Saturday, November 27, 2010

Peanutbutter Fudge


Ingredients
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter 
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  • 3 cups powdered sugar 
  • 1/2 cup Raw Peanuts, toasted and coarsely chopped 
  • 1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions 
  • Grease 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with butter. Line pan with parchment paper allowing extra to overlap sides. Place peanut butter and butter in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until mixture begins to bubble. Stir peanut butter mixture. Microwave on HIGH 1 1/2 minutes. (Take precaution as mixture may bubble up sides.) 
  • Stir in vanilla extract. Add powdered sugar, stir until thickened and well blended. Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle toasted peanuts over top; gently press into surface. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour or until set. 
  • Use edges of parchment paper to lift fudge from pan. Cut into squares. Place chocolate in microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 to 1 1/2 minutes; stir every 30 seconds until melted. Transfer to small plastic re-sealable bag; secure top. Snip tip from one end of bag. Gently squeeze bag; drizzle chocolate over top. Allow chocolate to set; serve.

Friday, November 26, 2010

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Black Friday

Since today is BLACK FRIDAY and lots of people will not only be hitting the malls, but shoping online as well... I wanted to

This is not a scam... Or some general forward, or something I'm paid to post... I was introdused to Ebates about 4 years ago by my mom, and have been an adid Ebates user since.

Ebates.com is a shopping site that gives you up to 26% Cash Back every time you shop online. You can shop at over 1000 stores including eBay, JCPenney, Macy's, Nordstrom, Overstock.com, Walmart, Kohl's and Home Depot. Plus you get additional savings with exclusive coupons,
free shipping offers, and limited-time sales!

When you sign up with Ebates using this Wife Mom Blogger Link, Ebates.com will give us EACH a $5 bonus when you make your first purchase!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Monday, November 22, 2010

Black Friday deals on base!

I don't usually bother with the MCX or AAFES on black Friday... In the past, AAFES online has run pretty good Cyber Monday deals (I got a $500 Bowflex for $200 a couple years ago, with free shipping)... None the less, for those who may want to go check out the exchanges on Friday I have posted their black Friday add below... Let us know the good deals you get.



As far as Marine Corps Exchanges go, I couldn't find a universial add, they seem to do it by instalation:  Camp Pendleton MCX  and  Miramar MCX  I couldn't find any of the other MCX adds, if you happen to have the website, fell free to post it below.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Music These Days

Did anyone watch the American Music Awards... I tried to... 'Try' being the key word. I don't know if it's my age or what, but I'm starting to understand how my mom felt when I made her listen to The Offspring, Bush and Green Day as she drive me to school, she used to say "How can you listen to this shit, all they do is scream" ...Well that's how I felt tonight. HaHa. You gotta understand I only listen to country... Well, and weird British attests or small town bands that no one's heard of... I didn't know who half these presenters were :-/

But really, is the music supposed to sound like this or were these people just having an off night? Puff Daddy, or P.Diddy, Or "Big Dirty Diddy"or "Diddy Dirty Money"? I have no idea what he's going by these days... But his 40 year old ass with his lower grill was tryin to fit in with the kids these days and still hasn't taken dancing lessons... ::shrugs:: I have no idea how he made it on this show, and we'll leave it at that... I few questions I had to ask myself throughout the show Is Miley Cyrus trying to sing country? I couldn't tell but I think I liked her better as Hannah Montana. Is Rinnah and the Black Eye Peas supposed to sound like that? Did Katy Perry use Fergie's microphone or is this how she usually sounds without a lot of background music. I don't get why people have been makin fun of this this Justen Bieber kid, he's pretty good and actually has a really good voice, getter then Miley anyway. Seriously people, the quality of music had drastically gone down... 


Oh but Holy Hell, did you see The New Kids on the Block & The Back Street Boys?!? Amazing

The only thing that coulda made it better was if they got N'Sync to preform with them.

Friday, November 19, 2010

HerbaShine Holiday Giveaway!

