Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Carseat Company Conspiracy (A Pissy Post)

I'm a little pissy about something and so I will share it with you! Lucky!

We had a garage sale last weekend. I decided to part with a carseat that we used for (I think) our last 4 kids. We were never in so much as a teensy fender-bender. Of course nobody at the garage sale bought it, even though it has a base and is in AMAZING shape.

I tried to put it on the porch for the charity to take and THEY LEFT IT!

So I ask you, what can I do with it? Since everyone is so freaked out about used carseats that have possibly been in a wreck and are possibly cracked and could possibly not work when needed in the future, where does that leave all the carseats?

We are so damn concerned with BEING GREEN in this country lately, but I ask you how many carseats are sitting in landfills, to NEVER DECOMPOSE?'

Don't ride me about how we want our babies to be safe and all that. I get it, okay? But there has to be some way to like do a sonogram on a carseat to see if it has a hairline fracture or something, right? And if it passes as NEVER BEEN IN A WRECK, then let's use it again!!!!!

You'll use cloth diapers and feed your kid all organic but you are perpetuating landfill crap, new mommies!

YES, I used a USED carseat back in 2001 when I had my first kid. A friend had used it and a friend before her. This was back in the day before bases and we had to roll up a towel and put it under the back of the carseat to make sure it was tilted correctly. I also did not use special expensive baby detergent (yes, I know some kids really do have sensitive skin). Do these things make me a bad mom? Nah.

I think the carseat companies just want you to believe all this crap and just buy more carseats ... at $100+ a pop. Think about it.

So I'm gonna try to Freecycle the dang thing before I throw it in a Dumpster. I'll let you know how THAT goes.

*UPDATE: Thank God for Facebook or I would know nothing. One person said the local health dept. might take them for the needy. Another person said you can go online to see how to recycle the entire seat! Another said to post it like on Facebook to see if someone wants it and trusts me that it has not been in a wreck! There ya go!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Moon Sand Review

Maybe your kids or grandkids have been asking for Moon Sand for a long time, but you're scared.  "What if it's like that crappy Floam?" you wonder.  "And it's expensive!" you proclaim!

You wanna know what I think about Moon Sand?  I love it! I don't love vacuuming it off the floor, but it's more fun and less mess than Play-do and Floam and other junk that's out there these days. My husband says it's like if you took an eraser and erased for an hour ... the eraser "leavings" are like Moon Sand, only it somehow sticks together like nice, wet beach sand -- only better!

I give it two thumbs up and 5 Dove chocolate hearts! A great gift for a kid at Christmas or for a birthday!

Originally published 4/30/10

Adult Preschool at My House

I picked up a 2007 copy of Parenting Magazine that was being tossed out at my library and came across a great thing on the inside back cover. It's called "Preschool Ideas We'd Love to Steal." Here are my favorites:

Time-outs. YES! I need a time-out sometimes! From my kids, from my husband, from other people in general. Let's take more time-outs!

Free play. YES! I need to stop focusing so much on getting everything done and stop and turn on the music and just dance with the kids.

Snacks every two hours. Well, I kinda have this one covered already. If I don't snack, I turn into a bear.

Super-enthusiastic greeting at the end of the day. Well, I do get that from my husband, which surprises me after 17 years of being together. But I'll take it!

Buddy system. Every now and then I do this ... like when a friend is coming over and offers to bring a nice coffee or when I offer to buy something for a friend who is currently cash-strapped.

MANDATORY NAPTIME. Need I say more? I'm not sure who will be watching my kids while I take my daily mandatory nap, though. The Nap Fairy, perhaps?

Got any to add?

Friday, September 28, 2012

Crockpot Chili (EASY!)

I love this meal to make life easy ... and cheaper because I don't use canned beans! I love this meal for Tuesdays when the kids have religious education class and I work the nursery there. It runs from 4:30-5:45, so it's nice to get home and have dinner READY!

