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Check out my ETSY shop!!!!
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Saturday, July 31, 2010

A recipe for FUN!!

Start with a HOT sunny day, add some freezing cold water, and combine an inexpensive Slip-n-slide…the results are hours of fun and smiles…

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We spent a week in my husband’s home town visiting with family and going to a small county fair for 5 days straight!  I needed to de-toxify my system after eating greasy and fattening fair food for the week!!  The kids love spending time with cousins that we only see once or twice a year.

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I also wanted to let you know that I am having a MONSTER of a clearance sale of over 100 items from my Etsy shop!!  I need to re-claim my formal dining room space and move out some of the inventory that I have.  Everything is priced way below what I normally sell for on Etsy and some is even priced so low that I am not making anything on it!!  The sale will be next week and I have been marketing it on Facebook but please let me know if you are interested in seeing the items too!  Great Christmas and stocking stuffer gifts, birthday gifts, baby shower gifts so stock up now at these amazing LOW prices!!! Some things have never even been listed before so get them before I sell them on Etsy!!!

Friday, July 16, 2010


For those of you who have followed my blog for at least a year, you may remember that I LOVE garage sales.  It’s not that I need any more STUFF in my house, but it’s the thrill of the hunt that keeps me coming back for more!  I just love finding a great deal.  Recently I found this really cool Little Tykes castle and slide for only $25.00 and that included delivery to my house as it was too big for my minivan!

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It now sits on one of two beautiful stamped concrete patios that a friend put in for us along with the other big awesome Little Tykes garage sale find from last year…

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My kids and neighbor kids hang out there alot.  The other day while I was on the patio I happened to look  behind this castle and spotted this right at Peter’s eye level…can’t believe the kids haven’t found this before me…

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There were MILLIONS of wasps buzzing around there!!!  Isn’t the hive/nest kinda cool looking though!  It would be interesting to know how they do that…I might google it someday!  Well, enter my husband who loves a challenge like this and wasn’t about to pay $150 to have it professionally removed!  Only 2 wasp stings later and the nest is gone and so are the wasps!!

And speaking of garage sales, my kids and I are having one this week(yesterday and today) with a portion of the proceeds going to Mayan Families and Recces’s Rainbow! As much as I love to garage sale, I love to get rid of the accumulation of 7 people’s stuff even more!  Whew…it’s lots of work though!

To see more FFF, please go to Hannah’s blog!  Have a great day!

Friday, July 2, 2010

FFF-Wonderful Vacation!

We just returned from a great 8-day vacation to Historic Williamsburg.  I have to say that I never realized Virginia had so much to offer in the way of history and fun!  We spent the week with my brother and his family so the kids really enjoyed spending time with cousins!

The weekend that we were in Williamsburg, there was a special event…the re-enactment of Cornwallis’ surrender so there were lots of extra historic people to talk to and event from history to see re-enacted.  My kids were able to talk to a slave about what it was like for him, several Red Coat military men, dressmakers and wigmakers of the day and much more!  Hannah has an interest in pharmacy so she loved talking to the doctor running the local apothacary!

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We also spent part of one day at Jamestown..the first permanent English settlement…

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This was one of the 3 replica ships that were the first to arrive in this country in the early 1700’s.  We learned about Pocahontas and her father who helped these early settlers.  This tour really made history come to life!

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 Spent a half day at Yorktown…this is where Cornwallis and the British finally surrendered..ending the war.  This was the camps doctor…

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Grinding corn…

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Doing laundry…

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Unfortunately, the entire time we were there, the temps were in the 100’s with high humidity!  WE ROASTED!!  My poor little Guatemalan man can not handle temps like that…sweat just poured off him!  Luckily we had a week-long pass to Busch Gardens and Water Country USA!!!

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This truly was a wonderful educational and FUN vacation.  If you ever have the chance to visit this part of the country, I would recommend giving yourselves lots of time…we barely scratched the surface of all that there is to see and do in this area.  My kids have learned so much more about the early formation of our country by seeing it first hand and being able to talk to the very knowledgeable actors who played the role of early Americans so well!

I would recommend a ghost tour of the haunted houses of historic Williamsburg…we did this with our older girls only and we all loved it!

One of our favorite places to eat was at Cristina Campbell’s Tavern in Williamsburg…this restaurant was said to be George Washington’s favorite seafood restaurant and much of the same food is still served there today!

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On the steps of the historic tavern/restaurant we ate at…we made reservations 3 weeks in advance…it’s very popular!

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Although we had an amazing time, there’s still no place like home so we were all happy to arrive home safely yesterday!  Ricky even hugged the brick walls of the outside of the house when we arrived home…he really is a homebody so he missed it much more than the rest of us!

Have a safe Happy 4th of July holiday….

Thursday, July 1, 2010


I just returned from a wonderful week-long vacation and I need to get back to business!!  My Etsy shop was closed while I was gone so it’s time to get some sales again!! 

This week’s Thrifty Thursday deal is on over 20 different very cute flower hair clippies.  These are great when used with headbands or beanies and especially adorable worn directly in hair.  Perfect for newborns all the way to women! A perfect photography prop too.  Stock up at this great price…only one of each type available but the more you buy, the more you save with reduced shipping.

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All flowers are 3-5” in diameter and attached to an alligator clip.  Check out these cute hair clips at my Etsy shop.  Stop back tomorrow for vacation photos….