Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - The Disney Letter "D"

Daisy & Donald


Dinosaur Ride @ Animal Kingdom


Disney Duck @ Magic Kingdom


Drenched on Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom, LOL 



Thanks to Debs @ Focused on the Magic for hosting :)

Stop on by for more or to link up!!




Focused on the Magic

Monday, August 27, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Ugh it's Monday already, 1 week closer to the first day of school! I have so much to do today & tomorrow that I don't know where to begin. Well, since this post is about my menu plan for the week, I should begin with that-right? Ok then, here we go!



Monday: lemon chicken cutlets with baked potato

Tuesday: pork chops with salad & veggies, plus rice & beans for those of us not dieting :/

Wednesday: tacos for kids, taco salads for us dieters :/

Thursday: grilled chicken with veggies, rice for kids

Friday: meatloaf with baked potato (still looking for a meatloaf recipe since I've never made this-any suggestions?)

Oh & lots & lots of water for us trying to stick to a diet (who ruined it yesterday!) *shrug* yeah, we went to Seaside Heights yesterday & I had pizza, ice cream & zeppoles! If I lost any weight at all during the week, I just gained it back in one day! I'm terrible!!

On a lighter note, Radio Disney was on the boardwalk yesterday. They played some good music for the kids & had some games but my daughter wasn't too interested so we didn't stay to see all of it, oh well. It was nice just being there & riding som rides :)

How was your weekend? Hope you all had time to plan your meals, if you did come on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie & link up, if you didn't then still come over for more great meal ideas & recipes :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Back to School Shopping Saturday

One more week to make sure everything is in order & ready for back to school.  I'm a little stressed out about it being that my kids will be in different schools and since I am "the ride" to school for both, it is going to be chaotic!  I'll deal with that next week, but this weekend was trying to finish up the school shopping.

I started reading about the Krazy Coupon Lady in an effort to reduce my shopping bills, but I'm not great at following sales.  I'm trying....really, I am.  As a matter of fact, I will be going to pick up a few newspapers today.....I don't want to be coupon crazy, but I need to try something-my shopping bills are through the roof and being unemployed, plus trying to pay for a Disney vacation in November are making my stress levels go through the roof as well!!!

So back to back to school shopping: I already purchased most supplies in July from Target.  They were having some good sales on a day that we happened to stop in, so I bought my daughter's notebooks, erasers and folders.  My son's binders were bought at Sam's club-they had this packet with 2 binders, filler paper, and 2 notebooks for $10.  I think there was something else in there, just can't remember.  Pencils and pens were not needed being that I have a bag full of them :) I didn't buy new book bags because both of my kids' bags were still in great condition.....so they will be using them again this year.  I will be going out for a new lunch box for my daughter--I need to see what store has them the cheapest!  Now, as far as clothes goes, they both attend Catholic schools so there are no sales or coupons to help me here.  Uniforms must be bought at stores assigned by the school.  Since my son is attending High School for the first time, he needed everything new!  I don't buy an outfit for everyday, he has learned to be careful and not dirty his clothes, then takes it off as soon as he gets home....so I can stretch the clothing out for a week.  I purchased 3 pants, 3 shirts and 1 fleece for him.....the pants have the store name on the back pocket, but I will try to get him khaki pants elsewhere(for less money) and see if they don't tell him anything about it(keeping my fingers crossed).  Either way, I think this is good for now, actually it better be because this all cost me $220!!! Luckily the shoes can be bought anywhere, so we went to Payless and he got dress shoes for $24.99!
Up next is my daughter, which isn't too bad right now.  Her uniform dress and shirts, from last year, still fit!! Hooray!!!  All I need to get her are knee high socks, which shouldn't be hard to find.  I also bought her new school shoes at Payless-dress shoes and sneakers for gym class.

On Tuesday I have to take my son to the HS to get his schedule, ID pictures, school pictures and he needs to buy is lock for his locker and any spirit items he may want.....I have no idea how much this will cost! So after Tuesday, I should be finished with all back to school shopping.

