Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween Tomorrow

I know most people don't have Halloween until Wednesday, but our church has a yearly Trunk R Treat. That is tomorrow night, from 7 until 8 at the church. The kids go into the gym at church for crafts and games--and then outside to "trick r treat" around to the trunks of each car. It's also nice because it isn't just candy on top of candy on top of candy! There are the toothbrushes, and pencils, personalized pens and novelty teeth. Although my kids favorite is really easy...they love the stickers!

So here we are, one day away from our first Halloween event--and my youngest doesn't even have a costume! Can you guess what we will be doing this afternoon and evening??

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Vegas Baby

There is a Super Big convention coming up in Las Vegas in early November. It's the Blog World convention and I can't wait! I'm heading out with my husband, my sister and her husband and meeting our Aunt there. We have rooms at Paris Las Vegas, and I can't wait to get there. Seeing how it was just last week we really were in Paris--it will be fun to "see the sites" all over again! I am getting really tired of the whole airplane thing--but hey--to finally get to meet friends that I've chatted with for a year--it will be worth every minute!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Stores Online

I was just over at a new website I found. It's, and it's really amazing! It is a site building website with not only a ton of valuable information, but the ability to get you a website that is easy to manage and accessible anywhere in the world. First up--they help you create an eye pleasing website. They can work with you on your company logo--help you find banners and professional looking photography for your site. Once your site is up and running, you have the tools you need to not only run your online business, but everything you need to make it a success! You do have to put some work in too! What is that old saying, "Nothing worth having is Free"--OK, it's something like that, but you get the picture! Stores Online can get you a great website--but you still have to bring the product--with both in place--you'll do just fine!

Big Ben & Parliament

I have to apologize! My digital camera doesn't connect to the laptop I have, so for all of the following pictures-- until we get home, I have to use pictures from the internet! I'm hoping once we are home I can swap out my pictures for the 'borrowed' ones!

Our hotel is right on Trafalgar Square. A block from Charing Cross station, and pretty much the same from Piccadilly Circus. We were up early--and then again late--jet lag--staying up all night--we finally had lunch in the hotel restaurant and headed out on foot.

Oh my heavens, the atmosphere is electric! I thought strolling down Michigan Avenue in Chicago was electric, but I was so wrong! We did a little shopping--and will do a little more! I do want a Harrod's handbag. Extravagant yes, but oh so wanted!!

We saw most of the city by night last night, and that was amazing! But today we did see Big Ben and Parliament--what a huge and amazing building that is!! I just wish we had more than just three days here! We are in now for a little nap before supper. We are hitting a local Pub--I'm so excited!! Life among the natives!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Boston Tables

There are some amazing areas in the lobby and in our room to sit. Just comfy, sit back and relax recliners that make you melt right into them. They seem a lot like the chairs that our neighbors have in their basement. So comfy when you sit to watch a movie. I've never really looked at home theater seating, but I'm thinking it may just be something to save up for when we get home. The basement is finished, we just have to figure out what we want to put down there. There is a side room that is seeming like it will be just perfect for a home theater.

This home theater furniture is from Boston Table, and when I get home, they will be the first stop I make! Doesn't it just look like you can become one with the chair? Our TV would be a bit farther from the chairs than in this picture--but all in all the same concept!

We're Here

That last flight was a bit choppy--and the fact that you are over the ocean hold no comfort at all! I kept asking my husband to remind me why we were doing this. I did get to sleep most of the way--but it was a lot shorter flight than my brain thought it would be. Just a little more than the flight we took to Cancun from Salt Lake when I was younger.

We took a taxi from the airport to our hotel so that I could check in and get things settled while he ran and "collected our rental" as the front desk person called it. Very cool! The hotel seems to be really nice--mind you I've seen the lobby, the elevators and our room. Mind you there is WiFi throughout--so I'm sittin' pretty!

This is our hotel, it's The Grand at Trafalgar Square--and I have to tell you--it's like two blocks from Charing Cross station. Yes, I'm a Harry Potter fan--it makes traveling a little more fun! Anyway--I'm going to be on a few more minutes until the car is back--and then we are going to dinner and off to see the city at night! Pictures to come!!

New China Pattern

I have Christmas Dinner at my house this year. We switch every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and this year it's mine. I'm realizing that I'm tremendously unprepared this year because when we redid the house last spring, I got rid of all of my old fashioned china that I chose when we got married. Word to the wise--chose something classic--after 10 years of marriage, you are going to want it!

