Thursday, July 23, 2009

Peter Rabbit REVIEW and GIVEAWAY 3 WINNERS!!---CLOSED

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I had the opportunity to try the Peter Rabbit Organics 100% pure fruit snack pouches. Peter Rabbit Organics was started in England by a couple who couldn't find organic children's products with no added sugar in stores. They have many different products that they make such as pasta sauce, ketchup and even cookies. As for right now they only sell the fruit pouches in the US. I hope they will be able to bring the other products to the US soon. My dad lives in England and my sister is getting ready to visit him. I wonder if I can get her to bring me back some of those yummy looking apple cookies.

I had read a lot about Peter Rabbit Organics online. I felt that they were a good nutritious option for children and adults. I was very curious to see what they were like. They are a drinkable fruit snack with no added sugar, salt or artificial ingredients. The pouches are also BPA free. You don’t even need a spoon since they are drinkable. I don’t know how many times I have gone somewhere and I forgotten a spoon. These pouches are perfect for babies that are ready for solid food, young children and even school aged children like to bring them in their lunches. Kids will enjoy them straight from the pouch. They have a choke-free cap so that makes the safe for younger children.
They are comparable to an applesauce consistency. They come in three varieties Apple & Grape, Mango, Banana & Orange, and Strawberry banana. The first one my son tried was the Apple and Grape. He was hesitant to try it at first and I had to show him how to "eat" it. Once he tried it he gobbled it up and even asked for MORE. I tried a little as well because I was interested in how it tasted. Noah's constant yummies had sparked my curiosity. I was pleasantly surprised how good it was compared to his other foods I have tasted. On Saturday we went to the county fair. I packed along the Strawberry Banana for him incase he was hungry. I gave it to him but he wasn't really in the mood for it. I guess he was more interested in the elephant ear I was eating. I did learn something really cool though. I thought once you took the cap off it wouldn't go back on. Nope it is resealible. If you are wondering how well it seals back up.... I had it in his stroller under a bunch of items along with my purse. There was no leakage at all. You can throw it in your purse or diaper bag and not worry about it breaking or making a huge mess.
When we got home Noah ate part of the strawberry banana. I stuck it in the Refrigerator because once it is open it should be refridgerated and consumed in 48 hours. On Sunday he happily ate the rest of the strawberry banana with his breakfast. He had lots of fun squeezing the pouch too. Sunday night I gave him the Mango, Banana & Orange. He asked me if he could have it for a snack before bed. He laughed the whole time while he was squeezing it. Every time he had one he studied the package and pointed out Peter Rabbit. He also named the fruits on the packages. I think his favorite flavor is the Apple and Grape. It was definitely a hit with my son. I highly recommend it to every parent. Not only is it organic and healthy but my son thought it was very tasty and fun.
The 3.5 ounce pouches are available at select Whole Foods Markets and independent natural food stores in a number of regions. The Suggested Retail price is $1.79. You can find out where to buy these pouches at Where to buy Peter Rabbit Organics .They are also available online at www.amazon.com if they aren’t accessible in your area.

Thank you Peter Rabbit Organics for the Opportunity to try the fruit pouches.

Now for the giveaway!
THREE people will each win three fruit pouches one in each flavor.
Here are the RULES: If you do not follow them your entry will be null and void and will be deleted.
Comments like I wanna win or Pick me or anything that is not an entry will not count either.

Mandatory entry: You must to go to here
And tell me the product you would like to try other than the fruit pouches, ketchup and the apple cookies. Please tell me the actual name.

Want more entries? Each will be worth one chance.
1. Follow my blog via Google Friend Connect
2. Read my post about Tommy at Tommy and leave a comment there and come back and post here something you learned. It is very important to read. Please actually read it.
3. Subscribe to my blog

Please remember to put your email address in your comment or your email is on your blog profile. If I can’t contact you…. You can’t win.
Good Luck Everyone. This Giveaway will end on August 7th 2009 at 11:59 pm EDT. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond to my email or I will have to pick a new winner.
WINNERS HAVE BEEN PICKED AND EMAILED. They have 48 hours to respond. Thanks to all that entered!

Monday, July 20, 2009

10 on Tuesay- Favorite places to eat.

