Sunday, August 29, 2010

WE HAVE A WINNER for the ROCK N LEARN Back to school Giveaway!

Leanne loves you tonight! #38 was the winning post
LLJ said... I posted a message on fb
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Please go to and pick anyone DVD or Audio CD, email that to me along with your mailing onformation, and I will forward it to Rock N Learn! CONGRATS TO YOU!!!

Even if you did not win, Rock N Learn would like to offer you a 25% discount on your order.
Simply use this coupon code when checking out @ CLICK HERE to visit ROCK N LEARN 
JQ7711. This offer applies to U.S. Residents only.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

and the winner of Homestead - Blessings Art of Quilting DVD is........Leanne P

The lucky winner of  "Homestead - Blessings The Art Of Quilting DVD is #8 -Leanne

LLJ said...

    On franklin springs media fb page, I left a comment about entering this blog give away and said I like the herb dvd and quilting dvd.
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Congrats to you Leanne, just send me your name, address, and email, and I will forward your info to Franklin Springs


Friday, August 27, 2010

Easy Lunch Box system GIVEAWAY over @ Finally Finding me....I think

Enter for your chance to win these handy, eco-friendly, spaces saving lunch boxes, for Mom & Dad or the kiddo's! Just click on this link Sweet lunch box GIVEAWAY!

A few good words to live by...

A Birth Certificate shows that we're born, a Death Certificate shows we died, Pictures show we lived!

Just because two people argue, doesn't mean they don't love each other.

Just because they don't argue, doesn't mean they do love each other.

No matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you.

It's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

You should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

We are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

Either you control your attitude or it controls you.

Money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I can do anything, or nothing and have the best time.

Sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, it doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

It isn't always enough, to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to forgive yourself.

Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

People you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything, they just make the most of everything.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Enter for your chance to win a $50.00 gift card from CSN @ Blessedmom's blog!

This company is incredible. You can find just about anything you need for any room in your house at CSN Stores. You can visit  Blessedmom's Simple Home blog page to enter for your chance to win!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Rock N Learn DISCOUNT!

So I have an awesome Rock N Learn Giveaway up right now that you have until August 28th to enter, but in the meantime, Rock N Learn has also offered my readers 25% off their entire Rock N Learn order! So now would be a great time to update your home video library, or buy a gift for Christmas or a birthday, you cant go wrong with fun & educational!

Simply use this coupon code when checking out @ CLICK HERE to visit ROCK N LEARN 
JQ7711. This offer applies to U.S. Residents only.

After personally reviewing 6 of these dvd's now, I can honestly say that these video's are fun, entertaining, and keep the kids engaged.....enter for  your chance to win a Rock N Learn video in the Back to School Giveaway posted on my blog Back to School Giveaway!

Monday, August 23, 2010

*GIVEAWAY* -Win your own Coupon Binder!

Who couldn't use a little help organizing all their coupons, sometimes it is such an overwhelming task, that I get a little discouraged. I love using coupons, I make it a game for myself each week, how much I can save by using coupons. That is why I would love to step it up a notch, and win this awesome organizational coupon Binder, my friend Shelley  reviewed and is giving away!

You can get in on a chance to win this too.....just hop on over to Shelley's Blog

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Just Monkey'in around

                                Lollipopmoon's Etsy Shop
Bri loves her monkey, Brianna's monkey is a mini monkey, that Sarah made for her when she was newborn, isnt it adorable. There are many sock monkeys out there, but Sarah's by far are the cutest! They even came with a little letter, stating the monkey's names, interests, and even favorite foods. My kids LOVE their sock monkey's, and I love Sarah's creative & crafty mind!

He thought he was being sneaky, and tried to hide amongst the other stuffed animals
You never know where you will find these spunky little monkeys!
And I caught her looking at Sock Monkey dresses online, I caught her right before she clicked "BUY" Whew!
Watch your toes, sometimes they like to hot rod around the house VROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM
   Resting in the hammock
He was hiding out in the mail slot!
Dont wake Daddy you silly monkeys!
Just like kids, whenever there is work to be done, they find somewhere to hide LOL
but at the end of the day, they are pretty good monkeys.

Homestead - Blessings The Art Of Quilting - Review & Giveaway!

I was so excited to find these video's as I was surfing the net recently! I was excited to see that there were step by step instructional videos out there you can still find, on many of these things that are becoming a lost art. In this day in age less people are canning their own foods, growing their own gardens,  many people dont even know how to do basic sewing repairs, and I think it is a shame.
Franklin Springs kindly sent me the Homestead - Blessings DVD collection to review, and they were even generous enough to allow me to give away a video per review! So you can learn all of these great skills too!

