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Sunday, December 5, 2010

2011 DT call

2011 DT Call
Calling all scrappers from all over the world. If you like to create and inspire then this call is for you! THE MOSY SCRAPPER is looking for 2 NEW designers to lead the message board in inspiration!

TMS is going on it's 3rd year and is ready for some new fun and creativity this coming year! Be a part of the team and board. If you haven't joined yet, please come on down to the message board! Upon submissions please have at least 10 posts to be considered in the DT call. We LOVE participation and chattiness!

Design Team members will be responsible for:
* Designing 2-3 layouts AND 1-2 card(s) or altered project(s) (more is always nice! :) )
* At least 1 finished projects by the 30th of the previous month (so we can show off your stuff on the boards/fb/blog), the rest by the 20th of the kit month
* A review each month on the sponsored kit
* Occasional challenges and crop challenges/participation.
* Promote TMS around the internet (where allowed)

Board participation:
* Contribute praise to our members in the Gallery
* Respond regularly to topics on discussion board.
* Sign up for challenges to be posted weekly/daily/monthly on the message board

We are an exciting and are looking for strong and COMMITTED Design Team members to actively participate on our message boards and help us promote!

To enter please submit:

2 creations:
* 1 layout (any size)
* 1 card (any size or sentiment)

Please make sure that these items are NEW and NEVER BEFORE SEEN and submit them to: (subject line: 2011 DT CALL) by December 20th, 2010. Past TMS designers are welcome to try out. DT reign will be for 4 months.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Handmade IN A HURRY!

DECEMBER 6th, 2010

Grab your last minute Xmas gifts at great prices! Doohickies & Such will be participating. There is a sale ALREADY at D&S so what more savings are you in for? CRAZINESS!!!

Make sure to mark your calendars and SHOP, SHOP, SHOP!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday

Well...with 1 hour to spare, I must say something about my sale in my shop: Doohickies & Such

Everything in the store is 50% OFF!


A quick synopsis

Well, the craziness is over (finally)!

It took a week to move some boxes and the big items into our new house. Then some packing for a cruise and getting things into the car without the girls knowing. Then a 4 day cruise but away from home for 6.5 days.

And now it's today and it's already over!

I will have pictures up from our cruise. We had a good time, the girls were surprised and I'm happy to say that they were excited and it was worth the secret of not telling them until it was time to go. But reality is here, and I must unpack!

Friday, November 12, 2010


SAVE, SAVE, SAVE!!! Get your Xmas gifts early and at a great price!

Shop this event today and tomorrow: THE HANDMADE EXPO click Shop Now! and enter password handmadeholidays!

My shop is in this! Right now Doohickies & Such is having a 30% OFF sale on ALL jewelry. I wonder what MORE you can get if you do the above???!!! :)

Friday Fill-ins

It's that time again...


1. When pigs fly I will also see pink elephants.

2. MORE priming to do, seriously?!

3. Call me Tazmanian Devil this week LOL.

4. What? Sleep in...yeah right, if you know what I mean.

5. The most entertaining person in my life is at the moment would be Colton because he is saying and doing the funniest things to entertain himself while I work on our house, poor guy is bored, but he's funny!

6. First Colton, then Morgan, then Sydney calling my name, who's next...the dog?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to getting some rest, tomorrow my plans include an early soccer game then working on the house and MORE packing and Sunday, I want to be ALL moved into our new home!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

I see Red!

Well, yesterday I didn't get to packing as much as I had hoped. I had other things in mind...procrastination! LOL

Went to pick up some things at the grocery store and had a craving for red velvet cake. The bakery didn't have any, so I did the next best thing. I bought some Duncan Hines. :)

Made me some cupcakes and a mini cake (of course with some cream cheese icing and a little bit of chocolate shavings on top!) YUM!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Menu Monday's

Time to make the menu again for the week. I need to find some recipes that calls for the oven. I am definately going to take advantage of having one since my days are numbered in this rental WITH an oven (and stove for that matter. LOL)