Something like this is what I'm leaning toward. It's elegant, but so perfect with whatever color scheme you choose for your table. Whether it's fall colors for Thanksgiving or the Green, Red and Gold for Christmas. You never have to change your beautiful china. This pattern is Villeroy & Boch's Cellini pattern, and like I said--I'm dreaming of it!

My old pattern was very colorful with greens and peach--colors I never use anywhere, anytime. So I sold it--and have been holding off purchasing a new set until I found one that I love. And this is it. Plus, it comes with everything you need for your holiday meals, there is even a soup tureen and a darling gravy boat. There is even a matching Tea Service, which even though I don't drink tea, I love the look of a Tea Service!

Right now through October 31st, you can purchase any serveware with a discount of 20%. Since these pieces can get pricey, this is a wonderful, unexpected bonus!

They're Fine!!

I just called home to get an update on the kids. It's never easy feeling like you can leave your child overnight with someone. I never want to be an imposition--but I have FOUR kids!! And the thought of leaving all four with someone is a scary thought. Especially when you consider I'm leaving them with my sister who has 4 kids of her own. The next 10 days-she has 8 kids! That is just craziness!

I will be making it up to her in the future, I hope. She and her husband don't travel too much, although they are going to Vegas in a couple of weeks. Sadly--I'm going with them, so I can't return the favor then.

The kids are all doing well, and getting along pretty good. Mind you-it's still the honeymoon stage. I'm expecting major trouble in 4 or 5 days!

ORIKI Cosmeceuticals

I was not born with good skin. I think it must run in the family because, honestly--mine isn't even the worst. I have combination skin, with a somewhat ruddy complexion--and as bad as that is, it's pretty easily managed and hidden.

There are some skin types like my husbands family. They have olive toned skin, and when their skin gets inflamed or when breakouts occur, they actually get darker patches of skin on their face. Many ethnicities also face this problem, and although they are can have problematic skin--their coloring is really enviable.

ORIKI Cosmeceuticals has worked to develop the right skin care formulation, with the proper ingredients to properly nourish and care for this sensitive skin. There are over 8,000 skin care products released annually--and many of these contain the very ingredients that cause problems for the Olive skin toned people. The ORIKI line was developed by American Board Certified Dermatologist and Biochemist, and it incorporates the pigmentation factor into the formulation of its skincare line.

Because my daughter has a bit of her fathers coloring, I will be starting early to train her how to properly care for her skin. I found this great skin whitening kit that comes with a Whitening Serum, a Rejuvenating Cream, a Facial Cleanser and a Toner. Mind you--my daughter is only 5, so I will need to wait a few years to introduce this type of wonderful product. I'm just happy it's out there!

Atlanta Layover

Well, we made it to Atlanta! We are here for a total of two hours before catching our connecting flight out. The flight from Chicago wasn't too bad-- turbulent wise, but it's always nice to be back on solid ground.

I was happy to find that I can sit here for the layover and blog--This laptop borrowing thing may need to come to an end--I want one of these!

Monday, October 15, 2007

I Need To Pack!

I don't know why I'm sitting here on the computer! I should be packing--actually, that would require me to go home--and I'm having too much fun chillin' at Rob's house! The kids are upstairs getting settled in for the week, and I'm just finding it to be too hard to leave them! I figure I'll stay up most of the night, and sleep all 15 hours on the airplane! I hate airplanes--not really the flying aspect, but the whole pressure on the head, and cooped up feeling. So a nice LONG nap will be very nice! Sleeping pills will be packed first!

Are You Serious

I was watching tv last night, and streaming through the channels on the satelite. I have to say I was mortified when there was a 30 minute show--prime time--called Deconstructing Britney. There was a panel--more than one person--lawyers, family law attorneys, counselors you name it--these people literally took their 15 minutes of fame to sit in a panel and discuss what was going wrong in Britney's life. THEN...not only that, but they literally talked about what she could possibly be doing that was more important than her first missed court appearance.

WHAT???? WHO CARES?? Honestly--a half an hour? Prime Time news show?? It was simply unreal! I thought they were joking!

Friday, October 12, 2007

Maybe A Cabin

We own quite a lot of mountainous land in Utah. It's on the western mountains in the Salt Lake Valley, and all of the ski resorts are in the eastern mountains. The one thing that is in the Western range, Kennecott Copper Mine. Pretty bit, pretty cool tourist spot-but it was just announced in the Salt Lake City newspaper that Kennecott is planning to build ski resorts in the western range. That is right where our property is.

