There’s a game of “Tag you’re it” going around, and:

The Rules:
1. Post These Rules!
2. Post a link back to the person who tagged you
3. You must post 11 random things about yourself
4.  You must answer 11 questions the tagger set for you in their post.
5. You must create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.
6. Go to 11 blogs and tell them you’ve tagged them.
7. No stuff in the tagging sections about ‘you are tagged if you are reading this’ etc. You legitimately have to tag 11 people (list who you tagged) 

So here it goes…
Eleven Random Things About Me
1.  I had my gallbladder taken out when I was 17. 
2.  I desperately want that gallbladder back, the doctor lied to me!
3.  I’m that person that expects the worst and is overjoyed when it’s good and always know it will turn out okay.  I know.  Confusing.  I’m confused too.
4.  The other day, I went to the bank and got $14 worth of rolled pennies.  Ha!  Now your curiosity is peaked, huh!  LOL
5.  When my baby brother was born, I thought I was too grown to watch cartoons so I didn’t watch them from 7 until 19, then I remembered that I loved them!  I watch cartoon movies all the time now!  😀
6.  Checking the mail is like opening presents for me!  I love checking our mail!
7.  Sometimes I get really hyper really fast and go a little nuts…
8.  I never finish something all in one sitting, I always get distracted and come back to it.
9.  All of my Christmas decorations are down and put away, except the tree and I’m seriously thinking about leaving it for a while.  LOL.  Empty tree, like bringing the woods in the house!
10.  Sometimes I sit and stare at would be trash trying to figure out what I can make out of said piece of would be trash!
11.  I use to be in love with true crime novels because I am a psychology nut and I want to know why people do things, then we adopted Monkey and I had a nightmare about something happening to her and now I can’t even look at them!  She ruined one of my passions!!!  Stinkin’ maternal junk!  LOL

Eleven Questions Just Another Bloggy Mom asked me:

1.) Which do you prefer, movie theatre or dvd’s?  DVD’s!  Movie Theater’s are awesome but they are so overpriced!  

2.) What is your favorite food/meal?  My favorite food is ice cream.  HA!  You didn’t saay a type of food, I’m picking ice cream!  

3.) Have you made any resolutions for 2012?  I didn’t make resolutions, but I did make a list of things I would like to work on improving along with my Monkeys and Chief Zoo Keeper.

4.) Do you have a favorite childhood memory?  can’t think of one in particular.  there are many memories that I love, just random I guess.

5.) How many siblings do you have, if any?  Divorced parents so: 1 little brother whom I was raised with, 1 older step sister who rocks (we took a long time to see the good things in each other), 1 older step brother who saved my life, 1 older step brother whom might as well be a total stranger, and 2 little sisters who probably don’t relate to me at all and definitely don’t know the real me

6.) Where is the most exciting place you have traveled? why?  the most exciting place I’ve been to would probably be Disney, except both times were surrounded by bad memories so I’ve pretty much blocked it out of my mind!  

7.) What do you like to do for fun?  I love to shop, watch movies, drive to random new places, go to flea markets and good will stores

8.) What is your favorite tv show?  right now, Castle.  I’m in love!

9.) What was your favorite gift that you received this year?  the time with my family

10.) How long have you been blogging?  1 year plus a few months

11.) What was the best thing that happened to you in 2011?  we began saving and got the process started to buy our first home!  (we are STILL in that process!)

My Questions:
1.  What got you started blogging?
2.  Do you do reviews and giveaways?  If so, how did you get started?
3.  What’s your favorite color and why?
4.  What’s the craziest/funniest pet or kid story you have???
5.  If you could really get one lesson through to your little one (or future little ones) what would it be?
6.  What was the greatest lesson you were taught by your parents?
7.  How did they teach you that lesson?
8.  What’s your favorite song?
9.  What’s your best organizing tip?
10.  How do you unwind when everything is stressing you out?
11.  What is your pet peeve and why?

An addition I’m making, if you don’t mind, come back and comment leaving your link so that I can come check ya out!  Have an awesome day!  

If you have been tagged and aren’t interested in participating, just let me know and I’ll tag someone else =)

Originally posted 2012-01-04 17:15:00.

Merry Christmas

Hey everyone!  Hope this post finds you well!  I thought I would give you a few laughs to go with your day!  Hope you have a blessed and Merry Christmas!  Remember that we were given the Ultimate gift and it is that gift which is the true meaning for everything.  May God Bless You and Keep You throughout the year and always!

funny christmas pictures 01 - funny christmas comics-counting down to xmas #2      
Simply because my Monkey says the same thing to me, I give you this one:
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Here is our living room, we caught Santa on candid cam!  You can too, check out the giveaway for it!  Hope you like our decor and enjoy your holiday.  I’ll leave you with a classic poem to share with your loved ones or just enjoy yourself with a hot cup of cocoa!


by Clement Clarke Moore – Published in 1822

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap,

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky,

So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of toys, and St. Nicholas too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot;
A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,

And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

Originally posted 2011-12-25 04:21:00.

