Friday, March 30, 2012


***My youngest son is participating in a hockey clinic this weekend.  He is excited because he gets to teach younger hockey kids techniques and other related hockey stuff that he says I do not understand.  What do I know, right? I'm just a hockey mom.  ;-)

***Same son was at hockey lessons. He went to undress in the locker room.  To his dismay there was a mom in there putting on her very young son's hockey gear.  I was wondering what was taking my son so long to change.  He came out with the top gear off but bottoms still on.
I asked "What are you doing?"  
"There is this lady in there with kids and I can't change?"  
"Why?" I ask.
  "I have no underwear on."  

***Last weekend hubby made me two raised garden boxes.  I finally planted lettuce seeds.  About a month late than recommended.  When I do plant early the lettuce grows before the tomatoes and peppers.  So what the point if you can't enjoy a salad without other veggies?

***Anyone know how to get those pesky bugs off the front of the car?  I went to the car wash and used a high pressure sprayer.  It looks better, but still yucky.

***Have you seen Small Potatoes on the Disney Channel?  It's the cutest thing.

Happy Weekend!!!


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Mama's gone Gray!

Last weekend was CRAZY busy.
Brandon had FIVE hockey games.
One Friday night, three Saturday and one on Sunday for a Shamrock Tournament.
 He came home Saturday evening and CRASHED!
Slept in on Sunday until it was time to go to the next game.
Refreshed and ready to go!
  I was exhausted ecstatic driving place to place and watching the games.
I don't know how he does it.


Zachary went on a job interview at a new ice cream store.
  It is located right out of our development, so very convenient for us Zach.
We have begged asked Zach to find a job for a few years now.
There are a lot of people interviewing, so cross your fingers for him.


Ahren accumulated a large debt within one weekend.
  Four citations!
Turning left on a red light.
Driving without valid insurance.
Expired Inspection.
Expired Registration.
Whopping $600.00!
When he did get his car inspected it cost him an additional $350.00

Seriously son?? 
 He is almost 23 years old!!  
We paid his insurance until he turned 21.  He did well keeping up with his payments until recently.
I am frustrated!
I don't think I'd be a good parent if I paid his fines for him.
 He needs to learn a hard lesson.


After this weekend, it's no wonder I am turing gray!


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sick Day

Working with children in my home does not always allow for me to take sick days.  When I have a common cold or allergies, I have to suck it up and use whatever energy I have to take care of the precious ones.

I must have been exposed to pollen or weeds. For the last 5 days I have had problems with hayfever.  Splitting headache, sneezing, runny nose, congestion, sinus pressure, ears clogged, soar throat and just down right miserable.   Forgive me for not blogging recently.  Thinking a little bit is hard to do right now.
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I have tried different allergy medicines along with a nasal spray.  A friend also recommended taking Airborne.  I have tried most of the over-the-counter medications.  I don't have an infection (yet) so a doctor wont give me any medication.  UGH!

What do you do when your allergies flare up?  I am desperate and will try anything!


Friday, March 9, 2012


Have you heard about this product called Spanx?  
It's anamazing invention by Sara Blakely that has turned her into an overnight sensation when Oprah Winfrey announced this product as one of her favorite items.  Recently Sara was listed as the youngest woman to join the Forbes list of Billionares.

What makes this product a sensation?
Most undergarments are uncomfortable and bulky, show panty-lines, are too thick, stop at the thigh and show bulges through clothing.

 According to Spanx's website, it is a body shaping undergarment unlike most undergarments.
They have body shapers, bras, under garmets, bathing suits and more that give you the perfect amount of support in a comfortable way.  So comfortable that you will forget you are wearing it.

It is pricy.
I wonder, is the cost is worth looking slimmer? - Golden Touch One Piece

To see more products visit the SPANX BLOG or the SPANX WEBSITE .


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Stop Discrimination

GREAT words by GREAT people!

You Can Play is supported by athletes of all levels and fans in the fight for respect in sports.

