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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

All Moved!

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Sunday, June 12, 2011


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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Super STALKER Sunday #7 {6.12}

Welcome to the weekly Super Stalker Sunday hop!

Super Stalk Sunday

What is Super Stalker Sunday?

Glad you asked! Super Stalker Sunday is a weekly blog hop hosted by

Mariah of Formula Mom
and Emily of Naptime is My Time

Blogs hops are a great way to meet other bloggers, socialize and gain more followers. Do you like to socialize? Well, we all like followers, right?!

If you've been around the blogosphere you know there are Blog Hop's for everything you can think of and every day of the week: RSS Feed, Google Friend Connect, Email Readers, Facebook Fans, and Twitter Followers.

Well, why not get all of your followers in one place once a week? This is the place to do just that!

How to Super Stalk

-Follow each host at least one way.  Don't forget to let them know you did so by commenting on their blog.  We will return all follows, but please be patient as we are busy mama's it may take us a few days to return the visit and follow.

You will only have to link up on one of the host sites and your link will appear on all as we use the same linky.

-After you follow the hosts, follow as many bloggers in as many ways as you are willing!
Already follow somebody? Consider visiting and following them in another way as well!

Remember: You will only get as much as you give. The more blogs you can visit, the more visits you will gain in return.  We are all here to socialize and greet, not visit only your blog.

While we encourage sharing our button and hop with as many as possible, it is not required. The more you spread the word though, the more we socialize and all gain followers!

This week's featured blogger is 

"Just the Two of Us and Deals"

We took this opportunity to ask Kathleen a few questions and here are her answers:

What's your favorite way to stalk a blog?
I strongly prefer GFC/google reader. I just love how it's laid out.

You have an extra hour added to your day, what would you do with it?
I would watch TV.

Is there a TV show that you have watched every episode? 
Yes, lots of shows. Grey's Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, Paranormal State are just a few.

What book is currently on your nightstand? 
The 17 day diet. However, I haven't even opened it to start reading.

Pic a post, any post.
PDD NOS and Autism

If you would like to be a featured blogger, being shared with more than 3,000 combined followers between the hosts of this hop, please link up!  At the end of each week we will select a blog via Random.Org to be the featured blog for the following week.

This linky will go live Saturday at 7:00 PM PST and end Monday at 12:00 PM PST.

If you would like to also place this linky on your blog, please feel free to write up your own post and grab the code here.

Thank you for participating, now let's go "stalk" up a storm!

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ramble Ramble Ramble Part 81

Tanya over at Blogelina is still working on my transfer. Some of my comments are giving her problems and not coming over with my posts, so she is trying to iron out those details.

Also, the lovely Sharon of Good, True and Beautiful is working on drafting me up some ideas for my new layout this weekend. I am hoping by the end of next week my blog will feel "together" again and I can get to know WordPress and begin my journey on the upscale!

You know when you've decided to make a move or change and then you begin to get impatient and tired of the old?  That's where I am right now.  I just want this move to be complete so I can continue on.  I am having a hard time looking at my 'old' layout and ready to move forward with things.


I am fighting an ear infection. It started bothering me a few days ago and became plugged. It happened pretty quickly out of nowhere and before long it was hurting. Fortunately I had some of the prescription left from the last time so I've just started on that and hope it will subside before it really kicks in.

It is Swimmer's Ear that I have been getting and I wish the doctor would just give me a standing prescription. It always seems to be an issue and I hate that I can't just get it handled over the phone.

Mostly the fact that it is plugged and the occasional itch is driving me batty though. I always want to soak in a hot bath because the heat compresses are the only thing that makes it feel better, and water works best, but I have to keep it dry. :/


As you can see me talking about my ear. I have nothing much to say lately. Ha! I have a few reviews and giveaway's that are coming, but I am nervous to post much before the transfer. I will get them to you soon though. Hopefully next week.  There are two great cloth diapers that I have coming to share with you, so stay tuned!


In the meantime I've been working hard on my house and enjoying Summer Vacation. It's actually been REALLY wonderful. Not quite all of the bad things I was expecting last week. This week has been pretty low key. Next week are a tad busy and the week after is completely full already! It should be fun, though.


On a more exciting note. I can't believe Robert's vocabulary lately. My goodness! He is on a roll. He now says

-Mama, Mom
-Dad, Dad, Daddy, Daddy Will, Babe
-Bye bye

But he recognizes so much more, like
-Baby (He adores playing with his baby doll. I need to capture some good photos before these days are over!)
-Mini Wheats (His favorite cereal.)
and I am sure I am forgetting some.  He is pretty quick on his toes now and very interactive.  I love it!

The other day while I sat on the couch with a friend I heard him yell "Is this garbage?" and I thought for sure I was imagining how clear it was until she responded something like "No, that's not garbage." It was insane.

He adores going "bye bye" right now and will gladly go find his matching shoes to head out. He's starting to walk a lot more during outings, but still has a bit of a hard time following directions. I'd say he's right on for his age though. And, the boy still gives the best hugs ever.

What is new with all of my friends this week?

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Wordless Wednesday #99 {w/Linky}: Daring 'Daddy Will'

After cooking dinner for nine my daring husband also known as "Daddy Will" takes a relaxin' soak with six.

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox #Giveaway

With Father's Day approaching it's only appropriate that you are thinking of a cute gift to get your father, husband, brother, son, uncle or nephew.

What about new Dad's?  Or expectant fathers?  Well, I found the perfect gift.  A fun and functional gift for the Dad to Be in your life.  A perfect baby shower addition for that co-ed stop that seems to focus only on Mom.

