Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from My Home to Yours!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

My Snowy Yard!

I was outside this morning
Thought I would snap a
few pictures
Star hanging on my fence
Sitting in my flower bed..

Sammy the Squirrel
He lives in the flower barrel out in the front door yard.

Sammy love the snow
He would since he is made of Rubber!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Don't You Want to Accomplish More In Life??

Recently I had someone ask me.. Don't you want to Accomplish More in your Life??? Are you satisfied with your Life??
After about a 20 second pause... I answered...
Yes, I am very happy with what I have Accomplished.... and I am very Satisfied with my Life.... But Are you???
This person has a fantastic job, makes lots of money, has a beautiful home, drives a brand new car, has a family.... But this person seems to have no joy in anything except going to work... Never any stories about family time..
Anyway, that is what they have Accomplished and its wonderful for them..
Me... I am thrilled that one of my Accomplishments is that the Daycare Kiddos are happy to see me each morning and greet me with a smile on their face.
I feel very Accomplished that the parents trust to leave their children in my care.
I think one of my greatest Accomplishments is the relationship I have with my Family and friends...
So Do I want to Accomplish more... Sure, I would love for my greatest Accomplishment to be to meet each day with Joy!! Hoping to have lots of those days...
Am I satisfied with my Life!!! You bet your bottom dollar I am satisfied... was met with smiling faces this morning...Happy parents going off to work, 3 critters who are happy I am taking care of them... but more importantly I woke up this morning..... and I am finding joy in the day.. Very satisfied with Life...
Oh... and My greatest accomplishment this morning.... Both bathrooms are clean!!! WooHOO!!! its a great day!!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My Hibiscus Bloomed this Morning!!

I woke up to a Beautiful surprise this morning... My hibiscus bloomed. These Hibiscus are not of the Hardy variety. This plant my sister Melanie purchased for my Mom for Mothers Day a couple of years ago. I love it!!

I bring it in each winter and enjoy the blooms. It has a couple of more buds on it.. so hopefully I will be able to enjoy it for a while yet.
I have 2 others that I purchased this spring. A Yellow and a peach colored one. Peach has buds.. Yellow.. nothing!!!

I love having these plants to help me remember that even with the Cold Winter Weather.. Spring is only 96 days away!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!!!!

It Snowed here all morning..
Probably about 4 inches.. More then enough if you ask me.
But since its going to Snow whether I want it to or not.. might as well make the most of it.
So Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!!!!!!

Flag hanging on the fence

Grand Ol Flag

Looking down the street,
After the plow went thru.

Lucy and Rocky
They love the snow!

Fence Row

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

$100 Hasbro Giveaway!!

Thrifty Mommas Tips is hosting a giveaway...
The prize is a $100 Gift card for Hasbro toys!!!
Wouldn't that be wonderful to have for Christmas shopping.
It would also be great if your shopping is finished to donate to Toys for Tots or another organization for Christmas presents.
Be sure to stop by and enter this amazing Giveaway!!
Thrifty Mommas Tips Hasbro Giveaway

Monday, December 6, 2010

Fisher Price Nativity...and the Puppy

I purchased the Fisher Price Nativity a couple of years ago for the Daycare Kiddos..
They love it. I only pull it out during the holidays so its a new toy every year.
This year... I forgot that Miss Lucy had come to live with us. Miss Lucy is... well a Lively Puppy. She is a year old but she is busy and fast.
I caught Miss Lucy with the camel from the nativity which is set up on the coffee table in her mouth.. I told her to DROP it.. and she did. I picked it up and put it where it belongs... then I left the room.
When I arrived back the poor camel was laying on the floor and his nose is missing.. Thats right she ate his nose right off. I was heartbroken. I have contacted Fisher Price in the hopes of purchasing a replacement camel.. If I can't I guess I will have to buy another nativity because we can't have it without the camel.
If you have small Kiddos in your house they will love the Fisher Price LIttle People Nativity... if you have a Puppy.. Hide the Camel!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Scentsy Giveaway at Small Town Girl

My niece Sarah is a brand new blogger.The name of her blog is Small Town Girl. She is hosting her very first giveaway!!! Way to jump in Sarah.
She is hosting a Scentsy Giveaway!!! Scentsy.. is one of my favorite things. Remember I just hosted a Scentsy Giveaway, Once you try these wonderful products you are going to LOVE them.
I have 4 of the Scentsy Fullsize Warmers.. 4 yes.. that is how much I love them.
My favorite scents right now are Christmas Cottage, Central Park Praline, Pumpkin Roll, and Thunderstorm.
Be sure to stop by Sarah's blog and enter her giveaway... Good Luck!!! Sure wish I could enter... Hurry rush over to Small Town Girl!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Wilton Giveaway at Mom Spotted

Mom Spotted has an Amazing Giveaway!!
She is hosting a Wilton Christmas Cookie Giveaway.
Everything you will need to get creative in the kitchen making Christmas cookies.
You could win a Wilton Christmas Cookie Bundle valued at $80.
So stop over to Mom Spotted now and enter this Awesome giveaway..

