Rambling Cause Its Working For A Minute

Posted by Stitchblade | 7:35 PM Nov 25, 2008

Friday is my birthday. I'll be 34...I think... J's is like a week later.
I think how cool it would be to have a party for J&I, but instead all I know is that I have very few friends that actually live in Texas, so who would come? Yea, maybe if I got out more I would make some more friends, but I can't... so oh well. It's hard to make more friends my age, when most of the women my age act their age, and well frankly...in my head I am still about 21-23. I mean I am mature and have my responsibilities, but I still like to have fun. I like to go out and have some drinks, watch some bands. I still like to dye my hair, get tattoos, and be young. I don't want to sit around talking to "Martha Smith" about Ephadrasil hardcore and her recent wrinkle cream purchase. I want to still be young, and I will stay this way as long as I can.

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Addicted To Books

Posted by Stitchblade | 7:31 PM

My computer as you have previously read is on the fritz. Dying. Dead. Well sometimes not dead but partially resurrected like at this very moment. It's working a little bit, but I can not do much. This has been going on for about a month. It crashes. Then it crashes again. Each time getting worse and worse. So in this time of no Internet to entertain me I have rediscovered my love of books. I've become a book junkie again and the local libraries are my pusher.

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So my computer bit the bullet. Really, I am like struggling just to get this post up. I was lucky enough to get invited on the Norton PC Tune-up Blog Tour with Mom Central and give the service a whirl. I have to say the tech I had was super nice and friendly and gave me a LOT of helpful advice. He spent so much time with me because my computer just takes FOREVER to do anything. He tried and he tried, but alas, my hard drive is just fried! Had my hard drive not been damaged this would have improved my computer tremendously. He also made sure to tell me how to keep things running smooth and educated me on a lot of computer lingo and tips I never knew.

Mom Central has given me some Norton PC Tune-up cards to giveaway! This will give you a FREE session with an expert to help get your computer up to speed! This is a $69.99 value and I have 3 to give away!
  • Expert 24x7 diagnoses of issues affecting your PC's performance
  • 10-point performance service conducted by your Norton expert to repair your PC over the Internet
  • Personalized help tailored to your needs from the leader in computer security and performance
  • Service takes about 30 minutes

Yes, it says service takes about 30 min, but this really depends on your computer. My Norton guy did not say "OH 30 min time is up". He spent over an hour with me because my computer was so slow.

Want to try it out? Leave me a comment here telling me how awesome I am and oh you can leave me birthday wishes so I can feel loved. Winner will be chosen at random on Monday, or whenever I can get logged on to do so...since my puter needs repair!

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Virtual Books For Kids

Posted by Stitchblade | 1:34 PM Nov 18, 2008

I got a chance to try out MobiStories, and my girls loved it! MobiStories are virtual books for kids. These "books" can be purchased and downloaded to your computer. You can play them on the computer or load them on to a portable viewing device.

I downloaded 4 different titles from MobiStories this morning. One being titled "Tobias Turkey" which teaches a great lesson of determination. My little ones sat at the computer and watched and listened to the entire thing. The stories are narrated very well, with great artwork for the "pages".

There are many educational stories to choose from, and all are classified by an age group. I do think this is a site I will order from again. I had one small issue and customer service was quick to respond and take care of it immediately. Basically a paypal glitch in notifying them of my payment. I was pleased with how quickly the issue was resolved.

Guess what? As a limited time offer to my readers you can get $10 worth of MobiStories downloads for free! This offer may only be redeemed in one sitting and expires on December 31st, 2008. At checkout simply enter 205A in the coupon code area. Easy as pie. You get to try a great new service, and your kids get some awesome stories. Don't forget to add the free book to your cart as well!

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Road Trips And Good Friends

Posted by Stitchblade | 8:47 AM Nov 16, 2008

Lately I have been planning (just in my head of course) a road trip. Just me and a few good friends as well as J. Straight through Texas, stopping at any ghost towns along the way and all the was to las vegas. I have always wanted to go. I have a friend that goes every year with her husband, every year they have a blast. They go see cool shows, gamble a bit, drink a bit and have a good time. I used to plan on going to Las Vegas and getting married in a drive thru by a fat Elvis. I still think about that. I want cool memories to talk about when I am old and sitting on the front porch chewing tobacco and drinking whiskey. I want to go to Vegas. Jessica let's go to Vegas....OK?

