Wednesday, June 30, 2010

My baby sister, TASHA 1975-2006

It's Wishcasting Wednesday and  Jamie wants to know :
What do you wish for your well being?

Today will mark 4 years since my beautiful sister left this world to fly amongst the angels.
She was such a precious gem that radiated so much joy! 
I miss the love and laughter that she brought to my life.
Not a day goes by that I do not think of her. After 4 years I am nowhere close to being "over" it. 
Grief, like life, is a journey. Sometimes the waves of sadness overwhelm me.
Others times I am carried out to a sea of wonderful memories.
It is my wish to find and experience Joy , Peace, Gratitude and Love every day.
For there are good for my soul.
Today I will focus on the good, the great, the fantastic in my life!
And...tonight before I got to bed. I will spend some quiet time remembering my little sister.
Forever your "Big Sissy"
I miss you "Baby Brat'
Peace, Love and Light 

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Do you sometimes find it difficult when trying to find quality products at affordable prices? I used to. Fortunately, I no longer bang my skull on the Headboard in frustration. Thanks to CSN Stores I can easily relax in my Computer Chair  and shop in the comfort of my own home. CSN Stores is one of the top 3 online retailers in the USA.  They provide excellent customer service and their 200 + stores have one of  the largest selection of home and office goods. The also carry many name brand products including :

<<< My son "Easy E" likes the
Florida Gators Headboard by Fan Creations 

This would be great when my new grandbaby arrives.>>>>>>

I am a big fan of their selection of Boon Products . That is why I chose to give you a choice of either the

Boon Bug Pod     which will include the Boon Bath Toys 

Or the Boon Frog Pod Deluxe Storage which also includes the Boon Bath Toys

These delightful products make bath time fun. They also  reduce mold & mildew and make clean up a breeze!

Here's how to WIN this giveaway:

You must be a resident of the USA or Canada age 18 or older.
You must include your email address in your comments if it is not visible in your profile.

Mandatory entry: 
Please let me know which you prefer the LadyBug or the Frog.

Extra Entries:
(please make a separate comment for each additional entry)

1 entry: Follow CSN Stores on twitter
1 entry: Follow CSN Stores on facebook
1 entry: Post on  CSN Stores  facebook wall and
tell them that LissaL sent you and that you entered this giveaway
1 entry: follow my blog
3 entries: Grab my button and place it on your blog
5 entries: Blog about this giveaway
1 entry: Tell me something you are interested in at CSN Stores
1 entry: Follow me on Twitter
1 entry: Tweet about this giveaway. This can be done 1x daily.
Be sure to use @Lissa and @CsnStores in your link or just tweet the following:
Blog Giveaway @LissaL #win a @BoonInc Frog or Bug Bath Storage Pod with bath toys from @CSNStores

This giveaway will end on July 3, 2010 at 11:59 EST
One winner will be chosen through the randomizer
Winner will be contacted by email and has 1 week to respond or alternate winner will be chosen.

I was contacted by CSN Stores and asked if I would like to be one of their preferred bloggers. 
Throughout the year I will be blogging about their great products, doing reviews or a giveaway or combination of both. 
I did not receive any monetary compensation for this giveaway.
All opinions expressed in this post are of my own.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

Happy Father's Day
To all of the great Dad's, Grandpa's, Uncles and Fathers-To-be
This Mom appreciates you being wonderful, loving supporters and advocates of our children.
To my hubby, brother, brother-in-laws and son (father-to-be)
I love you very much and am proud to have you in my life.
To my Daddy, I miss you more than words can ever say. 
I am a better person because I had you as my Father.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Thanks to everyone that participated in the I Heart Bacteria T-shirt giveaway sponsored by Culturelle®.

Here are the winners:

Congrats to Aledol and Julie!

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Friday, June 11, 2010

It's that time of the week. Bloggers come together and share what makes them happy while we wait our turn to write in the Happy Book that is currently being passed along the globe.

