Monday, May 30, 2011

Take it Off, Week 13: Phew!


Phew! That was close!

When I started Medifast, I made a promise to myself that I would do my very, very best to never report a gain on weigh-in day. I was okay with reporting a zero loss - because after all, life happens. Treats slip into your diet, maybe you are retaining a little water, you've changed your exercise routine or maybe even gravity is keeping you down (or up, as it were). There are lots of factors that can lead to a zero loss or even a gain. Sometimes they aren't even because you 'cheated'.

If you recall last week I mentioned that I had a lot of festivities during the weekend. There was some bad food but overall I thought I prepared well for these treats. Also bad weather had put a damper on my usual exercise of bicycling. And truth be told I didn't put a ton of effort into replacing my outdoor activity with indoor activity. I did exercise - just not with the same intensity. So all in all that made for a small loss last week. Overall though, I was satisfied with the small loss that I had because I thought I handled the hurdles well considering the multiple stessors I had going on (see last week's post).

I felt so good about the way I (mostly) stayed on track and On Plan and wanted to step up my efforts in this past week. I was 100% On Plan every single day in the past 7 days. Dare I say I was 110% On Plan. I was kicking ass and taking names. I was exercising every day in nearly 90 degree weather. I was chugging water like I had just returned from a three month sojourn through the desert with only a sippy cup full of water. I tracked, measured and ate my food slowly to ensure satiation.

Then I weighed in on Thursday.

I am not a daily weigher like a lot of folks on Medifast. They find that the daily reminder helps to keep them on track. I was a daily weigher for quite a while but I found that it led to more frustration than anything. I'm sure you know that your weight fluxuates frequently throughout the days and weeks. And as I've shown with posts about NSVs, the number on the scale has little to do with the actual measure of your weight loss success. All that being said, I do weigh in twice a week now. I weigh in on Monday, that number represents my actual loss for the week. I weigh in on Thursday because I like to see where I am at midweek but also that is the day that I speak to my dietician, Jennifer. I like to give her an up-to-date number for her records.

I seriously almost cried on Thursday morning. I try to remain upbeat about all things weight loss because nothing will sink this ship faster than a bad attitude. But I had been working so hard and I was up nearly three pounds. THREE!! Obviously my weekend dalliances had caught up to me. And maybe the increase in exercise played a role too. But whatever the reason was, I was pissed, disappointed and frankly I felt somewhat defeated.

Even though I felt somewhat defeated, I trudged on. I stayed On Plan, I excercised, I drank my water and even through this long, holiday weekend and date night with C, I stayed the course. Keeping in mind my promise to not report a gain, I wanted to at least break even. I even broke my personal weigh-in rules and weighed myself on Sunday morning. Ugh. Still up about a pound and a half.

I wondered what I'd tell all of you. How could I tell you that even though I did everything by the book, I had still gained weight? People, there HAS to be some kind of mystical component in Medifast. Because once again, like magic, I've seen something happen that I never expected. Not only did I lose the nearly three pounds that I gained, I lost one more. Four pounds in a week! Oh how I wish I could claim a four pound loss that would have put me past my 30 pound goal but I am just beyond happy and relieved to tell you that I've lost one. I am sure I will be celebrating a 30 pound loss by next Monday.

Do you realize where that leaves me? That puts me at ten pounds away from One-derland. Very soon, for the first time in almost five years, I will be under 200 pounds. I get giddy just thinking about it! We must do something special to celebrate, no?

So that's it folks! It was a close call but I came in just under the wire for a total loss of 28lbs so far.

I hope you all are having a fun and safe holiday weekend. Have some potato salad for me. This girl is sticking to the plan that WORKS!

Week one: -7 lbs
Week two: -5 lbs
Week three: -1 lbs
Week four: -3 lbs
Week five: -0 lbs (maintain on vacation)
Week six: -2 lbs
Week seven: -1.6 lbs
Week eight: -1.5 lbs  
Week nine: -0 lbs  le sigh. damn gravity!
Week ten: -3 lbs 
Week eleven: -2 lbs
Week twelve: -1 lb  
Week thirteen: -1 lb
Total: 28 lbs gone forever!

