Thursday, September 30, 2010

Smelly Towel Review & Giveaway


Do your towels ever have that faint smell of mildew, or mustiness even after washing them?? Mine sometimes do, from the kids leaving them balled up in a corner, or if they get left somewhere after swimming, and such. However it gets frustrating when you take out a nice clean towel and it still has that faint smell.
What do you use to clean your towels? I have tried everything from, bleach, oxi, and scented laundry soap..nothing completely helps. I was excited to try Smelly Towels. I immediately went and got my towels and threw them in the washer! (sad I know) The smell was not completely gone, so I threw them back in and washed them one more time. (as directed on the back of the container) The second time I was so excited to say I could no longer smell anything! You can use it in any washer, just follow the directions on the bottle. You just put in a tiny cap full… and start the washer, no other detergent needed. A bottle should really go a long way…
You can buy it here… along with their Smelly Washer both going for $16.99 a bottle.
To Win:
I have one bottle of Smelly Towel to giveaway to one lucky reader.
Just leave me a comment telling me your favorite Laundry tip is…. (Mandatory to Enter) Don’t forget to leave me an Email address to contact you!
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Giveaway ends on Oct 9th @10pm. Open to US Residents ONLY. Winner will be chosen by and you will only have 48hrs to respond to me… or a new winner will be chosen.

*This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by: Smelly Washer for this review.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Look who’s 7 now!!!


Hard to believe that it has been 7 yrs since my middle monkey was born, but here we are.

Spirited, and full of energy, she keeps us all going! She loves to dance, and eat Mac & Cheese!


Her new haircut

Beautiful Inside and Out!


Happy Birthday my Princess!!!

Random Dozen



random dozen




1. Do you believe, somewhere deep inside, that blondes do indeed have more fun? That they are "dumber" than brunettes or redheads? Be honest!

I’m not really sure.. I know some blondes.. and each of them are different. Sometimes I think they seem “dumber” cause that is what society has always told us.

2. Which animal would you most like to observe in its wild habitat?

I think it would be cool to observe a Giraffe or Tiger in the wild. Ok, maybe I’m more partial to that seeing any animal in the wild would be really awesome!

3. This week the

U.N. announced that Dr. Mazlan Othman has been appointed the official "Alien Ambassador," should any extraterrestrials contact us. Have you, or has anyone you know, ever seen a UFO?

I have never seen a UFO, nor anyone that I know. I think, it would be really odd if we did. Sometimes the thought crosses my mind that there is something on another planet. What do you think?

4. Name your favorite Hitchcock film.

I really have to say, I don’t think I have a favorite Hitchcock film.

5. Would you rather spend time at the library, the mall, a craft store or home?

I am strange.. I love all the above. I think the library is great, mall’s can be fun, craft stores, always cost me way to much money… and home is good some days too.

6. Which Disney princess is your favorite? (Or Disney character, if you are a guy)

My favorite Disney Princess is Mulan. For some reason I love that movie.. it is my all time favorite.

7. What kind of art is your favorite?

I love pottery…

8. How do you feel about viral videos, that is, videos made by amateurs that end up on Youtube receiving thousands of hits?

I have to admit their are many times I ask myself really they are so bored, and have nothing better to do?? REALLY??

9. Where do you buy your jeans?

Old Navy.. I LOVE old navy jeans!

10. Tell me about your first automobile accident.

I was a teenager… and was driving in Downtown Boston. A person merging lanes hit me.

11. Have you ever been honest when you knew you would benefit more if you would be dishonest?

No, I really tried to be Honest at all times.

12. If you were appointed "Ambassador to Aliens," what would you show and tell first about life on Earth? What would be the most difficult thing to explain?

I really have no idea…

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Do you have Fall Traditions??


While we were in Maine, we went and did one of our favorite Family Traditions. That we have missed here in Florida.

What was it you ask??? We went Apple Picking! Our kids love to go Apple Picking… almost as much as they love to eat them.

Here are a few pictures of the kids and our fun!






As a whole our favorite season is Fall… We just love what it means… Turning leaves, apples, baking, pumpkins and so much more.

What is your favorite Fall Tradition??? Please share with us!!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Simple Woman’s Daybook:






FOR TODAY... Monday September 27th, 2010

Outside my window...  Not as hot as it could be, but hotter than Maine… 

I am thinking...  Still got a lot to do… but getting there slowly.

I am thankful for.. The time I got to spend with my friends.. and family…

From the learning rooms….. Moving along well…

Hunter- Is loving the Science Experiments.. He is doing well in Math, still struggling a bit with English, and writing.

