Friday, November 30, 2012

$30 WalMart Gift Card FLASH GIVEAWAY!

$30 Walmart Gift Card 6-Hour FLASH Giveaway!!! 
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A few AWESOME Bloggers have teamed up to give you this wonderful $30 Walmart GC! 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: everyone needs money this time of year! I'm participating in a bunch of flash giveaways just like this one (some with even higher amounts of gift cards or CASH) in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas. Good luck!   And if you have trouble commenting, just head to The Kerrie Show on Facebook and leave a message there or at mommykerrie@yahoo.com.

Thank you to 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 or Amazon in substitution of the Walmart Gift Card if need be.

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The Tale of the Tooth Fairy Box Set Review




Man, the Tooth Fairy has a hard job. She/he has to wait until the kid with the lost tooth falls asleep, then she/he has to FIND the tooth, then quietly remove it and replace it with a gift or some money. That Tooth  Fairy is busy. Sometimes she/he even comes to our house while we are in the other room praying and doesn't even wait until the kids are asleep. It's like she/he just KNOWS when the kids have hidden their lost tooth and quickly swoops in to replace it with some cash.

"The Tale of the Tooth Fairy" box set would make a great birthday or other holiday gift for a special child in your life. It not only comes with a very cute book, but also comes with a Tooth Fairy doll with a pouch to hold a lost tooth. This way the child can put the lost tooth in the pouch and put the doll on a dresser or shelf and the Tooth Fairy can easily find the tooth! This set comes in a sturdy box which could serve as the Tooth Fairy doll's little home when not being played with or used for official tooth business!

Here's the skinny from the writer and illustrator:

Now for the first time - The Tale of the Tooth Fairy tells the story of how a little fairy finds her trun calling in helping children with the very first sign of growing up - the loss of their baby teeth!  Includes hard cover storybook with Tooth Loss Record Keepker, a boy or girl Tooth Fairy plush doll with Tooth Pouch and a Keepsake Box.  Similar in likability to The Elf on the Shelf, the Tale of the Tooth Fairy will be a darling for parents, grandparents and children alike!    The Tale of the Tooth Fairy was written and designed by husband and wife team Mary Kate Fleming and Brian Ledig. 

Here's where you can buy this super cute set, and here's how to friend them on Facebook!

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That Freaky Anti-Germ Mommy

You don't want to be one of those parents who is all freaky about your kid getting sick off of another kid. You don't WANT to be that mom who is like, "Oh, your kid coughed. We have to leave the playdate now."

So you write Zen things on Facebook like, "Oh, it's okay that your kid puked last night. We are still coming over for the playdate today." and then after the playdate, when the kid puked AGAIN, you write stuff like, "Oh, I like to just pray and do positive thinking and it will all turn out okay."

And usually it's fine. Your kids have a nice, built-up immunity.

Then they all 5 get sick at once and are puking and you're cursing yourself and your damned positive thinking and Pollyanna sick-itude because plans are cancelled and puke bowls are handed out and hair is held back and Saltines are blown through like money in this house.

Then, yeah, you kind of turn into that freaky mom who sees a runny nose at a mass playdate and you bribe the kids to get in the car NOW and we'll get some ice cream on the way home.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

8 Tips for Holiday Sanity

This article came out of trying to be in too many places during Christmas with 3 little kids in tow. Now we spread it all out, say no to some things, and it is a much more enjoyable and less stressful season (especially now that we have 5 kids)!

Ah, childhood! Remember when you didn’t have to worry about being in three places at once during the holidays? The dilemma of where to go seemed to be so easily worked out by our parents and extended family. Now that we are grown-ups, by the time the new year rolls around most of us seem to end up totally frazzled from celebrating the holidays several times with many sets of relatives. Adding your own kids to the mix can make situations even more crazy, leaving them – and you – feeling like the rope in a game of Human Tug-of-War. Below are some quick fixes that will help you and your family be full of holiday cheer this year.

