Monthly Archives: June 2008



Andrew has a fever of 102 and tested positive for strep throat yesterday. He spent the rest of the day on the couch or in my lap. He had a few hours of no fever today (after the Ibuprofen kicked in) upon which he spent fighting with his little brother. Andrew is upset that he missed swimming lessons Tuesday night but he’s ready to take his medicine so he can go back to the pool tonight!

Abigail was awake for three hours last night screaming in pain. This is very unlike her. I took her to see the doctor today as well and it was discovered that she has a double ear infection (is that a groan of understanding, Becky? Or are you just glad it’s me and not you this go-around?).
Luke…..well, he’s Luke. Always perky; always hyper; always a clown. I don’t think that child has been sick one day in his life. I just realized something as I typed that last sentence….he’s the only one of my three children that I nursed longer than a year. Hmmmm.

Guess what, Mom? Abigail is about to celebrate her first birthday and I’m actually NOT pregnant this go around! I look back and find it funny that I was pregnant with Luke on Andrew’s first birthday and then pregnant with Abigail on Luke’s first birthday. Maybe next summer. HA!

My first oil painting


I’ve always loved painting with acrylics but have never dabbled in oils before. I’ve got a few friends who will be having baby girls soon so I thought I’d experiment with oils by making something for one of them (I won’t mention any names). I had so much fun with this project and can’t wait to do more.

Note to self: It takes quite some time for the oils to dry. It’s been three days and the canvas is still wet. I wonder how long I’ll be waiting….

Plastic #6 shrinks!


Once again, I participated in the weekly Unplugged Project challenge. This week the craft topic was “plastic”. So, since my brain is almost dead, I (once again) copied the author and did the same thing with the plastic I had on hand.

Who knew that #6 recycable plastic also functions like shrinky-dink plastic? I had prepared myself to go to the grocery store to look for needed items that might be contained in #6 plastic but I realized that the fudge container my in-laws brought back from their Ohio Amish country trip last week was just what I needed!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Start with #6 recyclable plastic (it’s thin & brittle)

Cut various shapes from plastic, making the shape at least the size of a half dollar coin.

Draw a design on the plastic shape with Sharpie markers.

Punch a hole in the shape so it can be hung on a necklace, put on a keychain, etc. I would suggest punching two connecting holes, side by side, since one hole tends to become too small after shrinking.

Place shapes, design side up, on aluminum foil (or parchment paper) on top of a cookie sheet.

Place in oven for about two minutes. Watch the shapes curl and then lay flat.

Remove cookie sheet and wait for a minute for the shapes to cool so they can harden.

Ta Da!

Caregivers Marketplace


I have been meaning to post about this for a long time but just never remembered to sit down and write about it. Clipping coupons has helped me save a good bit of money since I’ve gotten serious about looking for the best deals. I’ve subscribed to MANY other money saving blogs and discovered different ways to save money besides sales and coupons. One of those “ways” is through Caregivers Marketplace. Through generous donations, CG pays you money back for specific items you purchase, such as Huggies diapers & Pull-ups, Cottenelle moist wipes, Depends, and SO much more (visit their website for a detailed list of all eligible items). Who knew there was such a program as this that caters to anyone who gives, gets or needs care? I mailed off my first set of receipts a month ago and received a check from them in the mail just a few weeks later.

This is the real deal! For moms who are constantly purchasing diapers, this is a great rebate program. Just save your receipts (minimum of 5 receipts total but there’s no max, I don’t think), follow the instruction when filling out the form (which you can download from their website), mail them, and wait for your check!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me!

Coupon for free Thomas the Tank Engine


From June 21 through July 5, you can use this coupon to get one free Thomas the Tank Engine from ToysRUs, valued at $12.99 or under. There’s a limit of only one coupon per guest but there’s no limit to the amount of times you can print this coupon. In other words, share the coupon with your friends and family! This would be a great happy toy for your child or as a birthday gift.
One more time, click here to print the coupon. Thanks to imommies for posting about this offer.