Monday, January 31, 2011

Simple Woman’s Daybook:







FOR TODAY... Monday January 31st, 2011

Outside my window... It has been pretty cold, but not as cold as it was. We have another big storm coming in this week.

I am thinking...   Wow, what a weekend. We had a blast, and enjoyed some great company.
I am thankful for….. Some great time with friends and family!

From the learning rooms…..…  Last week was really great… We had fun with the Life Cycle of a Butterfly & Ladybugs… and on Timelines.
Hunter-  is still progressing on Division
Rachel- is mastering her spelling words like crazy!
Sage-  Is starting to read some small books. She is doing so good!
From the kitchen…. .  Burgers

I am creating….   A list of books to review for next year curriculum. Trying to figure out how much I want to spend and what would work great with us.

I am wearing.. Jeans, t-shirt, and a sweatshirt! (I’m still not warm)

I am going..   try to enjoy this week.  As we get back into the swing of things.

I am hearing….. the kids running about! 


I am reading…  Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult

Around the house….  Some laundry, and lots of organizing!


One of my favorite things…    Going on a girl’s night! Last Friday was fantastic!

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Cub Scouts, Visit with a friend, Co-op, Girl Scouts, Daisies, and 4-H, and Blue & Gold Banquet.


Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Gotta love the way he fell asleep!



Sunglass Replica’s Review

I am forever losing or breaking my sunglasses, how about you?? I have a habit of putting them done somewhere and forgetting where that is. Therefore, I like to have a couple pairs kicking around. One in the car, one in the house, that kinda thing. What about you??
I was recently able to get a pair of sunglasses from Sunglass Replica, and I have to say. I was a bit weary at first about how good of quality they were, or if I would even like them.
Well I was wrong.. they are great. I love them! I got a nice trendy pair, that are very cute. They have a wonderful selection, so whether young or old, you will find a pair that suit you.
Going on their site, and searching through them is very easy, and they have a great picture for you to see what they look like. You can even click on each color and see what they would look like.I got the Vintage Retro pair that are black with violet lens.

Compared to most places their prices are very reasonable. I have seen some very trendy ones in stores for $30-$60 and these go for $15-$25 and shipping is very reasonable as well!
One lucky reader will win a pair of Sunglasses of their choice from Sunglass Replica.

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*This is a MamaBuzz review. The product was provided by:Sunglass Replica for this review.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Relax Zen Review and Giveaway

Do you ever have one of those days where you are just so stressed, or overwhelmed… that no matter what you do to relax it doesn’t work?
I’m the worst you will probably ever finding at relaxing. For me to just sit and do nothing is so not me. I try, but I am always thinking, there is just so much that I could be doing right now.. Laundry, dishes, organizing, sewing, something!
Are you like that too?

I was recently given the chance to try Relax Zen Day & Night Shots. They are a all natural way to approach relaxing. They have natural herbs, vitamins, and amino acids that help focus your mind.

Relax Day is to help calm and focus you, while not making you drowsy. Relax Night is to help you fall asleep and stay asleep so you wake all refreshed.
Again I am not going to lie to you.. I don’t ever really believe in things like this. However, just a bit of back history for you… I sleep like crap all the time! I go to sleep, and am awake in like 5 hrs tops, and just toss and turn for the rest of the night. So I am never refreshed and ready to go in the morning, which makes for some very long days for me. Therefore, I was really excited to try out the Relax Night.  I can’t really say that I saw a huge difference, but I did seem more refreshed in the morning. So, I’m still on the fence as to if I think these really work well. Certainly can’t hurt to try them!

They also make a Relax Flight, for day and night. They are to help you stay calm on flights, and keep you focused. As well as Relax Sport.

Win it:
Three lucky winner has the chance to win a Relax Zen.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Snow fun….



After a few storms of crazy snow, we have gotten quite a bit now. Its up past my knee’s in places. We are happy about this, cause the kids were starting to get sad they had no snow to play in. (we may regret that soon though)

On Saturday we headed over to my hubby’s brother’s house and let the kids play together. We got them all dressed up and headed outside to slide. Which wasn’t as easy as we expected since the snow was so thick and fluffy. We couldn’t seem to pack a trail very well.


