Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head is still alive and just as popular as ever. I remember playing with Mr. Potato Head when I growing up, when I came across these three adorable characters I had to have them for my grandson. I found these three at Big Lots. I love that store, you never know what you may find.

My grandson spends hours putting Mr. Potato Head together and taking him apart. Did you know that there is an Elvis Potato Head? Yes, Playskool will be producing an Elvis Potato Head (below), thank you thank you very much, lol. I loved Elvis when I was growing up. There was something about his smile and dance moves that just mesmerized me as a teen.

I doubt that I will purchase an Elvis Potato Head, there are others that are more appropriate for a 2 year old, but for those who collect Elvis paraphernalia here you go.

I also purchased a slinky for my grandson. I played with the slinky on the front steps for hours. Jacks was another one of my favorite childhood games along with hopscotch. He’s a little too young for these games, but I plan to introduce them down the road. We also had hula hoops and pogo sticks. These are games that can be played outside as well. Our children have lost the will to go outside and move, and as a result childhood obesity has become a big problem in this country. I refuse to allow my grandson to become an obesity statistic.  I will be writing on this topic in another post.  

What were your favorite games growing up? Leave us a comment, with the era that you grow up. I would bet that toy has or will come full circle and your children will play with those very toys/games one day.

Perez Hilton – What An Idiot

What an idiot! You’ve heard the controversy with Perez Hilton and the Miley Cyrus photo, right. If you haven’t, Perez Hilton placed a link on his Twitter Account that opened to a photo of Miley Cyrus getting out of a vehicle in an “unlady like fashion”. I watched him on The Joy Behar show tonight trying to explain himself. His explanation, she knew pictures were being taken of her, she should be careful how she exits a car. Hello, she’s 17 you fool.
I’m not a big fan of Miley Cyrus, but I am a mother. People are in an uproar over his attempt to exploit a 17 year old child in this manner.  Rightfully so, I would be furious if someone posted a photo of my minor child on-line with her skirt or dress a little too high because she was struggling to get out of a vehicle.  Perez went on to say he thought the photo was funny and further reinforced her provocative behavior so to speak. I saw the photo, and it appears that she just didn’t think about what she was wearing, her focus was just on getting out the car. The car appeared to be a low, 2 seater.  Have you tried getting out of one?  Hell, I have a difficult time getting out of an SUV.  My skirt probably would have been around my head if I had to get out of a vehicle that low. 
I don’t know of any responsible adult, that would post a photo of a child on-line and pretty much say she asked for it.  She knew she was being photographed.  She’s no longer a child, and it seems people want her to stay a little girl on the Disney channel.  Yes, she’s been photographed in what some would call provocative photos.  In particular, with a sheet wrapped around her, dancing up against an older man at a party and in her underwear.  Lets face it, there’s a new generation out there with a totally different view and manner of dress.  This young lady is growing up and she’ll make plenty of mistakes as we all have and are still doing. We’re just not in the eyes of the camera. 
There is no acceptable explanation for what is suppose to be a grown man who would post a photo of her in that position.  I wonder how he would feel if that was his daughter? We as adults need to remember that children should not be the objects of ridicule for any reason.  It’s funny, we’re suppose to be the adults and should be examples for our children. Perez Hilton made an attempt to show a 17 year old’s ass, but he ended up being the biggest one.

Kids Put On Wrong Flight by Delta

Would you allow your child too travel alone to visit a relative? Until I read the article today about Delta airlines placing two children on the wrong flight, I may have considered it. The Unaccompanied Minor Program is used by many airlines for children between the ages of 5 – 14 who need to travel without an adult. The airline is paid to take on the responsibility of the child until they reach their destination. The person who brings the child to the airport must show identification, and the person who is at the final destination must show identification before the child is released. They airline is suppose to ensure the child gets on the correct flight, feed them, make sure they make connections and turn them over to the right person for a hefty price.
It seems Delta Airlines needs some work on their program. Somehow they mixed up the paperwork for the children and placed them on the wrong connecting flights. How the hell is this possible? This is what you’re getting paid to do. My big question is, how do you mix up the paper work of a boy and girl? Did anyone ask them their name or put some kind of identification on them? Did anyone bother to check their identification? Obviously not. The little boy realized the mistake, he knew he was suppose to be in Boston and not Cleveland. Kids are so smart.

