Summer Is On The Way

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Mar 082013

I just realized that Spring break is next week. Seriously, where does the time go? When I picked my son up from school last week, he brought his nap mat home. No more naps. Sad smile Again, where does the time go? They are getting them ready for First Grade. I am so not ready for my baby to grow up. Of course, with the realization that Spring break and 1st grade are on the horizon, this can only mean one thing-Summer is almost here.

What do you do during the summer? Have you planned your vacation? Are you already choosing a summer camp for the kids? I have not given the slightest thought to summer. I do know I will will be doing quite a few vendor events to sell my Pink Zebra products. As for keeping my young man busy, I have no clue. I am also trying my best to promote with Pink Zebra and hopefully be at the point where we can take a vacation when I go to the Pink Zebra Reunion this year.

Who would have thought that being an adult/parent would require so many thoughts and plans. I do know that I am glad my daughter-in-law is right down the road if for some reason I need her help during the summer. You never know when someone may schedule a party and my little one is not a fan of going with me to help me sell my Pink Zebra.

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Feb 182013

I need an intervention. I just realized that I am in over 250 groups on Facebook. YIKES! Blogging groups, swap groups, pet groups, advertising groups, and who knows what else. I have no clue how to keep it all organized.

For starters, I tried copying and pasting to a spreadsheet. The problem with that method is that if you join new groups, then you have to add them in one by one. I really wish there was a way to add them to folders on Facebook. That would be amazing! I also wish there was an easy way to remove yourself from groups that are no longer interesting to you.

How many groups are you in on Facebook? How do you keep yourself organized? I am a bit overwhelmed at times trying to keep up with everything.

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Feb 172013

I am considered obese. What a horrid word, right? UGH! My New Year’s resolution was, as many other people have on their list, to lose weight. I am 100 pounds overweight. I have it on my agenda to start exercising but also need to change the way I eat. After researching a few diets and talking to friends, I think I am going to try a low carb diet.

A former coworker has been on a low carb diet for several years now and has lost quite a bit of weight. She met her goal and is now on a maintenance diet. She raves about the various items you can find on a low carb diet. Her favorite lunch item is a low carb pita. She fills them with low carb goodies and they satisfy her hunger. One of my main problems with dieting is limiting the amount of foods I eat. I love to eat and I HATE feeling hungry. I think I might be able to do this if I can still eat and feel full.

What are your dieting woes? Any tips on trying a low carb diet? Fill me in. I need all of the help I can get.

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Feb 032013

Besides diamonds, what is every girls’ best friend? Handbags of course?! Makobi Scribe is hosting a Handbag Heaven Event so you can have a ton of chances to win great bags! Zuuzs.com has many deals on items like handbags. You can search their site to find great prices and earn cash back when you shop. They are sponsoring a grand prize for this event of $200 Amazon gift card to put into your awesome handbag or to purchase another one! You can enter the grand prize giveaway here!


After slacking off for a while, I am back and it is going to be better than ever!! I have joined up with a group of bloggers in the Handbag Heaven Giveaway. In this giveaway, I will be giving away a beautiful, trendy handbag from Urban Bling Boutique with 3 of the most fashionable ideas around: The color Pink, Zebra Print and Flip-Flops!! That’s not all. Keep reading to see what else you will win in this amazing gift package valued at $100!

flip flop zebra handbagIs this not the CUTEST handbag EVER?? I love it! Now for the fun stuff! Not only do you get the Pink & Zebra print handbag, you will get some AMAZING items from the new Pink Zebra @ Home Spring Catalog. I am a consultant for Pink Zebra @ Home and I am sponsoring this giveaway myself. Pink Zebra @ Home has innovative home fragrance products. Our signature item is our Sprinkles! Sprinkles are soy-based wax beads that smell wonderful! The soy is 100% grown by US farmers and our Sprinkles are manufactured right here in the United States! totes cherry

Pictured to the right are our new “Totes Cherry” Sprinkles. They are Totally Cherry! Sprinkles can be used in warmers, in a bowl, in a vase with flowers, in candles, to make candles, and the list goes on and on. You can even mix any of the over 50 scents to make your very own scent. One of my favorites is to mix Napa Leather with Turquoise Waters. They smell great and even cover the smell of my 5 dogs and 4 cats. Smile Be sure to visit my Pink Zebra website to see all of our fragrances and our elegant warmers and shades.

Now, I know by now you are asking, what Pink Zebra items are going to be in the giveaway. The winner will get a Simmering Lights Warmer along with their choice of ONE of the shades in the picture below. Winner will also get 2 jars of their choice of Sprinkles. Are you excited?? You can enter below using the Rafflecopter form. Please be sure to page down and visit the rest of the blogs participating in the giveaway for your chance to win any of the amazing handbags given away on the other blogs.


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Wish I Could Understand What They Say

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Feb 032013

Have you ever been somewhere that people are jabbering in a different language and wish you knew what the heck they were saying? I don’t know about you, but I always wonder if they are talking smack about me. This is especially true when I go get my nails done or a pedicure.

