Friday, August 1, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL SALE, 30% OFF Everything - 5 DAYS ONLY at Kiddo Tags

BACK TO SCHOOL SALE, 30% OFF Everything - 5 DAYS ONLY at Kiddo Tags

The new school year is right around the corner! I can't believe some kids are going back next week, so that means time to shop for school supplies. My daughter's school asks that we label everything and I mean everything so last year I bought labels from Kiddo Tags and was more than pleased. Actually, the labels I used from September are still sticking and I have more left.
If you need to label your kid's clothes, school supplies, lunch boxes, etc. Go here and order them! They are affordable and durable. For 5 days you can get 30% off of everything! Great deal right?


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#4 of 100 Days of Happiness!!

# 4 Dinner Alfresco!
I absolutely live eating outside and especially love it when great company is involved! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

#3 of 100 Days of Happiness

#3 A Good Haircut!
Nothing like a haircut and getting your eyebrows waxed! Between split ends and my eyebrows that were out of control I need a bit of sprucing up and this made me happy!

I'm so not a selfie chick as you can see :)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tax Breaks in August for MD and VA Shoppers! Just in Time for Back to School Shopping!

If you live in the MD and VA area then you may want to mark your calendars for the tax breaks that are coming up just in time for back to school shopping! Save some dollars and don't forget these dates!

  • Maryland's Tax Break begins on August 10th until August 16th for shoes and clothing items costing less than $100.
  • Virginia's Tax Break Begins this Friday, August 1st and continues for 3 days.
If you don't live in these areas check out this great blog Passion for Savings for a complete list of states who provide Tax Free Shopping days.

Take a look at the Washington Post article for more in depth details and happy shopping!

Sometimes Discipline Means Work, Not for Me for the Kid

So, you all know I adore my girl, but that doesn't mean she doesn't get a little sassy sometimes and when that happens it's time to discipline. Now you all may not agree with this and that's okay, but I thought I'd share a little parental discipline that I had to dole out yesterday. So here's the story...

Yesterday, we were in the car and Anya had one of those bottle that she uses for her baby doll. Inside of it was this concoction she mixed together. I had been telling her not to open it and actually for her to take it out of the car along with a host of other things that piled up. Well, lo and behold the bottle of mystery fell in the car. I wasn't so mad that it spilled but what I was annoyed about was the attitude I got when I told her to bring the bottle up to the house before we left for dinner. Well, Miss Anya stomped her way up to the porch and she threw the bottle down. OH YES SHE DID! Then when I addressed it in the car and told her she needed to bring the toys and the piles of other things in the house when we got back she had an attitude and said why couldn't I do it. OH YES SHE DID! A few other words were exchanged and I knew something had to be done. Now she thought we were going to dinner so I was quiet and we were getting closer to the place we were going and she said something like, "Oh I didn't know we were going there, great!" But instead I rolled right past it, I could see the confusion appear on her face in my rearview mirror.

Instead, we went to the gas station, the one that had a vacuum cleaner that you could pull up next to and that is where the discipline train pulled into. I explained that I didn't appreciate her attitude and disrespect not only that she showed me, but our car. I reminded her that we were blessed to have a car and cars cost money. Then I dropped the bomb shell. I told her that I wouldn't be cleaning up her mess she would. There were a few tears, but I didn't let them distract me or her, I'm okay with working through the tears. She was to clean up all the junk she threw on the floor, put all her toys together that she'd be bringing in the house, wipe down the seats and then vacuum. I have a Hyundai Sonata so the back seat area isn't that big, but big enough that it was a sizable job.

At first she tried handing me stuff to throw away for her, and I said she was on her own with this one. I told her she is responsible for cleaning up her own messes. I also raised the stakes a little higher and said if it wasn't done correctly we would not be going to dinner out but instead be eating at home. I hesitated on this one ladies, because I was exhausted and used last night as our one night out to eat. So I said a silent prayer that she would rise to the occasion. There was a bit of pouting, but after she knew I was serious she did a good job. In the end I gave  her a hug and explained why I had her do this, which was to learn the value of things and not take what we have for granted and not to disrespect it either. I also told her that there are consequences to her actions and she is accountable. After a few kisses and her apologizing we were on our way.

We ended up having a great breakfast/dinner at IHOP and I think she got the gist of what I was trying to convey to her. Sometimes discipline is work literally!

Cleaning a car is hard work!

#2 of 100 Days Of Happiness!

#2 Memories!
I am happy for memories! This is my mom, my grandma, and me having fun when they came to visit me during the time I lived in Santa Barbara. So grateful to have had so many wonderful memories of the women I love most!

What Do You Know About Osteoporosis? Take a Look at These Facts

Did you know that over 10.2 million adults have Osteoporosis and another 43.4 million have low bone mass? I didn't know this until I was recently contacted by the American Recall Center whose goal is to inform people about the serious danger of this disease. Another frightening fact that their outreach coordinator shared with me is that Osteoporosis accounts for more time spent in the hospital even more than diseases like diabetes, breast cancer and heart attacks, shocking isn't it?

I have a great aunt who has Osteoporosis and it is literally crippling. I myself have issue with a curvature in my spine, although not severe, it is still a concern for me.  This really sparked my interest and I think it is a disease that we need to gain awareness about and be knowledgeable on how we can prevent it from happening to us. Osteoporosis greatly effects women and I want all of us to stay as healthy as possible for both ourselves and our kids. Take some time to look at some startling Facts below and to learn more about prevention go to


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What in the World Have We Been Up To???

