Monday, December 29, 2008

Congratulations to the Avon winners!

Congratulations to.....


You are all winners in the Avon giveaway!

Thank you to all who entered and be on the lookout for my next giveaway coming soon.

This drawing was done via A screenshot of the winning numbers is available to anyone who wishes to see it. Please send me an e-mail with your request. Screenshot results will be saved for one month past drawing date.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Surviving the holidays

Whew! Made it through the holidays with no major meltdowns and only one faux pas; 5 year old H opened a present from his Gramma and announced, "I have this already!". I saw a wonderful teaching moment and asked, "If someone gives you a gift you already have or don't really want, what should you say?" (The correct answer being, in my eyes, "Thank you.") H replied, "I should say, No thank you." Okay, so it was polite at least and Gramma was more than understanding, but we did have a little talk about just saying thank you and asking mom or dad for help exchanging it later.

Now the fun begins; Mom (meaning me) has to find a way to entertain all three kids for the next week while the two oldest are off from school. Staying home just invites fights and whining, so I have a couple of outings planned. I think we will hit the zoo and Underwater Adventures at the Mall of America. We have memberships to both and have found that while it is a bit of a shock to pay the yearly fee, it saves us quite a bit of money in the long run. I plan to have them help me make play dough another day, and of course we have all the new toys and games to play with.

Hopefully having a plan will prevent fighting and whining and help to preserve my sanity. Or it could just be wishful thinking... I guess only time will tell.

Hope you all have peaceful holiday breaks and if you have a great idea for keeping the kids happy and calm (and, no, duct tape doesn't count!) please let me know. Maybe I will try it too :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

'Tis The Season

It is almost Christmas. The month of December just seems to have disappeared from underneath me! Where did the days go? I had it all planned out, and then life interfered! I am feeling like I am behind, but the 25th will come, whether I am ready or not.

I truly am blessed, my children are wonderful, my husband has a job- in a time when so many do not, and we are all feeling healthy (which hasn't happened in a while around here!). My parents are on their way over to help me catch up on the cleaning I didn't do while I was sick; Mom will help me and Dad will keep the kids entertained baking cookies. By the end of the day, I will have a cleaner house and cookies to munch on too. Not bad.

Just one last trip to the grocery store to buy the ingredients for the Christmas meals and I will be all set. I can't wait to see the expressions on my kids faces come Christmas morning.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or some other winter holiday, I hope your days are peaceful, fun and fulfilling.

Wishing you the best the holiday season has to offer,

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I won a ruby pendant and earrings, you could too...

I am newbie on Twitter and honestly, I was a little unsure about the application. Would it be worthwhile, would I ever learn all the ettiquette rules (still working on that) and who should I follow, who would follow me, etc.

Well, I am officially a
Twitter lover. I have been enjoying the conversations and the links to contests and yesterday I won a ruby heart pendant and ruby stud earrings from GemAffair. Thank you so much GemAffair and Katy, you made my week :-)

Want to get in on the contest? They are still giving away jewelry to 4 winners every day this week! Just head on over to
Twitter and follow me beccaj73, then send me a DM (direct message) and I will send you the info on how to enter, or if you are an experienced Twitter user you can just check my history to find the @GemAffair tweets :-) A simple RT (re-tweet) gets you an entry into this great contest.

You can also check out
GemAffair's website for some gorgeous jewelry and some great savings too! Use code GA28XMAS and get free shipping plus 10% off $150 orders and 20% off $300 orders. They have just added hundreds of items to their clearance section as well.

Good luck to you all, be sure to tell me if you win some bling too.

Monday, December 15, 2008

The pneumonia blues

Those of you who know me, know that my family has had a bad month, healthwise. Ear infections for the kids (twice in a month for the youngest) and my husband and I won the grand prize of respiratory illnesses; pneumonia. Don't ask how we both got it at the same time, I'm still shaking my head over that one.

