Here We Go Again

Kitchen sinks is the topic this week I swear! Maybe it is because I am so sick of looking at the sinks in my home and ready to purchase an Undermount Kitchen Sink so that I can smile when I hit the dish washer nights. I am the dish washer, I do not own a dish washer and even though my eight year old daughter would love to wash dishes as her chore I have a hard time letting her do this as a real chore due to her being gone to her Dad’s a few nights a week and of course attending school in addition to having home work nightly.

Having a variety of Undermount Kitchen Sinks to choose from makes the shopping process a bit difficult. I want a shiny metal looking kitchen sink and a stylish ideally, granite looking bathroom sink with matching bath tub area. I am get so excited thinking about all of the remodeling ideas I have to do small steps at making my house be more appealing on the eyes.

What is one thing you would change in your home to make you feel at home?

This is a blog post.

Minnie’s Masquerade with Mickey Mote

I am in love with the Mickey Mote, it is a fun way for kids to learn and interact with their favorite Disney characters. On February 8th Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Minnie’s Masquerade. My two year old absolutely loves his Mickey Mote and it is so cute the way he says those words.

Baby K begged me to test out this and we had to steal the TV time from his four year old brother so that he could have some fun learning with this new DVD and Mickey Mote set.

About Minnie’s Masquerade

Minnie, Mickey, Donald, Goofy and Daisy – takes viewers on an all new adventure as they dress-up in their favorite costumes for Minnie’s Masquerade Ball. In this episode, Minnie needs some help getting everything ready for her party including making royal crowns for their costumes, searching for Sir Goofalot’s lost shoe, stringing up paper lanterns and much, much more. At the ball, Professor Von Drake hosts the great Clubhouse Costume Show and gives out prize ribbons to all the friends who have dressed up in some funny and fancy costumes. All it takes is a heaping helping of imagination…and the right Mouseketools.

Mickey Mote

There are many titles and you can search on Amazon for Mickey Mote compatible Disney DVD’s for your preschooler to enjoy.


What Happily Blended Kids Thought

Baby K really enjoys learning on this DVD set and has enjoyed other titles we own in the Happily Blended household. We enjoy all three ways you can watch and play; Discovery Mode Level 1, Discover Mode Level 2 and Auto Play without the Mickey Mote.

My son has really excelled using these DVD’s and I believe they are just another positive step in the direction of combining technology with learning. Our generation is full of advancing technology so why not teach our next generation how to utilize this technology to learn and advance their brains?!

Flying For First Time

Okay everyone in June I will be flying for the first time ever and plan to use a flying buddy who hopefully still remembers that I want to fly with her. She is another blogger who I will share more information about when I write my whole blog post on where I will be flying to exactly.

You see I won tickets to a blog conference, this will not only be my first attempt at flying in an airplane but it will also be my first blog conference. I am so excited because I will be meeting up with my BFF, more like a sister, Dwan from and we will get to share a hotel room and catch up after two years of not seeing each other.

I need some advice, how to pack, what to bring and what I can exactly expect when flying? Take note I am claustrophobic, scared to death of being up in the air, scared of heights and 100% nervous but at the same time ready to overcome this fear of flying so I can experience more with my blog and business.

A Sink That Says Hello Mama

I dream of a shiny sink that looks pleasing to the eyes, right now my kitchen sink sucks and isn’t shiny at all, of course the home I own was a rental back before I bought it in 2005 and I can tell it wasn’t kept up with the way it should have been if someone were living in it and owned it versus renting it. The bathroom sink is a light blue color and no where near shiny.

There are so many types of sinks out there and one is an undermount kitchen sink which I hadn’t ever heard of before happening upon them online. I am not 100% sure what this sink means, other than it looks to be a deeper style sink that could be beneficial to a family with three children. Meal time in this house means a crazy amount of dishes to do afterward.

Sinks like undermount kitchen sinks may just be a huge hit at the Brandy Ellen household, what do you think?

