Sunday, October 28, 2007

MaNIc mOnDAy

Hey Guys! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend and you are ready for a great Monday(no groans please). I hope Manic Monday makes your day! Several people have told me that they have not received very many samples. BE PATIENT! Most of my samples take about 8 weeks to arrive, sometimes more than that. Usually the samples in my pictures on manic monday's are samples that I signed up for a long long time ago. For example, the dreamcatcher key chain in the picture above...I signed up for back in August and I just got it this week. Walmart samples don't usually take as long. So just sit tight and relax, the wait is worth it! (Hint: The more samples you sign up for, the more you are sure to get in the mail)

Here's MaNIc mONdaY!

Purex UltraConcentrate

Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Care

Huggies Snug and Dry

Redspur Keychain
(sign up required)

Free Koozie or Key Chain (for all of those who don't know what a koozie is, it is one of those rubberish things that you put a drink in to keep it cool)
-click on the purple "gear" tab at the top -then click on the purple post it note in the middle -choose either "keychain" or "koozie" from the list and then click on the yellow "submit order" tab

Support Our Troops Dog Tag

Christmas Cards (choose up to 3)

3M Print to Last Paper


Post-It Notes

Hot Mom Driving Magnet

Sunsilk Shampoo (they will send this to you multiple times, no limit to how many times you can sign up for it)

Email to receive:
*Lady Pink Breast Cancer Stationary Set
In subject line: Go Pink LHJ

*Candle Fragrance Pack
Leave your name and address. Tell them which sample pack you want.

Click here to see fragrance list

Saturday, October 27, 2007

I'm Big on the Pig

Today, Jake and I, went to the 24th Annual Lexington BBQ Festival. I think they had about 4 music stages set up, lots of crafts, and TONS of BBQ(obviously). It was packed with people because it was only for one day and you pretty much had to just bump your way through the crowd. However, we still had a fun day. Jake bought me a backpack/pocketbook and we got a funnel cake and 2 drinks in souvenir cups.

I thought that this was so cool. It is actually a sand sculpture of pigs that a man was making. I think he does it every year because I seem to remember it from the other times that I have been to the festival.

Trisha Yearwood was also at the festival which was a pretty big highlight for me. We only listened to 2 songs because we were squished up around everyone due to the large crowd. I thought it was pretty cool that she came out in such casual clothing.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Rain DrOpS Falling On My Head

Jayden is still teething super bad. No tooth has come through yet but it's on the horizon. He woke up crying at 2:30AM this morning for the first time in a while and then after getting his passy he went right back to sleep. He only slept for about 2 hours at a time after that. We tried him on cereal again the other day and he broke out again in that strange rash around his neck that smelled like yeast so we're thinking he might be allergic to the cereal. We gave him "chiquita" bananas today and after 2 attempts he finally decided it was OK. No sign of rash from the bananas yet. He will be 4 months on the third. I can't believe I was carrying him in my stomach last year at this time. I think last year on this weekend was when we announced that I was pregnant. It's funny how time flies by. Jayden has advanced from the bassinet part of his playpen into the actual playpen now. I don't think he knows quite what to think being able to see what's going on around him in there. I can't wait until he's able to sit up and play with his toys inside of it.
Last weekend I went to the Zimmerman Winery with Clarke for her 21st birthday. It was rustic because it was in the country but at the same time it was very cozy and classy. If you want to get away for an afternoon and taste some good wine then I recommend it. The owners made you feel right at home. Plus, it was gorgeous, especially right now with the fall colors. We learned so much about wine that I never knew.
After months with NO RAIN, the heavens finally opened up and drenched us to the bone. I think it's been raining for 3 days straight now. I'm not complaining because we surely needed it considering how low our water situation was getting. It's so ironic that California is having to battle fire and we will probably need a boat before too long. Supposedly this cold weather is going to stay. I really hope so because I put all of my summer clothes up and got all of my winter stuff out. I always look forward to wearing sweaters but I'm happy to see Spring when it gets here.

"You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry. Don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way."

~ Walter Hagen

AVON Item of the Week

Ladies MLB Team Watch
Available in Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, NY Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, and LA Dodgers


(matching watch for men available)

Monday, October 22, 2007

Picture Perfect Pocketbook

I have seen all of these adorable pocketbooks lately that have a place for pictures on it and while I was shopping in the craft department at walmart I found some clear vinyl (shower curtain material) that was in the remnant bin. I bought it on impulse thinking I could find some use for it. The other day my AVON tote bag ripped so I finally found a use for my vinyl!

