Thursday, February 28, 2013

Family Visits Rock!

My oldest son and his wife, despite the challenging weather we're having, made it in to visit this week, woo hoo!  Their drive was not a short one, and the Mrs. is expecting in May, so I was happy when they arrived.  I was also very happy that our power came back on just before they got here (we lost it for quite a few hours from the winter storm that passed through), so the house was nice and toasty when they got in.

We also had a snow day yesterday, and what better to do on a snow day, than go play in the snow!  Just like when my second oldest son came to visit, the kids went out to the backyard for some fun in the fluffy white stuff.

I took the youngest out first, and it wasn't long before big brother followed (while the rest of the house was content to see what they could see through the window of the warm house).

Big brother's more fun than mom.

Right away he started in with the 'cool' stuff, throwing snow, taking little man down the hill on his back:

There's a little one on his back, lol!

 Doing handstands and flips:

 Letting little man tackle him with brute force: ;)

And dancing... I think?  lol

Then his wife came out to watch for a little bit.  She's due in May and is having a wonderful pregnancy (and she looks cute too!).

 And then we headed back up to the house, but not before little man got one more 'sneak attack' in. :)

Having my son and his wife here is always a treat.  And this is the first time in a long time my oldest has had hair, lol!!  He has a new position in the military that allows him to grow it out, and after seeing him for so many years without any, it was a nice surprise.

I always count my blessings, but any time the kids are around, my cup runneth over.  :)

Happy Thursday!

Read It! Nook HD + Slate Giveaway

Welcome to the Read It! Nook HD+ Slate Giveaway

Hosted by Mom to Bed by 8

It seems like so many people are turning to e-readers when it comes to the convenience of reading the items they enjoy such as books, magazines, newspapers and the like.  If you haven't made that move yet, why not do it with a name you know and trust?

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One lucky reader will win NOOK HD+ Slate 16GB!

Giveaway ends March 13th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents only, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Don't Forget...Great Prizes Tonight. Twitter Party - 2/27 Great Prizes!

TWITTER PARTY TONIGHT!  It's my first time hosting, I'd love to see you there!

On February 27, 2013, I will be hosting my first ever Twitter party, woo hoo! The party is going on from 2-7 EST and my slot is going to be in the last hour:

2 to 3 pm: Moms Get Real
3 to 4 pm: Our Good Life
4 to 5 pm: Kerriic Kerr
5 to 6 pm: Mom Colored Glasses
6 to 7 pm: Mail4Rosey

There will be lots of fun tips and great prizes too, including two copies of the Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy book given out each hour, and a $100 Gift Certificate to !!

I am a huge supporter of the Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy book(s).  I have written about them before, and given one to my daughter-in-law (who is expecting).  They are really well written and just a plethora of knowledge for most anything you will come across when you are expecting.  Written by MDs and DOs who are also moms, the books are filled with ideas, experiences, and handy/helpful tips that are offered in an easy-to-read, conversational tone.

Check out the Mommy MD Guides website for information, tips and ideas; take a look at their books; and while you're there you can register for their February giveaway, which is offers a grand prize package from Cord Blood Registry that is valued at $2,915.

Be sure to RSVP for the party by using the link below, and hopefully I'll see you there!  

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Movies, Movies, Movies

The Oscars are a big deal. Many people love to watch, and the time leading up to them is filled with a lot of merriment, fun, and celebration.  The movies, however, are usually not of interest to me... not even the movie that wins the big one. Nothing against cinema, I like it, and we do go from time to time, though more times than not I end up with the youngest in a children's movies while the rest of the family gets to see the more grown up ones. 98% of the time, I don't mind (I actually like kid movies).  There were a couple of movies I missed though, that I would have liked to have seen in the theater...J. Edgar from 2011, and Lincoln, from 2012 come to mind. I have yet to see either, but I'm sure I'll get to see them on video at some point.

This year, however, the award has had the opposite affect on me.  I didn't watch the Oscars, but I did follow them a little bit in the news.  Before the winning announcements were made, I had zero interest in Ben Affleck's Argo.  Now I really want to see it.

Movie nights are fun, but there's so much of an age difference between each of my children, that's it's not something we do too often.  There are rare instances, however, when I'll leave the kids at home (with dad) and go on my own, and Argo might end up being one of them.  It's still playing in one theater sort of close to us...we'll see. It's probably more likely that I'll end up renting it on video.

