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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gift Guide and Holiday Gift Event & Extra Entries for the Early Birds

Jennette from Smart Trendy Moms is having a Gift Guide and Holiday Gift Event! Nov.1-Nov30th,
25+Giveaways to enter so you dont want to miss it.Also you have a chance to gain extra entries for each of her giveaways by following the directions on the Early Birds post!
To check out all the fun go here under giveaways!
Have fun!


HERE'S A GOOD... deal!!  Tanger Outlets is trying to get 50,000 more people to "like" their Facebook fan page.

If they hit 96,000 fans by November 26th, they will offer you a $50

gift card for $25... if you were among the 50,000 additional people to

like them! So, what are you waiting for? Go "like" Tanger!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Get Healthy/Weight loss Program

I really have to share with you my journey on the Get Healthy/Weight loss Program!! I have a terrific health coach who helps me FREE!!! If you need to get healthy and loose weight i can connect you with my awesome health coach John.He enjoys helping people to get healthy and loose weight.

This program has been so helpful,the pysical changes are out of this world!Just about a month ago i was out of breath just by walking up the stairs,i couldnt keep up with my 3yr old son and my energy was shot!Check out and listen to the Dr. explain how the program works.Read some of the success stories to see for yourself!!

If you would like to, feel free to contact my health coach John Willingham.He would be more then happy to welcome you into the family!!Tell him Shannon sent you and let him help you to change your life.You can also contact him on facebook.If you would like to give me your info i can have him contact you! Good luck

Thursday, October 28, 2010

10 Great uses for Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

TwittterMoms  and Vaseline Petroleum Jelly has teamed up to celebrate Vaseline's 140th Anniversary!They have asked me to share 10 Great uses for Vaseline Petroleum Jelly to my readers,you can read more about that request here.

If your anything like me then you love to save every penny you can these days.Im always hunting for bargains and brainstorming many different ways a product could be used.I purchase my Vaseline Petroleum Jelly very cheap at the Dollar Store and it lasts a good 6mths.I have found so many uses for it that i save more money becuase it helps cut down the cost of other products that gives the same if not better results! I have come up with a list to give you ideas of the many ways Vaseline can be used.You might be suprised as i was when i learned them as well.

My 10 Great Uses for Vaseline Petroleum Jelly
  1. Lip balm,exfoliant and lip gloss- By gently rubbing the Vaseline onto the tip of your forefinger and applying it to your lips it will moisturize and help soothe dry chapped lips.It lasts a while unlike many chapsticks.
  2. Make up remover- Do you ever get those stubborn mascara smudges and lip stick stains?Apply a drop of Vaseline to the area you wish to remove and it wipes right off like magic as well as soothing the eye area.
  3. Prevents Chafting- I love to walk barefeet alot and in return the heels of my feet chaft,i was spending near $10 for cream to fix this problem intill i tried the Vaseline.It helps the elbow area and feet.
  4. Protects Nails- By applying some Vaseline on the base of your nails it stops the color from running.Ladies we all know how that makes us upset!
  5. Water Rings on Wood Furniture- Rub Vaseline on the damaged area and let it stand for a few hours or over night,remove it with a paper towel then buff it with a soft cloth.
  6. Shine shoes and purses-Apply a thin coat and wipe with a soft cloth,it will rebel water and road salt.
  7. Stop squeaky doors- By applying a layer of vaseline on the hinge pin it will take the noise away.You will be more at peace when the door opens or shuts!
  8. Tight finger rings- If you wear a ring for so long and want to remove it without the tightness and painful feeling,apply some Vaseline gently around the ring and remove the ring slowly by twisting it a few times it should slip on off easily.
  9. Stuck super glue cap-I hate when i would use super glue for the 2nd time and try to open the cap just to find it all glued and stuck.When you first open the super glue apply some Vaseline inside of the cap and it will prevent the glue from sticking to it.
  10. Baby's diper rash- Vaseline is so gentle and soothing to use for a diper rash.Apply a small layer on the dry area and it will help with the irritating feeling a baby has to feel.

I hope these tips can be helpful to you,if you would like to please feel free to share some!

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Vaseline blogging program, making me eligible to get a $25 gift card. For more information on how you can participate here

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Be Smart About Your Health

TwitterMoms and Aetna has teamed up together with bloggers to help offer our readers tips for preparing  our next year health insurance benifits.You can read more about the request here

It can be so difficult and time consuming to choose health benifits that will help with meeting our family's needs.With the new health reform law we must be more selective and understand what is just right and be ok with our decisions.This is no easy task but it must be done!

