Friday, June 28, 2013

iPad Mini Giveaway - eeeek!

I am soooooo excited for this, you have no idea! I’ve teamed up with a bunch of really great blogs to offer this giveaway; an iPad Mini! How awesome is that?!? I’m giving you the heads up today before I leave for girls camp so you can come back and enter July 1st. You can enter through this post or through my Facebook page

Happy, Healthy, & Domestic, along with 16 other sponsors, is so excited to be giving away a I-pad Mini value at $329, ! The giveaway will begin 07/01/2013 12:01 am and end 07/16/2013 12:01 am. The prize is a brand new I-pad Mini 16 GB wifi edition. Everything you love about iPad — the beautiful screen, fast and fluid performance, FaceTime and iSight cameras, thousands of amazing apps, 10-hour battery life2 — is everything you’ll love about iPad mini, too. And you can hold it in one hand. Colors are vivid and text is sharp on the iPad mini display. But what really makes it stand out is its size. At 7.9 inches, it’s perfectly sized to deliver an experience every bit as big as iPad.

So be sure to come back July 1st to enter!!

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1. Promotion Description: The ‘Ipad Mini’ (“Sweepstakes”) begins on 07/01/2013 at 12:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) and ends on 07/16/2013 at 12:00 AM (Eastern Time (US & Canada)) (the “Promotion Period”). By participating in the Sweepstakes, each entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of My Precious Kid LLC (“Sponsor”), which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the giveaway. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes.
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4. Prizes: 1 (#) winner(s) will receive [ 1 Mini Ipad Value $329 ] (approximate retail value or “ARV”: $329)
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8. Winner’s List: To obtain a copy of any legally required winners list or a copy of the Official Rules, send the applicable request and a self-addresses, stamped, #10 envelope to My Precious Kid LLC cc: Ipad Mini at 633 SE Baseline St, Hillsboro OR 97123. Request must be received no later than 48 hours + 6 MONTHS for the name of the winner and, by the end of the promotion, for a copy of the rules.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Some Things Before I go

So I’ve been a bit scarce here lately. I’m heading to girls camp on Saturday and let’s just say I’ve been stressing – just a little, teenie tinie bit.

My husband doesn’t get it. What about leaving my kids, house, and civilization for a week (while 6 months pregnant) could possibly be stressful? Right? Smile with tongue out

Anyway, I want you to know I will be back  with some new projects and all that jazz soon. In the mean time I have some great guest posts set up for you and A GIVEAWAY worth $329!!!!

So be sure you’re reading along and checking for updates. And that leads me to my next point. We all know Google Reader is shutting down. No, you didn’t hear that? Yeah, I’m freaking out. Maybe it’s a good think I’ll be away from technology when the shutdown happens. You better find a new way to follow all the blogs you love. I have personally transferred to BlogLovin’ and I’m enjoying how similar and simple it is. Here’s a tutorial on how to sign up and transfer your Google Reader to BlogLovin’. Anyone can use BlogLovin, you don't have to be a blogger or use gmail and I like it because it doesn't clog your inbox. That's just me.

Or if you already have an account….

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Ok, so guest posts, giveaway, Google Reader. yep, got it all. Open-mouthed smile

So have a wonderful week. Pray for me that I can sleep on a kot while 6 months fat pregnant. I did it 2 years ago, but considering the pain and discomfort I’m in trying to sleep in my bed – I think it’ll be a long week.

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Monday, June 24, 2013

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by All opinions are my own.

I don’t know about you, but when I was in high school one of the many things they didn’t really tell me about college was how CRAZY expensive the books can be. Some semesters I had fairly reasonable books and others I could have 2-3 books at $100 each! Then at the end of the semester sometimes those books weren’t being reused by the professor so they wouldn’t even buy them back!! That was the most frustrating part.

Those who’ve read my blog for a while, know that I love to be thrifty and reuse items and be green. is doing just that by offering textbook rentals, that’s right RENTALS. Not only does it save students money on textbooks, but think of the positive environmental impact! So cool!

Some of the awesome perks of renting your textbooks include:
-40-90% off of bookstore prices
-FREE shipping both ways (say what?!?)
-flexible rental periods
-they also donate to Operation Smile with each rental!

Here’s how it works:

AAAAAND there’s more! Smile Their new program, RentBack, allows students to rent their own textbooks to other students, making them 2-4x more than selling back to the bookstore. Now that would have been awesome when I was in college with all those books the professors at my school may not be using, but other campus’ were still using them.

So whether you have kids approaching college, you’re in college now, or maybe you’re like me and you still have a whole bunch of textbooks hanging around your house because “you’re totally going to refer back to them”, you need to check out! See if they have the the textbooks you need or will buy back the ones adorning your shelves. 

Hope you're having a great day!

