understanding and forgiveness for being a bit behind.
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Baking day - what are your favorite Christmas cookies?

Things are hectic and crazy - tomorrow  will be a baking day.  We're making more fudge (yeah, we've made some batches already it keeps disappearing ;-) ), sugar cookies, choco chip/m&m cookies, white chocolate cranberry cookies, snowballs and???

This time of year we sure give Paula Deen a run for her money as far as using butter goes-  I think the only thing we make that doesn't use butter- and lots of it- is our peppermint clouds.  Everything's better with buddah, baby!

So- how are your holiday plans coming?  Are you super-organized or like us and winging it as you go along according to schedules and motivation?  Is there any recipe I "have" to add to our list this year?  What are your favorite Christmas cookies?  Inquiring minds want to know. 
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Geeky Mommy is an elf!

When I was little, I was a teeny tiny thing, and my face was a bit... misproportioned. Namely, my ears. They were big, and came to a fairly impressive point. After much teasing, I decided the reason behind my "elf ears" was because I must BE an elf. Santa must have sent me to keep an eye and help with his naughty/nice list.
It wasn't until a year ago I found out something interesting.
My older sister and cousin had convinced Devii I really was an elf. AND! That I wasn't really her sister. Mom just adopted me and pretended to help Santa! And she believed it!

So there you have it, you all better be good, you never know when your own sister might be a secret agent elf =P
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Trident Layers Review & Giveaway



We are gum chewers.   Not rude or obnoxious about it, but we go through a LOT of gum.

Someone once asked what do you guys go through like a pack a week.  Umm.  Yeah, sure, multiplied many times over.  A great day is when they're running the buy one get one specials or I can find a coupon.

For the record, 90% of the gum we buy and chew is mint flavored, but once every week or so we like to mix it up with something fruity-  for me it is when I am in the mood for something sweet.

You might think what save a few cents or a buck.  Again- there are 5 of us who chew gum here, and of course we'd never be rude so we have to carry enough to share.

We were really excited when Trident sent us a couple of packs of their new gum to try out to review.  (Yes, Trident is a brand we are very familiar with- our gum must be sugar-free- we also pay the dental bills.) ;-)

Trident Layers are little mini-stacks with two flavors layered together like sandwiches.  In fact they call it a gumwich™  The flavors we received were Wild Strawberry & Tangy Citrus and Green Apple & Golden Pineapple.

There is a nice fruity smell upon opening the pack and they are pretty cute.  One thing we noticed- the gum is a little harder than normal when you first start chewing- in our totally unscientific and random way we pondered and figured it must have something to do with the layers.  It totally softens up after a minute or two, unlike some gums that start out hard and stay that way or get even harder.

Like a lot of things, we're pretty divided.  We liked both but some of us (like me) preferred the Strawberry Citrus while the others (like Dawn) had a strong preference for the Apple Pineapple.  Trident calls them Threelicious™, we just call them delicious.

Just for fun you can head on over to Trident for a little piece of happy and play around with the cute videos & such.  It'll bring a smile to your day.

Would you like to try some?  You can go here to get a 75 cents off coupon.

Trident has also graciously offered two of our readers a pack of each flavor.


THE GIVEAWAY: 2 lucky readers will each win 2 packs (1 of each flavor reviewed) of Trident Layers gum.  Open to US residents 13+ ends 12/20 at 11:59pm CST.

Main entry: this one is easy- tell me your favorite flavor of gum.  Mine is Trident White Wintergreen, although Trident Minty Sweet Twist runs a close second.

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.


We received two packs of gum from Trident so that we could do the review- the opinions expressed are ours and were in no way swayed because we received a sample.
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Menu for week of 12/7 - 12/13


We do a lot of baking and fudge making and whatnot so simple dinners probably right on through the holidays.  Here's what our week looks like at the moment, in no particular order.

Slow cooker corned beef w/veggies, bread or rolls

Turkey tacos with all the fixings

Homemade vegetable soup

Breakfast for dinner- poached eggs and  bagels; fruit cups

Stir fry veggies and rice

Homemade pizza- probably on English muffins but we'll see

Hot dogs, mac & cheese, green beans, applesauce (Ian's pick) 

What's on your menu this week?


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Daddy got coal for Christmas!

One year, when I was just a tiny thing, my daddy got coal for Christmas.

I didn't see the events that lead to it, but my big sister did. Dad had been working Christmas Eve, and Dawn, mom and I had already hung stockings, left cookies, fudge and milk, carrots for the reindeer and our notes for Santa, and we were supposed to be asleep. Dawn heard noises in the kitchen, and sneak, sneak, sneak... Thats not Santa!

"No!!! Daddy, those are for Santa! Don't eat Santa's fudge!"

Dad had eaten Santa's snacks. All of them. Every last cookie, every piece of fudge, it was gone! Dawnie woke mommy up and she made a fresh batch of each, just for Santa.  Good thing too, we got really good presents that year.

And daddy? He got a small stocking full of coal.
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Aloha Friday- what's your favorite holiday memory?


From An Island Life: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.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link over at An Island Life. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

My question-  What is your favorite holiday memory?




Mine is the year Gamer Girlie got me my little Shih-tzu Groucho.  He's a gamer too. ;-)  Sorry the pic isn't very clear, he moved as soon as he saw we got the pic to capture the adorableness.

Another favorite memory, this one humorous,  that happened when I was little is the ex-lax incident, which I blogged about here. 
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Ian and his best friend dude- cute pic



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Hellmann's Real Holiday Helpings - win a $25 AmEx GC

I know I've mentioned it before but we are loyal Hellmann's Mayo users, so we are delighted to have been chosen to spread the word about the Hellmann's Real Holiday Helpings site.




I know, who ever would have guessed our little blog would be teaming up with Iron Chef Bobby Flay?  Hehe.  It's probably the only time this will ever happen so I'll milk it for all I can. ;-)  He's such a cutie and definitely one of my fave chefs. 