I take part in a weekly meme called 10 on Tuesday. Where you post your Top ten list of whatever the question is that week over at http://www.yanowhatimean.com/tuesday/?p=266
My 10 FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT.
This is in any order. (except Benihana is my favorite)
1.Benihana's
2. Friday's
3. Donato's Pizza
4. Padrino's
5. Red Lobster
6. Red Robin
7. Texas Roadhouse
8. El Jaripeo
9. Panera Bread
10. Mc Donald's

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Twitter

So I finally got Twitter. My Twitter name is Sheilacakes7. Someone already had Sheilacakes so I just added a 7.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

In John Deere Green

Today we went to the good old county fair. It is my favorite thing to do in the summer. I look forward to it for months. It's nothing fancy by any means. There are no rides. Most county fairs have rides. It is just so much fun to go and see everything. Noah loved the tractors. I have never seen so many different tractors. I have seen many in my life but they had really old ones from like World War 2. I know they didn't fight riding tractors. That would be quite a sight if they did. We walked through the commercial tent and the government tents and I talked to and met a bunch of cool people. I ended up with so much free stuff from all the different booths. I am the proud new owner of SIX chip clips and a lifetime supply of pencils. Noah got a bunch of stickers and tattoos. I got him a bunch of coloring booklets too.

Normally we get gobs of pens and sticky notes but not this year. I entered a bunch of giveaways there too. I hope I win something cool. We encountered a jerk at one of the booths but oh well. I still had a great time. I had my elephant ear. There wasn't much cinnamon and sugar on it which was a little disappointing. I got some pink cotton candy too. We went and looked at all the animals. Noah liked the goats and the cows. He didn't care for the roosters very much. I think roosters are kinda freaky when you are face to face with them. One of the roosters crowed at me. It's eyes rolled back in his head. We saw the sheep get sheared and vacuumed. The llamas are always neat to see.  I am so glad that I wear men's sandals because I can just rinse them off after being in the animal areas. I like to do that in case I stepped in something. The really good thing about our county fair is it is low key and homegrown. All the vendors are local people. It's focus is really on the animals and the tractor pull. I feel like a redneck lol. The county fair is something everyone should check out! I always have a great time. I went to the county fair when I was pregnant with Noah. We had to leave though because it was really hot and I was pretty big. The ducks weren't the only thing waddling that year. It was really nice to see all the kids involved with 4-H. They all seemed very polite and nice.

4-H is a great program for kids and adults. I did 4-H one year. I even went to 4-H camp. I did gift wrap and baking. I got blue ribbons in both. I actually still have my 4-H cookbook from when I was 9! I made the same cookies for a family get together at my cousin's house a few weeks ago. I barely remember going to 4-H camp I remember getting hurt in the talent show. I kinda remember the dance and listening to the song Old time Rock N Roll. I liked 4-H though. I can't for the life of me remember what it stands for. Parents you should check it out. They have so much more than just animals. I couldn't see me taking care of a pig or cow. Of course I wouldn't of had the space. I think my neighbors at the time wouldn't like the 4 am mooing. They have cooking,sewing, jewelry making, scrapbooking,even LEGO building to name just a few. I hope everyone is enjoying this weekend.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Aloha Friday #2

Aloha Friday #2

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My friend Kailani has a wonderful Friday meme called Aloha Fridays.
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

In honor of my local county fair this weekend my question is...
What is your favorite Fair/Carnival Food?

Mine is Elephant Ears. I do enjoy cotton candy too. I always get an elephant ear though. I just love that warm sweet cinnamon sugary goodness! How about you?
For more neat questions click on the Aloha Friday button on this post.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Silly monkey story--The tale of Noah and Bluesee!


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Here is my Silly Monkey story. It's now Wednesday again but better late than never right?
My cat is named Lucy. I have had her since the summer before I was in 6Th grade. So she is really old. My son Noah loves her. Lucy however runs like a bat out of hell whenever she sees Noah. Noah is always nice to her. She just isn't used to Noah after all these years. Noah loves to pet her and say Nice Kitty. Lucy will let me hold her so Noah can pet her. He will carefully pet her and then pull away over and over again. Tonight I was holding Lucy and she is extremely soft. While Noah was petting her I kissed her. She has been my kitty for 16 years. So I love her dearly. Noah gave her a kiss too. He said I love you bluesee. Nice Kitty. Good kitty. He kissed her a few more times. He told me about how bluesee has ears and cheeks and legs. He loves to share his juice with Lucy too. He will put his sippy cup up to her like she is taking a drink. He loves Lucy so much and gets excited when he sees her

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

10 on Tuesday Favorite 80's songs.

