Monday, September 27, 2010
I am still tweaking my front garden after the addition of my Peegee hydrangea. I split some of my sedum from the back and moved some blooming grasses. I still have to plant a few more plants and some grass and decide how I will edges the garden.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I recently went to one of my favorite garden shops, Acer's, they had 20% off all perennials. This garden center is the Target of flowers...I cannot go here without buying something! I loved this sedum which droops over my rock wall, and has a late bloom which is always hard to find.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Oh I wish I could have squeezed my feet into these shoes! These were a find at Marshals originally $700 pair of shoes and I found them on the discount shelf for $24.99! I only knew one person they could fit and would appreciate them as much as I do and that is my mom. So I bought them for her and they fit. I never seem to find that deal in a size 8 1/2!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
For the past month I had a little farm stand table at the end of my driveway selling flowers, tomatoes and any other excess items from my garden. The flowers were the hot seller and I priced them onloy at a $1 a bunch, mostly zinnias and snap dragons. I had written on a sign to leave the jar and take a paper towel with tinfoil to wrap around the flowers. I still lost several mason jars, recycled glass jars and a plastic cup(Rocky & Carlos from Louisianna). But what took the cake was what got swiped recently. I left at 9am last week to drop my daughter off at school. I returned back by 11:00am and someone took my table that I used for my stand! It was a nice little metal table, it was also a seat and it was gone! Several of my friends told me I should put a sign out saying "Return my table!" but I just have not done it. I cannot tell you how mad I was seeing it gone, and my daughter asked me yesterday if I was still mad.......not as much now. She blamed swiper on it.....
This past week my daughter was not the same daughter I had a year ago. I questioned whether it was too early to send her to school last year as she turned three in November. She was quiet, did not talk much to the teachers and would cry when i left her at school.
What a difference a year makes, or even a summer! This year she not only started the 4 year old Pre-k program at the same school three days a week but also started a special Pre-k program on the other two days at our regional school, which has her in school every day.
The first day of her return Pre-k was old hat to her, walked in and walked right off to play with everyone else. I was worried since one of her good friends she had last year was not there this year, not a problem.
Then the real test was a completely new school, new teachers and new kids. I got her a new backpack, big enough to fit a folder and a new outfit. She walked up with me, immediately went to her teacher and was off, not even looking back to me! Wow.......never thought that would have happened!
The last hurdle this week was dance class, being left again for an hour with new kids and new teachers. She could not wait to put on the ballet and tap shoes, picked out a lavender leotard and was ready to go. I brought her there helped her with her shoes and she was off into the room. Having done dance when I was a little girl, it was exciting to see her want to learn.
It is scary how quickly she is growing, I cannot wait to see what she learns next!
Monday, September 13, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
They companies that make pinatas cannot seem to make an easy one for children to break at a birthday party. I think this sun is smiling knowing this is the case after whacking the thing for way to long and having to physically rip it for ease.
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I cannot remember when the last time we had four days of not seeing the sun and rain every day. Today is the first day of sun after this storm and as much as I appreciate the rain since we were so dry, I am happy to have the sun back. It was almost getting a little depressing with the thought of fall coming, 50 degree evenings, sun going down earlier and damp conditions. I am also a little delayed on laundry without being able to hand it on the line. My daughter's job to water the flowers which she loves can resume tomorrow, once it hits 90 degrees again.......is it too late to request the 50 degree evenings again????
Monday, August 23, 2010
What's your talent? Everyone has one. I think it could be something you really enjoy doing, expressing yourself.
My daughter walks around all day singing, it could be just playing with her little people and she is singing for each person or she just walks up to me asking a question by singing it. She often uses songs she knows inserting new words or phrases. Lately it has been "God Bless America", often heard at all of the Yankee games she goes to. I hear her belting out in full voice "To the ocean...white with foaaaaaaam!" I just have to laugh every time I hear it.
You can have more than one talent which my daughter claims drawing is her second love. I go through a lot of paper, many drawings make it up on to the fridge, each week I have to clear them off otherwise the magnets do not support all of the pictures. Of course, some are better than others, when she is focused on what she is drawing it is amazing to see what she visualizes. Her people drawings are what I love.
What's my talent? It might be knitting and photography. Both of these I want to improve on but I to do both....when I have time.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
I know I have written a few posts about Dove products and I will continue to do so. My last post was about Dove Visibly Smooth anti-perspirant/deodorant and how it minimizes the visual appearance of hair over time. I recently received another sample of it in the Wild Rose scent. I am not a very much into scented deodorants but was surprised on how this was not over powering and was a mild floral fragrance.