Get your FREE Box of Garnier HerbaShine Hair Color!

I have no idea how many they are giving away. I got mine!


It’s Mega Swagbucks Day!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

CVS Deals

I'm really starting to get into CVS deals... Between the coupon stacking and their Extra Care Bucks, you can really get some amazing deals
 
Oral-B Vitality Floss Action Toothbrush or Replacement Head
Get $10 Extra Care Bucks
$10/1 Select Oral-B Coupon, exp. 12-31 (RP 11/14/10 #2)
Final Price: FREE!

Buy (6) Jars of Skippy Peanut Butter – $1.67 ea
Get $3
Extra Care Bucks
Use (3) $0.75/2 Skippy Peanut Butter Product, exp. 12-12-10 (RP 11/14/10)
Final Price: $0.80 ea
Mentos Gum
Sale Price: $0.99
use $1/1 Mentos Gum, exp. 11-30-10 (SS 10/03/10)
Final Cost: FREE!
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Fiber One Chewy Bars – $3.99 (Limit 1)
Get $3 Extra Care Bucks

$0.50/1 Fiber One Chewy Bars printable

Final Price: $0.49 

Charging vets for war injuries?

It absolutely disgusts me that Obama has more respect for illegal aliens then he does for our own military.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Blog Wars

I received an email from a reader over the weekend... Well, I don't think it takes much introduction, just a lot of reading... And you can "enjoy" the drama that ensued with a fellow military blogger.

Dear Wife Mom Blogger,
I've been an avid reader of your blog for over a year and noticed you post reader emails every once in a while. As a Navy wife of only 2 years and I like to keep updated with other Navy wife blogs, for info and support... One of which is a blog called The Young Retiree (http://homewifey.blogspot.com). At first I thought this girl sounded cool, she was a new Navy Wife, married about a year after me. But as the months went by she seemed to develop the stereotypical "officers wife
superiority complex. Being an enlisted wife myself, I don't make a habit of informing everyone under the sun that my husband's enlisted. I don't get what it is with higher ranking enlisted wives (E-7 and above) and officers wives where they think rank applies to them too. And organizations like the FRG just encourage the women to wear their husband's rank on their sleeves by putting the higher ranking wives "in charge" of the lower ranking wives. My question to you is why? Looking at this wife, she started out normal, but is buying into the whole "I'm an officers wife so I'm better then everyone else" thing. In her October post "She Called Herself a What?" she talks about the "plight of the O wife" and how it's getting harder and harder to socialize with enlisted wives... Can you please explain this to me, because I don't understand the reasoning behind this. This girl just turned 26 and has been "an officers wife" for less then a year and according to her blog has only attended a couple FRG meeting and didn't join the NOSC till September/October... So what makes her think she can sit there and tell people, some of who have been service members or military spouses MUCH longer then her, and those who are older then her how they should act or what they should or shouldn't wear to command functions when I'm sure she's only been to a few herself.

Hope to hear back from you soon.  XXXXX

A simple guide to Commissary Courtesies

This is a post of mine from 3 or so year ago... But after a hideous trip to March air force base's commissary I found a need to re-post it...

A simple guide to Commissary Courtesies

1. When moving through the store, use the basic rules of traffic that good drivers use. Stay on the right side of the aisle. Pass on the left. Stop and look at intersections. If you are shopping with other people, you should either walk single file or spread out in the store. Three or more people walking abreast always seem to be the slowest moving individuals.

2. When not in motion, keep carts and humans together. If you are looking at an item, have your cart right next to you and up against the shelves so that other shoppers do not need to squeeze between your body and your diagonally parked cart.

