Annoying Unknown Numbers

There is nothing worse than to walk up to my ringing telephone and see the dreaded “caller unknown” on the caller I.D. It absolutely drives me crazy because sometimes it is someone you really want to talk to and their cell phone number shows up unknown. Of course there are the times it is those annoying telemarketers, and that is a risk you sometimes have to take. Now there is a website that Reports Annoying Callers so that you can share your experience and others can learn from it.

I am honored and blessed

Kiki, over at Kiki’s Corner, has a great blog that I stalk through Entrecard. She has just given me the “I Love Your Blog” award! I am honored and want to send a big Thank You out to her.

There are some rules for this award:

1. The winner can put the logo on his/her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the persons you’ve nominated.

So, with that said, I am now passing the award along to 7 blogs that I love. I hope all of you will take some time to check them out.

My nominees are
1.World of Mom
2.Kimmi’s Krazy World
3.Mommy Mia’ World
4.Drizzly Blog
5.Thrifty Momma Ramblings
6.The Geek’s Girl
7.Family of 3 boys

OFF! Clip-On: Review

*This post was written for Family Review Network as part of a program by SC Johnson, who also supplied the product for review.
To test out the OFF! Clip On I went straight to the source….mosquito heaven. Or, as we call it in my family, my parent’s backyard. They have built a small goldfish pond in the back complete with lily pads and a fountain. As precious as it is, does not mean that it is friendly to my skin which attracts mosquitoes like crazy.

I read the direction on the clip and inserted the repellent, pulled the tag near the batteries, and switched the fan to on. Then I handed it to my dad with instructions. Why? Because I wanted a guinea pig to test it out on first, and he was planning to be in the backyard anyway so there is no need to scream parental abuse on me. My Dad ventured forth only armed with his clip on, and I hung out in the house with my mother. Time passed and I had a wonderful time with my mom and then excused myself to use the restroom….where I was bitten my a mosquito. In My Parents House!!!!!

My Dad comes in a little while later, and not a bite to be found on him. Yes it works, and it protected my dad nicely, but I guess I am the real sucker. Who knew I would need my own clip inside my parent’s house?

What Happens when my Girls get to Choose

Friday was our official choose your own adventure day where the girls would get to choose “right”, “left”, or “straight” at any major crossroads we came to. I should have of course suspected something was up immediately when Rebecca’s first question as we are packing for the day was:

“When we get to the end of our road which way is the beach?”

So my point of being purposely random for the whole day was sabotaged by the girls with their own agenda, but really who can blame them….the closest coastline for us is just an hour away. I made sure to pack swimwear, sunscreen and a day to explore new places began.Right near Lake Texana we began to see many fields of burned cotton, with the fluffy cotton balls spilling out. Of course I took the opportunity to share with the girls our family history of picking cotton, and a quick history discussion on sharecroppers. It is always about the teachable moments.

We found our way to Port Lavaca and a small public beach there. The sky looks gorgeous, but believe me when I say it is so depressing how brown and murky the water is close up. Regan chose to not change into her swimsuit and instead found a shady spot outdoors to write in a notepad and play games on my phone. Rebecca and I explored some wetlands and found a hermit crab which we brought up to shore to show Regan. We also brought her several shells

The next part of our day was very important in the eyes of the girls because I was allowing them to buy the “oh so coveted” junk food that I never let them eat. Regan chose Twinkies because she had always wanted to try them, and Rebecca went for the hostess cupcake. They were in processed food heaven as we wandered a bit further down the coast.

In Seadrift we saw the many shrimp boats huddled into the docks and we talked about shrimp. The girls thought I should buy some at the bait shop so they could have them as pets or potential dinner (it depends on which child you ask). I opted to drive away from the bait shop area all together and focus on finding a new town with dinner options
Our dinner stop was in the fishing town of Port O’Connor where Rebecca was enthralled with the shells lining the parking lot by the restaurant. We enjoyed wonderful shrimp from Clarks and talked about our favorite moments of the day. Of course a trip to Port O’Connor is never complete unless you run into people you know, and today was no different. We got to chat with friends from Shiner dining at the restaurant just fresh off their fishing boat.

After our dinner we took one more detour and watched the sun go down and wandered the beach at Indianola for a bit. We collected a few more shells and called it a day.

What a wonderful day to spend with my girls before school starts back up and we all get busy in the midst of our crazy lives. I loved our day of adventure and the memories we can take away from it.

25 Randomicity (Yes I made the word up….so there)
One of my darling fellow Texas bloggers (props to all my lone star gals) Brandie from Come Via our House has challenged me to be random in 25 different ways. I am so up to that challenge ( I hope I don’t scare any of you off).