CLOSED @cafepress $50 #Giveaway I Was Born Awesome

In case you all didn’t know, I was Born Awesome, yes it is true except I didn’t realize until the past few years that this was true. You see self esteem can make your break you – if it is too low forget it you will just cower down to no body land but if it is too high then you will sit up on a high horse and think you are way better than everyone else. You need a happy medium for self esteem which I think I have found. The following products fit my life so well that I passed along some positive thinking to my Mom with a sweatshirt that says I was Born Awesome provided from… I Was Born Awesome Sweatshirt

My Mom

Isn’t she so cute, look at that smile? I tell you it is all in your mindset. Smile every morning, look in the mirror and tell yourself that you are beautiful, handsome, gorgeous, whatever positive adjective you wish to use and smile. Each day you will find that you are feeling better and better about yourself. I exercise daily to increase the happy hormones too, and with that had to come an I Was Born Awesome water bottle… what do you think?!

I am all decked out now in some positive products! Thanks to

CafePress is the online source for customized gifts such as funny t-shirts and sweatshirt hoodies!

You see not only do I get to share the above happy products with you but I also get to host a giveaway so that one lucky person can WIN $50 for use on … are you ready to try to win?


ENDS 11:59pm EST on March 2, 2011

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Household Blues

I look around my house and think about how much money I would need to put into this place to make it look the way I want it to look. Keeping up with three kids, working from home and school stuff for my oldest is certainly a challenge. I enjoy a challenge and that is why when I look around my home I think of how pretty stainless steel kitchen sinks would make my home shine. Only problem is I haven’t mopped since moving back in this place and it is much needed.

Why have a shiny stainless steel kitchen sink when the floor isn’t shiny? I know that in time things will come along to work out the way I want them to. I know that in time when the children are all in school I will have more hours in the day to work thus increasing income and opportunity to remodel the home and maybe add on another bedroom.

My dream is to have all new appliances and when I do go that route i will certainly go online to look at prices because sometimes it is cheaper to order online and have shipped than go local when you live in a small town. When I go online to search out kitchen sinks I will look for style, pricing, and quality. I think customer service will also play a key role in my purchasing habits when it comes to remodeling.

What do you look for when purchasing new items for your home?

Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2

Oh my gosh this is the cutest movie ever! I watched the first one through Netflix with my children and they were in love with this movie so much that when Disney released this version I certainly had to get a review copy to see what it was all about. A great movie full of love, parenting and so much more. I enjoyed watching the little dogs get married, take care of children and learn that family and friends love you until the end. A heart warming story that will have you wanting to watch over and over again!

Bonus Features:


* French & Spanish Tracks and Subtitles
* Sneak Peek at Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
* Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go
* Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray™ Is Suite!
* Bonus —
o Music Video: “This is My Paradise” By Bridgit Mendler
o Blooper Faux Paws


* 1.78:1/ Enhanced for 16×9
* French & Spanish Tracks
* Sneak Peek at Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
* Learn How To Take Your Favorite Movies On The Go
* Dylan & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray™ Is Suite!
* Bonus —
o Music Video: “This is My Paradise” By Bridgit Mendler
o Blooper Faux Paws
o Beverly Hills Chihuahua Challenge – interactive game show led by Papi

Film Credits:

* Voice Talent —
o George Lopez as Papi
o Odette Yustman as Chloe
o Zachary Gordon as Papi Jr.
o Emily Osment as Ali, Pep, Lala and Rose
o Bridgit Mendler as Appoline
o Miguel Ferrer as Delgado

* Human Characters —
o Marcus Coloma as Sam Cortez
o Erin Cahill as Rachel Ashe
o Susan Blakely as Aunt Viv
o Lupe Ontiveros as Mr. & Mrs. Cortez
o Elaine Hendrix as Colleen Mansfield (Appoline’s Owner)

George Lopez is a riot, I have always loved his sense of humor and he plays a great voice in Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 that everyone should add to their Disney collection!

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