Somehow we pulled off another birthday party, dd turned six years old today!

We spent the morning cleaning and making sure everything was ready, Hubby went to get the cake.

Around 2-3pm everyone started arriving, chit chatted and had hot dogs.

The gifts were given, dd got nice new outfits from her grandparents & auntie/uncle. She liked the clothes and she was totally not expecting the gift we had saved for last. She finally got the Toy Story 3 talking Jessie doll she's been begging us for months to get her.

After gifts we had the cake. Hubby chose a triple chocolate cake - it was SO good! Mmmm of course anything chocolate is awesome!

"This was the best birthday ever" is what she said after everyone had left. I'm happy, no matter what there was a smile on her face almost all day. Proud of my little girl. Happy 6th Birthday sweetheart!

Until next time...Keep dreaming always...



This is "Ruffy" - a year old Chihuahua we have opened our home and our hearts to.

We had talked about adopting a small dog several months ago, we had even looked into getting a similar dog but female. Unfortunately they wanted an expensive fee so, we declined and decided to wait until a better opportunity came.
Monday evening hubbys friend sent him a txt asking if we wanted to take this Chihuahua. My first question was: Why do you have to get rid of him?

According to him, he works a lot and poor Ruffy spent the majority of his first year in a small crate.

At first Ruffy made himself look pretty bad by attacking our big Doberman, chasing the cat and peeing in the kids room upstairs, but again he isn't used to a big house with rules so it will take time but he's trainable. I can tell simply by the progress he's made in 24 hours.

He has the typical Chihuahua attitude and is semi-trained, sits on command, shakes paw & "dances".

He's taken to me, enjoys sitting on laps, cuddling and really loves being able to run in the back yard with Zeus who he finally decided he is friends with.

Dd adores him, she claimed him "her doggy but moms helping take care of him" ;-) DS is still young and couldn't care less, he thinks Ruffy is a kitty cat. Ruffy likes the kids, he's not aggressive toward people big or small. I think with a little TLC and a lot of patience, he'll be just fine.

It's almost as if he's realizing he's not alone anymore and this is what a family is.

I'm not one to give up pets, they are beings that needs as much love and attention as a child. It's a commitment and responsibility. It makes me mad when I hear stories like Ruffy's.

Bought because he is "cute" yet the owner had no time for him. I'd rather try him out in our home than hear about him ending up in a shelter like a lot do.

We'll see how things go, after all you never know unless you try.

Until next time...Keep dreaming always...



image845235828.jpgK'NEX Kicks Off 2011 K'NEXpert Search: Kids Can Win $10,000 Savings Bond for College!

K’NEX is inviting kids to design a creative, original model made entirely from K’NEX parts. Three imaginative children – one from each of the three age groups: 5 to 6-year-olds; 7 to 8-year-olds; and, 9 to 12-year-olds - will each win a $10,000 savings bond for college. The models made entirely of K’NEX pieces are judged on creativity, uniqueness and detail.

In addition to $10,000 for college, the three grand prize winners will also receive a trip for three to K'NEX headquarters near Philadelphia, PA for the K’NEXpert Award Ceremony, where they can meet each other and discover, through company designers and a factory tour, how K’NEX is made. Seven finalists will each receive $1,000 savings bonds and all ten winners will receive $250 worth of free K’NEX Building Sets, and their very own photo gallery
page at www.knex.com.

The 2011 K’NEXpert Search will run through September 10, 2010. Children can enter by printing out the entry form available HERE and mailing it in.

The K’NEXpert Search is open to U.S. and Canadian residents and there is no purchase necessary. For more information on K’NEX, the contest and previous winners, visit www.knex.com.

What an exciting event! I can't wait to see the winning K'NEX model! Would this be something your little builder might enjoy?

*This post was written in participation with a blog contest for K'NEX. Information was given to me for posting purposes however any opinions are my own*
It seems everywhere you look you see people using facebook. For those of you still living in the dark ages, Facebook is a Social Networking site built to keep you in touch with people.

Unfortunately you have those users who use facebook as what I like to call a "virtual highschool" posting pictures, status' and videos about other people so the whole world knows your personal affairs. Fighting and arguing like a bunch of pathetic highschool kids! No offense to highschool kids but when an adult over 30 acts 16 - they are pathetic.

My facebook friends list has become slimmer due to such people, ones I know in person who instead of confronting me about skelletons in their closet, decide to post it on the Internet and talk behind my back all the while smiling in my face. That my friends is more insulting than a physical slap in the face. That is something you do in highschool like writing on your rivals locker -- similar to writing on your rivals facebook wall. Grow up.

It's silly, it's immature and it's sad. Sad because most of these people actually doing this are adults. To most it's "Just a website" but I do all of my social networking for my blog through facebook & Twitter - some things should be kept offline because these are two seperate worlds to me.

