Friday, February 27, 2015

Winner of the $100 Disney Giveaway

We had such a wonderful response to the giveaway - Thank you to my fellow bloggers for such a great experience! We have a winner for our $100 gift card giveaway. Yeah! What a great way to start the weekend! Disney Gift Card Giveaway pictureThanks to all of the fantastic bloggers who participated in this giveaway. It was a fun week! Now, for the big moment. Drumroll please..........the winner of the $100 Disney gift card is Karen Drake! Congratulations, Karen! You have an email coming your way with all the info you need to receive your gift card. Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway! Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, February 20, 2015

$100 Disney Giveaway




Something is happening today that I am super eager to share with you! It's giveaway time and I am excited to announce that I have teamed up with some other AWESOME bloggers to bring a $100 Disney gift card giveaway! Who doesn't love some Disney?! Disney Gift Card Giveaway picture Now, let me introduce you to this awesome team of bloggers that are bringing you this fun giveaway!
Stephanie of Happily Ever Rushed Stephanie
Gabby of Mama Gab gabby
So now I bet you are DYING to enter the Disney Gift Card giveaway!! Well....here it is! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Momma Don't You Worry - An Ebook Review


        I was asked to review a new EBook. Mommy Don't You Worry is about a little boy who feels he is to "Grown Up" to hold his mommy's hand. This book has  a great message and cute rhymes that will keep any child interested. As a parent, I live with the fear of one of my daughter's getting lost in a public place. I have already shared this with my three year old.


   The mommy in the story is doing her best to keep her little boy safe in public but they get separated. It is the message that the little boy remembers from his mommy that helps him out of trouble. 

              Great message for children and an easy way for parents to share a lesson!                   You can purchase this book for yourself on Amazon at a great price of $1.29.



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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Down the path but not alone.





        It seems lately that I have been wrapped in in all the mundane things in life. The minutiae of the every day. I have been thinking of a way to slow things down and stop feeling like I am standing alone and watching my life speed by. There are always moments that make you stop and stand still and remember the things that matter. Work was stressful, my three year old was sick, winter was long and a hundred other things that were on my list for the week.

       My mom is everything that holds our family together and as a grandmother she deserves a medal. My mom is amazing and a strong woman and she has taught me so many things that I have only started to notice as I became a mother. And so when she called to tell me she found a lump in her breast and needed to get tests, my speeding world slowed down. My mom had already survived Breast cancer and melanoma so I knew she was a fighter and I found comfort in the fact that it had been so long since her first battle. What was the chance that it would be cancer again? We waited for the tests and I was more and more assured that it was just an ordinary lump and she could get it cut out and we could move on. Move back to the space where my mom was safe and borrowed time wasn't a phrase in my everyday vocabulary.
   
       Instead of a lump that could be cut out and a family that could move on, we had our worst fears realized.  "The doctor called and its breast cancer." I couldn't breath. I am a wife and a mommy and in that moment I only felt like a scared little girl. I am scared for my mom and my family and for the road that my mom must travel again. She has been down the path of breast cancer and she will do it again. We are still waiting on results that will tell us the stage, prognosis and if the cancer has traveled to other places in her body. Sometimes the lessons that life teaches you can be unfair but I know that I am going to stop standing alone and watching my life pass me by. I made a promise to myself that I will not regret anymore moments or ever again refer to the everyday moments in my life as mundane. This is too important, my mom is too important. She needs me now to help clear the path that she must travel again and keep the faith and hope. For my dad, my sisters and most of all my daughters. My sweet girls who live to be with my mom. My mom who lives to be part of their lives and keeps them safe and happy for us while we work. Deep breath, prayers, moments and reveling in the everyday.  And so she waits for news but not alone.





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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Approved for - Top Mommy Bloggers


I have been added to the Top Mommy Bloggers site and I am so please to be a part of this network. Please take a moment and vote for me, the more votes pushes me to the top for referrals and views.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chunky Avocado Dip

               I love Avocado. I love it mashed in guacamole, I love it sliced on a turkey sandwich and I love it as a Chunky Avocado Dip. This is so easy to make and because you flavor it with lime its easy and healthy.  The nice thing about this recipe is that there are only a few ingredients and you can whip this up quickly.


3 Avocadoes
3 Roma tomatoes
1 Can of Mild Rotel
1 Bunch of Cilantro
1 Purple onion
2 Limes
Pinch of salt and pepper



Slice your Avocadoes down the middle and then remove the pit and the shell. Slice your Avocadoes into small but nice size chunks.

Dice your purple onion and add it to the Avocadoes

Add the can of Rotel (do not drain)

Dice the Roma tomatoes and add the other ingredients



Slice up about a quarter cup of cilantro and toss with the Dip.

Gently toss together without mashing the avocado and then add your pinch of salt and pepper.

Squeeze the juice of 2 limes over the dip and toss again.

Chill at least 1 hour prior to serving.

I always serve this as dip my family loves this on top of their tacos, with celery or just with a fork!




Warning: A good tortilla chip and a bowl of this will easily disappear. Good Luck!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My GE Dishwasher from Ryan homes.

    Well it has been 2 months and all though we love the house and the neighborhood, I do NOT love that our dishwasher broke at 7 weeks. GE was very difficult to get ahold of and to actually speak to a person was a challenge. I troubleshot the issue first but when it didn't work I did call and the customer service rep tried to help but nothing worked. We waited 4 days for an appointment with GE. 

This may sound a little "snooty" but I seriously hated washing my dishes every day for 9 days. I work 40 hours a week and have two kids, it was very annoying and time consuming. I couldn't wait until the GE appointment came up and I could get it fixed. We have two kids and they create A LOT of dishes. When I came home the day of the appointment and I saw the GE man was here, I skipped to the door. He had just arrived and in under 5 minutes he let us know that he did NOT have the part we needed.  

It would be another five days until he had the part and was back to fix our dishwasher. When my husband told him he was concerned that our dishwasher already needed service and was not feeling confident about our chances going forward. The GE man replied with a "yes, we have lots of issues with this model". 

Awesome

Five more days of dish washing came and went and the part was installed in under 5 minutes. Knock wood, the dishwasher is working but I have no faith.

I am mildly irritated at Ryan homes because they use this product and I have seen online complaints about the item. I asked when we were building if we could upgrade to a different model due to the complaints and I was told it wasn't possible. I get it, its policy. But now, I have this nice house and a dishwasher that already broke. I called Ryan home service to make sure they are aware of the issue but was told they would "note it" and nothing else could be done. 

I tell everyone how great my experience was with Ryan homes and how much I loved it. I wonder what they think now when at work I spend my lunches calling GE and waiting on a service appointment.  Also, GE has a terrible customer service line. They don't even give you an option to reach a person, you have to find your way past the automated service where you hope if you push enough wrong buttons, someone will pick up. Terrible.

Similar but not my piece of GE junk -  Ryan homes, don't put these products in your homes. Don't build pretty homes and then have them move in and wash dishes. This is a plastic, non drying, faulty dishwasher.  Not impressed and if it breaks again, I will be super cheesed and end up calling the GE number and pushing buttons until someone answers.