Thursday, February 28, 2013

And this is Trouble

He uses a sword to follow along in a story lol

My son always finds ways to make me laugh. He has a funny personality and says the wildest things that I have no clue where he came up with it. Last night we were hanging out in the living room and he goes up to my husband and puts up both his fist like he is ready to box. (My son is a little fighter he thinks its awesome to punch, kick and even will dramatically act out a fall as if he has been knocked out lol)

He shows his fist to my husband and holds the right one up to say "This one is Trouble" then shows his left fist "This one is Bueno" I dont think my husband and I have laughed that hard in months!! We had tears in our eyes from laughing so hard. Even today he tells us the names of his fist, I thought it was so funny he said "bueno" too I asked him what it means he said "good" So apparently he has named his fist the bad one and good one. LOL Oh my!!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - The year is 1988!!

SISTERS!!! Sam (left) Laura (right) 1988, side ponytail and all!!!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Super Yummy, Super Fast, 3 Ingredient Cookies

3 Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas, 1 cup of Quaker Oats and chocolate chips to taste :)

Mix them all together, we added a few too many chocolate chips for my taste but the kids loved them!

Ready for the oven! Cooked them at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes.

Fresh out of the oven and oh so warm...

Ashley just loved them! See the evidence on her face? This was before she had it everywhere!  


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oh My Cheese Puffs

The other day when I was at work my husband and son went shopping. This is what they bought when Mom was not around lol. This has to be the biggest container of cheese puffs I have ever seen. My son carries it around like its a stuffed animal. He has claimed he loves it and he wont share with Mommy because its for babies. He is so silly! He wants to take it in the car but I draw the line at having to buckle in a container of cheese puffs!

What other snacks have you seen in this jumbo size?!?


Personal Creations Easter Gifts Review

Easter is on it way! Time has been flying by but in a good way. Each year that goes by I love the little things about holidays more and more. The small details like a personalized items on a gift make me smile. Items for my son with his name on it are things I treasure since I know one day he will grow up and those types of things will not be "cool". So for now I will indulge in my need to have cute little personal touches on items.

For Easter this year I knew we needed a personalized basket. The few Easters we have had as parents have been so fun. This year we want to go to a big Easter egg hunt in our neighborhood and him having his name on his basket will ensure no other little bunnies will try to claim his basket.

The Personalized Easter Basket from Personal Creations is the basket we selected. It comes with free candy inside and you can pick from pink, blue or green. When the basket arrived I was pleased with the stitching and the value of the candy we received. There was even a little plush bunny included.

Another great gift is a personalized family photo frame. Everyone loves a reason to be able to share pictures of their cute kids right?!? We ordered a nice frame that says Family Live Love Laugh and our last name. I was a bit surprised that the family name part was written up into the part that reads Live Love Laugh. The picture of the item did not do that. Most people it would not bother but small details like that catch my eye. It just needs to be written a tad lower. But I am sure they could fix that through customer service.

The "T" is over the LIVE part and the "H" into the E in love.
 Here is the picture of the stock photo:

Personal Creations has so many cute items. I spent hours looking at all the gift ideas they have. I saw kitchen items, baby stuff and more frames that I would love to have in my home. I think the personal touches to the items make great gifts for any home.

There are online coupons you can use at if you go to 

*I was sent the products mentioned above for my review. This is not a paid post.


Friday, February 22, 2013

Frugal Friday - printed duct tape

The other day while checking out the dollar section of Target I came across printed duct tape for $1.00. I usually see it for at least $3.99, that role is bigger than the dollar roll I picked up, but the dollar roll was perfect for a little home project. I covered this red chevron L with quite a bit to spare. Nice!!

Here are my supplies: The $1.00 printed duct tape and a cardboard L that I had bought over a year ago at Micheal's. Honestly I can't remember the price but I know I wouldn't have paid more than a few dollars for it.

I cut the chevron tape and made sure to wrap it around the sides and line it up so that the pattern matched all over. It was so simple to do because the duct tape is so strong, it creates great lines.

Here is the finished product on a book shelf in my living room. The whole thing took me less than 10 minutes to complete. This little project was simple and the results are making me so happy!! I have seen these chevron letters upwards of $20.00! I recommend you pick some today, you can cover just about anything in duct tape!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Blue Moon Burgers in Seattle


If you are ever in the Seattle area I recommend Blue Moon Burgers
Check out that Onion Ring!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Nightly Routines Keep Us Connected: Touching Moments with NIVEA #NIVEAmoments

Since my son was born I have been lucky enough to be home with him day and night but in the last 6 months I have been working full time outside the home. Some days I miss my son so much I have to fight back tears while I am working. I started using his lavender baby lotion on my hands at work so I could smell like him and maybe I wont miss him so much, but the lavender makes me a little sleepy and the brand of lotion is doing nothing for my dry hands. At night before bed after we brush teeth, wash our faces and I put on lotion for my hands and feet. For the past year my son mimics me and uses my lotion for his hands and feet telling me he is like his Mommy. He will ask for lotion to put on his hands and feet each night when I lotion my hands and feet. He smiles so big and chit chats about how its Mommy and Baby time (he even tells people his name is baby and he is 3 years old lol) He has my rub his little hands and feet. He giggles when I tickle his toes as I rub in the lotion. Its a simple but so sweet way to connect at night before bedtime. It has become a part of our nightly routine that I cherish. After we are done getting ready for bed we put on our pajamas to read a book or watch a movie.

