I Want Candy Mommy

I want candy and I know where to get it. Cohen Stone just couldn’t resist this glass case filled with sweets and teddy bears. He needed to satisfy his sweet tooth, so he managed to climb inside the machine and eat until his heart and tummy was content. You’re saying what, right? Can you believe it. He figured out how to climb inside the machine, unfortunately he couldn’t figure out how to climb out.

This adorable 2 year old toddler was at a party with his mother. She was playing with him in the arcade area, and turned for a few minutes to assist with the food coming to their table, and when she turned around Cohen had disappeared. Thinking that he couldn’t possibly have gone far in that time frame she searched the room. To her surprise, Cohen was in the glass enclosed case filled with candy and teddy bears. Kyra, Cohen’s mother, said she initially thought he had climbed through an opening in the back. When she checked the back there was no opening.  She than searched the top of the machine, to her surprise there was no opening there either.  The only way in was the opening where you collect your candy and/or toys.

When I read the article, I was thinking how that could be possible.  How could a toddler maneuver their way inside that opening.  Well, anyone who has a toddler or has raised one knows that they can end up in the most unbelievable situations.  I remember my nephew getting his head stuck between the banister rails at my house.  I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how he got his head between the railing, but he did. 

Cohen once again proved that a toddler can wiggled their way into anything.  Frightened Kyra called a locksmith to open the hatch door.  While the locksmith was at work, they kept the toddler occupied and cool by opening the chute so they could blow air through it and by having Cohen eat one of the lollipops and throwing the teddy bears down the chute.  Kyra said she phoned her husband to tell him what happened, but he initially thought she was joking.  I think I would have thought the same way.  He finally heard the fear in her voice and realized it wasn’t a joke. 

This brave mom captured the experience on video once she felt confident that her son would be removed safely.  Can you image watching this family video on a Friday or Saturday night.  Thank goodness the toddler was removed safely.  It will be a long time before I will be able to walk by one of those machines and not think of him.  I’ll be holding my grandson’s hands a little tighter when we encounter one as well.

As your child wiggled their way into an unbelievable and heart felt situation?  Tell us about it, we would love to hear from you.

When You Cherish Your Son-In-Law

                                My daughter, grandson and son in law.

My son in law is a wonderful husband and a great father. I love watching him with my grandson. Not only are they father and son, but they’re buddies. They truly hang out, lol. I also love the fact that he gets up with my grandson while my daughter sleeps in. He fixes his breakfast, gives him a bath, selects his cloths and spends hours reading and playing with him. This man bakes his son brownies and makes pancakes, takes him to doctor’s appointments, and the barber. He even cleans the house. Most importantly he’s employed and provides shelter and health benefits for both of them.

I wanted him to know that he’s a blessing in my family and that I’m truly grateful for his presence in our life. I had this delicious vanilla cake with chocolate icing made for him and added the Laker’s color, his favorite NBA team. He loved it. He’s so humble, something this simple truly makes him happy. We did throw in a little cash and a gift certificate for a car detail.

                               My grandson blowing out daddy’s birthday candles.

It was wonderful to have my siblings and their children and their children present as well. Every one had a great time. The children played and the adults consumed lots of food and drink. My holiday appetizers were “banging” and the punch was wonderful. I tried a different punch this year. I used rainbow sherbet and ginger ale. It was delicious.

My niece dancing to All The Single Ladies by Beyonce.
I made honey glazed chicken wings and chicken tenders wrapped in maple bacon, which were devoured as well as his favorite dishes which included potato salad, crock pot baked beans, Lil Smokies in BQ sauce, Lil Smokies in a Blanket, deviled eggs, meatballs and the list goes on. Here’s the Chicken Tenders and the Honey Glazed Wings recipes.

                               What? We didn’t touch him!

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I do intend to live up to spending more time with my family this year. Although I love blogging and blog hopping, I’ve found myself spending hours and hours on the computer. As a result, I must adjust my schedule. I have a wonderful relationship with all of my siblings. One of my brothers said, There was nothing better than family, football and food.” I hope you will cherish your family and let them know that you appreciate their presence in your life during the new year.






Kate Landers Party Hat Give Away

Will you be planning a child’s birthday party soon? If so, you should check out Kate Landers Events. We found the cutest children’s party hats there, and we thought you would want to know about them. These hats are quite unique, they are made from felt and are designed to be an heirloom. They offer an adorable lion, which would be perfect for the birthday boy or birthday girl at a jungle, safari or circus themed party.  Not into the jungle, they have other birthday party ideas such as farm animal, flowers, turtles and sailboats. If none of these will do, Kate Landers Events will custom design a hat that will meet your needs.

