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    Merry Christmas!

    Presents wrapped, stockings hung. Nothing left but get enough sleep to be bright-eyed whenever the kids wake up. Have a wonderful day everyone!

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    Walmart is Not My Friend

    On December 1, I ordered almost all of my Christmas presents online. I checked to make sure everything was in stock and would arrive well in time for Christmas. My order included several things from Walmart, so I decided to use their Site-to-Store option to save a few $. The website says that once an item ships it should take 7-10 days. Several days after all of the other packages had arrived, I got a note from Walmart saying my packages were delay in transit and would arrive on the 22nd. I was annoyed, and a bit concerned, but figured that I’d still have them by Christmas. Several days after…

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    Still a Little Magic Left

    As I have mentioned before, I’ve been entering the HP Magic Giveaways here and there. The prize is fantastic and would be so much fun to share! I’ve also enjoyed visiting many of the blogs who are participating. I’ve added a few subscriptions to my list. One of the last blogs to kick off their giveaway was Ciberprensa.com, a Spanish-language technology blog. They have asked us to start a “meme” by choosing a post that we like and blogging about it. The post I chose was about GMail. You can read it here in English (you’ll probably need to browse for it, since I’m having trouble linking directly to the…

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    It’s a Beautiful Life

    I have a confession. As cheesy as it may sound, I love that TLC commercial with Jon & Kate Plus 8, Little People Big World, etc. It is so upbeat! So, I finally hunted down the song and have now fallen for Fisher, the band the sings it. Here’s the Fisher version of the video (as opposed to the TLC commercial). The song is called “Beautiful Life” from their album “The Lovely Years.” It makes me want to hug my kids!

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    Holiday Decorating & Meals

    Last week, I had the pleasure of joining a number of other Boston area lady-bloggers for a lunch at Hamersley’s Bistro courtesy of Stop & Shop and 360 PR. In addition to a delicious meal, they provided us with tips on holiday food shopping, as well as inexpensive decorating ideas from Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events. I had Bug in tow with me (they were kind enough to provide child care AND take Bug’s food allergies into account) and Big Guy had made off that morning with Bug’s epi-pens so we were running a bit late. As a result, I didn’t have much time at all to connect with the…

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    Video Games for Gals

    I love playing video games, but I’m picky about it. I don’t like a lot of bloodshed, and I don’t want to be overly challenged. Yeah, I know, but life is challenging enough. I don’t need to be stressed out by my leisure activities. I prefer city building games and simulations, but there are a few others that sneak into my favorites. Here are some of my favorite games that are fun and challenging, but not TOO much so. Hubby and I finished the story plot in Lego Indiana Jones on the PS3. We were plodding along, but lately we’ve gotten a bit faster. Part of it is that I’ve…

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    HP Magic Giveaway, Part 2

    The HP Magic Giveaway is in full swing and I’ve been enjoying the process. Haven’t won anything, yet, but I also like imagining how excited others are when they win. As much as I’d love to win, I may even be more jealous of the bloggers who get to give this cool stuff away. Most of the contests are encouraging winners to share the prize with others. Not surprising, since it comes with FOUR PCs among other things. I didn’t have to think long at all about who I’d share this gift with. Over Thanksgiving, my cousin (a police office) was eying my mom’s laptop. He oohed and aahed over…

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    Snotty, Snotty Sickness

    The kids have been sick FOREVER. They caught the first cold and, well… Ok. Then, before they were even over that, they got sick all over again. Bug may have missed the third round (although suspicious sneezes suggest otherwise), but LadyBug just started all over again. On Thanksgiving, she was weepy-eyed, snotty and miserable. And, since she’s still drooling up a storm, she’s basically a drippy, nasty mess. Then she endured several days with varying temps. Poor little LadyBug. What I’d like to know is this… if we don’t generally take the kids out when they’re sick, where the heck is it coming from? Are the germs just sneaking in…

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    And now it’s working. Not sure what went on, but not so happy about it. At least it’s a reminder to create a custom 404 page. =}