Friday, March 28, 2008

Pure awesomeness!

The guys over at JibJab have created one of the funniest sites I've seen! You can create your own e-cards in their "Starring You" section. I just did a free one for the moment, but I'll be back again soon! The daughter and I were laughing like crazy when I finished this masterpiece! Enjoy!

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Workin' at the car wash...whoa-oa-oa-oa...

It was 79 degrees here this weekend! In MARCH, people! Gotta love California! With this weather comes extreme changes in wardrobe (if you're a local college student: wedge sandals, shorts with some annoying logo on the rear, skin-tight tanktops, windshield-sized sunglasses). As a mama of two, I prefer more realistic garb for these abs-of-flab: t-shirt that was cool a few years ago, worn flip-flops, and tired capris that hold up the mommy muffin oh-so-wonderfully! This was my outfit of choice for one of my favorite &$%*!@# weekend activities: washing the family car.

My hubby and I like to spend as much time together as friends normally do. But when washing the car, I just grin and bear it (and roll my eyes and kick tires when he's scrubbing the roof). You see, the captain of Analville is my husband. He washes the car BEFORE long car rides through dusty and bug-ridden areas, scrubs and rinses every square inch of the car (more than once), will only use warm water from the garage sink at his parents' house, parks the car in the shade so that no water droplets will cause water spots, etc., etc. All of this is annoying, yes. The clincher, however, is when he asks, "Did you just clean this spot?" and then proceeds to clean it anyway when I say, "Yes. Can't you see the soap all over?!"

I've decided that this is one more project that he can do himself. I'll stick to eating bonbons and sipping margaritas by the pool!


(A perfect illustration of the hubby and his car washing logic, courtesy of The Mr. Men Show. Picture him as Mr. Persnickety, without the British accent...I'm the Little Miss at the end...mwahahaha!)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tea for two and two for tea!

<----- Tea bag holders by Stampin' With Linz

The fun mommies at Mommies United have cooked up a little tea party for mommy bloggers. My daughter is currently whipping up a batch from the bathroom sink (pictures to come)! In addition to my love of Mexican food, wakeboarding, and writing, I have to add stamping to the list! I've been a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for almost 3 years and am in love with all paper crafts. In fact, some of the awesome ladies at Splitcoast Stampers inspired me so much with their awesome blogs, I just had to join the blogging club! One of the cutest (and most time-saving) projects I like to make are tea bag holders. These are great little goodies to make for teacher gifts, shower favors, Valentines, Easter, Mothers' name it! I found these two awesome blogs by fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators and wanted to share these cute tea bag holders with you in honor of the tea party! Pinkies up to you, ladies!!

Tea bag holder by New England Stamper---->

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Mommies Unite (for a party)!

I've found another party to crash! Mommies United is having a launch party through March 31st and it looks to be a good time to meet other mommy bloggers. I had so much fun last week, I thought, why do laundry this week when there's a party to be had!? The creators of Mommies United are moms themselves and have great blogs as well (be sure to check them out while you're there). I'd lu-hu-huuuve to receive free baby/toddler/mommy gear in trade for some product reviews...these mamas have the right idea (need a fifth partner, let me know)!!

Introductions, ladies:
I'm almost-29-for-the-first-time mommy to two lovely munchkins and wifey to an extreme-sports-lovin' hubby. We love to wakeboard, hang out at our cabin, eat Mexican food, meet fun people and get in lots of quality family bonding time. I got a degree, became a mom and haven't worked since! Someday I'd like to invent some sort of new writing genre or become the new (and less bitchy) Martha Stewart. You know. The usual stuff.

While there are so many FANTASTIC prizes to be had, here are a few of my fave items:
1) Baby and Me Boutique $100 gift certificate: I don't think $100 will be enough for me...The Petunia Pickle Bottom bags are calling my name and the Recaro carseats are right up there, too! Hmmm form over function, perhaps?
2) Splat designs blog design: You're looking at it. It's mint. It's an eyesore. It's hideous. I love the gallery at Splat makes my eyes happy!
3)Hipster Tots scrapbook: I love to be crafty. But me+crafty=not enough hours in the day. I think it's great that Hipster Tots has a fun, retro look and that they will do it for me. (Must remember to look for a maid, nanny and personal shopper when done typing.)
4)ImagiPLAY wooden puzzles: You have to see these puzzles to believe them! These are eco-friendly, rubberwood 3D puzzles. The animal alphabet, counting penguins and Dachshund family are my personal favorites. I need a few more toys with small parts around my house.

A big thanks to the ladies at Mommies United! I can't wait to party with some new mommies and have a good time!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

I heart Target!

I'm officially coming out of the closet:I am in love with Target!

I'm sure if I perused the blogging community, I'd find a 'Target Obsession Anonymous' or 'Target Lovers Unite' group. *mental note: search for said groups!* When balancing our online bank account, the hubby is constantly making comments like, "We need to own stock in Target," or, "Why are there 20 items on this receipt that cost a dollar?!" I can't help myself! If Target were a food; I'd eat it. If it were a song; I'd sing it. Seriously, moms, what did those frontier women do without Tar-zhay? It is a haven for the bored house frau, a kiddie playground on rainy days, a 5-star restaurant for picky toddlers and a one-stop birthday shopping extravaganza!

Here is something I picked up today (go get yours, you ladies of the 80s!):

Do you remember the paint with water books? I LOOVED these growing up and as a mom to a very artsy Goofy-lover, I'm so excited that there will be no messy paint to get on the dining table. Basically the "paint" consists of little colored dots on the page that take on watercolor form when you add a wet paintbrush! Genius, I tell you! (A mom invented these, I'm SURE!)

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Well, I've been uber-procratinating my bloggage lately but there's nothing better than an awesome contest to get my rear in gear!! I came across the 5 Minutes for Mom site and I was thoroughly impressed! They have been having a blog party since March 7th and it looks like such a fun time for socialization-starved mamas out there in Webland! Who doesn't LOOOOVE a party, ESPECIALLY when you don't have to vacuum, dust, or scrub anything ahead of time?!

Let me introduce myself:
I'm Erika, an almost 29-year-old SAHM to Kira and Marcus (and wifey to my fabulous, farmin' hubby, Fred). I'm a complete newbie to the blogging community and am constantly awestruck by the amazing words, photos, and crafts I see on some of my favorite blogs. I love being a mom but also wanted to maintain a piece of myself by getting some thoughts down in this little electronic world for posterity. My mom died a year ago and made me realize that I want to leave some words for my children and all their kiddos and so on...

With that said, I'll leave you with my MUST-HAVES from the prize list!!
1) A Blog Makeover by Shauna for See My Designs (#67). As you can see, my blog is PBLTHHHT!! in the beauty department...a little pick-me-up would be nice and I LOOOVE Shauna's simple but fun style!

2) 50 Cards for Any Occasion by Polka Dot Bumblebee (#78). WOWZA! I love these designs and they are very reasonably priced. Already thinking about Christmas cards...YIKES!

3) 12 x 12" Custom Wall Canvas by JuJu Beane Boutique (#14). Welllll, my son is almost a year old and he still has nothing on his walls...sad, sad, sad! He has a surfer theme in his room and I am loving all of the surf-related prints at JuJu Beane!

Other really great items (in order of dying-to-win-this urgency!):
#7, #137, #117, #119, #96, #87.

Now I'm off to meet some new mamas in Blogsville...THANKS to 5 Minutes For Mom for their great site and blog party. Time to get the PAR-TAY started!!