Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Made In America Christmas

According to ABC News, the average American will spend $704 on holiday gifts this year, totaling more than $465 billion. 
Can you imagine If that money was spent entirely on US made products it would create over 4 million jobs!!!  But it doesn't even have to be that big. If each of us spent just $64 on American made goods during our holiday shopping, the result would be 200,000 new jobs.

Now I want to know, are you in? 

If so, I want to hear from you. 

How are you planning on spending your $64?

What Made in America products have you bought and where did you buy them?

Lets buy American this holiday season!  

Why not encourage your family, friends, neighbors, book club or church group to spend $64 on Made in America products this holiday season?

Lets inspire others in our communities to do the same.


Thank you Joyce:  From This Side of the Pond.  

This song by Mercy Me was on her blog. No words can describe what this song means to me.  It is helping in the beginning of a healing process.
Refer to my posting Daddys Little Girl.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Daddy's Little Girl

When I was 10 my mother left my father for another man.  I have a few memories of my father.  Some are good memories, like when he took me and my sisters ice skating, to chase a hot air balloon and to build us  a huge snow fort.  Some are bad.  I remember his anger and how scary it was.   I remember the day he sat me and my sisters down to tell us he and my mother were separating.  He was crying and told us how much he loved us.  

A few years later my mom married the man she left my dad for.  He was a bitter man.  He would sarcastically say cruel things to me and my sisters and then laugh about it.  This type of behavior went on even as I was an adult.  My step-father and mother manipulated my thoughts into believing my father was a drunk, a coward and a horrible person.  As a child, I was influenced by their words and began to hate my father.  By his choice, my father didn't come to my graduation nor come to my wedding.
I am not blessed to have a father that loved me, and hugged me, and told me every day how beautiful and wonderful I am. I am not blessed to have a father, that thinks of me as his wonderful little girl, no matter how old I get, no matter how many mistakes I make. I am not blessed to have a father that was there for me in my times of need, and there to celebrate when I succeeded.  I am not Daddy's little girl.

      Aa teenager I craved the love that my father (and step-father) was not providing.  I turned to other unhealthy means trying to fill that need.  I was I numb. I regret the decisions I made as a teen.  
     The lack of nurturing as a child left a hole in my heart.  I was not a whole person until I met the man I married.  The first time he put his arms around me I was overwhelmed with a sense of peace and I felt safe.  I am blessed to have a husband who tells me he was proud that I even tried at all. I am blessed to have a husband who hugs me and who tells me I am beautiful.  Because of him, I have had more success than I could have dreamed of.  
     A small part of me feels like the little girl who felt no love; however, a larger part of me knows I am beautiful and worthy of love because my husband told me and showed me. 

My husband loves me more than any other man ever can.  I am blessed!

     Our sons will grow up knowing love and they will be a stronger better person for it. I know this, because I know I am a stronger and a better person by knowing my husband.  Someday our sons will realize how wonderfully blessed they are to have a father like him.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Lights

 Zachary and his friend, Cody hung up our Christmas lights this year. 

No falls off the ladder... 
no broken bones... 

and the house looks like it's ready for Christmas!

Ho! Ho! Ho!


Sundays in my City - Valley Forge, PA

Unknown MamiValley Forge, PA was one of the locations that General George Washington set up his headquarters and an encampment during the Revolutionary war.  Currently it is a National Park that is a beautiful place for a picnic or taking a walk.  The park hosts many events.  One of my favorites is a reenactment of the Revolution.

I hope you enjoyed the view of Valley Forge.
Photo Credits:  Todd Miller.

Now lets head over to San Francisco and see what UNKNOWN MAMI is up to! 
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time is a new series on ABC.  
Once Upon A Time is a story about hope.  Emma Swan gave up her son, Henry 10 years ago.  When Henry comes knocking on Emma's door, her life is about to change.  Henry believes that Emma is the long lost daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming.  He also believes the town he lives in, Storybrook, is under a curse from the Evil Queen.  Henry thinks that Emma can break the curse and bring Happily Ever After to Storybrook.

So far I have seen four episodes and I am hooked!  I can't wait until Sunday night at 8pm to see what happens next.

If you want to see what all the hype is about here is the link to watch the episodes:


Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

I am not a huge fan of Black Friday.  I have no patience for finding a place to park, other shoppers pushing and shoving, being rude, butting into lines, cashiers not knowing what they are doing, kids crying, waiting in lines... oh my, I could go on...

However; this year my youngest son got up, showered and was ready by 8am for me to take him shopping for new clothes.  (A 14 year old boy up at 8am!  Unheard of in my house)(Shopping for clothes.... this is a new one for me. My other two boys could care less and wore whatever I bought).

My son said I needed to take advantage of the sales on Black Friday.  (His way of trying to manipulate me into getting what he wants).  I was brave and ventured out.  We were at the mall by 9am and home by 11am.   The mall wasn't as crowded as I thought, parked very close to an entrance, people were pleasant, cashiers were wonderful and friendly, didn't have to wait long in lines and everyone seemed to be in good moods!
4 sweater and 4 jeans... all at 50% off!!!  

Happy Shopping!!

Happy Thanksgiving

Yesterday my family celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday at my home.  The turkey smelled so good filling the house with a mouthwatering aroma.  There were many different types of stuffing to choose from: bread, oyster, pineapple and potato.  Other choices were sweet candied potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, string beans and rolls.  To top off the dinner was my favorite - DESSERT!  Pumpkin pie, apple pie, peanut butter pie and cherry pie!  Wow!  

The food was wonderful, but what I am really Thankful for is the people I was surrounded by who made my holiday a special one.  

I am Thankful for my husband, who loves me unconditionally.
I am Thankful for my boys, each with their own unique personality.
I am Thankful for my In-Laws, who inspire me to be a better person.
I am Thankful for my BFF & her husband, a person couldn't ask for better friends!
I am Thankful for my sister, who understand the way I tick.
I am Thankful for my blog and the friends I connected with.
I am Thankful for having the life I have and for those who share it with me.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Breaking Dawn

My BFF and I went to see Breaking Dawn last night. I read the Twilight Books a few years ago.  I wouldn't say they were a great read, but I can understand how a teenage girl would love the books.
The movie did not disappoint the audience.  I was glad to see they tamed down the "sex" scenes compared to the books, considering the major audience is pre-teens. I was impressed with the ending and how they set it up to see the final movie.  

The movie theater I went to was a new and just opened this weekend.  For an additional $2 per ticket, you get a full digital picture with surround sound and reclining leather seats...  It's the ultimate move experience!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sundays In My City - Colonial Gardens

Unknown Mami Colonial Gardens is a local garden center in Phoenixville, PA that hosts a Haunted Gardens, Pumpkin Land and Hay Rides.  There is something fun to do for both kids and adults.  This year my husband was hired to take pictures of the Haunted House.  These pictures made the brochure Colonial Gardens used as an advertisement.

I'm a little late getting this posted... but thought the pictures were too cool not to share.

Now lets head over to San Francisco and see what UNKNOWN MAMI is up to! 
Happy Sunday!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Weekend Comments Pictures
Weekend Comments Graphics

What Would You Do? (part 2)

This is what I did......
Took $150.00 to the bank.

Bought $150.00 worth of Pennies.

Unwrapped them and put them in containers.

and paid my bill with 15,000 pennies.