If you’re interested in trying Medifast, I have a great deal for you!  Use the code TURNIP50 to get $50 off an order of $275. 
*FTC  Disclosure: Medifast provides their products for my personal use for  free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning    their products.  All thoughts  written here are mine. I love complaining  so I would tell you if I didn't like something in  the program. :)

~*Stephanie aka Goober Monkey*~

~*Jenni aka Jenni From the Blog*~

~*Tiffany aka Mom-Nom*~

~*Brandi aka 5 Monkies*~

~*Censide aka Building Our Story*~

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Y3W: We totally caved

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Dear weather, you can suck it. You went from beautiful, mild days, into a week of rain and then BAM! right up to 90 degrees and humid. You, weather, can kiss my ass. We won't even talk about what you are doing to those poor people in Missouri and other states with all the damn tornadoes.

Now, I feel like kind of a jerk for complaining about hot weather. After all, that is truly the worst of our problems when we are talking about weather over here in Delaware. Sure some stuff in the basement got wet and some of it ruined because of the constant rain last week. But ummm, yeah I'm gonna take it as a blessing. We needed to get rid of some junk anyway.

So I am not going to complain about the weather anymore. Rather I will complain about money.

Last summer we discovered we had an issue with out air conditioner unit. Something about a coil and a do-hickey and thousands of dollars to replace it.

Did you hear that? That was the sound of my skull exploding and my wallet whimpering. 

We were told that we could limp along until next summer but we'd have to replace the unit eventually. Ok great! Limping along is okay. Then somehow the entire fall, winter and spring went by, like, overnight and here we are back at summer again. With a broken a/c unit. And I don't know who the jerk was that tore all those pages out of my calendar but I want them back damn it!

So this summer we decided that we'd limp along some more. We can run the a/c when we get totally desperate but we resolved to tough it out with fans and icy cold drinks. Of course we made this declaration when it was 70-some degrees outside during the day and in the 40's at night. 

People, it's effing hot outside. It's even hotter inside.

It's so hot int he house that the cat has taken to sleeping on the toilet to keep cool.
We made it to 87 degrees and caved. The a/c is on and I am trimming the budget in an attempt to get our money tree to bloom a little faster. 

In the meantime, please send ice. Lots and lots of ice.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bloggers for Joplin

On Sunday, May 22nd, the town of Joplin, Missouri was devastated by an F5 tornado, the highest rating given to tornadoesThe death toll is at 122 victims and there are over 700 with injuries. There are still over 1,500 people unaccounted for. Our hearts go out to the people of Joplin and more than anything we want to help them recover from this disaster.

It feels like an impossible task, right? Well there are two things you can do to help the people of Joplin. One won't cost you anything but a little time.


If you are able, please donate. Disasters on this scale quickly deplete blood bank supplies. If you are physically able to donate blood, please take the time to do so.

The other option - join myself and the rest of Bloggers for Joplin in raising funds for a donation. We are accepting advertisers for the month of June with 100% of the proceeds going to help the people of Joplin, MO.

The following blogs are participating and accepting advertisers:

The Turnip Farmer is accepting 6 spots in my sidebar at $10 each. I will also be matching each donation dollar for dollar!

Sippy Cup Mom is accepting 6 spots at $25 each.

The Maven of Social Media is accepting 6 spots at $25 each.

Mommy PR is accepting 2 spots at $25 each.

Motherhood Unadorned is accepting 4 spots at $25 each.

Girl Gone Mom is accepting 2 spots at $25 each.

Crazy about My Baybah is accepting 6 spots at $25 each.

{Not Quite} Susie Homemaker is accepting 3 spots at $25 each.

Family and Life in Las Vegas is accepting 6 spots at $25 each.

Fun Finds For Families is accepting 6 spots at $25 each.

