Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Holiday Hangover.

It's official.  I have a holiday hangover.

All year long From September-ish to Christmas Eve I am obsessed with the holidays.

First there is Labor Day.

Halloween.

Thanksgiving.

Christmas.

It's like all of my favorites are thrown into a few months--we have the bbq's, the candy, the food, the sweets, the shopping...

And then?

It's all over.  Done.  Finished.

Boo. Dislike. Suckage.

I can't believe it's all over?!

What the hell happened to the past four months of my life?  Seriously.

So, there you have it.  I'm hungover by the holidays.  And the fact that we drove for 16 hours yesterday.

Yeah, that will wipe any ounce of happiness you have left right off of your radar {for reals--all four of us have been dragging today}.

I know--I'm being such a mope, huh?  Do you go through this whole "holiday hangover" thing, too??

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Brilliance.





Merry Christmas, peeps.

Keep it real.

Be nice.

And leave Santa some yummy cookies.

And a glass of white wine.

Love and baby drool,

Madelyn

aka

Butterball

Munchkin

Cutie pie

Sweetest baby. Ever.

Maddie McMaddie

Maddie Mae

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Embarrassing Mommy Moment #127

Ahem.  Okay.

After reading this hilarious post I was reminded of a hilarious "boobies" story myself.

When I was pregnant and after having Madelyn my chest was huge.

I'm not even exaggerating.  I really wish I was...

Because my 2 year old?  Became obsessed with boobies.

She would ask me all.the.time. about what they were.  I told her they were Mommy's boobies.

That phrase now haunts me constantly.  And, really, I had no idea about the fascination factor. 

One nite she and I were shopping at Target.  We were shopping and having fun.

All of a sudden she looked up {and of course my "boobies" were right in her line of sight as she's sitting in the cart...}.

She reaches out, hands wide open and says....

"Mommy's BOOBIES!"

OhmyLord.  I was so embarrassed.  My face was so red.  Everyone around us thought it was hilarious.

I really cannot wait until she understands that we don't talk about body parts in public...

I think when Madelyn gets curious I'll call them something else.  Like 'my girls' or something....

I'll Be Home for Christmas...

Oh, yes I will!  I cannot believe in less than two days I'll be back home in my favorite state {which is none other than Missouri for anyone who didn't already know that}.  Two days!  I did, however, get so much accomplished in the last day or two.

It's as if Chelle who kicks major slacker booty kicked it into high gear--and do I dare say that *gasp* I liked it.  Hold on a second--I think hell just froze over....

Because I find everything that got accomplished in 24 hours beyond great, looky at what all got done:

--We paid off our Jeep.  Six months early!  No.more.car.payment.

--But of course now Leo's truck won't start.  Oh, the irony...

--Completed all Christmas shopping for: the parents, the girls, the husband, siblings, husband's siblings, nieces and nephews...

--Bought some adorableness for my new niece who is due to arrive in early May...I could seriously buy baby clothes all day long...

--Finished all of my Christmas cards.  Yay!

--Washed all laundry {and the husband folded it AND put it away!  He must have caught on that Santa would be leaving coal in his stocking....}

So now?  I need to pack for our trip.  Do even more laundry.  And wrap all of the gifts that we have here at the house...

So excited.  So stressed. 

And?

I'll so be having some wine tomorrow nite...I'm in desperate need of a bottle  glass or two....

Totally off topic, but why does my cat always chew on the same branch of our {artificial} tree?  That poor branch is seriously disfigured due to my sweet, sweet Boo Kitty....

Toys For Tots and 1800Flowers Working Hand in Hand...

There is an amazing Facebook Secret Santa challenge happening right now!

1-800-FLOWERS.com has a Secret Santa warm fuzzy campaign where you simply become a fan {click here!}, and e-mail someone a Secret Santa warm fuzzy.  It's SUPER easy and if there are 10,000 particpants 1-800-FLOWERS will donate $5,000 to Toys for Tots!  You'll also receive a 15% discount for participating.  Nice!

Just by sending a sweet e-mail message to brighten someone's day can potentially help out many children this Christmas. 

Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and thank you to my fabulous readers when you send a Warm Fuzzy!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Tick Tock...Tick Tock...

I know I've talked about what a big procrastinator I am.

It's not that I'm lazy.  {stop laughing}  I am just busy...{except for this weekend.  My party was awesome and I then became a lazy mom for a weekend.  And it, too, was awesome.  Thank you, Leo, for allowing me to become lazy for a couple of days.}.

Here is a list of my procrastinator offenses that I've tallied up {these are all present offenses here}:

-I am still no closer to being done with Christmas shopping than I was when I typed up that meme. 

-I haven't written a "me" blog post in, oh, Idontknowhowlongitsbeentotellyouthetruth.

-I haven't made a list for what to pack for our Missouri/Indiana trip.  We leave Friday.

-I still don't even know what to get almost everyone for Christmas. 

And after typing this out, I am even more stressed and once again wide awake at almost 1 in the morning. 

This is a vicious cycle, my friends.  A vicious cycle that not only stresses me out, but causes me to be an insomniac. 

I am now forcing myself to at least write out some lists.  For some reason that satisfies me and somehow convinces me that I am no longer a procrastinator because I wrote a list. 

Take that little tip and run with it, friends--but only if you procrastinate like me.  If you're already done doing all of your holiday shopping, wrapping, cookie baking, card addressing/mailing...shutty.  I don't want to hear it.

I'm kidding.  Go ahead and rub it in my face {but do it nicely, okay?}.

ps-I think I like the thrill of the waiting.  To see if I could possibly accomplish everything I need to do.  I love it.  I thrive off of it.  It fuels me to be awesome.

ps again-case in point--I was just putting my post label on and guess what was already in there?  Procrastinating.  Ha!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

HP Envy 13 Laptop Giveaway!

So you may have heard that The Fashionable Housewife {who is beyond awesome, y'all} is giving away an HP Envy 13 laptop!

How cool is that?!  This giveaway prize retails for $1,899!  Holy smokes!!

You have from now until 12/20 to enter--and there are a lot of entries possible.

Good luck and thank you to The Fashionable Housewife and HP for making this giveaway possible.

Buzzed Driving Campaign

With the holidays literally right around the corner comes parties.  Family parties, friend parties, work parties.  Many will celebrate with appetizers, foods, drinks, and alcohol.  I am a big believer in finding a sober driver and a designated driver if you have been drinking.

