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Hilarious Post!

24 Jul

I read numerous blogs each day and there are some awesome, creative bloggers out in cyberspace.  I ran across this blog and I just have to share this post.  For those of us with toddlers, we can definitely understand and relate.  At the end, leave comments with other ways why having toddlers is like being at a frat party.  Enjoy!

WHY HAVING A TODDLER IS LIKE BEING AT A FRAT PARTY!

 10. There are half-full, brightly-colored plastic cups on the floor in every room. Three are in the bathtub.

9. There’s always that one girl, bawling her eyes out in a corner.

8. It’s best not to assume that the person closest to you has any control over their digestive function.

7. You sneak off to the bathroom knowing that as soon as you sit down, someone’s going to start banging on the door.

6. Probably 80% of the stains on the furniture contain DNA.

5. You’ve got someone in your face at 3 a.m. looking for a drink.

4. There’s definitely going to be a fight.

3. You’re not sure whether anything you’re doing is right, you just hope it won’t get you arrested.

2. There are crumpled-up underpants everywhere.

1. You wake up wondering exactly how and when the person in bed with you got there.

My additions:

  • There’s always someone streaking, flashing or mooning
  • Breakfast of choice is pizza…even cold pizza

Your additions…

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Time for a Break

1 Jul

I recently started reading a great blog, The Diaper Diaries-“Always loaded, sometimes full of crap”.  I love the posts that the author writes.  She uses her blog as a diary, a place to share almost anything.  Sometimes there are product reviews, other times she writes about her children or an event that she attended.  As much as I enjoy writing about saving money, I think I would enjoy writing more “random” stuff.  So, this is a random post, and I plan to write more “randomness” from time to time.  Hopefully you won’t mind:-)

Time for a break… This summer makes two years of being a SAHM (stay at home mom).  My mother was a SAHM for most of my childhood.  I don’t think she returned to the work force until I was in middle school.  It was a wonderful thing to have her home.  She dedicated her life to us, our family.  At an early age, I knew I wanted to be a sahm.  I prayed that when the time came for me to have children, I would be able to stay at home and be like my mother. 

Well, in 2008, I gave birth to twin girls…following the birth of my son in 2007.  So, that makes 3 babies in 1 year…1 year and 10 days to be exact.  My DH and I sat down and had a very important conversation about our family and we decided that I would stay home, and stop working as a teacher for a while.  Needless to say I was over joyed that my prayers were being answered.  It has been such a blessing being at home caring for my children and home.  The children are only young once and I cherish my time with my family. 

With that being said, I am ready for and in need of a break!  Being a SAHM is a 24/7 job.  There probably isn’t any other job in the world that requires its employees to work, eat, sleep, shower and live on site.  There is no calling in sick or requesting a transfer…if you are committed that is.  Well, recently I realized I needed a break.  My DH clearly realized it too.  Last week he surprised me with a “me trip”.  A getaway just for me.  I am truly looking forward to spending time with myself.  To waking up when I want and possibly taking a nap.  Taking a shower without rushing and using the bathroom without interruption.  Going to a restaurant and not requesting 3 high chairs and feeling bad when we leave because there is more food on the floor than on the table.  I am looking forward to walking through another city and being seen as a woman and not as all of the many hats I wear.  I am going to let my hair down and in the words of one of my favorite quotes from A Different World, “relax, relate, release”!

I had to laugh as I wrote the last paragraph because I will more than likely enjoy the first 5 minutes of being alone and then I will be so lost without my family.  I absolutely love being Sam’s wife and mom to Maggie, Cole, Maddie and Macy and can’t imagine anything else, but I know I need this time away. 

It is so important for us as women to keep a part of who we are.  It is so easy to become totally wrapped up in our role as mother and wife, but if we lose ourselves, what can we really offer to those that we love?  Not much!  Do things for yourself, keep looking pretty, shop for yourself every now and then…even if it is at the thrift store or a consignment shop.  Get a massage, take yourself to lunch.  Oh, and continue to date your spouse!  Day to day life can get to be so monotonous so we have to work daily at keeping the “fire” in our relationship.  I am SO looking forward to upcoming time away with my hubby!  But that’s another post… That’s all I will say about that! 

I will write all about my 4 night getaway to Atlanta, Georgia.

Military Family Freebie

1 Jun

Good Morning!  I hope that you enjoyed Memorial Day!  For many it is a time to visit family and friends, cook out, shop and enjoy a day off, but for others they took= a moment to stop and recognize all of the people that gave their lives for our country.  Personally, I hold dear the memory of my late grandfather James A. Bowman who passed away in 1981.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and a wonderful man!  I love you Papa!