Now, I don't know if they are going to want to purchase our land for millions of dollars (how nice would that be??) or if we are just close enough to be able to use the land. My husband has dreams of his own with the property. They include this:

Currently there are no "services" near our land. We would need to dig wells and roads in order to get to the land, but with house plans like this, who isn't going to want to try!

These plans are from The House Plan Shop, and they have set up a collection of the "Best of the Best" in designs created by the top architects in the country. We would be lucky to own such a beautiful cabin, located in a serene and beautiful area in the summer-and right off the slopes in the winter!

Don't You Just Love?

Antibiotics! It's amazing how you can feel so terrible one day, and just a mere 24 hours later you feel so much better. No I'm not doing cartwheels through the corn fields, but I no longer feel as though death is approaching!

They put me on the Zithro pak-mainly because it's strong and I have four kids, and I'm leaving town at the end of the week! I may not be 100% by dooms day--but I will be at least feeling better enough to get the things done that have to be done. House cleaning can wait, but laundry and packing kinda have a rush on them!

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Free Makeover

Why? Oh Why, do I insist on never having my picture taken!! Today would have been the best chance to do something for myself--and sadly--I don't have a picture of myself to play with! I'm speaking, of course, to the new virtual makeover site I found. I've always wanted to do this. You know, take your picture and change your hairstyle, or hair color. Change your eyeshadow, lipstick. Really just a fun way to make some changes without spending the money on cosmetics that end up looking trashy or spending a fortune and a lot of time at the hairdressers with tragic results!

So instead of getting to play on myself-I chose a model, and played with her instead. It was still fun, and so interesting to see the change that just a little "style" can make. Especially using eye make up correctly. She goes from a beautiful girl, to a more defined beautiful girl. Here's what I mean:
She's such a cute girl anyway--but all dolled up she's very cute! This is why I wanted to do it to my own photo. I mean--it's FREE, you aren't out any money to play with how you look.

I may just have to bite the bullet and take a snapshot, I want to look good!

Summer Shipp

I was reading over at Venomous Kate's blog about a woman she knew 19 years ago. She went missing in December of 2004. Her daughter has been searching for her, and even made an appearance on the Montel Williams show. Her mom was working as a door to door market researcher when she disappeared.

Sadly, this week they found remains that have been positively identified as hers. What a tragic end. I never knew this woman, and here in Chicago, I had never even heard she was missing--but this story was captivating to me, and I felt so bad for everyone involved.

May Summer Shipp Rest In Peace!

It's Strep

I've been sick! How bad does that stink! I brought Daniel home from school thinking it was was strep! Luckily, we should all run through it before I have to fly out of town for 10 days! It's just a really bad time to get it now for me, because I have bags to pack, not only for me but for every child, and I'm sure as the time draws closer--I'll be packing for the man as well!

We fly out on Sunday morning--so I'm hoping that I will have the strength before then to get everything done--then I can just relax and sleep the entire flight into London! One can pray anyway!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

BP Solar Decathlon

There is a wonderful event going on this weekend on the National Mall in Washington DC. It's the BP Solar Decathlon and honestly--of all of the events that go on in this country--this is one most of us can get behind.

In this event that there are 20 university teams from around the world competing to design, build and operate livable, every-efficient, and completely solar-powered houses. BP has been involved in the Solar Decathlon since it's first competition back in 2002, and this year they are one of the main corporate sponsors--and only sponsor representing an Energy company. They are sponsoring this event as part of their commitment to discovering cost effective, clean energy solutions for our everyday living. This is remarkable because it's unheard of among other energy companies--who look to the dwindling future of our natural resources as an inevitable windfall to their bottom line!

Imagine, a big energy company working to save us money in the future! Like I said--unheard of!

There is a fun side to this wonderful event! BP has created a blog in which all of the teams can write posts throughout the competition. There is even an on site reporter giving us the behind the scenes 4-1-1! You can find this fun blog over at You can also read up on the teams. Quite impressive--there are teams from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell and even international teams representing Madrid, Puerto Rico and Montreal--just to name a few!

I do have to give a shout out to our own team from here---Knock their socks off University of Illinois!!

A Day At The Park

What a fabulous chilly day it was here in Chicago! The kids were in school, but the two little ones and I decided to take a break from the packing and head to the park. It was a PERFECT day for that one.

