Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Very, Merry Christmas!!

We have FINALLY gotten our house!  YEAY!.....right?  No.  So far, we have entered into the realm of unwanted terror!  It has been one thing after another, and we haven't even moved our stuff into the house yet!  Wow.  I am so happy to have our home now, but we have a lot to do.  It is a TLC home, and we have only gotten one and a half rooms painted.  We are not very fast, and because we have small children, only one of us can do something at a time.  But, even with everything we have ahead of us and currently on our plate, we are so happy.  We are having the very first Christmas with our daughter in OUR home.  It is an amazing feeling.  I am so thankful for everything we have.  Oh, and thanks to my best friend in the whole wide world, we were able to stay warm in a heated home for most of the morning......our furnace had the fuse blow.  No one that sells 3amp fuses were open today.  But, it is still a very merry Christmsas for us! 
 My favorite part of all is that we got to see my family today.  Things have always been kind of really rocky in the past, but now they get to have the chance to know me, and I am going to do everything in my power to have a wonderful relationship with them.  Family, friends, and fellowship are the reasons for the season.  Cherish every moment and savor each day!

May God bless everyone this holiday,

Mommy Dearest

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Pier 1

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pier 1 Imports. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have always loved Pier 1!  They have something for every budget, and no matter when you shop, they always have extremely fashionable products that always stay in style.  I looked through the web site and store this holiday season, and they have some of the prettiest stuff.  I definitely think that some of the "must haves" for this holiday season would be the holiday dinner ware!  You may choose one theme or mix and match from several themes they have to offer.  They have candy cane bowls, a candy cane-shaped dip bowl with a spreader, an adorable Tartan Ruffle Apron that is so perfect for entertaining, a Mrs. Clause Apron, and everything else for the table and household decorating.  My favorite things that are going to be on my wish list are the Tartan Ruffle Apron, Snowball Spoon Rest, and some new kitchen towels that match the Christmas Holiday coming up.  I have always had a very contemporary/modern style for my home, and with all of the prices at such reasonable levels, I can afford to buy my favorite things from Pier 1.  If I had to choose one thing to represent my style that is for sale at Pier 1, it would be the Mirrors and Circles wall decor.  It's perfect for any room in my house, and not only is it pretty decor, but it has function; I love it!  Oh, and another really cool thing is that for the months of November/December, we can all help Pier 1 out by supporting  the Toys for Tots campaign this holiday season by dropping off unwrapped toys or making a cash donation at the store register.  Who doesn't want to spread holiday cheer, right?  I am also going to be joining Pier 1 on Facebook, because I found out that for every new fan that they get, they will donate $1 to Toys for Tots.  So, please go join so they can donate!!!  The holiday season can be so much brighter if we can put smiles on all of the little peoples faces this Christmas!  After all, when I see my children light up with so much joy from getting a new gift, it makes me want the whole world to see the same thing.  I've taken the liberty to include a couple pictures of the mentioned items below, even if they're not your style you could consider them for holiday gifts.

Tartan Truffle Apron

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Baby Formula: Store Brand or Name Brand

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of PBM Products. All opinions are 100% mine.

It seems as though certain formulas, such as Similac and Enfamil, cost so much more than the leading store brand formula. Why is this? Well, we can contribute this all to heavy advertising and marketing costs. When major companies spend money on those things, there is not much room for consumers to save that money in their pockets. Most of the Moms of today are trying to do their best to save money, while making sure their children are getting all the proper nutrients that is required for the family. Come to find out, there is nothing different about the store brand formula compared to the brand name formula, nutritionally. The FDA states, "All formula marketed in the U.S. must meet the same nutrient specifications, which are set (by the FDA in 1980) at levels to fulfill the needs of infants." So why are we so worried about the brand? Well, it really doesn't matter what brand you are buying and consuming, because there can be issues and recalls that may arise while partaking in any product. Abbott voluntarily recalled certain Similac powder infant formulas because of the possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product in September. The FDA determined the formula poses no immediate health risk, but some infants could experience symptoms of gastrointestinal discomfort and refusal to eat as a result of irritated GI tracts.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

"Best Friend"

How frustrating is it that when you have tried everything that you can do to reason with stupid, stupid always wins?  Only because intelligent doesn't want to keep arguing in circles about the same things.  We got into a little situation with my "best friend" this morning, because she thought she could tell me what to do....and that is a huge mistake with me.  I will do pretty much anything you want if you ask me nicely, but when you try to tell me what to do, we are gonna have problems.  Her troubled son is coming back to live with her today, and he has stolen so much from my family and martyred me to his family by lying to them about things that never happened.
We usually try to get to church every Sunday, but there are a couple Sundays here and there that we don't make it.  Everyone in the household was suppose to go together, but a couple of the people didn't go.  I always feel better after Sunday school and church.  It's like God gives us just enough peace and contentment for what we are gonna go through during the week ahead.  I know that no matter what situation arises, I can get through it with God.  God has blessed me and my family, so the least I can do is give credit to Him for being great!

Keep looking up,

Mommy Dearest

Friday, December 3, 2010

No more diaper rash worries

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Boudreaux's Butt Paste. All opinions are 100% mine.
We recently found out that our daughter is highly allergic to several things, and she has insanely sensitive skin. Well, yesterday, she had a horrible diaper rash, AGAIN, so I used my favorite diaper rash cream, Boudreaux's Butt Paste. I don't usually just use it for the rash, because sometimes I want to prevent the rash in the first place. Boudreaux's Butt Paste is an amazing skin protectant, too. Another thing about this stuff is that it goes on and cleans off real easily. It's not like super chalky nor is it like that other pasty stuff that you have to use paint remover to get off....good point, right? Plus, they make it in several different sizes that will please anyone and everyone. And, yes, they have travel sizes, so you can stick it in the diaper bag, or you could do what I do and just take the whole tube, because it has the cool flip top cap.

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