Family Friendly Frugality is accepting 8 spots at $25 each. (ALL SPOTS FILLED)

Sarah’s Deals is accepting $75 each for her 350x250 banner and her skyscraper. She is also accepting spots at $25 each.

Taming Insanity is accepting 6 spots at $20 each.

Three P’s in a Pod is accepting unlimited spots at $15 each.

StL Baseball App is accepting 4 spots at $10 each.


Tara of A Creation of Miracles is also looking to donate $300 for 3 families that are now homeless. These families work with her father. She is looking for $100 for each family.

You can visit her blog on more information and to donate to help these specific families!
If you are are a blog or a business looking to advertise, please let me know!

For specific questions about advertising on my blog, please email mommabrown08@gmail.com

If you are a reader looking to donate ANY AMOUNT, you can click on the Bloggers for Joplin button above and it will take you to Paypal to make a donation.

If you are a blogger looking to join our cause, please let us know at bloggersforjoplin@gmail.com and we will get you added to the list!

Thank you so much and please spread the word!



Monday, May 23, 2011

Take it Off, Week 12: The Magic of an NSV


The last two weeks have been pretty stressful. For the sake of not being one of those ding dongs that says way too much about their job in their blog – I will just leave it at 'work is keeping me busy'. :) It's part of why I had such a lame-o post last week. I just could not muster the energy to talk about anything that wouldn't be laced with expletives and musings about winning the Powerball. I was on auto-pilot as far as Medifast was concerned. It was something I could control. So I did the plan and just kept on trucking.

Even though I may have been planning my very own version of the rapture as I wasted an entire day of my life in jury duty two Thursdays ago; I am a pretty resilient person. I have my pity party, I move on and late last week I was back to appreciating the smaller things in life. When you are trying to do something as monumental as losing 100lbs, you must learn to appreciate the small victories. Its a long road and not every week can be filled with large losses or new notches in your belt. Sometimes its as simple as overcoming an obstacle that you may not have even realized was there until it was miles beind you.

In terms of weight loss, those are known as the NSV (Non-Scale Victory).

I had quite a few NSV's this week.

I'll start with my short stint in jury duty. First off, holy crap, I almost got put on a murder trial. MURDER! Thank goodness that judge was very understanding about my work obligations and let me out of service for that trial. Then I spent the rest of the day in the jury room, waiting, waiting, waiting to be picked for another trial. A round of the Price is Right and three soap opera's later, I was allowed to go home. Good god was I bored all day. I had nothing but time to sit around and watch people eat snack after snack from the vending machine. I thought I might be put on trial myself the way juror #125 was waving that bag of M&M's in front of me. But instead of quelling my boredom with carb-laden, no good for me junk, I pulled out my laptop and started to learn how to use Dreamweaver. I was pretty proud of myself for putting together this post. There is a linky in the text, which is actually part of a picture. I learned how to make a hot spot! I've got a long way to go but hey, I didn't eat any M&Ms!

I was also able to squeeze my ba-donk-a-donk into a pair of size 16 jeans. Now, I didn't wear those out in public because ummm....well, a blind man could have read my lips. But I got those bad boys on, zipped and buttoned, so I am totally counting it! But in other wardrobe news I wore a dress not once but twice this past weekend. Oh and heels. HEELS! I rarely wear heels because I'm just too dang heavy for them. The only time I was able to comfortably wear a pair of heels was at my wedding when I was 194lbs. When I was 240, it was torture. My weight would crush my toes and it was literally impossible to wear anything greater than a kitten heel. I was rockin it in my 4 inch wedges. And my legs, they might be beefy but they are hot. Oh yeah, I said it. Put your oven mitts on if you want to touch them. ;)

My biggest NSV (though not the one I am most excited about) was my ability to overcome my stress eating. Like I said, the last two weeks have been stressful. I contemplated a lot of bad foods. I stood in the grocery store and tried to decide which bad food would be 'better'. Ultimately though, I came back down to earth and decided I'd only be more stressed if I let the bad food win. That's when I went on auto-pilot and decided to stick to my plan.

