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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Small Talk 6: Pink

Small Talk 6 is a meme hosted by MomDot and the theme week is: 6 of your favorite things that are pink

pink homegrown tomatos

this pink picture I thought was very pretty

don't forget the pink peeps they will be out soon because Easter is less than 2 months away

Strawberry Shortcake I have been a fan for a very long time I also love the dessert that shares the same name

This song is one that I like as well. No it is not pink but it is by the song artist Pink

Saturday 6

1. What is the most extreme weather you’ve experienced where you live in the past week?

about a month ago with nearly 2 weeks of below freezing temps

2. What’s the worst kind of storm you’ve experienced in person?


3. Where are you more likely to get your weather forecast: on TV, on the radio, in the newspaper, or online?

all and we also have a weather radio

4. Do you have access to 24-hour channels like The Weather Channel or WeatherPlus? If so, how often do you watch them?

yes we do and I watch them often

5. Take the quiz: What Kind of Storm Are You?

I am a tornado

6. What’s your favorite kind of food to eat when you’re home on a chilly, rainy day?

grill cheese tomato soup

He's An On Time God - Dottie Peoples

May not be our time, may not be when we want it to happen but it is always on his time and always on time. AMEN!!!

hear more or share a song here

Friday, February 5, 2010

Take A Spin for quality time and save the children

Frigidaire and Jennifer Garner have teamed up to bring you a chance to help save the children and have fun with your own. The charity Save the Children U.S. is dedicated to help starving children living in the U.S. Frigidaire's new Spin & Win game gives the chance to win gift cards for spending quality time with your children. Simply spin the wheel and spend quality time with your child in activities from spending time reading, creating craft or watching a movie together. The best part is they are giving a prize away a day. Each time the wheel is spun Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children (Frigidaire has committed to donate $250,000 to support Save the Children's Change program.)

So head on over and spin the wheel and feel good about donating a $1 and spending quality time with your children.

Thanks MomSelect for sharing this information with me

Superbowl Football book and craft for preschoolers

Thought I would share a fun book idea with you all and you can find more over on the blog the adventure of motherhood

Great book for this weekend when all the big guys are watching the big game why not settle down with your little boy or girl and read this book. It is a wonderful book about football and makes sure that not even the littlest one is left out.
Make Salt Dough Footballs:

•1 cup salt
•2 cups all purpose flour
•1 cup water
•brown and white acrylic paint
•football cookie cutter or kitchen knife
IMPORTANT NOTE: This recipe for salt dough makes a lot of projects. If you only plan on making a few, cut this recipe into fourths or in half.

Preheat oven to 250 F. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. BE CAREFUL. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.
THIS DOUGH IS NOT EDIBLE, though it won't hurt you or your kids, it just won't taste very good! Roll dough flat with a rolling pin, about 1/4" - 1/2" thick. Use cookie cutter to cut out footballs. If you don't have a cookie cutter, simply use a kitchen knife (with parental supervision!). Use toothpick to draw on lace lines and border lines at each end (see photo). Be sure to do this step BEFORE baking. Bake for approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. For best results, allow to cool and dry overnight, or for at least 4 hours. Paint footballs with two coats of brown paint, allowing to dry in between coats. When dry, use white paint to carefully paint the laces and borders, use a toothpick if you prefer. Let dry

This craft idea was found on the website

Sunshine Kids giveaway

This is one thing that I would love to win for my lil princess. Before long she will be too big for her car seat and this one is something that she will need. The Funky Monkey is hosting a giveaway for one and the giveaway ends Feb. 12, 2010

Wal-Mart can help you get ready for SupeBowl Weekend

With the great prices that Wal-Mart offers they are making a bold statement that they can help you create a wonderful Superbowl party on a budget. Simply check out the Wal-Mart game time website to get great ideas and shopping tips. In addition there is a wonderful giveaway located at Sage and Savvy for a $50 wal-mart gift card. This giveaway ends Feb. 13, 2010

Follow Me Friday

Friday Follow is great for those of you who like me who could always use new friends. You can gain new followers and friends in this weekly meme

MckLinky Blog Hop

Agoo Leg Huggers review and giveaway (2 winners)

I love Agoo and I have shared reviews for you many times in the past. To read these post you can visit here or here Princess has been able to learn how to crawl with her knees protected because she was wearing the wonderful leg huggers. The Agoo leg huggers offer warmth when needed, protection when needed and are attractive as well. They have patterns for both boys and girls.

Agoo would love to give two (2) of Annie's Home readers the chance to win a pair of the wonderful leg huggers.