In order to help us cut through the confusion and take Advantage of Open Enrollment along with alot of other helpful information we may need throughout the year, you can read a educationa portal developed by Aetna Be Smart About Your Health it offers many tips and tools along with ways to save money.It will keep you up to date with the health care reform.

Below are a few tips to help you make a decision in less then an hour:

  1. Prioritize- use careful thought of how many check up visits you will need for your family in the up coming year along with medications that might be needed requardless if they are over the counter or prescribed.Look back into your previous year and do an estimate so you could have a good idea.
  2. Check out the networks available to see that your family will be seen by a Dr. that your comfortable with.Will you need an out of network Dr.?
  3. Figure out your prescription costs,premiums,out of pocket pay and co-pays.Make sure you choose what your family can afford.You dont want to choose something thats way over your head!
  4. Check out the benifits that go along with your plan.Do they offer gym discounts?Will they cover different services you may need such as enrolling in a Health Savings Account?Do they cover counceling or specialist services? Dental?
  5. Make sure you understand everything,we have rights,we have to be sure to understand every detail that is included with your choice.Know the pro's and con's,think about what your family needs and choose wisely.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and Aetna blogging program, making me eligible to get a $30 Target gift card. For more information on how you can participate,go here

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Recipe for Avocado Tacos

Anyone hungry for Avocado Tacos??
I love to have family get togethers throughout the year,everyone brings a plate to share.Its ok for everyone to switch up their choice of plates they bring however,the family always expect me to have the same dish each time!Now,im no great cook as a matter of fact i dont like to cook so i try to keep things simple.I make the Avocado Tacos and everyone is pleased!! They go with just about any type of get together and taste so delicious! Below is the recipe if anyone would like to try out~ WARNING-once you serve the avocado tacos to your family they will always expect them!! lol.
Avocado Tacos:

1 ripe avocado, peeled and seeded

1 medium onion, julienned

2 large green peppers, julienned

2 large red peppers, julienned

1 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1½ cups fresh tomato salsa (see below)

12 flour tortillas

non-stick cooking spray

Fresh Tomato Salsa

1 cup tomatoes, diced

1/3 cup onions, diced

½ clove garlic, minced

2 tsp cilantro

1/3 tsp jalapeño peppers, chopped

½ tsp lime, juiced

pinch of cumin

Spray skillet with cooking spray. Lightly sautè onion and green and red peppers.

Cut avocado into 12 slices. Warm tortillas in oven and fill with peppers, onions, avocado slices and salsa. Fold tortillas and serve
This recipe will serve 12..

Have fun and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Devil is a Lier

3 weeks ago my 15yr old son's heart specialist said that his heart condition had got worse,and said more then likely he will need a major open heart surgory which more then likely will take place right after his next test and it could be something that had to be done like that day,day after,or week or so, also stating at this point it was something life/death threatning.That next test was yesterdays appt.,we hit the highway for about an hr to be evaluated by another specialist that this Droctor refered him to see for the assesment prior to the surgory.None of us knew really what the outcome of that trip would be but we still kept our heads up and knew my son would be ok regardless what happens.The Specialist my son saw yesterday gave him his assesment and sent us on our way HOME with a 6-9mth follow up!!! Let me tell you how THE DEVIL IS A LIAR & GOD IS GOOD!! My son is in his own bed right now as i type sleeping so peacefully.Tell me this isnt a blessing??We all must keep our faith and belief,no matter what a Dr or anyone says because at the end of the day its in GODS HANDS.
Thanks for all the prayers that went out as well!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

$25 Visa Gift Card Giveaway

Danielle from The Mommy Chronicles is giving on of her readers a $25 Visa Giftcard!!
Contest ends at 11:59pm PST on November 15th
enter here

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Review + Giveaway ~ PediaCare®

Jennifer from Sweep Tight is offering one lucky winner will receive their own PediaCare Fever Reducer and Multi-Symptom Cold bottles!

~Giveaway ends on Saturday, October 30, 2010 @ 11:59 pm CST~

enter here

Brillint Lenses Giveaway

Jennifer from Sweep Tight is giving a lucky reader their own Brilliant Lenses Cleaner
~Giveaway ends on Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 11:59 pm CST~

enter here


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ideas for incorporating fun and play into your child’s daily activities

                    10  Ideas for incorporating fun and play into your child's daily activities

I have 4 children and they all have their own ways of handling our daily activities,to make our days go as smooth as possible and at the same time incorporate fun and play we do different things!!

