Monday, December 31, 2012

My "Word" for 2013

New Years Resolutions. I usually make them. I usually do not keep them.

I like the idea that I see more and more people adopting...choosing a "word" for the New Year. A special word that is meaningful to them; that will guide them through their new year.

After thinking and mulling over what I would like 2013 to be like for me, I have chosen my word for the year...
It's an itty bitty word. Two little letters. But, those two little letters can pack a powerful punch. defines "do" as follows: to perform an act, duty, or role; to accomplish; to put forth; to be the cause of; to bring about.

In 2013, I want to DO many things.

Do take care of myself by exercising and eating healthy.

Do more things with my kids. They are tween/teens now and it's easy for us to be caught up in our own things. I want to make sure to spend quality time with each of them.

Do help my mom to enjoy life and not feel so lonely by getting her out of the house for some fun activities or just spending some extra time with her every chance I get.

Do learn something new. This is a tough one for me - one that I always put on my list of resolutions but never seem to accomplish. Whether it's learning to play a song on the piano or ukulele, learning to bake a homemade pie crust, or learning some new technical blogging skill...I do want to learn something new. Hopefully many somethings.

Do read, read, read. That's something I always want to do.

Do not be afraid to make some decisions and stick to them.

Do kind things for others.

Do learn to better manage my time.

Do things that make me happy. Don't do things that make me unhappy.

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”   ~Susan Polis Schutz

So, there you have it. My word for 2013.

Do you have New Years resolutions or your own special "word" for 2013? I would love for you to share below...


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Fire Drill Fail

So, I think we need to seriously brush up on our fire drill preparedness or else I need to confiscate my teenage daughter's earbuds.
Here's what happened...

Last night around 11:30 pm I was laying in bed watching tv. My husband was at work - he is a firefighter and was working a 24 hour shift at the firehouse. The kids were still awake but in their rooms doing their own thing. Suddenly, all of the smoke alarms in our house started blaring! This freaked me out and I immediately jumped out of bed to go investigate.

At about the same time, I met up with my boys who had also run out of their room to investigate. We didn't see or smell any obvious signs of fire so we continued to search for the cause of the alarm.

Next, we enter my 16 year old daughter's room. She is sitting at her computer desk, earbuds in her ears OBLIVIOUS TO THE BLARING SMOKE ALARMS! Oblivious. As in she really did not hear them.

She did not even realize smoke alarms were going off! And, they were so loud!

On the other side of her room, there was a candle burning. The flame had gotten too big and the candle was smoking slightly, thus, causing smoke alarms to go off. Which my daughter DID NOT HEAR because of the stupid earbuds in her ears and the loud music she was listening to.

Well, this is just a big ol fire drill fail. My husband, THE FIREFIGHTER, will be so unhappy to hear about this.

I think we definitely need to brush up on our fire drill preparedness AND confiscate my teenage daughter's earbuds.

Do you have teens who constantly have earbuds or headphones on? It's so frustrating!


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2013 Release Schedule for Walt Disney Pictures

Looks like we will see lots of great new releases from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in 2013.

Check out just a few of the upcoming releases we can look forward to next year...

March 8
Oz The Great And Powerful
May 3
Iron Man 3
June 21
Monsters University
July 3
The Lone Ranger
Sept 13
The Little Mermaid 3D
Nov 27

Images and release dates courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Enter to Win an HP Envy 23 TouchSmart AiO Computer from SheScribes

Didn't get that new computer for Christmas that you were hoping for? Well, don't despair. You can head over to SheScribes and enter or a chance to win an awesome HP Envy 23 TouchSmart Aio Computer (approx. value $1100.00)

Hurry, the giveaway ends 12-28-12. Enter via Rafflecopter with various entry options available. Good luck!


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!
Wishing you all peace and blessings for the New Year!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Pajama Elves by Hayden Edwards

When my kids were little, we often gave them new pajamas on Christmas Eve. It was fun to see them in some warm, cozy pajamas as they got ready for bed in anticipation of Santa's arrival. As they got older, we gradually stopped the pajama tradition but it's one that I miss and it brings back happy memories of when my kiddos were young.

