One of Those Days?

Have you ever had just one of those days?  You know what I’m talking about, those days that turn into weeks and eventually months.  It all started in April with the death of my papa, followed in May by the death of my friend.  In between the deaths my hubby slipped at work and messed up his arm leaving him out of work for close to two weeks.  Shortly after returning to work a friend’s mother passed away suddenly and she became angry with us because my hubby couldn’t attend the wake due to work.

At the end of July things began to look up when I spoke with my grandmother about splitting the cost of a ticket for my mom to come visit for her 50th birthday.  I was happy, excited and over joyed.  I haven’t seen my mom since April/May 2009 and want her to see Kay for the first time and visit with Khloe and Keira again.  My excitement was short lived because during my most recent call with my mom she stated that she didn’t think she could come anymore.  It has made me realize that sometimes it just isn’t worth trying to have a relationship with someone anymore.  She moved in November 2007, leaving me with a infant, pregnant and homeless.  Since her move she has returned once in December 2007 for Khloe’s first Christmas.  The only reason I saw her in 2009 was because we came into some extra money so hubby, myself and the older two (Kaylee wasn’t even conceived yet) purchased tickets and visited.  She doesn’t call to just say hello, ask how we are doing, nothing.  I make all the calls.  She will only pick up the phone to call on a birthday.

It really hurts me.  When she was here we were best friends, lived together, helped each other.  Before she moved I had never lived without her.  For almost 26 years I had her by my side and for about 8 of those years it was just the two of us.  I don’t understand how someone can go from being such a large part in a person’s life to barely acknowledging their existence? It’s like outside of my sister and nephew she doesn’t have another child or other grandchildren.  It seems like my trying has not paid off, so I guess it is time to throw in the towel.  It takes two to work on a relationship and she obviously doesn’t care.

TracFone Has You Covered!

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


Cell phone rates are insane.  I know some people that pay more for their plan monthly than they pay for home internet service.  Let’s face it if you want a decent amount of minutes, never mind a smart phone with mobile web, you might as well cut off your arm and leg and send it to your provider…. or not?  TracFone offers all the perks of a contract, but without the contract and for less.
TracFone offers no contracts, no credit checks, no activation charges or cancellation fees.  This means that you are not going to pay a fortune to cancel and get out of a contract if you run into some tough times financially.  No more embarrassing “sorry you are not approved” when you don’t pass the credit check or your first bill costing you three times the amount of your plan because of activation charges.
TracFone didn’t stop there!  They also offer brand name phones like Motorola, Kyocera, LG,  Nokia and Samsung, ranging from simple “Candy Bar” phones, to Bluetooth®-enabled “Smart” phones.  Have simple needs and need a simple phone?  Calling and texting capabilities for under $10.  Or would you rather a great phone packed with features like camera/video recorder, web access, app capabilities, mp3 player and a full QWERTY keyboard for $29.99.  They even have nationwide coverage and excellent reception/connectivity.
You can pay as you go online or with cards available at thousands of retail stores across the country.  This is great if you find yourself unable to afford your phone one day, but then earn some extra cash the next.  It also can be a low cost option for your teenagers.  Not only do you get the security of being able to reach them where ever and whenever, but can also teach them the value of the dollar and paying bills as they save for their minutes.  Monthly plans with 200 minutes for under $30  and as low as $9.99 for 50 minutes.  Pay as you go not for you?  They also offer 1 year service cards which give you so much more.  You’ll receive double minutes for the like of your TracFone and 800 minutes for only $119.  “Double minutes for the life of your phone” is a feature that can be purchased separately for only $19.99, but some phones include it!
International long distance you ask?  No problem, they have you covered!  They have the only wireless service where you can call internationally for the same price as any other call.  Call over 60 international destinations right from your TracFone at no extra cost!  Yes you read that right NO EXTRA COST!!!  They also offer the International Neighbors program, where you can provide family and friends in Mexico or Canada a local phone number in those countries to reach you on your TracFone in the U.S.
So as you can see TracFone really has you covered.  Affordable, reliable and filling your cell phone needs no matter how big or small.  Different phones with so many features are all within your budget.  Don’t believe me, check out this video of real TracFone customers as well as this one also of real TracFone customers.

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Branson Has Your Summer Covered!

