Our vacation to Colonial Williamsburg

Friday, August 29, 2014
We spent a week at Colonial Williamsburg. If you ever plan to go get the resort packages. You get free tickets to event and free breakfast in the morning and it is a great spread. Going out to eat at the Colonial Williamsburg owned restaurants can get very expensive. Don't be afraid to get out your travel aps on your phone and do a search in surrounding areas. We honestly didn't think about it until our last couple of days after every meal cost a lot.

We loved our room it was very period correct other than the tv and Keurig in our room.... We didn't turn our tv one time we were so busy and at the end of the day totally worn out.

Strange Laws in Your state

So I finally had some free time while M is playing with her toys. Reading a post on Facebook made me want to look up the dumb laws in this state that I now call my home, Indiana. I am originally born and raised a Buckeye! We had to move away due to my husbands plant closing down and having to transfer to the closest place to Ohio. Anyway here they go

I got these from Dumb Laws

Waitresses may not carry drinks into a restaurant or bar.

It is illegal for a man to be sexually aroused in public. --- I just have to say this must have been an issue at one time for it to be a law! lol

Hotel sheets must be exactly 99 inches long and 81 inches wide. --- Hmmm wonder if this is enforced

If any person has a puppet show, wire dancing or tumbling act in the state of Indiana and receives money for it, they will be fined $3 under the Act to Prevent Certain Immoral Practices.

Anyone 14 or older who profanely curses, damns or swears by the name of God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, shall be fined one to three dollars for each offense, with a maximum fine of ten dollars per day. ---- Indiana would be rich!

A three dollar fine per pack will be imposed on anyone playing cards in Indiana under the Act for the Prevention of Gaming.

Drinks on the house are illegal.

Liquor stores may not sell milk. --- There are a lot of liquor stores in our area! So sad and crime is horrible maybe they should sell milk.

You can get out of paying for a dependent’s medical care by praying for him/her. --- Really? wow!

“Spiteful Gossip” and “talking behind a person’s back” are illegal. ----- That is a lot of arrests in one day!

One may not sniff glue. ----- And one shouldn't

One man may not back into a parking spot because it prevents police officers from seeing the license plate. ---- I see this all the time. Not enforced obviously.

All males 18 to 50 years old must work six days a year on public roads. ---- Must be a seriously old law!

Go ahead and take a look at your Dumb Laws and which one do you find the dumbest?

The Minister's Wife Stamps and Saves: Team Pebbles Giveaway

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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Giveaways to Enter

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Baby Giveaways
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I was lucky enough to be asked to do a product review for Petbrosia Pet Foods, which is a customized, all-natural pet food! Petbrosia determines the right Petbrosia diet for your dog or cat based on their breed, age, weight, food allergies, activity level, and other needs you feel should be brought to their attention. They use only the highest quality, all-natural ingredients, grown and raised by farmers across America. No corn, No wheat, No soy, and No by-products. Go online to Petbrosia to customize the perfect diet for your pet!

Check out my review HERE

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VacuPractor Giveaway Ends 9/10

Group Giveaway

Welcome to the VacuPractor Giveaway 

Crafty Spices has some exciting news about getting rid of lower back pain. She has been using the VacuPractor and has found great results. 

The thing that she is mostly happy about is that lower back pain now can be reduced and even eliminated without using medication. If you do suffer from lower back pain or know someone who does you may want to read her full review here, and you may want to sign up for the giveaway.  

This giveaway will End September 10th, it is open to all U.S. residents age 18 and over, void where prohibited.

Enter the rafflecopter for a chance to Win.

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One winner will be randomly selected to receive a brand new VacuPractor to help with lower back pain.

Disclosure: Jay @Crafty Spices did receive a product for free and is sharing her opinion with all of us.  Her opinion may differ from ours and yours.  Crafty Spices is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected.  All entries will be verified. 

Good Luck

Amazon Gift Code Winner Announced

Congratulations to the Winner of the Amazon Gift Code!

Entry #516Amanda N.

I appreciate the new followers and tried to follow everyone back on twitter. If I didn't please let me know.