Monday - Cheesy Taco Bake
Tuesday - Chicken Stuffing Devan recipe calls for turkey but I want chicken! LOL
Wednesday - leftover meatballs with brown gravy from Friday with noodles and string beans
Thursday - Chicken and Rice Casserole
Friday - leftovers

Saturday is the big move (I think) so I'll keep it simple...grilled cheese or something to that effect. I will be a baking fool when I can this week. I've got strawberry and blueberry muffins I want to make. The leftovers will go in the freezer for those quick easy breakfasts. I'll also make some brownies and I have a box of Cookie Bars in the pantry that I want to make. At least I won't be splurging in the coming weeks on desserts. It'll be JELL-O for me! haha

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What happened this week

I totally forgot to post pictures from last weekend's festivities.


Morgan and Sydney were both butterfly fairies and Colton was a knight in shining armor! The girls loved spraying their hair with some glitter dye. Morgan was sporting blue and Sydney was in pink. Colton had way to much fun in his costume...playing the part too well!

Colton called it in early though. He got really tired during the treating so he handed me his bucket and had daddy carry him the rest of the time. They all scored some yummy candy (hahaha).
The rest of the week I've been working at our new house. I've been priming all the walls and ceiling. They finally got started on the construction to our addition on Thursday too! What was our sunroom in the back is no longer there. The windows and walls AND ceiling are gone! And it got cold Thursday too! GEEZ was it cold in the house! Neal took a day off Friday and I helped him put up some dry wall and got to play with the drill. :) We had to put back up the old drapes that I had taken down for priming. Don't want inspectors to look inside the house and see that we are doing some work on the inside too. Don't want to get our contractor in trouble. Kind of silly though if you ask me! The contractors are doing the work on the OUTSIDE. WE are doing the work on the inside. BUT, don't want to ruin any one's plans, so we are abiding by the rules...I guess.
The house is still a wreck and we have to move in next weekend. Well...we have till the 20th but next weekend is the ONLY free weekend we have before our trip in 16 days.
SHHH! Girls don't know and I can't wait till they find out!

Today was Morgan's first soccer game and she was in the goal for the first half. I was a little skeptical on her being in the goal. I'm a mom...scared she'll get kicked in the face. PLUS, I like to see her in the action and not getting scored on!
So I had Neal stop at a sports store after Thursday's practice, which got rained on so it got cancelled once we got there, and had him buy her some gloves and a mouthguard.
She did well I must say. Needs some work, but she's only had 2 practices. In the 2nd half though...she came out running and doing some fancy footwork and was able to get the ball away from some of the defendors. She was playing tricks on them! LOL LOVED IT! I'm not sure where she's practiced those moves, but I want to see more!
They lost but it wasn't bad considering they haven't ALL practiced altogether yet in the 2 practices we've had. Can't wait till next weekend! Maybe then I'll remember to have my camera. I just feel so out of this week. The house is a wreck b/c I haven't had a chance to pay attention to it, I've been at the other house (and I'm sure the kids can't wait till we finally stay at ONE home...I know I will...mess or no mess).
Trying to play catch up on the computer tonite and get cracking on the laundry.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Tale of the Halloween Fairy

I just got a glimpse of happiness/excitement from Sydney just now. We are sitting watching a movie with the kids, "The Wild Stallion", and she just leaned back while munching on some popcorn and said, "I can't wait till the 31st! It's Halloween!"

It's so neat to see them get excited. We've been go-go-go with school activities, things for the new house, just every day stuff and I totally forgot about the HALLOWEEN FAIRY!!!


See, for the past 2 years I've told them about the 'Halloween Fairy' and O.M.G., they are waiting to see what she brings them this year! What happens on Halloween night is this...

...the kids go trick or treating and then come home to do the usual...look at their goodies, get googly-eyed over their treasures and drool. Then they pick out 10 of their fave pieces that they'd want to eat and the rest goes back into their buckets. WHY? Well...because when the kids are asleep, the 'Halloween Fairy' comes into our home and takes the candy to give to those kids less fortunate (a.k.a. Mommy and Daddy! LOL) She then leaves them a surprise in their buckets in the morning.

It works like a charm!