Then I was faced with this:
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The cake at Jenni From the Blog's birthday party for her daughter Brynn. I won't kid you, I had some. But as far as cookouts go, I did really well. Lots of salad and a burger with no bun. Aside from the cake, I was fairly close to staying on plan.
Then this the following day:
The restaurant where my niece chose to celebrate her graduation.
Oh man...there was no winning here. Even the limited amount of veggies that were available were slathered in sauces and/or cheese. Blech. I hate buffets.

But my appetite was curbed when I watched my husband eat this:



So what is the NSV that I was most excited about? Being able to wear my engagement ring again after more than a three year hiatus. I have not been able to wear my ring since I was about 6 months pregnant with Izzy. I don't go crazy over jewelry but I love my ring so much. Believe me, I've tried cramming it on my finger. Since starting Medifast, I've tried it on a few times – as sort of a measuring stick of my success. This weekend, it slipped on as easily as the day Christian proposed. I am so happy that its right back where it belongs instead of collecting dust in my jewelry box.
Now with all this talk of NON scale victories, I'm sure you are wondering what my actual scale victory was this week. Well it was a small one but a victory none the less. I am down one more pound for a grand total of 27 pounds gone forever.

Think I can hit 30 by Monday? Cross your fingers for me. I'm going to try for it.

I'm happy with my one pound loss because even though its nothing terribly impressive, I've gained so much good in the past two weeks. The closer I get to 30 pounds, the clearer the finish line becomes and its the small victories that keep pushing me through the obstacles in my path.


Week one: -7 lbs
Week two: -5 lbs
Week three: -1 lbs
Week four: -3 lbs
Week five: -0 lbs (maintain on vacation)
Week six: -2 lbs
Week seven: -1.6 lbs
Week eight: -1.5 lbs  
Week nine: -0 lbs  le sigh. damn gravity!
Week ten: -3 lbs 
Week eleven: -2 lbs
Week twelve: -1 lb  
Total: 27 lbs gone forever!

If you’re interested in trying Medifast, I have a great deal for you!  Use the code TURNIP50 to get $50 off an order of $275. 
*FTC  Disclosure: Medifast provides their products for my personal use for  free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning    their products.  All thoughts  written here are mine. I love complaining  so I would tell you if I didn't like something in  the program. :)

~*Stephanie aka Goober Monkey*~

~*Jenni aka Jenni From the Blog*~

~*Tiffany aka Mom-Nom*~

~*Brandi aka 5 Monkies*~

~*Censide aka Building Our Story*~

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Missed Opportunities

I spent the evening packing up Izzy's winter clothes. In the process I also packed up some things that were mine as a child. Most she had worn at least once for a photo-op but I came across one item that much to my regret she never wore. It was a dress my mother made for me - one that I believe I wore on my first birthday. I knew it wouldn't fit Izzy as a dress but I thought I'd try it on her anyway. Maybe as a shirt? Unfortunately that didn't work out either since I couldn't get it buttoned in the back.

Nice smile, kid. Izzy has been experimenting with her smile. Given the opportunity, she will sit in front of a mirror and make all sorts of silly faces. Mostly though she will try on different smiles. It comes as no surprise to anyone in the family that she is a girly girl, just like her momma. She does her doll baby's hair, pretends to put on my make up and loves playing dress up. As you can see, she is quite the fashionista with her mini dress and light up Dora sneakers. :)

I'm bummed that I missed the chance to have Izzy wear this dress when she was a year old but we had fun trying it on anyway.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

WW: Wilmington Flower Market

I've decided to start a new Mother's Day tradition with Izzy - a trip to the Wilmington Flower Market.

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It was such a beautiful day. We weren't in a hurry to be anywhere. We were able to sit in the grass and enjoy the warm sunshine and each other's company. No appointments or schedules or rooms to clean. Just me and my girl. I know she won't remember this day - but it will stay with me for a very, very long time.