Monday, November 29, 2010

Win a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer @ 3 KIds and Us

3 Kids and Us and KitchenAid want to make your holiday wish come true and offer you the chance to win a brand new KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer, in your choice of over 20 colors, valued at $349.99!
Win It! Homemade Holiday Feast Giveaway Prize
One lucky reader of 3 Kids and Us will win a KitchenAid Artisan Series Tilt-Head Stand Mixer in your choice of 27 color options, valued at $349.99 Be sure to stop over and enter this amazing giveaway!!!

Enter the KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway and check out the Homemade Holiday Feast recipes that show all the ways the KitchenAid Stand Mixer and attachments can be used to create unique family dishes and save you counter space with one appliance that can be converted to meet your every need.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Winner of Scentsy Buddy!!

We have a Winner
of the Scentsy Buddy of their Choice!!
Which will it be???
The Monkey, Lamb, Elephant, Frog or Pig
All are adorable what a hard choice to be made...
The winner according to the Random Number Generator is....
#65... I used a Generator at
The winner is....
65. Michele said...
My favorite Scentsy Buddy is Mollie the Monkey
I will be email Michele right away and Michele you will need to claim this prize within 48 hours please!!
November 21, 2010 4:19 PM

Anyone else who would like to order a Scentsy Buddy or one of the great warmers can do so at Scentsy .
A huge thank you to everyone who entered.. watch for future giveaways!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Scentsy Buddy Giveaway!

I Will be giving away one Scentsy Buddy of your choice!

Scentsy Buddies are super cute and would make a great gift.

Mollie the Monkey

Lenny the Lamb

Ollie the Elephant

Penny the Pig

Ribbert the Frog

Roarbert the Lion

These Scentsy Buddies are absolutely adorable. They are approximately 9.5 inches tall. In the back of each animal they have a zippered opening, you place a Scentsy Scent Pak in and it will make your whole room smell wonderful.
I think these would be perfect in a nursery. Place a French Lavender Pak in the back to help your little one sleep. They say Lavender helps you rest.
Or place a Cucumber Lime Scent Pak in and the room will smell cool and refreshing. Or choose any of the other wonderful Scent Paks
Your kiddos will love these adorable Buddies as they are soft and squishy, comfy..
Super Great gift idea for Christmas, Birthday, Shower Present, New Baby gift.. or just because I love you!!!
You can order your Scentsy Buddy at Scentsy.
While you are there check out the great Scentsy Warmers.. You will love them.

For a chance to win a Scentsy Buddy of your choice:

Mandatory 1 entry:

Go to Scentsy and check out the site.. Come back and tell me which Warmer would be your favorite.

Each of these good for 1 entry.

Tell me if you win which Buddy you would like.

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The giveaway will end on Nov 25th at midnight.

I was not compensated in any way by Scentsy for this giveaway!!!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Morning!!

Its Here.... Monday Morning...
I am wondering why it felt it had to come so Early...
Monday Morning in the future could you wait and arrive say around NOON!!!!
Hoping today to find time to start cleaning up this blog. It has been so long since I really Blogged.. I am excited to be back at it.
Enjoy your Monday everyone!!! I know I will!

Friday, November 5, 2010

I Am BACK!!!!

I am so excited to have my computer up and running again...
Thank Goodness Typing is like riding a bike, you don't forget how to do it...
Oh its been so long! Wonder if anyone even reads my Blog!!!
I'm Back, I'm Back, I'm Back.....

