Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday before Christmas! Merry Christmas!!!!!

WOW, two days before Christmas! I can't quite unwind yet, and I've already taken my bedtime meds (yes, you read right, I work tonight, and have to sleep this afternoon!). I looked at my blog and thought, gosh, I haven't really posted much in the past few days----well, on others' blogs but not here on my own! I'm sure that many of you are so organized that you had your Christmas cards out at the beginning of the month, Well, I wanted to do that, too, but it didn't happen this year! I just got them all mailed out on Wednesday this week. I had two cards that had to go out of the country, one to Ontario, Canada and the other to Athens, Greece, for family and friends. I do the handwriting, then, I have to track down hubby and son to both sign.  We were so pathetic at doing cards a few years ago, that I brought them with us to WDW, and stayed in our room at Pop Century for a couple of hours signing and addressing cards on Christmas Day!!!
Ha! It had to be the latest that we ever got cards out!!

One of our Holiday WDW trips from a few years back, we were in Liberty Tree Tavern,  if I can remember correctly!
I have all sorts of faiths in my family and friends, and I know that I didn't want to address religion in my blog, but this will probably be one of the rare occasions that I do. My husband's brother and his wife are Buddhists, and we respect their decision on their faith, and they are okay with us still sending Christmas cards to them, as far as I know. I have Messianic Jews in our of my mother's sister's families, and I never know whether I should wish them Happy Hanukkah or Merry Christmas. The rest of our family and friends vary from Catholic to Episcopal, Baptist, Methodist, to name a few. I have friends who are nonbelievers, and friends of other faiths, and I respect what they feel and believe in. And, I have readers of other faiths, and I respect that, too! I may not go to church all of the time, but do try to get to the Christmas Eve services---which I'm planning to do tomorrow night.

Steven inside the tube area for picture taking at Sea World last December 26th! It was a very cold and chilly overcast day!

We are aiming to do something different for Christmas this year, and I'll post about it after the fact. If you're a twitter follower of mine, I may be posting on Sunday, so keep an eye out!! My father opted to go up to North FL for the weekend, so he won't be hanging out with us. (I did spend some time with him earlier this week, and took him to Cracker Barrel for lunch. I think that he doesn't like it so much when I pick up the check, but he paid for so many things for us kids when I was younger, so I want to help him out now.)
I can't believe that he'll be 76 on the 4th of January! Whew, that makes me feel a little old now!!
If I don't post tomorrow (Saturday), I'm wishing you all and your families a very Merry Christmas, and may you have an awesome one!!!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Google+ And Facebook Island Hop #5 ---Via Jamerican Spice

Hi all! Colette from Jamerican Spice is holding a Google+ and Facebook Island Hop, and I hope that you join it!  If you follow me, just leave a message below so that I can follow you back!

FL Mom's Blog Facebook Page

Barb on Google+    I haven't figured out how to make a Google+ page for the blog yet!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Last Week

What I didn't mention between Monday's Music Moves me and other posts last week, was that I was on FMLA for about a week, and I returned back to work last night. Friday a week and a half ago, I went to my Internal Med doctor, for some pain complaints that I had that I didn't think were Fibro pains. I had discussed the issues with my neurologist's RN, and she had talked to my neurologist, and since she was going out of town, she felt that my primary needed to do the work-up. I had shooting pains in my elbow/forearm area, and couldn't life my left arm and wash my hair without a great deal of pain on Thursday night. He ordered an X-ray of the left elbow, which came back negative. My left leg, from the knee down was trying to go what I'm calling "rag doll limp" while I was at work Thursday night, when I was walking around the building and when I was standing at my med cart passing meds to my residents.  It kind of concerned me, since it happened at least 3 or 4 times that night. He gave me lifting restrictions of no more than 5 pounds, and I had to wear a sling. I ended up on FMLA leave for the week, and just returned back to work last night. I also had a MRI of my Lumbar Spine, and it showed a slightly bulging disc if I can remember correctly from L4-5. Nothing to really worry about right now, though it may be uncomfortable at times.  Due to the sling during that time, I ended up watching a lot of tv, and posting on GetGlue! I may have been on the computer here and there during that time, but not a whole lot. I spent time on my iPhone and the iPad. 
Doing better now, due to the heating pad and the Diclofenac and the sling, and resting!

Mega Bloks Family Club (Review)

 Do you have children who love to build? My son still loves to build at 13 now, and he helped with the review of the Blok Squad Construction Site that we were given. Unfortunately, between my work schedule  and his science project taking 90% of his time recently, we haven't completed building the set yet. I have enclosed pics of what we were able to complete!  (We are currently calling it a work in progress, and when we get it completed, I'll post the pics on my blog then!) We had chosen the Blok Squad Construction Site set, since son thought that the equipment pieces looked neat. This set is for ages 5 and up, and it includes 3 vehicles to build and figures (3), including a 4x4, Track Loader and a Road Roller. They can pretend to build a road, clear a rock quarry, and smooth down a path with their vehicles! They can collect and combine sets to male heavy-duty construction machines to complete any mission! The great thing about the Mega Blok sets is that they are for the children who have transitioned from the mini blocks into micro blocks. The playsets also introduce kids to different heroes, like the construction guys, police, and firemen! 

The Blok Squad Construction site retails for $19.99 for ages 5 and up! They are available  in the U.S. at Toys 'R' Us, Walmart and, Available in Canada at Walmart CDN, Toys'R'Us,, and Zellers.  The Blok Squads are perfect for this children who are ready transition from minis to micro blocks and work on more detailed projects. 

For more information, you can cheek out Mega Bloks and the Blok Squad buildable playsets at Mega Brands ! They have a Mega Bloks Family Club, that you might want to sign up for at Mega Bloks Family Club ! There's a 12 Days of Christmas Holiday fun giveaway going on, and you might want to check it out!  

My thoughts.... great toys which  young minds can be creative with and enjoy! I highly recommend them!

Disclosure: We were given a free product in order to facilitate at review from Child's Play Communications for Mega Bloks Family Club.  The opinions expressed here on my blog were mine and my son's! Honesty is important!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday's Christmas Music Moves Me: A blend of Christmas music!