We all know that drunk driving is a big no-no.  It's simple.  Do not drink and drive.  Do not drive drunk.

But what about buzzed driving?  How many of us are guilty of driving home from a holiday party buzzed?  Slightly buzzed, really buzzed, just buzzed.  It's all buzzed driving.  And it's illegal.
In 2008, nearly 12,000 people in the U.S. were killed in alcohol-impaired driving crashes - and during the periods around Christmas and New Year's, this number was particularly high, with 316 people killed in alchol-impaired driving crashes. In 2007, 162,493 women were arrested for a DUI, an increase of almost 29% since 1998. You can't help but wonder if lives could have been saved if people thought twice before getting behind the wheel. With the holidays approaching, it's important that drivers be reminded about the dangers of buzzed driving. Who knows...it could save a life.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) and the Ad Council are asking everyone to drive smart this holiday season and to pledge not to drive buzzed. Help spread this message during the holiday season by posting about the dangers of buzzed driving, sharing a story or experience you might have had with buzzed driving and encouraging readers to follow Buzzed Driving on Twitter @buzzeddriving and Facebook {click here} to get the latest updates and news. You can also visit the Buzzed Driving website (http://buzzeddriving.adcouncil.org/) where readers can sign a pledge to not drive buzzed, play an interactive game which demonstrates the difference between buzzed and drunk, and hear personal stories from people who have driven buzzed.

While at holiday events, it's easy to lose track of a drink here or there - but this can be fatal. This holiday season, keep you and your family safe by spreading this message.

Have a safe and happy holiday and remember that buzzed driving IS drunk driving.

A Thank You to Four Bloggers!

Just want to give a shout out to some bloggers for some great giveaways that I've won!  I love all of these women--you definitely should check them out if you don't already.

1) I recently won a Clarisonic Skincare Limited Edition from Life Starring the Kids & Me.  So pumped about this win!  My postpartum skin has been a disaster to say the least.  My sister has one of these and swears by it.

2) I also won a Handbag Heaven purse from none other than Theta Mom!  I've been looking around for a new bag, so this win came at the right time.  Yay!

3) I won a LeapFrog Scout from Two of a Kind.  So fun and perfect to give to Maddie.  I know she'll love it!!

4) And last, but certainly not least, I won a LeapFrog Tag Jr from Lizzy Dear's Life.  I have been wanting to buy one of these for Isabella, so I am so happy to have won one!


Thank you to all of the awesome bloggers out there for all of the giveaways you put on.  I know that it isn't easy to write up a review and do giveaways.  I'm so excited about my wins.  I love entering giveaways--and am glad I enter them--I've won so many awesome things! 

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent {A Winey Mommy Review}

I was recently given the opportunity to review Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover.

Being interested in the environment and choosing products that are not harmful to use in my household, I was intrigued to try them out for myself.  As a mom to two little girls, the stains are never a problem for me to have to hunt down and treat!

I tested the Green Works Natural Laundry Detergent and Stain Remover on an all white dish cloth that had been used to clean up a coffee spill in my kitchen. 

I have to admit when I was using the stain remover and pouring in the detergent liquid into my washing machine {by the way, you can use the detergent in ALL machines, to include he machines} that I was doubtful.  How can something natural without chemicals  remove a coffee stain from a white dish cloth?

Into the washing machine it went.  I waited for the cycle to be done and then dried it so I wouldn't be tempted to try and remove the stain a second time in case the first wash didn't take care of it.

I took it out of the dryer...and...the stain?  Was gone!  No kidding.  I was impressed with the ability of the cleansers to remove the coffee stain.

The only drawback to the product, in my opinion, was that my clothes don't have the "clean" smell that I normally get and look forward to.  I know that the clean smell is due to the chemicals in other products, so I understand why the Green Works don't smell the same.

But that was the only drawback that I experienced.

Bottom line: if you are looking for a safe alternative to wash your clothes and get rid of stains?  I recommend Green Works Laundry Detergent and Cleaners.

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Clorox Green Works and received a bottle of Green Works Natural Detergent and Stain Remover to facilitate my review and a $20 thank-you gift certificate.

The Ultimate Party Meatballs...Yum! {A Winey Mommy Review}

Like so many other people, I love party foods.  The appetizers are always my favorite--I usually plan any type of party as an appetizer only party.  Easy, delicous and a large variety of different foods.  You can't go wrong with that!

I was recently offered the chance to review The Ultimate Party Meatballs thanks to Mom Central.  I took them right up on that offer {remember how I love appetizers?}.

What are The Ultimate Party Meatballs?  Let me tell you this--they are so good!  You simply add meatballs with Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce and Heinz Chili Sauce.  So simple, so delish.  I didn't have to change a thing to this recipe! 

***Recipe***


1 14-ounce can Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce
1 12-ounce bottle Heinz® Chili Sauce
1 2-pound bag frozen, pre-cooked, cocktail-size meatballs


Combine sauces in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth. Add meatballs. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.


Makes 30 appetizer servings.


Slow cooker Preparation: Place meatballs in a slow cooker. Combine sauces and pour over meatballs. Cover and cook 4 hours on HIGH.

 
I would definitely recommend this recipe for anyone wanting a nice, simple recipe to share with their guests.  And make sure you check out The Ultimate Party Meatballs website for recipes, tips for entertaining as well as a chance to win $3,000!
 
Thank you, Mom Central for the chance to make this yummy recipe!
 
“I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Heinz and Ocean Spray and received the ingredients necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.”

I Crack Myself Up.

Occassionally when I am typing in my blog name or address to come to my blog I type:

Wieny Mommy.

And by doing this?

Makes me giggle.

Every. Single. Time.

ps-don't judge that it's 1 a.m. and I am writing about wieners.  Or wieny mommy.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Du.du.duuuun...It's Random Time!

*I honestly have no clue how to spell what I was saying for the title of this post.  But it caught your eye, no?

*Went shopping tonite.  BY.MY.SELF.  {I realize that myself is one word, but the effect of breaking it up worked better}.  Seriously, friends.  It was a miracle--in fact, Isabella?  Shoved me out of the door.  No good-byes.  Just a door slammed in my face.  I'll take it.

*Went to the Gap and Baby Gap. I got so many cute clothes for both me and my girls.  Cute Long & Lean jeans, tons of camis, shirts, boyfriend cardigan.  For the girls? Thing all-in-one long john outfit with pink patches on the elbows {Madelyn}, sweaters, jeans with hearts and flowers stitched on them, the coolest snowman slippers ever and a jacket for Madelyn.  I am in looove with it all and am planning another trip back there next week.  You know, to stock up on winter clothes for our Missouri/Indiana trip!

