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Sharpie Marker Review- Shoplet.com

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Sharpie’s have had a long time permanent place in our home. I use them almost daily. We use them to mark our children’s clothing, their sports equipment, books, and toys. When you have kids, being able to permanently mark what belongs to whom is important!

Usually though, we have only have the black and red Sharpies. Having some new colors has been loads of fun!

I love the Metallic Permanent Markers for writing on dark colored objects such as this black paper I used to announce a Sunday Night Pizza Party at our house. It’s also great for writing names on the multiple glass cases that have appeared at our house since our last round of eye doctor checkups!

The Neon Permanent Markers have been a hit also. Everyone wants to use them and I have to constantly remind my kiddos that in our house Sharpies are an adult only tool ;) This mama has cleaned enough permanent marker off her walls to last her a lifetime. I let Gumball and Little Mama use them long enough to decorate these fun Sharpie sunglasses that came with my PR package. They had a lot of fun and Gumball LOVES her wear her “spygear” now. I love that she will now wear the sunglasses the eye doctor recommended she wear!

For my personal use I adore the Sharpie Premium Pen. It has a place of honor in my diaper bag and goes pretty much everywhere I go. It’s great for on the go marking of personal items while dropping Baby Belle off at the church nursery to make sure her things stay her things. I use it to write out quick shopping lists or just to write down a new friends phone number on my hand when I can’t find any paper. It’s sleek, pretty look makes it a great addition to any purse or diaper bag.

sharpie4I love the bright vibrant colors that Sharpie brings to us. I love that they don’t dry out a quickly as other permanent markers out there. And I  love that no matter what sort of marker or pen I need, Sharpie has it and I can find them all online at Shoplet.com along with lots of other office supplies, promotional products, promotional shirts, and office stationary!

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Kantek Rotating Desktop Tablet Stand

I absolutely LOVE my Kindle Fire. One of the reasons I love it is the ability to look  up any recipe online and have it in the kitchen with me. I have been able to majorly reduce the amount of cookbooks we  have. Which is nice when you have a large family living in a SMALL space. Unfortunately though, my Kindle has been through the ringer because of this. I have set it in puddles of milk, dropped it, almost set it on a hot burner once…. it’s gotten to the point that I am scared to use my Kindle for kitchen purposes! I have a RooCase that I love for reading etc but it doesn’t hold my kindle up off the counter or table making it scary to use it around any liquids (or kids!) so I don’t like to use it when I am using the cookbooks on my kindle.

So, I was SUPER excited to get this Kantek Rotating Desktop Tablet Stand from Shoplet.com’s Office Supplies section for review. It holds my Kindle up off the table so I no longer have to fear spills. Spins so I can turn it toward me no matter which side of the counter I am working on and hold my Kindle securely so even when Gumball (4) comes in and decides to give the Kindle the ride of it’s life, it stays on the stand!

There is even a space underneath the stand so I can plug in the charger while it’s still on it! I love that. Never fails, every time I need my Kindle to make dinner or bake some cupcakes I have 15% battery left….

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The Kantek tablet stand is even handy for reading while nursing, or just holding my Kindle up on my desk at eye level while I am scrolling through Facebook or emails. Even at night, reading while sitting in bed with the stand on my lap has made bedtime reading so much easier.

All this and it’s only $19.99 at Shoplet.com !

Shoplet.com also has lots of great Promotional Products for your business like Promotional Shirts and Office Stationary.

Shoplet.com is the place to get all your home or work office needs.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Did you know that it is Valentine’s Day?

Did you?!

If so, you shoulda reminded me…

Just saying!

I woke up this morning and realized I was completely unprepared…

I started the week out with good intentions.

The kids were going to learn all about the history of the day, how chocolate was made, make all the neighbors Valentine bags with cookies and cute notes. And lots more….

Then today…

None of that had gotten done. Wait! We did learn about the chocolate.

Putters…. OOPS, GUMBALL… came running out this morning yelling, “It’s VALENTINES!!! Where is my chocolate!!” And I didn’t have any… I completely forgot my own kids Valentine’s gifts.