The first year the girls got some tights that they love wearing with their skirts. AND a note! ;) Last year before we left to go trick or treating she left them a little note on the kitchen table that said they could keep 20 pieces this year instead of 10. Talk about some giddy kids! I can't remember what they got last year. But this totally slipped my mind and they mentioned something to me today! Can you imagine the look on my face when they brought her up?!!!

HOLY SMOKES! QUICK...think of something Momma!

And I didn't get a chance to go to the store today, by myself, to pick up a little something. So...what am I going to do?

I think I may surprise them with extra candy left in their buckets and some money. Who doesn't like money right?!

I hope that they aren't disappointed, but we'll see!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hit SEND...

I did it! I hit the inevitable "SEND" button and sent an email reply back to a future employer.'s the waiting game and either a YES or a NO. Hmmmm....

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Well, yesterday was a good day. Besides being dead tired from working on some things at the new house and trying to entertain my 2 year old in the process, we got some good news.

Our landlord, Judy, is letting us stay in the rental house a little longer instead of being out by this weekend.


We are forfeiting our security deposit (which is one months rent) to stay in the rental a little longer. We plan to be out before we go on our cruise in November. Still need to do some major things in the home before moving in. I was at peace with the idea of just dealing with the chaos and mess but hey, I'm not going to complain.

Two to three more weeks of being able to use a stove, dishwasher, oven...all those things that I had posted in my last blog. I'm happy! I don't feel so rushed anymore. Still going to be a whirlwind, but that's okay...I have time to stretch my legs here and there. ;)

As I said....Judy ROCKS!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Bittersweet upcoming week

Man...what a tiring week!

Monday - weights and zumba
Tuesday - zumba
Wednesday - zumba
Thursday - run and pilates
Friday - zumba that kicked my butt, good zumba!
Saturday - worked on the house (renovations)

Of course w/in the week there was laundry, cleaning and such...not to mention moving a couple of bookshelves to the new house.

I'm just thinking of how fast this last week at our rental is going to fly by. And the new house isn't even really ready yet to be a little bit liveable. It's gonna just have to be. Ke Cira, Cira! LOL

I'm going to milk every moment I have in this rental when it comes to...

* loading the dishwasher b/c the new home doesn't have one
* having an oven/stove b/c the new home doesn't have one (we removed it b/c we are going to eventually redo the kitchen but move it at the same time).

I will miss those 3 things.

I'm going to miss the luxury of walking the dog out to the front lawn so she can do her business b/c at the new house there is NO grass (previous owners put pebbles on the entire property...YUCK!).

I'm going to miss not having 2 bathrooms in the house (b/c the new home only has 1 working bathroom and the 2nd one is being renovated).

WHY?!! LOL...gotta think of the big picture's gonna look really nice and it'll be ours!'s on the water!

Just gonna take some time, peace and elbow grease! ;)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sweetfield's Farm

This weekend I had the opportunity to take the kiddos to a corn maze and farm. It wasn't too-too far to get there. The kids didn't know what to expect. I couldn't wait to see all the sunflowers and corn and to see what this farm did with it's maze this year.

Sweetfields Farm is where we went to in a little town called Masarkytown.

When we arrived we could see all the sunflowers from the parking area. I had to get a picture of them before they got overheated and sad that they had to leave. As Colton got out of the car of course, he was a little wet in the hind end! UGH! And the only thing I had in the diaper bag was some striped shorts. LOVELY! See the shirt he's wearing...the stripes on the shorts went the other way and they were thinner stripes! But at least the colors of the shorts were still white with brown and red stripes. Haha {gotta make sure that the extra clothes I bring have the WHOLE set or at least matching bottoms!}

I love Colton's smirk!! LOL

Here is my Morgan. I actually like this shot that I took {patting self on back}.

And this is the beginning of the maze. This year they made a cow out of the corn/sunflower field. You get a sheet with 6 multiple choice questions and you have to find station #1 first, answer the question and your answer will either tell you to go 'left, straight, or right' as to where to go in the maze. You can get lost but can easily find your way back out.

There were so many great opportunities while in the maze to get photo ops. I had to stop at this one location because there weren't any other groups in front or behind us. We ended up breezing by them as we answered the stations. Colton didn't want to take a picture though :(

When we were done with the maze there was a mini maze for the kids out of hay stacks. They had fun running around in this one.

