Thursday, December 3, 2009

Shopping Deal of the Day

So I stopped at Shopko the other day with my 3 year old and we were looking around not really needing to buy anything. I was looking in the shoe department and I decided to try on a pair of Boots. I thought they were cute but were to expensive when I looked at the tag and saw they cost $35.00. The sales clerk watched me try them on and put them back on the shelf. She informed me they were on clearance. I looked at the box and noticed the small sticker that said $22.00 still to expense this time of year. She then stated she thinks they are cheaper then $22.00 and she scans them. They scanned at $7.00. WELL for $7.00 I think I can get them. I Put them in my cart and head to the check out, where they ring up for $22.00. I have the cashier call the shoe dept because they are not ringing up correctly. The Shoe lady comes up to the cashier and says yes they are $7.00 but since I had such an inconvenience of having to wait in line and the wrong price scanning I could have them for $3.50. I was very happy about this but it gets better. The cashier asks me if I have a Shopko rewards card. I say yes I do and she scans it. After all is done I bought those boots for wait for it....... are you ready...... $1.00. Using my rewards card took off another % off my total purchase price.

It was such an awesome deal on a nice pair of shoes that I had to share.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

Field Trip

For the end of the school E's Class went on a field trip to the Madison Zoo. I was able to go along which was nice. I had a sitter for the two younger ones and it turned out to be a very nice trip.

The tiger was giving the kids a show!

Zoo Train

Her entire Class

Another shot of the class

Friday, May 15, 2009

Press Release

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Announces New Food Allergy Initiative Advocacy Steering Committee
Two Madison parents join forces with other leading advocates from across the country to advocate for more research funding to find a cure

WASHINGTON, DC – Today as we continue to mark Food Allergy Awareness Week, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., member of the Board of Directors of the Food Allergy Initiative (FAI), announced the formation of FAI’s Advocacy Steering Committee. The committee’s objectives are to help build a strong nationwide presence for the food allergy community in the public policy arena; and to actively seek to increase federal funding of food allergy research, as scientists believe that with proper funding, a cure can be found in less than a decade.

Meg Goss and Sheree Godwin of Madison, members of the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin, have joined the committee of 16 leading parent advocates nationwide who confront the daily dangers of raising children with severe food allergies.

“FAI is tremendously honored and grateful to have such an esteemed group of parents who are willing to join our effort to find a cure,” said Kennedy. “These parents are proven advocates and support group leaders in their local communities. We are thrilled to add their energy and expertise to our advocacy program.”

Steering committee members include:

Gina Clowes, Chair – AllergyMoms; Cranberry Township, PA
* Meg Goss & Sheree Godwin – Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin; Madison, WI

* Rhonda Riggott Stevens – Education & Advocacy Solutions; Durham, CT Denise Bunning – Mothers of Children Having Allergies; Lake Forest, IL
* Nicole Smith – Allergic Child; Colorado Springs, CO
* Sue Wagner & Carol D'Agnese – San Diego Food Allergy; San Diego, CA
* Debbie Hogan -- Parents of Children with Food Allergies; Tampa, FL
* Maria Acebal – Safe at School Partners, Bethesda, MD
* Nona Narvaez – Anaphylaxis and Food Allergy Association of Minnesota; St. Paul, MN
* Chris Hardy – Parents of Allergic Kids; Charlotte, NC
* Barbara Calluori – Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Coalition of New Jersey; Nutley, NJ
* Sari Canell – Food Allergy Educational Alliance; Scarsdale, NY
* MaryKay Hill – Vermont Food Allergy Organization; Shelburne, VT
* Sally Porter -- Food Allergy Initiative Northwest; Sammamish, WA

“I am very pleased to take part in FAI’s new steering committee,” said Committee Chair Gina Clowes. “For 11 years FAI has led the way in funding research to find a cure to this life-threatening disease. Nothing is more important to me and millions of other parents who wish they could take their children to restaurants, birthday parties and school cafeterias without living in constant fear of exposure to potentially deadly allergens like peanuts,tree nuts, milk, eggs and wheat.”

“My fellow committee members are the best and brightest advocates from all over the country,” Clowes continued. “Every day they are out in their communities making a difference for families with food allergies. As a group, we will devote their attention, resources and expertise toward making sure the federal government is on the leading edge to find a cure.”