To enter you must visit the Agoo website and let me know which pair you would select if you were the one of the lucky winners.

after answering the mandatory question you then can enter with the additional entries:

additional entries:
  • follow my blog
  • follow me on twitter
  • follow agoo on twitter
  • tweet about the giveaway (1 entry per tweet)
  • follow Agoo on facebook
  • grab my button and let me know were you put it (3 entries)
  • blog about the giveaway (5 entries)
  • comment on any post and let me know which ones (1 entry per comment)
  • visit monkey mommy08 and leave a comment or follow and let me know what you did there (1 entry per action there)

Contest starts now and runs through 2/19 Please make sure email is on blog or in comment or you can not win. Good Luck

Pillsbury Sweet Rolls Coupon printable

Pillsbury has a great new coupon out for .95 cents off one any pillsbury refrigerated sweet rolls. This is a terrific coupon. I found out about this coupon while visiting the blog The Energizer Mommy.

Friday Fill ins

1. I know _____________.
2. _________ the longest month.
3. You can't help but __________.
4. _____________; bring it on!
5. Where have you looked ______________?
6. ________ is now available.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____!

I know that life is short and must be led with direction and self investigation

sometimes the hotest month seems the longest month

you cant help but share your opinion on things that matter in life

I'm ready for the fun to begin: bring it on!

Where have you looked for true love?

my full attention is now available

and as for this weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sending birthday wishes to my lil brother , tomorrow my plans include spending time with princess as well as my daughter and son and sunday, I want to watch the big football game

Aloha Friday: Feb 5, 2010

Aloha Friday the day to take it easy and ask an easy question that receives an easy answer:
Here is my question:
will you be watching the opening ceremonies for the winter Olympics?
We aways do it is such a grand event since I was a little girl I made sure to catch as much of the Olympics as I could.

How To Gude: make noise maker (frugal)

Make Cheap Noise Makers for the Superbowl or fun any time:

•Small Soda or Water Bottle
•Beads, Charms, Glitter, Sequins, Other Small Items
•Small Kitchen Funnel
•Craft Glue

Start out by cleaning the bottle well and removing the label. Make sure the bottle is totally dry before you start this project. Place the end of the funnel into the bottle and start filling it! Start out with about a cup of rice. You can add more or less if you like. Then, start adding any small items you would like to 'search' for in the bottle. It can be beads, charms, small toys, etc. Make sure if young children are helping you that they do not put any of the small items in their mouth. You can also add some sparkle to your bottle by adding glitter or sequins. Once you have everything you want in your bottle, spread some glue around the threads on the neck and replace the cap tightly. This will prevent the cap from falling off or being removed by small fingers.

Easy and Frugal Superbowl Ideas

Superbowl Sunday is coming and you need something more than the game to keep all happy. While there are many Superbowl fans there are as many snackers, those that like to horse around, and yes even those that don't even like football. To please all here are some great ideas that won't break the bank:
Set the mood with a decorated table. Easy to do with green felt, paper, or fabric which ever is cheapest or on hand. Simply use white adhesive tape or paint to make the grid iron.

For those who can't sit still and watch the game try this game of balloon football. Simply use a brown balloon to represent a football. The object is to keep the "ball" off the ground by gently tapping it.

Create fun football candies using licorice jelly beans and werthers originals butterscotch hard candies and a bit of white frosting from a decorator tube. Tip; using a toothpick to help make the football lines is a great help.

check out Amazing Moms for more great ideas

Friday Frustration

Friday Frustration YEAH!!! once again a time to plot my thoughts on paper good or bad but always something frustrating me. This one is about my children but not something to brag about. My mother always told me once a mom always a mom and believe me as mine get older and even move out I am seeing that it is the truth. Sibling rivalry showed itself in my two (2) older children and as their mother I had to step in. Then my middle daughter still living at home but wishing she could be on her own decided to complain a bit as well. With all three of the older ones being stifle a mother could almost pull her hair out The children are all grown and yet still need their mother to step in with advice, love and hugs to let them know all is well. What is a mother to do. With all the great years we have had as a family all is worth to make the future bright. So with love in my heart and frustration aside I continue on my journey as mom.

