Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Big Debate: Who's Responsible?

It was just a few short years ago when I would listen to a song and my mother would gasp in disgust of the song's lyrics. Jay-Z's Can I Get A... (you finish the rest), Juvenile's Back That Ass Up, and Britney Spears'  Slave 4 U  (with obvious sexuality spewed throughout the whole song with panting in the bridge to the chorus) were all perpetrators of contributing explicit ideas into my oh-so-innocent brain. My response to my mom was always quick "I listen to the beat and the music, lyrics come second." That's just me. I like energy and fun. Music is a release. My husband makes fun of me quite often because I just really don't like slow songs. They could have the most beautiful and meaningful words ever written but it's just not fun... I want music to start a part in my car but judging by the songs on my iPod, you'd think I was trying to start an orgy in my car.

Don't be fooled. It's true. I appreciate the musical value behind every raunchy note. My musical selection ranges from Jay Z to Beyonce and Incubus to System of a Down. Every musical genre has its own "not for my daughter" stake.

As a mother, I find myself paying attention more closely to the lyrics of songs and the violence on TV. There are many songs that when I hear them now, I think "how could I like such filth?" then go on jammin'. My mom was right to gasp in disgust when she turned on "the kids'" station in the car. Can't blame her.

Ultimately I think this debate settles on the side of the parents. You can't control what your kids listen to after they reach a certain age. Friends, pop culture and other influencers have more of an impact. What we can do as parents is to teach our children about why we dislike that particular song. I think this along with aligned your general values and morals should do the trick. Teach them to appreciate the music - not the lyrics. When you appreciate music, you have a greater understanding of so many more things than just "pimp cups" and "it's Britney, bitch."

But, hey, I my baby is only ten months old, we'll see if it's easier said than done in a few more years.

At It Again... Or Not...

It's happened again... writer's block... which is weird because I have so many things that go on in this brain of mine. Everything about health care reform and societal rudeness to cool things I've seen or tried recently.

So I'm asking you, dear readers, what do you want? Do you have some sort of challenge for me? Want to hear more stories about my little one? More about my weekend festivities? Inspire me!

I mean, I guess I could write a post about how Josh is getting another tooth in... but that's about it. I mean, how do I elaborate on that??


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

UPrinting Poster Print Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Pinapple Babble! She won an 18"x24" poster print from UPrinting!

Thanks to everyone who entered! I will be posting more giveaways very soon!

When you get a chance, check out the Pineapple Babble blog!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Poster Print Giveaway from UPrinting

I'm excited to announce a new giveaway sponsored by online printing company UPrinting! For over 25 years UPrinting has been a trusted leader in online printing and poster printing. UPrinting is now giving you the chance to win a 18x24” rolled poster print!

UPrinting has so many products ranging from business cards and brochures to vinyl banners and window clings! When you select your product there's an instant price calculator right on the page so you're not suprised when you go to check out. You simply upload your photo from your computer and create your own design.

One of the features that is particularly nice is the UDesign Online Design Tool. You can choose from hundreds of templates to create the perfect busiess card or post card for your business. It's all free and you don't even have to create an account before trying it.

The giveaway prize sponsored by UPrinting is one 18"x24" rolled poster print. I plan to use my poster to print a family portrait. Our little guy is approaching his first birthday and we still don't have a nice family photo on the wall. Either that or I'll print my husband's company's trade show poster. Kidding! I'm totally going to flaunt my family!

If you'd like to enter this giveaway here are the specs:
-This giveaway is open to US residents only.
-Prize will be awarded in the form of a coupon to be used on their site.
-All shipping charges will be paid by UPrinting.
-Giveaway ENDS at 7:00 pm EST September 29, 2009
-Winner has 48 hours to contact me for details to claim prize

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

This is what an 11 pound baby looks like in your belly:

And this is what an 11 pound baby looks when he's born:

My chubby little man. Read my post: My Baby is a Freak: A Birth Story

Monday, September 21, 2009

Random Tuesday Thoughts: Tidbits of Awesomeness

I'm sitting here on my stoop. Yes, stoop. Our front porch is enclosed so I'm out on the three little steps leading to the porch door. The sun is setting making the sky a creamy shade of peach with gentle whisps of grayish blue clouds here and there. The neighboorhood is quiet. Just the gentle rustling of the leaves in the breeze and the sound of crickets filling the cool September air.