*Leo got Madelyn sick.  And me {yes, again}.  I swear, this year has been brutal.  This is my 2nd or 3rd cold.  I still blame this all on the swine flu.  I haven't been the same since.

*I'm trying to catch up on all of the SITSmas posts and the comments left on my post.  I had SO much fun!  Seriously--if you are wanting some comment love and are wanting to add even more amazing blogs to your Reader {I realize you do need more than just my blog to read} head over to SITS!

*Isabella is still awake playing.  I think I hear some jumping going on in there--I may need to go regulate in a moment...

*Did anyone else just say "Regulators...mount up!"?  No?   Nevermind me....just had a 90's flashback to Warren G....

*I've changed what I'll be having at my Christmas party.  The wine is still on my list.  But my food?  I'm adding a cheeseball.  God, I love those things.  I may make those pinwheel sandwiches, too.  Yum. 

*Madelyn rolled over from back to tummy today!  Love her and how big she's getting--I'll be taking some new pics soon.  Y'all must be dying without any pictures for a week or so.

*And Madelyn is always laughing at me.  Seriously--I just say hi to her and I hear the cutest baby giggles.  She's adorable, that butterball of mine.

*Speaking of butterball, I'm postponing my 30 Day Shred "Ikickass" regime.  I'm waiting until after the holidays.  I've been trying to watch the girls, catch up on housework, clean, shop {and grocery shop}, plan our trip--not to mention my party and Christmas.  It's too much for me.  BUT the Monday after New Years I am starting again...woohoo!!

*Apparently Starbucks is no longer making pumpkin spiced lattes.  I went there the other day after the Chuck E. Cheese fiasco and 1) was told there were no more psl's.  2) after I regained my composure I ordered a caramel brulee latte.  Disliked it.  Ew.  3) and I didn't even get a red cup.  

*I was devastated after that Starbucks trip.  Just topped off the whole crawling through nastyville at C.E.C earlier. 

*Isabella is quiet now...guess no need for me regulate.

*And before I sign off...Regulators!  Mount up.

*You're welcome for getting Warren G stuck in your head for Thursday.  xoxo

Monday, December 7, 2009

Merry SITSmas!



Can you believe Christmas is in less than three weeks?!  I know I can't--I have so much to do around here--it's not even funny!  I'm really hoping that Santa has his act together better than I do this year, that's for sure!

I wanted to leave y'all a few of my favorite things for this Christmas.  So sit down somewhere comfy, cuddle up with a warm blanket {or you could totally rock your Snuggie or Slanket!) and a hot cup of coffee--and mostly I hope you enjoy my happiness that makes me merry:

1.  Hearing Isabella tell me she loves "Kissmas" and the "Kissmas lights are bee-you-tee-ful, Mommy!".

2.  Seeing Miss Madelyn staring at the Christmas tree and loving the lights.  She's totally infatuated with them--hard to believe I was pregnant with her this time last year!

3.  Speaking of which, SO happy I don't have the extreme morning sickness that I had last year.  Which means holiday cookies, treats and I can enjoy my wine this year--yay!

4.  Isabella's "wishlist" consists of a Dora bike.  Must let Santa know of this asap.  Because last I knew it was a wagon...now it's changed to the Dora bike. 

5.  And what's Christmas without my beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte in my red cup from Starbucks?

6.  The playing of Christmas music and movies everywhere I go....falalalala!

7.  Comfy sweaters to hide that leftover baby belly. 

8.  Christmas themed everything--from disposable coffee cups, tissue boxes, paper towels, candles...it's heaven to me.

9.  The cheeriness of everyone I meet--seriously, there seems to be so much kindness and caring this time of year.  I wish more people were this cheery throughout the rest of the year, that's for sure!

I'll sign off with a picture of one of my favorite Christmas movies EVER!  Merry SITSmas to all of my SITStas from SITS and to all of my readers, too! 



The Day I Owned Up to My Stretch Marks

Just had to let y'all know that if you were at the Gulfport Chuck E. Cheese today?

Um, yes, that was me crawling through the maze in the air trying to convince Isabella that she was not trapped up there.

And, yes, those were probably my stretch marks that you saw through the little viewing windows as I was trying to crawl on my hands and knees through a child's suspended maze.

And, yes, that was me scooching down the twirly slide covered in sweat and cursing whoever the genious was to create something as "fun" as a maze that's so high that I practically had an anxiety attack due to the height and the claustaphobic atmosphere of the "fun" toy.

And, yes, that was my child--who just merely moments before was so terrified that she wouldn't/couldn't get out of the maze--who immediately tried to crawl back up again.

I just love that place called Chuck E. Cheese...

ps-I may or may not have thrown up in my mouth a little bit when I imagined all of the germs that invaded my body in that humid, stuffy, stale air maze...*shudder*

Wen Cleansing Conditioner {A Winey Mommy Review}

I recently had the chance to review Wen Cleaning Conditioner {in sweet almond mint}.  I don't know about y'all but when it comes to hair care products I am super picky.

I am cursed blessed with extremely thick and wavy hair--and living in the South?  Oh my.  It's so hard to find a good shampoo/conditioner/product that won't totally dry out my hair or make my hair extremely greasy. 

When the Wen Cleansing Conditioner arrived I was ecstatic to review it.  It recently was awarded the coveted Shecky's "Beauty at its Best Award" for both their shampoo and condtioner.  I love using a product that's been recognized--that means {to me} that it must be great to quite a few people out there.

This conditioner is a single step process that cleanses and conditions--which means there is no need to use a seperate shampoo.  I read on the back of the bottle that this product doesn't lather.  It's like a really thick conditioner treatment for your hair that you leave on for 3-5 minutes, depending on the amount of conditioning you are looking for {more if you have longer hair}.  It's also made with natural ingredients which is very important to me--both for myself and my family.  The Wen Cleansing Conditioner does not contain sodium laurel sulfate and other damaging detergents that can be found in a lot of other shampoos/conditioners. 

***Product Benefits***

*Will give your hair added moisture, body and shine
*Works great on a variety of hair types including wavy, straight, curly and ethnic hair
*Leaves your hair soft, manageable and touchable
*Is usable both before and after any chemical treatment or when hair has been stressed
*Strengthening action that will repair damage, renews elasticity and reduces chemical stress of dry and/or extremely damaged hair

***My Opinion***

I used the Wen Cleansing Conditioner last nite.  It smelled SO good--very minty and fresh.  In my opinion it's a great product to use in the morning if you're tired and taking a shower--the scent will wake you up and perk you right up!