You will need:
2 pounds ground beef
1 cup pinto beans (or just used canned!)
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can diced tomatoes
Chili seasoning to taste
Sour cream, cheese, crackers, onions

Follow instructions on beans for the quick method where you boil them then let them sit for a while in the hot water. Meanwhile, brown ground beef until no longer pink, then drain. Add chili seasoning and some water and mix. Toss it in a slow cooker. Add corn and tomatoes. Drain water from pinto beans and rinse. (a friend told me the more rinsing you do, the less gas you get later!!!!) Add beans to slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours and enjoy!

Grab your can of air freshener for later.

Falling in Love With Baby Giveaway! Ends Nov. 3

Beautifully BellaFaith, An Ordinary Housewife, Mommies with Cents and The Birth of a Mother are hosting a fabulous event named Falling in Love with Baby. This giveaway event features products specifically for babies, toddlers and expecting mommies! The majority {if not all} of the participants of this event are mothers, and we know how stressing it might be to get EVERYTHING needed for baby. We decided to make it easier on one special mommy {or mommy-to-be}! One LUCKY winner will receive ALL of the following:
Three onesies from Hank Player {ARV: $72}
Shampoo and Baby Lotion from Sum-Bo-Shine {ARV:24}
One DVD from Little Pim {ARV:$17.95}
$25 Gift Card to Taylor Joelle Designs
Two canisters of Boogie Wipes {ARV:$18}
BellyBuds {ARV:$50}
The Mommy Hook {ARV: $10}
Glodose {ARV: $7.99}
Blankie Buddy Set from Vitamins Baby
Tubby Time Set from My True Nature
GoGreen Champ 3 Cloth Diaper {ARV: $17.95}
Two Christmas hats from Tweetlebug Boutique {ARV: $40}
Take Your Pix Board Book Album {ARV: $25}
Monogrammed Juppy Baby Walker {ARV:$50}
Newborn Necessities by Jennifer Cigale {ARV: $9}
Binky Spritz {ARV: $6}
3 winners = Preggie Pops, Preggie Drops and Queasy Kids {ARV: $14 per winner}
Doesn't this look like an AMAZING prize pack to win?! I think so! Enter below using the Rafflecopter widget. The giveaway will end November 3rd 11:59PM EST. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another will be chosen. You do not have to be a blogger to enter or win! Beautifully BellaFaith, co-hosts and participants are not responsible for prizes that are lost, damaged or stolen. Good luck!
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

$50 Starbucks Gift Card 6-Hour Flash Giveaway! 6-12 EST

Sorry, this one is over. Come back Friday night since I clawed my way through the other bloggers to get a spot in another great giveaway like this.

$50 Starbucks Gift Card 6-Hour FLASH Giveaway!!!

A few AWESOME Bloggers have teamed up to give you this wonderful $50 Starbucks Gift Card! We believe in quick, small, and easy giveaways! Our giveaways only have a FEW entries to fill out and you will know if you WIN in just a couple of hours! WHAT FUN! Good luck on this 6-hour flash giveaway! See you back on Friday for another great FLASH giveaway!

Make sure to check out our wonderful sponsoring sites on their Facebook pages when you have time!

Kerrie says: YES! Another Starbucks flash giveaway! You can count on me to bring you the best giveaways! I love Starbucks (and I also love cash, which you can choose, or the Amazon gift card to get a jump on shopping!). Good luck!

* NOTE: You can choose PayPal or Amazon GC instead of the Starbucks GC if you are the WINNER!!!

 *If you are unable to comment due to my screwy system on either Blogger or Intense Debate, please email me at mommykerrie at yahoo dot com with your comment so you can get the entries.

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$50 Starbucks Gift Card Flash Giveaway Tonight!

Come back tonight at 5 p.m. CST for another awesome flash giveaway. It only runs 6 hours, so enter early!

Wordless Wednesday with LINKY: It's Not Easy Bein' a Kid

Samuel, age 2, trying to take out the trash

Samuel, helping put lunch on the tray

Samuel, after a long day, asleep in his carseat with his sister's shoes on

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tackle-It Tuesday: Garage Sale!

There comes a time in everyone's life when they say:


I usually just donate our unwanted/unused things, but the kids were wanting to sell some of their stuff and we heard there was a Neighborhood Garage Sale coming up, so we started saving up our stuff to sell.

