Wednesday, May 25, 2011

AMF Summer Unplugged Program

The weather in Hampton Roads for this week will reach up into the 90s! Not to mention the crazy tornadoes our area has been having. And yes, I said tornadoes. And no, tornadoes are a new thing for us and very uncommon. But for the past few weeks we have been hit with quite a few of them which is quite unsettling. We were out of power for quite sometime so our house is incredibly uncomfortable due to the lack of electricity and AC. Its times like these that retreating to a nice air-conditioned facility would be the bowling alley!

AMF is currently having a Summer Unplugged Program for families! Families with children 16 and under bowl free! (limit 2 games per day, not including shoe rental) All you have to do is register your child at the Summer Unplugged site and you will be emailed free game coupons every Sunday starting May 29th. The program runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There are also great deals for families with older children as well. Head on over to sign up and get your free bowl on!

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

my thought for the day...

Zearly: Revolutionizing Kids Clothing

I just stumbled upon Zearly via As a mom, it is what I've been dreaming for! Zearly is an online service where you donate your child's outgrown clothes in return for points that you can use towards "shopping" for new ones off their Zearly site.They send you a bag in the mail, you fill it up, and based on their criteria you receive a certain amount of points that you can use to get new stuff for your kiddie. You don't even have to go to the post office to drop it off. They pay for shipping and have UPS pickup your bag right off your doorstep. It is a Godsend! Years of packing my daughter's clothes to bring them to local consignment shops, only to find out they weren't accepting donations or weren't accepting my child's size, it was rather frustrating. It seemed like they were NEVER accepting anything!

Zearly is the brainchild of two momprenuers that had similar gripes about finding something that worked for their children's hand-me-downs. I think its amazing and quite empowering to come across women like that who find a need and do something about it. Very inspiring.

Zearly sends you one bag to fill, you can order more but I was able to fill the bag up with the contents of 2 Rubbermaid boxes. I am sending off my bag now. This is my first time using Zearly so I hope everything works out because this would be an answer to my prayers. I'm not worried though, I have high hopes for Zearly. Cheers!

My 1st bag ready to go!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Braided Pizza Bread

You find wonderful ideas on the Internet. I came across this via ljc's pinterest and thought, why didn't I think of that? It worked out bc I had already planned to make pizza bread this week, but instead of normally just rolling up the dough like I usually would, I thought I'd try out this braided version. It does make it quite prettier and I like how the ingredients are sort of oozing out, teasing your taste buds ;) Pizza bread is a cinch to make. Just takes some Pillsbury pizza dough, pizza/tomato sauce, and whatever toppings your fam is into. Are you on Pinterest? Find me...lets share :)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

In case you didn't know, May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month :) Reading Rockets and PBS have links to great children's books for families of Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Filipino decent. Being a Filipino American myself its important to me to educate my daughter on her other half of ethnicity. I think its great that their our more books available to her from Filipino authors. I urge you to take a look or try and find some at your local library...even if you and your family are not of Asian decent it'll be great to teach your families of the many different Asian cultures out there.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

I'M A FINALIST: Gallery at Military Circle Mall Mother-Child-Look Alike Contest!

YAYE! I'm a finalist! I came across this link via during Mother's Day and figured I'd give it a go. I'm always being told how I look just like my mama and look I made it to become one of the three finalist! I'd appreciate your vote :) To vote: "Like" the Gallery at Military Circle's page by following this link, then you will have access to my photo within the contest album. "Like" it and share the link to your friends! I'll be greatly indebted to you. Last day to vote is Friday, May 20th at midnight.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Etsy Craft Party 2011: Norfolk, VA

Hello all! Just got word that this years Etsy Craft Party is scheduled for June 10th, 6pm, at 757 Creative Space in Norfolk. If you are in the Hampton Roads area and you enjoy all things crafty, come out! My bestie and I had a blast last year and even walked away with a new sewing machine! There will be make-and-take tables, a photo-booth, food and fun! Check out pics of last years craft party on Flickr. For more info feel free to visit the links below:

Etsy Meetup
Craft Party 2011

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! Mine was lovely...time with family, with some downtime in between, and sweet indulgences provided by my husband. My Mother's Day weekend started off great with some kite flying at Mt. Trashmore park. Sunday, thankfully our church service was putting on a children's production so there was a combined later service, meaning I got to have breakfast in bed and I was able to sit with my entire family at church. My husband plays guitar during their contemporary service and my daughter is usually in Sunday school so I'm usually sitting by myself in the congregation, so it was a nice treat for my Mother's Day to have us all together.

kite flying...

Afterward, I had a special request to visit The Royal Chocolate for some chocolate covered strawberries which were divine! Followed by lunch with my parental units. I was able to get some sewing time in since my parents took my daughter for a few hours. We met them back later for dinner at their house. All in all it was quite perfect :)

Photo of the Day: Domestication

Domestication... by 3oclockwalk
Domestication..., a photo by 3oclockwalk on Flickr.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Product of the Day: Liberty of London kicks!

I'm not much of a tennis shoe wearer...I mostly wear flip flops or flats on casual days. You will probably only see me with lace up shoes on when I workout. But I may have to make an exception for these sweet Liberty of London print Nikes. I absolutely love L of L prints :)