My husband says on nights I am working late and not home at bed time my son will ask for Moms lotion for his hands and feet. My husbands says he talks about me and says how Mom puts lotion on his toes and they smell good. He makes me feel so special that even though I am not at home to be a part of his bed time routine on some nights that he is still thinking of me. I always worried if I was to go to work that he would forget about me somehow. It sounds silly but I thought maybe out of sight out of mind would be the way it would be. It warms my heart that he continues our little routine each night. I carry a little travel size bottle of NIVEA in my purse so I can use it all day for my dry hands and think if my little guy when I smell the scent of NIVEA.

My son using my lotion when I am not there from working nights to keep up with our nightly routine

Even shopping for the NIVEA twin pack we get at Sam's Club has become a bonding time for my son and I. We turn a trip to Sam's Club into an adventure. I bring my coffee, he his juice and we look at books, movies, sweet treats and sample all the new items to eat. Not only are we saving money by shopping at Sam's Club for NIVEA we are always making sure we have enough supplies to have our nightly routine by buying the NIVEA twin pack. I like the subtle smell of NIVEA with the almond oil and sea minerals. It hydrates my skin making it very soft to the touch while being absorbed quickly.

I bought this book on my last shopping trip for my husband to read to our son on nights I am not home in time to tuck him in for bed.

To see my shopping trip to Sam's Club for NIVEA lotion and see what other items we buy to stay connected to care for our emotional hearts you can read my Google+ story. To connect with NIVEA you can follow them on twitter and facebook.

*I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This content has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Beiersdorf for NIVEA.  #NIVEAMoments #CBias #SocialFabric All opinons expressed in this post are my own.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Family Fun Mini Golf

For Valentine's Day we went on a family fun day. We went to play mini golf and arcade games.  We had a wonderful time. My son is great at golf and this was the first time we have taken him to a mini course. He has played in the house since he was old enough to walk! We watch it on tv all the time too. He smiled the whole time and when we told him we were going to play golf he squealed and yelled "YES!"

We will definitely be going back here soon!

Wondering where his ball went!

We played 18 holes and he was so well behaved.

Watching his shot 

What family fun activities do you do with your kids on sunny days?

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Heart Day!!!

As requested by my two year old we had heart shaped grilled cheese, strawberries and pink milk for breakfast today. Why not make grilled cheese for breakfast? It's a holiday after all, anything goes!
 Happy Valentines Day to everyone!!


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Music on Valentines: Acoustic Research iPad and iPhone Docking Station Review

Music is a must in my house. My husband played instruments as a kid, I love to dance to the radio and my son well he is the biggest music fan in the house! He will ask for us to turn on music so he can dance, he will even make me get up and dance with him for the music that is played at the end of movie while credits roll. When he was an infant I would play him lullabies on the computer so he would be calm and sleep, it always worked. But using the laptop can be bulky and the screen saver screen would often keep him awake staring at it unless I turned it around. Now that we have an iPhone its much easier to listen to music. My son always wants to hold the phone while music is on which can lead to some power struggles about not dropping it.

We have been looking for a way to listen to music and watch videos that was stationary so my son would sit and enjoy not want to hold the phone. With Valentine's Day coming I knew we needed a Docking station for the iPhone so we can have romantic music playing during dinner. Its the perfect item for the Valentine in your life that loves techy items for the iPhone and iPad. When I was looking for a Docking Station I wanted to find one that would be able to use all Apple products for the future when I am hoping to get an iPad.

The Acoustic Research brand was one that I liked for the versatility and plug and play ease of use. It was so easy to set up. I plugged it in set my iPhone on the docking pad and it prompted me to download the free app. Easy Peasy! Within in minutes we were dancing to the beats!

The little remote is great! We can turn up or down the volume from the dining room and living room.

App-Enhanced Docking Station for iPad

App-enhancement is the perfect fusion of hardware and software: get EQ settings optimized for each music genre, listen to local FM stations, play and control your music library, and more. And the dock's rotating arm lets you switch your iPad from portrait to landscape with the touch of a button.

