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Thursday, March 29, 2012

MeMe time!

MeMes are great for days when you lack blogging inspiration, like today. Won't you play along?

I give you money and send you into the grocery store to pick up 5 items. You can only pick one thing from the following departments. What do you pick?

Produce: Bananas
Bakery: Chocolate doughnuts
Meat: Fresh salmon
Frozen Foods: Asparagus
Dairy: Coffee creamer
 
Let's say we're heading out for a weekend getaway. You're only allowed to bring 3 articles of clothing with you. So, what's in your bag?

I’d skip the trip. Seriously, there is no way I could only pack three things. If I absolutely had to, I would pack two dressings and leggings.

If I was to listen in on your conversations throughout the day, what 5 phrases or words would I be most likely to hear?
  • "This is Andrea; how may I help you?"
  • "No, Cooper. Don't touch/eat that!"
  • "Babe, can you get me a glass of water?" (I say this to Jason every.single.night before bed.) 
  • "Hey, girl!" (I say this is everyone... even boys.)
  • "Gimme a kiss!" (Said to Cooper. Jason wishes I would say it more to him.)
What three things do you find yourself doing every single day? What things would put you in a bad mood if you didn’t get to do them?

Every day I drink some sort of caffinated beverage - either coffee or an ice cold Pepsi. I check my emails, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I also read for at least 30 minutes before bed.  

If you had a three hour block where no one was around, what 5 things might we find you doing?
  1. Take a nap. 
  2. Take a nap. 
  3. Take a nap. 
  4. Wander the aisles of Target. 
  5. Take a nap.
You are headed to the zoo, but it looks like it might start raining. What three exhibits do you rush to see first?

I love the lions, sea lions, and monkeys.

What four (live) television shows do you wish would gift you free tickets?
  1. Oprah, which I know is no longer on the air. I wish I could have been to her Favorite Things show!
  2. Dancing with the Stars
  3. So You Think You Can Dance
  4. American Idol
If someone offered to buy you a triple dipper ice cream cone, what three flavors would you choose?

I’d pick rocky road, chocolate, and strawberry.

Imagine you lost your purse at a retail store. When you go to pick it up, the cashier asks you to name five things that are inside it to prove it is yours. What do you say?
  1. Fruit snacks for Cooper
  2. Coach wristlet stuffed with all my discount cards
  3. Coupon organizer with absolutely no coupons in it 
  4. Makeup pouch with about 10 lipsticks and 12 lip glosses
  5. Various nail polish bottles and a small container of polish remover
Imagine you are at a job fair. You’re asked what careers you would like to pursue. Assuming you had the talents for said careers, how would you respond? (List four.)
  1. Makeup Artist
  2. Guidance Counselor
  3. Personal Shopper
  4. Stay At Home Mom

If you could speak with your 16 year old self, what four things would you say?

I’d say that size 12 is not fat. I’d say that the things you agonize about now won’t matter one bit in a couple of years. I’d tell myself that yes, there is a man out there that will love you just as you are. Lastly, I’d tell myself to always think about the future consequences of your actions, because you could be paying those consequences for years.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Rest in Peace, beloved iPhone

What a week! Oh yeah... it's only Wednesday. 

So Monday was a normal day. Busy day at work, very stressful, and I was glad for the clock to hit 5 and head home. I picked up groceries, picked up Cooper, and headed home. 

My very sweet husband helped me unload the car and reached inside the passenger side of my car to grab my iPhone... and then this happened. 



I'm not kidding when I say my heart just sank to my knees. 

It's no secret that I'm a *bit* attached to my phone. I'm on it all the time. It's just so much fun. Whispers: I even sleep with it. (No joke. I use it as my alarm and keep it in the bed with me.)


So I was a tad upset when that up there went down. Poor hubs... he genuinely didn't mean to do it, and he felt bad that it happened. (I know this because he didn't even b&m when I told him how much our deductible was.)


