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Snazzy by Go Fish-Giveaway and Review January 6, 2009

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 I am so delighted to partner with Go Fish to offer a Giveaway of their best selling album, “Snazzy!” Check out the bottom of this post for information on how to enter this FREE Giveaway!

I first heard Go Fish at the CD release party for Snazzy. I sound like a hip mover and shaker, don’t I? Instead of a New York City nightclub, this party was on the convention floor of the MOPS (Mother’s of PreSchoolers) convention. 4000 moms with no kids was a VERY receptive audience!

Far and away, the most poplar song was “The Mom Song.” The first line brought the house down:

“If you push a stroller but you’re still a Rock n Roller, your a MOM.”

The song continued with great lines that every one of us with little ones can relate to. This song really acknowledges the hard work of motherhood, but it a fun, uplifting way. You’ll cheer with excitement while having a humble heart about your job of motherhood. The MOM song rocks!

“American Kid” was another favorite. As a parent, I want my child to have pride in our country. With all our fault, America is still the best! My favorite line:

My country is the best and this is how I know: Everybody wants in but nobody wants to go!”

How awesome are the Go Fish Guys? They can even rock “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” Seriously. I fed a spider to our Venus Fly Trap and had their version going through my head. But, like their tag line says, it’s Great Music for Kids that Won’t Drive their Parents Bonkers!

“You bug me, that’s the issue. Gonna get you with a tissue.”

So, as I’m writing these lines, they sound kinda silly just read aloud. But trust me, when you have these guys rockin’ in out, acapella style, you will LOVE it…and so will your kids.

I know you are now simply dying to get your hands on lots of Go Fish CDs. Good news! If you go to, you can buy CDs with no shipping. Their are having an awesome deal right now…buy the first CD of your choice for $15, get as many additional CDs as you want for $5!!

AND NOW, for the GIVEAWAY you’ve been waiting for!

Use the comment section below to earn entries. Remember, if you don’t leave your email or website, I can’t give you the prize. You may enter once per day! Ideally, I would love to have at least 100 entries, so pass it on to everyone you know!

  • MAIN RULE – Go to and tell me in comments one thing you learned about Go Fish OR the song you are most excited to hear. (remember if this rule is not followed then no others will count)
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  • 2 Extra Entries – Write a post on your blog linking to my blog. Just copy the post URL into the comments section two times.

 Due to shipping costs, you must have a US mailing address.

This contest ends at 6pm PST on January 20th, 2009. I will utilize to select the winner.

Come back to enter every day and remember, PASS IT ON!!

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The Husband Project-Mission #1-Date January 5, 2009

Filed under: marriage,The Husband Project — mommyfinds @ 3:21 am


I’m participating in several projects for the new book release “The Husband Project.” My first mission was to plan a date with my husband this weekend. My first pre-project was to find a babysitter. I had planned a quiet couple of hours at our local Starbucks. But my husband had different ideas…

We lined up the babysitter to arrive at 10:00 AM. Brian suggested we hit Home Depot “on the way.” Home Depot is about 20 minutes away. Starbucks is about 2 minutes away. Oh, well. We had some Christmas gift cards to spend and a date is a date no matter where. Right?

As we wandered the aisles of Home Depot, I recalled why I hate this orange store. My husband wants to look at every single thing in the store. He even hugged a rug, causing him to have rug fluff on his sweater all day. Okay, I have to admit, this was pretty cute.

We finally finished our Home Depot shopping. Nothing says romance like shelving for the playroom and pegboard for the garage! Then we hit Target, which I adore. I checked out a couple of products to review later. This time, I was the one who wanted to wander. Brian went to look at wii games while I browsed office and organizing supplies.

After calling the babysitter to say we’d be home at about 2, 3 hours after our scheduled ETA, we ate lunch at Taco Del Mar. Yummy! During lunch and on the way home, we laughed and joked and talked about some more. We hit a few serious topics as well.