The park near us has baby swings right next to the big kid swings. Which makes it nice to stand between both Kate and Brett and swing them both at the same time. At other parks I can only push one at a time--and try telling a 2 and 3 year old that they have to take turns!

The 'sippy side' as my kids call it is normally pretty hot during the summer months--and I was happy today that it wasn't. Really--just a perfect day to be at the park--or at least outside! I'll pack tomorrow!

High School Friends

I got a phone call the other day from a friend of mine from High School. I was surprised to hear from her on so many levels--we graduated from high school over 16 years ago--and I only kept up with her sporadically over the coming few years--and nothing recently. Plus, we live out of state--across the country actually. But she found me--and it was really nice talking to her.

She still lives in the old neighborhood. I love saying that--it makes us sound like we are from somewhere more Brooklyn or the Bronx. But no, small town heaven in Utah! She is married with three kids--and doing the mom thing. I asked about her family--and really, not much has changed. Her dad is sick-but at 70 years old--that wasn't too surprising. He has maliganant mesothelioma which is something I haven't heard much about. I've heard advertisements on the radio, Lawyers looking for clients suffering from this, but nothing about what exactly it is--or what causes it. So we talked a lot about that. Turns out--there is even a website for it--I will definitely want to look at it as well.

It was fun to hear from her, and as always we left with promises to keep in touch--and not let ten years go by without talking. It was a good call!

Columbus Day

Our neighbors spent the day yesterday getting their "Fall" started. They raked leaves most of the day--trimmed up their flowerbeds and mowed the lawn. Then brought out all of their Halloween decorations-and let me tell you-they spared NOTHING! There are lights--and hay bales--and ghosts and tombstones and people hanging from the trees--all rather ghoulish in my book!

After their hard day of decorating they were up until all hours of the night drinking around their backyard fire table and getting really loud and ruckus! It happens every year--so I shouldn't be too surprised--they just usually do it on the Sunday before Columbus Day--and it isn't a school night. Last night was--and I was ready to call the Police to come shut them up. But I didn't want to think of the possible retaliation that could come from it--especially when the house will be empty for 10 days! Yikes!

The Mobile Web--The Next Frontier

I was reading a couple of different articles earlier discussing the "mobile web". Both of these articles were very interesting--for one--I never really realized that the normal web was different than the mobile one. I've been on the mobile web only once before--I hit the wrong button on my husbands cell phone--and when I saw where it was taking me--I panicked and turned the phone off to disconnect from the web. It wouldn't have been a big deal I'm sure--I just know we would have been charged an arm, a leg and a spleen to be on the mobile web!

So I know you can get to the web via your mobile devices--I just never knew a mobile website would be different! According to one of the articles, US mobile device users are second only to the UK when it comes to browsing the mobile web. Imagine the tremendous open market for mobile advertising--businesses need to get a wap site up and looking good! I'm sure this is one of those times when "If you build it...they will come!" is really true!!

The Countdown Begins

We leave one week from today! I'm still amazed over it! I've started planning what I'm going to pack--very careful not to say I'm packing--because that would give all the impression of organization--which I have none of at this moment!

The kids all need to be packed too--they are spending the week at my sisters house. She does have it a little easier--if I forget something that the kids need--she can always just bring them home to pick it up. Mind you--there isn't a car big enough to fit 8 kids in it--so I really better make sure they have everything they need!

I have located the passports--so for that, we should be just fine! So I'm off to start some laundry!!

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Finding A GOOD Vacuum

I've been online the last few days looking at, of all things, vacuum cleaners. I don't know what I want as far as bag or bagless--I just really want something that works longer than the 6 or 7 months we've gotten out of all of our vacuums over the past 5 years! Honestly, I don't know anyone who goes through vacuum cleaners as often as we do. But with two long haired dogs and 4 kids-I guess it really is put through a workout.

My husband would like a bagless vac-you know, cut down on some of the maintenance costs. I would like something like this Miele vacuum. It has a real "retro" look to it. I especially like the yellow one!

At this rate I should actually possess a new vacuum in 2 or 3 months!

Family Heirlooms

When my husbands grandfather died, each grandson was given an item of jewelry that the grandfather had owned. The eldest grandson got a gold and diamond watch. The middle son received his gold and diamond cufflinks and my husband was given a beautiful emerald and diamond ring. I don't know what the other brothers have done with their treasure--but I was surprised that my husband put the ring away. I figured it was handsome enough for him to wear-but he chose not to. I finally got around to asking him about it a few days ago--and it was nice to hear that since it was a gift passed on from a loving grandfather--he would like to have it to pass on to his sons and grandsons when they are older. He really wants to make it into a family heirloom, and I thought that was really sweet!

