Friday, March 30, 2012

Blog Dare: 91

Today's Prompt:  The scariest fashion comeback...

I couldn't even begin to tell you what the scariest fashion comeback is. I am not fashion savvy, or any where near being trendy! I can tell you about the horrible fashion decisions, I have made! I should hold my head in shame, and never show any of the pictures that would prove it! Yet, I am willing to share the pictures with you, in the hopes that you will not look down on me or that you will laugh too hard!

1. Lets talk about really big hair, during the 90's. The bigger your bangs, the better. Nothing like teasing your hair, curling the ends under, and shellacking them with half a can of hair spray!

2. Then there was the time that I shocked my mother my cutting off all of my long hair, and got this lovely haircut! Layered, and unbalanced, and yet I was still able to have really tall bangs. (Just awful!)

3. Then I wore this hideous blazer, every chance I could! I layered it over many fashion atrocities, and used it as a "fashion," statement...yes, I am so embarrassed!

4. I then got stuck in the turtle neck and denim stage...and braces. I changed the colors of the bands on my braces, to match what ever holiday or formal dance was coming up! Why on earth I thought this was fashion worthy, I have no idea...but I loved it!

5. I will now leave you with one last fashion blunder...denim on denim! Yes, I loved this Daffy Duck shirt, and wore it every where! So many things to make fun of in this picture...huge glasses, strange "Urkle nerd like pose," and head to toe denim! (Thank goodness I wasn't sporting a turtle neck...)

So, as you can see in these "lovely," pictures and blast from my past pictures...I had zero interest in the latest fashion tends. I can only look back and laugh at myself!

What item of clothing did you wear every where or think was "stylish?" If you dug through a box of photographs, would you cringe in horror at you fashion sense? (NO? then did you get a laugh out of these pictures?)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blog Dare: 90

Today's Prompt:  Funny slang we used in high school...

The funny slang we used in high school, was so silly. I look back at that time, and it seems so long ago. I honestly had to think about it, and nothing really came to mind. We had a few silly sayings within our group, but I cant think of anything that was really school wide. A few friends of mine used the code "GAGB," when we would pass notes. It stood for he's "Got A Great Butt." How sad is that it is the only phrase I can recall. (I just called my best friend, and she just validated that we didn't have any slang either. She just reminded me that we were squares, and were pretty lame!) Funny how things change; silliness is all in perspective, and those within the circle.

I can't say as a mother I use slang. We have silly phrases and many nicknames for the boys. How many families giggle, when the say "Hey, Spider Monkey!?" Not sure if those kinds of things count as slang, but they bring us humor and joy. Silly little things that mean something to us, and have very little meaning to anyone outside of our home, are the things we find funny.

Did you use slang in high school? Does your family have phrases or inside jokes?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Blog Dare: 89

Today's Prompt: Team Facebook or Google+

When I entered the world of social media, I was beyond clueless as to what I was doing! I now can say I am Team Google+ ...but have a Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest account.

I still have so much to learn when it come to "getting the word out," and sharing my blog with the world. I have all of these accounts, but just set them all up within the last few months. I learn something new every day, and have connected with some very knowledgeable, and talented ladies! It is a huge sea of information, and getting my feet wet has been one exciting ride!

How are you connecting with people? How do you stay up to date with the latest trends or things that interest you?

