Monday, April 30, 2012

12 Days until Mother's Day

Have you figured out what to do for your mommy on Mother's Day....well ya better soon! There are only 12 days left to get inspired, design, shop and craft!! 

Without your mom there would be no you and in my case no 3 crazy, beautiful, hysterical, loving, hyper kiddos destroying my house....but we sure do LOVE THEM!

Anywho...here's some ideas to kick start your brain storming for that special mommy, mommy-in-law and grand mommy's out there! 

Get creative and have fun!

Straight from our Pinterest Board to you for inspiration:

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We'd love to find more creative minds to follow!!! 
Please leave your link or name for YOUR pinterest board below in the comments...you may see your pin on here next time!

Happy Mother's Day Inspiration~
Bree and J
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Monday~You Tubed

It's MONDAY...Blah....
Hope these videos help start your week off right!

Have a GREAT Monday~
Bree and J

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Zaycon Foods





Zaycon Foods is fast, convenient, fresh, and affordable way to purchase BULK meats, fruits and more. When i say BULK I mean BULK...their last chicken sales event the MINIMUM you could buy was 40lbs...but buying in such a large quantity is well worth your dollar! Just hope you have room in you freezer...for us we have an extra.

The company is privately owned and based in the state of Washington. They sell only what they would eat themselves providing high quality, healthy food. Founded in 2009 they pride themselves on :
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Exceptional Customer Service
  • "No Sacred Chickens" (a tongue-in-cheek phrase for how they handle and deal with issues)
While only focusing on the commonly consumed food items such as fresh meats like chicken, beef, turkey, pork and fish they are able to deliver products direct from the farm/processor...the products are as fresh as if you had your own farm!

I have personally yet to try them...I missed out on the chicken sale event but when the next one comes around I will be looking forward to it! It is my understanding that this is how it works:
  • you sign up, select your location, and choose/purchase your item
  • the day of event/sale/pick up (this is usually one day and during select hours, you see this before purchase) you show up, they load, you drive away without even having to get out of your car
  • go home, freezer pack, cook and enjoy!


For more information follow these links:


Upcoming Event Details:

Maple Valley, WA True Cod, 93/7 Ground Beef, All Beef Hot Dogs and German Sausage
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Generational Hope Christian
26040 Southeast 216th St.
Maple Valley, WA 98038
Our savings events often sell out quickly. Remember, you may order until the cut-off date, or until the product is sold out.
Please add z@zayconfoods.com to your "safe senders" list to ensure that you continue to receive email notification from Zaycon Foods.
   

Products

Orders must be placed by Sunday, May 13, 2012 and payment must be received by Sunday, May 13, 2012.
Fresh Ground Beef, Lean (93/7) - 40 lbs
A 40 lb case containing 4 tubes of fine grind lean 93/7 ground beef. This product is LFTB free. Weight is approximate, meaning not all cases are exactly 40 lbs. If, upon delivery, your case is not 40 lbs, you will receive a credit to your Zaycon Foods account.
$3.29/lb
Each unit contains 40 lbs

1
Unit

$131.60
2
Units

$263.20
3
Units

$394.80
4
Units

$526.40
5
Units

$658.00
6
Units

$789.60
How many units would you like to order?

0 X $131.60 = $0.00

Premium all BEEF Hot Dogs
These ALL BEEF PREMIUM HOT DOGS are made with beef sirloin trimmings - There are 50 per 10 lb case.
$2.99/lb
Each unit contains 10 lbs

1
Unit

$29.90
2
Units

$59.80
3
Units

$89.70
4
Units

$119.60
5
Units

$149.50
6
Units

$179.40
How many units would you like to order?

0 X $29.90 = $0.00

Frozen Alaskan True Cod Fillets
IQF
$5.29/lb
Each unit contains 20 lbs

1
Unit

$105.80
2
Units

$211.60
3
Units

$317.40
4
Units

$423.20
5
Units

$529.00
6
Units

$634.80
How many units would you like to order?

0 X $105.80 = $0.00

German Sausage
pork & beef with spices
$2.99/lb
Each unit contains 10 lbs

1
Unit

$29.90
2
Units

$59.80
3
Units

$89.70
4
Units

$119.60
5
Units

$149.50
6
Units

$179.40
How many units would you like to order?