I pumped the recommended 16-24 pumps into my hand and massaged into my scalp and hair {and remember it's both a shampoo and conditioner--awesome!!}.  I let it set for ~5 minutes and then rinsed.  I was afraid because of how thick it was that it would be hard to rinse out and leave a film on my hair.  I was wrong!  It left my hair feeling so clean--I loved how clean my hair felt.

I then did the "ultimate test"--blow drying my hair.  My hair tends to frizz out quite a bit if I don't use the right conditioner.  I blow dried and straightened my hair--perfection.  I seriously loved it.  Even the husband complimented me on my hair.  I loved that he even noticed that I was having a great hair day.

I would definitely recommend this product to my family, friends and readers.  I loved it that much.  A great product that both smells wonderful and did its job--with natural ingredients. 


***Where to Buy?***

You can purchase any of the Wen by Chaz Dean products on their website.  The set includes the Wen Cleansing Conditioner {which is what I received} as well as styling creme, re moist intensive hair repair mask, texture balm and a wide tooth shower comb.  All for the great price of $29.95!


I was provided a free bottle of the Wen Cleansing Conditioner in order to write a product review and give my honest opinion.  I was not paid to write this post and all opinions above are honest and written by me and by my experience.  I want to thank Traci and The Product Review Place for giving me the opportunity to complete this review.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Hot Cocoa Recipe--Super Easy!

Okay, I had a few requests for my Mom's cocoa recipe and as promised, here it is for you all:

As taken from her Facebook page:

8 qt box powdered milk (Carnation is best, but I can't find it this year!)

3 oz jar of Coffee Mate original powder (I always add quite a bit extra)

1 lb Nestle Quik powder

1/2 lb powdered sugar (I added probably almost a pound...and it tasted so good!)


Just mix everything up and you are done! (I bought a Christmas bucket at Wal-Mart with Bellie the other nite--it has a lid and everything!  Perfect for storing it.)

Serving size I used a 1/3 cup measuring cup.  Add hot water and you are done.  You can taste it before you add your marshmallows or marshmallow fluff to see if you need more mix.

It's so easy to make and my Mom always gets requests for her recipe.  I've drank this for years and I will never drink the packet stuff again!  Her recipe is that good and yummy.

Let me know if you have questions and then after you make it come back and tell me what you think.

ps-and you can always head over to my Mom's blog and leave her a thank you--I know she'd love it!

Ahem. An Apology.

I just want to apologize to any of my readers who may have been at the brand new {well, our only} Olive Garden on Saturday nite in D'iberville.

If you heard/saw/witnessed a 2 year old throwing a huge tantrum.

Or heard/saw/witnessed a 2 year old telling their Mommy "I be back, Mommy" and hop out of their chair running.

Or heard/saw/witnessed a 2 year old doing the whole dead weight act and making my Mommy drag said toddler on a germ infested restaurant floor.

It was not us....

Not my sweet, loving Isabella. 

Ahem.

Okay.  It was Isabella.  And it was me.

By myself sans Daddy and Maddie just trying to take my girl on a Target and Olive Garden date.

As you just read, that whole date?

Backfired.  Majorly.

We are now sticking to drive throughs {or is it thrus?} only.

{We can't go step foot in a Chick-Fil-A without an enormous tantrum, hair pulling and scratching episode when it's time to leave.  Indoor playground.  Enough said}.



This was taken in October...but as you can see she just likes to scream...

I just can't help but laugh! 

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Lots of Giveaways Ending Today.

Here are some great giveaways that are going on right now:

Ending today:

Little Mommy Walk & Giggle Doll (Barefoot Mommies Gift Guide)

Mickey Mouse Train (same as above)

Britax Carseat (same as above)

Roku for Netflix (same as above)

Leapfrog Tag Jr (Our Ordinary Life)

Leapfrog Tag Jr (Lizzy Dear)

Homemade Cocoa and Naughty Cats

Due to the "threat" of 1 inch of snow, I decided that I would make some homemade hot chocolate {y'all--my Mom gave me the recipe and it is awesome.  Just sayin'.  If you want me to share leave me a comment and I'll write up a post for ya.  I'm too lazy at the moment to go over to her Facebook page and copy it....ha}.

So Isabella and I braved the cold and headed out all bundled up and determined to get our ingredients for hot cocoa nite.

We get to Wal-Mart and it was SO cold...Isabella told me to run--and we did.

Got the indredients and headed back home.  I popped in the new Tom & Jerry Christmas movie {she totally begged for it.  And she calls Tom "Naughty Cat", haha!}.

Anyway, we saw a lot of Christmas lights up in the neighborhood.  So we turned up the Christmas music and drove all around.  We looked at every single house.  And we sometimes did a drive-by two times if the lights were "awesome/cool" according to B.

We got home, I mixed up the cocoa mix and made all of our mugs.  I bought Isabella her own miniature mug--super cute!  Then we all sat around the table.  Drinking the cocoa.  Having a wonderful family moment. Poor Maddie was in her Bumbo chomping at her hands and just watching Isabella with every spoonful that went into her mouth.  I kept reassuring her that next year will be the year that she can participate in cocoa.

Anyway, so we're sitting there, right?

And Isabella kept telling me the following:

"Cocoa is AWESOME!"

"Tom is Naughty Cat"

"Nummy! Ee-soso {delicioso en Espanol aka delicious}! Eat!"

"Treat!"

"Where Scooby Doo, Mommy?" {Um, I have no clue?  She's never watched that show--I asked her one time and she said NO! Ha...}

So, my friends, tonite was filled with mugs of cocoa instead of glasses of wine.

And guess what.

I loved my cocoa nite...it was just nice for everyone to be happy and in a great mood, laughing, smiling.  No tantrums.  No attitude from me or Leo.  No screaming from Maddie.

Perfection friends.  So tell me....

When was the last time that you had a perfection nite?  Where you were all happy--your family/spouse/children/cat/dog/ferret/or whatever else you want to include....?

Friday, December 4, 2009

She Said What?!

Isabella has been talking up a storm y'all.  Seriously.

*She asks me where her case of "ddd's" are {dvd's}.  Especially Frosty, Ru-Roff, and Chaw Broooown.  Her faves by far!

