Monday, September 28, 2009

Pass Me an Ibuprofen

The clouds have parted, the rain has stopped. It could only mean one thing here on The Avenue, break out the paint brushes and finish painting that fort you promised the kids TWO weeks ago.

You see, TWO weeks ago, as an avid shopper on J-Town Yard Sales, I noticed that a neighbor was selling her play fort for a very reasonable price. I marched over there, checked it out, handed over my payment and then enlisted in the help of Whynot and Durwood to get the monstrosity disassembled and hauled one block over to my yard.

In theory, my theory, where life is rainbows and roses and all construction jobs should only take an hour, this was going to be a one Saturday afternoon type of job. Until Whynot and Durwood removed my rose colored glasses and informed me that the fort needed some work. Some of the wood needed to be replaced and "you are going to paint it aren't you?"

The menfolk whisked off to Menard's for the supplies, some various sized boards, nails, bolts, paint brushes and a gallon of BLUE paint, because, "TOF likes BLUE!"

Then most of that first Saturday afternoon, Whynot and I painted, but we only got about half of the wood painted. Do you have any idea how boring and SLOWWW it is to watch paint dry? And then we had a baby and it rained and rained some more and there was that baby, oh and Mona came to visit and did I mention the baby?

So this past Saturday we were back to painting, so that on Sunday the "funstruction crew" could reassemble what our neighbors have now dubbed, "Fort MemaPa"

It's coming along, a few more boards, some bolts to attach the slide, screw on the newly spray painted climbing pegs and a little touch up painting and we are going to have the coolest fort on The Avenue.

And the look on TOF's face is PRICELESS!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Missing Moxie Mona

I had so many wonderful visitors yesterday. But today, well I'm a bit lonely. So to entice 1000's of visitors I have a little giveaway. To show you my awesomeness, I have a $10 Land's End gift card to share. But I'm only giving this to the faithful reader that can tell me one of the places I visited with Mona AND the name of one of the bloggers that Mona is visiting with TODAY.

Contest runs until Sept 30th, please leave one comment with BOTH answers for one entry.

Tweet about this contest for another entry.

Good Luck!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Moxie Mona Hits The Avenue

In addition to our newest addition, I've had an out of town visitor who is making her way around the blogosphere this week. It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you, Moxie Mona. Moxie Mona is the dream child of Better in Bulk, Mama's Losing It, Scary Mommy, Seven Clown Circus and Mayhem and Moxie formerly known as Three Bay B Chicks.

Mona flew non-stop, using her superhero powers, all the way from San Francisco to the J-Town Regional Airport and hopped into the rental car provided for her to reach her destination here on The Avenue. Moxie Mona has been an awesome house guest, going so far as to accompany me to the Labor and Delivery Suites of the local hospital to assist in the birth of another grandson. Poor girl wasn't really up to it and she passed out inside my purse while I attended to the matters at hand. Therefore, unfortunately, there are no pictures to prove this, but trust me, Mona was there and she has sworn to me that there is no way she is ever going through that any time soon. I feel good about preventing at least one unplanned pregnancy. Mona is going to think long and hard when she does make that choice.

Now onto a tour of the city I call home.

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I hope you've enjoyed Mona's adventures here on The Avenue and please be sure to visit all the participating blogs to see where Moxie Mona stops next.