* Photo Credit: Rockford Tower photo on the bottom left was borrowed from Flickr.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Call me now! Psychic reading with Psychic Source



You've already clicked that 8-ball about a dozen times before you even started reading this post, didn't you?

You even took a little stock in what it had to say - even though right now you are just telling yourself its a silly toy, right?

It's ok, you don't have to admit it. But I will tell you when I was a kid, I lived and died by the predictions of the almighty Magic 8 Ball. And even when I got old enough to know better, every so often I'd give the oracle a shake and just hope (or not) that circumstances would turn out as predicted. I guess I just like to think there is a little magic at work in the world.

I've always wanted to have a psychic reading. I just think it would be fun to see how things turn out in contrast to what was predicted. I spoke to two psychics on the same evening at Psychic Source.

So how did the first psychic reading go?
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Alicia Rose also told me there is a trip in my future. If nothing else she said pans out, I would at least love a trip! In all, having a psychic reading with Alicia Rose was a very pleasant experience. She was easy to talk to and gave in depth explanations of the cards when I asked about them.

I had a second reading just a few minutes after hanging up with Alicia Rose. I wanted to see if I would get a completely different reading. This time I chose a man. Much to my surprise, the readings were strikingly similar. I asked both psychics if the results of my readings were normally what they saw. Both commented that no, in fact they were quite surprised that I was getting such a positive outlook in my reading. Usually for others they find that the cards are a mix of positive and negative - mine were all good things!

So here's hoping that all of their predictions come true! And Alicia, thanks for telling my husband that we shouldn't get a monkey. ;)

Take it Off, Week 11: Just a quickie - more later.



Hey everyone! I am gonna apologize in advance for the lame-o post. I really do have stuff to talk about but work has me swamped. So I figured it was more important to update you on my weight. I'm very pleased to tell you that I am down another 2lbs this week. I was worried I'd be claiming a zero loss today because last week was very stressful and the weight tends to stick with me when I am stressed out.

So here's the breakdown and we can chit chat later about something diet-y :)

Week one: -7 lbs
Week two: -5 lbs
Week three: -1 lbs
Week four: -3 lbs
Week five: -0 lbs (maintain on vacation)
Week six: -2 lbs
Week seven: -1.6 lbs
Week eight: -1.5 lbs  
Week nine: -0 lbs  le sigh. damn gravity!
Week ten: -3 lbs 
Week eleven: -2 lbs 
Total: 26 lbs gone forever!


If you’re interested in trying Medifast, I have a great deal for you!  Use the code TURNIP50 to get $50 off an order of $275. 

*FTC Disclosure: Medifast provides their products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning   their products.  All thoughts  written here are mine. I love complaining so I would tell you if I didn't like something in the program. :)

~*Stephanie aka Goober Monkey*~
~*Jenni aka Jenni From the Blog*~
~*Tiffany aka Mom-Nom*~
~*Brandi aka 5 Monkies*~
~*Censide aka Building Our Story*~

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Lessons on being awesome

So my friend Amy...what can I tell you about her? She is pretty much one of the most unique people I've ever met. And I mean that in a totally complimentary way. :)

Reasons why I think Amy is awesome:
- she loves art.
- she curses like a drunken trucker in a bar room brawl - but she does it in every day conversation.
- she loves wine almost as much as she likes cursing.
- she has white girl dreadlocks and I have to say, I've kinda always wanted to have them.
- not only does she love art but she is a talented artist as well

More than anything, she loves sharing art with other people. Amy loves art so much that she is now offering online courses. To celebrate the beginning of these course she is also giving away a gift certificate to skybluepink.com.

Do me a favor and go show Amy some blog love. I promise you - even if you aren't all artsy fartsy, her blog is still entertaining and worth checking out.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Y3W: Good Luck, Buttercup





Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The ways in which I torture my family

The Players
Cassie: My niece (my brother's daughter)
Summer: My Sister in Law (technically ex but when you've known 
each other since kindergarten, I'm not sweating technicalities)
Kelly: That's me, duh.



