May her memory live on forever

Some years ago (roughly 17-19 years to be exact) a little girl fell outside my house and skid her knee.  At that period in time people were helpful and giving and without question my mother took her in, cleaned up her knee and phoned her mother to come pick her up.  This girl was Christina Sullivan and she was one of the greatest people I ever knew and we became fast friends.

Christina had this amazing way of making anyone in our group of friends laugh even in our worst hours.  She never failed at finding humor in almost any situation.  Silly little things like calling up random friends and asking in a silly voice “would ya like to buy some lobstahs?”  So many memories have escaped my mind in the unexpected news of her passing yesterday that I wish I could share with you all.  I’m sure as the shock of her death settles into my mind and the reality of it all hits I will be able to share more.

Such in life as we got older we grew apart.  Christina had a beautiful son and I worked a lot so time we spent together got less and less.  Our paths would occasionally cross and it would be like we never stopped hanging out.  We’d say our goodbyes and plan to get together again, but always ended up busy and that day never came again.  You always expect to have tomorrow, but sometimes tomorrow never comes.  I wanted Christina (and our other friends) to meet my girls, but it always seemed like I couldn’t find the time and now I regret that I never did.

I look at all the great pictures of her that my friends have and realize I missed so much.  She was only 28, I always figured we had time, but anyone can tell you that isn’t always the truth.

RIP Christina (aka Dezel) though it has been some years since I was able to see you, you still hold a piece of my heart.

 
11/24/82 – 5/28/11
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Patti Pelican and The Gulf Oil Spill book review

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Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill
By Linda Wuster Deniger

Publisher: HIS Publishing Company
36Pages (Hardcover)
Date Published: March 2011

patt2Patti Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill introduces families to the Gulf oil spill on April 20, 2010.  More often than not there is news coverage of the actual spill, but you don’t always see the animals whose homes have been destroyed.  In this book you are introduced to Patti the pelican and Sammy the seagull and their journey to recover from the affects of oil on them.  You get a glimpse into just how much work recuse workers and volunteers have to help the wildlife within the spill zone.  With such amazing characters the book helps you teach your little ones how bad oil spills are in terms they will understand.

patti1 My girls really enjoyed learning about how the birds are taken care of after being saved from the spill zone.  They really seemed interested in seeing if Patti and Sammy were saved and able to return home.  They were very excited to learn that Patti and Sammy recovered from the spill and were able to be released and reunited with their friends Captain Charley and Salty.

Part of the sales from the book will be donated to IBRRC for quick response to disasters no matter where they happen.  You can also make a personal donation online or by mail to:

The International Bird Rescue Research Center
4369 Cordelia Rd.
Fairfield, CA 94534
I received the product/s mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my honest opinion.

PetCakes Review

The Drama Queens are tomboys.  Hubby loves this trait about our girls, because it means despite them being girls he can still enjoy boyish stuff with them.  Of course this isn’t ideal for me because I want girlie girls to dress up, but luckily they do let their girlie sides out every so often to please me.  However, there is one thing they can’t hide their love of and that is stuffed animals.
It seemed only fitting that my girls would love PetCakes.  We received the all new Series 2 PetCakes collection, which includes Bamboo Berry, Honey Cakes, Nutty Nicky and Roco Coco who are all simply adorable.  As soon as I opened the box containing these cute little critters I was pounced on.  I had just enough time to snap a few pictures before they were off and deciding who got who.
I was surprised at how soft these little animals are which left me not too worried if Kay got her hands on one of them.  They are beautifully and brightly colored and the perfect size for cuddling by little hands.  The girls loved them so much that to even sneak a better look at them I had to pry them from their sleeping arms after bedtime and put them back before they woke up.
I really enjoyed the detailing on them, but still making them adorable.  The cute little cupcake hats with a cherry on top and fitting perfectly within their cupcake sleeve puts the finishing touches onto these cutie pies.  I also like that the sleeves are flat bottomed so should I actually be able to get them away from the girls they can easily sit nicely on their shelf or dresser top.
We all enjoyed the PetCakes so much we are looking into getting Series 1 and Series 1 Minis for the girls in the coming months.
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PetCakes can be purchased online in their store.