*This morning she asked me where Halloween was.  Hm.  Good question, Bellie.  I would like to know that answer myself...wasn't it just here?

*She asks me daily "Where Toe go?".  Toe is her 2 yr old cousin, Mateo, who lives in Texas.  I love that she calls him Toe.  Haha!

*If Madelyn is crying Bellie will tell me, "Mommy, Sissy Cryyying!  Sissy Cryyying!".  Unfortunately this is sometimes a result of her being a little, um, rough with her sister. 

*I forgot to plug in her pink Christmas tree yesterday morning.  Wow.  She was all about letting me know about that mistake, haha!

*I think it's so cute when she's talking and all of a sudden she gets SO excited and it's suddenly a big jibber jabbering mixture with some words thrown in here and there.

*And when she sings a song?  Ohmygoodness, my heart melts into a big, melty, lovey puddle.  Love it.

I just love how much she talks.  It amazes me when she says a sentence...it's seriously fascinating how when we're born we know nothing.  Wow. 

ps-this also means we have to be super careful of what we say around her...if you know what I mean!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

A Christmas Meme...

I've been tagged by the always funny and always sweet G-Zell for this super fun Christmas meme.  This was started by Heather over at Top Ten Christmas Blog.  Here we go!



1.) Have you started your Christmas shopping?  Yep!  But I'm nowhere near finished.  Stressing about how much I need to get done...yikes.


2.) Tell me about one of your special traditions.  Well, this is the first year that Isabella is sort of understanding Christmas and Santa.  But I would love for us to go and look at Christmas lights together as a family.  We also play Christmas music the entire month of December.  I hope to get more traditions as a family as the girls get older.


3.) When do you put up your Tree?  Usually the day after Thanksgiving except for this year--we decorated early since we were out of town on Thanksgiving.

4.) Are you a Black Friday shopper?  No...we did go later on in the day.  I usually do most of my shopping online for Christmas--way easier than dragging the family out together.


5.) Do you Travel at Christmas or Stay home?  Usually stay at home, but we'll be going to Missouri so we can go and spend some time with my Grandpa.


6.) What is your funniest Christmas memory? Last year on Christmas Eve nite, Leo and I were putting together Isabella's toddler coupe car.  I had the worst morning sickness and could barely function {I wish I were kidding...}.  Anyway, we opened the box and we were missing wheels and other parts!!  I could have died!!  We now will make sure all parts are with all gifts...before Christmas Eve! Haha!


7.) What is your favorite Christmas Movie of All time? All of them?  Lol--it's a tie between Christmas Vacation and Elf.  Love them both!


8.)Do you do your own Christmas Baking, what’s your favorite treat? Yes!  I love baking.  This year I've made pumpkin bread, pumpkin choc chip bread.  I'll be making Snickerdoodles for my cookie exchange.  And I know we'll make homemade toffee and magic cookie bars...yum!

9.) Fake or Real Tree? We have a fake tree although we love them both.

10.) What day (as a Mom) does the actual panic set in to get it all done? Honestly?  This year it really hit me on December 1st.  I hate seeing countdown signs everywhere I go...ahhh!


11.) Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve? Yeppers!

12.) What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas? I love Christmas Eve nite, Christmas morning and watching A Christmas Story together.  Oh--I forgot that on my favorite movies!


13.) What Christmas craft do you like the best? I have NO time this year for anything crafty, lol!


14.) Christmas music? Love it all!  I only get to hear the songs for one month, so I use that to my advantage.

15.) When do you plan to finish all your shopping? I honestly cannot answer this...



Wanna plaay along?

Just simply copy and paste the questions into your blog, and then answer them.
When you post your blog, please spread some Christmas cheer, and leave a link back to Heather's Top Ten Christmas Blog, and the blog that you were tagged by.


Loved this meme!!  If you play along, leave me a comment and let me know so I can go and give you some comment love.

Bryan Sausage Winner

Congratulations to LittleEagle!  She won the Bryan Sausage giveaway.

She has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be picked.


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

It's On! Good Bye Muffin Top!

Heather's Hacienda


The ever so fabulous Heather from Heather's Hacienda is having a 30 Day Shred challenge--and it starts TOMORROW!

I started the 30 Day Shred video, but then got a knee injury.  And the swine flu.  Then another cold.  Then the back.

But enough is enough already.  I think part of me was just struggling to get back into it.  Call it the weather, the holidays...whatever.  But starting tomorrow?

I'm over it.  The excuses.  The "baby weight" that loves me so much.  I want to fit into my favorite of favorite jeans again!  I want to be happy with what I see in the mirror.  I don't want to suck my tummy in for dear life anymore! 

So who's with Heather and I?  Come on...we can do this together! 

Go and check out her blog to find out more! 

Monday, November 30, 2009

Randoms and My Fave Thanksgiving Pics

*Thank you for the prayers and thoughts for my wonderful Grandpa.  That means so much to me and my family!

*Isabella has made me rewind this video a countless amount of times...super adorable!



*Here are a couple of my favorite Thanksgiving pictures of the girls:






*I'm so stressed right now.  I think am declaring tonite a wine nite...vino take me away...

*Madelyn had her 4 month well baby {4 months?! Where is the time going??} appointment today.  She's 14 lbs 4 oz and 25 in long.  Awww!  The ped told us to start her on cereal now, too.  She eats every 2-3 hours...and she is starving each time.  I can't believe how quickly she's growing up...wow.

*I hate PMS.  Hate it.  With a passion.  The end.

*How is your week going so far?  And why are Mondays always the worst day of the week??

Softlips Winner!

Congratulations to TX_Jen 34 who was the big winner of the Softlips giveaway!

The winner has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn.

Thank you to all who entered--the giveaway was definitely a great success!


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Prayers for an Amazing Man



It's been 14 months since I wrote this post.

The post where we learned my Grandpa has lung cancer.

14 months have gone by since that nite that I received the worst kind of news.

News that nobody ever ever wants to hear about someone they love.

My Grandpa is not doing very well.  I just found this out tonite.

A part of me always gets a little sick when the phone rings late at nite.  Or when you can just tell that something isn't the way it should be.

Such was the case when I talked to my Mom on the phone tonite.  She had text me to see if I had gotten her text.  {Isabella broke my BlackBerry's ball...ugh.}.

I could just tell it was about my Grandpa.

I don't want to go into a lot right now.  Just know that he has Stage 4 small cell lung cancer.  And he has been fighting so, so hard for 14 months.