These are pictures of the sky when we had the snow. It sort of is gloomy and gray but shows the spirit of winter for sure

see more here

7 Quick Take Friday - Feb 5, 2010

  1. Wow just heard of a bet that was created in 1979 where the two co workers bet that if the Saints ever got in the Superbowl the trip would all be paid for. Well guess what the taunting 30 years paid off and now the Saints are going to the Superbowl and so is that long faithful fan
  2. what do you think about the lady who accidentally swallowed her earrings? Well they were her saint earrings and you should see the xray. This is what the fan call cool and she will keep that xray forever. LOL
  3. My hubby and son are really getting into the farmville game. My son has created a football field on his farm and my hubby has somehow captured two ref cows. Now you know that my son is out trying to find him one for sure. He has even asked his dad to help him look. I hope for him that he finds his ref cow by Sunday.
  4. This is my lil brothers birthday and happy birthday to him. We often have different opinions because we are so far apart in age. Fifteen (15) years separate us in opinions but nothing separates us in love
  5. Valentines day is coming and my son has decided to send himself, his friends, his brothers and sisters and his girl friend all vallograms. The money goes to help the youth sport events around this area. I am so happy that he feels it important to give back. He has played sports forever and now gives back by coaching and helping to raise money.
  6. Superbowl Sunday will find me and my hubby home alone as the teens once again have places to go. I am so happy that me and the hubby get along together so well and enjoy being together. As the kids get older I see this happening more and more
  7. Princess is coming for a visit tomorrow I am so up for this visit I have not seen her since Christmas and I love her so. I will take pictures of the great time we have to hold me over til I see her again. But tomorrow Princess comes.

Win a set of Love Birds

Take a look at the hand made super cute love birds. Would these not make the perfect valentines day gift for many years to come? I can remember my grandmother would make super lovely decorations like these all the time. How cool. Now you can win this super cute set of Love Birds as the maker of them also heads the blog Maries Cozy Corner You have til Feb 9 to enter this giveaway.

Friday Fave 5

1. Groundhog day : I love it how the kids get into this the kids on the Church bus were still talking about this event on Wednesday. So much fun.

2. Was able to teach the 1st (my regular class) through the 3rd grades. I taught many of the third graders before and it was so fun to spend time together

3. Today is my baby brothers birthday. Much happiness is wished to him. We may not always get along but I will always be in his corner.

4. The weather this week has been very nice. Not super warm but not bitter cold either At this time in the weather most everyone is happy to see the temp reach the 30s

5. Eldest son has been selling valograms at school for a club while this is an annual event this year his senior year seems to make everything more serious to him

These are my favorite 5s what are yours?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Win a great bag

I have been finding great items at the various etsy shops. I love the great handmade items that many have for sale. Audrey at Audrey's Giveaway Blog has found a great one as well. Cynde's Place is a great etsy shop that has many items including bags for sale. Audrey is sponsoring a giveaway where the winner will receive a great bag from Cynde's Place. This giveaway ends February 12.

Printable Valentine Worksheet

Give your child this secret Valentine message to decode ("Somebunny loves you!"). Successfully decoding a secret message gives kids a great feeling of accomplishment. Your child will also be working on identifying and writing the initial letter in a word, important skills for reading and spelling.

This fun printable can be found on the leap frog website and is available in a print out simply by clicking here

Share some Music with The One you Love

One thing that I love to share with the one I love is music. I sang to my children when they were babies, shared songs when they were toddlers and even today we travel to concerts together. My hubby and I love to listen to music together as well. Now there is a new artist that I recently heard about. Sade has actually been on the scene for many years : I have never heard of them but the background information MomStart shared sounds very exciting. If you would want a chance to enter to win a c.d. by Sade then head over to MomStart by Feb. 22, 2010

Aminals review

All mothers cherish the early drawings that are created by our little ones. In fact these little drawings become the artwork that decorates our fridge, freezer, walls, etc... Now the same type of art that we cherish have been created into Aminals organic toys. The same not so straight, large, wiggly lined drawings that we cherish when our children make them have become expressions on great, super cute, hilarious stuffed toys.
Our children take time to diligently create their art work then present that art work with pride to the person they made it for. With the same sort of pride Aminals has created a line of new huggable soft dolls. The Aminals all have their own character traits and a special story to go along. Each of the Aminals is ready to create new adventures with your child. I can remember having special dolls when I was a child. I was the child with the imaginary friends, dolls all lined up in a row behind the couch playing for hours. The Aminal characters are ready to ready to become your child's pal around the house and travel forever. The names of the characters like the artwork is childish as well. Here are a few of the great characters





we received the Liun toy in order to prepare this review. I can tell you that the toy arrived sealed in its own plastic bag which is always nice because it stayed safe through the travels. I absolutely loved the art work and the softness of the toy as well. Princess will love toting it around with her when she is visiting Nana s it is a soft firmness that can be held onto easily. Another great reason that I love the Aminals is that the wonderful toys are organically made. Organically made is great for the world, and my child.