Ten on Tuesay MEME http://www.yanowhatimean.com/tuesday/?p=265
My 10 favorite 80's songs are...
1. Manic Monday-- the Bangles
2. Eternal Flame --- the Bangles
3. Video killed the radio star
4. Heaven is a place on Earth-- Belinda Carlisle
5. Could of Been -- Tiffany
6. I think we're alone now -- Tiffany
7. Lost in your eyes -- Debbie Gibson
8. Walk like an Egyptian -- The Bangles
9. After the Rain --- Nelson
10. You can't fall in love when your crying -- Lee Greenwood


Good thing I went outside when I did....

 I went outside and was sitting on my screened porch. I noticed the neighbors had their fire pit going. No big deal right. I thought its kinda weird to have it lit at 3 pm in the afternoon as they like to sit around it at night. So I am sitting there and watching the little white pieces of ash float around. Then the mom comes out from the other side of the house and puts a 4 foot piece of carpet or rug on the fire. I am thinking that's not a smart thing to do. But these are the people that burn furniture. So I am sitting there hoping my house doesn't catch fire. All the sudden I notice that the grass is on fire. I thought that maybe it was a big piece of ash or something still red. Nope the grass was on fire. My neighbors weren't outside watching the fire. So I panicked and I went next door and ring the door bell and no one answers I ring it again and then finally the son answers and I was like hi your grass is on fire. The fire is going but the grass is on fire too. I really hope they have one of those home warranty insurance plans to protect themselves from their crazy escapades.

Mind you these are people that seem to forget to put the collar on their dogs so they run all over the place. When I went back in my house I looked and the mom is standing out by the fire. I live next door to these people and I love my son and my house and I don't want anything to happen to my family or stuff. I am gonna go check again. There is a reason you aren't supposed to burn carpet and rugs. That's what trash cans are for.

Update: I went downstairs and looked and the fire is out now.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Tommy

This is an important post that everyone should read. Feel free to pass along the link to my blog.
I am going to be using my blog to raise awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.
I am sure some of you are thinking what on Earth is a Congenital Heart Defect? This disease was unknown to me until I met a wonderful woman named Rene and her son Tommy. A congenital heart defect or CHD is a birth defect. That is caused by an incomplete or an abnormal development in the fetus's heart. It occurs in the early weeks of a pregnancy. Some of the defects are known to have been linked to other genetic disorders such as Down's Syndrome but MOST of Congenital Heart Defects causes are unknown. Sometimes there are other medical problems that are accompanied with CHD. I know what you are thinking this would never happen to my child. Hopefully it never will but here are some very alarming statistics.

400,000 babies in the World are born with Congenital Heart Defects a year. Each day 10,830 babies are born in the US out of those 411 will have a birth defect. 87 of those babies will have a congenital heart defect. Please remember that is EVERY DAY! 365 days a year! According to the March of Dimes CHD is the #1 birth defect.In the US more than 25,000 babies are born with CHD each year. It doesn't discriminate by gender race or origin. There doesn't have to be a history of CHD in the family. The parents don't do anything wrong. The mothers are seldom using drugs or alcohol during the pregnancy. If you are Pregnant, or know someone who is or are planning on getting pregnant please request that you or they get a Level 2 ultrasound to check the heart. After the baby is born please request that they take your child's blood pressure on ALL FOUR limbs. You should be sure that you request your newborn have a pulse oximeter test done before he or she leaves the hospital. It is not invasive and is one of the quickest ways to measure the oxygen levels in your baby's blood.
Let me introduce you to Tommy. Tommy was born 7 weeks premature with a combination
of heart defects and a poor swallow. His heart diagnosis is as follows: Double Inlet Left Ventricle with Transposition of the Great Arteries, Pulmonary Stenosis, Ventricle Septal Defect, and Patent Ductus Ateriosis. This is also known as "single ventricle" or "univentricle". It basically means the blood containing oxygen and the blood without oxygen meet in one place in his heart, mix together, and recirculate. This gives him low oxygen saturation levels in his blood. His poor swallow, also know as "dysphagia" is caused by Cricopharyngeal Dysfunction. The muscle at the top of his esophagus works sporadically. It causes Tommy to aspirate his saliva into his lungs. For this reason, Tommy is fed exclusively by a feeding pump. Tommy had open heart surgery at 4 weeks old, and because of his poor swallow,he could not make it off of the ventilator for 5 weeks. He required a procedure called a Tracheotomy to breathe on his own. Because of the breathing tube,he now has a condition called severe subglottic stenosis. This is scar tissue below the vocal cords. He cannot breathe without his trach. The aspirations caused another condition with the generic term "lung disease". His bronchial tissues are inflamed causing Pulmonary Hypertension. He takes a combination of medicines and requires oxygen 24 hours a day.