School is out for the summer. Yippee! Time for this mom to sleep in. I look forward to staying up late, catching up on some good books and watching some chick flicks with my daughter, Bubbles and my mom, MeMa. My nephew is on his way over to spend the week with us, so I have stocked up the kitchen cabinets with some of his favorites treats. Also I have ice tea brewing as I write. Buzz Jr, says that no one makes Southern Sweet Tea like his Auntie L. He is such a sweet young man. He always makes me feel appreciated, even for the small stuff.  My bro and his wife had DD for the past week. DD and Buzz Jr are best friends. It is so great to have family that are your friends. This is really important when you need a rabbit cage :) My SIL is the animal whisperer. My brother is like my dad was and can build anything. So when Buzz Jr and DD arrive , they will also be bringing Lila Mohawk her new home. My son Easy E and his girlfriend are involved in a local bunny rescue organization. That's how Lila Mo became our newest family member. I tried to protest, but darn it, she is so cute and needed a safe place to dwell. 

Isn't she adorable? Everyday I wake up and say 
"Some Bunny Loves You"

It is my hope that you have many things to be happy about today and everyday. If for some reason, you are feeling down, please remember that I do care. I am some bunny that loves you!
Have a wonderful week:)

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Please check out this short, funny video.

Culturelle® is the only probiotic dietary supplement containing
Lactobacillus GG, the ³good² bacteria strain used to restore and maintain a
healthy balance in the digestive system.
Culturelle® works to help promote overall digestive and  immune health.
Diet, stress, travel and even some medications encourage bad bacteria to
flourish in your intestinal tract. When bad bacteria outnumber good
bacteria, your digestive and overall health is open to a host of potential
concerns.  Culturelle, with Lactobacillus GG, safely and naturally replaces
the bad bacteria in your digestive tract with good bacteria leading to
healthier digestion and a stronger immune system.
  Culturelle® products are as follows:  Natural Health and Wellness 30-count,
Culturelle for Kids, Digestive Health 30-count and Dairy-Free Natural Health
and Wellness -30 count
Not all probiotic supplements are created equal.  The amount of live
bacteria listed on many probiotic labels is often the number of bacteria at
the time of manufacture, not use.Culturelle® however is manufactured with
at least 30 billion live cells with at least 10 billion guaranteed at time
of usage.  This is about 10 times the amount of probiotic bacteria found in
many yogurts (and without the additional sugar or calories).
Culturelle® Coupons are available online. they also have a tell a friend program

Do you believe Bacteria Is Beautiful ? Do you want to be Bacteria Hero?

Would you like to show your love for bacteria with this great t-shirt? Because I have two of them to give away. That's right, two winners can proudly walk the streets and be a Bacteria Hero !

If you are a US resident, at least 18years of age, you are eligible to win.

Mandatory entry: What color is the good bacteria shown in the video?

Be sure to include your first name and email address, if it is not visible in your profile.
Please make a separate comment for each additional entry.

Additional entries:
 1 entry = Follow Culturelle® on facebook 
1 entry = Follow Culturelle® on twitter
1 entry = Follow my blog
Grab my button for 3 entries (please make 3 comments)
1 entry = Follow me on twitter >> LissaL
 1 entry =Tweet about this giveaway be sure to include @lissal and @culturelle in your tweet.
(this can be done 1x daily)
Or just copy and paste this one:

I Love Bacteria T-shirt @culturelle giveaway! 2 winners! @LissaL

This giveaway will end on Monday, June 14th at 11:59 EST
Winners will be chosen by randomizer and contacted by email, as well as posted on this blog
and announced on twitter. Winners have 1 week to respond or an alternate winner will be chosen!

Disclaimer: I was contacted by Culterelle to share this information and have this giveaway. 
I did not receive any product or monetary compensation to make this post.
All facts or information stated in this post came directly from Culterelle.
Culterelle is responsible for delivery of prizes.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Guess what? I was the grand prize winner at a twitter party hosted by Galtime and I received a gift card to Eden Home.  They are an organic store filled with eco-friendly products for your home and life. I have to tell you that I was overwhelmed with all of their fabulous products. It was tough to make a decision on what to buy. Here are a few of my selections:

The Cleo night shirt/tunic along with the cropped pants is the most comfortable outfit I have ever owned. It  hides a multitude of tummy flaws and also is  perfect  for a mom to be. So I also sent the shirt to my pregnant, future DIL.

This bamboo wrap looks great with the above outfit or with a tank and jeans or  a strapless dress. 

This cobalt serving bowl was a gift to my sister-in-law. She proudly placed it on her dining room table!