1. Combine family events. Instead of running to your parents’ house and then to see each of your siblings separately, consider having just one shin-dig at one location when most everyone can attend. To make life even easier, forego the sit-down dinner and choose to go the potluck route. Some people choose to throw a small party at their house every year on the second Friday in December, for example, and have things for the kids to do, like building a gingerbread house or painting ornaments.

2. Consider an Open House. Choose a location (like your uncle’s house), a date and a convenient time frame when family members can come and go as they please without the pressure of being on time for a meal. Serve finger foods and other easy fare to make it easy on the hostess.

3. Attend the far-away celebrations only every other year. It’s a fact of life that people marry someone from another state or move out of town due to a job change or other circumstance. This can leave many families feeling pulled in too many directions when the holidays roll around. It can be difficult to decide how to come together, so work out the details in advance.

4. Negotiate annually. All families are different so it can be practically impossible to please everybody every year. One year your cousin may need to leave early to spend the rest of the day with her husband’s family. Another year it may just work out best to hold the event on a completely different day of the month. Which brings me to …

5. Help your extended family realize that, for example, Christmas can be even nicer when spent on a day other than December 25th. You could get together with your grandparents a couple of weeks before or after Christmas Day for a much more relaxed mood. You would get to take your time opening gifts while enjoying each other’s company. What a time to treasure and look forward to every year!

6. Do drop in. Elaine St. James, author of Simplify Your Christmas: 100 Ways to Reduce the Stress and Recapture the Joy of the Holidays, only visits her sister and her family to raise a toast but not to eat. She takes no food for the meal, no gifts, and says to her family, “We’re bringing ourselves and our best wishes for the season.”

7. Just stay home. Some make the choice to celebrate Christmas Day at their own home every year. The decision may not popular, and you might have to defend it every year, but it could be the most relaxing and fun day of your entire year. Just imagine yourself hanging out in comfy sweatpants all day long while you play with your kids and their new toys, games and other gifts.

8. If tensions get high between family members, think of others who may not have any family, or even a home. Consider serving food at a homeless shelter sometime around the holiday or being a bell-ringer for The Salvation Army for a couple of hours. Elaine St. James has another great idea: Make a paper bag lunch with a sandwich, cookies, fruit and juice drink and pass it out to the homeless in your area. These are great opportunities to take your kids along and teach them the true meaning of the holidays.

To ensure no feelings are hurt, make sure your family knows they are always welcome to spend holidays at your home (with some notice, of course!). With a little understanding and communication, everyone in your family can have a peaceful holiday season.


Kerrie McLoughlin is just a regular mom who writes about parenting 5 kids at TheKerrieShow.com and for over 100 regional parenting magazines and shares her expertise in her ebook Make Money to Write About Your Kids.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Gift Guide 2012, $289 Prize Package, Ends 12/12/12

Welcome to my first ever Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway! I have some great products for you to check out, and all of the companies are offering a giveaway, so please enter, tell your friends, and tweet daily because this prize package is worth $209, with another winner getting an $80 prize! Here is what the sponsors are offering:

Live Clean Baby is offering their full line of Live Clean Baby products, which includes tearless shampoo and wash, moisturizing baby wash, moisturizing baby lotion, non-petroleum jelly, diaper ointment and moisturizing bar soap. This package is valued at $47.94, and you can read my review of this amazing line here.

Kimco is offering 4 of their stylish wine bottle covers. This prize is valued at $11.96, and the awesome review of this product is here.


DVO Enterprises is offering two copies of their Cook'n Recipe Organizer Software ($80 value each), and the recent review can be found here.

Modern Art Announcements is offering one design of greeting cards you print yourself, valued at $6. The options can be found at the Etsy store here, and the sponsor is offering 10% off your order with the coupon code KERRIE.