3. Visit with your friends somewhere else. Yes I realize you haven't seen your husband's Msgt's wife since the last Ball, but the small aisles of the commissary are NOT the place to catch up.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Brownie Peanut Butter Cups


3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup peanut butter chips plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips plus about 1/3 cup more for garnishing
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Free Razor for Women in the military

venus
This was just post on the Gillette Venus Facebook page,
Email us the name and address of a couragous woman you know serving in the military and we’ll send them a FREE Venus Embrace razor. Please send the info to venus.im@pg.com and let us know who you want it to be from. We’ll let them know we appreciate everything they do for us!
Click here to read the post on their wall.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

$15 Kitchen set from Walmart! What a deal!

 
I know for those of you with little ones, you either already have a little kitchen set or it’s on your list.  Right now there is is adorable My Very Own Kitchen set for only $15 with FREE shipping to your local Walmart.  Just a reference point, this same kitchen is selling on Amazon for $50!

MilitaryHandbag.com

Check out these beautifully crafted handbags by April at MilitaryHandbag.com. These cute bags are a constant reminder of those who have served, are actively serving or are sacrificing their lives for our country. It's not just purses either. MilitaryHandbag.com makes diaper bags, wallets, make-up bags and just in time for Christmas, they have uber cute stockings!
Check them out of facebook at:

Golden Corral's Military Appreciation Monday

November 15, 2010 will mark the 10th anniversary of Golden Corral's Military Appreciation Monday dinner.

The free dinner meal is a special "thank you tribute" to any person who has ever served in the United States Military. If you are a veteran, retired, currently active duty, in the National Guard or Reserves, you are invited to the Golden Corral's Military Appreciation Monday dinner.

To locate a Golden Corral near you, visit
www.goldencorral.com/locator.

Based on my past experience, you should plan on showing up early, especially if you live in a military town because the lines will be long!!!

Look who FINALLY got Facebook!

That's right... US!!!  If you've got Facebook, seriously "Like" us... Cuz we look like big loosers right now with no friends )-:

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Almond Coconut Flan

Ok first I have to say that I am absolutely addicted to flan... Like regular Mexican carmel flan... But that's only because I had never had any other kind of flan... Well that was until today. OH MY GOSH, this is seriously amazing... Like serious coconuty-almondy-flany goodness...

INGREDIENTS

* ½ cup SPLENDA® Sugar Blend
* 2 tablespoons water
* 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk

* 1½ cups skim milk

* 3 large eggs
* 3 egg yolks
* ⅓ cup SPLENDA® Sugar Blend

* ½ teaspoon almond extract
* ¾ cup flaked coconut
* ½ cup sliced almonds, toasted

To my russian followers

Holy cow, I just finished translating 3 readers letters from Russian to English using translation2.paralink.com ...Which only lets you translate 500 words at a time... It took me forever... But holy cow... Have Russian "followers" one even called me a Hero! HaHa. Now I feel bad cuz it took me so long to translate the letters, I don't really have time to reply... So here's a shout out to you three...

Вы женщины являетесь удивительными!

$20 FREE Credit! There are a TON of Free Things you can get FREE RIGHT NOW!

Are you guys ready for another Designer Discount site?  If you are, you can sign up right now for FREE and get a $20 Credit for FREE!  Just like some of the other sites, you can end up getting an item for free with your credit.  You just have to wait for the perfect item to come along!

Just make sure you sign up through the invitation link, or they will put you on a waiting list and you won't get the $20 Credit.


Right now, there are a few things I saw that you can get for FREE with your $20 credit! 

In the Children's Section:
Free Children's Books from the Random House Children's Books Sale
Free Pop Up Play Sets
Free Lunchboxes
Free "Where the Wild Things Are" Stuffed Animals

There are a ton more, but so many for me to sit here and list.  So basically, sign up and use your $20 Free Credit today to get an item free!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Fill-in Friday


MilSpouse Friday Fill-In 
(please feel free to use this!)

1. Were you named after anyone?
Yeah, my parents thought I was a boy and had planned on naming me Christopher, when I came out a girl the only name they seemed to agree on was the female version of my uncle's name.

2. What color, if any, are your toenails usually painted?
Black.

3. How do you flush a public toilet? Hands? Feet? Something else?
 
Defiantlywith my foot.