Rachel- Is doing very good with Math, and English.

Sage- is doing well with the numbers, and letters… She has started with Addition and doing very good with it.

They took their first Field Trip to the Common Ground Fair.

From the kitchen….Pork, potato’s and corn. Really need to start our menu’s back up again.

I am creating…. Nothing much at the moment… Trying to get thru the day without going crazy!

I am wearing.. My normal, shorts, t-shirts, and croc sandals! As opposed to the pants last week in Maine.

I am going..  to be missing my two monkey’s for the next couple weeks.

I am hearing….Silence… its so weird to only have one kid here. She is pretty quiet compared to the other two.

I am reading… Got the Eat, Love, Pray from the library while I was gone, so I will be reading that this week. Very excited. Then I can’t wait to read the new book by Nicholas Sparks!

Around the house… A bit more packing..

One of my favorite things…Little traditions with my kids.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Very little this week, spending some time with friends, packing, and hanging with my little monkey.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Rachel trying to learn to ride her bike with no Training wheels.

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*I was given a pair of earrings in exchange for the review. All opinions are my own.




Monday, September 20, 2010

Simple Woman’s Daybook:




FOR TODAY... Monday September 20th, 2010

Outside my window...  It is so beautiful! Perfect fall weather! I love it!

I am thinking... It is so surreal to actually be in Maine right now.  

 I am thankful for.. A safe trip up, and hope to have another one back.

From the learning rooms….. They are set and ready to go… They start next Monday after I leave…

From the kitchen….Not sure.. in my mom’s kitchen. Her turn to cook!

I am creating…. Nothing this week… just resting! Visiting some family and friends!

I am wearing.. My normal, shorts, t-shirts, and croc sandals! (almost time to trade them in for sneakers… Sad that I won’t be able to wear them year round anymore :-( 

I am going..  Enjoy my time here… make a trip back, and then come back to my new home!


I am hearing….My kids getting ready to start a new day. Excited to go outside and play!

I am reading… Nothing at the moment. ;)

Around the house…Craziness! My kids are so excited to be at Grandma’s!

One of my favorite things…Being with my mom and hanging out! LOVE IT!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Being with family, and friends… then me and the little monkey are headed back to Florida for a week or so… Then we will be back for good!

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Don’t have one, since we were traveling all weekend. Share some soon!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Barbie A Fashion Fairytale Movie Review:




Barbie Movie

On September 14th, Barbie A Fashion Fairytale Movie was released on DVD. Does your child love Barbie?? I know my girls do. We now almost have the complete collection of all the Barbie Movies ever made.

I was not a huge fan of them getting the movies at first… but then I sat down and watch one with them. I was impressed to see that each Barbie movie has some kind of lesson in them for the girls to learn. Even as little as they are, learning through Barbie about life lessons is always fun.

Barbie A Fashion Fairytale is no different… In this movie…Barbie™ and her dog Sequin™ jet off to visit her Aunt's amazing fashion house in Paris, and much to Barbie's surprise it's about to be shut down forever! After she discovers three enchanting Fairies™ with sparkle-magic powers, Barbie comes up with a brilliant idea to save the business.  She even inspires Alice, a shy fashion designer, and together they create a dazzling together, they create a runway fashion show.

The DVD also includes a Music Video and Trailer Gallery. As well as funny out takes.

My girls were just excited and happy with this movie, as they were with all the others.. My oldest going on 7 still loves these movies. This one came out just in time for her birthday! If you have a Barbie lover, you should definitely put this movie on your Christmas list for that special girl.

Be sure to also be looking for these beautiful Barbie A Fashion Fairytale Transforming Fashion Doll…




* I received DVD for review from MomSelect. All opinions are strictly my own.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Unstuff your Life Book Review:



Unstuff your life


I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for ways to organize myself, and make my life run a bit smoother. This book actually couldn’t have come at a better time, since I am purging and trying to get things packed.

Author of Unstuff your life

Andrew Mellen the Author of Unstuff Your Life is one of the country’s most sought-after professional organizers (he’s been featured in Oprah Magazine!) and his book is a complete life-saver when it comes to un-cluttering your life.

I started this book, as I was sitting in the car line, waiting for my kids to get out of school… I made it to the second chapter when it was time to put it down, and I didn’t want to!!!

If you follow this book to the T, I’m sure it would really simplify your life. Can I say that I am that committed no… However, I will take a lot of what he has to say and adapt to my own life. I was really happy with the mail section. I am the worse when if comes to sorting and filing my mail in a timely manner.