Don Tomas Estate Coffee is offering your choice of one bag of their terrific coffee. This prize is valued at $10, and you can check out my review of this great coffee here.

ReUsies is offering a 2-pack of your choice of their awesome reusable snack bags, valued at $16.  Find my review of this green product here.

Sophisticated Apparel is offering one ear warmer, valued at $18, and you get to choose the color. This is a great,  hand-knitted product, and if you don't live where it is cold, this makes a cute headband! The Etsy shop can be found here; many other products can be purchased, such as belts, leg warmers for adults and kids, wrist warmers, booties and more knitted products! The sponsor is offering 10% off your order with the coupon code KERRIE.

I am also offering a copy of my ebook "Make Money to Write About Your Kids", valued at $19.85.

So many ways to enter on the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!


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Some of the products listed in the Holiday Gift Guide are products I have been sent to review.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Cook'n Recipe Organizer Software Review


Whether you are a fledgling cook like myself or an expert in the kitchen, you will love the Cook'n Recipe Organizer software from DVO Enterprises! First of all, it's preloaded with a bunch of great recipes, and I'm always looking for new recipes to try out on my family and friends. Then it has all these great categories to put recipes you capture from anywhere on the Internet. This program is as easy as moving files around in your Windows Explorer program. This program even includes a glossary of cooking terms for the cooking-challenged like me!

Check out more info about the product and some screen shots, then load it onto your laptop and get cookin'!! You can find Cook'n on Facebook and Pinterest. Then come back because Cook'n is giving away a copy of their software to TWO lucky winners of my Holiday Gift Guide 2012 prize package!



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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Green Your Halloween

Here's my article about making your Halloween a little greener. I like to call it Happy HalloGREEN! I'm posting it because my Halloween Traditions post was very popular and continues to be even after Halloween. Save it for next year!

Between costumes, candy holders, treat wrappers and plastic decorations, Halloween can quickly become a landfill’s worst nightmare. Multiply that by the number of kids you have and you have quite a bit of wasted junk on your conscience. Fortunately, just about anything you do can be done in a more ecologically responsible way, and it’s easy! Check out my tips to green your Halloween — and save some serious cash (paper green!) in the process.

Friday, November 23, 2012

$40 PayPal Black Friday Cash FLASH Giveaway!

$40 PayPal Black Friday CASH! 6-Hour Friday FLASH Giveaway!!!

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Hi, ya'll! Kerrie here. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are here to enter to win some cash to help with your holiday shopping. Good luck! Oh, and I'm having comment issues, so you can head to my Facebook fan page (click on the Facebook blue button on the left) and leave a comment on a post there instead!

A few AWESOME bloggers have teamed up to give you this wonderful $40 PayPal CASH! 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 Monday for another FLASH giveaway! Happy Black Friday!!!

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

* NOTE: You can choose Amazon GC instead of PayPal if you are the WINNER!!!
 
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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanks-o-ween!


This  picture is for my friend Smoosh, who I have known forever, as in BEFORE I GOT MARRIED. We worked together at a public relations firm and were both secretaries who ended up having a much better time as stay-at-home-moms sharing a breast pump and other gross secrets. She said her son looked over her shoulder when she was reading The Kerrie Show (like a good friend should!) and wanted to know what my kids were for Halloween.

Laptop issues prevented me from posting in a timely manner, so here you go on Thanksgiving: the picture of my kids at the church Trunk or Treat. It was COLD here in the Midwest, so they are a bit covered up! Here's your cheat sheet:

Joel was a leopard with taped-on spots because his mom is too lazy and cheap to sew or buy a costume.

Michael was a wizard (recycled costume and hand me down from a friend).

Callie was a "skating queen" (hey, whatever floats your boat and I don't have to come up with a creative idea for).

Eva was a ghost, using a trash bag and a Sharpie, costume by Michael. A neighbor asked if she was wearing a trash bag (incredulous!) and I said she was going as White Trash this year.

