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Let me begin with my first award. It is the Passionate Blogger award presented to me by Kathleen from Katydid and Kid. She is an amazing person. You need to read her blog. Once you are her friend, she is passionate about making you a part of her life. Did I mention that my new banner and button were made by her? Why, do you ask? Because that is just who she is – she did it because she wanted to. I love it too, she captured who I am and I will be forever grateful.
The rules of this award:
Here are my 5 passions:
Now, who do I think deserves this award…it was pretty easy:
As mentioned above, Virginia from Frugalicious Mom is has a huge heart and she is awarded me The Love Ya award. The qualifications for this award are as follows:
These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.
I wanted to make sure I passed these awards on to people who truly deserved them, therefore I named only 6 people as of yet…
I hope you all have the time to check out these blogs and incredible women. Thank you all for nominating me for awards…it makes me feel so good that someone is reading and enjoying!
Okay, had to throw some stuff up here for you real quick before Friday ends!
Huggies is giving free samples away over at Walmart.
Gain is offering a coupon for $1.50 off!
I've noticed a lot of Mom bloggers are feeling blue lately. I'm not sure why, but I know I have been witnessing some posts that make me worry. I am not a doctor, but I have had my share of mental health issues in the past. My first experience with depression came after having my son 15 years ago. It was both the best and worse time of my life. I had never experienced depression before and it took a while before I realized something was wrong.
My husband, at the time, was a manager of a restaurant and worked from 4 pm until 4 am – almost every night. I had a tough pregnancy and was on strict bed rest for almost 6 months. By the time I had my son I had gained over 100 lbs. and my muscles had atrophied. I was miserable. I could barely walk. I was tired and overwhelmed by becoming a parent. Although I didn't want to hurt myself or my son, I did want to go to sleep and never wake up. I cried. I cried more. And finally, when my son was two weeks old I couldn't stand it anymore. I walked into the restaurant/bar where my now ex-husband worked with my baby, put him down in the middle of the aisle, and turned around and walked out. I was tired. I was sad. I was overwhelmed. I couldn't care for myself or my son. I went home and slept.
The next morning when I woke up I immediately called the doctor and explained what happened the night before. He had me come in right away. I started on anti-depressants that day and SLOWLY life became more bearable. No one in my family recognized my symptoms. It wasn't until I couldn't function that I realized I needed help. (side note: My son was fine when I left him in the middle of the restaurant. One of my friends was a waitress there and a mom. She got the night off, paid – and took the baby home so I could get some sleep. Thank you Tammy, wherever you are.)
I was able to get off the meds by the time my son turned 1, but 4 years later when my husband left me I had another attack. This time I realized the symptoms right away and although things were tough – I muddled my way back to "normalcy" two years later.
Some of my personal warning signs:
I felt lazy and tired.
I would go all day with no shower (yes - that is so gross!)
I was tired.
Did I mention that I was tired?
Did I mention that I got really lazy?
And yes, I cried.
Here are some other warning signs:
Loss of interest in normal activities
Trouble focusing or concentrating
Difficulty making decisions
Unintentional weight gain/loss
Loss of interest in sex
Unexplained physical problems – headaches/backpain
Three years after meeting my New and Improved DH we decided to have a baby. My doctor recommended I go on anti-depressants as soon as my son was born due to my history. SMART! Although I felt mildly depressed after birth the meds kicked in quick and it was a relatively easy time for me.
Depression and Manic Depression are very serious. They can be life threatening in some cases. You may know someone who needs your help and might not even realize it. There are some great resources out there and I encourage you to click on some of these links, if not for yourself – for someone who might need your help.
I want to note: symptoms of depression in small children can be very different from that of an adult. For instance, children might have bouts of anger. Please consult your physician if you think you or your child may be suffering from depression.
Now, on a lighter note:
3rd Place: Pimpernal coasters from maryambro1 and Necklace from Sweet Boutique
There are 5 possible entries per person. The first entry requirement is to visit any one of the following sponsors: Sweet Boutique, Mammadawg, Momonamission, or Maryambro1 then come back here and tell me something that caught your eye. You can gain up to 4 entries doing this but you must visit a different sponsor for each entry. The 5th possible entry is selfless. You can enter the name (first name is fine) of a friend you feel could use some cheering up. If that name is chosen, they win! Please leave a way for me to contact you!
