Month: January 2011

Ebates ~ where it pays to shop online

Ebates ~ where it pays to shop online

So have you heard of/tried out Ebates.com yet? It’s a really cool website where you can get coupons and cash back from shopping online! All you have to do is any time you’re about to make an online purchase check in and see if you […]

Gorton’s Seafood January Grilled Facebook Giveaway!

Gorton’s Seafood January Grilled Facebook Giveaway!

I will be doing a review and giveaway from Gorton’s very soon but I wanted to let you know about this so you could get in on it!! One thousand (1000) FREE grilled product coupons will be given out in four (4) Drawings of two-hundred […]

My Belle Boutique *Review & Giveaway*

My Belle Boutique *Review & Giveaway*

***this giveaway is now CLOSED congrats to Atreau who won***

I absolutely love My Belle Boutique! You might remember the previous Review and Giveaway I did for her shop. If not then go check it out! This time I received these *gorgeous* earrings and bracelet! It’s so funny because I was just telling hubby how much I loved colored pearls and then these showed up in the mail–she’s a mind reader! For Christmas I ordered my mom this necklace and she absolutely loves it! My bestie Lara has also order quite a bit from My Belle now as well and she loves their adorable flowers hairbow clip set–her daughter wants to wear one all the time to ballet she told me! 🙂 All of their stuff is gorgeous, high quality, and very affordable! If you check out her Facebook Fan Page you can find her great fundraisers, auctions, and weekly commenting game.

One Lucky Reader will receive the gorgeous hand-stamped necklace in the picture above!
As always be sure I have a way to get your email address so I can tell you that you won! If I don’t have an easy way to get it (in your comment, google profile, etc) I will automatically choose a new winner. A new winner will also automatically be chosen if any of the entries are not followed specifically (such as doing the mandatory entry). Also leave a separate comment for each additional entry that you do! One comment = one entry!
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Visit My Belle Boutique and tell me what your favorite item is!
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Because who wouldn’t want this necklace?!
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This Giveaway will end 2/12/11 at 11:59 p.m. EST

I will choose the winner via random.org contact them via email and post them on this blog. They have 48 hours to claim their win before a new winner is chosen.
Good Luck!!!

Chloraseptic Lozenges & Sore Throat Spray

Chloraseptic Lozenges & Sore Throat Spray

Right after we all got over our nasty colds a few months ago I received Cholraseptic spray and lozenges to review. The good news is that none of us have had a cold since! The bad news is that it’s hard to do reviews of […]

My Belle Boutique Fundraiser

My Belle Boutique Fundraiser

So I will be posting a new review & giveaway for My Belle Boutique *very* soon but in case I can’t get to it today I wanted to post about the Fundraiser she’s doing right now. Originally it was so a little girl at her […]

Becoming a "Real" Military Spouse

Becoming a "Real" Military Spouse

Sadly I found out this week that Today’s Military Spouse (the online magazine I wrote for occasionally) is shutting down. So I’m transferring my articles from there onto here so that I don’t lose them! This article was from the day before Amber ended up being admitted into the hospital–talk about a brutal initiation in the life of a “real military spouse”!!!!
It was bound to happen.

I knew that you couldn’t live the life of a military spouse without really living it sooner or later. Somehow I’d managed to dodge the bullet until this point though.

Oh, I’m not saying that we have always been together–we spent our 6 month engagement 2,000 miles apart and only saw each other for one entire day of it. Then there was A school where for 3 months I saw my husband briefly for a few hours each weekend, then filled up the rest of my days with chick flicks, World of Warcraft, and my part time job in DC where I didn’t know anyone well enough to visit with them so spent the time in our apartment all alone. And of course how can I forget him missing our daughter’s first Christmas and her first birthday! But that’s another story…

Now, thanks to my husband being in the Coast Guard and our luck at landing 2 land units back to back, the separations have been few and far between. In fact up until this point at times he worked less than any civilian would have, and we both got used to a M-F 8-3 kind of life style our last unit provided. Good hours, however, mean you have a less than glamorous job. As in your official title should be “Osprey nest knocker off-er/Bird Poop cleaner-upper Man”. With an AA in Criminal Justice, it’s no surprise that the job quickly lost its appeal for hubby. When the option to lateral to the CG new rating, Maritime Enforcement, came up-he jumped at it.

