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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Guilt Gifts

This doesn't happen that much in my house but I let it happen this time.  My hubby, he is a BIG GAMER and when I say big I mean we have a PlayStation 2, 2 Xbox's and now a PlayStation 3.  Both kids have DS's too.  I shake my head at all this because its not my doing and its a fight I choose not to argue about anymore.  Okay I might say something smarta** here and there but I tend to let this be Dad's domain. 

Granted my hubby does work very hard for his money (so do I LOL) and when he game home with the newest addition to this family (PS3) I was like really we really need that really!  Love all those really's!  But too see how happy he was to get this toy I was like okay whatever (rolling eyes).  He knew I was a bit annoyed so he made his move..."Baby why don't we buy a IPAD?"  My eyes and ears lit up real quick and I said "REALLY?" from that day I was on a mission.  Does it make me feel better about his new toy...SURE DOES!  Guilt Gift! 

We are not rolling in money by any means but we did get our income tax back and we always buy one cool item for the house and this year it is the IPAD. 

We tried everywhere by the way...Target, Walmart, Best Buy, Costco and NO LUCK!  Sold out everywhere and don't know when they will be back in stock.  I was a bit disappointed...why lie I was a lot disappointed!  I was moping around like someone took my favorite teddy bear away, it was quite pathetic! 

So after spending an afternoon looking and almost buying the Sprint Tablet (just because I wanted something) I decided to get onto Apple's website and see just how long it would be to get it from them.  I was quite impressed (even though it was a bit hard to find Ipad 1 info) and found an refurbished Ipad (64) for a nice price and it ships within 24hrs.  Woohoo hot damn so I bought it!  Now sometime this weekend I will be a new Ipad owner...oh wait this was for everyone right?  HAHAHA lets see who has it the most!

I love GUILT GIFTS....do you get guilt gifts??

ME TIME...yep I took some!

I sure did and I know in the mommy world that doesn't happen very often but it is NEEDED.

Last week was a rough one for me physically- I guess getting older means that monthly visit we get takes over my body and doesn't let go until its done.  I was in PAIN for 5 days straight before IT actually came and then it was a fricken roller coaster for everyone in the house.  I would say/do things and in my head yelling STOP because what was coming out of my mouth wasn't really me.  My family bless their heart for dealing with me and thank goodness each month isn't like this (just every 3 months).

Then the kids had a four day weekend.  They are 9 and 6 so they want to do everything.  It's like if we don't have plans for the day they go on protest and just make my life crazy!  They were actually pretty good.  We went shopping, birthday party, friends over (2 days), movies, so they we busy but by Monday afternoon I could tell they were done spending time with each other and they needed to go back to school.  I needed them to go back too...just being honest!

So yesterday when they went to school I looked at the house and said "I'll do it later" got my book and curled up in the comfy couch and READ for 4hrs.  Finished the book!  I did ignore all phones calls/emails and it felt good.  What's 4 hrs right....geez do you know how much blog reading, blog commenting, facebook/twitter time, talking on phone, and the list goes on that I could have done in that time...LOL!  But I know I need these breaks to keep me insane (opps I mean SANE LOL!).  Reading is a joy of mine and so that will always be my first choice of ME time.

What do you do on your ME TIME or do you even take ME TIME?

Friday, March 25, 2011

PinkGirl- Mini PinkMama

Introducing....PinkGirl :)  She is becoming her very own fashionista!  Her new thing is layering shirts, has to have long sleeves under other shirts.  I might be in trouble because she changes her clothes 2-4 times a day.  She will 7 next month but she is more like going on 17.  She has the rolling of the eyes down, pretty bossy, and everything has to be her way.  After typing that I had a WOW moment...she got those traits from me!  Oh noooooooooooo! 

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Yoplait Greek Virtual Snack Break

Today is the virtual event ....real soon!  What cool items!  There is a daily meal planner that goes on fridge, cool shopping list holder, reusable grocery bag and the free coupon for a cup of Yoplait Greek.  If it wasn't storming out I would be heading to the store before the event starts in 30 minutes but its all good.  Ill let you know how it tastes in a couple days. 

L'Oreal Paris The One Sweep Eye Shadow and Double Extend Eye Illuminator Mascara BzzCampaign

Just arrived in the mail today.  So excited to do this campaign!  I will.post pictures later.   Woohoo BzzAgent for another fun product to review and let others know. 


