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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas. I hope that you and your family enjoys this wonderful day!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Purging plastic

My husband and I are having a great time ridding our house of items that have toxic materials. We've taken a lot small steps by making our home safer. To list a few things, we use natural personal care products, cleaners, I tossed my plastic mixing bowls, plus a few other simple things.

Over the past year or so my husband and I made the effort of buying safer toys, but we didn't toss out the old. I guess, it was the semi-hoarder in me that couldn't let them go. I set that part of me aside and purged their rooms until I couldn't purge any more. 

Shortly after cleaning their room an unbelievable deal popped up on Amazon, the Plan Toys Eco Town was only $40! I quickly snatched up that deal. 

Amazon has been rolling out amazing green toy deals! I'm starting my storage for birthday presents! 

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Happy Birthday, Camille

Four years ago today, I was in labor with my angel, Camille Faye. She was born at 9:31 pm and died 10 minutes later, due to VACTERL syndrome. She was 18 inches long and weighed 3 lbs. 6 oz. I carried her for 40.5 weeks. Happy Birthday, my sweet angel.  

Here is a picture of her gravesite from yesterday.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Blessing in disguise

My husband losing his job has been a blessing in disguise. We've been spending lots of time together as a family. It's been wonderful!  We've played tons of board games, built forts, cuddled on the couch while watching Toy Story 3....and Monster Jam, and a lot of good 'ol fashioned family fun! 

I've scored so many great deals online since Black Friday! The best has been the awesome Mattel deals! Hot Wheels diecast, play sets, and trick tracks are HUGE in my house. I got unbelievable deals! I can't wait to see my  boys' eyes light up on Christmas! They are going to be so ecstatic! I'm having a hard time shopping for my youngest son, he will be 8 1/2 months on Christmas. I've been scouring the internet for presents for him. He's incredibly hard to shop for since my other two boys are five and two. I still have a majority of their toys from they were younger.

My husband had a interview with Coca-Cola a few days ago. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he gets the job. He obviously has lots of experience in the beverage industry. They don't need someone to start until two more weeks. It's fine by me! My oldest son wants to go to the St. Louis Science Center to see the Grossology exhibit. Next Tuesday, would have been my daughter's 4th birthday. We'll be going to her grave site to decorate it for her birthday and Christmas. Our town is having it's Christmas parade next week.  I'm sure there are many other things to do with it being the best time of the year!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Tom's of Maine Wicked Fresh Toothpaste

I recently signed up to be a Bzzagent. I was lucky enough to try out the new Tom's of Maine Wicked Fresh! toothpaste. 

I was a bit reluctant to try it at first because I'm not a fan of mint at all. I was blown away with how pleasant it tasted! The mint flavor wasn't overpowering. After, I brushed my teeth, they felt very clean and smooth.  It claims that it is long lasting....and they aren't lying!  The clean feeling lasted for hours! 

Please check out this video if you would like to learn more about Wicked Fresh! 

The toothpaste is available to two flavors: Cool Peppermint and Spearmint Ice. I received Cool Peppermint to review.  This toothpaste is definitely wicked! I without a doubt will recommend, Cool Peppermint, to my family and friends. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In need of some prayers

On Friday, my husband lost his job. As you can imagine, things are going to be terribly difficult for my family and I. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers at this time, so that he finds a job quickly. We live in an area that high paying jobs are pretty much non-existent. I'm hoping that he can find something close to his old pay. He's already applied for quite a few places online. He's going to be out first thing tomorrow morning applying for jobs. 

If he doesn't find anything soon, we will have to move, due to no income. We rent our house, because we knew that are current town wasn't were we'd be permanently. I love our house. My boys love it. I'm really scared right now. It's really hard to think of the good thoughts right now. I'm trying to being positive. I'm only 26 and I've been through way too much. I lost a child at the age of 22. There has been numerous hardships within the last 4 years. 

I'm truly grateful for every giveaway that I have won over the past few months. I saved it all for Christmas. I'm thanking the Lord that I did. I know Christmas isn't about gifts. I'm just so thankful that I'm able to give them nice stuff because of giveaways. 

