Menu for week of 5/31 - 6/6


Meat loaf, corn on the cob, potato salad, broccoli slaw, marinated grape tomato and fresh mozzarella balls, Doodleberry Pie (Wubbzy's favorite for Ian) aka mixed berry cobbler with ice cream or whipped cream

 Grilled havarti, cheddar or swiss (or combo) and tomato, milkshakes or floats, organic veggies and ranch dressing

Seasoned cubed steak, yukon gold potato and onions in foil packets, roasted broccoli, cauliflower and baby carrots, salad

Chicken breasts marinated in citrus orange poppy marinade, rice, stir fry veggies

Spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread or meatball subs with melted provolone and parmesan, tossed salad

Baked tilapia, cheesy pasta, cali blend veggies for everyone else, spaghetti squash with fresh tomato sauce for me

Fajitas with all the fixings

For more menu plans head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.
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Filtrete Healthy Housekeeping Blog Tour

We suffer sinuses big time around here. Itchy eyes, stuffed noses, a general lack of breathing, pressure headaches, and all-over miserableness. With that in mind, the healthy housekeeping tour seemed right up our alley! Anything to help us breath better, right? I've used Filtrete before, and it does seem to help. Their website is full of tips and tricks for keeping your house clean, and they sent us this helpful article. Some of the info is common sense, some of it I had never heard before. Freezing your stuffed animals? New one on me!


Cleaning From Top to Bottom
Tips and Secrets for a Cleaner, Healthier Home

When it comes to the routine of cleaning, homeowners tend to be more concerned with stacks of dirty dishes (66 percent), piles of laundry (58 percent) and dust balls on their carpet (57 percent), according to a survey commissioned by 3M, maker of Filtrete air cleaning filters. But they often forget about other areas of the home – such as bedding, shower doors and even stuffed animals – that can be breeding grounds for bacteria, mildew, dust mites and foul odors.

Healthy Housekeeper Laura Dellutri offers these tips for cleaning your home from top to bottom and making it healthier in the process:

Start at the Top: Ceiling fans, tall mantles and bookshelves, and the tops of door frames tend to subscribe to the “out of sight, out of mind” motto. These areas often harbor dust, so it’s important to wipe them down regularly to help remove dust buildup. Start at the top and work your way down, collecting all of the dust and dirt that falls to the floor while you’re cleaning.

Wipe Down Windows and Walls: Don't clean windows the old fashioned way – newspaper can cause ink residue and paper towels leave lint behind. Your best bet is to use microfiber cleaning cloths and a professional window squeegee to get a streak-free, spotless shine. To prevent streaks on shower doors and walls, apply lemon oil to the door twice a month. This will help repel soap scum and shampoo, while also adding a nice shine.

Think Horizontally: Dust mites are nearly everywhere. In fact, the American Lung Association estimates that roughly four out of five homes in the United States have detectable levels of dust mite allergen in at least one bed. Reduce dust mites by encasing your mattress and pillows, and wash your bedding in hot water about once a week. Also, since dust mites are microscopic, place strips of duct tape on the mattress case to prevent the dust mites from sneaking through.

Clean the In-between: While cleaning what you can see, don’t forget to clean what you can’t see – the air you breathe. Use a high performance air filter in the home, such as the Filtrete 1” Ultimate Allergen Reduction filter from 3M, to help capture particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air that passes through the filter. Be sure to change your filter at the start of every season, or every three months.

Freeze the Fur: Stuffed animals can harbor dust mites so it’s important to pay special attention to them. Place stuffed animals in a large plastic bag and freeze them for four to five hours. Remove them from the freezer and plastic bag, and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove any leftover dust particles.

Finish With Floors: To keep floors in tip-top shape, vacuum and clean them weekly. You can easily make your own floor cleaner by adding a few drops of mild liquid dish detergent to a gallon of water. Hot water can break down floor finishes after time so use water that is barely warm. Finally, don’t forget to clean the floor under large pieces of furniture, which may require you to temporarily move them elsewhere. Corners of rooms and the back of closets often are overlooked, so be sure to clean these areas as well.
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Kitchen Clean-Up

Certain areas of the home, especially the kitchen, can breed and harbor germs that not only cause odors but can spread to family members. These low-cost cleaning tasks, when done regularly and properly, can be effective in making the home healthier for your family:

Trashcans: Trashcans should be cleaned monthly using a chlorine bleach and water solution. Simply combine one cup of non-chlorine bleach for every three gallons of water and pour the solution into the trashcan. Swish the solution around in the trashcan, and wait about five minutes for the chlorine to kick in and kill the germs.