Sam was a cow. Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP for a costume that has been used by ALL FIVE kids in my family? Take THAT, Green Movement!

No, I was not passed out drunk on the couch while they got dressed. Would that I could drink alcohol and enjoy it and not get a headache. I just like to let them use their imagination and get creative and find their own stuff to wear!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ReUsies Sandwich and Snack Bags Review


Picture above: the snack size and sandwich size

How stinkin' cute are these ReUsies sandwich and snack bags I got to review?

Here's what the company has to say: "ReUsies™ are a re-usable alternative to sandwich and snack bags. Each one has the potential to eliminate hundreds of plastic bags. ReUsies™ are 100% cotton lined with leak-resistant nylon and are secured with hook and loop closures. They are easy to clean either by hand, dishwasher, or washer and dryer." They keep "food safe and come in a variety of prints for any member of the household."

A hook and loop closure means Velcro to you and me, folks. I scratched my head on that one for a second, but the kids have taken all my brain matter, so go figure.

The one on the top is the sandwich size folded down even smaller to hold a half sandwich or snack ... so versatile!

Okay, so we are ALWAYS on the go. Like almost EVERY DAY we are going somewhere. And I take snacks with us in case we want to stay a little longer somewhere. I go through a lot of sandwich baggies when we pack lunch for the zoo or wherever we are headed around lunchtime. I also go through a lot of snack size baggies for my new Weight Watchers routine: servings of grapes, carrots, pretzel crisps. ReUsies help make my life a lot greener. I used cloth diapers for 10 years on 5 kids; why would I not do the same for snack bags?

These would also be fabulous for packing school kids' lunches and your own lunch for work!

Check out all the cute prints and size options at ReUsies.com!


Come back soon for my Holiday Gift Guide because ReUsies is offering a giveaway of a two-pack of your choice! In the meantime,  here's their Facebook page and their Twitter handle!

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Kimco Wine Bottle Covers Review

I love giving gifts. I love the holidays, too! So when Kimco sent me a couple of their wine bottle covers to review, I knew right away who would be getting a nice bottle of wine this Christmas. Last year we gave my brother- and sister-in-law a bottle of wine for Christmas, but it sure was not wrapped in a cool cover like this one! And they can then wrap a bottle and give it to someone else.

Each cover comes with a tall gift bag with a gift tag so you can put the covered wine bottle in it and write a special message. And then you are all set.  I love an easy gift to give, seeing as how finding lots of time to shop is just not possible in my current situation, having so many little ones.

I love these wine bottle covers because they jazz up and class up an otherwise ordinary gift item.





To purchase this terrific product for only $2.99 each for the cover AND gift bag/tag, head to the store here. There are several great options, and all you have to do is buy a bottle of wine, and you are all done with your gift giving!

Kimco is offering one lucky winer FOUR wine bottle covers in my Holiday Gift Guide 2012 gift package, so please come back next week and enter to win the giveaway!

Monday, November 19, 2012

"Weirder Than Marshmallows" Book Review




“Weirder Than Marshmallows” says it’s the “essays and musings of Dan Fogg.” I think it’s just funny. It’s only about 87 pages, so you can grab it and take it anywhere and finish it in no time, then pass it on to a friend. Or grab it for your e-book reader and read it over and over again.

 

Here are some samples from the book:

 

Here he’s talking about writers and why they write: “And that idea won’t let go, won’t let go no matter what, won’t let go until pen hits paper and it’s evicted from the apartment of your mind with a simple combination of movement and ink.” I love the EVICTED FROM THE APARTMENT OF YOUR MIND! Now I see all my writing ideas as little renters in little apartments in my brain and when I get one on paper and out the door to try to sell somewhere, it gets a tiny eviction notice.

 

In the essay Helplessness and the Valor of Others he describes himself a little: “To carry something this large is an inconvenience to anyone. Even more so when a three month old baby can out arm wrestle you and you need one hand to drive your motorized wheelchair.”