Thankfully (thankfully?) I have insurance, which honestly is a rip off. Y'all with TMobile or AT&T have got it made, from what I've heard. Verizon doesn't handle its own insurance - it runs through an outside company. If you have insurance, you pay what you originally paid Verizon for a new phone. (For my 32G, that was $199.). If you don't have insurance, you'd pay the retail value of a new iPhone (which is something ridiculous like $600.) I will say that I called and made my claim on Monday at 5:30, and I had a new phone by Tuesday at 5:30. And the silver lining is that they don't make the iPhone 4 anymore, so I got upgraded to the 4s. Yay Siri!


I wish I could rename her. She shall be called henceforth Princess Counseula Banana Hammock. 

Anywhoodles, I realized exactly how attached I am to my phone when I was not able to use it for 24 hours. I could use it, I suppose, if I did not mind getting glass shards in my thumbs and ears. 

I confess I did use it... a little. Totally worth the tweezer time. 

The process of transferring to a new phone was painless, except for the fact that I lost the pictures on my phone. They are on my computer, but I miss being able to thumb through all my old pictures on my phone. I know I could transfer them, but it seems like a giant pain in the butt. 

Anyone else ever shattered their iPhone screen? Have your broken it beyond repair? Did it bother you to be unplugged for awhile?
 

Monday, March 26, 2012

FTC Guidelines & Blogger Endorsements

I, like any other blogger, have at some point in time considered blogging for money. Here’s a little insight into my thought process on this topic:

I love blogging. Why shouldn’t I make a little extra cash while doing what I love?

I spend so much time on the internet. Making some money would justify all the time I spend online. 

$100 a month would be great fun money!

Others bloggers do it; why shouldn’t I?

I’ve had three paid posts in the past six months: here, here, and here. Each paid in a range from $40-$75. (One I still haven’t been paid for, actually.) (Hmmmm…)

I’ve been very selective about what I put on my blog. For the sponsored posts I’ve done, I’ve agreed to complete them because the subject matter fit my blog. There have been campaigns I’ve been approached about that just didn’t make sense for me or my readers. (I’m talking about you, needlepoint belts, and you, clothing boutique that clothes sizes 2-10.) Before my blog makeover, I didn’t indicate on my blog I was even open to advertising, and yet I still got an average of 10 emails a month asking for text links, free reviews, or product mentions. 

I don’t think advertising/sponsorship is bad. That isn’t what this post is about. What this post is about is what you should know if you decide to open up your blog to sponsored posts, reviews, or advertising. 

FTC Guidelines clearly state that “material connections between advertisers and endorsers must be disclosed.” The post of a blogger who receives cash or in-kind payment is considered an endorsement. In other words, if you receive something for free from a company in return for a review, you must disclose this relationship. If you receive cash from a company to write what is considered a sponsored post, you must disclose this relationship. This doesn’t just include your blog – if you are being paid to tweet about something (or post a Facebook status) you must inform your readers of your intentions. 

There have been a slew of agencies pop up online recently who aim to connect bloggers with review opportunities. However, what you find when you sign up for these companies (I’m talking about you, Blogvertise) is that what they really want is for you to put a text link in a blog post. If you are not familiar with this type of post, it is where you insert a hyperlink (where you click on a word and it takes you to a website) into a post. It could be an everyday, routine blog post. Or the company could ask you to write about log cabins in Romania and insert three text links (they give you the URLs they want to link to) within your post. 

I, personally, don’t care for and will not write these posts. I’m not going to slam you if you do – it just isn’t for me. What I will say is that I’ve been asked repeatedly to do these types of posts, and every time I am asked to do so I am instructed by the agency not to add a disclosure statement to the bottom of my post. 

Let’s review really quick: if you receive compensation (goods or money) for writing something, YOU MUST DISCLOSE THE RELATIONSHIP. Period. 

So these companies are not only asking you to be untruthful to your readers but they are knowingly asking you to do something that is in violation of the FTC Guidelines. It isn’t fair to your readers, and it isn’t fair to you – because you are the one taking ownership of what you are doing by posting it on your blog. 