Have you seen it, and if so did you like it?  Any interest in seeing it if you haven't yet? Or is there another movie that was out you saw and loved, or one you missed entirely that you wanted to see?  Are you big movie goers?  Have I asked too many questions??   :)

Kindle Fire HD (Giveaway)


My favorite thing about the Kindle Fire is Angry Birds, hah! There, I said it, I love the game.  Of course, it also has a LOT of other great features, some of which are listed below.  One lucky winner of this great group giveaway is going to be very happy with their prize.

World's most advanced 7" tablet
  • HD display, customized Dolby audio, and dual-driver stereo speakers
  • Ultra-fast web browsing and streaming with built-in dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi
  • Front-facing HD camera for photos or Skype or other apps
  • Integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, and email
  • Massive selection - over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as Netflix, Pandora, Pinterest, and Angry Birds Space
  • Control content access and set screen time limits for kids.
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Kickin' the Winter Blues $1000 Cash Giveaway (Starts 2/27)


Welcome to the Kickin The Winter Blues Giveaway

Coupons can save you so much money when you're shopping.  We're not extreme couponers by any means in our home, but we have gone to the grocery store before, leaving with over a hundred dollars worth of groceries that we paid next to nothing for, because we had a nice selection of product coupons.  Finding quality coupons though, has always been a bit tedious and very time-consuming.  But not anymore!  Now you can find coupons, and other great savings codes (I always look for discount/coupon codes when I'm shopping online) in one terrific place.

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About the Giveaway: We are super excited to bring FIVE lucky people the chance to win some serious cash! The 1st prize winner will receive $500! How exciting is that! Check out how the break down will work.
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Giveaway will run from 02/27/2013 at 12:00am EST - 03/28/2013 at 12:00am EST, open WORLDWIDE!

To enter you must be at least 18 years of age, and use the Rafflecopter below.

Remember you do not have to complete all entries on the Rafflecopter, but by doing so you are gaining more entries into the giveaway and increasing your chances on winning.

There is plenty of time to enter this giveaway as it will run for 4 weeks. Those of you who wish to take advantage of daily entries be sure to visit daily and grab those extra entries.

Special thanks to our fabulous Co-Hosts:

Thank you for making this event so much fun! Maybe you will be one of the FIVE lucky readers will receive cash! Good Luck!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

What's Missing?

I saw three posts in a relatively short amount of time that reminded me of things we used to have or do when we were children (for me that was a looong time ago, for some of you, I know it really wasn't).

Lizbeth, at Just Dip it in Chocolate mentioned an old toaster, just like one my mom used to have in the house.  No we weren't so old that they were actually in style, but she had one and used it as a novelty once so we could see how it had been done.

Kenya from Here's the Thing was talking about the freedom she had growing up as a child; something we just cannot give our children today.

And Theresa from Theresa's Mixed Nuts left a comment on my post from yesterday about doggie bags (not the kind you take home from the restaurant).

That got me to thinking how we took our dogs out for walks, because they loved it, when I was a kid.  And we never took a bag.  I distinctly remember being embarrassed if the pups had to make a stop, and I also remember that even when people saw it happening, and they did many times (boy did they, that was a nightmare of embarassment for a kid to endure), no one said a word.  Today's way is better, but it's just not something we did when I was a kid.

Then I started thinking of other things too.  For example, we had tablecloths when I was a kid.  In fact, rarely was a table set pretty without a nice tablecloth on top of it.  My grandmother had a drawer full of them (neatly folded next to the aprons).

A biscuit cutter was a staple in our kitchens.  The big silver kind with a wooden handle.  And everyone cooked their food from scratch, even their biscuits.

My mom had a hamburger press, and forming meat in it was fun (gross, I know, but at the time I thought it was a great thing to do, and it got me invovled in the kitchen work).

Wallpaper.  Everyone had wallpaper.  Even worse, some people had contact paper, the stick on wallpaper you could purchase as a cheap substitute to wallpaper. My mom had both, the latter of which she tried to repurpose a beautiful wood desk with...ohhh my.  I got my lack of craftiness from her, I'm sure of it, LOL! Though I never go for tacky... and that was very tacky.  I can say that, she's my mom, and she does a lot of other things right (decorating is not one of them).

Every house had a huge stereo system, and every stereo had a record player and dual cassette deck.

Water beds were a must if you were cool.

Black light posters were a had-to-have if you were a teen (I wasn't allowed to have one, phft).  Banana seat bikes were a must if you were a kid, and if you were a girl, it had to have a basket on it.

