Monday, September 30, 2013

Today is Monday {linky}

Good Morning!
It has been a great week, can't believe it is Monday already!
I am starting to slowly do some more work to my blog, which includes a better profile picture that my daughter took of me.  Click on it on my sidebar to read my updated "about me" page.  More to come...

At church on Sunday, Brian was asked to help with collecting money for missions by dressing up as a clown at the last minute!  He loved it.  Although he had done it before, this was the first time without one of his siblings.  Such a ham!

And for this week?
Food shopping- trying to cut some coupons- I will report back on that!
And a certain adorable little miss needs her crib set up- she is about 16 pounds and getting too big for her bassinet.  This means some serious purging and cleaning to make room for her crib.
What about you?
What do you have planned for the week?
Link up your latest post below and don't forget to grab the button from my sidebar and add it to your post.
Happy Monday!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Operation Bounce and Personalized Pillow Cases (discount codes)

Today I wanted to share 2 businesses that I love with you.
It doesn't hurt that one is ran by a close friend of and the other is ran by my cousins!

First up: Operation Bounce!  Ran by my girlfriend, her hubby and some close friends, this bounce rental company is unique because they are a military veteran owned and operated company.

They have the best in commercial grade bouncers and have a number of different options.  My favorite?  The large princess slide combo!  It can fit up to 8 kids at a time!

Do you live on Long Island and need to rent an inflatable?  Or maybe you need an inflatable and a snow cone machine?  Call Operation: Bounce and tell them the chatty mommy sent you to save 10% off today!

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Next business I love is Personalized Pillow Cases!  My cousins run this business, one handling the business side of things, while the other makes the cases.  She has made cases for all the kids and I love them.  We know instantly whose pillowcase is whose and they wash well too!

This is a pillowcase my cousin made for me that I sleep on every night.  Her work is amazing and all done by hand!

And it got me to thinking - Christmas is coming- these cases make great gifts.  Order one today and save 10% with the code, thechattymommy.

Do you have a business you would like to advertise on The Chatty Mommy?  Click here to find out details on sponsorship.

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**Both of these companies are not paid advertisers.**

Thursday, September 26, 2013

San Diego

It still seems like a dream that we went to San Diego. Our aunt mentioned a year or two ago that when she retired she would like to take us all to San Diego!  Our uncle and aunt live there and it is just beautiful.  And before you know it, August came and the long awaited trip actually happened!
Below is just a small sample of some of the pictures we took while we were there.  It was an amazing trip and seems like a dream that we went!  Thanks so much Aunt S!

Our oldest and youngest at our uncle and aunt's house.

The kids in front of the hotel waiting to go somewhere fun!  We did a lot of walking in downtown San Diego!

Our hotel front and center! The Embassy Suites was amazing! We stayed in the presidential suite and it was spectacular with a few of the water and the city from our balcony! 

All the kids (except for baby Char, of course) went rock climbing, though we don't seem to have a picture of Em.  This is Lauren about to get to the top, which she did and repelled down!

The little guy did pretty well.

And Jack almost made it!

 And one of the best blessings of the trip is we got to see my brother (that's him rock climbing with the kids cuz he rocks!  tee hee hee) and

 my sister in law who is the best because we love her and she loves our kids and helps too!  She is so sweet and the baby loves her. 
We also saw one of my husbands close friends and his family! 

Legoland- amazing all the things you can build from legos!  Miniland was our favorite part of the park!

And these 2 snorkeled of the shores of La Jolla for leopard sharks!

We all just had a wonderful trip- sorry I keep saying it- it was just that much fun!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Things I Sold On Ebay

I have been selling some things on ebay- I hope to list more this week.  Like my cousin, I figured I would show what I have been selling.

 Conditioner.  These are from Loreal hair dye.  My aunt gives them to me when she dyes her hair because she doesn't use them  They went for $20.

Box tops for education will usually get me about 10 cents per box top.  I sold this group of 100 for about $10.

Onesies 0-3months the baby grew out of- $6.

A maternity shirt I loved but only wore a few times at the end of my pregnancy- $8.

A nutrisystem portion control plate I never used.  $12

A stamp set from 1973 that my uncle had given me.  I didn't do enough research on this one, but on a whim put it up for $40 and I got it.  Wondering if I should've went higher or kept it, but it was just collecting dust.

What about you?
Have you sold anything on ebay recently?
Have you ever made a huge profit on something that you resold?
I love hearing about great sales!
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Today is Monday (Linky)

Ahoy there, me hearties.  Last week the kids celebrated pirate day at school.  Jack's teacher was all for it and loves it.  I was a little hesitant.   Aren't pirates vicious people who are still around today sailing around looking to steal and pillage?  The little guy's teacher agreed but she went along with it for the kids.  We put together costumes with things we had around the house the night before and that morning.  They loved the finished look.  Hooks made out of water bottles, pipe cleaners and tin foil.  Buckles for their shoes out of tin foil.  String to hold up their baseball socks because there was no elastic in those days.  A vest for Jack made out of a cut up shirt of moms and the little guy with skulls (I hate skulls)  cut out of printouts and double stick taped to his church vest.  A scar made with mom's make-up and a cardboard and black paper with string eye patch finished the looks.
And you can't forget the mustaches I found at dollar tree- the only money I spend for the costumes- $1

Yes, school is in full swing.  And we are busy.  The weather is getting colder.  Fall feels nice with a touch of Christmas being slowly mixed in.  But, no way am I looking forward to another cold winter!

What about you?
What is going on in your life?
Link up your latest blog post below.
Happy Monday!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This Girl

This little girl is 4 months!
She laughs. She babbles. A Lot. 
She weighs 15 pounds and 5 ounces! 
She doesn't cry when getting shots. 
She loves to catch a quick glimpse of tv. 
She loves all of her siblings. 
She is halfway to rolling over. 

And we are blessed each and every day to have her. 

Happy 4 months Char!
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Lots Going On

Hey.... I am still here. We went to San Diego on vacation, had our first day of school and have been crazy! I have a ton of pictures to share- just getting them organized. Trying to get back into the swing of life and blogging and our school schedule. In the meantime, I am over here today. Leave some comment love if you can.
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