I had forgot all about Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song", music that my mother played when I was a child at Christmas time. I had the opportunity to listen to a lot of the classics back then! I stumbled upon Natalie's version when looking for today's song! She has such a lovely voice!
Also, I got picked as one of the two "Spotlight Dancers"!! Too cool!

Spotlight Dancers

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My Boy's a teen today!

Happy 13th birthday, Steven! We hope that you have an awesome day!
Mom and Dad

Friday, December 9, 2011

Krishenka's Vintage Treasures: The Vintage Arcade Feature + $29 Giveaway

Krishenka's Vintage Treasures: The Vintage Arcade Feature + $29 Giveaway:   A packed to the rafter’s box of mixed goodies ranging from vintage to the unusual. Some of the bits-N-bobs included are - vintag...

I've entered this giveaway, and thought that I'd share the link with you all, too!!! What an awesome box of goodies~~!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Little Silver: The Stolen Souvenir (CD Review) and Interview!

Little Silver is a band made up of the husband and wife duo of Steve Curtis and Erika Simonian. They recently debuted their recording of The Stolen Souvenir on their Record Park label.  Let me give you a little more about their history in music! Erika's been a one decade veteran of of NYC's songwriter circle, with a Lilith Fair appearance and praise from The NY Times under her belt.  Steve's one of the founding members of the acclaimed band Hem. With Hem, he sold over 85,000 records world-wide, and performed all over. This couple is definitely not new to the music scene!! Little Silver's band includes Ray Rizzo on drums (Dawn Landes, Doveman) and David Tarica on bass (Mia Riddle). Hem's trademark jewel box lullabies are a central feature of Little Silver;s sound. Little Silver also reaches out, venturing into the experimental and rock-and-roll-terrain.

The Stolen Souvenir was co-produced by Phil Palazzolo and mixed by Brandon Eggleston, They're currently preparing for touring on both coasts, and will be back in the studio during the fall of 2011 to put together a long-playing record. I reviewed Little Silver's EP.  I really enjoyed all of their songs, of which there is five on the current EP, which you can purchase through iTunes!  I was really surprised to hear "Irene, Goodnight", reminded me of the old song, "Good night, Irene". Their other songs are: "Sleep Till Morning", "Where We Met", "Food From The Cow", and last but not least, the title song, " The Stolen Souvenir". I was driving around between appointments one days when I was listening to it in my car, definitely enjoying the drive hearing their music! Should I pick a favorite song or tell you that I seriously recommend all of the songs!

Steve and Erika's title song from the EP The Stolen Souvenir had some collaboration with Nina and Peter 
in the making of a video for the song. I found it to be quite interesting, and will be sharing the link to it for you to see!! This song is about a kind of special secret thing, the stolen souvenir is a something just out of sight, just barely perceptible, but important in some way that you maybe don't totally understand! (Some things to look for the video: the camera pans past a 1920's photo of one of Steve's music teachers, in the hills outside Kathmandu, and the video ends with a fanatical postcard (with a beloved family recipe for grilled chicken!).

Now, onto my interview with Steve Curtis and Erika Simonian:

1)  Me:   Hi Steve, Erika.  Congrats on being new parents! Have you thought about writing and recording a song for your baby daughter?

Steve and Erika:    Thank you so much . I have thought a lot about this as she's a constant love generator- it seems my heart is some never-ending motor. However, it's a tricky thing, capturing that divinity without sounding cliche. We're always searching for that balance and trying new ideas out.
Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) has struck that balance in the most beautiful way that I've heard  lately, a song called "I've Never Loved Someone".

"I've Never Loved Someone"
And might I mention that I don't officially know if this is a song about her child, but it sure sound like it to me!

2) I enjoyed watching the video for "Stolen Souvenir"! Have you thought about writing another song for Peter and Nina to create video?

Steve and Erika: We'd loooove to work with them again. That was a serious amount of work for them, so we're trying to let sometime pass before we approach them again.

3) How long has Little Silver been together, and now did you come up with the name for your band?

Steve and Erika: Little Silver has been together for perhaps two years, though we only really decided to record and play shows last year. And Little Silver is the name of the town where I was raised in New Jersey. As long as I can remember, we celebrated the name of the town. My mom even got printed us up t-shirts when we were 7 and 8 years old that read "I LOVE LITTLE SILVER" in kind of stiff, felt lettering. So, when we were trying to decide on a band name, Steve kept saying, "What about Little Silver?" I sort of couldn't hear it fresh, having heard it so many times in my life, writing my address, etc. It's sort of like saying, "How's St. Louis? Or Tallahassee? Actually, comet think of it, those sound pretty cool. Up for grabs, people!

4)  Were either of you musically trained?

Steve? You can answer this one. The short answer for me, Erika, is "no". Steve: "nothing that translates dirtily to writing the sort of music we are interested in with LIttle Silver; that's more just a function of lots of time spent listening and playing. But when I was a music major in the broadest liberal-arts-sense (totally loved it), and took all manner of music lessons growing up since a young age (piano, bass, orchestra, then finally guitar, mostly totally loving all of it :))."

5) Any thoughts of doing a tour around the USA next year in the South and Mid-West?

Steve and Erika: Heck Yes! We're working on it, and with Hazel in tow.

And one more thing, thanks for the opportunity to interview you, Erika and Steve!

Steve and Erika: Oh, thank YOU, We appreciate it!

Now for some links where you can find out more about their band and their music!!

Little Silver's website

Facebook page


My Space

LIttle Silver "Stolen Souvenir" Video


Disclosure: I was given a copy of the cd in order to facilitate my review from Sneak Attack Media. The opinions expressed by me are my own! Honesty is everything!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Holiday shopping!

We pretty much got ours out of the way for the little family of three that we are in the past month and have been using some of the items already. I'm torn between mall or specialty store shopping, and shopping online. There are many places that I love to visit and look at when we go to Orlando and look at FL Mall and Mall at Millienia. Places like Crate and Barrel (we absolutely love to look at their kitchen and pots and pans and other accessories), The Sony Store, (for techy stuff, usually way above our means! ), The Apple Store (I'm such an Apple Fangirl ---Can I say that at 49? Definitely can!) , and those are to name a few at Mall of Millienia!