UNSTUFF YOUR LIFE! starts with truly achievable goals and works toward the nightmare projects everyone tries hard to avoid.  You can learn:

  • Where to find a permanent home of your keys and wallet
  • How to sort the mail in a manageable and time-effective way
  • What it means to group “like with like”
  • How to tackle bills and budgets
  • A new approach to organizing your e-mail
  • The importance of separating yourself from your stuff
  • How to problem-solve with your new skills
  • And much more

He even touches on Debit, and how to get out of Debit, or stay away from it.

So if you are stuck in that rut, and need help to get the junk out of your life. Or to even know what you should keep or not keep… This is a great way to start!

You can buy it at:
Amazon or

Barnes and Noble



*I was given a copy of this book from Twittermoms in exchange for my review. All opinions are strictly my own.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Deadly Disclosures Book Review:


Deadly Disclosures


About the Book:

A Suspense-filled fiction mystery which answers an ominous question: How far will some go to silence an influential Christian voice?

Thomas Whitfield, proud Secretary of the Smithsonian and its extensive scientific influence, has disappeared from his office with foul play suspected. Dinah Harris, an FBI agent struggling with alcohol and depression, is seeking answers amidst the fallout of her own personal issues. Whitfield's body is eventually found, and other people connected to him begin dying as well, ultimately exposing a broader conspiracy connected to him begin dying as well, ultimately exposing a broader conspiracy connected to Whitfield's recent conversion to Christ and promotion of a biblical worldview in an academic world of financial gain hostile to this concept. Will Dinah be able to experience the redemptive power of Christ before it's too late? Or will the ominous danger stalking her investigation claim another victim?

About the Author:

Julie has loved books all her life and began writing at the age of 12. At the age of 15, she heard a creation science speaker at her church which ignited her interest in creation science and sparked an enthusiasm for defending the Bible’s account of creation. It wasn’t until she was in her mid-twenties, after re-dedicating her life to Jesus, that she began thinking about combining the two as a Christian ministry.

Julie is married with one daughter and lives on the east coast of Austrilia. Her interests include reading, writing, and spending time at the beach.

You can learn more about her at

or on Twitter.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were engaging and real. I thought it was easy to get into, and it kept me interested. I’m anxious to read the next book in this new trilogy. This really puts creation in a whole new light.. and makes you start to think. I love books that spark my curiosity and make me think about the whole big picture. Great book to read if you are looking for some books to get you through the winter!



Would you like to go buy your own copy?? You can go to Amazon

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Random Dozen



random dozen



1. Do you do garage sales? If so, tell me about one great find. If not, tell me why not.  Not as much as I used too, cause I find most people are asking way to much for that used stuff.. but if we can find gently used things for a low cost, we are all for it!

2. Name the last thing you fixed. My daughter’s pony toy… Would have thought the world was coming to an end.

3. Name your A) Favorite item of makeup OR B) Favorite tool I would have to go with a favorite tool, cause I don’t really wear make-up. I would have to say my favorite tool is a flat screwdriver… Very multi useful!

4. Which room in your home needs organizing more than any other? My bedroom… it is total chaos, but I am organizing it as I pack it to move!

5. Which room could use re-decorating? Pretty soon all of them will be… when we have a new house!

6. Share something unique about your town. Which one?? My current town.. Its very big, even though it looks really small…. My new one?? Not sure… I know almost everyone in it?

7. If you could send a one-sentence message to your great-grandchild, what would it be? Listen to your mother… as crazy as it sounds, they do know what they are talking about.. and don’t take on single minute for granted, cause you may never get it back.

8. Do you Facebook? Yes, probably on their a bit more than I should be!

9. Describe your favorite shoes. They are brown croc sandals… Originally $40 dollars, and I found them for $10, so glad I decided to buy them!

10. Do you listen to more talk radio or more music radio? What kind of station is it? I personally hate all talk radio… so I only listen to music radio.  I go between rock, and country…

11. How far would you travel for a really good (favorite) meal? Depends on how good really good is… Amazing??? Probably 40-50 miles…

12. If you were totally honest with yourself (and us) what should you probably be doing right now instead of blogging?  I should already be out the door to get my hubby from work… and putting gas in my van! So I’m off to do that right now!!! BYE!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

On the road again……



or we will be soon. So please bare with me over the next few weeks. I will be traveling to Maine, and back to Florida, and then back to Maine again. I will do my best to keep up with posts, and such while on the road, and in between.

Since we are gearing up to make our first trip, I want to share a few tips for traveling…

  • Bring books for older children
  • Books on Cd for all ages
  • Dvd player… We bring mostly educational dvd’s, but do have a few in there for entertainment
  • Coloring books, puzzles, blank paper, and notebooks
  • Snacks, dry cereal, popcorn, trail mix are some less messy ones… Apple slices, and grapes if you  have a cooler with you.