***Notable J-Town natives and/or residents include:

* Charlie Adams, drummer (Chameleon and Yanni)
* Mike Alstott, former NFL football player
* Jesse Barfield, former major league baseball player
* John Barrowman, actor/singer
* John Beck, actor
* Kevin Cameron, Major League Baseball pitcher
* Jodi Carlisle, actress
* Jimmy Chamberlin, rock drummer (The Smashing Pumpkins)
* Tyler Christopher, actor (General Hospital)
* Adrianne Curry, model/reality TV star who's brother Nick worked along side both Megryansmom and GlitterGurl at the local Jimmy John's
* Andy Dick, actor/comedian
* GlitterGurl, daughter of blogger Megryansmom
* Larry Gura, Major League Baseball pitcher
* John Houbolt, NASA engineer
* Fr. Martin Jenco, Beirut hostage, writer
* Mort Kondracke, political commentator and journalist
* Megryansmom, immensely popular blogger
* John Fremont McCullough, opened the first ever Dairy Queen store in J-Town.
* George Mikan, Hall of Fame basketball player
* Roger Powell, basketball player, who attended Middle School with Megryansmom's son and dated a girl at the above mentioned Jimmy John's
* Adam Rapp, novelist and playwright
* Anthony Rapp, actor
* Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, author, best known for her children's novel Shiloh
* Lionel Richie, Grammy Award-winning singer
* Daniel Ruettiger, Notre Dame football player, motivational speaker, subject of the movie Rudy.
* Tom Thayer, former football player for the Chicago Bears
* Lynne Thigpen, Tony Award winning actress
* TOF and his new baby brother, grandsons of blogger Megryansmom

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Moxie Mona's Itinerary

Remember this?

It's now safe to give you more info. This is going to be soooo exciting! Moxie Media is launching an Around the Blogosphere event that begins today and runs all week long. And the best news? They've asked me to participate! Booyah, I'm hanging with the cool girls this week.

A complete list of participants, as well as their respective post dates, is included below. All of Moxie Media’s founding members, including Better in Bulk, Mayhem & Moxie, Mama’s Losin’ It, Scary Mommy, and Seven Clown Circus will be hosting these links on their blogs for the duration of the event.

We hope you will follow along as Moxie Mona travels around the U.S. She is sure to have the adventure of a lifetime!

Monday, September 21
California: Forever Folding Laundry, The R Family Diaries, From Dates to Diapers
Oregon:Good N Crazy
Washington: Beauty and the Little Beast
Nevada: It’s a Beauty Filled Life
Montana: Sacred & Profane
Idaho: The Petersons Go Public
Wyoming:A Life Less Sweet
Utah: Pulsipher Predilections and Pooba
Colorado: Cheapskate Mom
Arizona: One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five

Tuesday, September 22
Minnesota: The Extraordinary Ordinary
Nebraska: Newly Wed, Newly Bred
Iowa: Fighting Off Frumpy
Wisconsin: Ann Rant’s
Illinois: Look It’s Megryansmom
Kansas: Superdumb Supervillian
New Mexico: Color Me Untypical
Texas: Baby Makin(g) Machine, A Southern Fairytale, June Cleaver Nirvana, and Tree, Root, and Twig
Oklahoma: Decisionally Challenged
Arkansas: A Daily Dose of Toni

Wednesday, September 23
Louisiana: Crazy Adventures in Parenting and Keep It Classy
Mississippi: Flip n’Crazy
Georgia: The Blog Rollers
Florida: Live.Love.Eat
Georgia: Cutie Booty Cakes and Lattes and Life
South Carolina: My Three {And Me} and Momspective
North Carolina: The World According to Me
Tennessee: Suburb Sanity

Thursday, September 24
Kentucky: Alas 3 Lads
Michigan: Buried with Children
Indiana: Moosh in Indy and Adventures in Babywearing
Ohio: Chefdruck Musings
West Virginia: My Life As It Should Be
Virginia: Lulaville
Pennsylvania: Stacy’s Random Thoughts, Feels Like Home, and My iRish Twins
Maryland: parenting BY dummies, Barely Domestic, and Resourceful Mommy

Friday, September 25
Maryland: Twofer Mom
New York: Yaya Stuff
New Jersey: Project Mommyhood
Connecticut: Always Home and Uncool
Rhode Island: Loving Mom Two Boys and A Wrinkle in Time
New Hampshire: One Dream, Two Hearts
Massachusetts: Jiggety Jigg

And, returning to California: The Scattered Mind of a Tattooed Minivan Mom, Ummmm, and Under the Sheets-shhh

Please join us for the trip!
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Moment You've All Been Patiently Waiting For....

