Friday, July 18, 2014

This is My Friend, Dede, and She's Amazing!


This is my face. See my laugh lines? I've earned them from a life time of smiling. They're made up of bad jokes (Why won't cannibals eat clowns? Because they taste funny!), inappropriate comments, shows like "The Office" and "Saturday Night Live" with my family, (Remember the bass-o-matic?) Adam Sandler movies with my friends, watching Quinn & Spencer dance to the theme song from 'Olivia', pretty much anything Quinn says, watching Spencer run and a billion other funny things that I've been lucky enough to be a part of. 
See these crows feet? Those are from six hundred times I've forgotten my sunglasses and I've had to squint into the sun at the beach as the salty breeze cools my face and the waves curl into the shore. They come from hours spent pushing a swing in the summer sun at the playground and helping construct elaborate road systems and monster truck tracks with bright yellow trucks in the driveway, walks on the waterfront while we stop to examine every storm drain, funky looking bug and to smell every summer bloom. 
See these freckles? Those were hard earned with long teen-aged summer afternoons, lazing on a lawn chair with Sun-in in my hair, discussing the various boys in our class or an upcoming teen dance at Happy Wheels. And before that, the dawn-til-dusk games of hide & seek or red rover, punctuated by pulling weeds in the garden or fishing for perch and pickerel with my father on Brewer lake. Or more recently, standing vigil over my littles at the town pool, always ready, watching for the slightest sign of distress. 
See those bags under my eyes? Those I got from countless hours of rocking babies (and not so babies anymore) in the middle of the night, the sweet baby breath tickling the small hairs on my neck while I chased bad dreams away, soothed earaches or fevers or just a sad little "Rock, Mommy?" (I'm always a sucker for that one). Before babies the bags were from dancing all night or staying up until dawn talking with Chris, wishing for a few extra hours before the sun painted the sky with its brilliant announcement of daytime. Or sometimes, a book I just couldn't put down. 
See my little double chin? That's from carrying two healthy boys to term in my forties while battling cravings for buffalo chicken and salted caramel anything. It's from years of birthday cakes, ice cream walks and cookouts. It's from my weakness for dark chocolate and my love of baking. 
This is my face. I was born with it. I've earned it. No Botox or collagen can improve it so please stop telling me that it will.

This is my face. See my laugh lines? I've earned them from a life time of smiling. They're made up of bad jokes (Why won't cannibals eat clowns? Because they taste funny!), inappropriate comments, shows like "The Office" and "Saturday Night Live" with my family, (Remember the bass-o-matic?) Adam Sandler movies with my friends, watching Quinn & Spencer dance to the theme song from 'Olivia', pretty much anything Quinn says, watching Spencer run and a billion other funny things that I've been lucky enough to be a part of. 

See these crows feet? Those are from six hundred times I've forgotten my sunglasses and I've had to squint into the sun at the beach as the salty breeze cools my face and the waves curl into the shore. They come from hours spent pushing a swing in the summer sun at the playground and helping construct elaborate road systems and monster truck tracks with bright yellow trucks in the driveway, walks on the waterfront while we stop to examine every storm drain, funky looking bug and to smell every summer bloom. 

See these freckles? Those were hard earned with long teen-aged summer afternoons, lazing on a lawn chair with Sun-in in my hair, discussing the various boys in our class or an upcoming teen dance at Happy Wheels. And before that, the dawn-til-dusk games of hide & seek or red rover, punctuated by pulling weeds in the garden or fishing for perch and pickerel with my father on Brewer lake. Or more recently, standing vigil over my littles at the town pool, always ready, watching for the slightest sign of distress. 

See those bags under my eyes? Those I got from countless hours of rocking babies (and not so babies anymore) in the middle of the night, the sweet baby breath tickling the small hairs on my neck while I chased bad dreams away, soothed earaches or fevers or just a sad little "Rock, Mommy?" (I'm always a sucker for that one). Before babies the bags were from dancing all night or staying up until dawn talking with Chris, wishing for a few extra hours before the sun painted the sky with its brilliant announcement of daytime. Or sometimes, a book I just couldn't put down. 

