Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!!!




It's finally here. Halloween!!!! Anyway, I just wanted to tell everyone to have a great night, be safe, and remember to check the candy before your kiddos eat it.

I'm leaving you with a clip from my favorite Halloween movie.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Please Be Careful

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A Halloween treat to avoid

Earlier this month, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced a recall of Sherwood Brands Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins due to positive test results for melamine.

Sherwood Brands Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins, is sold in 840 gram containers containing 240 pieces per container bearing UPC 0 36077 11240 7 and lot code 1928S1.

In Canada, this product is sold nationally through Costco stores and may also have been sold in bulk packages or as individual pieces at various dollar and bulk stores.

The U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration hasn't yet issued an advisory.



***This is the same chemical that tainted the milk in China and caused a lot of the infants who drank this milk to have kidney failure.***


Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Seriously, It's Called Common Sense

This disgusts me to no end.

Click Here to read this awfulness


I don't understand these tragedies at all. This was totally avoidable had this poor little boy's father used COMMON SENSE!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Wonderful Monday

Today has been a great day. Really one for the books. Nothing spectacular happened, it was just an all around good day. Madi was in the best mood today. All day the noise around me has been her singing. I have to say that I love her rendition of "I'm ready" by Spongebob more than the one from the show.

We went to the post office to mail out my latest eBay item and she has everyone in there cracking up. It was around noon so it was packed in there. Anyway, Madi started off by telling me, "Mom, I'm ready," over and over. I told her that we couldn't leave, we had to wait our turn. Then she started singing the wiggle song from Yo Gabba Gabba. I gave her a kiss on the cheek because she was being so sweet and then she covered her face and went, "Oh, mama." Everyone started laughing and then she made me kiss her toy.

After that we went to Walgreen's so I could get some envelopes. She saw the crayons and took off. I caught up to her in the toy aisle where she was sitting on the floor opening them up. It was just funny to see her concentrating so hard on trying to get them out.

She took a nap and remembered that she had crayons. Since about 3:00 she has been coloring and singing softly. Seriously, she is so sweet.

Anyway, I captured some of her craziness on the camera today and they are the funniest pictures I've taken of her in a long time.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Painting Pumpkins

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Mommy, Madi, & Daddy

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Mommy, Madi, & Uncle Bob

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Madi and Mommy's Pumpkins

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Daddy and Uncle Bob's Pumpkins

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Gingerbread Spice


So, I haven't updated in a few but I have a good reason. I have been working on my new Christmas handmade clothes to sell on eBay.

It's my first time making a twirl skirt and I have to say that it came out cute! Also, I have never made my own appliques before but I was pleasantly surprised at how well my little gingerbread girl came out.

OK, so what I did was got two different patterns of fabric that I thought went well together. Then I cut 18; 8 inch by 2 1/2 inch strips and quilted them together. Then I added a 4 inch band at the top with elastic. For the bottom ruffle of the skirt I pieced together 10; 6 inch by 2 inch pieces of fabric and gathered them.

For the shirt I used a "Granimals" brand white t-shirt. I made my applique from brown corduroy, red rick rack, and ultra hold heat-n-bond. I ironed my applique to the shirt and then stitched over it with red thread in a longer length of stitch, (I hope that makes some sense.)

Anyway, it's done and now I just have to figure out how much I want to charge for it on eBay.

I hope everyone is having a great week and if you're not just remember...tomorrow is Friday.



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Monday, October 20, 2008

Oakland Finally WON!!


Oakland finally won a game beating the Jets!! Sebastian Janikowski's 57-yard field goal 12:30 into overtime gave the Raiders a 16-13 victory. That kick is a Raider's record. It's about damn time.

Pumpkin Patch


On Saturday we went down the the pumpkin patch/corn maze here in town. We had lots of fun and it would had great picture promise but the batteries in my camera went kaput. Disappointed doesn't even begin to express how I felt. Thank goodness Bobby had his camera to help capture the craziness.

It only cost $3 per person to go through the maze which I didn't think was too bad. Talk about a walk though. I think we were in there for about 45 minutes to an hour and it was hot. Madi tuckered out about 1/4 way through and poor ZK had to pick her up and hike the rest of the way holding her. We got lost a couple of times and Bobby was picking at me with a corn husk but we made it through. The map they gave us to get through was about worthless though. I finally figured out that if we were going the right way we would see a little blue flag on the ground.

Anyway, we made it through the maze and got to pick out our pumpkins. They had a lot to choose from and they started at $5. On our trek back to the truck Madi was about ready to pass out, she was so tired.