My mother needed some new pajamas. She is sleeping soundly every night in these pj's along with her new Organic Cotton Blanket. My hubby and I are also getting a good night's sleep on our  Organic Cotton Sheets.

 This adorable Vintage Garden outfit along with  2 pairs of Baby-Leather-Shoes and Pink Patch The Puppy-Snuggy Blanket are headed out to Texas to welcome my friend's new baby girl, Maggie!

Of course there is no way I could possibly go shopping without finding something for the Lily Pad! This Frog OrganicBaby Gift Set is for my new grandbaby to be!

I also purchased some  soy-candles and organic bath gifts for friends and family. I am sure that they will be delighted with their gifts. If you are looking for the perfect organic gift for yourself or someone special in your life, I highly recommend that you shop at Eden Home. You will not be disappointed. You can also be in the know. Eden Home is on FaceBook and Twitter. Right now they are having a Baby Shower Giveaway. They are giving away $2000 in prizes! I already created my gift registry for my grand baby and am hoping to win You should register as well, maybe you will be 1 of the winners!  Whether you make a purchase or become their fan on Twitter or Facebook, be sure to tell them that Lissal sent you their way. Also be sure to check out
Galtime's Cool website for great information and giveaways as well.

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Last month I had the privilege of hosting a Schwans HouseParty !  We celebrated two birthdays and a dear friend coming into town with some delicious food provided by Schwans. For my party box I received the following:

  • #401 meatballs
  • #746 avocado halves
  • #851 roasted baby bakers (potatoes)
  • #644 chocolate chip cookies (frozen, ready to bake)
  • #549 popcorn shrimp
  • #572 flatbread cheese pizza
  • #494 oven roasted chicken bites
  • #125 vanilla ice cream minis
  • #850 green bean fries 
  • #639 mini corn dogs
  • #642 buffalo chicken dip (I ordered this as an extra, as it is a family fave)
We had about 20 people from ages 8 to 80 enjoy this delicious food provided by Schwans. There were conversation starter cards that had some great questions. One of the questions was " If you could change/make a new name for yourself, what would it be?" The answers were hilarious. I hoped I could pick one as my favorite but it was too difficult. So I just randomly chose a guest to receive a $10 (maybe they can use it on their first order at Schwans.) Each guest received a calendar, insulated bag, coupons and catalog.
The kids were just as excited about the bags as the adults.
They also loved the green bean fries! Who says kids don't like veggies?
However, I would have to say that the favorite (other than the cookies and ice cream mini's) 
were the mini corn dogs. This was all that was left at the end of our 7 hour party:

I would like to thank Schwans and HouseParty for choosing me to be one of the many people across the USA to host this event. We had great food, fun, family & friends. Always the way for a successful party!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It's Wishcasting Wednesday and Jamie asks us this week:
What Do You Wish To Know?

Patience is a virtue which I do not have at the moment. BoBo & Missy are having their first baby.
My first grandchild. I have to wait until JULY to find out if it is a boy or girl. Gender neutral baby clothes are hard to find nowadays! There are so many cute outfits out there and I want to go shopping!

On a different note, I would like to know a few other things.I was feeling pretty overwhelmed a few weeks back. After reading an article (My Guardian Angel) in the March 22, issue of Womans World Magazine, I decided to ask God , my guardian angels and the universe for a sign. Well, make that 3 signs. In the article the woman had asked for a yellow bird. So I asked for a yellow bird, a parakeet or parrot and an orange bird. I figured the chance of me seeing these birds were pretty low. After sending out my request I  went inside and started watching TV. Not 5 minutes later a yellow bird appeared on the TV screen (in a commercial for pita chips), just like the one in the magazine. Later in the evening, my husband kept telling me I had missed an episode of Kirstie Alleys-Big Life. I was adamant that I had watched them all. But to prove him wrong I went ahead and turned on the latest episode. Right away there was a parakeet in her kitchen. (and he was right, I hadn't seen that episode) The next day I walked into my son's room and happened to glance at the TV. Yep, on the screen was an orange parrot
Later in the week I saw 2 orange cardinals (aren't they usually red?). 
So here is what I wish to know. I believe that these were signs. Do you think so too?
 Or am I running with an invisible ball or flapping my bird wings over nothing?

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