I used a pocketbook that ironically I bought from AVON 2 years ago and I sewed the vinyl onto the pocketbook using dental floss and a cross stitch needle. But I also left an opening at the top so that I could change out the picture. I did not do it on both sides but I'm sure I will later.

This was super super easy to do! Plus, you can show off your pictures at the same time. You probably don't have to use dental floss, you could use embroidery floss too but I figured dental floss was really durable and easier to hold on to for this. I love the fact that it's versatile and you could even put a decorative fabric in the slot to match a certain outfit or to use as a background behind the picture.

Happy Crafting! :)

Sunday, October 21, 2007

MaNIc mONdaY

Don't ya just love Mondays? I hope everyone got off too a good start and got up on time :) Here's Manic Monday!

Tampax Pearl

Cottonelle Flushable Wipes

Celestial Tea

Cesar dog food

Kashi snack bar

Tena Serenity Pads

Arizona Tea keychain

fresh! T-shirt

Bean Bag Chair Samples
(kind of a weird sample but I figured I could use them for crafts)

Interior Graffiti letters

Pocket Calendar

Refrigerator Calendar

Play Ball!

He's such a ham :)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Mommy Vocabulary

I just received this in an email from a baby company and I thought it was cute enough to post!

Amnesia: The condition that enables a woman who has gone through labor to make love again.

Feedback: The inevitable result when your baby doesn't appreciate the pureed carrots.

Full name: What you call your child when you're really mad at him.

Grandparents: The people who think your children are wonderful even though they're sure you're not raising them right.

Hearsay: What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.

Impregnable: A woman whose memory of labor is still vivid.

Independent: How we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.

Ow: The first word spoken by children with older siblings.

Puddle: A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes and socks into it.

Show off: A child who is more talented than yours.

Sterilize: What you do to your first baby's pacifier by boiling it and to your last baby's pacifier by blowing on it.

Two minute warning: When your baby's face turns red and he begins to make those familiar grunting noises.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

New Pics of Jaybird

I am way too lazy to post anything of interest today so I think I will just post some of Jaybirds recent pics that I love! :)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Super Scrapbooking

I am on a roll with this scrapbooking stuff! It's getting a whole lot easier as I go. Here are some of my latest!

I'm such a frugal craftster! The ribbon that I used was from a
present that someone gave me at my baby shower. Yay for me :)

AVON Item of the Week

ANEW ULTIMATE Age Repair Night Cream
price: $ 34

(It's pricey but I heard it works wonders while you are sleeping! Even better, it was featured in Allure magazine!)

:::::Special Promotion:::::

Receive the Sparkling 3-D Snowflake Ornament for only $2.99
when you spend $10!

MaNIc mOnDAy

Yay it's Manic Mondaly again! Even though it's Monday I hope you have a better one after signing up for all of this awesome stuff! :) I did'nt get too much in the mail this past week but it was big stuff so it's OK.

Basis Soap (from Walmart)

Hypoallergenic Pillowcase

Caress Exotic Oil Infusions

Nivea for men

Carmex Lip Balm

bain de terre hair mud masque

Head and Shoulders Shampoo

Monkey Brains Cereal (gross name I know but supposedly if you sign up you get free is at the bottom right hand corner)

CleanWell Hand Sanitizer

Morning Light Coffee T-Shirt

Dr. Scholls Foot Fashion Guide

AVEENO sample and seed packet (you do not have to enter the contest, just fill out the form on the right)

Tylenol Rapid Release Gel Caps

Wine Glass Name Tags

Jergens Lotion (I think I posted this on a previous manic monday but it's from the actual company, not walmart this time, so maybe we'll get both)

Nursery Water Bag Tag (they only give out 100 a day so if they are all gone then check back the next day)


Pantene Color Expressions Shampoo

:::::My Favorite Freebies last week::::

Free Gift for signing up (Ok everyone this is a totally awesome freebie! If you only have time to sign up for ONE freebie do this one! It took forever for mine to come and I really thought it would be something stupid but UPS finally brought it. I got a really pretty heart shaped mirror that comes in a velvet drawstring bag, it has the Judith Jack logo lazer printed on the back and it fits perfect in your purse! If you look closely at my picture up top you can see it...oh and for anyone that doesn't know what Judith Jack jewelry is it's really expensive jewelry that they sell at Nordstrom's and I think you can see some of it on their site)

