You Can Help Stop Puppy Mills

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Jun 042013

If you are an animal lover, please click on the image below to learn more about how you can help eradicate puppy mills.

I have visited a few homes over the years where people raise puppies as an income. I am horrified at the deplorable conditions many of these puppies are raised in. The adult dogs are generally sleeping in their own feces and urine. Their hair is matted and unkempt. There is no telling how much disease is present in these “kennels”.

I am an animal lover. I own 5 dogs and 4 cats. I bought a couple of my dogs from reputable breeders. I visited their homes to see where the parents live. When you buy a puppy at a flea market, pet store, etc, you have no clue how that puppy has been taken care. Many times, the breeder will bathe the puppy and clean it up to attract a buyer.

The adult dogs are usually not socialized and are scared of people. They are treated as nothing but a breeding machine. Many dogs retrieved from these puppy mills are not able to be socialized and end up being euthanized.

Please consider adopting  shelter or rescue dog when you are looking for that designer dog. Shelter dogs are generally available for a fraction of the cost of those papered dogs. Papers do not make the dog. The love and affection a dog receives is what makes the dog.


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Why Does Depression Have To Hurt So Bad?

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Apr 032013

I have been depressed for a very long time. I am really not sure exactly when it started. All I know is that I am tired of it but don’t know what to do. I used to be a happy person, or at least I thought I was. Then, I think about the song “Friend of A Wounded Heart” by Wayne Watson.

Smile–Make ’em think you’re happy
Lie–And say that things are fine
And hide that empty longing that you feel
Don’t ever show it
Just keep your heart concealed
Why–Are the days so lonely
Where can a heart go free
And who will dry the tears that no one’s seen
There must be someone
To share your silent dreams
Caught like a leaf in the wind
Lookin’ for a friend–Where can you turn
Whisper the words of a prayer–And you’ll find Him there
Arms open wide–Love in His eyes
Jesus–He meets you where you are
Jesus–He heals you secret scars
All the love you’re longing for is
Jesus–The friend of a wounded heart
Repeat Chorus
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Friend Of A Wounded Heart lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

This song really fits my life to a T. I always tell people I am doing fine. I keep everything inside. I have always done so and I am not sure I know how to do any differently. Three years ago, it really hit. My sister (who I thought was my best friend in the whole world) and my 2 brothers caused our entire family to fall apart. I won’t get into details but will say that I have not spoken to my 2 brothers at all in the past 3 years. I did see my sister and speak to her. I told her I love her but had nothing else to say to her after what they did. I have since withdrawn into myself. I hardly ever leave the house unless I am selling Pink Zebra or getting groceries. I have a hard time trusting people. I hardly ever see my mom because I try to keep myself from crying (even though I am doing so as I write this). My life has fallen apart and I don’t know how to pick up the pieces. I want to get help but have no insurance and no regular source of income as of yet to pay for it. I guess some day, I will get it figured out. Until then, I suffer in silence.

Five Dogs In The House, What Was I Thinking?

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Mar 252013

I admit it. I have a definite weakness when it comes to puppies. Show me a puppy and I will fall in love. Needless to say, this is how I have found myself with 5 barking fur-babies in my house. Of course, that does not take into account the 4 meowing fur-babies.SAM_0007

I have quite a menagerie of pets. There is Rambo (8 years old) the 90 pound boxer, Sadee (7) the 45 pound English bulldog, Sophie(4-also known as Puppy Pia) the 15 pound shih-tzu, Puppy Cakes (1) the 10 pound shih-tzu/papillon mix and Naya (4 months old) the growing boxer/mastiff mix. Did I mention that I have a king-sized bed and they all sleep in the bed? As far as cats, we have Momo, Sophia, Sword and Fufu. Yes, my now 6 year old son named the cats and some of the dogs.

I admit that I do get frustrated at times with them. The dirt they bring in on their feet causes me to sweep several times a day and usually mop once a day. Luckily, I have linoleum floors and not carpet. The puppy stage brings a lot of chewing on things that are not supposed to be chewed on. NayaBelle is the one at this stage right now.

I love my babies and enjoy every stressed out moment with them. They keep me warm at night, they lay in my lap, they give me sugars and love me unconditionally and do not talk back.

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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 or call 877-726-7245 to climb aboard.