Ok, now that I have you all relaxed it's a great time for some random Tuesday thoughts!

My 10 month old took his first steps this weekend! I'm such a proud mommy. :)

He has fully mastered the concept of chewing. His six little teeth do all the work. He puts his Cheerios in one at a time and bites through each one with his little front teeth. Crunching away. So cute!

I got on the scale yesterday for the first time in about a month. I was sure I'd gained a few pounds which is why I had avoided the scale for so long. Turns out, I am ten pounds lighter than I thought I would be. Haha!

Do you ever pick up your baby, who has obviously laid a massive turd, and hold him with your one arm, thinking the entire way to the changing table "I'm just smooshing the poop around and it's going to be even harder to clean up."

I like fall. I've been eating that chili I made for about 4 days straight.

I ate my weight in chocolate chip cookies last night. Yes, this was after I weighed myself.

The Dreaded In-Laws!

I hear a lot of complaining about in-laws. "Ugh, my mother-in-law is coming to visit, I'm definitely going to need to get out of the house!" "I really don't want to go on vacation if your parents are going with us."

I just don't get that. I love my in-laws. I think I really lucked out in that random pool. My hubby has two sisters. One older, one younger. Yes, he's the middle child. I know what you're thinking "middle child syndrome." Not at all. His whole family has such an "I love life" spirit. They are always so positive and happy. I'm not a total Negative Nancy but I just don't get that excited over some things. Happiness is a gene I hope was passed down from my husband to my son. Everything always so fabulous and scrumptuous and delightful. I love that. I hope it starts to wear off on my "everything's mediocre" attitude.

My husband's older sister is 44. He's 28. Big age gap, right? His parents had Kim a year after they were married. They joke and say they wanted to wait and see how she turned out before having any more. She turned out great because 16 years later Mike was born. Then two years after that, Dawn.

Kim is awesome. She may be 44 but you would think she's 34. She looks great. I hope I age that well. Come to think of it, his whole family looks way younger than their numerical age would tell you. They are so young at heart, I think it keeps them young physically too. Please let that rub off on me!

Dawn is 25, my age. We graduated the same year and everything. It's really cool to have sisters-in-law you can also call your friends. We go out to parties and bars, and don't feel the typical "I'm obligated to hang out with you because we're related by marriage now" thing.

They're just pretty awesome people and I guess I wanted to share with the world that not all in-laws are bad. Even if you are like some people I know who at times, have the most irritating in-laws ever (you know who you are) you know they'll be there when you need them and that's what matters the most. Family is such an unbreakable bond that even when you don't like eachother, you love eachother and that tends to conquer everything else.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Death of a Crackberry Addict

Being a mother means making sacrafices. Social life, wardrobe, and yes, even technology. Today I reluctantly walked into the Verizon Wireless store with tears in my eyes and made the decision to turn off my Blackberry. I know, I know - teary eyed? You're thinking "you cried over a Blackberry?" Yes, I did. There's a reason they call it a Crackberry you  know. It's a strong addiction that we have to face.

One day after a unusually busy morning, I realized I forgot my phone at home. Oh no! I didnt' have time to turn around and get it. I'd certainly be late to work if I did. The entire day, I kept glancing down to see the empty spot on my desk mocking me with "you really want to see if you have a Blackberry Messenger message right now, don't you?" or "you have 5 new emails, you wish you could see them on your phone right now, huh?" Yes, I really, really would. But I would have to rely on the age-old technology of the PC and internet connection.

How will I get through life without having Twitter at my finger tips? Will I become disconnected from Facebook like I was before I got my Blackberry? I do have the internet at home so I will need to re-teach myself to actually go sit at the computer for a while. I hate that. After working at a computer all day, there's nothing more boring than sitting at a computer again.

I have other priorities in my life right now that need my 45 Blackberry data-plan dollars. My son is growing and eating me out of house and home. My best friend is getting married and I have the honor of being in her wedding. And to top it off, I have to begin paying back the obscene amounts of student loans I have lingering in my not-so-distant future. *sigh*

In retrospect it's all worth it. I have my priorities and my Blackberry just doesn't fit in. I'll miss you dear friend. You've provided me entertainment with your Brick Breaker game, fun with the Facebook app, and of course a combination of both fun and entertainment with Twitter Berry. Rest in peace in my desk drawer until we meet again.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tis the Season for Some Chili!