See my little double chin? That's from carrying two healthy boys to term in my forties while battling cravings for buffalo chicken and salted caramel anything. It's from years of birthday cakes, ice cream walks and cookouts. It's from my weakness for dark chocolate and my love of baking.
This is my face. I was born with it. I've earned it. No Botox or collagen can improve it so please stop telling me that it will.


Everyone who knows Dede tells her she should be writing a blog.  Don't you think she should?!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Middle Aged

I've had another birthday.  We all have birthdays, don't we?  But I dread my birthday every year because I have these expectations that never seem to be met.  I want my day to be special, but it never quite lives up to my idea of special.  I understand that people have to ask for what they want; unfortunately, asking to be treated special is not the same as just being treated special.  Does that make sense?  If I have to ask for it, then am I being treated in a special way?  I want people to WANT to do things for my on my birthday.  I want to be so well loved and appreciated that my family and friends just fall all over themselves to treat me super duper all day - and maybe even the day before and the day after.

I know how ridiculous this sounds.  Everyone is busy in their lives and no one has the time or the energy to devote to little ol' me.  But I can still want it.  And I never truly get it.  Why?  Because I don't ask for it, of course.  So it's a cycle of me wanting things a certain way but not asking for those things.  If I were to ask for what I want, it wouldn't feel special though because people would only be doing it because I asked for it.  See, a cycle.

Upon reflection, my favorite birthdays have been when I gave up on my expectations and planned my own day and told my family what we were going to do for my birthday.  So why didn't I do that this year?  I don't know.  Maybe I wanted to feel a little depressed.  Maybe I wanted to see if someone would step up and meet my secret expectations this year.  What I have learned is that I'm not happy on my birthday when I do this - so next year I'm taking control again and doing whatever the heck I want to do on my birthday.  Lesson learned:  my happiness is in my own control and no one else's.

Friday, March 29, 2013

I'm Back!

Good morning, Folks!

I haven't been on here in a while, but I'm back!  Things at my house are settling back down again after the holidays, after the birth of my granddaughter, and after me changing jobs.

I love my new job.  I do something different every day, and I like that.  I'm still working for the State of Maine, but now I'm the new office manager for the Ellsworth and the Machias DHHS.  What do I do in a day?  It's actually hard to explain because I'm constantly doing something different.  I love it though!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Monster Pants!

Recently, a friend posted on Facebook that she would like to have someone make these for her son.  

1332 Monster Bum on Susan

Aren't they adorable?!

Well, I found my own pattern here and made my own.



I think they came out great!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Blogger Idol

I want to be a Blogger Idol!  What's a Blogger Idol you say?  Well, here's the description from their website.

You've been eyeing the prizes, kissing up to the judges, and now... It's GO TIME! Auditions are open for Blogger Idol 2012!

It doesn't matter how big your blog is. It doesn't matter how old your blog is. The only thing that matters is that you can entertain us. We've got a scoring system in place that ensures that this is not a popularity contest, so it doesn't matter how many fans you have. For all the details on how to audition, check out the
Try Out page.

Auditions will close at 11:59 PM CST on Monday, September 17, 2012, and the Top 12 will be announced on September 20, 2012. You can find the full schedule
here.

Are you going to audition? If you aren't going to audition, who are you rooting for? If you know a blogger that deserves the title of Blogger Idol, send them over here!

The prizes are pretty cool, but I'm more interested in the challenge and in getting my blog's name out there a little more.  These are the prizes:

Blogger Idol 2012 Prizes:

Grand Prize:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition
7" WSVGA TFT screen
With a 1024 x 600 resolution to showcase movies and games.
8GB on-board memory
Offers spacious storage
VGA front-facing camera
Rear-facing 3.0MP camera 
Digital media card reader
Bluetooth 3.0
USB 2.0 port
Keyboard dock
For more info, check out the stats here.
This awesome prize is courtesy of our sponsors!


