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Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Resolutions....

Normally I don't set any goals for myself because I really suck at meeting them. Well, this year is different. In the 2011 year, I've learned so much (especially from Blogging) and one of those things is how to meet goals. So, I've made a list of those goals that I want to meet within the New Year. Each time I meet one, I'll come back to this post and mark it off.




Well, here's my List:

1. Get Married
2. Get my Dentures
3. Obtain a driver's license (yes I'm 24 and still don't drive... crazy right?)
4. Finish the Silenced Books (Lots of work here)
5. Expand my blog and obtain my own domain address
6. Quit Smoking (This starts very soon)
7. Organize much needed spots within the home
8. Get back into shape (loose weight)

Monday, December 26, 2011

I Caught Santa......

While visiting my Mom for the holidays, my fiance and I created an awesome picture (which I won in a giveaway).... Lil Miss was thrilled.... take a look at who he caught in our house (wink wink)....




Created at:  www.icaughtsanta.com

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

I just want to wish everyone Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Hope you have a happy and safe holiday.  See you afterward.



Friday, December 23, 2011

10 of the Most Annoying Things Women Do That Men Dont Say Anything About

It's a proven fact: Men love women. Always have and always will. They love the way they are. Men are fascinated by the way, us women look (both in the morning and after the shower), our smell, and even our little moments we have where we do the most stupid things. Most of the time. they will do anything to ensure their woman is happy.... although there are times we get on their nerves. I've talked to several men and came up with 10 of the most annoying things women do (without realizing it) from a mans point of view.



10. Talk About Other Woman - We get it. Women always try to be the center of attention in our lives. But it doesn't need to be at the expense of another woman. You don't have to point out the "flaws" in other women to get us to see how great you are. We already know. If we didn't think you were great... we wouldn't be with you. We'd walk (or in some cases, run) away. It's, in our opinion, wrong. Some men think it's sexier when a woman compliments another instead of picking the flaws and focusing on them.

9. Step By Step Updates- Women tend to spend a lot of their day updating their social websites with each and every move they plan on doing throughout their day. Honestly, this isn't sexy. Men don't want to know you started your period and have cramps.... or.... if your eating Taco's... Watch how much information you share. Knowing your every step isn't very attractive. Keep the guys guessing as well as the world.

8. Fighting Over The Internet- What man doesn't like the typical cat fight? But when it's all you post about.... many men find it extremely annoying. This just shows trashy instead of classy. This shows the lack of self control and unable to keep your cool. If they take their fights with their girlfriends online.... what will she do when we get into a fight? I know we don't want the entire world to know about our differences. This kind of makes it hard to trust woman and not know what extent they will take things to.

7. Getting to Attached- We enjoy the company. But there's a time when it goes too far. We don't need to be with you all the time. Men need their space too. They expect men to be there at their waking moment in the morning and expect us to be there the moment we get home from work. We need our time too. Then, there are those time when we are out with our friends and all she does is text or call. "I know I'll be happy to share any exciting moments I experienced but it's hard to do this when I have my phone stuck in my hand because I'm replying to a text message or answering her call." Let us have our time without contact. This will only make us miss you more and want to be with you.

6. Constantly Wants To Shop- Women seem to make a shopping trip last all day. They go into the store with their list or with what they need in mind. Then, they take all day just to get everything (and then some). Another thing is when they go into the store to buy something for someone else and seem to only be picking out items they want. Most of the time they don't need it but they buy it anyway. This shows a bit of being selfish. If you go into a store to pick out a gift of some sort, don't buy for yourself as well just because you want it. Save this for another time. Show that you can actually shop for someone other than yourself.

5. Constantly Being Needy- Women tend to get so comfortable in a relationship, they tend to begin to rely on men for every need. It could could be either mental, emotional, or physical. They tend to have the impression that men are there for this purpose. But, in fact, we would like to be on the same level with you. Honestly, we don't want to be the emotional crutch for your insecurities. We don't mind being there sometimes but when it becomes an all the time thing.... it's a huge turn off.

4. Constantly Complaining- Life can be rough sometimes. We all know this. But one thing some women tend to do is complain about everything. They complain about their hair not going right or their weight (even though she looks great the way she is). There can't be that much in life that upsets you and there has to be something that makes you happy. This makes men think you're hard to please which is another turn off.

3. Overly Emotional or constant whining- Women are in touch with their sensitive side. Men know this but sometimes it goes over board. Women who whine about everything get just plain out annoying. They whine about the smallest things such as their hair not going right or they are feeling insecure. They whine about the lady at the store who took too long at the check out or the long line waiting at the bank. They even whine about things men don't actually think about. The constant whining is a mood killer. Then, some women will cry over the smallest thing. Such as taking things the wrong way or looking too far into something that was said. Showing you care is one thing but when that caring turns into constant whining, it makes some men want to run for the door.