Tots2Tweens Blog Awesome Challenge

The Tots2Tweens Blog Awesome Challenge has been a blast! I have met some knowledgeable and brilliant ladies who love blogging! Every Wednesday in March, they hosted a Blog Awesome Challenge, which challenged us to try something new in the world of blogging! From writing my “About Me Page,” writing my first post, creating a Facebook page, and linking to Twitter and Pinterest; these ladies taught me many new things in just a few short weeks! From other bloggers, I had read about what needed to be done to promote my blog, but I was clueless as to how to do it professionally and in the correct way! Each of our leaders wrote about what lead them to blog and the simple tools that they have applied to their blogs to find success. I was able to tweet every day, about the Blog Awesome Challenge on Twitter, to encourage my fellow participants and friends to find out more about the Challenge, and why I was involved with this website and great group of ladies!  (Can you say AWESOME and a simple easy way to gain more followers and traffic to my blog!?) I also joined the Tots2Tweens forum on Blog Frog, yet another awesome way to connect with these leaders, who encourage and promote you towards a better blog. These ladies have changed me as a blogger and writer, and have given me a small slice of humble pie! Having the proper tools and sound advice has been a huge help in getting my blog headed in the right direction! The best advice I received during the Blog Awesome Challenge, was to ask questions! I know it sounds simple enough, but to take that first step, and speak up, means you have to step out of your safe comfort zone. Send your favorite blogger an email, comment on her blog, use the Tots2Tweens forums, or contact her though Facebook or twitter.  Reach out to those who are more than willing to share their knowledge, and I promise you will learn something in the process!
Bloggy Boot Camp, to be held this year in Philadelphia, will be my first conference, and I cannot wait to attend. I know that I can represent Tots2Tweens in a professional manner fitting the selection committee needs. If it is spreading the word about the great resources available to Maryland, Washington DC, parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania handing out printed material to anyone who wants to know more about Tots2Tweens, or sharing my Blog Awesome Challenge experience; I know I’m the blogger they have been looking for! I would love to be able to tweet live from the conference about all of the great sessions and happenings, all while using Tots2Tweens in every post! I will gladly write a preview and wrap up post all about the conference, and how Tots2Tweens helped me get there! I would love to work side by side with my fellow Tots2Tween leaders at Bloggy Boot Camp, as I know everyone needs a mentor! Sending me to Bloggy Boot Camp is a win-win for Tots2Tweens and this newbie!  
Am I nervous about attending Bloggy Boot Camp…NO! I am so excited to learn about the business of blogging and meeting new people! I know that the conference will open many new doors, and I welcome those opportunities. I looked into attending a conference, and instantly fell in love with the SITS Girls and Bloggy Boot Camp when I found their website! I am most looking forward to the “Business of Blogging” session, as it will cover creating a media kit, and basic business tools, all key elements to making your blog a business! The conference will also cover: StumbleUpon and Pinterest, Vlogging, SEO, Design, and a Writers Workshop; honestly a few of these sessions almost sound like a foreign language, but I have been hearing about them for months! So, attending these sessions will be a huge benefit to my blog! How cool would it be, to share my experience with the Tots2Tweens readers, once I come home? I look forward to the opportunity and cannot wait to learn while attending the Bloggy Boot Camp conference!
Want to know more about the Blog Awesome leaders and Tots2Tweens check out these links and say hello!

Tots2Tweens Website: http://tots2tweens.com/

The Blog Awesome Challenge: Link

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**Disclosure: This post was written as part of the Tots2Tweens Blog Awesome Challenge. Should I be selected as the winner I will receive a conference pass to Bloggy Boot Camp Philly as well as other monetary compensation. All opinions are my own.**

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Blog Dare: 88

Today's Prompt:  Something I used to believe...

I used to believe that my step-grandmother's cat hated me. At the age of 6, I would walk into a room and the cat would hiss, growl, and try to suck out my soul by staring me down! Macho, was a massive cat with wicked yellow eyes, and was the very center of my grandparents world. I could not imagine why this cat hated me, but my grandma claimed I was the only one he ever disliked. I used to believe that he would some day attack me, hold me down, and eat me alive if given the chance. It was so bad that I would stay outside the entire visit, or circumvent a room, just to avoid the cat. When I grew a little older, Macho and I came to an agreement...pretend you don't see me, do not make eye contact, and he would let me live!

Today, my boys think that the vacuum is going to some how suck them into the machine. As, soon as I turn on the vacuum, Mikey's eyes get huge, and he runs out of the room screaming. Ryan is not as scarred of the vacuum, but tells me every time, "Scary loud vacuum Mommy, why so loud?" Mikey has told me that the vacuum would suck him up, if we didn't vacuum really fast, and then put the vacuum away as soon as possible! I almost feel bad for them, as I remember what it is like to be really scarred of something, like a 15 pound cat!

Did you believe the world was out to get you as a kid? Are your kids afraid of anything, like the vacuum?

Wordless Wednesday

Ryan - 3 years old
Mikey - 2 years old

Monday, March 26, 2012

Blog Dare: 87

Today's Prompt:  My random and silly dislikes...

All of us have quirks, but you all will laugh at my random and silly dislikes!
  1. If you have known me for any amount of time, you will know that I have a true disdain for canned corn and asparagus!
  2. I dislike cleaning, and dusting! The bathroom, might need a haz-mat suit and special response unit!
  3. I might be the only one who has never played tennis, and can't imagine how it is fun to play?
  4. I dislike that I have a "sniffer," like a dog. I smell everything, before everyone else in the room, and living with 3 boys...it is an annoyance and rather hilarious at the same time!
  5. I dislike that I am not graceful, and totally accident prone! 
I am SO not perfect, and rather goofy! I know I am not the only weirdo! What are your random dislikes, quirks, or silly dislikes?

Under Construction!

