Monday, November 14, 2011

Naturalizer Review & 48 Hour Giveaway!

Have you ever tried a pair of Naturalizers?  I hadn't until now.  I always wanted a pair but never knew if they were worth the money.  I can now honestly say that they are WELL worth the money.  They have been around since the 1920s so they have had lots of time to get their product right. 

Naturalizers come in a variety of sizes (4.5-12) and widths (narrow, medium, wide) for extra comfort.

I usually hate wearing heels but these boots are the most comfortable heels I have ever worn in my entire life!  I could wear them all day and night and not even remember I had heels on.  They fit perfectly around my calf and even have a little stretch to them for added comfort.  They are classy and just plain fabulous looking.  They are beautiful with skirts, capris and even jeans.  I absolutely LOVE them.

Check out this video for even more information.

Now to make this review even sweeter, one of my readers get a chance to try out these fabulous shoes as well.  All you have to do is be a fan of my site and fill out the form below.  The winner will receive 1 of their top 3 choices from the 10 selected styles in the Naturalizer fall collection:


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Be a Part of Something Wonderful!

If you have followed my blog for a while, you know that I have donated to Operation Christmas Child for several years and really have a passion for this ministry. We look at our children who appear to have everything and get tons of gifts for Christmas. Now, think of the thousands of children around the world who have nothing! Could you imagine the looks on those children's faces when they are given a shoebox full of toys and goodies that you made for them? What an amazing blessing you could be in their life. Not only do they get a box full of goodies, they get presented with the True Meaning of Christmas!

Below is a video of how it all works so you have a better idea.

I would love for you to help me in this endeavor to send these love filled shoeboxes to kids. All you have to do is fill an average shoebox or shoebox sized box and mail it to:

Samaritan’s Purse
Operation Christmas Child
801 Bamboo Road
Boone, NC 28607

If you would like more information on what to donate, you can visit their site at

Friday, October 14, 2011

Barnum & Bailey Circus!

So, my little ones and I went to the circus last night and loved it!  My youngest (8 months) loved the beginning with all the action.  There were circus characters all over the rink in all their bright colors and moving all around.  Definitely entertaining for him.  My oldest (almost 4) loved the elephants and the big metal cages with the two guys.  He said, "Mommy, someday I can do that because I'm a Superhero!"  It was too cute!

The thing I missed the most in this year's circus compared to last years was the motorcyclists in the big sphere.  That was one of the coolest things I have ever seen and I was really bummed that wasn't in this year's performance.  I feel like there was a bit less dramatic activities in this circus compared to previous years.

I did love the new act with the bouncing feet and the neon glow in the dark people.  That was pretty neat to watch.  I also love watching the tigers.  I think one of these years, they are going to paw him a little too hard!  One of them really gave him a good whap from what I could see.  I'm sure he is used to that.  My house cats do that to me but those guys were MUCH bigger!

I got some great pictures that I hope to get up very soon.  If you haven't gotten tickets to the circus yet, there is still time!  It is definitely worth going to see and taking your little ones.  They will enjoy it for sure!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Betty Crocker Fan Fare

Betty Crocker has posted some amazing sounding recipes to share with you.  You can check these out at Betty Crocker FanFare.

These popcorn recipes sound amazing.  I love relaxing in the evenings with seasoned popcorn and a good movie.  I am definitely going to try some of these great popcorn flavors and probably a lot of the other featured recipes as well.

Disclosure:  This information was received from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Circus Giveaway

If you are interested in winning tickets to the show, here is your chance!  I have a family 4-pack of tickets to giveaway to one lucky reader.  All you have to do is fill out the form below.  You must be a follower of my blog and the give away only last for 24 hours so hurry!  Tell all your friends and family about their chance to win!

The tickets the winner receives will be for Thursday, opening night.

Congrats to Tara H. for winning the tickets!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus in STL!

We are so excited in our house to go and see the circus!  There is nothing more fun than watching all the activities that go on at the circus.  Below is a picture of some of the characters you can check out at the circus.  Don't they just look like a lot of fun?!