2. Constantly Over-dressing- Yes, men like a nice clean look and like women who show they take care of themselves. But there are some women who take this too far. It's extremely annoying to look at a woman and the first thing I notice is the eye make-up she's got on. I don't want her beautiful eyes drowned out with a bright blue or even black. When we plan on a date, it takes them forever to get ready. Your human. Therefore, each strand of hair doesn't need to be perfect. There's really no need to keep running to the bathroom to check your make up. It didn't run away nor is it going to. You look great... put it on (lightly) and forget about it while we are out. This just shows that maybe she will care for herself more then actually spending time with me.

1. Dwelling on the Past- The past is there for a reason so let it go. I don't want to hear about something I did months ago when a disagreement arises. Throwing it up in my face during an argument isn't proving anything except that you have a hard time letting things go. Once it's over and we worked it out, let it go and don't bring it up again. This falls under the nagging as well. Then, sort of a way to punish us, they use sex as a weapon during the fights. We aren't kids. Don't bring up the past and expect us not to react. The same with sex, it's not for your personal enjoyment or your weapon.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Holiday Surprise

The other day, I had written a blog on my plans changing and it really bummed me out. Come to find out... it all wasn't true. I was led to believe it was but in fact, it was all part of a surprise. I am now blogging from the comfort of my Mom's living room. Therefore, my daughter and I won't be alone for Christmas.

Currently, we are making pillows, cookies, and making memories. My jolly spirit is back and I'm sooo excited for Christmas.

What are you excited for this year?


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Just Doesn't Feel Like Christmas

I'm sure everyone has had one of these years. Well, this year is mine. For the past week, I've been racking my brain on how I was doing Christmas this year. Hubby works which will leave my daughter and I at home with no car. Therefore, no way to travel and see family. I thought it'd be nice to do our Christmas early and travel to my Mom's for the next few days. Therefore, Little Miss and I would wake up to family and be around others for Christmas.

This sounded like a great plan. Though I hadn't thought of all the stress it would cause. I planned it where we would have our Christmas tonight and my Mom would pick us up on Thursday to go to her house until Sunday. Then, Monday we (hubby including) would go to my Dad's for Christmas Part 3.

That all changed. After we let our daughter open her gifts, I found out it's too much running for me to go to my Moms and plans were changed. Now, not only are we going to be home without a way to see our family. So, my jolly attitude for this year is over. It doesn't feel like Christmas anymore. Due to the plans changing, our Christmas is now over... so I wanted to share the pictures of Little Miss and her favorite gifts....

Our Tree and Little Misses Gifts


Waiting for Mommy to say it was okay to open



Lala Loopsy Doll she just loves.


Little Miss and her Buzz light year

Once I edit the photos, I'll have more later... But until then, here's a video of my daughter saying what she's thankful for.... (a tradition we do before we open our gifts)




Friday, December 16, 2011

Worst 911 call.....

I'm under the impression that 911 serves to those citizen who are in the need of help because of an emergency. Though it doesn't always go the way you'd think. Take a look at this video:




Just listening to this has my blood near boiling. No one should ever have to deal with this.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Lights 2011---- MUST WATCH

This is amazing. Thank you to all the troops for doing their thing. I appreciate you ALL no matter what branch.


Welfare Bums vs. People Who Need Help

One issue/topic I've seen flooding the internet between blogs and other social media sites are based on the assistance that states provide to their residents in the times of need. I for one have a strong opinion on this because I've walked the "hard" road and needed assistance to help me get through it. I completely understand those who work are tired of pretty much supporting those who abuse the system. Therefore, I decided to enlighten everyone with my thoughts on this issue as well.

First, I do know that everyone who turns to the assistance office for help isn't always those who abuse the system. I don't like hearing when people take advantage of it. When we came up to our rough time in our life, we needed the food stamps to feed our family because the income just wasn't enough. I've read an article where one person was complaining how she saw people use food stamps to buy steak, lobster, and birthday cakes. This made me a little mad. I don't see how this is even relevant to abusing the system. I would have to disagree. I don't think that anyone on "welfare" as a lesser person than I. They deserve nutrition just as much as the working American. On the other hand, she mentioned seeing a guy who ran a small business and bought the food for this business with his food stamps. So, technically the government is running his business that he's getting a profit from. This I felt was wrong. Yes, that's abusing the system.

I think some people don't realize that no all who are getting assistance, aren't low lives who refuse to work. Some just can't help it. I've also seen people post on their Facebook status's something along the lines of: "Well, just paid 6500 to the welfare bums".... or.... "Welfare bums really need to stop being losers and get a job. I'm tired of paying their way through life." Seriously? How ignorant!!!

