Thursday, August 30, 2012

First Week Of School- Thumbs Up

First, I want to say THANK GOODNESS I'm not homeschooling this year.  I didn't mind doing it for the couple months I needed too but all of us are happy that regular school is in session.  The kids have been home non-stop for 5 months so I've been going crazy with my house and the CLUTTER!  Plus its nice to have some breathing room.  I loved taking a shower without interruptions plus I get to eat my whole lunch without someone grabbing something off my plate. I'm happy they are in school.

This first week of school has been getting out at 1:25pm so almost a full day.  The kids are LOVING their new school. They have been super tired and cranky when they come home maybe because they haven't been simulated like this for a long time.

Lil Mama is meeting new friends and she loves that.  She likes her teacher and is very happy she got in the same class as her BFF.

Lil Man is happy with his teacher and knows a couple other kids in his class.  His BFF is in another 5th grade class but they hangout at recess and lunch.  One day he didn't have anyone to talk with during lunch so he felt that "new kid" feeling but we had a talk and I told him he just needs to reach out to others.

They both LOVE that the school has a library!  They are looking forward to the Salad Bar but that isn't quite open yet.  This seems a great fit for the kids and I'm super happy I got them into a school.

Now is it a good fit for me....LOL!  Who cares as long as the kids are happy.  I just know I need to get a planner because this school has activities every week it seems and if I'm going to keep it all together I better be inputting all these dates into my iPhone NOW!

This week I got some projects done around the house too! Good week indeed.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Biking the Kids to School is Kicking My Big Booty!

Who's BRILLIANT idea was this????  Whoever it was needs to be kicked.  Actually it's my butt that getting kicked by the bike! My 43yr old big booty overweight self really thought I would have no problems biking the kids to school- HAHA fooled me!

First of all finding a bike was STRESSFUL.  I thought hey walk in and walk out with a bike. Yeah that didn't happen.  I went to some COOL bike stores first and that was an eye opener on the bike prices.  The bikes in my price range looked like they were thrown down a hill and stomped on a couple times.  Then I checked out Target and they had some cool bikes that fit in my budget but my hubby wasn't there so I didn't get it- big mistake but I'm such a girl!  Two days later I head back to the Target with hubby and of course the night before school starts (I'm such a SAG!) and guess what NO BIKES!  So we head over to Toys R Us to see if they carry adult bikes, they do but not too many.  Every bike we picked had a warped tire and we were desperate so we let the salesman change the tire ( 2 diff colored tires) and out the door we go with a bike.  Later that evening I rode the bike around and didn't really like how it rode but I needed it so I kept quiet.

Next morning we are so excited to bike to school!  We get a couple blocks away from home and BAM the bike breaks down- won't go anywhere just pedals in circles so of course something wrong with gears. I walk it about a mile. I'm pissed, really pissed because 1st day of school and here we can't even get there.  I call a friend she picks us up and we get to school. Another friend brought me back home and then I had another friend help me go get the bikes.  WHAT A DAY!  I was drained but knew we had to find a bike when hubby got home.  We get our money back from TRU and decided not to get another bike there.  We drive to another Target and there is 1 adult female bike and it was calling my name "PAM BUY ME!"  It was pink, big booty seat, and a basket on front but it was too much- but I broke down and purchased it because I didn't want to keep going to stores.  I sucked it up and paid that $$$!

Following morning went okay but I'm so out of shape I probably walked that damn cute bike more than rode it.  Going back home was a breeze because all down hill!  However, the kids get out early all week so I would have to trek up there at 1pm to get them.  I knew I couldn't do it.  I called my friend's hubby and he didn't mind picking them up.  Phew because that ride took all of me!

Now for the 3rd day~ I couldn't even make it all the way to the school.  The hill kills me so I sent the kids ahead of me and watched them bike straight to school.  My heart was beating so hard and getting older this scares me so I had to stop.  My kids were excited because I was slowing them down.

By next Thursday I'm hoping I can make that bike ride (BTW its 2 miles) with out the huffing, puffing, the red face and the heart beating 100 miles a minute.   My big booty needs this but its fighting back and kicking my ass right now!   BUT I WILL DO DAMN IT!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Smiley360 Capture Your Summer Contest

We had a BLAST this summer being with each other! Summer 2012 ROCKED!

Big Brother (oldest son) came down to enjoy some of this Cali heat- he is from brrr cold Washington!

We went swimming at least 3-4 times a week at the community pool- couldn't beat  the $1 a day :)  I also enjoyed laying by the poolside and reading.  Both kids learned how to DIVE this summer. 