A lot of the popular furniture was ugly, of course back then they thought it was pretty... anyone remember that orange/brown wagon-wheel or windmill print (something like that) on a wood frame?

Classic wood rockers were in most every home, and I liked those.  I like them way better than today's glider, probably because my grandmother was so fond of hers, and I was fond of my Gram. :)

Everyone who had plants used a hanging macrame plant holder (and a lot of times that plant holder had a big overgrown fern in it).

Bathrooms had cushy seats, and carpeted floors.  Little sections of mirror were put together to make a design on the wall (we had the long vertical strips in some geometric shape).

Linoleum was not uncommon.

Maybe this was unique to my family, but everyone seemed to have a grandfather clock (I still like those, though we don't have one) or a thick wood clock in the shape of something, with gold numbers on it.

And of course the clothes, cars, toys, etc. all had their unique place too.

There are so many other things I can think of, with hardly even putting any thought into it.  What comes to mind for you, for things that used to be common in a home, but you just don't see anymore?

AquaChef Oven Giveaway

Prize: AquaChef Oven (A.L.L. Review)
ARV $160

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Being busy means sometimes substituting hot cooked meals for fast food or pizza.  That's not what you generally want to feed your family, but it's what you sometimes do.  The AquaFresh oven can be used to help make those times less frequent.

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"Make Our Own Network" solely organized this event. I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are 100% my own and may differ from your own. A Lucky Ladybug is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

How Earth-Considerate Are You?

Are you considerate of the Earth with your product purchases?  It's easy to say yes, you care, but still take no measurable steps to make a positive difference with your product selection, consumption, or resulting waste.  Count me in with that crowd, until recently.

Do I care about the Earth?  Of course I do, I believe we all do, we live here!

Are you being careful with your product selection in relation to the Earth?  Um...until very recently, and still not near enough, the answer for me has been no.

With all of the attention that has been drawn to such matters (hurrah for that), I will admit to an enhanced awareness that has made me far more considerate than in years past, but it does not take much of an inspection, or even a look around my house, to know that the interest has not been near enough.

What I have done is carefully consider how items are packaged; taken major steps to recycle (something we still do, and have done for years); and I have purchased 'green' items from time to time, but quite honestly, that has been the extent of my consideration.

Of course there are a million options for being more environmentally aware today, many of which you can use right in your own home.  There is organic skin care, organic farming for healthier eating, packaging that is minimal on your favorite products, and there are green cleaning solutions aplenty.  Sometimes there are so many options that it can be intimidating, but I'm starting to know that it is something that is very worth looking into, learning about, and acting upon because we all know little things do add up (for the better or for the worse).

It is my intention to amp up my awareness and action by simply paying attention more and making better choices.  I know some of you are very green, and/or environmentally aware, but I'm sure there are others of you like me who really do have a lot of room for improvement.  Are you actively aware of your environment, doing your part as best you can...or do you really just not give it a lot of thought? Or maybe you're somewhere in between?  I'd love to hear about it, and so would Enviro Products World, the family-owned and eco-friendly company (in operation for over 35 years) who were kind enough to sponsor this post!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Win a Samsung Chromebook!


It looks like Samsung has taken careful consideration to create a product that is every bit as good as the others out there that are comparable, but has taken the time to make improvements in the areas that are commonly cited as needing them (such as start-up time, sharing, set-up, and cooling, just to name a few).

For Everyone. The Samsung Chromebook is a new computer that helps you get everyday things done faster and easier. It starts in seconds, has virus protection built-in, and runs your favorite Google apps plus thousands more. The Chromebook comes with leading Google products, like Search, Gmail, YouTube and Hangouts, so you can work, play, and do whatever you want, right out of the box.

You can easily share it with multiple people- switching accounts takes seconds, and everyone gets their own files, apps and settings. And it's simple to use.

There's no setup, and your files are automatically backed up in the cloud. At just 2.4 pounds, 0.7 inches thin, and with over 6.5 hours of battery life, the Samsung Chromebook can go anywhere you go. It's built to stay cool, so it doesn't need a fan and runs silently. It also includes 100GB of free Google Drive storage (for 2 years), a built-in webcam, and dual band Wi-Fi to make it easy to connect to wireless networks.

Sponsored by: Mom BlogSociety | S.O.S Mom | Jackie’s Reviews | Geeky Gamer Mom | Swank Savings | She Informed | Mom Does Reviews | Route 249 | A Medics World | And a special thanks to the following brands. Lumber Liquidators | Trade Winds Imports | Brylane Home | | eFacuets | Carolina Rustic |

Open World Wide: Winners outside the USA will receive a Paypal or Amazon equivalent in place of the Samsung Chromebook no exceptions.