0 X $29.90 = $0.00


Reviews:

"I really like the chicken breasts we received. First, they are a great size. Chopped up, two chicken breasts can make a meal that lasts us 2 days. And they have a wonderful fresh taste to them. We originally received the chicken fresh so I had to freeze the remaining portions that I wasn’t going to use immediately. After being frozen for a couple of weeks, the chicken still has that fresh taste just like the ones I used right after receiving them."-surprisedmama.com

"I am so excited to see what else that Zaycon might be bringing to my area the next time that they are around. I love how they do it. They plan events for different areas in the US and if you are registered with them you will be notified about an event near you. They bring the truck out and pick up your fresh items from them. I know what you are thinking, "oh so they are like the Schwan's man". My answer to you is "NOT AT ALL". This is fresh, top quality product that is based on the region and the season. They may be having a peaches and chicken event and the next time they come to your area it might just be wonderful smoky bacon!!!! The products do come by the case, and if you are now thinking "well that is too much for my family", then you could split a case with a friend or neighbor. Honestly we are a family of 3 and buying things by the case is great and keeps my monthly grocery budget down as well as allows me to plan ahead with my meals."-southerncouponqueen.com

"I went down to my local pick-up location which was about 20 minutes from my home, not too bad of a commute. When I arrived everything was very well organized and ran quickly and easily. You stay in your car the whole time and are “checked-in” and given a card that indicates how many units you purchased. You then continue down 30 feet ahead to the back of the truck and trade your unit card over for your purchase. This system worked so well that there was no confusion and I was in and out in less than 10 minutes!"-amomstake.com

Gotta Feed the Family~
Bree and J
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Friday Pinterest Challange

Fun, Weird and Corky Across the Boards

Bree and Jessi's Top 3 Picks
Who's are THE BEST??

Pin Pick #1

Bree's Pin from
Just For Us... board.
Jessi's Pin
"Spoon Mirror" from 
DIY~Repurpose~Craft~Build 
board.
Pin Pick #2

Bree's pin
"Old Lamp Shades turned Bird Baths"
from
board.
Jessi's pin
"Marbles in Fence"
from
board.


Pin Pick #3
Bree's pin
"Trix Crispies"
from I'm Hungry
board.
Jessi's pin
"Rainbow Spaghetti"
from Crazy Kids
board.

I am a Pinterest Addict~
Bree and Jessi


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Thursday, April 26, 2012

OMG...I have to share!!!

Thanks Maggie for posting this!!!
This video is HILARIOUS!!!!

ENJOY!!!!

"Pregnant and I Know It" MUSIC VIDEO 

(Parody of "Sexy and I Know It")




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Play Date: Spring Fair Supplement

More Photos from the Spring Fair! Enjoy...our kids sure did! Mostly everything was FREE! Had a great time for a minimal price!





To watch a video of Bradley in the Water Ball CLICK HERE to be redirected to "Bradley at the Fair"



Brooklyn was awesome the whole day!!!

Here's a video Intro on what the "Dock Dogs" are...they were fantastic!!


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Campfire Kiddo's Celebrated Earth Day


Our Campfire group celebrated Earth Day last week by creating an Earth Day Inspired Craft, going on a nature walk around the block and discussing how we can help save the earth, what comes from the earth and what plants, trees and flowers need to grow. Our Campfire group is ages 3-5.

~Nature Walk~
Cement does NOT grow
 out of the earth (lol) 
but LOOK....
some grass has
 found its way 
through the crack
 in the cement!
 Pointing out the
 cute little flowers 
growing in the grass.

A flower for my mommy! <3

 THE BOYS...we gotta stay together!

Girls......are grossed out by the boys these days!



What kids need to grow: care, nourishment, love, knowledge, sunlight, air, and water! LOL!

Keep those kids growing and learning~
Bree and J
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Girls Room: Part 2

So in between wrangling children and chores, I've been able to sneak away and make some progress on the circles in our main bathroom.  You can check out the before pictures from this post. 


I had to go back and re-pencil a few columns.  They got a little off towards the bottom but I think I've got it to where it won't be too noticeable.  Don't worry, I'll point it out! I ended up measuring out a grid to help keep the alignment.  The lucky thing is that I'm trying for an organic look to the circles instead of exact and perfect circles.


Here's a closer view.  The discolored spot is where the paint peeled off when I removed the shower curtain rod.  Nothing like additional paint touch-ups to prolong the project!


Another little project that I had been meaning to do was to clean up the shower head.  We rarely shower in this bathroom because there is no fan and the shower would spray in wonky directions.


The arm of the shower head is "hard-wired" into the plumbing behind the wall but the head easily comes off after un-screwing the band.


I used white vinegar and the container with a lid.  I've got kids and didn't want anybody knocking it over!  After soaking for 3 hours it was just about ready.  I was surprise it worked so fast!  For tougher build-up, I would soak overnight.

Before

After
That's it!  I put it back on and it sprays straight, almost like new.  I'm really glad I gave the vinegar a try!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

"Farm House Featured..." Business of the Month

Starting May 1st we will start to feature a business of the month. 
"Farm House Featured...."
If you know of a small business that's great we would love to know!

Want a hint for our 1st Feature???
Your parties, birthdays, announcements, births, events, etc will never look the same....
.....in fact we think you will be "dazzled" by them! ;)

Lot of Love~
Bree and Jessi
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I love coupons, deals and FREE stuff!