 

In the essay on Electile Dysfunction 2000 he explains the Gore/Bush election mess so well that even I understand it, and even takes a paragraph to describe the CHAD! “And the pregnant chad, which can’t help but make you giggle, is one that’s simply dented in the middle.”

 

The book is varied in topics and broken down into tiny chapters, which I love. He tells tales of human stupidity, “warnings that should never have to be warned”, “stories of mass ignorance”, “Twilight Zone like tales”, and comments on the world in general in an amusing way. AND then includes a few pages of his favorite quotes.

 

My only complaint about this book is that I wish the editor’s note at the beginning would explain more about the author, who died at the age of 22. His mom compiled the book, and I would love to see more about this funny kid without having to Google him. What was his “disability”? How did he die? What was he like as a kid (wry, sarcastic, aware of “inhuman stupidity” even then?)?

 


 

Bottom line: It breaks my heart that Dan Fogg (1980-2002) has left our world, but his mom hints that there’s more to read, as he also wrote fiction, which he told his mom will blow your head off J


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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Kitchen REMODEL 2012/2013

Believe it or not, some readers of this blog actually like to see pictures of my messy house. So here is a shot of our kitchen BEFORE it was painted.
 

And here is a shot AFTER. I did a little spackling and painted the ceiling but otherwise my dear husband does EVERYTHING! Here's a post and pictures of this area when it had wallpaper on it.

 
 
Here's the other side of the kitchen ... woo hoo! You can see a couple of BEFORE shots of this little area here.
 

I thought this was all that needed to be done, but there is lots more to come, people. Me and hubs, we were like Jeff and Jenny on Flipping Out (BRAVO Channel) as I made a list of things to be done and upcoming cost. Stay tuned, remodel lovers.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

It Goes Too Fast



One day recently the kids and I went to a place called Trailside Nature Center to get our Passport to Adventure books stamped. We learned a teensy bit about history then did what we do best: hit a nature trail.

I love to play with my kids but much of the time I just like to watch them. On this day they were building a rock bridge over parts of a stream so they could go further down the stream and explore more. I love how they work together and play together and help each other. I love how we were completely alone on this stretch of stream and how it was one of those fall days where it's warmish cool.

I love when I can snap a picture of all 5 of my kids together and think about how fast this journey of motherhood is going. I realize it never ends, but sometimes this little-kid part of it flies by and I wish I could live certain days over again.

Not the days when I'm impatient and yell about getting teeth brushed and clothes on and rushing out the door to something we have to be at. But those lazy days when you don't have to be anywhere and can take your time with life ... those are the days I want to live again and again with my family.

I guess all any of us can do is savor every moment with our loved ones. I was kicking myself for not scrapbooking lately and being years behind. Then I realized I've been too busy LIVING this great life and that I will [fortunately/unfortunately?] have plenty of time to scrapbook and write when my kids are driving and dating and at college and working and planning their weddings and raising their own families.

I will greatly miss these times like in these pictures.

My Favorite Foods for Weight Loss



No, this is not a post about foods that will MAKE you lose weight. I mean, if you eat fruits and veggies all day long and nothing else, you will lose weight. And you will be grumpy because you need some protein, people. And some carbs other than fruit so your tongue is happy. Or is that just me?