Go and meet Tabayara, a magnificent animal trainer, 2 amazing strongmen, brothers who tackle the Twin Turbines of Steel, the human fuse shoot himself across the arena, and share a little laughter with Clown Alley.

Your little ones and you are sure to enjoy this year's show!  Like always, there is a discount code so you can get your tickets for a cheaper rate: 11MOMFC.  This will save you $4 off each ticket you purchase.

The show times are as follows:

Thursday, October 13 at 7pm
Friday, October 14 at 10:30am or 7pm
Saturday, October 15 at 1pm or 5pm
Sunday, October 16 at 12pm, or 4pm

Which one will you attend?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sam's Club Pink Promotion Giveaway!

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, beginning September 19th, Sam's stores will be carrying pink packaging on participating General Mills products.  For 5 years, General Mills has partnered with Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  As usual, they will be donating $2 million to Komen to fund research & support education & outreach projects.

You can help by purchasing specially marked boxes of your favorite General Mills products and decide how 1/2 of that contribution will be donated by voting at until April 15, 2012.

The $2 million will be divided between two Komen programs:
*Treatment & Assistance Program - helping women get the care they need even when they can't afford it.
*Prevention Research - helps spread information and education to prevent breast cancer.

You choose where you want the donations to go between those 2!  Both are very necessary and cheritable programs.

Of course I am also going to help one of my readers with their purchase of the awesome General Mills products from Sam's Club by giving away a $25 giftcard to Sam's Club.

You must be a follower of MOAM2008 and fill out the form below to enter the giveaway.
Disclosure: The information and gift card(s) have been provided by Sam’s Club and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Congrats to Tara H. for winning this giveaway!

Disney on Ice Toy Story 3 Review

Let me just tell you that TOY STORY 3 ON ICE WAS AMAZING!
I think it was for sure the best Disney on Ice production I have been to yet.  Usually when we go to Disney on Ice, my little guy gets bored about 1/2 way through.  Not this time!  He was entertained through the entire performance.  I'm not sure if it was because this was a show geared more toward boys or if it was because he loves Toy Story.

My little nephew had a blast as well.  He seems to really have a good time and the cousins loved playing with their Buzz Lightyear whirly toys their grandma bought them before the show started.  The pictures you see below were from the show but they really don't do justice to the show itself.  If you haven't gotten your tickets to the show yet, you will want to.  This show is one that you don't want to miss!

If you are going to buy tickets, be sure to use the code:  MOMT3 and you will get $4 off tickets!
 This was Buzz getting dropped into the alien arcade game.  The aliens were very cool looking.  They were one of my favorites at this show.
 Woody and Jessie doing a dance.  I absolutely love to watch ice skating and they make it look so fun and creative!
 Barbie and Ken doing their romance dance.  They really looked like big dancing Barbies to me!  They were also a favorite of mine.  I loved the scene with the 20 or so Barbies that danced together in their neon colored jumpsuits.  Very entertaining!
This was a shot of a lot of the gang that was in the show.  At the end, they all came out and did a dance together.  It was very neat to see them all and hear my little guy name them off as he saw them.

It really was a great show so definitely consider going to see it.  If you live in St. Louis, you have until Sunday to see the show so buy tickets ASAP.  If you don't live in St. Louis, they are going to other cities so check the schedule and see if they are coming to you!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Yoplait Giveaway!

If you have been to the grocery store lately, you may have already seen the pink lids on the Yoplait yogurts canisters.  You may ask what the significance of the pink lids is?  Well, October is breastcancer awareness month and Yoplait, through Save Lids to Save Lives, will donate $.10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure per lid collected.

There are several collection sites that you can drop off your Yoplait lids at.  Most Schnucks locations have a large pink collection box that you can place your lids in.  You may also mail them to me at

PO Box 27704
St. Louis, MO 63146

You can also redeem them at

If you do not know someone who has been affected by breastcancer, listen to these statistics.  1 in 8 women in the US alone will be diagnosed with breastcancer sometime in their life.  This could be a friend, wife, mother, sister, neighbor, etc. 

My grandmother is a breastcancer survivor so this is something that hits close to home for me.  How about you?  Do you have someone you love affected?

