Month: September 2010

Green kids, health, and economics *Guest Blog*

Green kids, health, and economics *Guest Blog*

Note from Nicole: Although I’m far from what I call “hippie dippy trippy” I feel I’m a happy balance when it comes to the green vs. not green movement–“slighty crunchy” is a good way I’ve heard it described, haha. I definitely believe that if something […]

Prima Princessa Presents the Nutcracker *Review*

Prima Princessa Presents the Nutcracker *Review*

One of my favorite¬†Christmas memories is going to the local presentation of The Nutcracker every December. I was so enamored with it as a little girl that I signed up for ballet one year just so I could play a part in it! I have […]

Not So Fat Tuesday ~ Week 3

Not So Fat Tuesday ~ Week 3

I tell ya–it was the brownies!!!

Yes, brownies, again….sigh. Dear sweet church ppl with delicious meals and brownie desserts were the death of the first 2 weeks. BUT even with the mentioned brownies I haven’t gained any weight…sooooo….I guess that’s ok??? Also Tyler just had his 2 month well baby so I have 7 months left and also considering that with Amber I didn’t even think about exercising till she was over 6 months old I’d say I’m doing ok so far….definitely room for improvement though!!!

Now that I am back to cooking my own meals I promise to be better! ūüôā I did workout¬†4 times(yey!) and am up to 15 Girl Pushups and 30 sit ups. Only managed to not after dinner snack one day–so that still needs lots of work! Also missed the past 2 days of my food journal, but I was insanely busy (more so than usual, lol) and hardly home/on the computer at all.

Goals for this week: Work out 4 times (even if it’s just hauling kiddos and trash up and down and up and down the¬†oh-so-many¬†stairs), be *really* good with eating (my family is coming out next week and we’ll be eating out lots¬†so will try to be a good girl this week!!) and for the first time do a complete week of writing EVERYTHING down in my food journal!

How was your week??? I’d love for you to link up and let us know–maybe you can give me some inspiration!!! ūüôā

(short and sweet–no pun intended–post this week, I’m absolutely exhausted right now–really rough night with the kiddos not sleeping last night)

Another chance to Win a Kindle!

Another chance to Win a Kindle!

Cheryl Ricker is hosting this great contest over at her website during the blog tour for A Friend in the Storm, Zondervan‚Äôs latest innovative gift book of quotes, Scripture and poetry that leads to lasting hope!Since this book covers matters of the heart, Cheryl wants […]

Win a Kindle & More!

Win a Kindle & More!

It’s a Giveaway Extravaganza! Kindle Giveaway, Facebook Party and Book Bomb – OH MY! Visit the Roaring 20‚Äôs with Julie Lessman in the Technology and Romance KINDLE Giveaway! Julie‚Äôs latest series has just ‚Äėshimmied‚Äô it‚Äôs way onto the scene with book 1 in The Winds […]

Grants for Educators

Grants for Educators

Although I’m a huge supporter/believer in homeschooling I realize the majority of the children in the US aren’t homeschooled. So I thought I would pass along this information in case any of you might want to get it to your child’s teacher or a teacher you know!

Learning should always be this much fun!

LOFT and Kids In Need Foundation Partner to Provide Grants for Educators

For Immediate Release: September 20, 2010

The LOFT Loves Teachers program is providing grant funding to teachers through a dynamic partnership with the Kids In Need Foundation. LOFT will provide over 100 grants, totaling $50,000, so that educators may purchase supplies needed to conduct innovative projects in their classrooms. All certified K-12 teachers in the U.S. are eligible to apply for a grant valued at up to $500.

The LOFT Loves Teachers program is dedicated to recognizing educators and the valuable contributions they make every day. By showing valid school identification educators receive a 15% discount on all LOFT purchases. The LOFT Loves Teachers community offers access to special offers and style tips to outfit teachers in stylish yet functional looks for the classroom. Above all, LOFT Loves Teachers strives to identify ways to positively impact the educational process that teachers give shape to every day.

The application deadline for grant requests is September 30, 2010. For more information on the LOFT Loves Teachers program and to register for a grant please visit our Facebook Fanpage  and click on the LOFT Teachers tab.
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LOFT is the ultimate casual, feminine and stylish fashion retail destination for women. LOFT operates 503 stores across the United States and online at LOFTonline.com. LOFT is a division of Ann Taylor Stores Corporation (NYSE: ANN).


The Kids In Need Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995. The Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need National Network of Resource Centers includes 23 facilities that allow teachers from low-income schools to obtain free school supplies for their students. In addition, Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for students. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed nearly $300 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 1.6 million students and 100,000 teachers annually, and has awarded $1 million in grants to teachers. The Kids In Need Foundation has received Charity Navigator’s highest four-star rating, indicating that it executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way and outperforms most other charities in America. For more information, visit www.kinf.org. Follow Kids In Need on Twitter , http://twitter.com/kidsinneed

CVS Carmark All Kids Can Community on Facebook

CVS Carmark All Kids Can Community on Facebook

Thought this sounded helpful for those of you who either have or know of families with children with disabilities! CVS Caremark¬†has launched a Facebook page for its philanthropic program All Kids Can, a five-year, $25 million commitment aimed at making life easier for children with […]

Bad stuff comes along…but good still exists

Bad stuff comes along…but good still exists

You’re bound to have loneliness, trials & troubles, &¬†“Jonah Days”. You’ll miss your hubby only to find out he’s coming home a day later than you thought¬†to turn around and leave again after a few hours together. You’ll end up with ER visits and hospital […]

Wow….seriously???!!!

