Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thought for the day....

I just receive a great e-mail & had to share.....

    "I don't want to brag or make anybody jealous or anything, but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school!"  
Lavender Blue And Clear Swarovski Crystal Sterling Silver Leverback 1.5" Long Dangle Earrings

Finger Paint

So I live in a VERY SMALL town, by very small I mean one grocery store & over three hours to the nearest Walmart.  You can feel bad for me now ;o)  I love doing fun activities with my kids but living here I often have to get a little more creative or try to find really simple things.

Yesterday, when the kids were bored I decided I would try to make finger paint.  I didn't have a lot of time so I found a simple recipe online here .  I liked it because it only took flour, salt, water and food coloring, Can't get too much easier right?!?

The kids loved it and it didn't turn out too bad.  I was worried when making it as it started to form like play dough but it stayed wet enough when I actually felt it.  It was a little lumpy but got the job done!  This is something I will definitely do again. 

Materials Needed:

2 cups flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 cups cold water
2 cups boiling water
Food Coloring


Mix the 2 cups of flour with the 2 teaspoons of salt. Add the 2 1/2 cups of cold water; stir until smooth. Gradually add this mixture to the 2 cups of boiling water. Boil until the mixture becomes smooth and thick. Add the food coloring until you get the desired color.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Awesome deal on diapers/wipes etc.

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Exciting News!!

I have been accepted to do my first product review/giveaway!!!  Keep checking back for more details :o)


I just love my daughter!  She always puts a smile on my face :o)  But when it comes to getting dressed..... WHEW That's a hard one.  She is 5 and she knows what she wants to wear.  She does not need my help, she will pick it out and I just need to smile & like it

On Saturday she went to a Birthday Party.  I went to grab her clothes and of course, she already had an outfit picked out and half way on.  White flowery skirt, shirt from the day before and I was informed her hair did not need fixed.  After much argument I finally got her to wear something that matched but she had to have the final say.  Check out the shoes! (yes, I let her wear them lol) 

Awesome giveaway!

Ok, Here it is!  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires is hosting a giveaway for a dress-up carousel from Guidecraft !!  They have some of the neatest things.
It has a hanging area with wooden pegs, storage cubby's, two mirrors & storage bins.  What little girl wouldn't love this!?!
3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires is a really neat site.  I think I could spend days and days on there.  It covers everything from product reviews and giveaways to easy recipes, things for kids get the point :o)  So go check it out & enter while you are there!!!

This contest will be closed on Monday, July 5th, 2010 at 11:59pm EST. A random number drawing will be held shortly after. The winner will be announced here and will be contact via email or through their blog. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new number will be drawn.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

FireSense Bronze Finish Fire Pit Giveaway

Thrifty Wifey is having an awesome giveaway for a Fire Pit from Fire Sense.

This decorative fire pit doubles as an attractive cocktail table. Constructed of sturdy high grade steel plated in our unique Old World Bronze finish, this durable fire pit table features a large fire box and a lower log storage rack. The steel cover easily converts this fire pit into the perfect cocktail table companion to any patio furniture grouping.

- Square steel fire pit & cocktail table

- Decorative Old World Bronze finish

- Domed high temperature finish steel fire screen

- Steel fire box cover

- Wood grate and fire tool included

There are quite a few ways to get entries.  You can check out more details on her site listed above!  What an awesome giveaway!!

This giveaway ends on 7/4/10 at 11:59pm EST

Win a $30 gift card to Circleline Studio for wall decals

who doesnt love coupons is having a giveaway for a $30 giftcard to Circleline Studios

Look how cute these would be-

From the Shop: "Circleline studio is focused on offering a collection of high quality, uniquely designed vinyl wall decals. The decals are all cut from removable vinyl. While the vinyls are removable, they are not re-positionable."

This Giveaway ends on July 2nd at 11:59pm Est. A winner will be chosen using and contacted within 24 hours of the giveaway ending. The Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.

{Chocolate Pudding Layer Dessert}

This looks DELICIOUS!!!  It has a pecan crust, a cream cheese layer and a chocolate pudding layer.

To see the directions and more pictures click here

This is from The Crafting Chicks  They have tons of ideas from crafts to recipes to fun ideas with kids etc.  So after you check out this recipe don't forget to look at the rest of their site!

Win a Flirty Apron...

Head on over to the Idea Room for your chance to win an adorable apron.  All you have to do is check out Flirty Aprons and then post which apron you would like to win.  They are all SO CUTE!  Hurry up because this contest ends tonight!  

Flirty Aprons is also offering a 20% discount to all Idea Room readers for a limited time. Just use the code FA202010 upon checkout to receive your discount towards your order. 

