Tuesday, September 30, 2008
(And funny enough, Mimi and I were watching "Max and Ruby" this week and there is an episode where Ruby makes "paper mache" for bunny scouts, so now Mimi is even MORE excited.)
If you are looking for something fun to do with your little one, try it too. Basically you blow up a big ballon, cover in newspaper strips that have been dipped in homemade glue (1 part water to 2 part flour), let dry for a couple of days, pop the inner balloon, and then decorate by covering with orange streamer (or paint). Fill with candy and enjoy!
Here are two sites that may help you further: http://2good2lose.com/papermache.shtml or http://www.ehow.com/how_2102669_jackolantern-pinata.html
Monday, September 29, 2008
1 pound shredded, cooked chicken
1 (15 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, mashed
1 (10 ounce) can enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chile peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 bay leaf
1 (10 ounce) package frozen corn
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
7 corn tortillas
Place chicken, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, green chiles, and garlic into a slow cooker. Pour in water and chicken broth, and season with cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir in corn and cilantro. Cover, and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours or on High setting for 3 to 4 hours.
(Now I personally skip this step and just use store bought chips.)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly brush both sides of tortillas with oil. Cut tortillas into strips, then spread on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven until crisp, about 10 to 15 minutes. To serve, sprinkle tortilla strips over soup.
Last year, he needed a new suit for Tom-Tom's baptism and I knew nothing about shopping for mens’ suit . We ran to the mall, and actually found something "off the rack" that need some tailoring here and there. In the end it would have been easier to have gotten him a custom suit but didn't even consider it as I figured the prices would be extremely high.
Well last week while talking to a friend, she told me that her hubby gets his suits each year when they visit New York City. They go to this place called "MySuit" 0n Broadway St. (I sure hope they decide to open more locations around the country!) They sell Made to measure suits at close to off-the-rack prices (starting at $495).
A custom made suit is made in three simple steps. (1) Make an appointment right on the web to have measurements taken at our mid-town store; Up to 30 measurements will be taken. (2) Pick the jacket style and pant style. (3) Pick the fabric. There is a two week turn-around time.
Personally, if I was able to pick out a suit with my hubby at My.Suit, I would go with the classic 2-button jacket and single pleat pant, both in a navy stripe (CN7F S069).
So next time you are New York City with your man please check it out!
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We woke up the kids and put them in the car in their PJs (they didn't cry once). Hubby dropped me off at ER until he could get in touch with his mom to help out (which was about 7:30am). And then came back to the ER to be with me.
I was there for about four hours so it wasn't too bad (compared to stories I have heard from others).
The doctor treated me for an allergic reaction (cause unknown) along with a sinus infection, and/or tooth infection. I got three prescriptions, and need to see my dentist & primary care doctor tomorrow.
Off to rest now...
Saturday, September 27, 2008
You get CASH BACK on all your online purchases. (I signed up a few months back after learning about the program from Sasha, and have made $30 already!) It's quick and free to sign up! And you get $10 for signing up! Here's my referral link: http://www.ebates.com/refer-a-friend/0809promo.htm?referrerid=ihPdomBCzvfNk7l%2FxABVwA%3D%3D
I just used the ebates site to order 5x7 Halloween cards from Snapfish.com! (Oh, here is a sneak peek of their costumes!)
I have downloaded all these sports videos/sports vids from a site called SportsVids. They are the biggest provider of online sports videos. This site is so cool because not only can you VIEW your favorite clips, but you can UPLOAD your favorite sports clips as well! Once you create a profile, you can also vote for your favorite clips (based on a five star rating system.) This site is truly a one stop shop for sport fans around the world. Take a look for yourself...
2004 BCS NC Sugar Bowl: LSU vs. Oklahoma - Click here for more sports videos
2000 BCS Sugar Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Florida State - Click here for more sports videos
1986 Cotton Bowl: Auburn vs. Texas A&M - Click here for more sports videos
1986 Auburn vs Alabama - Click here for more sports videos
2008 BCS NC: LSU vs. Ohio State - Click here for more sports videos
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I woke up at 3:00am with my new crown throbbing, well the gum around it.
A little later in the morning, Tom-Tom woke up with a fever and swollen arm; a reaction to the shot he got on Tuesday. (Back to doctor!)
And last, I went to the eye doctor to learn that I am high risk for detached retina (oh boy), my eye pressure is on the high side of normal so needs to be watched, and also have a birth defect in my eye, Nystagmus (involuntary movement of the eyes). Fortunately, my eye sight is still 20/20!
So it's now mid-afternoon, and I am so ready for a nap. Wish me luck!! I sure hope I can catch a break today!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Last week I listed 12 of the kid's outfits. 9 sold . I made a profit of $65. YAY.
So feeling lucky, I put Tom-Tom's crib and changing table on Craigslist. (I had originally paid $100 for the set from a co-worker who never used it!) I sold it to the first guy who replied to my ad for $90--and had 8 more people waiting in line if he refused it.