All in all it was a great day and Madi had fun. I can't wait to post pics of us carving the pumpkins next weekend.

Hope everyone else had a great weekend.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Project Of The Day



Madi is always is the kitchen getting into things she should not. I have it child-proofed out the wazoo but where there is a will there is a way. Anyway, I decided that she needs something to do in there so she stays out of the fridge, dishwasher, and pantry.



As I was reading my new issue of Family Fun magazine, I came across a reader submitted idea: Take a puzzle, add some magnets, and turn it into fridge art. So that's what I did.


I went to Dollar Tree and got a Winnie the Pooh, 25 piece puzzle. I already had a roll of magnet tape, and I used utility scissors because you don't want to mess up your good scissors. Cut your magnet strip into little strips between a 1/4 - 1/2 an inch wide. Then remove the tape on the back of the magnet, attach to the puzzle piece and viola! You have a child safe, entertaining, refrigerator magnet.


Madi loved it instantly and I figure that if it gets ruined or some pieces go missing, no biggie. I only spent $1 on the whole project.

Hope everyone has a great evening.


***For more great ideas check out familyfun.com***


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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

3 Years Ago Today...


3 years ago today I made the best decision of my life. I walked down the aisle and became the love of my life's wife. Today's entry is dedicated to him because without him I believe that my life would be pretty dull and without great love.
I met my hubby almost 4 years ago. I just moved back full time to my hometown area and was booored. My sister, God love her, made me go out with her to celebrate New Year's Eve. I'm so glad I did. That night I met ZK and life hasn't been the same since.
The funny thing is, I never wanted to get married or have children. I figured it wasn't in the cards for me and I didn't think anyone could be completely faithful for the rest of their lives. I was wrong. When you have great love in your life, someone who sees you at your worst and still holds your hair when you puke, someone who tells you that he loves you at least 5 times a day, you have an appreciation for them and want to be good to them.
I know that marriage takes hard work, but it's great with someone there to hold your hand. He has given me so much. A wonderful marriage, a beautiful daughter, a best friend.
So, to you ZK: Thank you for being you, for loving me, and for being the best husband and father that any woman could hope for. Loves you lots!
(the flowers at the top of my entry were delivered to me this afternoon from ZK)

Sunday, October 12, 2008

First Frost



According to our local newspaper we are going to have our first real frost tonight. It has been so chilly today. The wind was pretty wild last night. I woke up and saw that the lid to Madi's sandbox had blown off, her sand toys were scattered all over the back grass, her slide was turned over, and her pool was gone. We found the pool at another complex and just ended up throwing it away. I didn't pay too much for it and it had a hole in the top of it.

I have had a pretty busy day. I went to Madi's room and organized it for winter. I put all of her summer clothes away, moved all of her toys away from the heater vent, and pulled out her winter blankets and footed pajamas that my mom got on clearance last year. I can't believe it is time for this again. It seems that when you have children time goes faster. I can't believe she is almost 2 and a half. Crazy.

If you have children I recommend that you get them their flu shots for the winter. Madi always seems to get really sick in between December and February. I think that if she hadn't always gotten her flu shot it would have been a lot worse. She has an appointment on Thursday to get that done and a check up.

Not too much else going on today. The Raiders lost...again. It's starting to get ridiculous. They're not a bad team, they just have sucked for the last 4 years. Who knows. I'm glad Peyton Manning and the Colts are starting to pull it out. My mom is a major Peyton fan.

Well, that seems to be all folks. Stay warm and have a great Sunday.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Finally...

I know, I know. I said that I would update every other day and yet I have been slacking off. Before you go calling my mom, (just joking, smile J.) I have a great excuse. I got my new novels that I won from eBay, so I have been reading them all week. They are the Wallflower series by Lisa Kleypas and they were good. Like really good. Seriously, check her out. She is a great historical romance writer. She writes female characters that are strong and the lovey scenes are like wow-za.

Anyway, I have been up to no good this week and spending hubby's hard earned dough. I went to eBay, yes it's been an eBay week, and purchased a toddler dress form so that my handmade, they call them Boutique, clothes look more professional and complete. I don't know about that but the seller guaranteed that my sales would go up which is a good things since I am trying to get my Christmas stuff up.