 FL Mall--- well, I could stay there for hours, and get in awe of all of the lovely and enjoyable products there. We usually come in at the M& M's entrance to the mall, and the head past Harry and David's. Absolutely love buying their soup mixes! Son and hubby love their truffles!!  Then, we usually check out Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, the Apple Store, and I go to Sephora and Lush. If we know that a particular friend of our is working, we stop by Teavana to say hi and to make a purchase. Then, it's off to look at the clothing stores for teen males.

There's a Best Buy in each of those mall areas, and we'll drive over to them to check out stuff that we're into: Steve- computers/ Mac products, Steven-usually found playing on and looking at mostly X-Box games and sometimes Wii, and last but not least me, Barb---I'm usually into iPhone supplies, iPad supplies, dvds and blu-rays, iPods, and music---and sometimes new audio/visual stuff.

I think that I'll be saving more next year from surveys and swag bucks and blogposts, to pay for Christmas out on non-household money or credit cards. I love the fact that you have use paypal on,, and Etsy!!! Seriously wish that would, too!

I'm big on using gift cards, especially for places that we go or places that we eat at! So much easier than throwing the item on a credit card or carrying a bunch of cash around.  I would love to know your thought and ideas on saving money during the holidays. Do you use credit card, paypal, cash, or check or debit or gift cards? Let me know in a comment.


Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday, and you know where I'm not!

It's Black Friday, and you can obviously tell where I'm not!  Between all of the chaos at the malls and even WalMart and Best Buy and Target, I'm glad that I was earning money last night, instead of standing in line forever trying to buy stuff for a deal, that would sell out before you got into the store.

I suggest that you do your purchases on line through the Etsy stores! I'm mentioning that since I know that a few of my followers are Etsy store owners of varied products,  and I would like for them to step up and post a link on the comment section to their easy stores, if you don't mind!! In your comment, tell briefly what you sell, and post a link to the Etsy store!!  Seriously, I mean it, I'd love to share about you all! And even if you have an Artfire store, post if, too.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I just wanted to wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Addendum to yesterday's post

After talking with my Dad about Thanksgiving & trying figure plans for lunch that day, I talked with my husband. So, now, the four of us, Dad, Steve, Steven and I are going to have Thanksgiving meal together.
Even though it will be a holiday meal, I'm still going to be watching my carbs and calories. I found a wonderful app for the iPad on iTunes called Calorie Counter, and believe it or not, it's free! I've been trying to keep track of my food, calories, carbs, fats, weight, and exercise with this lovely app! I've lost about 5 pounds in the past two weeks, since I started using Calorie Counter!


Disclosure: I downloaded the app from iTunes on my own, and was not compensated or asked by the company to do so. The opinions about the app are my own, and I just wanted to share my opinion about it!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Meet Me On Monday!

Another installment of Meet Me On Monday questions and answers!!!!

1.  I wish I had more time to _________?
2.  What is your favorite kind of soup?
3.  Where will you eat Thanksgiving dinner? 
4.  What is your favorite time of day?
5.  Did you start Christmas shopping yet?

1) I wish I had more time to _______?
I wish that I had more time in a day to read more!!! I have tons of hardbound books that I still need to read, along with books on the family Nook Color and on my iPhone and iPad. I'm always bringing something with me to read at doctors' appointments (of which I have too many these days) or in the car on a drive to Orlando when hubby's driving! I've also got audiobooks on my iPod to listen to!
I wish that I had more time to do some of my crafts! I used to crochet and do counted cross-stitch, but I always seem to forget about them when I have a moment to myself!

2) What is your favorite kind of soup?
I have a hard time answering this one!  It depends on the occasion and where I am and how I'm feeling! If I'm not feeling good, a classic from my childhood comes to mind---- chicken and stars!!!
If I'm at Panera's, then I've got to get my cheese and broccoli soup. I absolutely love potato soup at home, when Steve makes it! And if I'm at La Cellier at the Canada Pavilion, then I've got to have the cheese soup!!!

3) Where will you eat Thanksgiving Dinner?
Okay, so bear in mind that this is not my usual answer for this question, that it's applying to this Thanksgiving only! I've got to work this Wednesday and Thursday nights, and will be sleeping those afternoons. My Dad's down here now, and it doesn't look like he'll be going to my sister's house in Orlando. So, while hubby and son plan to go to the car show that day in Orlando, I'm aiming to have a Thanksgiving meal with my father out! Then, I'll come home and get some sleep! We definitely aren't the conventional family for Thanksgiving this year!

4)What is your favorite time of the day?
It's really hard to say, unless I'm on a day off! Then, I'd say, when hubby and son are at work and school, and I have a semi-quiet house to myself with the feathered babies! I also like the evening when they're home, and we're all together!!

5)Did you start your Christmas shopping yet?
For the 3 of us, yes! For the rest of the family, no! I need to work on Christmas cards this week!


Monday's Music Moves Me : The Muppets: Ode To Joy

Sunday, November 20, 2011

MyOwnPet Balloons (Sponsored Post)

 I'm sure that many of you have pets or had pets as a child! I had dogs as a child, and now have birds as an adult. When you have a pet, you create a special bond with loyalty and friendship with it.  With MyOwnPet Balloons, children can use their imagination and play with their pet dog or penguin or horse, or even a dinosaur!  Canines for Disabled Kids, a mom-profit organization, is helping children with disabilities gain independence and participate more fully in society.  This meaningful interaction helped inspire the MyOwnPet Balloon line, Right now, for every MyOwnPet Balloon purchased, $5 will go directly to help Canines for Disabled Kids. Here's the link to the site:MyOwnPet Balloons


Disclosure: I was given the information in which to facilitate a post from MyOwnPet Balloons, and no compensation was received. The opinions expressed were my own.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ozma of Odds ---check out her giveaway!

