Month: November 2011

Mompact Holiday Giveaway

Mompact Holiday Giveaway

Have you heard of Mompact yet? It’s a wonderful company that is all about Mom Supporting Moms..in Business! They have an amazing Direct Sales opportunity that is just starting out, along with an amazing Blog Ambassador program. Did I mention they also have amazing giveaways […]

What’s Your Dream Job?

What’s Your Dream Job?

My post on Travel Nursing got me to thinking about jobs and dream jobs. Hubby is playing with the idea of whether to stay in or get out of the military next year. Though there are many pros to the military there are plenty of […]

The Mommy Montage *Guest Post*

The Mommy Montage *Guest Post*

  The Mommy Montage

We’ve all done it, not that it’s ever effective. Every mother runs through the list of do’s & don’ts before taking the kids into the store for the ever-thrilling family shopping trip. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to the market or the mall, the same warnings apply.
I remember one such montage on the way into Walmart with my brood. My husband, Bryan, was deployed, and we were homeschooling for the first time, which meant it didn’t matter what time of day I went, I had to take all of them with me. Out of the corner of my eye, I could see passersby stifling laughs and smiling. Especially the ladies – some with children, some without – almost all had the “been there, done that” look on their faces.
I walked briskly toward the entrance, lugging a car seat with my two-month-old in one hand and the hand of my 18-month-old in the other. Like ducklings in a row, my 6- and 4- year-olds followed along behind. It went something like this:
“There will be no yelling, no pushing, no fighting, no arguing. You will not hit each other, wander off, hide in the clothing racks, or add things to the basket. You will not beg, plead, or barter for goodies. You will stay with me, you will not whine, you will move quickly. There will be no complaining about what we are or aren’t getting, and finally, you will remember to use an inside voice.”
At this point, I would take a deep breath and pause at the doors.
“Do I make myself clear?”
“Yes, ma’am!” they’d exclaim in unison.
Then we would head into the store, where the moment we set foot inside, all memories of the rules are forgotten. So, the next time you catch yourself chanting the Mommy Montage, knowing full well that none of it will be heeded, don’t feel bad. Keep in mind that this, too, shall pass. One day it will be you wearing that knowing grin as another Mom utters those oh-so-familiar words!

– Jennifer Hamilton
“Stole” this from the wonderful Scrap Girls Newsletter I just couldn’t resist, it was too good 😀 –you can sign up for it too on their website here
Smile–you’re amazing!

Smile–you’re amazing!

Yepp–that’s right, you really are! I’m *super* happy dancing over here these days-not only do I finally have my sweetie hubby home (just in time for Thanksgiving–YEY!) But I just passed up 1,000 followers/fans/subscribers on here, facebook, and Twitter–woo hoos! Just in case you missed […]

The True Story of Puss in Boots DVD *Review*

The True Story of Puss in Boots DVD *Review*

As a work from home mom I greatly look forward to when my littlest guy goes down for a nap and I can pop a DVD in for my daughter so that I can get at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted blogging and/or working done! […]

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 *Giveaway*

Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 *Giveaway*

Are you a Harry Potter fan? Would you believe that until this summer I had never seen a single one of the movies or read any of the books? I finally broke down and decided to see what all the fuss was about, I ended up loving them! I went with my brother and his wife to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 in theaters this summer, and then bought them the entire BluRay set as a “thank you” to them for keeping me over the summer. I’m excited to get to pass along the DVD gifting love as I get to bring you a giveaway for the latest movie that was just released!



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How to succeed financially

How to succeed financially

As a newly wed living in Washington D.C. I had the unique opportunity of being the admin assistant for a financial adviser. It was a really great job for me as it ground in the keys to being financially successful from the very beginning. Throughout […]

sew i shoot *Review & Giveaway*

sew i shoot *Review & Giveaway*

You can see the *adorable* homecoming shirts I had made for the kids in the video above! The fellow Coastie wife who makes them runs the page sew i shoot on Facebook and she makes any kind of embroidered shirt (not just military!) and darling […]

Home Again!!!!!

Home Again!!!!!

As many of you know my hubby has been deployed for the past 7 months, I’m *thrilled* to be able to say that this past week he arrived safely home!!!! Homecoming was absolutely amazing, we decided it would be best if I went and picked him up by myself since he was getting in late at night and we didn’t want his first reuniting with the kids to be when they were exhausted and cranky. I arrived 2 hours early to make sure I wouldn’t miss it, but thankfully made a new friend in one of the reservist’s wives. She was a fellow mom of two and super sweet, we chatted as she chased her kiddos around and that helped to pass the time. When they all started stepping off of the bus I got goosebumps and *almost* started to cry, my MIL reminding me that I’d look like a racoon because of all my eye makeup helped me stop though 😉 It’s pretty amazing when the person you’ve been with for nearly 10 years can still give you the biggest butterflies ever!

Fox News was there covering it 🙂 They got our hug and kiss on tape but it didn’t make the final cut, if you look at 34 seconds in the clip you’ll see me and hubby flirting in the background 😀

Choosing Baby Clothes for Gifts

Choosing Baby Clothes for Gifts

I’ve always thought that giving baby clothes as gifts for friends is one of the best and safest bets when it comes time for the holidays. I’ve found in my own family that until my kids reach a certain age they are not at all […]