I am also working on trying to make my own hair bows for Madi. See, she is finally letting me do her hair. I should be more honest here. She finally has hair for me to play with. Anyway, I got some cute Dora hair clips at Clair's for like 50 cents and they just look aDORAble in her hair, (did you catch the pun, man I'm funny). So, I started looking on eBay for some more bows because I guess they don't sell the kind of bow I want in town and Clair's having it was a fluke. I found some and they are ridiculously priced. Like $20 for a set of "boutique" bows. I figured that I am semi-talented and I would try to make my own. After several attempts I am happy to say that I completed one and it is just cuuuuute! Check it out below:
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See, really cute. I am going to make her a couple of Disney Princess ones. Then if I get really good at it, I plan on selling some on eBay.

Well, I think I am going to call it a day. Hope with me that the Raiders win tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

It's Chilly

Another weekend came and went. I'm off on my days because ZK worked on Saturday and had Sunday and Monday off, so today feels like Monday to me.

My week has been pretty good thus far. Braydon finally decided that she wanted to be Cinderella for Halloween. I went to Joann's to get the fabric so I could get rocking on the costume. They are having some major sales. I got glittered satin in baby blue and white for $2.50 a yard and blue tulle for $1.29 a yard. Yesterday I went back to Joann's to get some deep red crushed velvet so that I can sew a cape for Christine's Belle costume. It was only $3.49 a yard. They really have some great deals.

I went shopping on Sunday afternoon and ended up at Hot Topic. I rarely go there because the music is really loud and it irritates me which must mean that I am getting old. Anyway, they had a Yo Gabba Gabba t-shirt there that I got for Madi. It's the only place I have ever found one.

Today I went to the cleaners to pick up ZK's carharts. The zipper tabs break on him and rather that buying new craharts I opted to call around to see if anyone can replace them. I went to Holiday Cleaners where it cost $6.00 a zipper and they had them done the next day. I was really happy with their service and they are just really nice ladies in there.

I also went over to Target. In case you didn't know Sleeping Beauty came out today. They have really been advertising for it on the Disney channel. When they play the music video for one of the songs Madi just dances around so I figured that this one was a must have. They are having a lot of sales at Target like "buy this item and get a free gift or gift card". When you purchase the Sleeping Beauty DVD and the Sleeping Beauty doll you get the dress up costume for free. The dress is about a $18.00 value so I guess it's a good deal. I didn't do it because Madi doesn't really play with barbie type dolls so it's just a waste of money to me.

All in all this week has been so far so good. It's pretty chilly in my house today so I think I am going to find a sweatshirt and drink some coffee. I hope all is well with everyone and you all have a great day.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Yum, Yum!

Tonight for dinner I decided to try a new recipe for crockpot meatballs. I'm excited to make these because I am testing out my new crockpot. I had to get a new one because my old one broke, actually it shattered.

Last week when I was making my grocery list I went to the fridge to see what we needed. Now, we keep a couple of our appliances on top of the fridge like the fry daddy, blender, food processor, and the ill fated crockpot. As I shut the door to the fridge my little crock pot, that I have had for 5 years and was given to me by my mom, fell to the floor. It was like slow motion. It completely shattered. I was in shock I guess until I heard Madi crying because the noise had scared her. Bummed doesn't explain how I felt. I loved that little crock pot.

I went to the computer and decided that I needed to find a new one and I like to do my research. With winter coming and all the soups, stews, and other warm winter meals I liked to cook I needed a good one. I found that Rival crockpots had the best reviews and then tried to decide what size I needed. My old one was a 4 quart. Since we are only growing as a family, with Bobby here all the time, and I like to take stuff to my mom's for holidays I decided on a 6 quart, traveling crockpot.

I went to Target and yay, the had the one that I wanted on sale for $29.99.

So I guess I was meant to get a new one and I can't wait to try all my recipes in it. I will have to double all the ingredients to feed my brood, but at least I have a crockpot that will cook enough to feed my family.

So, here is the recipe that I am making tonight:
1lb of ground beef
1/2 cup of dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of salt (We use sea salt)
1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce (I omitted this because it doesn't agree with hubby)
1 egg
1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese
1 32 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce

1: Place the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and mix together with your hands
2: Shape into around 30 1-inch balls
3: Cook over medium heat in a frying pan, turning occasionally, until brown (about 20 mins)
4: While doing this pour the jar of sauce in your crock pot and set it at low heat. (I spiced up my sauce with a tablespoon of garlic, some onion powder, and pepper)
5: When the meatballs are done place them into the crock pot with the sauce and let simmer for about 2 hours. Stir them occasionally.
6: When the meatballs are done you can enjoy them with pasta, on buns with mozzo cheese, or just about any way you like.