Could you imagine having open heart surgery at FOUR weeks old? Most people are at home with their newborn not waiting in a hospital while your child has a major surgery just to survive. Tommy had his first real breath of air without his trach at 23 months. Sadly Tommy passed away August 20th 2008. His heart went into lethal arrhythmia from undiagnosed bronchopneumonia. That was about 5 weeks before his second birthday. Tommy was a bright child with big beautiful blue eyes. His smile would make you smile. He was full of charm and life. He was medically fragile but he was definitely a WARRIOR. He had such a strong will. He brought joy and hope to so many people. Tommy loved to play with bubbles and watch Finding Nemo. His favorite song was The Itsy Bitsy Spider. He is loved and missed by everyone who was blessed to know him. Now Tommy is in Heaven and he is singing and playing. I know Tommy is looking down on those who love him. He will always have a Nemo shaped spot in my heart.
Please remember this information, pass it along. Help me raise awareness for CHD. In Memory of Tommy who is Forever ONE!

Cuban Sandwiches Recipe


I love Cuban food. My favorite is a Cubano aka Cuban sandwich. As I mentioned yesterday...I bought a panini grill. Last night I made Cuban sandwiches for the first time. I couldn't find any Cuban bread at the store. I tried a couple Mexican grocery stores but no luck. I had to explain what Cuban bread was to a man who worked at one of them. I was a little apprehensive about asking because I didn't want him to think I thought Cubans and Mexican people are the same. I guess some get really offended when you mistake their ethnicity. The last thing I wanted to do is offend anyone. Bless the mans heart when I said Cuban bread is for Cuban Sandwiches he showed me where the sliced bread was. All is well though. I just adjusted the bread. I got my favorite bread from Kroger. It is a sweet Italian bread. It's also the bread that I use to make my special homemade garlic bread. It tasted just like a Cuban sandwich.
Here is my recipe.
1 loaf of Sweet Italian bread from Kroger---you can use Cuban bread if you can find it
1 pound roast pork ----I cooked my own roast pork and shredded it
1 pound ham---I used Hillshire Farms Deli Selects
Swiss Cheese
Pickles ----the flat sandwich ones are the best to use
Mustard That is optional. I personally don't care for mustard.

Preheat your Panini grill
Cut the bread in to two pieces. Cut one piece horizontally.
Layer the Swiss cheese, Ham, roast pork, pickles and more cheese. Put the top on the sandwich. I find it helps if you smoosh it together. Lightly rub some olive oil on the top and bottom of the sandwich. Make sure you turn down your panini grill to Medium and then put in the panini grill until the cheese is melted and the bread gets crispy.

Enjoy!

Good thing I am having one for dinner tonight cause I was about drooling typing this.

I am so proud of myself!

I have recently started this blog. I am so proud of myself. I am getting some help from a couple wonderful ladies. I am mostly figuring out on my own. I now have a button! That's all for now!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Virtual Families

I was lucky enough to win a copy of Virtual Families by Last Day of Work from http://www.jollymom.com/ . I thought I would share with my wonderful readers about this fun computer game that I like to play. Virtual Families is a Sims based computer game where you adopt a friend. There are many to choose from. When you adopt your friend you have to take care of them. You have to make sure you buy them food. You also have to teach them how to do things. They have to be told to do chores or their home becomes a pig sty! There are two different gloves you use. Green to praise them and Red to punish them. The purpose of the gloves are to teach them good behavior. They will get sick and you have to give them medicine. On Occasion they will send you an email or they will get emails from old friends. They will also get marriage proposals. My friends are happier once they get married. After they get married you can have children if you want. I always try to have a big family. They do everything a normal family would do. The children grow up and then go off to college. You can collect treasures and earn trophies for certain things like having a baby and spending x amount of money on them and so on. You have the opportunity to upgrade your home and create new generations. Once a character gets to be of a certain age they pass away. You then can choose one of "your children" to be the next generation.I will warn you that the game does progress really fast. I guess that is so you can move on to new generations. You could also just keep going with the family members you have unless they both die at the same time like mine did today. It was kinda sad. At least they didn't have to live without each other. It moves in real time so they sleep when you sleep. It is meant to be played in short spurts. It does become very addicting because it's so fun. There are only a few things I don't care for about the game. I wish that they didn't age so fast and I wish that the previous family members didn't just disappear when the next generation starts. Neither of those things have stopped me from playing a couple times a day. I must check on them to make sure they don't need anything.
You can download a free trial at http://www.virtualfamilies.com/ to try it out. It costs $19.95 to buy. It really is entertaining and worth the money. I would of gladly paid the money to play. Go check it out! The website is really cool too. It has a game guide and forums where you learn about all the awesome features of the game. http://www.virtualfamilies.com/

In my Pantry...