Introducing the Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox

While I am a Mother, and feel like a lot of the focus should be on us, and the baby, because hello?  We're doing a lot of work to make those precious bundles!  There is still a father around who deserves a little celebration and should be honored.  Start him off on the right foot!  Give him a gift to celebrate to his position, and in the process, a good giggle.

The Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox will have everyone tickled including the Dad to Be when he receives a fun gift just for him! The Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox new dad gift is a way for him to get in on the baby planning action and add a little fun to a baby shower and helps to lighten the stress even after baby arrives. The daddy toolbox comes with a ton of fun gag gifts for the dad-to-be, new dads and even new grandpa's too!

Optional Step by Step Dad Humor Directions included with Inventory item checklist:

Mask ~ Toxic fume filter for when it doesn't smell like roses.
Goggles ~ For protection against your own mini version of Old Faithful.
Protective Poop Poncho ~ No explanation necessary.
Tongs ~ Several inches of steel separation between you and the little warm wrapped gift.
Turkey Baster ~ For precision hiney washing.
Ear/Nose Plugs ~ Use with care.
Pacifier ~ The scream plug.
Baby Wipes ~ For cleaning baby bottom and various parts.
Diaper for Newborn ~ cute as a kitten until it gets wet then it looks and smells like a sewer rat.
Bio Hazard Bag and Rubber Gloves ~ For quarantine containment of the nuclear meltdown.
Emergency Formula Container ~ Doubles as a 'PeePee cover for WeWe'.
Hand Wipes ~ To clean up afterward. (For Dad's use only)
Picture Frame ~ This is your badge of honor.

Buy It
Visit Fun Stuff 4 Babies and get your own for $36.99.

Win It
Fun Stuff 4 Babies has offered to giveaway a "Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox" to one lucky reader on Marni's Organized Mess!  Thank you so much!  I am grateful for this opportunity and I am sure my readers are, too!  

Mandatory Entry
*This must be done first for any additional entries to count.*
You must be a follower via Google Friend Connect (the box in the upper right hand column labeled "Public Stalkers").  Then, leave me your best projectile pooping story.  Or, if you aren't a parent yet make one up in detail.  ; )  It must be at least three sentences.  Grammar and punctuation are appreciated, but not graded for a win.

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This giveaway will close on June 22nd, 2011 at 8:59 PM PST. The winner will be chosen via Random.Org.  

I do not currently have the time to micro manage entries.  Therefore, when the giveaway closes, I will choose a winner and verify all of their entries.  If one can not be verified, found or is not true, I will reselect another winner never alerting you of this.  Please be honest in your entries.  Links and tags are a must to find your posts more easily.  

Be sure to leave your email address if I do not have it or access to it.  Winner will be contacted via email within 24 hours after the close of the giveaway.  You will then have 48 hours to respond or the prize will be redrawn.

Good luck!

Up to date, I have not been compensated to post this information.  I was not given a Daddy Diaper Changing Toolbox for review, all of these statements are based on what I have read online and learned from my own research.  All opinions stated here are my own. To view my disclosure policy, click here.

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'Barrel of M & M's' Cake

For my William's 6th Birthday, he forfeited a party.  Actually, it's a much longer story than this, but I will spare you the (venting) details of how my husband decided to take over the 'planning' until three days before the event.

I had less than three full days to come up with a cake idea, so I completely stole this and made it pretty simply for my sweet chocolate cake and M and M lover.  Enjoy!

'Barrel of M and M's' Cake
William's 6th Birthday Cake

First, I baked two Milk Chocolate Cakes.  I let them cool completely. Then, I cut off the dome's.

Once that is done, they are ready to be put together.  I placed the open sided (dome cut off) side down on our cake platter.  It is done this way because when cut it is harder to keep the crumbs contained, so you place them side down so that it is less crumbly.  You can also place a dollop of frosting on the bottom to help keep it in place.  Though, with this cake, it is not necessary.  I then put a thin layer of chocolate frosting and inverted (crumb side down) the second cake.

After that was done I simply put a thin layer of frosting on the top, and later the sides.

I bought the Kit Kat's in bulk and I ended up using almost the full 12 candy bars that I bought.  Break them into two sticks at a time.

Before placing them onto the cake, put a small piece of frosting at the bottom of the candy bar.  This will be used to place the M and M's afterwards.

Once my trusty helpers had the job of attaching the Kit Kat's completed, I went ahead and allowed them to attach the M and M's along the base.

Then, I tied a few ribbons around the cake to hold them firmly in place. Afterwards, I tied a few ribbons around that and curled them up using a sharp pair of scissors.

Lastly, each helper got to sprinkle a handful of M and M's over the top until the frosting was covered and pretty even.

I took this shot before I wrote on the cake, and I preferred it that way. With the unevenness of the top of the cake, it just looked like a mess, and I think I did the writing pretty well.
William's 6th Birthday Cake

Unfortunately every shot that I captured of my son with his cake is with children who's parents do not allow me permission to share their faces on my blog. While it was fun to capture him with the crowd, I forgot to capture one alone for us to enjoy here on my blog.

Live and learn.  

What kind of cool cakes have you made or seen lately?  

Rawni is still obsessed with watching videos on how to make cakes.  She knows terms and tricks that I would have never even thought to do!  I love it.  One day, she tells me, she will own her own "Rawni's Cake Bakery".  Then again, she also tells me she will be a clothes designer, and she does have her obsession with shoes...

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