I learned a couple of lessons:

1-A date really is a date, no matter the time of day or location. For some reason, I always think other married couples on “dates” romantically gaze into each others eyes and whisper of future goals and family mission statements. We talked shelf height and drawer length. Still, we talked. When do we talk at home with 2 little ones underfoot? With piles of laundry all around? We don’t. Not really. On this date, we really did.

2-Even though I hate Home Depot, I love my man. If I say I would go to the ends of the earth for him, surely I can wander to the very back corner of a large store, right?

3-In general, after spending time together, I feel a little kinder toward my husband. I desire to do sweet things for him and I tend to overlook minor faults.

4-Shh…this part is a secret. My husband doesn’t always complete chores, like installing shelving, in a timely manner. He had both of our projects installed and in working order before dinner. Reward for time spent together? Perhaps.

Don’t get me wrong…we aren’t a marriage on the rocks. We love each other, we’re committed to one another. But sometimes it starts to feel a little more roommate-ish than loving-my-soul-mate-ish. So far, I declare the Husband Project a success!

Tune in for the next Husband Project update!

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The Husband Project-Mission #1-Childcare? January 2, 2009

Filed under: Books,Kids,The Husband Project — mommyfinds @ 9:34 pm
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I am SO EXCITED to be a part of the release of The Husband Project by Kathi Lipp. I will be given 5 projects to bless my husband. Yipee for BOTH o f us!

My first project is to plan a little weekend date. Yikes! My first thought is, “Who will watch my kids?” Childcare might just be the bane of our date life. So, before I can plan a date of any sort, I need to plan childcare. A few ideas:

  1. Family-My folks are always happy to watch my girls, but I feel sort of guilty asking without a prior commitment of some sort. Dentist appointment? Sure. Random date? Hmmm, maybe not.
  2. Trade Kids-We have worked out a deal with another couple. One Tuesday per month we take their kids and another Tuesday a month they take our kids. We try to plan a fun kids’ dinner, some games, and maybe a movie. When it’s our date night, our kids are in jammies with teeth brushed wen we pick them up! This is fantastic, but not very spur-of-the-moment, which is what I need for The Husband Project.
  3. Local Teen-When we moved about 6 months ago, we were in love with our house. We still are. But the very best benefit of our new street, just 2 blocks away from our old street, is that we have a wonderful 13 year old babysitter just two houses down. She’s young enough that her social life isn’t super packed and her rates are pretty low. If your home doesn’t include a stand-by babysitter, check with friends and neighbors to see if they can recommend anyone. Check with your local church to see if they have any teens trying to raise funds. You might even call your local middle school for suggestions.

I’ve got my lovely neighbor girl lined up to watch my girls for a couple of hours! Yipee! First step of date planning is well under way!

What are your childcare tips? How do you plan a date night?

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The Razor’s Edge…Ever Shave Just One Leg? January 1, 2009

Filed under: Organization,Product Reviews — mommyfinds @ 7:20 am
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Christmas morning finds our family rushing a bit. I take a quick shower, then get dressed. That’s when I noticed I have only shaved one leg. Has this happened to you? I’m wearing jeans, so it really doesn’t matter, but still. Have I ever only brushed my top teeth? I don’t think so. Weird.

This situation got me thinking about my typical morning routine. With two little girls, ages 2 and 4, every morning is pretty rushed. For the most part, I have things down to a time-saving science. I use a 2-in-1 shampoo. I use bar soap so I don’t have to put liquid soap into the puff, use the puff, then rinse the puff. I have have shaving down pretty quick…not by shaving one leg a day either!


A couple of years ago, I found the Schick Intuition. It is great! The triple-blade razor sort of floats in the “shaving solid.” This means you don’t need to use shaving cream. As you use the shave solid and it wears down, the blade stays level. It seems weird that this could save time in the morning, but consider if you have to squirt out the shave gel, perhaps foam it up if it’s a gel, spread it on part of your leg. Then you still have to shave and rinse your razor every couple of swipes. Then, start all over again with your other leg (unless you are me!) With the Schick Intuition, you just swipe and go. It’s fantastic! Another huge bonus is the benefit of traveling. One less thing to pack…is shaving cream a liquid? 3 oz.? I don’t know!