Refrigerators: Cleaning the refrigerator monthly will improve the safety and quality of your food. If you are tired of cleaning spills and food particles from your refrigerator, then cover shelves with washable shelf liners. They will catch most of the food spillage, and will make cleanup quicker and easier. Once a month, throw them in the dishwasher for a good cleaning, and then place them back in the refrigerator once they are dry.
Sinks: Since bacteria can accumulate in cracks and crevices, pay extra attention to these areas when disinfecting. Also, stainless steel sinks can be tough to clean and can look spotty due to water spots and lime build up. To keep the sink shiny, use a soft buffing wheel to restore the luster. Then, use a cloth to generously apply mineral oil to the sink. Water will bead up and roll off the sink, keeping it shiny and helping prevent spots.


I hope all of this was helpful to everyone! Do you have any of your own tips? My best tip is vinegar for everything! I'm allergic to a lot of cleaners, so vinegar with lemon or essential oils is my best friend. I look forward to seeing what ya'll have to share!

For a downloadable mail-in rebate for $4 off the purchase of two Filtrete Air Filters with a 1000 Microparticle Performance Rating or greater, click here.

“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”
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Uncle Ben's Blog Tour

Recently we were invited to participate in the Uncle Ben's Blog Tour.

Uncle Ben's, well known for their rice products, has been a classic for years.  Now, they've come up with a new way to help us get our kids eating healthier by making a white rice with the goodness of whole grains.

I know most of us have one (or more) picky eaters-  and anything we can do to make our meals healthier is a good thing. 

Yes, we're talking about you, Miss Picky! ;-)


We made an awesome Hawaiian Chicken that we served with the Uncle Ben's Whole Grain White Rice, which pretty much looks and tastes like white rice-  delicious.  The whole family enjoyed.

One caveat- don't make the rice ahead of time- if you let it sit for 20 minutes in the pot staying hot before you get around to eating, it gets kinda mushy.  (Of course, unlike here, most of you probably don't eat in several different shifts due to schedules, either, so that wouldn't be an issue for you.)  I will say this-  the rice didn't get so gross it was inedible and we have had that happen before so it might be us being nit-picky, but, really, it is best eaten fresh.

I wrote  this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Uncle Ben’s and received samples to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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Mixed Berry Crisp

Ian wanted Doodleberry Pie (Wubbzy's Favorite) so we came up with this-  YUM!

4 cups mixed berries-  we had some frozen, some fresh and mixed together -  strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice + a little zest (maybe 1/2 teaspoon)


Mix together and put in pie plate.

3/4  cup old fashioned oats
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cups brown sugar
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

Stir together then add in 
Salted butter-  6-8 teaspoons (if using unsalted add 1/4 teaspoon salt) diced pretty small.

Mix thoroughly with hands until it crumbles then sprinkle evenly over top of berry mixture.



Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 - 35 minutes or until berry mixture bubbles thickly and topping is golden brown.  Let stand 15 minutes then serve with ice cream or whipped cream (or both!).


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GeekyMommy Vs. Atheleticism

I am about to attempt something I have never tried before.
And just to be sure, I am trying it twice.

Athleticism. Never my strong suit. Sure I can run, and love swimming, but sports? No thanks. I do not have depth perception, so anything that involves aim just does not work for me.

But, at my friends encouragement *cough cough incessant persistence cough cough* I decided to give it a try. Then another friend said I have to try his sport, too.

So what sport does a girl with no athletic ability try? Rugby. Yep. Peace lovin' tree huggin, trip over my own feet GeekyMommy is trying one of the most violent, least padded sports ever. But its a RANDOM sport, not something everyone does, so I decided if I'm going for a sport at least its unique.