Blog2Print

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First Runner Up:
Ghirardelli Chocolate

Ghirardelli Chocolate... does it get any better? Winner will receive the All About Ghirardelli® Gift BasketAn abundant presentation of Ghirardelli® gifts including:
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• 1 box of Masterpiece Truffles (4.3oz)
• 3 boxes of assorted SQUARES™ chocolates
• 1 Caramel Collection Gift Box (6.38oz)
• 1 San Francisco Skyline Chocolate-Covered Assortment Gift Tin
• 1 Hot Cocoa Gift Pouch (3 pack)
• 1 Heritage Gift Tin filled with 5 Intense Dark™ bars
• 1 box of Intense Dark™ and Sublime White™ chocolates
• 1 Heritage Drinking Chocolate Gift Tin

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium Edition
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Newman's Own Organics

Newman's Own Organics goes beyond snack foods. When Nell Newman and business partner Peter Meehan started Newman’s Own® Organics: The Second Generation® in 1993, they were sure there was a market for organic snack foods, but they couldn’t have anticipated just how fast the demand for their products would grow. What started with pretzels and grew to include other snack foods has now expanded to many other organic items: coffee, tea, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, organic dried fruit, and pet food. Prize package includes four items of winner's choice.


Second Runner Up:
DaVinci Gourmet
At DaVinci Gourmet®, flavor is what they do best. For more than a decade they have been making your coffee more flavorful, making your mochas creamier, sweetening your favorite desserts and tempting you with their gourmet confections. Their family of delectable gourmet products lets you experience how flavorful life can be. Prize package includes a variety of DaVinci Gourmet Syrups, valued at $75.

Sogno Coffee Company

Is it your dream to find that perfect cup of coffee? But among the thousands of chain coffeehouses and the dizzying array of trendy brands, where do you start? Actually, it's simple. At Sogno Coffeehouse, they know it all starts with the beans. Truth is, many people have not had the pleasure of enjoying a real quality coffee. No matter the price, brand, or packaging, it all comes down to the beans. Sogno roasts only the finest Arabica beans in their one of a kind, custom-built roaster. The product is unrivaled: the aroma, the body, and that very first sip... it's like un sogno, a dream. Prize package includes two 8oz bags of your choice.

Freetail Therapy
Freetail Therapy offers readers the opportunity to learn about how to use coupons ethically and legally, in a way that will benefit, not only themselves, but the stores they shop at. She leans to the crunchy side and loves to promote eco-friendly companies and products. Our awesome judge from Freetail Therapy is  offering a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com!


Third Runner Up:
Healthy To Go!

To Go Brands, Inc. is committed to creating high quality, all-natural, great tasting and easy to use products for those of us striving to remain healthy in this fast-paced life we lead! They developed their Healthy To Go® line of antioxidant-rich drink mixes as a convenient, nutritional supplement solution for those of us that just can’t seem to consume all the good stuff that we know we should, every day! Prize package includes Trim Energy, Acai Energy, Green Tea Energy, a Healthy To Go tote, water bottle, Greens To Go, Grape and Vitamin C VitaRocks.

snackTAXI

The mission at snackTAXI is to make high quality, affordable reusable bags that empower everyone to reduce waste, while embracing business practices that respect our community, environment, and Earth. Winner will receive a prize package.

Fourth Runner Up:
Small Concept

Small Concept was born of a love for children and an obsession for tiny tot style. Modern fashion. Cool Styles. Hip Graphics. Great quality – in everything for your little ones – kid’s apparel, nursery furniture, toys, maternity and more. Winner will receive a gift code.

Tyler's Coffee

Tyler's Coffee is different. They use a “Z-Roasting” process that optimizes the time the coffee beans are cooked. The result is high levels of caffeine and free of acid. Benefits of an acid free coffee are that the tooth enamel is protected and teeth are stronger, leading to fewer cavities. Even those with sensitive stomachs can enjoy Tyler's Coffee!

