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The biggest problem I face while living away from home is the family, and friends who have done so much for me, but I cannot thank them at all. Often times, when I’m calling them, I feel as if just saying thank you isn’t enough and I want to do something for them or give them a token of love from my side.
You see, when living abroad, I can’t really know a reliable company which can give proper gift hampers or high-quality ones, and this was a problem. While I do know the ones where I live, finding one through the internet is challenging. However, a friend of mine who lives in Spain suggested my Micesta and I decided to go ahead with it.
I’ve already ordered one last year and I really loved it, it was just the perfect thing for a Spanish family. I send packages to all my family. But, my aunt living in Alicante deserved something special this year.

Last year, their catalog was very premium, great quality wines and brandy’s among other things like chocolates, spreads and more. They captured a Spanish Christmas well I would say. This year, while the latest catalog isn’t out yet, I’m definitely interested in going with this service again when I see what new they have this November, as I heard nothing but praises, and even a request here and there from my Aunt wishing for that same Christmas hamper again.

Anyways, my aunt video called me after receiving her hamper, and I saw just about everything. From what I could tell, the whole package was very high-quality and was full of good quality products. I sent the Baul Azahar package, which was very premium and had was quite large, containing things she generally loved like jams, coffee, and of course, wine.
There was also a beautiful envelope with a cute Christmas card which wished merry Christmas, which she showed me.
While searching for other gift hamper providers, I saw that their products were much inferior to Micesta’s and the price was actually quite higher. I wouldn’t want my loving Aunt to get low-quality stuff which was much more expensive as well.

The best thing about the service is that the person who picked up was very polite and didn’t mind me asking questions for about 5 minutes, he politely answered all of them, though I may have cut the call shortly after asking.

Calling back, the person behind the call responded politely until I was ready to order, simply jotted the address down and paid him online, and it reached just on time to give my Aunt a surprise; no delays, no problems whatsoever.

In conclusion, I want to point out that while this website was offering high-quality gift hampers at a relatively lower cost than many other companies I researched, the service was spot on, their customer representatives were courteous and were polite as well.

I would surely shop from them again, and show love to my family through tokens of Christmas love.

If you Give Christine a Contractor

If you give Christine a contractor, chances are she will want a garage door repairman to go with it.

So you get the repairman to install a new door and fix the remotes, and all that electrical work will remind her that she needs an electrician.

The electrician comes out to replace two lights in the dining room, and the soft glow makes her reminisce about sunrises and sunsets so she decides she needs a painter.

Now the paint in the dining room glows from sunny yellow to deep gold depending on the position of the sunlight and she thinks the look will be complete with some crown molding.

With now a carpenter hired to finish the look completely it will remind her that crown molding would look excellent in two other rooms as well. so you agree to her whims and let the carpenter tackle additional rooms.

All this rearranging of rooms will make her realize she has way to much stuff cluttering the way and Christine will contact her friends to throw a huge garage sale, and completely pack up several tons of junk.

Having a garage sale means Yeah! Extra money….and wouldn’t it be nice if the fence were repaired and some yard work done as well.

So to appease her you hire a gardener to help make the adjustments to the yard. Seeing all the beautiful work done reminds Christine that she needs to share the changes with others as she takes pictures to text and post to friends and family.

Talking to friends and family makes her realize that she really misses them and wants them all to come over and see the new house and yard so she starts to clean extensively.

While cleaning it gives her time to see how many changes she would make to the house if she could start all over from the ground up so she decides to put it up for sale.

With the realtor called and the house on the market the family will need a new house to live in.

….and chances are if you need a new house to live in you will probably need a contractor to go with it

Wheels on the Bus IPhone/ITouch Review

I am completely addicted to finding cool apps (applications) on my Iphone. Needless to say when the Family Review Network asked me to review a new app for children I jumped at the chance. Yes, I know my children are not the ideal age range, but we are around kids all the time. This morning in fact we were entertaining ten kids from six families at my garage sale. The younger ones were fascinated with my Iphone, and asked me constantly if they could see it again (and again…..and again). So apps like the new Duck Duck Moose Wheels on the Bus, always come in handy.