*****This giveaway will close on Sunday, June 27th at 11:59 pm PT.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

We are home & ALL alive :o)

We made it home late last night.  What a LOOOOOOOOONG drive!!  The kids were all pretty good.  Jason- that's another story lol  I heard quite a few times, "Tell him to pee in a bottle! He can just pee in his pants! I am not stopping anymore!"  I also drove between Victorville & Bishop...for about 15 minutes.  Then AshLynne had to pee and Jason was ready to take back over....something about not feeling safe?  Just because I swerved to miss a few potholes and still hit them anyways!? Whatever  :o)  I think it is a guy thing.

It feels so nice to be back on MY computer, not the laptop.  You get so used to it and to not have it sucks.  I am glad the laptop worked but this is so much better.    Anyways, just letting everyone know we made it back home.  & if anyone noticed our sprinklers on one afternoon, and they were still on that evening, and still on the next morning- That was my mom just trying to green up my lawn, ok she actually forgot they were on but my flowers are all blooming really good!  ;o)  (You know I love you mom!!)

My flowers still aren't as nice as last year but I am working on it and my Lily on the side bloomed!! :o)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Long Trips With Kids....

So tomorrow is the big day we make our AT LEAST 8 hour journey back home.  It just isn't as exciting as the getting there part, although I must admit it will be nice to be home.  Before we headed, I asked on my facebook page "any good ideas on keeping a 2 yr. old and 5 yr. old occupied in a car for over 8 hours?".  I got some great answers including nyquil, benadryl, duct tape and sticking them in a rooftop carrier.  LOL 

All kidding aside I got some really good ideas.  A portable DVD player was one of the first things mentioned and one of the first things that popped into my mind.  We have a laptop we have used for this before but my fuse was blown for the charger and it won't fit good in my car anyways so I had to get a little more creative. (I am thinking about getting the one on the left from Amazon, decent price and good reviews)  Am I the only person who doesn't/can't use a DVD player already?  So my search continued....  Another great idea was to give each child their own bag with snacks, little toys, crayons etc.  I sort of did this but didn't have much time to plan.  Next time I will get things together a few days ahead of time, preferrably something new or that hasn't been played with for awhile.  One mom takes a kid laptop or gameboy.  I love to read and signed up for  It was really easy to use and I downloaded a book for myself on my husband's zune and about 6 kid books for my daughter on her MP3 player.  She spent quite a bit of time listening to Junie B Jones :o)

I also had a great website recommended to me... Moms Minivan  This site has some really neat ideas.  There is everything from free printable car games to handing out surprised every so many miles.  On thing I found we are going to try tomorrow (at my daughters request)  It is called travel tickets, you make tickets out of paper and give your child a pre-counted baggie full of tickets.  Every 30 minutes or 30 miles you have them turn in a ticket to you.  When the tickets are gone the trip is over & this helps younger children out with knowing how much time is left.  You can check out her blog here

I hope you have found some helpful advice for your next roadtrip with the youngn's or can share any other ideas you have!! 

Old Navy Wholey Moley

That's right!  Old Navy is having a 30% off sale on everything!!  Enter ONBIG30 at checkout if you are shopping online.  :o)


Living in a hotel definitely has its plus side.  The first two mornings I woke up a little later than usual all on my own, not to the crying of a kid.  I would look to see the heavy curtains keeping it dark.  What a WONDERFUL invention.  No light & my kids sleep longer... if only I can remember that one. 

Well the last two mornings Jason has been noisy, trying to find things, slamming the door.  I just don't get it!  I ask him everynight if his stuff is together so we don't have to go through this.  Then, it wakes the boys up & Kasen cries because he wants to go with him, then he runs over and tries to open the door and then he yells at me  "You sleep with AshLynne!"  "You go to sleep now!" Kyren is now definitely awake and lucky little AshLynne?  Still asleep looking like an angel.  Hopefully everyone can fall back asleep and wake up on the right side of the bed, myself included :o)

We leave tomorrow.... kind of bittersweet.  We were going to stay until Saturday but I don't want to try to come up with money for a room again :oP  (if you read my earlier rant about the hotel deposit you may understand).  We are gonna hit the beach in the morning and then we are off!  I am ready to be home and I am sure my mom is too.  She has been watering my garden, grass and plants, mailing my ebay stuff, feeding the dog and chickens & watching my little Abbie.  Thanks mom, love ya & I definitely owe you!!!  I am definitely glad we came, it wasn't some nice elaborate fun-filled vacation and may have been a little hard on the kids being cooped up but we tried to make the best of it.  I think we are going to find a place to watch Toy Story since it is our last night here...We better!!!

