Choosing an Adult Halloween Costume

As an adult, it gets difficult to figure out what kind of Halloween costume you should go with.  Should you play it safe and stick with being a Disney Princess to match your 6 year-old or do you dare to explore the more sexy costumes?

I guess it comes down to what you plan on doing in your costume.  If you are going to an adult party, then you could definitely choose from the sexy costumes and be a French Maid or cheerleader.  However, if your plans are to only trick-or-treat with your kids, I would stay as chaste as possible and go for a scary witch or princess. provided me with one of their fantastic costumes to review, so I chose the Catnip Cutie.  I like that it is sexy, but still modest enough to wear out trick-or-treating with the kids.

First, I have to say, this costume is hot!  I love the style, and how well it fits.  The material of this outfit is durable and stretchy and the lace is gorgeous!  (It has a lace-ruffle bustle on the back, which I'm not going to show, but I LOVE IT!)  This is the kind of costume that will hold up for years.  They are very inexpensive as well.  This costume retails for under $30!


To check out adult line for men and women's costumes, and see their amazing prices, you can click this link.

Good luck, and have a great Halloween in 2012!

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Italian Beef (Chicago-style)

This is one of my all time favorite foods.  Growing up in the south, we didn't have foods like this.  Every summer when I would visit my dad in Illinois, I would turn into a food connoisseur - tasting and enjoying everything we didn't have back home.  I ran across a recipe one day and discovered that it tastes just like Portillo's Italian Beef :)

Chicago-Style Italian Beef

3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon onion salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 packet italian dressing mix
5 lb rump roast

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water and seasonings and bring just to a boil.
Put roast in crockpot and pour mixture over meat.  Turn on low setting and cook for 10-12 hours or high for 4-5 hours.  Shred meat and serve on italian rolls.

A Bit About Me

A few lists to give you a better insight of who I am.  

Seven Things that Scare Me:

* Large crowds
* Driving/walking over bridges
* That pause in breathing babies do when they're sleeping that only lasts about 10 seconds but seems like eternity
* Spiders
* Snakes
* Hydroplaning
* Falling

Seven Things I Like:

* The smell of fresh rain on hot asphalt
* Cat pictures on the internet
* Talking about my kid
* Sleeping
* The moon
* Astrology
* The smell of french lavender

Seven Random Facts About Me:

* I won the spelling bee in 3rd grade
* I hate seafood but love canned tuna
* I love getting so absorbed in a book that it takes a few minutes for reality to come back
* I would totally hit on Gerard Butler or Jason Statham in front of my fiance, and he knows it
* I have many beliefs but am not religious in the conventional sense
* I am the most uncoordinated person in the world.  I can (and have) trip on the lines in linoleum 
* I hate being out in the sun

Seven Things I want to Do Before I Die:

* Write a book
* Raise my son to be an honest, loving man
* Visit Japan
* Learn HTML
* Become Self-Sufficient
* Drive a motorcycle
* Beat my anxiety

Seven Things I Can Do Well:

* Correct grammar mistakes (yes, I am a Grammar Nazi)
* Sleep
* Give advice 
* Bake
* Clean (although I don't like too)
* Snuggle
* Look at things in a realistic view

Seven Things I Can't Do But Wish I Could:

* Read minds
* Have an anxiety-free day out of the house
* Get my step-daughter to listen to me
* Teach my little guy to talk
* Have a full night's sleep
* Stop worrying
* Relax

Seven Phrases I'm Known to Use:

* Okee Dokee
* Be careful!
* It's up to you...
* Don't eat that!
* Cool Beans 
* Ugh!
* Fine.

Comment challenge time!
I want my readers to take one of these lists and comment with your "Seven."  It'll be fun to get to know you a little better!  This post will be open until midnight tonight where I will randomly (using select one commenter to win a $5 Amazon gift code! 
-only one comment per person, and must be a GFC follower to win! Good luck!

Good Morning... (Kinda)

It's 5:30am.  Little man just woke up, crying, so I roll off the couch and stumble over to the love seat to get him since he insisted in sleeping in the living room last night.  By insisted, I mean every time I carried him to bed he woke up and screamed, so I gave up comfort for a few hours of sleep.  Anyway, I stumble over to the love seat, trying to untangle myself from the blanket, to scoop him up before he wakes everyone else up. As I pick him up, he tears off his diaper (which he has completely soaked) and proceeds to pee on the love seat, somehow managing to soak his (and my) shirt in the process.

Ok, we can handle this, no big deal.  I grab a diaper, get him cleaned up and his shirt stripped off him, and dry him off.  We go to the laundry room, him on my hip, and get clean, dry shirts and stop into the kitchen on the way back for a cup of milk.  My ever-so-helpful little guy decides to put his lid on his cup as I'm pouring his milk, so I end up pouring a good cupful into the floor.  Woohoo!

I set him down and grab a towel, clean up the floor, and dry my feet off, scoop him up and head back for the living room.  I give him his milk, turn on Kung Fu Panda, and lay him on the couch so I can attempt to dry to love seat up.  Unsuccessfully, I throw a towel over the wet spot and here I am.

And that has been my wake up on a Saturday morning.  I miss sleeping in!

The Brain That Changes Everything ebook- Review

I was introduced to this book - The Brain That Changes Everything by Shaahin Cheyene - and am compelled to write a review.  This is a book that I think all Mommas should read, especially if you have "clueless" moments as often as I do.
In short, it is a book that teaches you how to change the way your brain functions, basically rewiring and reshaping, so you can have improved memory, focus, and faster processing.  The subtitle "The Ultimate Guide to Accelerating Your Brain" just about sums it up.
This is the ultimate guide to discovering your superhuman brain. If you take just an hour out of your busy schedule to read this book, you'll be well on your way to improving your brainpower. I've condensed all the fastest, most powerful techniques into one, easy-to-follow guide.
 I love how simple Shaahin Cheyen breaks everything down, making the idea of increasing your brain power achievable for anyone regardless of age or intelligence.  This book covers the essential supplements your body and brain need, along with exercise and stress-reducing techniques that may help increase your brain's abilities.

