Wednesday, January 30, 2008

In a past life...

I worked as a media buyer for an advertising agency and it's all still interresting to me. Obviously in the last 6 years things have changed a lot with the internet and how people use it for advertising and there was no YouTube. I think it's great how Dr. Pepper took the Chocolate Rain guy, and made a music video and song "Chocolate Cherry Rain" with him, to promote their new product Chocolate Cherry Dr. Pepper and stuck it on YouTube. (I wonder what the CPP, reach and frequency of it works out to be?)If you never saw Chocolate Rain, you really should check out the original video with over 14 million views HERE. Then see the Chocolate Cherry Dr. Pepper video HERE.
PS- has anyone tried it? I was tempted to buy a 12 pack when they were on sale last week but decided I better try it first.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I love digital scrapbooking!

I can sit on the couch, with my laptop, watch TV, and scrapbook, with no mess to clean up afterwards!

If you know someone having quadruplets...

You should forward this post to them. This is not a joke- you can actually BUY this "Double Double Decker Crib"! I think it's hysterical- and scary. I'm window shopping for new baby furniture so if I win the Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes I will know what I want and exactly where to get it!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

A few finished projects

I have actually finished a couple projects a long time in the making! First my much-talked-about (by me) advent calendar. I actually finished it just before Christmas but kept forgetting to post the pictures! I already want one with new papers but this one will do for another year at least.
Next my photo wall! I've had a huge bare wall over my couch since we moved in, with a few failed attempts at filling the space, and finally I have something I'm proud of. I rounded up a bunch of mis-matched frames and painted them all to match each other. It could use a few more, but this will do for now.
And my valentines tree- I got this vase with flowers when one of my kids was born and while I was at it with the frames, I painted it red. (then kind of ruined it with the glitter but oh well) And stuck the syrofoam cone in, and just layered it with some left over cut out hearts I've had for a couple years. I used the pins with pearls on the end, and then finished it with some little felt flowers I found at Big Lots and I think it turned out pretty cute! My kids were really impressed anyways.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Ready to Rock the Vote?

I have my mail-in ballot sitting here for the primary election and I feel kind of dumb because I don't know who to vote for! There are a few that stand out to me, but I want to choose the right person, for the right reasons so I'm a little stuck. I found this cool Candidate Match game from USA today that has a questions you answer and it matches the candidate who best fits you and what you want from the government. I was really excited about it, but now I'm even more confused because I'm a registered republican, and it came up with 2 democrats as my top 2 picks, and then when I adjusted the weight I give certain issues, I have 3 democrats! (and none of the front runners either) So I guess it hasn't solved anything for me, but you might want to check it out yourself! Click HERE.
UPDATE: I just re-took it and changed a couple answers that could have gone either way for me and came up with someone I can vote for- yeah! So try that too.

Monday, January 21, 2008

And speaking of harmful chemicals...

There is no treat I like better than Dr. Pepper, and specifically Dr. Pepper with Sonic ice (you know the kind with crunchy little balls) in a styrofoam cup! I never feel too bad about it, even when I'm pregnant since my book says 2 cups of coffee a day are ok- which is equal to 5 cans of soda, and I usually don't have more than 1 or 2, but today there's a new study out that makes it harder to justify! On they news they said 200mg of caffeine (or 5 12oz cans of pop) a day will double your risk of miscarriage. Yikes! And that caffeine readily crosses the placenta, but it's hard for their little bodies to metabolize it. Ok, I guess I've always known it wasn't good, but it has made me look at it a little differently... I've had 2 miscarriages before, but I know I didn't touch caffeine with the first one, and I'm not sure on the second one, but it happened really early and I know I didn't drink it daily then either. And I drank it plenty with my last 2 babies and they turned out fine. So there you go- if you wanted to know the facts about caffeine when you're pregnant, that's what I know. I'm not ready to swear it off completely for the next 3 months (and if you think that makes me a bad mom, don't tell me!) but I am taking it more seriously now dang it!

Harsh Chemicals and Pregnancy

I'll try not to post too many boring pregnancy things, but I'm wondering if this happens to anyone else. These things make my mouth water- I literally crave the smell of harsh chemicals when I'm pregnant! Don't worry, I'm not going to injest any of them, and I'm not huffing them or anything, but I think my kitchen sink does get a little extra scrubbing when I'm pregnant because I look forward to the smell! Is this totally strange?

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Third Trimester

I've got to document the belly before everything else starts swelling up! I'm offically starting the 7th month now- is anything ready yet? No, hopefully next month we will get the girls rooms moved around and my last baby out of the crib. (once hunting season is over of course!) and then in March I can start decorating and see what I need to buy for baby Charlie!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Valentines Dress

I am not in the market for Valentines Dresses, and this one isn't in my budget anyways, but isn't it SO cute? Find it at Hanna Andersson HERE.

Monday, January 14, 2008

PB Teen Downloads

I am a sucker for free downloads, and pretty designs so I was excited to find these cute downloadable things on the The Pottery Barn Teen website- like this cute note card: and this screensaver: Click HERE to get these and check out all the other fun stuff they have.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Giant Button Pillows

I have got to make some of these- from PattieWack Craft Blog.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

These are really pretty

You've seen the pens with a flower on the end, but these are a little more fun if you want to put some time into it! I saw these on the Mary Engelbreit Home Companion site and they are filed away in my mind as a project I might someday want to try. You can see the instructions HERE if you're feeling ambitious.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Fall in January, or reason #114 we LOVE Beth & James

I don't know why but our leaves don't fall until January, I guess it's something to look forward to after Christmas! Today Beth (my sister) and her husband James came by with the fantastic idea to go play in the leaves. The kids had a blast and I got some fun pictures. Thanks Beth & James- we love you guys!!