I have seen the question arise asking if people think those who are on welfare should take a drug test. This one I would agree to. I don't see a problem with it here. It would help "weed" the system out of those who are only there to abuse the system. If I had to do the drug test when I needed the help, I wouldn't have had a problem with it. I know companies make their employers do drug testing so they can work.... I think it's fair to have those seeking assistance/getting assistance to do the same.


Another aspect I've read is where people are in a check out line with a buggy over flowing with food and they pull out a food stamp card while talking on their iPhone. This by far disturbed me. I know when I was getting assistance, there was no way I would be able to afford the iPhone along with the data package monthly. I feel if someone can afford to pay for a smart phone such as the iPhone, they could be using that money to pay their bills or feed their kids. Therefore, not needing as much help.

Then, there are those people who collect Social Security Income and just enjoy life while relaxing all day long. Now, don't get me wrong on this. I'm not talking about those who actually need the disability. I can understand if a hard working man takes a fall at work and gets injured... and can't work anymore due to this fall. I can't understand where those who have gotten by only because they are to lazy to go to work or make a bunch of excuses (such as I'm depressed, I'm diabetic, I have social anxiety) even when those around them know damn well they are pretty much just sick in their heads. This again, is abusing the system.

When I faced financial hardship and turned to the assistance office, I only used the resources I needed. (Food Stamps and medical for my child). I had WIC offered to me but declined only because I know the food that came in the checks, my daughter doesn't eat. Therefore, I wouldn't be taking food out of a child's mouth who needs it just because I qualified for it. If only everyone thought this way at times.

So, in conclusion this post isn't written to offend. These are just my responses to some of the articles and posts I've read on this subject.

Do you think everyone who applies for assistance should be drug tested? What are your thoughts on those who abuse the system?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

ATTN: Bloggers.....

Are you interested in guest blogging here at Rae Beth's Corner?

I'm looking for several bloggers at this time to come and join in with me, for FREE. There's absolutely no cost however I do ask that you mention in a post on your blog about you being a guest here at Rae Beth's Corner and provide my button within your post.

For more information, please contact me at raebethmcgee (at) hotmail (dot) com

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Taking Things For Granted.....

Ten years ago, I wouldn't have told you that I would have seen myself sitting here in my kitchen being thankful for the things such as solid foods, cold drinks, or any other thing we take in our daily lives for granted.

On November 14th, I had a full mouth extraction. Yes, as some already know I'm only twenty-four years old. Due to medical needs, I had to have every tooth pulled. Here it is almost four weeks later and I want to share more of this journey with you. First, this is what I looked like two days after the surgery. (Remember it's taking a lot to share this.)



I've been thinking about sharing this just didn't know how much I would actually touch with my words. I'd like to see this post make you think. Let me tell you that I regret not being thankful for having my teeth when they were healthy. Living with out them at this moment in time is hard.

I am completely embarrassed with how I look. My image has changed so much. I can't even bare looking in the mirror but I go about my day not even thinking about this. Some would think it wouldn't be that bad. Well, at times it is. Like when I'm hungry and I see people around me eating foods I love. I just want to grab some as well but then I remember I can't really chew it. So, I go to the cabinet and grab more soup or pasta. At this point that's pretty much what I can eat.

About five days after my surgery, I was out shopping with my Mom even though I didn't want to. But I had no choice. I felt like everyone was looking at me. At first I couldn't deal with the cold which in turn made my jaw hurt. I didn't eat so we decided to stop at Bob Evans. This way I could take my pain meds as well. While we were there, I saw my mom and her husband order some great looking food.

After our food arrived, my step dad started complaining about not getting all of his bacon he ordered. They forgot one piece. I was baffled by this. Here he was ABLE to eat bacon and all he could do was think about that one strip of bacon. WOW... was all I thought. So, I told him, "At least you can eat it. Just be thankful for that."

After saying this I looked at my mom and said "It's amazing how much in life we take for granted." While they enjoyed their nice hot solid meals, I enjoyed mashed potatoes and gravy with hot coco. And even tried a strawberry smoothy, thinking the cold would help my swelling.

So, the moral of this story is to be thankful for EVERYTHING in life. Not just the big stuff.

What small thing in your life are you thankful for?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I am NOT the House Maid.....

One thing that I think my family has set in their mind is that I'm not only Mom but the maid as well. It never fails. When dishes need done, they rely on me to do them. When clothes need put away... guess what... that's up to me. When toys need picked up... yep you guessed it... that's up to me.

I've tried the Chore list thing several times but they looked at me like I was playing a joke. As I sit here today and think about every thing I plan on doing while my daughter is in school, it occurred to me that darling hubby doesn't have the same plans.


