Friday, June 18, 2010

Chain of Friends Contest, from Hampton

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hampton Hotels. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Speaking of "me time." Right now, well, after you finish reading this.. you should go check out the Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes

One really lucky grand prize winner will receive a free stay for themselves and 100 of their friends at a Hampton for one weekend. The winner will also receive $5000 to help pay the tax for the weekend!

Holy crap. That could be one bad ass bloggy meet up, right? I'd be sending out invites left and right. My BFF's of course, but I'd love to have a hotel filled with all my blog friends, how hilarious & post worthy would those nights be?! No conferences to attend, just a hotel & our imaginations fueled by what I could image to be a large amount of booze, seeing as how most of us would be like "Holy shit, a weekend away from our kids???"

If I won the Hampton Chain of Friends Sweepstakes I imagine the hotel would be shutting down, for myself & these 100 people, right? Because when you take the kids away from parents, like us, something is bound to be disruptive. Like, fence hopping, and all. I can only imagine the laughs & jokes that could take place between all of us united in one place!

The sweepstakes is open to everyone, not just those that are Hilton Honors members or those that have previously stayed at a Hampton. Check it out, enter & then invite me as one of your guests when you win, please?

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The Official Jersey Shore parody/porn review, as only I, and Eden Fantasys can bring you.

This is my disclaimer:

If you are under the age of 18, related to me either by blood, marriage, or are a friend of my families. If you are easily offended, or have no desire to read about pornography..

DO NOT ENTER THIS PAGE. It contains adult content and awkward honesty that I prefer my relatives or adult friends of relatives just not read.

If you feel you will not be offended, or swear to never mention your reading this to me ( family, this means you) then please, by all means, continue on.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Why I am still here.

If you are here reading this, you likely wonder why I am still posting here & my redirect is down.

Unfortunately, yet fortunately..ironically... for me, some of the networking & opportunities that I get are unable to be approved & taken advantage of unless they are posted from a specific domain name.

In order for me to keep doing what I need to do, if yaknowhati$saying, eh.. I am opeing the site back up for this & fbreif fillers in between as required.


So, yeah. That's the story, morning glory. Feel free to comment, should the urge strike you, but of course, I prefer you just head over to the domain HERE, and tell me something sweet about something going on over there, since that is where the real action is at!

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Swiss Army & Fathers Day

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Swiss Army. All opinions are 100% mine.

Fathers Day is coming up this weekend, as hopefully we all know. In honor of Fathers Day, Swiss Army is asking for father stories. I in fact, have a very special one that involves a Victorinox Swiss Army knife, if you believe it or not. Here is my sweet story, hopefully you will share your own after you read mine &check out the great products that Swiss Army has to offer!

Before Andy was born, I wanted to get a "birth" gift for Mike. You've heard of push gifts, well, his was a "go eat Taco Bell & watch SUV on the couch while I'm in pain" gift. I guess.
I chose a Victorinox Swiss Army knife, I picked through the dozens of them to find the perfect one. I had it engraved & suprised Mike with it after Andy was born.

Why did I pick a Victorinox Swiss Army knife? Mike has several very old ones that are special to him. He recalled the stories of them every time he saw the knife & I hoped, that with the birth of his own first son, that maybe someday he'd look at that knife & remember when it was given to him. Then when Andy gets old enough, Mike can tell Andy "the story" of how he received it & pass it to Andy, so that he too has a pocketknife that he remembers being given to him. Sort of a cycle. Mike uses it all the time, and it's still as good as new, 4 years later. I did the same with Ryan, only a different type of gift, as it was a different child & stage of our life.

Mike would love the new Dual Pro X


 I believe it has a different tools than the one I got him, and pocket knives are never too handy!

If you still need a Fathers Day idea that is timeless, classic & most of all, useful, definately check out the Dual Pro X for this, or others fathers day gifts.

Also, you can head over to Facebook and heck out the Share the Adventure Facebook Page where you can enter win in the Share the Adventure contest currently going on, for a chance to win great products and compete for a $25,000 Ultimate Adventure. Awesome, and perfect for the dad in anyones life!


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Wordless Wednesday

Be sure, if you find yourself here, that you switch yourself over to THERE.
But here is a peek at the WW I posted over THERE, today!



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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Glidden

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Glidden. All opinions are 100% mine.

