Santa Visits Local Galvez/Prairieville Neighborhoods Thursday, Dec 10 2009 

It just doesn’t seem like Christmas until Santa Clause makes his annual visit thanks to the local fire departments.  I get so excited when I hear the Christmas music and the Sirens of the fire trucks getting closer.  Santa makes his way around the Prairieville neighborhoods to visit the children.  He takes pictures with the kids (and adults!), passes out candy canes, listens to their wish lists and most importantly, collects non-perishable food items for area food banks.

Click here to see when Santa will be coming to your neighborhood!

Get your canned goods and cameras ready…Santa is coming!  Merry Christmas!


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Thinking of our Veterans Today Wednesday, Nov 11 2009 

Today, I woke with a sense of gratitude. Gratitude for all of the Veteran’s that have sacrificed so much for me.  Without these men and women, I would not be able to sit here and enjoy the laughter of my children while they are getting ready for school, kiss my husband goodbye as he leaves for a job that he loves, or help a young couple find their first home.  Think of all the small everyday tasks that we enjoy.

We get to experience these moments because a Veteran fought for our freedom.

I ask you this… Next time you see a Veteran, shake their hand, say thank you, buy them a cup of coffee.  A small gesture of kindness is just a drop in the bucket for what they have done for us.  With that being said, I think I will make my way to the local donut shop to buy a round of coffee and donuts for the gentlemen that I know hang out there in the morning.

Happy Veteran’s Day to all who have served and fought for our freedom.  Thank you!

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Happy 234th Birthday Marine Corp! Tuesday, Nov 10 2009 

Today, November 10, 2009, the Marine Corp turns 234.  Happy Birthday Marines!

Thank you to all who have served for your tireless dedication in keeping our country safe.

Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world.  But, the Marines don’t have that problem.  [Ronald Reagan, U.S. President; 1985]

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Turn Back the Clock Wednesday, Oct 28 2009 

Don’t forget to turn your clock back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, October 31. 

Enjoy your “long” weekend!

Father’s Day Recliner ~ Fit For A King! Wednesday, Jun 17 2009 

I get so excited about Father’s Day!
I love the fact that the girls and I get to do something nice for my husband. (He doesn’t often let us ta-ta over him.)
I was looking online this year for some unique Father’s Day ideas
 and I came across this video and just had to laugh out loud!

Don’t think I will be having one of these delivered this year, but what a gift that would be! I think instead, he will get to go to the camp and spend the weekend with the love of his life…his boat!The girls and I will get up early and make his breakfast this weekend instead of him taking care of us!

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Monday, Jun 8 2009 

 

The other night I was really craving something sweet.  After fumbling around in the kitchen not finding anything that looked good, I decided to bake.  I had a few bananas that were just right for baking some banana bread.  One problem, I wasn’t excited about the usual whole wheat, very healthy banana muffins I usually make.  I wanted something CHOCOLATE!  I got on the web and found a few Chocolate Chip Banana muffin recipes.  I decided to take a little from here, a little from there and tweak it to my liking.  I did try to keep them semi-healthy! This is what I came up with.

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1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Splenda for Baking
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 5oz container of Greek Yogurt (vanilla)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 mashed ripe bananas
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In another bowl, combine the egg, oil, yogurt and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in bananas and chocolate chips. Fill greased or paper-lined mini muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

I will definitely be making these again!  They were a hit with the girls!

Headed to Philly…Virtually! Tuesday, May 26 2009 

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Tomorrow is the start of REBar Camp Philly. [in a nut shell, Real Estate Bar Camp is a collection of the brightest Real Estate minds sharing their knowledge about technology, blogging, viral video, etc]  I woke up this morning and jumped on Twitter. All of my friends were chatting about their venture to Philly. I am so envious! I will be following the #Twitterqueens travels to Philly today! @HeyAmarettohas already made it to Delaware where @MayaREGuru has picked her up. @LesleyLambert is on her way now too!  I am following many other #Twitterqueens as they travel too.  There are too many to mention!

I have cleared my schedule for tomorrow morning so that I can watch the live stream on-line provided by @Dakno! (Have a closing in the afternoon… Can’t miss that!)  I also have already set up a special column on Tweet Deck so that I can follow all the excitement tweeted during #REBCPHL!

#Twitterqueens and all my other friends, travel safe and  I will be there with you – online! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with me and we will have a drink together tomorrow evening!  How I love the power of technology and social media 🙂 

Operation Mend Monday, May 25 2009 

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Watching the CBS Sunday Morning News, I was drawn to a story about a mission called Operation Mend.  The story was called Healing The Most Deeply Scarred.”   So many of our servicemen and women are coming home with the most devastating of wounds.  Severe burns that leave grotesque scars and disfigurement.

This program has partnered up with a plastic surgeon at UCLA.  They are providing surgeries to reconstruct the faces of these soldiers.  Surgeries that may not otherwise be available to them.

On this Memorial Day, I would like to ask you to please take a moment to read about Operation Mend.  This is a wonderful program that has been established to help our brave men and women regain their confidence to face the world again. 

Thank you to all of those who are making sacrifices to keep our freedom.

Never Forget Saturday, May 23 2009 

I would like to thank all the brave men and women for the sacrifices they have made for our freedom.

Hoping you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Shoes Can Boomerang! Wednesday, May 20 2009 

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Last night at dinner my oldest daughter announced, “Hey mom, we talked about you in class today.”  Hesitantly, I asked, “Would you care to share?” Oh boy…were we in for some fun!

Seems that they were talking about spanking children.  How this came up, I have no clue.  In any case, my child pipes up to the class, “My mom never spanked me, but she can throw a mean shoe!”  Of course this got the attention of everyone in there!  She proceeded to tell of a time that I lost my temper with her.  She was in middle school, I had had a really bad day and she popped off at me.  We were in the car and when we got home, I proceeded to throw my shoes at her.  Let me stop here.  Picture this, I am running around the backyard throwing shoes at my pre-teen.  She is running from me screaming.  My youngest daughter who wasn’t even in school yet is sitting on the picnic table laughing hysterically! One of those not winning mother of the year moments!  All of you mothers (and fathers) know these moments!  They happen to the best of us!  The whole ordeal ended in both of us in tears with my husband separating us from each other.  To this day, I feel bad about the way I reacted.ZCD020_INTHUMB

As she told the story, guilt overwhelmed me.  My family laughed, partly because of the way she recounted the story.  As she told us about the reactions from her classmates and teacher she told us that she said this, “By the way, if you were curious, Shoes can Boomerang!”  At this point, we all fell into fits of laughter.  My husband turned to me and said, “I think you just found tomorrow’s blog post!” 

I thought about this the rest of the evening.  As much guilt as I have felt about my reaction that day, I feel better today.  My daughter saw that I was real.  Even moms have bad days. I didn’t scar her.  She sees this as something funny to share with her friends!

Do you have a funny story of your own?  I would love for you to share it with me!

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