You know the routine. You go in and tell them what you need. Then, all of a sudden, there is a lot of talking going on but you have no idea what is being said. It makes me really uncomfortable sometimes. Seriously, are they calling me a fat cow or something equally demeaning? I am ready to see about finding a translation company that I can call from my cell so they can tell me what is being said. LOL! I know how they work because when I was working at the hospital, we had a translation service that we had to call when we had a non-English speaking patient that we were having communication problems with.

Do you ever wonder what someone that is speaking in another language is saying? I admit that I feel uncomfortable sometimes when I cannot understand what someone is saying. Having it translated for me would be absolutely amazing. At least then I would know whether I am being talked about.

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Satellite Internet and Wifi Security

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Jan 312013

Living in the country, I am very limited as to which internet services are available to me. I have 2 choices, either satellite or dial-up. As we all know, dial-up is prohibitively SLOW. As for satellite, it is fast but dang it is expensive. You are also very limited as to how many GB you use per month.

A couple of years ago, I kept going way over my limit every single day. I kept going over my actions online to determine why. I could not figure it out. I thought maybe someone was stealing my signal from my wifi. The problem with that is I have no neighbors to steal my signal. Fortunately, living out here does not require the data security that would be required in a more populated area. I had my nephew set up a security system on my wifi and my computer just in case. It was a good thing to do anyway so that if I was out somewhere and using a public wifi, no one could get into my system.

Back to the original problem. Come to find out, I was opening way too many web sites and they were sucking up my limit. So, it wasn’t a wifi stealing issue. It was me spending too much time on the Internet. Smile

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Another Way To Earn Swagbucks!!

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Dec 272012

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Swagbucks has found a way to make it even easier to get your free stuff – they’ve introduced Survey Profiles, which allows you to earn Swag Bucks for completing surveys that are sent right to your email inbox! To get started, just go to the “My Settings” area of Swagbucks.com and select the “Survey Profiles” tab – sign up for email surveys and confirm your email address. Then you can complete 16 different surveys that will help ensure that you get relevant surveys sent to you. Those profiles are worth 2 Swag Bucks each. Once you’re finished, you’ll receive surveys directly to your email and get reward when you complete them!

Be sure to join Swagbucks to earn your very own Swag Bucks. You can redeem your Swag Bucks for some awesome gift cards and various other items.

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Have You Ever Ridden The Polar Express? Now Is Your Chance!

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Nov 052012

All Aboard! The Polar Express comes to life this holiday season as the Texas State Railroad rolls out of the station bound for the “North Pole!” Come early and climb aboard with your family to cozy-up and enjoy our festively-decorated vintage train cars. Dancing chefs deliver hot chocolate and a cookie to each guest to savor while music from the Polar Express movie plays en route to the North Pole. Make sure to have your tickets handy, because your conductor will be by shortly to punch each child’s ticket. Before arriving at the North Pole, the iconic book, The Polar Express is read as your Chef turns the pages to share the beautiful illustrations in the original book. With the station far away, The Polar Express magically arrives at the outskirts of Santa’s North Pole village, where Santa Claus himself and his elves joyously welcome the train! As you stay comfortably settled and warm in your seat, Santa and his helper elf board the train! During the return trip, Santa will greet each child with his signature holiday spirit and the first gift of Christmas: a bell cut from his sleigh. It is said that only children and those who still believe can actually hear the bell ring. Join in the singing as your Chef or Conductor lead Christmas caroling on the 30-minute return trip. For those wanting the magic to last or to do a little Christmas shopping, visit our gift shop in the station for special Polar Express gifts and merchandise. Oh, one last thing, children are encouraged to wear their PJ’s; adults who still believe have been known to wear them, too! So, are you coming? All Aboard!

All Aboard the Polar Express is coming to the Texas State Railroad, visit https://www.texasstaterr.com/ or call 877-726-7245 to climb aboard.

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Family Entertainment Extravaganza Giveaway Hop

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Sep 162012

family entertainment hopWelcome to the Family Entertainment Extravaganza hosted by Tales From the Nursery and Callista’s Ramblings! Mia’s Musings is giving away a $25 gift card to Amazon-enter using the Rafflecopter form below this post. To enter for the Family Entertainment Extravaganza GRAND PRIZE of bundles of Nickelodeon dvds (open us/can), go to http://www.darcyandbrian.com/?p=13978.

Also, be sure to enter our giveaway for A Doc McStuffins DVD while you are here!!

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Sep 092012

On August 21st DOC MSCTUFFINS: FRIENDSHIP IS THE BEST MEDICINE was released to DVD and Digital Copy! Get ready to play doctor with Doc & friends as this DVD is packed with 5 Great Episodes with a fun Activity Booklet included! See below the post for your chance to win your very own copy!