Giving pajamas at Christmas-time is a common tradition for many families. Author Hayden Edwards started the tradition in her own family. To help build excitement for her kids on Christmas Eve, she wrote a poem all about the Christmas pajama tradition. Using’s CreateSpace self-publishing platform and Kindle Direct Publishing, the author wanted to share this very special tradition from her family as a nice compliment to the Christmas pajama tradition in other homes too!

“The Pajama Elves” is the enchanting tale of elves at the North Pole who deliver pajamas to good children on Christmas Eve.  These pajamas are sewn with magical thread that guarantees that Santa can visit unnoticed. 

The Pajama Elves by Hayden Edwards is a 24-page book that's full of delightful pictures and a very sweet poem that is perfect for sharing with kids at Christmas. For those of you who already give your little ones new pajamas during the holidays, this is the perfect accompaniment to go along with that tradition. It would also make a thoughtful gift to share. You can find it on Amazon in paperback or Kindle edition ($9.99/$7.99).

I received a free copy of "The Pajama Elves". I was not obligated to write a positive review and all opinions expressed in this post are my own.


Monday, December 17, 2012

The Great Gift Card Giveaway from Punchbowl (with GIVEAWAY)

Punchbowl is an online source for party-planning and digital cards. They not only offer online invitations and cards, but they can help you with everything from choosing a party theme to helping find venues, caterers, and more.

Punchbowl announces The Great Gift Card Giveaway!...going on December 17th through December 31st, 2012. Keep reading to learn more about Punchbowl and this great event.

Christmas is getting really close and some of you (like me) may still be struggling over what gifts to buy for certain people. One gift that will work for just about anyone is a gift card. With Punchbowl, you can handpick a gift card from leading brands like Banana Republic, L.L.Bean, Sephora, and many others, and deliver the gift card inside a digital greeting card. This makes the perfect gift for those hard-to-shop for folks on your shopping list.

And, now for details about The Great Gift Card Giveaway... To enter, simply send a gift card on and you will be automatically entered into the drawing. Prizes total $2,500, including a $500 Grand Prize gift card. Every gift card sent is an additional entry into the giveaway. How easy is that? Wrap up your holiday shopping quickly and easily while also entering to win great prizes!

As a thank you for my help in spreading the word about their Great Gift Card Giveaway, Punchbowl has generously offered to give away a free Platinum membership ($99 value) to one of my blog readers. With a Punchbowl membership, you get access to exclusive designs and even more useful features to help you plan an unforgettable celebration. Visit the Punchbowl website to see more information about Membership benefits.

To enter to win the free Platinum Punchbowl membership, leave a comment below telling me if you are finished with your holiday shopping and/or if you plan on giving any gift cards as gifts this year.

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Giveaway will be open until 7:00 pm EST on Dec. 31, 2012. At that time one random winner will be selected from all eligible entries. U.S. entries only please. Please make sure that I have a valid way to contact you in case you are the winner.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops with Giveaway

We have been pretty lucky at our house in that we've been able to avoid getting sick this year. But, inevitably, each winter someone will come down with the sniffles and a sore throat. There's nothing more irritating than a sore, scratchy throat. It's so uncomfortable and bothersome and it can sometimes be difficult to get any relief.

I am not a "cough drop" kind of girl. I hate the menthol-medicine taste and smell of most of those and just do not like them. Instead, I usually stick to something like a cup of hot tea to try and get a little throat pain relief.

I recently learned of a brand of throat lozenges called Pine Brothers Softish Throat Drops. I wasn't familiar with this product, but learned that they've been around for a long time as a trusted brand that's been soothing sore throats for over 140 years. And, now they are back, re-launching their popular throat drops.