Cool Gel ‘n Caps, Relieve you little one’s head pain

Keep Head Pain Under Wraps with Cool Gel ‘n Cap®
Relieve Kids’ Head Pain in an All-Natural, Hands Free Way
Elma, NY (December 2010) – As a parent, you want to place your child in a thick protective bubble so they never succumb to the inevitable head bump.  But we all know this is impossible; and when it does happen, it’s hard to be comforting while holding an ice pack on a squirming child.  Fortunately, Cool Gel ‘n Gear LLC is excited to introduce its Cool Gel ‘n Cap® for just this situation!  The Cool Gel ‘n Cap is a unique and super cute first aid hat for toddlers and young children.  An adorable plush hat holds an ice pack in place for bumps, bruises, earaches, headaches, etc., leaving Mom and Dad’s hands free to comfort and calm their child with a soothing touch. 
“Have you ever tried to hold an ice pack on a child’s head?” asked Timothy Panicali, president and co-inventor of Cool Gel ‘n Cap. “The concept grew from an experience my wife and I went through when we attempted to soothe our son after he bumped his head as a toddler.  After careful research and consultation with professionals, including our pediatrician, we developed the Cool Gel ‘n Cap as a convenient solution for families.”
Each cap is in the shape of a playful animal character – currently Toby the puppy and Tulip the bunny are in production, with a friendly bear and hippo to come – and each package includes two, non-toxic gel packs that can be heated or cooled, as well as one non-toxic instant ice pack for emergency or on-the-go situations.  There are no limits to placement of gel packs in the hat.  Also, a coloring book is included in the package with all the fun Cool Gel ‘n Cap characters. 
“The combination of the hat and gel packs help to soothe a child’s pain and ease anxiety while making it easier for adults to apply the proper cold or heat therapy,” adds Co-inventor Ewelina Panicali.  “Any parent will appreciate how easy and quick Cool Gel ‘n Cap makes it to provide comfort to their child in what is most often a stressful situation for both.” With the hat holding the gel pack in place on the injury, the parent or guardian can hold the child and concentrate on calming them or placing a phone call to a doctor if the situation requires it.
Safety was a priority in designing the Cool Gel ‘n Cap.  All gel packs are non-toxic and safe for use with children.  The packs are also fabric that will not burn when heated, and the hat itself is made of a durable polyester, cotton and spandex mix to ensure a snug fit for children ages 12 months and up. 
The Cool Gel ‘n Cap kit includes the Cool Gel ‘n Cap hat, two 4” round non toxic cold / hot gel packs, one non-toxic instant cold pack, and a coloring book for  $19.99 MSRP
Visit www.coolgelncap.net for more information and to find a retailer near you.

Might be slow…

So I have decided to make the switch over to WordPress.  I figure why not, it comes free with my hosting and most I talk to prefer it.  I also like the idea that it is 100% my own, no worries about blogger crashing for days on end and if posts go missing it is my own fault and not someone else.  I am going to be working on getting it all up, designing a new look and then transferring everything over.  I won’t neglect here while I am working because I have a few reviews still I need to get done, but I might be a lot quieter than usual.

I hate animals!

Ok so that statement isn’t entirely true, but in the sense I despise animals.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love animals, just not my own.  Growing up the hubby and I have had cats and dogs, sometimes both at the same time, but since having the girls we hate them.  Of course I still love our cats, but they are just too much since having the girls.  Let me point out a few reasons why….. 
Laundry is folded on the couch waiting to get put away, I have to walk away to say feed the girls and come back to find a dirty (yes dirty because they are not groomed and people allow them in and out of the house) laying on my clean laundry, which is now covered in fur and prickles.  
I clean Kay’s highchair before bed so come the morning I can sit her in it with some crunchies or a snack while I prepare everyone’s breakfast, but wait what is that you say?  Yes you guessed it dirty cat fur all over the surface, so now I have to juggle a toddler and two other screaming children that are starving while I re-clean the highchair.  
Walk in the door, stroller basket loaded, remove sleeping Kay from the stroller, place her on the couch, get Khloe and Keira settled, forget to unpack and close stroller, go to use stroller next day to discover enough fur to create a cat.
Having to keep a close eye on all three while in the kitchen should they decide that litter box is a sandbox and begin digging in it with toys and their hands.   This now results in extra work for me because I have to clean and sanitize children and toys.

