Welcome to my blog. I'm Julie, a 37 year old wife and stay-at-home mom who rarely stays home. I am married to the best husband (McDaddy) a girl could ask for and I have two of the cutest little boys on the planet, Stevie (age 8) and Alex (age 5).
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    Go Big Or Go Home!

    It probably comes as no surprise that I love to take photographs of my boys.

    And my hubby.

    And Saturn Skys.

    Pictures make me all happy and giddy.

    Big poster print pictures make me even giddier.

    Like I say, “Go big, or go home!”

    So when uPrinting dot com contacted me about hosting a give-away, you can just about imagine that the giddyness and such was almost more than I could handle. At uPrinting, Color printing services are available for a host of custom products.

    Online Poster Printing has generously offered one 18×24 high-gloss, semi-gloss print to one lucky reader. Their print posters would make a great addition to any room in your home or office.

    I know this because uPrinting print posters adorn the walls of our playroom. And they make me smile every time I walk into the room.

    This give-away will run through the month of May.

    Give-away Details -

    a.        Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping

    b.        Eligibility: Limited to US Residents only

    c.        You must be at least 18 years old to enter.

    A winner will be drawn at random on Thursday, May 27, 2010.

    To enter, leave a comment telling me what makes you giddy!

    That’s all.

    Good luck!


    In the interest of full disclosure – I am receiving an 18×24 poster print as compensation for this post, however, the opinions stated in this post are my own!

    So there.



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    Timestamp: 2010-06-10 01:27:46 UTC

    Congrats to Jessica of Moneyless Mama’s!

    Picture This…

    We are in the midst of some serious basement reconstruction. Among the reconstruction is a new playroom. In preparing for the remodel, I have been planning the wall art in my head for months. I received two beautiful poster prints for that wall from Online Poster Printing. I was impressed with the quality, the ease of uploading, and the final product.

    My digital photos on posters turned out beautifully and I can’t wait until the carpet we ordered is installed in the room so I can place my poster prints on the wall.

    Online Poster Printing has generously offered to sponsor a Giveaway here at From Inmates To Playdates. They are offering one of my readers (and me, too!) an 18×24 Poster Print. Their digital photo enlargements would make a great addition to any room in your home or office.

    The Giveaway Details

    18×24 Print for One (1) Winner

    Paper Stock: High Gloss or Semi Gloss

    Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping

    Eligibility: Limited to US Residents only

    To win, simply leave a comment telling me what type of picture you would have printed into a poster if you are the winner.

    Be sure to leave a valid e-mail address so you can be contacted if you win.

    A winner will be chosen courtesy of Random.Org on February 26, 2010 at 11:00pm ET.


    In the interest of full disclosure, I am receiving an 18×24 Poster Print as compensation for this give-away, however, the opinions expressed in this post are my own and have no bearing on the appreciation prize awarded.



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    Timestamp: 2010-02-25 04:34:52 UTC

    Congratulations to The Mrs. of Trying Our Best who commented at 10:26pm on February 24, 2010.

    Simplify My Life As A Mommy and Wife

    This little Mini 110 could be mine, if I can come up with a creative rhyme.

    To keep this simple, I thought I might, tell how this HP Mini could simplify my life.

    While sitting at school in the pick-up line, I could find me and McDaddy a place to dine.

    And after downloading my pics to this handy gem, I could crop and edit each one of them.

    The Mini 110 by Studio Tord Boontje, would make life simpler for this hip hoochie. (sorry, it rhymed!)

    With built-in WiFi, I could blog on the run, and even facebook in my grocery- getter van  just for fun.

    The super small notebook sure is cool, it would come in handy for PTA stuff at Stevie’s school.

    The two-pound notebook would simply my life, as a busy mom of two and a superwife.

    While my boys plated at McDonalds, I could send an e-mail to find a sitter, or use the notebook to send a tweet on Twitter.

    So hopefully this rhyme will strike a chord, from this gal in WV who hasn’t the time to be bored.

    My life will be easy and with lots less stress, because the little notebook will help organize the mess.


