Five Things….

Hello there? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone still reading this? Sorry that I have been MIA lately. But yeah life with three kids doesn’t leave me a lot of time to blog. I don’t know how you moms do it everyday!  You rock!  

IMG_4721 IMG_4742 IMG_4792

A long, long time ago {maybe last summer} I saw this post over at my friend Janine’s page: Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic.  I thought it was a great idea for a fun little blog post!

Five things that I have a passion for:

  1. Family. My family is number 1 in my life.  No matter what they are the most important thing to me. Even if they are all driving me nuts I still love them and put them before anything else. Except maybe a quiet beach day to myself {kidding of course}.
  2. Friends. As you get older the definition of friendship really does change. It’s not a matter of quantity but quality. You will discover who your true friends are when you are experiencing the good and the bad.  The friends who check on you when you know you might need to hear their voice or read their text. They just “know” to reach out and chat. I am passionate about my friends! They mean the world to me and my family will always come first but friends are a close second!
  3. Blogging. I have spent the past year sharing almost every part of my life with my fabulous readers and I love every second of it.  I really hope to get back to blogging a lot more if things settle down here with the boys and I develop a routine.  Blogging gave me a voice, an outlet in an otherwise lonely world.  Being a stay at home mom can be lonely! Even if you have three kids keeping you busy non stop I crave interaction with adults — whether at breakfast with friends on comments on this page!  Having a place to write down my thoughts and experiences has been a great release. And that so many of you guys read this page and share your own issues makes it even better.  I don’t feel so alone! 
  4. My house. I love my house. Yes it is small and 364 out of 365 days a year I wish that I had a larger kitchen, a fourth bedroom and a large back yard. But we don’t so Joey and I make it work!  We try our best to make it feel comfortable for us and for any friends who want to stop by and visit. And when I walk in that door each day, I feel like I can relax because I am HOME.
  5. The beach.  I love the beach! It’s a lot harder these days with the kids but it is still a blast.  I love sitting in my chair {under the umbrella of course}, digging my toes into the sand and just closing my eyes so I can listen to the sounds of the waves.  I don’t get to do that much anymore since I am usually yelling “Don’t throw sand”, “don’t feed the birds” and “no you can’t have anymore snacks”.  But I still love it.  Which is odd because of my entire skin cancer issue!!!!!  I am pretty much allergic to the sun!
  6. Football.  Ok I cheated and did six for this one!  There are a lot of things that I enjoy and football is one of them.  I love watching my Philadelphia Eagles and my University of Delaware Blue Hens!  I am sad now that football season is over and neither of my teams went far this year.  But like a true fan I won’t give up and I hope next season is a better one for both of my teams!

Owen Newborn03

Photo Credit: Photography by Jen Davis (check her out, she is amazing)

Five things that I would like to do before I die:

  1. See all of my boys graduate college, get married, have babies. I can’t wait to see them as adults {if we all survive the toddler years}
  2. Take the boys to Disney World!!!
  3. Visit some exotic resort where Joey and I can live in a hut in the water for a week.  Just once, maybe after we get these three boys through college.
  4. Own our very own beach house!
  5. Run a marathon {crap at this point I would just like to do a 5k one day}.

Five things that I say a lot:

  1. Oh my God, just listen to me for once.  
  2. Ben stop hitting Sean.
  3. Sean stop hitting Ben.
  4. I need a glass of wine
  5. Leave the baby alone.

Five books or magazines that I have read lately: ummmm who has time to read with a newborn, a 4-year-old and a 6-year-old. 

  1. I have been reading Baby 411 lately. I am trying to remember all the stages of a newborn. It’s been over four years and I have forgotten a few things. 
  2. What about TMZ.com? Does that count?
  3. Oh CNN.com??? Seriously, do you see a pattern here.
  4. Delaware Today Magazine… Ok that counts. It’s an actual object and not a website.
  5. Facebook.

Here’s my winter reading list:

unnamed

Yeah I haven’t read anything with any substance lately.  If I do have time by myself when the boys are at school and the baby is sleeping, then I am usually sleeping or catching up on the online news & gossip! Priorities people! Priorities!!!

Five favorite movies:

  1. Dirty Dancing
  2. Every Julia Robert’s flick ever made: Pretty Woman, Mystic Pizza, Steel Magnolia’s, My Best Friend’s Wedding, etc.. They count as one movie, right?
  3. Garden State
  4. The Notebook
  5. Love Actually

images

Five places that I would love to travel to:

  1. Greece
  2. London {I have already been there before but would love to go back}
  3. Ireland {I have been to Dublin but would love to see more of this gorgeous country}
  4. Hawaii – The beaches just look so pretty!!!! My mom just got back and I am super jealous!
  5. Bora Bora – I have always wanted to stay in one of those gorgeous little villas right over the water!

