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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Great Gift Ideas...

I wanted to share a few great places to shop for gifts this CHRISTMAS season. These are gifts that give back...

These are among hundreds that you can shop among on The Hunger Site and select items from this site will help fund food for the needy.

This bracelet is crafted by a fair trade group of women. Purchases from this site will help fund schooling for children in their community. Shop here:

And my favorite is St. Jude. Purchase this little tube of hot chocolate and 100% pf the proceeds go toward finding a cure & treating pediatric cancers. There is a nice variety of other items on the site too , check it out: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

So, take a look at these sites and feel good about the gifts you are giving. Since it's my favorite way of shopping ... online, it's stress free ! Sure beats that Black Friday craziness ! Handmade gifts are really a great thing to give too ! ; )
My new favorite blog these days is this one: The Idea Room She has the best stuff on here and is so kind to share. Several tutorials and tips and recipes! Check her out!
Have a good weekend !

Friday, November 13, 2009

Squeezed in the last bit of Fall left

Since we went to Disney in October, we missed out on a few of our traditional Fall activities. I do miss the apple orchards and pumpkin patches and hay rides. When we returned from Disney the leaves were in their peak, but it rained for several days and had no good opportunities for photos. This is what is left of Fall here.
There is a nursery down the street from me with the most beautiful mums.
The Winter is on it's way !

Halloween 2009

Three little Jack O Lanterns sitting on my porch. Well, essentially, I guess I don't have a "porch" or even a " patio" . Jackson ( my oldest) made me aware of this recently. The front door just opens up to the walkway. Now, I miss having a porch. Since we have been living here, we probably have always called it the
"porch" and now realizing that it's really not, makes me want a house even more ... with a porch !
Okay, enought of that....

This is " Bunny " Maddy ! This is the only Halloween night photo I got! My boys took off when their friends came by our house ( supervised, of course). Maddy was later getting started. We were only able to make to a few houses on our street before the rain came ! I miss not having a picture of all 3 of my kids this year! I guess this is what happens as they get older!

The Process. My requirement for carving Jack O Lanterns is that the kids have to participate and get their hands slimy too ! This year we even roasted the seeds!

Monday, November 9, 2009

my new favorite picture

I think this is just a sweet picture of this little girl with her big brothers!

This is Maddy sitting " ladylike" in her dress. We have alot of talks about how to sit ladylike in her dresses. It's been a challenge for her, since she is not in dresses everyday. She's my rough & tumble little girl ! Sometimes even more wild than her brothers ever were ! These were taken at Disney too. We were at the Grand Floridian for "Dining with Cinderella."

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Maddy's " Fancy Nancy" party

My Maddy girl turned 4 while we were in Disney, but we just had to celebrate here when we returned, with friends ! She had a " Fancy Nancy" party at the library!
The library is a fantastic and very inexpensive place to hold a party ! We played a fun dress up game and I was very lucky to find a " purse " cake... well, they were the cupcakes alligned together & iced to look like a cake. She was a little pouty at first, and reluctant to participate. She finally did have fun playing dress up and her favorite part was opening her presents! WOW ! My youngest is 4 ! No more babies around here !

Disney !

We had the best time at Disney ! This was the first visit for my kids! It was great to have 7 days, but still feel like there's so much we didn't do ! Guess we'll have to plan another trip ! ; ) Here are a few of my favorite photos.

We also took advantage of photopass photographers. I am having a really hard time narrowing the pics I want from photopass, they are ridiculously priced and are only available in the site for 30 days. I just got a handle on the 500 + pictures I took ! My favorite part of Disney, other than watching my kids be there, were the parades! The night parades were " Spectacular" !