Monday, May 24, 2010

Straw Bale Garden

I am still here....
I have a Straw Bale Garden Update coming soon..
As soon as I can find the card reader for my computer.
Have a Wonderful Day!!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Ice Cream

The weekend was wonderful. Lots of time spent with family and friends.
On Sunday some friends and I were looking for something to do. We decided we wanted Ice Cream. Ice Cream on a Spring day what a great idea. So we hoped in the mini van and headed to Ye Olde Mill for an ice cream cone. Ye Olde Mill is the home of Velvet Ice Cream. The best Ice Cream ever.
This weekend was the opening weekend for the 2010 Season.
It is a great place to take your family. They have the Velvet museum there. You can watch them make the Ice Cream as the factory is there. There is a petting zoo, which is fun for the kiddos. A pond with Ducks, The Buckeye Grove which also has a playland there . Picnic Tables are provided for anyone who would like to have a picnic there. You could spend a whole afternoon at Ye Olde Mill having fun.
The Ice Cream was as awesome as always. I had a waffle cone with Peanut Butter Overload and Coconut Almond. They have I believe 50 different flavors of Ice Cream there each day. I am sure they are all delicious.
The Ye Olde Mill is located in Utica,Ohio which is about a 35 minute drive for us. Was worth every mile. Something about good company and an Ice Cream cone that makes the day great!
STop over at Ye Olde Mill and have an ice cream cone soon. Or be sure to try one of the great flavors from Velvet...
this post is not sponsored by Velvet.. they don't know me.. I just love their Ice Cream!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Straw Bale Gardening

Have you ever had a garden in a bale of straw? I am going to give it a try this year and see what happens. I don't have all of the equipment to have a traditional garden. Nor the time. This way I can have a nice small easy to take care of garden.
Tomorrow is the day I was going to start watering my bales. Well since it has rained all day today I am going to start watering today.. There they are watered. Thanks Mother Nature.
I will take some pictures and be posting how it is going. I am going to plant a couple of tomatoes, some cucumbers, squash, and zucchini for sure. Maybe a green pepper or two.
I am only using 4 bales of straw so I won't be able to plant a lot, but just enough for me. Super excited about getting it planted on Mothers Day weekend. We can not safely plant until then.
Let me know if you are planting a garden. Would love to hear about it. Straw Bale or otherwise. Happy Spring!!! Enjoy!!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Things seem to be getting a little Better. I think it helps that I have been keeping super busy. Also the sun shine definitely helps me feel better. Still sometimes I get a little stressed, but working on it!
I definitely have found that its the little things in life that are the greatest. Its amazing. The daycare kiddos and I have had so much fun lately just discovering all of the things outdoors.. The Lilac bush is a huge hit. Noses are pressed into those fragrant blooms often. I love them also, and who knew a bouquet of dandelions looked as pretty as a bouquet of expensive roses.
See life is good.. its getting Better.. Enjoy!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Yes, I know that Taxes are due on April 15th. Yes, I also know that today is April 13th.. I am trying to get them done. I will admit I have procrasitinated horribly on this task. First I have never done Taxes as a home daycare provider. Second, all of my mom's paper work was mixed in with my stuff for taxes and I wasn't looking forward to digging through all of that paper work. So I put it off.
Well I guess I can't put it off any longer. I worked on them this morning and have most of the information ready for the Tax papers. My sister is going to help me out Thank Goodness for her.. I don't know what I would do otherwise. She also does a home daycare and does her own taxes on the computer. She always did my mom's and knows what she is doing. Thankfully she is willing to give me a hand.
So... Do you have your Taxes done yet??? If not.. Ummm its April 13th you might want to go ahead and do that now!!!
Good Luck!!!
Thanks Mel!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fussy Britches!!!

The kiddos kept me hopping today. I had the wee babe.. he was a tiny fussy this morning. I said to him "Okay Fussy Britches, what do you think you need now, a diaper change??"
I wasn't thinking... I wasn't thinking about my 2 year old niece, The Repeater.. She repeated. Didn't sound like Fussy Britches anymore. I didn't comment hoping she never repeats it again. Lets hope she has forgotten that phrase and I will try to never say it again.
Hope you had a great day!! I did even with Fussy Britches!!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Weekend Away!!!

I had a wonderful weekend away from home. My sister Melanie and I went to visit some of our relatives in Penna. We left on Thursday and came back today..(Sunday)
I enjoyed visiting with all of the Aunts and Uncles.. lots of the cousins and even met a couple of new little cousins.
We visited the Casino and I actually came home with a whopping $13.00 more than I left with.. wish that amount had a few more zeros behind it.
I am glad to be back home now and ready to get back into a schedule with all of the kiddos.. This little mini-spring break revived me!!!
Have a Great Day Everyone!!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring Flowers

I have been anxiously awaiting Spring. I am not a fan of Winter at all. I have always Loved Spring.
Spring means rain, pansies, tulips, daffodils, hyanciths, dirty fingernails, Forsythia getting ready to bloom. I just love Spring.
I have nothing planted at this new house. Was hoping there would be tons of Tulips and Daffodils sprouting leftover from the last person who lived here. Didn't happen... So.. I made do!
Entry way and Huge barrel that I filled with Johnny Jump-Ups (Violas).
Little green pots... well those Were in the daycare room.. with toys in them. But with limited funds and a huge need to have some Spring flowers... I made Do!