My blog is under construction, while the talented  Jennisa Joy, of Once Upon a Blog Design Shop, revamps my blog! Stay tuned for the relaunch!!! I can't wait to share the new look with you!


Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blog Dare: 86

Today's Prompt:  One year ago today...

One year ago today, we were heading to a birthday party. I look at the picture and it reminds me how much the boys have grown! Ryan had just turned 2, and was just a little sprout! Mikey's face has changed, he was only 3 in the picture, and still had the round baby face!

I think back to a year ago, and Ryan really wasn't talking. He could talk, he just wasn't in any hurry to talk, because Mikey would do all of the talking. Mikey was still in diapers, as he wasn't in any hurry either! So much, happened last summer...small steps, but the chatter box arriving and finally only having one in diapers, was a huge accomplishment for our family!

It is amazing how much has changed in only one years time, what has changed in your family?
Have your little ones reached mile stones?  How much have your children grown in the last 12 months?

Blog Dare:85

Today's Prompt:  What my children want to be when they grow up...
What my children want to be when they grow up, changes day to day! At the ages of 3 and almost 5, they pretend to be many things typical of their ages such as: construction workers, firemen, police officers, farmers, and monster truck drivers.

One of my favorite memories of my son Mikey, is from when he was three and he told me very seriously, that he wanted to be a trash truck driver! Mikey thought that the guy who loaded the trash cans and then got to press the button to pour the trash into the compactor, had the best job. The other guy just drives around...and tries to not hit cars. I still remember this conversation, with my son and it was two years ago.

Today I asked both of the boys what they wanted to be when they grow up, just to see what they might say:

Ryan, wants to be a "washer guy?"

Mikey, wants to be a "guy with tools?"

After asking Ryan a few more questions, we now know that at age three he has chosen to be a professional car wash worker!? To the best of his ability, he explained to me that cars need to be cleaned on the outside, as they have mud on them. You can use soap and water, and the dirt comes right off. I asked him if he would be using the vacuum on the inside of the car, and he told me "No way, it is too scary...other guys do that part!" So, just to clarify....Ryan will not be detailing cars, but will be soaping down and spraying off cars, if he had to choose his profession today!

I then asked Mikey what kind of tools, he wanted to use and he said "You, know the ones in the big red tool box in the garage, that big guys use." I then asked if he was going to fix things, or build things. He told me he is going to just knock on doors, and ask if anyone else has any tools to add to his red tool box! So...just to clarify...Mikey, will not be building homes for charity, inventing something to change life as we know it, fixing cars or become a handy man. Nope he is going to be the annoying neighbor that borrows tools, and never returns them!

This is where I mention, how very proud I am of my kids...right?

Friday, March 23, 2012

Blog Dare:84

Today's Prompt:   A dream I made into reality...
A dream I made into reality, was becoming a writer. I have yet to be nationally published, but I have been published locally! It all started in the sixth grade, when we were told to write a creative paper about a trip to a fantasy island, and the events that would unfold while on the trip. Then I met the most creative teacher, in junior high school who encouraged us to write in a journal, write poetry, read for fun, write letters, or tell a silly story. As school continued, other projects would be required and graded on very specific elements, on an assigned topic, and yet I enjoyed these mundane papers. 
Then a friend shared her blog with me...and offered to show me how easy it would be to blog. I wasn't even sure that I understood what a blog was, or why I would want one. I had other creative outlets at that time, so the idea of having something out there also asking for more of my time was overwhelming! How would I find things to write about? Who on Earth would read it, other than family? Heck, would my family even read it, when they don't really hang out on the computer?
So, I would take pictures and write captions...nothing worthy of sharing with the world, but it was my very own space. The few times I made mention of writing a blog with friends, who were not social media people, all wanted to know "Why blog or how would you find the time? I started off slowly, and made my blog a way to document our adventures, and the little things we did as a family. The blog started under a different name, and for almost two and a half years, I was over the moon with my blog! My own space to write whatever I want, with out rules, or zero stress! 
Then I really started to explore other blogs, and why people blog...and I thought it might be time to change things up! Almost 20 years after a teacher encouraged me to write for the sheer enjoyment of writing...I wanted to write again! The opportunity has arrived, to write about my family, and our adventures! I am encouraged again, and the creative juices are flowing! I just wrote my first formal review, that will be shared with thousands of readers in the Baltimore area! Very exciting times, and I cant wait to share my blog with you as I grow and learn! I am a writer, and it is a dream that has become a reality!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Blog Dare: 83

Today's Prompt:    My most unhealthy habit...

