Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Book Review Tuesday!! Thank you God for Blessing me.

Thank you God for Blessing me
By Max Lucado
illustrations by Frank Endersby

Once again Max Lucado has made a beautiful story for my little one. In addition to being a hard cover sturdy book (to keep it together after many many readings) The story (about the cutest baby caterpillar EVER!) is perfect for little eyes and ears to understand. Set throughout a day in little Hermie’s life he goes through his day thanking god for all his blessings rom the small to the large. Teaching little ones that nothing is too small to be thankful for.

I love any book that teaches about being thankful for life’s blessings. In an age where my daughter is being hit with images of greed and “I want” I am happy to give her books that teach about being thankful and about life’s little blessings.
This book is defiantly more age appropriate for my two year old than the previous hermie book which was in fact a level two reader (not that it mattered to her! Ha-ha)
I love the beautiful pictures and feel it defiantly speaks more to younger children making the lesson easier to understand. The message was spot on about valuing everything in your life and giving God the glory.
I not only will recommend this book I plan on buying it for a couple of my mommy friends who have kids the same age as my daughter. We also will be using this as our Thanksgiving book for November in my mommy and me reading group!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fat ass thursday

So here we go. 1 week later and I have fiinished week one of couch to 5k. gone to the gym and watched my diet. I don't sit to do stuff anymore and am happy wiith the energy I have. So it was with trepidation that jumped on the scale. I mean what if I did all that work and had no weight loss...or even worse gained weight!

last week i was an even 190...


now I know that is a huge HUGE weght dip and I also know I wont be losing that much weight every week (and if i do my scale is broken or something is really really wrong!)

but it was great to see a change. and to feel the change. I am renewed and can see my self next year in a two peice (streatch marks be damed!)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Book review tuesday!! Night Night Blessings!

Night Night Blessings

By Amy parker

Illustrations by

Marjijam Ramljak

“Thank you God for the many ways, you sprinkle my days with love”
A very sweet heartwarming board for b=night time reading teaching your little one an=bout love and blessings at the end of the day. The beautiful illustrations keep my daughters attention while also calming her. The lovey poetry creates a warm story to help little ones wind down at the end of the day.

Can I tell you how much i love this book. Because it's a board book I can let my little one sit and read it and not worry about torn pages

My daughter loves this book and in the less than 24 hours that we have had it she has read it and had it read to her multiple times. She loves the way my voice sounds when reading the lyrical poetry and try’s to mimic it. The pictures are captivating to her and she loves pointing out different things in the book (like pancakes).

I would defiantly recommend this book to any and all of my mommy friends!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Disney...the more it changes the more it stays the same.

There was a time that when it came to adventureland and lberty square at magic kingdom...I didn't wait in line. I knew everyone. and as a matter of fact... knew people in other lands as well.

So going to disney yesterday with the family it was weird not knowing anyone...at all. not evn a little bit.

But in a way I got to see disney as a guest. a really true no special treatment guest. my daughter met characters and got autographs. We ate bad disney junk food and watched the parade. My daughter loved it. We had a blast.

And you know what I think I had more fun playing at the park with the kiddo and the hubby not as a cast member but as a mommy and a wife.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Operation Fat-Be-Gone...day one

I am so tired of being fat. I have never just been happy with my looks or my weight...ever.

but i decided to stop bitching and get uop and do somthing about it. So I will start

Sept. 16th 2011 friday
weight: 190 *sigh* I was down to 175 after I gave birth...oh how the mighty have fallen.

Couch to 5k program day 1. brisk 5 mn walk then jog for 30 seconds and walk for 90 seconds (alternating) for 20 min then a 5 min cooldown walk.

I hate running...HATE IT!

but this will get me in shape and i will so help me stay motivated. later I will do some yoga (maybe an hour before bed)

I am hoping to lose a good 40-50 pounds by next year

My BMI is 32.26 and it needs to be 23.26

I am not giving up TTC but i am putting it on hold for now. I want to be healthy and in a better place with my weight with my next little one :)

so my readers three days a week I will be running. If you are a facebook friend you will see the three weekley updates. but for here I will be updating once a week (which I will call FAT BE GONE FRIDAY!) on my progress (or lack there of!)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Disney Disney Disney!!