Can you imagine the grandparent’s or whatever adult that was on the other end’s fear. I would have been beside myself. Delta is conducting an investigation, and they are assuring parents across the country that the children were supervised at all times. Idiots! Delta has also stated that they issued refunds for the children and gave the families free tickets for a future trip. I may have accepted the tickets, but my child would never travel alone on that airline again. It’s doubtful that they would ever travel alone again.

To be honest, I’ve had a positive attitude toward this program in the past. I have witnessed children under the Unaccompanied Minor program in my travels, and they have been well taken care of by the airline. These type of incidents are suppose to be rare, but when they happen it causes you to become fearful and a little more protective of your child.

I may change my mind in the future, but tonight my little sweetie pie will get squeezed a little harder, and he will definitely receive extra hugs and kisses. What your thoughts on this incident? Leave us a comment.

Spaghetti Salad Recipe

 easy pasta salad recipes

 I  love this simple pasta dish, especially in the summer.  Turning on the oven or stove is something that I strive to do as little as possible in the summer.  Furthermore, I serve this dish at family  gatherings, baby showers, and office parties.  It is always refreshing and a big hit no matter where I serve it.  It’s a go to for any occasion:

 

  • 1 package of thin spaghetti noodles
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 1 bottle of Salad Supreme
  • 1 large bottle of Italian Dressing


    spaghetti salad recipe

Boil noodles according to pasta package.  Next, chop or cube the tomatoes and cucumbers. If you have a home garden, this is a perfect recipe to use those home grown tomatoes and cucumbers.  Next, mix the  noodles, cucumbers, and tomatoes.

Additionally, add a generous amount of  Salad Supreme.  This ingredient is just as much of a star as the other ingredients.  Finally add the Italian dressing until noodles are saturated.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  The longer the salad is in the refrigerate, the more of an opportunity it has to merry the ingredients.  You can add more salad dressing if  needed prior to serving.

My family devours this dish.  It’s a nice summer dish on days when you simply don’t feel like turning on the stove, oven, or plugging in the crockpot.  It goes great with a sandwich or it’s great alone.

 

Friendship

How many friends do you have? I can count mine on one hand. There are people that I socialize with, and there are my true friends. My friends have been just that since childhood. There’s one friend that I did just about everything with in my teen years. She moved when we were in our early 20’s, and we stopped communicating. I’ve thought about her on many occasions. I would inquire about her when I saw relatives, but we never contacted each other.


She lost a son several years ago, her son and my daughter were a few months apart. I sent my condolences, still I never called her. I didn’t know what to say. Not only did she lose him, he was murdered by his girlfriend. More on this insane situation in another post.


I’ve thought about my far and few friendships over the course of the years. I really need to reach out more. This is something that I should have done years ago, but I put my focus on my daughter. Seriously, being a single parent can be an exhausting experience. My life and friendships went by the wayside.
Do you believe in second chances?  I do!  I’ve reconnected with the friend that I’ve been out of touch with for the pass 30 years.  How you ask?  We reconnected on Face Book. I woke up last week to a Friend Request from her.  I was elated.  I confirmed the Friend Request, we chatted on-line and she called me later.  It’s so amazing, we talked just like we did 30 years ago.  We vowed to never lose contact again.  It was a great reunion.  We talked about old times, our children and grandchildren, our failed marriages, and the murder of her son.  We’re planning to take a vacation together sometime in the near future.  I’m thankful for second chances.  I intend to do better with this friendship this time around.  Have you lost a friendship from neglect?  Leave us a comment on how you maintain your friendships. 