Becoming A Realtor

Our nephew just finished up his classes to become a real estate agent. He did really good and took it very seriously. He doesn't quite know where he wants to go from here--but being the good salesman that he is, I'm sure he'll do just fine.

I marvel at how much work goes into being a Realtor. Not only the knowledge of all things real estate, but they were with us for every appointment we had at the house before we closed. The appraisal, home inspection, final walk through--all of them. And none of these appointments were quick--the home inspection took nearly 4 hours--and he was there the entire time. I was just amazed! Here in Illinois everything at closing is handled by a Real Estate Attorney--but even at closing--our Realtor was right by our sides!

The Pumpkin Farm!!

What a fun day! We headed to the pumpkin farm nearby--and it was a blast! The kids rode a couple of the rides--one that looked really scary. It did create some "scared little girl" screams from the 10 year old--but so fun to watch! Kate loved the slide. It wasn't a hard rolling slide like you see at so many carnivals. This was a blow up one that literally bounced you from the top to the bottom. She couldn't get enough of that one. There were bumper cars and tilt a'whirls--so fun! The kids each chose a pumpkin. Daniel's was the biggest weighing in at 27 lbs, with Brett's being the smallest--about the size of a softball. They wanted cotton candy--but we decided that we would come home and make our own. Still--it was relatively inexpensive--and we had such fun!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Financial Advisor Wanted

I really need to get our finances in order. We've done a really good job at getting and staying out of debt, and we are able to chunk away quite a bit of savings. Which is ever so helpful! But what else should we be doing? Is there a way to invest smartly without quite as much risk to our future? Mind you, we are in the safe zone. We could afford to be a bit more risky because we are far enough from retirement to earn it back. Still--the idea of losing money at any amount is just not acceptable to me. I need to find a newcastle financial adviser to help us figure out where to go from just getting by with a little extra! I've got four kids to put through college--weddings to pay for--and a luxury retirement of my dreams! I need to start now!

A Defining Lawsuit

Did you hear about this woman? Her name is Jammie Thomas and she is a 30 year old single mom. She was ordered to pay six record companies that sued her $9,250 for each of 24 songs they focused on in the case. They had alleged she shared 1,702 songs in all.

She is claiming it wasn't her, and her attorney believes that no one proved that it was actually this woman online sharing these songs. That is a big deal to me--I do have kids, and if it were to come down to something online--would I be charged with things that they do? Of course! I would go to jail if my kids skip school in some states. In others I have to take out an addition $15,000 insurance policy just so my child can get a drivers license. Finally--Parents are being required to "PARENT"! If you don't want the penalty--watch what your kids are doing!

Bed & Breakfast Wishes

We leave for Europe in just over a week! I can't wait! I've never been there before--and I think our itinerary is just perfect! The right amount of time in each locale so that we can soak up as much of the area as possible. I really wanted to find bed and breakfasts in the areas we were going to be, but the kent bed and breakfast I found, was just too far away to be feasible. It was a disappointment! I just really thing a trip to England should be lived to the fullest--and that does NOT include a stint at a fancy hotel!

Friday Night

It's Friday night! I think it is so amazing how fast the weeks go by when school starts. It seems like it's Monday and the next day is Friday. What happens to all of the days in between. Tonight we are having the cousins over for a sleep over. Kind of something for me to do before I dump my four kids off on my sister for a week.

I think we will order in pizza, and set up shop in the family room for the boys. Movies, popcorn--fun! The girls we'll set up some dress up upstairs in Kate's room. I think they will love that--and we will have the tea party instead of the pizza party. Of course, tonights "Tea" will consist of pizza squares and crazy bread chunks--I'm not creating two different menus. I'm just not that good!

I Wanna Slow Down

I don't have much of a schedule of my own! I have chores, I have dinner to cook, and then it's the kids schedule. Baseball practice, dance practice, study needs, homework time-you name--it's now mine--even though it isn't! My husband is the scheduled man--and if there is anyone with a "Mad Gringo" inside threatening to break out--it's him! Mr. Suit and Tie wearing, over-scheduled business manager! Poor guy!

I couldn't even picture him in a t-shirt, shorts and flip flops! That is just not him. hawaiian shirts are even more foreign than just a t-shirt. The man is never home--the man is never relaxed!

