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Snowflakes and Sparkles Swap

Christy was my swap partner for the Snowflakes and Sparkles Swap. I received my box and love everything!! Thank you Christy!

(she also sent the girls skittles, but they started eating them before I could get pictures!



 

Were home!

I am very tired and want to crawl in bed but I wanted to say Hi and were home!

I had so much fun this weekend! It was fun meeting all the mom bloggers!

Samantha had a lot of fun playing with Christine’s kids. She just adores Julia and cried when we told her we were coming home. She misses her “new friend Julia”

It’s December!!

YAY, I am so excited it is December! AND my baby is 3 now!!! Anyways, so we got out Christmas tree last night and today the girls and I decorated. it! I saved Samantha’s art projects from last year along with our family Christmas cards and placed them in the tree. It’s something I picked up from my MIL.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!!

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Today three years ago Miss Sarah B was born. I was so excited when she was born to find out I had a second daughter. She is the cutest little person ever. I love how well (most of the time) Sam & Sarah get a long and play together. She was my quite and calm baby and now is turning into a very spunky toddler. But there are times where she gets shy and has to hide her face into me.
Sarah & I on the day she was born.
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Sammy meeting her new baby sister, she didn’t want anything to do with her and was mad that HER grandma was holding a baby.

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Happy 3rd Birthday SarahB! We love you!

Little Girls…
grab you by the heart
and cause you to fall
madly in love with
them.

They have a special
twinkle in their eyes
that makes you want to
give them the world.

With a smile that can light up the
darkest night they
sing their way into your heart
with kisses and hugs
laughter and tears.

Little girls are precious gifts
that provide our lives with
sunshine and a fist full of dandelions.

Little girls are one of
God’s most precious
masterpieces.

This is cute

Sam wanted to share this video with you. It’s her reading the words on her shirt. These are all words she has learned at school already.

Samantha reading!

Here is a fun video of Sam reading a book from school.

You will probably laugh when she gets to the last page. She jsut was saying words and not even trying. LOL

Samantha’s Kindergarten Picture

We got the kids school pictures today FINALLY!!!!

Here is Samantha’s

Family Traditions

OK remember how the other day I posted about Ericka from Chic Shopper Chick and her fabulous giveaway to win a entire family’s Holiday Jammie set?

Wanna know why I want to win it? Well ever since I was little my aunt would buy us kids jammies. We would unwrap them on Christmas eve, and of course as soon as we opened them we would run to put them on. We LOVED this and couldn’t wait until the next year to see what kind of Pajamas we would get.


I do remember the VERY last pair of footed pajamas my aunt bought Kristin and I, they were power ranger ones. NO JOKE!!! and I CRIED! I was like 12!

anyways, Kristin shared such a fun picture from us as teens. I think I was 16 LOL. (no my butt is not that big LOL I had the pants rolled) anyways, this picture is Kristin, Josh, Mark (our brother) and Me. Don’t you love the huge hole in my stocking? oh and my Aunt still uses those too! She has used them since we were LITLE!

ohh right back to why I am posting this… so as you can see one of my traditions growing up was jammies on Christmas Eve, well I would love to continue that tradition with my family!

If you want to head on over to tell Ericka why she should pick me … I mean enter to win you can by going here Christmas Pajamas Keep Me Snug Giveaway

Wordless Wednesday

Here are a few pictures from Halloween

We were in the store and Sarah was enjoying a piece of candy.

The girls together, ready to Trick -Or-Treat

Trick-Or-Treating with James and Kayla

I know Sam looks a little “odd” in this picture but I thought it was cute of them together.

Sarah was walking to me from the car in the background where daddy was at.

Mommy Mandy’s 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year when we all start thinking about the Holidays. Of course we all would like a little help with what is the newest and greatest things/products out there so I have created a fantastic Gift Guide that will run until Dec. 5th.

I also have some amazing prizes to giveaway as well from products for Mom’s, Dad’s, Grandma, Brothers, Sisters even for the Dog! So be sure to check back often as things will be updated quite often! We will have some great gift ideas, discount codes for your shopping needs and even some fun giveaway.

Other Gift Guides that you have to check out are: Kristin’s at A Ordinary Life

Be sure to read a little about my Family Traditions

Trunk or Treat!

Here are some photos from the Trunk or Treat last Friday.