As for the product itself, I do think it makes you feel stubble free for longer and makes me feel dry/odor free longer than other products I have used. Being constantly on the go with a 3 year old daughter, gardening, then off to an evening meeting, I feel sometimes I should apply more on to protect myself. Dove Visibly Smooth allows me to not have to do so. Thanks Dove!
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010
On the last day we decided to go in to New Orleans and go somewhere different, the Audubon Zoo was the perfect stop. Although with the temperatures of near 100 and humidity, the aquarium probably would have been more comfortable. It seemed like many of the animals did not mind the weather, except for us! My favorites were the flamingos and the Kookaburras. When we walked up to the Kookaburra, I sang the song to my daughter and when I was done they laughed! I think my daughter was startled by them but I loved it!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Saturday, July 31, 2010
My husband's birthday was this past week and he ALWAYS asks for an ice cream cake. Usually his mom makes it but somehow I got the task. So when asked him what ice cream he wanted, he requested a three layer and homemade knowing we have the ice cream maker to do this. the three layers requested were blueberry, chocolate and strawberry with chopped oreo cookies in between the chocolate layer. This cake process took me three days due to the three types to be made and with high humidity, it was not easy. The easiest part of the cake was the whip cream outside layer which I finished on the last day. It was excellent but way too much work. Next year, two layers only!
Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Breyers Smooth and Dreamy has six rich and creamy flavors, including Chocolate Caramel Brownie, Vanilla Caramel Chip, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Covered Strawberry, Vanilla Fudge Brownie, and Triple Chocolate Chip, Breyers Smooth & Dreamy bars and sandwiches offer something for everyone. And with no artificial flavors or colors, 160 calories or less and 4-6g of fat per serving, and delicious mix-ins and swirls, these bars and sandwiches make for refreshing snacks and desserts.
My favorite so far is the Chocolate Covered Strawberry, smooth and creamy strawberry ice cream and rich chocolate. It reminds me of my strawberry patch picking time in the spring, dipping them in chocolate, yum!What would your Breyers Smooth and Dreamy moment be? Mine is enjoying one after pulling weeds out of my vegetable garden in the hot sun, relaxing in the shade overlooking my flower gardens.
Stop by http://www.smoothanddreamy.com/ to enter the 2010 Sundae Scoop-Off Contest where you can win prizes just for creating the ultimate ice cream sundae!
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Breyers and received products necessary to facilitate my review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.
A fritillary butterfly on my favorite butterfly bush. this year the blooms were loaded and so were the butterflies. Yesterday I spotted my first Monarch of the season in my vegetable garden feeding on the zinnias, no camera in hand to capture the moment of course!
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
I think I spend less time on my computer now than a year ago. For this reason I have been staying away from updating my cell phone to the new iphone, knowing full well that it may increase the time I spend or it could just streamline my time even more.
Last week my husband lost his phone and we have been out of contract for a year. When he asked me if I wanted a new phone, I was still hesitant. Then he came home with the iphone for himself, telling me he ordered the iphone 4 for me. My daughter was excited for the new phone since he quickly surfed the web and brought up Curious George videos and games. I do not think he realizes that she will be demanding him to do this more often than he wants to. I admit it, the new phone is very cool and easy to use and I am looking forward to posting right to my blog site! His birthday was yesterday and I ordered a skin cover for him, New York Yankee simple design, not too flashy.
Of course I had to order one for my phone and I gave my daughter a choice of either Hello Kitty or Derek Jeter #2, wouldn't you know that she picked Derek Jeter!
Thursday, July 22, 2010
This week I was sitting in a Dr's office waiting on my time to finish a root canal and picked up an time Magazine article(June 2010 issue) about The Only Child Myth. We all know about the myth, only children are tagged selfish, spoiled and lonely. I am an only child and did receive comments like these growing up but I have to say I turned o.k.
Many of my childhood friends had siblings, in fact I can only think of one who was an only child. Sure I got full attention from my family and was given a lot of opportunities along with gifts. But I think it did not make me the definition of spoiled. People often think that there is something wrong with the parents for only having one child, society and religion play factors in having large families. My parents just decided that one was enough for them.
