Finish the Sentence Friday – Week 29

Well it’s finally Friday! We survived another week {almost}. My son just dunked my hair dryer into my toliet about 20 seconds before I plugged it in to dry my hair. Thank goodness for me and the baby that I didn’t get shocked but I think my hair dryer is going to the dump! I know that I don’t even need to tell you which child of mine did this! This is what I get for trying to change sheets on a bed. God forbid I clean something up!

This weekend is going to be a fun and busy one. Tonight my hubby is taking me to Atlantic City to see The Package Tour. That’s right ladies, I am going to see NKOTB, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men! WOO HOO!!!!!! I know that he is super excited too {NOT}. But he gets to attend a lot of concerts during the summer so this is how I get my revenge. He has no clue what he is in for.

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Then on Saturday we are headed down to Delaware to celebrate my sister’s wedding. Yes, she got married in February but they weren’t able to have a reception because of busy schedules. So tomorrow is the day we get to celebrate! It’s going to be a big pool party at my mom’s house. I can’t wait.

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Sunday is going to be a relaxing day! Hahaha NEVER! I plan on moving the toddler beds out of the baby’s room and start cleaning it up a bit. We need to get the wall repaired and painted soon. I am also hoping that we have time to take the boys to see Monsters University sometime that day. We will see.

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Alright so enough about me, let’s get to the Finish the Sentence Friday post!

This week’s question is: “The best and worst parts of blogging are…”

The best part about blogging is that I have a place where I can turn to to either vent, celebrate or share everything that goes on in my life. The good, the bad and the ugly. I have a memory book of sorts of the past and I can open up my page at any time and reflect on things. I sometimes forget what happened 5 minutes ago, let alone 6 months ago. I love just looking back at the pictures and posts and laughing {or crying} about some of the craziness that has gone on in our lives. Plus I get to share it all with you. I love that part as well. I love hearing your stories and I love knowing that I am not alone in this crazy world of parenting.

Now the worst part about blogging would have to be the time. It takes a lot of time to write and post each day. At the beginning I had a little more time since both boys were at school and I wasn’t pregnant. Now it’s the summer time and the boys consume my life 24/7. When I do have down time I tend to plop my butt on the couch with a snack, a glass of water and the DVR. Last night I fell asleep while laying with Ben at 7pm. I should have done this post last night but I had absolutely no energy. But I enjoy this blog and I am determined to keep it going. I might not post every day like I used to a few months ago but I am still posting often. It’s such a fun release and I enjoy it so much that I make the time for myself to sit down and write.

Alright everyone! That’s it for me this week. I am signing off until Monday. I am sure that I will have a bunch of pictures to share from the concert and party! Oh did I mention that my kids aren’t going to the party?? Nope, they are going to hang with my in-laws so Joey and I can have a day without chasing them around everywhere! Sweet!

Have a great weekend!
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Finish the Sentence Friday – Week #21

Welcome to week #21 of Finish the Sentence Friday.  This blog hop is brought to you by four awesome ladies! Make sure you stop by and like all of their pages. They are great.

 

 
This week’s sentence to finish: “I blog because….”

I blog because I wanted an online journal of the crazy happenings in our house. I originally started my blog when I was pregnant with Ben 5 + years ago. I stopped blogging when life got way too busy. I would do a post here or there but I was not consistent.  Back in August I started to write again. I had too many crazy stories that I wanted to document and share with family and friends. Some things that I blogged about we have all experienced and others are one of a kind.

It has become a stress release for me to share some of my stories.  I know the past few weeks I haven’t been too consistent with the blogs but I’m hoping to get back on schedule soon. It just became a bit too overwhelming and I just didn’t have the time to do it all. I still love sharing my stories and pictures with you all! I love hearing your comments {even if I forget to reply, I do read them all}.

Happy Friday everyone! I hope that you all have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

Awesome Affliliates

So I have these awesome people on my page that are my affiliates! They sometimes do fun product reviews and giveaways and sometimes they just like to link up with my page and share their products and / or services with my wonderful readers!

Well today I wanted to give a special thanks to a few of those affiliates! I also wanted to pass along some of the discount codes that they want me to share with you, my fabulous readers of Erin the Irish Mama. 