Now I have to say this-  his recipes are awesome, but I still think I can take him with my amazing lasagna-  it weighs about a million gazillion pounds with my all day sauce and so many different cheeses.  I'm ready for a throwdown!  *grin*

All kidding aside, Hellmann's and Bobby Flay have an amazing site where we can go to find out what to do with all those leftovers-  and quite frankly I think I need to buy an extra turkey or two just so I can make up some of them-  there are so many different variations that you won't get bored or feel like you are eating the same thing over and over.  Everything from Caeser Salad Crostini to Turkey Fajitas with Creamy Avacado Sauce to Sweet Potato Green Onion Fritters with Cranberry Cinnamon Dipping Sauce-  heck, there are even some cake recipes.  I have had the Super Moist Chocolate Mayo Cake and can attest to how moist an delicious it is.

Leftovers are not all you will find, there are also recipes that will help you out on those busy days when if you are anything like me you're tempted all too often to get fast food because the thought of cooking can be daunting with all of the other things you have going on.  How much better does Succulent Chicken Parmesan sound than greasy fried food that you will regret eating later when your belly pays for it? 

For those of us who like visuals (yes, when Ian and Ken aren't hogging the TV I do have Food Network on) there are even some videos of Bobby preparing some of the recipes.

I love how Hellmann's Real Holiday Helpings and Bobby Flay show you how easily you can make wonderful food out of the simplest of ingredients- as I've always told the girls, when you use quality ingredients you don't have to do a lot of fussing to get fantastic results.

In addition to the recipes, videos and tips you can also print off a coupon for $1 off your next Hellmann's purchase, enter to win free groceries for a year, play a matching game for a chance to win a gift card instantly and check out the facebook page for more exclusives and even become a fan to find out the latest.

Thanks to my affiliation with MomSelect I will receive a $25 American Express GC for helping to spread the word and *drumroll please* Hellmann's Real Holiday Helpings is also giving one of our readers a $25 American Express GC!  I knew you'd like that.

THE GIVEAWAY:  1 lucky reader will win a $25 American Express Gift Card.  Open to residents of the US 18+ ends 12/17 at 11:59pm CST.

Main entry- without this all others will be deleted.  Head on over to Hellmann's Real Holiday Helpings and tell me a recipe you'd like to try other than the recipes I mentioned in this post.

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.




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The Boy's Store review and giveaway





We recently received some of the MOST adorable boys clothes I have ever seen to review! It was from a charming shop called The Boy's Store, one of the few places where I can look at cute kids clothes without running into a barrage of pink! The site is easy to navigate, you can shop by size or item and everything is easy to find.


On to the clothes, all of it is cute! The most difficult part is picking what to order! The shirt was a cute long sleeve with a dragon by Mulberribush. It is lightweight, breathable and durable. The pants... the pants I am in love with. I WANT these pants in my size! They are super-cozy khakis with fun pockets and zippers, a slider hook closure so little fingers don't have to push buttons, and the awesomeness which is an adjustable waist band. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, it's when there is a strip-usually white- laced in the waistband of the pants with button holes, and a button on either side of the zipper, so you can make the pants tighter of looser without messing with belts.

One of the first things I noticed, these are both high quality pieces. No loose strings, tight hems, sturdy fabric. This is the kinds of clothing that gets passed from kid to kid because no one is going to wear through it! Eventually you might pass it to a distant cousin if your just tired of looking at it five years in a row, but it has a basic, timeless enough look that it's not to likely to happen.

Service was fast, the clothes got here shortly after ordering, and again everything was simple to navigate and it is all very fairly priced, especially for the quality.

*Ian was just coming down with a bug and not really in the mood to model but we did the best we could-  he's such a little goofball.*


THE GIVEAWAY:  1 lucky reader will win a $25 GC to The Boy's Store so they can pick out whatever they like.  Open to residents of the US 18+ ends 12/15 at 11:59pm CST

Main entry: without this all other entries will be deleted.  Head on over to The Boy's Store and tell me something you might get if you are chosen as the winner.

Extra entries:  become a fan of The Boy's Store on Facebook, follow The Boy's Store on Twitter, sign up for The Boy's Store newsletter (by doing that you will also be entered into a monthly drawing for a $25 GC.

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.
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Hey sissy- remember the ex-lax incident? Funny Christmas memory

I'm telling here, but that's okay- Toods, you gotta luffs me anyways!!! and send Coach accessories.

***Remember as you are reading this- she's 3 years younger and was just a little girl when this happened.***

So I was entering a giveaway (it's what I do) and you had to comment with a favorite holiday memory. Here's one of mine.  I was a kid and my *job* was to help mama wrap presents, including my own that weren't marked as to content- mom would put our initials in the corner of the box so I would know who to make the tag out to. I never once peeked, to me that ruins the whole thing. (My little sissy did peek, she was the nosiest thing, she NEVER got that job.)

Anyways we were up late since we had gone shopping til the stores closed then came home to wrap. We used to spread out on the dining room floor to have plenty of room. It used to take forever, I had to make them just right with nary a wrinkle or crinkle and perfect seams. I used to annoy the heck out of my brother and sister too because I would make them put the tinsel on one. strand. at. a. time. and do-over when they were too close.

(Boy have times changed, now mama helps me when she's here because she is wicked fast and I am not such a perfectionist- 4 kids and an illness will that to you.) ;-)

So, hours past bedtime and someone keeps going in and out of the bathroom- enough that mom went to investigate.

T had really bad diarrhea and mom thought she was really sick.Sometime in the wee hours I guess she had had enough and thought mommy could fix it because she confessed to eating the box of chocolate flavored ex-lax in the medicine cabinet.

She really loved her sweets and I guess it was just too tempting and didn't taste too horrible.




God that poor kid, I didn't know anyone had that much poop in them and this was before all the soothing tp's or tissues, although we did have the beloved, bespectacled Mr. Whipple pleading with us to "Please, don't squeeze the Charmin".

I'm sure she had the sorest hiney from wiping and wiping. We felt soooooo bad for her but now, it is the funniest dang memory... and I really hope the memory mellowed enough for her to be able to laugh about it because I really do need a new purse. :PLOVE YOU SISSY O' MINE!!!!!



What is your favorite holiday memory, funny or not?
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What are your favorite holiday movies and shows? Ours are...