His plans are the normal as any other day when he doesn't work. Sitting in his chair, with his laptop, playing video games, and talking to people on Skype. Now don't get me wrong. I love doing stuff for my family. But when it comes down to picking up tools from the repair of the shelf or toys that made their way to the livingroom.... it becomes quite annoying.

Do you deal with this? If you do and found a way to get the family to do their part, what was it?

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Video From Santa to Your Child

I found a pretty awesome website that allows you to create a video in a few short steps to send to your child from Santa. I created one and my daughter loved it. Check out her video: Emma's Video From Santa





You can make one too. Here!!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Best Left Buried Book Review


                               
Book Title: Best Left Buried






Author: Cindy Hutchins
ISBN: 9781618423634

Arliss Pardot was found as a child in a house with a corpse and hundreds of caged birds. She was adopted and forgot everything. Now, the death of her birth mother in mental institution in North Carolina brings her back to a town full of dark, forgotten secrets - secrets which are Best left Buried.



Review:

Best Left Buried is a great horror story that takes you on a journey that is both confusing and captivating. The story pulls you right in. Arliss Pardot lives a life that's unspeakable as a child. Once she's adobted, she decides to forget the past and plan for the future with Nick, her love. This all changes when she gets a call saying her birth mother has passed and shes needed to return to North Carolina for the funeral. Upon her arrival, Arliss realizes something isn't right. Before she realizes it, she finds she's the key to the local mystery and legend.


Best left Buried is a book one could read and not want to put down. The journey keeps pulling you in more and more. It leaves you wanting to know more. Christmas is right around the corner and Best Left Buried would make the perfect gift for a loved one who loves horror stories.

Best Left Buried is available on Amazon and at other retailers.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Secret Santa... MUST READ



As I was doing my normal this morning.... Like reading news posting on the local news website and making my rounds on Yahoo.... I came across this wonderful story about a Secret Santa. I personally know what it's like to struggle during the Christmas season. As a matter of fact, this year is one of those years. But who hasn't faced a struggle during Christmas??

This amazing man who only identified himself as the "Secret Santa" travels to places and looks for those who may be in need. Once he finds the perfect person that he's looking for.... you ready for this... he talks to them and then hands them $100 cash. Then, wishes them a Merry Christmas....



If this interests you.... check out the full story here: Secret Santa (Full Story)

Picture from Yahoo.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Beginnings this Christmas Season

I've noticed that there are several bloggers (including myself) that are doing the Christmas traditions a little different this year. If some of you bloggers out there are looking for something creative to do... I just might have the idea for you. I believe that there are too many children out there that really think Christmas is about the presents, money, and Santa. They expect the expensive gifts and aren't happy with anything less. (I personally know kids this way.) I refuse to let my child think this way. That is why we are changing things up a bit.

On Christmas Eve, the family will come together in the kitchen and bake cake. This cake can/will be decorated in any way my Princess wants. We're adding sprinkles and candles this year. On the top, it will read, "Happy Birthday Jesus." I'm hoping this will help my daughter see that Christmas is for Jesus. Not for the gifts.

On Christmas Day, she will open three gifts. Yep, that's it. Three. We aren't going all out this year. I feel our daughter was becoming all about the presents. I don't want that. Jesus had three gifts brought to him from the three wise men and that's going to be good enough for my child. Afterward, we will visit our family and have dinner. The entire family will gather around the cake we baked the night before and sing "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. This way all children in our family will see the reason for Christmas.

If you like this idea, use it. I'd love to hear your Christmas ideas for this year. Thanks for reading.

Takes some getting used to.... is... an under statement...

Just to refresh every one's memory or update the new readers, I had oral surgery on the 14th of November. The surgery went well though the surgeon did say it was a tough surgery. The first two days weren't really much for me because I was off in la la land.

About the third day after my surgery, I got up and began being part of the world again. I could only be up out of bed for a few minutes at a time because I kept getting light headed. One thing I hated up to this point was having to rinse with warm salt water. I just hate the taste of plain salt. On the third day, I ventured a car ride to my mother's for the weekend. This was rough. I kept getting car sick.

Once I got to Mom's and she helped me get comfortable.. it wasn't too bad. I must say I don't know what I would have done if my mom wasn't right beside me for this ride. She made sure I was taken care of as well as my daughter. I must say she did an awesome job.

Now I just hit the two week mark. I'm feeling a lot better than what I was. I'm pretty much back to the same routine I had. But I'm fighting to get back on schedule. All the sleep caused me to fall out of my normal routine.

My daughter, which is 5, helped me out a lot. She was always trying to help in some way. She even went to the extent of asking my grand-mother if she was going to give her false teeth to her mommy one morning while my grand-mother was doing her morning routine. (I had to share this.)

Today was the first day where the swelling in my face went down a lot. I was actually able to talk. I'm praying that it continues to go and stay down. I hate the swelling. It makes it so much more hard to talk.