BoraBoraVacations

 

 

 

 

 

Well that’s my list! I hope that you enjoyed it. Please share some of your top fives with me!!!! And stay tuned for some more reviews of some products. I have a few ipad covers that I am reviewing as well as some baby items and lotions!  I also promise to sit down and write a little post about what is happening around here lately and how we are all surviving with 3 kids!

photo

If you like what you just read please click to send a quick vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs- The best mommy blog directory featuring top mom bloggers

Finish the Sentence Friday – Week #10

It’s Friday, so you know what that means? It’s time for the Finish the Sentence Friday Blog Hop hosted by: 

Finish the Sentence Friday



This Week’s Sentence: ”I tried to cook…”

I tried to cook my husband beer battered fish and chips one night in the deep fryer and he actually said “they weren’t that bad”. That was a first. Let me share something, I’m not a cook. If you give me a recipe and the ingredients than I can cook but I just hate the whole planning and shopping process of it all. I will go to the store but forget one ingredient and of course that will be the main ingredient of the dish. I also have no imagination in the kitchen. I need that recipe. I can’t just wing it. 

So this one night I planned on surprising him. I think it might have been his birthday or our anniversary but I thought I would try something different. I don’t eat fish and can’t stand it so when I decided on this plan I had to research which fish to buy. Cod – in case you were wondering. So I went to my local seafood shop and bought a ton of it. It’s a good thing because I messed up the first batch.  I searched for a great recipe and had the beer and the breading. The first attempt failed – the breading fell off. I think that I overcooked it. But the second batch looked so pretty. 

I even made homemade French fries – from potatoes and not a frozen bag from Target or Shop Rite.  I know, right???  Oh if you don’t like fish – cook the fries first so your oil isn’t fishy and your fries don’t taste like fish. Plus they take a lot longer to cook than the fish. 

Now I have never made this dish again. Maybe I should attempt it one more time for the hubby since he has been working so hard. Now i know that they will never taste as good as they did in London but at least I attempted it.  

 

Remember to enter my latest giveaway. You could win a $25 online gift card to Just Simply Baby! You can also click here at Just Simply Baby and use code for a 10% rebate off of your very first order.  Get all of the details about the giveaway here: Just Simply Baby Giveaway

Enter the Giveaway Here: 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Finish the Sentence Friday – Week #9

It’s Friday, so you know what that means? It’s time for the Finish the Sentence Friday Blog Hop hosted by: 

Finish the Sentence Friday



This Week’s Sentence: ”You want to know what I think of social media? I think…”


You want to know what I think of social media? I think that I am in love with it and that I am slightly obsessed. I am addicted to everything in the social media world. I can’t stop looking at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now Pinterest. I like Twitter because I love reading celebrities and their tweets. I have posted before that I have slight obsession with celebrities and gossip so Twitter is an awesome place for that. Combine that with TMZ and I am in heaven. Dork, I know!

I have always been into computers and eventually the World Wide Web when it was created forever ago. I have loved watching it evolve into what it is today.  Now it was much different when I was in college. I sure could have used Google for all of my school work.  I slowly started dabbling into Facebook only 5 years ago.  At the time it was just becoming mainstream – not just for college kids anymore.  I wasn’t into it at first. When I first signed onto it I was home and on bedrest for the last month of my pregnancy with Ben. I thought I would check it out and see what everyone was talking about.  I didn’t know what the heck to post on my timeline (well it wasn’t called that back then).  Finally as friends started joining it became a lot of fun. I reconnected with SOOOO many old friends who I haven’t talked to or seen in ages. Not just high school friends but kids from 25+ years ago.  It was great. I loved that I could share and see pictures of my friends kids.  Especially since I wasn’t living in Delaware anymore and I did not get to see my friends and their babies all of the time.

Then came Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  All have become so very addicting.  All of these sites are a lot of fun and you can waste hours of your day playing around on them.  Now, I don’t have time for that anymore but those pages have been a huge help when promoting the blog, searching for a recipe or stalking errr I mean following my celebs!  There are so many other things out there that fall into the social media category but I am just going to stick to these for now. I don’t have the time to figure out a new system. I am barely keeping up with Facebook and their constant changes.  Man I sound old saying that but it’s true.

Make sure that you enter the CapeJava.com K-Cup Giveaway below!

And remember if you don’t win, you still can get 10% off your first purchase (just use the code IRISHMAMA).  And if a month from now you are wishing that you had ordered using the discount, just look for the Cape Java image on the right side bar of my page and click it for a direct link to CapeJava. 