So what happens if you don’t include a disclosure statement?

Well, I’m not sure. I don’t think you are going to get arrested by any means. Chances are you’ll do it and nothing will happen. Well, except possibly damaging your relationship with your readers and ruining future advertising opportunities with reputable companies that might come your way. 

My advice? Avoid such agencies. Heck, avoid text linking opportunities. If someone asks you to write a post and says they don’t want you to add a disclosure statement, run far far away. 

If you do decide to go the sponsored post route, seek out a reputable advertising agency. I’ve worked with The Clever Network and with SITS with good results. The Clever Network includes a disclosure statement for you to use in the contract you sign prior to writing your post. 

I hope this helps. I’ve certainly not an expert on the subject by any means, and I’m not trying to present myself as one. If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I will seek out someone who is smarter than me to answer. 

Disclosure: I was not paid to write this post. I’ve not getting any kind of referral credit from the companies/agencies I mentioned in this post. In fact, I purposely didn’t link to them so you would know I’m not trying to get you to sign up for anything. I am in no way getting compensated for this post. The opinions are all my own.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Colors From The Capitol

So, who is planning on going to see The Hunger Games tonight or this weekend? I will either be seeing it Sunday or early next week, and I am so excited! It is no secret that I love, love, love The Hunger Game series and I am very excited to see if the movie will do the book justice.

As you all know, I am very much a nail polish addict, and when I heard that China Glaze was coming out with a polish collection to coincide with the movie, I knew I would snatch every single one right off the shelves.

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The polishes did not disappoint. I received them in late February, and I’ve been wanting to share them with you every since.

I present the Colors From The Capitol vlog! I’ll share with you the tie between the polishes and the books (each polish correlates with one of the Districts!) and show you swatches.

As promised in the vlog, here are more detailed pictures.

photo(16)Sorry for the picture quality. I can’t find my Rebel power cord, so I had to use my iPhone.

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I was not able to swatch all the polishes yet, but this blog has great swatches if you’d like to see what they actually look like on the nail.

What do you think? Will you buy any of these polishes? Are you looking forward to the release of the movie?

Linking up for The Nail Files! Click the button to visit the host.

2012 Goals–Checking In

I thought it would be fun to check in on my 2012 goals – or in other words, make you laugh until you pee your pants. Sorry, Shawn… I suck at life.

I originally divided my goals into categories, in case you were wondering. The black italicized are my original comments. The red is what I’m writing today.

HOME

1. Hang pictures/etc. on the walls.

Four pictures were hung on the walls of the living room… so yay me? Or really, yay husband. I just supervised.

2. Decorate the dining room. Purchase a new light fixture for the dining room.

No progess.

3. Paint the downstairs bathroom.

The turquoise swatch I painted in July is still going strong.

4. Decorate the playroom.

If by decorate you mean throw all the toys in the room and let Cooper do his worst, then yes. Complete.

When I showed my husband this list, he laughed at my goals. “Goals? Those aren’t goals. They are to-do lists.” WHATEVER, HUSBAND. I haven’t gotten it done in 6 months so to me it is a goal.

Let’s review how much I procrastinate, shall we? When we first moved in, I painted a swatch of turquoise paint on the downstairs bathroom wall to see if I liked the color. That was in July. That swatch is still in the bathroom. I even purchased the paint and supplies, and I still haven’t moved farther than that swatch.

ORGANIZATION

5. Get craft supplies organized.

Negative.

6. Get papers/filing organized and keep it that way!

Jason started on this but now I must go behind him and undo what he has done.

7. Set up a filing & bill paying system.

That’s on the list for this week.

8. Set up a family calendar.

Well, I hung it on the side of the fridge, so I’m counting this one as complete. Go me!

9. Create a home organization and meal planning binder.

No.

10. Make a running list of pantry/freezer items.

Not at all.

11. Organize/clean garage.

Ditto.