Finally I was able to get to the Spring wreath. It was stored in the garage. I hauled 2 loads of stuff to Goodwill.. and finally I could reach the wreath.
(Yes I know it needs lowered on the door, I took it out of the garage and stuck it up there, I will fix it!)

Awww... You should smell those Hyanciths, The tulips are so pretty and the Daisies.. I love Daisies.

Another show of the Johnny Jump-ups. This was so much fun for me. We can't really plant here until after Mother's Day. Well luckily these Johnny Jump ups are hardy and should be fine.
I hope you all are enjoying Spring as much as I am..

Monday, March 29, 2010

Living Life.

I have been busy... just busy Living Life.
Seems like the days I think will be nice and slow turn out to be the busiest of all.
I have been spending lots of time with family and friends. I truly appreciate each one of them.
Yesterday was fun. My niece who is 2 came and spent part of the day with me. I think it was such a treat for her because usually when she comes to Aunt Renie's house there are all the daycare kiddos here. This time it was just her and I. She loved it. We made the Dog Bed into a bed for her stuffed animals and just played.
When Natalie was here we decided to go to Drug Mart to rent movies.. She was so funny as we were picking up other things in the store to purchase. Like new bouncy balls for the Daycare kiddos to play with outside. She was thrilled. She kept saying "Aunt Renie we are buying Everything". She is so much fun.
I rented the movie The Blindside.. If you haven't seen it yet.. I can not recommend it more.. It is a wonderful movie.
Well take care everyone and have fun Living Life!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cracked Windshield

I went on a Road Trip with some friends on Saturday. We had a great day of going to Roadside Markets, Flea Markets, Barn Sales, Eating lunch at a great pizza place.. Just good times.
On Saturday evening my Sister and I thought we would make a run to the Flower Factory. I love the Flower Factory store. They have so many things for decorating your home.
As we were getting in my van to leave my sister realized that my windshield on my van was Cracked... All the way across. On the driver side there is a little hole, then the crack begins and goes all the way across the bottom.
So today the Safelite man is coming to replace my windshield. I feel bad because my van won't fit in the garage and it is raining... so he may not be able to do it today.
Sun please shine down on us today so my van can be fixed.

Sunday, March 21, 2010


Is anyone there??? I would completely understand if no one stops and reads my blog, I mean I haven't posted in over a month.. ok almost 2 months.
I am coming back.. or hope too. Please blame Facebook. Somehow I got sucked into the make believe world of Farmville. I don't know how it happened or why but it did, it was fun for a while. Then I realized the sun was shining outside and I could actually go outdoors and see real people, real flowers, real animals.
Blog World please forgive me!!!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Oreck Steam-It I want one!!!

The Oreck Steam-It is something I could definitely use. I recently moved to a new home which now has several floors that need cleaned. This Oreck Steam-It would be fantastic to have for these floors.
Also the Steam-It comes with attachments so you can use it to clean lots of other things in your home. As a home daycare provider I definitely have lots of surfaces that need cleaned. I like that you do not have to use any harsh chemicals to clean. Just water, its the steam that cleans.
If you would like the chance to win the Oreck Steam-it then stop by Sheilacakes and enter to win. Tell her AuntRene sent you!!
The link is below to take you right over to Sheilacakes blog.
Sheilacakes Oreck Steam-It Giveaway

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bears.... Smart!!!

With winter here there are days that I feel like this big old Grizzly Bear.. Just plain ole Cranky!!!! I seem to get Cabin Fever really fast anymore.
The Grizzly side of me wants winter to just go away... So I was thinking maybe... I could be a little more like the Bear. Hibernation!!! I could Hibernate. I mean Bears sleep from about October until April or even May!!! Hello do you know how happy I would be with that much sleep, and they lose weight while they are in Hibernation.

This beautiful Brown Bear says it all... Bears are Smart.
Sleeping, staying warm, and losing weight. I am going to be a Bear in my next life.

Now I know all bears don't hibernate. That their surroundings, the weather all kinds of things can mess them up. The reason I know this is my Aunt has had a Bear visiting her porch the last few weeks. He loves her bird feeders. Crazy Bear go take a nap!!!