The kids ended up making more money than we did. Even listing it on Craigslist twice, we didn't get as much traffic as we usually do and I probably made about $1/hour at the end. Our HUGE NEIGHBORHOOD GARAGE SALE probably had about 10 house participating ... sheesh! C'mon, people, I know ya'll have junk to get rid of!

** Come back soon to see my pissy post about getting rid of carseats and the conspiracy involved!

Garage sales can be fun, but in the end they are never worth it for us. And we ended up with all this on the porch to be donated to a charity.

STILL, we got rid of a bunch of stuff from the house. So Tackle-It Tuesday is a SUCCESS!!!!

The question for you for today is: How do you feel about hosting a garage sale?

Monday, September 24, 2012

$55 Toys R Us Gift Card FLASH GIVEAWAY! 6-12 EST only

Sorry, this one is over :-( ... but come back Wednesday night, 9/26/12 same time for a Starbuck's gift card (or PayPal cash) giveaway!

$55 Toys R Us Gift Card 6-Hour FLASH Giveaway!!!
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A few AWESOME Bloggers have teamed up to give you this wonderful $55 Toys R Us Gift Card! We believe in quick, small, and easy giveaways! Our giveaways only have a FEW entries to fill out and you will know if you WIN in just a couple of hours! WHAT FUN! Good luck on tonight's giveaway! See you back on Wednesday for another great FLASH giveaway!

Thanks to the WONDERFUL sites participating in this evening's 6-Hour FLASH Giveaway!! Check out them out through their Facebook pages when you have time!

Kerrie says: I love this giveaway! We happen to hit Toys R Us quite often starting in November, so I had to sign up to get involved with this awesome giveaway. Even if you don't have kids, everyone can use something at Toys R Us ... for a baby shower, for a birthday party, for a friend, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc.! Enjoy! Thanks for coming by!

*NOTE: You can choose PayPal/Amazon GC in substitution of the Toys R Us GC.

Eddie Bauer Travel System Giveaway Ends 9/30

As child safety week is coming to an end Tailor Made Momma and and Life With Levi have teamed up to bring you the giveaway event of the month! Eddie Bauer 3-Wheeled Travel System From Monday September 24th to Sunday September 30th you have the chance to enter to win this awesome prize! US Only. Sorry :( This item retails for $249.00 and can be found exclusively at Target! What to see what Cristina at Tailor Made Momma thought about the Trevel System? Check out her review here. Here are a few of the great features that this travel system offers: -Infant seat holds up a baby from from 4lbs to 35lbs. -Stroller supports child from 4lbs to 50lbs. -Quick one hand fold and stand. -Child snack tray with cup holder. -Parent tray with 2 cup holders.   Even if you don't have an infant this would make a great gift for the mom-to-be in your life.   

Kerrie says: Just because I may be done having kids, doesn't mean I don't want to offer my readers some great baby stuff! And if you don't need this, you could win it ... what a great baby shower gift for someone in your life! They would owe you for life! So why not enter and share it everywhere?!

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Happy Fall Sunday!

Whew. I've been busy this last week, so I'm taking a break! Check out my tons o' giveaways down the left side of the blog ... I have an addiction to giving things away ... who knew?

We had a garage sale, a day at the farmstead with friends, a NICU reunion at our local children's museum, an orthodontist appointment for Joel, Scouts and so much more!

I hope you are all doing well and are having a lovely fall day. Check in with me in the comments section ... I do read them all and get back when I can!

Come back Monday night for a Toys R Us gift card 6-hour flash giveaway from 6-12 EST. Then Wednesday night I'm having a Starbuck's gift card 6-hour flash giveaway, same Bat time, same Bat channel.

See you then!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

I Love This Dress! + Earrings/Bracelet GIVEAWAY! Ends 10/3

Small Concept and Wonderful Things In Life are giving away a Peaches n Cream Dreamy Blue Vertical Tiered Ruffle Dress (worth $52.50) – if ever the size of the dress is not available during the time the winner claim the dress, the owner will give a cash credit ($55) to purchase anything they want to the store, a pair stud earrings, and a Gemstone bracelet. The giveaway will start September 22 and will end this coming October 13, 2012. The mechanics of the giveaway is just easy follow, leave a comment, and tweet. Just fill up the rafflecopter below.