Whether you do or not, it is as simple as saving the lid from your yogurt that could help find a cure for someone.  There is no extra money involved and you could save a life.  If you normally don't eat Yoplait, maybe you could try it out for a few months just to help save a life.  You have until December 31st to send in the lids to Yoplait.  Yoplait will donate up to $2 million.

Since you are going to be going out and buying Yoplait to help out, here is a coupon for $.30 off that you can print.  Remember, most grocery stores will double $.30 coupons so you will really be saving $.60!  There are also coupons for Yoplait yogurt in recent Sunday paper inserts.

Because my readers are awesome and will strive to collect a dozen or more Yoplait lids, Yoplait & MyBlogSpark would like to offer a Yoplait prize pack as seen above.  This prize pack includes:

Two VIP coupons, each valid for one free Yoplait yogurt core cup product
A Yoplait pink lid collection kit
Tote bag
Heart-shaped key holder
Hope Journal

To be entered into the giveaway, you must be a follower of Mom On A Mission 2008 & fill out the form below.
Disclosure: The Yoplait prize pack, information and coupon have been provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.

Betty Crocker Brownie Giveaway!

 Are you a fan of Betty Crocker?

I sure am!  I love baking from scratch but sometimes there just isn't the time for it.  Betty Crocker is who I turn to when I need a yummy desert really fast.  With the weather starting to cool, there is nothing better than some warm, delicious chocolate to cheer me up!

Betty Crocker now has new Milk Chocolate Traditional Brownie Mix to warm your spirits.  This milk chocolate take of the traditional homemade brownie should make your family's chocolate lover happy.

Betty Crocker & MyBlogSpark has offered one of my readers the Brownie Prize Pack pictured below.  The winner will receive one Betty Crocker® Milk Chocolate Traditional Brownie mix, Betty Crocker apron, cookie sheet, and mixing spoon.

To be entered to win, you must be a follower of Mom On A Mission 2008 and you must fill out the form below.

Disclosure: The product, information and prize pack have been provided by Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Disney On Ice Toy Story 3

Toy Story 3 is on ice at the Chaifetz Arena very soon!  I am very excited to take my boys to the show!  Are you going?  If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, be sure to do so by using code:  MOMT3 which will save you $4 off the ticket price.

I know you don't want to miss the fun from Toy Story 3 and some great things from Toy Story 1 & 2.  Who is your favorite character?  Mine is Buzz.  My little guy loves Woody.

Feel free to order your tickets via this link and remember to enter your discount code!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Disney on Ice Coming to St. Louis!

Disney on Ice is coming to town and presenting Disney Pixar's Toy Story 3!  My little guy is excited to see this show.  Buzz will be the talk of the town for sure!

Here are the details:

Chaifetz Arena
Sept. 22-25
Tickets available at MetroTix
Use discount code: MOM to get discounted tickets

Show times:

Thurs., Sept. 22 @ 7pm
Fri., Sept 23 @ 7pm
Sat., Sept 24 @ 11am, 3pm, 7pm
Sun., Sept 25 @ 12pm, 4pm

Stay tuned for more information to come!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kroger Cart Buster Savings Event

 Kroger grocery stores is having a cart buster savings event.  July 31st through August 17th, there is storewide savings in every department.  Tons of brands in over 100 categories from:
  • General Mills
  • Pepsi
  • Unilever
  • Heinz
  • Mars
  • Wrigley
  • & Kimberly Clark
Some of the brands that are participating are:
  • Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Yoplait
  • Pillsbury
  • Pepsi
  • Doritos
  • Gatorade
  • Smart Ones
  • Ore-Ida
  • Cottonelle
  • Viva
  • Breyer's
  • Axe
  • Snickers
  • Pedigree
  • & Orbit
You can find these great savings at all the Kroger family stores such as:
  • Kroger
  • Ralphs
  • King Scoopers
  • City Market
  • Dillons
  • Smith's
  • Fry's
  • QFC
  • Baker's
  • Owen's
  • Jay C Food Stores
  • Hilander
  • Gerbes
  • Food4Less
  • Fred Meyer
  • Pay Less Supermarkets
  • & Scott's Food & Pharmacy
To encourage you to shop at one of these fabulous Kroger Family stores, I have a $25 giftcard to offer you.  This will be a 24 hour giveaway only so be sure to enter quickly by filling out the form below.  There will only be one chance to win this time so get in your entry!

