Wednesday, July 30, 2008

It's a Girl!

It's a GIRL!!

I'm proud to announce the arrival of

Baby Zida-Brown

Name: ~TBD~

Birth Date: July 30, 2008

Birth Time:2:54 am

Height: 20.5 inches

Weight: 7 lbs 11 oz

This is my newest niece. I haven't met her yet because she is in Seattle, but I know I will love her just the same! I've talked to mommy a couple times today, but she was pretty tired (see time of birth...) Now if only Jaymie will have hers then maybe it will be my turn to give this whole pregnancy thing a try... hehe. Don't hold your breathe just yet!!!

Nieces and Nephews to date:

Emily (9) - (Krista's #1, my sister)
Marc (6) (Anthony's #1, Jer's brother)
Isaac (4) - (Krista's #2, my sister)
Naima (2) - (Gina's #1, my sister)
Jake (2) - (Krista's #3, my sister)
Laurel (2) - (Anthony's #2, Jer's brother)
new baby in Seattle (very young) - (Gina's #2, my sister)
to come baby in Antigonish (not yet breathing air - due in Aug) - (Jaymie's #1, my sister)
to come baby in Tucson (not yet breathing air - due in Dec) - (Christian's #1,Jer's sister)

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Donkey

Young Chuck, moved to Texas and bought a donkey from a farmer for $100.00.
The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day. The next day he drove up and said, 'Sorry son, but I have some bad news, the donkey died.'

Chuck replied, 'Well, then just give me my money back.'

The farmer said, 'Can't do that. I went and spent it already.'

Chuck said, 'Ok, then, just bring me the dead donkey.'

The farmer asked, 'What ya gonna do with him?

Chuck said, 'I'm going to raffle him off.'

The farmer said, 'You can't raffle off a dead donkey!'

Chuck said, 'Sure I can Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead.'

A month later, the farmer met up with Chuck and asked, 'What happened with that dead donkey?'

Chuck said, 'I raffled him off. I sold 500 tickets at two dollars a piece and made a profit of $898.00.'

The farmer said, 'Didn't anyone complain?'

Chuck said, 'Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back.'

Chuck grew up and now works for the government.

Monday, July 28, 2008

my newest CVS adventure

I think I've posted about my fun at CVS before, but in case I haven't, that's the store I like to go to, buy lots of stuff, and pay next to nothing.  For example, here's my trip on Saturday:
I hadn't been in awhile, so my Extra Care Bucks were expiring and I had to use them all.  I had $13.98 in those.
I bought: 
4 bottles of Pro Vive shampoo - $4.99 each
8 packs of a new Trident gum - $1.49 each
1 bottle KY jelly - $12.49
2 five packs CVS tampons - $1.49 each
2 packs CVS liners - $.89 each
 I used:
a $5 off $30 purchase coupon
$2 of KY
2 $1 off 3 packs of gum
and 2 BOGO Pro Vive coupons.
The Pro Vive was on sale BOGO
The gum was on sale BOGO
I used the $13.98 in ECB
I paid $.23 out of pocket!  And they gave me about $9.00 back in ECBs :)
Ready for my next trip!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Washing Machines and Cell Phones

Unfortunately this is not a two part post.  It's about washing machines and cell phones... and how they don't play well together...
Needless to say, ONE for the washing machine and ZERO for the cell phone.
If anyone wants to contact me, email it is!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

She Speaks!

A couple months ago, I learned about a very cool website called "". It is an online community for women (sorry guys!) to try new products and let their voices be heard! I had my doubts at first, but recently was invited to take part in a trial for Garnier Nutrioniste's Anti-Puff Eye Roller.

As for the product, I love it! After only one day of trying it, my eye feels refreshed and less "tired". (I say "eye" because I am doing an experiment with one eye to see what the results really are. Hopefully, if all goes well, Jeremiah will be able to tell in a week or so which eye I am testing the roller on -- I'll keep you posted). Call me crazy, but I could feel the difference right away when I tried it.

Enough about the product itself though. What I really wanted to talk about in this blog was the website itself! I had my doubts about it when I read about it on another blog, but figured there was no harm in giving it a shot. So I signed up (for free, of course) and received my first invitation (a month or so later). That's it. Full size "sample" of whatever it is they ask you to test, and you get to keep it at the end. All you have to do is use the website to tell them what you thought. The more you use the website, the better your "relationship" with them is, and the more they can offer you invitations specific to your own lifestyle. Apparently, they test everything from books to beauty samples (like my eye roller) to baby strollers to KitchenAid mixers etc etc etc.
So far, two thumbs up from me! I can't wait to see what they offer me to test next. Just so you know, I'll test just about anything that is free!!!

Is anyone else out there a member of If you are let me know! If you sign up, let me know! There's no benefit to me if you sign up, but I'd love to share the benefits of the site with you!!

(US residents only, sorry Canadian friends..)

Friday, July 11, 2008

I need your help - HAIR CUTS

I'm dying to do something to my hair but I can't find any do's that I want to do.  Does anyone have any ideas/pictures of any hair dos that you have seen and/or had that you absolutely loved.  Here's the criteria
- has to be easy (I'm pretty much 100% hair incompetent
- has to work with relatively thick hair. 
- can be any length from short to shoulder length (since that's where my hair is now)
Send photos (or links to them!) so that I can see what they look like. 
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!  may the best hair-do win!!!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Preciousness Exposed

Two of my sisters and one sister-in-law are pregnant and I guess I got jealous.....

So we got a puppy!!!!!

Meet Shalom. Our newest bundle of joy!!!

But no, I'm not pregnant. For now, I'll just love on my boys!!!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Congratulations! You've won...

I would say in the last month or so, I have probably entered 50-75+ contests/sweepstakes for everything from a $5 gift card to a $28 grilling set to a $1400 treadmill to a vacation package for 6 to Puerto Rico.  What did I win?  A sample pair of Hanes Her Way hipster underwear. In white. Everyone's favourite. Jeremiah's response:  "Way to go - now we've lost all chances of winning anything good cause you wasted our luck on underwear" (not word for word, but you get the drift.)
Jeremiah enters one lousy contest -- a link he found while browsing through the website.  Yesterday, he received a voicemail and an email saying "CONGRATULATIONS! You are our first place winner! You've won..." blah blah blah...
SO WE WON!! We're on our way to a three day, two night vacation for 2 to Fairfax, Virginia, complements of the Virginia Tourism department.  We fly from Harrisburg to Dulles, get a three day car rental, 2 nights stay at the Crowne Plaza Tyson Corner hotel , get a nice supper out on Saturday night, free breakfasts at the hotel, and 2 tickets to see Les Miserables at Wolf Trap!!
Check out the details for yourself at
YAY Jeremiah!!!
(And don't worry -- I'll continue to enter any contest I come across!)