For your chance to win simply enter via the RC below. GOOD LUCK!

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Soups (w/coupon giveaway)

I am a Smiley Girl.  What that means is that from time to time Smiley 360 will offer me a mission to do for fun.  This go around the mission was to try Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Soups.  In return, I was given a pair of cute red and blue socks for my 'ahhh' moment, a free full-sized sample of the soup, and some generous $2 off coupons.

When grocery shopping last week, I used a couple of my coupons, so we had several flavors on hand in addition the free sample we were given.  We decided to do the 'ahh moment,' which was to try the soup, the day before yesterday after we'd been outside playing in the snow. What better way to warm up than with soup, right?  So we came inside, I got snuggled up into my new chair, and asked hubby to take a picture of me enjoying my soup...with my new socks on, of course.

A few minutes later I walked into our library to find this scene:

My son was totally mimicking my fabulous Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Soup 'ahh moment'.

I told him if he was going to do it, he had to do it right, and that meant wearing the socks.  He was DELIGHTED to run off and get the too big, girly socks to wear for another picture.  It was fun, and he's cuter than I am anyway, so I am using his picture for the post. :)

If you're gonna have an 'ah moment' with your soup, you've got to have comfy socks!

I had to tell him several times to stop laughing or he was going to end up with soup on his lap!  We only heat his soup to barely warm (because he's five), but we do usually put him at the table to eat it, lol!  He wanted to sit in the recliner though, because I'd sat in mine for the review I was going to post, and he was trying to get it just right (that's my boy!).

I've mentioned before that my son could live off of soup if we'd let him, so even though this was his first time trying the Slow Kettle Style, I suspected he would like it.  And he did.

We took a couple more pictures and ushered him over to his little kiddy table to finish his soup.

You can heat your Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Soup up in the microwave, but we like to have ours heated on the stove (the directions say you can do either).  The soup was really delicious.  The Southwest-Style Chicken Chili I had was jam-packed with black beans (one of my favorites) and had just a touch of Jalepeno kick to it.  I'd like to tell you how my son's tasted, but he ate it all (I told you he could live off of soup).

Anyway, the soup was really good, and Smiley 360 has given me some to share with you.  If you're interested, enter on the Rafflecopter form below.  Four winners will get (2) coupons each.  Each coupon is good for $2 off of a single soup (good deal, right?).  This will give you a chance to try a couple of the flavors, at a big discount, so you can find the flavor you like best. US only.

Thank you to Campbell's Slow Kettle Style Soups and Smiley 360 for the mission.  You can learn more about the soup by visiting the website, and pick up a $1 coupon for a limited time here.  You can also follow them on Twitter and/or Tumblr.

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Disclosure:  I received a pair of socks, coupons to give away, and a cup of soup to facilitate the review.  No other form of compensation took place.  All opinions stated are my own.

Movie Clip from 'Oz the Great & Powerful!'


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Genre:                                      Fantasy Adventure
Rating:                                      PG                  
Release Date:                           March 8, 2013
Running Time:                           127 min

Cast:                                        James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff
Director:                                   Sam Raimi
Producer:                                  Joe Roth
Executive Producers:                Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen, Philip Steuer
Screen Story by:                       Mitchell Kapner
Screenplay by:                          Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

When small-time magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) pulls one flimflam too many, he finds himself hurled into the fantastical Land of Oz where he must somehow transform himself into the great wizard—and just maybe into a better man as well.


Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved wizard character. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” is produced by Joe Roth, with screen story by Mitchell Kapner and screenplay by Mitchell Kapner and David Lindsay-Abaire. Grant Curtis, Palak Patel, Josh Donen and Philip Steuer are serving as executive producers. “Oz The Great and Powerful” opens in U.S. theaters on March 8, 2013.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

I am a Co-Host at Katherine's Corner Today, WooHoo!

A lot of you probably already know about Katherine's Corner.  If you do not, I urge you to head on over and take a look at it, it's a fantastic blog.  The blog owner, Katherine, is a very sweet woman who has boat loads of talent and a great big heart.

Her staging is elegant, her writing is informative, serious, and/or fun; her food is delicious; and her crafts are the bomb.  She has been featured in Wedding Magazine, and she runs two online stores, Keepsakes by Katherine and Be Well Gifts. She is also available for hire if you need or want help with any kind of design for your blog.  I took advantage of that once and happily asked her to design my Mail4Rosey button (which I can be seen on my side bar).