I decided to clean out the pantry today. There was so much stuff in there. It seemed like if one more thing was put in there everything would fall out! I did half of it. There was all kinds of food that I didn't even remember having. I sorted through it all. I threw away all the expired boxes of food. I found some Jell-o that was really old. Jell-o is small so it can get hidden away at the bottom of the basket. I also found 4 yes FOUR boxes of Swiss Miss. They were all open but only missing a couple each. I threw two of the boxes away because they had since expired. I did learn that Swiss Miss has really small expiration dates on them. You have to squint to see it even. It's Summer so I don't see me drinking much Hot Chocolate. I did realize I have a bunch of snacks too. I put them all in a basket. I love sweet stuff and Candy. I had to keep saying to my adorable little helper to stop trying to get in the cookies. Meh I only had to say that a few times. He was very curious about what was in there as was I. I was excited to see that I have 7 tubs of frosting in there as well. I should probably clean out my linen closet and check out if any of my many skincare products have expired as well.

I love cupcakes and cakes and cookies oh and brownies. I really wanna try the Fairytale brownies that everyone is always talking/blogging about. Other than that we have been just hanging out at home. I have been watching Harry Potter all day it seems like. My son seems to be interested in what is going on. I needed a break from Caillou, Thomas, Zooboomafoo, Barney and Blue's Clues. Those are shows that are always on at my house. Yesterday I bought a Panini maker from Macy's for 20 dollars so we are having Cuban Sandwiches for dinner. I love them. I love my kitchen gadgets and goodies.

I love to cook and bake so naturally I would spend lots and lots of time in the kitchen. I have always loved to cook and bake. As soon as I was old enough I was helping my mom and grandma in the kitchen. When I was in Third grade I was making bread from SCRATCH (mixing,kneading the whole shabang) all by my self. I used to make bread on snow days. One Christmas I really wanted an Easy Bake Oven but instead of getting one I got a big box of Jiffy mixes from Santa and was using the real oven. You know what is weird? I love to cook but I have never really had an apron. My grandma always had aprons for me to wear but I never had one. I hope everyone is having a great Saturday.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Fly my pretties Fly!

We have a bird feeder. At first the birds wouldn't eat the birdseed. I think that the bird seed was stuck or wouldn't come out. Eventually the birds came to feast and they would empty the feeder in a week. Which I thought...OK that's normal. Each of those birds must of told two friends where we live because then it needed filled twice a week. They told two friends and they told two friends and so on and so on and so on... Well the birds must really like our birdseed or something because it went to once a day EVERYDAY. We must be like the new hot club or restaurant because I fill it TWICE a DAY. It takes them less than 12 hours to totally empty the bird feeder! I swear they like all hang out with their bird friends and dine and "chirp" the latest gossip. We are like Mc Donald's. Over a billion birds served.

Aloha Friday #1

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My friend Kailani has a wonderful Friday meme called Aloha Fridays that I am going to start doing.
In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.


My question is.... If you had to be on a TV court show which one would you go to?

I love watching court shows. I am not sure which one I would be on. I really like Judge Judy but she can be mean. I think I would be on the People's Court. Judge Marilyn Milan seems to be really nice as long as you aren't an idiot. LOL. How about you?

For more questions click on the Aloha Friday badge. It is a lot of fun!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Silly Monkey story.

Ok I know its really Wed. now but but but I just started my blog and I wanna play.
My silly Monkey story is My two year old was riding in the car and we were going to my cousins house and we went to Mc Donald's for breakfast. We were going thru the drive thru and as soon as we pulled in to Mc Donalds he started saying french fry french fry french fry. I told him they didn't have any but he wasn't having it. He wanted some french fries. Eventually he settled for teddy grahams and goldfish.
For more Silly Monkey stories check out http://3garnetsn2sapphires.blogspot.com/2008/05/silly-monkey-stories-tuesday-meme.html

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Welcome to my blog!

Hello!
Welcome to my wonderous blog! My name is Sheila. I am a stay at home mom to the cutest little boy in the world. My son's name is Noah. I am starting this blog to follow my adventures of my silly little bundle of giggles and kisses. I also am looking for other mom's to connect with. I would love to do reviews and giveaways as well. I love trying out new products and telling people what I think. I am honest about my opinons and feelings about things. I also want to share deals and recipes and crafts and whatever sounds like fun. I want to help spread awareness about CHD as well. I hope you all enjoy my crazy but fun life.
Thanks for reading!