”GliddenPainting can be such a hassle. You have to pick the color, prep walls, cover furniture, then if the color isnt right you have to find the one that is, which often leads to buying multiple cans of paint which you cant even use. It's all really a big pain. Now, Glidden is offering an awesome way to cut the hassle that painting projects can be.

Right now, you can head over to Glidden to Test Drive Your Favorite Color with Glidden TM Ready-to-Go Paint Testers: If you are not fortunate enough to win testers in the “Glidden Paint, Get Color, Give Color Giveaway” beginning just after midnight on June 1st, 2010, on www.Glidden.com, then you can always find Glidden’s inexpensive paint testers in any Home Depot location.

Glidden’s paint testers are unique from other brands because they have a handy brush included in the lid, and our testers allow you to try out the actual paint color before you commit to buying all the paint necessary for your project. 
Glidden testers are also easier to store than large, messy, half-used cans of paint. The testers are also great for households with children because they can be used to quickly touch up scrapes and stains. I love this, because there is no more trying to store little samples of paint when inevitabely, you'll need a touch up, likely in a childs room ((cough cough!!))

Find Ideas Quickly with Glidden’s Top 10 Color Palettes and XL Paint Chips. Get inspired to paint with colors that reflect who you are! Glidden’s Top 10 Color Palettes are assembled by color experts to express your personality. Glidden also makes it easy to select the perfect combination of colors.

Glidden's large paint chips help you experience your favorite color in your room’s unique lighting. Plus, all of the chips have two coordinating color options right on the back. I like that they have team color paints, because so many people have teams that they coordinate into bedrooms, this takes the matching guesswork right out of the equation.

I will definately be checking out Glidden myself, as we're hoping to move in the next year or so. I love picking out paint colors & designs, just not the actual painting hassle, but I think, with Glidden it just might be a bit easier next time.

If you, yourself are looking to start a painting project this summer, head over to Glidden & get started!

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

The A Team

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You can all relax. I got a bit of a break this weekend ( plus, I slept til NOON, yes, 12 in the afternoon, on Saturday!!!) It was much needed, as I think the world knew.

The Man & I stopped at my favorite local deli, Franklin Square Deli for lunch then went to see the A Team.

I remember watching it, vaguely, with my dad & my sister. My sister is the big A Team fan of the family. We are all owners of the original dolls, in fact. I believe my sis has them, which is probably good for their value considering my boys.

I figured, even if the movie sucked, it'd be an enjoyable hour plus of Bradley Cooper, who lets face is, is fucking fiiine. ..Well, he was hotter before he got with Squishy Zellwiger,but maybe she has a ...nice heart. Er something.

Anyway, I'm a pretty tough movie critic. Not a lot makes me laugh.. Well..actually I laugh really easily, but I'm not easily moved to laughter by movies. I never have been. I remember going to see Little Women as a kid, I mean, I was maybe 4th grade, and Beth( Claire Danes) died. The theater was racked with sobbing women & I remember looking around with wide eyes, trying not to laugh thinking "I am so going to hell..wtf?"

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That was fourth grade, I assure you my inappropriate laughter has gotten MUCH worse since then.

If you planed on, or even remotely thought about seeing the movie, I'd definitely recommend doing so. I really enjoyed it. The Man even said that he loved it, it was so outrageous & unbelievable yet still enjoyable. Not like those movies where you're like "Really? Come on" This was just A for AWESOME & ACTION. And Alpha..technically, so the outrageousness was A-Ok!

I know that the original B.A, Mr. T wasn't thrilled about a remake, and I know I had my skeptic shoes on, so for those of you who are all "OMG how can they remake the A Team?? I refuse to see it!" Get over yourselves & enjoy the summer flick.

I did. And I'd see it again, which is rare for me.

Plus, like I said, what's the worst that can happen, you waste $8 & dislike it?

Not a total loss.. you still get to look at this for over an hour.

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That's worth $10 alone. I'm just saying.
..Oh yeah..so worth it...
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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

'Stangs and douchebags.What better for a Tuesday!

I wonder if Mustangs are the official car for douchebags. I shared this thought earlier, on Facebook & about 95% of comments agreed. To make up for the other 5% I amended my statement to be

"Mustangs(specifically the 90's models,red) are the UN Official car of douchebags."

Why UN official you ask? Because, there are perfectly good people who drive Mustangs. I know several myself.

