Giveaways I Have Won

    I love to enter giveaways because not only do I get the chance to win something but I meet some really nice people too. I think it is only right if I post about the prizes that I have won and give credit to the site/blog that I won the prize from. These are just 2 of my most recent wins. When I get the others in the mail I will add them to the post.

    Fish Clackers – I won this book giveaway over at aParentlyspeaking
    K.K. loved them but being the big girl she is, K.K. suggested we give them to 2 of our baby cousins as gifts! These fun books have the right name because they make that great clacking noise. It brings back memories of the clackers I used to have when I was little. Those had balls on them though. The fish and bee clackers are made to last because the along the spines of the books are durable fabric and the pages are high quality too. Each book includes a cute little story. These books would be a nice addition to any family. Thanks again aParentlySpeaking!!


    Bittersweet Soap – I won this over at TheMommiesUnited Launch party. The soap is from Bittersweet Soap. This smells so good. I could honestly smell it through the package!! I won a bar of Tuberose soap. It was wrapped so pretty I did not want to open it. But I did! This soap is really good. It lathers up nicely while having this beautiful and calming scent. It made my skin so soft I just fell in love with it. I am anxious to try more of the products at Bittersweet Soap. Surprisingly these handmade products are not expensive. Something to keep in mind when you looking for gifts for your loved ones. Thanks for the unique giveaway Bittersweet Soap, you have a new fan.


    Giveaways, Love

    From Dates to Diapers – Mother’s Day Giveaway

    From Dates to Diapers is having a great Mother’s Day Giveaway. All you have to do is write a post about your favorite Mother’s Day memory or what you love about being a Mom. If you write the post, you have a chance to win a Sandisk USB Gator Flash Drive. Of course I love Sandisk. I have a mp3 that has been dropped and stepped on and still works! So I would love to win this flash drive.

    So the big question is why do I love being a Mom? Motherhood is definitely a road that I did not plan to travel when I was younger. I thought it was just not in the cards for me. I was told I could never be a good mom because I was too selfish. I would never put anyone before myself. Then my daughter Jazz was born. I looked into that beautiful little face and my world changed. It was overwhelming at first because I could not believe I loved this little person so much. I honestly felt like my heart would burst!! She became my world, my everything. Then 4 years later my Nannah was born. She was the cutest little chubby thing! She stuck to me like glue and I loved it. 2 years later my little man TJ arrived. Even as a toddler he showed his gentle and kind spirit. He is his father’s son. And last but not least 2 more years later, K.K. made her entrance and life has never been the same. She is sweet and kind , bossy and stubborn. And you can’t help but love the little princess!

    My children have shown me how to enjoy the simple things in life and how to appreciate them. It tugs at my heart when each of them tell me I am their best friend or that they love me. But the best moments are when they hug me for no reason at all. Just because. I may not have planned to be a mom, but I could not imagine doing anything else.

    If you would like an opportunity to win the Sandisk giveaway, head on over to From Dates to Diapers and follow the rules.


    Words of Encouragement

    I came across this poem in a post over at newyorkchica and I could not resist wanting to share it.


    Someone will always be prettier.
    Someone will always be skinnier.
    Someone will always be smarter.
    Some of their houses will be bigger.
    Some will drive a better car.

    Their children will do better in school.
    And their husband will fix more things around the house..
    So let it go, and love you and your circumstances.
    Think about it!

    The prettiest woman in the world can have hell in her heart.
    And the most highly favored
    woman on your job may be unable to have children.
    And the richest woman you know,
    she’s got the car, the house, the clothes~~~~
    might be lonely.

    And the word says, ‘If I have not Love, I am nothing.’
    So, again; love you.
    Love who you are.
    Look in the mirror in the morning and smile and say,
    ‘I am too Blessed to be Stressed and too Anointed, to be Disappointed!’
    ‘Winners make things happen~
    Losers let things happen.’

    Be ‘Blessed’ Ladies and pass this on to encourage other women.


    Privacy and Kids

    Ok, I am busy returning emails and leaving comments on all the various communities I am part of. So I go to MySpace, leave my mother in law and sister in law comments on their pages. Then I go to my daughter’s page. I leave my comment and decide to take a quick look at her pictures. She is 14 and is always taking pictures of herself. I see that someone leaves her a comment. It is a boy. He likes her pictures. He is a friend of hers but I still don’t like it. I mean she is so pretty and smart. Of course boys will like her. I am just not ready for her to grow up yet. Then I really got to thinking. Am I invading her privacy by reading her comments? Is it like reading a child’s diary? I have never read my children’s journals or diaries. I want to be a responsible parent. You hear all these stories about predators online and I want to protect her. You know, just keep my eye on things. I think I raised her right and we talk about a lot of things. But I still feel that need to protect her. I wonder, can you ever really let your kids grow up?

    Kayla, Kids

    The things kids say

    I am sitting here at my computer and K.K.(5) said the cutest thing. The kids were taking turns on the computer and i was trying to figure what order they should all go in.
    K.K. : I want to go last
    Me: Why, you can go first and get it out the way.
    K.K. : No thanks, I want to go last
    Me: Ok, why
    K.K. : If I go last I get the most time. (how smart is that?)

    This little conversation got me to thinking what other cute stuff she has said.
    K.K. : Can I sleep on you?
    Me:  No, you have to sleep in your bed like a big girl.
    K.K. : But my bed is not soft, it makes my head hurt.
    Me:  What does that have to do with sleeping on me.
    K.K. : You are so soft and fluffy I like sleeping on you.
    Me: laughed until tears ran down my face

    Here is another one.
    Me: Don’t you feel better all nice and clean after taking your bath?
    K.K. :NO!
    Me: Why?
    K.K. : Because dirt makes me feel all nice and warm!

    Has your child said something that was so honest and funny? If so, please share your story. I would love to hear it.