Rosemary over at Ozma of Odds is having a dreamy giveaway! Stop over there and check it out!


Winner of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil giveaway

Congrats to ZuZu, who won the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil giveaway! You now have 48 hours as of the e-mail that I just sent you to respond back.


Five Question Friday

Okay, so here's another way that you learn about me... Five Question Friday, I've decided to do the Five Question Friday started by My Little Life ! Here goes!!

1. Do you have a go to song that always puts you in a good mood?

2. Are you a real Christmas tree kinda person or do you go with a real fake one?

3. What are you thankful for?

4. Which fashion fad from the past do you wish you could wear today?

5. Do you wait until the "low fuel" light comes on before you fill up the gas tank?

1) Do you have a go to song that always puts you in a good mood? 
My current songs that fit that category are: "Last Friday Night" sung by the Glee cast and "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz!  Seriously, any Disney theme park music will get me in a good mood!

2) Are you a real Christmas tree kins person or do you go with a real fake one?
 I have to tell you a quick story! In 1995, after hubby and I moved to Brevard County, we lived in an apartment. Our spare bedroom was our junk and computer room, and we couldn't put the tree in the living room! We had our birds and their cages in the family room, and I had this crazy thought that our oldest Quaker parrot Woody would be climbing the real tree if we put it in the same room as the birds. So, it went in our large bedroom. We both got so sick with allergy problems due to whatever the real tree gave off. I love the smell of them, but we can't ever have one again! So, ever since then, we have had a real FAKE tree!

3) What are you thankful for?
I am thankful for my husband and my son, my bird babies (Woody, Doc, Trouble, and Shrek), and for my family and friends Also, our health, though we've all three had some issues in the past year. I'm thankful for my Dad, that he moved to our county, and is closer to us. 

4) Which fashion fad from the past do you wish you could wear today?
 I think that I would pick three things, but not to wear together!!! I loved my Reeboks aerobic sneakers from in the 80's! (And no, I don't have them any more!) They remind me of the days of aerobic exercise classes in college!
 I also wish that i could wear bell-bottom pants and a tie-dye t-shirt!

5) Do you wait until the "low fuel" light comes on before you fill up the gas tank?
Oh no!!!! Never!!! I get anxious about my tank being low! I don't want to have to call AAA to come and fill my tank somewhere! The "low file" light thing is something that my husband does, and it absolutely drives me crazy, especially when he does it to my car!!!

Well, I hope that you all enjoyed reading my answers to the questions, and hope that you decide to join in on  My Little Life and her Five Question Friday!!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Just a quick one to let you all know that the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil giveaway ends on 11/18/11! For some crazy reason or another, I had one date at the top of the giveaway and another at the bottom! It's definitely through on Friday morning at 12:01 a.m. EST!


Monday, November 14, 2011

Meet Me On Monday!

Okay, so I decided to be brave and answer a few questions about myself, and do the Meet Me On Monday questions!

1) Does your family/friends know about your blog?

Not many of either do! Obviously my hubby and our ALMOST 13 yr old son do, and so does my father who's living locally these days. My sister in DE knows, and I did tell an aunt of mine in FL. A few co-workers know (Hey Teressa!), and some of my friends in the Disney community do. Believe it or not, my sister in Orlando doesn't know!

2) What is your favorite card game?

Solitaire, though I can play it on my iPod, I have forgot over the years how to set it up when playing with regular cards. Technology changes things for us!

3)What do you wear to bed?

Oh boy! Due to "hot flashes" off  and on, it varies! Lately, either one of my Disney nightshirts (they're about knee length!), or a comfy sleep shirt and pj bottoms with stripes or Disney characters or pj shorts. Can you tell that I love Disney stuff?

4)What is you favorite kind of French Fry?
At home... The Publix Extra Crispy ones in the oven.  At a restaurant... I would have to say that my husband and I both have agreed that the fries (regular shape) at The Cheesecake Factory in Orlando at Mall at Millennia are the best, and those are my ultimate favorites!!!!

5)What is your usual bedtime?

That is a hard question to answer! Since I work the 11pm to 7am shift 72 hours a pay period, I have a little bit of a weird sleep schedule, to say the least! 11: 30 am or noon, if I worked the night before, and am working that night. If I'm off, I try to keep my husband's sleep schedule and go to bed when he does.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway! (Ends 11//18/11)

I love to bake, and my husband and son love to eat treats! I like to find new recipes and different items to use in my baking. My guys love chocolate and they love cookies.
 I was given the opportunity to try Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil recently. I really like coconut, and couldn't wait to use it! Because it's warm here in my area of FL right now, my jar was more of a semi-liquid when I was using it. I looked through the many recipes for Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, and saw quite a few that caught my eye! I almost picked a smoothie, but realized that I didn't have the other ingredients in the pantry or fridge for it! Another day! I ended up choosing to make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, a recipe submitted by Fran from Toronto, Canada. 

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Preheat oven to 350°F degrees. Grease cookie sheet(s) with additional coconut oil. Set aside.
Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Mix the wet ingredients in separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
Roll dough into small balls, flatten and place on prepared cookie sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 18-24 minutes. Remove from sheets to wire rack to cool.
You can also add raisins if you like.
Recipe submitted by Fran, Toronto, Canada

At first, when I saw how my cookies turned out, I wasn't sure what hubby and son were going to think. I was baking them while they were at a function. When they came home that evening, they got the chance to try them, and they liked the way that they tasted! I baked them for about 20 minutes, though next time, I'm probably going to bake them for only 18 minutes.  There are many recipes on their site for the use of their coconut oil, from smoothies, to baked goods, and entrees! The oil doesn't have to be stored in the refrigerator, and it has a long shelf-life. Awesome! I liked using it, and I plan to try other recipes in the near future!

Dough before baking!

Cookies after baking!!


 Disclosure: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Publish Post

Monday, November 7, 2011

Sorry for no posts in past few days!