12. Organize the master closet and keep it that way!

Ha.

13. Do laundry 2x a week. Fold as soon as it comes out of the dryer and put it away.

Girl, please.

14. Prepare breakfast/lunches at night.

I’m going to count this as halfway met because Jason does pack his lunch (or I make him lunches when I cook) daily.

15. Put together Cooper’s and my outfits each night (including accessories) before I go to bed.

What a joke.

My garage is a place where things go to die. Roaches, ants, and broken electronics are never seen again. It will be a miracle if I pull this one off.

HEALTH/BEAUTY

16. Cook/eat at home at least 5 nights per week.

Some weeks yes, some weeks no.

17. Take breakfast/lunch to work instead of eating out – at least 3-4 days per week.

Big fail at this one.

18. Lose 40 pounds in 2012.

I’m ignoring you, goal #18.

19. Take better care of my skin.

Yes!

20. Keep my nails painted at all times.

Totally happening.

We eat out… a lot. Like a shameful amount of money is spent on eating out. I’m embarrassed to say how much. Which is why my butt looks like cottage cheese, I’m guessing.

I’m getting the wrinkles, y’all. Must avoid old lady lines in forehead.

Jason laughed at #20…. but I feel polished when my nails are polished. (Hah.)

COOPER

21. Organize Cooper’s closet. Put outgrown clothes & shoes in bins.

I bought the bins. Does that count?

22. Create a “lesson plan” for Cooper. Focus on one topic per week. Spend time each day on that topic.

If by lesson plan you mean Dora and Diego, then yes. Check that one off my list.

23. Do one craft project with Cooper per week.

He’s really enjoying those crayons I bought him.

24. If weather allows, spend time outside with Cooper each day.

This one is on hold until the pollen passes us by. Even stepping outside sends me into an asthma fit.

25. Do one family activity together per week (park, zoo, Monkey Joe’s, etc).

Hmmm. Halfway complete? We haven’t ventured outside much because of the weather but we do play at CFA, McDonald's, or Monkey Joe’s at least once a week.

26. Create a meal plan for Cooper. Introduce new & healthy foods.

No.

27. Create a chore chart for Cooper.

Nope.

28. Set limits on TV watching for Cooper. Watch 2 shows per day (1 hr of TV).

For the most part, yes, although he does watch more on the weekends.

29. Read a bible story to Cooper each night.

We were doing well on this, but he’s in a stage where he won’t sit still for books right now.

I know #22 sounds like I don’t teach my kid, but I really need to focus more on specific topics to feel like he’s learning something from me.

Coops has turned into quite the picky eater, and I must expand his current palette of fruit snacks and Cliff bars into something slightly healthier.

We have a tendency to hibernate on weekends, so #25 will force us to get out of the house and do something productive as a family.

#28 – Cooper is capable of picking up his toys, filling up the pups food bowl, and helping me unload the silverware out of the dishwasher. I figure this will be a fun way to teach him age-appropriate responsibility.

FINANCES

30. Really work on only buying what I NEED and not what I want.

Yeah, not so much.

31. Discuss purchases with Jason.

No. Total fail.

Jason busted a gut when he read these. “52 goals and only 2 are about money?!” Well, husband, they are an important 2, no?

FAMILY

32. Have a family meeting one time per week to check in and discuss goals/schedule/finances/etc.

We haven’t done this formally, no.

33. Do a weekly devotional with Jason.

No.

34. Have one date night (out) per month. Have one date night (in) per week.

I think we’ve been out alone about 4 times in 2012.

35. Take Cooper to visit his great-grandparents at least once a month.

No. Ugh. Must do better!

36. Be more “in the moment” when I’m with my family.

I’ve actually gotten worse since I wrote this, I think. I blame Instagram and Draw Something. Dear Andrea, you don’t constantly need to be connected to your phone.

37. Do a small act of love/encouragement for Jason per week.

No. Does sex count though? Then… no.

38. Compromise more in my marriage.

Jason says no, I say yes. Compromise: still in progress.