About Food Allergies

There are no medications to cure or control food allergies. A strict diet and avoidance of the allergenic food is the only way to avoid a reaction, yet the most common allergens – peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy – are staples of the food supply and virtually impossible to avoid completely. Accidental exposure to even a minuscule amount of the offending food can cause an allergic individual to react within seconds, often leading to life-threatening anaphylaxis that causes throat swelling, a dramatic drop in blood pressure, vomiting and even death within a matter of minutes. Although researchers estimate that food allergies cause tens of thousands of emergency room visits each year, they do not understand why rates are increasing so alarmingly, particularly among children. As the CDC report indicated, in a recent five-year period, the rates of peanut allergies among children literally doubled, and allergies to other foods are similarly increasing.

About the Food Allergy Initiative

The Food Allergy Initiative (FAI) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that funds research seeking a cure for food allergies. It was founded in 1998 by concerned parents and grandparents to support: basic and clinical research worldwide; better public policies to make the world safer for those afflicted; and educational programs to make the hospitality industry, schools, day care centers, and camps safer. FAI is the largest private source of funding for food allergy research in the United States, contributing more than $60 million toward the fulfillment of its mission. For more information, visit, call 212-207-1974, or e-mail

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

I am very excited to join in on the Ultimate Blog Party 2009. I am still new at blogging so this should be fun!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Shopping trip

I have to admit when it comes to buying clothes for my kids I have been pretty fortunate. My oldest daughter is very gentle on clothes and I have been able to save them for my two year old to wear as well. My son usually stocks up on his clothes at Christmas because that is what the grandparents always buy him. I also hate spending a lot of money on clothes because I know they will outgrow them in no time. This is why I love end of season clearance.

So the other day I stopped by the mall and happened to find some great deals. So I thought I would share my finds.

First I spent $23.00 at Sears and was able to buy two shirts and a pair of dress pants for my son, a shirt for the two year old and a pair of dress shoes and pants for my oldest daughter.

Then I went to Lane Bryant and I happened to find a spring coat, two long sleeve shirts, and a sweater and only spent $8.40 for everything.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Favorite Present for my son

For Christmas my son received from my sister and her family Kid K'Nex my son has fallen in love with these toys. Basically if you see him in our home he has them in his hands, we have to tell him to put them down when we eat dinner, he takes them in the car,he even sleeps with them. These are the best toys and keep him entertained for hours.
Here are a few of the items he has made with them.

This is a knight!

Here is a penguin!

A backpack!

Friday, February 20, 2009

Wood Work

I have been blessed with a husband who has learned to turn wood. Some may be wondering what that is. Well basically you take a chunk of wood and turn it into a bowl, pen, battle rattle, etc, etc, etc,.. Anyway I thought I would share with you some of his work.

This is one of my favorites. I like it because it is nice a big and can hold fruit on the counter or just look pretty sitting on the table.

Here it is with the fruit.

Here is a chest board he made, he plans to make a base for it so it will be a table as well.

This is a container, you can put change or jewelry or what ever in and it looks nice as well.

This is a miniature vase.

Monday, February 16, 2009

100 Day project

My First grader loves school, all things school. So when they were sent home two weeks ago with a project they had to do at home with the help of friends and family she was so excited.

The project was for 100 day at school. To mark the 100th day at school each child was asked to "collect" 100 of something and then turn it into an art project.

They were told they could not buy 100 of something they had to collect it from friends and family. So my daughter decided to do buttons. We called my mom, sister, friend, and my husband aunt to see if they could help her out. With the buttons I had and they all donated some to project we had successfully "collected" 100 buttons.

Now what to do with the buttons???? For my little girl who loves beads, and jewelry and all things girly. My daughter settled on a keepsake box. We went to Michaels Craft Mart and found a cute box for $1.99.

Here is the finished project.

I love that she was so proud of her project as well as the fact that it involved other family members to help create such a great memory for her and me as well.

100 Day Project!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Picture Tag

Pockets of time tagged me to participate in a meme on her blog. I decided to choose an easy meme called picture tag that has the following rules:

1. Go to your 4th folder where you store your photos.

2. Select your 4th picture (no exceptions)!

3. Post the picture with an explanation and link it back to your tagger.

4. Tag 4 people to do the same!!

The 4th picture in my 4th folder is a photo of Henry and I making something at home depot.