4. When you were a little kid, which TV character did you have a crush on?
Johnathin Taylor Thomas from Home Improvement.

5.Let’s say you had to lose one of your five senses (sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell).  Which one would you choose? Why?
Probably taste... Which would suck... But if I choose smell, that'd actually cause me to loose my taste as well. Maybe I'm looking too far into this.

Candy Turkeys

Do you have leftover Halloween candy? If so, I stumbled across this cute idea at "Lizard & Ladybug" ...If you don't have left over Halloween candy, you might want to go buy some more so you can make these super cute turkeys.

Now that Halloween is over...it's time to get ready for Thanksgiving.
I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year.  
I'm planning a casual gathering (I'll give you peeks along the way).  
One thing I always like to have at parties/dinners/get-togethers is sweets.  
Shock, I know!


Here's a little treat I came up with using leftover Halloween candy.

this is what I started with

It’s Mega Swagbucks Day!

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Coastal Contacts is giving away 10,000 FREE pairs of glasses on 11/12 at 12:01 pm EST (9:01 am PST) on their Facebook Page. From what I can tell it seems like they will be posting a code on their wall (similar to the Lowe’s promotion) and the first 10,000 to redeem it will receive the free glasses. It seems like ya’ll have been doing great at the sweepstakes–I’ve had 5 winners in the past week who have won various different sweepstakes that I’ve posted! You can head on over here for more info about this promotion.

 This is an AMAZING good deal that I wish I could take advantage of... No joke, I called last week to set up an eye doc apt so I can get new classes... Only problem none of the eye docs around here can take me till next week.


Coastal Contacts is giving away 10,000 FREE pairs of glasses on 11/12 at 12:01 pm EST (9:01 am PST) on their Facebook Page. From what I can tell it seems like they will be posting a code on their wall (similar to the Lowe’s promotion) and the first 10,000 to redeem it will receive the free glasses.

It seems like ya’ll have been doing great at the sweepstakes–I’ve had 5 winners in the past week who have won various different sweepstakes that I’ve posted!
You can head on over here for more info about this promotion.

Skechers sale, today only!

6pm is having a sale today on their adult and kids Skechers.  Select styles will be only $12.95 for today only.  Various styles are included and this deal it is definatly worth checking out!  I bought my daughter the pair of "Twinkle Toes" she's been asking for, for the past 6 months... And i'm VERY happy to have one item to cross off the Christmas list... And at a savings of $27.00, I mean you can't really beat that!!! Shop this sale HERE!

Pretzel Turtles

 This kinda goes along with my cheap/easy "Devil Derby" recipe I posted a few days ago... Here's another after school treat that takes literally 5 minutes to make...

 Pretzel Turtles
What you need:
- 1 bag of pretzels (these need to be twists)
- 1 bag of Rolos
- Pecan halves

Happy 235th Birthday Marine Corps!

On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress resolved to raise two battalions of "American Marines." Congress commissioned 31-year-old Samuel Nicholas, a well-known Philadelphian, as captain of the fledgling force of Continental Marines. Nicholas raised two battalions of Marines and began the long, illustrious history of the United States Marine Corps.

FREE meal for military on veterans day

Once again, Applebee’s will thank our nation’s veterans and active duty military by inviting them to their neighborhood Applebee’s for a FREE meal on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010. Last year, Applebee’s served more than one million military men and women and expects that number to be even higher this year. The company’s appreciation efforts last year were the largest of its kind to give back to the communities nationwide where Applebee’s restaurants are located.

Don't forget to check additional Veterans Day Deals!!!

Attention Bloggers!

 I am still looking for qualified bloggers!

I'm looking to create a regional blog for moms on a budget. This blog would have multiple contributors in the Southern California area. I would like to find two other mothers... One to cover San Diego & Imperial Counties and another to cover LA & Ventura Counties while I will cover Orange, Riverside & San Bernardino County.

