YAY for spring BUT….one last look at our wonderful winter!

March 24, 2011 by  
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March 24, 2011 by  
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I got so tired of everyone complaining about winter this year because I LOVE snow but I am going to admit that even though I was happy for our snow day this Wednesday, I am getting pretty excited about SPRING!!! It certainly doesn’t look like spring outside our house but with the longer days and plenty of eggs from our 4 chickens I’m starting to adjust to winter ending. Now can I order a few weeks of 65 degree sunny weather???

PS- don’t you just love those dark brown and speckled eggs my Cuckoo Maran is laying! She is supposed to lay dark brown but maybe its that she is so young that she gives me a lot of speckled too?

Nutella makes anything good!

March 20, 2011 by  
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Through MomSelect’s Mommy Parties, and Nutella I was sent goody bags to have a little Nutella party for 10 of my friends! I take Jillian to a once a week “mommy and me” type of class so I thought I’d share with those moms and two of the teachers! Everyone received a sample of Nutella hazelnut spread, a travel mug, recipe cards, a special spreader and a coupon for $1 off Nutella. I love when I get sent things to share!

I think I was in college when I first had Nutella and I have been a fan ever since. Nutella/banana  crepes (homemade or at IHOP), nutella on the new rice cake things my grocery store makes, Nutella on toast or pancakes or even just a spoonful when a chocolate craving hits! One of the recipe ideas that I tried was Nutella and banana  waffle sandwiches. I did a little looking around and I found this idea  for Nutella-filled croissants on a blog and I NEED to try it soon!

Nutella has been a favorite of Europeans for decades, and when used in moderation with complementary foods, Nutella® is a quick and easy tool to encourage kids to eat whole grains, such as whole wheat toast, English muffins, toaster waffles and bagels.
Nutella® hazelnut spread is a terrific option for individuals with peanut allergies.  The spread does not contain peanuts or peanut ingredients, nor does the product come in contact with peanuts during manufacturing.  Nutella® is comparable to other popular breakfast spreads and is the perfect alternative for all those finicky eaters in your household. 

Jamie’s dresses

March 20, 2011 by  
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I did 2 more dresses this weekend. I used 2 girls shirts that were the same exact shirt but different colors and then 2 of my shirts that I never wear. I was going for funky but I think they need some sort of embellishment like a fabric flower to complete them. I first cut the girl shirts in half and then cut the bottom parts of both in half again (think the extra pieces might turn into headbands). Then I cut up my old shirts to use as the bottom 2 sections of the dresses. Jillian is sort of able to wear one but its still too big! I got grainy pictures but oh well! I have a bunch of dress ideas in my head but I need to buy some cheap t-shirts or go to the fabric store. I have a feeling the girls will be wearing a lot of silly dresses this summer!

Win a prize pack from Yoplait Kids yogurt!

March 15, 2011 by  
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Yoplait Kids yogurt is a hit at our house. Yogurt is one of the few healthy things that all 4 kids agree on. I like to buy big containers of yogurt for home but I always buy the kid type too to send to school for snacks or lunch. Jamie in particular was very happy to bring her Dora yogurt cups for preschool snack! Yoplait Kids has an excellent source of both calcium and vitamin D, a good source of protein and the delicious taste kids demand. It also contains 25% less sugar than the leading kids´ yogurt, and has no high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Yoplait Kids is $2.00 for a pack of four and comes in Strawberry, Strawberry Banana or Vanilla flavors. Dora the Explorer, Lightning McQueen, or the Disney Princesses come on the yogurt cups.

You can visit http://www.myblogspark.com/uc/main/76ee/ to download a printable coupon for $0.50 off the purchase of one (1) four-pack of Yoplait Kids yogurt today!

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I received  information on Yoplait and the prize pack through My Blog Spark and Yoplait. They will send one of my readers one as well! You can win:  a coupon for Yoplait Kids yogurt, a foldable travel cooler, a cool four-piece spoon set, a power magnet picture frame, trendy alphabet-shaped “Kiddie Bands”, a great big bounce ball and a “My First Scavenger Hunt” card game for some after-snack fun.


  • Leave me a comment on this post letting me know a few healthy snacks your kids love
  • Contest ends Friday March 19, 2011
  • Open to US mailing addresses only (free coupon not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee)

Stride: underwear lots of moms could use! ($4 coupon)

March 9, 2011 by  
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I was sent free samples, coupons and favors to host a little party and introduce my friends to a new type of underwear: Stride Everyday panties with light leak protection. If you have ever been 9 months pregnant and dared to laugh or sneeze you would be a fan of these underwear! Of course they aren’t just for moms and they come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes.

STRIDE Everyday are designed for women of various ages, life stages or sizes!

Their fashionable panties are perfect for:

  • Protecting from light stress incontinence when laughing, coughing or sneezing
  • Pre- and post-natal light leaks
  • Perspiring while exercising or running
  • Keeping dry from everyday discharge
  • Light spotting
  • Women who want an alternative to disposable products
  • Women who want the added  absorbency that regular panties just don’t provide

Click here for a list of retailers

My friends and I had some laughs discussing underwear and being silly. A few were brave enough to let me snap some pictures for the blog but I will refrain from putting the underwear as hat picture up!

I have a few extra $4 off coupons left over from the party, leave me a comment by St Patrick’s Day 3/17/11 and I’ll send 2 random people a coupon!

EASY little girl dresses from clothes you don’t wear!

March 1, 2011 by  
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I was so excited when I found this idea on a blog! I have made several of these dresses now but I started with the one with the 3 flowers because it was a really cute shirt that Jillian got sharpie marker all over. I cut off the bottom 1/3 of the shirt and bottom of the sleeves (added new cuffs to the now 3/4 length sleeves) because that is where the marker was and I was left with a great top for the dress! I combined parts of brown butterfly shirt with the horse shirt (and one of my old shirts) to make 2 new dresses. Of course I’m too lazy to put up pictures of the other ones finished….but you get the idea, right? And you can click the link to the other blog above for a tutorial. Its just a great idea for saving shirts with stains or holes or combining things that don’t get worn into something cute!