The second sport is Kickball. I asked my mom how one plays kickball... "well, you stand at home, someone throws you the ball, you try to kick it, miss, and fall on your ass".
Thanks Ma, love you too.

Well, wish me luck. I will have stories of my attempt as soon as I am recovered from whatever happens, or else mom will update ya'll with funeral plans =P
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Silk Pure Almond review and giveaway

I drink a lot of milk, so when given the chance to try Silk Pure Almond, I was delighted.

Now first you should know, I am a Whole Milk Purest, so most soy milk and such doesn't really do it for me... I like the thickness and full flavor of whole. As my sisters say, its the feeling of fat running down your throat... yum, fat.

Sadly, almond milk was not much different, and while Ian will enjoy it I do not see myself just sitting down with a tall glass. That being said, the slightly sweet taste (actually, it tastes kinda like the milk at the bottom of your cereal bowl, especially after a good granola) will be good in smoothies or my breakfast milk drinks (I like strawberry the best).

It -is- a lot healthier then my whole milk-- less calories and fat, and the same vitamins! They also have a vanilla flavor, but I have not tried it yet. I imagine it will make great milk shakes and smoothies though.

Silk Pure Almond is a great option for the mini diva's fiance, Derek, who is gluten free and can't do dairy at all-  this can go for drinks, cereal and used in things like (rice or other non-wheat) pancake batter.  It is a nice change from soy milk for someone with limited food choices due to allergies.



You can go here to sign up for a $ .75 off coupon.

 THE GIVEAWAY: Silk has generously offered to give one of our readers a prize pack including a free product coupon and a Silk branded Chico Bag.  Open to US residents 18+ ends 6/8 at 11:59 pm.

Main Entry:  Daily- tell me why you want to try new Silk Pure Almond .  This is for first daily entry only, on subsequent days you can just put 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.
For an extra entry you can head on over to Silk's Facebook page and tell them we sent you.

Best of luck to you.  
We were contacted directly by Silk and received two free product coupons to do this review and giveaway.  Our opinion is strictly our experience and we received no other compensation.
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Hawaiian Chicken

Steak & Ale's Hawaiian Chicken Recipe
Serves 4

Adapted from recipe on www.copykat.com

6 boneless chicken breasts
2 cups pineapple juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup soy Sauce
2 tablespoons sugar

Cooking Directions:
In a bowl combine all ingredients except for chicken.
Stir.
Using a fork, poke about 5 to 8 sets of holes in each chicken breast.
Put chicken in marinade, making sure it is covered in the mixture.
Add more pineapple juice if necessary.
Cover and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Grill.

Here's what we did instead  (approximate amounts-  just go with the basics then add more as needed)

3/4 large can pineapple juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
Generous handful brown sugar
Ground ginger and garlic powder-  several shakes of each
Couple squirts spicy brown mustard

Mix all sauce ingredients together-  taste and adapt for your family.

Put 6 or 8 boneless skinless chicken breasts that you poke several times into zip top bag (STURDY- don't skimp here) then pour enough sauce to cover. NOTE- we didn't think the poking helped the marinade penetrate the chicken so probably won't bother next time.

Put the rest of the sauce in another covered container.

Refrigerate the chicken and sauce overnight - 24 hours.

We weren't  feeling well so just baked the chicken 375 for 35 min (they were big breasts).

With the extra sauce we added about a third of the pineapple diced pretty small and reduced it over low-med while chicken cooked then made a tropical rice- YUM!

This sauce is amazing- I can't imagine anything it wouldn't be good on-  in fact we think it will be our new *regular* Polynesian stir fry sauce.


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Menu for week of 5/24 - 5/30

One think we actually do like about Arkansas is that there is a much longer growing season.  We love love love fresh produce- and while we don't have our own garden (yet) we do have generous friends and relatives.


Hawaiian chicken with tropical rice, fresh pineapple spears  (fantabulous new recipe).

One of my very favorite warm weather dinners- vine ripened tomatoes, and hot buttered sweet fresh corn-  not Jersey 'maters but they are good.   The rest of them can have grilled fish with if  they want.

Fajitas with homemade guacamole and all the fixin's.  Probably beef but might end up doing chicken we'll see what sounds good.