I really enjoyed the DVD's because the West family are real homesteaders, if you aren't familiar with Homesteading it can be broadly defined,as a lifestyle of simple, agrarian self sufficiency. I guess maybe a bit comparable to the way the Amish live. In this day and age I love this concept! It may be easier to run to the store to pick up this or that, and food is very cheap in the United States, compared to other parts of the world, but do you really know what is in our "prepared & processed" foods? I don't know about you but being a Mother of 4 I love knowing I am serving my children a healthy meal, or that I have the ability to make them a warm quilt for those cold winter months....yeah me. Imagine that! Some people may say they don't have the time or why bother, but I honestly feel like these are wonderful life skills, that I myself want to learn, and I would love to be able to teach my own children as well!

One fun thing about the DVDs is that the ladies take turns hosting sections. For instance, one will show how to make basic bread, then someone else will take over to make pizza sticks, and so on.  It’s neat to watch them working together as a family, and yet feel like you’re getting to know them each as individuals.

Onto the 1st dvd I reviewed: The Art of Quilting

As a beginner, and being extremely intimidated by the mere thought of quilting, I was excited, and yet a little apprehensive to watch this video. I initially just sat down and watched the video all the way through the first time, and I was very at ease, and even hopeful about my ability to be able to do this! I found that it was very basic, which was WONDERFUL, because I knew nothing! I liked The West Ladies, and their personalities, I loved the way they worked peacefully together, and how kind they were to one another.  The make this DVD very easy to understand, and after watching I was not afraid to try anymore.

The second time I watched it, I paused the video many times, I had some scrap fabric laying around, enough to work with, and try out my newly acquired skills. My sewing machine isn't nearly as cool as the vintage one they used in the video, but it did work just fine! I cut out my material, and layed it out in the pattern I wanted it, then I sewed it block to block, and then sewed my pieces together. This was all so much easier than I thought it was going to be!
Here is my little patch worked piece :
 Not exactly perfect, but ok for my first stab at it! LOL

Now my friend Heather also loves to quilt, the only previous experience she had was watching a 1/2 hour show on PBS, I gave her Homestead - Blessings- Art of Quilting video and she loved it, she said she picked up new techniques, and learned a lot more about quilting, and look at what she made... within 24 hours of watching the video mind you! Pretty awesome huh!
I think this is pretty impressive for a 1st time quilt!

Franklin Springs generously agreed to let one of my lucky blog readers win The Art of Quilting DVD, so here is what you need to do, to earn chances to enter in this drawing!

If you do not know how to enter in the giveaways, then go here:
                       this explains and shows you how to do it properly so all of your entries count!

Mandatory Entry:(WORTH ONE ENTRY) Tell me which Home-stead Blessings DVD you would love to get a chance to view:
 The Art of Bread Making, Candle Making, Soap Making, Canning, Gardening,  Herbs, Dairy Delights, Art of Cooking, Art of Sewing, Art of Quilting

Entry #2 (WORTH ONE ENTRY) - "Like"  Franklin Springs Family Media on Facebook

Entry #3 (WORTH 5 ENTRIES)- On Franklin Springs Family Media's facebook page, leave them a message telling them sent you, and let them know which Homestead blessings dvd or any other family oriented dvd you would love to see, they have a lot of good stuff on their website, appropriate for the whole family, and educational too!

Entry #4 (WORTH 1 ENTRY)Grab my button (you can find it on my blog page to your right (WATERMELON) and add it too your blog. (1 entry)

Entry #5 (WORTH 1 ENTRY)Follow my blog via networked blogs  (look to the right and click on the follow me tab) (1 entry)

Entry #6 (WORTH 5 ENTRIES)Blog about my giveaway on your blog, including a link back to my blog so others can sign up too! (5 entries)  THIS GIVES YOU 14 CHANCES TO WIN, BE SURE TO LEAVE COMMENTS FOR EACH ENTRY.

The lucky winner will be drawn on August 28th, and will win The art of Quilting DVD!

Disclosure: I was sent these Homestead blessing DVD's from Franklin Springs at no cost to myself, for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinions and I was in no way persuaded by the company involved.

Friday, August 20, 2010

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Great Movie - Second Hand Lions

Second Hand Lions follows the comedic adventures of an introverted boy left on the doorstep of a pair of reluctant, eccentric great-uncles, whose exotic remembrances stir the boy's spirit and re-ignite the men's lives.