Requirements:
  • You must be a Southern California resident of atleast 6 months.
  • You must reside in the county you will be writing on.
  • You must have at least 6 months current blogging experience.
  • You must be familiar and understand how to use Blogger.com
  • You must be a mother, or have regular contact w/ young children (Live in grandma/aunt)
  • You must be able to contribute AT LEAST one thoughtful blog a week.
  • You must be able to blog on:
    • Events in your designated counties (Carnivals/Fairs/etc) geared towards family and/or children.
    • Local or national freebies (free online samples or in store promotions)
    • Specific prices and how to obtain deals (coupons / stores doubling coupons).
    • Kids eat free restaurant deals. (Specifics)
    • Kids "get in for free" events. (Specifics)
    • Frugal Child Craft ideas.
    • Frugal Kid Friendly recipes including the approximate price to make the dish.
    • Etc...

If you are interested, please email the following information to
  • Name:
  • Age:
  • Number of children:
  • Marital Status:
  • City You live in:
  • Resident for (months/yrs):
  • County would like to report on:
  • Why you would like to become a "Frugal Mommy Blogger"?:
  • Please include your Blog address as a verification of blogging experience:
I look forward to hearing the responses!
Stephanie
Wife-Mom-Blogger

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

B&N Kids' Club™

Check out B&N Kids' Club™ to receive: 

  • 30% off  a kids' book or toy for your children
  • $5 reward for every $100 you spend on kids’ stuff  online and in stores
  • Free cupcake from B&N café for your children's birthdays
  • Free Tikatok create-a-book project to inspire your children's creativity

Monday, November 8, 2010

ATTN: All Southern California bloggers!!!

I'm looking to create a regional blog for moms on a budget. This blog would have multiple contributors in the Southern California area. I would like to find two other mothers... One to cover San Diego & Imperial Counties and another to cover LA & Ventura Counties while I will cover Orange, Riverside & San Bernardino County.

Key Lime Short Bread Cookies

I came across this cookie recipe on the Land-O-Lakes website, knowing my local grocery store was having a sale on key limes... So I rushed out to the store, bought waaaaay too many key limes and made 80 cookies. HaHa.


Cookie
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1 tablespoon fresh Key lime juice
2 teaspoons freshly grated Key lime zest

Glaze
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon freshly grated Key lime zest
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh Key lime juice
Garnish
Freshly grated Key lime zest, if desired

Candy Experiments

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Free Samples


oxyHoly cow... Ok so I've been one busy bee today! I literally spent alllll day registering for FREE samples and products! Here are just some of the products I registers for... I think I missed a few on here...
Free acne wipes
Get a free sample of Oxy Acne Wipes.

Free toothpaste
Wal-Mart is giving out free samples of Tom's toothpaste.

Free sample of Poise pads
Register here to get a free sample of Poise maxi pads.

Veterans Bonus

Have you claimed your states veterans bonus yet? If not check out the list below of states veterans bonus' I uncovered. If your state's not listed below, that doesn't necessary mean that they don't offer a veterans bonus, it just means I didn't happen to find it.


West Virginia
$600.00 paid to veterans who served in a combat zone & received a campaign badge/expeditionary medal.
$400.00 bonus for active duty service outside the combat zone for Afghanistan and Iraq.
$2,000.00 for a surviving spouse or children of a veteran who was KIA.

See Details

Iowa
$17.50 for each month the person was in active duty service in the Vietnam service area
See Details

Ohio

Devil Derby's

My mom had reminded me today of this treat called "Devil Derby's" that she used to make for my sister and I when my sister and I were kids as an after school snack. I really don't think I've eaten them since I was like 13 or 14 years old... And I have no idea why really, I've got a 4 year old... I've totally been depriving her by not treating her to this little tid-bit from my childhood.  It's so incredibly easy and quick to make too. There really isn’t a “recipe” involved in making them either, it is basically just assembly.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Best investment options for deployed military members

Open a Roth IRA

Roth IRAs are among the best investment options available to military and civilian members alike. Roth IRAs are retirement accounts with a great tax advantage – you make contributions with income that has already been taxed, and you are able to make tax free withdrawals in retirement. But, being deployed has it’s advantages – your income is already tax free, meaning you don’t pay taxes on your contributions or withdrawals! Once upon a time this prohibited you from making Roth IRA contributions, but the Heroes Earned Retirement Opportunities (HERO) Act was enacted several years ago to allow military members to open IRAs even if 100% of their income was non-taxable due to deployments.  