I would love to get him this "Froggy Notion" shirt. Not only is it awesome looking, but doesn't it look extremely comfortable. Heck, you could wear this shirt with khakis and dress shoes, and he could go to work in it!

The whole Mad Gringo notion is to "Slow Down" and although I know that that is relatively impossible with my husband, I think it would be a great idea to get him to take a break and relax in maybe an article of clothing or two!

Student Council

Daniel is doing really well in school which is remarkably nice. He's actually been chosen to be the class president. Really it's just a position that means he gets to represent his class on the student council. He gets to go to all of the meetings and take notes to bring back to his class. He's only in the second grade--the last school that they went to only allowed student council in grades 4-6. Knowing that--he feels completely grown up and is taking this new responsibility very seriously! It's so cute!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Viagra Availability

I find life trends so amazing. You read in the bible about men aging and having kids when they are 700 years old! Yet only a decade ago, men would lose the ability to sire offspring at a much younger age. The sex drive that is so rampant when they are younger is still there--maybe not as rampant--but in existence. But the ability to act upon the desire was not there. Until the creation of the little blue pill! Can you imagine how that has changed the life of millions of aging men everywhere?

I think it's funny to think of an old man such as Hugh Hefner with his three bimbo girlfriends and he's admitted to using the pill. Honestly, there is nothing to be embarrassed about--it's age people! I'm just glad there is a cheap viagra out there so that men from all walks of life can find that same fulfillment in their old age! If you are looking for an online pharmaceutical option for purchasing your pills--you will definitely want to check out, they have a comprehensive list of reputable online pharmacies to make your online purchases more convenient and safe.

I've Missed Them All

I have always looked forward to the fall season for all of the new schedules to come out on TV. I have my favorite shows that I've been waiting for. But during their hiatus' I've seemed to lose track of them. I haven't watched one new season premiere or even series premiere at all. I did want to catch the one with Kelsey Grammar and Patricia Heaton--but apparently that one was on last night--and I missed it to!

I really have been out of the loop lately! I'm never in my bedroom long enough to set up the Tivo--let alone watch anything I would have had recorded! I'm hoping life slows down really soon!

Tequila Time

Do you enjoy a good drink? Is your taste a little more refined than that of a beer chugging, tequila shooting frat boy? Is so, then you are definitely going to want to check out The Tequila Guy! This is a website for the connoisseurs of all things Tequila. There are restaurants restaurants and even featured recipes. My husband makes a killer Tequila Lime Shrimp. He sautees garlic and shallots with lime juice and some tequila. Throws in his shrimp--tosses it--flames it and then serves it over Spanish rice. Let me tell you--it's TO DIE FOR!!

Although Blue Agave is the best tequila (if you ask him) his personal favorite is/was Porfidio. It's been awhile since he's had it and apparently there was a problem (?) in the village where it was made--and all of the Agave plants were cut down, so he's not sure they still make it! You know--I should look around The Tequila Guy's website--I'm sure there has got to be something about this somewhere in it's headlines section!

The Kids

Tonight my husband got off early and decided it would be fun to just take the older kids out for some one on one "Dad Time". So he took the older three bowling. I was left home with 2 year old Brett--and honestly, I don't mind that. Like everyone says, he's a different kid when he's an only child! He and I took the dog for a walk and stopped at the park nearby. He loves the "sippy side", and has mastered the ladder getting up to it. We collected leaves on our way home, and then used some scotch tape as he proudly taped his treasures to the front window.

The older kids had a blast as well. I think Daniel ended up with the highest score--and Kate could only talk about the amazing pink ball she had. They all had fun and stopped for Ice Cream on the way home. I think it's funny how such little things can really just make a child's day!

I Missed On The Lights

Just after Christmas last year we started a little redo. I call it little--I called it little then and I still call it little--however, it encompassed the entire house! Most of the rooms "redo" only involved the carpet or floor coverings--but many rooms including the kitchen and all of the bathrooms had extensive work done. Out of the entire project the hardest thing to decided on (next to the kitchen tile) was the bathroom lighting. I didn't think it would be that hard-but oh my heavens. Not only because there are so many really nice choices--but every room is different. In fact, even now--we wish we had realized how dark the corner is by the shower, because now we are looking at either cutting a window back there ($$$$$) or having another light put in.

I found this really helpful lighting guide online, but sadly not in time for our redo. It would have saved me so much time--and even the problem that we are facing now.

