; Life is like champagne......: 2009-03-15

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Why not ask...



My 40th B'Day is coming in less than two months....yuck. I think I am going to ask for this, a Vera Bradley backpack. I want to downsize from my diaper back and love the backpack use. This is the new color for summer, Hope Garden.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

A close call

I had the luck of the Irish with me on St. Patrick's Day. My daughter and I were on the way to a St. Patrick's Day party, merged on the highway and was driving behind a pickup truck about two car lengths ahead. Suddenly the pickups tailgate which was laying down dropped right off of the truck, sliding on the highway toward me. I swerved last minute into the passing lane, not having any time to look to see if there was a car there, which there was not anyone there or behind me! The truck slowed down and pulled over and I kept on going, leaving me completely flustered. I was definitely lucky, if a corner of the truck beds tailgate had caught on the pavement, it would have rolled end on end and who knows what would have happened!

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First Day of Spring


Thank goodness it is here! Here I have my snowdrops in first bloom. We have had a very busy winter with numerous snow storms, ice storms and typical New England warm spells. Let's see how much rain we now get until Summer is here.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Lifecycle of a Blogger

Makes me think in biological terms of the rise and fall of blogging. We Are That Family has a great post about her take on why bloggers stop blogging.
I know my blogging habits have changed since I started this. When I first started blogging, I spent a lot of time surfing blogs, posting comments and also posting on my blog. It was new, fun, entertaining and thrilling. I also had some projects that were being neglected due to trying to keep up with all of the blogs I look at. As the newness wares off, it almost feels like a you are forcing yourself to think of something to post. This is when I realized I had to downsize, think about why I blog and post quality, not quantity. I keep all of the blogs I like to check out on my reader to see what was posted daily, and post less comments. My blog time is cut down to about 45 minutes, quality of blogging life is much better! I know that goes against the blogging concept but I do think it is not always about the number of posts you have. I have also slightly altered what I post about, bringing some politics into the fold, something I am passionate about and kept it off my blog in the past year. After all, a blog is something you are passionate about, doesn't mean everyone else has the same view as you, that would be boring!
Now that I have aired my blogging habits, why do you blog?

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Bryant Gumbel, is he an economist?

I like to watch Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, a little bit of the personal side of sports. What I do not like about the show is when he interjects his personal opinion. Tonight it was about Major League Baseball and the economy. Yes baseball owners are still spending a lot of money on free agents and banking that people are still going to come to a baseball game. As we know, some teams spend excessive amounts of money, and seem to be recession proof. Bryant did not seem to have faith in the Arizona Diamond Backs since Arizona has one of the highest rates of unemployment and he did not think people would be making their way through the turnstiles in mass numbers to see a game.......but wait Bryant.....the team is called the D'Backs now, get the name right! Then came the comments about the New York teams which I was waiting for as he started the subject. He stated he did not think that people were not going to pay the prices to see either the Yankees or the Mets, obviously he hasn't read the New York Post, the New York Times or listened to any talk shows in the NY area involving season ticket holder issues with Yankee Stadium. Maybe there will still be a few of the $1000 seats not sold but I doubt that will be for long and the Steinbrenner's are certainly not crying poverty or trying to ask for bailout money!

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Listerine Total Care


We all have daily routines from when we wake up to going to sleep. This involves the basics of personal hygiene such as shower, shave and brushing teeth. But does this always include a mouth wash?

I am a victim of the hygiene habit. I brush my teeth, I floss, probably not enough. I do not use any mouth wash. Why? Maybe it just has not squeezed into my daily routine and I have yet to find a mouth wash I like that is not too harsh or tastes like medicine. When I had the opportunity to try Listerine Total Care, I jumped on it in hopes this would be the product I was looking for. It was exactly that.

It seems that some people are blessed with teeth that never get cavities, easy teeth cleanings and no issues with dental checkups. I am not under this category as I had cavity issues when I was young, sensitivity with teeth and cleanings are always torcher. But not adding this mouth wash is just plain neglect on your teeth! It amazes me that 92% of adults ages 20 to 64 experience dental decay in the permanent teeth at some point in their lives where proper oral care routines and preventive dental care visits prove more essential than ever for achieving a cleaner, healthier mouth. Adding Listerine Total Care to your daily hygiene routine is as simple as brushing your teeth, and the fresh mint actually tastes good! Not to mention something this simple can save you money from any possible oral issues in the future.

Listerine Total Care has six benefits in one that no other mouth wash has:


· Helping to prevent cavities

· Restoring enamel

· Strengthening teeth

· Killing bad breath germs

· Freshening breath

· Fighting unsightly plaque above the gum line


I am looking forward to testing out two of these benefits when I go on my trip to Louisiana which are freshening bad breath and killing bad breath germs. The food will be spicy and I will be going to a trip to the dentist while I am down there, getting a cleaning from my husband's aunt. I plan on keeping Listerine Total Care mouth wash as my new daily routine and telling my husband's aunt about my experience with this product. Don't you listen to your dentist when they give you advice on products to use?