Kate Landers Events can coordinate your hat and table accessories too. They offer fabric hats as well as paper. The tablecloth, hat and napkins can be coordinated. If you want to go all out, check out the melamine plates and cups. They have fabulicious colors, green, yellow, pink, purple and many more, that will fit any child’s party decor. If you’re into one stop shopping, they can design your invitations too.

I love the cake and hat set shown. It’s perfect for a little girl. The colors are soft and the design adorable. You won’t find these hats at your everyday party or party store. If you want original for your next party, shop at Kate Landers Events. It’s one stop shopping.

Thanks to Kate, we’re giving a party hat to one of our readers. It could be you, but you must enter to win. Visit Kate Landers Events and browse her site. Leave us a comment and let us know what felt party hat you would like to win. A winner will be selected from the posts, so please leave a valid email address. This give away is open to US Resident 18+ only. It will end December 25 at mid-night. Your party hat will be shipped to winner directly from the sponsor.

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Little Tikes Give Away

Welcome to our Oldies But Goodies Party. Please enjoy the music and horsĀ· d’oeuvres. There’s plenty of non-alcoholic punch and birthday cake. If you prefer something a little stronger the bar is around the corner. We have a great give away, so be sure to enter before you leave. Our bash will continue through October. In addition to the give away below, we will be giving Curiel Lotion, nipple cream, a hat and headband for your little princess, a fall themed kitchen cake, your choice of a boy or girl diaper cake and more.

I was thrilled when All Children’s Furniture contacted us about a give away. We knew our readers would love it, and would also want to purchase an item from this site in the future. All Children’s Furniture sells everything from kid’s chairs to toys. I adore the Jungle Table and Chair Set, it’s perfect for any playroom. You must browse their chair selection.

They also have an assortment of toys. I love one stop shopping. With a full time job, a mother, grandmother, and on-line business owner, I just don’t have the

time to run from store to store these days. I found many items on the site that I love, and I will be purchasing from All Children’s Furniture for my grandson. One item that I have my eye on is the Little Tikes Tricycle. It’s so cute. I’m picturing him riding this down the driveway. I knew my long driveway would come in handy one day, lol.

I also found a Little Tikes Picnic Table (shown above) that would be perfect when he’s visiting. This little table would beneficial for eating, coloring, finger painting and any other activity that can be performed while sitting. He’s at that age where he loves to roll cars and he’s trying to feed himself, so I would get alot of use out this table. An umbrella is also available if you would like to purchase separately.

You can be the winner of the Little Tikes Tricycle or Picnic Table, you choose. Here’s how, visit the site and browse the Kid’s Chairs section. Leave us a comment on what catches your eye. In the same comment let us known which of the two items, Little Tikes Tricycle or Picnic Table, you would like to win. We will select a winner from the posts. Item will be shipped directly from the sponsor. Failure to follow these steps will result in disqualification.


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You Call This An Elmo Cake?

Normally I’m an upbeat person and can let most things roll off my back. When it comes to my grandson, MaMa will draw the line. This picture is of my precious Xavier who turned two yesterday. We hosted his party at the Jumping Monkey in Virginia Beach, VA on Saturday. The establishment was responsible for creating his birthday cake. We requested that the bottom be made of cupcakes; the surface (icing) was suppose to cover the cupcakes and contain a picture of Elmo. This is a picture of the cake that they served. Is this the most pathetic Elmo cake that you have seen? It’s damn sure the most pathetic one that I have seen.

To say that I was livid would be an understatement. The icing was 2 inches thick, we had to search for Elmo on the surface of the cake, and get this it had a fish bowl and some character that we have no clue to this day who it is. Hello, the fish bowl is connected to Dr. Seuss not Sesame Street. This is coming from an establishment who caters to children. Kinda scary isn’t it?

Look at the picture, my sweet Xavier doesn’t care. He just wants to lick the icing on the cupcakes. Isn’t it funny, how children can have fun anytime, anywhere and it’s the adults that act a fool when things aren’t perfect. Even so, I refused to pay for this poor excuse for a cake. I look back on it and I can laugh now, but believe me I wasn’t laughing Saturday when they brought it out and set it before him.  My response was truly WTH? I could have made a better looking cake, and I’ve never baked a cake in my life.

My grandson will be visiting this week-end, so I will be having a small cake made at one of the local bakeries.  I just can’t stand the thought of that pathetic cake being in my scrapbook for his second birthday.  I’ll be sending a picture to the Jumping Monkey, so they can see what a real Elmo cake looks like. I’ll be sure to post a picture of the cake we serve this week-end.

Can you relate to my despair? Leave us a comment and let us know about a major disappointment at your child’s birthday party. Haven’t had one, leave a comment on what you think about the cake presented at my grandson’s party, and if you would have been disappointed.