The boys gave up pretty quick and went back inside. Us girls stuck it out for a bit longer however, and eventually managed to get a good spot on the plowed bank. Littlest Monkey thought it was the best!




I will admit we didn’t last to long outside, as it was only 10 degree’s which made it pretty darn chilly. But it was fun while it lasted! We will have to try again soon!


After all the kids do love being in the Snow again!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Costume Express Review



I know that probably no one is thinking of this right now, being that it is only January. However, being me, I’m always ahead of most people. Which is why, I am already thinking about Halloween Costumes.

Usually, after Halloween I search the racks for clearance costumes. This year however, I was not lucky enough to find any for my Monkey’s! Sometimes I’m its also hard to really think or find anything that they will be into for the following year.

That is where Costume Express comes into it. You can search and find almost any kind of costume you might be looking for, at really good prices.

I just got my son a Harry Potter Costume. Which made him super excited! The robe was $24 which as many of you know, at any department store your going to pay anywhere from $30-$40. Only to get a really thin and lightweight robe. The Harry Potter robe from Costume express really impressed me. It was a nice thick fleece like robe, and for us in the North where it can be rather chilly on Halloween night that is SUPER!

We also got the Harry Potter Broom. What a hit that was, and again I was super impressed with the quality. It was a nice hard plastic, and very well constructed. Then of course to conclude our costume we got the Harry Potter Glasses! These were only $5 and where a real metal frame instead of a flimsy plastic. Which was a huge relief to me, now they should last way past Halloween.






Costume Express has nice quality products for a great price, and ship very quickly.

So start looking for your costume for Halloween now, or if you have a costume party to go to… be sure to check it out. Why pay those ridiculous prices at the Party Stores!!

Now to just figure out what to get the girls. Another great thing, is you can shop this all year long, dividing up the cost for your costumes over a few months. Instead of all at one time!

*I was provided with a Harry Potter Costume in exchange for this review from Costume Express. Opinions are 100% mine or my monkey’s!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Simple Woman’s Daybook:







FOR TODAY... Monday January 24th, 2011

Outside my window...  It has been freezing… We have had like 3 big storms in the last couple weeks, so the kids have had plenty of snow to play in!

I am thinking...   A few bumps in my week, but all and all we had an ok week. Weekend was lots of fun too!
I am thankful for….. Time that we get with family!

From the learning rooms…..…  We had a pretty good week this week… Got lots done.
Hunter- Is doing great with the start of Division
Rachel- is mastering her spelling words like crazy!
Sage-  Is starting to read some small books. She is doing so good!
They are starting to get in the hang of it now, and we are doing wonderful!
From the kitchen…. . Meatloaf I think… We haven’t had in a while.

I am creating….     A list of things to start looking for next year’s curriculum.

I am wearing.. Jeans, t-shirt, and a sweatshirt! (I’m still not warm)

I am going..  to have a pretty good week, I think… Pretty calm, so we will probably gear up for the following week which is looking to be crazy.

I am hearing… kids watching a movie, while we get ready to start our day!


I am reading… My newest book… The shop on Blossom Street by Debbie MaComber. 

Around the house… Not much this week.. we tried to get most of it done over the weekend.


One of my favorite things…   Watching my kids have fun with their friends

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Library (haven’t been in awhile) and 4-H is all we have going on this week! Pretty Calm week!


Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Fun in the snow…


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Our fun filled weekend


I have to say we got really lucky… and it all worked out nicely. My husband got 5 days off in a row, after only asking for 2 days… At first we were like that stinks cause of the money issue, but then everything worked out nicely.

First on Thursday we took littlest monkey to the Eye Doctors, and that was a very interesting. She has to have new glasses again, and hopefully that will help with the lazy eye.

Then on Friday the boys went on a sleep over for Cub Scouts, that they had a blast at! Playing games, watching a movie, and wearing themselves out! While they were at that, us girls hung out with friends watching a movie.

Saturday was just a lazy day around home, where we just sat around, played games, and watched movies.

Sunday we went to my Dad and Stepmom’s. Which for anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time, has probably seen that we don’t do or so them much. There this was a huge shock for us all. They invited us down to spend the day. (They live 60 miles from us) I picked up my grandmother and brought her down with us. They kids were super excited to see a tree still up when we got there, cause that meant presents. Lol!