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Fun: Our Stay-cation at Caesar’s Palace

Last weekend we had the chance to kinda get away as a family. Curt got a certificate last year for two free nights at one of several hotels on the strip. We chose Caesar’s Palace. The boys and I packed Friday morning and went after my doctor’s appointment. Unfortunately, I didn’t take into account Friday afternoon traffic. By the time we got to the hotel – an hour later- we were exhausted. The A/C is still out in my car and well, this picture pretty much describes how we all felt…


The room we got was really nice, facing the pools, all the way up on the 27th floor. The boys loved going in the elevator so much. Well after cooling off a bit, I still didn’t have the energy to take the boys down to swim before the pool closed, so we relaxed in the room and waited for daddy to get off work.


Andrew had fun hiding in the pillows

and of course jumping on the bed! Open-mouthed smile

Dad finally got to the hotel and he brought us dinner and we watched a movie together.

The next morning, daddy had to go to a training so the boys and I went swimming.

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Poor little Ben got cold pretty fast so we didn’t last too long. We went back up to the room and took a bath in the HUGE soaker tub instead. 

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Daddy’s class seemed to take forever so we just went exploring. We went down to the Forum shops and went to the big aquarium and saw all the fish. The boys were mesmerized watching the huge sting rays and then we stayed and watched the fountain show. Poor Ben almost had a heart attack. I didn’t know there was fire in the show and we happened to be super close. He freaked out the first couple times and then we kind of expected it.

Finally my husband was done with his training class and brought us some lunch that we ate in the room. We relaxed for a little bit and then headed out for a walk on the strip.

Our walk was….LONG. haha I didn’t realize how long it was going to be ahead of time, luckily I did wear ok walking shoes, not the best, but not flip flops. We walked down to the Sweet Factory, then continued on to the M&M’s store. The boys did pretty well. Andrew walked most of the way before needing to sit in the stroller (we only took a single stroller). At the M&M’s store we watched the little 10 minute video – I was grateful to sit down and cool off. Then we headed back. My husband used his running app to measure how far we went and just from the M&M store back to Caesar’s was 2 miles, which didn’t include all the walking we did through the Forum shops before that. So in total we estimated we walked 5 miles or so. Smile with tongue out
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After the walk we went swimming. We got back so late we only had about 30 minutes in the pool. After we showered and went to dinner.

Here’s the bathroom (and my belly), it was HUUUGE!
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Dinner was yummy (and expensive!), we stopped by the Forum shops one more time and I picked up a piece of cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory. Then we came back to the room, closed the blackout curtains, turned off the lights and the boys were asleep in no time – including my husband! haha. I sat in the dark eating my piece of cheesecake and watched some tv.

Overall it was fun. It doesn’t sound like we did a whole lot, but more than anything we spent time together as a family, talked lots on our huge walk, and just got away from the house.

I did learn several things:

1) don’t pack the morning of. I forgot my hairbrush, my powder makeup, shirts. Yeah I forgot to pack shirts somehow. So I had to stop at H&M to pick something out, rough I know.

2) Bring lots of snacks. Luckily I did think to do this. I got apples, bananas, string cheese, grapes, crackers, bagels, and some sweets. This helped us tremendously to keep the cost of this stay-cation down. No way was I going to pay $6 for a bagel for breakfast. The bummer was the fridge was full of mini-bar stuff and no room for the stuff I brought, luckily we didn’t need much kept cold.

3) Better walking shoes. I always forget how far apart everything is. Just from the car into the front desk alone was seriously like a mile! Tennis shoes next time. Might not be the cutest things, but for this preggo mommy, my feet would have been so much happier.

Anyway, there you go. Our little stay-cation summary.

What are your plans for this weekend?

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tandoori Chicken

We had the missionaries over for dinner last night. They were really nice, but I always struggle when deciding what to feed them because I want to make sure there is always enough they don’t feel bad to take more and everyone’s tastes are so different I would hate to serve something they didn’t like.

This recipe seemed to do pretty well, makes a lot easily and they enjoyed it. Oh yeah, can’t forget my disclaimer: this is a recipe passed down to me from my mom, Carol. If you like it I’ll give you her email address and you can thank her Open-mouthed smile haha. I’m teasing, mom. Maybe.

Alright so for the sauce you’ll need; yogurt, garlic, onion, chili powder, coriander, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice.
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In a blender mix all of the above ingredients. It should be a tangy, but not too tangy, yumminess.

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Take your chicken, I used drumsticks this time, but feel free to use whatever part you like. Give each piece a slash or two and brush with the sauce.
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Broil on high for about 10 minutes each side until done.
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I serve on a bed of rice slathered in sauce and a side of broccoli. This is my son’s plate. I served his plate before the missionaries arrived to let it cool, but was too embarrassed to take pictures of my own plate once the got here, so this is what you get. haha

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Yummy yummy stuff. My boys are awesome, they gobbled it down – starting with the broccoli! Love them!

Here’s the recipe. It’s really not super exact, once I mix it up, I’ll adjust to taste.

Tandoori Chicken: (this is the original recipe, I always double it because we like lots of sauce)
  • about 3 lbs chicken (breasts, thighs, drumsticks, whatever you like)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp worchestershire sauce
  • 1/2 C plain yogurt
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
Remove skin from chicken and slash a couple times. Combine remaining ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Brush on chicken. Broil 10 minutes on each side until done.

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