Swagbucks, the online rewards site where you earn cash and free gift cards for the everyday things you do online, has added Disneyland eTickets to their lineup of rewards!

If you haven’t used Swagbucks before, here’s how it works: You get points (called SB) for things like online shopping, discovering new products and services, answering surveys, watching videos, and even searching the web. Then you redeem those points for gift cards from places like Amazon, PayPal, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and now you can redeem them for tickets to Disneyland!

For you Disney fanatics out there who are planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth, Swagbucks is a great way to stretch that travel budget further. You can earn while booking your hotel, get gift cards for travel and restaurants while you’re away, or just offset the cost of the tickets using your SB points!

Here’s some information from their FAQs about it:

How will I receive my eTickets?
These are electronic tickets that will be delivered to you via email.

Where can these eTicket be used?
These eTickets are specifically for use at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA, and cannot be used at Disney World in Florida, or at any Disney Stores or other Disney resorts. Tickets cannot be used for admission to special events (ie. Mickey’s Halloween Party).

What type of eTickets does Swagbucks offer?
2 Day, 1 Park, Child (ages 3-9)
2 Day, 1 Park, Adult (ages 10+)
2 Day, Park Hopper, Child (ages 3-9)
2 Day, Park Hopper, Adult (ages 10+)
3 Day, 1 Park, Child (ages 3-9)
3 Day, 1 Park, Adult (ages 10+)
3 Day, Park Hopper, Child (ages 3-9)
3 Day, Park Hopper Adult (ages 10+)

What happens if I redeem for the wrong ticket?
These eTickets are non-refundable. Please make sure you are redeeming for the correct ticket and pay close attention to the type of ticket you are selecting, as there are different tickets depending on the amount of days you wish to attend the park, the type of ticket (one park per day vs. Park Hopper), and the age range the ticket is for (adult vs. child). Adult tickets are for ages 10 and up.

Also, please keep in mind it may take a few business days for you to receive your eTicket, so be sure to give yourself enough time when redeeming before you plan to visit the park.

Santa-Busted! Giveaway!

Hey Everyone!  I’m sure by now you’ve heard of Catch a Character!  It’s super cute!  You can add Santa, the tooth fairy, Easter Bunny, or even Cupid to your photo!  It’s super adorable!  Above is the one I did from our living room!  You should go and check it out!  In the meantime, here are my pointers:

  • take the picture from a distance.  Mine was taken from about 6 feet, but I’m thinking I should have done it further away!
  • If ‘catching’ Santa, I suggest you take the picture at night.  Santa NEVER comes during the day!
  • If your going to use it as proof for your little one, make sure the picture you take matches either before or after Santa has come!  That way it’s a little more convincing!  As I’m sure you’ve noticed, there are currently no gifts under our tree!
Send this to a one hour photo, frame it up, and you’ll have an awesome personal Christmas gift for your little one!  I am going to use mine to make an ornament and a hanging for use to use year after year!  I think this may be our next little family tradition!  It was super easy, and you can even get gift cards for loved ones to have for their little one!  One awesome way to be a reminder of a little one’s Christmas!

Good luck!  After mandatory entries, you can enter the others!  LOTS of ways to win!!!  Good luck!

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Originally posted 2011-12-21 18:06:00.

Baked Taquitos

Quick, simple recipe.  Right up my alley
I made them the other night thanks to Chief Zoo Keeper’s request!  The turned out way better than I thought (as taquitos are normally deep fried!)  Hope you enjoy them as much as we did!!!

flour tortillas
ground meat
taco seasoning
1 can green chilis
non-stick cookie spray
minced garlic
chopped onion (opt.)
chopped bell pepper (opt)

1.  Brown 1-2 lbs of ground beef or ground turkey with onion, bell peppers, and or garlic if desired.  We used turkey.  As for the amount, just use however much you normally would!  Remember that these will freeze really well to have for future meals, also Monkey took one to school and ate it cold for lunch.  She really enjoyed it!

2.  Once you’ve browned the meat, drain grease and add taco seasoning.  If you used ground turkey, I suggest using low sodium beef broth to simmer it in, but it’s up to you!  The broth adds a lot of great flavor!  We typically use broth.  Let it simmer until seasoning has soaked into the meat.

3.  Next, mix in a can of green chilis.  Stir well.  Once the juice has simmered into the meat you have options.
             A. Mix in shredded cheese, stir, then proceed
             B.  Proceed, then add cheese
             C.  Skip the cheese altogether

 4.  Spray a cake pan or cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.  Set aside.

5.  Roll a small amount of meat mixture up into the tortilla shell.    Lay into baking sheet and spray the tops.  of the taquitos.