After painting this dreamy morning picture, I have to tell you the downside. First of all, its kind of pricey. Each blade is about $3 and coupons or sales are hard to find. I usually get about 5-7 shaves from each blade. That’s the other drawback. I have to change out my blades much more frequently than I typically would.  Is that really a drawback? I’m not totally sure.


So, here I am, quite happy with this. One day, I discover the Venus Breeze by Gillette. It’s about the same idea as the Intuition. A couple of benefits of the Breeze over the Intuition…the Breeze is smaller. It simply takes up less room in the shower and your drawer. Also, due to it’s size, it’s a little more responsive. I’ve also found the replacement blades to be a bit cheaper.  

Do you use the Intuition or Breeze? How would you compare them? Any tips for streamlining your morning routine?

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Now THAT’S Spicy! December 30, 2008

How old are your spices? Older than your kids?

I’m on a little organizing kick I hope will last. My first mission zone is the kitchen. I decided to hit the spice rack. Start small, right?

As I was clearing out the area, I recognized a few of the spices  from my single years, over a decade ago. I knew those could go. But what about the others? Random numbers and letters don’t help me much. So, I set off for a little detective work!

For your information, Schilling Spices haven’t been made for at least 7 years, so they are all bad. Not poisonous or anything, but they have probably lost a lot of flavor.


Next up, McCormick. They have a handy dandy “Spice Check Challenge” where you can input the product code and the city where it was made and it will tell you how old your spice is. HINT: If it’s from Baltimore, it’s at least 15 years old!


Spice Islands has a lovely area to Register Your Spice . Basically, input your product code and they will tell you how long your spice will last. They will even send you an email when it’s time to replace it.

Finally, I headed to Spice Advice . This site represented nearly all the rest of my spices. They didn’t have quick little tools, but they do tell you what’s what. Here’s what they have to say:

How can I tell how old a spice product is?

To determine the year and month when a spice was packaged, look for a series of black numbers and letters printed on the bottom or side or the spice container. This is not the UPC code and it is usually printed directly on the container, not the label. On dry packet mixes, the numbers and letters are pressed or indented into the edge of the package. The first number indicates the year of the decade. For example, if the first number is 3, this means the product was packaged in 2003. The second letter refers to the month. “A” stands for January, “B” stands for February, “C” is for March, and so on. So, if an item was packaged in March of 2004, the code would begin with 4C. (Other numbers and letters will follow, but the first two digits indicate when the product was packaged).
What is the shelf life of most spices?

We strongly recommend replacement by the Best if Used by Date (available on some products), due to diminished flavor and visual characteristics. Spices have a long storage life — up to 2 to 5 years, depending on the spice and whether it is in whole or ground form. A rule of thumb is that whole spices (peppercorns, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, etc.) have the longest life, while ground spices and herbs in general are more fragile. The recommended shelf lives of some of our other products are as follows:
Pure and Imitation Extracts 4-6 years
Dromedary Box Mixes 1 year
Durkee Lemon Pie Filling 18 months
Durkee Coconut 1 year
Famous Sauce 1 year
Dec A Cake icings and gels 1 year
Dec A Cake sprinkles 2 years
Durkee or French’s Sauce and Gravy dry mixes 18 months
Tone’s Soup Base 6 months (after opening).

What is the best way to store spices?

Proper storage of spices will ensure maximum flavor and color retention. Heat, light and moisture are all enemies of dried spices. Heat causes flavor loss, light will fade the naturally bright colors and moisture might cause ground and powdered spices to clump. Don’t measure or shake spices over open boiling pots. Keep spices in a cool, dry, and dark cupboard away from the range or any source of intense heat. Any of the red spices retain their color and are best protected from insects if stored in the refrigerator or freezer. These include paprika, chili powder and red pepper, among others. If you are using the Tone’s Chicken or Beef Soup Base, be sure to store in the refrigerator, and use within 6 months after opening. (HINT: Store in the freezer for a longer shelf life. To use, simply let the jar sit on the kitchen counter for 5 to 10 minutes to soften enough to spoon out the desired amount. Then return to freezer.).