If the car were the OFFICIAL car of Douchebags. In order to get a 'Stang you'd have to apply.

It would go something like this:

Mustang Salesman, henceforth known as MS

MS- NEXT!

Man steps to desk.

MS -"So, you want a Mustang, do you? Do you think you're douchey enough to handle one of these babies?"

Man- "Well, I think I qualify."

MS- "Name me one good reason.."

Man- ((thinks..smiles)) Well, I cheated on my wife."

MS- "Get in line buddy.You gotta do better than that to qualify, this is the OFFICIAL car of douchebags, we're talking big titles."

You see, Tiger Woods douchebaggio ways also happened at the same time I thought up the Mustang & DB Officialness was set up. So, he left Buick & is the official Douche Bag of the Mustang.

I mean, dude's would be lining up in waves to qualify. Jon Gosslin would be in his Ed Hardy pleading that he's a big enough celebrity to get an Official Douchebag car.

Man- ((thinky face)) "Well I cheated on my wife, with her mom."

MS- "You got it. Upgrade this guy to leather seats! Next!!"

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For other peoples random thoughts, on this lovely Tuesday, check out The Un Mom

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Car Seat Preachy Stuff



I am a self proclaimed safety nut. Especially when it comes to car seats. I remember being pregnant with Andy & learning that you aren't supposed to choose car seats just by the print they come in. I had no idea.

Evenflo and JuiceBoxJungle sponsored this post, and gave me an opening to talk about what child safety means to me and my family & I am grateful for the opportunity to do. I love sharing information that I am passionate about & I hope I don't sound preachy. I'd be crazy not to jump on this opportunity because it's something I'm passionate about, but this is also the type of thing that I don't go shouting from the roof tops here on my blog because I definately don't like reading, or writing preachy things, unless it's really good & I'm sure I'm 100% right..which I usually am. Chhaa!

I hope that you come away from this post with more information than you had coming in, which you can use in your daily life to protect the children in your life.

In the past 4 years, I've become a slight car seat geek. I've poked & prodded & tested, had a bunch of our own & discussed with car seat techs more car seats than I should with only 2 kids! I know the importance of keeping my children rear facing as long as possible, I am an advocate of car seat safety & the importance of a 5 point harness, and I also advocate extended rear facing. So many people are so excited to turn their child forward facing when they hit age one. Why?

"So they can see the world!" Is a common response.

I don't see how they can see the world, if God forbid, an accident happened and being rear facing could have saved their life. Brutal. I know. But it is truer than many people realize.

I always direct people to this video, when I discuss car seat safety with friends, or people who have prior asked my thoughts & opinions. It's a simple video that isn't graphic yet supplies basic facts that many actually do not know, and shows the benefits of rear facing.



And for those people who still don't get the message. This video really ought to do the trick.



I don't think anything speaks more clearly that the proof in those videos & the facts that anyone can inform themselves of.

Andy was rear facing until a little before he was three years old. Ryan was until he was about 15-ish months.. He was a tricky one, due to his massive size. The boys pediatrician always starts to ask about car seats & says "I have no idea what you'll do with them.." before she says "Oh thats right, you're the one with the great car seats & information! I wish more parents knew this stuff.." I know the facts & I am not afraid to speak up about them. This isn't some radical parenting choice, it is a life of death decision. You may feel confident in your own driving skills, but every time your on the road, everyone elses driving skills & judgment is a risk you take. I mean, simply driving a car, a daily action IS dangerous. Well, it CAN be. Hopefully it isn't, but it isn't something to take lightly when it comes to the protection you choose to give your children with car seats, booster seats & seat belt laws.

Know the laws. Check your states facts HERE.

Both boys are forward facing, in 5 point harnesses. How? With a good, quality, safe seat.

I bought the Evenflo Triumph, which I recommend to dozens of people, for our first car seat. It help both boys from the first time they rode in it til the day they grew out of it. It is a top safety rated car seat, the height & weight limitations are greater than many other seats on the market, which means one seat lasts longer, no buying 2 or more seats.

Evenflo has just released the Momentum 65 DLX Convertible Car Seat, with features that help make safety, installation and use as easy as possible for parents.

This post is sponsored by Evenflo and JuiceBoxJungle,written 100% by myself, in my own words. All opinions & statements are my own.

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