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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Are you a mom who seems not to have enough hours in the day? A teen who loves to eat something quick and good? Our family fits into these two groups and all to often we reach for prepared food something quick out of a package and delicious. Hellmans and Bobby Flay are here to help families like mine with the Real Food Project.
Share in the discussion with other families that are looking to find quick recipes using real food. Recipes can also be found on the Hellman's website at the Real Food Project. There is even an instant win game Wheel of Real, you can play everyday. So if you are looking for a real food recipe or have one to share: want to change yours and your family life styles and gain tips and recipes along the way? Then the Hellmans website and Bobby Flay can help you through the Real Food Project.

I was entered for a chance to win a Hellmann's® prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place.

New pamper Points

Here are a few Pamper Points I have to share thanks to STL Mommy

10 point code:

Few other codes:

Best Seat In The House Giveaway

Steps to Protect Your Baby From SIDS

Halo the makers of the SleepSack that has been proven to help prevent Sids. The tips Halo has to share are part of a Safe Sleep Check List that can be found here
  • Place baby to sleep on his or her back at naptime and at night time.
  • Use a crib that meets current safety standards with a firm mattress that fits snuggly and is covered with only a tight-fitting crib sheet.
  • Remove all soft bedding and toys from your baby’s sleep area (this includes loose blankets, bumpers and positioners). The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests using a wearable blanket instead of loose blankets to keep your baby warm.
  • Offer a pacifier when putting baby to sleep. If breastfeeding, introduce pacifier after one month or after breastfeeding has been established.
  • Breastfeed, if possible, but when finished, put your baby back to sleep in his or her separate safe sleep area alongside your bed.
  • Never put your baby to sleep on any soft surface (adult beds, sofas, chairs, water beds, quilts, sheep skins etc.)
  • Never dress your baby too warmly for sleep; keep room temperature 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Never allow anyone to smoke around your baby or take your baby into a room or car where someone

friend Halo on facebook and take the safe sleep quiz to see how safe you are

Up From The Grave he Arose

This was one of my dads favorite songs I would hear him belt it out while standing next to him at church. In that deep rough voice of his the "Up from the ground he arose" would make you just want to sing as loud and deep. I love this version where the two little boys sing the song that my dad so long cherished Find more praise songs over at the blog Signs, Miracles and wonders

Saturday 9

1. Tell us about the last time you really got hurt.
when I pulled my back at work was my last physical hurt but emotionally it is dealing with all the changes that the teens are making sometimes disagree sometimes agree but always love them

2. What's your oldest possession?
I have several different antiques in the house

3. Do you have any phobias?
yes of heights for sure

4. What values did your parents instill in you?
great morals of being a good girl, Christian and caring for others

5. What are your plans for Easter?
we are actually going to church then having a birthday party for my daughter, easter egg hunt and cook out

6. I like sun more than snow.
yes i do i like to be warm

7. Tell us about 3 fads from your teenage years.
leg warmers, boom boxes, and mini skirts

8. Tell us what is the most important attribute in a lover.
understanding each other

9. What new piece of technology have you resisted buying and what would it take for you to change your mind?
touch screen computer lower price is the only way that I would buy so looks like I will be waiting a while

I am so super suprised that it is not raining outside, the sun is shining and the air feels warm. THis is a far cry than what the weatherman had predicted. I am so happy love days just like these. So for today my 6 word saturday is:

What a beautiful day it is

Izzy B Designs Review and Giveaway

I absolutely adore personalized clothing and Izzy B Designs have some of the cutest personalized clothing available. The cuteness that Izzy B Designs creates is available for both boys and girls and creates that adorable boutique fashion.

Princess has been wearing pinks since she was born. Her mommy refused to purchase pink hoping for a boy but as her grandma I desired a baby girl and shopped that way as well. This cute little pink dress with the purse pocket looks so fun I am sure any little girl would adore it.

What about this super cute pink and green Easter outfit perfect for egg hunting. I love how the color go together with a splash of fun.

The initial tee is what we received. Izzy B. has many great designs available for you to choose from but once again can be personalized so that the tee is as one of a kind as the one wearing it is.

how cute this tee would be to help celebrate a special birthday. Both personalized with age and name would be super fun

Yes, as I said earlier Izzy B. Designs has many great products in the clothing line for the little boys as well. Many times when we talk boutique we see many great fashions for girls but not that many for little boys. Izzy B. Designs allows moms of both boys and girls to dress the baby in fashion.