He is a hero.  A man who is so funny--he loves life.  Loves his family.  Loves the Cubs.

Can you remember to say a prayer for him?  Add him to your prayer list?

I could never thank you enough for thinking of us and praying for him.  I have seen the power of prayer work before.  I know prayer can do an amazing thing for someone, for a family.

Thank you, friends.  I could never, ever tell you how much you touch my heart.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Feeling Lucky?

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Mom Start and F-Secure is giving ONE super lucky winner {5} $100 giftcards!  The giftcards include: Amazon, Best Buy, Gap, Old Navy, and Target.  Could you imagine being the winner?  Wow!

Giveaway end on Monday the 30th @ 11:59 PM PST--so hurry, head over to Mom Start and enter.  Good luck to us all!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Stocking Stuffer



For the past few days I've been particpating in a FUN stocking stuffer party!  It's filled with goodies from Chrissy and Mellisa--and I actually won a kickoff giveaway {yummy room spray and a candle!}.

Today we were promped on who stuffs our stockings.  Let me tell you--I LOVE the stocking stuffers.  From Halloween up until Christmas Eve I keep my eyes alert and ready to find the best stocking stuffers for the family.

I have been doing okay this year--for Isabella I have a movie, Christmas Jelly Belly's, a book, a miniature See-n-Say.  For Maddie I have formula and diapers.  Ha!  I'm kidding...she has a bunch of teethers and rattles so far.  I'll add some fun candies to Bellie's stocking and maybe some new pacis to Maddie's.  I really need to step up my game...I feel like I am falling further and further behind as Christmas is sneaking up closer and closer...

For Leo I have no clue.  I think I have asked you all for suggestions for the impossiblemantobuyfor about a dozen times or so.  I'm thinking a movie, some nuts and chocolate covered coffee beans--he is addicted to them!  But otherwise, who knows what he'll get.  He won't tell me any suggestions for himself....the man is impossible to shop for!

As for me, I've given him lots of ideas.  Giftcards to Tarjay, Hobby Lobby.  Some yummy candies.  Coffee.  A new, cute mug.  A good book.  Lip gloss.  A girlie movie.  Anything that will let me "escape" for just a minute or two or three...

I think I love stockings because they are full of surprises!  You never know what you're going to get--and just when you think you're done--you get another surprise that tumbles out.  I love it!

So, tell me, what is on your stocking stuffer wishlist?  Do you fill your own stocking or does your husband surprise you?  What are you giving your sig other/children/pets?  Is anyone giving someone some dreaded coal?

I can't wait to read your answers--maybe I'll get another idea that I didn't think of!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Talk About the Accomplishment of the YEAR!

I just wanted to say that there is something

quite

satisfying

when you have read every

single

blog

post in your Reader.

And commented on as many as you could.

That's all.

I feel so accomplished now.

So accomplished that I think I could

read the

entire series of

Twilight.

Okay.

Maybe not

that

accomplished ;)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mmmm...Monday....

*I have a new favorite wine.  It's A to Z Pinot Gris and it is SO good.  Seriously good.  If you haven't tried it before, I recommend it...

*Last nite the husband and I watched Home for the Holidays.  Have you ever seen it?  It's hilarious!  Seriously dysfunctional and fun.  Perfect Thanksgiving week movie.

*We are decorated for Christmas!  Yay!  The tree is up, the stocking are hung, my new fabulous Target tablecloth is on the table.  I love it all.  So happy we did it before we leave for Houston this week--coming home to Christmas is going to be wonderful!

*ABC Family Channel is showing their uber cheesy, yet uber good Christmas movies!!  Our DVR is practically filled up with the amount of movies that I've recorded.  I love this time of year!

*Isabella now insists anytime that I say 'ouch!' that she must get me a Band-Aid.  She says, 'C'mon, mommy, c'mon. Owie.' and takes my hand to the bathroom so she can get it out of the cabinet for me.  I love my little girl so much!

*Maddie is cute as can be.  Snuggly.  Smiley.  Happy.  Baby giggly.  I love baby giggles.  And baby drool.  And the sock lint that gets stuck between her toes. {don't judge. It seriously is adorable.}

*I'm so 'gogogo' with Christmas and holiday travels and parties and cookie swaps that I can't even think of a decent full post to write lately.  I'm sorry?  But I've always had a secret crush on random posts.

*Am I the only person to not have read Twilight??  I started it awhile ago.  Couldn't get into it.  The movie was good.  They eye candy was better.  I hear New Moon is really good?  But I'm wondering if that's because of all the eye candy?  And what team are YOU on?

*I hate it when people hear that I quit the book and they tell me to give it another chance.  I have so many books to read and I usually don't give books a second chance.  I'd rather see the movie.  It's okay if I don't know all the inside scoop like the book readers know, right?

*Maddie can halfway turn over from back to tummy.  But then she decides she like laying on her side.  And stays there.  Super cute.  I love my little Butterball.  That's her nickname that Leo gave her.  And it stuck.  I must take pictures of the cuteness that I call her baby rolls.  I'm thinking you are going to love it all.

*I want a pedi.  Badly.  But I cannot justify spoiling myself when there are so many things that I need to buy right now.  So until then I may go get a Ped Egg.  Are they good?  Or are they as gross as the commercials show?  Something about emptying a container of dead foot skin makes me gag.  A lot.

*My back is still bothering me.  It was feeling better.  Then I gave the girls their baths.  And it hurts again.  Back on the muscle relaxers.  Ugh.

*Leo is all freaked out that I've had: knee injury, swine flu, nasty cold, lumbar sprain.  He thinks it's all related.  I looked at him like he was crazy and reassured my worrying husband that I am okay.  And I'm fairly certain that none of the above is related.

*Sorry this was so long.  I just miss you all.  And hope my randoms are okay.  xo

Bryan Sausage {A Winey Mommy Review and Giveaway} CLOSED



With the holidays arriving shortly you can imagine the amount of party planning that is going on right now.  I know my house is so busy planning our Christmas party!  We have been so excited to plan everything from the decorations, to if we want to play any games or not, to the menu.

Out of everything our menu is the most important to me.  I know when I go to a party the one thing that I always remember is the food.  Our menu this year is going to be based on simplicity.  We're doing the appetizers, the others will bring one of their favorite dishes--and nothing too fancy.  I want everyone to feel at home here.