Disclosure: The Kroger gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Alison M. is the winner of this giveaway.  Congrats!

5 Tips from Betty Crocker

Hopefully you are all enjoying summer.  With the kids back in school, you moms may be feeling a little different about summer.  Betty Crocker & Erica Domesek from P.S.-I made this, would like to offer you several tips to making the rest of summer even greater!
Tip #1:  Pie Lovin'

Try Mini S'mores Hand Pies which has everything great about a s'mores in one.  It has crunchy graham cracker, melted chocolate, gooey marshmallows all wrapped in a pie pocket for easy eating.

Repurpose old pie pans by making them into multi-wick candles.  Set short wicks in a pie dish & pour candle wax into the dish.  You can add your own scents and colors to make the candle new and unique to you.

Tip #2:  Spice It Up

Try fresh Sriracha Refrigerator Pickles has a hot, Thai inspired sauce that spices up the average refrigerator pickle.  The best part is there is no canning needed!

Use bold, colorful beaded trim and ribbons to make a great summer inspired necklace for yourself or someone special.

Tip #3:  Move Over, Meat

Try a vegetarian alternative to meat like the Monster Veggie Burger.  It is loaded with fresh vegetables and chickpeas, making veggies the most important thing on your plate.

Use veggies as name tag holders for a meal get together.  Cut the veggies in half and hollow them out.  Cut out paper tags and put the guests names on them, then slice and opening on the top of the veggie to slip in the name tag for the display. 

Tip #4:  Backyard Green Grocer

Try making some Green Garden Fries with fresh veggies from your own garden or a local Farmer's Market.  You will oven fry them and then dip them in a delicious Greek yogurt dipping sauce.

After you plant the seeds in your garden, cut out the flower or produce pictures from the seed packets and decoupage them onto plain notecards.  This will create a cute collage(s).

Tip #5:  Switch Up the 'Wich

Try a new twist to the original sandwich comfort food with the Greek Grilled Cheese Taco.  For this you would use grilled Greek halloumi cheese & fresh veggies & herbs stuffed in a flour tortilla.

There is a new, fun way to serve up food for the family.  Use a frisbee or flying disc and line it with a colorful bandana.  Arrange sandwiches and other tasty snacks on the disc and serve them to the family.

These are just 5 of the 10 great Betty Crocker tips that were available at their website here.  You can also get more great tips from Erica here

The information in this post was provided by Betty Crocker, Erica Domesek and MyBlogSpark.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Winners from Past 2 Giveaways!

WOW, what a crazy last month it has been for me.  I have had internet off and on and many of my other electronics are still not working properly.  That and my kids have kept me super busy!  I know I am really behind on announcing winners for my giveaways so I am hoping to catch up right now and then offer you a new one very soon.

For the Cascade Giveaway:

Winners of the $15 Walmart Giftcard is:
Karalin L

Winner of the 5 Cascade Trial Packs are:
Alison M.
April T.
Tamara B.
Becky D.

I will send you all emails and request your shipping information.  Congrats to all!

The winner for the $25 Walmart Giftcard is:

Tamara B.

Congrats Tamara!!!  I will email you about your winning.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Walmart Box Tops for Education

Does your child's school have a Box Tops for Education program?  Many schools are now participating in this program.  Basically, whenever you purchase products, look for the ones with the Box Tops for Education logo on them.  Collect these logos and turn them into your child's school.  The school then earns money that will go toward education.  Visit their website here for more information.

Walmart is prepared to make your back-to-school shopping easy.  They offer low prices for the things your kids need as well as 70 participating brands with 4 box tops on them to help support the Box Tops for Education program.