Tailgaiting, chilly night in, no matter what you're doing, a hot bowl of chili in the fall warms you right up! I made some super yummy chili last night and thought I'd share the recipe. But don't tell my dad! ;) It's a favorite of mine and so easy to make!

What you'll need:
  • 1 - 1.5 lbs of ground meat or turkey (cooked and drained)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 package of McCormick's Original Chili seasoning mix
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes with green chilis (undrained)
  • 3 6 oz. cans of tomato sauce
  • 2 cans of red kidney beans
All you need to do is throw it in a pot and turn on the heat! I like to get mine up to a good bubbling simmer with higher heat in the beginning then, after a few minutes turn it down to low heat and just let it go for a while. Mmmm I can't wait to get home and eat some more!

Try this recipe out! When you do, come back and let me know if you made any changes and added your own flare! I'm always looking for something new! Do you have any recipes your willing to share?

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

PR Friendly!

Just thought I'd put a little post out there for those who don't know. My blog is PR friendly! I'm a cheerleader by nature and love sharing with the world when I find something that is absolutely stellar! I do product and service reviews and giveaways. I love giving my readers the chance to win something that I've been gloating about on my blog and Twitter page!

If you have a product or service you would like reviewed or if you would like to sponsor a giveaway, please contact me at themadmomblog @


BlogHer 2010 Sponsorship

I am now actively seeking sponsorship to attend BlogHer 2010 in New York City. BlogHer is the biggest conference of the year that has an active audience of female bloggers, PR and media, and brand reps. If you are a PR rep or business that wants their company or product exposed to over 1,000 bloggers, please contact me.

Why sponsor me?
Here are my preliminary offerings but everything is negotiable!

- 12 month display ad above the fold on my site
- Sponsor page with details about your product and company
- Tweeting and blog posts before, during and after the event
- All posts about BlogHer and the Sponsor will have SEO links with keyword anchor text
- Will distribute and promote your swag and promotional material

Interested? Here's the breakdown:
Times are tight. I'm seeking full sponsorship for the event, but will negotiate for partial. The full conference pass is $202.95 (early bird rate ends 2/28/10), plus travel and accommodations.

Please contact me, Amanda, at themadmomblog @ if you are interested in negotiating a BlogHer 2010 for Mad Mom.


My Rocks

There are certain people in your life who can, no matter what you're going through, make you feel like yourself again. Those people are my rocks. They hold me up when I feel like everything has been pulled out from under me. They make me laugh when I need it. They remind me of the person I am when I don't feel like myself. I'm so blessed to have such a great group of people to lean on.

We have a great time no matter where we are or what we're doing. I'm kind of the shy one. It may just take a couple beers or margaritas for me to let my guard down and just have fun. Not these girls. They don't care what anyone thinks. Yes, we are those girls who always look like they're having the time of their lives even though we're at the "hillbilly bar" down the street and there are only 8 other people there.

Every girl should have such a close-knit group of girlfriends. We have been friends for years. We were there for the first day of high school, through break ups, in eachothers' weddings, been there for the birth of our first children. I am even priveledged enough to be a Godmother to this beautiful little girl. They keep my grounded. Whenever we "call in reinforcements" someone always knows when to bring the wine and open their ears because someone needs a long bitch/vent session.

I have so much to say about them, that I can't even get it all out in clear well written thoughts. We have a long 12 year history that would just be too long to write out. So I'll just close here. I hope you all have friends that you can count on. Friends that whenever you call on them, they know when to tell you "you're being a bitch, get over it," or "what an A$$hole, it's not you."
From Left to Right:

Rachel - She's my Rach-face. She's a crazy funny girl who always makes me laugh. She has the biggest most compassionate heart.

Lauren - She's sarcastic, always late, and a good listener. We love blasting the Chicago soundtrack in the car and driving around until "Cellblock Tango" is over. Yes, we met in high school in chior. We are dorks and love it.