The premise of the game is that you can be interactive with the beloved children’s song “Wheels on the Bus”. Some of the neat things your child can do, is amke the windsheild wipers swish, Helping the baker serve cake, and my personal favorite recording your own voice as part of the story. Channeling my inner diva….even at my age, who can resist? For a limited time the app store is offering Wheels on the Bus for $.99 instead of it’s regular price of $2.99.

It is a sure fire hit and great distractor so don’t miss the deal while you have the chance. I really can’t wait to share this with all my gym kids, and when I go see my neices during spring break. So, if you think the application is not for you, think about who you could share it with.

PakNak: Review and Giveway

Making my children’s things easily identifiable is important. For instance there is a girl at school with the exact same lunch box as Regan, and every time I see it when I pick the girls up, I am tempted to take it with us. In fact I have had to open it a few times to check whether it belongs to us or not. With PakNak I know have an easy way to identify Regan’s lunchbox, and it is fashionably fun as well.

From the company:

Our Naks are 3D, rubbery, interchangeable and are super easy to attach to
surfaces (with no work or hassle for mom and dad). We knew self-adhesive,
flexible, weatherproof designs were crucial to making Naks work.

Well Regan and Rebecca love their PakNaks. The first one I insisted went right onto Regan’s lunchbox. Then Regan wanted the other one for her backpack. Rebecca on the other hand wants hers on her camp shower caddy, and tote bag. They were really happy that the Naks were easily switchable and that they could trade or change looks at the drop of a hat.

These are virtually indestructible and add the perfect accessory to anything for your kids. They come in over forty styles that is sure to suit the girls and boys in your house. Each one also has it’s own personality, and style which is perfect in finding the Nak to suit each child’s personality. For a limited time right now you can get 20% off your order when you enter in this code at the checkout:

checkout code: PAK20

Want to win your own PakNaks? I am excite to have three winners for this giveaway, and each winner will receive four of their own ( you get to choose) to decorate at their whim. This giveaway is for United States and Canadian residents only and will end May 31, 2009 at midnight CST. Please remember when entering anonymously to include your email address.

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Dragon Naturally Speaking

I wish I was a faster typist. Unfortunately, it is not something that comes naturally to me. I still watch the keyboard as I type, and pick out letters one at a time. It is quite shameful I tell you. The really cool thing is that I have actually found the perfect solution for me with a program called Dragon Naturally Speaking. This program lets slow typists like me get words out quickly through an amazing transcription program. Watch for yourself to see how it works.

To show how much faster it is than your typing speed, See for yourself by taking Dragon’s typing speed test!. I am embarrassed to say I was a measly 41 words per minute. Using this transcription program could completely transform my embarrassing typing speed and increase it through transcription to 150 words per minute. To all my Mac friends it also comes in the Mac Speech Dictate, so you are not left out.

I found another video on the website that shows that it can even hear you clearly through outside distractions…in this case, wind. Hear it for yourself. I wonder if it could also be heard through my screaming girls? That is a chance I am willing to take because I abhor typing just that much.

Zhu Zhu pets: Commercial Retake

The girls have been on a commercial kick lately and this weekend wrote their own for Zhu Zhu Pets Hamsters. We recently had a party with these adorable little pseudo pets and it is now required when you come to my house to bring your hamster along for play. Honestly I am glad to have found a pet in the meantime to distract from the dog conversations. If you haven’t seen these adorable toys they are a lot of fun and have kept us entertained for hours.

Yo Gabba Gabba teaches me an important life lesson

My girls are way past the age where I have to grit my teeth and bear every inane children’s program on television so I was caught off guard when we went to the Dr.’s office a few days ago. In the waiting room of our family doctor was a show that my girls told me was called Yo Gabba Gabba.

I had initially planned to ignore it and read some some 25 year old Time magazine (did you know that Madonna and Sean Penn are getting divorced?). Then this bizarre guy in some orange fashion disaster presents these odd creatures in a box. Then these very odd things start to sing at me. Well one of them looks like a cat who needs a diet and one is seriously a phallic symbol(complete with one eye)and then there were a few others that just become a blurred haze. They proceed to sing at me at how I should not bite my friends.