Izzy B. Designs will be giving one of Annie's Home their choice of tee (up to size 6) Sorry guys this one is open to U.S. residents only.

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Good Luck Contest starts now and ends April 24, 2010.

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Girl ExtraOrdinaire

Girl ExtraOrdinaire a clothing line developed by two college friends with one dream. A dream built upon faith in God and courage. Through their clothing line they want the world to be inspired to show who they are to the world

Girl ExtraOrdinaire has the perfect look for mom and baby. They also have a bridal line, a holiday collection, swim wear and even a line for your pet. Girl ExtraOrdinaire has a super cute look that is perfect and shares the message you want the world to know.

Buy: you can find a retailer or online store near you that sells Girl ExtraOrdinaire by going here

Aloha Friday : Birthday on Easter

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday. 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. Aloha Friday is hosted by the blog An Island life

My daughters birthday this year falls on Easter. She is super happy about this. WE are doing a bit of birthday and a bit of Easter this year. What a birthday to remember this will be.

My question for you today is:
what was your favorite birthday and what did you do

Step 2 cottage giveaway

Step 2 naturally playful countryside cottage giveaway at my friends Dee blog Two of a Kind Working on a Full House. This would be so fun for my granddaughter Princes, my niece or my 2 nephews. If you know someone who would have lots of fun with this little cottage be sure to sign up here

Friday Fragments

Mommy's Idea

This week has been a time to reflect on the past, enjoy the warmer weather, and have good time with new and old friends. My son spent a few hours in the ER with a pulled muscle in his back and then I was there again with my daughter who is having some gallbladder problems. Never know what to expect here I guess I thought it was bad when they were little but now it seems like we are back at that every day is a mystery.

East time is here and last Sunday Princess attended an Easter Egg hunt she was not quite sure what to do with the eggs as she would pick them up but then not put them in the basket. I think she thought if she picked them up they were hers and if she put them in the basket it was sort of like putting them away. LOL

The nephews will be back today. They have been away visiting their grandma for a few days and while I think their mom and dad enjoyed the break they are ready for them to come back home again as well. Just in time for Easter as their mom has lots of great plans for them

I won a Princess Party to go on the blog 3 Kids and Us and was so very suprised. Last night I tried the tutu on my niece and she looked adorable. There were 4 tutus 2 of which were blue and 2 of which were purple my niece will get two and Princess will get two as well.

Well those are my fragments from this week what are yours? Share them here

Feed Me Books Friday : Little Golden Book of God


This is one of my favorite Lil' Golden Books. The book about God. I love the cover of the book and that alone gives me and the little one lots to talk about but inside the cover the story gets even better. The pictures and words inside the book are so precious and all can enjoy. This is a book that was written with preschoolers in mind is a great one that all will enjoy and is one of our favorites.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Little Miss Matched

Big Pajama sale at Little Miss Matched. There are super great prices with toddler pajamas that were originally $25 and are marked down to $6. So if you are looking for a great deal with pajamas go to Little Miss Matched.

Blush Review and Giveaway

Its that time of year where we all want to wear less clothing but we still want to keep what we want to keep covered covered. I for one like to wear the same cute little tees that others where the only problem is that they are not made long enough. So the Blush topless undershirt helps this out. Do you go to baseball games of your favorite team or your little league and love to cheer? Does your shirt slide up each time you stand to cheer? The Blush topless undershirt can help you with this as well. For those that are expecting a new bundle of Joy the extra room for the baby seems to make ones stomach pooch out and under the bottom of a shirt. With the Blush Topless Undershirt ones tummy can remain out of view of the entire world that we know loves a pregnant stomach.

Blush Topless Undershirt website states that everyone can enjoy the goodness. The look of layering has been around for quite sometime and with the Blush Topless Undershirt it is an easy look to achieve. Another great thing about the Topless Undershirt is that it is made with no straps so that means that the one wearing it gets to decide how long the Blush Topless Undershirt is worn. Readjustment is not needed The topless undershirt is perfect for moms who nurse as well. They allow the mother to pull the undershirt up while nursing allowing a bit of privacy while letting the baby feed.

Buy: you can visit this link to see where you can purchase your own Blush Topless Undershirt

Blush allows you to be comfortable in whatever you wear and wants one of Annie's Home readers to try the look out on them. Yes, Blush is going to give one of their topless undershirts to one of Annie's Home readers

To enter contest tell me what Blush topless undershirt would be your choice. (Blush will choose the winners color but the winner will get the size they need.)