So when penny was about 2 months old we went to The studios and Epcot. And she did great and we had a blast.

and we haven't been back since. sea world trips are a weekly occurance but disney...yeah not so much.

this was our last disney trip.

To say Im excited about this trip...yeah...because now she is walking and talkign (and running and climbing) I hope she has a great time (I know she will have a great time) I hope the parks are not paked and that she gets to at least meet a princess or two :)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Book review Hermi!

Hermie a common Caterpillar
By Max Lucado

Ok so this will be a little different as far as book reviews go, because this is a kid’s book. So with that being sad let’s start with the fact that this is also a Max Lucado kid’s book. Can I just say…I love you Max.

Now as far as the good bad and ugly of the review as a parent I loved this book. The beautiful pictures and the lessons it teaches. I also love the time this book allows me to share with my beautiful daughter who is in fact growing up more and more every time I blink. I cherish books for this very reason. And Hermie is one of those special books that get passed down. Someday in the future my baby girl could be rocking her sweet little one to sleep and reading this book as a bedtime story.

Now I do think it is only fair as this is a children’s book to give the opinion of a child. My almost two year old…loved it. She fell asleep with it in fact and within a day of receiving this (and about two hundred readings later) even points to the book and says in a very sweet voice…”hermie!”

I have no bad things to say nor do I have any criticism…just a wonderful kid’s book!

Now I will point out that this is a level two reader but in easy to read format. My (almost) 2 year old loves it but it might be better for older kids :)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

In 4-6 weeks my mailbox will be kicken!

well...it happend. I have joined...the freebie/coupon craze.

and I am so not even sorry.

It all started with listia. Ahhh listia you amazing free auction site. because of you my christmas shpping is done...and i spent...wait for it...10 dollars. thats right. Every one's gifts...and I spent...ten bucks. I have some really nice new ooks for the penny from book sneeze (one is in the mail and the other two will be coming out later this month.

And a free veggie tales DVD...WOOT!

the freebies i have signed up for..oHHHH MY GAWD!

like I said...in 4-6 weeks...my mailbox will be going crazy!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Children's Expo 2011

Penny and I went to the Children's expo today and had a blast. Free stuff and coupons and candy and FREE STUFF and ace painting and magic shows and oh...did I tell...FREE STUFF!

My one down fall...I did not bring her stroller...oh yeah...super mom...right here *points to self*

but you know what...It didin't matter. Penny was great and walked around nicely holding my hand or carrying the bag.

I love this kinda stuff (even though lets face it...you throw away about 40-50 percent off stuff you get that night lol)

but it was a great new experience for penny. She did really really well and frankly was a trooper. We didn't stay as long as I would have liked and did miss a few of the stands I really wanted to go to BUT the main reason I wanted to go..was to get her fitted...for a free bike helmet! and we got that!

Awww how cute! so mission accomplished!

Friday, September 9, 2011

I love MOPS!

The 2nd and 4th friday every month...are my favorite days. Because that is when I go to MOPS and penny goes to MOPPETS.

I love being with a group of woman who are diffrent and yet the same. I love the food and friendship and fellowship...and I love having about 3 hours without penny and knowing that she is well taken care of.

I love my time...my mommy time. Every mommy needs mommy time. and we need mommy friends. and I will be so sad the day my munchkin is not a preschooler and I have to move on.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Stained Glass Hearts Seeing Life from a Broken Perspective BOOK REVIEW TUESDAY!

OK so before we get started I just want my readers to know that from hear on out book reviews will be done on tuesday's only...