I feel bad for those people whose lives revolve around making others miserable. At least on facebook there's a delete button.


A couple of weeks ago I entered a contest through Maple Pictures Corp. on facebook to win a double screening pass to see this summers "Manliest" movie, The Expendables. I won!

It's an action flick that stars some of Hollywoods greatest, playing a group of mercenaries - according to critics so far it's something any action movie fanatic would want to see.

A week later I entered another contest for screening passes to "The Switch" a Rom-Com starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman. About a woman who wants to become a mom through artificial insemination and there's a "switch" along the way. It looks really good & I love Jen Aniston movies. Well, I won that too.

Now at first Hubby & I were planning two date nights until I realized they are a week apart and next to impossible to find a sitter both nights. I decided to give up my ticket to the Expendables.

My father in laws eyes lit up when he saw the double pass ticket, I know he would enjoy this with non other than his son. Yes, I wanted to see this movie but it will come out on DVD eventually but my Hubby & his dad attending a prescreening of such an epic movie is a one time deal. Seeing how happy they are about it is well worth it. Besides, hubby and I can make up for it on our Anniversary in September. ;-)

With that, I decided I'll bring my mother in law to see "The Switch".
We have never been out just the two of us and she's never been to a screening event, I hope she enjoys the evening as well. It'll give us that Mother in law/Daughter in law time.

It's not often we get the chance to do something like this for others, it feels good seeing ones we care about smile.

Until next time...Keep dreaming always...

Back-to-school time is just around the corner, for some of us our kids are first timers in JK while others are jittery about their teens heading off to highschool or college. (Oh I CAN wait for that day...)

My little girl is turning six-years-old at the end of the month. I keep repeating "six-years-old" as the day comes closer, I can't imagine what I'll be like when she turns 18 or 25!

Having an end of summer birthday means school is right on the heels of the celebration beginning just days after. Grade 1 *gulp* here we go. She's more excited about her birthday & while I'm excited about it too, I'm partially anticipating back to school.

I'm kind of prepared yet not. She'll be there all day, lunch included. That's not the part that scares me. Whats scary is she'll be out with ALL the grades in the school yard. Bullies, older kids, I'm worried. She's so innocent it's hard to imagine she's going into the "real world" and fast. Learning that life isn't like sesame street where everybody is your friend.

Kindergarten was tough for her she encountered a class bully and somehow almost earned the reputation of being "the difficult one" -- things changed mid-year so really I don't know what to expect.

Maybe I'm remembering my early years of school, I was one who was picked on the first day of kindergarten, by a bully boy in my class. His name was Jeffrey. It could also be just my motherly worry kicking in, anxious to send her but excited for her to go. I know I can't be there to hold her hand this time and I know she'll be just fine...

Either way I will always stand by my girl, always be here when she needs me and always tell her to stand up for herself and not be afraid because she is capable of doing anything she dreams of doing.

Until next time...Keep dreaming always...



Birthdays are a fun excuse to celebrate the day you were born by being showered with gifts and more gifts. This year, my birthday was an excuse to redecorate the bedroom.

My dh & I have been together for almost 7 years (on September 29th to be exact) and in these 7 years, raising our 2 beautiful kids together, we have purchased household items. Mostly for the kids like beds, bedding, couches electronics, fridge, stove, etc you get the point.

The one thing we never purchased together was a comfortable bed. So, instead of a bunch of gifts I probably would like more than actually used, we got a new bed! Not just any bed, a theraputic bed which is really going to help my hips, legs & back which usually ache all night long on the old mattress.

Now with a new bed you need new bedding right? On my actual birthday we were out shopping for just that. Not only did we find a colour we both love but they were on sale too, that's always a plus.

We weren't supposed to have it delivered until next week but the original mattress set we had ordered was out of stock so they rushed us the best ones they had, for the same price.

Tonight is test drive night #1 - we are both too exhausted to do anything but sleep, we'll enjoy the comfort instead (lol).

Until next time...Keep dreaming always...



Many, many of my fellow mom-bloggers over on Twitter are tweeting all about preparing for and the schedules they have planned for BlogHer taking place this week in New York.

I on the other hand am not. Both the schedule and the budget won't allow it. I would love to, I even entered a few contests to win my way there but it didn't quite work out. There are so many of my deserving blogger friends going. It's so exciting for them, they're lucky to have the opportunity to attend.

What I am bummed most about not going isn't the confrences, swag gifts or New York experience, it's the bonds created by friends meeting up to enjoy something in common -- being a blogger.

To all my women leaving on a jetplane to New York tomorrow, be safe, have a blast and enjoy BlogHer for me :-) To all my fellow #notgoingtoblogher ladies, Maybe one day ladies we will join up in New York.

Until Next Time, Keep Dreaming...Always.