#36 – aka put the dang phone down and stop tweeting during family time. The end.

SPIRITUAL

39. Spend time in prayer each day. Pray for others as much as I pray for myself.

Work in progress.

40. Join a church!

No.

41. Read a devotional daily.

Must do better.

#39 – I’ve noticed lately my prayers are 90% me and 10% others. Me thinks I need to worry about others as much as I worry about myself. Self, it is not all about you.

BLOG

42. Blog at least 4 times per week.

Not quite, but I was close in both January and February.

43. Create a Facebook fan page for my blog.

Complete. Have you “liked” My Chihuahua Bites yet?

44. Set aside time each week to return comments. Be better about responding to blog email.

Working on this one.

45. Explore ways to monetize my blog.

Eh. On the fence about whether or not I’m going to follow through with this one.

Are y’all laughing at #44? I promise to try harder!

FRIENDS

46. Send 4 handwritten notes per month to friends.

No. Although I’m doing decently with birthday presents.

47. Get involved in some sort of women’s group.

No.

48. Put myself out there when it comes to friendships.

I’m trying! I have discovered Voxer and it has been a great way to communicate with several blog/Twitter friends.

I am so shy when it comes to friendships. Friendships are a little like dating, I think, and it involves making that crucial leap from “we should get together one day!” to “hey, want to go for coffee on Thursday?” I need to work on putting myself out there more when it comes to friendships.

OTHER

49. Take more pictures of Cooper!

I take lots of pictures with my iPhone, but I rarely bust out the big camera.

50. Create photo books of Cooper’s first and second year.

No.

51. Participate in project 365.

I made it one day. Seriously. One day!

52. Learn to use Picnik.

Since it is closing, this one is a big FAIL.

So there you go. I think I need to read through this weekly to remind myself of what I want to work on.

How are you doing with your 2012 goals?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I Yam What I Yam

I feel like a lot of my teenage years and adult life has been spent trying to (or thinking about) changing myself. My weight, my looks, my personality, my relationships – nothing was “okay.” It’s only at 33 years old that I’m beginning to accept that some things are just me – and that’s perfectly “okay.”

I Accept That:

I will never be skinny. Even if I get some motivation and get rid of some of my chunk, I will never be a single digit size. And you know what? I’m ok with that.

I’m a little bit lazy. It’s ok if cleaning isn’t my favorite thing to do. I still do it… I just don’t like it.

My hair will never be stick straight or completely curly. I’ll never have Gwyneth Paltrow sleek locks. What I will have is lots of body and such an abundance of hair that even post-pregnancy hair loss won’t make a dent in the stich on the top of my head.

I’m bossy. Yeah, yeah, whatever. I nag. Listen up, I get things done.

I’m a good cook, but there are some things that just defeat me in the kitchen: brownies, mashed potatoes, and pretty much any type of breakfast food. None of these items ever turn out well.

I’m a little bit vain and frivolous. Yeah, I take MOTD/NOTD (makeup/nail of the day pictures). Yes, I like makeup. I have a huge stash of nail polish. So what? It brings me joy.

I’m a good mom. I’ve spent so much time beating myself up about working, formula feeding, blah blah blah guilt guilt guilt. I am a good mom. My kid loves me, I love my kid, and that is all that matters.

I Can’t/Won’t/Should Not Accept:

My weight. Even if I’m ok with not being a perfect size 6, I’m not ok with my current weight. I’m not healthy. I don’t want to lose weight to fit into a specific size. I want to lose weight so I can be there when my grandbabies are born.

My housekeeping skills. Even if the world won’t end if the laundry isn’t done and even if no one ever sees my closet of doom, I should at least get on a cleaning schedule – if for no other reason that I’m not spending my entire weekend cleaning when I could be playing outside with Cooper.

I spend too much money sometimes. I’m a impulse shopper and I buy things that get little/no use. This girl needs to learn to stick to a budget and make necessary purchases only. (Yes, husband… beauty products are necessary.)