**2 AWESOME COUPONS**

20 FREE Birth Announcements
I used this coupon before for our Christmas cards this last year (don't think i sent them out, HA!) Anyway, used coupon, then spent enough to qualify for free shipping AND they had an online special (not a code, automatic discount) I got $40.00 worth of cards for $12.89!!!! 
I'm sure they want "new customers" only but I just used my husbands email.....or you can be really tricky and if it's worth it...like my Christmas cards were you can create a FREE email account... hotmail and gmail are the places to do these! LOL!
HURRY ON THIS ONE...ENDS I'M GUESSING IN MARCH

20% CASH BACK at DIAPERS.COM
If your not familiar with diapers.com....you should be! This place is great. Don't let the "diapers.com" fool you into this place just selling diapers. They have many different options with only one shopping cart. 
ONE SHOPPING CART...you shop their 5 different stores and check out ONCE!
  • Diapers.com includes diapers obviously, wipes, formula & feeding, furniture, clothes, bath & skin care, moms & maternity, baby gear, toys, etc. The also carry some of Costco's "Kirkland" brand items!!! And lots of incentives for returning to them to purchase diapers, etc!! This place is better than Babies R Us!
  • Soap.com includes household cleaning items, laundry, bath tissue, paper towels, razor refills, make up, fragrance, vitamins, etc. I use this store on a regular basis!!!
  • Wag.com includes everything and anything for your pet....reptile, small pet, fish, cat, dog, bird, etc!
  • Yoyo.com your every thing, every age toy store! Better than  Toys R Us, Target, Walmart toys COMBINED! You....AND you kids will love this place!!!!
  • Casa.com is......breath taking! Imagine a Home Depot, Target, Macy's, Walmart, Fred Myer, Lowes combined into one......do you see it??? Well HERE IT IS! There's home improvement, garden and patio, decor, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, nursery, tools and supplies....the list for Casa.com goes ON and ON and ON! This is some serious awesomness!!!!
BEST OF ALL WITH PURCHASE OF $49 ($25 FOR SOAP.COM) YOU GET FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING!!!! SERIOUSLY 2 DAY SHIPPING! EVEN IF ITS NOT FREE THERE IS NO EXTRA CHARGE AND IT'S ALWAYS 2 DAY SHIPPING!!!! 
When I space and realize I only have one last roll of toilet paper or the diapers and wipes days are numbered it's so nice to think i don't have to pack up all my kids, trek down to the store (never go to the close convenient one because of coarse its double the price. To just buy some wipes but end up spending unnecessary money on other crap i don't need. 
To know it will be here, no matter, in 2 days AND its super convenient AND cheap is the best feeling in the WORLD...besides when all the kids go to bed that is! LOL!
Did I also mention that they clip coupons FOR you!!! Yes it's true!! They try to keep up on regular coupons  for all items (i usually see this at Soap.com) and they make it super easy for you to claim! Did i say how much I love this place! LOL!

Go to diapers/soap/wag/yoyo/casa.com and see what you've been missing.....use this coupon while your at it or use the many they ALWAYS have on the website!

Shop the deals...get rewarded~
Bree and J

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Monday, April 23, 2012

MONDAYS are for COMPLAINERS

(be aware...brief but not graphic nudity)


This last week I came across a print ad in a magazine that tell ya the truth PISSED ME OFF! Yes, maybe it was mother natures warning of what was to come regarding my monthly gift from her. But still, the ad got me peeved AND thinking.
I may have also been affected more than another woman would, seeing as my past and my family has been effected by this specific thing more than a few times.


BREAST CANCER.....has crept its way into the many lives of women I love. My Great-Grandmother Neill, My Grandma Holm, (her sister) MY Great Aunt Debbi these are all the women in order on my mom's side. All in the SAME breast, left side. The odds of my mom....myself....and if no cure found....MY DAUGHTER having the same cancer on the same side are very high and for me is just a reality to come. A reality I am prepared for. AND with early detection and treatment something I am prepared to overcome.
These aren't the only women in my life effected. My Grandma Haley, Aunt Bev, a former friend and 3 Day walker, more friends, the list goes on.