Since I am writing about military, I thought I would share this timely freebie.   With the summer break quickly approaching for school children across the country, military families will hopefully take advantage of this offer.

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 700 museums in all 50 states to offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 31, 2010, through Labor Day, September 6, 2010.

  • If you are active duty military personnel and/or an immediate family member, all you need to do is show either a Geneva Conventions CAC Card, a DD Form 1173, or a DD Form 1173-1 at the museum admissions desk. Immediate family members under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an appropriate ID holder.

Explore as many museums as possible this summer. Find the participating museums nearest you by clicking HERE.  They have created a blog for you to share your experience.   Blue Star Museums Blog.

Virginia Museums include:

  • Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
    Virginia Beach, VA
  • Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries
    Norfolk, VA
  • Boykin’s Tavern/Isle of Wight County Museum
    Smithfield, VA
  • Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre
    Bristow, VA
  • Carlyle House Historic Park
    Alexandria, VA
  • Chesterfield County Museum
    Chesterfield, VA
  • Chrysler Museum of Art
    Norfolk, VA
  • Colonial Williamsburg
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Colonial Williamsburg
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Contemporary Art Center of Virginia
    Virginia Beach, VA
  • Deltaville Maritime Museum
    Deltaville, VA
  • DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation and Museum
    Wyethville, VA
  • Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University
    Roanoke, VA
  • Ferry Plantation House Historic Museum
    Virginia Beach, VA
  • Foundation for Historic Christ Church
    Irvington, VA
  • Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia
    Staunton, VA
  • Gadsby’s Tavern Museum
    Alexandria, VA
  • Hatton Ferry
    Scottsville, VA
  • Historic Hopewell Foundation
    Hopewell, VA
  • Historic St. Luke’s Church
    Smithfield, VA
  • Historical Museum of Western Virginia
    Roanoke, VA
  • Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
    Fredericksburg, VA
  • James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library
    Fredericksburg, VA
  • Lightship Portsmouth Museum
    Portsmouth, VA
  • Lynchburg Museum System
    Lynchburg, VA
  • Mary Washington House
    Fredericksburg, VA
  • McCallum More Museum and Gardens
    Chase City, VA
  • Meadow Farm Museum
    Henrico, VA
  • Morven Park
    Leesburg, VA
  • Muscarelle Museum of Art
    Williamsburg, VA
  • Museum of Culpeper History
    Culpeper, VA
  • Museum of the Confederacy
    Richmond, VA
  • Museum of the Middle Appalachians
    Saltville, VA
  • National D-Day Memorial
    Bedord, VA
  • O. Winston Link Museum
    Roanoke, VA
  • Old Coast Guard Station
    Virginia Beach, VA
  • Old Court House Civil War Museum
    Winchester, VA
  • Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum
    Portsmouth, VA
  • Rising Sun Tavern
    Fredericksburg, VA
  • Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
    Alexandria, VA
  • Tangier History Museum and Interpretive Cultural Center
    Tangier, VA
  • Taubman Museum of Art
    Roanoke, VA
  • The Town of Wytheville Dept of Museums
    Wytheville, VA
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
    Forest, VA
  • US Army Quartermaster Museum
    Fort Lee, VA
  • US Army Women’s Museum
    Fort Lee, VA
  • Virginia Discovery Museum
    Charlottesville, VA
  • Virginia Historical Society
    Richmond, VA
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    Richmond, VA
  • Virginia Museum of Transporation
    Roanoke, VA
  • Weems-Botts Museum
    Dumfries, VA
  • William King Museum
    Abingdon, VA
  • Wilton House Museum
    Richmond, VA
  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
    Staunton, VA

Box Tops for Education Giveaway!!!

25 May

I am very excited about this giveaway!  MyBlogSpark, General Mills and SuperValu are sponsoring this giveaway!  If you have school age children, you are probably familiar with Box Tops for Education.  Clipping box tops from participating products earns money for your local schools.  Over $10 million was earned during the 2008-2009 school year!  That is awesome!!

So MyBlogSpark sent a $25 American Express to me and I challenged myself to see how many box tops I could collect while shopping with my card.  I shopped at my local Farm Fresh (Market) and scored over 70 box tops to send to my daughter’s school, but the best part is that I got lots of great stuff for my kids like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Toaster Strudels, Chex, Fiber One Bars and Progresso Soups, just to name a few.   Farm Fresh was running a promotion where you got 50 bonus box tops when you purchased $20 in participating items.

The SuperValu family of stores includes ACME, Albertsons, Cub, Farm Fresh and Jewel-Osco.  They have created a website that tracks your Box Tops contribution and the school’s redemption.  The site also offers recipes, coupons, store promotions and much more!

