Thankenstein Thursday! 13 Edition

I would like to dedicate this post to my fabulous nephew, Alec, who turns 13 today!!

Happy Birthday, Alec!

This is Alec as a wee one with his best friend Bocco the Bear….Alec was a preemie….We are very happy that he made it through all of his challenges and is such an active, healthy guy 13 years later!

We knew as he grew, he was definitely a rock star!

He is fearless!
Someday, you will see him in the major leagues….No Joke! He is a super talented baseball player! He hits a homerun or two (or three, four…) every game and can pitch like a pro!

We miss you, Alec! We wish we could be with you on your very special day!

Happy 13!!!!

With All of Our Love,

Aunt Minnie, Connor, Cat and Uncle Smitty

Since we are celebrating today at the Bee and Rose, I would like to say a very BIG Thank You to the very sweet jbechtold over at Stay at home Mom! She shared this wonderful award with me! I am supposed to share it with 15 new blogs, but I am spreading the award love to all of you today! Hooray! Go check out her blog! There are some great ideas over there!

Things are definitely looking up around here! Have a delightful day, ya’ll!



Thankful Thursday aka You Can Have Another Entry in the Monster Giveaway!

Hi! Comments are now closed for this post so we can prepare them for the drawing in the Monster Giveaway! Thank you for participating!

Even though the last two days were a gigantic suck-o-rama, I realized I have so much for which I’m thankful!

I am thankful that Tuesday night after the Suckfest began, Chilly took us to McDonalds for dinner so I wouldn’t have to drag myself into the kitchen in the midst of my despair. I am grateful that during the dinner conversation, the word “Automatic” came up so that Chilly and I could then say…”It’s systematic…..It’s Hyyyy-dro-matic….Why! It’s Greased Lightin’!!!” And then we broke into the whole song and dance right in the middle of McD’s. Again, my kids were completely mortified…mission accomplished!

I am grateful that she didn’t show up in my bathroom this morning….(for you newbies, go here if you hate PMS…)
I am thankful that I live 40 miles from Nogales, Mexico because there have been sightings of the Chupacabra down there…{{{shudder}}}….I know this because my son made me watch “Animal Planet’s Lost Tapes” and they said so….

I am grateful for YIKES Toy Store in Tucson because they have fantabulous toys and gifts. (Remember those Kissy Bandaids? They came from YIKES!) If you’re ever in Tucson, go check them out!

I am thankful for Obnoxious SAHM for including me in her Sunday Spotlight! Go read her awesome blog!!! She just started a fabulous Mom’s group…go over and check it out! I am a proud member!!!

I am grateful for the Blonde Duck for sharing this awesome award with me! Go visit her too! If you like pie, delightful stories and cute puppies, this is a must read blog! (Can you say S’more Pie???)

I am thankful for all of my fabulous bloggy friends, old and new, who have been so loving and supportive! You’re the best! If I haven’t formally introduced myself to you yet at your blog, I promise I will soon! Then you’ll probably want to change your blog address because of my relentless stalking!

I am grateful for Kristina P and her Snuggie wearin’ blog…She is a blog super hero! She makes me spit my coffee all over my monitor all the time…hey…maybe my laptop drowned! (just kiddin’!) My poor Precious is probably cold and lonely at the Geek hospital. I bet she’s dreaming of a Snuggie right now….sniffle sniffle…

I am thankful for Jamie over at Stampin Mom and her awesome Etsy shop! To celebrate more giveaway madness, I am offering another opportunity for an entry! Scooty on over to Jamie’s shop and come back and tell me what you like! Poof! Another entry!

I am thankful that you have all been so enthusiastic about my giveway, that I’ll will be hosting one on a monthly basis! Now they won’t have 20 prizes, but I’ll make sure they’re interesting!

If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, go here!

Go get your gratitude on, my friends and enjoy your day!

Dawn (pretend it’s my fancy signature….)

p.s. I know some of you might be reading this on Wednesday! lol! I had to hijack my parent’s computer so I could post…I haven’t lost my mind completely! I really do know what day of the week it is! Hee hee hee! I will update the post date in the morning…

Schoolgirl Shamus Hottie Has Giveaway Hints!

(There are giveaway hints throughout the post! Just scroll on down if you want to get to the good stuff first!)