When I was contacted by Bryan Foods to see if I would be interested in sampling their different sausages I was so happy!  It gave me the chance to try out a product before cooking it for my party.  I was sent their smoked sausage, their cocktail smokies and an nice black apron with the Bryan Foods logo.  The apron will come in very handy for when I'm prepping and cooking up a storm for all of my mommas that will be coming over to eat and have fun!

This past week we cooked up the Bryan Foods smoked sausage.  It. was. sooo good!  Leo loved it, Isabella loved it and I loved it--and it's not every day around here that we all agree on something to eat.  It had just the right kick to it--and living in the South we love our food to have some of a kick to it.  I truly believe that's why the Bryan Foods logo is 'The Flavor of the South'--because it's true!  So good, so yummy.  I can't wait to use the smokies for my pigs in a blanket that I'll be serving up at my party.  I know that they will be a big hit with the girls.


***WIN***

Bryan Foods has been so gracious to offer one of my lucky readers a chance to win the same party pack that I won!  It includes cocktail smokies, smoked sausage and the black apron--awesome, right?

So now that you know what you can win, here's how you can win it.


***ENTER***

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Fine Print: Open to US residents only ages 18+. Must leave a valid email in comment if blog profile is not published or is private.  If you do not have a blog leave your email address in comment.  Comments not following giveaway instructions will be deleted by me.  Giveaway will end on December 3rd at NOON CST.  All entries after that time will be deleted and void.  Winner picked by Random.org. Winner will be notified by email that they won and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be picked.  I was not paid for this post.  I received the product in order to do an honest review.  All opinions above are based on my own.  All recipes below were given to me by Bryan Foods to share with my readers.

***RECIPES***
Traditional Pigs in a Blanket

32 cocktail links - Bryan Cocktail Smokies
1 can refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

Method:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Cut each dinner roll in quarters. Wrap each Bryan Cocktail Smokies cocktail link in one quarter roll. Place wrapped sausages on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with ketchup and mustard, if desired.

*****
Triple Cheese Dip

1 Pound Bryan Cocktail Smokies
¼ cup shredded Swiss cheese
¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 (1.5-oz.) pkg dried onion soup mix
2 tsp. chopped parsley
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
2 cups cottage cheese

Method:

Mix sour cream and mayonnaise in 2-quart bowl. Stir in cottage cheese, onion soup mix, and parsley. Add cheddar and Swiss cheese; mix well. Serve with Bryan Cocktail Smokies, fresh veggies and bread.

Serving size:
50 servings

*****

Big Game Snackers

45 links - Bryan Cocktail Smokies
2 pkgs. fresh bacon slices
Mustard or barbecue sauce

Method:

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Wrap each sausage with 1 slice bacon. Place wrapped sausages on shallow baking pan. Bake for about 15 minutes or until bacon is crisply cooked. Dip in mustard or BBQ sauce.

Serving Size:
Makes 45 servings

*****

Bryan Cocktail Smokies in Peach Barbecue Sauce

1 can (15 oz.) peaches in juice
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2 pkgs. Bryan Cocktail Smokes

Method:

Place un-drained peaches, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, garlic, cinnamon and ginger in blender container. Cover and process until smooth. Open package of Bryan Cocktail Smokies and drain off any liquid. Place peach sauce and Cocktail Smokies in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer over low heat 5 minutes. Carefully pour mixture into a 3-4 quart slow cooker. Cover, heat on low for 30-40 minutes or until flavors are blended.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

LONG Overdue for a Fun Meme!

The fabulous Loukia of Loulou's Views has tagged me for a fun meme!  I haven't done a meme in a LONG time, so I was really excited to see that I was tagged! 

Here we go--grab a glass of wine, some chocolate and a cozy blanket.  It's time to read about moi.

Name someone with the same birthday as you:

I so had to Google it, but I found out that Donald Trump and Boy George both share my special day--that's quite the pair, haha!

Where was your first kiss?

It was in 7th grade at a school dance.  I still remember his name and that we were slow dancing to some couple's song.  So funny to actually think about that nite.

Have you ever seriously vandalized someone else's property?

No!  I don't think I could ever do that.  And I honestly don't think that tp'ing counts, does it?

Have you ever hit someone of the opposite sex?
I remember in 7th grade I slapped a boy across the face.  I have no clue what he said, but I still remember the look of shock on his face!

Have you ever sung in front of a large number of people?

NO WAY.  One of my biggest fears is karaoke.  I'm not even kidding.  I shudder even thinking about being on a stage and singing with everyone staring at me....

What's the first thing you notice about your preferred sex?

Height and teeth. 

What really turns you off?

People that smack their food/gum/candy.  Ew.  And mean people.  And liars. 

What do you order at Starbucks?

In the fall/winter a Pumpkin Spice Latte.  All other season?  An iced, non-fat, caramel macchiato.  And if they ask I get it layered.  Seriously delish!

What is your biggest mistake?

Biggest mistake?  I would say not finishing college.  But if I had stayed in I would not have joined the Air Force and met my husband and had my two little girls.  So, I have to say no mistakes are big enough for me to regret.

Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose?

I am going with what Loukia said--besides staying up WAY too late only to have to wake up WAY too early, nope!

Say something totally random about yourself:

My thumbs are freakishly double jointed.  I can bend them so they touch my wrist/arm--kinda gross, I know.  And I have no clue how I figured out I could do that?!

Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity?

I used to get Kirsten Dunst.  Back when I was skinny.  And blonde.  Now?  Not so much, haha!

Do you still watch kiddie movies or TV shows?

Yep!  Isabella takes care of that when she demands to watch Fresh Beat Band.

Did you have braces?

Yes, but my dentist wants me to get them again for my jaw.  Joy!

Are you comfortable with your height?

Yes.  5'6 is perfect for me.  Although, when I was younger?  I always wanted to be shorter like my friends!

What is the most romantic thing someone of the preferred sex has done for you?

One nite I was really annoyed that Leo was just in our room forever.  I had a really bad day...but then?  He came out and had the bathroom totally made up for a relaxing bath.  Candles, beautiful music, bubbles and peace and quiet.  I love that man!

When do you know it's love?
 I'll put it this way.  If you have to ask yourself if it's love?  It probably isn't.
 
Do you speak any other languages?
A few Spanish words.  I can understand it better than speak it!

Have you ever been to tanning salon?

Oh, yeah.  But I haven't been in years.  And I won't ever let my daughters step foot in one!

Have you ever ridden in a limo?

Yes!  I love limos!