We spent a week with Grandma (my mom) traveling the ocean side in a convertible!  Our favorite place was Santa Cruz.  We had a lot of FUN on the boardwalk.  Plus got to enjoy GRANDMA!

We also took advantage of the KIDS BOWL FOR FREE - and when it wasn't quite warm enough to go swimming we went BOWLING!  

This summer we spent a lot of time together and I think we are all ready to go BACK TO SCHOOL!

If you want to get involved with a cool community please join me at Smiley360.com.  You get to try new products, learn more about brands, and meet some cool peeps!  

5-hour ENERGY® Review and Giveaway

When I got the chance to REVIEW the 5-hour Energy drink I was super excited.  Because I've always wanted to try them but was afraid of what would happen.  I know a bit silly but true!  

The day I got my 6 pack to review I just had a horrible night sleep and I needed to get some things done around the house.  So I took 1/2 the bottle (see still scared, lol) and okay it had a bitter taste but not too bad.  I've had medicine taste 100 times worse.  I was able to get through the afternoon and then decided to finish off the bottle around 3:30pm.   I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to go to sleep but I slept like a baby.  What I LOVED about this product was I didn't have the afternoon crash I usually have with coffee.  I just kept going but not like the energy bunny just got stuff done and wasn't tired.  Plus I love that 5-Hour Energy contains no zero sugar and has only 4 calories per serving. 

I recommend this product with 2 thumbs up.  I've drank a couple more bottles through out the weeks and had very productive days that's for sure!  I will for sure use this product from now on and even got my hubby loving the product.  He works at 4am in the morning and some days have to come home an airbrush until 8pm so these 5-hour Energy drinks worked excellent.  We will for sure be buying more!  

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  • Also available in a Decaf version
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WHO WANTS TO WIN A 6 PACK of   5-hour ENERGY® Drinks?  If so please enter below.

(1) Reader of PinkMama's Place will win a 6 pack of 5-Hour Energy (flavor will be determined by sponsor)

  • Giveaway Details:  Open to U.S. Residents, 18 years of age and over
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Famous Footwear Back-to-School BOGO

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


Back to School means NEW SHOES in our house.  Shoe shopping can get stressful when they don't have what the kids want or their size.   Famous Footwear helps relieve the stress by offering the coolest styles and  prices we can afford.  Shopping with kids need to be easy and Famous Footwear offers just that!

If the shoe you want is not in the store than the store will order it and have it home delivered.  Also you can order ONLINE at www.famous.com and have the shoes shipped to your favorite store for pick up for no additional charge.  I call that CONVIENCE! 

Famous Footwear is offering 15% off (20% if you are a Reward member or sign upto become one) PLUS BOGO (Buy One Get One Half OFF) RIGHT NOW! This expires on 8/18 so print the BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon NOW!  

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Birthday Bargains & Freebies from BeFrugal

Celebrate your special day with free food:
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Married and TV Shows- Who Rules the Remote?

Last night made me feel so much better about watching Big Brother (or any other reality show) when there isn't anything else on.  Most nights my hubby watches GUY SHOWS like Deadliest Catch, Cops, Caught on Camera shows, and all those manly shows.  Some nights I get to watch some of my shows like Big Brother but I mostly let him watch what he wants until he falls asleep and then the DVR is my best friend.  But last night he put on Cheech and Chong (really dude?) and I was stuck watching that so by 9:30pm I was alseep. So now I don't feel so bad when I put on Big Brother and he has to watch that!

How do you and your hubby deal with TV shows at night- who wins the remote?

Join FabKids & Get Your First 3-Piece Outfit For Just $25

To celebrate the launch of FabKids, they are offering all new members the chance to buy a complete FabKids outfit for just $25! That means you get a perfectly styled 3-piece outfit -- that normally retails for $49.95 -- for nearly half off!

Just enter the code “FIRST25” at check-out. FabKids, a Monthly Outfit Club For Stylish Girls Sizes 2-8 FabKids is a new children’s apparel brand and personal e-commerce service that keeps kids in fresh, affordable and stylish outfits every month.

Each month, members receive outfit selections personalized just for their girls. Every outfit includes 3 pieces and costs just $49.95. All outfits ship free and are backed by their "Pinky Promise" - 100% satisfaction guarantee.

FabKids launched on August 2nd, 2012 and is led by ShopStyle founder and father of two Andy Moss, in partnership with mom and actress Christina Applegate, who serves as Creative Partner. FabKids’ inaugural Back-to-School collection offers over 100 ready-to-play outfits that are available for sale exclusively on FabKids.com.