Today it seems we are setting a trend in having an only child. Now it is the economy playing a role and also the parents deciding how much they want to put in to parenting. I can relate to this. Right now I have one child, almost 4 years old. We decided to have children later in our lives and I do not regret that. With waiting later, fertility can be more challenging. Some people get pregnant at the drop of a hat. In my case and several other friends I know, this is not the case. After having my daughter, I was asked by several people "Are you going to have another?". My first thought in my mind was "Would you let me enjoy my time with this one and then I will make my decision!" I almost felt offended with the question, often making me mad as if there was something wrong with only having one child! Must have been flash backs of me being an only child and always being asked if I had a sister or brother.
After one year of having my daughter, after two years of my daughter's birth, we decided to try for another. Again, not an easy task and issues of age, blocked tube and what ever else it is not an automatic gimme! I can say one thing, I am not tormented in the fact that I am having problems getting pregnant. If I only have one, it doesn't bother me a bit. I have no problem with my daughter being an only child, I enjoy my time with her watching her grow up, I also enjoy the fact that I can go back to work and have my own time.
Just to show you that the myth has not gone away, I finished the article while sitting in the dentist chair waiting for the Dr. to come in. I put the magazine away and noticed the Dr. had pictures of his children, two girls and close in age. When he arrived, his first question was "How many children do you have?", wow....that's a bold question. So I told him one. Wouldn't you know I was lectured about having only one and two within a close age is much better, and stated I have passed the window of time for having them at a close age!!! Because of the fact he was finishing my root canal and giving me Novocaine, I refrained from any comments but sis state I am an only child and turned out just fine. What struck me funny was a comment he made that having his two children so close in age, he does not have to talk to them, they play with themselves. I am sure you can think of comments to reply to that one!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I wish I could post a past picture but I lost it when my computer crashed. I had two large evergreen bushes at least 50 plus years old and way too close to the house here. I had to dig out all around them and we had the truck rip them out. I am now in the process of planting some new flowers and will put a hydrangea tree on the corner of the house. This project has been 10 years in waiting, finally got my husband to agree with it.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
We had one of our long time good friends Bob...the builder come over and add the chimney and dormer to my daughter's playscape. I think it makes it complete. saved the easiest part for him to do...he can do it(I could not resist)!
Friday, July 16, 2010
When it comes to spending money, the government seems to know how to spend it quicker and more of it than a shop-o-holic! This goes for Federal, State, and local...they are no different! I of course work at the local level and all of the cliches we laugh about and question when it comes to what government employees spend money on seem to be true! I have an example.
Our government runs on a fiscal year. We inform all of the departments a few weeks before the end of this year that any purchase orders left pertaining to that year must be in by a certain date and also let them know what is left in their budget. What do you think happens next? All of the sudden the financial department is swamped with purchase orders and everyone is trying to spend what they have left in their budget line items! Heaven forbid we do not spend that money and use it for the next year or rainy day fund! This is where the frivolous spending happens, all to justify keeping the budget they have set.
One department, not to be named, started off after receiving the purchase order cut off date to request payment of a pair of magnifying glasses(the kind you wear) to be used on off site work. o.k., how did you do your job for the past 20 years without them! Then a verbal request came up for a larger computer screen because theirs were smaller than everyone else! This was not true as the person making the request measured the screen from top to bottom and everyone has the same size throughout the building! They have been notorious for spending monies just to spend it. I found an example of pens ordered that were $30 each because the employee "liked these pens", the explanation given! I like lobster but you do not see me buying it to have for lunch every day! This spending seems to have spilled into the new year. The department head has lost their cell phone while mowing the lawn and wants a new phone. the best part of this is that the phones do not come out of their department budget but out of the Main building budget! This person has lost the phone twice already and has gone over the phone contract for replacement phones. So when offered a phone that was the former Selectman's phone, the response was not pretty. Evidently a new phone was expected and we were told that the replacement phone had bad reception. Since when does phone reception involve the phone and not where the towers are located for service! The list goes on and on.
I find myself going in to work, encountering at least one incident a day and it always amazes me when it happens. Trying to stop these incidents is another story for another day.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Multitasking is what I feel often is the culprit for change in weight. My schedule is full every day whether it is house chores, work, community involvement or just driving my daughter to what ever activity she has. My time gets stretched and often eating on the go is not the best way. This also limits the amount of exercise I have, often finding myself trying hard to fit in a walk. Hence I often find myself tossing my weight loss goals out the window. UnderWAY and Smart for Life have come up with some products to help meet weight loss goals.