Today I am co-hosting Katherine's very popular Thursday's Favorite Things blog hop, where you will find a ton of good people, and a lot of great crafts, food, and ideas going around.  I'm like the world's worst crafter and she still lets me play along every week (thank you, Katherine!).  And I love to be there, I never walk away without learning something, and her hop is one of the places I have made some really great bloggy friends.

Below is the blog hop.  I hope you'll hook up and take a look around at some of the others who have linked too.  It's really just a fun place to be.

Here are the rules, yes there are rules. But just a few:
  • Follow Katherines Corner preferably through Email it’s on her right sidebar (or facebookgoogle plus or twitter) and my Blog too
  • Visit as many blogs in the list as you can.
  • Share the button or a linklback on your post.
  • No adult content blogs

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Even Cleaning Can be Fun (Wordless Wednesday)

I thought it would be a good idea to clean out the linen closet.  My little one thought it would be a good idea to grab one of the blankets and throw pillows and take advantage of the empty space. ;)

Winner (Announcement)

Congrats to Sandy K. whose name was randomly selected by Rafflecopter as the winner of the Udderly Smooth prize pack.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Honeywell & Vicks Winter Blues Giveaway

Welcome to the Honeywell & Vicks Winter Blues Giveaway. 
Hosted by Stay a Stay at Home Mom with co-hosts Mom 2 Bed by 8 and Free Makeup and Beauty Samples. Sponsored by Honeywell & Vicks. 

 One lucky winner will be able to chase away the winter blues this season with a Vicks GermFree Cool Mist Humidifier, Retail Value $69.99, and a Honeywell Energy Smart 360 Surround Heater, Retail Value $64.99, both must-have products for winter. 

With the weather being so crazy this year, warm one day and ice cold the next, colds and flu are running rampant like rarely have I seen before.  Taking preventative measures to avoid being sick just makes good sense.  Both of these items give you a running start for beating the season of sick!

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The Weather is Wacked

When I left this morning, the weather was jacket weather warm, but the car doors were frozen and there was a thin coating of ice everywhere.  I thought it had to be 32 degrees (F) for it to freeze?  Anyway, driving was fine, but the ice had already taken out electric down the road (knocking on wood it doesn't come this way), and at the street light heading to the highway (an interesting turn to take with no working street lights).

On the way home, which really wasn't all that long later, the ice stopped and the snow started pouring (I always used to tell my husband that it cannot 'pour snow,' but now I see that he was correct, and I was completely wrong).

Now it's steady, but flurry type of snow coming down.  The fluffy, pretty kind.

But the weather's a mess.  It'll be interesting to see what the rest of the day holds.

It's been a very curious season, to be sure.  Anyone else having wacky weather this year?

MailPix: Get a Free Picture Keeper with Order

MailPix is an online photo service that offers unlimited, lifetime photo storage. They also offer photo printing (in many sizes including those most compatible with Instagram).

If photo gifts are what you are looking for, then look no further because MailPix aslo offers a huge selection of customized items, some of which are common and always welcome, like photo mugs (in three different sizes), canvas totes, and photo puzzles.

Photo Puzzle

And others that are more unique, like the glass cutting board, photo pillowcases, photo coasters, and reusable shopping bags!

Glass Cutting Board
Reusable Shopping Bags
If services are what you need, they have a plethora of those at your fingertips too. They will scan pictures, negatives, and/or slides for you; allow you to print from Facebook or Instagram; and they can put your old photos on DVD.  They have also partnered with a video transfer service and can convert your old VHS tapes to a DVD format.

If you're looking to edit or enhance photos, MailPix offers two different types of editing services, both of which are very easy to use:  Aviary and PicMonkey. Between the two options, just about any type of photo edit, blemish removal, prop or sticker you want added or subtracted from a photo can be found.

There are also regular deals and features offered that allow even deeper discounts off of their already reasonable prices.

One of the current deals they have running is a free Picture Keeper as a gift with any purchase. The Picture Keeper is an easy way to save or backup photos that are on your computer.  It holds up to 4,000 photographs, with the option to upgrade to a bigger size at check out, and is compatible with both PCs and Macs. One per household, customer responsible only for the cost of shipping.  Keep your eyes open for great deals and get the most product for your money from MailPix today!

You can learn more about MailPix by visiting their website.  You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Google + .

Disclosure:  I received a free product to help with facilitating this review. No other form of compensation took place.  All opinions stated are my own.