Mary - She's the "ring leader." Haha! She's always been known to put someone in their place. But always appropriately!

Then there's me. But you already know all about me :)

Friday, September 11, 2009


I remember a time before 8 years ago when I'd think to myself how there'd never really be a moment in history that I could tell my children "I know where I was at that exact minute in time." The generation before us had the assassination of JFK and MLK, Vietnam, and more. The generation before that had the attack on Pearl Harbor. I lived in a bubble. Everything historically devastating happened before my time and it would stay that way. I was wrong.

This day is an important day. I think about the assassination of JFK and how much this country hurt but then how over time, the wounds healed. Since this was way before my time, I didn't quite understand the magnitude of the situation. Then 9/11 happened. In the digital age of technology and instant information, we were flooded with emotions brought on by vivid imagery of the flaming towers, dust-covered people, then finally the lasting image of the towers falling with thousands of our loved ones still in them. These images are burned in my brain as if it were stuck with a 9/11 branding iron.

I was a senior in high school. Just got done talking an English test about Anglo-Saxon era literature. At the end of the period, my teacher said without emotion in these exact words, "oh by the way, just so you know, a place hit one the World Trade Center." So naturally, I thought, "wow, that's terrible, but no big deal, right?"

Wrong! Walked downstairs, hearing the buzz of what's going on and learned that another plane just hit the Pentagon. What's going on? It was then that I realized that this IS a big deal. While in fourth period chior, we sat quietly in front of the TV watching our country crumble before our very eyes. Literally. The second plane hit. The buildings came down. It was the most horrifying site I've ever seen. The emotions surrounding those images still bring me to tears to this day. It's hard to believe that was 8 years ago already.

I had to go to work that day. I didn't want to. I wanted to remain glued to my chair in front of the TV. I wanted to learn every bit of information I could. My work was around the corner from my house. I left that day and remember it being the most eerily silent day in my life. Planes were grounded. There was no traffic. Life stopped.

This post is not dedicated solely to the victims and their loved ones. This post is dedicated to all Americans. We are all in this together. My heart aches for those who lost family & friends. One thing that we learned from this horrific tragedy is that when it comes right down to it, we are here for eachother. To lean and depend on.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Spread the Awareness: Kelly Ripa's Text-A-Thon for a Cause

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month! Electrolux and Kelly Ripa are launching an exciting campaign that utilizes a form of communication that many of us use every day - texting! During September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Electrolux and Kelly are holding a "Text-a-Thon for a Cause" to help raise support for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund whose mission is to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer.

Throughout September, you can donate $5 to the cause by texting "KELLY" to 85944 from your mobile phones (standard text messaging rates apply) - or logging on to Also during September, visitors to Kelly Confidential can help spread awareness for this important cause by sending a virtual T-shirt to a friend. For every virtual t-shirt sent, Electrolux will donate $1 to the OCRF. Fashion-forward Moms can also purchase a limited edition T-shirt designed by Ripa; 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts will go to OCRF.

But here's the best part, every time you log on to the web site, you'll be entered for a chance to win an amazing luxury front load washer and dryer from Electrolux in Turquoise Sky, the color inspired by the teal ribbon of ovarian cancer awareness.

While you're at it, check out Kelly Ripa's PSA and help spread the awareness.


My sanctuary, the place where I clean and refresh, has literally become someone's toilet. We began bathtime with the usual. I started the water and let him splash around and play first. While the water was just starting to cover his legs, I noticed something had sprung a leak. So in order to avoid bathing my child in his own urine I drained the tub, sanitized and started the process all over again. While the tub was filling I was thinking about how easy bathtime is now. There will be a day when he fights with me or screams the whole way through or even poops in the tub.

He splashed around as usual then daddy came home and he showed him how he splashes. Next it was time to wash up. Head to toe. Stood him up and started washing his face. Moved down his arms, then belly. Just when I was scrubbing his little hands he paused and made a familiar grunt. Immediately I said "you better not be trying to poop!" As if he understood every word.



Ah! He pooped in the tub! The little turds floated in the water taunting me. My first thought was now my son is standing in toilet water. I flipped up the drain while my husband grabbed our showerhead (thank God it's removeable) to scrub him and spary him off. I got the lovely task of sanitizing. Yay.