  • Motorized 90-degree rotation: switch from portrait to landscape at the touch of a button

  • App-Enhanced: the next level of docking
  • Remote control included
  • High performance sound (10W)
  • Connect and view iPod video content on your TV via the dock's component video outputs
  • Charges your iPod, iPhone or iPad
  • 6 adapters included for iPod, iPhone and iPad
  • App available on Apple App Store
  • App features: volume control, customizable EQ, brightness settings, FM radio
  • App alarm features: snooze and sleep, wake to radio, alarm or iPod
  • 1-year limited warranty

This will be great for iPad movie watching

* I was not paid for this post. I was sent the product pictured for my review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pizza Love! Little Caesars Review and Gift Card Giveaway

Who does not love Pizza right!??! And what would a Pizza Lover want for Valentine's Day? Well Pizza of course! When we are in a hurry or we decide on pizza last minute we like to grab a $5 pizza from Little Caesars. They are affordable, no cooking and tasty! My husband and I love to have pizza on holidays like Valentines now that we have our son. We have a family Valentine's Day celebration with movies, pizza and sweet treats. Its a super fun tradition. We have been having such beautiful weather in California right now we might grab our $5 HOT-N-READY Little Caesars Pizzas and take them to the park for a Pizza picnic. 

 Little Caesars $5 HOT-N-READY pepperoni pizza and their large HOT-N-READY 3 Meat Treat with pepperoni, sausage and bacon for just $8. 

This commercial made me laugh! This is what it would be like if I brought Little Caesars large, $5 HOT-N-READY pepperoni pizza or the HOT-N-READY 3 Meat Treat with pepperoni, sausage and bacon for just $8 to my work. 

For the Love of Pizza and to celebrate Valentine's Day we are hosting a giveaway for 2 $10 Little Caesars Pizza Gift Cards. One for you and one to give to your Valentine. (total value $20)

Enter to win in the Rafflecopter form below:

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 *Limited to US residents 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts Feb 12 2013 and ends on Feb 21 2013 at 12:01 am EST. Winner will be emailed and has 72 hours to respond before another winner is selected. I was not paid for this giveaway or post. The opinions on this item are 100% mine and may vary from others. The sponsor is responsible for providing the prize. I was sent a gift card to review pizza for this post.

Pinterest Taco Bake

Do you find yourself cruising Pinterest eyeballing all of the delicious food and see something that makes you say, "Hey I have all of the ingredients right now to make that!" Well that was me the other night when I saw the Country Cook: Taco Bake. The picture drew me in and the simple instructions were great. We love tacos around here but sometimes they can get boring, I like to try to spice things up, but not too much, I do have to feed my little ones. I made them along with some simple Spanish rice and a side salad for a little crunch! I have to say this was a simple and tasty recipe that I will use again.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Coupons to start your week!


HORMEL™ & More
Personal Care & Health
Plums & Prunes


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Red Shoes! YES! Hotter Shoes Review and Giveaway

As everyone knows by now I have a love affair with shoes! Its my one thing that I do not bat an eye to spend money on and indulge in. Its a functional habit after all since we all need shoes for our feet!

I have a shoe must have list and a pair of comfy red shoes is on it. Sure I can buy some cheap heels and have red shoes but part of looking good is feeling good too. If you have on shoes that are not comfortable you can see it on a woman's face and how she walks. A woman that is rocking a pair of red shoes that are comfy is just awesome!

Being on my feet all day at work and chasing a toddler around on my days off I knew I needed some flat red shoes that I could feel cute in and run, jump and play in. I found a great UK company, Hotter that offers cute and comfy shoes for every occasion. I love being able to have online shopping connect me with companies I might not have found if not for the net. Hotter has many styles for heels, wedges, sandals, boot, flats and even a Men's line. Plus they even carry cute shoes in wide widths!

Since Red Shoes are on my shoe must list I selected the Lulu shoe in Chili Red. I LOVE the fit of this shoe. It runs true to size and is so comfy it feels like your not wearing any shoes at all! The red is a nice pop of color to any outfit. The design I liked for being comfy with the top strap and the side having a design cut out for air venting. I can wear these even without socks into the summer on days I do not feel like wearing a sandal. They are cute, feminine and sooo comfortable  I love that they were comfortable from day 1, no wearing them in or anything. The toe box is spacious allowing for perfect comfort. I wore these to work and my co-workers loved them. I am on my feet all day so comfort is a must.

A few other styles I liked are:

Chantel Shoe

Amethyst Shoe (shock absorbing heel)


Since we LOVE shoes we are hosting a Giveaway for one winner to win their choice of shoe from Hotter shoes. So many stylish shoes to select from just one will be hard to pick! :)

Enter in the Rafflecopter form below:

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 *Limited to US residents 18 years old and above. Giveaway starts Feb 9 2013 and ends on Feb 17, 2013 at 12:01 am EST. Winner will be emailed and has 72 hours to respond before another winner is selected. I was not paid for this giveaway or post. The opinions on this item are 100% mine and may vary from others. The sponsor is responsible for providing the prize. I was sent a product to review for this post.

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