Giveaways to Enter

Sunday, August 24, 2014
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Dove and Walgreen Giveaway Ends 9/6 ----- Enter

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Credible Cravings Organic Food Bars Ends 8/29 ---- Enter

Veggie Patch's two new products Ends 8/28 ---- Enter

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Baby Summit X3 Stroller Ends 9/7 ---- Enter

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Britax Infinity Stroller ---- Enter

Madison enjoying her Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug

Friday, August 22, 2014

I got this a while ago and thought it was time to get it out for her to play with! As you can tell she loved it!
You can buy them on Amazon for $59.98. She has the Ladybug

Holiday Contests and Sweeps: Jet Fryer Giveaway

Thursday, August 21, 2014
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KMart BTS sweeps for 200 points

I love doing sweeps and Kmart you will learn is my favorite store. Here is the link to a easy sweeps with 4 questions on Back to School Shopping.
KMART Sweeps!

Citrus Lane Does not dissapoint!

If you don't know what Citrus Lane is well I'm going to tell you. It s a monthly subscription box for babies and toddlers. I can honestly say I am not one for subscription boxes but this one is great!
This month there were a few great goodies I wanted to purchase otherwise.
Growth Chart and Innobaby.
Also a great care.com discount!

So make sure you head to Citrus Lane and look around!

For Bloggers: Giving Thanks Giveaway Opportunity

CALLING ALL BLOGGERS! The Giving Thanks Giveaway Sign Up Is NOW OPEN!!!

Fall is right around the corner!

Courtney from Joy of Momma Joyner, Kay from The More The Merrier and Trista from Andersons Angels are super excited that fall is on its way! To celebrate, they are hosting an exciting event called The Giving Thanks Giveaway. This will be a big group giveaway event featuring many great sponsors for items that will help you enjoy fall.
It will be a ONE WINNER Grand Prize Giveaway event.

Dates: November 1 – 30, 2014
Price: FREE! You will get ONE LINK for free! You have the option to buy more links for $3 each.
*You can post about the event sign up to be entered into a $10 USD Paypal Drawing, but this is completely optional! Everyone who posts, is entered into this drawing!
*The blogger that refers the most people to participate will receive $20 USD Paypal, so help spread the word!
Prize: Courtney, Kay and Trista are gathering up a great prize package for ONE WINNER
Your Part: We will send you HTML to post and have running during the event dates. It will include all the information about the prizes and the entry form. All you have to do is post!
Hashtag: #GivingThanks2014

Read more at http://www.joyofmommajoyner.com/giving-thanks-group-giveaway-sign-ups-now-open/#CJtWCCMXfZy5V5pI.99


Crafty Spices is hosting another event and is offering a Bloggers opp, sign up for this opportunity and grow while you help us promote this giveaway.  

You get a free Twitter or Facebook link with announcement. Read on to find out about the prize. 

This giveaway will begin August 26th and will end September 10th. One lucky winners will be selected to receive a VacuPractor to help with their lower back pain.

To get HTML Code for this announcement Click Here.
  • With announcement each blogger receives 1 free link (Twitter or Facebook)
  • Additional Links can be purchased at $2 each. These links can be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or any link as long as you provide (Social network name, user name and your direct link)
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  • The giveaway html will be sent out at least 2 days before the giveaway goes live and you should post before midnight the day the giveaway starts. We will not be sending out reminder emails to bloggers who forget to post and report link, we will just remove from the giveaway. 
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My Kmart deal today!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
I have been wanting to get another booster seat for my grandbabies. I finally found a great deal for free! Went to my Kmart account and somehow I had 30,000 points, scored a Fisher-Price Healthy Care Deluxe Booster Seat for free!
It is $29.99 online.
I got free to store shipping so it cost me nothing.

I went back tonight to see if it had shipped yet, and saw I have 13,858 points! I'll take it.

Petbrosia Giveaway

Bloggers Wanted ~ Petbrosia Customized Pet Food GIVEAWAY


I was lucky enough to be asked to do a product review for Petbrosia Pet Foods, which is a customized, all-natural pet food! Petbrosia determines the right Petbrosia diet for your dog or cat based on their breed, age, weight, food allergies, activity level, and other needs you feel should be brought to their attention. They use only the highest quality, all-natural ingredients, grown and raised by farmers across America. No corn, No wheat, No soy, and No by-products. Go online to Petbrosia to customize the perfect diet for your pet!

Check out my review HERE

Visit Petbrosia Today!

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So I am in need of Fabulous Bloggers to assist in Promoting this fabulous giveaway for an amazing pet food that is delivered right to your door!