BURBANK, CA, June 1, 2012 – Disney Junior’s newest hit animated TV series geared to kids ages 2-7, “Doc McStuffins,” will be available for the first time ever on Disney DVD and Digital Copy, August 21, 2012. Sure to become a fan favorite with parents and kids alike, “Doc McStuffins: Friendship Is The Best Medicine” includes a DVD featuring five full length episodes, each consisting of two 11-minute stories, a Digital Copy of the episodes – perfect for kids to watch anytime, anywhere – and also comes packaged with Doc’s special Big Book of Boo-Boos with fun activities plus character and boo-boo bandage stickers.

The characters and themes featured in “Doc McStuffins” are all made to be relatable to young viewers and are designed to ease kids’ trepidations about everything from a doctor’s visit to removing a splinter. Many of the stories directly address the kinds of issues that parents face with their young children when it comes to good health, hygiene and trips to the doctor’s office. It’s the perfect series to have on-hand and add to your home entertainment collection.

The lovable characters in the series are voiced by Kiara Muhammad as Doc; Loretta Devine as Hallie; Lara Jill Miller as Lambie; Robbie Rist as Stuffy; Jess Harnell as Chilly; Jaden Betts as Donny McStuffins; Kim Brooks as Mom McStuffins; and Gary Anthony Williams as Dad McStuffins. The series’ theme song is performed by the star of Disney Channel’s hit series "A.N.T. Farm" and Hollywood Records recording artist, China Anne McClain. Created and executive-produced by Humanitas Prize and Emmy® Award-winning Chris Nee (writer on "Little Bill" and producer of "Deadliest Catch: Crab Fishing in Alaska") and directed by Emmy® Award-winning Norton Virgien ("Rugrats"), "Doc McStuffins" is a production of Academy Award® nominated Brown Bag Films (Best Animated Short Film “Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” in 2010) in association with Disney Channel. The Hollywood Health & Society division of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center serves as the series’ health and medical consultants, advising on basic health issues that are relevant to young kids and families.


The DVD contains five full length episodes, each consisting of two 11-minute stories, that highlight some of Doc’s favorite toys.

· ENGINE NINE, FEELIN’ FINE! – Doc and her toys learn a lesson about dehydration after discovering that Donny’s toy fire engine has run out of water.

· THE RIGHT STUFF – Stuffy rips his tail and tries to hide it from Doc and the other toys and learns that anyone can get hurt – even brave dragons.

· CAUGHT BLUE-HANDED – When a mysterious rash of blue spots breaks out among some of the toys in the clinic, Doc traces the "Mystery Pox" back to Donny’s toy monster, Glo-Bo who had been finger-painting earlier in the day and forgot to wash his hands. Glo-Bo is voiced by Jim Belushi.

· TO SQUEAK, OR NOT TO SQUEAK – Doc helps a plastic toy duck get his voice back after his squeaker pops out.

· BEN/ANNA SPLIT! – When Doc’s huggy monkey doll Ben loses the velcro patch that attaches him to his sister Anna, Doc glues it back on and tells him that he will have to stay in the clinic overnight while it dries.

· THAT’S JUST CLAW-FUL – Doc prescribes physical therapy for her crab bath toy Hermie after she reattaches one of his claws that has fallen off.

· THE RIP HEARD ROUND THE WORLD – While dancing with Lambie, Doc accidentally rips a hole in her fur.

· WALKIE-TALKIE TIME – Doc diagnoses a toy walkie-talkie with "Staticosis" and helps find his missing antenna so he can communicate clearly again.

· DARK KNIGHT – During a sleepover with all of her toys, Doc discovers that Sir Kirby is afraid of the dark and prescribes a night light to cure him of the "Dark Willies."

· HALLIE GETS AN EARFUL – When Hallie is having trouble hearing, Doc gives her a hearing test and realizes that she has extra cotton stuck in her ears.

About “Doc McStuffins”:

"Doc McStuffins" is an imaginative animated series about Doc McStuffins, a six-year-old girl who communicates with and heals stuffed animals and broken toys out of her backyard playhouse clinic. Assisting Doc with the day-to-day operations at the clinic are her much-loved friends: Stuffy, an overly proud dragon; Lambie, her cuddly best friend; Hallie, a jolly and caring hippo nurse; Squeakers, an alarmist squeaky toy fish; and Chilly, a snowman who spends a lot of time getting check-ups at the clinic. Whether it’s a case of loose stitching, low batteries or a blow-up toy who’s sprung a leak, Doc and her pals are always there to lend a helping hand, while imparting to young viewers the importance of taking care of oneself and others. Each episode features two 11-minute stories and an original song and showcases the hallmarks of great Disney storytelling – fantasy and wish fulfillment.

About The TV Series:

“Doc McStuffins” is an animated television series that airs daily on both the Disney Junior programming block on Disney Channel and the new 24-hour Disney Junior channel. It is cable’s #1 series among Kids 2-5, and 2012’s #1 preschool cable TV series in Total Viewers and Women 18-49.

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