I don’t think about the future. I’m a person who lives in the now, and while that’s fun it isn’t always practical. I’m lucky to have a husband who does think about things like 401Ks and investments but still… I should keep my eyes on the future prize more than I do.

My wife/parenting skills. Yes, this one kind of cancels out what I wrote above, but hear me out. I know my marriage needs a lot of work. No, I’m not saying we’re at the brink of divorce or that things are horrible in the House-hold. There’s just a lot of things that both Jason and I could do better. For that matter, there’s a lot of things I could do better as a mom. The key, I think, is to do what you can and accept that as long as you are trying your best, that is good enough.

My relationship with God. I still haven’t found a local church, and I don’t spend daily time with God like I should. Must do better.

My relationship with friends and family. I am very closed off – I don’t have a lot of friends, and most of that is my own fault. I’m doing a little better about pushing myself to go outside of my comfort zone and reach out to people, but I really want to cultivate more female relationships in my life.

How about you? What have you accepted and what have you not?

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Easy, Go-To Meals

Lately meal planning has been beyond me. I just can’t be bothered. I know, lazy. It’s like I freeze up and become overwhelmed when I sit down and try to think of a week’s worth of meals. So for the past few months, I’ve just been going to the grocery store and winging it. This means we haven’t tried many new meals, but have been eating what are staples here around the House-hold.

Olive Garden Copycat – Zuppa Toscana Soup

1 tsp red pepper
1 lb hot sausage
1 large onion, diced
4 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
5 cups water
5 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
2-3 potatoes, sliced thinly
1 bunch kale, torn into small pieces


Cook the sausage; add the red pepper for an extra kick. Drain and set aside for later.
Add the onion and bacon to the same pot and cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat. Once the onions are soft, add the water and broth. Bring to a boil; add potatoes and cook until soft. Lower the heat and add the cream and sausage. Cook until heated. Add the kale last and cook until wilted.

Two Alarm Chili Kit

This makes the best chili – much better than anything I could do homemade, if I’m honest. The box calls for 2 pounds ground beef and one can of tomato sauce, but I add one can of beans and 1-2 cans of diced tomatoes. Delish!

Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops

I’ve made this about 5 times since I got the recipe at the beginning of the year. The recipe is here.

Avocados Drizzled with Lime Vinaigrette

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This, along with sliced tomatoes, is my go-to side.

Pistachio Pudding Dessert

I did make make one new meal this weekend, for St. Patrick’s Day. This pistachio dessert was so good! It is a must try if you like pistachio pudding.

What have you been cooking lately?

I’m linking up with Shawn and IA for Talk To Us Tuesday.

I’m also linking up with Cole for Tuesdays at the Table.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weekend Wrap Up & Photo Dump

I’m extending my giveaway for the $20 Amazon gift card and the blog makeover from Munchkin Land Designs for a few more days. Remember, all you have to do is “like” my Facebook fan page! Please? Help me get to my goal of 75 likes.

What have you guys been up to this weekend? We always have the best of intentions to do all these fun things on the weekend, but we end up staying home, cleaning, doing little projects, and vegging out.  I run around so much during the week with work that on the weekends I tend to want to just hang out at home.

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Friday night we met my parents for dinner, and afterwards we took Cooper to McDonald’s. This kid is obsessed with McDonald’s! I don’t know why, because I don’t take him there other than to play. I think it is because one day I was doing a transfer (where I have to take clients to appointments/etc) with two small children and he was in the car with me. The girls were talking about McDonald’s, and I asked if they wanted me to buy them breakfast. They got really excited and started chanting “McDonald’s! McDonald’s!” and ever since, it is Cooper’s favorite place in the world.

Saturday I got up early with Cooper so Jason could sleep in. He slept until 10, and I made him breakfast when he woke up. Good wife, right? (I’m saying this so you understand my venting in a bit…)

We spent the day cleaning, cooking, and playing outside.

