Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fun for the kids

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I LOVE my Job

Yes LOVE with all caps! It is wonderful and I am thankful everyday that life has turned out this way. I would like to thank my previous job for letting me go. Because while it was not good at the time and I was very sad and upset about it, this change has been the best thing for my family and I believe it will keep getting better and better.

So Thank You old bosses for treating me like garbage and kicking me to the curb! If it was not so socially unacceptable I would send you a card to show my appreciation. While you are missing my skills and talents my new bosses are loving me and my work.

Thank you New Job! For appreciating me and making me feel welcome. I love working for you and hope to do so for a long, long, long time.

Anyone else have a job that they love? Or perhaps something happened in your life that you thought was the end of the world that ended up being wonderful?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

What to Expect Review and Giveaway (2 Winners)

When I found out I was pregnant with Big J the first thing I did was research some good pregnancy books. My lovely husband went out and got me What to Expect When You are Expecting and I dove right in. I cannot even tell you how many times I looked at the book going through pregnancy to relieve my fears and curiosities. I then followed it up with What to Expect the First Year and What to Expect the Toddler Years. (Now you can find What to Expect the Second Year)

When we found out we were having Little J, I dug out my What to Expect Books for a refresher course on well what to expect. Since both of my pregnancies were different from each other these books helped me to know that what I was experiencing was normal and when to call my doctor if necessary. The later books have helped me with questions about my children's health as well as how to discipline effectively. Since my family lives so far away from me and I did not have a lot of friends at the time, these books became my go to resource.


It all started with a baby…and a book. Heidi Murkoff conceived the idea for What to Expect When You're Expecting during her first pregnancy, when she couldn’t find answers to her questions or reassurance for her worries in the books she’d turned to for much-needed advice. Determined to write a guide that would help other expectant parents sleep better at night, Heidi delivered the proposal for What to Expect When You’re Expecting just hours before delivering her daughter, Emma.

Dubbed the “pregnancy bible,” the iconic New York Times bestseller is now in its all-new fourth edition, with over 17 million copies in print, and according to USA Today, is read by 93 percent of women who read a pregnancy book. Other titles in the series include Eating Well When You’re Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, What to Expect Before You’re Expecting (a complete preconception plan), and the newest member of the What to Expect family: What to Expect the Second Year, the must-have guide for parents of toddlers. The What to Expect books have sold more than 34 million copies in the US alone, and are published in over 30 languages.

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 More comprehensive and reassuring than ever, the 4th edition is a cover-to-cover revision of the book that has more than 14 million copies in print.

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With Christmas approaching I had to share

For those of you who have not read the article below by Single Dad Laughing it is a must read!

One favor, read the article do not just look at the title and move on or get offended.

This is a link to the original post  I'm Christian unless you're gay

Below are links to the follow up posts which include e-mails and letters from followers, some good and some bad. You might want to have tissues near.

Reponse to Post
Response video
Men in Uniform Respond

If you do not agree with the post that is fine, it is simply something I needed to share. I will take all comments good and not good.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Been Awhile - Bucket List Update

Awhile back I started my living, breathing bucket list and decided it was time for an update. 

Looking at it, it has been going a bit slow, looks like I need to add some more short term items to my list. 

1. Travel to every state in the US at least once in my life. I would love to stay in every state but will be happy with touching my feet on the ground of every state.

2. Take a cruise with my family, hopefully this one happens soon!

3. Have a honeymoon (without the kids).

4. Host my 1st giveaway on my blog  This has been done a couple times. 

5. Win a new blog makeover from Simply Stacie and Kelly's Lucky You Build a Beautiful Blog Week. Yes I won!!!

6. Have a career that I love.  - I changed this one and I think I might have found a place for this to be possible. I love my job and the company I work for.
7. Get 200 followers on my blog. - Done now on to # 8

8. Get 500 followers on my blog.

9. Get 1000 followers on my blog.

10. See Cavalia again, loved it so much!!

11. Take my daughters horse back riding.

12. Own a dog, of course not until my daughters are older and can help. Cross this one off since Little J is allergic to dogs and cats

13. Lose 40 lbs - Working on this one, down 15!!

14. Learn to cook at least enough to feed my family more then boxed items.

15. Finish both my daughter's baby books.

16.  Renew my vows with my husband at the local Renaissance festival.

17. Own a home with a backyard. 

18. Go to the circus.

19. Finally take the time to get both my daughters christened, yes I know one is 4 but all our family is out of state and we were really trying to get it done back in NH, but as you can see that has not happened.

20. Find the time to have a girl's night out without feeling guilty. - Girls night out, check. Guilt, still there. 

21. Find someone I trust to watch my children. - This one is sort of complete. I have people who I will leave Big J with but I am still not comfortable leaving Little J alone with anyone. Ok I know I am crazy I mean she is 13 months old now. I guess I also feel bad leaving two children with someone, especially because two of the people I trust already have two of their own children to watch. Anyway I am working on this one. 

22. Learn calming techniques so that I can reduce my stress level. 

23. Be able to live comfortably without having to worry about how I am going to pay my bills. I work so hard and still struggle everyday. 

24. Go camping with my girls, although this one I am willing to wait on until Little J is older. 

25. Finally let go of the "bad" people in my life even if some of them are blood. 

26. Stand up for myself better. You are not better then me just different so get off your high horse before you fall down!

27. Take our vacation to Myrtle Beach that we have planned, cancelled, talked about but never been able to go on. 

28. Find my husband one great, perfect gift that he will not exchange and will not leave me broke!

Anyone else have a bucket list? Want to share some of your items?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lucky or not?

So lately my luck seems to be in the good zone or so I thought. I have won a couple contests at my work and earned a bonus that even with the crazy bonus tax (which was on the gift cards I won too) was still really good. Yesterday I even won Rio on blue-ray and a book from Charlotte Parent Magazine. So I was thinking it was time to play the lottery... and then it all crashed.

So you may know that I just started a job about 70 days ago after being unemployed for 7 months and struggling to pay bills. Which means life is getting better and we are catching up on bills, etc and were actually going to be able to buy Christmas gifts for the J's without having to worry about how to pay bills.

Then as it sometimes does... life crashed around us. I shouldn't say that, I mean I still have my job and we are all healthy which is a great blessing. Yesterday while driving Little J to daycare the car died. Now I did look on the bright side that we were not driving down the highway or in the city and that I have a coworker I commute with that was able to drive me to work and Big J to school.  But today we find out it is going to cost $650 to fix, which I know it could be worse but that is every penny in my bank account and some that I do not have.

Did I mention that was our Christmas money? Now I do not need presents from my hubby... I can do without.. But I hate working so hard and not be able to get my daughters the gifts they want. I am not talking every gift they want because lets me honest Big J wants EVERYTHING! I just want them to have some great presents to open on Christmas morning from their hardworking Mommy and Daddy.

Alright pity party is over. Time to pick myself up and make it work like I do.

Here is a cute face to bring a smile to your face

My Little J - Looking like they woke her up from her nap to take the picture! She is one of the reasons why I smile and move on.

Wishing all my readers happy times and I hope that everything is looking bright for your holidays. Feeling down? Feel free to vent below and maybe together we can find some kind words or a good laugh to cheer us up. Or let me know what makes you smile and get up in the morning when life is getting a little rough.