You don't have to follow me on twitter. You don't have to follow my blog. You don't have to rate me on technorati. You don't have to do anything for me. This is for you, because you are special and I care about you! Winner will be chosen by Random.org. Giveaway closes on March 7th at Noon, EST.Giveaway is now closed...winner to be posted later...thanks. You are all so special.
I got my box today. It was so exciting. I love getting anything in the mail that isn't bill related. To get a bunch of small surprise presents in one big box - I'm in heaven.
Needless to say, I'm not one to just take my time with everything. I ripped the box open, took a couple pictures, and dug right in.
Pretty Wrapped Up (Personalized Wrappers w/tootsie rolls and 15% off purchase)
Deborahs Candle Magick (Tarts and Yellow and Purple candle – which I used for my Valentine)
Magick Moon Soapworks (Heart-shaped Soap that smells great)
Adrienne Mason (Chocolate Pretzel)
Park Avenue Creations (Body Butter)
Lainey's Pawtique (Doggie Cookies and boy did my pups devour these…)
FunkTionAl (Lavender Bath Salt – waiting for the kids to go back to school so I can enjoy this in private)
Primitive Baking, Inc (Valentine Sugar Cookie that melted in my mouth)
Angel Made Scents (Sugared Shortbread tart that I had to burn immediately. It even tricked my kids because they ran downstairs to see what I was baking.)
The Best Damn Granola Co. (fig n' nuts granola – added it to some yogurt, delicious!)
Fizzy Bubbles (Cupcake Bath Bomb that is the cutest thing you ever saw. My son turns 5 in a couple days and I'm saving it for his bath.)
The Sweet Jelly Bean (Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookie that my kids fought over – the older one won and LOVED it.)
M-D Candles (Asian spice tarts)
Mary Rudakas (Cupcake Cutout Bookmarker that I put in my current reader)
I also got a pink take-out box filled with Chocolate Covered Cherry Tarts that I burned yesterday. Incredible, but I don't know who to credit – so sorry.
The Ugly Duckling (Tarts)
If you are interested in review great samples from awesome companies please visit Out of the Box Sampler. Each month they feature various samples from vendors to share with others. It is a great idea and I boxes sell out fast, so get on their mailing list.
From their website: The Out Of The Box Sampler caters to finding YOU the best etailers who offer handmade goodies in business today! We pack our boxes full with 13-15 different samples from our contributors each and every month. You'll find tarts, scrubs, soaps, candles, jewelry, gourmet food, primitive designs, as well as discounts, coupons, free shipping offers and much more! BOXES GO ON SALE THE THIRD FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH!
It's Friday the 13th!!! Well, my week hasn't been so good – did I tell you my engine blew in my car? Good news: I bought an extended warranty and still had 2,000 miles left. Bad news: They are doing everything in their power to figure out a way NOT to pay it. Why do you ask? The repairs are going to cost twice as much as I paid for it 2 years ago! Hopefully I will get a call today and things will work out. Now, what does this have to do with Friday's Free Samples? Nothing.
Yappy Treats – can't forget my doggie friends.
Health and Beauty:
Maybelline is offering free samples of their air-whipped liquid makeup. It comes in 12 different shades, pretty cool.
Do you have a bedwetter? Well UnderJams is the answer for the older bedwetter from 38 lbs – 85 lbs!
Spring is here, almost. If you are going to be traveling, protect yourself with Airborne.
Itchy eyes? Alaway from Baush & Lomb has a $4 coupon for you!
Save the Earth! Pick up your doggie's pooh using the Flush Doggy flushable doggy poop bags.
Hope you enjoy this week's freebies! As always, let me know what you're looking for and I'll try to find it for you……
Have you ever read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein? It is my all-time favorite children's book. I'm going to mail you a copy because I want you to know that you are my giving tree and I love you. The story is about a little boy (yes, I'm a girl, but work with me here) who is loved by an apple tree. The tree will do anything for the child. "Every day the boy would come to the tree to eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk ... and the tree was happy." When the child needs money the tree tells him to sell her apples and so the story goes... "When there's nothing left of her, the boy returns again as an old man, needing a quiet place to sit and rest. The stump offers up her services, and he sits on it. And the tree was happy."