To get you started for your Back-to-School shopping, Walmart, General Mills and MyBlogSpark have provided me with a $25 Walmart giftcard to giveaway.  To enter this giveaway, you must follow my blog as well as fill out the form below.
Disclosure: The information and $25 gift card to Walmart has been provided by Walmart and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cascade Complete

Have you tried the new Cascade Complete All-in-1 ActionPacs?  I have and I love them.  In my house, we have a bad habit of baking something and then leaving the baking dish sit for a day or two.  I love to cook but I hate to clean up the dishes from cooking!  So, obviously, I need something that is able to fight off the nasty dried on messes on my dishes.  I tried the ActionPacs and love them!  They really do work!
I was challenged to bake something and then see how well the ActionPacs worked.  I, of course, forgot to take a picture of my scummy dish so I will come back and put up a before and after picture later.  But, let me tell you, my dish was clean after the wash cycle.
 If you have never seen the gel pacs, they look like the picture above.  They have swirls of different stuck-on food fighting ingredients.  They are actually cool little packs.  I love the no mess thing about them.  I don't have to worry about squeezing too much soap into the dishwasher or getting it all over the place.  I just pop a Pac and I am good to go!
The best part is that you can get them for fairly cheap.  You can try the trial pack for less than $1 from Walmart.  This gives you 3 ActionPacs to try out to see if you will be hooked on them too.  P&G & MyBlogSpark have provided several giveaways for me to offer.  I have a $15 Walmart giftcard & 5 trial packs.  To be entered into the giveaway, you must follow my blog and you must fill out the form below.
Thanks to P&G and MyBlogSpark for providing the Cascade Complete All-in-1 ActionPacs Kit, trial packs & $15 Walmart Gift Card.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Deal-a-Day Websites

Candace Parkson, a web promoter, sent me a link to a website where you can learn more about those Deal-a-Day websites that are promoting all kinds of great deals.  Click here to see how they benefit from you getting a "good" deal.  Thanks Candace!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Pay It Forward Winner

I have read the submissions for the $50 gift card giveaway.  I have chosen Karalin L. to pay if forward to her friend.  Here is her story of how she desires to Pay It Forward:

I have a friend that lost her job earlier this year and she was the main breadwinner and insurance holder. Right at the same time she lost her job, her mother was diagnosed with late-term cancer (bone, I think?). It had already begun to spread to other parts of her body. Sure enough, I just found out this morning that her mother passed away yesterday. My friend feels so stressed and overwhelmed. I would LOVE to help her by filling up her pantry and making her a warm meal. With coupons, I could make that $50 stretch and take at least one minor worry off her plate for a while.

I feel that this is a fabulous way to help someone in our community which was the mission of Pampers for this promotion.  I will have Karalin submit a follow up post for me to keep my readers posted on the results of her good thoughts.

Yoplait Kids Snack Offer

 Have you or your children tried the Yoplait Kids yogurt?  My little man actually loves the yogurt.  Here is a great videos to get more information about Yoplait Kids by the author of Mama's Boy, Christine Coppa!

If you liked that video, there are several others that you can check out here:

Information was provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Guest Post - Frugal Tips

Three Frugal Tips That Are Too Simple To Skip

Today's financial climate has inspired many things. With saving money on the forefront of everyone's mind, the internet is swarming with frugal tips and tricks. While some of these helpful hints are less than practical (toilet train your cat, really?), there are several incredibly simple tricks to frugality that can save anyone some extra cash. These three tricks are extremely easy steps you can take to help you save on your household expenses.

Many of us fail to realize just how significant the amount of money we spend on groceries really is each month. For most households, the grocery bill is the largest bill we pay. The easiest way to save money on grocery shopping is by writing a grocery list before you leave for the store. Go through your kitchen and pantry before you leave and write down all of the items that you are out of. Try to devise a meal plan for the week, so that you can go to the store with specific meals in mind. This way you can purchase the items you need for individual meals without forgetting items or getting items you do not need. All too often, we go to the store and buy whatever items we see on the shelves that look appetizing. This often leads to either buying things we do not actually need or want or having duplicate items in our pantry. Each of these situations leads to both a waste of money and a waste of food. The key to cutting back on unnecessary purchases at the store is planning a careful list before you leave and sticking to it. Do not deviate from your list. Also, beware of the store's discount marketing plans. Signs will often say "4 for $4" and people think this means that they must buy four items. Usually this sign means that each item costs one dollar a pop.