Buy: You can purchase the wonderful Aminals toys by following this link

Thursday Thunks

1. You walk into a room, someone turns and looks at you and laughs. What do you do?

is there a mirror near by? If so take a quick peek if not look back and laugh at them

2. You find an egg, take it home and keep it warm. It hatches. What type of dinosaur is it? Do you keep it and name?

it better be the smallest there is otherwise I may not be around long after it hatches

3. Which superhero would you want to be related to and why?

wonderwoman I would want to borrow her rope of truth

4. A drunken sailor comes up to you on the pier...he begins harassing you in a most repulsive way....what'll be your defense?

a push off the pier may dry him up right quick

5. Entering a CLASS A piano bar, you're encouraged to sing atop the grand grab the microphone and sing.....

what a wonderful life

6. If you were a character in a Dr. Seuss book/movie, who would you be and why?

the cat in the hat of course

7. If you have just been called to be a substitute in the Winter Olympics for your country (apparently everyone else was busy), what sport(s) will you compete in?

one of those games where you ride down the hill since I cant skate, ski or shoot

8. Did the audience from the piano bar in question #5 applaud when you were done with your song?

I hope

Brown Sugar Smokies

Easy, Quick and Loved by all in this house these little Brown Sugar Smokies are so delicious

Brown Sugar Smokies

1 (16 ounce) package little smokie sausages
1 pound bacon
1 cup brown sugar, or to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Cut bacon into thirds and wrap each strip around a little sausage. Place the wrapped sausages on wooden skewers, several to a skewer. Arrange the skewers on a baking sheet and sprinkle them liberally with brown sugar. Bake until bacon is crisp and the brown sugar melted.

Superbowl Dagwood Sandwich recipe

The Dagwood sandwich has been around for quite a long period of time and mad especially famous by the Blondie and Dagwood cartoon strip series. In honor of the Superbowl I am sharing with you as my vintage Thursday Recipe for a dagwood sandwich

1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1 pinch cajun seasoning
10 thick slices white sandwich bread
1/4 pound sliced pepperoni
1/4 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese
1/2 pound thinly sliced turkey breast
1/4 pound thinly sliced provolone
1/2 pound thinly sliced roast beef
1/4 pound thinly sliced mild Cheddar
1/2 pound thinly sliced pastrami
1/4 pound thinly sliced pepper jack cheese or Monterey jack
1/2 pound sliced salami
5 pieces thick-cut bacon, cooked crisp and halved
1 medium tomato, cut into thin slices
10 whole green leaf lettuce leaves, washed, patted dry, and stem end removed
3 red cherry tomatoes
3 small pickle slices
3 long metal skewers

Combine mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl. Season with chopped garlic and cajun seasoning. Arrange 5 bread slices on a large cutting board. Spread 2 tablespoons of the mayonnaise mixture evenly on each slice. Layer the meat and cheeses evenly among the bread slices in this order: pepperoni, Swiss, turkey, provolone, roast beef, cheddar, pastrami, pepper jack, and salami. (Fold the meats so that the sandwiches will stack evenly on top of each other.) Top each of the sandwiches with tomato slices and the remaining bread slices. Spread about 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise mixture on top of each sandwich and lay 2 bacon halves on top of each sandwich. Place 1 cherry tomato and 1 pickle slice through each skewer. Carefully build the Dagwood Sandwich by stacking all 5 sandwiches on top of each other. Separate the sandwiches by placing 2 lettuce leaves in between. To keep the sandwich tower from falling over, fit the skewers into the sandwich tower all the way through the center. To serve, pull off the desired amount of bread, meat and cheese

Thankful Thursday

This is Thankful Thursday and my heart overwhelms with thankfulness. I am so delighted that things seem to be going my way. Awesome how the Love of God works. My children are all getting along quite well in fact they confide in each other all the time and if one of them is in trouble one talks the other one into asking mom for help. Thank God that my children are acting like siblings at this time in their lives. Perhaps this may not always be that way but for now I must Praise the Lord for this wonderful blessing.

I am also very thankful that we may have found the building that we have been looking for. We had a consignment shop that did quite well but the building was sold and all rent prices doubled this was not good. I had a great friend let me know of a building he had for rent for a wonderful amount that I know we can afford. We will be making arrangements to hopefully get this building later this month. YEAH!!!! I am so delighted. Please pray that all this will work out.

What are you thankful for? What is going in your life that you give thanks for?