I can say that having no teeth is life changing and hard to adjust to. I keep finding myself trying to eat foods without thinking. I never had to deal with not being able to chew up food. It's tough. Psychologically it's hard. I'm 24 years old without my real teeth. Takes a lot to say that for me. I know deep inside it's for the best but it's still hard to believe I have no teeth.

In reality, I know every thing will work out in the end and my health will be much better. I'll even be able to use my college degree and FINALLY work. Now that's exciting.

I want to thank all of my reader's who have followed my journey so far and I want to thank all of you who are reading this right now.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Isn't he beautiful....


I'm a very proud aunt of four nieces and one nephew.... don't get me wrong I love them all... but there's just something about my nephew that makes me smile each and every time I look at this adorable face.... don't you agree??



Wordpress vs Blogger

It came to my attention that on Blogger, a blog can be disabled at anytime. I don't like the idea of this. So, I decided to check out Wordpress to see if it was an option for me. As I was looking through Wordpress, I came to the conclusion that it seems very confusing.

I imported one of my blogs from blogger to wordpress. It seems just the titles were imported. Therefore, in order to get each of my posts on word press... I'd have to manually transfer them. Then, I came up to a situation where I have a home video posted on Blogger. Wordpress won't let free accounts to add video's. This is a bummer.

So, all you wordpress users out there.... can you give me some tips for a new wordpress user? I'd love to have a nice background and fonts... but this too looks to be only for those who pay. :-/

Perhaps someone can help me out here and tell me some tips on making this easier. I don't want to loose my blog. Therefore, I'd love to make my own rules by purchasing my own domain and what-not after the holidays.

Ok... get those idea's coming... I'm feeling very over-whelmed here.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Google Friend Connect to be retired soon.....


I've gotten word and even seen the announcement made by google that the Google Friend Connect widget will soon be retired for non-Blogger sites. What's your thoughts on this?

This is due to be happening in March. Here's the article:

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

So Excited!!!!!!!



I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving. I know I'm excited to be with my family and enjoy our time together. I'm thankful for a wonderful family who's been there for me during this surgery and recovery. What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Carrying on our tradition of The Nutcracker

Guest post written by Carol Thompson

Years ago when my daughter was just four, we decided to take her to see the Nutcracker as part of her Christmas present. Well, we decided to continue that tradition by going and seeing the ballet every year that we could. There were a few years when money was tight and we couldn't really afford to do that. But we've continued that tradition over the years and I look forward to that almost as much as exchanging presents.

This year was no different and I went online to order the tickets like I always do. While I was online doing that, I ran across the website hearingaids.miracle-ear.com and after I looked through it a little bit, I thought that I would give myself the gift of hearing aids as an early Christmas present.

I can't wait for us to go and see The Nutcracker this year, especially because of the early Christmas present that I gave myself! But also because this is the first time that my daughter's new husband will be joining us! I think it will be a special visit to the ballet.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Progress So Far

I hope this post finds everyone doing well. I know it's been a while but with good reason. The surgery went great. My hubby and Mom both said the surgeon did an awesome job. So far there's no bruising. The pain is really more described as discomfort. It's definitely different. I'll say one thing... you don't realize how much in life you take for granted until you go through something like this. Eating has definitely been a task.

My Mom has been through every step of the way which I think made it much easier to deal with. (Mom always makes it better, right?) Hopefully, I'll be back to reviews and giveaways very soon. As well as my normal posting. Trying to focus on me at the moment and getting back to my normal self.

I want to thank everyone who's given me an encouraging email or comment. Love reading them and yes they do help. So once again Thank you.

Well, I'm off to bed. Thanks for reading and hopefully I'll see you again soon. Until then, take care and in case I'm not back by then.... Happy Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Guest Bloggers Needed

Hello,

I'm interested in having five guest bloggers here on my blog for next week. I'd love it if some of those whitty, outspoken Women out there would join me here at RaeBeth's Corner. I'll be having surgery on Monday and would love to have a few awesome people join me. If interested, please email me at raebethmcgee (at) hotmail (dot) com

Can't wait to hear from you!!!!

The Day Before....

So, as some of you know.... I've had problems with my teeth and it's been a rather long journey to getting them fixed. I've had a very rough road. My full mouth extraction will be done tomorrow at 10 am.

Right now I'm not sure how to feel about this. I'm extremely nervous and it's taking it's toll on me. You see... I've never had surgery before. So, this is a pretty big ordeal.

I have several concerns. The first is I'm afraid this will have a negative outcome for my daughter and her views of the dentist. I don't want her to be afraid to go because of seeing what I'm about to go through.

