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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Win a Baby Bundle from Green Cupboards

GreenCupboards cares about the earth and the individuals that live on it. GreenCupboards are dedicated to providing a broad variety of Eco-friendly, natural and/or organic products for your home, office or business. From the start of production through the packaging and shipment GreenCupboards stands by the products that they offer for sale. GreenCupboards care about the planet and like to cut down in every manner they can. That is why GreenCupboards products are often shipped directly to the consumer straight from the manufacturer or distributor to conserve energy. If you are ever not satisfied with a product from GreenCupboards they will offer your money back no questions asked. All this wrapped up in one terrific company sounds great to me.

Whatever your household may need from personal products, household cleaners, food and prep, baby or pet with many other categories in between you will find what you need at GreenCupboards. If your order $49 or more shipping to you will be free as well. GreenCupboards sounds better and better, saves the earth, allows us great products to buy and saves us money. Terrific in my book.

Seaside Go Away Monster Spray:

this is an all natural aromatherapy calming spray that is meant to help your child calm down with less fear of monsters while giving your house a light aroma.
Product is gentle, soft and effective and No synthetic fragrances, harsh chemicals, or synthetic preservatives

We also received the Baby Poof Body Wash and Shampoo from GreenCupboards. The body wash/shampoo is safe and gentle and has been tested in safe cosmetic data base. The safe and gentle formula for your baby is free of toxins, Eco-friendly and has not been tested on babies. Mommas can rest assure that they are doing the best for their little ones during bath time. As a mom and grandma I know that feels great We also reached the Baby Bum Bar and love this as well. The cuteness of a teddy bear bar lotion is created by use of a natural diaper rash ointment and is created for your tender babies bottom.

The GreenCupboard Group would love to offer a Baby Bundle set to on of Annie's Home readers

The Baby bundle includes:

•Nursery Gentle Cleanser
Refill Starter Kit
•Baby Lotion
•Body Wash and Shampoo
•Baby Wipes
•Baby Bum Bar
•Go Away Monster Spray

All of these products allow you to cuddle up with your little one and know that you are protecting his or her health with these tested and certified Eco - friendly, non toxic safe baby and nursery products.

To Enter contest: visit the GreenCupboards website and let me know what product you would choose for yourself and leave it in a comment

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Contest starts now and will run through November 1, 2009. Email in comment or on blog in order to win. Good Luck

winner of Mooshu Trainers

The winner of the MooShu Trainers is

kenziesmum said...
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remember tons of current contest on my blog

Outdoor Fun With Crayola *Giveaway*

Giveaway for crayola outdoor package being hosted by rockinmama
Outdoor Fun With Crayola *Giveaway*

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Friday Fill Ins

1. Sweet dreams for you my dear

2.Best of luck to all especially for me.

3. Silliness overcomes us

4. Let your light shine this Halloween.

5. Outstanding or not it will still be an enjoyment

6. A good nights sleep is what I want right now!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting good night of sleep , tomorrow my plans include fun at church with the youth and Sunday, I want to continue the fun

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Pioneer Life

I visited the near by pioneer village with my daughter and took these pictures. I am not for sure that she would want to go back to the simplier life where all was done by hand, no electricity or the personal goods we have now. But there are days that I would
find more great inspirational post on the inspired room

Aloha Friday : Weekend Plans

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

This weekend I will accompany my children on a weekend long lock in at the church that goes by the name of Disciple Now. It allows our children the time to get together and have fun with other teens as well as provides classes where they will be able to learn lessons on how to share their faith with others. My eldest son is a large part of this and I will be there helping out as well. This weekend promises to be lots of fun.

Now for my Aloha Friday question:

What are your plans for this weekend?

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National Fire Prevention resources

To help your child learn more about Fire Safety as well as to help make sure that your are ready in case you ever find your self or others in a terrible situation. The NFPA National Fire Protection Association has lots of resources for homeschoolers, children and adults located at this link

Seeryus Mama blog honors Fire Prevention Week

The blog Seeryus Mama has a wonderful post on fire prevention. I think this is a great post because my son in love is a fire fighter and the conversation often turns to fires and fire prevention. I also have some great friends who are fire fighters and one is actually a fire investigator. The things that these individuals see may chill you to the core.

