Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Any Occasion Photography

Just got 2 bookings in 1 day. So excited about my new business. I do Senior portraits, weddings, you name it. I will post pictures once I get my clients permission. I received amazing compliments from the last wedding I did as well as the numerous Senior Portraits I took. 2011 is going to be Great!!

Army Wife Network

I am so thankful I came across their site. No I am not an Army Wife but I am a very PROUD ARMY MOM. Their site has really helped me get the information I have been looking for. Please check Army Wife Network out. They are amazing.

They have this information for us parents. Just because we are not married to a Military Individual doesnt mean we dont care about our children who are serving our country.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Being a Single Mother

You know you have done something right when you raise 4 boys on your own and they all turn out to be wonderful young Men. My oldest has custody of his daughter (not easy for Men to do), my next to the oldest is serving our country in the Army, my third son is graduating High School in June of this year with A's and 1 B and has already applied to college. My youngest who is almost 16 is disabled and he too is doing great. He has a job and is beyond proud of himself as I am of him.
So the next time someone wants to judge my parenting skills - Look what I accomplished on my OWN.
I have lived with(married 1) a couple of men who were very abusive, physically and mentally and those who would not be faithful. I do not need those kind of people in my life. One good thing that came out of my experiences was it made me a stronger person. My boys are still living with the abuse they too endured which has made them stronger Men, knowing how to treat a woman properly

Friday, February 18, 2011

Build A Sign Review

I recently had the opportunity to work with Melissa at It did not take me long to decide what I wanted to design. Their site is very user friendly and their customer service support is absolutely amazing. From the time I designed my Custom Banner to the time it arrived was just about a week. Very fast shipping!

This sign hangs proudly in my front yard for my son who is currently in the Army. I have received so many compliments on my sign already.

Build A Sign also offers many other high quality products that you should definitely check out including license plates, flags, magnetics and others. They have some basic templates that are fully customizable or you can make up your own from scratch. Once again, the process is so easy that you can be done from start to finish in five minutes! You can even save your design and share it with others for their input before you order.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

I received the most amazing gifts from my sons today. My oldest son got me this cute monkey:

And my next to the oldest who is in the Army got me these beautiful flowers.

Their cards made me cry. I hate having my 20 year old away from us but know he is doing something he loves and he is so proud to be serving his country. So many have questioned and belittled my parenting but you know I am a great Mom - shows with my sons. My oldest is an amazing father to his little girl- he has custody of her so that must say something about what I showed him as a mother and always putting your children first before any other. My next to the oldest is serving our country - that alone says alot and my 17 year old, who is graduating High School this year, is maintaining straight A's and will be graduating with Honors - beyond proud of him and my youngest who is disabled and who has had to tolerate so much mistreatment from men - he too is succeeding in life. They are where they are today because of this Mom who always put them in front of everyone else, loved them unconditionally, never judging. That is what being a true parent is all about.

So this has already been a wonderful Valentine's Day for this Mom.

Sitting and waiting for the news

It is never easy having your child leave and join the military but no matter what we have to support them. Well, yesterday I get a call from my son that while he was out in the field for training, shooting his machine gun, his ear protection fell out and he still has no hearing in his left ear. He reported it and will be monitoring him for another 48 hours to make sure there was no permanent damage. If course he didnt want to say anything to anyone because he was in fear he would get an immediate discharge from the military. My son has always, as long as I can remember, wanted to join the Army to honor his Grandfather. He plans on making this a career and for that I am beyond proud of him.
So now I just sit and wait and see what happens with his hearing.I pray that God watches over him and protects him at all times. The day is drawing closer to when they all leave to head to Afghanistan - just not sure how I will handle that.
Please say a prayer for each and every one of our Sons/Daughters/Husbands/Wives that are currently serving our country that they will all be safe from harm.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Off to do more training

I really hate it when our soldiers have to go out in the field for more training. I wont hear from my son for at least 3 weeks, which of course is going to be difficult. I guess this is one of "our" preparations for when they go to Afghanistan.
It has been a strange couple of days already not talking to my son first thing in the morning and the last one I say Good night to every night. At least I know he is safe and doing what he enjoys.
I am proud of not only my son but proud of each and every one of our children serving our country. God Bless them ALL.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Applied Labels Review

Labels™ are Applied Labels LLC's flagship and most popular product. They're extremely tough, ultra versatile and perfect for labeling:
*sippy cups
*school supplies
*summer camp gear
*all those little things that go to early childcare centers

I was so happy to get the chance to review these! When my granddaughter started going to Daycare we were concerned they would get her sippy cup mixed up with other childrens cups so these were perfect. They have the cutest fonts and images to choose from. Makes it more fun to personalize items with cuteness vs. the boring sharpie writing.

I've never been a huge label fan, mainly because I'm so incredibly disorganized! But these were fantastic. They were simple to use, sleek and shinny. After numerous times of washing her cups, they never lifted up or lost the coloring in the font! PERFECT!

If you have a baby, they offer Bottle Labels! Definitely helpful if you have more then one in the house or if your little one attends daycare. You can pick different color blank tape to wrap around the bottles, along with preprinted single use date tapes, and named tapes. The combination of all 3, allows for peace of mind ensuring that there won't be any mixups with other baby bottles.

Interested? Thought so! Take a wander on over to Applied Labels™. See how they can help you or your kids, even grandkids.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Free Books from Story Time for Me and Review

I recently had the opportunity to download 2 Free children’s books from Story Time For Me offers a great variety of multimedia children’s storybooks. The books are full of color and are really entertaining. Since my granddaughter is only 2 I didn’t really think she would sit still long enough to watch the story, I was wrong - she loved the story.

There are some multimedia books where you can put your child in the story. How neat is that? They will appear in the story as well as their name.

You can also get 2 free books for yourself! So, visit their site and read your children a story in a different way.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.
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