And She Lived…











{November 27, 2008}   Happy Thanksgiving

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May your stuffing be tasty

May your turkey plump,

May your potatoes and gravy

Have never a lump.

May your yams be delicious

And your pies take the prize,

And may your Thanksgiving dinner

Stay off your thighs!

 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!



{November 26, 2008}   Ridez Photos

I wanted to share some photos of Bucky making his Ridez. He had such a great time building it. Of course Meechi was totally interested in what he was doing. He wanted a Ridez of his own I think. I am thinking that I could get him one, and have Bucky build it. I think at age 3 he will be a bit young for the rc version, but the freestlye would be great for him.

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Don’t forget… you have until January 4, 2009 to use coupon code 93458 at Ridemakerz.com to get $10 off a purchase of $30 or more.



{November 19, 2008}   Pediasure coupons

DOES ANYONE HAVE COUPONS FOR PEDIASURE??? IF SO, I AM IN NEED OF SOME.

This stuff is about all the nutrition Meechi is getting right now. You can read about it at Life With Meechi, if you want to know more.

You can not find these coupons online anywhere. It costs over $10 for a pack of 6 bottles, so it is getting really expensive for us right now. 

edited to add:  just found out you can call 1-800-227-5767 and select option 4. They will send you two coupons for $2 off pediasure. I have called, so I will be getting my two. If anyone else would like to call, but does not need them for themselves…. I would appreciate if you could get them for Meechi.

thanks!



{November 15, 2008}   Caving to the Pressure

I have caved to the pressure and I am now reading Twilight.

I know most of the country has read or is reading this but I really wasn’t planning to. I mean, I DO realize that this book was intended for the tween and teen crowd. The I noticed so many adults talking about how much they loved it on their blogs. So then it became peer pressure.

I didn’t cave to the peer pressure though. Nope. I caved to the daughter pressure. My daughter actually wants to go see the movie with ME. Not with her friends. With ME. Well, doesn’t that just make this old lady feel special?!?! Of course I can’t go see the movie without first reading the book. So, that’s what I’ll be doing for the next week. You know, in my spare time. Spare time… the stuff in between the dishes and diaper changes and mom’s taxi service, and making dinner and playing with preschool toys and laundry and…. well, I’ll be reading it at midnight, but I’ll be reading it.



{November 15, 2008}   Hmmmmmmm….

I keep getting spam in my email from a mature dating site.

Do you think they’re trying to tell me something?



{November 10, 2008}   winner winner chicken dinner

I wanted to post some links to some of the bloggy giveaways that I won. Yes, I actually managed to win some.

I won a Chex Mix Basket of Indulgence from Sarah at Real Life Review. Thank you Sarah. This one is going to Shy for Christmas because she loves lotions and candles and all that “spa” stuff. If she’s lucky, I won’t sneak the Chex Mix Bars out of the basket first. 😉

I won 2 really amazing Henna’d Sugar Skulls from Mother Henna. I want to be sure to introduce my kids to other cultures and traditions and these are great to have in our home to help with that. I received these in the mail the other day and they look even cooler in person.

I also won a paper album from Creative Memories. This giveaway was hosted by Cathy at Voice of Truth. I am really excited about this one because I have been slacking off when it comes to scrapbooking so I think this will inspire me to get going again.

Well, there ya go. Sometimes it pays to take a chance.

The kids are out of school today and tomorrow so I am planning to spend time hanging out with them for the next couple of days. So today’s post is a short one and tomorrow’s probably will be too. Have a great Monday!



{November 8, 2008}   And We Each Move Forward

Amazing things can come from adversity. Many families were affected by the unethical practices of AIP. It is how we all handled what had happened to us that mattered in the end. Some chose to put it all in the past and move forward, choosing to focus on their children and being strong and supportive families. Some worked to put an end to unethical practices of Orson Mozes and his agency. And others put forth an effort to make a change by creating their own orphan ministries.

For us, it has simply been the act of speaking out and spreading the word about AIP and agencies like them. We decided to make people aware that there are people and agencies out there that do not have the best interest of the orphans or the families hoping to adopt them in mind. There are those who will lie to you in order to get your money. Sad, but true.

One of the families who used AIP took what happened to them and used it as a reason to create their own agency and help other families adopt. Now, because I have not used this agency myself I can neither recommend nor discourage anyone to use them. I do know that the Boylan family has been through the hell that AIP put their clients through. They have seen the bad side of adoption, became stronger for it and chose to try and make a difference.

That was the reason behind the beginning of God’s Wating Children Inc. They are a Christian-based, non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization registered in California. They strive to bring together abandoned children with their new forever families.

So, while those of us who were lured into signing on with AIP with lies and false promises went through so much adversity, we have come out stronger. And each of us, in our own ways, are moving forward and making a difference.



This week I am planning my menu on a super tight budget. I wanted to come up with a good way to serve meals that would taste good but still fall within my budget for the week. I considered doing cheap meal ideas but then thought better of it and decided to go the lucky leftover route. Lucky leftovers are when you make a menu planning to use your leftovers for the next days meal, but still have a totally different meal than what you had the day before. Here is What I’ve come up with for this week.

Monday:
Spaghetti and meatballs

Tuesday:
Meatball subs (using leftover meatballs)

Wednesday:
Steak (an inexpensive cut bought in family pack for extra savings per pound)
Baked potatos

Thursday:
Fajitas using the left over steak
(also still have some fresh peppers and onions that i bought for last week’s pasta)

Friday:
Potato beef casserole
(using left over baked potatos sliced up)



Have lots of nieces and nephews to buy for? Or maybe you need an inexpensive gift for your own kids. Here is a cute idea that the kids are going to love.

Write a Christmas story for the kids. The fun twist on this is that you use candy names in the story. Wherever the name of a candy would go you place the actual candy.

Here are just a few examples of lines I came up with for a Christmas candy story.

There was excitement at Santa’s workshop because it was PAYDAY for the elves.

“Twinkles,” yelled the head elf when he saw that Twinkles had dropped the toy train, “you are such a BUTTERFINGERs”

Poor Twinkles wanted to cry when he heard the SNICKERS of the other elves.

Okay, I think you get the point. I think this would be a fun idea not just for the kids you give the story too but fun for you to make as well. Right now you can find all those mini candy bars marked down in the after Halloween sales. Great time to get started on this one.

I have been a bit slow in posting my budget Christmas ideas. I had several of them saved in my computer before it broke down on me. I have a loaner computer from the shop while they fix mine. So, I am having to try and remember all my great ideas. And, lets’ face it, my memory is not as good as it was in my younger years.



{October 31, 2008}   Happy Halloween From BQKimmy



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