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I did a product review & giveaway a few weeks ago talking about Cape Java and their awesome deals on K-Cup & Keurig Machines.  Everyone loves and needs coffee so you might as well head on over to visit this fabulous company today. 
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Just Simply Baby
Use code JSBAR63 for a 10% refund off of your first purchase
Just Simply Baby is a great family-owned business who specializes in cloth diapers and natural baby products.  They have a ton of great products over on their website.  Just Simply Baby was generous to let me host a fabulous giveaway.  We gave away a $25 gift card code to their website. It was a fun promotion!!!  Check them out today. 

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Wondershare is a great online photo slide show builder! I tested out this product and each month I put my 1 Snap A Day Photos into one of their fabulous slide shows.  I did a product review and also hosted a giveaway where FIVE lucky winners won free lifetime codes for the online software!  Make sure you check them out today. They are still offering my readers 50% off the product.   Just click here
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Conscious Box

Conscious Box is someone who I just recently linked up with. I will be doing a giveaway with them very shortly so stay tuned. But they are a great online company that offers all natural products delivered to your doorstep every month. They offer all natural beauty products, health foods and even non-toxic home goods. Each month your box will contain between 10-20 different products! I just received my first box the other day and I couldn’t believe everything that was in there! Now it’s time to test it all out and get the information to you guys! But in the meantime, feel free to check them out yourselves by clicking here:  Discover the Best Natural Products on the Planet with Conscious Box!

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Shabby Apple
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Shabby Apple is a great woman owned company that I am affiliated with.  They have a massive website full of dresses, skirts, swimsuits and even maternity clothes for woman.  They also sell a variety of kids and preteens clothes as well.   Be sure to click here: Dresses from Shabby Apple to check out their page today!

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Thank you to all of my affiliates. I am very sincere when I say that I do appreciate all of your support. Whether through a product review or giveaway, I am very grateful that you picked my page!
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Finish the Sentence Friday – Week#12

It’s Friday again, and I’m happy to post this weeks Finish the Sentence Friday post. 



This week’s sentence: “One time I was bored out of my mind I …”

One time I was bored out of my mind I started a blog! Seriously it all started over 5 years go when I was pregnant with Ben.  I was almost at the end of my pregnancy and had just moved from New York City to New Jersey. I was still far away from my family and wanted to document the pregnancy and move as best I could. My dad was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer and when I couldn’t visit I wanted to have a page with updates. Now this was a few months before I joined Facebook.


Here’s a link to my very first blog post:  Only 10 Weeks Left


I stopped blogging for a bit after Benjamin was born and my father passed away. I would jump on every few weeks and update with trips with Ben or with pictures of our new home. Once Sean came along I updated even less. Finally I just stopped. I had two kids under 2 and I was going crazy and didn’t have any time to blog at all.

Then this past August I realized that both boys would be in school during the week and I needed to get a hobby. So I realized that I was probably going to be a little bored with just housework and errands so I started blogging again. This time I am sticking to it. I love that so many people stop by and visit my page, but I really just love doing it to document my life with the boys!

I had a great friend (Jen from @ Photography by Jen Davis) who helped me get started with my header, signature and blog buttons for advertising. She was a life saver. I’m slowly starting to figure things out now.

Oh and now with two boys, a husband, a house and my blog, I don’t that I will ever say again that “one time when I was bored out of my mind…..”.

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Mommy Hot Spot

I wanted to introduce you to a new website that I found for the all of the moms out there. 
It’s called Mommy Hot Spot.  

Here’s a little bit of information about Mommy Hot Spot, right from their website: 


“Mommy Hot Spot was created to provide moms all across America with useful, new and entertaining information about motherhood. We’re bringing you guys all our tricks of the trade when it comes to parenting. We’re also sharing awesome “Do It Yourself” projects and entertainment ideas for the entire family to enjoy.

In addition to your usual categories, we’ve decided to build out a separate ”Product Review” section for everyone to get an accurate read on mommy focused merchandise that’s hitting the shelves. The internet is too cluttered with user reviews – some good, but most bad. We decided to bring real MOM feedback the product you might be considering.”