A boy named Walter is dropped by his mother Mae at his great-uncles' house. Later,Walter will find out his great-uncles' big secret. And rumors say that Hub & Garth, Walter's great uncles, have stolen much gold & money. (some say they stole it from Al Capone) Did they really steal that money or not?

13 year old Walter has had a hard life, with his no good floozy of a mother getting together with many equally despicable men. Before going on yet another husband-hunting trip, she drops him off at the house of his great-uncles Hub and Garth. They disappeared for quite a while in their youth, and are rumored to have acquired a great fortune, which Walter's mother hopes to get her hands on if he can ingratiate himself enough to the two cantankerous men. Though reluctant to put up with him at first, Hub and Garth grow to accept Walter, and even tell him fantastic stories of what they were up to while they went missing. When his mother returns, Walter must take charge of his own life, and decide what he's going to do with it.

Back To School - ROCK N LEARN Review & Giveaway!

 Has your brain been getting lazy this summer, well it is time to get it back in shape! School is right around the corner, whether you have a little one not yet in school, or even kids heading to middle school Rock N Learn has got something for you! Rock N Learn has been so kind as to send me a few more videos to review.....AWESOME!
You can see all of Rock N Learn's items here :ROCK N LEARN

My kids honestly love these videos. especially Avery & Brianna, but the Science & Social Studies hold the older kids attention too. Honestly, as soon as I pop Rock N Learn into the DVD player Brianna comes a- runnin!

This time around I was sent:

Colors, Shapes, & Counting
Now Cindy who I have been working with at Rock N Learn said that this video was being re-made with newer graphics, but let me assure you there is nothing wrong with the graphics on this video. Brianna LOVES this video, and after the first time she watched it she had all kinds of new things she was trying to show us, including counting on her hands, & her feet! She also loved the songs that went with the counting, and she is glued to the TV when the shapes songs come on. I would highly recommend this one fir anyone who has a baby right on up to about 3 or maybe even 4. The songs are catchy too, my kids and I caught ourselves singing them later in the day LOL This is a great video!

Multiplication Rap
I  wasn't as fond of this one, as I was hoping I would be. I thought it would be a little more exciting, but it was just ok. The rap was pretty cute, and clever but kind of long. Now as far as being a learning tool, I do think this would be a great way to present the dreaded multiplication tables. My daughter who is entering 3rd grade watched it for a minute and then started dancing around.....the great thing about all the Rock N Learn videos I have viewed thus far is that they have great music. Brianna who is 21 months and Avery who is 7 start dancing around as soon as they hear the first beat (lol)

 Life Science:

I know a couple of folks who Home-school their children,and I think this would be an excellent addition to their home-school  library. This video really helps the kids understand things on their level, with some great animations. This takes the confusion out of science,  my 11 & 13 year old , as well as myself watched this together, and we were both entertained and enlightened while learning all about plants, plant cells, animal cells, ecosystems, genetic traits, and more.....There is even a website you can go to for free study materials that coincide with this video. There are special bonus sections, that help you score high on a life science test.This was a very good dvd, HIGHLY Recommended!


The folks at Rock N Learn have agreed to allow me to give one of my readers an opportunity to win a Rock N Learn DVD or Audio CD  to enjoy for themselves. 
In order to enter for chances to win, you have to carefully follow the directions and do exactly what they say, One lucky winner will be chosen randomly through

If you are not familiar with how to enter in the giveaways, then please go here: HOW TO ENTER GIVEAWAYS, and read the blog explaining how to enter, also see the comments in that blog because it shows you exactly what you need to do!

*Mandatory Entry*
Head on over to Rock N Learn  
Take a look around and come back here and leave me a comment on which Rock N Learn DVD you would love to have!

Additonal Entries :

1.) Go to  Rock N Learn On Facebook and like them, tell them sent you and let them know which of their products you like the best!

2.)Grab my button (you can find it on my blog page to your right (WATERMELON) and add it too your blog. (1 entry)

3.)Follow my blog via networked blogs  (look to the right and click on the follow me tab) (1 entry)

4.)Blog about my giveaway on your blog, including a link back to my blog so others can sign up too! (5 entries)

5.)Post a message to your facebook page, with a link back to this review/ giveaway so your friends have a chance to get in on this great giveaway too! Ex. Check it out, I am entered to win a Rock N Learn Video via  A little bit of this, and a little bit of that... blog, you can enter to win too by following this link:  (5 entries)



Disclosure: I was sent these Rock N Learn Videos at no cost to myself, for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinions and I was in no way persuaded by the company involved.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sneak Preview on my next Review / Giveaway!

