Saturday, April 28, 2012


I am sorry I have been sort of MIA lately.  I've been a bit down.

In the past week I've lost two job and my  Grandpa.  I don't even like talking about it but maybe it will relieve some of the stress I have inside and make me feel a bit less sad.

First my job.  With the numbers down in our school system I (being the last one hired) was let go so that a tenured teacher could take my place.  I don't think it's fair and I have a lot of anger and sadness inside about it, but it is what it is I guess.  This is a job that I worked my whole career to get, and worked more than I have at, and after a year it's gone.

As for my grandpa well.....
he lived a wonderful 98 years.  His name is Angelo...and that's him at my wedding.  I love that picture.

He lived a great life and, and in the end, age won.  He was one of our few remaining  World War II vets and I loved listening to his stories about the war and "way back when".  He was loved by many, and I will miss him every day.

So I'l be back in full swing too, I just have to get myself together and feel 100%.  There is nothing I can do to control either of these things but it's just a really awful feeling. 

  Have a great weekend.

**p.s. if you know of any jobs in the Chicago area, I'm all ears!  ; )

Friday, April 27, 2012

fill it

1.  When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is,   get my phone and check my email   .

2.   I can hardly wait for    summertime   .

3.  The quickest way to my heart is     helping me clean       because     it shows you care about me!  

4. A little known fact about me is that     I love Mickey Mouse, always have.

5. The best part about my job is     right now, nothing...but I'll save that for another post next week.

6. Something I just couldn't live without is     makeup, it makes such a difference  .

7.  Something useful that I wish I knew how to do is   speak Spanish fluently  .

Thursday, April 26, 2012

sponsor spotlight....tamara lynn photography

You may have noticed the cute, new little button on my side bar for Tamara Lynn Photography. 

(how cute is she!?!)

The shop is run by  Tamara, an American photographer, and s
he lives in the UK with her boyfriend James, an English painter. Together they run Red Coat Studio, which has just opened up an Etsy shop It features affordable prints of their original artwork. They are having a great sale  for free shipping worldwide, the code is REDCOATSTUDIOFREE. 
These are just some of my favorite items from her shop:

She has also been blogging for a little over a year now. At first it was just a simple place to share some of her photographs, but it has become a personal window into their work and lives. 

If you get a chance, check out her shop and her blog, both are great...her shop has so many cute items!  IF you're a Facebook freak like me, check out her facebook page as well! 

Winner..Photo Card Creations Giveaway!

I hope you all are having a great week!

I have a winner for the Photo Card Creations giveaway.....

#11 Tabitha!!!

Congrats...please email me at

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

it happened...

So I have talked since this blog started about how difficult it is to leave Jack everyday to go to work.  I am actually happy I leave before my husband and Jack are awake so that I don't have to actually say Goodbye to would make me too sad everyday.

But Friday, I had a later start, which meant Jack was up before I left.  And it happened.  Jack looked at me and said "Don't go to work Mama."  My heart hurt a little and I said what would make sense to any kid...."Jack, do you like toys?"
"Yes Mama!" he replied.  
"Well then Mama has to go to work to buy you toys."  

It didn't make it any easier to leave to go to work that day, but it seemed like a good enough reason for Jack.

I am counting down the days until Summer break.  

I hope you have a great Monday.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

$100 Stanley Steemer Gift Card Giveaway!

I couldn't imagine living in a huge house.  Or even a semi-huge house.  I feel like all I do is clean, in our average size place.  If I could splurge on something extra each month, it would for sure be a cleaning service. Will Stanley Steemer and MyBlogSpark have made it a little easier for me and also for you this month.  All you have to do is call over to the folks over at Stanley Steemer and tell them what you need!  Not only can they clean your carpets, but they can also clean your rugs, sofas, and tile.  I even learned that they clean car upholstery!!!
Here is some information about Stanley Steemer from their site:   For more than 60 years, we have been bringing cleaner, more comfortable homes to America. To serve customers nationwide, we now boast over 300 locations in 48 states. From a humble, one-man, one-truck beginning in Columbus, Ohio, we’ve done pretty well—all because we’re driven to deliver the best, and proud to stand behind every service 100%.
To combat this difficult allergy season this spring plus truly make your homes clean, consumers should consider a deeper cleaning twice a year by the professionals at Stanley Steemer.
  • Not just for carpet cleaning, Stanley Steemer’s expertise extends to hardwood, tile, air ducts, water damage restoration, and more!
  • Stanley Steemer’s proprietary equipment and cleaning processes remove more than 98% of dry soil from floors
  • With over 70 branches and 220 franchise locations in 48 states, Stanley Steemer services 95% of the country
Want to see Stanley Steemer in action? Check out the Stanley Steemer van and crew as they visited fellow blogger Corine Ingrassia’s home of Complicated Mama:
Stanley Steemer was nice enough to send me a gift card to try out their services.  I am for sure going to use them on our upstairs carpet.  With kids and pets, these carpets could really use it....I can't wait to see how they look!
{{win it}}
Could you use some help with your spring cleaning?  Stanley Steemer is offering one lucky reader a chance to win a $100 gift card!  For your chance to win, just follow the rules below.
How to Enter:
1) Tell me which Stanley Steemer service you would get with your gift card.
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3) Follow me on twitter (JustAnotherMM) and tweet about this giveaway, including the #MyBlogSpark. (Once an hour)
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Contest ends at 11:59pm CST on May 1st. Winner will be announced on here and have 24 hours to respond.
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Disclosure: The gift certificate, information, and additional gift pack have been provided by Stanley Steemer through MyBlogSpark.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Old Navy & Crowdtap Bottoms Bonanza!

