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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    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.

    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

    Random Integer Generator

    Here are your random numbers:


    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.

    Some Bloggy Bid-Ness

    This give-away post is sponsored by LargeFormatPosters.com.

    LargeFormatPosters.com has generously offered to sponsor a Giveaway here at From Inmates To Playdates. They are offering me and one of my readers a High-gloss or Semi-gloss 18×24″ poster print.

    I recently received my own 18X24 poster print from them and I was so pleased with the way it turned out. It makes me smile. It was taken on a camping trip last year.

    If you look closely, it appears that I am peeking through the trees in the upper right hand corner watching my fellas walk by. In reality, I am doing my best to avoid glare on the print for this post!


    (1) 18×24 rolled poster print.

    To enter, simply leave a comment explaining how you will use the 18×24 Poster Print. Offer is open to US residents only. Free UPS Ground Shipping is included for the winner. Only one comment per person, please.

    For an extra entry, you may blog about the giveaway on your blog and link back here to my blog. Within the post, link also to Large Format Posters.Com. Then, come back here and leave the URL for your post for your extra entry.

    Contest will run until September 28th at 11:59pm est.

    The winner will receive their free 18×24 poster print using the sponsor’s website.

    Good Luck!



    Random Integer Generator

    Here are your random numbers:


    Timestamp: 2009-09-30 12:25:26 UTC

    Winner is Michelle R. who does not have a blog, but commented on 2009/09/22 at 11:26am

    Congratulations, Michelle!

    Here's Your Sign!

    [McDaddy: If you are reading you should click off of this post right now.]

    Seriously. Scram.

    This is a surprise.

    Now then.

    A few weeks ago, a friend from our church returned from a 6-month deployment in Saudi Arabia. His family displayed a beautiful banner for his homecoming.

    You may or may not recall that my sweet hubby, McDaddy is currently deployed.

    I inquired about where his wife ordered the banner from becuase I wanted to get one for McDaddy’s homecoming.

    I was thrilled to find out that the banner was free except for shipping. Unfortunately though, my friend couldn’t remember the name of the company that she ordered it from.

    Thankfully, my friend Google showed up for work yesterday.

    A quick search of Free & Banner & Military yielded a search result to BuildASign.com.

    In honor of Veteran’s Day, the kind folks at Build A Sign are offering 20,000 free banners to service members who are returning home.

    I can’t wait to see the banner I ordered for McDaddy.

    I appreciate BuildASign.com’s generosity in offering such an awesome deal to military members.

    A great deal WORKS FOR ME!

    If you have a family member returning home in the next few months, head over there and design a banner for their homecoming. They offer several different options and the banners are super simple to design.

    Thank you, BuildASign!

    Head over to We Are THAT Family for a long list of Works For Me Wednesday posts.

    Clearing My Head And A Giveaway

    The winner of the Lonaberger Autumn Path Front Pocket Tote is Michelle who does not have a blog, but has a verizon e-mail address. She was lucky Number four who visited my blog and commented on November 25th @ 9:23am.

    Congratulations, Michelle. I hope you enjoy the new purse. I will be contacting you by e-mail! You can read about the certified results here.

    There are a number of random things rolling around up there in my brain.

    Unfortunately for you, there is not much room up there so I have no other choice but to clear out the cobwebs and the useless info to make room for more serious, pressing issues.

    Like my birthday.

    And Christmas.

    And the 412 other things on our calendar for the month of December.

    So here goes. (You should imagine me standing here on the screen with a megaphone. Not that I need a megaphone. It’s just that a visual always helps.)

    First, I’d like to begin by giving a shout out to the nearly 600 people who have visited my blog since its big reveal (clearly, I watch way too much reality TV) two weeks ago. I say nearly because the little Scope up there in the right hand corner and the live traffic thing in the lower left hand corner don’t always capture the same visitors. Not sure why this is. Maybe it’s hard getting them on the same page, which doesn’t make sense because they are, indeed on the same page.

    But seriously, I couldn’t do this thing without you and your support means a lot to me.

    Well, actually I could do it without you, but really, that would be pointless.

    So, thanks to all of you, my LBF’s. (Loyal Blog Fans)


    The rotating Christmas tree stand that I have enjoyed for four years finally gave up the ghost. My Christmas tree is a spectacular sight. It’s even more spectacular when it rotates. It worked beautifully the first few years when it rotated a 7 foot tree. Then, I found a 9 foot Vienna Pine that I simply had to have. McDaddy mentioned one or two or ten times that the new tree was too much for the rotating stand. The thing about McDaddy is that he is rarely wrong when it comes to assessing domestic matters.


    Turns out the popping and cracking of the stand were battle cries.

    And the war was lost.

    RIP little Christmas tree stand. We’ve been through a lot and I will miss you.

    And replace you if I can find another one. Ahem!


    My aunt is visiting from California and I will be hosting Thanksgiving here at the McResidence. At least eleven of us. Maybe more. My family and McDaddy’s family. Yes, you heard right folks. Both sides of the family in one room.

    We are blessed that our parents get along and enjoy each other’s company.

    YAY! For us.

    Hosting the dinner here ensures that we will not have to run from house to house to visit parents, grandparents and inlaws. I plan to bust out our fine china because I am a firm believer that if you don’t use it, you are really not enjoying it.

    Yes, I am plum full of quirks my friends.


    I will also make a fabulous dessert called chocolate delight because we love dessert around here.


    I must admit though that my chocolate delight usually looks nothing like the chocolate delight shown on the recipe site because I never think to use my fancy glass compote thing, opting instead for the handy 9X13 Longaberger baking dish. On top of that, I generally get overly excited and cause the mixture to look more like mud. You can find the recipe here.

    Finally, I have some really exciting news.

    It’s my first give-away.

    Up for grabs is this Longaberger Autumn Path Front Pocket Tote.

    WOW! That’s a mouth full. Or a hand full if you’re typing it like me. I happen to be a Longaberger Home Consultant and since I’m too stingy to part with one of my beloved baskets, I thought I’d give a bag away instead.


    You can win it by simply leaving a comment on this post telling me why you need a new handbag.

    Comments will remain open until noon on Saturday when my new friend, Random Dot Org will pick a winner. Contest is open to US Residents (sorry International LBF’s) and I am requesting that you enter only once. The winner will be announced at the top of this post.

    Carry On.

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