Show the squirrel some support: Squishy the Squirrel


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Happy Tuna


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Monday, May 9, 2011

Take it off, Week 10: Weebles Wobble

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This is a pretty fair representation of what I felt like two weeks ago. My weight stalled and even though I could see a difference in my shape, this is what I felt like. It was just a continuation of the week before where I just sorta felt all blah and not really into anything. Allergies have seriously been taking a toll on me. I felt squished and stretched out all at the same time. I didn't know if I was coming or going with this weight loss thing. I was doing (mostly) all the right things and I was stuck. I was doing my best not to get defeated and thanks to some friends from the twitter Medifast group and my nutritionist (what up, Jennifer!), once again I've persevered. 

Last Monday (5/2) I decided I was pissed off at my body and I was going to show it who's running the show around here. I started from square one. Medifast only, all the time. No soda, no condiments, no extras. I was slowly letting myself fall back into some bad habits. I had convinced myself that I had come so far in such a short time, what's a little extra ketchup on my southwest eggs? or I'm feeling lazy, I don't really need to weigh those veggies. Well, I'll tell you what a little extra ketchup is: it's a progress sucker. So last Monday I got back to basics. I put away the condiments, I put away the soda (even though they were diet). I weighed everything. I eased up on the exercise a bit (I can't say for sure but I may have been over doing it). And I drank more water than I thought was humanly possible.

You know what I got?

I got more awesome. (I know, I didn't think it was possible either!)

I lost 3 more pounds

Ketchup, I love ya. But you and me? We are breaking up. Maybe we'll see each other in the store once in a while and we'll say hi and look at one another wistfully. We'll recall the good times; the cheese fries, the hot dogs, that awesome char-burger where I paired you with a sinful amount of mayo. But you and I both know that we are not good for each other. We are a couple of enablers. The love affair has run it's course. I'll miss you but I've got to set you free.

What else have I been up to? I am more productive than ever. Walking during my lunch break. Taking my daughter for bike rides. Getting things done around the house. Though you wouldn't know from the looks of it - doing some Spring cleaning (we'll talk about space saver bags later but omg, love them!). I've recaptured that burst of energy that I had in the first month of Medifast. Now that I remember what it's like, I DO NOT want to lose this again.

So where did I go wrong? How did I fall off the tracks (sort of)? Is it because the diet is hard to stick to?

Nope, not at all. 

It all came down to personal choices. While I may not have acknowledged it in the moment, looking back I knew those tastes, bites and licks would catch up to me. I knew, because of my past issues with overeating that I could easily fall back into bad habits. This is something I will have to work on my entire life. Medifast can help me build the confidence to work through it but only I can resolve this issue within myself. But I had fooled myself into thinking that I was ok. Look at me! I resisted Easter candy! No Cadbury eggs have passed through these lips! But the extras weaseled their way in literally right under my nose.

If anything though, I think this is further proof that this plan works if you work it. Since getting back on track, I am down 3lbs in a week and I feel fantastic again. And aside from indulging in a bread stick and a few sips of a cocktail at the Olive Garden when my father took us out for Mother's Day, I was even able to stay on plan when eating out. I planned for that meal and made good choices in preparation of those extra calories. I knew that I would feel better about things and see better results by arming myself with the resolve to make better choices. Its true in all aspects of life that the little things are what make a big difference. Success on this plan is important to me on so many levels. It's too easy to fail.

It is always difficult to choose between what is right and what is easy. I've been all over the map. But I know which path I'm taking from now on. Do you?


Week one: -7 lbs
Week two: -5 lbs
Week three: -1 lbs
Week four: -3 lbs
Week five: -0 lbs (maintain on vacation)
Week six: -2 lbs
Week seven: -1.6 lbs
Week eight: -1.5 lbs  
Week nine: -0 lbs  le sigh. damn gravity!
Week ten: -3 lbs 
Total: 24.1 lbs gone forever!