I have talked about Crowdtap before, and maybe this post will convince you to join.  

I got to go shopping with 3 friends for FREE Old Navy Bottoms! What is a "bottom?" you ask? Well, for this event we got to choose one pair of 
shorts, pants, or capris and 1 pair of shoes to start the Spring off right.

It was so much fun! I had an idea of what shoes I wanted to get before I went there because I checked out Old Navy's website before going in, but even without the research I would have been drawn to these 
Animal Print Cross Front Sandals
 (seriously, how cute are they?).

I headed out to Old Navy to start shopping and as soon as we got started we had employees offering assistance. They were so friendly and made the shopping experience even more fun because they would talk and joke with us as we shopped. Sometimes when you use a discount, employees can treat you differently but that wasn't the case at Old Navy.  My only complaint would be that they were out of sizes for some of the styles, which made it more difficult to find the perfect look. I understand why though, they were so cute!

I ended up going with the sandals I mentioned above and the
Button Front Pencil Skirt. I can't to wear them!!

If you are interested in scoring some free swag and other fun things, join Crowdtap just like I did!

*Disclaimer: I am a Member of Crowdtap and the Old Navy Style Council. I got to sample items for free, but all opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Working Mom Meals...Shrimp Tacos

So we are trying to eat healthier.  No chocolate, no carbs, no beer, no snacks......who am I kidding.

But we are trying to have healthier dinners, and those delish shrimp tacos above fit the bill.  They are easy for you working moms and the avocado-cliantro sauce goes oh so well.  I found this recipe on Favorite Family Recipes..enjoy!

Shrimp Tacos (serves 2)
  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • -Toss and season with salt.

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • -Mix thoroughly in a blender adding a little water if needed.

  • 1/2 pound shrimp
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Peel shrimp, pat it dry, season with salt, pepper, and sugar. Heat oil over high heat and add shrimp. Cook until shrimp are curled and pink.
  • Layer the sauce, shrimp, and cabbage in a warm corn tortilla. We topped it with a little cotija (or feta) cheese.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My Vintage Designs Winner!

Hello all.

I have a winner for the My Vintage Designs earrings!

#9 Connie!  Congrats!  Email me at

Saturday, April 14, 2012

well hi.

Ultimate Blog Party 2012

Welcome to the party!  I am so happy to be joining this party again!  I have already visited some amazing new blogs and I hope you like what you see! This is just a little bit about your fam....enjoy!

Hi.  I'm Amy. A wife to my best friend, new(ish) mom to the sweetest little guy in the world, Jack, and a Special Education teacher. Being a mom has taught me many things..about myself, and about life.  Being a working mom has taught me so many more things; (organization being one of them). I love cooking, baking , shopping, blogging, and working on my photography. I just opened a new little etsy shop as well, you can see that here.   I thank all of you for reading and taking the time to comment, and I love meeting you all too!

The hubs, Tom. We met, at a bar, on Thanksgiving Eve, 2004.  We had our first date the next night.  The rest, they say, is history.  He is my "Mr. Fix It", the best dad, and my best friend.

This is my little man Jack.  He came into this world on October 21, 2009.  He is everything I imagined children would be and more.  He is always amazing me and will ALWAYS put a smile on my face.  Oh yeah, and he is growing up WAY TOO FAST.

Lenny, is Jack's big brother, and the most patient, loving little yorkie (and doggy) I have ever met.  He gives us all unconditional love, and he loves having his belly rubbed.

Thank you for visiting and come back and visit soon!

