Monday, December 20, 2010

The Best Gift I Ever Got

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The best gift I ever received also happens to be the best gift I ever gave. It all happened just 3 years ago. This past week we celebrated Mr. Destructo's 3rd birthday. Just a week before Christmas, he was the best Christmas gift I ever received. A little 6 pound 14 ounce present. Daddy was deployed out to sea at the time and wasn't able to be there in person, but he was able to be there on the phone. For months I worried about going through labor without him. Of course I had my mom, but I really wished I had had my husband. I sent him an email just as we were leaving for the hospital. Not long after I arrived the phone was already ringing and it was hubby calling all the way from Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, half-way across the world! He called every so often to check in on us. I instructed him to call me back again at 11am. 11 am came and no phone call. I was starting to push and Mr. Destructo was on his way out and still no phone call. At 11:14 he finally called and I was screaming. I had no pain meds and was undrugged (something I am personally very proud of). My husband was on the phone with me the moment Mr. Destructo entered the world. He heard is first cries and all. The best gift I ever received also happened to be the best gift I ever gave my husband, his first born son. My little Christmas baby is now a smart, talkative, funny 3 year old!

Another of the greatest gifts I ever received happened to be for my birthday last year. Blue Eyes had his cranial surgery on January 8th, just 3 days before my birthday. (If you would like to watch the video explaining this more click this link. It contains graphic images.) I knew we would still be in the hospital over my birthday and honestly I was a little sad about that. Who wants to see their little 10 month old in pain on their birthday? Not me that's for sure. On January 11th, 2010, my 23rd birthday, we were given the great news that little Blue Eyes would be discharged from the hospital the next day! It was the best news we had received all week! That night my mom came to stay at the hospital so I could go home and get some sleep before he came home and needed a lot more of me to care for him. He also opened one eye for the first time in days that day. While it was not where I wanted to celebrate my birthday, I was very thankful for the gift the doctors gave me by giving us such great news!

So those are the best gifts I ever received. What's your best gift ever?

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Heart of Haiti

Have you heard of Heart of Haiti collection on Macy's yet? Instead of providing one time aid they help the people of Haiti by crating jobs for them.

Haitian artisans make this items, they earn an income and then we can purchase thier beautiful work! It's all made from recycled materials and it seems like a great program!

Check out the Heart of Haiti collection at to see some of the beautiful things they have created!

 I am writing this post to spread the word about Heart of Haiti through a Mom Bloggers Club member program and I will receive a Heart of Haiti pendant as a thank you.

Hershey's Pot of Gold

Did you  know more than 70 percent of adult give or receive boxes of chocolate during the holiday season? I can say I am one of those who give chocolate. I always get my hubby chocolate at the holidays (I think it's more for me, shhh, don't tell him!) My favorites are the cream filled ones!

I think I might get the Pot of Gold truffles for him this year! They look delicious!

Check out the Celebrate with Hershey's website. There you can find recipes, gift tags, crafts and other items.

I am writing this post as an entry into a contest for a Hershey’s Pot of Gold prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cottonelle Fresh Wipes!

Warning: This post is about bathroom activities. I promise not to go into to many details. :)

My husband has always preferred the Cottonelle Toilet Paper with Aloe and E since as long as I can remember. It's the only toilet paper he lets me buy, good thing there is usually a good sale and some good coupons to go with it! So when we got the chance to try the Cottonelle Flushable Wipes. I thought it would be great!

Here is some info on them from the companies website:

  • Flushable
  • Break up like toilet paper after flushing
  • Sewer and septic safe
  • Alcohol-free
  • Pop-Up® Tub for single-sheet dispensing
  • Tubs coordinate with bathroom d├ęcor

In specially marked tubs there is an Easy Reach Command Strip hanger so you can hand your tub of wipes right near your TP. I wasn't sure if we would really need it, but then after a close call with the tub nearly falling in the toilet at the hands of a two year old, I decided the hanger was good after all!

I really liked using the wipes for my little boys. Especially when I went to put Blue Eyes in the tub and he had left me a present. Instead of running to get wipes from the other room, the Cottonelle Flushable Wipes were ready and waiting. Mr. Destructo (who is actively potty training) has taken a liking to wiping himself. I like that the wipes are there for him.

My husband is not a big fan of the moist feeling, but I liked them. They aren't soaking wet or super thin. THe have a nice thinckness to them and did the job they were meant to do. The only drawback to them is they are cold!

Would I buy them? Sure! (If I had a coupon of course.)

You should check out Get Fresh with a Friend to read more, send a tub to a friend, get a coupon, and watch funny but awkward videos!

"I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of the Cottonelle brand and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. In addition, I received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate."

