Tuesday, June 30, 2009

365: Fave Links

Today's fave link is www.whichbook.net. A free website that will provide titles and synopsis of books based on your own criteria. You can choose the mood (happy, sad, mysterious, etc.), the gender (male/female), the age, setting, plot, and then click Search.

Now you can go to the library or book store and ask for the exact Title instead of roaming the isles endlessly.

365: Daily Clicks

Now 9 months old

and in the spirit for her first

4th of July Celebration

Monday, June 29, 2009

365: Favorite Links

I am starting a new feature on my blog called Favorite Links. I will be posting some of my favorite sites that I have read about or discovered on my own that serves a purpose.

If there is a link that you would like to nominate, please e-mail me and I will feature it on my next Favorite Links entry.

This week we have a site I read about in Star Magazine at my husband's salon.

The site is www.handmedowns.com. Most moms shop at second hand stores in their area, like I do, and this is an additional source online. Once in awhile, celebrities will hold an auction, and you can purchase their toys, clothing, accessories, etc. Imagine your little girl wearing a hand me down from Suri Cruise (if she has an auction that is)? Some of the known celebrity moms that have held auctions are Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani.

At handmedowns.com you can also donate your items to charity. In addition to Baby Stuff, they sell adult clothing, have job postings, vacation rentals, childcare, and so much more.

Please take the time to check it out and if you have a nominee e-mail me at mommycorn@gmail.com.

Friday, June 26, 2009

My Life In Ruins

In my original post I asked for your votes to review a movie that could/could not wait for DVD, so that you do not spend your money at the Movie Theater during the recession.

I received two votes for "My Life In Ruins". I grabbed my friend Sasha, who was giddy to give me a drive test in her new Nissan, to the movie with me for a 9:20PM showing at The Landmark in Greenwood Village. I heard that it was a new movie theater in the DTC area with all the amenities. The theater has actually been in existance since 2007, but word has not completely hit the ears of Denver.

Entering the Landmark, you feel as though you have stepped into the Lounge of a 4 Star Hotel. Purchased our $12 tickets (includes all you can eat Popcorn & Sodas).

We arrived early and were drawn to the Deluxe bar area slightly to the right hand side of the Entry Door. I had a lovely glass of Penfolds Shiraz. We sat around and caught up on our lives as the tragic news of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson's deaths played in the background on a flat screen TV aired on 20/20. The events of our lives, including the gloomy weather and sad celebrity outcomes was enough to bring anyone down, but I was looking forward to a slapstick comedy to lift our spirits.

We sat down in the lush seats with 10 other pedestrians starving for laughter and awaiting anxiously for the movie to begin. The movie opened up with breathtaking views of Santorini, Greece and, already I was homesick for a country I am not a native of.

Georgia (Nia Vardalos), a teacher who became a tourist guide for Pangloss Tours, yearns to teach the tourists about the architecture and history of Greece vs. the mindless tourism activities such as, shopping for souvenirs and eating ice cream. Her competition is Nikko, the lively tour guide who gives the tourists the cheap thrills they are seeking.

Georgia is in Group B with the rundown bus and accommodations and Nikko is Group A with all the desired ins and outs. Georgia has lost her kefi (Greek for "spirit" "mojo") and is a real drag to her group. She rediscovers the small joys of this country she moved to, for a man, by being "open" to all the possibilities.

The movie started off slow and I was anticipating the shift that would turn this movie into "I peed my pants" moment that Julia Roberts experiences at the Opera in Pretty Woman. Unfortunately, the Opera would have been a lot more bearable than the dialogue and pace of this flick. Maria, Georgia's boss in the movie, adequately states, "You're not funny, stop trying." I felt that sentiment over and over again over the dull 1 hour that I managed to view the movie. I kept falling in and out of sleep several times, and it wasn't because of the time.

Folks, I would not even recommend this movie for DVD.....the Redbox $1 is still too much. If you are absolutely curious wait to get it on their Free Wednesdays promotion. The setting and cast had potential for another Nia Vardalos classic, but fell short every step of the way.

We got up and left before the movie ended, which I have not done in 12 years, and refused to leave without some sort of compensation for my time and broken expectations. I approached the manager, and requested vouchers to a free showing next time around. He obliged without hesitation.

I hope this will help save your money and time from a BORING and NO CHEMISTRY CAST movie in June.