Seriously here is the song
“Don’t, don’t, don’t bite your friends”

and they just kept chanting this like some strange cult mantra.

Okay life makes much more sense now.
That would completely explain my lack of friends.
Why didn’t someone tell me this earlier….when it could have been of use to me.
Apparently a major social lesson…and I have been biting people for years!

After I picked myself off the floor from laughing so hard, and then took Regan to the bathroom before she wet herself from laughing too hard. The girls and I decided there are some really socially inept kids out there, if this is what children’s programming has resorted too.

Flashback Friday (sort of)

Okay, so it is not my own personal flashback…..but every once in a while I have those days where I have nothing coming to mind to write about.

I actually don’t think she is blogging….it looks more like Twitter to me. Yes I have Twitter….at one point I thought it would be fun, but I really don’t think anyone cares about the microbits of my day….like my breakfast, getting kids, or cleaning house. Feel free to become a follower if you dare, and I may post a tweet again in the future who knows?

Baby Teeth….Make Great Keepsakes?

Not long ago I was at a friend’s house when I was introduced to a jar of her children’s baby teeth. I have to admit I at first thought she was kidding. Then I discovered, that I was the odd one for just considering baby teeth only trash can worthy. I do have both of the girl’s first locks of hair. I have beautiful scrapbooks of their infancy, I am always on the lookout for chronicling every Kodak moment….but baby teeth, it never occured to me.

So, I took an informal survey of several of my friends. A few ladies kept first teeth only, some threw them all away, and then a few kept every single one. One friend even told me about having them in the baby album placed in order of where they belong in the mouth and what date they were lost on, yeah that not a little psycho troubling. Hmmm, so will my children one day need therapy because I didn’t scrapbook their baby teeth?

Apparently, historically saving baby teeth is a timeless tradition, and in the Victorian Age, really devoted mothers could even have jewelry made from them… kidding!!!!

Yes you see those little teeth used to belong on some child in the late 1800’s, and now they can adorn your ears. Now, I love jewelry, but this is postively gothic, and completely not my style….but I bet my friend might be looking for something to do with her jar of teeth…hmmmm, Christmas?

Cinderella Tackles Spring Cleaning

Since Rebecca is still trying to claw her way back into our good graces due to her little incident, we thought that a little Spring Cleaning would do her a world of good. So some of her Spring Break has been spent with me portraying the wicked stepmother character….and her doing a lot of chores. It seemed like the opportune time to try out Windex’s Outdoor All-In-One window cleaner.

Rebecca sour-faced dutifully took off the window screens off of 17 windows, and began to read her instructions on the box. Here are Windex’s instructions:

SPRAY window and cleaning pad with garden hose.
WIPE window with cleaning pad.
RINSE window with garden hose. No need to hand dry.

The benefits of using Windex on your outdoor windows include:

Windex’s® Special Sheeting Action Formula that prevents streaks and spotting
Clean 20 windows† with a single pad! (refills available)
Reach up to 11 ft. so you can safely and easily tackle tough outdoor grime without the hassle of using a ladder.

Here are a few pics of Windex’s Outdoor All-In-One in action. By the way you will not see Rebecca in these pictures because she was convinced if I was going to torture ask her to do outdoor chores, then she was going to get a tan while doing it ( not a battle I felt like fighting that day). Anyway, Here it is at work.

It really did a great job. The cleaning pad held up through seventeen windows at my house, and there are no streaks! I can tell you without a doubt, I will buy this again, and figure out another way to get Rebecca to clean my windows again (well surely she will get in trouble again….lol).

Now you can test out Windex’s Outdoor All-In-One window cleaner for yourself, because I am giving away a free kit!. This giveaway is open to United States residents only. Just follow the giveaway instructions. Remember if you enter Anonymously….please leave an email address where I can reach you. This giveaway will end April 2, 2009 at 12:00 midnight CST.

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This post was written for Family Review Network as part of a program by SC Johnson, who also supplied the product for review and give away.