Next, cook large dinners in the evening and freeze the leftovers. Cook up a double or triple batch of casserole or pasta and put the remaining food in meal sized tuperware containers. You can then take these pre-cooked meals to work for lunch or serve them again for dinner some time later in the week. Although leftovers are never super popular with the kids, there are things you can do to spice things up a little. Try adding new and fresh side dishes to go alongside the leftover meal. Eating leftovers is a great way to save money and time for the busy professional parent. Eating out is a huge expense. While going out to dinner for a special occasion or celebration can be a lot of fun, it is usually very expensive and not particularly healthy. Eating leftovers can save you a significant amount of dough and a significant amount of time.

Lastly, (and I know this one is going to be less popular) try to eat less meat. Meat is expensive. Cut back on the amount of meat that you eat and notably cut back on your spending. Don't get me wrong. I love eating a delicious steak or a tasty fish filet. But, these dishes can be very pricy. At least once a week, on a day that you would have eaten a meat product, try replacing it with a delicious and inexpensive meatless meal. Pasta dishes, vegetarian chili, and hummus with pitas are all great choices, among dozens and dozens of others. I'm not suggesting that you become a vegetarian (although that probably would save us some money), but sacrificing some of your meaty meals can help you save quite a bit of cash.

Saving money takes a little more effort and a little more forethought. While these tips are not going to give you thousands more in the bank right away, they can help you save little by little. The key to living a frugal life is doing it one small purchase or practice at a time.

Author Bio:
Donna Reish, a freelancer who blogs about best universities, contributed this guest post.  She loves to write education, career, frugal living, finance, health, parenting relating articles. She can be reached via email at:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Pay it Forward

In our economy today, it is the "thing" to be thrifty it seems.  We are always trying to find savings wherever we can and cut corners where we can.  I think sometimes we forget that there are others that don't even have the option to cut corners.  How can you cut when you never start with anything?

Pampers has a campaign running called "Little Miracles Mission".  They had the fabulous mission to Pay-It-Forward within individual communities.  They have sent me a $50 gift card to use to help someone in need.  They told me I could use it however I saw fit to help someone in need.

Here is how I have chosen to use it.  I have a friend from church who works at a local pregnancy resource center.  I asked her to find me a mother that has a real need and could be greatly blessed by $50 worth of goods.  Here is the story for the family I am supporting.

The family of S (names changed for confidentiality) is a couple who recently had a set of twins and already had 4 children.  The father is unemployed and the mother works a part-time job but searching for more employment.  They are definitely struggling but are very thankful for what they do have.  Unemployment is a hard thing to deal with but the fact that they are trying to do better for themselves makes me happy to help support their efforts and be a blessing to them.

With the $50 I was able to purchase 6 bags of diapers, 2 large packs of wipes and a box of disposable nursing pads for the family.  I hope to deliver them this week.  I did not purchase Pampers diapers for this family because I got what was the best deal so I could get them the most possible for the money.  (Pictures to come.)

I love that Pampers is running this promotion.  Babies are a special treasure no matter how they got to this world or what they are like, they are a special little miracle.  Here is a wonderful video that Pampers put together to show their mission.

Because Pampers wants to continue their mission, they are offering one of my readers a $50 gift card to Pay-It-Forward as well.  Here is what you need to do to win the $50 gift card:

1.  Tell me how you would use your $50 gift card.
2.  Once I have read and considered all the entries, I will write a post of how the 2nd $50 will be used.
3.  Once the winner receives  the gift card, they must purchase the items and write a post (if they have a blog and link my blog) or send me an email story about how the $50 was used (so I can make a post).

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Welcome to Thank Goodness Its Friday! Our linky will open every Thursday night so you can join us for Thank Goodness Its Friday, also known as TGIF. Let’s make some new blogging friends and celebrate the end of a wonderful week!


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Friday, April 29, 2011

Guest Post: How to Reface Your Kitchen Cabinet

How to Reface Your Kitchen Cabinets

If your kitchen is getting "rustic" feel to it, and you really don’t want it looking that way, perhaps it’s time to replace your old, worn cabinets. A fresh, new set of cabinets will rejuvenate the entire kitchen. There’s only one problem--you don’t have enough money to install new cabinets. There is an inexpensive alternative--reface them instead. It’ll give the kitchen that revitalized appearance you’re looking for at a fraction of the price. Here are some tips on how to reface your kitchen cabinets.