Lessons learned:
1. Nothing is sacred after you have children.

2. There will always be someone to poop in your theoretical toilet.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ouch! My Uterus!

I have the skin of a teenager. There are similarities between my face and an Exxon oil tanker right now. I have been tossing and turning for four days and frequenting the Godforsaken vending machine at work. I swear, everyone at work must know when I'm PMSing because I clean out the vending machine of everything chocolate and/or made with some form of cake and creme filled goodness.

Toxic ass is a symptom of PMS. Don't pretend like you don't know it. It's a fact of life. Even children read "Everybody Poops." That was also a silent-but-deadly side effect of pregnancy. Hey we're allowed to be honest with eachother here.

Total bitch tendencies are not because my hormones are flooding every which cell of my womanly figure. It's because my freaking uterus HURTS! Seriously, how nice would you be if it felt like someone was peeling your balls like a potatoe then jumping up and down on them with nails in their steel-toed boots?? Please, tell me!

Yes, sometimes I need to wear a diaper. That's just how it is. That's why the sell mutli-packs of tampons. You know for those "heavy flow" days and the "not so heavy" days. Please, Josh, don't mind if I steal one of your diapers because mommy has her period.
Then, today of all days, I look in my rearview mirror in the natural bright morning sun and see my mustache loud and proud. These little peach fuzz hairs sure are standing tall today. WTF? It's like one day I look like a shmale, then the next I can't even see them. Then to top it off, my sister convinced me to grow my eyebrows out so I can reshape them.
I'm just feeling uber hairy right now....  I bet I've painted a gorgeous picture of me in your head for you. I know, everything is magnified 100 times when you have PMS. I'm sure my upper lip isn't that hairy.
Please leave me so comment love before I go all premenstrual on someone's ass!

Wordless Wednesday: Quiet Time

Friday, September 4, 2009

Little Things I Love About My Husband

These are just a few of the small things that make me appreciate that my hubby. If I listed them all, your eyes would bleed. :)
  • He always gets the diaper bag ready for the next day.
  • He doesn't mind that I don't cook dinner everyday. Or even twice a week.
  • He likes the house straightened up but doesn't expect me to do everything.
  • He likes the musical Rent.
  • He sacrifices by watching the latest chick flicks with me (such as Sex in the City and The Devil Wears Prada).
  • He organizes Josh's baby food in the cupboard according to food group.
  • When I'm in a bitchy mood, he tries to cheer me up with silly jokes. They only work about 65% of the time, but he always tries!
  • He was amazing while I was giving birth to Josh. Cool, calm, and collected and was actually very soothing during the entire process.
  • He's an optimist. No matter what happens, he always sees the bright side.
  • He does the laundry.
  • He's a neat freak. I'm not. We work it out.
  • He knows how important my sleep is to me and gets up with Josh in the middle of the night when I'm super exhausted.
  • He sets his clothes out at night for the next day.
  • He still thinks I have a rockin bod after carrying and delivering an 11 lb baby.
  • He likes to quote movies.
  • He really does love me for me... :)
  • He's a great daddy.
  • He always rearranges his work schedule to take Josh to his check ups. (I still haven't been to one!)
  • He understannds when I want to go to bed at 8:00.
What are some of the small things that make you love your man even more?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Crafty Mom Makes a Medusa Costume

If you want to channel the powers of Medusa to turn certain men into stone, you'll love this sassy costume! You can actually find nearly everything you need at Wal Mart so it makes for a quick shopping trip!

For the headpiece you'll need:
1 small bag of toy snakes
3-4 medium size toy snakes (no longer than your hair length)
1 pipe cleaner tiara (should only cost about 50 cents)
   ^^if you can't find one pre-made at the craft or costume store, you can easily make one!
A hot glue gun
A couple twist ties (get them from the garbage bag box or save them from the bread bags)
1 can spray paint - white primer
1 can spray paint - stone colored (I chose copper)

For the dress/wrap you'll need:
2-3 yards of black fabric
1 Sassy little black dress that's hanging in the back of the closet
1 Spool of mythical looking trim
Black thread and neddle of course

To start off, I would to the headpiece first since it's the most time consuming. Start off with your smaller snakes, weaving them through the tiara so they end up with their little heads near the front. Hot glue the heads once you have them into place. Add a little extra glue where you see the snake might come loose. Next take the larger snakes and intertwine them with the sides of the tiara, again with the heads coming toward your face. This is where you may need to use the twist ties to secure the snakes since they're bigger. You're a smart gal, I'm sure you'll know where to use 'em. Now that you have all the snakes in order (make sure it looks exactly the way you want it to, there's no turning back) you're ready to spray paint!