    HP and five-time Olympian Dara Torres want you to imagine how an HP Mini with  Windows® 7 Starter could simplify your everyday tasks, work the way you want, and make new things possible. Dara uses the 3.22 lb HP Mini 311 with its full-size keyboard and 11.6” HD screen to balance a grueling training schedule with her family life and work on her upcoming fitness book. She also uses Windows® 7 features like Jumplists, Shake, Snap, and Pin to help her manage all her digital content.    — Taken from the Mom Bloggers Site

    The three most creative blogger entries will win a new HP Mini 110-1100 by Studio Tord Boontje PC Notebook, and even better, three readers who post comments on any of the blogger entry posts will also win. The contest ends at midnight Eastern Time on January 20, 2010, so be sure to post your comment before then. The winner will be selected randomly by Random.org and will be based on the the order in which bloggers post their entries on Twitter.

    The winners will be announced on Friday, January 29, 2010 and you can bet I’ll be crossing my fingers until then.

    So come out from behind the bushes and leave me a comment telling me how the HP Mini would simply YOUR life!


    This post was written as an entry into a contest to win an HP Mini and was not compensated in any way.

    How I Roll!

    After years and years of debate the debate rages on.

    Many a marriage has suffered due to the debate. Or something like that.

    Everyone has an opinion on the right way to roll – over or under – and both points-of-view have been argued in households for ages.

    This January, Cottonelle brand sets out to settle this Great Debate once and for all. Are you Team Over or Team Under?

    In our home, I typically decide whether we are a roll over or roll under family. This is because I change 98.9% of the toilet paper around this joint. I live with 3 males, so of course, I use approximately 94% of the toilet paper.

    I am, without a doubt, a roll under girl. Because that’s how I roll!


    No big deal.

    Except to me!

    Because I have OCD issues and like things to be the way I want them so-so.

    Leave a comment on this post, telling me if you are Team Under or Team Over.

    By leaving a comment on this post, you will be entered to win 1 of 10 Cottonelle gift baskets randomly chosen on January 29, 2010 from all entries.

    You can visit the Cottonelle Poll to cast your vote for Team Under! Or Over if that’s how you roll!

    In accordance with FCC regulations (and lawful disclosure), I am disclosing that I am entering a contest for a month’s worth (YOO-HOO!) of Cottonelle toilet paper as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.

    Thank you. And amen.

    And Speaking Of Freezers

    Let me start by saying, June Cleaver, I am not.

    Nor am I Martha Stewart (ahem!)

    So, you can bet your bottom dollar (and your pearls) that if I’m doing a post about some sort of activity in the kitchen, you can bet it’s worth listening to.

    Because I have three requirements for anything that happens in my kitchen.

    • Quick
    • Easy
    • Failproof

    And, because of that, I have something wonderful to share with you.


    Probably not.

    But helpful for sure!

    As the New Year dawned, I decided that I needed to spend more time in my kitchen actually doing something other than organizing my cabinets or hunting for my next fix piece of chocolate.

    Because of that, I made the decision to take the menu planning by the horns and actually plan a menu for once instead of waiting until the very last minute to scrounge something up for dinner.

    Because my peeps are worth it.

    First, I planned twelve dinners and purchased all of the food items I would need for those dinners. In some cases (vegetable soup and pastas) I bought enough for double portions so that I could freeze half of the meal for another time. Some of my other meals inlcuded lasagna, chicken breasts, spaghetti, tacos, manwich, chicken enchiladas, tuna casserole, and pork chops.

    I didn’t actually assign certain meals to certain days, because I am a control freak I wanted the freedom to choose meals based on time constraints with evening activities such as scouts and Pioneers. Two weeks into the 2010 Great American meal plan and things are going very well. My freezer is full and I get more for my money when I prepare one pot of soup to eat and one pot of soup to freeze.

    And speaking of freezers….

    Urban Stone is a site that allows you to easily compare shopping prices for products like freezers, shoes (YAY!) electronics and anything else you can think of. Check out Urban Stone the next time you are shopping for an item on-line. It’s a quick and easy way to find the best shopping deals online.

    Did you hear me?

    I said shoes and best shopping deals in the same paragraph.


    I thought that would get your attention.

    In accordance with FCC regulation, I am fully disclosing that I am being monetarily compensated for this post by Urban Stone.


    Head over to We Are THAT Family for more Works For Me! Wednesday posts.

    Just Some Things I Learned and a Give Away!

    Ever since I started participating in Jo-Lynne’s What I Learned This Week carnival, I pay special attention (and keep a running tally in my beloved iPhone) of those little things that happen throughout the week that would typically be forgotten one minute after they occur.