Reface or Replace

The first thing you need to look at is the condition of the existing cabinets. If they are structurally sound, then refacing is a viable alternative. However, if the cabinets are in poor condition, then it would probably be better to consider replacing them. Refacing can give your kitchen cabinets a like new look for much less expense. Doing the work yourself can save a bundle, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you did it. Each time you enter your kitchen, you’ll have a new appreciation of your work.

Preparing to Reface

Before starting the process, you need to remove all the hardware and brackets on the cabinets. Remove the hinges and place the cabinets on a flat surface. Although it’s possible to do the refacing job on the kitchen table doing it outside or in a well ventilated garage would be much better. Once the cabinets have been taken down and moved to your work area, you’re ready to begin.

Removing the Old Paint

Getting rid of the old paint is the first step in refacing your cabinets. Scrape the paint off using a paint scraper (available at any hardware or paint store.) If the paint is exceptionally thick, you may have to use paint thinner to soften it up. Use a mask so you won’t be breathing the fumes. Some older cabinets may have been painted with lead-based paint and the fumes could be harmful to you.

Smoothing the Surface

After the paint is removed you’ll need to make sure the surfaces of the cabinets are smooth. Use a power sander or do it by hand. The power sander would be quicker, but you run the risk of making gouges. Either way, start with a rough grit and make sure all the paint is removed. Use a finer grit sandpaper to smooth out the entire surface. Once the surface is smooth you’re ready to move to the next step.


When the cabinets are smooth it’s time to actually reface them. There are a couple of choices you can make for your new look. One is to paint. Another is to apply a veneer. Each has some merit.

Painting is simpler, quicker, and requires less expertise to ensure it’s done correctly. Veneers come in many textures and colors and can provide a more stylized appearance. Choosing a finish for your cabinets is a decision that you can base on personal preference and your budget. Once you’ve decided on how to reface your cabinets you’re ready to proceed to the next step.


If you’ve decided to paint, the first step is to make sure the surfaces of the cabinets are smooth and clean. Brush off any grit left from the sander. Apply the paint in smooth, even strokes making sure the entire surface is uniformly coated. It would advisable to give the cabinets a second coat, or even a third, to ensure they will remain looking new for as long as possible. When the paint is dry, put on new handles and hinges, and the cabinets are ready to hang.


A veneer is a thin coating of material designed to cover a surface, such as your old cabinets. Veneer is made of very thin strips of wood that can be placed over the existing surface. The veneer can be much more decorative than the original surfacing and comes in many styles and colors. It is applied by peeling off a protective covering which protects an adhesive surface.

If you’ve decided on a veneer, the first step is the same as painting; make sure the surface is smooth and brush off any grit left from the sander. Cut each piece of veneer to size. It may be advisable to leave a small margin that can be trimmed later. Remove the protective covering from the back of the veneer and place it on the surface of the cabinet. Be careful to place the veneer squarely on the cabinet. Starting in the center and working your way toward the edges should prevent bubbles from forming. Using a flat piece of wood, make sure the veneer is applied evenly, and then trim the edges. Once the adhesive dries you’re ready to install the new handles and hinges and hang your newly refaced cabinets.

Guest post from Bailey Harris, who writes about home insurance and related topics for

Monday, March 28, 2011

What Is Your Favorite Thing About Easter?

I absolutely love Spring.  Here where I live, Easter is usually right around the time when Spring is in full bloom.  I love the weather warming up, the flowers & trees blossoming, animals become very active and you can hear kids playing outside.

My absolute favorite thing to do is just step outside and breath it all in.  Nothing is more enjoyable or relaxing than to see Spring come alive.

 It is always fun to see all the kids line up at the mall and wait to meet the Easter bunny.  They are always dressed up so cute in their matching Easter clothing, adorable little hats and bows.  I also enjoy watching a good Easter egg hunt.  It is neat to see even the littlest of kids get so excited to find a hidden egg.