Please save me in July by Posting Your Votes for something a little more worthwhile.

Monday, June 22, 2009

KIDS' DAY

Today I am sharing all things KIDS!
Kate loves Mama's Double Chocolate Muffins early in the morning.



Just because it's summer doesn't mean your kids brain has to fry in the Sun.

Keep them motivated by doing homework and crafts together.

I took this book out from the library, because Ethan is Dinosaur frantic.
We started cartooning together last year and had a blast.
I simply knew he would "flip" over this illustration guide.


We are best at stick figures, so a step-by-step book was perfect for us.

Have fun with it! Art is about interpretation not an exact science.

Artists can either bring the image to life, or they can be a little more "Abstract", like us. Encourage your children to let go of their fears of drawing and just express
themselves the way they know how.



Ethan's interpretation...........





My interpretation...........
We bonded and had a good hour of drawing various Dinosaurs, from T-Rex to the Saber toothed tiger.




HAPPY BIRTHDAY AVENICIO!!!!

You are looking at a picture of a boy who is going to take us into the next millennium with a Genius Invention. It is inspirational the way the mind and curiosity of this 11 year old works.He's taught me about ladybugs, sugar crystals, spiders, geckos, and the list goes on and on. I cannot begin to remember half of them, I just know that he is brilliant.


I am so in love with quilting and the idea that I can create whatever my little heart desires,that I have lined up 6 different projects for myself.
I took the boys on a little scavenger hunt through the quilt shop
and gave them free range to choose a fabric for their own quilt.

Lance chose this lively snake pattern.


Ethan went for the lizards!
He begged me to teach him how to quilt and has been
a huge help to me while sewing.
They were so enthusiastic at the store.


I found this soft pastel fabric that I will be using in a
Yellow Brick Road quilt pattern for my niece to be in September.


Last but not least, I finally had the chance to Shadow a Volunteer at Children's Hospital tonight. It was a slow night in the playroom, but such a treat to meet two girls in their early twenties with such humble personalities, who wanted to volunteer on their nights off, instead of watching mindless television at home. They each have full time jobs,in full time relationships, beautiful, athletic, intelligent, and caring. It was refreshing to see the capable hands of our future generation.






Friday, June 19, 2009

Feature Film Fridays




Times are rough during a recession and we are all pinching pennies to survive. I am here to help! On a monthly basis, I will give YOU the opportunity to vote on which film you would like me to review, so that you don't waste your money on something that can wait for the DVD.

If you are a blogger who cannot wait for my opinion and would like to participate in Feature Film Fridays, choose the flick you will see this month, post a blog of your review by the 26th, and link it to my
Mister Linky!!! We can all help one another out.

I figured Father's Day Weekend was a perfect time to begin.

Here are your choices:

1. My Sister's Keeper (Based on the Novel) starring Cameron Diaz

2. My Life In Ruins starring Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)

3. Imagine That starring Eddie Murphy

4. Year One starring Jack Black

5. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen starring Shia LaBeouf & Megan Fox

6. Unmistaken Child: Documentary which follows the journey of a Tibetan monk

For further info on these titles as well as trailers, please visit The Movie Insider and then come back and vote.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

And the Winner is.......

OK folks....... my fate has come to its culmination
according to the 20 Votes I received!

I will be terminating my life on the...................ZIPLINE!
I was so thrilled to hear about those of you that experienced the Zipline and loved it,
or those of you that have always dreamed of doing it yourselves.

It's never too late my friends. If there is a fear you want or need to conquer, TODAY IS THE DAY! I will be contacting the Zipline Experts on Monday and post the date of my final Hoorah!!!!!


And now for the Winner of the 9x13 Pan That Can Book
(carefully picked out of a box by my six year old)........
drum roll please..............
just in the nick of time with her final vote, glad she stopped by my site
last minute, yes I am speaking of, the One and Only,
The Talented Blogger...........
Congrats Jenna and I hope you enjoy this book from Better Homes & Gardens.


I appreciate all of your comments and concerns for my well being.
I look forward to the day ahead
and I hope you continue to take this journey of LIFE with me.
Have a wonderful weekend and
Happy Father's Day to all the dedicated and loving
fathers out there that are an integral part of the family.