I want you to know I appreciate all the things you have given me (and continue to give). I hope someday that I can give you a fraction of what you have offered me. I know I make you worry. I know I haven't always made the best decisions and choices; but you have always been there for me. As we both get older I miss you more and more. I wish you lived closer and could come over every morning for coffee like you used to do when I lived in New York. I miss those mornings. I wish my boys could spend more time with you and Poppy. They miss you too.
Anyway, I wanted to tell you just how much I love you and I wanted to share it with the world. It isn't Mother's Day. I don't need anything either, so don't worry that I am going to call and ask you for something. I am just thankful you are my mommy and I love you.
Although this was a post for you mom, I hope that others will go to http://www.forallthewaysyoucare.com/submit/ and recognize their caregivers as well.Giveaway:
Because I am in a giving mood as well I am offering 1 lucky follower a copy of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. In order to win you must be a follower of this blog. I want to give back to you. This is required for this giveaway!
For additional entries:
Please make a comment for each entry including the link of your tweet, blog post, and/or technorati/stumble info. Giveaway ends 2/28 at 9 pm EST. GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, BUT COMMENTS ARE STILL VERY WELCOME. I HAVE BEEN ENJOYING YOUR STORIES.
It's Thursday!!! As promised I found some free samples online so you wouldn't have to. I try to get a good sample of things and always make sure I remember our Boxers – Brindie, Rocky, and Sabris!
Cesar.com is offering canine cuisine for the discriminating pups.
If your pup has bad breath Breathalicious has the dog bone for you! Now, if they would just make some sort of anti-gas dog bone…Boxers are horrible!
Health and Beauty:
For those of you who made a quit smoking resolution, Nicoderm CQ is offering free samples plus a coupon for $7!
I don't want to forget my diabetic friends. GlucoBurst makes managing your diabetes a little bit easier.
Costco is giving samples to women (or men, but I don't want to know…) of Kotex Lightdays Pantyliners.
I thought I would help you out with your breath, since I offered something for your pups…so, Aquafresh is offering a free sample for humans!
Food and Beverage:
Yogi Tea is offering free samples of their green teas. You get the sample pack of Mexican Sweet Chili (sounds different), Meditative Time, and Berry Anti-Oxidant.
Member's Mark is offering free infant formula for all the new moms out there!
My favorite offer today is Bear Naked, Fruit & Nut granola. I love this stuff! I put it in my yogurt for a yummy and healthy snack…try it.
I don't want to leave out cleaning supplies, so check out the free sample from Scotch-Brite!
And last, but not least – if you have a child in 6th to 9th grade here is an Afterschool Kit to help teach them to make the Right Decisions, Right Now.
Hope you enjoy this week's freebies! Let me know what you're looking for and I'll try to find it for you……
I remember when I was pregnant with my second child – everyone told me he would be a challenge because my first son was so easy. ET (not his name; but what my dad called him) was 10 years old at the time and he was the perfect child (and still is). So, the curse began…
When Bubba (also not his real name; but my mom calls him that) was born I was comforted by his mellow and sweet disposition. At 1 month he was pretty much sleeping through the night. I was blessed with 2 easy children.
And then I woke up!
Bubba quickly became a "spirited child" – so very different from his brother. He was full of life, wasn't entertained by Disney movies, music, or anything for that matter. He woke up EARLY every morning full of life and ready to go! He remained that way all day – with no breaks for mommy.
And so the story went…
As adorable as Bubba is, he is strong-willed, adventurous, and a lot of the time a terror! He keeps his Pre-K teachers on their toes and in tears. Do you know any 4 year old that has been kicked out of 3 daycares? Well, meet my little one!
So, back to the original question – do you only get 1 good child?
Having a little on at 42 years of age has proven to be a bit challenging, but I still love him. It isn't that you only get one "good" child; you just get two (or more) different ones! I love Bubba's inquisitive, quirky nature. I love his crazy, wild spirit. I love that he hasn't gotten kicked out of Pre-K!
Thank you Bubba, for making Momma proud!
(PS – Isn't he a cutie?)
First, let me begin by thanking Veronica from OF MICE AND raMEN for the nomination and honor. Please be sure to check out her great blog!
I have to name 5 reasons why LIFE is GRAND and then award 5 others...
So, here are my reasons:
Now, for my nominations:
Congratualtions Ladies on the Life is Grand Award! You have all been a great help to me…even if you didn't know it.