I’m a lover of books. I am a huge book nerd! I loved to read girl detective stories when I was a young girl. I still do! I loved Nancy Drew, but the series that I couldn’t get enough of was Trixie Belden, the schoolgirl shamus.

70’s version current version

Do you have any childhood books that hold special memories for you?

In other news, I have been awarded the Sisterhood Award by my sweet bloggy friend, Robyn over at One of the Jones! I love visiting Robyn’s blog! She is a funny lady and an amazing Mama! It’s a happy place! Go give her some comment lovin’! You’ll love her too!

Also, Cammie, another sweet bloggy friend, shared the Hottie Award with me! Wow! (She’s probably been hittin’ the wine bottle again…) Go read her blog Life in the House of No Sleep! She makes me laugh so hard that I have to put on the Depends before heading over to her blog! (Take my advice and wear some when you head over there! lol!)

I’m sharing these awards with my real life sister…Aunt Oooo…She’s always there for me, and I just want to give her a little shout out to say I love her! She lives on the other side of the country now, and I miss her every day. (sniffle sniffle plop plop…tears falling…) She is a super hottie and I want her to wear this loud and proud!!! Sizzle! Sizzle! Oooo…you are HOT!

I know, I know…I alluded to a giveaway hint in my post title…

Are you ready?

Here’s a little “something-something” included in the giveaway….

Ooohhh! I am so excited!!! I will be sharing some of my favorite things with you in my giveway! I love owls and I LOVE Kristen’s jewelry! LOVE IT! I know you will love it too! Why not head over to her Etsy shop and check out all the beauties over there!? Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

So let’s see…detective friends…what are the clues so far….

We have Kristen’s GORGEOUS necklace shown above….

We have some of this….

That’s right, my friends! A full size bottle of Philosophy’s “Amazing Grace” 3 in 1 shampoo, body wash and bubble bath!

And there’s LOTS MORE!!!! I told you it will be HUGE!!! I’ll be throwing out hints for the next week or two because I am getting close to my 100th post day!!!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

p.s. Still not ignoring you all with the comment love! Just trying to recuperate from the last week of craziness!

Dirty Pretty Things & Hint Hint…Giveaway Hints!

Don’t forget to go visit Shannon for Weekend Wordles over at Last Shreds of Sanity! We did an Irish dance Wordle since that’s what Cat will be doing for the next 4 days! It will be a whirlwind of fast moving feet! (Then no more annoying bragging about Irish dance for a while! I promise!)

(make sure you scroll on down for some giveaway hints…..I’ll give you an extra hint right now…Philosophy….oooh…doesn’t that sound good?? I told you…it’s going to be a HUGE giveaway with AMAZING goodies! yes…that was a hint too…)


Thanks to my sweet bloggy friend, Raven over at Dirty Pretty Things to Ponder for sharing the Kreativ Blogger Award with me! I adore her, her blog and her Etsy shop! Her blog is filled with fantastic fashion, amazing artist’s showcases, juicy celebrity gossip and much more! You will be delighted when you stop by!

In the spirit of this award, I am supposed to share 5 things I love. I am going to share 5 things I love from her Etsy shop, Dirty Pretty Things!

(she also has this design in a greeting card that you can personalize!)

Apple Blossom Soy Candle

Cherry Vanilla Mineral Bath Soak w.
Essential Oils and Vitamin E

(Hot Monkey Love)
These are just a few of my favorite Dirty Pretty Things!

Which Dirty Pretty Thing do you like?

Have a wonderful weekend!

p.s. Don’t forget….there’s a HUGE giveaway coming for my 100th post!!! And I mean HUGE! (hmmm…see any dirty pretties up there I should add to the already fabulous list of goodies I’ve collected??)

p.s.s. I’m not ignoring ya’ll with my comment love! I will be gone all weekend so the Irish dancer can do her thing!

Makeup Monday Madness (aka Can Ya Help a Sister Out With a Camera?)

Hello, family and friends! I am back after a ‘no post’ weekend! A first for me! I must say I felt weird and vulnerable not exposing myself for two whole days. Not to worry, I’ll be exposing myself all week long!