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Now besides being a great site for moms to find some new tricks or projects, if you are a blogger you can even register your blog page. There’s a whole network on there to connect with other mommy bloggers. This is the same site that I won my Massage Envy Gift Certificate for my Christmas Photo submission.  You can still see my picture on their home page!  Right now I am trying to win a free gift card for the Summer Retreat Contest.  So if you like my blog, feel free to click this icon (or other ones similiar to this) whenever you see it at the bottom of my posts or on the side bar of my page! You can vote once a day and if you have already voted for the 24 hour time period, they will tell you!  I am loving this new site! 

 

Oh and they just launched their new forum page! This is a great place to introduce yourself to other moms, ask questions, exchange blog information and even post some of your favorite recipes! Make sure that you check them out if you can!

Having Crazy Kids Finally Paid Off…..

I know, I know, that statement right there puts me right at the bottom of the Mom of the Year Award category. But today it is true! 
Over Christmas I was trying to snap off a few pictures of the boys by the Christmas Tree but they were not in the mood at all.  I was only using my iPhone so I wasn’t planning on making this picture a Christmas card or anything but just a fun little photo shoot.  The boys would not look at the camera, they were pulling on three and basically ignoring me. Finally after a few minutes they both gave up and collapsed under the tree! Well I thought nothing of the pictures because they were obviously useless.
Recently I joined a new webpage called MommyHotSpot.com. It’s a great website connecting moms with tons of useful advice, ideas and tricks when in comes to parenting.  They also have a mommy blog network. 
I noticed a competition for funny Christmas pictures and immediately thought of the one of the boys collapsed under the tree and entered it never once thinking that I would win.  Well I found out this week that my photo did in fact take the prize and I won a free massage from Massage Envy.  What an awesome prize.  I am so excited to cash in on this one. My back has been killing me lately and I am going to try and get it done ASAP! 
Here’s a link to the winning entry!
Thanks again to Mommy Hot Spot for hosting the giveaway and if you have not been over to their page check it out now.  
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My Latest Blogger Award: The Infamous Leibster Award

I would like to first take a second to thank the three people who nominated me for the Liebster Award. First there was Jennifer McLeod  from JenJen’s Soapbox of Parodies .  Then I was nominated by Janine from Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic and then finally by Paulina from Discovering Simply Me.  All three of these girls are awesome and you should really check them out! These awards are a lot of fun and you learn so much from all of your blogger friends. I had already started to respond to Jen’s questions, when I was nominated for the others. I will try and answer all three in this post but I am only going to nominate a few other bloggers!

In order for me to win this award, there are several things I must do. Here is a list of the rules:

  • List 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Answer the questions the tagger has set for you, then create 11 new questions for the bloggers you pass the award to.
  • Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award to and link them in your post.
  • Go back to their page and tell them about the award.
  • No tag backs!!

So, here are 11 random facts about me:

  1. My kids drive me nuts
  2. I am so thankful that I don’t work anymore but I am sad that I don’t have as much “adult” time.
  3. I am really obsessed with IPA’s. They are my favorite style beer – Dogfish Head Brewery has some of the best around
  4. I have probably had over 25 moles removed that were either cancerous or precancerous. I have even had melanoma – thankfully caught very early on. 
  5. I am going through a bit of a writers block with the blog this week!
  6. It’s 1:15am as I am typing these answers. I am up because when I think of something I obsess over it and I cannot sleep until I either finish it or write it down (or in this case blog about it)
  7. I am a little OCD with some things like hanging up towels or a clean kitchen but just don’t open up any of my drawers or closets (that’s where I hide everything).
  8. I have lived in Delaware, New York City and New Jersey! Love the east coast!
  9. I drive an awesome minivan but I really just want a damn jeep wrangler unlimited!!!!
  10. I never let anyone other than my family see me in my glasses! If you have seen me wear them, I probably had an eye infection and couldn’t wear my contact lenses!! 
  11. I used to be the queen of technology but this whole blogging world has me baffled! I love it and I am learning so much, I just never realized how scary it was going to be. And how time consuming. 