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Samantha and Kayla. Kayla is Sandra’s little girl.

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Wordless Wednesday

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Samantha at Disneyland. Thanks to MomSelect we enjoyed a fabulous weekend!

 

Do Review Bloggers "Sell Out"? Or Are They Jealous?

So I was reading Kristin’s post Do Review Bloggers “Sell Out”? Or Are They Jealous? and I really have to agree with her.

I finally felt that all my work paid off this past weekend when we were invited to take a trip to Disneyland. Have I worked with Mom Select before? You bet I have.

Do I say yes to EVERYTHING that PR asks me to do do? NOPE! I’m sorry but I do not do posts that are irrelevant to my blog or my life. Have I blogged about credit cards? Yes I have. Why? Well I think that they can be of importance and we need to be careful on which we choose.

I agree with Kristin that we are in no way “sell outs” because we work with many PR reps. And what is wrong with that? I love the relationships I am getting with these people and they know to only ask me to work with them on things that are relevant to my family. I mean if someone emailed me and asked me if I wanted a can of men’s hair dye I’d let them know that I would have to pass because well, what would I do with a can of men’s hair dye?

anyways, I work my butt off for these PR reps and I am very proud of my blog and where I am at. I am a review blog and I am proud of what I do. I love to share my opinion on products and love to offer some fantastic giveaways. Is it worth it to me? You bet it is. Do I “sell out” nope!

But I am not just about reviews, I share about my family and our every day life, I love it and love doing what I do.

Especially when I receive those emails from companies telling me they received sales that day and they were all from my review. That makes me smile and feel that it is worth it.

So Kristin… If anyone complains it’s most definitely because they are jealous.

Disney’s Halloween Fun!

Thank you MomSelect and Disneyland for sending my family to Disneyland this past weekend. We had so much fun!!

We decided to stay out in Anaheim so we could go to Disneyland on Saturday as well.

My in laws got us a room at the Sheraton.

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Friday we arrived around 5pm at Downtown Disney and decided to go out to dinner at the Rain Forest Cafe, which of course was a 45 minute wait to get seated. So at 6 I checked in at the information booth and was greeted with a lot of friendly faces.

I thought it was neat to meet Nicole who was the one I talked to and made my reservation with.

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While waiting in line for the Mickey’s Trick or Treat Party to start I got to meet Caryn from Rockin Mama,
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And I can not believe that we only took a few pictures from Friday night at DCA (Disney California Adventure)
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Here is Samantha walking to the car Saturday morning. Can you tell how excited she was to get to Disneyland?
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At 10 am we checked in at the special press party reception where Samantha had a BLAST playing with Genie, Aladdin and Jasmine.
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The breakfast of Champions! YUM!!!
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Sam got her face painted.

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Pictures throughout the day at Disneyland.
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Over all we had a blast! We really enjoyed ourselves and to top off the evening we got to watch Tinkerbell fly! You should have seen Samantha’s face when she saw Tinkerbell flying in the air.
It truly was a magical night!

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Halloweentime at Disneyland!

Were getting ready to leave to have one fun weekend at Disneyland thanks to MomSelect and Disneyland

we’re attending Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party at Disney’s California Adventure. For kids, the only thing more fun than trick-or-treating at Halloween is trick-or-treating at Mickey’s Trick-or-Treat Party, a private event in Disney’s California Adventure. This celebration lets little ghosts and goblins (and princesses, pirates and superheroes too) join Disney characters for an evening of Halloween fun and games. In addition to collecting candy at treat stations and riding attractions throughout the Park, kids, their families and friends will enjoy lively music, interactive games, a nightly character cavalcade and special activities.

If that’s not cool enough, we’ve also been invited to come back on Saturday to Disneyland, for a special Halloween celebration! During regular park hours at Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure, Halloween Time offers parents and children plenty of not-so-scary fun in addition to the parks’ many popular adventures. Halloween Time activities include special attractions (including Haunted Mansion Holiday), shows, meet-and-greets with Disney characters in spirited costumes, opportunities to decorate Halloween cookies and listen to fun stories during “Woody’s Halloween Roundup” at Big Thunder Ranch.

I hope to meet other bloggers going like Caryn from Rockin Mama, Channah from Get A Grip, Mom!, Mama Sparkles, if your going let me know! Email Kristin for my cell number and call me. I’d love to meet you.