Dine at Denny’s With the Penguins

May 22, 2015 By · 4 Comments


I live in a small town, so small we really only have two main roads. Denny’s is literally straight down the road from my house, about a 10 minute drive, which means we go there as often as we can. Hey, with five kids and myself it can get awfully expensive. Somehow I had not realized there is a secret to eating at Denny’s….go on Tuesday because kids eat FREE. haha. “Kids eat free 4-10PM on Tuesdays at Denny’s.” Of course ask your server because you do have to have certain things to go with this, ie, I think it is one adult meal per free kid meal. It worked out great for me because it was myself, SoccerBoy (18) and BalletGirl (14) which is the three adult meals with BabyGirl, Little A and Nicoli (ordered from the kids menu). I love a place that caters to my kids and our servers are the best! They know to always bring my youngest his pancakes and a different plate for the remainder of the Jr. grand slam.  The menus have so many healthy choices from yogurt, veggie sticks, sliced bananas to salads.

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Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway: Take a Break!

May 13, 2015 By · 46 Comments

(Disclosure: I bought this myself, however there are affiliate links in the giveaway)


I don’t know about you but as a mom and a parent I always need something to wake me up. There are some days I feel like I just don’t simply have the energy to make it through the entire day, other days I’m just fine. This week I have had one thing after another. Every day I drive to the high school to pick up my oldest because he has senior release, at the end of the day I drive back to pick up my daughter because of practice. Mind you that is just twice, this week I’ve had dental appointment, driving to the elementary because of a book sale, there is an award ceremony today, a choir concert and a play and that is just this week. haha. Yes, some days I definitely need something to help me keep going. I’m guessing I’m not the only one so I’m giving away a $15 Starbucks Gift Card. I’m sure someone here can use it because I can’t get near one myself.

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Now if I could just get them to build a Starbucks here in town I’d be doing great. 45 minutes is simply too far to drive in this heat, so guess it is off to the store I go to make my own fraps. Anyone got a nifty how-to recipe for me to make? This momma needs a break too.

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My Wonderful Mother’s Day from My Kids

May 12, 2015 By · 2 Comments

We all have wonderful children right? Especially on Mother’s Day where they shower you with all types of attention and possibly gifts right? These last few years they have went over and beyond with each Mother’s Day that passes. I got flowers of course and they were lovely, a card that the kids made for me and a gift. The kids picked me out a dozen roses and jewelry with the money their dad sent them. Talk about feeling spoiled. To top it off I went to church and all the moms (and daughters) were given a carnation of their choice.


For many years I have had a Pandora Bracelet on my wish list for all holidays, birthdays and celebrations but this year I saw the Hallmark Connection Bracelet and I fell in love with it. I love the little chunky charms that you slide on and look at them every time we visit Walmart. This did not escape my children, in fact I told them for my birthday this year they could get me one. I love my bracelet and can’t wait to add more charms to it. BabyGirl (11 yr old) told me she plans on buying charms for it for all the holidays/bdays coming up. Little does she know I plan on buying her and her big sister their own bracelets in the near future for that very reason. Do you have one?

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Being a Mom Sometimes mean Little Accidents Happen #RecycleYourPeriodPad

May 10, 2015 By · No Comments


Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Today I look around and smile at the realization that while I did not do as I thought I would at 16 I am so much happier. I remember a time thinking I wouldn’t be a mom EVER, but that first time I heard the words I was pregnant I couldn’t help but wonder about that little baby growing inside me.  Okay so pregnancy wasn’t always my best friend, I had the really horrible 24 hour morning sickness that lasted the entire pregnancy. What no one would tell me was the first time you have a child, even if you did Kegels you would end up having LBL. Yes, I have the “when I laugh I might actually pee a little…but I’m not the only one so I feel better. Thank goodness there is something called a Poise thin shaped pads.


WHAT IS LBL? (aka Light Bladder leakage)
-One in three women experience Light Bladder Leakage (LBL) – little leaks that can be triggered by everyday occurrences like coughing, sneezing, laughing and exercise. Yes this really does happen. Don’t be ashamed by it, many women go through this….we just don’t normally talk about it because that is how we are.
-Weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, childbirth and weight gain are just a few LBL contributors.
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What I Learned at the Carnival

May 7, 2015 By · 11 Comments

I recently took my kids to the carnival that came into town and let me be the first to tell you it is EXPENSIVE. You got that right? I can remember back in the day I could afford this type of thing and it isn’t just because I have 5 kids but it is seriously gone up in price. It is sure to break any budget you have. Games these days are no longer a simple dollar like they use to be instead it is like $5 for 3 darts/balls, etc. In order to get a Cotton Candy you will pay $7 for a small size but they call it a large. WOW! Needless to say this was not a carnival I hung around long with my 5 kids. Being a mom though meant I wanted to have some type of moments with my kids playing some games or watching their face as they were impressed. So instead I purchased a funnel cake, don’t even ask me how much that put me under. I bought two.

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