1 Winner will Receive a bag of Petbrosia Pet Food Customized For Their Pets Needs.

2 FREE Links With Announcement Post (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram)

If You Choose Not To Post The Announcement ~ cost is $3 for 2 links (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram payable to mcushing7@hotmail.com via Paypal)


$3 Co-Host ($3 for 5 links of your choice) PLUS the 2 FREE Links and a secret word page or Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest Follow Page (or two depending on # of sign ups) and you will be listed on the Giveaway as Co-Host!

PLUS other sign up options available on sign up form.


Sign Ups Close on 8/25

Giveaway Dates: Starts on 8/27 @ 12AM EST and Ends on 9/10


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Open To US ONLY, Must Be 18 Years Old To Enter

Must Agree To Promote 3X's a Week Via Facebook/Twitter and Post Giveaway On Time

If You Have Any Questions, email me at mcushing7@hotmail.com

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There will be one winner everyday! Winners will be emailed the day they are picked. A running list will be posted on my site and be updated daily (or as often as I can). Each winner will be able to choose from the following packages:

Viva Las Vegas: 4 day and 3 night accommodations at a 3+ star hotel on the strip in Las Vegas, NV for 2 adults! (25 years or older) and a $500 dollar Funbook! (with cash, chips, meals, tokens & show tickets!)

Fabulous Florida: 3 days and 2 nights of accommodations for 2, winners chooses city in Florida! Location Choices: Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Key West, Miami Beach, New Smyrna, Orlando, Palm Beach, St. Augustine, St. Petersburg

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One FREE Link with announcement post OR $5 to participate.
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Additional Paid links available for $2 each.
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Co-Host Spots Available - $10
You will receive any 5 links of your choice on the Rafflecopter, a link to your blog in the giveaway post and social media mentions.
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Amazon Gift Code Giveaway!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Starts on 8/20 and ends 8/27 Celebrating restarting bogging! I had a year absence from blogging and decided to start again!
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My wins this week so far!

ENJOY Hydrating Duo giveaway at The Children's Nook!
DVD "Rugrats: Reptar Returns" giveaway from Mom and More! 
won the Romper giveaway! on Coffee for mom! 
I didn't do many giveaways this weekend because I was not home so my winning will be small this week! Some of my favorite blogs to enter giveaways are 
 Will highlight some great blogs again next week! Be sure to visit these and read their reviews and enter some giveaways while you are there!

Carpet Grazer

Ok so I have been wanting to write about this for a month now because I wondered if anyone else had a carpet grazer. My definition of carpet grazer is any small crawling little blabbing, non-talking, crying for attention, grabbing anything in their path person! Yes I have a little one here right now who seriously picked up a small piece of paper that I lost earlier and didn't see where it went. I looked over and she was munching on something. I fished it out and sure enough that little piece of paper she found. You seriously have to follow in front of them or behind them with a vacuum cleaner to make sure they aren't eating anything they shouldn't. Tags must be taken off immediately or she will devour them! I can't figure out why she loves them but she does. We were at my brother's house this past weekend and she found a screw, freaked me out! Luckily crisis averted by not swallowing it! I'm thinking the solution to her grazing is put her in pack n play in the morning before I get the floor swept!


I seriously love KMart because I earn some great points when I get every day items. I have on average 30 Points a month to get a little something extra! This past month I got a Step 2 Kids' Duck Pond Splash Water Table for $27.99 on clearance for summer play next year and didn't pay a dime because I had so many points. You can buy it online for $34.99

I think I may be spoiling them.

Spoiling them! Of course I do! My husband is a great reminder for me when I buy too much lol. I have slowed down because they started to not really play with everything I got for them. Seriously when my girls were little I didn't have the money for extra's I think that is part of the reason why I spoil the grand-babies. Because I can, of course my daughter bought a shirt for my granddaughter that said "I'm spoiled because mommy can't spank grandma" Hint Hint... I am now buying less to save for the big ticket items for their first birthday! My granddaughter will be 1 year on Oct. 30 and grandson will be 1 year on Nov.6.