So, after tossing at least half of my spice collection I started to wonder if this is some sort of conspiracy among spice providers. Then I thought, hey, if I’ve had the same spice for 15 years and I haven’t used it, perhaps, just perhaps, I don’t actually need it.

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5 Reasons to Purchase Your Own Custom Magnetic Spice Rack! (Now THAT’S Spicy, part 2)

Filed under: Kitchen,Organization,Product Reviews — mommyfinds @ 9:52 pm
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How does your spice area look? Mine is a mess. Hopefully, I can soon say it WAS a mess. Let’s start at the beginning…

I just started reading this book I received as a Christmas present. Yes, it was from my Amazon wishlist, no big hints about my home!!


I’m hoping to write a book review soon, but I want to wait a few weeks to see if it “takes.” Anyhow, in January we are working on the kitchen. In week 3 I am told to write down my kitchen frustrations. One of them is my spice area. Basically, if a recipe calls for something more than salt and pepper, I have to take down every spice I own. I’ve tried different spice racks and shelves, but nothing really works. As I was doing a little online research, I decided I really like the idea and look of a magnetic spice rack, but they are very expensive if you have more than, oh, 5 spices. Then I found this (cue the angelic voices…aaahhhhh):


I am so excited to order this for 5 reasons:
1) It looks great. I’m hoping to mount this to the inside of my cupboard door, but I think I’ll like it so much I may have to start leaving my doors wide open!
2) My husband is not handy, so I think even I can manage to peel off the backing and apply the magnet to the inside of my cupboard door.
3) I can tell at a glance if I’m almost out of a spice.
4) I’m hoping I can write the expiration date on the back of the canister so I know when I should throw it out. (see note below)
5) I’m really excited to try the 8 oz. Bravada tins to stack in my pantry for brown sugar, cornstarch, powdered sugar and such. My pantry will look so together! Again, I might just throw open my pantry door when company is about to arrive!

Go check out Custom Magnetic Spice Rack to see what you like!

How do you store and organize your spices? Any tips?

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What Do You Do In Bed? December 28, 2008

Filed under: Organization — mommyfinds @ 2:46 am
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I LOVE to read in bed. Thus, my nightstand is always a stack full of books about to topple over. I like books, magazines, crossword puzzles and more.

Today, I was checking out one of my favorite blogs, LifeHacker, and I saw this great idea. It was originally from Five Whys.

I’m hoping to do this with one of the many free tote bags I seem to get at events. My side of the bed isn’t visible to anyone but me, so I’m not even going to sew. I’ll feel crafty and organized at the same time.

Here’s the info direct from 5 Whys…

Here’s a little product I put together in a few minutes this morning. It’s a little pocket for the side of my bed to hold books and such. Had I any sewing skills at all, it would have probably taken all of 5 minutes, but my constant fumbling with a needle and thread made it take about 45 minutes. I hope you’ll do better.

Ok, here’s how:

1. Take a cloth grocery bag (you all have tons of these, right?). I used an old one that was ripped on one side and we we weren’t using anyways.

2. Cut horizontally across one side. The bottom of the bag is going to form the pocket, so be sure to cut this at the depth you want the final pocket to be.

3. Stitch the edge of the bag as shown in the photo below, to help keep it in place and stop it from fraying. Ideally this edge should be on the inside of the finished pocket. I haven’t done any sewing since grade 7 home economics class, and my skills are pretty poor. A sewing machine would take care of this in about two seconds, and do a much better job.

4. Mount the pocket on the bed by placing the top portion of the bag underneath the mattress. I also folded the top half of the bag over to keep it out of the way. In my case the weight of the mattress is enough to keep a couple of books and my reading light in place and secure.

That’s it! It’s a very simple project that doesn’t take very long. It’s also a good use for older cloth bags which are ripped or at the end of their lives.

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