  1. On school mornings if your child is like my 3yr old then its a task to wake them up and get going so that we can get out the door in time for school.I have learned to turn our school mornings into fun and play by first waking him up by tickling him and kissing him with smiles on my face.I find it brightens his mood and he will get out of bed with less fuss.
  2. For breakfast the kids usually dont like to eat right away after waking up so i make it fun by allowing them to pick from a jar of papers rolled up with each one that has a different "to-go" snack type nutritious food.Today my son choose his paper with a Oatmeal breakfast snack bar for his choice and graved a box juice on his way out of the door!We make it on good time to school!
  3. After school we have to get the school uniforms changed into the play clothes so our rule is to change if the kids would like their after school snack!
  4. Homework hour use to be the hardest part of the day but now we make it really fun by studying together.If they have a spelling test we kind of play a game by writing out all the words 100 x's each word.Each word they write 100x's and spell it for me i will have to make a funny face or do a goofy dance to make them laugh at me.
  5. Dinner time,we make an assembly line.One of us will do the food prep and one will be the cook while the other will set the dinner table.Usually we will play the radio and when ever a song will end we switch our "stations" and do a different task.Its alot of fun and we get done fast.
  6. In the evenings i allow 1hr of computer time per child,while the others and i sit at the table making crafts with the craft bag.We make stuffed pillows that the kids will sleep with at night,or we will make a new pattern to add on the night lamp to look cool while they sleep,or we make glow in the dark wall decalls for their walls when the lights go out.It keeps them excited about bed time.
  7. We have bath time and we have a 5min rule for each bath,when they take a bath who ever's turn it is to get their bath first gets to choose a bath crayon to write on the tub walls.They get an extra 5mins bath time to play.
  8. After bath time we pick out our clothes for the next day and we all think of a color for the following day to make our socks the same as each others.Usually who ever took their bath last get to choose the lucky color!
  9. At the end of the day depending on the kids behaviors they will get a star sticker,for every sticker they add up every sunday they will earn $1,,with their $1 they take .50 for savings in their accts and the other .50 they can use for their own choices.
  10. Bed time is the hardest but we get through by what we call a "fun book",we each take turns reading each paragraph intill the book is read.Then we say our prayers and call it a night!   

Maybe you have ideas that you would like to offer,please feel free to leave in a comment.Not everyday do these ideas always work for my 4,but its a way to keep my sanity most of the time! lol,,

I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and The Hub blogging program, making me eligible to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate click here

Sunday, October 10, 2010

YoungWife&Mom: Meet Shannon, our Oct. Mommy of the Month!

YoungWife&Mom: Meet Shannon, our Oct. Mommy of the Month!: "Hello everyone! This month we have our very first Mommy of the Month, Shannon from Shannon's Tales of Motherhood! Here is her exclusive ..."

Friday, October 8, 2010

FREE for Three! Help us sign up three new followers on Twitter and we’ll send you a FREE gift - twitter moms: the influential moms network

FREE for Three! Help us sign up three new followers on Twitter and we’ll send you a FREE gift - twitter moms: the influential moms network

Please let me know if you decide to follow @Neatnix on twitter so i can recieve a free prize,you can refer 3 friends as well for a free gift!!!

protecting your family from the flu this season

TwitterMoms and our friends at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have teamed up together and asked Bloggers to spead the word about ways to help protect our families from the flu this season!
You can read more about this request here

Did you know:

 everyone 6 months of age and older is recommended to be vaccinated against the flu

The flu vaccine provides protection that lasts through the flu season

The flu vaccine is updated each season to protect against the three flu viruses that research indicates will cause the most illness

You need to get the 2010-11 seasonal flu vaccine even if you got the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine last season

If you or your kids do not like shots, the flu vaccine is also available in mist form. For more information on this, ask your doctor or visit here

 The flu vaccine is best way to protect yourself from the flu!!!!!!!!

Not only will the Flu Vaccine protect you from being sick,it helps avoid unnecessary pay decreases from having to call off work,more medical bills from having to go see a Dr,.keeping our children home from school,and many more problems.Having to stay stuck in bed away from the family can be so depressing,especialy if your your the one who does the cooking,cleaning and laundry.It can be a big set-back.Then everyone suffers.

 Here is a great resource from the CDC for flu information read here
Please help our families stay healthy by making sure your protected with the Flu Vaccine,it will pay off!!!

I wrote this blog post while participating in a TwitterMoms blogging program for which I may receive a small thank you (valued at less than $20) For more information on how you can participate click here

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Brandy's Big Bargains: Hershey's Moderation Nation Info & Giveaway!

Brandy's Big Bargains: Hershey's Moderation Nation Info & Giveaway!

ends october 5th,winners announced at 9pm.