Or course there were pumpkins! It was near a fun little tree house for the kiddos to play in. I had to get them on this hay stack w/ pumpkins around but they really didn't want to sit for ANOTHER photo with mom...they wanted to run and play like all the other kids running! As you can see...Colt was sad that he had to sit still! {see those awful shorts...I swear I didn't dress him out of the house in this outfit! LOL}

Before they went to the tree house they had to find the perfect pumpkin (Sydney's idea). She found this one.
And Colt had to out do her ( competition in this family!)

And then off they went running to the tree house. They bypassed the cute piggies that were squealing under the tree house. So I took the photo so they could see what they missed! Aren't they cute?!

The tree house was awesome though...every kids dream! The perfect board swing on one side of it too! So 'Little House on the Prairie'!
There were some other fun things for the kids to do too...hayride, decorated hay stacks, a water thing-a-ma-jig! LOL The kids got to pump water onto a half-pipe that had some rubber duckies on them and they had to race them to the other side. They loved just playing in the water!
Colt is here trying to concentrate!
Caught Morgan looking!

See...they had some ropes all over the place and the kids just made their own game out of it! LOL

Hey, whatever makes them busy and happy!

Then it was time to leave. At the entrance there was this big haystack made into a spider. Really cool!

Can't wait to go again next year. I wonder what the field will be made into? I know that Neal will be with us next year. This year he was stuck working on our house. We will have to make sure to go earlier in the day and to also stop at a farm about a block away so the kids can see what farm life is really like. Maybe get an egg or two and feel a cow's tongue!
I love the fall!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins


1. Wow, it's almost time to move!

2. One word for today's weather.... beautiful.

3. My favorite way to start a day is to sleep in till 730am!

4. Finally home and he walked in the door holding a pumpkin.

5. I look out my window and see the beautiful weather, the water and then our lovely neighbor with junk in his backyard!

6. How are we getting the house done in time is what I've been thinking about lately.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching Furry Vengence with the kids, tomorrow my plans include cleaning, cooking and taking kids to a corn maze and Sunday, I want to start packing!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

18 more days!

Yes...18 more days till...

*Moving Day...ugh!

I can't get myself motivated to start packing and I know it's gotta be done. GOOD GRIEF...again! One reason why I haven't is because the new home is just around the corner...maybe a mile away (sounds silly doesn't it) and it's not move-in ready YET! Only 2 full weekends left to get some things done before the final weekend of October (which is devoted to just moving). I keep telling myself it'll be fine and it'll get done. IT BETTER!

And then there is Halloween. The girls haven't figured out what they want to be for Halloween. Going to take them to get their costumes on Friday (that's what it's going to say in the advent calendar). Colton has his costume already...he's gonna be a knight. I saw his outfit at the Dollar Store. Can you believe that? I saw that they had a bunch of themed hats and whatnots there and started to load the cart up thinking it would be great to put these in his 'box' that I want to get him for Christmas (no more playing dress up in his sister's dresses LOL). Then he spoted the knight outfit and wanted it. I then asked if he wanted to be a knight and he said yes. So...we'll see if he actually wears a costume or not on the big night.

The advent calendar has been going very well. The kids have been excited each day to see what they are in for. So far some of the things that we/they have done are:

  • make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies
  • Halloween pencils
  • Grow their own Halloween toy (a small gel character sitting in water and watch it grow w/in 3 days)
  • Halloween socks
  • Halloween shirt
  • Pop Rocks in pumpkin orange
  • Make a Halloween necklace
  • make chocolate covered peanut butter cookies w/ Halloween sprinkles
  • Halloween pacifier (candy ring)
  • put spider silhouettes up in foyer
  • Halloween hair ties (of course Colton skipped this one)
  • Halloween candy necklace
  • Watch a Halloween movie

There are more to come and there may be some tweeking due to the weekends spent fixing the house. Can't wait to do some crafts with the girls next week. Towards the end of the month I have left room to just give candy because it'll make it easy for me because of the move. SIGH

Monday, October 11, 2010

Menu Plan Monday's

What's for dinner this week?