This freebie is even better...
Wedding and Macy's teamed up and are offering a bunch of freebies for creating a wedding registry on their site. Go here to see the details. (If you don't have adobe reader you will have to download it to do all of this)
Once you get to the site just download each form and follow each company's directions. You don't have to purchase anything. All you have to do is register for the amount of items that each company requires you to. There are some things that require a purchase but it clearly states which is which. I am married but I could be renewing my wedding vowels so they don't have to know anything. Also, when I registered they had all of these options for what the occasion was such as anniv. or wedding or engagement so I'm pretty sure it's not required to be set in stone.
I think one girl's blog that I read said that the Macy's near her called just to tell her that they were there if she needed anything but it was just a 2 minute conversation. They havn't called me yet and I just received my first free thing the other day...a crystal picture frame from Mikasa(it's in the picture up top).
Each form that you download is going to a different location and you have to send a copy of your registry with each one. However, with each brand I highlighted which one it was referring to so they could find it and I only sent the portion of the registry that it required instead of printing off a whole bunch of paper. You might have to print it 2 or 3 times just to get each brand on there but it's better than printing it off 6 or 7 times.

Oh and make sure you read the fine print on the Kitchenaid form before you register..they are a bit more picky about which products to register for.

One last thing...if you feel guilty about this just remember these places pay like 50 cents for a cake server and then turn around and sell it for $100, so seriously, don't feel bad.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Scrapbook Surprise

I FINALLY got around to making some scrapbook pages (at 10 oclock at night). My scrapbooking supplies was getting a little overloaded so I figured I had put it off long enough. My favorite is the rubber ducky :)

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Fall Fever Special

Fall Fever Special!
Spend $25 or more and receive a free Foot Works GIFT!

(Note: I am doing this promo independently, it is not offered on

Coming Up Next Month.....
*Spend $30 or more and receive a free tube of antibacterial gel from the NATURALS collection!

~*Email ME for more details*~

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Got Milk?

Jayden is 3 months old today! He must be having some major growing spurts because today was one of his horrible moody days. We've marked it up as growing pains because we have no idea what else it could be. However, his cry was almost like a hungry cry so maybe he's just ready to take more formula. Tonight at bedtime I fed him a 9 ounce bottle and he drank the whole thing! The pictures below are very monumental because as you can see he is holding his own bottle. No, this was not one of those random pics that we got for a split second to show he's holding it- he really held it or a while! It was really cool! Today, he also mimicked my facial expressions and when I say "I Love You" he doesn't say the words, but he repeats the sound that the words make almost as if he's saying it. It is so awesome to see him slowly changing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Breast Cancer Month

In October, everyone starts thinking about the tree's leaves turning red, or which Halloween costume their children are going to be wearing. But October is also the month that many people get their pink ribbon pins back out and wear them proudly(or they may have never put them up). I have always been very up to date on ovarian cancer because my Great Grandmother died from it but I have never given breast cancer as much recognition. I decided to read up on it so that I could relate with it a little bit more. According to Medical News Today, Breast Cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the US, topped only by skin cancer. More than 211,000 women and 1,600 men will be diagnosed with it this year. The positive news is that if the cancer is detected early and treated, more than 95 percent of patients survive five years or more.I was also suprised to read that it is the second-leading cause of cancer death, after lung cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. I was very curious as to why October was picked as the designated month but I was not able to find out anything.

I found a really great site during my research:
The Breast Cancer Site
Once you get to the site there is a big pink button in the middle that says "Click here to give". Each time you or someone else clicks on the button it is paid for by a site sponsor. The proceeds are going towards funding free mammograms for women in need- low income, inner city and minority women whose awareness of breast cancer and opportunity for help is often limited. This is a really great way to help if you are not able to donate otherwise.

AVON also donates to the Breast Cancer Foundation
The lip balm is only $1.50 and 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. Click on the lip balm to see more pink ribbon merchandise.

