12 Days of Giveaways at Design Mom

>> Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Design Mom is hosting 12 amazing Giveaways on her web-site on December 12th for the 12 Days of Christmas. Go to Design Mom on Friday for your chance to enter 12 separate Giveaways. Design Mom is a great blog you should be reading anyway, I don't know how I lived without it.

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Tara Whitney & MCP Actions

>> Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Photos by Tara Whitney / Blog It Board by MCP Actions

This summer we were so lucky to have Tara Whitney to come to our house to take some family photos. She is so lovely and sweet and amazing with the kids. She was especially great with Dylan who wasn't really on board with the whole photo shoot idea. She got some great photos of him. I can never get good photos of him because he won't cooperate with me. So, THANK YOU Tara for coming out to our house and for taking such wonderful photos of the family, it means so much to us that we were able to get them taken at home!

I also want you all to know that I created the photo post with Magic Blog It boards from MCP Actions www.mcpactions.com They were SO easy to use and made putting this collage of photos together so quick & easy. I wasn't sure about how easy it would be, so I went to the MCP Actions web-site and there is a link "try me" so I could try it for free; but now I know I will be purchasing these actions to make blogging photos super easy.

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Santa's Gmail Hacked

>> Tuesday, December 2, 2008
















Found by a Facebook friend; thought it was pretty funny, so I decided to share here.

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I love this idea for growing Strawberries

>> Monday, November 17, 2008


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Things I have done


I saw this list on someone else's blog and decided to post it on mine. You're supposed to bold the things that you've done in your life. After reading through this list, I realized what an incredibly full life I've had. I never really realized it before, but it was kind of exhilarating to be able to bold so many of these. Although some of these I'm not so proud of (hello ambulance ride and getting caught skinny dipping at 5star hotel in La Jolla). Anyhoo, here it is:

1. Started your own blog (kinda)
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band ....at school
4. Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity
7. Been to Disneyland /world
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis

10. Sang a solo - like in public? No. In front of my family every day, while they beg me to stop, yes.
11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables

19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train (Paris to Italy)
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked (across Ireland and back)
23. Taken a sick day when you're not ill
24. Built a snow fort
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon
28. Ridden in a gondola in Venice (saw them, but didn't have the cash, or someone to share it with -- so sad)
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing - Only Half Dome, does that count? Probably not.
40. Seen Michelangelos David
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling (note - I went snorkeling many times, but not comparable to scuba diving)
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater - someone please re-open drive-in theaters, you'll be rich!
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar
72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square

74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible
86. Visited the White House - does standing outside count?
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone's life - I did stop someone from falling off of a ski lift once; she probably wouldn't have died though.
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day

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why blog?

>> Friday, July 25, 2008

I'm a private kinda girl. If you told any of my friends or family that I am writing a blog, I'm certain their jaws would drop to the floor. I have been reading some great blogs over the past few months and I love reading them, I'd say I'm almost an addict at this point. I'm very new to this blogging thing, I didn't even know what a blog really was until a few months ago, and had no clue why in the world anyone would ever use google reader; now it's the first and last thing I look at everyday.


Anyway, for the past few years I've felt like I'm half-asleep, an observer to my life instead of an active participant. I've considered seeking therapy, but that hasn't worked out yet. So, I will turn to writing to help me boost my life activities. I want to have more fun and maybe if I need to do things to have something to write about, that will help.


I'm a somewhat successful full-time working mom with two little ones; My boy is 6 and my girl is 3. I LOVE my babies. My husband "gets" to stay home and take care of the kids while I work away supporting the family. He doesn't see this as a "get to do" kind of thing; it's a big job. He also cares for our small avocado grove and everything else a Stay at Home parent does that doesn't get fully recognized or appreciated by the working parent or the rest of the working world.

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