Superbowl Commericals

Superbowl, what a game.  It had everything that you expect, thrilling game, the unexpected lights out saga, Alicia Keys singing the longest rendition of the National Anthem in history, Beyonce bringing the house down, great commericals and Jennifer Hudson with the Sandy Hook children. 

Each year I list my favorite commericals, and I will.  First, I have to ask what is up with GoDaddy?  Personally, I think they continue to miss the mark.  I didn’t see 1 positive tweet or post on Facebook regarding that commerical.  Frankly, I haven’t seen a Superbowl commerical from GoDaddy that I have liked yet. 

Now on to my favorites:

  • Dodge – Farmers
  • Got Milk?
  • Budweiser Clydesdales – Reunion
  • VW – Get In Get Happy  (I loved the man who said Don’t be no cloud on a sunny day.)
  • Doritos  – Goat 4 Sale
  • Oreo – Creme or Cookie Fight  (I sided with the Creme)
  • Taco Bell – Young At Heart 


I have to also bring up Alicia Keys.  Did she go on and on or what?  That had to be the longest version of the National Anthem that I’ve ever heard.  I was starting to become irritated.  Jennifer Hudson sang beautifully, and the Sandy Hook children touched my heart with American the Beautiful.  Lets not leave out Beyonce!  She brought the house down and literally blew out the lights, lol.  All in all it was a good game, and we had a good time eating good food and sending hundreds of tweets.  What was your favorite commerical?

Michelle Obama’s Classic Style

Obama style.  Yep, Michelle Obama has it.  She’s an educated woman who cares about world events, a loyal wife and mother and does it all with class.  In my opinion, she’s the most stylist First Lady since Jackie Kennedy.  The new hair cut is banging and her selection for the Inauguration Swearing in Ceremony was on point.  I loved, loved, loved the coat and boots.  The belt gave it the extra pop.  I would never have thought to use a belt for the accessory.  I would have gone for a huge, chunky necklace.  The color was fabulicious and the wine color gloves with the blue was classic.  I’m sure Jackie O is smiling down on her. 

Now, I’m a boot person so I was immediately drawn to them. I’ve learned they were by Reed Krakoff the same designer as her coat.  The gloves and belt J. Crew.

I thought Sasha and Malia’s coats were adorable too.  Malia was in J. Crew and Sasha in Kate Spade.  J. Crew will retire Malia’s coat, so it will be unavailable for purchase.  Don’t know if Kate Spade will retire Sasha’s at this point.  I’m looking forward to seeing Sasha and Malia evolve as teens in the White House.  

Kids Funny Face Breakfast – Part IV


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Welcome to another fun post of Kids Funny Face Breakfast.  We will be adding posts for lunch and dinner ideas as well, so watch for upcoming posts.  This is Muffin Dog.  He’s just waiting for your little one to devour him.  You will need the following ingredients:


Omelet (body)
English Muffin, sliced as shown (body, ears, legs, tail)
Olive, sliced as shown (eyes)
String cheese slices (eyes)
Strawberry slice or pimento from olive (tongue)



This recipe is from the book Funny Food: 365 Fun, Healthy, Silly, Creative Breakfasts by Bill & Claire Wurtzel and can be purchased from Amazon.  

Sports Theme Brownies – Cookie Cutter Review

I found these adorable sports themed cookie cutters by Fox Run on Amazon and had to share them with you.  My grandchildren love brownies, so I decided to try them on the brownies versus sugar cookie dough.  The cutters are thin, so I was worried about them being able to make the impression in the brownies and how difficult it would be get them out.  They worked perfectly.  Great idea for sleep overs, parties or anytime treats. 

The package contained a football, baseball, soccer ball, hockey stick, baseball bat, baseball glove, and football helmet.  My grandson said the brownies, “Were the coolest”.  That  means they were a hit.   


Here’s my grandchildren enjoying their treat.  I packaged the brownies so they could take them home, but a few didn’t make it out the kitchen.  I would recommend the cutters, they’re worth the money.  Fox Run also has cutters in other themes, Noak’s Ark, farm animals, dinosaurs, zoo animals you name it.  Limitless cookies and brownies are on the horizon.  Oh, I would recommend hand washing and drying immediately to preserve them.  They’re made of a tin, and will probably rust if not dried quickly.   Did I mention they’re eligible for free shipping?  Yep, they are!   



How Do You Choose Grandparent Names

Did your children decide on their grandparent’s name or did your parents make the decision on what they wanted to be called?  My grandson ultimately made the decision for me.  I had initially selected the name Gran, but it didn’t stick. 

I was visiting my grandson one week-end, and when I walked into the house he said Mawmaw.  Where’s Gaga (referring to his grandfather)?  At that moment, Gran went out the window.   I must admit, I was surprised he called me Mawmaw.  I’ve often wondered how he came up with those names for us.  Especially, since I had been calling myself Gran for almost 2 years.  His grandfather had been calling himself granddaddy.  Isn’t it amazing how things can change in a split second. 

Now, I must admit that I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the name Mawmaw.  I didn’t think it was a fit for me and it sounded so old fashion.  I felt somewhat disappointed.  Afterall, I’m not your typical grandma.  I’m a high heel wearing diva who’s into blogging, texting, social media, and a need for wine.  I just wasn’t feeling Mawmaw.  I chose the name Gran because I didn’t want to end up with an old fashion out of date name.  Gran was traditional, but still had a sophisticated ring to it.  My daughter stated, “Mom you have to be whatever he calls you”.  I wasn’t sure if I was disappointed because I had spent 9 months selecting a name and it was suddenly gone or because the name sounded so country and out of date.  The only other person that I knew as Mawmaw was my 60 year old Aunt.   My grandson had thrown a wrench into the plans.  My siblings had chosen their names, and I wanted that opportunity too.     