Those are some of our favorite ways to stay entertained along the way.. We welcome any new tips, or suggestions.

Have a splendid week!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Simple Woman’s Daybook:






FOR TODAY... Monday September 13th, 2010

Outside my window...  It is hot and humid…. phew! Been hard getting my stuff done without sweating to death! 

I am thinking... First trip to Maine scheduled in 4 1/2 days!


I am thankful for.. Good people that touch our lives!

From the learning rooms….. Got most of their stuff put together so mom can start their lessons when they get to Maine. Few more sheets to print off, and we are good to go. We are pretty excited for this new journey.

From the kitchen….Leftovers, and sandwiches…. Keeping it simple, I have a meeting.

I am creating…. Chaos! However, we are mostly packed, and boxes have been shipped.

I am wearing.. My normal, shorts, t-shirts, and croc sandals! (almost time to trade them in for sneakers… Sad that I won’t be able to wear them year round anymore :-( 

I am going..  to be driving 1300 miles in a few days..

I am hearing….Nothing… the kids are  in school. Pretty quiet here.

I am reading… Finish Charlie St.Cloud… Probably won’t start anything new, til I get to Maine now… still really wanting to read EAT, PRAY, LOVE.

Around the house… Not much going on… Got almost all the packing done, just a few more things to get done for the first trip.

One of my favorite things…Hugs from my mom… and in 5 days I will get one… its been a year!!!!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Meeting tonight, Cub Scouts Tuesday, Girl Scouts Wednesday, Dinner with the family Wednesday, last minute things Thursday, and resting Friday… Headed to Maine Saturday!

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Rachel lost another tooth! :)


Friday, September 10, 2010

Ready to share those pictures???



The winner for the Digital Keychain is….




Congrats Lisa!!!

Thanks to everyone that entered… Stay tuned for more giveaways…

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Random Dozen



random dozen



1. Describe the best sandwich in the world, according to you. 

Oh, I am a huge sandwich gal… I love all kinds of sandwiches, but I would have to say your simple Ham Italian is really the best ever!

2. Which inspires you more: a good conversation, a song, a book or movie?

Wow, that is tough.. I would have to say all three. A good conversation can inspire me to to look at the bigger picture.. A song can touch my heart, and make me think… and a book or a movie, just reminds me to strive for more. So in their own way… they really all can inspire equally!

3. What is your favorite board game?

As a family of board game lovers… I would have to say our favorite is still Monopoly…. however we enjoy many other board games as well! :-)

4. As you grow older, are you more or less patient with small children?

Less… I look back at when my son was only a yr or two old, and I was so patient with the things he did.. then I look at me now, and the same things drive me nuts! Or maybe its the extra two children!!! Hahaha!

5. Name one item you never let yourself run out of.

Toilet paper… Never a good thing to run out of it!

6. Do you agree with Tennyson's assertion, "'Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?"

Yes because if you don’t allow yourself to love, then you have never truly lived. Loss, and hurt are a fact of life, you can not avoid them.

7. Name one national treasure or monument that you have visited.

Sadly I don’t think I have visited any yet… However, we have a couple on our list for a trip next summer. We are very excited.

8. Which is more painful, to be disappointed in someone else or to be disappointed in yourself?

I would have to say to be disappointed in yourself… Cause then you only have yourself to blame.

9. What makes your kitchen uniquely yours?

At the moment, nothing cause the kitchen isn’t mine. But when we have our own house again… It will have my gingerbread, and apples back in it! Oh, how I miss them!

10. Are you a crafty person?

I don’t really consider myself to be overly crafty, however, I have been told I am. I love to do crafts with my kids, and we are always anxious to try or make something new!

11. What is your favorite traditional picnic or bbq (cookout) food?

Watermelon and my hubby’s Burgers! Yum!!!

12. Name one leisurely activity you enjoyed over Labor Day Weekend.

I spent a day watching the NCIS marathon and cuddling with my kiddo’s. 

Monday, September 6, 2010

Simple Woman’s Daybook:






FOR TODAY... Monday September 6th, 2010

Outside my window...  It is hot again.. I’m almost looking forward to the cooler weather up north!

I am thinking... First trip to Maine schedule in 12 days!

I am thankful for.. Time with my friends

From the learning rooms….. I’m putting together their lessons for when they get to Maine.. As my mom will be starting them off, while I move things. We are very eager to take this next jump. Things are coming along quite nicely!