Wow….seriously???!!!

So I guess hitting 500 followers on your blog signifies that you’ve made it in the Big Leagues…well, ok, minor leagues at least. As soon as I hit it suddenly my email was flooded with pitches, requests to post information, requests to guest blog, requests to have my site listed in exchange for a link….annnnnd my first very snarky comment.

I guess I’m actually lucky that up until this point I’ve dodged the hateful comments bullet. I mean-with stuff like my Created To Be His Help Meet Study I kinda expected for the hate mail to come rolling in. I mean, if Rainbow Pancakes can cause hatred and discontent what can’t??? Everything else I’ve posted has been pretty target free for nasty comments though–or so I thought! A few days ago I posted about a Liberty Mutual event because it sounded informative and my PR rep that sends me lots of good stuff specifically asked if I could post it a couple of times (result of me being sooo behind still) so I did.

Well this morning (after pretty much NO sleep last night at all) I wake up to find this little lovely gem in my inbox:

“Anonymous has left a new comment on your post “Liberty Mutual ‚ÄúNational Conversation Drive‚ÄĚ In Ch…”:

I don’t want to see your fat kid in a car seat, as if it is cute, and you want to take away my driving rights. I am currently teaching my 16 year old grandaughter to drive, who will not listen to my instruction, because she already know everything, while making right turns at 35mph, and telling me im to old. I am 62. The problem is not with the older generation, its is the younger ones who seem to know-it-all, and are so disrespectful.”

I mean SERIOUSLY???????? Let’s look at this for just a second!

Anonymous has left–ok this is always a bad sign to start off with because it’s so easy for someone to just leave nasty snarky remarks “anonymously” What, like they don’t have to own up to the fact they were just nasty and hateful??!! By all means feel free to tell me what’s on your mind but at least give me a name and an email so that I can issue a rebuttal or apologize if I was truly in the wrong!!! If not–well then, my dear, you are getting an entire blog post ranted about you!!! *Ahem*

Just look at that first sentence–does it not make your blood BOIL????!!! Talk about a way to get a momma seething with rage! I honestly had to stop, go back, and re-read it a couple times before it sunk in that, yes, she really did just say that!!! Are you kidding me???? First of all my kids are the most gorgeous creatures in the whole world so don’t you DARE ever say other wise and secondly it’s pretty obvious that she didn’t read anything else on my entire blog or she would have seen that “the fat kid in the car seat” was just hospitalized and traumatized and that this kind of crap is really the last thing I need to be dealing with right now!!!!!!

I honestly would have tracked the woman down (somehow…I do know at least 2 guys who could probably figure out exactly who she is because they’re super techy spies, no serious the one really is) and¬†ripped her a new one but the rest of the comment made everything come into perspective.
 
What is a 62 year old doing teaching a snotty little teenager how to drive? Obviously it’s a case where Grandma got stuck raising the kids because mom and dad didn’t want to or couldn’t. Why is a 16 year old who’s learning not getting in HUGE trouble for talking back like that??!! I wouldn’t have seen the light of day if I had dared to ever talk to my parents that way, even at 16!!! Because, you see, I was taught respect for the people around me in authority and who were older than me.
 
Obviously what’s the problem is that you have a stressed out old woman with a rebellious horrible kid who gets online and then thinks that I’m part of the “younger generation”–which, by the way, thank you but I AM a little older than 16 even if I might not look it–and now she’s getting her keys, which to most seniors represent their last bit of freedom, taken away.
 
Really it’s just sad. Because that’s not what I meant at all and that’s not what the post was about. I am deeply respectful towards the older people in my life. I realize that for many of them driving is what helps them keep on going as they get older and makes them feel independent. My Grandpa Joe was driving till he was nearly 90 and did just fine. There are, however, some who just can’t do it safely anymore. And those are the people who need to swallow their pride and accept help. I hope and pray that some day in the far future I will accept help and be able to age gracefully, not becoming a bitter, nasty old woman who goes around stomping on young mother’s feelings just because they were trying to be helpful.

Kraft Foods, U.N. World Food Programme and KaBOOM! join forces

Kraft Foods, U.N. World Food Programme and KaBOOM! join forces

I thought this was a wonderful program and such an easy way to help!!! If all my followers were to upload a picture that would be 2,500 meals!!!!!!! just from us alone! Please go do it! Here’s the picture I’m uploading ūüôā KRAFT FOODS, U.N. […]