Our grandchildren use a variety of names for us.  In my family there’s Poppy, Nana, Granny, and Granddaddy.  As I was discussing the name change with co-workers, I was surprised to find out that many of their grandchildren called them MawMaw.  It was actually a popular name.  Who knew!

As I continued to think about it, it suddenly didn’t matter what he  called me as long as he called my name.  My grandson had changed my life forever.  I looked at the change totally different.  What’s in a name?  I realized that my grandson had a mind of his own, and he was demonstrating his personality, his individuality, and how he felt about me.  I was a Mawmaw, and he believed it was a fit for me.  He didn’t see me as a diva, texter, blogger or wine taster.  I was simply his Mawmaw.  He has made it clear over the course of the years with his cousins, that’s my Mawmaw.  I have happily accepted the nomination.  I’ve held that title for 5 years, and I’m proud to wear it.  I now have a grandson and granddaughter.  I will continue to strive to be the #1 Mawmaw, because that is what is truly important. 

What do your grandchildren call you or your parents?  Leave us a comment, we would love to know.  

We Have A Winner

Congratulation to entry #23, Terri.  You’re the winner of the Mother 2 Mother book give away, A Flower in the Snow.

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Happy New Year

Hard to believe another year has come and gone.  When I look back over the year, I can truly say it was a good year for me.  Through the rough times, I remained employed.  I’ve had a roof over my head, plenty of food, watched both of my babies celebrate their birthdays, gained new followers on Mother 2 Mother, and most importantly I strengthened my faith. 

I’m not one to make New Year Resolutions, but I will continue to strive for the best me.  I’m always a work in progress.  I look forward to the New Year and all it has to offer.  I want to thank each of you for helping to make my blog a success by remaining a loyal follower.  I will continue to post content in 2013 and hope that you will continue to follow me on my journey.  

I wish each of you a Happy New Year.  May each of you be blessed. 

My Bucket List

bucket lists
Another year has come and gone.  I started my Bucket List 3 years ago.  Each year I pull it out to see what I’ve accomplished during the year.
I’ve given birth to a beautiful daughter, survived a divorce, given the United Stated government 35 34 32 years of service, raised a daughter as a single mother, sent her through college, watched her get married and give birth to a beautiful son  son and daughter.  I’ve traveled, made new friends and kept old ones, purchased a home, a luxury car and I’ve been able to bank a few dollars. I’ve survived my father’s death and become closer to my siblings. I’ve strengthen my faith in God, I’m giving back to the community, and I can truly say that I’m working to be an example.  


Even at this stage of my life, I still have work to do. I’ve been thinking about retirement in the next 2 3 5 years and what I want to accomplish before and after I reach that milestone. I decided to make a Bucket List. Here are a few items that I’ve added or achieved to date:

  •  Drive Across Country 
  • Travel Abroad – Africa, Italy, Hong Kong, London, Thailand  
  • Cruise To Alaska  (Decided to mark this off my list.  I don’t cruise well). 
  • Open a Brick and Mortar for Sugar Kisses Boutique  (Decided to mark this off my list.  Not willing to work this hard anymore). 
  • Plant A Vegetable Garden 
  • Learn A Second Language – Spanish  
  • Skydive  (Decided to mark this off my list.  I’m not willing to take this risk)
  • Attend the Kentucky Derby 
  • Eat Lobsters In Maine 
  • Visit Martha’s Vineyard 
  • See the fall foliage in the New Hampshire area 
  • Spend a week in New York shopping and seeing a Broadway show 
  • Go horseback riding on the beach
  • Add a sunroom to my hone
  • Travel to Hawaii, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Jamacia, Virgin Islands
  • Plant flower beds along my new fence line
  • Build a greenhouse

 I’ll be adding to my list as I contemplate the next phase of my list. Have you created a Bucket List? Let us know what’s on yours.  If you haven’t created a list, name a few things that you would add to yours. 

Christmas Tree Brownies

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Christmas tree brownies.  What a great idea.  You’ll need one box of brownie mix, candy cane sticks, green gel icing, and peppermint M & M’s.
1. Bake the brownies according to the box.
2. After brownies have cooled, cut into triangle, tree shape with a steak knife.
3. Break off the curve of the candy cane, and stick the candy cane stick at bottom of brownies for the tree stem.
4. Apply icing and place M & M’s on brownie.
Here are the Christmas tree brownies made by my 5 year old grandson and his 4 year old cousin.  Sorry about the glare, the picture was taken with my cell phone.  They had a great time spreading the icing and trimming the trees.  I used the colorful  milk chocolate M & Ms instead of the peppermint.  Making these treats is a great way to occupy children who are anxiously waiting for Santa.  My grandson was leary of leaving brownies for Santa, but I can assure you Santa will enjoy them.

What treats did you make for Santa?  Please leave us a comment, we may want to adopt your idea for Santa next year. 

Let It Snow!

First snow of 2012.  Yes, we had a white Christmas.  Unfortunately, I missed it.  I celebrated the holiday at the beach this year.  Rainy, but no snow.   I love fresh snowfall as long as I don’t have to drive in it.  The earth is covered with a fresh white blanket.  Days like this, I always make a pot of chili or vegetable soup.  Nothing like curling up with a hot bowl of either and watching old  movies.  That fluffy whiteness has a calming effect on me. 

Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday.  Stay tuned for my Christmas post, and I hope yours was as enjoyable as mine.