Monday, February 18, 2013

What I Really Want (to play my music on), is a Jukebox!

We've run the gamut of music formats in our home.  We started as kids with our parents/grandparents' 78's, 45's, and 33's and their 8-track tapes (anyone remember how pronounced the sound was when those tapes moved to a new track?). Then we moved to our own records and cassette tapes. The beauty of the latter was that you could record your own music (and if you got tired of the tape you could cover the holes on top of it and put something brand new on there), and eventually to CDs (yes, I was among those who paid a small fortune to buy the same music I already had all over again).

And then there was the iPod.  My kids got on that bandwagon WAY before I did, and then hubby did too.  When I finally got around to transferring all of my CDs to an iPod, it took a really long time to transfer them, and now I have 12,000 + songs on a small device that I know is going to eventually fail (it's electronic right? and all electronic things fail).  I do have the songs backed up on an external hard drive, but I'm terrible about keeping that updated when I download new songs.  And my iPod for the most part, goes untouched.

It's not that I don't love the music, I do, but I haven't quite got the hang of playing it.  I don't like to scroll around looking for another song when one is done, and am not overly fond of the playlist concept (I don't want the same songs in the same order all of the time).  Maybe there's a random genre button you can select from the menu, I dunno...  it just seems a bit tedious to me to find the songs I want to hear quickly.

So what I'm thinking, is give me a jukebox.  A juke box with all of my songs on it that I can see a playlist of, and push a button to play the song I want at will (or group of songs in the order I've selected them).  And make it portable (and pretty). And loud (so I don't have to be in the same room to hear it, if I want to meander around the house).

Do they even make such a thing?

Are you an iPod person?  If so, how do you navigate through those songs to see and select what you want quickly?

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Random Thoughts

I like to get up very early in the morning, before anyone else in the house is awake, and the earlier the better. For awhile I was getting up regularly at 3:30 in the morning, and I loved it...but lately my body has been requiring more sleep and I don't get up until almost 5.  I feel like I'm losing precious time, but when you're tired, you should sleep.

This morning when I woke up, I was puttering around the kitchen making some waffles and coffee and laughing at the random thoughts going in and out of my mind while I was cooking.

  • The non-drip syrup cap on my syrup bottle drips.  Great concept, faulty outcome. -_-
  • The cheap-o coffee pot with the tall full-sized carafe I bought (to replace the more expensive brands that  kept breaking) is AWESOME!
  • Is that really a pizza box in the 'fridge from last Thursday??? I opened it up and it was empty.  I am quite certain the kids were not responsible since it was a Supreme (flashback to the days when I met hubby and his refrigerator always had two things...a stick of butter and an empty pizza box, lol.
  • Little man's coughing in his sleep which probably means we'll skip church this morning (I won't take him if he's got a cold, I wish other parents adhered to the same policy ;) ). 
  • We're visiting with friends tomorrow, whom we only see a few times a year because they live out of state, so I'm happy about that, but I've got so much to do today...that I thought I would have two days to do it in (today and tomorrow).
  • Why do we stress about happy things like visiting people we like over not being able to get work done that is never ending anyway? Shouldn't it be the opposite and we stress that work is going to get in the way of visiting, instead of stressing that visiting is going to get in the way of work?

And then my waffles were done so I took my thoughts to the table, where I found this:

That's my son's new Lego kit that he bought with money he's been saving a long time (good job little man).  My thoughts on it were that we would get it done over the long weekend, but we got it on Wednesday while school was still going, and the scene went something like this:

Wednesday:  Don't open the box until it's time to put it together or the pieces will get lost.

Thursday:  Stay out of the box or you're going to lose some of the pieces, and then we won't be able to put it together!

Friday:  I opened the box, we're totally geeked to start building...and one of the bags had already been opened.  Of course several pieces were missing, one of which is critical to the base.  So we're not building until we find the missing Legos. Seems easy enough, right?  Looking for them turned up nothing.

Saturday:  Did a house search, one of the Legos turned up.  Couple more to go...

Sunday:  It's still sitting there, on the table, and unbelievably we cannot find the missing Legos (where do those things go anyway??).

I hope the Legos turn up.  Sneaky little hiders, they are (and yes I took full advantage of the situation to offer up the 'This is why you have to listen to mommy,' speech).

Little man woke up shortly after that, and the first thing he wanted to know is if we were building Legos.  LOL 

Guess we'll be doing another house search today.

Happy Sunday.  :)

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