The Homestead Blessings Complete Nine Pack is a fun-filled collection of homemaking skills presented in an educational and entertaining nine DVD series. The southern hospitality of the West ladies will welcome you into this unique series that is encouraging ladies of all ages and teaches valuable skills that can be applied to many homemaking endeavors.  The nine DVD set includes instruction in bread making, candle making, soap making, canning, gardening, herbs, cooking, dairy, and sewing.

Ill have my 1st Homestead - Blessing Review & Giveaway up on Friday!

One of my Family's Favorite Recipes - Mexican Pizza

 It isnt every day when I find a recipe everyone in the family likes, but this one right here, is a recipe I never get any complaints on, even my husband who doesn't like pizza loves this one!

-1Lb Hamburger (or you could even use left over hamburger, this recipe doesnt require much)
-Taco Seasoning
-Refrigerated Crescent rolls ( how many depends on how many pizza's and what size dish you are using, I use cookie sheets  so I use 3-4 rolls per cookie sheet) 
-1 BIG can of refriend beans
-2 8oz bags of your favorite cheese (for this recipe I like to use the mexican blended cheese)
-1-2 cups of chopped lettuce *optional*
-1 cup chopped onions ( prefer the red onions)
-1-2 cups of chopped tomatoes
- jalapenos if you care to add them are completely up to you in how much you want use
-cilantro I buy a "bunch" from the store, and use 3/4 of what I have bought, but we really love the taste of  cilantro at  our  house, you can tweak it to however much you would like. Sometimes with Cialntro a little can go a long way!
-1 can of black olives
-1 lime

Prepare hamburger, make it just like you would make meat for tacos, You could use a LB. or less for this recipe. 

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees

I make 2 large cookie sheet sized  pizza's, so I generally use 3-4 unrolled refrigerated crescent rolls per sheet .

1st roll the cresent rolls out on your cookie sheet, and then bake the crescent rolls until brown to make the 1st part of your pizza.

2nd after taking your crust out of the oven, let it cool for a bit, because you need to be able to spread the refried beans on your crust with out ripping it all up. *You make want to warm the beans in the microwave to make them easier to spread*, I also sometimes put just a tiny bit of salsa in with the refried beans to loosen it up and give it a little more flavor.

After the crust has cooled, and you have spread the beans, and added the seasoned hamburger, and cheese  place your pizza back in the oven for about 15 minutes at about 350 degrees. Just long enough to warm everything up and melt the cheese.
Then mix up a very quick batch  of pico de gallo: onions, tomatoes, (jalapenos if you want), cilantro, lime juice, and I add black olives too. Sometimes I add lettuce to the pizza sometimes I dont, depends on my mood, and whether or not I have some handy. P.S. At our house we love the cilantro and lime juice and use lots of it, it is DELICIOUS together, and on this pizza! After the pizza comes out of the oven I usually squeeze what is left of the  lime all over the finished pizza, and also throw some unmelted cheese on the top too!
This is what it looks like when it is done, and before your family starts chowing down!

Quick, Easy & Delicious Recipe for Homemade Pancakes!

This is a tried and true recipe, I usually double or triple it, because I have a big family, and they eat like horses (lol)  I thought I'd share it... I add a little bit of flax seed or wheat germ depending on what I've got, and of course you can always add fresh berries, cinnamon, nutmeg ,or any of your pancake  favorites! I found this recipe online once when I was out of pancake mix, and have never bought a box of pancake mix since!
Forget Bisquick. This is the best, most economical mix I've seen. Try it with whole wheat flour and a few drops of vanilla in the mix. Outstanding!

1 c. flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 tbsp. sugar
1 c. milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp. salt
Combine dry ingredients. Add milk, egg and oil. Mix until smooth. Heat non-stick pan over medium heat until water beads. Do not oil. Pour pancake mixture in 1/4 cup amounts. Turn when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Remove from heat when pancake stops steaming.
1 c. water
1/2 tsp. maple flavoring
2 c. sugar
Bring water to boil. Add sugar and flavoring. Stir to dissolve. Cook 1-2 minutes stirring constantly.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Back from my blog break!

I never intentionally took a break, just got very busy with life, and kids, and all that goes with those two things LOL!
Nursing school resumes in 2 weeks, Ahhhhh only 2 semesters left and I will be an RN, that will be fabulous. Kids go back to school on Sept. 7th, and from now until then, we are trying to cram as much fun stuff into the remaining summertime we have.
I have some great products reviews & giveaways  coming up, so keep your eyes open, I know you will be impressed!

Enjoy your day,