One Year Ago

One year ago on this very day, “From Inmates To Playdates” made its way onto the bloggy scene with this post.

My blog design looked like this, and I have to admit I’ve missed this cute little gal a time or two since Jo-Lynne redesigned me with a skinnier, older princess.

For those of you who have been here with me from the beginning, I appreciate you! Around the halls of Inmates, you’ll find 393 posts, 2,480 comments and lots and lots of crazy!

My most loyal commenter is my McMotherInLaw, Jean logging in 144 comments. My URL friend, Kellyn [who works within sight of The Mall Of America] came in a close second with 133.

The post that yielded the most comments was entitled I’ve Been Expecting You which happened to be linked to Boo Mama’s Christmas Tour of Homes.

My highest comment day is Thursday because that’s the day I post my You Capture photos. I’ve enjoyed learning more about my camera each week in a feeble attempt to ‘run with the big dogs’ over at the You Capture carnival. We’ve photographed shadows, reflections, red stuff, technology, ourselves, fall stuff, old signs, Joy, and all kinds of other stuff that I can’t think of right now. Basically if you can think of it, we’ve shot it. I keep waiting for the week when Beth assigns CRAZY. I’ll be all over that.

History was made here at Inmates back in June when my daily visitor count reached 1,008. I watched it slowly climb toward 200 and I was thinking it wasn’t even noon. Just before midnight, I hit 1,000. It was an exciting day! That was on a Monday and I was the first linker to link MckMama’s Not Me! Monday post.

This blogging gig has been enjoyable for me and I am grateful for the opportunity to make new friends, review some cool products and make a teensy-bit of cash through advertisiting opportunities.

My most controversial post by far was this one about animal rendering.

Remember all these posts about deployment? It was a long six months with a trip to Guantanamo Bay thrown in the middle of it. I appreciate the kind, encouraging words y’all left throughout the McDeployement Journey.

I think most of you would agree that the thing that sets me apart from most other bloggers is my quirkiness -and believe me, there is plenty of it. My quirkiest post was entitled Things I Learned At The Funeral Home and was a result of my watching an embalming. Yes, you should go there right now and read it. I’ll give you a second.

You back?

I told you it was quirky!

What can I say? I’m a quirky girl. A quirky girl who loves to give stuff away.

And, with the holidays just around the corner, this give-away from uPrinting is perfect!

I am a card-writer. I try to send cards ‘just because!’ Giving custom thank you cards is the perfect gift to express sentiments to your loved ones. 

One lucky reader will be jingling all the way with a pack of 50 Custom Thank You Cards with envelopes! UPrinting cards are made from high-quality paper and cardstock and will surely bring holiday cheer to your friends and family.

 I am so excited about this give-away! I can’t wait to design custom made thank you cards for the McFamily.

Prize Offered: (50 ct.) 7 x 5″ (folded to 3.5 x 5″) Custom Thank You Cards with plain envelopes
Shipping: Free UPS Ground within United States
Blogger Appreciation Prize: (50 ct.) 7 x 5″ (folded to 3.5 x 5″) Custom Thank You Cards with plain envelopes
Eligibility: Limited to US Residents due to shipping costs.

*Pursuant to the FTC ruling on Blogger Reviews and Sponsored Postings, I am fully disclosing that I will be receiving fifty (50) thank you cards from for hosting this giveaway.

To win, simply leave a comment on this post about how you plan to use the thank-you cards.

A winner will be drawn at random on Sunday evening, November 15th at 10:00 pm ET.

Thanks for celebrating with me!


Updated to announce the winner of the 50 custom thank-you cards.

And the winner is…..

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Timestamp: 2009-11-17 04:06:45 UTC

Congratulations to Commentor #8 Michelle who does not have a blog but has a Yahoo e-mail address.

Thanks for stopping in for a daily dose of crazy, Michelle! Enjoy!

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, 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!

Where I’ve Been And Where I’m Going

You may be wondering if I’ve dropped off of the face of the earth.

Because it is rare that I ever go more than one day without posting.

Rare, indeed.

But alas, I am back.

Wanna know where I’ve been?

I thought you might.


I’ve Been….

Pole dancing on our church bus. [I can see the smile on McDaddy’s face from here!]

I’ve been chatting it up with my girlfriends at Ruby Tuesday, where, by the way, I ate some fabulous barbecue bourbon chicken. [side note: I’m not sure if the chicken was really prepared with bourbon, but it was delicious!]

I’ve been listening to Sandi Patty and her awesome. set. of. pipes.

I’ve been talking about fashion and whatnot with Sandi Patty. [Pay no attention to the mess that is my hair. You must remember that I was in a mad rush to beat the masses to the Sandi Patty picture taking line.]

I’ve been um…. snapping pictures of Syvannah jumping on the hotel bed. Doesn’t she know she could fall off and break her head?

I’ve been watching Mandisa sing and praise the Lord.

I’ve been begging Mandisa to please let me sing back-up for her.

I’ve been talking to Lisa Whelchel about The Facts Of Life.

I’ve been chatting it up with the gals on the bus. [Side note: Anytime we were asked where we were going we would simply say we were former Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders who were headed to a reunion, and um… you know pole dancing!]

Women of Faith – Columbus. That’s where I’ve been.

But it’s a lot more exciting thinking about where I’m going.

On Friday.

I’ll give you a little hint.


Ahem! Sorry, I didn’t mean to be so loud. I’m just so! very! excited!

Hurry up Friday!


Go here to sign up for my poster print giveaway from I’ll be picking a winner at random later this week.

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

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 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.

Take A Quick Peek At This

I love gadgets. I don’t always know how to operate them, but I think having technology at your fingertips is the bomb. (Yes, I just said the bomb.)

I have been whining to McDaddy about an iPhone for months now, but thanks to our cellular contract, I will not be able to go there until June. Because of that, I am stuck in Motorola RAZR world.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my little pink RAZR. I really do. But, lets face it, I love me some e-mail.

On Valentine’s Day, I won a cool new e-mailing gadget over at Musings Of A Housewife.

It’s called a PEEK.  And it looks like this.


On top of it being a cool gadget, it! is! Pink!

And I happen to love pink.

The PEEK is an e-mailing gadget that helps you stay connected anywhere you have phone service. The device itself is $49.95 and the monthly service is $19.95. And, the best part is there is no contract. EVAH!

Oh, and the set-up was unbelievably easy. [Um, hello, did I mention I was technically challenged?] Seriously, it took less than 5 minutes to set everything up.

So, yeah it’s pretty handy.

Especially for a girl who has to e-mail her husband instead of call him because he is deployed for 6 months.

And even more especially because our Suddenlink internet connection is random. At best. When I lose the internet connection, I retrieve my handy little PEEK and e-mail my new BFF Mr. A. at Suddenlink to let him know I need some internet assistance here at the McResidence.

So, yeah the PEEK definately works for me!!!

Thanks Jo-Lynne and Peek Folk for a great prize!!!

Visit We Are THAT Family for more things that might work for you.


And speaking of Give Aways, be sure to visit this post for your chance to win an Online Poster Print.

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