Or at least the 21 that entered the giveaway for the ReliOn Temple Touch Thermometer

Drumroll please...

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-09-20 22:30:58 UTC

and our lucky winner is !!

Kristine said...

With Kiel it is lots of cuddling and the boob.

With Noah, he's actually the most enjoyable when he has a fever, because he's down to a "normal" energy level. Yes, I really said that. He's rarely sick though, and the few times that he has been in the last year I've taken him to work with me, which he loves! He thinks he's hot shit when he gets to sit at the conference table with me at a meeting.

Yeah Kristine!

You should receive an email from me in a just a bit, please send your snail mail address and I'll get the thermometer mailed out ASAP.

Now don't be so sad, I always try to please everyone. For the rest of you, I have some codes for Victoria's Secret

Use offer code 7PANTY to score SEVEN pairs of panties for $25, this offer expires Monday so hurry.

Use offer code FA916777 to save $15 off a Dream Angels Bra. Some styles are on sale and you can get one for as low as $21 (regular price $48) This code is good through the end of September.

I used both codes this morning and they did work at the time.

Use this link to get a ONE year subscription to Taste of Home, America's No. 1 cooking magazine for only $2!!! Think Christmas gift for your favorite teacher or daycare provider.

Now sayonara, I've got a baby to snuggle with.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A LIttle Busy for Now

I will post the winner, I promise, but for now I. NEED. SLEEP.  Since 5pm Monday I've been busy helping Augie Dawgs with this.

We have us a baby!
Everyone is doing well, but extremely tired.  We welcomed him at 10:52 pm on Tuesday Sept 15.  Weighing a whopping TEN lbs and 3 oz.  
I'm taking a little bloggy break now. 
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Temple Touch Thermometer Giveaway

I was contacted by MomSelect to review the Reli On Temple Touch Thermometer and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. BECAUSE....we're having a NEW baby, if he ever decides to make an appearance. When he does we're going to be ready and waiting with our new and very handy gadget.

When your child is sick you want to check their temperature quickly and preferably in a non-invasive way. Gone are the days of rectal thermometers that were impossible to read in a dark nursery, not to mention the fact that you had to put it WHERE?

I do have an ear thermometer, but I must confess the little cell batteries died a long time ago and I can't ever remember all the little numbers and letters I need to replace them so it sits uselessly in the linen closet and I say things like, "hmm he feels a little warm to me."

The Temple Touch uses 2 AAA batteries, the same as the TV remote so I can always borrow them to take a reading and replace when done. It's super simple to use, takes only about SIX seconds for an accurate reading. It's non-invasive and you can use it while baby is sound asleep.

1. Press and release the POWER button.
2. Unit will beep twice when ready.
3. Hold firmly to temple, wait for next beep.
4. Read results.

That's it! Easy Peasey!

The Reli On Thermometer retails for $9.94 and is only available at Walmart and Sam's Club.

BUT......Mom Select sent me TWO of these awesome thermometers, so I have an extra one to share with someone in the studio audience because I'm just wonderful like that. I'm going to make entering almost as easy as taking your child's temperature with the Reli On Temple Touch Thermometer.

Just leave me a comment telling me what it is you do to make your child extra comfy when they are sick. Make sure you leave an email so I can find you.

Earn ONE extra entry for EACH of the following:

1. Follow my blog
2. Follow me on Twitter
3. Tweet about this giveaway

This giveaway will end September 14th. Contest is open to US residents only.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Stay Tuned

I have some giveaways up my sleeve. Just need to collect my thoughts and time to type.

No progress in the Baby Watch 09-09. Next Dr appointment is not until WED!! 09-09-09 The day I want this baby to pop. Why is it so difficult for people to just do as I want?!!

Gotta go make Whynot's lunch and then take a walk, who knows, something brilliant might pop into my head and I'll be back to post something wonderfully brilliant!

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