Second, I'm 24 years old. I feel this is rather young to be loosing all of my teeth. Yes, it's a good thing because I wont be in pain anymore and I'll slowly be able to eat foods I once loved. I'm looking at it this way.... once it's done... there's no going back. So, I pray I don't have any issues with the dentures. I don't want to be 24 years old without teeth. That would just look and be horrible.

Third... I can handle some pain. That's for sure. I've put up with lots of it over five years. But I just pray that it's not over my limit and from what I know I can handle.

So, this will be the last post I make until I begin to feel better (hopefully this week sometime). I'll have a few guest bloggers so keep your eyes out for their awesome posts.

Until next time....... <3

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday






We have tons going on right now. We are saving for Christmas, our Wedding, and our Honeymoon. This past week went by rather quick so far. Our daughter had to go to the doctor's and miss a day of school this week due to bronchitis. But she's doing much better now. My daughter's visiting her Grandmother this week which gave me some time to think about what I'm thankful for.

The things I am most thankful for are:

- First and foremost, Life itself.
         I've been battling bad dental problems since I was a child. The past five years have been a bit rough for me. Every day was a different journey. The pain I experienced, the judgement, and the heartache. Nothing can top being thankful for Life.


- My family.
        They are standing behind me 100% as I go though this life changing event which is rather scary for me. On Monday, I'll be going through a full mouth extraction surgery. This will be the first time I have ever been put "under" for anything.

- My health and my family's health:
         We have seen several deaths within the past week. (Prayers and hugs goes to those who lost a family member.)

- Pain killers.....
      I'm definitely going to need them after Monday.


- My loyal readers.
        I just love when you leave me comments and tid bits. You make the blogging world worth it. Thanks for being there and supporting me.

-My Sponsor's
       The companies who agree to allow me to review their products. I must say I truly enjoy working with each of you.


Monday, November 7, 2011

My Princess is Sick (Even though it doesnt seems like it)

Last night, Princess woke me up coughing so hard it took her breath. It really scared both of us. So, this morning right after she left for school (the coughing only happens at night).... Hubby called the doctor and made her an appointment. After school, Hubby and Princess went off to the doctors... Let me remind you... she's ADHD which makes office visits a little rough because she's always bouncing off the walls. Here's Hubby's way of keeping her some what calm... and it's rather entertaining:





Overloaded with Stress

I'm sure most of the blogging world would agree that when we write/post our finds, giveaways, reviews, and stories; it helps with our stress level in some way. Well, normally this would work for me. But I don't think for the next week anything will work.

The long awaited for dental surgery is Monday, Nove 14th. ONE WEEK FROM TODAY! And I am freaking out. It's my first surgery.

One thing I hate and I mean hate is doing something blind-folded. (Not literally) I feel this is like walking with a blind fold on. You have no idea what is coming your way.

I'm the type of person that needs to follow a list, schedule, or know what I am needed to do. Well, my surgery falls under none of that. So yeah I am freaking out. I feel this coming week is going to be full of restless nights and anxiety of the unknown.

Is anyone else like this?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Awesome Addition to my Library-- Great Idea for the Holidays

I've had plenty of time to enjoy the Nook Color by Barnes and Noble. I must say it was the best investment I've made in a long time. Normally, my living room and my bedroom had books every where. They'd sit and collect dust until I came back around to read them again.

As we all know eBook readers are top of the market today. Everyone is looking into buying one. Well, I did. The Nook Color by Barnes and Noble is simply awesome. I love it.



At first I wasn't sure if I was willing to give up the feel of a book and give up turning the pages of a book. Now it's all done with the touch of a finger. But it didn't take me long to realize how great this investment is.

The Nook Color serves more than just the purpose of a electronic library. It has many more functions. The Apps available help make this an extraordinary device. A few of my favorite apps that I use all the time are: Fliq Notes, Fliq Tasks, Nook Word of the Day, and Email. There's over a thousand apps you can choose from. Prices range from free to approx $5.00

I've noticed that most of the apps range in the free to $1.00 range. How awesome is that? Some of the apps that I'm looking into are ones that can help my daughter in kindergarten learn. So, now it's not only for reading and apps.... but learning too.

So, while you're out shopping this holiday season.... I'd recommend getting the Nook Color for your loved one.

The Nook Color also has several different accessories you can purchase to make the experience better and protect your Nook. Take a look:


                                               Awesome!!!!
 














*NOTE* This is not a paid review. It is written in my own opinion.

I Signed The Pledge and So Can YOU

I haven't been a wittness of it and I know I won't be (now that I signed the pledge).... this pledge is known for women standing together, speaking up, to stop online bullying among Moms.

I know if I get word that my daughter is being bullied in school, I want to do something about it quick. I contact the school in hopes that this situation will be resolved.

I was a victim of bullying while in school. (Im not embarrassed to say because it just makes those who do the bullying look like an ass).

