Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Craving chocolate? Me too.

Since I have been super busy starting my BRAND NEW job, and I didn't want you all to think I forgot about you, I thought I would add something that looks super delicious.  This I can guarantee would also be the perfect after school snack. 

Smitten Kitchen's favorite brownies will satisfy that chocolate craving that is screaming your name and will help you make friends (not like you need to!).  

For the recipe, and more great ones, check it out here.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ubokia..start shopping

So with all the back to school shopping I am always looking for a deal.  I am also always looking to freshen up my home decor with the new season.  Well there is a great new sight for deals and it's called:

What?! Yes Ubokia!! And let me tell you a bit about this amazing new way to find the stuff you're looking for:
Ubokia is one of the Internet’s fastest growing Social Commerce communities. They have developed a platform that connects buyers and sellers together. Ubokia allows you  to buy and sell with each other – right here on my blog! Sweet!
Think of it as a mini-Craigslist - but way cooler - just for you guys. The added benefit of this is security and trust. You can now buy and sell with other like-minded people without the hassle of dealing with spammers and scammers. Additionally, Ubokia allows you to connect with a broader Ubokia network, giving you access to more items to 100,000’s of members in our network.
  • With uTrust, Ubokia is the safest way to buy online.
  • Buying through a blog marketplace means you are connecting with other like-minded people - making it easier to find what you want and in general your interactions are more pleasant than something like Craigslist.
  • Ubokia is easier for buyers because all they have to do is post a want and let sellers come to them. No more searching!
  • Ubokia is easier for sellers because they don't have to wait to potential buyers to view their products. They can immediately connect with buyers. 
So why should you join?
Ubokia is transforming social commerce by empowering you to get exactly what you want. After you post a Want, sellers can respond with offers, while you sit back and let the community work for you. The more people that join Ubokia, the more powerful your Ubokia experience will become. Invite your friends to join, and help us create the most powerful Want-centric marketplace in the world! 

It's free to join and you lose nothing by trying it! Go ahead. Head over to the button on the side of my blog and check it out!

I was compensated for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

a first

With Summer ending so soon, and us not taking a vacation this year, we went up for a day trip to Michigan.   It was a great time and Jack did something we have been working on for 2 years....
He conquered his fear of the sand.    After screaming a bit, we distracted him with some rock throwing.  From there it was smooth sailing...he had a blast.


 I hope you are all having a great week, work starts for me next week and I am going to be busy spending as much time as I can with Jack. 



Friday, August 17, 2012

A winner and a break...

First of all I have a winner for the canvas or banner giveaway from Banners on the cheap.  

Congrats to #2....Jen!

Please email me at justanothermomdayblog@gmail.com to claim your prize!

Second I have been taking a bit of a break.  Mostly because my new job starts in 10 days, and I am having some major Jack time, and the rest because I have honestly been a bit burned out on the blogging.   I love blogging, but I just need a break to get myself together and recharge a bit.

I will still be blogging, but just not as often until I get myself together with the job.

I hope you all understand!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 10, 2012

Come Join the Fun @ Gap Kids Shine On Saturdays!!!

This post is sponsored by GapKids. Check out all the fun Shine On activities at your nearest Gap store. For event dates and locations, visit Gap’s Facebook page and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #ShineOn.

I LOVE GAP.  Have I ever mentioned that?  I think Jack's entire wardrobe is from there.  AND I have spent enough there to keep my SILVER status for the past two years.  What I also love is free events.  Especially free events for kids that involves activities that I can do with Jack, like art events.  This month, select GapKids stores will be hosting a series of special art projects by Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag!  Merrilee was inspired by the GapKids and babyGap fall collection, including the best new 1969 denim.  Jewel Box Skinnies for girls (the new skinny jean updated in bright stretchy denim) and Action Stretch Demin for boys (designed for play all day-it's denim that's made to move)

Each Saturday there will be fun events for the family to participate in!  Everything from creating geometric masterpieces on canvas using paint and tape to colorful, custom journals to get kids ready for back-to-school, the projects help kids express their creativity! I know I will be checking them out, and I think you should too.  For you local Chicago folk, here are the upcoming Gap Shine On events:

Saturday, August 11
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
GapKids @ Sheffield
1740 N. Sheffield
Chicago, Illinois 60614
Saturday, August 18
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

GapKids @ Westfield Old Orchard
4999 Old Orchard Center #A6
Skokie, Illinois 60077
Saturday, August 25
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

GapKids @ Oakbrook Shopping Center
533 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Let me know if you plan on attending one and maybe I'll see you there!

Those of you in other areas:
Select GapKids stores in these cities are hosting Shine On Saturdays: New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Dallas and Toronto!  Check Gap's Facebook page for specific locations!


 I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

My try at a pinspiration...

So I am having my sister's bachelorette party this weekend up in Lake Geneva Wisconsin.  I am sure there will be pictures on here next week showing all the fun.  For now I am stressing making sure we have enough food, drinks and fun planned.   Our decor is pink, black and white and I saw these while pinning a few days ago:

So cute right?!?!

So I decided to make my own:
Not too shabby, although I wish they were a bit more pink.    I got the recipe from Joy the Baker here.   Once the dough was made  I added about 7 or 8 drops of red food coloring, (I would add more next time) and mixed the dough well.  Also instead of rolling the dough in white sugar I used pink sugar which added to the pink color.  

The main thing is, they taste delicious, and I think they'll be a hit at the party.  

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Jack in the city...

We went to the city last week.  It was perfect outside, but Jack was a little crabby and really tired.  I did get a few pictures without him crying or frowning in.

I hope your week is great, only a few weeks until school starts again!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Enter to win Canvas print of your choice, or more!!!

I have three parties that I am planning in the next few months.  My sister's bachelorette party, her shower and Jack's 3rd birthday.  Yes I'm stressed.  But Banners on the Cheap is making my life a bit easier, and I am passing on some goodies to you! 

They provided with a credit to use for their banners.  Problem is they have so many great ones that I can't decide.  I will most likely use it for Jack's Cars themed party, but they have them for every occasion!  Banners on the Cheap far EXCEEDED my expectations in every way. Just playing around on their site to create a banner, I realised how quick and easy their site is to use.   I can't wait to design mine and at that personalized touch to my party!

{{win it}}

One of my readers can choose from:


So take that favorite instagram photo of yours and turn it into canvas!

Use that car magnet to promote your small business!

Add that special touch to your next party!

OR announce that new baby with a yard sign!

To enter please do the following:

1.Click on the links above (under "win it") and comment on which item you would choose if you win

Additional Entries:
1.  Follow Just Another Manic Momday
2.  Like Just Another Manic Momday on facebook

*Details: This giveaway will end 8-17-2012. Entries are only open to residents of the US, excluding Alaska and Hawaii. If you choose a vinyl banner, you will receive a $40 giftcard, a yard sign will be a $30 giftcard, a car magnet will be a $50 giftcard, and a photo canvas will be an 8x10.

* I was compensated for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Welcome my newest sponsor Cara Loren!

I love Cara's blog, and I think you will too.  AND very soon she will be hosting a giveaway from my Etsy shop!  I hope you are having a great day and read more about Cara Loren below!

Hello everyone! Cara here from www.caraloren.blogspot.com. I am a wife to my handsomehusband Brody, and a mommy to my baby boy Hanes.  I have a major passion for fashion and so I have decided toshare it with as many people that want to listen.  I also like to brag a little about my fam who I think areone of a kind! Take a little peak into my life and closet and see what youthink!