What's something that really annoys you?

People that always expect a free handout for everything.  And people who complain constantly about things that they can control.  And people who try to shove their beliefs/politics/religion down my throat.  And people who don't know what to do at a 3 or 4 way stop. 

What's something you really like?
Makeup!  I love makeup--and especially makeup stores like Sephora and Ulta.  Oh!  And Target!  LOVE Target!!

Can you dance?

No....I don't really like to dance--I'd rather sit back and have some wine and watch everyone else make fools of themselves, ha!

Have you ever been rushed by an ambulance into the emergency room?

Yes!  I had a really bad reaction to a medication.  It was so scary and I was home alone with Isabella.  She was a tiny baby, it was so scary!



Fun, right?  So now I want to tag:

Lynn
Kristin
Theta Mom

And anyone else!  It's 1 in the morning and I need to get to bed asap.  Have fun!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Sorry!

I am apologizing in advance, but I've had to turn on word verification.

The spam comments are getting WAY out of control!

I'll disable it later on down the road, but for now it's on.

Thanks for understanding and being patient.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Because Don't We All Strive for Softlips? {A Winey Mommy Review}


'Tis the season for cold weather, warm houses and chapped lips.  Although I love Christmastime, I am not a fan of my dry lips that come along with the cooler weather.  Sometimes they get so dry and crack--which we all know what a pain that can be--not to mention a painful experience!

That's why this winter?  I'm all stocked up on my Softlips.  Softlips has the best lip products out there--and believe me when I say I've tried a lot of them!  They make my lips incredibly soft and smooth.  And another bonus?  They don't gunk up on me like so many other lipglosses and chapped lip products do.  You know the gunk-that film that just forms and it stays on your lips until you wipe it off.






Softlips dual packs would make for a great stocking stuffer also.  They come in the perfect size package  and they have so many new flavors to choose from.  The yummy limited edition packs that are out exclusively for the holiday and winter season come in Sugar & Spice and Sugar Plum Berry which you can pick up at Target and Winter Mint and Sugar Cookie which is available at Walgreens.  I just tried out the new flavors--LOVE them!  They are wonderful and I would recommend them to anyone.

Softlips even has a Facebook page that you can go and be a fan of.  Some of their status updates are hilarious and you can be one of the first to know about their new, amazing lip balm.  Go ahead and check it out! 

**GIVEAWAY!**

One of my lucky readers will be receiving all four of the Softlips limited addition dual packs of lip balm!  They include: Sugar & Spice paired with Vanilla, Sugar Plum Berry paired with Cherry, Winter Mint paired with Vanilla, and Sugar Cookie paired with Cherry!  Estimated value is retailed at $16.

That would be a great addition to any stockings, co-workers or just keep them for yourself.  As a lip junkie, this is a great giveaway--and just in time for all of this cold, wintry weather that is hitting us all.

**HOW TO WIN**

Winning is easy!  Just head over to Softlips and tell me something you learned about their site.  Check out their flavors, the lip q&a, where to buy--it can be anything!  This must be completed before any bonus entries will count. 

Want to earn some extra entries?  You can do one, none or all of the following:

1 entry: follow my blog on Google Friend Connect on my right sidebar
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1 entry: follow me on Twitter
1 entry per tweet: Tweet this giveaway! Include @winey_mommy in your tweet and a link to the post.  Can be done FIVE times per day!  Please allow one hour between each tweet
2 entries (leave separate comment for each): follow my blog on Facebook's networked blog found on my right sidebar
5 entries (leave separate comment for each): blog about this giveaway.  Include http://softlips.com/ and http://wineymommy.com/ in your blog post.


Good luck!!  I know you'll love the Softlips dual packs--I have mine in my purse, diaper tote, bathroom...they're everywhere I am.

***This giveaway is open to US residents only.  Must be 18 years of age or older.  Giveaway is open until noon CST on November 30th.  Winner will be contacted by email.  Please include email in comment if your blog isn't public or if you don't have an email in your profile.  Winner will have 48 hours to reply back with name and address.  If winner does not respond I will pick another winner.  All winners are picked via Random.org.

***All opinions expressed above are based on my own experience with Softlips.  I was given the product in order to conduct an honest review.  No money was given for this post.  Thank you to the Product Review Place and Laura who made this review and giveaway possible.

Randoms...That's What I Got....

*So I woke up yesterday and my back was hurting.   No biggie.  Woke up this morning and it was hurting even more.  Then today I was getting up out of our recliner--and I had the worst back pain.  Ever.  I couldn't move and was stuck with Madelyn crying and Bella freaking out.  Awesome!  Isabella got me the phone and I called Leo telling him I was stuck--ha!  Went to the ER (no appointments available...) and I have a lumbar sprain.  Now on muscle relaxers and motrin.  Let the good times begin...

*We've started our Secret Sister gift month with the playgroup.  I'm so excited!!  I'll be dropping her goodies for the week off on Friday.  Although I may need Leo's help since my back is killing me.  Poor guy always gets duped into helping me with things that he doesn't want to help out with.

*Watching Modern Family right now--this show is hilarious!  I love Wednesday nite tv on ABC.  If you haven't seen the show, I definitely recommend it.

*Oh--today I got the most amazing candle from my Secret Sister--I love it!  Total sweetheart and it really brightened my day.

*Remember the Ultimate Cloth review that I did last week?  Well, you can now get your OWN for FREE!
Just follow them on Twitter or become a fan on their Facebook page.  I love mine--so go and get yours for free!

*I'm getting so excited for Thanksgiving, my Christmas party, the cookie/ornament exchange, Christmas....I love this time of year.  It's crazy and super busy but I wouldn't change it for the world!  I'm so thankful for all of the good that I have in my life.

*I need to post a pic of my new haircut!  I love it!!  It's a little under my chin and the back is layered.  So easy to fix and straighten--and I love how it looks!  Also went a little darker--you know, for winter and all.

*I just started watching True Blood from Netflix.  I'm hooked!!  I seriously love that show...and I can't wait to get my next DVD in the mail.

*A new wine shop opened by the Target.  Seriously, how awesome is that?!  Went there the other nite and got a yummy bottle of wine.  I can't wait to go and try out another one.  Oh, and an Ulta opened up there, too!  I have to go there, but am seriously dying to go.  I love makeup and perfume sooo much.

*Okay, I have over 400 posts to read now...I'm hoping to get lots of them read and lots of commenting done tonite.  Hope y'all are doing great! xo