If you’re interested in trying Medifast, I have a great deal for you!  Use the code TURNIP50 to get $50 off an order of $275. 

*FTC Disclosure: Medifast provides their products for my personal use for free. I am not paid or compensated in any other way for mentioning   their products.  All thoughts  written here are mine. I love complaining so I would tell you if I didn't like something in the program. :)

~*Stephanie aka Goober Monkey*~
~*Jenni aka Jenni From the Blog*~
~*Tiffany aka Mom-Nom*~
~*Brandi aka 5 Monkies*~
~*Censide aka Building Our Story*~


Please Touch Museum Giveaway - The winner is....


Commenter #5, Heather from Localfunforkids.com!


Hope you have a great time, Heather! Please email me at mommabrown08@gmail.com so that I can send your passes to you.

Thank you to all that entered. I've never done a giveaway before and even though the entries were low, I'd like to think it was a success. Thanks for your support and hopefully we can try this again in the future!




Disclaimer: The Please Touch Museum did not provide these passes and are not sponsors of this giveaway. These passes were purchased via Living Social. Unfortunately they will expire before I have the opportunity to use them. Once a winner is chosen, the voucher will be transferred to the winner. Got it?

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


Drink a margarita for me :)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Seven minutes in heaven

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She wasn't pretty but he was in love. The affair was short but the passion will last a lifetime.




Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Giveaway! Philadelphia Please Touch Museum


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Have you been to the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park yet? This is one of my favorite destinations in Philadelphia. Honestly, I don't know who enjoys it more, Izzy or me!
If you've never been, this is your chance to check it out for free! I've got these passes that expire on May 27th and I can't get there between now and then. How fortunate for you that I like to share and hate it when good things go to waste! 

There is so much to do there it's tough to get it all done in one day. But somehow a toddler demands that it all be seen, touched and heard.
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Playing Super Market Sweep!
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Ethan showing her how it's done.
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Sharing a healthy lunch in the city park with her pal Carter.
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Proving that it's not a man's world.
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Making the rounds on the carousel.
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Growth spurt or a walk in Alice's Wonderland?
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Tea Time with the Mad Hatter.
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Every kid's favorite part of the museum!
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Mission Accomplished!

So do you want to go or what?!? We always have so much fun when we go. These photos don't even show half of the experience you'll have at PTM. Have your camera battery charged. You will want to capture all the smiles and squeals of delight from your kids!

What do you get?
You will receive 4 admission passes to the museum, 4 tickets to ride the carousel and my well wishes that you have an awesome time!

What do I want? 
Well, I need some lovin'. Twitter lovin', Facebook lovin', blog lovin'. You name it, I need it! Hell, Please Touch me too! Ok...wait. No. That would be inappropriate. But I'll need you to do all the other stuff.

What do you need to do?
Choose one or all of the options below. Then come back here and tell me what you did. I would suggest that you put each entry in a separate comment to increase your chances of winning.

- Like me on Facebook (I know you really want to love me. But that's not an option)
- Follow me on Twitter
- Like 'Blog with Love' on Facebook
- Follow 'Blog with Love' on Twitter
- Vote for my blog on Circle of Moms (you can vote once a day. That means you can put a new entry into this contest every day!)
- Follow my blog through Google Connect (over there in the sidebar) 

If you already follow me, those count as entries as well.

Contest ends at midnight, May 8th. The winner will be chosen and announced Monday, May 9th. The winner will have 24hours to contact me and will receive the voucher via email. If that person does not respond, then another drawing will be held.

Good Luck and have fun! Share some of your pics on my wall in Facebook. I can't wait to hear about what a great time you had!




Disclaimer: The Please Touch Museum did not provide these passes and are not sponsors of this giveaway. These passes were purchased via Living Social. Unfortunately they will expire before I have the opportunity to use them. Once a winner is chosen, the voucher will be transferred to the winner. Got it?

 
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