Missing Dad and Hating Huntington's Disease

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Missing Dad
It is one of those days that I miss him so much. My dad passed away October 19, 2007 at the age of 54 from complications due to the genetic Huntington's Disease. He inherited on his mom's side who also passed away young. The disease has a 50/50 chance of affecting my 3 brothers and I. So far I haven't seen any definite signs of any of us having it and we are all about the age people in my family start really seeing signs. Of course it could be that none of us want to see those signs. A lot of those signs are forgetfulness but that comes with age too, dropping things, falling for no apparent reason, uncontrollable movements in arms and legs or hands. I remember first seeing signs in my dad but didn't realize it was Huntington's. A lot of things weren't really known about it at that time or at least it wasn't discussed with us because we were young. I knew it was a disease but I didn't realize that it could be passed from one generation to another. I had my first daughter when my grandma passed away from it and still didn't know that it could be passed down to even her if I was to have it. It makes me sad that I wasn't told, I am sure deciding to have kids would have been a bigger issue. But that doesn't matter now because there is nothing that can be done about it. I love my girls and wouldn't want it any other way. Praying for a cure in my lifetime but if not hopefully in theirs. Wonderful memories of my dad will always be with us, and that can't be taken away. My dad loved to fish, make homemade ice cream, and take us on adventures. Not saying he was the perfect dad but I loved him regardless of his faults, because don't we all have them. Some great pictures of him and one is of him making ice cream! RIP dad we love and miss you every day!

Winning A Giveaway?!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
What does it take to win? -- Persistence! Means you have to visit that giveaway everyday and do as many optional daily things as possible. Comments, tweets and pins are usually the common ones. I have heard some people say they will do so many of the Facebook likes, twitter likes, comments and pinterest follows at a time then do more to break up and have chunks of entries throughout the giveaway. It takes time to do some giveaways so it seems the best way is to do it that way! Who knows it could help in increasing your odds. I am going to compile a list of blogs that I think are the best with giveaways and are the easiest to enter on another post. I don't have the time to fill out 1000 likes and follows so I avoid most of those. Unless it is something I could really use. Only do ones that you will use or if you know someone can use! A lot of times the prizes make great gifts for friends and family so if you see one you like do it. I know some people are intimidated by giveaways with thousands of entries but honestly it only takes one unless of course their are multiple wins per giveaway. I have won a few with over 20,000 entries so it's possible. I do however avoid the really huge entry ones because they are the ones that have all of the entry options. Don't let me discourage you from doing them though because you never know, you could get lucky and win!

Being a Grandma

I am so happy I am a grandma but it sure didn't start out that way. I have 5 kids 3 mine 2 hubbies. We have tried hard to blend our family and make it a stable home. They are all almost grown now so I say we did pretty good, however.... It was April of last year My oldest daughter decided to text me that she was pregnant with my granddaughter Madison. She later told me she was scared because she didn't want me to be disappointed. I can't lie I really was disappointed because she was in college her first year and I just saw me through her situation. I too was in first year of college when I had my first daughter. Then a week later my youngest daughter came to me with her boyfriend and I just had a gut feeling that I knew what was coming with their wanting to talk to me. I felt this feeling in my throat and stomach that felt like I was being crushed. She told me that she to was pregnant. Not going to lie the first thing I can think of was to numb the blow I had been dealt in a weeks time. She was my baby how can she be having a baby. She was only 17 years old and has so much ahead of her. Move forward about nine months I was rushing to the hospital to take my middle daughter who had been having contractions all night. After about 6 hours of labor doctor noticed a change in her heart rate and rushed her for an emergency c-section. The nurse came out and said do you want to see your granddaughter. Well duh, lol of course I wanted to see her. I can't tell you how much LOVE I immediately felt for that little bundle! She made me forget about the previous nine months of feeling lost on what could be of my girls lives. She ended up being in the hospital for about 3 days to start healing for c-section. So fast forward to a total of 6 days after my granddaughter was born my youngest my baby herself was in labor. I had literally just got some sleep finally when she called me to take her to hospital. She ended up being in labor for 9 hours with the final result of c-section because my grandson's cord was short and it was being pinched with every contraction. I paced the floor again till about another 30 minutes and the nurse came to me and gave me a funny look. Yes, she recognized me from the previous days with my middle daughter and said Oh my goodness you poor woman but congratulations a healthy baby boy would you like to see him. Again that feeling of LOVE fell over me and I just couldn't help but grin non-stop. Here I was in a matter of 6 days being a grandma twice over. So now I spend as much time as humanly possible with them because they are just such a joy. They are now both 9 months and crawling everywhere. Beautiful babies if I do say so myself!