And now I will stand up and help the fight against bullying online among Moms. (Which I must say is ridiculous) We don't want our children or family to go through it.... So, why would you want to put someone else through it.

So, join me now and sign the pledge HERE. You'll be happy you did it. I am.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Awesome Update

As some of you already know, I've been waiting a very long time to find the means to get my dental health in order and fix what's broken. This past week, I got the phone call I've been waiting for during the last five years. (Previous posts on my blog will explain why I had to wait so long).

After countless months of fighting insurance companies and dental offices, I was finally approved for my full mouth extraction plus dentures. AWESOME.... But we already knew that one... LOL

Anyway, this week the oral surgeon's office called to SCHEDULE my SURGERY!!!!!

Therefore, I'll be blogging up until Nov. 13.... in which on the 14th will be my surgery. I'd love it if you all hang out with me and keep my spirits up and fears down until then. What do ya say?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Awesome Blog..... Check it out....

I just wanted to thank "Mama to 4 Blessings" for helping me out the past few days. I really think everyone should head on over to her page and check it out. Become one of her followers as well. I promise you won't be disappointed.




Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

All my awesome followers.... do me a favor please.....

Hop on over to an awesome blog and check it out. This awesome Mom has entered her beautiful daughters into a contest. Please vote for them. I extend my appreciation to those who join in and vote. Have a wonderful night.



Friday, October 28, 2011

Facebook Fan Page

I would love for everyone to hop on over to my facebook page and check it out. You can use this as another means to keep updated on new posts, blog hops, reviews, and awesome giveaways that I find. Please let me know if you have a page as well and I will check it out. I'm always looking for new facebook friends. :)

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I'm Getting Married

I wanted to announce to all of my readers.... My fiance and I set our wedding date. Aug. 11, 2012. I'm so excited/stressed as well.

We've already picked out our Honeymoon location... I'm so excited for this. We are going to a couple's only resort... bunch of romantic things involved. More info to come on this at a later date.

I've already found my wedding dress, matron of honor's dress, groom's attire, flower girls dress, and the rings.

So, what's your favorite wedding memory?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Waiting Game

 As everyone who's been following along with my story knows, I'm in the process of preparing for a full mouth extraction.

This past Wednesday I met with the dental surgeon who may be doing the surgery providing the insurance approves it from that aspect. They told me that the procedure would be about two hours long and I'd be put "to sleep". This sounds good so I don't have to go through the entire two hours watching what they are doing.

At this point in time, I have no idea when they are going to do it. I guess the way it works is... my home dentist got the approval for the dentures. I misunderstood them thinking this was for everything. The insurance company has to also approve the "plan" and agree to pay for what the surgeon has planned. They said that it will be a rough road to recovery but once it's done... I will be agreeing that this was the best thing I ever did.

In all bluntness, I'm scared shitless. I'm so nervous. I have a five year old and my fiance works. He can put her off to school but I'm the one who normally gets her off the bus. So, at this point I have no idea how we are going to work this. Over the coarse of five years, I've heard friends and family tell me that I need to get my teeth taken care of and they would be there to help.

Wednesday was a challenge to all of them... I guess you could say a test in which several failed. People told me they had things to do around the time my daughter got off the bus and therefore couldn't get her. (If I wasn't back in time). I had two offers to help from those I least expected. So, I want to thank that person for coming to help when I needed you. I appreciate it.

So, I'm asking anyone out there that's been through this to share tips for afterward on the healing process and how I can make myself the most comfortable. What types of things should I avoid? Is it very painful? Help me ease my mind so nothing comes as a surprise.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Outcome of Dentist Appointment

Yesterday I went to the dentist to get a troublesome tooth taken care of. I didn't expect them to do much at all. For the past five years, any dentist I went to pretty much only did the basics. They never actually tried to fix the issues I have with my teeth. We've always ran into something that stopped me from my goal. My goal is a full mouth extraction and dentures. It's hard finding a dentist who'd be willing to pull all the teeth of a 24 yr old.

The dentist deemed it medically necessary to have a full mouth extraction and dentures placed. My prayer answered. I began crying because I never thought I'd hear those words.

I've been referred to a dentist who will remove all my teeth. I've called and made the consultation appointment. The sooner I get it and get this started, the sooner I will be in a good pain. Pain from healing and on my way to a beautiful smile once again.

I will be documenting each step (if all parties agree) so all my followers can follow me with this journey as well.

Thanks to all those who added me into their prayers. God Bless.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prayers Needed



For all those out there willing.... please add me to your prayers. I've been in pain for the past day over my teeth. My fiance is calling around to see if he can get me into a dentist. I need all of my teeth pulled at the age of 24. The pain is too much. As I'm writing this, I am looking at my screen through tears. I'm asking for everyone to pray that I get the help that I need when it comes to getting this taken care of.