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Apr 272012

The past 6 months or so have absolutely flown by for me. I started this blog with good intentions of sharing my life and have gotten totally sidetracked. For several months, I was inundated with review products. Now, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love doing product reviews. I just ended up with too many at one time and it really put me in a bind. If anyone has ever told you that being a review blogger is easy, they were lying through their teeth. I want to make sure that I get quality products to share with my readers and I also want to make sure I give them a true review. Some products take a while to actually use and review.One such product is learning software. There is no way to gauge whether it is really working unless it is used over a period of time. The same holds true for certain types of computer software, household cleaners, toys, games, etc. Some things can not be truly reviewed in a day or two. Anyway, I feel like I have let everyone down by not writing about other things.

I started this blog to share the trials and tribulations of becoming a first time mom at the age of 40. I am now almost 46 and let me tell you, my life has changed-a lot. I hope to fill you in from here on out of the things that are happening in my life and will also keep up with the reviews and giveaways. I will be getting more selective for future reviews as I don’t want this blog to be only about reviews and giveaways. I have already started being selective about the giveaway events I get involved in. I hope to keep you around as well as add to my reader base.

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Apr 012012


Do you save your change? I have several bowls around the house in which to collect the stray coins that I find in various places. Usually, I try to leave them until I have quite a few to cash in. My change really comes in handy when I need money to pay a bill or if something unexpected comes up. The bad part is having to count and roll the change. What is sad is that my bank “says” they do not have a machine to count the change so I have to roll it. Several months ago, I started using Coinstar kiosks.

028Coinstar kiosks are a great way to cash in your change without having to count it yourself. Coinstar has several options in which to cash in your change. You can get it in cash, gift card, donate it to charity or add it to your PayPal account. Yes, you read that right. You can add it to PayPal AND you can even withdraw money from PayPal.

Being a longtime PayPal user, I have relied on PayPal to receive payments for many of my online money making endeavors. The thing that is hard for me is if  I really need my money and cannot wait for it to be transferred to your bank account. I don’t normally have that problem since I have a PayPal debit card but many people do not have a debit card they can use to withdraw funds.

022When I heard about Coinstar being able to deposit funds to my PayPal account, I decided to try it out. We were planning a visit to my stepson’s house and we needed to buy a few snacks for the trip. We went to our local Brookshire’s since it is one of my favorite places to shop. I printed my list and gathered up my change to try out the PayPal option at the Coinstar kiosk. The kiosk, located in the front of the store is easily visible with its brightly colored display.

027There is a cute little sign on the kiosk that says, “PayPal now lives here”. Since I had already decided to deposit it into my PayPal account, I chose the PayPal option on the screen. I was then asked to enter my email address that is associated with my account. Once my account was verified, it was time to add the change. Caden helped me get the change into the little basket to begin the sorting. He excitedly watched as the change 033continued to add up. By the time it was through counting, we had $50.38 worth of change to add to my account. It took a few seconds to process the transaction. Unfortunately for me, the screen popped up a message that there was an error and I would get a receipt to take to the service desk to get my money. I was a little disappointed that it did not work but I understand that sometimes in our vast world of technology, there will be a037 glitch here and there. I do look forward to trying it again when I get some more change saved up. I have a feeling I will be using the withdraw feature at some point in time too. I have gone to town several times in the past few months and left my wallet at home. I live 22 miles from town and it is not economically feasible for me to drive all the way home just to get my wallet.

All-in-all, my experience was a pleasant one. Even though there was an error, I was still able to get my money. I have always had good experiences with both Coinstar and PayPal. I am happy to have the option to cash out funds from Paypal or add funds to Paypal via Coinstar. It is nice to know I can access PayPal without having to have my debit card.

Be sure to “Like” Coinstar on Facebook and “Follow” Coinstar on Twitter. You can also “Like” PayPal on Facebook and “Follow” PayPal on Twitter. Please visit me on Google + to see more about my Coinstar visit. You can also use the hashtags #PayPalCoinstar and #CBias to see more about Coinstar and PayPal.

I have been paid (at Coinstar’s request) to try and blog about Coinstar’s products/services as part of a Collective Bias shopper insights study. All opinions are my own.”

Awesome Deal at Amazon! Now That’s What I Call Music Volume 41 for ONLY 25 Cents!!!

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Mar 062012

I imagine this will be a VERY limited time offer. Head on over to get it now for only 25 cents while you can!!