Fast forward a couple of months to today.

Here I sit bleary eyed and crazy haired. I don’t think I got anything that could be considered sleep last night between my poor little girl who had a fever of 103.2 and my fussy 5 week old who I’m praying doesn’t catch it. I was so stressed out and sleep deprived yesterday that I pulled away from the Wendy’s drive through without my debit card and the poor guy came racing around the entire building chasing my car, waving it in the air.

This is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be!!!!!

And yet, I think about all the thousands of women who are going through this same scenario right now, many have been going through it for a year like one of my best friends who also has a toddler & a baby and her husband is in Afghanistan. Pretty much all these women I know seem to have it so together, they’re so strong and positive and just do what needs to be done–because that’s what they’ve got to do! Now I know that behind closed doors they’re probably sitting close to tears as their toddler & newborn cry at the same time and they just wish their husband could be there to run to the store to pick up medicine because they just realized they’re all out.

So to all of you wives out there, for the first time I really get what you’re going through and just know that you’re not alone, you’re absolutely amazing for doing what you do day in and day out…

I applaud you!
How To Make a Fabric Wreath

How To Make a Fabric Wreath

I’m a very odd mix of crafty and un-crafty genes. My dad is an amazing artist and I inherited some of that from him. My mom is very not crafty and I inherited a little of that from her too. The result is that I […]

Coast Guard PCS Tips

Coast Guard PCS Tips

Home is where the _______ sends us. If you’re a military spouse you have heard this phrase many times, and might even have it hanging up in wherever your current home might be! In the five years that I’ve been a military spouse, home has […]

My Ideal U.S. family great getaway

My Ideal U.S. family great getaway

My ideal, great family get-away location is my one and only beloved home state—Wyoming! Although extremely rural (it does have the lowest population of all the states!) it’s the perfect place for families who are looking for a great “get away from it all” location! This time of year there is every kind of great winter weather activity to be found. Around the Jackson Hole area you can find great skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and snow machining activities all nestled next to the breathtaking Teton Mountain range and Teton National park. There’s also the Elk Refugee that is the winter grounds for hundreds of these beautiful creatures and you can take a sleigh ride to get up close and personal to see them! Jackson Hole itself is an amazing tourist town with great dining (I love the ribs at Bubbas) and several 4.5 star hotels so you can go relaxing in luxury after “roughing it” all day long.

During the summer a trip to Wyoming can’t be beat as well! Teton National Park is breathtaking during the summer with many gorgeous lakes, waterfalls, and hiking trails (and of course those amazing mountains!) A trip to the Bar J Wranglers ranch provides awesome and unique family friendly entertainment and of course the famous Yellowstone National Park is also located in that area. Yellowstone has amazing wildlife, beautiful wildflowers, and dazzling hot pots and geysers. Many of these places have lodges to rent so you don’t need to bring a tent or be able to have a camp trailer to go.

If you’re looking to avoid the Yellow stone crowds a great spot for a vacation that would be easily over looked is where I spent the first 19 years of my life—South Western Wyoming. Often passed over as “ugly and barren” it is a treasure trove of adventure if you just know where to look. A trip out to the awesome Sand Dunes and Boars Tusk—(the inner core of an ancient volcano) along with the ancient Indian petroglyphs provides for at least one full day of excitement and adventure and could easily be stretched over into a couple of days. You can also go on rides to look for all the wildlife SW Wyoming has to offer which include thousands of antelope, mule tail deer, and beautiful elk. The Flaming Gorge is a great spot to go for a day of fishing, wading, wildlife viewing, and lizard chasing.

I’ve lived all over the East Coast and driven all over the United States the past few years and I’ve been to and seen many wonderful places. In my opinion, however, there is no better place to visit than Wyoming!

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The Club No One Wanted To Join-Madoff Victims In Their Own Words *Review & Giveaway*

The Club No One Wanted To Join-Madoff Victims In Their Own Words *Review & Giveaway*

***This giveaway is now CLOSED Congrats to SalanderServant who won*** I posted this a few days ago as a review but was offered a copy to giveaway so be sure to join! 😀  The Club No One Wanted To Join-Madoff Victims In Their Own Words was […]