We then spent the afternoon, catching up, and the kids opened up their presents. They got homemade coloring books, with pictures of my Stepmom’s animals. She has horses, donkey’s, and dogs. It was a really cool idea. As well as getting some new hats and mittens.

Then we had lunch, some really good lasagna! Yum! After lunch the kids drove grandma Jayne crazy til she got ready to take them outside. They went out and played in the snow, and she took them on a dog sled ride. I didn’t get a pick of them on the dog sled, but I did mange to get a few of the animals. The kids had a blast! It was such a great day! I will remember it for a long time!






Now today we are heading over to a friends house to hang out for the day…That we really haven’t done that with in 2 yrs!! What fun it will be! I’m so happy that our weekend worked out the way we wanted it to!

Now to a full week ahead! After such a great weekend, I think it will be a great week. No worries! How was your weekend??

Monday, January 17, 2011

Simple Woman’s Daybook:







FOR TODAY... Monday January 17th, 2011

Outside my window...  its looks very cold…I haven’t been outside yet, but Brr!!! Nice an white since our last really good storm on Wednesday.. The kids are loving the snow.

I am thinking...  What a great weekend we had… Busy but really fun! I’m so happy that everything worked out great!
I am thankful for…..having a great family!

From the learning rooms…..…  We started back with School this past week. We did really well, despite a crazy week.
Hunter- Is doing great with the start of Division
Rachel- is doing really good with double digit addition and subtraction. We just need to bump it up to double digit regrouping.
Sage- is doing awesome with her sight words, we are up to knowing 30 or so, and starting to read. She is also doing really good with the start of addition and subtraction.
I’m very proud of them all! We are taking today off to spend with friends, but back at it tomorrow!

From the kitchen…. .Nothing today, we are having dinner with friends.

I am creating….    New organization, cause we moved the school room, and rearranged. Must get everything back in order now!

I am wearing.. Jeans, t-shirt, and a sweatshirt!

I am going..  to be very busy again this week.  I think that maybe true for a few more weeks. Lots going on….

I am hearing…..the kids talking about the color names of their color pencils, while coloring in their new Homemade Coloring books they got from their Grandma yesterday.


I am reading… Some new Debbie MacComber books. Waiting for the next batch to get here from the library.

Around the house… laundry is about the only thing I need to catch up on, we did everything else at the beginning of the weekend.

One of my favorite things…  seeing my Monkey’s smile… and laugh.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Dentist appt, Girl Scouts, Co-op, Girl Scouts again, planning a birthday party, school, and having fun with my monkey’s!


Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Oldest Monkey chasing a donkey!



Monday, January 10, 2011

Simple Woman’s Daybook






FOR TODAY... Monday January 10th, 2011

Outside my window...  very chilly. I’m still not used to this cold. Surprisingly there is really no snow still either.. Ugh!

I am thinking... 2011 already! How can it be! Time sure does fly doesn’t it?
I am thankful for… much… Great friends, family, my health. Really I need to keep reminding myself when I’m having an off day, that I’m very lucky.

From the learning rooms…..… We took the last few weeks off due to the Holiday’s, but we slowly started back up this week. Things are getting crazy busy again.

From the kitchen…. . Still working on the Menu for the next few weeks. I’m a bit behind as usual!

I am creating….   a new school room. We are rearranging a lot  of stuff, and are anxious to try out our new school room!

I am wearing.. Jeans, t-shirt, and a sweatshirt!

I am going..  to be so busy for the next few months! Far to much stuff going on!!

I am hearing….. the tv going, the kids are watching a movie.


I am reading… Some new Debbie MacComber books. Running out of books to read!

Around the house… laundry and more laundry! Far to much laundry to do!

One of my favorite things…  being with my Monkey’s! They truly do make my life complete!

A few plans for the rest of the week:  More crazy weeks ahead! Cub Scouts, Eye Doc appt, Girl Scouts, Meetings, Co-op, and a Sleep over for Monkey Man! Plus lots of Family time!

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

A Flower, to let us think about spring…