Fired For Being Beautiful

Don’t hate me for being beautiful. Yes, it seems that’s still happening in the world. Allegedly, it’s happening at Citibank. They don’t want beautiful women working for them because they’re too distracting. Here’s the story, according to Debrahlee Lorenzana, pictured above, she was fired for being “too hot”. From the pictures that I’ve seen, she is a very attractive lady. She’s 5’5, weighs 125 pounds and has a great shape. DebrahLee states where she comes from women dress up, put on makeup, and get their nails done to go to the supermarket. She’s from Puerto Rico, so her dress at the office is a part of who she is. Personally, I think women should take pride in themselves regardless of where they’re from. For some women its not a priority, but for those of us who do put it at the top of their list more power to them.

When I read the article I was in disbelief. This is 2010, lets get real. The world is full of beautiful women and beautiful women are now a part of corporate America. It seems that Citibank’s male managers and co-workers found her to be distracting. Supposedly, male co-workers complained that they could not focus on their work.  As a result, two male managers gave her a list of clothing she would not be allowed to wear. The list includes turtlenecks, pencils skirts, fitted suits and 3 inch heels. Are you kidding me. It is hard to believe that there are men that damn weak in Corporate America. It is absolutely one of the most ridiculous actions by a company that I have hear of.

As a woman in Corporate America, I have seen and experienced harassment by female co-workers as a result of the pride that I take in myself so I know dress can be an issue in the work environment. I received compliments from male co-workers, but never did I receive a complaint from a male co-worker nor was I called into the office by management as a result. Than again, I’m not built like a brick house either. Anyway because of the harassment I experienced, EEO was called into my area to do several presentations on diversity. The harassing employees were told if they continued, they would be fired from the company. The harassment stopped immediately.

Now I did not sport 3 inch heels in the office for several reasons: 1) 3 inch heels are not appropriate for the office and 2) I can’t walk in the SOBs anymore. I do own a turtle neck in every color and I wear then under my suits in the winter. Gives a very polished look. Besides, what is more covering than a turtleneck? Before I gained weight, I also wore pencil skirts and fitted suits. I’ve had to change my style, but suits, turtle necks, pencil skirts and fitted suits are worn in the office. It seems that the real problem is not the clothing for DebrahLee, this is a cover-up, it’s how she looks in these garments. She’s causing hard ons, lol.

I viewed several pictures of DebrahLee in her office attire, and I agree, she has a hell of a shape on her. Go on girl, strut your stuff. I’m not mad at you.

It seems Citibank’s lawsuits are piling up. Here’s another interesting case, a former employee who is Jewish, Dorly Hazan-Amir, is suing Citigroup for sexual discrinination. The men in the office took bets on how much weigh she would gain while she was pregnant, she was told that she could go a business trips when she learned how to play golf, and her boss stated that Jewish girls were turned on by men with beareds.

In my opinion, this country still has miles to travel on the diversity path and we really need to step up the education in the good old USA. It looks like we really need diversity training in Corporate America too. If this is what’s happening in our corporations, no wonder the country is in the state it’s in. People can’t make good judgements or do their job because they focusing on their erections and how someone looks in their clothing. Would love to hear your opinion on this one.

Curel Foot Cream Give Away

It’s sandal season ladies! If you’re going to wear sandals this summer, a pedicure is a most. There’s nothing worst than seeing a lady with cracked, calloused heels and chipped polish sporting a pair of sandals. I try to visit the salon regularly for manicures and pedicures, but there are times when I just can’t keep my appointment. If time and/or finances are not on your side, a home pedicure is a perfect solution. Don’t have time for a full pedicure, try Curel Foot Cream for silky smooth feet.

I fell in love with Curel products long ago. I’m a regular user of their body lotion. Several months ago, I was given the opportunity to review their hand and foot cream. I’ve been hooked on the foot cream since the review. I’m here to promote it again. Why? Because it works. High heels are a big part of my dress. At this stage of my life, I refuse to give them up. My feet pay a serious price as a result, so regular foot care is a must for me. I’ve tried many products over the course of the years, but none has worked like the Curel foot cream. It’s nice and thick and non-greasy. Curel recommends that their foot lotion be used at night. I apply it every night before bed to keep my feet silky smooth between pedicures. I actually noticed the difference in the feel of my feet within days of using the cream. If I have an event on the week-ends, I use extra foot cream. I apply it in the morning with a pair of old socks while I’m lounging around. You can find Curel Foot Therapy at your local drug store for $4.99 a tube. Can’t beat the price for the product. I love the fact that the tube is small enough for travel too. Beach season is here, I don’t have to leave it behind. Make Curel Foot Cream a part of your daily beauty routine, you’ll be glad you did.