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

T-shirts My Hubby Airbrushed for the Read-a-Thon

I might have mentioned once or twice my hubby is an airbrush artist so I asked him if he would be able to do t-shirts for the kids who read the most in each classroom , as their reward. 


I gave them out today and you should have seen the their smiles!  They gave me hugs and the excitement was wonderful.  I wish we could have done one for each kid. 

My hubby's website:  http://mrairbrushhands.com/ 
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Fresh Air Fund is in need of Host Families

Please check out this wonderful summer program for kids in New York.

 You can change a kids life so please visit their site to see how you can  HOST A CHILD

"We made s'mores and hot dogs over the fire. I've never cooked outside before!"

Fresh Air children are boys and girls, six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for either one or two weeks. Youngsters who are re-invited by the same family may continue with The Fund through age 18, and many enjoy longer summertime visits, year after year. A visit to the home of a warm and loving volunteer host family can make all the difference in the world to an inner-city child. All it takes to create lifelong memories is laughing in the sunshine and making new friends.
The majority of Fresh Air children are from low-income communities. These are often families without the resources to send their children on summer vacations. Most inner-city youngsters grow up in towering apartment buildings without large, open, outdoor play spaces. Concrete playgrounds cannot replace the freedom of running barefoot through the grass or riding bikes down country lanes.
Fresh Air children are registered by more than 90 participating social service and community organizations located in disadvantaged neighborhoods in the five boroughs of New York City. These community-based agencies are in close contact with children in need of summer experiences in rural and suburban areas. Each agency is responsible for registering children for the program.
What do Fresh Air children enjoy?
  • Playing in the backyard
  • Laughing in the sunshine
  • Catching fireflies
  • Riding bicycles
  • Learning to swim
  • Running barefoot through the grass
  • Gazing at the stars on moonlit nights
  • Building sandcastles
  • Making new friends
  • Simple pleasures of life away from the inner-city


About The Fresh Air Fund:
THE FRESH AIR FUND, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer vacations to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Nearly 10,000 New York City children enjoy free Fresh Air Fund programs annually. In 2010, close to 5,000 children visited volunteer host families in suburbs and small town communities across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada. 3,000 children also attended five Fresh Air camps on a 2,300-acre site in Fishkill, New York. The Fund’s year-round camping program serves an additional 2,000 young people each year.


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Thankful Tuesday!

The strangest thing happen this morning that had me speechless for a second.  My son got up and said "Mom I want to take a shower"  the key word is WANT

But the the strangest part was this would make it 2 days in a row.  That hasn't happen since he was maybe 4 and LOVED bathes.  When he turned 5 he was too old for bathes, he told me.  So from that day on showers it has been but for the past 2 years (he is 9 now) its like pulling fricken teeth to get this boy to even shower!!  We would have outright meltdowns in the morning/night and after so many of them I just gave up...he had to take at least 3 showers a week- no ands/if/buts dude!  That was our compromise to stop the meltdowns.  He got to pick the days- I know kind of a soft mom there but I wanted him to want to do this on his own instead of me threatening bodily harm (just kidding but you know I thought it).  I would let him know he was stinking and left reminders but this was his thing. 

So WOOHOO my boy took a shower 2 days in a row and I'm very thankful!  Now family and friends don't share to him that I posted this because I know he would be sooooo embarrassed but hey isn't that what moms are for :)

Do any other moms have such a hard time getting their son's to take baths/showers?

Thursday, March 17, 2011

PTA/PTO BURNOUT!

Man I am burnt!!  DONE...well done if you ask!  I've been working real hard for a couple years now and I think (KNOW) its time to hang up my SUPER PARENT cape.  The parent participation at the school is not the greatest but we get things accomplished.  We just had a read-a-thon and raised $2400.  For our school that is BIG.  The sad part is all the money we raise is going towards a Music Program that was taken away last year. 

The problem now is NO OTHER PARENT is wanting to be the Chair, Co-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer for next year.  Our terms are 1 yr.  Last year I was Secretary and this year I was Co-Chair.  I've been involved with every event this year and I'm wiped out and we still have several more events to plan.  We have a Spring Bazaar, Book Fair, Raffle/BBQ, Teacher Appreciation Week and the list goes on. 

This is just my whine for the day.  Now need to get ready for our Parent Teacher Corp Meeting.

Have you ever experienced PTA/PTO burnout?

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