Swimming at the pool last night

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Get Biore towelettes or cleanser for free

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This only takes a minute and I love Biore products.  Thanks to deal seeking mom for sharing this :o)  Check out her site for other great offers & coupons


If you haven't check out HULU yet you definitely should!  You can watch tons of your fave TV shows on there.  I have a DVR but sometimes its more convenient (kids want to fight you for the TV) or if the kids or hubby have remote and next thing you know your show didn't record :-/ Definite Bummer!  Hulu makes life better :o)  Some shows are only on the site for so long but go check it out!!!

I love watching Pretty Little Liars and The Bachelorette on here :o)  


If you have not checked out HULU yet you need to!  This is such a great website, especially for busy moms.  You can watch all of the TV shows you missed while you were to busy cooking, cleaning, taking care of kids, etc.  What about when your fave show doesn't record on the DVR because kids or hubby had the remote!   

The Funky Monkey Giveaway

 The Funky Monkey is another great site!  She is a mom and researches products that are high quality and does giveaways. 

There is a great giveaway going on there now!  It is for a Guidecraft woodscape table and chairs set.  You can see pictures at The Funky Monkey of how well is is packaged and how nice it looks.  Also check out Guidecraft, it looks like they have some awesome things.  Hurry on over and enter (there are a ton of ways!!) 

**This giveaway ends on June 29th and is open to U.S. residents. **Be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry. **The winner will be announced on June 30th.
PS MOM REVIEWS is a great site that reviews and gives away family friendly products.  Along with a Cascade Complete review there is a giveaway for a $25 Walmart gift card so head on over and enter!! 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Prefresh giveaway by One Scrappy Mom

one scrappy mom is having an awesome giveaway for adorable shirts, onesies and jackets from Prefresh!  You get to choose two items.  You can click on the link to go there and there are tons of ways to get entries!  Go check it out :o)  One Scrappy Mom also has tons of other great giveaways!

Here is the info taken from her page***
You are here: Home » Giveaways » Fresh & Fashionable Tees!

Fresh & Fashionable Tees!

[ 95 ] June 19, 2010
One Scrappy Mom

I am totally loving the new designs! I am excited for them to hit the shelves. The kids loved the shirts. They are a soft cotton material that is comfortable and bends with you. The design is not on with a cheap appliqué and didn’t crack or peel during washing. My kids wear these every time they are clean. They come out of the dryer and on they go. Washing is always the part that is hard with clothes. I wash everything on cold and dry on low heat, however, I still have issues with certain cottons loosing their size. VERY little shrink, if any at all. When the kids put them on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 100th time I couldn’t see a difference in the fit from when we first got them. The t-shirts are tagless. Need I say more about how much I LOVE that! My kids hate tags and they cut them out of everything, so when I can get tagless I do. I often pass their clothes to other children and it’s nice to have SIZES in them!

BUY IT: You can shop for Prefresh clothing online!

GIVEAWAY: ONE lucky readers will get 2 Prefresh items (mix and match between shirts, onsies and jackets)

MANDATORY ENTRY: To enter, please tell me your favorite Prefresh Design from their website!


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Make sure you leave 1 comment for each entry to get credit!! Contest ends Saturday, June, 26, 2010.

Giveaways/ coupons

Get a free Pizza!!!  Digiorno even :o) 
 If you have a facebook account go to   You need to add a picture and then you can fill in your info and you get sent a coupon!  If you don't have a facebook account you can still sign up for a $1 coupon. 

For anyone who shops at Old Navy you can go to to get **in store** coupons.  They even have $50 off $100 coupons but I have not got one yet from there.  If you have the patience you can keep refreshing.   I won a $50 off $100 coupon from   I will try to keep blog giveaways posted for anyone interested!! 

life in a hotel

So this has only been day 2 BUT I just want to say to our neighbors in the next rooms over, I am so sorry!!!  I really try to keep them quiet & they are actually doing really good considering the circumstances. 

& to the hotel, is it really necessary to charge a $250 deposit fee that yes, was really taken out of my account?? $100, I understand, even planned on but $250 Really!?! 

& last but not least to the little girl at the pool....yes I teach my kids to share but when you are taking MY floaties and my kid is freaking out JUST GIVE IT BACK, it's his anyways! (he happened to be tired) & to the dad watching....when I ask your daughter (who is older!) to give it to him, & then you ask her to give it to him and she just sits there- GET UP AND GRAB HER   Ok I feel better now :o)

Monday, June 21, 2010


So after being SOOO nervous I would forget something I needed for work, we got everything set up last night & I have been working.  I also realized I had my camera cord so I can upload pics!! If I would have known I would have yesterday with my post. 

