Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pledge Multi-Surface Cleaner Giveaway

The winner is Rajee! As soon as I hear from you, I will forward your information to Pledge.

I recently had the opportunity to try a complimentary bottle of New Pledge Multisurface Cleaner. What a cool bottle design, and what a great lavender scent!

I took off for the bedroom and cleaned the TV screen, the wood on the dresser, chest, bed, the laminate on the computer desk, and bathroom mirrors. I really liked it! It left a streak-free shine. And best of all, I didn't have to carry several different cleaners around with me. Pledge Multi-Surface can be used on the following:

  • wood and wood laminate

  • plastic

  • glass and mirrors

  • electronics

  • granite

  • stainless steel

I have one bottle of Pledge Multi-Surface Cleaner to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post before midnight June 7, 2009. (Open to US and Canadian readers only, per the sponsor) Make sure I have a way to contact you. Receive an extra entry for each of the following:

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Sunday Scrappin'

Hi scrappers! I didn't get much done, but I got something done, and I'm happy for that. After school is out this week (and I can't WAIT for that, it's been a rough year), I am going to tackle my scrapping HARD. Of course, that's what I say every year, but this time, I mean it!

This week, I made two items for a friend whose son is graduating. She's going to use them on her scrapbook cover page.

And I put together this card really quickly.

The optional challenge for the coming week is to finish up that one item you have hanging around. We all have one... a page that just needs some journaling, a card that needs a base.... whatever it is, dig it out and get it crossed off your list! I definitely have some things that fit in that category!

If you're a digital scrapbooker or paper crafter of any kind, won't you PLEASE join us for Sunday Scrappin?

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's Just My Opinion

The Other Boleyn Girl The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
If it weren't for Readers Anonymous, my online book group, I never would have chosen to read this book, The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory. I'm not a big fan of historical fiction, and I wasn't excited about reading this daunting, 661-page book. In fact, for the first 75-100 pages, I still wasn't very thrilled, but then, something clicked. I began to feel a connection with the characters, and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next. You might think you know what happens, but you really have no idea. I lost many hours of sleep reading this book!

The main character is Mary Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's sister (Anne of Queen-of-England fame). Gregory delved deep into Tudor history to develop this factual tale of the English court, English history, love, betrayal, sex, money, power, scandal, sibling rivalry, and masquerade. All of it came to life on the page - rich descriptions, realistic dialogue, intrigue, and suspense.

I have not seen the movie, but I have heard that it is nothing like the book, so I may not watch it. I don't want to ruin the magic this book brought to life. Finishing this book was like losing a close friend. But now, it's time to hit The Beach.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Say it Forward

Say It Forward – Carnival of Loyal Commenters is a new weekly carnival at 5 Minutes for where bloggers feature their loyal commenters!

I want to recognize a loyal commenter here on Forgetfulone: Tammy at Queen-Size Funny Bone. I would love to know this lady in person. She describes herself as a "boisterous Italian," and I can tell she would be such fun to hang out with! She's also kind and warm, but she also speaks her mind, and she literally makes me laugh out loud sometimes. If you've never had the pleasure of visiting her blog, please do so!
Tammy, this badge is for you. Thanks for leaving comments for me. I'm so pleased that you read my blog rather faithfully, and I feel terrible when I've been away for a few days and haven't been to check yours out. I want you to know you're appreciated!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mind Your P's and Q's!

When you're blogging, how careful are you about what you say? Do you sometimes withhold your truly honest opinion so that you don't alienate a reader? Are there certain topics you avoid because they generate too much controversy? Do you cite your sources? Does anyone include a disclaimer stating that your blog is strictly your opinion, not fact? If not, this story from today's Houston Chronicle might make you change your style.

A blogger right here in my hometown spent the Memorial Day weekend in jail on charges of contempt of court. She was ordered to turn over a computer but failed to do so, stating it was stolen shortly after the judge ordered the computer to be used as evidence in a case of defamation and conspiracy against her and others. The original suit was brought by Virgie Arthur, Anna Nichole Smith's mother, who quite possibly might take custody of Anna Nichole's daughter and her 88 million dollars.

The blogger in question says that she was just stating her opinion about Anna Nichole Smith and her family, and now she's facing defamation charges and did not turn over the computer in question. She is accused of writing her opinion as though it were fact. Apparently, what she said might sway a judge or jury in their ruling on Dannielynn's custody. There is definitely a lot at stake, and I would never presume to judge who's right or who's not.

In any case, though, does this mean that anyone can sue a blogger if they don't like that blogger's opinion? If so, that's a bit scary. Luckily, I usually don't write about anything controversial, political, or anything you might consider a hot topic, but still... does this concern any of you other bloggers at all? I'd like to know your opinion!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

Today I have a video, so it's not really Wordless. This song gives me chills every time I hear the second verse, especially when it says, "There's a pretty little thing, waiting on the King, down in the jungle room." Hope you enjoy!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Heads or Tails

Today's topic is HEADS - Starts with A.