Pine Brothers Softish throat drops are quite different from most that I've tried in the past. They are soft and chewy and actually taste great - no strong medicine taste at all! They combine the soothing natural qualities of glycerin and the healing properties of gum acacia with a natural flavoring and a sweetener - all which help soothe and provide comfort for a sore throat. I love the fact that they are made in America and contain only 5 calories per drop.  Right now, they are available in Natural Honey and Wild Cherry flavors. You can get them in bags or small refillable containers that are perfect for carrying around in your purse or backpack.

I received some samples to try out for myself and my family. When I started feeling that first tickle of a sore, scratchy throat coming on yesterday, I gave them a try. The soft, chewy texture is very unique and I honestly felt like I was just having a piece of candy. Because they are so mild tasting, I didn't really expect to get much relief. Boy, was I surprised! After finishing one of the drops, my throat definitely felt better. Both flavors have a good taste, although I personally prefer the Natural Honey flavor over the Wild Cherry - just my personal preference. I'll for sure be keeping some of these on hand for whenever we need some quick and easy throat pain relief.

Besides the free samples that I received, Pine Brothers has also generously provided some for me to share. I have an assortment of both Natural Honey and Wild Cherry Softish Throat Drops to give to one of my blog readers. This is the perfect time of year to stock up and have these on hand in your home. You never know when a sore throat is going to strike!

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Pine Brothers provided me with free samples of their Softish Throat Drops for myself and to share. I was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own and may differ from others.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Santa's Doing Things A Little Differently This Year

When I was a kid and Santa came to our house on Christmas Eve night, the gifts he left were always unwrapped. He simply pulled them out of his sack and displayed them under the tree. Everything was already opened, assembled, batteries in place, and ready to go. It was so exciting to run and gather around the tree on Christmas morning and see our goodies waiting for us. Wrapped presents were from Mom and Dad or siblings, and opened on Christmas Eve.

My husband grew up pretty much the same way. So, when we had our own kids, that's the tradition we continued. A lot of our friends thought that was crazy (that Santa didn't wrap the presents), but, it worked for us just fine and that's how we liked doing things.

Now, our kids are getting older (they are 12, 14, 16, and 19). We have pretty much outgrown the "toys" phase and the gifts they want are things like clothes and techy stuff, such as video games, cell phones, iPods, laptops, etc. Because these type of gifts are often more expensive, the kids are getting fewer actual items for Christmas than when they were little and would get loads of toys. I started thinking that it might be fun to try something different this year. (But, it also feels a little scary to be messing with family traditions.)...

What if "Santa" still puts their gift under the tree on Christmas Eve but he wraps everything this year? It might prolong the fun just a bit and add some new excitement to Christmas morning. I asked the kids what they thought and, at first, they balked at the idea. They wanted to keep things the same, rolling out of bed and immediately seeing all of Santa's goodies under the tree. But, after we talked about it some more, they finally agreed (as long as one item for each would still be displayed unwrapped).

I gotta tell ya...I'm pretty excited about this new little change in routine. It will be strange to do things so differently. However, I think it's going to be easier in that "Santa" can wrap everything ahead of time and have it ready to go. Normally, we spend hours on Christmas Eve night after the kids have gone to sleep - dragging gifts out of Santa's bag, opening and assembling everything.  This should make Santa's schedule a little easier at our house.
How does Santa do things at your house? What are your Christmas-present-opening traditions?

Friday, December 7, 2012

Something On My Bucket List

When I was young, I took piano lessons for awhile. At the time, I fussed and complained about my "mean old" piano teacher and all the practicing I was supposed to do. My mom finally gave in and let me stop lessons after about three years. As I got older, I started to wish that I would've continued playing. To this day, it's one of my biggest life regrets.
I've thought about taking lessons again but I probably never will.  I had a pretty good ear and was able to memorize pieces fairly easy - I just wasn't any good at reading music. I still know a little, maybe even enough that I could teach myself a few favorites. This Linus and Lucy piece by Vince Guaraldi is one that I love. It's such fun music and conjures up warm, fuzzy childhood memories of watching Charlie Brown Christmas shows on tv. On a whim, I looked it up on YouTube and found quite a few video tutorials.
So, I decided something just now. Right this minute.
I WILL learn to play this song no matter how long it takes me!