Breakfast for dinner- probably some type of egg sandwiches as Thomas' English Muffins were on sale and we love those nooks and crannies. ;)   Fresh fruit.

Angel hair pasta with roasted vegs and fresh grated parmesan, grape tomato, fresh mozzarella and baby spinach salad w/Italian dressing.

Chef salad w/choice of dressings.

Homemade pizzas-  Hawaiian, white,  and mushroom cheese, pepperoni for Ian ... or maybe calzones if we get ambitious. 


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Friday Fill Ins- just for fun!

I have absolutely nothing else that I should be doing *cough, cough, hack, hack* so when I came across this while playing Aloha Friday so thought I'd play along, maybe make some new bloggy friends.  *waves hi*  Join me, won't you?





  
 

And...here we go!
1. Ian never fails to make me smile.
2. I'm looking forward to the Summer Bash.
3. Rise Against- Savior is what I'm listening to right now.

 


4. Potato salad must have Hellmann's mayo and paprika in it!
5. Coffee/Diet Coke was the best thing I ate today.
6. Today was laaaaaaaaaaaazy so far, hopefully will change to productive and I will get some reviews/giveaways listed.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to my AC getting fixed, tomorrow my plans include shopping and blogging and Sunday, I want to see where the winds take me!
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Aloha Friday- If you could choose one



Kailani over at An Island Life started this fun thing for Fridays-  In Hawaii Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend so she's doing the same with her blogging.  To join in, ask a simple question, link up at her blog and see what others are asking.

As y'all know we've been getting ready for the big summer bash and we're still lining up sponsors and guest posters.  I know, I know, we're excited too!

Anyhoozles, here's my question- and it's a two part-er.

1) If you could choose ONE product that you would absolutely LOVE to see here, what would it be?

And don't say Jeep, cuz if they give us a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon we're taking off and won't be back til school starts back up-  love y'all, but Jeep just screams road trip. ;-)

Seriously, what would you jump through the most hoops for?  I can guarantee nothing, but I do know we'll focus our efforts most on things that you, our wonderful, adorable readers would like to see.

The ever popular food, toys, electronics, clothes, patio stuff or ?????

and

2) Would you like a little free exposure for your blog or site?  If so we'd be happy to include you in our fabu shindig as long as you give us ORIGINAL content.  It can be anything from a fave summer recipe to your fave things to do with kids in the summer to beauty tips to....  well really, if it is something you love about summer, we'd love to have you on board.

Thanks, as always, you guys totally ROCK!

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Grilling with Libby's recipe & giveaway!

We're so excited for our Summer Bash-  are y'all looking forward to it?  I have to admit it is pretty fun getting sponsors on board and seeing some of what we're going to be able to offer you.

Guess what?  One of our sponsors, the awesome folks at Libby's is letting us run a giveaway early- yep, just in time to get the grilling season off the ground they sent me the most amazing recipe.

If you've seen some of our menu plans, you know tex-mex is pretty big around here.  Libby's has added a new twist and not only is there Quesadilla grilled, they add mixed veggies-  way to get those extra nutrients in, eh?  Tell me these don't look delish.

Southwestern ChickenQuesadillas
Ingredients
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • 6 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 1⁄2 cups grated pepper jack cheese
  • 15 oz Libby's mixed vegetables, drained
  • 6 oz grilled chicken breast strips, chopped
  • 1 fresh or bottled tomato salsa
  • Tin foil

Directions
For each quesadilla, brush oilon the tortilla and place it on a piece of tin foil and on the grill. Sprinkleevenly with 1/4 cup cheese. Sprinkle 1/2 cup mixed vegetables and 2 ounceschicken on top. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese and place another tortilla on top.Cover and cook over medium-low heat until cheese is melted. Carefully turn overand continue to cooked, covered, until second side is golden. Slide quesadillaonto a cutting board and cut into 6 wedges. Repeat with remaining ingredientsto make a total of 3 quesadillas. Serve with salsa.

Have you ever grilled your Quesadillas?  I think we're going to have to try these.

In addition to this fab recipe, Libby's is offering one of our readers this awesome BBQ Tool kit and some Libby's Veggies so they can make these fab Quesadillas. 