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Contest starts now and ends April 15, 2010. Good luck. Email must be on blog or in comment or you can not win

Thirteen Things I look forward to this spring

The weather is warmer and it brings to thought many of my old hobbies and task that I loved to do:
  1. gardening both flower and veggies
  2. pressing wild flowers
  3. walking in the woods
  4. mushroom hunting
  5. fishing
  6. biking
  7. taking romantic strolls with my hubby
  8. playing sports
  9. sitting on the porch with glass of lemonade
  10. camping
  11. fresh breeze coming in an open window
  12. how pretty the trees with buds are
  13. eating fresh produce out of my own garden as well as what dear friends share

That is my list of 13 what are yours? You can share here

Chocolate Delight and Banana Pudding Dessert Recipes

Chocolate Delight
1 stick butter
1 c flour
1/2 c pecans, chopped
Mix well and press into 9x13 inch pan. Bake 15 minutes or til golden brown at 350 Cool
1 c cool whip
1 (8 oz.) pkg cream cheese, soft
1 c powder sugar
2 (3.5 oz) chocolate instant pudding
3 c milk
1 (8 oz.) cool whip
Mix cream cheese and powder sugar til smooth fold in 1 cup Cool whip Spread on cooled crust Mix pudding and milk mix well pour over cream cheese mix Top with 8 oz. cool whip
you can use other pudding flavors here and try topping with coconut, strawberries or chop nuts
Banana Pudding
box vanilla wafers
4 to 5 bananas
large box vanilla instant pudding
1 c sour cream
1 c cool whip
2 cup milk
arrange wafers in bottom of glass dish Slice layers of bananas. Mix pudding and sour cream, milk mix well fold in cool whip layer 1/2 pudding mix on top of bananas Repeat Chill

Thousand Word Thursday : cleaning up the school

This is a picture of my kids and several members of the youth group. During our recent trip one event that we took place in was to clean up a school yard. My two are in the middle holding the bag and look like they are discussing something.

Easter Bunny Cracker Snack

hosted by the blog A Little Fun with Me & Lu

Pretzel sticks
Carrots, julienne strips
White cheese
Spreadable cream cheese

Spread each cracker with a layer of cream cheese.
Cut two teeth from the center of a radish and press into the cream cheese.
Place three julienne carrot strips on each side of the cracker for the whiskers.

Cut two circles from a slice of white cheese (we used white American) and place over the radish teeth and carrot whiskers.
Cut a triangle from the radish and press into cream cheese above the cheese cheeks.
Break a pretzel stick in half and press side by side into the cream cheese for one of the ears. Repeat for the other side.
Break off the tip of a pretzel stick and push into cream cheese for one of the eyes. Repeat for other eye.

recipe found on the Kaboose site here

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Tip Junkie handmade projects

Jiffy Mix free recipe book

Get a free Jiffy Mix recipe book here I love these little books and hope you will as well.

Individual Brunch Casseroles

3 cups shredded uncooked potatoes
3/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced green pepper
2 to 4 tablespoons canola oil
4 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained

In a large skillet, saute the potatoes, onion, celery and green pepper in 2 tablespoons oil until vegetables are crisp- tender. If necessary, add additional oil to prevent sticking. Remove from the heat. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, salt and pepper. Add cheese, bacon and mushrooms; mix well. Stir in potato mixture. Pour into four greased individual baking dishes.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 25-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving

Scrambled Eggs Biscuit Cups

2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (1 1/2 oz)
3/4 cup milk
8 eggs
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup Parmesan and mozzarella cheese pasta sauce (from 1-lb jar)
3 tablespoons cooked real bacon bits or pieces (from 3-oz package)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
Additional cooked real bacon bits or pieces

Heat oven to 425°F. Spray bottoms only of 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray. In medium bowl, mix Bisquick mix, cheese and 1/2 cup of the milk until soft dough forms. Place dough on surface sprinkled with Bisquick mix. Shape into a ball; knead 4 or 5 times. Shape into 10-inch-long roll. Cut roll into 12 pieces. Press each piece in bottom and up side of muffin cup, forming edge at rim. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven. With back of spoon, press puffed crust in each cup to make indentation. In large bowl, beat eggs, remaining 1/4 cup milk and the pepper until well blended. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add egg mixture; cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until firm but still moist. Fold in pasta sauce and bacon until blended. To remove biscuit cups from pan, run knife around edge of cups. Spoon egg mixture into biscuit cups. Sprinkle chives and additional bacon bits over tops.

this recipe and many more delicious ones can be found on the Betty Crocker website

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Outdoor Wednesday

Go see other out door pictures at the host blog A Southern Day Dreamer

These are some picture from our latest road trip. The first is a small park I just loved all the spring flowers, the second is outside hotel window and the last a small shopping center love the tall buildings

ABC Wednesday K is for Kite

The Letter of the Day for ABC Wednesday is K.....

