Wednesday, August 18, 2010


Here are all three coupons...

Mystery Coupon

Mystery Coupon

Mystery Coupon

Now, if someone could just tell me which one is the 30%, so I can do some shoppin'!!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

NEW (fur) BABY!!!

My family adopted the most precious 10-year old Dalmatian yesterday!  Her name is Roux.  She is amazing, we all love her so much! 

We have known Roux since she was a baby.  She belonged to my brother and his wife.  She was my "niece" before my niece (then nephew, nephew, niece) was born.  Over the past year she has lost a "fur sister" and her family is now splitting up.  She has been very loved, but very stressed and has lost a TON of weight.  But, she hasn't lost her spirit!  

When my brother told me she was looking for a new home, I knew she belonged here.  Mr. Mama didn't immediately agree.  He suggested she come over for a playdate with our dogs, and within 3 minutes he told me we needed to buy a bigger bed.  She instantly became besties with our Labrador, and the Pomeranian only tried to eat her face off twice, so it was a done deal!

She is the best girl!  Ridiculously sweet and laid back!  She's the first one to "sit" for a treat, barely barks, hasn't piddled anywhere and she just FITS!  We are well on our way to spoiling her rotten!

(The above photo is of Roux passed out at the end of the couch.  I took it with no lights on with my Blackberry.  Sorry.)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

CHEERS!!! The first harvest of the season!

I know it's early, and my tomatoes are NO WHERE NEAR being ready to make salsa, but I harvested my first batch of cilantro yesterday!  I also know cilantro is extremely difficult to preserve -  drying makes it taste like parsley, freezing makes it mushy, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...

But, it's worth a try, right?  I have nothing to lose but my beautiful cilantro.

I often speak of organic gardening, but I in no way consider myself "green", "earthy", a "tree hugger".  I'm really not worthy!  I do, however, frequent organic gardening blogs for guidance with my own garden.  I run across some of the most AMAZING blogs when searching for new ideas, and I must say, this one took my breath away!

My way of life is no where near theirs, yet, we have so much in common!  We are thrifty, we are family-centered, we are animal lovers  They remind me of a very sweet aunt and her family.  They are SO happy!!!  That makes ME happy!!!

So, I tried "Mr. H's" method of preserving cilantro.  I will be using that cilantro in my salsa in about six weeks and will let you know how it turns out.  Until then, I will be dreaming about his beautiful greenhouse, his beautiful dog, his beautiful family, and his beautiful way of life!!!

Here's to the first harvest!!!

Thank you Subsistence Pattern, for letting me share your amazing blog!

HELP!!! Organic Weed Prevention

I've had an organic garden for the past two years.  I don't by any means eat all-organic, but, I just can't bring myself to spray MY beautiful garden with chemicals.  Never really had a problem with bugs or weeds.  Hubby and I would trek to the garden about 4 weeks after our first planting, pull a few weeds, and be done with it once the intentional plantings got larger than the "grass".  This year is different!  Our garden now measures about 20x28 feet and has gotten a ridiculous amount of rain over the past few weeks.  The "grass" is quickly catching up with my tomatoes.  It is beginning to overtake the beans and carrots!

So, I tried the newspaper method.  It took an ENTIRE Kansas City Star just to surround three tomato plants and 2 dill plants.  I carefully soaked them down as directed and before Mr. Manda got home with the grass clippings he worked his butt off for all day (lawn care business), they had dried in the sun and blown up against my hog wire charming fence.  What's a girl to do?

Well, luckily unfortunately, my baby got in trouble at school today.  He only had ONE day left!!!  So, we have decided that he will be assisting Mr. Mama with the weed pulling tomorrow while Mama is toileting and dispensing pills to her 12 "guests" at the hospital.  Now, I can't count on my 13-year old son to get in trouble any more.  He really IS an angel.  So, I need a solution!!! 


Crystal Light Pure Fitness Sample from Vocalpoint

Vocalpoint is offering a FREE sample of Crystal Light Pure Fitness.

If you're not already a member, sign up!  I get all kinds of great full-size samples from Vocalpoint!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Giveaway Winner: e.l.f. Manicure Set picked #5 for the e.l.f. giveaway. Congratulations The Lucky Ladybug!!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010



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