Start the Holiday Season Early!

Come visit Santa's Wonderland early this year! Bass Pro Shop's starting the holiday season early this year with FREE crafts, FREE Photos with Santa, and FREE Santa Bands. See below for event times, check local stores for further details.

November 6th 
  • (5-8pm)  Color Your Own Stocking
  • (5-8pm)  Santa Bandz
  • (6-8pm)  FREE Photo with Santa
November 7th 
  • (Noon-5pm)  Elf Mask
  • (Noon-8pm)  FREE Photo with Santa

Friday, November 5, 2010

Free First Aid Kit

Sometimes when these various hospitals post these free first aid kits (Promo code: KIT), I wonder if they’re going to not allow me to get one because I don’t live in their city. And then, I think that’s a little discriminatory because who knows, maybe I’ll go on vacation to their city and I’d need their hospital, and they’d not have helped me in the first place, so just maybe, I wouldn’t want to use their hospital and I’d rather go somewhere else instead.

Visit Home Depot Kids Workshop Nov. 6 & make a spice rack!

Home Depot Kids Workshops are free “how-to clinics” designed for children aged 5-12. The hands-on sessions are offered on the first Saturday of every month between 9 a.m. – Noon at all Home Depot stores.

The Home Depot’s Kids Workshops offer useful projects including the creation of toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bughouse or Declaration of Independence frame kit.

The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.

In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates’ aprons, and an achievement pin.

Marine Corps Ball: What not to do.

This video is in honor of my friend Ashley and our best "OMG" ball experience. This goes along with my whole "What not to do at Marine Corps Ball" series...

DO NOT GET DRUNK AND GIVE YOUR HUSBAND A LAP DANCE!!!

Sorry for the rather poor quality... 
This year the ball was in the base gymnasium and it had really poor lighting.

It’s Mega Swagbucks Day!

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tiramisu Crepe Cake

So first you must understand that crepes are probably my favorite breakfast food... And tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts... So when I saw this recipe that combined BOTH tiramisu and crepes I was like HECK YES! Only problem is I really don't have to time to make it right now )-: It just seems so time consuming... And I tend to be a lazy cook and go for recipes that have as few steps as possible... But really, this cake just too yummy looking not to share.

Recipe found on tiffintales.com
The Finished Cake
Imagine a cloud. Now imagine a cloud that dissolves in your mouth leaving behind whiffs of vanilla, coffee and chocolate, impossibly decadent and light at the same time. Excited yet? I was too.

Parenting Fails

These Parenting Fails had me crackin up... Enjoy!


parenting fails30 Top Parenting Fails

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Leftover Halloween Candy Bark

So I went out last week and bought 5 bags of Halloween candy in preparation from the influx of children that was shurly going to be flooding our neighborhood October 31st.  Well Halloween came and went and wouldn't you know it, we did not get a single trick-or-treater! Well stupid me really should have just poured one bag of candy into the candy bowl at a time rather than opening all 5 bags and dumping them to the bowl because I now have WAAAAAY too much candy sitting around that I really really don't need sitting in the house. SO, with that said, I felt kinda weird just giving my friends a handful of obvious Halloween candy... BUT if I was to make something homemade, well that's heart felt right... SO, that's where my Candy Bark comes in. I hope this recipe may be able to help others in the same situation as me.  :-p

Marine Corps Ball: Can I go dance now?