Here is a snapshot of what in the world we've been up to in this neck of the woods!

I took a lot of small road trips, one of those included us going home to Pittsburgh for 2 weeks! Don't you love the beauty that God creates? I almost had to pull over and just stare at this piece of heaven.

We had a lot of fun with my mom and brother at the drive in!
Anya and her babies had a great time sleeping over grams!
I took walks and reminisced on my hometown and took some time to take in a little natural beauty!

I enjoyed watching Anya use her imagination! That is a homemade carseat!
I took a totally impromptu one day trip to the beach with my chica Christina. I decided I needed to be by the ocean and just drove. Isn't that the best way to go!
We attended Vacation Bible School!! Anya had a ball! So blessed to have a wonderful church family!
I made signs for the Fun Day at VBS
Anya went to 2 summer camps one for theater. This is the pic for the 1st day and now she is in cheer/acrobat/gymnastics camp
We sat on the pier on a beautiful day in Annapolis
I smiled because I have the most special girl in the whole wide world


 In other news, I got chosen to be on the blogger crew for DOLPHIN TALE 2 so you guys are going have some cool opportunities to receive some giveaways! I will also be doing a review of a new Veggie Tales movie thanks to Grace Hill Media, and some other pretty cool opportunities. I'm starting to think long and hard about what God's will is for me and praying for direction on how to really serve him. So, that's it in a nutshell, there is so much more, but hey this is getting long right? So, until the next time!


Let's Get Happy! Day #1 of 100 Happy Days!

Come on get happy... Do you remember that song from the Partridge Family! I loved that catchy tune! So what are you happy about? I think every day it is important to think about at least one thing that makes you happy, because it reminds you to keep it all in perspective and count your blessings. I know a few people who have done the happiness project where for 100 days you write down something that makes you happy or you take a picture of your source of happiness. What a great idea, right? So, I'm going to try every day to put a picture on my blog of something that gives me happiness. So officially today is Day#1 So here is what makes me the happiest on this earth!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Praying for Ann Devert and Inspired By Harry Devert

I have a personal request for all you mommas out there tonight.  Please unite in prayer with me for Ann Devert whose son, Harry Devert was senselessly murdered in Mexico while traveling on a transcontinental trip from the United States to Latin America. Remains were found in two bags near the motorcycle he was riding and according to DNA tests conducted Harry Devert, a beautiful 32 year old man with a love for the world and adventure is gone. An amazing soul just taken from this earth for no reason at all. I can't fathom the devastation his mother is feeling. Harry had been missing since January and just like any momma out there who loves her kids Ann was searching tirelessly, refusing to give up and keeping the hope alive that she would find her precious son. I never met Ann, but I'm sure she is like so many of us who love our children. We would fight tooth and nail for them, scour the earth to find them and ferociously protect them with every fiber of our being because that's what mom's do and no one will ever have their child's back like their mother.

Today as I watched Anya bounce out of summer camp and vacation bible school later tonight laughing, carefree and so happy I said a silent prayer for her. I prayed that God would always protect my sweet girl from all the craziness of this world. I believe if something as horrific happened to my daughter as it did to Harry I would die. My heart would stop beating and I would die, and to be honest I'd be okay with that because I can't comprehend that type of loss. When I read about Harry Devert I instantly wanted to know more about this larger than life guy because of his thirst for life  and his courage to take risks. Actually, my desire is for Anya to possess that type of zeal for life, I want her to be curious about the world and to travel to places that most people only read about. I do my best to teach her that  it's okay to step outside the box and to instill in her a love for traveling. Matter of fact, I hope to take her to Portugal for her birthday next year to wet her appetite for  travelling abroad. But, I would be remiss if I didn't admit that I'm terrified for her in this world where people shoot planes out of skies, and brutally kill innocent people without one care for the lives that they have blown apart.

Yet, we want to give our children wings, we want them to soar to heights that even we have never reached because we want them to experience life in all it's beauty. We want them to walk boldly in the world taking it all in and giving it all they got. We want them to make a difference, to touch lives and to be touched, we pray that they fall in love and experience the beautiful, complicated stories that it brings. Because, that's what makes life meaningful. At some point we must let them fly it's our duty. We get the privilege to watch them to take off and be lifted into this thing called life. At that point they are writing the pages of their own book and we can just pray for their safe journey and a happy ending. I believe this is what Ann did for Harry. On his Facebook page, Ann relayed this message she had gotten from Harry, "Ma! Everything is a miracle! I love my life!" Harry Russell Edouard Devert, August 15, 2013. As a mom I think this is one of the best messages you could ever receive. Harry viewed life as a miracle and what better message is there? Harry saw what so many people don't see even after 90 years of life and he was 32 that life is worth loving and experiencing to the brim. Harry got it! His was a life well lived in fact it was extraordinary and no one can take the indelible mark he left on those who knew him and those who didn't, like myself.

I think a life cherished, loved and appreciated  is what we all want for our children and all we could ask for, isn't it? So please pray for Ann, her family and for all of our own children who will take flight in a very uncertain world. But let's also pray that like Harry they love their life and can see the beauty of the world even amidst the ashes.

I was going to provide the CNN link to this tragedy, but I find it fitting instead to look at Harry's life. Take a look at his blog A New Yorker Travels

Harry Devert From A New Yorker Travels