So I know I've spent so much in these past couple of weeks that now its time to really learn how to follow sales and use coupons the right way to save me some money :)  Beginning today!!!

Also, remember to check out my Blurb photobook giveaway , your chance to put together a photo book with all your great pictures for free($25 value).

How's your back to school shopping going??


Friday, August 24, 2012

It's Friday!!!

Yay, its Friday and that means some pool or beach time.....we have to squeeze these days in as much as we can now that summer is coming to an end & soon our weekends will be filled with baseball games :)

So I'm not sure what we are doing this weekend, but for now its time for 5 Question Friday!!



1. If you could have been (could be) any profession you wanted (brains and $$$ no problem) what would it be?

Well, I think that would be a photographer.  I love photography and I don't take it up now because I don't have the time and don't feel that there is enough business for a photographer these days.  I also have an interest in being a realtor (which I am planning on taking the course soon), because you have the potential to make a good living and can make up your own hours.  I've always felt that I didn't belong in an office for 8-9 hours a day, and now I'm convinced that I don't! I need to have my own business and I'm hoping that real estate will be it for me.  If not, its back to an office out of financial need :(

2. How often do you clean out your car?

 When my husband starts complaining about the mess, hehehehe!!! For 10 months out of the year, we practically live in the car, so you will find books, toys, sports stuff, dance stuff and even snacks in the backseat of my car....besides, I don't sit in the back seat so I only look back there when hubby starts saying that its a mess.  Then I make the kids clean it out since it is their mess to begin with.

3. Do you wish there was such a thing as fashion police or are you deeply relieved?

I am deeply relieved, LOL!! I think I dress alright, but there are days that I just don't have it in me-especially if I'm just running to the grocery store.  I will leave my house looking like a hot mess!!! Hair in a pony-tail(if its really bad, I put on a baseball hat), running/yoga pants, t-shirt/tank top and flip-flops/sneakers....and that is my "going to do groceries" outfit-fashion police would have a field day with me!

4. What's your go to food/drink/activity when stressed?

I didn't ever think that I had a go to food/drink when I'm stressed, but I do find that I'll go to the fridge 100 times throughout the day, looking for snacks!  I don't keep pepsi on hand anymore, or any kind of chips or ice cream since we are on a diet, but if I did keep it, I think it would be pepsi.  For some reason I feel so refreshed after 1 or several glasses of ice cold pepsi.....aaaahhhhhh, I can taste it now!

5. If you had twins, what would you name them?

This is a funny question because I always dreamed of having twins! First, I wanted a girl & boy, then with my second pregnancy I was hoping for 2 girls.....never happened & never going to happen......but anyway, if I were to have twins-boy & girl-their names would be Dylan Michael & Danielle Marie or girl & girl: Tiffani Anne & Tammi Alicia and finally if it would be boy & boy: Dylan Michael (love this name) & Damon Marcus.....yes, my childrens' names must match.....LOL! As a matter of fact, my kids are not twins but they have similar initials: my boy is C.A.R & my girl is K.A.R.....also associated with hubby's love of cars(not the movie)!

Thanks to Mama M. @ My Little Life for hosting, stop by to join in or see more posts to 5QF.......Now its time to get the weekend started!!!


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Blurb Facebook Photo Book Giveaway!!!

Alright everyone, I'm ready to have my very first giveaway thanks to the good people at Blurb!!  Last Friday I wrote a post about my Facebook photo book, and now I'm ready to give one lucky reader a chance to create their own facebook photo book ($25 value).

I love my book, it was just as I expected it to be!!  It was a great way to put together my memories of our summer vacation.  Now you can win a chance to create your own Blurb Facebook photo book and put all of your summer memories into a book you will treasure for many years to come!  All you have to do is follow my blog and leave me a comment below to let me know how you are following me (GFC, Twitter, FB, Networked Blogs).  For extra entries you can also follow @BlurbBooks on Twitter, and comment below to let me know.  This giveaway will run until Friday, September 7th.  The winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email.