My most unhealthy habit, is that I rarely exercise. I do not run on a treadmill, do sit ups, or attend yoga classes. I run up and down stairs all day, and chase after 2 boys! We take walks or run around in the back yard, but setting aside time to exercise every day, just isn't something I have done since the kids were born.

I bow down to the moms that have active gym memberships, and are able to go to yoga or zumba classes! They wear cute work out clothes, pull their hair up in a cute pony tail, and make perspiration look like it was no big deal! Where as the last time I had an active gym membership and was on a treadmill, it was horrific! I made the local muscle head laugh to the point of almost rolling on the floor; when I fell, bounced twice, tried to stand up twice, and then finally landed at the end of the treadmill with two really bloody knees! I then healed up, made an appointment with a trainer, and she was primal and driven to torture me! I couldn't walk normal for 3 days, after meeting with her, as every muscle in my body hurt! I did stick it out, and got to the point of understanding how someone could enjoy the gym! I have never been athletic in any form, and am the first to admit that it just isn't my strong suit! So, I will find other ways to stay active.

How do you find ways to exercise, rather than hitting the local gym? Do you work out at home with a DVD? Do you bike ride or run every morning? Or, are you like me, and the stairs are you major source of daily exercise?

Fully Charged - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus

Wednesday, March 21 through Sunday, April 1
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents
Image supplied by Ringling Bros.and Barnum & Bailey
  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Fully Charged is an all-new surge of circus entertainment where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children of All Ages! Fully Charged invites families to disconnect from the digital world and plug into a circus experience like no other. The 141st Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth is the most electrifying edition of Ringling Bros. ever to come to Baltimore! Come one hour early to meet our animals and performers at the All Access Pre-show – FREE with your ticket! - Press Release

I was contacted by Shea Jackson, of Macaroni Kid Northwest Baltimore, to write a feature, on her behalf! Who wouldn't want to take their kids to the Fully Charged, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus? We arrived at the Press Party, and enjoyed a full buffet featuring Foster Farms lower sodium, 100% whole grain corn dogs. (The boys thought they tasted great.) I was pleased, to see Tracy of Macaroni Kid Timmonium and her family, were there too! The performers and clowns walked from table to table, and signed autographs and took pictures. The clowns were so funny, the boys loved every moment! The Ringmaster Brian Crawford Scott came to our table and said hello to the kids. He answered all of Mikey's questions: Why do you wear a funny hat? Do the clowns always wear funny shoes? Have you ridden on the elephant? The Ringmaster fielded all of Mikey's questions and then gave Ryan a high five. I loved that the kids were able to interact with the performers prior to the show!

They then announced that the "All Access Power Up Pre-show Party," was going to begin! When my family walked onto the main floor of the circus, there were already several thousand people there! If you are a ticket holder, then you get to take part in the fun as well, as it is a free event! We arrived too late to stand ring side to see all of the action up close, but a clown named Brian Foster, signed an autograph and handed us clown noses, and asked the boys to be honorary clowns for the night! Other children were invited to try on costumes, juggle with the clowns, or stand ring side while Asia the elephant painted a picture. (One lucky ticket holder was drawn to take the unique piece of art home!)

The National Anthem was presented in a very unique way, as I had never seen a flag carried in on an elephant! The show opens with a comedy skit, and explains the fully charged theme. (My boys thought it was hilarious!) The whole ensemble then takes part in the grand entrance and the theme song "Fully Charged," is sung by the Ringmaster. (The kids literally gasped the first time they saw the herd of elephants holding the tail of the one in front of it!) Clown Alley soon takes over, and entertains the crowd with "How many clowns does it take to screw in a light bulb?" The adults in the arena laugh right along with the kids! From horses, to tight rope walking, stilt walkers, jugglers, strong men, aerialist, and lots of clowning around the first half of the show held the attention of my 3 and 4 year old the entire first half!

I wondered how on Earth they would top the first half of the show. The second half of the show had us on the edge of our seats, and just waiting for the next amazing thing! The Human Fuse, Brian Miser; shot out of a crossbow, like I have never seen before, shocked and amazed the kids with a stream of sparks and fire! Trainer, Tabayara; and his tigers and elephants steal the show while doing marvelous tricks! There are bouncy stilt jumpers, acrobats, and feats of strength, which just boggled my mind! The kids loved every second we were there, and want to know how soon we can see another show!