Hubs left for work and an hour later I realized I hadn’t even wished him Happy Valentines Day let alone gave him a gift or even a goodbye kiss…

So here’s to all the other moms out there caught totally unprepared for this day..

It’s ok…

Everyone will survive…

and even better…

There is still time in the day to make a up a quick batch of V-Day sugar cookies! ;)

Here is a great Gluten Free sugar cookie recipe I found over at Against All Grain!

Go redeem the day!

What’s Going On?

Just in case anyone has been wondering what’s been happening with our growing family and why I am not on here writing posts every day, or even weekly… here is a quick  update…

Baby Belle will be 6 months on Saturday. Because she is spoiled rotten she still refuses to roll over, sit up without assistance or play on her floor mat for more then ten minutes. ;) This means… she must be held. By none other then me of course… and while a part of me wants a little freedom, the rest of me knows that this attachment won’t last forever and I want to enjoy every moment of it that I can!

(For those of you worried that she isn’t hitting those milestones… she can secretly do all of those and more.. just only when she thinks no one is watching.)

Yesterday she said “Mama” and “Dada” for the first time!

We are struggling with home school. It is difficult to teach 6 other kids with a baby attached to you and major sleep deprivation. And only one computer… especially when they all do school ON the computer. We use www.allinonehomeschool.com and while I absolutely LOVE it, I do at times wish they did more book work etc… so I could get on the computer too! By the time I get the computer, I am so tired of helping everyone do school I don’t want to do anything with it…

We are currently living in a two bedroom one bathroom apartment. Yep… nine of us. While it’s nice living next door to my parents and it’s great having a roof over our head… it’s a little cramped. The arguing about personal space is non stop.There is no breathing room… or any room. While I have majorly downsized we still have a lot of “things” and the clutter just presses in… somedays I think I will loose my mind. This should lead to some great posts about living in small spaces… LOL

To top it all off I really miss this…

Home… Wide open spaces….Seeing cows and horses outside my window… hot coffee on cold mornings on the porch listening to the owls hoot and the mama cows call to their babies… I miss the dust storms… and even the huge bull snake that liked to scare me in my garden…

I miss seeing my kids climb trees and fight off wild Indians, coyotes and mountain lions…

Pretend tree branches were wild horses to be tamed…

Walk their little sister around the yard on snake watch…

Use the horse trough as a swimming pool…

Catch frogs and walk through my house covered in mud…

I miss seeing them work TOGETHER!

It just seemed like ranch life made us closer… everyone looked out for each other. Helped each other. There wasn’t a chance to be bored. There was too much to do… to see… to learn about…

So we are currently looking for a new ranch hand job. Anywhere.

“Oh give me a home
Where the buffalo roam
Where the deer and the antelope play…
Where seldom is heard
A discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day”

Has become my mantra!

In the meantime… I am going to try my best to get back to this blogging thing and keep everyone updated with what’s going on. First, because it gives me an outlet… and keeps me from loosing my mind! Second… I miss everyone!

I want to start hosting a weekly review/giveaway and I am looking for sponsors for the first few to get me back up and running. Any family friendly products are welcome! If you are a small company or a WAHM and are interested shoot me an email

misadventuresof8 at yahoo dot com

After going through several kids our stroller was done. The tires sagged, the basket drooped, the buckles wouldn’t snap half the time. It was time for a new one. Only problem… hubs was still unemployed and I didn’t have over $150 to purchase a fancy stroller guaranteed to last more then a few months.

Since we no longer had a vehicle I also needed something for trips to the store. A large basket was a must, one that could support a couple gallons of milk without dragging on the ground. I needed something that could handle the sand on the beaches just a stone’s throw away. Something that could hold my coffee cups. Something super easy to push. Something that took up little room when folded since we don’t have a closet to store it in when it’s not being used. Something that looks great when being used…

I had $50 to spend.

This seemed impossible!