We love Christmas movies and shows-  and starting with my very favorite on Thanksgiving Day we try to watch at least one a a day-  this year is a little rough since no one has the same schedule so sometimes we catch them in shifts- since Ian and I are mostly here, we watch some of them more than once.  Without DVD's and DVR this wouldn't be possible- thank you God, for modern technology!

When I was growing up waaaaaaay back in the day, you were at the mercy of the 3 main channels and you planned your activities around when the specials were on.  It was a very. big. deal. to watch Rudolph or Frosty or of course that lovable blockhead Charlie Brown. 

It's simply impossible nowadays to watch every single movie or special but there are some that we have to watch no. matter. what. starting with my very favorite- the original Miracle On 34th Street (preferably in b&w) all the way through whatever Santa leaves us on Christmas Eve.

Our must sees are:

Miracle on 34th Street- the acting is phenomenal and it just doesn't get any warmer & fuzzier than this.  When the judge (and the state of New York) declares him to be the one and only real Santa, well, by golly, THAT is Christmas.  None of the remakes come close.

A Christmas Carol-  fave version is Patrick Stewart but there are many good ones we enjoy.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer-  Why am I such a misfit?  I am not just a nitwit.  We're on the Island of unwanted toys.  The best thing about bumbles is-  bumbles bounce!  'Nuff said.

The Polar Express- pure magic.

Frosty the Snowman- when the magician must get busy, busy, busy writing so Santa will come visit him-  awww.  When that was made there was a very big fear of having to write a million billion gazillion times I will not *insert whatever naughty thing you did here* so it might not mean as much to some of you.

The Santa Claus-  Tim Allen is wonderful in this, just perfect as he transforms from disillusioned and hardened exec to the jolly man himself.

The Year Without A Santa Claus- Santa is going to cancel Christmas because no-one believes in him any more so his elves set out to prove him wrong.  Don't try to compare it to what is done using today's technology, just enjoy it for what it is.  We particularly enjoy the Heat Miser and Snow Miser.  Don't fool with Mother Nature. ;-)

Nester, the Long-eared Christmas Donkey- if this doesn't make you want to bawl like a baby you have a stone where your heart should be- or like the Grinch in How The Grinch Stole Christmas (cartoon version), yet another favorite, your heart is two sizes too small.  We <3 Max and Cindy-Lou Who.

A Charlie Brown Christmas- from Linus telling the story to Charlie Brown screwing up *again* getting the wrong tree, what's not to love as the gang learns the real meaning of the holiday.

It's A Wonderful Life- it's really touching to see how someone living simple, ordinary life doing the right thing and thinking you are the most boring person on the planet gets a chance to see how much of a difference he really has made in the world, and just what that world would be like had he never been born.

There are gazillions of others, and we watch a lot of them, but these we have to watch every year, without fail.  I know for a lot of you this list will be incomplete simply because we didn't include A Christmas Story, but for some reason none of us can stand that movie.  Maybe it's a diva thing???  We've tried numerous times, we get the humor, but something about it is very unappealing.

How about you?  What are your must-see holiday movies and specials?

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Wordless Wednesday - Unsure of Santa



Last year Ian was very hesitant and unsure of Santa-  we're anxious to see how he does this year.



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Win a Cook's Ham for the Holidays

We are so excited to be partnering with Cook's Ham for our next giveaway.

A lot of families make Ham for their Christmas Dinner- and I could lie and tell you that we do as well, but to be quite frank since my beloved Grinch eats Rare Who Roast Beast, we do too!  What can I say, we're suckers for the green guy.

We do, however have one with our Christmas Eve brunch.  We go to Ken's moms (along with the WHOLE CREW- trust me when I tell you there are tons of us-  a minimum of 40, max???) early Christmas Eve so no-one has to choose sides for who to spend the holiday with-  isn't that the greatest idea?  I thought so too.  We all wish each other merry, have a lovely brunch with everyone bringing their specialties and then exchange gifts and still have time for last minute shopping before getting on with our own celebrations.

Ken used to get a ham from work as his Christmas bonus so we'd take that up- here's our recipe- and even when they stopped with the bonuses everyone counted on us to bring the ham as one of our offerings.

I'll be honest with you-  I was given a coupon for the Cook's Ham of my choice and I was going to cook and  review it along with the giveaway, but they are so big and lovely that I am going to save it to show off share with the extended family before doing the review-  you will get a lot more opinions that way, too.  So really, I'm doing it as a service to our readers and not for selfish reasons at all.  I'm altruistic like that.  ;-)

Being the generous folks that they are, we also received a coupon to give to one of our readers for any Cook's Ham, up to a $30. value.

By the way, this is my personal opinion-  we used to just get whatever ham was on sale thinking they were all the same- boy, was that thinking off.  Nowadays, I wait for a good sale, manager's special or near end-date markdown to buy a quality ham such as Cook's.  *** Check after the holiday to stock up as they will often be sold for a really great price if the market overbought.***  It really does make all the difference, and while you can tell it in everything, if  you make beans or soups with the bone you can REALLY taste the difference.  I don't particularly care for most bean dishes but if we use the bone from a really good ham I love them.





THE GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will win a coupon for a Cook's Ham of their choice, up to $30, which will really help with the grocery budget-  they are so large that unless you are feeding an army you will be able to get several meals worth of leftovers -  a few that come to mind are:  easy cheesy scalloped potatoes with ham & broccoli, red beans and rice (aka heart-attack on a plate), 15 bean soup, ham and cheese quiche... you get the idea.  US only, 18+ ends 12/15 at 11:59pm CST so I can get the coupon off in time for your holiday meal.

Main Entry:
Head on over to Cook's Ham and tell me which recipe you might like to try if you win.  One main entry per person.

Bonus Entries:

Post in the comments (or on your blog and leave a link) your favorite recipe(s) that use ham.  Unlimited entries.

Tell me about your worst holiday cooking disaster-  did you leave the gross stuff in the turkey when you cooked it? *raises hand*  Did you drop the roast and wipe it off and serve it to guests anyways?  *whistles innocently*  Did the idiot dog grab the meat for your bbq and run off and you had to beg, borrow and steal and send someone to the store so you could feed your family?  Inquiring minds want to know that we aren't the only screw-ups in the kitchen.  It can't be worse than blondie blowing up the oven, so spill already.  Oh, and then head over here for video tips on making the perfect holiday ham.  One entry.