It is an easy to follow book with as much information as you could need packed into a guide that can be read in one or two sittings.  In fact, he even lays out a formula for reading this guide:
Any philosophy worth taking on can be learned quickly. After all, it does me no good if you age by the time you read this. The brain retains the most information in the first and last five minutes of any session. This book was designed to be read in a total of two fifty-nine-minute sessions. I recommend five-minute increments with a one- minute break in between.
According to The Brain That Changes Everything, 20% of everything you eat feeds your brain.  This book lays out all the foods you should be avoiding, as well as outlining why you should eat others.  It also talks about how Cortisol is a "brain-killer" and steps you can take to reduce the amount your body produces.

In all, this is a fantastic read for anyone wanting to improve the way their brain works.  I, for one, will definitely be implementing these techniques into my every day life and will report to you guys how well it works.  With the "brain fog" I experience on a daily basis from fibromyalgia and just the every day stress of being a momma, I know that any little improvement in my memory and focus would be tremendous. is the site where this free ebook can be found, just subscribe to the newsletter.

Clueless Moment of the Day

Our power went out at 5am this morning.  Little Man made sure I knew all about it.  He woke up terrified because the living room was completely dark, and he couldn't see anything.  Of course, still half-asleep, I assumed the lamp was just off so I reached over and turned the switch a couple of times.  Then I realized nothing else was on.  So after lighting a candle and getting him settled back down, I decided to try to find the phone number for the electric company to report the power outage.  I figured no one else in my neighborhood was awake yet to call, I might as well have the honors.

After stumbling over the baby gate, stubbing my toe on several little toys that the little guy had thrown over, and making my way into the office, I finally get to my rocker and pick up the laptop.  No power, that's ok - the laptop has a battery!  Feeling pretty pleased with myself that I figured that much out, I turned the laptop on and proceeded to look up the power companies website...

DOH! No electricity= no router.  Seriously, it took me about 5 minutes to figure out why the laptop wouldn't connect.  That's about the time I said, "screw it" and decided to go back to bed.  The power was on 15 minutes later.

What's your most recent "mom-brain" moment?

On this day in history (August 10th)

Here are a few things that happened on this day, throughout history:

Headache Remedies

Let's face it. I've got a screaming meanie that runs around beating on everything 24/7. Ok maybe that's a little drastic, since he sleeps for about 8 hours + a nap. So 15 hours a day, I have this loud little guy that doesn't give me time to think, let alone relax.

I already suffered from migraines a couple of times a month before I became a mom, but geez, here lately I've been getting horrible headaches almost every afternoon.  I decided to do some research about how to get rid of them and thought I would share what I found.

My toddler refuses to eat

Seriously, he hates food.  I'm lucky if I can get him to eat more than a bite or two, and that is if I'm feeding him his favorites.  If it isn't fruit, rice, or pasta, it automatically gets thrown onto the ground.  According to all of the baby experts, when a toddler nears the 18 month mark, they start going though the independent stage where they want to do everything themselves.  I understand that he wants to be in control, that he wants to be a big boy and feed himself.  That's why I only make him things that he can pick up and feed himself.  He has no problem using a spoon or fork, but doesn't want to.

He'll eat a cracker if he gets to run around too.

His Daddy says to not give him milk, and he'll eat when he's hungry. Daddy works all day though and doesn't realize that the little guy only gets milk when he first wakes up, at naptime, and then before bed.  So that can't be enough to keep him from being hungry, I wouldn't think.  

So for right now I'm sneaking multi-vitamin drops into his milk at night to make sure he's getting enough nutrients, and wracking my brain trying to think of ways to get him to eat.

Do you have a picky non-eating toddler?  I would love to get some comments to know I'm not alone!  What are some methods that you have tried?  

Looking for a cheap vacation? Rent a timeshare! {Review}

As a stay-at-home Mama, I get cabin fever BAD!  The only places I go really is the grocery store and maybe to my mom's house.  We live on a tight budget though, so vacationing tends to be out of the question.
Then I was introduced to timeshare rentals.  Did you know that you can rent someone else's timeshare for a fraction of the cost you would pay getting a hotel? Timeshare rentals typically cost up to 50% less than hotel rooms, especially when rented directly from the owner. is a website dedicated to connecting timeshare owners to those who are looking for a great vacation place at an affordable price. With over 1.5 million members,  timeshare owners can list their timeshare for rent, so members can easily find a great vacation without worrying about how to cover the costs of a hotel for a big family.  

As soon as you log in, "Top Timeshare Rental Destinations" will catch your eye.  Cancun at $42 a night?? Sign me up!  You can click on these top destinations for listings of timeshares for rent, and a page will pop up with available dates and prices.  

One thing that I absolutely love about this site is that you can customize your search to find exactly what you are looking for.  When you click on Find a Timeshare, you are routed to a page that lists features, such as "Kid friendly," "Pet friendly," as well as nearby attractions like golf courses, beaches, and theme parks. 

They also offer a "Resource" page with FAQs, a tutorial on how the page works, easy instructions on how to rent a timeshare, and a glossary of common terms.  Three different blogs can be accessed through the "Resource" page as well for even more help and information.

You can visit and create a guest account to browse their site.  If you see something you like, you can purchase a membershp that allows you to contact the timeshare owners.
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