From the kitchen….Whatever I can find, as we are down to bare minimum… Grocery shopping tomorrow!

I am creating…. Bags, boxes, lists, mess, and everything else that comes along with moving…

I am wearing.. My normal, shorts, t-shirts, and croc sandals!

I am going.. Crazy… and very busy til this move is over.

I am hearing….The kids they are home today for Labor Day. 2 more weeks of public school, and then they are off to Maine.

I am reading… Charlie St.Cloud right now… haven’t seen the movie, but the book is pretty good!

Around the house… Still got some packing to do. Organizing, shipping, and purging!!! Anyone wanna help?

One of my favorite things…Days spent with friends, and memories in the making… Such amazing times!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Not to much really… Kids home today, grocery shopping tomorrow, Cub Scouts, packing, and a few trips to the post office..

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Stone lady from the GeckoFest… We had no idea she was real until she moved.. It was awesome!

Stone Lady

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Happy Labor Day


Just wanted to say I hope you are all being safe and having a wonderful time on this Labor Day weekend!

We are just chilling and relaxing… with a bit of fun thrown in.

Yesterday we went to the Zhu-niverse Tour and GeckoFest  with some friends… Which you can see here..

With a stop at the beach of course…

Hunter & Matt

Rach, Sage & Julie

Then we headed to pizza hut for dinner. And the day was not complete without a stop off at the Movies! So we went to see Despicable Me! It was a very cute and funny movie!

Julie, Matt, Hunter, Rach, Sage, & Cara 3

Today we are relaxing from our very hot and fun day yesterday.. (few of us might look like Lobsters, I’m not saying who!?!)

Tomorrow we will be about the same as today, since hubby has to work. The kids and I will probably spend the day starting to pack their room. Moving day is getting closer.

So we wish you a Happy & Safe Day!

Zhu-niverse Tour



This past Saturday we had the opportunity to check out one of the Zhu-niverse Tour spots. They are going to many different places around the US. I totally suggest checking one out, if they come in your area.

Thanks to MomSelect and Zhu-Zhu my kids were able to have an amazing experience. We got the Zhu-Zhu Flo dance dvd in the mail, and they practiced for two weeks, before the event. Then on the big day, they were able to get up on stage and do the dance in front of everyone!

They Zhu-niverse Tour has lots for your little Zhu-Zhu lover to check out. There is the life sized habit, a hamster wheel (biggest hit with my kids), demo section to check out all the stuff you can get for your hamster, a Kung Zhu battle training grounds, a place to try out the newest DS game & Wii game, and last but not least… the which hamster are you like station!

All of it was pretty amazing and my kids loved every minute. Matter of fact, it was so HOT out and they didn’t even seem to care, while they were acting like hamsters!

Here are some photo’s from our day and a video of them dancing!

Hunter @ the Kung Zhu training course.. he loved this

Rachel in Hamster Wheel

Sage checking out DS game

Girls with the Zhu-Zhu Team

We had a wonderful time!

*Thanks again to MomSelect and Zhu-niverse!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Random Dozen



random dozen



1. What insect are you most afraid of?  I would have to say spiders… for an insect.

2. What is the greenest/most organic thing about you or that you do?  We recycle, and use reusable bags for groceries, and try to reuse anything that we can.

3. Tell me about a recurring dream that haunts you.

Having a fire in the house that I live in, and not being able to get my kids out. (strange I know)

4. Have you ever missed a flight? What were the circumstances? So far I have been lucky… We almost missed one last year, they were calling me and my son and holding the plane just for us… but our flight before that had been delayed, so it wasn’t our fault.

5. What do you consider your best feature?  Not really sure.. Most people say my hair is… I’m not such a believer.

6. What was the last concert you went to? I think it was someone at a local fair.. I can’t even remember their name. How sad is that?

7. Describe the most embarrassing church moment you ever experienced.

Don’t think I have ever really had one.

8. Are you a whistler, hummer or singer? A hummer… I don’t think that i sing that well. (not to say you won’t catch me singing in the car when I’m alone)

9. George Washington Carver said, "I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in." What is God saying to you through nature today, or this very minute?  Not really sure.. to enjoy its beauty and all that it has to offer.

10. On September, 1, 1752, the Liberty Bell arrived in Philadelphia. What memorable event will take place in your life on September 1, 2010?  Nothing special… My kids will be in school… So I guess it depends on what my kids grace me with that day.

11. Taco Bell or the Liberty Bell? (You must choose.)  Liberty Bell… Not a huge fan of Taco Bell, would rather make my own at home.

12. Do you believe men and women can have purely platonic friendships?  Absolutely… Many of my closest friends are men.