Kerrie says: Okay, when I saw this dress, I knew I had to participate in this giveaway! My daughters went nuts when they saw it and if they made it in my size I would TOTALLY wear it! Also, I love me a good simple stud earring! I love black, too, so the bracelet kind of rocked. So there ya go! Enjoy!

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$1000 Hello Fall Cash Giveaway! Ends Oct. 22

Welcome to Hello Fall $1000 Cash Giveaway

Happy Home and Family and Jenn’s Blah Blah Blog together with the most amazing group of bloggers are bringing you once again another FABULOUS event where one very lucky reader will win $1000 cold hard cash!
Special thanks to: Diva Fabulosa & Beauty and Fashion Diva  

So what would you do with a thousand dollars if you win, tell us your plan :)?

Yes, readers of The Kerrie Show, this is the biggest one yet! $1,000 would cover Christmas for all 5 of my kids and then some! I am dying to know what you would do with this money, so leave me a comment for sure!
  • Giveaway will run September 22 at 12:01 am EST – October 22 at 11:59 PM EST
  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • Must have a PayPal account
  • Entries will be verified so please don’t cheat, it’s a waste of time.

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Goodluck everyone!   Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for shipment of prize, nor did I accept any form of payment to promote this event. All entries will be verified.

$250 Prize Package from Baking Beauty!

In celebration of my bloggy friend  Baking Beauty reaching 10k Facebook Fans, she has organized a giveaway of some of her favorite things! There will be 10 lucky winners!! She would like to thank the following bloggers for helping her celebrate: Mama Nibbles , Southern Girl Ramblings , Cheap is the New Classy , Mom's Book Shelf , and Confessions of an Overworked Mom .

Check out all this great stuff!

Prizes: 1. Sephora Giftcard ($10) 2. This Chick Bakes Delicious Vegan Gift Box(ARV: $36) (You'd never know they were vegan if I didn't tell you!) Featuring Two rich Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies, two Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Two Chocolate Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Two Ginger Molasses Cookies, and two Ginger Pumpkin Loaves. The best gift for any vegan with a sweet tooth...or maybe someone who's watching their cholesterol. You gotta try these! You can read my full review: of these vegan desserts HERE 3. Asher's Chocolate Covered Oreos (ARV $17): This to-die-for confection is my favorite holiday treat! You can check out the full Chocolate Covered Oreo Review here. 4. SafSlim targets belly fat with clinically proven Safflower Oil. It has been found to reduce belly fat by 9% without a change in diet or exercise. Also, it has appeared on Dr. Oz and won the Best Product Innovation award from GNC! 5. Vtech Kitchen Essentials Basket: Stuffed full of everything you'll need to bake great desserts, and keep your household running smoothly. Including:
  • Large red and white mixing bowl
  • Better Homes and Gardens Cook Book
  • Retro red kitchen timer
  • Red measuring cups
  • Red dish towels
  • Red oven mitts
  • VTech design phone in red
6. Finally, I have 5 innovative mascaras to giveaway. Lash Control Pink Squeeze is a Black Lengthening and Conditioning Formula with a Full Tapered Brush. It features a unique package that helps get rid of any excess product and banish clumpiness. Best of all in October a portion of the proceeds for pink squeeze will go to charity! (ARV: $20) You can also pick up one of these mascaras for 15% off using the code BakingBeauty! Please enter on the rafflectoper below. Best of luck!

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Dunkin Donuts $60 Gift Card FLASH GIVEAWAY tonight 6-12 EST

Sorry, this one is over, but come back for another one on Monday night, 9/24/12 for a Toys R Us gift card and Wednesday, 9/26/12 for a Starbuck's gift card!

$60 Dunkin' Donuts Gift Card 6-Hour FLASH Giveaway!!!
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A few AWESOME Bloggers have teamed up to give you this wonderful $60 Dunkin' Donuts Gift Card! We believe in quick, small, and easy giveaways! Our giveaways only have a FEW entries to fill out and you will know if you WIN in just a couple of hours! WHAT FUN! Good luck on tonight's giveaway! See you back on Monday for another great FLASH giveaway!