6.  Bake for about 6-10 minutes, flip over and repeat until lightly  browned to your taste at 350!  Enjoy!

My Suggestions to go with them:
Mexican or Spanish Rice
Refried Beans

I always hate trying to come up with side dishes!  For some reason or another, it stresses me out!  What else do you suggest to serve with it???  I’ll take all the tips I can get!!!

Originally posted 2011-12-21 13:58:00.

My Memories Software Winner

Good Morning All!  Wanted to send a quick shout out to Kortney for winning our My Memories Software Giveaway!!!

Congrats Kortney!!!  

If you didn’t win, and you just HAVE to have the software, click the button below and save $10, plus you’ll get a $10 bonus discount in your package!!!

Winner was chosen via Random.org  Thanks to everyone who entered and check back soon for more awesome giveaways!!!

Originally posted 2011-12-16 12:58:00.

Pumpkin Bread

What better treat on a cold night than pumpkin bread???  I made some for our church and our guests at Thanksgiving, and a loaf to fill our bellies later!  😀  I was initially scared to try it, but it was amazingly easy!  Also, very inexpensive!  Here goes:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup butter, soften
2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 16 oz can of pure pumpkin
1. Preheat oven to 350º and spray three medium loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.  (I got the tin ones at Dollar Tree so that I could freeze some)  Or, you can do multiple (I forgot to count!) small loaves to give as gifts!  Don’t fill more than 2/3 full!  😀

2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, spices, salt, baking soda, and baking powder and set aside.

 3. In the bowl, mix cream the butter and the sugar until fluffy, about two minutes. Add eggs one at a time mixing well after each addition. Add the pumpkin and combine well.
4. Add the dry ingredients stirring until just combined. Coat the cinnamon chips with 2 T. flour and stir into batter.
5. Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake side-by-side for about one hour or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. (Bake mini pumpkins 25- 30 and 35-40 minutes for the mini loaves.)

Note: Substitute 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves for 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

I used my Gypsy Wanderings to make the tags, then wrote on them.  😀  I also had a loaf to eat on for dessert!  They turned out really well and everyone was pleased to take some home!  As a side note, remember when I said I ran out of brown material????  This is a basket covered with a skirt!  No one thought twice about it!!!

Thanks for visiting the Zoo!!!  Stick around and check it out!  Don’t forget to go and sign up for my Giveaway, tomorrow is the last day to sign up before our winner is drawn!!!  There is also a few giveaways here!

Here are some great gifts you can check out:

Great Kid’s Book
DIY Jewelry Hanger


Originally posted 2011-11-30 03:24:00.

Girls Room Decor

I cut some images using my Cricut to help decorate my room. Thought I would post them for ya! The images were cut at 4 inches and we used glue dots to adhere them. You could also use sticky tack. The letters are wooden from Hobby Lobby and painted purple. Hope you enjoy!

Enjoy the Zoo!!! Please don’t feed the animals!

Originally posted 2011-11-02 17:17:00.

Give Thanks

Welcome November!!!  I’m so excited, apparently I really love November!  LOL.  I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting and FINALLY IT’S HERE!!!  I love the fall colors and seeing all the things people come up with to decorate!  We began a new tradition of having Thanksgiving at our house, because most of our family is so far away and we know so many people who don’t have somewhere to go.  Last year we had 31 people in our 900 sq ft townhouse!!!  It was PACKED!!!

But, regardless we had a great time and enjoyed the wonderful company!  So today I am posting my first of what I hope to be many pieces of Thanksgiving crafts!

I made it simple.  The simple blessings are the easiest to overlook, so I made it as simple as possible!  The letters are cut from the Millionare Cricut Cart at 3 inches (I didn’t cut the background shape) and the banner are from Everyday Paper Dolls, the chearleader pendant.  I hung them with paperclips on the stick and laminated them with liquid laminate.  There are more detailed instruction on the Harvest Blessings post.

Originally posted 2011-11-01 22:50:00.

$200,000,000 Swago PLUS Spin & Win (US)

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is nearing $200,000,000 in cash and gift cards given back to it members. Since 2008, they’ve rewarded members for things we all do online, like shopping, watching videos, discovering deals, answering surveys, and searching the web.

$200,000,000 is a huge number, and to celebrate they’re holding a “Swago” promotion starting Monday, September 11th at 9am PDT!

Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you’re filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you’re thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it. Here are a few tips:

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores!
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Tuesday, September 19th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you’ll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will not be available to use until 9AM PT/12PM ET on Tuesday, September 19th and will end at 9AM PT/12PM ET on Thursday, September 21st.

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points – if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus! That’s enough for a $5 gift card in their Rewards Store to the retailer of your choice.

Click here right now and click “Join” to get started! If you don’t already have a Swagbucks account, you’ll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if 300 SB before the first of next month, you’ll get a bonus 300 SB!

Welcome to the Zoo!

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