My friends have often heard of me talk of my foster mom, Dandi.
She WAS MY MOM! Always will be my mom.
Three years ago she died.
I didn't take notice of the day she died, because that wasn't important to her...it was the day of her Celebration of Life...there was no funeral for her...she never wanted it that way.
It was on Halloween. Why is Halloween the best AND worst day of the year?
Many years ago, when I first went to live with Dandi in Las Vegas, she was more than a mother to me...she was also a teacher. She knew of my Mexican background and helped me learn more about it, along with broadening my other interests and horizons.
She knew of my LOVE of Science Fiction and Fantasy...we both shared it.
She gave me a family that I didn't know at that point in my life.
She introduced me to the Wiccan culture/religion. I still hold some of those beliefs, though I don't practice. It's just like my Catholic background, I hold some of the beliefs, I practice some of the holidays, but I don't practice it.
I had my first Samhain with Dandi. And she gave me my first Pentagram to hang in my window on Samhain. Sadly, I lost it many years ago when I left Stephen.
Those many years ago my first Halloween with Dandi became my favorite holiday. It is to this day.
Three years ago, I started lighting a candle for her on Halloween.
In a way, I practice all of the traditions I was taught growing up.
Halloween with Monster to go trick or treating.
Samhain in private.
Dia de Los Muertos the day after to celebrate all those family members that have passed.
It may seem like a lot for one person, but I was taught by Dandi to be very open minded and accepting. So, on Halloween I will light my candles.
One for my Grandmother.
One for my Tio.
One for Dandi.
And I will celebrate their lives.
I don't mourn their loss because I know that they are always with me.
I look forward to teaching Monster the traditions that I grew up with, and that were taught to me.
YEP...it's getting added to my ever growing collection of nail polish!
The SneakPeeq price is around $12 for two bottles, BUT, there's also a HOLIDAY HEAD START badge hanging around. I got it earlier today and it's for $10 off any purchase which makes this awesome set only $2 for me!!
Now, remember these sales only last a couple of days, and there's always different discount badges hanging around. All you have to do is peeq the different products and you can earn different badges. I've found a free shipping badge and a 15% off badge...I think there was a 25% off badge also, but I let it expire.
I enjoy looking around at the different products that are added daily and getting surprised by the different badges.
So, head over and tell me what you're able to find!!
*These are all different types of Wrangler shirts, but most people know them by the type.*
I wear Wrangler Auras and some dress shirts, depending on my mood for the day.
I also love shopping at Baskins because of the atmosphere and friendly staff every time we go there!
This view is from the front door to the left as you walk in. You can see it's always clean and warm.
This is from the front door to the right. Again, warm atmosphere and friendly staff.
So, Baskins had a facebook referral
contest and even though I had less than 25 friends sign up, I still
won. The prize was $100 gift card! I do enter almost all of Baskins contests and sweepstakes. Mainly because I like to support them, but also because it helps dress us.
This is Cari who helped us pick out shirts for Monster since that's what we needed most.
We ended up getting two long sleeve shirts and one short sleeve shirt for Monster.
And a beautiful belt for me, since my belt is ten years old and carries bad memories.
Me standing outside our local Baskins with Monster!
Right now, Baskins has a promotion where you can possibly win the most liked Justin boot.
Just click HERE to "like" your favorite style and enter the sweepstakes.
Yep, I already entered!
Baskins also has another boot giveaway plus two tickets to the SHSU vs. Southeastern Louisiana football game along with a preferred parking pass!
(Even though I'm an SFA fan, I still entered because you can NEVER have too many boots!)
This ends on October 30, 2012 at 12:01 AM Central Time.
So, I figured the email would come in a couple days, but no, this one was right away and I won a $20 Quiznos Gift Card.
Well, our decision was made! We were gonna have Quiznos for dinner since we hardly ever eat there.
We went in and the girl there had NO CLUE what to do.
She asked me to come back tomorrow, and this was after waiting half an hour for her to try to figure out how to put the gift card in. Needless to say, I was NOT HAPPY!
Especially since we had already let Monster open his chips and have his drink!
So, on the way out, I asked for the owner/managers number because I had intended on calling ePrize in the morning. A thought came to me...I called him.