So what did I do with my money? I purchased a new twin mattress set for Princess Mimi's new room. (Pictures to come soon!)
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Monday: Board Meeting at the Preschool
Tuesday: Work in office 5 hours followed by pediatirican visit--shots for BOTH kids
Wednesday: Orthodonist for new retainer (maintance) and Dentist for a Crown (UGH!), followed by 5 hours in the office and last, church (for my new parenting class)
Thursday: Eye dr annual exam/Hubby taking day off work to work in the yard
Friday: Clean the house/Wash clothes/Grocery shop
Saturday: Hubby going to football game out of town
Sunday: I promise to catch up with everyone and their blogs!
I have a feeling that my old friend Zanax and I will reunite this week, hehe. Can you relate?! :)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
3 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
1 Coffee Mug (large mug; microwave safe)
4 tablespoons flour (that's plain or all purpose flour, not self-rising)
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
Small splash vanilla
Add dry ingredients to mug; mix well. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in milk and oil; mix well. Add chocolate chips (optional), nuts (optional) and vanilla; mix well.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes on high. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to share!)
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!
Friday, September 19, 2008
And I won her blog prize--a $25 gift card to Banana Republic. Wow, thanks! What a great way to start my weekend!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Last week I called my dental office to get the final price for my new crown. The receptionist said she'd call me right back. I've been waiting seven days. On Friday, and again yesterday, I left a message at the JCP Portrait studio to make an appointment for Tom-Tom. Still no one has called me back.
So, I thought maybe something was wrong with my phone. I tried calling my local carrier, but was routed (through several rounds of push 1 for this or 2 for this) to someone in the Middle East (Pakistan?) who I couldn't understand. His English was the pits.
And last week, I went to eat a quick bite at Panera Bread. First, customers were confused as to what line to wait in because the manager kept switching from one register to another. (For the confussion I got a 2-percent discount...no not a typo....TWO percent...oh, I am so not impressed). Then, I went to fill my cup with soda and there was no ice in the machine. And when I went to get my soup at the counter, it was in a regular bowl, not the bread bowl I paid for.
So again, I ask, what the heck happened to customer service? Sure wish I knew!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
As a way to say "THANK YOU" to Dena, I am doing my first contest with her in mind! You can win one of Dena's cute embroidery tee shirts for your child or a kitchen bistro towel! All you have to do to enter my first contest is leave a comment and tell me which gift you would like to win (towel or shirt). I will have my hubby randomly pick a winner on Tuesday, September 16th so spread the word!! (And, Please check out Dena's cute stuff at: http://writteninthread.com/creative_suite.htm!)
Please take a minute to read and then come back to my comments.
Go one. I'm waiting! ...
It's true. The media were almost disappointed that nothing major happened to New Orleans. Within hours, they were out of the city and moved on to another "big story". But they haven't shown much of the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav.
My sister who lives south of New Orleans, still has NO electricity (it's been 10 days now). My parents still can't use city water due to the horrible smell. Public schools are closed for several more days.
And where is the media!? Why is Gustav so easily forgotten?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
With gas prices rising, as well as energy costs and grocery items, I have been looking for a way to save a few dollars. I'm clipping coupons, looking at sales ads, combining errands to reduce gas, buying generic, and eating out less, but we still struggle each week.
Add to that, we have a few (higher than I like percentage rate) credit cards here and there (mostly accrued when I was on pregnancy bed rest with Tom-Tom) so I am considering ways to consolidate debt. So when I found the web site Bills.com, I was thrilled!
I didn't realize there were so many options: debt management, debt settlement, credit counseling, debt consolidation loans, home equity line of credit and mortgage refinancing. It all
I am actually considering a debt consolidation loan which could cut my interest rates in half. I would also need to cut up the cards you used to make the original purchases (sniff, sniff—bye bye Ann Taylor!)
I know it won’t be a fun few months but for my peace of mind, and for the children’s future, I need to get this debt eliminated.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Friday, September 05, 2008
Post one of your favorite pictures of you & your children and answer questions..afterwards tag as many as you'd like! (Wow, I don't have many photos of me and the kids--mostly just kids--but I found one from Easter...it looks funny to see a pacifier in Tommy's mouth. This was probably one of the last days I let him have it. He was about 12 months old.)
1. How many kids do you have? 2 (one of each!)
2. What is their age? 17-1/2 months & 35-1/2 months
3. What time do you usually start your day? 6:00am, ugh (with Mimi coming into our bed)
4. What do they eat for breakfast? Cereal with milk (unless it is Sunday, homemade pancakes!)
5. Do they get to watch T.V.? Yes, PBS (Curious George) or Disney Channel (MM Clubhouse)
6. What's their favorite activity? Little People
7. Do you get a break during the day for some "you" time? Nap time
8. How do you end your day? A long hot bath followed by some blog-time.
9. What's your best parenting advice or tip? Proverbs 29:17 Discpline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul. (I am taking a parenting class at church now and this is a verse that sticks in my head!)
10. Tagging the following: