Apr 212012

So, I spoke with quite a few fantastic people on my crazy but true 26.2 mile journey through Houston. One in particular stands out as most entertaining, yet questionable.

Background: I just finished the walk, I’m pooped, hungry and maybe a little crazy looking from the wind in my hair and red blood shot eyes from sneezing and just wiping my eyes with the fingers that had out on sunblock about 6 miles back… and ACTION.

Crew: HI! Congrats! What can I help you with? OMG, are you OK!?
Me: Thanks, I am pooped. I need to get my wrist band for the ride back to the hotel and I my eyes just got sun-blocked on accident… so they REALLY just want to cry right now.
Crew: OH! I am SO sorry [rummages around behind the desk] Here you go!
[Hands me my traveler wrist band and a tube of chap-stick]


Maybe she was predicting the future because at this moment I am wishing I knew where I put said chap-stick.

On another note, my sister had a melanoma, so now she bugs us constantly about sunblock and all that jazz. Yea yea, it’s important. So, at the AIM at Melanoma walk I grabbed a few packages of sun detector stickers and used two today. They are pretty sweet, they change from orange to red depending on the sun levels outside. Anyways, apparently you are supposed to stick them to your clothes and not your skin [don't judge, it was 4am when I put the sticker on] or this will happen:

Star Tattoo

Takes me back to the good ol’ days at the tanning salon… except the sticker would not have been on my arm… gosh, we were SO cool back then ;)

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 Posted by at 9:50 pm
Apr 142012
Relay for Life 2012
We made it!
Well, we made it until 12am then decided to call it a night… 7am was a bit overzealous since each one of our team members had something to be up early for this morning. But, non-the-less, we walked the track a half billion times and supported our girl, Sarah, and those who could not be with us.
Sarah Balloon Release

Sarah's Survivor Balloon Release

 Each survivor released a purple baloon at the opening seremony, it was fun to watch them all float away with the various survivorship brackets… if only that was how all cancer’s were cured.

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Apr 112012


P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is celebrating the end of the 2011 Tax Season by offering an additional 15% off ALL dine-in and and take-out/online orders arranged for pick up on Tuesday, April 17.

The discount will automatically be deducted from your check, so no need to remember a code or print a coupon, yay!

For ordering, log on to P.F. Chang’s online ordering and choose April 17 as your pick up date.

I’ll take an order of their delicious Lettuce Wraps, please ;)

 Posted by at 5:05 pm
Apr 102012

Freebirds Double Stamp

This week, Apirl 10 to 17, Freebirds is seeing double during Tax season and offering DOUBLE stamps on all burritos, bowls, salads, nachos and quesadillas.

Go here to find your closest location and browse the menu; remember to take your Fanatics card [or at least register it with a valid phone number for easy look-up].

Remember, every 10 stamps rewards you the next burrito, bowl, or salad FREE.

 Posted by at 10:22 am
Apr 092012

Easter 2012Happy Easter from the H Family!

We had a wonderful 3 day weekend… B + C had the three day weekend, I had to work, but I am not complaining because they slept almost all day anyways.

On Friday we celebrated with the [non]resurrection of the Houston Astros home opener. Our fam was there, take a look at these pretty girls!

Astros Opener 2012

On Saturday, C and I helped Grandma pick out a new couch. Exciting, right? I think my mom is still in shock from the quote at Gallery Furniture… $3500 for a couch and love seat don’t fly with this frugal family! We went to Ashley and found a VERY comparable set for less than half… and FOR REAL the throw pillows were the EXACT match. GF is just plain crazy on some of their prices.

C and I volunteered at our church’s Saturday Easter 4pm service, watching the babies and we had so much fun. It was so beautiful watching C hold Parker and Ryan, Ryan especially, and enjoy bouncing them around and engaging them in infant activities… she is just the most amazing [step]daughter ever. After our shift was over we took a walk around the church building, looking at the students ministry building and sand volleyball court, and discussed future volunteering opportunities with the infants. She has a heart for caring, my sweet baby girl. When your [almost] teen child shows interest in something… anything, do you fully engage like I do?

On Sunday we slept in then enjoyed lunch at my parent’s house, it was a delightful, easy weekend indeed.

Praise the Lord, He is risen!

 Posted by at 9:17 pm
Apr 032012

Easter Egg Mail

Guess who’s getting an egg for Easter? Almost every Christian child [young and old], of course. But how many are getting their egg… wait for it… in the mail!? My C girl, that’s who!

While out and about, I picked up a larger sized plastic egg [it happened to be pre-filled with sour candies, yay],  some chocolates, and a small gift tag card and then I arranged the egg with cellophane grass. Total cost with shipping, about $8, which most likely would have been a lot cheaper had we went with less expensive chocolate choices.

Easter Egg Mail

Easter Egg Mail

In order to hide the contents for mailing, I covered the inside of the clear plastic egg top with fancy blue and white polka dot duck tape, it fixes everything, right? I also used the decorative duck tape to hide the egg seam, you definitely would not want your egg to hatch prematurely.

Easter Scripture

I chose a special Easter scripture to write in the card to be mailed in the egg:

Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this? John 11:25-26

Voila, the finished product, the stickers are pretty well stuck, so I am very confident that we will see this baby again soon!

Easter Egg

How excited would your kids be to get a treat of this size in the MAIL?! If you plan on sending these to your own home this year, I suggest putting them in the mail by Wednesday, April 4. There is no mail run on Friday, so you should have the eggs back home by Saturday. 

Do you have a special treat for your kids on Easter?

UPDATE: There will be a mail run on Friday [I usually assume No Coupon Inster weekends as no mail weekends, you know what they say about assumptions], so you still have time to mail your eggs out Thursday, maybe Friday if your post office is within a short range of your home.

 Posted by at 3:30 pm
Apr 032012

Heaven for Kids

Christian Book Distributors is offering quite a few FREE eBooks through their website.

Stash as many titles to your cart as you desire and checkout [you will need to sign in or create an account]; your selections will be available in ”My Account” under eBooks until you decide to delete them.

Happy Reading!

* PS: If I had a book club, these would be included. Each for their own braiding in my life, past and present. Would you have any of these in your book club?

 Posted by at 11:08 am
Mar 302012


P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is celebrating the Final Games of the basketball tournament by offering an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time on Saturday, March 31 through Monday, April 2.

Log on to P.F. Chang’s online ordering and choose March 31, April 1, or April 2 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code DUNK at checkout to receive the 20% discount.

This promotion is Spicy Tuna HOT and will not last beyond April 2 and P.F. Chang’s will not offer the discount in store – so please remember to use the discount code at check out.

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

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