I've been exhausted the past few days!  I ended up with a sinus infection and a headache to match, and ended up on a few days of steroids and an antibiotic. I kept dragging myself to work, though Thursday, if they could have got me coverage for my shift, I would have stayed home. I think that I laid around the house after my doctor appointment and lunch with hubby Friday afternoon. Saturday, I got a call from my Dad, and he told me that one of my uncles had died that morning. We've been expecting that it would happen in the past two weeks. He had had prostate cancer with mets.  I'll miss you, Uncle Bob!  I can still hear him from when I was younger, and my brother and I would got up to visit him and my Aunt Ina every other summer, and then go to visit my Aunt Anne and Uncle Max. They were into co-ops and trying health-oriented stuff back then. I'll never forget trying the sugar-free sno-cones that my Aunt Ina made one summer, and going to places around MD with them.

I went to an endocrinologist for the first time this morning, for a Vitamin D deficiency. The doctor asked me about why I was there, I responded that my primary had sent me. I guess that he thought that I had self-referred! I had told him about an article that I had read in a magazine months ago that had to do with a correlation between Vitamin D and restless legs syndrome and fibromyalgia. I had a low level around 25.
I unfortunately had to mention about my rising HgbA1C. I'm not sure how to put that into layman's terms, but it has to do with a measure of a blood glucose level in the life span of hemoglobin (~120 days). I ended up being placed on a diabetic med, and told to lose some weight with exercise (Julie from Momspective---I know that I keep saying that I've got to get son to teach me how to use the Wii), and to watch my diet. No blood sugar checks with lancets for now. I have some lab work due in a month.  My endocrinologist also felt what he thought was a nodule on my thyroid, and he has me getting a thyroid ultrasound this week. (Bear in mind, I went to this appointment after working last night, and after trying to get my son to school before I went there! ) I left the appointment feeling a bit overwhelmed, to say the least! I'm ok now, though! I was just tweeting with Beth from  The Angel Forever blog about diabetes recently, like, last week, and she had mentioned something about a campaign going on in November for Diabetes awareness.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Book Review: "Expresso for Your Spirit: Hope and Humor for Pooped-Out Parents by Pam Vredevelt

As parents of an almost teenager, we have definitely found that parenting is not easy and can be overwhelming at times! "Expresso for Your Spirit"'s author Pam Vredevelt talked of the struggles that parents go through and of the tears that are shed. The "expresso" that she mentioned in the book was encouragement for parents to continue on, though the energy may be gone and the mind may be weary.
I liked that she talked about her son Nathan, who has  Down's Syndrome, off and on throughout the book, and the challenges that she went through as parent with him.  I don't want to give too many details away, but I liked the airplane trip and the not-so-friendly woman in the seat near them!

The stories varied, from children having a hard time with a bully, and the son and mom discussing the problem and the boy becoming great friends with him, to another boy losing his best friend moving away and seeing him again years later.  There were stories with daughters, too, and though I don't have a daughter, I could relate to some of them! It really didn't matter what age the child was or whether or not the parent was married or single, there was hope and encouragement throughout the book. My "expresso" was reading the bible verses and the cute quotes or comments! It was a thoroughly delightful read, and once I sat down to read it, I was able to read it in an afternoon. I need to mention that there were questions in the back of the book, for a book group to go over together. I highly recommend this book!  I loved it!


Disclosure: I was given an E-copy of the book by Blogging for Books in order to facilitate my review. the opinions expressed were my own.

Monday, October 31, 2011

MUsic Moves Me Monday:Sesame Street: G

I was looking for a Glee song, and I stumbled upon Sesame Street! I've been a fan of theirs since 1969!
Here's a cute one to show, if you have young children!

Music Moves Me Monday: "That's How You Know" from Disney's ENCHANTED (Full Clip)

I loved "Enchanted"! Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams were great in this movie, and Amy's got an awesome voice!


Music Moves Me Monday: Jason Mraz - Make it Mine (Music Video)

He's one of my favorites and so is this song! I wanted to include a mellow song this morning, since it's a bit
overcast here today and it was raining earlier!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Quick update on Steve's knee

As you know, Steve had his right knee arthroscopy Monday afternoon. He's doing awesome, and went back to work on Friday morning! He still has some surgical swelling, but that is to be expected. He went to physical therapy a few times this week, and gave up on using crutches after the first day.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hanes Virtual Comfort Package

I'm sitting here today, thinking that it would have been my mother's 75th birthday, 10/27/11. (She passed away in '98 from what had originally been breast cancer in '85 and had metastasized to cancer of the lymph of the lung in '96.) It is very appropo that I'm doing this post on sharing information with you about Hanes' Facebook app. It's a new Facebook app in which you can share comfort, by sending a virtual Comfort Package. Hanes Pink Tab on Facebook  is where you can start creating a Virtual Comfort Package, for free, and send it to friends and family.

What I really like about this is that for every Virtual Care Package that is sent, Hanes will donate $1, up to $25, 000, to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. That will help to promote early breast cancer detection and to help those in need get mammograms.  I went to the site Hanes Pink Tab on Facebook, and created a Virtual Comfort package for my friend Karisse, who had breast cancer herself at a young age. I added a pink t-shirt, some music and a note to her package. You can add up to 6 items, including a recipe, a video, a t-shirt, and some music.  Then, send the virtual package via Facebook. You can post about sharing this site via Facebook and spread the word to others about this fantastically awesome Virtual Care Package! This can make someone's day, and give them support and caring thoughts, letting you know that you're thinking of them!

You can also watch videos of Hanes employees who have been affected by breast cancer. I went to the Words of Comfort Wall, and posted a comment, "May we find a cure in my lifetime." It is a section where we can leave thoughts and words of encouragement for those who have been touched by this disease!

This Virtual Comfort Package is one of many  ways that Hanes contributes to breast cancer awareness, which they have been doing for a long time. And one more fact to ponder, Hanes has made cash and in-kind donations totaling $1,000,000 since 2009, and is donating up to $25,000 to NBCF this year. So, please stop at Hanes Pink Tab on Facebook, and create your own virtual comfort package to send to a friend or loved one!