"Fully Charged," Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey circus was truly The Greatest Show on Earth!
Want to see Fully Charged?
  Where: 1st Mariner Arena  
  When: Various show times
  Who: Everyone
  How: Purchase tickets at the Arena 
  Box Office, call 410-547-SEAT, or
  visit Ticketmaster.com
  Cost: $75 Circus Celebrity, $55
  Front Row, $42 VIP, $26, $18, and
For more info: Use Code 6MOM at Ticketmaster.com or mention the code when calling to SAVE $6 on tickets; Offer excludes Circus CelebritySM, Front Row and VIP seats • No double discounts • Offer applies to all performances EXCEPT Sun. MAR. 25 at 1:00 & 5:00 PM at the 1ST Mariner Arena

*I was not compensated for this review. We were given 4 tickets and passes to the Press Party, via Macaroni Kid NW Baltimore, and Shea Jackson.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blog Dare:82

Today's Prompt:   Wearing pajamas in public...

Wearing pajamas in public, is not something I would ever encourage! Although I am the first to admit, that I have done it, when running out to the pharmacy to get medicine for a very sick little boy in the middle of the night. I am one of those moms, that wear comfy clothes around the house, but could not imagine one of my neighbors seeing me in them. I have always been of the mind, that there is never a time to wear sweat pants as an adult, outside of the home, unless you are exercising! Ladies, I do not always have makeup on, but I  never leave the house in cartoon pajamas!

As, far as the kids go...if they get to the age where they are picking out their own clothes, then I might let it slide. I will not let them wear pajamas to school, but on the weekend I might be more lenient! If the boys want to wear their pajamas, that have a cape that attaches with Velcro, because they have decided they are super heroes for the day...how can I squish their creativity? Yes, they will look like dorks, the silver haired ladies at the grocery store will stare at me, and question what on earth was I thinking?...but, I know it is something every kid goes through.

I do not look down on those who wear pajamas in public, who am I to judge? I understand having days where what you have on is the least of your concerns! I also understand, that every stitch of clothing you might own is in the washing machine, and yet you needed to run some errands...I get it! So, if you are a mom and you wear pajamas in public...to each there own!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tweeting from "Fully Charged!"

Images supplied by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
 Join me, as I will be tweeting live from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, on behalf of Shea Jackson, of Macaroni Kid Northwest Baltimore! My family will be attending the press party, and the All Access Power Up Pre-show Party, to meet and greet the performers and animals! Then we will watch the greatest show on Earth! 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Fully Charged, is an all-new surge of circus entertainment where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children Of All Ages! Fully Charged invites families to disconnect from the digital world and plug into a circus experience like no other. The 141st Edition of The Greatest Show On Earth is the most electrifying edition of Ringling Bros. ever to come to Baltimore! 

 Fully Charged, will perform at the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD
from March 21 – April 1.   

The All Access Power Up Pre-show Party is hosted one hour before show time and is free to ticket holders. The Pre-show allows audience members to meet and take photos with performers, try on circus costumes, learn circus skills and have the chance to win a painting created by Asia, a true pachyderm Picasso
Special Events
Wed, March 28, 12:00 p.m. – Pachyderm Brunch at Lexington Market
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® presents Fully Charged, is hosting the 29th annual Elephant Brunch at Lexington Market. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey elephants will dine on the world's largest, stand-up vegetarian buffet of apples, lettuce, bananas, carrots, watermelons and loaves of fresh Italian bread. Baltimore is the only city in the country to host this event annually. Our Fully Charged Ringmaster will lead the festivities along with the clowns from clown alley, a live band and other special guests.

Show Details
When:   March 21 – April 1, 2012
Where: 1st Mariner Arena, 201 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore
Tickets: $75 Circus Celebrity, $55 Front Row, $42 VIP, $26, $18, and $14

Show Times:
 ·  Wednesday, March 21 – 7:30 pm
 ·  Thursday, March 22 – 7:30 pm
 ·  Friday, March 23 – 10:30 am, 7:30 pm
 ·  Saturday, March 24 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
 ·  Sunday, March 25 – 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
 ·  Tuesday, March 27 – 7:30 pm
 ·  Wednesday, March 28 – 7:30 pm
 ·  Thursday, March 29 – 10:30; 7:30
 ·  Friday, March 30 – 7:30 pm
 ·  Saturday, March 31 – 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
 ·  Sunday, April 1 – 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Save $6 on Tickets

Use Code 6MOM at Ticketmaster.com or mention the code when calling to SAVE $6 on tickets

**Offer excludes Circus Celebrity, Front Row and VIP seats • No double discounts • Offer applies to all performances EXCEPT Sun. MAR. 25 at 1:00 & 5:00 PM at the 1ST Mariner Arena • Offer subject to ticket availability

*I am not being compensated for this review, other than a family 4 pack of tickets. All thoughts and opinions will be my own.

Wordless Wednesday

This is what happens when I ask Ryan to pick out his own underwear
...he picks 3!