Thank you very much.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

AT&T services and dropped calls

I've had a cell phone for about 5 years. Well, I should say with a contract. When I first got my cell phone, my fiance and I went with the best provider in our area. Cellular One. After about two years of service, AT&T bought the rights to Cell One. From that point, my cell phone service has went down hill and has continued to go down hill.

It seems that AT&T claims to have the best 3G network out there. I beg to differ with this. I've lived in several area's where my cell phone doesn't work. For over two years, I lived in Fairview, WV.  Within those two years, I could only use my cell phone when I went into Fairmont. Then, I moved to Masontown, PA. When we first stayed there, our cell phones worked fine. (This was during the merger with the two cell companies) Once the merger was done, so was the cell phone service. I had to walk into town to get service. Let me say this, walking in the cold just to make a phone call sucks.

So, some ask me why I don't just get a house phone. I look at it this way. Number one we were staying with family at the time. Therefore, it wasn't our decision to get a land line phone. Second, I feel that with paying $150.00 - $175.00 a month for cell phone service... we should get awesome service for our hard earned money.

Shortly after this problem arise, we moved to where we live now. Our cell phone service has been touch and go since we moved in over a year ago. As of today, I'm lucky to make or receive phone calls as well as text messages. I can't seem to make any calls at all when I'm at home. I have to walk into town to make calls when my daughter is in school. I don't know about you, but I quite frankly don't want to be making important calls to utility companies and such in public. That's my personal business. Not everyone who walks by.

So, I'm writing this to see if any other AT&T customers out there have any other problems like we are having? If so, have you called about it? I know we've called a million times. We've complained but nothing seems to be getting through to this company.

If things continue to go the way they are, I wont renew my contract. That's for sure.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blogging and Followers

As I was sitting in my living reading through blogs others have posted, something came to my mind. We have blog hops to get more followers and we even reach out to those on twitter too. We can even include facebook in on this as well.

My role as a follower..... I feel when I hit that follow button on someone elses blog... I am supposed to interact with it. Such as reading future posts and making more then my first "I'm your newest follower" post. I try to engage in all the blogs I follow one way or another.

But what do you do when you don't get the favor in return?

I even go to the limits to retweet about blog hops, giveaways, and much more.

Anyone else do this too and feel the same way at times??

Take Out That Ponytail!! (Passing on from: Mommy Mind Spa)

OK moms .. let’s talk about your ponytail. You know I can see you ... right? I can see your hair pulled back in the same old ponytail that you wear every single day!!

How do I know this? Because I do it too. Most moms do!

We don’t normally have time to style our hair. Who’s kidding who ... unfortunately, having kids means we get less and less time to take care of ourselves ... and make us feel pretty.

Today ... all moms are going to remove the scrunchy. We are taking out the ponytail. We are going to take 5 minutes (or more!) and do something pretty with our hair.

I have this awesome pink flat iron that I love! But of course, it rarely gets used. It takes me 30 minutes to blow dry my hair and flat iron it properly ... and I don’t have that kind of time.

But today ... I’m going to take the time and flat iron my hair. Today ... I’m wearing my hair down!

Join me! Take your Mom-ME Moment today and do something nice with your hair. You deserve it!

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Day Seven- Favorite Vacation

On day Seven we are asked to share our favorite vacation. My favorite is one that we look forward to every year. Camping with the family. It's so much fun. Each of us either rent a cabin or join in with someone else.

It's great watching all the kids run around having fun and even so fighting. It reminds me of when my sisters and I were little. The little fights we had seems so big to us but watching my daughter and her cousins..... some times it gets very amusing. Especially with two drama queens.

Here are a few pictures from this years Camping Trip:


One of the Cabins
All the older girls playing in the sand at the beach.


The boat every one enjoys. (Especially my dad and step-Mom)


Watching the girls ride their bikes.
Yummy Snacks.... <3
And just chillaxin having a great time. (My youngest niece)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day Six- Favorite Movies

On day Six of this challenge, we are asked to post photo's of our favorite movies.... well here are mine...










These are only a few.... I have many... but these are the ones I can watch over and over in a day!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Day Five- Photo of Something that Makes You Happy

For Day Five we are asked to post a picture of something that makes us happy. There's not one photo that will justify what makes me happy. Therefore, I added them all.

1. My Daughter





2. My Sisters





3. My Nephew

4. One of My awesome Nieces

My Awesome Nieces



These are only some of my FAMILY that makes me happy. If I added everyone, you'd be here looking all day. But these are the ones that have that special place within my heart. Watching my sisters grow with me in my life and making memories will always last me a lifetime. I just love watching my nephew and nieces grow. The most enjoyable aspect is watching each one of them grow and seeing how they have changed.