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

Have you been looking for an end of Summer trip? Branson, MO has some great events and fun for the whole family. There are some ongoing shows and events that will keep your family happy. You can see a full list with a calendar of events at, to list a few you have The Mark Chapman Band – Live in Concert, Shepard Summer Cruise, Branson Mountain Man Triathlon, the 3rd Annual Guns & Hoses Fishing Tournament and Cut Club Dinner Event.
Now that you have your activities you’re going to need a place to stay. Hilton Branson Convention Center and Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing are not only both very beautiful hotels, but also offer some amazing packages. Elegent decor and wonderful amenities waiting for you to come stay. One of their packages is the Branson Best Value Package, which includes deluxe accommodations at either of the Hilton hotels as well as two adults and two children tickets to the Legends of Kung Fu show at the White House Theater in Branson, two adult and two children’s day passes to Silver Dollar City®, a $25 gift card for shopping and a $15 food credit for Level 2 Steakhouse and on top of all that your third night is FREE! That is a great package for a long weekend stay before the kids head back to school.
Between the package deals, amazing Hiltons of Branson, shows, events and activities any family or person will enjoy a trip to Branson. Whether you are single, dating, married or have children you’ll be certain to find something for everyone. So what are you waiting for? Head on over and plan your visit.

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The New Ice! New Site Launch and Giveaway!

Have you heard that Ice has launched a new site today?  So what is new might you ask?


New Look and New Styles, with Ice’s new look there had to be new styles.  Not only will they be keeping the classics, but bringing the latest jewelry trends from around the world.


New Collections, of course with a new site you have to have new collections.  Ice will be bringing a wide range of new and dazzling collections for their customers.  Some will include, The Eclipse Collection, Gallery 10, The Diamore Rainbow Collection and Mom & Me Collection.  With more to coming in the next weeks and months.


Top Designers, bringing some stunning looks like Michiko’s dazzling approach to pearls and the modern and innovative bracelet designs from Tattooed Steel.  More designers will be launching in the days ahead, so make sure you keep checking back,


Guest Stylists, Ice will be hooking up with some outstanding women – celebrity stylists, editors from leading fashion magazines, award-winning artists and business leaders.  They’ll be getting their take on jewelry and fashion as well as commissioning unique collections of jewelry from the Ice catalog.  They’re always looking for new approaches, so if you’re interested in being a Guest Stylist for Ice, let them know!


Free Shipping & Free Returns, you asked and they listened!  They now offer all US customers FREE Shipping and FREE Returns on all orders.  Now you can spend more on jewelry that you saved on shipping and shop with confidence with their free returns.


This is just some of the exciting things they’ve been working on, but it is just really the tip of the Ice!  In the weeks and months to come they’ll be rolling out even more exciting news and surprises.  Be sure to stay in the loop at their Facebook Page and on Twitter.


One lucky reader is going to receive $100 to spend at Ice (some exclusions apply, see below).

** Prize Exclusions: Not applicable on sale or clearance items, watches, engagement rings or The Persona Charms Collection.  Not applicable on taxes or shipping costs, and cannot be combined with any other offer **


To Enter

Comment with the answer to the question below.

Question: Ice has a collection of jewelry inspired by what movie?


Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on 8/25.  One winner will be chosen using And The Winner Is plugin.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before I pick another winner.


No monetary compensation was received by me for this post. All opinions above are my own.

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Keep Your Lips Soft and Safe with Softlips Review

The Drama Queens and I suffer from chapped lips.  If I go for more than a week without a gloss, lip balm or moisturizer on my lips they end up dry, cracked and sore.  I was so excited to try out Softlips because they offer amazing flavors (Cherry, Vanilla, Raspberry with green tea extract, Mint with a hint of Vanilla, Wildberry and Strawberry) and offer SPF 20.  How can you go wrong with great flavors, protection, moisturizing and gloss all in one.


When my Softlips arrived I was very excited to test them out, so much so that I failed to wait until the Drama Queens were a sleep.  They pounced on me the second I had them out of the box, so I let Khloe and Keira each pick a flavor.  Khloe of course picked her favorite, Strawberry, Keira went for Wildberry and I tried out Vanilla.  I can’t think of words to describe how my lips felt after applying, but they felt hydrated and super soft.  I put them to the ultimate test over my favorite lipstick and could still feel the silky softness.  I still had a beautiful glossy finish over my lipstick, but on top of it I was protecting and moisturizing my lips.


Softlips just introduced beautiful new packaging, which I am in love with!  I love the vibrant colors and how it features a beautiful graphic of what the flavor is.  Now you can easily see what the flavor is without having to read it.  Don’t be alarmed though, Softlips are still the same product you have come to know and love, they just got a new look.