Fifth Runner Up:
GIANTmicrobes

Founded in 2002, the mission at GIANTmicrobes Inc. is to produce unique and interesting gifts for children and adults alike. Whether your interest is educational, medical, or just plain entertainment, they are your number one source for all things microbial! The winner will receive their choice of one giant Gigantic plush toy.

Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes® are the first ever saline nose wipe. They are a great solution for kids’ sore, red, runny noses. Boogie Wipes are made with natural saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments. Winner will receive two 90 count canisters and several individual packages of Boogie Wipes.

They're all pretty awesome, but that grand prize is something I would LOVE to have!
 
 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Life is Hectic

Life is very hectic in the Lounsberry household now that it is September.  As most of you know, I live in a big, old farmhouse with my husband, four children, one child's spouse, four dogs, numerous cats, and a partidge in a pear tree.  With the new month came the start of school for the 16-year-old girls, plus soccer games and everything that goes along with that. 

My son and his wife are expecting my first grandbaby, and I couldn't be more excited!  They already know they are having a girl, and they have decided to name her Miya Rose.  Don't you just love those names together?!  Miya Rose.  Their due date is actually on Christmas Day so we might have a wonderful, little present at the end of December. 

I, of course, have been buying baby girl clothing ever since I found out her gender, and my son is now saying, "Stop!  She has enough!" but I can't help myself.  It's all been from secondhand stores and yard sales so I haven't spent a great deal of money.  My son wears mostly Carhartt clothing so I did spend a little bit on this little diaper cover.


Diaper Cover

Aren't they so sweet?!

In addition to all of this, Jon's schedule is so different now than it was just a year ago, and it's been a little bit difficult for me to adjust.  He's working at KidsPeace again and has been since late March, and he works some days and some nights.  I was used to having him home a lot more when he worked for the State, but he's so much happier now, and happiness is far more important than anything else.  Oh, and he makes more money!

Emily is living at home, too.  She is working full-time for the State of Maine in Ellsworth.  I'm so proud of her.  She pays her own way and is (most of the time) a joy to have around.  She's engaged to a lovely young man who is in the Army and stationed in Georgia.  Unfortunately, he is being shipped out to Afghanistan in November and will likely be gone for a year.  She's figuring out how to cope with that.

So that's my life in a nutshell.  It's hectic, but I guess I wouldn't have it any other way!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Who likes coupons?!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Famous Footwear for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

As most of you know, I have sixteen-year-old twin girls - high school girls - who can be a little bit fussy.  Okay, they can often be very fussy, especially about their appearances so, as you can imagine, school shopping can be a trying time for me.  It seems as though the only things they are willing to wear is t-shirts and jeans.  Ha, you thought that would be easy to shop for though, didn't you?  It isn't.  They try on hundreds of pairs of jeans and there's always something just not quite right about each and every pair <large sigh of frustration here>.  

So while my girls are only wearing jeans and t-shirts every single day, they do wear many different kinds of shoes.  They love shoes and can't seem to have enough pairs.  As you can imagine, this can cost me quite a bit of money!  Well, I learned today that Famous Footwear is having a terrific sale right now.  They are offering a 15% off coupon AND a BOGO offer of buy one pair and get the second pair half off.  You have saved me, Famous Footwear!  Now I can make one stop, at one store, and tell my girls to pick out the shoes they want, try them all on, and then be out of there without losing every last bit of patience I might have (sorry, Girls, I do NOT have unlimited amounts of patience!).  They have tons of styles all in one place and they have always had my girls shoe sizes.  And I'll be spending less money!  Yay!

Here's the coupon.  Print it!  Trust me, this will help during this difficult time!  But remember, you need to use the coupon between August 2nd and August 18th.

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BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon

I just learned something else today, too.  Famous Footwear also offers a free Rewards Program.  Just by joining and buying shoes with them, you earn rewards toward future purchases.  

 

  • Earn 1 point for every $1 you spend in-store or online
  • Accumulate points to earn certificates up to $100 a year
  • Discount offer just for signing up
  • Other special inside discounts and perks

 

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