Disclosure: I'm a member of the One2One Network and I was given the information in order to facilitate a post in this campaign. In posting, I am eligible for a prize drawing.  The opinions expressed in this post are my own!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 is a very interesting way of creating your own page where the links to all your online networks are on one page! I created one awhile ago, and am sharing it with you now. I connected my Twitter, My blog's Facebook page, and  my blog all on one page. You can pick the background (or if I can remember correctly, download a pic for your background) for your page. You can pick fonts and colors, pretty much customizing your page! Then, add what online networks to want to your page! I didn't add a whole lot, and it's still a work in progress. It's free and when you sign up for, you can get Moo Cards with your information on them for free (you pay shipping and handling).
Here's the link to mine: Barb S.'s .  Go to , and create your own!


Disclosure: I'm a member of BzzAgent, and I was given information in which to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Music Moves Me Monday: Kenny G - Songbird

One of my favorite instrumentalists from the 80's, Kenny G! I love this song! Enjoy!

Music Moves Me Monday: Men At Work - Down Under [Marathonrock Germany 1983 HD]

Another 80's group, of course!

Music Move Me MondayiConcerts - Toto - Africa (live)

I'm feeling in an '80's mood, so I figured that I'd post some early 80's music! Toto!


Surgery Today for Hubby

There will be a few posts coming in the next few days! I was in a bit of a "blue funk" last week, on pins and needles waiting to find out if I was going to get last night off from work due to hubby's surgery today.  On Saturday, I found out that there was coverage for my shift for last night! Whew! He's having a right knee arthroscopy soon.  He's going to be off of work till probably Friday, and he starts PT tomorrow morning.


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Defiant 4X4s !!

Hey Moms and Dads ( and Aunts and Uncles and Grandparents)! If your son or grandson is into cars and trucks, of the toy kind, you've got to scope out the Defiant 4X4s. Defiant 4X4s are mini motorized 4X4s, and they can take on a challenge!  *Where were these when my son was younger?*  I am amazed how how they can ride through sand, over rocks, and up tracks that your child sets up! Pocket-sized Defiant 4X4s  have real gears for POWER, SPEED, and FREE-WHEELING ACTION! (Now did that catch your attention?)

They have modular playsets that your child can use to customize and make into their own awesome 4X4s layout. There are endless possibilities!!! Each set can connect with another playset of theirs.
Defiants BlitzForce military-themed vehicles and playsets honor the spirit of freedom and power that kids love! The fist round of over  50 collectible styles for 2011 began to arrive in stores this past summer . And If I forgot to mention, the 4X4s require two AAA batteries!  They will be on sale at Target for $5.99 through 11//15/11.

I do have a few links to share with you about Defiant 4X4s!  Your son will be glued their home page watching the video!
Defiant 4X4s home page

The You Tube VIdeo link on Defiant 4X4s  

My take on this: Though I haven't seen these other than online, I like them, from what I've read and seen. They do sound like a lot of fun, and they are on sale!!


Disclosure: I was given information of the product One2One Network ---of which I am a member--  in order facilitate a blog spot, of which will be entered in to a drawing. The opinions expressed were my own!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


As you all know, I live in FL, and have for over 36.5 years. Which means that I haven't seen a decent leaf-changing situation in at least 37 years! Very frustrating! Our leaves tend to turn as you all up north and out west are having your winter weather, it seems. I've seen red leaves on trees along the Beachline, heading towards Orlando, in December, and sometimes even January. Sad!
Well, this week the weathermen on the Orlando channels have been telling us about cooler weather this week, where we will be going into the 50's at night. I'm living for it!! I definitely want cooler temps! The above pic is of my husband and our son, after a warm day at Epcot about 2.5 weeks ago. I know that they were sweaty in that picture!  It was a warm day, in the 80's. Unfortunately, since I had a migraine that afternoon from the heat, I didn't get to join them at MK later that evening---when it was a little bit cooler.

I'd love to hear about your area during this time of the year! Leave me a comment!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Member's Mark 4X Probiotic : 2 Week Follow-Up

Hi! As I mentioned two weeks ago, I was going to be trying Member's Mark 4X Probiotic and give a report back to you after I'd been on it for a bit. At first, I wasn't sure what to think, I was bloating a little, but it wasn't Auntie Flo time! I was trying to rule out if I'd had something to eat that was aggravating me or not. Looking back, it was my body adapting to the probiotics working in my digestive system! I can't remember the last time I'd felt truly regular with my bowel movements prior to the probiotics!  They honestly work, I've gone every day (and sometimes twice a day), without constipation or diarrhea!!!! Woohoo! That is honestly a good thing for me, with the 18.5 years of off and on constipation or diarrhea from the IBS! Less Librax!!

If you have issues with digestive health, I definitely recommend this product!! It's worked for me, and as a woman and a RN, I'm quite happy with it! I can take with my meds first thing in the morning, after breakfast! If you want to read some other posts on the Probiotics from other bloggers from Collective Bias, then stop on over to Digestive Health For Me, and go to the forum! Member's Mark 4X Probiotic is available at  Sam's Club.


DISCLOSURE: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias . The opinions and thought expressed within this post are my own!

Friday, October 14, 2011


Have you ever got into a book and the detailing was incredible? The Realms Thereunder is one of this books. Ross Lawhead has a way with words, describing his characters and the places they go in such detail, that you can feel that you are a part of the book! The two main characters, Freya Reynolds and  Daniel Tully, are an unusual match. Freya's a university student with OCD and she loves myth and folklore. Daniel's living on the streets and waging a war with enemy, one of which he can only identify!
Daniel and Freya were involved in a situation in another world when they were younger, disappearing from a field trip and ending in another area back at home many days later. Neither one really wanted to talk about it when they ran into each other in present day. Together, they would be able to unite and deal with a new present day adventure from the mythical world, in the British Islands. 

