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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.


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




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.


Hey everyone, I have not received any rude comments for a few weeks now so I am going to take the moderating comments off. But if I start receiving anymore rude comments again then I’ll be moderating comments again.

Thanks for understanding everyone!

Yay.. I’m back!

LOL. i am so excited to have Internet back, but many I feel so lost and BEHIND on everything. Please bare with me as I get settled in the new house WHICH I LOVE!! and I will be posting winners to all my past giveaways either tonight or tomorrow.

anyways, I have some great things planned, but first I need to get through my few hundred of emails ACK!!


I swear this is the last time I will talk about moving. This time wasn’t so bad. I get all services back up and running on Wednesday. I’ll be back here full time as of then. The house is beautiful and I can’t wait to show you all pictures. To be honest it’s been kind of nice with a break, although the 700 comments threw me off!

Just wanted to give an update, see you next week.

It’s My Birthday & I’m Giving You My Gifts

Over the next two weeks you’ll be able to win some of my most favorite gifts. Here is a list of the amazing products. This list will be updated each day with the giveaway post.

I hope you have fun over the next few weeks and are able to learn a little more about me.Also, there will be one winner for each item unless otherwise noted.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter so you will stay up to date with ALL my giveaways!!

  • Elliot Lucca is offering one St. Barts Woven Satchelin Raspberry and retail is $348. To enter go HERE
  • Win a travel brush set from addesign. To enter goHERE
  • Emmie Kate win a Emmie Kate Sterling Silver Mother’s Little Ones Bracelet To enter go HERE
  • Large – Dandelion Wishes Vinyl Decal from Studio JK. To enter go HERE
  • Note to Self Book. To enter go HERE
  • Ju-Ju-Be win a Belight Bag. To enter go HERE
  • The Taffy Box win a Silver Disc Necklace. To enter go HERE
  • From Lucy you can win a Breast Cancer awareness tee. To enter go HERE
  • Little Windows is offering one Necklace Kit. To enter go HERE
  • Firefly Photo Jewelry is offering a Custom Double Photo Pendant Necklace. To enter go HERE
  • Scribble It win a hot pink vintage chandelier. Enter to win HERE
  • Coming Unglued Second novel in the Sisters Ink (2 winners). Enter to win HERE
  • From Home Grown Pillows a Neck Wrap Eye Pillow Set. Enter to win HERE
  • Save The Ta-Tas Gift Basket. Enter to win HERE
  • Beauty Gift Basket – LOTS of goodies! Enter to win HERE
  • A small box of chocolates from Red Thread Confections. Enter to win HERE
  • Cool Computer Bags is giving away a Abbi of New York Mina Bag.
  • Dani Notes is offering a set of Note Cards. Enter to win HERE
  • Mimsi Bags is giving away one messenger/backpack bag.

The rules for entering:

Make sure you add the button. Not required but appreciated.

To enter each giveaway pleas follow what the rules stat on each giveaway post. Please only one entry per-person/household. Do not enter from two different email address, as doing so will disqualify you from entering any further giveaways. Each giveaway post will let you know when that giveaway ends.

All giveaways will have the option of a second entry.

Leave a second comment if you blog about the giveaway(s).

REMEMBER: Leave a comment on THIS post with your top pick prize and that you have added the button. Do not leave a comment until you have added the button!


It’s Amanda’s Birthday!

Hi guys this is Kristin, Amanda is out today celebrating her birthday so I thought I would give her a HUGE suprise! Let’s all leave her lots of comments telling her how much we love her and her blog. Or her prizes whichever works!
Don’t forget It’s Amanda’s Birthday and she’s giving us her gifts.
Happy Birthday Sissy I hope you have a super fabulous day!!!