Ebay is going good.  I have a couple shirts that actually have a bid and a lot of things being watched.  Hopefully it will turn in to something more!!

at the beach

Sunday, June 20, 2010

we made it!!!

YAY!! So of course we ended up leaving two hours later then we planned on and the kids had to pee every 5 minutes but we still made it :o)  There were a few times I was wondering. What a boring awful drive...we were in the Nevada part of Cali.....Desert for what seemed like ever. We got in about 8
:30 and ate at Apple Bees. AshLynne was asleep before we even finished eating.  We found some random place to stay at, got some rest & woke up bright & early.

Today we went to the Birch Aquarium.  It was pretty neat but the kids were so worried about going to the beach we didn't stay long.  We did pay a ton outside just for snacks :oP  So much for the eating cheap thing lol  The beach was awesome....well besides the fact I was the only "genius" there in jeans... HAHA  Didn't stop me from getting wet but I just about lost my pants, a few times!!  We are gonna go again Friday or Saturday but we will try to be a little more prepared.... bathing suit, towels, & shovel and bucket!!!! 

We are staying at Barona Resort & is kind of in the middle of nowhere but it is beautiful!!  our room looks out on a lake!!  Hope the kids will hold up, four days in here with me still working.  YAY we are here!!! :-D

Friday, June 18, 2010

TOY STORY 3 is in theaters starting today!!!!

If you don't for some crazy reason already own Toy Story 1 & 2 you definitely need to purchase them!  My kids love these movies, so much my daughter had a Toy Story Birthday. Can't wait to see the third one sometime while in Cali, the sooner the better!!!!!

Through Amazon these qualify for super saver shipping (spend $25 on qualifying products and shipping is free)

You can also pay for Amazon Prime which I love! you get a free one month trial. After that it is $79/year. Tons of products qualify and it gives you unlimited free two day shipping, no minimum order size and you can upgrade to one day shipping for only $3.99/item. Can't beat that, especially living in a small town with next to nothing for shopping! :o)


Ok, so as hard as I have tried to stop.....

Hi, I am Jessica & I am addicted to Mtn. Dew Typhoon & Snickers ice cream bars.

NASTY little habit

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Today, tomorrow then we are off!!!

So we leave on is Thursday. I feel like I don't have enough time to get everything done!!!! While still working...I need to get the car cleaned out, get everyone packed, get the laptop and printer ready to take, get my house clean, get coolers from my mom and I am sure a few more things I can't even remember right now.

I am officially addicted to Ebay!! I just hope I can get a couple things to sell.

I have $36 in paypal right now. $15 from recently and the rest I have had in there for awhile, like since before Christmas. It's a start for food!! I am crossing my fingers I can get a couple more things sold and sent out before I leave.

I have a friend who lives in San Diego and knows a great place on the beach to take the kids with rides and everything & I CAN'T WAIT for the pool. I found the cutest takini and bottoms at aeropostale for $12 for both but I am making myself wait....for now anyways :o) They are having good deals there for anyone who does have $$!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Trip to Cali

So J has training for work next week in Cali. I have promised the kids I would take them to the beach since last summer and as broke as I am I figure now is the chance! The room is paid for so I just have to come up with money for gas and food. I am hoping I can just buy cheap stuff at a grocery store for the kids...lunches, snacks, breakfast...... All that good stuff that adds up fast if you are eating out. I would love to take them to Seaworld or the Zoo but it's just not in the budget. I know we will still have a blast between spending time at the pool and the beach :o) I can't wait to spend QUALITY time with my kids!!! My mom has offered to help me with work so hopefully I can have a couple days while we are there with not much to do. Hopefully I will have some fun things to post about after next week.

Ebay venture....

Still getting the hang of things, I have sold one set of clothes that were all too small for me...three skirts, a pair of dress pants and four shirts. One was LEI brand new with tags for $12. I sold the lot for $15. I also had a lot of jean capris and one pair of AE jeans....had three watchers but no bids :oP. I have relisted and now have seven other items listed to bid on. Hoping a couple things will sale because I could really use some $$ for food when we go to Cali next week. Keeping my fingers crossed!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

I am learning a few new things all at once..... how to blog, become more thrifty, and sell on ebay/craigs list. I am hoping I can make Ebay a little side job for some extra $$ to pay down some cards, school clothes $$ and hopefully a vacation fund. I have sold a few things on Ebay before but I am still a newbie. I hope I can slowly get the hang of things and benefit my family in doing so! Thanks for reading :o)
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