Following Kay around making sure she doesn’t mistake cat food for a snack she might have dropped on the floor earlier…. or even worse removing mushy, wet, cat food from clothing because it has fallen into the washer.

Get where I am going with this?

So I ask, since having your children how do you feel about your animals?  Do you love them the same?  Have you decided they are more work than your love for them? 

Every Mother Counts

Lifeway Foods Partners with Christy Turlington Burns to Make Every Mother Count
Purchase of specially marked product will benefit campaign
Morton Grove, IL— May 6, 2011 Lifeway Foods, Inc., (NASDAQ: LWAY) a leading supplier of cultured dairy products known as kefir and organic kefir, announces today that in celebration of mothers around the world, Lifeway Foods has joined Christy Turlington Burns and the Every Mother Counts campaign to raise awareness and improve the health and lives of mothers and children everywhere.
Turlington Burns launched Every Mother Counts at the debut of her documentary film No Woman, No Cry, which tells the moving stories of at-risk pregnant women and their caregivers in four countries. For hundreds of thousands of women each year, pregnancy is a death sentence. Nearly all of these deaths can be prevented.
With the purchase of delicious Kefir beverages, consumers can be part of the solution. Lifeway will donate a portion of each purchase of specially marked bottles of Low Fat Blueberry Kefir to Every Mother Counts beginning this summer until the end of the year.
“I’m so excited to be partnering with Lifeway Foods” said Turlington Burns. “As an advocate for healthy products and living, their help in bringing global awareness to maternal health efforts enables involvement not only for me but for all of their customers, too. Together we can really make a difference.”
For 25 years, Lifeway Foods has provided the best in probiotic and nutritious foods to help improve the health of customers.
“When I was pregnant with my girls, I had access to the best nutritional and prenatal care available, but that isn’t the case for millions of moms around the world. We are proud to support Christy Turlington Burns and Every Mother Counts in an effort to raise awareness about the need for improved care,” said Julie Smolyansky, chief executive officer of Lifeway Foods.
Lifeway is one of the first food companies to join the Every Mother Counts effort.
Lifeway Foods
Lifeway Foods, Inc. (LWAY), recently named one of Fortune Small Business’ Fastest Growing Companies for the fifth consecutive year, is America’s leading supplier of the cultured dairy products known as kefir and organic kefir. Lifeway Kefir is a dairy beverage that contains 10 exclusive live and active probiotic cultures plus ProBoost™. In addition to its line of Kefir products, the company produces a variety of probiotic cheese products. Lifeway also sells frozen kefir, kefir smoothies and kefir parfaits through its Starfruit™ retail stores.   

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Book Review: Rocket Town

Rocket Town
By Bob Logan

 

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
24Pages (Boardbook)
Date Published: April 1, 2011
Rocket Town by Bob Logan features amazing retro illustrations of an astronaut and his dog as they journey through Rocket Town.  Rockets are introduced in pairs of opposites such as “Where rockets are BIG! And rockets are small.”  Not only will your child enjoy reading this book with you, but they will be learning at the same time.  Author and illustrator Bob Logan has worked as a story artist on feature animations such as Madagascar and Open Season, as well as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (my girls favorite movie), so it be only fitting that he would create such an amazing book.

As many of your know the Drama Queens are not often very girlie girl, so when I had the chance to review the book I didn’t think twice.  From the start I knew they would love it and I was right.  I hid the book when it arrived so I could get my thoughts prepared and look through it before they ran off with it, but as luck would have it they found it.  I asked Khloe to take care with it and shockingly enough she did.  I heard her on several occasions telling Keira “be careful” or “don’t pull it,” which is a change from their destructive nature.