Lil Mama and I had fun picking an outfit.  They have some cool clothes that she will wear for sure!  What are you waiting for go pick out that Back To School Outfit!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Dyson DC24 Giveaway- Mom Powered Media

Who is ready to WIN a DYSON?  I've been dreaming of a Dyson for a long time!

Mom Powered Media proudly presents the Dyson DC24 Giveaway

Dyson "The Ball" DC24 Vacuum
Impress yourself with your beautiful floors when you use the Dyson DC24 All-Floors Lightweight Upright Vacuum. Ultra lightweight and compact makes vacuuming with this machine effortless. The Dyson "Ball" technology turns the vacuum on a dime with no loss of suction, combined with the patented Root Cyclone technology makes this one extreme powerhouse of clean.

Dyson "The Ball" DC24 All-Floors Lightweight Upright Vacuum Includes:
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One lucky winner will receive a Dyson DC24 All-Floors Lightweight Upright Vacuum.

Giveaway ends August 31st at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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California King Salmon is Back

I personally LOVE salmon.  Not everyone in the family does so we have it on rare occasions.  Last weekend was perfect BBQ weather so my hubby pulled out the grill and I of course suggested salmon.

We put some Magic Salmon Seasoning, butter, and lemon then wrapped in tinfoil and placed it on the grill.  Let me tell you my mouth is watering writing this post!  My hubby cooked it to perfection.  We had grilled corn on the cob, a green salad and some garlic bread.  Best dinner ever!  I feel healthier when I eat salmon not sure why but I do!

So why not next weekend have some BBQ Salmon !  I can't wait until we have it again!  Just in case you want to know how healthy salmon is California King Salmon Website provided with us all kinds of awesome info- see below

California Wild-Caught King Salmon Nutrition Info

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Salmon contains a high level of omega-3 fatty acids, which has been shown to have several benefits pertaining to good health. Mostly touted for its anti-inflammatory properties, omega-3s also help regulate body weight by making your body produce leptin, a hormone that helps regulate metabolism, aids in preventing cancer cell growth, and helps keep your arteries from thickening.

Low In Trans-Fat
Salmon is low in trans-fatty acids and actually has attributes to improve good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol), which are key in good heart health. Trans-fatty acids have long been known to be harmful to the body.  They can increase bad cholesterol levels (LDL cholesterol) and lead to an increased risk of Type 2 Diabetes, strokes, and heart disease.

A 4 ounce serving of salmon provides all the vitamin D that you need for one day!  Also, it contains niacin, B12, B6, selenium, and magnesium.

Not only is salmon a great source of protein, it’s a great source of lean protein.  Just a 4 oz. piece of salmon has about 131 calories, 23 grams of protein, and only 4 grams of fat.  It’s also rich in amino acids, which is important in maintaining muscles, as well as regulating your metabolism.

Environmental Pros of Troll-Caught Fish

California King Salmon are harvested using "trolling" (fishing one at a time with barb-less hooks). One hook, one fish!  Trolling is more environmentally friendly because fish that are not desirable (too small or the wrong species) can be returned, unharmed. California King Salmon fishermen are environmentalists, they initiated a mandatory license fee where a portion of the license is used to restore rivers and streams to enhance spawning areas for future generations and supply of King Salmon

California King Salmon Salad
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time:  5 minutes per ½ inch of thickness of the salmon

This salad is a cinch to make. It's perfect for party or a last minute casual dinner.  Look for fresh California King Salmon at your favorite fish store.

1 pound California King Salmon filets
Olive Oil Spray
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1 ½ tsp. fresh rosemary leaves minced

1 5 or 6 ounce bag spring salad mix or your favorite mix
½ red bell pepper, thinly sliced, then cut in half
¼ cup of mushrooms, sliced
½ cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 bag croutons
Vinaigrette or your favorite salad dressing to taste


1. Spray broiler pan or grill with the cooking spray.  Preheat oven broiler or grill.
2. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic and rosemary.  Brush mixture on both sides of the fish.
3. Place fish under the broiler or on the grill.  Broil about 4 inches from the heat for 5 minutes per half-inch of thickness, or until fish is flaky in the middle.
4. Cut salmon into 3 – 4 inch chunks.

1. In a big bowl, add salad mix, red bell peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
2. Top with salmon chunks and croutons.  Toss with your favorite dressing, or serve dressing on the side and enjoy!

Serving Suggestion: This salad is just as good with cold salmon as it is with hot.  For a quick meal, use last night’s salmon from dinner for the salad or, if planning ahead for your meal, prepare the salmon and salad separately (don’t add the dressing or croutons yet) and store in the refrigerator until you are ready for your meal.  When you are ready to serve, simply put the salmon on the veggies and greens, then add the dressing and croutons!

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