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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…

Norfolk Harborfest this weekend

11 Jun

This weekend is the 34th Annual Norfolk Harborfest®,
Hampton Roads’ Largest Dock Party
34 years of festival traditions are celebrated on land as well as on the river!


Location: Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Virginia
Date: June 11-13, 2010
Time: Friday: Noon – 11 pm
Saturday: Noon -11 pm
Sunday: Noon – 6 pm

Fireworks Spectacular! Saturday, June 12th 9:30p

Water Park

New for 2010 is the Norfolk Harborfest Water Park! The Water Park will be located in the Nauticus Forecourt and will be open on Sunday, June 13, 2010.

The Water Park will feature fun slip n’ slides, water balloon toss, super soakers, baby wading pools, sprinkers and much more.

Enjoy this great way to cool off the family.

Visit the official website for all information pertaining to this event:  HERE

Kids Bowl Free ALL Summer!!

11 Jun

Summer vacation has already started for some lucky school goers and others will start their break within the next week or so.  My daughter goes until June 21st thanks to the snow days earlier in the year.  As a parent, I know first hand the difficulties of finding inexpensive activities to keep our children busy during the summer.  I love the free bowling and free movie programs that run throughout the summers.  Check out www.kidsbowlfree.com and register your little people (age 15 and under) for free bowling all summer long.  With this particular program, your children can enjoy 2 free games daily throughout the summer months-ending September 19, 2010!

To learn more on how the program works, click HERE!

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

Michael’s Free Craft for Kids

7 May

FREE Make It Take It Mother’s Day Card


5/8/2010 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

All US & Canada stores

Make Mom a gift that she will treasure forever. Thank her with a heartfelt, handcrafted card. Supplies provided by me & my BIG ideas®. While supplies last.

Special events and project ideas perfect for every mom!
This year, celebrate Mother’s Day with special handmade gifts from the heart. We have all the project ideas you’ll need to create perfect presents. And don’t forget to check out our Mother’s Day events at a store near you!

Click Heartwarming Projects for crafts projects and ideas.

Valentine’s Day Ideas: Volume 3

11 Feb

Volume 3…three’s a charm!  Well, the charm for today is the family.  Valentine’s Day is about love, and family is love.  We can’t leave the kids out!  So here are fun and inexpensive (or FREE) ideas to spread love to the entire family on Valentine’s Day!

  • Create cards for each other:  This can be done early, like today.  What you use is up to you, but this is a great opportunity to pull out the colored construction paper,markers, crayons,  glitter, glue, silly line scissors, ribbons, doillies, Popsicle sticks and school pics.   This is a unique way to spread love and spend some fun quality time together.   On Valentine’s Day everyone exchanges their homemade cards.
  • Most young people today have emails and cell phones.  Send your son or daughter a Valentine’s Day text message or e-card.
  • Tasty Treats- Valentine’s Day is a time to be extra sweet and share the love.  Bake cookies that are cut in the shape of hearts, bake cup cakes and design them with pink, red and white frosting, bake a heart shaped cake, cut pb and j sandwiches into hearts.  It is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of the one eating it!  As an added bonus, have the family bake and cook together.  Kids love stirring and licking the bowl and spoon.  Include them in on the fun and it will be something that they are bound to remember for a long time.

  • Give flowers- My daughter gets so excited when her dad comes in the house from work with a flower fo r her.  It is usually a daisy or something like that, but it means the WORLD to her!  She grabs a vase and puts it in water immediately.  So on V-day, give flowers…especially fathers, give your daughters flowers and make them feel very special and valuable!
  • Notes- Valentine’s Day 2010 falls on a Sunday so most of us won’t have a chance to drop a note in a lunch box/bag, but remember it for the future.  Think of how your child would feel opening his/her lunch bag and finding a sweet note wrapped with the sandwich:-)  Other notes- sticky note on the fridge, shaving cream note on the mirror…
  • Send a card- Kids love getting mail.  My daughter even loves getting junk mail.  Pick up a card from a local store…one of the $0.49 Hallmarks will do, write a sweet note in it and mail it to your child.  They will be so surprised to get mail.
  • Romantic Dinner- Tell your kids that you are going to have a fancy dinner.  Have everyone dress up and be down in the kitchen or living room at a specific time.  Light candles, have music playing and have a romantic dinner for the entire family.  I think it would be cute to pull out the “good plates”, linen napkins and let them drink from wine glasses.   Pancakes would be a hit in my house.  You could fix their favorite meal, order take out or pizza and just enjoy time together.  The important thing is that the whole family is sitting together for a meal.  You can still light candles with pizza! 🙂
  • Say “I Love You”- this one may seem simple, but when was the last time you genuinely told your child/children that you love them?  When was the last time you gave them a tight hug or a sweet kiss?  Take a moment to just show love, by saying it and showing it!

No matter what you do this Valentine’s Day, just be sure to share love!

I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another.
John 13: 34

20% Off Clearance at OshKosh B’Gosh

11 Feb

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