I liked the book and the characters, though sometimes I got too caught up in trying to pronounce the characters from The Mystical World, Ecgbryt and Swidgar, to name a couple! The Realms Thereunder definitely kept my interest, though with my crazy work schedule and homelife, it took me a couple of months to read! It's definitely great read, and I would definitely suggest this book for young adults and adults to read, if they are into mythical worlds reaching into reality!!!! I really can't think of any similar books to come it to. It's 377 pages long, and in an average size print paperback. Book Two in this Ancient Trilogy comes in September 2012. Enclosed is a link for the book on Amazon:  The Realm Thereunder

I was given this book through BookSneeze in order to facilitate a review! The opinions expressed were my own!!


Monday, October 10, 2011

Music Moves Me Monday: The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

The last one that I'm sharing in the trio today! I wanted to find a decent Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody (I'm watching Glee Season 1 dvds this afternoon, and Bohemian Rhapsody was one of the songs sung!), but no luck! Found this one, and thought that you all would be humored!

Music Moves Me Monday: Glee Cast - Lucky (Glee Cast Concert Version)

This song makes me think about my husband! I love it!

Music Moves Me Monday: Glee Cast - Somewhere (Glee Cast Version)

I love this song and wanted to share it with you all! It's a very nice song, and of course another song from Glee!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Digestive Health, Not a Taboo Topic! Member's Mark 4X Probiotic! #cbias

Digestive health is definitely a topic that I never thought that I'd discuss online, though I'm a RN and I deal with all sorts of problems with that in the geriatric population! I have had what is called irritable Bowel Syndrome for about 18.5 years. It started when I was working the 11pm to 7 am shift at a hospital back in '93. I was working crazy hours, and eating what I would now call lousy. I had begun to lose some weight, which I thought was okay, even though I was constantly walking the halls at the hospital. When the nausea and diarrhea started the kick in, I started not to feel so great. The opposite side of the bowel situation hit me, too, with bouts of constipation. I ended up having to go to a gatroenterologist for it, and he performed only the upper endoscopy procedure. Afterwards he told me that I had GERD and IBS, and I needed to watch what I ate. I think that I got a list from him on the do's and don'ts, but that was so long ago.

I thought that I could eat out with my husband back then at restaurants, but as soon as I'd ate something, I would being running to the restroom, and my food would be running out the lower end, undigested.  I got to know where restrooms where in different places, pretty much, due to what the foods would do to me! Sad, but true. I got put on Librax, but it was only a temporary fix, and that only "helped " with the abdominal cramping that would occur. I still suffer with IBS to this day, but it depends on what I've had to eat or drink, and the amount of sleep I've had. Cafffeine and fried foods really set it off.

I just started taking Member's Mark 4X Probiotic this morning, after breakfast. I hoping that I will have less bloating and a more balanced bowel system after using this for awhile. The past 18.5 years haven't exactly had a balanced bowel system for me!

There is a Twitter party going on October  5th from 9 to 10 pm EST, and you can participate and win products or gift cards. Here's the RSVP link for the Twitter Party:  Digestive Health Twitter party.

For more information and for more blog posts on digestive health, go to Digestive Health.  And here's another link for  Member's Mark 4X Probiotic

I will be giving you an update on this product and how it works for me in the upcoming weeks.

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as a part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. The opinions expressed were my own!

Monday, October 3, 2011

OOPS! My bad!

Oops! My bad! I guess that I can't count, when I'm tired! I mentioned trio of songs this morning, and forgot that I had posted 4 songs for the Music Moves Me Monday---not 3! Oh well, I hope that you all enjoyed them!


Music Moves Me Monday! Katy Perry - Firework

Our son's whole 6th grade sang this song back in May, prior to leaving elementary school! The 3rd song in the trio of songs for you all today!

Music Moves Me Monday---Artie - Safety Dance - Glee

Kevin McHale dances great in this video, and he does have an awesome voice! I remember the original song! Enjoy!!

Music Moves Me Monday~~Steven Curtis Chapman - Live Out Loud

He's one of my very favorite Christian musicians! Steve and I were blessed to see him playing some music at at Dennis Rainey Marriage conference a few years ago with some of our friends!! I've loved his music ever since '02 and that conference! We also saw him read during a Candlelight Ceremony at Epcot in the past 3 years!!! I love his music and this is one of my favorite SCC songs!

Music Moves Me Monday~~Jason Mraz - Make It Mine (US Video Version)

One of my favorite songs of Jason Mraz'!! It'a bit jazz/pop!! I love his music (just as much as I love Steven Curtis Chapman's music!) Hope that this gets your Monday and week going !

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Hellmann's Chicken Challenge---Parmesan Chicken Vs. ?

There are many evenings in my household when we are trying to figure out what to do with chicken for dinner!   I really like that Hellmann's can transform your chicken into a juicy and tasty chicken meal! Right now they have Hellmann's Chicken Challenge currently going on at, with the Parmesan Crusted Chicken going head-to-head with other tasty,juicy chicken recipes! Parmesan Crusted Chicken has only 4 ingredients and 4 simple steps, and it's definitely family-friendly!
Each week during the challenge, you can cast your vote for your favorite chicken recipe there, and then stop over and enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of four $250 grocery gift cards each week! How awesome is that? So, go on over to Hellmann's Chicken Challenge, and cast you vote! While you are there, check out some of the chicken recipes!

Disclosure: I'm a member of the One2One Network, and was given information order to facilitate my post. In posting, I'm entered for a chance to win a gift card.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Another Music Moves Me Monday song!!! Glee Cast - Loser Like Me (Glee Cast Version)

Monday, Monday, oh what a day!

I just had to share the Michael Franti & Spearhead song "The Sound Of Sunshine" with you all again! It came to my mind after my son left for school, and I was trying to get motivated (especially after working last night!). Sometimes I just need to hear a song on a day off,  after a long and crazy night at work! It calms our birds and gets me feeling good! I'm thinking about watching some Glee shows later on, while I have the house to myself! Maybe even paint my fingernails! And of course do some cleaning or laundry! What mom doesn't do laundry? I don't see any hands raised out there! :O)

I try to catch some tv some night before I go to work after hubby and son have gone to bed, but that wasn't the case last night! Son snuck into the family room, and decided that he would forego a bit of sleep and choose to catch a bit of PanAm. We watch some ABC shows, and have seen the commercials for PanAm. I didn't think that it would be a show that son would want to watch. Boy, was I wrong! He watched a bit of it with me before I left (whew, the captains were so cute!!), and I recorded it on the dvr. After I got home this morning while he was getting ready for school, we watched some of it, and will probably finish it tomorrow morning. The show's definitely interesting, and definitely retro! Is that the theme this fall? Retro, for both PanAm and The Playboy Club? We haven't seen the later show.