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100Jason picked him up a lawn mower at Wal-Mart – he loves it!

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After Cooper went to bed, Jason put together our new elliptical while I watched YouTube videos.

This morning I foolishly thought Jason would get up with Cooper so I could sleep in. Playing outside yesterday did me in – the pollen has caused my allergies to completely explode and my asthma, which is normally manageable, has me now feeling like I can’t draw a deep breath. But no. He wouldn’t wake up, and he slept until 11:30. I’m a little peeved.

Anyway. I’m writing this Sunday morning and I foresee an afternoon of naps for me and Cooper.

Here’s a few other pics/things I wanted to share with you:

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My mom gifted Cooper these overalls for Christmas – doesn’t he look like he belongs on Disney’s Choo Choo Soul?

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Jason’s mom sent me this picture of Jason’s dad (who passed away in 2008) when he was a little older than Cooper. I thought Cooper looked like me, but he is the spitting image of Jason’s father. What do you think?

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Check out my outrageous Elvis poof. I don’t know what I was thinking. Hey, I was on day 3 no wash hair. Ya gotta do what ya gotta do during those times…

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I finally jumped on the Tom’s bandwagon. I haven’t bought any because our mall doesn’t carry them and I didn’t know for sure what size I would be. I finally found a local place that sold them and walked away with these cuties. Yes, they are a little winter-y but oh well. I wanted the glitters but they didn’t have my size.

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My baby for school pictures last Thursday. I can’t wait to show you the pictures – they turned out so well. He is wearing a Polo (or Chaps, I get them confused) vest and shirt with his Gap khakis. I got the shirt and vest from Kohl’s when they were having a sale. You’ll be seeing this again for Easter. :)

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Our subdivision doesn’t have a playground but the one next to us does. Smile Sometimes we sneak over to play.

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I got tagged for a fun MeMe on Instagram.

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I got these sparkly pink Converse on sale at Target a few weeks ago. So cute! Have you ever gotten dressed, felt super sassy, and then seen a picture of yourself? That was me Friday. Woof! Just call me Roll-y Poly. At least my shoes were cute?

How was your weekend, friends?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

New Blog Design & a GIVEAWAY!

Hey friends! I’ve got a new blog design, and to celebrate, I want to have a giveaway!

First of all, how fabulous is my new design? If you’re reading this through a Reader, click over and check out the design. It was done by the fabulous Jenn of Munchkin Land Designs. She is amazing! I swear I had no idea what I wanted, but I had lots of ideas about what I didn’t want. I loaded Jenn with my 10,000 “I don’t like blogs that look like this” and one “but I really like blogs that look like this” and she created this design for me. It’s perfect! I really love the leopard – it’s so me!

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I’ve got some great stuff planned for this blog in the coming weeks. I’m teaming up with the super fabulous Michelle from Stuttering Shell and Lis from Beach Bum & Baby to bring you a fabulous new blog series, Mommylogues. We’re going to talk about all the taboo topics of motherhood, parenting, and marriage. We’ll have all the details for you next week.

I’m also going to bring back 2 On Tuesday, but it will be retooled a bit. Tuesday seems to be a bad day for linky parties, so I’m changing it to Thursday (and it will be renamed to 3 On Thursday). I’m looking for a partner, actually, to help me promote and manage it. If you’re interested, email me!

Now, onto the giveaway!

I am so pleased with my blog redesign and with Jenn as my blog designer. I want to share her fabulous services and giveaway a Basic Blog Design to one of my readers! One of you will receive a custom background, header, and signature! Wahoo!

I’m also going to giveaway a $20 Amazon.com e-gift card to one reader!

To enter to win, I need you to do one very important thing.

“Like” My Chihuahua Bites on Facebook.

I will choose the two winners from those who have “liked” My Chihuahua Bites on Facebook. For extra entries, get your friends to “like” my page. Just have them leave a comment saying that you sent them.

Thanks y’all! I will announce the winner next Monday!

**Both prizes will be funded from my own money.**



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