  1. I miss the Jehovah’s Witnesses that used to come by once a month….I guess they have finally decided I was nonconvertible….but it was so sweet of them to be so persistant and try.
  2. I am super psyched to see that I have reached 200 followers….my family wishes I would blog less, and facebook instead…..NOT HAPPENING!
  3. My sister is my complete sounding board for everything. She is so awesome!
  4. My brother should listen to us and go on or Eharmony…he is quite a catch!
  5. My favorite phrase at the moment is “Holy Guacamole”….not sure why, guess because I am not much of a cusser.
  6. How sad that the only way I am getting my next spa day is that Regan did so well on her report card, I convinced John Mark that would be the perfect treat for her was a mani/pedi….and of course while I took her, I should get something done as well.
  7. I can’t seem to get into dinner time lately….which is great for my waistline, but poor on the good mothering side of life.
  8. My Ice Cream party from Haagen Dazs somehow turned into a party with 7 ten year olds and two 13 year olds……ummmmmm that is “my” ice cream
  9. The girl’s school has nominated me for volunteer of the year for pretty much running the gifted and talented program for the last two years….honestly I am embarrassed that I would rather see a paycheck from it and call it “substitute teaching” instead of some sort of plaque.
  10. I am taking Regan to get her hair cut in the morning so that she doesn’t look quite so shaggy in all of her Special Olympics pictures I am taking taking.
  11. I realized from my small trip to Disney, that I should travel much more than I do….cuz I am checking airline prices all the time looking for a good deal. Anyone want a visitor? I have a passport…and can travel
  12. With Easter coming next week, I need to focus on what to put in eggs, and 16 Easter baskets……yes that was 16!
  13. Want to know how many of those baskets are for kids? ummmmm well just four (and Claire is newborn so she might not count)
  14. Hence another random wacky fact about my family…Everyone always gets their own Easter Baskets and Christmas Stockings filled with stuff….so I need mature goodies for most of the baskets.
  15. I am glad Rebecca is no longer socially grounded…because I miss all the kids that are at my house every weekend. we usually have 2-4 extras at any given time. It has actually been a little quiet this month.
  16. Did you know I am pretty talented at Origami? I can make about 10 items with a piece of paper, which is always entertaining with church bulletins when kids get fidgety
  17. I have several hundred books in my personal library, and find myself with nothing to read at the moment, and nothing i feel like re reading.
  18. I really need someone to order from my library on so I can earn me some credits
  19. I find I am always on the lookout for other Texas bloggers or cerebral palsy mom bloggers, it is not that I feel like those are exclusive clubs or anything…I am just drawn to those women for some reason.
  20. I wish I had gotten the flu or a good virus this winter…just because those are a great quick weight loss program, and a perfect excuse to lie in bed for a couple of days….but alas, i am healthy as can be LOL
  21. Oh, almost forgot….I found my first official gray hair the other day …I guess at 36, that would be the norm…still processing it honestly.
  22. I have cravings for bacon egg and cheese breakfast tacos on homemade tortillas….I have to really focus that I don’t spend money in the mornings buying breakfast when I have perfectly good things to eat at home for way cheaper.
  23. Speaking of money, I am a complete Dave Ramsey addict and will tear up on Fridays listening to all the people with their debt free calls. I am always so happy for them.
  24. I wish that I was going to BlogHer or one of those other amazing conventions because it would be such a blast and a great learning experience…..doesn’t anyone want to sponsor me?
  25. Oh and finally……..I am trying to come to terms with the way photograph, so that I will eventually be brave enough to post a picture of myself on here….but, have such a big personality, that pictures to me just fall flat, and I never like them. Maybe I should have my readers draw pictures of what they think I might look like, and email them to me and I will post those….ooooh that could be fun, and interesting

Lysol Review and Giveaway

I am not usually nervous about Cold and Flu season, the reason being as that as a rule we are really a healthy family. We are rarely sick, maybe the random child with a cold and slight fever once a year, but nothing unmanageable. This year though I must admit to being a little more apprehensive.

A neighboring community has an outbreak of Swine flu at the school, and it has made me step back and make sure I am taking better precautions. Including sanitizing and disinfecting the girls things. We interact with a lot of kids from neighboring communites when we are at the gym in the evenings for gymnastics and cheer. I have to be more careful to wash hands more, and have hand sanitizer in my purse for in between times. I was fortunate that the nice people at Lysol sent me disinfecting spray, and wipes to make my job much easier.

The Lysol brand has teamed up with Dr. Laura Jana, a pediatrician, mother of three school aged-children and owner of an educational daycare center. She would like to share her back to school checklist with moms to help them prepare their children for a healthy and happy school year. Her tips include:

The Health administration is predicting a very serious cold and flu season, so teach your children about healthy hygiene habits before they go back to school and get exposed to classroom germs, like MRSA or H1N1 virus. Check out the new educational Web Site for kids, developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at This kid-friendly Web site is designed to educate children about healthy hygiene habits and safety routines.

– This Web site is an expansion from an existing health campaign with the CDC – Ounce of prevention.

Send school germs packing by encouraging your children to drop their book bags, take off their shoes and leave their coats at the door when they walk in. Send them straight to the sink to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds (long enough to sing Happy Birthday twice!) while you spray their bags with Lysol Disinfectant Spray to help kill bacteria they may have picked up from the school bus, the playground or the classroom.

– Lysol Disinfectant Spray effectively kills 99.9% of bacteria on soft surfaces, including the family couch! (Press release available upon request)

– For more information, check out the Lysol Back to School Information Center at send germs packing

GIVEAWAY: In order to help my readers’ homes and families stay healthy this school year, Lysol has generously offered two readers the chance to win a 12.5 oz Lysol Disinfectant Spray and two 40 ct. canisters of Lysol Disinfecting Wipes – one for home and one to send to the classroom! This giveaway open to United States residents only. It will close at 12:00 pm CST on September 10, 2009. If you enter Anonymously please leave your email address to get in touch with you.

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