As most busy moms, I have a hard time keeping track of all of my girl's thing. I'm very particular about the girls and their exposure to germs due to their health problems. So of course, we keep our sippy cups and binkies to ourselves. Imagine my horror when picking them up at the church nursery one day to find they'd been drinking out of some one else's sippy cup all morning. *GASP* Seriously, this bothered me. So I went home, steralized their cups and pulled out my magic Sharpie.
Unfortunately sharpie only lasts so long, usually just long enough for you to stick the cup in the dishwasher. So I was on the lookout for something better. And I found it. I had the chance to reveiw some awesome new labels from Label Daddy, a new business owned by two dads! The labels are awesome! Seriously they stick like glue -- I have washed every cup/plate, etc I attached htem too and they are still stuck there, like they were the first time I put them there.
The labels are available in several pretty colors and of course are personalizable!
Label Daddy's Labels take care of my problem for me. I put Caity's name on her cups, her extra clothes, everything that would get mixed with other children's things. And the label's stick and they stay!
These labels have saved me so much sanity. I find that I can use them for anything. My newest use was sticking them on the bins for Caity's laundry. Now she'll know which is her bin to put away. I'm definitely ordering some for Miss Izzie too.
And one of my readers will be lucky too. Label Daddy is sponsoring a giveaway for my readers. So Follow the simple rules and try to win.
1st and foremost you must go to the Label Daddy site and tell me what labels you would love to have.
For extra entries: * Blog about this giveaway and link to both Label Daddy and my blog * Follow me on Twitter and Tweet about this contest * Add me to your blogroll
Label Daddy has also given us a coupon code to share. If you enter Daddy4 in the coupon code section, you will receive 10% off any order placed.
I wanted to do something different than other blogs with my Christmas party. I wanted to focus on things you can make or buy that are homemade for your family for chirstmas. As such, not only will there be prizes(there are some, yes) there will be recipes for goodies, tutorials for things and other ideas on stuff you can make for those you are closest too.
I hope you enjoy everything about this party. My button will go up later today and you can grab it and put it on your blog. It gives you an extra entry to all giveaways (including those not in the party)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Today, Lauraine Snelling is a member of the more than Two Million Books In Print club, but when she first began, she was a mother of three teenagers with a simple dream to write “horse books for kids.”
All told, she has over 50 books published. She thinks. She’s not sure. She’d rather write them than count them. Lauraine’s work has been translated into Norwegian, Danish and German as well as produced as books on tape.
Awards have followed her dedication to “telling a good story”: the Silver Angel Award for An Untamed Land and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart for Song of Laughter.
Helping others reach their writing dream is the reason Lauraine teaches at writer’s conferences across the country. She mentors others through book doctoring and with her humorous and playful Writing Great Fiction tape set. Lauraine also produces material on query letters and other aspects of the writing process.
Her readers clamor for more books more often and Lauraine would like to comply, if only her ever-growing flower gardens didn’t call quite so loudly over the soothing rush of the water fountains in her back yard and if the hummingbirds weren’t quite so entertaining. Lauraine and husband Wayne have two grown sons and a cockatiel named Bidley, who loves to tease their Basset Hound named Chewy.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Two mothers end up more closely connected that they could dream...and yet they are strangers to one another.
The first has two children--twins, a boy and girl, who are seniors in high school. She wants their last Christmas as a family living in the same home to be perfect, but her husband is delayed returning from a business trip abroad. And then there's an accident--a fatal one involving a drunk driver.
Meanwhile, the other mother has a daughter who needs a new heart, and so the loss of one woman becomes the miracle the other has desperately prayed for. While one mother grieves, and pulls away from her family, the other finds that even miracles aren't always easy to receive.
Caity went to take her shower tonight and she hollers out "Mom, there's a lizard in here"
yes, a lizard. A little one somehow got into our bathtub. Of course she wouldn't let us put it outside once DH said it would die (cold), so now its in a mason jar (with air holes at the top) until we can find more appropriate lodging for it.
Today's Question is all about the food, of course. So If you could only eat ONE food on Thanksgiving Day, what would it be? Do you have a home cooked meal for Thanksgiving or do you go out to eat? Does your family dress up?
Thanksgiving is all about the food baby. One thing. Only one thing. Oh gosh. I'd have to say the Pecan Praline Pie. It's divine. DIVINE. And I only get it on holidays. You know, cause I'm too lazy to make my own.
We have a home cooked meal. We get together with all the family at one location (alternated) and everyone pitches in with the cooking.
We don't really dress up special. The kids play outside, inside, all over. The adults cook, and talk, its really a relaxed setting.
Do you decorate for the Holidays? Do you have a themed Christmas tree? Share pics! Do you think there is such a thing as OVER decorating?
We decorate the inside of the house, not so much the outside -- We plan to this year, but we'll have to see.
Our Christmas tree is Disney themed. We have all kinds of Disney ornaments, some from Hallmark, some from Disney, and some from other stores too. We have not foudn the perfect Disney lights for it yet, but we're looking. And We hope to get the Tinker Bell topper soon too.
