Monday, November 30, 2009

November Faves

Love the new Cranberry spray from Febreze.

This Nivea lipgloss is great. My friend gave it to me. T loves it & she won't nap or go to bed @ night without it on. That's good because her lips crack & bleed like mine overnight. Yesterday she wouldn't leave the house till I put it on her. Gee, I wonder who she got that from?


I know I already did a post on The Icing nailpolish. But I got 2 more of them. Low Rider & Hazelnut. I have this brownish 1 on now & it reminds me of coffee.


It's hard to get a good pic of it on my nails.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Oh Christmas tree

We put up our X-mas tree today, but were too lazy to decorate it. We'll do that tomorrow night. Couldn't get a pic of the whole tree since it's so tall. I have lots of things to get rid of. I realized that I have a bunch of junky X-mas things. I think I'll be making a trip to Goodwill to drop off some stuff soon.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Writing out Christmas cards

Well I'm suppose to be writing out X-mas cards. I'm going through blogs & deleting 1s that never add updates, working on my myspace page etc.. I should be napping like everyone else in the house. We're hoping to decorate the house for X-mas later on. How was everyone's Thanksgiving? Lots of drama here like always. I got my bangs trimmed on Wed & they're in my face right now. Not sure what to do with them. I'll prob just end up pinning them back. Did anyone go shopping on Black Friday? I didn't leave the house yesterday. Hubs went to Kittery, Maine to go to Timberland in the Outlet malls. He got a bunch of work shirts. I ordered an X-mas present for myself from hubs (thermal pjs from Vic secret) yesterday. Did anyone get any cool deals? I wanna hear all about it.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Thanksgiving 09

The pics all came out horrible. These are a few of the better 1s.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Have a nice day tomorrow. I'm making baked ziti. I'm hoping to make it tonight, so I won't have to make it tomorrow. I'm not a turkey & all the fixings type of girl, so I won't be eating any of that. Today was a crazy/busy day. Flu shot, hair appointment, shopping & then later cleaning & hubs is dying my hair (I hope, if he has time).

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Icing nailpolish

I recently discovered that the store, The Icing, in the mall has really nice nailpolish. I got the colors Metal head (suiting for me) & Paparazzi (also suiting for me). I'm going to wear Paparazzi on T'giving. It's kind of a rust color. I'm wearing a black sweater, so it will match.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Heartfelt blogger award


I was awarded The Heartfelt Blog Award by Amy @ http://movingonfromthedrama.blogspot.com recently. Thanks so much Amy. Check out her blog.
The rules of The Heartfelt Blog Award are:
1. Display the logo.
2. Nominate up to 9 blogs that make you feel comfy or warm inside.
3. Link to your nominees.
4. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting.
5. Link to the person from whom you received the award.
Here are the blogs I'm nominating for The Heartfelt Blog Award.
I only came up with 6. I have like 300 blogs saved that I love. These are some of the newest 1s. They're all great, so check them out.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Holiday card photo preview


p.s. T thinks that Santa is "Ucky". Her exact words.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Go to the doctor

Yesterday my brother had a heartattack. He's 50. He's okay (having tests done today). It just makes you think. I don't think of my sis & brothers getting sick. I always worry about my Mom & Dad because they're over 65. People please go for your yearly checkups. This is especially for guys. I know 3 people dying from Cancer & they didn't go for their yearly checkups. I'm trying to get the hubs to go for his check up. He hasn't been for 2 years. Good news, I just got a call a little while about getting my h1n1 shot next week. I go Wednesday, finally. Now I wish T's doc would call. She's also on a waiting list.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

This old House

This is my childhood house. My parents still live there. They've lived there since I was 6 (1976). It has so many memories & the town has changed so much since I was a kid. It's nice to be able to go home.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mama’s Holiday Wishlist Meme

1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year?
Boots, OPI nailpolish, Lush massage soap, pjs, Aerie perfume
2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?
a baby blanket for my daughter
3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?
a scrapbook for my parents
4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
So many
5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?
Anything Max & Ruby
6. What is your favorite holiday food?
baked ziti
7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?
nothing this year
8. What is your favorite holiday movie?
Elf
9. Favorite holiday song?
Christmas eve Sarajavo by TSO
10. Favorite holiday pastime?
sitting next to the X-mas tree drinking egg nog with rum
Feel free to join in on this meme if you’d like

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just say no

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I'm a candle & Febreze spray collector. I need to just say no when I go to the store. I did get a $1 coupon in the mail for a Febreze spray today. So just 1 more & then I need to cut down. It's that season when they have all my fave scents out, so that makes it a lot harder.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

How Mother's stay sane

I found this article on Baby center. I think we all should try to make time for ourselves once in a while. I know it's so hard sometimes.