Seeryus Mama has a contest in honor of fire prevention week as well. The Mighty World Fire Brigade set I am sure would be a big hit in my daughters house. My son in love loves fire trucks as much as my granddaughter.

So for your chance to win this cool play set head over to Seeryus Mama

Friday Frustration

ConversationsWithMoms:Every day Conversations with a Mom Blog

My Friday Frustration is the frustrating problem I have been having with my internet service. It seems like at least once a day something happens that makes the internet go off. One time the internet company actually told me it would be off several days because it was not their problem it was mine but after a bit of time the internet did come back up and we ended up being part of a wide outage. When you pay such high prices for Internet coverage I would love to be able to not have the problem of it going out for several hours at a time nearly every day. I have thought about changing but not for sure what options are out there since I live in a small rural area where there are not allot of choices.
are you frustrated? Want to share? Head over to Conversations With Mom and share or read what others are frustrated about.

Thursday, October 8, 2009


As a mother of three daughters I know what girls love. Girls love jewelry. Yes it does not have to be the glitzy diamond jewelry but it does have to be unique jewelry with a great style. Lunnarrastar has great style and charm for sure and the jewelry they produce is simply lovely. We received the RUBY Red Slippers and the Good Witch's magical wand - Wizard of Oz necklace

I am sure that this super cute necklace will be great for one of the girls. Just makes you want to put your heels together and click three times. The super cute pendant is one to cherish for sure. The lil red slippers with the good witch wand seems to tell you that good will over come and all will be o.k. Honoring the movie the Wizard of Oz Lunnarrastar has created a lovely necklace pendant fitting to the fame of the movie.

Lunnarrastar Jewelry is lovingly handcrafted with care and attention to detail. Lunnarrastar produces unique, quality jewellery design often inspired by fairy tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Snow White. Lunnarrastar is sure to please any princess.

The colorful bracelets that Lunnarrastar sells are full of charm

Earring sets are precious as well. Lunnarastar uses colorful gemstones to create lovely jewelry
One of the things that I loved the most at the Lunnarastar website was this cameo ring.

Buy: you can purchase Lunnarrastar jewelry directly off their website located at

Yoplait Delights link to print a $1.25 coupon off 1

Do you enjoy an afternoon snack? What about a before bedtime snack? Do you ever wonder how many calories you consume in those snacks? What if I told you there was a sweet delecious snack that you could enjoy and only consume 100 calories? Have your interest now don't I. Well Yoplait Delights yogurt are the snacks that I am referring to.

Yoplait Delights are a rich and creamy layered yogurt parfaits and the best part is they are only 100 calories per serving. The great Yoplait Delights come in flavors of chocolate raspberry, triple berry creme, lemon torte and creme caramel. Simply delicious and low calorie as well. Yoplait recently performed a "Delights Snacking Survey" where they found out that 9 out of 10 women would prefer a tasty low cal snack that would help them fight the after noon snack crunch.

Flavor Combinations:

*Chocolate Raspberry- Rich and creamy chocolate yogurt topped with luscious raspberry yogurt

*Triple Berry Crème- A delightful blend of strawberry, blueberry & raspberry yogurt topped with creamy vanilla yogurt

*Lemon Torte - Luscious lemon yogurt with just the right amount of zest topped with smooth & creamy vanilla yogurt

*Crème Caramel- Rich and creamy caramel yogurt topped with smooth vanilla yogurt

All of Annies Home readers can save money on their next purchase of Yoplait Delights
with a save $1.25 coupon

Great Northern Bean Chilli

Great Northern Bean Chilli

2 lbs bonelss skinless chicken breasts, cut in 1 inch cubes
1 T canola oil
1 (48 oz) jar northern beans, rinsed and drained
1 (16 oz) jar salsa
1 (14 1/2 oz) can chicken broth
1 t cumin, 0ptional
2 c shred cheese