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.
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And the winners are...

With 77 entries into the WholesaleKeychain giveaway the 3 winners are:

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With 77 entries into the Wholesale Keychain giveaway the 3 winners are:

suebabe070428.11.09 I like the TAO Digital Photo Keychain - Polished Silver. Thanks!

Aileen29.11.09 
Entered Macy's GC giveaway. Had no idea they did all that stuff.

arobimom(at)gmail(dot)com
Garner529.11.09 
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Congratulations- we'll be emailing you shortly for your info so we can get it to our fabulous sponsor.

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Woot! NaBloPoMo is over and I did a post every day this month!

I am ridiculously proud of myself for what is really a small accomplishment in the grand scheme of things.


There were times I didn't think I'd make it when illness and laziness hit, but I persevered.

Of course Dev finishing her novel so early is probably what spurred me on the most.  If she can do 50,000 words, surely I could do one piddly post a day.  Hehe yeah, we're pretty competitive for divas.

Those of you who entered, how'd you do?  Did you finish either NaNoWriMo or NaBloPoMo?  If so, congrats!  If not-  you'll do it next time- I have faith in you.
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Saving time and money during the holidays.

TwitterMoms are at it again-  this time teaming up  with Staples to bring us another fabulous contest and we're all sharing our fave holiday tips for fabulous gift ideas as well as saving time and money.

Some of the things we do to cut costs around the holidays are:

Buy baking ingredients when they are on sale then freezing or storing them in airtight containers until needed.

Shop where they match the lowest price.

Shop when they are giving cash or store credit back when you spend a certain amount to really stretch your dollars.

For the gamers in your life, a Gamefly subscription lets them play all the newest games without the huge expense.

A popular gift here when we have to shop for families - instead of several cheap items we get one family gift or make up a movie night or game night gift basket.

One final tip-  save some of your money (or be like me and ask for after holiday spending $ for your gift from the hubby who has no clue) and you can really score and get a lot more for your money.  Stock up on decorations, wrapping items, seasonal items like Christmas Eve PJ's.

For more tips or to add your post, check here.


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New look for the holidays - what do you think?

*cough, cough, hack, hack*

Yep, we're at it again.  Pardon our dust, we wanted to redecorate for the holidays and after learning that it can be hard on the eyes with the darker colors we went in a whole different direction.  Hopefully, this will make it easier for all of our readers to view our content and enter our giveaways.  We certainly want everyone who takes the time to visit to enjoy their time here.

What do you think?  I am really liking the new look-  but maybe that's because this time I did it all myself with no help (except the little divas had a say in the colors).

You'll notice I changed the button as well, so if you are sporting our button we'd appreciate it if you would snag the new code.

Thanks a gazillion!!!

*** Update- thanks for the feedback, we really appreciate it and want your experience here at Our Loonyverse to be an enjoyable one. 

In an effort to help make the page load faster we've moved most of the buttons and banners to inside pages.
Here is where you can find the blogs we enjoy.   Here is where we hang out and have memberships.  Here are the carnivals and festivities and tons of awesome giveaways around the blogosphere.

We want to continue supporting other bloggers in any way that we can, but our readers' are very important to us and we want to make your visit as pleasurable as possible. 

Keep those comments coming, and thanks again. 


Sherry aka dddiva
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Safe Sunday- Protecting children (and others) from cyber bullies

 I'm not going to get into the whole drama deal again, but the incident HERE has brought to the forefront once more the sad and indisputable fact that bullies still exist and it is up to all of us to speak out against wrongdoing.

While God willing the teens and others in the photos that were ridiculed will never find out about it,  it is in fact a form of cyber bullying and can't be tolerated, especially since it was not done by a child who didn't know better but a grown woman who holds herself up as a mother and a role-model and blogging is her full time job- shame on you!

From ScamBusters.org

Unlike the classic schoolyard bully, who shouted insults across the playground or intimidated victims into handing over lunch money, today's cyber bullies don't need to be physically present to do their dirty work. They can reach their "targets" any time and anywhere, using a variety of new communications
tools.

Although most perpetrators (and victims) are tweens or teens, troubled adults have been known to participate in cyber bullying (although some feel that if adults are involved, it shouldn't be called cyber bullying).

There is also a list of 7 things you can do to protect your children from cyber bullies.

There are all types of abuse, and don't kid yourself thinking bullying isn't one of them.  Keep your kids safe and as always, feel free to post your own Safe Sunday and link up here.

Thanks.

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A few pics from Ian's 3rd Birthday




Here are a few of the pics we took of Ian on his b-day.  He was in such a mood- didn't want to have his birthday with us cuz his dad and them said he was doing it with them???  Not sure quite what was going through his mind.  He did get into it though after a while, and I'm glad Ki kept it small with just us- let's just say it was one of the days I was glad he would be going overnight. ;-)  I'll post more, probably for wordless Wednesday.

The Phineas and Ferb pj's are very big but he LOVES them and were the smallest available.  He also has a Perry The Platypus pair and so he goes around as Agent P!
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Charm Bracelet! W00t! Charm Factory Review & Giveaway



 The review is from Geeky Mommy as it fit her best-  in her own words:

We recieved a charm bracelet from Charm Factory to review, and because I've wanted one for FOREVER mom let me have it! I got to pick eight charms; it took a while because there was so much to choose from. They didn't have a whisk charm, which made me sad, but anything else I could have thought of was there.

The charms I got are:

The words Live, Laugh, Love

A charm with the Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no evil monkeys. I must say this one is extra cute and fun to play with!

A circle with the word Happiness. Its cute and simple.

A bundt cake pan, I love it! Who would have thought of finding that one! Its awesome!

A swirly circle charm that says "The earth laughs in flowers.   e. e. cummings"

A hot air balloon. I've always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon, ever since I was little and my grandma had a special thermos for me, it was yellow with hot air balloons all around it, and I would lay there at night and dream of flying off in one of them. Usually the yellow and blue one, though red is fun too. I think there was one with stars, I'm not sure.

Peace, Love, music. It is a peace sign, a heart, and a music note, how awesome is that!

A coffee/tea cup, complete with spoon! I live on both!