Finish the Sentence Friday – Week #6

It’s Friday, so you know what that means. It’s time for the Finish the Sentence Friday Blog Hop hosted by




 Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyaholic (TwitterFacebook)

Finish the Sentence Friday
This week’s sentence to finish: ”The most-memorable Valentine’s Day I ever had was…”
The most memorable Valentine’s Day I ever had was probably the Valentine’s Day that Joey and I lived in NYC and went to one of our favorite restaurants called Piccolo Angolo. It’s a small little Italian restaurant in the West Village. There can’t be any more than 15 tables in the place. There’s just something about small restaurants with long waits in NYC. It usually means that they are fabulous!  It’s nothing fancy but the food is great, the staff is awesome and the original owner is hilarious (if you can understand him through his thick accent).  
We have gone to this restaurant a ton of times and taken a lot of our friends and family there as well. It’s just one of those places that you always go back to, the one that you can never shut up about! 
Now I can’t say that I was proposed to on Valentine’s Day, announced a pregnancy or anything special like that but enjoying a wonderful traditional Italian dinner with your husband in one of the best restaurants in NYC is pretty special to me!
Now after writing this post, I am dying to get back there for some of their baked lasagna or their basketball sized meatballs.  YUMMY!
Top Mommy Blogs - Mom Blog Directory

My Swapper Friends (Part 1)

I wanted to give a shout out to all of my fellow swapper friends. I wanted to thank you all for advertising your blog page or businesses on my website. I love that the blogging community is such a friendly one and there is no competition. Everyone that I have met since I started writing Erin the Irish Mama has been extremely kind and friendly. No one has been rude or mean. They have all helped me out when I have had silly questions about the website or Facebook page! They have helped me when I wasn’t sure how to handle spammers or when I needed help setting up sponsor posts or advertising! You have all been so wonderful to me! Some of you have even done guest Blog Posts for me! You are all just so freaking awesome and I wanted to shout it out to all of my other readers!

You can always set up your own ad on my page by following the link below. It explains everything to you! Plus look out for a special promo code for February! Check out the webpage below for your code:
http://erintheirishmama.com/p/advertise.html

Here’s round 1 of some of my swapper friends! Round 2 will follow later this week

_________________________________________________________________________________

Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyholic

Janine and I became friends a few months ago – we just happened to find each other on the Facebook blogger world. She has helped me navigate the blog world and has introduced me to a ton of new friends. Thanks Janine – oh and she also just won a large ad space from my giveaway so look for a page dedicate to Janine’s Confessions of a Mommyholic coming up in the next few weeks! Enjoy!

 Hi all, my name is Janine. I am wife, a mother, and a teacher turned writer.  I actually started out working in the business world when I was single with a degree in Management, but decided to go back to school for education.  I have a master’s degree and am certified to teach math for grades 5-12.  I taught in both high school and middle school settings, when I was first married back in 2006.  My husband and I actually met on Match.com and only lived five minutes away from each other.

I was still teaching when I had my first daughter, Emma in July 2009.  Emma was only 7 1/2 months old, when I found out I was pregnant with our second.  As much as, I love our younger daughter, Lily, to say she was a surprise would be an understatement, because Emma had colic as an infant and still wasn’t sleeping through the night.  But in hindsight, I think it was a blessing in disguise, because I lost my teaching job when I was five months pregnant due to the tanking economy and budget cuts.  About a month later, I was put on bed rest from some abnormal spotting.  Thankfully, even though, this pregnancy was considered high risk for the remainder of it, Lily was born healthy and term at 39 weeks gestation in November 2010.  My girls are my world and just couldn’t imagine not having them.

However, almost a year after having her, there still were no teaching jobs opening or on the horizon.  In June 2012, I stumbled onto a site online called Hubpages, where I found my writing voice all over again.  By the way, I always loved to write, but time and age had somehow gotten in the way.  But Hubpages gave it back to me and then I started to blog in August 2012.  First on Blogger, then over to WordPress.com and eventually I decided to purchase my own domain and host my own site on WordPress.org.  I have only been blogging for less than 6 months, but absolutely love it, because I have truly gained such a self worth from it, as well as become friends with some wonderful bloggers, who are nothing short of amazing.  By the way, in November 2012, I signed up for NanoWriMo (a novel writing contest), where I wrote a whole novel in a month’s time.  I am editing now and am so excited to finish editing to try my hand at self publishing.  In the end, I am just so thankful for my writing experiences and as crazy as my daily life is being a wife, mother and now indeed as a writer, I truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

Blog Page
Facebook Page
Twitter Page:
_________________________________________________________________________________

Michelle from Rodan and Fields Dermatologists
Michelle and I actually grew up together back in Delaware. We spent some time car pooling to gymnastics class. Well we never went to the same school and I think at least 25 years went by before we reconnected again on Facebook! We have quickly become close online friends and bond over the fact that we both have two toddler boys  around the same age! She has just started working for Rodan and Fields. So I would love to introduce you to her and her product line. 