Then a friend mentioned her Jeep stroller. I LOVED the last Jeep stroller we owned, but was dumb enough to sell it for a double I wound up not being able to push after our second child was born. So I took a look. The Jeep Umbrella strollers were nice, cheap enough, but there isn’t really a basket! When I saw the Cherokee Sport though, I got excited!

This pretty little thing cost less then $50, has a large enough basket to hold two gallons of milk, a loaf of bread, pound of cheese, dozen eggs, two boxes of cereal, a jar of peanut butter and a pound of dry beans with room to spare! AND even filled with all that, didn’t drag on the ground! I love that I can get into the basket from the front as well as the back. Even better? Fully loaded down, it was a dream to push! I could steer it around with one hand even!

It even has cute little “saddle bags” to hold baby’s toys, pacifier, a spare diaper…

I also love the one handed folding feature and the fact it stand up when folded making it super easy to slide into a closet or the back of my parents van.

Since we live on the Oregon Coast I also purchased a great weather shield like this one. It protects against rain, bugs, and wind. Which we get plenty of here! I love that the one I purchased has vents on the side that I can open to let in some air without it being too windy for Belle to breathe while we take walks. It takes seconds to put on or take off and keeps Belle protected from just about everything.

If your looking for a great stroller, but don’t want to spend an arm and leg, I highly recommend the Jeep Cherokee Sport. It’s sturdy, cute, practical and affordable. This stroller also comes in red!

This is NOT a sponsored post. I purchased these items on my own and loved them so much I had to tell my readers about them.

Christmas & New Year just got over & it was a great fun as we (my two wonderful kids & loving husband) went to vacation. However, before we leave for trip I wanted to give gifts to my relatives & close friends. I strongly believe in giving gifts as it’s the best way to show you care, spread love & bring smile on your loved ones face. Due to lack of time I looked for gifts online & I was astonished to get big Christmas clearance sale deals which helped me save lot of money.

If you are a gourmet or if by any chance your friend happens to be a food connoiseur, you can check out the collection at Harry and David. I recently ordered bakery items from the website and was delighted with the wide array of options available and the prompt delivery. Since I am a huge fan of delicacies and savory treats, this website was the perfect for me.

An assortment of New Year treats are available to choose from. Amongst these, New Year baskets are very much in and are packed with amazing snacks which will make you drool. There are different combinations available depending on the kind of gift you are looking for. Snacks include chocolates, cookies, smoked salmon, wines and much more. Going by the trend, wine and chocolates is a favorite combination and there is an exclusive range of items available if you are a wine and chocolate lover.

If you are not a chocolate fan, then you can treat yourself to the delicious cheesecakes available here. The cheesecakes of Harry and David are quite loved and even delivered to the best restaurants. There are a number of varieties available and you can indulge in the delights of these exquisitely prepared cheesecakes by simply getting them delievered to your doorstep.

So, if you are looking for something economical, then you can certainly opt for Harry and David. Not only will you get a good deal, but also something worth your money. It’s time to treat yourself to some of the finest delicacies!

 

thanksgiving photo: 7 Thanksgiving-Image-2.jpgThis past year has been full of surprises and blessings… heartbreak and tears… and though at this point in our lives it would be easy to wonder what there is to be thankful for, I want to take a few minutes to list the blessings we do have.

For those of you who don’t know, we moved in January to a beautiful town in Eastern Oregon, where our kids blossomed and grew and made friends and life was simple and good, though it was filled with hard work. We found out there that we were to be blessed again after being told that we were unable to get pregnant ever again due to a molar pregnancy a few years ago. In August we welcomed baby number 8 to our family, and lost our wonderful home. Though there were other jobs in the area, there was not any other housing available and we had to move back to the Oregon Coast. Though it’s beautiful here, it has just never felt like home, like Eastern Oregon did.

We moved into a tiny apartment, with 9 people. We lost our vehicle. Employment has been unattainable here.

Yet:

We are healthy.