Anyway, I am here to ask if anyone has any great home remedies (nothing too gross please) for a cough and wheezing. It is driving me flipping nuts! DH is barely coughing and I feel like I am hacking up a lung! I have delved into my nurse bag and have tried all of the old tricks I can think of; steamy showers, humidity, honey, throat lozenges/cough drops, hot tea, eliminating milk products. This is in addition to my antibiotic, tessalon pearls (for cough), mucinex and inhaler (for cough and wheezing).

It is bad. Mothers hide their children behind their back in the grocery store when I walk down the aisle, the bank teller gets out the big jug of antibacterial hand gel when she sees me, when we go to the zoo people start looking for the seal when they hear me from around the corner. Okay, so it's not quite that bad, but honestly, I am beginning to feel like Typhoid Mary, no one wants to be near me!

I have almost given up hope and am about to make another appointment to see the doctor, but honestly, I am kind of sick of seeing her and would prefer not to go back. It's not that I don't like her, but I have been to that office way too much recently.

So, if you have a suggestion, don't be shy, let me know. Don't let it be said that you can't teach an old nurse new tricks! Send me your ideas and suggestions, please! At this point I am willing to try almost anything! Note I said almost, no eye of newt, tongue of bat sorts of remedies please!

Update 12/22/08
Well, it turns out that the pneumonia was not fully treated by the first antibiotic I was on. I finally gave up and went to see the doctor again, they repeated the chest X-ray and lo and behold, the pneumonia was still there, even though I had completed my antibiotic! It was better, but not gone. Started a new antibiotic on Friday and I am a new woman. I am still coughing, but I feel much better! Thank you all for your suggestions and well wishes.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Avon Giveaway- 5 Winners!

My first review and giveaway, I'm so excited. Thanks so much to MomSelect and Avon!

I had the opportunity to try Avon Advance Techniques Professional Hair Care Instant Recharge Treatment. I received several varieties and tried the Intense Repair, which states it is for dry, damaged hair. Since this is winter in Minnesota, I figured dry just about sums it all up.

The product comes in a box with four separate weekly treatments and looks a little like the hot oil treatments I used way back in high school. Unlike the hot oil treatments, these required no preheating (a major plus- with 3 small kids, I like things streamlined). There was more than enough product in one tube to treat my just-past-shoulder-length hair. The first thing I noticed was the scent; it was reminiscent of my Pantene days. The next thing I noticed (and this is my only complaint) is how easy it is to lose the little white cap on the floor of a white bathtub! I had to get down on my hands and knees ('cause I am blind without my glasses) to find it before it went down the drain. Okay, it was actually kind of funny in retrospect.

Then the results; my hair was softer and more manageable all week, and after the second week's treatment it was even softer still. I am sold, the product really works.

Now for the fun part... this product isn't even available to buy yet (it should be out in January 2009), but I have 5 to give away to 5 lucky winners! I have-

*1 box Intense Repair
*2 boxes Frizz Control
*2 boxes Volumizing

As an additional bonus, Avon is offering free standard shipping on orders over $30 through January 1, 2009. Just enter the code JINGLE30, you can find an
Avon eRepresentative here.

To enter, please visit
Avon and leave a comment telling me what your favorite product is. Please also leave a note in your comment about which version of the Advance Techniques you would like to win. It's that simple!

For extra entries you can-
*Become a follower of my blog (if you are already a follower, just leave a comment to let me know)
*Subscribe to my RSS Feed
*Follow me on
Twitter and tweet about this giveaway

Be sure to leave a separate comment for each additional entry!

The fine print-
Only one prize per person please. Must be 18 and a resident of the US or Canada to win. Entry deadline is 11:59 PM EST on 12/28/2008. Winners will be drawn using a numerical randomizer such as and will be contacted via e-mail, so be sure to leave a valid e-mail address, either in your profile or comment. I will do my best to offer each winner their first choice if a preference is expressed, but can make no guarantees.