In a well ventilated area - preferrably outside in the grass (yes I have to say this because there are actually people out there who will spray away in their 9x9 kitchen, windows closed and baby right next to them) spray on the white primer to completely coat the headpiece. Once the primer is dry, spray on the colored paint. Make sure you get in between the snakes as much as you can. Use a string to hang it up to dry in the garage or basement. The paint will be tacky for a few hours even after it appears dry and will stick to everything.

Now on to the dress! I used my trademark little black dress for this one. As if it hadn't seen enough events, I was now dragging it through Halloween. My particular dress had a haltar top and asymetrical bottom (it wasn't straight across, the bottom was longer on one side than the other). The only thing I did to the dress was tack the gold and black trim I picked up from Wal Mart across the bottom of the dress on the front only. Unless you want to devote your dress to this costume only, make sure you don't stitch too tight so you can easily remove the thread for wear without the costume. Next, do the same to both ends of the black fabric you have to use as a wrap.

This is what the finished headpiece should look like. I know, not the best picture of me, but the costume looked good!

Halloween is Approaching!

Yes, I am aware that it's only the beginning of September but I can't help myself from thinking about Halloween already! I love Halloween. It's during fall which just happens to be my favorite season. You get to decorate in the most gorgeous golds, oranges, reds and browns. And one night a year, you can dress like a complete whore and pass it off as a "costume."

In lieu of the "complete whore" look, I like to dress up as something fun, semi-original, and even just a little bit sexy. Hey, it's one night a year. I was nine months pregnant last year when we went to our friends' costume party. You can only imagine how much fun that was. No costume, no beers. I just pulled up a chair next to the buffet and grazed all night. Well, at least until 10:00. Then I decided it was passed this mama's bed time.

The year before I decided it'd be way more fun and cost effective to make my own costume. This was one of the first years we actually going to a real costume party. There would be cash prizes for the best costumes. I chose Medusa. You don't see a whole lot of Medusa these days. She has incredible powers- turning men into stone... who wouldn't want that power every now and then?

After a couple hours of crafty work, I was all made up. When we go to the party, we were greeted by all sorts of characters. In our crowd we had Little Bow Peep, Cleopatra, Julious Ceasar, Nurse Lauren, the crackhead guy from the Chappelle Show, V for Vendetta, and Flavor Flave turned Armenian mobster. Others like God's gift to women (our friend wrapped as a gift that said "To: Women, From: God), and varisous skanky costumes flooded the party.

When it came time to vote, Teen Wolf deservedly took first place. That was a great costume. Then Pot Man  came in second. Seriously? A grown man dressed as a marijuana leaf won a prize? What kind of party was this? Then my hand-crafted getup came in fourth. I was proud that I was the only winner who actually made their costume. Er, wait, I didn't win... Oh well, close enough.

I'm looking for great costume ideas for this year. I'm thinking Poison Ivy from the Batman comics but want to get some others before I start putting it together. What are some great costumes you've worn or seen someone else in? Going to any costume parties this year?

And The Winner Is...

Laurie aka Clueless_Mama! She's the lucky winner of the Wanchai Ferry Asian Meal for 2 Prize Pack! Congratulations! You'll be getting a free Wanchai Ferry frozen entre (the orange chicken is super yummy!), two bamboo placemats, bowls, and chopsticks! Hope you have a fun night in! I'm sure we'd all love to hear how you liked the prize once you get it!

I want to thank each and every person who entered my first giveaway! I hope I'm able to provide you with more awesome reviews and stellar giveaways!

If you get a chance, hop on over to Guessing All the Way, our winner's blog. She also has fab giveaways!

Thanks again to Wanchai Ferry and MyBlog Spark for giving me the opportunity to provide this great giveaway to my readers!