Answers to Jen’s Questions: 

  1. How many children do you have?  I have two little boys!
  2. What is your favorite pastime? Spending time with my family, drinking some good beers and/or wine
  3. If you could win a vacation to any destination of your choice, where would you go?  A warm island where I could sit on the beach and relax (the babysitter would be included, right?). Or maybe London, I loved London and would love to go back again someday. 
  4. Have you ever been to jail? If so, what for? No, never! I’m a pretty darn good kid (not saying I haven’t been in trouble with the law, but I never had to go behind bars). 
  5. What is your biggest fear? One of my children getting sick
  6. What state do you live in? New Jersey!!!!!
  7. If you could be president for the day, what would you change in our government? EVERYTHING
  8. What is your best success? My beautiful family
  9. If you could live life over again, what would you do differently? Spend more time with my parents and grandparents. You take them for granted until one day they are not there! Thank goodness I get to spend a lot of time with my mom!
  10. What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you? I don’t know about this one. Maybe getting sick in front of other people? Right now it’s when my kids act up at a store or a restaurant. But I don’t know if anything really embarrassing has happened to me??  Of course, I just jinxed myself and tomorrow will probably be my most embarrasing day ever. 
  11. Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and how many? Yes, we have one dog named Max. He is a sheltie (a miniature collie). 

Answer’s to Paulina’s Questions:

  1. What is one thing you wish you could pull off? A bank heist. I sure could use the money! 
  2. If you won the lottery what is one thing you’d do for yourself? Hire a babysitter and spend a week at the spa
  3. What movie makes you bawl your eyes out? (The Notebook is not Accepted lol) Beaches
  4. You are alone in your house what do you do? Blog or sleep!
  5. What do you want to be when you grow up? A great mom
  6. What is one thing you always forget to do? Take my daily vitamins
  7. What TV show do you watch that you should hate, but can’t stop watching? All of those darn Kardashian shows
  8. If you could have lunch with a famous dead person, who would it be? Hmm that’s a hard one! Jesus
  9. What is your strangest fear? Tornados….. getting swept away like Dorothy
  10. What was the worse job or ever had? Working in a drug store in college!
  11. How much fun is this reward?  Lots of fun, lots of work! LOL

Janine’s Questions: 
No questions from her! Figured that we have all shared enough about ourselves with lots of these awards! Awesome!

My Questions for you: 

  1. What’s the one thing in your house (excluding your family) that you couldn’t live without? 
  2. Do you wish that you could just pack up and move to a new town or do you love where you live? 
  3. What’s the one job that you wish you could have? 
  4. What is the one food that you can’t live without? 
  5. What is your favorite movie of all time? 
  6. How many kids do you have? 
  7. Did you go to college? If so, where? 
  8. Did you ever go to jail (I know that was one of my questions, but I am kind of curious to see what others say). 
  9. What’s the messiest room in your house (besides your kids toy room)
  10. Would you rather read a book on a kindle/ipad or the old fashioned way (holding the actual book)? 
  11. Were you in the popular group in high school? 

Congrats girls, now it’s your turn to respond (if you choose too).  Thank you all who nominated me! I hope that I am all caught up now, I have been sitting on the original award for two weeks now!!!!

A HUGE THANKS….

I want to thank each and every one of you that has continuously voted for me on the Top Mommy Blogs. Not only have I exceeded my three goals of :
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2.  Making the Top 25 
3. Making the Top 10. 
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My Swapper Friends (Part 2)

Okay gang, here’s round two of my wonderful swapper friends. 

If you missed round one, you can click the link below to read up on all of the amazing friends and advertisers that I am linking up with each month. 




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Three Peas and a Dog

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Leslie and I met through Mom’s Club in Robbinsville, NJ a few years ago. She has always been a great support to me. I know when I had Sean, she delivered meals to my door within a week. They were perfect for those nights that I just did not want to cook.  Leslie is another friend of mine that has so many talents. Take a look at her site and you will see what I mean! I swear I have the most talented friends ever! 

Hi everyone! I’m Leslie…a born and raised Jersey Girl with three little peas and a bullie named Ozzie. With the three peas being ages six and under, our household is always loud and chaotic. I wouldn’t have it any other way (most of the time).  I have a crafting problem, for which I blame my mother.  She was a master of all trades, and has passed that passion to me.  I like trying new crafts and projects, right now focusing on cookie decorating, knitting and sewing.  My family is my biggest inspiration, so my current projects include children’s scarves and reversible headbands (for my diva Pea), boo-boo bags (for my rugged and rowdy Peas) and lots of cookies (loved by all my Peas).  I love creating hand-made gifts for friends and family, and I’m hoping to create those -made with love- items for you to give to your loved ones! 