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Drum roll please.....

Posted by Stitchblade | 10:17 AM Nov 15, 2008

The winner of Carrie's fabulous Goat's milk soap is CHRISTI! Congratulations Christi!! I bet you fall in love with Carrie's soaps!

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Yummy Soaps And Other Goodness

Posted by Stitchblade | 3:19 PM Nov 14, 2008

So, I have this online friend FOREVER now. Her name is Carrie and she is one of the sweetest people you could ever meet. She only has one flaw that I have ever noticed and that is her undying love of cats. She is always getting a new cat. She even has some freaky dwarf cat! It's like a wiener dog! If you know me even a little bit, you have probably learned I have a huge FEAR of cats......and wiener cats just push me past my limit......but really, this isn't about me, it's all about Carrie

Tell me about you and your family......
I am a stay at home mom, I have 4 children ranging in age from 3-12. I have been married to my wonderful husband Tom for 8 years. We live on the "Funny Farm" (That's what a lot of people call us) We have around 40 animals. Dogs, Cats, Chickens, Goats, Rabbits - you name it we have taken it in!

What is your store name and link?
My store is Country Cottage Aromas

What do you specialize in?
Well, I started out with Goats Milk soap, then added tarts, and now I am adding my handcrafted items and more.

How did you get started?
I started out because I had tried a bar of Goats Milk Soap and fell in love! I tried to order again and saw that the wahm went out of business. So, I tried someone else - same deal, she went out of business as well. So, I thought to myself "I can do it!"

What do you love about your business?
I love that I am home with my children most of all. I also love making soaps and sewing so I do what I love :-) Working from home gives you the freedom to work when you want like it isn't a 9-5 job!

What is your favorite product right now?
Definitely my Oatmeal Milk & Honey Soap! I LOVE IT!

What makes your shop different?
I think my shop is different because I sell such a wide variety of items and I make them all myself.

What do you love about handcrafts?
I love how every item is unique!

What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create?
??????? No clue!
Stitchblade note.....MY BLOG!

What are some of your favorite online shops?
Of course Stitchblade! I think you are awesome!!! I could learn SO MUCH from you!!! I also love Missys Tempting Tarts, and Bella Bug Boutique
Stitchblade note...head is swelling, it may explode...

Want to try Carrie's Goats Milk Soap? She has given us a bar to giveaway to one lucky reader! All you need to do is visit her site and then come back here and comment about what you would love to try sometime.
Want MORE ENTRIES???? Subscribe and leave another comment letting me know...you will get 5 more entries for this! Carrie also gave a coupon code! You will get 20% off when you use Stitchblade at checkout

Winner will be randomly chosen FRIDAY NOVEMBER 14th!

Want MORE ENTRIES???? Subscribe and leave another comment letting me know...you will get 5 more entries for this!

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Vintage Rosey

Posted by Stitchblade | 10:19 AM Nov 12, 2008

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Things I Hoard

Posted by Stitchblade | 11:29 PM Nov 11, 2008

I have noticed that I have a tendency to keep things. Like keep them and covet them and not use them the way they are intended to be used. Like stationery. I love all this cutesy stuff and I can barely bring myself to use it up. I have stationery here still from when I was a KID. Fabric...I have BINS full of fabric. I look at it and get the scissors, then at the last minute I just can't do it. I fold it up and put it back. Another one is pens...like promotional pens. Especially the prescription pens and bank pens. I know there are others like me. What is this weird obsession? Help me to let go and CUT the fabric and use the pens to write on the stationery....help.....

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DREAM HOUSE "If I was Rich"

Posted by Stitchblade | 8:17 AM

I have 2 different types of dream homes. Yea, I day dream a lot! I have an "if I was rich" dream home, and an "I want to be self sufficient" dream home. Currently I think about the "I want to be self sufficient" home on a daily basis. things are scary to me right now and I worry about the future. Today I will list 10 things about the "if I was rich" home.