Talk about feeling like a pro-  this will make you look (and probably feel) like a serious chef and everyone will know you mean business. 

 THE GIVEAWAY: Libby's  has generously offered to give one of our lucky readers their own BBQ Tool Set and Libby's Veggies.  Open to US residents 18+ ends 6/5 at 11:59pm CST.

Main Entry:  Daily-  head on over to Libby's and tell me your a recipe you think looks good.  This is for first daily entry only, on subsequent days you can just put 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.

You can also follow @LibbysTable on Twitter or visit Libby's Table Facebook Page.

If you like you can copy and paste the following tweet:

Win an awesome BBQ Tool Set and Veggies from @LibbysTable & @dddiva  http://bit.ly/avPX2l #giveaway #summerbash

Thanks everyone and good luck!

We received no compensation for posting this giveaway.  Libby's will be providing the BBQ Tool Set and veggies and sending directly to the winner.

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My Mini Moment

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Dove Ice Cream. All opinions are 100% mine.

As a mom, I have learned the importance of taking time for yourself so that you are able to take care of those you love. You just can't keep giving if there is nothing left.

Some of my faves- curling up with a good book, lighting candles and soaking in a hot tub and watching the sun set.

Dove Ice Cream (yeah, that decadent indulgence- creamy goodness wrapped in their signature chocolate- divine) has launched a contest where one lucky mom will win an awesome prize- Spa service (for a year!), a mini vacation to Napa Valley or a mini home makeover. Yeah, I'd so love any of those.

Dove is asking women to share their mini moment of escape along with a photo "My Mini Moment" contest by June 7th for a chance to win.

I've had (and love- what a treat- and at only 70 calories each an indulgence we can afford to splurge in) the vanilla and chocolate w/dark and the milk chocolates but now- now- they have made THE perfect treat for a java junkie like me-  Cappuccino and Java Chip.  Ooh I can't wait to try them.

From the sponsor: 
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This is absolutely something I can do to treat myself-  how about you?  What is your fave indulgence?  It might just be worth an awesome prize.

Visit my sponsor: “My Mini Moment” contest
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WW Meet the newest addition to our family. Link up here.


Please excuse the blurriness- this was taken on Dev's phone from work when she bought him.  Yes, it IS a suit of armor.  Yes, he's now residing in our home (in my room until she has a space cleared for him in her room- between end of year school stuff, work and the bf she stays uber busy).  Yes, we are hoping Fred (our poltergeist) inhabits him, although he can't clank around it would be pretty cool if he raised and lowered the mouth thingie dealio.  Yes, she did spend her own hard earned money on him and plans to keep him forever.

His name, you ask?  Good question.  Something to the effect of Archibald Reginald *insert some random names here* the third but you can call him Archie also known as Dev's new bestie or bff.

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And the bad parenting award goes to...

It's been a while since I tattled on myself, so it's about time.

Y'all know I horrified the tech and nurses when they did the ultrasound and told me Kyra (geeky mommy) was a boy and I told them put it back, I don't want it etc... and made bargains with both God and the devil because hey, I knew girls, I was one... boys not so much.

Yes, I did get over that thanks to the love of my life aka Ian.  But when his mama was cooking, not so much.

That's not the bad part though.  This should probably be filed under- we always knew she's not quite right. *grin*

I did not get that trippy dippy cloud of euphoria (and not just because I had a natural no drug delivery) that new moms get.

The one that completely blinds them to the fact that their kids are NOT the cutest thing in God's creation.

Sadly, I saw my daughter exactly how she was-  a cross between ET and Yoda.  Only more wrinkled and squinkled and red and .....  what is it Mary Poppins says...  not at all attractive to my way of thinking.  Unless of course she was like one of those puppies we once had who was so ugly he was cute.

Now in her defense, she was a month and a half early, weighed 3 and a half pounds and was perfect in every way that mattered.   And I loved her, never doubt that I loved her with every fiber of my being.

But honestly, if you have a preemie who is not done cooking- well, they don't look their best.  By the time she was supposed to have been born she was the cutest little thing.  But in the interim-  no one could convince me that she was adorable no matter how those poor NICU nurses tried.

When people came and saw her and were all ooh so cute I was all ooh you liar.  Seriously.