All parents have moments — or even whole days — when they feel they cannot wash one more sticky hand, pick up one more pile of cast-off belongings, or summon the energy for one more rendition of "Old MacDonald." At such times, you may think the only answer is a one-way ticket to somewhere, anywhere (leaving no forwarding address, of course). It's probably more realistic to acknowledge that you're simply suffering from parental burnout. You need to take a real break, and do something just for yourself.We asked our readers what they do to take care of themselves. How do stressed mothers relax, regroup, re-energize, and avoid burnout? We received a variety of responses, but whichever activity they choose, most of our readers agree that it's best to do it without your children. Mothers say this time to themselves helps restore their appreciation of their children and their energy for being a mom.

1) A warm soak
A long bubble bath with candles, music, and a good book was a favorite escape for many of our moms
2) Body work
Some form of physical pampering: Readers suggested a manicure, a pedicure, a massage, a facial, or a new hairdo.
3) A night on the town
A "date" with Dad will give you both a break — and a chance to get reacquainted
4) Adult conversation
Dinner or an outing with a friend provides a change of pace, a new perspective, a fresh experience — and adult conversation.
5) Healthy indulgences
A walk in the fresh air, a bike ride on a deserted street, a run on the beach — these are a few of our readers' healthy indulgences
6) Deep sleep
The chance to sleep late in the morning, or enjoy an afternoon nap — any kind of shut-eye is something of a miracle, but these are the best.
7) Mini-makeover
A shopping spree — and a new outfit, say readers, can do wonders for the psyche.
8) Things that grow
Gardening, readers say, nurtures not only plants but people.
9) Time alone
A solitary movie, a solo walk, or a similar outing provides a simple break that many readers say they depend on.
10) Word play
Time alone to read a book — or even just a magazine — all the way through is a major feat when you're a mother.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Fashion do or don't

I've been thinking of getting a pair of leggings. Nothing fancy, just plain black leggings. I don't have long skinny legs like these. I would wear a long shirt with it. Any ideas on what to wear with them?

I've also started getting into vests. I wore them in the early 90's & finally got rid of all of them a year or 2 ago (I had them packed away in totes), but now I'm liking them again. Are they a do or a don't? I like this 1 below from Aerie, but it's $60. I don't think I like it that much. I'm hoping it will go on sale. They also have black. If I don't get this 1, I will have to keep looking for the perfect 1, because I don't see too many that I like.
Yes or no?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cold feet no more

I've been stalking these slippers for about a month in Vic secret. They were $34.99, now they're $19.99. So I bought them. My feet are always cold, so these might help. I can't wear them till X-mas because they'll be a pressie from my parents.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dora organizer giveaway


Check out www.mommyjourney.com/ for a chance to win this Dora organizer.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Random Tuesday thoughts


I found this Meme on http://www.theunmom.com/.
A few random thoughts for today.
*I hate days when we don't get any mail. Tomorrow is a holiday. Uhoh.
*My daughter is a mini rock chic. She loves to headbang.
*We're having Thanksgiving @ our house this year. I'm making baked ziti. I'm not a turkey & fixings kind of girl.
*I haven't eaten red meat since 1984. No, I don't miss it.
*Please don't call me Kim. Thanks.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Friend making Monday


What are your fave candle scents?

I love Tyler candle co. They're hard to find, but I bought 2 a few years ago & they still smell great. I love sugar cookie, cinnamon buns, Vanilla cupcake & lavender.
Head over to Amber @ http://www.amberfilkins.blogspot.com to link up. I don't think my link worked. Ugh.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Baked chicken tortillas

I made these last week. They were very good & we loved the filling.

Baked Chicken tortillas

Serve a veggie packed chicken tortilla casserole that bakes for only 15 minutes. Add cheese at the end of baking so it has time to melt, but not brown.
Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 roll)

Ingredients
1 cup bottled salsa, divided
1 (8-ounce) carton low-fat sour cream
6 (10-inch) flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (about 3/4 pound)
1/3 cup chopped tomato
1/3 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped onion
Cooking spray
3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese

Preparation
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine 1/2 cup salsa and sour cream in a small bowl, and spread evenly over each tortilla. Divide chicken, tomato, bell pepper, and onion evenly down center of each tortilla, and roll up. Place rolls, seam sides down, in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Top with 1/2 cup salsa. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese; bake an additional 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

Nutritional Information
Calories:
379 (26% from fat)
Fat: 10.8g (sat 4.1g,mono 3.7g,poly 2.5g)
Protein: 28.7g
Carbohydrate: 38.9g
Fiber: 2.8g
Cholesterol: 64mg
Iron: 3mg
Sodium: 623mg
Calcium: 284mg
Cooking Light, MAY 2000

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Apple crisp chai tea

I tried this tea today. All I have to say is Yummo.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tara was in the paper

Our local paper did an article on our stroller strides group. I know it's really hard to see. I'm trying to get my hands on an actual paper. This was scanned & tagged on Facebook.


