Friday, April 30, 2010

How Do I Save Money? Ebates!

I just checked my history at ebates, and look! I have gotten back over $1000 since I joined!

Last year I just found the coolest link and description of my blog on the ebates blogroll:

A mother of two breaks down all aspects of her life from her shopping habits to her children's health. Generally entertaining, and always value-focused, it's a great resource.

I'm a great "resource"- how fab is that??

If you've been living under a rock and haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for? Ebates is a shopping site that gives you up to 26% Cash Back every time you shop online. You can shop at over 1000 stores including Sephora, Gap, Target, and Victori'a Secret. Plus you get additional savings with exclusive coupons, free shipping offers, and limited-time sales!

Sign up with Ebates today and we'll each get a $5 bonus when you make your first purchase!

Happy shopping!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: 4-29-10

Hair Bows & Guitar Picks is hosting Thirsty Thursday today, and I of course am joining in.
If any of you locals happen to be traveling to neighboring states anytime soon, will you pick up some Wild Blue for me? It's not sold in lovely state with crazy beer laws, and I've got a hankering for it..... I think I have one lonely bottle left that some good friends brought me recently and then I'll be fresh out.
It's just about time for the Summer of Beer of you know.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Award: Festival Band Now On My Playlist

This weekend I ventured out from behind my post at band check-in at the festival I volunteer with, and got to catch Those Darlins and they are so my new favorite. Such an awesome blend of punk, rock, and country..... and cool chicks to boot. They even signed my CD.

I am so sad I didn't get to hang with them- just as they showed up at midnight at festival HQ looking ready to party, an off-duty cop was ready to escort me to my car with the cash.... so I had to take him up on it and put down my celebratory champagne and head home.

Shucks. Maybe they can come back next year?

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thristy Thursday

Hair Bows & Guitar Picks is hosting Thirsty Thursday today, and I of course am joining in.

The Sasha family has found a new Crystal Light flavor that we absolutely love- Natural Cranberry Apple. It's so tasty and refreshing and at only 5 calories a glass, I can drink all I want guilt-free.

Disclosure: I purchased this product with my own hard-earned cash. No freebies here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Is Your Makeup Ready for Summer?

Pixi Lumi Luxe Bronze Palette ($25 at Target)

I have been doing quite a bit of experimenting with blush recently, and since I am pretty pale, I am finding that a bronzer works great for my skintone as a blush.

I had never tried Pixi products, but thought this was a beautiful item and was excited to try it. It's a bit shimmery, and leaves a gorgeous glow on my cheeks. I tried (and loved!) the outer edges (on separate days) first as I felt they would be the easiest to wear. I'll try the middle of the palette on my next night out (when will that be?).

Disclosure: This item was provided to me by a PR firm for review purposes.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

How Do You Parent?

You know I'm always on the hunt for the perfect life motto. And with those two crazy kids up there living in my house, life is always changing and no motto seems to last very long.

Most recently I thought of "Trying to find the balance between overbearing and neglectful" as that phrase that fit me best. Isn't that genius?

I have been a faithful reader of Sorta Crunchy, (*whispers* although I'm not all that crunchy myself) and Megan's recent post on boundaries absolutely spoke to me. As I read her discussion on Jaime's post on Licking the Floor, I had a eureka moment and stopped dead in my tracks.

When you read that post to the end, you see that Jaime is careful to say: "I parent them today so that they won’t be shocked when I parent them later. Five years from now and ten years from now and twenty years from now."

Ah yes, that's better.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I Need It!

I have been needing a new Yankees hat, and look! Victoria's Secret's PINK line has MLB now. Love it and I have to get one. Don't forget to go through ebates for 2% back.

I am off to look for a free shipping code. Anyone have one?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I'm Still Here

Just up to my eyeballs in music festival planning and attending a week-long supervisory course, which is actually pretty good. See you soon!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Do Something Big

Friends, I have a favor to ask.

If you know me in real life, you know that my husband's dad was diagnosed with leukemia about 7 years ago, and a drug called Gleevac has been suppressing it.

That drug is no longer working, and he is not doing well. His best chance for good health is a bone marrow transplant.