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Mommy, Daddy and Mason

Mommmy, Daddy and Mason

Hi, my name’s Tabitha and I blog over at Mommy, Daddy and Mason. As you can tell by the title my blog is all about my little family, we live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and spend a lot of time outdoors, even though it rains 364 days of the year. Mason is a very active 4 year old and we go on a lot of adventures, this blog is a great way to document everything, cause let’s face it I have a horrible memory! I love cooking, reading, watching tv/movies, reviewing things, just giving my opinion, but mainly exploring with my family. I’m not crafty so you won’t find too many of those posts’ around here. What you will find is lots of pictures of a handsome little blued eyed guy!! I hope you come by and check out my blog, you won’t be disappointed 😉

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A Geek In Glasses


I am wife, momma, artist, photographer, farmer and fiber spinner.

My husband and I met before I was out of high school and spent the first 10 years of our relationship in search of vintage treasures. We have a 1956 Dodge, black with flames. I have a love of Fiesta Ware and hubby loves vintage smoking advertising. During that time I worked as a Graphic Designer in a little design firm outside of Hartford, CT.
Fast forward to now, we are farmers of a 2 acres fiber farm with 6 animals. We also farm 3 acres of pumpkins at my grandfather’s farm. We own a 1939 Allis Chalmers tractor that we toy around with.
I studied at the Art Institute of Pittsburg for photography and enjoy photographing people and places throughout Central PA.
We have many, many hobbies. Husband is a Blacksmith and Medieval Competitive Sword Fighter. I love crafts of all kinds and our daughter keeps us busy with Irish Step Dance and a love of Pirates. We also enjoy Letterboxing, hiking, and a vast array of other things.  

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Elissa Harris from PartyLite





Elissa and I met awhile back when I first moved to NJ. She was one of the co-presidents of the local moms clubs. We have stayed in touch ever since and I wanted to share with you a little bit about her Party Lite business. Take it away Elissa….

HI…I’m Elissa. I am a mother of three boys. They are 16, 12 and 10 and they keep me going ALL THE TIME. PartyLite and I are celebrating our 40th birthdays in April and March respectively. I have been with PartyLite for nearly 19 years and I love that I was able to bring in some “fun money” while staying home with my boys.


 What I love most about PartyLite is the opportunity it provides to ALL types of people. With the free to start up program, it allows anyone to start a personal business. With the AMAZING scents and different types of products, we suit all tastes and decor. The greatest thing in our line for “new mommies” are the scentglow warmers. They provide a wonderful scent throughout the room without the flame of a candle. You simply pick your scent and plug it in

Website: 
http://www.partylite.biz/sites/elissaharris

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Mommy and The Mouse


Why Mommy and The Mouse? Because my life revolves around being a “Mommy” and my love for “The Mouse” (aka anything Disney).

I am a military wife and mom of two wonderful, and very busy boys. I refer to them on my page, blog and twitter as Phineas and Ferb. The names actually fit them perfectly as well. My oldest is a man of few words and has an “engineers” mind like Ferb. My youngest, just like Phineas, has red hair and is the instigator! There are times when they’re playing in their playroom and I’m almost scared to check on them for fear of what I may find!!!!!

My husband is currently serving in the United States Air Force. His career has taken us to some interesting places. We’ve lived in Nevada, New Mexico and now reside in Georgia. When we found out we were moving to Georgia, I had to look up exactly how close we would be to Disney World….. a mere 235 miles!!!! I was SO excited. I started planning our first visit since our honeymoon in 2004.

As for “The Mouse”…. From my first visit to Walt Disney World in 1992, I’ve been hooked. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel to Disney World quite a few times and was able to visit Disneyland Paris and Disneyland as well.

If we are not on a Disney vacation, I am planning our next! There is something about Disney that I can’t express in words. It doesn’t matter how old you are, when you see Cinderella’s castle, you turn into a 4 year old little girl again!

I hope you enjoy this page as much as I enjoy sharing my love for Disney with you.

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http://www.mommyandthemouse.com/default.html

Facebook: 
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Twitter:
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