The bracelet itself is very lovely and shiny and wonderful. I love how she ordered and spaced everything. Its comfortable to wear, not overly bulky or in the way, and its fairly light considering how sturdy it is, I don't see any links breaking off any time soon!




THE GIVEAWAY:  One lucky Loonyverse visitor can win a bracelet of their own from Charm Factory.  That's right, one of you can choose a gorgeous silver bracelet with 8 charms for yourself or to give as a gift.
Open to all 18+ ends 12/15 at 11:59pm CST. 

Main entry:  Head on over to Charm Factory and tell me 3 of the 8 charms you will choose if you are the winner.  Don't forget to come back here and let us know-  it is easy to get lost there, there is a ton to choose from. ;-)  1 main entry per person.

You can get 1 extra entry for becoming a fan of Charm Factory on Facebook and 1 for becoming following Charm Factory on Twitter then come back and leave your user name here.

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.
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Stuffed to the gills - 2 turkey dinners now time to break out Christmas

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving-  one dinner up at Gram's at noon with turkey, venison, green bean casserole, squash, brussel sprouts (ewwww), corn, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, 4 kinds of pie, 2 kinds of cupcakes, pumpkin chocolate cheesecake, pecan pie cheesecake, cranberry something or other and I forget what all else.  And coffee of course. ;-)

One dinner here-  we had to make a turkey, soft bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy because hello, no leftovers and that is my fave part.

Ian was a turkey so very happy to hand him off to the other side of his family. *grin*

We've got quite a few reviews and giveaways coming up this week so stay tuned.

Time to set out some of the decorations and watch Miracle on 34th Street- the original, in black and white.

How was your Thanksgiving?  Have you started decorating yet?  What are your fave holiday movies?  Talk to us, we love to get a peek at your lives!
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Weee are the champions, my frie-ends! (Duh nuh nuh nuh)

I posted a while back about how I was doing NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.


Well...




This is the part where I do my ridiculous happy dance. :D
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING



Wishing you a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving from our family and loonyverse to yours.
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5 holiday activities to do with your kids.

Watch Dora's Christmas Carol Adventure Dec. 6 on Nickelodeon
Favorite Holiday Activities with Kids

Thanks to TwitterMoms I've been prompted again with a great post idea-  5 activities to do with your kids over the holidays.  I love this- and as the girls are older and Ian still young for some of them I'll be telling you the things we have done that are STILL special to our family.

Bake and make candy for gifts-  not many people do any more so it really means a lot to the recipients.  We also like to bake and put together a gingerbread house.  We like to make villages, and so I put together graham cracker houses for the littler ones that they could decorate.  Those houses were proudly displayed in our village throughout the season.

Each evening (when we are home) we watch at least one Christmas special together, usually with cocoa and some of the yummy cookies we've been baking. 

We get new crayons and coloring books and spend evenings coloring and making snowflakes that we hang up.   We spend a lot of our tv watching time doing this.

Set up a card table with a holiday themed puzzle, a big one, and family and friends all take part-  a piece here or there in passing or sitting down working together- doesn't matter, the point is everyone pitches in.  The goal is to have it done by Christmas eve.

We go out driving around on Christmas eve to look at the lights with the carols playing in the car.  Santa comes and makes an extra early pitstop with PJ's, a new movie and some special snacks.

A bonus-  yes, I did 5 but this is one of our faves but you can't do it as you (prolly) don't have a Kiki.  We decorate the Christmas Kiki.  We string her up with garland and lights, stick ornaments on her, laugh like loon-atics and enjoy the heck out of ourselves!

What do you enjoy doing with your kids to celebrate the season?

***To celebrate the premiere of Dora’s Christmas Carol, join Nickelodeon and TwitterMoms as we share our favorite holiday activities we like to do with our kids! The first 30 to enter the contest get a $25 Amex gift card and a Dora Christmas Carol DVD! In addition, 5 more entries will be randomly selected to win a $100 Amex gift card and a Dora Christmas Carol DVD! So get the holiday creative juices flowing for your chance to win!***
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Our favorite pumpkin roll recipe

This is one of our most favorite Thanksgiving desserts- I got the recipe off of All Recipes and it is one of the few that I pretty much don't mess with, it's delicious.  The only thing we don't do is refrigerate it as we found it makes the roll tougher than when you just let it sit out for that hour.  Oh, and we sift powdered sugar generously on top.  I don't make it til Thursday morning but we will put up a recipe when we do.  If you try it, let me know how it comes out- we love it.
  •   Granny Kat's Pumpkin Roll
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  •  
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch jelly roll pan or cookie sheet.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in pumpkin puree, eggs, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into prepared pan. Spread the mixture evenly.
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 15 minutes.
  4. Lay a damp linen towel on the counter, sprinkle it with confectioner's sugar, and turn the cake onto the towel. Carefully roll the towel up (lengthwise) with the cake in it. Place the cake-in-towel on a cooling rack and let it cool for 20 minutes.
  5. Make the icing: In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and sugar with a wooden spoon or electric mixer.
  6. When the cake has cooled 20 minutes, unroll it and spread icing onto it. Immediately re-roll (not in the towel this time), and wrap it with plastic wrap. Keep the cake refrigerated or freeze it for up to 2 weeks in aluminum foil. Cut the cake in slices just before serving.
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Horizon foods/thermos giveaway winners

Here are your random numbers:

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Timestamp: 2009-11-23 03:49:55 UTC


 daer0n said...

I have your button on my blog.
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Nury77 at live dot ca
#2

10.11.09



 Donna said...

3.Button on my blog.
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19.11.09


Congratulations! I sent out emails but if either of you didn't get it, email me at iansgeekymommy@gmail.com

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Our @samsclub Taste of the Holidays Experience - not the best.

After dropping Ian off at his Nana's Friday Ki, Devii and I headed off to Little Rock to the Sam's Club for the Holiday Taste of Sam's event.  I had read about it on one of my fave blogs* and thought it sounded like fun.

We were off to a great start being greeted with orange frosted cinnamon rolls when we first walked in - the girls loved those.

Being girls natch we needed to freshen up-  walking past the checkers everything looked good, they were pretty full with lines but moving along and the restroom was clean and spacious- so far, so good.

