Giveaway from @DeltaFaucet! Also My New Powder Room – The Big Reveal

If you've been reading my last few posts, you know that I remodeled my awful power room that was stuck in the 90's.  It was so much fun to dream at the new Delta Faucet Dream2O showroom and then to be able to move forward and choose a new faucet.  It is amazing what a difference a faucet makes!  I was watching one of the early morning shows one day recently and they had a feature about "big bang for the buck" home updates.  A new faucet in your … [Read more...]

Powder Room Remodel: Paint Colors, Vanities, and Faucets What Did I Pick?

My bathroom was a very light green color and while I wanted a big change, I'm not very brave with color.  Because the room is small, I decided to go with a lighter color on three walls but a darker color on the wall facing the door - the first wall you see.  Here are the colors I choose, what do you think?  The left color is a light chocolate brown and the right is a milk chocolate brown. Now for the sink! I narrowed it down to three … [Read more...]

Favorite Foto Friday – Remembering Summer Fun

Today's Favorite Foto Theme is Remembering Summer Fun If you're a blogger and would like to join me in Favorite Foto Friday, post a picture of Remembering Summer Fun and add your link to the linky. Hop around and see everyone else's Remembering Summer Fun! Psssst, start going through your photo's, next Favorite Foto Friday's theme will be  Let Them Eat Cake Let's see those frosting cheeks :)   … [Read more...]

Book Review: Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon

ABOUT THE BOOK: Back in January, I reviewed a book called "Fatal Judgement" about U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor.  He was given protection detail for a federal judge, Liz Michaels.  With lots of action and romance, he ends up falling for her.  Now, in "Deadly Pursuit", Jake's sister, Alison, is the one potentially meeting her love interest.  Alison works for Child Protective Services and her job takes up most of her time.  Finding ways to help … [Read more...]

Book Review: The Fulfillment Principle by Bob Westfall

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free … [Read more...]

Spookamole Recipe! Halloween is “Ghoulishly Green” at Our House!

Halloween colors are traditionally orange and black, but we're changing it to "Ghoulish Green" at our house this year! I'm a relatively new fan of guacamole. I'd had it as a garnish on Mexican food dishes in the past but it was just recently that I tried it as a dip. Wow. Now, it's one of my favorite snacks! Some friends of ours are having a Halloween Party and this is what I plan to bring as my snack contribution. It's my "Quick Guacamole" … [Read more...]

Worldwide Day of Play, September 24, 2011

September 24th is "Worldwide Day of Play".  Kids and families are encouraged to play outside!  It's Nickelodeon's 8th Annual Worldwide Day of Play and each year is more successful in their attempt to create awareness of the benefits of outdoor play.  Benefits like improved health, self-esteem, and well-being.  So join me and take the Clorox2® Play 2Day pledge to play outside!  It's easy and you are entered to win a trip to Yosemite Park!  … [Read more...]

Book Giveaway: “The Amazing Fitness Adventure for Your Kids” by Amy and Phil Parham (The Biggest Loser)

On 9/16, I reviewed the book, "The Amazing Fitness Adventure for Your Kids" by Amy and Phil Parham.  I loved this book and wrote asking for another copy that I could giveaway and the answer was, "Yes!".  Yippee!!  I'm so happy to be able to share this with a lucky reader. Amy and Phil share their thoughts, feelings and most importantly, their dreams for themselves and their family.  It feels as if you are sitting down with the two of them and … [Read more...]

#Giveaway: Additional Kindle Copies of Eden Prescription by Ethan Evers

Ethan Evers, the author of Eden Prescription, has generously added FIVE Kindle copies of his book to giveaway to KLY readers!  If you haven't read my review of the book, please click on Giveaway/Review of Eden Prescription by Ethan Evers.  I loved the action and intrigue in this book!  It's fast-paced and full of surprises. Enter on the Rafflecopter form below to win a Kindle copy of the book, or click on the giveaway link above to enter to … [Read more...]

@DeltaFaucet New Showroom in Chicago and My Powder Room Remodel

My powder room is only 7 feet by 3 feet, but wow, I could pack a lot of outdated, ugly into those 21 square feet!  Step in Delta Faucet.  My knights in shining armor!  I was fortunate to attend the grand opening of the new Delta Dream2O showroom in Chicago's Merchandise Mart and start dreaming of a new look for my old, ugly bathroom.  Adding a new faucet to your bathroom can make a tremendous change.  Maximum impact for a minimum price.  The … [Read more...]

B2S: Rosie’s Fashion Haul from Marshall’s and the Season’s Hottest Trends

Yesterday, I showed you some of the fashion options we found for Rosie's Back-to-School shopping at Marshalls.  Here are the price tags - be prepared, it's surprising! For $50, you can choose any of these combinations! or or We ended up with tons of great pieces that fit in with the season's trends in sleeves and collars.  Dolman and Kimono sleeves are a huge trend this fall.  I love the gray top on Rosie with the fun, dolman … [Read more...]

B2S: Tips for Back-to-School Shopping and Rosie’s Haul from Marshall’s

In August, 2011, Mom Central Consulting and T.J. Maxx / Marshalls conducted an online survey of almost 1,000 moms designed to uncover our back-to-school shopping habits.  While the majority of moms (oops, not me!) start shopping early, 25% wait until the last minute (oops, yes me!).  A whopping 81% said that the rising cost of day-to-day expenses like gas and groceries has negatively impacted their back-to-school shopping budget.  Here are some … [Read more...]

B2S: Rosie’s Lunchbox – Ideas for a Healthy, Delicious Kid’s School Lunch

Are you running out of ideas for your kids lunch box lunches?   I want to keep up with our healthy eating habits but make Rosie a lunch that she loves and eats every day.  Here’s one of our favorite lunches from last week, what are yours? Pasta, Cherry Tomatoes, Green Peppers, Goldfish Crackers, Tropical Trail Mix … [Read more...]

Pumpkins at Walt Disney World – Sept/Oct is Uniquely Fun!

Walt Disney World is a special place any time of the year, but October is uniquely fun!  We were there in 2007, when Rosie was only two.  At first I thought two was a bit too young to appreciate the park and create memories, but some friends of ours we're going and we decided to make the trip.  It turned out wonderfully!  Two was definitely not too young.  I don't know how much Rosie remembers and how much is triggered by our photo album, but I … [Read more...]

B2S: Separation Anxiety – Tips for Making Back-to-School Easier

Leaving home, mommy, and the things that make our children feel safe can be a difficult thing for some children.  The official term is Separation Anxiety and if you are the mother of a child experiencing it, you probably know the language.  It's heart-breaking to watch our children suffer.  When Rosie cries it's like thorns piercing my heart,  and I want to do anything I can to bring back her smile. Rosie has had varying degrees of difficulty … [Read more...]

My 5 Favorite Tips for Eating Less #NSNation

Too much going on and I've lost focus on healthy eating and exercise, BUT I'm going to start again!  I've placed my order for Nutrisystem, stocked the fridge with fresh fruits and veggies and I'm getting ready!  These are my five favorite tips to help lose weight and get healthy by eating less. 1.  Drink an 8 oz. glass of water fifteen minutes before every meal. It's all about achieving that feeling of fullness without consuming too … [Read more...]