Put this 
with this.
Yeah.

Do y'all see your kids as lovely perfect beings or are you not quite right as well?
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Learning to write


My handwriting is... horrible. At best. Sadly, it's better then my sisters. Don't know why, just is.

What does a girl with completely terrible hand writing do?

Take up calligraphy!

It's actually going fairly well... my regular penmanship is almost legible, and if you give me two minutes I can squiggle you a very impressive, swirly "A".

Ian was watching me work on my calligraphy, and told me he wanted to "make letters too".

So, out comes his Very Own Special Notebook. It's green, his faaaavorite color. I made dotted lines in the shape of his name, helped him grip his pen (a little tricky, he seems to be left handed and I almost forgot to show him how to hold his pen AND see the page, simultaneously) and guided his hand down the letters. We did this about... five or six times. He of course is Mr. Independent and didn't want my help... "No mommy I neeeeed you! No I can do it! Mommy I can't the pen slipped! No mommy I got it!"

Overall, he did a very good job, and he was so proud, even more then when he drew GiGi a picture of the wind for her birthday! (and that was a very, VERY proud moment).

So when we have to go shopping, I stop by the workbooks. I found a Kumon one on capital letters and decided to give it a try. Ian is doing SO amazingly! He got T and H pretty much down pat! And the best part, this is what he -wants- to do! He loves making letters just like mommy.
I'm looking for more things to keep this interesting now. I've checked out The Kids Toy Store for some artsy stuff... I know they have the best prices on Kids Toys like Melissa and Doug ($20 for band in a box dude).

I especially love the selection of Educational Kids Toys.  They have an awesome paper roller, and a wicked cool art desk that costs waaay too much for a random gift, but might make it under the Christmas tree next year (hint hint guys, creation art station. Save now maybe we can get it!) sadly nothing on tracing. Mostly, I was just distracted by that desk...



But really who wouldn't be?

So how did you guys teach your kids to write? And given the family history of bad penmanship... should I skip him straight to Calligraphy? XD

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If the Universe is my sugar daddy...

Why the heck is it so hard to get what I want?

As most of our readers know, I believe in the Law of Attraction and specifically, Abrahan-Hicks puts it in a way that really resonates with me.

So where does the sugar daddy bit come in?

Well, think about it-  you are supposed to put things in a context that you relate to.

Now, I've not had a sugar daddy although in my younger adorable days I did have offers but naturally I chose to do things my own way on my own terms, aka diving in without checking to see if there is water.  Some call it doing everything the hard way.  (And in case you are wondering it is a LOT harder to watch your kids do this than to do it yourself.)

Anyhoozles, to me LOA is pretty simple- not easy, but simple.

You ask.

Universe answers (it's always yes- always, so be darned careful what you ask for), so in true loony fashion, U becomes my Sugar Daddy.

Now here's where we lose a lot of folks- They say I have been asking and asking to win the lottery and it hasn't happened yet  (ME TOO!!!  MY TURN!!!) but unlike a lot of people I know it is because while my mouth and mind say yes, yes, I will win, I'm ready for my gazillions to come rolling in, etc... my juju vibes are saying why should you win?  What makes you think you don't have to work hard for what you want in life?  Why should you have more than Joe Blow from Idaho?  and on and on.

We have years, sometimes decades of bullsh*t to overcome.  As Dev says: for serious.  Really, from the time we're little we hear no, you have to share, no that's so and so's, no that's not fair, who do you think you are?  You will never amount to anything unless you work hard and follow these steps and ......  yeah, right?

So anyhoo while I am not there (yet) I can feel it coming closer and closer and really the vast majority of my life is spent exactly how I want it to be (so who am I to want more?) STF Up already, inner demon baitch from inferiority land.

So, to make it live for me here's my NEW dialogue.

Me: Sugah Daddy, I am ready for a road trip.  I want me a wicked cool Silver Jeep Wrangler Rubicon with the most awesome sound system available.  And unlimited Itunes so I have playlists to match every mood and madness.
Universe:  Okay gorgeous- you want it you got it.  (Yeah, so the U thinks I am wicked awesome- your inner God/dess thinks the same about you if you just let them have their say, promise.)
Me: Thanks, Dude, really, I so appreciate it.