My name is Michelle Rankin. I am a stay at home Mom of two little guys, Spencer (3), and Preston (almost 2!). I’ve been married to my husband, Sean, for 7 years now but I’ve known him for over 25 years… and knew that I was going to marry him for almost that long! Prior to staying at home with the boys, I worked for Limited Stores for almost 13 years. Sean has been a police officer for almost 15 years. We were both born and raised in Delaware and can’t think of a place where we would be any happier… except maybe just an hour South, beachfront in Delaware. Yes, Delaware has great beaches. No doubt that we’ll eventually settle in Rehoboth Beach at some point. That’s were we spent our summers growing up, where we have made friends on the beach who have become like family, and where I hope our boys will come to love as much as we do.  Some other things that I love… football, beach volleyball, old jeeps, rock crawling, music, fashion, home DIY projects, and RODAN AND FIELDS DERMATOLOGISTS!!

I partnered with Rodan and Fields Dermatologists after being introduced to the company by my friend and neighbor, Joanne. She is a busy Mom of 2 with a very high profile, full time job in pharmaceuticals. In addition, she teaches at The University of Delaware. I couldn’t imagine how she was possibly fitting anything else into her life. In the mean time, I had been secretly praying for something to come along that would allow me to work and contribute to our finances. While I love being at home with the kids, like so many other Moms, I began to lose a little of myself. I missed working but I knew that staying home was a bigger priority to me. I also missed having financial breathing room, but again, staying home was more important and I knew that with Sean’s shift work schedule, I would never be able to work without a major juggling act involving child care. I honestly worried about the future as we were living paycheck to paycheck. So… I started watching what Joanne was doing. I was skeptical because I didn’t really understand what it was all about… but the more she shared with me and seeing her success in such a short period of time, the more interested I became. I started my research and came to realize that direct sales is the perfect business model for this day and age for a product like this. Rodan and Fields are the world renowned doctors that created Proactiv Solution for acne and they have long dominated that industry. They have now develop a multi-med, clinically based skin care line to address concerns beyond acne such as sensitive skin, sun damage, and aging skin. While their line was successfully sold in retail stores the doctors knew that putting their product in the hands of independent consultants was the smarter way to market… and they were so right! I soon began to feel like I would regret passing up this once in a lifetime chance to introduce something brand new to a whole world of customers. I also realized that my prayer had been answered! I’m now completely changing the course for my family’s financial future… I’m doing it on my own time, in part time hours, while still allowing me to be at home and present with my children. I’m so excited to see our growth over the next several years and will be happy to look back and say that I was a part of the beginning!


I would love to share more about our skin changing products and our life changing business opportunity. 

Website:

_________________________________________________________________________________
Photography by Jen Davis

Jen Davis, is one of my closest friends in the world. I only met her 4 1/2 years ago but it only took a few playdates with our little ones to realize that we had a connection. Jen is a wonderful person and would do anything for you. This girl has so many awesome talents and photography is just one of them. You have to check out her site. She has taken pictures of my kids and I love her to death. Oh and she also designed a lot of my blog page – headers, buttons, etc. She is a genius and I could never repay her for all the work that she has done for me. Take a moment to read up on Jen and her Photography. She’s brilliant. 


I am a mom, wife, photographer, friend, playground gossip, and wine lover, though the order changes on any given day. I will add that I do all of these things with one hand, because the other always has some sort of caffeinated beverage…yes, I am quite the juggler. Priorities people.
Know what else I love? I mean, besides my offspring and handsome hubs? Cheesy things like reading, travelling, and drinking wine with friends. I’ll give you two guesses which ones I don’t do anymore since previously mentioned offspring were born {insert raised eyebrow here}.
I am a self taught photographer.  I have always loved the diving back into the memories that a picture can offer.  I love that that I can take pictures of families, babies, and children…and give them a lasting and treasured physical memory of a special time. I love making my clients happy.  Its what I strive to do with every session.  Thank you for choosing custom photography. Your family’s memories are priceless, and I appreciate you considering and trusting me to immortalize them. I look http://photographybyjendavis.com/
Facebook Page
Twitter Page:
_________________________________________________________________________________
Thank you all again for your wonderful support! I look forward to swapping with your girls every month! You are all truly amazing at what you do!

If you would like to advertise on my page, please visit me here for all of the juicy details:
http://erintheirishmama.com/p/advertise.html

REMEMBER TO KEEP ON VOTING FOR ME! I finally made the top 15 today! I didn’t think anyone would vote yesterday because they were all at Super Bowl parties, but for some reason you did and I thank you all. I hope to reach the top 10 someday soon!!!

Top Mommy Blogs - Mom Blog Directory
Oh and don’t forget to enter my giveaway for the Wondershare DVD Slideshow Builder

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I just created a new video this weekend from my first month of photos from 1 Snap a Day (created by my wonderful friend Jen Davis). Check it out.