Blog Dare:81

Today's Prompt:   I dislike {insert random object here} because...

I dislike going through and rotating the boys clothes, because it reminds me of how much they have grown in the last six months. Today in a mad scramble and desire to spring clean; I sorted, rotated the seasonal, and bagged a whole bag of 18-24 months clothes. I was reminded that the task was necessary, when all of Ryan's pants were over the ankles, and he looked like a dork! The boys are so funny, when they see me sort their clothes, almost like they are seeing long lost friends! Mikey at one point in the process said, "Oh, Mommy you found my Thomas PJ's, can Ryan wear them now?" It was almost like he was passing the torch, and was so proud to share with Ryan. I was a puddle of mush, as I bagged each little shirt or pants for donation. I remember each item being worn by the boys, and the memory tied to it. In my opinion when your little one moves into the 2T size, they are no longer "babies." I now have two "Big Guys," and my days of babies are over. It is a sweet and sour thing to think about, but I know ever Momma has faced this. As their Momma, it just reminds me how much I dislike that they are going up! OK, I really love it, but I miss holding little babies!

Am I the only strange Mom, that tears up when donating baby clothes? What kinds of things are you "sad," to donate or let go?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Blog Dare:80

Today's Prompt:   I am strong because...

I am strong because, of my three guys. Motherhood is not for weaklings or the faint at heart!
  1. Can you think of a single time that cleaning up vomit or a diaper blow out, didn't take ever fiber of your being to clean up, without getting ill yourself? I mean talk about pillar of strength!
  2. Mothers must be strong when their little guys are sick, or get hurt. I know the few times the boys have fallen, and gotten injured enough to draw blood, I know that I can not flip out! Mom must hold it together or else the situation can be magnified!
  3. Just keeping your sanity, as a Mom takes daily strength. Motherhood would swallow me whole if I didn't have the strength to carry on. Thank goodness, every morning starts a new day! It is a choice to start fresh and new, deciding that today will not suck as bad as yesterday...in fact it might be the best day we have ever had!
  4. Being a wife and mother, isn't the same. It takes strength and courage to be both, and retain both relationships. Knowing when to lean on your partner, and admit that you need help, takes a very strong woman!
I know I am a strong woman, who needs the three men in my life. What makes you strong?

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Blog Post:79

Today's Prompt:   ...and that's why it was a little creepy.

Random, comments from a strange man, on my blog really flipped me out. Especially when I looked at my traffic feed page, and find out that someone searched for "Jenny in the bathtub," and my blog is where they ended up. I was shocked, grossed out and really surprised, as the blog post in question was of the first time the boys took a bath together...and that is why it was a little creepy!

I have since put up the "approval" for comments feature, as it was so creepy. I always wonder if the boys are too "exposed," in that I post pictures of them and use their names. I want to protect them from the weirdos, and keep them under my wings. Yet, how would I tell the story of our lives without using names and pictures?

How do you protect your kids? What features have you put on your blog to protect your family?

Doc McStuffins Premier Party

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It's time to visit the Doc!
Doc McStuffins Coming to Disney Junior March 23, 2012 at 10/9 central
Doc McStuffins, Disney Junior's newest show premieres Friday, March 23 at 10am/9c on Disney Junior.  Doc McStuffins is the sweet story of a little girl who can talk to stuffed animals and toys.  And they talk to her, especially when they need some help from the doctor.  Young kids will love watching Doc McStuffins treat her stuffed animals in her backyard clinic!  With lessons on good health and compassion, grown-ups will love this show just as much as the kids!
Perfect for ages 2-8.

We were invited to attend the advanced screening of Disney Junior's, Doc McStuffins, hosted by Shae Jackson, of Macaroni Kid Baltimore, at Pump It Up. When we arrived, we were greeted by Shea and Tracy in person,  and received hugs for an added bonus! Open jump time, was offered on a huge slide, obstacle course, climbing wall, and jousting arena. The premiere of "Doc McStuffins," was projected on to a wall, for our viewing pleasure. My two little guys hung on every word, and sat through two 15 minute episodes. The first episode introduced us to a beautiful little girl, named Doc McStuffins and her collection of friends, whom she helps in her back yard health clinic. My guys loved the second episode, which was all about a race car named Ricardo, who just couldn't win the race as he had run out of energy. The Doc did a full work up, and found that he needed to be recharged. I love that the show is not targeted to just girls or boys, but is very inclusive, and all in attendance were able to connect with wanting to help a friend in need. After the premiere, the children were all invited to give their favorite stuffed animal a check up, Shea supplied band aids and a medical kit. Once all of the stuffed friends were given clean bills of health, snacks of: muffins, Go-gurt yogurt, fruit punch, water, and Mickey Mouse Club House Party Bouquet from Edible Arrangements, were served. It was so fun to see the kids come back to the table with their plates, heaped with pineapple flowers, melon, and strawberries. While the kids had snack time, Shea announced the sponsors of the door prizes: Pirates and Pixies Destinations, Pampered Mommas, and Edible Arrangements. The kids all received goodies bags that included: Doc Mcstuffins stickers, glow bracelets, bubbles, 1 hour of Pump It Up jump time, 1 free kids meal from Chick-Fil-A, and a balloon.  Shea Jackson, and Tracy did a beautiful job hosting the event! Can't wait for Friday, when the show premiers to the public, so we can watch more episodes!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Blog Dare:78

