Monday, December 19, 2011

$425.00 and a FREE COOKIE!

425.00 & a FREE Cookie!

I don’t know about you but the FREE cookie had me immediately!
Do you ever check your receipts? I know we get so many of them but look towards the bottom.
There are some great opportunities. I was going through my receipts and noticed I had a lot of opportunities to score some FREE stuff!
I don’t know about you but it was worth my 18 minutes (yes, I timed myself) to try to earn 425 dollars in gift cards and a FREE cookie.
You can elect whether you want to receive promotional information and I normally mark no that way I don’t get spam. I have the opportunity to win 2, 100 giftcards from Fry’s, a 100 giftcard from Safeway, a 100 giftcard from Party City, a 25 giftcard from Tilleys and automatically received a code for a free cookie at Subway just for filling out the survey.
Check out your receipts and just take a few moments to give your opinion! You could get some awesome!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

What is Your Perspective?

Days like today are rare in the desert. Many would see this day is dreary, depressing, and not a good day.  I see today as relaxing, different, and a great opportunity to replenish our nature.
Isn’t perspective Amazing?
How do you view today?

The only difference between a good day and a bad day is your attitude.  ~Dennis S. Brown

Friday, December 9, 2011

Where in the World has Shanna Been?

Honestly I will be surprised if anyone reads this!
I am sure for those that actually read my blog some they are wondering where in the world I went or what in the world happened!
Well……. LIFE Happened.
Having kids, working full time, taking care of the house, well you get it.
Hopefully I can get back in the swing of things because I miss blogging. Here is a little of what has been going on!

We went to a University of Arizona Football game!

Yes that is me on the left with Red Hair!
Love these girls! They hung in as long as possible on Black Friday!

Had fun on Halloween as a Pin-Up!
Stopped by the Movies to See Breaking Dawn Part 1

Yes, that is me with my new red hair!
I even took the kids to the pumpkin patch!
We have been having a lot of fun this Fall Season!
It’s been So busy but I am so blessed to have such an amazing life!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Doing For Others

       A couple of days ago  I did a post about a quick easy snack. If you haven't checked it out scroll down and see my post from 3 days ago!

Haley and her friend decided it would be nice to do something for the firefighters just down the street from us!

 They did such an awesome job! And with love!!

Isn’t that adorable? I just made it on the MAC and printed it out!

We love our Firefighters! Thank you to our awesome First Responders!

When's the last time you did a Random Act of Kindness (RAK)???


Thursday, October 13, 2011

What's in Your Purse?

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This is almost a little embarrassing of all the stuff I have in my purse!

What do you have in your purse?

I took this opportunity to actually disinfect my purse, wallet, from inside to out!

Where do you sit your purse? Many people stress to not bring your purse into the house very far or even the kitchen because of all the disgusting germs found on the purse and inside. I have to admit I am really having to work on this.

Check out this link to a pretty interesting article.

For Safe Non-Toxic Cleaning products check out  Shaklee has wonderful cleaning products that are non-toxic and safe for our families! I am a distributor of Shaklee and I have loved their products for almost a year now! Check them out!

Finish Line: NCAA Fleece as low as $20 + FREE Ship!

What a super awesome deal if you have NCAA fans in your house or on your Christmas list! Check it out!

Finish Line: NCAA Fleece as low as $20 + FREE Ship!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Easy Snack Idea

Great and Easy Snack!!

 All you need is Granny Smith Apples, Caramel Syrup, and Cream Cheese

                                                              Slice your apples

Mix your Cream Cheese in the bowl with the Caramel Sauce

                                  Put the Cream Cheese in the middle of the plate

Put your pretty slices all the way around

Then drizzle the syrup over the Cream Cheese on top to make it super pretty!
Super Easy, fairly healthy (at least the apples). My hubby and kids loved it! (I am super picky!)
Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Organizing My Month Visually

Organizing My Month

I am a very visual person and I would like to think I could enter everything on my Droid and be done with it.

However, I need stuff staring me in the face so I can keep up with everything. Not too mention I like having the information where everyone else in the family can see it as well.

My Whiteboard Calendar is Perfect !!

When I get to about the third week of the month I will erase the month and start with the last week of the month and start the next month. That way I can see what is coming up.

The kids can see when I am going to be home or when I have a late week at work.  Plus since it is a dry erase and our lives are always changing it makes it super easy to make changes as needed.

I like to think that it also helps the hubby keep up with the kids’ appointments. I am not sure if he actually ever looks at the board but it makes me feel better knowing I put it out there. We display the calendar in our kitchen because that is the highest traffic area.

Do you have a system that helps your family stay on track for the month?

Friday, October 7, 2011

One on One

Organizing my time for each kid

Find time to spend with each kid individually can be difficult sometimes just because of time constraints and just life.

However, on this day I was super lucky and was able to spend some genuine one on one time with both the kiddos!

The hubby and I make an effort to occasionally (like once a year if we are lucky) to take each kid out by themselves and make it their special date. Our kids are so close in age neither one of them knows life without the other nor what it is like to get that individualized attention.

Haley and I hit up the nail salon to get some much needed wanted pedis. It was SO nice! I love hanging out with her chatting about girl stuff!

Who doesn’t just LOVE Denny’s! It was about 9:30 at night and Haley was at a sleepover and the hubby was out on a bear hunt and Cody said he had been crazy pancakes and he thought me and him should hit up Denny’s.

So I said SURE WHY NOT!?  He must have caught me at a moment of weakness.  I have to drive 25 minutes each way to get there and it was late, I was tired, but I didn’t hesitate!

Yup – there is my boy! All swagger like huh? We had the best time just the two of us chatting about the day and how dad’s hunt was going.  It was so nice to enjoy his company just together.

We try to make each kid feel special individually. Some days it is tough to carve out individual or special moments for each of them.  I like to hope that the moments we do have create a lasting impression and a great memory for down the road.

Is there anything you do for each kid? I would love to hear any ideas!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Updating Emergency Kits

Some of you may have previously visited my blog and read about preparing for a disaster and the steps you should take for your family.  If you haven’t had the opportunity please visit Are you Ready Part 1 and Are you Ready Part 2 these are some ideas of how to put a kit together. You can also visit Getting My Act Together which shows how I put my kit together.

Since it has been over 4 months since I created my emergency kits I decided it was time to check on the kids and rotate the items out if needed.   My kits are clearly marked so if we have to evacuate for any reason (really Arizona only gets wildfires) but just in case we can grab and go!

I checked the expiration dates on all the food. If it expired within the next 3 months I pulled it out and rotated new food in.

I added to my kit, I figure it I continue to add and update every quarter I will have a very thorough kit within the next 6 months.

I try to have a variety of food that everyone could choose from. I have put cups, utensils etc. so if we have to grab and go.

Do you have an emergency kit?  This is like car insurance for me. It is a great to have and in the event of an emergency we will be SO glad I took the time to have a kit. But I hope we are never in the situation to have to use it. Better be prepared!  I would love to hear any tips or tricks you may have on being prepared for an emergency situation.