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Radio Flyer Tricycle/Little Tikes Table Give Away

Radio Flyer Tricycle I had the privilege of working with a great company, CSN Stores, last year and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work with them again. I am so excited, they have everything from bathroom vanities to great toys and games I didn’t know what to choose for this give away. This site has everything imaginable, I love it. I decided to choose items that I have purchased or would purchase for my grandson or granddaughter. I know my readers appreciate quality items at bargain prices as I do, so you’ll be excited about these finds.

I recently purchased the Radio Flyer Tricycle shown for my grandson’s Easter gift. I grew up with a Radio Flyer, and when I saw it I had to bring it home with me. It’s a classic, from the red paint to the streamers to the silver bell. I also love the fact that the company is still owned and operated by the founding family. Incredible since they’ve owned the company since 1917. My grandson adores this trike. He shows it to everyone, lol. I like the fact that the seat is adjustable on this model, which will allow the tricycle to grow with him. He’s turning 3 in September, so he’ll get lots of mileage out of this purchase. It’s recommended for ages 2 – 5. You can’t go wrong with this selection, its reputation is stellar and it has the following awards to back it:

  • Parents Choice Classic Winner
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  • The National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval Winner

I’m also a big fan of Little Tikes. They deliver quality products, I own quite a few. Since summer is up on us, this picnic table caught my eye. It seats up to 8 children, which is perfect for my family gatherings. I love the fact that it can folded and stored during the winter or transported to other family member’s homes for their gatherings. We usually have at least 5 – 6 little ones running around at cook outs, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I can pull this table out and seat them in one area for meals and crafts. It too will have longevity, it’s suitable for ages 2 – 8.
You can be the winner of our Radio Flyer Trike or Little Tikes Picnic Table, you choose. Follow these 2 steps: 1) visit Toys and Games Online and leave us a comment on what catches your eye. 2) In the same comment let us know which of the two items, Trike or Picnic Table, you would like to win. We will randomly select a winner from the comments. Item will be shipped directly from the sponsor. Failure to follow these steps will result in disqualification, no exceptions.

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I’ve Made My Vacation Plans

Does this look delicious or what?  I’ll be basting in the sun on this beautiful beach next month.  Are you wondering where it is?  I will keep you in suspense not a moment longer, it is in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  I’m booked for a week, and I can’t wait to relieve my stress and strain on this sandy white beach.  Oh Cabana Boy!  Yes, bring it on.

I’m going to try an all inclusive vacation this time around.  I’ve always been leery of all inclusive vacations.  For some reason, I’m afraid I’m not going to get my money’s worth.  I think a big part of it is that I’m not in control of my money too.  Most people that I’ve talked to have been pleased with these type of deals, so I decided to take a risk.

I can’t wait to board that plane.  I’m looking for a few new swimsuits and sarongs to take.  I’m looking for a chocolate swimsuit in particular.  I plan to wear a yellow sarong with it, and of course the classic black swimsuit with a white sarong. One pieces of course, they would lock my ass up for sure if I wore a bikini on any beach.
I purchased several maxi dresses last year at the end of the season and I caught a few deals at TJ Max and Ross on several cute little numbers that will look great with leggings or alone. I’m hoping to lose another 5 lbs before we leave.  I’ll be walking and sweating like a pig for the next 30 days.  I want to stuff as little as possible into my swimsuits and dresses, lol.
Since this is my first trip to Puerto Vallarta I can’t tell you much about it now, but stayed tuned for lots of pictures when I return.  If it is as beautiful as Cancun my pictures will make a great scrapbook, another hobby of mine.
Would love to hear from you if you been to Puerto Vallarta.  If not, tell us about your vacation plans for the summer.

Quote of the Week

A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer. ~Author Unknown