My "A" word is AUNT.

I'm the Aunt of a young man who is graduating from high school in a couple of weeks then headed off to college at Texas A&M (like his mom and dad). It is so strange to see him all grown up when I remember changing his diapers. But, grown up, he is. He is smart, athletic, considerate, and plays a mean guitar! Not to mention that he even lets me be his friend on Facebook. I'm such a proud Aunt!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Barb, aka Skittles, aka Hot Buttah (thanks, Lucy!) has kindly bestowed this award on me. Big hugs and a huge thank you, Barb!

The aims of this award:
As a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
To seek the reasons why we all love blogging.
Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it.
Don't forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
Answer the awards question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
Don't forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

Why I love blogging:
Creative outlet. Venting. Sharing. Connecting with people. Building relationships.
Those are my top five reasons for blogging. I love writing... always have. And it's so nice to know there are other people out there that are interested in something I have to say, people I can share with, vent to, and connect with on a personal level.

For all of the reasons listed as aims of this award, I would like to pass this award to...
D at My Life is Based on a True Story
Bubba's Sis at Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend, Me!
Dawn at Stronger than Cancer

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Scrappin'

Sunday Scrappin' is a weekly meme for paper crafters, scrapbookers, and digital scrappers. Please join us!

My Ta-Da for this week is one completed two page layout from our trip to Arizona last summer. I did work on 4 more Disney pages and 2 dance pages, but I didn't complete them. My goal was to get SOMETHING, anything, completed so I could post, and I did it!

My To-Do is to be able to accomplish something I can complete and post in a photo. Anything!

The optional challenge last week was to use flowers, and I didn't get to do it this week. The optional challenge for this week is go 3-D! Use something dimensional on your scrapbook layout, or, create a 3-D object out of paper. There are all kinds of possibilities with this one!

Happy scrappin' everyone!

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H**L Yes!

The first winner did not respond, so the winner of my copy of the book is Tamy from 3 Sides of Crazy!

Sometimes I have a hard time making decisions, especially making decisions that involve the word, "No." So, this little book, HELL YES! has helped me put things into perspective.

Meet author Elizabeth Cogswell Baskin at right.

We all get so busy, taking care of our families, working, volunteering, chauffering our children, trying to spend time with friends, pursuing our interests. cleaning our home, paying our bills, and working some more. Sometimes, we need to stop, assess our situation, and learn when to say no without feeling guilty.

HELL Yes! is cleverly and concisely written with colorful illustrations (click here to get a glimpse of the book or purchase one for yourself). And the concept is simple: if it's not a heck yes, it's a NO. Yup, it's that simple.

I don't have an extra copy to give away, but I'm willing to give away my copy. It's still in brand new condition, and it might just help someone else. Would you like to have it? Just leave a comment on this post. will help me pick a number on Memorial Day.

This post was written for Family Review Network.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Friday Fill-in

I haven't participated in Friday Fill-ins for a while, but I'm back! These fill-in-the-blanks are fun. Won't you join in? Click here to go to the homepage.

These were all taken from springtime quotes, but I'm going to fill in my own thoughts.

1. If we had no winter, we'd have no Christmas, and I wouldn't like that!

2. Men are a perpetual astonishment.

3. If I had my life to live over, I would only want to do so if I could keep all of the knowledge that I have now.

4. I've taken several trips to school inside of four and twenty hours.

5. If you've never been thrilled, you've never ridden Everest at DisneyWorld's Animal Kingdom.

6. To be interested in the changing seasons is to appreciate nature.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to scrapbooking with some friends, tomorrow my plans include sleeping late and a little shopping, and Sunday, I want to go to church, help my kids start planning their birthday celebrations, and I'll have to go to the dreaded grocery store.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Sunday Scrappin'

Yes, I realize it's not Sunday. I'm a day late, but I just couldn't get my photo uploaded until today, and the photo didn't come out well because I need a new camera. But here it is anyway! I started some layouts over a week ago and just couldn't get my creative juices flowing, but I did manage to finish one of the two-page layouts Sunday. This is one of our days at the Magic Kingdom last spring break. Happy crafting to all!

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Thursday, May 07, 2009

It's Just My Opinion

Angels & Demons Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is possibly the best book I've read since The Kite Runner! It was even better than The Davinci Code. I never picked it up before because the title turned me off. Big mistake. I finally decided to read it since the movie is coming out. I'm sure the movie will not be as good as the book, but I still want to see it.

The book is fascinating - full of suspense and action. There is also rich history about Rome and The Vatican. Dan Brown did his research well! The plot kept me guessing until the end, even if I did have to suspend reality for a little while.

It's a long read, but I highly recommend it!

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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Mother's Day Giveaways

Mothers Day 2009

5 Minutes for Mom has so many giveaways in honor of Mother's Day. Be sure to enter before May 9th!

And don't forget to enter my Life on Record giveaway before Monday!


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