A Day Made Better Teacher Winner Announcement #maxmoms

Congrats to Ms. V who teaches in Arizona and thank you to Valeen N for your recommendation! I hope this excites you as much as it does me! Sounds like a very deserving teacher, as most are! For more about A Day Made Better please visit their website.

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CLOSED Giveaway Breathe Right Wants to Find Healthy, Happy Families

Breath RightBreathe Right is all about helping families sleep better, as we all know getting a good nights sleep can make our day so much better! Whether you suffer from sleep issues or if your children do, Breathe Right wants to know what you do to help make your family happier by sleeping better.

Last week my youngest got a stuffy nose and so I know eventually this busy work at home Mama is going to catch this cold, or at least the stuffy nose part as I always do. When I learned that the folks at Breathe Right released a new Advanced strip that is even better at opening the nasal passages, which can help you, breathe better and sleep better, I knew I had to get my hands on this new product.

I am sure you have all seen the commercials right? I see them all the time and peek over at Justin with those “you need these” looks because the man snores so loudly it keeps me up some nights, those nights I actually can sleep without any whining from the boys.  Breathe Right has asked me to share what I do to build a happy, healthy family and just wait … they want to hear from you as well!

Tricks n Tips for Happy, Healthy Family

  • Drink plenty of Orange Juice – vitamin C can help keep those colds away and I have found during the cold weather months our family does so much better if I increase our daily supply of Vitamin C.
  • Wash your hands often – it’s a no brainer tip, wash your hands constantly or use a hand sanitizer each time you leave a grocery store, school, etc.
  • Sneeze into your arm – remember to turn away and sneeze into your arm, not at someone else’s body or face.
  • Do not share drinks – I am big about this during the cold months in NH because it has helped deterred sick kids. I don’t know if my daughter shares drinks at school but at home there’s no way during the cold season.

Win Breathe Right Advanced Strips for yourself

ENDS 11:59pm EST on October 16, 2010

Want to win a one month supply of Breathe Right Advanced? All you have to do is share your favourite tip/trick for building a healthy, happy family. Then follow @Breathe_Right on twitter and leave a comment with #BreathingMommies

Leave a comment below with a link to your tweet! Or share your tip below if you don’t have a Twitter account.

Disclosure: M80 asked I share this with my readers and in turn for sharing my tips with you I will receive a one month supply of Breathe Right Advanced strips.

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Enough is Enough … Already

All day I am Mom, I expect to wipe booger noses, dress up like a pirate, get wrestled down to the ground to play, dress up barbies, race cars and make food all day long. By night I am working professional, I am a virtual assistant with clients of whom have deadlines, website traffic needs and SEO skills to be implemented. What I don’t expect to be is Mom by night, although there’s the rare times when one is sick & will require a bit more attention from the parent, and in that case I fully expect to be Mom by day and Mom and professional by night.

In my house 8pm is bedtime for all, the boys usually a bit earlier but I expect all three children to be in their beds quiet by 8pm. This isn’t unreasonable, I don’t make my daughter go to sleep at that time if it’s a non-school night she can easily watch a movie or read a book, do whatever she feels is fun for her own personal time but that’s it, come 8pm Mom has signed off and professional has signed online. I am very strict when it comes to that expectation, not so much the professional part, I don’t mind starting work at 9pm if I have to or choose to.

The thing that I do not expect is a four year old boy and two year old boy to cry and scream for a hug, for a sippy cup of milk or water, for a kiss, for a tuck in after they have thrown off their blanket for the millionth time. I do not expect my children to yell when all, except maybe the two year old, is old enough to go to sleep when the time has come for bedtime. Their bedtime has been the same all their lives, the routine has been the same. I read two storybooks each now, and it used to be one each, but overall the routine is there and it’s the same every single night.

For some reason my boys sharing a room is no longer a good thing, if it’s not one it is the other. If it’s not the four year old screaming for me to lay with him so I can pass out with him on accident it is the two year old escaping the crib and staring out at me. I love my kids, but the boys have made me crazy after years of lack of sleep. Even if I didn’t work at home, no matter how much I love my children and love spending time with them, there comes a time in their life when they need to get some sleep and their own relax time. Apparently my sons do not believe in this, the two year old used to sleep pretty good but the four year old has always had his sleep issues.