AVON Item of the Week

The item of the week is AVON's new Uplifting Mascara. It is the first and only mascara in the world with a bendable brush. The coolest part? It's on sale! Orig. $8.50 - Now $4.99! says:
"Avon's revolutionary Bend-Extend brush flexes to 45 degrees. Visibly 75% more length. Use brush straight. Create lashes of staggering porportions. Up to 100% more lift. Bend brush, take even the smallest hard-to-reach lashes to new heights."


I just had to tell ya'll that Jayden is holding his head up BIG time! He started doing it yesterday after we propped him up on a pillow that Momma made. I can't get over how many cute facial expressions he has and how different he looks in each one.

Jaybird got a little pooped out after all of the excitement :)

Touches of Fall

We got Fall fever around here a couple of weeks ago but I just now got around to taking pictures. I thought that I would share our touches of Fall....

Believe it or not, this is all from Dollar Tree

This is Marilyn, our friendly ghost

My parents made this, so cute

The flower arrangement is my first crafting experience in a long time. The red bucket came from a wishing well that Mom decorated.

50 Things

1. I am addicted to my blog
2. I am addicted to facebook
3. I am addicted to my email...ok so the internet in general
4. my middle name is Memory
5. I broke my writing arm rollerskating
6. I am lefthanded
7. I have a lazy eye
8. I have my scuba diving license
9. I squeeze my toothpaste from the middle not the end
10. I sleep on the left side of the bed
11. I hate wearing socks to bed
12. I only eat the marshmallows out of Lucky Charms
13. I hate it when my food touches each other on my plate
14. I used to really hate ice in my drink but I'm getting used to it
15. I prefer no syrup on my pancakes if they are really really good pancakes
16. I would live underwater if I had gills
17. In middle school gym class I scored a basketball goal for the wrong team and started clapping...then I realized no one else was clapping
18. I really hate wal-mart
19. I could spend $100 in Dollar Tree
20. I won $500 from the Monopoly Game at McDonald's 2 years ago
21. I want to win again this year
22. I love getting freebies in the mail
23. I took interior design for 1 year and a half at RCC and then dropped out to be an Assistant Manager
24. I yell at other drivers when they piss me off even though they can't hear me it still makes me feel better
25. I'm getting really tired of people pulling out in front of me
26. I have a license plate on the front of my car that says "Wild Woman"
27. I believe in ghosts
28. I believe in angels
29. I believe in aliens
30. I like closing my eyes when I type
31. my closet was color coordinated before I had my son
32. I like clutter, it's comforting
33. I have my own organizational strategy
34. I cheated on a math test in 6th grade
35. I was bullied by a girl in 6th grade
36. I really hate shoes, and I would not wear them if most places didn't require them
37. I would love to go to beauty school
38. I would love to have my own nail salon
39. I hate painting my own nails
40. I have a birthmark on my bottom tooth that looks like a sesame seed
41. I got my long fingers and toes from my grandma
42. I'm double jointed
43. I hate coffee
44. I have sprained my left ankle 8 times
45. A dog bit the left side of my face when I was 4
46. my first crush was Dr. Doogie Hauzer
47. I really hate drying my hair
48. I pulled my pants down in a jewelry shop when I was little because my mom wouldn't buy me anything
49. I'm deathly scared of tornadoes
50. I believe everyone has multiple past lives
51. I think it's hard to just tell 50 things about yourself

Monday, October 1, 2007

MaNiC MOndAy

Ok guys, you know the drill. I love my freebies that I got last week. I'm very excited about the sippy cup that Jayden got from Juicy Juice, and the little blue tampon carrier is so cute. Anyways, on to the freebies!

Magnetic Flag for your car

Ultra Compact Kotex

Body Treats (Just leave your address in the comment box and list what you want a sample of)

Liquid Fusion Glue

Candle Sample

Aquaphor Healing Ointment
from Eucerin

Tampax Pearl

Mode de vie body care (leave address in comments box and list which sample you want)

D-Ring Holder

Intensive Foot Repair Cream
from Eucerin

Photo Card from Hallmark (You still have to pay for the stamp but use promo code: PODFREE at checkout and it will make the actual card free....I was able to make 2 cards for free using this code) (Make sure you have them stamp it for you or you will have to pay shipping)

Smile Cards (make someone's day!)

Left-Hander's Calendar

Reynolds Parchment Paper

T-Shirt Iron-ons

L'Oreal Skin Genesis (link at bottom of page)