Buy it

Softlips sell from $2.79 for individual sticks, to $3.99 for the value dual packs in the lip car section of food, retail and drug stores nationwide, including ULTA.  You can also follow them on Facebook to keep up to date on new flavors and giveaways.

You can also connect with and stay up to date with Softlips on their Website, Twitter and Youtube accounts.



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

Have Beautiful Nails with Barielle Review

I hate to admit it, but for most of my childhood and into my adult years I was a nail biter.  It was horrible, so much so that often I had barely any nail at all.  As I got into my mid-twenties, right before I had the girls I one day just stopped.  It’s not like I tried to stop or even thought about stopping, it just happened without my having to think about it.  As you can imagine twenty something years of nail biting will do a number to anyone’s nails, and mine were no exception.  I could grow them out, but they were paper thin and chipped, cracked, frayed or broke very easily.  My nails are one of my worst features and I often try not to draw attention to them.


Barielle came to my rescue in a big way!  I began with the Nail Strengthener Cream.  What better way to work towards more beautiful nails than strengthening them.  Two to three times daily you massage the cream over your nails and cuticles and you will notice stronger nails within three to four weeks.  Of course I wasn’t a believer, but of course I had to try and I was pleasantly surprised.  I could actually feel my nails getting stronger.  In the past if I hit my nail just right off something allowing it to bend it would break, now they have a little more give.  I am now a full believer and can bet I will continue to use the cream.


  • The most popular, ground-breaking product for nail treatment
  • Helps strengthen nails to resist splits, peels and breaks
  • Use daily to maintain healthy nails
  • Noticeable improvement in 3-4 weeks
  • Can be used over nail polish or on bare nails


untouchednailsWhat is the next step?  Well as most of you know from reading I am a smoker.  A habit I am not proud of and working towards kicking.  Smoking has left my nails yellow and stained.  Also in day to day life of cleaning and caring for children I often find they look dirty and stained with what I don’t know and it doesn’t come off.  Barielle has you covered there as well.  As you can see by the picture to the right my nails are yellowed and gross (pardon the food coloring under my nails, I had just baked cupcakes with the girls).  I wondered if Barielle could help me here, but again I was leery.  I followed the instructions and applied one coat to my clean and dry nails.  I didn’t know what to expect, but anything had to be better than my current nails.  Not only was I shocked, but I was IN LOVE with my nails.  I felt they were pretty again in just a matters of minutes.  Sure you could tell there was something on them, but barielle-brightenerhonestly it looked more like a very translucent polish over clean and beautiful nails.  I can truthfully say if you are not a polish person and do little with your nails this is one product that is a MUST have in your makeup case.  You can see the difference in the after picture to the right (sorry for the sloppy paint job, Keira saw nail polish and was hovering like a vulture).  As you can see it is very subtle and translucent, still allowing for the natural look or to put a finishing top coat over it.

Barielle supplies easy to use instructions;

  • Specifically formulated with anti-oxidizing properties to hydrate & brighten nails
  • Apply every other day
  • Remove at the end of the week with acetone-free nail polish remover
  • Used with desired top coat
  • I received the product/s mentioned above for this review. No monetary compensation was received by me. This is my honest opinion.

    Dora the Explorer and Friends Magazine Review

    Dora4_CVR[9]The Drama Queens are in love with Dora.  From the moment Khloe saw her first episode she had to have everything Dora.  I was very excited to learn about Dora the Explorer and Friends Magazine.  Such a great way to not only to get the Drama Queens interested in reading and learning, but being able to do it in a fun way.


    dora2We received Dora the Explorer and Friends Magazine issue #4 and when it arrived I had to hide it for several days so that I could take a look through it before they took off with it.  I was delighted to see the many Dora stickers included with it and the girls were over joyed with them, to this day I still see them pop up on a toy or piece of paper.  I was next drawn to how vibrant the colors are.  I was amazed with how colorful and fun each page is and I knew right away the girls were going to love this magazine.


    The magazine features an amazing variety for children of all ages.  I didn’t have to limit which of the girls could look through the magazine.  With puzzles for the older two, to coloring pages for little miss Kaylee. I am able to sit with any of them and just let them enjoy it.


    Some of the puzzles and games featured are finishing patterns, matching characters with their shadow, word tracing, color by number and many more.  It is a great learning tool, that your children will believe is fun and not even realize they are learning.



    Buy It

    You can purchase your subscription on their website for $17.99.  Your subscription includes 4 issues of the magazine, free shipping and free Dora stickers with each issue!



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