If you are doing any type of bathroom remodel--you are going to want to check out that guide--it's amazing! From the styles of lighting available to lighting tips--it will save you so much hassle in the long run. Wish I had found it sooner!

My New Little Piece!!

I have a new blog going currently on my own domain. You can find it at Katerbug Blue and I love it! I'm using that little spot on the World Wide Web to just cover some fun outings and tourist spots that are available in the Chicago area. Honestly--It is more fun than I ever dreamed. What makes it really nice--it's keeping me on my toes to find fun events to take the kids to so that I can blog about them! I try to include pictures and links in every post--I hope you'll hop on over--and check it out! Especially if you live in the area or are visiting soon! I would love any and all fun ideas-Northern Illinois-wide--I'm game for just about anything!

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

It's All About The Boobs

I think it is so funny how everyone is obsessed with 'boob jobs' these days. Honestly--there was quite a stir as too whether or not Tyra Banks was completely 'natural' or not. Every new starlet that comes out gets the same speculation--and when it turns out that they had gotten Beverly Hills Breast Implants, it makes the front page of all of the gossip magazines! What is up with that! What happened to having just a little decorum!

That said--I do have to admit that although I have no need for that kind of surgery for my chest--I'm a little in the BIG department--it is nice to know that there is a good California cosmetic surgeon, because I do have a lot of other work I would like to have done! A little liposuction, some sculpting here and there, neck work--and heck--you might as well do a face lift while you are at it! I'm a whole package kind of girl! Just leave my boobs and booty alone! Oh, and my nose--nothing is more painful in my mind than the nose!

When it comes to Los Angeles plastic surgey you can bet you are getting the best. Not only is California number one in the country for plastic surgery procedures, they also take great pride in keeping their clinics not only clean, but beautiful! Truly--have you ever seen a waiting room that is more fitting to Beverly Hills than this one?

It looks cleaner than my house--and they are doing surgery in there! If I ever do get a chance to make some improvements--this is where you will find me! Maybe there will even be a reality show that follows me from beginning to end! Well, wait--I'm not dropping my drawers and baring my bosom for just anyone!! My husband would kill me!

Daniel's Weekend

What a day! The kids were really good! They usually are, but there are times when life and kids just choose to get hectic at the same time!

I had Daniel into the Emergency Room this weekend. He had a fever of 103.7, and was complaining of a really bad sore throat. My first thought was immediately Strep-and with 3 other kids in the house, we weren't taking any chances.

Turns out--his strep test was negative and they just classified it as Tonsillitis. So all is well and good--and he's been back to school both days this week, and he's feeling fine!

Playstation--To Play Or Not To Play??

My kids will be spending a week with their aunt and their cousins while we are in Europe. It's kind of funny--you'd think they would be excited most about having time with their cousins--but nope--it's the excitement of being able to play Playstation! We don't have one in our house-we used to until it broke and we never replaced it. I was looking online at this PS2, but haven't decided whether or not to purchase it. So it's a BIG deal to have for a whole week.

I guess I shouldn't tell them that the kids only get to play it on Saturdays, and only after their chores are done. Talk about a let down for my kids. Can you imagine being so excited to play something all day everyday for a week, only to find out that there is really only 12 hours with it--to divide amongst 6 kids? Poor kids--this will drive them crazy!

Fun New Contest

Are you creative? Do you like having the possibility of winning wonderful prizes? If so, I have a contest for you! Of course, you'll be up against the likes of my sister--and I have to tell you, she's amazing when it comes to talent and creativity--so you will definitely have to bring your "A Game". Of course, besides her--you have to create a logo that is even better than the current logo--and I have to sneak in my own humble opinion--the current one is awesome!!

What a great opportunity, not just to create, but to get your name on something really amazing if you win!

The contest is of course for the Ford Blue Oval Scholars. This is a wonderful scholarship program sponsoredby the Ford Motor Company Fund-so it's logo needs to be just as wonderful.

