Friday, October 31, 2008

Books that Have Made a Difference in My Life

I always read this feature in O Magazine and thought that it might be interesting to think about my own reads that have made me better in some way, helped me look at the norm in a new way, or just touched my heart.

One that I know I would take if I am ever stuck on that deserted island is A Night Without Armor by Jewel Kilcher. From the first song that I ever heard by Jewel (Foolish Games) I knew that this was one artist that will stay with me on my journey. Her poetry is just as touching as her songs, earthy, personal, cavalier, and all together captivating. There are poems about love, leaving love, hating love, and just being- something I am working on daily. Every time I read this book I learn something new about Jewel and about myself.

Another book that I can read over and over is Bless the Child by Cathy Cash-Spellman. Although a work of fiction, this book opened my eyes in high school to the fact that there are other religions out there and got me reading more about different schools of thought from Buddhism to Judaism. This book has everything from Catholicism to Satanism, ancient Egyptian mysticism to Islam. It is very graphic, very violent at times, but there are moments that just make you stop and think, "Wow!". (Please don't rent the movie in lieu of reading this- the movie does not even scratch the surface of what this great novel is about).

What do you get when you cross archaeological curiosity and a lot of research on pre-historical races? The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel. I have always been fascinated by archeology and especially the races that led to the development of our own race that eventually dominates the planet. When I read this book in college I immediately signed up for Archeology 101 as well as a sociology course, which led to more courses and such. The book is in a series that is such insight into our human past that you can't help but put yourself in the time period! (Again, please do not watch the movie- it is so bad that if I were to remake it with my family and friends, it would be an improvement!)

I don't remember the first book that I read by myself, but I do remember first reading the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. There is nothing better to help you remember that today's worries are so trivial compared to how things used to be for early settlers in the midwest. When I feel like my world is getting too complicated I like to sit down with one of these books, written so long ago by someone who did live a more simple and humble life. It makes you look at your own life more closely when you read about the family losing everything when a swarm of locusts eat all the crops, how the girls received a few pieces of candy for Christmas and were overjoyed for that gift, and see that hardships to us would have been blessings for the family. There is a lot to be learned from this series, whether you are eight or eighty.
I am sure that there are more books and I will continue this post when I remember them. What books have touched your soul and changed the journey of your life?

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Now Entering Momville Giveaways


For anyone who likes free stuff, and who doesn't?, go check out Now Entering Momville! There are always tons of stuff to win and yours truly is being featured today for another free set of Mommy Cards! (Our winner from my giveaway, Angela, should be getting her cards any day now!)

Go, enter, and check out my shop while you are at it!! =)

Wordless Wednesday

When AJ feels pretty!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Spider Gabby!

video

Gabby had so much fun going over the inflatable obstacle course, she amazed me how fast she could go over the walls! I cannot believe that she is only 4!

Exploding Pop

video What happens when you take diet pop, mentos, a lil plastic tube, and a brave hubby? This!!

Customer Service is Dead at Verizon

I have had a heck of a time lately with Verizon and their "refurbished" phones. After my phone was stolen the insurance company sent me a refurbished phone, not a new one like they were supposed to. That phone decided that it had had enough of me and about 2 weeks ago took over. I would have it sitting on a table and it would turn on, scroll thru menus, go to my music and pick songs to play.... all on it's own... creepy! So I called Verizon since it was under warranty and what do they send me? Another refurbish.... and surprise surprise that one decided to take over things too, but this time it was within hours of me having the darn thing. This one would turn off after me called me so I didn't get the call or it would just power down. Once again I had to talk to Verizon, complained about getting broken refurbished phones and their solution? Send me yet ANOTHER refurbished phone!! That is right... even though I have had 2 possessed phones, their only resolution is to give me another one and hope that this one takes orders. Sigh..... at least I know that if this one goes nuts they have to give me a new model all together. Anyone else ever had phone problems like this?

On the upside, if anyone else is sick of paying $3 for ringtones then check out http://www.phonezoo.com/. You just upload music from your computer and then edit it so it plays the parts you want. It is totally FREE to use!!! At least I don't have to pay Verizon each time I switch phones and lose my ringtones! =)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Surf's Up Saturday- Falling in Love with Fall

Smell the air! Fall is here in all it's glory. Look at all the fun fallish stuff that I found on Etsy. Of course there are tons of crafts to make, recipes to taste, and spooky places to go. But no season is complete without some fall shopping!
Check out this cute witch set that was made for Gabby by a wonderful maker called Bluewings!
<------------- Just click on a pic to go the the item's listing, enjoy and spend a little money for me!





















Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

taken by the hubby at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo
(the Northern Trek animals are my favorite!!)

Monday, October 20, 2008

What little girl wouldn't love this playspace?