Monday: Sloppy Joes
Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Wednesday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup w/ Grilled Cheese
Thursday: Black beans & rice with kielbasa, salad
Friday: Chicken Nachoes for adults (late dinner) and Chicken quesadillas for the kiddos
Saturday and Sunday are up in the are due to the home renovations...I'm thinking something easy and quick!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Halloween wreath

What is this?'s the little Halloween wreath I made for our front door using up some old Halloween papers, chipboard, glitter, staples, a styrofoam circle and spiders. If you want the directions, you have to go on over to THE MOSY SCRAPPER! :)

Here is a close-up of the wreath.

And here is our door.
Happy Halloween!

Friday Fill-Ins

1. My favorite month is October because the weather changes a little and it's the beginning of the big rush of holidays.

2. I LOVE a fresh breeze.

3. I love to sniff my fall scented candles.

4. Pancakes with blueberry syrup, bacon and scrambled eggs is what I like to have as a treat for breakfast.

5. The hobby I enjoy most is EEK...I don't have just one!

6. 78 days till Christmas, oh my!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to watching a movie with the kiddos, tomorrow my plans include hearing about what is to be done to the new house this weekend and Sunday, I want to be productive in packing!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Menu Plan Monday's

It's's that time again!

What is on the menu for the week?

Monday: Soft Tacos
Tuesday: Crispy Ranch Chicken Bites, Au Gratin Potatoes, Green Beans
Wednesday: Pork Chops w/ stuffing and cinnamon apple bake, steamed broccoli, rolls
Thursday: Cheesy Taco Bake (I'm in a Mexican mood this week)
Friday: Manwich!, tater tots, sliced pickles and carrots w/ Ranch dip

What's on your menu this week?

Friday, October 1, 2010

Advent Day 1...creepy crawlies

This week I've been working on Halloween things and there was one find that I scored on. Meet Mr. Skullhead!


Colton actually found it at Michael's. And the best was 40% OFF! I had to put it in the little niche in the wall of our foyer. Just love the silver spider on his hat! I also made a framed art piece using some old scrapbook papers and an owl punch. Then I went to a Halloween store and got a black rat (my mom would LOVE that...NOT) and a goblin which I put eye balls in! Bwhahahaha


But since today is the first day of October, the kids had to find out what they were to find in the 1st pocket of the advent calendar.

Can you guess what it was?


It was to put up some silhouette spiders (thank you Martha Stewart)! Love these guys...thank goodness they aren't real! Here is a picture of our entryway:


And of course the kids had some fun with the spiders. LOL




What will tomorrow's pocket say?

30 Days till Halloween!!!

It's that time of year again!! I LOVE Halloween. And my girls know what it means to for it be October 1st.

Time to get the Advent Calendar out! Well, last year I had a different one and I had to throw it away because it was falling apart. It was a small bale of hay and it was all decorated, but it got messy during the move. So...I found this calendar online that inspired me. She had a brilliant idea and I had to make one just like it. Little did I know that the stickers that I bought from Michael's looked a little like some of the one's she used. OOPS! heehee

Luckily I had some felt laying around in my scrap closet and all I needed was a big piece of fleece fabric and those stickers. VIOLA! After 3 days of making this during Colton's naptime I got it all done. And the pockets are even stuffed with fun Halloween ideas!

Here is a close up of the calendar. You can see some of the goodies in the pockets!
This Franken-girl is my fave sticker. It's from K & Co.

What I did was number a few of the pockets. If you look back at the first picture you will see only 4 numbers on the entire calendar. The 31st (for Halloween), 4th, 14th, and 23rd. The 3 other dates are the days of my kids birthdays (not in October though). Morgan figured that one out without me saying anything. LOL
There are more pockets than there are days, by one, but it would have looked off if I left off one of the pockets. Plus it gave me a good excuse to decorate with the cute stickers I found by Martha Stewart and K&Co.