Mr. Lee was extremely nice. He asked if I could head back up to the store and I said yes since we were only one exit down the road. By the time we got back to the store, he was already there AND had the gift card ready for me!!!!
So, we had Quiznos for dinner. The girl learned how to do the gift cards. And I think I made a new friend. I want to say a big
to Mr. Lee and the Lufkin Quiznos for helping us have a GREAT DINNER!!!
P.S. I couldn't link it exactly, so here's a screencap with the information for Lufkin Quiznos.
I got several emails this past week from a couple of friends and I've been torn all week on whether or not to post this. But, BULLYING IN A CLOSED FACEBOOK GROUP IS STILL BULLYING!!!
So, I'm going to post this.
Back in August Coach had a Color Tag contest for bloggers and I entered.
Along with a bunch of other blogs...
And, throughout the month I added other color tags and all of my wonderful friends and fans tagged them for me. THANKS EVERYONE!
But then, I started going up in the contest and people started getting scared (in my opinion)
So, I started getting attacked about it.
Now, I don't mind getting attacked, but BULLYING IS STILL BULLYING even if it's adults.
So, I've spent the day compiling screencaps AND the names of the blogs that go with the people who have been making these comments.
In the above picture there are the following people and blogs:
Steph Anie = CouponClipinista
Jodi Stevens = FreetailTherapy
Michelle Kaunitz = unknown
**Update: I have removed another name because that person has also EMAILED me and asked me to remove their name, without threats and malice!!**
This is the blog post she made about me where it's password protected supposedly because of an FBI investigation.
Krista Lafave = couponfreestuff
Jennifer Williams = unknown
Angel Poling = greenvics
**Update: I have removed another name because that person has reached out and apologized without threats and malice.**
The above THREE pictures are all from the same post!!
I'm tired of saying names but you can see what they are saying!!!
In this post, they are implying that I'm on something!
And this one speaks for itself!!
The above one is calling me and a friend of mine names...again BULLYING!!!
**Update: I have changed this picture because the person that made the innocent comments has EMAILED me and asked me to remove their name...without threats and without malice. To this person, I apologize for not removing your name sooner. Thank you for your kindness in this awful situation.**
This is just plain MEAN!!! If you have ever gone through a miscarriage you know the heartbreak that you go through!!! This is just plain MEAN!!!
SO I URGE EVERYONE TO BOYCOTT THESE BLOGS!!! The coupons that they post and you print out...yeah THEY GET PAID FOR YOU TO USE THEM!!! Not to mention, most of the things that they write about, they are affiliates for them!!!
Help stop BULLYING!!! Even though it's in a private group it's still bullying, and when I saw the last post about my miscarriage, yes I was in tears!!!
How can anyone be that mean? How can anyone be that cruel??
Please forward this post to all people you know and also don't click on their links or use their referrals!!
I'm an affiliate for some coupon sites also and I do some of the referrals, so if you're interested please let me know and I will give you the links!!
I know with three kids and one graduating this year that is a funny situation, but remember BooBoo has been with his dad and we won't mention Em.
Sooo, how did my Monster Boy do?
His wasn't the normal report card that you get, instead it was a paper of his goals and what they're working on this year at school.
He knows more than this shows and his teacher even said that she has seen him identify all the shapes and colors! HOWEVER, he didn't do it when asked LOL (Yes, my kid is stubborn)
He also can count to at least 15, but for some reason he doesn't like #4 so she couldn't say that he knew it...all in all I think he's doing very well!
And then we have his IEP...
They added the second goal because he's not good at sharing...part of the problem of being an only child. He's still not sharing, but he is doing good at listening to the teacher.
He goes to speech therapy twice a week and both the teach and I have noticed that he is trying to talk more. He can repeat what we're saying, but there's a lot of sounds that are still stuck! He's up to saying 2 words at a time now!!! WooHoooooo!!!
I'm glad that this is the only problem we deal with because of him being a preemie. I'm so proud of my Monster Boy.
BTW...for those that say I'm mean for calling him Monster, look at my LAST NAME! He's gonna get called Cookie Monster sooner or later...I made it a good thing and it keeps his real name off the internet.