Hurry up and start entering.....this is a great way to create a memorable book with all of your summer adventures!!!

Good Luck!!!


Just Sweep

Destination Disney~Disney in Color~Gold

Hi all!!! This week's Destination Disney color is Gold-Thanks to Heidi for hosting :)


Here are my DD~Gold:


Plenty of Gold to see in China!


Gold coins on our bedspread in the Pirate themed rooms at Caribbean Beach!


Gold headgear on dolls in Its a Small World!


and finally, Gold necklace & crown on Aurora!


Go on over to Heidi's Head and link up or check out more Gold in Destination Disney!


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Disneyland~Xbox Game

So yesterday was my hubby's birthday & I still hadn't bought him a gift, so me & my baby girl took a ride to ToysRus.  He loves playing xbox and there was a Star Wars game that he wanted.  These games are so expensive that we only buy them for special occasions like birthdays or holidays.  Now toysRus is having a sale this week-you buy one at regular price & get a second for 40% off, so I began looking for something that the rest of us would enjoy too.  I love the kinect games because you have to move to play the game, so this is the type of game I was looking for.  Then, there it was!! The Disneyland game for 19.99 and I would get 40% off of that.....I was soooo getting it!

Now we couldn't play yesterday because it was hubby's birthday but there was no excuses this morning!  I popped it in so I could play with my daughter.  Now, I don't usually touch hubby's Xbox so I got everything running but for some reason the Kinect sensor was having trouble detecting us.  It became so frustrating that when I saw that it did detect my daughter, I just sat down and helped my daughter play the game.  We wanted to play together, but my main goal was to find a game that she'd be happy with and boy, was she happy :)

She played for over an hour and it was hysterical.  She was in Disneyland!!! After the whole kinect sensor debacle, the game was very easy to play.  After a while she didn't need my help at all.....she knew where to go and since she now knows how to read, she knew what she needed to look for and where she had to go.  She was very good at following directions.   Her favorite part was giving the characters a hug!!! So cute!!


I definitely recommend buying this game if you have kids who love Disney.  It is fairly easy to play, especially if the kids can read, but if not you can read any instructions to them.  Most of the time, the characters tell you what they want you to look for and where to go......It really is a great game.  Her only complaint is that her arm was tired, since she had to keep her arm in front of her to move her character in the game.

This was the best money spent on a game so far!!!  Even I like it, but that's probably because it is a Disney game :)

*This is not a sponsored post, product was purchased by me with my own money.

Wordless Wednesday ~ Disney Friends

It's another Wordless Wednesday!!! This week's theme is Disney Friends & here are some Disney friends we've met through the years!

                        
 

 

 

 

 




 

 


We love meeting the characters and I know there are more that I didn't include here, plus others we haven't met.....but that's what I set out to do every trip :)  Hope you enjoyed my Disney Friends!!

Thanks to Debs @ Focused on the Magic for hosting this awesome blog hop.....you should all stop by and check out more Disney Friends :)

Focused on the Magic

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Off the Diet Track.....Temporarily!

I didn't mean to get off track, we are doing really well in the eating department.....but it is my hubby's birthday & what is a birthday without cake!!!

My daughter & I baked him a cake today........


I decorated as best I could (I'm thinking of taking classes)

Added candles......

Gave him his gift & the singing commenced.......

Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday daddy....Happy Birthday to you!!!
And he blew out his candles(hope he wished for us to move out of here, lol)



So yes, for my hubby's birthday we stopped our diet for 1 evening.
He is the best thing that has happened to me & he has given me the 2 best things ever....my kids!!
I love & adore him.....my Leo man-at times very difficult to deal with but that's a Leo for you....my daughter(also a Leo) is the same way-LOL.  So I have 2 Leos to deal with every day, but I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world!!

Wordless Wednesday Challenge - Favorite Disney Sidekicks

I'm a huge Disney fan and LOVE all of the characters, but if I had to choose my fave sidekicks it would be Goofy & Minnie!! ...