I would love to see your advent calendar if you do one for Halloween. We love to do this for October AND December. Gets the kids all excited for the holidays. And THEY ARE approaching soooo fast!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

BECOMing our home

Now that we have closed on our house and demolition will soon take place once permitting goes thru with our contractor, I've started thinking of how things are going to look in my head once it is all done. Of course there probably will be some differences of what it'll REALLY look like versus the visions in my head.

I've started looking thru magazines and searching the internet for decor ideas. I have boxes of our decor from our last home all piled in the garage now, but don't think that I'll be able to use all of them. ONE, because I won't have plant shelves in this house and TWO, not sure if the style of decor I had will match the style of this home. I will have to wait and see. But for now, I can still do some research!

I stumbled upon this site called BECOME. It has all the same categories any store chain has (like Walmart or Target) but better! All you have to do is type in what you are looking for (or click on the categories) and you are given numerous selections of what you are searching for...and you can comparison shop the name brand retailers! I love bargains! It beats cutting coupons LOL.

One thing that I would love to eventually get for the new home is a nicer dining table and chairs. Especially since the 'now' sunroom is going to be the 'new' dining room. I also would love to get a nice cushioned piece of furniture to sit on to put my shoes on in our new closet. We plan to make the 'now' two bedrooms the master suite area and make the 2nd room our walk-in closet! WOW! I can just see it now...organized shelving with a cute round coffee table I actually found on this site. Yes, I said coffee table. It's actually made of leather and serves as an ottoman.

The kids rooms will be on the other side of the house, which we will have to map out, frame and then drywall. That's going to be a BIG tasks. The rooms will be a pretty good size (especially Colton's since he won't have to share like his sisters do). I would love to have some sort of sleeper chair in both their rooms for them to be able to read or do homework on. A nice place for them to retreat to.

We need a small area for a desk out in their hallway. It's not a small hallway nor a big one. There is a perfect spot for tall bookshelves and a small desk for them to do their homework on or whatever they can think of. The kids will eventually get a computer. Just need better chair leg caps on the computer chair we already have since Neal and I use our laptops on the couch. heehee Then they will be set!

But all this dreaming is just a dream right now. I wish I could blink and the renovation/construction and move would have already taken place. So all I can do is wait and look up items and add it to my wish list! Who knows...I may find something I WASN'T looking for! ;)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Menu Plan Monday's

It's Monday...what's on the menu?

MONDAY: Ground pork w/ Zuccini and tomato sauce over brown rice

TUESDAY: Philly Steak and Cheese Sandwiches w/ sauteed mushrooms, green peppers and onions

WEDNESDAY: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, pickles

THURSDAY: Leftovers (pulled pork or beef enchiladas and yellow rice from the weekend)

FRIDAY: Pork Chops in cream of mushroom gravy, rice and corn

SATURDAY: Hot Dogs, homemade potato chips, baked beans

SUNDAY: BBQ and Medium chicken wings, cole slaw, celery and's football Sunday! Hopefully we will see some action on the tv as well as working on the house!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Demo in our near future

It's been 18 days since my last post...SHAME ON ME!

I let life get in the way! LOL

Well, we finally have closed on the house we're looking forward to demolishing and remodeling! Friday (yesterday) was the day. Now it's time to put our hard hats on (and thinking caps) and get crackin'!

Today we went out looking at cabinetry and flooring. Getting prices and finding out what we (hubby and I) agree on and finding out our styles. Long day today, and the kids were with us...they did very good considering all this is just so boring to an 8, 6 and 2.5 year old. We then went to the home because Colton found out how to say 'new home' today and he wouldn't stop! It was cute, but after a while in the car with him saying it over, and over, and over again it was like....STOP! ALRIGHT ALREADY!

We went to the new home and tried to map out what we were going to tackle first and how we were going to rearrange things in the home. We've been mapping it out now for 3 months. Just now it seems different. Do we live in it while the addition gets put on or do we stay at the rental till it's done? Choices, choices, choices. It will all work out in the end.

Afterwards we came home and got ready for the girls Zumbatomic Demo. My Zumba instructor needed some kid volunteers to help her do a demo of her new class she's going to be teaching. The demo took place at a Martial Arts grand opening and they did awesome. They were all decked out in their zumba colors (BRIGHT) and had a blast. Here are some pix:

One thing that I've learned from Zumba is...ditch the workout, join the party! And if you haven't tried it should!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Menu Monday's

It's that time again...time to make a menu plan for the week. It's definately a good to look forward too b/c the weekend (a 3 day one) is near!!!