    Because most of those little things typically become the bulk of my What I Learned This Week post.

    And this week is no different.

    For starters, I learned that you can buy a customized box of crayons over at Crayola. While I have no idea why one might want an entire box of crayons, I smile because I would have loved to customize my own box of sweet smelling crayola crayons. You can go there to read more about it or order a box for someone you love. (Oh, and just in case the FCC police stop by, I am not being compensated for this post, I just think this is a really cool idea!)

    2. If you rent a movie from the movie store and you are one day late returning it, you will be charged for a whole ’nother week, so you should just keep it until Wednesday.

    3. When ordering Longaberger purses for Christmas gifts from their web-site, you should pay close attention to the measurements of the purses you are ordering or you might end up ordering a fur-lined children’s purse for $7.50 that is 3 inches wide. Seriously. Oh, and when you call to complain about the size of the ‘purse’ the lady on the other end will politely inform you that the measurements are plainly stated on the site.

    Why yes, crazy lady, perhaps I should have paid closer attention, however, I also expect you folks at Longaberger to charge a reasonable price for your products which doesn’t include a 3 1/2 inch purse for $7.50. The little piece of material wouldn’t even hold seven dollars and fifty cents.

    4.  When you are helping to sort cookie dough for a school fund-raiser, you can expect to do some heavy lifting.

    5. A princess doesn’t like to do anything that involves heavy and lifting.

    6. A nebulizer is a handy thing to have around if your children are prone to wheezing every time they get a cold. (I am thankful that many years ago, our insurance company decided to buy one instead of renting it. It has paid for itself time and time again!)

    7.  Remodeling is a slow process. (I am thankful McDaddy is talented and can do most things. I am also thankful that what McDaddy can’t do, MyDaddy can!)

    8. A two-hour road-trip is a great time to sign 200 Christmas cards. (Unless of course you are driving on a poorly maintained road.)

    9. If you begin your post early enough in the evening, you can go to bed at a decent hour which means your morning will go much smoother.

    10. You can put metal in some microwaves.

    11. Either chocolate vanilla creme poptarts are either no longer made or our local grocery store is no longer carrying them.

    12. Not being able to purchase chocolate vanilla creme poptarts makes me wish I could have one.

    13. The ranch dressing at Outback is better than the Blue Cheese. (I don’t think I’ve ever uttered those words, but its true!)

    14. Large Format Posters offer some great products.

    In preparation for the Holiday season LargeFormatPosters.com is rolling out another giveaway – 16×20 rolled Canvas. Rolled canvas prints are perfect for home decor, photo prints, poster prints and signage.

    Giveaway Prize: (1) Rolled Canvas for One Lucky Winner

    Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping in the US

    Eligibility: Limited to US Residents

    You can read about uPrinitng product reviews and customer reviews over here.

    To win, simply leave a comment on this post describing what photo gifts you would like to have printed for your family and loved ones. For an extra entry, you can blog about this giveaway at your place. You can also receive an extra entry if you post this giveaway on Twitter. Be sure to come back and leave another comment letting me know you posted or tweeted about it!

    A winner will be chosen by Random.Org on November 27, 2009.

    Good Luck!

    (Oh, and just in case the FCC police are still lurking around looking for someone to put in jail, I need to disclose that I am being compensated for writing this post with a 16×20 rolled canvas print just like the winner of this contest!)

    That’s it for this week!

    Have a great week everybody.


    And the winner is….. Commenter #4

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    Timestamp: 2009-11-29 03:48:34 UTC

    Commenter #4 is Carrie from A Chocolate Covered To-Do List. Congratulations, Carrie! You will recieve an e-mail explaining how to claim your 16×20 canvas.

    EXTRA! EXTRA! Read All About It!

    I love to design stuff.

    And I love free stuff.

    So, with those two things in mind, it is with great pleasure that I make the following announcement.

    One of my bloggy sponsors, Uprinting.com contacted me about a great give-away.

    They are offering two of my readers, 500 free post-cards. You can personalize your custom postcards for Invitations, thank you cards, announcements, holiday greetings, custom greeting cards or anything else you can think of.

    The possibilities are endless. You could use these custom post cards as an extra special invite to your next party or event.

    As a sponsored blogger, they are even giving me a free set of post cards.

    I am deciding between holiday greeting cards or invitations to our Fall Revival at our church.