Smart for Life has also developed products to help the weight loss goals. The Smart for Life products are all natural, 60% organic products offering great snacking on-the-go. The products contain the necessary nutrients like Omega-3 fatty acids and HeroFiber, with zero trans fat and making you feel fuller, quicker. Adopting a new 7-meals-per-day schedule featuring 6 cookies or products plus a balanced dinner allows your body to maintain steady blood sugar and glucose levels, and to burn more fat for a longer portion of the day. I have found that eating more meals in smaller quantities does regulate my appetite and blood sugar levels, also curbing those urges to pick up something I do not need to eat like a bag of chips(my down fall)! The variety of products that Smart for Life offers is soups, shakes, bagels, cereals, cupcakes and more. There is a Guide for maximum results and how you can stay on track with your weight loss. How does the product taste? Tasty, fulfilling and I was surprised how it held me to dinner.
Combining the two products of underWAY and Smart for Life, I can have a more effective way to reach my weight goals and keep me on track to not eating bad junk food choices.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of underWAY and Smart for Life and received samples to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
Over the weekend I had a problem getting into my blog from any link I entered. I could get to my dashboard but could not view my blog, I was blocked. It seemed I had lost my domain name. I had to register for it again but when I did so, it seems someone else had picked it up! Hence every time I tried to search for it and link to it, the page went to a bar/alcohol items page with a woman posing like she was going to school! So I decided to see if I could register for my original choice which someone had grabbed when I first started this blog and it was available! I am now running on www.lifeislikechampagne.com which has omitted the blog name in it! The fun things you encounter in the blog world!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The stories always seem to come out after someone passes away, and with George Steinbrenner, they were being conveyed as soon as the news broke. Many were about his compassion, whether it was a personal occurrence or how he donated so much to the community. The stories do not surprise me, with a successful enterprise and devoted to his family, it only makes sense. Many you did not hear about until now and some you knew.
I cried when he went out on the field for first pitch of the All Star Game in the old Yankee Stadium, how could you not if you are a fan. It just seemed like the last time he would be there for the old stadium and maybe public appearance. The ovation was wonderful, the players greeting him was making my eyes well up and it was what he deserved.
If you are not a Yankee fan, than most likely you have cursed his name. And why not, he spent the most, bought out many players under other teams who were trying for the same and had the money to pretty much do what he wanted. I can only point it out as jealousy, because if you had him as an owner, it would be a different story. He made a sorry franchise into a billion dollar business and set the bar for the rest.
For the family, it had to have been very hard to see him ill for the past several years. Our families deepest sympathy and he will always be remembered.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
The Solo Cup Company has launched their second annual online photo contest with a grand prize of $5,000 for the best photo featuring Solo products. You'll be able to enter your favorite photos at http://www.solocups4ever.com/ until August 6th. In addition to the grand prize, two $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded at the end of the contest. By entering, you'll also have the chance to win daily and weekly prizes of gift certificates and Solo products- a great way to extend the fun throughout the year!
Stop by and vote for her at http://www.solocups4ever.com/ and load up your Solo photo for your chance to win!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Kelly Ripa and Electrolux are joining forces once again to celebrate the launch of Electrolux Appliance's new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer, this is where the split comes in and yes the familiar duo has split up. And to sweeten the celebration, they're bringing in the "Emperor of Ice Cream" Stephen Bruce, owner and founder of Serendipity 3, the landmark New York City restaurant and dessert spot, into the mix. Kelly and Bruce teamed up to make banana splits and now we can dig in with our virtual spoon!
Stop by http://www.kelly-confidential.com/, you can build your ultimate banana split using virtual ingredients from classic whipped cream to caramel sauce to rainbow sprinkles. For each "split", Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund as part of its $750,000 commitment to help fight ovarian cancer.
The sweetness doesn't end there! Everyone who logs on to the site and builds a split will be automatically entered for a chance to win the daily prize - $50 towards sweet summer treats - and the grand prize: the new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer from Electrolux. I think you can store a lot of ice cream and toppings in both of these appliances!
Stop by and design you own banana split, what a way to keep the calories down and a great way to donate to a cause. Who knows, you may need a kitchen remodel just to fit the new appliances if you win! Just invite me over when you win for an ice cream sundae, with bananas of course!
WHOA THERE! I forgot to add I have a $25 American Express Gift Card for a GIVEAWAY!!!!!! Very easy to enter. Just tell me what your favorite ice cream is and stop by the sight to do your virtual split! Entries must be within the United States and I will pick the random winner on JULY 12, 2010! Winner will be posted and must contact me with 48 hours of posting the winner. Good luck!!!!