In this video: Patrick Burke (Philadelphia), Brian Burke (Toronto), Rick Nash (Columbus), Duncan Keith (Chicago), Brian Boyle (New York), Matt Moulson (New York Islanders), Joffrey Lupul (Toronto), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia), Daniel Alfredsson (Ottawa), Scott Hartnell (Philadelphia), Corey Perry (Anaheim), Andy Greene (New Jersey), Dion Phaneuf (Toronto), Henrik Lundqvist (New York).

If you don't see your favorite player or team represented here, just wait. visit over the next few weeks as new players and teams join the You Can Play team.

I am very proud to be a hockey fan.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

BFF turns 40!

Chad & Heather, Tami & Todd

Limo has arrived for the birthday girl.

We rode in a white stretch limousine.  It had a bar with wine glasses and ice.
We picked up another couple, Colleen and Scott.
There was more than enough room for the six of us.
Opening birthday gifts.
Heather received two pandora charms: frog (for leap year birthday) and a star (for celebrating her birthday).

Pouring the bubbly!

Arriving in Philadelphia.
The building in the picture is City Hall with at statue of the founder, William Penn at the top.

 We ate at a 5 Star restaurant called Butcher and Singer Steakhouse.

"Butcher and Singer is not your ordinary run-of-the-mill steakhouse. An homage to old Hollywood, low lights and dark woods evoke a feeling reminiscent of a bygone era when women donned full red lips, men wore a suite and tie and post-Prohibition liquor flowed freely."  -Butcher and Singer website

All of us were in awe once we entered the restaurant.  There were huge chandeliers hanging, bull decor everywhere and wait staff that saw to your every need.

The funniest thing we saw was the bathroom doors.  The women's room had Little Red Riding hood on the door and the men's room had the Big Bad Wolf.  Out of character for a 5 Star Restaurant, but put a smile on your face.
I ordered a Pomegranate Martini.  
Holy Schmoly, it was wickedly strong!  
I haven't drank something that strong since I was a teenager  turned 21.  

We had a great time!
Happy Birthday Heather!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Shopping for the perfect dress

Friday night Heather and I went shopping.  We were on the hunt for a perfect dress to wear to a birthday dinner celebration for Heather's 40th birthday.

It really seemed like we were there for hours trying on different dresses.

This is just a sample of the ones we tried on.

It really was fun showing off to the hubby's who were waiting on a bench outside the dressing rooms.

Heather had no idea where we were going for dinner.

It's a very classy place in Philadelphia.

Her husband rented a LIMO!

OH! And you cannot forget the shoes!

I know the suspense is killing you... 
tomorrow I will reveal the dresses and location of the dinner party!!


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Hockey Tournament

 My son was recently in a hockey tournament in a town near Philadelphia, PA. 
In this picture it looks like he is going to fall.  Actually #20 fell over and my son landed on his feet. 
Great check Baby!

 This is called a 'hip check'.  
Perfect example (Mommy's bragging rights) of my son checking an opposing player into the boards and prevent the puck being advanced in the offensive zone. 

Friday, March 2, 2012


This week was a special but also a tough one.

~We celebrated my middle son's birthday and my best friends birthday.  It is hard to believe that my son has turned 17.  I remember him as a newborn in my arms and the baby smell when I cuddled with him.  Where has the time gone?

~My husband sent me flowers (no, he didn't do anything wrong - haha).  He has been working long hours and he knew how emotionally hard this week has been.  
The flowers were definitely a pick-me-up.  

~Youngest son has been sick on and off for over a week.  I took him to the doctors on Wednesday. He has a sinus infection and an upper respiratory infection.  He has been loaded up with antibiotics and is finally starting to feel better.
~My friends husband, Chad and I planned a surprise 40th birthday dinner for his wife and my best friend, Heather. 
~Tomorrow Heather and I are going shopping for new dresses to wear to tomorrow's dinner.  I am looking forward to that.

Happy Weekend!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Leap Year Baby

Heather is my best friend.  I love everything about her.  
We celebrated her birthday last night at TGIF's for dinner.

I got her a pandora charm to add to her bracelet and a serving tray that matches her kitchen colors.

The big hit was the balloon! 
It was so cool.  The spiral sparkly tinsel was like a weight to allow the balloon to bobble.

Happy Birthday Leap Year Baby!