Friday, July 22, 2011

Five for Friday

Five great things about today....

  1. It's summer for sure! Heat, Heat, Heat! Our pool was 88 degrees yesterday. So glad we aren't shoveling snow off a roof!
  2. My husband surprised me with a newspaper and D&D Med Hazelnut with cream and 2 sweet and lows. Ordering coffee stresses him out because he doesn't drink it and always orders it wrong... I take it with one sweet and low but it was quite a treat, I am not complaining, he is the World's Greatest!
  3. The World's Greatest Husband got transfered - no more 60 minute stressful commute to the office.  We can see his office from our bedroom bathroom window when the leaves fall off the trees.  THIS IS GOOD NEWS!!! I sort of feel freedom in my own little world, knowing he is now in town to help if needed.
  4. Tonight is date night to celebrate.
  5. Two more weeks until our kid free week.  I love them all but a week with just my husband, a clean house and going out to eat sounds like a break that I deserve.  

Paper Peeps, stay cool, enjoy the weekend and check back.... 
Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Yellow, I love yellow

It's been some time since I participated in Mama Kat's writing workshop prompts... YIPPPEE today is the day.  Mama Kat asked for a Yellow inspired post… got me thinking… Yellow makes me happy.  Yellow is my daughter’s favorite color.  I don’t think you can look at yellow and not feel it’s energy… it illustrates…. happiness.  But after a bit of thinking…here is my favorite thought about yellow…….

Remember when you were little and would hold a yellow buttercup flower under your little brother’s chin and ask, “Do you like butter?”
and he would say “no”
and you would say “yes, you do your chin is yellow”
 and then he would argue “no I don’t”
and you would argue “yes, you do” 
and you would go back and forth and he would check your chin and you would check his chin and sooner or later your mom would yell STOP PlAYING THAT GAME.....
ya, now that I am a mother I am thankful that we don't have buttercups in our yard.
I love YELLOW....

Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Monday love, loves, loves - Wednesday Style....
Okay, so I am a little late with my Monday Loves post.  Life is busy here.  I thought summer would slow our big family down but I guess I must come to terms with the fact that until all five have completed college we will just be BUSY. Our cub scout is only seven and our oldest is sixteen so yes, busy is a way of living here in our happy home. I'll take a nap in 2022 or so...

So my Monday Loves.... Sunflowers.  I love the country charm of the sunflower, the oversized wonder.  I planted some last year and found joy in watching that bloom grow and grow.  I was proud of my plants and nurtured them each day. The sunflower represents big love, and they are yellow, is there any other color that projects happiness more than yellow? 

Our area celebrates sunflowers in a special way.  Buttonwood Farms a local dairy farm in Griswold plants thousands and thousands of them and sells bouquets to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Families stop by the now famous ice cream landmark to enjoy a cone (which are yummo!) and take photos in front of the field of dreams.  If you live in Connecticut you will want to add this summer event to your busy calendar.  The event runs from July 23-31st.  Help a great cause, see some beautiful blossoms, indulge in some sweet treats and breathe in the joy of your children all in one stop.  Does it get any better?  

Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Loves

Take an awesome break.
It's Monday Loves.....
and I think I have something that is universally loved on a hot summer day....

Today you can grab a freebie if you visit any participating 7-eleven!

With my five kids... this is a treat and a bargain. 
 visit for details
(As always - this post provides no perk to me... just spreading the love.)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Monday Loves...

My first Monday Loves Post...
It's Monday and I love, love, love these three things....

 Downy Wrinkle Releaser..

I call it the poor man's iron.  This stuff is MAGIC!  Simply spray, smooth, dry and wear.  I don't have free samples for my readers but I encourage you to visit for a $1.00 off coupon .  I recently told a friend about this magic and it dawned on me.... as working women juggling it all.... we should all know about this little gem of a time saver.  

Next... Monday Love, Love, Love
I love, love, love my Lia Sophia Bel Aire necklace.  It is the perfect addition to any everyday or simple elegant look.  I wear mine all the time!  Check out my favorite Lia Sophia Advisor and friend... to learn more about this and other fabulous pieces

My third and final Monday love, love, love is... 
I am a huge fan of ShopRite of Norwich online grocery shopping!  It is easy peasy to use and the staff make it  right and good every time.  I shop at all hours, on line from my laptop, I've sent my order with special instructions, requests and comments.  They have called before completing an order just to confirm a questionable item, they have called after an order to make sure it was correct.  They take my coupons, load the car and absolutely will not accept tips, I've tried!! I zip into the special parking spots... I zip out, it all takes 10 minutes max!  With five kids, I completely eliminate the "Can I get this?"  or "Will you buy this" whining that used to happen with each trip.  I also am not tempted to buy those fancy dancy display items that seem to lure people like me in.  This process keeps me on track and within budget.  Try it. 

Whew, that is my first Monday Love Post and it sure feels like a commercial... but honest to God, there is no gain on my part... just the joy of sharing a few things that may make my life a little sweeter.  

Monday Loves...

Five for Friday posts are always my heaviest blog traffic day.  I admit that it tickles my heart to see so many of you stopping by to see my list of “Five great things about today”.  The entire post has become a weekly gratitude journal.  When writing my Five for Friday posts I have a chance to pause and find those five things that I bring me peace, joy, appreciation and love.  And in my crazy hectic blended family life, let’s be honest…sometimes that is as simple as everyone went to bed on time without tears.  I appreciate your time and thank you for visiting….

In an effort to build another day that Paper Mom readers are eager to stop over and enjoy… I am unveiling my Monday Loves Posts…. I am picking Monday with the hope that being off on Sunday will allow me the opportunity to actually commit to the post and quite honestly  I believe we all need a little extra LOVE on Monday when we are returning to the grind of the week ahead.  

Monday Loves…. Will feature items, thoughts, other blogs, books, basically stuff that you and I can’t live without ----things as my girl Gayle King would say…. I love, love, love.  It is sort of my personal version of “Oprah’s favorite things” without the free giveaways or endorsements.   So, what do you think? Do you  need a little Monday Love?
Stay tuned… It is Monday after all…..

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Did you know?

Did you know?
If you are in a hurry and accidently get deodorant on your clothing there is a simple way to get it off without a hassle? 
I am about to change your life… 
right now with this easy peasy tip…
Just rub pantyhose on the spot and it lifts right off the fabric…. No water, no scrubbing, no changing your outfit….  Think of me next time you use this trick… and you will use this trick…. 

Friday, July 1, 2011

Five for Friday

Five for Friday
Five great things about today
1. Looong weekend!
2. Birthday weekend for one of our ten year olds.
3. life is energy.... Love that Oprah- watching the final episode AGAIN! It's my life pep talk
4. Typing on a new iPad!
5.girls lost last night- means we have a little bit of our life back. They worked hard!!!

Check back soon. More posts coming


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