When I finally had a chance to sit down and read the book with them I didn’t have to ask twice, even Kaylee came running to read with us.  The beautiful illustrations of all the different rockets are fun and even silly on some pages.  Since receiving the book not that long ago there is already some wear on it because of how many times they have sit down to just look at the different rockets and each time they have seen something new.  I never would have guessed they would be this interested in a book and read it so many times.


{Buy It}
Rocket Town can be found in most online and many local bookstores.

I received the product/s mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my honest opinion.

One year of blogging….

First let me wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there.  Funny enough this Mother’s Day marks one year since my return to blogging.  It is hard to believe it has been a year already, but it has.  I have seen my blog grow a lot in this last year.  While I am not happy with or at where I expected to be in one year, I have accomplished a lot in this last year.  One year ago today I sat here and wrote this post, saying hello and introducing myself.  It seemed only fitting as a one year gift to my blog that I purchase a .com for it.  You might have noticed the nifty new http://blog.sahmofdramaqueens.com that you were instantly redirected to if you entered through blogger.  I had original planned to just purchase a .com through blogger, but decided I have started to do some media kit work and would eventually like to setup a store on the .com and share the space, so I went with a full hosting package.

If you follow my
fanpage on Facebook, you might have noticed I have giveaways going on that just opened up.  Right now there are some samples to win, a blogger .com for one lucky blogger, a quick media kit for your blog, mama cloth and I am still accepting sponsors for the giveaways until June 1st (you can email me at karine@sahmofdramaqueens.com) so if you or someone you know might be interested feel free to email me.  Head on over and enter some or all of them.

Thank you to all my amazing readers, new and old for sticking by me and being such great readers and fans.  Here’s to many more years, reviews, giveaways, zany stories and hopefully more children to introduce to you all.

FRESCHETTA® By the Slice Review & Giveaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FRESCHETTA® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

FRESCHETTA® By The Slice Chicken Spinach MushroomI won’t lie I love pizza!  Living in Boston you have numerous pizza places within walking distance and being the typical Italian that I am, I have tried many of them.  The downside of loving pizza so much is that not often at 3am can you find a place open to grab a slice, which can be hard when you are craving a pizza.  It is for my love a pizza and lack of places open at weird hour of the night that I turn to frozen pizza I can cook up when I want it, FRESCHETTA® being one of my favorites.  The only bad part is in the wee hours of the morning there isn’t many people, if any awake in my house to share a whole pizza with me.  When I heard there was now FRESCHETTA® By the Slice, you can only imagine how fast I wanted to try it.

FRESCHETTA® By The Slice BBQ Recipe ChickenI tried the Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom and my husband tried the BBQ Recipe Chicken and we both really enjoyed our slices.  I was very surprised being that it was microwavable at how crispy the crust came out and how great the toppings were.  Often you find that mushrooms and other topics become very soft and mushy from being frozen, but the mushroom on the Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom slice were just like a slice made that night.  The Drama Queens wanted some, but I was a little worried they wouldn’t like the spinach, but to my surprise I had to fight them off to eat the slice on my own.  I would tell you about the BBQ Recipe Chicken slice, but my husband isn’t always very descriptive and all I got from him was “it was good and the girls liked it.”  If chicken isn’t your thing they also offer Vegetable Medley and Six Cheese Medley, both were not at my store, but had they been available I would have tried them as well.

FRESCHETTA® By the Slice is a new win in our house!  If it means having to buy it on a weekly basis to get some of those good vegetables like spinach into the Drama Queens, so be it.  I really enjoyed the slices and the FRESCHETTA® quality still comes through even in the individual slice.  If I am in need of a quick lunch when only one of the girls wants pizza I can easily turn to FRESCHETTA® to make them happy and save time for myself to prepare something for the other girls.  I can’t wait to find the other flavors in my local stores so that we can try them as well.

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FRESCHETTA® By the Slice can be found in your local grocery freezer section. 
 

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One lucky reader will win a coupon for a free FRESCHETTA® By the Slice and a six piece FRESCHETTA® storage set.

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