So here are my recent go-to foods that I hit when I want a burger or a Twinkie or Dove chocolate or a 500-calorie Starbucks mocha. My list changes, so I may be back in another post to update with more of my favorites as I discover them:

  1. Pretzel Crisps and hummus. Yeah, I have to count the Weight Watchers points, and there are plenty in this treat, but the crunch rocks and makes me feel like I'm being somehow Food Naughty.
  2. Sugar free chocolate syrup. YUK, I know. It takes a while to get used to. But mixed with a Starbucks VIA, skim milk and ice, you have a 3-point treat to sip all morning instead of a 10-point coffee that goes too fast.
  3. Weight Watchers has this SMOKED string cheese that's only 1 point each instead of the usual 2 points for a string cheese. The only catch is that you'll have to sell your kid to buy this stuff because it's like $4.50 for a package of 12. Us people with food issues will do anything to buy that extra daily point, though!
  4. Yoplait yogurt has a zillion flavors of their light line and it's only 2 points each. Mix a banana in with that and it's still a 2-point treat!
  5. Quaker Weight Control oatmeal comes in at 4 points per package but is pretty filling.
  6. Sara Lee makes a bread that is 1 point per slice (45 calorie bread), so I have an egg sandwich every morning for protein that adds up to 4 points total. It's expensive though. I was introduced to it by a friend who had a TRUCKLOAD of it from a grocery store and let me have as much as I wanted. Then I found out it's $4 a loaf so I went with a cheaper version. Just read the nutrition label.
See, you CAN eat whatever you want on Weight Watchers; you just have to count it. I'd love to hear your go-to foods to keep you out of Burger King. I've reinstalled Intense Debate for comments, so I hope to God it's working again because I'm missing hearing from ya'll!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Cool Old Houses in Kansas City

Recently the kids and I went to The Kansas City Museum, which is basically a cool mansion where people used to live, for our Passport to Adventure 2012 fun. After we parked in the back of the museum (which they've been renovating since Sam was born), we saw THREE cool houses and I had to get a picture of each one. The final picture on this post is a picture of a picture of the museum itself back in the good old days. Do you have cool old houses in your town?




Friday, November 9, 2012

Taking Kids Out to Eat!


We love Taco Bueno and don't have one close to us. So when we were nature center hopping one day when Aron was out of town, we hit one up "out of town" ... I felt very brave taking all 5 kids INSIDE A RESTAURANT by myself! They behaved well and we had a great time!

How do your kids do when you eat out?

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nano Onyx Pendant Jewelry Review


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All the way from Israel came a very interesting necklace for the Kermeister to review.

Nano says it has “jewelry from another dimension” and it is indeed pretty cool. I got to review the I Love You in 120 languages onyx pendant, and it even comes with a tiny magnifying glass so you can read the words on the necklace. Maybe I’m just getting super old, but even in the sunlight, and even with the magnifying glasses, without my real glasses on, it was hard to read the fine print on this necklace. I do understand the premise of it, though, and this would be a great gift for someone you love since you’re telling them how you feel in 120 languages.

This piece of jewelry is definitely unique and the chain it came with made the pendant fall at a nice spot on my chest. It didn’t hang way down low and it didn’t choke me, which are two reasons why I normally won’t wear a necklace.

I will be wearing this piece out, though, and can’t wait for people to ask me about it. You saw it first, though! To buy this piece and/or peruse other gorgeous jewelry Nano makes, head here. They do have a lot of cool stuff!


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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Scarecrow Kids


I had a prettier picture of my scarecrow family that is stuck in front yard, but this one gives a better idea of my life: the 3-year-old with the butter knife headed to hack up the pumpkin, the dirty front door, the 563 other kids in the house, the stickers all over the front windows. Happy fall!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Don Tomas Estate Coffee Review



I have had a love affair with coffee since I was a little kid and my great grandma would give me coffee-flavored candy. Then when I was 16 and got my first job at a restaurant, I quickly found that I enjoy coffee with tons of cream and sugar. For me it has never been about the caffeine rush (because I can drink coffee at night and go right to sleep), but about the flavor.


So when Don Tomas asked if I would like to try their coffee, I politely declined.


JUST KIDDING! Of course I did a little funky happy dance before replying to them in a professional manner. Thank goodness they couldn’t see me through email!


When my bag of fresh ground coffee arrived, I took stock of the facts on the bags before brewing my first cup with love:


Medium Signature Roast (varietal: Bourbon and Pacamara

Estate: El Triunfo

Location: Jinotega, Nica.