This review was written for Mom Central.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Yup.....that's cake!


What a way to celebrate Barbie's Birthday, making a life size cake! It looks amazing and the fact they used 2000 Swarovski crystals is amazing and the detail is unbelievable. What a great picture with the Sidney Opera house in the background. Just a little side note, did you know the Sidney Opera House is made of tile? We happened to go to a show there and I thought that was very cool.
Thanks to Cake Wrecks for pointing this story out.

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Omnibus Bill of 2009 price tag for you

If you think that the Omnibus Bill of 2009 does not effect your wallet, wrong! The recent Omnibus Bill Act of 2009 costs the average family $4090.31!

My cost as a family is $3920.43, I could think of better things to spend that money on such as a nice vacation, a garden shed, or even extra money toward my daughter's college fund.

Want to see how much it costs you based on your family or even per person? Stop here to calculate it out.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Dancing with the Stars, back again!

I cannot believe I missed the first showing last week of Dancing with the Stars! I am not a big reality show watcher or even prime time tv shows, but I do watch this and Celebrity Apprentice.

Tonight is the recap and first vote to eliminate the first couple. The stars involved do not seem to familiar to me this season, and was surprised to see Steve-O as one of them. Although I think they should have gone with Johnny Knoxville instead, he was present in the audience.

As for Celebrity Apprentice, Tom Green was fired last week, he was the header for the wedding gown project which the women won again! He deserved it since he was out partying all night prior and late to show up at the event he was organizing.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

The one day everyone seems to be Irish. In the past, we all would go out to Bill's Seafood who has a big bash of corned beef and of course the green beer. That hasn't happened since I have had my daughter. So how do I celebrate?
Today I will be going to a St. Patrick's Day play date over Bugaboo Girl's friend G's house. My husband left this morning for AR, we had our St. Patrick's Day family meal on Sunday with the McLaughlin family, hmmm....could they be Irish? The name says it all, but I can say I am about 1/8 Irish, not much but it must be enough for my daughter to absolutely LOVE Irish Celtic music! We went to a show at the library last week where she was dancing and clapping her hands. We bought the CD and she wants to hear it over one of her favorite music cd's in the car. Thank goodness since I was sick of hearing the 'skipping song'!
How do you cook corned beef and cabbage? It seems that everyone has their own way, some roast it in the oven with brown sugar, others throw the flavor pack in and the beef and let it go. According to my knit friend Kathleen who is as Irish as they come(love her family!), pour Guinness in with the beef and cook it low and slow.
I love to make the Irish Soda Bread, got the recipe from Colleen Duffy whom I use to work with at Waterworks, she also has a very extended family, and very traditional. The recipe is easy and seems to be fool proof for me, I am hard on bread. I am going to be making this today a few of these loafs, one for tonight to eat and the other to the play group. I will post the recipe this week.
And finally, what do you do with the leftovers? One of my favorites is breakfast for dinner! I take all of the corned beef, carrots, cabbage and potato, trow it all in a meat grinder and make corned beef hash, yum! Fry up a couple of eggs and toast up some soda bread, an easy dinner.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Monday Knits

It has been a couple of weeks since I have picked up the knitting needles, and I meet tonight with my knit group. Let's see what has caused me to procrastinate....

  • Vacation to Tampa
  • Arrival of my Sister-in-law's baby
  • Arrival of my girl friend's baby
  • My brother-in-law's B'Day party we had over the weekend
  • unpacking
  • cleaning
  • Spending time outside in the nice weather

Spring is not going to be a good time for knitting!

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Pickup sticks

I know what you are thinking.....those plastic colored sticks that come in a long tube you toss on the floor and take turns picking up without moving the other players sticks. As much as that would be fun, I am talking about another pickup sticks, the ones that have covered my yard the past winter season dropped by out giant maple trees!

Yesterday we had a beautiful day of weather, 50 plus degrees and I decided to get out and do a little mindless work in the yard, picking up all of the sticks to get a head start before the spring when the grass starts to grow and the mower deck gets pulled out. I can't do any planting or uncovering the gardens just yet so this was the best choice on an outside yard project.

My daughter got involved, loving the idea of picking up sticks and throwing them in a pile, although she did get a little possessive when I told her that Daddy was going to pick up the pile and take it away. She would then yell at him when he was on the tractor to make sure he could hear her say "Daddy don't take my sticks away!" This was short lived when she decided she wanted to go and see our neighbor and get pulled in her cart. It certainly felt like spring, hope it was not a teaser and my husband is hesitant to take the plow off the tractor just yet!

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