Room Tent Marrakesh from Haba found at Landbridge Toys

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Oompa Loompa

I adore toy companies that make toys that actually keep a child interested for more than 10 minutes. There are some things that have this ability, but they are not usually actually toys... ya know- cardboard boxes, packing bubbles, wooden spoons. One toy company that has caught my eye is Oompa Toys. I love that none of their toys require batteries, are not cartoon themed, and are meant to be passed down for generation to generation. Love love love them... especially these things:



Saturday, October 18, 2008

Surf's Up Saturday- Happy Sweetest Day!

Today is Sweetest Day and for those of you who do not know what this is here is what Wikipedia defines it as!
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Sweetest Day (From Wikipedia)
Observed by: Mostly Midwestern United States
Type: Local
Date: Third Saturday in October
2008 date: October 18th
Celebrations: Giving small presents such as greeting cards, candy, and flowers to loved ones

Sweetest Day is an observance celebrated primarily in the Great Lakes region and parts of the Northeast United States on the third Saturday in October[1]. It is described by Retail Confectioners International as an "occasion which offers all of us an opportunity to remember not only the sick, aged and orphaned, but also friends, relatives and associates whose helpfulness and kindness we have enjoyed."[2] Sweetest Day has also been referred to as a "concocted promotion"[3] created by the candy industry solely to increase sales of candy.
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Here are my pick's of love to celebrate Sweetest day, which we do celebrate at our house. Why complain about another reason to get chocolate and give presents?



Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wordless Wednesday


Who needs carving when you can have a Mr.Pumpkinhead? )

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Surf's Up Saturday- Think Pink!!!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and everywhere you look you see pink ribbons. I have not only lost my grandmother to breast cancer but already have had a lumpectomy that was pre-cancerous. Luckily my sorority, Zeta Tau Alpha, is a huge contributor to the Susan G. Koman foundation and I had been doing my self checks and caught the lump in time. There are so many ways that you can help fight breast cancer and aid the effort to find a cure from donating money to women who need mammograms to just buying products that donate. Here are my finds of the week while surfing, just click on the pick!!





















This is one of my favorite finds! I love the fact that there is a calendar that you check off when you do your exam and how to do it properly!
And don't forget to go to www.thebreastcancersite.com and click every day to help low income women get mammograms. No registration, just know that you are helping the cause!!!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Dog Gone Happy

We have had Spooky for about 5 days now and she is really coming out of her shell! She is still behaving really well which leads me to believe that she was someone's pet and was cared for before ending up in the pound. She is starting to get it that the cats do not enjoy being pawed or chased and always lets us know that she has to go out. My favorite things about her is that she knows basic commands plus a few extras like "spin" and that she isn't a barker. When you adopt a dog that belonged to someone else you have no clue what happened before, but we definitely lucked out and found ourself a fabulous dog! Here are some new pics (notice that she has already gained a little bit of weight!)

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Picture Fun

So I love getting pics of my girls done.... love love love it. Here are AJ's new pics for the fall, wearing her new birthday cords. They turned out so well that we already planning for more pics to be taken next month for the holiday season!




and......I am addicted to using this technique for creating poloroid composites!! I am designing an 8x10 using pics from this summer to hand on the wall. (If anyone wants one done let me know and I will hook you up!)


Monday, October 6, 2008

Facelift

Everywhere I look blog and websites are gettig facelifts so I think now would be a good time for one for Creative Bubbles. Be sure to grab a new button to go along with the new look! Let me know what you think and remember that I can make you a custom banner to match a background for your blog with ease!
(Blog background is courtesy of The Cutest Blog on the Block- see top left corner for the link!)

Ciao!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Walk in the Park











After naptime and the festival fun I decided to take the girls and Spooky to the Metroparks for some nature fun and exercise. It was great to see Spooky get excited over all the smells and when we went down by the river everyone had fun playing with the rocks (or chewing them if you are AJ)... it was a very beautiful serene setting! What a great end to my perfect day!

A Perfect Day

What is a perfect day in my world? A day that is sunny but a cool enough to call for jeans, a sweater, and some cute boots. A day where my kids are well behaved, my hubby and I are in total sync, and I don't feel frazzled. Oh, and there is some fair food and craftiness involved.
Well today was a day just like that! We went to the Woolybear Festival, the biggest one day festival in OH, which was sooo much fun. I have never even heard of a woolybear, it is a funny caterpillar, but hey- it is a good reason to have a festival! This is what one looks like:

We got there nice and early (we heard that it can get quite crowded) and didn't have to walk far at all. We also decided to bring Spooky with us to help her get comfortable around lots of people and meet dogs, which turned out to be a total success. I have never seen so many dogs dressed up for the occasion (not to mention all the weiner dogs that looked like woolybears!). Spooky did awesome, only was scared of one guy who was HUGE and only had one dog snap at her. She was a little timid at first but by the end she was taking it all in and enjoying life. We will definitely come back next year. (If you are scared of snakes or spiders though avoid Jungle Terry, there were snakes there big enough to eat many of the dogs!) Here are some pics of our fun:

yes, that is my child touching a HUGE snake!

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