I have three beautiful boys that I have to be strong for. Please pray for me to keep my head up through this and that my husband finds a job quickly. Thank you so much. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Follow Friday 11/5

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Monday, November 1, 2010


We had a great Halloween. I hope that everyone else did as well!

Zhu-niverse Six Flags St. Louis

Immediately after my oldest son seen a Zhu Zhu Pet commercial last year, he asked for one. I could not say no to the cute little hamsters. At that time, I didn't realize how hard they were to get a hold of. I went to Wal-Mart to find some and I had no luck. I ended up finding out that they were one of the "it" toys for Christmas. Great.

Thanks to my super powers I was able to get all the first generation Zhu Zhu Pets, including Patches, and many accessories.  

 Christmas morning 2009

My boys loved their haul for Christmas. Thankfully, they didn't turn into a toy that was buried in the toy box a month later. They are  STILL played with a few times a week. Now, because my boys are in love with their Zhu Zhu  Pets, I was super excited to take part of the Zhu-niverse tour

The Zhu Zhu Pets and Kung Zhu hamsters went on a road trip across the United States. The kiddos and I were able to join them on their last stop of the tour at Six Flags. We had a blast! It was a perfect fall day-beautiful clear blue skies and crisp fall air. 

The event had several activities for children...or adults if you are like me!

Children had the opportunity to go in the life size hamster habitat. This was Ryder's favorite...  

...despite his lack of enthusiasm. He's at a stage where he hates having his picture taken. 

{Yes, I went inside the habitat with the boys. I am only 5'2", so it was really easy for me to explore the habitat myself. } 

Hunter's favorite part of the Zhu-niverse tour was playing with the Kung Zhus. 

He also liked playing with the regular Zhu Zhu pets. He loved the pizzeria set. I know what addition to his habitat he will be getting for Christmas!

They had a Kung Zhu Training Grounds. It took a little bit of coaxing to get Hunter to stop playing with the Zhu Zhu Pets! When he finally tried out the training grounds, he loved it! 

 At the end of the At the end of the course there was a gong waiting to be hit.   

Ryder had a lot of fun at the gaming station. He knows how to use a Nintendo DS quite well for his age, since Hunter has one. It was so fun playing the Zhu Zhu Pets game. You care for your pets and take them through mazes. It's a fun game for all ages!

They had a Which Zhu Are You? station. Hunter answered some short questions and the computer matched him up to the Zhu Zhu Pet he was most like. His results ended up being his favorite Zhu Zhu... 


Pax is his favorite because he has a skull on his back...and of course, because he has a mohawk!

I was also able to get this video of Hunter in the hamster wheel.

The Zhu-niverse Tour was a free event and open to the public with admission to Six Flags. Thank you to MomSelect for giving my family three tickets to attend the Zhu-niverse Tour.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ll Leaf and Aa Apple

Lesson 3: Ll Leaf

We took the boys to a nature trail so we collect different kids of leaves. 

In the middle of the trail they had a bird viewing blind. 

A few of our books from that week. 

Lesson 4: Aa Apple

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Five Question Friday

1. Who is the better cook, you or your spouse? Me, for sure. He can cook a mean breakfast though!

2. How often do you talk to your mom? A few times a week.

3. Are you adventurous in the kitchen or stick to the recipe? I am pretty adventurous. Mainly, because I am pretty picky. I omit a lot of stuff.

4. Is your second toe longer than your big toe? Nope.

 5. Do you dress up for Halloween? (Bonus question: What will you be this year?) I do not dress up in a costume but I wear something Halloween-y. I think this year I am going to wear an orange shirt topped with a black cardigan, jeans, and some mary jane shoes with cats on them!

Monday, October 11, 2010

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Sunday, October 10, 2010


The area I live in has a local magazine called Insider573. Its a magazine that is based on the 573 area code. My family had the privilege of being in the Crown Valley article.

If you just so happen to live in the 573 area, you can find out more information about Crown Valley's corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides, and farmers market here.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

MFW - The Letter S

Last week we studied the Sun and the letter S. 

The highlight of the week was reading Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven. We even made some Sun Bread of our own!

You can find the recipe here. This was my first time I successfully made bread! It was extremely easy and so yummy! The boys enjoyed their bread by spreading cherry jam that I recently picked up at our town's fall festival.

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