After my Marine Corps Ball post last week I received quite a few emails with more questions on the Marine Corps ball. One of the most frequently asked questions, aside from what to wear, is what the Ball is all about. Why do they have it? What is it about? Why are those guys standing up and why do I have to stand up? So, before that wonderful date in November, please read this and hopefully, it will help answer a few of those questions.

Can I go dance now? And a few other points

Dinner can be before the Ceremony or after. I've seen it both ways. Also, the wine may or may not be paid for. Most commands do their best to give each table at least two bottles of wine. The food quality is really dependent upon where the ball is. Most hotel balls seem to have decent food, but honestly, the Birthday Dinner I had at Mar4Com in Virginia Beach, VA was the finest.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Marine Corps Ball: Can I sit down please?

After my Marine Corps Ball post last week I received quite a few emails with more questions on the Marine Corps ball. One of the most frequently asked questions, aside from what to wear, is what the Ball is all about. Why do they have it? What is it about? Why are those guys standing up and why do I have to stand up? So, before that wonderful date in November, please read this and hopefully, it will help answer a few of those questions.

The Ceremony (or Why I Hate These Shoes - Can I sit down please?)

So enough history and on to what the Birthday Ball is all about.

Birthday Balls may be Enlisted, Officer or a combination of both. Personally, I think segregation of the Balls is not consistent with the Esprit de Corps of the Marine Corps. However, it depends upon the size of the Marine unit and the whims of the senior staff. I've been to all types. Also, Balls are dependent upon the funding of the unit. Have you seen those base car washes? They're trying to get money for the Ball. The price of the ticket depends on how much money the unit has for their Ball funding. And some units have more money than others which is why some Balls are incredible and elaborate shows (CENTCOM) and others are very simple (PISC).

Election Day Crafts

I found these super cute election day crafts of Kaboose. Teach your kids all about the voting process with these fun crafts. Make sure to visit our fall crafts, printables and Presidents' Day page for even more fun. 


Ballot Box

Have your very own mock-election in class this Election Day!


Voting Booth
This adorable craft goes hand in hand with the ballot box and pin!

Future Voter Button
Declare your future voting status with this patriotic pin!

Election Day

Don't forget today is election day folks! Even though it's not a presidential election year, it's just as important that everyone gets out there and votes! I'm not gunna preach too much about it, just wanted to send a little reminder out to everyone (-:

Monday, November 1, 2010

Veteran’s Day meals and deals

Here are the Veteran’s Day thank you meals and deals and freebies that I have found. Please check the individual websites for information about the ID requirements and fine print. If you hear of any others, please leave me a comment.


FOOD FREEBIES 

Outback Steakhouse- on Thursday, November 11, 2010 all veterans and active duty military will receive a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage. Outback wants you to share your military hero stories and photo on their Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/outback.

McCormick and Schmick’s - Sunday, November 7th, Veteran’s Appreciation Event. Get a free entree from a special menu. Please make a reservation.

Applebees- all veterans and active duty military get a free entree on November 11th. Some ID or a photo is required. Get the details at www.applebees.com/vetsday

Marine Corps Ball: Why Celebrate?

After my Marine Corps Ball post last week I received quite a few emails with more questions on the Marine Corps ball. One of the most frequently asked questions, aside from what to wear, is what the Ball is all about. Why do they have it? What is it about? Why are those guys standing up and why do I have to stand up? So, before that wonderful date in November, please read this and hopefully, it will help answer a few of those questions.
 

Why Celebrate? History and Traditions and Semper Fi's

The Marine Corps Ball is a long held tradition with a single purpose - to celebrate the birth of our beloved Corps way back on November 10, 1775 in a bar known as Tun Tavern. And while the official birthday of the Corps was not recognized until 1921 (before then, it was celebrated without honor in July), the emergence of a Marine Corps Birthday Ball didn't start until 1925 at the insistence of Major Edwin McClellan and wasn't formalized for many years to come.