    Or Alex’s birthday party.

    Or thank you cards.

    Decisions. Decisions.

    Anyway, here are the facts….


    200 Custom Postcards (choose your size: 4×6, 4.25×6, 5×7″); 14pt gloss or matte, 13 pt uncoated

    Full Color on both sides (4/4)

    To win, simply leave a comment telling me what you will use the custom post-cards for.

    A winner will be chosen at random with the help of Random.Org on Thursday, September 3rd at 11:00 pm ET.

    Contest is open to US Residents only and winners are required to pay shipping costs.

    Good Luck!

    Thanks to Uprinting Dot Com for a great give-away!

    (Give-away is now closed!)

    Congratulaltions to the following commentors

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    Timestamp: 2009-09-04 03:54:27 UTC

    10 – Julie at Organizement who commented on September 2nd, 2009 4:10 pm

    11 – Amber who does not have a blog, but commented on September 3rd, 2009 10:17 pm

    Congratulations ladies! I can’t wait to hear how you use your custom post-cards!  Enjoy!

    And The Winner Is….

    One of my favorite things about having my own blog is hosting give-aways. Today, I have the honor of  giving away a 16×20 Poster Print High Gloss giveaway from DigitalRoom.com to one lucky commenter.

    You choose a favorite photo that would look fabulous as a 16×20 print, or perhaps a business logo that you’d love to see in poster form, download it to DigitalRoom.com and they will make a beautiful poster print of your chosen image.

    And now, Random Dot Org will choose one lucky winner.

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    Timestamp: 2009-04-29 12:34:22 UTC

    The winner is Valerie!!! Congratulations and thanks for entering!

    Digital Room Poster Print Give-Away

    One of my favorite things about having my own blog is hosting give-aways. Today, I have the honor of hosting a 16×20 Poster Print High Gloss giveaway from DigitalRoom.com.

    Digital Room is a reliable source for all of your printing and marketing needs. They offer a number of print services including postcards, marketing services, business cards, brochures, and poster printing. For those of you who are trying to live a little greener, you’ll be glad to learn that Digital Room is green-friendly and uses eco-friendly soy-based inks and paper stocks that range from 10% to 30% recycled paper.

    You choose a favorite photo that would look fabulous as a 16×20 print, or perhaps a business logo that you’d love to see in poster form, download it to DigitalRoom.com and they will make a beautiful poster print of your chosen image.

    You may enter in one of two ways (or both!) to win a Poster Print

    a. Leave a comment explaining how you would creatively use a 16×20 Poster Print High Gloss

    b. Write a post on your blog linking to this giveaway post and DigitalRoom

    Be sure to leave a separate comment for each method of entry, along with a valid e-mail address.

    NOTE: Shipping is free for residents of the U. S. and Canada. Those who reside in other countries must pay for shipping, but the 16×20 print is still free.

    Pretty as a picture… Even better as a poster.

    If you’ve spent much time here at Inmates, you know that I happen to love pictures. I am constantly trying to capture memories of my boys and I have documented approximately 80% of their lives in scrapbooks.

    Every once in a blue moon, McDaddy allows me to take his picture. He would prefer however, that I would take pictures of our boys.

    Or, myself even. (ahem!)

    Yes. I said myself.

    That’s what happens when you need a great picture of yourself for MySpace or Facebook. You take 5,814 pictures until you get a really good one.

    And speaking of pictures, you will absolutely love this.

    Online Poster Printing is an awesome company that makes canvas and poster prints from any digital picture. And the best part is they are giving me (1) 16×20 poster print to give away to one lucky winner.



    To enter, simply visit their site, then head back over here and leave a comment telling me what you would do with your poster print if you win! Make sure to include a valid e-mail address so I have a way to contact you.

    The contest is open to all residents, however, if you live outside of the US or Canada, you must pay for shipping if you win.

    The contest will end on Saturday, March 14, 2009. Random dot org and I will pick a winner sometime before midnight EST.

    The winner will be notified by e-mail and announced on this post.

     Thanks Online Poster Printing for offering this great give-away!

    Good Luck!


     Comments for this post are closed. The winner of the give-away is  Commenter #10 – Angie who does not have a blog, but does have a valid e-mail address. Congratulations, Angie! I hope you enjoy your Online Poster Print! 


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    Timestamp: 2009-03-15 03:24:43 UTC

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