Photo Card Creations Giveaway

I love sending cards. In fact, I try to make up reasons to give cards.  You can imagine how excited I was when Photo Card Creations contacted me.  

Photo Card Creations is a leading online retailer of premium custom thank you cards, announcements & invitations.  They specialize in wedding, baby, party & holiday cards.  They are passionate about providing exceptional quality products & customer service.  They are excited about their new Online Design Tool, which was recently implemented and the over 100 new card designs that will be added in 2012!  The new design tool makes ordering much easier by allowing customers to design, view & approve their cards online! 

These are just two of the great designs they have to offer:

There is always an occasion to send cards.  From birthdays, to announcements, to "just because", they have everything you could ever want!

{{win it}}

Photo Card Creations is offering one of my readers 25 cards of their choice!    

to enter (mandatory):

Visit Photo Card Creations and comment on which cards you would choose!

Extra Entries:
1. Like Photo Card Creations on Facebook and tell them I sent you!
2. Follow or subscribe to me

goog luck! Contest ends Monday April 23.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond!

Friday, April 13, 2012

fill it!

1.  Today is a good day because   It's Friday!   .

2.   The best thing I did all week was   had my last big meeting at was a great feeling    .

3.  The current weather is    sunny and cool       and it makes me feel     pretty ok   .

4. The best thing about spring is     seeing the flowers come up and being able to go for walks!

5. A fashion trend that I'm dying to try out for spring is  all the bright colors.  I need to add some color to my life!

6. A person who made me smile this week was    Jack, but then again he makes me smile daily .

7.  The most delicious thing I ate all week was   I made a great southwest chopped chicken salad...the recipe can be found here .

Hope you have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wordless(ish) Wednesday..Easter

I thought I would share a few pics from Easter.  Jack had a blast.  He had 3 Egg hunts, ate tons of candy, ran around all day, and the Easter Bunny bought him his first tricycle.  What more could a guy ask for?? 

I've got the fever...for Children's Advil!

 Thank God, Jack has only had one or two fevers since his little life started.  I know, however, that    more are to come.  I want to be sure to make him better in a jiffy.  That's where Children's Advil comes in.
Children’s Advil® conducted a survey from more than 1,000 parents and 250 pediatricians across the country and discovered that 52% of parents feel anxious, fearful, or helpless when their child has a fever.
That doesn’t need to happen; we just need to know a few tips and facts about fevers. Children’s Advil has teamed up with Alanna Levine, M.D. (a nationally recognized pediatrician) to offer a “fever relief” program to help us parents.
Stay Cool:  Remember that most fevers are the body’s way of fighting an illness.
Be Prepared: Talk with your child’s doctor about what to do when your child runs a fever. And make sure your medicine cabinet is stocked with non-expired and non-recalled medicines.
Watch for Serious Signs & Call Your Doctor If: 
  • your child is less than three months and has a fever of 100 degrees or higher. 
  • your child’s fever is over 103 degrees, no matter their age
  • your child’s fever lasts for more than 3 days
  • your child has a fever and looks and acts very sick
  • you have concerns. Never underestimate your mother’s intuition! If something doesn’t seem to right to you, call your doctor!
Long Lasting Relief: When choosing a fever medication, be sure to consider how long the medication will last.  Children’s Advil®, which contains ibuprofen, provides up to 8-hours of relief with one dose.
Common Mistakes and Missteps, according to the survey:
  • 52% of parents send their child back to school less than 24 hours after their fever went away
  • 52% of parents wake their child in the middle of the night to give them fever medication
  • 17% of parents have brought their child to the emergency room for a fever without consulting with their doctor first
  • 36% of parents base medication dosage on age versus weight.

When our kids get a fever, it’s good to know the facts ahead of time so we don’t stress (as much) when they get sick. All these tips are good, but the most important tip is to trust your mother’s instinct. I’ve been there many times, where I’m hesitant to call the doctor in the middle of the night with a question. But I’ve learned that if I’m really worried, I call.
Packaging on the medicines are not always correct, I always check with my Dr. for their recommendations of the dosage to give.
From now on, whenever Jack gets a fever, I know I can trust  Children’s Advil.  The best part is Children’s Advil lasts 8 hours which will let him get the sleep he needs when sick. Whether it’s a sick child or a teething baby, Children’s Advil helps to relieve pain and discomfort and allows them to rest peacefully.
You can find more information about fevers and Children’s Advil at their Facebook page too.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Children’s Advil® for providing free product samples, the survey information, and gift pack. I received no monetary compensation and regardless, my opinions are my own and were not influenced by the sponsor. 

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