Now That’s What I Call Music Volume 41 includes such hits as:

1. Sexy And I Know It -Lmfao
2. The One That Got Away- Katy Perry
3. Marry The Night- Lady Gaga
4. Domino -Jessie J
5. Stereo Hearts (Feat. Adam Levine) -Gym Class Heroes
6. 5 O’ Clock (Feat. Lily Allen)- T-Pain
7. Work Out- J. Cole
8. International Love -Pitbull/Chris Brown
9. Blackout -Breathe Carolina
10. Love You Like A Love Song -Selena Gomez & The Scene
11. Not Over You -Gavin DeGraw
12. Paradise- Coldplay
13. Someone Like You -Adele
14. Lullaby -Nickelback
15. I Don’t Want This Night To End -Luke Bryan
16. Red Solo Cup -Toby Keith
17. Blow Up (NOW What’s Next Bonus Track)- Sammy Adams
18. Somebody’s Heartbreak (NOW What’s Next Bonus Track) -Hunter Hayes
19. Eat Dirt (NOW What’s Next Bonus Track) -Susan Justice
20. Glad You Came (NOW What’s Next Bonus Track) -The Wanted

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Mar 062012

Over the weekend, my bathroom ended up being painted “Exuberant Pink”. Now, If you have never seen this color, it is quite pretty-in a very bright sort of way.




Now for my problem. I have no clue what colors to use in my bathroom. I am looking for towels, a shower curtain and other bathroom accessories. Looking at Amazon, I have found a few shower curtains but am not sure if they will look good or not.

I would appreciate any suggestions. I currently have some Amazon Gift Codes to use and really need to get the bathroom finished.

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Clorox Clean-Up Recipes For Fun #RecipesForFun

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Feb 192012

I love doing crafts and cooking with my son. He is my budding little chef/artist. Doing things together teaches him a lot of lessons about reading/following directions, cooking, cleaning,  and so much more. We have a lot of fun together and learn things at the same time.

There is a new web site that makes it even more fun- the Clorox Clean-Up Recipes for Fun Site. You will find a variety of creative ideas for projects you can do with your kids. Recipes, crafts, science experiments and so much more can be found at the site. When you are finished with your projects, you can use Clorox to clean it up. In my opinion, nothing beats Clorox Clean-Up for good clean fun! 


For our fun project, Caden and I decided to make some goo. It has been years since I played with goo. He was in for a surprise. What I like about these types of simple things to play with is that they are easy to make and in most cases, I have what is needed to make it. For our goo, we used:

  • 1 part warm water
  • 2 parts corn starch
  • Lime green food coloring

027We mixed it up and it took a few minutes of coaxing before he would put his fingers in it. Once I convinced him that it was fun he decided to actually play with it. We found the recipe at the Clorox Clean-UP Recipes for Fun Site, along with a myriad of other fun things to do. This fun project worked to get him distracted so he would quit trying to get his daddy on his trampoline with him. Be sure to check out the site for more activities you can do with your kids. 

While you are at the Clorox Clean-Up site, be sure to sign up to win $10,000 towards and Ultimate Mess Party! How much fun would that be?

About Ultimate Mess Party:

Just by registering, you’ll receive one sweepstakes entry into the grand prize for a chance to win $10,000 toward an Ultimate Mess Party. With $10,000, you and your family could get everything you need to enjoy the wettest, sudsiest, paintiest, muddiest party of all time. From a colossal cooking party to a monumental mud volleyball party, you choose the mess and let Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner do the rest.

Share Your Recipe:

Share your Recipe For Fun and receive 10 extra grand prize entries! And as a “thanks” for sharing, you can get a $1.00 coupon on Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner for your first recipe.

About Clorox Cleanup:

Every Recipe For Fun needs a Recipe For Clean. That’s why Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner with the combination of cleaner and the disinfecting power of Clorox Bleach lets you spray away messy play. So no matter how big a mess you make of it, Clorox® Clean-Up® Cleaner Cleaner with Bleach can be used throughout your house to quickly and effectively clean, disinfect, and deodorize.“

For more information visit Clorox:  

Be sure to like Clorox on Facebook (by clicking “like” above) & follow @Clorox on Twitter.

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Clorox Clean-Up Recipes for Fun blogging program, for 8,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points. For more information on this program, click here and see the Terms link.

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Jan 232012


Sadee resting on her “pillow”, Rambo the boxer. She looks so enthused. Gotta love my babies!!

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