Stained Glass Hearts Seeing Life from a Broken Perspective

By Patsy Clairmont

Published by Thomas Nelson

Ok so this is a different type of book than I usually read. I like having devotional books in my library and will use them on a fairly regular bases. This is a devotional…of sorts. Yes it can be used for daily (or if you’re like me weekly devo.’s) but it is also a motivational, inspirational book. Looking at life through a different perspective is not always easy especially when you are going through dark hard times.

I love the mix of art and music with the biblical references in this book. I will admit I didn’t know what exactly to expect from this. I myself have gone through dark sad trying times (some of which were described in this book) Amazingly it helped me look and see what it was that God may have been doing and how I can let his light shine through me. When you’re sitting alone and wondering “God how is this in your plan…what is your plan?”

I loved the author’s wit and humor and certainly appreciated where she was coming from with her struggles.

All in all a good book which I have actually given to the leader of my MOPS group. It has been used as part of her testimony and was given out as a door prize at yesterday’s meeting

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Friday, September 2, 2011

At first I was all..ZOMG!...and then...

Yesterday was Sept 1st. all day it rained...which was ok. Penny and i had a nice rainy indoor day (except for about 30 min when we went swimming) We painted and played with shaving cream and made minestrone soup...it was a good day and penny was worn out by 8:30. which means by 9:00 I was relaxing in bed thinking about the fact that it is already september 1st and...wait...the 1st...but...I didn't start my lady days...and it's the first...and I always start on the 1st..except the times I was with child...but...wait...I haven't been charting....it's been busy...


and do i have a pregnancy test? no..no i do not. but maybe thats a good thing...

So I updated my chart today and see that the "forcasted mensus" days are sunday and monday...ok...so wait till tuesday...and then test..unless I am in fact not pregnant and then please God just let my period start...I don't wanty to spend 12 dollars on a pee stick just to use it and have aunt flow show up 3 hours later...

Thursday, September 1, 2011

mmmmmMinestrone soup...

I love my crockpot. for three reasons. Reason Number one...after about 4 hours...my home smells like a home. warm and loving and the air is filled with spices. Reason Number two...I can make three meals at one time. which means that I can cook all dnners or monday through friday in two sittings and that whendinner time rolls around during the week I am not battaling a toddler and trying to cook dinner and trying to clean as I go so that effectivly when she goes to sleep at nght...im done and can just sit back and relax!! Reason number three...d comes home to a hot meal hours after the dinner has been cmpleated... you know a lot of people thiink crocl pot cooking is only for soups and chowders and chilie's...but frankly if you can make it in an oven grill stove top...you can make it n a crockpot! So while today I am making soup (minestrone) I woud like to salute the hard work that my crock pot has done this week...from steaks to ribs to soup to meatloaf to dessert...i salute you!

remember how they ignored me..and other fun updates.

ok so first things first Booksneeze. The kicked me off the island...I was confused...then sad...then irritated...then over it. I decided after multiple emails and a blog and a facebook update...to give it one more shot. I just wanted to know what the heck was going on. But i didn't expect an answer...but wonder of wonders...the next day I got one! and it was an apology as well as an explanation and they restored my account. Basically my reviews were crap...and it's true. I was rushing them in an attempt to get more books but I learned my lesson and my dear hearts I will be doing better with those. so thank you booksneeze for not only answering me (finally) but also for calling me out and showing me how to be a better review bug :)

and on to updates...

HAPPY SEPTEMBER!!! you know what this means?!!? summer is almost over...and my favorite time of year is starting. one more month till holiday extravaganza starts! Awesome!! Halloween thanksgiving Christmas new years penny's 2ND (ahhhhh) birthday my 29Th(shudder) birthday it's all coming up and fast. I'm tryng really hard to not bust out the Holiday crafts and music early. i mean it is still hotter than the devil's armpit out side and will more than likely stay that way for another 2 months. so....i need to enjoy this time when penny and i can go swimming (because school is also in so the pools are now quiet)and play in the rain and run around in shorts and t-shirts.

But that doesn't mean I can't get ahead..in other owrds..i have finished my Christmas shopping...ohhhh yeah.