Brown chicken in oil, In slow cooker mix beans, salsa, broth, cumin and chicken. Cover and cook low for 4 to 6 hours Serve with cheese

I found this recipe in my new cook book from taste of home. It seems perfect for the weather

for more great slow cook recipes visit the blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Crunchy Pumpkin Squares

Crunchy Pumpkin Squares

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Martha Stewart Halloween Brownies

If you are looking for something fun to do with your kids but tired of cut out sugar cookies then try some cut out brownies. I am listing this recipe on the blog me and lu 2 at

Martha Stewart Halloween Brownies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for pan
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
1 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
Royal Icing
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan, and line it with parchment, leaving a 2-inch overhang on 2 sides. Butter and flour parchment, tapping out excess.
2.Combine flour and salt in a small bowl. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Sift cocoa powder over butter, and whisk to combine. Let cool 3 minutes. Gently whisk in vanilla and eggs, then stir in sugars and flour mixture until just combined. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.
3.Bake until top is firm and set, about 30 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack, and let cool for 20 minutes. Remove brownies from pan using parchment overhang, and let cool on wire rack. Cut brownies and decorate using royal icing, as desired. Brownies will keep at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup recipe

With the wonderful weather upon us I am ready for some delicious soup. Well the blog The Krazy Kitchen is hosting a meme where many have listed such great recipes and I want to share one of my own as well.

Broccoli and Cheese Soup

1 pt. half and half
1 onion, chopped
8 oz. Velveeta cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 stick butter
1 pkg. frozen chopped broccoli, cooked & drained

Saute 1 onion in butter. Add cheese, soup, half and half and broccoli. Heat.

Little Miss Matched Sales alert

The Little Miss Matched company has a terrific sale on their socks at this time. They are having a stock up sale on their socks and for short period of time when you buy any 3 pairs of socks you will receive a special pair of socks. Head over to littlemissmatched website and stock up on your knee highs for fall now. In addition selected pairs of socks are 50% off as well.

Tips to get that meal on the table

Moms are busy now days and many of us wonder if we will actually get it all done. Twenty Four hours sounds like quite a bit of time but in reality it is just often not enough time to get it all done. We want the best for our family and that includes offering them delicious and healthy meals. The problem is that many of us see that supper time hour roll around and yet have no idea what we will serve for supper. This is where the fast food, sit down and take out restraunts all end up seeing business. That is why I want to share three of my special tips in getting supper on the table.

  1. Planning: it all starts with planning. I often begin with the Sunday newspaper looking for the best deals make a list of them and see what meals I can create out using the list. After this I fill in gaps in the teens favorite meals and ones that I know are economical as well. I then create a shopping list putting the meals on a piece of paper and posting this on the fridge. In order to sufice picky eaters I allow them one day to let me know if there is something on the list they will not eat. If I need to buy subs I do this or often try to figure out what is allready in the fridge freezer I can provide for subs of what they wont eat.

  2. Shopping and Having ready: One thing that I know will slow me down is if I do not have items on hand at home. To solve this problem I shop once a week which saves me time and money. The night before a meal is to be made I gather all up and sit them on a shelf in the fridge. I also love to cook ahead of time if possible. I love the cookbook Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms. This cookbook helps give guided outlines on how to prepare ahead of time, cook and freeze for later use.

  3. Scheduled time: I am a big schedule person and if I schedule the time to start cooking and time to serve I do alot better with time. It is often time that throws me a curve ball and if I can ward off the time war then things will go about much smoother.

If you have some great tips to share as well you may be able to win a Samsung refrigerator. The contest is being sponsored by the Twitter Moms and Samsung To join in visit this link

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pediped and Make a Wish Foundation

The week of October 25 to November 1 Pediped shoes will be high lighted in the Stars for a Wish online auction where 50 well known entertainers and athletes will autograph pairs of pediped baby shoes. The money raised will go to Make A Wish Foundation. Among the 50 pairs of Pediped shoes that will be autographed you will find signatures from Halle Berry, Andy Garcia, Tim Allen, Marcia Cross, Whoopie Goldberg and Jon Stewart. There will also be musicians like Faith Hill and Sugarland and sports stars like J.D. Drew and Shaquille Oneal

The Goal of the Stars for a wish foundation is $25,000 and bidding for each pair of shoes will start at $250 each. The winner of each pair of shoes will receive their pair of shoes in a cherry wood shadow box with a plaque attached. What a great feat for the money you spend knowing that 100% of all money will go directly to the Make a Wish Foundation. To find out all the stars that will be directly involved with the charity you can visit this link.