Today's Prompt:   If I was snowed in at a cabin deep in the woods...
If I were snowed in at a cabin deep in the woods, I would want my family with me and a completely filled pantry with all of our favorite foods. (I know we would be fine as long as the food was available!) We would fill our days baking, and cooking. I know the many crafts can be made out of food, if you are creative! Dinner would be a family affair, to involve the kids, and learn something in the process! As long as we have a huge stocked pantry, we could wait out the storm. Entertaining the kids, could be a challenge, but we survived our youth without a huge toy room or access to a ton of electronics! We could make playdoh, slime, finger paints or any other kid friendly concoction! Pots and pans would become a source of creative play. From the bedding and furniture, we could build forts and explore countries we have never traveled. We could fill our days with make believe, and make up stories, like I did with my cousins. I know it would be a challenge, as it would be so new for the kids, but I would really enjoy the memories we would make together.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blog Dare: 77

Today's Prompt:   How adults should celebrate their birthdays...

I think adults should celebrate their birthdays, with as much gusto and anticipation as children do! Maybe if we would retain our youthful bodies and exuberance, we could do some really fun things like:

1. Dancing the "Time Warp" annually!
My friends and I loved dancing the Time Warp at dances and in front of our televisions, when we watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Why not do it every year on our birthdays?
2. Eat birthday cake, cheesecake, pie, or any other dessert without guilt!

I have a sweet tooth, and really enjoy dessert...I mean REALLY enjoy like every bite brings a smile to my face! Yet, after I inhale the decadence I question "Why on earth did I do that?" Kids don't think twice about digging right into a frosting slathered piece of birthday cake, and do not ever think about it a few hours later! Why can't I have a huge slice of cake and a huge butt?
3. Get dressed up...either in a group theme or prom like fashion!

It should be a requirement to do something out of the norm, like dressing in formals or dressing up as a group.. Nothing over the top like Halloween, but everyone wears a crazy hat or obnoxious sweater. Just something fun, and unforgettable! Why do birthdays have to normal like any other day, once we grow up?

Children count down the days until their birthday, and we should have the same mind set. "Oh, hey so-and-so, I hear you are turning 37, how many days away? Are you excited? Just think of all the cards and surprises your day will hold!," is how a conversation should go about your upcoming birthday. Ask any child under 10, and they will know how far away the day is, what is on their wish list, and how over the moon excited they are about it!

Why cant we be that excited as adults, who made the rules? Does anyone else agree with me that the "Just another year," theory needs to go out the window? 

Blog Dare:76

Today's Prompt:   A favorite memory from the great outdoors...

My favorite memories from the great outdoors, all include camping or summer camp. My parents took us camping every summer, and it normally included a fishing trip. I will never forget the time we set up camp, and let the tents air out, while we went to Silver Dollar City. When we returned we found standing water in both of our tents, due to a surprise torrential down pour that afternoon. My mom and I spent the rest of the evening, at the coin operated laundry mat, trying to dry out the sleeping bags and clothing! (You better believe, I have never left off a tent fly again!) On another trip, my Dad taught me how to catch Catfish, and how to clean it. I will never forget being absolutely horrified at the process, and could not wait to get the poor thing into the frying pan. I also learned that you shouldn't trust your brothers to roast a marshmallow for you, as they will only let it burn to a crisp, and it just isn't worth eating any more. Many fond memories are of the five of us sitting around the camp fire, listening to the sounds of nature!