Today, I would like to share a bit about one of my BBFF’s (bloggy best friend forever), Baby Roca’s Mommy over at My Last Shreds of Sanity. Yesterday was her 38th birthday and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind a few belated Happy Birthday wishes from friendly bloggers like yourselves! If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of her acquaintance, please drop in for a visit! She is charming, witty and giggles are guaranteed! She loves Rick Springfield and she has a very cool leg lamp widget from A Christmas Story too! She is having Shan’s Week-end Wordles over at her bloggy beginning this weekend so swing on over to see all the fun goings-on over there! I think Week-end Wordles are a great way to do a weekend post without frying your brain too much! Thank you, Shannon for saving our brain cells! (Mr. Linky ain’t a walk in the park people! Go give Shannon some lovin’ this weekend especially! I know you’ll love her as much as I do!)

I would like to give a big thank you to TuTu’s Bliss for inviting me to her Awards Buffet! (You know me, I can’t pass a buffet without stuffing myself!) I picked up a few lovely delights over there! You must go read TuTu’s blog! You will laugh your tushy off! Her post today is hilarious! And anyone who can talk about their breastache is a superhero in my book! (and her tutus are to die for!) This is what I grabbed at the buffet…

I would like to pass these lovely awards to Randi over at Beauty Be Good! She is a loyal commenter (on many, many blogs!) She is very creative…not to mention one of the most genuine, friendly bloggers I’ve ever had the pleasure to “meet”! She likes to wear new bloggy attire and is always changing it up over at her blog! I heart her!

Now, as mentioned in my title, I need some camera advice. My camera is ready to be put in a home for old cameras. I need a new one. I LOVE to take pictures, people! Love it! I need camera that takes FANTASTIC photos without a whole lot of help from me. Point and shoot…that’s what I need. I want a digital camera that will not have that darn delay that the old digicams have. I want clear beautiful photos. I take lots of candids and action shots of the Irish dancer girl. I want something that captures action shots clearly. I have been checking out some Sony models. Got any ideas??? I am getting desperate! My daughter had two Irish dance performances this weekend and my photos are rotten! Blurry, blur blur! ARGGH! So not only did I miss her performance because I was dealing with the dumb camera, but the photos are horrible! Please help me out of my spiral of despair! Here is a photo from yesterday’s performance…blurry, weird alien eyes…UGH! (Check out her form! She’s in the air!)

I need to document the Irish dancer girl’s progress so there are some good shots for her E True Hollywood story debut when she is a Riverdancer dating Hugh Jackman’s son. I am anxiously awaiting your advice, oh camera professionals!

Happy Monday!

It’s a Birthday Luv Fest!

Happy Birthday, Miss Kitty!
(and yes, awards are here too…I promise!)

Today is my precious princess Catherine’s 6th birthday! Six years ago today I was pleading with my doctor to “just get her out of me NOW!” (I really did say that…) This little bundle of joy loved my womb. Loved it so much that she hung out in there for an extra week! AN EXTRA WEEK!!! (In pregnant mom years that feels like 10 years.) Finally, she arrived with jet black hair, pale white skin and ruby red lips…just like a little Snow White! After a few days the black “mommy gave you too much hormone” hair fell out and soft fuzzy blonde sprouted through. Then all hair growth stopped until about age 3. That and no talking…I mean not a word except for an occasional grunt until 3. Then wham! Complete articulate sentences came pouring out of this kid!

Today I celebrate my sweet surprise! Yep, she was a surprise!!! I was 37 and thought I couldn’t have anymore babies. But God always has a bigger plan! So this is for my peach pie! I love you, beautiful girl!!!!! (yeah, you are definitely worth the 345 extra tests I had to have because I was an “old” mom!)


Now… Miss Cat & Fancy Nancy

Barbie’s New Pad…


I love presents!

Birthday Botox…


Since we are celebrating here at Bee and Rose today, I want to share a little love with ya’ll too! Jacie over at Mom Stuff (and the owner of Chic Bebe Couture) awarded me with this lovely LUV Award! Please go visit Jacie’s blogs! There are all sorts of delights over at the Chic Bebe Couture shop! I love the pony-0’s with tails and the tutus! Thank you for sharing this with me, Jacie!