Monday, November 1, 2010

Menu Plan Monday 11/1

Can you believe it's November? WOW! I love the holidays despite how busy they are! We start the craziness with Thanksgiving in November, Mr. Destructo's birthday the week before Christmas and then Christmas in December, New Years, Blue Eye's Cranioversary and my birthday in January, then Hubby's birthday and Blue Eyes birthday in February. By the time it's all over we are at the end of February and exhausted. Hopefully if I can keep up the Menu Planning through all these holidays things will run smoothly.

So let's get to the menu for this week. I must have been in a Taste of Home mood because all the recipes this week come from my favorite magazine.

Monday- Cassoulet for Today.
Tuesday- Steak and New Potato Toss
Wednesday- Chicken Stir Fry
Thursday- Shredded Beef 'n' Slaw Sandwiches (takes 2 3/4 hours to cook, to save time you can cook the beef and shred ahead of time)
Friday- Leftovers
Saturday- Almond Chicken with Apricot Sauce
Sunday- Frozen Dinner Entre (Stouffer's Chicken and Broccoli Bake) If you do ever get one of these Stouffer's Easy Express Meals, I should mention it says cooks in 17 minutes if you microwave it otherwise it's 80 minutes in the oven. Just a little FYI)

So that's the plan! You can get more ideas at

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I hope you all have a great day with your kiddos! Stay safe and have fun!

I love making costumes for my boys! I'd love to see your costumed cuties! Feel free to comment with a link to your blog post if you write a blog!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction Filters Rebate

My husband and my kids really suffer from allergies so it's really important that we change our air filters often. You should change them every 2-3 months and let me tell you, my husband is ON IT! I forget about it but not him! He's ready and has a stock pile of filters in the closet. Not only does he stay on it for health reasons but also in order to save us some money. A clogged filter will make the heater/AC have to work harder therefor use more energy costing us more money! (And after a $600 electric bill last winter, we DO NOT want that again!)

Next time we buy filters I think we will try the Filtrete Elite Allergen Reduction filters. Here's what Filtrete has to say about these filters:

  • Captures 94 percent of large airborne particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air as it passes through the filter
  • Captures up to 40 times more microscopic particles than ordinary fiberglass filters
  • Helps maintain airflow in heating and cooling systems, which may help prevent stress on the system and reduce the amount of energy needed to warm your home this Fall and Winter
Another reason why we might try these out, I now have a coupon for them! Well a rebate actually. And I can share it with you! (click the image to print it)

Make sure you sign up for the Clear Advantages Program to receive helpful tips, reminders, coupons, and other information.

Here are some cleaning tips for how to get your house really clean courtesy of Filtrete:
Start at the Top:  Ceiling fans, tall mantles and bookshelves, and the tops of door frames tend to subscribe to the “out of sight, out of mind” motto.  These areas often harbor dust, so it’s important to wipe them down regularly to help remove dust buildup.  Start at the top and work your way down, collecting all of the dust and dirt that falls to the floor while you’re cleaning.

Wipe Down Windows and Walls:  Don't clean windows the old fashioned way – newspaper can cause ink residue and paper towels leave lint behind.  Your best bet is to use microfiber cleaning cloths and a professional window squeegee to get a streak-free, spotless shine. To prevent streaks on shower doors and walls, apply lemon oil to the door twice a month.  This will help repel soap scum and shampoo, while also adding a nice shine.

Think Horizontally: Dust mites are nearly everywhere.  In fact, the American Lung Association estimates that roughly four out of five homes in the United States have detectable levels of dust mite allergen in at least one bed.  Reduce dust mites by encasing your mattress and pillows, and wash your bedding in hot water about once a week.  Also, since dust mites are microscopic, place strips of duct tape on the mattress case to prevent the dust mites from sneaking through. 

Clean the In-between: While cleaning what you can see, don’t forget to clean what you can’t see – the air you breathe.  Use a high performance air filter in the home, such as the Filtrete 1” Elite Allergen Reduction filter from 3M, to help capture particles such as pollen, smoke, dust mite debris and pet dander from the air that passes through the filter.  Be sure to change your filter at the start of every season, or every three months.

Freeze the Fur:  Stuffed animals can harbor dust mites so it’s important to pay special attention to them.  Place stuffed animals in a large plastic bag and freeze them for four to five hours.  Remove them from the freezer and plastic bag, and use a vacuum with a HEPA filter to remove any leftover dust particles.

Finish With Floors: To keep floors in tip-top shape, vacuum and clean them weekly.  You can easily make your own floor cleaner by adding a few drops of mild liquid dish detergent to a gallon of water. Hot water can break down floor finishes after time so use water that is barely warm.  Finally, don’t forget to clean the floor under large pieces of furniture, which may require you to temporarily move them elsewhere.  Corners of rooms and the back of closets often are overlooked, so be sure to clean these areas as well.

 “I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Filtrete and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.”
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