Every year, our family gathers at my mom's house and have an Easter lunch.  After lunch, we sit inside and chat while she goes out and hides the eggs in the yard.  She makes a lot of them really easy to find as our kids are still pretty young.  Some of them she makes more difficult.  We take lots of pictures and video of the kids searching for the eggs.  They each have a basket to fill.  It is really cute to see them fill their baskets to overflow and more eggs fall out then they put in.  This is a tradition that I play to continue and hope my kids will continue it with their children as well.

Don't forget about my annual Easter egg voting contest here on the blog.  The week before Easter, my family gets together one night and we paint eggs.  We try to make original creations.  One egg picture from each family member is uploaded onto my blog and I let my readers vote on which egg is their favorite.  I usually offer a gift card to a store to one lucky person who votes.  Not only is this a fun opportunity for you, my readers, but also bragging rights for my lucky family member.  I have yet to have one of my eggs be a winner :-(.  Last year, my mom's won and the year before my 2 year old won.  Lots of fun is had by all.
Though I love the awesome Easter weather, Spring coming alive, kids enjoying festivities, the real meaning of Easter is always first on my mind.  It is the day we celebrate that Jesus rose from the grave and fulfilled Bible prophecy.  Just like at Christmas, He is the real reason for the season!  Rather than dressing my kids up to go see the Easter bunny, we dress up to go to church and celebrate Jesus with all our friends.

What is your favorite thing about Easter?

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Hop blogging program, for a gift card worth $25.  For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Disney on Ice Mickey's Magical Journey Review

My family had a blast at the Disney on Ice show last night.  We were able to attend opening night and the place was packed!  We had a terrible time fighting through traffic to get to parking and into the show that we missed the first 15 minutes, unfortunately.

Once we got there, it was awesome.  I absolutely love to watch ice skating and the bright colors and familiar characters made it all the more fun!
 The above picture was from The Little Mermaid.  The ugly sea witch was scary looking for sure!  It made me want to watch the movie again!  The Little Mermaid (Two-Disc Platinum Edition)
 This one was from Lilo & Stitch.  My little guy has never seen this movie and he was amused by Stitch.  I guess I will have to at least rent this one for him.  Lilo & Stitch 2-Disc Big Wave Edition
This one is the finale.  All the characters came out for their final appearance.  There was so much color and action!  I like that they used very well known movies like Peter Pan & The Little Mermaid and then not so well known (to us anyways), Lion King & Lilo & Stitch.  I really enjoyed the show.

If you have been thinking of going and have not bought your tickets yet, be sure to do so.  You have until Sunday, the 20th to get tickets for the show!  Be sure to use code: MOM to get a family 4-pack of tickets for $44 (some restrictions apply).

If you saw the show, leave a comment and let me know what you thought of it!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Yoplait Kids Review & Giveaway!

Congrats to Susan M. for winning this giveaway!
Do you struggle to find nutritious snacks for your kids?  I know I do.  I think I have the pickiest 3 year old on the face of the planet!  He will not eat vegetables and he hardly eats any fruits.  He has no problem eating cheese but anything else is a chore.

He does like certain yogurts though.  He seems to like the Yoplait Go-Gurt pretty well.  Yoplait Kids yogurts are an excellent source of Vitamin D & Calcium as well as protein.  It also contains 25% less sugar than other kids yogurts.  Another great quality is that it does not contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners.

Not only do I feel okay giving my little guy Yoplait Kids yogurts but I don't mind the price either.  It is only about $2 for a 4 pack and with coupons even less than that.  It currently comes in 3 flavors that seem to be kid favorites:  Strawberry, Strawberry/Banana, & Vanilla.  They even come in themed cups from Dora, Cars, & the Disney Princesses to entice your kids even further.
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Yoplait & MyBlogSpark would also like to offer one of my readers a Yoplait Kids Prize Pack as seen below.  Tons of things your kids will love to play with while they eat their yogurt!  There are even a coupon for FREE yogurt* & yogurt spoons in the prize pack to eat with. *This coupon offer for a free four pack of Yoplait Kids yogurt is not valid in some states, including California, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota and Tennessee (sorry!).
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