Lot Name: Chepi

Elevation: 1,100 Meters


From the back of the bag:

“Don Tomas practices sustainable, socially responsible farming, our mission includes building community as well as growing quality coffee. With diligent care, Don Tomas proudly roasts some of the finest shade grown, bio-diverse, gourmet quality Arabica coffee in the world.”


I love me a company that isn’t all about profits and corporate takeovers and greed. A company that takes care of its employees and doesn’t try to exploit them and the fact that they need a job.


Besides all that, of course, is the fact that the coffee tastes amazing. I look forward to brewing it at night when I need a little something just for me, something that’s a treat, something I can snuggle up with while I watch The Real Housewives or read a good book. This coffee is an experience.


Here’s how to find them on Facebook, and if you just can’t wait to order some for yourself or for the coffee lover in your life, you canhead here to order. Enjoy!


Come back in December for my Holiday Gift Guide, where Don Tomas will be giving away some coffee to one lucky winner!

Friday, November 2, 2012

$40 Cash Pinsomniac Event! (Ends Nov. 15)

Are you a Pinsomniac?
Everyone loves Pinterest! You can spends hours a day finding and pinning new crafts, recipes, outfits, finding awesome giveaways, and lots more! Survival Guide by The Working Mom, Shoes, Fashion, Fitness and some great bloggers are excited to bring you a chance to play on Pinterest and WIN $40 cash just in time for Christmas!

This event will run from November 1st until November 15th and the winner will receive $40 paypal cash. Event is open worldwide and you must be 18 years or older to be eligible to win.

Check out the rafflecopter below, entries are super easy, all you need to do is follow these bloggers on pinterest and re-pin something!

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Your Weight Loss Environment and Where to Hide Your Food


Losing weight, I have found, has a lot to do with what is in your house, in your desk at work, in your car and everywhere. For the first few weeks when I'm working on losing weight (aka getting healthy because for me it's not about looking like Barbie but it's instead about being able to be ALIVE and HEALTHY for my children and husband and being able to enjoy life more), I just can't have tempting stuff around. It has to be hidden from me. After that, I get my Game Face on and can resist that bag of Reese's peanut butter cups. Sometimes.

The key to resisting the junk is to have stuff around that I personally like, stuff that tempts me AWAY from the junk.

Some of my go-tos are vanilla coke zero, carrots (they complete me), fat free sour cream with ranch stirred in, grapes as big as my head, whatever is healthy or light that turns me on, that I crave. Cilantro lime rice with romaine and black beans with a light Ranch dressing rocks. 

Weight Watchers light bars were it for a while, now not so much. 

Lifesavers orange mints have calories but keep me from things that might be hundreds of calories, and many points. Light yogurt with grape nuts and banana slices. Light English muffin with egg and cheese or lunchmeat. Light Sara Lee bread is only a point a slice and fills me up.

Where should your food live?

I have “my food” on top of the fridge. I buy some stuff for the whole family, but some of it can get costly and I only eat a little at a time while the kids would Tazmanian Devil through it in seconds. Don’t be afraid to say to your kids, “Hey, roomie, this here is MY special food. I spit on all of it then wiped my butt with it. You wouldn’t like it. No touchy.”

Sidenote: My husband got called out of town to Wyoming last-minute, which meant taking 6 kids to 3 grocery stores (hit the sales, use up the coupons, save money) by myself. I just KNEW I would fail that day. I was all ready to CRAVE some 10-point Starbucks coffee (I'm "allowed" 26 + 7 per day) or some real soda or a pastry or a fat burger or – better – 10 tacos! But I kept a lid on it. I think I might be a better mom if I smoked or drank or took a happy pill sometimes, but I’ll take healthy, sometimes impatient me as mom over being an addicted mom any day. I’m getting over my food addiction, and it feels good!

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