Camp Ne-O-tez, Camp Sherwood, Camp Lakewood, and Camp Wyman, hold my most cherished memories of the great outdoors. I had the joy of going to summer camp every summer, if I was lucky I could squeeze in two camps! (I loved summer camp so much, I eventually became a camp counselor!) I lived for the camp fires, hiking, spelunking, shaving cream fights, canteen, horse back riding, crafts, and everything camp had to offer. I will never forget the first time we camped out under the stars, with only a tarp on the ground to lay our sleeping bags on, only to find that we laid the tarp on a huge carpenter ant mound. All of us girls, including the counselors were bitten, and spent the rest of the week scratching, and slathering on the calamine lotion. I loved campfire every evening, and the singing ...something magical just happens when that many voices join in a song. Summer Camp was the one place guaranteed to put you in the heart of the woods, and yet I loved every moment I was there.

I want our boys to love the outdoors, and to embrace nature in all of its splendor! Every boy should know how to put a tent together, build a fire, put a hook on a fishing line, and know the secrets of camping. If they join Scouting, I will be right there ever step of the way! I know it is just a matter of time, but I am really looking forward to them making their own memories of the great out doors.

Does your family camp? Did you attend summer camp as a child? What memories do you have of the great outdoors?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Random Thought on Thursday

Look who is now pedaling on his own on the family tricycle! Three seems to be the magic age, as it is when Mikey, Cooper, and Dylan all were able to reach the pedals. For the last year Ryan has been trying so hard to ride the tricycle on his own, without any luck. Steering is still an issue, but he has the pedaling part down. It has been such a joy to see Ryan achieve his goal!

Have you been in that situation? Wanted to do something so bad, and really have to work for it? Have you set a goal that seems impossible? Have you felt the sheer joy in reaching the unobtainable?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Blog Dare:75

Today's Prompt:   The most romantic book...
The most romantic book I have ever read was given to me a gift, prior to my first sons birth. I spent many hours reading it once we returned home, from the hospital. Wanda E. Brunstetter, is a brilliant Christian Amish author, and I have been a huge fan for years! The book has four complete novels, about young Amish women finding love despite adversity and trials. I cried and laughed, and grew to love the women, as they reappeared in each novel. The romance abounds, as we are reminded that a simple and peaceful community, that is based in faith and sense of family welcomes true love. This book is still on my shelf, and I read it once a year as it holds a special place in my heart!

Blog Awesome Challenge: Part 2

When the boys were born, I started a journal and baby book for each of them. Are the bound memory books filled, and just waiting for the day I can present them to their future wives? Umm, no...not even close, instead I have a box of random trinkets, tickets, pictures, and items that are just sitting on a shelf. The one thing I have kept going to document the boys journey, is this blog. My goals changed in 2012, to tell their story in words and pictures. If anyone were to stumble on the blog, or find the blog through Pinterest or Twitter, I wanted the reader to have a better understanding of who we were, not just our faces. My two spunky guys are at an age where many things happen in a week, and if I didn't write about our adventures, it would get lost in the chaos of life.

Everyone needs a mentor or a network of friends to bounce ideas off of. I have found so many brilliant ladies, who make blogging an art form, and I aspire to be like them. Until this year, I secretly "blog stalked," them reading and following their blogs for the last few years to the point that I feel like I have met them in person. It never occurred to me to reach out, and ask questions or leave a comment to open the lines of communication.

Through Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest my eyes were also opened to the world of blogging conferences. I have never attended a blogging conference, but one of my goals for 2012 is attend one, and soak up every detail I can about blogging. (I have so much to learn, and am the first to admit that I am clueless to so many things!) I fell in love with the SITS Girls and their one day conference Bloggy Boot Camp! I felt that I could glean so much information from them, and with it being on a Saturday and only one day, I could make this happen! Topics covered to include: Business of Blogging, Using StumbleUpon and Pinterest, Vlogging, SEO, Design, and Writers Workshop; each of these are areas where I need to focus my attention! Ummm...where do I need to sign up?
social media conferences for women-bloggy boot camp
When I found out Tots2Tweens was hosting a Blog Awesome Challenge, and sending someone to the Philiadelphia Bloogy Boot Camp with Dani Gurrie, and Amanda Rodriguez of Parenting By Dummies, I was beyond excited! (This local website, is awesome and I have used it to find birthday party inspiration, to find Maryland and surrounding area local events.) The Blog Awesome Challenge focuses on: purpose, finding your niche,  design, content, blogging etiquette, and simple sound advice from ladies who were hand selected! (Ummm...once again, exactly what I have been looking for, so that I can meet my blogging goals!) The selected winner of the Blog Awesome Challenge wins a Bloggy Boot Camp conference Sponsorship, and a paid internship! How awesome is that!? 

Follow these awesome ladies on Twitter: @tots2tweens, @SITSGirls, @dumbparent@aMusingfoodie, and @BloggyBootCamp for great information!