Steve's right knee (hubby this time!!!) has a torn meniscus, so we are looking at scheduling a same day surgery for him in the next two months. Not fun, he's been in pain and can't do any karate right now.   We are looking to schedule it around my days off, or to take a day off around my every other Friday off.   Hopefully we can plan it soon, I'm trying to sort out my calendar today, for that reason.

Watching a bit of "Alphas" this morning,  Gary's my favorite character, he's so cool! I don't think that I follow their show on twitter yet. I'm still bummed about having to wait till 2012 to watch the final shows of Eureka. I have a feeling that I'll have to wait till the summer for it! Man! Sanctuary's coming back on next month, for you SyFy fans out there!! Haven's getting interesting, and the past two episodes have been quite interesting with the Wendigos and with the "Crocker" thing!  Even Dr. Who was good this past weekend, I almost wanted to cry for him!!!


Monday's Music Moves Me.....Michael Franti & Spearhead - The Sound Of Sunshine

Friday, September 23, 2011

#Win @bettycrocker @BTFE Box Tops For Education Prize Pack #Giveaway #myblogspark @MyBlogSpark | Closer to Lucy

#Win @bettycrocker @BTFE Box Tops For Education Prize Pack #Giveaway #myblogspark @MyBlogSpark | Closer to Lucy

I think that using Box Tops for Education is an awesome idea, and we have been saving them for son's schools throughout the past 7 years in public school! They will help to benefit his middle school this year!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I am Definitely Addicted...: Halloween Giveaway

I am Definitely Addicted...: Halloween Giveaway: Hi there! I'm excited about this! There will be a total of 4 prizes for this one! Prize #1... 

China Glaze - Haunting Collecti...

I would love to win one of the prizes! I like China Glaze polishes and I like OPI! The polishes that are in her giveaway are Halloween-type!!!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! (The Bandana Splits CD)

The Bandana Splits CD giveaway ended, and Rafflecopter picked Julie from Momspective!! CONGRATS! Julie, I will be e-mailing you shortly, after I post this! You'll have 48 hours in which to
e-mail me back!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Glitter Toes Kit with one year supply of nail art

I would love nothing better than to have an at home spa day sometime with a group of my friends! I love to paint my fingernails, and every once in awhile paint my toes too!

 Glitter Toes Kit  is an awesome way of trying glitter powder or nail flowers or even Flitter---what I would pick!!! This kit would be perfect to put in a teen or adult woman's stocking at Christmas, for use at a little girl's birthday party, at Halloween, or whenever you feel like using it!!  Right now, they're running a deal for $39 through the enclosed link that I'm sharing with you!   Glitties Link


Disclosure: I was given information from Glitties via Broadcast Bloggers in order to facilitate a sponsored post, and received compensation for the post. The opinions expressed are my own!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Bounce It Off Millions!

How would you like to have a poll used to make a decision for you? Your question could be seen by millions on Bounce's app on Facebook! Bounce is offering you a chance to have millions of Facebook users to help you decide on a choice of your own!! Choose to take a vacation to FL or to TN! Let others help you in making that decision!  How awesome could that be?

Click on Bounce, then go and click on "Bounce it off Millions " on the left side bar of their Facebook page, then submit a choice or a decision in your life that you need help on.  Your question may become part of a poll, which 10's of thousands of Bounce Facebook fans may help you make a decision about!

Bounce will choose 4 of the most interesting polls to be featured in their ad (WOW!!!! I'd love to be in it!!). Which means that your Facebook poll could possibly go out to the Facebook world, and about 150+ million facebook users could be helping you make a decision!!! Who could be that lucky? WOW! The contest on the poll questions ends on September 17th, so enter soon!!! (Example: vacation: to sunny FL or to the mountains in TN)

Bounce fans can also enter the sweepstakes to win two Bounce bars, one for you and the other to give a friend or family member, and 5000 winners will be chosen!!!

I think that this is an awesome idea, and I did submit a couple of ideas!!! Head on over there today, and start a poll! Bounce Facebook page   and Contest Rules  .


I  participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing.  All opinions stated in the post are my own.


They will not be forgotten. Though my family did not lose any family in the attacks on 9/11/01, all of the heroes who lost their lives on that fateful day will not be forgotten. They were heroes.


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Bandana Splits CD Review and Giveaway

The Bandana Splits self-titled album, The Bandana Splits, recently came out, and I got the opportunity to review it.  Annie, Dawn, and Lauren formed their band earlier this year (believe it!), and have recorded a album live with an old RCA ribbon  microphone and Mr. Sam (their producer) played the instruments. These ladies have a retro sound to their music, similar to those of the 50's and 60's!  Their influences were The Ronettes, The Andrew Sisters and The Caravelles. (I was born in the 60's and vaguely remember the Andrew Sisters.) Wondering if they could have played at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with youth  dancing the Shag to their music!  I liked how they harmonized together and the beat of their music. Their album is infused with Motown grooves, Brazilian psychedelia,  and a bit of some classic country. The Bandana Splits   I hadn't really listened to any retro bands recently, but I do like their album! I strongly suggest that you check them out! "Sometimes" is stuck in my head at the moment! "Sometimes", Choo Choo", and "Lavez Vous" are 3 of my favorites!

"Sometimes"  Check out their "Sometimes" video on YouTube!

The Bandana Splits on Facebook

The Bandana Splits on twitter
And if you follow them on twitter, you might get a response back to sign up for their mailing list and get a free download of "Sometimes"!


Check The Bandana Splits out, they have some really unique and catchy music!

Disclosure: I was given a digital copy of the cd in order to facilitate my review by Sneak Attack Media, and the opinions expressed are my own!