K is for Kite. I had a butterfly kite that I remember flying with my dad when i was a little girl. Now while it may not have looked like this one what a great memory I have of that great kite

Scandle review

With all the great out door work we will be doing this spring, the tense moments our children may provide, and those long days of having fun this spring and summer season we may find ourselves a bit tired, worn out and in need of a good massage. Scandle is the candle that feels good. The reason that it feels good is because not only does it give warmth but the wax is meant to help provide a wonderful massage. Oh does that not just sound super wonderful? It sure does to me.

Scandle takes the best of body massage oil and fragrant spa candles and creates a wonderful combination. The Scandle starts out as a wonderful smelling soy candle and melts into a body lotion that is suitable for skin care and perfect for giving massages. The Scandle company createed a Utube video and I think it explains nicely all about the Scandle so I thought I should share it here with you.

You can buy any of the great Scandle products directly from the Scandle website by following this link

Wordless Wednesday: Good friends

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Pics from the Past

These picture of my niece and nephews at Easter were taken a few years ago. I still adore and love to look back at them

Economical, Simple, Delicious skillet

The simple & delicious website shared the recipe for this delicious italian skillet which is economical as well.

Banana Caramel Pie

Blessed with Grace

Banana Caramel Pie

ready made graham cracker crust

1 can eagle brand milk

2 to 3 bananas

1 80z. coolwhip

1/4 c pecans, chopped

place can eagle brand milk on it's side in a large pan. Cover completely with water, bring to a boil, reduce heat but keep it boiling slowly for 3 hours add water as needed to keep can completly covered with water. Cool at room temp This will caramelize the milk for your pie, After the milk is cool, slice bananas and put in pie shell., pur caremel over top of bananas and top with cool whip and pecans

Horizon Chocolate Milk Review and Giveaway

I am always looking for great and healthy products for my family. My teens and husband all enjoy a great cold glass of milk for a snack or with their meals so when I was contacted by Horizon to review their great chocolate milk and share it on my blog I jumped at the chance. My teens could not tell the difference in the Horizon milk and their regular milk. It tasted deliciously smooth and pleased the entire family I feel safe using Horizon milk because I know that it is an organic product produced to help with the health of any family.
Horizon is the company that makes organic dairy products to help bring good health to your family as well as the planet. Horizon is a pioneer in the organic industry starting in 1991 they were the first company to supply organic milk to the entire nation. Currently they employee 500 organic family farms across the country.

DHA OMEGA-3 chocolate low fat milk is available in half gallon cartons. DHA OMEGA-3 is an easy way to add calcium and DHA to your familys diet. We all know how great calcium is to the body making strong bones and teeth DHA OMEGA-3 is also important and helps support heart, brain and eye health. Read more about the Chocolate Milk with DHA Omega here

Visit the Horizon website and you can find great recipes to use with their delicious products. The products that Horizon has available milk, cream, cheese, butters and yogurts. There is lots of useful and great information on the Horizon website.

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I received coupons from Horizon that included a couple of free coupons. Horizon would love to give 2 of Annie's Home readers the same sort of coupons which include (2) $1 off coupons and (2) free horizon chocolate milk coupons. Each of the (2) winners will win 4 coupons each.

To enter the giveaway visit the Horizon website and come back with 2 facts that I did not share with you and let me know in comment

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while I did receive coupons to help prepare for this review from Horizon the thought and opinions are those of my own

Perfect spring recipes : Shepherds Pie

One of our favorite recipes that we have in early spring is Shepherds Pie. Here is a link to one of my favorite ones and I will share another one I found on find my recipes

2 cups prepared mashed potatoes (such as Simply Potatoes)
3/4 pound ground sirloin
3/4 cup picante sauce
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup (2 ounces) preshredded reduced-fat extrasharp cheddar cheese
Prepare mashed potatoes according to package directions; keep warm.

Cook beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in picante sauce, water, cumin, sugar, salt, and beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer until mixture thickens (about 5 minutes). Remove from heat. Spoon mashed potatoes over meat mixture, and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and let stand 2 minutes or until cheese melts.