As it was a bit before 5 and we knew the event ended at 6 we decided to hit the food first for the samples.

They had a bit of ham left, but no mashed potatoes (not the sweet mashed potatoes as it shows in the ad)-  disappointing but things happen.

Moving on to the cheese-  now, I always buy fancy cheese as they have great deals and we're kind of snobs about it. ;-)  We did buy the most delicious "cheesecake" which was 3 layers, Asiago with pesto, Asiago with roasted red pepper and Parmesan.  Really yummy- but we wouldn't have known if we weren't adventurous with cheeses as the only sample available was a chedder.  Yep, shocked me too just a plain orange cheddar.

There were other cheese packages out there but the lady serving said when someone (not us, there were quite a few people around the station) asked to try the brie- she's on break and kept putting out cheddar even though there was a generous amount already on the table- more than triple the amount needed for the people milling around.

The brie, btw we also bought as it is under $6 for a pound wheel and you just can't get it cheaper than that.  It's not the best brie in creation but for the price it is a fabulous bargain.

The Italian meatballs we were impressed with as we're not usually fans of any storebought meatballs they have that funny taste and these didn't.  We did find it a little odd, seeing as they were not plain but Italian that they had a bottle of bbq sauce you could squirt on them-  it would have made more sense, imo to have some type of Italian sauce, even Ragu warmed to serve in a little cup if someone wanted to flavor them as I just don't know anyone who would serve them with BBQ.

Even though there were 3 of us, when we got to the cheesecake there was only one little rectangle and the woman serving wasn't doing anything about getting more.  Now the girls and I share just about everything but we all would have liked our own pieces.  How did she know we weren't just friends?  Or well, we do look related but how did she know we didn't mind cooties?

Now this may just be me, but I don't know a single person on the planet who is not lactose intolerant who hasn't had a plain cheesecake.  While it was good as far as bought cheesecakes go, I was really surprised that they didn't break out the little samplers that had 4 different varieties-  some chocolate! as those, I am sure I would have *had* to purchase on impulse had I been able to taste them.

They had buffalo wings which were VERY spicy, and the server did not warn anyone-  and surprisingly they were served with ranch instead of bleu cheese dressing-  I know they sell bleu cheese dressing as I buy the big things of it often.  Now while this is a good Superbowl food, it just isn't something that I want to serve (or eat) during the holidays.

The really yummy looking appetizers shown in the ad-  the brie purses, the southwestern trumpets, the crab cakes, the shrimp-  sadly were all safely tucked in the freezers and there were no empty stations where they might have been served and we just missed them.  They didn't serve them and had no intention of doing so.  Boo!  Those are the things I might have picked up if they were really good, to save myself some time and trouble during the busy days ahead-  but I absolutely won't buy them to serve without knowing ahead of time if they are company good. ;-)

The sparkling cider was good.  The Swiss Miss Cocoa-  okay, I mean, we do buy that already but they made it with water so it wasn't near as good as it is when we make it at home.  No "good" crackers they had the flips (pretzels on one side cracker the other- okay but had I not already known how good the Keebler crackers are I would not have brought them home to serve with my awesome cheeses.

The spiced apple pork loin was dry-  they had overcooked it, so  it did not inspire me to pick one up.

The green bean casserole which was not really warm-  while it was a green bean casserole, you can't really mess it up- and everyone knows what they are supposed to be so I am not really sure why they had that instead of something different.  If I know what something tastes like while I'll grab a sample I won't really be inspired to pick up the stuff-  I already make it and so does everyone I know.  Had there been something new and tasty-  that, I'd have picked up the ingredients for.

No chocolate dream pie or any of those other tasty looking desserts in the pages they have advertising the events.  Aside from the plain cheesecake, nothing.

I will say this - of all the workers, from the event  servers to those walking around to the checkers, precisely 2 of them smiled or were in any way shape or form friendly.  Which does not put shoppers in a better mood.
Especially when by the time we were checking out (shortly after 7, so not at closing) all but 3 of the cash registers had been closed and the lines were long, people were annoyed and we overheard them wondering why they had all shut down early when it was so crowded.  We had the most delightful older gentleman behind us who told us stories of his family and travels so we didn't mind the wait, but others, yes, you could see that they weren't happy.

Our store was not particularly clean, aside from the restroom.  I know some of that is the idiots who sample then stuff onto shelves between products, and I don't really blame them for that although since I noticed just passing I would think they could have an employee or two making rounds.  At least once an employee was in front of us and didn't bother picking up a cup stuffed with napkin right in plain sight.  Things like that really bother me and it might not get on your nerves like it does mine.

All in all, the event was a disappointment.  Seriously there was very little out that they don't have during the weekends when the sample people are out any other time.  No extra stations beyond the one greeting you when you walked in with the orange cinnamon rolls.

There were some great deals, there always are, BUT! we did notice that the movies, specifically UP the blu-ray version was MORE than Kyra paid last week at Wal Mart-  now that's just crazy.  We had known there was not as good of deals on books and movies as there had been in the past, but to get slapped in the face with the fact that they actually cost more was insane.  This is supposed to be a store where you get rock bottom prices- you do everything yourself get no bags, etc-  no way in heck should it cost MORE than their own stores.

We did get a good price on a box set of Roald Dahl books (James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, etc) that will make a wonderful gift, and I really enjoyed Paula Deen's book but I am not sure I got that at the best possible price (I'm an impulse buyer or I'd have checked on Amazon). ;-)  She has a fascinating story, though and I highly recommend it.

Now, our experience at Sam's in North Little Rock may be a different experience than yours, and generally we really like Sam's.  We still got some great deals, and they have a lot of very nice things for the holidays and it is worth going, just don't call it a special event. 

Oh and this has nothing to do with my trip, but-  PLEASE get those grilled chicken sandwiches back!  They are (were) our favorite thing you sell.  I didn't say anything when you stopped selling the only pancakes I ever liked years ago, but if you don't say something you don't get something, right?

Did y'all make it to Sam's this weekend?   If so you can get extra entries into a giveaway for a $75 Sam's GC from Mommy23Monkeys if you blog about it and link up. 

Blessings Abound is giving away a $50 GC to Sam's on 12/8,so head on over.