The third part of the equation is the allowing.  Here's where we screw up (I use the royal we here, meaning this is my biggie).

Inner demon baitch tries to do her thing, I say don't listen, don't listen, don't listen, and the U reminds me it is like ordering a burger then changing my mind 200 times while everyone around me enjoys their burgers exactly how they wanted them- this one rare, that one with pickles, that one with cheese, that one veggie only etc...

The great thing about all this is I know it is mine, and I know 1000 percent I am the only thing stopping me from having every single desire fulfilled.

So.  Enough already.  I'm making it publicly known that I am ready, willing and able to quit f*cking around and denying myself the things that will bring me joy. 

Best part-  I get to have what I want simply because I exist.

I don't have to deserve it.

I don't have to earn it.

I don't have to pay for it.

I am not taking anything away from anyone else by allowing myself that which I want to experience.

When I get tired of it I can pass it on to someone else or ditch it or let it glide on out of my life.

And...

you'll love this...

I don't have to sleep with some creepy old dude or be at anyone's beck and call cuz the Universal Sugar Daddy doesn't work that way- he's just there to say yes and make sure I get what I want in the most efficient way possible.

I LOVE THE LOA!!!

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Menu for week of 5/17 - 5/23


We're going pretty easy while we wait for the main AC to be fixed (again! aargh) so a lot of our light summer fare will be served this week, especially early on. Snacks will be fresh strawberries and / or grapes as they are fabulous this week.

HM Reubens or grilled cheese with tomato on rye, baked Lays

Ham, sliced tomatoes, creamy cucumbers

Homemade Subs

Light & easy Chinese chicken salad

Smothered round steak with peppers, rice

Tuna salad in pita pockets or on onion rolls

Smoked sausage hot pot with potatoes, carrots and onions, sauteed cabbage for those who like.


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Woot! Another $20 Amazon GC giveaway

Here we go again-  it's because of y'all that we are given so many awesome opportunities so as a simple thank you to all of our readers near and far- here's another chance at a $20 Amazon GC.  We really do appreciate you.

If you can follow our blog and use an Amazon Code, you can enter, simple as that.

So- follow our blog and leave us a comment-   yep, it really is that easy.  You can do this daily if you like.  A simple today's entry is fine.  Ends 6/1 11:59pm CST

Want more?  The main entry is all you need for a chance to win, but youcan find out how to get additional entries into our giveaways here.
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The Baby Bunch review and giveaway 2: Organic Onesie Cupcakes

Back in March we reviewed The Baby Bunch for their Baby Bouquet, a pretty bunch of baby necessities made to look like a bunch of roses. We are partnered with them again for something that, admittedly, is far more my style.

This time we received the Organic Onesie Cupcake set, four 0-6 month onesies, in just a basic beige-white color, made to look like cupcakes and even topped with decorative strawberries! They are so adorable! They come in a cuuuute polka-dot bakery style box with a clear window top, so once again presentation would make a wonderful baby shower centerpiece.

The clothing is soft and high quality, my friends have been using the clothes from the original bunch and say it is some of the softest they have, wears well, stains wash out easy and it is just plain cute. It was somewhat of a challenge--a game, if you will-- to figure out HOW to get them out of the bouquet. A bit of pulling and manipulating did occur.

It is $40 for the set, not bad considering the massive cuteness factor, just don't try to eat them! And, I checked, these do not have the floral store funk smell of the first bunch! A relief for us, to be sure!

 s their own 4 pack of Organic Onesie Cupcakes.

 THE GIVEAWAY: The Baby Bunch has generously offered to give one of our lucky readers their own Baby Bunch Organic Onesie Cupcake Set like we received- a $40 value.  Open to US residents 18+ ends 6/1 at 11:59pm CST.

Main Entry:  Daily-  head on over to The Baby Bunch and tell me your fave item.  This is for first daily entry only, on subsequent days you can just put 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.
Best of luck to you.  
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Menu for week of 5/10 - 5/16

You'll notice we have a lot of easy meals going on-  actually while we love to cook and bake when we're in the mood, a lot of what we make is the easy version - why not, right?  If your schedules are anything like ours there is always so much busy-ness and running around and different schedules it makes sense for us.  Do you have any super-simple meals for busy weeks?  Share please.