Angela and Brian Edgeworth are the individuals behind the Pediped footwear. The couple wanted to design a soft soled pair of shoes for their daughter. Now Pediped is among the top growing shoe companies. You can expect quality, unsurpassed comfort and style from the Pediped shoe company. With over 120 designs for both boys and girls ranging in size between newborns to 2+, and rubber soled shoes for children between ages 1 and 6 are available in over 2500 stores in the U.S. and in 40 countries around the world.

The Make A Wish Foundation is a wonderful worthwhile charity that helps grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions. I have seen this done in a childs life that I knew when diagnosed with kidney cancer. The Make A Wish Foundation helps to enrich the childs lie by helping to fill life with hope, strength and joy. Make A Wish foundation was founded in 1980 when the group fulfilled the dreams of a child to become a police officer. Now with 65 chapters in the U.S it is the largest wish granting charity in the world. With nearly 25,000 volunteers and generous donors the group is able to make the wish of a child every 40 minutes and has granted more than 180,000 wishes.

Dryer than before

This is one of my favorite white pictures
you can find more great white pictures at Faded Charm

Sentimental pictures

I will totally miss these two next year when they move out and head ot college. Here are some candid shots of them taken in spring/summer 2007

friday night lights

high school football this is what we eat, sleep and drink right now.

for more outside pics visit the blog A southern daydreamer and ordinary and awesome

Princess new talents

No we are not walking yet but getting close to it crawling, pulling up and walking around items

visit more wordless wednesday post at 5 minutes for mom and 5 minute for special needs
as well as on the Life As I See It

Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms review and giveaway

Make - Ahead Meals For Busy Moms

If you are like me you are a busy mom. Work, kids, church there is so much going on life seems to get out of its boundaries at times. The quickly approaching holidays make do not help the stressful busy life of moms either. There is one thing that I believe will help me and you. The Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms cook book has many helpful tips to get the supper on the table. Jane Doiron the author of the book Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms has created a lovely book of recipes that every meal of the family will love. Best of all the cookbook makes it simple on mom.

  • Simple to Prepare: recipe shares ideas on how to start the recipe ahead of time, the day of cooking and how to freeze if you choose to do that as well

Jane Doiron the author of The Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms cookbook is a mom herself who knows how hard it is to get that delicious family pleasing meal on the table. After years of studying Jane has created a book of delicious recipes including appetizers, breakfast recipes, desserts, main and side dishes, and soups. You are sure to be pleased with the range of recipes inside this wonderful cookbook. I can tell you that I am. Jane has even included a section of helpful tips and measurement equivalents sure to be helpful to every cook in the house.

Readers of mine that visit quite often know that i am always looking for recipes that please the teens. Recipes such as

  • pizza bites

  • taco dip

  • mini pecan pie muffins

  • breakfast burritos

  • chocolate chip cookies

  • peanut butter kiss cookies

  • taco lasagna

  • mini meatloaves

  • taco salad

All spell teen food loves to me. So I believe that you will be able to find delicious recipes that the entire family will love. We all know what teens will do if there is not a meal prepared and ready to eat when they are hungry. Mine will pick up the phone and call for a fattening pizza or run over to the burger shop and pick up a grease filled meal. With the Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms cookbook you will be able to serve a healthy meal and save money as well. In addition if you know what you are making you will not be tempted to run to the grocery store to find something to pop in the oven and serve the family. With the Make Ahead Meals For Busy Moms you will know what you are preparing for supper, be able to quickly finish it off and put it on the table so the family will enjoy. That weekday Meal will be time conscious and allow you to spend more time with the important people in your life.