So many friends and family have asked what they can do, and we have an answer.

You can join the National Marrow Donor Program. Volunteer donors can join the registry for free right now at to have a free kit delivered directly to your door step. There is usually a $52 fee involved, but it is being waived right now, which is wonderful.

We'll ask his doctor to scan the registry again in a few weeks to see if any of the new donors happen to be a match for him.

We have been on the registry ourselves for a few years, and haven't been a match for anyone, but I certainly hope that someone day I can help someone in my father-in-law's situation.

Let me know if you have questions. Thanks....

Thursday, April 8, 2010

I Have More Energy!

Since I found out I have Vitamin B-12 Deficiency Anemia a few weeks ago, I have made several changes and I can already see a big change in my energy level. I now see how much of a fog I was walking around in!

First, I started taking a B-12 supplement. I was told to get 1000 mcg and take one a day. I found one at Target that said it was "timed-release" so I got that one.

Also, I've been drinking a glass of Cranergy every day, usually after lunch when I would typically get the I-need-to-go-get-in-bed-now feeling. This stuff tastes great, is low in calories (35 calories for 8 ounces), and I truly feel like it helps my energy level.

Do you have things you do for extra energy? And Angry Julie, I already know about your love of Monster drinks!

Disclosure: I purchased these items with my own hard-earned cashola. Ocean Spray has no idea who Sasha is.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Little Miss Bossy Pants

takes after her mother.

The Eye Matches the Dress

Poor WC had an unfortunate accident on Saturday night involving a Giga ball and our neighbor's foot and has quite a shiner. She's been a pretty good sport about it, although she does want to keep her eye covered with her hands, which makes walking and interacting with others a little difficult.
Never a dull moment, that's our family motto.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Thirsty Thursday: 4-1-10

Hair Bows & Guitar Picks is hosting Thirsty Thursday today, and I of course am joining in.

A few weeks ago we were over at our neighbor's house and the Mr. made me a drink using 1 part Kahlua and and 2 parts sparking water. On the Kahlua website, it's named Sparkling Water, which strikes me as very funny. Get creative Kahlua marketing people!
It was very good- quite refreshing!

This Is Gabriel Making Sense of School

Do you know what is so fabulous about the Internet? I bet you do.

In this day and age, when you as a parent are faced with something (a diagnosis, a problem, or just something new), all you have to do is google and help is right there! Our parents weren't this lucky.

When The Wild Child was first diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) in 2008 at age 2, I was in awe of all the information that was available to me online. There were other kids like mine! There were other parents going through the same thing as me!

But when the The Politician was diagnosed as well last fall, I found my emotions were a little different this time- he was 6 and in public school, which was a whole new ballgame and I felt so overwhelmed. We were fortunate that P has a teacher who was willing to make accommodations and work with us to find way to manage him and the resulting behavior. Many times I sent links to his teacher to various articles and websites in an effort to help find ways to help him in the classroom.

I can't tell you how excited I was to find Hartley Steiner, who blogs at Hartley's Life With 3 Boys. Hartley's son Gabriel is 8.5 and has been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder, as well as having some other challenges. Hartley always has insightful posts packed with helpful information. She's even come up with a downloadable Sensory Accommodation Suggestions Page that she describes as "a tool for parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists who are involved in helping meet the needs of a child with Sensory Processing Disorder in the classroom."

Hartley has written a fabulous book called This is Gabriel Making Sense of School and I was lucky enough to receive a copy to review. The book was written to give everyone (teachers, parents, and students) a better understanding of SPD and how it affects school and learning for children with SPD.

You first note that the book is absolutely gorgeous- the illustrations are vibrant and colorful and eye-catching.

This book contains nine pages of text: an intro, a page for each of the seven senses, and a conclusion. I think the contents and length are just perfect for an elementary-aged child's attention span. Each facing page is colorful and packed with beautiful pictures that illustrate and relate to each of the senses and how SPD may affect it.

I will be purchasing additional copies of this book to share with my OT and with P's teacher- what a great resource!

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review purposes. I received no compensation for this post.