If you tell me I can't help you out that way, (you will, however, get an extra entry into all of my giveaways for posting) but I'd really love to know my Sam's was just off and the rest of y'all had a fabulous time.

* I told Cat and she is going to tell Sam's about our experience and hopefully it won't happen again.  That's the power of the blogger. ;-)
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Menu for week of 11/23 - 11/29


This is a busy week of cooking and baking for us-  Ian's 4th Birthday Cake and cupcakes- How To Train Your Dragon, naturally!  If you want to see how we did it and if it came out (we're MAKING IT ALL UP OURSELVES) be sure to stop on back we'll share the wonderful or not so wonderful results with you right here on Our Loonyverse.  Hopefully it will be a major success but if not maybe we'll have a funny story like we did with our spectacular failure, the Incredible Bouncing Bread.. ;-)

Hehe  now that you know our Epic Fail with the bread, what kind of awesome kitchen blunders have you made?  Share, please!  And as usual, we'd love to know what's cooking at your house- and what if any plans you have for the holiday weekend.

 Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, peas and or green beans (Does it get any more southern?)

Breakfast for dinner- either poached eggs and Thomas' english muffins or breakfast sandwiches, fruit

Crockpot HM mac and cheese, broccoli or cali blend veggies

Thanksgiving feast-  one up at Ken's mom's house including baked and fried turkey, venison and pretty much every side you can imagine- this is a very large extended family dealio where we all contribute-  dangerous with a ton of awesome cooks in the family, but somehow we survive it year after year-  the main things we will bring up are: deviled eggs, Ian's birthday cake and cupcakes, and pumpkin roll and instead of Kyra's awesome pumpkin cheesecake we are pretty sure this year we will be making Paula Deen's seriously amazing gooey pumpkin cake made with a butter pecan cake mix- OMG was it ever good- after that, whatever else we are inspired to bring.

The second Thanksgiving meal will be Alton Brown's brined turkey that we bake here (we NEED the leftovers and meat for sandwiches and whatnot!)  I know other people feel the exact opposite, but after the stuffing it's my fave part.  Along with a 20+ lb bird here we'll have stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and veggies along with more deviled eggs while we watch the first Christmas movie of the year (for us) Miracle on 34th Street- the original in black and white.  After this we are complete and total slugs and good for nothing much but laying around in Turkey induced comas and berating each other for  letting each other eat too much.

(Ha, I am better at this than the rest of them but here's my secret for not eating TOOOOOO TOOOOOOOOO much -  go straight for the stuffing and gravy with only tiny portions of everything else. ;-) )

Leftovers- I am sure we'll be making our experiment that turned out so well- the Taste of Thanksgiving Rings drowning in perfect gravy- truly the best leftover turkey recipe I've ever tried and not just because we made it up- it really is fabulous!  And this wonderful day after thanksgiving will be our first batch of fudge for the year for dessert- btw if you are interested, our fudge is still the easiest to make and still undefeated! ;-)

Something easy, probably use the stock we will make from boiling down the carcass and make turkey veggie noodle or turkey rice soup and serve with crackers or sandwiches.


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Giving thanks.

We've been really busy gearing up for the Christmas season on the blog but I didn't want to overlook Thanksgiving.

I know our Canadian friends already celebrated but ours will be this coming Thursday and we've got a lot to be thankful for and look forward to.

We're blessed enough to live near many of Ken's family members, so going up to his mom's to celebrate.

This week along with getting several more reviews and giveaways up we'll be sharing some of our Thanksgiving recipes and traditions as well as celebrating Ian's birthday.

It's easy to be thankful for the big things, and I've been lately hearing/reading a lot of negative Neds and Nellies who say they have nothing to be thankful for but I beg to differ and I am going to list a handful of small blessings, that not everyone can enjoy- things I often take for granted but know not everyone in the world can enjoy- and maybe if someone who feels hopeless and helpless reads this then they can get rid of the "stinkin' thinkin" and realize that while life has its ups and downs for all of us, if we can sit at a computer and read this, we've got a lot good going for us.

I am thankful for:
My family & friends -  I know I have the BEST OF THE BEST here but I'm sure most of yours are great too ;)
My dogs
My brain (unused though it may be -  blondie plays the brain sucker game she takes her hand and pretends she's sucking out my brain and it collapses cuz it dies of starvation) ;)
My sense of humor
The sunshine
Running water
The rain
Flowers
Access to any information I could ever need or want
Plenty of food
Indoor Plumbing!!!!!!!!!
Electricity
Plenty of the things we need
Coffee!!!!  Okay, this should probably go first- I don't think I could function without my coffee.
Freedom
Music
Movies & TV should I choose to partake
The Paula Deen book I am reading-  she has a fascinating story, I'm getting ready to go finish it up now. ;)
Nora Roberts-  I can always count on her for a good read
Ice
Lots of sweeps and giveaways to enter
The wicked cool awesome sponsors who believe in their products and trust us to get the word out by having us review and/or host giveaways
That I figured out how to do a blog let alone all kinds of techie tricks I never thought I'd be able to do-  and all I still have to learn
Abraham-Hicks
Candles, especially yummy smelling ones
Winning
Bubbles
The potato-cheese-veggie soup I made for dinner...  OMG GOOD!
The phone I hate talking on so I can keep in touch with my mama
Our jobs
Headphones so we can all do our own thing
Really bad tv show marathons so the girls and I can bond!
Restaurants for when we just don't want to cook
Good sales and deals
Free samples


It's pretty clear-  there are so very many things to be grateful for, and I have barely scratched the surface.

What are you thankful for?
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Win a Santa Suggestion Box from Rhoda Rose

We've got a delicious giveaway for you today.  Sandy from over at Rhoda Rose has graciously offered one of our readers a Santa Suggestion Box.



In a reusable adorable tin sleeve is an assortment of hand-dipped chocolate pretzel rods and molded chocolates, which I can say with some authority are absolutely delicious as we received some of her fabulous creations to sample.