Now, the rules are that I have to share this “luv-ly” award with my Bloggy Luv list. The problem I have is that I love “all ya’all“, but the rules say I have to nominate only 10. In random order, here are the nominees…

*Motherboard over at crazyland

*LORI at A Double Shot of Espresso

*Lori at A Journey to our Daughter

*Nerdy Jess at Nerdy Jess

*Tracy at Diary of Sweet Nothings

*Baby Roca’s Mama at My Last Shreds of Sanity

*Mary-Catherine at Peaches and Posh

*lagirl at Sweet Tea

*blognut at More Mindless Rambling

*Lisa at Mama’s Smitten

Honorees, please follow these instructions and share the LUV!

1. Put the logo on your blog or post. (You can highlight the photo and text of this post and copy/paste wherever you need to…start your highlight from the bottom up to get the photo)

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show GREAT ATTITUDE and/or GRATITUDE

3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.

4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received the award.

Whew!!! So there you have it!!!! Go spread the luv!!!!

p.s. No child’s lips were harmed or botoxed during the birthday party.

p.s.s. Thanks for sticking it out with me during this very long post!!!!

p.s.s.s. I really want to give this award to all of you…(if ya’ want to grab it, feel free…I won’t tell…hee hee hee…)

Honest Scrap! My First Blog Award!



I was given my very first bloggy award by my very blogilicious friend, Shalee, over at Sometimes Its Good To Be Speechless! Thank you, Shalee! You are a rockstar!

Now, this award doesn’t come easy! I have to earn it by exposing myself (yikes!) …. (not as freaky as it!) Here’s the scoop…

The rules for the Honest Scrap award:
The honorees are to:

A) List 10 honest things about yourself –
and make it interesting, even if you have to dig deep!

B) pass the award on to 7 bloggers that you feel embody the spirit of the Honest Scrap

And away we go….

1. If Edward Cullen were a real person, I would run away from home, kick Bella’s be-hind, and make him my own…cause I’m older and more experienced…and my blood is probably tastier cause it ages like fine wine…

2. My husband proposed to me at KFC…(yes, that’s right…the chicken joint..)

3. I can only have white hangars in my closets. (can anyone say, “Mommy Dearest?”)

4. I LoVe to play Cash Cow on Webkinz for hours and hours…

5. When I go into a bookstore, I always find the timewarp and end up staying in there for hours…and hours…when I come out 100 years has passed by…

6. I love Aerosmith, Metallica, Muse and Bullet 4 My Valentine (yes, I realize I am 43, but what are ya gonna do?)

7. I am horribly addicted to blogging…like an intervention is probably needed (and I’ve only been at for 2 weeks!)

8. I am a closet road rager. I will scream (yep, I set a great example for my children…) at all the stupid drivers until they do what I say. (My kids find it amusing that I think the other drivers can actually hear me…oh, didn’t I mention I rage with the windows up?)

9. I am a huge fashion nerd. (my sister is the stylish one…)

10. I wish I could be paid millions for my wit and charm…no, make that billions…

Whew! Exposure over! Hope I didn’t flash you too much!

Now…my turn to give the award to 7 blog-fabulous friends!

(drumroll please………………)

And the awards go to:

*Andrea over at The Hall Family
(She’s adorable and a great mom!)

*Kate at Clueless in Columbus
A delightful blogger buddy (and an Ohio girl too!)

*Pam at Country Mouse, City Mouse
One of the nicest bloggers in blogland!

*Jillene at Jillene’s Journal
Absolutely blogilicious bloggy buddy!

*MindyLew at Captured at 1Point8
A wonderful photo blog (and she’s nice too!)

*Kate at Home is Where My Heart Is
She knits, makes brownies, takes great pictures and is just
overall, a wonderful gal! Love those socks!

*Cammie at Life in the House of No Sleep
You have to read “The Tale of the Dragon & the Queen” post! She’s very entertaining! Go on now..go read it…

(and I’m gonna add one more…I know it’s supposed to be 7, but she makes super cute pendants and is a very crafty girl! *Jamie at StampinMom this one’s for you!)

(and a little shout out to Blonde Duck at A Duck in Her Pond…congrats on your award too! We rock, sister! Yeah, that’s right…do the soldier boy dance…)

Now ladies, go expose yourselves and win this award!!!!

ps..(yes, I know, I post script..alot…but I’m old and forget stuff…) I am still learning the ways of blog and haven’t figured out the link stuff..So…if you’re reading this and want to linky to these fabulous blogs, go to the Blogilicious list on the sidebar and link away!