This is the image that inspired this post.
First Thoughts: "What the HELL do these 18 year old somethings, with their perfect air brushed skin, manicured nails, flawless faces, and perfectly shaped breasts have ANYTHING to do with breast cancer???"
Then: "WHO really thinks UNDRESSING 4 absolutely perfectly flawless if even "fake" women, having them hold each other....oh wait lets put some pink lipstick on them and some pink ribbon and call it a breast cancer ad! WHAT AN IDIOT! I am sorry by no means in any way does this "move" me, "inspire" me or "educate" me about breast cancer. I would bet money (which i DON'T do) that a man designed or approved this ad. How very disappointing."
By: Estee Lauder




More I found:
First thoughts: "Those are cute pink gloves"
Then: "What the heck does some girl dressed up, in heels, wearing pink boxing gloves have to do with anything related to breast cancer...or awareness" "like SHE really had breast cancer or had it and has struggled and had to" fight" against it" REALLY?!?!?! I get there trying to say "fight breast cancer and win it" ....why don't they use the same idea but someone believable....want a famous face....use Cheryl Crow"
By: AVON

Another:
First thoughts: "WOW...she has beautiful hair!"
Then: "I have no idea who this is but highly doubt she has fought against breast cancer. How is a beautiful woman, with hair AND a body to DIE for suppose to inspire ME to become more aware of my body and breast cancer. If anything this makes me feel more self conscious about my body. Hmm...maybe this is targeted to a mans pocket book..since the ad is hinting this gorgeous woman goes pink (iGoPINK) and SHE would love to get naked for this ad in hopes that you can donate to "BreastCancerCharities"...but i highly doubt this print ad is run in a mens magazine...I would bet money that you'd find this ad in People, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple, All About You...something woman would buy to read."
By: The Breast Cancer Charities of America


What is advertising???
"Advertising promotes products and services that businesses are tying to sell. However, this is not the sole purpose of advertising. In addition to promoting a product or service, advertising serves multiple functions for the company and brand. These functions help companies achieve the ultimate goal: selling their products or services."
Read more: What Is the Purpose of Advertising a Product? | eHow.com 



I am sorry but the first two ads were printed from companies you would normally buy a retail product from....after seeing these I would go out of my way to NOT purchase products from those companies.


Want some breast cancer ads that really SPEAK to you.......


"1 Chance in 80,000 she's just won an Olympic Medal"
"1 Chance in 8 she's just found out she has Breast Cancer"


My first thoughts: "its cancer...shes not that much older than me...."
Then: "does she have a family like me, i wonder how I would feel...if I were her...I should get an early mammogram. What will she do, whats next, how sad...."
Who cares if this woman really did win an Olympic gold medal, its portrayed as she did not, that she just found out she has cancer. Who cares what really is going on in this picture....it speaks to you....that's what it SHOULD DO! It's also informative to the point of be a very real, scary thing....I easily know 8 woman...they are close to me....who would it be? THIS is a Breast Cancer Ad!


Another:
 Here Avon does a different ad compared to their other. But take a guess which one is more advertised??
First Thoughts: "how sad.....and so real..."
Then: "with one photo you can send monumental thoughts through people...each person thinking something similar but different. Each relating how real this could be for them and how it would affect them and possibly the family they have, children they have or want to have.
This shows nudity but not in a sexual way...this is real, pure and honest...this to me is beautiful"


Another:
 First Thoughts: "this woman has had a breast removed due to breast cancer" 
Then: "How sad that this is a true reality for some woman...AND she is lucky she still has her life. Did she really loose a breast?? who knows...who cares....it speaks even in another language." This also has nudity but not selling sexuality.


Another:

First Thoughts: "their mom probably had breast cancer and it's a good reality they might too"
Then: "is this really a mom and her REAL daughters??? it doesn't matter.....what matters is it's portrayed as it is, in turn making you believe that the way they embrace their mom that she is a survivor. Her daughters are posing with her for the ad showing that they are now aware and check or have exams regularly because this very might be a real and scary future for them. Without saying one word with this ad (to me) it says "be aware, cancer caught early has a better survival rate, for your children get an annual mammogram"
I believe this ad was from Estee Lauder but what one do you think was printed more??

Breast Cancer Statistics for 2012: (from Susan G. Komen)
In 2012, it is estimated that among U.S. women  and men[31]:
  • Women: There will be 226,870 new cases of invasive breast cancer (includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors).
  • Men:  There will be 2,190 new cases of breast cancer.
  • There will be 63,300 new cases of in situ breast cancer (includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS)* and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS)*, of those, about 85 percent were DCIS). DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer and LCIS is a risk factor that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer. Learn more about  DCIS and breast cancer risk. Learn more about LCIS and breast cancer risk.
  • Women: There will be 39,510 breast cancer deaths. 
  • Men: There will be 410 breast cancer deaths. 
*Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS, intraductal carcinoma) 
A non-invasive breast cancer that begins in the milk ducts of the breast, but has not invaded nearby breast tissue. Also called stage 0 or pre-invasive breast carcinoma. 
*Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS, lobular neoplasia in situ) 
A condition where abnormal cells grow in the lobules of the breast. LCIS increases the risk of breast cancer.


Great Breast Cancer Websites:

Sorry for my ranting. Hope I didn't offend anyone. I would love to hear that I am not alone in these feelings or rantings. Please feel free to comment bellow and let us know your thoughts? :)

Stay Aware...Stay Alive~
Bree and J
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