Vote And Win A Book

OK, I still need more votes fellow bloggers.
I only have 14 comments out of the 70 of you that visited yesterday.
Right now it stands at a tie between Water Rafting and The Zipline.
I need a tie breaker! Don't be shy, Leave A Comment on the 100th Blog Post at the end of this page!!!!!
After today, I will announce the winner, so check back tomorrow morning.

For all of you that took the time to vote, Thank You, and I have enjoyed visiting your blogs as well.
Good luck in the Giveaway.

One last note,
Thank You, to Mama Kat for posting a link to my blog on her Prompts yesterday. Please take the time to visit her hysterical site. She is a guaranteed chuckle for the day.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Trips & Tips For Hiking


Today was a glorious day to go for a hike!
My neighbor invited me for a stroll through Mount Falcon Park,
2 Miles outside of Morrison, Colorado.
I read about the fantastic castle ruins,
once the Walker Home,and thought my kids would love it.


THE CHECKLIST
Water/Drinks
Bikes
Sneakers
Sunblock
Hats
Lunch/Snacks
Helmets
Light jackets
Wipes
Diapers
Formula
Kids

The trip started off strong.
Kate was beside herself to face forward and view the world
while holding on tight to her chirping chick,
which we brought along in case we would not
hear or see any real wildlife.

The children hopped on their bikes and rode down the 3 foot path at
raging speeds of approx. 1 1/2 Miles Per Hour.
Instantly, I lost sight of them as I began to holler amongst
the silent nature for all to take in and enjoy.


This is my neighbor Maria, who is NOT posing for this picture......

or this one............


The hike is filled with open fields of seasonal wildflowers and......buzzing bees.

This is Hope! Cute and happy girl riding my son's bike.

Hint to Parents: Do not bring bikes on trails for children under the age of 7,because sweet little girls like Hope and yourself will be carrying them back.Unless you are looking to improve on your cardio and weightlifting.

Before you knew it, we had arrived at the ruins.
The trail is fairly easy......no major inclines and breathtaking views along the way.



This is a photo of the home as it used to be.

This is how it is now.
My fireplace still doesn't look this good.
It was magnificent trying to envision the rooms and layout
of the home, based on what's left behind.


A view of the Red Rocks Amphitheater facing North.

At this point in the hike, Lance, my 3 year old discovered his first ECHO.

"Mom, I said Hiya and the clouds answered me back."

Gold mushrooms along the trail.

After the hike, we settled at a campground and had a picnic.
Kate ate Gummy Bears on a stick.
She was suckling on them until one of them disappeared.


All you Denverites and people visiting Colorado,
I would 100% recommend this hike.It's a short drive and a memorable adventure. Once you arrive at the ruins, there are various narrower and steeper trails that you can take,if you are feeling adventurous.












My Fate In Your Hands

As I was preparing to enter my next post, I realized that this was my
100th Blog Entry! What's a stay-at-home mom of 3 to do?
CELEBRATE of course.

I had a glass of my favorite Zin!

As I sipped, I thought about why I started to blog and how
my ideas and goals have changed over the past 5 months.
I've had my ups and downs, because as a blogger you understand
that it takes a lot of time and consideration
about the content you are going to share with others.
In celebration of my 100th Blog Post,
I am having my first GIVEAWAY, because let's face it,
that's what interests all of us.
Not so fast....you need to earn it first.
I have decided to put my LIFE IN YOUR HANDS!

Below are 4 activities
that I am absolutely TERRIFIED of,
but since this is a BLOG about living with PURPOSE,
I want to conquer my fears and need your HELP!

Please take the time to POST A COMMENT below with a link to your site or e-mail address and vote on the activity and
WHY I should do it.....I need to have AT LEAST 50 Comments
in order for me to Risk My Life.

Go ahead and have some fun at my expense.
When you POST A COMMENT you will automatically be entered for a chance to win the 9x13 The Pan That Can Book (valued at $19.95). It's perfect for working or stay-at-home individuals that don't always have 10 hours to cook a Gourmet Meal.

I will announce the winner once I recieve AT LEAST 50 comments.
You will be notified via e-mail.
Spread the word, hummingbird!





No.1 : The Zipline
I weigh a lot






No. 2: White Water Rafting
I do not know how to swim






No.3: Paragliding
Horrified of heights









No. 4: Hot air ballooning
I cannot believe the FAA approved this.....what do you think?
Do I look like Jay Leno?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fishing In The Rain

"Hear my words,
And listen."
My husband's quote to me this morning!