Kerrie says:  Please, enter this one for me since I have started Weight Watchers and need to stay away from the iced mochas and the donuts for a few months until I can control myself around this kind of happy goodness. And please share this giveaway with your friends because if THEY win, maybe they will take YOU for a coffee and a donut! Jeez, what would I even do with $60 to Dunkin' Donuts? Go daily? Get a ton of donuts and freeze them? Sweet possibilities!

Here are our WONDERFUL participating sites for this evening's 6-Hour FLASH Giveaway!! Check out these awesome sites when you have time! 

*NOTE: You can choose PayPal/Amazon GC in substitution of the Dunkin' Donuts GC.

From Crayons to Coupons
Virtually Yours 

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Foodie Friday with LINKY: CrockPot Chicken Enchiladas

the finished product!

You will need:
4 lb. chicken thighs
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
28-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans mild Rotel tomatoes
6-inch corn tortillas (at least 30)
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Cook chicken in slow cooker 6-8 hours on low. Reserve broth. Remove skin and bones and chop.

all rolled up

In large bowl, add chicken then stir in corn, beans and tomatoes.
the filling

Roll filling in tortillas and put in baking dishes.

Top with cheese.

To make sauce, mix soup, Rotel (with juice) and 1 c. broth and pour over the whole shebang.

Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for about 30 minutes. Freezes like a dream!
the sauce

Here's the LINKY so you can add your recipes, as many as you like! We'll be here all week; don't forget to tip your waitress.

EcoDitty Lunch Bag Giveaway! (and Guest Post by Mommy Lesson Plans)

Mommy Lesson Plans is our guest host for this post and she's sharing this awesome giveaway with ya'll. I love this idea because it appeals to my crunchy-ish side. So many kids are allergic to stuff these days, and this helps solve the PVC allergy challenge. Check out what she has to say about the prize that's up for grabs, one Snack-ditty! Here's MLP ...

As a parent, I am always thinking about how I would change things if I could. For example, I would install a stop sign at that one corner that scares the death about of me. Or, I would monitor the playground during recess. Whatever it takes to keep my children safe. Well, the creator of the Ecoditty is a mom like me. She discovered that her child as allergic to PVC plastic, making it hard to send lunch to school in baggies.So she made baggies that were made out of fabric.
The company sent me a snackditty, which measures 6 x 4 inches and had a velcro closure. It is made of 100% Organic Cotton fabrics and is printed with low-impact inks and dyes. I like this because it is Eco-friendly, as well as safer for the body. When you close the bag, it is deigned so that a little of it folds and keeps the little snacks in the bag. My snackditty is a little too girlie for me to use in my sons' lunch. So, I decided that it was perfect for me to carry snacks in the diaper bag.

Snack-ditty™ was awarded the iParenting Media Award - 2010 Best Products
This event would not become possible without the participation of these amazing co-hosts: Giveaway Gatorfollow , Couponing with Integrity, and followPea of Sweetnessfollow.

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When Seasons Change Blog Hop 9/21-10/4

Yippee, I know you love a good blog hop, and it's time for another one! The hosts of this particular rockin' hop are And The Littles Ones Too and Taking Time for Mommy. After you find out about the sponsor and the prizes, please enter to win on the Rafflecopter below. Then don't forget to check out the other bloggers involved in this fun hop because they all have great prizes! I love entering in blog hops, and I usually end up winning at least 1 thing from each hop I do when I enter all the giveaways! Good luck! has the most gorgeous personalized invitations for any occasion in many exclusive designs. These invitations make any celebration extra special. Bridal showers, birthday parties for young and old, weddings, baby showers and holiday parties ... you name the occasion, has a design you will love! Ordering could not be easier, and I was floored by all the options! So hard to choose!

With 5 kids, this would definitely make the invitation process much easier for me! And maybe class up my life a little bit! Lord knows I need some class! And the Christmas invitations make me want to have like 10 parties in December! Check out some of the cool stuff below:

I am also offering a copy of The Tater Baby Casserole E-Cookbook valued at 2 bucks.

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