Fun Friday

My hubby was off today, so we went to breakfast @ this cute diner.



We went to a storytime @ the MSPCA. After you could see all of the animals. Tons of cats. I'm a cat freak, so I loved it. I wanted to adopt this little boy.



I love ferrets. I always wanted 1. Isn't he adorable?




Hubby is away for the weekend, so we're having some Mommy & daughter time. Not really different than everyday.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Last yard sale of the season

About a week ago I saw an ad for a yard sale in the paper & a swingset was listed as 1 of the items. We went & checked it out. This is the awesome SS that we ended up buying for $250.


T loves it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Target finds

It kind of feels too early to be buying X-mas stuff, but I couldn't resist. The Wish & HoHoHo words shelf sitters were only $2.50 each & the platter was $1.99. I'll probably put the HoHoHo sign on the mantle for X-mas. I also got T a new Santa hat that she'll wear in her X-mas photos for the cards.




Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hand-spun peppermint chocolate chip milkshake

This shake is back @ Chick-fil-a. I'm hoping to go soon & get 1. Maybe if I get it without the whip cream it will be a little healthier? Okay, maybe not.


Monday, November 2, 2009

25 things to do with leftover Halloween candy

I found this article on the parenting.com site. I thought it had some good ideas. We might try a few.

Photo courtesy of drcorneilus, CC Licensed

Use It in the Kitchen:
Freeze it. Throughout the year, add it to milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream, and plain cookie dough. (For a quick milkshake, add mini Butterfinger or Snickers bars to ice cream or frozen yogurt and milk. Bonus: add a banana.)
Bake it into cakes. Try peanut butter cup cookies or brownies with fun sized candy bars inside. Or just put it on top of cakes and cupcakes, or stir it into icing. (For great recipes see recipegoldmine.com/candybar.)
Make it a (sort of) healthy snack. Fill celery stalks with cream cheese and top with Peanut M&Ms.
DIY trail mix. Open bags of little candies like M&Ms and make your own trail mix by adding pretzels, nuts, and dried fruit.
Bring it to the Thanksgiving table. Remember how your mom used to make yams with marshmallows? Try using leftover candy corn.

Adults Only:
Pair it with wine. The chocolate, caramel, nuttiness of Snickers go great with tawny ports, and the cookie-like Twix goes well with a smooth scotch (starchefs.com).
Make homemade flavored vodka. Just drop it in a bottle and let it soak for awhile to make your own homemade, creative tasting alcohol.
Put chocolates into your coffee for a quick, easy mocha.
Keep some in your purse for when you need a sugar fix, or your kid needs to be bribed.
Get Crafty:
Use it to wrap gifts. Save wrappers to decorate boxes, or garnish boxes with candies. Try stuffing it in gift bags instead of using tissue paper, or put it inside coffee mugs or any other gifts that could use some filling.
Make an advent calendar for November. Put candy in Dixie cups and cover with tissue. On the tissue, write numbers 1-30, and place the cups sideways on a large poster board to form a calendar. Let kids punch through the tissue to get their treat each day. (alphamom.com)
Use it as a learning tool. Let kids practice counting or do their math homework with little Reeses Cups or Hershey Kisses.
Turn it into a science experiment. Kimberly Crandell, who has three kids and an aeronautical engineering degree, came up with 10 ways to turn leftover candy into a learning experience. scientificblogging.com)

Plus:
Save and use next year for a Halloween wreath.Make Christmas ornaments.DIY candy necklaces.Save it for a gingerbread house.Use the wrappers for Christmas cards or decoupage.Make a board game and use the candy as playing pieces.Put it in a piƱata for your next birthday party.
Give It Away:
Bring it into the office. It will disappear in no time.
Donate it. Bring to nursing homes, doctor's offices, and women shelters.
Send it overseas. Operationshoebox.com will gladly take donations.
Let your kids make a care package and send it to their grandparents. Your parents (most likely) were not running around the neighborhood begging for treats in a witch hat, like your kids were.
Let's Be Honest: You can always just eat it.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Halloween night photos




Heading out
With her stash of candy