Staying in their own beds isn’t a huge problem, other than the occasional escape from the crib by a two year old but the constant whining because they are overtired yet can’t sleep for some reason is bound to drive the most positive person bonkers. Yes I said, I am being driven bonkers by the children I love and adore. My children are and forever will be my babies but I am a grown woman and I need my relax time too. I wish I could find a good way to get these two to sleep through the night but alas it hasn’t happened yet. I can’t wait until we move to a bigger house with a bedroom for each of the children, because that is when I think this will finally be enough already!

What do you do for a bedtime routine? What helps your child fall asleep with zero to little tears, there must be some baby deals around that you can share to help with sleeping issues?

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CLOSED We Love Fish Tacos! Win a Vacation to Mexico & More Giveaway

WeLoveFishTacos!WoodenSignI can honestly say I haven’t ever had a fish taco before I heard of this new campaign. Ortega and Gorton’s have become a perfect match for the “We Love Fish Tacos” contest.

Gorton's Gift Application for Facebook

My family tried both the Crunchy Shrimp Tacos and the Crunchy Fish Tacos, why? Well because my daughter and I love shrimp and the “boys” of the house love their fish sticks.  I must say this was something interesting and brightened our culture a bit, because I guess the fish taco is a Mexican food and not one I have seen in our restaurants around here. I have yet to ever go to a Mexican restaurant for dinner, but now I may have to try to get more of a feel for the food there. That was our Fish Taco Fiesta, too bad I didn’t get pictures of the faces when they saw fish sticks in a taco shell! Now that would have made this post all the more personal and amazing … maybe next time!

Now to get back to the reason for me posting this wonderful blog post … Ortega and Gorton’s have this contest going on where you can win a trip to Mexico in the Fish Taco Fiesta Challenge! That is right now through October 7, 2010 you can enter. How to enter? Simply visit www.welovefishtacos.com and submit a list of the Gorton’s & Ortega products used in y our favorite seafood taco and up to ten creative taco toppings. To learn more details and official rules on the We Love Fish Tacos website.


1 Grand Prize – A trip to four to All-inclusive Allegro Playacar Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for 3 nights, plus 12 Gorton’s and 12 Ortega VIP FREE product coupons and your taco fiest photo published on www.welovefishtacos.com ($5,000 value)

10 First Place Prizes – 12 Gorton’s and 12 Ortega VIP FREE product coupons and your taco fiesta photo published on www.welovefishtacos.com ($132 value)

20 Second Place Prizes – 6 Gorton’s and 6 Ortega VIP FREE product coupons ($66 Value)

3 Voter’s Choice Prizes – Genuine Fiesta Dinnerware for Four (your choice of 15 colors) and 12 Gorton’s and 12 Ortega VIP FREE product coupons ($332 value)

Enter by clicking this button:

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WIN FROM HAPPILY BLENDED … Yes I have a giveaway for my readers as well, you didn’t think I was going to share these great brands with you .. did you?

FIVE lucky entrants below will win:

2 Full Value coupons each – 1 for Ortega and 1 for Gorton’s product

Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on October 8, 2010

Open to United States only


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Getting Sick .. Really?

I had a wonderful Friday evening, while I worked on wrapping up some hours of work until Justin got home I found myself sitting in front of the computer working on things productively while my head started getting hot. After my head got hot, my eyes started to hurt, then my neck then my stomach just turned. I felt like I was going to be so incredibly sick. While I worked off the few more minutes I had to make it an even hour of work I fought off the urge to throw up.

Next Baby K decided that he wanted to continue to scream for me, although it was way past his bedtime and so I went in, gave him his sippy back and hopped in the shower to try to cool my head down. The shower did not work and well Baby K wasn’t happy the whole time I was in there, even though he was safe, in his crib, I still worried as I was so sick and he refused to go to sleep!

Shortly after my shower I checked on Baby K and found that he had finally gone to sleep! I was excited, but just as I peeked on him I found that he was half naked asleep, figured I will leave that to Justin when he gets home as I am so sick I can barely move! Then it hit me, that feeling you get right before throwing up! I ran for the bathroom and there you have it I was sick the rest of the night! I laid in bed, could barely move and when Justin got home from work I was like “I need ginger ale” and the nice man he is ran all the way back down to the store to get me some! I sipped some ginger ale, laid my head down and passed out for the night!

Man I do not like being sick but I am happy it is over and only lasted one night!

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