The prizes are great too. They are:

  • 1. First Place - Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design
    Premium = Retail $1,700
  • 2. Second Place - $300 for design software of choice
  • 3. Third Place - $150 for design software of choice
  • 4. Fourth Place - $50 Music Download Card
  • 5. Fifth Place - $50 Music Download Card
  • 6. Sixth Place - $50 Music Download Card
  • 7. Seventh Place - $50 Music Download Card
  • 8. Eight Place - $50 Music Download Card
  • 9. Ninth Place - $50 Music Download Card
  • 10. Tenth Place - $50 Music Download Card

If you are interested in participating in the logo design contest, you will want to visit their website for a full list of rules and regulations, but for starters you can enter up to three different logo ideas per week and all entries will be judged and selected by a panel of Ford Motor Company Fund employees and design experts. They will be basing their judgement on the representation of the Ford Scholars program, longevity and adaptability for use in different media, and positive visual impact.

It sounds like such a great contest, for a really great scholarship program--I can't wait to see the top ten!

Barrett's Early Birthday

We are heading over to my sisters house tonight for her son's Pre-3rd birthday bash. Not really--he's getting his gift tonight--and they will sing Happy Birthday-but his actual day isn't until the 26th and his party is on the 28th. They got him one of those ride on toys simply because of his fascination with cars. Lucky for me Brett doesn't share the same addiction! They are hopping to quell his interest in their cars with his own. He will love it--and I'm sure my boy will be green with envy until we get him one to match for Christmas! I can't wait to see his excitement tonight--we'll definitely have to take pictures!

Kitchenaid At Coupon Chief

Last night I was watching one of the shows on the cooking network. They were making pie crust--the one thing I try and fail miserably at consistently. As I watched them dumping all of the ingredients in (rather messy--and without the careful care I give my ingredients) I was surprised to see just how perfect their pie crust came out. I am much more careful and I get mush! As I watched I noticed they were using a dough hook. Now I have only ever seen a dough hook on a Kitchenaid stand mixer, and although I've always wanted one--now I REALLY WANT ONE!

So, I did what I always do! I headed online to see if I had any online coupons for a quality Kitchenaid mixer. I found just what I was looking for at Linens N Things. Kitchenaid was also available at CHEFS so it really came down to choice in color. I know--I'm incredibly picky about the color of my appliances--and will even pay a little more to get the color I want. I didn't need to in this case--I have a Stainless Steel Kitchenaid on order! How very cool!

I love! It's one of those sites that you hear about use from then on. My sister found the site first, and couldn't wait to tell me all about it. There are hundreds of merchants listed with thousands of online coupon codes. You shop directly from the site, but when checking out--throw in your little Coupon Chief code-and you save 10% or more and even get free shipping at times. Christmas is coming--and it will be one site that I will use for all of my shopping needs!

European Vacation

I love that movie! My husband and I are in fact planning a little trip to Europe. Well, honestly--as with any trip to Europe--it isn't little by any stretch of the imagination or budget. We are going to be staying in London, Paris and Madrid-but I'm hoping to see so much more than just those three places. I've always wanted to go, but have waited 30 years to finally make it. It's just 3 short weeks away--and I can't wait.

Rob is going to take the kids, which is a huge life saver. She has four of her own, and I can't imagine taking on four more for 10 days--but she insists that she wants to and that it will be fun. mmmm hmmmmm, I'm sure!! Anyway, I will take a ton of pictures--and share them when I get home!

eLife Insurance

I love that you can pretty much purchase anything online these days. Heavens, my sister shopped for and found her house that way. Even my dad has turned into a web savvy shopper and he's 75 years old. He's bought bigger purchases than I have. He's bought a scooter and his biggest purchase yet...a huge, beautiful 5th wheel--from the internet. Yeah, he's got us squashed with that one-well, except for Robyn's house that is, her purchase was bigger. I generally shop for Christmas gifts, sports collectibles and insurance policies.

Speaking of insurance, it's been years since I've actually talked to an agent in order to get an insurance policy. In fact, in most cases I will move on to company number two rather than having to speak to an agent. Luckily, you can now buy every type of insurance online, even Life Insurance. That one was always the tricky one because they wanted a doctors visit. But now, you can get an eLifePolicy right from the privacy of your living room! No doctors appointment needed, and no agent to talk too. If you qualify for a policy, you can print your documents in minutes!

I love the ease technology brings to our lives! I'm just amazed we ever lived without this kind of stuff!

Fund Raising

Do you have kids in school with tons of different fund raising 'things' coming home? Yesterday my son came home selling Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Now I know, this is nothing new--but oh so lucky for me--I will actually buy these, and either make up neighbor gifts with them for Christmas--or eat them myself! It doesn't matter how many boxes he sells--but his dad took the sign up form to work today--I'm sure he'll beat his quota by the end of the day! Honestly, who can resist their melt in your mouth goodness?