Slow cooker country style ribs, southern style new potatoes and green beans, coleslaw

Breakfast for dinner-  breakfast sandwiches-  egg and cheese on english muffins, strawberries

Cheesy chicken breasts, broccoli, mandarin oranges

Spaghetti and meatballs, pineapple salad, garlic bread 

Polynesian style stir fry- probably with just veggies, might add chicken, brown rice

Smoked sausage, alfredo noodles or shells and cheese, sesame green beans

Slow cooker beef stew, some type of hot bread or rolls




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Happy Mother's Day

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Aloha Friday- What are your plans for the weekend?


Kailani over at An Island Life started this fun thing for Fridays-  In Hawaii Aloha Friday is the day that they take it easy and look forward to the weekend so she's doing the same with her blogging.  To join in, ask a simple question, link up at her blog and see what others are asking.

My question for today-  What are your plans for the weekend? 

The girls are going to Edgefest-  I was going there are tons of amazing bands-  but it is standing room only, all day and I just don't have the energy right now.  I will probably pout all day since I am missing Seether, Godsmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Rob Zombie and all the rest.  I'm pathetic, I know. ;-)  If you really want to feel sorry for me, or if you are going to be in Little Rock- check out the lineup here.  $35 for an outstanding best concert lineup evah!  Okay I'll stop-  and you can expect to hear about how awesome it was when they have time.

Seriously I will probably chill at home on the computer, enter some giveaways, catch up on some blogs and maybe go out for a nice late lunch or early dinner.

Sunday (mother's day) will be spent with the girls and Ian. 

Poor Ken is paying for the fun and has to do mandatory overtime-  he's so good at spoiling us and we're so good at letting him.  ;-)

Hope y'all have a fabulous weekend.
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Congrats winners!

The winner of the $20 Amazon GC as chosen by random.org is Joanne J.

The winner of the Spring Cleaning giveaway is 1stopmom

Congratulations to our winners, we appreciate all of our visitors.
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It's A Social Parade

So I am doing my ec (finally, sorry guys!) and I came across a link for a fun link up called It's A Social Parade hosted by Smart and Trendy Moms.  Basically you find and follow new (to you) blogs. 

Smart and Trendy Moms


I'm going to give it a try. Care to join me?
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Wordless Wednesday- Ian and Mommy

Again with the hair- I swear, we brush it!  Ki had to re-use her crown again because they just didn't have any cute ones at Toad Suck Daze.


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Celebrate Mom's Nite Out on May 6

Mom's are always doing for others- it's in our job description.

Once in a while, though, all we really want is a day off. Yes, even the best of mom's need a break now and then.

That's where National Mom's Nite Out comes in. On May 6th around the US, mother's everywhere will celebrate.

There are several events going on across the country- you can check out what's going on around you here.

Here in Arkansas, McCain Mall (one of the group of Simon Malls) is hosting an event, which will pay tribute to moms while providing a great social networking opportunity with fun interactive activities, live demonstrations and special discounts, giveaways and more.

If there is nothing going on locally where you are, or you just can't get away, don't despair.

 You can still join in the fun via Twitter for a Mom's Nite Out Twitter Party sponsored by My Little Pony. There will be more than 50 prizes from various sponsors.

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010 (Thursday before Mother's Day)
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. EST
Location: #MomsNiteOut on Twitter
Host: @MomsNiteOut, led by the members of the MomSelect team
RSVP: Click here to RSVP for the event
Follow: @MomTalkRadio, @MomSelectAmy, @ResourcefulMom, @MyLittlePony, @MomsNiteOut

Whatever you do, don't forget to celebrate YOU, mom.  You deserve it.


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Menu for week of 5/3 - 5/9

We're doing an easy week here- tons going on and this is what sounds good to us.

Burgers & fixings

Pasta salad

Veggie stir fry, brown rice

Salad w/grilled chicken & choice of dressings

Chicken & sausage gumbo made with our super simple oven baked roux recipe.

Eat whatever doesn't eat you first aka eat what you want

Breakfast for dinner- probably baked french toast


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