I don't think there is such a thing as overdecorating. I love looking at Christmas lights and scenes.
I got the opportunity to try out a new safety product last week. The Cartstopper.
Have you ever gone to the grocery store alone with the kids and the buggy tries to roll away as you are loading groceries into the car. You know what I mean, you have to keep one hand on the buggy, and use the other to load the bags into the car.
Not any more.
The Cartstopper is designed to attach the buggy to your car, so you can load the groceries without fear that your child(ren) will be rolling off in the buggy.
The Cartstopper sticks to your vehicle with a large suction cup while a plastic "handle" holds the cart in place. The Carstopper is easy to affix to the car, and easy to remove.
I took the girls with me to Kroger, it was a drizzly day, and it was just me and the girls. A great day to try out this new device. The car, was mostly clean, and the suction stuck to it just fine. The rain, though light, did not affect it at all. I loved that the cart stayed where I had put it and I didn't have to worry about the girls or my groceries. Unloading the cart was a snap and when I was through, it took seconds to release the cartstopper so I could return the cart to the corral. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who ever goes shopping alone with kids. It is a very novel concept! I only wish it was around 4 years ago when Caity was a baby!
You can click to order your own CartStopper Or you can try to win one on my blog.
That's right, Cartstopper is offering my readers a chance to win. You will receive one cartstopper if you win.
Rules of the contest.
First and foremost, you must go to CartStopper's website and tell me something you learned about the product or its creator.
After you do that, you can have extra entries.
1. Blog about this contest including links to my blog post and Cartstopper. 2. Follow me on Twitter amd Tweet about this contest. 3. Follow me on blogger or add me to your blogroll. 4. Fave me on technorati. Click button on my sidebar. 5. Subscribe to my blog.
The contest starts today and will end December 3rd.
#1 I will walk 3 days a week. A half mile, a mile, whatever, just designated walking at the Park on the trail. #2 I need to lose about 10 lbs, so I want to lose some weight this week #3 I will do crunches or sit ups 2 nights a week.
I did walk 2 days, the third it was raining. I lost a pound. I did do crunches 2 nights.
New goals for this week:
#1 -- Walk 3 days. A mile each day. #2 -- Crunches two nights. #3 -- Lose more weight.
Momdot asked: Do you shop on Black Friday? What time do you start? Do you complete your shopping this day? What's the best deal you have ever found? What's your shopping strategy?
Do you shop on Black Friday? EVERY YEAR. Even when I was hugely pregnant.
What time do you start? This depends on what stores I am going too. Usually 3 am.
Do you complete your shopping this day? Yes, for the most part. The only thing left after Black Friday is stocking stuffers.
What's the best deal you have ever found? My Toshiba Laptop for $250, Before we minused the best buy bucks from McDonald's.
What's your shopping strategy? My MIL, DH, Aunt, Mom, and several friends all shop Black friday. We view the ads online before Black friday and start making our lists. Then On Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we split up the stores and decide who's going where. We give everyone a copy of our preliminary wants for each store. Then on Thanksgiving we call and make any changes. The person going to each store, gets the item(s) for everyone from that store. We keep cell phones at the ready in case we do not get something, someone can try somewhere else. Then we meet up Friday night to exchange all items and collect any money owed.
I think my favorite memory is the year I was very sick. I was so sick; I didn’t even feel like opening presents which made it all the more depressing. But the one thing I remember most about that year, wasn’t the chicken pox, it wasn’t the fever, or the itching or anything else about being sick. It was my brothers who opened my gifts for me, before diving into their own, because they wanted me to be able to enjoy my presents.
It’s amazing, how sometimes, even the people you don’t get along with, are able to do the nicest things.
For more holiday memories, check over on Momdot Post your own and be eligible to win some great prizes.
Do you volunteer during the Holidays? What organizations do you donate your time to? How do you teach your children the true meaning of the holidays?
I don't volunteer. I would like too, but most years it is not an option. We do get an angel off the tree at the mall and purchase gifts for them. The girls get to help pick out the gifts and we explain to them that not everyone is fortunate enough to have toys of their own. We also always try to donate to the bell ringers when we can.
I do hope that some time in the future I am able to donate more time to some of the great causes.
The party is going strong at Momdot, won't you come join us?
What is your favorite Holiday recipe, describe your Holiday table, biggest holiday cooking disaster
My favorite Holiday recipe is plain ol pecan pie. It's not Thanksgiving/Christmas time without pecan pie.
We have an interesting twist on our holiday table. The table cloth is signed by all who attend with their name and date, and then each name is cross-stitched over in various colors. My mom has done this since I was about 5 years old, and its amazing to see how much signatures have changed over the years and how much our family has grown and changed.
As for the menu, it’s sort of a free for all thing. My mom or grandma handles the Turkey and/or Ham and stuffing, while everyone else is designated to bring side items. Most years include, mashed taters, gravy, rolls, green bean casserole, candied sweet taters, mac&cheese, cheesy broccoli rice casserole, corn on the cob, and tons of desserts.