(I still have the same family piano that I played on as a child and my daughter has a very nice electronic piano)
Have a listen and enjoy. Maybe sometime in the not-so-distant future I will be able to play it for you myself.


Sea Rescue with Sam Champion: Family-Friendly Programming on ABC

Tune into ABC tv on Saturday mornings for Sea Rescue with Sam Champion. This family-friendly, educational programming by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is now in its second season.

Sea Rescue with Sam Champion shares the stories of marine animal rescue, rehabilitation and release by SeaWorld’s dedicated wildlife rescue teams. This season viewers can expect new adventures, told through firsthand accounts and remarkable video footage, including whales that lost their way and ended up down a river, a dolphin attacked by a shark, and thousands of penguins in peril from an immense oil spill.
For more details and schedule information, visit the Sea Rescue website.


Turtle Trek - A Free Game for iPhone and iPad

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment introduces their first mobile game, Turtle Trek.

This family-friendly game is available as a free download from the App Store.  Players guide an adventuresome sea turtle through a beautiful but perilous ocean full of challenges, friends, and treasures while receiving help from fellow sea friends such as Shamu the killer whale and Nylah the green sea turtle.
Turtle Trek provides lots of fun and educational benefits, as well. Work to complete a virtual sticker book - stickers that open to reveal fun and interesting facts and photos about real ocean animals.
- Plays on your iPhone and iPad
- Free download
- Guide an adventuresome sea turtle from the beach through the ocean and avoid natural dangers
- Avoid sharks, barracuda and other ferocious predators
- Meet friends and collect stickers of them for your virtual stickerbook
- 21 different friends to meet, including Shamu
- Learn interesting facts about the animals you meet along the way
- Experience 5 different zones with unique challenges
- 33 achievements to earn
- Collect coins to buy in-game surprises
- Customize your turtle with new shells, pendants and boosts to help your journey
- Simple & easy to play – one finger tap to swim
- Family-friendly adventure
Check out Turtle Trek and let me know what you think! 
No compensation of any type was received for this post and I have not personally used the above mentioned app. As always, opinions expressed are my own and may differ from others.  

Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Major Paint Project Right Before Christmas? Are We Crazy?

With only a few weeks until Christmas, what do we decide to do? Take on a major drywall repair/paint project in our great room and foyer. My husband is doing all the work himself (I will help roll paint but mostly I just supervise;) Anyway, he has been super busy with his real work so this home project is only getting done in bits and pieces. Needless to say, I'm chomping at the bit to get it done so I can start decorating for Christmas. We have 27 people coming over on Christmas Eve - we HAVE to get this project done!

*please excuse the mess in the photos, everything is a work in progress right now

If you look at the last photo, you will see the fireplace in our great room. There used to be a large opening above it where our television sat (it was one of the dinosaur tvs that was big and bulky and weighed a ton). After scoring a great deal on a flat screen Smart TV on Black Friday, we decided to close up the opening and mount the new tv on the wall above the fireplace. In addition to that drywall work, we also have several areas that just needed to be repaired from nail pops and house settling kind of stuff.

These spaces are really big and right now all of the walls are a basic, boring taupe color (the walls are about 1-2 shades darker than the ceiling). The kitchen is a medium gray and the dining room is aqua blue and cream - both rooms are kinda open to and visible from great room and foyer. Hubby and I are having a hard time agreeing on colors. He would pick something like green or blue. But, I want something more neutral that will work with a variety of decor. I'm leaning towards shades of butterscotch-caramel color or rusty-brown. Here are some paint palettes I found on Pinterest that I like.