My words to him,
"Honey, I don't think we should go fishing in the mountains,
it looks awfully cloudy."

His response,
"It will be sunny on the other side."

Songs on the radio included the lyrics,
"Turn this car around"
"Take me home."

No joke!

Even Kate at the age of 8 months seemed concerned.

Down pour, hail, sleet, and yet we forged forward for 2 1/2 hours.
No sun, 40 degree weather, and certainly NO FISHING.

Instead we stopped and ate Pizza at the Pizza Parlor.
1/2 Cheese 1/2 Greek!
Yummy, although I am pretty sure we would've had that
in Denver, where it was currently 86 degree weather.
Sometimes its about the adventure. Right?

The boys got to play PAC-Man and Pinball.
We took JR, who is 13 and Mirela's nephew.
He must have thought we were out of our tiny minds,
but is too polite to say so.
The boys love having him around.



I go to Breckenridge all year long and this was the first time
I noticed this cute little Quilting Store.

I took a picture of this quilt for my friend V on Bumble Beans
because her new hobby are Batiks
and this is a Batik Quilt.
I did purchase a book by Eleanor Burns titled It's "El"ementary.



I was also charmed by this Tepee!
I would love to sew one for the boys
to use in the backyard this summer....
will work on that one and keep you posted.

Breckenridge would not be Breckenridge without a sweet treat.
These cookies were definitely a treat...it took both hands to eat.

To bake cookies at home of this proportion,
use a full sized ice scream scoop to place cookie batter on parchment paper.





What started out as a stormy and unpromising day, ended up quite delightful.
We did have an opportunity to fish for 10-15 minutes between clouds. I couldn't help
compare the grass to my boys hair today....I know I need to get over it.
I am REALLY trying.

Family time is precious no matter where and how you spend it.
Today we had plenty of smiles and happy bellies.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Mohawks

If there was ever a day that you could do over again, what would it be? A split second decision........

I woke up this morning feeling tired, but I needed to get to church on time....Kate's second Sunday since her Baptism. The entire family was supposed to go along, but Lance and Ethan claimed they were "Lazy". Why did I not beg? Why did I not demand their presence? Why? Why? Why?

I left with my little girl and attended a calm and inspiring service. I drove home listening to K-Love music, spiritual and relaxing. I was not going to have anything stop me from making Today "The Day" to change my state of mind and soul. I would run up to my husband and kiss him, and love my children, and neighbor as thyself, and make the Lord happy.


Instead I came home enraged!!! This picture pretty accurately captures my state of being...........



when I saw THIS.........what the $@#! Lord have mercy on me, but right now I am going to kill my husband. Lance rolled around the corner, hollering "Look Mom we got a Mohawk."

Shock, terror, tears, anger, you name it I felt it. What happened to my sweet little boys? There was no way I would be seen in public with these new "rebels of society."


Let's backtrack, my husband is the one with the brilliant idea of giving the boys a Mohawk, but we never absolutely agreed on it. The boys were excited, but not absolutely certain. The word sounded cooler than the actual look of it.

While I was in church, my husband took the liberty and gave it to them. If I only would have taken the boys with me, I would still be in a place of Zen right now.

I know what you are thinking, "It's only hair........yes, I would normally agree......." Today, I will say that their hair means everything to me...I WANT IT BACK!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!

I am considering wigs, maybe a RASTA HAT with the attached dreads, hair club for tots, just not this. This is not why I was in labor for 24 hours. I can handle the boys experimenting with make-up or my daughters jewelry, but not MOHAWKS.



Then I thought about quilting and that made me smile....colorful, sweet, bright patterns. It only took me
9 hours of sewing with my neighbor Maria to put four blocks together. I am on a roll! We are going to make Saturday our quilting day of exchanging tips, knowledge, sipping on wine, complaining about our spouses, dealing with midlife crisis, and good ole female bonding. I need about 10 quilts to make me forget about today.

Lord, give me the strength to make tomorrow a day of solitude.





Note: Tip Junkie is having The Going Dot Com Birthday Bash starting this Monday June 15th-19th. In celebration of their two year anniversary, they will be giving away 10 prizes per day sponsored by
Mom-preneurs. Please visit site and enter. Good Luck!!!!!








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