Jane would love to offer one of Annies Home readers a cookbook of their own: To do this please take a look at her website and share something new that you learn.

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  • Follow Janes blog Make Ahead Meals
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  • tweet about the contest (1 entry per tweet) leave link in comment
  • blog about the contest (5 entries) leave link in comment

Contest starts now and runs through November 7, 2009. Email in comment or on blog or no win. Good Luck to all

Calypso Studios Inc lovely and affordable christmas gifts

Recently I was emailed and asked if I would help spread the word about the new fall and holiday products from Calypso Studios Inc. I of course said yes as my daughter has a love for the wonderful bags that are sold by Calypso and my other daughter loves the jewelry and keychains that are available on the Calypso Studios. I did not tell the girls that Calypso was sending samples of their new products only that we were going to help spread the word. Since the eldest does not have internet and the other does not read my blog the secret that the wonderful products that Calypso sent will be kept for Christmas presents. With Christmas just around the corner you may be looking for attractive inexpensive gifts then Calypso could be just for you. Calypso Studios Inc is hosting a sale on their holidays bags 2/$10 by using the code HSHOP1031!!!
The clay ball key rings available at Calypso Studios come in many different patterns and colors and my teen girls love these. With such a variety available you should find the perfect gift for yourself or someone special on your christmas list.
Calypso Studios Inc sells jewelry as well in many styles, colors and is affordable as well. If you are looking for that wonderful gift to give to someone special then check out Calypso Studios Inc and their wide assortment of jewelry.
As always you can find any of this jewelry on their website

hippocratic Press Contest

Fall season is finally here and along with the lovely weather comes the terrible colds, ear aches, allergies and stomach illness. Oh my the trouble my house can find if all at once all of us are sick. It seems that the best partner to an illness is fun. But what can you do while you lay in bed and are not feeling well. Well a great book may suit the bill and what makes it even better is if one can get someone to read that book to them. The Hippocratic Press will fit the bill for both child and parent as the books have a separate part for both. These lovely books tell stories of a Dr. who is a hippo and his patients who range from a moose to polar bears. The stories help the child to take their worries off their own illness and opens the door to imagination. In the back of each book is a section for the parent where simple tips are shared that may just help your child. I know that if you are like me when you have a sick little one a simple pamphlet to read that helps you understand what you child suffers from helps out allot.

I shared a review of the wonderful Hippocratic press books with you at an earlier time and if you would like you can read that review here Charlotte the author of the Hippocratic Press wants to offer one of Annies Home readers the chance to win a set of the books for their selves.

Enter Contest: You must tell me what one of the Hippocratic Press books would be your favorite and a bit about why

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Contest is only open to those in U.S. and will start now and run through October 28, 2009. Email must be in comment or on blog

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Princess and the cake

Here are a few pictures of princess and her first birthday cake.
what do you have to share this week? Share them at The Gypsy's Corner

Top Ten : Foods My Son Loves

My son is not too picky he loves most foods including his vegies and corn on cob is one of his favorites

Baked Beans are a vegetable and so good so try some for your self by following this recipe here

polish sausage casserole a favorite meal of my son and the recipe can be found here

meat loaf is one of my sons favorites and here is one of my favorite meatloaf recipes

shepherd pie here is the recipe if you would like to make one of my sons favorites for your family as well.

who doesnt love a great piece of fried chicken including my son

steaks and chops are among my sons favorites

one of my sons favorites is mashed potatos probably to go along with the chicken and steak he loves

Pizza love this because my son plays football and loves pizza

Taco In Bag

1 lb hamburger
1 tablespoon southwest seasoning
2 cups lettuce, chopped
2 tablespoons onions, finely diced
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 cups shredded cheese

1 (16 ounce) bottle Pace Picante Sauce

6 (4 ounce) bags taco chips (like Doritos)

1Brown the hamburger with the southwestern seasoning; drain.
2Open the chips bags.
3Add into each bag:.
42 tablespoons meat.
52 tablespoons lettuce.
62 tablespoons tomato.
71 pinch onion.
82 tablespoon salsa.