Here is the menu for this week:

Breakfast - cereal
Kids lunches - PB & J, pretzels, applesauce/mandarin oranges, Cakesters (I caved), drink
Dinner - Chicken and sun-dried tomato bow tie pasta, garlic bread, salad

Breakfast - blueberry muffins
Kids lunches - salami/ham sandwiches, cucumer/green bell peppers/carrots and ranch, chips, drink, Hershey Kiss
Dinner - Grilled hot dogs, saurkraut, baked beans, fries

Breakfast - waffles and fruit cup
Lunch - sliced cheese, crackers, deviled eggs, fruit, drink
Dinner - chili and cornbread

Breakfast - oatmeal
Lunch - turkey sandwiches, cheese balls, drink, cookies, fruit
Dinner - beef stroganoff, green beans

Breakfast - cereal
Lunch - PB & J, string cheese, drink, fruit, pretzels, Hershey Kiss
Dinner - sloppy joes, chips, pickles

Saturday, Sunday - parents are coming but I think one of the days we are having some Filipino egg rolls (lumpia) and fried rice. It's Labor Day weekend so we'll have to see what goes on. I'm ready...are you?

Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins

It's that time's FRIDAY!

1. You do your thing; I do mine and sometimes I end up falling asleep on the couch!

2. This weekend is what's been on my mind on and off all day.

3. Remember when things were simpler and you had no responsibilites and just played all day long?

4. Zumba, the internet and making jewelry are three of my favorite obsessions :-) (at the moment)

5. During the last year my kids have grown up lightening fast before my very own eyes. :(

6. Colton's goofy facial expressions puts a smile on my face.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to tomorrow with our out of town guests The Bryson's, tomorrow my plans include boating with the Bryson's/date night w/ hubby and 3 other couples and Sunday, I want to hung-over-FREE!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Surprise...look what's at the front door!

So...when you come home from running an errand with your son, do you expect to almost step on this by your door mat at the front door?


I know I live on a canal, but the canal is in the backyard. And if this is a baby, where's Momma?

I thought it was pretty cool. It was a little fiesty when I spoke to it and Colt trying to grab it. EEEK! I ran inside, got my camera, took pictures of it and also got one on my phone before realizing that I should keep him!

Yes, I said 'keep him'. heehee

I want to make sure the girls get a good gander at this little fella before we release him tonite in our canal. But did he get here? Are there more?

And I just noticed that Mr. Snail had to get in this photo shot too or else he was slowly trying to get away! haha

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Have you had your daily does of Lycopene today?

So I was craving some homemade spaghetti of Neal's yesterday. Sent him to the store with a list as well w/ what he had on his list. He makes spagehetti homemade, but still uses cans of tomato sauce, whole tomatoes and tomato paste. Well, he decided to be all Julia Child and try and do it 'homemade' with REAL tomatoes! And this is what he came home with:

...minus about 7 or 8 tomatoes!


Now what am I gonna do with all these tomatoes? Yes, I them. But there are only 7 days this week for dinner and I already sent him to the store to get some ingredients for Sunday's dinner (shrimp and rice scampi). OY VEY!

If you have any ideas I'd be glad to hear them. We already used about 2 today when we had some out of town friends come over for a quick hello on their way back home. Had french bread slices, fresh mozzarella and sliced tomatoes. YUM! But still...the fridge has the same amount of tomatoes just about!

Looking forward to hearing your suggestions!

I guess for now we will cut back on the ketchup and just know that we are getting our daily dose of Lycopene! LOL

Saturday, August 21, 2010


If you want a chance at some FREE earrings I made from my Etsy shop, then go on over to ALTERNATIVE HOUSEWIFE! This is a really cute blog. The blog owner, Janine, was nice enough to do a review/giveaway for my Etsy store, Doohickies & Such. If you are lucky, read the article and you will see a discount for my store too!

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