Want to win your own $25 American Express gift card?  How many Box Tops can you get with $25?   Click HERE for a full list of participating products and brands.  All entries must be submitted by 11:59p.m.(ET) on May 27, 2010.  To enter, leave a comment below with your name and favorite Box Top product.  The winner will be posted on May28, 2010 and will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.

Earn extra entries by:

  • Joining me on Facebook
  • Following me on Twitter
  • Subscribing to this blog (be sure to complete the verification by following the emailed link)
  • Entering the SuperValu Sweepstakes {Box Tops for Education is giving you a chance to win 50,000 bonus tops for your school.  All you have to do is register  HERE and click the link to the 50,000 bonus box tops sweepstakes.}

(Leave a separate comment for each entry)

**SuperValu and General Mills provided the gift card, information, and giveaway through MyBlogSpark

Joy of Ice Cream

21 May

Joy of Ice Cream

Dates: 5/22/2010 – 5/22/2010

Cool Off With Ice Cream
Get a free ice cream sundae at a Walmart near you.

Saturday, May 22, 2010
11:00AM – 4:00PM

Come have a free ice cream sundae* with Breyers new and exclusive flavors, and Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream and new All Natural Frozen Yogurt topped with Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup, Reddi-wip, and Fresh Strawberries.

*While supplies last.

Kids Eat Free Wednesday!

12 May

Just in case you and your family want to venture out tonight for dinner, here are some places that have Kids Eat Free or Cheap deals.  Please call ahead to your local restaurant to check participation.  If you know of others, please leave a comment and I will add the restaurant to the list.  Bon Appetit!!

Carrow’s Restaurant: Kids 10 and under eat free after 4pm. One kids meal per adult entree purchased. Wednesday

Coco’s Restaurant: Kids 10 and under eat free after 4pm. One kids meal per adult entree purchased. Wednesday

Damon’s:  1 free kids meal w/ each adult entrée.  Wednesday

Firehouse Subs: Kids eat free on Wednesday and Sunday with the purchase of an adult combo. Participating restaurants only. Varies by location. Wednesday

Garduno’s Restaurant: Monday and Wednesday Kids Eat Free – Enjoy a kid’s meal with beans, rice and a sopaipilla for dessert! Under 12 eat free w/ every adult meal. Wednesday

Gatti Town Buffet: Kids 10 and under get free kid’s buffet w/ the purchase of adult buffet at regular price. Limit 1 child per adult. Wednesday

IHOP:  4pm-8pm – Kids ages 12 & under eat free- 1 Kids’ Menu item per Adult entree (Drink NOT incl).  Wednesday

Islands Restaurant: Kids eat free Click on Leave Feedback to see times and participating locations. Wednesday

Jason’s Deli: Kids 12 and under Eat Free w/ purchase of adult meal. 2 kids meals per adult meal purchased. (chek the details page for confirmed locations) Sunday

Jeffrey’s Sports Grill: Kids Eat Free from 5-9pm. 12 and under – One child per paying adult. Wednesday

KC Masterpiece:  4 p.m. – close Children ages 12 and under eat free from the kid’s menu.  Wednesday

Little Bitty Burger Barn: Kids 10 and under eat free from 5pm-8pm. Up to two kids with adult meal and drink purchase. Wednesday

Luby’s: Kids under 10 eat for $2 after 4:30pm.   Wednesday

New Orleans Riverfront Restaurant: Sunday, Monday and Wednesday kids 12 and under eat free from the children’s menu. Wednesday

Perkins: One Free kid’s meal w/ adult entree purchase. 12 and under from 4-9pm. Pennsylvania and Ohio markets – see Feedback for locations. Wednesday

Rainforest Café Kids: eat for $1.99 on Wednesday evenings.  Wednesday

Serranos Tex Mex: Get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree, 1 free meal per adult entree. Wednesday

Smokin Okies BBQ: Kids 9 and under eat free all day Wednesday with each paying adult. Kid’s Meal served with milk, Sprite or apple juice. Wednesday

Zarda Bar: Kids eat free All Day.  Wednesday

Kids Eat Free at Quiznos

11 May

I was just perusing some of my favorite blogs and came across this freebie on Freebies4Mom.   Kids Eat Free at Quiznos?  It’s for a limited time and no coupon is necessary.  Buy any adult entree and get a fee kids meal (age 12 and under).  As always call your local Quiznos to confirm that they are participating in this offer before you head there to get it.  It’s disappointing to show up with your kids and find out that they are not participating, so please call!