The "if I was rich" home has the following 10 things. It has enough bedrooms so no guest would ever have to sleep in the living room. It has a theater with home theater seating and an old school popcorn cart. A Practice/Recording music room. A huge library, playground, pool, those wall vacuum things like The Duggar's have. Hmmm... a hot tub! Oh I totally need a craft room that is fully decked out with storage for everything. Then I think the last thing would be a stage for the girl's.

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Barbie & The Diamond Castle

Posted by Stitchblade | 6:31 AM Nov 10, 2008

My girls were so happy when we received the Barbie & The Diamond Castle DVD to review. We already had some of the other Barbie movies and the girls liked them. This one however, they absolutely loved. I can not even tell you how many times they have watched it. I know the first day they watched it as soon as it ended they begged to watch it again. They were singing and dancing around the room. The animation is done so well, and the soundtrack was enjoyable. I wasn't cringing for it to be over as I am with some of the movies my kids like to watch again and again.

Liana and Alexa are two girls who share everything, including a love of singing. One day they meet an old woman and share what little food they have with her. In return the old woman lets them pick a "treasure" from her basket. They choose a tarnished old mirror. After taking it home and cleaning it up they realize this is no ordinary mirror. They meet Melody, a girl locked inside an enchanted mirror. Melody holds the secret key to the Diamond Castle. Alexa and Liana want to rescue their new friend, and so the adventure begins. Along the way they face challenges and learn about true friendship.

I really thought the story was good for our young girls. I am pretty choosy about what I allow them to watch. There are a lot of shows aimed at our children that show things I just do not agree with. This movie I am comfortable with completely.

You can find out more by visiting Everything Girl. There are activities, music, games, etc there for your child's enjoyment.

Thank you MomCentral.com for allowing us the chance to review this great movie!

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Halloween Pictures FINALLY!

Posted by Stitchblade | 10:28 AM Nov 8, 2008




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American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists

Posted by Stitchblade | 7:08 AM Nov 7, 2008

I have Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition among American women of all ages, races and backgrounds. It is more common in women in their 20’s and 30’s, but I was diagnosed when I was just a child. When I was about 13 I had my first surgery to remove some of the cysts that I had developed. This surgery was called a Laparoscopy. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. Access into the abdomen is obtained through the navel and a harmless gas such as carbon dioxide is used to inflate the abdominal cavity and create a safe working space. I have the teeeeeniest tiniest scar there. I also have one a few inches below that in my pubic line.

The AAGL is the leading association promoting minimally invasive gynecologic surgery among surgeons worldwide.

A new awareness study found that virtually all women expect their OB/GYN to inform them about minimally invasive treatments for common pelvic health disorders (PHDs), yet comparatively few are aware of the newer treatments designed to cause less pain and provide shorter recoveries.

Well, I am here to help inform as well. Luckily I had this awesome doctor that was one of the leading physicians for the study and treatment of Endometriosis. My mother had Endometriosis, so when I started having horrible pains in about the 4Th/5Th grade he made sure to keep an eye on this. I first had an ultrasound and he was able to tell from that. Then later the Laparoscopy was done to remove the cysts so I could get started on a hormonal treatment to help put this in remission. Thanks to this less invasive treatment my chances to have have children were increased and I now have 3 daughters that were conceived without issue. With my daughters I will watch for signs for this as well so they can start any treatment needed at a younger age as my mother did for me.

AAGL, the professional organization of gynecologists interested in endoscopy and minimally invasive gynecology, has retooled its Web site, www.aagl.org, and added a comprehensive patient education section on common gynecologic conditions and the minimally invasive options available to treat them.

I highly suggest checking out the AAGL website. It is full of information that should be passed on to other women who may not know and are living in horrible pain. I know that I myself have told many people about Endometriosis, because I recognized the signs. Most of these women had NEVER heard of the condition and did not know there were these treatments available. Educate yourself!

MomCentral.com is helping to get this information out to everyone, and I was glad to jump in and help since this is an issue that has affected me for most of my life and I have experienced the treatments first hand. I also want you mothers to be aware of this for your daughters.

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