How cute is this?  While this would make the perfect gift, I could see Ian putting in his list to Santa-  which, holy cow, that boy wants EVERYTHING.  Literally.  Every time he sees a commercial he says Gigi, I want that so I tell him we'll have to put it on the list for Santa. ;-)  

Pretzels and molded chocolates are not all they do-  in the sample we were provided to review there were also dipped animal crackers, graham crackers and a really delicious s'more pop.



 A passion for decorating with chocolate and sprinkles and attention to detail is what gives them top ratings-  I say the delicious taste and the willingness to go above and beyond by making custom orders and a major enthusiasm for what they do don't hurt.

Everything is bagged with care, no assembly line, and in addition to the gifts ready to buy, you can have favors made for your special occasions.

As it says on their etsy shop, they CRAVE special orders!  You don't see that too often.

We loved everything we got, although I can't say firsthand how good the animal crackers were as Dev and Ian gobbled them up quick.

Whether you love white, dark or milk chocolate, you won't be disappointed as all are delish!

The prices are extremely reasonable and they are located in Hershey, PA-  how fitting is that?

If you are looking for something different and affordable as well as delicious, Rhoda Rose gets very high marks.

THE GIVEAWAY: Winner will get a Santa Suggestion Box from Rhoda Rose filled with delicious white, dark and milk chocolate pretzel rods and molded chocolates.  US only 18+ up, ends 12/10 11:59pm CST.

Main entry- without this all others will be deleted:  go to the Rhoda Rose Etsy shop  and check out what they have- there's a lot to choose from, then come back here and leave a comment telling me something else you like.  Subsequent daily entries can be as simple as today's entry.

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.
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Mostly and Wordless Wednesday- Ian's boo-boo pouty face



This is Ian after his mama cut the Fairytale Brownies and gave him a small piece- he thought he was going to get the whole thing.  Hehe that's my boy-  how can you deny that face anything?  ;-)



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Fairytale Brownies- Review & Giveaway



Oh. My. Word.

For the first time ever, I like a base brownie recipe better than my own. I know how conceited that sounds but when you have been making something for years, you know exactly how to tailor it to your specific tastes.

I was impressed from the get go- everything from the emails to the packaging had me thinking- this company is something special.

The more I read, the more I found to like.


You can read their story- from how they got started to where they are now here- it is impressive. A long time friendship, a family recipe and a passion for brownies along with a commitment to excellence and they are up to over 2.5 million brownies annually.


Their little mascot and spreader of joy is Brownie, a cheerful fairy of Celtic lore who delights in doing good deeds.

Fairytale Brownies are all natural, certified kosher and free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, preservatives and artificial colors.

Fairytale Brownies gives back-  because it all started on a playground, Fairtyale Brownies supports KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization that empowers communities to build playgrounds.  They donate brownies and a portion of their profits-  you can help too-  at checkout you can choose to donate a dollar by clicking give the gift of play at checkout.

We received the Christmas Dozen to review, and it was one of those gifts that is a delight to unwrap- you know the presents that you just know something special is inside because of the care that went into presentation- that's what you get with your package from Fairytale Brownies.




It started with a decorated tissue-paper layer closed with an enjoy sticker.

After that was a cheerful Christmas gift band surrounding their classic box.  Which makes a wonderful crown.




Inside, though, is where the magic happens.

A dozen tempting 3" by 3" brownies, each in a different flavor.




We started with the white chocolate and didn't stop til we were almost sick from eating so much! Yes, they were that good.

12 delicious flavors including caramel, chocolate chip, cream cheese, espresso nib, mint chocolate, original, peanut butter, pecan, raspberry swirl, toffee crunch, walnut and the aforementioned white chocolate.


Each was truly a delectable treat and all were excellent- a I've always said, quality ingredients and a passion for what you are doing makes all the difference.

Our personal favorites- espresso nib, toffee crunch, white chocolate and the caramel. There is not a bite of any of them left, and we didn't share with the dogs if that tells you anything- they got pepperoni so they were okay with it. ;-)

*From Geeky Mommy- please if you ever create a pumpkin or eggnog brownie, I want to be a taste tester.

As much as I wish I could toss in my brownie-making apron, I just can't justify ordering every time I get a brownie craving, however, I absolutely will be ordering them. They are very reasonably priced, and make an extremely impressive gift. In addition to the 3" x 3" Fairytale Brownies we received they have Fairytale Sprites 3" x 1.5" and Fairytale Magic Morsels 1.5" x 1.5".

You can shop by price and there are several options that would make fabulous teachers gifts or for those faraway loved ones. Your mail carrier- especially if you keep them hopping like I do with wins and such. Hostess gifts- I have been to many functions where it would have been perfectly acceptable and more than polite to bring a gift and if you bring Fairytale Brownies the host/hostess could choose to plate them up then or save them later to hog by themselves - yes, I'd probably do that. ;-)

There are several packaging options, including some with hot chocolate and *hint hint people who are buying me gifts, coffee* as well as truffles and...  no, I won't tell you everything they have because I want you to go to the site to see all there is and tell me your fave for your main entry. Try not to drool on your keyboard.

That's right- Fairytale Brownies has generously offered one of our readers a chance to win the Christmas Dozen. I have to say we're wishing we could enter our own giveaway, they are so so so good!.

Can't wait?  Use the code MOMBLOG at checkout for free shipping on orders of $30 or more.  And add the new Candy Cane Truffles for your lovely Loonyverse hostesses. ;-)  They look divine.  Like everything else on the site. 

THE GIVEAWAY-  1 winner will win their very own Christmas Dozen, a $37.90 value.  US only 18+ up ends 12/15 at 11:59 pm CST.  Daily entry.

Main entry-  without this all others will be deleted.  Go to Fairtyale Brownies and tell me what you would love to give or receive.  There is a LOT to choose from, make sure you have your Christmas list in mind when you are looking and don't forget you can get free shipping with the code MOMBLOG on orders over $30.  I know a lot of you don't know what to get for teachers and the mail carriers, delivery guys, really, I don't know anyone who wouldn't love this.  They even have sugar free options.  Your entry on subsequent days can be as simple as today's entry.

You can have two extra entries (1 each) by following Fairytale Brownies on Twitter and / or becoming their Facebook Fan.  Just leave your user name in the comments.

Really want to win?  Yeah, I would too.  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but you can find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.

Good luck, everyone!
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