Monday, July 22, 2013

Giant Luau Cupcake

July has been jam packed with baking and I just realized I haven't shared the deets.  Last week I finally got a chance to use my giant cupcake silicone pan.  Wow...I have truly been missing out on the ease of working with silicone.  The cake released very easily and I even made a "wrapper" out of candy melts for the bottom.  Here's a peek!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer Fun For The Kids

Well another school year has come and gone already! My how time flies!!! Preparations are being made for the 2nd Annual Welcome to Summer Party in less than two weeks.  As usual I am busy planning activities to keep the kiddos busy this summer.  Here are some ideas I have come across while on Pinterest.
 Have a Glow in the Dark Party.
Heather over at "Sit a Spell", had an awesome Glow in the dark party!!!  What a fun idea for the summertime!  This is a must do on my list this summer for sure!

This game is Synchronized Snack Toss over at  All kids like to play with their food so this is a guarantee hit!

Counting Coconuts has a great idea!  Freeze toys in a block of ice and let kids get everything out.

My kiddos love reading and actually look forward to their weekly trips to the library.  Rebecca over at Simple As That, has a downloadable summer reading log.  My kids also decided to have a Summer Reading Club for extra fun and fellowship!

Help raise funds for childhood cancer. Host a Lemonade stand.

Lemonade stands have always been a fun summer money maker for kids.  Why not encourage the kids to host a stand for a good cause.  On July 19th we will participate with Anthem LemonAid and host a LemonAid stand and raise funds for childhood cancer.  Pinterest has some awesome DIYs for stands too!!
Check out my Summer Fun For The Kids Pinterest Page, for some other great ideas!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Bet on Your Baby Luvs Giveaway!!!!!!! Ends 6/10/13

             "We’re proud to announce the arrival of Bet on Your Baby, Saturdays 8/7c on ABC, in partnership with Luvs!

Every parent thinks they know their baby well, but are they willing to bet on it?  

Bet on Your Baby is a new show where parents play fun games with their toddlers, and try to “bet” on what baby will do next! If they guess correctly, the family wins $5,000 in college tuition money, and the chance to play for $50,000! 

All of these heartwarming and hilarious games are played in a toy-filled room called the Baby Dome. Do you think that you could predict what baby will do next?  "

I am pleased to announce another awesome giveaway to my readers.  Partners Hub and ABC are giving away a Three Coupon Pack for Luvs Super Absorbent Jumbo Pack.  

Luvs® Super Absorbent diapers give your baby the protection they need at the low price you’re looking for—complete with a money back guarantee. New Luvs® Super Absorbent Jumbo Packs have an everyday low price of $6.97 at Walmart!"

Take the quiz to see if you would survive the Baby Dome, and watch videos of the cutest contestants on TV in the Game Gallery!
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Chick-fil-A #FreshMade Giveaway!!!!

Great news readers!!!! My sponsor is giving away 2 Chick-fil-A salad coupons to one of my lucky readers. Who doesn't love Chick-fil-A by the way?! Chick-fil-A has introduced 3 premium salads and an improved wrap all under 430 calories. This is really great since bikini season is upon us!! So "Take your taste buds to greener pastures" and enter today. Giveaway ends May 24, 2013. Disclosure: This giveaway is being brought to you by Chick-fil-A and Partners Hub.  Enter giveaway via Rafflecopter below.


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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Salted Caramel Brownie

Yum!!! Check out what I whipped up today for the children's after school snack!  If you like the juxtaposition of sweet and salty, you will love this combination!!!  Just make your favorite brownie recipe, top with some caramel sauce and sprinkle with some sea salt.  Easy Peasy!!!!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pregnant With Dystonia : A Birth Story

"Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might"......Push. Grit teeth. Stop.  "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"...Push. Open eyes. Close eyes. Stop.  "Fear not for I am with you"......Push harder, longer. Stop. Open eyes.  "I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you"......Push. STOP!!!!  Push again! He's out!!!  Wait.  Listen for baby.  No cry.  PRAY!!!

As I lay there listening, watching my husband for clues, everyone scrambled into action.  It was routine for them, choreographed well.  "Is the baby ok?!"  No answer.  Pray.  I look over at my husband with his eyes glued on our precious gift from God.    Pediatricians continue to work on the baby.  Still no cry.  13 minutes later he was intubated and transferred to the special care nursery.  "It's all my fault."  "The Dr. warned me this could happen."   "I am so so selfish."

Let me backtrack a little to my 20th week of pregnancy.  Up until then everything was going really well.  I was the picture of health and Dystonic flare ups were few and far between.  The summer flu paid our home a visit and caused my Dystonia to flare up and I was hospitalized.  For those of you not familiar with my Dystonia.  I have Generalized Paroxysmal Dystonia.  It causes my muscles to contort and painfully spasm.  It usually begins with lower extremities and travels upward.  Once it reaches my trunk, my breathing becomes compromised and I risk being intubated.  For this reason my neurologist suggested I deliver early and not risk going in labor.  After weighing the pros and cons, consulting with my obgyn, and praying, my husband and I decided to try to deliver naturally vs. cesarean.  Well my 37th week arrived and I was a few days from getting an amnio done to tell if the baby's lungs were developed.  As the rest of the east coast braced for Hurricane Sandy to hit, the low barometric pressure ushered in a storm of other sorts.. a Dystonic Storm.  I was rushed to the hospital and was given Dilaudid for pain and Benadryl for the spasms.  My muscles continued to contort and I had very few options.  I was only 1cm dilated and Pitocin was started to speed up the process. The contractions of Dystonia combined with the contractions of childbirth were so painful!!!  Prior to labor I was adamant about not taking Ativan or Valium because the baby could be born floppy.  As the pain increased the Drs assured me everything would be okay and I agreed to the meds.  This is where I should have stood strong.  Instead I agreed and my baby was born floppy exactly like my obgyn told me.

Fast forward and everything eventually worked out.  After an extended stay in the special care nursery with some other complications, Atreo was sent home.  Today he is a healthy almost six month old baby, full of energy and thriving!

The main reason I am writing this post is to be an encouragement to anyone going through a similiar trial.  When my neuro suggested I have DBS, I freaked.  I wanted to explore other options before making such a life changing decision.  I prayed and asked God to guide me as to what to do.  Shortly after I was pregnant and it wasn't all about me anymore.  I worried if the baby could feel the pain I was in during my Dystonic Storms.  My wonderful Drs assured me everything would be ok.  I worried if the meds I was on would harm my unborn child and today I have a beautiful healthy baby!  I do wish I would have made a wiser decision about taking those meds during labor.  That is the most disheartening thing about my birth story.  But God is so good and it all worked out for good in the end.  Be encouraged friends!!!

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