Last year, we started painting some of our interior doors black. We are going to finish that up and are also considering painting the fireplace black. It's a non-vented gas fireplace and when it runs, it gets the white paint a little sooty and black. It's hard to keep the white fireplace looking nice so maybe the black will work better.

foyer looking into great room
great room, dining room to right 
 great room looking into foyer
 great room looking into dining room
 great room fireplace
We have a big mess right now but hopefully in the upcoming week, we can make some headway and get a lot done. I'll keep you updated and post more photos. Wish us luck!
What about you? Have you ever taken on a big home improvement project on a really tight schedule?
P.S. If you notice the wooden columns between the foyer and great room, those are one of the things our puppy has been destroying...she has chewed up the wooden corners at base of columns. UGH!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Monsters University Coming June 2013

How fun is this?!
Here's a first look poster for Monsters University. This animated comedy from DISNEY•PIXAR  is coming to theaters June 21, 2013. 

Also, tickets are now on sale for Monsters, Inc. 3D which opens everywhere on December 19th.

Nutcracker Event in Louisville and Lexington - Dec. 3, 2012

For the first time ever, The Nutcracker will be shown in RealD 3D in select movie theaters nationwide.

In a Special One Night Event, you can view Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker as performed by the Mariinsky Theater. Don't miss your chance to enjoy this classic holiday story and share it with your family on December 3, 2012.

My local friends can check out the show at the following locations:

Tinsel Town Louisville
4400 Towne Center Dr
Stonybrook 20 IMAX 2745 S Hurstbourne Pkwy

Hamburg Pavilions 16
Fayette Mall

Tickets are $12.50 for Adults, $11.50 for seniors and $9.50 for kids. For tickets and theater location information, please visit

Aloha Friday - Musical Prodigy

Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday, hosted by Kailani over at An Island Life. In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day to take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So, on Fridays we can take it easy on blog posting, too.

I'll ask a simple question; nothing that requires a lengthy answer. Aloha!

If you could be a musical prodigy, what instrument would you want to play?


Thursday, November 29, 2012

My Christmas Gift Wish List

When it comes to gifts of any kind, I don't really get many myself. I'm not trying to sound whiny, that's just the way it is. When you have four kids to buy for and a husband who is not into gift-giving or shopping at all, Mama just falls to the bottom of the gift chain. I've accepted it and it's all good, LOL!

But, if we were going to pretend for a minute that I did get gifts, here's a few that would be at the top of my wish list...

1. Hunter Original Green Boots - I've been lusting after these forever but at $135 they would definitely be a splurge.

2. Sephora Collection Rose Gold Mineral Brush Set - I need some new makeup brushes and these are so pretty and luxurious. I am totally loving all things rose-gold at the moment.

3. Georgia Stainless Steel Watch - Smoke and Rose by Fossil - The rose gold paired with the darker stainless steel is elegant and a little edgy.

4. Vera Bradley Laptop Portfolio - I don't have a laptop bag and as a long-time Vera Bradley fan, this one would be perfect. I love that it has both a handle and a strap.

What about you? What's on your Christmas gift wish list this year?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Bad Puppy Is Still Bad

It's been awhile since I talked our new puppy, Piper. She is now about six months old and I must admit, I still have a love-hate relationship with her...most of the time I strongly dislike her and only every once in awhile I like her (mostly when she is sleeping).

She continues to be hyper and bitey/nippy. The potty training is going okay for the most part, just a few rare accidents here and there. The worst thing about Piper is her destructive nature. I guess that's just part of being a puppy, but she wants to chew on EVERYTHING. I swear, I think she is part beaver the way she can gnaw something down in seconds. We cannot let her out of our sight for more than a few seconds. It's so much work! She will chew just about anything - socks and rocks from our fireplace are among her favorites.

Here are a few pics of things she's chewed and chomped on around the house:

a table leg
a chair leg 
the wooden columns in our foyer
this is the living room carpet where she has chewed all the way down to the backing
I really want to love this dog and have her become a part of our family. But, so far, it just hasn't happened. My husband is furious over all the chewing and is about ready to kick her outside or even find her a new home. She just recently figured out that she can squeeze under our fence and so she's gotten out twice already and took off to the neighbors houses. I'm so scared that she will sneak out and get hit by a car if we leave her in the back yard unattended.
Wish us luck that she will get her act together soon and lose some of those bad puppy behaviors.
Have you ever had a really bad puppy? Any tips or advice?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I'm Using Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips

A smile is one of the first things I notice about a person. That being said, it's important that I put my own best smile forward. Having white teeth make such a difference and help me feel confident with my smile.

Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips are my new secret weapon in helping me to achieve and maintain a great smile.
"If You're Not Whitening, You're Yellowing"
Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips can remove up to 10 years of stains and whiten 25 times better than the leading whitening toothpaste.
I've been using these whitestrips for four days, so far, and I can already see a big difference in my teeth. I drink lots of coffee and tea every day and have to take special care with my oral hygiene routine to make sure that I keep those stains at bay. I've used other whitening strips in the past and hated the gunky, goo-like feeling of the gel that always seeped out of the strips while being worn on my teeth. These Crest 3D Whitestrips have an advanced seal feature that really keep them in place. And, there is absolutely none of that thick, yucky gel that gets in your mouth. They are so easy and comfortable to use - it makes teeth whitening a breeze! Wear them once a day for 30 easy is that!
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to whiten your teeth and improve your smile, check out the Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips. I think you will be very happy with the results they give, just as I have been. *Hint* These would make a great stocking stuffer for your teens or just about anyone.
I received a complimentary box of Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips through Influenster. I was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own and may differ from others.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
I hope your day is filled with family, friends, fellowship, laughter, good food, peace, and happiness.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

60 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Teens

We have four kids - ages 12, 14, 16, and 19. One of their favorite things about Christmas morning has always been seeing what's waiting for them in their stockings. Now that they are teens, it's fun to come up with creative and/or practical little treats and trinkets to give as stocking stuffers.

If you have teens or tweens to shop for, here's a list of stocking stuffer ideas. *A few are gender specific, but most are good for both boys and girls.

1.  Lip Balm/Chapstick
2.  Gum
3.  Sharpies, Highlighters, or other colorful markers/pens
4.  Bookmark
5.  Clip-On Book Light
6.  Earbuds
7.  Candy Bar
8.  Key Chain
9.  Cell Phone Cover
10. iTunes Gift Card
11. Mini Flashlight
12. Car Charger for Cell Phone
13. Post-It Notes
14. Deodorant/Body Spray
15. Scratch-off Lottery Tickets (if you are okay with that)
16. Cash
17. Electric Toothbrush
18. Fast Food Gift Card
19. Movie Theater Gift Card
20. Contact Lens Case
21. Socks
22. Face/Body Wash
23. TicTacs/Breath Mints
24. Teeth Whitening Strips
25. Sunglasses
26. Hair Gel/Hair Spray
27. Beef Jerky (I know this might be weird but my kids love it)
28. Ice Scraper (for teens that drive)
29. Car Air Fresheners (for teens that drive)
30. Gas Gift Card (for teens that drive)
31. Jewelry
32. Nail Polish
33. Makeup
34. Makeup Brushes
35. Makeup Remover Cloths
36. Wallet/Change Purse
37. Hair Clips/Ponytail Holders
38. Lanyards
39. Watch
40. Mechanical Pencils
41. Hand Sanitizer (for backpack, locker, car, etc.)
42. Giant Candy Cane
43. Gummy Bears
44. Reusable Water Bottle
45. USB Flash Drive
46. Concert or Sporting Event Tickets
47. Compact/Pocket Mirror
48. Hand-held Electronic Games
49. Yo-Yo
50. Magic 8 Ball
51. Playing Cards
52. Pocket-size Multi-Tool
53. Personalized Christmas Ornament
54. PEZ Candy Dispenser
55. Flavored Dental Floss (Seriously, you can find such flavors as bacon or cupcake)
56. Swiss Army Knife
57. Magazine Subscription
58. Boxers/Undergarments
59. Batteries (they always need plenty of batteries for their electronics)
60. Gloves/Mittens

Can you think of anything else to add to the list?