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I can't believe it's been over a year and a half.  

Posted by: Meredith

I disappeared from the blogosphere quite some time ago. Lots of things have been happening since the last time I posted anything.

Most importantly.... We had a baby!!

We welcomed Kady Leah Ann into our little family on June 16, 2010.

We were so happy to finally have our little girl. Boys are great, but this little girl was born a princess!

We have been blessed that Little B. loves his sister so much. At 4 and a half years old he is such a little grow up when it comes to taking care of her. He just loves helping with everything from feeding to diaper changes.

Amazingly it has been 5 and a half months since little Kady joined us, I just can't belive how fast time is going. Much faster than it did with the first child.

We just had holiday pictures made and this is my favorite one, it really shows how much B. loves his little sis.

I also STARTED MY OWN BUSINESS! I have recently become a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant.

I decided to start selling Mary Kay because not only do I really enjoy their products, I am completely in LOVE with one product in particular, the Extra Emollient Night Cream, and I wouldn't have purchased it without my neighbor mentioning to me that she was selling Mary Kay.

I have been having trouble finding a cream that would help with the extreme dry skin that my son was dealing with in random spots on his body. Poor kid looked like he had patches of aligator skin.

When I heard my neighbor sold Mary Kay I remembered a Mary Kay product (the Emollient Cream) that I would use of my mother's when I had really bad dry skin in high school. I purchased the cream and within 2 days my son's skin started looking better.

I have been using the cream on his dry spots for about a month now and they are barely noticable. I can't say how much I love this stuff.

If you are interested in any Mary Kay products, take a hop on over to my Mary Kay site, where you can shop online 24 hours a day.


Macy's Friends and Family Event is Back (25% off coupon)  

Posted by: Meredith

I posted about Macy's Friend's and Family sale event in November, and guess what... It's back!
I was given the opportunity to share this sales event with you and the coupon to save 25% while you shop. Macy’s Biggest Savings event just got Bigger! From Wednesday, April 29-Monday, May 4, 2009, Macy’s will be sharing their Friends and Family employee discount for 6 incredible days of savings and shopping!

Be sure to check out Macy's for great deals for Mother's Day and Swimsuit season, both of which are just around the corner!

Grab the coupon HERE!



Passing it along...  

Posted by: Meredith

I found this on Soxy Deb's blog, who took it from Lisa's blog, and now I am passing it on to you. I agree so much with this.

It's a Proposed Revised Preamble to the Constitution

"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights."

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes ..

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair or lethal injection.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from!

ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!

Can I get an AMEN?!?! (*steps down from soapbox)

Pass it along if you agree. It's time society had an attitude adjustment for the sake of our great nation.


Writer's Workshop: 400 Bones  

Posted by: Meredith

How excited am I??? Mama Kat just gave me $400 to spend on any ONE thing I want! I can't wait to go shopping.

If I had $400 to spend any way I please, and my husband could not object to me spending the money, I would buy a laser grip for my new S & W 38. The one I want is less than $400 so Mama Kat would be getting some change back.

I heard a story while in a gun shop about a woman who lived in a very expensive neighborhood in the area and her husband had just purchased a gun for her to use for personal protection while he was out of town on business. The night she got the gun, her husband was not at home, and she was sitting in her living room reading the owner's manual of her new weapon. A few minutes later the lady heard someone break into her house and he was approaching the room she was in.

This woman had never used a gun before, and it was not even loaded, but she turned on the laser that was built into the grip, pointed it at the intruder, and when he saw the red dot on his chest he ran. When the cops showed up they found the intruders shoe, which he lost while jumping a fence to get away.

I have been amazed at how often home are getting broken into in this area, while people are in the house. This has been happening during the day or night and at an alarming rate. I want to be able to protect my home and family in the best possible manner, and if a little red dot would help, then that's what I want. I would like to say that if my husband were home and someone broke into our house, he would be the one facing the intruder, but I know that is not true. I think I have convinced Hubbs that should that happen, I will be the one to take matters into my own hands, one because I can be a mean SOB when pushed, and the law is easier on women thank men in that situation. Plus it would be fun to use at the range.

So, my spending spree would be not just for fun, but also for practical purposes. If you are not a fan of guns in the home, please don't judge.



Posted by: Meredith

The tools to a great education...

Too bad this stuff doesn't come in Diet. Sierra Mist - Cranberry Splash

Ooh I bet it would make a great vodka mixer too... Friday, where are you ?


The Grayson Rose  

Posted by: Meredith

My favorite local radio station is the home town station for a nationally syndicated radio show, The Matt and Ramona Show, that is probably the best radio show in the US. Matt and Ramona have been working together since 2000 and they are just a great team. I have been listening to the show for as long as I can remember. Listening to Matt and Ramona everyday you really get to know who these two people are in real life.

Recently, Matt, of the Matt and Ramona show, and his wife Amy had to experience a tragic event that I cannot even begin to imagine. Matt and his wife lost their second baby girl when Amy was 35 weeks pregnant.

I remember driving to school after work one day listening to the show. I wondered where Matt was and why everyone else on the show seemed so somber. Then, between stories, Ramona told the audience why Matt was not in the studio that day, and that he would not be back for a while. He and his wife needed time to grieve the loss of their baby girl, Grayson.

I broke down in tears driving down I-77 at the news. What an awful thing for anyone to have to go through. I thought of how I would feel if one day my baby, B., was not here anymore, and that is something I would not wish upon anyone. It breaks my heart just thinking about it now.

This post is not meant to be a downer. I wanted to share with you all the Grayson Rose, and what it means, how it will help, and how you can get one. This post is not sponsored by anyone, and I was not asked to share this information, I think it is something you all will be interested in.

The Grayson Rose, pictured above, is available from Ashdown Roses and proceeds will be supporting March of Dimes.
"From the fields of the French nursery Delbard comes this outstanding shrub
bearing dark velvet-red blooms all season long. The plant grows upright, is well
foliated and very disease resistant. Delbard has been growing and breeder roses
for over 70 years and we are delighted they have allowed this rose to be called
The Grayson Rose in support of this great cause."
The Grayson rose is available for $18.95, and this year 40% of the proceeds will go to March of Dimes. When 1 in 8 babies are born too soon and March of Dimes is working so hard to help these children live healthy lives, there could not have been a better organization to benefit from this rose.
Ashdown Roses will be shipping this rose in September, which should be the proper time to plant in most areas. While on the Matt and Ramona Show, Paul Zimmerman said the rose could also be shipped at another time should September not be appropriate in your area. And for those of you who do not have a garden, or do not own your home, this rose can be planted in a container, so you could take it with you if you move.
This rose would make a great Mother's Day gift, or Father's Day gift to a father who loves to garden, a birthday gift, or just as a reminder that you care to a family who may have been affected by a premature birth.
I am happy to share this information with you because it is a great cause, I have grown to love Matt and Ramona and their entire cast, and this tragedy affected them all, and the Grayson Rose is just a beautiful rose.