Our daughter survived a traumatic birth and has grown and has no side effects from all that happened (I don’t believe it would of turned out as well had she been born here. I often wonder if her survival was the whole reason for us going to Eastern Oregon)

We have a home. It may not be huge, with personal space for everyone… but everyone has a bed, it’s warm, dry and filled with love and nearby family to help us when needed.

My kids are thriving in home school due to someone turning me onto Easy Peasy All In One Curriculum. It’s an amazing FREE curriculum. We could not afford any other at this time.

We are blessed with friends, old and new. As well as a great home school community.

We have everything we need even though we have no income! We have been blessed with a home, clothing, household items, food, even a pet bunny (and everything a bunny needs) for my daughter that told us that is ALL she wanted for her birthday. It’s been amazing watching God take care of every need, and even a lot of wants for my family.

We have even been blessed this past week with some amazing weather that is very unlike our area. Temperatures have soared into the 70′s and low 80′s with tons of sunshine, and we have spent time at the park and beach and just enjoying life.

I am blessed with parents that not only are there for us when ever we have a need, or just to listen, or take the kids for a while when I need a break but they are putting together the entire Thanksgiving meal for us all… which means I get to enjoy this wonderful weather with my children, rather then spend this week in the kitchen.

And the last couple days we have been blessed with neighbors and friends calling because they are needing odd jobs done… with Christmas coming, we need all the help we can get!

These are just a few of the ways we have been blessed.What are some of your blessings?

JUST ANNOUNCED: Elisha Press has added a bonus book to their ongoing giveaway for “Julie: The Redemption Of The Backyard Bully.” Until 8PM Central, you can enter for a chance to win one of two copies signed by author Rachael McIntire. This is a 183-page softcover Christian novel with 19 grayscale illustrations, and it’s marked suitable for ages 12 and up (or any age as a read-aloud). Only your email address is required to participate in the giveaway, so enter now for your chance to win! http://elishapress.com/blog/julie-launch-giveaway

 

Julie And Friends

Elisha Press, a publisher of Christian novels particularly suitable for homeschool families, is launching a new title this week. Julie: The Redemption Of The Backyard Bully is an all-new spinoff on The Reunion by Rachael McIntire. Both books are recommended as read-aloud material for the whole family. Solo readers of Julieshould be twelve or older.

Fans of The Reunion may remember Julie Greene, the Gladstones’ troublesome neighbor who almost drowned in the creek. This new novel – longer and illustrated – tells Julie’s story before and after that incident, through the now-aging eyes of “Grandma” Greene. How can a sullen bully learn to be a selfless friend? How can a jealous young lady learn to be grateful and contented no matter what life brings? What does it mean to follow Jesus in the practical work and play of daily life? All this and more is waiting for you within the pages of Julie.

Author Rachael McIntire says that many elements of Julie are based on incidents from her own life. Growing up in the 1960′s, she experienced firsthand the challenges of that tumultuous time. Though the sixties are now long gone, the principles of God remain the same eternally. It is her hope that some of these principles may penetrate young hearts and minds through the story of the backyard bully and her redemption.

As part of their launch event, Elisha Press is giving away one autographed copy of Julie every day this week. By entering once, you’ll have a chance to win each time. This is a 183-page softcover book with 19 black-and-white illustrations like the example shown here.

The sooner you enter the giveaway, the better chance you have to win – so don’t wait! Click here and put in your email address to sign up.

PJ’s Monkey Butt Is Having A SALE!!!

My friend Jamie over at PJ’s Monkey Butt Cloth Diapers is having a SALE!! And oh! What a sale it is!

For two days ONLY, until Wednesday September 18th, you can get 12 OS pocket diapers for $120, OR 12 Newborn diapers for $100 OR 24 newborn diapers for $200. First 5 orders paid for within 24hours of invoicing will receive free shipping and a Free gift worth up to $30! Get this while its HOT! 

Jamie’s diapers are not only adorable, they are very well made and will last you a long time. PJ’s Monkey Butt diapers were some of my favorite diapers with Putters and I can’t wait to use them on Baby Belle.

Head on over to PJ’s Monkey Butt and grab this deal before it’s gone, gone, gone!!